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NJ man charged with scouting landmarks for Hezbollah, trying to kill Israeli spy
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Special Forces kill, detain 26 Taliban militants in Ghazni and Farah provinces
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces killed or detained at least 26 Talibs during the operations in Ghazni and Farah provinces.

The military officials said Thursday that the Special Forces killed 24 Talibs during an operation in Anar Darah district of Farah.

The officials further added that the Special Forces also destroyed a cache of weapons during the raid.

Furthermore, the Special Forces arrested a Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
murderous Moslem during a patrol in Deh Yak district of Ghazni.

The Special Forces also arrested a Taliban murderous Moslem during a separate operation in Andar district of Ghazni, the officials said, adding that the Special Forces destroyed a weapons cache as well.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/20/2019 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Special Forces kill, detain 7 Taliban militants; destroy weapons cache in Logar
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces killed at least 4 Talibs during an operation in central Pashtun-infested Logar province.

The military officials said Thursday that the Special Forces conducted the operation in Baraki Barak district.

The officials further added that the Special Forces also arrested 3 Talibs during the operation.

Furthermore, the Special Forces destroyed a cache of weapon of Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
during the raid, the officials added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/20/2019 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Detained Taliban militant admits young fighters of the group face sexual abuse
Bacha bazi, the Afghan dancing boy prostitutes, is an ancient tradition in s3xually segregated Afghanistan.
[KhaamaPress] A young member of the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
group has admitted that the young fighters of Taliban face sexual abuse in the hands of the elder of Taliban fighters.

The Taliban fighter made the confession after being arrested with two other Talibs during an operation in Mullah Yaqoob Village of Sarozi district of Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
, according to a Sada-e Azadi report.

The detained teenage murderous Moslem has also confessed that they were also cooperating with Talibs in planting improvised bombs, spying and providing logistics support to the group.

Reacting to the report, the 209th Shaheen Corps said in a statement that the recruitment of young men and subjecting them to sexual abuse by Talibs is not a new practice.

The statement further added that the Talibs recruit young men into their ranks by taking advantage of the ignorance of the young men or coercing them.

Furthermore, the 209th Shaheen Corps said thousands of documents exist which confirm that the Talibs recruit, sexually abuse and coerce young men to conduct terrorist related activities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/20/2019 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Talib means "bitch" in Pashto.
Posted by: Glotle Anginelet8973 || 09/20/2019 1:57 Comments || Top||

#2  "Allan wills you to be a masturbatory aid for the mujaheddin."
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/20/2019 4:20 Comments || Top||

#3  "I need... you to feel this..."
Posted by: Raj || 09/20/2019 11:26 Comments || Top||

U.S. drone strike kills 30 pine nut farm workers in Afghanistan
JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State (IS) hideout in Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day’s labor in the fields, officials said on Thursday.
Uh huh. Their weapons were a few feet away so they were "Civilians", huh, Herb?
The attack on Wednesday night also injured 40 people after accidentally targeting farmers and laborers who had just finished collecting pine nuts at mountainous Wazir Tangi in eastern Nangarhar province, three Afghan officials told Reuters.
“Hey, Abdulullah, I heard that if you tell the Americans they killed civilians, they’ll pay good money to apologize.”
“Ya know what, Omarullah, I heard the same thing. Let’s tell them they killed 13 civilians including three wimmin and a goat — we’ll be rich!”
“I have a better idea, Abdulullah: we’ll tell them it was thirty, including seventeen helpless wimmin, five kiddies, and 3 goats — we’ll be even richer!”

"The workers had lit a bonfire and were sitting together when a drone targeted them," tribal elder Malik Rahat Gul told Reuters by telephone from Wazir Tangi.
Any gathering of men is automatically assumed as a terrorist camp and is eligible for targeting. It's how they keep bombing wedding parties.
Haidar Khan, who owns the pine nut fields, said about 150 workers were there for harvesting, with some still missing as well as the confirmed dead and injured.

A survivor of the drone strike said about 200 laborers were sleeping in five tents pitched near the farm when the attack happened.

"Such mistakes cannot be justified. American forces must realize (they) will never win the war by killing innocent civilians," said Javed Mansur, a resident of Jalalabad city.
An ignorant, uneducated man, but he speaks the truth.
Scores of local men joined a protest against the attack on Thursday morning as they helped carry the victims’ bodies to Jalalabad city and then to the burial site.
We just created hundreds of new recruits for the jihadis.
They can’t afford to go a-jihading. They have families to support. Jihad is a young man’s game, if one aims to be a jacket wallah or cannon fodder, or one must be a trained professional with useful skills able to work one’s way up to a #2, #3, or #4.
The Afghan view of events:

“15 Killed, Six Wounded” in US Airstrike In Nangarhar

[ToloNews] Officials from the provincial police claimed on Thursday that "15 people were killed and six maimed" by a "dronezap" in the Khoghyani 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 in early morning.

Members of the Provincial Council said the number was 35 killed.

The strike took place in the Wazir Tangi area of the district, police officials said, "while farmers were harvesting peanuts."

A front man for USFOR-A (US forces in Afghanistan) Colonel Sonny Leggett, stated that US forces conducted a precision strike against ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
holy warriors in Nangarhar early Thursday morning.

"We are fighting in a complex environment against those who intentionally kill and hide behind civilians, as well as use dishonest claims of non-combatant casualties as propaganda weapons," Leggett said.

"We are aware of allegations of the death of non-combatants and are working with local officials to determine the facts to ensure this is not a ploy to deflect attention from the civilians murdered by the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
at a hospital in Zabul earlier today," he added.

This comes while at least 20 people have been killed and over 100 maimed in a Taliban vehicle bomb close to a government hospital and National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) office in Qalat, capital of Zabul province on Thursday, local officials confirmed.

The Taliban claimed they were targeting the NDS, but local officials said that the government hospital has been destroyed and no NDS employees were hurt.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336086 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  I recall a lot of German and Japanese civilians (and French) died in air attacks circa 1943-5. Both the Germans and Japanese have been rather shy of war since then. Just saying.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/20/2019 8:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Of course, Herb posted this bullshit
Posted by: Frank G || 09/20/2019 8:54 Comments || Top||

#3  One does wonder how the war casualty numbers compare to normal Afghan-on-Afghan violence. These are a people known for shooting up everyone in the vicinity because someone looked at them the wrong way, after all. Not to mention tribal warfare; multi-generational feuds; kidnapping raids; warlords enforcing their lordship; gangsters justifying their targets paying for protection; takfiris enforcing religious compliance on the Hazeras, Buddhists (not that there are many of the latter left, poor things), and insufficiently pious Muslim neighbours; and various jihadi groups, mostly foreign, fighting against the local authorities and everyone else.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/20/2019 11:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Assuming there really were innocent civilians killed in a US drone strike, that would be a tragedy but it has happened before.

Compare Operation Freedom's Sentinel with previous conflicts, even with Operation Enduring Freedom. We have become better at reducing collateral damage but we are not close to reaching zero. No honest person should expect that we will reach it soon.

Interestingly, even some of the terrorist groups have been trying to reduce collateral damage (e.g., Hezbollah, AlQ) because of the bad feelings in the general population after such damage. On the other hand, Syrian Assad forces and ISIS don't seem worried about this.
Posted by: lord garth || 09/20/2019 11:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Pine nuts? Oh, dear - what am I gonna do to make my pesto now?
Posted by: Raj || 09/20/2019 11:34 Comments || Top||

#6  "It's Rooters, Jim."
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 09/20/2019 11:48 Comments || Top||

#7  I don't think Ashraf Ghani cares a damn, why should you ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/20/2019 12:36 Comments || Top||

#8  The intel that a number of IS jihadis are using the location came directly from the Afghan NDS.

Maybe someone in the intelligence bureaucracy wants to dissuade locals from growing anything except 'the good stuff'. Who's to say the Af administration didn't engineer the incident ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/20/2019 12:43 Comments || Top||

#9  "We are aware of allegations of the death of non-combatants and are working with local officials to determine the facts to ensure this is not a ploy to deflect attention from the civilians murdered by the Taliban at a hospital in Zabul earlier today," he added.

100% pure Whataboutism. We murdered civilians, so let's point to the enemy doing the same. After all, we are but two sides of the same coin, amirite Mr. Spokesman?
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/20/2019 21:36 Comments || Top||

#10  And how many of those civilian casualties were/are caused by the Taliban?
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 09/20/2019 22:27 Comments || Top||

#11  Most, if not by cowardly hiding among civilians, the masquerading as civilians
Posted by: Frank G || 09/20/2019 22:31 Comments || Top||

#12  From a dope-smoking pinus chilgoza
On Afghan TV, a disclosure:
"By Allah, feels good!
I've got springier wood!
It's halal and it helps your composure!"
Posted by: Anginetle Elmoluter9778 || 09/20/2019 23:01 Comments || Top||

Africa North
One person killed, 12 injured in indiscriminate shelling on mourners in Benghazi
[Libya Observer] One person was killed and at least 12 others, including women and kiddies, were maimed when indiscriminate rocket shells fell on a condolences tent in Bouhdima district of Benghazi.

Local sources said the shells were fired from Majouri district, in memory of one of the so-called Dignity Operation members, killed in the war on 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...
During the last three years, hundreds in Benghazi have been victims of the indiscriminate shooting, due to the deterioration of the security situation and instability in the city.
Posted by: Fred || 09/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Warlord Khalifa Haftar’s UAE-backed drones renew airstrike on Misrata Airforce Academy

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‘There were only a few like Hemwand’: Peshmerga found murdered in the UK
Possibly an ISIS hit, or Turkish...
[Rudaw] A Peshmerga sniper was found dead in the UK on Sunday in an apparent murder.

Hemwand Ali Hussain, 30, was a skilled Kurdish sniper, according to his family and fellow soldiers. He was killed in Hartlepool, a town in the northeast England. British police sent an email to his brother saying that Hamawand is killed, according to his family.

One man was arrested in relation to the murder and the case remains under investigation, according to local media.

Hemwand was born in the Soran district in the Kurdistan Region in 1989. He immigrated to the UK in 2005 and married a British woman.

At the start of the war against 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....
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
) in 2014, he returned to the Kurdistan Region with his wife. He was injured during the offensives of Shingal and Zummar, but fought against ISIS until the end of the war.

Hemwand became a Peshmerga representative with the international anti-ISIS coalition. Peshmerga commanders describe him as a great soldier.

"He was a genius and an active Peshmerga," Brig. Gen. Musa Gardi told Rudaw. "Believe me, there were only a few like Hemwand."

Hemwand is the father of two young boys named Adam and Jalal. His body is still in the UK while the investigation takes place.
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Home Front: WoT
NJ man charged with scouting landmarks for Hezbollah, trying to kill Israeli spy
[IsraelTimes] Alexei Saab allegedly recorded video of US sites including Statue of Liberty, White House and Boston’s Fenway Park as potential terrorism targets in the early 2000s.

A New Jersey man who allegedly photographed or recorded video of landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, the White House and Boston’s Fenway Park as potential terrorism targets in the early to mid-2000s has been charged with terror offenses by authorities who say he was working on behalf of Hezbollah’s Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...

Alexei Saab, 42, of Morristown, was arrested July 9 after being questioned during 11 separate sessions with FBI agents since the spring. Besides terror charges in a nine-count indictment returned Thursday, he was also charged with marriage fraud. A message for comment was left with Saab’s attorney.

During interviews, Saab told agents he took photographs of buildings and locations including Quincy Market and the Prudential Center in Boston and the Capitol Building, Congress and the White House in Washington, D.C., according to a criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court. A video of Fenway Park that authorities say was recovered from one of Saab’s electronic devices was included in the complaint.

Authorities say Saab took surveillance at dozens of locations in New York City, including the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Empire State Building and airports, tunnels and bridges and provided information on those locations to the Islamic Jihad Organization (IJO, distinct from the Paleostinian Islamic Jihad).

Besides surveillance activities in the United States, authorities said he also operated abroad, including trying to murder a man he later understood to be a suspected Israeli spy and gathering intelligence for Hezbollah in Istanbul, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
. The complaint said he pointed a weapon at the individual at close range and pulled the trigger twice, but the firearm did not fire.

Authorities said Saab joined Hezbollah in 1996 and attended training in 1999, where he learned about firearms, including how to handle military assault rifles and grenades. In 2004 and 2005, he was trained in explosives in Leb, they said.

Saab entered the US legally in November 2000 and became a citizen in 2008.

Saab was charged with marriage fraud for allegedly marrying a co-conspirator in 2012 under false pretenses.

"As a member of the Hizballah component that coordinates external terrorist attack planning, Alexei Saab allegedly used his training to scout possible targets throughout the U.S. Even though Saab was a naturalized American citizen, his true allegiance was to Hizballah, the terrorist organization responsible for decades of terrorist attacks that have killed hundreds, including U.S. citizens and military personnel," U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a release. Hizballah is an alternate spelling for Hezbollah.

William F. Sweeney Jr., head of New York’s FBI office, said the charges against Saab highlight "the persistent efforts of a sophisticated international terrorist organization to scout targets at home and abroad, identifying vulnerabilities, and gathering essential details useful for a future attack."

He said what law enforcement authorities can do to prevent terrorism has its limits.

"We cannot do this work alone. I would like to thank the countless private security professionals who protect many of these sites, remind them to remain vigilant in order to make the enemy’s job more difficult, and I would ask the general public to continue to report suspicious activity to law enforcement like you have so many times in the past," Sweeney said.

Charges lodged against Saab include providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, conspiracy, receiving military-type training from a foreign terrorist organization, unlawful procurement of citizenship to facilitate international terrorism and citizenship application fraud. The most serious charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 25 years in prison, though the charges collectively carry potential penalties of over 100 years in prison.
Update from Hot Air at 12:55 p.m. EDT, quoting the Justice Department on the subject:
In 2000, Saab transitioned to membership in Hizballah’s unit responsible for external operations, the IJO, and he then received extensive training in IJO tradecraft, weapons, and military tactics, including how to construct bombs and other explosive devices.

The feds claim that Saab applied for naturalized citizenship in the U.S. in 2005 in order to facilitate his real mission, which was scouting American landmarks for security and structural weaknesses he could transmit back to Hezbollah:

In 2005, Saab applied for naturalized citizenship and falsely affirmed, under penalty of perjury, that he had never been “a member of or in any way associated with . . . a terrorist organization.” In August 2008, Saab became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

While living in the United States, Saab remained an IJO operative, continued to receive military training in Lebanon, and conducted numerous operations for the IJO. For example, Saab surveilled dozens of locations in New York City—including the United Nations headquarters, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Empire State Building, and local airports, tunnels, and bridges—and provided detailed information on these locations, including photographs, to the IJO. In particular, Saab focused on the structural weaknesses of locations he surveilled in order to determine how a future attack could cause the most destruction. Saab’s reporting to the IJO included the materials used to construct a particular target, how close in proximity one could get to a target, and site weaknesses or “soft spots” that the IJO could exploit if it attacked a target in the future. Saab conducted similar intelligence gathering in a variety of American cities.

Update from An Nahar at 3:45 p.m. EDT:
Saab faces nine indictments, including a charge related to supporting a terrorist organization, for which he could face 20 years in prison if convicted.

Saab could face 25 years in prison if convicted of offenses related to the fraudulent marriage charges.

In May, another American of Lebanese origin, Ali Kourani, was found guilty of supporting Hizbullah attacks and collecting information about the security operations of US airports, including John F. Kennedy in New York.

His sentencing is set for later this month.
We may or may not be interested in war with Iran, but Iran has clearly been preparing to fight us on our soil for decades.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/20/2019 00:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336083 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

Germany to reduce troops in Iraq, Syria
[Rudaw] Germany is extending its participation in the international anti-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....
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
) coalition but reducing its number of troops in the Middle East.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under:

Israeli army raids offices of Palestinian prisoners NGO
[IsraelTimes] Israel’s army raided the offices of a prominent Paleostinian NGO early Thursday, its director says, in an operation Amnesia Amnesty International said aimed to "crush peaceful activism."

Israeli soldiers forced their way into the offices of prisoner support group Addameer in the West Bank city of Ramallah at around 2:00 a.m., the organization’s director Sahar Francis says.

No staff were in the office at that time, she adds, but Israeli forces seized thousands of dollars worth of equipment, including five computers.

"They searched the whole office," Francis says.

Addameer works to support Paleostinian prisoners in both Israeli and Paleostinian prisons.

Israeli right-wing activists accuse it of links to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Paleostine, considered a terrorist organization by Israel, the United States and the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union.

The Israeli army did not immediately respond to request for comment on the raid.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/20/2019 09:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under: PFLP

Turkish-backed militants involved in street fight against one another
[ALMASDARNEWS] A new video has emerged today showing two Turkish-backed militant groups trading gunfire inside the city of Afrin in the Aleppo Governorate.

According to the reports from Afrin, Jaysh Al-Islam and Jabhat Al-Shamiyah were involved in a firefight on Thursday after the latter attacked a merchant from the East Ghouta region.

In the short video, one of the militant groups can be seen opening fire while walking down an unknown street in Afrin.
Posted by: Fred || 09/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Syrian air defenses intercept enemy drone over Damascus
[ALMASDARNEWS] A number of explosions were heard in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, prompting many to believe a new Israeli attack was taking place.

According to an Al-Masdar field correspondent, the Syrian air defenses were activated this evening when an ‘enemy’ aircraft was spotted over Damascus city.

The field correspondent said at least one enemy drone was shot down during the exchange over the eastern suburbs of Damascus.

He would add that the downing of the enemy drone occurred in the Aqraba area, which was the site of Israel’s last attack on rural Damascus.
Posted by: Fred || 09/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Syrian Army begins new operation against ISIS near Palmyra
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has begun a new operation against 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....
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
/ISIS/IS/ISIS) forces in the Badiya al-Sham region of the Homs Governorate.

Backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Arab Army reportedly began the operation against ISIS in the Hamimah area east of Palmyra (var. Tadmur).

According to a military source in the area, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies engaged the enemy forces in the Hamimah area; this would result in a number of Islamic State hard boyz killed.

At the same time, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) carried out fresh Arclight airstrike
s over this desert region, hitting several sites belonging to the Islamic State hard boyz in the area.

This location in the Badiya al-Sham region was specifically chosen because of the Islamic State’s recent attacks that killed and maimed several Syrian Arab Army soldiers.

The source said this new Syrian Army operation against the Islamic State will be limited to the Hamimah area, but it could expand if more terrorist pockets are found.

Posted by: Fred || 09/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Saudi jets allegedly bombed Iranian forces in Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] Warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Forces took part in targeting pro-Iranian militia in eastern Syria, a western source told Independent Arabia.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Saudi jet fighters, among others, were spotted bombing facilities and locations of Iranian militia in Albukamal city along the Iraqi borders.

"The aerial bombardment has destroyed repositories, rocket launchers and UAV bases, which Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
think 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...
was going to use to target Saudi targets following the Aramco attacks", the source added.

Earlier, media reports spoke of unidentified drones hovering over Al Bukamal and nearby areas controlled by Iranian forces and its proxies in eastern Syria.

The same source confirmed that the international coalition against ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
is also targeting groups blacklisted as terror organizations such as Quds Force and other active Iranian\Iraqi militia in Syria and elsewhere.

a clean conscience makes a soft pillow...
a senior Saudi official denied all reports about his country’s involvement in launching Arclight airstrike
s against Iranian forces in Syria.

On Wednesday, the Saudi Defence Ministry organized a news conference to show journalists what it describes as an Iranian cruise missile and Delta Wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

"The investigation has shown that the drone’s type is Delta Wing, and the information obtained by the ministry indicates the drone’s technology is Iranian," the department’s front man Col. Turki al-Maliki said.

"The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran," he told a news conference. "We are working to know the exact launch point," the official added.

On Tuesday, a US official cited by AFP has claimed that cruise missiles were used in Saturday’s attacks on Saudi oil facilities, and the attack came from Iran.

New reports of airstrikes on Syrian border city of Albukamal

[ALMASDARNEWS] Several reports released Thursday morning said that the Iranian-backed forces in the city of Albukamal were targeted by unknown drones on Wednesday.

According to the reports, the drones were flying low over Albukamal around 8 P.M. (local time), when they began bombing the forces inside the city.

Some claims allege it was the U.S. Armed Forces that carried out the strikes over Albukamal. In particular, the claims said U.S. drones flying out of the Tanf Base in southeastern Homs were behind this attack.

No casualties have been reported.

This latest attack marked the second time in the last 48 hours that there have been reports of Arclight airstrike
s over the city of Albukamal in the Deir Ezzor Governorate.

Albukamal is a city located along the Syrian-Iraqi border; it has been under the control of the Syrian Armed Forces since their successful rural Deir Ezzor offensive in 2017.

Once Albukamal and al-Mayadeen were captured, the Iranian military began moving their bases to these cities, which was in compliance with a request from the Russian Armed Forces to move operations from Daraa.
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Kurdish forces kill 3 Turkish-backed militants as clashes intensify in northern Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] At least three Ottoman Turkish-backed holy warriors were killed by the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this evening.

According to reports from Aleppo, the YPG attacked the Ottoman Turkish-backed National Army near Azaz city; this resulted in a number of casualties for the latter.

The reports said that the YPG managed to kill at least three members of the Ottoman Turkish-backed National Army, while wounding a couple more during the festivities.

These latest festivities in northern Aleppo mark the sixth time in the last ten days that firefights have been reported between the YPG and the Ottoman Turkish-backed murderous Moslems.
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