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Afghanistan
Afghan forces repulsed twin Taliban attacks in Kandahar, 8 killed: Gen. Tadin Khan
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops repulsed twin Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
attacks in Kandahar province.

The Police Chief of Kandahar Gen. Tadin Khan Achakzai said a group of Talibs attacked a security check post in Takhta Pul district.

Gen. Tadin Khan further added that the security forces killed three Talibs during the clash.

The security forces also confiscated three motorycles following the clash, Gen. Tadin Khan added.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shootout, Butch clutched at his other leg......
the Talibs attacked police forces on Kandahar-Tarinkot highway which was also repelled by security forces.

According to Gen. Tadin, the security forces killed five Talibs during the same clash.

He also added that the dead bodies of three them were left in the area following the clash.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [74 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties in Farah, Herat operations
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops backed by coalition air power conducted separate operations in Farah and Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
provinces inflicting heavy casualties on Talibs.

The 207th Zafar Corps in a statement said the Special Forces conducted an operation in Shinwan Village of Bala Bolok district.

The statement further added that the Special Forces killed 9 Talibs and detained two others.

The Special Forces also destroyed a captured Humvee vehicle during the same operation.

Meanwhile,
...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38...
the 207th Zafar Corps said the security forces conducted a similar operation in Pashtun Zarghoon district of Herat and killed 6 Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighters.

The security forces also maimed 6 more Taliban fighters during the same operation.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [86 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Up to $5 billion smuggled to Iran from Afghanistan in 2018: official
We’ve seen reports like this before — I seem to recall an incident when they were transporting the money in trash bags, there was so much wandered off with.
[KhaamaPress] A bigwig has confirmed up to 5 billion U.S. Dollars were smuggled to Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
from Afghanistan during the year 2018.

The official speaking on the condition of anonymity has told BBC’s Afghanistan service that the U.S. Dollars are being smuggled through official channels.

The official further added that the authorities have received credible financial information in this regard.

This comes as the issue of the smuggling of U.S. Dollars to Iran from Afghanistan has became a hot topic following the revival of U.S. sanctions on Iran.

According to reports, billions of U.S. Dollars are being smuggled to Iran each year which helps the Iranian regime maintain a financial balance against the imposed sanctions.

Meanwhile,
...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck reached for the green sauce...
two Iranian educational institutes are operational in the country which according to reports receive payments in U.S. Dollars or Euros only.

The bordering regions between Afghanistan and Iran has long been used for the smuggling of human and drugs but the smugglers have also resorted to smuggling of Dollars during the recent years.

This comes as the Afghan government prohibits the transportation of cash amounting more than 10 thousand U.S. Dollars and demand trade documents for amounts exceeding $10 thousand.

Reports regarding the smuggling of U.S. Dollars emerge as the rate of Afghanis against each U.S. Dollar has reached to 80 in open markets which is considered historical for the past 20 years.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Cash smuggling and profiting off the exchange rate difference is making people as much as 30%. Earlier article that fleshes-out what seems to be happening. I can see where this might be a risky venture.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/17/2019 8:41 Comments || Top||


Taliban militants suffer casualties while planting an IED in Ghazni city
Now they can argue with Allah about whether they should go to Paradise or Hell.
[KhaamaPress] An explosion in Ghazni province inflicting casualties on three Talibs who were planting an improvised bomb.

The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the incident took place in Bakawal area of Ghazni city.

The statement further added that the gunnies were planting an improvised explosive when it went off prematurely killing one Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighter.

The 203rd Thunder Corps also added that the earth-shattering kaboom maimed two other Talibs.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


7 Taliban militants killed, 10 arrested in Logar and Ghazni operations
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted operations in Pashtun-infested Logar and Ghazni province killing at least 7 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters.

The informed military sources said Sunday that the security forces also arrested 10 Taliban fighters during the operations.

The sources further added that the Afghan Special Forces arrested 10 Taliban fighters during an operation in Pul-e-Alam district of Pashtun-infested Logar.

Meanwhile,
...back at the buffalo wallow, Yellow Wolf clutched at his chest and fell from his horse...
the security forces conducted three Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in Andar district of Ghazni and killed 7 Taliban fighters.

The Talibs have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [82 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Airstrikes kill 5 Taliban, Special Forces detain 3 in Helmand province
[KhaamaPress] A series of Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s killed 7 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province in South of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Special Forces arrested 3 Taliban fighters during a separate operation in this province.

The informed military officials said Sunday that the Special Forces arrested the Taliban fighters in Nahr-e-Saraj district.

The Special Forces also destroyed 30 kilograms of illegal narcotics.

Meanwhile,
...back at the dirigible, the gondola was dangling by a single thread of rope.

Jack! Cynthia cried. I just realized I'm afraid of heights! I don't even like high heels!...

an airstrike killed 2 Taliban fighters in Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province.

The officials also added that a similar airstrike killed 5 Taliban fighters in Sangin disrrict of the province.

The Talibs have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [89 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Al-Shabaab says it carried out attack in Kenya, captured soldiers
[RADIOSHABELLE] Heavily armed fighters from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab
...... the personification of Somali state failure...
have launched a planned attack in Kenya’s northeastern region, near the mostly non-existent border with Somalia.

Al-Shabaab said in a statement posted on its affiliated media outlets that the bandidos gunnies seized control of Kontonka village located in the outskirts of Wajir town during the attack.

The statement added that several Kenyan Police officers were taken hostage and confiscated two cycle of violences as well as military equipment.

Al-Shabaab vowed to continue attacks in Kenya, in Dire Revenge for its military involvement in Somalia, where 22,000 AU soldiers are battling the group for a decade.
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [106 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Somali police arrest suspect in Mogadishu car bombing
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somalia police confirmed the arrest of a suspect following a vehicle-borne improvised bomb (VBIED) attack in Mogadishu on Saturday.

Zakia Hussein, deputy police commander confirmed that no one was injured in the attack. The VBIED went off near the security checkpoint at KM4 junction.

"The driver of the VBIED has been apprehended and there were no casualties resulting from the blast," Hussein said in a statement.

She said another separate VBIED went off near Sayid Junction, and promised to provide more details concerning the attack, the latest in the restive capital, Mogadishu.

No group has grabbed credit for the two latest attacks in Mogadishu but krazed killer group, al-Shabaab
...... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia attempting to metastasize into Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and similar places, all ofwhich have enough problems without them...
which is fighting to overthrow the government, usually stages such deadly attacks in the Horn of Africa nation.

The move comes while Mogadishu is on high alert as police forces blocked the main roads of the capital to prevent possible attacks by the Death Eaters.

Somali National Army (SNA) backed by 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 have driven al-Shabaab Death Eaters out of Mogadishu, but the terror group is still capable of conducting attacks, targeting government installations, hotels, restaurants and public places.
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Kenya police officers killed in blast near Somalia border
[RADIOSHABELLE] Kenyan officials say at least 10 coppers are dead after their vehicle struck an improvised bomb near the Somali border.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to share the information, said those killed Saturday in Wajir County were among 13 officers who were pursuing fighters who had kidnapped police reservists.

Police on Friday said an unknown number of button men stormed Konton centre in Wajir East and kidnapped three reservists.

There was no claim of responsibility for the latest attack.

The Somalia-based al-Shabaab
...... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia attempting to metastasize into Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and similar places, all ofwhich have enough problems without them...
gang often targets Kenyan security forces, vowing retribution after Kenya deployed troops to Somalia in 2011 to combat the fighters.
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [94 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Galmudug state forces carry out attacks after mass shooting
[RADIOSHABELLE] 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 security forces have launched an operation in the southern parts of Galkayo town following the murder of 9 civilians on Friday night.

The mass shooting drew local and international condemnations as Somali government vows credible investigation into the tragic incident.

Galkayo has seen increasing attacks, killings and rape in the past few months as the local authorities are trying to handle the security which could undermine the ongoing efforts.

The killing of the nine people hailing from the southern regions came following the liquidation of a local security official that was claimed by al-Shabaab
...... the personification of Somali state failure...
.
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Nine civilians killed in Galkayo mass shooting
[RADIOSHABELLE] Gunmen have rubbed out nine people in Galkayo on Friday night in what is being described as "Dire Revenge" attack.

Another person who is believed to be a security official was killed in a separate incident in the southern city.

Somali Information minister, Mohammed Hayir Mareye has condemned the act.

Security agencies were conducting an investigation and expected to give details of what caused the killings.

Citizens and politicians alike have taken to the social media in their strong condemnation of the heinous attack.

Former Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has called upon security agencies to bring to book those responsible for the attack.

"It is very sad to hear the death of ten people in Galkacyo in one night, I strongly condemn the heinous act and send my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the victims, " he said.

"I call upon the 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...
authorities and Galkayo residents to cooperate in the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators." He added.
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Car bomb kills eight in Somali capital
[DAWN] A boom-mobile went kaboom! near the Somali parliament on Saturday, killing eight people, emergency workers said, hours after militia executed nine civilians from a clan with suspected links to the Al-Shabaab
...... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia attempting to metastasize into Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and similar places, all ofwhich have enough problems without them...
.

"We have confirmed eight people killed and 16 others maimed in the blast," the private Aamin Ambulance service said.

A second blast on a key road leading to the airport of the Somali capital Mogadishu did not cause any casualties.

The Al-Shabaab group grabbed credit for the attacks saying "they were targeting two checkpoints, one of them along the airport road and (the other) along the road that leads to house of politicians."According to security sources the second explosives-laden car a Toyota Noah, was spotted by security forces at a checkpoint. They opened fire and killed a man in the car, which then went kaboom!. No one was injured in the blast.
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Civilian killed, 9 others injured in airstrike by Haftar's forces on Tajoura, eastern Tripoli
[Libya Observer] One person was killed and nine others were maimed - including a child and two women - in Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s carried out by Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
's forces on Tajoura, eastern Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
Eyewitnesses said Saturday that the airstrikes nearby the National Heart Center in Tajoura caused considerable damage to civilian houses, and car accidents on the road due to the panic caused by the bombing.

Mayor of Tajoura Hussein bin Attiyah said Haftar's Air Force raids targeted a densely-populated area in the center of Tajoura.

He said several houses were damaged and four coppers were maimed, adding that the airstrikes hit also a police training institution, a clinic, and a mosque.

In the meantime, the head of emergency and crisis committee of the Health Ministry Fauzi Awnis denounced the airstrikes and rendered them as violations of local and international laws.

Awnis said the windows of the National Heart Center in Tajoura were shattered and some of its compartments were damaged due to the airstrikes.
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Crew members of targeted oil tanker arrive in Dubai after 2 days in Iran
[IsraelTimes] Testimony from Norwegian-owned Front Altair’s staff will be important in determining who is blamed for attack, as US points to Tehran.

Crew members from a Norwegian-owned oil tanker apparently attacked in the Gulf of Oman landed Saturday in Dubai after two days in Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
as the other tanker targeted in the assault limped into anchorage off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


India-Pakistan
Pak initiated Unprovoked Ceasefire Violation in Poonch Sector
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  So, it was just another sunday.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/17/2019 6:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Infiltration cover. Expect a shoot-em-up this week
Posted by: Frank G || 06/17/2019 9:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Or entirely new residents suddenly being recognized by nervous looking neighbours as a family who have "lived here for centuries" .
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/17/2019 9:54 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraqi Shiite militias foil Islamic State plot to infiltrate into Salahuddin
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi Shiite militias thwarted on Sunday a plot by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
murderous Moslems to sneak into Samarra city in Salahuddin province, where they planned to carry out terrorist attacks.

In a statement carried by Alsumaria News TV channel, the Samarra Operations Command of the Shiite Saraya al-Salam said that "it received intelligence information on a plot by IS faceless myrmidons to infiltrate into al-Madarat city in Samarra on board six boats."

The militiamen, according to the statement, shot up the IS faceless myrmidons and forced them to retreat.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi security arrest IS terrorist with explosive belt in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi security forces arrested on Wednesday an Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorist wearing an boom belt in Diyala province.

"Acting upon intelligence information, a force from the Diyala Operations Command arrested an Islamic State terrorist in Diyala province," the privately-owned al-Madar news website quoted the Security Media Cell as saying in a press statement.

The terrorist was wearing an boom belt when he was arrested, the statement read, adding that weapons and ammunition were also found in his possession.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi army hunts for Islamic State militants in Diyala province
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) ‐ The Iraqi army launched on Sunday a military operation in the northern district of Diyala to track down Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
murderous Moslems.

"The Iraqi army, backed by federal police and paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces, launched a wide-scale military operation to purse Islamic State cells in Hamrin Basin, 55 kilometers northeast of Baqubah," Diyala Police Chief Major General Faisal al-Abadi told Baghdad Today news agency.

"The three-axis operation is aimed at combing the area between al-Adhim and Qarah Tapah districts in the province to destroy any Islamic State hotbeds there," Abadi added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Hamas gunmen reportedly open fire on Israeli troops in Gaza, no injuries
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinian media says some 20 IDF commandos tried to enter Strip near Khan Younis, but forced to retreat; no confirmation or details on incident from IDF.

Paleostinian media reported that a force belonging to the Hamas, one of the armed feet of the Moslem Brüderbung millipede, military wing opened fire on an IDF special forces unit near the southern Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip city of Khan Younis early Monday, forcing them to retreat.

The reports said there were no injuries or casualties on either side.

The reports said that an IDF force of some 20 soldiers entered the Strip and moved some 100 meters (yards) inside before Hamas button men opened fire on them with small arms fire.

There were no further details and no immediate confirmation or comment from the IDF.

The report came as Israel and Hamas, the terror group that rules the Strip and seeks to destroy the Jewish state, are trying to balance a fragile calm along the border amidst sporadic flare-ups of violence.

Hamas has sometimes opened fire on Israeli engineering forces laying barbed wire on the Gaza side of the border.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1 
"They were shooting in all directions... just doesn't make sense."
- Billy, Predator ((1987)
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/17/2019 3:05 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syria flare-up kills 35 fighters,10 civilians
[DAWN] At least 10 civilians and 35 combatants, mostly pro-regime forces, were killed on Saturday in festivities and air strikes that erupted at dawn in northwestern Syria, a war monitor said.

The flare-up came as Russian-backed regime forces tried to retake two villages seized by jihadists and allied rebels earlier this month, the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Since this morning, the Syrian re­­gime and allied fighters have launched five fai­led attempts to regain co­ntrol of Jibine and Tal Maleh in northwestern Hama province," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

Syrian regime air strikes killed nine jihadists and rebel fighters, the war monitor said.

Ensuing festivities in the north of Hama province left 26 pro-regime forces dead, including eight who were killed in a mine explosion, the Observatory said.

In neighbouring Idlib, regime air strikes killed 10 civilians, including three children, the Observatory said.

The strikes hit the towns of Maaret al-Numan and al-Bara as well as the village of al-Ftira, according to the war monitor.

The Idlib region of some three million people is supposed to be protected from a massive regime offensive by a buffer zone deal that Russia and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
signed in September.

But it was never fully implemented, as jihadists refused to withdraw from a planned demilitarised zone.

In January, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
alliance led by Syria’s former Al Qaeda affiliate extended its administrative control over the region, which includes most of Idlib province as well as adjacent slivers of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo provinces.
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Turkey Says Observation Post Attacked from Syria Regime Area
If Turkey didn’t have a manned observation post within Syria’s borders, annoying as sand in an oyster, Syria would not be fighting to get rid of it...
[AnNahar] One of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor...
's observation posts was hit by shelling from an area controlled by Syrian government forces in northwestern Syria, the Ottoman Turkish defense ministry said on Sunday.

There were no casualties but the ministry said equipment was damaged in the assault while Ottoman Turkish forces "immediately retaliated with heavy weapons."

Shelling and mortar fire "understood to be deliberate" fired from Tall Bazan region held by Syrian regime forces hit the post in Murak region, the ministry said in a statement.

The assault comes less than four days after three Ottoman Turkish soldiers were hit in another attack Turkey said was "deliberate" on another observation post on Thursday.

Two Ottoman Turkish soldiers were hurt in May in a similar attack blamed on Damascus.

Turkey has 12 military observation posts in Idlib, northwestern Syria, the last bastion of jihadist forces, in a bid to prevent a large-scale offensive in the region.

Ankara fears such an assault would push hundreds of thousands of refugees into Turkey.

Ottoman Turkish officials made representations to Russia about the latest attack, the ministry said. Moscow provides support to the Syrian regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
Despite being on opposing sides in the war, Moscow and Ankara, which backs rebels, have worked closely to seek a political solution and in September agreed a buffer zone deal.

The deal was meant to protect Idlib from a major regime assault but was never fully implemented, as jihadists refused to withdraw from the planned demilitarized zone.

Damascus and Moscow have upped their bombardment in the region since late April, killing over 360 civilians, according to UK-based monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Russia announced a ceasefire in the province on Wednesday but Turkey said a complete ceasefire had not yet been secured.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [109 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Field Fires in Syria's Hasakeh Kill 10
[AnNahar] Fires engulfing vital wheat fields across Syria's northeast have killed at least 10 people, a war monitor said Sunday, as Kurdish authorities claim the blazes were set deliberately.

Kurdish authorities and the Damascus regime are competing to buy up this year's harvest as fires -- some claimed by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group -- continue to scorch crops in the country's breadbasket.

The victims included civilians and members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces who died while trying to extinguish the blazes since Saturday, the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The fires in the Kurdish-majority province of Hasakeh also maimed another five people, according to a front man for the Kurdish Red Islamic Thingy.

"The victims were trying to douse the blaze but they were trapped by the fire," Kamal Derbas said.

Kurdish officials have called on the US-led coalition to help extinguish blazes in the cereal and oil-rich region under their control.

"The largest fires have ravaged up to 350,000 hectares of land," head of the Kurdish agriculture authority Salman Baroudo told AFP.

He claimed the fires were "deliberate", saying they serve to "stir up strife between area residents and undermine the Kurdish administration" in the country's northeast.

He did not specify who he believed was behind the blazes.

The official state news agency SANA on Saturday blamed the field fires in Hasakeh on Kurdish-led forces.

It said they deliberately sparked a blaze to prevent local farmers from selling their crops to the government.

Analysts say wheat will be key to ensuring affordable bread prices and keeping the peace in various parts of the country in the coming period.

Farmers have separately blamed the fires on Dire Revenge attacks, sparks from low-quality fuel, and even carelessness.

SANA said Saturday that other field fires in the northwestern countryside of Hama province were sparked by jihadist artillery attacks.

Clashes in the area on Saturday between government forces and bandidos Death Eaters left dozens of combatants dead, including 26 pro-regime fighters, the Observatory said.
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#1  This scorched earth against the Kurds is becoming a thing. It's wrong.
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