Tag Archives: Islamic State

Russia: Regime threatens retaliatory strikes against US troops and their allies in Syria

Source: Washington Post

“Russia on Thursday raised the threat of a direct confrontation with U.S. forces in Syria, saying that the Russian military would target areas occupied by American units and U.S.-backed militia if Moscow’s troops come under fire. The warning came amid rising tensions in the Syrian desert between the United States and its Kurdish and Arab allies on the one hand, and Russia, the Syrian regime and Iranian-backed militias on the other as both converge on Islamic State-held territory in eastern Syria. Russian military spokesman Maj. General Igor Konashenkov said the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, had twice in recent days shelled Syrian government positions outside Deir el-Zour, a strategic city in the region.” (09/21/17)


Time has come: ISIS improvising own killer drones

Jason Ditz

Source: The American Conservative
by Jason C Ditz

“Drones were once an exclusive technology of the United States, but it did not stay that way for long. America’s military is, after all, the world’s largest, and a shift in its priorities toward drone warfare did not go unnoticed by the rest of the world. This has meant the rise of cheaper combat drone manufacturers in China, opening the technology up to arsenals around the world. Even cheaper civilian technology has also emerged, giving terrorist organizations access to their own makeshift fleets. This is where it gets scary. Not surprising, mind you, but disturbing nonetheless. Tech-savvy ISIS is now at the forefront of developing improvised military drones.” (09/18/17)


UK: Regime on highest terror alert as police “chase down” London Tube bomb suspects

Source: Kidderminster Shuttle [UK]

“Britain is on the highest terror alert with the military set to bolster security as police hunt the Parsons Green bomb ‘suspects.’ Prime Minister Theresa May has raised the threat level to critical, meaning another attack is expected imminently. A manhunt is under way after the improvised explosive device (IED) sent a fireball through a packed London Underground train carriage in south west London during the Friday morning rush-hour. … The Islamic State (IS) terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency, according to the US-based Site Intelligence. … Although it released a formal communique for the attacks, which injured 29 people, it provided no details on who the attacker or attackers were, Site said.” (09/15/17)


Syria: Russian submarines fire cruise missiles at Islamic State targets

Source: Reuters

“The Russian Navy on Thursday fired seven cruise missiles at Islamic state targets in the suburbs of Syria’s Deir al-Zor, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. It said the missiles were fired from two submarines in the eastern Mediterranean from a distance of 500-670 kilometers (727 miles).” (09/14/17)


Syria: US-led invaders say they may ignore surrender agreement, murder evacuees

Source: Washington Post

“The U.S.-led coalition said Wednesday it may strike a convoy of IS militants that evacuated the Lebanon border headed toward eastern Syria under a controversial agreement brokered by Hezbollah. Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon told The Associated Press the coalition has already struck a small bridge and punched a crater in a road to keep them from moving further east toward the border with Iraq. ‘We are monitoring their location in real time,’ he said, adding that the coalition ‘will not rule out strikes against IS fighters being moved.’ … The IS militants were allowed to evacuate the area in buses following a Hezbollah-negotiated deal that allows them to go to IS-held territory near the Iraqi border. Dillon said ‘we are not party to any agreements that were made by the Lebanese Hezbollah and ISIS or the (Syrian) regime.'” (08/30/17)


Iraq: Car bombing at busy Baghdad market kills 12

Source: ABC News

“A car bomb ripped through a busy market area in eastern Baghdad on Monday morning, killing at least 12 people, Iraqi officials said. The explosives-laden car went off at the wholesale Jamila market in Baghdad’s Shiite district of Sadr City, a police officer said. The explosion also wounded 28 other people, he added, saying the death toll was expected to rise further. A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. … The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility in an online statement on its media arms, the Aamaq news agency.” (08/28/17)


Syria: US, allied strikes allegedly kill 170 civilians in a week

Source: CBS News

“Syrian state media, opposition activists and an outside monitoring group say U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on the northern city of Raqqa have killed dozens of civilians. U.S.-backed Syrian opposition fighters have been trying to capture the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) since June 6, and have been marching under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) now hold more than half of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS.” (08/22/17)


Lebanon: Regime, Hezbollah declare offensives on Islamic State at Syrian border


Source: CNBC

“The Lebanese army launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeast border with Syria as the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier. The Lebanese army operation got underway at 5 a.m. (0200 GMT), targeting Islamic State positions near the town of Ras Baalbek with rockets, artillery, and helicopters, a Lebanese security source said. The area is the last part of the Lebanese-Syrian frontier under insurgent control. The operation by Hezbollah and the Syrian army targeted the area across the border in the western Qalamoun region of Syria.” (08/19/17)


Catalonia: Police stop second attack after 13 killed in Barcelona

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Spanish police say they have killed five people in the town of Cambrils to stop a second attempted van attack after an earlier one in Barcelona. The attackers were wearing explosive belts, police said. Thirteen people died and dozens were injured when a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas area on Thursday afternoon. The driver of the [v]an fled and is still at large. Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said it was a ‘jihadist attack.’ The authorities are now linking the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils with an explosion at a house on Wednesday evening in the town of Alcanar that left one person dead.” (08/18/17)


Is the queer brigade fighting ISIS in Syria a force for liberation or alienation?

Source: The Intercept
by Anna Lekas Miller

“Last month, A rag-tag group of foreign fighters announced the creation of the first LGBTQ brigade fighting against the Islamic State in Syria. Their name? The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army, or TQILA (yes, pronounced ‘tequila’). … Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied their affiliation with the foreign brigade, but TQILA quickly became an internet sensation. Newsweek and the Independent praised the LGBTQ battalion for their courage and the YPG for their inclusive politics. Twitter ran with it, using the news of the LGBTQ battalion to condemn ISIS and slam Donald Trump’s recent ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military. But while TQILA’s rainbow flags and catchy banners may have been clickbait for certain parts of left Twitter, other activists and people with experience on the ground argue that masked foreign fighters are not the way to advance the rights of LGBTQ people in the war-torn region.” (08/10/17)