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Shiite armed groups in Iraq decide to disband
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Afghanistan
Tajikistan nationals among 31 killed in Afghan Special Forces night raid
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least thirty one holy warriors including foreign nationals hailing from Tajikistan were killed during the operations of the Afghan Special Forces in northern Kunduz province.

The 209th Shaheen Corps officials in the North said the operations were conducted on Friday night in the vicinity of Imam Sahib district.

The officials further added that two foreigners hailing from Tajikistan and four commanders of the bandidos holy warriors were among those killed and at least seventeen others were maimed.

According to Shaheen Corps officials, the bandidos holy warriors leaders killed during the operation have been identified as Mawlavi Musa, Qari Amir Mazhari, Mawlavi Mansoor, and Mullah Abdul Hakim.

The operations were conducted in Qerghiz, Joi Begum, Pul-e-Imamuddin, and Yakhan Chan villages, the Shaheen Corps officials said, adding several weapons and ammunition were also confiscated during the operations.
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Taliban militants blown up by own explosives in Laghman
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least two Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
forces of Evil were killed while planting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in eastern Laghman
...It has a population of about 445,600, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a rural society. During the invasions of Alexander the Great, the area was known as Lampaka, wich is apparently Olde Macedonian for Laghman.The city of Mihtarlam serves as the bucolic capital of the province. The population is half Pashtun, the remainder Tadjik and Pashai. It had a reputionagreat wealth until it was conquered in the tenth century by Abu Mansur Sabuktigin.
He conquered it and set fire to the places in its vicinity which were inhabited by infidels, and demolishing the idol-temples, he established Islam in them, He marched and captured other cities and killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolatrous and gratifying the Musulmans. After wounding and killing beyond all measure, his hands and those of his friends became cold in counting the value of the plundered property.
province of Afghanistan.

According to the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan army in the East, the incident took place on Friday in the vicinity of Alingar district.

The officials further added that the bully boyz were busy planting IEDs when the incident took place, leaving two bully boyz dead.

The Silab Corps officials are saying that no one else was killed or maimed in the incident apart from the two bully boys.

The anti-government armed krazed killer groups have not commented regarding the report so far.
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Taliban reacts as Afghan forces bust major treatment facility of the group
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group reacted as the Afghan officials in Wardak province claims that a major treatment facility of the group was busted by the Afghan cops in this province.

The Taliban group front man Zabiullah Mujahid issued a statement and called the claims by Wardak officials a propaganda.

Mujahid further added that the clinic was approved by the International Committee of the Red Thingy and was providing healthcare services to the local residents.

He also added that no Taliban murderous Moslem has been killed or maimed or detained by the security forces during the operation and the government has no evidence to confirm Taliban’s links with the clinic.

The local government and security officials in central Maidan Wardak province on Friday put on display the equipments seized from a medical facility belonging to the Taliban murderous Moslems.

According to the local officials, the treatment facility was discovered an operation in Syedabad district on Thursday.
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Taliban execute two civilians over unknown charges in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
turbans have executed two civilians over unknown charges in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
provice of Afghanistan, the local officials said Sunday.

The incident took place late on Saturday night in the vicinity of Shirzad district of Nangarhar.

The provincial government media office in a statement confirmed the incident and said the two civilians were martyred by the Taliban murderous Moslems.

The statement further added that the dear departed individuals had no links with the government institutions.
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US military pound Taliban narcotics labs with M142 artillery system
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The US military in Afghanistan has released fresh videos which purportedly shows the deadly strikes on Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
narcotics labs in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan using the M142 artillery system.

"A M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) conducts a strike on a Taliban narcotics production facility in Helmand province on December 8, 2017," the US Force in Afghanistan said.

According to a statement by USFOR-a "The artillery strike, part of an ongoing campaign by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A), resulted in the destruction of nearly $1 million in direct Taliban revenues."

The US military says HIMARS is yet another U.S. capability being utilized to apply pressure on the Taliban, cutting off their economic lifelines and degrading their ability to continue operations.

The US military had earlier said "Carrier-based U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets conduct a strike on multiple Taliban narcotics production facilities in Helmand province on December 7, 2017, as part of an ongoing campaign by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) to cut off the Taliban’s economic lifelines and degrade their ability to continue operations."

This comes as the commander of the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
-led Resolute Support Mission and the US forces in Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson said last month that the attacks on Taliban financial engine will continue as heavy losses have been inflicted on the group and its associated in recent raids.

"In just over three days’ worth of operations, the Afghan 215th Corps, their special forces commandos, their air force, in close cooperation with U.S. forces, removed between $7 million and $10 million of revenue from the Taliban’s pocketbook," Gen. Nicholson said.

He also added "And the overall cost to the drug trafficking organizations approached $48 million. So these strikes were just the first step in attacking the Taliban’s financial engine, and they will continue."
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Africa Horn
Three Somali troops defect to Al-Shabaab in rural Galguduud
[ALMASDARNEWS] Amid an ongoing jihadist insurgency in central Somalia, al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
announced that three soldiers of the Somali Armed Forces had turned themselves in on Friday in the Galguduud Governorate.

After switching sides, the defected soldiers announced they were ready fight alongside the al-Qaeda affiliated group against their formed comrades in the Somali Army.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pond, the radioactive tadpoles grown into frogs. Really big frogs, in fact...
a fresh offensive was launched by al-Shabaab in the Qasahdhere District, located in the southern part of Bay Province, were heavy festivities were reported to take place across multiple locations on Sunday morning.

In related news, ISIS’ branch in Somalia announced it had assassinated an intelligence operative in the Afgooye area of Lower Shebelle Province on December 8.
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Arabia
Yemeni army seizes Hays district in Hodeidah with coalition backing
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Yemeni armed forces arrived at their third district in Hodeidah west of Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
amidst a notable and strategic advancement for the third day in a row.

This progression is heavily backed by Arab-led coalition fighters led by Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
, in the midst of a rapid fallback of the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militia.

The official Yemeni news agency confirmed that the Yemeni army was able to regain control of the Hays, al-Khokha triangle on Saturday evening, and began to enter the directorate of al-Tahita, the third district of Hodeidah.

The news agency quoted army sources saying that the national army has seized the district of Hays which is only 10 kilometers away from al-Khoukha. The sources also confirmed regaining control of farms and roads in northers Hays.

According to sources, the army has also entered the coastal directorate of al-Tahita and reached the al-Fazah farms in rural Zabid.

Houthi militias are quickly disintegrating on the west coast amidst battles with the Yemeni army and the Arab-led coalition to liberate Hodeidah.

According to civilian sources, there are large breakdowns in the Houthi frontlines. Tens are dead or injured while others have run away.

The Houthis have been in control of Hodeidah for the past three years following their coup, and have used its long coast lines to smuggle weapons coming in from Iran.

Its ports are also an important source of economic support for the militia to continue its war against the Yemenis. They also use them to steal relief attempts and to threaten international navigation.
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Iranian missile expert killed in coalition raid in Sanaa
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An Al Arabiya news hound confirmed the death of Iranian missile expert, Hussein Khasrawy, during an air raid by coalition forces on Saturday in the district of Arhab in Sanaa.

Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout the long-awaited message arrived. They quickly got to work with their decoder rings...
Yemeni armed forces arrived at their third district in Hodeidah west of Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
amidst a notable and strategic advancement for the third day in a row.

This progression is heavily backed by Arab-led coalition fighters led by Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
, in the midst of a rapid fallback of the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militia.

The official Yemeni news agency confirmed that the Yemeni army was able to regain control of the Hays, al-Khokha triangle on Saturday evening, and began to enter the directorate of al-Tahita, the third district of Hodeidah.

The news agency quoted army sources saying that the national army has seized the district of Hays which is only 10 kilometers away from al-Khoukha. The sources also confirmed regaining control of farms and roads in northers Hays.

According to sources, the army has also entered the coastal directorate of al-Tahita and reached the al-Fazah farms in rural Zabid.
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Saudi airstrikes on training base kill 26 people in Yemen’s Hajjah province
[PRESSTV] At least 26 Yemenis have bit the dust after warplanes belong to the Saudi-led military coalition hit a training camp in the northwestern province of Hajjah.

Security sources, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
, said on Sunday that the camp was allegedly run by fighters of the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
Ansarullah movement, which is in the forefront of fighting against the invading Saudi war machine during the past nearly three years.

On Wednesday, Saudi fighter jets also killed a woman and a girl and maimed 10 others after they hit the Mabyan district of the province with a number of Arclight airstrikes. A few hours earlier in the day, Saudi warplanes also killed 26 people after they targeted at a hotel and an adjoining market in the northern province of Sa’ada.

Moreover, at least 23 Yemenis were killed on Friday in Saudi aerial attacks against Sha’ban district and Bani Ma’adh district in Sa’ada.

The developments came after Yemen’s ex-President former President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
was killed on Monday while attempting to escape the capital Sana’a to Ma’arab Province. This came shortly after he broke ranks with Houthis in favor of the Saudi-led coalition.

On November 6, Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
announced that it was shutting down Yemen’s air, sea, and land borders, after Yemeni fighters targeted an international airport near the Saudi capital with a cruise missile in retaliation for Saudi’s devastating aerial bombardment campaign against Yemen.
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Europe
“No place for anti-semitism,” they said
And they really mean it.
Swedish PM condemns attempted arson attack at synagogue as three arrested

[Ynet] Three people were incarcerated
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
early on Sunday after an attempted arson attack at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, prosecutors said.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a statement he was outraged by the attack.

"There is no place for anti-Semitism in Swedish society," he said in the statement,
Seriously? Someone is completely unaware of reality.
which also referred to a demonstration in the city of Malmo on Friday, at which Lofven said participants had incited violence against Jews.

There were no reports of injuries and the fire did not reach the synagogue or an adjacent meeting house where Jewish youths had gathered when the attack took place late on Saturday, Swedish media reported.

No place for anti-Semitism in Germany, minister says after Israeli flags burned

[Ynet] German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said there was no place for anti-Semitism in Germany after demonstrators angered by US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel burned Israeli flags in Berlin.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the US embassy in the German capital for "Day of Rage" protests on Friday. Police later said on Twitter that they had detained 10 people during the protest and 12 criminal charges had been brought‐including for burning Israeli flags.
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Great White North
Somali man found guilty in kidnapping of Canadian journalist
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Somali national has been convicted in an Ontario court for his role in the 2008 kidnapping of Canadian Amanda Lindhout, who was held captive in Somalia for 460 days and released only after her family paid a ransom, Canadian media reported on Wednesday.

Ali Omar Ader, 40, was found guilty of one charge of hostage-taking for his role as negotiator for the kidnappers, in a decision handed down on Wednesday in Ontario Superior Court in Ottawa.

Lindhout, a freelance journalist, was taken hostage in Somalia on Aug. 23, 2008, along with Australian photographer Nigel Brennan, while working on a story. They were released for ransom in November 2009.

Ader was lured to Canada from Somalia in 2015 and placed in durance vile
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
in Ottawa as part of a sting operation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in which an officer posed as a publisher interested in a book Ader was writing on Somalia, according to court documents.
The kidnappers were affiliated with Hizbul Islam, according our archives. Hizbul Islam (Party of Islam) appeared on our radar in 2009 as the Al Qaeda-linked merger of four Islamist factions including Eritrea-based ICU and Kismayo-based Ras Kamboni. They fought Al Shabaab tooth and nail until giving up and merging at the end of 2010.

This article starring:
Amanda Lindhout
Hizbul Islam
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Iraq
Baghdad bomb and bullet bulletin

Iraqi citizen killed in shooting incident north of Baghdad

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) An Iraqi citizen was killed in a shooting incident north of Baghdad, a security source told Alghad Press.

“Unidentified gunmen opened fire at a citizen near his house at the Taji Beach area north of the Iraqi capital , killing him immediately,” the source said on Sunday.

“The body was moved to the forensic medicine department, and a probe was launched into the incident,” the source added.

Five civilians wounded in southwestern Baghdad bomb blast

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Five persons were wounded as a bomb went off in southwest of Baghdad, a security source said on Sunday.

“A bomb exploded in the morning near a market in al-Radwaniya region, southwest of Baghdad, leaving five persons wounded,” the source told AlSumaria News on Sunday.

“Security troops arrived at the accident spot. The wounded were taken to hospital for treatment,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.
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6 Islamic State positions bombarded between Diyala, Salahuddin
The war is over. Long live the war.
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops bombarded six Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
positions in a border area between Diyala and Salahuddin, a provincial official said.

"Iraqi security forces in cooperation with al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] fighters fired mortar shells at six positions of Islamic State at Albu Canaan village in the border are between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces," Abdul-Khaleq al-Azzawi, a member of Diyala province council, told Alghad Press on Sunday.

"There are reports of human casualties among Islamic State bully boys," Azzawi said, adding that the shelling occurred after receiving accurate information on the location of these sites.

On Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State three years after the bully boy group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.
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Iraqi troops detonate seven booby-trapped houses in Mosul
Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) Iraqi security forces have detonated seven booby-trapped houses in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
city, a security source told Baghdad Today website.

"As part of a military operation to cleanse Mosul of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
remnants, security forces have set seven houses off at Hawi al-Kanisah area in western Mosul city," the source said on Sunday.

The houses were booby-trapped by the IS turban group, he added.

"The troops also found a tunnel that was used by Islamic State bandidos turbans for storing explosive charges," the source added.
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Shiite armed groups in Iraq decide to disband
[ARABNEWS] A number of armed Shiite factions that fought ISIS alongside Iraqi government forces have voluntarily announced their dissolution and placed their fighters under the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Iraqi officials and Shiite leaders told Arab News on Sunday.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, announced on Saturday the liberation of all Iraqi territories and the end of the three-year war against ISIS, which seized almost a third of the territories in the west and north in summer 2014.

"At least four (armed) factions have voluntarily decided to disband their troops and gave the prime minister full authority to determine the fate of their fighters," a senior security Iraqi official told Arab News on condition of anonymity.

"The procedures for disbanding these forces and the implementation mechanisms have not yet been decided, but 90 percent of them are likely to be disbanded and the remainder will be appointed to be a part of the regular security services," the official said.

"No weapon will remain in the hands of anyone outside the control of the state. The decision to disarm the irregular armed factions will be issued in a few weeks and those who refuse to hand over their weapons will be considered outlaw," he added.

Some of these details have been confirmed to Arab News by Karim al-Nuri, a member of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and a senior Badr Brigade leader; Aws al-Khafaji, the head of the Abu Fadhal al-Abbas armed faction; and Hisham al-Hashimi, a security expert and one of the national security advisers.

In a statement on Saturday, al-Khafaji said: "After the final and big victory against ISIS, we are putting all these troops (Abu Fadhal al-Abass troops) ‐ which are a part of the PMF ‐ fully under the command of the commander in chief of the armed forces."

Shiite armed factions have played a vital role in the fighting against ISIS. They had been fighting under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) which was established by Nuri al-Maliki, the former Iraqi prime minister, in June 2014, to cover the armed factions who volunteered to fight ISIS alongside the government. More than 120,000 is the number of fighters officially registered in the payroll of the PMF.

Saraya al-Salam, or the Battalions of Peace, the biggest Shiite armed faction linked to the powerful Shiite holy man Moqtada Tater al-Sadr
... the Iranian catspaw holy man who was 22 years old in 2003 and was nearing 40 in 2010. He spends most of his time in Iran, safely out of the line of fire, where he's learning to be an ayatollah...
; Kataib al-Imam Ali and the Battalions of Imam Ali, which is linked to the Shiite clergymen in Najaf, led by Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, are among these factions, officials said.

"To restrict the arms at the hand of the state and limit the unjustified militarization of the society, Sadr has called to legalize all the armed factions in Iraq, including the Popular Mobilization Forces," Safa’a al-Timimi, the front man of Saraya al-Salam, told Arab News.

"Of course we are included in this (Sadr’s) call," al-Timimi said.

"We have already begun discussions with the ministers of defense and interior weeks ago to put in place a mechanism to include a number of our fighters in their formations," he added.

Saraya al-Salam has 6,000 fighters who are formally registered within the PMF, and they have been deployed in northwestern Karbala, central Samarra, Balad and Ishaqi, al-Timimi said.

"Our call is clear and explicit. The weapons have to be exclusively in the hands of the government and no one but the disciplined fighters will be included within the regular security services," al-Timimi said.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Al-Qaeda inescapably doomed in west Damascus following latest Syrian Army charge
[ALMASDARNEWS] The 4th Division al-Ghaith group of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has advanced further on the Beit Jenn pocket on Sunday, after earlier advances had secured the hills north of the town of Magher al-Meir.

Syrian army victories in the area won in the past days had secured the mountain of Tall Shihab and the whole Tall Bardyah hill range. On Sunday, an intense bombardment by 20 helicopter gunships struck positions of Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham
(HTS), the al-Qaeda affiliated organization formerly known as the al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front, to the east of Magher al-Meir.

Following the aerial bombings, the 4th Division stormed and captured the Zaher al-Aswad hills after heavy festivities, which led to a near total collapse of the al-Qaeda positions. HTS snuffies are reported to have fled from the hills, leaving behind much of their weaponry.

By this victory, the Syrian army has Magher al-Meir surrounded from three sides, and has established clear fire control over the entire town. The final capture of Magher al-Meir is expected to be only a matter of hours.
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Al-Qaeda struggles to contain ISIS expansion near Syria stronghold
[ALMASDARNEWS] The situation has turned sour for the al-Qaeda affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
murderous Moslem group when ISIS swiftly emerged a significant threat to the former in Hama’s northeastern countryside.

With dozens of villages under its new dominion, the terrorist group continues trying to advance on its former ally launching its latest attack on the Tleihan Hill axis. To their dismay this time, however, ISIS would not succeed in seizing control of the strategic hilltop losing seven men in the process.

An RPG round incrementally increased their losses when a targeted BMP vehicle was destroyed before the assaulting murderous Moslems would turn their backs to the battlefields and retreat to friendly lines.

Whatever the future holds for the newly-forged ISIS enclave in eastern Hama, it becomes clear that the terrorist group becomes more emboldened and entrenched on the Hama-Idlib border with every passing day. Both the Syrian government and the SDF will encounter deep trouble attempting to expel the bully boyz from the region.
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ISIS kicks off do-or-die counteroffensive in eastern Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] After the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
withdrew all its remaining forces from Iraq over the past week, ISIS contingents in southeastern Deir Ezzor are suddenly finding themselves heavily reinforced, enabling them to launch a surprise counter-offensive in southeastern Deir Ezzor on Sunday.

With dozens of ISIS fighters and at least a handful of technicals regrouping to join the large-scale attack in a sparsely populated desert region east of the Euphrates River today, the US-backed ’Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) found itself forced to withdraw from three undisclosed points in the morning hours.

Brand new photos have been released by Amaq Agency covering the counter-offensive, targeting SDF-held territory south of Abu Omar Oil Field
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