Uzbek jihadist group in Syria appoints new commander after previous leader’s assassination

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:40 P.M.) – Uzbek jihadist group ‘Imam Al-Bukhari Battalion’ (IBB) announced appointment of new commander, a Tadjikistani citizen known as ‘Abu Yussouf’. This comes in a week after previous leader of the group, Akmal Jurabaev (known as ‘Sheikh Salaheddine’), was assassinated in Idlib province.

According to Uzbekistani opposition media, Ozodlik Radiosi (Uzbek branch of Radio Liberty), Abu Yussouf is appointed as an “acting” commander who will be responsible for the operations until the group decides on choosing a permanent leader.

“There is not so much information about this guy,” Istanbul-based Ozodlik correspondent said.

“It is known that he was commanding several operations against both Syrian government forces and several rebel groups in Idlib province. He won authority among militants as a military strategist. He also possesses religious knowledge,” the reporter concluded.

IBB is one of the three Uzbek jihadist groups present on the battlegrounds of Syria and Iraq. It was formerly an integral part of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), large Central Asian jihadist organization that pledged allegiance to the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) in 2015 resulting in discord and splitting into several groups.

Leaders of IBB stayed loyal to Afghan islamist movement, Taliban, reasserting their allegiance in July 2016 when Taliban appointed a new leader.

Another splinter of IMU, Kataebat Al-Tawheed wu Al-Jihad, pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda in 2014 and is currently aligned with Ha’yat Tahrir Al-Sham.

Finally, there is Khorasan jihadist group which has been a part of ISIS since 2015. It was a Khorasan member who had shot Sheikh Salaheddine on April 27.

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Overall, the estimated 2,000 militants of Uzbek descent are currently taking part in battles on Syrian and Iraqi soil.

 

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“He who cooks the poison eats it.”: US Announces Death of Khorasan Leader

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“He who cooks the poison eats it.” A proverb that best describes the US policy towards terrorism.

 Al-Qaeda militant Muhsin al-Fadhli

After it funded and supported the establishment of the Khorasan terrorist group, Washington announced the killing of the group’s leader.

The Pentagon announced that “a US-led coalition air strike earlier this month killed the leader of an al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria that American officials accuse of plotting attacks against the United States and its allies.”

Muhsin al-Fadhli was killed in a “kinetic strike” on July 8 while traveling in a vehicle near the northwestern Syrian town of Sarmada, said Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.

He did not confirm whether a drone or a manned aircraft had killed Fadhli, 34.

Fadhli was allegedly the leader of the Khorasan Group, a group of senior al-Qaeda members who have traveled from Central Asia and elsewhere in the Middle East.

The Kuwaiti-born militant was so trusted by the inner circle of late al-Qaeda supreme leader Osama bin Laden that he was among the few who knew in advance about the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, according to US intelligence.

“His death will degrade and disrupt ongoing external operations of al-Qaeda against the United States and its allies and partners,” said Davis, who heads the War Department’s press operations.

Officials say Khorasan is part of al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, al-Nusra Front, though experts and activists cast doubt on the distinction between the two groups.

The US State Department had posted a $7 million reward for information leading to Fadhli’s death or detention.

 Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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It’s Ok, Everyone, Nusra Says Nusra Won’t Hurt Us

Friday, May 29, 2015

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By Brandon Turbeville

Al-Nusra Front has taken to the airwaves with a message for all Westerners and Americans in particular – they really aren’t that bad. And there are no plans to attack Americans. They are just your friendly neighborhood terrorist organization, funded handsomely by the West and the GCC, raping and beheading their way across the Middle East. There’s nothing to worry aboutso long as the US allows them to continue to rape little girls, cut off heads, impose savage Sharia law, and eat the hearts and livers of the occasional dissident.

This message was brought to you by the feudal monarchy of Qatar and its mouthpiece organization, Al-Jazeera and conducted with a journalist whose past is checkered with a conviction of supporting al-Qaeda.

The alleged leader of al-Nusra Front, Abu Mohammed al-Julani, appeared on al-Jazeera with a setting fit for a king (or Emir *ahem*) to discuss Nusra’s plans for Syria and the West. The man alleging to be Julani and alleging to be the leader of Nusra, despite claiming to be “fearless,” sat with his face covered and his back to the camera. The set was ornately decorated and almost appeared to be some type of palace room or high government building.

Julani reassured Westerners that he had been ordered by another alleged leader, this time of al-Qaeda proper, Ayman al-Zawihiri, not to launch attacks against the West as this would jeopardize the mission in Syria.

A New York Times report cited a US intelligence official as saying that Julani’s statements were merely self-serving propaganda.

Propaganda? Yes. Self-serving? Not exactly. Julani’s statements were actually serving NATO, the US, and Israel in their own propaganda efforts to assure the American people that supporting the so-called “rebels” in Syria is a good idea and one that will not come back to bite them.

Indeed, Julani truly spoke like a paid actor or a professional trained talking monkey in his job as message delivery boy. Obviously, neither designation would set him clearly apart from any other “expert” or “reporter” in the Western/Gulf media propaganda establishment.

Still, the “fearless” hijabed Julani stated, “We are only here to accomplish one mission, to fight the regime and its agents on the ground, including Hezbollah and others. Al-Nusra Front doesn’t have any plans or directives to target the West. We received clear orders not to use Syria as a launching pad to attack the US or Europe in order to not sabotage the true mission against the regime. Maybe al-Qaeda does that, but not here in Syria.”

The only true part of his statement was that Khorosan, painted as the end of the Western world and enemy #1 for a total of about five days, was a fictional organization invented by the Americans to deceive and frighten the American public.

His presentation of al-Qaeda and al-Nusra Front as different organizations, however, is ludicrous, since Nusra was merely the Syrian version of al-Qaeda proper before the two groups were largely united by the shadowy Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and renamed the Islamic Emirate of Iraq and the Levant, later to be renamed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIS, and IS. Of course, all incarnations of the group were entirely organized, funded, and armed by the United States, NATO, and GCC.

Julani also stated that Nusra would not harm Christians or Druze who refused to fight against it and that the even the Alawites would be spared if they would refuse to fight, reject Assad, and give up their religious beliefs and convert to Sunnism.

Of course, this is disingenuous to say the least. The “opposition” in Syria was famous for screaming “Christians to Beirut, Alawites to the grave!” as far back as 2011 when the crisis first began. Alawites have long been targeted by the so-called “rebels” from the start. Regardless, for the likes of the “moderate rebels,” no Muslim – even Sunni – is ever Muslim enough, unless he practices the Wahhabist filth that is labeled Islamic by its proponents and psychopathic adherents.

The reality of the situation is that Julani’s statements are nothing more than Western intelligence propaganda foisted upon the brains of the Western public in an effort to gin up support for the savages now bearing down on Latakia Syria as I write this article.

Of course, Nusra and al-Qaeda will still be played up as a threat to the US here at home. After all, there are a few straggler civil liberties ambling about that still need to be corralled and destroyed.

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Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real ConspiraciesFive Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 500 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV.  He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com. 

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Will New US Training Program Produce More ISIS Fighters in Syria?

By Daniel McAdams

The Ron Paul Institute

January 19, 2015

US involvement in Iraq War 3.0 was initially sold as a limited, humanitarian rescue operation to save members of a religious minority the administration claimed were threatened by ISIS’s long march through northern Iraq. Who could object to rescuing a poor religious minority without sounding like a complete monster?

As expected, many otherwise suspicious of the use of military force in the US embraced this mission as an example of how the US military can be used as a force for good. Principled non-interventionists found themselves surrounded on all sides by those clamoring for a humanitarian rescue mission. Opposition having been mostly neutralized, the mission, of course, was launched.

The foot was in the door.

Soon we were told that the operation needed to expand a bit to protect US diplomatic and military facilities in northern Iraq from the marauding hordes of ISIS. Who could object to using the military to protect US diplomatic and military personnel? Skeptics were accused of not caring about American citizens or perhaps even wishing them harm. No thought was given to simply evacuating US government personnel from northern Iraq in the face of danger, as the US did recently in Libya when US-sponsored “liberation” didn’t work out as planned and terrorists took over the country.

Then, in September 2014, we were told by the president that ISIS was the “greatest threat” to the American people and the military operation had to be expanded to include more airstrikes designed to, in the president’s words, “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS. This mission could be accomplished solely through airstrikes, he said, there would be no question of US boots again on the ground in Iraq.

Also in September we were told that because a group even more dangerous than ISIS, which the White House called the “Khorasan Group,” was  operating in Syria, the US must begin bombing a sovereign country without its request or permission, thereby violating US and international law. The Khorasan Group turned out to be plain old al-Qaeda given a new, scary-sounding name. The “threat” was just some well-packaged propaganda put out by the Pentagon to serve as a pretext to bomb Syria. The Obama Administration had been denied that opportunity a year earlier as a public groundswell at home rose in opposition to the president’s plans to attack Syria.

Americans were not told by the Obama Administration that there were already boots on the ground and planes in the sky fighting ISIS in Syria — that is because those boots and planes belonged to Syrian President Assad, who the US had been working three years to overthrow. The US was against ISIS and against the enemies of ISIS. Many wondered whether such a contradiction could ever make sense in the real world.

Two months later, in November, we were told that the president has decided to double the number of boots on the ground that he promised would not be involved in Iraq.

There would be henceforth 3,000 American boots on the ground in Iraq. But they would not be combat troops, we were told.

The bombing continued. Civilians in Iraq and Syria continued to be killed by US and NATO bombs, including some 50 civilians killed in a single attack in early January. The strike was unannounced by the Pentagon and was discovered by media. A cover up of the disaster is suspected. The US has dropped more than 5,000 bombs on Iraq and Syria at a cost well over a billion dollars. ISIS continues to advance.

Then this week the mask fully slipped from the incrementalism of Iraq War 3.0 to reveal that…it was really all about Syria War 1.5! Though the US has been backing rebels, including imported jihadists (like the two shooters in the recent attack in Paris), in their attempt to overthrow secular Syrian president Assad, the Syrian Arab Army has been continually making slow but steady progress against the Islamist onslaught. The proxy war was not going according to US plan, partly due to the very low level of support among the population for the kind of radical Islam espoused by many of the US-backed rebels. The war had long ceased to be classifiable as a “peoples’ uprising” and in fact was very much a foreign invasion.

Then came perhaps the coup de grace. The Pentagon announced late last week that it would be sending up to 1,000 — and maybe more — US troops to the Middle East to begin training the forces seeking to overthrow Assad. The US would deploy its military forces to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar to begin training up to 5,000 rebels who would then infiltrate Syrian territory and carry out their orders.

The Pentagon promised that only “moderates” would qualify for the training program, but as we have seen numerous times in the recent past, the screening program leaves quite a bit to be desired. Late last year, two of the main rebel groups receiving weapons from the United States surrendered themselves and their weapons to al-Qaeda. This month alone, some 3,000 “moderates” from the US-backed Free Syrian Army defected to join ISIS.

How many more fighters will the US train for ISIS’s gain?

How are we to believe that the US is really at war with ISIS when it continues to take actions that result in the empowerment of ISIS and the weakening of the enemies of ISIS in the Syrian and Iranian governments? Will the American people find their voices again to stand up against a policy so incomprehensible it appears to have been drawn up by madmen?

And, importantly, we learned again earlier this month that blowback is real. Aggressive western policy in the Middle East creates enemies who will seek to strike back at what they view is the source of their misery and that of their families and friends. Paris shows us that 9/11 was not an anomaly. Interventionism in the Middle East and elsewhere is deadly for the citizens of those meddling countries. We are sold the false idea that we are over there so they won’t come over here, but in fact we have learned once again that they come over here because we are over there killing them by the thousands — directly and through proxies.

The interventionists are going to get us all killed if we don’t put a stop to them. As Ron Paul wrote in his assessment for 2015:

[W]hat we need to do is wake the American people up earlier and get them to realize that the resistance has to be heard from the people when the government is preparingfor war, not after the war has begun or even ended.

That time is now.

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SYRIA CONFIRMS KHURAASAAN EXISTS IN LATAKIA; SAA KILLS SCORES OF RATS IN DAMASCUS

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Many doubted the existence of the group calling itself “Khurasaan”, an area of Iran which played a major role in the expansion of early Islam.  Well, it appears the Syrian government has no doubt it exists.  The day before yesterday, the SAA used its artillery in a very precise way killing an entire grouping of these savages.  Wounded members of this Khurasaan group were interrogated by MI at SAA HQ in Latakia.  All were non-Syrians, mostly from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Chechnya and China (Uighers).  The group has aligned itself with Nusra and came in to Syria through Turkey with the assistance of the barbaric Erdoghan regime.  They were vaporized at the two towns of Al-Kirt and ‘Ayn Al-Baydhaa about 3kms from border of Turk-Occupied Syria (Hatay) along with a pickup armed with a 23mm machine gun cannon.  In this particular instance, captured rodents also stated that some of the terrorists belonged to a new group called Jaysh Al-Mujaahideen.  Here are the names of the carcasses which were made available:

‘Abdul-Rahmaan Islaamov (Leader of Khurasaan born in Kazakhstan.  A/k/a Abu Hurayra Al-Kazakhstaani)

Abu Muslima Al-Sheeshaani (CHECHEN SKUNK AND HERETIC.  He was a leader of Jaysh Al-Mujaahideen)

Mahmoud Khadeeja (Acted as scout for the scavenging rodents)

‘Abdul-Salaam Khadeeja (Another scout for the noisome plague-carrying skunks)

 

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Al-Daghmishliyya:  SAA assaulted a Nusra pack and devastated it:

Ibraaheem Al-‘Umar

As’ad Al-‘Umar

Maajid Abu Al-Laban

Marwaan Al-Hammoodi (EGYPTIAN TOAD WART AND CHILD BUGGERER)

 

More SAA victories reported against infiltrating Nusra rodents at Al-Zuwayk, Ghammaam, Tartiyaah.  

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DAMASCUS:  We can confirm the death of an FSA leader at Jawbar last night.  Along with him were 7 carcasses belonging to Nusra.  So much for the “moderate” camp.

 

Faleeta Foothils:  A group of clumsy skunks from the Lebanese side tried again to enter Syria and were exterminated:

Muhammad Sa’eed Al-Buraaqi

Saati’ Al-Buraaqi

Saalih Bakr

Yousif Shalaash

Sa’eed Al-Qaadhi

Our congrats to the Al-Buraaqi tribe of syphilis-carrying monkeys for their fine contribution to the Hades Zoo.

 

Ra`s Al-Ma’arra:  More futile efforts to regain a foothold in the Qalamoon.  SAA snipers picked these rats and converted them to fertilizer:

Amjad ‘Abdoon

Mustafaa Karaakeesh

Anwar Muhammad

Another 8 could not be positively identified.

 

‘Ayn Turmaa:  A pickup with 23mm cannon was destroyed and its 3 occupants killed:

Wadee’ Al-Mullaa

Subhi Mahmoud Qa’war

‘Abdul-Jaleel Nasr

 

Hizza Village:  In the East Ghouta.  Confirmed 20 rodents killed:

Munawwar Zu’aytir (LEBANTEEZIAN FRUIT FLY EXUDATE)

No other names available.

 

Hawsh Al-Dhawaahira:  East of Doumaa.  19 confirmed rat kills from an organization called Liwaa` Fajr Al-Umma (yawn).  No names available.

 

‘Irbeen:  At the Al-Sahaabaa Mosque, the SAA killed 5 rodents and took another 11 prisoner.  No names.

 

Zamalkaa: East of Jawbar, a warehouse was uncovered and all contents distributed to the NDF for the purpose of killing Saudis.

 

Al-Mushrifa and Qurnat Shihaada in the Qalamoon:  More rats dispatched trying to enter Syria.  Really pathetic.

 

MASSIVE VICTORY FOR SAA IN QALAMOON: Syrian Army has killed a confirmed 48 rats at the following crosspoints: Martabiyya, Zamraani, Al-Jaraajeer, Waadi Al-Karm, Al-Hamraa.  No details are available at this time, but, will be sent possibly tomorrow.  Humiliating defeat for the Nusra and ISIS rodents.

Al-Nishaabiyya in the Ghouta:  Fighting with no details.

 

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Syrian Army Victories, Statements, Daily Reports from the Battlefield

Syrian Army Kills over 20 Al-Nusra Terrorists on Arsal-Qalamoun Barrens

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army targeted the al-Nusra terrorists’ concentration centers on the barrens of Flita in Qalamoun in Damascus countryside, killing more than 20 militants and injuring over 30 others.

The Syrian army also targeted al-Nusra sites in the area and destroyed more than 5 terrorist vehicles, Al-Manar reported Wednesday.

The Syrian warplanes struck a terrorist convoy on Flita barrens inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

Media reports mentioned that al-Nusra commander in Qalamoun Abu Malek al-Talle was among the targeted terrorists.

With Syrian Army in Qamishli Frontline against ISIS

The city and region of Qamishli in the far northeastern desert of Syria on the border with Turkey and close to Iraq has become an important strategic front in the Syrian military’s fight against IS forces.

The city was under IS control for quite some time before a recent operation by the Syrian military has managed to push IS to back off 22 kilometers.

The military goal is to create a safety buffer zone around the city. Now the Syrian military recapture the city, but the area straddles the territory controlled by so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters and is a major route for IS supplies traveling into Iraq and Syria.

The Syrian Army’s 54th airborne regiment controls the area surrounding Qamishli to the south, but protecting the territory is not an easy task.

An officer with the Syrian National Defense Force said the troops had been hit by long-range weapons fired by IS terrorists.

The Syrian government counts on getting more recruits into the pro-government militias of the National Defense Forces to hold the newly acquired areas.

The region of fertile agricultural land and rich oil resources has a complicated ethnic and sectarian population and is inhabited by a large Christian community.

Since the initial outbreak of fighting forced local residents to flee, some farmers have returned to their fields in Qamishli.

Tractors are now making their way into the fertile agricultural land. Planting crops is an act of faith by the farmers, who hope peace will prevail here long enough for them to see a harvest.

YPG/YPJ inflict further blows on ISIS in Kobanê

ANF – KOBANÊ 13.11.2014

YPG/YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defense Units) fighters are continuing to inflict further blows on ISIS gangs which are attacking the Kobanê town of West Kurdistan, Rojava, with an aim to occupy the town for the 59th day.

YPG Pres Centre reported in today’s statement about the ongoing fighting that YPG/YPJ forces are making a further advance in the town, providing the following information about the ongoing attacks and clashes;

EASTERN FRONT

Fierce clashes have taken place between YPG forces and gang groups around the Hacı Reshat Mosque and Municipality Street along the day and night yesterday. An area on the Municipality Street occupied by the gangs was retaken by YPG forces. 7 gang members as far as ascertained were killed.

SOUTHERN FRONT

According to the statement, YPG forces have made progress also on the southern front, retaking some areas occupied by the gangs. Clashes on this front continued till early Thursday morning, while the number of casualties on ISIS side couldn’t be clarified.

WESTERN FRONT

YPG Press Centre said that attacks by YPG fighters against the ISIS positions around the villages of Mineza and Izea continued, and that five gang members were killed in this area.

The statement added that 2 YPG fighters have lost their lives in the last one day of clashes.

YPG takes strategic road used by ISIS

ANF – KOBANÊ 13.11.2014

The YPG (People’s Defense Units) has cut an important ISIS supply line to Kobanê, taking control of a road which runs from Rakka and Til Ebyad through Helinc.

The YPG Kobanê Command said in a statement announcing the capture of the road that:“The most important supply line used by ISIS in its attempt to capture Kobanê, which runs from Rakka and Til Ebyad and passes through Helinc has been under the control of our forces since 03:00 Tuesday morning. Until now three gang vehicles and 1 motorcycle have been destroyed. The gangs, who attacked to retake the road, were repulsed and suffered severe losses. Until now 15 ISIS fighters are able to be confirmed dead.”

The YPG Command also underlined that with this operation they are extending the process of liberating Kobanê to all areas, adding; “As we increase our resistance within the city on one side, we will turn every point of black earth in the rural parts of Kobanê into a point of resistance on the other side.”

YPG: We are prepared for any attack against Efrin

ANF – EFRÎN 13.11.2014

YPG (People’s Defense Units) Efrin Canton Command has released a statement regarding some media reports that the Jabhat Al Nusra group is making reinforcements and preparing for an attack on Efrin.

The YPG said clashes around İdlib and Aleppo were taking place between the Nusra group and FSA groups, noting that the Efrin Canton has faced no attacks from these groups so far.

YPG informed that Jabhat Al Nusra which has launched a wave of attacks against FSA groups has taken control of a large area around İdlib and is now making an effort to take the control of the area around Aleppo.

According to the YPG statement, these groups have been involved in no actions or attacks against the Efrin Canton yet, underlining that the YPG wanted no problem or conflict with any sides.

“We declare once again that we are ready to establish a relationship and alliance with all the groups that recognize and acknowledge a peaceful, democratic and united Syria”, YPG said, adding that they were also ready to respond in the strongest way to any attacks targeting the people and lands of the Efrin Canton.

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‘UMAR AL-SHISHAANI KILLED BY SYRIAN ARMY IN DAYR EL ZOR; ISIS COMMANDER DIES LIKE A RAT 

 

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A photo of the diseased rodent, Tarkhaan Batarishvilli a/k/a Tarkhaan Batirshevilli, with a nom de guerre of ‘Umar AlShishaani.  He was pithed yesterday in zoology class by a member of the Syrian Air Force who just happened to be in the lab.  Born in 1968 in Pankisi Valley, this vermin only lasted 46 years before his descent into the fiery Hell which awaits all infidels, heretics and degenerates.  Ta ta. Toodley doo. Our middle fingers are once again extended to his family in Georgia with a wish for every one of them to join their derelict offspring.

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Syrian Army Victories, Statements, Daily Reports from the Battlefield

Syrian Army Kills over 20 Al-Nusra Terrorists on Arsal-Qalamoun Barrens

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army targeted the al-Nusra terrorists’ concentration centers on the barrens of Flita in Qalamoun in Damascus countryside, killing more than 20 militants and injuring over 30 others.

The Syrian army also targeted al-Nusra sites in the area and destroyed more than 5 terrorist vehicles, Al-Manar reported Wednesday.

The Syrian warplanes struck a terrorist convoy on Flita barrens inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

Media reports mentioned that al-Nusra commander in Qalamoun Abu Malek al-Talle was among the targeted terrorists.

With Syrian Army in Qamishli Frontline against ISIS

The city and region of Qamishli in the far northeastern desert of Syria on the border with Turkey and close to Iraq has become an important strategic front in the Syrian military’s fight against IS forces.

The city was under IS control for quite some time before a recent operation by the Syrian military has managed to push IS to back off 22 kilometers.

The military goal is to create a safety buffer zone around the city. Now the Syrian military recapture the city, but the area straddles the territory controlled by so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters and is a major route for IS supplies traveling into Iraq and Syria.

The Syrian Army’s 54th airborne regiment controls the area surrounding Qamishli to the south, but protecting the territory is not an easy task.

An officer with the Syrian National Defense Force said the troops had been hit by long-range weapons fired by IS terrorists.

The Syrian government counts on getting more recruits into the pro-government militias of the National Defense Forces to hold the newly acquired areas.

The region of fertile agricultural land and rich oil resources has a complicated ethnic and sectarian population and is inhabited by a large Christian community.

Since the initial outbreak of fighting forced local residents to flee, some farmers have returned to their fields in Qamishli.

Tractors are now making their way into the fertile agricultural land. Planting crops is an act of faith by the farmers, who hope peace will prevail here long enough for them to see a harvest.

YPG/YPJ inflict further blows on ISIS in Kobanê

ANF – KOBANÊ 13.11.2014

YPG/YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defense Units) fighters are continuing to inflict further blows on ISIS gangs which are attacking the Kobanê town of West Kurdistan, Rojava, with an aim to occupy the town for the 59th day.

YPG Pres Centre reported in today’s statement about the ongoing fighting that YPG/YPJ forces are making a further advance in the town, providing the following information about the ongoing attacks and clashes;

EASTERN FRONT

Fierce clashes have taken place between YPG forces and gang groups around the Hacı Reshat Mosque and Municipality Street along the day and night yesterday. An area on the Municipality Street occupied by the gangs was retaken by YPG forces. 7 gang members as far as ascertained were killed.

SOUTHERN FRONT

According to the statement, YPG forces have made progress also on the southern front, retaking some areas occupied by the gangs. Clashes on this front continued till early Thursday morning, while the number of casualties on ISIS side couldn’t be clarified.

WESTERN FRONT

YPG Press Centre said that attacks by YPG fighters against the ISIS positions around the villages of Mineza and Izea continued, and that five gang members were killed in this area.

The statement added that 2 YPG fighters have lost their lives in the last one day of clashes.

YPG takes strategic road used by ISIS

ANF – KOBANÊ 13.11.2014

The YPG (People’s Defense Units) has cut an important ISIS supply line to Kobanê, taking control of a road which runs from Rakka and Til Ebyad through Helinc.

The YPG Kobanê Command said in a statement announcing the capture of the road that:“The most important supply line used by ISIS in its attempt to capture Kobanê, which runs from Rakka and Til Ebyad and passes through Helinc has been under the control of our forces since 03:00 Tuesday morning. Until now three gang vehicles and 1 motorcycle have been destroyed. The gangs, who attacked to retake the road, were repulsed and suffered severe losses. Until now 15 ISIS fighters are able to be confirmed dead.”

The YPG Command also underlined that with this operation they are extending the process of liberating Kobanê to all areas, adding; “As we increase our resistance within the city on one side, we will turn every point of black earth in the rural parts of Kobanê into a point of resistance on the other side.”

YPG: We are prepared for any attack against Efrin

ANF – EFRÎN 13.11.2014

YPG (People’s Defense Units) Efrin Canton Command has released a statement regarding some media reports that the Jabhat Al Nusra group is making reinforcements and preparing for an attack on Efrin.

The YPG said clashes around İdlib and Aleppo were taking place between the Nusra group and FSA groups, noting that the Efrin Canton has faced no attacks from these groups so far.

YPG informed that Jabhat Al Nusra which has launched a wave of attacks against FSA groups has taken control of a large area around İdlib and is now making an effort to take the control of the area around Aleppo.

According to the YPG statement, these groups have been involved in no actions or attacks against the Efrin Canton yet, underlining that the YPG wanted no problem or conflict with any sides.

“We declare once again that we are ready to establish a relationship and alliance with all the groups that recognize and acknowledge a peaceful, democratic and united Syria”, YPG said, adding that they were also ready to respond in the strongest way to any attacks targeting the people and lands of the Efrin Canton.

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 ‘UMAR AL-SHISHAANI KILLED BY SYRIAN ARMY IN DAYR EL ZOR; ISIS COMMANDER DIES LIKE A RAT 

 

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A photo of the diseased rodent, Tarkhaan Batarishvilli a/k/a Tarkhaan Batirshevilli, with a nom de guerre of ‘Umar AlShishaani.  He was pithed yesterday in zoology class by a member of the Syrian Air Force who just happened to be in the lab.  Born in 1968 in Pankisi Valley, this vermin only lasted 46 years before his descent into the fiery Hell which awaits all infidels, heretics and degenerates.  Ta ta. Toodley doo. Our middle fingers are once again extended to his family in Georgia with a wish for every one of them to join their derelict offspring.

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US Air Raids on Syria: The Unlearned Lesson of Libya

NATO air strikes against Libya In 2011

Global Research, October 09, 2014
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The speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives Akila Saleh Issa at the UN General Assembly demanded the international community to provide assistance in enhancing security in this troubled country. He stated that the rebuilding of a combat capable army in Libya is a matter of utmost importance, otherwise people will be left to face terrorists on their own.

The alarming statements made by Libyan authorities coincided with the ongoing missiles strikes of the US against ISIL militants.

This latest US military endeavor is now in the media’s focus, while Middle Eastern experts try to figure out the purpose of those strikes, just like Washington’s future steps and time limits that remain largely unclear to this day. Those experts believe that a total of three armed interventions of the United States (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya) over the past 13 years have effectively undermined the governing capabilities of the invaded states, which led to the destabilization of the entire region.

In 2011 NATO air strikes against Libya that were carried out under the pretext of the urgent need of protecting civilians from a “violent dictator“, cleared the road to power for radical militants. Three years ago, once Muammar Gaddafi had been brutally murdered in October 2011, these militants took over Libya by filling the vacuum created by foreign intervention. From that moment on the country had been plunged deeper into bloodshed created by the former revolutionaries as they cut each other’s throats in a fight for rich oil-producing regions.

Now there’s two military-political groups in Libya and each has its own government and parliament. The first resides in Tripoli and it is supporting the temporary parliament which has already lost its legitimacy. The second is backing the newly elected parliament in the besieged city of Tobruk, some 1,200 kilometers from Tripoli. According to the UN, new clashes between the two groups in recent months have generated a total of 150,000 refugees, including foreign workers that fled abroad.

The differences between the two camps runs so deep that the chances of them reaching an agreement are minimal.

Additionally, the new governments are unable to stop the tribal clashes that are tearing the country apart, since the structure of the new government bodies is feeble and unsound. In these circumstances the ideas of radical Islam become the governing ideology. What else could one expect? After all, these numerous forces and factions were brought together to attack the old regime. United by hatred alone, they are highly incapable of negotiating with each other.

Syria and Iraq will face the same fate that has been plaguing Libya, if Washington and its allies that strike the ISIL positions today “haven’t learnt the lessons of Libya,” said Prof. Mieczyslaw Boduszynski’s, former US diplomat to Libya.

Clearly, any intervention from outside exacerbates internal conflicts and contradictions in any state. After that there’s no bringing order to the bloodshed and lawlessness, no establishing of an effective civilian body of command, hence a destroyed state that is simply left to plunderers.

Today we are being told that the US coalition will rely on the so-called “moderate opposition” in Syria. But how can you create a solid unit out of tens of groups of militants that are eager to fight each other on any given day? Above all, these groups are largely sympathetic with radical Islamists, so they have already openly declare that they will not be engaging ISIL, if Washington refuses to attack the regular Syrian army troops. Their only desire is to take full advantage of the US air campaign.

Should they succeed, then Syria is doomed for unconditional blood feuds between different groups, a haven for Islamic militants, a sad failure, which Libya has recently become.

Yuri Zinin is a Senior Research Fellow at MGIMO and a columnist for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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