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Afghanistan
Kabul: ISIS jacket wallahs tied up, IED defused, 3 bombs kaboom 29 Shiite innocents


NDS Special Forces thwart ISIS plot to carry out suicide attacks in Kabul city

[KhaamaPress] The Special Forces of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), thwarted ISIS plot to carry out a series of suicide attacks on the eve of the new Afghan year.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said six ISIS Khurasan militants who were looking to carry out attacks on the eve of Nowruz, the start of new solar year, were arrested in Kabul city.

The statement further added that 44 militants were arrested during similar operations conducted in Khost, Kandahar, Zabul, Herat, Farah, Paktika, Badakhshan, Ghazni, Helmand, Balkh, and Sar-e-Pul provinces over the past one week.

The National Directorate of Security also added that 11 militants were killed during the same operations and some weapons and munitions were confiscated.

This comes as back to back explosions took place in Karte Sakhi area of Kabul city earlier today, leaving at least 30 people dead or wounded.

The Ministry of Public Health officials confirmed that 6 people were killed and 23 others were wounded in the explosions.

Police forces foil militants bid to detonate a bomb in Kabul city

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan National Police forces foiled militants bid to detonate an improvised explosive device in Kabul city as Afghans celebrate the start of the new solar year.

The Kabul Police Headquarters in a statement said the improvised explosive device was discovered from Kabul University road in 3rd police district of the city.

The statement further added that the improvised explosive device was defused by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team of Afghan National Police.

This comes as back to back explosions took place in Karte Sakhi area of Kabul city earlier today, leaving at least 30 people dead or wounded.

Explosions In Kabul Leave Six Dead

[ToloNews] The Ministry of Interior said on Thursday that six people were killed and 23 others were wounded in three explosions near a Nawroz celebration ceremony in Kabul.

According to the ministry, the explosions happened in Kabul’s PD3 near Kart-e-Sakhi, where people had gathered to celebrate the first day of the new solar year.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi said the explosives were placed at the area ahead of Nawroz.

“As a result of explosion of three mines that were placed in the area, six people including a woman were killed and 23 others who all are civilians have been wounded,” said Rahimi.

Lots of Kabul residents had gathered in the area to celebrate Nawroz, but the celebration later changed to mourning due to the back-to-back explosions.

The first two explosions happened near civilian houses in Kart-e-Sakhi, but the families living in the houses did not suffer fatalities.

“No one has suffered. The boys were taken preparations to go to the Nawroz ceremony. They had not left the house that the explosion happened and all the dust from the celling fallen on us,” Mariam, a resident of Kart-e-Sakhi said.

The third explosion happened near Ali Abad Hospital in the vicinity of Kart-e-Sahki in which three people were wounded.

Following the first two explosions, people quickly left Kart-e-Sakhi area and the roads at the area were closed by security forces.

The wounded people were transferred to Ali Abad Hospital. Most of the wounded were children and old men.
Al Ahram adds:
A string of explosions struck near a Shia shrine and cemetery in Kabul as people gathered there on Thursday morning to mark the holiday of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, leaving at least five dead and as many as 20 wounded, Afghan officials said.

The police's initial investigation indicated that three explosive devises had been remotely detonated, setting off the successive blasts, according to the Interior Ministry's spokesman Nasrat Rahim.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing but the Islamic State affiliate that has taken root in Afghanistan has targeted the country's minority Shia Muslims on numerous occasions in the past. The Sunni militant group considers Shiite Muslims heretics.

Shia worshippers had gathered at the Karti Sakhi shrine in the Afghan capital's western neighborhood when the blasts took place. The neighborhood is mostly populated by Shias. The tradition at the shrine is to hoist green flags and honor the dead at the cemetery by placing food at the gravesides.

Wary Afghans had been warned by authorities of violence ahead of the Nowruz celebrations. The holiday, dating back to at least 1700 B.C. and incorporating ancient Zoroastrian traditions, is the most important event in the Iranian calendar and is widely celebrated across the territories of the old Persian empire, from the Mideast to Central Asia.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Afghan forces repel impending Taliban attack in Nangarhar province
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have repelled an impending Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
attack 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, the military sources said Thursday.

"Afghan cops repelled an impending Taliban attack against their checkpoint in Nangarhar province killing 1 Taliban fighter," the sources said.

In the meantime, the Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid in La’lpur district of Nangarhar province killing 2 Taliban fighters and destroying 80 pounds of opium.

The sources also added that the Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid in Omnah district of Paktiak province killing 9 Taliban fighters.

The Afghan Special Forces conducted a similar raid in Nijrab district of Kapisa province killing 3 Taliban fighters, the sources added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban’s high-profile attack planner killed in Logar airstrike
[KhaamaPress] A key Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group member identified as Abu Zar was killed in an Arclight airstrike in central Pashtun-infested Logar province of Afghanistan.

According to the informed military sources, Abu Zar was involved in planning high-profile attacks.

The sources further added that Abu Zar was killed along with two other faceless myrmidons in Mohammed Agha district of Pashtun-infested Logar.

Pashtun-infested Logar is among the relatively volatile provinces in central parts of the country where Talibs are active in some of its districts and often attempt to carry out attacks against the government and security institutions.

In the meantime, the sources said an airstrike killed 9 Taliban fighters in Sangin district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province.

The anti-government armed faceless myrmidons including Taliban have not commented regarding airstrikes so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


At least six dead and dozens injured after an attack in Kabul
[ELUNIVERSAL] At least six people were killed in kabooms in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Thursday when Nouruz, the Persian New Year, was celebrated, authorities announced.

" Twenty- three people were maimed and six were martyred in the kabooms," said Afghan Health Ministry front man Wahidulá Mayar. The Interior Ministry confirmed the balance, reported AFP.

The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
denied any involvement in this attack which, according to the police, was due to three remotely activated mines. One of the mines was placed in the toilets of a mosque, another behind a hospital and the third in an electricity meter.

The kabooms took place near the Kabul University and the Karte Saji mausoleum, where several Afghans gather every year to celebrate Nouruz, a festival considered as non-Islamic by bad boys.

The kabooms occurred far from the festivities, according to Kabul police front man Basir Mujahid, adding that a fourth mine was deactivated.

A year ago, an kaboom claimed by the self-styled group 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) left 33 dead near the same mausoleum.

ISIS is targeting the Shiite minority to encourage sectarian violence in this Sunni-majority country.
Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Home Front: WoT
Australian gets 2 years in jail for Iran trade
[PULSE.NG] Seven years after he was charged, David Levick, 57,
...the astoundingly ignorant finder of goods for those who want them, sort of like an international concierge...
from Cherrybrook, Australia, was ordered to prison after pleading guilty to four counts of violating the US International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which places tight restrictions on sales of sensitive equipment to Iran.

The exports took place in 2007-2008. At the time Levick was general manager of ICM Components, Inc., located in Thornleigh, Australia.

US authorities say he ordered the restricted materials on behalf of an Iranian company for transshipment to Iran.

When he was first charged, US authorities accused Levick of selling Iran US components of missiles, drones and torpedoes.

But the Justice Department statement Thursday made no mention of those.

Instead, he admitted to selling "precision pressure transducers," sensor devices with many applications, including in the avionics industry.

He also sold the Iranians emergency flotation system kits and assemblies for mounting lights on aircraft.

Levick was extradited from Australia in December 2018.

Levick was also ordered to forfeit nearly $200,000, the value of the goods involved in the Iran deals.
Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


India-Pakistan
[Twitter] China deploys troops in Pakistan near India.
[Twitter]


Posted by: 3dc || 03/22/2019 13:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Indian soldier kills three comrades in occupied Kashmir
[DAWN] A paramilitary trooper in Indian-Indian Kashmiree rubbed out three of his comrades early on Thursday, officials said, as fresh violence raged in the restive territory where 40 troops died in a bombing last month.

Separately, an Indian soldier was killed in the latest exchange of fire with Pak forces across the de-facto Line of Control (LoC) border since last month's stand-off.

Local police said the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper opened fire on his colleagues with his service rifle at a camp in Udhampur, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of the main city Srinagar.

"He shot himself too and is in a critical condition at a hospital," Jammu police official MK Sinha told AFP, saying the man "may have been under the influence of drugs".

According to rights group Jammu Kashmire Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), 20 Indian armed forces personnel killed themselves in 2018, the most in a decade. Since 2004 there have been 80 incidents of "fratricide" and 323 suicides, it says.

Experts say that the factors include stress, long duty hours, denial of leave and domestic issues, prompting authorities to initiate de-stressing initiatives for soldiers such as yoga.

Separately on Thursday morning, another Indian soldier was killed when the two nations again exchanged fire across the LoC near the southern area of Sundarbani, Indian army front man Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand told AFP.
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JUI-F to bring ‘million march’ series to Punjab
[DAWN] The central leadership of Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
(JUI-F) on Wednesday decided to bring their series of ’million marches’ to Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

with the motto to protect the ideological status of the country and oppose any move to make Pakistain a secular state.

Talking to the media after a meeting of the central Majlis-e-Amla of the party, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
said a ’million march’ will be held in Sargodha on March 31.

"The message of this million march is clear and will be heard by those in power and their mentors outside the country," Mr Rehman said.

He said a move is underway for making Pakistain a secular country and that this "foreign agenda" will be resisted. A million march will be held in North Wazoo on March 25, he said.

He criticized the PTI government for allowing protests and activities on International Women’s Day and alleged that such protests are part of the moves to make Pakistain a secular country.

He slammed the observing of International Women’s Day in the country and said his party workers will contain such activities in the future if they are not contained by the government.

"All these un-Islamic activities on Women’s Day have to be stopped and if the authorities fail to stop them, we will," Mr Rehman said.

JUI-F had initiated the series of million marches after the general elections of July 2018, starting with the demand that the Aasia Bibi, who was accused of blasphemy, should be hanged, against changes in blasphemy laws and upholding the respect for the last prophethood.

After Aasia Bibi was acquitted by the Supreme Court the goals and aim of the million marches was changed.

The main demand of million marches held in several cities of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa were against the price hike and the JUI-F had claimed that mismanagement by the PTI-led government was triggering economic woes for the public.

Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Ulema Islami


Tweets suggest possible missile exchange between Pakistan and India
[Twitter]


Other tweets by many of the same players talk about some mullah banned for the past 3 years from preaching at the ISI's favorite "Red Mosque" returning to the pulpit Friday for an important message...
Also known as Lal Masjid. Fred’s cute little autotranslator has this to say:
Lal Masjid
...literally the Red Mosque, located in Islamabad and frequented by all sorts of high govt officials. The proprietors, Ghazi Abdul Rasheed and Maulana Abdul Aziz Ghazi, unleashed their Islamic storm troopers on the city, shutting down whorehouses and beating people up who weren't devout enough. The Musharraf govt put an end to the nonsense by besieging the place. Abdul Aziz Ghazi was nabbed while he was trying to escape dressed up like a girl. BBC reported that the corpse count at 173, but other claims, usually hysterical, say there were up to 1000 titzup. Among their number was Abdul Rashid Ghazi. Everyone then said tut-tut and what a nice guy he had been...

Musharraf put his foot down in 2007. Since then he’s fled Pakistan for more hospitable climes, while the Red Mosque has been restored to favour. Is the formerly banned mullah Maulana Abdul Aziz, caught back in 2001 while bravely sneaking out in girl’s clothing?
Posted by: 3dc || 03/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [346 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

#1  These guys have a death wish
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/22/2019 17:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Make it so. End the Jihadi Great Games
Posted by: Frank G || 03/22/2019 19:55 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Two Israelis lightly injured in West Bank firebomb attack
[IsraelTimes] A pair of Israelis were lightly injured on Thursday after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at their vehicle in the northern West Bank, according to the army.

The Israel Defense Forces said the two received medical treatment from military personnel following the attack near the Paleostinian city of Nablus and were later hospitalized. It said the car was also damaged.

Soldiers were searching the area for suspects, the army said.

A front man for the Samaria Regional Council said the car was hit while traveling between the settlements of Itamar and Elon Moreh.

The incident came amid heightened tensions in the West Bank following a week of deadly violence.
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Israel shells Hamas post after explosion of balloon-borne bomb from Gaza
[IsraelTimes] An Israeli tank struck a Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", military post in the southern Gazoo Strip on Thursday, hours after an airborne bomb apparently launched from the Paleostinian enclave went kaboom! in Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces said the tank strike was in response to "exceptional" violent rioting by Paleostinians along the border fence, as well as the launching of incendiary balloons and bombs toward Israel throughout the day.

Israel as a policy holds Hamas responsible for all violence coming from Gazoo, which the Islamist terror group seized from the West Bank-based Paleostinian Authority in 2007.

Earlier, an bomb carried by balloons went kaboom! in southern Israel.

A photo released by the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council showed the remains of a rubber tube that had contained the kaboom. The improvised bomb is believed to have detached from the balloons and went kaboom! upon hitting the ground.

A police sapper was called to the scene and disposed of the device.

There were no reports of injuries or damage.
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Militants aren't messing around tonight at the #Gaza border
[TWITTER]

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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Final Islamic State Stronghold in Syria Falls
[Breitbart] Fox News reported on Thursday that the final Islamic State stronghold in Syria, the village of Baghouz, has been liberated by the Kurdish-led, U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces. The report has not been officially confirmed as of Thursday evening, but if Fox’s information is solid, the ISIS "caliphate" has been destroyed.
Fox News mentioned Syrian media reports about the action in Baghouz, but its Thursday exclusive was based primarily on observations from its own team on the ground in Syria:
It’s the first time since we’ve been here in Syria for five days that the bombs have stopped dropping and the gunfire has disappeared. We have witnessed the end of the caliphate ‐ the brutal empire that once ruled over 8 million people ‐ is gone.

Troops here are now bringing down the black flags of ISIS. The flags no longer fly over the town, instilling fear.

The last five days, Fox News has witnessed the last major offensive up close -‐ with U.S.-backed SDF forces attacking ISIS from three sides, pushing the fighters back, house to house, then tent to tent, against the Euphrates River.

Inside Baghouz, it’s easy to see how they hid for so long ‐ not just in tunnels but trenches and hundreds of cubby holes covered by tarpaulins, which blend in perfectly to the dirt.

In the end, the majority surrendered. In fact, since the start of the year about 60,000 have dripped into the desert, and most are now held in camps.

Fox quoted statements of gratitude from SDF fighters for U.S. support in the grueling campaign to wipe out the last ISIS redoubts and said the already staggering destruction would have been far worse if American forces had not assisted in routing the entrenched ISIS fighters. The SDF is now requesting assistance with the large number of prisoners taken during the battle.

Unfortunately, those prisoners do not include the top ISIS leaders, who appear to have abandoned their forces and fled. Reports surfaced in February of demoralized ISIS fighters complaining that "caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was nowhere to be found when the final battle was joined. In fact, there were reports the terrorist leader barely survived a coup attempt from his own troops in January and went into hiding.

President Donald Trump predicted on Wednesday morning that the last Islamic State stronghold would be "gone by tonight."

According to Reuters on Thursday evening, the SDF is sweeping the Baghouz area for the last few ISIS holdouts, booby traps, and landmines, and will formally announce the defeat of the Islamic State when the mop-up operation is complete.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/22/2019 05:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [563 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Build an airstrip, give the Kurds a squadron kf F16s with pilot training and let them push the Turks out of Afrin.
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147 || 03/22/2019 6:29 Comments || Top||

#2  If this was 0bama MSM would be celebrating his victory.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2019 7:40 Comments || Top||

#3  despite it being 0bama who built up ISIS. Who sent them all those technicals from America?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2019 7:41 Comments || Top||

#4  so now ISIS is just a network jihad group.

as is Boko Haram, the Fulani, al Shabab, al Q, the Taliban, etc.
Posted by: lord garth || 03/22/2019 8:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Unfortunately, those prisoners do not include the top ISIS leaders, who appear to have abandoned their forces and fled.

The leadership must be so disappointed that they won't be getting their raisins.
Posted by: gorb || 03/22/2019 9:59 Comments || Top||

#6  despite it being 0bama who built up ISIS. Who sent them all those technicals from America?

Wasn't McCain equipment liaison?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/22/2019 18:01 Comments || Top||

#7  so now ISIS is just a network jihad group.

as is Boko Haram, the Fulani, al Shabab, al Q, the Taliban, etc.


Islam
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/22/2019 19:51 Comments || Top||


Baghouz: 'Suffocating smell of death' as SDF attacks last ISIL pocket
[Al Jazeera] Asmar al-Bahr says he saw scores of bodies strewn across ISIS's last encampment in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz and stockpiles of weapons.

However,
there's more than one way to stuff a chicken...
it was the "suffocating smell of death" that he worries he may never forget.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  I love the suffocating smell of death in the morning. It smells like victory. However if the odor bothers you, splash around a little of that napalm-scented air freshener.

Yeah, yeah, that's mean. But these were not nice people and if it comes down to who gets dead Us vs Them, I'm going with Them.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/22/2019 12:59 Comments || Top||


Intense clashes breakout across Idlib-Hama axis
[ALMASDARNEWS] A series of intense festivities broke out on Thursday between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Jaish al-Izza along the Idlib-Hama axis.

According to a military source at the town of Mhardeh, the Syrian Arab Army and Jaish al-Izza clashed at a number of different points along the Idlib-Hama axis, resulting in several casualties for both parties involved.

The source said the most intense festivities were reported near the northern Hama towns of Lahaya, Zakat, and al-Latamnah.

Meanwhile,
...back at the buffalo wallow, Standing Buffalo drew a bead on his old enemy and squeezed the trigger...
in the al-Ghaab Plain area, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that the military managed to destroy a number of hideouts belonging to the krazed killer groups in the village of Jisr Beit al-Ras.

The SANA report said as a result of this attack by the Syrian Arab Army, several gunnies were killed.

These festivities between the Syrian Arab Army and the krazed killer groups in northwestern Syria come just hours after the Russian Air Force unleashed a massive assault in the southwestern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.

The Russian Arclight airstrikes were reportedly carried out in retaliation for the jihadist attacks on the towns of Mhardeh, Salhab, and al-Suqaylabiyeh.
Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Baghouz: ISIS caliphate has crumbled and last stronghold liberated
[FOXNEWS] BAGHOUZ, Syria -- The caliphate has crumbled, and the final offensive is over. While the official announcement hasn’t yet been made ‐ Fox News has been told that this village, the last ISIS stronghold, is liberated.

It’s the first time since we’ve been here in Syria for five days that the bombs have stopped dropping and the gunfire has disappeared. We have witnessed the end of the caliphate ‐ the brutal empire that once ruled over 8 million people ‐ is gone.

Troops here are now bringing down the black flags of ISIS. The flags no longer fly over the town, instilling fear.

The last five days, Fox News has witnessed the last major offensive up close -‐ with U.S.-backed SDF forces attacking ISIS from three sides, pushing the fighters back, house to house, then tent to tent, against the Euphrates River.

Inside Baghouz, it’s easy to see how they hid for so long ‐ not just in tunnels but trenches and hundreds of cubby holes covered by tarpaulins, which blend in perfectly to the dirt.

In the end, the majority surrendered. In fact, since the start of the year about 60,000 have dripped into the desert, and most are now held in camps.

There is a major concern about what to do with the camps though. The SDF has asked for U.S. support in setting up a tribunal here to prosecute them.

This final corner of the caliphate was in the far eastern desert of Syria‐ it was where ISIS first captured territory, and it is where they finally lost.

A clearing operation is now underway in the town‐ and an announcement is expected soon.

None of the main surviving ISIS leaders have been caught inside Baghouz. Instead, they left their men to fight alone. It’s thought they prepared ahead for the insurgency.

The scale of the devastation here is incredible. And everyone acknowledges that without U.S. support, it would have taken far longer.

For four-and-a-half years, ISIS held this territory, ruling over it with an iron fist. It was the terrorist group’s heartland ‐ and they were so dug in that the only way to push them back was to flatten whole villages. The devastation here goes on for miles ‐ and craters like this are a reminder of the critical role played by U.S. airpower. Military jets still fly overhead.

SDF fighters are all so grateful to the U.S., not just for their help in the battle, but now for its decision to leave troops here when it’s done. Reports now suggest the figure may be around 1,000 staying.
An Nahar adds:
The six-month-old operation to wipe out the last vestige of IS' once-sprawling proto-state is close to reaching its inevitable outcome, but SDF front man Mustefa Bali on Thursday said a victory announcement would be premature.

"Our force is still carrying out combing operations and searches" for hidden jihadists, he said.

"As soon as we are done, we will announce the liberation" of Baghouz, the front man added. His comments came one day after U.S. President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
said the jihadists' self-proclaimed "caliphate" would be "gone as of tonight."

It also came in response to reports earlier on Thursday that the IS enclave had completely fallen.

"The SDF media team has not announced this" victory, Bali said.

The frontline was quiet on Thursday, for the second-day in a row, as the SDF paused its push to allow for more surrenders. The eerie silence that reigned over the battlefield was interrupted only by the whooshing of warplanes overhead. SDF fighters walked unarmed in a wasteland of mangled vehicles on the camp's outskirts. The flags of the Kurdish-led force dotted the area.

- 'CHANCE TO SURRENDER'-
SDF official Jiaker Amed said Thursday that several IS fighters were still in hiding.

"We have discovered several (jihadist) hideouts," he told AFP.

"We are monitoring these fighters and if they don't surrender we will launch a new operation against them," he said.

While some fighters are refusing to surrender, other jihadists and their relatives are still turning themselves in, the SDF official said.

"We are giving them a chance to surrender by slowing the military offensive," he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, AFP correspondents saw trailer trucks carrying women and kiddies exiting the jihadist redoubt.

More than 66,000 people, mostly civilians, have quit the last IS redoubt since January 9, according to the SDF. They include 37,000 civilians, 5,000 jihadists and around 24,000 of their relatives. Thousands of people who have streamed out of the last IS stronghold now fill overcrowded camps and prisons run by the Kurds further north.

Around 2000 women and kiddies from Baghouz arrived on Wednesday night at the largest camp -- Al Hol.

The camp is struggling to host 72,000 people, including more than 40,000 children, the International Rescue Committee said.

"Up to 60 (of the latest) arrivals needed immediate hospitalization and there were another 12 deaths recorded," the IRC said in a statement. "These women and kiddies are in the worst condition we have seen since the crisis first began.

"Many have been caught up in the fighting and dozens have been burnt or badly injured by shrapnel," Wendy Taeuber of the IRC was quoted as saying.

At least 138 people, mostly children, have died en route to Al Hol or shortly after arriving at the camp since December, according to the IRC.

"We are expecting another 3,000 to arrive soon and we are very worried that they may be in even worse shape," it said.
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