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US drone strike targets al-Shabab after Somalia's 'deadliest attack'
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Afghanistan
12 killed in drone strike near Pak-Afghan border
[DAWN] At least 12 suspected turbans were allegedly killed in a dronezap in Afghanistan's Paktia province on Friday.

Security sources told DawnNews that a suspected United States (US) drone fired six missiles, killing 12 'militants' and wounding several others.

Earlier this week, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar chief Umar Khalid Khorasani was killed in a strike in Paktia along with nine of his associates.

The recent unprecedented increase dronezaps in the Pak-Afghan border region appears to be reflective of a change in policy in Washington, with at least 70 strikes ─ both drone and ground ─ conducted in Afghanistan in the past three weeks, and over 30 people killed in strikes near the border in the last few days.

The Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and ISPR, the army's media wing, had both claimed that the strikes had been carried out in Afghan territory and Pakistain's airspace had not been violated, amid speculation that the strikes had targeted turbans inside Pak territory
Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Two Shia mosques in Afghanistan suicide bombed - dozens killed
A gunman entered a Shia Muslim mosque in Kabul before opening fire and detonating an explosive, killing at least 39 worshippers.

An attack on a Sunni Muslim mosque in Ghor province killed 20 people.

No groups have so far said they carried out the attacks but so-called Islamic State (IS) has previously targeted Shia mosques across Afghanistan.

The new attacks bring to at least 176 the number of people killed in bomb attacks across the country this week.

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Shi'ite mosque in Kabul

[REUTERS] 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....
has grabbed credit for an attack on the Imam Zaman mosque in the Kabul’s western Dasht-e-Barchi district, which killed at least 39 people, the group said in a statement on Saturday. The group said in the statement that a jacket wallah had detonated a vest. It did not provide evidence to support its claim.
Posted by: lord garth || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [178 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Horn
US drone strike targets al-Shabab after Somalia's 'deadliest attack'
[DAWN] The US military said on Friday it carried out a dronezap this week against al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
in Somalia, shortly after the bully boy group was blamed for the country's deadliest attack.

The strike occurred on Monday about 35 miles southwest of the capital, Mogadishu, the US Africa Command told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named. The US said it was still assessing the results.

Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu killed more than 300 people and maimed nearly 400 others, leaving scores missing.

Al-Shabaab has not commented on the bombing, which Somali intelligence officials say was meant to target Mogadishu's heavily fortified international airport.

Several countries have embassies there.

The US has stepped up its military involvement in the Horn of Africa nation since President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
approved expanded military operations against the group early this year.
Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Egyptian police suffer casualties in ambush
[Al Jazeera] Up to 30 Egyptian coppers have been killed in a shoot-out during a raid on a suspected hideout of fighters in the country's Western desert, security sources say.

Rooters news agency quoted sources as saying the deaths occurred on Friday when the officers were following a lead to an apartment thought to house eight suspected members of Hasm.

Hasm is a group that has claimed several attacks around Cairo targeting judges and coppers since last year.

The suspected fighters tried to flee after the exchange of fire there, the sources said, and continued to shoot at a second security unit called in for back-up from atop neighbouring buildings.

The fighters also used bombs in the attack, the sources said, adding that 16 officers died in the shoot-out and the number was expected to rise.

Two security sources said eight security personnel were maimed in the festivities, while another source said that four of the injured were coppers and four others were suspected fighters.
Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  When did they open Gaza crossings?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/21/2017 2:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Whatever they pay those guys, it isn't enough.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 10/21/2017 6:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Why did they send Police?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/21/2017 13:46 Comments || Top||

#4  It's security police, Skid = armed forces of dep. interior
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/21/2017 14:42 Comments || Top||


Arabia
5 Al-Qaeda fighters killed in US drone strike in Yemen
[MIDDLEEASTMONITOR] A United States dronezap 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...
yesterday killed five al-Qaeda gunnies.

A truck carrying members of 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...
was obliterated by the US dronezap, with the five fighters on board, including the commander, killed just before sunset.

Demolinari, an analyst who tracks incidents in Yemen, reported that the following fighters were killed; Nayef al-Damaji Abu Obeidah, Salah Hadi Al Lawdari, Shaib al-Lawdari, Nadaer al-Jaru and Shamil al-Jadani.

The US has not publicly commented on the dronezap or confirmed if there were any civilian casualties.

It has expanded its drone policy in countries where it is not officially at war. President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
has provided the US’ Central Intelligence Agency and Military with broader authority to strike targets inside Yemen, considering parts of the country "temporary battlefields".

US dronezaps in Yemen have killed 1,238 people and injured 300 since 2002, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operates in several provinces in southern and eastern Yemen, including Shabwa, al-Bayda and Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
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Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Europe
Swedish Pol's Call For Army to be Deployed Sanctuary, 'No-Go' Cities
[Breitbart] Twenty members of the Moderate Party in Sweden have proposed the government deploys the armed forces in some of the country’s most dangerous no-go zones to combat "gang violence".
Moderate Party politician Mikael Cederbratt made the proposal this week saying: "The situation in our areas of exclusion has deteriorated. The gangs have taken over and the police have had to retreat. Swedish law no longer applies there."

Cederbratt was backed up by 19 other Moderate party members who signed a motion to deploy members of the Swedish armed forces in the heavily migrant populated Stockholm suburbs of Hallunda-Norsborg, Tensta, Rinkeby, and Husby Botkyrka Direct reports.

"It is absolutely necessary to do something, because these gangs are like cancerous tumours in our country, and it is urgent. My absolute belief is that we, the nation of Sweden, must declare war on criminal gangs," Cederbratt said.

"It is the responsibility of the state to maintain the law, especially the police. But the police today do not have the numerical ability to maintain public order," he added.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/21/2017 07:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Swedish law no longer applies there."

you left out "third-world tribal Sharia law does"
Posted by: Frank G || 10/21/2017 8:09 Comments || Top||

#2  OT

Skunky Munster7680

That's what you call me after I clear browser?
Nah, that's who was wandering around my yard at 4:00 AM rattling the garbage can.


Now on topic...

How long before this is Dearborn or Detroit?
Posted by: AlanC || 10/21/2017 8:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe they could use some military assistance training teams from Israel? Particularly the for the RoEs.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/21/2017 8:53 Comments || Top||

#4  The only real answer is to deport these people back to their countries of origin. Swedes are gonna lose their country if they don't.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/21/2017 11:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Look to your cultural roots, Sven... bloodeagle?
Posted by: Flomoling Shusoling1179 || 10/21/2017 11:36 Comments || Top||

#6  heavily migrant populated

Nah, that can't be right.
Must be motorcycle gangs.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/21/2017 13:41 Comments || Top||

#7  The "Moderate Party" in Sweden is a remnant of classical liberalism there, and one of the major parties, so that's significant public positioning.

Note: I did not say it is a bastion of classical liberalism.
Posted by: si vis pacem, para bellum || 10/21/2017 16:00 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Kurdish forces clashes with Iraqi military after Kirkuk surrender
[DAWN] Iraqi federal and Kurdish forces exchanged fire at their shared border on Friday, capping a dramatic week of manoeuvres that saw the Kurds hand over territory across northern Iraq.

Iraqi forces shelled Kurdish military positions north and south of Altun Kupri, a town of about 9,000 people just outside the country's autonomous Kurdish region, a day after Brigadier Gen Raad Baddai gave warning he was going to enter the town.

Organised Kurdish forces, known as the peshmerga, as well as irregular forces, responded with rocket fire.

By mid-day, Iraq's defence ministry said anti-terrorism forces, the federal police and the country's Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Front (PMF) militias had taken the town.

But the peshmerga's general command disputed that claim, saying Kurdish fighters fought off the advance and destroyed 10 Humvees and an Abrams tank.

Ercuman Turkmen, a PMF commander, said from inside the town his forces were being targeted by sniper fire.

Speaking to the AP by phone, he said he had no orders to enter the Kurdish autonomous region.

There were no casualty reports but AP news hounds saw ambulances outside the town.

The boundaries of the country's Kurdish region have long been disputed between Baghdad and Irbil, the Kurdish capital, but Kurdish forces this week withdrew in most areas to positions they last held in 2014, effectively restoring the contours of the map to the time before the rise of the Lion of Islam 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....
(IS) group.

They pulled out of nearby Kirkuk after brief festivities and handed over surrounding oil fields nearly without a fight, but they held on to Altun Kupri, making a symbolic last stand in front of the vastly more powerful Iraqi army.

"The Kurdistan peshmerga forces have resisted heroically in this confrontation and have recorded a great honour," the peshmerga general command said in a statement released mid-day.

Altun Kupri is the last town on the federal side of the border on the road between Kirkuk and Irbil.

Kurdish forces entered Kirkuk in 2014 when Iraq's army melted away ahead of the Islamic IS' blitz across northern and western Iraq.
Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [191 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Islamic State execute members escaping Anbar to Syria
[Iraq News] Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
members executed on Friday three comrades for attempting to escape the group’s last stronghold in Iraq towards Syria, a paramilitary source in Anbar was quoted saying.

Almaalomah quoted the source saying that a firing squad from the Death Eater group rubbed out three senior members for sneaking outside the town of Qaim, along with their families, towards Syria’s Boukamal. The execution was witnessed by a large number of group commanders near the town’s hospital.

Since Islamic State forces of Evil took over large areas of Iraq and Syria to establish a self-styled "caliphate" in 2014, Iraqi government forces, backed paramilitary troops and U.S.-led coalition, launched a wide-scale campaign to retake those regions.

So far, the offensives managed to retake djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, the group’s former capital, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija and Anbar’s Annah. Only Qaim and neighboring Rawa currently remain in IS grip.

Local authorities and human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
agencies believe Islamic State members are holding tens of thousands of civilians in western Anbar as future human shields, having killed hundreds for attempting to escape.

A monthly count by the United Nations
...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 non-combatants were killed, while 381 others were maimed due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September.

Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi forces begin final operation to destroy ISIS empire in Iraq
[ALMASDARNEWS] Moments ago, Iraqi pro-government forces commenced their long awaited operation to completely destroy 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 caliphate in Iraq.

According to reports from military-affiliated sources, the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Forces have kicked-off their campaign to liberate western Anbar province from ISIS bad boys.

West Anbar is the last region in Iraq where the Islamic State holds contiguous stretches of territory. Most of the jihadist faction’s fighters are most likely stationed throughout the middle Eurphrates valley.

Two key strongholds held by ISIS in western Anbar are the towns of Rawa and al-Qa’im (Iraqi-Syrian border). It is here where ISIS is expected to concentrate its defensive efforts.

Reports say that the Iraqi military operation is one of the largest yet in terms of the amount of manpower and heavy equipment being deployed against ISIS and comes at a time when pro-government forces are also involved in a major campaign against pro-Barzani militias in the country’s northwest.
Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi forces seize new city from Kurdish Peshmerga
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Iraqi forces continued their advance against the Kurdish Peshmerga and PKK, today, seizing a new city near the recently captured historic provincial capital of the Kirkuk Governorate.

Iraqi troops led by the Federal Police launched a big attack on the Peshmerga positions near the city of Altun Kubri (var. Kopri) this morning, scoring an advance after cutting the road from the historic provincial capital.

The Iraqi Armed Forces would finally take control of the city after several minutes of intense fighting with the Kurdish Peshmerga and PKK units.

With Antun Kubri under Iraqi military control, the Kurdish Peshmerga have lost their third major city in Iraq this week.
Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [174 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Southeast Asia
Teenage son fighting alongside Malaysian militant ‘commander’ in Marawi
[FREEMALAYSIATODAY] KOTA KINABALU: A teenage boy is fighting alongside his Malaysian krazed killer father, who is believed to be the leader of the remaining forces of Evil in Marawi city, southern Philippines, FMT has learned.

A former hostage, kidnapped in May, told FMT he used to play with the boy and recognised his father.

"I saw him together with his son," said the former hostage.

"I don’t know his age, maybe he’s around 13. He’s small but he’s carrying a gun already. He was involved in fighting the troops.

"I used to play with his son sometimes and they were always together and the authorities here confirmed that the boy was the son of the Malaysian krazed killer."

The exchanges with the Malaysian krazed killer and his son took place before the former hostage was rescued in September.

The teenage boy could very well be the individual Malaysian police earlier told FMT they had nicknamed "Pendek", the Malay word for "short".

Troops were earlier reported to have taken fire from women and kiddies, believed to be family members of local krazed killers.

The teenage boy however would be the first family member of a foreign fighter reported in Marawi.

The Philippine military is currently investigating whether Malaysian krazed killer Mohd Amin Baco is still alive in Marawi which has endured attacks by Islamist radical fighters since May.

A source earlier today told FMT Amin was one of about three Malaysian combatants believed to be still in the southern Philippine city following the reported death of top Malaysian krazed killer Mahmud Ahmad earlier this week.

ABS CBN News today reported Philippine military front man Maj Gen Restituto Padilla Jr describing Amin, who hails from Sabah, as a "prominent terrorist leader" and "commander".

It is understood that remnants of "straggling" 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....
(IS)-linked krazed killers, including Malaysians and Indonesians, are still holed up in the main battle zone in the city with operations underway to flush them out.

Amin was reported to have been a member of the outlawed Darul Islam Sabah group in the state’s coastal district of Tawau.

He and fellow Sabahan Jeknal Adil, who was reportedly killed, have been identified in reports as being bomb makers for the krazed killers.

Amin and Jeknal left Malaysia to join the Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
terror group, which pledged allegiance to the IS in 2010.

They were reported to have used the Abu Sayyaf’s hideouts in Basilan
...Basilan is a rugged, jungle-covered island in the southern Philippines. It is a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, bandidos, and maybe even orcs. Most people with any sense travel with armed escorts...
and Jolo Islands in southern Philippines as bases for IS operations in Southeast Asia.

The source said it would not be surprising if the Philippine military believed Amin was a leader of the remaining fighters in Marawi as he had become accustomed to the region and very likely spoke the local language fluently.

Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Free Syrian Army joins ISIS extermination campaign in northeast Hama
[ALMASDARNEWS] Despite the heightened state of tensions been the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
and Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate) in northwestern Syria, some Free Syrian Army sub-factions remain loyal to the jihadist organization and are even assisting it in ongoing battles against ISIS throughout the region.

Several days ago, Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (Free Syrian Army-linked group) released footage of its forces battling ISIS in northeast Hama province.

The holy warrior group can be seen employing a range of heavy weaponry including cannon-armed pickups, siege mortars and high-powered anti-materiel sniper rifles.

By this evidence, it appears that whilst leading offensive operations to wipe-out the ISIS presence in northeast Hama, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham is by no means alone, with some loyal Free Syrian Army franchises joining the campaign.
Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


US-backed forces succeed in making Raqqa 80 percent ‘uninhabitable’
[ALMASDARNEWS] ‐ As was predicted by some military analysts at and since the beginning of this year, the operation by the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces to capture Raqqa from ISIS has resulted in the city’s complete annihilation.

According to the United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
, the campaign by US-backed, Kurdish-led militias to capture Raqqa from 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....
bully boyz resulted in some 80 percent of the city now becoming "uninhabitable."

This statistic is revealed at a time when Kurdish militias pulled a questionable stun in Raqqa’s city center following their clearing the area from ISIS. Here a Kurdish armored fighting vehicle conducted a series of celebratory wheelies in the exact same fashion that the Islamic State had done when it conquered the city.

The statistic might also serve to explain why Kurdish militias are constantly evacuating civilians from the city, even in areas where ISIS mines and traps have been cleared. It appears that there is simply no place left for people to live.

Whilst the general nature of urban warfare is somewhat to blame, there can be no doubt that the Coalition’s relentless aerial bombardment of Raqqa (which was more intense than in the djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
operation) to compensate for the tactical incompetence of its militias on the ground is mostly to blame.

To this effect, the West’s double standard on the morality behind bombing population centers in order to defeat terrorist forces (i.e. ‐ when Assad does it it is bad, when the Coalition does it it is necessary) has been revealed once again for all the world to see and the unfortunate victims have been the city and people of Raqqa.
Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  The UN says that like it is a bad thing!

WTF is their mental problem?

Posted by: 3dc || 10/21/2017 0:49 Comments || Top||

#2  I wouldn't mind to see the same for the rest of Muslim ME.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/21/2017 2:02 Comments || Top||

#3  80 percent

Isn't that better than the 100% 'uninhabitable' before?
Posted by: AlanC || 10/21/2017 8:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Why did it take so long to get to the "Total Annihilation" phase?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/21/2017 13:44 Comments || Top||


Daraa rebels and ISIS suffer dreadful losses during latest round of clashes
[ALMASDARNEWS] Rebel forces in southwestern Daraa have finally managed to foil a major counter-offensive that was launched against them by the ISIS-linked Saifullah al-Maslul Army (more commonly called Jaish Khalid ibn al-Walid) jihadist group a few days ago.

The fighting of the last several days has been particularly brutal with ISIS conducting several powerful counter-attacks around the towns of Hayt and Jallayn near the Jordanian border. Many dozens of fighters from both sides perished over the course of the battle in and around these settlements.

According to the ISIS-linked Amaq media center, 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....
aligned forces killed twelve rebel fighters yesterday alone.

In any case, rebel forces have prevented the fall of Hayt to ISIS, recapturing positions around the town that were taken by the jihadist group during its counter-offensive.

Intense festivities between rebel militias and ISIS-linked forces in southwestern Daraa flared up just over a week ago after Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
combatants attempted the to roll back Islamic State held lines in the much contested Yarmouk Basin area. After the offensive stalled, the Saifullah al-Maslul Army launched a series of counter-attacks which almost led the it capturing Hayt.
Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syrian Army reaches Al-Omar Oil Field in east Deir Ezzor
[ALMASDARNEWS] Preliminary reports have come in saying that the forces of the Syrian Arab Army have reached the massive al-Omar Oil Field complex in eastern Deir Ezzor province.

According the one news hound from Russia Today, Syrian Army troops reached the outskirts the al-Omar Oil Field just moments ago after having crossed to the eastern shore of the Euphrates River opposite al-Mayadeen city and capturing the town of Zeban earlier on.

Reports say that Syrian forces have achieved fire control over the huge energy site, enticing 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....
holy warriors to fully withdraw from it.

Whilst yet to be properly confirmed by trusted sources of al-Masdar News, if these early reports are true, then the development is a big one.

Prior to the Syrian War, the al-Omar Oil Field contributed to about one quarter of Syria’s oil production. It was captured by ISIS holy warriors in mid-2014.
Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [174 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Homs: Syrian troops push through deadly ISIS car bomb attacks to capture key hilltop near Qaryatayn
[ALMASDARNEWS] The battle for the oasis town of al-Qaryatayn in central Homs province is heating up with besieged 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....
hard boyz now resorting to car kabooms to fend off pro-government forces.

In recent hours, confirmation came in that Syrian Arab Army troops captured the key hilltop of Tel Deker to the northeast of al-Qaryatayn.

However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
despite securing this important high-ground, Syrian forces are currently enduring a powerful ISIS counter-attack spearheaded by boom-mobiles.

According to military-affiliated sources, Islamic State forces employed two car kabooms against pro-government troops near Tel Deker scoring mixed results.

The first boom-mobile was successfully destroyed by pro-government fighters before it reached their lines, however a second ISIS boom-mobile managed to slip past the army’s fire control perimeter and strike a military checkpoint, killing one Syrian Army soldier and wounding 3 others.

At the present time, there are no reports to suggest that pro-government forces have retreated from their new positions on and near Tel Deker, however the battle for the hilltop and the area around it is said to still be raging.
Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [188 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israeli-backed terrorists reverse all Syrian Army advances in West Ghouta
[ALMASDARNEWS] Al-Qaeda-linked holy warriors have repelled a major offensive push by Syrian pro-government forces in the countryside of West Ghouta following a recent breakthrough by the latter.

Two days ago, the Syrian pro-government forces scored a major operational victory against al-Qaeda-linked hard boyz of the Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham jihadist group near the strategic town of Beit Jinn in western Rif Dimashq (Damascus) province, capturing the key hilltop of Tal Bard’ayyah.

However,
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within 24 hours, jihadist holy warriors near Beit Jinn re-grouped and launched a powerful counter-attack employing anti-tank guided missiles and receiving air support from Israeli warplanes.

After heavy festivities, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham managed to drive Syrian forces from Tal Bard’ayyah, effectively reversing all army gains in the region.

Having been so firmly rebuffed and after having endured significant losses in armor, it remains unclear if Syrian pro-government forces will attempt another push on Tal Bard’ayyah which is key to liberating Beit Jinn.
Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra



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