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Africa Horn
Shaboobs attack on Puntland army base, security checkpoint
BOSSASO, Somalia -- Somalia’s Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group has claimed responsibility for grenade explosions in the Gulf of Aden port city of Bossaso and raid on nearby army base, Garowe Online reports. Citing senior Al Shabaab official, Pro-militant news site said Al Shabaab was behind the two apparently coordinated terror attacks.

Two Puntland government soldiers died in the raid on army base in Yalho village, some 45km south-east of Bossaso port city, with medics at Bossaso General Hospital telling Garowe Online that three soldiers, with one in critical condition are receiving medical treatment. Al Shabaab militants destroyed armoured fighting vehicle and Toyota surf, and razed a building as well as shallow water well on which locals had been reliant for potable water.

US-trained Special Forces (Puntland Security Force) uncovered three soldiers who went missing from Yalho army base during the deadly raid on Tuesday morning.

Puntland Security Forces have pushed themselves deeper into jungles in units to track fleeing militants, residents told GO.

With trivial soldiers’ presence, Yalho which is sandwiched between rugged terrain of Galgala and Sugure valley is also a base for vigilantes meant for temporary encounters against Al Shabaab fighters.

Grenade explosions at security checkpoint

At least three gunmen armed with hand grenades and AK-47 rifles attacked a strategic security checkpoint in New Bossaso neighborhood. Gun-battle following the grenade explosions left a civilian bystander killed and two others wounded. Conflicting reports indicate that one wounded attacker is being confined at Bossaso General Hospital.

Some sources have confirmed to GO that the suspected Al Shabaab assailant in the hospital is believed to be an ordinary resident hit by stray bullets while hanging out at restaurant ner Netco junction.
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Africa North
Malian Army Clashes with Rebels
[AnNahar] Soldiers exchanged fire with fighters from the main rebel alliance in Mali on Tuesday, military sources and a local official told AFP.

The fighting broke out around 5:00 am (0500 GMT) in the central market town of Tenenkou, a local councilor told AFP, identifying the bully boyz as members of the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA).

"Currently we are under fire from CMA rebel groups and the army. The shooting is in Tenenkou," the councilor told AFP.

The CMA said in a statement it had taken control of the town, although this was denied by the councilor and the Malian army.

"The rebels have no control whatsoever over Tenenkou. It's just bluster. We took steps to strengthen our positions in the center," a military source said.

"The Malian army should soon take control of the terrain. The fighting is ongoing."

Tuareg rebel groups have clashed with Malian forces and pro-government militias in the north since Monday last week.
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Africa Subsaharan
DR Congo Army Kills 16 Ugandan Rebels
[AnNahar] Troops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo aka Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material...
have killed 16 Ugandan rebels in two days of festivities in the troubled northeast of the country, a military front man announced on Tuesday.

"The provisional toll is 16 dead on the rebel side and two injured in the (Congolese army). Six AK-47s (Kalashnikov assault rifles) were recovered," Major Victor Masandi of operation Sokola 1, which hunts the foreign rebels, told Agence La Belle France Presse.

Fighting began on Sunday close to Kokola and Mayimoya when Ugandan "ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) rebels attacked the army" about 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of the major trading town of Beni in North Kivu province, Masandi said.

The festivities entailed "intensive firing with heavy weapons and light arms", while the Ugandan rebels on Monday "shot at a U.N. helicopter" that was part of the U.N. peacekeeping force deployed in the DRC, the major added.

"I strongly condemn the firing at one of our helicopters in Beni territory," Martin Kobler, the head of the U.N. mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), said in a statement late Monday.

The attack "by a group of unidentified gunnies" took place in the Oicha area, 20 kilometres north of Beni, Kobler said, adding that the aircraft landed safely.

"We will not be deterred in our active protection of civilians. The attackers will be pursued with maximum efforts and minimum tolerance within the rules of engagement," he vowed.

The U.N. Security Council has mandated troops in a special Force Intervention Brigade to take the offensive against the many gangs active in eastern DRC, where more than two decades of unrest has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

The Moslem rebels of the ADF, who launched an insurgency in neighbouring Uganda against President Yoweri Museveni in the mid-1990s, are accused of killing more than 260 people in and around Beni town between October and December last year.

Men, women and kiddies were massacred mainly with machetes and knives, prompting a joint operation by the Congolese army and U.N. troops to put down the jihadist fighters in December.

A degree of calm was restored, but the combined intervention failed to bring a halt to the killings of civilians, which spread northwards to Orientale province. Since January 1, at least 60 people have bit the dust across the region.

The Congolese army has announced that its men killed Kasada Karume, then number three in the ADF command structure, overnight on April 24.

The founding leader of the ADF, Jamil Mukulu, was placed in durance vile
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
at the end of April in Tanzania, according to Uganda's New Vision newspaper.

The rebels first established rear bases in the mountains near the Ugandan border in 1995. They are accused of brutal murders, looting and the forced enlistment of child soldiers, while making a profit from illegal trade in tropical timber.
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Mapping Boko Haram's decline in Nigeria
[Rooters]
Dramatic graphics at link, though useless if one is colourblind.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 05/06/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [56 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Strategy Page: Hide and seek in Nigeria's forests
Posted by: frozen al || 05/06/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [62 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Arabia
Yemeni Tribal Fighters Kill 12 Saudi Soldiers As Shells Target KSA's Najran
[ALMANAR.LB] Yemeni tribal fighters attacked on Tuesday Saudi border military posts, killing 12 soldiers and destroying their vehicles and equipment.

The corpses were left at the posts as the remaining Saudi soldiers fled the area.

In a different context, the Saudi al-Riyadh newspaper confirmed that 6 shells targeted on Tuesday the city of Najran in KSA, which disrupted the electric power and the aviation movement in the area.
An Nahar adds about the shelling:
Coalition front man Brigadier General Ahmed Assiri told al-Ekhbariya that the rebels had "randomly" shelled Najran "hitting hospitals, schools and civilian homes."

In a statement on Twitter, Saudi Airlines announced that "all our flights from and to Najran were suspended today until further notice."

Al-Ekhbariya reported that schools had been closed in the city.

"Air and ground forces will respond in the right way to these hazardous acts and will not allow them to be repeated," Assiri said.

The Saudi military had already deployed Apache combat helicopters to target the rebels in the border area, he added.
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Saudis close schools, suspend flights in Najran after Houthi attacks
Mortar shells fired by Iran-backed rebels in Yemen struck the Saudi border town of Najran on Tuesday, prompting a Saudi-led military coalition to warn it would hit back. The Al-Ekhbariya state television showed images of parked cars with windows blown out, chunks torn out of the sidewalk, a building peppered with shrapnel, and one room completely charred and with a hole in the roof.

The attack was confirmed by the coalition that has been carrying out air strikes against the Huthi Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen since March 26. Coalition spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Assiri told Al-Ekhbariya that the rebels had "randomly" shelled Najran "hitting hospitals, schools and civilian homes."

In a statement on Twitter, Saudi Airlines announced that "all our flights from and to Najran were suspended today until further notice."

Al-Ekhbariya reported that schools had been closed in the city.

"Air and ground forces will respond in the right way to these hazardous acts and will not allow them to be repeated," Assiri said.

The Saudi military had already deployed Apache combat helicopters to target the rebels in the border area, he added.
But do they know how to operate them...
Saudi Arabia has reinforced the frontier with artillery, tanks and hilltop lookout posts to block any Huthi incursion from their traditional highland stronghold just across the border. Its ground forces have repeatedly clashed with the rebels near its border with Yemen and its helicopters have been involved in the military action.

Saudi forces on Thursday killed dozens of rebels from Yemen who launched their first major attack on the kingdom since the air war began. Three Saudi soldiers also died in the battle after the rebels targeted their border observation posts, also on the Najran border.

But Tuesday's assault was the first by the Huthis on an inhabited Saudi town.

Assiri accused the rebels of attempting to sabotage a tentative coalition initiative announced on Monday to pause its air strikes to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid in Yemen.

"After the announcement of the humanitarian initiative yesterday, they want to express their rejection to any peace initiative and so targeted Najran," he said.

The spokesman described Tuesday's rebel attacks on Najran as "suicidal", warning that "all those who approach the border will be killed."
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The Grand Turk
Father denounces son, stops him joining ISIL in Syria
[Hurriyet Daily News] A Turkish father denounced his own son who flew to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
from Germany to join 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....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), helping to catch him in Turkey.

A lawsuit against 20-year-old T.A., who was en route to join ISIL in Syria from the German city of Dusseldorf, with 15 year jail charges of "being a member of a terror organization" was opened, after the his own father, M.A., denounced him.

His father was listed as an "informer" in the case.

According to the indictment, M.A. called the police on April 18 from Dusseldorf and informed them his son was planning to join ISIL.

Upon the tip off, police caught T.A. in Ankara's bus terminal. In his testimony, T.A. said he had thought of joining ISIL before but had decided not to, due to recent massacres the organization had committed.

The indictment stated that T.A. had not been identified as a member of ISIL but had collected information about the organization and showed persistent interest in going to Syria.

Meanwhile,
...back at the dirigible, Jack stuck the cigar in his mouth, stepped onto the gantry, and asked Got a light, Mac?

Von Schtinken stopped short, lowering the dagger and trying to control his features.

If you light that thing, Herr Armschtröng, he pointed out, his voice tense, we all die!...

Asif Malik, his partner Sara and their four children, aged between less than 12 months and 7 years old, who were detained in Turkey last month on suspicion of travelling to an ISIL-controlled region of Syria will be deported to Moldova, a senior Turkish official said May 5.

"The family will be deported to Moldova on their own will," the official said, declining to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.
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Iraq
Four Killed in Baghdad Car Bombing near Shiite HQ
[AnNahar] A boom-mobile blast near the Baghdad headquarters of a Shiite militia fighting 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....
jihadist group in Iraq killed at least four civilians on Tuesday, police said.

A police colonel told AFP that 13 other people were maimed in the kaboom near the headquarters of Kataeb Imam Ali in the Karrada area of central Baghdad.

The bomb went off in front of the Royal Hotel, less than 500 meters (yards) away, leaving the headquarters untouched but damaging cars and the hotel lobby, an AFP photographer said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the second in Karrada since Saturday when 15 people were killed in a boom-mobileing outside a popular restaurant.

Saturday's attack was claimed by the Islamic State group.
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#1  Test
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#2  pass
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 05/06/2015 20:46 Comments || Top||


Dozens of ISIS militants of ISIS killed during clashes with Peshmerga in Yezidi area
Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Fierce clashes broke out Tuesday between militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) and the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in the castle of Hassan Beik in the Shingal (Sinjar) district west of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, a source in the Ministry of the Peshmerga reported.

Major Saeed Zakouli said that the IS terrorists carried out offensive operations on Pershmerga locations in Hassan Beik Castle in central Sinjar, west of Mosul (400 km north of Baghdad) where heavy fighting took place between the two parties and resulting in the deaths of 45 IS terrorists, while 22 of the Peshmerga forces lost their lives.

“Additionally, four Peshmerga fighters were injured and transferred to hospitals in Duhok,” he added.

Alternatively, sources in Mosul told ARA News (on the condition of anonymity) that the IS-linked medical center in the city received the 13 burned bodies of militants who were killed during Monday battles in Kirkuk and Baiji, located in northern Iraq.
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Security forces arrest 3 terrorists responsible for bombings in Baghdad
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Tuesday, Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced, that the security forces arrested 3 terrorists responsible for carrying out bombings and assassinations in the capital.

The ministry said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The National Security Agency and the Military Intelligence Agency have arrested 3 terrorists responsible for planting explosive devices to carry out bombings and assassinations of security elements in areas of Baghdad.”

“The arrested individuals will be transferred to the specialized courts to face their fair punishment,” the statement read.
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Army fires rockets on ISIS sites in Fallujah, 18 militants killed
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Tuesday, an informed military source in Anbar province revealed, that 18 ISIS elements have been killed in a rocket attack by the army forces in Fallujah.

The source informed IraqiNews.com “The information, which was received by the military intelligence agency, confirm that a rocket attack by the army forces on a number of ISIS sites has resulted in the death of 18 ISIS militants and the destruction of a workshop to booby-trap vehicles and make improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the district of Fallujah.”
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Iraqi joint forces begin assault on ISIS in Tal-Garad and Baiji
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – On Tuesday, Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced, that the security forces have begun an offensive operation against ISIS militants in the areas of Tal-Garad and Baiji’s refinery to liberate areas of vital importance and secure the road which leads to the refinery.

The Interior Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Saad Moen, stated in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “A joint force, consisting of Special Operations forces and Federal Police elements backed by al-Hashed al-Sha’bi militia fighters, had carried out an offensive operation against ISIS sites in the areas of Tal-Garad and Baiji’s refinery to liberate the road that leads to the refinery,” noting that, “The operation resulted in killing 20 terrorists and the destruction of two armored vehicles.”
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Hezbollah Brigades in Iraq repel a major ISIS attack southeast of Fallujah
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad- Hezbollah Brigades in Iraq announced on Tuesday foiling a major ISIS attack southeast of Fallujah, while indicated that they were able to kill 23 components of ISIS elements, noting that, “ISIS executed its militants, who had withdrawn from the attack.

The brigades said in a statement issued today, and received by IraqiNews.com,” a force from Hezbollah Brigades has managed to repel a major attack to ISIS southeastern Fallujah,” indicating that “The attack lasted for more than five hours.”

“the force has managed to kill 23 ISIS elements during the attack and has wounded dozens of them as well as the damage of four mechanics that were carrying weapons,” pointing out that “ISIS executed 12 insurgents that had withdrawn during the attack,” Hezbollah Brigades added.
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Iraqi Army’s Golden Division foils ISIS attack on Ramadi
(IraqiNews.com) Al-Anbar – On Tuesday, a security source in Anbar province said, that the Iraqi security forces had managed to foil a violent attack by ISIS militants on the city of Ramadi.

The deputy commander of the Golden Division in Anbar province, Brigadier General Abdul Amir al-Khazraji, stated for IraqiNews.com, “Today, a force from the Golden Division, backed by the army forces and local police elements managed to repel an ISIS attack on the city of Ramadi from the area of al-Sufiyah east of Ramadi and the area of Zankora in the north.”

“The force had fought against the ISIS elements in violent clashes and confrontations,” he added.
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#1  The "Golden Division" or "Gold Force" is the term for Iraq's special forces units.

Al
Posted by: frozen al || 05/06/2015 16:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Because you can bribe regular Iraqi military with silver?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/06/2015 17:57 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Rebels, Military: Filipino on U.S. most Wanted List Killed
More details on this recent article.
[AnNahar] A Filipino on the United States' list of most wanted "terrorists" has been killed in a firefight in the southern Philippines, Muslim rebel leaders and the military said Monday.

Abdul Basit Usman was killed in a remote mountainous area while being escorted by members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the nation's biggest rebel group, its vice chairman Ghazali Jaafar said.

"We can confirm that Usman is dead and his body was buried in accordance with Muslim tradition," Jaafar told Agence France Presse, but he refused to say who killed him.

Jaafar said Usman was killed as MILF rebels were escorting him to the group's leaders to surrender, adding that he probably did not know he was being taken back to the MILF leaders.

"There was a firefight along the way. Usman could have sensed that he was being double-crossed," Jaafar said.

However he refused to give any more details as to who killed Usman, saying only that the circumstances of the firefight were under investigation.

Military chief General Gregorio Catapang said Usman had been killed, but that it remained unclear as to who killed him.

"Basit Usman is dead, as to the circumstances of what happened during that encounter, it's up to (the investigation)," Catapang told reporters.

The military said five of Usman's followers had also died in the battle, and that some of his own men may have double crossed him.

The U.S. State Department's website describes Usman as "a bomb-making expert with links to the Jemaah Islamiyah and Abu Sayyaf Group terrorist organisations" leading him to be considered a threat to American and Filipino citizens and interests..
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Leb Army Arrests Two over Terrorist Financing
[AnNahar] The army intelligence has nabbed
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
two people accused of transferring money to Leb to finance terrorist organizations, the military announced on Tuesday.

The army's communique identified the suspects as Mahmoud Mohammed Hamze and Mohammed Osama Mehsen.

It said the two men are accused of transferring the money from Islamic Sate members abroad and handing the cash to associations and people linked to terrorist organizations.
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Scores killed in barrel bomb attack in Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria – On Tuesday, dozens of civilians were killed and others injured when the Syrian government’s air force dropped barrel bombs on the sub-district of Jamiyat Kahraba in the town of Khan al-Asal in the western countryside of Aleppo.

Local activists from Aleppo told ARA News that the regime air forces continues to target Aleppo’s suburbs with barrel bombs, including the Maysar and Jamiyat Kahraba districts near the town of Khan al-Asal in the western countryside of Aleppo, killing and wounding civilians.

ARA News could not verify the exact number of casualties.

This coincided with clashes between militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) and the pro-regime forces in the vicinity of the Kwairis military airport in the countryside of Aleppo.
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Hezbollah Kills Dozens of Nusra Terrorists in Tofeil, Brital Barrens
[ALMANAR.LB] Well-informed sources told Al-Manar that Hezbollah Killed or wounded dozens of Nusra terrorists in Tofeil, Brital barrens in Bekaa, eastern Lebanon.

The sources added that Hezbollah mujahidin (fighters) ambushed and fiercely clashed with Nusra terrorists, destroying their vehicles and equipment.
An Nahar quantifies things:
Fierce festivities erupted Tuesday between Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
fighters and hard boy groups in the outskirts of the towns of Tufail and Brital on Syria's border, Hizbullah's al-Manar TV reported.

"Five vehicles were destroyed and 12 gunnies were killed in the festivities," al-Manar added.

The pro-Hizbullah al-Mayadeen television meanwhile reported the death of “dozens” of fighters from the Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front in “advanced ambushes set up by Hizbullah members in the outskirts of Tufail and Brital.”

Meanwhile, Sky News Arabia TV said “Ali Alayyan, the chief of Hizbullah's military operations in Qalamun, was killed in Qalamun's battles.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights for its part said a Hizbullah “field commander” was killed in “shelling and clashes with Islamist factions and al-Nusra Front” in the “Reef Damascus province,” in which Qalamun is located.

On Monday, Islamist rebels led by al-Nusra launched a preemptive strike on pro-regime forces in a mountainous area near the Lebanese border, setting off fierce clashes, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said al-Nusra and other groups attacked positions belonging to the regime and Hizbullah, which backs the government, in the Qalamun region.
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#1  G-d will sort them out...
Posted by: borgboy || 05/06/2015 16:00 Comments || Top||


Assad's intelligence carried out Reyhanli car bombs 2013
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Despite of Syrian denial of being responsible for two boom-mobiles which killed 56 people in a Turkish border town of Reyhanli in May 2013, Zaman al-Wasl has obtained a conclusive evidence approved that Syrian intelligence who stood behind the attack.

A confidential intelligence report by 331 branch issued on May 24 2013 revealed how agents affiliated to the Syrian security services had arranged the two car-kaboom on Reyhanli.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi on May 12 2013 said his country "did not commit and would never commit such an act because our values would not allow that". But Ankara said it suspects the involvement of Syrian intelligence.

The boom-mobiles ripped the heart out of this market town which sits right on The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's border with Syria. Some of those killed were Syrian refugees but most of the fatalities were local Turks.
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Assad forces mobilize troops for major offensive southern Syria, rebels alert
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Al-Omari brigades, rebel group active in southern Syria, on Tuesday declared general mobilization to repel Syrian army's major offensive to recapture Lajat region, field sources said.

Syrian regime forces, who lost swaths of territories last April, have massed troops near rebel-held town of Busra al-Harir preparing to take back the border line with Jordan.

For over two weeks Lajat battlefront has witnessed fierce fighting between southern Front rebels and regime forces and its allied Shiite militias.

Rebels of the southern province of Daraa established months ago the so-called Southern Front, which includes some 30,000 fighters from more than 55 mainstream opposition groups operating from the Jordanian border to the outskirts of Damascus and the Golan Heights.
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Hezbollah mourns field commander killed in Qalamoun
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Army of Fatah in Qalamoun, an alliance of Islamist groups led by the Nusra Front, said Hezbollah field commander, Ali Khalil al-Alayan, has been killed in Qalamoun battles, as well as news feeds affiliated to the Lebanese militia have mourned the commander.

On Monday, the Nusra Front launched brazen attacks on Hezbollah and Syrian army positions in the western Qalamoun mountains, leaving a number of fighters killed and maimed, according to The Daily Star newspaper.

The Nusra-led alliance has deployed thousands of fighters who fanned out in areas near the Lebanese border.

The fighters took up positions overlooking Hezbollah and Syrian army outposts in the towns of Wadi Barada, Al-Kfeir, Zabadani, Serghaya and Hreira.

The festivities are still ongoing amid artillery and aerial bombardment by the Syrian regime army and allied militias stationed in the Lebanese villages of Nahle and Brital.

In relevant development, Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri
Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's assassination. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too.
attacked Hezbollah Tuesday over its preparations for an anticipated large-scale battle in Qalamoun region against Nusra-led rebels, saying the fight is meant to protect the Syrian government, and not Leb, The Daily Star reported.
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#1  "It's Miller time" citing an old commercial.
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Nusra Front, Islamist groups form 'Army of Fatah' in Qalamoun, kill Hezbollah Commander
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Syria's Al-Qaeda wing, the Nusra Front, said an alliance with other Islamist groups active in Qalamoun region has been formed Tuesday called 'Army of Fatah in Qalamoun', similar to command room formed by Nusra in Idlib.

'Army of Fatah' is a reference to the conquests that spread Islam across the Middle East from the seventh century.

Meanwhile,
...back at the bunker, his Excellency called a hurried meeting of his closest advisors. It was to be his last. They discussed the officers's efficiency rating system...
the Nusra-led alliance has deployed thousands of fighters who fanned out in areas near the Lebanese border.

The fighters took up positions overlooking Hezbollah and Syrian army outposts in the towns of Wadi Barada, Al-Kfeir, Zabadani, Serghaya and Hreira.

On Monday, the Nusra Front launched brazen attacks on Hezbollah and Syrian army positions in the western Qalamoun mountains, leaving a number of fighters killed and maimed, according to The Daily Star newspaper.

Activists said on Tuesday that Hezbollah field commander, Ali Khalil al-Alayan, has been killed in Qalamoun battles.

The festivities are still ongoing amid artillery and aerial bombardment by the Syrian regime army and allied militias stationed in the Lebanese villages of Nahle and Brital.

Monday's surprise attack came after Islamist bandidos holy warriors tactically withdrew from strategic areas in the western Qalamoun mountain range, allowing for the advance of Hezbollah and Syrian army forces, a source told The Daily Star.

The fighters also seized several positions around Al-Juba, including two strategic hill-top positions, the source added.

In relevant development, Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri
Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's assassination. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too.
attacked Hezbollah Tuesday over its preparations for an anticipated large-scale battle in Qalamoun region against Nusra-led rebels, saying the fight is meant to protect the Syrian government, and not Leb, The Daily Star reported.
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Idlib rebels seize two Army posts east Ariha
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Fatah Army on Tuesday has pressed more advances on the eastern front of Ariha town in Idlib province, taking control of two Syrian army posts, Zaman al-Wasl news hound said.

The alliance of Islamist groups, including al-Qaeda wing the Nusra Front, has taken control of Buthaina and Biout Abdulhai checkpoints in al-Arbaeen Mount east of Ariha.

Rebels also have launched an attack on al- Qayyasat camp near the international roadthat links to Latakia province. Fatah Army fighters seek to cut the supply route connect Bashir al-Assad's forces with the strategic town of Ariha and al-Mastouma camp, the news hound said.

Since Thursday, Idlib rebels have engaged in heavy fighting on the enclaves of Latakia province in areas close to al-Assad's ancestral home, the army and rebels said.
Rebels, who captured Jisr al-Shughour town early this week, seek a complete-liberated province of Idlib, such a mission that seems not impossible.

In response, Syrian air force has continued the fiercest aerial campaign on Idlib countryside. 5 people were killed in al-Hamidiya village and 40 others maimed in bbarrel-kaboom Monday.
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Hezbollah captures Syrian village from Islamic militants
Hezbollah fighters captured a Syrian village Tuesday near the border with Lebanon after intense fighting with Islamic militants, the group's television station said, while an activist said battles are concentrating near a strategic Syrian hill.

The battles come amid reports in Lebanon that Hezbollah and the Syrian army are expected to launch an offensive against members of the Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's branch in Syria, and the Islamic State group in Qalamoun.

Hezbollah's leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah,
...who is reportedly afraid of his own shadow...
said in a televised speech late Tuesday that his group will attack militants in Qalamoun, adding that "time will tell" when the battle will become full blown. He added that there will be no formal announcement before the widely anticipated battle begins.

Nasrallah vowed that his group will continue fighting in Syria along with President Bashar Assad's forces, saying recent defeats of the Syrian army in the northwestern province of Idlib do not mean the president's opponents have won the war.
A very bloody stalemate will do...
"I tell our dear people in Syria that we were with you and will continue to be by your side — no matter what the developments are," Nasrallah said. "We will be where we are supposed to be.

"This is not the battle of the Syrian people alone," Nasrallah said. Hezbollah has sent hundreds of fighters into Syria to aid Assad's forces.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar television station said earlier in the day that members of the group captured the village of Hasina on the Syrian side of the border. The station said fighting in the border areas near the Lebanese villages of Brital and Tufeil killed 12 jihadi fighters and destroyed several of their vehicles.

Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Hezbollah fighters entered Hasina after Nusra Front members withdrew. Abdurrahman said the fighting is concentrating near the jihadi-held Moussa Hill, a strategic mountain overlooking wide areas of Qalamoun.

The Observatory said Tuesday's fighting killed four Hezbollah fighters.
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