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US Coalition bombs ISIL convoy heading to Deir Ezzor from Lebanon, claims 85 dead
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Afghanistan
New ANA offensive to begin in Kandahar
Kandahar police chief general Abdul Raziq on Sunday said that the Afghan security forces are planning to conduct a joint military operation with foreign forces against the Taliban in the southern province.

Reports indicate that Kandahar’s Maiwand and Ghorak districts which have a common border with Sangeen and Nahr-e-Saraj districts in Helmand province have been under higher security threats.

Insurgents threaten the security of Kandahar from Helmand’s Nahr-e-Saraj and Sangeen districts, said Raziq.

“There is a problem in this region, we have jointly worked and made plans and the operations will be very lengthy, I assure the people of Helmand and Kandahar we will clear these areas of the insurgents,” he said during a visit to Maiwand.

Meanwhile a number of residents in Maiwand have said that the Taliban and drug smugglers are threatening security of Maiwand from Helmand’s volatile regions to make their way to other parts of Kandahar.

“Enemy forces are present in an area between Helmand and Kandahar, but we want to move on this direction, security forces are also coming from Helmand,” said Afghan police officer Shamsullah.

“We will fight with the Taliban,” said another officer Noor Mohammad.
Posted by: badanov || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Kill em all or don't bother. No in between.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/04/2017 10:28 Comments || Top||


Taliban Kommander dies in Parwan airstrike
A key Taliban commander was killed in a foreign troops drone strike in northern Parwan province on Saturday night, local officials said.

The strike took place in Ezat Khil area of Jabal Saraj district of the province after Afghan security forces launched a ground operation and had foreign troops air support, Mohammad Masoum Farzayee, police chief of Jabal Saraj said.

“Troops came from Kabul and they launched a military operation in Ezat Khil and the foreign troops also provided support from the air in which Mullah Agha Gul, a Taliban commander and one of his fighters, were killed,” Farzayee said.

Mohammad Asim Asim, the provincial governor rejected the reports of a drone strike in the area but said that ground forces launched the operation against a group of Taliban insurgents in which “two of the insurgents were killed so far.”

Three security forces were also wounded in the operation, Asim said.
However, he did not provide further details.

The Taliban have not yet commented on the operation.
Posted by: badanov || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [221 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Suspected militants kill 2 cops in attack on Kenyan church
[Ynet] Kenya's police say two officers were killed when gunnies attacked them at a church they were guarding by Kenya's Indian Ocean coast.

Coast Police Chief Larry Kieng said Sunday gunnies on a cycle of violence shot the two officers, killing one on the spot and the other died of injuries at a hospital. He said the gunnies took the officers' guns and drove off.

Somalia's krazed killer group al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
is suspected as it has carried out similar attacks in Kenya in Dire Revenge for Kenyan troops fighting the krazed killer rebels in Somalia. Kenya's security forces have managed to limit al-Shabaab's attacks to areas near the Somalia border in the past year.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [223 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

#1  Kenya's coast has always been a hotbed of Moslem problems.
Posted by: Pappy || 09/04/2017 10:27 Comments || Top||


Al Shabaab attacks military base near Somalia's Kismayu, Kills at least 10: Military
[AlAhram] More than 10 soldiers died on Sunday and several others were maimed when al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab snuffies stormed a base in southern Somalia, security sources said.

The snuffies drove a truck loaded with explosives to the main entrance of the base in Bulogadud, about 70 kilometres (40 miles) from the port town of Kismayo
...a port city in the southern Lower Juba province of Somalia, at the extreme southern end of the country (assuming Somalia can be called a country). It is the commercial capital of the autonomous Jubaland region...
and then attacked the soldiers.

"There was an attack on the military base in Bulogadud this morning... the initial information indicates that more than 10 soldiers were killed," Abdulahi Mohammed, a security bigshot, said by phone.

"There was a boom-mobile blast and gunfire followed. The forces retreated from the base initially but they later regained control," he added.

Sources in a nearby village said the snuffies temporarily took control of the camp and the village.

"Some people in Bulogadud told us the snuffies looted the camp ... they burned down everything and left," Ahmed Mohamud, a resident said.
Shabaab grabbed credit for the attack.

"The Mujahedeen fighters took control of Bulogadud, there were many enemy deaths and three technical vehicles were looted," a brief statement on a pro-Shabaab website said, citing the group's Andalus radio.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Arabia
Yemeni forces kill five Saudi troops in border areas
[Iran Press TV] At least five Saudi troops have been killed in a Yemeni retaliatory attack following the kingdom's Arclight airstrikes on its impoverished neighbor.

Four Saudi troops were hit by Yemeni snipers in 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...
's Alab border area, while another one was killed by Yemeni snipers at a military base in the 'Asir region.

Riyadh has been involved in more than two years of a devastating campaign against Yemen.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shootout, Butch clutched at his leg. Son of a Breech! he exclaimed with feeling......
at least two Yemeni non-combatants were killed after their car was targeted by Saudi jets in the western province of Ma’rib.
Posted by: Fred || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Yemeni al Qaeda leader calls for attacks in support of Myanmar’s Rohingya
[Dhaka Tribune] A big shot of al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch has called for attacks on Myanmar authorities in support of minority Rohingya Moslems, the SITE monitoring centre said on Saturday as thousands fled what they say is a government assault on their villages.

Myanmar’s roughly 1.1 million Rohingya pose one of the biggest challenges facing leader Aung San Suu Kyi, accused by Western critics of failing to support the Moslem minority that has long complained of persecution.

Khaled Omar Batarfi (also known as Abu Meqdad al-Kindi) a front man for AQAP AFP

Khaled Omar Batarfi (also known as Abu Meqdad al-Kindi) a front man for AQAP AFP

In a video message released by al Qaeda’s al-Malahem media foundation, Khaled Batarfi called on Moslems in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Malaysia to support their Rohingya Moslem brethren against the "enemies of Allah."

Batarfi, who was freed from a Yemeni prison in 2015 when al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
(AQAP) seized the port city of Mukalla, also urged al Qaeda’s Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) branch to carry out attacks.

"So spare no effort in waging jihad against them and repulsing their attacks, and beware of letting down our brothers in Burma (Myanmar)," Batarfi said, according to the US-based monitoring centre.

About 58,600 Rohingya have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh from Myanmar, according to UN refugee agency UNHCR.

Myanmar officials accuse the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) of burning homes. The group grabbed credit for coordinated attacks on security posts last week that prompted festivities and a large army counter-offensive.

But Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh say the Myanmar army is conducting a campaign of arson and killings to drive them out.

The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar and regarded as illegal immigrants colonists, despite claiming roots that date back centuries. Bangladesh, where more than 400,000 Rohingya live since they began fleeing Myanmar in the 1990s, is also growing increasingly hostile to the minority.
Posted by: Fred || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula


Yemeni army destroys Houthi boat off Midi coast
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A five-man team of mine-planting experts were killed on board a military boat belonging to the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militias while trying to plant mines off the coast of Midi by shelling from Yemeni National Army, a front man in the fifth military zone reported.

The source said that the naval forces spotted the boat's movements as it approached one of the islands in the sea, where naval forces of the National Army forces were present. They destroyed the boat with a missile and killed all members of the engineering team on board.
Posted by: Fred || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [225 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Iraq
5 ISIS Big Turbans die in airstrikes in NE Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Five Islamic State leaders were killed on Sunday as Iraqi fighter jets bombarded one of the group’s locations in northeast of Diyala, a military source said.

“A fighter jet targeted on Sunday evening an IS location in Basateen al-Makheisa region, northeast of Diyala,” Lt.Ghassan al-Ebeidi, of the Iraqi army said in press remarks.

“The shelling left five IS leaders killed,” he added.

Last week, five militants were killed in an airstrike launched by Iraqi jets in Wadi Thilab, located in Neft Khana basin, 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.

Government and military commanders are expected to wage operations at other IS havens across the country, including Diyala.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
Posted by: badanov || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Anbar Antix


22 ISIS Bad Guys smoked in Iraqi airstrikes near Qaim

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Warplanes from the United States-led coalition killed 22 Islamic State militants in western Anbar on Saturday, a senior paramilitary leader was quoted saying.

Qatari al-Obaidi, a commander at the tribal forces in Anbar, told Alsumaria News that coalition fighter jets killed 22 members of the extremist group who were in a convoy heading to the town of Annah (210 west of Ramadi) coming from Qaim.

He said seven vehicles driven by the militants were destroyed in the raid.

Islamic State militants are still holding the towns of Qaim, Rawa and Anna, in western Anbar, since 2014, when they occupied a third of Iraq to proclaim their self-styled “caliphate”. So far, there has not been a wide-scale campaign to retake those regions, but occasional offensives by government forces and allied Popular Mobilization Forces have managed to take over several surrounding villages.

The Iraqi government declared victory over Islamic State in Mosul, the group’s former capital in Iraq, in July, and said it was going to proceed towards other group holdouts, including Anbar. Government troops are currently preparing to expel the group from Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk.

Late July, Iraqi army warplanes reportedly dropped millions of messages on western Anbar telling locals that liberation offensives for the province were nearing, and advising them to stay away from militants’ deployments.
Posted by: badanov || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


1 wounded in bombing in Hor Rajab

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A civilian was injured in a southern Baghdad bomb blast, a police source was quoted saying on Sunday.

“A bomb, placed on the side of the road in Hor Rajab region, south of Baghdad, exploded on Sunday, causing injury of a civilian who was passing when the explosion took place,” the source told AlSumaria News.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source added that “security services cordoned off the explosion spot and transferred the wounded to nearby hospital for treatment.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 297 Iraqis, were killed and injured due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of ِAugust. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 injuries.

Baghdad has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016. While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.
Posted by: badanov || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under:


Iraqi forces nab over 250 Daesh terrorists hidden among refugees
[Iran Press TV] Iraqi security forces have tossed in the calaboose
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
more than 250 ISIS infiltrators, who had disguised themselves as civilians and slipped out of Tal Afar in the wake of a joint multi-pronged operation by government troops and allied fighters to push the Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
Death Eaters out of the northern city.

A security officer, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
, said police forces extracted 272 ISIS members at a refugee camp in Hammam al-Alil district, located about 25 kilometers south of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, on Sunday as they were screening the internally displaced persons there.

The officer added that the Lions of Islam will be transferred to a detention center after Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) holiday, noting that the captured Takfiris come from Russia, the North Caucasus region of Chechnya, Afghanistan, La Belle France and Britannia.

On August 31, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the city of Tal Afar and the entire Nineveh province had been purged of the ISIS Takfiri terrorist group.

The recapture of Tal Afar was made possible with the help of Iraqi army soldiers, Federal Police Force, Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), pro-government fighters from Popular Mobilization Units ‐ commonly known by the Arabic word Hashd al-Sha’abi and the Interior Ministry's elite rapid response forces.

Posted by: Fred || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Lock them in some busses and tell Mattis where they are.
Posted by: gorb || 09/04/2017 0:22 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Two Maoist militants captured in Kidapawan City
[Mindanao Examiner] Philippine policemen, backed by soldiers, captured two communist militants and seized an arms cache on Friday in Kidapawan city in southern Philippines following a tip-off from villagers.

Captain Rhyan Batchar said security forces also seized 20 automatic rifles from Wowia Boton and George Cuyo, who are both members of the New People’s Army in the village of Katipunan. He said the two men are members of the NPA operating in North Cotabato province.
Posted by: ryuge || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [264 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Eight Abu Sayyaf-linked militants nabbed in Kuala Lumpur
[Free Malaysia] Malaysian police have arrested eight Abu Sayyaf suspects in Kuala Lumpur. The militants were captured in an operation in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, on the eve of National Day on Aug 30, reported.

Among the those nabbed was an Abu Sayyaf leader, Hajar Abdul Mubin, also known as Abu Asrie. He was arrested with another Filipino, Abraham Embung, and six Malaysians of Filipino descent from Sabah. The six Malaysians are thought to be from Sandakan and working in Kuala Lumpur. Sources said that some of the six were working as security guards and were even members of the Civil Defense Corp.

Philippines intelligence sources say Abu Asrie is thought to be a member of the Jolo-based Lucky 9 group, which is involved in kidnap for ransom activities and are responsible for numerous cross border kidnappings along the east coast of Sabah. His group is believed to have links with the Abu Sayyaf group based in the jungles of Jolo, which is on the run following a full-scale war by Philippines security forces.

Sources said that Abu Asrie slipped into Malaysia in 2015 after meeting with Malaysian Islamic State militants Dr. Mahmud Ahmad, Mohd Najib Hussein and Muhammad Joraimee in Basilan.

Mahmud and several other Abu Sayyaf leaders, including Insalon Hapilon, who is said to be the leader of the Islamic State in southeast Asia, were involved with the Maute group in the attack on Marawi City.
Posted by: ryuge || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
US Coalition bombs ISIL convoy heading to Deir Ezzor from Lebanon, claims 85 dead
[AlMasdar] The U.S. Coalition’s official spokesperson claimed on Sunday that their jets had killed 85 Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists and destroyed over 40 of their vehicles that were traveling from the Syrian-Lebanese border to Deir Ezzor.

“Hezbollah-ISIS update: 85 Daesh killed, 40 separate ISIS vehicles destroyed; @CJTFOIR NOT targeting or preventing aid to civilians,” the official Twitter account of Operation Inherent Resolve claimed on Sunday.

This claim comes just days after the U.S. denied their air assets were targeting the ISIL convoy that consists of 300 combatants and 500 civilians.

Both Hezbollah and Iran have urged the U.S. to halt their bombings in order to prevent the 500 civilians from being killed by Coalition jets; however, this has been ignored.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [665 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Desperately needs haha graphic.
Posted by: gorb || 09/04/2017 0:20 Comments || Top||

#2  85*72 = 6120 virgins
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/04/2017 7:45 Comments || Top||

#3  I love heart warming stories.
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/04/2017 10:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Smells like bullshit to me
Hezbollah are on opposite sides to ISIS
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/04/2017 10:38 Comments || Top||

#5  It gets IS and its minions out of Lebanon and away from the power-players in that miserable country.

It gets them out of Assad's territory and western Syria in general.

It coincides with Russia and Iran's intent to keep Assad in power.

It keeps the Syrian power balance, and the Mid-East power balance in general, intact and in favor of Russian, Iranian, Heb'allah (and to a lesser extent, Turkish) interests.

It becomes a 'Western' and Arab problem in eastern Syria and western Iraq.
Posted by: Pappy || 09/04/2017 11:52 Comments || Top||

#6  Hezbollah are on opposite sides to ISIS

ISIS is a convenient symbolic "rent an enemy." They're kinda like the Obama supporter who suddenly became an alt-right "white supremacist" in Charlottsville recently. It has helped Hezbollah pretend they're Fighting Isis every time they go out to shoot someone, just like Antifadah likes to pretend they're fighting naziism whenever they beat up whoever they're beating up this week.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 09/04/2017 12:52 Comments || Top||

#7  Arabic saying: "Me and my brothers against my cousins, me and my cousins against the stranger"
Why dig them out of a IED-festooned fortified village if you can talk them into going east and die fighting someone else? A Win-Win-Win if they kill someone(e.g. Kurds) in the process that are competing for power in the region.
Posted by: magpie || 09/04/2017 15:54 Comments || Top||


Grenade Explodes in Ain el-Hilweh after Islamists Clash over 'Firecrackers'
[An Nahar] A hand grenade went kaboom! by accident at 8:00 am Sunday in the al-Briksat neighborhood of the Ein el-Hellhole Paleostinian refugee camp, causing no casualties, the National News Agency reported.

The camp had witnessed violence overnight after a dispute over "children playing with firecrackers" escalated into an armed clash between the Islamist Usbat al-Ansar and Jund al-Sham groups.

The clash in the camp’s al-Tawari neighborhood resulted in the wounding of a relative of a senior Usbat al-Ansar official after he was shot at the hands of Jund al-Sham member Hassan M., aka al-Shibel, the agency said.

The restive camp had witnessed a week of deadly festivities last month between the secular Fatah Movement and small Islamist groups led by the Lions of Islam Bilal Badr and Bilal al-Orqoub.

By longstanding convention, the Lebanese army does not enter Paleostinian refugee camps in Leb, leaving the Paleostinian factions themselves to handle security.

Ein el-Hellhole -- the most densely populated Paleostinian camp in Leb -- is home to some 61,000 Paleostinians, including 6,000 who have fled the war in neighboring Syria.

Several armed factions including hard boy groups have a foothold in the camp which has been plagued for years by intermittent festivities.

Posted by: Fred || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under:


US-led coalition says ISIS Syria convoy split in two
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An ISIS evacuation convoy trying to reach ISIS territory in east Syria has split in two, with some buses remaining in the open desert after others turned back into government-held areas, a US-led coalition fighting the group said on Sunday.

The Syrian government and Leb’s Hezbollah group offered the convoy of about 300 lightly armed fighters and about 300 family members safe passage a week ago in return for ISIS surrendering an enclave on the Syria-Leb border.

However,
Switzerland makes more than cheese...
the coalition has blocked the convoy from entering ISIS territory in east Syria, near the border withIraq, by cratering roads and destroying bridges, saying it opposes the evacuation deal as being "not a lasting solution".

"One group remains in the open desert to the north west of al-Bukamal and the other group has headed west towards Palmyra," the coalition said in an emailed statement.

On Saturday Hezbollah said all but six of the buses had safely crossed out of Syrian government territory and were nolonger the responsibility of it or the Syrian government.

It warned the United States that the buses in the desert included elderly people, pregnant women and casualties, and accused it of stopping humanitarian aid reaching the convoy.

The coalition said it had contacted Russia to deliver a message to the Syrian government that it would still not let the convoy pass, and that it had offered suggestions on how to save the civilians in it from suffering.

"Food and water have been provided to the convoy," it said, without giving further details.

The coalition has said it will not target the convoy directly while it contains civilians, but said in its statement it had struck about 85 ISIS fighters near the convoy.

It had also struck about 40 ISIS vehicles near the convoy including a tank, an artillery system, armed vehicles and transport vehicles seeking to help move the fighters in the convoy into its territory, it said.

Posted by: Fred || 09/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [325 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Why are they still alive?
Posted by: gorb || 09/04/2017 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Because it suits Hesb'allah and Iranian interests?
Posted by: Pappy || 09/04/2017 10:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Why are they still alive?

Because ISIS plays an important part in Iranian plans for ME.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/04/2017 11:04 Comments || Top||

#4  And elsewhere.
Posted by: Pappy || 09/04/2017 11:57 Comments || Top||


IS Clashes with Syrian Regime Kill 150 in eastern Hama
[AnNahar] Fierce festivities between 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 pro-regime forces in central Syria have left over 150 fighters dead in 24 hours, mostly jihadists, a monitor said Sunday.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 120 IS fighters "were killed in festivities in and around the town of Uqayribat in the eastern Hama countryside... along with at least 35 regime troops and loyalist militiamen."

The town is the jihadist group's last bastion in the central province apart from a handful of small villages.

Pro-government forces seized Uqayribat on Friday night, but IS responded with a counter-offensive on Saturday that left it in control of most of the town, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

An intense barrage of artillery fire and Syrian and Russian air strikes on jihadist positions allowed pro-regime forces on Sunday morning to push the jihadists back out of the town and advance on villages to the west that remain under IS control.

IS has controlled Uqayribat since 2014, using it to launch attacks on regime-held areas and a strategically vital road Abdel Rahman described as "the only lifeline for the regime between Aleppo and central and southern Syria."

Regime forces, backed by heavy Russian air strikes, launched a major assault on IS-held parts of Hama in June.

"By consolidating their control of (Uqayribat) and ousting IS from the surrounding villages, regime forces could oust the organization from the whole of Hama province," Abdel Rahman said.

Other rebel groups still control parts of the province's rural north.

Hama, which borders on six other Syrian provinces, is strategically vital to the Assad regime, separating opposition forces in Idlib from Damascus to the south and the regime's coastal heartlands to the west.

IS has suffered multiple defeats across Syria and neighboring Iraq in recent months, notably in its main Syrian base of Raqa.

On Friday a U.S.-backed Kurdish-Arab coalition seized Raqa's Old City and was advancing on the jihadists in the heavily defended city center.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began their offensive in May, capturing the city of Tabqa and a key dam nearby before entering Raqa city in early June.

Meanwhile,
...back at the bunker, his Excellency called the chief of staff and complained that the artillery was keeping him awake...
pro-regime forces have advanced against IS in the eastern part of Homs province and western Deir Ezzor, where they have come to within 19 kilometers (12 miles) of the quiet provincial capital.

Syria's conflict has killed more than 320,000 people and displaced millions since it started with anti-government demonstrations in 2011.

ISIL mass retreats as Syrian Army troops secure important towns in central Syria: map

[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies continued their field operations around the strategic town of ’Uqayribat, Sunday, targeting 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....
’s (ISIS) last positions in this region of central Syria.

Backed by the Russian Air Force, the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces and Qalamoun Shield managed to secure ’Uqayribat after inflicting heavy damage on the Islamic State’s remain positions in the eastern Hama countryside.

Following this attack, the Syrian Arab Army continued their push to Masadah and Rasm Qanbar, liberating both towns amid a mass retreat by the Islamic State from the battlefield.

According to the Syrian military, their forces killed more than 50 forces of Evil and destroyed several armored vehicles belonging to the Islamic State, paving the way for the army to liberate ’Uqayribat.

The Syrian Arab Army’s demining teams are now sweeping through ’Uqayribat to clear the entire town of mines and IEDs that were placed there before the Islamic State retreated.
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Syrian Army seizes new areas along the Jordanian border
[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), seized new points along the Jordanian border, Saturday, inching their way closer to the strategic Tanf Base in southeast Homs.

Led by elements of the 5th Legion, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies attacked garrisons 169 and 170 after taking control of garrisons 165, 166, 167, and 168 three days ago.

According to a field source, the Syrian Arab Army took control of garrisons 169 and 170 on Saturday, killing and wounding scores of militants from the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Jaysh Assoud Al-Shariqah.

The source concluded that the Syrian military is going to keep pushing towards the Tanf Base, where they hope to pressure the Americans and their allies to abandon this installation near the Iraqi border.
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Deir Ezzor destruction


Syrian Army liberates new oil field to move 15km away from Deir Ezzor base

[AlMasdar] Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated a new oil field in the Deir Ezz..or countryside to close-in on the provincial capital.

Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army took full control of the Al-Kharrata Oil Field after overrunning the Islamic State’s (ISIL) front-lines in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor.

The Al-Kharrata Oil Field is only 15 km away from the 137th Artillery Base in western Deir Ezzor; it has been the target of several attacks by the Islamic State in the past.

At the same time another Syrian Army unit stormed the Islamic State’s last positions west of Al-Shoula, resulting in their subsequent advance to the town’s outskirts.

The Syrian Arab Army’s rapid advance has forced the Islamic State withdraw from a large part of western Deir Ezzor, leaving much of this desert region absent of terrorist combatants.

Elite Syrian forces just 18 km away from Deir Ezzor city

[AlMasdar] The elite Tiger Forces of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), driving towards Deir Ezzor, have come to within less than twenty kilometers of the besieged city after another major advance in the past 12 hours.

Today, the Tiger Forces, striking southeast of their positions on Bishri mountain chain, secured a vast desert space within which a number of small unnamed hills were also taken possession of.

Specifically, this most recent advance now puts vanguard units of the Syrian Army just 18 kilometers away from besieged army forces within Deir Ezzor city.

Syria: Russian Aerospace Forces continue airstrikes on IS targets in Deir ez-Zor

[AlMasdar] Russian Aerospace Forces continue to aid Syrian government troops by launching airstrikes on self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) targets in Deir ez-Zor on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Defence of Russia, with the aim of liberating the city from IS control.

As a result of the Russian aviation Su-35 airstrikes, two tanks, two ammunition depots and supplies of weapons and fuel were reportedly destroyed.

Also targeted were the weapons of militants who drove armoured vehicles into the area of the settlement of Deir ez-Zor at night and tried to regroup the retreating forces by creating fortified areas on the Syrian troops’ route.

Russian jets destroy 9 armored vehicles belonging to ISIL in Deir Ezzor

[AlMasdar] Jets from the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed at least nine armored vehicles belonging to the Islamic State terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) in the Deir Ezzor Governorate this weekend, the Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

“Within the last two days, the Russian aircraft destroyed nine armored vehicles, including two tanks, 6 artillery positions, one self-made MRLS, three depots, a command station and more than 20 trucks carrying fuel, weapons and ammunition,” the Russian ministry said.

“On a road connecting Deir ez-Zor and Rasafe, the military destroyed a big convoy of the IS twelve trucks with ammunition and weapons, as well as off-road vehicles with installed high-caliber machine guns, anti-aircraft guns and mortars,” the Defense Ministry added.

“With the effective support from the Russian Aerospace Force, the Syrian governmental forces continue tightening the circle around the IS grouping near Akerbat in the Hama Province,” the ministry said. “Russian aircraft Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-35 destroy newly revealed objectives of the IS terrorists.”
“The time between identifying a goal and destroying it is a few minutes,” the Defense Ministry said.
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Damascus doings

Syrian Army unleashes vicious assault in east Damascus

[AlMasdar] For the third night in a row, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a powerful missile assault in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, targeting the positions of Faylaq Al-Rahman and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham.

Using surface-to-surface missiles, the Syrian Arab Army’s 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division launched a vicious attack on the eastern Damascus suburbs of Jobar and ‘Ayn Tarma.

According to Al-Masdar field correspondent, Ibrahim Joudeh, the Syrian Arab Army’s 42nd Brigade launched more than 10 surface-to-surface missiles on the Islamist defenses, scoring several direct hits on well-fortified trenches and installations in Jobar and ‘Ayn Tarma.

Joudeh added that the primary target for the Syrian Army on Saturday night was Jobar’s Al-‘Arab District and ‘Ayn Tarma’s southeastern neighborhoods.

Syrian Army destroys important Islamist tunnel to advance in east Damascus

[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out a special operation in east Damascus, Sunday, targeting one of the most important tunnels used by the militants of Faylaq Al-Rahman in ‘Ayn Tarma.

Led by the 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army detonated their bombs inside the Faylaq Al-Rahman tunnel that connects the eastern bypass of the highway to the central district of ‘Ayn Tarma.

The Syrian Army destroyed the entire tunnel, killing and trapping scores of Islamist rebels that used it to resupply several fronts.

Following the destruction of the tunnel, the Syrian Arab Army launched a powerful ground attack near the ‘Ayn Tarma postal office, resulting in the capture of several building blocks.

The Republican Guard is now pushing deeper into ‘Ayn Tarma tonight in a new bid to take this imperative suburb located in eastern Damascus.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


ISIS families flee Salahuddin get the hell outta Dodge

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) A local source from Salahuddin province has revealed an unprecedented ‘overnight displacement’ by families of the Islamic State militants from north of the province, as liberation offensive nears.

“The western coast of Shirqat, north of Salahuddin, has seen an unprecedented displacement by families of the IS members that take place overnight toward unknown destinations, leaving their houses empty,” the source told AlSumaria News on Sunday.

“Complete liberation of Tal Afar in short time was a huge shock to IS members and leaders,” the source, who preferred anonymity, said. “The displacement of families is like a collective runaway, especially that the liberation offensives of Hawija and other regions are nearing.”

The Iraqi army said in September its forces recaptured the western coast of Shirqat, located south of Mosul, on the west bank of the Tigris river, after being surrounded for months by Iraqi troops and the pro-government Shi’ite militias. The eastern coast of Shirqat, is still under the IS control.

Pivotal regions that link between each of Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk, are still held by the militants which poses threats to the liberated regions. Iraqi troops are urged to prevent the militants infiltration between Salahuddin and Kirkuk provinces, especially the regions stretching along Hamreen mountains and Al-Azeem town.

The government is expected to launch military offensives at the few remaining IS havens, including in Salahuddin.

ISIS tightens curfew in Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State group imposed curfew on citizens in western Anbar regions, a security source was quoted saying.

“IS tightened measures on citizens in Qaim town, al-Ebeidi town and Okashat region. Curfew has been imposed since the morning,” the source told Baghdad Today.

“Tens of IS leaders arrived on Saturday evening to Qaim,” the source said adding that they likely “ran away from Aiyadhiya and Tal Afar.

Last week, the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said the air force bombarded six IS locations in Qaim, killing 94 members, including a senior security commander and a close aide to the group’s supreme leader abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Anbar’s western towns of Anah, Qaim and Rawa are still held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic Caliphate. Iraqi troops were able to return life back to normal in the biggest cities of Anbar including Fallujah, Ramadi and others after recapturing them.

Fighter jets from the Iraqi army and the international coalition regularly pound IS locations in the province.

In late July, a military source was quoted saying that Lt.Gen Abdul-Amir Yarallah, commander of the Nineveh Operations, ordered to besiege IS havens in western Anbar preparing to invade them.

16 executed in Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State has executed sixteen civilians in western Anbar towns, an informed security source said.

Speaking to Alghad Press on Sunday, the source said, “IS militants executed 16 youths in the evening in each of Annah, Qaim and Rawa towns over spying for security troops.”

Earlier on the day, the militant group reportedly tightened measures on citizens in Qaim, al-Ebeidi town and Okashat region. Curfew has been imposed since the morning. Tens of leaders, who likely ran away from Aiyadhiya and Tal Afar, arrived on Saturday in Qaim.

Last week, the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said the air force bombarded six IS locations in Qaim, killing 94 members, including a senior security commander and a close aide to the group’s supreme leader abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Anbar’s western towns of Anah, Qaim and Rawa are still held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic Caliphate. Iraqi troops were able to return life back to normal in the biggest cities of Anbar including Fallujah, Ramadi and others after recapturing them.

Fighter jets from the Iraqi army and the international coalition regularly pound IS locations in the province.

In late July, a military source was quoted saying that Lt.Gen Abdul-Amir Yarallah, commander of the Nineveh Operations, ordered to besiege IS havens in western Anbar preparing to invade them.
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#1  East and West coasts of Shirqat:

These are the east and west banks of the Tigris that pass through Shirqat district.
Posted by: Frozen Al || 09/04/2017 11:55 Comments || Top||



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