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8 members of Pak-based Lashkar-e-Taiba killed in Helmand airstrikes
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8 members of Pak-based Lashkar-e-Taiba killed in Helmand airstrikes
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eight members of the Pakistain-based 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...
group were killed in Arclight airstrikes conducted in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement confirmed the faceless myrmidons were killed in Nawa district of Helmand.

The statement further added that a total of eleven murderous Moslems were killed in the Arclight airstrikes, including eight members of Lashkar-e-Taiba.

According to MoD, at least six faceless myrmidons also sustained injuries in the Arclight airstrikes.

Posted by: Fred || 09/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [417 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba

Afghan intelligence foil coordinated Taliban attack in Samangan province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan intelligence operatives have foiled a coordinated attack plan by the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
turbans in northern Samangan province of Afghanistan.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) in a statement said a group of four turbans were tossed in the slammer
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
in connection to the plot before the bandidos turbans manage to execute their plan.

The statement further added that a jacket wallah was among those arrested as the bandidos turbans were planning to stage the attack in a complex and coordinated manner.

No further details were given regarding the potential target of the group but NDS said the group was assigned by Taliban’s deputy shadow governor for Samangan Mawlavi Jalal.

According to NDS, the turbans were arrested during an operation from the vicinity of Aibak city.

The detained individuals have been identified as Amruddin son of Ewaz, Mohamamd Naeem son of Abdul Hamid, Rozatullah son of Mohammad Rajab, and Noor Aqa son of Mullah Abdulhai.

NDS also added that the intelligence operatives have confiscated a suicide kaboom vest from the detained murderous Moslems.

Posted by: Fred || 09/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Gunmen ambush the vehicle of Kabul CID chief Gen. Almas
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Unknown gunnies ambushed the vehicle of a top security official in Kabul city late on Wednesday night.

The incident took place around 12:30 am local time in the city after the gunnies ambushed the vehicle of Gen. Mohammad Salim Almas, the Criminal Investigation Department chief in the Ministry of Interior.

CID officials confirmed the incident and said Gen. Almas escaped the attack unhurt.

The officials further added his received some bullet shots but no one was hurt in the attack.

Gen. Almas also confirmed the failed on him and said the Kabul’s CID will continue to its efforts to eradicate the criminal gangs.

He warned the irresponsible armed individuals and criminal gangs that Kabul city will no longer remain a hub for their criminal activities.

Gen. Almas called on criminal individuals and gangs to refrain from their criminal activities and return to normal life.

This comes as incidents involving armed conflicts and other criminal incidents are on the rise in the key cities of the country including capital Kabul during the recent months.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officials in the Ministry of Interior (MoI) earlier this week informed regarding the arrest of an individual famous as the killer of Arya city who was recently involved the murder of an individual in the city.

The department earlier said two individuals involved in the brutal murder of three people and wounding four others during a brawl in the city have been tossed in the calaboose
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
by the security forces.

Posted by: Fred || 09/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under:

Africa North
Fighting intensifies in Sabratha
Tunis, 21 September 2017:

Fighting in Sabratha between the 48th Brigade along with its allies and the rival Anti-ISIS Operations Room (AIOR) intensified today after efforts yesterday by elders from Zawia and Zintan to broker a ceasefire collapsed. Both sides have blamed the other for the failure of the ceasefire, with each demanding that the other withdraw.

According to the Sabratha media centre, AIOR demanded that the 48th brigade withdraw to its headquarters and allow the national security directorate to take over the town centre. AIOR, however, is reported to have adamantly refused the same withdrawal request from the mediators. Instead it has accused the brigade of being allied to militants and being involved in people smuggling.

Its latest statement was that it would secure the town itself.

During in the day there were fresh attempts to mediate a new truce but this came against the background of bitter clashes in the centre of the town, included random rocket fire. According to Sabratha hospital, which says it is operating as best it can in the situation, it has received seven dead and 25 wounded since the clashes started five days ago.

In response to the situation, UNSMIL has called for an immediate end to hostilities and for the protection of civilians in accordance with international humanitarian law. The head of Sabratha military council, however, has called on UNSMIL and other international organisations to step in and help move illegal immigrants from local detention centres.

For its part, the Red Crescent, which has evacuated a number of families from the town centre, has called for a safe corridor to be set up to allow others to leave.

The Libyan National Army’s western operations room has meanwhile come out in support of AIOR claiming that it is a unit of the LNA and that it is fighting the Muslim Brotherhood.

There are reports today that the LNA is mobilising forces in the area ahead of possible action in Sabratha.

Posted by: badanov || 09/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Midnight raid catches ramp model turned militant commander
[Dhaka Tribune] Imam Mehedi Hasan was tossed in the slammer
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
by a Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) team late Wednesday night for being associated with the banned bad boy group New JMB.

He was arrested from a house in South Banasree where they found two laptops, a mobile phone, a passport, and various bad boy pamphlets.

A BBA graduate from Darul Ihsan University, Mehedi had modelled for several years before joining New JMB in 2015. The 29-year-old was serving as the commander of ad-Dar-e-Kutni Brigade of New JMB when he was arrested.

Lt Col Tuhin Mohammad Masud, commanding officer of RAB 3, briefed the media about Mehedi’s past and his role in New JMB.

The RAB commander said New JMB had two operating squads ‐ Badr Brigade and ad-Dar-e-Kutni Brigade.

"The nationwide hunt for bandidos Death Eaters following the July 1 attack had greatly weakened Badr Brigade. Kutni Brigade tried to make up for the losses by bolstering their ranks with new recruits. Mehedi was in charge of financing, recruiting, organising migrations and accepting the swearing in of new recruits" Lt Col Tuhin said.

Mehedi is also reported to have organised the internal marriages within by the bad boy group.
Golly. A runway model and a matchmaker? The no doubt the man looks every inch the proper jihadi.
Lt Col Tuhin continued: "He would record the swearing in of new recruits and send the videos to their media channels for promotion and interested parties to appeal for donations."
Posted by: Fred || 09/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)

Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of making explosives after man attacked in Leicester
[BBC] Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of making explosives after police searched two properties following a serious assault.

Officers arrived at a house in Daneshill Road, Leicester, on Wednesday morning and discovered a 55-year-old man had been attacked.

A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The force said the arrests were not related to terrorism and it was a "local police investigation".
The man was further arrested on suspicion of making explosives under suspicious circumstances.

Officers later searched a second property and seven other people were also arrested for the same offence, contrary to the Explosive Substances Act.

Leicestershire Police said it had "discovered items which caused some concern" while responding to reports of a serious assault.

The force said the arrests were not related to terrorism and it was a "local police investigation".

The 55-year-old man remains in hospital with injuries to his arm.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/22/2017 06:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nigel? Owen?
Posted by: Frank G || 09/22/2017 12:21 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
One injured in gun battle at Istanbul courthouse, police detain 20
[Hurriyet Daily News] At least one person was injured on Sept. 21 when a shootout broke out between rival gangs at Istanbul’s Caglayan courthouse.

The shootout broke out between the opposite sides of a murder trial, which was ongoing at the 10th High Criminal Court at the complex.

An injured person, only identified with the initials K.G., was taken to the hospital by medical teams. A child was also taken to the hospital, but it was unclear if it was a case of shock or physical injury.

Some 20 people in connection to the armed clash were detained while a brawl also erupted during the police intervention. Reinforcements and a police helicopter were also deployed to the scene.

Those detained were reportedly members of two rival gangs that have also had festivities in the past.

Police are searching for anyone else involved in the fracas.

K.G. was reportedly being tried without arrest in the case of a murder committed eight months ago in the Gaziosmanpasa district.

Caglayan courthouse, one of the largest in the country, was at the center of a major incident in March 2015 when members of the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) seized and killed a prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz.
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6 killed, 20 injured by 'unprovoked Indian firing' across Working Boundary in Sialkot
[DAWN] At least six people, including four women, were killed and 20 others injured near the Working Boundary in Sialkot on Thursday as Indian forces "resorted to unprovoked firing of mortars targeting civilians", local administration and the army's media wing said.

Earlier, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had said that four people were killed by firing and mortar shelling in the village of Bini Sulariyan in the Charwah sector.

if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Dr Farrukh Naveed told DawnNews that the number of dead had risen to six people, who he identified as Mariam Mahmood, Mariam Ishaq, Nafees Bibi, Khursheed Bibi, Ashraf Mansoor and Imran Ghani.

At least 20 people were also injured in the cross-border firing and shelling in the Harpal, Sajeetgarh and Charwah sectors, he said, adding that Indian forces have been targeting civilians in the area for the past week.

Posted by: Fred || 09/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [425 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Covering fire for Pak infiltrators. As usual. The collateral dead is considered a sunk cost
Posted by: Frank G || 09/22/2017 6:33 Comments || Top||

#2  A little different than throwing stones.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/22/2017 11:02 Comments || Top||

#3  The stone throwing is reserved for the Chinese border. The LOC with Pak gets artillery counter fire.
Posted by: John Frum || 09/22/2017 14:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Someone stirred this up on purpose, for right now.
Shall we play pin the tail on the donkey?
Posted by: newc || 09/22/2017 23:03 Comments || Top||

Grenade attack on minister kills three in India-held Kashmir
[DAWN] Three were killed and at least 20 others were maimed on Thursday when suspected holy warriors fired a grenade at the motorcade of a local politician in India-held Kashmire, police said.

The attack occurred as Nayeem Akhtar, a local government minister, was passing through the southern town of Tral. Akhtar, however, escaped unhurt.

"Three non-combatants were killed in the attack. We are investigating," director general of police S.P. Vaid told AFP, adding it appeared a grenade launcher was used to fire the explosive.

At least 20 people, including 10 government forces personnel, were also injured in the blast, he added.

At least 140 armed myrmidons, including some senior commanders, have been killed since the start of the year by government forces.

Militant ranks have swelled since security forces rubbed out a 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...
leader Burhan Wani, last year. Wani was a native of Tral where Thursday's attack was staged.

Posted by: Fred || 09/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

Abadi: Operation launched to retake Hawija from ISIL
[Al Jazeera] Iraq's prime minister says government forces have begun the operation to retake the town of Hawija from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, also known as ISIS) group.

In a statement released by his office, Haider al-Abadi said the operation began at dawn on Thursday, just two days after Iraqi forces began an offensive against ISIS holdouts in the western Anbar province.

"We announce the launch of the first phase of the liberation of Hawija, in fulfilment of our pledge to our people to liberate all Iraqi territory and to cleanse it from the terrorist ISIS gangs," Abadi said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Abadi praised his forces, who were "fighting more than one liberation battle at the same time and winning victory after victory", adding that "a new victory" was looming.

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid, speaking from Sulaimaniyah city in Iraq's Kurdish region, said that up to 2,000 ISIS fighters were estimated to be in Hawija.

"Some have argued that Hawija should have been dealt with before the djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
offensive as there's a sizeable number of ISIS fighters - estimated between a 1,500 to 2,000. And that the Hawija district has actually acted as a rear base for the ISIS fighters, somewhere where they could have retreated safely," she said.

The offensive started from the northwest and the southwest of Hawija district, she said.

"It is going to take a while because the area is full of small villages and it's quite vast and porous. So they will have to try to encircle Hawija town before they are able to get into it."

Posted by: Fred || 09/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Iraqi forces captures 20 villages in Hawija
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi joint troops have managed to recapture twenty villages from Islamic State’s grip, in Hawija, Kirkuk, concluding the first phase of the offensive, military said.

“Federal Police, Rapid Response, army brigades and al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), liberated twenty villages in Hawija,” Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah, commander of Hawija Operations, said on Thursday.

According to Yarallah, Iraqi troops managed to conclude the first phase of operations, which started early on the day.

During a joint press conference with Ryan Dillon, spokesman of the U.S.-led coalition against IS, on Thursday, Brig. Gen. Yahia Rasoul, spokesman of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said the number of Islamic State members in Hawija falls between 800 and 1500.

Earlier on the day, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and Lt.Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah, deputy commander of the Joint Operations Command announced launch of first phase of operations to liberate Hawija and western Shirqat. Several villages in Shirqat have been retaken.

Hawija and other neighboring regions, west of Kirkuk, have been held by IS since mid-2014, when the group emerged to proclaim an Islamic “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria.

Other offensives were launched earlier this week at the group’s havens in western Anbar’s borders with Syria.
Posted by: badanov || 09/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

2 Iraqi militia die removing mines in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Seven members of the pro-government paramilitary forces fighting the Islamic State were killed and wounded in Diyala on Thursday after a booby-trap explosion.

A local source told Alghad Press that members of the Popular Mobilization Forces were inspecting a house in al-Boubakr village, at al-Udhaim, north of the province, preparing to hand it over to migrant families returning to the area.

The fighters, finding stuff belonging to Islamic State militants, tried to remove them, but a booby-trap placed underneath exploded, killing two members and wounding fivem the source explained.

Al-Udhaim’s mayor, Mohamed Dayfan, was quoted saying earlier that security alert was raised in the region, located on the borders with Salahuddin, preparing to repatriate displaced families.
Posted by: badanov || 09/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Salahuddin Kombat Kronicle
Iraqi forces begin operations in Salahuddin

Shirqat (IraqiNews.com) ISIS News Today: Iraqi government and paramilitary forces recaptured several villages on Thursday as the government launched a wide-scale, final operation to retake all of Islamic State’s remaining havens.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Joint Operations Command said Thursday and late Wednesday that major offensives were launching to retake Islamic State last bastions in Salahuddin’s Shirqat and Kirkuk’s Hawija. Other offensives had launched earlier this week at the group’s holdouts in western Anbar’s borders with Syria.

Iraqi air forces hit ISIS convoy near Hawija

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State convoy escaping southwestern Kirkuk toward east of Salahuddin province has been targeted in aerial shelling, a local source was quoted saying.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, “heavy shelling targeted on Thursday an IS convoy composed of several vehicles escaping Hawija, Kirkuk, toward Mutaibija in Salahuddin.”

The source, who asked to be anonymous, expected losses inflicted on the enemy.

Occasional attacks have been witnessed in Mutaibija by IS against government and paramilitary troops deployments since Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and PMUs, launched a major offensive to retake IS-held areas.

The Iraqi army said in September its forces recaptured the western coast of Shirqat, located south of Mosul, on the west bank of the Tigris river, after being surrounded for months by Iraqi troops and the pro-government Shi’ite militias. The eastern coast of Shirqat, is still under the IS control.

ISIS troops quit the war in Salahuddin
It's all fun and games until the airstrikes begin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants have turned in themselves to security troops, north of Salahuddin, while others set headquarters on fire before escaping to Kirkuk.

“Seven IS militants extradited themselves to security troops in eastern Shirqat. Among the militants was Mendil Thanon, from western Shirqat,” the source told Baghdad Today on Thursday.

In related news, intelligence of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said IS militants set their headquarters in western Shirqat on fire before escaping toward Hawija in south west of Kirkuk.

A statement by the PMF’s media service said, “the militants burnt their headquarters located near al-Zab river before withdrawal from western Shirqat toward Hawija as Iraqi troops advance.”

PMF announced earlier liberating five villages in northeast of Shirqat and killing several militants hiding at houses there.

Soddy ISIS emir dies in al-Siniyah region

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have killed a Saudi-national Islamic State leader in Salahuddin province.

A statement by al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said on Thursday, “troops of the sixth brigade managed to kill abu Abdul Rahman, an IS Saudi Emir, during attempt to infiltrate toward military units in al-Siniyah region.”

Earlier on the day, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy PMFs commander, said, “military operations carried out by the troops in cooperation with security services will take place through two stages; first one at western Shirqat, north of Tikrit, while the second at Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk.

Iraqi forces drive back ISIS attack

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army forces on Thursday repelled an attempt by Islamic State members to take over the road between Baghdad and Mosul.

A security source told Alghad Press that the army’s Counter-Terrorism Service forces countered sneaking IS members at al-Zawia crossroad. The source said the militants were attempting to take over the area to cut the Baghdad-Mosul road.

“CTS forces have managed to exterminate the sneaking group completely, and destroyed three vehicles,” said the source.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Joint Operations Command said Thursday that major offensives were launching to retake Islamic State last bastions in Salahuddin’s Shirqat and Kirkuk’s Hawija. Other offensives had launched earlier this week at the group’s holdouts in western Anbar’s borders with Syria.

Federal Police, Rapid Response and the pro-government Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) are carrying out the attack, according to the command.

PMF media said its troops managed to take over four villages in the IS-held eastern side of Salahuddin’s Shirqat town, while Federal Police chief, Shaker Jawdat, said his troops recaptured three other villages after invading the town with tens of combat vehicles and troops.

Iraq hopes to eliminate Islamic State fighters who emerged in 2014 to proclaim a self-styled “Islamic Caliphate”. So far, operations since October 2016 have managed to recapture Mosul, the group’s former capital, and the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul.
Posted by: badanov || 09/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Anbar Antix

Iraqi forces capture Kop Shop in Annah

Annah (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army and security forces recaptured on Thursday the police station of one of Islamic State’s last three bastions in western Anbar as the government embarked on a wide-scale campaign to clear the group’s last havens in the country.

A security source told Alghad Press that forces took over the police station of Annah, besides the fire brigade unit and an oil station.

“Advances continue but with utmost caution,” said the source.

Iraqi forces capture Annah

Annah (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army forces on Thursday completely took over the town of Annah, one of Islamic State’s last three strongholds in Anbar’s western borders with Syria, military media said.

The Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said army forces, backed by the Popular Mobilization Forces, the paramilitary force fighting IS alongside the government, took over the town, just two days after operations launched.

Iraqi army forces invaded Annah on Wednesday, hours after recapturing neighboring Rayhana area. Military and paramilitary sources said the troops, backed by the Popular Mobilization Forces, regained control over a number of neighborhoods in the town. Military media said up to 30 militants were killed since offensives launched.

ISIS Big Turban dies defending Annah

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) A senior Islamic State leader was killed on Thursday in west of Anbar, a security source was quoted saying.

“Joint troops managed to kill an IS field leader known as Mostafa Anwar Nayef at al-Shishan district in Annah town, west of Anbar,” the source told Alghad Press.

A source told the website earlier on the day that troops invaded the district, which is the largest in Annah.

In related news, Iraqi army announced the total recapture of the town, invaded on Wednesday, hours after recapturing neighboring Rayhana area.

According to military media, up to 30 militants were killed since offensives launched.

On Saturday, Iraqi joint troops liberated Akashat region, between Rutba town, on borders with Jordan, and Qaim, on borders with Syria.

Anbar’s western towns of Annah, Qaim and Rawa have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic “Caliphate”. Iraqi troops were able to return life back to normal in the biggest cities of Anbar including Fallujah, Ramadi and others after recapturing them in 2015 and 2016.

Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Joint Operations Command declared the start of offensives to retake IS-held regions in Salahuddin and Kirkuk provinces.
Posted by: badanov || 09/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

7 wounded in IED attack in al-Taji district

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Seven civilians were wounded in an IED blast near a popular football playground in north of Baghdad, a security source said.

“A bomb, placed near a popular football playground in al-Taji district, north of Baghdad, exploded on Thursday, leaving seven civilians wounded,” the source added.

“Ambulances transferred the civilians to nearby hospital for treatment,” he added.
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Syrian Army Combat Summary
The Syrian Army units operating in Deir Ezzor expanded their control over the eastern bank of the Euphrates River after eliminating the latest ISIL gatherings in the village of Marat and establishing full control over al-Tibni town and al-Bowaitiyeh village in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor province.

SANA reporter said Thursday that the army units carried out, during the past few hours, successful operations against ISIL terrorists in the western countryside and established full control over al-Tibni town and al-Bowaitiyeh village, inflicting heavy losses upon ISIL terrorists in personnel and equipment.

On the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, the reporter added that the army units eliminated the latest ISIL gatherings in the village of Marat, while other army units continued pursuing ISIL terrorists on the direction of Khasham town and Howeijat Saker area.

Local sources in the southeastern countryside of the province said that new groups of ISIL terrorists fled away from al-Basira district, among them Naser al-Shummari, one of ISIS leaders nicknamed Jahjah.

Source: SANA
Posted by: badanov || 09/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Russian, Syrian warbird hammer Idlib for 3rd day
Idlib (Syria News) Civilians were either killed or wounded, on Thursday, in air strikes carried out by Russian warplanes on Khan Sheikhon City, in southern Idlib.

Qasioun News reported that Russian warplanes conducted air strikes on the city of Khan Sheikhon, in southern Idlib, killing three civilians and wounding others.

Furthermore, Syrian regime warplanes carried out air strikes and dropped explosive barrels on the villages of Tariya and Tahtaya, in southern Idlib, causing material damage but no casualties were reported.

Syrian and Russian warplanes are intensifying their air strikes for the third day, where more than 140 air strike were conducted on the towns of Idlib and Hama.

Meanwhile, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and other opposition militias are carrying out military operations on the Syrian army locations, in northern Hama, and managed to capture several headquarters near the city of Maan.

Russia's air force killed 850 militants in Syria in last 24 hours: Interfax

[AlAhram] Russia's air force has killed about 850 militants in Syria's zone of de-escalation in Idlib in the last 24 hours, Interfax news agency quoted Russia's Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday.
Posted by: badanov || 09/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

ISIS counterattack in Hama yields 2 villages
Hama (Syria News) Militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State group managed to capture two villages, located east of Hama, from the Syrian regime forces, activists told Qasioun News.

The activists informed that the Islamic State militants captured the villages of Mas’ud and Rasm al-Awabed, east of Hama, after battles and clashes with Syrian regime forces in the vicinity of Uqayribat town.

It is noteworthy that the Syrian army forces recaptured the city of Uqayribat and the villages of Abu Hanaya and Selba, earlier this week, while tightened their grip on Selba’s oil station.
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4 Kidz die in mine attack near Hasakah

Hasakah (Syria News) A landmine explosion killed, on Wednesday, four children, in the countryside of Hasaka, local sources told Qasioun News.

The sources informed that four children were killed in the explosion of a land mine in Tal Hamis City in the countryside of Hasaka.

The government of Hasakah explained that a landmine, from the remains of the Islamic State, exploded while a number of children were playing in Tal Hamis area, northeast of Hasaka, killing four children.

Early this week, a child was killed and seven people were injured in a booby-trapped motorcycle explosion in al-Seyahi District, in the city of Qamishli, north of Hasakah.

30 families rescued in Salahuddin

Shirqat (IraqiNews.com) Paramilitary troops fighting Islamic State militants said Thursday they had rescued dozens of families in Salahuddin province as operations continue to militants’ havens.

Jabbar al-Maamouri, a senior leader at the Popular Mobilization Forces, told Alsumaria News that the troops managed to set free 30 families which the militants had tried to use as human shields as a military campaign seeks to retake the eastern side of the Islamic State-held town of Shirqat.

Maamouri said four defense lines set by IS had collapsed without resistance, while several villages were recaptured. He added that ten militants turned themselves in with security forces.

Iraqi government and paramilitary forces recaptured several villages on Thursday as the government launched a wide-scale, final operation to retake all of Islamic State’s remaining havens in Kirkuk and Salahuddin.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Joint Operations Command said Thursday that major offensives were launching to retake Islamic State last bastions in Salahuddin’s Shirqat and Kirkuk’s Hawija. Other offensives had launched earlier this week at the group’s holdouts in western Anbar’s borders with Syria.
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