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Kurds freeze independence vote, call for ceasefire
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Even better, showing a kosher ham . . . .
Posted by: gorb || 10/25/2017 0:16 Comments || Top||

#2  It's nice having the Defender-Scimitar and Times Picayune back. Didn't realize how much I missed it till I started seeing it again.

Yes, I'm probably slow on the uptake, but I have been traveling most of the last couple months.
Posted by: abu do you love || 10/25/2017 10:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Fred musta visited the old home place and recovered another stash.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/25/2017 11:44 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Yemeni military checkpoint attack thwarted
Aden - Bassam al-Kadi
A car rigged with explosives and carrying five men pulled up to a military checkpoint in the Yemeni district of Mudiyah in Abyan, military officials said.

Armed with explosive belts, four attackers were killed by soldiers after they failed to blow themselves up in front of the security headquarters in Mudiyah, Officer Fawaz al-Shabhi said.

The fifth man, a suicide-bomber, then detonated his explosive in the vehicle outside the checkpoint, killing four soldiers and injuring around ten others from the Yemeni army.

"At first a suicide-bomber detonated a car filled with explosives near the headquarters of the Yemeni troops in Mudiyah district of Abyan province, making way for a number of attackers to start their assault," a military official said on condition of anonymity.

Shabhi meanwhile stressed that the security situation is under control in Mudiyah, and that the failed terrorist operation came in retaliation to heavy blows received by these groups in all districts of the governorate.

He said that the military operations will continue until all the areas and cities of Abyan are declared free of terrorist elements.

Military campaigns to combat terrorism in Abyan, backed by Arab coalition forces, were launched in late July and succeeded in defeating terrorists in Abyan, where 90 percent of the cities were under the control of Yemeni security forces.
Posted by: badanov || 10/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [210 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Kurds freeze independence vote, call for ceasefire
[PRESSTV] The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has said that it will freeze the results of a recent vote for independence from Iraq.

Based on a statement released by the KRG on Tuesday, they also called for an immediate ceasefire and a cessation to all military operations in the northern region.

It also proposed open dialog with Baghdad based on the Iraqi constitution.

The announcement came shortly after the parliament in the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan announced that legislative and presidential elections that were delayed due the ongoing political stand-off with Baghdad would be held in eight months.
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [442 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  No help from the US

UGH

Back to the drawing board.
Posted by: newc || 10/25/2017 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  US declaration of 'ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar on way
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/25/2017 1:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Trump has obviously left foreign policy to the (left-wing) professionals. Corker and Flake certainly did. Let's hope neither is replaced by a Democrat.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 10/25/2017 18:44 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian Army Combat Summary
Syrian Army units operating in Deir Ezzor, backed by the army air force, regained control over a number of points inside Mahkan town, southeast of al-Mayadeen on the direction of al-Bukmal city in Deir Ezzor province.

SANA reporter said Tuesday that the army units intensified military operations in the surroundings of Khasham town advancing towards al-Tabiyeh village after inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorist groups in the area.

In Deir Ezzor city, army carried out intensive artillery and airstrikes on ISIL positions, centers and fortifications in the neighborhoods of al-Aredi, Kanamat, Khasarat, al-Ummal, al-Jbaileh, al-Hamidiyeh and al-Sheikh Yassin.

The army inflicted heavy losses upon ISIL terrorists in personnel and equipment, in addition to destroying their weapons and vehicles, according to the reporter.

In a relevant context, civil sources said that 18 detainees managed to escape one of ISIL prisons in the village of al-Jartha al-Sharqi, southeast of al-Mayadeen city.

Source: SANA
Posted by: badanov || 10/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Turkish Army attacks Kurdish forces in northwest Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish Army, alongside their allies from the Euphrates Shield, launched a fresh attack against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northwestern Aleppo last night, the pro-YPG ANF News reported.

"Stationed in Seman Fortress, the invading Ottoman Turkish army and affiliated gangs are launching an attack on Iska village of Efrîn’s Sherawa district," the ANF report claimed.

"Fighters of the People’s Defense Units (YPG) and Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) are retaliating the attack and festivities continue in the mentioned area," they concluded.

While it is not clear whether or not actual firefights took place, the Ottoman Turkish Army has had a history of shelling the Afrin Canton and harassing the YPG forces in this region.

Prior to the reported attack, the Ottoman Turkish Army was said to have sent a large number of reinforcements from Gaziantep to the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate.

Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Syrian Army bursts into northeast Hama with the aim of capturing Idlib airbase
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army has kicked-off a new offensive against jihadist holy warriors of the Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate) in northeast Hama province with the aim of reaching western Idlib province.

According to military sources, vanguard formations of the Syrian Army have commenced a major offensive action in that last few hours northwest of the garrison town of Ithriyah.

Reports say that the Syrian Army has so far liberated the town of Jibb Abyad and is shooting for the strategic Abu Duhur military airport in western Idlib province which was captured by rebel forces many years ago.

It appears that the Syrian Army is taking advantage of Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham’s commitment to fighting ISIS in the region.
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [215 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Bombs blow up all over Daraa killing, wounding rebels of every faction
[ALMASDARNEWS] Both in Daraa city and the provincial countryside around it, bomb liquidations have taken place today killing and wounding rebels from every bad boy faction.

In the city of Daraa, two Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
fighters were killed when an improvised bomb blew up their position inside the district of al-Ballad.

Meanwhile in Daraa province’s eastern countryside, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham commander Abu Hanifah al-Ansari was critically maimed along with three other fighters belonging to his bodyguard detail when a roadside kaboom detonated near his car on the road to the town of Maliha al-Gharbiyah.

As usual, the perpetrator(s) of these attacks remains unknown leaving nothing but speculation as to whether the liquidations are linked to infighting or are the deed of pro-government spies.
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


ISIS drone attack destroys Syrian Army ammo depot in Deir Ezzor
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Islamic State (ISIS) recently carried out a drone attack on a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) ammo depot in the Deir Ezzor Governorate’s western countryside.

As a result of the drone attack, the Islamic State managed to destroy the entire Syrian Army ammo storage that was located at the municipal football stadium in Deir Ezzor’s Panorama area.

Video footage of the Islamic State was released by the terrorist group’s official media wing on Tuesday
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [425 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Snicker. Good aim.
Posted by: gorb || 10/25/2017 0:22 Comments || Top||

#2  They've gone to drones now? I thought Mohammadans murdered people up close as the Prophet used to do.
Posted by: jpal || 10/25/2017 14:11 Comments || Top||

#3  They have been weaponizing drones for a couple years now, and are getting good at using them for recon, propaganda, and attack missions. Similar learning curve they had with the VBIED, and is a concern.

Video only really suggests poor munitions storage, but say for less than $500 an operative with a fairly concealable weapon has with little risk to himself destroyed a meterball's stadium worth of munitions.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/25/2017 16:26 Comments || Top||

#4  A quick write-up at Funker530 dated July 2016 and in the article another link covering drone use in that theatre.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/25/2017 19:29 Comments || Top||


ISIL accused of killing scores of Qaryatayn civilians
[Al Jazeera] ISIS has been accused of executing scores of people in a town it briefly held in central Syria before it was seized by Syrian government forces, according to a monitoring group and local activists.

Al-Qaryatayn town, which was captured by 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) group in early October, was retaken by troops loyal to Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...
on Saturday.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 128 people were killed by ISIS fighters in the three weeks before their withdrawal from the town in Homs province on Friday.

The non-combatants were killed on accusations of collaborating with the Syrian government, activists said.

Mohammed al-Homsi, a member of the Palmyra Coordination Committee, told Al Jazeera that a list containing the names of at least 90 people who were confirmed dead would be released soon.

"It is taking us a while because we want to double check the names of the people who were killed," al-Homsi said.

"Most of the casualties were men, but there are some children among them."
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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Wed 2017-10-25
  Kurds freeze independence vote, call for ceasefire
Tue 2017-10-24
  6 ISIS Big Turbans die trying to escape Diyala
Mon 2017-10-23
  Filipino troops battling final 30 ISIS-linked gunmen in Marawi
Sun 2017-10-22
  ARSA open to surrender, but only under UN supervision
Sat 2017-10-21
  US drone strike targets al-Shabab after Somalia's 'deadliest attack'
Fri 2017-10-20
  Iraq and Iran compel Kurdish withdrawal from Kirkuk
Thu 2017-10-19
  TTP names successor to APS mastermind Umar Mansoor
Wed 2017-10-18
  US-Backed Forces Say Have Captured Raqa from IS
Tue 2017-10-17
  Terror leaders Hapilon (Abu Sayyaf), Maute (Maute Group) gunned down in Marawi
Mon 2017-10-16
  The "War after ISIS" begins in Iraq
Sun 2017-10-15
  Report: U.S. Coalition Cuts Islamic State Revenues over 90 Percent
Sat 2017-10-14
  Iraqi forces move to begin operations against Kurds
Fri 2017-10-13
  Iraq PM Denies Attack Plan as Tensions Rise with Kurds
Thu 2017-10-12
  British jihadi Sally Jones killed by US drone strike fleeing ISIS hell
Wed 2017-10-11
  Bangladesh arrests top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami

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