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
Any foreign forces, including those from the US, that enter Syria without invitation are invaders, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Chinese media in an interview, noting that no one had given the US troops currently in Manbij permission to be there.
“Any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation or consultation or permission, they are invaders, whether they are American, Turkish, or any other one,” Assad told Chinese PHOENIX TV, as cited by the Syrian state-run SANA news agency. rt.com
US forces have rolled into northern Syria to keep the peace between two allies that have fought each other for a week, further complicating Washington’s battle against Islamic State and underscoring a messy regional struggle for influence across what remains of the ravaged north.
Armoured trucks conspicuously flying large US flags arrived on Tuesday in a cluster of villages west of the town of Manbij, where the Euphrates river has demarcated Kurdish-backed forces to the east, whom Washington supports, and Arab-backed forces directed by Turkey, farther west.
US sends hundreds of marines to Syria to support fight against Isis
Despite Turkey and the US being allies in the war against Isis, neither side has settled on the makeup of the proxy force that will eventually retake Raqqa, the extremist group’s last major bastion in Syria. In the meantime, the armies of four nations – Turkey, Russia, Syria and now the US – are staking claims to dictate terms.
Though still in their early days, talks between Turkey and Russia are focusing on the remnants of the Syrian army – potentially alongside the Arab-backed units it supports – being a core part of the ground force. Turkish-backed Arabs and US-backed Kurds have clashed sporadically for the past week, and deep distrust between the two has dogged the Isis fight. The US has so far not wavered from its backing of Syrian Kurds, viewed as an enemy by Turkey, and a headache by Russia.
The US on Wednesday stepped up its deployment of troops to Syria to 900 soldiers and Marines, some of whom will use artillery guns against Raqqa. theguardian.com
The Syrian Arab Republic rejects to allow any humanitarian aid, especially provided by the Turkish regime, to enter Aleppo without coordination with the Syrian government and the United Nations, a source at the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry stated on Tuesday.
“Commenting on the Turkish regime’s statements highlighting its intention to send materials disguised as humanitarian aid to Aleppo city, the Syrian Arab Republic announces its rejection to allow such materials to enter no matter who provides them, including the Turkish regime in particular, without coordination with the Syrian government and the UN,” the source added.
The source noted that any military operation carried out by the Turkish air force over the Syrian territory under the pretext of fighting the ISIS without coordination with the Syrian government and the Russian Operations Command constitutes a flagrant aggression on Syria and a breach of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
It stressed that Syria will confront any such attack and respond to it with all suitable means within the framework of defending its national sovereignty.
“Since the very beginning of the crisis in Syria, Turkey has always provided support to the armed terrorist organizations and supplied them with money, arms, not to mention harboring terrorists, assisting them and bringing mercenaries from all over the world to murder the Syrian people and destroy their country,” the source said.
The source concluded that Turkey has no right to claim keenness on the Syrian people or combating terrorism, especially in Aleppo, because it provided unlimited support for terrorism which caused vast destruction in the city. sana.sy
BRITISH special forces took out an ISIS suicide truck packed with explosives during a daredevil mission, it has been revealed.
The SAS and SBS have been operating behind enemy lines in the North African desert for several months.
And their raid on ISIS fighters outside the key town of Misrata is the first known engagement between Britain’s elite troops and jihadists in Libya. thesun.co.uk
The SAS “heroes” were heavily involved in the engineered destabilization of the country, there are reports of western special forces snipers, killing both pro & anti Gaddafi forces, to ignite, & intensify conflict in the once prosperous African country. The best they can do now is to not get blown up by their former freedom fighter allies (this time around), who at the time of the so called revolution were under al-Qaeda leadership, but who have since rebranded themselves as the Islamic State group.
As Gaddafi forces were encroaching on Benghazi to attack al-Qaeda, our brave SAS most likely had a hand in sabotaging Gaddafi’s effort to fight terrorism in Libya. In Benghazi where ISIS flags were flying openly above the courthouse, Gaddafi was ordered by NATO to ceasefire against pro democracy protestors, al-Qaeda was given NATO/RAF air support to advance. Gaddafi responded in a letter to Obama: “What would you do if you found them (al-qaeda) controlling American cities with the power of weapons? What would you do, so I can follow your example?” – reported in media at the time as the ramblings of a madman. After our brave SAS had thwarted Gaddafi’s efforts fight terrorism, they were instrumental in the indiscriminate bombing of Sirte, calling in strikes that literally ripped children to shreds, destroying what was a beautiful city, & turning it into the ISIS hell hole that it is today.
The SAS after they had finished destabilizing Libya turning it into a failed state, terrorist hub on Europes doorstep. I want to make it clear; What the SAS did in Libya around 2011 was no mistake, the actions of the SAS were deliberate acts of terror, they went on to attempt to do the same thing in Syria. If all the SAS can do now is not get blown up this time, Note the previous attack where Italian & British troops in Libya were injured possibly killed in an ISIS attack. Forgive me if my response is more of a sarcastic clap than the applause seen in corporate media.
25 Aug 2011
British and French special forces are on the ground in eastern Libya, calling in air strikes and helping rebel units as they prepare to assault Sirte, the last coastal town still in the hands of pro-Gaddafi forces, a rebel officer has told the Guardian.theguardian.com
The BBC exaggerates the accomplishments of UN government:
Image labled: “Libyan pro-government forces(Libya Dawn which is made up of al-Qaeda & the Muslim Brotherhood)celebrated after taking back the city of Misrata(Abu Grein crossroads, which lies 120 kilometres south of Misrata)from IS militants”(No gains made, just recaptured a road lost to ISIS at the start of anti-ISIS Sirte op.)
ISIS fighters smashed a force of Italian and British Special Ops troops on Wednesday, April 27 in the first battle of its kind in Libya, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report. This battle will result in the delay of the planned Western invasion of Libya, as the encounter proved that European forces are not ready for this kind of guerilla warfare. The sources also said the planners of the invasion were surprised by the high combat skills of the ISIS fighters.
Our sources report the following details:
The convoy of Italian marines, British special forces and Libyan troops was traveling from the northwestern city of Misrata toward the ISIS stronghold of Sirte, located 273 kilometers to the southeast, when it was ambushed and hit hard by ISIS forces.
Italian troops were among those killed or wounded in the battle, but there is no information whether there were British casualties as well. Some reports say members of the Western force were taken prisoner by ISIS, although they have yet to be identified. It is possible that any hostages are from the Libyan National Army, a militia commanded by Gen. Khalifa Haftar, a Libyan who has American citizenship. debka.com
An Italian flag was burned in Derna , Libya , during a demonstration against the continued air strikes by the Libyan National Army (Lna) led by Khalifa Haftar. This was reported by the local newspaper Libya Herald, explaining that the demonstrators condemned what they call interference by Italy and the United Nations in Libya . A similar event was held in Benghazi in recent days.
On January 4, members of the jihadi group blew up seven 400,000-barrel storage tanks. A week later they hit the same depots again.
The attacks, western intelligence officials believe, mark a new phase in the two-year conflict, where Isis has shifted its focus from local insurgent operations and land grabs to broader regional ambitions.
Its immediate aim is to undermine any prospect of a functioning unity government in Libya, which is also facing increased flows of migrants trying to reach Europe.
Unlike in Syria, the Libyan oilfields do not represent an urgent economic prize for Isis because of their huge size and mechanical complexity.
But disrupting their production has a significant impact on the country’s stability. The fields on Isis’ doorstep, says one European diplomat, “are like a lever they can use against the [unity government] negotiations [when they choose to]”. FT.com
According to the various media reports I have read, there is every indication that if Libya Dawn & Haftar weren’t distracted by ISIS, they would be in heavier conflict with each other, on the contrary to the FT title, anti ISIS battles are the main thing preventing a more intense conflict between the opposing sides, of which a unity government would be formed from. I do not dispute that ISIS poses a threat to Libya & various other African countries, however I feel as though ISIS have functioned largely as a scapegoat in Libya, used to misdirect blame away from the cause of the five years of instability Libyans have suffered, there is no sign of stability coming to Libya in the near future. NATO’s Operation Unified Protector is a huge failure according to their stated objective of protecting the Libyan people, their unofficial objective was of course regime change. Libya was deliberately destabilized by NATO to produce their main objective of regime change, & now reminiscent of the story of Humpty Dumpty; All of NATO’s forces, & all their men, couldn’t put Libya back together again. It appears as though “protecting the Libyan people” is merely a marketing scheme, designed to sell war to the masses.
The 2015 Tunisia Sousse attack was blamed on ISIS, I think that it was carried out by Libya Dawn. Leading up to the attack relations between Libya Dawn & Tunisia, were on a sharp decline, with Libya Dawn taking ten Tunisian diplomats hostage, & reportedly also hundreds of Tunisians working in Libya were rounded up & held captive. Most likely the Tunisian hostages were released as part of an under the table deal, an exchange for Tunisia releasing Libya Dawn linked Islamists imprisoned in Tunisia on terrorism charges. Libya Dawn needs customers for the oil produced in the territory seized by them, for this reason they hope to portray themselves as moderates. I think Libya Dawn performed a false flag attack in Tunisia as a revenge attack for the imprisonment of one of their commanders. The hostage related media reports were damaging which may of effected Libya Dawn finances, tit for tat Tunis will of taken a hit to their economy post attack via a reduction in tourism, & Tunisia is also viewed as an unofficial staging ground for Tunisian supported pro Haftar operations against Libya Dawn. Libyans voted against Libya Dawn’s Islamist candidate, which led to Libya Dawn using the arms provided by, & seized via NATO’s aid, to take the capital city by force. The elected government was then forced into hiding inside ships in Libyan docks, & making preparations to flee to Egypt positioned close to the boarder where they remain to this day. Thirty eight British people were gunned down in Tunisia, & now UK troops are on the ground supporting Libya Dawn, the very same people who may well of been behind the attack on Tunisia. This is a group that is composed of Muslim Brotherhood, & al-Qaeda, during the NATO intervention they had brigades such as “purge the black skins” dedicated to mass murder of black Libyans, & black migrants.
2011 – Mistrata/Libya Dawn treatment of black people in the capital Tripoli. Alex Thomson of Channel 4 news was able to negotiate the release of these men, a lot were not so lucky & ended up in mass graves. Misrata had claimed that these men were Gaddafi fighters who were roaming the streets with weapons, a claim that evaporated.
Egypt’s Sisi tells West to keep out of Libya
“If we provide arms and support to the national Libyan army it can do the job better than anyone else, better than any outside intervention which would risk dragging us into a situation that risks getting out of hand and triggering uncontrollable developments,” Sisi told Italy’s La Repubblica in an interview published Thursday.
Sisi said history had “spoken clearly” about the difficulty of trying to impose peace from outside.
“Two lessons must be kept in mind: that of Afghanistan and that of Somalia,” he said. “Those were long foreign interventions (that started) more than 30 years ago and what progress has been made since?
“The results are there for everyone to see.”
Sisi also suggested that European governments were underestimating the scale of Islamist influence in Libya.
“Europeans look at Libya as if IS (the Islamic State group) was the only threat,” he said.
“That is a serious mistake. We have to be aware that we are up against different acronyms with the same ideology: what do we say about al-Qaeda networks like Ansar al-Islam, like Somalia’s Shebab or Boko Haram in Africa.” dailymail.co.uk
There is an attempt in the media to pin the blame for ISIS’s rise in Libya on pro Gaddafi Libyans, this I think is misdirection, in some situations I think pro Gaddafi forces in Libya have been falsely labeled ISIS to justify continued force against them. The fact is if NATO & their dubious rebels hadn’t bombed the hell out of Libya, then there would not be the created instability that terrorist organizations have thrived in.
“Al-Qaida is an armed organisation, passing through Algeria, Mauritania and Mali. What would you do if you found them controlling American cities with the power of weapons? What would you do, so I can follow your example.” – Muammar Gaddafi
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
Yemen’s warring factions confirmed their agreement on Thursday to a temporary humanitarian ceasefire set to begin on Friday night, United Nations envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said.
The pause in the fighting will last about a week until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and aims to allow the delivery of assistance to some of the 21 million Yemenis in need.
The U.N. has worked intensively to broker a ceasefire to halt more than three months of many-sided fighting inside the country and Saudi-led air strikes against the Houthis and their army allies that have killed more than 3,000 people.
“For the humanitarian pause, we are going to start tomorrow evening and we have assurances from all the parties, and we are quite optimistic it will be respected,” Ould Cheikh Ahmed told Reuters by phone from Ethiopia, after finishing discussions in the Houthi-held Yemeni capital Sanaa.
“We have agreed to go ahead, based on two major points. The first is the commitment of all parties not to violate this ceasefire, this humanitarian pause. The second is that humanitarian assistance can reach all parts of Yemen,” he added. reuters.com