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Afghanistan
48 militants killed, wounded in Pamir operations in Kunduz: 209 Shaheen Corps
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Military in the North claims that 48 Lions of Islam have been killed or maimed during the latest operations conducted as part of Pamir operations in Kunduz province.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the Afghan Commandos and 0905 unit of the Afghan intelligence conducted operations in Dasht Archi district which have resulted in killing of at least 41 Lions of Islam so far.

The statement further added at least seven Lions of Islam were also maimed during the same operations.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, Pamir operations were launched four days ago in Dasht district and are still being conducted to suppress the murderous Moslem groups.

The anti-government armed murderous Moslem groups including Taliban
...Arabic for students...
have not commented regarding the operations so far.

Kunduz is among the relatively volatile provinces in North of Afghanistan but the security situation of has tanked more during the recent years.

The Talibs are active in some districts of Kunduz and often conduct terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Kabul’s Ulema Council Chief shot dead by unknown gunmen
[KhaamaPress] The Chief of Ulema Council of Kabul Mawlavi Abdul Basir Haqqani has been rubbed out by unknown button men, security officials and Ulema Council sources have said.

The incident has reportedly taken place in the vicinity of the 7th police district of Kabul city.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit behind the attack.

The attack on Ulema Council Chief of Kabul was carried out days after a deadly attack targeted a gathering of religious scholars in Kabul city.
The Taliban denied they did that one.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under:


Young Taliban fighter surrenders to Afghan forces after killing 4 comrades
[KhaamaPress] A young Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
bad boy killed his comrades and the surrendered to Afghan forces in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, the Afghan Military said Friday.

According to a statement released by 209th Shaheen Corps, the incident took place in Almar district on Thursday.

The statement further added that a young Taliban fighter Gul Aqa surrendered to the Afghan forces after opening fire on his comrades, leaving four dead and two maimed.

The anti-government armed bad boy groups including Taliban have not commented regarding the incident so far.

Faryab is among the relatively volatile provinces in North of Afghanistan where the Talibs and other groups are actively operating in some of its districts and often carry out terrorist related activities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [265 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Reward him well. Spread the word.
Posted by: gorb || 11/25/2018 5:37 Comments || Top||

#2  There is probably a lot of Talib-on-Talib violence that never gets into the news.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/25/2018 14:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Friendly fire, isn't.
Posted by: Deadeye Sleretch8976 || 11/25/2018 15:54 Comments || Top||


NATO says a U.S. service member has been killed in Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
-led Resolute Support Mission says a U.S. service member has been killed in Afghanistan but further information confirming the circumstances surrounding the death of the service member has not been disclosed.

"One U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan today," NATO said in a statement, adding that "In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete. We will share additional information as appropriate."

The latest death of the U.S. service member brings the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan to at least eight.

The United States Military has around 14,000 troops in Afghanistan who are mainly involved in training and advising the Afghan armed forces.

This comes as a U.S. general was killed in an insider attack in Kabul nearly three weeks ago.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
Suspected Islamic State gunmen kill nine in southern Libya - resident
[AlAhram] Gunmen on Friday raided a town deep in Libya's southern desert, killing nine people and kidnapping several others, a resident said, with officials blaming the attack on the bad boy group 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....
A military source said the attackers had occupied a cop shoppe in the oasis town of Tazerbo, north of Kufra, until residents expelled them. The source also said the attackers were believed to belong to Islamic State.

The town - which was a resting point for tourists going on Sahara camping tours before Libya plunged into chaos in 2011 - listed six residents on its website as having been killed.

A resident said nine people had been killed and 10 maimed, adding that the attackers had kidnapped several coppers and civilians.

Islamic State has staged several attacks on southern towns since withdrawing into the desert after losing its main stronghold, the coastal city of Sirte, late in 2016.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Mali says it confirms death of veteran jihadist leader Koufa
[AlAhram] Mali's army said on Saturday it had confirmed the death of Amadou Koufa, one of the most prominent jihadist leaders in the country, in a raid by French forces on Thursday night.

"I confirm that Amadou Koufa was killed during the operation," Malian army front man Colonel Diarran Kone told Rooters. He declined to elaborate.

La Belle France's army had said on Friday that Koufa may have been killed in the operation in the central Mopti region that "put out of action" about 30 Islamist holy warriors.

Koufa, a radical preacher, was one of the top deputies to Iyad Ag Ghali, the leader of Mali's most prominent jihadi group, Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Moslemin (JNIM),
...umbrella organization of regional terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) Sahara Emirate, al-Mourabitoun, and local groups Macina Liberation Front (MLF) and Ansar al-Din (AAD)...
which has repeatedly attacked soldiers and civilians in Mali and neighbouring 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...
Those attacks have shifted Mali's six-year-old Islamist insurgency from the remote desert north closer to its populous south and prompted La Belle France and the United States to deploy thousands of troops across West Africa's semi-arid region.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [255 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Mali/Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen

#1  A flor on the floor, poor Florinda:
No Speedo; Toledo delenda!
All Spain was subdued
Cuz she bathed in the nude
And Rodrigo sang under her winda.
Posted by: Varmint Schwarzeneggar1590 || 11/25/2018 12:23 Comments || Top||


IS in Sinai seizes Iranian weapons shipment bound for Hamas — report
[IsraelTimes] A local commander is refusing to transfer the weaponry, said to include advanced Kornet missiles, a Kuwaiti newspaper reports.

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....
affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has seized a weapons shipment that included a number of Kornet missiles, the Russian-made advanced anti-tank laser-guided weapon system. The shipment was making its way from Iran to Paleostinian terror group Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", in the Gazoo Strip, according to a report in the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  Awkward
Posted by: Frank G || 11/25/2018 7:33 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria: Boko Haram Kidnaps 15 Girls
[All Africa] Suspected Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
button men kidnapped 15 girls overnight in a village near Toumour, southeastern Niger, the local mayor said on Saturday.

Boukar Mani Orthe, the mayor of the town in Niger's Diffa region near the border with Nigeria, said about 50 unidentified gunnies seized the girls in a village about nine kilometres from the town centre.

On Thursday suspected Boko Haram fighters killed eight people working at French drilling company Foraco's water well site in Toumour.

Boko Haram has been waging an insurrection since 2009 aimed at establishing an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
. It has launched repeated attacks into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
The violence has killed thousands of civilians and forced millions to flee their homes in the large Lake Chad basin region.

Kidnapping of schoolgirls has been a Boko Haram horror mark, since its fighters in 2014 kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, in Nigeria.

It also staged this year, another major kidnap of schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state.

In Mali, French forces said they "put out of action" some 30 Islamist Lion of Islams, possibly including veteran Malian jihadist leader Amadou Koufa, during a raid in the central Mali region of Mopti.

The French army, which has about 4,500 troops in West Africa battling Islamist Lion of Islams, did not specify whether the jihadists had all been killed or taken prisoner. The operation took place with air support on Thursday night, it said.

Posted by: Fred || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Down Under
Unremorseful IS supporter jailed for 38 years over Curtis Cheng death
[SydneyMorningHerald] An unremorseful 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....
supporter who helped a teenage terrorist kill NSW Police accountant Curtis Cheng has been placed in durance vile
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
for at least 28½ years.
Good.
Milad Atai
...pretty boy plumber and enthusiastic jihadi henchman...
was sentenced on Friday for assisting and encouraging 15-year-old Farhad Jabar
...also in our archives as Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar and Farhad Mohammad, the very connected, Iran-born lad of Iraqi and Kurdish background, self-described as bullied in a school with a known jihadi problem, was ripe for jihadi picking in a milieu chock full of ‘em...
to shoot Mr Cheng at the state police headquarters at Parramatta on October 2, 2015 and helping the boy's sister reach Islamic State in Syria.

In jailing the 22-year-old for a total of 38 years, NSW Supreme Court Justice Peter Johnson said Atai was a supporter of extreme jihad for many months before the terrorist attack and appeared still to hold radical views.

As he was led away from court, Atai raised his index finger in the direction of the judge and shouted in a foreign language.
Betcha the tapes would show he was shouting “Allahu akhbar,” or some similar nonsense, if there were tapes. It’s what all the kewl convicted jihadis are doing nowadays.
His barrister told the court earlier the former plumber would not stand when he was sentenced, as is customary.

"That itself is an indication of his current thinking, which is regrettable," Justice Johnson said.

Justice Johnson said that, while Atai did not play the critical role of passing to Jabar the gun used to kill Mr Cheng, he was well aware of the plans and made no attempts to dissuade the boy.

Further, as the self-described best friend of the key plotter Raban Alou,
...the known wolf who was a member of ISIS-supporting WhatsApp group ‘The Bricks’, so his subsequent actions ought not to have been a surprise...
Atai attended several meetings across Sydney's west and offered the use of his own phone as Alou tried to get Jabar a gun.

Justice Johnson said he didn't accept Atai's claim that he thought the attack had been called off.

By his own evidence, Atai said that, had he known the attack was going ahead on October 2, he would have made sure he'd have attended to help Alou, the judge said.

Atai also played a significant organizational role in helping to get Jabar's sister
...that would be Shadi Jabar Khalil Mohammad, also in our archives as Shadi Jabar, who fled to Syria the day before her younger brother murdered Mr. Cheng with a note from her in his pocket. She was killed along with her Sudanese husband Abu Sa'ad al-Sudani in an airstrike in Syria in 2016. Both she and her husband were active recruiters for ISIS. Her little brother was one of her practice projects...
to Syria, including giving her $1000 for flights and advice on the route and clothing to take to avoid detection.

Jabar died under police gunfire shortly after killing Mr Cheng.
...about which all involved were pleased, though his descent into Hell instead of ascent into Paradise no doubt startled young Master Jabar more than a little bit...
Talal Alameddine gave the .38 Smith and Wesson special calibre revolver used to kill Mr Cheng to Alou, who gave it to Jabar in the Parramatta Mosque
...Parramatta Mosque and Parramatta Court appear in a surprising number of stories about jihadis in our archives, leading one to suspect the area is a seething den of jihadism and vice...
about 15 minutes before it was used to kill Mr Cheng.

Alameddine was sentenced in May to a maximum of 17 years and eight months.
Also good.
Alou was placed in durance vile
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
for 44 years in May for aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring a terrorist act.
Very good indeed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Curtis Cheng got the death penalty.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/25/2018 7:58 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
ISIS claims deadly attack on tribal region in Pakistan
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The ISIS group on Saturday grabbed credit for a suicide kaboom that destroyed a marketplace in Pakistain’s restive northwestern tribal region, as the corpse count climbed to 33.

The blast happened during a regular Friday bazaar in Kalaya, a town in a Shiite-dominated area of Orakzai tribal district.

In a statement posted on Amaq, the news site of the group, ISIS said claimed "57 Shiites were killed and 75 were maimed" in the attack
.
However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
on Saturday the top official for Orakzai district Khalid Iqbal told AFP that the corpse count was 33, up from 31 on Friday.

"Among the dead are three Hindu merchants," he added.

Pakistain has officially denied existence of ISIS on its soil but the group has grabbed credit for some of the deadly attacks in Pakistain.

Orakzai is one of seven restive semi-autonomous tribal regions on the Afghan border, an area that has long been a focal point in the global war on terror and was famously described by Barack Obama
If you like your coverage you can keep it...
as "the most dangerous place in the world".

Washington has said that the mountainous region provides safe havens to gunnies including the Afghan Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and Al Qaeda -- an allegation that Islamabad denies.

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Iraq
Bomb blast kills 2 policemen in Badush northwest of Mosul
Nineveh (IraqiNews) A source in Nineveh Police informed, on Saturday, that two policemen were killed, and another was injured, in a bomb blast in Badush Town, northwest of Mosul.

Captain Eyad Zyad said in a statement that an improvised explosive device exploded, targeting a police patrol, and killed two police officers, while injured another in the town of Badush.

Moreover, he added that the security forces transferred the bodies to the forensic medical department and the injured to the Mosul Hospital, while opened an investigation and launched an operation to search for the perpetrators of the incident.
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Security forces kill 14 ISIS militants in Nineveh Province
Nineveh (IraqiNews) The Security Media Center of the Iraqi Federal Ministry of Defense announced, on Saturday, that security forces killed 14 militants belonging to the Islamic State group in Nineveh Province, during the search for sleeper cells in the area.

The center declared that security forces from Nineveh Operations Command, backed by the army aviation and international coalition warplanes, launched an operation to search for ISIS hideouts in the area.

Furthermore, it added that the operation resulted in the killing of 14 terrorists and destroying 3 hideouts, due to the intensive air strikes of the international coalition warplanes.

It is noteworthy that the Military Intelligence Directorate announced, last week, killing a terrorist, known as al-Katkout, who held five important positions in the ranks of the Islamic State group, after engaging with a terrorist group in Sharqat Island, in Salahuddin Province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Southeast Asia
Six casualties, child killed in Zamboanga clash
The Philippine Navy on Saturday confirmed the killing of a woman and a child following a clash between soldiers and Abu Sayyaf rebels in Zamboanga City, and said three more minors were also wounded in the fighting in Limaong village.

Navy spokesman Rene Medina said marines clashed Friday with rebels and killed a notorious Abu Sayyaf fighter, Abu Nibras, whose group operates in nearby Basilan province. He said villagers reported the presence of the militants and soldiers were immediately sent to area and caught up with the armed group and fighting erupted, adding, the woman and child who were caught in the crossfire were believed to be Abu Nibras’ family.

Medina said, "The conduct of military operations was due to the reported sightings of unidentified armed individuals in the area. A firefight which lasted for 10 minutes, immediately ensued when Abu Nibras detected the presence of the Marines. An adult female and a minor was found dead in the encounter site, while three other minors, who sustained wounds were immediately given first aid and transferred to a medical facility for emergency treatment. The adult female and minors are believed to be the wife and children of the neutralized Abu.”

He said the slain rebel was included in the government’s “terror list” and it was not immediately known whether the Abu Sayyaf is planning to launch attacks or bombings in Zamboanga.
Posted by: ryuge || 11/25/2018 12:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
More than 100 injured in Aleppo in insurgent gas attack: Syrian state media
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Shelling by insurgents wounded more than 100 people in a suspected toxic gas attack in Syria’s Aleppo, which a health official described as the first such assault in the city.

The shells caused dozens of people breathing problems on Saturday night in Aleppo, while government shelling killed nine people in a village in Idlib, a monitoring group said.

State news agency SANA said on Sunday 107 people were injured in Aleppo after militants hit three districts with projectiles containing gases that caused choking.

It marks the highest such casualty toll in Aleppo since government forces and their allies clawed back the city from rebels nearly two years ago.

Rebel officials denied using chemical weapons and accused the Damascus government of trying to frame them.

Moscow, a key Damascus ally, accused insurgents on Sunday of bombarding Aleppo with shells filled with chlorine gas, poisoning 46 people, including eight children.

The Russian defense ministry said the attack was launched from territory that former al-Qaeda militants control in the rebel stronghold of Idlib.

Russia also said it would talk to Turkey, which backs some rebel factions and has brokered a ceasefire with Moscow in the Idlib region.

"The explosive (shells) contain toxic gases that led to choking among civilians," Aleppo police chief Issam al-Shilli told state media.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/25/2018 05:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under:


Shelling exchange kills nine in Syria’s Idlib, injures dozens in Aleppo city
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Government shelling killed nine people on Saturday in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib, a monitor said, and state media said bad boy shells maimed dozens in Aleppo causing breathing problems.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the two women and seven children were killed in Jarjanaz village in Idlib province, where Russia and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
have agreed a buffer zone.

The UK-based Observatory also said shelling on Aleppo city, which in under government control, maimed at least 24 people including four children, causing breathing difficulties.

State news agency SANA said holy warriors hit two districts of Aleppo with shells containing substances that caused 44 people to choke.

The deal to create the demilitarized zone staved off an army offensive against the Idlib region, including nearby parts of Aleppo and Hama provinces.

Intermittent exchanges of fire have broken out in northwest Syria since the agreement between Russia, a key ally of Damascus, and Turkey, which backs some rebel factions.

The United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
says nearly 3 million people live in the northwest region and has warned against a battle to restore state rule there.

Among an array of factions controlling Idlib, the dominant force is Tahrir al-Sham
, an Islamist alliance led by fighters formerly linked to al Qaeda.

Earlier this month, Moscow accused murderous Moslems of trying to wreck the deal, while rebels accused the Syrian army and its allies of attacking the region.

Rebels deflect blame after dozens said hurt in Syria gas attack

[IsraelTimes] At least 50 civilians were being treated Saturday following a suspected poison gas attack by Syrian rebel groups on the government-held Aleppo city in the country’s north, according to reports in Syrian state media.

Most of those admitted to hospitals had breathing problems and blurred vision, doctors told state TV. One doctor said two were at death's door, including a child.

There was a stench of gas in Aleppo city after projectiles were fired, said Rami Abdurrahman, the head of Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Rebel commanders and opposition figures discredited the government reports, denying they lobbed gas into Aleppo and accusing Damascus of seeking to undermine an existing cease-fire and efforts to kickstart political talks.

Health official Haj Taha said the number of injured was up to 50, adding that symptoms suggest the gas used was chlorine. Further tests are needed, he said.

The projectiles landed in the al-Khalidiya neighborhood, and wind caused gas to spread, Aleppo police chief Essam al-Shali told state TV. State TV later said the gas affected two other areas in the city. There are no deaths, al-Shali said.

One patient said a foul smell filled the air after projectiles were lobbed.
An old fashioned stink bomb rather than chlorine? It would be a neat bit of psy-ops, if so.
"There are often missiles on the city but this is the first time we smelled such a smell," the patient said without giving his name.

State TV later said government troops retaliated, hitting the source of the attack. It didn’t elaborate.

The opposition fighters don’t have chemical weapons or the means to lob them, rebel commander Abdel-Salam Abdel-Razek said. On Twitter, he accused the government of staging the attack to frame the rebels.
Posted by: Fred || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


11 civilians killed by US-led coalition airstrikes on Deir Ezzor
Deir Ezzor (SyriaNews) 11 non-combatants were killed in air strikes carried out by the international coalition warplanes, on the village of al-Shaf’a in Deir Ezzor, targeting the last hideouts of ISIS in the eastern banks of the Euphrates, SANA News reported on Saturday.
...so human shields, not uninvolved innocents.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that the international coalition warplanes conducted dozens of air raids on the villages of al-Shaf’a, in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, resulting in the killing of 11 civilians and injury of dozens others, in addition to causing a total damage to the houses in the area.

It also added that the casualties include 3 women and 5 children, while pointed out that the numbers of casualties are expected to increase due to the ongoing air strikes on the area and the difficulty of lifting the maimed from the rubble.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


IS attack kills 24 US-backed fighters in east Syria: Monitor
[AlAhram] 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 has killed 24 US-backed fighters in two days in an attack launched from its embattled holdout in eastern Syria, a war monitor said Saturday.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Kurdish-led alliance backed by the US-led coalition is battling to expel the jihadists from a pocket in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor on the Iraqi border.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said the jihadists broke out of that pocket on Friday to attack a nearby village where SDF fighters and coalition advisers are based.

"IS launched a broad attack on the village of al-Bahra next to its holdout, taking advantage of the fog," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Abdel Rahman said 24 SDF fighters were killed in the attack, and violent festivities continued to rage on Saturday as coalition air planes carried out air strikes in the area.

Twenty-seven IS jihadists were killed in festivities and air strikes in the same period, according to the Observatory, which says it relies on sources inside Syria for its information.

The monitor said coalition raids has also killed 17 civilians, including five children, in the IS-held pocket since Friday.

Coalition front man Sean Ryan said he had not received any reports of civilian casualties, and insisted its air strikes had been "very limited due to the weather".

The anti-IS alliance has repeatedly denied previous reports of civilians killed in its air strikes, and said it does its utmost to avoid targeting non-combatants.

Deir Ezzor activist Omar Abu Leila said the attack on al-Bahra was "very scary" and that IS fighters were able to move quickly "taking advantage of the fog".

IS overran large swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, proclaiming a "caliphate" in land it controlled but has lost most of it to offensives by multiple forces in both countries.

In Syria, the jihadists are largely confined to the pocket in Deir Ezzor, but they also have a presence in vast Badia desert that stretches across the country to the Iraqi border.

Since 2014, the US-led coalition has acknowledged direct responsibility for over 1,100 civilian deaths in Syria and Iraq, but rights groups put the number much higher.

Syria's war has killed more than 360,000 people and displaced millions since its started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.
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1Hamas
1Seleka
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1Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats
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1al-Qaeda in Mali/Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

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

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
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Sun 2018-11-25
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Sat 2018-11-24
  U.S. Airstrikes Kill 50 Al-Shabaab Jihadis in Somalia
Fri 2018-11-23
  Terror attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi foiled; 2 policemen martyred
Thu 2018-11-22
  PA court sentences Palestinians to 15 years hard labor for selling land to Jews
Wed 2018-11-21
  US military says strikes killed over 30 suspected militants in Somalia
Tue 2018-11-20
  Daesh suffers devastating defeat as Syrian Army liberates entire Al-Safa region
Mon 2018-11-19
  Key Taliban commanders among 7 detained by Afghan Commandos in Takhar
Sun 2018-11-18
  43 civilians killed by anti-ISIS coalition strikes in east Syria
Sat 2018-11-17
  Taliban kill 30 policemen in Farah province
Fri 2018-11-16
  Saudi Arabia will BEHEAD Khashoggi killers
Thu 2018-11-15
  Maute brothers' teen cousin surrenders in Mindanao
Wed 2018-11-14
  Ceasefire Goes Into Effect In South Following Unprecedented Rocket Barrage
Tue 2018-11-13
  Gaza factions agree to cease fire if Israel halts attack - Palestinian official
Mon 2018-11-12
  IAF have begun air strikes on Gaza.
Sun 2018-11-11
  Yemeni forces 'seize Hodeidah's main hospital' amid air raids

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