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Nigerian Shia group says 42 killed when security forces fired upon protests
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Afghanistan
9 Taliban militants killed in AAF airstrikes in Nangarhar province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least nine anti-government armed bandidos Lions of Islam were killed during the Arclight airstrikes conducted by the Afghan Air Force in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said Tuesday that the airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Khogyani district.

The statement further added the bandidos Lions of Islam belonged to the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group and a number of weapons and munitions were also destroyed during the same airstrikes.

According to 201st Silab Corps, two PKM machine guns, two rocket launchers, five Ak-47s, and some munitions were among the weapons destroyed in the airstrikes.

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5 key Taliban leaders arrive in Qatar amid ongoing efforts for peace talks revival
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A group of five key Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group leaders, who were released for a captive U.S. soldier in 2015, have reportedly joined the Taliban politicians in Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
as efforts are underway for the revival of Afghan peace talks.

A Taliban front man Zabiullah Mujahid has confirmed to News Agency that Dare Not be Named that a group of five Taliban leaders have arrived in Qatar and joined the Taliban politicianship in their office in Qatar.

Mujahid has also confirmed that the five Taliban leaders have previously served in Guantanamo detention facility.

In the meantime, reports indicate that the Taliban leaders have joined the politicianship of the group in Qatar with an aim to participate in peace talks.

The five key Taliban leaders who have recently travelled to Qatar, include Mullah Noorullah Noori, Mullah Khairullah Khairzada, Mullah Abdul Haq Wasiq, and Mawlavi Mohammad Nabi Omari.

This comes as the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad had met with the Taliban politicians in Qatar three weeks ago.

The Taliban front man Zabiullah Mujahid had also confirmed the meeting and had said that the two sides have agreed to continue negotiations in a bid to find a solution for the existing issues.

Posted by: Fred || 11/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Seven Killed in Suicide Attack near Kabul Prison
[An Nahar] A jacket wallah targeting a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan's biggest prison killed at least seven people on Wednesday, officials said, in the latest Lion of Islam attack in the war-torn country.

Another five were maimed in the blast near the facility in Kabul, which police front man Basir Mujahid said had hit a vehicle that staff of Pul-e-Charkhi prison were travelling in.

The attacker was on foot, interior ministry front man Najib Danish said. He struck as the bus was entering the jail in the east of the Afghan capital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the kaboom, but the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group (IS) has claimed most suicide kabooms in Kabul in recent months.

The attack comes days after a suicide bomber went kaboom! near the entrance of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission in Kabul, killing at least one person and wounding six.

A wave of election-related violence has killed or maimed hundreds across the country in recent months as the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and IS step up attacks on Afghan cops and government workers.

Afghanistan's long-delayed parliamentary election, which was held over three days this month, was marred by chaos and deadly attacks.

Two days before voting began on October 20, a Taliban-claimed shooting killed a powerful police chief in the southern province of Kandahar.

Posted by: Fred || 11/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


25 killed in Afghan army helicopter crash: Officials
[Al Ahram] An Afghan army helicopter carrying 25 people crashed in western Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing all those on board, officials said.

The aircraft crashed due to "bad weather" in Anar Dara district, which borders Iran, Farah provincial governor front man Nasir Mehri said.

The Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
claimed its snuffies brought it down.

Both pilots and 23 passengers were killed.

Among the dead were the deputy army corps commander for western Afghanistan and the head of the Farah provincial council, Mehri said.

Provincial council member Dadullah Qaneh said the helicopter hit a mountain peak in poor weather en route to neighbouring Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province.

Senior government and military officials often travel by helicopter in regions where the Taliban has a large presence.

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Africa Horn
Warplanes Carry Out An Airstrike In Southern Somalia
[RADIOSHABELLE] Unidentified warplanes were reported to have bombed suspected al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
targets in Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia on Wednesday.

Local residents who spoke to Radio Shabelle station in Mogadishu over the phone said the fighter jets fired several missiles at semi-forest locations thought to be al-Shabaab bases.

There have been no reports of casualties on al-Shabaab holy warriors in the bombarded areas between Lanta-buur and Arbiska towns in Lower Shabelle region, south of Somalia.

It’s yet unclear which country belongs to the warplanes targeted al-Shabaab, however, the US and Kenyan air forces have been conducting such air strikes in the country in the past years.

Posted by: Fred || 11/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Somali, AU Troops Clash With Al-Shabab Fighters Near Qoryoley
[RADIOSHABELLE] Somali national army [SNA] backed by African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
forces engaged in a heavy shootout with al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
Lions of Islam on the outskirts of Qoryoley district in Lower Shabelle region.

The battle broke out after heavily armed al-Shabaab fighters staged an assault against military bases belonging to the allied troops in several villages outside the town.

The fighting which raged on for several minutes has inflicted casualties on both warring sides, but, the loss has not yet been established.

The al-Qaeda-linked Lion of Islam group al-Shabaab has intensified attacks targeting Somali and AMISOM military camps in the southern region, near the capital Mogadishu in the past.

Posted by: Fred || 11/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa Subsaharan
Nigerian Shia group says 42 killed when security forces fired upon protests
[Al Ahram] The movement of a locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
Nigerian Shia holy man whose followers have repeatedly been targeted by the authorities said on Wednesday security forces had killed 42 of its members during two days of violent crackdowns on protests in the capital Abuja.

Security forces opened fire with live ammunition on members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) who had marched in their hundreds to demand the release of their leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
since 2015 when the army killed hundreds of his followers at his compound and a nearby mosque and burial ground.

The IMN raised its corpse count on Wednesday from the two previous days' violence to 42 from an earlier figure of 25. The toll included seven people who died of injuries received on Tuesday and 35 killed the previous day, said Ibrahim Musa, an IMN front man.

On Monday, the army opened fire on the marchers on the outskirts of Abuja. On Tuesday, the police shot at the protesters in the city centre, issuing a statement later that day saying 400 IMN members were detained. The statement did not mention any deaths.

Police and army spokesmen did not respond to phone calls seeking comment on the updated corpse count. The army has said that three IMN members were killed on Monday.

Zakzaky was charged in April this year with murder over the 2015 violence, after being held for more than two years. Authorities ignored a court ruling during the period before he was charged that he be released, sparking protests from his followers.

IMN protests have frequently been met with force. In April, police fired bullets and tear gas during days of protests by IMN, wounding at least four protesters.

President Muhammadu has in the past accused the Shia of creating "a state within a state", though he said at the time that civilian deaths could not be justified. Since then, however, the government has remained largely silent on accusations it has used excessive force against the group.

Around half of Nigeria's 190 million people are Moslems. Although virtually all of them are Sunnis, Zakzaky has attracted an estimated 3 million followers as a preacher of Shia Islam since being drawn to that sect by the 1979 revolution in Iran.

The repression of IMN and detention of its leader have drawn criticism from international human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
watchdogs and raised concern that the group could become radicalised, just as the Sunni Moslem bad boy group Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
turned into a violent insurgency in 2009 after police potted its leader.

Posted by: Fred || 11/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6631 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Iran)


Arabia
Arab coalition air raid on Houthi camp in Hodeidah kills 150 militants
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] At least 150 Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
murderous Moslems were killed and hundreds injured by air strikes launched by the Arab coalition on the militias’ training camp in the district of Marawha of Hodeidah.

The media center of the Yemeni army’s Giant Brigades quoted field sources as saying that the coalition aircraft launched several heavy air raids on a training camp for the Houthi militias, and that the Iran-backed murderous Moslems imposed a security cordon around the camp and prevented any approach. Houthi vehicles were seen transporting the dead and maimed outside the city after the strikes.

The hospitals in Hodeidah were packed with the bodies of hundreds of dead and maimed from Houthi button men, and Houthi security supervisors were directed to stop receiving patients and assigned hospitals to receive the bodies of the dead and maimed from their militias who were killed by the raids.

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#1 
Nice. Very nice. Hopefully the story is accurate.
Posted by: Herman Ebbase1346 || 11/01/2018 21:57 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia Probes Terror after Teen Suicide Attack on Security Service
[An Nahar] Russia launched a terrorism probe Wednesday after a 17-year-old student went kaboom! at the regional headquarters of the FSB security agency, wounding three employees.

Several minutes before the suicide kaboom in the northern city of Arkhangelsk, a post on an anarchist forum warned of an imminent kaboom.

Investigators said they were checking whether the suspected bomber was a member of any banned
...the word banned seems to have a different meaning in Pakistain than it does in most other places. Or maybe it simply lacks any meaning at all...
organization
s and talk to his friends and relatives to "find out the motives for the crime."

An bomb detonated in the FSB building shortly before 9:00 am (0600 GMT), authorities said.

Investigators identified the bomber as a 17-year-old local resident.

An official, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, named the jacket wallah as Mikhail Zhlobitsky, a student at a local technical college.

Investigators probing the attack released a photo of the suspect -- a skinny young man with a backpack -- inside the FSB building.

Authorities cordoned off streets around the building for several hours, with police and experts combing the area for clues.
The Times of Israel adds:
A man set off a bomb at the entrance of the local branch of Russia’s main intelligence agency in a northern city Wednesday, injuring three security officials and killing himself, authorities said.

The man entered the local branch of the FSB intelligence agency in Akhangelsk and removed the improvised bomb from a bag, causing it to detonate, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said.

The kaboom killed the man and injured three FSB officers. It was not immediately clear if the man had meant to just leave the bomb or had also intended to die.
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India-Pakistan
Teenage boy killed in AJK due to cross-LoC shelling by Indian troops
[DAWN] A teenage boy lost his life in Leepa valley of Azad Jammu and Kashmire (AJK) after Indian troops resorted to heavy shelling on Wednesday, a day after less intense firing by them in Neelum Valley, officials said.

Eighteen-year-old Haroon fell victim to the Indian shelling in Bijildhar village of Leepa Valley, located nearly 100 kilometres southeast of Muzaffarabad.

Imran Shaheen, the deputy commissioner of Hattian Bala, of which Leepa Valley is an administrative unit, told Dawn that the shelling began at about 4pm and was continued into the evening.

"Due to darkness and poor telecommunication links with the mountainous area we are unable to immediately ascertain complete information of losses," he said.

"Once the shelling stops or at least subsides, we may receive exact detail of losses," he added.

Shaukat Javed Mir, a PPP leader belonging to Leepa Valley, told Dawn that the shelling was intense and caused panic in the area.

"Those who have bunkers or trenches within or alongside their houses have taken shelter there due to which we are unable to establish contact with anyone there," he said.

According to Mir, there had also been shelling for more than an hour in the morning, "but from post to post" on opposite sides.

Since a similar exchange of fire between the rival troops had also taken place on the night of October 26, the civilian population was caught off guard when Indian troops started pounding the area with mortar shells in the afternoon, he said.

The last civilian casualty in Leepa Valley was reported on February 21, when a teenaged boy was critically injured in Indian shelling.

Posted by: Fred || 11/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Eighteen-year-old Mujahidin Haroon
Posted by: Frank G || 11/01/2018 8:57 Comments || Top||


Pakistan spares Christian woman from death sentence over blasphemy charges
Sometimes the innocent are succored despite the efforts of the evil ones.
[NYPOST] Pakistain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday freed a Christian woman from a death sentence for blasphemy against Islam and overturned her conviction, sparking angry protests and death threats from an ultra-religious party and cheers from human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
advocates.

Asia Bibi, a mother of four, had been living on death row since 2010, when she became the first woman to be sentenced to death by hanging under Pakistain’s draconian blasphemy laws, which critics say are too harsh and often misused.

She was condemned for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbors objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Moslem.

Bibi has always denied blasphemy.

The case outraged Christians worldwide and has been a source of division within Pakistain, where two politicians who sought to help Bibi were assassinated.

Chief Justice Saqib Nasir, who headed a special three-person bench set up for the appeal, cited the Koran in his ruling, writing that "Tolerance is the basic principle of Islam" and noting the religion condemns injustice and oppression.

DEATH THREATS
Supporters of Islamist political party Tehrik-e-Labaik (TLP), which was founded to support blasphemy laws, immediately condemned the ruling and blocked roads in major cities, pelting police with stones in the eastern city of Lahore.

The TLP’s leadership called for the death of Nasif, the chief justice, and two other judges on the panel.

"The patron in chief of TLP, Muhammad Afzal Qadri, has issued the edict that says the chief justice and all those who ordered the release of Asia deserve death," said party front man Ejaz Ashrafi.

The party also called for the ouster of the government of new Prime Minister Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
The TLP was founded out of a movement supporting a bodyguard who assassinated Lahore provincial governor Salman Taseer for advocating for Bibi in 2011. Federal minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhatti was also killed after calling for her release.

Bibi’s lawyer on Wednesday called the court ruling "great news" for Pakistain.

"Asia Bibi has finally been served justice," lawyer Saiful Mulook told Rooters. "Pakistain’s Supreme Court must be appreciated that it upheld the law of the land and didn’t succumb to any pressure."

Street protests and blockades of major roads were spreading by mid-afternoon, paralyzing parts of Islamabad, Lahore and other cities. Some schools in Islamabad sent students home early and long lines of cars formed at fuel stations as residents worried about prolonged protests.

Posted by: Fred || 11/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  An answer to our prayers to save an innocent mother!
Posted by: boomerc || 11/01/2018 5:36 Comments || Top||

#2  She will be ostracized nonetheless. Maybe even killed outright. I understand the accuser wasn't even at the "scene". She and her family will have to find another country to live in.
Posted by: gorb || 11/01/2018 14:05 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Two Islamic State leaders killed in artillery shelling on Iraqi-Syrian border
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Two Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
leaders were killed Wednesday in an artillery shelling by the Popular Mobilization Forces on the Syrian city of al-Baghuz on the border with Iraq.

"Artillery shells were fired against three hotbeds of Islamic State near the Syrian city of al-Baghuz, leaving two Islamic State leaders dead," Alghad Press website quoted deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces as saying in a statement.

"The pair, codenamed as Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
and Abu Laith, were standing behind the recent attacks against the Syrian Democratic Forces stationed on the Iraqi-Syrian border," added the statement.

On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi stressed the need for tightening security along the border with neighboring Syria to eradicate terrorist groups scattered there.
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Iraqi security kill 4 suicide bombers who planned to target Shi’ite visitors
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi authorities announced on Wednesday killing four jacket wallahs, who planned to target Shi’ite visitors during the religious ritual of Arbaeen.

In a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Ayn Al Iraq website, the Baghdad Operations Command said that its security forces "launched preemptive security operations to foil any possible terrorist attacks against Shi’ite visitors."

"The operations resulted in killing four suicide bombers in al-Radwania and al-Tarmia districts in Baghdad and arresting tens of terrorists, who were plotting to target the visitors," the command said, adding that the security plan adopted to secure Arbaeen rituals this year was "successful".

Arbaeen marks the end of a 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual that commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein in 680.

Shi’ites are considered apostates by hardline Sunni Islamist holy warriors.
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Diyala dead dudes: 3 innocents kaboomed, 3 turbans permanently unwound


Three Iraqis wounded as two bomb blasts rock Diyala

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) – Three Iraqi people, including a policeman, were wounded Wednesday in two separate bomb attacks in northeastern Diyala, a security source from the province was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Baghdad Today website, the source said that two civilians were wounded when a bomb exploded on an agricultural road on the outskirts of Jalawla, 70 km northeast of Baqubah.

“Another bomb attack targeted a police patrol near Khanaqin city, 100 km northeast of Baqubah, leaving a policeman injured,” the source further said.

He added that the injured were moved to hospital for treatment and security forces launched a probe into the two attacks.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.

Three IS militants, including senior leader, killed in Iraq’s Diyala

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) – Three Islamic State militants, including a senior leader, were killed Wednesday during a security operation in northeastern Diyala.

“Security forces launched a security operation, under the directives of Diyala Police Chief Maj. Gen. Faisal al-Abadi, to pursue Islamic State cells near Qarah Tabbah district in northeastern Diyala,” Mawazin News quoted Spokesman for Diyala Police Colonel Ghalib al Attiya as saying.

The spokesman noted that the operation “resulted in killing three Islamic State militants, including a senior leader.”
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF fires warning shot at Gazan launching incendiary balloons at Israel
[IsraelTimes] An Israeli military drone fired at a group of Paleostinians launching airborne arson devices at Israel from the southern Gazoo Strip on Wednesday, Paleostinian media reported.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that one of its aircraft shot at "a terrorist spotted releasing incendiary balloons" toward Israeli territory.

No Paleostinians were maimed in the strike, east of Bureij in southern Gazoo, according to the Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®,-linked Shehab news outlet.

The past week has seen a significant decrease in the number of arson attacks from the Gazoo Strip. The tactic, which had seen near-daily use since late March, all but halted entirely from last Thursday to Tuesday.

Israeli firefighters were called to extinguish two blazes in southern Israel on Tuesday that were believed to have been sparked by airborne incendiary devices from the Strip.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  warning shot a waste of time

change the ROEs
Posted by: lord garth || 11/01/2018 0:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Is "warning headshot" a thing?
Posted by: SteveS || 11/01/2018 0:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Their warning should be an entire battery of 155's dropping WP on their head, just so the spotters can be sure of where the rounds impacted.

It also provides a lovely lesson on playing with fire.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 11/01/2018 6:45 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
U.S.-Backed Syria Force Suspends Anti-IS Attacks after Turkey Hits
[An Nahar] A Kurdish-led force backed by a U.S.-led coalition said Wednesday it was suspending operations against the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group after The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor....
shelled Kurdish militia posts in northern Syria.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, joint Arab-Kurdish units led by the Kurds, announced a "temporary halt" to their operation, launched in eastern Syria on September 10, and condemned Turkey's "provocations."

On Wednesday, Ottoman Turkish shelling of Kurdish positions in the Kobane sector of northern Syria killed four fighters, according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency.

The SDF condemned what it called the "coordination" of Turkey's attacks with a fightback by jihadists and warned of "a prolonged halt to our military operation" against IS if Ankara keeps up its strikes.

Hundreds of Kurdish civilians, carrying party flags, demonstrated in the streets of the northeastern city of Qamishli to denounce the Ottoman Turkish attacks.

Backed by coalition air strikes, the SDF aims to expel IS from a holdout on the Iraqi border, but the jihadists staged a vicious fightback last week under the cover of a sand storm, forcing a retreat.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the IS counter-attack killed at least 72 fighters from the SDF, which is dominated by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

The monitoring group said hundreds of Kurdish fighters, men and women, had since been deployed on the outskirts of the IS holdout of Hajin.

On Tuesday, two days after another round of shelling of Kurdish posts in northern Syria, Turkey's President 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...
said his country had completed preparations for a new operation to "destroy" the YPG militia, which Ankara has branded a terrorist group.

The YPG has worked closely with the United States in the fight against IS jihadists in Syria, straining ties between Washington and Ankara.

US-backed forces claim Turkish military vehicle destroyed in retaliatory attack

[AlMasdar] (3:45 P.M.) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Wednesday afternoon that their troops had destroyed a Turkish military vehicle in a retaliatory attack in northern Syria.

“While our forces are leading a fierce struggle against the ISIS terrorist organization, the invader Turkish army targeted our positions along the border, violating all military engagement rules,” the SDF statement began.

“We, as the Syrian Democratic Forces, emphasize that we have the right to retaliate against any attack on our lands and, if necessary, we will not refrain from exercising this right,” they continued.

“In this context, on October 31st, the invader Turkish army violated our borders, shelling the civilian population of Selim village in the Kobane region. In accordance with the rules of military engagement, our forces carried out an action. As a result, a Turkish military vehicle was destroyed,” they added.

The SDF has released an image that they claim is the destruction of the Turkish military vehicle.

The Turkish Ministry of Defense has yet to respond to these claims from the Syrian Democratic Forces.
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