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Afghanistan
10 Taliban and ISIS militants killed, detained in Special Forces raids in 4 provinces
[KhaamaPress] The Special Forces killed an ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
hard boy and detained 9 bandidos bandidos murderous Moslems including 2 ISIS fighters and 7 Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
during the operations in 4 provinces.

The military officials said Sunday the Special Forces arrested 4 Talibs and destroyed a small cache of weapons in Chak-e Wardak district of Wardak.

The officials further added that the Special Forces arrested 3 Talibs and destroyed a small cache of weapons in Dzadran district of Paktiya province.

The Special Forces killed an ISIS fighter, detained 2 others and destroyed a small cache of weapons in Sherzad district of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province, the officials added.

The special Forces destroyed another small cache of weapons belonging to Taliban in Deh Yak district of Ghazni.
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US Defense Secretary Arrives In Kabul
[ToloNews] The US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has arrived in Kabul on Sunday. This is Esper’s first trip to Afghanistan as Defense Secretary, AP reported.

Esper believes the US can reduce its force in Afghanistan to 8,600 troops without hurting the counterterrorism fight against al-Qaeda and ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
, the AP reports, but he said any withdrawal would happen as part of a peace agreement with the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Except there never will be a peace agreement with the Taliban, so...
The US has approximately 14,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of a training and advising mission, and to conduct counterterrorism operations against krazed killers.

Recently, the US peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, referring to a meeting with Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that a political settlement in Afghanistan will help reduce the burden of war and protect the gains made in Afghanistan.

Khalilzad, who previously engaged in nine rounds of talks with the Taliban, also said that a political settlement in Afghanistan will help protect the United States from terrorism.
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Spokesman: Governor of Wardak Survives Car Bomb
[ToloNews] At least three coppers were killed, and two of the governor’s security guards were maimed, in a boom-mobile in Maidan Shahr, capital of Maidan Wardak province, sources said.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 pm in Maidan Shahr while the provincial governor, Muzafaruddin 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...
, was attending an event at the cop shoppe in the city center; however, the governor was not injured, said Mohibullah Sharifzai, a front man for the governor.

Sharifzai also said that the governor’s bodyguards were not injured, but other sources claim that two were maimed.

No group has grabbed credit for the attack.
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Pakistani couple arrested in the restive Kunduz province of Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces arrested a Pak couple in the restive Kunduz province of Afghanistan, the defense officials said.

Fawad Aman, a front man for the Ministry of Defense said the security forces arrested the couple in Dasht-e Arachi district of Kunduz.

Aman further added that the couple was providing healthcare to the maimed Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters in Kunduz.

Meanwhile,
...back at the palazzo, Don Smilzo looked for an avenue of escape. The only window opened a hundred feet above the moat. The nearest of the hired assassins hold a bloody axe.
The window was looking better all the time....

the Special Operations Corps said in a statement that the security forces arrested the couple during the clearance operations in Dasht-e Archi district.

The statement further added that the security forces also killed 12 Talibs and maimed 10 others during the same operations.

The security forces confiscated 5 Ford Ranger police vehicles, an armored personnel carrier, a Toyota Corolla, a weapon cache, suicide kaboom vests, landmines and various other types of munitions and military kits, the statement added.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


ISIS militant hailing from Iran surrenders to Afghan forces in Nangarhar
[KhaamaPress] A bad boy of ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
terrorist group hailing from 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...
handed over himself to the Afghan forces 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.

According to a statement released by Governor’s Office of Nangarhar, the 23-year-old ISIS fighter surrendered to Afghan Border Forces in Haska Mina district.

The bad boy confessed that Abdul Ahmad Irani, one of the leaders of ISIS terrorist group recruited him to ISIS ranks in Nangarhar.

However,
man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
he said he decided to abandon the group after realizing that the group’s activities are against all principles and regulations of Islam.

The ISIS turbans are active in some remote districts of Nangarhar province where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shattered spaceship, Fffflirgoll the Arcturan slithered stealthily toward the control room, where the humans had barricaded themselves...
the security forces regularly conduct clearance operations and Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s to prevent the terror group expand its foothold in Nangarhar and other parts of the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [104 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa North
Tunisia says AQIM leader killed in anti-terror raid
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An al-Qaeda leader was killed and another maimed during an anti-terror raid in Tunisia on Sunday, according to the country’s defense ministry.

Tunisian armed forces and national guardsmen led the operation against al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in the mountainous Kasserine region near the Algerian border, ministry front man Mohammed Zekri told AFP.

"A terrorist leader from the Okba Ibn Nafaa group was killed" and another injured in the ongoing operation, he said.

Okba Ibn Nafaa is the Tunisian branch of AQIM.

Various murderous Moslem groups are active in the rugged frontier region of Kasserine, including the ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
-affiliated Jund al-Khalifa, or "Soldiers of the Caliphate."

Security forces regularly carry out raids in the area.

Tunisia faced a rise in murderous Moslem activity after its 2011 revolution, with attacks killing dozens of security personnel, civilians and foreign tourists.

While the security situation has significantly improved since a series of deadly attacks in 2015, Tunisia has maintained a state of emergency for four years and assaults against security forces have persisted.

Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [84 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Bangladesh
Four killed in Bangladesh over Facebook post
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] At least four people were killed and about 50 injured on Sunday in festivities with police in Bangladesh over a Facebook post that offended Moslems, officials said.

The festivities in the southern district of Bhola, 195 km (120 miles) from the capital Dhaka, broke out when angry crowds protested against a Facebook post in which a Hindu reportedly made derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammad.

Police said the Facebook had actually been hacked and all the hackers were tossed into the calaboose.

"We fired blank shots in self-defense when some people started throwing stones at our officers forcing us to take shelter in a building," said Sarkar Mohammad Kaisar, Superintendent of Police in Bhola.

Four people were killed and a policeman suffered bullet wounds during the clash, he said. Border guards and additional police have been sent to Bhola.

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India-Pakistan
Indian Army kills 10 in attack on terrorist camp in Pakistan
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Indian Army has launched attacks on Pak Border Action Team (BAT) camps situated on Pak territory opposite the Tangdhar sector, killing at least 10 people.

The attack comes hours after the Indian military stated that two soldiers and one civilian had been killed as a result of an attack by the Paks on an area close to the Line of Control.
More from the Hindustan Times:
The Indian Army on Sunday mounted an artillery attack on at least four terror camps and Pakistani military positions across the Line of Control (LoC) in retaliation to ceasefire violations meant to assist infiltrators, killing at least six soldiers of the neighbouring country and inflicting heavy terrorist casualties, General Bipin Rawat said.

In the Indian firing by 155mm guns — the mainstay of the artillery firepower of the army — 6-10 Pakistani soldiers and about a dozen terrorists were killed in the Neelam Valley opposite the Tangdhar sector along the LoC, people with direct knowledge of the operation said. The artillery used in the Indian response has a range of 24-30km.

The counter-attack by India came after two Indian Army soldiers and a civilian were killed in unprovoked Pakistani firing on Saturday evening at Karnah in J&K’s Kupwara district, according to the army. Three others were also injured in the Pakistani firing that left one house, two cowsheds and a rice godown completely destroyed.

After the Indian action, Asif Ghafoor, the spokesperson for Pakistan’s armed forces, said that nine Indian soldiers were killed in its firing and two Indian bunkers were destroyed. He said that the Pakistani civilian casualties occurred in the Jura, Shahkot and Nousheri sectors, a claim rejected by India.

Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs also summoned Indian deputy high commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia after the Indian Army’s retaliation.

The counter-offensive measures come weeks after multiple intelligence agencies warned the government that at least 60 terrorists have infiltrated into Jammu & Kashmir recently and another 500 are waiting to infiltrate, according to the army.

A recent document circulated among India’s intelligence agencies shows that Pakistan has eased restrictions on terror groups, including Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM). The intel shows that JeM and LeT have stepped up their recruitment drives in Pakistan’s tribal areas. The Pakistan establishment is also making efforts to deploy more Kashmiri-origin terrorists in India in a bid to show that militancy is a “local phenomenon”, according to the document. These groups are planning an attack in response to the Indian move on Article 370, intelligence suggests.

The window for infiltration of terrorists along the LoC closes with approaching winter. Sectors such as Gurez, Kargil, Machhil, Keran, Tangdhar, Uri are snowbound by November making it difficult for terrorists to cross over. And as the winter approaches, infiltrating terrorists shift their focus to the Jammu-Kathua area.

Intelligence inputs indicate that several terror launch pads across the LoC are active again. Almost seven months after the Balakot operation, JeM has revived its terror training complex in the region. Islamabad relaxed restrictions over terror groups targeting India after August 5.

Speaking about Sunday’s counter-offensive, former Director General of Military Operations Lieutenant General (retd) Vinod Bhatia said: “Besides the obvious tactical reasons of sending in terrorists, at the strategic level, Pakistan is also trying to signal to the global community that Kashmir issue is and will turn violent. It has got a breather from the FATF (Financial Action Task Force), which helps the Pakistan Army to create problems along the border.”

Lieutenant General Satish Dua (retd), who commanded the Srinagar-based Chinar Corps, said: “I think one can expect bigger misadventures from Pakistan, now that they have evaded the FATF for few months.”
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#1  "“I think one can expect bigger misadventures from Pakistan"

Love the understatement; a legacy from the Raj?
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/21/2019 8:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Is the Paki Border Action Team (BAT) the equivalent of Bangladesh's Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)? You don't mess with the RAB or you might get caught in the crossfire.
Posted by: jpal || 10/21/2019 8:47 Comments || Top||

#3  The BATs are joint teams composed of SSG (Paki special forces) officers leading jamaat recruited and LeT volunteered militants. They are deniable and practiced in infiltration and recruitment this side of the border. The BATs usually escort infiltrators and hit squads across the border, provide security to smuggling ops etc. They try to snare the occasional Indian grunt if they can, to kill and mutilate, as this earns them a great shout out from sasquatches in Kashmir and raises morale for jihadis.

The Bangladeshi RAB is a counter terrorist police unit. They are very committed and good guys really. We've had several JTEs together.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/21/2019 13:01 Comments || Top||


Pakistani soldier, 6 civilians martyred as Indian troops resort to indiscriminate shelling
[DAWN] At least six civilians and a Pak soldier were martyred as Indian troops resorted to "indiscriminate and ruthless" shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC) in 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), officials said on Sunday.

Officials said that nine other civilians were maimed, adding that this was the highest corpse count in 2019 in a single day of Indian shelling from across the dividing line.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) notified through a tweet that one soldier had been martyred in the exchange of fire while two others were maimed.

ISPR added that in response to unprovoked ceasefire violations by India in Jura, Shahkot and Nauseri sectors, nine Indian soldiers were killed while several others were maimed and two Indian bunkers were destroyed.


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#1  I swear we were just cleaning our long guns. Well, good to know the Bofors still work.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/21/2019 12:39 Comments || Top||


Sri Lanka
Kurdish-led fighters fully withdraw from Syria’s Ras al-Ain
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Kurdish-led forces fully withdrew on Sunday from the Ottoman Turkish-besieged Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain, an AFP news hound and a war monitor said.

AFP earlier reported that a convoy carrying maimed and fighters from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces left the Ottoman Turkish-besieged Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain on Sunday.

The news hound saw at least 50 vehicles including ambulances leaving the town hospital and flames erupt from the medical facility shortly after their departure.

Dozens of fighters in military attire left on pickups, passing by checkpoints manned by Ankara-allied Syrian fighters, the news hound said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor with sources inside Syria, said the ambulances were transporting maimed civilians and fighters.

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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Major Blaze At Iran Abadan Oil Refinery Raises Suspicions Of Saudi Revenge Attack
48 hour rule?
[ZH, so salt to taste] A section of Iran's sprawling Abadan oil refinery in the southwest of the country went up in flames Saturday, and state media sources reported the emergency was under control as of Sunday morning.
Spokesman Chip Diller said "It's fine. Really"
State media is describing it as "a fire in a canal carrying waste from Iran's Abadan oil refinery," with Iranian official broadcaster IRIB saying, "The refinery's fire department contained the fire and prevented it from spreading to other units."

However, given the extent of the blaze captured in social media circulating videos, and especially given it comes after a tense summer of attacks on tanker and refineries ‐ notably the Sept. 14 Saudi Aramco drone and missile attack ‐ the newest Iran facility fire raises serious question.

Could the clearly massive Abadan blaze, which Iranian state sources appear ready to downplay, be the result of a Saudi revenge attack?
Insh'allah Maintenance and lack of parts, more likely
Though unverified and unconfirmed, Iranian opposition sources are pointing to a potential cyber attack as a possible cause for the fire.

Again, local authorities say it's the result of an accident, and though yes the occasional oil refinery blaze does happen, it's the fact that it comes after months of unprecedented Saudi-Iran (and allies) tit-for-tat targeting of tankers and energy resources that should raise some eyebrows.

The blaze is currently subject of intense speculation online after early reports cited an initial "explosion" at the facility.

Interestingly, the Abadan refinery has been subject of major foreign investment, with a Chinese firm Sinopec signing a $1.2 billion deal with Iran's oil ministry for a major modernization project at the facility in 2016.

And earlier this year it was announced that "China's Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation has invested €2 billion in development projects in the refinery since 2017," as initially cited by IRNA.

However, with new US sanctions now targeting major Chinese shipping firms and entities caught importing Iranian oil, Beijing has begun pulling out of major oil and gas infrastructure projects inside Iran.

The fire is currently said to be under control, per state sources, but a definitive cause is as yet still unclear.
Posted by: Frank G || 10/21/2019 14:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [362 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1 
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/21/2019 14:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Those qat addled Houthis again !

Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/21/2019 14:39 Comments || Top||

#3  "Penalty... Offense... Illegal Forward Motion... 5 yards..."
Posted by: Raj || 10/21/2019 14:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Can't stop watching that and I'm not even on qat ATM.
Posted by: jpal || 10/21/2019 15:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Did that round really exit backwards? He was holding it backwards?
And are those really lens caps on those binoculars, or maybe some heavy filter?
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 10/21/2019 15:18 Comments || Top||

#6  On second eval it's staged stunt. Nicely caught in frame kudos to the creators.
Posted by: jpal || 10/21/2019 15:40 Comments || Top||

#7  As long as it doesn't involve us, let 'em fight. Stay out of it. We have absolutely nothing to gain.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/21/2019 16:04 Comments || Top||

#8  Iran used to import nearly half the gasoline consumed because they couldn't maintain the refineries after the islamic takeover.

Looks like the Chinese refinery investment and increased domestic production both get wiped out. Bad luck for bad people.
Posted by: Vespasian Angomoting1359 || 10/21/2019 20:36 Comments || Top||

#9  #2 Dron, training the indigenous forces isn't always what it's cracked up to be.
Posted by: Cesare || 10/21/2019 22:12 Comments || Top||


Kurdish forces evacuate besieged Sari Kani
[Rudaw] Kurdish forces evacuated the embattled border town of Sari Kani on Sunday, according to Rudaw’s news hound in northeast Syria.

Sari Kani, which faced a fierce Ottoman Turkish offensive for 11 days, was included in a US-The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
ceasefire agreement that stipulated the Kurdish group the People’s Protection Units (YPG) withdraw from the town.

The fighting was traumatic for residents.

"Turkey came, brought ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
on our heads, and kicked us Kurds out," a Kurdish civilian from Sari Kani who declined to give his name told Rudaw, using the Arabic name for 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....
(ISIS). The civilian is now heading to the safer city of Hasakah.

The Kurdistan Red Islamic Thingy started evacuating civilians on Saturday and concluded the evacuation today when Kurdish forces left the town.

The entry came after accusations by Kurdish forces that Turkey had blocked a withdrawal path for the evacuation.

Rudaw’s news hound on the ground confirmed that there was a withdrawal of Kurdish forces and the town is empty of their presence.

A thirty-year old local source based in Tel Tamr to the south of Sari Kani confirmed that a number of vehicles and ambulances did withdraw from Sari Kani, numbering up to 30.

The first three ambulances which contained injured fighters sped off towards Hasakah where there is a major hospital the source, who declined to give his name, told Rudaw.

The other vehicles withdrew at a normal pace to Tel Tamr, carrying "light arms", and are currently based in Tel Tamr, according to the source.

This evacuation led by the Kurdistan Red Islamic Thingy concludes the presence of Kurdish forces and civilians in the area.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesperson Kino Gabriel confirmed on Sunday that all their forces left Sari Kani. The YPG leads the multi-ethnic SDF.

On Saturday, after a day of being denied entry on the day prior, the Kurdish Red Islamic Thingy was able to make into Sari Kani to evacuate injured civilians. Tens of injured people were evacuated, but some were not reachable, according to the Kurdish group.

The evacuation had to be done as Turkey's President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
has threatened to restart operations following the ceasefire n if there is no withdrawal by the Kurdish forces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


US troops leave Raqqa, bolster presence in Iraq
[Rudaw] A day after US. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced the transfer of US troops stationed in Syria to Iraq, a large number of US troops left Raqqa towards Hasaka province, making preparations for a final withdrawal from the war-ravaged country.

Rudaw's Vivyan Fatah and Halkawt Aziz in Tal Tamr reported that they saw more than 70 American military vehicles and Humvees withdraw from Sirni military base in Raqqa, headed for Iraq.

Retreating American troops were escorted by helicopters, while 100 truck loaders entered Syria's Qamishli from Iraq in an apparent move to transfer heavy US weaponry, according to the Rudaw news hounds.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reached a deal with the Assad regime in Damascus for national forces to deploy to the border areas, apart Sari Kani (Ras al-Ain) and Gire Spi (Tel Abyad), where festivities were ongoing. The United States then brokered a ceasefire between The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
and the SDF that gives the SDF five days to pull out of Sari Kani and Gire Spi, hand over their heavy weapons, and move southward some 32 kilometres to the M4 highway, after which Turkey would commit to a full ceasefire. The precise details of the agreement are disputed.

Esper said on Saturday that their troops are going to western Iraq to continue the campaign against 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....
bully boyz and "to help defend Iraq."

"The U.S. withdrawal continues apace from northeastern Syria... we’re talking weeks, not days," Esper told news hounds.

"The current game plan is for those forces to re-position into western Iraq," Esper said, adding that they would number about 1,000.

A senior US defense official has noted that that the situation was still fluid and things could change.

"That is the current game plan, things can change between now and whenever we complete the withdrawal but that is the game plan right now," the bigwig added, according to Rooters.

The additional US troops would add to the more than 5,000 American troops already based in the country, training Iraqi forces and helping to ensure ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
bully boyz do not regroup.

Esper said despite their withdrawal from Syria, they were still in contact with Kurdish forces and they appeared to continue to defend the prisons in areas they still controlled.
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Syrian Army sends large number of reinforcements to northeast Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) sent a large number of reinforcements to the northeastern region of Syria on Sunday amid reports about a new Ottoman Turkish attack in this part of the country.

According to a military source in the al-Hasakah Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army sent several reinforcements to the Tal Tamr, Kobane, ’Ayn ’Issa, and al-Tabaqa fronts in order to fortify their positions and prevent any future advances by the Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces and their murderous Moslem allies.

The source added that the Syrian Arab Army made the decision to send reinforcements to these fronts following an attack by the Ottoman Turkish-backed holy warriors on the town of al-Ahras near the Tal Tamr District.

The Syrian Army was able to repel the murderous Moslem attack on al-Ahras; however, the military fears these Ottoman Turkish-backed forces may try to attack other areas in a bid to land grab in northern Syria.

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Syrian military begins recovery of oil and gas fields in Raqqa
[ALMASDARNEWS] Recovery works at oil and gas fields in the Syrian province of Raqqa, as well as in the "triangle" between the freed provinces of Raqqah, Hama and Homs, have begun, the head of the al-Saura field management Ali Ibrahim said.

According to Ibrahim, all oil wells and the entire infrastructure at the treatment plants of the fields were completely destroyed, while the pipelines were partially destroyed.

"The restoration of the fields will require a lot of work and the involvement of large companies," the manager added.

Ibrahim stressed that the destruction was caused by the American coalition’s Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s, which bombed territories under the control of the ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
* terrorist group and fired rockets at each well.

Nearly 6,000 barrels of oil were extracted daily at the al-Saura field before the war in Syria, which has been going on since 2011.

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Thousands take to Lebanon’s streets in third day of protest
[DAWN] Tens of thousands erupted into the streets of Leb on Saturday for a third day of anti-government protests, directing growing rage at a political elite they blame for entrenched cronyism and driving the country to the economic brink.

In central Beirut, the mood was fiery
...a single two-syllable word carrying connotations of both incoherence and viciousness. A fiery delivery implies an audience of rubes and yokels, preferably forming up into a mob...
and festive, with protesters of all ages waving flags and chanting for revolution outside upmarket retailers and banks that had their store fronts smashed in by rioters the night before.

The latest unrest was sparked by anger over the rising cost of living and new tax plans, including a fee on WhatsApp calls, which was quickly retrac­ted after protests ‐ the big­­­­gest in decades ‐ broke out.

In an attempt to appease demonstrators, Leb’s finance minister annou­nced following a meeting with Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri that they had agreed on a final budget that did not include any additional taxes or fees.

The protests followed a build-up in grievances over perceived government corruption, mismanagement of funds and a failure to address high unemployment.

No leader, Christian or Moslem, was spared protesters’ ire, creating a rare unity in a country riven by sectarianism.

At night, patriotic songs blared from loudspeakers in Beirut and fireworks went kaboom! over a sea of people dancing and singing, holding banners reading "unite against corrupt politicians".

Prime minister Hariri gave his government partners a 72-hour deadline on Friday to agree on reforms that could ward off economic crisis, hinting he may otherwise resign.

In a televised speech addressing the protests on Saturday, Hezbollah lead­­er Sayyed Hassan Nasr­allah said the group was against the government resigning, and the country did not have enough time for such a move given the acute financial crisis.

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