Taliban’s deputy shadow governor for Kunduz Mawlawi Nooruddin was killed along with three other insurgents in an airstrike in Kunduz city on Monday afternoon, police officials confirmed.
The airstrike took place in a suburb of Kunduz city after the Afghan Air Force targeted a vehicle Mawlawi Nooruddin was traveling in, the police commander of north-eastern zone of Afghanistan, Khalilullah Zeyaye, said.
“Zabihullah Majroh, former Taliban’s district governor for Chahardara district is also among the dead,” Zeyaye said.
However, he did not provide further details about the airstrike.
[Al Jazeera] A private jet that Afghan officials suspected was bringing back Vice President Abdur Rashid Dostum ...ethnic Uzbek warlord who distinguished himself fighting the Soviets and the Taliban. The story that he had a bad guy run over with a tank is an exaggeration. It was an armored personnel carrier... from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... has been turned away when it tried to land in a northern city, officials say.
Afghan officials told news agencies on Tuesday that a private jet flying to the city of Mazar-e-Sharif was ordered to fly to Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, for checks late on Monday following indications that Dostum, 63, was trying to return to the country.
The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Dostum's plane diverted to Turkmenistan.
Dostum, a powerful ethnic Uzbek leader and former general, flew to Turkey in May after he was accused of ordering the detention and torture of a political rival.
[SHABELLENEWS] Kenyan security forces foiled an attempted attack on their camp in the coastal region of Lamu by al-Shabaab ... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... early Tuesday, hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered an all-out war against Death Eaters in the restive region.
A senior police officer in Lamu confirmed the attempted attack, saying about 30 armed Death Eaters were on a mission to attack Mokowe GSU camp but sneaked out after noticing the presence of security officers.
"The murderous Moslems who were heavily armed approached the police camp in two groups at around 1 a.m. but we overpowered them and (they) fled into the Boni forest," the police officer who did not want to be identified said by telephone.
Witnesses said the bandidos bad boys retreated to the vast Boni forest which they have been using as their hideout to launch attacks on the Lamu villagers.
Police operating in the area said they were on alert and there are fears of more attacks in the area from the gang.
"They were sighted near the camp with an intention to attack but retreated to the forest. There was no casualty," said an official in the area. Mokowe is about 35 kilometres from Milihoi where five people were killed last week.
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The full extent of the savage fighting to oust the last of the militants from Benghazi’s Sabri district became apparent today when the LNA admitted that since the start of the month, 78 soldiers had been killed. Twenty-one of these had fallen victim to land mines and booby traps. The LNA did not give a number for soldiers who had been injured.
And the fighting is still not over. Two pockets of militants have resumed the battle from Sabri’s vegetable market and Al-Ruyain hotel. Jalaa hospital says six dead and 20 wounded soldiers have been brought to it in the last four days.
It is unclear how many militants are now involved in the fight, nor how they were overlooked in the LNA sweep of properties. Two of them were shot dead today as they broke cover. The LNA said they were apparently trying to flee the battle. One of the bodies was pictured wearing a green T-shirt with an incongruous slogan clearly showing the word ‘American’ with a second word that might have been “Tradition”.
The exhaustion among LNA soldiers who were all jubilant 13 days ago when armed forces commander-in-chief Khalifa Hafter declared victory in Benghazi seemed clear. One soldier was sleeping on mattresses just a few hundred metres away from the fighting.
A major smuggling bust has been reported by Tunisian authorities in which 36 vehicles, including a Libyan fuel tanker were seized just over the border into Tunisia.
Security forces said they came under fire when they confronted the large smuggler convoy. Fire was returned but no details have been given of any casualties. The Tunisians detained 11 eleven of their own nationals but other smugglers reportedly fled back over the border.
It is unclear where the encounter took place. The 200-kilometre berm and ditch which now runs along part of the border with Libya has been sited around two kilometres into Tunisian territory. A foreign-trained border force patrols regularly and last year it was reported that German and American remote monitoring equipment was being installed.
[AlAjram] Egyptian police have killed two members of the Hasm Death Eater group in a shootout near New Cairo, a statement by the interior ministry said on Tuesday.
The ministry says the two suspects, identified as Ahmed El-Bahnasawy and Emad El-Far, shot at police as they attempted to apprehend them.
The ministry says the men were suspected of involvement in two deadly attacks in May against security forces, including a drive-by shooting in Cairo's Nasr City that killed three coppers and injured five others. The ministry also linked the suspects to a June bombing that killed a Central Security officer on Cairo's Autostrad Road, as well as the 2016 attempted liquidation of the Nasr City Criminal Court head judge Ahmed Abdel-Fotouh. The two men were previously sentenced in several terrorism-related cases, with sentences ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment.
Hasm has grabbed credit for a number of attacks against Egyptian security personnel in recent months, mostly targeting police checkpoints.
Egyptian security forces have tossed in the calaboose Book 'im, Mahmoud! and killed dozens of suspected Hasm members in the past few months.
Egyptian officials have said that that the group is linked to the banned Moslem Brüderbund group.
Authorities learned that some of the group's leaders were "about to move their equipment and weapons used in terrorist operations," the ministry said. They were planning to relocate to the hideout in a newly constructed area of New Cairo, outside the city's main ring road, said the ministry.
Security forces acting on this information set up checkpoints on roads going to the area, it said in a statement.
A suspect car approached one of them before "its passengers opened fire" on police and the officers shot back, killing the two murderous Moslems. The two were identified as students aged 24 and 21 who were "among the most prominent leaders in the Hasam terrorist group," the ministry said.
In the vehicle police found seven automatic weapons, two other firearms, a large amount of ammunition, masks and radio communications equipment.
The ministry did not say when the shootout took place, only disclosing that the group had been planning to move locations on Tuesday.
On Twitter, the group said on Monday it has killed 27 people from "the military occupation militias," in reference to Egypt's security forces, since its launch a year ago.
[Al Jazeera] Six people, including the director of Amnesia Amnesty International in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... , were tossed in the clink Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! by a court order on Tuesday for "helping an armed terrorist organization", according to the state-run Anadolu Agency news outlet.
They were among the 10 who were detained in Istanbul earlier in July during a workshop on Buyukada, an island near the city.
The group comprised eight Ottoman Turkishhuman rights One man's rights are another man's existential threat. activists, one Swedish trainer and one German trainer.
The Istanbul court ordered the other four be released on the condition of judicial control.
Those arrested include Amnesia Amnesty International Director Idil Eser, Gunal KurSun, Ozlem Dalkiran, Veli Acu, Ali Garavi ile and Peter Steudtner.
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[AA.TR] The External Affairs Ministry on Tuesday revoked the passport of popular Moslem preacher Zakir Naik, who is wanted by Indian authorities for alleged terrorism funding.
Naik is well known in various countries for his expertise in debating on Islamic issues. He has about 16 million followers on Facebook and has delivered close to 4,000 lectures on Islam in many countries.
His programs on Peace TV, which he founded in 2006, was very popular among Indian Moslems; the channel was banned by the government last year.
The National Investigation Agency had made a request a few days back to revoke Naik’s passport, an official statement said.
"The Regional Passport Office, Mumbai, has revoked the Indian passport of Dr. Zakir Abdul Karim Naik, resident of B-1005/1006 Jasmine Apartment, 65-B, Dockyard Road, Mazagaon, Mumbai, under the provisions of the Passport Act 1967," it said.
The 51-year-old had failed to respond to a show cause notice issued to him for a personal appearance by July 13 after which the passport office took action against him, it added.
After the terror attack in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka last year, the federal agency had filed a case against the preacher and his Mumbai-based nongovernmental organization, the Islamic Research Foundation.
[DAWN] A military officer was martyred and 10 other people, including three soldiers, were maimed when a jacket wallah rammed his cycle of violence into a Frontier Corps ...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and a..the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...nti-smuggling operations.... vehicle at a busy roundabout of Hayatabad locality in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. , police and rescue workers said.
The Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) identified the officer as Major Jamal Sheran.
In a brief statement, the ISPR said that a suicide bomber riding a cycle of violence hit the FC vehicle which was on a routine patrolling. "Major Jamal Sheran embraced shahdat while four soldiers were maimed," the statement read.
Cantonment Circle Peshawar SP Imran Ahmad Malik told Dawn that the officer was on his way to the paramilitary force’s headquarters located at the Balahisar Fort from the FC complex in Phase-VI area of Hayatabad when the bomber targeted his vehicle.
He said between 10 and 12 kilograms of explosives were used for the blast.
[DAWN] Security forces claimed to have killed at least eight suspected murderous Moslems and injured three others in air strikes on their hideouts on the first day of Operation Khyber-IV in the mountainous region of Rajgal in Tirah valley near the Afghan border on Monday.
Official sources said that several hideouts of the banned Lashkar-e-Islam ...a group of Islamic bandidos infesting Khyber Agency. It's headed by a former bus driver.... (LI) and the holy warriorIslamic 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.... (IS) group were targeted during the daylong shelling.
Residents in nearby areas said they saw military helicopters approaching Rajgal in the morning and also heard heavy artillery shelling.
They said that deployment of additional forces to surrounding areas started back in June as a prelude to the operation.
Pakistain Air Force planes also participated in the strikes along with military helicopters at the LI and IS bases in Pakdara, Naray Naw, Sattar Kalay and Khairaba areas of Rajgal.
Claims about human and material losses made by security forces could not be independently verified as journalists had no access to the region vacated by its Kukikhel ...a tribe of primitives inhabiting Khyber Agency. They are a branch of the Afridi tribe. Traditionally they have been migratory, tromping between Jamrud and the Rajgal valley with the seasons. The tribe has had mustache-cursing relationships with several other tribes, including the Zakkakhel and Kambarkhel, and with the Mullagori. They make welcome most anyone with a turban and automatic weapons, but every once in awhile they get together a tribal lashkar to mollify the government... inhabitants after the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... Pakistain and LI occupied the Rajgal heights and surrounding areas in 2011.
[DAWN] Unrelenting Indian shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC) left two civilians dead and at least 13 others maimed in two different sectors of Azad Jammu and Kashmire (AJK) on Tuesday, officials said, fearing that the fresh wave of Indian aggression could cause more physical and material losses.
The casualties occurred in the Samahni sector of Bhimber district and the Nakyal sector of Kotli district amid "unprovoked and intense" shelling by the Indian troops, they said.
The shelling in Samahni sector started at about 1pm, with Indian troops targeting civilian populations with both small and big weapons in almost all villages along the dividing line, said Deputy Commissioner (DC) Chaudhry Guftar Hussain.
Hussain said that two civilians had so far bit the dust while another seven were maimed.
He identified the dear departed as Arsalan, 9, and Yasira Bibi, 42, of Tandar and Gorah villages, respectively.
Those injured included Arsalan’s father, Munsifdad, of Tandar; Iqra Shamrez, 15, and Aiza Azam, 12, of Chahi village; Ghulam Hussain, 60, and his son Adnan, 16, of Gahi Baroh village; Mohammad Ibrahim, 75, of Sona village; Mohammad Riaz, 50, of Ghotan Tandar; Atif Razak, 35, of Danna Kathyala and Waqar, 28, (a resident of Narowal who used to work with Atif Razak).
The injured had been evacuated to different health facilities, the DC said.
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Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A civil defence officer was killed and three of his assistants were wounded as an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded while searching for survivors under rubble in the Old City of Mosul, the Iraqi police said on Tuesday.
During his search for survivors and bodies under rubble in Mosul’s Old City, Lieutenant Qusay Saad, an elite officer, died when an IED blasted, killing three of his assistants, UAE’s news website, 24, reported.
On July 10, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared victory in the city of Mosul, ending an eight-month campaign backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary forces, which has displaced more than 900.000 civilians.
The victory in Mosul also means an effective collapse of the Islamic State’s self-styled “caliphate” declared from Mosul’s Old City by the group’s supreme leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Hundreds of civilians died in security, coalition and IS strikes in Mosul since opreations launched in October.
Iraqi security forces arrest five wimmin ISIS fighters No sauerkraut or weisswurst for you, fraulein
Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Security forces have arrested female foreign Islamic State (IS) fighters, including five Germans, in the city of Mosul, an officer from the counter-terrorism forces revealed on Tuesday, according to Germany’s Die Welt newspaper.
The officer said that the female fighters were arrested last Thursday in the Old City of Mosul, noting that they were hiding in in a tunnel built by the IS and were wearing suicide vests.
The arrested female fighters had come from Germany, Russia, Turkey, Canada, Libya, the Caucasus and Syria, according to the report.
The newspaper claimed that a 16-year-old student, Linda W, from the German federal state of Saxony was among the five German women. Linda, who had converted to Islam, joined IS in the summer of 2016 after travelling from Frankfurt to Syria through Istanbul.
In the same context, a Yazidi member of the Council of Representatives of Iraq, Vian Dakhil, confirmed the identity of the German teenager after posting a photo of her on twitter, claiming that Linda was an IS sniper.
More than 930 Islamists from Germany had traveled to Syria and Iraq over the past years, according to the Saxony’s State Criminal Police Office (LKA).
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Four al-Hashd al-Shaabi (the Popular Mobilization Forces) fighters were killed in clashes with Islamic State militants near Tal Afar west of Mosul, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday.
Army Captain Jabbar Anad al-Khafaf told Anadolu that Dozens of IS elements attacked a position of al-Hashd al-Shaabi Ali Diwah Li village near Tal Afar.
“Clashes continued for three hours before the arrival of military reinforcements by the Iraqi army and al-Hashd al-Shaabi troops, which pushed IS militants to withdraw,” al-Khafa said. “Clashes left four dead and one injured”.
No details were reported about IS losses in the fighting.
IS has recently resorted to snap attacks against the Iraqi army and pro-government forces deployed in the desert areas surrounding Mosul.
Al-Hashd al-Shaabi, an alliance of more than 60 mostly Shia militias, has been actively engaged in the government’s campaign against the Islamic State that ran since mid-October, and contributed to the campaign by regaining control over IS holdouts near the Syrian borders.
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Security forces have killed four suicide bombers during their attempt to enter al-Dolab area in the city of Hit, Anbar Governorate, Altaghier TV reported on Tuesday.
Mohammed al-Mohammadi, the chairman of Hit District Council, said that security forces managed to kill four suicide bombers affiliated to the Islamic State (IS) terror group before entering al-Dolab area. The bombers were wearing explosive belts.
Al-Mohammadi stressed that security forces and tribes have complete control over the area.
IS still holds three towns in western Anbar close to the borders with Syria, in addition to a few areas in Salahuddin, Diyala and Kirkuk.
On Sunday, dozens of IS militants were reported killed and injured in an airstrikes launched by the Iraqi army and U.S.-led coalition in western Anbar. Most of the members killed were from al-Tash and Ankour, west of Ramadi.
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07/19/2017 00:00 ||
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Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Security troops foiled an attack by Islamic State militants against an oilfield in Hamreen mountains, an official said.
Speaking to AlSumaria News, Col. Khaled al-Qaisi, commander of oil police, said on Tuesday “IS launched an attack against Federal Police troops in charge of securing Ogail oilfield, located at Hamreen mountains.”
The militants, according to Qaisi, “fired several mortar missiles against military units, without casualties reported.”
“Troops were able to repel the attack,”Qaisi said adding that the situation is under control.
Last week, two tribal fighters were wounded as two bombs exploded consecutively on an agricultural road near Sherwin basin, east of Baqubah. Four members of one family were wounded in a bomb blast that occurred northeast of Diyala.
Attacks launched by Islamic State militants against security troops, the pro-government forces and civilians surged over the past few weeks in northeast of Diyala, which urge the Iraqi forces to prevent the militants infiltration between Salahuddin and Kirkuk provinces, especially the regions stretching along Hamreen mountains and Al-Azeem town.
IS holds pivotal regions that link between each of Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk, posing threats to the liberated regions.
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[AA.TR] The spiritual leader of the al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, was injured Tuesday by a plastic bullet after praying outside the gates of the famous site, according to Paleostinian medical personnel.
The imam has just finished leading the night prayer when Israeli police attempted to disperse worshippers by force, leaving many injured, some seriously, according to the Paleostine’s Red Islamic Thingy Society.
Sabri was taken to the Al Maqassid Hospital in eastern Jerusalem and his condition has not been disclosed.
The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... ’s Minister of Religious Affairs Mehmet Gormez "strongly condemned" the attack in a statement Wednesday on Twitter.
"While our geography is facing tremendous pain, the incidents going on at al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings have been bringing any prudent man to worry greatly. I believe that they will not let al-Aqsa have the same fate as al-Khalil Mosque, cave of discretion, prudency, moderation, and peace patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph", he wrote in reference to the 1994 massacre at the Ibrabimi Msoque in Hebron where 30 Moslem worshippers were killed by a U.S.-born Jewish terrorist.
The shooting Tuesday occurred just hours after Rafaat al-Herbawi, 30, was killed during protests at the mosque as tensions rise across the West Bank after Israel installed metal detectors at the entrance to al-Aqsa following a shootout Friday left five people dead.
More than 300 Paleostinians have been killed in alleged attacks on Israelis or in festivities with Israeli forces since October 2015, according to Paleostinian figures.
[IsraelTimes] Dozens injured in third straight night of fighting; police say many Moslem worshipers continue entering the holy site despite Waqf boycott call
Clashes broke out between Moslem worshipers and police in the Old City of Jerusalem for the third night in a row on Tuesday, in response to Israel placing metal detectors at entrances to the Temple Mount compound following a terror attack in the area.
According to police, after evening prayers at a gate outside the Temple Mount, a group of Moslem worshipers "started throwing rocks and bottles at the officers" who were stationed in the Old City.
In response, the officers used riot dispersal equipment -- notably rubber bullets and stun grenades -- to break up the festivities, police said.
In videos from the scene, people can be seen running away as stun grenades echo across the Old City’s narrow alleyways.
The Red Islamic Thingy said 34 people were maimed, including 14 people needing hospitalization. One person had a serious chest injury, a spokesperson said.
Police said two officers were lightly injured in the fighting.
Police said the area had calmed after the festivities.
"The area’s quiet," a police spokesperson said.
Similar festivities broke out at the site on Sunday and Monday nights as well, as Moslem worshipers held protest prayers against the metal detectors outside the Temple Mount gates.
On Tuesday evening, politicians from the Joint (Arab) List visited the Lions Gate outside the Temple Mount compound, also calling for removal of the detectors.
"We who seek peace and not war call on [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu to immediately cancel the decision [to install the detectors] and return the situation to what it was before, to allow freedom of worship without any limits," said MKs Ahmad Tibi and Osama Sa’adi in a statement.
To protest the new security measures, Waqf officials have staged protests in the Old City, gathering large groups of men to pray just outside the Temple Mount and encouraging others to avoid entering the flashpoint holy site.
However, death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate... these protests, which begin peacefully, often develop into minor festivities between the worshipers and police.
Earlier on Tuesday evening, the police said that while many Moslem worshipers had decided to protest the metal detectors, others have accepted them and visited the Temple Mount.
The assertion came as members the Waqf trust, which administers the holy site, persisted in their calls for Moslems not to enter through the metal detectors installed Sunday.
The police statement added that visits from Jews and tourists also continued Tuesday, though not without incident. Security forces removed two Jewish visitors from the compound, detaining them for further questioning.
"The Israel Police continues to act to enable a return to a safe routine in the Temple Mount area, its entrances and the wider area," the statement said.
Non-Moslems are allowed to visit the site but are prohibited from praying there.
The Paleostinian Fatah movement has called for a "Day of Rage" on Wednesday to protest the new security measures.
[IsraelTimes] Another two soldiers are brought to a Jerusalem hospital for treatment after a Paleostinian man rammed his car into a group of servicemen near the village of Beit Einun, north of Hebron, earlier today.
Two soldiers were taken to the capital’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment immediately after the attack, while two others hit by the car were initially only treated on the scene.
According to a military spokesperson, over time army medical officials realized the other two soldiers required more advanced care.
All four soldiers were lightly maimed in the attack. The first soldiers who were brought to Shaare Zedek have already been released, a hospital spokesperson says.
[SunStar] The police have arrested four Abu Sayyaf rebels, including a militiaman, involved in the hijacking of a Vietnamese bulk carrier last year off Basilan province. Basilan police director Nickson Muksan said the militant suspects were arrested Monday afternoon in the villae of Ulame, Lamitan City.
Muksan said the suspects were identified as Taha Upao, Bryan Upao, Ibrahim Akhmad, and Ibno Akhmad, a member of the government militia force. He said an investigation showed the suspects were involved in the hijacking of a Vietnamese bulk carrier on November 11, 2016.
Aboard a speed boat, the Abu Sayyaf rebels seized six people during the hijacking as the vessel was passing near Sibago Island, Mohammad Ajul town. Three of the six have remained in captivity since the Abu Sayyaf beheaded two of the Vietnamese crew on July 5, while another escaped on June 16.
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[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have scored a big advance against ISIS in central Homs. The attack was made on a front that has been virtually inactive for months.
Today the SAA and allied outfits captured new points and hilltops from ISIS near the al-Tafha al-Janoubyah mountain chain to the northwest of the T-4 Military Airport. According to reports, pro-government forces advanced some two kilometers in the area.
The assault by pro-government forces was backed up by Russian Arclight Arclight airstrikes.
Although the push came on an unsuspected front, ISIS was by no means unprepared or willing to retreat; instead the terrorist group quickly assumed combat with pro-government forces as soon as it became apparent that the latter was making a committed advance.
According to a post-operation assessment provided to al-Masdar News, pro-government forces killed at least twenty (20) ISIS turbans as a result of the firefight that took place.
With the advances achieved by the SAA and its allies today, the buffer zone along the section of highway linking Homs to Palmyra as been expanded. Furthermore, the push has also brought pro-government forces closer to the strategic Huwysis area.
Whether this was just a one-off advance in the area or part of a greater offensive action is currently unknown.
[AlMasdar] For the third day in a row, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) conducted raids over the eastern countryside of Leb’s Beqa’a Governorate, striking bully boyz in the ’Arsal Barrens near the Syrian border.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Air Force carried out several Arclight airstrikes this morning after receiving coordinates from Hezbollah personnel about the locations of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and 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) bully boyz in the ’Arsal Barrens.
The Syrian jets launched these Arclight airstrikes ahead of the Lebanese Army’s planned offensive to clear the ’Arsal Barrens that the bully boyz are currently occupying in this part of the Beqa’a Governorate.
In the coming days, the Lebanese Army is expected to commence their offensive, while Syrian Army and Hezbollah personnel monitor the border to make sure no bully boyz reenter Syria.
[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has managed to once again advance in the eastern countryside of Palmyra after a fierce battle with 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.... (ISIS) murderous Moslems near the key city of al-Sukhnah.
Backed by Hezbollah and Liwaa Fatemiyoun, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Corps liberated nearly 2km of territory west of al-Sukhnah, inflicting heavy damage on the Islamic State’s defenses before reaching the hills overlooking the city.
In order to apply more pressure on the Islamic State hard boyz in al-Sukhnah, another unit from the Syrian Arab Army’s 18th Tank Division pushed from the southern axis.
With the Tiger Forces quickly advancing south of al-Raqqa, the battle for al-Sukhnah could begin in the coming weeks, which spells trouble for the Islamic State as they find themselves surrounded from several flanks.
[AlMasdar] Leading Republican Guard units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continue to reduce rebel defenses throughout the southern sector of the Ayn Tarma District in eastern Damascus.
Today the SAA made a new advance from two directions in the embattled district; whilst one Republican Guard task group liberated several new buildings blocks to the northwest of the recently captured slaughterhouse building, another SAA task group advanced via the al-Kheir Market axis and reached the outskirts of the Queen Mall.
The advance today came after heavy airstrikes by the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and shelling by SAA large-ordinance rocket artillery units throughout the target sector.
According to a military source exclusive to Al-Masdar News, the SAA has so far managed to kill 5 Islamist militants and injure another 10 in today’s operation.
Despite the ongoing fanatic resistance being offered by rebel forces, the momentum of the SAA’s advance throughout Ayn Tarma has begun to pickup with Republican Guard units now storming the actual residential area of the district after securing most of its outlaying farms and houses.
[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) elite 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division is once again being deployed to a new front in southern Syria after a short stint in the Dara’a Governorate.
Also known as the “Ghiath Forces,” the 42nd Brigade will be deployed to the east Damascus suburb of Jobar, where they will join the 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard and the National Defense Forces (NDF).
According to an officer from the 42nd Brigade, their unit will be deployed to the Arfeh axis of Jobar, which is located in the western sector of the suburb.
The 42nd Brigade is arguably one of the most successful units in the Syrian Arab Army, as they have yet to lose any battle during this six year long conflict.
[AlMasdar] Yesterday, Syrian security forces operating in the city of Hama prevented a triple-bombing terrorist attack when they arrested three men carrying bags with explosive belts inside. The successful arrest of the would-be attackers was the result of long observation and intelligence gathering by government spies.
According to sources, Syrian authorities managed to arrest the the three would-be suicide bombers when they were traveling on foot near al-Arba’een roundabout in Hama city yesterday evening. The three terrorists had traveled from the countryside around Hama and come into the city in order to carry out their attack.
No civilians or security authorities were killed or injured during the arrest of the terrorists.
One source clarified that the three terrorists were carrying belt explosives ready to detonate but were not wearing them at the time they were arrested. The attacks had been planned by the terrorists for this morning.
Al-Masdar News could not gather any information on what areas the terrorists planned to attack.
[AlMasdar] The ISIS Hunters detachment, an elite formation within the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 5th Assault Corps, is preparing an operation to encircle ISIS forces in the region of eastern Hama.
According to sources, the ISIS Hunters are in the final stages of preparation for an offensive action to strike directly north of the al-Sha’er gas complex in the direction of the Ethriyah to Resafa highway. If successful, the operation will serve to totally isolate the large ISIS bastion in eastern Hama from the rest of land the terrorist group occupies in Syria.
Nonetheless, even at face value the task appears daunting, since the ISIS Hunters will have to attack through seventy kilometers of mostly mountainous terrain to reach their objective.
With this being said, it might be possible that the formation will be assisted by some other pro-government outfit attacking from the north.
The ISIS Hunters have so far played a crucial role in reclaiming and protecting Syria’s gas and oil infrastructures in eastern Homs. Although not publicized, the formation has – over the last several months – absorbed the brunt of some harsh ISIS counter-attacks in central Homs which were aimed at seizing the Faraqlas junction and the T-4 Airbase from pro-government forces.
[AlManar] The Syrian army and allies continued on Tuesday advancing in Badiya, a desert that extends over some 90,000 square kilometers from central Syria to the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, controlling key positions in southern Al-Sukhna city in Homs eastern countryside.
The advancing forces managed to destroy a number of ISIL vehicles which had attempted to escape in the vicinity of Hamima area near Deir Ezzor province.
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[DAWN] The United States announced new sanctions against Iran on Tuesday over its ballistic missile programme and what it called Tehran's support for terrorist groups in the Middle East.
The sanctions announced by the State Department target 18 individuals or entities described as supporting Iran's ballistic missile programme or the elite Elite Republican Guard.
The announcement came a day after the United States certified that Iran was complying with the landmark nuclear deal signed two years ago with the United States and other world powers, but also warned it was preparing new sanctions.
"The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran's malign activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security, and prosperity," State Department said.
It cited Iran's support for Hezbollah, Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, the regime of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad The Scourge of Hama... and Houthis in Yemen ...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic... fighting a US-backed coalition led by Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face....
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[Al Jazeera] More than a dozen Syrian rebel fighters have been killed in hit-and-run festivities in a Kurdish-controlled area of northeastern Syria near the border with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... , a monitoring group has said.
The Ottoman Turkish-backed fighters were locked in a second day of fighting on Tuesday with units from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed Syrian coalition of Kurdish and Arab groups, around the village of Ain Daqna.
"Since Monday, 15 fighters from Syrian rebel factions were killed in the festivities and four SDF fighters were maimed, including one at death's door," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said on Tuesday.
Ain Daqna, in Aleppo province, has been held by the US-backed SDF since February.
It lies in a contested sliver of land between the alliance and Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels.
In a statement released on Monday, rebels fighting under the banner of "Ahl al-Diyar" said they attacked Ain Daqna because they see the SDF as "occupiers".
"We promise our people more flash attacks ... We will make them [SDF] regret occupying this land and displacing thousands," the statement said.
Turkey has backed rebels in Syria's north to take on both 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 (ISIS, also known as ISIS) as well as the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which make up the bulk of the SDF.
Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group.
Military analyst and retired Jordanian Air Force general Mamoun Abu Nowar said the aim of the Ottoman Turkish-backed fighters in this particular operation is to isolate the area around the northern city of Afrin and to expand its buffer zone to 5,000sq km.
"Turkey would also like to get Idlib through the process of de-escalation zones," he told Al Jazeera, from London.
(Syria News) Four people were killed in a suicide attack at a checkpoint in a Kurdish-controlled area of northeastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday.
A Kurdish official told the observatory that a suicide car bomb attack targeted a checkpoint belonging to the Asayish (Kurdish internal security forces), without giving any further details.
The Director of the observatory, Mr. Ramy Abdulrahman said that the attack took place near Tal Tamr Village, located 30 km away from the Syrian-Turkish border, Meanwhile, Syrian state TV reported that four persons were killed in a car bomb attack in the area, but said it had taken place in the nearby town of Ras al-Ayn.
Tal Afar (IraqiNews) Two women who had acted as informants for the Islamic State in Nineveh province were found dead late Monday west of Mosul, a local source was quoted saying.
The pair was found dead in an abandoned house in the town of Tal Afar, one of the few remaining IS enclaves in Iraq, the source told Almaalomah website.
According to the source, the two women, who worked with the Islamic State’s “security squad”, had been involved in several kidnappings of women and children, besides reporting on the group’s opponents, which led many to execution or detention.
Their dead bodies bore signs of gunshots in the heads and chests, said the source.
IS has held Tal Afar since 2014, when it took over a third of Iraq to establish a so-called “Caliphate”. As Iraqi forces went on a military campaign to retake IS-held regions in Nineveh in October 2016, the Islamic State in Tal Afar was reportedly ravaged with divisions within and mysterious assassinations of several members.
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Five bodies of victims, slain by Islamic State militants, were found northwest of Kirkuk province, head of Dibs district said.
In remarks on Tuesday, Abdullah Nour Eddin said one of the victims was the mayor of the village, while the rest were relatives.
The militants, according to Nour Eddin, were affiliated to Islamic State, who planted a bomb there.
IS still holds three towns in western Anbar close to the borders with Syria, in addition to a few areas in Salahuddin, Diyala and Kirkuk. The Iraqi government is expected to aim at those strongholds once the Mosul battle is concluded.
The group executed dozens of civilians for either attempting to flee the town or for collaboration with security forces, forcing thousands to flee toward refugee camps or neighboring provinces.
When the wives were bought on the slave market, back when times were good and slave girls plentiful, it's a lot easier to sacrifice them when times are bad.
Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State fighters are executing their own families fearing that they could tip police off about them, a government source was quoted saying on Tuesday.
Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that IS began executing the families of its fighters in the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul. The move move was based on a “fatwa” (a religious edict) by the group’s legislature.
“The fatwa was made fearing that those families could report them (the fighters) and turn them in as operations to recapture the region loom,” the source said.
According to the source, security forces have prepared 10.000 fighters with enhanced military capabilities to retake Tal Afar and regain full control over Nineveh.
The Iraqi government declared victory over the Islamic State in Mosul last week after more than eight months of fighting. The Iraqi command said Tal Afar and a few surrounding areas were the only ones remaining under IS control. Islamic State maintains a few other havens outside Nineveh, which are expected to be the next targets of Iraqi forces to end the group’s self-proclaimed “Caliphate” declared from Mosul in 2014.
Authorities in Mosul have recently began measures to isolate IS fighters families from refugees displaced by the war against the group. Plans were set to shelter those families at separate camps for rehabilitation.
5 dead kidz found in rubble in Mosul "You don't lead 'em so much..."
Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi relief workers recovered Tuesday the dead bodies of five children who were buried under the rubble of destroyed homes in western Mosul’s Old City.
A security source told Almaalomah that the children’s ages ranged from two to seven.
The corpses were delivered to forensic authorities preparing to hand them over to their relatives.
Hundreds of civilians died during battles between Islamic State militants and Iraqi, U.S.-backed forces which fought to retake the city from militants since October and until the declaration of victory earlier this month.
While the U.S.-led coalition had admitted causing civilian casualties in some occasions, Iraqi forces repeatedly denied involvement in botched strikes, with commanders reiterating the heeded civilians’ safety. Islamic State militants had also targeted and executed civilians who fled the battle fields.
The war in Mosul has so far displaced more than 900.000 people, and United Nations agencies have regularly shed light on difficult conditions endured by children trapped in the conflict, labeling it as one of the biggest humanitarian crises.
The Iraqi government and military commanders said recently they were preparing to invade the remaining IS holdouts in Nineveh.
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