Tag Archives: war

Syria: US Marines arrive with artillery for Raqqa fight


Source: Military.com

"Marines attached to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit quietly moved into Syria weeks ago to establish an artillery base, defense officials confirmed to Military.com on Wednesday. The move comes as American-backed forces intensify their assault on Raqqa, the Islamic State's capital city. … A defense official would not speak to the size of the detachment deployed to Syria, but said it included elements of multiple artillery batteries, as well as support personnel, including infantry Marines." (03/08/17)


Afghanistan: Gunmen disguised as doctors attack Kabul hospital, killing 30

Source: Washington Post

"Gunmen disguised as doctors stormed a military hospital in the Afghan capital Wednesday morning, leaving at least 30 people dead and scores injured after a bombing and a six-hour gun battle. The assault was claimed by the Islamic State extremist group. A suicide bomber detonated explosives at the front gates, then gunmen opened fire on guards stationed inside the fortified medical compound. Several attackers were able to reach the second floor, where they fought police special forces much of the day. Military officials said the attack was quelled by about 4 p.m." (03/08/17)


Iraq: Regime troops capture second bridge over Tigris in fight for Mosul

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"Iraqi government forces have captured Mosul's al-Hurriya (Freedom) Bridge over the River Tigris, Iraqi military and Kurdish sources say. It is the second of five bridges to be recaptured since the operation to retake the city from so-called Islamic State began in October. The news comes a day after Iraqi forces launched a new push against the western part of Mosul. The eastern part was recaptured in January after heavy fighting." (03/06/17)


Pakistan: Six regime troops killed in militant attacks

Source: Washington Post

"Islamic militants attacked several Pakistani military posts in tribal regions along the Afghan border, killing six soldiers, the army said Monday. Pakistani troops repulsed the attackers, who had crossed overnight from Afghanistan into the Mohmand tribal region where three military posts were ambushed, the army statement said. It added that 10 of the attackers were believed to have been killed before the militants retreated over the border. A Pakistani Taliban breakaway faction, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, claimed responsibility." (03/06/17)


Trump orders expansion of US support for al Qaeda and their Saudi sponsors in Yemen


Source: Military.com

"More than two years after a multi-sided civil war [read: A revolution followed by a Saudi invasion] erupted in Yemen that allowed al-Qaida's local franchise to amass power and seize territory, President Donald Trump has told the Pentagon to conduct a complicated counter-terrorism [sic] campaign. Trump's decision, just six weeks into his presidency, intends to reverse the largely unchecked expansion across southern Yemen of the group, Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula." [editor's note: The US, Saudi Arabia and al Qaeda are one side of this war; the Houthi "rebels" who took over a couple of years ago are the other – TLK] (03/05/17)


Iraq: Wave of Islamic State car bombs targets regime troops in west Mosul

Source: Fox News

"Iraqi troops encountered the 'heaviest' clashes yet with Islamic State group fighters Sunday in western Mosul since the start of the new push more than two weeks ago, according to a senior commander. Maj. Gen. Haider al-Maturi of the Federal Police Commandos Division told The Associated Press that ISIS militants dispatched at least six suicide car bombs, which were all destroyed before reaching the troops. The militants, he said, are moving from house to house and deploying snipers." (03/05/17)


Turkey: Pilot of crashed Syrian jet rescued

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"The pilot of a Syrian military aircraft that crashed near the border between Syria and Turkey has been found alive and taken to a hospital, officials say. The Syrian pilot ejected before the crash, in southern Turkey. He has some spinal fractures but is not in a critical condition, reports say.
It is unclear what caused the crash. An Islamist group which is fighting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said the plane had been shot down, but the Syrian government has not confirmed it." (03/05/17)


Syria: Regime forces retake Palmyra

Source: USA Today

"Syria's military announced Thursday that its troops, aided by Russian air power, recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic militants for the second time in a year. The statement from the Syrian army said its forces were bolstered by 'allied and friendly troops,' a reference to Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, the Associated Press reported. In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin was informed of the Syrian victory by his defense minister, Russia's TASS news agency reported. Syrian troops had seized Palmyra in March 2016 but lost it to the militants in December. The city, which is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, is located 150 miles northeast of Damascus." (03/02/17)


UN: Both sides committed war crimes in Aleppo

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"Both sides in last year's battle for Syria's Aleppo city committed war crimes, including a 'deliberate' bombing of a humanitarian convoy by the Syrian government, according to a new United Nations investigation. The UN Commission of Inquiry's report released on Wednesday said Syrian government and allied Russian forces 'pervasively used' unguided munitions to bomb densely populated areas in rebel-held eastern Aleppo between July and its fall on December 22, amounting to the war crime of indiscriminate attacks. … According to the report, opposition groups shelled government-controlled western Aleppo, indiscriminately firing with no clear military target. As the opposition resistance was crumbling and civilians tried to escape, some rebel armed groups prevented civilians from fleeing eastern Aleppo, using them as 'human shields,' and attacked the residential Kurdish district of Sheikh Maqsoud — both war crimes." (03/01/17)


Gaza: IDF strikes several targets after alleged rocket attack

Source: Jerusalem Post [Israel]

"IDF jets and tanks reportedly struck five Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday afternoon in retaliation to a rocket launching that landed in southern Israeli territory overnight, the army confirmed Monday afternoon. … According to Palestinian reports, at least eight airstrikes are said to have hit Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip …. Hamas on Twitter denied responsibility for the rocket launching and accused the IDF of escalating tensions with Gaza." (02/27/17)