IRAQ: ‘ US-LED COALITION MULTIPLE AIR STRIKES KILL 15 MILITANTS INCLUDING LEADERS ‘

#AceWorldNews – IRAQ:Jan.02: The US-led anti-ISIS coalition carried out multiple air-strikes Thursday evening targeting groups of ISIS militants in southern Iraq.

The action resulted in the killing of at least 15 militants, including leaders of groups, Al Arabiya reports.

Earlier, on Wednesday, the coalition carried out 17 strikes in Syria and 12 in Iraq.

The coalition started its actions against ISIS since August in Iraq and since September in Syria.

Thousands of people died, and hundreds of thousands became refugees due to the conflict in the region and thousands are kept as hostages by ISIS.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ PENTAGON UPDATE ON AIR-STRIKE’S ON ISLAMIC STATES TOP LEADERS ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.20 – Pentagon reports that U.S. and coalition air strikes have killed multiple senior and mid-level Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leaders since mid-November, it was reported Thursday.  

A U.S. official confirmed the deaths of at least two senior leaders and a mid-level leader that was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. 

Between Dec. 3-9, U.S. airstrikes killed Abd al Basit, the “military emir” of ISIS, and Haji Mutazz, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s right hand man, the official confirmed. 

“We believe that the loss of these key leaders degrades [ISIS’s] ability to command and control current operations against Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), including Kurdish and other local forces in Iraq,” Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement Thursday. 

In late November, another strike killed a mid-level commander, Radwin Talib, ISIS’s governor in Mosul, the official confirmed.

“It is disruptive to their planning and command and control, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Journal in an interview Thursday. “These are high-value targets, senior leadership.”

The deaths reflected some progress in the four-month long fight. The top U.S. commander in Iraq told reporters Thursday that the coalition was seeing “initial successes” in the fight. 

“My assessment is that Daesh has been halted [and is in] transition to the defense, and is attempting to hold what they currently have,” Army Lt. Gen. James Terry said at a Pentagon briefing, using a derogatory Arabic name for the terror group.

The U.S. has deployed 1,600 troops to Iraq, and the U.S.-led coalition has conducted 1,361 airstrikes against ISIS, Terry said. 

The general added that ISIS was unable to launch broad offensives, which hurts the group’s propaganda and outreach. He also said ISIS was having a harder time commanding and communicating with their forces in battle and resupplying fighters.

“We will continue to be persistent in this regard and we will strike Daesh at every possible opportunity,” he said.

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PENTAGON: ‘ DENIAL & COUNTER-DENIAL AS IRAN JOINS US LED COALITION AIR-STRIKES OR NOT AS THE CASE MAYBE ‘

#AceNewsServices – PENTAGON – Dec.03 – Iran has launched airstrikes against Islamic State militants in eastern Iraq in recent days, the Pentagon confirms.

US Denies Cooperating with Iran '

US Denies Cooperating with Iran ‘

According to spokesperson Rear Adm. John Kirby, the strikes were not co-ordinated with the US military and may be the first of their kind.

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Denial and Counter-Denial – Screenshot from 2014-12-03 14:34:17

Though BBC Middle East an hour ago issued this statement: ‘The Pentagon says Iranian war planes have been bombing Islamic State targets – a claim Iran denies

' Iran is Training & Arming '

‘ Iran is Training & Arming ‘ 

“We have indications that they did indeed fly airstrikes with F-4 Phantoms in the past several days,” Kirby told AFP.

It may be the first time Tehran has launched manned aircraft from inside Iran to strike Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) targets in Iraq, Kirby told AP.

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SYRIA: ‘ US-LED COALITION FORCES UNLEASH 30 AIR STRIKES ON ISLAMIC STATE ‘

#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – Nov.30 – US forces unleashed at least 30 air strikes against Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] forces in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa on Saturday, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Reuters reported.

The air strikes targeted militant positions in the northern suburbs of Raqqa city, a strategic stronghold of the Islamist group. 

At least 50 extremists from the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) have been killed in US-led airstrikes in the past 24 hours in the town of Kobane, Syria, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The monitor added that the number of deaths was one of the highest daily tolls since the extremists started their assault on Kobani in September.

US-led strikes also hit the 17th Division, a Syrian army base the Islamic State seized in July, the monitoring group reported.

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‘ SYRIA’S F.M SAYS US-LED AIR STRIKES FAIL TO WEAKEN ISLAMIC STATES GRIP ‘

#AceNewsServices – SYRIA – Nov.29 – Syria’s foreign minister has said US-led air strikes had failed to weaken the grip of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria and the group would not be tackled unless Turkey was forced to tighten border controls according to Al-Jazeera USA. 

' SYRIA'S F.M SAYS US-LED AIR STRIKES FAIL TO WEAKEN ISLAMIC STATES GRIP '

‘ SYRIA’S F.M SAYS US-LED AIR STRIKES FAIL TO WEAKEN ISLAMIC STATES GRIP ‘

A US-led alliance started attacking ISIL targets in Syria in September as part of a wider effort to destroy the al-Qaeda offshoot that has seized large areas of the country and neighbouring Iraq.

“All the indications say that (Islamic State) today, after two months of coalition air strikes, is not weaker,” Walid al-Moualem, the foreign minister, said in an interview with the Beirut-based Al Mayadeen TV broadcast on Friday.

The Syrian government has said it was willing to join the fight against ISIL, but the US refuses to deal with President Bashar al-Assad, who it says has lost legitimacy and must leave power.

“If the Security Council and Washington do not force Turkey to control its borders then all of this action will not eliminate [ISIL],” Moualem said, referring to foreign fighters who have crossed into Syria from Turkey.

Turkey, which has a 900km frontier with Syria, has strongly denied accusations it has supported fighters, inadvertently or otherwise, in its enthusiasm to help Syrian rebels topple Assad.

Turkish designs alleged

Thousands of foreign fighters are believed to have joined the ISIL in their self-proclaimed caliphate, carved out of eastern Syria and western Iraq.

Moualem said Turkish calls for the establishment of a no-fly zone in northern Syria would lead to the partition of the country, adding that Turkey had designs on Syrian territory.

Pinpointing military and humanitarian aid from nations in the international struggle against the armed group.

' SYRIA'S F.M SAYS US-LED AIR STRIKES FAIL TO WEAKEN ISLAMIC STATES GRIP '  Screenshot from 2014-11-29 14:20:06

Turkey has repeatedly said a no-fly zone should be put in place to create safe areas in Syria, allowing Syrian refugees in Turkey to be repatriated.

Turkey’s idea has received a cool reception from its allies. A NATO general said this week the idea was not being considered.

Moualem held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Sergey Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, on the Black Sea as part of a renewed Russian diplomatic push to restart peace talks on Syria.

The effort is unlikely to get far because Russia rejects calls by Assad’s Syrian, Western and Arab opponents for his swift departure.

“After our discussions with the Russian side we agreed that the dialogue will be with the national opposition that is not linked to the outside,” Moualem said.

The Syrian civil war, which began three and a half years ago as an uprising against Assad’s regime has killed an estimated 200,000 people, with the UN and rights groups repeatedly urging Syria to refrain from targeting civilian areas.

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SYRIA: ‘ IN EVERY CONFLICT THERE ARE CASUALTIES OF WAR MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN ‘

#AceNewsServices – SYRIA – Nov.19 – In every conflict there are casualties of war, the airstrikes carried out by the US-led coalition, is no different. Since 20 October 2014 to midnight last night, this has led to the following:   

' ‘US strikes’ hit Al-Nusra-held town in Syria - reports '

‘ ‘US strikes’ hit Al-Nusra-held town in Syria – reports ‘

Overnight airstrikes targeted a town controlled by Al-Qaeda-linked militants in north western Syria, AP reported, citing two activist groups.

The Local Coordination Committees and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that the strike hit the town of Harem in Syria’s Idlib province.

There were no reports on casualties. Harem is controlled by Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, Al-Nusra Front. Its militants were bombed by US aircraft near Harem last week.

SOHR documented 1592 air strikes by regime warplanes and helicopters around Syria since 20th of October/2014 until yesterday’s midnight.

These are as follows:  

War Planes: Went in 866 air strikes targeted areas in Damascus, Dar’aa Aleppo, Idlib, Reef Dimashq, Homs, Hama, Der-Ezzor, Lattakia, al-Hasakah.

Helicopters: Dropped no less than 726 explosive barrels on areas in Damascus, Dar’aa Aleppo, Idlib, Reef Dimashq, Homs, Hama, al-Hasakah, Lattakia.

There were a total of: 396 civilians were killed ( 109 children, 78 women ) while no less than 1500 others were wounded, in addition to material damages in civilians properties. 

'SOHR'

‘SOHR’

The SOHR has condemned in the strongest terms the silence of the international community on these massacres committed by al-Assad forces in the right of the Syrian people, women and children.

Their spokesperson said: We consider The failure of the UN Security Council to refer the war crimes against the humanity in Syria, was a basic factor of turning Syrian into a terrorism land and a target for thousands of foreign fighters to Implement their own agenda in Syria, after killing hundreds of civilians in Syria under the name of their ” Shariaa “.

The failure of security council let dozens of thousands of Shia fighters who are allied to regime forces from Arabic and Asian countries, to travel to Syria and kills its people side by side with Bashar al-Assad, under the pretext of defending the Shia shrines.

We in SOHR make a promise to the people of Syria that we will continue to observe, document, and publish all the human rights violations, and crimes in the right of the Syrian people, in order to stop it and judge the perpetrators, and give it the hope that the Freedom, democracy, justice and equality are coming despite the darkness and injustice, who now lives in it. 

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