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Afghanistan
Pakistani Forces 'Providing Weapons' To Taliban In Border Regions
[Tolo News] A police commander in Paktia province, in Afghanistan’s east, on Tuesday said Pakistani military forces ‘are supplying heavy weapons to Taliban fighters in areas along the Durand Line – the de facto border between Afghanistan and Pakistan – in order to attack Afghan security forces’.
Weapons, food & lodging, transport, medical evacuation....been going on for years, possibly decades.
The militants are stationed in parts of Dand-e-Patan district, said Gen. Abdulwase, commander of 203 Thunder Army Corps in the district.

“How do they (the Taliban) find weapon in the Zero Point (of the Durand Line), how are they equipped, how do they find personnel and where are they supported from? Pakistan is simply deceiving the world. But the world knows that Pakistani government is providing all these facilities to the Taliban,” he said.

He said the security forces will clear the district of Taliban and will cut off the supply lines of the militants, he said.

Wase said that so far over 110 Taliban fighters have been eliminated during the battles with the security forces. “At least 115 enemy fighters were killed and 70 others wounded. They attacked us twelve times in past few days but we repelled all their attacks,” he added.

According to him, the Pakistan government does not want the supply line to be cut off. The security forces launched a military operation in Dand-e-Pathan district one month ago, killing more than 150 Taliban militants.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [50 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


12 militants killed, 7 hideouts destroyed in Nangarhar airstrike
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least twelve faceless myrmidons were killed in an Arclight airstrike conducted in the 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 Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Arclight airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Achin district.

A statement by MoD said at least twelve faceless myrmidons were killed and seven of their hideouts were destroyed in the raid.

No further details were given regarding the Arclight airstrike and it is yet not clear if the Lions of Islam belonged to the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
faceless myrmidons or ISIS terrorist group.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but certain remote districts of it have witnessed growing insurgency mainly led by Taliban and ISIS during the recent years.

A major plan of 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....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) to establish the Khurasan province in Afghanistan has been foiled by the Afghan cops, the acting Minister of Defense Tariq Shah Bahrami said earlier.

Bahrami further added that the Afghan cops have launched 12 large operations so far and dozens of medium and large operations while hundreds of Arclight airstrikes have been conducted on the hideouts of the terror group.

According to the acting minister of defense, at least 2,500 Lions of Islam of the terrorist group have been killed during the operations until now and around 800 others have sustained injuries.

Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [48 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


ISIS in Afghanistan release grim execution video purports to show execution by children
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, the so-called ISIS-Khurasan province, has released a new grim execution video purportedly showing the murder of five individuals.

The video circulated online by the supports of the terror group shows the killing of five individuals, accused of espionage.

However,
the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits...
the grimmest part of the video is the execution carried out by two children, with both apparently being less than ten years of age.

The latest video by ISIS loyalists in Afghanistan has been released days after the terror group received unprecedented setbacks on the battlefield, losing several key commanders, leaders, and fighters.

The video has been released after the terror group’s attempts to establish a regional so-called caliphate and foothold in the country was thwarted, specifically in the battle of Tora Bora, one of the key mountainous terrains of the country and home to al-Qaeda’s founder and leader the late Osama bin Laden
... who is no longer with us, and won't be again...
who was ousted as a result of the US air campaign and was subsequently killed in Abottabad of Pakistain.

In the meantime, the Afghan forces, in collaboration with the US forces based in Afghanistan have stepped up efforts and counter-terrorism operations to oust and eliminate the terror group from the Afghan soil.

The acting Minister of Defense Tariq Shah Bahrami said two weeks ago that a major plan of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original...
(ISIS) to establish the Khurasan province in Afghanistan has been foiled by the Afghan cops.

Bahrami further added that the Afghan cops have launched 12 large operations so far and dozens of medium and large operations while hundreds of Arclight airstrikes have been conducted on the hideouts of the terror group.

According to the acting minister of defense, at least 2,500 Death Eaters of the terrorist group have been killed during the operations until now and around 800 others have sustained injuries.

Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [49 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Chicago-Style
Posted by: Frank G || 06/28/2017 8:58 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Explosion heard from ship off the coast of Somalia
[SHABELLENEWS] A huge kaboom has been heard from a ship off the coast of Somalia’s Puntland
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...
region with flames seen rising from what was possibly a foreign naval vessel, an official has told Rooters.

"We heard (a) huge kaboom and flame rising from the ship. I believe that the ship is foreign," Ali Shire, mayor of Puntland’s port town of Alula, a pirate haven, told Rooters on Tuesday.

He said he believed the ship was likely a naval vessel because two foreign navy ships had helped rescue the crew.

It was not immediately clear whether the kaboom on Monday afternoon was caused by an accident onboard the vessel or was triggered by pirate attackers. It was also not clear whether the vessel had sunk after the blast.

Somali pirates often prowl waters around Alula. In March, pirates hijacked an oil tanker, Aris 13, with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, the first time a commercial ship was commandeered in the region since 2012.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [72 views] Top|| File under: Pirates

#1  The usual imaginary news report or did someone just seize a pirate mother ship and sanitize the evidence?
Posted by: magie || 06/28/2017 10:32 Comments || Top||


Govt forces clash with Al shabaab militants in Middle Shabelle
[SHABELLENEWS] A heavy battle between Somali government forces and Al shabaab was reported to have erupted on Tuesday in the eastern parts of Middle Shabelle region.

The attack sparked a fierce clash between al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
bully boyz and Æthiopian forces who are serving with the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

"We heard heavy shootouts that lasted for about an hour. All the residents were in state of fear and shock," said one of residents in Ali Fooley village, near Mahaday town.

The number of casualties is yet unclear as both sides did not provide further information about the gun-battle which broke out after the troops advanced on Al shabaab strongholds.

Al-Shabaab has intensified its ambush attacks on Somali and AMISOM forces in the past few months, as the group is trying to topple the UN backed Federal government in Mogadishu.

Somalia’s new federal government has announced in March an offensive against Al shabaab , to recapture all areas still under the control of the Death Eaters.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Deadly blast targets police near Kenya-Somalia border
[Al Jazeera] At least four children and four coppers have been killed in a roadside kaboom in southeastern Kenya, near the border with Somalia, according to police.

Noah Mwivanda, a police brass hat in Lamu County, said Tuesday's blast happened between Mararani and Kiunga towns.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The deadly incident bore the hallmarks of similar bombings blamed on Somalia's al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
gang, which has previously targeted security forces in the region.

It increases the corpse count from homemade explosives in the last three months to 46, with coppers as the majority of fatalities.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [41 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Ramadan ended with tribal clashes in southern Libya
[Libya Observer] One person was killed and five others maimed in tribal festivities that broke out in the southern Libyan city of Sabha in the first day of Eid al-Fitr.

Local sources said gunnies from Tabu tribe exchanged fire with Gadadfa rustics in the City Center Street in Hai Mahdia district at around 1.00 am on Sunday while people were shopping for Eid, causing panic among the shoppers.

"The street was very crowded with Eid shoppers and suddenly the shootout started and people started to scramble and scream," an eyewitness reported.

Sabha Medical Center said a pregnant woman, a 13-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy were among the maimed in the random shooting that lasted for several hours before it came to an end.

It is still not clear what caused the fighting, but the city has been plagued with tribal festivities over trivial matters. In November 2016, a monkey sparked deadly festivities between Gadadfa and Awlad Suleiman rustics that left 12 people dead and 25 others maimed.

Tuareq, Tabu, Awlad Suleiman, Awlad Sahil, Magharha, and Gadadfa are the main social components in Sabha.

In March, the Italian government brokered a comprehensive reconciliation agreement between Tabu and Awlad Suleiman tribes in the Italian capital of Rome to end tension between the two warring tribes.

Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Egypt's air forces foil arms smuggling attempt in Western Desert
[AlAhram] Egypt's air forces halted an arms smuggling operation to Egypt through the Western Desert, the Egyptian armed forces announced on Tuesday.

According to a statement published on the army spokesperson's official Facebook page, air forces acting on intelligence reports launched a mission on the Egyptian-Libyan border and destroyed 12 (4x4) vehicles carrying weapons, ammunition and explosives.

Egypt's over 1,000 kilometre-long border with Libya has witnessed ongoing arms smuggling since the fall of the Qadaffy regime in 2011.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [41 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria: Boko Haram confirms abducting several police
[AA.TR] 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...
factional chief Abubakar Shekau
... the lunatic leader of Boko Haram who has been reported dead at least eleven times, pledged his body and soul to ISIS, told his fighters to hang it up once or twice, and been fired by the Caliph and refused to step down ...
said in a new video on Tuesday that his men were behind last week's abduction of several policewomen in Nigeria's northeastern area of Damboa.

"I want to tell you that we were the ones who attacked the convoy...we were the ones that kidnapped the female coppers; in fact, they are senior female coppers," Shekau claimed in the 17-minute footage.

"What we did is nothing when compared to our women, children, and friends that have been wiped out or enjugged
You have the right to remain silent...
for many years by the Nigerian government. We only kidnapped them to serve as slaves to us," according to the top Lion of Islam who had repeatedly been reported killed by the local army.

Last Tuesday, a convoy of security agents was ambushed along Maiduguri-Damboa road. Several coppers and civilians in the convoy were maimed as bully boyz opened fire on them, with several security operatives escaping into the bush. Police confirmed one officer dead but has been silent on the abduction which were reported by many local media outlets.

Shekau did not say the exact number of the policewomen kidnapped by his men.

Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Iraq
Kurdish Peshmerga forces foil ISIS attack on Kirkuk
[ARA News] Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces on Tuesday repelled an offensive by 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....
’s (ISIS) jihadists in Kirkuk province.

ISIS turbans tried to infiltrate into the Kerawa town in Kirkuk province to target one of the key Peshmerga headquarters there.

"ISIS [ISIS] gunnies launched the attack from three axis in a bid to hit our headquarters in Kerawa," a Peshmerga front man told ARA News.

ISIS jihadists reportedly initiated the offensive by targeting a Peshmerga checkpoint with boom-mobiles, causing injuries among the Kurdish forces.

"The attack was foiled after festivities with these terrorists," the Peshmerga official said.

At least 12 ISIS members were killed in the festivities. The group withdrew from the area in the evening on Tuesday after suffering losses in manpower and equipment.

"Our forces are heavily deployed in this area, and prepared to defend Kirkuk province with all means," he told ARA News.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [57 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi Army begins big offensive in Mosul to defeat ISIS for good
[ALMASDARNEWS] Over the past 24 hours, the Iraqi Army has initiated a remarkable pincer offensive in the largely ISIS-held Old City neighborhood of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, ultimately looking to cut the tiny 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....
pocket in two by joining forces at the al-Sa’ah Roundabout, a key junction in the heart of the densely populated district.

After liberating the al-Saa church intact, the Iraqi Federal Police secured the al-Zewani Mosque in the southwestern sector of the embattled neighborhood on Tuesday morning after imposing full control over the al-Farooq residential area hours earlier.

With rapid gains finally underway through the narrow streets of the Old City, Iraqi troops also captured around a dozen homemade rocket launchers and a makeshift field hospital where significant batches of pain killers were recovered:

Notably, recent government gains have secured large stretches of the main roads in the Old City; in turn, civilians are able to escape more easily through the humanitarian corridors that are vital to reduce collateral damage.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pound, the little lost dog had finished eating the rat terrier...
Amaq Agency released a by now rare video depicting ISIS snuffies amid their last-ditch defense in the battle for the Old City, the last Mosul neighborhood where jihadist belligerents maintain a presence:

In a related event, two ISIS sleeper cells opened fire on coppers in the al-Jazar district (liberated over six months ago) on the eastern bank of the Tigris River on Monday. However,
facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
the assailants were hunted down by shop owners and local residents who beat them to death before security forces managed to interfere.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  at one time, ISIS was suppose to have been vanquished by the start of 2017, then by the time Obama left office, then it was before the end of Ramadan

a cruel and evil bunch but tenacious fighters
Posted by: lord garth || 06/28/2017 0:11 Comments || Top||

#2  You can't vanquish ISIS because ISIS is the very essence of Muslim soul.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/28/2017 5:29 Comments || Top||

#3  the assailants were hunted down by shop owners and local residents who beat them to death before security forces managed to interfere.

I find it concerning that the local shopkeepers were able to eliminate the terrorists before the police arrived.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 06/28/2017 11:30 Comments || Top||


Iraqi forces retake 6 villages outside Tal Afar: Army
[AA.TR] The Iraqi army has retaken several more villages from ISIS forces of Evil outside the town of Tal Afar west of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, according to an Iraqi military source.

"Soldiers of the Iraqi Army's 15th Infantry Division have liberated the villages of Tel Khima Minor, Musheiqra al-Uliya, Musheiqra al-Sufla, Abu Kaddur, al-Baghla and al-Buwair," Iraqi army officer Jabbar Hassan told Anadolu Agency.

"The operation is aimed at stepping up pressure on armed holy warriors in Tal Afar -- and limiting their movement outside it -- in advance of a fresh push on the town center," Hassan said.

ISIS captured the predominantly Turkmen town of Tal Afar in mid-2014, forcing thousands of local residents to flee their homes.

On Tuesday, Iraqi forces also announced the recapture of a strategic part of ISIS-held western Mosul’s Old City district.

The Iraqi military remains engaged in a wide-ranging campaign -- launched last October in coordination with a U.S.-led air coalition -- to recapture the entire city of Mosul, ISIS’s last remaining stronghold in northern Iraq.

Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Southeast Asia
18 Philippine troops killed by ISIS during ongoing battle for Marawi
[ALMASDARNEWS] Heavy festivities continue to embroil the city of Marawi, located on the southern island of Mindanao, while civilians bear the brunt of the ongoing crisis.

According to Amaq Agency, 13 government soldiers were killed during skirmishes in Marawi’s neighborhoods on Tuesday while an additional 5 were burned alive as an 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....
RPG destroyed an armored vehicle, bringing the total alleged Philippine Army corpse count to 18 for the day.

On the other hand, the Philippine Armed Forces said they had restored 90% of the city under government control due to ongoing counter-insurgency operations that have the ISIS-linked Maute and Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
groups running low on manpower.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [63 views] Top|| File under: Maute group (IS)


Maute rebels take slaves as Marawi battle intensifies
Good photos and video report at the link. These reporters have some gonads
[Sky News] Over four days in Marawi, Sky News watched the Philippine military carry out repeated air strikes, bombers wheeling overhead and diving towards targets in the city. The fighting is intense and sustained - mortars and helicopters mounted with machine guns are being used, as well as armored personnel carriers and ground troops.

Philippine forces train to combat militants in jungle conditions, but here they are facing urban warfare, fighting street-to-street, at times house-to-house. We saw armored vehicles reinforced with planks of wood in an improvised attempt to withstand anti-tank weaponry and rocket-propelled grenades fired by the rebels.

Drone footage from inside rebel-held territory showed a mosque believed to be used as a base - local fighters are also said to have knowledge of tunnel networks and bomb shelters beneath the city. The mosque has not been targeted by the military, but whole streets around it have been flattened. We saw large fires burning in the ruins.

One commanding officer told us some of the trapped civilians are being used as slaves and orderlies by the rebels, with some being forced to wear black robes and act as human shields. Lt Col Christopher Tampus, commander of 1st Infantry Battalion said, "Those hostages are being dressed, we have some visuals of this. They are being dressed with a black-like robe. We believe these are civilians because we can easily see how they move."

We set out to reach a family we had heard was still in touch with relatives trapped inside, but as we ran across the street to their house a bullet landed less than a meter from our team. It appeared we were being targeted.

We planned to stay in the building until the threat outside subsided, but then a fire started. It was not clear whether deliberately or not. We had to get out, but the only way was back across the same street. We lined up to make the run, one at a time, into our vehicle, crouching low inside until we had reached relative safety.

We passed a dead dog, abandoned in the road, and black graffiti as a reminder of what they were running from. "WELCOME ISIS!" one scrawled message read. Another had a picture of a skull and cross-bones beneath an ISIS slogan.

We spoke to the uncle of a young man killed fighting for the Maute group, who told us there are many more like him. He said, "In my village, the number of recruited were 10. Actually there are lots of them that have already been killed in the fighting in Marawi. There are a lot because Abdullah Maute targeted Cotabato City. He convinced a lot of teenagers..."

On Sunday, a temporary ceasefire was declared to mark the end of Ramadan, and allow a humanitarian pause. A delegation of religious leaders and volunteers, armed only with megaphones, headed out across the front line to try to negotiate the release of some of the trapped civilians. But as we waited for news, a number of shots were fired into our street, forcing everyone to take cover behind parked cars.

Three hours later, the rescue teams re-emerged, bringing with them a 14-month old girl and her mother, father, grandfather, and aunt. The family had hidden in their employer's basement for 33 days. The 14-month-old girl and her family spent 33 days hidden in a basement

His daughter-in-law had given birth while they were trapped, but the baby did not survive. The teams also brought out the body of a 72-year-old man, who had suffered a stroke, and died before he could be reached.

Even as the rescued family was being taken to hospital, the fighting in Marawi resumed. The military insists the rebel leadership is crumbling and victory is irreversible but declined to say when it might come.
Posted by: ryuge || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [86 views] Top|| File under: Maute group (IS)


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Ottoman Turkish artillery opens fire on Kurdish forces across entire frontier in northern Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] A massive rebel offensive is looming in northern Syria after the Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces bombarded nearly a dozen Kurdish-held villages on Tuesday evening.

Artillery shells landed on Tall Rifaat, Harbul, Ain Daqnah, Maranaz, Malkiyah, Qastal and Vilat al-Qadi while Turkish reconnaissance planes hovered over the town of Sheikh Issa for hours, likely to provide coordinates of Kurdish targets and explore weak points in their defensive lines.

In response to the Turkish hostilities, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) ‐ the majority of whom are YPG fighters ‐ exchanged fire with Turkish-backed rebels in northern Aleppo.

According to multiple reports, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
hopes to link the Idlib rebel heartland with the northern Aleppo pocket in order to strengthen the Syrian Opposition at the expense of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Menagh Airbase, Sheikh Issa and Tall Rifaat are said to be the initial targets of the Turkish-led offensive which is yet to begin in full force.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [70 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Turkish Army tanks pour into northern Aleppo for humongous offensive
[ALMASDARNEWS] Kurdish forward units in the Efrin region are on high alert after massive deployments of Turkish armored vehicles were spotted arriving in northern Aleppo on Tuesday.

Ahead of the suspected offensive, the Turkish Army lit up the skies over northern Aleppo on Tuesday evening, targeting a string of Kurdish-held villages with artillery fire while reconnaissance planes hovered above the battlefield throughout the day.

Meanwhile,
...back at the saloon, Butch got the bill for the damage caused by the fist fight, the mirror broken in the shootout, and drinks for everyone......
an amateur video emerged reportedly showing dozens of Turkish Army tanks arriving in region, likely to spearhead a brand new offensive aimed at connecting the northern Aleppo pocket with the rebel heartland in Idlib.
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Saith the Lord Humongous - the Ayatollah of Rock 'n Rolla - the Master of Disaster: "NOBODY BUT NOBODY GETS OUT OF THIS PLACE ALIVE!"
Posted by: borgboy || 06/28/2017 11:20 Comments || Top||


Dozens dead in 'US-led strike' in Syria's al-Mayadeen
[Al Jazeera] A suspected US-led coalition air raid on an ISIS-run prison in eastern Syria has killed at least 57 people, according to a monitoring group.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that most of the fatalities in the town of al-Mayadeen in Deir Az Zor province were civilian inmates.

At least 15 ISIS fighters were also killed in the raid, the UK-based monitor, which tracks developments in Syria's long-running conflict via a network of contacts on the ground, said.

Al-Ikhbariya, a Syrian state-run TV station, also cited its Deir Az Zor correspondent as saying coalition fighter jets had destroyed a building in al-Mayadeen used as a prison by ISIS to hold a "large number of civilians".

An activist-run media outlet in Deir Az Zor also reported the hit, which it said took place at dawn on Monday.

The US Central Command confirmed to the News Agency that Dare Not be Named news agency on Tuesday that it struck ISIS facilities in al-Mayadeen on June 25 and 26, but made no direct reference to the alleged ISIS prison.

CENTCOM said it will assess the allegations that civilian prisoners were killed, and it would publish the results of its assessment in its monthly civilian casualty report.

It said the Mayadeen mission was "meticulously planned and executed to reduce the risk ... to non-combatants".
Posted by: Fred || 06/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [54 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Daily clashes between Turkish forces and YPG in Afrin
[RUDAW.NET] Daily clashes are taking place between Kurdish forces and Turkish-backed groups in northern Syria.

The Kurdish canton of Afrin has been “shelled repeatedly” by Turkish forces and rebel groups backed by Turkey, the conflict monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday. The Observatory noted that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) returned fire.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the dominant force in the SDF, confirmed that Turkish forces and their Syrian allies have “increased their attacks against Rojava,” targeting Afrin canton on a near daily basis over the past week and also flying over Kobane.

According to the Observatory, the rising tensions in northern Syria followed a build-up of Turkish forces in the area and “continued preparations” of Turkish forces and their Syrian allies “to carry out a wide-scale military operation against the Syria Democratic Forces in Afrin” and areas in the northern Aleppo countryside.

Asked earlier this week if the US-led coalition was aware of the Turkish build-up in northern Syria and fears of an attack on their SDF and YPG allies, coalition spokesperson Col. Ryan Dillon confirmed they had “seen some movement” but declined to make any further comment.

After clashes between Turkish and Kurdish forces near Manbij in March, the US deployed special forces to the area to “deter aggression” against them and reassure their Kurdish allies.
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