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Syrian Man Gets Life in Prison for Making Parts in IEDs Used Against U.S.
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Afghanistan
Civilians among 6 dead, wounded in a clash between Taliban factions in Nangarhar
[KhaamaPress] A clash broke out between two fictions of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group 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, leaving at least six dead or maimed, including civilians.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said the incident has taken place in the vicinity of Ghani Khel district.

The statement further added that the turbans of the main Taliban group clashed with the turbans of Tehrik-e-Taliban in 28th Canal of joi Village, leaving two dead, including two civilians.

According to 201st Silab Corps, at least two turbans affiliated with the main Taliban group were also maimed during the clash.

The anti-government armed bad boy groups including Taliban have not commented regarding the incident so far.

Nangarhar has been among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the security situation in some of its remote districts has tanked during the recent years.
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Africa Subsaharan
Nigerian court rejects bail for pro-Iranian Shia cleric
[AlAhram] A Nigerian court on Wednesday refused to release a Shia Moslem holy man who has been in jug since 2015 following deadly festivities between troops and his supporters, his lawyer said.

Ibrahim Zakzaky,
...former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Nigeria, he converted to Shi'ism after a visit to Iran, and now is a fiery Iranian sockpuppet. He is also in our archives as Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky,...
who leads the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN),
...the visible expression of Iran's Khomeinist effort. Like the Muslim Brotherhood, spinoff groups are much more violent. One of the spinoffs from the IMN is currently known as Boko Haram...
and his wife, Zeenat, are standing trial on charges of culpable homicide and unlawful assembly.

At the state high court in the northern city of Kaduna, soldiers were on guard, barring access to both the media and the public in a move denounced by his lawyer Maxwell Kyon.

"We find that to be quite troubling because the definition of free trial should include access to the courtroom by the public," Kyon told AFP after the hearing.

"My client was in court today. The court refused to grant him bail."

His legal team had called for his release on health grounds, saying he needed urgent medical care abroad but the court denied the request.

"The court is of the view that we were not able to establish that he is sick, and that even if he is sick the (intelligence services) can provide the medical attention he needs," he said.

The judge acknowledged the defendant had been kept in jug for nearly three years but pledged a "speedy trial" would take place, Kyon added.

Zakzaky was remanded in jug until a further hearing on January 22.

The pro-Iranian holy man's court appearance comes after fresh unrest involving the IMN last week, which human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
groups said left at least 45 people dead.

Soldiers and police allegedly gave the demonstrators a whiff of grapeshot calling for Zakzaky's release in Abuja. The army put the corpse count at six with 400 IMN supporters incarcerated
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
Zakzaky, who is in his mid-sixties, has been at loggerheads for decades with Nigeria's secular authorities because of his call for an Iranian-style Islamic revolution.

He lost the sight in one eye during the 2015 festivities in the northern city of Zaria, during which soldiers killed more than 300 IMN supporters and buried them in mass graves.

Northern Nigeria is mainly Sunni Moslem with Shia in the minority.
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Europe
Danes arrest 3 Iranian opposition activists accused of praising terror attack
[IsraelTimes] Police say members of Iranian-Arab group expressed support for deadly September assault in Ahvaz, Iran

Three members of an Iranian opposition group were jugged
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
Wednesday on suspicion of having praised those behind a September 22 terror attack in Iran that killed at least 25 people.

Police front man Bjoerke Kierkegaard said that would violate Danish laws and they could face fines or up to two years in prison.

Kierkegaard said all three are members of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz that Tehran has blamed for the deadly attack in the Iranian city of Ahvaz. However,
the hip bone's connected to the leg bone...
ASMLA has condemned the violence and says it was not involved.

The men were held on preliminary charges ‐ a step short of formal charges.

Denmark’s intelligence agency has said that a police operation on September 28 that briefly cut off Copenhagen from the rest of Denmark stemmed from an alleged Iranian plot to kill an ASMLA activist. The person was not named.

Iran has strongly denied
No, no! Certainly not!
the allegation, calling it an Israeli conspiracy that sought to harm Tehran’s relations with the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
A series of raids were also made in Denmark Wednesday, Kierkegaard said, adding that the ASMLA remains under police protection out of fears they still may be targeted.
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Iraq
Syrian Man Gets Life in Prison for Making Parts in IEDs Used Against U.S.
[Freebeacon] A Syrian national extradited to the United States was sentenced to life in prison for making bomb components that were used in IED attacks against American soldiers fighting in Iraq.

Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklah, aka Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Ahmad, 41, of Syria, was sentenced for several terrorism-related crimes including conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction and conspiring to destroy U.S. property with explosives, the U.S. Department of Justice announced late Wednesday night.

Alahmedalabaloklah supported an insurgent group in Iraq and supplied parts for remote controlled IEDs that were used in roadside bombs. The insurgent group, the 1920 Revolution Brigades, was tied to 230 attacks against American soldiers and property.

He designed and supplied the components to the Iraqi group between January 2005 and July 2010.

U.S. military personnel during a search and seizure weapons mission discovered a IED-switch making factory in Baghdad. U.S. soldiers seized numerous items used to detonate IEDs, and over a thousand of Alahmedalabaloklah's fingerprints and palm prints were discovered in that cache, according to the DOJ.

"Alahmedalabdaloklah sought to harm American soldiers by conspiring with others to construct and supply improvised explosive device (IED) parts for bombs that were used in Iraq. He will now serve the rest of his life in prison," said Assistant Attorney General John Demers. "The National Security Division will continue to bring to justice those who seek to harm American servicemen and women who bravely risk their lives in defense of our nation."

Alahmedalabdaloklah moved to China and continued to support the 1920 Revolution Brigades by providing components for IEDs. Alahmedalabdaloklah was detained in Turkey in May 2011 while traveling and extradited to the United States in August 2014.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to all American military personnel serving overseas. Protecting and ensuring justice for them is a priority that cannot be overstated," said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Strange. "Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklah used his specialized engineering expertise to target our service members using IEDs, and his life sentence reflects the gravity of that choice. The U.S. attorney's office is deeply committed to prosecuting terrorist offenses, wherever they may occur."

Alahmedalabdaloklah who was found guilty by a federal jury on March 16 filed four post-trial motions including court dismissals and all were denied on Tuesday.
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#1  Ok, say that name fast ten times...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 11/08/2018 11:50 Comments || Top||

#2  sound like a cat with a bad hairball
Posted by: Frank G || 11/08/2018 14:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklah, aka Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Ahmad

But everyone knew him as Nancy.
Posted by: SteveS || 11/08/2018 15:12 Comments || Top||

#4  But everyone knew him as Nancy.

Or they will soon.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 11/08/2018 21:20 Comments || Top||


Mosul clearance continues: another ISIS mass grave, 2 turbans tied up


Two Islamic State members arrested during operations, west of Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Two Islamic State members were arrested in west of Mosul, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson for the ministry, said Nineveh police, in collaboration with citizens, “managed to arrest two Islamic State members, wanted for judiciary.”

The militants, according to Maan, “were hiding from security troops since the liberation operations in the province.”

Mass grave, containing body parts of 30 victims killed by IS, found, west of Mosul

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi military has announced running into a mass grave that includes human body parts of more than 30 persons, some of whom were candidates at the previous parliamentary elections, carried out in 2014.

In press remarks, Cap.Karim al-Obeidi, from the Iraqi army, said “military and police forces seized a mass grave in Badush region, northwest of Mosul, depending on reports from eyewitnesses.”

Obeidi added that troops “found body parts of more than 30 victims.”

Some of the victims were recognized. “They were former parliamentary candidates for the elections carried out in 2014. They were kidnapped by Islamic State members, after the group gained control on the city in June.”
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Diyala dead dudes: 15 turbans permanently unwound


Three terrorists killed in security operation in Diyala regions

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Three terrorists were killed in a security operation carried out in several regions across Diyala, the Iraqi Interior Ministry’s Security Media Center said on Wednesday.

“Joint troops from Diyala Operations Command carried out an operation in several regions including al-Oyoun village, which left three militants killed there,” Brig. Gen. Yahia Rasool, spokesperson of the center, said.

“This came after confrontations with the militants, when of the conscripts was injured,” he added.

12 Islamic State members killed in airstrike on Iraqi border area

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) – Twelve members of Islamic State were killed Wednesday in an airstrike on a border area between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces, a security source said.

“Iraqi jet fighters have shortly targeted a group of Islamic State militants in al-Maita basin on the border between the provinces of Diyala and Salahuddin,” the source told Mawazin News.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that the air raid left 12 IS members dead and five others trapped.

“A security force has gone on a mission to eliminate the remaining IS terrorists,” the source added.
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Anbar antics: Iraqi jets bombard big turban and buddies near Hit


Iraqi army bombard Islamic State locations, west of Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi army jets have shelled Islamic State locations, west of Anbar, a security source from the mobilization forces in the province said on Tuesday.

In remarks to Almaalomah website, the source said “the army jets heavily bombarded location where Islamic State members hide in the desert of Hit city, west of Ramadi.”

Information from the intelligence department “enabled the army jets to target these locations, which the militants use to sneak from the desert regions,” the source added. “The militants lost many of these roads due to the tight control on desert areas.”

Iraqi warplanes kill senior Islamic State leader, three companions in Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – A senior Islamic State leader was killed Wednesday in an air raid on the Iraqi province of Anbar, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to the privately-owned Almaalomah news website, the source said that the Iraq Air Forces targeted an Islamic State leader and three of his companions on a motorbike between Lake Tharthar and al-Baghdadi district in Hit, west of Anbar, leaving them all dead.

“The IS leader, identified as Raad al-Madloul, was the mastermind of several terrorist attacks that targeted security forces in Anbar,” the source said.

He added that the warplanes also targeted several locations of IS militants in Anbar’s desert areas.
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Paramilitary troops foil Islamic State attempt to sneak into Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have announced foiling an infiltration attempt by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
into Baghdad.

A statement by the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said on Tuesday that troops "carried out a campaign after information indicated attempts by Islamic State to sneak through Jurf al-Nasr region to the northeast of the capital."

During the operation, according to the statement, "some tunnels, that the snuffies were going to use during their attempts, were found, in addition to explosives.

Militants usually attempt targeting Jurf al-Nasr region for its strategic location, linking between Baghdad, Babel and Karbala.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Report: IDF surrounds family home of Barkan terrorist
Israeli troops surrounded the family home of the Palestinian terrorist responsible for the deadly shooting attack in the Barkan industrial zone last month, Palestinian media reported Wednesday afternoon.

In early October 23 year-old Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa shot dead Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel, 29, of Rosh Ha’ayin, and Ziv Hagbi, 35, from Rishon Lezion. He is also suspected of shooting a third woman, seriously injuring her.

According to Palestinian official news agency WAFA, a large number of IDF troops surrounded the Na’alwa family home in the West Bank village of Tulkarm, firing stun grenades and breaking down the doors of the home in order to enter.
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Bus driver, passenger lightly injured in shooting attack near W. Bank settlement
[IsraelTimes] Army launches search for button men who fired on bus traveling from Beit El, showering passengers with glass

Two Israelis were lightly injured Wednesday during a shooting attack near a Jewish settlement in the central West Bank, the Israel Defense Forces said.

The army said the two were on a bus that was fired upon on Route 466 near Beit El, north of Ramallah, and were maimed by glass from a window shattered by the gunfire.

Israeli troops were searching the area for suspects, the IDF said.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service said the two injured Israelis, one of whom was the bus driver, were taken to Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus in Jerusalem.

A spokesperson for the Beit El Local Council said the bus was travelling from Beit El to Jerusalem when it was fired upon.
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Soldiers descend on family home of Barkan terrorist as manhunt continues
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinian media broadcasts footage of Israeli security forces surrounding home, a day after IDF issues re-issues demolition orders

Israeli security forces on Wednesday surrounded the home of a runaway Paleostinian man suspected of killing two Israelis in a terror attack in the West Bank’s Barkan Industrial Zone last month.

The Quds News Network published photos and videos of Israeli security forces positioned near the family home of 23-year-old Ashraf Na’alowa, in the northern West Bank village of Shuweika.

Live video footage from the scene shows large numbers of soldiers, along with armored military jeeps and at least one bulldozer in the village, outside Tulkarem.

The army confirmed that it was "currently involved in search operations" for Ashraf, but refused to comment specifically on the operation in Shuweika.

Na’alowa has been on the run since killing his coworkers Kim Levengrond Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi on October 7 at the factory in the Barkan Industrial Zone where they were employed. A third Israeli, Sara Vaturi, was maimed in the attack.

Days after the October 7 attack, the IDF issued a demolition order for Na’alowa’s home, in keeping with the Israeli policy of razing homes of Paleostinian terrorists, which was initially delayed due to an appeal from his family.

On Tuesday, the IDF said it rejected the appeal, and re-issued the demolition orders for part of the home.

A notice distributed by IDF Central Command, Maj. Gen. Nadav Padan said the basement and ground floors of Na’alowa’s home, where the suspected assailant lived, would be destroyed.

Na’alowa’s family has until Sunday to file an appeal with the High Court of Justice against the new order.

Israel says the practice of demolishing terrorists’ homes is an effective means of discouraging future attacks, though it has been criticized by human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
groups as a form of collective punishment and by some analysts as an ineffective deterrent measure.

Several members of Na’alowa’s family have been detained or tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
following the attack. The Israeli military has issued a number of warnings to Paleostinians in the northern West Bank not to assist Na’alowa.

A Paleostinian security official has confirmed to The Times of Israel that Paleostinian Authority security forces are assisting in the search for Na’alowa.
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Clashes erupt in Nablus as IDF escorts Jews to shrine
[IsraelTimes] Army says Paleostinians in West Bank city opened fire, hurled Molotov cocktails at troops during pilgrimage to Joseph’s Tomb

Clashes broke out in the northern West Bank city of Nablus overnight Tuesday after Israeli security forces entered the city to escort Jewish worshipers to the Joseph’s Tomb holy site, the army said.

According to an Israel Defense Forces statement, Paleostinians hurled Molotov cocktails at security forces and shot at their armored cars, before troops drove them back with tear gas and live fire.

Inside the tomb, soldiers discovered two makeshift bombs, the army said. Both were defused by sappers.

No injuries were reported, and the army said one Paleostinian involved in targeting troops was tossed in the slammer
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
and taken in for questioning.

The IDF said the thousand or so Jewish worshipers prayed at Joseph’s Tomb without incident.

Joseph’s Tomb is located inside Area A of the West Bank, which is officially under complete Paleostinian Authority control, though the Israeli military conducts activities there on its own volition. The IDF bars Israeli citizens from entering Area A without prior authorization.

The site is venerated by Jews, Christians and Moslems, and has often been a flashpoint for sectarian violence. Jewish pilgrims are usually only allowed to visit the tomb once a month under heavy-armed guard. During these visits, Paleostinians routinely throw rocks at the troops, and sometimes attack them with Molotov cocktails and gunfire.

Separately, the army said that it arrested eight Paleostinians suspected of "involvement in terror activity" in raids throughout the West Bank overnight Tuesday.
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Qatar announces aid for Gazan poor amid Israel truce talks
[IsraelTimes] $100 each for 50,000 of the Strip’s poorest families will arrive in the ’next few days,’ Doha says; beneficiaries will be selected with Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®,’s help.

Separately on Tuesday, cash-strapped Hamas announced that civil servants would receive the majority of their salaries for the first time in months.

Egypt and the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
have been brokering indirect negotiations that would see Hamas end months of violent protests along the border in exchange for Israel easing its blockade.

In an Israeli-approved deal, Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
has started buying additional fuel for Gazoo’s sole power station, allowing planned outages to be reduced to their lowest level in recent years.

Qatar is a longtime ally of Hamas, an offshoot of the Moslem Brüderbund.
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#1  So, basically a stipend for those loyal to Hamas
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Gaza fisherman killed at sea by Egyptian fire, Cairo denies
He might have been a simple fisherman, or he might have been smuggling weapons and men to Ansar Bayt al Maqdis and other jihadi groups. But now he’s dead. Message sent.
[IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian fisherman has been killed at sea by Egyptian fire near the Gazoo border on Wednesday, the fishermen’s union says.

The health ministry in Gazoo confirms that Mustafa Abu Awda, 32, had died but did not give further details.

The union said in a statement that he had been killed by "Egyptian fire."

A fisherman who had been in the same area said Egyptian forces had opened fire on Abu Awad’s boat when it apparently approached or crossed the border.

The union has announced a one-day strike in protest at the killing.

The heavily populated Gazoo Strip is wedged between Egypt, the Mediterranean and Israel, which imposes strict limits on how far Gazoo fishermen can venture out to sea.

The enclave’s land border with Egypt had been largely sealed in recent years, but reopened in May as relations improved between the Egyptian government and Gazoo’s Islamist rulers Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®,.

Cairo denies Palestinian accusation regarding Gaza fisherman
Does this mean the fisherman is not actually dead?
[Ynet] Egyptian military source denied Thursday Paleostinian accusation that Egyptian naval forces fired on a Paleostinian fishing boat and killed a fisherman on Wednesday.

Citing security concerns, the state enforces a naval blockade on the Paleostinian coastal enclave, which is controlled by the Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, Islamist group. Israel currently allows Gazoo fishing boats to venture up to nine nautical miles offshore.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
U.S. Coalition carries out 27 airstrikes against Islamic State in support of SDF, east of Euphrates
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The U.S.-led Coalition jets have carried out a series of Arclight airstrikes against 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....
’s last bastion, east of Euphrates, leaving tens of bandidos Lions of Islam killed.

The strikes came in response to attacks by the bandidos Lions of Islam against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) sites, earlier on the day.

In a statement, SDF said "fierce confrontations broke out between our troops and Islamic State members in Hajin city, in the wake of an attack carried out by he bandidos Lions of Islam against our forces, who managed to repel the attack after inflicting huge losses on them."

However,
those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things...
"the bandidos Lions of Islam managed to reach to our troops in another region using heavy machines and booby-trapped vehicles. But the forces repulsed the attack, killing many of them, while the rest bravely ran away."

The statement also indicated that the Coalition "carried out 27 strikes against Islamic State in Hajin city, leaving 49 members killed, locations and weapons destroyed."

SDF had announced suspending its operations against Islamic State after the Ottoman Turkish army targeted the troops sites in regional areas, west of Kurdistan.

The last stronghold of Islamic State in east of Euphrates include each of al-Bagouz, Hajin, al-Shaafa, al-Soussa, abul Khater and abul Hassan regions.

In September, each of the Coalition and SDF announced the launch of operations, east of Euphrates.

SDF controls 28 percent of the Syrian lands, becoming the second controller of lands, after the regime forces, which control around 60 percent.

Coalition strikes kill 20 IS fighters in eastern Syria — monitor

[IsraelTimes] US-led coalition air strikes against the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group killed 20 of the jihadists Wednesday as they attacked an oil field in eastern Syria, a monitor says.

"Coalition air strikes killed 20 IS fighters during their attack on the Tanak oil field" where US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are based, says the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

IS Suffers Heavy Syria Losses despite Kurd Pause

[AnNahar] At least 45 Islamic State group fighters have been killed around their last enclave in Syria despite a pause in a two-month Kurdish-led assault, a monitor said on Wednesday.

A Kurdish-led alliance backed by Washington announced the pause in its offensive in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor last week in protest at Turkish shelling of Kurdish areas along the northern border.

But waves of US-led air strikes since Monday have killed 28 jihadists, including during an abortive IS assault on Tuesday on an oilfield north of the enclave, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Syrian Democratic Forces killed another 17 IS fighters while defending their base in the village of Al-Bahra just outside IS-held territory on Monday, the Britain-based monitoring group said.

Alliance spokesman Kino Gabriel had stressed that the pause in offensive operations did not mean SDF fighters would not defend themselves.

The SDF launched its offensive against the IS enclave around the Euphrates valley town of Hajin on September 10.

But after making slow progress, they suffered a major setback last month when IS took advantage of sand storms to launch a series of counter-attacks.

By the end of the month, they were back at square one with all of the territory they had won recaptured by the jihadists.

The Hajin enclave is the last significant remnant of the "caliphate" IS proclaimed in 2014 across a vast swathe of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

The rest has all been lost to offensives by multiple alliances on both sides of the border.

Outside the Hajin enclave, the group's operations are confined to sleeper cells and to hideouts in unpopulated desert and mountain areas.
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Turkey kills YPG militant who fired across Syrian border: Security source
[AlAhram] Ottoman Turkish forces killed a Kurdish YPG krazed killer who fired into The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
from Syria, a Ottoman Turkish security source said on Wednesday, the most recent cross-border clash between Turkey and Kurdish hard boyz east of the Euphrates River.

The krazed killer had fired from Syria's Ras al-Ayn region into Turkey's Sanliurfa province, the source said.

Turkey considers the YPG militia a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against Turkey since 1984.

Turkey's military has carried out two incursions into Syria against the YPG militia, both focusing on its presence to the west of the Euphrates River.

President Tayyip Erdogan has signaled an impending operation against YPG forces the east of the river, delivering last month what he said was his "final warning" to those he said endangered Turkey's southern border with Syria.

The YPG spearheads the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in the fight against 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 Syria. Washington's support for the militia has infuriated Ankara.

Ottoman Turkish forces last month bombarded YPG positions near Ayn al-Arab, Turkey's Anadolu news agency reported. It killed four Kurdish hard boyz last week in a separate cross-border clash in the same region, broadcaster TRT reported.
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