Saturday, August 18, 2018

Yemen: 35 Houthi rebels killed in clashes in Al-Jawf and 5 military vehicles destroyed

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Thirty five Houthi militias’ members were killed in Al-Jawf governorate during intense battles with the Yemeni national army, while Arab coalition fighter jets destroyed five military vehicles belonging to the Iranian-backed militias.

This comes while the Yemeni army backed by the coalition in al-Jawf governorate seize control over several strategic mountains located in Wadi Salba.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Syria: 30,000 Islamic State (ISIS) fighters remain in Iraq and Syria

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There are believed to be around 30,000 ISIS fighters across Iraq and Syria, according to two new reports from the Pentagon and the U.N., far higher than previous estimates.

Between the lines: Michael Dempsey, former acting director of national intelligence now at CFR, writes for Axios that ISIS is focused “on keeping a toehold in Iraq and Syria and embedding its supporters into local populations.”

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Syria: Syrian regime prepares for imminent Idlib offensive

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The Syrian government sent more military reinforcements to the outskirts of rebel-held Idlib province Monday, ahead of an offensive expected in the next few days against militants there, activists said.

Further north in the province, the death toll from Sunday’s explosion in Sarmada rose to 67 people killed as rescue workers found more victims buried under the rubble.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Iran: Iran and Kurdish Peshmerga rebels both claim multiple deaths on the opposite side in heavy fighting

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Both Iranian forces and Kurdish rebels announced over ten dead on the opposite side on Saturday in sustained fighting in northeastern Iran the night before near the town of Oshnavieh (Shno), not far from the border of the Kurdistan Region.

“Heavy clashes erupted between Kurdistan’s #Peshmerga Forces and #Iran’s terrorist #IRGC at 01:00,” read an online statement released by the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), adding, “The clash lasted for 5 hours and according to initial reports 12 IRGC terrorist were killed.”

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Yemen: 29 children among dozens killed in Saada air strike

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Children travelling on a bus were among dozens of people killed on Thursday by Saudi-led coalition air strikes in northern Yemen.

The vehicle was hit as it transported the children in Dahyan market in Saada province, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. The ICRC said on Twitter that the hospital it supports in the area had received the bodies of 29 children, all aged under 15, and a further 48 wounded, most of them children.

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