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Caribbean-Latin America
One of Hezbollah’s most important members arrested in Brazil
[JTA] One of Hezbollah’s most wanted members, Assad Ahmad Barakat, was placed in durance vile
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
near Brazil’s border with Argentina
...a country located on the other side of the Deep South. It is covered with Pampers and inhabited by Grouchos, who dance the Tangle. They used to have some islands called the Malvinas located where the Falklands are now. They're not supposed to cry for Evita...
and Paraguay on Friday.

Barakat has been labeled by the U.S. Treasury as one of the Lebanese terrorist group’s main financiers. He is part of the Barakat Clan, a criminal organization known for its links to Hezbollah.

Barakat was arrested in Foz de Iguazú, in southern Brazil. That triple border, or Triple Frontier as it is known as, has been linked with Hezbollah terrorist activity for decades, specifically as a source of the group’s funding.

In July, the Barakat Clan’s assets were frozen by the Financial Information Unit of Argentina. On Aug. 31, Argentine Judge Rubén Darío Riquelme ordered Barakat’s international capture. Barakat was also sought by Paraguay and Brazil.

Barakt, who was born in Leb, is also accused in Paraguay for identity fraud and for omitting information about his nationality status.
Ha’aretz adds:
Brazilian police have arrested a man designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as a high-ranking Hezbollah financier after neighboring Paraguay sought his detention on identity theft charges, authorities in Brazil said on Friday.

In 2004, U.S. authorities designated Assad Ahmad Barakat as one of Hezbollah's "most prominent and influential members." They said he had long served as a treasurer for the group and was an associate of the then-financial director of Hezbollah, a Death Eater group based in Leb.

It was not immediately known if Barakat had a lawyer.

Brazilian federal police said in a Friday written statement that the country's Supreme Court authorized his arrest after Paraguayan authorities issued a warrant late in August.

Police also said Argentine authorities accused him of laundering $10 million through a casino in the border city of Puerto Iguazu.

Barakat was previously imprisoned in Paraguay from 2002 to 2008 on charges of tax evasion. After his release, Brazilian police said, Barakat lived in Brazil, and carried out business activities in Paraguay, Argentina, and Chile.
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Iraq
Mayor killed, son injured in Islamic State attack, southwest of Mosul
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) A mayor was killed, while his son was injured in an attack by 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....
members, southwest of Mosul, a police officer from Nineveh said on Friday.

Speaking to BasNews, Col. Farouq Ahmed said "Islamic State members, disguised in military uniform, sneaked into Maflaka village in Hatra region. They broke into the house of Saad al-Me’mari, the mayor."

The holy warriors, according to Ahmed, "killed the mayor and injured his son. They also killed another civilian before they bravely ran away."

Security troops conducted investigations after transferring the victim to forensic medicine department.
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Anbar antics: 2 border-crossing turbans tied up, 18 turbans permanently unwound in 2 operations


2 Islamic State members arrested after crossing borders coming from Syria

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Eleven Islamic State members were killed, while three booby-trapped vehicles were destroyed in an operation, west of Anbar, a security source from the mobilization forces of the province said on Friday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said “security troops, backed by army jets, managed to kill eleven Islamic State members in an operation that targeted Wadi al-Halkoum region and caves in the northeast of Akashat region in Rutba, west of Anbar.”

Security troops, according to the source, also destroyed three booby-trapped vehicles as well as other weapons.

Eleven Islamic State members killed in operation, west of Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Eleven Islamic State members were killed, while three booby-trapped vehicles were destroyed in an operation, west of Anbar, a security source from the mobilization forces of the province said on Friday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said “security troops, backed by army jets, managed to kill eleven Islamic State members in an operation that targeted Wadi al-Halkoum region and caves in the northeast of Akashat region in Rutba, west of Anbar.”

Security troops, according to the source, also destroyed three booby-trapped vehicles as well as other weapons.

Seven Islamic State members killed in joint operation, west of Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Seven Islamic State members were killed in an operation carried out by the Iraqi troops, west of Anbar, the media service of the pro-government paramilitary troops reported on Thursday.

“Joint troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in Anbar, covered by army jets, carried out an operation in the western desert, which is adjacent to the Iraqi-Syrian borders, leaving seven militants, including the leader abu Aisha al-Karbouli, killed,” the website of PMFs quoted Saadi Nasser al-Tamimi, deputy commander of PMFs operation in west of Anbar.

The operation, according to Tamimi, “left three rest houses destroyed.
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Islamic State explodes electricity transmission tower, southwest of Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) 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....
members have went kaboom! an electricity transmission tower, southwest 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 on Thursday.

Speaking to Baghdad Today website, the source said "unidentified button men went kaboom! an electricity transmission tower in a village in Hawija town, southwest of Kirkuk."

The attack, according to the source, "is the 21st of its kind."

"It left the tower totally destroyed," the source added.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Witness says Ari Fuld’s killer deliberately targeted an American
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With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
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And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!

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One Palestinian said killed, 312 wounded, in Gaza border protests
[IsraelTimes] Soldier lightly maimed by shrapnel from bomb; arson balloons and kites cause seven blazes inside Israel; IAF carries out several strikes on balloon launchers

One Paleostinian was reported killed and at least 312 were maimed as some 10,000 Paleostinians protested on the Gazoo Strip border on Friday, with some throwing bombs and rocks and burning tires, as soldiers responded with tear gas and occasional live fire.

One Israeli soldier was lightly injured by shrapnel from a pipe bomb thrown at troops, the army said, adding that it spotted a number of infiltration attempts.

The Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth",-run health ministry in Gazoo said that a 25-year-old was shot and killed at one of the protests. Fifty-four others were hurt by live fire, the ministry said.

It identified the dead man as Kareem Mohammad Kolab.

"IDF troops are responding with riot dispersal means and are firing in accordance with standard operating procedures," the army said.

Paleostinians also sent fire balloons and kites into Israel, causing at least seven blazes along the border. Paleostinian sources said an IDF aircraft fired at a group launching incendiary devices. The IDF confirmed several strikes in northern Gazoo but gave no further details.

Firefighters were still battling four blazes, a spokesperson said on Friday evening.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Turkey, US to start joint patrols in Syria's Manbij soon
[AlAhram] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
and the United States have almost completed work on joint patrols in northern Syria's Manbij area and those patrols and joint training will begin soon, Ottoman Turkish presidential front man Ibrahim Kalin said on Friday.

In a news conference with journalists, Kalin said that Turkey expected the international community to contribute to the political process in Syria.
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YPG carries out powerful ambush against Turkish-backed rebels in Afrin (video)
[AlMasdar] The Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) carried out a powerful ambush against the Ottoman Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) in the Afrin region of northwest Aleppo this week.

"On September 20th, our units ambushed a Ottoman Turkish military vehicle on the road between the villages of Khalta and Gubele in Sherawa district. As a result of the action, two Ottoman Turkish soldiers were killed," the official media wing of the YPG reported.

"On that same day, our fighters targeted a military vehicle of the Sultan Murad Division mercenary fraction on the road between Rajo and Mabata districts," they continued.

"As a result, three mercenaries were killed and three AK-47 weapons seized. The names of the killed mercenaries are as follows: Khaled al-Ragheb (originally from northern Hama), Ali al-Barhoum (Homs) and Kholouf al-Ghoutani (Damascus)," the statement added.
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Sweida: Syrian Army liberates new areas in ISIS-held Al-Safa region
[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their field operations in the al-Safa region of al-Sweida, today, after repelling a big 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....
(ISIS) counter-offensive.

Led by their 3rd Corps and 10th Division, the Syrian Arab Army stormed the Islamic State’s positions in the al-Safa region from two different axes in a bid to overwhelm the terrorist forces.

According to a military source in Sweida city, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies from the National Defense Forces (NDF) managed to liberate new points in the al-Safa region on Friday, forcing the Islamic State holy warriors to fall further back.

The source said that the Syrian Arab Army and their allies also killed at least ten Islamic State turbans and destroyed a field artillery gun and two technical vehicles.

Despite this advance by the Syrian Arab Army, the Islamic State maintains control over several parts of the al-Safa region, including the highest point that overlooks the government’s positions.
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Idlib: FSA big turban kaboomed, 4th day of Syrian army shelling jihadis, Syrian army spy makes another video, Russia deal not final step


Russia-Turkey deal on Idlib only ‘intermediate step’ – Lavrov

[AlMasdar] Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that creation of the demilitarised zone in Syria’s Idlib will prevent the shelling of Syrian troops and the Russian Hmeymim military base, speaking at in Sarajevo on Friday after talks with his Bosnian counterpart Igor Crnadak.

Lavrov said the agreement on the de-escalation zone between Moscow and Ankara is an just “an intermediate step”, adding that by mid-October all heavy weaponry and the Jabhat al-Nusra militants should be moved out of the area.

Rebel military commander assassinated in northeast Idlib

[AlMasdar] (4:20 P.M.) – A military commander from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) was recently assassinated inside a key city in the Idlib Governorate.

According to opposition activists in the Idlib Governorate, the military commander of the Al-Sadiq Brigade of the Al-Sham Regiment, Yousef Houran, was assassinated on Friday after his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) along a road in Saraqib city.

Opposition activists have blamed Syrian Arab Army (SAA) spies for the assassination of Houran in Saraqib today.

Houran is the first military commander of the Free Syrian Army to be killed in the Idlib Governorate since the Turkish-Russian agreement was established inside the province.

There could be an influx of assassinations in the coming weeks, as the recent string of executions by the jihadist rebels in the Idlib Governorate could prompt responses by the groups targeted.

Syrian Army launches heavy attack along Idlib-Hama axis

[AlMasdar] 2018-09-21 (6:20 P.M.) – For the fourth day in a row, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has launched a powerful attack along the Idlib-Hama axis in northwest Syria.

Led by their artillery units, the Syrian Arab Army unleashed a flurry of missiles and artillery shells towards the jihadist defenses, hitting a number of trenches and hideouts used by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
and Jaish al-Izza.

According to a military source in Hama city, the Syrian Arab Army heavily targeted the rebel-held towns of Kafr Zita, Al-Lataminah, Zakat, Aleywi, Sukeek, Taman’ah, Umm Khalakheel, and Khuwayn.

The Syrian Arab Army intensified their strikes this afternoon, following a number of attacks by the jihadist rebels on the government-held towns of northern Hama.

Despite the recent Turkish-Russian agreement in the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army and the jihadist rebels have yet to stop the hostilities in the region.

However, no buffer zone has been implemented as of yet in the Idlib Governorate; once it is established, the hostilities will likely dissipate.

Syrian Army spy films from pro-Turkey rally in Khan Sheikhoun (video)

[AlMasdar] 2018-09-22 (12:25 A.M.) – A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently filmed from inside the key town of Khan Sheikhoun, which was the site of a pro-opposition and Turkey rally.

The Syrian Army spy showed the the small rally that was held inside this Idlib Governorate town recently; however, the exact location inside of Khan Sheikhoun could not be identified.

As shown in the short video below, the Syrian Army spy is moving freely through the town and filming the crowd:

Khan Sheikhoun was the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack that took place on April 4th, 2017.

The Syrian government was blamed for the attack by the United States and their allies; they would later attack the Shayrat Airbase in Homs in response.
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Aleppo: Syrian army fights Turkish proxy FSA in east and jihadis in southwest


Intense clashes break out between Syrian Army and Turkish-backed forces in east Aleppo

[AlMasdar] (10:00 P.M.) – Intense clashes broke-out between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish-backed rebels in east Aleppo this evening after a relatively quiet few months.

According to a military source in Damascus, the intense clashes broke out after the Syrian Arab Army fired a couple of mortar shells towards the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) positions at Al-Bab in east Aleppo.

In response, the Turkish-backed rebels fired several missiles towards the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the nearby town of Tadef, which is just south of Al-Bab.

A flurry of gunfire was then exchanged between the Syrian Arab Army and Turkish-backed rebels near the Al-Bab-Tadef axis, resulting in a fierce engagement this evening.

The clashes are still ongoing at this time; however, the total number of casualties for either party is still unknown.

This is the first major confrontation between the Syrian Arab Army and Turkish-backed rebels at the Al-Bab axis in nearly a year.

Jihadist rebels attack important southwest Aleppo district

[AlMasdar] 2018-09-22 (12:40 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a powerful attack on southwest Aleppo this evening, targeting a number of neighborhoods under the control of the government.

According to a military source inside the provincial capital, the jihadist rebels in the Rashiddeen 4 area launched several ground-to-ground missiles at the Al-Hamdaniyah District, causing several explosions throughout the residential neighborhoods.

As a result of this attack, a dozen civilians were injured and taken to a local field hospital for medical care.

The Syrian Arab Army has now responded with an attack of their own, targeting the Rashideen 4 area that is controlled by the jihadist rebels.

Tonight’s attack by the jihadist rebels on Al-Hamdaniyah marks the first major confrontation in southwest Aleppo this month.
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Syrian Army wipes out jihadist rocket site in northern Latakia (video)
[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) wiped out an entire jihadist rocket launching site in the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate this week.

According to the Sputnik News Agency, the rocket launching site was also used by the jihadist rebels to deploy attack drones on the Hmeymim Military Airport in the southwestern countryside of the Latakia Governorate.

These attack drones have been a source of agitation for the Russian military, who view these constant attacks as a risk to the safety of their personnel in Syria.

The Russian military has repeatedly called on the Ottoman Turkish forces to restrict these jihadist rebels from launching attacks on the Hmeymim Airbase, but it has been to no avail.

In response to these constant attacks, the Syrian Arab Army has been building up their forces in the northeastern countryside of Latakia in preparation for a new offensive to clear this region once and for all.

However,
alcohol has never solved anybody's problems. But then, neither has milk...
this offensive could be in jeopardy if the Ottoman Turkish and Russian forces agree to establish a buffer zone in the area.
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