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Afghanistan
16 Police Killed In Kunduz Clashes
[ToloNews] At least 16 police were killed and two were maimed in festivities with the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
in northern Kunduz province on Monday night, local officials confirmed Tuesday.

The festivities took place in the Ali Abad district after the Taliban attacked security checkpoints, the provincial police chief Abdul Rashid Bashir said.

"The Taliban have also sustained casualties in the festivities, along with the local police," Bashir said.

A soldier who survived the attack said: "Nine of my colleagues were martyred and another was injured. I fought alone for an hour with the Taliban and the reinforcements arrived for us around 3:30 am."
A brave man.
Mahmoud, a commander of a checkpoint, is also among the dead, his relatives confirmed.

The provincial police said that the festivities ended after reinforcements deployed to the area and the Taliban fled.

The Taliban claimed the attack on the security checkpoints, and said that several security forces were killed in festivities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [56 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


NDS Special Forces foil suicide attack in Mazar-e Sharif city aimed at assassinating Gen. Malik
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces foiled a suicide kaboom in Mazar-e Sharif city, the lovely provincial capital of northern Balkh province of Afghanistan.

According to a statement released by National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), the Special Forces of the directorate busted a group of Talibs during an operation in Ferdawsi Square of the city.

The statement further added that the NDS Special Forces arrested four people including Habibur Rahman alias Hanzala, the would-be jacket wallah, Syed Mia Rahnama who facilitated the transfer of the suicide bomber, Syed Nasir who had provided shelter to the suicide bomber and Abdul Munir who had facilitated the supply of equipment to the group.

The Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
group recruited Hanzala to its ranks in Baghlan province, NDS said, adding that Qari Esaq who is responsible for training the suicide bombers for the Taliban group trained Hanzala in Kunduz province.
It sounds like someone is singing like a bird.
NDS also added that the group deployed Hanzala to Mazar-e Sharif city after almost one month in a bid to carry out suicide attack to assassinate Gen. Malik, the director of Taj Private University.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [62 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Senior ISIS leader surrenders to Afghan forces in Nangarhar province
[KhaamaPress] A big shot of 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....
terror group surrendered to the Afghan forces in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

According to a statement released by provincial government, Fraidoon alias Neman al-Bajuri surrendered to the Afghan forces in Kot district of Nangarhar.

The statement further added that Fraidoon was in charge of the educational programs of the terror group in Nangarhar.

Originally a resident of Qarabagh district of Kabul, Fraidoon surrendered to the Afghan forces after realizing the truth, the provincial government added in its statement.

Furthermore, Fraidoon handed over a pistol and two hand grenades to the Afghan forces.

The sympathizers of the Islamic State terror group has not commented regarding the surrender of the group’s big shot so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  why not shot in head?
Posted by: chris || 10/23/2019 1:05 Comments || Top||

#2  It would discourage any future surrender-ees. Even so, one or two of his limbs should be amputated on some pretext while in custody. They could convince him it was for his own good if they were a bit clever.

That's just the thing with grunts and officers stuck in a rut, no creativity.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/23/2019 4:05 Comments || Top||


Ghazni: 20 Talibs toes up in a variety of ways


9 Taliban militants die from poisoning in Ghazni province of Afghanistan

[KhaamaPress] A group of nine Talibs died from poisoning in South-eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan, the provincial government said.

According to a statement released by the Governor’s Office of Ghazni, the 9 Talibs died from poisoning in their compound in the restive Andar district.

The statement further added that unknown individuals poisoned the forces of Evil in their compound late on Monday night.
Well done, O unknown one!
The Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
group has not commented in this regard so far.

Ghazni is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan where Talibs have active presence in some of its districts.

Special Forces kill, wound 14 Taliban militants during a raid in Ghazni

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid in Geru district of Ghazni province in the South-east, killing or wounding at least 14 militants.

According to a statement released by 203rd Thunder Corps, the Special Forces conducted the raid in in Musa Khel area of Geru district.

The statement further added that the Special Forces killed 8 Taliban militants and wounded 6 others during the raid.

The Special Forces also destroyed six motorcycles belonging to Taliban militants, the 203rd Thunder Corps added.

The Air Forces also conducted airstrikes in support of the security forces in Aab Band district of Ghazni which killed 3 militants and wounded 4 others, the 203rd Thunder Corps said, adding that the airstrikes also destroyed a Dshk heavy machine gun and a motorcycle.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [71 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Days of attacks in Burkina Faso kill at least 19 civilians
[AlAhram] Officials in Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
say attacks in the past few days have killed at least 19 civilians in the West African nation's northern region where Islamic turbans are gaining ground.
That would be the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), the current name of the regional affiliate of Al Qaeda in North Africa, once upon a time known as Ansar ul Islam.
North Central Regional Councilor Adama Sawadogo says gunnies attacked Zoura village in Bam province overnight Sunday into Monday, killing at least nine civilians. He says a weekend attack on a funeral in Boulga village in Sanmatenga province killed at least four people. Another attack in Loroum province killed six.

Officials also say four soldiers and a policeman were killed Friday night in two attacks in the north.

Burkina Faso's border with Mali is increasingly insecure as Islamic turbans spill into the once-peaceful country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2019 00:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [80 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


22 arrested for incitement against state following El-Banna murder: Egypt's interior ministry
[AlAhram] Egypt's interior ministry says it has arrested 22 members of the terrorist-designated Moslem Brüderbund group for inciting people against the state following the widely publicised murder of teen Mahmoud El-Banna.

The suspects had used the recent murder of the teenager in the governorate of Menoufiya to "incite the public against the state," the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The killing earlier this month of El-Banna by another teenager after El-Banna stood up for a girl that the assailant was harassing sparked public outcry in Egypt in recent weeks.

The ministry said that the suspects who were arrested for inciting aimed to "provoke chaos and riots, block roads and disrupt traffic" in front of a court room in Shebin El-Koum where a trial session of the accused murderer was held in Menoufiya in the Nile Delta, the statement added.

The suspects were arrested in possession of inciting posters, melee weapons, two replica pistols and a replica machine gun, it added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [60 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Haftar’s air force militia conducted a fresh airstrike on Mitiga Airport early today
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Libya's Coast Guard rescues 126 illegal immigrants
[Libya Observer] A patrol boat of Libya's Coast Guard rescued Sunday 126 illegal immigrants colonists aboard a rubber boat, including four women and four children.

Libyan Navy Spokesman, Ayoub Qassem clarified in a statement that the migrants colonists were of different African nationalities.

"Their boat was found about 50 miles northeast of Garabulli town east of 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...
," he added.

The migrants colonists were disembarked at the Coast Guard point at Tripoli Port, where they received medical assistance before being handed over to the Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency, according to the Libyan Navy.
Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Two children killed, another injured in mortar shelling by Haftar's forces in Tripoli
[Libya Observer] Mortar shelling 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 Salah al-Deen buildings has killed two girls and injured a third child - all siblings - identical sources reported on Tuesday.

The sources added that Haftar's forces shelling directly hit the family house in Salah al-Deen, killing four-year-old Rawan and eight-year-old Jumana and inuring their brother Natheer with serious head injury, besides wounding the father and mother.

The shelling came after Haftar's forces had attempted to advance on Tuesday on Yarmouk Camp and Khallatat frontlines, yet failing to do so, they randomly shelled residential areas in southern 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...
, the sources added.

This is the second crime against children in two weeks by Haftar's forces. The first was an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
on a house in Fernaj neighborhood in Tripoli that killed three girls and injured their fourth sister and their mother.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pie fight, Bella grabbed the cocoanut cream...
Volcano of Rage Operation's media office said on Facebook that "warlord Haftar's militias and their mercenaries shelled the house in Salah al-Deen at dawn."

It added that the shelling on Salah al-Deen coincided with another mortar attack and two airstrikes on Tripoli's Mitiga Airport without causing any noticeable damage.
Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Former Russian journalist among Russian mercenaries killed in Libya
[Libya Observer] A former Russian journalist may be among dozens of Russian mercenaries believed to have died while fighting in Libya, the Moscow Times reported on Monday.

The newspaper pointed out that more than 100 Russian mercenaries arrived in Libya early September and that about 35 of them were killed in an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
later that month.

The report also clarified that a former journalist named "Yevgeny Ilyubayev" was among the victims of the airstrike, as confirmed by an acquaintance.

It added that the Russian government does not recognize private military contractors nor does it count their dead.
Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Yevgeny Ilyubayev

That's a Middle-Asian Muslim name.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/23/2019 15:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Kazakh then. Like the boxer.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/23/2019 17:55 Comments || Top||

#3  But the Russian government does have the ability to track passports including the one issued by CIS states.
Posted by: badanov || 10/23/2019 22:39 Comments || Top||


Britain
Manchester arena bomber’s brother denies murder
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Hashem Abedi,
...on occasion spelt Hashim al-Obeidi...
the younger brother of the Manchester Arena jacket wallah, pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
Tuesday to 22 counts of murder in connection to the attack.

Salman Abedi
...one of the more notable members of the Manchester Libyan jihadi crowd. The parental generation ties back to the al-Qaeda-aligned Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the 1990s, while the kids pledged to the even more romantic ISIS. Not that it makes much difference in the end — the networks overlap personnel-wise, it’s just a matter of the name on the checking account paying their expenses...
detonated a boom jacket as fans began leaving a concert by US singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England, on May 22, 2017.

Twenty-two people were killed and 260 others were maimed.

Hashem Abedi appeared at the Old Bailey in London, England’s central criminal court.

Raised in Manchester, he traveled to Libya ahead of the attack. The 22-year-old was arrested in 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...
and extradited to Britannia in July this year.

He appeared in court wearing spectacles, a grey sweatshirt, and a burgundy t-shirt.

It took six minutes for him to register not guilty pleas to each of the 22 murder counts.

Abedi was remanded in jug at the top-security Belmarsh prison in southeast London.

His trial, expected to last up to eight weeks, was due to start in mid-November but was rescheduled to begin on January 13.

Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [91 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraq
Two senior PKK leaders killed in Sulaimani by Turkish drone
[Rudaw] Two senior Kurdistan Communities Group (KCK), under whose umbrella Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) falls, were killed while on Mount Azmar overlooking the city of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region’s Asayesh (Security) announced on Tuesday following an investigation.

On October 15, Rudaw reported a kaboom occurring atop Mount Azmar, which is a popular destination for tourists and spot to drink alcohol and take photos.

Initially, Sulaimani’s security forces labeled it a kaboom and did not allow media to go to the scene. On Tuesday, they provided more details, stating that it was a assassination of senior PKK members.

"On October 15, 2019, between hours 17:10 to 17:15, two senior cadres of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) named Jameel and Demhat, atop Mount Azmar in a tourist location among civilians, were barbarically targeted," Kurdistan Region’s Asayesh Agency announced in a statement on Tuesday.

Following "sophisticated and dense investigations" on the "scene of the crime", they uncovered the identity of the targeted to be members of the KCK, an umbrella group under which PKK and its affiliated groups fall.

"While they had gone into that area without notifying the relevant authorities of the Kurdistan Region, they were targeted by a Ottoman Turkish drone while among civilians and in the city of Sulaimani at a tourist location," added the Asayesh.

"This is a dangerous violation, initiative and development that in no way serves shared security and co-existence," it added.

While condemning the transgression, Asayesh also called on everyone not to use the Kurdistan Region’s or Iraq’s soil to attack neighboring countries.

Kurdistan Region’s airspace is controlled by Iraq’s civil aviation authority, and even radars stationed in the region belong to Iraq. The security agency, however, vowed to keep protecting the people.

After the Asayesh statement, KCK released their own, confirming the liquidation of its members, identified as Demhat Ageed (born Sayidxan Ayaz) and Jameel Ahmed (Asar Ermak).

"The Ottoman Turkish state, through this genocide, attacked the will and spirit of national unity in all the four parts of Kurdistan. Both of our comrades, through their national and political work, always tried to strengthen the unity between Kurdish forces," KCK said.

It claimed that international and regional forces, and their "despicable partners" including spies in the area, were responsible for the liquidation.

KCK called on the Sulaimani and regional governments to "reveal" the plot against its members and "reject and condemn" The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire...
's actions.

"This genocide is in parallel with the attacks on Rojava [northern Syria]. This indicates that the Ottoman Turkish occupier attacks the Kurdish nation wherever it is," added the KCK.

Turkey’s defense ministry announced on the day the Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
took place that they had killed two PKK members in the Gara Region.

"As a result of a coordinated action between the Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces and National Intelligence Agency [MIT] in northern Iraq’s Gara region, two members of the PKK terrorist organization were neutralized in an airstrike," Turkey’s National Defense Ministry had said on October 15.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [74 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
East Jerusalem man seriously injured by Molotov cocktail thrown at police
[IsraelTimes] Rioters in Issawiya attack security forces, hit passing vehicle and set it ablaze; Molotov cocktails hurled at cars on Jerusalem-Ma’ale Adumim highway; 8 arrested.

A passerby was maimed overnight Monday-Tuesday after his car caught fire when it was hit by a Molotov cocktail thrown at police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, the Israel Police said in a statement Tuesday.

Officers pulled the man from the burning vehicle and took him to the hospital in a patrol car.

A policeman was also lightly injured as he helped drag the man out of the car, and was treated at the scene.

The incident happened as security forces clashed with rioters in Issawiya.

Police entered the neighborhood in force after receiving reports of Molotov cocktails thrown at vehicles traveling on the Jerusalem-Ma’ale Adumim highway, which runs adjacent to the neighborhood.

Rioters had also attacked officers already stationed in Issawiya, the statement said.

Eight people were arrested in the disturbances, during which rioters threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at security forces and targeted them with firecrackers, police said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2019 03:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
What the GIs left behind: US military camp in Syria was abandoned so swiftly they left behind a mess of alcohol-free beer, DVDs and even satellite equipment
[MAIL] This video shows the inside of an American military camp in Syria which was hastily abandoned by U.S. troops after Donald Trump ordered them out.

Russian journalist Oleg Blokhin filmed at the base near Manbij in northern Syria where bottles of alcohol-free beer were still sitting on tables, a wide-screen TV was perched inside a tent and a laundry room was lying empty.

The camp was equipped with armchairs, fridges and satellite dishes, as well as books and a collection of DVDs and video games, all of which were left behind.

American forces cleared out hurriedly as Turkey began its military onslaught within days of Trump's announcement earlier this month, and Russian and Syrian forces have already entered the area.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/23/2019 08:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, the DVDs probably had eeeevil Hollyweird moovies with lots of uncovered meat. The sat gear is probably basically junk without the key cards. The NA beer has to be confusing as hell for a muzzie.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/23/2019 11:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Hopefully a few pieces of equipment with tracking and listening devices embedded.
Posted by: Airandee || 10/23/2019 12:08 Comments || Top||

#3  He who travels lightest, travels fastest.

Checked box number 3 on the evac sticker - Abandon in Place.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/23/2019 12:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Yep, there goes the big screen and the frig full of beer. Gotta love those GPS tracking pods.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/23/2019 13:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Beep, beep BEEP! Bzzzt!!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/23/2019 14:43 Comments || Top||

#6  "Take that running dog capitalist pigs!"

-shit. their soldiers half way around the world, in the middle of the desert, live better than my apartment flat-
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/23/2019 14:52 Comments || Top||

#7  Damn, how much did all that cost to get out there? Hideously expensive. About time we stopped wasting our money on this nonsense.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/23/2019 17:34 Comments || Top||

#8  I know, I mean you can't return upholstery, who buys hard copies of movies and games anymore so no re-sell there, and alcohol free booze it is impossible figure a mile/buzz.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/23/2019 17:53 Comments || Top||

#9  ^ You are quickly becoming my hero :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 10/23/2019 19:57 Comments || Top||

#10  Herb might have a point. The late fees on the DVDs alone will be astronomical.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/23/2019 21:27 Comments || Top||

#11  Guess they cut the scene where they find out the Coca-Cola is a spit cup.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/23/2019 22:25 Comments || Top||

#12  Normal media spin followup.
Posted by: Dale || 10/23/2019 23:13 Comments || Top||


U.S. Official: 'dozens' Of Islamic State Fighters Freed In Syria
[Jpost] U.S. President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
's special representative for Syria, James Jeffrey, said on Tuesday that "dozens" of 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....
fighters had been freed since The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
began its incursion in northeastern Syria.

"I would say dozens at this point," Jeffrey told a congressional hearing when Democratic Senator Chris Coons
... Dem Junior Senator from Delaware since 2010. He won a special election to succeed Ted Kaufman, who had been appointed to the seat when Joe Biden resigned to become Vice President. Previously, Coons was the county executive of New Castle County. Raised in Hockessin, Delaware, Coons was a frat boy at the Amherst College liberal mill. He received graduate degrees from Yale Divinity School and Yale Law School....
asked if he knew how many "hardened" Islamic State (ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
) fighters had been released. There have been reports of much larger numbers.

Russia says up to 500 people have fled captivity in northern Syria

[Jpost] Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday that Moscow estimated that up to 500 people, including Islamist fighters, had escaped from captivity in northern Syria after their guards left their posts.

He said measures were being taken to recapture them.

Shoigu was speaking after talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2019 02:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  I can't seem to remember who was supporting the ISIS factions in northern Syria and getting smuggled oil in return.


Oh, yeah. Turkey.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 10/23/2019 8:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Well that pull out worked really good. Good for who, I can't really say, but good for someone. Turkey..Iran..Syria? For the Kurds...not so much. But hey why bother, its on the other side of the world so it won't affect us.....until it does.
Posted by: Sonny Black || 10/23/2019 19:11 Comments || Top||


Unidentified drones attack Iranian-backed militia in eastern Syria-report
[Jpost] Unidentified drones attacked Syrian areas controlled by the Assad regime and Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias at the Hamdan airport near the town of al-Bukamal in the eastern region of Deir ez-Zor, according to opposition-affiliated TV station Halab Today.

Before the attack, three drones were seen flying from the direction of areas under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces militia, according to Step News, a news agency founded by Syrian activists and journalists. At noon, explosions were heard at the Hamdan airport. Ambulances were sent to the airport, but the number of causalities is unknown.

Iranian-backed militias in al-Bukamal have been targeted by Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s multiple times in the past year.

Syrian forces and Iranian-backed militias began transferring equipment and materials to al-Bukamal for the purpose of building bridges across the Euphrates River, according to local news outlet Deir ez-Zor 24.

International coalition aircraft intensified flights over the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor last week.

Sites controlled by 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...
in al-Bukamal have been targeted multiple times by airstrikes in recent months. A strategic border crossing between Iraq and Syria is located in the area.

Iranian forces and militias loyal to them are fortifying their positions in the Deir ez-Zor area in eastern Syria where al-Bukamal is located, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [SOHR]. In September, at least 37 turbans were killed in two airstrikes which also destroyed vehicles, ammunition depots, weapons and buildings in the al-Bukamal area. Many of those killed were of Iraqi nationality.

The attacks in the al-Bukamal area have been blamed on both Israel and Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
"Saudi fighter jets have been spotted along with other fighter jets that have attacked facilities and positions belonging to Iranian militias," said an unnamed source to the Independent in Arabic. The attacks targeted positions belonging to the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps in al-Bukamal and other areas near the Iraq-Syria border.

Saudi sources later denied the report, according to the Independent.

On September 9, airstrikes allegedly carried out by Israel destroyed a military base in the area under Iranian control, according to the SOHR.
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#1  Using drones to attack peaceful pilgrims...that's just not kosher......or. um.....
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Lebanon enters sixth day of protests as army opens roads, bagman arrested
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Protesters began gathering in Riad Al Solh Square in Beirut on Tuesday morning as nationwide demonstrations in Leb continued for the sixth day.

The Lebanese army opened several highways and issued orders banning road blockades in the country.

On Monday night, the first signs of potential sectarian tensions appeared as Hezbollah and Amal supporters on cycle of violences drove to central Beirut and tried to disrupt the protests. However,
there's more than one way to skin a cat...
they were pushed back by the Lebanese army, which has promised to protect protesters, and the disruption was limited.

Protesters have presented a united front and informally banned any symbols except for the Lebanese national flag and the flag of the Lebanese Armed Forces.

Earlier in the day the Lebanese government under Prime Minister Saad Hariri
...Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's assassination. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too....
agreed a package of long-stalled reforms to try to ease an economic crisis and defuse the biggest protests against the ruling elite in decades. The cabinet approved a 2020 state budget that does not impose any new taxes on individuals and aims for a deficit of 0.6 percent of GDP, down from a previous target of around 7 percent.

The cabinet measures appeared to have little effect as protesters call for the overthrow of the entire government.

Protests began on Thursday, sparked by a proposed fee on WhatsApp calls and a raise in the price of cigarettes against a backdrop of widespread corruption, political deadlock, and a worsening economic situation including an alleged shortage of dollars.

Army Says ‘Impostor Cleric’ Held for Distributing Money to Protesters

[AnNahar] A man claiming to be a Shiite Moslem holy man has been arrested for distributing money to protesters in downtown Beirut, the army said on Tuesday.

"A force from the Intelligence Directorate arrested Mohammed Ali Tarshishi for claiming to be a holy man and distributing money of an unknown source to protesters in the city of Beirut," an army statement said.

"The detainee is being interrogated under the supervision of the competent judicial authorities," the military added.

The man had appeared in videos circulated on Monday.
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UN: Over 176,000 displaced by Turkish offensive in northeast Syria
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The UN says that nearly two weeks after The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire...
launched its offensive in northeast Syria more than 176,000 people have been displaced, including nearly 80,000 children, and "critical infrastructure has been damaged."

UN front man Stephane Dujarric said Tuesday that power lines have been damaged, reportedly affecting at least four medical facilities.

He said the Alouk water station, which serves over 400,000 people in al-Hassakah city and surrounding displacement camps, has received temporary repairs and generators are now being used to supply safe water for the population in the area.

Dujarric told news hounds at the UN headquarters in New York that Imran Riza, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Syria, said after visiting the northeast that he was grateful UN appeals for humanitarian access were successful and water was restored, "averting more serious humanitarian problems."

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Washington has informed Ankara that the Syrian Kurdish forces withdrawal is ‘completed.’
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