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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Feds Charge 90, Nab Dozens Of Guns And $1 Million In Baltimore Drug Raids
[DAILYCALLER] Federal authorities have charged 90 people, nabbed 51 guns and seized $1 million as well as huge amounts of illegal drugs as a result of drug raids in Baltimore.

Baltimore’s U.S. District Attorney announced the news of the July operations early Saturday morning. The raids were the result of law enforcement cooperation between federal, state and municipal authorities, Fox News reported.

Along with the guns and cash, police found large supplies of illegal drugs like fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

"Reducing violent crime in Baltimore is job one. It’s what we in law enforcement think about morning, noon, and night," U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said in a statement, according to Fox News. "We will continue to do everything we can to prosecute the violent criminals who wreak havoc in and terrorize Baltimore’s neighborhoods"

The publicity comes at an especially bad time for the city of Baltimore after a feud between President Donald Trump
...the Nailer of NAFTA...
and Democratic Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings
...Representative-for-life from Maryland, representing half of Baltimore City, which makes his district ultra-safe, and most of Howard County, which is out-populated by the city. His shiny pate is the reason we pronounce the city name Baldymore. Cummings' politix are so liberal they're tedious, nor is he any more honest than the next seedy professional pol...
became national news when the president
called Cummings’ congressional district a "rat and rodent infested mess."
Posted by: Fred || 08/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10803 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Elijah Cummings wife hit hardest...
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/04/2019 7:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Elijah will take credit for cleaning up Baltimore in 10, 9,8,... (sarc). He will use this in re-election.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/04/2019 10:41 Comments || Top||

#3  And INASH.
Posted by: gorb || 08/04/2019 19:11 Comments || Top||

#4  No sir. INASH. Nope.
Posted by: Lex || 08/04/2019 23:47 Comments || Top||

District Governor Killed In Roadside Bomb Blast In Herat
[ToloNews] The incident happened at around 11 am in Zenda Jan district of Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...

Shukrullah Shakir, the district governor of Zenda Jan district in the western province of Herat, was killed in a roadside kaboom blast on Saturday, sources confirmed.

The incident happened in Zenda Jan district when a vehicle carrying the district governor hit a roadside kaboom.

Two others were also killed in the incident, sources said.

The provincial governor’s front man Jailani Farhad confirmed the incident but did not give details about the casualties.

He said that telecom services are not working in Zenda Jan district, therefore, they could not get more information about the incident.

Zenda Jan district is located in the central parts of Herat and shares borders Gulran, Injil and Guzara districts.
Khaama Press adds:
Jilani Farhad, a spokesman for the Governor’s Office in Herat said a roadside bomb went off in Tarakhel area of Zindajan district, killing four people.

Farhad further added that the explosion killed Shukrullah Shakir, the district governor of Zindajan, his brother and two security guards.

Furthermore, Farhad said the explosion also wounded five security guards of Mr. Shakir.

The anti-government armed militants have not commented regarding the incident so far.
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150 Taliban militants killed, wounded in joint overnight operations, claims Farah Police
[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed or maimed at least 150 Talibs in an overnight joint operation in Farah province.

The Farah Police Headquarters in a statement said the security forces jointly conducted the operation in the outskirts of Farah city on Friday night.

The statement further added that the Air Forces also provided close air support to the ground forces during the operation.

Furthermore, the Farah Police Headquarters said the security forces killed around 100 Death Eaters including many commanders of Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
during the operation.

The Farah Police also added that the security forces maimed 50 Death Eaters and destroyed around 14 vehicles.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the operations so far.

Military sources confirm 35 of the 100 Taliban militants killed an airstrike in Farah city
This story filed 40 minutes after the above, so possibly there are more yet to be confirmed.
[KhaamaPress] The military sources confirmed that the security forces conducted an airstrike in Farah city killing at least 35 Taliban militants.

The sources further added that the security forces conductd the airstrike in Farah district, apparently pointing towards the overnight raid in Farah city.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10800 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Afghan forces inflict heavy casualties on Taliban militants in Daikundi and Kandahar
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops inflicted heavy casualties on Talibs during the operations in Daikundi and Kandahar province.

The 205th Atal Corps in a statement said the Afghan cops killed 12 Talibs during an operation in Kajran district of Daikundi province.

The statement further added that the security forces maimed 10 other Lions of Islam during the same operation.
That’s 22 all together. Is that really heavy casualties?
Furthermore, the 205th Atal Corps said the security forces killed 9 Talibs and maimed 4 others during an operation in Panjwai district of Kandahar.

The 205th Atal Corps also added that the security forces discovered and defused 15 improvised bombs during the operations in Kandahar.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10803 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Special Forces arrest Taliban fighter disguised in women’s dress
To be fair, based on the photo at the link, the dress is lovely but the disguise only works from the back. Really, that blue simply does not work with his skin tone.
I'm thinking more along a pink salmon
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces arrested a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighter disguised in women’s dress in south-eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the Special Unit of the Afghan National Police conducted an operation in Qarabagh district on Friday night.

The statement further added that the Special Forces arrested a Taliban Death Eater who had disguised himself in women’s dress in a bid to flee the area.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Interior said the Special Forces also discovered and confiscated three weapons from the detained Death Eater.

The Taliban group has not commented in this regard so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10811 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

A-29s pound Taliban hideouts in Bulcheragh of Faryab leaving 13 dead
[KhaamaPress] The A-29 light attack planes of the Afghan Air Force pounded Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
hideouts in northern Faryab province killing at least 13 bad boys.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the Afghan Air Force carried out the Arclight airstrike
s in Bulcheragh district on Thursday night.

The statement further added that the airstrikes killed 13 Talibs and destroyed a Taliban compound and some weapons together with munitions.

...back at the abandoned silver mine, a triangular dorsal fin appeared in the water. Then another...
the Special Operations Corps in a statement said the airstrikes targeted two hideouts of Taliban group in Bulcheragh district killing 13 bad boys.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10802 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  That little plane gets it done where airspace is not contested.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/04/2019 7:47 Comments || Top||

Special Forces storm key Taliban compound in Baghlan province
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces stormed a key Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
compound in Baghlan province killing at least 4 bully boys.

The Special Operations Corps in a statement said the Special Forces stormed the Taliban compound in Qaisari Village in Baghlan-e-Markazi district.

The statement further added that the Special Forces destroyed the Taliban compound and confiscated some weapons, military kits, various types of munitions and propaganda leaflets.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the raid so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10801 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Libya's Mitiga airport halts air traffic following shelling
[AlAhram] Libya's Mitiga airport halted air traffic on Saturday after a shelling, the airport authority said on its Facebook page.

Mitiga is the only working airport in the Libyan capital 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...
, which has been under attack by the Libyan National Army, commanded by Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
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Libyans intercept boat carrying 75 Europe-bound migrants

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Seven Maoist rebels killed in central India gunfight
[ARABNEWS] Indian special forces killed seven suspected Maoist rebels in a raid on a jungle camp Saturday that triggered a shootout lasting several hours, police said.

The far-left rebels in the central state of Chhattisgarh are part of a long-standing conflict that has left tens of thousands dead since the 1960s. They were in a camp in dense forest in Rajnandgaon district, some 70 kilometres (43 miles) from the state capital Raipur.

"So far seven bodies have been recovered from the encounter spot," a police brass hat in the district told AFP on condition of anonymity. He said arms and ammunition were recovered from the camp.

Chhattisgarh is mineral rich but among India's poorest states, and guerrillas are demanding greater rights over land and resources. A landmine blast on Wednesday was blamed on the rebels, and killed one paramilitary.

Maoist-inspired forces of Evil in the so-called Naxalite movement are present in at least 20 Indian states but are most active in Maharashtra, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, and Chhattisgarh. The government has deployed tens of thousands of police and special commandos in a bid to eradicate the groups.
Posted by: Fred || 08/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10802 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Ex-militant commander shot dead in Khyber
[DAWN] Unidentified button men killed a former holy warrior commander in Akkakhel area of Bara tehsil late on Friday.

Police officials said that two button men riding a cycle of violence opened fire on Noor Rehman, who was a member of a proscribed group, killing him on the spot.

They said that the assailants managed to escape from the scene after the incident leaving behind their cycle of violence which was later seized by the local police.

Officials said that Noor Rehman had surrendered to security forces sometimes ago and had also undergone special treatment in a de-radicalisation centre and was only recently released.

Nobody took responsibility for the killing of the former holy warrior commander.

Posted by: Fred || 08/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Thousands of Indians flee Kashmir after security advisory: Official
Continuing the adventures first related to us a few days ago by Dron66046 here.
[AlAhram] Thousands of Indians have started leaving the disputed region of Kashmire after the local government issued a security alert related to possible turban attacks in the area, a senior government official said on Saturday.

Indian security officials on Friday said they had found evidence of attacks planned by Pak military-backed bandidos Death Eaters on a major Hindu pilgrimage in Kashmire.

The security officials said a mine with Pakistain ordinance markings was among caches of ammunition retrieved following intelligence reports of likely attacks on routes used by devout Hindus who trek to the region's holy Amarnath cave every year.

A local government order effectively called off the pilgrimage, asking the pilgrims and tourists to return home.

On Saturday, a senior local government official in Kashmire said the advisory had caused panic and led to the departure of "thousands" of tourists, pilgrims and labourers.

The official did not give a specific number, but he said most of the 20,000 Hindu pilgrims and Indian tourists and the more than 200,000 labourers were leaving the region.

Around 60 international tourists arrived in Kashmire on Saturday, however, the official said. The Indian advisory had cautioned tourists in general, but did not give any specific advice to foreign nationals.

Tensions have run high in the mountainous region since a vehicle laden with explosives rammed into an Indian police convoy on Feb. 14, killing 40 paramilitary coppers, and leading to aerial festivities between the two nations.

India accuses Pakistain of funding armed turbans, as well as separatist groups in India's portion of the region that are considered non-violent by international observers.

Islamabad denies the Indian accusation, saying it provides only diplomatic and moral support to the separatist movement.

The advisory has left the fleeing tourists and pilgrims disappointed. Kashmire touts itself as a "Paradise on Earth", with Dal Lake - a favourite destination centuries ago for Mughal emperors escaping the summer heat of India's plains - and its famous houseboats, mountains and glaciers a major attraction.

Prabakar Iyer, 45, had travelled to Srinagar from the southern Indian city of Bengaluru on Thursday with his family for a 10-day holiday, but they returned on Friday night.

"I was staying in a houseboat on Dal Lake when the advisory was issued. I fail to understand why we are being asked to leave. Everything is normal here," he said.

Labourer Manjit Singh, a carpenter from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh who has been working in Kashmire for the last nine years, also left.

"I am not afraid but the government advisory has created panic and my family wants me back ... I will return if the situation improves," he said.
The Times of Israel adds:
A government order in Indian-administered Kashmir on Friday asked tourists and Hindu pilgrims visiting a Himalayan cave shrine “to curtail their stay” in the disputed territory, citing security concerns and intensifying tensions following India’s announcement it was sending more troops to the region.

Kashmir’s home secretary, Shaleen Kabra, said in the order that the pilgrims and tourists should “curtail their stay in the [Kashmir] valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible.”

The order cited “prevailing security situation” and the “latest intelligence inputs of terror threats with specific targeting” of the annual Hindu pilgrimage as reasons for the advisory. The 45-day annual pilgrimage draws hundreds of thousands of people to the hallowed mountain cave, the Amarnath shrine.

The order comes after officials on Thursday suspended the pilgrimage for four days due to bad weather along the route. The pilgrimage began on July 1 and about 300,000 pilgrims have visited the icy cave so far this year, according to officials.

In the past, dozens of pilgrims have been killed in attacks blamed on rebels. However, hundreds of people have died due to exhaustion and exposure in harsh weather during arduous treks in the icy mountains.

Muslim rebels fighting for decades against Indian rule in Kashmir accuse India’s Hindu majority of using the pilgrimage as a political project to bolster its claim on the contested region.

I have been ignoring the twitter reports as they look more and more like blind men trying to describe an elephant that nobody wants to admit is in the room. The elephant is daily heavy fighting. First it moves about a lot. Sometimes it is army to army with heavy weapons laying on major barrages or maybe not. Both sides turned off Internet in the area and a lot of cellphones are bandwidth limited randomly. Truth of incidents is impossible to discern let alone trends. Scale is hard to figure too. That said, at some point last night India's artillery was shelling a major Pakistani dam! That's kind of eye opening.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

#1  This secrecy with abrupt changes in policy is a hallmark of the Modi regime. It is precisely to keep the general populace uninformed, since the general populace includes muslims sympathetic to Pakistain. The artillery exchanges have gone on for years now. I'll try to elucidate our stand challenged as I am by a desperate need to keep my job as an inglorious lackey. The formal explanation is still that there's a major terror threat. Of course, there's always a terror threat.

The new Kashmir Agendas, both sides.

Pakistain finds itself at a crossroads where they are dreamily training and arming, to take up ravaging Afghanistan, letting the ISIS which has more reach than their lowly Jamaats but much meagre numbers temporarily win a tug-of-war in the Kashmir region, because India has grown too aggressive to fight by proxy lately. Further made impossible by having to show the IMF and America their clean hands every week or so. Many of these new IS elements are splinters of AQ or homegrown 'lone-wolves' I hate that term. We use 'wannabes' and small cells of 4-5 sasquatches. Trapped between a rock and a hard place, the wayward Kashmiris find themselves with no leaders, no funding or commanders to lead the sangbaaz (stone throwing specialist) groups, and no weapons or 'inshallahas' from Imran's govt. Pakistain seems to pull back, while hoping the Kashmiris can carry on without overt assist.

Which brings me to the Indian agenda. This has almost everything to do with 'selective dis-empowerment' and nothing to do with 'managing expectations' like before.

The army's 15 Corps is responsible for security in the Kashmir Valley. For long, our hands had been tied with stupid ROEs and political correctness, UN human rights sopranos, and traitors sitting in the J&K state govt legislatures. State police took lead in ops and investigations, and state police was compromised.
A new law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, now makes it possible to tag any anti-national invective spewer, petty symp, or facilitator as a terrorist and prosecute them as such.
With absolute President's rule and dissolution of an islamist govt now, it becomes possible to arrest separatists, legistraitors neat, eh ? and symps almost at whim now. Seizing assets, freezing accounts and detaining relatives is also possible.

The core agenda is to re-organize the way power is distributed in the stat...
ahhh, why am I newspeaking ? These are my Rantburghers.

The basic idea is to transform the state from a muslim-dominated one to a truly secular state. We're not de-populating it, we're just making sure everybody in the Indian political fauna can participate, not just kashmiri muslims.

'In all my travels the best muslims I encountered were dead ones, followed by those that were serfs.' - Old wiseguy

One new element on the agenda became real estate, in recent months. The tourism in J&K once earned 45% of its GDP which was considerable till 2011. But land could be owned and developed only by Kashmiri muslims, most of those who could afford that were funded from the 'Stain with $$$ re-routed from IMF and US aid in Obamule's time hence the newly rich, islamist kashmiri youth you may encounter on twitter and instagram. Kashmiri islamist leaders' properties seized recently are collectively worth $55m, with yet uncountable assets stashed abroad and in their children's trust funds.

So the tension is going to escalate until breathing gets harder for islamists, and India retakes control of Kashmir.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/04/2019 6:06 Comments || Top||

#2  The funny thing we’ve discovered about lone wolves is that almost always they turn out to be known wolves, either highly connected through family and friends or the internet to jihadi organizations, or with a long history of nasty petty criminality indicative of either the impulsivity resulting from high-ish functioning mental instability (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.) or a refusal to be bound by bourgeois Western expectations. Or both, often enough.

It’s as much of a joke as Sudden Jihad Syndrome.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/04/2019 7:21 Comments || Top||

#3  All muslims are 'Terrorists of Opportunity' in my book. After all, islam is to a man what rabies...
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/04/2019 7:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Note that Shiite - Sunni violence demonstrates that its just not infidels who are the target of sudden jihad. The West sort of got over that in the 17th century till it made Marxism the new religion of popular choice. 100 million dead in the 20th century to various forms of its sects is a mighty high order to beat.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/04/2019 8:02 Comments || Top||

Christians evacuating their villages due to Turkish bombardments
[Rudaw] Around 10 Christian villages in the northern Kurdistan Region have been evacuated due to frequent and increasing Ottoman Turkish bombings targeting apparent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions.

Rudaw visited Christian villages in the Kani Masi District, where some homes are locked up and abandoned. There are 25 such villages in the district, including 10 or so evacuated ones, according to district officials. One local told Rudaw the PKK should leave the area.

"PKK better to go back to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
, and fight against the Ottoman Turkish army inside Turkey, and leave Kurdistan region for peace," said Shlimon Aseel from the village of Duri, where 15 of the 40 homes have been evacuated.

The PKK is a Kurdish krazed killer group that has fought the Ottoman Turkish state for decades for greater autonomy for Turkey’s Kurds. Ankara considers the PKK a terrorist group and regularly strikes apparent targets of the group in the Kurdistan Region. The PKK is based in the Qandil mountains along the Turkey-Iraq border.

PKK fighters are present in the areas around the city of Amedi where Kani Masi is. The area is in the Duhok Province amd close to the Ottoman Turkish border. Most Christians in the there identify as ethnic Assyrians.

Sarbast Sabri, the head of Kani Masi District, says the Ottoman Turkish Arclight airstrike
s hit the district on a daily basis, and negatively impact the lives of civilians.

"Civilians in the area are living in continuous panic, due to the Ottoman Turkish bombardments and PKK movements in the areas of Kani Masi," he told Rudaw.

Civilians are frequently caught in the crossfire between Turkey and the PKK, and people empty the villages to escape the fighting.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has repeatedly asked PKK fighters to stay away from populated areas and villages. Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani has also voiced concerns to Turkey over civilian deaths resulting from Turkey’s airstrikes.

Baghdad has likewise called on Turkey to end its attacks,while simultaneously demanding the PKK leave their territories.

Turkey launched Operation claw in late May to drive the PKK away from its border with the Kurdistan Region.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/04/2019 01:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10801 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Christians to the slaughter. How Democratic islamic.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/04/2019 13:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Ottomans want their empire back. If all it includes is the middle east they're welcome to it. Minus Israel of course.
Posted by: jpal || 08/04/2019 13:11 Comments || Top||

Turkish army neutralizes six PKK terrorists in N. Iraq
Ankara (IraqiNews.com) ‐ The Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces have neutralized at least six PKK murderous Moslems in northern Iraq under the scope of the ongoing Operation Claw, Yeni Safak quoted the Ottoman Turkish National Defense Ministry as saying on Saturday.

Ottoman Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the murderous Moslems in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/04/2019 00:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Iraqi intelligence arrest Islamic State terrorist in Anbar
This new push to clear ISIS from the desert region between Iraq and Syria does not seem to be bearing much fruit thus far.
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi military intelligence forces announced on Saturday the capture of an Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorist during a military operation in Anbar province.

In a blurb carried by Iraqi website Mawazin News, the Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate said that its troops arrested an Islamic State terrorist in Anah district in Anbar.

The arrest of the IS bully boy was based on intelligence information, added the directorate.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10799 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Landmine explosion wounds two civilians in Iraq’s Anbar
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Two Iraqi civilians were maimed Saturday in a landmine explosion in western Anbar, a security source said.

Speaking to the privately-owned Almaalomah news website, the source said that a landmine planted on the side of a road in al-Qa’im district, west of Anbar, went off Saturday morning, leaving two civilians maimed.

"The maimed civilians were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment," added the source.
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Cautious Calm in Ain el-Hilweh after Islamist Group Routed
[AnNahar] The Paleostinian refugee camp of Ein el-Hellhole was on Saturday witnessing cautious calm after a Paleostinian "security operation" that ended in the withdrawal of an Islamist group from a camp's neighborhood and the escape of its leader.

Leb's National News Agency said the operation was carried out in the al-Ras al-Ahmar neighborhood, the bastion of "Bilal al-Orqoub's group."

NNA said the group is accused of assassinating Hussein Alaeddine, aka Abu Hassan Khomeini,
...the son of a former Fatah official, he was shot dead by masked gunman while participating in protests against new Lebanese labor rules that force Palestinians to get work permits...
on Friday. The fighting had erupted in the wake of the incident.

"The Paleostinian National Security forces managed to seize control of the house of the runaway Bilal al-Orqoub, amid reports that he fled with his son Youssef to an unknown destination," NNA said.

Several houses were burned during the festivities and other material damage was recordes.

Stray bullets meanwhile reached areas in the camp's vicinity and damaged the glass facade of a bakery in the area.

The heavy fighting had renewed on Saturday morning after a night thay witnessed intermittent shooting.
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Blast kills 31 regime fighters at Syria airbase: Monitor
[AlAhram] A munitions blast killed 31 regime and allied fighters at a military airport in central Syria on Saturday, a war monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in Britannia and relies on a network of sources on the ground, said it was unclear what had caused the deadly explosion at the Shayrat airbase in Homs province.
The Times of Israel has a satellite photo of the base from 2016, for those interested.
But state news agency SANA reported that a "technical fault during the transport of expired ammunition" had killed an unspecified number of victims.
Quite possibly. Or perhaps the Israelis are making their feelings known about certain actions by Iran and its proxies at that site.
The Shayrat airbase is one of the regime's most significant installations in the centre of the country.

Iranian fighters -- who support the regime in Syria's ongoing civil war -- are based there, according to the Observatory.

Syria's war has killed more than 370,00 people since starting in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

Report: About 20 Killed In Blast In Syrian Suburbs
They’ll have a better idea of casualties once all the dust clears, I s’pose.
[Jpost] About 20 Syrian soldiers, including officers, were killed in an explosion at Shirat airport in the eastern Homs suburbs. However, the Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Organization reported seven deaths at the site, including a militia affiliated with the Assad regime.

The Syrian News Agency claims the blast was caused by a technical malfunction. Syrian regime media also reported that "the blast was the result of an error in transferring an expired IED at the Shirat airport." It also claimed that the number of fatalities will likely increase.

Shirat Airport is considered one of the largest military airports in Syria. In April 2017, the site was attacked by the U.S. Air Force, which dispatched 59 tomahawk missiles towards the airport in an attempt to destroy aircraft allegedly used by the Syrian Army for chemical weapons in the Khan Sheikhun area.
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