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U.S. jet fighters kill 25 Islamic State militants in Kirkuk
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Africa Horn
US Carried Out Airstrike In Somalia, Kills At Least 4 Al-Shabab Fighters
[RADIOSHABELLE] In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted a collective self-defense Arclight airstrike targeting al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
turbans in the vicinity of Araara, Somalia, on November 3, 2018.

We currently assess this airstrike killed four (4) Death Eaters.

We currently assess no civilians were maimed or killed in this airstrike.

The airstrike was conducted after armed turbans were maneuvering to attack partner forces during a patrol. No U.S. service members were present on the ground during this Somali-led operation.

U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect U.S. citizens and to disable terrorist threats. This includes partnering with AMISOM and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) in combined counterterrorism operations and targeting terrorists, their training camps, and their safe havens throughout Somalia and the region.

Posted by: Fred || 11/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Egypt police kill 19 involved in Coptic monastery attack; Ministry, gov’t pays compensation
[AlAhram] Egyptian police have killed 19 button men involved in an ambush that killed seven Coptic Christians south of Cairo two days ago, the interior ministry said.

Security forces tracked the "terrorists" who belong to a cell that carried out the attack to a hideout in a mountainous region west of Minya governorate, where Friday's attack took place, the ministry said in a statement published on its official Facebook page on Sunday.

The men were killed in a shootout after they opened fire on security forces as they approached them, the statement added.

The ministry published photos of bloodied bodies with their faces concealed and assault rifles and shotguns lying beside them.

Gunmen on Friday opened fire on two buses carrying Christians near the Monastery of St Samuel the Confessor in Minya, some 260 km south of Cairo, killing seven and wounding 18 others. Six of those killed were of the same family.

The attack, the latest in a series of assaults targeting the country's Christian minority, was claimed 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, according to the group’s Amaq news agency.

The group was also behind another attack that killed 28 people in almost the same spot in May 2017.

Egypt social solidarity minister orders EGP 100,000 for families of martyrs in Minya terror attack

[AlAhram] Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali ordered on Saturday EGP 100,000
...that’s US$5581.29, a little below Egypt’s average yearly salary...
compensation for the families of those killed in the terror attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians to Saint Samuel the Confessor monastery in Upper Egypt's Minya on Friday.

The minister also ordered EGP 50,000
...slightly less than six months of an average Egyptian’s salary...
compensation for all victims who were seriously injuried and EGP 2000
...one week’s salary...
for all others injured in the attack.

The terror attack killed seven Copts and left 10 injured.

Minister Wali and Minister of Health Hala Zayed visited the injured victims at Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Cairo's 6th October district early Saturday.

All the injured were first transported to local Minya hospitals before some were transported to Sheikh Zayed hospital.

Minister Zayed said in brief statements on Saturday to state TV that all injured victims conditions are stable.

She added that some of the injured have undergone surgeries and will be released soon from the hospital.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pie fight, Bella opened her mouth at precisely the wrong moment...
Wali stressed that her ministry is following up with the victim’s families to ensure that all their needs are met.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Fighting breaks out in Libya’s Sabratha
[Libya Observer] The commander of the so-called Anti-ISIS Operations Room in Sabratha (75 kilometers away from Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
) Omar Abdeljalil said they had thwarted an attack by gangs that was trying to control the city.

Abdeljalil told news hounds on Sunday that the gangs tried to enter Sabratha from the southern part but "our forces managed to foil the attack," adding that they lost nobody and none of the fighters were maimed.

High alert was announced in Sabratha Educational Hospital after maimed persons started arriving in there.

Local sources reported that fighting broke out Sunday morning between Salafist Brigade "Al-Wadi" which is under the umbrella of Anti-ISIS Operations Room that is controlling Sabratha and forces headed by Brigade 148 led by Ahmmed al-Dabbashi (A.K.A. al-Ammo) which were trying to enter the city.

"Clashes were reported in Sabratha’s Jafara district in the southern part of the city against forces of Military Council of Sabratha led by al-Taher al-Gharabli." An official at the city’s security department said, adding that study in schools was suspended and students were sent home due to the festivities, besides closing shops and state institutions due to exchange of fire started by "sleeper cells."

The Head of the military council, al-Gharabli, has not yet commented on the festivities.

Meanwhile,
...back at the revival hall, the SWAT team had finally arrived...
several media outlets linked the attack Sunday with the threats made previously by the western military zone’s commander Osama al-Juwaili who vowed to drive out Sabratha the Salafist al-Wadi Brigade.

However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
the western military zone did not comment on the festivities.

Posted by: Fred || 11/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [91 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Military commander at Libya’s Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous Operation survives assassination
[Libya Observer] The deputy chief of the Sirte Protection and Security Force (SPSF) Ali Erfida was targeted by an liquidation attempt on Sunday in al-Khums city as he was heading to Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, front man of SPSF Taha Hadid said.

Erfida was sent to al-Khums Hospital and his health condition was very critical after his car was shot at by button men.

According to local sources from al-Khums, Erfida’s body suffered several wounds and had to undergo a surgery to stop bleeding.

"There should be a swift and thorough investigation into the incident." The SPSF said in a statement.

Erfida is from al-Khums city. He was a navy officer but left to be part of al-Bunyan al-Marsous operation in the fight against ISIS, then he became a part of the SPSF.

Al-Khums is suffering from lack of security and a heavy presence for gangs with extreme ideologies such as Salafism-Madkhalism.

Armed groups also control most vital institutions and facilities in al-Khums such as the port.

Posted by: Fred || 11/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  "At its core, Madkhalism is an offshoot of Salafi thought, but with a few differences. Unlike certain other Salafi groups, Madkhali teachings are especially popular with more autocratic Islamic regimes around the world, as they combine the dogmatism of mainstream Salafi thought with an unwavering devotion to those in power. Specifically, the role of wali al-amr (literally one vested with authority) is considered inviolable, as a direct gift from God."
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 11/05/2018 7:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Specifically, the role of wali al-amr (literally one vested with authority) is considered inviolable, as a direct gift from God."

Oh goody — more fanatics. Thank you for sharing that, Chereting Pelosi1889.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/05/2018 19:43 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Yemeni army makes strategic gains east of Hodeidah
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Yemeni armed forces made strategic gains on Sunday after reaching al-Saleh city east of Hodeidah as fierce battles are being fought beyond the Kilo 19 area.

The Yemeni Defense Ministry said that those advances were made by the national army’s elite unit- the Giant Brigades- and local forces known by the name Tihama Resistance- loyal to Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and fighting alongside the Arab coalition backing the legitimate government.

The national army also took control of the "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...
Mobile" roundabout, gaining control of the faculty of Engineering in the city.

The Yemeni army battled 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 on the southern entrance of Hodeidah after an offensive operation launched from al-Manar district.

Fierce battles also continue in several axes amid military field progress.

According to military sources, the Houthi militias suffered dozens of deaths and injuries among their fighters, as well as the destruction of ammunition and military equipment.

Earlier in the day, sources reported that a senior Houthi field commander was killed along with 15 other bandidos gunnies in festivities with the Yemeni army in Hodeidah.

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Yemeni forces carry out Parachute landing in Maran mountain, Houthis’ stronghold
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Yemeni national army, backed by the Arab coalition carried out a parachute landing by special forces and counterterrorism forces, in the mountains of Maran, south of the governorate of Saada, the military stronghold of the pro-Iranian 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.

Major-General of the Special Forces, Colonel Ahmed al-Musabi, said that "the National army forces carried out an air landing on Thursday behind the enemy lines, during which they gained control of a number of positions in the mountainous region, paving the way for reinforcements to come in.

He added that the operation was "carried out by well-trained units" of the national army.

He pointed out that the Yemeni army forces are working in cooperation with the security forces to complete securing the liberated positions in the directorate of al-Dhaher, and the extraction of Houthi mines, in preparation for the return of citizens to their homes.

Over the past two days, the Yemeni army advanced more than 40 kilometers toward Maran, amid heavy casualties among the Houthi militias.

Posted by: Fred || 11/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Bahrain opposition chief gets life in jail over Qatar spy case
[PULSE.NG] Bahrain sentenced the head of the country's Shiite opposition movement to life in prison Sunday for spying for rival Gulf state Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
in a ruling rights groups have called a travesty.

Sheikh Ali Salman, who headed the now-banned al-Wefaq movement, and two of his aides had been acquitted by the high criminal court in June, a verdict the public prosecution appealed.

The public prosecutor said in a statement that the three had been unanimously sentenced by the appeals court for "acts of hostility" against Bahrain and "communicating with Qatari officials... to overthrow constitutional order".

Bahrain, along with Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
and the United Arab Emirates, severed all ties with Qatar in 2017, banning their citizens from travel to or communication with the emirate over its alleged ties to both Iran and radical Islamist groups.

Sunday's verdict against the charismatic Shiite holy man can still be appealed.

Ruled for more than two centuries by the Sunni al-Khalifa dynasty, Bahrain has been hit by waves of unrest since 2011, when security forces crushed Shiite-led protests demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister.

Opposition movements, both religious and secular, have been outlawed and hundreds of dissidents have been imprisoned -- many of them stripped of their citizenship in the process.

'UNLAWFUL VERDICT'
Salman's al-Wefaq was dissolved by court order in 2016.

Another opposition group, the leftist National Democratic Action Society, or al-Waad, was banned the following year over allegations of links to terrorists.

Salman is currently serving a four-year sentence in a separate case -- "inciting hatred" in the kingdom.

Human rights groups have said cases against activists in Bahrain -- men and women, religious and secular -- fail to meet the basic standards of fair trials.

Advocacy groups like Amnesia Amnesty International slammed Sunday's ruling against the 53-year-old Salman and his aides, Hassan Sultan and Ali al-Aswad as political reprisal.

Posted by: Fred || 11/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Battles rock Yemen port city as UN warns of 'living hell'
[DAWN] Intensified fighting shook a key rebel-held port city on Yemen's Red Sea coast on Sunday, leaving dozens dead as the United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
warned that children in the war-torn country face "a living hell".

The bloodshed comes despite growing international pressure to end a years-long conflict that has killed thousands and pushed the impoverished Arabian Peninsula nation to the brink of famine.

Fifty-three 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 ...
rebels have been killed and dozens maimed in battles and air strikes over the past 24 hours in Hodeida, according to medical sources in the port city, which is a key gateway for humanitarian aid.

Military officials said Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out dozens of air strikes early Sunday to support pro-government forces in fighting that appear to be approaching the city's main university.

Houthi media reported air strikes in Hodeida on Sunday but did not give a fighter casualty toll.

Thirteen pro-government troops were killed, according to medical sources in Aden and Mokha, where their bodies were transported.

Nearly three-quarters of the country's imports flow through Hodeida, from where they are transported by land to areas further north.

The port is controlled by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels and under blockade by Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
and its allies in a government coalition.

Posted by: Fred || 11/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Praying both sides lose.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 11/05/2018 18:06 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Five Iraqis, including three pupils, injured in bomb blast near Iraqi school
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Five Iraqis, including three schoolboys, were maimed Sunday in a boom-mobile blast near a school in al-Shirqat district in Salahuddin, a police commander said.

"A booby-trapped vehicle went off near al-Shirqat primary school, leaving three pupils and two coppers maimed," the province’s police chief colonel Majid al-Ghatran told Mawazin news website.

Surveillance cameras have shown a masked man wearing a military uniform and parking his car near the school’s gates, he said, adding that after about an hour and a half, the car went kaboom!, causing severe damage to the school’s facade.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/05/2018 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under:


U.S. jet fighters kill 25 Islamic State militants in Kirkuk
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi security forces killed on Sunday 25 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....
snuffies and destroyed two of their hotbeds during air raids in northwestern Kirkuk province, a commander of Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism forces said.

Speaking to Al Ekhbariya news website, Major General Maan al-Saadi, the commander of the Iraqi Special Forces 2nd Division, said that the U.S.-led international coalition warplanes targeted a hotbed of Islamic State near Dibris heights in northwestern Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
leaving six holy warriors dead.

"Another Arclight airstrike by the international coalition killed 19 Islamic State terrorists, who were hiding inside a 500-meter-long tunnel," al-Saadi said, adding that the two hotbeds were used as hideouts by the slain IS turbans.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/05/2018 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Two members of Islamic State’s Amniya security agency arrested in Mosul
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Two Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
forces of Evil were jugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
Sunday in the second largest Iraqi city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, the Iraqi interior ministry said.

"A force from Nineveh police caught two Islamic State members in al-Amel district in Mosul’s eastern side," Baghdad Today website quoted the ministry’s front man Maj. Gen. Saad Maan as saying.

He added that the pair were members of Islamic State’s top security agency, known as Amniya.
...which was headed by former Saddam Hussein intelligence offcer and ISIS Number 2 Ayad al-Jumaili, alias Abu Yahya, the war minister, until he died suddenly in an Iraq air strike last year.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/05/2018 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Two Iraqi farmers wounded as bomb blast hits Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Two Iraqi farmers were maimed Sunday in a kaboom in northeastern Diyala, a security source from the province was quoted saying.

"An explosive charge placed by forces of Evil went off inside a farm on the outskirts of al Miqdadiyah, leaving two farmers maimed," the source told Al Ekhbariya news website.

He added that the injured were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/05/2018 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [91 views] Top|| File under:


Blasts across Baghdad kill six people, say sources
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Explosions in several Shiite-majority districts in Iraq’s capital late Sunday killed six people, most of them civilians, and maimed several others, police and medical sources said.

In northern Baghdad’s Aden roundabout area, two non-combatants were killed and another six maimed by a blast near a bus stop, the sources told AFP.

A bomb in the nearby Tarmiyah neighborhood targeted an military convoy, killing a soldier and wounding two others.

A government employee was killed in the southwestern area of al-Sahha when explosives attached under his car were detonated, according to a police officer and medical source.

In the eastern district of Sadr City, two people were killed and four maimed in two kabooms in the conservative Shiite neighborhood.

And two other blasts went off on busses in other parts of Baghdad’s northeast, wounding seven.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for any of the kabooms.

Sadr City is the former bastion of the Mahdi Army, which fought US troops and was blamed for the killings of thousands of Sunni Moslems.

The militia was led by Shiite holy man Moqtada Sadr, whose political alliance triumphed in this year’s parliamentary elections.

Violence peaked in Iraq during 2006 and 2007, when sectarian tensions were at their highest.

But it has fallen across Iraq and particularly Baghdad since the government declared victory over the ISIS myrmidon group in December.

Clandestine myrmidon cells remain across the country and have waged guerrilla-type attacks against government posts.

Posted by: Fred || 11/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israel raids office of Palestinian Jerusalem governor
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Israeli forces raided the offices of the Paleostinian governor of Jerusalem on Sunday, authorities said, after reports of an investigation related to a land sale.

Israeli authorities confirmed the raid in al-Ram, just on the other side of Israel’s separation wall from Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, but provided few details.

It came after Israel’s detention of the Paleostinian governor, Adnan Gheith, on October 20. He was released two days later.

The Paleostinian Authority’s (PA) Jerusalem affairs minister, Adnan al-Husseini, told AFP that Israeli forces confiscated documents and material during the raid.

The same building houses his ministry and the governor’s office, both of which he said were raided in the first such Israeli action.

Paleostinian government front man Yusuf Mahmud said it was a "dangerous escalation of the occupation and a flagrant violation of all international laws and agreements".

Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security agency said in a statement a joint raid with police and the army was over "illegal activity by the PA in Jerusalem".

It said "various materials were seized which will be examined by security bodies."

Asked to specify which illegal activity, the Shin Bet said only that all the Paleostinian Authority’s activity in Jerusalem was illegal.

PA wages campaign against Palestinians selling lands to Jews in east J'lem

[Ynet] After Palestinian Authority detains east Jerusalem resident on suspicion of selling lands to Jews, security forces raid Palestinian General Intelligence offices, confiscating computers and documents; 2 Palestinians wounded during the raid.
Posted by: Fred || 11/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian rights group says 16 individuals died after torture in detention centers
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Syrian Network for Human Rights has reported that 16 detainees opposed to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
in Syria have "died due to torture" in a report on ongoing violations inside detention centers.

The report released earlier this month, said "no fewer than 16 individuals died due to torture in Syria in October".

The report noted that 14 have died at the hands of Syrian regime, while Kurdish Self-Management forces were responsible for two deaths.

According to the report, the highest number of deaths due to torture in October was recorded in Aleppo and Damascus, with three individuals killed under torture in each.

The remaining corpse count is distributed as follows: Two in Hama, two in Deir Ez-Zour, two in Hasaka, one in Damascus, one in Daraa, one in Homs, and one in Idlib.

Posted by: Fred || 11/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Amid renewed tension, US forces patrol Syria’s northeast near Turkish border
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] US forces on Sunday patrolled an area in northeastern Syria bordering The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor....
after renewed tensions between Ankara and Syrian Kurds, a front man and an AFP news hound said.

Three armored vehicles carrying soldiers wearing the US flag on their uniform arrived in the Kurdish-held northeastern border town of al-Darbasiyah, the correspondent said.

Turkey last week raised threats against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria, shelling their positions and flagging a possible new offensive.

The Kurds spearhead the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance, backed by the US-led coalition that has been fighting ISIS krazed killer group in Syria.

Coalition front man Sean Ryan said Sunday’s patrol was the second in a week, after a first one by US forces on Friday.

"The US forces’ assurance patrols enable us to maintain safety and security in the region," he said, but are not carried out "on a regular basis".

An SDF front man said the US patrols, in coordination with the SDF, were directly linked to recent tensions between the Kurds and Ankara.

"They are not routine patrols. They are directly linked to these threats. The objective is to call on Turkey to stop its aggression," Mustefa Bali said.

Sunday’s patrols were headed towards Ras al-Ain, around 50 kilometres (30 miles) to the west of al-Darbasiyah along the frontier, he said.

The US State Department has said it had been in touch with both the SDF and Turkey to push for de-escalation.

Turkey accuses Syria’s Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG)- which form the backbone of the SDF- of being "terrorists".

In what appeared to be an attempt by Washington to appease Turkey, US and Ottoman Turkish troops on Thursday launched joint patrols on the outskirts of the northern city of Manbij.

Although the YPG claim to have pulled out of the city after the SDF seized it from ISIS in 2016, Ankara has recently complained that the group still has a presence there, repeatedly threatening military action.

Posted by: Fred || 11/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


ISIS says hits Syria’s Raqqa with car bomb
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A boom-mobile went kaboom! near a military position in Syria’s Raqqa on Sunday, local authorities and a war monitor said, and ISIS hard boy group said it was behind the blast.

The blast came a day after the liquidation of a local council leader in the city, the former Syrian capital of the krazed killer group’s self-declared caliphate, which was seized a year ago by US-backed Kurdish-led fighters.

Raqqa security forces said a civilian had been killed and several people, including civilians and fighters injured. The war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the blast caused "a large number" of casualties.

ISIS said in a statement that it had detonated the bomb, targeting fighters from the Kurdish YPG militia, the strongest element in the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) group that drove the Lions of Islam from Raqqa last year.

The SDF is battling ISIS fighters in one of their last patches of territory in Syria, along the north bank of the Euphrates river close to the Iraqi border.

The Lions of Islam took advantage of bad weather on Sunday to attack SDF positions, killing a dozen fighters, the Observatory
reported.

Syrian state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
reported on Sunday that the Syrian army was assaulting the hard boys’ other remaining pocket of ground in the desert area in Sweida province in southern Syria.

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