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Afghan guards open fire at Afghan-NATO meeting in Kandahar, injuring 2 Americans - reports
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2018 08:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gunman opens fire on Afghan-US security meeting, casualties: officials
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2018 10:20 Comments || Top||

#2  US commander survives Afghan gun attack in which police chief dies
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2018 10:22 Comments || Top||

#3  If this is the price of doing business, we have been in the wrong business for waaaaay too long...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/18/2018 10:57 Comments || Top||

Clashes reported among Afghan forces, militants in Balkh, Sari Pul provinces
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan Military in the North says at least twenty five Death Eaters have been killed or maimed during separate festivities in northern Balkh and Sari Pul provinces.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said at least three Death Eaters were killed and six others were maimed during a clash in Tarbalaq area in the lovely provincial capital of Sari Pul province.

The statement further added that the clash broke out at around 4:30am local time on Tuesday morning and as a result five cycle of violences of the Death Eaters were also destroyed.

At least 4 Death Eaters were killed and 12 others were maimed during a separate clash in Qashqar village in Chemtal district of northern Balkh province, the 209th Shaheen Corps added in its statement.

Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [25 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Car bomb destroyed, several militants killed in NDS raid in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device was destroyed and several Lions of Islam were killed during a raid of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), operatives in eastern 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 of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the said raid was conducted in the vicinity of Sherzad district.

The statement further added that the NDS Special Forces stormed a hideout of the Lions of Islam in Marak Khel area of the district late on Monday night and as a result a boom-mobile which was prepared for an attack was destroyed and several Lions of Islam were killed.

The raid was conducted with an aim to arrest key Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group members Ehsanullah who is also famous as Sajid, Omar Tangiwal, and Abdul Raziq also famous as Khalid.

the way to a man's heart remains through his stomach...
the named Lions of Islam had beat feet from the area before the operations were launched but several of their comrades were killed during the raid, the statement added.

The provincial government also added that the local residents and security personnel have not sustained casualties during the operation.

Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [26 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network

Parliamentary candidate Abdul Jabar Qahraman killed in Lashkargah explosion
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An kaboom destroyed the office of a parliamentary candidate in Lashargah city, the bustling provincial capital of southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...

The incident has taken place in the office of Abdul Jabar Qahraman and as a result a number of people have been killed or maimed.

A police source confirms that the parliamentary candidate Abdul Jabar Qahraman has lost his life in the kaboom which was triggered by an bomb planted in his office.

Provincial governor’s front man Omar Zwak had earlier said at least eight people have sustained injuries in the kaboom, including parliamentary candidate Abdul Jabar Qahraman.

This comes as parliamentary candidate Saleh Mohammad had earlier lost his life in a suicide kaboom.
An Nahar adds:
A bomb placed under a sofa killed an Afghan election candidate on Wednesday, officials said, as deadly violence escalates ahead of the October 20 parliamentary ballot.

The Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
quickly grabbed credit for the attack, which takes the number of candidates killed so far during the campaign season to at least 10.

Jabar Qahraman had been meeting with supporters in his campaign office in the southern province of Helmand -- a Taliban stronghold -- when the attack happened, provincial governor front man Omar Zhwak told AFP.

Another seven people were maimed in the blast in the quiet provincial capital Lashkar Gah.

The bomb had been hidden under Qahraman's sofa, Zhwak said.

"We have tossed in the slammer
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
several people in connection with the blast," he added.

Provincial police front man Salam Afghan confirmed the kaboom had killed one person and maimed at least two.

Most of the 10 candidates who have died in the lead-up to the election were murdered in assassinations.

Qahraman was the second candidate killed in Lashkar Gah this month, after Saleh Mohammad Asikzai was among eight people killed in a suicide kaboom last week.

That incident came a day after the Taliban warned candidates to withdraw from the parliamentary election, which the group has vowed to attack.

Poll-related violence has increased ahead of the long-delayed vote, with hundreds of people killed or maimed in attacks across the country.

Qahraman, a former army general under the Communist regime in the 1980s, had long been in the Taliban's crosshairs.

President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
sent Qahraman, a sitting MP, to Helmand as his special envoy in 2016 to help defeat the krazed killer group. Qahraman later resigned.

Preparations for the ballot have been a shambles and with days to go, organisers are still struggling to distribute voting materials to more than 5,000 polling centres.

The election for parliament's lower house is seen as a dry run for the presidential vote scheduled for April and organisers have said it would not be delayed any further.

It also is seen as a key milestone ahead of a UN meeting in Geneva in November, where Afghanistan will be under pressure to show progress on "democratic processes".

Almost nine million people have registered to vote, but observers expect far fewer to turn out due to the threat of krazed killer attacks and expectations of widespread fraud.

More than 50,000 members of Afghanistan's already overstretched security forces are being deployed to protect polling centres on election day.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [28 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

4 suicide bombers among 30 dead, wounded in U.S. airstrikes
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 30 faceless myrmidons including 4 jacket wallahs were killed or maimed in separate Arclight airstrikes carried out by the U.S. forces in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast in a statement said the coalition forces carried out an airstrike targeting a mini-van of the faceless myrmidons in Qurban area of Qarabagh district, leaving four suicide bombers dead.

The statement further added that the coalition forces also carried out airstrikes against the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
targets in Chori Kali area of Aab Band district, leaving at least 19 faceless myrmidons dead and 7 others maimed.

According to 203rd Thunder Corps, the faceless myrmidons killed or maimed during the airstrikes belong to Zarif Kochi group of Taliban.

Two vehicles, including a Ford Ranger and a mini-van of the Taliban were also destroyed during the same airstrikes, the statement by 203 Thunder Corps added.

Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [30 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Al-Shabaab Claims Killing Of A Former Electoral Delegate In Mogadishu
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
grabbed credit for the murder of an elder involved in the election of current members of Somali parliament the Wadajir district in the market.

Mohammed Ali Feeldheer, the slain elder was reported to have participated in the election of MPs from Adado city of Galmudug
...a semiautonomous region in central Somalia, bordering Puntland on the north. Galmudug is not trying to obtain international recognition as a separate nation, but rather considers itself autonomous within the larger Somali federalism, for what that's worth...
state of Somalia in late 2016.

Al-Shabaab has released statement posted on their websites, saying the former electoral delegate has been executed by two bandidos forces of Evil armed with pistols.

There is no word yet from the security officers in the area over the killing.

Al-Shabaab has in the past vowed to target any elder took part in last Somalia’s parliamentary election held across the state capitals.

Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [27 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Yemeni army surround Baqim in Saada, killing several Houthis
...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 members were killed and many injured, among them two field commanders, following an intense offensive launched by Yemen’s national army backed by the Arab coalition, in Baqim district in the governorate of Saada.

A military source said the two injured Houthi commanders are Abu Ghallab, who is the head of a unit in the coup militia, and Abu Fayez, who is a supervisor at a Baqim post.

The source added that the Yemeni legitimate forces have surrounded the district from all angles, while other forces backed by the coalition, continue to advance toward the governorate.

The source said the army liberated villages in the area and destroyed Houthi ammunition there.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [26 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Suspicious package found near British parliament
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Police on Wednesday carried out a controlled kaboom on a suspicious package found in central London near the British parliament.

Officers were called to the gardens next to the River Thames during the afternoon and emergency services were at the scene, a police front man said.

An AFP photographer on the spot saw a bomb disposal robot being deployed in the area and a controlled kaboom was heard.

A building where many MPs have their offices was also cordoned off along with Victoria Embankment which leads to parliament.

The area was targeted in a terror attack last year when Khalid Masood, mowed down and killed five pedestrians before fatally stabbing a police officer outside the parliament building.

A man who crashed his car into the security barriers outside parliament in August is also suspected of attempting an attack.

London police blow up suspicious package near parliament

[IsraelTimes] Police use a bomb disposal robot to carry out a controlled kaboom of a package found in central London near the British parliament.

Although the package was later found not to be suspicious, emergency services were called to gardens next to the River Thames during the afternoon, a police front man says.

“We’ve just been told it’s all been stood down — non-suspicious,” he tells AFP.
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Suspect in Crimean college attack shot himself
[Al Ahram] The suspect in an attack on a college in the Crimean city of Kerch shot himself and his body has been found inside the college, the TASS news agency cited Russia's National Anti-terrorism Committee as saying on Wednesday.The attack, in which 18 people were killed, was carried out by a 22-year-old male student of the college, Sergei Aksyonov, Crimea's Russian-backed head, was quoted as saying earlier on Wednesday by the Interfax news agency.

Crimean college shooting: what we know so far

[PULSE.NG] A teenage gunman rubbed out at least 19 people and injured dozens before killing himself at a technical college where he was a student in Russian-annexed Crimea on Wednesday.

Here is what we know so far about the shooting.

Russian authorities initially put out conflicting versions of what happened at the college in Kerch, a city in the Crimea peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014.

The attack was first reported as an kaboom, with authorities saying an "unidentified bomb" had gone off and classifying the incident as an act of terror.

A few hours later Russia's Investigative Committee said the victims were killed by gunshots.

"A shooting took place after the kaboom. The gunman had a hunting gun," Crimean official Igor Mikhailichenko said.

The attack was then reclassified as a murder.

"This is not a terrorist act. It's a mass killing committed by one scumbag," Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov said on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
During the course of the day Sherlocks said they found two bombs: one in the college canteen and another in the personal belongings of Roslyakov, whose body was discovered in the library.

According to the authorities, the bomb in the canteen was "filled with metal objects" and caused substantial damage to the building's first floor.

CCTV images showed a man entering the school -- "holding a gun", Sherlocks said. They added that Roslyakov's body had gunshot wounds.

According to a source cited by the RIA Novosti state news agency, Roslyakov had legally acquired a gun licence and passed the necessary psychological tests to do so.

According to authorities, Vladislav Roslyakov was 18 years-old and a fourth year student in Kerch college.

His motives for the attack are still unknown. According to Aksyonov, he did not previously show signs of aggression.

A photograph published on Russian websites appeared to show the body of a young man lying in a pool of blood, resembling the man in the CCTV footage.

Images circulating on social media allegedly show Roslyakov wearing a similar T-shirt to Eric Harris, one of the two killers responsible for the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in the US.

Authorities said they are investigating whether Roslyakov had accomplices or whether he was acting "under the influence" of another person or group.
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Fighting in Srinagar leaves 3 combatants, civilian dead
[DAWN] Anti-India protests and festivities erupted in the main city in India-held Kashmire (IHK) on Wednesday after a gunbattle between gunnies and government forces killed at least two suspected Kashmiri fighters, a civilian and a counterinsurgency police official, residents and police said.

At least a dozen journalists covering the fighting were beaten by counterinsurgency coppers well after the fighting ended, media groups and news hounds said.

The gunbattle began early on Wednesday after troops cordoned off a neighborhood in Srinagar on a tip that some armed fighters were in a civilian home, police said. The exchange of gunfire lasted for about half an hour, police said, leaving two armed fighters, a son of the house owner and a police official dead.

Asif Nabi, another son of the house owner, said the shooting began shortly after Indian troops knocked on their door and took away his brother. Police said the man was killed in the fighting as he tried to escape along with the armed fighter, alleging he had provided logistic support to them.

The house owner suffered cardiac arrest during the raid and was hospitalised, residents and police said.

At least three soldiers were also injured in the fighting. No further information was immediately available.

Residents said they heard loud kabooms during the fighting and accused the troops of blasting at least two houses with explosives.

As news of the fighting spread, anti-India protests and festivities erupted in several places in downtown Srinagar. Demonstrators chanting slogans demanding an end to Indian rule tried to reach the site of the standoff and threw stones at police and paramilitary soldiers.

Indian forces fired tear gas and shotgun pellets to stop the protesters. There were no reports of injuries.

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Death sentences against six convicts involved in terrorism carried out: Ministry
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi Justice Ministry has carried out death sentences against six convicts involved in terrorism charges.

A statement by the ministry on Wednesday said “death sentences were carried out against six convicts in accordance with counter-terrorism law.”

The ministry highlighted working on implementing the law.

Iraqi courts have recently issued death sentences against convicts involved in explosions and killing of civilians and security personnel that have occurred over the past few years.

On Sunday, the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad sentenced a man to death as he was caught supplying the Islamic State with explosive materials.
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Three people, including policeman, killed in bomb blast, north of Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Three people, including a policeman, were killed in a bomb blast, north of Salahuddin, a security source from the province said on Wednesday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said “a police captain was killed, along with two other employees as a bomb targeted their vehicle at al-Eitha island in Shirqat town, north of Salahuddin.”

The bodies, according to the source, “were transferred to forensic medicine department.”
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Three people injured in Islamic State attack on Baghdad-Kirkuk road
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Three people were wounded as Islamic State militants attacked civilians on board of a bus on Baghdad-Kirkuk road, a security source from the capital said on Wednesday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said “Islamic State members attacked, in the evening, an armed attack on a bus carrying civilians on Baghdad-Mosul, which left three people, including a child, injured.”

Security troops, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, “cordoned off the blast scene and transferred the wounded to hospital for treatment.”
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Two people wounded in hand grenade explosion, east of Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Two people were wounded in a hand grenade explosion, east of Baghdad, a security source said on Wednesday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said, “a hand grenade went off, this morning, targeting a house in Sabaa’ Qosour region, east of Baghdad, leaving two people wounded.”

Troops arrived to the accident spot, the source said, adding that the wounded were taken to hospital for treatment.
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IDF says 20 Gaza targets bombed, including tunnels; blames Hamas for rockets
[IsraelTimes] Military doesn’t say which terror group launched rockets that hit Beersheba home, landed off central Israeli coast, but lays responsibility on Strip’s rulers

The Israeli military bombed 20 "military facilities" in the Gazoo Strip on Wednesday morning, the army said, in response to a predawn rocket attack that struck a home in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, causing damage but no injury.

A second rocket fired from Gazoo landed off the coast of the greater Tel Aviv area, known in Israel as Gush Dan, which consists of the metropolis itself along with a number of large suburbs.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 10/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [43 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

Deir Ezzor: Coalition sez Iran missiles missed ISIS, news service claims Coalition bombed Kurds, ISIS holding foreigners hostage

US Coalition says Iranian missile strike did no damage to ISIS in east Syria

[AlMasdar] (7:30 P.M.) – The large-scale missile strike conducted by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) against the Islamic State (ISIS) did little to no damage, the U.S. Coalition Spokesperson Colonel Sean Ryan stated on Tuesday, as reported by IHS Janes.

“The assessment that we have seen so far is that there were six missiles that landed,” Col Ryan told reporters yesterday.

“We didn’t see any … damage from those missiles at all. I know that they [the Iranians] claim [the missiles hit their targets] but from what we’ve seen there hasn’t been any damage,” he added.

The IRGC said the missile strikes did considerable damage to the Islamic State’s infrastructure in the eastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate.

They would add that their missiles managed to kill more than 40 Islamic State leaders near the border-city of Albukamal.

Claim: US Coalition accidentally bombs Kurdish forces in east Syria – RIA

[AlMasdar] (11:25 P.M.) – The U.S.-led Coalition accidentally bombed the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Syria on Wednesday.

Two U.S.-Coalition F-15 jets allegedly bombed the Syrian Democratic Forces in eastern Deir Ezzor, killing at least half dozen fighters in the process, the RIA News Agency reported this evening.

Citing a diplomatic source, the RIA report said that the accidentally bombing disrupted the Syrian Democratic Forces’ offensive against the Islamic State (ISIS).

The incident, which took place near the town of Hajin in the Syrian eastern Deir ez-Zor province, did not just disrupt the operation but also reportedly led to numerous defections in the ranks of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Even worse, the terrorists managed to seize some territories in the area, the source added.

A diplomatic source told RIA that the US’ “lack of coordination and professionalism” endangered the life of their own allies.

The U.S. Coalition and SDF have yet to comment on this allegation from the RIA News Agency.

Foreigners among the hostages of Daesh in eastern Syria

[AlMasdar] A military-diplomatic source said that there are foreign citizens among hostages who are kept by Daesh terrorists in Hajin area in Syria.

There are foreign citizens among hostages that kept in the city of Hajin,
... the latest ISIS headquarters in Syria after they lost Raqqa, Mayadin, Al-Qa'im, and Abu Kamal. Hajin is thought to be the current residence of ISIS Number 1 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi...
more than 700 people, a military-diplomatic source reported.

Earlier, Rusian Military reported that the Daesh* terror group attacked a refugee camp in Syria’s town of Al-Bahra on October 13, capturing 130 families and transporting them to Hajin, which is located in Deir ez-Zor province.

Lt. Gen. Vladimir Savchenko stressed that the abducted civilians were de-facto taken hostage and could be used by terrorists as a “human shield” to protect the militants from the possible attack by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) advancing towards the last Daesh-occupied areas on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

The Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria also said that passive conduct by the US-led coalition’s allies allowed militants to gain control over 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) of Syrian territory along the eastern bank of the Euphrates.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [56 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  RIA = RIA Novosti
Posted by: Snose Ebboluns6560 || 10/18/2018 0:48 Comments || Top||

Idlib: big turban permanently unwound, Syrian army and air force prep for action

High ranking jihadist commander assassinated in northwest Syria

[AlMasdar] (11:00 A.M.) – A high ranking jihadist commander was assassinated in northwestern Syria, today, after his struck a roadside bomb in the Idlib province.

According to pro-opposition activists inside the Idlib Governorate, the military commander of Tanzim Hurras al-Deen “Abu Zubeir” was killed on Wednesday when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb that was planted by unknown assailants near the Hama province.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, opposition activists have taken to social media to blame the Syrian Arab Army and Russian military for the assassination.

Tanzim Hurras Al-Deen was one of the jihadist factions that rejected the Idlib agreement and called on other groups to attack the Syrian Arab Army and Russian military in northwest Syria.

Tanzim Hurras Al-Deen is also one of the largest foreign jihadist groups that is currently operating in northwest Syria.

Tiger Forces begin military drills in east Idlib as buffer zone agreement hangs in the balance (video)

[AlMasdar] (12:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in northwest Syria have been placed on high alert, as the buffer zone agreement hangs in the balance.

Led by their elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army has begun military drills and training exercises in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this week.

The military drills were overseen by the prominent commander of the Tiger Forces, Major General Suheil Al-Hassan, who made his first appearance in the Idlib province this month.

As shown in the video below, the Tiger Forces were training in a wide-open area close to the front-lines; it is very likely near the Abu Dhuhour Military Airport:
Video can be seen at the link.
With the jihadist rebels refusing to leave the buffer zone, the Syrian Arab Army has begun mobilizing their troops in northern Hama and southern Idlib for a potential military operation against the opposition forces.

While the 4th Division has been redeployed to southern Syria to help with the Islamic State offensive, the Tiger Forces and Liwaa Al-Quds have remained near the Idlib front in case the jihadist rebels refuse to leave the buffer zone.

As of now, no military operation is planned in northwest Syria; however, this could change in the next week if Turkey does not convince the jihadist rebels to withdraw from the buffer zone.

Syrian Air Force begins maneuvers along Idlib buffer zone (video)

[AlMasdar] (1:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) began their maneuvers along the Idlib buffer zone, yesterday, the official media wing of the Tiger Forces reported.

The Tiger Forces released a video that showed an attack chopper moving across what they claimed was the Idlib provincial border.

The chopper could be seen flying over the area, marking the first time since the Sochi agreement was put in place that the Syrian Air Force has been active over near the jihadist front-lines.

While no airstrikes have been launched, the Syrian Air Force’s maneuvers are likely being conducted for training purposes and to increase the pressure on the jihadist fighters that have refused to leave the Idlib buffer zone.

Both Russia and Turkey are currently in talks about the situation around the Idlib buffer zone; they have both stated that the deal is still on, but that it is taking longer than needed to implement.

A source in nearby Mhardeh told Al-Masdar that the Syrian Army is on high alert and will remain at the front-lines until the situation is clarified.

Syrian Army placed on high alert as jihadists remain inside buffer zone

[AlMasdar] (1:25 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been placed on high alert across the Idlib buffer zone after the jihadist rebels refused to withdraw from the designated de-escalation areas.

According to a military source in the city of Mhardeh, many units from the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces (NDF) have been ordered to the front-lines and told to remain on high alert.

The military source said that the Syrian Arab Army has been observing the jihadist movements over the last 24 hours and targeting any militant that attempts to infiltrate their positions across the Hama-Idlib axis.

Last night, Syrian Army snipers eliminated two members of the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) that were spotted trying to move towards the military’s lines.

The Syrian Army snipers reportedly used their thermal rifles to kill the two rebels that were likely attempting to plant bombs along the government roads near the Idlib buffer zone.

The jihadist rebels and their allies often conduct late night operations where they slip behind the government’s lines and plant IEDs and mines along these roads; these roadside bombs can kill up to a dozen soldiers at a time, especially if it is a transport vehicle.
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Syrian Army snipers wreak havoc on Turkish-backed rebels in northwest Hama
[AlMasdar] Opposition activists reported on Wednesday morning that two of their fighters were killed by Syrian Arab Army snipers last night.

On Tuesday night, the Syrian Arab Army snipers in western Hama killed two fighters from the Ottoman Turkish-backed National Liberation Front near the Beit Ras Bridge.

The Syrian Army soldiers used thermal sniper rifles near the bridge, indicating that they had received new weapons.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has received new sniper rifles from the Russian Federation that have now been put to use near the Idlib buffer zone.

Since the jihadist rebels have refused to leave the designated buffer zone in the Aleppo, Idlib, Hama, and Latakia provinces, the Syrian Arab Army has moved more troops towards the front-lines in anticipation of a potential battle with Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
and the NLF.

While the Russian and Ottoman Turkish forces work to force out the jihadist rebels from this buffer zone, the Syrian Arab Army will mobilize more troops to this front in case the opposition fighters don’t leave.
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Posted by: lord garth || 10/18/2018 10:40 Comments || Top||

Iraqi counter-terrorism troops kill Islamic State members in Syria
[IraqiNews] The Iraqi Counter-Terrorism troops, backed by U.S. forces, have killed 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....
leaders during operations carried out in Syria, a senior military source said on Wednesday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity to Alghad Press, the source said "the elite couter-terrorism forces as well as the U.S. Commandos carried out an operation on the Iraqi-Syrian borders and killed Islamic State leaders."

The operation, according to the source, "were carried out in regions of the Syrian al-Bu Kamal and Hasaka, depending on information from the Iraqi and Syrian intelligence, backed by the U.S. Commandos."

The Iraqi-Syrian borders are under the control of joint troops of military and border guards. Iraq had previously announced launching Arclight airstrikes against IS locations in Syria.
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