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Drone strike kills notorious ISIS leader and his fighters in East of Afghanistan
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Three Teens Charged In Possible MS-13 Related Murder Of 14-Year-Old Girl
[BALTIMORE.CBSLOCAL] Police have jugged
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
three teens in connection with the murder of a 14-year-old girl.

Ariana Funes-Diaz, 14, of Adelphi, was found dead in a creek on May 15 in the 6300 block of 64th Avenue in Riverdale, police said.

The suspects are 16-year-old Josue Fuentes-Ponce of Bladensburg, 17-year-old Joel Escobar of Northeast Washington, DC, and 14-year-old Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi of Lothian, Md.

Detectives are working to identify a fourth suspect. All three of the arrested suspects are charged as adults.

An autopsy conducted on May 16 found that Funes died from blunt force trauma and it was ruled a homicide.

On April 18, the three arrested suspects, a fourth unidentified suspect and the victim all drove together to an apartment complex in the 6300 block of 64th Avenue in Riverdale.

Police said they believed she planned to go to the police about a crime they had all committed on April 17 in Washington, DC.

"What we believe took place was that they were afraid she was going to go to the police department or the authorities and say what took place in a crime they were involved in," Maj. Brian Riley of the Prince George’s County Police Department said.

The group then allegedly walked into a wooded area behind the complex where they assaulted her with a machete and baseball bat, officials said. She then died from her injuries.

Police said Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar are members of an MS-13 clique based out of Prince George’s County.

When they were asked if there has been a rise in gang-related crimes in the area, police said they had not noticed a recent uptick.

The three arrested suspects are all charged with first-degree murder and related charges. Escobar and Hernandez-Nucamendi are in the custody of the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status.
Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Pelosi first alluded to God, saying, “Some of us who are attracted to the political arena, to government and public service” believe that “we are all God’s children” and “there is a spark of divinity among every person on earth, and we all have to recognize that as we respect the dignity and worth of every person.”

She went on to say we must recognize that divinity in others, and it is our responsibility to do so because we have “divinity in us.”

Pelosi then took a soundbite that has been perpetuated throughout the media out of context from the president’s comments on MS-13 gang members and attributed it to all immigrants. “So when the president of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, ‘These aren’t people, these are animals,’ you have to wonder, does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person?’
Posted by: Frank G || 05/18/2019 5:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Nancy Pelosi is about as divine as an MS13 commander.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/18/2019 5:37 Comments || Top||

#3  File under collateral damage required to attain new liberal voters.
Posted by: gorb || 05/18/2019 18:57 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Clashes between Pakistani and Afghan armies.
[Twitter]




Posted by: 3dc || 05/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  I haven’t seen anything about cross-border fighting in Khaama Press, Tolo News, or Dawn. This may be due to the fact that it was the weekend over there.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/18/2019 5:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Green on green and I'm out of pop-corn.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/18/2019 17:30 Comments || Top||


Four Soldiers Killed As Gunmen Attack Security Outpost In Kabul
[ToloNews] Four members of the Public Protection Forces were killed after a group of button men attacked their outpost on the outskirts of Kabul city on Thursday evening.

Kabul police and the Public Protection Forces headquarters have not confirmed the causalities.

TOLOnews news hound Karim Amini visited the area on Friday. He said the security outpost is located on a hillside and it has been heavily damaged in the attack.

Local residents said the Death Eaters surrounded the outpost from all sides and fought against the soldiers for more than one hour until they all were killed.

"People were sleeping that we heard the sound of rocket firing and gunfire and then we saw that the outpost was attacked," said Gulab Khan, a eyewitness.

"They had torches. They came down, fought with security forces and then set on fire the outpost and left the area," said Faridullah, a eyewitness.
"They poured fuel on the soldiers’ bodies and burned them," said Kabir Khan, a resident of the area.

The outpost is only a few kilometers away from the Pul-e-Charkhi security belt, but the eyewitnesses said while the fights continued for over an hour, no reinforcement was sent to the area.

"Security forces stationed in the security belt should have hurried for saving their friends’ lives without the permission of their commander," said Agha Gul, a local resident.

So far, no group has grabbed credit for the attack.

Officials from the Ministry of Interior said the Public Protection Forces are maintaining security of nearly 200 projects being implemented by the private sector, government and the international organizations.
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Drone strike kills notorious ISIS leader and his fighters in East of Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] A notorious leader 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 Syria (ISIS) terrorist group was killed with his seven fighters in a U.S. dronezap 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.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in a statement said the ISIS leader Abu Zar was killed in Khogyani district on Thursday.

The statement further added that Abu Zar was one of the most notorious leaders of the terror group who was involved in vicious activities against the local residents besides conducting other terrorist related activities including roadside kaboomings.

The anti-government armed bandidos turbans including ISIS sympathizers have not commented regarding the Arclight airstrike so far.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the security situation in some of its districts has tanked during the recent years.

Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and ISIS bandidos turbans are active in some of the remote districts of the province where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Arabia
Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries agree to a US request to re-deploy forces in Gulf waters and lands
[Twitter]


Posted by: 3dc || 05/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  I hope, but doubt, we're getting paid in advance.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/18/2019 17:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Or at all.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/18/2019 18:26 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Intelligence input warns against terrorists’ plans to carry out an attack on Srinagar and Awantipora air bases
[TWITTER]

Map recovered from dead terrorist reveals a major plot to target IAF air bases in Srinagar, Awantipora

[ZeeNews] Terror groups in Jammu and Kashmire are planning a major attack in the Valley. Intelligence agencies have reported that murderous Moslems of Pakistain-based groups may carry out an attack on May 23, the day when counting of votes for Lok Sabha election 2019 takes place.

According to sources, Indian Air Force bases in Srinagar and Awantipora are among the targets. The security forces have recovered a sketch from the body of one of the murderous Moslems who was killed in Shopian on Thursday, which revealed that the terror groups were planning a fidayeen attack at Srinagar and Awantipora air bases.

A meeting was held between murderous Moslems commanders in Pulwama on May 14, which was attended by Hizbul Mujahideen
...Party of Holy Warriors, founded by Muhammad Ahsan Dar in September 1989. One of the Pak sock puppets waging jihad in Indian Kashmir. It was originally organized as the armed wing of Jamaat-e-Islami. In 1990, Dar declared Hizbul as the sword arm of Jamaat. Hizbul murdered many of the pro-independence intelligentsia in Kashmir. After the organization was taken over by Syed Salahuddin Dar and several other ex-Hizb leaders were assassinated between 2001 and 2003...
's Riyaz Naikoo, two Jaish-e-Mohammad
...literally Army of Mohammad, a Pak-based Deobandi terror group founded by Maulana Masood Azhar in 2000, after he split with the Harkat-ul-Mujaheddin. In 2002 the government of Pervez Musharraf banned the group, which changed its name to Khaddam ul-Islam and continued doing what it had been doing before without missing a beat...
murderous Moslems and Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
(LeT) terrorist Riyaz Dar. All four of them have planned to launch an attack against the security and armed forces, sources say.

''The meeting was held to discuss and to plan a major terrorist action in the month of Ramzan, possibly around May 23, which marks the 17th Ramzan coinciding with the Battle of Badr. It's the day when counting of votes would take place for the Lok Sabha poll,'' said an official working in a central intelligence agency.

The group also want to take Dire Revenge for the death of Rizwan Assad Pandith in police custody in Awantipora a few days ago. One of the possible targets of the terrorist attack may be on the National Highway in Awantipora or the District Police Office complex, Awantipora.

The report just comes a day after army, Jammu and Kashmire Police and Central Reserve Police Force bumped off six murderous Moslems in Pulwama and Shopian. Two Indian Army soldiers also bit the dust.
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Iraq
Three arrested in Iraq’s Anbar for 2014 attacks on security forces
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Three individuals have been tossed in the slammer
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
by Iraqi authorities for attacks that targeted security forces, local media reported on Friday.

Alsumaria News quoted Hadi Rezeig, Anbar police chief, saying the trio confessed to targeting security forces at different areas of the province.

They were arrested among dozens others who fought on the side 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....
forces of Evil who had overrun large areas of Anbar from 2014 to 2017. Rezeig said the trio confessed to helping the holy warrior group hold off advancing Iraqi forces which were working to regain control over lands occupied by IS.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [86 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Southeast Asia
ISIS plot to detonate bombs remotely using WIFI is foiled as police round-up dozens of terror suspects in Indonesia
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Police announced the arrests on Friday and showed off bomb-making evidence

  • They said they had learned of a plan to use WIFI to blow up explosive backpacks

  • The suspects are thought to have been plotting carnage when election results are announced next week

  • World's largest Muslim majority nation has seen a string of attacks by Islamists

Some 29 suspects were rounded up this month alone, with 60 in all detained since the start of the year in raids across the Southeast Asian nation, they said.

Eight other suspects had been killed in confrontations with authorities, police said, including the wife of a militant who blew up herself and a child following a dramatic standoff at their home in March.

Some arrested suspects were skilled bomb makers and had fought alongside the jihadist group in Syria, as well as members of local extremist network Jemaah Anshurat Daulah (JAD), police said.

JAD has pledged allegiance to IS and was blamed for a wave of suicide bombings at churches in Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya last year.

Update at 9:50 a.m. EDT:
U.S. embassy issues Indonesia security alert ahead of election results

[Jpost] The U.S. embassy in Jakarta has issued a security alert ahead of election results due on Wednesday, as Indonesian authorities have arrested nearly 30 suspected militants, including some who police say are able to detonate bombs using Wi-Fi networks.

The embassy advised U.S. citizens to avoid areas where large demonstrations may occur in Jakarta, and in other cities including Surabaya in East Java and Medan in North Sumatra, in a statement that was dated on Friday, May 17.

Indonesian authorities have said they are heightening security ahead of May 22, when the official result of last month's presidential election will be announced.

Indonesian National Police spokesman, Muhammad Iqbal, told reporters in a briefing on Friday that police this month have arrested 29 suspects linked to Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) - the largest Islamic State-linked group in the country - and confiscated at least five homemade bombs in various locations across Java and North Sulawesi.

Some of the suspects have had paramilitary training and went to Syria as foreign fighters, Iqbal said.

Indonesian police also revealed that some of the suspects have learned how to use Wi-Fi to detonate explosive devices, but it was not immediately clear how advanced their plans were.

Detonating bombs using a Wi-Fi network is considered a new technique, Dedi Prasetyo, another National Police spokesman, told Reuters on Tuesday, and gets around using phone signals, which can be jammed during rallies involving large crowds.

"If there is (cell phone) jammer, then phones are not operable but the Wi-Fi signal will not be disturb, especially when using signal amplifier," Prasetyo said.

The police spokesmen did not answer or return phone calls on Saturday to get more information.

The police arrested EY, a local leader of JAD in Bekasi, near the capital Jakarta, on May 8 in the capital for plotting attacks during next week's announcement of the presidential election. The police identified the suspect only by his initials.

JAD does not have an official spokesman, and it is not known if any of the suspects have retained legal representation.

The arrests are part of the authority's efforts to tighten security ahead of an announcement by the General Election Commission (KPU) on May 22, when nearly 32,000 police and military personnel will be on standby in Jakarta.

The announcement is expected to confirm unofficial counts by private pollsters that showed incumbent President Joko Widodo as having won the race, a result which has been publicly disputed by his contender, ex-general Prabowo Subianto.

Prabowo's supporters have pledged to protest peacefully if the official result confirms Widodo's victory, and large groups of people could be out in the streets after the announcement.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Exclusive: Insurer says Iran's Guards likely to have organized tanker attacks
[Al-Rooters] Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) are "highly likely" to have facilitated attacks last Sunday on four tankers including two Saudi ships off Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, according to a Norwegian insurers' report seen by Reuters.
The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Norway are investigating the attacks, which also hit a UAE- and a Norwegian-flagged vessel.

A confidential assessment issued this week by the Norwegian Shipowners'; Mutual War Risks Insurance Association (DNK) concluded that the attack was likely to have been carried out by a surface vessel operating close by that despatched underwater drones carrying 30-50 kg (65-110 lb) of high-grade explosives to detonate on impact.

The attacks took place against a backdrop of U.S.-Iranian tension following Washington's decision this month to try to cut Tehran's oil exports to zero and beef up its military presence in the Gulf in response to what it called Iranian threats.
"Gulf of Tonkin!!1!" cries our resident hysterical handwringer!
"False flag! CIA!"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/18/2019 04:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [239 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  ...Not sure if this is the dog not barking in the night, but:

1) Not seeing anything in the media about this at all.
2) Gas prices - at least as of this morning - are down almost .30/gal in the last two weeks. Could it be that the US is pumping enough oil that the markets just aren't going to move any more against the usual provocations?

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/18/2019 6:06 Comments || Top||

#2  The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Norway are investigating the attacks, which also hit a UAE- and a Norwegian-flagged vessel.

Gee, maybe they should do something about it.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/18/2019 9:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Gee, maybe they should do something about it

They are - crying to USA.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/18/2019 11:22 Comments || Top||


Syrian Army troops reach strategic Zawiya Mountain in southern Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues its offensive in the Hama countryside in north-western Syria on Wednesday, after securing the Huwayz area.

The Syrian government forces reportedly established control of the entire Huwayz area, claiming to have reached the strategic Mount Zawiya, a highland region in the Idlib Governorate.

Footage shows smoke billowing in the distance from purported SAA artillery fire and soldiers loyal to the government in the area.
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Syrian, Palestinian forces blow up militant ATGM nest in Hama
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian military and their Paleostinian allies recently targeted a Death Eater ATGM nest near the Idlib Governorate border.

Backed by the Paleostinian paramilitary group, Liwaa al-Quds
...the Jerusalem Brigade is a Paleostinian-Syrian pro-Government group that operates in Aleppo, formed in 2013. The group is composed of predominately Sunni Paleostinians from the al-Nayrab district as well as the former refugee camp Handarat. It is believed to be the largest Assadist auxilliary force operating in storied Aleppo...
, the Syrian military attacked the Death Eater ATGM nest, blowing up in order to prevent any more strikes from taking place there.

Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Russian jets swarm jihadist positions in rural Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Air Force reportedly launched several Arclight airstrikes over rural Aleppo last night, targeting a number of sites belonging to the jihadist rebels.

Russian jets flying out of the Hmeimim Airbase in southwest Latakia made their way to the Aleppo Governorate last night, where they unleashed a flurry of airstrikes over Dart Izza, Kafr Hamra, Khan al-Assal, Rashideen 4.

The Russian Air Force also targeted some areas in the Idlib Governorate, including the western region near the city of Jisr al-Shughour.

The Russian airstrikes were launched shortly after the gunnies attempted to fire missiles at the Hmeimim Airbase.

No missiles managed to hit the Hmeimim Airbase, but the repeated attempts by the bully boy forces have prompted the Russian military to intensify their strikes across northwestern Syria.

Furthermore, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
prompted the response from the Russian Air Force when they once again attacked the Nayrab Refugee Camp in southern Aleppo.
Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Syria says Israel carries out strike, claims to intercept missiles
[IsraelTimes] State news agency says Syrian air defenses shot down ’hostile targets’ coming from the Golan; sounds of kabooms reported near Damascus.

Syrian state media on Friday evening said that Israel had launched a strike against targets near Damascus and claimed the country’s air defenses downed a number of missiles.

"Aerial defenses detected hostile targets coming from the direction of Quneitra and dealt with them," the official SANA news agency quoted a military source saying, referring to a Syrian town in the Golan Heights bordering Israel.
"We intercepted the missiles with several Iranian arms depots. All is well. Nothing to see here. Go about your business"
Reports in Syria said there were loud kabooms south of Damascus, the capital.

There was no response from the Israel Defense Forces, which rarely comments on reported strikes.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, reported three kabooms southwest of Damascus. It added that it was not immediately clear if the kabooms were caused by Israeli airstrikes or surface-to-surface missiles.

The Observatory’s chief, Rami Abdurrahman, told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that the strikes targeted the area of el-Kiswah, which is home to positions and storage sites for Iranian and Leb’s Hezbollah forces allied with Syria’s government.

In November 2017, Western intelligence officials told the BBC that Iran had established a permanent military base in el-Kiswah. Israel has reportedly hit the base several times.
The Jerusalem Post adds:
According to pro-opposition reports, the strikes targeted the First Division HQ of the Syrian Army near al-Kiswe, south of Damascus.

Other local reports said that the strikes targeted Iranian arms depots.

Syrian air defenses confront enemy missiles in western Damascus, Al-Quneitra

[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian air defenses were activated tonight after several enemy projectiles began targeting the Damascus and al-Quneitra governorates.

According to a military source, the air defense forces at Mezzeh Airport quickly engaged the enemy projectiles after they were fired from the Golan Heights region.

The source said some of the projectiles were shot down by their air defenses; however, several others were believed to have struck their intended targets in western Syria.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  "The source said some of the projectiles were shot down by their air defenses; however, several others were believed to have struck their intended targets in western Syria."

'Okay, how many?'

'All of 'em.'

'But I thought you said - '

'Shaddap.'

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/18/2019 6:10 Comments || Top||

#2  They shot down the decoy drones.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/18/2019 8:13 Comments || Top||

#3  They probably shot down their own missiles.
Posted by: gorb || 05/18/2019 18:56 Comments || Top||


Deadly explosions continue in ‘liberated’ areas of Syria under SDF control - reports
[Rudaw] Three members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed in Raqqa governorate near the border with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, a UK-based monitor reported on Thursday. Separately, pro-SDF media reported a suicide truck bomb killed one person and injured six others on the same day in Manbij.

Leaders of the Asayesh (Kurdish security) and SDF died following the kaboom of improvised bombs (IEDs) and mines in the Tal Abyad countryside, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights wrote.

Neither official Ottoman Turkish or SDF media sources or officials confirmed the incident, nor did they reveal what leaders were killed.

Tal Abyad (Gire Spi) is located about 80 kilometers north of Raqqa city and sits on the border with Turkey. The border is known to be heavily mined.

Tensions between the Ottoman Turkish government and Kurdish fighters span roughly 750 kilometers from Afrin in northwest Syria to Qandil near the Kurdistan Region of Iraq's border with Iran.

In Manbij, Hawar News reported that a boom-mobile went kaboom! on Thursday afternoon, killing one person and injuring six more including a child. The condition of the injured was described as stable.

Additionally, the reported kaboom caused material damage to vehicles and buildings.

The Manbij Military Council, which holds the security portfolio for the city, did not immediately comment on the reported bombing. ISIS through its propaganda channel on Telegram, Furat News, claimed a car kaboom in Manbij on Thursday targeting Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) elements.

The city is located in Aleppo governorate just west of the Euphrates about 30 kilometers south of the border with Turkey.

The SDF have served as the partnered ground force of the US-led international anti-ISIS coalition. On March 23, the SDF declared the defeat of the holy warriors following the liberation of al-Baghouz in eastern Deir ez-Zor governorate.

In December, Trump announced the United States would with draw all of its 2,200 forces from Syria. However,
it's easy to be generous with someone else's money...
he later backtracked to leaving 400 forces and implored on regional and international actors to play a greater role in stabilization and preventing an ISIS resurgence.

The United States plans to split the forces in the northeast and at its garrison on the Jordan-Iraq-Syria border at At Tanf. SDF Commander-in-Chief Mazloum Kobane says the US force levels would be "insufficient" to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS.

Violence in northeast Syria, or Rojava, has persisted following the announcement nearly two months ago.

British Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, a deputy commander in the anti-ISIS coaliton, told Pentagon news hounds on Tuesday that member militaries "must continue working with our partners to create the conditions in which ISIS cannot thrive again..."

The coalition and SDF helped to establish civil and military councils in northeast Syria as cities were liberated.

"Militarily, we continue our campaign to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS. We cannot do it ourselves. Campaigns cannot be won by fighting alone. Instead, it requires a whole-of-government approach with the support of the international community, assisting the government of Iraq and the Syria civil councils to set the conditions for the stability and the prosperity that they crave," he said from Baghdad via teleconference.

Ghika acknowledged there will be stumbling blocks along the way.

"Having defeated ISIS's physical holdings in Baghouz, our partners are now progressing steadily back up the Euphrates River Valley, clearing the remnants of ISIS," he added. "The pace is slow and it's methodical, with the ground and buildings seeded with IEDs and booby traps. But progress is being made."
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Sat 2019-05-18
  Drone strike kills notorious ISIS leader and his fighters in East of Afghanistan
Fri 2019-05-17
  Fighting grips Hodeidah port, complicates peace moves
Thu 2019-05-16
  F-16 with live ordinance crashes in Riverside CA.
Wed 2019-05-15
  Iranian ballistic missile platforms in Basra city directed towards the Gulf, Exxon evacuating, German mil. trainers evacuating
Tue 2019-05-14
  The Latest: Norwegian Tanker's Hull Punctured off UAE Coast
Mon 2019-05-13
  Gunmen kill six during Catholic mass in Burkina Faso
Sun 2019-05-12
  Security guard killed as terrorists storm Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar: ISPR
Sat 2019-05-11
  B-52s in Al Udeid AB Qatar
Fri 2019-05-10
  U.S. revokes citizenship of Portland mosque's imam for ties to ObL
Thu 2019-05-09
  Rotherham abuse scandal: 40 arrests made in last two months
Wed 2019-05-08
  Pompeo suddenly in Iraq
Tue 2019-05-07
  400-strong Christian mob attacks Muslim shops in Sri Lankan town hit by Easter bomb
Mon 2019-05-06
  19 killed in Gaza, four in Israel in Sunday’s escalation, say officials
Sun 2019-05-05
  Iran money man zapped in Gaza
Sat 2019-05-04
  Israel strikes Gaza targets in response to heavy rocket fire Saturday

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