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Mass grave with 1,500 bodies unearthed in Raqqa city
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Afghanistan
7 militants killed or wounded during clashes with Afghan commandos in Faryab
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least seven faceless myrmidons were killed or maimed during a clash between the Afghan forces and the anti-government armed faceless myrmidons in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said Thursday a clash broke out between the Afghan Commandos and faceless myrmidons in Pashtun Kot district of the province late on Wednesday night.

The statement further added that the clash took place in Sangi Zard village of the district, resulting into the killing of three faceless myrmidons while four others sustained injuries.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, the faceless myrmidons killed or maimed during the clash, belonged to a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
leader Hamidullah who is also famous as Tilani.

The Afghan commandos did not suffer any casualty during the clash, the 209th Shaheen Corps added in its statement.

Faryab is among the relatively volatile provinces in North of Afghanistan where the Talibs are active in some of its districts and often carry out terrorist related activities.

Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [79 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban’s deputy shadow governor, Red Unit in-charge killed in Ghazni
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The shadow deputy governor of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group for southeastern Ghazni province was killed along with the Red Unit in-charge of the group during the Arclight airstrikes conducted by the U.S. forces in Ghazni province.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast in a statement said a total of 12 Lions of Islam were killed during the airstrikes conducted in Moqor, Aab Band, and Andar districts.

The statement further added that the deputy shadow governor of the group Mullah Nasim also famous as Dawood Lang and Red Unit in-charge Abdullah were among those killed.

Another key Taliban group leader identified as Daru Khan was also killed during the airstrikes, the statement added.

In the meantime, the 203rd Thunder Corps said a myrmidon was killed and five others were maimed during a separate clash with the security forces in Niazi area located in the outskirts of the picturesque provincial capital of Ghazni province.

The anti-government armed myrmidon groups including Talibs have not commented regarding the report so far.

Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [102 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  A productive day. Biggies biting the dust on both sides of the border.
Posted by: Oscar Angeger2751 || 11/03/2018 15:35 Comments || Top||


Africa North
At least 7 killed, 12 injured in terrorist attack on bus carrying Copts in Upper Egypt's Minya
[Al Ahram] Egypt’s prosecutor-general Nabil Sadek has dispatched a team of prosecutors to the site of the terrorist attack on a bus which killed at least seven Copts and injured 12 near the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in Upper Egypt's Minya on Friday.

In an official statement, Sadek ordered members of northern Minya prosecution and members of Supreme State Security prosecution to the site to investigate the attack.

He also instructed the team to head to hospitals where the injured are receiving treatment to listen to their testimonies on the circumstances of the attack.

Security forces are currently searching for the unknown button men who carried out the terror attack on the bus, the sources said.

The sources added that the bus was using a back road to reach the monastery, adding that the main road to the monastery had been closed per security instructions due to the danger present in the western part of the governorate, where the monastery is located, and the lack of communication networks in the vicinity.

Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  Egypt at one point an almost entirely Christian nation. Then came Moohamhead's hordes... Hence goes Europstan.
Posted by: Woodrow || 11/03/2018 5:53 Comments || Top||


ISIS claims deadly attack on Egyptian Christians on bus near Coptic monastery
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] ISIS terrorist group claimed on Friday evening responsibility for an attack which killed seven people near an Egyptian monastery, the group’s AMAQ news agency said , without providing evidence of its involvement.

At least seven people were killed and dozens injured in shooting on two buses heading towards a Coptic Christian monastery in upper Egypt.

According to Coptic sources, unknown button men fired a barrage on two buses carrying the Copts who were on their way to the monastery of St. Samuel in Minya south of the country, killing seven people and injuring 14 others.

They also said there was heavy gunfire at a third bus, but its driver managed to steer the vehicl away from the source of the fire.

For its part, security forces quickly surrounded the area.

Searches are under way for the perpetrators.

Ambulances were rushed in to transport the injured to hospitals.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi mourned the victims of the attack on the Christian bus, vows to push ahead with campaign against Lion of Islams, on Twitter. " ... I wish speedy recovery of the maimed and confirm our determination to continue our efforts to combat black terrorism and to pursue the perpetrators."

"This incident will not undermine the will of our nation to continue its battle for survival and construction."

Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Arabia
Houthis hold 16 ships carrying migrants in Yemen’s Hodeidah, Salaif ports
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militias are holding 16 ships in Yemen’s Hodeidah and Salif ports carrying food and oil products, some of which have been in detention for more than a month, threatening to damage the cargo of some wheat and flour, the Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
said.

The center said in a statement issued on Friday that the number of vessels detained inside the port of Hodeidah are five ships carrying medicines, medical equipment, sugar and liquefied gas.

The number of vessels trapped inside the front area of in the port of Hodeidah are eight ships carrying maize, soy, wheat, flour and liquefied gas.

The statement added that the number of vessels detained inside the port of Salif were three ships, including two ships that were not allowed to unload their cargo of corn, wheat and soybeans.

They pointed out that there are 134 migrants colonists and 293 sailors of 17 Asian, European and African nationalities aboard the vessels. The total tonnage of the captured vessels is 198,860.88 tons, of which 116,880 tons of wheat, corn, sugar and soybeans, and 79,722 tons of medicine and medical equipment, and 119,022 tons of liquified gas are held.

The statement added that these vessels carry the flags of nine countries: Djibouti, Sierra Leone, Malta, Comoros, Marshall Islands, Palhams, Panama, Nigeria and Palau, calling on the international community to exercise pressure on the Houthi militias to speed up the release of these vessels and unload their cargo.

The Houthi militias had detained last April (19) vessels within the front area of the port of Hodeidah carrying on board oil derivatives for more than (26) days.

Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Home Front: WoT
'FBI Arrests Iraqi Refugee in Tucson for Building Car Bomb, Teaching Others
[PJ] The FBI arrested 30-year-old Ahmad Suhad Ahmad in Tucson, Arizona, last week following a two-year investigation.

According to the limited information contained in the two-page criminal complaint, Ahmad had told a confidential source in December 2016 that he knew how to detonate a bomb using a cell phone -- a technique he said he learned during the war in Iraq.

In April 2017, the same confidential source asked Ahmad if he knew how to make a car bomb for a target in Mexico, and if he could show him how to build one. Ahmad agreed.

A week later Ahmad showed the source an image on his cell phone of explosive materials and instructions written in Arabic, which he promised to translate into English. He also met with other sources and undercover FBI agents about planning to build the bomb.

On April 26, 2017, Ahmad traveled with the sources and the FBI undercover agents to an apartment complex in Las Vegas. He brought with him a number of items to build the bomb, including a circuit tester, electrical tape, and Permatex epoxy. The undercover agents also brought items from a list provided by Ahmad.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/03/2018 01:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under:

#1  POS. Rope tree and so on.
Posted by: Woodrow || 11/03/2018 5:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Now openly discussing 'sources and methods' are they ?

Don't suppose the Bureau has any "confidential sources" that might be willing to discuss the Las Vegas sniper shootings or the Boston Marathon bombing ?

It would appear the potential sources for those unfortunate incidents have all somehow vaporized.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/03/2018 6:15 Comments || Top||

#3  ...you think the Bureau is feeling a little heat these days?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/03/2018 7:47 Comments || Top||

#4  ...you think the Bureau is feeling a little heat these days?

Yes, but unfortunately the dead will not be returning.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/03/2018 7:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Not a refugee. He is an invader. Treat him as such.
Posted by: Albert Gray3362 || 11/03/2018 11:55 Comments || Top||

#6  Yes, but unfortunately the dead will not be returning.

Unless they are in Chicago, in which case they are voting next week.
Posted by: Albert Gray3362 || 11/03/2018 11:56 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Maulana Samiul Haq assassinated at Rawalpindi residence
[DAWN] Influential religious scholar and former senator Maulana Samiul Haq
...the Godfather of the Taliban, leader of his own faction of the JUI. Known as Mullah Sandwich for his habit of having two young boys at a time...
has been assassinated at his residence in Rawalpindi, his son has confirmed.

Maulana Hamidul Haq said his octogenarian father was stabbed to death while he was resting in his room.

"His driver Haqqani had gone out. On his return, he saw that Maulana Sami was lying in his bed in a pool of blood," Hamid said while talking to Geo News.

The news of his death comes at a sensitive time, with religio-political parties out on the streets protesting the Supreme Court's acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, in a blasphemy case.

Maulana Sami, the chief of his own faction of the Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
, was unable to take part in the protest that was underway against Bibi's acquittal due to road blockades and had returned home, his son said.

"He was stabbed multiple times," Maulana Hamid said. Maulana Sami's driver/gunman had left the house, located in Bahria Town, for approximately 15 minutes when he was stabbed.

Yousaf Shah, the maulana's front man, said the attacker's identity and their motive were not immediately known.

Police have started an investigation into the killing.

The dear departed's body was taken to his hometown Akora Khattak where he will be laid to rest tomorrow afternoon. No post-mortem was conducted, DawnNewsTV reported.

Maulana Sami, said to be around 82 years old, was the head of the Darul Uloom Haqqania
...an Islamic seminary located in Akora Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The seminary propagates the Deobandi trend of Sunni Islam and is headed by Maulana Samiul Haq, known as the Godfather of the Taliban. It has been dubbed The University of Jihad due to the methods and content of instruction along with the future occupations of its alumni....
seminary in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Akora Khattak.

He was a member of the Senate of Pakistain from 1985 to 1991 and again from 1991 to 1997.

He had been aligned with the ruling Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
for the July 25, 2018 election.

Prime Minister Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
's party had sought to work closely with him to implement various reforms and mainstream madrassah education.

Maulana Sami was an influential figure among members of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistain border.

Last month, a high-level delegation from Afghanistan had called on Sami, known as the "Father of the Taliban", at Darul Uloom Haqqania and urged him to play a role in resolving the Afghan issue.

The delegation had appealed to the JUI-S chief to play the role of a mediator between different groups of Taliban as they considered him [Maulana Sami] their elder. The delegation members assured him that they would accept his decision for reconciliation in Afghanistan.

Maulana Sami had told them that the Afghan issue was very complicated and its resolution was not an easy task for him. However,
some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
he had said he wished to see a logical end to the Afghan issue and an end to bloodshed in the country.

Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Ulema Islami

#1  Shaitan claims another of his own. Enjoy.
Posted by: Thraimp Untervehr3759 || 11/03/2018 9:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Ululululul! Daddy Taliban is daid! A disgruntled "student"?
Posted by: Oscar Angeger2751 || 11/03/2018 15:06 Comments || Top||


Hamid Gul's son claims surviving attempt on life
[DAWN] Abdullah Gul, son of former ISI chief Hamid Gul
The nutty former head of Pakistain's ISI, now Godfather to Mullah Mohammad Blinky Omar's Talibs and good buddy and consultant to al-Qaeda's high command...
, on Friday claimed to have survived an attempt on his life, saying his vehicle came under fire on the Islamabad Expressway.

Talking to media persons outside Safari Hospital, where the body of slain JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul Haq
...the Godfather of the Taliban, leader of his own faction of the JUI. Known as Mullah Sandwich for his habit of having two young boys at a time...
has been kept, Abdullah said armed assailants opened fire on his vehicle on the Islamabad Expressway. However,
a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
he remained unhurt in the attack.

Maulana Sami had been assassinated at his residence in Rawalpindi just hours earlier. Person or persons unknown stabbed the holy man to death while he was alone, initial reports said.

Maulana Sami, said to be around 83 years old, was the head of the Darul Uloom Haqqania
...an Islamic seminary located in Akora Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The seminary propagates the Deobandi trend of Sunni Islam and is headed by Maulana Samiul Haq, known as the Godfather of the Taliban. It has been dubbed The University of Jihad due to the methods and content of instruction along with the future occupations of its alumni....
seminary in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Akora Khattak.

Maulana Sami and Abdullah's father, retired Lt Gen Hamid Gul, had both been involved in Afghan war at various stages.

Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  ...saying his vehicle came under fire on the Islamabad Expressway.

Sonny Corleone at the tollbooth, Part II?
Posted by: Raj || 11/03/2018 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Coincidence? I don't think so. There has recently been a change in ISI leadership. Perhaps a house-cleaning was in order. Or ordered.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 11/03/2018 7:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Someone perforated Sami? Praise to Allan!
Posted by: Frank G || 11/03/2018 7:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Change in ISI leadership? I must’ve missed that, darn it.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/03/2018 21:38 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Mosul and Ninevah clearance continues: 8 kaboomed, 19 turbans permanently unwound by federales


Bomb blast leaves 8 people, including army soldier, killed, injured in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) An Iraqi soldier was killed, while seven others were injured in a bomb blast targeting a military patrol, west of Mosul, an army source said on Thursday.

Speaking to BasNews website, Col. Hikmat Jamal said “the blast of a bomb, placed by unidentified gunmen, targeted an army patrol, leaving a soldier killed and seven others wounded.”

Security troops, according to the source, “transferred the wounded to a hospital in Mosul and conducted investigations.”

The source also indicated other incident of a civilian abduction in Rabi’a region, west of the city.

Iraqi federal police kill 19 Islamic State militants in Nineveh

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Federal Police forces killed 19 Islamic State militants during a sweeping operation in Nineveh province, the service’s commander declared on Friday.

Raed Shaker Jawdat said in a statement that air force-backed troops besieged a group of Islamic State fighters in Makhmur region, between Nineveh and Salahuddin provinces, while combing the area.

He said a few firearms and a foodstuff depot were found after the encounter.
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Salahuddin province proceedings: 2 innocents kaboomed, 11 turbans permanently unwound


Two civilians wounded in bomb blast in Salahuddin province

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Two civilians were wounded in a bomb blast in Biji, Salahuddin province, a security source said on Thursday.

Speaking to Mawazin News website, the source said “a bomb went off, targeting a vehicle carrying fuel in the 600 region in Biji.”

The explosion, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, “left two civilians wounded.”

11 IS members killed in operation, northwest of Salahuddin: Commander

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Eleven Islamic State members were killed in a security operation, northwest of Salahuddin province, a commander was quoted saying on Thursday.

In a statement, Safaa al-Saadi, commander of Salahuddin within al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), said “troops, backed by army jets, carried out an operation in Wadi al-Therthar region, northwest of the province.”

The operation, according to Saadi, “left 11 Islamic State members killed, a rest house destroyed and explosives and weapons seized.”
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/03/2018 00:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [86 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Egyptian delegation tours Gaza clashes as promised calm largely holds
[IsraelTimes] Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", member says violence reined in to give Egyptian truce efforts a chance but warns of escalation if blockade not lifted

An Egyptian security delegation toured the Gazoo border protests Friday, and even though thousands of Paleostinians turned up, they were the quietest in several months, witnesses said.

The visit came amid efforts by Egypt to broker a ceasefire between Israel and the Gazoo Strip’s Hamas rulers.

The delegation briefly attended the demonstrations in northern Gazoo, a statement from the head of the organizing committee said. Eyewitnesses said a car carrying the delegation briefly drove to a protest site a few hundred meters from the border, before departing.

A senior Hamas member said the festivities were scaled down to give diplomatic efforts a chance amid talk of a breakthrough in months of Egyptian-led negotiations.

Khalil al-Hayya said the terror group is "testing" Egyptian-led efforts to broker a ceasefire to ease an 11-year-old blockade on Gazoo.

Fiercer festivities will resume if the blockade remains in place, al-Hayya warned.

Israel and Egypt largely sealed their borders with Gazoo after Hamas seized control in 2007 from the Paleostinian Authority, citing a need to prevent weapons smuggling.

Thousands again gathered at multiple sites near the frontier Friday but largely stayed away from the border fence, AFP correspondents said.

Security forces loyal to Hamas prevented protesters from approaching the border too closely, the correspondents said.

The Haaretz daily put turnout at some 7,000 demonstrators and quoted the Israel Defense Forces as saying about half of those present approached the border fence, while the rest remained at a distance and did not clash with soldiers.

The protest ended earlier than usual.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gazoo said 32 Paleostinians were maimed during the protests, including seven by Israeli fire, which The News Agency that Dare Not be Named said was the lowest casualty figures reported since the start of the demonstrations.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [76 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Southeast Asia
Two Abu Sayyaf captives rescued in Sulu
[SunStar] Five kidnap victims, including a child, were separately rescued while four Abu Sayyaf rebels were arrested by Philippine troops in Sulu province. Rescued were Jose Duterte and seven-year-old Radzmalyn Astah of Zamboanga del Norte and Tawi-Tawi, respectively, the Sulu Provincial Police Office said.

Police said troops from Joint Task Force Sulu and Naval Forces Western Mindanao rescued Duterte Thursday afternoon in Kandayok village, Panamao, Sulu. His rescue came after the soldiers managed to zero in on his location in Panamao town.

Five Abu Sayyaf militants seized Duterte and his wife, Jessica, on March 3, 2017 at their residence in the village of Sta. Maria, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte. The rebels forced the couple to board on a waiting motorboat that sped off to the high seas. Jessica was rescued on October 31, 2017 in Basilan province.

The police said four militants were arrested when Astah was rescued by policemen on Thursday afternoon in the village of Walled City, Jolo, Sulu. They said the arrest was made after the payoff of ransom between the victim’s grandfather and Abu Sayyaf.

Astah was seized by rebels who pretended to buy gasoline from the business establishment of the Astah family in the evening of June 25 at Sitio Polao Pinang in Himba village, Tandubas, Tawi-Tawi. Astah’s mother was wounded when she was seized as her father, Rahim, put up a struggle that sparked a brief shootout.
Posted by: ryuge || 11/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [109 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
'US, Turkish forces begin joint Syria patrols as Turkey continues to strike Kurds
[France24] Turkish and US troops began joint patrols around the northern Syrian town of Manbij on Thursday, even as Turkey continued to shell nearby positions held by Washington’s Kurdish allies.

Turkish military advances into northern Syria over the past two years have put US forces directly in the path of advancing troops from Turkey, Washington's main NATO ally in the region.

The two countries have been working to avert direct confrontation, even as Turkey aims to crush the Kurdish YPG militia. Considered a terrorist group by Ankara, the YPG forms the main part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that Washington backs with arms, air support and around 2,000 special forces troops on the ground in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.

To avert more fighting, the United States and Turkey agreed three months ago to hold joint patrols around the strategic town of Manbij on the west bank of the Euphrates, under a deal that also saw Kurdish fighters withdraw from the city they had captured at great cost from the IS group.

But as the joint patrols were due to begin this week, Turkey announced a new offensive against the Kurds on the opposite bank of the river, into territory where the SDF has US troop support.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/03/2018 07:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Mass grave with 1,500 bodies unearthed in Raqqa city
[ALMASDARNEWS] A new mass grave was unearthed in the placid provincial capital of the al-Raqqa Governorate, today, a Syrian military commander reported.

According to Captain Jamal al-’Issa, a mass grave with 1,500 bodies was uncovered by locals in the Panorama area of Raqqa city this week.

Captain Issa said that the mass grave was filled with people killed by the U.S. Coalition’s attack on Raqqa city last year.
Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Turkish military attacks Syria’s Hasakah province
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish military has expanded their attack in northern Syria, today, with a new strike on the al-Hasakah province.

According to a report from northern Syria, the Ottoman Turkish military struck the positions of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) along the Hasakah-The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor....
border.

The Ottoman Turkish military reportedly struck the Syrian Democratic Forces’ positions near the key town of Ras al-’Ayn, which is located just east of the al-Raqqa Governorate.

This attack by the Ottoman Turkish military comes just hours after the Syrian Democratic Forces and U.S. Army began joint patrols in Tal al-Abyad and Kobani (var. ’Ayn al-’Arab).

The Ottoman Turkish military often avoids attacking the al-Hasakah Governorate because of the absence of rebel forces in the area; however, due to US-SDF joint patrols, they have shifted their attention northwestern Hasakah.
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Jihadist reinforcements pour into Idlib buffer zone as situation worsens in northwest Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] The situation in the northwestern region of Syria has fallen apart, as the warring parties trade attacks against one another in the Idlib buffer zone.

Speaking to al-Masdar News earlier today, a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) officer in Hama reported that the jihadist rebels have reinforced the Idlib buffer zone and strengthened their front-lines.

The Syrian Arab Army officer said that the jihadist rebels have moved their reinforcements to the Sukeek, al-Taman’ah, and Jurjanaz fronts in the southern countryside of Idlib.

This move by the jihadist rebels this afternoon comes just hours after the Syrian Arab Army launched a big attack across the Idlib buffer zone.

The Syrian opposition has accused the government forces of killing at least ten civilians and wounding another 17 people during this large-scale attack.
Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


US, Turkey begin joint patrols in Syrian city
[DAWN] Troops from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
and the United States launched joint patrols in the northern Syrian city of Manbij on Thursday, the Ottoman Turkish defence minister said, part of a bid to ease tensions between the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and structure....
allies.

"The joint patrol in Manbij between Ottoman Turkish armed forces and the US began today at 3.53pm," Defence Minister Hulusi Akar told politicians, according to state-run news agency
...and if you can't trust the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
Anadolu.

The city is controlled by the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia, which Turkey considers a terrorist group.

The patrol took place around the Sajur River that divides Manbij and the region of Jarabulus, which was captured by Ottoman Turkish-backed Syrian rebels from the bad boy 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 2016 during Ankara’s first offensive in northern Syria.

Manbij was captured from IS by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella group dominated by the YPG.

Ankara has repeatedly threatened to attack the city and earlier this week President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey...
said Turkey had completed preparations for a new operation to "destroy" the YPG in northern Syria.

There are US forces in the Sunni Arab-majority Manbij ‐ which lies just 30 kilometres south of the Ottoman Turkish border ‐ and Washington has been closely working with the YPG in the fight against IS.

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