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Two major Syrian Army divisions head toward Hama for upcoming offensive
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Afghanistan
Police chief and buddy kaboomed in Badghis province
[IsraelTimes] A roadside kaboom killed a district police chief and another policeman in the northern Badghis province, according to Jamshid Shahabi, front man for the provincial governor.

No one claimed the attack, but Shahabi said it was likely carried out by the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
, who are active in the province and frequently target security forces and government officials.
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Kabul: dozens of Hazeri casualties in double mosque kaboom, Haqqani gang busted


Dozens dead or wounded in twin explosions in Kabul

[KhaamaPress] At least thirty twenty people were killed and nearly seventy others sustained injuries in twin explosions in Kabul city earlier this evening.

Security sources confirm the first blast took place inside a sports complex in the 6th police district of the city in Qala-e-Nazir area in west of Kabul.

The sources further added that the second blast took place among the reporters in the same area.

The Ministry of Public Health confirmed that the dead bodies of at least 20 people along with at least 70 wounded people were shifted to the hospitals.

The security officials have not confirmed the type of the explosions and the exact casualties toll but preliminary reports indicate the first blast has taken place due to a suicide attack.

No individual or group including Taliban and ISIS loyalists has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.
Tolo News adds:
The Kabul police chief's spokesman told TOLOnews that a second explosion targeted first responders at the scene of Wednesday night's bombing in the city.

Officials confirmed the first explosion, just after 6pm, was a suicide bombing and the second, about an hour later, had been a car bomb.

Sources said that the second bombing targeted police and civilians, including journalists, who had gathered outside the Moalem wrestling club in Qala-e-Nazer in PD6, which had been targeted about an hour earlier by a suicide bomber.
Al Ahram points out:
A suicide attack at a wrestling club in a Shia neighborhood of the Afghan capital Kabul and a second explosion apparently targeting emergency services and journalists killed at least 20 people and wounded 70 on Wednesday, officials said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in Dasht-e-Barchi, home to many members of the mainly Shia Muslim Hazara ethnic minority which has been targeted in the past by Sunni militants of Islamic State group.

The Hazaras are a Persian-speaking minority that has long faced discrimination and which has borne the brunt of attacks claimed by Islamic State group in Kabul.

Gang of Haqqani Network members involved in destructive activities busted in Kabul

[KhaamaPress] A gang of Haqqani Network members involved in destructive activities and killing of the officials has been busted in capital Kabul.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), in a statement said a gang of Haqqani Network consisting of 11 militants was busted during separate operations in Kabul.

The statement further added that the militants were arrested during the operations from the 5th and 12th districts, Paghman and Bagrami districts.

According to the National Directorate of Security, the detained militants were involved in some major terrorist related activities, including attacks on government and security officials, tribal elders, and roadside bombings.

The Afghan forces also confiscated a Ak-47 rifle, a pistol, three kgs of explosives, and a motorycle during the operations, NDS added.

The detained militants have been identified as Momin Khan, Azizullah, Sardar Wali, Hamid, Mustafa, Mir Agha, Mohammad Rasool, Nawab, Lal Agha, Munir, and Ehsanullah.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Haqqani Network and Taliban militants have not commented regarding the report so far.
Tolo News has video of the miscreants here.
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Taliban commanders, security personnel among 19 killed, wounded in Baghlan clashes
[KhaamaPress] At least 19 people including local Taliban
...Arabic for students...
commander'>Taliban Überstürmbannführer
s and security personnel were killed or maimed during the festivities in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan. (File Photo)

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said at least six bandidos gunnies have been killed during the festivities with the security forces in Lakan village.

The statement further added that the festivities broke out amid ongoing operations being conducted as part of Nawid-15 operations.

According to the 209th Shaheen Corps, a local commander of the Taliban group identified as Qari Jawid is among those killed.

At least 11 Talibs also sustained injuries during the festivities together with 2 security personnel whose health condition has been reported as stable, the 209th Shaheen Corps added.

The anti-government armed krazed killer groups including Talibs have not commented regarding the report so far.

Baghlan has been among the relatively calm provinces in the North but the security situation of the province has tanked during the recent years.

The Talibs often carry out coordinated attacks and other types of terrorist related activities in some remote parts of the province.
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Badakhshan’s Nusay District Cleared Of Taliban
[ToloNews] Government forces have cleared Badakhshan’s Nusay district of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
in military operation which is ongoing for the past 15 days, local officials said on Wednesday.

Badakhshan Police Chief Saber Aryan said Taliban has suffered heavy casualties in the military operation.

He said Taliban are under siege by government forces in a rural village in the district.

"We have tightened surroundings of the villages in Nusay where Taliban still poses threat to security. The reason behind a delay in the military operation is that we want to protect civilians during our mission," he said.

The police chief said the operation will continue until all threats are removed from the district.

"Our operation will continue until all threats against Nusay district are removed. We have strictly ordered our forces not to let the Taliban to pose threat to security of the district," he added.

Badakhshan officials meanwhile said some parts of the province are still under threat by the Taliban.

"We have plans on hand to conduct military operations in other areas too," said Akhtar Mohammad Khairzada, deputy governor of Badakhshan.

Meanwhile,
...back at the desert island, Bert was realizing to his horror that he'd had only one bottle for one message, and he'd forgotten to include a return address...
a commander of public uprising forces, Nazir Mohammad Niazi, said to gain a good result from military operations, there is a need for government to call for the help of public uprising forces.

"Government does not have sufficient troops to maintain the safety of the areas therefore it will be good if it calls for the help of public uprising forces in this respect," said Niazi.

Military affairs analysts in Badakhshan said Taliban’s main hideout is in Wardooj district in the province therefore, they said they call on government to launch military operation for clearing of this part of Badakhshan.

Nusay is the link to Maymi, Kof Aab, Sheki and Khwahan districts. The only bridge into these districts, which share a border with Tajikistan, is located in this district and all these districts get supplies through Nusay.
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Arabia
US Navy says over 2,500 assault rifles found in Gulf seizure
[IsraelTimes] The US Navy says a recent arms seizure from small ships near war-torn Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
netted over 2,500 Kalashnikov assault rifles.

The Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet gives the updated total in a statement. It boarded the skiff and the dhow, a traditional ship in the Persian Gulf, during a routine check in the Gulf of Aden on Aug. 28.

The Navy adds: "The origin and intended destination of the skiff have not yet been determined."

In early 2016, US-allied warships in the region stopped three dhows carrying thousands of Kalashnikov assault rifles as well as sniper rifles, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, anti-tank missiles and other weapons believed bound for Yemen from Iran.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Did they just happen to have transited Benghazi?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/06/2018 8:09 Comments || Top||

#2  They were being returned by Mexico.
Posted by: gorb || 09/06/2018 8:42 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
ANP leader, nephew shot dead
[Dawn] PESHAWAR: Unidentified motorcyclists on Wednesday rubbed out an Awami National Party
founded by Abdul Wali Khan in 1986. Part of the PPP-led cabinet 2008-13. The ANP is considered left wing, advocating for secularism, democratic socialism, public sector government, and economic egalitarianism....
leader and his nephew in Tehkal area of the city, police said.

SP cantonment Waseem Riaz said the incident took place in Subhan Abad neighbourhood, when unknown motorcyclists opened fire, killing Ibrar Khalil and his nephew, Arshad on the spot.

An official at Tehkal cop shoppe said Mr Khalil had contested elections on ANP ticket from PK-74 constituency in the July 25 general elections.

The official said Mr Khlil along with his nephew was going in a vehicle when two assailants opened fire on them. He said the motive behind the attack was not clear and the family had yet to nominate anyone in the FIR.

Meanwhile,
...back at the wreckage, Captain Poindexter awoke groggily, his hand still stuck in the Ming vase...
in a statement, ANP provincial general secretary Sardar Hussain Babak condemned the killing of Mr Khalil and said there was no security in the picturesque provincial capital and the PTI government had left the general public at the mercy of terrorists.

Another statement issued here said Mr Khalil and his nephew’s funeral prayers would be offered on Wednesday night and they would be buried in their ancestral graveyards.

ANP has been at the crosshairs of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
attacks and hundreds of its workers and leaders have been killed during past some years.
Would that be the Afghan Taliban, who are Pashtuns, or Tehreek-i-Taliban, the Pakistani Taliban, who are Punjabis? One wants to file things properly.
In July, ANP provincial information secretary Haroon Bilour was killed in a suicide kaboom along with 20 others during the election campaign.
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Former student gets 29 years in jail on terror charges
[Dawn] KARACHI: An antiterrorism court on Wednesday handed down a collective imprisonment of 29 years to a former student on charges of terrorism, possessing explosives and illicit arms.

Syed Rehan Zaidi alias Ali Budha was found guilty of possessing explosives and an illicit weapon, terrorism, encounter with law enforcers and attempting to murder in the remit of Mochko cop shoppe on Oct 2, 2017.

The ATC-X judge, who conducted the trial in the judicial complex inside the central prison, pronounced his verdict after recording evidence and arguments from both sides.
Continued on Page 49
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PM Imran Khan, US Secy of State Pompeo discuss bilateral ties during meeting at PM House
[Dawn] Prime Minister Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
on Wednesday held a meeting with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Joseph Dunford at the PM House in Islamabad.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Wormtongue Qureshi, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI chief Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar were also present in the PM's meeting with the US delegation.
Continued on Page 49
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Suspected militants killed on Tuesday identified
[Dawn] KARACHI: The three suspected Death Eaters, who had been killed in a ’shootout’ with police in Ittehad Town on Tuesday, were identified on Wednesday.

One of them was identified as Zubair alias Waqas who was stated to be the chief of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Pakistain (Swat) in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
A senior police official said the mobile phone of the TTP chief showed he had remained in touch with two hardcore forces of Evil of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
who had beat feet from prison recently.

"Zubair might have helped them escape from the prison. He was a resident of Korangi and according to his family, which has received his body, he did matriculation," the policeman added.

The other deceased were identified as Rehmat Ramzan and Faisal Rasheed.
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Iraq
Kirkuk combat chronicle: big turban judge bound over, paramilitaries maim attacking turbans


Security forces arrest Islamic State’s judge in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) – Federal police forces have arrested a judge of the Islamic State group and 15 more wanted criminals during different security operations in southwestern Kirkuk, a security source was quoted saying.

“Acting upon a tip-off, security forces arrested a judge who was working for Islamic State in Tal al-Zahab village in southwestern Kirkuk,” the source told Iraqi website Baghdad Today.

According to the source, “the troops also apprehended 15 suspects in different areas in Kirkuk.”

“The security forces found three bombs and stormed four hotbeds of Islamic State in the province,” added the source.

Islamic State members wounded in attack repelled by paramilitary troops, west of Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State members were wounded in an attack carried out by the militant group, southwest of Kirkuk, an official from the pro-government paramilitary troops said on Wednesday.

Speaking to Baghdad Today website, Karim al-Ezzi, an official from al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said, “Islamic State members attacked a checkpoint of the troops in al-Shalalat region, located between al-Multaqa and Hawija, west of Kirkuk.”

PMFs, according to Ezzi, “repelled the attack, while some militants were injured before fleeing.”
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Sixteen Islamic State members arrested in operation, south of Mosul
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) Sixteen 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....
members were locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
in a security operation in south of Mosul, the Nineveh Operations Command said on Wednesday.

Speaking to BasNews, Mostafa al-Jabouri, spokesperson for the command, said "security troops carried out an operation in the islands of al-Bu seif village, south of Mosul."

The operations, according to Jabouri, "resulted in arresting 16 members of Islamic State dormant cells. They were possessing weapons, which were confiscated and taken to the command headquarters."

The bully boyz "were taken to the headquarters for investigations ahead of standing trials," Jabouri added.
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Bomb attack in Iraq leaves seven policemen wounded
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Seven coppers, including three coppers, were maimed Wednesday in a kaboom in al-Razaza area between Karbala and Anbar provinces.

"A kaboom targeted a police force while on duty in al-Razaza area between Karbala and Anbar provinces, leaving seven coppers maimed, including three police forces," the source told Baghdad Today.

"The injured were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment," added the source.
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Basra protests: 1 killed by security gunfire, gate blocked at Umm Qasr port


Protester killed, as security forces open heavy fire to disperse demonstrations in Basra

Basra (IraqiNews.com) A protester has been killed in Basra province as security troops opened fire to disperse demonstrations on Wednesday.

One of the protester was killed as he was shot by security forces in his head, Alghad Press reported.

News reports said security troops have opened fire against protesters in the vicinity of the local government building to disperse the demonstrations, a local source from Basra said on Wednesday.

Speaking to Baghdad Today, the source said “protests are ongoing in the vicinity of Basra provincial council.”

Security troops, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, “are attempting dispersal of the protests through opening fire heavily against protesters, in addition to using tear gas bombs that cause them asphyxia.”

Iraqi protesters block gate to Umm Qasr port

[AlAhrqm] Protesters blocked the entrance to Iraq's Umm Qasr commodities port on Wednesday to demand better services, said port employees and local government officials, raising the stakes in some of the worst unrest in southern cities in months.

The move came hours after protesters set fire to the main government building in the oil hub of Basra.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Jordan court sentences Islamic State member to 20 years
[IsraelTimes] Convict, along with his two brothers killed in shoot-out with security forces, drove around home town in pickup truck firing into the air and then retreated to booby-trapped house

A Jordanian court has sentenced an alleged 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 member to 20 years of hard labor for a 2016 attack on security forces, an AFP correspondent at the trial said.

The 25-year-old was charged with acquiring automatic weapons along with his two brothers and turning their house in Ma’an, 210 kilometers (130 miles) south of Amman, into a bomb factory.

The brothers booby-trapped the house then raised black IS flags on a roundabout and on the minaret of a mosque in the town to attract the attention of security forces, the charge sheet read.

They also raised an IS flag on a pickup truck which they drove around town, shooting in the air, it said.

"When the accused saw a vehicle belonging to security services they opened fire, wounding those inside," the charges said.

Officials said they then returned to their house, leaving the pickup outside to attract attention.

Security forces arrived, triggering a shootout which maimed several security personnel and killed two of the brothers. The third was able to blow up the house before being incarcerated
You have the right to remain silent...
Jordanian courts regularly try suspected jihadists, usually linked to IS.

Jordan is part of the US-led military coalition against IS and has carried out air strikes targeting the murderous Moslem group. It also hosts coalition troops on its territory.

The kingdom was hit by several attacks in 2016, including an IS suicide kaboom in June that killed seven guards near the border with Syria.

Islamist stronghold Ma’an has a bloody and rebellious past dating back to the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.
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Hamas commander dies in accidental explosion in Gaza Strip
[IsraelTimes] Abdel Rahim Abbas said killed at police bomb disposal unit’s headquarters after kabooms catch fire

A member of the Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", security forces was killed Wednesday in an accidental kaboom in the Gazoo Strip, the Paleostinian terror group reported.

The military wing of Hamas announced the man was Abdel Rahim Abbas, 42, a local commander of the Hamas security forces.

The Hamas-run Gazoo interior ministry said the kaboom happened at the administrative headquarters for the police’s bomb disposal unit and was a result of kabooms catching on fire during an inspection.

Police and civil defense units extinguished the fire caused by the kaboom, the ministry added.

A Hamas security source said he was trying to neutralize an Israeli munition.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  "an inspection"

right
Posted by: Frank G || 09/06/2018 7:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Abdel Rahim Abbas, 42, a local commander of the Hamas security forces

Obviously not ready for big time
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/06/2018 7:49 Comments || Top||

#3  A Hamas security source said he was trying to neutralize an Israeli munition

Obviously they mean something designated for use against Israel.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 09/06/2018 8:11 Comments || Top||

#4  another Haliburton (tm) "Bomb Kits for Little Martyrs"?
Posted by: Fat Bob Prince of the Geats4930 || 09/06/2018 8:28 Comments || Top||

#5  "I said the RED wire, Abdel, the RED!"

"They all look gray to me!"
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/06/2018 12:30 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Two major Syrian Army divisions head toward Hama for upcoming offensive
[AlMasdar] Earlier today, the Syrian Arab Army continued their military buildup in northwestern Syria by sending more reinforcements to the Hama and Idlib governorates.

Units from the 1st Division of the Syrian Arab army made their way from southern Syria to the province of Hama, where they met up with other pro-government forces.

The 1st Division, which was primarily deployed in the southerns provinces of Damascus and Daraa, will be taking part in their first offensive in northern Syria.

In addition to the 1st Divison, the elite Fifth Army Corps has also sent their troops to northwestern Syria.

These two large Syrian Army forces comprise of thousands of battle tested soldiers that have taken part in many battles from Syria.

In the coming days, the Syrian Arab army is expected to kick off their long-awaited offensive against the jihadist rebels in northern Syria.
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Idlib excitements: Syrian Army, build up, Russian and Syrian army air strikes, rebels shoot missiles at Syrian positions
Syrian Army sends more reinforcements to Idlib for major offensive

[AlMasdar] Massive reinforcements were seen heading to the northern Syria as the Syrian military amasses forces for the upcoming assault on Idlib.

The recent convoy, which belongs to the 1st Armored Division, consists of dozens of tanks, BMPs, armored vehicles, as well as more than 1000 soldiers.

The long-awaited attack on the jihadi-held province will be spearheaded by the elite Tiger Forces with great support from the Russian air force.

While no ground invasion has yet been initiated, non-stop artillery and rocket shelling – as well as precise airstrikes – are being conducted on a daily basis to undermine the military capabilities of jihadi groups.

Four Russian warplanes Hit Nusra Front Positions in Syria’s Idlib Province – MoD

[AlMasdar] On Tuesday night, Russia’s Hmeymim Airbase in Syria destroyed two terrorist drones with surface-to-air missiles, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

“On the 4th of September, at night, the anti-aircraft weapons of Hmeimim Airbase destroyed two terrorist assault UAVs. In total, last month, 47 terrorist unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed… in the area of Russia’s Hmeimim Airbase,” Konashenkov told reporters.

“On the same day [September 4], four planes from the Russian air unit deployed at the Hmeymim Airbase carried out strikes on Nusra Front* terrorist group targets in Idlib province with precision-guided munitions,” Konashenkov said.

According to the spokesman, the strikes were carried out on the terrorists’ storage facilities where they kept drones, located outside settlements, as well as “detected sites where assault drones were launched to carry out terrorist attacks on Russia’s Hmeimim Airbase and settlements in the provinces of Aleppo and Hama.”

“The Russian aircraft carried out all strikes solely on the identified terrorist targets, as confirmed through several channels, located far from settlements,” Konashenkov said.

He added that two Su-34 jets had also destroyed a workshop where terrorists assembled drones and a warehouse of explosives for them.Konashenkov noted that the multipurpose Su-35S fighter, equipped with high-precision ammunition, also destroyed a warehouse in which the man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) of terrorists were stored.

Russia, alongside Iran and Turkey, is a guarantor of the ceasefire in Syria. Moscow has also been assisting Damascus both through supporting the struggle against terrorist groups and providing humanitarian aid to the residents of the crisis-torn country.

Syrian, Russian jets unleash several airstrikes over southwest Idlib after jihadists target resort town

[AlMasdar] The Syrian and Russian air forces unleashed flurry of airstrikes in northern Syria tonight after the jihadist rebels targeted a resort town in the Latakia province.

According to a military source in Latakia, the jihadist rebels fired several rockets towards the civilian neighborhoods in the resort town of Slunfeh on Wednesday afternoon.

While no one was hurt, local activists did report material damage to a number of buildings in the town.

In response to this attack by the jihadist rebels, Syrian and Russian air forces conducted a plethora of airstrikes over the Jisr Al-Shughour District in the province of Idlib.

The Russian reconciliation center has repeatedly warned the jihadist rebels against targeting these towns in western and northern Syria.

Jihadist rebels attack Syrian Army stronghold near southwest Idlib (video)

[AlMasdar] On Tuesday, the Russian Air Force carried out a large number of airstrikes against the jihadist rebels in the Northwestern provinces of Syria.

Using their Sukhoi jets, the Russian Air Force hammered the jihadist rebels with airstrike after airstrike in order to weaken their resolve in northwestern Syria.

In response to the Russian attack, the jihadist rebels unleashed flurry of missiles towards the Syrian government stronghold of Joureen in the Al-Ghaab Plain this evening.

According to a military source, the jihadist missiles that targeted Joureen missed the Syrian army’s positions and hit the surrounding farms.

The Syrian Army then retaliated by firing several ground to ground missiles at the jihadist defenses in the area.
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Combat Footage: Army strikes ISIS in east Swaida, kills scores
[AlMasdar] The Syrian forces continue to grab more lands 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....
in east Swaida countryside amid massive jihadi retreat.

Using heavy artillery and missile shelling, the Syrian Army managed to advance into the rocky cliffs surrounding Safa Hilltops; the last ISIS stronghold in the area.

The strikes killed more than 20 ISIS Lion of Islams, including 3 snipers whose fire curbed the Army’s advance at one point.

The area where the Death Eater jihadists are holed up is completely surrounded by the government troops, who periodically finish off ISIS murderous Moslems attempting to flee.

Syrian Army keeps advancing inside ISIL’s last major pocket in southern Syria

[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army, backed by the National Defense Forces, continued their field operations in eastern Syria today.

Led by the first and third divisions, the Syrian army stormed the Islamic states last major pocket in the Al-Sweida Governorate.

According to field source, the Syrian Army manage to liberate several points from the Islamic State, forcing the letter to fall back further in the strategic volcanic region.

The source said that several Islamic State terrorists were killed during the clashes, including a number of foreign combatants.

In addition to the ground advances, the Syrian Army also captured a large cache of weapons that were left behind by the Islamic State in this volcanic region.

The Syrian Army is now working for the remaining areas still occupied by the Islamic State terrorists; this battle should conclude in the coming days.
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#1  Time to get 0bumhole and Kerry in there so they can surrender to them before it's too late.
Posted by: gorb || 09/06/2018 20:52 Comments || Top||


Syrian Army captures US-made missiles in Quneitra (photos)
[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured a large cache of weapons this week that belonged to the jihadist rebels in the al-Quneitra Governorate.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Syrian Arab Army uncovered the large weapons cache while combing through the liberated town of al-Rafid in the al-Quneitr Governorate.

The SANA report said that the Syrian Arab Army uncovered a large number of US-made TOW missiles, Israeli-made grendes, rocket launchers, night vision goggles, varius kinds of ammunition, RPGs, and mortar rounds.

The SANA report added that there was also a large quantity of medical supplies and "fake blood, cosmetics, and plastic body organs."
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Jihadists hit town resort in Latakia with rockets
[AlMasdar] Two homegrown rockets went kaboom! in Slinfah town in northeast Latakia as a result of a rocket attack launched by jihadi rebels in neighboring Idlib.

Jihadi groups in Idlib said they shelled the town in retaliation of the intense Arclight airstrikes conducted yesterday by Russian fighter jets against rebel positions in Jisr al-Shughur.

The Russian aerial bombardment came to avenge the repeated drone attacks against its forces in Hmeimim air base.

The coastal base has been frequently assaulted by armed drones operated by jihadi groups in Idlib and northern Hama.
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YPG ambushes Turkish-backed rebels in Afrin, 4 killed
[AlMasdar] The Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels suffered anther setback this week, when the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) carried out a fresh ambush against them.

According to the YPG’s Press Office, their forces ambushed a group of Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) inside the Afrin region’s Shera District, killing four of the rebels in the process.

"On September 3rd, our forces carried out a successful action in the Mariamin village of Afrin’s Shera district, targeting a military vehicle belonging to the Liwa al-Shamal mercenary fraction."

The YPG also managed to confiscate the belongings of the FSA fighters, which alowed them to identify the rebels killed in the attack.

"As a result, all 4 mercenaries in the vehicle were killed. Their names are as follows: Abdoulkarem Shihade (from Homs), Dibo Ismail (Aleppo), Omer Heshesh (Idlib) and Muhammed Mustafa (Menagh)."

They would conclude their statement by providing details regarding the deadly attack:

"Also, concerning the operations that had been carried out by our forces on the night of September 3rdin Afrin city center and in the countryside of Afrin’s Sherawa district and which resulted in the death of 15 mercenaries, including a commander Ahmed Semir Brier, we have been able to confirm that 4 soldiers of the Ottoman Turkish invasion army were killed. We couldn’t share this detail in our previous blurb because the exact number of the killed Ottoman Turkish soldiers wasn’t yet clarified."
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Husband of imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer arrested in Tehran
[IsraelTimes] Reza Khandan charged with ’conspiring against national security, propaganda against the system and campaigning against Iran’s Islamic dress code’

The husband of the imprisoned award-winning Iranian human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
activist Nasrin Sotoudeh has been tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
, their lawyer told AFP on Wednesday.

"Reza Khandan was arrested on Tuesday morning at his home in Tehran by agents of Iran’s intelligence ministry," their lawyer Mohammad Moghimi said.

He was transferred to Evin prison in northern Tehran where a judge charged him with conspiring against national security, propaganda against the system and campaigning against Iran’s Islamic dress code.

The last charge was based on the fact that badges were found in the family’s home, saying "No to compulsory hijab," the lawyer said.

Khandan’s wife is one of Iran’s most famed rights activists and won the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights award in 2012.

Earlier this year, Sotoudeh took on the cases of several women arrested for standing in public areas without their headscarves, which have been mandatory in Iran since shortly after the Islamic revolution of 1979.

She was arrested in June and told she had already been found guilty "in absentia" on spying charges by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court.

Her legal team said she is now serving a six-year jail term, one year longer than previously reported.

She began a hunger strike on August 25 in protest at the pressure brought on her family.

Khandan’s bail was set at 7 billion rials ($50,000), which Moghimi called "legally unacceptable."

Khandan and Sotoudeh’s 18-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son were home at the time of the arrest and are now being cared for by their aunt, he added.

Moghimi said that Khandan’s charge of propaganda against the state was due to his interviews with international media on his wife’s imprisonment and ongoing cases.

Human Rights Watch said Iran had "ramped up their crackdown against human rights defenders."

"Iranian authorities continue to dig a hole for their domestic and international credibility as they lock up scores of lawyers and activists for the ’crime’ of defending citizens’ fundamental rights," said the NGO’s Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson.

One of Sotoudeh’s lawyers, Payam Derafshan, was himself arrested last week along with colleague Farokh Forouzan, according to a Facebook post by another human rights lawyer.
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Russia Confirms Air Strikes on Syria's Idlib
Snip. Duplicate.
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