The Palestinians’ Three No’s: What They Mean

Author : Admin | Thursday, September 27, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

 When Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad talk about “paying a political price,” they are referring to demands that the Palestinian terrorist groups lay down their weapons, halt terrorist attacks on Israel, and abandon their dream of eliminating Israel. These are terms, of course, to which no Palestinian terrorist group could ever afford to agree.
 Accepting such conditions would make them look bad in the eyes of their supporters, who would then accuse them of betraying the Arabs and Muslims by failing to fulfill their promise of destroying Israel. As far as these groups are concerned, keeping their weapons is tremendously more important than improving the living conditions of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
 To be clear: when the Palestinian terrorist groups talk about “resistance,” they are referring to terror attacks on Israel. These include suicide bombings, launching rockets towards Israel, and hurling explosive devices and firebombs at Israeli soldiers and civilians. These groups do not believe in any form of peaceful and non-violent protests. For them, there is only one realistic option to achieve their goal of destroying Israel: the armed struggle.
 Why are the Palestinian terrorist groups conducting indirect talks with Israel to reach a new truce agreement in the Gaza Strip under the auspices of Egypt and the UN? The answer is simple. They want a truce, or period of calm, so that they can continue preparing for the next war against Israel without having to worry about Israeli military operations. (by gatestoneinstitute.org)

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

Pro-ISIS Video Praises Attacks In The West And Calls For More
On September 16, 2018, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet Al-Abd Al-Faqir Media Foundation released a new, short video clip titled “Harvest of the Lone Lions.”
Infographic In ISIS Weekly Provides Instructions For Lone Operatives
The latest edition of Al-Naba’, the weekly news bulletin of the Islamic State (ISIS), features an infographic with instructions for ISIS operatives in enemy countries.
ISIS Claims Its Fighters Killed 15 U.S. Soldiers And PKK Fighters In Syria, Says War With ‘Enemies Of Religion’ Will Intensify
On September 19, 2018, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a statement saying that 15 U.S. soldiers and PKK fighters had been killed and 25 others were seriously injured in an attack on a joint military convoy in Al-Hasakah, Syria.
Afghan Taliban Demand Scrapping Of Bilateral Security Agreement Between Afghan Government And U.S.
In a September 18, 2018 statement, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) called for the scrapping of the Bilateral Security Agreement signed by the U.S. and Afghanistan in 2014 with the goal of achieving peace and stability in Afghanistan. Kabul also has a status of forces agreement allowing for NATO troops to stay in Afghanistan.(by memri org).

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): UK-Based Disciple Of Anjem Choudary Active On Facebook, Reportedly Arrested; Facebook Friends Include Numerous Prominent Western Jihadis Involved In Terrorist Attacks
A UK-based British jihad supporter posts prolifically on Facebook. He has over 1,700 Facebook friends. According to his Facebook profile, he is based in Luton; many of his posts appear to be from London.
Pro-Al-Qaeda Group Publishes Video Featuring Fighters Announcing Founding Of Al-Qaeda Branch In Burkina Faso
On September 18, 2018, pro-Al-Qaeda media group Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) released a video showing a group of fighters announcing the founding of an Al-Qaeda branch in the West African country of Burkina Faso.
Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Releases Posters Threatening Attacks In The West
On September 20, 2018, several pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channels shared two digitally-created posters created by a pro-ISIS media outlet, which were originally released on September 1 and 4, 2018.(by memri.org).

South Korea boycotts Iran’s oil

Author : Admin | Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News

South Korea has stopped buying Iran’s oil, Iran’s Ministry of Petroleum confirmed on Sunday. “It is for three successive months that South Korea has not imported oil from Iran,” public relations of the ministry announced…Prior to the U.S. sanctions threat, Seoul imported 180,000 barrels per day of Iran’s crude oil, according to the report.

OPEC, Russia rebuff Trump

Author : Admin | Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia

OPEC’s largest producer Saudi Arabia and its biggest oil-producer ally outside the group, Russia, rebuffed US President Donald Trump on Sunday over his call for more oil output to reduce prices.

Morocco Wants Strong Security Cooperation with US Against Iran

Author : Admin | Thursday, September 20, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran

Following his meeting with Mike Pompeo, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita met three US senators in Washington, D.C…The Moroccan official visited the US to discuss means to “end Iran’s support for terrorism and counter its malign influence in the region.”

Iran-Iraq trade grew 30% in 5 months

Author : Admin | Thursday, September 20, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran Press

The trade between Iran and its western neighbor Iraq has grown 30 percent during the first five months of the Iranian calendar year (March 21- August 22, 2018), director of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce Yahya Al-e Es’haq told Mehr news agency in an interview published on Monday.

‘Gradualism’ not proper approach to save nuclear deal, Salehi tells EU

Author : Admin | Thursday, September 20, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran Press

Ali Akbar Salehi, director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said on Monday that “approach of gradualism” adopted by the European Union’s is not a proper way to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Iraqi security forces bust five-strong terrorist cell in southern Kirkuk

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Iraqi security forces have disbanded a terrorist group in the southern part of the country’s oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk as government troops, backed by allied fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, are trying to purge the war-ravaged Arab country of the remnants of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. Read the rest of this entry »

Iraqi troops arrest 3 Islamic State militants, including group’s chef, in Mosul

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, September 18, 2018

imgThe Iraqi Defense Ministry announced on Sunday that its troops captured three Islamic State militants, including the group’s cook, in Mosul city.

“Military intelligence forces carried out a specific operation in Hamam al-Alil district in Mosul, managing to arrest three militants belonging to Islamic State group,” Sputnik quoted the Iraqi Security Media Center as saying. Read the rest of this entry »

Libya: Joint Force appointed to establish security in capital

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, issued Sunday an order to form a join force to end conflicts and prevail security in Tripoli led by the commander of western military zone Brigadier General Osama Al-Juwaili.

The force, according to Al-Sirraj, will be formed of three infantry brigades and an interior ministry unit to establish security, protect residents, oversee the ceasefire, and communicate with the conflict’s parties by referring them to another will-be formed committee. Read the rest of this entry »

Libya rivals clash south of capital

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgNew clashes flared between rival militias south of Libya’s capital Tripoli on Tuesday, causing widespread power outages, the national electricity firm said.

The fighting underscored the fragility of a United Nations-backed ceasefire reached earlier this month after days of deadly violence between armed groups in the capital, beset by turmoil since the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, September 17, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

Pro-ISIS Media Group Warns ISIS Members Not To Leave ‎Group’s Territory In Syria To Join ‘Apostate-Controlled’ ‎Areas
On September 5, 2018, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Muhajireen Foundation media outlet published on its Telegram channel a poster warning ISIS fighters not to leave ISIS-controlled territories in Syria to go to “apostate-controlled” areas, that is, areas controlled by other Syrian rebel groups.
Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Video Features Group’s Counterintelligence Operations, ‎Confessions Of Saudi-Run Spy Ring, Yemeni-American ‘Spy’ Rasheed Al-Hibshi
On September 4, 2018, Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released via its media company Al-Malahim a 40-minute video titled “The Preliminary Introduction To Demolishing The Espionage.”
Afghan Taliban: 877 Afghan Government Officials Joined Taliban In August 2018
In August 2018, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) recruited 877 people working in various departments of the Afghan government, according to a report (by memri.org).

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, September 17, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: Ansar Al-Shari’a, A New Syria-Based Jihadi Group
On July 29, 2018, a group calling itself Ansar Al-Shari’a opened a Telegram ‎channel and posted its formation ‎charter. The group hints that it was formed in response to the retreat of the mujahideen from their previously ‎held territories in various places in Syria and due to the overall deteriorated state of the mujahideen’s willingness ‎to fight.
EXCLUSIVE: Afghan Taliban On U.S. Lt.-Gen. Austin Scott Miller: ‘Every New General… Vaunts… About Being Able To Reign In Afghanistan And Crushing Jihadi Resistance’
On September 2, 2018, Lt. Gen. Austin Scott Miller replaced Gen. Johan Nicholson as the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. On September 11, 2018, the Islamic Emirate (the Taliban organization) issued a statement that was dismissive about yet another such appointment in the 17 years of the Afghan war, which began soon after 9/11(by memri.org)

Hungary Defiant in the Face of EU Censure

Author : Admin | Friday, September 14, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

The European Parliament has voted to pursue unprecedented disciplinary action against Hungary over alleged breaches of the European Union’s “fundamental values.” The EU has accused the Hungarian government of attacks against the media, minorities and the rule of law.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has denied the charges, and said they are a retaliation for his government’s refusal to take in migrants from the Muslim world.
The censure represents another salvo in a showdown between pro- and anti-EU forces over populism and nationalism ahead of European Parliament elections in May 2019.
During a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on September 12, MEPs voted 448-to-197 — by a margin of more than two-thirds — to trigger Article 7 against Hungary. It was the first time that such parliamentary action has been taken against an EU member state; the move can ultimately lead to Hungary losing its voting rights in EU institutions…Article 7 is a two-step process that moves from “preventive measures” (Article 7.1) to “punitive measures” (Article 7.2); EU governments will now have to decide whether to impose sanctions. Hungary is likely to escape the most serious sanction of suspending the country’s vote in the bloc because that would require unanimity and Poland, which has had its own run-in with the EU, has pledged to protect Orbán.(by gatestoneinstitute.org)

Turkey’s Latest Power Grab a Naval Base in Cyprus?

Author : Admin | Friday, September 14, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

Turkey’s Naval Forces Command has “submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stating that Turkey should establish a naval base in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” according to Turkey’s strongly pro-Erdogan daily, Yeni Safak, which recently endorsed the proposal for the base in an article entitled, “Why Turkey should establish a naval base in Northern Cyprus.”… Cyprus is strategically important: a naval base there would give Turkey easier access to the Eastern Mediterranean’s international trade routes and greater control over the vast undersea energy resources around Cyprus. In the past, Turkey has blocked foreign vessels from drilling for these resources; in June, Turkey began its own exploration of the island’s waters for gas and oil…Another factor that may be contributing to the Turkish Navy’s desire for a base in Cyprus is Israel. Aside from Ankara’s extremely rocky relations with Jerusalem, Israel and Cyprus have been working to forge an agreement to join their electricity grids and construct a pipeline to link their gas fields to mainland Europe. Although they are in a dispute over development rights of one of these gas fields, Aphrodite, they are invested in reaching a solution that will not damage their increasingly friendly relations.
Erdogan’s considerations should concern NATO, of which Turkey, surprisingly, is still a member, and the rest of the West. (by gatestoneinstitute.org)

IAEA chief confirms Iran JCPOA commitment

Author : Admin | Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran Press

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano verified on Monday that Iran is living up to all its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal. “Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” Amano said in his introductory statement to the IAEA’s Board of Governors in Vienna using the nuclear deal’s official name.

‘Europe to create banking system for ties with Iran’

Author : Admin | Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran Press

Chair of the European parliamentary group for relations with the Islamic Republic has said the European Union is looking to establish an independent financial system for banking relations with Iran. Janusz Lewandowski made the statement with Kazem Jalali, chairman of the Majlis research center, in Brussels on Saturday.

Iran joins hand with Russia, Turkey to dump dollar in trade

Author : Admin | Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

Iran has discussed trade in national currencies with Russia and Turkey in order to reduce the impact of U.S. dollar on the three countries’ trade and economies, ILNA reported on Saturday quoting Central bank of Iran (CBI) Governor Abdolnaser Hemmati.

Tehran, Moscow confer on nuclear deal

Author : Admin | Tuesday, September 11, 2018

In a meeting in Tehran on Monday, high-ranking Iranian and Russian officials discussed issues related to the 2015 nuclear deal and ways to keep the internationally-backed agreement alive. The meeting was held between Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Ryabkov.

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Publishes Manuals For Preparing Homemade Poisons
In recent weeks, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet has released a series of manuals on its Telegram channel titled “Kill them Silently,” which explain how to prepare homemade poisons.
ISIS Threatens To Target Sunni Tribes In Iraq For Collaborating With Iraqi Government To Fight ISIS
On August 31, 2018, the Islamic State (ISIS) in Salh Addine, Iraq, released a video threatening Sunni tribes, particularly the Shammar tribe, for taking part in the fight against ISIS. The video also showed the execution of Sunni men accused of being members of the Shammar tribe’s anti-ISIS forces.
(by memri.org).

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Battle For Influence In Idlib, Northern Syria
In recent months, tensions have risen between the Islamic State (ISIS) and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in Syria’s Idlib area, most of which is controlled by HTS. Both organizations have killed rival fighters and commanders, there have been numerous mutual arrests, executions, and shootings, and each side produces damning propaganda about the other.
ISIS Weekly Al-Naba’ Insists: The Man Who Stabbed Two Family Members In France Was A Soldier Of The Islamic StateIssue 145 of ISIS’s weekly news bulletin Al-Naba’, released on August 31, 2018, reiterates the claim that Kamel Salhi, who stabbed his mother, sister and another woman in Trappes near Paris on August 24, was acting in the name of ISIS and was targeting “crusaders,” although the French authorities have not established that the crime was terror-related. ISIS claimed responsibility for the stabbing on August 23. (by memri.org)

Zarif on Trump plan to chair UN council meeting: #chutzpah

Author : Admin | Thursday, September 6, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reacted strongly to Washington’s announcement that President Donald Trump is going to chair the upcoming UN Security Council and use the opportunity against Iran. “There’s only one UNSC resolution on Iran. .@realDonaldTrump is violating it & bullying others to do same. Now he plans to abuse presidency of SC to divert a session—item devoted to Palestine for 70 yrs— to blame Iran for horrors U.S. & clients have unleashed across M.E. #chutzpah,” Zarif tweeted on Wednesday.

Iranian, Russian, Turkish presidents to meet on Syria in Tehran Friday

Author : Admin | Thursday, September 6, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Eurasia News

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will discuss various issues related to the Syrian crisis in a summit in Tehran on Friday. The topics of discussion will include provocations with the alleged use of chemical weapons, a Putin adviser said.

France wants sanctions against those who delay Mali peace agreement

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

France says it has proposed that members of armed groups in Mali delaying implementation of a 2015 peace agreement should be put on a UN sanctions blacklist.

France’s deputy UN ambassador Anne Gueguen told the Security Council on Thursday that the time for warnings is over and France has submitted the names of individuals – whom she did not Read the rest of this entry »

Libya announces state of emergency in Tripoli

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Libya’s UN-backed government has announced a state of emergency in the capital and its outskirts as ongoing fighting has killed at least 39 people including civilians in the past days. Read the rest of this entry »

Death toll hits 48 in Boko Haram attack on Nigerian army

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The death toll from a Boko Haram attack on a Nigerian army post on the border with Niger has risen to 48, military sources said on Monday.

Scores of Boko Haram fighters in trucks stormed the base on Thursday in Zari village in northern Borno state and briefly seized it after a fierce battle. Read the rest of this entry »

Clashes rage in Libya’s Tripoli as UN calls for talks

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgClashes raged on Monday on the outskirts of Libya’s capital Tripoli trapping residents indoors and hampering rescue efforts, as the UN called for talks after more than a week of deadly violence.

Fighting since August 27 between rival militias in the southern suburbs has killed at least 47 people and wounded 129 others, most of them civilians, according to an updated toll put out by the health ministry on Sunday night. Read the rest of this entry »

Iraq hosts military chiefs from Iran, Russia and Syria

Author : Admin | Monday, September 3, 2018

Senior Iraqi military commanders hosted their Russian, Iranian, and Syrian counterparts in Baghdad on Saturday to discuss security cooperation and information-sharing in the Middle East, where Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group continues to carry out attacks.

European inaction to save nuclear deal will bring about serious consequences, Kharrazi warns

Author : Admin | Monday, September 3, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran Press

“Imposition of sanctions and pressure and Europe’s lack of immediate action to meet obligations under the JCPOA will have serious consequences,” Kharrazi said during a meeting with British Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt in Tehran. Kharrazi noted that there are many grounds for Iran and Britain to expand ties, however, he said cooperation requires “trust building”. For his part, Burt said that the British position on the JCPOA is totally different from that of the U.S.

Ayatollah Khamenei: No war on horizon

Author : Admin | Monday, September 3, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that based on political calculations, there is no military war on horizon for Iran. Ayatollah Khamenei made the statement in a meeting with officials of the Khatam ul-Anbiya Air Defense Base.

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, September 3, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

Poster On Pro-ISIS Channels Shows ISIS Flag Flying On The Temple Mount In Jerusalem
On August 27, 2018, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel published a digitally created poster of the Temple Mount depicting an ISIS flag flying from the Dome of the Rock and Israeli flags in flames. ‎
Afghan Taliban Delegation Visits Indonesia, Holds Talks On ‘Bilateral Relations’
On August 17, 2018, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) released a statement confirming that a delegation of its leaders visited Indonesia from August 12 to August 15, 2018. According to a statement issued by Muhammad Sohail Shaheen, spokesman for the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate, the delegation that visited Indonesia was led by Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanekzai, head of the Afghan Taliban’s Political Office based in Qatar.(by memri.org).

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, September 3, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: Syria-Based Egyptian Jihadi Sheikh: There Are Thousands Of Foreign Fighters In Idlib – Including Americans And Europeans, As Well As Young Girls Who Wish To Carry Out Martyrdom Operations
On July 27, 2018, a jihadi Telegram channel posted a video of a sermon by Syria-based Egyptian jihadi sheikh Abu Al-Yaqthan Al-Masri, in which he said that there are thousands of foreign fighters in Idlib, among them Europeans and Americans, as well as young girls who have expressed a desire to carry out martyrdom operations in Aleppo, Ghouta, and Hamah.
Poster From Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Threatens Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Leader Al-Joulani, Makes Veiled Threats To U.S.On August 28, 2018, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a poster depicting Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) leader Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani as a marionette being held over a fire by U.S. President Donald Trump.(by memri.org)

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: Report: Palestinian Refugee Fighters Are Returning To ‎Lebanon From Syria
According to an August 20, 2018 report in a London-based daily, an unknown number of Palestinian refugee men, who had fought alongside Syria-based jihadi organization Jabhat Al-Nusra, the predecessor to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), in Syria, have returned to Lebanon.
Al-Sahab Releases Video Featuring Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri Calling On Muslim Ummah, Mujahideen, And Scholars To Unite Against ‘International Alliance Of Unbelief’
On August 23, 2018, Al-Sahab, the media arm of Al-Qaeda, released a new video featuring the group’s leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri in which he called on the Muslim ummah, the scholars, the mujahideen, and the preachers to unite to fight against the “international alliance of unbelief.”
Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri: Hamas Has Betrayed The Principles Of Its Founders; The Muslim Nation Must Unite Against The Crusader-Zionist Attack And Prevent The U.S. From Living In Security
On August 19, 2018, the Al-Qaeda (AQ) Media Arm, Al-Sahab released an audio message from AQ leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri in which he harshly criticizes the Hamas organization and labels it a traitor. (by memri org.)

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

Two Syrian Rebel Factions Announce Their Decision To ‎Join Pro-Al-Qaeda Group Hurras Al-Din
On August 20, 2018, pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram account Al-Muhajir Al-Khurasani posted two statements, one by the Jund Al-Sham Brigades and one by the Fursan Al-Iman Brigades, announcing that the groups were joining Syrian pro-Al-Qaeda organization Hurras Al-Din.
HTS Leader Al-Joulani In Eid Al-Adha Address: We Will Neither Surrender Nor Sign Reconciliation Agreements With The Regime
On the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, celebrated this year on August 20-21, telegram channels associated with Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) circulated an address by the organization’s leader, Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani, and photos of him touring the Latakia front. In the 8-minute address, Al-Joulani, seated in at a desk, conveys holiday greetings to his fighters and says that they are preparing well for the “decisive battle” in northern Syria, the rebels’ last stronghold in the country.
The Emir Of The French Brigade In Syria Is Released From HTS Jail Amid Growing Tensions Between Rebel Factions
On August 19, 2018, a French-speaking, Al-Qaeda-aligned jihadi group in Syria posted on Telegram that on August 18, 2018, its leader Omar Diaby a.k.a Omar Omsen was released from a Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) jail where he had been incarcerated.(by memri org.)