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Afghanistan
Qala-e-Zal district in Kunduz has reportedly fallen to Taliban control
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The control of Qala-e-Zal district in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan has reportedly fallen to Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
earlier today.

The provincial council officials are saying that the Taliban snuffies managed to take control of the district following heavy festivities which erupted between the Afghan forces and the murderous Moslems on Friday.

The Ministry of Defense front man Gen. Dawlat Waziri confirmed that heavy festivities are underway in Qala-e-Zal since Friday.

However,
if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
he said the fall of the district to Taliban could not be confirmed.

In the meantime, a member of the provincial council Asadullah Sadat said the Taliban snuffies managed to take control of the district around 10 am today.

Sadat further added that several people have sustained casualties during the festivities but there are no reports regarding the exact number.

A front man for the Taliban group Emran Khalil claimed that the control of the district administrative compound, police commandment, and all other civilian and security compounds have fully been captured by the Talibs.

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#1  Who really gives a shit?
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348 militants killed in Afghan forces operations in past one week: Waziri
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least three hundred and forty eight snuffies including dozens of ISIS Death Eaters were killed during the operations of the Afghan cops in the past one week, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) claimed Saturday.

Gen. Dawlat Waziri, front man for the Ministry of Defense, told news hounds in Kabul that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) conducted 20 planned operations and 21 Special Operations during the period.

He said the Death Eaters also sustained casualties during the Arclight airstrikes and night operations.

According to Gen. Waziri, at least 348 Death Eaters including two commanders of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group and 103 ISIS Death Eaters were killed and at least 188 others were maimed.

Gen. Waziri further added that 82 snuffies were also tossed in the calaboose
You have the right to remain silent...
during the operations.

The anti-government armed hard boy groups including the Taliban snuffies and ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Afghan forces are currently conducting counter-terrorism operations under the name of Khalid operations to root out terrorist groups from across the country.

The operations against the ISIS affiliates are being conducted under the name of Hamza operations, mainly targeting the snuffies in the restive districts 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..
province.

Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [347 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Hizb-e-Islami Names 3,500 Fighters For Security Departments
[Tolo News] The political council of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
... who used to be known in intelligence circles as The Most Evil Man in the World but who now seems merely run-of-the-mill evil...
’s Hizb-e-Islami on Saturday said they have drawn up a list of 3,500 names of Hizb-e-Islami fighters whom they want recruited into the security departments.
This will not end well.
According to them, the first phase of 100 men have already been introduced to the joint commission implementing the peace deal.

Karim Amin, a member of Hizb-e-Islami political council said over 50 of these fighters have ranks within Hizb-e-Islami of Colonel, Brigadier General and higher.

"Half of the 100 military officers that have been introduced in the first phase are ranked colonels, Brigadier Generals and higher than that. Out of these 100 officers, there are lots of other Generals that have received the ranks through the usual military process and some others have received ranks from Hekmatyar when he was working as prime minister of the country," said Karim.

According to the peace deal signed between Afghan government and Hizb-e-Islami, late last year, qualified men and military commanders of Hizb-e-Islami who are keen to serve in security institutions will be integrated into the government's system.

The commission implementing the peace deal meanwhile said the first group which is made up of 80 men has been introduced to the defense ministry to be recruited, and right now the MoD is running background checks on them.

"Ten days ago we received the primary list from Hizb-e-Islami which includes 80 men and they have worked in the defense minister 22 to 23 years ago," said Ahmad Farzan, head of strategic relations committee of the peace deal oversight commission.

Ministry of Defense (MoD) meanwhile said the officers’ recruitment depends on government's strategy.

"There are principles for recruiting soldiers, officers and higher-ranking officials. They are also Afghans and can be included in security forces, but it should be in accordance with the policies," Dawlat Waziri, MoD front man said.

Fawzia Kofi, a member of parliament commentating on the issue said: "Government should disarm them and they should lay down their weapons to ensure us that we truly have reached social peace. If they want to take part in maintaining peace, then they should be arranged in security departments."

According to the constitution, active political parties in the country should not be involved in military activities. Hizb-e-Islami also agreed in terms of the peace deal that its military structure will be dissolved.

However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
the exact number of Hizb-e-Islami fighters is still unclear.
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4 Police Officers Killed in Southern Afghanistan
[An Nahar] An Afghan official says at least four coppers have been shot to death in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province.

Gen. Aqa Noor Kentoz, provincial police chief, said Saturday that all four had been killed the night before at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the thriving provincial capital.

Kentoz says the four might have been attacked by an insider. An investigation is underway, he says.

No one immediately grabbed credit, but Taliban
...Arabic for students...
have increased their attacks against Afghan cops across the country.
Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [325 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Two men suspected of involvement in Tanta bombing killed in shootout with police: Ministry
[AlAhram] Egyptian police have killed in a shootout two men suspected of involvement in a recent deadly attack on security forces in Egypt's Nile Delta city of Tanta, the Ministry of Interior said on Saturday.

In a statement on its official Facebook page, the ministry said that that the two men, who it identified as members of the "armed wing" of the banned Moslem Brüderbund, had been hiding in a farm near Tanta.

The ministry said the two men opened fire on security forces as they raided their hideout.

Police added that the two men manufactured and transported weapons and explosives for the krazed killer group Lewaa al-Thawra
...The Revolution Brigade, which along with Hasm (Decisiveness or Determination) is one of the fighting arms of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, established to fight back against the overthrow of President Morsi...
, which grabbed credit for the 1 April attack on a police training centre in Tanta that killed one person and injured 16 others.

The krazed killer groups Hasm and Lewaa El-Thawra, which were recently designated as terrorist groups, have grabbed credit for a number of deadly attacks on security forces in Cairo and other governorates.

Police have killed suspected turbans in similar shootouts during raids on hideouts in the past three years.
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IS decapitates father, two sons in Sinai border town
[IsraelTimes] The decapitated bodies of a father and his two sons recently kidnapped by Islamic holy warriors were found on Saturday lying in the street in the northern Sinai town of Rafah, according to security officials and witnesses -- the latest grotesque act of brutality in the country’s long-running insurgency.

They said the mother of the two siblings was killed last week by members of 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....
group when they raided the family home in the village of Yamit, west of Rafah, and kidnapped the three men they suspect of being collaborators.

The three decapitated bodies found Saturday were taken to hospital, where they were identified and prepared for burial, according to the officials and witnesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media and feared reprisals, respectively.

IS is spearheading an insurgency in northern Sinai, where there has recently been an uptick in the abduction and killing of suspected informants. The brutal killings are meant to serve as a deterrent to would-be collaborators.

Lately, the holy warriors have targeted Egypt’s minority Christians, forcing hundreds of them to flee their homes in northern Sinai after killing several of them there. Since December, it has targeted three churches -- one in Cairo and two north of the Egyptian capital -- with suicide kabooms that killed at least 45.

An IS leader in Egypt vowed this week to escalate attacks against Christians, urging Moslems to steer clear of Christian gatherings and western embassies as they are targets of their group’s hard boys.

"Targeting the churches is part of our war on infidels," the unidentified leader said in a lengthy interview published by the group’s al-Nabaa newsletter on Thursday. He said churches, security posts and institutions, as well as places where "crusader nationals of western countries" gather were all "legitimate targets."
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129 Africa Migrants Mugged, Stranded at Sea off Libya
[An Nahar] Gunmen mugged 129 migrants colonists on a rubber dinghy headed for Europe and also stole the craft's motor, abandoning them off the Libyan coast, Libya's navy said Saturday.

Navy front man General Ayoub Qassem said the gunnies in a speedboat chased the dinghy on Friday, boarded around five nautical miles off the Libyan town of Zuwara and stole the migrants colonists' possessions.

The migrants colonists from sub-Saharan Africa, including 27 women and two children, were stranded at sea for several hours before being rescued by Libyan coastguard alerted by a local fisherman, he told AFP.

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Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram attack in Chad kills nine troops, 40 Islamist militants: Sources
[AlAhram] Nine Chadian soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
attack on an army post in the Lake Chad region on Friday, local and security sources told AFP.

Some 40 Boko Haram snuffies were also killed as the army responded to the attack on the Kaiga post, sources said on condition of anonymity. A military official confirmed the attack without giving a toll.

"Very early this morning, Boko Haram fighters attacked the Chadian army's position in Kaiga on Lake Chad. They were pushed back," Chadian army front man Colonel Azem said in a statement.

Surrounded by Nigeria, Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
, Chad and Niger, Lake Chad has been the site of frequent Boko Haram attacks. Chad's army is based on the north bank, where four Chadian soldiers and several Islamist Death Eater were killed in skirmishes in late September.
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India-Pakistan
Afghan civilians suffer casualties in rocket attack from Pakistan in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two Afghan non-combatants were killed or maimed in rocket attack from the other side of Durand Line 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 of Afghanistan.

Provincial governor’s front man Ataullah Khogyani said the rockets landed in Torkham Township, leaving a driver of a truck dead.

He said four trucks were burnt after the mortar rounds landed on them and another driver was maimed.

Khogyani further added that the shelling started around 7 am local time and continued for several minutes.

According to Khogyani the situation in the area is normal at the moment and the Torkham route is open for the traffic and passengers.

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Border firing ends as Afghan military admits mistake
[DAWN] ISLAMABAD: Hosti­li­ties on the border near Cha­m­an ended late on Friday afternoon after a hotline conversation between Pakistain and Afghanistan’s directors general of military operations (DGMOs) during which the Afghan official admitted his side’s mistake in identifying the boundary in the area.

"Afghan director general, military operations, acknowledged that border is in between villages and not at the ditch... as being perceived by them," an Inter-Services Public Rela­tions (ISPR) statement on the conversation between the DGMOs said. It noted that the Afghan official had agreed that the ditch was well inside Pak territory.
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12 dead, 40 hurt in Afghan attack during census
[DAWN] At least 12 people — 10 civilians and one sepoy each from the Pakistan Army and the paramilitary Frontier Corps — lost their lives and around 40 others were injured in firing and shelling after Afghan forces attacked FC personnel guarding the staff conducting census in two villages on the Chaman border on Friday.

According to official sources, Pakistani forces immediately retaliated after taking positions.

Soon after the clashes began, the Pakistani authorities closed the Friendship Gate on the border.

Officials said the clashes erupted when Afghan forces attacked FC personnel guarding the census staff in the Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir villages.

An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) spokesman said that Afghan border police opened fire on FC personnel detailed for the security of a census team. A civilian died and 18 people, including four Balochistan FC soldiers, were injured in the initial attack. According to early reports, a teenager died in the incident.

The military spokesman said that since April 30, Afghan border police had been creating hurdles in the conduct of census in the divided villages of Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir in the Chaman area on the Pakistani side.

“This was done despite the fact that Afghan authorities had been informed well in advance and coordination was carried out through diplomatic and military channels for the conduct of census,” an ISPR statement said.
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Four injured in Indian firing along LoC, says ISPR
[DAWN] Four people, including two women and a child, were maimed on Saturday night when Indian border troops opened fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nakyal sector, said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

"Indian troops committed ceasefire violation and targeted civilians with mortars," said a statement by the ISPR.

Barkat Begum, Ihsan Naseer, Farzana Kausar, and Naseer Ahmad were maimed as the result of Indian shelling.

All four belonged to the same family, officials told Dawn. The causalities occurred in Dharoti Mohra village in Nakyal sector of Kotli district, they added.

"One shell landed on a house at about 8 pm, injuring four family members," said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kotli Chaudhry Zulqarnain Sarfraz.

Two of the injured were shifted to Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital Nakyal and the other two were rushed to District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital Kotli due to their critical condition, added the police official.

The ISPR said that Pak troops effectively responded to Indian shelling. The exchange of fire took place after a break of three weeks.

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Iraq
Mosul Offensive News


Iraqis capture Mesherfa region in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The Nineveh Operations Command has declared full liberation of Mesherfa region in the wake of fierce clashes that occurred earlier on Saturday between Iraqi troops and Islamic State militants in western Mosul

“The 9th armored division freed Mesherfa al-Oula district, completing the liberation of the full region of Mesherfa after inflicting huge losses on the enemy in lives and equipments,” the command said in statements.

“The Iraqi flag has been raised above the building in the district,” the command added.

Earlier on Saturday, the Iraqi troops declared gaining full control on Hawi al-Kanisah region and taken over 50 percent of 17 Tamuz (July 17th) region in western Mosul.

On Thursday, the Iraqi armed forces announced recapturing Mesherfa al-Thaniya district on Friday and Mesherfa al-Thalitha on Thursday.

A new front for ground offensives was opened last week targeting IS’s strategic stronghold at the Old City region from the north, having found it difficult to invade the area from the south for weeks.

Eastern Mosul was recaptured in January after three months of battles against IS. A major offensive was launched in February to retake the western flank of the city.

Iraqi forces capture 2 nore regions in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have gained full control on Hawi al-Kanisah region and taken over 50 percent of 17 Tamuz (July 17th) region in western Mosul.

“The Rapid Response forces now control 50 percent of 17 Tamuz region after killing more than 40 Islamic State militants, including 12 suicide attackers,” Brigadier General Mohamed al-Jabouri, of the Joint Operations Command, told BasNews.

“Safe passageways were opened by troops to allow exit of civilians,” he added.

Meanwhile, Captain Kadhim Hassan, of the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service, said “the troops liberated Hawi al-Kanisah region from the militants, in addition to 16 surrounding farms and seizure of weapon stashes and factories.”

“CTS arrested eighteen militants, including leaders, during the liberation of the region,” he told BasNews.

Fierce clashes have reportedly occurred earlier on Saturday between Iraqi troops and Islamic State militants at western Mosul.

Iraqi Federal Police, backed by the fighter jets, heavily bombarded IS pockets in Mosul’s Old City, where around 4,000 families are besieged, according to the Kurdish-owned Rudaw network.

Two booby-trapping workshops were shelled in 17 Tamuz (July 17th) district, killing 10 IS militants who were inside. The confrontations are taking place at al-Zanjili and Hawi al-Kanisah regions.

The militants mounted stiff resistance in the northwest of Mosul in light of significant decline in attacks by booby-trapped vehicles against the troops.

Iraqi police forces made further advance on Friday through a new axis of operations against IS in western Mosul.

A new front for ground offensives was opened last week targeting IS’s strategic stronghold at the Old City region from the north, having found it difficult to invade the area from the south for weeks.

The Old City is home of the ancient Grand Nuri Mosque, from which the group’s Supreme Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave a famous sermon in 2014 declaring the establishment of the ‘caliphate’

Eastern Mosul was recaptured in January after three months of battles against IS. A major offensive was launched in February to retake the western flank of the city.
Posted by: badanov || 05/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [383 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


4 ISIS Bad Guys die in fighting in Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Four Islamic State militants were killed during clashes that erupted near Hawija district, southwestern Kirkuk, according to a local source.

“Armed clashes occurred on Saturday between IS fighters of Hawija and other militants from Diyala province,” the source said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source added that “the clashes occurred after an IS leader from Diyala killed an IS member from Hawija.”

The clashes left four members killed.

East Dijla Operations Command declared last week that operations to be launched soon to drive IS militants out of Hawija.

Dozens of residents from Hawija and the regions in its vicinity escape to Kirkuk province on a daily basis. Despite the risky routes to the freed regions, the civilians prefer death to staying under IS control.

Hawija, located 55 KM west of Kirkuk, has been held by IS since mid-2014.
Posted by: badanov || 05/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


New Iraqi offensive begins in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) The Dijla Operations Command has declared launching an offensive that includes four regions in east of Baquba, Diyala province.

“Joint troops of army and police, backed by the paramilitary troops, launched military operation that included four regions of al-Nada basin, Hamreen, Wadi Thilab and Tilal Qazlaq,” Mag. Gen. Mazhar al-Azzawi, told AlSumaria News on Saturday.

“The army jets destroyed a booby-trapped vehicle in Tilal Qazlaq region. A terrorist was arrested,” Azzawi said adding that the operation, which targets eliminating the Islamic State sleeper cells, is still ongoing.

Al-Nada region, which witnesses attacks by IS every now and then, is considered strategic being located at the eastern gate of Hamreen basin, which facilitated infiltration of some IS members recently.

Several offensives were launched over the past few weeks in eastern and northeastern regions in Diyala.

IS still holds a few areas in Salahuddin, Diyala, Anbar and Kirkuk, occasionally using them as launching points for its attacks against civilians and security. The Iraqi government is currently employing most of its military power in a major campaign to drive IS out of Mosul, its largest stronghold in Iraq.

Iraqi generals say the group currently controls less than seven percent of the Iraqi territory.
Posted by: badanov || 05/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


2 die in 2 bomb attacks

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Two civilians were killed, three others were wounded in two blasts that occurred in west of Baghdad, a police source was quoted saying on Saturday.

A bomb placed near a parking lot in abu Ghraib region, west of Baghdad, exploded leaving three civilians injured.

Security troops cordoned off the accident spot and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Another blast occurred when an IED- planted under a car- took place as the car was passing in al-Jihad region, west of Baghdad. The man and his wife on board were killed.

On Friday, three Iraqi policemen were wounded when a bomb blast targeted their patrol in southern Baghdad.

Violence and armed conflicts claimed the lives of 317 Iraqis and caused injuries to 403 others during the month of April, according to a monthly count released by the United Nations Assistance Mission (UNAMI).

Nineveh, where U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops are caught up in battles against Islamic State militants in Mosul since October, was the most affected governorate, with 276 casualties (153 killed, 123 injured), according to UNAMI. Baghdad governorate came next with 55 killed and 179 injured. Salahuddin came third, with 15 killed and 43 injured.


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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Kurds repel ISIS attack in Hasakah
[ARA News] Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Friday repelled an attack by Islamic State’s (ISIS) jihadists on a gas facility near Shaddadi town in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province.

Clashes broke out between the YPG and ISIS after the latter attacked the Jibisa gas facility near Shaddadi.

“ISIS jihadists attacked a YPG checkpoint in Jibisa with mortar shells. The Kurdish fighters responded by bombing ISIS positions near Margada–south of Shaddadi,” YPG officer Habun Osman told ARA News.

After nearly three hours of clashes, the YPG forced ISIS militants to withdraw towards their stronghold of Margada town.

Margada is the Islamic State’s last stronghold in Hasakah Governorate. It is located on the administrative border between Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor Governorates.

In February, 2016, ISIS was driven out of Shaddadi city in southern Hasakah. The advance came after the YPG and allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) cut off a main ISIS supply route –known as al-Hawl– through Syria’s northeastern border with Iraq.

Also in February, the US-backed SDF seized control of the Islamic State’s main financial resource in Hasakah Governorate, the Jibisa gas facility. This petrochemical plant used to feed massive power stations in Syria’s central governorates.

ISIS had been in control of the Jibisa gas facility for nearly two years, retrofitting it to produce portable gas cylinders which were then sold on the black market. Analysts told ARA News that at its peak, ISIS was producing 5,000 cylinders per day at Jibisa.
Posted by: badanov || 05/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [353 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


ISIS drone being used to direct artillery in Deir Ezzor
Deir Ezzor (SyriaNews.media) A source revealed that five persons were either killed or wounded in a shelling carried out by the Islamic State group on al-Qossour neighborhood in the city of Deir Ezzor, using drones, Syria News reported on Saturday.

The source said that terrorists of the Islamic State group bombed the residential area in al-Qossour (Palaces) neighborhood, using drones, killing a child and wounding four persons.

Noteworthy, the Islamic State group is trying to weaken the efforts of the residents of Deir Ezzor, who support the Syrian Arab Army in its war against the Takfiri group, while besieging thousands of civilians inside the city and bombing them using rockets and mortar shells.
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al-Nusra artillery hammers Aleppo
Aleppo (SyriaNews.media) Aleppo Police Command announced, on Saturday, that two persons were killed and six others were wounded in an attack launched by Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Nusra Front), and its affiliated terrorist groups, using missiles and shells, on al-Hamdaniyah area, in the city of Aleppo.

The Police Command said in a press statement that the terrorist groups in al-Rashedeen neighborhood, on the southwestern outskirts of the city of Aleppo, attacked the 3000 apartments project in al-Hamdaniyah area, using 10 rockets, killing two persons and wounding six others, including a child.

The shelling also inflicted heavy damage to the civilian houses and infrastructure of the residential area, the statement added.

Last week, Jabhat al-Nusra launched an attack on the 3000 apartments project in the city of Aleppo, killing a woman, and a rocket attack on ‘Abdel Kader Ba’ath’ school, in the same area, killing five children.
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Syria Fighting Eases as Safe Zones Plan Begins
[An Nahar] Fighting subsided in Syria on Saturday after a deal signed by government backers Russia and Iran and rebel supporter The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
to create four safe zones began to take effect, a monitor said.

The zones still exist only on paper and the cosponsors have until June 4 to finalise their borders under the terms of the agreement struck at peace talks in Kazakhstan on Thursday.

But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported only sporadic skirmishes and shelling early on Saturday in the areas covered by the deal.

"Apart from a few exchanges and bombardments during the night and in the morning in Hama, Damascus and Aleppo provinces, violence was sharply reduced in the areas covered by the deal," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

The agreement covers four main battlegrounds between the government and non-jihadist rebels -- the northwestern province of Idlib, parts of Homs province in the centre, the south, and the opposition enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

It provides for a ceasefire, a no-fly zone, rapid deliveries of humanitarian aid to the designated areas and the return of refugees.

It builds on a ceasefire agreed between Russia and Turkey last December that reduced violence for a period but gradually fell apart.

The new proposal is significantly more ambitious, proposing the deployment of monitoring forces from the guarantor countries and seeking to ground all warplanes.

Some of its terms are ambiguous -- it does not specify that the safe zones take effect immediately but gives the three guarantor countries two weeks to form working groups to delineate them and then until June 4 to come up with the definitive boundaries.

It also calls for a continued fight against 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....
group and former al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant...
Front, which could pose challenges.

In Idlib province in particular, Fateh al-Sham is a major component of the rebel forces that control the area.

Washington has given the deal a guarded welcome. UN chief Antonio Guterres said he was "encouraged" by it.

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