For seven months now, the United States has been bombing #Iraq and #Syria, trying to beat back the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). But force out the world’s most notorious jihadist group hasn’t been easy. Turkey is afraid that a Syrian Kurdistan might provoke a turmoil for a #Turkish Kurdistan as well. Lebanon is unstable as well, as #Hezbollah is active in Syria. Hezbollah attacked Israel yesterday to revenge the death of an Iranian official killed in Syria from IDF strikes.
Syrian Rebels Linked To Al-Nusra Front catches Strategic Base In South Syria.
Syrian rebels of al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, catched a Brigade 82 army base in the southern province of Dera’a Sunday.The base is situated along the border with Jordan and lies just outside the military zone protecting Damascus. It is the closest rebel-held base to the capital.
During the last year, Syrian rebels terrorists were unsuccessful to advance in the southern part of the country. The main fights were taken place around Aleppo, near the Turkish border, and intensified with the infiltration of militants from the Islamic State (ISIS, Daech) group.
Jordan would like to swap terrorist for pilot held by Islamic State
A video file posted online Tuesday purports to relay a new message from Japanese ISIS hostage Kenji Goto: He and a captive Jordanian military pilot will be killed in the next 24 hours if Jordan doesn’t release a convicted would-be suicide bomber.
Jordan said Wednesday it is willing to swap an Iraqi woman held on death row in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group.
U.S. says air strikes pound Islamic State targets near Kobani, Syria
According to official military sources, U.S.-led nations coalition launched 13 air strikes near Kobani, Syria, in the last 24 hours, as they continued their air assault to help drive the last Islamic State forces out of Kobane.
The strikes around Kobani hit 12 Islamic State tactical units and a vehicle, and destroyed nine fighting positions, a staging area and three buildings, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement.
ISIS confronted to rising opposition in Mosul
Islamic State militants controlling Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, face increasing opposition from residents chafing under the harsh laws being imposed there, Iraqi officials say.The resentment against the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, hasn't reached the level of a popular revolt yet, but the shift in public opinion will help the U.S. military and Iraq's security forces prepare for a major offensive to take back the city. (Source: usatoday).
Airlines Suspend Flights to Iraq’s Baghdad Airport After Jet Is Hit by Gunfire
A commercial jet carrying 154 passengers was struck by gunfire as it landed at Baghdad International Airport, officials said Tuesday, adding to fears that Iraq’s most important transportation hub remains vulnerable to militant attacks.
The vulnerability of Baghdad’s airport has been of particular concern. The complex sits between the capital and its western suburbs, including farmlands that are periodically infiltrated by militants despite months of effort by Iraqi troops to secure Baghdad. Farther to the west, Islamic State fighters still control several strongholds in Anbar Province, including the city of Falluja, a 45-minute drive from Baghdad.
On Tuesday 27th of January, several airlines appeared to take the threat seriously. At least two other airlines from the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways and Emirates, said that they were suspending flights to Baghdad. (Source: NYTIMES and blogs).
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