Devs May 15 >Yarmouk; SAA facing heavy IS resistance on 30th st axis, IS was able to push govt troops back with heavy SAA losses >In the NE sector of Hajar al-Aswad intense clashes continue, and heavy SAA casualties have been incurred there as well >N Aleppo CS; RuAF performs multiple airstrikes on jihadist positions in retaliation for mortar attack on civs >N Homs; Izz Deen, Salim, Hamarat, Qunitrat, Hamees, Hamemah now under govt control after evac of 27,000 >Reports; US is allegedly building a new base near Badiyeh al-Sha’afa, sources state will have “advanced military tools and systems" >Idlib; Turkish security shoot and kill 8 Sy refugees, 4 of them children, in Kherbet Eljoz, as they crossed Turkish border >N Aleppo; SAA has been given orders for large-scale mobilization of troops as rebel groups continue breaking ceasefire >7 ISIS militants who escaped from a JTS prison have been captured, 28 remain free >Death toll in Gaza rises to 60 >Afghanistan; Taliban on verge of capturing Farah, have warned civs to stay inside as clashes continue
>>147343 Can't find any info. They've postponed the final announcement. I think it was ment to be today? Anyways, Abadi congratulates Sadr being front runner, se might be he conceded. https://twitter.com/AlSuraEnglish/status/996347691306135552 >Is Sadr close to Saudis? Well, he's shiite and now in alliance with unironical islamic gommunists ;D Dunno how it will be between them and Teheran. 100% sure that Great Satan is butthurted af. He seems to cooperate with Saudis on a certain level, but dunno what is his endgame. Personally, I would prefer someone like Ali Sistani over Al Sadr.
~somewhat cont. Sistani-like figure would guarantee to sustain shia influence spread from Lebanon through Syria and Iraq to Iran. Al Sadr tho dreams that Iraq can rival Iran over regional dominance. >inb4 shia Saddam He met with Salman (may Allah inflict every type of cancer upon him!) Good thing is he has no love for America, to whom we all wish death, of course. Let alone remind yourself all the whereabouts of Mahdi's Army that Sadr was leading. But I fear that Iraq might end up with shia version of Saddam with a a mix of erdo-meme. Fun fact, Polish army fought against his Mahdi's Army in Karbala for control of City Hall. We won, no KIA. ;^)
>>147344 >>147346 I see. So he wants to counter Irani influence in his country with his Saudi connections and vice versa and wants his country to be strong. Truth be told I dont see anything wrong with that. >Ali Sistani who is this fellow?
>>147368 A lot depends on Syria, hoenstly. If every inch meme will come true, noone will try to change the balance of current affairs. Altough i would welcome some "distractions" especially for Is*ael so they won't pay that much attention. Tough to come up with one, but I think fate might eventually surprise us in a positive way, this one time.
>Syrian choppers drop thousands of leaflets demanding rebels surrender in Daraa BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:55 A.M.) – Syrian choppers dropped thousands of leaflets over the provincial capital of Dara’a and its countryside on Tuesday, demanding the rebel forces surrender to the government.
The leaflets specifically called on the rebels to lay down their weapons and seek reconciliation with the government.
The government warned the rebels that they are already winning and that taking their arms with them won’t change anything on the battlefield.
In addition to addressing the rebel forces, the leaflets also called on the residents in Daraa to join the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in their war on terror.
>>147392 >wael But it's logical. It's the last remaning part of Syria that is not under influence of Great Satan or Turkey. Also, unrelated: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 CONFIRMED!!!! ANUUU CHEEEKI BREEEEEEEEKI I V DAMKE!
>>147358 That isn't it at all. The NK and SK will never reunify. The recent changes entirely hinge on the NKorean ''ability'' to produce nuclear ballistic technologies. This is a normal return to the status quo. NKorea will return to doing whatever it wants to get by and to receive whatever aid and care it usually enjoys from the global political lightshow.
>At least 19 #Afghan security forces have been killed, four injured and a number of others are missing as #Taliban stormed security posts in four districts of #Ghazni last night. The clashs in #Andar and Giro districts are still going on. https://twitter.com/qadir_sediqi/status/996655465399496704
>>147477 most like will be ignored or if amerimutts are that cancerous they'll pin in on assad somehow >muh assad can't get enough of gasing civilians, now that he emptied south damascus he need to gas random cities in Idlib to keep his addiction satisfied
From other sources >Taliban Abandon Their Takeover of Farah City After Killing 30 Taliban insurgents abandoned their effort to take over the capital of the western Afghan province of Farah, leaving the city early Wednesday without apparent opposition, local residents said. Even with 25 members of the security forces and five civilians killed, officials immediately hailed the insurgents’ departure as a victory. They said that hundreds of insurgents had been killed in the one-day assault on Farah city and that the government’s response proved it could beat back any Taliban initiative to take and hold territory. But for many Afghans, especially residents in battered Farah, the assault showed mostly that the insurgents could attack at will even against a well-entrenched government position backed up by both Afghan and American air power. https://archive.li/Sn0Yt
Devs May 16 >E Ghouta; Hundreds of civs return to their homes after govt infrastructure repairs continue >S Damas; 2 civs killed, 19 injured after IS launched rocket attack on Victoria Bridge district >SAA begins moving troops from Latakia to Aleppo for upcoming offensive >SyAF/RuAF increase airstrikes and surface missile attacks in Yarmouk Camp, Hajar Al-Aswad, and Al-Tadamon >Intense clashes still ongoing on 30th St axis against IS, no SAA gains have been made through this sector >W Raqqa; Residents of al-Jarniyeh protest SDF's “forced recruitment and brutal measures” >W Raqqa cont; A number of Kurdish officials and military commanders were reportedly killed in Raqqa, one kurd killed in Hasaka >Daraa; Sy choppers drop thousands of leaflets calling for rebels to surrender and residents to join SAA >E DeZ; SDF fully captures Al-Baghouz, Hajin is stated to be the next target >Haley blames Hamas for Gaza violence, walks out of UNSC meeting when Palestinian envoy was speaking >Gaza death toll now 62, 7 were children including an 8 month old
Afghan National Security Forces killed 22 and wounded 18 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban), as well as destroyed a vehicle in Khaja Sahib Posh and Shirin Tagab districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan launched a large-scale attack against the Afghan National Security Forces in Ghazari area of Juma Bazar district, overrunning three checkpoints. One element of the Afghan National Security Forces was killed and three wounded in the attack.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Ghormach district, killing one and wounding one soldier in the process. Separately, an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s sniper killed an element of the Afghan National Army in the same area.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed one and wounded three elements of the Afghan National Army, as well as destroyed an armored vehicle in Dasht Maizan area of Pashtun Zarghun district.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan launched two attacks on an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Shah Taigh area of Firozkooh (Chaghcharan) district. Eight elements of the Afghan National Army were wounded and an element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed in the encounters.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed a group of Afghan National Army’s elements in Kandaha area of Charsada district. Two elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and two arrested in the ambush, while the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized two motorcycles and four assault rifles from the encounter.
Afghan National Security Forces killed 13 and wounded 11 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as seized several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Ab Band, Andar, and Waghaz districts.
Afghan National Security Forces destroyed an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s training center in Lalam village of Gomal district. Afghan Ministry of Defense stated that 11 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were killed and 15 wounded, as well as two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, ten RPG launchers, and 50 assault rifles destroyed, as a result of targeting the training center.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan launched several attacks against the Afghan National Security Forces in the city of Farah, capturing a building of the ‘National Directorate of Security’ in the 1st Police District and several checkpoints in the area, as clashes between the two still continue. Afghan Ministry of Defense stated that the city of Farah is under the control of the Afghan National Security Forces.
Afghan National Security Forces killed four elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed a base, a fighting position, and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Chora district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan killed nine and wounded seven elements of the Afghan National Army in Chora district.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran a strategic Afghan National Army’s military center in Gograk area of Tarinkot district. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News stated that 15 elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and an armored personnel carrier destroyed in the encounter. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan seized an armored personnel carrier from the military center.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran four Afghan National Army’s checkpoints in Khas Urozgan district.
Afghan National Security Forces killed seven and wounded three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Daychopan district.
Afghan National Security Forces killed three elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and destroyed several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Jerashk district.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan engaged Afghan National Security Forces’s offensive in Mateki area of Nad Ali district. According to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Al-Emarah News, 21 elements of the Afghan National Police and Afghan Local Police were killed and wounded, as well as an armored personnel carrier destroyed in the encounter.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Qari Post area of Nad Ali district, reportedly killing four soldiers and destroying a vehicle in the process. One element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was killed and another wounded in the encounter. Similarly, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran three Afghan National Security Forces’ checkpoints in Tangano Gudar area of Nawa-I-Barakzayi district.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed an Afghan National Army’s armored vehicle in Speni Posti area of Jerashk district. Similarly, two Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive devices destroyed two Afghan National Army’s armored personnel carriers in Mobile Khada area of Sangin district.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers killed seven elements of the Afghan National Army in Nad Ali and Lashkar Gah districts.
Afghan National Security Forces killed 15 and wounded 15 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Maywand and Khakrez districts. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan overran an Afghan National Army’s post in Shah Ghondan Nika area of Khakrez district, killing five soldiers in the process.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan stormed an Afghan National Army’s checkpoint in Salsun area of Maruf district. Three Afghan National Army’s elements, including a commander named Salim were killed and four wounded in the encounter.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s improvised explosive device destroyed an Afghan National Army’s armored personnel carrier in Aslam Pump area of Zhari district.
>>147503 you just gotta love how taliban produces half assed videos with rusty ass nokia phones in the age of smartphones with integrated cameras, yet everywhere ISIS pops up they suddenly have 1080p very high HD cameras with a dedicated video montage department and a photgraphy department to take set up pictures to capture the instant in the most cinematographic way really fucking makes you think
>>147506 Taliban videos are getting a bit better, mostly Gopro though. I think a few reasons for the differences are that ISIS is the "cool jihadists" with the younger generation, many of which who have been exposed to more modern technology or even come from western countries where they gained the experience and can do some pretty good video editing. Of course it can be assumed that many ISIS videos now are probably edited in western countries as it is, since their media HQ in Mayadin was destroyed by the SAA last year. Plus the availability to get more modern tech into Afghanistan is probably fairly limited, and the Taliban most likely don't care as much as IS at producing slick videos, as their results speak for themselves. Lastly, I haven't seen any such slick IS videos released by IS-K, normally they just upload pictures. The best IS videos were from Iraq, with Syria being second. The IS Sinai faction produce pretty low quality videos, usually Gopro battle footage, so they probably face many of the limitations that IS-K in Afghanistan have in regards to video equipment.
>>147508 > I think a few reasons for the differences are that ISIS is the "cool jihadists" with the younger generation for sure i'm not denying that ISIS is more aware of their image and how they should pay attention to details the point is, wherever they go there is this high tech recording material (in a place which is isolated from the world and thus bringing so much material in this place would be a lot of redflags for anyone working in customs and they have people that know how to use the material and how to take cinematic pictures where all the militants are local defectors and not western diaspora and i highly doubt that these taliban defectors discovered a hidden artistic side overnight) >it can be assumed that many ISIS videos now are probably edited in western countries editing is one thing, knowing how to use high tech electronic, how to use angles and shading to take pictures implies that there is someone on the spot who knows this much. which makes me very suspicious of the authenticity of all this >Plus the availability to get more modern tech into Afghanistan is probably fairly limited, yet ISIS can get it through customs (such equimpent, not only cameras but sound recorders and camera stabilizers, is heavy and cumbersome so good luck smuggling it in your ass even if you're a veteran of anal jihad), hell they could even get inuits pulling out hd camera out of thin air and know how to use them to record quality videos
>>147510 IS is even going in indonesia now? though they were contained in Philippine since the only group they could influence in SEA was the already present muslim separatists guess maghreboy was right again, we're not done seeing ISIS making significant progresses in the future
>>147514 >IS is even going in indonesia now? Lots of activity in the last several weeks. Last week a lot of IS militants were locked up in a prison in Jakarta and rioted and took it over, besides that they have had several attacks in the rest of the country recently. Apparently a lot of militants are returning from Syria and Iraq and are bringing jihad home. As far as I have heard the Indonesian intelligence and police forces have done a decent job at tracking them up until a few months ago.
>>147520 That would be an unpopular position on 4/sg/, the cult of personality would take over. A few weeks ago under a memeflag I responded to a German who had commented on the "Syrian War Tl;dr" meme by saying there was something left out. I responded to him that in addition to what he said was left out was the fact that Assad allowed ISIS to initially flourish in the hopes that they would go after the rebels, and that he tried to take a play out of Hafez's playbook by allowing jihadists to infiltrate opposition groups, but was unable to play the game like Hafez was capable of. Of course ISIS did fuck up rebels, but as we know the situation grew out of Assad's control. The German responded with Wikileaks shit that everyone has seen and stated that the FSA and ISIS were cooperating, at that point several posters jumped on him (you may have been one of them actually, not sure) asking if he had stopped following the war in 2014, etc. I was actually surprised they didn't jump on me for making the initial statement. It is common knowledge that Assad also released several AQ militants from Sednaya Prison and they quickly linked up with the rebel groups, but 4/sg/ likes to avoid that fact. Assad was trying to use old strategy that worked for Hafez before, so I can't say I blame him 100%, but the times were different than in the 80's. Most likely Assad did these things on the advice of his father's former military leaders who had done this before, they just underestimated the Gulf States and western governments throwing money and weapons at the opposition groups. Here's the post that kicked it off… archive.4plebs.org/pol/thread/170671475/#170690207
>>147526 >you may have been one of them actually, yeas indeed >It is common knowledge that Assad also released several AQ militants from Sednaya Prison yeah a point that irritates me when i hear, muh rebelz wuz jihadi all along forgetting that first the protests in the beginning didn't have these radical elements and second assad had a hand in the loss of credibility of the protests due to the infiltration of islamists
>>147490 The number of separtist in the Paki Pashtoons (or Pathans as they are called here) is quite small. Bear in mind a overwhelming majority of them voted to join with Pakistan during the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. There were some such as Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai or Bacha Khan who never wanted to join Pakistan but wanted an autonomous state under India but that never happened. Their children still reside in Pakistan and have their own political parties(Pakhtunkhawa Awami mili party is led by the son of Samad and the Awami National Party is led by the grandson of Bacha). Pakistan has had plenty of Pathans in position of importance e.g. Pakistans first military ruler Field Marshal Ayub Khan, 2nd military ruler General Yahya Khan, our chief nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer just to name a few. Even today they call themselves Paki rather than afghanis or a separate nations despite the emergence of TTP, the war in waziristan and constant shilling of Afghans and western countries that show our Pashtuns(just like Baluchis and sometimes Sindhis) as some mistreated minority despite the fact there are 30 million Pasthuns in Pakistan and of Paki nationality(2nd largest group after Punjabis and there are more Pashtuns in Pakistan than Afghanistan). Ofcourse there are problems, that is bound to happen in a country made up of different ethnicity and united on Islam and nationalism but for all intents and purposes they are Pakis and not someone else. >how do they see their counterparts in afghanistan? Some Pashtuns tribes are large enough that they are situated on both sides of the border and maintain family ties but the Pathans maintain that they are Pakis not afghanis and some will even turn violent if you call them Afghani. >how do they get along with the average pakistani? Normally nigga. They are part of our country so they get fucked just like everyone else.
Apologies for the late answer, had to do somethings. This discussion will eventually leads to the recent movement called the Pashtun Tahfuz Movement. If you are interested I can with you about that too.
>>147530 Nope that wasn't me. I don't memeflag often, I usually use the fascist flag when I do, but lately I have used the jihadist flag a few times. Besides, I wouldn't try to make an argument on whether Assad is or isn't a kike puppet, I respect Maghrebois' and other pro opposition opinions on that, but honestly I believe both sides are being played by the kikes in their own way.
>>147530 >are you the jihadi memeflag we see from time to time To clarify, it's possible you've seen me a few times posting with it, but if I had to guess I'd say I've only used it 3 or 4 times in the last few months, some of those times were when you were in Afghanistan
https://youtu.be/7URjcQVTpjY >Yarmouk; IS goes on offensive on all fronts in Hajar, Yarmouk, and Tadamon, intense clashes ongoing >AMAQ claims 80+ SAA and allies killed in last 24 hours in S Damascus >In Hajar sAA claims liberation of several blocks on Deer Yassin St, in Yarmouk heavy clashes continue around Japanese Hospital >Iraqi unnamed source claims IS' head of Syrian propaganda killed in Iraqi airstrike, no proofs >Turkish FM; An SAA attack in Idlib could result in "catastrophe", claims Sy delaying a key constitutional component of Astana >Turkey sets up final observation post in Idlib >E Syria; IS fully surrounded by SAA/SDF on opposite sides, intel suggests most militants have left Hajin and moved south >200 US military vehicles carrying military supplies crossed N Sy on way to SDF territory in E Sy >Zakharova; US holding thousands of terrorists in Syria in attempt to let them off, given 3 meals a day, medical treatment, exercise >N Hama; JAI attempts surprise attack on SAA, rebels allegedly pushed back with losses >Yemen; Houthis ambush KSA militiamen on western coast, destroy several vehicles, kill 10
>>147570 speaking of which, the more i learn about the government, the more i realize how based they are https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1YI2yKkzK4 they knew very well how dangerous the ISIS splinter cells were and they took care of them while they still were a few AQ defecting LARPers in less than a year can't say the same about IS-Sinai
>>147687 and he's not 100% wrong on KSA support for ISIS, as Maghrebois has said the political salafiya and the jihadi salafiya are at odds, and have different aims as IS is opposed to the KSA government. Granted, I am sure some KSA officials in government donate arms and money to IS, but overall (and especially with the most recent KSA govt policies especially MbS' """"reforms""") they are pissing off the jihadi salafiya
>>147690 >and he's not 100% wrong on KSA support for ISIS, as Maghrebois has said the political salafiya and the jihadi salafiya are at odds, and have different aims as IS is opposed to the KSA government > am sure some KSA officials in government donate arms and money to IS >implying the government or civil servant are the sole sponsor of foreign terrorists you do realize that the land is full of princes loaded with money that are sponsoring their own groups too? are you also aware that the government is paying salafi preachers that are at odds with the government to keep it shut? there is a lot of salafi preachers that left KSA to sage Jihad because of the governments bulshit and even more would be at the Saudi's throats with their followers the day the gibs run out. Bin laden is the prime example of the incorruptible type
>>147692 >implying the government or civil servant are the sole sponsor of foreign terrorists >you do realize that the land is full of princes loaded with money that are sponsoring their own groups too? The Saudi was talking about the KSA govt specifically, I am on the same page with you on what you mentioned. >are you also aware that the government is paying salafi preachers that are at odds with the government to keep it shut?there is a lot of salafi preachers that left KSA to sage Jihad because of the governments bulshit Yes I am aware of this too, the Saudi was rather short sighted on his statement but as I said he wasn't 100% wrong.
>>147698 >The Saudi was talking about the KSA govt specifically, I am on the same page with you on what you mentioned. here's the nuance i have, if the government does nothing about these sponsors, then it's also part of the sponsors which makes his "muh government didn't know anything about that, we wuz innocent in this process" void
>>147699 Agreed, but lets be honest, the KSA is only one bad famine or other disaster from implosion, hence MbS' reforms to attempt to hold it all together and gin up some more Western support and gibs
>>147702 >I don't think the KSA govt has much control, >can prevent the ijtihadi salafi from making fatwas agains the royal family wether it be in a friday preach, through the internet or in secret jihadi reunions conspiring to take down the royal family >can't prevent people from sending money to terrorists abroad they know very well what they're doing, and i wouldn't be surprised if USA had a hand in preventing the government from preventing that after all they were the one sponsoring islamism in arab countries to counter the pro USSR pan arabism >clamping down on these people too much as they fear repercussions in the future people in secret political prisons are as dangerous as a vegetable, the comparison isn't random :^)
>>147703 fair points, but funneling cash in a country flooded with oil money and attempting open revolt are 2 different things, and the wealthy KSA salafists are not as willing to make themselves uncomfortable as they remain so while spreading havoc to places like Syria and Iraq. Of course I agree with you, the KSA govt is probably not really trying to clamp down on money funneling, as long as jihad isn't hitting home then they still stand to benefit.
Maybe MbS' purges a few months ago are attempts at clearing these elements as he sees the way to win against Iran is to cozy up with Israel instead. Don't get me wrong I am not implying MbS has a redemption arc starting or anything, but instead his close relationship with Israel and the US are better options than allowing jihadist funding to run rampant. I don't think KSA funding to these groups will stop, but I think MbS wants to put some distance between his govt and the funding by certain leaders in his govt and wealthy citizens who got caught up in the purges.
>>147707 meh, id on't believe one second in the "muh reforms" if anything the worst thing that MBS could do is changing the structural status quo in saudi internal politics as his already illegitimate seat is even more so threatened as he shows his incompetency at finishing the yemen war and getting parts of KSA territory under assault+ the occasional tochka unless he's retarded to the point of sawing the branch he's siting on, for me this is all a front to give his reign a good sight to westerners as he's trying to appeal to them in his regional cold war against the "non-modernizing" Iran
>>147708 >for me this is all a front to give his reign a good sight to westerners as he's trying to appeal to them in his regional cold war against the "non-modernizing" Iran Yes, that was my point. In getting close to the Jews and closer to us he probably thinks it will be good optics, his reforms are clearly a front to become more appealing to those who would back him. The funny thing is if the implosion I mentioned earlier were to occur, his "reforms" will be one of the key factors in driving the anger at him from the salafiya.
>>147709 >his "reforms" will be one of the key factors in driving the anger at him from the salafiya. honestly, not even a factor of shit hitting the fan, sure it'll make the revolt more violent but has no effect on the breaking point in itself as the population is kept in check only through consumerism+welfare if KSA can't afford the luxury to its citizen thats when the "morphine" will fade away and all bets will be off and i may even add that the reforms in itself aren't going to change much to the hate as the mere fact of being a monarchy is enough to enrage the most moderate salafi as he sees it as taghut
https://youtu.be/wV-RuMDetwg >Hama; Several blasts inside airbase, some reports suggest possible Israeli strike >Abu Mohammed al-Jolani; Rumors of HTS merging with any other groups are untrue >Assad; "We’d like to point out a recent increase of Russian investment..Russian companies are making in various sectors of Syrian economy” >SyAf launches 15+ strikes at IS positions in Yarmouk Camp, Hajar Al-Aswad, and Al-Tadamon this morning amid slow ground advance >Hajar al-Aswad; SAA counter attacks after strong IS offensive yesterday, claim they are on verge of capturing district >Houthis fire missile into KSA for 2nd straight night, target economic site in Jiza, claiming target was hit >Sisi makes rare decision to open the Egyptian Gaza border crossing for Ramadan “to alleviate the suffering” of Palestinians >AQIM releases statement condemning embassy move, urges Ramadan attacks, says liberating Jerusalem from Jews is greatest duty >Arab League intends to formulate plan to counter the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital >Ergogan to host Islamic summit to back Palestinians, condemn Israel today >US lawmaker moves to block sale of 100 F-35 fighter jets to Turkey
>>148274 nah, I have seen a Libyan "1 post by this ID" twice in the last 2 months, last time I talked to him he said he was very busy with uni and his brother had entered school as well and when he wasn't buried in his own studies he was busy driving his brother around to and from school and didn't have as much time for shitposting as he used to. Hopefully that is what is going on with him
Devs May 21 >Homs; SAA raise flag over Al-Rastan and Al-Houla plains after last rebels departed yesterday >Damascus officially under complete govt control as IS fighters depart to Badiya Al-Sham, families to Idlib >SW Idlib; Turkish military convoy spotted on way to set up another checkpoint in countryside >Nearly 300 Syrians returned to their homes in E Ghouta and Homs today >IS affiliated Jaysh Khalid bin al-Walid repelled attempted rebel attack in Adwan, 10 rebels also killed when they stepped into minefield >JKBW also claimed to have destroyed a rebel tank during rebels' failed attack >E Homs; Russian Reconciliation Center group discovers sizeable rebel weapons cache containing large amount of NATO weapons >Merkel; Political process in Syria is badly needed, Germany is ready to support it >Pompeo; US to apply ‘strongest sanctions in history’ on Iran
>@SaladinAlDronni >IS media has been suffering for two days (possibly related to US/SDF offensive?), but still interesting that IS insurgency activity has significantly grown in Mosul and its countryside. Placing IED's, basic assasinations. Low-scale. But still, worthy to note this development
Devs May 22 >Pompeo; Iran "perpetuated" Syrian war, causing refugee crisis which provoked terrorism in Europe by supporting "murderous Assad regime" >More SAA reinforcements continue heading south, Tigers to spearhead operation >Following rebel drone attack RF launched airstrikes over Idlib city, Idlib Central Prison, Al-Mastouma, Ariha, and Sheikh ‘Ali >Idlib cont; After initial airstrikes RF launched several cruise missiles at same locations >Several buses carrying ISIS family members from Yarmouk arrived in Idlib this morning >N Syria; HTS suffers more losses through targeted assassinations, in HTS HQ in Tal Bajer masked gunmen killed 2, wounded 3 >HTS cont; Following previous attack a grenade was thrown at an HTS checkpoint in Al-Dana, injuring a few >Netanyahu; Iran ‘seeking nuclear weapons and conquest" labels them an ‘aggressive force’ >Kandahar; A minibus full of explosives discovered near a market was unable to be defused, death toll so far is 16 >Israel boasts it is 1st state to use US-made F-35 in combat & ‘attacks on different fronts’ >100+ Turkish military officers sentenced to life in prison for 2016 coup attempt
>>148347 I remember when there was at least some quality on 4/sg/, after Isaam died that was the start of the current downfall, once Abukamal wrapped up the spiral began, current stage is almost hitting the bottom.
>>148505 it's actually very similar to his style, when he isn't posting under the Tunisia flag, plus he is probably a VPN fag, hence the French flag. Also notice how the ID changed on nearly every post he made, pretty interesting
>>148506 yeah but going the extra mile to shitpost with so many layers of preparation isn't his style, plus you've got to remember this is Ramadan so he's probably too low energy to bother with all this
>>148507 if he is rangebanned from 4chinz it isn't that inconceivable he would take the chance to come here and shitpost for a few, it's not even that layered with prep if you look at it again, a few cryptic posts, then done. He referenced you personally, which is strange for a "French" flag as we don't have that many on /sg/
>>148509 true but if he's going to use a proxy he might as well use it to ban evade under muslim flag on 4/sg > He referenced you personally, which is strange for a "French" flag as we don't have that many on /sg/ got referenced by a 1 post by this id hungarian flag which is even more unsettling https://archive.4plebs.org/pol/thread/172293641/#q172307340
>@ SaladinAlDronni >Reuters looks into Islamic State Khorasan Province illegal funding of its activities. Among many other sources it's a baby powder that helps in funding Islamic State in Afghanistan: report reut.rs/2J16FIT >"The sum did not appear very high, it said, but the U.S. military estimated the strength of Islamic State in Nangarhar at somewhere between 750 to 2,000 fighters, meaning the funds would be a significant source of revenue to the movement." >This size of ISKP structure in Nangarhar alone is scary.They are mostly in Khogyani (Tora Bora), Haskha Meyna, Achin,Chaparhar and Bati Kot. Note, that the main base now is located in Kunar, a lot of fighters remain in Laghman, while Jowzjan/Sar-i-Pol remains the second in size. >And the best part, it's Afghanistan alone, in Pakistan they also have huge FATA, Quetta and Peshawar cells. Pakistani based cells do also send fighters to Afghan cells en masse to replenish the ranks. Kabul has mostly been bombed by Pakistani citizens…
>Iraqi 20th Division finds long ISIS tunnel with many branches in Hussainiya area in middle of Mosul. Tunnel contained about 10 ISIS fighters who were active cell. Tunnel destroyed by aircraft & ISIS killed. Tunnel too big to explore or clear on foot.
>>148516 >And the best part, it's Afghanistan alone, in Pakistan they also have huge FATA, Quetta and Peshawar cells. Pakistani based cells do also send fighters to Afghan cells en masse to replenish the ranks. Kabul has mostly been bombed by Pakistani citizes dindu nuffin
>>148519 >what happened? see the archive in >>148269 Urduni pulled a few of us, Doc, me, and Jewish Jew mainly, into *snap* posting, resulting in several bans, I got banned on my wifi connection at home, and I haven't seen Jewish Jew since either so I'm sure he got the ban too. >tracking magrehboi? as to that, look at the cryptic French flag posts from today, excluding Doc's of course. I haven't seen Maghrebois today so I am assuming that is what the French flag is referencing. I am also theorizing that the "French" flag is Maghrebi on a VPN
>>148524 Must have been a really slow day if you guys started following urdunis lead. >as to that, look at the cryptic French flag posts from today, excluding Doc's of course. I haven't seen Maghrebois today so I am assuming that is what the French flag is referencing. I am also theorizing that the "French" flag is Maghrebi on a VPN Interesting
>>148543 >I get why JJ does it but et tu nigga? I only do it every now and then, this time was a one off from me, I usually don't indulge Urduni. Every other time I've used a memeflag is to raise unpopular positions on /sg/ without the added negative of me posting as a burger, which results in hurr durr tier answers as most posters won't debate me but would rather say "HURR DURR MUTT!!!" Doc and I actually talked about it earlier ITT >>147526 >>147530 >>147565 >>147566
>>148554 I only do it during late night (burger time) threads, and it is pretty rare, but it is a good way to raise points without the added stigma of posting with a US flag, although you get a few of the "hurr durr memeflag" responses it isn't as hard to actually pull someone in for a real debate
Devs May 23 >Homs; ISIS conducts raid on SAA near T-3, started with SVBIED attack, 7 SAA troops killed >Idlib; HTS arrested 2 people reportedly involved in recent wave of assassinations, arrest another in Kurin >Aleppo; SAA and rebels clashed sporadically in Tadef, south of Al-Bab >Over 13,000 militants transported from Damascus, Homs to northern Syria this month >SDF commander accuses Russia of colluding with IS after transport of fighters from Yarmouk, ignores fact SDF did the same in Raqqa in 2017 >Hezbollah congratulates SAA on southern Damascus victory >Syrian Deputy FM; Withdrawal of Hezbollah, IRGC out of discussion, claimed US purposely bombed oil fields to punish Damascus >Deputy FM cont; Demanded Turkish govt halt terrorist support, withdraw troops, wants Turks to support reconciliation process >Saudi Coalition destroyed 2 boats belonging to the Houthi Navy in the Red Sea while it was ‘targeting oil tanker’ >Israel reportedly bars entry to Jerusalem for Gaza residents during Ramadan >Afghanistan; Taliban in control of Ghalbyan area after capturing military base and 12 checkpoints in the area
>>148693 >Politburo chief of Sadr Movement : Movement will not accept US regional attempts, our relationship with Iran is permanent & long-lasting. We will never allow Iraq to turn into a base for attack on any neighbor. Literally Saddam was a greater ally to US against the iranians yet they chose to overthrow him for democracy and ended up with someone worse every fucking time how can you have a political establishment that has a flawless record of fucking up it's geopolitical relations just how, i really can't believe this timeline
Devs May 24 >RF reveals locations of their Idlib observation posts established in Astana, total of 10 RF and 7 Iranian posts >N Hama; Five members of HTS killed during attack on SAA >Daraa; Despite ongoing reconciliation talks rebels fire mortars at SAA positions, SAA responded with artillery at Dara’a Al-Balad District >W Raqqa; SDF raids 6 villages after residents raise Syrian flag, detain multiple civs, seize cell phones of young residents >Raqqa cont; Harakat al-Qiyam group assassinated 2 members of the SDF in Raqqa and 1 in village of Tell Abyad >Assad and RF Syrian envoy convo on Astana, Assad praised RF people/leadership, described RF as partner in victories, won't stop until final terrorists' defeat >S Damascus; SAA uncovers another large rebel weapons stache in Beit Sahm >Syrian ambassador; Iranian forces are in Syria legally, US and Turkey are invaders >Russian military delivers ten tonnes of food to Damascus suburb of Dahiyat al-Assad >KSA intercepts Houthi missile in Jizan, claim debris landed in residential area causing no injuries >Khameini; Demands for EU to maintain deal include purchase of Iranian oil, fighting sanctions, and leaving missile program alone
>@SaladinAlDronni Paweł Wójcik Retweeted Afghan OSINTThe fact that ISKP remains able to hold the gains from 2017 after QH, even after TRU and USAF attacks strongly suggests massively entrenched positions and use of new/old mountain tunnels.
>Significant incidents in the last 7 days in #Afghanistan. - IS in the north appears to be holding positions despite the death of Qari Hekmat -Taliban attacks across the country remain frequent, Ghazni appears to be the next target.
>>148869 well a few possibilities in this region, namely number one is this group is very well entrenched and capable at fighting everyone off, including the Taliban. You may remember when I was giving you some info on this pocket, their commander Qari Hekmat, was a defector from the Taliban and was killed in a US drone strike earlier this year. This pocket is entirely cut off from the main group of IS-K in Nangarhar. Hekmat still held off Taliban and ANA, no one could make progress on his area. Once his death was announced it was falsely assumed that this IS-K pocket would be weakened, in talking with Pingu about this I figured the Uzbeks would close ranks and this faction would be unaffected, which is exactly what happened. As to other possibilities as to why US specops may have been pushed off if you venture into conspiracy theory you could make the assumption that we don't want to defeat this IS-K pocket because they are very good at killing Taliban, but if that were the case you would also have to wonder why we would have killed Qari Hekmat in the first place if it was believed that he was the only glue that held this IS-K faction together. Overall my theory is that this pocket is just really strong, with veteran Uzbeks (known to be the best ISIS troops, even in Iraq and Syria) and this area probably isn't a very big priority for the US right now, so maybe this was more of a recon style mission to test their strength after the death of Hekmat.
>>148875 >we don't want to defeat this IS-K pocket because they are very good at killing Taliban pretty sure any sane man would want the opposite >and this area probably isn't a very big priority for the US right now, so maybe this was more of a recon style mission to test their strength after the death of Hekmat. makes sense
>>149432 Unironically, we did over the years. But don't worry. Poland might actually get angry in the near future, I hope. Once the mind-set of my fucking countrymen is fixed after 45+ years of failed social and economic experiment.
Devs May 29 >N Idlib; HTS carries out major operation targeting sleeper cells that have carried out assassinations and attacks on them >Syria recognizes independence of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Georgia begins process of severing diplomatic ties with Sy >SAA sends more troops towards Daraa, unconfirmed reports RF will ensure Hez/IRGC withdraw 60km from Israel, 25 from Jordan >W Daraa; ISIS affiliate JKBW launches offensive against rebels, were pushed back but killed several including rebel commander >Lavrov; IS affiliated groups have increased activity in Al-Tanf area >N Syria; Large number of rebel groups announce merger under Turkish command to create united force, Al-Jabhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir >A security commander from HTS has defected to the SAA following years of working behind enemy lines, reportedly was spying on SAA's behalf >Kremlin; US, Jordan agree to hold meeting with RF on southern de-escalation zone >Rival Libyan factions agree to hold elections on Dec 10 during Paris meeting of 4 parties, Khalifa Haftar was 1 of the 4 >Yemen; Houthis fire barrage of missiles at KSA targets on W coast, reportedly killing several and causing material damage
Libya’s rival leaders meet at Paris conference to agree on political roadmap
Libya’s rival leaders are meeting in Paris to agree on a political roadmap, including elections, in an effort to bring order to the country’s chaos, AP reports. Representatives of 20 countries, including Libya’s neighbors, regional and European powers, the US and international organizations were expected on Tuesday at the Elysee Palace. The UN-backed conference aims to secure parliamentary and presidential elections in the North African country, if possible by the end of 2018. The French president’s office said Libyan leaders have agreed in principle to a non-binding accord. Libya is split between rival governments in the east and west, each backed by an array of militias.
Rival Libyan factions agree to hold elections on December 10 – PM advisor
Rival Libyan factions agreed on Tuesday to hold parliamentary and presidential elections on December 10, an advisor to Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Seraj said after a meeting in Paris. Taher al-Sonni tweeted that four parties gathered at the talks had also agreed on finalizing a constitutional base for elections by September 16. The Paris meeting included eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar, Tripoli PM Seraj, and the leaders of rival parliamentary assemblies. The gathering aims to urge them to agree to general principles for ending Libya’s crisis and moving towards elections. A draft document prepared ahead of the meeting includes the call for the immediate unification of the central bank and a commitment to support the creation of a national army, Reuters reported.
A number of explosions have been reported, as rocket alert sirens awoke residents of the Israeli communities next to the Gaza border on Tuesday morning. The Israeli Defense Forcessaidthat a barrage of rockets was fired from Gaza, stating that the Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted several missiles.At least 24 rocket sirens went off in the Eshkol Regional Council, Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council and Sdot Negev Regional Council on Tuesday morning at around 7:00 am, Arutz Shevareports. According to the unconfirmed report, some of the projectiles exploded inside two communities in the Eshkol Regional Council, while several others never reached the target and exploded in open areas. No injuries have been reported.
Afghan forces mistakenly killed nine people, most of them civilians, during a raid on a house in eastern Nangarhar province, which has been a base for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and other militants, officials said on Tuesday. The raid took place late on Monday night in Chaparhar district. Eight other civilians were also wounded, Provincial Governor Hayatullah Hayat said, adding that a local police commander was among the dead. He said gunfire had been coming from the house that was raided but the casualties were identified as mostly civilians once the operation ended. In the central province of Kabul, a policeman and a civilian were killed after a bomb attached to a bicycle detonated on Monday in the Qarabagh district, said Mohammad Azem, the district governor.
US, Jordan agree to hold meeting with Russia on Syria’s southern zone of de-escalation – Moscow
Moscow is continuing bilateral contacts with Jordan and the United States over the southern zone of de-escalation in Syria, and there is an agreement to hold a trilateral meeting, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Tuesday.“In principle, we supported the idea of holding a trilateral meeting at a level convenient for our partners,”he told reporters in Moscow. Bogdanov, who is also the special presidential representative for the Middle East and African countries, said that the faster such a meeting could take place, the better.
Erdogan, Putin discuss Syria, energy in phone call – report
The Turkish and Russian presidents discussed the situation in Syria and economic relations, especially in the energy sector, in a phone call on Tuesday, a source in Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said. Erdogan and Vladimir Putin reportedly expressed satisfaction with progress on the Akkuyu nuclear plant and Turkish Stream pipeline projects. They also emphasized the importance of using local currencies in bilateral trade. The two leaders noted the importance of achievements through the Astana process, stating that it is necessary for the Syrian government and the opposition to act constructively and ensure that the process proceeds under the scope of the UN framework, according to sources. Erdogan reiterated Turkey’s opposition to the inclusion of the PKK-linked People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the political process, Daily Sabah reported. It added that the Russian and Turkish leaders also agreed that Syria should not become a conflict zone in the dispute between Israel and Iran.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan“reaffirmed commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria”in a phone call on Tuesday, the Kremlin press service said. They continued their“dialogue on the situation in Syria”and emphasized the importance of finding a political solution based on achievements made within the Astana process, according to the statement. The phone call had been initiated by Ankara. Putin and Erdogan also discussed Russian-Turkish relations, focusing on agreements reached at the Ankara meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council on April 3. In particular, they“welcomed the completion of talks on Russian gas transit via Turkey,”the press service said.
>Israel responds to Gazan rockets with most powerful attack in 4 years
The barrage of 28 mortars was fired from the enclave earlier in the day, most of them were claimed to be intercepted by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, blamed the Hamas organization for the recent attacks, promising to respond “forcefully” to the barrage.
“Israel takes a grave view of the attacks on it and its communities by Hamas and Islamic Jihad from the Gaza Strip. The IDF will respond to these attacks forcefully,” he said during a conference in northern Israel, referring to the Israel Defence Forces. According to the IDF, following Netanyahu’s statement, the Israeli air forces hit at least 35 targets at the positions of the Islamic Jihad movement in Southern Gaza, which Israel believed to be behind the attack. Later the IDF stated, that the strikes it performed in Gaza Strip were the most powerful for the last four years. The IDF listed six military compounds, munition storage warehouses, naval targets, and terror headquarters among the attacked targets.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman commented the issue, saying the strikes against Gaza are “only the beginning.” “Today at midday, we massively and powerfully attacked terrorist infrastructure, including an additional tunnel, across the Gaza Strip. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have already paid a heavy price and the bill has just been presented to them. We have no intention to let it pass,” Lieberman added. After the activation of the system IDF reported about two more missile attacks from the Gaza Strip, which were intercepted with the Iron Dome air defense system.
During the day the sirens had gone off on five occasions in the settlements along the border with the Gaza Strip — Hof Ashkelon, Eshkol, Sha’ar HaNegev, and Merchavim Regional Councils, the Ashkelon industrial area, and Sderot. The situation on the border escalated on Monday, particularly after an Israeli tank attacked a militant observation post in response to an attempted violation of the border by two Palestinians.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Tuesday that the removal of Iranian forces from southern Syria is not enough to pleas Israel. “‘Removal of Iranian forces from southern Syria alone won’t suffice,” Netanyahu told the audience at the Ma’alot-Tashiha Galilee Conference, as quoted by Ynet news.
“We won’t allow Iranian entrenchment in Syria as well as transferring dangerous weapons from Syria to Lebanon or manufacturing it in Lebanon,” the Israeli premier continued. Netanyahu would then go on to tell the audience that he is against any Iranian presence in Syria. “I would like to underline that we are operating against an Iranian entrenchment across Syria’s entire territory,” Netanyahu added.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels in the Afrin region of northwest Aleppo have once again clashed over which group controls the residential homes. According to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the Al-Hamza Division and Al-Mu’asim Division clashed over which group takeover the residential homes inside Afrin city.
“The clashes took place near Kawa roundabout in Afrin city, between a group of al-Hamzah Division and a group of al-Mu’asim Division, again the backdrop of a disagreement between other groups about the takeover of residential houses in the area,” SOHR reported. This is not the first time that Turkish-backed groups have clashed over properties and loot, as this has become a common occurrence in the Afrin region.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – The Syrian military is preparing to launch their largest offensive of the year, as their troops prepare to descend on the rebel-held areas in the southern provinces of Al-Quneitra and Dara’a. However, it appears that the rebel forces are not the only ones opposing this Syrian military offensive, as the government finds themselves facing heavy criticism from the U.S. and their allies.
Among those nations concerned with the Syrian military’s upcoming offensive is Israel; they have repeatedly interfered in the government’s previous attacks in the Al-Quneitra Goverorate. While some reports alleged on Monday that the Syrian government was given the green light to launch this offensive from Israel, a Syrian military source told Al-Masdar News, today, that they are not concerned with nor seeking Israel’s approval on the matter. The source continued that no Iranian-backed forces will participate in this offensive, adding that reports of a large Hezbollah and Iranian presence in southern Syria are false.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army has completed preparations for an imminent offensive against rebel-held areas in southwestern Syria, a non-Syrian commander in a military alliance that backs Damascus said on Tuesday, raising the prospect of a major new escalation. However, a rebel commander in the Deraa region of the southwest told Reuters there was no sign of mobilization for such an assault and accused Damascus of waging psychological warfare. Nevertheless, rebels had prepared defenses, he said. The rebel-held southwest has come into focus after the Syrian government, backed militarily by Iran and Russia, crushed the last besieged rebel enclaves near Damascus and north of the city of Homs. Damascus has vowed to recover the whole country.
The southwest is of concern to the United States, which last year brokered a “de-escalation” deal with Jordan and President Bashar al-Assad’s Russian allies, which has largely contained the war near the frontier with Israel.
The United States warned on Saturday it would take “firm and appropriate measures” in response to any violations of the ceasefire in that area. While Assad is militarily unassailable in the Syrian conflict, swathes of territory at the frontiers with Iraq, Turkey and Jordan and Israel remain outside his control. The role of outside powers in these areas complicates further gains by Damascus. The pro-Assad commander, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Syrian army’s preparations for the assault were complete. “The Syrian army will wage all the battles and has now become strong and capable,” the commander said.
Israel wants Iran-backed forces removed from areas near its frontier - and from Syria in general. Iran-backed Shi’ite militias, often spearheaded by Lebanon’s Hezbollah, have played a critical role fighting in support of Assad. Russia said on Monday that only Syrian army troops should be at the southern border with Jordan and Israel. On Tuesday, its foreign ministry said Russia, the United States and Jordan had agreed to meet about the “de-escalation” zone, RIA news agency reported.
An article published in the pro-Damascus al-Watan newspaper said signs “on the horizon” indicated the southern battle was near as “final touches” were put in place. But the rebel commander, Colonel Nassim Abu Arra of the Youth of Sunna Forces, told Reuters there was no sign of an imminent attack. “So far there are no indications of that. I am speaking from a position on the frontlines,” he said in a telephone interview. “But there are rumors, a psychological war,” he said.
In the last week, he said several military convoys had left government-held parts of Deraa city heading north, saying he believed these to be Iran-backed forces being evacuated from the region. They had not been replaced, he added. His faction was keeping the United States and Jordan abreast of the situation on the ground. “We are taking from them reassurances that the southern region is subjected to the de-escalation agreement and ceasefire,” he said. But his fighters had still prepared defenses. “I assure you the opposition forces have taken a number of measures … including digging trenches and tunnels to prevent the regime from launching any attack,” he said.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Lukoil, Russia’s second biggest oil producer, said on Tuesday it had decided not to go ahead with plans to develop projects in Iran at the moment due to the threat of U.S. sanctions, a company official said.
The United States plans to impose new sanctions on Iran after pulling out of a 2015 agreement between Iran and major world powers to limit Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
“Considering the latest developments, I guess, it’s too early to say what our plans (about Iran) will be. For the moment, basically, we have everything on hold,” the official told a conference call which followed publication of Lukoil’s first-quarter results on Monday.
Lukoil said on Monday its first-quarter net profit rose to 109.1 billion rubles ($1.8 billion), up 75 percent on the previous year with the help of rising oil prices. The official said that company’s focus remained on its domestic business. “We don’t plant to do anything material on the international M&A side,” he said. Lukoil has been in talks with Iran over development of Abe Timur and Mansuri oilfields.
ANKARA/PARIS (Reuters) - Iran and European powers have made good progress in talks to end the conflict in Yemen as Tehran has shown itself willing to push for a ceasefire and ease the humanitarian crisis there, according to officials on both sides.
The talks were launched in February as part of efforts to avert President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of a 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Created on a separate track to the nuclear negotiations, they are meant to address U.S. concerns over Iran’s regional role and show Washington that Europe could prise compromises from Tehran.
The focus has mainly been on the conflict in Yemen, where arch foes Shi’ite Iran and Sunni Muslim kingdom Saudi Arabia are fighting for influence. Iran denies Saudi accusations of giving financial and military support to Yemen’s Houthis in a civil war and blames the deepening crisis on Riyadh. “Because of the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, we have agreed to work with Britain, France and Germany to end the conflict in Yemen,” a senior Iranian official told Reuters.
“The aim is to secure a ceasefire to help those innocent civilians. We will use our influence to bring our allies to the negotiation table.”
Three European diplomats said the talks had progressed significantly and were going in the right direction.
In November, Iran for the first time acknowledged being involved in the Yemen conflict when Mohammad Ali Jafari, the head of its elite Revolutionary Guards, said Iran provided advisory assistances to its allies in Yemen.
To shield Iran from new U.S. sanctions, the European powers have been pressing Tehran to be less aggressive in the region, including in the civil war in Yemen. “The Iranians have given indications that they are now willing to offer their services to liaise with the Houthis to move forward,” said a European official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“The Iranians are now at least recognizing there is a channel. They obviously aren’t saying they control the Houthis and they never will, but they recognize they have a certain influence on them and ready to use those channels. That’s new.”
Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said talks on the Yemen conflict were being held in parallel to the nuclear talks with the European signatories of the accord, under which Iran accepted to curb its nuclear work in return for the lifting of international sanctions.
“The nuclear deal is not linked to the regional issues … Iran will not hold talks on its influence in the region, except for Yemen because of the humanitarian crisis there,” Abbas Araqchi told state TV on Sunday. A second European official said the discussions with Iranians on Yemen were going “very well”.
“They (Iranians) are telling us they are ready to work on the ceasefire, but they say the Saudis aren’t ready. So it’s a bit of a chicken and egg scenario. We need this now to get into something concrete,” said the second official.
Neither Saudi, Yemeni or Houthi officials responded to requests for comment. Washington, Paris and London all back Riyadh in its intervention in Yemen and all supply weapons and intelligence to Saudi Arabia.
“This is a humanitarian effort … The issue has almost been solved. We are working on a framework,” said another Iranian official.
Araqchi said Iran and European powers will meet in mid-June in Brussels to further discuss the Yemen conflict.
France, which has stressed the importance of supplementing the nuclear deal with substantive talks on other issues, is due to co-host an international conference on Yemen with Saudi Arabia in Paris in June to assess aid needs for the country and possibly contribute to reviving U.N.-backed peace talks.
However, it is unclear how talks between Iran and the European parties of the deal would fit into the U.N. Yemen mediator Martin Griffiths’ efforts.
Griffiths said in April he wanted to present a plan for negotiations within two months to end the conflict, but warned that any new military offensives could “take peace off the table.”
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan said in a phone call that they supported Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.
The phone call was organized at Turkey’s request and also touched on the Turkstream offshore gas pipeline across the Black Sea, the Kremlin said in a statement.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia, the United States and Jordan have agreed to hold a meeting about the fate of Syria’s southern “de-escalation” zone, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Tuesday, the RIA news agency reported. Russia said on Monday only Syrian army troops should be on the country’s southern border with Jordan and Israel, after Washington warned of “firm measures” over truce violations in the region. Jordan also said on Monday it was discussing developments in southern Syria with Washington and Moscow and that all three parties agreed on the need to preserve the de-escalation zone which they brokered last year and which has reduced violence.
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to provide information about women’s rights activists arrested ahead of the lifting of a ban on women driving that is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reform program.
The U.N. human rights office said the government should ensure the women and other campaigners in custody have due process. The crackdown on women’s rights activists, just weeks before a much-hyped lifting of the has revived doubts about Prince Mohammed approach to reforms in the kingdom.
Nearly a dozen prominent activists, mostly women who for years urged reforms that are now being implemented, were arrested this month, drawing a rare expression of concern from the U.N. human rights office on Tuesday.
Six women and three men are known to remain in custody facing very serious allegations that “could lead to draconian sentences”, U.N. human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell told a Geneva briefing. Their exact whereabouts is unknown and most of them have only been permitted to make a single telephone call to their families since they were arrested, she said. “We urge the Saudi Arabian authorities to reveal their locations, and ensure their rights to due process guarantees,” Throssell said. “If, as it appears, their detention is related solely to their work as human rights defenders and activists on women’s issues, they should be released immediately.”
They are entitled to the right to legal representation, to know the nature of the charges against them, to have access to their families and to be brought before an impartial tribunal within a reasonable period of time, she added. Saudi authorities should provide information about a Saudi prince, Nawaf Talal Rasheed, reported to be missing since being deported from Kuwait on May 12 and to make clear if was arrested and on what grounds, she said. He is also Qatari national.
Saudi Arabia rejects Macron comment over Lebanon’s Hariri ‘detention’
Saudi Arabia has rejected French President Emmanuel Macron’s comment that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri had been held against his will in the kingdom, AFP said. Hariri announced on November 4 that he was stepping down in a televised address from Riyadh, only to rescind the statement the following month after Macron’s intervention. In an interview broadcast on Friday by BFMTV, Macron described how he waded into the crisis.“Lebanon has since emerged from a serious crisis where, as I recall, a prime minister was held in Saudi Arabia for several weeks,”Macron said. On Tuesday, a Saudi Foreign Ministry spokesman denied that Hariri was held against his will.“What the French president said… that the kingdom had held Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is incorrect,”the Saudi Press Agency quoted him as saying.“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was and still supports the stability and security of Lebanon and Prime Minister Hariri,”he added.
>India to buy S-400 anti-missile defence system from Russia for $6bn
India has concluded talks with Russia to by the S400 anti-missile defense systems, Indian media reported. “The negotiations to buy the advanced system have already been done”, an indian newspooper said.
According to experts, supplying the Indian Army with the new anti-missile system will be made before the annual summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian PM Narendra Modi set to be held next October. Moscow and New Delhi are also considering methods to protect the deals from the sanctions imposed by the United States under JASTA Law.
>>150425 I see. Well if their experts got out from the Levant then there is a possibility they can be deployed here. Also I would appreciate it if your gave your thoughts on the Israeli question as also requested earlier by lawgoy >>150380
>ISIS launches major offensive in east Homs to advance towards Palmyra
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:50 A.M.) – The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) has launched a major offensive, tonight, to breakout of their large pocket in the Badiya region and advance towards the historical city of Palmyra.
According to a military source in the Homs Governorate, ISIS began the assault by storming the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions to the east of the T-3 Pumping Station.
In particular, the Islamic State militants struck the Syrian Army’s positions inside the strategic Hamimah area, which was once the terrorist group’s stronghold in the Badiya region.
While no gains have been reported, both parties are currently involved in a fierce battle, with the Islamic State on the offensive.
Since the evacuation of their forces from southern Damascus to the Badiya region, the Islamic State has repeatedly launched big assaults in a bid to expand their territory.
>Explosion, gunfire heard near interior ministry in Kabul – report
A loud explosion followed by gunfire was heard on Wednesday near Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry compound in the capital, Kabul. Police officials inside the compound were quoted as saying they believed it was a militant attack on the ministry. Wednesday’s incident comes after a series of deadly attacks in Kabul this year, which have killed and wounded hundreds of people. A US military spokesman said on Wednesday that more than 50 senior Taliban commanders were killed in an artillery strike on a meeting in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand, Reuters reported. The attack in the district of Musa Qala in Helmand, one of the heartlands of the Taliban insurgency, was a significant blow to the insurgents, according to Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan.
Devs May 30 >W Raqqa; Large number of civs continued their protests against forced conscription into the SDF >More from Raqqa; Unknown militants destroyed SDF vehicle with RPG, killing one SDF member >Unconfirmed; KSA officials met with YPG to form KSA funded force, KSA set up checkpoints for recruits, offering $200 a month >E Homs; IS launches major offensive east of T-3, focus on SAA positions in Hamimah, clashes ongoing, IS still on offense >SAA strikes rebel convoy near Al-Hamidiyah in rural Al-Quneitra attempting to bring reinforcements to Golan border region >New rebel coalition, Al-Jabhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir, announces leadership, main AO is Idlib/Hama, addtl presence in Latakia/Al-Bab/Jarabulus >Gaza; IDF launches airstrikes in response to rocket attacks, targeted 25 locations allegedly belonging to Hamas/Islamic Jihad >Israeli/Gaza border has fallen quiet currently due to Egyptian brokered ceasefire >Kabul; A loud explosion followed by gunfire erupts in Afghan Interior Ministry compound, IS-K claims responsibility >Iran to sue US for indirect involvement in 2017 Tehran IS terror attack citing Trump's claim that Hillary and Obama created IS
>>150524 if I had to guess I would say strategically the badiya pocket isn't high priority for 2 reasons. 1- it is fairly isolated from most major cities, hit and run attacks may be a recurring issue, but primarily the forces left behind are NDF meat shields, with some SAA support, so nothing of much value is being lost 2- It provided a place to transport the IS fighters still left in Damascus, had they cleared the desert pocket the SAA wouldn't have had anywhere to take them.
The SAA are probably hoping to move the IS affilated Jaysh Khalid bin al-Walid near the Golan there too once the Daraa op begins, but I am not so sure those guys will want to go out there since they aren't ISIS proper, only affiliated, and the majority of JKBW are local people who grew up in the Yarmouk Basin
>>150525 >1- it is fairly isolated from most major cities, hit and run attacks may be a recurring issue, but primarily the forces left behind are NDF meat shields, with some SAA support, so nothing of much value is being lost yeah well having them alive still is a big concern, these people aren't the sit and wait till SAA come backs type they should be destroyed ASAP since they'll start getting a lot of their fighters reintegrated in the civil life as sleeper agent with the time they got in their hands >2- It provided a place to transport the IS fighters still left in Damascus, had they cleared the desert pocket the SAA wouldn't have had anywhere to take them. sure but now that damscus is empty,the desert pocket serves little purpose as the golan pocket ought to be crushed instead of forced to surrender since the party is pretty much over by now and playing the bussing game with ISIS for their last stronghold is useless
>>150526 well, I said it before, the SAA needed a total extermination policy for IS. literally the only way to ensure they wipe it out as much as possible or else they will be dealing with these areas for years
Diplomacy level 900000000000000 >No answer to ‘Animal Assad’: Syrian leader tells RT he does not have insulting nickname for Trump
US President Donald Trump infamously called his Syrian counterpart ‘animal Assad’ in one of his tweets. When asked whether he has a nickname for Trump, Assad told RT he does not use such language. >This is not my language, so, I cannot use similar language. This is his language. It represents him,” Bashar Assad said in an exclusive interview with RT, which will be shown in full on Thursday at 11:30am GMT. >The only thing that moves you is what people that you trust, people who are level-headed, people who are thoughtful, people who are moral, ethical, that's what should move anything inside you, whether positive or negative. Somebody like Trump will move nothing for me,” he said.
KABUL, Afghanistan — Gunmen dressed as U.S. soldiers and traveling in a captured Humvee set off a suicide bomb and then tried to shoot their way into the Afghan Interior Ministry before being killed by government forces Wednesday, security officials said.
It’s not clear who carried out the attack — one of at least three that occurred in Afghanistan on Wednesday — that targeted the Interior Ministry’s compound a few hundred yards from Kabul’s airport and a coalition air base where Americans and their allies train Afghan forces.
Just after midday, a car bomb exploded at the entrance to the ministry compound, said Hashmat Stanekzai, spokesman for Kabul police.
“After that, several gunmen tried to get into the ministry, but they faced resistance by our security forces,” he said. “The attackers were not able to enter the ministry.”
The firefight ended a little more than two hour later, he said, and all the gunmen had been killed. He could not say how many other casualties there were besides the assailants.
At least one of the attackers was captured, Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in the country, told reporters at the Pentagon via video conference later in the day.
But Nicholson disputed claims by the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate that it was responsible for the attack. Both the Taliban and ISIS have carried out attacks that have left hundreds dead in recent months. The Taliban, however, had not claimed responsibility for the attack.
The tactics smacked more of the Taliban’s Haqqani network, Nicholson said, referring to a brutal branch of the insurgent group considered its most capable. For example, their use of American uniforms and their targeting of a government facility.
“We have seen [American] uniforms used in the past,” the American general said. “It’s been well over a year since we’ve seen that.”
ISIS attacks tend to be person-borne, involving suicide vests, and indiscriminate, often targeting Shiite minorities in the country.
The use of military uniforms and a vehicle was a concern, Nicholson said, as it might cause a hesitation or delay in responding to the attack. However, he said the Afghans responded as they should have.
“They did exactly what they were supposed to do,” he said.
The guards at the gate recognized that the uniforms were dated versions of those worn by U.S. soldiers and demanded the attackers exit the vehicle. That’s when the fighting started, Nicholson said, and one of the attackers detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and some of his fellow gunmen.
The Crisis Response Unit 222, a special police unit, responded to the attack and quickly killed the remaining assailants, Nicholson said.
Seven gunmen had attempted to enter the compound, said Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish. One police officer was killed and five were wounded, he said.
Washington Post reporter Dan Lamothe said on Twitter that the nearby coalition base was locked down for about an hour after the attack. In a later tweet, he said there were concerns that an attacker in a U.S. military uniform was on the base and that head counts were underway.
There was no breach of the NATO compound, said Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, a spokesman for the coalition in Kabul. He said all coalition troops had been accounted for after the attack.
Two other attacks occurred elsewhere in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
In eastern Logar province, suicide bombers attacked a police station in the morning, killing at least three police officers, including the station’s commander and the deputy director of traffic police for the provincial capital, Pul-e Alam, local media reported. A suicide car bomb was set off at the gates before three gunmen in suicide vests stormed the compound.
Four more police officers and eight civilians were wounded in the attack. Among the wounded were two children, the media reported. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Another early morning attack struck the capital of Kandahar province, when a suicide car bomb blast killed three civilians and wounded 13 others, a provincial official told reporters. It is unclear who carried out the attack, though the southern province is the Taliban’s historic heartland.
Afghan officials have said recently that their forces were battling militants in at least half of the country’s 34 provinces and that at least seven provincial capitals were under threat.
On Tuesday, Taliban fighters overran the center of Chora district in the southern province of Uruzgan. A provincial official who spoke to Stars and Stripes on condition of anonymity confirmed that Afghan security forces had withdrawn from the governor’s compound and police headquarters.
The militants were also threatening to overrun parts of Takhar province in the country’s north this week, claiming to have seized arms and equipment after seizing police checkpoints in the besieged Kwajah Ghar and Dasht-e Qalah districts along the Tajikistan border.
The Kabul attack comes nearly one year after a massive car bombing near the diplomatic zone of the city, which killed several hundred people on May 31, 2017.
Nicholson credited the response to the latest attack, and the fact that there has been no “mega” vehicle-borne attack in the past 12 months as a sign of improving Afghan security forces capabilities.
“We’ve had a slight reduction in the number of vehicle-borne (improvised explosive devices),” Nicholson said. “We’ve also seen … a reduction in Taliban and Haqqani activity … because of the very focused counter-terrorism effort on the networks that attack Kabul.”
However, he said a purported drop in Taliban and Haqqani attacks has been offset by increasing ISIS attacks.
Devs May 31 >Jarabulus;Motorcycle rigged with IED kills 4, injures several, in Ariha multi-story bldg leveled by explosion kills scores, many still under rubble >Assad; After liberation of most of Sy the "US is losing its cards", SDF represents the US' post Nusra strategy >Assad cont; SDF will be dealt with 1 of 2 options, "negotiation and – as a last resort – force” >NE Aleppo; Heavy clashes break between Turkish backed groups, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-Sharqiyah >High ranking FSA commander defects to SAA, has been accused of spying for Sy govt >Quneitra;4 Jaysh Ababil Houran fighters killed by IED, unsuccessfully storm Jabhat Ansar Al-Islam base after rumors of defection to SAA arose >RF/Israeli MoDs discussed de-escalation zone in S Sy today in Moscow >N Homs cs; RF forces discover underground jihadist HQ with field hospital stocked with UN medical supplies >Taif;KSA; 2 assailants kill traffic policeman, stole his vehicle/weapon, exchange gunfire at Natl Guard facility, 1 arrested, 1 fled >Yemen;Houthis shoot down KSA drone in Asir Region of southern KSA, shot down another in Baqim in the Sa’ada governate
>>150539 Does anyone know that's actually happening? What's up with Trump, is this what he's normally acts like? He broke his promises does anyone have anything to say? You know what I think, I think Trumps incompetency got himself compromised. Then again His daughter did marry and become Jewish. I do take it that he does want to make America great again, though (is seem to be a ego thing and) in what manner? Great in what way? is it really what the people want? Where are we actually heading?
Devs June 1 >N Latakia; SAA attacked by FSA 2nd Coastal Div, respond with artillery/missile fire in Jabal Al-Akrad/Jabal Turkmen >Israel conducts mock air raids near Syrian-Lebanese border, flew over Leb town Marjeyoun and up Beqa’a Valley >E Daraa; SAA shelled front lines of FSA and HTS in Al-Lijat region for 1st time in months >Daraa; Rebels conduct 3 ambushes on IS-affiliate JKBW, kill 7, 1 defected to rebels >Talks between RF, US, and Jordan to be held in ‘Amman next week >S Idlib/N Hama; RF performs airstrikes on rebels in Khan Sheikhoun, Kafr Zita, Al-Lataminah, Zakat, and Al-Salihiyah >Iraqi PMU forces report direct hits on IS in Sy town of Al-Dashayshah, were attempting crossing into Iraq amid bad weather >Pentagon warns Assad after he states force may be future option for SDF, attacking US allies would be “bad policy" >DeZ; ISIS publicly burned SDF member who was captured in clashes around Al-Baghouz in May >Putin and Bibi discuss Sy peace settlement and other bilateral issues in telephone call >EU, China state they will work to uphold Iran nuclear deal despite US abandoning it
>>150793 >The Last Hour would not come until the Romans land at al-A’maq or in Dabiq. An army consisting of the best (soldiers) of the people of the earth at that time will come from Medina (to counteract them). Sahih-Muslim Hadith, Vol. 41, Chap. 9, Hadith 6924, per Abu Huraira
>Massive number of Syrian, Iranian-backed forces head to east Syria for ISIS offensive
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – A large number of Iranian-backed forces and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) personnel have arrived in the western countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate this evening, as they prepare for a major operation to clear the Badiya Al-Sham region in the vast Syrian Desert.
According to a Syrian military source in Damascus, the Iranian-backed forces and Syrian Arab Army troops were deployed from all over Syria to help with the upcoming operation to clear this desert area.
The source added that Iranian-backed troops from southern Syria were also part of this convoy of reinforcements.
However, the source could not specify if this move to redeploy the Iranian-backed forces to eastern Syria was part of the recent Russian-Israeli negotiations in Moscow.
>>150798 >However, the source could not specify if this move to redeploy the Iranian-backed forces to eastern Syria was part of the recent Russian-Israeli negotiations in Moscow. kinda goes without saying obviously
>>150802 it's not really sectarianism when one side doesn't even believe in it's version and merely uses it to shitpost quite the opposite, it's the banterful confirmation that the side that takes seriously its religion was right all along
>>150799 Stop reading these kind of books. All of them(shia and sunni books) are full of lies and bullshits. If you want to know more about Islam, read quran. Don't waste your time on reading nonsenses by stinky barefoot arabs from 1000 years ago.
>>150816 there is a reason why translations aren't used in religious practices in islam, there is a reason why muslim call the modern gospel (which is a translation of a translation) "corrupted by man" the interpretations of the original document (any document for that matter) are curtailed once they go through only one translation so don't expect to gather a lot from it
>Yesterday, ISKP sent an info about significant gains in Kunar, after attack on the Taliban position. Certainly interesting development, but such seizing control in Kunar and Laghman had happened before. The Taliban had already expelled them twice from the area. >Today, ISKP shows a photoset that is supposed to be telling about the battle mentioned above. Besides heavy machine gunes and rockets, nothing about alleged capturing of villages in the area. But similar situation occured in Khogyani in November 2017, where they reside to today. https://twitter.com/SaladinAlDronni/status/1002915924318572544
>YPG/PKK terror group reaches oil deal with Assad regime The YPG/PKK terrorist group and the Syrian regime have reached an agreement on sharing oil from the Al-Omar oilfield -- one of the largest oilfields in YPG/PKK-occupied Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria, according to local sources.
Under the deal, the YPG/PKK will give 100 barrels of oil from the field to the Bashar al-Assad regime in return for 75 barrels of fuel, the sources said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to media.
The Al-Omar oilfield, the most productive field in war-ravaged Syria, is estimated to produce some 15,000 barrels of oil per day.
Last year, the YPG/PKK reached a deal for sharing the oil revenues in Hasakah province, which is held by the terrorist group.
The U.S-backed terror group occupies roughly 70% of the oil sources in Syria.
Energy sources in Deir ez-Zor
Located near Iraqi border, Deir Ez-Zor contains the largest energy sources in Syria.
There are 11 large oilfields in the eastern side of the Euphrates River, which cuts the province in two. These oilfields make up around one-third of the energy sources in whole Syria.
In September 2017, YPG/PKK terrorists captured the Conoco gas plant, the largest one in the northeastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor.
One month later, the terrorist group seized control of the Al-Omar oilfield.
The oil refineries in Syria, however, are still under the regime control.
Syria has just begun to emerge from a devastating civil war that began in early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
> #Iran have withdrawn from #Syria's Tall Rifaat after Russian-Iranian disagreements about Russian – Turkish consultations to deliver Tall Rifaat to Turkish Forces&in return for the withdrawal of Syrian opposition from triangle of west Jisr al-Shughur-Sahl al-Ghab-NE of Latakia https://twitter.com/metesohtaoglu/status/1002901301586546688
>Turkish forces have pushed 27km deep inside northern #Iraq and are gradually approaching the PKK bastion in the Qandil mountains. This illegal violation of Iraqi sovereignty wouldn't be possible without the cowardice of Kurdish leaders & their collusion with Ankara. https://twitter.com/IraqiSecurity/status/1002992745236004864
>Saudi, UAE-backed forces suffer huge losses as Houthis pushes back in west Yemen BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 A.M.) – The Houthi forces launched a big counter-attack inside the Hodeideh Governorate, targeting the areas recently captured by the UAE and Saudi-backed troops in western Yemen.
In one of the biggest operations this year, the Houthi forces launched massive attack on the supply line of the UAE and Saudi-backed troops in the Hodeideh Governorate.
Not only were they able to cutoff the supply line, but the Houthis forces were also able to fully eliminate an entire regiment of UAE-backed fighters in the process.
According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their fighters stormed the Abu Haroun Regiment’s positions near the Hays District, resulting in over 75 dead and wounded.
>Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Plans to Meet Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang >Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is planning to visit Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s state media reported Sunday, for what could be the North Korean leader’s first summit meeting with a foreign head of state in his capital, Pyongyang. >The report didn’t specify when a visit by Mr. Assad might take place, but quoted the Syrian president as saying: “I am going to visit the DPRK and meet HE Kim Jong Un,” using the acronym for the North’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “HE” is short for “His Excellency.” >If the visit takes place, it will add to a recent burst of diplomacy between North Korea—one of the world’s most isolated countries—and its neighbors and allies. http://archive.is/pdY88
>Houthi leader claims Israeli warplanes are flying over western Yemen BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:35 P.M.) – The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah Movement, ‘Abdul-Malik Badreddine Al-Houthi, stated this weekend that Israeli warplanes were detected over the port-city of Hodeideh in western Yemen.
Houthi said Israeli jets have been seen in Hodeideh’s skies over the past few days amid a push by Arab Coalition to seize the provincial capital, The Yemen-based Masirah TV network reported.
“Yemen is actually fighting against a Saudi-Zionist coalition,” he stated in reference to the Arab Coalition and their alleged ties to Israel.
>Syrian military uncovers militant explosives workshop with Saudi-made chemicals BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 P.M.) – During their demining operation in southern Damascus on Sunday, the Syrian military uncovered a large explosives workshop that was once used by the militant groups.
According to a report from the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Syrian military was combing through a neighborhood in the town of Beit Sahm, when their troops uncovered the explosives workshop.
The explosives workshop had chemical materials that were made in Saudi Arabia, the SANA report added.
At the same time, a one kilometer long tunnel was uncovered inside southern Damascus, as the Syrian military was moving through more areas.
UN official Diego Garcia-Sayan criticized Duterte after the president labelled Maria Lourdes Sereno, the Philippines chief justice, his “enemy” over her refusal to vote for a number of his government’s proposals.
Sereno was later removed from office by majority vote in the Supreme Court.
Speaking on Friday, Garcia-Sayan said the president’s actions sent a “clear message to all judges of the Philippines: In the so-called ‘war on drugs,’ you’re either with me or against me.”
In a televised address to reporters in the capital Manila on Sunday, Duterte dismissed the remarks, saying the human rights expert should not meddle in the country’s domestic affairs.
“Tell him (Garcia-Sayan) not to interfere with the affairs of my country. He can go to hell,” he said. “He is not a special person and I do not recognize his rapporteur title.”
The controversial leader, who came to power on the back of his promise to eradicate his country’s illegal drug trade, is infamous for making fiery statements at UN officials.
In April, he labelled UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein a “son of a whore” after he claimed the Filipino strongman was in need of “psychiatric evaluation.”
Later that same month, Duterte threatened to arrest a prosecutor with the International Criminal Court, arguing that she had no right to conduct investigations in the country. The prosecutor had been looking into allegations of crimes against humanity as the Philippines continues to wage its bloody war on drugs. Police say they have killed over 4,100 people in anti-drug operations since July 2016. However, human rights groups allege the number is at least three times higher. https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/duerte-tells-un-official-to-go-to-hell/
>Iran not withdrawing its troops from Syria: military spox. BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:05 P.M.) – During his press conference in Tehran, the Spokesperson for the Iranian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, told reporters that Iran is not planning on withdrawing its troops from Syria.
Brigadier General Jazayeri then turned his attention to the U.S. forces in Syria, highlighting that they are operating without the approval of the Syrian government.
The Iranian commander’s comments come just days after the Israeli and Russian defense ministers met in Moscow to discuss the current situation in the southwestern provinces of Syria.
Iran has long maintained that their soldiers are not fighting in battles, but rather, advising the Syrian troops across the country.
Israel has accused Iran of building up its forces in Syria and using several bases across the country, which is something Tehran has vehemently denied. https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/iran-not-withdrawing-its-troops-from-syria-military-spox/ >Russian warplanes respond to rebel violations in northern Latakia DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:25 P.M.) – Positions for the jihadi groups stationed in northern Latakia countryside have come under air attack after militants repeatedly violated the de-escalation zone agreement.
For first time in months, Russian warplanes conducted several airstrikes targeting headquarters, gatherings and fortifications for Nusra as well other rebel groups in Kurd Mountain region.
The aerial bombardment comes after militants struck Syrian Army positions with artillery and ATGMs, killing and injuring scores of troops, and destroying vehicles.
SANA agency reported on Sunday, “Units of Syrian Arab Army thwarted infiltration attempt by terrorist groups of Daesh (ISIS) to the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor province, inflicting losses upon their ranks and equipment.”
The ISIS terrorists control the village of “Al-Sha’fah” launched a swift-assault targeting the Syrian positions along the western flank of Euphrates. however, the SAA units managed to repel their offensive.
>Taliban Claims Overrun Pur Chaman District As Surrender Of Governor Haji Dawud, Police Chief Abdul Wali, Intelligence Chief Abdul Zahir & All Security Personnel. 1st pic >#IslamicState Affiliate Khalid Ibn Al-Walid Army Claims Killing 5 Rebel Fighters Including 2 Leaders In Hitt Town Of #Daraa.
The former director and founder of the Signal Battalion in Jaysh Al-Islam, Khalil Ebour, was recently photographed in a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uniform after spying on the militant group for years.
For years, Ebour was Zahran ‘Alloush’s most trusted adviser and confidant; however, unbeknownst to ‘Alloush, his adviser was actually a Syrian Army spy. Ebour played an imperative role in the last battle for Douma, as he gave the Syrian Arab Army information about all of Jaysh Al-Islam’s bases and their secrets.
>Syrian Army reportedly withdrew from north Aleppo DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:00 P.M.) – A convoy for the Syrian Army was seen leaving the northern city of Tall Rifaat to the government-held Nubul and Zahraa towns southward amid conflicting reports of a Turkish-Russian agreement.
According to a rebel military commander, the retreated forces were basically stationed in side Tall Rifaat and Kafr Naya town to the south. However, the commander who belongs to one of the Turkish-backed FSA factions asserted that Syrian Army troops at the frontlines with rebel forces haven’t changed.
According to reports, the withdrawal comes as per a deal held earlier between Russian and Turkey whereby the latter shall take over Tall Rifaat and the surrounding areas in exchange of the Syrian Army re-establishing control over territories in west Hama countryside including the strategic Jisr al-Shughur.
The deal, according to the same reports, has been canceled – or at best cases delayed – following the deployment of Turkish observation posts in Jisr al-Shughur and the entrance of Russian troops into Tall Rifaat.
>New group in Afrin demands East Ghouta refugees leave or face death BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – A new group in the Afrin region of northwest Aleppo issued a stern warning to the refugees from the East Ghouta about staying in this area.
The group calls themselves the “Afrin Hawks” – they are rumored to be a sleeper cell militia that is comprised of fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
According to the their statement, they demand that all East Ghouta refugees leave Afrin or face death at the hands of the Afrin Hawks.
>Large number of rebels settle their cases with government and return to civilian life BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – A large number of rebels settled their legal status in southern Damascucs this weekend in order to return to civilian life, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.
SANA reporter said that committees from the competent authorities on Sunday settled the legal status of several former rebels from the town of Yalda after they turned themselves into the authorities.
As part of the deal, the rebels were supposed to hand over their weapons and pledge not to carry out any act that could harm the security inside the country.
The officer supervising the settlement process told SANA that settling the legal status of the gunmen who wanted to stay in their homes in Yalda, Babila and Beit Sahm is ongoing.
>ISIS Jihadists Blitz Militants Near Jordan Borders, Rebel Commander Killed On Sunday morning, ISIS affiliate “Jaish Khaled bin Alwaleed” attacked the rebel positions in “Hayt” village in western Daraa province, near Jordan borders.
According to Amaq, “two ISIS fighters managed – in the early morning- to sneak throughout the opp-held territories, light clashes were erupted, five rebels were killed as a result”
The media branch of ISIS released a statement saying that “the leader of “Shuhada’a Liwaa Al-Mu’aka” was killed along with another prominent commander in “Al-Thawrah brigade”
>Deal or no deal? US forces to exchange al-Tanaf for Iran and Hezbollah in the south of Syria Russia and Damascus (and its allies) have agreed on a plan for the Syrian Army to liberate what remained of the south of Syria- Qunietra and Daraa. The deal will be discussed this week between senior members (Vice Ministers) of the Russian, US and Jordanian establishments where Damascus and Tehran are blessing the Russian effort and negotiation skills. The deal is clear: either the US pulls out of Tanf crossing or else there will be no deal and the Syrian Army will ask for the support of its allies to liberate the south. The Russian ball has been kicked onto the US field and it is now up to Washington. It can either decide to go to war alongside Israel against Damascus’s forces in the south, or it can pull out its occupation forces from the Syrian-Iraqi crossing.
The Syrian Army is gathering large forces to liberate the last pocket south of the capital Damascus where ISIS (under the name of Jaish Khaled Bin al-Waleed) and other jihadists and their allies occupy the part of southern of Syria bordering Israel and Jordan. Damascus and Amman are looking forward to seeing the Syrian Army regain the control of the borders and reopen the Naseeb crossing to restore one of the most important sources of income to both countries.
However, Israel is turning to Russia – and not the US – to ask for a guarantee that Iran and Hezbollah won’t establish bases on the borders and create a situation where the Syrian borders will be used as a platform to attack Israel in the future.
Russia, Syria and Iran have all agreed on the next step to be taken to liberate the south and for all parties involved to be content. The Israeli demands to see only the Syrian army on its borders won’t be met ‘for free’: there is a price to be paid and the price is the al-Tanf crossing currently occupied by the US forces.
The US forces also occupy part of north-east Syria and the main eastern commercial crossing between Iraq and Syria (al-Tanf). Actually, there is no direct benefit to the US to have forces in Syria – except to support Israel – and the control of the crossing serves either to push the thousands of militants trained by the Pentagon to attack Syrian territories (to no strategic avail) or to slow down the Syrian economy. This is why Russia and its allies expect Tel Aviv to put pressure on Washington to pull out its forces from al-Tanf in exchange for Israeli “peace of mind” on the borders. >cont
>>151097 However, there are several different scenarios possible here:
Israel accepts and asks the US to free the Syrian-Iraqi crossing. The Syrian Army will take control of the south by attacking the jihadists and their allies Israel refuses: the Syrian Army will attack the jihadists with its allies. If Israel reacts by bombing the attacking forces, Damascus and its allies have already established a new Rule Of Engagement (ROE) and will retaliate by hitting targets in the occupied Golan Heights and beyond. The risk of a spill-over war between Israel and Hezbollah and Iran is high. Is the Israeli internal front ready for a wider war? Israel and the US raise their demands and ask for the withdrawal of all Iranian forces from Syria: this is an impossible request to meet for Russia. Iran is based in Syria since the late President Hafez Assad allowed the Iranian revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to support the Lebanese resistance against the Israeli invasion in 1982. Moreover, Syria asked for the support of Iran and its allies in 2013, more than two years before the Russian intervention. Also, Tehran and Damascus – both members of the trio “Axis of the Resistance” (Syria, Iran, Hezbollah) – agree on all issues related to the war in Syria; how to conduct it and what political outcome should be reached. This harmony is not equal to the one between Moscow and Damascus. Thus, Russia is in no position to ask the Syrian government to impose an Iranian withdrawal from Syria for a price that the Syrian Army can impose with or without Israel’s consensus. Thus, Israel has limited space to manoeuvre: to go for a battle with unpredictable consequences against the “axis of the Resistance” and push President Bashar al-Assad to become aggressive, willing to hit Israel and turn from defensive to offensive. Otherwise, Israel could accept to minimise its gain by accepting the absence of Iran and its allies away from the borders.
In his last interview, Assad said that his only option was “to improve air defence, this is the only thing we can do, and we are doing it”. To the “Axis of the Resistance” this is a pure defensive attitude that doesn’t necessarily meet the way Israel should be faced. Iran and its allies would like to show Israel a more aggressive attitude by taking the offensive battle much further than Assad currently wishes. Therefore, the option to have only the Syrian Army on the Israeli occupied Golan heights and on the 1974 demarcation line is all to Israel’s advantage.
There are differences in the way Russia is handling the Syrian dossier with its close allies, though not enough to spoil the relationships. Russia would like to move forward with political reconciliation as fast as possible, ask Damascus to re-write the constitution and see the US out of Tanf, so that the occupation forces (US and Turkey) are concentrated only in the north.
Damascus would not ask Iran and its allies – today – to pull out now unless the danger was over. It has the intention of reviewing (or rather re-writing, as Moscow wishes) the constitution and seeking the withdrawal of all foreign occupation forces.
Regardless of whether the Israeli ‘has the guts’ to ask Syria which forces it can keep on its territory and which forces it can’t, what is certain is that both Russia and the “Axis of the Resistance” want the liberation of the south and would go along with asking Iran and Hezbollah to keep away far from the borders. The “Axis” seems very comfortable with the idea of leaving southern Syria, confident that local Syrian forces are today, after more than 7 years of war, very well equipped with warfare experience and strong ideology to tread an identical path with the “axis” in relation to their animosity to Israel. But now, the head of the US in al-Tanf, on a plate, is the non-negotiable price. https://ejmagnier.com/2018/06/03/deal-or-no-deal-us-forces-to-exchange-al-tanaf-for-iran-and-hezbollah-in-the-south-of-syria/
>#Germany's Bundestag member @SWagenknecht (as translated from RUS): We expelled #Russia from G8. Now the problem is #US seeks to conduct policies that others don't want to conduct. Return of Russia [to G8] might create a counter-balance. https://twitter.com/MSuchkov_ALM/status/1003389951923425281
>Iraq and Iran swap Kirkuk oil in strategic boost for Tehran Iraq and Iran have begun exchanging crude oil, the Iranian oil ministry’s news agency SHANA said on Sunday, in a deal that will position Tehran to expand its interests in its most important Arab ally in the face of growing pressure from Washington.
Crude from the Kirkuk field in northern Iraq is being shipped by truck to Iran. Tehran will use the oil in its refineries and will deliver the same amount of oil to Iraq’s southern ports, on the Gulf.
After helping Iraq stifle a Kurdish push for independence last year, OPEC producer Iran positioned itself to take control of oil exports from the region’s giant Kirkuk field.
Baghdad agreed for the first time to divert crude from Kirkuk province, which it retook from the Kurds, to Iran, where it will supply a refinery in the city of Kermanshah.
The pact is likely to create unease in Saudi Arabia, which along with its ally the United States accuses Iran of trying to dominate the Middle East. Tehran denies the allegations.
REGIONAL RIVALRY Iran is locked in a proxy war with Saudi Arabia that has fueled instability in the region. As well as Iraq, it has been extending its influence in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.
Faced with the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran is expected by analysts to focus on preserving its interests in neighboring Iraq, where it is competing for influence with Washington.
Iran also faces a challenge from Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. The nationalist’s bloc secured a stunning victory in last month’s election by tapping growing public discontent with Iran’s sway in Iraq, and appealing to the poor.
Between 30,000 and 60,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Kirkuk crude will be delivered by the tanker trucks to Darreh Shahr in southwestern Iran, SHANA said.
Iraq and Iran plan to build a pipeline to carry the oil from Kirkuk to avoid having to use trucks.
The swap deal allows Iraq to resume sales of Kirkuk crude, which have been halted since Iraqi forces took back control of the fields from the Kurds in October 2017.
Even though talks between Baghdad and Tehran have been conducted between oil ministry officials and Chamber of Commerce, Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards are well positioned.
>US Coalition begins 2nd phase of east Syria offensive BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 A.M.) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Iraqi Armed Forces launched the second phase of their east Syria offensive against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) this past weekend.
The Coalition press service circulated a message citing representatives of the SDF, in which it claimed the Islamic State still maintains a significant presence on the Syrian border with Iraq.
“The Syrian Democratic Forces began the second phase of their offensive in eastern Syria today,” the Coalition statement began.
“The second phase of the offensive is aimed at clearing the remaining Islamic State areas in coordination with our Iraqi partners,” the statement continued.
“The Iraqi security forces also stepped up their presence along the border in order to prevent the escape of ISIS members from Syria to Iraq,” the coalition added.
>Heavy Israeli presence over Lebanese-Syrian border, Damascus on high alert BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 A.M.) – The Israeli Air Force is currently conducting several flights over the Syrian-Lebanese border amid fears of a potential attack in Syria, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News
According to the military source, the Israeli jets are currently flying over the Lebanese-Syrian border region inside the ‘Akkar District.
The source added that the Syrian Air Defense’s are now on high alert and maintaining restraint, as they believe the Israeli Air Force may be provoking them to attack.
Israel often conducts flights over the Lebanese-Syrian border; however, they rarely fly as far north as the ‘Akkar District, which is also close to the Hezbollah bases in Al-Qusayr.
>>151215 All of them(except england) are banned or rangebanned and england servers are too slow, i can't download files and watch videos with it. It's not important, i barely post anything on 4chan these days
Devs June 4 >Al-Hasakah; SDF claim they captured 5 towns from IS, US launched 20+ airstrikes over Dashishah region >2 members of IS-affiliate JKBW infiltrated FSA HQ in Hayt claiming they were FSA, killed 5 FSA including a commdr, safely escaped after the shooting >JKBW attempted another infil in S Daraa, was foiled and intense clashes broke out between FSA/JKBW >HTS shells SAA positions in Khan‘Arnabeh, SAA returned fire >Explosion near US base in ‘Ayn ‘Issa, SDF claims it was training excercise, SOHR says it was roadside bomb that killed 1 SDF >E DeZ; IS attacks SAA, capture several points inside 3 towns, SAA forced to send troops from Abukamal, claim they pushed IS back >Aleppo; White Helmets member dies from wounds received during attack on White Helmets HQ on May 26, bringing WH death toll to 6 >Turkey advanced 26km inside of Iraq,continue op against PKK >Kabul; Suicide bomber kills 8 near gathering of clerics who came together to denounce terrorism and call for peace >Bibi embarks to Europe, will visit Macron, Merkel, May, “will raise two issues there: Iran and Iran”
>#Taliban Claims Killing/Wounding 9 Security Forces In Nad Ali In #Helmand. 1st pic >#IslamicState Claims Responability For Suicide Bombing On A Meeting Of Islamic Scholars In #Kabul, Killing/Wounding 40. 2nd pic
>>151274 a lot like chicken, but there is something better about it. Gator tail is all I have had, not sure if the other cuts like ribs or flanks have the same consistency. It is a pretty expensive meat, even here in Florida where we have gators everywhere
>>151276 >what the fuck did you use? my snake killing shovel. >also there are safer ways to kill them yeah but corals are quick, rattlesnakes and other vipers will curl up and challenge you, coral just try to get away, so when the wife woke me up I just grabbed the shovel. I made it quick, his head still twisted around for a bit but that's just reflexes mostly.
>>151282 I would chalk that up more to hunting/sportsman needs than just gun culture, most places here in the bush you would definitely want a sidearm with rounds like that, getting bit by a rattlesnake when you are several kms away from just the nearest road let alone a hospital would need you having to act fast before you get bit. >>151284 >you should try camel meat if you have the opportunity What is it like? Doubt I could find any in my city but further south where there are some Arab restaurants I bet I could find some
>>151287 >What is it like? it's an upgrade to beef, like far more tastier (although also tougher so I'd suggest trying minced meat) and leaner (doesn't feel as "heavy" in the stomach as beef) if i could give a comparison it's like the same way duck is superior to chicken
>>151301 Not that I'm aware of, phone posting on the way home from work so I haven't checked anything yet. A Spaniard said something hours ago about images not loading so I thought it was going go down but it never did
Devs June 5 >Breaking reports; YPG military advisors left Manbij today after Turkey/US deal finalized >Daraa; FSA's Jaysh Ahrar Al-Ashaer sends large convoy to front, group claims to have 3,000+ troops in total >W Daraa; IS affiliate JKBW attacks FSA, captures 2 points, kill several, in Heet FSA tried to recapture ground lost to JKBW >Idlib; Ahrar al-Sham allegedly provided coordinates of HTS armory/ammo sites which were used by SAA for air/artillery strikes >Homs-Hama Highway to be reopened tommorrow for 1st time in 7 years >SAA claims IS' advance to Abukamal outskirts untrue, admit lost ground, IS claim they capped Hamar oil field, large parts of Hasrat village >Rebel group Faylaq Al-Rahman begins purchasing bases in Afrin from FSA allies as they attempt to make foothold in NW Aleppo >Hasakah; SDF launch 2nd phase of op against IS, cap Tal Manakh hilltop and Al-Dahou town >SDF cont; Further south IS counterattacked SDF, drive them from Baghouz Al-Fouqani, re-enter Baghouz Al-Tahtani >Houthis fire Badr-1 missile into KSA at Aramco site, KSA claims interception, fired Zilzal-2 at KSA troops in W Yemen, killing several
>Kurdish-led political group to allegedly negotiate with government in Damascus BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – According to a report from Damascus-Now, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council is prepared to negotiate with the Syrian government in Damascus.
The report claimed that the co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council, Ilham Ahmad, has agreed to send a political delegation to Damascus in order to begin talks with the Syrian government.
This meeting will allegedly have no preconditions, Damascus-Now added.
>Turkey is ready to go to war with PKK forces in northern Iraq Turkey is discussing cooperation in the fight against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated on Tuesday.
Suleyman Soylu, the head of the Interior Ministry of Turkey, stated yesterday that many areas in the Hakurk area in the northern part of Iraq came under the control of the Turkish armed forces.
According to Soylu, the Turkish forces advanced 26-27 km deep into Iraqi territory, with their ultimate goal being the Qandil Mountains, where the PKK camps are located.
“There will be quadrilateral cooperation between Turkey, the United States, Baghdad and Erbil, since the PKK is also the enemy of Erbil … We are determined to clear our borders from the PKK. Iraq’s support is key, because it is Iraqi land,” he continued.
“The PKK left Sinjar, but still has a significant presence in the mountains of Qandil and outside of this region. We will clear all these areas,” Cavusoglu stated at a press conference in Antalya.
>>151552 good point but your second post about talis being /fit/ is against US values does show to which group are alluding to. But then again im assuming the hungarian also knows the difference between these two groups so yeah there was no point in this conversation.
>>151553 > your second post about talis being /fit/ is against US values does show to which group are alluding to you don't need to belong to any group to hate (((american values))) doesn't mean it referred to afghan taliban :^)
>Iran Moves to Lift Its Nuclear Enrichment Capacity
Iran announced on Tuesday that it had completed a new centrifuge assembly center at the Natanz nuclear site, in a first step to increasing its enrichment capacity.
While Iran said it would keep enrichment within limits set by the 2015 nuclear accord, the center’s opening seemed to signal that it could swing to industrial-level enrichment if that agreement, which the United States withdrew from last month, should further unravel.
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, told state television that the center’s construction had been “in line with our safeguard commitments but not publicly announced.”
A spokesman for the Iranian nuclear agency, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said a letter had been sent to the International Atomic Energy Agency explaining the action. He also told the semiofficial Iranian Students’ News Agency that Tehran would increase its capacity to produce uranium hexafluoride, a feedstock for centrifuges.
It was unclear whether the assembly center would actually begin to produce new centrifuges.
Under the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran stopped enriching uranium to the 20 percent level that would allow for rapid development of a nuclear weapon and agreed to a limit of under 5 percent. It will adhere to that limit, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in a speech on Monday.
It was also uncertain whether the opening of the centrifuge plant would have any significant impact on Iran’s nuclear program, which continues to be closely monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
When Tehran agreed in 2015 to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international and United States sanctions, European companies rushed to enter the Iranian market. European governments have been working to keep the deal alive and protect those investments after President Trump dismayed many on the Continent by withdrawing and reimposing banking sanctions.
However, the American sanctions would still be a major problem, particularly for multinational companies, and several European firms have already announced plans to pull out of Iran. On Monday, the French group PSA, the maker of Peugeot and Citroën cars, which produces 440,000 vehicles a year in Iran, started closing its joint ventures with local auto manufacturers, though PSA said it would seek a waiver from the United States to maintain that production level.
In his speech on Monday, Ayatollah Khamenei warned the Europeans that Iran’s patience was limited, but analysts said that Tehran’s demands of guaranteed purchases of Iranian oil and free bank transfers with the European Union might exceed what the bloc could deliver.
“The Europeans expect the Iranian nation to tolerate and grapple with the sanctions, to give up their nuclear activities, which is an absolute requirement for the future of the country, and also to continue with the restrictions that have been imposed on them,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. “I would tell these governments that this bad dream will not come true.”
The Trump administration has shown no outward willingness to compromise on Iran. If anything, it has hardened its position that any companies that engage with Iran do so at their own peril.
In a speech on Tuesday in Washington, the Treasury under secretary in charge of sanctions enforcement, Sigal Mandelker, said that the administration views Iran as a haven for terrorism financing, duplicity and human rights abuses.
“The Iranian regime will deceive your companies, undermine the integrity of your financial systems, and put your institutions at risk of our powerful sanctions,” Ms. Mandelker said. “You must harden your financial networks, require your companies to do extra due diligence to keep them from being caught in Iran’s deceptive web, and make clear the very significant risks of doing business with companies and persons in Iran.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/05/world/middleeast/iran-nuclear-deal.html?
>U.S. Warns United Arab Emirates Against Assault on Yemeni Port Hodeidah
The United States has warned its close ally the United Arab Emirates not to launch an assault on Yemen's port city of Hodeidah, which United Nations experts fear could precipitate a new humanitarian crisis, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.
The warning was issued as Emirati-backed Yemeni forces moved within 6 miles (10 km) of the Red Sea port, a lifeline for humanitarian supplies for the country's war-wracked populace. The port is controlled by Yemen's Houthi movement.
U.N. officials have warned that an assault on Hodeidah, which has a population of about 600,000, would cause a humanitarian calamity. A U.N. contingency plan projects that in the worst-case scenario of a prolonged siege, tens of thousands could die.
"In terms of an operation on Hodeidah, we've been quite clear that we want to engage on the political track," a Western official said on condition of anonymity, adding that U.N. envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths "now has the best chance of anyone in quite some time of getting it moving."
"This is a point that we've made at the top level," the official added. "The Saudis and Emiratis have made clear that they would not move without a joint understanding from their friends and partners of what the next steps are - what the day after will be - if there were an assault on Hodeidah."
U.S. officials met at the White House on Tuesday to discuss the crisis, two sources with knowledge of the meeting said. It was unclear whether any decisions were reached.
A spokesperson for the White House National Security Council said Washington opposed any effort by the Emirates and Yemeni troops it backs to seize the city.
"The United States has been clear and consistent that we will not support actions that destroy key infrastructure or that are likely to exacerbate the dire humanitarian situation that has expanded in this stalemated conflict," said the spokesperson, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and asked not to be named.
"We expect all parties to abide by the Law of Armed Conflict and avoid targeting civilians or commercial infrastructure," the spokesperson said.
The United States and the Emirates are close economic and security allies, working together against militant groups in Yemen and elsewhere.
Any direct American support to an Emirati ground offensive against Hodeidah would mark a major departure from U.S. policy toward Yemen, which has sought to focus U.S. military activity against al Qaeda-affiliated militants.
The United States also has repeatedly urged the Saudi-led coalition, both under President Donald Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama, to prevent civilian casualties.
Critics of Washington have said, however, that its refueling of Saudi-led coalition jets, arms sales and limited U.S. intelligence support make it complicit in civilian casualties caused by the coalition.
>Rebels, ISIS reportedly negotiate ceasefire in southern Syria town ahead of Syrian Army offensive BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Islamic State (ISIS) are negotiating a ceasefire inside a west Dara’a Governorate town, pro-opposition activists reported this morning.
According to the activists, the FSA and Jaysh Khaled bin Walid (ISIS faction in Daraa) leadership are holding their negotiations inside the town of Tasil, which is located near the front-lines of both forces in western Dara’a.
The talks of a ceasefire in west Dara’a come just days before the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies launch a large-scale offensive in southern Syria.
>US-backed forces release footage of their troops capturing new town in northeast Syria BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) released footage this morning of their troops seizing a new town inside the northeastern province of Al-Hasakah.
The SDF seized the town of Al-Fakkah on Tuesday, when they managed to overrun the Islamic State’s (ISIS) defenses and force the terrorist group to retreat southeast towards the Iraqi border.
Earlier this week, the SDF kicked off the second phase of Operation Jazeera Storm, with an emphasis on eliminating the Islamic State’s last remnants in the Al-Hasakah Governorate.
>Syrian military kills several jihadists in southern Aleppo BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) stated on Wednesday that their forces carried out a powerful attack against a group of jihadist rebels that were gathering in southern Aleppo.
The Syrian Army identified the jihadist rebels as members of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham; they were preparing to move on the offensive against the government troops before they were attacked.
According to the military, the Syrian Army scored direct hits on the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham gathering near the town of Khirbat Maratah, killing and wounding scores of these jihadist rebels.
Furthermore, a reporter from the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) stated that the army’s artillery units responded to another ceasefire breach in northwestern Aleppo by firing several shells and missiles towards the western part of the Al-Zahra’a Assocaition Quarter.
The statement says that the YPG members, who had been training the locals, left this city under an agreement with the Manbij Military Council.
According to Firat News Agency, the Kurdish troops seized Manbij from the terrorists of the Islamic State (IS, outlawed in Russia) on June 1, 2016.
They helped the locals create their own armed police. The YPG statement says that the militiamen “are now capable of supporting security in the city independently, and there is no need for Kurdish military councils anymore.”
The Al Mayadeen television channel links the withdrawal of the YPG fighters with the American-Turkish agreements concerning control over Manbij. On Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held negotiations with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, during which the sides approved the so-called “roadmap” on the withdrawal of Kurdish troops from Manbij.
The YPG forces are the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an Arab-Kurdish armed coalition that is supported by Washington. Regardless of this fact, Ankara considers the YPG to be a terrorist organization and regards its presence near the Syrian-Turkish border as a threat to Turkey’s security. In March, the Turkish forces took control of Afrin (65 km from Aleppo), an administrative center that used to be controlled by the Kurdish fighters. https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/ypg-says-troops-fully-moved-out-of-manbij/
>Developing: Syrian military attacks rebel forces near Turkish Army lines in Latakia BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Syrian military did not hesitate to strike the jihadist rebels in northern Latakia, today, as their jets and helicopters repeatedly pounded the militants near the Turkish Army’s lines in Jabal Al-Akrad.
According to a military source in Latakia, the attack began this morning, when a Syrian attack chopper launched several strikes against the jihadist rebels positioned inside the town of Kabbani near the Al-Ghaab Plain.
Following the helicopter strikes, the Syrian Air Force carried out a powerful attack that also targeted the same area.
As the jihadist rebels began to respond with heavy artillery, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) quickly engaged them with surface-to-surface missiles that they fired from the area just south of Kabbani.
With the Turkish military’s presence in northern Latakia, the Syrian Army is unable to launch ground attacks without interference from the troops loyal to Ankara.
>Russia’s defense chief urges CIS states to join Syria’s restoration Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu called on the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on Wednesday to take part in restoring a peaceful life in the war-torn Syria.
“Today a major part of the country’s territory has been liberated from militants, and talks are underway with other terrorists on laying down arms. The plans of setting up a pseudo-caliphate have been frustrated. All conditions have been created for a political settlement and Syria’s resurgence as one and undivided state,” Shoigu said opening the CIS Defense Ministers’ Council’s meeting.
Shoigu called on his counterparts to take part in restoring peaceful life in Syria.
“Today a broad spectrum of our practical cooperation on Syria is possible. This is clearing the territory of mines, joint patrolling of control in the de-escalation zones, providing humanitarian assistance and restoring the infrastructure. We expect to have your support, which would show our unity in the war on global terror and ensuring common security,” he stressed.
>Russian, Syrian jets target jihadist sites in Idlib BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces resumed their airstrikes over the Idlib countryside this afternoon, targeting several sites belonging to the jihadist rebels.
Russian and Syrian jets flying out of the Hmaymim Airbase in southwest Latakia launched at least a half dozen airstrikes over the town of Ariha, hitting a weapons depot belonging to the jihadist rebels.
In addition to their airstrikes over Ariha, the Russian and Syrian jets also struck the Idlib Governorate towns of Oram Al-Jouz and Basniqoul.
>Jihadist rebels kill several ISIS terrorists in large-scale operation BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched a large-scale operation in west Idlib this week, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIS) sleeper cells inside the province.
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s operation would prove successful, as their fighters managed to kill scores of Islamic State terrorists, while also seizing a large quantity of their weapons in the western countryside of Idlib.
>Militants assassinate member of reconciliation committee in Daraa as battles loom DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:25 P.M.) – Zakaria al-Amiyan, member of the reconciliation committee in Daraa province, was assassinated today by rebel fighters as the Syrian forces amass for the final battle.
Al-Amiyan was kidnapped four days ago in the town of Da’el while he was heading to the provincial capital. His body was found dumped on the road with bruises and cuts that clearly indicate he was brutally tortured before executed by his captors.
Devs June 6 >RF MoD calls on former Soviet states, the CIS, to take part in restoration of peace in Syria >Al-Hasakah; SDF caps Al-Jakah (15km from Al-Shadaddi) from IS, CJTFOIR conducts airstrike over Jazaa, SANA says they killed 10 civs >Idlib; HTS publicly execute 2 alleged members of ISIS, they also conducted ops against ISIS training camp in Kafr Hand, killing 22, arrest 4 >Daraa; IS affiliate JKBW launches inghimasi attack on FSA. Unconfirmed reports; JKBW and FSA are conducting ceasefire talks ahead of SAA op >N Latakia; SAA runs multiple air and artillery strikes at rebels near Turkish lines in Jabal Al-Akrad >YPG completes withdrawal of all troops from Manbij >S Aleppo; Large group of HTS preparing to attack SAA was hit by strikes in Khirbat Maratah >Idlib; RF/Syrian air forces targeted rebel positions in Ariha and Basniqoul >Homs-Hama Hwy officially reopened today after 7 years of being closed >French FM; Iran's statement about uranium enrichment if nuclear deal fails ‘close to red line’ >Tehran ‘in no mood’ to cooperate more fully with IAEA inspectors until standoff over nuclear deal resolved
>1. SDF/YPG has begun to release captured foreign ISIS members and bring them back into ISIS territory, several Germans held in Northern Syria told me. This is consistent with the assessment in a document from Belgium intel agency VSSE. >2. Among the captured ISIS members who were brought back to ISIS territory were reportedly citizens of Russia, Turkey, Tunisia and Morocco as well as Syrians and Iraqis. >3. German ISIS members in Northern Syria are afraid that they will be the next ones to be sent back. Unlike in those public interviews were armed guards control and listen to every word, I spoke with them in confidence without guards. >4. Even though their stories were consistent and the German ISIS members didn't know each other, I was skeptical when I heard their stories. However, after I got a document from Belgium intel agency VSSE which corroborates their reports, it seems that they told the truth. >5. VSSE doc states that they have reliable information about women and children of ISIS fighters being sent from Kurdish camps to back to ISIS territories by bus. The VSSE says it's possible that Belgium nationals will also be send back to ISIS. >6. When I asked the German Foreign Ministry about it, they told me that they also got reports about people being sent back from detention to ISIS territory, but have no further information and are unable to provide assistance in Syria. >7. VSSE says that the captured ISIS members are sent back for financial reasons. Several hundred FF from Europe alone were captured by SDF/YPG, yet European countries refuse to deal with the issue and leave their citizens in Syria. >8. It's wrong to leave them in Syria for a number of reasons. Most obvious: Their children are innocent and should be flown out of a warzone immediately. A German national told me that some children have already died under worsening conditions. >9. It's also wrong to drop Europe's Jihadis in Syria were they are a burden for Syrians. SDF/YPG now has to accommodate and guard them and will eventually let them free / bring them back to ISIS territory. >10. Foreign ISIS members are citizens of their respective countries and should be prosecuted there. Stripping them of their citizenship is the wrong way to deal with this issue. https://twitter.com/bjoernstritzel/status/1004051686116114432
>Iraqi forces eliminates ISIS sleeper cells in Kirkuk BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) kicked off an important operation this morning that targeted the last remnants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Kirkuk region.
In a matter of hours, the Popular Mobilization Units have already combed through a number of towns in the Kirkuk region after identifying several sleeper cells belonging to the Islamic State.
According to the official media of the Popular Mobilization Units, their troops completed their cleansing operation inside the town of Al-Rashad.
The PMU managed to uncover at least three tunnels that were filled with Islamic State terrorists inside of Al-Rashad.
>Ahrar Al-Sham Collaborates With Russia In Bombing HTS In Idlib – Russian Media “Ahrar Al-Sham; major rebel faction operating in Idlib and some parts of Aleppo, cooperates with the Russians to bomb the Hayyat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in Idlib“, under this title, the Russian agency “RusVesna” reported as per its sources in the Russian forces.
The agency cited that “the Ahrar Al-Sham militants provided intelligence to the Russian aerospace forces on the activities of the (HTS) in the countryside Idlib, to be bombed by warplanes later.”
According to the video description, the information provided by Ahrar Al-Sham to the Russians included the coordinates of headquarters, IEDs plants, and mortar shells depots which are affiliated to HTS.
>Syrian Jets Pummel ISIS Targets Ahead Of Military Operation In Eastern As-Suwayda The Syrian Army begin bombing the terror group of the Islamic state (ISIS) positions in the eastern As-Suwayda province in preparation to new military action in the area.
According to local reports from the southern province, Syrian warplanes and helicopter gunships conducted – on Wednesday – multiple air raids over ISIS hideouts in Tall Sa’add and Al-Tamthounah barren areas.
The reports added that, new military reinforcement from the Republican guard were deployed – within the last three days – to the east of the province, prior to the jets bombarding.
>Arab forces in Manbij reject Turkey’s military presence inside city despite US deal BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – The Arab-led Manbij Military Council did not show any love to Turkey this week, despite the latter’s satisfaction over the withdrawal of the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) from Manbij.
According to a statement released by the Manbij Military Council on Wednesday, their group will not accept any Turkish military presence inside Manbij.
“We will not accept that,” council spokesman Sharfan Darwish told Reuters.
Turkey and the United States on Monday reached an agreement for jointly administering Manbij.
>Syrian Army gives rebels until June 14th to surrender in southern Syria BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has officially given the rebels in the Dara’a and Al-Quneitra governorates until the end of Ramadan to surrender or else they kickoff their long awaited offensives.
According to a military report, the Syrian Army informed the rebels that they have until June 14th to give them an answer; they will not give them an extension.
The rebels have already stated that they are not interested in a reconciliation deal with the government, so the likelihood of them surrendering on June 14th is very slim.
> Syrian Army sends more reinforcements to repel ISIS attacks in Deir Ezzor DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:05 P.M.) – The Syrian Army Command has dispatched a paramilitary group to help Syrian forces maintain their positions amid recurrent ISIS onslaughts.
The reinforcements were sent after the Islamic State intensified attacks on the Syrian Army and allied forces in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor province. ISIS deadly attacks have proved costly for the government forces in terms of troops and military hardware.
Saraya AL-Areen, an independent Syrian group that fights alongside SAA like NDF under command of Military Intelligence Directorate, has been assigned with beefing up the SAA defensives in the oil-rich province.
>>Syrian Army foils rebel attempt to smuggle arms into Idlib DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:30 P.M.) – Huge quantities of weapons and ammunition intended to be smuggled into the jihadist-held Idlib province were seized by the Syrian Army in north Homs countryside.
The smuggled weapons include assault rifles, machineguns, RPGs launchers, Fagot ATGM, Cobra Sam missile, mortar shells , B-9 rifles and big amount of Ammo and grenades.
The weapon cache, hidden in food trucks, was set to be transported to jihadi groups in the southern countryside of Idlib via local smuggles.
>Syrian special forces carry out mission behind enemy lines to wipe out rebel unit BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – A new unit from the Syrian special forces recently carried out an operation behind enemy lines in the Idlib Governorate, a military source in Dmascus told Al-Masdar News.
According to the source, the Syrian special forces slipped behind enemy lines in the Al-Ghaab Plain and reached the rebel-held town of Haqoura.
Once inside Haqoura, the Syrian special forces positioned themselves to launch an ambush against a group of rebels that were supposedly traveling through the town.
The Syrian special forces then carried out the ambush and wiped out the entire rebel group before slipping back to friendly lines.
Pro-opposition activists reported that five fighters were killed and seven other combatants were badly wounded after “unknown assailants” opened fire on the group.
>Saudi jihadist commander reportedly assassinated in rural Idlib BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – A Saudi jihadist commander of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham was assassinated this week after unknown assailants opened fire on his vehicle in rural Idlib.
According to pro-opposition activists, Abu Mohammad ‘Abdallah was traveling through the eastern part of the Ma’arat Al-Nu’man District when the unknown assailants attacked his vehicle.
The HTS commander is a Saudi national that was previously a leader in the Al-Nusra Front.
>US wants Saudi, UAE, Jordanian military presence in Syria – Kurdish politician Gelo Iso, the president of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Party, shared with Sputnik that the representatives of the Arab states brought by the US to the negotiations with Syrian tribes, namely Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan, expressed their willingness to participate in rebuilding Syrian cities, especially Raqqa.
But the US wants more than just funding from Arab states to restore Syria — Washington wants the three states to establish a military presence in northern Syria, Iso added.
According to him, Washington wants to transfer responsibility for the Sunni-inhabited territories to them, but the Arab states are hesitating to give affirmative answer, as they feel it might be a possible trap from the US.
“Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UAE want to create forces of an Arab coalition in northern Syria, but several factors exist that make them waiver on this decision. The key factor is the possible reaction from Turkey, Russia and Iran, that might follow, if Arab forces deploy their troops to Syria,” the politician said.
Iso claimed that there is still no clarity with Arab states’ plans and so far they are only ready to supply humanitarian aid to Syria.
>Kurdish party ready to talk with Syrian government The dominant US-backed Syrian Kurdish party that controls large swaths of oil-rich territory in northeastern Syria is prepared to hold talks with the government in Damascus over the future of the area, a senior Kurdish official said Wednesday.
Aldar Khalil said his party is ready to send a delegation to “test the waters” to see whether President Bashar Al-Assad’s government is ready to accept an autonomous Kurdish area in the northeast, AP reports.
“The aim would… be to develop a Syrian-Syrian solution and close the door on conflicts and wars,” Aldar said in messages on a social media application.
The proposition came a day after Turkey and the US agreed on a “roadmap” to resolve a dispute over the northern Syrian town of Manbij.
It is controlled by the US-backed Kurdish fighters, Washington’s main ally in Syria.
>>151806 nah, I quit doing that like 6 months ago. I liked it, but I found myself using more and more. Lately I have been smoking a cigar or 2 and by doing so I barely ever touch cigarettes, which I would be going through a pack and a half a day otherwise.
>>151809 >but I found myself using more and more same, although i have found out that when i fast, i don't feel the cravings so i managed to keep my consumption down as for smoking cigarettes or cigars, i just can't go back to it, the taste that stays in the mouth makes it too repulsive for me
>Trouble in paradise: Jihadist civil war restarts after militants attack one another in rural Idlib BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The jihadist ceasefire in northern Syria was short-lived as the militant group in northern Idlib exchanged hostilities near the Turkish border on Wednesday.
According to pro-opposition activists in Idlib, a fierce battle broke-out between Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-Ahrar (FSA faction) inside the town of Zardana this afternoon.
The heavy clashes broke-out after Jaysh Al-Ahrar attempted to setup two checkpoints inside Zardana; this prompted HTS to launch a powerful attack in order to deter them from trying to expand their presence.
Not long after the clashes broke-out in Zardana, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham was able to seize the entire town and all of Jaysh Al-Ahrar’s weapons, forcing the latter to retreat to safety.
>Breaking: Syrian Army launches powerful night assault in eastern Daraa BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – At approximately 11:00 P.M. (local time), the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a powerful attack against a group of militants inside the eastern countryside of the Dara’a Governorate.
According to military journalists in eastern Dara’a, the Syrian Army unleashed a flurry of artillery shells and missiles towards the Islamist rebel defenses near the Lijat region.
No further details have been released.
The Syrian Army is expected to kickoff their long-awaited offensive in southern Syria in the coming days, as they gave the rebel forces an ultimatum that expires on June 14th.
>>151840 Here is some of the 3 day argument we had if you want to put it together a bit for JJ, it stretches through a few threads I believe. I found it because I remembered you baked the thread after this the "Might is Right Edition"
>Turkish army is advancing to #Iraq’s Mt.Qandil as part of an operation launched against PKK in March,our army is now advancing to Qandil-Mahir Unal,AKP’s spox Turkey's Int.Min.Soylu: #Diyarbakir is not free as long as #Qandil stands there #KRG asks #PKK to leave the region https://twitter.com/metesohtaoglu/status/1004481644135411712
>France: Netanyahu, Macron clash over Iran deal BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that he never tried to convince France to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal, during a joint press conference with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Paris.
“I want to make it clear that I didn’t ask President Macron to leave the deal. I think the economic realities are going to decide this matter, so this is not what we focused on. What we focused on is to stop Iranian aggression in the region, specifically, Israel’s goal, which I think should be shared by all of those who seek peace, and prosperity and stability in the Middle East, a reconstructed Syria, which you seek, affirmed Netanyahu.
The Israeli Prime Minister assured that “the greatest threat to the world today in my view is nuclear weapons in the hands of a radical Islamic regime like Teheran.”
On his end, Macron said that France will continue to work with the existing deal, calling it “a milestone worth preserving.”
Devs June 7 >Putin; RF is not pulling troops from Sy, will stay as long as "it is beneficial for Russia" and to fulfill "intl obligations" >SAA 9th Division shock troops were deployed to Badiya al-Sham for op against IS >Sy Kurdish military council spokesman; "YPG will conclude…withdrawal in…coming days" from Manbij >W Aleppo; Large Turkish military convoy spotted moving towards Khan Al-‘Assal, will reinforce observation post there >Merkel, Macron, May allegedly reach “widespread agreement” about need to remove Iranian military presence from Sy after Bibi vist >Al-Hasakah; SAA stops US mil convoy at checkpoint, prevents them from entering Qamishli, forcing their return to Al-Shadaddi >DeZ; Iraqi AF targets alleged IS command center in Hajjin, claim it was destroyed >E Daraa; SAA launches late night barrage of artillery/missiles at rebels near Lijat region >Idlib; Ceasfire between HTS/rebels ends, Jaysh al-Ahrar attempted to set up checkpoints in Zardana, HTS attacked and captured the town >An HTS foreign commander from the KSA, Muhammad Abu Abdullah, was killed near Maarat al-Numaan by unknown assassins >Thousands of Jordanians continue protests against tax hikes
>from this >Sabena Flight 571 was a scheduled passenger flight from Brussels to Lod via Vienna operated by the Belgian national airline, Sabena. On 8 May 1972 a Boeing 707 passenger aircraft operating that service, captained by British pilot Reginald Levy, DFC, was hijacked by four members of the Black September Organization, a Palestinian terrorist group. >On 9 May 1972 at 4:00 p.m. the rescue operation began: a team of 16 Sayeret Matkal commandos, led by Ehud Barak and including Benjamin Netanyahu >including Benjamin Netanyahu >They then stormed the aircraft, killing both male hijackers within two minutes > Netanyahu was also wounded during the rescue when another commando, Marko Ashkenazi, accidentally discharged his gun as he used it to hit Theresa Halsa. The bullet passed through her and penetrated Netanyahu’s bicep https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabena_Flight_571 >to that >Netanyahu held ‘serious’ talks with Assad on relinquishing Golan — ex-adviser >>The negotiations were reported in 2012 by the Yedioth Ahronoth daily, citing US sources, calling the talks “intense” and saying Netanyahu had agreed to withdraw from the entire Golan in exchange for a peace deal. The Prime Minister’s Office denied that report and rejected Arad’s Wednesday comments.. https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-held-serious-talks-with-assad-on-relinquishing-golan-ex-adviser/ >we've reached levels of cuckoldry that were scientifically impossible
>>152126 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Nickel_Grass >Operation Nickel Grass was a strategic airlift operation conducted by the United States to deliver weapons and supplies to Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. In a series of events that took place over 32 days, the Military Airlift Command of the U.S. Air Force shipped 22,325 tons of tanks, artillery, ammunition, and supplies in C-141 Starlifter and C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft between October 14 and November 14, 1973 >Another effect of the operation was the near-resignation of then United States chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) General George Brown. Brown was nearly forced to resign after making comments claiming that Israel received U.S. military aid because Jews controlled the American banking system.
>>152128 >muh arab incomp- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Bramble_Bush >Operation Bramble Bush was an Israeli plan to assassinate the then president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein >A rehearsal for the operation took place on November 5, 1992 in the Negev desert. The operation's execution was just two days away. However, in the rehearsal, Israeli commandos accidentally fired live rounds into a convoy simulating the target, killing five of their fellow Sayeret Matkal commandos and wounding six more. The head of the IDF, Ehud Barak, had been watching the rehearsal at the time. >The plan was cancelled. >Israeli censors tried to prevent Israeli newspapers from publishing the fact that the head of military intelligence, Uri Sagi, had witnessed the accident
a mistake from arabs that takes a toll on their reputation is that they don't bother censoring their shortcomings this hard
>High ranking rebel commander assassinated in Afrin BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 A.M.) – A high ranking commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) was killed in the Afrin region of northwest Aleppo tonight, pro-opposition media activists reported.
Ahmad Masto of the Turkish-backed Shamiya Front was killed when unknown assailants in Afrin city opened fire on him and his associates.
While no group has claimed responsibility for the assassination, the Free Syrian Army has accused Kurdish sleeper cells of carrying out the attack
This assassination comes just days after a group calling itself “Suqour Afrin” demanded that all rebels and their family members leave Afrin or else they will be killed. https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/high-ranking-rebel-commander-assassinated-in-afrin/ >Large rebel group mobilizes troops for Daraa showdown, unveils new missile BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 A.M.) – The Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Southern Front Brigades released several photos on Thursday of their forces amassing for their upcoming showdown with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Dara’a and Al-Quneitra governorates.
In addition to showing a large gathering of their forces in the Dara’a Governorate, the Southern Front also released photos of their new missile that is dubbed the “Abu Bakr.”
The Abu Bakr is a homemade rocket that is the size of a typical ballistic missile; it will be used during their upcoming battle against the Syrian Arab Army.
>Houthi forces seize large district near Saudi border BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 A.M.) – The Houthi forces launched a unique operation in northern Yemen’s Al-Jawf Governorate on Thursday, targeting a large district controlled by the Saudi-backed Hadi loyalists.
According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their troops launched a big attack on the Al-Moton District of Al-Jawf in a bid to advance to expel the the Hadi loyalists from more areas inside the province.
The Houthi forces would impose full control over the Al-Moton District after killing scores of Saudi-backed troops on Thursday.
>#IslamicState Claims Thwarts #SAA Attack In Suweyda. 1st pic >#IRAQ #IslamicState Claims Attack On Tribal Fighters In North Of #Baqubah In Diyala Governorate. 2nd pic >#Taliban Releases Pictures Showing Distribution Of Foods In Saripul Province.
>#Syria #Idlib Katibat Al Tawhid Wal Jihad claimed responsibility for yesterday's clashes on the border of of Al-Fouah and Kafrayya Clashes resulted in a young man dying and another injured, also causing material damage as a result of a piece of agricultural land burning. https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/1005051744303439872
>#IRAQ #IslamicState Claims Attacks On Police Positions In #Samarra. pic 1 >#IslamicState Takes Responsibility For Suicide Attack On Lawmaker House In #Jalalabad Of #Nangarhar, Claims Killing/Wounding 25. pic 2
>US-backed militia advances against ISIS in eastern Syria DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:20 P.M.) – A US-backed Syrian group has managed to capture swaths of lands from the Islamic State in eastern Syria as the terror organization regained momentum by launching sporadic attacks against Kurdish and Syrian forces.
The offensive launched by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – with heavy support from US airstrikes – has ousted ISIS from 3 towns and 7 farms, thus putting the Kurdish militia just 8 km away from ISIS’ key bastion; Al-Dshishiyah town.
According to Kurdish sources, at least 34 militants were killed, including 2 senior commanders.
>>152213 >#Syria #DeirEzZor #SAA Soldier : The ISIS gatherings east of the Euphrates have become a poisoned dagger in the back of the Syrian Army and the allies west of the Euphrates. ISIS attacked the position of our forces early this morning in the north western suburbs of Bukamal CS https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/1005108342694563840
>Russia denies carrying out deadly attack in Idlib Russia’s Defense Ministry has rejected the reports of the Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Center and White Helmets that a Russian warplane had allegedly delivered an airstrike on June 7 near the community of Zardan in Syria’s Idlib province.
“All the reports of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (the other version of the name of the Syrian Human | Rights Monitoring Center) and While Helmets that a Russian plane allegedly delivered an airstrike on June 7 in the area of the community of Zardan in the province of Idlib have nothing to do with reality,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
“According to available information, there was fierce fighting in the past twenty-four hours in the said district of the province of Idlib between a large formation of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization [outlawed in Russia] and the Jaysh al-Ahrar irreconcilable opposition grouping with the use of heavy artillery guns,” the defense ministry said. https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/russia-denies-carrying-out-deadly-attack-in-idlib/ >ISIS enters strategic border-city after overrunning Syrian Army defenses BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) launched a major attack inside the southeastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate, today, targeting the strategic border-city of Albukamal near Iraq’s Al-Anbar province.
Using a plethora of suicide bombers, the Islamic State was able to fracture the Syrian Arab Army’s lines around Albukamal, paving the way for their forces to enter the city for the first time in several months.
According to a military report in the area, the Islamic State managed to overrun the Syrian Army’s first line of defense in the eastern part of Albukamal, which led to the ongoing clashes that are taking place near the city-center.
With the majority of their forces in the Badiya Al-Sham region, the Syrian Army was undermanned and poorly prepared for this attack, despite the fact they faced a similar attack earlier this week.
>Saudi, UAE-backed forces fail to advance towards key Yemeni port BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – The Saudi and UAE-backed troops launched another big attack in western Yemen, yesterday, targeting the coastal areas that are under the control of the Houthi forces.
However, their attack would once again fail after several hours of fighting the Houthi forces at the Al-Farah coastal area, which is just south of the Hodeideh Port.
These GCC-backed troops have repeatedly tried to breakthrough the Houthi lines in an effort to reach Hodeideh from its southern perimeter.
With many of fighters already besieged around Hodeideh, this offensive has turned sour for the GCC-backed forces, as they have lost the momentum they previously had. https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/saudi-uae-backed-forces-fail-to-advance-towards-key-yemeni-port/ >Russia dismisses claims of Russian ship intercepted in Black Sea The Russian Defense Ministry called allegations about the “interception” of a Russian missile ship by Ukraine’s An-26 military transport aircraft in the Black Sea grotesque.
“The grotesque news of an Odessa newspaper about the successful ‘interception’ of a Russian combat ship in the Black Sea by a Ukrainian An-26 transport aircraft means first of all that the inexhaustible humor of Odessa natives is still alive,” ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
Earlier, media reported that on June 2, the An-26 Ukrainian military transport aircraft found a Russian ship near the island of Zmeiny. It was alleged that after the discovery of the Russian ship, it left the area.
>Germany issues international arrest warrant for Syrian intel chief – report BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – German federal prosecutors allegedly issued an international arrest warrant for chief of Syria’s Air Force Intelligence, Jamil Hassan, claiming “crimes against humanity,” a report from Germany’s Der Spiegel claimed.
According to the Der Spiegel report, the charges were filed against Hassan by Syrian lawyer Anwar Al-Bunni and journalist Mazen Darwish.
The two men have accused Hassan and his forces of torture, murder, and sexual crimes against detainees between the years of 2011 and 2014.
Much of the evidence used to charge Hassan is based on photos that were released by the supposed military photographer, ‘Caesar,’ who released thousands of photos in 2014.
>US to re-focus campaign against IS in Afghanistan – Mattis BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – US counter-terrorism forces have a chance to “focus elsewhere” in Afghanistan, against IS-affiliated groups, US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said at a press conference in Brussels on Friday.
The chance is presented due to the Afghan government’s planned Eid Al Fitr ceasefire with the Taliban.
>Albukamal update: Intense clashes ongoing as Syrian Army attempts to secure city after ISIS infiltration BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – Earlier today, the Islamic State (ISIS) terror organization crossed the Euphrates River and launched a big assault on the strategic border-city of Albukamal.
According to a report from the area, the Islamic State managed to infiltrate the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defenses and enter the city after a fierce battle this morning.
Despite claims of repelling the attack, a military source told Al-Masdar that the battle is still ongoing, with the Syrian Army now on the offensive.
The source added that the Syrian Army is attempting to retake the areas that were seized by the Islamic State in Albukamal and they should be able to regain the lost ground shortly.
While the ISIS caught the Syrian military off guard, the terrorist group does not possess enough fighters to hold the areas they captured for very long.
>Afghan Taliban have called on all their fighters not to attack Afghan Security Forces during the three days of Eid. Foreign forces however are exempt from this ceasefire and will be attacked, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says in a statement. https://twitter.com/hameedshuja/status/1005294859832512512
>>152446 Ehh if only wasn't retarded in ways of: 1.war with Iran 2.Kuwait invasion 3. Should gas k*rds less oficially 4. Should not be butthurted about Ba'athist Syria Middle East might've been different place.
>>152616 I honestly don't know. Seems like they are mostly active along the road between Maraat Al-Numan & Idlib, and recently one of their camp was sweeped by HTS, located very closely to the border with Turkey. Might be that roaches let some of them into Idlib to do their dirty work.
Also, the thing that keeps cracking me up is.. How the fuck they managed to get all those orange suits over and over? The moment they would've been searched at checkpoint and someone would discover them, they're shot on sight. Smuggling certain amounts also might not be easy becasue they might be well know for their use…
>>152619 I highly doubt that it's syrian mukhabarat first because they wouldn't do such staging and take pic as it would increase the risk of actual ISIS members realizing that they've been infiltrated and finding the moles through deduction and triangulation IMO it's ISIS doing the "ISIS stronk, baqyia wa tatamaddad" to show they're still strong and have a credible presence in idlib (ie attacking us will lead to brutal consequences and not cucking out) to bolster their ranks by appealing to HTS members who are tired of being stuck in idlib and realize HTS leaders are cucks
>>152621 >The moment they would've been searched at checkpoint and someone would discover them, they're shot on sight SAA and NDF routinely let shit ton of weapons and drugs enter into durka territory and nobody stops them. I dont think they would care about orange jumpsuits as long as they get paid by these smugglers. >>152624 Thanks for insights.
Devs June 11 >Idlib; RuAf strikes Binnish, Barouma, Sawaghiyah after attacks on Fouaa/Kafraya originated from the 3 towns >Al-Joulani meets with Jaysh Al-Ghouta in Idlib, allegedly asked commanders to join forces with HTS >Idlib; IS executes 3 HTS members/IS also kidnapped 4 Free Idlib and 4 other HTS, negotiations for pris exchange failed, executed all >Afrin/‘Azaz ; Intense clashes ongoing between Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and FSA's Sultan Murad group >SE DeZ; Woman colluding with ISIS lured 6 SDF into house where they were beheaded by ISIS cell who later escaped by killing 2 more SDF in gunfight >Badiya Al-Sham; ISIS forces have withdrawn to Al-Sweida provincial border amid ongoing SAA op, SAA expect a harder fight as they approach region >UN Sec-Genl calls for investigation into recent Idlib airstrikes >Yemen; UAE-backed Southern Resistance launched op to cap Al-Jah District in Hodeideh from Houthis >Afghan; 3 separate attacks kill at least 28 in Kunduz, Nangarhar, and suicide bombing in Kabul >Bibi pushes Farsi language site to help Iranians fight drought, drinks from water pitcher during promotion vid
>Russian jets pummel Idlib in response to rebels’ violation DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:45 P.M.) – The Russian warplanes have delivered deadly airstrikes on jihadi-held areas of rural Idlib in retaliation for rebels’ violation of ceasefire through attacking two besieged towns yesterday.
The towns of Binnish, Barouma and Sawaghiyah, where the attack against Fouaa and Kafraya was initiated from, came under heavy aerial bombardment that targeted positions, headquarters and fortifications for the ultraconservative militants.
Jihadi groups, spearheaded by Uzbek and Turkistan militants, launched an assault against the two Shiite towns, killing 6 of the defenders.
Meanwhile, local activists reported that scores of civilians furiously took the streets in several jihadi-held towns and villages, blaming the militants for the deadly Russian airstrikes following Fouaa and Kafraya assault.
>Russian MoD says US preparing chemical weapons provocation in Deir Ezzor EIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov, stated on Monday that the U.S. and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are preparing a chemical weapons provocation in the Deir Ezzor Governorate.
“According to the information received via three independent channels in Syria, the command of the so-called Free Syrian Army with assistance from the servicemen of US special operations forces is preparing a serious provocation with the use of toxic substance in Deir ez-Zor province,” Konashenkov said, as quoted by Sputnik News Agency.
The ministry noted that the video of the use of chemical substances would become grounds for US coalition’s attacks on institutions of the Syrian government.
“The staffed video, after it is disseminated in the western media, should become new grounds for the US-led coalition to carry out a missile strike against Syrian state objects and to justify militants’ offensive against Syrian government troops on the eastern bank of Euphrates,” Konashenkov added.
The Free Syrian Army is currently positioned at the provincial border of the Deir Ezor Governorate, as they share a base with the U.S. forces at Al-Tanf.
>Syrian Army repels ISIS attack in east Homs as more reinforcements arrive DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:00 P.M.) – With the self-proclaimed Islamic State reinstates itself in the Syrian Desert, the terror organization keeps on launching sporadic attacks against the Syrian forces in bid to expand the territories it controls.
Last night, ISIS blitzed the government-held area located between Maazilah town and T2 pumping station as well as territory surrounding Hamimah in Eastern Badiyah of East Homs countryside.
It was till today afternoon that the Syrian forces managed to fend off the assault.
ISIS controls swathes of land expanding from eastern Hamimah toward Al-Waer dam area; a large pocket that the Syrian command has vowed to retake.
A military source elaborated on the nature and purpose of the attacks.
“The terror group is waging a guerilla warfare with the objective to seize as more weapons, ammunition and vehicles as possible in order to boost its ranks for bigger and more powerful offensives in the future”, he explained.
>Turkey announces start of military operation deep inside Iraqi territory BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – Turkish President Recent Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday that his country’s forces have begun anti-terror operations deep inside Iraqi territory.
“We’ve started anti-terror operations in Qandil and Sinjar. We’ve destroyed 14 important targets with 20 of our aircrafts,” Erdogan stated, as quoted by state-owned TRT World News.
“Our target is to drain the biggest swamp,” Erdogan added in reference to the large presence of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
The military invasion of the Qandil Mountains of Iraq has been on the radar of the Turkish General Staff for quite some time, as they have launched several airstrikes in the past few months.
>Syrian Army stops militant advance towards Palmyra from US lines: Russian military BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies prevented militants from breaking out of the Al-Tanf region towards the historical city of Palmyra this morning, the Russian Reconciliation Centre reported.
“On June 11… Syrian government troops with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces prevented militants attempting to break out of the area of the Al-Tanf settlement toward Palmyra,” the statement read, as quoted by Sputnik News Agency.
The report continued that at least five militants were killed, and one pickup truck and one motorbike were destroyed by the Syrian Army troops.
The remaining militants returned to the Al-Tanf lines, which is a U.S. protectorate.
>‘Hezbollah, Iran should not withdraw from Syria until terrorists are defeated’: Russian Ambassador BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – Russia’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, told An-Nour radio station on Monday that Hezbollah and Iran should not withdraw from Syria until all terrorists have been defeated.
Zasypkin denied the rumors regarding the alleged tensions between the Russian military and Hezbollah along the Lebanese-Syrian border.
“The other camp is focusing on this issue to sow doubt and cause problems between the Resistance axis and Russia; and this is not acceptable,” Zasypkin stressed.
“The relation between Russia and the Resistance axis in Syria is a relation of cooperation,” he continued.
The Russian diplomat would then turn his attention to the U.S. presence in Syria, which he claimed is a major obstacle for a final settlement.
>Iranian commander accuses Saudi Arabia of spending $200 million on Lebanese election BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The commander of the IRGC’s Al-Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, stated on Monday that Saudi Arabia spent over $200 million on the Lebanese election.
According to Iran’s Fars News Agency, Major General Soleimani released a statement congratulating Hezbollah on receiving 74 of the 128 seats during the parliamentary elections; he would then accuse Saudi Arabia of spending $200 million to sabotage the Lebanese organization’s success.
“Hezbollah for the first time grabbed 74 of the 128 seats of the Lebanese parliament and now all the parliament members will be resistance forces,” he stated.
>Saudi Coalition bombs cholera treatment center in Yemen: MSF BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The Saudi-led Coalition recently bombed a cholera treatment center in western Yemen, causing severe damage to the humanitarian facility.
According to the official media wing of the Médecins Sans Frontières (var. Doctors Without Borders), the Saudi-led Coalition bombed their cholera treatment facility in the Abs region of Yemen.
As a result of this bombing, Médecins Sans Frontières has suspended their operations at this facility until further notice No casualties were reported as a result of this bombing, the MSF report added. https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/saudi-coalition-bombs-cholera-treatment-center-in-yemen-msf/ >Iran foils potential terrorist attack, arrests 27 plotters Iranian intelligence forces have identified and arrested 27 terrorists, who were planning to carry out terror attacks during the holy month of Ramadan (May 17-June 14) and on International Quds Day (June 8), the Tasnim News Agency reported Monday citing the Iranian Intelligence Ministry.
According to the Tasnim News Agency, the terrorists were planning to carry out the attacks in the Iranian capital of Tehran and other country’s major cities.
The intelligence forces have also confiscated military equipment, including grenades and bombs, which were intended to be smuggled in Iran, the agency added.
On Sunday, Mohammad Pakpour, the Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Ground Forces, said that, over the past 24 hours, its troops had smashed two terrorist teams in northwestern Iran.
In January, the Iranian security services managed to discover two large caches of bombs as well as explosives and shells that were transferred to Iran through the country’s eastern border.
>UAE-backed troops claim over 250 Houthi fighters killed in west Yemen BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Over 250 Houthi fighters were killed in the past week by the Gulf-backed troops in western Yemen, the Yemeni Army claimed this morning.
Among the 250+ Houthi fighters killed were nearly 20 field commanders, the Yemeni Army continued.
“The forces detained during the battles no less than 143 members of the Houthi militia,” they added.
Furthermore, the Yemeni Army claimed their troops seized more ground from the Houthi forces, despite contrasting reports from the latter.
>Syria accuses US of killing 18 Iraqi refugees in rural Al-Hasakah BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Syrian government accused the U.S. Coalition of killing 18 Iraqi refugees in the northeastern province of Al-Hasakah today.
Citing local sources, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) claimed that the U.S. Coalition struck a school inside the village of Khoibra, which is located near the strategic city of Shaddadi.
The U.S. Coalition has not responded to these latest allegations.
>Iran confirms death sentences of 8 ISIS members responsible for 2017 Tehran terror attack BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Supreme Court of Iran sentenced to death eight Islamic State (ISIS) members accused of carrying out the terrorist attack in Tehran last year, the Mehr News Agency reported.
“The death sentences of the terrorists, whose appeals were filed with the Iranian Supreme Court, were confirmed on Monday,” Sun Golamrezu Ansari stated.
The Revolutionary Court of Iran on May 13th sentenced the militants to death. Under the law, the accused could appeal the verdict within 20 days.
According to Shukri, Egypt wants to preserve Syria’s territorial integrity while also acting in accordance with the U.N. Security council’s resolutions, especially Resolution 2254.
Shukri made his remarks during a meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, in Cairo.
In a statement issued on Monday, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Ahmed Abu Zeid, noted that Shukri affirmed that a political solution in Syria should take into account the will and aspirations of the Syrian people.
>Syrian military launches powerful attack in southwest Aleppo BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a powerful assault in southwest Aleppo, tonight, following a day filled with sporadic attacks by the jihadist rebels.
According to a military report from Aleppo city, the Syrian Army unleashed at least 30 missiles on the jihadist-held towns of Khan Al-‘Assal and Al-Mansoura.
These missile strikes reportedly targeted the jihadist positions and avoided the Turkish military’s observation points that are located in this part of the Aleppo Governorate.
Despite the presence of the Turkish military in the area, the hostilities between the jihadist rebels and Syrian Arab Army have not subsided.
A source from the Syrian military has accused the jihadist rebels of breaching the ceasefire in Aleppo, adding that their attacks have threatened the security of the city’s residents. https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-syrian-military-launches-powerful-attack-in-southwest-aleppo/ >Israel’s security is ‘not negotiable’ to us – Austrian PM Kurz BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – Prime Minister of Austria Sebastian Kurz stated that Austria “fully condemn all acts of violence, inside Israel, at its borders and beyond”, while addressing at the AJC Global Forum 2018 in Jerusalem, Monday.
“And for the first time there is a clear and formal commitment in the coalition program to Israel as a Jewish state. As Austrians we will support Israel whenever it is threatened. We will be committed to the historical moral obligation that we have as Austrians towards the security of Israel within our capacity as a neutral country. It’s our moral obligation, that this is part of our ‘Staatsrason’, meaning in the national interest of my home country. This means: the security of Israel and the Jewish people is not negotiable to us. ” Kurz began.
“We understand the serious security threats Israel is facing. We therefore fully condemn all acts of violence, inside Israel, at its borders and beyond. The security situation of Israel is not comparable to any other country because we all know: when it comes to war, other countries may lose one or more battles, but can still survive. With Israel, it’s different. Israel is a strong but small country. It cannot afford to lose even one single battle, as this would determine its end.” he continued
>Rebel forces attack Syrian Army troops in northern Hama BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 A.M.) – The Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh Al-Izza faction launched a new attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Monday.
According to pro-opposition activists, Jaysh Al-Izza specifically targeted the government-held towns of Helfaya and Al-Safsafiyah near the Idlib Governorate’s provincial border.
>Syrian Army makes final preparations for Quneitra offensive BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has made their final preparations for their long-awaited Al-Quneitra offensive in southern Syria, an officer from the elite 42nd Brigade of the 4th Division told Al-Masdar News on Monday.
According to the officer from the 42nd Brigade, their unit has moved all of their missile launchers and troops in position to kickoff the offensive.
The officer added that the Syrian Army’s High Command and town elders from Al-Quneitra are now negotiating a possible reconciliation agreement that is similar to the ones from the East Ghouta and northern Homs.
The rebels will be given the opportunity to settle their situations with the government in order to receive amnesty.
Devs June 12 >Italy reportedly sends troops from NW Iraq to al-Hasakah to assist Kurds, will be stationed at US base near Al-‘Umar Oil Fields >Afrin; Sultan Muhammad al-Fateh and rival Ahrar al-Sharqiyah group engage in clashes overnight, Turkish military intervened >New FSA linked group formed, Al-Majd Brigades, allegedly gathered 2,000 troops with stated main objective of retaking Aleppo city >Russian RC announces full restoration of E Ghouta town of Kafr Batna, the first Ghouta town to be fully restored >Leb Forces leader Geagea; Return of Syrian refugees requires Lebanese decision combined with intl groups, not by working with Sy govt >Reports; SAA has reinforced Pantsir-S1 systems near Golan in prep for Daraa op >Aleppo; FSA's Jabhat al-Shamiyah conducted security ops in Maabatli, targeting YPG cells, arrest 32 allegedly associated with YPG >Raqqa; IED targets SDF vehicle near Ayn Issa, reportedly killing 2 and wound 1 >Iran warns NK against trusting US, says the US could cancel denuclearization agreement within hours >Turkish MoD claims Iran supports potential Turkish operation in N Iraq >Iraq receives first 6 T-50 South Korean fighter jets, 24 total planned
>Rebels have 48 hours to accept reconciliation in southern Syria BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The rebel forces in the Dara’a and Al-Quneitra governorates have 48 hours to accept the Syrian government’s reconciliation offer or else the latter will begin their long-awaited offensive.
According to a military source in Damascus, the rebels were given until June 14th to inform the government of their decision.
This deadline may be extended due to the large number of rebels in southern Syria; however, several Free Syrian Army (FSA) units and their Islamist allies have already stated that they reject these terms.
The Syrian Army is expected to meet with the town elders and community leaders in rebel-held Al-Quneitra in the next 24 hours to negotiate a possible settlement, a 4th Division source told Al-Masdar News.
>Infighting between Turkish-backed militants in Syria’s Afrin kills several DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:35 P.M.) – After a short-lived truce, fierce clashes renewed between two Turkish-backed rebel groups in the Syrian city of Afrin which required the Turkish military’s intervention to resolve the dispute.
Militants from Sultan Muhammad al-Fateh and its rival Ahrar al-Sharqiyah group engaged in a firefight which killed and injured dozens from both warring parties.
The prolonged clashes, which lasted from Monday evening till Tuesday morning, were only interrupted when the Turkish military intervened; forcing both factions to return to their bases outside the city.
The reasons behind the infighting are still unknown.
Both factions have had their disputes in the past months; most probably over who has more power over the other.
Earlier, Ahra al-Sharqiyah declared they expelled two minor groups fighting under its banner; namely Al-Hamza and Al-Muntasir, for failure to adhere with their orders. >Iran supports Turkey’s military operation in northern Iraq Iran has voiced support for a potential Turkish operation against Kurdish militants just over its border in northern Iraq, Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Tuesday.
The Turkish military has ramped up air strikes in northern Iraq targeting Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) bases in Qandil, close to the Iraq-Iran border, where high-ranking members of the militant group are thought to be located.
The government has also said Turkish troops have deployed roughly 30 km (nearly 20 miles) inside northern Iraq, not far from Qandil.
“Our offer to Iran was to carry out the operation together. Iran, in its remarks at least, has voiced very important support,” Canikli told a roundtable interview with the state-run Anadolu news agency.
There was no immediate confirmation of his assertion from Tehran.
Canikli said Turkey was also in full agreement with Baghdad on a potential operation into Qandil, adding that Ankara was in talks with “all possible countries” on the matter.
Iraq, however, said it would not accept any Turkish operation against Qandil or other PKK strongholds.
“The Iraqi government will not accept any advance on its land by Turkish forces in pursuit of the PKK elements currently present in the Sinjar, Makhmour and Qandil mountains,” Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesman for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the Iraqi News Agency.
He added that the Iraqi government would “absolutely not allow” any aggression from inside its land against Turkey or other states.
Canikli however said there were “serious attacks and infiltration” into Turkey from Qandil, and that Turkey would remain in northern Iraq until all terrorists groups were removed.
“Our goal now is to be a lasting presence there until terror is completely removed, we will remain in northern Iraq,” he said.
With a large Kurdish population of its own, concentrated in the southeast, Ankara has long resisted Kurdish ambitions for independence in Iraq, Syria or Iran, fearing it could inflame separatism inside Turkey.
An offensive against the PKK in Qandil would mark Turkey’s third cross-border operation since 2016, with the first two targeting Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria.
Last week, Turkey and the United States also endorsed a roadmap for the withdrawal of the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara considers a terrorist organisation linked to the PKK, from the northern Syrian city of Manbij.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told Pentagon reporters that Turkish and U.S. officials would meet in Germany this week to discuss the details of the roadmap, namely joint patrols inside Manbij to secure the region.
>Another attack on Shiite towns in northeast Idlib foiled DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:30 P.M.) – The Syrian forces defending two government-held towns in northeast Idlib have managed to thwart yet another attack launched by jihadi groups as the towns receive new supplies from the air.
The assault, the second this week, was launched last night from Sawaghuyah axis to the east of Fouaa town and lasted for nearly 10 hours before it was entirely and successfully repelled.
No casualties were reported this time among the defenders who were capable of recapturing two posts they had lost during the battles.
Meanwhile, cargo planes airdropped more supplies into the besieged towns to help local fighters as well as civilians withstand the stifling blockade.
Last Sunday, the local fighters fended off a similar onslaught but lost 6 fighters in the course of the clashes. https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/another-attack-on-shiite-towns-in-northeast-idlib-foiled/ >Large number of Gulf-backed troops arrive in west Yemen for new push to Hodeideh BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – A large number of Gulf-backed troops arrived in western Yemen, today, as their forces prepare to make another major push to capture the strategic port-city of Hodeideh.
>France steps up efforts to counter Beijing’s activities in South China Sea – reports French assault ship Dixmude and a frigate sailed near the disputed Spratly Islands and other nearby islets as a part of a FONOP in the South China Sea, AFP reported. A researcher from the Hudson Institute think-tank, who was on board during the operation, said that several Chinese warships “tailed” Dixmude until it left the area.
“Our patrol involved passing close to these islets to obtain intelligence with all the sensors it is possible to use in international waters,” the Dixmude’s commanding officer, Jean Porcher said in a video interview.
Although it is the US that conducts most of the FONOPs in the South China Sea, France and the UK also actively participate in them. AFP has reported that Paris is planning on sending more ships to the Indo-Pacific region to conduct military exercises in a bid to counter what Western countries have called Beijing’s efforts to “militarize the South China Sea.”
Several countries claim sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea. Most recent reports show that China has been actively deploying military equipment, missile systems, jets on the Spratly and Paracel islands. Beijing claims that the deployed forces play a purely defensive role.
>Syrian Army launches heavy attacks on FSA positions in northern Hama BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has launched several attacks against the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Izza in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate today.
Though the possibility of an american puppet government taking power and denuclearizing the country cannot be ruled out but that will require our establishment to be completely gutted and subservient to such a government which frankly speaking is quite hard to do.
Also what are your >>153128>>153138 thoughts on the Norks removing their nukes and are they going to follow through with their commitment?
>>153146 I mean, the whole declaration is worth no more than a roll of tissue-paper. Kim wants it to be between North and South. Might be he will say something in between like "it's wise to preserve nukes for the interests of future unified Korea" (if that ever happens). Nothing of certain at this point.
>>153146 >thoughts on the Norks removing their nukes and are they going to follow through with their commitment? >thoughts on the Norks removing their nukes and are they going to follow through with their commitment? Xi is in the driving seat, if he wants to push away the US presence to close in on taiwan and have a bigger hegemony on the seas, then he'll give the nork the green light and will push for reunification to create a country like austria in the cold war (neutral and no military bases)
>US-backed forces approach ISIS stronghold in Al-Hasakah BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 A.M.) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued their large-scale offensive in the Al-Hasakah Governorate this week, seizing several areas from the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists near the Iraqi border.
Since launching Operation Jazeera Storm, the Syrian Democratic Forces has managed to capture at least a dozen towns and 15 farms in the southern countryside of the Al-Hasakah Governorate.
>Gulf-backed troops make first major advance towards strategic port in west Yemen BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Gulf-backed troops scored their first major advance towards the strategic Hodeideh Port this morning after a fierce battle with the Houthi forces near the provincial airport.
According to pro-government activists, the UAE-backed Southern Resistance and Republican Guard were responsible for this advance near the Hodeideh Airport.
In addition to the ground advance by the Gulf-backed troops, the Arab Coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, has launched over 20 airstrikes over the Hodeideh Governorate.
>Syrian Army, allies send huge reinforcements to fight off ISIS in eastern Syria DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:10 P.M.) – As the self-proclaimed Islamic State increased its attacks on the Syrian forces positioned in eastern Syria, more reinforcements continue to pour into the area in order to repel the terror group.
ISIS attacks on the past few weeks have inflicted losses upon the government troops deployed in the stretching desert spanning from east Homs to the Iraqi borders.
A newly-released video footage shows a military convoy for the Iran-backed Liwa Fatemiyoun heading to the battleground near the bordering city of Albu Kamal.
The convoy consists of battle-hardened fighters, armored trucks and tanks.
Devs June 13 >Afghan Shia group Liwa Fatemiyoun sends reinforcements near Abukamal to assist SAA against ISIS >Hasakah; SDF continues advance against ISIS, have reached outskirts of ISIS stronghold of Al-Dashishah >Unconfirmed; ISIS allegedly executed 30 members in Hegeen, near Abukamal and Qaim in Anbar for alleged cooperation with Sy/Iraq govts >HTS mounts another assault on Al-Fou’aa/Kafraya, led by Uzbeks they stormed E Kafraya from Barouma Farms, NDF/Hez claim they pushed them back >SANA claims CJTF-OIR airstrikes over Tell al-Shayer killed 12 and wounded two civs >W Yemen; Southern Resistance/Republican Guard advance within 5 km from Hodeideh Port after fierce clashes with Houthis >UAE warship targeted and allegedly destroyed, reports KSA sent choppers to save those on board, apparently burning off the coast >Houthis launch 3rd missile at KSA this week, target Al-Faisal Base in the Jizan Region, KSA claims it was intercepted >Iraq; al-Sadr announces alliance with Iranian-backed Fatah coalition ahead of negotiations to form new government >Afghanistan; Taliban claims to have troop strength of 77,000 despite enhanced US bombing campaign, unnofficial US & Afghan reports 60K
>Massive blast rocks Qaeda base in Syria’s Idlib DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:25 P.M.) – A huge explosion ripped through the western outskirts of Idlib city, killing and injuring scores of militants and causing substantial destruction.
The explosion, according to local sources, hit a former factory currently used as a military base by the Syrian al-Qaeda offshoot; Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.
While some report spoke about a car bomb attack, HTS media said the facility was hit by a missile without giving any further details.
>OPCW claims sarin, chlorine “very likely” used in Syria in March 2017 The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed on Wednesday that chemical weapons were “very likely used” in Syria’s Ltamenah on March 24 and 25 2017, the OPCW said.
“The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), confirmed in a report released today that sarin was very likely used as a chemical weapon in the south of Ltamenah, Syrian Arab Republic, on 24 March 2017. The FFM also concluded that chlorine was very likely used as a chemical weapon at Ltamenah Hospital and the surrounding area on 25 March 2017,” the statement read.
However, the international body explained that drawing final conclusions on the issue would require a longer period of time, due to “the collection of information and material, interviewing witnesses, as well as analysis of samples.”
The report released by OPCW lays out that the assumptions they made are based on “separate witness testimony, epidemiological analysis and environmental samples,” without providing any further details. The investigative body has further explained that its mandate is “to determine whether chemical weapons or toxic chemicals as weapons have been used in Syria,” without identifying those responsible for the attacks.
The alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria has become a hot topic on the international agenda over the last several years after numerous accusations by the Syrian opposition, as well as Western countries, against Syrian government forces. The latter has been blamed for alleged chemical attacks in different parts of the country without any solid evidence. This has repeatedly been underlined by Moscow, which has stressed that drawing any conclusions without the presence of inspectors at the site is wrong.
>Iraqi forces strike ISIS gathering inside Syria BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – For the first time this week, the Iraqi Armed Forces have struck the Islamic State’s (ISIS) positions inside eastern Syria.
According to the official statement from the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), their troops struck an Islamic State gathering inside Syria’s Al-Hasakah Governorate.
The ISIS terrorists were reportedly gathering near the Nineveh-Hasakah border this morning, when the Iraqi Armed Forces bombarded the terrorists with artillery shells.
>Germany sentences Syrian refugee to prison for fighting with ISIS in Syria BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:05 P.M.) – A German court convicted a Syrian refugee of fighting alongside the Islamic State (ISIS) terror organization in Syria.
According to a report from the Associated Press, a German court in Dusseldorf sentenced Saleh A. to seven years in prison after finding him guilty of being an Islamic State member and carrying out killings in Syria.
The AP report stated Saleh A. is a Syrian national in his 30s, but did not post where he was from inside Syria or when he fought.
The alleged ISIS member admitted to killing a Syrian government sniper and plotting to carry out an attack in Dusseldorf.
>Iranian President mulls withdrawing forces from Syria Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has discussed the situation in Syria, as well as prospects of the Iran deal with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in a telephone call, the official website of the Iranian president reported.
Hassan Rouhani noted that Tehran had sent its military advisers to the Arab republic at the request request of its legitimate government in order to help Damascus fight terrorism. He expressed hope that no “foreign military presence” would be needed after the terrorist threat had been eradicated.
Israel accuses Iran of sending the country’s troops to Syria in order to attack it from Syrian territory. Tel Aviv has already conducted several airstrikes against Syrian bases under a pretext of Iranian Revolutionary Guards being stationed there. Tehran and Damascus deny these accusations.
State of Iran Nuclear Deal
The two presidents also discussed the current state of the JCPOA. Rouhani praised the stance to keep the deal alive that Europe took after the US withdrawal, but noted that so far statements had not “accompanied by practical and tangible measures and solutions.”
“If Iran cannot benefit from the privileges of this agreement, remaining in it will not be possible,” the Iranian president said.
Emmanuel Macron confirmed commitment to the JCPOA and assured Rouhani that France is working on “a series of measures and practical solutions” to make the deal work.
>Zero hour approaches long-awaited battle for southern Syria BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The battle for southern Syria is quickly approaching, as the deadline for the rebel response to the government’s reconciliation expires in the next 24 hours.
According to a military source in Damascus, the rebel forces in the Dara’a and Al-Quneitra governorates were given until June 14th to provide the government with a response to their reconciliation request.
However, the rebel forces in both Dara’a and Al-Quneitra have already expressed their unwillingness to reconcile with the government, as this would surely mean that many of their fighters would be forced to leave these provinces.
Despite the response from the rebels, the Syrian government is likely to extend the deadline for their response, if there is a legitimate attempt among the armed groups to reconcile.
Previously, a rebel group in the Al-Quneitra Governorate expressed interest in reconciliation with the government, but they were later attacked by their former allies.
Final Preparations Made
For the Syrian Arab Army, they are fully prepared to launch their assault in Al-Quneitra.
An officer from the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division told Al-Masdar earlier this week that their forces and missile launchers are all in position to launch their assault in Al-Quneitra.
This operation in the Al-Quneitra Governorate will be led by the 4th Division’s elite 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces), who have already led several prior offensives in the East Ghouta, Beit Jinn, Al-Zabadani, Darayya, and Khan Al-Sheih.
The 42nd Brigade arrived in Al-Quneitra with their newly developed “Golan-1000” missile launchers, which played an imperative role in the battles for the East Ghouta and southern Damascus. Dara’a Battle
While the Al-Quneitra operation is all set to launch, the Syrian Army’s Dara’a offensive is expected to be launched a few weeks later.
The reason for the delay in the Dara’a operation is due to the fact that not all of the Syrian Army’s reinforcements have arrived yet.
>Full report from strategic battle in west Yemen BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Gulf-backed troops launched the largest offensive of the three year long Yemen War, today, targeting the strategic Hodeideh Port that is under the control of the Houthi forces.
Led by the Southern Resistance Army and Republican Guard, the Gulf-backed troops stormed the Houthi defenses around the Hodeideh Governorate, seizing several points from the anti-government forces.
Among the most imperative advances made by the Gulf-backed troops in Hodeideh today took place near the provincial airport, which is now within striking distance for the Republican Guard and Southern Resistance Army.
According to pro-government media activists, their forces are closing in on the Hodeideh Aiport after making a second major push towards this strategic installation in western Yemen.
The Houthi forces have responded to these advances made by the pro-government troops by launching several missiles towards the camps of the Southern Resistance Army and Yemeni Republican Guard.
Yemeni Republican Guard
Once a strategic ally to the Houthi forces, the Yemeni Republican Guard switched sides in this war, following the assassination of former President ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Saleh.
Now led by his Saleh’s son, Hadi, the Yemeni Republican Guard has wrecked havoc on the Houthi defenses in western Yemen for much of this year.
The Yemeni Republican Guard played a pivotal role in expelling the Houthi forces from the Mocha Port and several other major sites in western Yemen.
Perhaps no force has played a bigger role in the success of the pro-government troops than the Arab Coalition, which is led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirats (UAE).
The Arab Coalition provided much needed air cover in eastern Hodeideh, where the Southern Resistance Army and Republican Guard are attempting to capture the Al-Hays District.
According to pro-Houthi activists, the Arab Coalition launched over 40 airstrikes above the Hodeideh Governorate, today, causing severe damage to the province, while also killing a number of civilians.
>Large ISIS counter-offensive in southeast Syria falls apart BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) launched a large-scale counter-offensive against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Badiya Al-Sham region of Al-Sweida on Wednesday.
ISIS began the attack on Wednesday by attempting to overwhelm the Syrian Arab Army troops near the large hilltop of Tal Barakat.
For a few hours, the Islamic State repeatedly struck the Syrian Army’s defenses at Tal Barakat in a bid to overwhelm the pro-government troops.
However, the Islamic State’s assault would eventually lose momentum by sundown, forcing them to withdraw back into this vast desert region in southeast Syria.
According to a military report, the Syrian Army, alongside their allies from Hezbollah and the National Defense Forces (NDF), was able to reestablish full security around Tal Barakat.
The report added that scores of Islamic State terrorists were killed during this brief battle on Wednesday.
Since launching their southeast Syria offensive, the Syrian Army and their allies have liberated a large chunk of territory in the Badiya Al-Sham region, putting them within striking distance of the Islamic State’s stronghold, Al-Kara’a.