Tag Archives: Islamic State

Syria: Regime warplanes strike Islamic State near Raqqa

Source: NDTV [India]

"Syrian government warplanes struck ISIS positions west of Raqqa city on the southern bank of the Euphrates river on Thursday, state media said. 'The air force destroyed positions and armored vehicles' in the western Raqqa countryside, about 70 km (44 miles) from the city, state-run news agency SANA said. US-backed militias have separately been pushing into the edges of Raqqa city in the first days of their attack to seize ISIS's base of operations in Syria." (06/08/17)


Germany: Regime to pull troops from Turkish base in spat with Ankara

Source: New York Daily News

"Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet decided Wednesday to pull German troops and reconnaissance aircraft out of Turkey's Incirlik air base after Turkish officials refused to let lawmakers visit them. … Germany has about 270 troops stationed at Incirlik, near the Syrian border, with Tornado reconnaissance aircraft and a refueling plane. They will redeploy to a base in Jordan, but the move may take around two months and Germany acknowledges that flights by its planes will be interrupted for a time. The German troops are part of the international coalition against the Islamic State group." (06/07/17)


Syria: US-backed forces attack Islamic State capital of Raqqa

Source: Fox News

"A U.S.-backed Syrian force said Tuesday it has begun an offensive to capture the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, after months of clearing operations. Raqqa was among the first cities captured by IS, in January 2014, and has been the home of some of the group's most prominent leaders, including those who planned the November 2015 Paris attacks and other international assaults. The battle for the city is expected to be long and bloody, and could mark a major turning point in the war against the extremists." (06/06/17)


ISIS's message: We are still deadly

Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

"Isis uses terrorism in a deliberately sadistic and attention-grabbing way to counter-balance any perception that it is weakening or is fought out. In return for minimum expenditure of men and resources on its part, it can demonstrate to the world that it is still in business despite its loss of territory. It welcomes denunciations because its savagery is geared to topping the news agenda. For this purpose, Isis films its own massacres, ritually decapitates journalists, burns captives alive or drowns them in cages. Last week, a bomb exploded outside an ice cream shop thronged with children in Baghdad killing at least 15, with some reports saying 30 people were killed and dozens more injured. It has been suggested that the Western mass media plays into the hands of Isis or al-Qaeda by the wall-to-wall coverage of their crimes. But self-censorship is unrealistic since there is overwhelming and understandable public demand for information about terrorists and terrorism which needs to be satisfied." (06/06/17)


Philippines: "Friendly fire" hits regime troops fighting Islamists

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

"Philippine officials revealed on Thursday that their military forces had suffered a heavy setback in their fight against Islamist militants in Marawi City after a plane missed its bombing target and killed at least 10 government troops. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told a news conference: 'It's sad, but sometimes that happens. Sometimes in the fog of war, maybe the coordination was not properly done, so we hit our own people.' Seven more troops were also wounded in Wednesday's botched airstrike, although no civilians were reportedly hurt." (06/01/17)


Syria: Russian warships fire cruise missiles at Islamic State positions

Source: Fox News

"Russian warships in the Mediterranean Sea fired four cruise missiles at Islamic State militants in Syria, officials said Wednesday. The Admiral Essen frigate and the Krasnodar submarine launched missiles at ISIS targets in the area of the ancient city of Palmyra, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement." (05/31/17)


Iraq: Bomb kills 13, hurts 24 in Baghdad; Islamic State claims responsibility

Source: Washington Post

"A car bomb exploded outside a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad just after midnight Tuesday, killing 13 people and wounding 24, hospital and police officials said. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, which Iraqi officials said involved apparently remotely detonated explosives inside a parked car. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The attack came just days into the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during daylight hours. After sundown, families break their fast, and Baghdad’s restaurants and cafes quickly fill." (05/29/17)


Indonesia: Police launch raid as Jakarta attacks linked to Islamic State

Source: Reuters

"Indonesia's anti-terrorism unit raided the home of a suspected suicide bomber on Thursday as authorities linked attacks that killed three police officers at a Jakarta bus station a day earlier to the Islamic State militant group. Six police officers and six civilians were also wounded in the twin blasts set off five minutes apart by two attackers in the Kampung Melayu area of the Indonesian capital late on Wednesday, police said. The attack was the deadliest in Indonesia since January 2016, when eight people were killed, four of them attackers, after suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the capital." (05/25/17)


Philippines: Regime troops enter Marawi as insurgents take hostages, raise Islamic State flag

Source: ABC Online [Australia]

"Gunfire and explosions have rung out as army tanks packed with soldiers rolled into the southern Philippine city of Marawi in an effort to repel Islamist insurgents. The soldiers made their advance after militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) group torched buildings, seized more than a dozen Catholic hostages and raised the black flag of IS. At least 21 people have died in fighting that erupted late on Tuesday, when the army raided the Marawi hideout of Isnilon Hapilon, who is on Washington's list of most wanted terrorists and has a $6.67 million bounty on his head. The operation was not a success as the militants called in reinforcements and swept through the mostly Muslim city of 200,000 people." (05/25/17)


UK: Police arrest three in Manchester bombing investigation

Source: ABC News

"Three arrests have been made in connection with Monday's deadly explosion in Manchester that killed 22 people and injured more than 60 others at one of Europe's largest and most well-known arenas, U.K. authorities said today. The suspects were apprehended in south Manchester early this morning, according to the Greater Manchester Police. Police previously announced that they had arrested a 23-year-old man on Tuesday in connection with the attack. ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the bombing." (05/24/17)