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Last ISIS stronghold in Syria, Abu Kamal, totally liberated

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

Putin: Not worried about democracy coming to our borders..

The 12th annual Valdai Discussion Club meeting in Russia’s Sochi has focused on international armed conflicts. Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking part in its final plenary session devoted to the crisis in the Middle East.

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Suspected ISIL suicide bombing in Turkey’s border with Syria

An explosion has killed at least 31 in a municipal culture center in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Suruç district, as scores of people have been hospitalized.

“We are concerned that the number of death will increase. The perpetrators will soon be found and put on trial,” Turkey’s interior minister said in a statement on July 20.

Upon his arrival in Şanlıurfa, Interior Minister Sebahattin Öztürk announced that the death toll was 30. “We believe that it is a suicide bomb attack. No name has yet been designated concerning identity of the suicide bomber,” Öztürk also said.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş confirmed late July 20 that the death toll reached to 31.

There is speculation that the blast was caused by a 18-year-old female suicide bomber from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“We will not only condemn this attack but we will also find those responsible and bring them to justice. This attack targeted peace, democracy and public order in Turkey,” said Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in a press conference in Ankara.

Davutoğlu confirmed ISIL was the prime suspect, adding that 43 people, 9 of them with serious injuries, were hospitalized after the attack. He also called on all political parties to come together and issue a joint statement condemning terrorism.
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Photo shot soon after the explosion:
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Hundreds of young people were staying there to assist
in rebuilding work in the nearby Syrian town of Kobane.

Turkey attack: Border security to increase, says PM

Turkey to build 500-mile wall on Syria border after Isil Suruc bombing

Turkish army trades fire with ISIL fighters in Syria

Tunisia plans to build 100-mile wall along border with Libya

Tunisia is building a 100-mile-long wall along its border with Libya as part of a plan to protect the country from Islamist militants operating in Libya, Prime Minister Habib Essid has said in interviews with local news organizations.

The wall is one of several new security measures announced by the government in the aftermath of two attacks by Islamist extremists against foreign tourists that have shaken the country and threatened its economy. A gunman killed 38 tourists at a beach hotel in Sousse 10 days ago, and in March two men shot dead 21 tourists at the national museum in Tunis.

After the latest attack the government fired the governor of Sousse and 16 police officials for failings in intelligence gathering and their slow response to the emergency. President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday, and 1,300 armed guards have been deployed to protect hotels and tourist sites.

But the attacks have also focused concerns about the lawlessness in Libya and the growing presence of the Islamic State group and other extreme Islamist organizations there. All three gunmen involved in the two attacks were trained in a militant camp near the town of Sabratha in western Libya, officials have said. Tunisia’s border with Libya runs for 300 miles through the desert, and militants and smugglers easily evade border controls.

The new wall, or berm, will run for 100 miles between the major border crossings at Ras Jedir on the coast and Dhehiba. It will serve as a temporary barrier until a more expensive electric fence can be built, Mr. Essid said in an interview with the newspaper La Presse that was published Sunday.

Tunisian officials have said they are looking for international assistance and equipment to help control their long desert border with Libya, including helicopters and radar systems.

In a national television address on Saturday, Mr. Essebsi warned Tunisians that they were in a state of war against terrorism. Among the threats, he said, were instability in Libya and the porous desert border.

“We have 500 kilometers of borders with Libya, most of them are desert and we need special technical equipment to control those borders that we do not have,” he said.

“Unfortunately, Libya is not doing its role in fighting terrorism,” he added. “There are many armed organizations within Libya that are like states within a state, there are two governments, one recognized internationally and one that is not, plus there is foreign interference from different countries with different agendas. Libya’s borders are long and they neighbor different countries and we don’t have a common organized system to protect these borders.” nytimes.com

Turk lawmaker confirms Ankara’s role in ISIL’s Kobani attack

A senior Turkish lawmaker disclosed that Turkey has helped the ISIL terrorists to return to Syria’s Kurdish border town of Kobani through Turkey.

“Once again the Turkish officials helped the ISIL terrorists to enter Kobani,” Gaziantep MP Mehmet Shekar revealed on Friday.

He noted that the ISIL terrorists had reentered Kobani on seven vehicles, and said, “It is a shame that Turkey paves the grounds for the infiltration of ISIL terrorists to its neighboring country.

The Syrian TV reported on Thursday that the ISIL managed to return to Kobani through Turkey.

The report said that the terrorists reentered the Kurdish city through coordination with the Turkish intelligence-security apparatus.

The conflicts between the Kurdish forces of Kobani along with other Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the ISIL terrorists started again on Thursday morning.

The ISIL was forced out of Kobani and then the Kurdish peshmerga forces left the key Syrian town in April following a half-year deployment to fight terrorists.

The peshmerga, who had first deployed to Kobani in late October last year, successfully helped defeat the ISIL terrorists in the battle for the strategic town.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 200,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.

Over 7.2 million Syrians have also become internally displaced due to the ongoing crisis, according to the United Nations.

ISIL, with members from several western countries, controls parts of Syria and Iraq, and has been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all communities such as Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians. farsnews.com

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The Syrian Kurdish forces claimed that they have captured three Turkish special forces during the ISIL attack on the town of Kobani, media reports said. The Turkish forces were captured by the Kurdish fighters while they were accompanying the ISIL terrorists in their attacks on Kobani, the Salmani Times news website reported. The Syrian TV reported on Thursday that the ISIL managed to return to the border town of Kobani through Turkey. farsnews.com

Isil attack on Kobane is ‘second biggest massacre’ of civilians by the group in Syria. Islamic State fighters killed 146 civilians in their attack on Kobane and a nearby village on Thursday, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says telegraph.co.uk

Israel carries out strike to destroy drone crashed in Lebanon

Reports says the Israeli military has carried out a strike to destroy the wreckage of a drone that had earlier crashed in a remote area of Lebanon’ western Bekaa region, in another violation of Lebanese sovereignty.

Lebanon’s al-Manar television quoted a Lebanese security official as saying that the drone had crashed near the town of Saghbine in the Bekaa region overnight on Saturday.

According to the report, the Israeli military targeted the crashed drone in a Sunday morning strike in an attempt to make sure the aircraft is completely destroyed.

Lebanese officials are yet to comment on the reports.

There have been no immediate reports of casualties in the incident. The Lebanese army has dispatched a team to the site. presstv.com

IAF chief: We will attack Hezbollah, Hamas targets in civilian areas if necessary

China upset at violence spilling over border with Myanmar

“We have the responsibility and the capacity to firmly safeguard stability in the border area.” China says it will take “decisive” measures if Myanmar commits another attack on its territory. The threat comes amid allegations that Myanmar warplanes crossed the border and dropped a bomb, apparently killing four farmers, during recent fighting against rebels. Premier Li Keqiang said the government has the ability and is responsible for defending the stability of the border. “The Chinese Foreign Ministry and military side have both made stern representations to the side of Myanmar,” he said. “We have the responsibility and the capacity to firmly safeguard stability in the border area between the two countries, to protect the life and property of our people.” Myanmar denies the bombing, saying that rebels may have fired into China to create “misunderstanding.” Myanmar government forces have been battling rebels on the border since last month. Beijing has urged its neighbour to “lower the temperature.” euronews.com


Myanmar denies bombing inside China amid Beijing’s protest

Iran warns against instrumental use of terrorism in Yemen

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian warned that certain states’ efforts to make an instrumental use of terrorism in Yemen would have dire repercussions for security in not just the Arab country, but the entire region.

Referring to the suspected transfer of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists to Southern Yemen, Amir-Abdollahian said, “The scenario of using terrorism as an instrument in Yemen means repeating the previous strategic mistakes in the region.”

He stressed that Sana’a is the official and historical capital city of Yemen, and called for holding those who support waging war and dividing the country accountable for these moves. farsnews.com

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Turkish Suleyman Shah tomb operation ‘flagrant aggression’

The Syrian government has denounced the Turkish army’s recent operation in the Syrian territory as an act of “flagrant aggression.”

“Turkey is not satisfied with merely giving all kinds of support to its puppets Daesh (ISIL), (al-Qaeda affiliate) the al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups,” read a Syrian Foreign Ministry statement carried on the state news agency, SANA, on Sunday, adding, “It even carried out… a flagrant aggression against Syrian territory.”

Damascus holds Ankara responsible for the repercussions of the operation, the statement added.

Late Saturday, Turkish ground troops supported by warplanes entered the Syrian territory in an alleged attempt to evacuate the garrison guarding the Ottoman tomb of Suleyman Shah, which was surrounded by Takfiri ISIL militants.

The tomb was located just over the border near the Kurdish town of Kobani, which was recently liberated from the ISIL. presstv.ir


Syrian Government Forces Attempt to Cut Off Key Supply Route for Rebels – 17 February 2015

Syria: Special Forces From Turkey Attack The Syrian Arab Army – 19 February 2015

Turkish officials plan false-flag attacks to create pretext for war with Syria – 29 March 2014

Peshmerga relief operation finally en route to Kobani

A long awaited Iraqi Kurdish convoy carrying men, weapons and medical supplies bound for the besieged Syrian town of Kobani has been welcomed at the Turkish border. The relief operation by Iraqi Kurds to help their Syrian brethren has finally got under way after Ankara last week gave permission to allow Kurdistan’s President Masoud Barzani to send reinforcements and supplies across Turkish territory. “This is a nice gesture,” said a Turkish Kurd. “Nobody has done what President Barzani has done. He has extended his hand for our brothers who are trapped in Kobani.” Dozens of Iraq’s Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are also following by air to Turkey and from there they’ll cross into Syria to Kobani to take on the ISIL militants. Kobani has been besieged by ISIL fighters for more than a month. Weeks of US-led air strikes on the insurgents’ positions have failed to break the siege. The town although largely deserted by civilians has come to symbolise the brutal march of ISIL and saving it has become a priority. euronews.com




Why is Jabhat al-Nusra no longer useful to Turkey? – It is no secret among diplomats in Ankara that this group was initially considered by Erdogan and Foreign Minster Ahmet Davutoglu as the most effective force against the Assad regime that they wanted to see toppled. Ankara was reportedly annoyed when the United States declared the group a terrorist organization in December 2012, arguing that this was a “hasty” decision, given the headway the group was making against the Syrian army. There was also speculation that Ankara was using Jabhat al-Nusra against Kurdish groups in Syria aligned with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), to prevent them from controlling regions adjoining the Turkish border abandoned by Assad’s forces. al-monitor.com

Iranian Official Blames Turkey’s Interference for Protracted War in Syria – A senior official at the Iranian Foreign Ministry slammed Turkey’s stance on the Syrian crisis, saying that Ankara’s intervention in the internal affairs of Syria has prolonged the war in the Arab country. “Unfortunately, Turkey’s interference in the internal affairs of Syria and its measures to determine the fate of the nation have resulted in the protracted war, displacement of people and heavy casualties,” the Iranian official said on Tuesday. “If Turkey had not put obstacles (in the peace process in Syria) by its ambitious desires and emotional disputes, the Syrian issue would have been resolved by now,” he added. Iran believes that the Syrian crisis could have been resolved three years ago, he noted. The Iranian official emphasized that Tehran attaches significance to good relations with Ankara and expressed the hope that the Turkish officials refrain from repeating anti-Iran allegations to maintain growing ties between the two countries. tasnimnews.com

Syrian Kurds Reject FSA Aid in Kobani Battle – The Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border city of Kobani voiced opposition to the dispatch of forces from the armed opposition group, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), to the embattled Kurdish city to help its resistance forces in the war against the ISIL terrorist group. farsnews.com

Turkey sets conditions for helping West in Kobane crisis in Syria – Prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu says he wants to train Free Syrian Army, not Kurdish PKK militants, as peshmerga fighters from Iraqi Kurdistan began their journey towards Kobani, saying the fight must be led by the Free Syrian Army rather than Kurdish “terrorists”. telegraph.co.uk

ISIL; 9 July 2013 – 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

‘Moderate’ Syria Rebels Sign Non-Aggression Pact With ISIL; 12 September 2014 – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that ISIS and other significant rebel factions, including both Islamist and “moderate” groups, have signed a mutual non-aggression pact in a Damascus suburb. The pact was said to have been brokered by al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra, and agrees that all sides will respect a truce until the destruction of the “Nussayri” regime, a pejorative term for Alawites. antiwar.com

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