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Syria, Iraq -ISIS (ISIL) & Al-Nusra Front war update as of 28th January, 2015

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.

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Hérault : cinq arrestations à Lunel, lors d’une opération anti-jihadistes

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Le Raid et le GIPN ont lancé une opération anti-jihadistes, mardi 27 janvier à l’aube, à Lunel (Hérault), rapportent Midi Libre et France Bleu Hérault.

. Plusieurs quartiers du centre-ville ont été bouclés. L’opération a eu lieu sur la rue Frédéric Mistral et dans deux autres rues du centre-ville, selon le cabinet du maire, Claude Arnaud (DVD).

Selon France 3 Languedoc-Roussillon, cinq personnes ont été interpellées lors de ce coup de filet matinal. Elles ont été placées en garde à vue. Il s’agit d’individus “âgés de 26 à 44 ans”, précise le ministre de l’Intérieur, Bernard Cazeneuve. Ils sont soupçonnés de “participer à une filière jihadiste active”.

Une vingtaine de jeunes Lunellois partis en Syrie

Cette commune de 26 000 habitants, située entre Nîmes et Montpellier, est confrontée depuis plusieurs mois à la radicalisation de plusieurs jeunes. Une interview de l’imam de la ville l’année dernière qui a été remplacé juste après il a dit qu’il ne condamnait pas les jeunes partis faire le Djihad en Syrie. Pourtant, le sujet reste tabou dans la ville. Au total, une vingtaine d’entre eux sont partis en Syrie, dont dix en un an. Six d’entre eux, âgés de 18 à 30 ans, sont morts depuis octobre. L’un était étudiant en informatique, un autre maçon et un troisième gérant d’un café.


French Police Arrest 5 in Terrorism Raid


French security forces arrested five people in anti-jihadist raids on Tuesday in Lunel, a small town in the south of France, from where at least ten young people have left for Syria.

The raid in the town of Lunel began around dawn on Tuesday. Local residents told the AFP that at least twenty policemen were involved in the raid, knocking down doors as they went. At least five people were arrested, according to a police source. Yet this is far from the first time that this small town of roughly 26,000 has been in French headlines in connection with Islamic extremism.

In recent months, at least six men from Lunel died in battle in Syria.

. Last June, the Hérault regional police office said an estimated 50 young people were thought to have travelled from the Languedoc-Roussillon region to Iraq and Syria. At least ten, and maybe as many as 20 of those, came from Lunel.

Lunel is trying to understand why it has become a case study of France’s homegrown jihadists, while all the time pleading not to be “stigmatised,” in the words of Mayor Claude Arnaud.

Perhaps one part of Lunel’s “why” can be answered by Tuesday’s arrests.

In a statement given on Tuesday, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said,

“The individuals that have been arrested, aged between 26 to 44 years old and currently in detention, are suspected of active involvement in a jihadist network whose members were recruited and indoctrinated, and who also indoctrinated and recruited several other French youngsters from Lunel.”