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Taliban’s military commission chief for Nangarhar districts killed in NDS raid
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Afghanistan
US forces target high-level Taliban leaders with M142 rocket in Helmand
[Khaama Press] The US Military in Afghanistan says a high-level meeting of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
leaders was targeted with M142 missile in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan.

"Task Force-Southwest, under U.S. Forces-Afghanistan authorities, confirmed a ground-based rocket artillery strike using the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, against a command and control node for high-level Taliban leaders in Musa Qala district, May 24," the US Forces in Afghanistan said in a statement.

The statement further added that the structure was a known meeting location for prominent Taliban leaders, where they planned and facilitated attacks against Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, who are supporting election security in the area.

"One way we support our Afghan partners is with kinetic strikes so that they are able to maintain the offensive," said U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Benjamin T. Watson, Task Force-Southwest commander. "Strikes like this one not only degrade Taliban operations, but also give our partners the ability to maintain continuous pressure against a weakened enemy."

Task Force-Southwest deployed to Helmand Province, April 2017, to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Army 215th Corps and 505th Zone Afghan National Police.

Established in 2009, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan is a U.S.-led mission that directs and enables U.S. military operations in support of Resolute Support, NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
’s train, advise and assist mission. Its purpose is to sustain campaign momentum in Afghanistan. It is also tasked with executing responsibilities and oversight for manpower, material and logistics, basing and operational movement in the country, supporting a responsible economic transition that encourages a resilient Afghan economy.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  So when we reach out to a meeting like this, we knew it was happening; when, where, who. So, how? Must be driving the Taliban nuts trying to figure out how they're getting busted. Somebody inside? Maybe a lot of guys inside? Somebody got chipped and didn't know it? When he's boomed, we need another. How?
Hope it keeps them busy around HQ.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 05/26/2018 6:07 Comments || Top||

#2  My guess wud be cellie. But that is only a guess.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/26/2018 6:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Add to the confusion, the M142 has a range of at least 120-180 miles.
Posted by: Clurong Peacock9529 || 05/26/2018 7:30 Comments || Top||

#4  "Quit whistling!"
"I'm not"
"Oh...shit!"

*Boom*
Posted by: Frank G || 05/26/2018 7:43 Comments || Top||


Taliban’s military commission chief for Nangarhar districts killed in NDS raid
[Khaama Press] A senior Taliban
...Arabic for students...
leader in charge of the military commission of the group for the 14 districts of 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 was killed during an operation of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS).

The governor’s office in Nangarhar in a statement said the senior Taliban leader Gul Mohammmad was killed late on Thursday night in the vicinity of Surkh Rod district.

The statement further added that Gul Mohammad was also famous Sangari and was attempting to flee the area when he was rubbed out by the NDS Special Forces.

According to the provincial government, at least two comrades of Sangari were placed in durance vile
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
by the NDS Special Forces during the operation.

Sangari had visited Surkh Rod to coordinate the supply of weapons, explosives, and munitions for the future attacks, the statement said, adding that he was mainly looking to carry out attacks in Jalalabad city.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the anti-government armed bully boyz including Taliban gunnies have recently increased their insurgency activities in this province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Clashes Reach Closer To Ghazni’s Center

[ToloNews] An MP from Ghazni said festivities have reached to the outskirts of the provincial center and that a number of main districts of the province are under serious security threats by krazed killers.
The Taliban are reportedly generally the culprits in Ghazni province.
He said the threats to Ghazni City increased after Khwaja Omari district fell to krazed killers. The district is 10 kilometers away from Ghazni City.

Khwaja Omari was retaken by security forces after a while, but the MP said the district is still faced with high security threats.

"Ghazni City is on the verge of collapse," said Arif Rahmani, an MP from Ghazni. "Khwaja Omari, Deh Yak, Zana Khan, Waghiz and Jaghatu districts are falling to the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and are retaken by security forces every day. These (districts) are parts of Ghazni City. We are faced with a chaos."

"Militant groups attacked some districts, but were pushed back by government forces. Two security force members were maimed in the fighting so far," Ghazni Police Chief Rohullah Mansoori said.

The Ministry of Defense however said they have cleared some parts of Ghazni of bad boys.

"Government forces have made good progresses in Ghazni," Defense Ministry front man Mohammad Radmanish said.

Ghazni has 18 districts, of which Malistan, Jaghori and Nawor districts are relatively secure and the rest are often witnessing heavy festivities between government forces and the Taliban.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [94 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Foreign Forces Conduct Airstrike In Faizabad City
[ToloNews] Some residents of Badakhshan province, in the north-east of Afghanistan, claimed US forces have conducted an Arclight airstrike in Faizabad City, the center of the province. The residents said the bomb landed close to civilian houses, police headquarters and governor’ office.

According to the residents, the airstrike was conducted on Thursday evening.

They said holy warriors did not have any activity in the area where the airstrike was carried out.

"We were leaving the mosque in the evening prayer when we heard a loud voice and I saw that people were shouting," said Gada Mohammad, a resident of Faizabad City.

"The airstrike damaged civilian houses. Why government and US forces do not target the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
in Wardooj (district)? Why they conducted the airstrike here?" asked Mirullah, a resident of Faizabad.

Badakhshan Provincial Council said foreign forces also conducted airstrikes in Kishm district to target Death Eaters.

"The Resolute Support aircrafts bombarded both Faizabad City and Kishm district’s center. One bomb landed close to Jolghar (area) which is near the provincial police headquarters and other landed close to center of Kishm district. No doubt, it created fear among residents of Faizabad City and Kishm district. It shows that there was no coordination," Abdullah Naji Nazari, member of Badakhshan Provincial Council, told TOLOnews.

Meanwhile,
...back at the revival hall, Buford bit the snake and Eloise began speaking in tongues...
Badakhshan governor Ahmad Faisal Begzad said the Resolute Support officials have said the airstrike was carried out ’mistakenly’.

"The foreign forces should support our security forces but what happened yesterday (Thursday) was a mistake which has been admitted by them (foreign forces) in which they dropped bombs in the outskirts of Faizabad City and the outskirts of Kishm district’s center," he told TOLOnews.

"We asked them (foreign forces) to be accurate in their operations," he added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Al-Shabaab Militants Raid Komor Haile Mosque, Preach For Hours
[RADIOSHABELLE] Suspected al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
murderous Moslems invaded a mosque on the Kenya-Somalia border and preached to the residents for about five hours.

A Mandera police report revealed an unknown number of heavily armed murderous Moslems arrived at Komor Haile mosque on Thursday at about 10pm and left at around 2am.

A local resident who spoke to the Nation on condition of anonymity said the murderous Moslems went to the chief’s home but did not find him.

"They arrived when a sheik was delivering a sermon, snatched the microphone and ordered him to sit and listen. We were shocked," said the local.

The report at the cop shoppe said murderous Moslems forced worshippers to listen for hours to their tirade against the Kenya government, local civil servants and security officials.

"It is Ramadhan and we go to the mosques at night for prayers and teachings," said the local.

It is not clear if the murderous Moslems arrived on foot or used vehicles.

"If they had vehicles then they were left far and used them to carry what they looted in local shops," said the local.

Mandera County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka declined to comment on the raid.

Komor Haile is located between Koromey and Arabia in Mandera East Sub County.

Posted by: Fred || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [109 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


The Grand Turk
Turkey detains 51 suspected Islamic State members
[Ynet] Ottoman Turkish police detained 51 suspected 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....
in Istanbul on Friday, anti-terrorist police said.

The suspects were believed to be planning to travel back to conflict zones in Syria, they said in a statement, adding that all those detained were foreign nationals.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraq
Bombs target Iraq communist party headquarters
[Ynet] Two homemade bombs targeted the headquarters of the Iraqi Communist Party, which is part of an alliance with holy man Moqtada Tater al-Sadr
... the Iranian catspaw holy man who was 22 years old in 2003 and was nearing 40 in 2010. He spends most of his time in Iran, safely out of the line of fire, where he's learning to be an ayatollah...
that won Iraq's parliamentary election, a party official and security sources said.

The bombs were hurled into the garden of the building in Baghdad on Friday and did not cause any casualties, said Jassim Helfi, a senior member of the party.

He described the incident as a message from those opposed to the Sairoon bloc's calls for reforms in Iraq. Sairoon has promised to end corruption and foreign interference in Iraq's affairs.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Bombing of the Iraqi Communist Party headquarters? I'm a bit conflicted. You have to have the rule of law in a society but then again it is the Communist headquarters. Here, I guess, it would be the DNC (oops, did I really say that?)
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/26/2018 8:19 Comments || Top||

#2  This is a REAL watermelon, Green on Red.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/26/2018 12:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Popcorn graphic may be more appropriate.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/26/2018 15:49 Comments || Top||


Diyala Bad Dudes Bagged: big turban, 4 little turbans all tied up


Iraqi security announce capture of four wanted terrorists in Diyala

Diyala (Iraqinews.com) – Iraqi security forces arrested on Friday four people who are wanted on terror charges in Iraq’s Diyala, a military commander said.

Speaking to Alghad Press, Commander of Diyala Operations Maj. Gen. Mazhar al-Azzawi said, “Iraqi troops managed during a specific operation to arrest four people who are wanted on terror changes pursuant to article no. 4 of the anti-terrorism law.”

The arrests were made in different parts of Diyala, according to the commander.

He added that the terrorists were moved to a detention center for interrogation.

Iraq’s anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped jihadists even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.

Experts estimate that Iraq is holding 20,000 people in jail over suspected Islamic State membership.

Mastermind of several IS-linked terrorist attacks on security bodies arrested in Diyala

Diyala (Iraqinews.com) – Iraqi troops arrested on Friday a man who is standing behind several Islamic State-linked terrorist attacks against security men in Diyala province, a security committee was quoted as saying.

Speaking to SNG news agency, Sadeq al-Husseini, the head of the security committee of Diyala provincial council, said, “Troops of the interior ministry’s antiterrorism and intelligence departments managed to arrest a senior IS leader in al-Nada area, 45 km east of Baqubah, the capital city of Diyala.”

The arrestee is believed to be the mastermind of several IS-linked terrorist attacks against security bodies in the province, al-Husseini said.

The troops found an explosive belt, bombs and documents on supposed terrorist plans in his possession, he added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi warplanes kill 7 Islamic State members in Anbar
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army warplanes killed seven 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 after bombarding their locations in Anbar province, a paramilitary leader was quoted saying on Friday.

Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
i al-Obaidi, a local mobilization troops commander in Anbar, told Almaalomah website that army aviation targeted an underground tunnel belonging to the group in Wadi Jaal in Hit, west of the province, leaving more than seven forces of Evil dead.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


11 Islamic State militants killed while trying to storm villages in Kirkuk
ISIS was so much quieter, back when it was being conquered by the Peshmerga...
Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) ‐ Eleven forces of Evil 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....
group were killed while trying to storm two villages in southwestern Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
a security front man was quoted as saying.

"A joint force from Hawija police and the Tribal Mobilization Forces repelled an attack by Islamic State against Gharib and Hanaf villages in southwestern Kirkuk, managing to kill 11 attackers, including five jacket wallahs," Altaghier TV channel quoted Spokesman for the Iraqi Security Media Council Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool as saying.

The festivities also left an Iraqi policeman and a member of the Tribal Mobilization Forces killed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israeli top court 'gives green light' to use of live fire in Gaza
[Al Jazeera] Israel's Supreme Court has unanimously rejected two petitions brought by human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
groups demanding Israel's army to stop using snipers and live ammunition against unarmed Paleostinian protests in the Gazoo Strip.

The panel of three justices on Thursday sided with the Israeli military, which argued that the protesters constituted a real danger to Israeli soldiers and citizens.

Israel maintains its forces use of live fire is in line with both domestic and international law, arguing the demonstrations are part of the country's conflict with Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,, which governs the Gazoo Strip.

The court's ruling gave Israel "a green light to its continued use of snipers and live fire against Paleostinian protesters", Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, which filed one of the petitions, said in a statement on Friday.

"The Israeli Supreme Court completely ignored the broad factual basis presented to it by the petitioners, which includes multiple testimonies of maimed and reports of international organizations involved in documenting the killing and wounding of unarmed protesters in Gazoo".

The human rights groups said the court "refused to watch video clips documenting Israeli shootings of demonstrators and, rather than actually examining the case, fully accepted the claims presented to it by the state.

Posted by: Fred || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  And the downside is what?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 05/26/2018 9:22 Comments || Top||


One Death and 109 Palestinians injured by Israeli Sniper fire
[ALMASDARNEWS] Over 100 Paleostinians have been injured in Gazoo today as Israeli Snipers yet again shoot at Paleostinian demonstrators, prior to this another man died of his previously sustained gun-shot wounds.

The Spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gazoo, Ashraf al-Qadra, announced that 109 have been confirmed injured as Israeli Snipers once again opened fire upon a small group of peaceful Paleostinian demonstrators.

Prior to the mass shooting and firing of internationally banned tear-gas at by Israeli military forces, the Ministry of Health in Gazoo also announced the 67th Paleostinian to have died from their gunshot wounds sustained on the 14th of May Massacre. Yasser Sami Habib, 24 years of age, died today after being treated at the "Mar Youssef Hospital" in Jerusalem, from his sustained gunshot wounds whilst demonstrating in the ’Great Return March’ to the East of al-Shujayeh neighborhood.

Posted by: Fred || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  internationally banned tear-gas

Uh huh.
Shoot em if ya got em
Posted by: Frank G || 05/26/2018 7:39 Comments || Top||

#2  "One Death and 109 Palestinians injured by Israeli Sniper fire"

Multiple Choice test:

a) Israeli snipers are really bad
b) Israeli snipers weren't really trying
c) Israili snipers hit what they aim at
Posted by: Thins Spomoter8761 || 05/26/2018 18:06 Comments || Top||

#3  d) Israeli snipers were firing birdshot (or kosher rock salt?)
Posted by: Hupoluger Flolumble7179 || 05/26/2018 20:28 Comments || Top||

#4  1 wounded = 1 + 2 more to carry his ass back for the cameras
Posted by: Frank G || 05/26/2018 21:04 Comments || Top||


Bomb hurled at IDF troops on Gaza border as hundreds protest
[IsraelTimes] Army says 1,600 Gazooks hurl rocks, burn tires in weekly festivities; 87,000 West Bank Paleostinians come to Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers.

An bomb was thrown Friday at Israeli troops along the Gazoo border in the Strip’s north, the army said, as Paleostinians took part in weekly festivities near the security fence.

The army said no soldiers were maimed by the bomb.

It said some 1,600 Paleostinians took part in riots at two locations along the border, where they threw rocks and burned tires. Numerous attempts were made to damage security infrastructure, the army said.

Troops used riot dispersal means and live fire in accordance with IDF regulations, it added.

Gazoo’s Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth",-run health ministry said 86 people were maimed. Most were treated for tear gas inhalation while some sustained gunshot wounds.

Also during the afternoon, several incendiary kites were flown into Israel from the Paleostinian coastal enclave, sparking fires. Strong winds hampered efforts to douse the blazes, though all were eventually brought under control.

Friday’s festivities were part of the weekly "March of Return" protests that began on March 30. Israel says they are orchestrated by the Hamas terror group, which rules Gazoo, and used as cover for attempted terror attacks and breaches of the border fence.

The violent demonstrations were meant to end on May 15, but Hamas leaders have said they want them to continue. Turnout at the past two weeks’ festivities has been far smaller than previous weeks.

Earlier, the Hamas-run health ministry in Gazoo said a Paleostinian man shot in recent festivities died.

Yasser Habib, 24, was maimed several days ago east of Gazoo City, the ministry said. It did not give details of exactly when he was shot.

According to the ministry’s figures, 115 Paleostinians have died since the start of the weekly protests in March, which reached their peak on May 14 when 61 people died.

Hamas acknowledged 50 of those killed that day were its members, while Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
said three of those killed belonged to the terror group.

Separately Friday, the army said an estimated 87,000 Paleostinians from the West Bank travelled to Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers.

It also said 8,000 Paleostinians prayed at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

"IDF troops are deployed in reinforced numbers and are operating along with the Shin Bet, Civil Administration, Border Police and Israel Police in order to allow the Ramadan prayers, as well defending communities and roads and preserving order and security in the area," the army said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  "Largely peaceful bombs thrown"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/26/2018 7:44 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian cargo flights spotted from Damascus to Tehran
Interesting things being observed...
[Ynet] SAF's cargo aircraft detected flying from Damascus to Tehran despite US's demand to withdraw Iranian forces from Syria; Syrian reports say US-led coalition forces responsible for recent strike in Albu Kamal; Pentagon denies any involvement in strike.

On the backdrop of the a US-led coalition strike on Syrian army positions in the vicinity of the Syria-Iraq border overnight Thursday, a Syrian Air Force (SAF) cargo aircraft was spotted making its way from the Syrian capital of Damascus to the city of Albu Kamal in the Syrian Desert en route to Tehran.

Assad's army held several cargo flights over the past week to the Albu Kamal area that was bombarded overnight Thursday, as reported by Ynet.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 12 pro-regime fighters were killed, including foreign nationals.

Aviation enthusiasts are trained to detect military aircraft in real-time using special software. Despite the fact that the detection of military aircraft depends on the civil radar's limited coverage range, there are websites that detect military aircraft by processing the flight data, including their altitude and speed.

The SAF has four Russian Ilyushin Il-76 cargo aircrafts. Three of them have been detected in action over the past month, and the fourth one is likely not operational.

The aircraft landing at the bombarded compound departed last week Wednesday from Damascus to the Albu Kamal area and returned the next day.

The aircraft had flown last Sunday to the same area and returned three and a half hours later.

Notwithstanding the US's demand that Iranian forces withdraw from Syria, the SAF continues dispatching aerial convoys using cargo aircrafts to the Revolutionary Guards' posts.

The logistic sorties are held despite American and Israeli strike in the area. Over the past two weeks two Syrian cargo aircrafts have been recorded heading from Teheran to Damascus.

While the precise content loaded onto the aircraft is unknown, the pre-flight time returning back to Damascus took four hours

ISIS controlled the stricken area of Albu Kamal until last year when it was reoccupied by the SAF.

One part of the area is currently held by the SAF, Iran and Hezbollah and the other is controlled by the Kurdish forces that receive aid from the US-led coalition.

The US have denied Syrian reports that it is responsible for the strike, and the Pentagon has claimed it knows nothing about the US-led coalition's activity in the area.

"We have no operational reporting of a US-led coalition strike against pro-Syrian regime targets or forces," Captain Bill Urban, a spokesperson for US Central Command, said.

Another Pentagon official speaking anonymously reiterated Urban's statement saying, "We have no information about what happened there."
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  So NKor has finished it's work in reconfiguring warheads to mount on Iranian ICBMs. Syria is moving the remaining WMDs to Tehran for fitting of the new mounting collars.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/26/2018 2:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Didn't we also see some Russian air transport moving materiel to Tehran last week? Poss the ChemWMDs moved from Syria earlier.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/26/2018 2:26 Comments || Top||


Iraq Carries Out More Air Strikes against IS in Syria
Herewith the details completely unmentioned in this story from yesterday.
[AnNahar] Iraq announced Friday it had carried out air strikes against 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 in Syria, the third cross border aerial operation inside a month in its war-torn neighbor.

"Iraqi F-16 planes carried out (Thursday) morning raids against the headquarters of IS terrorist gang leaders and an explosives depot occupied by bandidos murderous Moslems in Syria's Hajin region," a statement by Iraq's operations command said.

A video released with the text shows a strike on a huge building surrounded by palm trees and a wall.

The images show the wall and the building collapsing simultaneously.

Several strikes have been carried out by Iraq or the international coalition since Thursday against the center of Hajin, the last major area held by IS in Syria, said the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor.

At least 65 senior IS leaders live in Hajin, the Observatory's director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Hajin is in Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria, about 50 kilometers (just over 30 miles) from Iraq's border.

It has been surrounded since the end of 2017 by the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters backed by the United States and La Belle France, Abdel Rahman said.

Several hundred prisoners are still held by the jihadists in Hajin, he added.

Since April, Iraq's air force has carried out several air strikes on IS-held Syrian territory close to the border between the two countries.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [102 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


ISIS claims attack on Syrian troops near Iraqi border
[ALMASDARNEWS] 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) issued a statement on Friday that grabbed credit for the attack against the Syrian troops near the Iraqi border yesterday.

ISIS alleged through their official media wing that their rockets hit the Syrian military’s positions just after midnight in the Deir Ezzor countryside.

The Islamic State’s claim comes just 24 hours after the Syrian military accused the U.S. Coalition forces of bombing their positions in the Badiya al-Sham region of Deir Ezzor.

The U.S., in turn, denied any knowledge of this attack, despite accusations from Damascus.
Posted by: Fred || 05/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [106 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


ISIS attempt to reach Al-Mayadeen falls short
[ALMASDARNEWS] [ALMASDARNEWS] The Belgian military conducted two secret missions in Syria in 2016, the VRT reported on Friday.

According to the VRT report, the Belgian military conducted two "very short reconnaissance missions, something like one day long."

These military missions were reportedly carried out in the areas controlled by the predominately Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

The missions were meant to create contacts with the YPG in Syria so that they could monitor potential Belgian 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) members operating inside the country.

The VRT also reported that it was the former head of SGRS, Gen. Eddy Testlemans, who came up with the initiative, and that Steven Vandeput was not to be involved.

Testlemans reportedly only obtained approval for the operation from the National Security Council, in encrypted form, after it was completed. This procedure allowed everyone to be covered politically.
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Belgian military carried out secret missions in Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Belgian military conducted two secret missions in Syria in 2016, the VRT reported on Friday.
But don't tell nobody, okay? They're secret.
According to the VRT report, the Belgian military conducted two "very short reconnaissance missions, something like one day long."
Bet that expended their military budget for a year...
These military missions were reportedly carried out in the areas controlled by the predominately Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
The only people in Syria they didn't expect to stab them in the back...
The missions were meant to create contacts with the YPG in Syria so that they could monitor potential Belgian 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) members operating inside the country.
The old ear tag game...
The VRT also reported that it was the former head of SGRS, Gen. Eddy Testlemans, who came up with the initiative, and that Steven Vandeput was not to be involved. Testlemans reportedly only obtained approval for the operation from the National Security Council, in encrypted form, after it was completed. This procedure allowed everyone to be covered politically.
That was the important thing, natch...
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Syrian Army calls on militants in southern Syria to surrender ahead of offensive
[ALMASDARNEWS] Helicopters dropped leaflets over parts of northwest Deraa today, calling on turbans to lay down their arms and reconcile with the Syrian government, or, alternatively, continue to "gamble their lives" and face "inevitable death," according to circulating reports by pro-opposition military monitors.

"Your life and your children’s future is more important than your stubbornness. Dear combatant, for whom are you gambling your life? You have two choices: either your inevitable death or surrendering. The Syrian Army is advancing. Make up your mind before it is too late," a leaflet dropped over southern Syria on Friday reads.

Towns and villages in the northwest section of Deraa province are closest to government-controlled territory and the frontlines.

Government negotiators are currently focusing their efforts on negotiating reconciliation and transfer deals in these areas, to minimize and avoid civilian casualties, in addition to casualties in the ranks of government forces and krazed killer groups.

As the Syrian Army gains ground in the province and pushes south, government delegates will also attempt to agree similar arrangements in other parts of the governorate.

Militants control around half of the Syria-Jordan border, including a number of crossings. Jordan maintains a channel of communication with opposition forces in southern Syria and has provided them with support throughout the Syrian civil war.

Amman is likely to act as a mediator or guarantor in negotiations between Damascus and the krazed killers, working in conjunction with the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation to negotiate surrender packages.

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Hits keep coming for HTS as another jihadist commander is assassinated
[ALMASDARNEWS] At least four members of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
were killed along the Idlib Highway, today, pro-opposition activists reported via social media.

According to the reports, the four Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham fighters were traveling down the Ma’arat Masreen-Idlib Highway this afternoon, when a group of unknown assailants began opening fire on their vehicle.

All four HTS forces of Evil were killed during the attack, including a jihadist field commander that was sitting in the backseat of the vehicle.

Prior to this ambush, HTS uncovered 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....
(ISIS) sleeper cell inside of Idlib city; this group was reportedly responsible for several attacks against the rebel forces.
So they were actually quite wide awake...
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Tensions remain high in northern Latakia as Turkish troops dig in
[ALMASDARNEWS] The situation in northern Latakia has remained very tense after several hours of sporadic missile and artillery strikes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels.

Earlier today, a Ottoman Turkish military convoy entered the northern countryside of the Latakia Governorate, which is a clear violation of the Astana peace agreement.

The Ottoman Turkish troops reportedly positioned themselves in the northern part of the Jabal al-Akrad region, prompting the Syrian military to fire several warning shots towards the rebel forces.

It is still not clear why the Ottoman Turkish military is in northern Latakia; however, a source from the Syrian Army believes they are preparing to setup their 13th observation point.

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Strike on Syrian air base said to target Hezbollah arms depot
[IsraelTimes] Monitor says Israel most likely behind Thursday night attack; Syrian state media confirms missiles fired at airfield near Homs, which was also reportedly hit by IDF on May 10.

A military air base in western Syria was hit in an Arclight airstrike Thursday night, sparking large kabooms, which were heard throughout the area, state media reported.

The targets of the strike were munitions depots belonging to the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group, located on an air base south of the city of Homs, according to the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, which also said the strikes were most likely carried out by Israel.

"Six missiles were fired at the Daba’a military airport and surrounding area in the western sector of Homs province, targeting Lebanese Hezbollah weapons warehouses," Rami Abd el-Rahman, director of the Observatory, told AFP.

The Observatory identified Israel as the likely perpetrator. "The missiles would have been fired by Israel," el-Rahman said.

The Israel Defense Forces refused to comment on the attack.

The Daba’a air base, also known as al-Qusair air base, and the surrounding area are known to be a stronghold for Hezbollah and Iran-backed militias. It was also reportedly struck by Israel in skirmishes against Syrian and Iranian forces on May 10.

A military source told state media that the incoming missile attack was intercepted. This is a common claim by SANA, including in cases where the outlet later acknowledged that strikes hit their target.

"One of our military airports in the central region was targeted by a missile attack. Our air defenses responded to the aggression and prevented it from achieving its objective," the source told SANA.

Conflicting accounts emerged about the exact number of missiles fired at the Syrian air base. Various Syrian and Lebanese outlets reported that it was between two and eight.

The military source did not identify who Syria believed had carried out the attack, though some Syrian media outlets assumed it was Israel, which has been conducting regular airstrikes in the country in recent years, more in the past few months.

Earlier on Thursday night, Lebanese media outlets reported that Israeli jets were flying through the country’s airspace.

Syrian media outlets reported that S-200 anti-aircraft missiles were fired during the attack on the air base.

On Wednesday, a senior Israeli Air Force official issued a stern warning to Syria, telling the country that if its air defense systems fired on Israeli jets, they would be targeted in return.

"All batteries that fire on Israeli aircraft will be destroyed. All batteries that do not fire on us will not be destroyed," the senior officer told news hounds, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
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