Archive for January, 2020

Syria | Army Command: Ma’aret al-Nu’aman city, 28 villages and towns in Idlib southern countryside liberated

Thursday, January 30, 2020 Comments Off on Syria | Army Command: Ma’aret al-Nu’aman city, 28 villages and towns in Idlib southern countryside liberated

The General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces announced that the army units operating in Idlib countryside have liberated during the past few days the city of Ma’aret al-Nu’aman and a number of villages and towns in the southern countryside of Idlib from terrorism.

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Ansarallah forces launches new attack on Saudi Aramco facilities

Thursday, January 30, 2020 Comments Off on Ansarallah forces launches new attack on Saudi Aramco facilities

The Ansarallah forces (var. Houthi) announced on Wednesday that their rocket battalion unleashed a new attack on the Saudi Aramco oil facilities in the southern region of Saudi Arabia.

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Lebanon’s new government backed by Hezbollah and allies meets for first time

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on Lebanon’s new government backed by Hezbollah and allies meets for first time

Formed by Hezbollah and its allies, new government faces one of the biggest financial crises in the country’s history.

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No ISIS Surge During Pause in US Operations, General Says

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on No ISIS Surge During Pause in US Operations, General Says

Islamic State fighters did not capitalize on a recent break in U.S. operations to significantly reconstitute their ranks in Iraq, according to a top general.

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Militants set off car bombs, storm army positions in Syria’s Idlib: state news agency

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on Militants set off car bombs, storm army positions in Syria’s Idlib: state news agency

Militants in Syria set off car bombs and used heavy gunfire to storm army positions in Idlib on Thursday, state news agency SANA reported.

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How Islamic State Gains From Strife Among Its Enemies

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on How Islamic State Gains From Strife Among Its Enemies

If there is one cause common to the governments of the U.S., Turkey, Iraq and Iran, it’s the continued suppression of Islamic State, the most destructive Islamist militant organization the world has seen. Working together and separately, those nations and their allies by early 2019 managed to subdue the group in Iraq and Syria, where […]

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Hezbollah observes anti-tunnel sensor installation at the Israeli border

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah observes anti-tunnel sensor installation at the Israeli border

From the Lebanese side of the border, equipment can be seen in Israel drilling into the earth. The type of work being done is out of the ordinary for what usually occurs on the Israeli side of the border.

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Clearview AI Says Its Facial Recognition Software Identified A Terrorism Suspect. The Cops Say That’s Not True.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on Clearview AI Says Its Facial Recognition Software Identified A Terrorism Suspect. The Cops Say That’s Not True.

Clearview AI, a facial recognition company that says it’s amassed a database of billions of photos, has a fantastic selling point it offers up to police departments nationwide: It cracked a case of alleged terrorism in a New York City subway station last August in a matter of seconds. “How a Terrorism Suspect Was Instantly […]

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Syria war: Jihadist assault ‘kills dozens of soldiers’

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on Syria war: Jihadist assault ‘kills dozens of soldiers’

Up to 40 Syrian soldiers have been killed in an assault by hundreds of militants in north-western Syria, according to Russia’s defence ministry.

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U.S. says no uptick in violence from Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. says no uptick in violence from Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

The United States has seen no uptick in Islamic State activity in Iraq and northeastern Syria, U.S. special representative for Syria James Jeffrey said on Thursday, weeks after a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad.

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Iran-Backed Houthis Suspected Of Ballistic Missile Attack At Yemen

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on Iran-Backed Houthis Suspected Of Ballistic Missile Attack At Yemen

On January 18, 2020, ballistic missiles struck a mosque at the al-Estiqbal military camp in Marib, killing at least 116 people in what was reportedly one of the deadliest attacks in Yemen’s civil war. Although there was no immediate claim by the Houthi rebels, Yemen’s government condemned the Iran-backed extremist group for the attack.

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Trial of suspected jihadist recruiter opens in Paris

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Comments Off on Trial of suspected jihadist recruiter opens in Paris

The trial opened in Paris on Monday of Mourad Farès, who is accused of running a group of jihadists as well as recruiting people to fight in Syria and financing terrorism.

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UK adds entire Hezbollah movement to terror blacklist

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Comments Off on UK adds entire Hezbollah movement to terror blacklist

Britain’s move comes amid heightened tensions in the Middle East after the United States killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani.

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Honduras declares Hezbollah a ‘terrorist organisation’

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Comments Off on Honduras declares Hezbollah a ‘terrorist organisation’

The Honduran government has formally declared Hezbollah a terrorist organisation, a top security official said on Monday.

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Hezbollah’s threat to Israel rises amid Lebanon chaos

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah’s threat to Israel rises amid Lebanon chaos

Lebanon’s political crisis escalated this weekend, with hundreds of civilians wounded in running street battles against security forces. The chaos will increase the Lebanese Hezbollah’s temptation to lash out at Israel to unify the nation against a common enemy.

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Isis founding member confirmed by spies as group’s new leader

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Comments Off on Isis founding member confirmed by spies as group’s new leader

The new leader of Islamic State has been confirmed as Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi, according to officials from two intelligence services. He is one of the terror group’s founding members and has led the enslavement of Iraq’s Yazidi minority and has overseen operations around the globe.

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Iraqi forces make more arrests in anti-ISIS crackdown as attack kills soldier

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Comments Off on Iraqi forces make more arrests in anti-ISIS crackdown as attack kills soldier

The Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service announced on Sunday that it had arrested of a senior member of the Islamic State in the western city of Fallujah after a terrorist attack by the group killed a soldier and wounded two others at an Iraqi army post in a town south of Kirkuk.

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ISIS ‘mufti’ weighing over 300 lbs captured by Iraqi SWAT

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Comments Off on ISIS ‘mufti’ weighing over 300 lbs captured by Iraqi SWAT

Shifa al-Nima was accused of ordering the destruction of heritage sites in Mosul. He was so fat that after being captured, he had to be put in the back of a truck, next to a mounted machine gun.

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Iran expands support for Taliban, targets U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Comments Off on Iran expands support for Taliban, targets U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Escalating U.S.-Iran tensions mean Afghanistan, which shares a border with Iran, could be the next proxy battleground between Washington and Tehran, a clash that threatens to undermine the Trump administration’s pursuit of a peace deal with the Taliban and eventual drawdown of American troops.

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SDF forces kill ISIS oil official in Deir al-Zor

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Comments Off on SDF forces kill ISIS oil official in Deir al-Zor

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Sunday that they killed a senior Iraqi Islamic State official in Deir al-Zor responsible for sleeper cell attacks against the SDF.

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Singapore man on trial for terrorism financing admits to sending money to Isis

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on Singapore man on trial for terrorism financing admits to sending money to Isis

The first Singaporean to be charged with terrorism financing began his trial in a district court on Monday by admitting to giving S$450 (US$330) to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis), but claimed trial for his actions because he did not recognise Singapore law.

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Germany jails jihadi for Syrian massacre

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on Germany jails jihadi for Syrian massacre

An ex-member of al-Qaida affiliate Nusra Front has been sentenced to life in prison for involvement in a 2013 massacre of regime forces. Prosecutors have sought to jail war criminals who arrived in Germany as refugees.

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ISIS is regrouping and on the rise in the Middle East, Jordan’s King Abdullah warns

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on ISIS is regrouping and on the rise in the Middle East, Jordan’s King Abdullah warns

ISIS is regrouping and is once more on the rise in the Middle East, King Abdullah of Jordan has warned.

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Funding Lebanon is funding Hezbollah

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on Funding Lebanon is funding Hezbollah

Lebanon’s “parliament, government, president, and all of the other state institutions are nothing more than a façade for players directed by [Hassan] Nasrallah.”

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ISIS attack on Syria-Iraq border wounds four guards, Iraqi military says

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on ISIS attack on Syria-Iraq border wounds four guards, Iraqi military says

At least four security forces at a border checkpoint between Iraq and Syria were wounded in an alleged Islamic State attack, the Iraqi military said on Tuesday.

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Could ISIS Take Control Over Iraq’s Largest Oil Field?

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on Could ISIS Take Control Over Iraq’s Largest Oil Field?

As always, it’s the fear of sanctions that provides the leverage Trump seeks in this cat-and-mouse game with Iran. And this time, the leverage is over Iraq, which would like to see both American and Iranian forces out of the country, for obvious reasons.

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Hezbollah Has Prepared for This Moment for Decades

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah Has Prepared for This Moment for Decades

The Lebanese Militant Group Could Star in Iran’s Response to the Soleimani Strike.

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Syrian army says Israeli jets attack air base in Homs

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on Syrian army says Israeli jets attack air base in Homs

The Syrian army said on Tuesday Israeli jets attacked the main T4 air base in Homs province, saying its air defences downed several missiles in strikes that caused only material damage.

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Russian jets resume bombing of Syria’s rebel-held northwest: residents

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on Russian jets resume bombing of Syria’s rebel-held northwest: residents

Russian jets struck several rebel-held towns in northwest Syria’s Idlib province for the first time since a ceasefire agreed with Turkey formally took effect two days ago, witnesses and insurgent sources said.

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ISIS carried out attacks on Iraq-Syria border posts after US suspended operations

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on ISIS carried out attacks on Iraq-Syria border posts after US suspended operations

ISIS has carried out two attacks on Iraqi border posts along the border with Syria following the US decision to suspend counter-ISIS missions in order to focus on protecting Iraqi bases and coalition forces amid tensions with Iran, according to a US defense official and Iraqi security officials.

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Turkey ‘coordinated’ with IS: SDF commander

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey ‘coordinated’ with IS: SDF commander

Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said his alliance anticipated a direct Turkish intervention in Syria and claimed that Turkey had ‘coordinated’ with the Islamic State terrorist group, during an interview with the privately owned TeN satellite channel on Sunday.

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Iraqi air raids kill 6 ISIS members in Salahuddin desert

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on Iraqi air raids kill 6 ISIS members in Salahuddin desert

The Iraqi air force carried out a series of airstrikes on Wednesday, targeting positions held by sleeper cells of the so-called Islamic State in Salahuddin province, a statement from the Iraqi military communications center said.

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Syria’s war: More than 20 killed in air raids on rebel-held Idlib

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on Syria’s war: More than 20 killed in air raids on rebel-held Idlib

At least 21 people were killed in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province as government forces and their Russian allies intensified an air offensive on the country’s northwest.

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France promises continued support against ISIS in Iraq and Kurdistan

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on France promises continued support against ISIS in Iraq and Kurdistan

On Thursday, the French Consul General in Erbil affirmed his country’s ongoing support for the security of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq during a meeting with the head of the leading Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

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Hezbollah supporters say revenge for Soleimani’s death has only just begun

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah supporters say revenge for Soleimani’s death has only just begun

Qassem Soleimani was often described as a “shadowy” figure; an elusive commander who criss-crossed the Middle East in secret on his mission to sustain a regional military alliance loyal to Iran.

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