Iraqi forces reunite with Syrian army along the border as both push ahead successful campaigns against last strongholds of Daesh.
Army units operating in Deir Ezzor achieved a new advance for uprooting ISIS terrorists from the eastern bank of the Euphrates River after entering into al-Boukamal city and engaging in fierce clashes in the neighborhoods of the city.
SANA reporter said that the army units and the allies’ forces stroke ISIS fortifications and entered the city of al-Boukamal, paving the way for completely eradicating ISIS terrorists from the city.
The reporter added that progress towards al-Boukamal city has been achieved after the army units and its allies met with Iraqi forces at the joint border after clearing the area of the collapsed remnants of ISIS terrorists.
According to the reporter, large areas where ISIS spreads are currently encircled as a result of the forces’ meeting, which is extended between the Second Station and al-Baajat in Syria and al-Aakashat t in Iraq.
The reporter added army units and supporting forces tightened noose on ISIS dens in al-Boukamal city totally and began intensive operations to root out their last gatherings in the city, which considers as one of the main strongholds of the terrorist organization in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. sana.sy
Abu Sakkar FSA moderate rebel commander who cut out the heart of a Syrian soldier, and ate it before a cheering crowd of his men (pictured above left).
British troops are being sent to Saudi Arabia to begin training Syrian rebels, as the UK widens its efforts to combat Islamic State extremists.
Troops will soon be deployed to a desert base in the north of the country to teach rebel volunteers basic infantry skills as part of a US-led training programme.
The mission will mean Britain is training Syrian moderate rebel fighters in four countries, including Turkey, Qatar and Jordan. Overall 85 British troops are carrying out the mission, which Lord Richards, the former chief of the defence staff, has called “woefully insufficient”. telegraph.co.uk
January 9, 2015.
Up to 3,000 Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters have defected from the organization and given ba’yah (religious payment; servitude) to the self-proclaimed Caliph of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), Sheikh Ibrahim Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, in the Qalamoun Mountains of the Rif Dimashq Governorate – these fighters belonged to multiple brigades that formed the conglomeration of the FSA. almasdarnews.com
9 Jul 2013.
ISIL Cmdr: if we wanted to cut the supply lines it is easier for us to take the warehouses of the FSA. Anyhow we are buying weapons from the FSA. we bought 200 anti-aircraft missiles and Koncourse anti tank weapons. We have good relations with our brothers in the FSA. For us, the infidels are those who cooperate with the West to fight Islam. aljazeera.com
Israel has written the name of murdered Palestinian boy Mohammed Abu Khdeir, on the wall honoring terrorism victims at Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem. The Palestinian boy was murdered last year in a revenge attack for three Israeli boys who were found dead. Mohammed’s murder where he had petrol poured down his throat and was burned alive, was originally claimed to be the result of an honor killing, lies that the boy was murdered because he was gay were spread across social media. Jewish blogger Richard Silverstein dedicated to exposing the excesses of the Israeli national security state, claims that the source of the rumors was the Israeli police attempting to cover up the crime.
The cousin of the murdered Palestinian boy, a US citizen from Florida, was severely beaten by Israeli police. Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, suffered a broken nose and chin, and injuries to his eyes. Israel said Tariq Abu Khdeir was “taking an active part in the riot,” while the 15-year-old denied any wrong doing. (Video)
Muhamad’s father called the writing of his sons name on the monument wall “hypocrisy”, he said “We don’t need the recognition … we’re not Israeli citizens. Instead of this list we want justice and the prosecution of the criminals. We’re very concerned that they won’t receive the appropriate punishment.” Yosef Haim Ben-David with two of his relatives are responsible for the crime according to Israeli police. Times of Israel reported that Yosef claimed he is “the messiah”, which is an indication that he will most likely be pleading insanity, and could receive a lighter sentence.
Shook the image of the world when the hard-released Syrian troops and biting his heart. It Abu armed Sekar of “Front of victory.” Perform day Farouk Tojay military and named “Abu Sekar” This barbaric action to scare his enemies according to what he said in a press statement later.
This began armed militants fighting in the ranks of the free army Farouq Battalion. Then moved to the front to swear allegiance to the victory, returned today to show the inside of the new city of Idlib, northern Syria, with elements of al-Qaeda branch Front victory in Syria after their entry into the city. And appeared in Abu Sekar pictorial scenes as he spoke of what he called the “Edit Idlib Baltkberat” raising the flag of victory.
Abu Sekar had left short of where I did committed heinous to Homs, the Syrian army’s control after the short. And then walked out with a group of al-Faruq ancient city of Homs after Syrian army in full control of it. It is known for his love of Abu Sekar appearance was posted on YouTube pages a lot of sections that included murder and abuse in all of his ideas stand against threats. almayadeen.net
Authorities say three Israeli Jews have confessed to beating and burning alive Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khudair after seizing him off an East Jerusalem street.
I noticed several Israeli Facebook usersinfecting my feed with false claims that Mohamed Abu Khdeir, the 16 year-old who was murdered by suspected Jewish terrorists, was killed in an honor crime because he was gay. With the help of an Israeli friend, I traced the rumor to, of all places, the Israeli police (Hebrew). They leaked (Hebrew) this false information to the media, which dutifully reported it as if it was true (it wasn’t). The police claim (made anonymously of course) that it had “information” Abu Khdeir was gay was false. But this calumny spread like the wind, and a credulous Israeli public eager to believe the worst of Palestinians and refusing to take any responsibility for their own brethren spilling the blood of a Palestinian, took to social media like a raging plague and spread this bile everywhere. richardsilverstein.com
United States commandos have captured the suspected ringleader of the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the White House and Pentagon officials said Tuesday.
Apprehension of the suspect, Ahmed Abu Khattala, is a major breakthrough in the two-and-a-half-year-old investigation into the attack, which also killed three other Americans. President Obama vowed swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice, but efforts to identity and prosecute the attackers were stymied by the chaos of the event and the broader mayhem in Libya.
Officials briefed on the investigation have said for more than a year that a plan to capture Mr. Abu Khattala was on Mr. Obama’s desk awaiting approval. But the administration held back, in part for fear that an American raid to retrieve him might further destabilize the already tenuous Libyan government. Diplomats also suggested that the United States investigators might have been struggling to produce sufficient witness testimony and other evidence to convict Mr. Abu Khattala of responsibility for the deaths in an American court. nytimes.com
Mohamed Zahawi, head of the Benghazi brigade of Ansar al-Sharia, delivers a statement in Benghazi May 27, 2014. Zahawi warned the United States on Tuesday against interfering in the country’s crisis or face worse than their conflicts in Somalia, Iraq, or Afghanistan. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori.
Faced with open defiance from the leader of Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria and Iraq, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri publicly expelled the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), suspending its franchise and stripping it of its status as part of the Al Qaeda global enterprise. The split will test the value of Al Qaeda’s brand.
Although Al Qaeda’s leaders have quarreled in the past over strategy, tactics, and targets, an open break like this is unprecedented and creates real risks for the leadership of both organizations. So, what’s next?
The rebellious ISIL is not likely to dissolve itself, and ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – who has already rejected Zawahiri’s orders, claiming that he obeys only God – seems unlikely to back down. Now that Al Qaeda has declared ISIL a renegade, however, its leaders cannot allow ISIL to succeed in creating a rival center of power. That sets up a showdown that could turn an internal dispute into a schism that cuts across the jihadist universe. bbj.hu
A Syrian rebel commander who fought alongside al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and was close to its current chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed by a suicide attack on Sunday, intensifying infighting between rival Islamist fighters. The Observatory for Human Rights in Syria said Abu Khaled al-Soury, also known as Abu Omair al-Shamy, a commander of the Salafi group Ahrar al-Sham was killed along with six comrades by al Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It said al-Soury had fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. reuters.com
As The Long War Journalreported on Dec. 17, 2013, al Suri was a founding member of Ahrar al Sham. He was a senior leader in the group at the time of his death. Ahrar al Sham is arguably the most powerful organization within the Islamic Front, a coalition of Syrian rebel groups formed late last year. Shortly after The Long War Journal reported on al Suri’s dual-hatted role in Ahrar al Sham and al Qaeda in December 2013, the US Treasury Department described al Suri as “al Qaeda’s representative in Syria.” longwarjournal.org
Iraqi army and security forces repelled an attack by the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Abu Ghraib prison. “The ISIL militants failed to seize control of Abu Ghraib jail,” a security source, who asked to remain unnamed, said on Sunday.
The source noted that the ISIL militants wanted to free a number of their prisoners from Abu Ghraib prison. Earlier today, Iraqi security forces declared that Saudi Arabia has hired and financed al-Qaeda-affiliated ISIL to fight a proxy war against Iraq’s Shiite government.
“Ahmed al-Alwani (an Iraqi MP held on terrorism charges after clashes killed at least six people during arrest raid on his home) and Ali al-Sulaiman (the chief of the Dulaim tribes in al-Anbar province) who are under prosecution have paved the political ground for terrorism and the ISIL has entered a proxy war to fight for Saudi Arabia,” Head of the Security Committee of Baghdad province’s Council Sa’d al-Matlabi was quoted as saying by the Palestinian al-Manar weekly on Sunday.
(Reuters) – Syrian rebel factions battled fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across north-west Syria on Saturday in the heaviest clashes between President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents in nearly three years of conflict, activists said. reuters.com
(France24) – An alliance of Syrian rebels have launched a “revolution” against an Islamist extremist group linked to al Qaeda, highlighting deepening divisions within the country’s armed opposition against President Bashar al-Assad. france24.com
What they fail to mention…
Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri ordered the disbanding of the rogue al-Qaeda faction in Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. ISIL’s leader has been challenging al-Zawahiri leadership. Al-Zawahiri want’s the more obedient faction al-Nusra to have control over Syria. Dis-info implies that al-Nusra is made up of 100% Syrian fighters, & the ISIL is a foreign force. When in fact both factions contain foreign fighters from all over the world.
Opposition Geneva issues.
The FSA are not capable of holding territory long term, al-Nusra are under Ayman al-Zawahiri leadership, have been designated a terrorist organization, & therefore excluded from Geneva peace talks. Enemies of Syria will attempt to re-invent the al-Nusra faction trying to keep the territory they hold. It is my opinion that the road to peace in Syria can start when the Syrian Army re-gains control of Aleppo, & then the right environment can be worked towards for elections to take place.