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US airstrike wipe-out ISIS hideout in Nangarhar, leaving 13 dead
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Afghanistan
Video depicts massive explosion as B-52s bomb Taliban mines factory
Fifteen second video can be seen at the link.
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The US military in Afghanistan has released a new video of the ongoing air campaign against the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
purportedly showing the destruction of a mines factory.

The video shows the Arclight airstrike on Taliban explosives compound in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province, triggering a massive kaboom after bombs were dropped, apparently by B-52 bombers.

According to the US military, the enormous secondary kaboom is evidence of stockpiles of explosives the Taliban would have used against the Afghan people.

The growing Arclight airstrikes have apparently put the Taliban into a state of panic with a front man of the group claiming last week that only civilians are being killed or maimed in the ongoing campaign.

A front man for the Taliban group Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the claims of inflicting heavy losses to the Taliban fighters are false.

Ahmadi further added that only the civilians have been killed and their houses have been destroyed in the Arclight airstrikes.

The commander of the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
-led Resolute Support and US forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson said Monday that the U.S. and Afghan forces conducted a series of strikes over the past 24 hours against Taliban drug labs, to target the revenue streams of the terrorists.

Gen. Nicholson further added that the combined operations struck seven Taliban drug labs and one command-and-control node in northern Helmand province.

"Specifically, in striking northern Helmand and the drug enterprises there, we’re hitting the Taliban where it hurts, which is their finances," he said.

Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [528 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Good!
Posted by: 3dc || 11/26/2017 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  That blowed up real good!
Posted by: Nero || 11/26/2017 1:25 Comments || Top||

#3  ...Miss Buffy sends her regards.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 11/26/2017 5:09 Comments || Top||

#4  "The video shows the airstrike on Taliban explosives compound in southern Helmand province, triggering a massive explosion after bombs were dropped, apparently by B-52 bombers."

In general, a B-52 strike will result in a massive explosion. That's kinda the point.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 11/26/2017 6:31 Comments || Top||

#5  ALL HAIL DA BUFF
Posted by: RantBurgADMR || 11/26/2017 9:55 Comments || Top||

#6  Is there anyone flying them that are older than the airframe?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/26/2017 10:15 Comments || Top||

#7  #6Is there anyone flying them that are older than the airframe?
Posted by: Procopius2k 2017-11-26 10:15


P2k,

Not any more, but there are at least two confirmed '3rd generation' pilots out there whose fathers and grandfathers flew the same aircraft.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 11/26/2017 10:20 Comments || Top||

#8  Open Question. How will we carry out GPS bombings like this, cruise missiles etc if the Chinese destroy our satellites? Weapons systems for just this purpose are underworks. Some have been tested.
Right now we have little defense, if any.

Respectfully, W
Posted by: Woodrow || 11/26/2017 11:09 Comments || Top||

#9  W,
GPS birds are in high orbits (about 20000 km from the ground; geo is about 35,786 km). To my knowledge, nobody has tested a-sat weapons at that height. Besides, there are spares.
Posted by: Clong Glilet2602 || 11/26/2017 11:42 Comments || Top||

#10  If our systems are destroyed, I'm sure we'll be able to lease coverage from the Russians, or even the Chinese.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/26/2017 11:46 Comments || Top||

#11  Don't gives them any ideas, B.
Posted by: gorb || 11/26/2017 12:31 Comments || Top||

#12  WW|| was won by bombing the stuff out of the enemies citys. Unfortunately, the terrorists in this world now build their tunnels and ammo depots in the middle of cities. There should be no places to hide for these animals, it is the only way to destroy them.
Posted by: CC Oscar || 11/26/2017 13:32 Comments || Top||

#13  Ahmadi further added that only the civilians have been killed and their houses have been destroyed in the airstrikes.

So Ahmadi should be thanking us for doing their job right?
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 11/26/2017 13:50 Comments || Top||

#14  Reads like we are getting a little more serious about bringing this war to a conclusion we've been at it a long time.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/26/2017 15:32 Comments || Top||

#15  Blow the hell out of the place if it will bring about an end to our long-standing war.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/26/2017 15:38 Comments || Top||

#16  The Arafish set up the PLO HQ in Beruit after they got their a$$es kicked out of Jordan by King Hussain in Black September. Put the HQ smack dab in downtown Beruit. Israelis told Lebanon to get them out, so Israel did. It was not pretty.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/26/2017 20:33 Comments || Top||


US airstrike wipe-out ISIS hideout in Nangarhar, leaving 13 dead
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The US forces based in Afghanistan conducted a new Arclight airstrike on ISIS bully boyz in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan, wiping out of their hideouts in this province.

According to the local officials, at least 13 Death Eater were killed as a result of the Arclight airstrike conducted in the vicinity of Haska Mina district.

The 201st Silab Corps officials in the East confirmed that the hideout of the terror group was wipedout and at least 13 bully boyz were killed.

The officials further added that the local residents and security personnel in the vicinity did not suffer any casualties.

The provincial government media office in a statement also confirmed that 13 bully boyz were killed in the Arclight airstrike conducted in Gagari area.

The anti-government armed Death Eater groups including the ISIS bully boyz have not commented regarding the report so far.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces however the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and ISIS bully boyz have increased their insurgency activities in some its remote parts during the recent years.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan military in the East said last week that several bully boyz of the terror group were killed in a similar Arclight airstrike carried out in Deh Bala district of Nangarhar province.

The Silab Corps officials are saying that the hideouts of the terror group were targeted by unmanned aerial vehicles in Payin area of the district.

The officials further added at least ten ISIS bully boyz were killed in the Arclight airstrikes but no casualties were incurred to the local residents or security personnel.

Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [235 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Horn
Three Somali Soldiers Killed In Afgoye Grenade Explosion
[RADIOSHABELLE] At least three Somali government soldiers are reported to have been killed in a grenade kaboom in Afgoye, an agriculture-rich town in Lower Shabelle region, near Mogadishu.

Local residents confirmed that the soldiers died in a hand grenade bomb targeted Somali forces during a night-time security patrol at Bar Ismail area in the district.

The assailants managed to escape from the scene following the attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the grenade blast.

On Saturday morning, Somali troops launched an operation in parts of the city on a mission to detain those behind last night’s kaboom, according to the sources.
Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Kenyan Al Shabaab Recruits Fleeing US Airstrikes In Somalia
[RADIOSHABELLE] Kenyan recruits have fled Somalia following sustained US Arclight airstrikes against al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
terrorists, military sources confirmed on Friday.

The recruits have been accused of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency and others targeting the Lion of Islams’ camps in Somalia.

Joseph Kanyiri, director of the Boni Enclave Campaign, said some of those running away is part of the Jaish Ayman elite squad, made up of many Kenyans.

Kanyiri noted a multi-agency team has scaled up security along the border with Somalia to deal with armed fighters.

On Tuesday, more than 100 Lions of Islam were killed in a camp 125 miles northwest of Mogadishu.

"We are aware the condition in Somalia is not conducive to them and that they have decided to flee to the country. We urge them to surrender to authorities," he told The Star on Friday.

Somalia’s government said on Wednesday it had requested the Arclight airstrike which killed suspected Lions of Islam to help pave the way for an upcoming ground offensive against al-Shabaab.

"Those Lions of Islam were preparing explosives and attacks. Operations against al-Shabaab have been stepped up," Abdirahman Omar Oman, the Somali minister, told Rooters.

"We have asked the US to help us from the air to make our readied ground offensive more successful."
Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Egyptian court issues final death sentence against 7 in Libya Daesh cell case
[Al Ahram] Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Saturday seven members of what is known in the media as the "Libya terrorist cell" to death on a number of terror-related charges.

The court’s final verdict came following referral last September to the country’s Grand Mufti for a consultative non-binding opinion, as per Egypt’s penal code.

The court also ordered life sentences on 10 other defendants, and 15 years on three defendants in the case.

The defendants are charged with joining a terrorist cell in Egypt's governorate of Marsa Matrouh affiliated with the ISIS holy warrior group in Libya.

The defendants are also charged with joining training camps of the terrorist group in Syria and Libya, and obtaining military training, as well as planning terrorist acts in Egypt.

According to the court order, the defendants committed their alleged crimes between 2012 and 2016 in Matrouh, Cairo and Alexandria governorates.

The defendants were also charged with participating in the beheading of 21 Egyptians in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte claimed by ISIS in February 2015.

The defendants were locked away
Please don't kill me!
in Hamam City in Matrouh governorate in 2015 and accused of conducting attacks on a cop shoppe and vital establishments in the city.

In November 2016, the case was referred to court, after the State Security Prosecution revealed the defendants were also involved in attacks on Christians in their governorate, as well as hiding and training seven German citizens who were planning to join ISIS in Libya.
More from The Times of Israel at 8:40 a.m. ET:
In February 2015, Libya [ISIS] posted a video on the internet of the beheadings on a Libyan beach, sparking international condemnation and Egyptian Arclight airstrikes against jihadist targets in the neighboring country.

In May, Egypt again struck what it said were jihadist targets in Libya after IS claimed a massacre of Coptic Christians on their way to a monastery south of Cairo.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said military reverses for IS in war-torn Syria were driving its fighters to try to relocate to Libya and the Sinai Peninsula of eastern Egypt.
Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Libya navy says over 30 migrants dead, 200 rescued off coast
[Al Ahram] More than 30 migrants colonists died and 200 were rescued on Saturday after their boats foundered off Libya's western coast, the Libyan navy said.

The coastguard conducted two rescue operations off the city of Garabulli, 60 kilometres (40 miles) east of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, front man Colonel Abu Ajila Abdelbarri said.

He added that patrols had found 31 bodies and 60 survivors from one boat, along with a further 140 survivors from a second.

"When we arrived at the spot, we found an inflatable dinghy with several people clinging to part of it," he said. He did not specify whether any people had been reported missing.

"The weather conditions these days are favourable for sending migrants colonists to European shores on boats that are often unseaworthy," he added.

Libyan patrol boat commander Nasser al-Ghammoudi said one of the vessels was three-quarters under water when the coastguard arrived.

"We looked for other survivors for more than five hours," he said. "We were able to rescue one woman after we heard her shouts."

A French NGO, SOS Mediterranee, said later Saturday that it had rescued over 400 people from a stricken wooden boat in international waters further from the Libyan coast.

Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


LNA captures Derna militant involved in 2015 beheading
[Libya Herald] An 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) Lion of Islam who was involved in the beheading in Derna of a Libyan National Army (LNA) soldier in 2015 has been captured in an LNA undercover operation in the town, it has been revealed.

Anis Bualjieh Awami, who held up the head of Abdulnabi al-Shargawi at the Ateeq Mosque on 3 June 2015, was captured last month, although the news has only just been divulged. He was seized near his home in Derna by a small unit sent in to grab him and others.

Shargawi was an LNA volunteer who was captured on 29 May 2015 and then publicly beheaded a week later at the mosque. Awami was not the actual executioner. That was said to be Abdul Rahman Mikraz, killed a few days latter in fighting between IS and the Abu Sleem Brigade, the main element in the Derna Mujahideen Shoura Council forces. Awami was one of IS guards at the execution and held up the head to be photographed.

A local resident of Derna, born in 1987, he pledged allegiance to IS in 2014. After it was crushed by the muhajideen he was locked away
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
and held first at a prison in the western Shiha area then transferred to Bishr prison. In 2016, he changed allegiance like a number of others, to the mujadideen. He then started working as a guard in the same prison, then later as a checkpoint guard.

It has not been revealed in any one else was captured along with him.

Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [173 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attacks
[Al Jazeera] At least four United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
peacekeepers and a Malian soldier have been killed in two separate attacks in northern Mali, according to officials.

Friday's attacks, which also left 21 other soldiers injured, took place while troops from the UN mission in the country, known as MINUSMA, were carrying out a joint operation with Malian forces near the border with Niger.

The first attack happened early on Friday morning in Indelimane, leaving three peacekeepers from Niger and a Malian soldier dead. The second happened near Douentza and left one peacekeeper dead, UN officials said.
With regard to the Indelimane attack, Ynet adds:
The UN mission reported that at least three assailants were killed by return fire from the peacekeepers.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though 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....
in the Sahel group is active in the region. The krazed killer group is believed to be behind an ambush of US forces and their local counterparts in Niger that left four Americans dead last month.

Following the attack, the UN said the Mali mission deployed three helicopters to evacuate the injured peacekeepers, 13 from Niger and one from Cambodia as well as the civilian. The UN mission's aircraft with medical teams also deployed from Kidal and Bamako to evacuate some of the maimed, the UN said.
Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Egyptian air raid kills 'terrorist' mosque attackers
[Al Jazeera] The Egyptian army says an air raid killed some of the attackers involved in Friday's massacre when at least 305 people died in a bomb-and-gun attack on a mosque.

In a statement late on Friday, army front man Tamer Rifai said the Egyptian air force chased down the assailants who, according to officials, arrived in four 4WD vehicles and carried out the attack during noon prayers.

"The air forces chased the Death Eaters and discovered and destroyed a number of vehicles that were involved in carrying out the brutal terrorist attack ... Those on board were also killed," Rifai said.

The massacre occurred in Bir al-Abed, a town in North Sinai province.

The mosque - about 40km west of el-Arish, the historic provincial capital of North Sinai - was frequented by followers of Sufism, a more mystical form of Islam.

Death toll in Egypt mosque attack rises to 305

[DAWN] Egypt’s chief prosecutor said in a statement on Saturday that the attack on a Sinai mosque a day before has killed 305 people, including 27 children.

In his statement, Nabil Sadeq said that the attack also left 126 people maimed.

Sadeq said the attack was carried out by 25-30 hard boyz who arrived at the mosque in the small town of Bir al-Abd in five all-terrain vehicles. The hard boyz stationed themselves at the mosque’s main door and 12 windows before opening fire on worshippers inside. They also torched seven cars belonging to the worshippers that were parked outside.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, the deadliest by Islamic Death Eaters in Egypt’s modern history. The mosque is frequented by Sufi Moslems, a mystic school of Islam that hard boyz consider heretic.
More from Ynet:
The chief prosecutor then went on to shed some light on the attack and its details, saying 25-30 terrorist carrying Islamic State (IS) banners participated in the assault, despite the fact IS had yet to claim official responsibility.

El-Sisi reportedly ordered Chief of staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces Sedki Sobhy and Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar to have the army conduct far-reaching military and security operations in the north and center of the Sinai Peninsula. Threat levels were also raised all across Egypt, with the Interior Ministry saying exiting security will be increased in places of worship and vital facilities.

Egyptian air force, infantry and civilian police forces will all participate, according to reports, under the direction of the army's chief of staff.

The Egyptian army said its attack on terrorist strongholds in northern Sinai was underway and published a video documenting alleged air force attacks. An Egyptian army spokesman said Friday dozens of terrorists were killed in such airstrikes.

Arabic-language Sky News reported 30 terrorists killed by Egyptian forces in the village of a-Risan in central Sinai as part of security raids, whereas the Al Arabiya network reported Egyptian infantrymen massively descended on several targets in Egyptian Rafah.

The attack took place only a day before the Rafah Border Crossing connecting Egypt and the Gaza Strip was slated to be reopened again for three days.

Many of those killed and wounded in the attack were reported to belong to the local a-Sawarka tribe, which refused to align itself with Islamic State forces in the peninsula and therefore suffered the alleged revenge attack.
Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


India-Pakistan
Suicide bomber hits southwest Pakistan
[Al Jazeera] A suicide kaboom in the southwestern Pak city of Quetta on a paramilitary forces convoy has killed at least four bystanders, police say.

The attack aimed at vehicles carrying personnel of the 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....
paramilitary force, which largely controls security in the restive province, in the Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
lovely provincial capital on Saturday afternoon, said Abdul Razzaq Cheema, the city's police chief.

At least 15 people were maimed in the attack, he told news hounds at the scene.

"Our investigation is ongoing, but from the evidence we have gathered from the scene so far, it was a suicide attack," he said. "It was a crowded area; there were rickshaws and other cars there at the time."

No group immediately grabbed credit for the attack.

Security forces have been battling an armed, ethnic Baloch separatist movement in the province for almost a decade, and the region has also seen a wave of attacks by the Tehrik-e-Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
Pakistain and its allies.

Increasingly, it has come under fire from local affiliates of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, also known as ISIS) group, such as the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
's al-Alami faction.

Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


Pakistan calls in army to end anti-blasphemy protests
[Al Jazeera] The Mighty Pak Army has been called in to restore order to the capital after festivities between anti-blasphemy protesters and police left at least 174 people injured.

Thousands of riot police and paramilitary personnel on Saturday fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon at the protesters in an attempt to dislodge them from a major highway into Islamabad.

The protesters, numbering as many as 2,000, stood their ground, fighting back by throwing stones and beating police with sticks and metal rods in running battles that continued throughout the day.

The protesters have been blocking the Islamabad expressway, the main road into the capital, since November 8, demanding the resignation of Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid over a perceived softening of the state's position on blasphemy.

Last week, a Pak court ordered the government to clear the sit-in protest, prompting a series of meetings between protest leaders and the government to attempt to reconcile differences.

By midday, the demonstrators appeared to have beaten back the police to roadblocks located several kilometres away from the site of the protest.

"We will remain deployed but are holding our positions for now," Khalid Khattak, Islamabad'd police chief, told Al Jazeera. "We do not want to cause further casualties [and] will adopt a new strategy soon."

At least 111 of those injured in the festivities were members of the police or other security forces, said Dr Farrukh Kamal, an official at the PIMS government hospital where most of the maimed were being treated.

Official figures on how many protesters had been nabbed
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
during the crackdown were not immediately available.

Caught in the crossfire
Liaquat Kazmi, 30, was standing outside his home near the Faizabad interchange, where the protest is centred, when he was manhandled and beaten by police as the crackdown got under way.

"I am just a regular citizen, I have no connection to the protesters or to the police," he said from his hospital bed. "Without asking any questions as to who I was, [the police] brutally beat me, and then one of them shot me at close range with a rubber bullet."

Kazmi suffered a serious wound to the chest, but doctors said he would make a full recovery.

Safoor Akram, 23, a police constable from the nearby town of Rawat, was among those tasked with being the first wave in the clearing operation against the protesters.

"We were surrounded by those maulvis [religious leaders]. First, they stole our mobiles and wallets, and then they beat us mercilessly with sticks and their fists," he told Al Jazeera.
Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Iraq forces open new front in final push against Islamic State group
[Al Ahram] Iraqi forces thrust north from the Euphrates Valley into the desert on Saturday, opening up a new front in the drive to flush out runaway IS group murderous Moslems, a commander told AFP.

IS has already been driven from all the towns it once held, but Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said he will not proclaim victory until the murderous Moslems have been cleared from the western desert bordering Syria.

Troops and paramilitaries had advanced into the desert from the east and north on Thursday at the start of an offensive aimed at inflicting a final defeat on the murderous Moslems.

On Saturday, troops and tribal militia pushed north from al-Qaim and Rawa, two Euphrates Valley towns recaptured from IS earlier this month, in a pincer movement against retreating IS fighters, one of the operation's two commanders told AFP.

"It's a matter of linking up with the forces advancing from Nineveh" province in the north, the commander said, asking not to be identified.

"The aim of the operation is to clear the desert right up to the Syrian border and hunt down the murderous Moslems who fled into the desert from the towns that have been liberated."

The Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary force, which has played a key role in the offensive, said 100 villages and hamlets had already been cleared of IS fighters.

"The battle for the desert is very important because it's from there that ISIS fighters coming from Syria can attack our defence lines," said Hashed number two Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

Posted by: Fred || 11/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Report: Israel vows to destroy Iranian positions within 40 km of Syrian border
Syrian President Bashar Assad reportedly offered Netanyahu a comprehensive deal that would include a demilitarized zone stretching 40 kilometers from the border.

Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida revealed on Sunday that an Israeli source disclosed a promise from Jerusalem to destroy all Iranian facilities within 40 kilometers (25 miles) of Israel's Golan Heights.

The source, who remains unnamed, said that during Syrian President Bashar Assad's surprise visit to Russia last week, Assad gave Russian Premier Vladimir Putin a message for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Damascus will agree to a demilitarized zone of up to 40 kilometers from the border in the Golan Heights as part of a comprehensive agreement between the two countries, but only if Israel does not work to remove Assad's regime from power.

The report also claims that Putin then called Netanyahu to relay the message, and that the Israeli prime minister said he would be willing to accept the deal, but that Israel's goal of eradicating Iran and Hezbollah from the country would remain.

According to the source, Jerusalem sees Assad as the last president of the Alawite community, indicating that a change of regime in Syria - at least towards a government less-linked to Iran - would be favorable for Israel. The Alawites are a minority Shi'ite community in Syria, and have long been supported by Iran, which seeks to extend its influence from the Gulf across the region to the Mediterranean.

The source also commented that after the defeat of the Islamic State, the conflict in Syria would become ''more difficult,'' likely pointing towards a vacuum that would be left without the group. Russian, Syrian and Iranian-backed forces have been fighting against ISIS, while also seeking to knock out rebel groups that oppose the current regime. Russia's stated interests have been in line with Iran's in wanting to keep Assad in power.

Israel has participated mostly on the periphery of the war in Syria, responding to fire on the northern border and occasionally bombing positions, including a weapons depot and scientific research center that allegedly produces chemical weapons. Damascus and Jerusalem have exchanged heated remarks as well, with Netanyahu threatening to bomb Assad's palace, and Syrian officials warning of ''dangerous repercussions'' to Israeli strikes on Syrian targets.
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Lebanon arrests prominent actor over ‘collaboration’ with Israel
[IsraelTimes] Authorities claim Ziad Itani has confessed to being tasked with monitoring top political figures
A small barrel of mustache wax, a pot of tea, a plate of cookies, and the #4 Pliers were procured. It was a long night.
Lebanese authorities nabbed
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prominent writer and actor Ziad Itani on Friday on charges of "collaborating" with Israel and gathering information on political figures, judicial sources said.

Itani was detained "after several months of monitoring, follow-up and investigations within and outside" Leb, said the State Security Directorate General, in a statement carried by Leb’s National News Agency.

It said Itani, who is in his 40s, was being questioned "on charges of collaborating and communicating with the Israeli enemy."

He had allegedly confessed to having been "tasked to monitor a group of high-level political figures" and their associates.

The security services also said he had been assigned the job of collecting information on "two prominent political figures" whose identities would be disclosed at a later stage.

Itani has shot to prominence in recent years because of a series of comedy plays on Beirut, its customs and the transformations it has undergone in recent decades.

The works ‐ particularly "Beirut Tariq al-Jdideh," which refers to a majority-Sunni neighbourhood of the city ‐ have been very well-received.

Before becoming an actor, Itani worked as a news hound with Leb’s al-Mayadeen television channel and with various regional newspapers.
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Russian bombers hit Islamic State targets in Syria
[Ynet] Russian long-range bombers hit 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....
targets in the northeast of Syria on Saturday, Russian news agencies cited the Russian Defense Ministry as saying.
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Assad regime says foiled Nusra Front attack on Syrian army posts near Hader
[Ynet] The regime of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
said Saturday it has foiled an attack by the Nusra Front against Syrian military positions near the Druze village of Hader, which is on the northern outskirts of Quneitra.

The Assad regime reported many dead among the Nusra Front and said their weapons and equipment were destroyed.
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