Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria on Thursday announced the capture of French militants

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    May 24, 2018 13:47

    Qamishli, NORTHERN SYRIA: Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria on Thursday announced the capture of French militants Adrien Guihal, known as the voice that claimed 2016 attacks for Daesh group.

    “The SDF’s intelligence services conducted an operation on May 19 that led to the capture of a group of extremists led by Adrien Guihal, known as Abu Osama Al-Faransi,” the Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement.

    Guihal was thought to be among the most dangerous members of the large French contingent in the ranks of Daesh, whose controlled huge swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria before collapsing last year.

    The Kurdish forces controlling northeastern Syria have detained dozens of French Daesh members who have gone underground in recent months, including well-known figures such as Thomas Barnouin and Emilie Konig.

    The SDF statement said Guihal was detained together with his wife, who was not identified.
     
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    • At least 12 pro-government fighters who are reportedly foreigners, were killed in a series of overnight airstrikes in eastern Syria.
    • The Syrian government-run media blamed the strikes on the US-led coalition fighting Daesh.


    BEIRUT: At least 12 pro-government fighters who are reportedly foreigners, were killed in a series of overnight airstrikes in eastern Syria, said a war-monitoring group on Thursday. The Syrian government-run media blamed the strikes on the US-led coalition fighting Daesh.

    In Damascus, the SANA news agency said coalition aircraft struck military positions between the towns of Boukamal and Hmeimeh in Deir Ezzor province. It did not report any casualties.

    Syrian Observatory, which tracks the war through a network of activists on the ground, said the fatalities were not Syrian nationals but foreign fighters. It said the coalition was likely behind the strikes.

    The Pentagon said it had “no information” to substantiate reports the coalition was behind the latest airstrikes.
    Syria’s government forces have relied on the support from the other regional militias, organized by Iran to wage war on Syrian rebels and Daesh militants.

    Their reach in Syria has alarmed the Trump administration in Washington , which say that Iran’s expansive networks in the war-torn country threaten Israel.


    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, days after President Donald Trump revoked America’s participation in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, has threatened Iran with the “strongest sanctions in history” unless Tehran withdraws all its forces from Syria and terminates its support for Iranian Militias .

    Iran has dismissed those threats, saying its forces are in Syria at the invitation of President Bashar Assad’s government.

    The strikes targeted “movements” of pro-government forces, near the T2 oil pumping station, the Observatory said.

    In February, coalition forces struck pro-government forces in eastern Syria that the US said had attacked US-backed Kurdish forces battling IS militants. It was later revealed the fatalities included a number of Russian private contractors. Russia is a key ally to Assad.

    The Iraqi air force is also known to strike targets in eastern Syria. Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi has said it is part of his country’s effort to defeat Daesh militants at its borders, after the government declared it had defeated the jihadist group inside Iraq last year.

    The United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Qatar bombed government facilities in April in retaliation for a suspected gas attack blamed on Assad’s forces.

    Earlier this month, Israel bombed Iranian military positions in Syria in what it said was retaliation for Iranian strikes on the occupied Golan Heights. Israel called it its most serious operation in Syria since the 1973 Mideast war.
     
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    By Halil Demir

    ISTANBUL

    At least 51 foreign nationals have been arrested in Istanbul for their alleged links to the Daesh terror group, according to a police source on Friday.

    Anti-terror squads conducted simultaneous raids in 11 districts to apprehend the suspects, who were allegedly plotting terror attacks, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

    Police also seized organizational documents and digital tools linked to the terror group.

    Security forces have been involved in a long-running a campaign to clear Daesh terrorists from Turkey.

    More than 300 people lost their lives in Daesh-claimed attacks in Turkey, where the terror organization has targeted civilians in suicide bomb, rocket, and gun attacks.
     

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