[AlAhram] The U.S. military said on Tuesday that Russia has deployed fighter aircraft to Libya to support Russian mercenaries fighting for eastern forces, adding to concerns of a new escalation in the conflict.
"Russian military aircraft are likely to provide close air support and offensive fire," the United States Africa command said in a statement it posted on its website and on Twitter.
Libya's civil war has drawn in regional and global powers with what the United Nations
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Posted by: trailing wife ||
05/27/2020 02:35 ||
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If they kill Turks and their ISIS tools, great
Posted by: Frank G ||
05/27/2020 9:30 Comments ||
Didn't the news yesterday talk about Russia abandoning LNA? Was that just a feint?
Posted by: George Uloluck9546 ||
05/27/2020 9:34 Comments ||
U.S. Air Force General Jeff Harrigian warn[ed] that if Russia seized bases on Libya's coast, it would "create very real security concerns on Europe's southern flank". And if Islmists do likewise? then what General Sapolio?
Saad AlTirah, an #AlQaeda fighter from #Darna he fled the city after liberated by the #LNA by the help of #GNA’s Osama alJuwaili to #Tripoli & joined the ranks of fighters for the expired #GNA AlTirah was fighting alongside Ashmawi appearing on AlAhrar channel funded by Qatar pic.twitter.com/ctB4t9yPWu
#LNA Full liberated the strategic area of #Al_Hera and Al Hira area from the Turkish terrorists #GNA, north of Ghayran city and cut the GNA supplyline between Tripolis and Ghayran. Followed by heavy airstrike on #GNA gatherings in Ghayran pic.twitter.com/kcyhh0Haq1
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Libyan National Army (LNA) is preparing to launch a major offensive in the coming days to capture one of the most important cities in northern Libya.
Speaking to Sputnik Arabic, a military source from the LNA, which is commander by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar ...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all. Actually, he is, but slowly... , said that the Libyan National Army are preparing to launch a big campaign to capture the key city of Misrata in the northern region of the country.
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Posted by: Fred ||
05/27/2020 00:00 ||
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March 2020: In Tripoli the GNA is challenged by its resurrected predecessor - the Salvation Government. ...There is a regionalist dimension to the Tripoli clashes - as many in the capital loathe the presence of armed groups from Misrata, West Libya's military power. This stems from "the Gharghur massacre" of November 2013, when Misratan fired on Tripoli protesters, causing heavy losses.
The latest clashes pit a loose coalition of Tripoli-based brigades affiliated with the GNA against mostly Misratan groups, some of which are affiliated with the Salvation Government. What complicates matters is that the Misratan form part of a military coalition, Al-Bunyan al-Marsus, which recently defeated the local Islamic State group in Sirte.
Operation Dignity, launched by gen. Khalifa Haftar in May 2014 against extremists terrorising the eastern city of Benghazi, deepened the divide. Though gaining popularity in the east, Haftar alienated factions in West Libya by vilifying political Islam.
In the wake of the June 2014 parliamentary elections, fighting erupted in Tripoli... Unable to take its seat in Tripoli, the House of Representatives settled in the east, while the capital fell under the rule of armed coalition Libya Dawn. [To this day] the GNA relies heavily on the big guns of Misrata... [Should Misrata fall, Tripoli would soon follow. The recent situation changed overnight with the arrival of Russian jets.]
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Iraqi authorities announced on Tuesday, the killing of a high-ranking Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) during a recent military operation against the terrorist group.
The spokesperson for the commander in chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Brigadier Yahya Rasoul, confirmed in a statement, "the killing of Mu’taz Numan Abdul Nayef Najm al-Jubouri al-Makani (Hajji Tayseer)."
He said, "Al-Jubouri holds the position of the so-called governor of Iraq and the deputy leader of the ISIS terrorist organization for all state affairs and is responsible for planning and coordinating foreign terrorist operations."
For his part, the Anti-Terrorism Agency said in a press statement, "After the information provided by the agency that led to the killing of the criminal terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to the efforts made by our heroes in following up and arresting the terrorist criminal Abdel Nasser Qirdash, we announce to our great people today the killing of the terrorist Moataz Numan Abdul Nayef Jabouri."
He added that "the operation came after a not-so-brief follow-up of the movements of this dangerous terrorist and his permanent movement inside and outside Iraq, where he was targeted by an air strike by the international coalition air forces in the Syrian area of Deir al-Zour, according to accurate intelligence information by the anti-terrorist agency, knowing that the caged criminal has more than one passport and IDs to move around."
This is the third ISIS leader to be killed this month in Deir ez-Zor, home to ISIS’ last stronghold of Baghouz, which was liberated in March 2019.
On Friday the US-led coalition announced the death of two ISIS leaders in a coalition airstrike.
The strike killed Ahmad ‘Isa Ismail al-Zawi, otherwise known as Abu Ali al-Baghdadi, the terror group’s leader in North Baghdad, and Ahmad ‘Abd Muhammad Hasan al-Jughayfi, a senior supplies and logistics leader across Iraq and Syria.
"The removal of these ISIS leaders will disrupt future attacks against innocent civilians and our security partners and in the region," the coalition added.
The Popular Mobilization Units in Iraq announced on Tuesday, the arrest of an ISIS media official in the Salaheddine Governorate.
A statement from the PMU said that "a force from the 43rd Brigade carried out a tight ambush on a known ISIS media official in the Salaheddine Governorate."
The PMU said the ISIS media official was identified as Ayoub Uday al-Ani.
They added that "the said terrorist participated in criminal operations against the security forces and civilians, especially in Salaheddine Governorate."
For its part, the Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate announced the arrest of a member of ISIS after his return from Syria to Iraq.
The Directorate stated in a press statement, "The detachments of the Military Intelligence Division, in conjunction with the 30th Infantry Brigade, arrested a terrorist in the Albu Ubaid area, in the al-Rummana district of al-Qaim district in Anbar Province."
That whole red wire/green wire thingy is more dangerous when the trainees are colour blind, but even the Gaza Strip has shut down for fear of spreading the coronavirus, leaving the yoots with too much time on their hands...
[Jpost] A Paleostinian teenager was killed when an bomb he was working with went kaboom! in Beit Lahia in the northern Gazoo ...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response... Strip on Tuesday, according to Paleostinian reports.
As for Erector sets, they're a gateway drug. Erector sets lead to Science, Science leads to Chemistry, and Chemistry leads to gunpowder. Eventually, your buddy blows off most of the meat between his thumb and forefinger which, in retrospect, meant our search for a better oxidizer was successful.
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
05/27/2020 14:36 Comments ||
Yeah, did "clock boy" finish his neurosurgery residency in Quatar or UAE or wherever yet? How much did the Obamas chip in on his tuition?
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
05/27/2020 14:44 Comments ||
My favorites are usually 'too stupid to live', 'I never liked him (her) anyway', and variants of 'well, he won't be doing that again'. But snark of the day I'll have to remember - '...blow up too soon'. Situational, but perfect.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike ||
05/27/2020 15:53 Comments ||
I'm certain there was quite a report.
"Junior's report card came in today."
"How'd he do honey?"
"Says here...80 decibels. Ugh, we had such lofty hopes."
[Rudaw] Russian military police reopened a section of the strategic M4 highway in northern Syria on Monday allowing civilians to travel between Tel Tamir and Manbij for the first time in seven months.
"We have close coordination with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... to secure the passage of civilians on the M4 road between Tel Tamir and Ain Issa," Pavel Karbov, a Russian military official, told Rudaw on Monday.
"Our military convoys will accompany civilians throughout their journey along the M4 highway to provide them with protection," Karbov added.
The M4 highway stretches from the Syrian border with Iraq’s border town of Rabia in the northeast to Latakia city in Syria’s coastal northwest, passing through Qamishli, Tel Tamir, Ain Issa, Manbij, al-Bab, and Aleppo.
Russian military police accompanied the first convoy of civilians from Tel Tamir to Ain Issa on Monday.
"The road had been closed down in the past. This is an important road for the people and the cities. Things had almost died when the road was closed. Now that the road is reopened, we are happy," Haji Ahmed, who traveled with the convoy, told Rudaw on Monday.
"I am from Kobane, but moved to Tel Tamir. I am thrilled to be able to go back to Kobane," he added.
Aboud Hamid, who traveled to Ain Issa on the M4 highway on Monday, told Rudaw: "We are from Kobane city. We work here [Tel Tamir]. The road had been shut down for six to seven months creating a lot of difficulties for us. Because it would take us longer time [to go back to Kobane]. It is now just two hours’ drive. With the help of Russians, we can now commute."
The M4 highway was completely closed in October last year after Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Ankara planned to establish a so-called safe zone along the Syrian side of the Turkey-Syria border to settle millions of Syrian refugees who had fled to Turkey over the course of Syria’s decade-old civil war.
Ottoman Turkish forces seized control of Sari Kani (Ras al-Ain) and Gire Spi (Tal Abyad), but the operation was suspended following international outcry and the signing of two Ottoman Turkish agreements with the US and Russia.
Russian military police have been deployed to many northern cities under deals with Turkey and the SDF.
Reliable sources have informed the Syrian Observatory that a group of the 4th Division’s “666th Regiment” is preparing for setting 20 military checkpoints from Daraa city to Al-Yadoudah, Tal Shehab and Zayzun in west Daraa countryside.
According to SOHR sources, this development comes as a part of securing the way of regime officers to Zayzun camp which is the 4th Division’s main headquarters western Daraa, especially after the escalating assassinations which target regime soldiers and officers.
Posted by: Fred ||
05/27/2020 00:00 ||
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[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) stepped up its pressure against the jihadist forces in Idlib on Tuesday, as their troops repeatedly struck the latter’s positions along the Jabal al-Zawiya front.
According to a field report from the southern Idlib axis, the Syrian Arab Army repeatedly struck the positions of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else ...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State... (HTS) and the Ottoman Turkish-backed National Liberation Front ...the Turkic paramilitaries intended to replace with their native jihadi ferocity all the highly trained Turkish soldiers Sultan Erdogan I the much beloved has jailed in the last few years for not worshipping the ground he walks upon. The Uighurs and so forth who did not join Al Nusra or ISIS seem to have ended up here... (NLF) around the towns of al-Fateera, al-Bara’a, and Kafrsansa.
The report said the Syrian Army targeted dens, trenches, and posts belonging to these murderous Moslem groups.
Tuesday’s attack by the Syrian Arab Army came just hours after they carried out a drone attack that killed one of the commanders of the Ottoman Turkish-backed turbans near the town of al-Bara’a.
The Syrian Army has been intensifying their attacks in southern Idlib and northwestern Hama since the jihadists of Hurras al-Deen carried out a powerful ambush that killed more than 30 SAA soldiers in the al-Ghaab Plain region.
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