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Iraqi forces move to begin operations against Kurds
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Foreigners among dead in Nangarhar
Several militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group, including some foreigners were killed in the latest counter-terrorism in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial police commandment of Nangarhar in a statement said the operations were conducted in Haska Mina district, jointly by the Afghan national defense and security forces.

The statement further added that the militants were targeted in Gagar and Payeen areas of the district, leaving six of them dead and two others wounded.

The operations were conducted with the support of the Air Power, the police commandment said, adding that two foreigners were among those killed.

No further details were given regarding the identities of the foreign insurgents and it is yet not clear to which county they belong to.

However, the majority of the foreign fighters of the terror group are comprised of the Pakistani nationals who have travelled mainly from Orakzai Agency.

In the meantime, the police commandment of Nangarhar said the local residents and security personnel have not suffered any casualties in the operations.

According to the police commandment, the operations against the terrorist groups were launched several days ago and are being taken forward by the Afghan army, commandos, national police, border police, and local police forces along with the intelligence operatives.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.
Posted by: badanov || 10/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [239 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Afghan forces prepare new offensive in Badakhshan
Security officials in Badakhshan province, in the northeast of Afghanistan, said the army and police force members are ready to launch offensives to clear Yumgan and Wardooj districts of Taliban but they have not received the permission from the central government.

“I repeat that we are always ready because we are on the first line of the battle. If the relevant organizations provide the equipment and also give the permission to us we are ready to save the people from oppression and insecurity. The residents of Yumgan and Jurm districts (in Badakhshan) have no access to education and healthcare services – due to the presence of militants,” said Abdul Wadood Rasikh, the police chief of Baharak district – which shares border with the insecure district of Yumgan.

“I can assure you that the people will get rid of the problem (insecurity), if we are allowed to launch the military operations,” said Assadullah Gaard, the police chief of Wardooj district.

He said “Taliban is in a distance of two or three kilometers far from the center of the district”.

A number of public uprising forces meanwhile said they were also ready to defend the country and join the military operations.

“We have fought against the Taliban (in Badakhshan) for the past five years. We are now ready to defend the country and support the Afghan security forces in the province,” said Mohammad Majid, commander of public uprising forces in Baharak district.

“International terrorists and al-Qaeda militants are operating in Badakhshan. We want the elimination of the terrorists in all districts and we want a large-scale military operation against them,” said Lotfullah, member of the public uprising forces in Wardooj.

Meanwhile, Badakhshan governor Ahmad Faisal Begzad said they are preparing for military operations to retake Wardooj and Yumgan districts from militants.

“We have talked with residents of Wardooj district who launched a protest recently. We discussed the decisions which are being made in the center (Kabul) to clear Wardooj (of militants). We have sent the recommendations to Kabul and a decision to retake the district will be made in the near future,” the governor said.

Yumgan and Wardooj districts fallen to the Taliban more than two years ago.
Posted by: badanov || 10/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Six Egyptian army personnel killed in North Sinai militant attack: Spox
[AlAhram] Six army personnel were killed during a murderous Moslem attack on a security checkpoint in the North Sinai city of Arish, the army's front man said in a statement on Friday.

Army forces are currently combing the area to arrest the murderous Moslems, who attacked the army personnel with grenades and automatic fire and then fled.

A number of forces of Evil were killed and injured when the army personnel returned fire, the statement added.
A Ynet article adds:
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....
said in a statement released by the group's official news agency Amaq later on Friday that at least 14 "apostates" were killed, including one policeman.

The group also said tens were maimed in the attack.
Another Ynet article adds:
Two of the button men were killed and one was injured during the exchange of fire that lasted about half an hour, security sources said. Four army personnel were also injured, they added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria convicts 45 Boko Haram members in mass trial
[DW] The individuals have received prison sentences, but the government has refused to divulge other details, such as the names of the accused or charges faced. The mass trials have drawn criticism for a lack of transparency.

A Nigerian court on Friday sentenced 45 people to prison sentences after it ruled they had been members of the terror organization Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
. The convicted individuals were part of closed-door mass trials that began earlier this week and in which 1,669 people stand accused of membership in the Islamist organization, which has been carrying out deadly attacks and kidnappings for eight years.

Nigeria's Information Minister Lai Mohammed said Friday that the 45 had been sentenced to between three and 31 years in prison. However,
by candlelight every wench is handsome...
he provided no additional information, such as names and ages of those convicted, or where they were jugged
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
and what specific charges they had faced.

Mohammed refused to provide details about the 1,669 people accused
Mohammed said only that the 45 were sentenced "following the conclusion of the first phase of the trial [in] which 575 Boko Haram suspects were arraigned."

Of those arraigned, 468 were discharged with orders to undergo deradicalization and rehabilitation programs. Another 34 cases were thrown out, leaving 28 to face trial in the central cities of Abuja or Minna.

In total, 1,669 suspects had been brought to the Kainji military barracks in the central state of Niger to face trial. The suspects will be tried either at four civilian courts that have been set up at Kainji or at a different military base in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.

Optimism and criticism
The mass trials have drawn a mixture of cautious optimism and legal criticism.

Onlookers have praised the Nigerian government for taking judicial action against the terror organization, but many have also criticized the trials' mass size and heavy secrecy, as well as the detention conditions of the accused.

Individuals facing trial are being held at military facilities that are overcrowded and often lack basic sanitary conditions. Human rights groups have accused the Nigerian government of detaining people without reasonable suspicion and denying them access to lawyers.

In addition, international organizations have voiced concern over the lack of transparency around the trials, where media and public observers are barred from entering.

"It is essential that Boko Haram forces of Evil are prosecuted and, if found guilty, held to account for killings and abuses they may have perpetrated, and that victims are able to receive justice," said Rupert Colville, the UN human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...

by candlelight every wench is handsome...
he added that "any restrictions on the public nature of a trial, including for the protection of national security, must be both necessary and proportionate."

Colville also pointed out that article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights entitles all defendants to a fair and public hearing. Nigeria is one of 74 nations that have signed the treaty.

Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people over the past eight years and displaced at least 2.2 million people, primarily from the northeastern corner of the country on the border to Chad.

In the past months, the Islamist terror group has carried out a series of deadly suicide kabooms, often with women or children as the bombers. In May 2015, the group released 82 Chibok schoolgirls who it had kidnapped three years prior.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/14/2017 01:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)

#1  If I could make my link thingy work I'd post a mass hanging link; much more appropriate than prison sentences, which just make motive for taking captives to exchange.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/14/2017 20:59 Comments || Top||

Clumsy French spy sends text message to the radical Islamist he was keeping tabs on
[TheLocal.fr] A member of the French intelligence services has landed himself in hot water after sending a text message containing information on a radical Islamist he was spying on, to the target himself.

Anyone who has accidently sent a text message to the wrong person might have some sympathy with a member of the French intelligent services who landed himself in trouble with his bosses this week.

The man, who works for the central territorial intelligence services (SCRT) had been keeping tabs on a suspected Islamist turban.

He wanted to send a text containing important intelligence on his target to a colleague.

But the spy got all his phone numbers mixed up and accidentally sent it to the very suspect he had been closely monitoring.

The "target" was reportedly quick to respond to the message, reminding the spy of how incompetent he had been. And to make matters worse he was able to warn those he had been contact with that they too were probably being listened to.

The gaffe angered those at La Belle France's main internal intelligence services the DGSI who were also spying on the suspect.

The man under surveillance was suspected of preaching an turban version of Islam in the greater Gay Paree region of Ile-de-La Belle France.

French media who picked up the story this week, described it as a "monumental blunder" as they asked the question: "How could this have happened?"

Perhaps it would not have been so serious if La Belle France had not been on high alert for further terror attacks after being targeted by jihadists in recent years.

The DGSI was forced to end their investigation into the suspect.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/14/2017 01:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [348 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  NEEDS inspector Clouseau graphic!
Posted by: gorb || 10/14/2017 1:29 Comments || Top||

#2  I hate that when that happens.
Posted by: newc || 10/14/2017 15:03 Comments || Top||

Top LeT terrorist Wasim Shah killed in encounter in Kashmir: police
[TimesOfIndia] SRINAGAR: Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Wasim Shah, believed to be the main architect of the unrest last year in south Kashmir, was gunned down along with his accomplice by security forces in an encounter early this morning in Pulwama district, police said.

Shah, 23, also known as "Abu Osama Bhai and Wasim Lefty" was killed at Litter area in Pulwama, a place considered to be a safe haven for terrorists. This is the first counter-insurgency operation in Litter area in four years.
Jammu and Kashmir police had been tracking the movements of Shah, who is considered as the "don" of Heff, another stronghold of terrorists in South Kashmir's Shopian district.

After information that he was at his hideout at Litter, police and its special operation group team cordoned off the area, police said.

Shah along with his bodyguard Nisar Ahmed Mir made an attempt to flee but could not penetrate the cordon which had been strengthened by the presence of the CRPF and Army, they said.

Shah is the gent circled in red in this photo

The only one left alive from this photo is Saddam Paddar. He has his arm, with Casio watch, around another jihadi Nasser Pandit.

In front row, left to right... Afaqullah, Samar Bhat, Anees. Behind are Nasser Pandit, Saddam Paddar, the infamous Burhan Wani, Waseem Malia, and Ishfaq Hameed. Last row is Adil Khandir, Waseem Shah and Tariq Pandit.

All except Saddam Paddar have been killed by Kashmiri Police or Indian Army.
Posted by: John Frum || 10/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba

Peshmerga close roads to Mosul
[Rudaw] ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Peshmerga forces temporarily closed the main roads connecting Erbil and Duhok to Mosul upon order to prevent any possibility of attacks on the Kurdistan Region.

Arif Taefoor, commander of the Peshmerga forces on the Khazer front, confirmed to Rudaw that they had closed the roads in order to prevent an attack on the Kurdistan Region.

“There are two roads connecting the Kurdistan Region to Mosul, one from Erbil and the other from Duhok. Both have been closed. We are waiting orders from our superiors to open them again,” Taefoor explained.

The roads were closed for just a few hours before being reopened “and the situation returned to normal after a few hours,” a senior Kurdish military official told AFP.

On Wednesday, the Kurdistan Region Security Council announced that Iraqi and Hashd al-Shaabi forces southwest of Kirkuk and north of Mosul were preparing for a major attack on the Kurdistan Region.

The threat is a dramatic escalation of tensions between Kurdistan and Iraq after the September 25 independence vote.
Posted by: badanov || 10/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [375 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  They had better leave you alone, Kurdistan. Or I will unleashe HOLY HELL on your fucked up Neighbors.

They need healing but cannot find it for trying to rip you apart too.

Stay with GOD, and tell them they need to fuck off only if you must.

They are golden. They mess with you, fuck them all.

Posted by: newc || 10/14/2017 0:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Remember why I remember Nations like Persia and Kurdistan?

Takes a long memory.
Posted by: newc || 10/14/2017 0:38 Comments || Top||

Iraqi forces move to begin operations against Kurds
KIRKUK, Iraq: The Iraqi army launched an operation to retake Kurdish-held positions around the disputed oil city of Kirkuk on Friday amid a bitter row with the Kurds over a vote for independence last month.

A senior Kurdish official said thousands of heavily armed fighters had been deployed to resist the offensive “at any cost” and called for international intervention with the federal government in Baghdad to prevent the confrontation worsening.

The Iraqi army and the Kurdish peshmerga have been key allies of the US-led coalition in its fight against the Daesh group and the threat of armed clashes between them poses a major challenge for Western governments.
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6 ISIS Bad Guys die in Tak Sufuk region near Syrian border
(IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have repelled an Islamic State attack, killing six militants on borders with Syria.

“Al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] repulsed an attack by IS in Tal Safuk region, on borders with Syria. Troops killed six militants and burned down a vehicle loaded with weapons,” a statement by the PMFs media service said on Friday.

The Shia-led PMFs were formed in 2014 as per an edict by Iraq’s top Shia clergy to combat the militant group. The troops have been actively engaged in the government’s campaign against the Islamic State that ran since mid-October, and contributed to the campaign by regaining control over IS holdouts near the Syrian borders.

IS has increasingly targeted security forces and civilians across Iraq over the past months coinciding with operations by the U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces which sought to retake areas occupied by the group since 2014.
Posted by: badanov || 10/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [235 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Salahuddin Kombat Kronicle
5 ISIS Bad Guys die in al-Siniyah

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Five Islamic State militants were killed, while the sixth was arrested as paramilitary troops repulsed an attack in north of Salahuddin, a security source said.

“The 31st brigade of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] managed on Friday to kill five IS militants and arrest the sixth in al-Siniyah region, north of Salahuddin,” the source told Baghdad Today on Friday.

On Thursday, PMFs killed an IS suicide attacker and were looking for others in north of Salahuddin, saying that several bombers were besieged in a tunnel at Makhoul mountainsز

Federal Police announced, late September, liberation of eastern Shirqat, the group’s holdout in north of the province. 225 militants had been killed since the launch of operations in Shirqat.

3 ISIS fighters die near Tal al-Hawa village

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Tribal fighters have killed three Islamic State militants hiding in northern Salahuddin, a security source said.

“Tribal Mobilization Forces managed to kill three Islamic State militants, who were hiding in the eastern side of Shirqat. Two of them were at Tal al-Hawa village, while the third was at al-Salman village,” the source told Baghdad Today on Friday.

This came within an operation carried out today to look for the remaining militants in the recently-liberated eastern Shirqat, according to the source.

Earlier on the today, al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] killed five IS suicide attackers and arrested the sixth killed, as troops repulsed an attack in al-Siniyah region, north of Salahuddin.
Posted by: badanov || 10/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Anbar Antix

3 ISIS suicide bombers die near Ramadi

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Three Islamic State suicide attackers were killed in Anbar, a paramilitary official said on Friday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, Qutri al-Obeidi, leader within the Shia-led al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), “joint troops of army and tribes managed to kill three IS suicide attackers who attempted infiltration into Baghdadi region, west of Ramadi.

“The bombers were killed in the desert of al-Akla village, southwest of Baghdadi,” Obeidi said adding that troops repulsed the attack.

Earlier on the day, the War Media Cell said the Iraqi military command urged residents in Qaim to be prepared for imminent operations to retake their region from militants. On Thursday, the Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service distributed flyers in Qaim urging Islamic State militants to surrender better than having the same destiny of other militants in liberated regions. It also urged people to stay away from the militants in order not to be used as human shields, and to remember their hideouts so troops could follow them after the town is liberated.
Posted by: badanov || 10/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin

3 wounded in bombing attack in al-Suwaib

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Three persons were wounded in a bomb blast that took place on Friday in southwest of Baghdad, a police source has said.

“An explosive device went off today near a market in Suwaib region, leaving three persons wounded,” the source told Alghad Press.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source added that the injured were taken to hospital for treatment.
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IS Attack on Displaced Syrians Kills 18
[AnNahar] A jihadist boom-mobileing targeting displaced Syrians in the northeastern province of Hasakeh on Thursday killed at least 18 people, including Kurdish security forces, a monitor said.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack was carried out by 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 and took place in an area where Syrians displaced from Deir Ezzor province usually gather.

"At least 18 people, including displaced persons and members of the Asayesh Kurdish security forces, were killed," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Two separate offensives targeting IS are underway in the eastern oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor, one by Russia-backed government forces and the other by U.S.-backed Kurdish-Arab fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

SDF front man Talal Sello confirmed a boom-mobileing targeting people displaced from Deir Ezzor, saying it took place in the Hasakeh's southern area of Abu Fass.

"Dozens of people were killed and maimed," Sello told AFP.

After the blast, "the civilians escaped towards desert areas where mines went kaboom! and the toll rose," he added, without providing further details.

Much of Hasakeh province and Hasakeh city are under the control of a Kurdish "autonomous administration" with smaller parts of both controlled by the central government.

Abu Fass is where Kurdish authorities gather people displaced by conflict before allowing them to enter camps where they can shelter, the Observatory said.

Earlier Thursday, the monitoring group, which relies on a network of sources inside war-torn Syria, said regime forces had retaken four neighborhoods in the town of Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province.

The state news agency SANA confirmed that regime forces had re-entered Mayadeen.

Last week, IS succeeded in expelling Syrian forces from Mayadeen two days after they entered the town.

A Syrian army source had recently described Mayadeen as the "military capital" of the jihadist organization in Deir Ezzor.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/14/2017 01:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Russian say 1K ISIS bad Guys infiltrated into Syria
[AlManar] More than 1,000 terrorists have entered the territory of Syria from the two provinces of Iraq where the US-led coalition is carrying out its anti-ISIL operation, the Russian General Staff has said.

Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy reported that terrorists have taken tanks, equipment and artillery rocket systems with them while coming to Syria from the provinces of Al Anbar and Nineveh.

They took part in a massive offensive with a goal of advancing deep into the Syrian territory as part of a group of 3,000 militants.

“As a result of the decisive actions of government troops with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces, the terrorists failed to achieve their goals, the ISIL counter-offensive was repelled, and the main forces of the terrorists were destroyed,” Rudskoy said at a briefing.

Rudskoy also that that some 450 terrorists have carried out an attack on the Syrian armed forces from the area near al Tanf that is controlled by the US forces. He added that the attack was successfully repelled by the Syrian armed forces with the support of Russian aviation.

The small groups of terrorists managed to block parts of the road connecting al Sukhna and Deir Ezzor, he added, stressing that the areas were liberated by Syrian troops.

Commenting on the Syrian troops’ operation in the Deir Ezzor province, Rudskoy said they have fully liberated the right bank of the Euphrates river to the north-west and west of the city of Deir ez-Zor.

“The offensive of the Syrian troops near Deir Ezzor is developing successfully. Assault units under General Hasan Sukhel with the support of Russian air forces have completely liberated the right bank of the Euphrates to the north-west and west of the city, establishing control over an area of 4,600 square kilometers [1,776 square miles],” Rudskoy said.

Source: Sputnik

Southfront.org said that ISIS troops also moved heavy equipment into Syria
Posted by: badanov || 10/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Syrian Army Combat Summary
Units of the Syrian Arab Army achieved new advance in their operations against the gatherings of ISIL terrorist organization through restoring security over Hatla village and two neighborhoods in the city of al-Mayadeen in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor province.

SANA reporter said that army units, during the past few hours, carried out operations against ISIL’s fortifications and spreading points, resulting in the eliminating of last ISIL gatherings in Hatla village on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

The reporter added that army units restored al-Halbia roundabout in al-Sahlyhia area on the northern entrance of Deir Ezzor city and continued their operations in the direction of al-Siasya Bridge, noting that all ISIS supply routes deployed in neighborhoods of the city had been cut off due to the army’s advance.

To the southeast of Deir Ezzor city, the reporter affirmed that army units managed during their intensive operations on the fighting axes of in al-Mayadeen city to advance and restore control over al-Balaoum and al-Madihi in addition to eliminating the last gatherings of ISIL in the Industrial School and the Electricity Company of the city.

In the same context, the reporter said that Syrian Air Force launched intensive raids on the movement axes of ISIL in al-Mayadeen, Zeban, Buqrus Tahtani, Buqrus Foqani, Mo Hassan, al-Boleil, al-Husseiniyeh, al-Jneineh, Hawijit Saqar and the neighborhoods of al-Ommal, al-Sinaa, al-Hamidiyeh and al-Hawiqa, which resulted in the killing of a number of terrorists and the destruction of their fortifications and vehicles.

Meanwhile, local sources in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor said that ISIL terrorists executed a person in Abu Hamam village and hanged his body to terrorize the locals who are trying to flee away from the areas where ISIL positioned.

A unit of the Army and Armed Forces downed a booby-trapped radio-controlled plane for terrorist groups over Tal al-Qab’e to the north of Khan Arnaba town in the northern countryside of Quneitra province before it reached to its destination.

SANA reporter said that an army unit has shot down a reconnaissance plane rigged with explosives for terrorist groups positioned in Jubatha al-Khashab before it reached to its destination.

Source: SANA
Posted by: badanov || 10/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Turkish forces fortify positions in Idlib
BEIRUT: Turkish forces that entered Syria’s Idlib province late on Thursday have started setting up observation positions that appear aimed at containing a Kurdish militia, a senior rebel involved in the operation said early on Friday.

“The allied Turkish armed forces have entered Syrian territory and begun setting up observation posts,” said Mustafa Sejari, an official in a Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group.

Turkey sent a convoy of about 30 military vehicles into rebel-held northwest Syria through the Bab Al-Hawa crossing in Idlib, rebels and a witness said.

President Tayyep Erdogan announced the deployment on Saturday, saying Turkey was conducting a “serious operation” with rebel groups it supports, as part of a “de-escalation” deal it agreed last month with Iran and Russia in Kazakhstan.

Turkey has been a big supporter of rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad throughout the war. But since last year Ankara has focused on securing its border, both from jihadists and from Kurdish forces that control much of the frontier area inside Syria.

The Astana agreement with Assad’s foreign allies Russia and Iran involves reducing warfare in several regions of Syria, including Idlib and adjacent swathes of the northwest, the most populous rebel-held area.

Tahrir Al-Sham, a powerful jihadist alliance that controls much of that territory, is not party to the de-escalation deal, and is at odds with some of the rebel groups that Turkey supports.

However, its forces gave an escort to the Turkish convoy late on Thursday, witnesses said, indicating that there might not be any fighting between them.

Residents of northwest Syria and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights have reported intense air raids on Idlib and nearby areas for months.

The convoy was heading toward Sheikh Barakat, a high area overlooking rebel-held territory and the Kurdish YPG-controlled canton of Afrin, the witnesses said.

“(Turkey’s deployment is) in line with Astana 6 resolutions to ensure the area is protected from Russian and regime bombing and to foil any attempt by the separatist YPG militias to illegally seize any territory,” said Sejari.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition

ISIS detains 15 yutes in Qaim

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State has detained fifteen youth in western Anbar over cooperation with security services, a source was quoted saying.

Speaking to Alghad Press on Friday, the source said, “IS detained fifteen youth from cybercafes in Qaim after inspecting their cellphones.”

“IS accused the youth of cooperation with security troops,” the source said, adding that the detainees were taken to unknown destination.

Earlier on the day, the War Media Cell said the Iraqi military command urged residents in Qaim to be prepared for imminent operations to retake their region from militants. On Thursday, the Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service distributed flyers in Qaim urging Islamic State militants to surrender better than having the same destiny of other militants in liberated regions. It also urged people to stay away from the militants in order not to be used as human shields, and to remember their hideouts so troops could follow them after the town is liberated.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

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

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
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Two weeks of WOT
Sat 2017-10-14
  Iraqi forces move to begin operations against Kurds
Fri 2017-10-13
  Iraq PM Denies Attack Plan as Tensions Rise with Kurds
Thu 2017-10-12
  British jihadi Sally Jones killed by US drone strike fleeing ISIS hell
Wed 2017-10-11
  Bangladesh arrests top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami
Tue 2017-10-10
  Nusra Front, Islamic State clash in Syria's Hama province
Mon 2017-10-09
  Syrian rebels capture ISIS HQ in Deir Ezzor
Sun 2017-10-08
  Two Saudi guards killed in attack on royal palace in Jeddah
Sat 2017-10-07
  Driver 'deliberately mows down pedestrians' outside London Museum
Fri 2017-10-06
  Iraqi premier claims victory against Islamic State in Hawija
Thu 2017-10-05
  3 Special Forces Troops Killed and 2 Are Wounded in an Ambush in Niger
Wed 2017-10-04
  Daesh defense line collapses in Hawijah as Iraqi forces liberate more villages
Tue 2017-10-03
  Key ISIS member Qari Zahid killed in US drone strike in East of Afghanistan
Mon 2017-10-02
  Terror Attack in Las Vegas - Mass Shooting - Updated 50+ dead, 400+ wounded
Sun 2017-10-01
  Kurdish secession bid in Iraq threat to entire region: Hezbollah chief
Sat 2017-09-30
  Islamic State sets oil wells on fire, urges militants evacuate villages in Hawija

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