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Russian, Syrian warplanes unleash all-out attack on ISIS in northeast Hama as army prepares to eliminate pocket
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Africa North
Bomb blast kills 2 policemen in Egypt’s Sinai
[AA.TR] Two coppers were killed in a kaboom in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, according to local media.

A device was remotely detonated as a police vehicle was passing by in southern Arish city in northern Sinai, killing two police conscripts, al-Akhbar daily said.

Five other conscripts were maimed in the attack.

Egyptian authorities have yet to issue an official statement on the attack, for which no group has grabbed credit.

The Sinai Peninsula has remained the epicenter of a deadly Death Eater insurgency since 2013, when Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first freely-elected president, was ousted in a military coup.

Since then, hundreds of Egyptian security personnel in Sinai have been killed in Death Eater attacks, especially in the peninsula's volatile northeastern quadrant, which shares borders with both Gazoo and Israel.
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

At least 20 migrants found drowned near Spanish enclave of Melilla
[SPA.GOV.SA] At least 20 migrants colonists drowned near the Spanish enclave of Melilla on the Moroccan coast, Spanish media reported on Sunday.

The floating bodies of the migrants colonists were found by a passenger ship on Saturday and later recovered by Spanish and Moroccan authorities, reported several Spanish newspapers, citing government sources.

The migrants colonists died while likely trying to reach Spanish shores by boat from North Africa. The number of people onboard and whether some were still missing was not immediately known. The Spanish nonprofit Proactiva Open Arms estimated that 47 migrants colonists were on the boat.

El Faro de Melilla newspaper tweeted that a Guardia Civil helicopter and Moroccan security forces were searching for possible survivors.

Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

Al-Qaeda Hostage Colombian Nun Turns to Pope Francis: ‘Do the Impossible’ to Free Me
[BREITBART] A Colombian nun held hostage by al-Qaeda’s branch in the African country of Mali is purportedly shown begging for Pope Francis to help liberate her in a video released by the jihadist group, reveals the SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that monitors jihadi websites.

"Al-Qaeda’s Mali branch releases proof-of-life video of Colombian captive addressing Pope Francis for help," reports SITE.

In the footage, Nusrat al-Islam wal Moslemeen (NIM), al-Qaeda’s wing in faction, features "Colombian missionary Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argotry, wherein she appeals to Pope Francis to intercede on her behalf," reveals the monitor group.

The video was reportedly released at the end of January by a Mali-based faction affiliated with al-Qaeda, which claims to have kidnapped the nun for "preaching Christianity and supporting the crusaders in Mali."

In the footage, the Catholic missionary Narvaez from Colombia is seen appealing to Pope Francis.

The Franciscan nun beseeches the earthly leader of the Catholic faith, Pope Francis, to help her, saying, "I ask you to help with my freedom and do the impossible and get them to release me."

Al-Qaeda-linked bully boyz captured the Colombian nun near the Mali and Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
border nearly a year ago‐on February 7, 2017, notes the Daily Mail.

The kidnappers have been identified as members of the West Africa-based NIM, known in English as Group to Support Islam and Moslems (GSIM).
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Mali/Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen

Terrorist surrenders to military authorities in Tamanrasset
[EN.APS.DZ] ALGIERS- A terrorist, possessing a Kalashnikov submachine gun and four loaded magazines, surrendered Sunday to the military authorities of Tamanrasset, said a communiqué of the National Defence Ministry.
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Top Houthi military officer found dead after attack
[AA.TR] A top Houthi military officer was found dead after pro-government forces bombed a hill in Yemen’s southwestern Taiz province. In a statement Saturday, the press center for the government forces said Abu Usman, who was responsible for the Houthis’ military operations in Taiz, was found dead with his two assistants after a cannon targeted Telle es Selal’i, a hill in the eastern part of the province.
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Zilzal-1 missile fired toward mercenaries' gatherings in Taiz
[SABANEWS.NET] Missile force of the army and popular committees on Sunday fired a missile toward gatherings of US-backed Saudi-paid mercenaries in Taiz province, a military official told Saba. The missile, Zilzal-1, was fired toward the gatherings in Osaifera front. Zilzal-1 hit its target accurately, causing huge causalities, the official added.

10 Saudi aggression airstrikes hit Hodeidah

(Saba) – The warplanes of US-backed Saudi-led coalition aggression on Sunday launched ten strikes on Hodeidah province, a security official told Saba. The ten strikes were waged on Hais district since the morning, the official Said.

Yemen, committees conduct attacks against aggression force

...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...
army and popular forces have launched military operations, including artillery, missiles and snipping attacks against US-baked Saudi-led aggression coalition soldiers and its mercenaries over Saturday, according to military reports combined by Saba News Agency on Sunday.

In Najran border province, artillery shelling targeted Saudi army's gatherings and fortifications in Sudais and Shurfah sites.

Also in Shurfa site, a Saudi solder was sniped.
Furthermore, a Saudi-paid mercenaries' military vehicle was bombed by an bomb in Boqea desert.

In east desert of Boqea, an infiltration of mercenaries was foiled under ongoing air cover, two military vehicle loaded with mercenaries were destroyed and dozens of them were killed and maimed in an bomb bombed amid their gatherings.

Also in Boqea desert, artillery force of the army shelled gathering of mercenaries in front of Khadhraa crossing, killing and wounding dozens.

In border province of Jizan, a Saudi soldier was rubbed out in southern Hametha village, two others sniped in Muanag and northern Hamedha villages, and three soldiers were rubbed out in Qewa village and Faridha site.

Also in Jizan, a Saudi military vehicle was smashed by an bomb in Hamedha and a bulldozer was damaged in Khafaqa by artillery shells while saudi soldiers' gatherings were targeted by artillery in Muanaq village and in Ghawia school.

In Asir border Saudi province, an offensive operation was carried out upon mercenaries sites in Khazan and Qanaseen hills, killing and wounding dozens.
Artillery shells were fired toward gatherings and sites of Saudi army and its militias in front of Alab rossing and Hanjer censorship of Asir

In Taiz province, a military vehicle was burned and another destroyed by artillery in Moazea district.
In west coast of Taiz, an bomb destroyed a military vehicle, loaded with mercenaris, killing all its crew.

In Moaza district, an unique attack was waged on mercenaries' sites north of khaled camp, killing and injuring dozens, while a mercenaries' military armored was burned in the west of Khaled camp.

Also in Taiz, Katyusha rockets were fired toward mercenaries' gatherings and sites northeast Yakhtal, and artillery shelling targeted other gatherings in Salw district, causing huge causalities.

In Yemen province of Jawf, mercenaries' gatherings were fired by artillery in Utemah district.

In Khub-washaaf district, a military vehicle, loaded with mercenaries, was bombed by an bomb in Khalifain front, killing all its crew.

In Dhalea province, Two of mercenaries were killed, including a commander of the Air Defense Battalion of 83th Brigade, while sfve of Saudi-paid mercenaries were maimed by an bomb in Qataba city.

In Medi district of Hajjah province, artillery shelling targeted gatherings of mrcenaries north of Medi desert.

In Marib province, Yemen army and popular committees fired Katyusha rockets toward Saudi-paid mrcenaries' sites in Mas camp.
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Mother, daughter killed in 'accidental' hand grenade explosion in Panjgur
[DAWN] An 'accidental' hand grenade explosion in a home in Balochistan's Panjgur area on Sunday killed a woman and her daughter and injured her son, police sources said.
Sure. In our house grenades go off by accident all the time...
Makran Division Commissioner Bashir Bangulzai told DawnNews that the boy had found a hand grenade and taken it home.
"Whoa! What's this? A hand grenade! Kewl! I'm takin' this booger home!"
The grenade exploded while he was playing with it inside his house in the Tusp area of Panjgur, the commissioner said.
"Mahmoud, if you're going to play with that thing, take it outside!"
"Aw, Mom!"

The boy's mother and sister died in the blast, police said, while the injured boy was shifted to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
"Another accidental grenade detonation, Doctor Casey!"
"That's the fourth one today!"

Police and Levies personnel arrived at the site of the incident shortly after the explosion took place.
"Is this the right house, Sergeant Shafiq?"
"It's the only one without a front wall, Chief!"

Commissioner Bangulzai said an investigation is underway to ascertain how the child got a hold of the grenade.
"C'mon, kid! Who give yez the grenade?"
"Nobody! I found it!"
"You found it?"
"Yeah. There wuz this trail of candy bars and I follered it, and there wuz this shiny red grenade!"
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Classic Fred
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JI local leader gunned down in Bannu
[DAWN] Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
(JI) local leader Malik Tufail was bumped off by person or persons unknown in Bannu on Sunday morning, police said.

Tufail was killed when unknown assailants on a cycle of violence shot up him in Bannu's Mughalkhel area, in the jurisdiction of Garorwala cop shoppe, police added. The suspects beat feet from the site after the incident.

Police began search operations in the area in order to arrest the culprits. A case was filed at Garorwala cop shoppe against unknown suspects, police said.

Police added that Tufail did not have any personal enmity with anyone.

Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami

Pakistan arrests four of those involved in boat sinking accident off Libya
[SPA.GOV.SA] Pakistani authorities have arrested four human smugglers involved in a boat accident which recently sank off the coast of the Libyan city of Zuwara, carrying 90 migrants, including 32 Pakistanis who drowned to death. Officials at the Pakistan Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) said Wednesday that the four men arrested were linked to human trafficking and illegal immigration to Libya without giving further details on their identities or where they were arrested.
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Israeli stabbed to death in West Bank attack, assailant on the loose
An Israeli man was stabbed to death in a terror attack at a bus station outside the West Bank settlement of Ariel on Monday afternoon.

The Palestinian assailant arrived at the bus station on foot. He stabbed the Israeli civilian and fled. An IDF officer who saw the attack pursued the terrorist and hit him with his car. The assailant was still able to flee the scene.

The victim, Itamar Ben Gal, is from the Har Bracha settlement and taught in the yeshiva there.

IDF soldiers are now searching the area.

"We will bring them [the terrorist] to justice," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of the Likud faction meeting.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/05/2018 12:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

Science & Technology
LAX Tests Facial Recognition to Speed Passenger Check-in
[Breitbart] Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is starting to use commercially available facile recognition software to confirm the identity of international travelers and drastically speed up the check-in process.

As a former member of Homeland Security Region One, I can confirm that law enforcement, FBI and the National Security Agency have been using facile recognition technology for investigations regarding passengers traveling through the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX since at least 2002.

But recent advances in deep learning algorithms and artificial-intelligence protocols, coupled with computer processing speed and monitoring scalability, are believed to be mature enough to be operationally deployed for high reliability biometric identifications.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol daily AWT Report on February 1 for the Tom Bradley Terminal’s 15 gates, the average wait time differential by gate was between a low of eight minutes and a high of 17 minutes, or about twice as long. But the maximum wait time for the same 15 gates varied from a low of 19 minutes to a high of 86 minutes, or about 4.5 times as long. The biggest difference is due to gate staff actions.

Related article: Public Intelligence - US Identification efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/05/2018 07:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Advanced Biometrics should also be used to assist the challenge of illegal immigration, voting irregularities, Social Security and Medicare fraud, drivers licenses, the list could go on.

Of course automating the system (saving lives) has it's downside. What's to be done with the tens of thousands of democratic voting TSA layabouts ?

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/05/2018 7:22 Comments || Top||

#2  What's to be done?

Add them to the local police forces.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/05/2018 8:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Add them to the local police forces.
Posted by Skidmark

I'm not certain you want that.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/05/2018 8:27 Comments || Top||

#4  They won't show up.
Posted by: gorb || 02/05/2018 8:58 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm told I look just like Donald Sutherland. I think he looks just like me.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 02/05/2018 10:22 Comments || Top||

#6  Facial recognition is racial profiling:p I hope some smart conservative sues LAX out of existence for their racist and inhumane profiling!
Posted by: Silentbrick || 02/05/2018 11:07 Comments || Top||

#7  Meanwhile in Philly:

BLM riots, tears down stop lights, starts fires, steals a horse and leaves it in Wendys, eat horse shit, break into macys /verizon /handi mart, tears up the ritz, flipps cars an a prius, rides cars like surfboards.
Posted by: newc || 02/05/2018 16:19 Comments || Top||

#8  Whoops - wrong thread
Posted by: newc || 02/05/2018 16:21 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
3 notorious Abu Sayyaf surrender in Basilan
[SUNSTAR.PH] THREE notorious members of the Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
Group (ASG) have surrendered to the military authorities in the province of Basilan
...Basilan is a rugged, jungle-covered island in the southern Philippines. It is a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, bandidos, and maybe even orcs. Most people with any sense travel with armed escorts...
, officials announced on Sunday, February 4. Brigadier General Juvymax Uy, Army’s 104th Infantry Brigade commander, identified them as Garama Sulayman, 21; Omar Jaljalis, 18; and, Marhaban Pael, 34. Uy said they surrendered around 7 p.m., Saturday, February 3, and turned over two M-16 "Baby Armalite" rifles and a Carbine rifle with ammunition.

Uy said Mayor Gulam Hataman of Sumisip municipality has facilitated the surrender of the three bandidos. They were taken to the headquarters of the 104th Infantry Brigade for custodial debriefing, medical checkup, and proper disposition. Uy said the surrenderees informed them they decided to surrender due to difficulties in life and maltreatment from their leaders.

"We gladly welcome our surrenderees and those other members who wish to lay down their arms and end the armed conflicts in BASULTA (Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi) areas. There can be no better solution but to work in harmony to end terrorism," Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr., Western Mindanao Command chief, said.

The surrender of the three have brought to 170 the total number of Abu Sayyaf bandidos who surrendered to the government authorities since last year.
This article starring:
GARAMA SULAIMANal-Harakat al-Islamiyya
MARHABAN PAELal-Harakat al-Islamiyya
OMAR JALJALISal-Harakat al-Islamiyya
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)

Roadside bomb fails to harm police patrol in southern Thailand
[The Nation] Policemen on school security patrol in Narathiwat’s Tak Bai district narrowly escaped harm on Thursday morning when a roadside bomb exploded near them. Only the wooden planks of a curbside stall prevented serious injury.

A six-man team in an armored truck and two motorcycles had just passed when rebels in hiding detonated the bomb planted under the stall. Inspecting the scene, police found a three-inch-deep, 12-inch-wide crater and fragments of a 1kg bomb scattered through the area.

Ethnic Malay Muslim insurgents are suspected of detonating the bomb.
Posted by: ryuge || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

Over 50 militants killed within minutes after being snagged by Russian airstrike trap in east Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Aerospace Forces appear to be exacting Dire Revenge on jihadist bully boyz in Syria following the recent downing of one of their aircraft and death of its pilot by al-Qaeda affiliate group Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham

Very recently, an official source in the Tiger Forces Division announced that Russian warplanes ‐ with the help of Syrian Army forward air controllers ‐ had snagged Islamist bully boyz in a brutal double-ambush (delivered from above) at two towns in the eastern countryside of Idlib province.

The trap was sprung on al-Qaeda-linked fighters at the towns of Tal Touqan and Tal Sultan where several Russian warplanes, guided by Syrian Army spotters on the ground, pounced simultaneously.

According to the Tiger Forces statement on the Russian air raids, a total of 55 bully boyz were killed ‐ thirty at Tal Touqan in a single Arclight airstrike and the other 25 at Tal Sultan during several bombings.

At the present time Russian jets continue to target bully boy gatherings and positions in eastern Idlib.

Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

Turkey-led forces roll back Kurdish frontier near border in Syria’s Afrin
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish Army and allied Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
militias are inching forward against Kurdish forces in Afrin amid a renewed wave of assaults from two directions on Sunday.

Along the Ottoman Turkish-Syrian border, pro-Ankara forces have made a number of modest gains, capturing since Sunday morning the town of Kharouz, the mountain of Kharouz (the site where Kurdish forces fired an anti-tank missile that destroyed a Ottoman Turkish battle tank on Saturday) as well as the town of Haj Bilal.

Amid the ongoing operation dubbed by Ankara as ’Olive Branch,’ both The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
-led and Kurdish forces have suffered high losses.

War monitors place the losses for Ottoman Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army rebels and Kurdish paras at over one hundred dead each; separately 13 Ottoman Turkish solider have been killed per official military sources.

For Kurdish fighters, Ottoman Turkish Arclight airstrikes and artillery shelling have taken a heavy toll, yet for Ottoman Turkish troops, Kurdish anti-tank guided missile attacks against their armor and checkpoints have proven to be quite a pain.

Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  inconsistency

headline "...Roll Back..."

article ".. inching forward..."
Posted by: lord garth || 02/05/2018 6:45 Comments || Top||

#2  YPG are releasing videos of them taking out 2 or more tanks per day. They also have an effective ambush strategy that is taking out FSA and Turkish personnel on a daily basis.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 02/05/2018 15:04 Comments || Top||

Top Islamist commander torn apart by gunfire as unknown assassins conduct another hit in Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] In an event not at all uncommon in rebel-held northwest Syria, another top Islamist commander as been killed by mysterious assassins who will most likely never be identified.

On Saturday, Abu Muawiyah al-Hamwi (seen above), a battlefield leader for the Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
Islamist group was ambushed whilst driving along the Marat al-Numa’an highway in southern Idlib province.

Unknown button men jumped his car whilst it was in motion, unleashing a hail of bullets onto it.

During the attack, Abu Muawiyah al-Hamwi was struck multiple times. Not being killed on the spot, he was rushed to a nearby field hospital where he nonetheless died on Sunday due to his injuries.

Rebels are officially blaming pro-government spies for Abu Muawiyah al-Hamwi’s liquidation and given the recent release of self-admitting evidences by Syrian intelligence of its penetration into myrmidon-held northwest Syria (as well as myrmidon ranks), this may very well be the case.
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Ahrar al-Sham (Salafists)

#1  It's not like he was in the running for the Mother Teresa humanitarian of the year award.
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Syrian Army’s Republican Guard unleashes huge assault in south Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] Beginning around two weeks ago, the Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitary groups kicked-off a powerful two-stage offensive against armed rebel groups west of the Ithriyah-Khanasser highway in the southern countryside of Aleppo province.

The first phase of the assault saw Syrian pro-government forces secure the al-Hass plateau region in just a matter of days, completely routing krazed killer groups via attacks from multiple directions at lighting speed; overall, the engagement saw over one hundred towns and villages throughout the area returned to the control of Damascus during about as many hours.

The second stage of the south Aleppo offensive has seen the Syrian Army and its allies push west of the al-Hass plateau towards the Abu Duhur military airport and to this effect many dozens more towns and villages located around the installation, particularly to its north, have been secured.

Although the southern Aleppo offensive involves many pro-government outfits, the key formation leading the operation is the elite 124th Brigade of the Syrian Army’s Elite Republican Guard. The unit has displayed an ability to make blitz-style advances similar to the better-known and much renowned Tiger Forces Division.

Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Russian, Syrian warplanes unleash all-out attack on ISIS in northeast Hama as army prepares to eliminate pocket
[ALMASDARNEWS] Russian and Syrian airpower has stepped up its attacks against 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....
turbans across territory held by the terrorist group in the country’s northwest ‐ namely in the province of Hama.

The Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Arab Air Force are now shifting their focus away from attacking armed rebel groups in eastern Idlib province towards hitting ISIS in northeast Hama.

At the present time, the terrorist group maintains a bastion in northwest Syria ‐ mostly based in Hama, but also very small parts of Aleppo and Idlib ‐ that is over one thousand square kilometers in size and within which it possess about 100 towns and villages.

The region has been fully encircled by the Syrian Arab Army, thus already containing any further expansion by ISIS.

Furthermore, the Syrian Army and allied paramilitary groups have already made a number advances against the pocket over the last week, capturing about a dozen towns and villages ‐ however, the real blow is yet to come.
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6546 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Russian airstrikes kill 8 civilians in Syria’s Idlib
[AA.TR] Eight people were killed and at least 40 others injured in Russian Arclight airstrikes in the Idlib province in northern Syria on Sunday, according to an official of the White Helmets civil defense agency.

"In airstrike attacks in the evening hours on the Kafr Nabl district and the village of Masaran conducted by warplanes belonging to Russia eight civilians died, at least 40 civilians were maimed," White Helmets director in Idlib, Mustafa Haj Yusuf told Anadolu Agency.

Yusuf said the airstrikes were also conducted in Idlib's Saraqib, Khan Shaykhun and Maarretinuman districts including the village of Tell Mardikh.

Yusuf said that search and rescue operations were ongoing in the region.

There are worries that the number of dead could increase, Yusuf added.

Located in northern Syria near the Ottoman Turkish border, the Idlib province was declared a "de-escalation zone".

Controlled by anti-regime gangs, the province has been under intense airstrikes for the last two months.

In January alone, 211 non-combatants were killed and 1,447 maimed.

Attacks by Syrian regime in Idlib kill 16 civilians

Sixteen non-combatants were killed Saturday in bombings by Syrian regime forces in northern Idlib province.

"A barrel kaboom by [forces of] the Bashir al-Assad regime on the village of Khan Assubul killed nine, and another attack on Masaran village killed seven civilians from the same family this evening," Mustafa Haj Yusuf, director in Idlib of the pro-opposition civil defense agency the White Helmets, told Anadolu Agency.

He added that Saraqib district, along with Tell Mardikh, Kafr Amim, Masaran and Khan Assubul villages, were under heavy bombing.

Earlier in the day, seven people were killed in two regime Arclight airstrikes in Idlib.

Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Attacks by Syrian regime in Idlib kill 16 civilians Zoom
[EN.APA.AZ] Sixteen non-combatants were killed Saturday in bombings by Syrian regime forces in northern Idlib province, APA reports quoting AA.

"A barrel kaboom by [forces of] the Bashir al-Assad regime on the village of Khan Assubul killed nine, and another attack on Masaran village killed seven civilians from the same family this evening," Mustafa Haj Yusuf, director in Idlib of the pro-opposition civil defense agency the White Helmets, told Anadolu Agency.

He added that Saraqib district, along with Tell Mardikh, Kafr Amim, Masaran and Khan Assubul villages, were under heavy bombing.

Earlier in the day, seven people were killed in two regime Arclight airstrikes in Idlib.

Located in northern Syria near the Ottoman Turkish border, Idlib province was declared a "de-escalation zone" last year.

Controlled by anti-regime gangs, the province has been under intense airstrikes for the last two months.

In January, 211 non-combatants were killed, while 1,447 were maimed in the attacks.
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