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TTP splinter group chief Khan Said ‘Sajna’ reported killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan
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Afghanistan
11 ISIS militants including 2 local leaders killed in Nangarhar operations
[KhaamaNews] At least eleven gunnies affiliated with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed during the joint operations of the Afghan national defense and security forces 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.

The 201st Silab Corps in the East said at least two local leaders of the terror group were also among those killed.

According to the Silab Corps, the operations were jointly conducted by the Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, and Afghan Local Police forces in Deh Bala district.

At least two hideouts of the terror group along with a depot containing medicines were also destroyed during the operations, the Silab Corps added.

Posted by: trailing wife || 02/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [50 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Haqqani network members likely killed in North Waziristan drone strike
[KhaamaNews] At least two members of the Haqqani terrorist network have likely been killed in a dronezap of the US forces in North Wazoo tribal region of Pakistain.

According to the local officials quoted by local media outlets, at least three peopl were killed in the latest dronezap conducted in the vicinity of North Waziristan close to Durand Line.

The officials further added that the US drones fired two missiles targeting a compound in Growek area, leaving at least three dead, including two Haqqani network members.

No further details have been given regarding the identities of those killed in the latest Arclight airstrike.

This comes as the US forces carried out a similar airstrike targeting a commander of the terror network in North Waziristan nearly three weeks ago.

The US forces have stepped up airstrikes against the terrorist networks including Haqqani and Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
leaders both in Afghanistan as well as the tribal regions of Pakistain since the announcement of the new US strategy by 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...
The Afghan and US officials have long been saying that the Taliban and Haqqani network leaderships are having safe havens in the tribal regions as well as other parts of Pakistain from where they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan, targeting the government and Afghan and coalition forces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [49 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network


US forces in Afghanistan attack anti-China militants
[AlAhram] U.S. forces in Afghanistan have attacked networks of anti-China forces of Evil in an action that is likely to please Beijing, which had called for Western cooperation in its fight against a group it says wants to split off its Xinjiang region.

The strikes in the northern province of Badakhshan destroyed Taliban
...Arabic for students...
training camps which support bad boy operations in Afghanistan as well as operations by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) in the border region with China and Tajikistan, Afghanistan's NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
-led mission said in a release on Thursday.

"The U.S. strikes support Afghanistan in reassuring its neighbours that it is not a safe sanctuary for bandidos bully boyz who want to carry out cross-border operations," it said.

The force gave no more details about the attacks or any estimate of casualties but it said the ETIM was behind attacks both inside and outside China and two of its members had been involved in a 2002 plot to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan.

"They pose a threat to China and enjoy support from the Taliban in Badakhshan and throughout the border region," the force said.

The group is drawn from members of China's mostly Moslem Uighur minority, who speak a Turkic language and live in Xinjiang in China's far west.

In Beijing, a Chinese foreign ministry front man said he did not have information about the issue, but that fighting ETIM was a "core counter-terrorism concern" for China.

"Striking against terrorism is the responsibility of all countries in the world," Geng Shuang told a news briefing on Friday.

In 2016, Beijing was angered at a U.S. State Department report that said there was a lack of transparency or information from China about incidents it called terrorism, and that cooperation on the problem was limited.

The United States has since urged China to play a bigger role in combating global terrorism.

In the past, some Western countries have been reluctant to share intelligence with China on terrorism issues, citing concern about possible human rights
...not to be confused with individual rights, mind you...
abuses in Xinjiang.

China has long been worried that instability in Afghanistan could spill over into Xinjiang.

Hundreds of people have been killed in violence in recent years in Xinjiang. Beijing blames the bloodshed on Islamist forces of Evil and separatists, though rights groups say the unrest is more a reaction to repressive Chinese policies.

The United States, Britannia and the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
have listed the ETIM as a terrorist group.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under: East Turkestan Islamic Movement

#1  "U.S. forces in Afghanistan have attacked networks of anti-China forces"

um...why?
Posted by: Jeremiah Crusotch8993 || 02/10/2018 8:06 Comments || Top||

#2  They pose a threat to China and enjoy support from the Taliban

It sounds like you can't tell the players without a program and this is a multi-team game of Calvin Ball with explosives.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/10/2018 14:55 Comments || Top||


A10 in action
[TheAviationist]
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  ...As a former Hog maintainer (21TFS/55FS), this warms my heart on a Saturday morning.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/10/2018 6:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Mine too Mike..
Posted by: Warthog || 02/10/2018 6:46 Comments || Top||

#3  "And a good day to YOU, Sir! BRRRRRTTTTTTT!"
Posted by: Frank G || 02/10/2018 7:05 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm sorry, but we're not going to be able to buff those out.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2018 7:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Hail damaged vehicle.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/10/2018 8:00 Comments || Top||

#6  "Mep mep" my a$$.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/10/2018 8:12 Comments || Top||

#7  Nothing roadside service can't fix.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 02/10/2018 9:50 Comments || Top||

#8  Front and backseat sunroof included no extra charge.
Posted by: jpal || 02/10/2018 10:08 Comments || Top||

#9  Our previously owned inventory here at ACME motors is quite burdensome. I recommend you sell it yourself.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2018 11:20 Comments || Top||

#10  Rockets, my ass! There is nothing like a Really Big Gun.
Kinetic Kill weapons have a certain charm that the Navy is going to have to rediscover in a few years after their new love affair with guided missiles and, recently, lasers.
Posted by: magpie || 02/10/2018 11:44 Comments || Top||

#11  I love the second "let's just make sure" run
Posted by: Silentbrick || 02/10/2018 15:43 Comments || Top||

#12  "We've got all this DU weight..let's get more flight time and unload on squirters"

:-)
Posted by: Frank G || 02/10/2018 17:38 Comments || Top||

#13  The hunt is on to find a contractor that can re-wing Our favorite bird.

Thank you Congress and Trump for keeping the best CAS ever in the world. You will not regret it.
Posted by: newc || 02/10/2018 17:57 Comments || Top||

#14  The smart 'let's make sure' run.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 02/10/2018 18:55 Comments || Top||

#15  "The smart 'let's make sure' run. "

It is the breath the enemy gets while the Hog is climbing to come back... where they run and you can pick them off easily. And they are up because you never forget the Hog's descendant in-escapable sound as it BURRTS them again.

The raw fact of this is Everyone knows there is a Real live Human Being there making choices about their mortality and giving up their lives for you.

And it is comms real time and real eyes on the ground which is what I will always require for overwatch position.

Skin in the game will be the only game.
Posted by: newc || 02/10/2018 19:44 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Al Shabaab Carries Out A Massive Attack In Kenya
[RADIOSHABELLE] Security forces have repulsed an attack by suspected al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
Death Eaters at Special Forces Camp in Kutulo, Wajir County commander Stephen Ngetich has said.

Mr Ng’etich said the attackers invaded the Special forces camp at around 8pm, resulting into a one and a half hours shootout that ended with the assailants retreating.

"We are waiting for confirmation of the extent of the damage and also if there were any casualties."

The force is a combination of elite officers drawn from the Administration Police, mainly the Rapid Deployment Unit, and Regular Police.

Early last month, Shabaab destroyed a mast belonging to telecommunications firm Safaricom, paralysing communication.

Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [70 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
At least two killed, 37 wounded by twin mosque bombing in Libya’s Benghazi
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Libyan officials say twin bomb kabooms at a mosque in the city of Benghazi have killed at least two people and maimed 75 others.

Motaz Agouri, an official at Benghazi security directorate's media office, said the kaboom took place during Friday prayers inside the Saad Ibn Ibada mosque in Benghazi's busy Berka district.

Agouri said the bombs were planted in separate rooms inside the mosque. The devices appear to have been activated remotely using a mobile phone, one military source said.

In January, a twin boom-mobileing near a mosque in Benghazi’s Salmani neighborhood killed at least 33 people.

Benghazi has seen often seen fighting between forces loyal to the self-styled Libyan National Army and Islamist militia opponents.

Libya descended into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed ruler Muammar Qadaffy
...The late megalomaniac dictator of Libya, admired everywhere for his garish costumes, funny hats, harem of cutie bodyguards, and incoherent ravings. As far as is known, he is the only person who's ever declared jihad on Switzerland...
. The country has been since split between rival governments and militias.

Earlier last month, Benghazi also witnessed a boom-mobile which led to the death of atleast 35 people and left more than 70 others maimed. The explosives-rigged vehicle blew up in front of a mosque in the central neighborhood of al-Sleimani, a security source said.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [46 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Egypt begins security operation against ‘terrorists’, closes Gaza border
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Egypt on Friday launched a major security operation involving the army and police against "terrorist and criminal elements and organizations" across the country, the army front man said.

The army front man said the operation covers areas in Sinai, the Delta and the Western Desert and it follows a three-month deadline set by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi to crush a years-long Islamist insurgency.

"The law enforcement forces began this morning implementing the comprehensive confrontation against the terrorist and criminal elements and organizations in northern and central Sinai," an army front man said in a televised statement.

Operational and training maneuvers
The army front man said the operation will involve operational and training maneuvers to tighten state control on the country's crossing points with neighboring countries, and urged full cooperation with the law enforcement forces involved in the operation.

Residents reported hearing extensive air activities above the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, which is close to the area of operations in northern and central Sinai.

Security forces have for years battled an ISIS insurgency in North Sinai that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police. The gunnies have expanded their targets to include civilians over the last year or so.

Closing the Gazoo border
Egypt closed its border on Friday with the Gazoo Strip, Paleostinian officials said, after Cairo launched a major operation against jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula.

The head of Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth",, the Islamist group which runs Gazoo, was however permitted to travel to Cairo for talks before the border was closed a day earlier than planned.

Friday was supposed to be the final of a three-day border opening for humanitarian cases from Gazoo, the first time the Rafah border crossing with Egypt had been open in 2018.

"The Rafah border was closed today due to the security situation in Sinai, we were informed by the Egyptian authorities," said Saleh al-Zaq, head of the civil affairs committee which controls the borders.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya crossed the border to Cairo for talks with Egyptian leaders before Rafah was closed, Hamas front man Fawzi Barhum said.

He said the talks would include an Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal between Hamas and rival Paleostinian movement Fatah that has faltered, with multiple deadlines missed.

It was believed to be Haniya’s first trip outside Gazoo since the United States included him on its terror blacklist last month.

Live updates from Al Ahram for Day 1: Egypt's army launches 'Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018' to purge country of terrorism
Specific accomplishments extracted from the thing as of 20:00 p.m. local time:
19:30 Egyptian authorities have decided to close all schools in North Sinai until further notice starting Saturday. The Ministry of Higher Education is also suspending studies at universities and other institutions of higher education for one week.

17:15 Hours after the Egyptian army started Operation Sinai 2018 to fight terrorism this morning, the interior ministry said it killed three members of the banned Hasm terrorist group in a shootout in an under-construction residential building in Cairo.

The ministry said its comprehensive security plan to curb the group’s actions in Qalioubiya, Daqahliya, Beheira, Menoufiya, Sharqiya, Assiut, and Fayoum led to the arrest of 14 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood following raids on their hideouts on Friday, the ministry said.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [50 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Arabia
Army kills, injures dozens of Saudi soldiers, mercenaries in attacks over Thursday
[SABANEWS.NET] Army and popular forces have launched unique military operations, causing huge casualties and the destruction of sites , gatherings, and 18 military vehicles of the US-backed Saudi aggression coalition enemy and its mercenaries during one day, military officials told Saba News Agency.

In the northeastern border 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...
province of Jawf, the army and popular forces launched a large-scale offensive against Saudi-paid mercenaries in Khab Washaaf district. The operation ended with the army recaptured Salabah valley, Habash mountain and surrounding hills, killing and wounding dozens of Saudi-paid mercenaries, while 21 others were nabbed
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
in the operation.

Furthermore,11 military vehicles of the enemy were burned and large quantities of weapons were seized in the operation.

Also in Jawf, commander of the border guards in the 1st Brigade, Brigadier Haykal Hantaf was seriously maimed along with the Brigade's operations commander. While the commander of the 2nd Battalion in the same Brigade Nafie Jarad was killed in the army's attacks in Yatamah front of Khab Wa Shaaf.

In southwestern province of Taiz, infiltrations attempts of Saudi-paid mercenaries were foiled toward sites in Osayfra, killing and wounding dozens of them.

In Moazea district of Taiz, two military vehicles were destroyed in the north of Khaled camp, killing their crews.

Also in Taiz, the army and committees carried out a surprise attack against mercenaries' sites in Salw district, resulting in dead and maimed in their ranks and destroying two military vehicles, while a bulldozer was burned by a guided rocket in northern Yakhtel of Makha district.

Furthermore, the mercenary leader, Faisal Hassan al-Makhlafi, deputy commander of the so-called Northern Front in Taiz, was killed fire of the army and committees.

In Marib province, the mercenary leader Captain Mohammed Hassan was killed by the fire of the army and committees in the front of Sarawah district.

In Bayda province, the mercenaries inflicted heavy causalities in attack that was carried out against their sites in Ajradi area of Zahir district.

In Hajjah province, artillery shelling of the army and committees targeted mercenaries gatherings in north of Medi desert.

In the border province of Asir, Saudi soldiers' gatherings were shelled by artillery in Majaza.

In Jizan border Saudi province, dozens of Saudi army were killed and injured by artillery shells that targeted their gatherings in the eastern Om-Qateb area, while a Saudi soldier was sniped in Khazan hill of Qewa village.

Also in Jizan, a military bulldozer was smashed by artillery in Khuba area.

In Boqea front, artillery shelling targeted gatherings of Saudi-paid mercenaries in front of Aleeb mountains and the desert of Boqea, while an offensive operation was carried out on Hamer-Said east of Ajasher, killing and maimed many of mercenaries.

Also in Boea front, a mercenary leader, Abdul Khubair Qaid Saad al-Redmani, was killed by fire of the army and popular committees.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Ya know, I keep reading these articles about how the Saudis are getting whipped... Is Baghdad Bob accounted for?
Posted by: Jeremiah Crusotch8993 || 02/10/2018 8:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Agree, this has all the ear-marks of "Islamic truth telling"

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 02/10/2018 11:49 Comments || Top||


2 Saudi-paid commanders killed, 2 injured in Jawf, Marib
[SABANEWS.NET] At last four Saudi-paid mercenary commanders were killed and injured in attacks by the Yemeni army and popular forces in Yemen's Jawf and Marib on Thursday, an army official told Saba.

In the northeastern border province of Jawf, commander of the border guards in the 1st Brigade, Brigadier Haykal Hantaf was seriously maimed along with the Brigade's operations commander. While the commander of the 2nd Battalion in the same Brigade Nafie Jarad was killed in the army's attacks in Yatamah front of Khab Wa Shaaf.

In Marib province, mercenaries' commander was killed in Serwah front.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [52 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


25 Ethiopian refugees missing after forced into Yemen sea
[PRESSTV] The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says 25 Æthiopian refugees have gone missing after being forced into the sea as they approached the coast of Yemen.

The men were on one of the four boats that ferried Æthiopians to 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...
on Thursday, Mohammed Abdiker, director of operations and emergencies at the UN migration agency, tweeted on Friday.

Abdiker further said that the people on the boat were dumped into the sea and "forced to swim to shore" as they approached Yemen's Shabwa province from Somalia.

No bodies have been recovered.

IOM front man Joel Millman said nearly 600 Æthiopian refugees, men and women, were aboard the ships. The figure is an unusually large number of refugees to arrive off the Yemeni province at one time.

According to International Organization for Migration figures, some 87,000 people risked their lives trying to reach Yemen from the Horn of Africa by boat in 2017.

At least 30 African refugees drowned when their boat capsized off the coast of war-torn Yemen last month with reports that their smugglers opened fire on those on board.

Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I've never been clear about why Æthiopian's go to Yemen. Anybody care to explain this too me?
Posted by: 3dc || 02/10/2018 0:52 Comments || Top||

#2  For the waters
Posted by: Frank G || 02/10/2018 7:57 Comments || Top||

#3  From a shithole to a civil war?
Must be the food.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/10/2018 7:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Must be the food.

Or the absence thereon
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/10/2018 8:03 Comments || Top||

#5  See:

Venezuelans rush to the border as Colombia tightens controls
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/10/2018 8:38 Comments || Top||


Arab coalition forces destroy Houthi missile targeting Al-Mukha in Yemen
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Arab coalition’s Patriot air defense systems intercepted a ballistic missile fired by 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 ...
militia from Ras Kutayb area of Hodeidah province in the direction of al-Mukha city in Taiz province western Yemen.

According to local sources, the missile was destroyed before reaching the target.

The coalition fighters targeted by an air strike a location controlled by the militia in the city of Hodeidah, which is believed to be the launch site, the sources said.

The Yemeni army, backed by the Arab coalition forces, was able on Thursday, to eliminate six Houthi leaders, and 50 other krazed killers, during festivities in Tiba area near Saada.

A source confirmed to Al Arabiya that the coalition aircrafts destroyed vehicles and military machinery that the militias were using in the battles which lasted about five hours.

Earlier, on Thursday evening, the Yemeni National Army responded to an attack by the Houthis on Barat al-Anan in al-Jawf province.

Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [48 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


The Grand Turk
Turkey detains pro-Kurdish leaders ahead of congress
[Ynet] Ottoman Turkish police detained leading members of several Kurdish and leftist parties on Friday, the co-leader of the main pro-Kurdish HDP party said, describing it as an attempt to hamper preparations for the annual HDP congress on Sunday.

Co-leader Serpil Kemalbay herself was among the 17 suspects facing arrest over their opposition to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
's military offensive in neighboring Syria, according to state-run Anadolu news agency.

Ankara prosecutors sought the arrests on accusations that the suspects sought to stir street protests and festivities under the guise of opposition to the Afrin offensive, Anadolu said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [62 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


India-Pakistan
TTP splinter group chief Khan Said ‘Sajna’ reported killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan
[DAWN] Khan Said ’Sajna’, the leader of a splinter group of Tehrik-e-Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
Pakistain (TTP), has been killed in a US dronezap in Afghanistan, officials said on Friday.

At least nine close associates of Sajna were also killed in the strike which occurred in Kharh Tangi area of Afghanistan on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.

The death has not yet been denied so far by the Mehsud faction of the TTP which Sajna heads.

Sajna, who is 36, is believed to be involved in the attack on a Naval base in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
and is also credited with criminal masterminding a 2012 jailbreak in which the Taliban freed 400 inmates in the northwestern city of Bannu.

"Sajna has no basic education, conventional or religious, but he is battle-hardened and has experience of fighting in Afghanistan," an official had said earlier.

Meanwhile,
...back at the comedy club, Boogie ducked another tomato...
AP reported that seven forces of Evil were killed on Thursday in a dronezap in the Pak border village of Gorwak in North Wazoo, once a stronghold of local and foreign forces of Evil until the military cleared them out.

Also on Thursday, missiles fired from US drone slammed into a vehicle in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province, killing four turbans, said Shah Mohammad Aryan, a front man for the provincial chief police.

The strike took place in the mountainous Barmal district of Paktia province, where fighters from both the Haqqani network and Pakistain's Tehrik-e-Taliban turban group are believed to operate.

Confirmation of the strikes came shortly before Afghanistan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai arrived in Islamabad for talks with Pak officials.

Friday's visit came days after Pakistain's Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua travelled to Afghanistan and met with Afghan officials following series of turban attacks in Kabul that killed over 200 people. Janjua's visit to Kabul was part of a larger dialogue many Afghans saw it as a response to their accusations against Islamabad.

Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Iraq
Diyala Desperados: 3 turbans sentenced, 9 casualties

Iraq sentences IS members to life over transferring food to’ families

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) The Central Criminal Court have sentenced three Islamic State members to life after they admitted transferring food commodities and money to families of the group members in Diyala, a judicial source said on Thursday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said the court reviewed the lawsuit of the three IS members. “The suspects used to work with the group. Their mission was to deliver the food commodities and money to families of the group members in Diyala.”

“They confessed during investigations that they used to take the food supply from one person then from another after the first one was arrested. The other one was later arrested,” the source added.

The court, according to the source, “found enough evidence against the suspects and sentenced to life, in accordance with law provisions.”

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the militant group, previously in December, however, observers warn that the group still poses a security threat with sleeper cells.

Late January, Diyala Criminal Court has sentenced a suspect, involved with Al-Qaeda, to death over taking part in kidnapping and execution of eight civilians in 2007. In the same month, the court sentenced an Islamic State militant to death over involvement in killing 47 civilians in 2006. Baghdad court sentenced a German female suspect of Moroccan origins to death over involvement with Islamic State militant group.

Nine people killed, wounded in armed attack in Diyala: security center

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Nine people were killed and wounded as an armed attack targeted civilians in Diyala, the media security center said on Thursday.

“An armed attack against a barber shop in a region in Khanqeen, Diyala, left seven people killed and two others wounded,” the center said in a statement.

Earlier on the day, a security source told Baghdad Today website that ten people were killed and injured in an armed attack carried out by one terrorist in Khanqeen.
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15 people, including security personnel, killed, wounded in suicide bombing in Ramadi
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) At least fifteen persons were killed and maimed in a suicide kaboom in Ramadi city, west of Anbar, a medical source has said.

"The terrorist attack, which took place in the evening on Street 40 in Ramadi left one victim and 14 others maimed from civilians and security personnel," the source from Ramadi Educational Hospital told Baghdad Today website on Thursday.

The emergency at the hospital, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, "recorded one victim from al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) and four others injured from the Tribal Mobilization Forces and the local police."

"Nine civilians including a woman and a child were maimed," he added.

Earlier this evening, the security media center said a suicide kaboom targeted security troops in Ramadi.
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Military intelligence arrests two Islamic State members in operation in Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) The military intelligence department has announced arresting two members of 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 so-called Kirkuk State.

In a statement on Thursday, the department said "depending on accurate intelligence information, an operation was carried out by the department. Troops managed to arrest two members of Islamic State’s so-called Kirkuk State."

According to the statement, the two suspects are wanted as arrest warrants were issued against them by court.
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Baghdad Bomb & Bullet Bulletin: 3 bombs, 10 casualties, and a sniper hunt

Three people killed, wounded in bomb blast, north of Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A civilian was killed, while two others were wounded in a bomb blast, north of Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying on Thursday.

“A bomb went off, today, near a market in al-Taji district, north of the capital, leaving a civilian killed and two others injured,” the source told Alghad Press.

“Security troops cordoned off the blast spot and conducted investigations, while the wounded were taken to nearby hospital for treatment,” the source added.

Embargo in Baghdad region as hunt for sniper enters 2nd week

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) An embargo has continued for a third day in a northern Baghdad region as security entered a second week in search for a sniper who had killed security members, a security source was quoted saying.

The source told Baghdad Today on Thursday that “a terrorist sniper in Tarimiya, north of Baghdad, had killed two soldiers, one near Ibin Sina and the other near ak-Houra, both in the same precinct”.

“Security forces have been chasing the sniper for two weeks, but have not apprehended him yet due to the region’s geography,” according to the source.

Seven people killed, injured in two bomb blasts in Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Seven people were killed and injured as two bomb blasts took place in Baghdad, security sources were quoted saying on Friday.

“A bomb went off near a market in al-Nahrawan region, southeast of Baghdad, leaving one person killed and two others wounded,” a security source told Baghdad Today website.

Earlier on the day, another source said, “four persons were killed and wounded as a bomb exploded in west of Baghdad.”

The blast took place in Abu Ghraib region, west of Baghdad, according to the source, “One person was killed, while three others were injured.”

The wounded were taken to hospital for treatment, while the victims were taken to forensic medicine department, the source said.
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Two militants killed in Tuz Khurmatu purge: Iraq command
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Two turbans were killed and a large amount of ammunition was seized on Wednesday as Iraqi forces launched an operation against bad boy group in Tuz Khurmatu region in Salahuddin province, the Iraqi command has said.

The Iraqi Joint Operations Command said army, police and Popular Mobilization forces combed up to 12 villages in the region, confiscating ammunition from bad boys’ hideouts.

A statement by the command added that the operation also led to taking over two oil fields, noting that operations were still ongoing.

The Popular Mobilization Forces had declared the launch of an operation to clear Tuz Khurmatu from "outlaws". Earlier statements by field commanders had said that the operation was particularly targeting the "White Flags", a nascent entity composed of a number of separatist groups, most notably the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK), a militia fighting for Iranian Kurds’ independence.
So that’s who they are. I’d wondered.
A home to a mixed Arab, Kurdish and Turkmen population, Tuz Khurmatu was among the disputed regions Iraqi forces seized back from Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces following a referendum the autonomous region held in September to secede from Iraq.

Kurdish politicians have accused Iraqi forces, most notably the PMF, of carrying out forced deportations and inducing a demographic change in Tuz Khurmatu for the favor of Arab ethnicities.

In december, the United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said its teams had observed signs of possible violations in Tuz Khurmatu, including destroyed homes and businesses in several primarily Kurdish neighbourhoods after Iraqi forces’ takeover in October.
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Iraqi Kurds accused of carrying out ‘mass executions’ of IS suspects
[IsraelTimes] Human Rights Watch calls for probe into allegations that Kurdish security forces executed 'perhaps hundreds' of male detainees one week last summer

Human Rights Watch on Friday accused Iraqi Kurdish security forces of carrying out mass executions of detainees alleged to be members 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....
jihadist group.

The watchdog said the Kurdish peshmerga fighters detained Iraqis and foreigners at a school in Sahel al-Maliha, 70 kilometres (45 miles) northwest of second city djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, from which IS was expelled in July.

"The evidence suggests that Asayish (Kurdish) security forces conducted mass executions of captured ISIS (IS, or so-called Islamic State) suspects night after night for a week, perhaps killing scores or even hundreds of male detainees," said Lama Fakih, HRW’s deputy Middle East director.

"Iraqi and KRG (Kurdish Regional Government) authorities should urgently and transparently investigate the allegations of mass executions and hold those responsible to account," she said in a statement.

The executions allegedly occurred between August 28 and September 3.

Questioned about the report by HRW, Iraqi Kurd government official Dindar Zebari denied the accusations.

Zebari said that according to the head of the Asayish, the peshmerga were battling IS on a 71-kilometer (44 miles) front line as the jihadists attempted to flee to Syria.

During the festivities, many IS and peshmerga fighters died, and "the corpses of the killed ISIS members in this fighting were probably brought to one place to be buried," the Asayish chief was quoted as saying.

The front line is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the site at which the bodies were found, said HRW, casting doubt on his account.

"This explanation does not match the state the bodies were found in, shot in the head" and buried "in a solitary desert area, far from where any fighting had occurred," said the watchdog.

Rudaw has more on the denial here.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Two IAF pilots hurt after F-16 downed during retaliatory strike in Syria
Two Israeli F-16 pilots were hurt Saturday morning after their plane was shot down and crashed in Israel following a retaliatory strike in Syria.

The pilots were able to bail out of the plane. One pilot was seriously wounded, while the other was only lightly hurt. They were taken to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa for treatment.

The strike was in response to an earlier infiltration into Israel of an Iranian drone originating from an airfield near Palmyra, Syria, which was successfully intercepted by an IDF Apache helicopter.
This is bad - one of Israel's major assets was Arabs' belief in IAF's absolute superiority.
Update at 11:00 a.m. ET:
According to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, during the attack on the site from which the drone was launched, carried out by eight Israeli fighter jets, the Syrian army retaliated with widespread antiaircraft fire. Pilots of one of the fighter jets recognized antiaircraft missiles locking onto their plane, prompting them to eject.

The fighter jet crashed in an open area near Kibbutz Harduf. The police said the crash caused no casualties or damage in the community.

Alarms sounded across northern and central Israel during the attack as a result of the antiaircraft fire, with several such missiles and their components landing in open territory.

Syrian television, meanwhile, quoted a military source in saying that, "Israel carried out new aggression early morning against one of the army bases in the country's center, and our air defense mechanisms resisted and hit more than one plane." The IDF rejected the report, saying only one plane was hit.

12 targets hit
The IDF said it launched a large scale attack against Syrian aerial defense systems and Iranian targets in Syria.

"Twelve targets, including three aerial defense batteries and four Iranian targets that are part of Iran's military establishment in Syria were attacked," the military said in a statement.

Syrian SA5 and SA17 missile batteries were targeted, the IDF said, adding that the Iranian targets to be hit were in the vicinity of the Syrian 4th Division.

Syrian media outlets reported that one of the sites targeted by the Israeli air force was an Iranian military base within the greater T-4 Syrian army base complex in the eastern Homs province, 60km east of Palmyra—the same airfield from which the drone took off towards Israel.

Militias affiliated with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad confirmed the Israeli strike against the drone launching station at the T-4 base, which they claimed was used to collect intelligence on terrorist groups in Syria, including the Islamic State.

Al-Jazeera reported that as a result of the attack, air traffic at the T-4 base was shut down completely and that the airfield's control center was damaged, adding later that IDF "military implements" were directed to the Golan Heights.

Arab media further reported that besides targets in the T-4 airbase, Israel also attacked a military base in the a-Dimas region west of Damascus and near the Lebanese border, the Mezzeh Military Airport in southwestern Damascus, a base of the 104 Division of the Syrian Republican Guard, and a regime weapon storage facility south of al-Kaswa, which is south of Damascus.

A Syria war monitor said Israel struck targets in central Syria and the southwestern suburbs of the capital Damascus in two separate and successive waves of airstrikes.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the first round targeted in the central desert area where Syrian troops and their Iranian-backed allies including Hezbollah are known to maintain bases. It cited unconfirmed reports of casualties among Syrian government forces and allied militiamen.

The Britain-based Observatory, which monitors the Syria war through a network of activists on the ground, says the second round targeted outposts in the southwestern suburbs of Damascus.
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#1  G(r)om,

The law of averages is going to catch up with them sometime. Keep in mind as well that it may not have been Syrian AAA fire that brought them down -we've lost at least one F-16 over Afghanistan due to mechanical problems. The good news though is that the crew is safe at home and recovering.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/10/2018 6:11 Comments || Top||

#2  one of Israel's major assets was Arabs' belief in IAF's absolute superiority.

Sometimes both sides believe the publicity.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/10/2018 7:37 Comments || Top||

#3  On the other hand, the artillery corp been saying for decades "let us do this staff".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/10/2018 7:52 Comments || Top||

#4  More:
Syria war: Israeli fighter jet crashes under Syria fire, military says

Nothing about "staff stuff" though.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/10/2018 8:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Whatever happened, IAF will be wiser next time. And there will be a next time.
Posted by: Neville Speaking for Boskone6001 || 02/10/2018 11:06 Comments || Top||

#6  From Daily Mail where America gets it's news.

I was up all night watching this scrum. It's Iran.
Posted by: newc || 02/10/2018 11:22 Comments || Top||

#7  Did the Russians lend some assistance to the Iranians in retaliation for this:
'US kills more than 100 Assad regime fighters in largest deliberate strike against Syrian government forces' ?
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 02/10/2018 12:16 Comments || Top||

#8  That'll teach'em to bunch up.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2018 12:17 Comments || Top||

#9  Don't send expensive aircraft and crew to do what surface to surface missiles can do.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/10/2018 14:12 Comments || Top||

#10  Flak Trap? The IAF lost much of the 1967 War aura of invincibility during the early stages of 1973 Yom Kippur War for the same reason: predictability. Of course the F-16 could simply be one of those Golden BB random events that can happen to anyone.
Posted by: magpie || 02/10/2018 16:32 Comments || Top||


Armed Palestinian teen caught trying to enter settlement
It’s Friday, so a diminishing number of Palestinian boys are being vicious idiots.
[IsraelTimes] 15-year-old incarcerated at entrance of Hashmonaim, hours after similar incident in Hebron; festivities along Gazoo border reportedly kill one Paleostinian

Security forces on Friday tossed in the clink
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
an armed Paleostinian teenager at the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Hashmonaim, police said in a statement.

Border coppers were called to the settlement east of Modiin and ordered the suspect to stop. When he ignored police orders he was overpowered, arrested, and searched. The officers found he was armed with a knife. There were no injuries.

The statement said the 15-year-old hailed from the nearby town of Bil’in and was detained for questioning.

Earlier on Friday, Border Police officers in Hebron
...Hamas Central in the West Bank...
arrested a Paleostinian man trying to enter the Tomb of the Patriarchs armed with a knife.

The 23-year-old raised the suspicions of officers at one of the checkpoints outside the holy site, and security forces uncovered the weapon under the man’s clothing. He was immediately detained for questioning.

Also on Friday, a Paleostinian protester was reportedly killed in festivities with security forces along the Gazoo border.

According to Paleostinian media, the teenager was shot in the head in Jabaliya in the Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,-controlled Gazoo Strip, near the border with Israel.

The festivities broke out at the end of Friday prayers in mosques, as Paleostinians heeded calls by the Hamas terror group and other organizations to wage yet another "day of rage" against Israel ‐ the first in a month but the tenth since US 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...
’s December 6 announcement that his administration recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Hadashot television news reported that some 500 Paleostinians took part in the rioting at six West Bank flashpoints, and that Israeli forces used live fire on demonstrators at the village of Beita, near Nablus.

Hamas, Fatah, and other Paleostinian factions also called the day of rage to honor Ahmad Jarrar, the suspected ringleader of a terrorist cell responsible for murdering Rabbi Raziel Shevach in January. Jarrar was killed by security forces in a shootout on Tuesday.

Jarrar’s ability to evade capture for more than two weeks had turned him into a Paleostinian hero, and on the streets of Nablus, protesters could be heard shouting, "Allah, have mercy on Ahmad Jarrar."
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#1  Paleos: "Allah,have mercy on Ahmad Jarrar."

Ahmad Jarrar: "Isit always this hot?"
Posted by: Frank G || 02/10/2018 7:11 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Flurry Of Aircraft Shoot-Downs And Counter-Strikes Erupt Across Israel And Syria
Head to the link - lots of video and discussion
Posted by: 3dc || 02/10/2018 12:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Syria is a miniature world war III.
Posted by: Omeger Gray6606 || 02/10/2018 14:07 Comments || Top||

#2  ...so, sort of Spain circa 1938?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/10/2018 14:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Kinda like the way Gavrilo Princip was a miniature WW1.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 02/10/2018 16:15 Comments || Top||

#4  I like they deployed decoy flares: "OH SHIT!" . You know this wasn't a mass-production, albeit more advanced, version of their usual shit. Thanks Obama/ValJar!
Posted by: Frank G || 02/10/2018 17:34 Comments || Top||

#5  This is why the Israelis need the F-35 deployed and they need it deployed now. These are not your grandpappy's SAM batteries.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 02/10/2018 22:16 Comments || Top||


Rantburg Exclusive: (Impressive Video) YPG Pounds Turkish Position With Russian BM-21 Grad
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/10/2018 02:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  RPG or YPG ?
Posted by: Dale || 02/10/2018 8:12 Comments || Top||

#2  YPG - Kurdish "People's Protection Units"
Posted by: Roth LaDoad || 02/10/2018 9:35 Comments || Top||

#3  The YPG are also using Iranian made weapons against Turk forces.
Posted by: Omeger Gray6606 || 02/10/2018 12:38 Comments || Top||


Rantburg Exclusive: Attack on US Advisers May Have Included Russian Contractors
Not yet confirmed but a sly way of Russia attacking US Forces without actually using their military. Someone here the other day's post of the attack suggested this was a probe by Russia.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/10/2018 02:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  As Bangkok Billy has suggested.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/10/2018 7:56 Comments || Top||

#2  I personally asked a Benghazi survivor if he thought Russian contractors were involved in the attack on the annex. He said "no, it was all Ansar al Sharia."

He was there, obviously I was not. I wish I could believe him.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2018 8:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Since the Aghan Shia mercenaries are Iranian "contractors", participation by Iranian advisors is a certainty.
Posted by: Elminert Sloter6994 || 02/10/2018 13:03 Comments || Top||


Turkey bombs US-backed militants in northern Syria
[PRESSTV] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
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has bombed US-backed Kurdish fighters in Afrin with impunity, just after Washington cited an alleged attack on the snuffies to target pro-government forces in Syria.

The Ottoman Turkish army said in a statement on Friday that the overnight strikes destroyed 19 targets, including ammunition depots, shelters and gun positions, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said seven US-backed snuffies with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) as well as two non-combatants were killed in the attacks.

Turkey began the attacks on January 20, but halted them after Lions of Islam downed a Russian jet in the northwestern Syria province of Idlib, in order to allow Moscow to reinforce its air defense system.

The offensive is aimed at the YPG, which Turkey says bears ties with anti-Ankara holy warriors.

The Ottoman Turkish raid against Washington-backed forces comes two days after the US attacked pro-Damascus forces in the western Syrian province of Dayr al-Zawr, reportedly killing more than 100 of them as the fighters were engaged in an anti-ISIS operation.

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ISIS fighters move to Syria’s Idlib, clash with factions
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] ISIS fighters battled Syrian Death Eaters in the northwestern province of Idlib on Friday, a monitoring group and a rebel commander said, accusing pro-government forces of opening a corridor for the Lions of Islam to reach the region.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces had allowed ISIS fighters to leave a besieged pocket of territory at the intersection of Aleppo, Idlib and Hama provinces, and then go to southern Idlib.

A military news outlet run by Leb’s Hezbollah, which is fighting on the side of the Syrian government, reported gains by the army and its allies against ISIS in that pocket, but made no mention of the Lions of Islam being allowed to leave.

A commander in the alliance fighting alongside Syria’s army said the ISIS Lions of Islam left the enclave. "The pocket is finished. A crossing was opened till they exited, and then it was closed," the commander said.

The Syrian army could not be reached for comment. A Syrian military statement said troops and allied forces had gained control of several towns in rural parts of Hama, Idlib, and Aleppo provinces.

"The strategic importance of this achievement is that it ends the presence of the terrorist ISIS organization in both Aleppo and Hama provinces," the statement said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS The advance also secures supply routes between Hama and Aleppo and links them to the southeast desert near the Iraqi border, it said.

The military said it had destroyed myrmidon targets, and made no mention of a corridor letting ISIS fighters depart.

"The regime started the operation against this pocket seven days (ago). Suddenly they were able to take 80 villages and towns after giving them a corridor," said Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Observatory, a Britannia-based war monitoring group.

Hasan Haj Ali, commander of the Free Idlib Army rebel group, confirmed the report. Ali said his fighters were taking part in festivities against some 200 ISIS fighters who had arrived in southern Idlib early on Friday.

"This morning at dawn we were surprised by the joint treachery by the regime and ISIS," he told Rooters. Clashes were under way in the village of Lweibdeh, he said. "They have six armored vehicles with them."

A source in the Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
faction said ISIS fighters had pushed into south Idlib from government territory.

"The rebel factions are repelling ISIS attempts to advance," the source said. "The regime’s militias opened a gap helping the besieged ISIS forces pass."

Idlib is the largest chunk of Syrian territory held by bad boy factions opposed to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
’s government. Islamist factions, including al Qaeda’s former affiliate in the Syrian war, dominate the province.

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Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militia targets in Syria: Army
[AlAhram] Ottoman Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish YPG militia targets in Syria's Afrin region, the army said on Friday, after a lull in air strikes following the shooting down of Russian warplane elsewhere in Syria last weekend.

The air strikes destroyed 19 targets including ammunition depots, shelters and gun positions, the armed forces said in a statement without specifying when the raids were conducted. The raids began at midnight, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
had halted air strikes as Russia worked on its air defence system in the wake of Syrian rebels shooting down a Russian warplane in Idlib province on Feb. 3, according to the Hurriyet newspaper's website.

Ankara launched an air and ground offensive in Afrin on Jan. 20 against the YPG, which it views as a terrorist group and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that has waged a three-decade insurgency on Ottoman Turkish soil.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
spoke by telephone on Thursday and agreed to strengthen military and security service coordination in Syria, according to the Kremlin.

The YPG and its allies have set up three autonomous cantons in the north, including Afrin, since the Syrian conflict began in 2011.

Their territory has expanded since they joined forces with the United States to fight 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....
Death Eaters - although Washington opposes their autonomy plans, as does Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...
's government.

Ankara has been angered by U.S. support for the Kurdish-led forces has infuriated Turkey, which views growing Kurdish power as a security threat along its frontier.
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