[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces killed 2 Taliban ...Arabic for students... and ISIS ...embracing their inner Islamic Brute... murderous Moslems and detained 13 others during the operations in Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... , 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.. and Kandahar provinces.
The military officials said Tuesday that the Afghan Special Forces arrested 4 Talibs during an operation in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand.
The officials further added that the Special Forces also destroyed a small cache of weapons during the operation.
Furthermore, the Special Forces killed a bad boy of ISIS Khurasan terror group during a raid in Deh Bala district of Nangarhar province.
The officials said the Special Forces also detained 9 ISIS murderous Moslems and destroyed a small cache of weapons.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wreckage, Captain Poindexter wished he had thought to pack sun block... the Special Forces killed a Taliban bad boy and destroyed a weapons cache during an operation in Maiwand district of Kandahar.
[KhaamaPress] An Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... killed six faceless myrmidons of the 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.... of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS ...embracing their inner Islamic Brute... -K) 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.
The military officials said Tuesday that the security forces conducted the airstrikes in Pachir Wa Agam district of Nangarhar.
The sources further added that the airstrike killed six faceless myrmidons of the terror group.
The ISIS sympathizers have not commented regarding the airstrike so far.
[ToloNews] Local officials said four people, including three tribal elders, were kidnapped by the Taliban ...Arabic for students... last week.
Bodies of the three tribal elders of the northern province of Samangan were found in the northern province of Baghlan on Tuesday few days after they were kidnapped by the by Taliban, said Munir Ahmad, a front man for Baghlan police.
He said that the Taliban last week kidnapped Syed Abdul Halim Sadat, a member of Samangan Provincial Council and three tribal elders from the province.
Sadat’s body was found in Chashma-e-Shir area in Baghlan on Friday, August 22, the front man said.
[ToloNews] Zabul police chief says Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... attempted many attacks in different parts of the province but were pushed back.
Army and police officials in the southern province of Zabul said the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have succeeded to push back Talibs’ attacks in the province which began last month.
The officials said the Taliban wanted to take the control of many districts of the province, including Shahjoi, Shinkai and Shimalzai but their attacks were pushed back and the military operations by the Afghan forces are underway in different parts of the province.
Zabul Police Chief Lieut. Col. Saeed Meraj Sadat said that dozens of Talibs were killed in the operations over the past few months.
"Taliban wanted to overrun Zabul this year, but their attacks were repelled and they suffered heavy casualties," he said. "They went towards northern districts [of Zabul] including Shimalzai and Shinkai, but again they failed."
Army officials in the province said that the operations will continue against murderous Moslems in the province.
"We have conducted different operations in different districts of Zabul in which we had huge success," said Colonel Safiullah Nijrabi, an Army commander in Zabul. "Recently, we launched another operation in Shahjoi district which is near Ghazni province which was a coordination between the 203 Thunder Corps and 215 Maiwand Corps."
He assured the Zabul residents that they will provide a safe environment for the upcoming presidential election scheduled for September 28.
[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed at least 15 Talibs during the latest operations in Balkh province.
The 209th Shaheen Corps said in a statement the security forces conducted the operations in Sholgara district of Balkh.
The statement further added that the security forces killed 15 Talibs during the operations including Malwavi Abdul Ahad, the shadow district chief of Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... for Kant.
The Taliban group has not commented regarding the operations so far.
[Libya Observer] The Libyan coastguards said Tuesday it had rescued 65 illegal immigrants colonists off al-Khums shores and managed to recover 5 bodies, adding that between 15 and 20 others are missing.
The coastguards said that the capsized boat was carrying about 90 illegal immigrants colonists.
They added that the five bodies were for a Moroccan woman, Moroccan man, Moroccan child, one Sudanese and one Somali man.
The coastguards said the rescue operation was carried out by "Ubari Boat" and a number of fishing boats off al-Khums shores.
Libya has become a favorite stepping stone for the illegal immigrants colonists, mostly from African countries, to use illegal sea routes to reach Italia and then go to different Europe ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... an countries.
[Libya Observer] Terrorist sleeper cells affiliated with 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... 's forces have been depicted in Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... trying to cover for failure to enter the capital by targeting officials, journalists and bloggers inside Tripoli.
Recent actions by those sleeper cells include targeting the house of the member of Constitution Drafting Assembly Itimad al-Misillati in Ain Zara in southern Tripoli on Monday, damaging cars for her family.
This targeting was preceded by another directed by button men at a journalist and presenter at Tanasuh TV Channel in Libya's capital Mihammed Eshbeni on the coastal road at Esban Roundabout of Tajoura.
Tanasuh TV issued a statement saying four people driving two Toyota 27 cars stopped Eshbeni, verbally attacked him and threatened him.
"The button men threatened me because I work as a journalist and said I was part of Moslem Brüderbund Group and Libyan Fighting Group." Eshbeni said on his Facebook page.
On August 02, loyalists of Haftar's forces admitted to burning the car of blogger Naji al-Hajj in Tripoli.
Meanwhile, ...back at the precinct house, Fat Tony demanded his rosco back. He didn't say please... the Interior Ministry announced lately arresting terrorist sleeper cells affiliated with Haftar's forces in Tripoli that were aiming to destabilize the capital by attacking individuals and institutions.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Arab Coalition says it intercepted and downed a Iran's Houthi sock puppets ...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 legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. 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 They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him... drone 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... i airspace launched from Sanaa on Tuesday.
Colonel Turki al-Maliki said in a statement that "all desperate attempts by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia to launch drones are doomed to fail," adding that the coalition is taking all operational procedures and best practices of engagement in downing the drones to protect civilians.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Arab Coalition supporting the Yemeni legitimate government intercepted and downed a Houthi drone launched from the Yemeni capital Sanaa toward 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... ’s Khamis Mushait city, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Arab Coalition said that the Iranian-backed Iran's Houthi sock puppets ...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 legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. 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 They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him... militia fired a ballistic missile from the province of Amran on Tuesday, which then fell in Saada. ... which is still in Yemen.
The spokesperson of the Arab Coalition Colonel Turki al-Maliki said that the Houthis continue to violate international humanitarian law by indiscriminately firing ballistic missiles targeting civilians. [KABOOM!] "ALLAHU AKBAR!"
"The leadership of the joint coalition forces continue to take strict and deterrent measures to neutralize and destroy these ballistic capabilities to protect civilians inside 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... , and to protect regional and international security," al-Maliki said in a statement.
Breaking: Ceasefire violation by Pak in Poonch Sector(J&K) at about 1830 hours. #Pakistan initiated ceasefire violation by firing of Small arms & shelling with Mortars. Indian Army retaliated. Firing stopped at 2000 hours. @ThePrintIndia
[DAWN] Considered previously to be 'comparatively’ safe, the remote Gurez sub-valley in the upper belt of the Neelum district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... (AJK) was heavily shelled by Indian troops from across the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday, leaving two civilians dead and four others maimed, local officials said.
Gurez lies beyond Kel ‐ located some 156 kilometres northeast of Muzaffarabad ‐ and is spread over 44 kilometres till Taobutt, the last village of the Neelum district.
Unlike the lower belt of the Neelum district, where the Neelum River serves as the boundary between Azad Kashmir and occupied Kashmir, the Gurez sub-valley is situated on both sides of the river and has therefore been less vulnerable to cross LoC firing.
However, by candlelight every wench is handsome... on Tuesday, this area was hit "indiscriminately" by Indian troops with mortar guns, according to Akhtar Ayub, a disaster management officer based in Athmuqam. Athmuqam is the district headquarters of Neelum valley, located some 84 kilometres northeast of Muzaffarabad.
In Halmat village, Abdul Jalil Shah, 40, son of Samad Shah, was killed after being hit by splinters from an exploding shell, Ayub said.
Three-year-old Nosheen, daughter of Muhammad Ramzan, became an indirect victim, losing her life from psychological shock as "the thunder of shells filled her with panic", he added.
The injured persons, who were admitted to a military-run health facility in Halmat, were identified as Ashfaq, son of Ghulam Muhammad Lone; Ghulam Rasool, son of Ghulam Muhammad Mir; Baggi Begum, wife of Rehman Lone; and Hajira Bibi.
[DAWN] Stone-throwing protesters in India-held Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... killed a driver of what they thought was a military truck, police said on Monday, as a crippling security lockdown entered its fourth week.
The turning of the former Himalayan kingdom of seven million people into a fortress of barricades and barbed wire has not prevented protests and festivities with security forces taking place however.
In the latest demonstration on Sunday in Anantnag district protesters hurled stones at a truck that they believed to be a military vehicle. The 42-year-old driver was struck on the head and died, police said.
The Press Trust of India news agency said two men had been arrested over the incident.
India says no civilian has died from police action since Aug 5. But residents have said three people have been killed.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pound, the little lost dog backed into the corner and showed its teeth. And what big teeth they were!... some coppers ‐ sitting outside a shopfront in Srinagar without weapons, riot gear or even clean uniforms ‐ are weighing their allegiances. Thirty Kashmiri coppers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity fearing retribution from their superiors, said they had been sidelined and in some cases disarmed by New Delhi-based authorities since the government downgraded J&K from a state into two federally administered territories.
Good lord, those hotbeds are everywhere in ISIS country!
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi Interior Ministry said on Tuesday that its forces destroyed a hotbed belonging to the 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.... terrorist group in Kirkuk province.
"Acting on intelligence information, federal police forces destroyed a hideout of the Islamic State group in the village of Hashisha, south of Kirkuk province," Iraqi news website Alghad Press quoted Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, the ministry front man, as saying in a press statement.
"The troops also seized a weapon depot at al-Nawafla village in Kirkuk, ... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time... containing an Austrian-made mortar shell and two boxes full of powerful C4 explosives," the front man added.
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[Rudaw] Two Iraqi soldiers were reportedly killed by 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 ...embracing their inner Islamic Brute... ) snipers on Monday night in the Diyala province as the group appears to be regaining strength in disputed territories in the north of the country.
"Last night, ISIS snipers attacked an Iraqi army base killing two soldiers [in Sherk village] ," Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Mustafa of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces’ intelligence in Khanaqin told Rudaw on Tuesday, referring to the bad boy group by its Arabic acronym.
Since its defeat in late 2017, ISIS has carried out regular attacks against Iraqi and Kurdish security forces in the northern provinces, including in Diyala near the Iranian border. In late July, an ISIS attack on Kurdish "Asayesh" security forces left four high-ranking officers dead and eight others maimed.
On August 27 on one of its Telegram channels, ISIS claimed credit for shooting killing two Iraqi soldiers in the Khanaqin area.
Mustafa, who monitors ISIS activities in the area, says that it is difficult to estimate the number of ISIS gunnies in and around Khanaqin, but he believes there are over 40 gunnies there and in nearby Jalawla.
Khanaqin is a disputed territory claimed by both Baghdad and Erbil. It was under control of the Peshmerga from 2014 until October 16, 2017, when Kurdish forces were forced out by an Iraqi offensive following the Kurdistan independence referendum, as they were from other disputed areas in the Kirkuk and Nineveh provinces. The result was a security vacuum between Iraqi and Kurdish lines that ISIS has been able to exploit.
ISIS remnants have returned to earlier insurgency tactics of ambushing security forces, kidnapping, executing suspected informants, and extorting money from vulnerable, rural populations in the disputed territories as well as near djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... and desert areas near the Syrian border.
The Peshmerga, Iraqi army and Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF, also known as Hashd al-Shaabi) have launched several raids and operations against ISIS remnants in the region, yet the turbans remain active.
As part of the fourth phase of its "Will of Victory" operation to hunt down ISIS sleeper cells in the deserts of the western Anbar province, the Iraqi Defense Ministry announced on Sunday they had killed four ISIS bully boys.
"The aim of the operation is to clean the desert of Anbar from Islamic State sleeper cells," the Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a statement on Saturday.
According to a report from the Pentagon Inspector General which covers April to late June, the US-led anti-ISIS coaliton known as Combined Joint Task Force ‐ Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) reported that ISIS in Iraq is attempting to expand its influence over populations in the Sunni-majority provinces north and west of Baghdad, including the Diyala province, and has reorganized its leadership and established safe havens in rural Sunni-majority areas.
The source added that Hamas launched a large-scale arrest campaign among members of militant groups close to ISIS, where investigators concluded that one of the suicide bombers is a member of the extremist groups and was previously arrested by Hamas. Via @Rushdibbchttps://t.co/VDJkMOiJkH
More on this story about the attack on the PFLP-GC camp from yesterday.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Israeli drones bombed a Paleostinian base in eastern Leb near the border with Syria early Monday amid rising tensions in the Middle East, the Lebanese state-run National News Agency and a Paleostinian official said.
The strike came a day after an alleged Israeli drone crashed in a stronghold of the Lebanese Death Eater group Hezbollah in southern Beirut while another went kaboom! and crashed nearby.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Israel launched an Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... against 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... ’s Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, rulers on Tuesday after Lions of Islam in the strip fired a mortar round across the border, the army said.
Witnesses in the coastal enclave told AFP that fire from an Israeli drone hit Hamas facilities east of al-Bureij refugee camp.
No injuries were reported.
"A short while ago a mortar shell was identified as having been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory," an Israeli army statement said in English.
"In response, an Israel Defense Forces aircraft targeted a Hamas military post in the northern Gaza Strip."
Israeli media said the shell fell on open ground, causing no injuries or damage.
Tuesday’s events were the latest in a string of cross-border incidents which have raised concerns of further escalation before Israel’s September 17 elections.
On Monday Israeli warplanes hit what the military said were "terror targets in a Hamas military compound in the northern Gaza Strip, including the office of a Hamas battalion commander."
Israel also announced it was slashing by half the fuel it pipes to the strip’s main power station, meaning a cut to Gaza’s already meager electricity supply.
The measures came after three rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Sunday night, according to the army, which said two of them were intercepted by air defense systems.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Explosions hit two police checkpoints in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing two officers and wounding several other Palestinians, the Hamas-run interior ministry said, declaring a state of emergency after the blasts.
A spokesman for the Israeli military said he knew of no involvement by Israel in the back-to-back incidents in Gaza city at a time of simmering cross-border confrontations with Hamas, the Palestinian enclave’s ruling militant group.
The first blast destroyed a motorcycle as it passed a police checkpoint with two riders aboard, witnesses said. Two policemen were killed and a third Palestinian wounded. It was not immediately clear if the riders were among the casualties.
The second explosion, less than an hour later, wounded several people at a police checkpoint elsewhere in the city, the interior ministry said. The ministry declared a state of emergency throughout Gaza, putting security forces on alert.
[Rudaw] A spokesperson for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who control northeastern Syria has said the withdrawal of its personnel from the Syria-The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... border has yet to commence, despite a statement from the group announcing personnel withdrawal from the area as long ago as Saturday.
Speaking to Rudaw on Tuesday, SDF spokesperson Kino Gabriel said that the SDF had withdrawn only weaponry ‐ not forces ‐ from the Syria-Turkey border.
"Our forces have not withdrawn from the area," Gabriel told Rudaw when asked if SDF forces had withdrawn five kilometers from the border.
However, Switzerland makes more than cheese... force withdrawal from the area would eventually take place, Gabriel said.
"As for the [SDF] forces, they will be withdrawn gradually, not instantly from the entirety of the safe zone."
Gabriel’s comments come despite a statement from the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES) today which said the removal of both weaponry and personnel from buffer zone-designated areas began on Saturday, amid the ongoing removal of heavy weaponry and dismantling of their military posts close to the Ottoman Turkish border.
"The first practical steps -- in the Ras al-Ain area -- in removing some earth mounds and withdrawing a group of (Kurdish) People's Protection Units and heavy weapons have begun," according to the August 27 statement.
The SDF began removing posts and weaponry from the buffer zone designated area a few days ago, with US Central Command (CENTCOM) sharing images of force members dismantling fortifications near the Ottoman Turkish border on August 22 in accordance with the safe zone agreement.
The safe zone in northern Syria was established after a series of talks by Turkey and the US ‐ the main backer of the Kurdish-majority SDF - led to an agreement to establish a joint operations center in the Ottoman Turkish province of Sanliurfa, on the Syrian border.
With details of the buffer zone’s operation yet to be set in stone, US discussions with Turkey are taking place in "coordination and direct communication" with the SDF and the NES, Gabriel told Rudaw.
"We are confident that the safe zone will do its work and mission, which is to ensure the protection and stability of our areas. This will open the space for our forces and internal security forces to fight ISIS ...embracing their inner Islamic Brute... [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.... ]," added Gabriel.
SDF officials have denied implementation of the safe zone will lead to the area being subject to a permanent Ottoman Turkish presence. Spokesperson Mustafa Bali rejected claims that Turkey will station troops or establish permanent observation points in the area.
"Ottoman Turkish forces have not yet entered by land [...] it will be restricted to joint patrols of American and Ottoman Turkish forces. This won't constitute a threat or danger to the peoples or the forces in the area," Gabriel added.
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Syrian opposition groups carried out the largest attack since the regime forces’ takeover of Khan Sheikhoun, and the northern countryside of Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.
Sixty people were killed in the heightened fighting, which included air and ground shelling, as well as fierce battles east of the Idlib province.
"Violent festivities east of the town of Khan Sheikhun broke out at dawn after krazed killer and opposition groups attacked regime positions," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
The attack was led by the al-Qaeda-linked Hurras al-Deen group and another krazed killer faction -- Ansar al-Deen -- he said.
The fighting has killed 29 regime forces and 20 opponents, including 13 krazed killers, the Observatory said.
In the southeast of the bastion, eight rebels were killed trying to sneak through frontlines towards regime positions near the Abu Duhur military airport, the monitor added.
Regime forces recaptured Khan Sheikhoun last week, and have been massing north of the town in recent days as they prepare to push on with their assault.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An Iranian appeals court has upheld a 10-year jail sentence against British Council staffer Aras Amiri for "cultural infiltration", the judiciary front man said on Tuesday.
Amiri was "sentenced to 10 years in jail... and she is already serving her term. This verdict has been upheld by the court," front man Gholamhossein Esmaili said, quoted by the judiciary’s Mizan Online website.
"This person... was identified by us because of her cultural infiltration in society through arts and her widespread activities," he added.
Mizan Online reported Amiri’s original sentence on May 13, saying she had "made a straightforward confession."
At the time, Esmaili said she had been tasked with drawing up and managing cultural "infiltration" projects.
Amiri, a Iranian national who had been living in London, was arrested in 2018 during a trip to visit relatives in Iran.
Iranian authorities shut down the British Council’s office in Tehran more than a decade ago for what Esmaili described as "illegal activities."
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