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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 31 August 2019 - 09:46 PM

US Strikes Jihadists In Syria, Monitor Says 40 Killed

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31 August 2019

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US forces attacked jihadist leaders in northwestern Syria on Saturday, the Pentagon said, in what a battlefield monitor called a missile strike that left at least 40 dead.

The US strike came as renewed Syrian regime bombardment of Idlib province killed one civilian -- the latter a first violation of a Russian-backed truce for the region that came into effect just hours before, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The US Defense Department said its own attack targeted leaders of Al-Qaeda in the north of the same province, but did not say what kind of weapon was used.

That attack targeted leaders of jihadist groups and allied factions near Idlib city, the Observatory said.

The US missile attack "targeted a meeting held by the leaders of Hurras al-Deen, Ansar al-Tawhid and other allied groups inside a training camp", said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Observatory.

It killed at least 40 jihadist leaders, the Britain based monitor said.

The US Central Command said in a statement that the attack targeted leaders of Al-Qaeda in Syria (AQ-S) "responsible for attacks threatening US citizens, our partners and innocent civilians.

"Additionally, the removal of this facility will further degrade their ability to conduct future attacks and destabilize the region."

An AFP correspondent saw clouds of black smoke rising over the area after blasts rocked the jihadist stronghold.

Ambulances rushed to the site of the attack, which was closed off to journalists, he said.

It was not immediately clear if the missiles were launched from war planes or positions on the ground, the monitor said.

CENTCOM declined to say what kind of weaponry was used.

On July 1 the US said it had carried out a strike on Hurras al-Deen in northwestern Syria, in its first such operation there in two years.

- 'One dead' in regime attack -

Syrian government air strikes on the jihadist-run Idlib region had halted early on Saturday, after the regime agreed to a Moscow-backed ceasefire following four months of deadly bombardment, the monitor said.

Saturday's truce is the second such agreement between the Syrian regime and jihadists since August 1.

But regime bombardment on the town of Kafranbel late in the day left one civilian dead, just hours after the latest truce came into effect, the monitor said.

Russia-backed regime forces have been pressing an offensive against the major opposition stronghold in Idlib since April.

Al-Qaeda-linked Hurras al-Deen was established in February 2018 and has some 1,800 fighters, including non-Syrians, according to the Observatory.

The group and its ally Ansar al-Tawhid both operate in the Idlib region and are members of a joint jihadist operation room that also includes Al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

Most of Idlib province and parts of neighbouring Aleppo and Latakia provinces are controlled by HTS.

Syrian state news agency SANA on Saturday said the government agreed to the Idlib ceasefire deal, which Russia said aimed "to stabilise the situation" in the anti-government bastion.

But the army "reserves the right to respond to violations" by jihadists and allied rebel groups, SANA added, citing a Syrian military source.

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 09:56 PM

If this is accurate, WOOHOO

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 01:28 AM

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 06:00 AM

View PostMontyPython, on 31 August 2019 - 09:56 PM, said:

If this is accurate, WOOHOO

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Yeah that!
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Posted 01 September 2019 - 06:04 AM

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It killed at least 40 jihadist leaders

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 06:11 AM

Another stain in the desert that is long overdue.
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Posted 01 September 2019 - 12:16 PM

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 09:11 AM

To quote the great Fred Flintstone .....

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