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Syria's Idlib IS-Free after 'Surrender' Tuesday
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8 militants killed, 5 wounded in Faryab clashes
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eight holy warriors were killed during the festivities in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, the 209th Shaheen Corps said Wednesday.

The festivities broke out between the Afghan forces and the holy warriors in the vicinity of Qaisar district.

According to Shaheen Corps, at least five holy warriors were also maimed and nine others were maimed during the festivities.

The incident took place after a large number of holy warriors launched coordinated attacks on security posts in Chachakto village, the Shaheen Corps added.

The Afghan security personnel have not suffered any casualties during the festivities, the Shaheen Corps said, adding that the holy warriors were forced to retreat after the Afghan forces responded to their fire.

Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [215 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Mandera Police Kill Two KDF Soldiers In Friendly Fire
[RADIOSHABELLE] Two soldiers were killed on Wednesday in a shootout with AP officers at Sheikh Barrow in Mandera County.

Local administrators said the Kenya Defence Forces troops were felled by friendly fire.

"The APs returned fire after coming under attack by the soldiers who mistook them for bandidos. They had been having lunch at their camp when the incident took place," one said.

Six other officers were airlifted to Nairobi with injuries.

The bodies were also transported to the city by air.

The Death Eaters earlier tried to attack a General Service Unit camp in the area but were repulsed.

KDF set up bases in the area to help flush out al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
terrorists, who have seriously injured and killed many since Kenya joined the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
Mission in Somalia in 2011.

Mandera, Lamu, Mombasa, and Garissa are among counties that have borne the brunt of the Death Eaters’ attacks.

On January 2, four security officers were killed in a suspected al-Shabaab attack in Mandera.

Two police reservists and an AP died at the scene while another KPR died while being rushed to the hospital.

A senior police officer said the attackers waylaid the cops along Elwak ‐ Kitulo road.

President Uhuru Kenyatta declared Kenya will take part in the peacekeeping mission until Somalia stabilizes.

Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under:

Kenyan Forces Kill 3 Al-Shabaab Militants
[RADIOSHABELLE] Kenyan soldiers on Wednesday killed three al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
bully boyz during a security operation in the vast Boni forest in the coastal Lamu region.

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) front man David Obonyo said the troops who were on a routine patrol along Sarira-Kolbio route encountered the Death Eaters following a blast that had been heard early Wednesday.

Obonyo said in a statement that they found the body of a al-Shabaab member following a suspected premature kaboom of improvised bomb the fighter was trying to place on the road used by the troops.

He said the soldiers were later ambushed by another group of al-Shabaab Death Eaters as they continued with the patrol to clear the area.

"During the engagement, three al-Shabaab terrorist were killed as others fled into the forest with injuries. The troops recovered three AK rifles, Qty 236 rounds of ammunition, bomb-making materials and personal items," Obonyo said.

He said there were no casualties on the KDF side and appealed for any information on any individuals seeking medical assistance in the area.

The police and intelligence officials said the bully boyz who are fleeing increased Arclight airstrikes in southern Somalia are trooping to Lakta belt near Boni Forest in Kenya’s Lamu with an aim of attacking locals.

Security officials said al-Shabaab have changed tactics and resorted to using IEDs to carry out attacks in coastal and northeast regions. The have been using Boni forest as their hideout and also launch attacks in the region.

The police said the bombs strategically planted along the roads near Kenya-Somalia border are slowing down security operations to flush out Death Eaters hiding in the vast Boni forest, which is near the Somali border.

Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Africa North
Operation Sinai 2018: 15 turbans permanently unwound, 153 arrested, underground/den/mountain weapons caches develop massive secondaries, and more

Egypt's army says 15 extremists killed as Operation Sinai 2018 enters sixth day

[AlAhram] The Egyptian Armed Forces said it killed 15 "takfiri extremists" in an exchange of fire in North and Central Sinai during a combing and raid operation as comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 continues into its sixth day.

In the seventh official statement since the counter-terrorism campaign was launched on Friday, the armed forces said its air units destroyed 11 targets after receiving vetted intelligence that the locations were used to accommodate takfiri elements.

153 suspects and criminals, including non-Egyptians, were arrested by the security forces. Legal procedures against them have been undertaken.

The armed forces added that two underground weapons cashes were discovered bearing 1,500 kg of highly explosive C4 and TNT as well as 56 detonators and 13 circuits used to manufacture improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

181 dens and mountain storehouses containing a number of highly explosive materials and chemical elements used to manufacture IEDs were also destroyed, as well as a large number of vehicles and fuel used by the terrorists.

Military engineers were able to uncover and disarm 64 IEDs planted along routes strategic to targeting terrorist elements during operations.

A transmission centre, used by the terrorists for telecommunication, was also found and destroyed.

Also destroyed by the Egyptian Armed forces were a tunnel in the border area of North Sinai, as well as 38 openings and trenches used as defenses.

The statement added that 13 farms used to grow illegal narcotics were uncovered with the forces seizing 800 kg of drugs.

According to the statement, six "takfiris", including one highly dangerous element, were arrested while monitoring security forces' movements as joint army and police units set up 563 checkpoints and security patrols on main roads and desert areas nationwide as part of the operation.

“The fighters of the armed forces and police continue to carry out purging operations of precious Sinai lands with determination and high fighting spirit to protect the nation and its people,” the statement concluded.

Operation Sinai 2018 was launched on Friday morning, involving land, naval and air forces, as well as the police and border guards, targeting "terrorist and criminal elements and organizations" in northern and central Sinai, as well as parts of the Nile Delta and the Western Desert.

Egyptian air force destroys ten 4x4 vehicles infiltrating border from Libya

[AlAhram] The Egyptian air force has destroyed a group of vehicles attempting to infiltrate Egypt from Libya that were loaded with weapons, the military said on Thursday.

The raid by air force units was part of the military's major anti-terrorism operation, Operation Sinai 2018, and followed intelligence suggesting that a group of "criminals" was planning to infiltrate Egypt via the country's western border, the military said in a statement on its official Facebook page.

The forces "destroyed ten 4x4 vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition," the statement said

Egypt army says 53 'takfiris' killed over six days in Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018

[AlAhram] The army announced in a presser it has also arrested hundreds of suspected being criminals or aiding takfiris, and destroyed hundreds of terrorist hideouts and targets.

Army spokesman Tamer El-Refaie said that five takfiris suspects and 680 others have been arrested, including "criminal elements" and people suspected of aiding takfiris.

Over the past week, army and security forces have destroyed around 400 hideouts used by the terrorists to store weapons and materials used in explosive devices, the spokesman told the conference. Air forces have also destroyed 137 “targets.”

Abdel-Aziz also said that in the two months prior to Operation Sinai 2018, 50 takfiris were killed, 200 were arrested and hundreds of hideouts were destroyed.

Border guards and military engineers uncovered and destroyed three tunnels along the northern Sinai border.

Thirty-five farms used to grow illegal narcotics were also found and destroyed.

Land, sea and air forces have also been conducting security patrols to combat attempts to smuggle arms or infiltrate through southern and western borders.

Air forces backed by a helicopter carrier have been securing the Suez Canal and northern coast of the Sinai Peninsula and naval units have been conducting military operations in several strategic regions
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2018 00:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

Pakistan Army destroys Indian post in retaliation to cross-border firing, killing 5: ISPR
[DAWN] The Pakistain Army has destroyed an Indian army post along the Line of Control (LoC) while responding to firing by Indian troops targeting civilians, the military's media wing said on Thursday.

Five Indian soldiers were killed and many injured when Pak troops destroyed the Indian army post that was "targeting innocent citizens" in Tatta Pani (Hot Spring) sector of Azad Jammu and Kashmire's southern Kotli district, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet.

"Indian terrorism against innocent citizens shall be responded [to] befittingly," he wrote. Ghafoor's tweet also included a video showing the reported targeting of the Indian post.

Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Pakistan's response to India getting a military base in Oman that could block Gwadar?
Posted by: 3dc || 02/16/2018 22:58 Comments || Top||

Turkish Base in Iraqi Kurdistan Attacked Tuesday
[AnNahar] A Ottoman Turkish base in Iraqi Kurdistan came under attack on Tuesday, a witness and the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said, without claiming responsibility.

Intense fighting lasted some two hours around the base at Guerbya, near the city of Zakho close to the Ottoman Turkish border, the witness told AFP.

There was no immediate word from the Ottoman Turkish authorities.

It was the first reported attack on a Ottoman Turkish base in Iraqi Kurdistan and came as Ottoman Turkish troops were in the fourth week of a deadly incursion in the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin.

Guerbya is one of 18 bases in Iraqi Kurdistan that The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
has maintained since the 1990s despite repeated calls by the region's parliament for them to be removed.

The PKK, which has been waging a deadly insurgency in southeastern Turkey since 1984, also has a significant presence in the region.

"We have reports of an attack by unknown assailants on the Ottoman Turkish military position at Guerbya at around 8:30 am (0530 GMT)," PKK front man Haval Dmaha said.

He said he had "no idea about the identity of the assailants."

The PKK said a number of Ottoman Turkish soldiers were killed in the attack, but there was no independent confirmation of any deaths.

The witness told AFP that after the attack, Ottoman Turkish forces bombarded the area.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2018 00:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Hopefully they did a lot of damage to the Turkish invaders.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 02/16/2018 8:24 Comments || Top||

Twenty Islamic State militants killed as two attacks repulsed in Mosul
[Iraq News] The police in Nineveh have repulsed 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....
attack, killing three turbans and placed in durance vile
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
five others in southeast of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, a security source said on Thursday.

"Security troops thwarted an IS attack and killed three turbans in a security operation in Makhmur town, southeast of Mosul," the police source told the Iraqi News Agency. "Their weapons in their possession were confiscated."

The source also said "security troops launched a campaign that resulted in arresting five turbans who were possessing fake identity cards in Makhmur."

The Lion of Islams, according to the source, were referred to investigations.

Moreover, security personnel in Nineveh have killed seventeen IS members, an army general told the Ottoman Turkish Anadolu agency.

"Three vehicles carrying seventeen IS members attacked, after midnight, a convoy of security troops composed of five vehicles in a village in Badush region, west of Mosul," Lt. Gen. Abdul Khaleq al-Bahadli said.

"Armed confrontations broke out and lasted for almost half an hour, leaving all the turbans killed and their vehicles destroyed. Their weapons were confiscated. Three security personnel were maimed," he added.

Hundreds of IS members, according to Bahadli, "are there in Tigris River and Badush regions, where the turbans hide in their havens."

Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [215 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Iraqi school guard stands up to Islamic State militants, foils attack
[Iraq News] An Iraqi school guard in Diyala province single-handedly repelled an attack by 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....
Lions of Islam against local paramilitary forces.

Awwad al-Rubayi, chairman of the security committee at Abi Saida precinct, told Alghad Press that terrorist elements, probably, from the Islamic State, sneaked in the area and erected a ladder against the walls of a school on the outskirts of Abi Saida. He said the Lions of Islam were planning to use the school as a vantage point for an attack against paramilitary security forces.

"The guard was prepared, and managed to confront the Lions of Islam with his personal gun and foiled the attack, leaving him with injuries," the official said. Local chased the fighters away, he added.

Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Funny how the Iraqis protect their schools with armed guards, and we do not.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 02/16/2018 8:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Update:
Apparently the Florida high school had a police officer on site WHO DID NOT ENGAGE THE SHOOTER.

The Iraqi school guard had more balls than the American one.
Posted by: Frozen Al || 02/16/2018 12:21 Comments || Top||

Islamic State’s military emir dies of injuries caused by airstrike in Diyala
[Iraq News] Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
’s military emir has succumbed to death after one week from getting injured, northeast of Diyala, the security committee of Diyala provincial council was quoted saying on Thursday.

"Islamic State’s so-called Islamic State in al-Waqf basin, northeast of Baquba, succumbed to death after getting injured last week, when an Arclight airstrike targeted a rest house," Sadeq al-Husseini, head of the committee, told AlSumaria News.

"The airstrikes killed several IS leaders over the past few months, especially in al-Waqf basin, where some sleeper cells still exist," he added.

Thousands of IS Death Eaters as well as Iraqi non-combatants were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the holy warrior group.

Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Southeast Asia
North Korea, Myanmar in a sanctions-busting embrace
[Atimes]His denial came after reports of a leaked UN confidential report said that North Korea had earned US$200 million in 2017 from exports that violated various UN-imposed sanctions. The sanctions-busting exports included coal, iron, lead, textiles, seafood and ballistic missiles or missile technology to Myanmar and Syria.

The revelations of Myanmar’s continued missile-related imports from North Korea show that the two sides’ military relations are alive and well despite Naypyitaw’s repeated claims that they have been severed. They also underscore that Myanmar’s autonomous and powerful military, and not the civilian elected government, continues to dominate with secrecy all matters related to national defense.
Posted by: 3dc || 02/16/2018 10:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Syria's Idlib IS-Free after 'Surrender' Tuesday
[AnNahar] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group has been ousted from northwestern Syria's Idlib province after a final group of the jihadists surrendered to hardline rebels on Tuesday, a front man and monitor said.

Some 400 people including IS fighters, relatives and maimed, gave themselves up to an alliance of rebel groups on Tuesday, said a front man for the Jaish al-Nasr faction which took part in the operation.

"We hit them with artillery in the town of al-Khowein until they agreed to surrender," Abu al-Majd al-Homsi said.

Homsi said the fighters would be interrogated to find out whether they had planted sleeper cells in the area, and would be put on trial in "special courts".

IS once held swathes of northern and central Syria including parts of Hama, Homs and Aleppo provinces and much of Raqa, including its picturesque provincial capital.

After a string of major defeats last year, hundreds of IS fighters fled to a pocket of territory at the intersection of Hama, Idlib, and Aleppo provinces.

They have now been fully ousted from all three, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syrian government troops pushed them out of Hama and into Idlib province last week, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

"Around 250 fighters with their families, or 400 people in total, were besieged in al-Khowein," Abdel Rahman said.

"Now, Idlib, Hama, and Aleppo are completely clear of IS."

IS fighters are still present in smaller numbers in the provinces of Homs, Deir Ezzor, Hasakeh, as well as around Damascus and in Syria's south.

IS operated an Islamic "governorate" in Idlib over four years ago, but it was kicked out of the province in early 2014 by Islamist fighters and allied rebels, only returning after a blistering series of defeats late last year.

The Islamist and rebel fighters went on to oust the regime from the rest of the province in 2015 but are now facing a ferocious government assault aimed at retaking key territory there.

Announcing the IS surrender on Tuesday, rebels accused Syria's government of having granted the jihadists safe passage into al-Khowein.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2018 00:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Turkey Creates New 'Observation Point' in Syria's Idlib
[AnNahar] Ottoman Turkish troops have set up a new "observation point" in the Syrian province of Idlib as part of efforts to reduce violence in the conflict, state media reported Thursday.

The point -- an outpost staffed by a small number of troops to monitor any fighting -- was established nearly 70 kilometres (44 miles) from the Ottoman Turkish border in the northwestern province, state-run news agency
...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
Anadolu said.

Idlib is nearly completely under the control of anti-government forces, predominantly Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
(HTS), a group led by al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate.

Anadolu said a Ottoman Turkish military convoy crossed the The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
-Syria border Wednesday night.

The latest post is in Maarrat al-Numan town in southeastern Idlib.

This is the sixth such position in the province after two were established earlier this month by the Ottoman Turkish army. The other three were set up in October and November.

Ottoman Turkish convoys have come under attack including one incident early in February which killed one soldier. The Ottoman Turkish army said "terror groups" were responsible.

Establishing the observation points is a key element in peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana aimed at ending the seven-year Syrian conflict.

One of the agreements of the talks -- sponsored by Turkey, Russia and Iran -- was to create four so-called de-escalation zones including Idlib.

The other three are the greater Damascus area, the southern Daraa region and Homs city.

Turkey last week said it would host a three-way summit with the Russian and Iranian leaders following last year's Sochi summit hosted by 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...
The date has yet to be fixed but is one of many moves Turkey has been making with Moscow and Tehran despite being on opposite sides of the war.

Iran and Russia are staunch supporters of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
's regime but Ankara has called for Assad's ouster and supported Syrian opposition fighters.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2018 00:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Rantburg Exclusive: 2/15/2018 Battle Field Report Turkey VS YPG/SDF Afrin
Today, Secretary Tillerson held a 3 1/2 hour bilateral meeting with Turkey’s President Erdogan and Foreign Minister mevlutcavusoglu in Ankara to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues.

It is rumored that the YPG is in negotiations to allow the Syrian Army to fight with them against the Turkish invasion in Afrin Canton.

1- Afrin/ city center: the Turkish artillery bombarded the city center of Afrin this afternoon, while the invaders shelled Hajal village last night at 11 PM .

2- Jinderes: the Turkish invasion army and its Jihadist factions Jinderes township using heavy weapons and the tanks, which started yesterday at 3 pm until the midnight.
In an attempt to advance by the Turkish invasion army and its Jihadist factions in Dewa village, our forces confronted the invaders and engaged with them. The clashes continued until 11 pm last night. The invaders re-attacked the village today at 11 am and the clashes are ongoing until the preparation of this report. Spontaneously, the Turkish artillery indiscriminately shelled Tel-Sellor village.

3- Sharra: all the villages which are followed to Sharra district were targets of the random Turkish bombardment which last until yesterday’s midnight. There was heavy shelling on Chama and Omra villages.
In an attempt by the Turkish army and its Jihadist factions, our forces repelled their attacks and engaged with the invaders in Sarinjik and Darqliya villages, where the clashes are still ongoing until writing this report. As a result for the clashes, our forces destroyed an APC for the enemy.

4- Raju: Fierce clashes broke out between our forces and the invaders in Balilka village and its surrounding hills, accompanied by artillery shelling yesterday at 7 PM until 9 PM. Casualties were reported within the ranks of the invaders.
In Adama and Ali Beska villages, our forces carried out a special military operation targeting a four-wheel-drive military vehicle. The vehicle completely was destroyed and 2 invaders killed while 5 wounded.
In Kaniya Batmane village, our forces destroyed an APC for the enemy.

5-Shiyeh: there are fierce clashes between our forces and the Turkish invasion army and its Jihadist
factions in Chaqala village since the early hours of this morning until writing this report.

SDF Media Centre


Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [355 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Funny how the Turks are protecting and aiding Al Nusra salafists, who are fighting along side the Turkish backed so-called Syrian Turkoman Brigades.

Reminder, they used to be Syria's branch of al-Qaeda. And the Turks are supporting them and using them as proxies and auxiliaries in attacks against Assad's troops and Russian troops in the Aleppo region to the south of Afrin.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 02/16/2018 9:20 Comments || Top||

Syrian Army uncovers large web of tunnels belonging to ISIS in Deir Ezzor
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a large network of tunnels belonging to the so-called 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....
(ISIS), Wednesday, while combing through the Deir Ezzor countryside, a military source told al-Masdar News tonight.

According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army was conducting a search-and-destroy mission in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, when they uncovered this web of tunnels near al-Mayadeen city and Sabikhan.

The source added that one of the tunnels was at least 500 meters deep and contained a large cache of weapons, including assault rifles, ammunition, RPGs, and ATGMs.

This network of tunnels was believed to be used by the Islamic State to carry out attacks against the Syrian Arab Army in the eastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate.

Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Lebanese Army arrests Nusra-linked terrorist inside Arsal
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Lebanese Army arrested a member of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (formerly Al-Nusra Front) inside the city of ‘Arsal on Wednesday.

According to the National News Agency of Lebanon, the army arrested the Lebanese national, Hussein A.R, inside ‘Arsal after receiving information on his whereabouts.

The wanted terrorist had fought with the Al-Nusra Front in eastern Lebanon during the latter’s 2014 campaign near the Syrian border.
Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

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Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
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Two weeks of WOT
Fri 2018-02-16
  Syria's Idlib IS-Free after 'Surrender' Tuesday
Thu 2018-02-15
  Rebels strike western Syria’s primary power grid to leave millions without electricity
Wed 2018-02-14
  'White powder' sent to Pres.Obama's DC office just 24 hours after Don & Vanessa Trump got similar package
Tue 2018-02-13
  Drone strike kills six Al Qaeda suspects in Yemen
Mon 2018-02-12
  Sword-wielding man injures 4 worshipers at Indonesian church
Sun 2018-02-11
  Jaish-e-Mohammad targets sleeping families at Sunjuwan Army camp, kills two soldiers
Sat 2018-02-10
  TTP splinter group chief Khan Said ‘Sajna’ reported killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan
Fri 2018-02-09
  Houthi leader killed in precision strike along with 35 others
Thu 2018-02-08
  US kills more than 100 Assad regime fighters in largest deliberate strike against Syrian government forces
Wed 2018-02-07
  Israelis kill Ahmad Nasser Jarrar, terrorist behind murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevah
Tue 2018-02-06
  Chlorine gas dropped in rebel-held territory of Idlib, Syria
Mon 2018-02-05
  Russian, Syrian warplanes unleash all-out attack on ISIS in northeast Hama as army prepares to eliminate pocket
Sun 2018-02-04
  Bomb blast kills top military commander in S. Yemen Zoom
Sat 2018-02-03
  Ahrar Al-Sham’s top commander in northern Idlib has been assassinated
Fri 2018-02-02
  Four Migrants Critical after Being Shot in Calais Brawl

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