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Pence announces ceasefire at the US Embassy in Turkey.
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Two Killed In Laghman Suicide Attack
[ToloNews] At least two Afghan security force members were killed, and 26 people were maimed‐including civilians‐after a suicide truck bomb detonated close to the police headquarters of Alishing district in Laghman
...Afghan province with a population of about 445,600, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a rural society. During the invasions of Alexander the Great, the area was known as Lampaka, wich is apparently Olde Macedonian for Laghman.The city of Mihtarlam serves as the bucolic capital of the province. The population is half Pashtun, the remainder Tadjik and Pashai. It had a repution for great wealth until it was conquered in the tenth century by Abu Mansur Sabuktigin.
He conquered it and set fire to the places in its vicinity which were inhabited by infidels, and demolishing the idol-temples, he established Islam in them, He marched and captured other cities and killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolatrous and gratifying the Musulmans. After wounding and killing beyond all measure, his hands and those of his friends became cold in counting the value of the plundered property.
After that it was mostly notable for the production of dirt, rocks, and holy men...
on Wednesday morning, local officials confirmed.

The attack took place at approximately 6 am local time.

"The district governor’s compound and a madrasa were close to the blast site," officials said, adding that "20 students of the madrasa and six security forces were maimed in the blast."

The maimed have been taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

An eyewitness said the blast also damaged nearby buildings.

The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
claimed responsibly for the attack.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/17/2019 02:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336072 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Hizb-e-Islami Commander Accused Of Killing Three In Baghlan
[ToloNews] Gunmen associated with Commander Zalmay, a member of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
... who used to be known in intelligence circles as The Most Evil Man in the World but who now seems merely run-of-the-mill evil...
’s Hizb-e-Islami group, have killed three members of a family--including one child-- in Baghlan province, security sources told TOLOnews.

Security sources said that the button men killed the family following a brawl over 70,000 Afs in Khalazayee village in Baghlan province.

But Hizb-e-Islami has rejected any link with Commander Zalmay.

"Hizb-e-Islami members are not involved in the issue, but it is a personal issue between two neighbors that occurred because of money-- there was a clash and there were casualties," said Fazel Ghani Haqmal, front man for the Hizb-e-Islami.

Residents said that the incident happened in an area where there is a Hizb-e-Islami presence.

"The government has the responsibility to tackle any problem that occurs in any corner of Baghlan and arrest those involved in such brutal acts" said Bismillah Attash, a member of Baghlan provincial council.

Police officials in Balkh have confirmed the presence of illegal gangs in the province, stating that security forces have arrested at least two suspects in connection with the incident.

"No one here is allowed to use their guns for bullying," said Mohammad Wais Samimi, Baghlan police chief.
"Guns are for gunsex!"
Residents say that even local government officials in the province have refrained from taking action against this commander.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/17/2019 02:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336090 views] Top|| File under: Hizb-i-Islami-Hekmatyar

"Shame on you ! Only three ? You call yourself a Hekmatyar ? You're no Hizb-of-anything, Aboobi !"
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/17/2019 5:36 Comments || Top||

Airstrikes kill 14 Taliban, ISIS militants; destroy multiple caches of weapons and a car bomb
[KhaamaPress] A series of Arclight airstrike
s killed 14 bully boyz including 13 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and a fighter of the ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
Khurasan terrorist group in six provinces of Afghanistan.

The military officials said Wednesday an airstrike killed 3 Talibs in Nerkh district of Wardak and a similar raid killed 3 Talibs and destroyed a cache of weapons in Muqer district of Ghazni.

The officials further added that airstrikes in Charkh district of Pashtun-infested Logar killed 3 bully boyz of the Taliban group.

Another airstrike in Deh Yak district of Ghazni killed 2 Talibs, the officials said, adding that a similar airstrike Shah Joy district killed 2 Talibs.

The officials also added that an airstrike in Pachir Wa Agam district killed an ISIS Khurasan fighter while another airstrike destroyed a boom-mobile in Sayyid Karam district of Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/17/2019 02:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336076 views] Top|| File under:

Special Forces kill, detain 15 Taliban militants in Wardak and Paktika provinces
[KhaamaPress] The Special Forces killed 7 Talibs and arrested 8 others during the operations in Wardak and Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...

The military officials said Wednesday that the Special Forces also destroyed caches of weapons during the same operations.

The officials further added that the Special Forces killed 7 Death Eaters in Nerkh district of Wardak, arrested 6 others and destroyed a cache of weapons.

The Special Forces arrested 2 other Death Eaters in Omnah district of Paktika and destroyed a small cache of weapons, the officials added.

The anti-government armed Death Eaters have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/17/2019 01:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336072 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Libya Coast Guard saved 90 illegal migrants after their boat broke down off Khoms city

Posted by: Fred || 10/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336076 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

Scores of casualties from Haftar's forces in violent clashes in southern Tripoli
[Libya Observer] Scores of deaths and injuries from 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 - 9th Brigade - were documented by social media footage after heavy festivities in southern 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...
between Haftar's forces and Libyan Army forces under the command of the Presidential Council's government.

The Libyan Army forces launched an offensive Wednesday morning on Ain Zara, Khalit al-Furjan and Yarmouk Camp frontlines, seizing new positions especially on Ain Zara frontline, where Special Deterrence Force fighters controlled the strategic Adem Buildings area, which was used by Haftar's forces snipers.

The Special Deterrence Force said it had destroyed military vehicles for Haftar's forces and seized others in today's festivities, which led to the killing of five Libyan Army fighters.

The Libyan Air Force carried out four Arclight airstrike
s on fighting frontlines and other strikes in the vicinity of Tripoli Airport on Wednesday.

Reinforcement of fighters and military might is still reaching the frontlines in southern Tripoli, which hints at continuation of heavy festivities that started on Monday and is still ongoing.

Posted by: Fred || 10/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336080 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Knife-wielding Muslim in Brussels asks passersby if they are Jewish
[IsraelTimes] Belgian police arrested a Moslem man who asked passersby on a Brussels street if they were Jewish while holding a knife and shouting about Allah.

No one was hurt in the incident last week in Koekelberg, a northwestern neighborhood of the Belgian capital.

Police subdued the man in the neighboring district of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek following an hourlong search, the news site HLN reported Friday. His name was not disclosed.

The suspect is not considered a terrorist, a front man for the Brussels Prosecutor’s Office told HLN, though he is believed to have committed attempted murder "with connection to his religious or philosophical convictions."
It clearly only counts as terrorism if the miscreant is a fully paid up member of a listed jihadi group like Al Qaeda or ISIS. Hizb-ut-Tahrir, Hamas, and Hizb’allah don’t count because they claim to be political rather than waging war.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336099 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  And one said yes, my name is Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz. Welcome to my club!
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/17/2019 7:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Here in Texas, the answer would have been "Yes" BLAM BLAM BLAM.

I'm amazed at the number of people I run into here that have carry permits and CARRY. Not just places like Midland but Houston and its surroundings. Quite a few Texas women are now armed and dangerous. It's good to see.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/17/2019 7:07 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Fox News video of Pence announcing deal at the US Embassy in Turkey.
[Fox News] The deal is for a 120-hour cease-fire, during which time the Kurdish-led forces could pull back from the roughly 20-mile-wide safe zone on the Turkish-Syrian border. All Turkish military operations under the recent offensive known as Operation Peace Spring will pause during that time, and the operation itself will come to an end entirely upon the completion of the Kurdish withdrawal, under the terms of the deal.
Posted by: 3dc || 10/17/2019 15:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336113 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  We'll see
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/17/2019 15:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Interesting how Fox news included slight of letter thrown into trash and Presidential front runners to counter Trumps moment. Glaringly obvious. In my opinion showing media bias but really incompetence.
Posted by: Dale || 10/17/2019 16:13 Comments || Top||

Erdagon taking care of those who criticize his invasion.
Posted by: 3dc || 10/17/2019 05:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336095 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  More of those dang Gulenists? They're everywhere!
Posted by: SteveS || 10/17/2019 9:10 Comments || Top||

#2  He is like reincarnation of Joe Stalin.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/17/2019 11:57 Comments || Top||

#3  special ops embedded with reporters

Sounds like CNN. Remember the pre-dawn raid on Roger Stone's house?
Posted by: Lex || 10/17/2019 12:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Nice, 3dc. Erdagon he is.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/17/2019 12:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Has he gotten delivery of his S-400's yet? He might need to ask Russia to hurry up and deliver them so he can threaten Syria with them.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 10/17/2019 12:55 Comments || Top||

Soura Instigator Hayat Dar Caught
[DefenceForum.in] In a major development, the Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday arrested Hayat Ahmad Bhat, the main instigator of law and order disturbances in downtown Srinagar post-August 5, when the Centre decided to revoke Article 370 from the state.

Bhat, also known as Hayat Dar, was arrested on Wednesday morning in a raid carried out by the police. He is wanted in several criminal cases.

"He was earlier booked under PSA. After his release, he started organising stone-pelting in the areas of Anchar Lake and Soura. His arrest is a major breakthrough," Dilbagh Singh, Director General of Police in Jammu and Kashmir, said.

Bhat was instrumental in mobilising the miscreants in and around Jenab Sahib, Soura. He was previously affiliated with the proscribed Muslim League outfit.
Remember that lakeside community I told you about ? The one barricaded by these people and where all the mullahs are a hidin' ? Well, we sort of laid a trap for this sucker which he could not resist and was caught. Now he's getting the close attention he deserves, in a darkened hall of pain, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.
He was earlier booked twice under J&K Public Safety Act for his involvement in more than 16 FIRs pertaining to law and order disturbances.

In 2019, three FIRs under ULA § Act were registered against him in the Soura police station for his involvement in subversive activities.

The development comes two days after mobile network service was restored in J&K after a gap of over two months.
And later they were shut off again. Some people just don't deserve basics.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, three terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag. Huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from the site.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/17/2019 18:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336127 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami

#1  Is he independent or an ISI tool?
Posted by: Frank G || 10/17/2019 19:40 Comments || Top||

#2  So is Paki Kashmir trying to out Gaza the Gaza Strip?
Posted by: jpal || 10/17/2019 22:55 Comments || Top||

Three militants killed in gun fight with Indian troops in Kashmir
[Ynet] Three turbans were killed in a shootout with Indian security forces in disputed 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....
on Wednesday, the first such incident since mobile telephone links were restored in a bid to restore normality after a lengthy shutdown.

Soldiers raided a village in south Kashmir, long a hotbed of a separatist revolt, following intelligence reports that turbans had taken shelter there, two police sources told Rooters.
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Labourer shot dead by militants in Pulwama
[Daily Excelsior] Labourer from Chhattisgarh shot dead by militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district said Police.
Posted by: Fred || 10/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336081 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

Syrian refugees resort to smugglers to enter Kurdistan Region of Iraq
See the Syrian side of the story here.
[Rudaw] More than 1,000 refugees have fled northern Syria and crossed into the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq since The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
began its offensive against Kurdish forces, sparking mass displacement and a humanitarian crisis. But the way out of northern Syria is not easy. Most if not all of the refugees paid smugglers to get them across the border.

Ali Mustafa left his village near Kobane nine days ago when Turkey first started its incursion. "We saw what happened in Afrin, so we don’t trust them," he said, referring to the killing, kidnapping, looting, and abuse committed by Ottoman Turkish-backed Syrian militias in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, which Turkey invaded in early 2018.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 10/17/2019 01:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336096 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Kurdish forces on the Syrian side are tightly controlling the roads leading to border crossings and not everyone is allowed to pass through their checkpoints.

And here I thought they were the good guys.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/17/2019 3:21 Comments || Top||

#2  There really are no good guys when it comes too war in my opinion.
Posted by: chris || 10/17/2019 11:01 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Three Abus rounded up in Luzon
[CNN Philippines] Three suspected Abu Sayyaf Group militants were nabbed by authorities in a series of operations that lasted for three weeks.

According to the National Bureau of Investigation- Counter Terrorism Division (NBI-CTD), separate operations took place in Maharlika Village Taguig, Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila and Kawit, Cavite which led to the capture of Ibnus Isa, Amerudin Parasan, and Abdel-Amin Bandahala who have been under surveillance for five to six months. All of the suspects have standing arrest warrants for multiple counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention for a series of kidnappings carried out in Basilan and Sulu from 2001 to 2002.

NBI-CTD chief Raoul Manguerra said the suspects communicated visa social media, which was how authorities were able to track them down.
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Abu bomb plot foiled in Basilan
[PhilStar] Philippine security forces have foiled an attempt by Abu Sayyaf militants to bomb several areas in Basilan.

Western Mindanao Command spokesman Arvin Encinas said six improvised explosive devices were recovered from around 20 rebels that troops encountered in Barangay Calang Canas, Maluso at around 2 a.m. yesterday. There were no reported casualties on the side of the government.

“The troops clashed with the bandits while conducting security patrol amid reports that the group of Furuji Indama would launch bomb attacks,” Encinas said. Indama is an associate of Islamic State for Southeast Asia emir Isnilon Hapilon, who was killed along with the Maute brothers at the height of the fighting in Marawi in 2017.

Military informants said the militants intended to detonate the IEDs in populated areas.
Posted by: ryuge || 10/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336081 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)

Two Belgian terrorists escape Syrian jail: Officials
[AlAhram] Two Belgian holy warriors have beat feet from detention in northeastern Syria since The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
launched an offensive against Kurdish forces in the region, the head of the national anti-terrorist agency said Wednesday.

According to two MPs, Paul Van Tigchelt, head of Belgium's OCAM counter-terror analysis body, told a parliamentary commission: "It happened in recent days, certainly after the Ottoman Turkish offensive began."

The two were among 55 Belgian terrorists-- men and women -- in Kurdish-controlled prisons or camps in Syria, said one of the MPs, Georges Dallemagne. Another three Belgians are being held in Iraq.

The two escapees were male "foreign terrorist fighters", one of whom was convicted in absentia in Belgium for "terrorism" according to an OCAM document of which AFP obtained a copy.

The document said there were "up to 56 minors aged under 12" with connections to Belgium in camps in northeast Syria.

Six of them, who were with their mothers, fled a camp in the town of Ain Issa in recent days following a bombardment, according to information given to MPs.

"The situation has become completely uncontrollable" in the Syrian camps under Kurdish control, said one MP, Samuel Cogolati.

"We are losing our contacts there, one by one," he added, reiterating a call for Belgium to repatriate the children, and the adults for trial.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/17/2019 01:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336071 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Second French academic detained in Iran since June
Iran does like collecting Western hostages for fun, profit, and to control their home countries.
[IsraelTimes] The Iranian government has been holding a second French researcher in jug for the past four months, according to his colleagues.

Roland Marchal, a sub-Saharan Africa specialist at Gay Paree university Sciences Po, was arrested in June when he traveled to Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
to visit his partner, Fariba Adelkhah, according to Sciences Po professor Richard Banegas.

Iranian authorities disclosed in July that they had arrested Adelkhah, a prominent anthropologist who holds dual French-Iranian nationality, on charges that have not been made public.

There was no immediate acknowledgement of Marchal’s arrest in Iranian state media.

It’s unclear exactly what charges Marchal faces, but Banegas told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that he and his colleagues consider him "an academic prisoner."

The French Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336080 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Turkish forces and their loyal factions carryout a new attack in Ras Al-Ayn
Take a deep breath, dear Reader. SyriahR clearly does not believe in periods. Possibly the editor was an APL programmer in a previous life.
[SYRIAHR] Ottoman Turkish warplanes are continuing their heavy and violent bombardment on Ras al-Ayn city and villages in its vicinity, in conjunction with a wide-scale ground offensive by the Ottoman Turkish forces and factions loyal to them on the Syria Democratic Forces in Ras al-Ayn city (Sere Kaniye), and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the Ottoman Turkish forces managed to advance again in the city and controlled several positions in it under a cover of heavy aerial and ground firepower, in the same context, battles continue between the both parties in the areas of Tal Abyad in the northern countryside of al-Raqqah, amid information about casualties, and the SOHR published hours ago, that the SDF managed to advance and regain control of 2 positions they lost for the factions in the past hours, and the Syrian Observatory published this morning that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the continuation of raging festivities in several fronts east of Euphrates since Tuesday evening, between the Ottoman Turkish Forces and the factions loyal to them against the Syria Democratic Forces, where the first continued their attack from 3 areas on Ras al-Ayn city, the eastern and western areas from the border side, accompanied by heavy shelling by tens of air and ground strikes, while the Ottoman Turkish Forces and the and factions were able to retake parts of Tal Half town, in conjunction with violent festivities continued until dawn of today in areas of Manajir, and al-Arba’in, Lilan, Amiriya, al-Ahras, Tal Jammeh, and al-Alya, located in the area between Tal Tamr and Ras al-Ayn, and the festivities left more casualties and injuries in the ranks of both parties, where 12 of the The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
-loyal factions were killed and 14 of the Syria Democratic Forces were also killed.
Posted by: Fred || 10/17/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336105 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Possibly the editor was an APL programmer in a previous life.

Nerdy Snark of the Day!
Posted by: SteveS || 10/17/2019 10:36 Comments || Top||

#2  :-) We used to play at writing one-line programs in APL in my high school programming class, SteveS, entered on a keyboard connected to the mainframe by telephone modem. After that, having to use Fortran on bloody punch cards, wait in line to submit them, then wait for a time slot for the silly thing to be run drove me right out of the entire field.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/17/2019 17:50 Comments || Top||

#3  APL was too cool for school, I saw it warp a few minds back in the day.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/17/2019 18:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Nostalgia fix...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/17/2019 18:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Oops, somehow link didn't take. Nostalgia fix
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/17/2019 18:25 Comments || Top||

#6  I did Fortran on punch cards...hated it
Posted by: Frank G || 10/17/2019 21:25 Comments || Top||

Hundreds of Syrian Kurds seek refuge in Iraq
See the Iraqi side here.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Hundreds of Syrian Kurds entered neighboring Iraqi’s Kurdish autonomous region on Wednesday, fleeing a Ottoman Turkish offensive in northeast Syria, an official said.

"On Wednesday, about 800 Syrian refugees entered Iraqi Kurdistan," said Rashid Hussein of the refugee authority for the autonomous Kurdish region.

The new arrivals, mostly women and kiddies, were being taken to Berdarch camp in Dohuk province, he told AFP, as the fighting in nearby northeastern Syria entered its second week.

Iraqi Kurdistan previously hosted millions of Iraqis who fled fighting with ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
who occupied much of the country’s north between 2014 and 2017.

Many of them are still housed in camps for the displaced.

NGOs operating in the region said they had been on alert since Ankara launched its operation on October 9 against Kurdish bully boys, following an abrupt US withdrawal.

On Saturday evening, 182 Syrian Kurds started crossing the border into Iraqi Kurdistan "to escape bombardments in northeastern Syria," the International Organization for Migration said.

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US Coalition: Forces have left Raqqa, Tabqah, Lafarge factory
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The US-led coalition said on Wednesday that its forces had left the Syrian cities of Tabqah and Raqqa as well as a Lafarge cement factory as part of the withdrawal from northeast Syria.

"Coalition forces continue a deliberate withdrawal from northeast Syria. On Oct. 16, we vacated the Lafarge Cement Factory, Raqqa, and Tabqah," coalition front man Colonel Myles B. Caggins said on Twitter.
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US carries out airstrike in Syria to destroy ammunition as troops depart
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The United States carried out a pre-planned air strike in northern Syria on Wednesday to destroy an ammunition cache and military equipment that were left behind as US personnel prepare for a withdrawal from northeast Syria, US officials said.

Colonel Myles Caggins, an Iraq-based front man for the US-led coalition battling ISIS
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, said the strike involved two F-15e fighter jets from the US-led coalition, which fired on the Lafarge Cement Factory after all coalition forces had left the facility.

Earlier on Wednesday, the US-led coalition said that its forces had left the Syrian cities of Tabqah and Raqqa as well as a Lafarge cement factory as part of the withdrawal from northeast Syria.

"Coalition forces continue a deliberate withdrawal from northeast Syria. On Oct. 16, we vacated the Lafarge Cement Factory, Raqqa, and Tabqah," coalition front man Colonel Myles B. Caggins said on Twitter.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Syrian army has taken control of military bases in northeast Syria that were abandoned by US forces, according to a report by Russian state TV.

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Turkey is advancing on the border town of Kobani, which Erdogan promised Trump he would not attack

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Syria troops fighting Turkish forces alongside Kurds, says monitor
[IsraelTimes] Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports government troops in town of Ain Issa; Russian envoy says Ankara and Damascus officials in contact to avoid ’unacceptable’ festivities.

The Syrian army deployed alongside Kurdish forces on the front line in northern Syria Wednesday but their newfound cooperation saw no let-up in the week-old Ottoman Turkish invasion, a monitor said.

In a rare scene in Syria’s eight-year-old civil war, government troops and Kurdish fighters were "fighting together" against The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
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’s Syrian proxies northeast of the town of Ain Issa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Britannia-based monitor reported "violent festivities" near the M4 highway ‐ a key east-west artery that links the Kurdish heartland in the northeast with Syria’s second city Aleppo and the Mediterranean coast beyond.

Under the deal announced on Sunday after US President Donald Trump
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ordered the withdrawal of US troops, government troops have returned to key Kurdish-held areas for the first time in years.

Syrian soldiers have been sent to Manbij, Tal Tamr, Ain Issa and Tabqa in their most significant deployment since the army started withdrawing from Kurdish-majority areas in 2012.

Russia’s special envoy on Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev, said Ottoman Turkish and Syrian officials were in contact to avoid festivities which "would simply be unacceptable."

But two Syrian soldiers were killed near Ain Issa on Tuesday in shelling by Turkey’s Syrian proxies ‐ mostly former rebels paid and equipped by Ankara, the Observatory said.

On Monday, artillery fire by the Syrian former rebels killed another soldier in the flash-point city of Manbij, it added.

In the border town of Ras al-Ain, where Kurdish fighters have put up stiff resistance against Ankara’s incursion, battles raged on Wednesday following a night of heavy Ottoman Turkish Arclight airstrike
s and artillery fire, the monitor said.

Since its launch on October 9, the Ottoman Turkish offensive has killed dozens of civilians, mostly on the Kurdish side, and prompted at least 160,000 to flee their homes.
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