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  • Trump displays Syria map detailing ISIS territory loss, vows ISIS ‘will be gone by tonight’

    03/20/2019 12:35:10 PM PDT · by Innovative · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 20, 2019 | Adam Shaw
    President Trump on Wednesday brandished a striking map showing how the Islamic State’s presence in Syria has diminished since he took office, while vowing the deadly terrorist network will be gone “by tonight” as he showed reporters the tiny spot representing their last stand.
  • Iraq expected to open strategic border with Syria within days

    03/20/2019 5:26:28 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 9 replies
    The National (UAE) ^ | 19 March 2019 | Mina Aldroubi
    Iraq’s military chief said on Tuesday that the country plans to reopen a strategic border crossing with Syria (al Qaim - closed in 2013) in the coming days... Washington has expressed concern about Tehran’s ambitions to extend its weapons and military support to regional allies.
  • Islamic State fighters pinned on Syrian riverbank, warplanes fly above

    03/20/2019 5:01:04 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 20 March 2019 | Angus McDowall
    Warplanes flew near Baghouz in eastern Syria early on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said, as the final remnants of the Islamic State group held a narrow strip of land along the Euphrates in a last-ditch defense of its dwindling territory. On Tuesday, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had driven the remaining Islamic State fighters in the town of Baghouz from a makeshift encampment that had represented most of its remaining territory.
  • Troops celebrate as US-backed force seizes IS camp in Syria

    03/19/2019 12:52:04 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 32 replies
    AP ^ | 19 March 2019 | PHILIP ISSA
    U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of an encampment held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said, signaling the group’s collapse after months of stiff resistance. A group of suspects involved in a January bombing that killed four Americans in northern Syria were among militants captured by the Kurdish-led forces. The taking of the IS camp was a major advance but not the final defeat of the group in Baghouz. Still, fighters from the force were starting to celebrate anyway.
  • Islamic State women defiant in face of lost caliphate

    03/19/2019 10:43:01 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 20 replies
    BBC World News ^ | March 13 , 2019 | Jewan Abdi
    As the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group in eastern Syria enters its final stages, the BBC's Jewan Abdi says the mood amongst many of the jihadists' supporters who have left the area, including many women, remains defiant. As I walked among them with my camera, trying to talk to them and film, several IS women suddenly attacked me and threw stones, dust and cans. "Go film the brothers, don't come here. Go. Leave. Go film them, we're the woman of the Islamic State, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (God is greatest)," they said.
  • ISIS launches last ditch counter-offensive using women and children fighters

    03/18/2019 12:02:52 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 33 replies
    al Masdar News (Lebanon) ^ | 2019-03-18 | News Desk
    The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) launched arguably their last counter-offensive to regain the territory they lost to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Baghouz area of eastern Deir Ezzor. Backed by nearly 100 women and children, the Islamic State stormed the Syrian Democratic Forces’ positions at the northern flank of the Baghouz Camp in a bid to force the latter to retreat from several areas.
  • 3,000 Yazidi sex slaves missing and feared dead

    03/16/2019 7:30:07 AM PDT · by robowombat · 26 replies
    3,000 Yazidi sex slaves missing and feared dead 3000 Yazidi sex slaves are lost and feared dead. This story should be in headlines everywhere. Is it? Are the lives of Yazidi girls and women so valueless in the eyes of the Western media? Add to that the fact that thousands of other Yazidi sex slaves who were tortured and murdered. Where also are the human rights activists? Why do they ignore these victims of jihad terror and abuse? “LOST FOREVER ISIS’ 3,000 Yazidi sex slaves feared dead as hopes of finding any of them alive fade with collapse of evil...
  • Iran Inches Closer to its Goal: "Wipe Israel off the Map"

    03/16/2019 7:36:19 AM PDT · by robowombat · 40 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | March 16, 2019 at 5:00 am | Majid Rafizadeh
    Iran Inches Closer to its Goal: "Wipe Israel off the Map" As Iran's theocratic establishment believes that the Supreme Leader is Allah's representative on earth, whatever words or desires the Supreme Leader utters are considered Allah's wishes, which must be brought to life by Allah's true believers. Iran has built, or is in the process of building, more than 10 military bases in Syria, some of which are near the Israeli border. When will the international community begin to take the Iranian's government clear verbal threats and physical aggression seriously? Or would the international community secretly like to see Israel...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday-Saturday 3/15/-3/16/2019 Newsdump Edition

    03/16/2019 3:47:33 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 3/16/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    Hello, plenty of news dumping with the events in New Zealand providing additional cover. But first we do go to New Zealand. The suspect in the mass murder appeared in court Saturday with face pixilated by order of a judge..... President Trump issued his first veto Friday..... The main political rival of Israel's incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz of the "Blue and White" Party, was victimized by an Iranian hacking of his cellphone..... An Israeli satellite company ImageSat releasing pictures of 3 Russian SU-25 aircraft in northern Syria..... Massive protests in...
  • US midwestern states shaken by influence of Islamic State

    03/13/2019 6:28:56 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 37 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | March 12, 2019 | Stephen Starr in Dayton, Ohio
    US midwestern states shaken by influence of Islamic State Dearth of de-radicalisation programmes despite despite 'rehab for terrorists' successes A fighter with the Syrian Democratic Forces takes aim with his Kalashnikov after seeing a man walking towards his position in Baghouz, in eastern Syria. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images Islamic State may be on the brink of defeat in Syria, but its ideology remains a potent recruitment tool. In the American midwest, a region that has proved fertile ground for the terror group and other extremist recruiters, communities and law enforcement officials face a new challenge: dealing with returning jihadists and...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Tuesday-Wednesday 3/12-3/13/2019

    03/13/2019 5:12:50 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 19 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 3/12/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    The House of Commons rejecting Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan 391-242 Tuesday night.... A "free vote" set for Wednesday on exiting the EU with 'no deal'..... There was concern for the fate of Venezuelan journalist Luis Carlos Diaz, who disappeared after leaving leaving his offices Monday afternoon.... US National Security Adviser again warning the Maduro government and the security forces that any harm to President Guaido and the National Assembly will be met with a: "significant response"..... Iran will respond firmly to any Israeli naval action against its oil shipments.... Israel releasing a story about Hezbollah operating in southern...
  • Thousands of Iraqi refugees to return from Syria in weeks: Red Cross

    03/12/2019 11:56:08 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 29 replies
    Kurdistan24 ^ | 12 March 2019 | Karzan Sulaivany
    About 20,000 Iraqi refugees, including women and children, are expected to return to their hometowns in weeks under an agreement with the Federal Government of Iraq, a senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Monday. Over the past few weeks, thousands of people, many of whom were the wives and children of Islamic State members, either surrendered or were taken from the front lines in the battle against the extremist group in Syria. Due to the significant number of civilians, the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had to slow down their advance to liberate...
  • 'Tomorrow we'll be in paradise': Islamic State followers speak from besieged enclave

    03/12/2019 4:51:44 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12 March 2019 | Lisa Barrington
    “Tomorrow, God willing, we will be in paradise and they will be burning in hell,” said an Islamic State member whom the video identified as Abu Abd al-Azeem, whose speech is peppered with Koranic recitations... The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on Tuesday the assault to capture the besieged enclave of Baghouz, near the Iraqi border, was as good as over.
  • Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh sentenced to 38 years, 148 lashes, husband says

    03/12/2019 8:22:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Thomson Reuters ^ | Mar 11, 2019
    Sotoudeh has represented opposition activists and women who removed mandatory headscarf. Nasrin Sotoudeh, an internationally renowned human rights lawyer jailed in Iran, was handed a new sentence on Monday which her husband said was 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. Sotoudeh, who has represented opposition activists including women prosecuted for removing their mandatory headscarf, was arrested in June and charged with spying, spreading propaganda and insulting Iran's supreme leader, her lawyer said. She also was jailed in 2010 for spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security — charges she denied ... The news comes days after Iran appointed...
  • A Budget For A Better America

    03/12/2019 8:15:26 AM PDT · by gandalftb ^ | March 12, 2019 | Staff & President Trump
    Building on ISIS territorial defeat in Iraq and the liberation of ISIS-controlled territory in Syria, DOD will continue to work with partner forces to ................retain territorial control............
  • Last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria pounded in U.S.-backed assault

    03/11/2019 8:18:57 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 9 replies
    UK Reuters ^ | MARCH 11, 2019 | Rodi Said
    Islamic State’s final enclave in eastern Syria was pounded with air strikes and artillery on Monday in a U.S.-backed assault aimed at wiping out the last shred of its territorial rule that once spanned a third of Syria and Iraq... The SDF has held off from a full assault for most of the past few weeks as many thousands of people poured from the enclave, including surrendering fighters, Islamic State supporters, other civilians and some of the group’s captives. By Sunday evening, no more people had come out, prompting the SDF to start its attack.
  • Former Irish soldier Lisa Smith, who flew on government jet, held in Syria

    03/09/2019 4:51:32 PM PST · by Murtyo · 9 replies
    The Liberal ^ | 3/9/2019 | James Brennan
    In one of the most unbelievable stories in 2019 so far, Dundalk woman Lisa Smith has been arrested and is being held in Syria for alleged links to ISIS. The Dundalk woman worked for more than 10 years in the Irish Defence Forces, including flying on the government jet when Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach. According to the Mirror, Lisa Smith appeared in an ISIS propaganda video where she claimed to be British, not Irish but it’s understood that this is indeed the former Irish soldier in the video.
  • Germany will not list Iran-allied Hezbollah as terrorist: minister

    03/08/2019 10:03:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.08.2019 | Chase Winter
    Germany will not declare Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement a terrorist organization, a top official said Friday. Deputy Minister in the Foreign Ministry Niels Annen told news magazine Der Spiegel that the Iran-backed Shiite Islamist movement is a relevant factor in Lebanese society and part of the complex political landscape in the country. The comments come after Britain last month banned Hezbollah’s political wing, accusing the movement of destabilizing the Middle East. “The British move is a national decision that has no direct impact on the position of the German government or the EU,’ said Annen. The European Union had already added...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Saturday 3/9/2019 Newsdump Edition

    03/09/2019 4:01:49 AM PST · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 3/9/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    At the top of the newsdump. The Wikileaks source, Chelsea Manning, has been jailed for refusing to testify before a grand jury... In Venezuela the massive power outage affecting most of the country continued into its second day Friday afternoon with at least one death in Caracas attributed to it..... In Algeria Friday what are called the largest protests yet against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.... When it comes to Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May is saying "lets get it done"..... Turkey's Defense Minister says Turkish troops are now patrolling in Idlib province in northern Syria..... The satellite images from North...
  • Rumours grow of rift between Saudi king and crown prince

    03/08/2019 11:13:00 PM PST · by blueplum · 13 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 05 Mar 2019 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington and Nick Hopkins in London
    There are growing signs of a potentially destabilising rift between the king of Saudi Arabia and his heir, the Guardian has been told. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are understood to have disagreed over a number of important policy issues in recent weeks, including the war in Yemen. The unease is said to have been building since the murder in Turkey of the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which the CIA has reportedly concluded was ordered by Prince Mohammed. However, these tensions increased dramatically in late February when the king, 83, visited Egypt...