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Mosul clearance continues: turban cell tied up, 13 more died tired, 3 innocents kaboomed
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Good morning!
Posted by: Fred || 09/13/2018 02:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [283 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Photos from our recent no bikinis Mïss America Pagent? (Trump) "Do you miss me yet?"
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147 || 09/13/2018 4:02 Comments || Top||

#2  I like the look compared to today's strings and thongs. Sometimes it's better to leave a little to the imagination.
Posted by: jpal || 09/13/2018 10:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Once those outfits got wet, they didn't leave much to the imagination.
Posted by: Fred || 09/13/2018 10:10 Comments || Top||

#4  That's the point I think Fred.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/13/2018 10:23 Comments || Top||

#5 
The Kirk an' State may join an' tell,
To do sic things I maunna:
The Kirk an' State may gae to hell,
And I'll gae to my Anna.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/13/2018 11:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Early Burkinis
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/13/2018 12:23 Comments || Top||

#7  Looks like the water was little on the cool side
Posted by: Cheaderhead || 09/13/2018 17:02 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Nangarhar Death Toll Climbs To 68
Follow up to this story from yesterday.
[ToloNews] 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..
’s provincial directorate of public health said on Wednesday the corpse count in Tuesday’s suicide kaboom had risen to 68.

The attack happened on Tuesday afternoon when a jacket wallah detonated his explosives among a group of protesters calling for the removal of a local police commander Bilal Pacha.

The protest was held on Jalalabad-Torkham Highway in Mohmand Dara district.

The public health directorate said 128 others were maimed in the attack. The casualty toll increased overnight as a number of critically maimed protesters died from their injuries.

The protestors had been calling for the dismissal of Pacha in Achin district, which is in the neighboring Mohmad Dara district.
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Truck packed with explosives seized by Afghan forces in Paktika province
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces have seized a truck packed with a large quantity of explosives in southeastern Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said the truck was seized by NDS Special Forces in Orgu district.

According to a statement released by NDS, the Afghan forces have discovered 65 sacks of Ammonium Nitrate which is used in manufacturing improvised bombs.

The statement further added that the vehicle was on its way from Wana to Ghazni province when it was spotted and seized by the NDS Special Forces.

The anti-government armed Death Eater groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and other bully boyz often use IED as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces and government but in majority of such attacks ordinary civilians are targeted, besides such attacks often claims the lives of the bully boyz as well.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in its latest report stated that 1,692 non-combatants were killed in the first six months of 2018.

According to UNAMA, the use of improvised bombs (IEDs) in attacks by Anti-Government Elements remained the leading cause of civilian casualties.

"The combined use of suicide and non-suicide IEDs caused nearly half of all civilian casualties. Continuing trends first documented last year by UNAMA, the majority of IED casualties were caused by suicide and complex attacks, which again were responsible for record high civilian casualties, resulting in 1,413 civilian casualties (427 deaths and 986 injured), a 22 per cent increase," UNAMA said.
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Pakistani militants among 35 killed in Paktia operations: Officials
[KhaamaPress] The local authorities in southeastern Paktia province are saying at least 35 gunnies including a number of Pak gunnies have been killed during the operations in this province.

The operations are being conducted as part of Thunder-2 operations and the casualties on the gunnies were inflicted in Zurmat and in the outskirts of Gardez city.

The Commander of Thunder Corps Rohullah Khalil Oghli said at least 35 gunnies have been killed and at least 50 others have sustained injuries during the operations.

He said the operations are being conducted with the support of airpower and artillery strikes.

Oghli further added that the Afghan forces have the capabilities to eliminate the Afghan and foreign gunnies and the latest casualties inflicted on the gunnies is an example of the growing capabilities of the armed forces.

In the meantime, the provincial government in a statement said scores of gunnies have been killed or maimed during the operations in the past two months.

The statement further added that more than twenty bases and outposts have been established along the Zurmat route and Gardez-Zurmat highway.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
Islamic State group claims attack on Libya's oil firm
[AlAhram] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) murderous Moslem group has grabbed credit for an attack on the headquarters of Libya's national oil company in the capital 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...
that killed two people.

IS made the announcement in statement carried by its Amaq news agency late on Tuesday.

Monday's attack maimed at least 10 others. It followed recent fighting in Tripoli between rival gangs, which left at least 61 people dead. A cease-fire has been in place since last week.

Islamic Lions of Islam expanded their reach in Libya after the 2011 uprising plunged the country into chaos and toppled and later killed longtime ruler Muammar Qadaffy
...who single-handedly turned a moderately prosperous kingdom into a dictator's fantasyland and was then murdered by his indignant subjects 42 years later...
IS was driven from its main stronghold, the coastal city of Sirte, in 2016 and fled inland.

Libya is currently split between rival governments in the east and the west.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Egypt Security Forces Kill 11 Suspected Jihadists in Sinai
[AnNahar] Egyptian security forces have killed 11 suspected jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula as they press a campaign against Islamist Death Eaters in the area, a security source said Monday.

The military launched a sweeping operation in February focused on the Sinai in eastern Egypt aimed at wiping out jihadists, including from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, who have been waging a bloody insurgency.

"Eleven terrorist elements were killed in an exchange of fire" with security forces in El-Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, the security source said.

The jihadists were in an abandoned petrol station "preparing terrorist acts" against security forces, the source added.

Jihadists launched an insurgency in Egypt after the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, forced out by the military in the face of mass protests against his rule.

Hundreds of police and soldiers have since been killed in jihadist attacks.

The military says around 300 suspected jihadists and at least 35 soldiers have been killed since the February launch of the "Sinai 2018" operation.

The press is not allowed to travel freely in the area although the military organised a rare visit to El-Arish for foreign media in July.

Rights groups have repeatedly warned of the dangers the Sinai campaign poses for the area's civilian population.

Human Rights Watch said in an April report the military push had left "up to 420,000 people in four cities in the northeast" of the peninsula in "urgent" need of humanitarian assistance.

The army insists the local population supports the campaign and receives adequate humanitarian assistance.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Africa Subsaharan
US to Launch Drone Strikes in Niger against IS, al-Qaida
[AnNahar] The US CIA is set to launch dronezaps against suspected Libya-based jihadists with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group from a base in northeastern Niger, the New York Times

...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

reported.

Nigerien and US officials told the newspaper that Central Intelligence Agency operatives have been flying surveillance drones from a small airport in the town of Dirkou.

The airport has grown since February to include new runways and security posts, the Times reported late Sunday, citing satellite images.

Niger's Interior Minister Mohammed Bazoum acknowledged the drone presence, but gave few details, while Dirkou Mayor Boubakar Jerome said the drones have helped improve the town's security.

The move gives an expanded role to the CIA in dronezaps, a change carried out under President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
His predecessor, Barack Obama
That’s just how white folks will do you....
, had sought to put drone operations under military control, which is less secretive and more accountable than the CIA, the Times said.

The Pentagon operates a base in Niger's capital Niamey, some 800 miles southwest of Dirkou, from which it has launched lethal strikes against Libya-based jihadists, the Times reported.

Niger is one of several poor, fragile countries in the Sahel region
... North Africa's answer to the Pak tribal areas...
hit by jihadist unrest.

Libya, which shares a border with Niger, has been thrown into chaos since the ouster of strongman Moamer Qadaffy in October 2011.
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Arabia
Saudi airstrike kills 15 civilians in western Yemen
[AlMasdar] The Saudi Coalition carried out a new round of Arclight airstrikes over the Hodeidah Governorate this week, a local human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
group reported on Wednesday.
Have you noticed that Saudi airstrikes only kill civilians?
According to their report, at least 15 non-combatants were killed in the Kilo area of the Hodeidah Governorate after the Saudi Coalition heavily bombarded this part of the province.
You'd think that for the sake of verisimilitude they'd include an occasional Houthi combatant now and then, perhaps bravely defending the late lamented civilians...
This latest bombing the Saudi Coalition comes as the Gulf-backed forces resume their large-scale offensive inside the Hodeidah Governorate.
But Medes and/or Persians lack the imagination for that sort of thing.
Since restarting this offensive, the Gulf-backed forces have failed to capture any significant areas, despite the heavy festivities with the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
troops.
It's always dead wimmin and kiddies or "they missed us entirely."
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The Grand Turk
Turkey Captures 2013 Border Bombing Suspect in Syria Operation
[AnNahar] The Ottoman Turkish secret service has captured in Syria and brought back to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
the chief suspect in a 2013 bombing on the border with its conflict-torn neighbour that left over 50 dead, state media said Wednesday.

Ottoman Turkish citizen Yusuf Nazik, who is accused of planning the May 2013 Reyhanli bombing, was apprehended in an operation by the National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) in the Syrian city of Latakia and brought to Turkey, the Anadolu news agency said.

Turkey at the time blamed the bombing -- one of the deadliest in its modern history -- on the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators...
and allied groups. But the Syrian government rejected the charges.

Anadolu also published a video of Nazik, dressed in a tracksuit top and jeans and standing by a Ottoman Turkish flag, giving what it described as a "confession", saying he was behind the attack and it had been ordered by the Syrian regime.

He said a man "working for Syrian intelligence" had given the order for the bombing and called on others in Syria to "return before it is too late", saying Turkey will "look after us".

Nazik said he was from the Ottoman Turkish southern city of Antakya and was 34 years old.

Turkey has been an implacable foe of Assad throughout the Syrian conflict and has repeatedly called for his ouster.

Yet Ankara has also been working in recent months more intensely with its main allies Russia and Iran on ending the conflict. Attention is now focused on Turkey's reaction should the regime go ahead with a planned assault on the last rebel stronghold of Idlib.

The operation to capture Nazik which took place in Latakia is significant as the city has been a regime stronghold throughout the civil war and is seen as the heartland of support for Assad.

There were no further details on the nature of the operation and if it had been carried out with or without the knowledge of the Syrian authorities or Russian forces who are present in the area. No date was given for Nazik's capture.

The operation is the latest in a series of high-profile swoops by the MIT.

It has brought back to Turkey in recent weeks suspects accused of links to preacher Fethullah Gülen
... a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom the current govt of Turkey considers responsible for all the ills afflicting Turkey and possibly the entire world...
, the accused criminal mastermind of the 2016 failed coup seeking to topple President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey...
, from several countries including Kosovo, Gabon, Moldova and Ukraine.
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Government
Special operations boom years may be coming to a close
[Yahoo] Congress and the Pentagon want to rein in and reorient America’s vaunted special operations forces, perhaps relegating them to the supporting roles they played before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

For the past 17 years, special operations forces have been at the forefront of America’s military campaigns in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa. They took the lead in toppling the Taliban after the Sept. 11 attacks, reversing the gains of al-Qaida in Iraq, and capturing or killing thousands of militants, from Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen to Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. During that period, their strength has grown from about 45,000 personnel in 2001 to roughly 70,000, and they are now leading the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Yet they’ve also suffered setbacks recently, including reports of drug use, the ambush of a special forces team in Niger that raised questions about the scope of missions in that country, and the investigation of two Navy SEALs in connection with the death of a Special Forces soldier in Mali.

Now, Congress and the Pentagon are trying to bring more oversight to special operations forces while reorienting them away from combating militants and toward fighting more traditional nation-states.

Congress made its view clear in this year’s defense authorization bill, which President Trump signed into law on Aug. 13. The Pentagon’s 14-page unclassified summary of this year’s National Defense Strategy does not mention special operations, and says that "inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in U.S. national security."
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/13/2018 07:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now, Congress and the Pentagon are trying to bring more oversight to special operations forces while reorienting them away from combating militants and toward fighting more traditional nation-states.

Congress sees it for what it has become, ie, a separately funded (separate from 'big Army') Klingon action arm.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/13/2018 7:38 Comments || Top||

#2  There are distinct philosophical questions:
"Do we really want to have a clandestine paramilitary force as a large fraction of our total military?
"Do we have that pressing a need for a 'Standing COIN Army'?"
"What keeps them from mutating into a (corrupt) Praetorian Guard?"
Posted by: magpie || 09/13/2018 12:27 Comments || Top||

#3  There are distinct philosophical questions

Funding allocation is different than having a ready group of hard and highly trained soldiers that can be deployed anywhere, on short notice.

"Congress and the Pentagon are trying to bring more oversight to special operations forces while reorienting them away from combating militants and toward fighting more traditional nation-states."

Frightening keywords here are militants vs. nation-states. This does NOT say 'prep BIG army for international conflict'. It says dull the tools of today to fight a unlikely conflict between nations.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/13/2018 13:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Typical ignorant politicians. Translate into “not corrupt enough for us to dip our beaks”.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 09/13/2018 21:45 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Mosul clearance continues: turban cell tied up, 13 more died tired, 3 innocents kaboomed


Islamic State cell arrested, south of Mosul: Defense Ministry

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi Defense Ministry has announced arresting a terrorist cell of Islamic State members, south of Mosul.

A statement by the ministry said “the military intelligence managed, through an operation, to reach to a terrorist cell and arrest its members in al-Shoura region, south of Mosul.”

The militants, according to the statement, are wanted for judiciary.

No further details were provided about the number of the arrested militants.

Thirteen Islamic State members killed in security operation, south of Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Thirteen Islamic State members were killed in a wide-scale security operation, south of Mosul, a senior source from Nineveh Operations Command said on Wednesday.

Speaking to BasNews website, Col. Zaher Hassan, said “a wide-scale operation was carried out in Kan’ous village, located between Qayyarah and Shirqat towns, after information showed infiltration of thirteen militants.”

The operation, according to Hassan, “left them all killed.”

Security troops imposed curfew in the region, Hassan added. “A campaign was carried out to inspect the villages and areas in its vicinity.”
Rudaw adds:
A bomb targeted a civil defense vehicle in Sahli village in Shargat, Mosul, killing one civilian and wounding two others.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Over 50 casualties in two bomb blasts in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Over forty people were killed and injured, as a result of an kaboom that targeted a restaurant, south of Biji town in Salahuddin province, the Iraqi Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

"The corpse count of the blast that hit al-Qalaa restaurant in al-Hajjaj region, north of Tikrity, reached up to seven people, while 42 others were maimed," the ministry’s spokesperson Saif al-Badr told AlSumaria News.

A brief statement by the Security Media Center said earlier that " a terrorist attack, carried out by a booby-trapped vehicle, that was parked outside one of the restaurants on the main road of Biji-Tikrit took place."

In related news, the source said "a bomb kaboom targeted a vehicle in Qunitera village, in the western side of Shirqat town, leaving a civilian killed and two others injured."
Rudaw adds:
A vehicle packed with explosives blew up on a bus in front of a restaurant in the town of Hajaj near Tikrit killing 6 and wounding 11 others, Jamal I'kab, head of Saladin province's media office said.
"The restaurant lies on the Baghdad-djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
road and travelers usually stop there to rest." L'kab said.

He blamed ISIS for the attack.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


7 turbans tied up in Diyala, Kirkuk, Salahuddin


Four Islamic State leaders arrested in Diyala, Kirkuk: Federal Police

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Four Islamic State leaders were arrested in two operations in Diyala and Kirkuk provinces, the Iraqi Federal Police said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat, chief of Federal Police, said “Abu Hajar al-Jabouri, an Islamic State leader in the so-called Diyala State, was arrested along with his aide Kamal al-Rufa’iy, in an operation.”

Two other militants were arrested in Hawija, it added. “The militants were Ghazi Miran and Ahmed al-Jabal.” It has been confirmed that they took part in several terrorist operations, in addition to working for Hisbah (vigilantism) department.

Three Islamic State members arrested in Kirkuk, Salahuddin: Interior Ministry

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Three Islamic State members have been arrested in Kirkuk and Salahuddin provinces, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

In a statement, the ministry said Federal Police “arrested two terrorists, wanted for judiciary over belonging to Islamic State. They were in the so-called Kirkuk State.”

The militants, according to the statement, “took part in several terrorist operations against security troops. They were for the so-called Hisbah (vigilantism) department.”

Another militant “possessing fake IS card was arrested after he fled Baghdad toward Shirqat.”
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/13/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [106 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Gunmen open fire on Iranian Kurdish party office in Sulaimani city
[Rudaw] Unknown shooters targeted an office belonging to the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan in Sulaimani city on Tuesday.

"A number of unknown button men attacked Bakraju neighborhood in Sulaimani where our relations and diplomacy offices are based and civilians reside at 1 a.m. am on Tuesday, using a vehicle," said Dara Qorayshi, the head of Komala’s security committee.

Iranian operatives under Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani
are known to be active in the Kurdistan Region and across the Middle East.

"Islamic Theocratic Republic and its affiliates could be behind this in order to wage a psychological war against Kurdish parties," added Qorayshi.

There were no causalities reported by the armed Kurdish party on Tuesday. Their joint coordination center with KDP-I and PDKI in Koya was struck by seven Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) surface-to-surface missiles on Saturday.

Iran also has set up an artillery base at Maidan Valley off-and-on targeting Kurdish farm land near the border, under the pretext of the presence of armed Kurdish opposition parties holed up in the Kurdistan Region.

"Iran has been bombarding Barbazin village heights on an almost daily basis in the past 10 days, resulting in the burning of lands and displacement of nearly 200 families, and the region has been economically harmed," Ihsan Chalabi mayor of Sidakan confirmed on Tuesday.

Seventeen people have died in the attacks in Koya on Saturday, including several politicians, and 46 were maimed, according to figures from the health department. Since 1992, due to Iranian and Ottoman Turkish border bombardments, an estimated 650 villages have been emptied in Erbil and Duhok.

All major parties in the Kurdistan Region condemned the strikes, calling them a violation of territorial illusory sovereignty.

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said on Tuesday that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) or Government of Iraq "should expel" the Iranian Kurdish parties "if they cannot extradite them," Fars news agency reported.

"We hope that God willing we won't need to do it again," he said.

US Vice President Mike Pence called the strikes an attempt to destabilize the region during a telephone call with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Monday.

"Vice President Pence condemned Iran’s recent rocket attacks into the Kurdistan Region as an effort to threaten and destabilize its closest neighbor," read a White House statement.

Five Iranian Kurdish parties including Komala issued a joint statement on Sunday condemning Tehran’s missile strike and called for a general strike in Rojhelat (Eastern Kurdistan).
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Bomb left by Islamic State in Anbar kills civilian, wounds two others
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) ‐ A civilian was killed and two others were maimed Wednesday as a bomb went kaboom! in the Iraqi province of Anbar, a security source said.

"An explosive charge planted 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....
Lions of Islam went off in Ar-Rutbah town in western Anbar, leaving a civilian dead and two others maimed," the source told Iraqi news website Almaalomah.

"A security force rushed to the blast site and sealed off all roads leading to it," the source pointed out.
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Two Iraqi civilians wounded in bomb blast near sheep farm in Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Two Iraqi civilians were maimed Wednesday in a kaboom in southeastern Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Alghad Press website, the source said, "an explosive charge went off near a sheep farm in al-Mada’in district in southeastern Baghdad, leaving two civilians maimed."

"The security forces opened a probe into the kaboom while the maimed were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment," the source added.
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#1  Mahmoud sez - 'How am I gonna get my freak on now?'
Posted by: Raj || 09/13/2018 0:10 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russian Air Force shifts attention from Idlib to east Syria
[AlMasdar] (6:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has shifted their attention from the Idlib Governorate to the eastern region of Syria this week, as they can continue peace negotiations with Turkey and Iran.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Russian Air Force launched several airstrikes over the eastern region of Syria, today, targeting a number of hideouts belonging to the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).

Among the areas targeted by the Russian Air Force on Wednesday were the Al-Safa region and Badiya Al-Sham region of Deir Ezzor; these aforementioned areas currently have a large presence of Islamic State terrorists.

Prior to their heavy attack on e astern Syria this morning, the Russian Air Force had primarily concentrated their airstrikes on the Idlib and Hama governorates.

However, due to Turkey’s pleas, the Russian military has agreed to temporarily halt their attacks on the Idlib Governorate in favor of peace talks.

Russian Air Force unleashes massive attack in eastern Syria

[AlMasdar] (9:45 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a massive assault in eastern Syria, tonight, a military source told Al-Masdar News.

According to the source, at least five Russian warplanes hammered the Islamic State’s (ISIS) positions in the Badiya Al-Sham region of Deir Ezzor and Al-Safa Hills of Al-Sweida.

The Russian airstrikes were launched in coordination with the Syrian Arab Army’s renewed offensives in both the Badiya Al-Sham and Al-Safa Hills.

Earlier today, a military source told Al-Masdar that the Russian Air Force had shifted their attention from the Idlib Governorate to eastern Syria.

This move comes as the Russian and Turkish governments attempt to achieve a peaceful settlement on the fate of the Idlib Governorate.
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#1  at least five Russian warplanes hammered

Mmmm...escalation?
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VIDEO: Syrian Army missiles pummel jihadists in northern Hama
[AlMasdar] Rebels’ groupings in Lataminah and the surrounding towns were hit by barrages of rockets fired by the Syrian Army ahead of the ground invasion.

The strikes come in response to a rocket attack launched earlier by jihadi groups against the government troops in north Hama countryside.

For the second day in a row, the battles are restricted to artillery and rocket shelling without Arclight airstrikes; which has been temporarily halted as the three guarantor states: The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, Iran and Russian discuss Idlib offensive.
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Sweida: failed ISIS breakout beaten back, video of kidnapped Yezidi
Several ISIS terrorists killed in failed attempt to breakout of besieged volcanic region

(AlMasdar] (10:00 A.M.) – Scores of Islamic State (ISIS) militants were killed in a new bid by the terrorist group to breakout of the besieged Al-Safa region last night.

The Islamic State began their attack last night in the Al-Safa region by storming the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions at the northeastern axis of this volcanic.

Following an intense battle with the Syrian Army at the northeastern axis of the mountain, the Islamic State terrorists were forced to fall back in order to avoid suffering anymore casualties.

According to a military source in the Sweida province, the Syrian Arab Army managed to kill at least seven Islamic State militants, including two snipers that were spotted behind enemy lines.

The Syrian Army would also destroy a technical vehicle that was used by the terrorist group during the short battle last night.

This breakout attempt by the Islamic State marks the second time in the last 24 hours that they have tried to flee the Al-Safa region.

Syrian Army liberates more territory in southern Syria

[AlMasdar] (11:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their offensive in southern Syria, today, after foiling a big attack by the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Al-Safa region last night.

Led by their 3rd and 10th divisions, the Syrian Arab Army struck the Islamic State’s defenses early this morning, forcing the latter to fall back after their front-lines were fractured.

With the Islamic State on the run, the Syrian Arab Army was able to sweep through the abandoned areas in the Al-Safa region and fully secure the territory before the terrorist group could regroup.

Following the Syrian Arab Army’s advance, their air force unleashed a flurry of airstrikes over the Al-Safa region.

The Syrian Air Force launched at least ten airstrikes over the Islamic State’s positions,which caused significant damage to the terrorist group’s trenches and installations.

ISIS releases new video of kidnapped civilians from Sweida city

[AlMasdar] (8:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) sent a new video to the families of the kidnapped civilians from the Sweida Governorate this week.

The ISIS video showed several of the kidnapped civilians inside of a building in an undisclosed location that is controlled by the terrorist group.

What is bizarre about the home is the fact that there are no residential buildings in the Al-Safa region because it is primarily a volcanic area.

According to a military report from Sweida, the Islamic State managed to sneak the captives out of the Al-Safa region and moved them to the areas they control in the Deir Ezzor Governorate.
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Idlib: SAA spy wanders, SAA ends pause
‘We are everywhere’ – Syrian Army releases new footage behind enemy lines

[AlMasdar] (4:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) released a new video on Wednesday that showed another one of their spies touring a jihadist-held town in the Idlib Governorate.

In the video, the Syrian Arab Army spy tours another town in rural Idlib, despite ongoing efforts by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham to crackdown on these spies and government sympathizers.

The official media wing of the Tiger Forces released the video on their page with the message: “we will terrorize them in every city, town, village, and neighborhood.”

The Syrian Arab Army has been releasing these types of videos recently in an effort to pressure the jihadist rebels to surrender their positions in Idlib.

While the jihadist rebels have yet to surrender any areas, they have launched a security campaign to arrest these spies in the Idlib Governorate.

Syrian Army attacks eastern Idlib after 24 hour pause

[AlMasdar] (11:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out a powerful attack in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, tonight, after taking a brief pause to observe a silent ceasefire.

According to a report from the provincial capital of Hama, the Syrian Arab Army heavily targeted the jihadist defenses around the town of Umm Rajim in eastern Idlib.

The report added that the Syrian Army’s attack targeted the trenches and hideouts of the jihadist rebels inside the town of Umm Rajim.

This is the first big attack carried out by the Syrian Arab Army against the jihadist rebels in either the Idlib or Hama governorates in the last 24 hours
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East Homs Map Update: Syrian Army squeezes ISIS in its last pocket
A[AlMasdar] (3:00 P.M.) – The Syrian forces launched a full-scale offensive to uproot – once and for all – the Islamic State from it last bastion in eastern Homs countryside.

Led by the 3rd Corps of the Syrian Army, the government troops managed to recapture Wadi Salahub and Rashwani areas following fierce clashes with the extremist militants.

The recent advance puts the Syrian forces nearly 30 km from other Army units fighting the terror group from the western axis near the strategic T3 station.

VIDEO: Syrian forces overrun ISIS in east Homs

[AlMasdar] (4:30 P.M.) – Fierce battles are currently taking place in the stretching desert of east Homs as the Syrian Army seeks to clear the area from the Islamic State militants.

The offensive, spearheaded by the 3rd Corps, primarily aims at reclaiming all territories under ISIS control spanning from the northeast of T3 station to the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor province.

Meanwhile, the government troops were capable of regaining control over Wadi Salahub and Rashwani areas located in the eastern axis of the pocket.
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Latakia: turban sniper falls to pieces, turbans hit Latakia city
VIDEO: Nusra sniper torn into pieces by Syrian Army in northern Latakia

[AlMasdar] (3:40 P.M.) – A notorious sniper was killed in northern countryside of Latakia by an ATGM fired by the Syrian Army amid renewing clashes.

The sniper was moving to take his position atop a hill when he was spotted by an Army unit. The ATGM directly hit his barricade; instantly killing the jihadist.

The Syrian forces has recently targeted positions for Nusra terror group in Kabaneh hilltops; killing and injuring scores.

Earlier, troops from the SAA’s elite 4th Armored Division were deployed along the frontlines with Nusra group in northern latakia.

The government forces aim at restoring Kabaneh hilltops which retains a special importance since they overlook the jihadi-held Jisr al-Shughur city; the next target for the Syrian Army.

Jihadist rebels strike Latakia city from Idlib border

[AlMasdar] (8:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate unleashed a number of missiles towards the provincial capital tonight.

According to a military source in Latakia city, the jihadist rebels fired several grad missiles from the town of Kabbani towards the provincial capital.

The source added that some of the missiles landed inside the towns of Damaskhro and Qanjara, while the remaining hit the neighborhoods in Latakia city.

This latest attack by the jihadist rebels comes just 48 hours after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Russian Air Force halted their attack on the Idlib Governorate.
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US-backed forces enter strategic town in Euphrates Valley – map
[AlMasdar] (7:00 P.M.) ‐ The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) scored a new advance in the Euphrates River Valley, today, after another fierce battle with 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....
(ISIS) terror organization.

Backed by US and French Arclight airstrikes, the Syrian Democratic Forces were able to break into the strategic town of Baghouz Fouqani after advancing from the Baghouz Tahtani axis in southeast Deir Ezzor.

According to the SDF’s official media wing, their troops managed to advance into Baghouz Fouqani, seizing the local council building and Sheikh Hamad Primary School after overrunning the Islamic State’s positions.

The Syrian Democratic Forces are now attempting to seize all of Baghouz Fouqani in a bid to fully secure the Iraqi border.
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Erdogan reinforces military in Syria's Idlib
[Ynet] To prevent influx of refugees to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, armored vehicles and equipment are sent to the Syrian border; military source says army bolstered 12 Ottoman Turkish military posts inside Idlib itself.


Turkey is reinforcing its military posts inside Syria's rebel-held province of Idlib, Ottoman Turkish and Syrian rebels sources say, seeking to deter a government offensive which it says would unleash a humanitarian disaster on its border.
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#1  Erdogan has enough forces and political influence to stop the invasion, if he has then will
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