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C. Africa reaches peace deal with rebels: government
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Afghanistan
Local Taliban leader Qari Janan killed with his 7 comrades in Helmand
[KhaamaPress] A local leader of the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
group has been killed together with 7 other bandidos bandidos turbans during the operations of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the Taliban leader Qari Janan was killed in Highway 601 in Balochan area located in the outskirts of the bustling provincial capital.

The statement further added that five bandidos bandidos turbans also sustained injuries during the same operations.

At least eight hideouts were also destroyed and some improvised bombs which were planted by the bandidos bandidos turbans in Balochan, Gul Agha, Asadullah and Kochian areas were discovered and defused, the statement by the Ministry of Interior added.

The anti-government armed Death Eater groups including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.
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6 Taliban, ISIS-K militants killed in coalition airstrikes
[KhaamaPress] At least six gunnies of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group and ISIS Khurasan were killed during separate Arclight airstrikes conducted in southern and eastern provinces of Afghanistan.

According to the informed military sources, a coalition air strike killed 3 ISIS-K fighters in Khugyani 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..
province.

The sources further added that another coalition air strike killed 1 Taliban fighter in Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan province.

The coalition forces also carried out an airstrike I Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province leaving 2 Talibs dead, the sources added.

The anti-government armed bad boy groups including Taliban have not commented in this regard so far.
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Africa Horn
Somali, AU Troops Launch Operation In Bardere Following Explosion
[RADIOSHABELLE] The Somali government troops and AMISOM forces began conducting large-scale operations in Bardera town in Gedo region following a deadly boom-mobile kaboom.

The joint operation which started Saturday continued till Sunday morning. It was carried out in several neighborhoods in the city and with reports of arrests.

Ismail Abdillahi, the governor of Bardere district, who spoke to Radio Shabelle by phone said the operation was meant to avert al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
attacks.

At least 10 people were killed and several maimed on Saturday after a bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into Æthiopian military base in the town.
Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


US army says it killed 13 al-Shabab fighters in Somalia
[Al Jazeera] At least 13 al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
fighters, have been killed in an air raid outside the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the US army said.

In a statement released on Saturday, US Africom said that the attack happened in Gandarshe, 48km south of Mogadishu, on Friday.

"To support the Federal Government of Somalia's continued efforts to degrade al-Shabaab, US Africa Command conducted an Arclight airstrike targeting al-Shabaab fighters in the vicinity of Gandarshe, Lower Shebelle Region, Somalia, on February 1, 2019," the statement said.

"US Africa Command currently assesses this airstrike killed thirteen (13) Death Eaters. At this time, it was assessed no civilians were maimed or killed in this airstrike."

This is the 10th attack by the United States this year in the Horn of Africa country. Last year, it carried out at least 48 attacks in Somalia, killing more than 330 fighters, according to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Al-Shabaab is an al-Qaeda-linked gang fighting to overthrow the country's Western-backed government. The group regularly stages attacks against the Somali military and against troops from the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
-mandated peacekeeping force AMISOM.

On Thursday, an air attack by the US army killed 24 al-Shabaab fighters in neighbouring Hiran region.

On Saturday, an al-Shabaab jacket wallah detonated an explosive-laden vehicle at a checkpoint manned by Æthiopian troops in the southern town of Bardhere.

Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa Subsaharan
C. Africa reaches peace deal with rebels: government
[CAPITALFM.CO.KE] The Central African Republic government and 14 gangs struck a deal Saturday to end years of fighting that has killed thousands, the parties and a mediator said.

The deal, the seventh since 2012, was announced on Twitter by the government of President Faustin-Archange Touadera just a day after the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
and UN-sponsored talks in Khartoum were suspended amid disagreements over amnesty.

"A peace agreement has been reached," said the tweet.

"This agreement should be initialled tomorrow (Sunday) and its signing will take place in Bangui in a few days," the Tweet added.

Also on Twitter, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui confirmed the breakthrough, adding some details of the pact still had to be ironed out.

"I am humbled to announce that with the exemplary cooperation I received from both the Government of the CAR and the 14 gangs, we have secured a peace agreement today in the interest of the people of CAR."

Aboubakar Sidik, front man for one of the main armed factions, the Popular Front for the Rebirth of Central African Republic (FPRC) said: "We are happy a consensus has been reached on sticking points which were an amnesty (for militia fighters) and an inclusive government."

The talks, which started on January 24, were suspended repeatedly over several issues including rebel demands for an amnesty.

The gangs also wanted the dissolution of the present government in favour of an interim regime led by someone from their side, according to a document obtained by AFP.

Under Western pressure, Bangui has always refused pardons for warlords, several of whom are under UN sanctions or cited for human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
violations in UN reports.

A Special Criminal Court (CPS) has been set up in Bangui to judge people accused of crimes in the country since 2003, but has so far done little.

And despite the peace initiative, the violence has continued.

Since the talks started, the mainly Moslem Union for Peace (UPC) has notably carried out several attacks on the central prefecture of Ouaka.

None of the six earlier accords struck between the parties have managed to restore stability.

The former French colony has more than 12,000 UN peacekeepers (MINUSCA) in the country.

But rights group Amnesia Amnesty International has criticised their failure to stop a rebel attack that killed scores of civilians at a displacement camp in the central town of Alindao last November.

Central African Republic is rich in mineral resources but remains one of the world’s poorest nations.

It has struggled to recover from a 2013 civil war that erupted when President Francois Bozize, a Christian, was tossed by mainly Moslem Seleka
...a 'mainly' Moslem rebel force in the Central African Republic that overthrew the govt, imposed a regime of rapine and looting on the country's non-Moslem population, and was then tossed by France. They still exist, getting funding and weapons from somewhere or other, licking their wounds, complaining about the oppression of Moslems, and occasionally raping and looting someone...
rebels.

In response, Christians, who account for about 80 percent of the population, organised vigilante units dubbed "anti-Balaka" in reference to the balaka machetes used by Seleka rebels.

Thousands of people have died in the violence, 700,000 have been internally displaced, and another 570,000 have fled abroad.
Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Seleka


Arabia
Yemeni deputy chief of staff succumbs to wounds
[AA.TR] Yemen's deputy chief of staff died Sunday at a hospital he was being treated in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to governmental sources.

Gen. Saleh Zindani suffered a head injury in a dronezap by the 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 during a military parade last month.

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 been wracked by violence since 2014, when the Shia Houthi group overran much of the country and the crisis escalated in 2015 when the Saudi-led coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains.

Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
and Sunni allies accuse the Houthis of acting as a proxy force for Shia Iran. Tens of thousands of people, including civilians, are believed to have been killed and the UN estimates that around 14 million Yemenis are at risk of famine.

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Yemeni army liberates several areas from Houthi militia, 7,183 mines cleared
[ARABNEWS] Arab coalition-backed Yemeni forces liberated several areas from the Iran-backed 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 ...
militia in the Khab directorate, north of al-Jawf province, Saudi state-news channel al-Ekhbariya reported.

"The fighting resulted in the deaths of several hard boys, while the army found weapons caches that the militia had looted from the army camps," said Brig. Gen. Haykal Hantaf.

The official Yemeni Press Agency, in a separate report, also quoted Hantaf saying that "the liberation of the center of the Directorate of Khab from the Houthis will cut off the supply lines to their faceless myrmidons stationed in the other areas of the districts of Barat."

7,183 MINES CLEARED
The King Salman
...either the largest species of Pacific salmon or the current Sheikh of the Burnin' Sands, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Lord of Most of the Arabians....
Center for Humanitarian Relief and Humanitarian Action cleared a total of 7,183 land mines planted by the Houthi militia 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...
during the fourth week of January. It recovered 89 antipersonnel mines, 2,322 antivehicle mines, 284 bombs and 4,487 unwent kaboom! ordnances.

According to the center, a total of 38,817 mines have been cleared since the beginning of the project in areas with schools and civilian homes across Yemen.



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Iraq
Trump wants U.S. military in Iraq to 'watch Iran': CBS interview
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said it was important to keep a U.S. military presence in Iraq so that Washington can keep a close eye on Iran "because Iran is a real problem," according to a CBS interview to be broadcast on Sunday.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2019 03:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  I always thought FOB Speicher (formerly Al Sahra Airfield) would have been an ideal location for retention of a US fighter wing poised to strike all the Iranian nuclear targets. Not to mention of course, any mischief taking place along the Syrian or Turkish borders.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2019 7:45 Comments || Top||

#2  I always thought FOB Speicher (formerly Al Sahra Airfield) would have been an ideal location for retention of a US fighter wing poised to strike all the Iranian nuclear targets. Not to mention of course, any mischief taking place along the Syrian or Turkish borders.

Maybe they'll just let the IAF refuel there.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/04/2019 11:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Keep em guessin...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/04/2019 14:51 Comments || Top||


Iraqi troops destroy two Islamic State hotbeds in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) ‐ The Iraqi Security Media Center said on Sunday that two 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....
hotbeds were destroyed in the central province of Salahuddin.

"A joint security force from Salahuddin Operations Command carried out a security operation in Al Alam district in Salahuddin province, managing to find two hotbeds that were used by Islamic State krazed killers," the Arabic-language Baghdad Today news website quoted the center as saying in a statement.

"The troops found clothes and cooking tools inside the hotbeds," the statement read, adding that the hideouts were completely destroyed in the operation.
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#1  So now Islamic Staters in Salahuddin are homeless?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/04/2019 16:04 Comments || Top||


Bomb blast on tourist bus in Iraq leaves four people dead, wounded
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) ‐ One person was killed and three others were maimed when a kaboom targeted a bus carrying tourists in the Iraqi province of Salahuddin, a security source was quoted as saying.

"An explosive charge targeted a bus carrying tourists in Balad district in Salahuddin," the source told al-Madar news agency.

"The kaboom left one person dead and three others injured," the source added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That does it. I'm cancelling my AirBnB week in Salahuddin
Posted by: Frank G || 02/04/2019 7:32 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinian with knife nabbed among Hebron tourists
[IsraelTimes] Armed suspect tries to enter Tomb of the Patriarchs shrine, is separated by police from group of visitors.

A young Paleostinian man trying to gain access to a West Bank holy site on Sunday aroused the attention of police when they spotted him in the middle of a group of tourists entering the Tomb of the Patriarchs, police said.

Border Police officers tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
the suspect, a man in his twenties, after noticing he didn’t belong with the group and was acting suspiciously in an apparent bid to gain entry to the site, in the West Bank city of Hebron, police said.

The cave is revered by both Jews and Moslems as the biblical burial place of the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs.

Police officers called him aside for a more thorough inspection before realizing he was carrying the blade.

"When the suspicion grew stronger, the soldiers aimed their weapons and at that point the suspect drew the knife that had been concealed in his clothes, threw it to the ground and raised his hands," a police statement said.

Police said the suspect, a resident of Hebron, admitted during his initial questioning that he intended to carry out a stabbing attack.

In the divided city of Hebron, Paleostinians live in close proximity to settlers who are guarded by Israeli troops, and the city has been the scene of numerous stabbings and attempted stabbings in recent years. In October, a Paleostinian was rubbed out while attempting to stab an Israeli soldier at the Cave of the Patriarchs.

The city is also an ideological battleground between Fatah and Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw,, with the two vying for the hearts and minds of the Paleostinian population.

Last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Israel would not extend the mandate of an international observer group in Hebron, following a number of incidents over the past year in which its members scrapped with settlers in the flashpoint West Bank city.
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5 Palestinians enter Israel from Gaza with knives, are arrested
[IsraelTimes] Army says suspects picked up shortly after crossing security fence around southern Strip, handed over to Shin Bet for questioning.

The military placed in durance vile
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
five Paleostinians who crossed into Israel from the southern Gazoo Strip on Sunday morning, the army said.

The suspects were arrested as they approached the security fence surrounding the coastal enclave, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Initially, the military said the men were not found to be in possession of weapons. But upon further searches in the field, the suspects were later found to have been armed with a number of knives and a pair of wire cutters, the army said.

"The suspects did not damage the security fence," the army said.

The five were handed over to the Shin Bet security service for questioning.

In the West Bank, Israeli security forces arrested nine Paleostinian suspects over the weekend, the army said. The suspects were believed to be involved in terrorist activities, riots and low-level attacks like rock throwing, the IDF said. They too were handed over to the Shin Bet for questioning.

Residents of the Gazoo Strip have been known to seek to flee the Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw,-controlled beleaguered enclave by crossing into Israeli territory. In some cases, they bring along knives and other weapons with the intention of being caught by the IDF and sent to prison, preferring incarceration in Israel to life in Gazoo.

In such cases, the Israeli military generally returns the Paleostinians to the Gazoo Strip.

The relatively large-scale breach of the Gazoo border fence on Sunday came amid heightened tensions between Israel and Hamas.

In recent days, Israel reportedly warned Hamas that it would launch a military campaign unless violence along the Gazoo border ends, irrespective of the upcoming April 9 election.

The message to the terror group was sent via mediators, including Egypt, Channel 12 (previously Hadashot) news reported Saturday night.

"Israel can make tough decisions during elections and is not afraid of a military campaign," Israel said in the message sent on Thursday.

Earlier on Saturday, Egypt reportedly agreed to permanently reopen its border crossing with the Gazoo Strip if Hamas restrains festivities with Israeli troops.

Lebanese TV airs footage of Gaza sniper shooting IDF officer in helmet
The brief video can be seen at the link.
[IsraelTimes] A Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese news outlet on Sunday broadcast previously unaired footage of the moment a Paleostinian sniper in the Gazoo Strip shot an Israeli officer in the helmet last month, causing him light injuries.

On January 22, a gunman from the Iran-backed Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
terror group fired at the Paratroopers Brigade company commander during a riot along the southern Gazoo border. The bullet struck the officer’s helmet, which saved his life.

In the video, aired by al-Mayadeen, the officer can be seen firing his rifle from a berm across from the Gazoo border. A moment later, a gunshot is heard, and the sniper’s bullet is seen striking the serviceman’s helmet, sending up a cloud of smoke and debris. He then grabs his head and takes cover.

Speaking to the pro-Hezbollah news outlet, a spokesperson for the Paleostinian Islamic Jihad confirmed suspicions that the terror group’s military wing Saraya al-Quds was behind the attack.

Daoud Shehab told al-Mayadeen on Sunday that the terror group’s attack was "inevitable" after the officer shot at the rioters "because our blood is not cheap."

He said the goal of the video is to uncover some of Israel’s daily violations of Paleostinians "most basic human rights
...not to be confused with individual rights, mind you...
" and of "understandings" reached between Jerusalem and the Strip’s terror groups regarding a ceasefire agreement.

Shehab said there is "a consensus among the Paleostinian factions in responding to any Israeli aggression."

The injured officer was taken to Beerhsheba’s Soroka Medical Center for treatment. A cut on his head was bandaged, and he was released hours later, the hospital said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Paleostinian Islamic Jihad confirmed suspicions that the terror group’s military wing Saraya al-Quds was behind the attack.

The military wing of a terrorist group? Seems redundant
Posted by: Frank G || 02/04/2019 7:16 Comments || Top||

#2  They have to differentiate that from the 'Graft/Payola' wing, Frank.

Oh, and the 'UN Wing'.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/04/2019 8:22 Comments || Top||


Man Dies In Gaza Hospital From Israeli Gunshot Wound
[ALMASDARNEWS] A Palestinian man died in hospital today, after being critically wounded by Israeli Sniper fire.

The Gaza Ministry of Health, confirmed today, the death of 30 year old, Ahmad Abu Jabal, who was shot and critically injured on the 29th of January by Israeli Sniper fire.
Part of the cost the Palestinians of Gaza pay for participating in Hamas’s war against Israel. Strategy Page summarizes for Gaza and beyond in Attrition: The Cost Of War Against Israel.

Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  "Natural causes" in Gazoo
Posted by: Frank G || 02/04/2019 7:12 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syria says US-led coalition hit its forces in the east
[IsraelTimes] The US-led coalition has attacked an army artillery position in eastern Syria, wounding two soldiers and destroying a cannon, a Syrian military official said Sunday.

Syria’s state news agency SANA quoted the unnamed military official as saying the attack late Saturday was followed by a foiled incursion by IS turbans.

Spokesman for the US-led coalition Col. Sean Ryan said the partner forces acted in "self-defense" after coming under fire from the western side of the Euphrates River. Ryan said an investigation is underway.
Ynet clarifies:
Syrian state media, citing a military source, said US-led jets attacked a Syrian army position near the battle front against the last 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....
pocket east of the Euphrates late on Saturday, causing damage and injuries.
"US coalition aircraft launched an aggression this evening against one of the Syrian Arab army formations operating in the Albukamal area in the southeastern countryside of Deir al-Zor," state news agency SANA cited the source as saying early on Sunday.

Posted by: trailing wife || 02/04/2019 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syrian Army troops block Turkish forces around Manbij
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the Manbij countryside have positioned themselves around the western and northern flanks of the city in a bid to block the Ottoman Turkish forces, a field source in Aleppo city told al-Masdar News.

According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army has been conducting daily patrols from al-Arimeh (western Manbij) to the town of Dadat (northern Manbij).

He would add that the Syrian Arab Army has no intention to enter Manbij as the city itself is currently protected by locals from the Manbij Military Council of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Despite some early reports in December claiming they entered Manbij, the Syrian Arab Army has yet to enter the city.

The primary purpose of the Syrian Arab Army’s presence around Manbij is to prevent the Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels from taking the city.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
had previously set its sights on Manbij in December, but they ultimately backed off following the U.S.’ continued presence inside the city.

Syria Bus Attack Kills One, Wounds Four in Manbij

[AnNahar] A roadside kaboom has struck a bus carrying teachers in Manbij killing one person, the latest in a spate of attacks in the northern Syrian city since mid-January, a war monitor said.

The device went kaboom! as the bus passed, killing the driver and wounding at least four others, Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.

Sherfan Darwish, a front man for Manbij's military council, reported on Twitter a "terrorist kaboom with an bomb against a vehicle of teachers."

Manbij is a former 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....
(IS) group stronghold that is now held by a military council affiliated to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-Arab force that is supported by a U.S.-led coalition.
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SDF troops capture 6 foreign jihadists, including 1 Swede
Yesterday’s Rudaw article did not report where the miscreants had been captured
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured a number of foreign Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) members this week after advancing in the eastern Euphrates region.

According to the official media wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces, their troops captured six foreign Islamic State members, including two men from Europe.

These fighters were captured inside the town of Murashida, which is located at the northern end of the eastern Euphrates pocket.

Below are the captured foreign jihadists as reported by the SDF:
  • Abrar Mohammad, Sweden

  • Emrah Rıfat Ozanoğlu. Turkey

  • Dmitry Simonov, Russia

  • Mahmoud Se’id Ateb, Germany

  • Nicholas Joseph Lee, Latin American (?)

  • Hisham al-Arabi, Morocco.


Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Abrar Mohammad, Sweden

And here I thought he's called Ragnar Andersen
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/04/2019 2:01 Comments || Top||


Homs: Syrian Army eliminates entire ISIS group trying to reach southeast Deir Ezzor
Ouch.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) eliminated an entire 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) that was trying to make their way to the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor on Saturday.

According to reports, the Syrian Arab Army caught a group of ISIS fighters traveling through the Wadi Suheil area in the al-Sukhnah countryside this morning.

The Syrian Arab Army quickly confronted the group and managed to kill and wound all of the Islamic State fighters before they could slip back into the Syrian Desert.

A source from the Syrian military told al-Masdar News that these Islamic State fighters were likely going to try and aid their comrades that are currently fighting along the Syrian-Iraqi border.

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Syrian Army launches heavy assault across southern Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a heavy attack across the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this afternoon, targeting several areas controlled by both the jihadist and Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels.

Led by their artillery teams, the Syrian Arab Army heavily targeted Jaish al-Izza and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
gunnies as far north as the strategic Jabal al-Zawiya region in western Idlib.

According to a military report, the Syrian Arab Army scored several direct hits on Hay’at Tahrir All-Sham’s positions in Jabal al-Zawiya; this resulted in a number of casualties for the jihadist group.

Furthermore, the Syrian Arab Army also heavily targeted the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate.

The report said that the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division fired several artillery shells and surface-to-surface missiles towards Jaish al-Izza’s positions near the key town of al-Latamnah.

Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra



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