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51 ISIS militants killed in Haska Mina district: Afghan Military
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan Military in the East claims at least 51 gunnies of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have been killed in Haska Mina district of 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..

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said the Afghan cops and Special Forces conducted operations in Awghaz village in Haska Mina district.

The statement further added that 51 gunnies of ISIS terrorist group were killed during the operations.

According to 201st Silab Corps, some compounds of the terrorist group were also demolished along with a cache of weapons and munitions.

The anti-government armed turban and terrorist groups including ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the operations so far.

Posted by: Fred || 11/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [32 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Taliban suffer heavy casualties in Balkh operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan Military claims that the anti-government armed murderous Moslems have suffered heavy casualties during the operations in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conducted operations in Chahar Bolak district of Balkh province as part of Walid-25 operations.

The statement further added at least 14 murderous Moslems were killed and nearly 20 others sustained injuries during the same operations.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, at least three murderous Moslems were also jugged
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
during the same operations while a vehicle and two cycle of violences were captured by the Afghan forces.

Balkh was among the relatively calm provinces in North of Afghanistan but the security situation in some of its districts has started to deteriorate during the recent years.

The anti-government armed murderous Moslems are active in some remote districts of Balkh where they occasionally conduct terrorist related activities.

Posted by: Fred || 11/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Terror blast kills over 50 people, wounds dozens in Afghan capital
[PRESSTV] More than 50 people have been killed and over 80 maimed after a huge kaboom destroyed a building in Afghanistan's capital in which a large crowd of people, including religious scholars, were marking the birthday anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).

The deadly attack was carried out at the Uranus Wedding Hall on the airport road in the city center of Kabul at about 06:15 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

The Afghan television station, Tolo News, citing a number of eyewitnesses, said at least 1,000 people were present in the hall at the time of the kaboom, which is the deadliest of such attacks in Kabul in recent months.

Reports said the attacker, wearing an explosives-laden vest, entered a banquet room in the hall, a massive complex housing several large banqueting halls, and detonated his explosives.

Officials at Kabul's Emergency Hospital told Rooters that at least 30 ambulances had rushed to the kaboom site and more than 40 people were critically maimed.

No group has grabbed credit for the attack yet, but it bears the hallmark of attacks carried out by the Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
ISIS terrorist group, which has taken advantage of the chaos in Afghanistan and established a foothold in the war-torn country’s eastern and northern regions.

In a statement, President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
declared Wednesday a national day of mourning for the victims of the deadly attack, which he described as an "unforgivable crime."

Posted by: Fred || 11/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [38 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Horn
US military says strikes killed over 30 suspected militants in Somalia
The US military said on Tuesday that it had carried out two Arclight airstrikes in Somalia that killed 37 suspected Lion of Islams.

In a statement, the US military said the strikes took place on Monday near Debatscile, Somalia and were targeting al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
Lion of Islams.

The military said it did not assess that the strikes had killed or injured any civilians.
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#1  37? That's what I'm talking about...none of this 2 or 3 crap
Posted by: Frank G || 11/21/2018 8:29 Comments || Top||

Kenya Beefs Up Security Along Border With Somali After Foiled Attack
[RADIOSHABELLE] Kenya has beefed up security along its mostly non-existent border with Somalia after the police foiled an attack by suspected al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
faceless myrmidons in northeast region on Monday.

Joseph Boinnet, inspector-general of police said security had been enhanced in the area with more personnel being deployed along the border to tame the terrorists.

"We have enhanced security on the lam as part of efforts to stop their activities near there," he said, confirming four suspected bad boyz were potted and several others injured during botched attack on a police camp in Ijara in Boni enclave.

Boinnet said unknown number of turbans was targeting a camp occupied by the Administration Police’s Border Patrol Unit when they were repulsed in the dawn incident.

Boinnet said the turbans were also targeting a communication mast for destruction.

The team of border patrol repulsed them fatally injuring four while several ran with serious wounds.

Boinnet said security had been enhanced in the area with more personnel being deployed along the border area to tame the terror activities.

"We have enhanced security on the lam as part of efforts to stop their activities near there," he said. Witnesses said the officers were still patrolling the expansive forest in search for more bodies.

Posted by: Fred || 11/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [29 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Somali Lawmaker Survives Bomb Attack In Mogadishu
[RADIOSHABELLE] At least two people were reported to have been maimed in a boom-mobile kaboom in Mogadishu, the Somali capital on Tuesday noon.

The blast occurred near Dabka junction, along the busy Makka al-Mukarama road in the capital after a bomb concealed under the seat of a car belonging to Somali politician.

The MP, Dahir Amin Jesow has not been traveling in the vehicle at the time of the kaboom. He was a nearby shopping mall.

Posted by: Fred || 11/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [32 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Africa North
Libya uses tear gas, rubber bullets to force migrants off ship
[Al Jazeera] Libyan authorities have used rubber bullets and tear gas to forcibly disembark more than 90 refugees and migrants colonists who had refused to leave a fat merchantman docked in the port of Misrata.

The Panama-flagged ship rescued them off the Libyan coast 10 days ago, as their boat began sinking, and brought them to Misrata. Once there, 14 disembarked willingly but, in the first documented case of its kind, the other 92 refused to leave.

"A joint force raided the fat merchantman and used rubber bullets and tear gas to force [them off the ship]," the commander of the central region coastguards, Tawfiq Esskair, told the Rooters news agency by phone on Tuesday.

Some of those on board were maimed during disembarkation but were now "in good condition" after treatment in hospital, and all had been taken to a detention centre in the city, said Esskair.

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Taiz University’s president survives apparent assassination attempt
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The president of Taiz University Dr. Mohammed al-Shuaibi has survived a failed liquidation attempt but has suffered serious injuries and is still placed under medical care at a hospital in southwestern Yemeni city.

One of al-Shuaibi’s companions who was travelling with him was killed after their vehicle came under attack by unknown button men.

The incident is not the first to hit a high-ranking university official after the Secretary-General of Taiz University Abdulrahman Hajeb was attacked in a similar manner when his car was shot at by unknown button men. One bystander was injured in that attack by stray shrapnel.

Posted by: Fred || 11/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [32 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Hodeidah clashes flare around key port, despite calls for truce
[Al Jazeera] Fighting between the Saudi-UAE coalition and 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 ...
rebels in 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...
has flared up again around the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, despite the United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
calls for a ceasefire there, Yemeni officials and witnesses say.

Saudi-UAE coalition planes launched at least 10 air raids on positions held by the Houthis late on Monday, witnesses told Al Jazeera. The rebels fired artillery in response.

Earlier on Monday, Yemen's internationally recognised government said it would attend UN-backed talks next month to put an end to the violence. The announcement came hours after the Houthis said they were ready for a broader ceasefire, but only if the coalition forces backing the Yemeni government want peace.

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow, reporting from neighbouring Djibouti, said residents of Hodeidah spoke of the most intense fighting in days.

"Most of the fighting is happening around the 7th of July neighbourhood, about 4km from the port. The warring parties are using mortars and machine guns to attack each other since last night.

"The Houthis are adamant that they did not start the latest round of violence. One Houthi official we spoke to this morning said 'you will see these kind of flare-ups as we grow closer to peace talks, because everyone wants to come to these talks in a position of strength'," Adow reported.

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Attacker 'critical' after stabbing outside Brussels police station
[Yahoo] A Brussels police officer was maimed and a terrorism inquiry has been launched after pre-dawn knife attack Tuesday, Belgian officials said.

The suspect in the attack was shot by two of the officer's colleagues and has also been hospitalised in a "critical condition"

The stabbing came during a state visit to Belgium by French President Emmanuel Macron that has revived memories of the Gay Paree and Brussels attacks.

Brussels prosecutors said an investigating magistrate will open an inquiry into possible "attempted murder in a terrorist contect" but that a motive had not been established.

Federal prosecutors, who would oversee a terrorist case, have not yet joined the investigation.

"The suspect had several kitchen knives in his hands and stabbed the officer several times," the prosecutor's office said, adding that the officer had been treated for a neck wound and was expected to survive.

"Several witnesses report hearing the suspect say 'Allahu Akbar'," the statement said, referring to the Arabic phrase for "God is greatest".

"The inquiry will determine if this was a terrorist act," it added.

Earlier, Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said, "a priori", the suspect in the "cowardly attack" was not listed in Belgium's counter-terrorism database.

The assailant stabbed the officer outside the central cop shoppe in Brussels' historic city centre at 5:30am (0430 GMT), police spokeswoman Ilse van de Keere told AFP.

Despite the incident, Macron later visited a cultural centre around a kilometre (under a mile) away in Molenbeek, home of some of the jihadists who carried out the 2015 Gay Paree attacks that left 130 people dead.
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Prominent Kashmiri leader killed in occupied territory
[DAWN] Kashmiri leaders on Tuesday blamed the Indian authorities for killing a prominent leader in India-occupied Kashmire, as anti-India protests and festivities followed a shootout that killed four armed fighters and an army commando in the disputed region.

Fighting began early Tuesday after police and soldiers cordoned off a village on a tip that Kashmiri fighters were hiding in a house, said Indian army front man Col Rajesh Kalia. He said the Kashmiri fighters ignored calls of surrender and fired at the soldiers and in the exchange the four were killed.

Police said one soldier from India's special forces unit was killed and two soldiers injured in the fighting. Local residents said soldiers blasted the house with explosives.

As news of the Kashmiri fighters' killing spread, hundreds of villagers seeking an end to Indian rule hit the streets to show solidarity with the fighters, sparking festivities with government forces.

At least four women were maimed when troops fired bullets, shotgun pellets and tear gas to confront stone-throwing protesters.

Gunmen sprayed gunfire toward Hafizullah Mir, a top political leader of Tehrik-e-Hurriyat, a group that challenges India's illusory sovereignty over Kashmire, at his home in the southern Achabal area. Mir went titzup while his wife was maimed in the attack, police and residents said.

Kashmiri leaders have termed it an liquidation and blamed the Indian authorities for carrying out the atrocious attack on the local leader.

Mir was released from jail last month following two years’ imprisonment in India. Tehrik-e-Hurriyat had said recently that Mir was receiving life threats over the telephone.

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Diyala dead dudes: 5 cops kaboomed, turbans shoot 6 more
Five Iraqi security men killed, wounded in armed attack on police patrol in Diyala

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) – Five Iraqi security men were killed and wounded Monday in an armed attack on a police patrol in Diyala province, a provincial source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Alghad Press website, the source said that a federal policeman was killed and four others were wounded when unidentified gunmen opened fire at their police patrol at a village on the outskirts of Khanaqin in northeastern Diyala.

The assailants used explosive charges in the attack, according to the source.

Overnight ISIS attack kills 1, wounds 5 in Khanaqin

[Rudaw] At least one police officer was killed and five others were maimed in an attack which ISIS holy warriors staged on Khanaqin's outlying villages.

With the help of villagers, the Iraqi Federal Police repelled ISIS attacks on Monday night in three villages in Khanaqin: Ikhwa, Mohammed Sherbag and Hussein Hama, said Salar Nusaif, a Hashd al-Shaabi commander.

Nusaif detailed a police officer was killed and five others maimed.

"The group was associated with ISIS. The gunnies briefly controlled Ikhwa village, but was immediately reclaimed by the Iraqi police," said Nusaif.

Additionally, two rockets were fired in Khanaqin, but landed outside the populated areas.

Khanaqin has seen a recent rise in violence as ISIS remnants have increased their attacks there.

The deterioration of Khanaqin's security has been denounced by locals, who have staged work strikes, closed shops and stayed at home, demanding the return of Kurdistan’s Peshmerga and other security apparatus.

Khanaqin was under administration of the Kurdistan Regional Government until the events of October 2017 when Baghdad sent federal forces to take over the disputed areas.

The district is located in Diyala province approximately 240 kilometers southeast of Erbil.
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Iraqi airstrikes kill 40 Islamic State terrorists in Syria
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi military has conducted airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria’s Deir el-Zour province, killing 40 terrorists.

Iraqi F-16 jets carried out a successful airstrike that targeted a weapons depot of the Islamic State group in al-Susah city in Deir al-Zour, leaving 10 terrorists dead, Dijlah TV channel quoted the Joint Operations Command as saying in a statement.

Another air raid destroyed a building housing 30 Islamic State fighters in Deir al-Zour’s al-Baghuz town, the statement said.

The operation resulted in the complete destruction of the Islamic State targets, the statement added.
Rudaw adds:
TheAir Force stated it acted on precise intelligence information and "successfully" hit an ISIS weapons depot in Susah housing missiles and explosives, as well as "10 terrorists."

In the al-Baghuz area, the Air Force said it hit a "headquarters" housing "30 terrorists, grenade launchers, missiles, and different rifles."

"Based on intelligence reports, both targets were thoroughly destroyed, and our airplanes safely returned to the homeland's soil," the Air Force stated.
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SWAT forces kill 5 Islamic State terrorists in Iraq’s Mosul
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – Five Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Tuesday in a security operation in the Iraqi city of Mosul, chief of Nineveh police Brig. Gen. Hamad Names al-Jabouri was quoted as saying.

Speaking to the privately-owned Baghdad Today website, al-Jabouri said that SWAT forces, backed by the U.S.-led international coalition warplanes, carried out a security operation in al-Menkar village in southern Mosul.

“Five Islamic State terrorists were killed in the operation,” al-Jabouri added.
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Iraqi security forces arrest mastermind of Ramadi car bomb attack
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi authorities announced on Tuesday that the mastermind of a recent car bomb blast which took place near a restaurant in Ramadi city was arrested.

“The Homeland Security Apparatus in Anbar governorate arrested the criminal, who carried out the Ramadi explosion four days ago,” Kurdistan 24 quoted the Iraqi Security Media Center as saying.

A booby-trapped vehicle had gone off near a restaurant in Ramadi city on Friday, causing material damage. The explosion left no casualties.
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Turkish jets bomb near populated areas in Zakho’s mountains: locals
[Rudaw] Ottoman Turkish warplanes have bombarded mountains in Kurdistan Region’s Zakho area, locals reported on Monday.

Jets dropped two bombs on Mount Sharan, Hawar Farman, a resident of Zakho’s Darkar district, told Rudaw by phone.

"Ottoman Turkish warplanes had previously bombards this mountain, but this is the first time that it bombards spots close to populated areas," Farman said.

Another local resident reported the bombardment in the Mount Khamtri in the area, saying that the Arclight airstrikes produced a lot of smoke.

The Zakho area lies some 160 kilometres northwest of Erbil, near where the borders of Iraq, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, and Syria meet.

Turkey frequently carried out air raids against alleged PKK positions in the Kurdistan Region’s mountains.

The Peshmerga on Sunday denounced the "illegal" forays after three non-combatants were killed last week.
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Palestinian suspect in West Bank stabbing attack turns himself in
[IsraelTimes] Assailant had fled scene, prompting manhunt, after terror attack; meanwhile, stabber dies after Jerusalem attack last week

A Paleostinian suspected of stabbing a man in the face south of Jerusalem turned himself in to Israeli authorities Tuesday evening.

Border Police said the alleged assailant surrendered himself to officers at the Rachel checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

The man, in his 20s and from the nearby village Dheisheh, was taken for interrogation where Border Police said they will "ascertain with certainty" the motives of the attacker.

Authorities said that the nature of the attack had initially been unclear, but that the growing conclusion was that it was a nationalistically motivated terror attack.

The incident occurred near the bypass tunnel next to the Paleostinian town of Beit Jala, northwest of Bethlehem.

Eyewitnesses said the Israeli man was attacked when he walked out of a store in the area, according to one of the medics who treated the victim.

Video footage from the scene showed the man exiting the shop and approaching his car before the Paleostinian runs up behind him and begins stabbing him.

The 30-year-old victim was treated on the scene by medics from the Magen David Adom ambulance service and the Israel Defense Forces, who worked to stop the bleeding and bandage his wounds.

He was then transported to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem where he was subsequently released.

Also Tuesday, a Shaare Zedek Medical Center front man said that the Paleostinian assailant who injured four officers in a stabbing attack last week at a cop shoppe in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood had succumbed to his wounds.

Abdul Rahman Abu Jamal, 17, from Jabel Mukaber, had been shot and seriously injured by Israeli forces after arrived at the entrance to the cop shoppe Wednesday and attacking and lightly injuring three officers.

During the scuffle a fourth officer was lightly hurt by shrapnel as others shot at the attacker.

The Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, some of which is in former no-man’s land between East and West Jerusalem, has been the scene of several attacks in past years, including during a wave of stabbings in 2015 and 2016.
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Syrian Army command announces full liberation of Al-Safa region
[ALMASDARNEWS] The General Commander of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) announced on Monday evening that the al-Safa region was fully liberated 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....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) terrorist organization.

"Following a string of accurate and focused military operations, our valiant armed forces have established complete control over the Tuloul al-Safa area, which is of a complex volcanic nature, eliminating ISIS turbans positioned there, and confiscated large amounts of light and medium weapons," the Command said in a statement of which SANA received a copy on Monday.

The Command hailed the liberation as an achievement which is particularly significant given that an area of 380 square kilometers in the Badiya al-Sham region has been cleared of terrorism.

Liberating the Tuloul al-Safaa area confirms the high combat efficiency of the Syrian Army personnel and their insistence to chase and eliminate turbans anywhere and everywhere across Syria, the statement continued.

The Command concluded by reiterating the Syrian Army’s commitment to uproot terrorism, stressing the necessity of exerting concerted efforts by all Syrian compatriots to restore security and stability to the entire country.

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YPG takes advantage of Turkish Army, rebel infighting to launch attack in Afrin
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) carried out a powerful attack inside the Afrin region, yesterday, the group’s official media wing reported on Tuesday.

According to the YPG, their sleeper cells managed to carry out an attack on the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
’s (FSA) police headquarters in Afrin city on November 19th.

This new YPG attack resulted in the death of three Free Syrian Army fighters, while also causing material damage to the rebel group’s headquarters.

The YPG attack was carried out using a boom-mobile; they would later detonate the explosives in front of the Free Syrian Army’s headquarters, causing a massive blast in the process.

With the Ottoman Turkish Army and their allies currently carrying out a cleansing operation to arrest looters and kidnappers, the YPG took the opportunity to carry out a powerful attack against an Ankara-backed rebel group.

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US Special Forces take part in offensive against Daesh in Deir Ezzor
[ALMASDARNEWS] The U.S. Special Forces are currently participating in the ongoing offensive against the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. The U.S. Special Forces are currently fighting alongside the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who are attempting to advance north of Albukamal city.
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Turkish Army expands military operations in northern Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish military and their allied rebel forces have expanded their operations in the northern countryside of Aleppo after a successful campaign in Afrin.

According to rebel-led "National Army", they have expanded their military operations to the Aleppo Governorate cities of al-Bab, ’Azaz, and Jarabulus.

The primary objective of this large-scale operation by the Ottoman Turkish Army and their allies is to arrest the rebel fighters that have committed crimes like looting and kidnapping.

The statement also added that the Ottoman Turkish Army and their allies incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
most of the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Brigade fighters that were accused of kidnapping and looting in the Afrin region.

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US sanctions Iranian-Russian network over oil shipments to Syria
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The United States said on Tuesday it had moved to disrupt an Iranian-Russian network that sent millions of barrels of oil to Syria and hundreds of millions of dollars to indirectly fund Lion of Islam groups Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, and Hezbollah.

The complicated arrangement, described by the US Treasury in a statement, involved a Russia-based company run by a Syrian citizen that shipped Iranian oil to Syria with the aid of a Russian state-owned company.

Syria then helped transfer hundreds of millions of dollars in cash to Hezbollah, which functions as a political party that is part of the Lebanese government and as a militia, as well as to Hamas, the Paleostinian group that rules the Gazoo Strip.

US officials said Russia facilitated the delivery of oil from Iran to Syria, and that a variety of mechanisms were used in an attempt to conceal the shipments and oil-related payments.

The alleged arrangement shows how Russia has sought to undercut US policy toward Syria, where Washington and Moscow back opposite sides of a civil war that began in 2011, as well as toward Iran, which the United States is seeking to isolate because of its nuclear and missile programs and support for Lion of Islam proxies.

The United States Treasury, State Department and coasties have issued an advisory on 'significant sanctions risks' involving petroleum shipments to Syria and sanctioned six individuals and three institutions of an international network through which the Iranian regime, working with Russian companies, provided millions of barrels of oil to the Syrian government.

The Assad regime, in turn, facilitated the movement of hundreds of millions of dollars to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) for onward transfer to Hamas and Hezbollah.

The US sanctions prohibit material support to the Government of Syria, including shipments of oil to Syrian government-controlled ports, as well as material support to designated terrorist groups.

"Today we are acting against a complex scheme Iran and Russia have used to bolster the Assad regime and generate funds for Iranian malign activity," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

"Central Bank of Iran officials continue to exploit the international financial system, and in this case even used a company whose name suggests a trade in humanitarian goods as a tool to facilitate financial transfers supporting this oil scheme. We are issuing an Advisory today identifying the grave risks to the maritime community if they participate in shipping oil to the Government of Syria. The United States is committed to imposing a financial toll on Iran, Russia, and others for their efforts to solidify Assad’s authoritarian rule, as well as disrupt the Iranian regime’s funding of terrorist organizations."

Today’s designations target critical actors in this scheme, including Syrian national Mohammad Amer Alchwiki (Alchwiki) and his Russia-based company, Global Vision Group.

Alchwiki and his company are central to (1) the delivery of oil from Iran to Syria, and (2) the transfer of funds to the IRGC-QF’s lethal proxies. Today’s designations also highlight the important role that Central Bank of Iran (CBI) officials play in facilitating this scheme.

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Who's in the News
6Islamic State
5Sublime Porte
4al-Shabaab (AQ)
3Govt of Iran
3Moslem Colonists
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
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Two weeks of WOT
Fri 2018-11-16
  Saudi Arabia will BEHEAD Khashoggi killers
Thu 2018-11-15
  Maute brothers' teen cousin surrenders in Mindanao
Wed 2018-11-14
  Ceasefire Goes Into Effect In South Following Unprecedented Rocket Barrage
Tue 2018-11-13
  Gaza factions agree to cease fire if Israel halts attack - Palestinian official
Mon 2018-11-12
  IAF have begun air strikes on Gaza.
Sun 2018-11-11
  Yemeni forces 'seize Hodeidah's main hospital' amid air raids
Sat 2018-11-10
  Yemeni forces, Saudi-led coalition launch 'vast' Hodeidah push
Fri 2018-11-09
  One dead after Melbourne knife attack being treated as terrorism - ISIS claims actions of known wolf
Thu 2018-11-08
  Syrian Man Gets Life in Prison for Making Parts in IEDs Used Against U.S.
Wed 2018-11-07
  Trump says Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns

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