Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Backed forces besiege IS militants in Raqqa

Syrian army closes in on IS-held town in Raqqa Syrian Democratic Forces save 2 Armenian families from "Islamic State" terrorists
Marlene Weaver | 12 August, 2017, 01:32

According to an Associated Press report earlier this week, the family left Jakarta for Raqqa two years ago, intending to live in what they regarded as the capital of ISIS.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army and allied tribal forces have been making progress in the countryside of Raqqa, capturing the western and southern countryside of that city.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of local militias supported by a US-led coalition, had given the 210 women a 15-day course in armed combat.

In Iraq, four strikes were conducted near Rawah and Tal Afar, destroying Islamic State warehouses, explosives factory, tunnel entrances, a command and control node and engaged two Daesh units, the release added.

Dillon says the significance is that the SDF, despite IS' best efforts, have successfully battled across the entire city from both sides and have joined forces. Last week, SDF detachments fighting to take back control of the city from IS were just 300 feet apart, Pentagon officials said.

The top US envoy for the worldwide coalition against Daesh, Brett McGurk, tweeted about the linkup of the two fronts, describing it as a "milestone" that is tightening the noose around Daesh.

North Korea SLBMs prompt South to consider nuclear subs
Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD , which is used to shoot down ballistic missiles. The reason for this is the fact that South Koreans have lived with this tension for decades.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after Friday prayers in Istanbul that the Cilvegozu crossing in southern Turkey would remain open for food, medicine and some supplies to go across.

The al-Qaeda-linked militant group, the Levant Liberation Committee, captured the crossing after battles with the ultraconservative Syrian rebel Ahrar al-Sham group last month. "We had to hide our faces to avoid insults", reported the news agency.

The 24-page text, prepared by a panel of experts for the Security Council, noted that remittances sent overseas - often in small sums, making them hard to detect - comes as Daesh steps up its worldwide efforts "as demonstrated by the higher pace of attacks in Europe".

But she also cautioned about the huge number of displaced Syrians this year - almost 809,000.

"Our communication with these parties is more directed to the humanitarian situation", Iqbal said, noting the family includes teenagers and three young children.

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