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An ISIS Stronghold in Afghanistan Could Destabilize Iran and Pakistan

Tehran (GPA) – Russia and Iran warn the UN that ISIS influence is growing in Afghanistan. An ISIS stronghold in the country could put Pakistan, India, Iran, and central Asian countries at risk for increasing ISIS influence. Iran’s permanent ambassador to the UN, Gholam-Ali Khoshroo, warned on Wednesday that as ISIS presence grows in Afghanistan, international […]

Africa Libya

US and EU Continue to Condemn the Libyan National Army’s Actions

ISIS IN ACTION In Sirte last week, the Misratan-led Bunyan al-Marsus (BM) forces started a slow advance on the ‘Hay al-Jiza al-Bahriya’ area, and the ‘600 flats’ residential area. They came under sustained fire from Islamic State (ISIS) snipers positioned on the roofs of the flats, as well as being targeted by several suicide bombers […]

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Africa Libya

EU to Start Training Libyan Forces to Combat Arms Trafficking

ISIS IN ACTION In Sirte, the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) Misratan-led Al-Bunyan Al-Marsus (BM) forces continued to make more gains against Islamic State (ISIS). On 30 August they fully took control of the ‘first’ residential area, and on 2 September they moved against the last remaining ‘third’ residential area. On 31 August PM Fayez […]

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Africa Libya

Libya Update: Fighting Continues to Push ISIS out of Sirte

ISIS IN ACTION In Sirte, fighting halted last week but resumed fiercely on 27 August. The break in the fighting was reportedly to allow wives and children of ISIS fighters to exit the conflict zone towards the southwest, though there is no evidence confirming this actually took place. It is likely that key ISIS commanders […]

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Africa Libya

US has Launched at Least 48 Airstrikes in Libya Since August 1st

ISIS IN ACTION The Misratan-led Bunyan Marsus coalition made great gains against ISIS in Sirte, pushing ISIS out of its stronghold in Ouagadougu Centre, Ibn Sina Hospital and Sirte University on 11 August. All three buildings were bastions of ISIS rule in the city, and the group’s downfall represents a significant degradation of its presence […]

Middle East Syria

Syria: More Than 2,000 IS Group Hostages Freed from Manbij

Syria (teleSUR) – U.S.-backed forces recaptured the Syrian city of Manbij on Friday, where civilians had been held as human shields by the Islamic State group. Allied Arab and Kurdish fighters seized full control on Friday of the northern Syrian city of Manbij near the Turkish border, freeing more than 2,000 hostages, who had been used as human […]

Africa Libya

US Airstrikes Polarize Opinion on Ground in Libya

ISIS IN ACTION Two major pronouncements were made this week. 1. Misratan forces continued their protracted advance into Sirte as battles supposedly moved into what Banyan Marsus is calling their ‘final stages’. 2. Simultaneously as the fight against ISIS has become less popular for some militia men in Tripoli, non-ISIS jihadis such as the grand […]

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Africa Libya

US Begins Air-Strikes Against ISIS in Libya This Week

ISIS IN ACTION After fierce fighting on 28-30 July, the Misratan-led Bunyan Marsus coalition took full control of the Hay Dollar area in Sirte.  Bunyan Marsus forces seized an artillery ammunition cache in the area, and are currently fortifying their positions there. Fighting against ISIS continued in the Qusoor Al Diyafa area near Ouagadougou Centre, […]

Africa Libya

Are Anti-ISIS Forces in Libya any Match for ISIS’ Guerrilla-Style Warfare?

ISIS IN ACTION Sirte’s port remains under the control of Bunyan Marsus, but clashes with ISIS continue to take place around the port’s western perimeter. Libyan naval vessels continue to blockade the port, while local sources also report the presence of foreign naval frigates. Fighting this week focused on the ISIS stronghold in the Ouagadougou […]

Middle East NATO

The Risky Business of Being a US Ally

(NEO) It’s hardly a secret that the hardships of common people are getting worse by the year. Due to continuous attempts by Washington to redraw the map of the world, in many countries, American intelligence agencies have been particularly active in launching so-called “color revolutions” and staging military conflicts, bringing bitter hunger and poverty upon […]