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Afghanistan
Airstrikes kill more than 20 Taliban and ISIS militants in 4 provinces
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in four provinces in the past 24 hours, killing more than 20 Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
bully boys.

The military officials said Tuesday that the security forces conducted airstrikes in Qarah Bagh and Ghazni districts of Ghazni province which killed 4 Talibs.

The officials further added that the airstrikes also destroyed two boom-mobiles.

Furthermore, an airstrike killed 7 Talibs in Chak-e Wardak district of Wardak province.

The officials also added that airstrikes in Warduj district of Badakhshan province killed 9 Talibs.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pie fight, Bella opened her mouth at precisely the wrong moment...
an airstrike in Pachir Wa Agam district of 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..
killed 3 ISIS Khurasan bully boys, the officials added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/18/2019 01:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under:


Special Forces kill, detain 12 Taliban militants; destroy weapons caches in 3 provinces
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces killed or detained at least 12 Talibs and destroyed multiple caches of weapons in three provinces.

The military officials said Tuesday the Afghan Special Forces killed 6 Talibs during a raid in Sayyidabad district of Wardak province.

The officials further added that the Special Forces destroyed a small cache of weapons during a patrol in Maidan Shahr district of Wardak.

Furthermore, the Special Force killed a Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
bully boy and arrested 5 others in Chimtal district of Balkh province.

The Special Forces also destroyed a cache of weapons of Taliban during a separate patrol in Charkh district of Pashtun-infested Logar.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/18/2019 01:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Is it just me, or did Afghan gov picked up the pace once they were told "America's leaving, you're on your own"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/18/2019 2:34 Comments || Top||

#2  They sure seem to have a more effective kill-rate than the expensive arclight strikes. If indeed these numbers are accurate, the taliban either number in hundred thousands, or they should be capitulating to the Afghans by now.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/18/2019 3:02 Comments || Top||


Suicide attack in Kabul city kills 22 civilians, injures 38 others, Taliban claim it
[KhaamaPress] A suicide kaboom in Kabul city killed 22 civilians and maimed at least 38 others.

The security officials confirmed that the earth-shattering kaboom but did not elaborate further regarding the casualties.

The Ministry of Interior said in a statement that the jacket wallah detonated his explosives on a roadside close to Massoud Square.

The statement further added that the attack killed 22 civilians and maimed at least 38 others.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Interior said the earth-shattering kaboom also killed or maimed several women and kiddies.

The Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
group grabbed credit for the attack.

Taliban claims Kabul and Parwan explosions

[KhaamaPress] The Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
group grabbed credit for the earth-shattering kabooms in Kabul city and Parwan provinces.

Taliban front man Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that a jacket wallah detonated his explosives close to the Personnel Department of the Ministry of Defense in Kabul city this afternoon.

Mujahid further added that another suicide bomber of the group detonated his explosives close to an election rally in Charikar city.

Furthermore, Mujahid claimed that that the two attacks inflicted heavy casualties on security personnel.

However,
the man who has no enemies isn't anybody and has never done anything...
the officials in Parwan are saying that the attack close to election rally of Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money...
killed more than 26 people and maimed 42 others, mostly civilians.

Meanwhile,
...back at the revival hall, the pastor had finally been wrestled from the pulpit.
Y'got the wrong guy! he yelled just before Sergeant Malone's billy club landed...

the Ministry of Interior said the suicide kaboom close to Massoud Square in Kabul city killed 22 civilians and maimed at least 38 others.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/18/2019 01:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Ghazni: 22 or 35 Talibs toes up, including 10 Pakis and 3 big turbans


Afghan Special Forces kill more than 20 militants, destroy caches of weapons in Ghazni

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces killed 22 Taliban militants during an operation in South-eastern Ghazni province.

The military officials said Tuesday that the Special Forces killed the militants during the multiple raids which they conducted in Ghazni district.

The officials further added that the Special Forces also arrested 3 Taliban militants during the same raids.

Furthermore, the Special Forces destroyed the caches of weapons belonging to Taliban group.

Pakistanis among dozens of Taliban militants killed in Ghazni operations

[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed at least 35 Taliban militants including many Pakistani nationals in South-eastern Ghazni province.

The Ghazni Governor’s Office said in a statement that the Special Forces conducted operations in Mangoor, Qarabaghi and Kala Ghach areas located in the outskirts of Ghazni city.

The statement further added that the security forces killed at least 35 Taliban militants including 10 Pakistani nationals.

Furthermore, the Governor’s Office said the security forces also killed Mohammad Tahir alias Khaksar and Omar Khalid, two local commanders of Taliban.

The security forces also killed Hemat, the leader in charge of the financial affairs of Taliban for Ghazni and Malang, the recruitment chief of the group.

The security forces confiscated 12 Ak-47 rifles, 2 rocket launchers, a PKM machine gun and Dragunov sniper rifle during the operation, the statement added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/18/2019 01:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Bombing kills 24 at Afghan president’s rally
[DAWN] A blast killed 24 people and injured 31 others near an election rally held by Afghanistan's Caped President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money...
in central Parwan province on Tuesday, a health official said.

"Women and children are among them and most of the victims seems to be the civilians. Ambulances are still operating, and the number of casualties may rise," said Dr Abdul Qasim Sangin, head of the provincial hospital.

Dr Sangin at the Charakar hospital in northern Parwan province said another 31 people were maimed in the attack.

The president’s campaign front man Hamed Aziz said that Ghani was there but that he was safe and unharmed. Aziz said he would provide more details later.

Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the provincial governor in Parwan, said the earth-shattering kaboom happened while the rally was underway on Tuesday, at the entrance to the venue.

No one grabbed credit for the attack, which comes as the country heads into presidential elections later this month despite relentless violence plaguing Afghanistan.

The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
have warned Afghans not to vote and said they would target polling stations and election campaigns.
Tolo News adds:
26 people have been killed and 42 wounded on Tuesday by a suicide bomber at President Ghani’s campaign rally in the central province of Parwan, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior confirmed.

The attack took place at 11:40 a.m. in the city of Charikar after a suicide bomber on a motorbike detonated his explosives where dozens of people were entering the meeting place, local officials said.

“The bodies of the deceased have been transferred to hospitals,” said Qasim Sangin, head of Parwan’s provincial hospital.

“A number of the wounded people are not in a stable condition,” Sangin said, adding that the identities of many remained unknown. “We are busy with treatment.”

In the meantime, local police reported that only eight people were killed in the attack and 10 were wounded.

Reporters covering the campaign rally said the attack happened just after Ghani begin his speech, and that the president continued speaking despite the blast. Hundreds of supporters were in attendance.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming they were targeting security forces at the campaign rally.
Khaama Press agrees with Tolo News about numbers, but adds:
The local officials had earlier confirmed that an improvised explosive device planted in a security vehicle went off close to the entrance gate of the compound where the rally is organized.

Wahida Shakar, a spokesperson for provincial government had earlier said a magnetic bomb went off close to the election rally compound.

Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  there were two suicide bombings on sept 17

one in Kabul, one in Charikar
(this post was about the Charikar one)

the two sites are about 40 miles from each other

similar fatalities and wounded
Posted by: lord garth || 09/18/2019 14:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Good, thanks LG.
Thought it was Groundhog Day.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/18/2019 16:21 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Haftar's warplanes target Tripoli's Mitiga Airport for fourth day in a row
[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 warplanes continue to strike residential areas in south and east 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...
without targeting military locations as foreign drones backing up Haftar's forces strike Mitiga Airport for the fourth day in a row.

Sources from Volcano of Rage Operation said Mig 21 for Haftar's forces hit a storage for Jarma Company in Tajoura but caused only material damage, while another strike hit a residential area in al-Karaymiya, injuring a family.

The Libya Observer has not verified any information about the number and type of casualties due to the Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s.

The sources added that another airstrike hit April 7 Camp in al-Sawani in southern Tripoli but caused no damages.

Volcano of Rage Operation confirmed on Tuesday that Haftar's UAE-supplied drones targeted Mitiga Airport in Tripoli for the fourth consecutive day, saying it is a desperate attempt by Haftar's forces to make up for their losses on frontlines.
Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Half of Saudi Aramco production restored
One is forced to conclude that the damage was not nearly as great as originally claimed — could it be that the mighty Iranian proxies are not nearly as effective as believed?
[TWITTER]
Related: The Jerusalem Post shares an American satellite image showing the initial damage to oil/gas Saudi Aramco infrastructure at Khurais, in Saudi Arabia.

Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  I wonder if Iranians will hit them again once 80% (or so) is restored?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/18/2019 2:37 Comments || Top||

#2  The Saudis should already possess enough weaponry to hit some of Iran's choice targets.

I think the problem is that the Saudis don't seem to have the defensive capabilities that they should. They protected themselves from dozens of strikes from Yemen but were caught by whatever hit them last Saturday. The Saudis will also want to get Russian and China to back them in the Security Counsel before they hit Iran but that will be dicey as Russia will want to be bribed and who knows what mood Xi will be in on this issue.
Posted by: lord garth || 09/18/2019 8:12 Comments || Top||


Europe
Police Clear Major Migrant Camp in Northern France
[AnNahar] French police began clearing around 1,000 migrants colonists from a gymnasium near the northern port of Dunkirk on Tuesday after a court ruled it was a health and security hazard.

The mayor of Grande-Synthe in December 2018 opened up the sports hall to migrant families seeking shelter from the cold.

Since then, it has grown into a makeshift camp with around 800 people sleeping in tents pitched around the crammed gymnasium where some 170 people, mostly Iraqi Kurds hoping to reach Britannia, had been sheltering.

Tuesday's clearance operation began shortly after 8:00 am (0600 GMT).

Young men travelling alone were the first to board buses that will take them to shelters around the region, where they can apply for asylum.

Families were to be moved later.

Northern La Belle France has long been a magnet for people seeking to smuggle themselves to Britannia in the tens of thousands of trucks and cars that travel daily between the countries on ferries and trains.

The area around Grande-Synthe has traditionally drawn Iraqi Kurds and has been repeatedly cleared in recent years.
Knowing this, why on earth did the mayor donate a community asset to people who should not have been in the area?
A court in the regional city of Lille ordered the gymnasium shut on September 4 following complaints from local authorities and residents about violence, garbage and the presence of people-smugglers among the migrants colonists.

French authorities have had a policy of trying to prevent migrants colonists forming camps since 2016 when they razed a notorious illegal squat nicknamed the "Jungle" near the port of Calais which was home to 10,000 people at its height.

But rights groups have criticised police tactics and migrants colonists have begun taking every greater risks to try reach Britannia, including trying to cross the Channel -- the world's busiest shipping lane -- in small boats.

In December, the country's human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
ombudsman denounced the "extreme destitution" suffered by people camping out or sleeping under bridges in the Calais area.

The ombudsman, Jacques Toubon, accused the authorities of "trying to make (migrants colonists) invisible" by regularly tearing down their camps without providing them with viable alternatives.

French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to speed up the asylum claims process for people deemed to be bona fide refugees, while vowing to accelerate the deportation of so-called economic migrants colonists.

On Monday, he told his ministers that the government needed to tackle the issue of immigration headlong, warning that "by claiming to be humanist, sometimes we are too laxist."
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/18/2019 05:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Iraq
Iraqi intelligence arrest five Islamic State jihadists in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi military intelligence forces announced on Tuesday that five Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
holy warriors were arrested in the eastern province of Diyala.

"Acting on intelligence information, troops of the Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate caught five Islamic State holy warriors in Mandali district in Diyala," Alsumaria News quoted the directorate as saying in a blurb.

"The holy warriors were referred to the competent authorities for interrogation," the statement read.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [106 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Joint operation destroys 5 Islamic State hotbeds in Iraq’s Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi security forces destroyed on Tuesday five hotbeds of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
holy warrior group in the eastern province of Diyala, a police front man said.

"A joint force of Diyala police and army launched a counter-terrorism operation in al-Nada district in the eastern part of the province, destroying five IS hideouts," the Iraqi Ayn Al Iraq news website quoted Diyala police front man Col. Ghaleb al-Attia as saying in a press statement.

The operation was launched based on intelligence information to track down Islamic State gunnies in the province, the front man added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [70 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Bomb explosion kills two Iraqi policemen in Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Two Iraqi coppers were killed Monday in a kaboom in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
a security source said.

Speaking to the privately-owned IKH news website, the source said that an explosive charge targeted a police patrol in al-Rashad district in Kirkuk, leaving two coppers dead.

"The bodies were moved to the forensic medicine department," the source said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under:


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Female terrorist shot dead after stabbing attempt
[Jpost] A female terrorist was shot dead on Wednesday after she attempted to stab a police officer at the Qalandiya crossing near Jerusalem.
No attacks yesterday. The crossings were closed - do you suppose there's a connection?
Update from The Times of Israel at 8:40 a.m. EDT:
The woman, reportedly in her 50s, entered a car lane on foot, which aroused the suspicion of the guards at the Jerusalem-area checkpoint.

“Security personnel who saw that she was approaching them performed the proper arrest procedures and called for her to stop. She did not respond to their calls and took out a knife. As a result of this, a shot was fired at her leg and she was injured,” police said in a statement.

The woman was taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus for treatment, where she was pronounced dead, the medical center said.
The article goes on to speculate possible suicide by soldier.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/18/2019 05:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sounds like Femoral artery was hit. Down you go quickly.
Posted by: Dale || 09/18/2019 10:33 Comments || Top||

#2  "Don't get fancy and try for a leg shot, that works in movies, but in real life that's a hard target to hit under pressure, and if you miss you don't know where the round might ricochet to. If you hit you might hit the big artery in the leg they will bleed out before you can do anything; Do the two to the center of mass and if they are still standing one to the head...The transit cop stop to the pubic arch is also acceptable though the screaming of the perp gets on my nerves."
Posted by: Clyde Dribble8052 || 09/18/2019 11:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe he was aiming for the femoral artery. In any case good outcome.
Posted by: jpal || 09/18/2019 16:21 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
At least 10 killed in airstrikes on pro-Iranian militia in Syria
[Jpost] At least 10 militants were killed in airstrikes on Monday night by unidentified aircraft on pro-Iranian militias in Albukamal in Syria near the Iraqi border, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The raid targeted an ammunition depot and two other sites belonging to the Popular Mobilization Forces or other pro-Iranian factions in the area. Heavy material damage and 10 deaths were reported. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured were in serious condition.

The director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that according to the information that they have, the airstrikes were likely carried out by Israel.
The pilots were overheard arguing in Hebrew about the elections?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/18/2019 05:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under:


Turkish Army sends armored convoy to northern Hama observation post
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish military sent a new armored convoy to the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate this week amid their regime’s ongoing peace talks with Russia and Iran.

According to a report from the Hama Governorate, the Ottoman Turkish military sent an armored convoy consisting of five vehicles and several soldiers to their observation post in the town of Sheir Magher.

The report added that the convoy is meant to reinforce the Ottoman Turkish Army’s observation post in Sheir Magher, as hostilities between the Syrian military and holy warrior forces could flare up in the coming days if the Ankara peace talks fall apart.

The Sheir Magher observation post has also been the target of Syrian Army attacks in the past, as this small installation is located along the front-lines in the Hama Governorate.
Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Syrian Army, Liwaa Al-Quds send reinforcements to SDF front-lines in Deir Ezzor
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies have sent reinforcements to the Deir Ezzor Governorate this week following threats from the Iran-backed al-Baqir Brigade to attack the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the eastern region of the Euphrates River region.

According to a military report from eastern Syria, the Syrian Arab Army and the Paleostinian-led al-Quds Brigade
...Liwaa Al Quds is a pro-Syrian government Palestinian paramilitary faction made up of those who fled the Handarat refugee camp in northern Aleppo when jihadis took over...
sent reinforcements to the front-lines in Deir Ezzor, where they positioned themselves just west of the Syrian Democratic Forces.

A source nearby said the Syrian Army has no plans to attack the Syrian Democratic Forces; however, they are focusing more troops to the area in order to prevent any potential hostilities between the al-Baqir Brigade and the U.S.-backed forces in Deir Ezzor.

Over the weekend, the al-Baqir Brigade released a video in which one of their field commanders vowed to expel the Syrian Democratic Forces from the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley.

The al-Baqir Brigade, which is part of the Iran-backed Local Defense Forces (LDF), is considered one of the most powerful paramilitary factions in Syria.

Made up of mostly al-Baggara rustics from rural Aleppo, the al-Baqir Brigade has established themselves as a formidable force in the Euphrates region after participating in several battles alongside the Syrian Arab Army.
Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Several Syrian soldiers killed in ISIS ambush southeast of Palmyra
[ALMASDARNEWS] Several Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were killed Tuesday by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
/ISIS/IS/ISIS) terrorist group near the Hamimah region of the Homs Governorate, a source told al-Masdar News.

According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army troops near the Hamimah region were ambushed by a group of Islamic State turbans as they were posted up in this desert area.

As a result of the Islamic State ambush, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies from the National Defense Forces (SDF) suffered over ten casualties in the Badiya al-Sham region southeast of Palmyra city.

Tuesday’s attack by the Islamic State marked the first time since the Syrian Arab Army carried out their Deir Ezzor desert operation that the terrorist group has carried out an assault of this size.

The Islamic State sleeper cells have have been operating in the desert region near Palmyra for several years now, but since they lost most of their territories inside Syria, they have been limited to this area because of the plethora of caves.

ISIS uses these caves to hide out from Syrian Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s and to store military equipment and supplies so they can carry out these types of attacks.
Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syrian military finds militant base hidden inside cave in Khan Sheikhoun
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian military has found a cave near the recently liberated city of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province that was used by gunnies as a large military base, Big. Gen. Abdel Kerim Meikhun told news hounds.

"Our fighters discovered this cave after the liberation of the south of Idlib province, which took place in late August. Apart from being a powerful fortified area, it also stored scores of various weapons and combat outfit of turbans: here are a helmet, uniform and gas mask; and here is a heavy machine gun belt and rocket-propelled grenade munitions," Meikhun said.

According to him, the cave is about 10,000 square meters (107,639 square feet) and has an extensive system of tunnels. The facility also had a command post with a map of the city of Khan Sheihoun and the village of Morek, a field hospital and sleeping rooms.

Meikhun noted that each of the tunnels was at least 200 meters long. Before leaving, gunnies hastily mined the facility, with sapper work still underway.

In addition, this cave could have been used by the White Helmets, an NGO suspected of being linked to jihadist rebel groups, for shooting videos of staged chemical attacks to frame the Syrian government forces.

In August, the Syrian government conducted a military operation during which it seized parts of Hama and Idlib provinces that had been controlled by gunnies since 2014, including the strategic city of Khan Sheikhoun and access to the M5 highway linking Damascus and Aleppo.

On April 4, 2017, the Syrian opposition claimed that over 80 people had been killed in a chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, blaming the Syrian government for it. Even though Damascus strongly denied
No, no! Certainly not!
the accusations and no convincing evidence to the contrary were provided, the United States struck Shayrat airbase controlled by the Syrian government three days later.
Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [86 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra



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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
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