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Iraqi warplanes strike ISIS positions in Syria for second time

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The Iraqi Air Force has launched airstrikes against positions of the Islamic State militant group inside Syrian territory, the media office of Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said Sunday. “The heroes of the Iraqi Air Force have dealt a severe blow to the site of the leaders of Daesh south of al-Dashisha village inside the Syrian territory,” the media office said in a statement referring to ISIS by a different acronym. Al-Dashisha village located in south of Hasakah.  The airstrikes by Iraqi warplanes in Syrian territory were second of their kind this year.

ISIS positions were hit by Iraqi airstrikes on April 19 following anorder by the Iraqi Prime Minister. At that time, Iraq said that the threat that ISIS militants pose in Syria to Iraq led to the strikes to be launched. “Our forces, our fighters and their pursuit of the terrorist gangs saved many lives and thwarted plans,” it said, adding that “these strikes will help accelerate elimination of the organization in the region after it was eliminated militarily in Iraq.”

UN agency says 68 Iraqis killed and 122 injured in April clashes

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A total of 68 Iraqis were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Of the overall figures, the number of civilians killed, excluding police, was 64, while the number of injured was 122, the UN agency said in its monthly statement released on Wednesday. Anbar was the worst affected Governorate, with 53 civilian casualties (24 killed, 29 injured), followed by Baghdad with 8 killed and 30 injured, and Kirkuk with 10 killed and 21 injured. “The casualty figures reported continue steadily to decline after the military defeat of Dae’sh (Islamic State) last year. This is good news, but the best news will be when Iraq is completely free of the threat of terrorism and is at peace,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq Ján Kubiš.

Bombing ahead of Egypt vote kills two policemen in Alexandria

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On Saturday two policemen were killed and five other people were wounded in Alexandria in a bomb attack that targeted the local security chief. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but the state news agency blamed on Muslim Brotherhood organization. Last month Daesh released a video warning Egyptians against voting and urging militants to attack security forces and leaders. The police Major General Mostafa al-Nemr was unharmed.

Mattis meet Turkey defense minister in Brussels

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U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis will meet Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli next week in Brussels and discuss the situation in Afrin and Manbij. Mattis said the situation in the Syrian town has not changed despite the Turkish pressure. Mattis described Ankara’s rhetoric on Manbij as something very concerning for the U.S. and he added that operation in Manbij is a distraction from the fight against Daesh. The Obama administration previously had promised Ankara that once Manbij was cleared of Daesh, the YPG would leave the town, but YPG-affiliated commanders are still in the town, according to Turkey government.

Kurds, Daesh are manipulated to further US interests in Middle East – Turkish MP

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Instead of seeking to wipe out Daesh terrorists in Syria and Iraq, it seems that the United States’ real agenda is to enlist local proxies to counter the initiatives of Russia, Turkey and Iran in the region, according to Erdogan and his PM Metiner.

Cavusoglu, US chose wrong partner

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Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said the U.S. has chosen the “wrong partner” in the fight against Daesh terror group in Syria as he referred to the YPG/PKK terror group. To the New York Times, Cavusoglu said: “American reliance on the People’s Protection Units (YPG) is a self-inflicted error when the United States already has a capable partner in Turkey. “We have no doubt that the United States will see the damage this policy is inflicting on the credibility of the NATO alliance and correct its policy by putting its allies and long-term interests first again”. He said Turkey, however, could not afford to wait for “eventual and inevitable course corrections”. Cavusoglu said: “The victory against the group could not have been possible without Turkey’s active contributions”. In the article, Cavusoglu talked about how an impasse between U.S. and Turkey. He said the YPG/PKK terrorists across the borders in Iraq and Syria were using weapons and training provided by the United States. About the Operation Olive Branch, he said that Turkey will continue the operation until terrorist are wiped out. Furthermore, according to Cavusoglu, Turkey will not consent to the creation of separatist enclave or terrorist safe heavens.

Six individuals arrested because of affiliation to terrorist organization

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The Interior Ministry reported the arrest of six individuals in the delegation of Sidi Ali Ben Aoun, governorate of Sidi Bouzid for incitement to terrorism. Their age is between 21 and 27 years old, and these individuals are suspected of belonging to a “takfirist” cell of 9 members.The suspects pledged allegiance to the terrorist organization “Daesh” and confessed their continued contact with terrorist elements in Libya and Syria. They held secret meetings in a mosque in the area to encourage young people to join terrorist groups in conflict zones.

Iraq; Thirteen Islamic State militants killed in infiltration attempt in Salahuddin

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On Saturday, the Iraqi police department announced that thirteen Islamic State militants were killed in an attack against security troops in Salahuddin. “Based on intelligence information, Salahuddin Operations Command and the troops from the province’s police, backed by army jets, carried out an operation in al-Shiha village, west of Tikrit. The operation left thirteen militants killed, seven of them were sheltering in a tunnel”, as the department said in a statement. On Friday, twelve Islamic State militants who attempted infiltration from Hamreen mountains toward Tuz Khurmatu region were killed and injured too. The department also added that a rest house of the militants, food supply and TNT explosive were destroyed. Earlier on the day, Iraqi army launched a wide-scale operation to recapture al-Rummana and Rawa regions. Having recaptured Hawija in Kirkuk, Mosul and Tal Afar in Nineveh as well as Annah and Qaim towns in Anbar, Iraqi troops still have only Western Anbar’s towns of Rawa and Qaim remain under the militants’ control: both have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim the “Caliphate”.

 

Commander: Foreign countries support terrorist acts in border areas

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On Tuesday, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, Commander of IRGC Ground Force, had a meeting with Qamar Javid Bejwa, Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General. During the discussion, General Pakpour evoked profound historical and cultural ties between Iran and Pakistan, underlining that the current Middle East’s instability and increase of terrorism are linked to the US and the Zionist regime’s actions. He also said that terrorists and bandits’ movements in border areas of Iran and Pakistan are monitored by Intelligence services of trans-regional countries and he stressed that the intensification of cooperation, sharing experiences and training among armed forces of Iran and Pakistan could guarantee security of mutual borders and the failure of terrorists and trans-regional enemies. Given repeated failures of Daesh in Iraq and Syria, they are trying to find new substitute areas to be deployed, so everybody should be aware and aware that the Takfiri terrorists cannot find new ones. To overcome the problems created by terrorist groups in the border areas, Islamabad has increased forces on the region to reduce terrorist movements and establish its control on the area. During the three-day stay in Iran, General Bejwa and his delegation have many consultations with political and military officials about some of the most important goals: bilateral problems, mutual cooperation in the fields of defense, security and politics, sharing experiences and promotion of military, security and defensive relations.

US takes aim at Yemeni Daesh for first time

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The United States said it launched its first attack on Daesh’s deadly Yemen branch on Monday with a series of nighttime airstrikes that residents said targeted two villages and killed several people. Unmanned US drones launched around 12 missiles at militant positions in Yakla and Al-Abl in southern Al-Bayda province, according to local people living nearby, who declined to be named due to safety concerns. They said the number of casualties caused by the attack was not immediately clear because locals were too afraid to approach the site as US aircraft hovered over the area for hours. The Pentagon said in a statement that US forces had killed dozens of Daesh members in a strike on two camps where fighters trained in using machine guns and grenade launchers. The United States provides arms and logistical support to a Saudi-led military coalition that has launched almost daily air strikes against the Houthis to try to restore Yemen’s internationally recognized government.

 

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