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Afghanistan
Airstrikes kill 18 Taliban militants; destroy multiple caches of weapons in 5 provinces
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted multiple Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in five provinces in the past 24 hours killing at least 18 Talibs.

The military officials said Saturday that an airstrike killed a Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
murderous Moslem in Dehrawud district of Uruzgan province.

The officials further added that the security forces conducted airstrikes in Anar Darah district of Farah province which killed 12 Talibs.

The airstrikes also destroyed a small cache of weapons, the officials added.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth had turned a paler shade of blue. Star-A-Star had struck again...
the officials said an airstrike in Andar district of Ghani killed 3 Talibs and destroyed a small cache of weapons.

The security forces conducted another airstrike in Qush Tepah district of Jawzjan which killed 2 Talibs, the officials said, adding that another airstrike in Pashtun-infested Logar killed 2 Talibs.

The officials also added that the airstrike in Pashtun-infested Logar also destroyed a weapons cache.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2019 00:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan forces defuse roadside bomb in Kabul city
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces discovered and defused a roadside kaboom planted by turbans in the 5th district of Kabul city.

Nasrat Rahimi, a front man of the Ministry of Interior said the security forces discovered the bomb in the vicinity of Sarai Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
i.

Rahimi further added that the turbans had planted the bomb to target the innocent civilians.

The anti-government armed holy warriors including Taliban
...Arabic for students...
have not commented in this regard so far.

Talibs and holy warriors of the other groups frequently use improvised bombs to target the security forces and government personnel.

However,
there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened...
such bombings usually inflict casualties on ordinary civilians.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2019 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [109 views] Top|| File under:


Afghan Special Forces kill, detain 3 Taliban militants in Kabul and Wardak provinces
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces conducted separate operations in Kabul and Wardak provinces in the past 24 hours, killing or detaining 3 Talibs.

The military officials said Saturday that the Special Forces killed a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
bad boy during a raid in Nerkh district of Wardak.

The officials further added that the Special Forces arrested 2 Talibs during a separate raid in Kabul.

The anti-government armed gunnies including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.

The Afghan forces have stepped up counter-terrorism operations during the recent as the anti-government armed gunnies are attempting to state attacks in key provinces and cities of the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2019 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [76 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan forces arrest Ibrar, one of the key spies of Lashkar-e-Taiba
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces arrested a key member of the intelligence unit of Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
terrorist group 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..
province.

The Governor’s Office of Nangarhar said in a statement that the security forces arrested Ibrar, one of the key members of the intelligence unit of Lashkar-e-Taiba in Rodat district.

The statement further added that a clash broke out during the operation in which the security forces injured Ibrar and subsequently arrested him alive.

The anti-government armed elements have not commented in this regard so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba


Africa Horn
Landmine Kills Senior Regional Officials In Somalia
[RADIOSHABELLE] At least five people ‐ including a deputy governor and a former minister ‐ were killed and several others maimed in a roadside blast targeting their vehicle in the Middle Shabelle region of Somalia on Sunday, police said.

Mahamud Dhuhlow, a police officer in the region, told Anadolu Agency over the phone the incident took place near the town of Bal’ad, located 40 kilometers (24 miles) northeast of Somali capital Mogadishu.

Hirshabelle State President Mohammed Abdi Ware confirmed the attack and the deaths of Deputy Governor of Middle Shabelle region Abdullahi Sitawe and former Hirshabelle’s Business Minister Sabriye Osman.

Soldiers from Hirshabelle are also among the dead, according to local media.

Somali-based al-Qaeda affiliated group al-Shabaab
...... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia attempting to metastasize into Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and similar places, all ofwhich have enough problems without them...
grabbed credit for the attack.

Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [91 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
UNHCR evacuates 98 immigrants to Italy
[Libya Observer] UNHCR confirmed on Friday the evacuation of 98 illegal immigrants from Libya to Italy.
WHY?
"The migrants were from the states of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan; among them were 52 unaccompanied minors," the UNHCR stated.

It also expressed appreciation to the Libyan Interior Ministry for its cooperation and assistance in securing the transfer process.

During this year, the UNHCR has managed to evacuate some 1,474 refugees, including 710 to Niger, and around 393 to Italy.

Another 371 were relocated to other countries in Europe as well as Canada.

Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  so they're into human trafficking now?
Posted by: chris || 09/15/2019 9:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Libyan prostitutes do the work Italian ones won't. Same old story.
Posted by: jpal || 09/15/2019 13:11 Comments || Top||


Haftar's forces target Tripoli's Mitiga Airport despite closure
[Libya Observer] Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
's Air Force warplanes and ground forces struck and shelled with Grad rockets
...Soviet-developed 122-mm rockets, usually launched from trucks. Newer versions are reported to have a range of up to 30 km....
Mitiga Airport in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
early on Saturday.

The attacks on Mitiga Airport came after hours of the announcement of killing commander of 9th Brigade Abdelwahhab al-Migri, militia leader Mohsen al-Kani and his brother Abdeladeem, who all died in festivities with the Volcano of Rage operation under the Presidential Council's government on Ain Zara frontline in southern Tripoli.

Social media accounts close to al-Kani militia that is fighting for Haftar's forces threatened to target positions and neighborhoods in Tripoli with Grad rockets, while others went as far as saying they will "show Tripoli hell".

Mitiga Airport has been closed since September 01 and until a further notice with flights being redirected to Misrata Airport because of repetitive attacks on the airport by Haftar's forces, the latest of which coincided with the arrival of hajis from 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...
.
Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Haftar militia commander killed
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [81 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Houthis claim responsibility for powerful attack on Saudi Aramco site
[ALMASDARNEWS] 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...
’s Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...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 legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. 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 They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
s have grabbed credit for drone attacks on two Saudi Aramco factories, the group’s front man said in a statement broadcast by Al Masirah TV. The spokesperson went on to say that the rebels deployed 10 drones overall in both attacks.

He also vowed that the scope of Houthi attacks against the kingdom would be broadened.

Earlier, a front man for 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...
’s interior ministry stated that the fire at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais was caused by drone attacks. The official added that the blaze was brought under control by the company’s security forces.

"The industrial security teams of Aramco have started dealing with fires at two of its facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais as a result of... drones", local media quoted the front man as saying. "The two fires have been controlled."

The ministry official did not identify those responsible for the attack in his comment.

Earlier in the day, the Saudi-owned satellite channel al-Arabiya reported the earth-shattering kaboom and fire at the Saudi Aramco Abqaiq facility in Buqyaq, near Dammam, in the kingdom’s Eastern Province. According to videos posted by social media users, gunfire was heard in the background.

Saudi Aramco is a state-owned oil enterprise which operates and controls the majority of the kingdom’s refinery production and oilfields. It is one of the largest firms globally in terms of revenue and is believed to be the most profitable company in the world.

Last month, another drone attack targeted Saudi Arabia’s major oil field, Shaybah, causing no interruptions to its activities. Yemen’s Houthis were reportedly responsible for the incident.

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Major fires continue to rage at the Aramco Oil Plant in Baqyaq, Saudi Arabia
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Parts resembling pieces of cruise missiles seen outside attacked Saudi oil facility
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  no Oil facility in sight
Posted by: lord garth || 09/15/2019 9:11 Comments || Top||


Footage taken from Kuwait showing glowing objects coming from Iraq flying towards Saudi-Arabia
[TWITTER]


Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wall Street Journal: Attacks trace back to Iran
Posted by: 3dc || 09/15/2019 8:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Drones don’t glow in the dark
That’s a cruise missile
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/15/2019 9:50 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm waiting for revengeTM
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/15/2019 9:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Thought the same thing when I first saw the images, SPOD.

Haven't changed my mind
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 09/15/2019 11:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Pretty sure the Iraqi’s don’t have cruise missiles in their inventory. So, if Iran used cruise missiles isn’t this an overt act of war? Surely they knew they would be revealed so is the a sign of near collapse and the need to state a war to avoid regime change from within?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 09/15/2019 12:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Worse than that no more - some of these youbs really believe in 12th Imam.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/15/2019 12:39 Comments || Top||

#7  some of these youbs really believe in 12th Imam

He's not where they can find him, though. Last I heard he was in Fresno.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 09/15/2019 17:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Last I heard he was in Fresno.

Look in' to find him some strange.
And place a bet or two in his favorite dogfight.
Posted by: Lex || 09/15/2019 19:43 Comments || Top||


Europe
New Italy government lets rescued migrants disembark
[AlAhram] Italia on Saturday agreed to allow rescue ship Ocean Viking to disembark 82 migrants colonists on Lampedusa, in a reversal of the hardline policy under the country's ex-interior minister Matteo Salvini.
long swim from Lampedusa to mainland Italy
Far-right leader Salvini was forced out of office last month after bringing the government down, and the new coalition has been trying to forge its own migrant stance.

It is the first time in 14 months that Italia has offered a migrant rescue ship a safe port, although it took Rome six days and Europe
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Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2019 00:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking

#1  Tralitors!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 09/15/2019 1:36 Comments || Top||

#2  The M5S sold out I see.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/15/2019 5:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Here comes 'la deluge'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/15/2019 7:18 Comments || Top||

#4  France and Germany have agreed to take 25 percent of the migrants colonists each, with Italia to take 10 percent.

I thought the Euros were supposed to be good with math. Do they drown the other 40% or try to send them to the UK?
Posted by: AlanC || 09/15/2019 8:02 Comments || Top||

#5  "rescued"?

They picked them up off Libya then people trafficked them to Italy. Probably in contact with the people smugglers at sea.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/15/2019 11:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Last time a migrant tried to disembark on me I gave them what for. You can't have migrants disembarking any time or anywhere they want and expect to have a civilized society.
Posted by: jpal || 09/15/2019 15:08 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey orders arrest of 223 military personnel over suspected Gulen links: State media
[AlAhram] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire...
has ordered the arrest of 223 serving military personnel across the country and in the breakaway state of Northern Cyprus over suspected links to a network Ankara accuses of organising an attempted coup in 2016, state media said on Saturday.

Authorities are seeking the suspects across 49 provinces in Turkey and in Northern Cyprus, state broadcaster TRT Haber said. It said 100 of those facing arrest were from the army, while 41 from the air force and 32 from the navy.

Ankara blames U.S.-based Moslem holy man Fethullah Gülen
... a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom the current govt of Turkey considers responsible for all the ills afflicting Turkey and possibly the entire world. Gülen and Erdogan used to be really good friends, but only one of them could be sultan, and Gülen lost...
, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, of criminal masterminding the failed putsch on July 15, 2016. He has denied any involvement.

In the three-year purge since the coup attempt, more than 77,000 people have been jugged
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
pending trial and about 150,000 civil servants, military personnel and others have been sacked or suspended from their jobs.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2019 00:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Again?

Is this guy paranoid, manic or just plane nuts?
Posted by: AlanC || 09/15/2019 7:50 Comments || Top||

#2  all of the above
Posted by: chris || 09/15/2019 9:09 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Militant attacks kill four soldiers in Pakistan
[AlAhram] Four Pak soldiers were killed in two different holy warrior attacks in northwestern tribal regions near the Afghan border, the military said Saturday.

The incidents happened late Friday night in North Wazoo and Dir, where several military operations have been launched in recent years against homegrown and foreign holy warriors.

"Miscreants opened fire on a routine patrolling party of security forces near the Abba Khel area of North Waziristan, killing a soldier. In an exchange of fire, two miscreants were also killed," the military said in a statement.

Separately, it said three soldiers guarding a fence on the border with Afghanistan were killed and another was injured "when turbans from across the border opened fire on them in Dir town".

The Mighty Pak Army launched a massive operation in 2014 to wipe out holy warrior bases in North Waziristan and end a near decade-long insurgency that has cost thousands of lives.

Violence in Pakistain has declined following the military offensives in the region, but holy warrior groups are still able to carry out deadly attack
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2019 00:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [91 views] Top|| File under:


Soldier martyred, woman dead in unprovoked firing by Indian troops across LoC
[DAWN] A Pakistain Army soldier was martyred after Indian troops resorted to "unprovoked firing" in the Hajipir sector of Azad Jammu and Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Saturday.

The official was identified by the military's media wing as 33-year-old Havaldar Nasir Hussain, a resident of Narowal, who had been in service for 16 years.

A second ISPR statement issued later in the day said Indian troops had also resorted to unprovoked firing in Nakyal and Jandrot sectors, targeting the civilian population.

As a result of the firing, a woman identified as Fatima Bibi, a 40-year-old resident of village Balakot, died, while six others including four women sustained injuries. The injured were evacuated to a nearby medical facility for medical treatment, the blurb added.

Pictures shared by the villagers on social media showed smoke rising from the mountains where mortar shells from across the LoC had landed. Several houses were also damaged.

Shariq Talat, a disaster management officer in Kotli, told Dawn that besides Fatima Bibi, seven others were maimed in "indiscriminate" Indian shelling. They were identified as Nazia Bibi, 36; Shah Begum, 70; Gul Yasmin, 50, and her 21-year-old daughter Shumaila; Muhammad Lal in Daryari Paalani village; Muhammad Ilyas, 28, a resident of Androth Palani village; and Muhammad Sabir, 48, in Dharoti Mohra.

He said that two buffalos and a goat owned by Muhammad Lal were also killed in the shelling.

According to civilian and military sources, at least 38 civilians have been killed and 187 maimed in ceasefire violations by the Indian army in different areas of AJK along the LoC in 2019. Apart from them, as many as 18 soldiers have also bit the dust.

Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Turkish airstrikes in Qandil kill 2 PKK fighters: local sources
[Rudaw] Two Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters were killed in Friday evening Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s on Qandil, local sources allege, with the airstrikes also resulting in the destruction of villager homes, agricultural fires, power cuts, and other material damage.

The airstrikes against PKK positions took place at around 7pm in Qandil, in the far north of the Kurdistan Region’s Erbil province. The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
’s defense ministry claimed later that evening to have "neutralized" two PKK guerillas in the strikes.

"As the result of coordinated activities between Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces [TSK] and the National Intelligence Organization [MIT] in northern Iraq’s Qandil region, [Ottoman Turkish] air operations neutralized two members of the separatist terrorist organization of the PKK," read a statement from the defense ministry on Twitter.

Ankara uses the word neutralized to refer to those killed, maimed, or otherwise removed from the battlefield.

Rudaw spoke to two local sources in the area who claimed two PKK fighters were killed in the airstrike.

One of the sources, who for fear of risk to his personal safety did not want to be named, said some PKK members came down from the nearby mountains to collect the remains of their fighters maimed by one of the strikes.

Shakhawan Warti, head of Qasre sub-district in Choman district, told Rudaw that Ottoman Turkish warplanes bombarded Razwelka, Qalat, and Wasanyan villages in the Balayan Valley "on three consecutive occasions which led to blackout in these villages."

The airstrike also caused the "blockage of Balayan-Qasre main road, destruction of the houses of some villages due to fragments [of the bombs]," he said.

The PKK-affiliated Roj News also reported the damage caused by the airstrikes, including the burning of land in the area and the partial destruction of a mosque - confirmed by Warti.

The PKK is yet to confirm the bombardments or any resulting losses.

Turkey has recently intensified its air operations against the Kurdish group, announcing the launch of Operation Claw in late May. Currently in its third phase, the operation is targetting alleged PKK positions in and around Sinat and Haftanin in the Kurdistan Region province of Duhok.

The Ottoman Turkish defense ministry claimed in a tweet early on Saturday to have "neutralized" two PKK fighters in a separate operation in the Kurdistan Region, "in the framework of Operation Claw."
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Iraqi security arrest six terrorists over plots to spoil Arbaeen celebrations
Kabala (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi security forces arrested on Saturday six terrorists, who plotted to carry out terrorist attacks during Shiite celebrations of the religious ritual of Arbaeen.

The six terrorists, including a woman, were nabbed during a counter-terrorism operation in Samaraa and al Jallam cities, the Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a press statement.

The arrestees, according to statement, "plotted to carry out a series of terrorist attacks to spoil Shiite celebrations of the Arbaeen religious festival."

Arbaeen marks the end of the 40-day mourning period for the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

Hussein, the third Shia Imam, was killed in battle at Karbala in the 7th Century. His martyrdom is considered a defining event in the schism between Sunnis and Shiite Moslems.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Iraqi Police forces seize 20 IEDs south of Baghdad
(IraqiNews) Iraqi Ministry of Interior Affairs announced on Saturday seizing 20 improvised bombs and kabooms, south of Baghdad.

In a press statement the ministry said that forces from the Falcons Intelligence Cell were able to seize 20 containers, 332 detonators, 155 detonation timers and equipment and explosive connectors.

It further added that, "These materials were seized in the Aker al-Saadan area, south of Baghdad, in coordination with the 17th Division and under the supervision of the Joint Operations Command, which was dealing with material seized."
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [84 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
46 Palestinians injured in West Bank clashes - report
[Jpost] 46 Paleostinians were maimed in festivities with IDF forces in the West Bank town of al-Eizariya between Jerusalem and Ma'ale Adumim, according to the Paleostine Red Islamic Thingy Society, reported the Paleostinian Sawa news agency.

A 6-year-old girl who was hit by a tear gas canister in the head was among the injured, according to Sawa. She was transferred to Hadassah Hospital for treatment.

IDF forces used tear gas and sound grenades in the festivities.
The Times of Israel adds:
A security official told the Walla news website that protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at troops.

No arrests were reported.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2019 02:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
6 civilians killed in shelling on Idlib despite ceasefire
(IraqiNews) At least six non-combatants were killed in a rocket shelling by the government forces on the southern areas of Idlib Province, northwest of Syria, despite the two-week ceasefire imposed on the area.

A ceasefire in Idlib was declared by Moscow and approved by Damascus, took effect at the end of August, but is increasingly being violated, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Yesterday, government forces shelled Maarat al-Nu’man and Kafrnabel, in the southern countryside of Idlib, killing five civilians, including a child, while a sixth civilian was killed by Russian strikes on a village in the western countryside of the province.

Since the ceasefire was imposed, the corpse count has risen to 11 civilians, eight of them were killed by rocket and artillery shelling, which were conducted by government forces, and two by Russian raids, while raids by government forces have killed at least one civilian.

The SOHR also reported that a rocket shelling was carried out by government forces, on Saturday, in several areas in southern Idlib, northern Lattakia and western Hama, only one day after several shells landed near where the Ottoman Turkish forces are stationed, in the village of Kafr Hattat, in the southern countryside of Idlib.

Furthermore, it also revealed that the Russian planes concentrated their strikes on the headquarters of the jihadist groups in the western countryside of Idlib and northeast Latakia.

It is noteworthy that Idlib is home of about three million people, about half of whom are displaced, and it is controlled by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
(formerly Jabhat 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 .. ...
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Syrian Army nearly hits Turkish military in southern Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] During an attack on Friday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) nearly struck a Ottoman Turkish observation post in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, a source from the military told al-Masdar News.

According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army was heavily shelling the southern region of Idlib, when their forces nearly hit the Ottoman Turkish observation post that was located just north of the Hama Governorate.

The source said the Ottoman Turkish military informed the Russian Armed Forces about the incident that took place on Friday, as it was the first time the Syrian Arab Army nearly hit an observation post in weeks.

The Ottoman Turkish military currently possesses 12 observation posts in northwestern Syria, with most of them positioned along the so-called "demilitarized zone" that stretches from Aleppo to Latakia.

Last month, one of the Ottoman Turkish observation posts in the town of Morek became fully encircled by the Syrian Arab Army after the latter scored a major advance across southern Idlib.

Instead of withdrawing from the area, the Ottoman Turkish military would remain in Morek, prompting the Russian Armed Forces to get involved to ease tensions.

Since then, the Russian military has deployed their troops to the checkpoints around the Ottoman Turkish observation post, as the Syrian Army fully withdrew from the town of Morek.

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Militants attack Syrian security forces in western Daraa
[ALMASDARNEWS] A group of assailants from a murderous Moslem sleeper cell reportedly attacked a Syrian cop shoppe in the western countryside of the Daraa Governorate on Saturday.

According to a military report from Daraa, the assailants, who were believed to be members of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA), attacked the cop shoppe in the large town of Nawa, causing several casualties as a result of the attack.

A source told al-Masdar that the assailants used assault rifles and hand grenades in their attacks, which included a number of checkpoints near the town of Nawa.

The Free Syrian Army and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
are believed to have several sleeper cells that are still active in the Daraa Governorate, despite the fact they previously surrendered their areas last Summer.
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Syrian Army attacks jihadist stronghold in northeast Latakia
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their strikes on the jihadist stronghold of Kabani this evening, hitting a number of sites along the southern axis of this key town in northeastern Latakia.

According to a source in the Latakia Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division unleashed a barrage of missiles and artillery shells towards the defenses of the Turkestan Islamic Party and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, while Russian and Syrian reconnaissance planes flew over the latter’s positions.

The Syrian Army has been heavily concentrating on the abundance of jihadist tunnels and hideouts around Kabani, as these militant sites have given HTS and TIP a great advantage during their previous battles at this front.

Kabani is a small town that is located atop of one of Latakia’s highest peaks; its geographic location makes it a high priority for the Syrian Army’s high command.
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Jihadists block humanitarian corridor in Idlib: Russia
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group, formerly known as Nusra Front*, does not let civilians leave the parts of the Syrian province of Idlib it controls, the state television reported on Saturday.
Human Shields - so Islamic
According to Al-Ikhbariya broadcaster, militants are shooting at any vehicle trying to transport people through the Abu al-Duhur humanitarian corridor.

On 31 August, the Syrian army unilaterally halted the fighting in the Idlib de-escalation zone. The truce was announced by the Russian Defence Ministry’s Center for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria.

The centre also called on the leaders of armed groups operating in Idlib to stop staging provocations and to join the peace process instead.

Syria has remained in a state of a civil war since 2011, with the government forces fighting against numerous opposition groups as well as militant and terrorist organisations. Along with Turkey and Iran, Russia acts as a guarantor of the ceasefire in the Arab republic. Moscow has also been providing humanitarian aid to residents of the crisis-torn country.

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