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Afghanistan
Insurgents kill 11 Afghan soldiers in Farah
[DAWN] At least 11 soldiers were killed when their checkpoint came under an attack by snuffies in western Afghanistan, a provincial official said on Saturday.

Mohammad Naser Mehri, front man for the Farah provincial governor, said four other soldiers were maimed in the shootout in Bala Buluk district. Mehri said nine snuffies were killed and 13 others maimed.

Mehri said a "large number" of snuffies launched an attack late on Friday night and the battle continued into early Saturday.

The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
have not grabbed credit for the attack but Mehri blamed the group, which has recently stepped up assaults against Afghan cops in the province.

In southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province, meanwhile, a suicide boom-mobileer detonated his explosives at a joint army and police checkpoint, killing policeman, said Omar Zwak, front man for the provincial governor.

Zwak said 11 other soldiers and police were maimed in the attack, which took place outskirt of Lashkar Gah, the scenic provincial capital.

Posted by: Fred || 07/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [24 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


7 killed, 15 wounded in Kabul suicide attack
[KhaamaPress] At least seven people were killed and nearly fifteen others sustained injuries in a suicide kaboom in Kabul late on Sunday afternoon. The incident took place close to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry in West of Kabul city.

Hashmat Stnikzai, Kabul Security Commandment front man, confirmed the incident but added that the casualties toll could further climb.

No individual or group including Talibs has so far grabbed credit behind the incident.

The suicide attack near the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development took place hours after an kaboom left a senior officer maimed in the city.

The police chief of the 5th police district of Kabul Ghafoor Azizi sustained injuries after a magnetic bomb planted in his vehicle went off at around 6am local time in Badam Bagha area of Kabul city.

A front man for the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group Zabiullah Mujahid issued a statement claiming that the kaboom left at least three people dead while the police chief of Police District#5 has sustained injuries.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [22 views] Top|| File under:


Civilians, militants suffer casualties as heavy clashes erupt in Khost
[KhaamaPress] A clash broke out between the anti-government armed Lions of Islam and local residents in Zazai Maidan district of Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
earlier today.

The local officials are saying at least ten Lions of Islam annd three civilians have bit the dust during the clash.

Provincial governor’s front man Taliba Mangal confirmed the incident and said a standoff is underway in the area and additional forces have been deployed to suppress the krazed killers.

He said a civilian has also sustained injuries during the festivities with the Lions of Islam but did not elaborate further regarding the casualties of the armed forces.

Mangal further added that festivities started after a large number of Lions of Islam equipped with light and heavy weaponry launched a coordinated attack on the district.

The anti-government armed Lions of Islam have not commented regarding the report so far.

Khost has been among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the security situation of the province has started to deteriorate during the recent months amid ongoing efforts by the Lions of Islam to expand their insurgency activities in eastern and southeastern provinces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [22 views] Top|| File under:


Ex-PC member and his murderer killed in Ghazni province
[KhaamaPress] A former member of the Provincial Council was killed in an attack by an unidentified armed man in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan, the local security authorities said Sunday. The incident took place late on Saturday evening in the vicinity of Ghazni city, the picturesque provincial capital of Ghazni province.

The provincial security commandment confirmed the incident and said both the former Provincial Council member and his murderer were killed in the incident.

A statement by the provincial security commandment stated that the tribal elder, ex-provincial council member and former mayor of Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province Syed Obaidullah Sadat was killed in the attack on Saturday evening.

The statement further added that the assailant was rubbed out by the security forces as he was attempting to flee the area.

The assailant used a gun with a silencer to carry out the attack, the provincial security commandment said, adding that an investigation is underway to ascertain the identity of the attacker and to confirm to which group he belonged to.

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

Ghazni is among the relatively volatile provinces in southeastern parts of the country where the Talibs and terrorist belonging to the other groups are actively operating in some of its districts.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [19 views] Top|| File under:


Taliban militants suffer casualties after attacking Afghan forces in Hesarak
[KhaamaPress] The local officials in Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province are saying at least eleven Talibs were killed or maimed during a clash with the police forces in Hesarak district. The incident took place late on Friday night in the vicinity of Hesarak district of Nangarhar province.

The provincial government media office in a statement said at least four Talibs were killed and seven others were maimed during the clash. The statement further added that the security forces and the local residents did not suffer any casualty during the clash.

The anti-government armed Lions of Islam including Talibs have not commented regarding the report so far.

Nangarhar has been among the relatively calm provinces since the fall of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
regime in 2001 but the anti-government armed Lions of Islam have been attempting to expand their foothold in this province during the recent years. However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
the Afghan armed forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations to suppress the myrmidon groups.

The US forces based in Afghanistan also conduct Arclight airstrike almost on routine basis to prevent the myrmidon groups expand their foothold in this province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [21 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Six dead after attackers target Somalia’s presidential palace
[DAWN] Somali se­­c­urity forces rubbed out three bandidos forces of Evil wearing soldiers’ uniforms, foiling an attem­pted Al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
attack on the presidential palace that beg­an with a boom-mobile exp­lod­ing, police said on Saturday.

The confrontation came a week after an attack on the nearby interior ministry com­­pound in Mogadishu killed at least nine people, again raising questions about the state of security in the most sensitive areas of Somalia’s capital.

Six people were dead in all including a suicide boom-mobileer, Capt. Mohammed Hussein said, adding the situation had calmed and security in the area was being tightened.

The midday attack began when a boom-mobile detonated near a checkpoint close to the presidential palace after security forces engaged with button men. A second boom-mobile went kaboom! in the same area shortly afterwards, Hussein said.

"There were skirmishes between security forces and the attackers and then we had a big blast and a huge boom. The blast knocked me down," one witness, Osman Ali, said.

The Somalia-based Al-Shabaab holy warrior group, an arm of Al Qaeda, often targets high-profile places in the capital. It grabbed credit for Saturday’s attack, saying its fighters were conducting a "major operation" around the palace and nearby SYL Hotel.

Posted by: Fred || 07/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [23 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
‘Bin Laden bodyguard’ held in Tunisia over terror probe
[DAWN] A man who allegedly worked as the late Osama bin Laden
... who was laid out deader than a mackerel, right next to the mackerel...
’s bodyguard has been detained in Tunisia as part of a terrorism probe after his expulsion from Germany, a prosecution front man said on Saturday.

Known as Sami A. by German authorities and Sami Idoudi in his home country, the Tunisian "has been taken into custody following a judicial decision by the prosecutor of Tunis", said front man Sofiene Sliti.

He was wanted on "suspicion of involvement in Lion of Islam activities in Germany", following an investigation by the anti-terrorism unit, Sliti added.

Tunisian legislation allows cases to be brought against citizens accused of terrorism crimes abroad, Sliti said.

The 42-year-old suspect returned to Tunis on Friday, following a lengthy legal battle in Germany over his deportation.

Idoudi had lived in Germany for more than two decades, staying in the country despite his asylum request being denied in 2007 as courts cited the danger of torture in Tunisia.

The legal dispute is set to continue as a German court on Friday ordered Idoudi be returned to the country, after a ruling blocking the expulsion arrived once his plane was already airborne.

The court said his expulsion was illegal and accused authorities of "knowingly" defying the order by completing his transfer to authorities in Tunis.

The Tunisian authorities "have not received any official written request" for his return, said Sliti, who also represents the country’s anti-terrorism unit.

He was unable to confirm whether Tunisian authorities intended to send the detainee back to Germany.

Considered a security threat over his suspected ties to Islamist groups, Idoudi has for years had to report to police but was never charged with an offence.

He has always denied being the former bodyguard of late Al Qaeda leader Bin Laden, the criminal mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
This article starring:
Sami A.
Posted by: Fred || 07/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [34 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram overruns Nigerian military base
[PRESSTV] 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...
Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
forces of Evil have overrun a military base following a ferocious gun fight with Nigerian troops in the country's troubled northeast.

The Lions of Islam invaded the base holding hundreds of soldiers in Yobe state in an hours-long onslaught Saturday night.

"Boko Haram forces of Evil attacked troops of the 81st Division Forward Brigade at Jilli village in Geidam district. The forces of Evil came in huge numbers around 7:30 pm (1830 GMT) and overran the base after a fierce battle that lasted till 9:10 pm," AFP quoted a military source as saying.

"The base had 734 troops. Currently the commander of the base and 63 soldiers have made it to Geidam (60 kilometers away) while the remaining 670 are being expected," he said.

"We don't know if there were any casualties among the troops. That will be known later."

A leader of a local anti-militant militia attributed the attack to the Abu-Mus'ab al-Barnawi faction of Boko Haram, which is known for targeting Nigerian forces.

"We learned that they drove from Lake Chad through Gubio (in nearby Borno state) and attacked the base."

Geidam resident Fannami Gana said that Boko Haram Lions of Islam "overwhelmed" the troops. "We don't know the details of what happened but we learnt they were overwhelmed by hundreds of Boko Haram button men."

The latest attack was carried out after Boko Haram forces of Evil ambushed a military convoy in neighboring Borno state. On Friday, nearly two dozen Nigerian soldiers went missing after Lions of Islam ambushed a convoy outside Bama, leading to the loss of several military vehicles. According to a military officer, "around 100 terrorists" attacked the convoy.

Yan St-Pierre, the counter-terrorism advisor and head of the Berlin-based Modern Security Consulting Group, said that the murderous Moslem raids showed the persistent threat of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region.

Posted by: Fred || 07/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [23 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Boko Haram Overruns Nigeria Military Base in 2nd Attack in Days
[AnNahar] 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...
jihadists overran a military base in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
after a ferocious firefight, military and vigilante sources said Sunday, the second assault on the country's forces in two days.

The holy warriors on Saturday evening invaded a base holding hundreds of soldiers in Yobe state -- where they kidnapped over 100 girls from a school earlier this year -- in an attack that lasted for hours, a military source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"Boko Haram bully boyz attacked troops of the 81 Division Forward Brigade at Jilli village in Geidam district. The bully boyz came in huge numbers around 7:30 pm (1830 GMT) and overran the base after a fierce battle that lasted till 9:10 pm," said the military source.

"The base had 734 troops. Currently the commander of the base and 63 soldiers have made it to Geidam (60 kilometers away) while the remaining 670 are being expected," he said.

"We don't know if there were any casualties among the troops. That will be known later," he said, adding that the base was new and the troops had recently arrived from Lagos, the commercial capital.

A leader of a local anti-jihadist militia said that the soldiers sustained casualties, but was unable to give a toll, attributing the attack to the Abu-Mus'ab al-Barnawi faction of Boko Haram, which is known for targeting Nigerian forces.

"We learned that they drove from Lake Chad through Gubio (in nearby Borno state) and attacked the base," he said.

Geidam resident Fannami Gana said that Boko Haram jihadists "overwhelmed" the troops.

"We don't know the details of what happened but we learnt they were overwhelmed by hundreds of Boko Haram button men," said Gana.

The attack on the base took place just days after Boko Haram fighters ambushed a military convoy in neighboring Borno state on Friday.

23 soldiers are missing after the ambush, in which the Nigerian military also lost several vehicles.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [33 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)

#1  the commander of the base and 63 soldiers have made it to Geidam

"Directing the reset from the rear."
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/16/2018 2:29 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Houthi court sentences three Yemenis from Saada to death
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militia court in Sanaa has handed down execution orders of three citizens from the province of Saada on charges of collaborating with the Yemeni legitimate government and coalition countries.

According to media sources affiliated with the Houthi militias, "the Criminal Court of First Instance controlled by the militias in Sanaa handed out the death penalty
to Mohammed Yahya Mohammed Hajar, Abdulrahman Rabshan Hassan Amiri and Saleh Abbas Saleh Suleiman".

The same court issued death sentences on eight other Yemeni citizens last April on charges belonging to ISIS and allegedly collaborating with the countries belonging to the coalition backing the legitimate Yemeni government.

The sentences come at a time when the Saada, currently a main stronghold of the Houthis, is witnessing wide falls among the ranks of the militias as many armed Yemeni forces advance on several fronts with the participation of the province’s rustics in fighting alongside them against the militias.

Local and international human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
organizations accuse the Houthi militias of widespread abuses against their opponents, including the arbitrary use of the death penalty.

The militias, according to Yemeni activists and human rights organizations, have turned the judiciary into a tool to defeat its political opponents and issue dozens of death sentences against activists, journalists and citizens within their areas of control.

Posted by: Fred || 07/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [23 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Sanaa tribes support pro-Houthi forces in ‘battle for Hodeidah
[ALMASDARNEWS] Local tribes congregated on Sunday in Sanaa to demonstrate their support to the pro-Houthi army and willingness to fight the Saudi-led coalition for the port of Hodaidah.

Cars carrying fighters and loaded with ammunition arrived in the city, with tribesmen saying they are headed for the coast “to defeat the Saudi and American enemies.”


Posted by: Fred || 07/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [21 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Great White North
Student attacked in dormitory sues UBC
A young woman whose throat was slashed inside a University of British Columbia student residence has filed a lawsuit against the school alleging negligence.

The notice of civil claim says Mary Hare was inside her room in Salish House in October 2016 when international student Thamer Almestadi entered carrying a knife.

Almestadi's trial heard he knocked on the 19-year-old's door, slit her throat and started choking her before other students pulled him off.

A court found the teen not criminally responsible because he was suffering from a psychotic episode in which he believed the Qur'an had sent him a message to kill Hare.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/16/2018 01:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ship him home where he'll fit right in.
Posted by: gorb || 07/16/2018 3:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Better yet, let him smell flowers - through their roots.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/16/2018 3:35 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm only being half snarky here. Did the students who pulled the guy off get punished?
Doesn't sound like a psychotic break. Sounds like he's been paying attention at Sunday School.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 07/16/2018 6:07 Comments || Top||

#4  That would be "Friday School".
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/16/2018 7:29 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Tear gas and water cannon fired at Iraqi protesters in Basra
[Al Jazeera] At least seven people have been injured in the oil-rich Iraqi city of Basra after police fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters rallying for better services and employment opportunities, police and activists have said.

In the latest in a week of daily protests against corruption and poor governance, hundreds of Iraqis gathered outside Basra's main provincial government building on Sunday, before the situation quickly turned violent and security forces began firing in the air and used tear gas and water cannon.

"Some protesters tried to storm the building," one police source told Rooters news agency.

"We prevented them by using water cannons and tear gas."

According to the source, nineteen members from the security forces were maimed by stone-throwing protesters.

Posted by: Fred || 07/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [38 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  If they would just adopt Bernie Sanders' basic income "money for nothing" approach, stuff like this wouldn't happen...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/16/2018 7:03 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Gaza ‘fire kite' flyers threaten to step up attacks after IDF injures 3
The poor darlings.
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinians cite two dronezaps in Beit Hanoun area; cabinet instructs military to adopt tougher policy toward cross-border arson attacks

A group of young Paleostinians who have been launching incendiary kites and balloons into southern Israel threatened to step up their activities on Sunday, after several of their number were maimed in Israeli Arclight airstrikes earlier in the day.

The self-styled "Sons of Zouari" said they would conduct a "high-quality response" against Israel in light of the military’s increasingly forceful retaliations for the Paleostinian group’s airborne arson attacks, according to information shared on Paleostinian social media and a source, who asked to remain anonymous.

Throughout the day on Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces conducted three dronezaps against Paleostinians launching incendiary kites and balloons at southern Israel, injuring three of them, Paleostinian media reported.

The first of those strikes occurred around noon, east of the Paleostinian town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gazoo Strip. According to Paleostinian media, one person was injured in the airstrike.

The Israeli military confirmed it conducted a strike, saying the Paleostinians who were targeted were members of the Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, terrorist organization, which rules the Strip.

The second came just over an hour later, in the southern Gazoo Strip. No injuries were reported.

The third occurred shortly after 5 p.m., again east of Beit Hanoun. The front man for the Hamas-run Gazoo health ministry, Ashraf al-Qidra, said two were maimed in that airstrike.

Such airborne arson attacks have sparked numerous fires throughout southern Israel since April. According to Israeli officials, the practice began on a small-scale basis and was then quickly adopted and encouraged by Hamas. The kites and balloons, some of which are boobytrapped, have wreaked havoc in the Israeli communities surrounding the Gazoo Strip, sparking fires that have scorched over 7,000 acres of land and caused millions of shekels in damage.

On Sunday, the security cabinet ordered the military to take a more aggressive stance against the arson attacks.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday reiterated that Israel would not tolerate the continued kite and balloon arson attacks that have burned tens of thousands of dunams of forests and agricultural land, including at least six fresh fires started on Sunday.

Until now, the IDF has largely refrained from firing directly at the kite flyers and balloon launchers, instead shooting near them as a warning or striking the infrastructure they use to carry out the attacks. In some cases, the military later conducted airstrikes against Hamas positions, in response to these incendiary kites and balloons.

The threats by the "Sons of Zouari" came hours after a fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect, following one of the most severe exchanges of fire between Israel and Hamas since the 2014 war. Over the weekend, Paleostinian murderous Moslems fired some 200 rockets and missiles at Israeli communities near the Gazoo border. In response, the IDF struck dozens of Hamas targets in the Strip.

Netanyahu said Hamas was hit "substantially and hard" in the overnight Israeli strikes.

"Our policy is clear: Whoever hurts us, we will hit them with great strength. This is what we did yesterday," he said. "I hope that they got the message; if not, they will get it later."

The prime minister denied reports that said the ceasefire brokered by Egypt did not include the cessation of the arson attacks.

"This is incorrect. We are not prepared to accept any attacks against us and we will respond appropriately," he added.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman also warned Hamas that it would "pay a heavy price," if it did not cease hostilities.

"It’s important to emphasize that we have no intention of tolerating this ‐ not rockets, not kites, not drones ‐ nothing," he said at the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting. "I hope that Hamas has drawn conclusions, and if they haven’t, they will need to pay a heavy price."
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [52 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Two words of advice: cluster bombs
Posted by: SteveS || 07/16/2018 2:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Be careful, Israel has more drones than you have idiots.

Oh my, what have I just said?
Posted by: gorb || 07/16/2018 3:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Mad barking from the dogs of EUrope in 5..4..3
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/16/2018 3:18 Comments || Top||

#4  It would see that these kites and drones would be a good use / test the Israeli's THOR laser system.
Posted by: Glaising Snusotle5882 || 07/16/2018 7:56 Comments || Top||

#5  two words: strafing run.
Posted by: AlanC || 07/16/2018 8:02 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian regime forces shell Tel al-Hara west of Daraa
Daraa (Syria News) Syrian regime forces have intensified their shelling on Tel al-Hara area, in the western countryside of Daraa, after Tahrir al-Sham militia captured the strategic area, Enab Baladi News reported on Sunday.

The news outlet revealed that, yesterday, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham captured the strategic area of Tel al-Hara, following a settlement agreement signed between Assad forces and the opposition factions controlling the area.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [20 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Israel said to strike Iran-linked base in northern Syria
NOBODY expects the IAF!! Bwahahahahaha!
[IsraelTimes] Al-Nayrab airbase outside Aleppo reportedly houses Iranian fighters; Syrian state media says Israeli missiles cause damage to material

Israel on Sunday night attacked a military base near Aleppo in northern Syria, the country's official news agency SANA reported, citing a military source.

SANA said there was only damage to the site, identified as the al-Nayrab airbase, adjacent to Aleppo's international airport.

"The Zionist enemy (Israel)... targeted with its missiles one of our military positions north of the Nayrab military airport, but the damage was only material," SANA said.

However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
there were unconfirmed reports of casualties at the site.

Al-Nayrab has in the past been linked with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps militia.

The base was reportedly previously struck by Israel on April 29 as part of a large raid that also targeted weapons depots near Hama.

There was no immediate comment from Israel, which rarely confirms such attacks.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said it had recorded a wave of blasts around Nayrab on Sunday night.

"They were caused by a missile attack, suspected to have been carried out by Israel, targeting positions held by Syria's regime and its allies at the Neirab airport and around it," the Britannia-based monitor said.

Suspected Israeli air strikes have hit Syrian army positions near Damascus and in the central provinces of Homs and Hama in the past.

However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
they rarely occur as far north as Aleppo.

The raid came hours before a high-stakes summit between Russian president Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
and US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
, where Syria and Iran are expected to be on the agenda.

Israel has been pushing Russia to remove Iranian-aligned militia fighters from Syria, and has vowed to stop them from getting a foothold anywhere in the country. Russia has reportedly only agreed to removing them from the Golan border region.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who met with Putin in Moscow last week, said Sunday he had discussed the issue with Trump a day earlier.

Netanyahu reportedly told Putin during their Wednesday meeting that Israel would not challenge Assad's control of Syria, in exchange for freedom to act against Iran.

On July 8, Israel was accused of carrying out an Arclight airstrike on the T-4 military base near Homs, also thought to be used by IRGC fighters.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [43 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Looks as if they can do this stuff whenever they want.
"only material" damage. Stuff still costs money.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 07/16/2018 6:10 Comments || Top||


Jihadist rebels make their last stand in west Daraa
[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
are not backing down in west Daraa, despite facing an overwhelming force from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their air force.

Led by their elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Army is attempting to advance in the western countryside of Daraa in a bid to force the remaining jihadist rebels to surrender the area.

However,
we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by...
Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham has repeatedly refused to surrender in this area, as they control the highest point in the western countryside of Daraa.

For Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, as long as they control the large hilltop of Tal al-Harrah, they will have fire control over a large area between the Daraa and A-Quneitra governorates.

Furthermore, as long as they can withstand the Syrian Air Force’s bombardment, they can hold out on this hilltop for quite a while.

The Syrian Army does not want to storm Tal al-Harrah and they are hoping that their heavy bombardment will ultimately convince Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham to either withdraw to al-Quneitra or leave for northern Syria.

Unlike the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) and the other non-jihadist rebel groups, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham is a hard-line group that the Syrian government will not reconcile with.

So when it comes to battles like this, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham has only two options: leave or fight.

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Syria Rebels Begin Evacuating 'Cradle' of Uprising in Daraa
[AnNahar] Syrian rebels and their relatives began evacuating the southern city of Daraa on Sunday under a deal to bring the "cradle" of the country's uprising back under government control.

The highly symbolic transfers came as Russian-backed government forces advanced in the neighboring province of Quneitra, with air strikes pounding rebel positions perilously close to the Israeli-occupied Golan heights.

After securing Damascus in May, Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
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