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Heavy Fighting in Syria, Not Far from Golan

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

At least 93 people have died in heavy fighting in southern Syria, the British-Based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports. Syrian troops loyal to Bashar Assad fought alongside the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah against Syrian rebels, with roughly equal casualties on each side.

The fighting took place south of Damascus and in the Deraa and Quneitra regions. Quneitra is close to the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan.

In recent months the Golan has been hit by mortars and gunfire from Syria on several occasions. Two weeks ago an attack from Syria killed two IDF soldiers and destroyed a civilian home.

The latest round of violence is part of a large-scale assault launched by Assad’s troops and Hezbollah in southern Syria. The assault is expected to heat up in the upcoming hours and days as the weather clears, allowing for the use of airstrikes.

The south is the rebels’ last stronghold. Hezbollah has control of much of western Syria, while northern and eastern Syria have fallen to the Islamic State (Da’esh) and the Al-Nusra Front.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Saturday that Syrian rebels have turned to Israel for help. They are asking for Israeli air support in the fight against Hezbollah and Iran.

Israel has not confirmed or denied involvement in several airstrikes against Hezbollah positions and weapons in Syria.

 

ISIS Parades 17 Kurds in Cages [video]

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

The Islamic State (ISIS) has posted a new video shows 17 captured Kurdish fighters being paraded through the streets in cages while shackled and wearing orange jumpsuits, the clothes worn by previous victims of beheadings.

ISIS terrorists carried black Islamic State flags and brandished AK-47 rifles as they escorted the cages on white pick-up trucks in the oil-rich northwest area of Iraq, north of Baghdad.

It is not known if the ISIS has executed the Kurds, but it probably is only a matter of time until the terrorist army finds another manner to kill the prisoners in a way to shock the world.

The more they shock, the more they seem to able to recruit new members.

“They want to attract foreign fighters. They want to keep their reputation of being this ever-expanding caliphate — and for that, they need military victories,” Peter Neumann, director of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization in London, told CNN.

Kurdish forces, based by the U.S.-led aerial task force, have regained more than 150 villages in fighting in Syria, Al Arabiya reported Sunday.

Greenpeace Protests Against Drilling for Oil

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

“Greenpeace” members protested the exploration drilling for oil on the Golan Heights on February 02, 2015.

The Afek oil and gas company is set to do some exploratory drilling this week.

At least it wasn’t the Syrians protesting.

Syrian Rebels Ask Israel to Bomb Hezbollah

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Unnamed Israeli officials have confirmed that Syrian rebels have asked the Netanyahu government to bomb Hezbollah and Iranian positions, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Israel seems to be doing a job of doing so all by itself, but the rebels want the IDF to take a more active role. Israel never has admitted or denied several pre-emptive aerial bombings of weapons and Hezbollah positions.

The Observatory said that Assad, Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards have launched an offense to counter rebel attacks near Damascus.

“Regime troops and their Hezbollah-led allies are advancing in the area linking Deraa, Quneitra and Damascus provinces,” the Syrian Observatory said.

Rebels have lost most of northern and eastern Syria to the Islamic State and the Al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front. Hezbollah has taken over most of western Syria, bordering Lebanon.

That leaves the south as the rebels’ last stronghold.

“The rebels in the south comprise a diverse array of fighters,” analyst Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi of the Middle East Forum told Voice of America.

ISIS Suicide Bombers Killed in Iraqi Base Hosting 400 US Soldiers

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Two dozen Islamic State (ISIS) fighters, including several with suicide bombing vests, were killed or blew themselves up Friday in a daring attack on an Iraqi air force base where 400 American soldiers are stationed.

At least two Iraqi soldiers were killed in the clash, approximately one mile from the area where U.S. soldiers were based. The Americans dispatched drones and Apache helicopters to help Iraqi forces, who overwhelmed the ISIS attackers without aerial assistance,.

All of the ISIS fighters, besides several suicide bombers, were killed in what was considered a well-planned and coordinate attack.

Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said, “They were signaling that our advisers were vulnerable, thus — they hope — driving Obama to pull them out.”

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a Fox News contributor, said that ISIS is trying to show the “jihadi-world that they’re standing up to the Americans and replying to Obama’s claim that Islamic State has been stopped and turned back.”

The ISIS controls a city near the air base, which separates its forces from Baghdad.

Approximately 2,600 U.S. soldiers and advisers are stationed in Iraq.

Following the ISIS attack on the air base, the U.S.-led strike force carried out more than a dozen aerial bombings of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, hitting a rocket system, fighters and tanks.

Jerusalem Arab Family Confirms Son an ISIS Hostage but not a Spy

Friday, February 13th, 2015

A Jerusalem Arab family has confirmed that the young man whom the Islamic State says it has taken as hostage is their son but vehemently denied the ISIS claim that he is a spy.

The Jewish Press reported here Thursday night that the ISIS’ English magazine published an “interview” with Mohammed Musallem, originally identified as Mohammed Ismail, who the terrorist organization claimed was a  spy.

His brother Ahmed told the Yediot Acharonot newspaper that Mohammed told his family he was going  to a firefighting course but remained out of contact until he called from Syria, after crossing the border from Turkey last October.

His father Sayid said that his son called to say he had been abducted and told him, “Dad, I need $200 or $300 so they will let me go.”

Before he was able to send the money, another man called to say that ISIS terrorists had taken him hostage.

The story sounds strange, especially since the ISIS interview claimed that Mohammed was trained by the Mossad for a month before traveling to Syria. There is no way that the Mossad would train someone for only a month and then ship him off as a spy.

The Jewish Press suggested it is more likely that Mohammed joined the ISIS and was being used by the terrorist organization as a tool for propaganda, or that he was kidnapped after having fought with a rival jihadist group.

Either way, his family is dumbstruck. “It can’t be. He’s a man that has no connections to these things,” Ahmed said

The ISIS claimed that it was suspicious of Mohammed’s behavior and suspected him of being a spy, which he allegedly admitted.

“When I saw his picture today I was shocked,” Ahmed told Yediot. “I saw how he looks with a beard and hair.”

After the family members learned that Mohammed had traveled to Turkey, they figured he had gone on vacation.

The last contact with Ahmed was made a month ago through Facebook, where he posted that he was feeling good and was traveling in Syria.,

Israeli police informed the family that Mohammed has joined ISIS.

“In one of the last conversations we had, he said his passports were taken and he has no way to come back,” Ahmed said,

His family did not know of any inclinations of Mohammed to join the radical Islamic movement.

At a Congressional hearing this week in Washington, Congressmen learned that ISIS is exploiting social media to recruit members, and Mohammed may have been attracted by Islamic State propaganda.

“Now that we’ve seen the images of horror with the Jordanian pilot, we don’t know what to do. I don’t think he’ll return to us,” Ahmed said.

Several Arabs from Israel have traveled to Turkey to join the ISIS, and one of them returned on his own last year and was promptly sentenced to 22 months in jail for aiding an enemy. He escaped a heavier sentence by promising to cooperate with Israeli authorities by supplying information, presumably about the Islamic State.

ISIS Claims US Female Hostage Killed in Jordanian Air Strike – But Shows No Proof

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed Friday that an American female hostage being held by the group is dead. The group said 26-year-old Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian aide worker, was killed when a Jordanian air strike hit the building in Syria where she was being held hostage, the SITE Intelligence Group reported.

ISIS said on Twitter that Mueller was buried under the rubble of a building near Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital. “The failed Jordanian aircraft killed an American female hostage,” the message said. “No mujahid was injured in the bombardment and all praise is due to Allah.”

A State Department spokeswoman said the U.S. was investigating the claim but could not confirm them.

“We are obviously deeply concerned by these reports,” National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan told Business Insider. “We have not at this time seen any evidence that corroborates ISIL’s claim.”

Mueller, a native of Prescott, Arizona, was captured in August 2013 after leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, Syria. She is the last known American hostage being held by ISIS.

If the reports turn out to be true, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) will likely step up its attacks against the group as they will no longer pose danger to any Americans. Some plans to strike at the group until this point were rejected on the grounds “these things would be too risky to Kayla” said a military official interviewed by Foreign Policy magazine, on condition of anonymity.

The terror group demanded a ransom of more than $6 million in exchange for her freedom, according to The Daily Beast.

Jordan stepped up its own attacks last week after the video announcement by ISIS that it had executed a Jordanian pilot being held hostage by burning him alive in a cage. Amman has since intensified its bombing raids daily in retaliation against the group.

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