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We served in the USG.

We have specific questions for reporters, Congress, public to ask about March 2019 airstrike that reportedly killed several dozen civilians.

I teamed up with @rosen_br @LukeHartig @bridgewriter

#Baghuz #Baghouz…
2. A highlight:

"31. Why did DOD fail to report the assessed four civilian casualties in its 2019 or 2020 civilian casualty reports to Congress?"

2019 report:…

2020 report (released in 2021):…

No March 18, 2019 strike listed.👇
3. Another highlight:

"27. CENTCOM stated that the strikes using 500- and 2000-pound bombs 'were proportional due to the unavailability of smaller ordinance at the time.” That is not a recognizable version of the standard of proportionality. Can DOD clarify?"

ASTOUNED by this.
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Today marks 2yrs since the territorial defeat of #ISIS's proclaimed 'Caliphate' in #Syria & #Iraq.

Militarily, the group remains engaged in a pre-planned decentralized insurgency, which is sustaining a steady tempo in #Iraq & #SDF areas & a clear *resurgence* in central #Syria.
The D-#ISIS Coalition has done all the right things thus far, but a disinvestment in #Iraq or #Syria would unquestionably benefit #ISIS's long-term plan (which we've seen play out before: 2010-14).

The deviation here is #Assad-held central #Syria -- a zone of deep, deep concern.
As analysts like @GregoryPWaters have shown, #ISIS is engaged in a methodical/sustained resurgence in central Syria -- where pro-#Assad forces have proven incapable of containing, let alone defeating a dispersed desert insurgency.

Tempo/potency/scope are consistently increasing.
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L’#EI annonce un nouvel audio via #AlFurqan qui diffuse les grosses productions & les audios du calife ou du porte-parole
L’audio #AlFurqan #EI est du porte parole Abou Hamza al-Mouhajir
AbouHamza fait un rapl des étapes en #Irak avec une défense du choix de Zarqawi de combattre les US mais aussi leur alliés locaux, puis la constitution de l'alliance des Mouatyabins et de l'Etat islamique en Irak qui mettra un terme au projet de confédération & démocratique
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BREAKING - reports of a (US?) helicopter-borne raid on a convoy of Huras al-Din (#AlQaeda in #Syria) leaders traveling near Barisha in #Idlib.

Locals say as many as 6 choppers involved - gave chase to convoy, 2 landed & assaulted vehicles. Possibly took bodies or evidence away.
#pt: Barisha is ~3-4km from the #Turkey border. It's in long-time #AlQaeda territory, spanning between Al-Dana-Sarmada-Salqin.

As I recall, a helicopter-borne raid on AQ in NW #Syria has never happened - this would suggest a very high-level target.
#pt: In more recent years, the Turkistan Islamic Party (#TIP) has probably been the most significant authority in the Barisha region (stretching NE to Jisr al-Shughour).

Unverified reports have claimed 1 #TIP fatality, in what looks like a series of successive clashes. #Idlib
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#Bangladesh renouvellement d’allégeance à l’#EI vidéo de 8:10 avec menaces contre le gouv et tous les partis politiques et communautés sans exception // référence aux #Rohingya #Birmanie & #Ouïghour #Chine parallèle avec #Baghouz #Syrie /images HyperCasher, 13 nov & #Nice #France
PT l’appel au jihad comparant le #Bangladesh et l’#Inde visant aussi les musulmans qualifiés « d’apostats » pour leur participation au jeu démocratique ou leur soutien aux autorités
PT on remarque l’armement rudimentaire et probablement artisanale et les vestes explosives qui ressemblent plus aux vestes de parade du Hamas qu’aux vestes explosives en usage chez les sympathisants de l’#EI
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20. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey,Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Jordan, Nato in Syria

#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstChildren #CrimesAgainstHumanity
1. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Jordan, Nato in Syria 😉👇🏼
2. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Jordan, Nato in Syria 😉👇🏼
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Check out @orfonline's featured experts on why '#ISI and #ISIS are a double threat to peace in #SouthAsia'
The fall of #Baghouz, a small nondescript town in #Syria’s desert regions of Deir Ezzor from the hands of the so-called #IslamicState may have forced the world’s most wanted man to re-emerge publicly in a video message, says @KabirTaneja:
.@KabirTaneja, in conversation with @KhalidShah, deciphers the recent #SriLanka bombings and the changing nature of Islamic State operations. Watch ⬇
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BREAKING - #ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-#Baghdadi revealed in-person on new #ISIS video post-#Caliphate defeat in #Syria-#Iraq.

He appears in fine health, despite reports of severe injury.
I'm honestly unconvinced that this "diminished" point translates over to #ISIS & its existing/possible support base.

To me, this seems like a Western-centric point from which to analyze a video containing #Baghdadi's 2nd appearance in ~5yrs - a big deal.

#pt: For #ISIS, the struggle is theologically infinite - it isn't "defeated" or "prevented" by territorial losses.

e.g. #Trump's #Syria withdrawal announcement in #Dec '18 would have been perceived as a sign of eventual victory.

- #Baghdadi's video = fuel, not sign of weakness.
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1) BREAKING: #ISIS’ Furqan issues new video showing leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, marking the first time he is shown in a video since his July 2014 sermon at the Great Mosque in #Mosul
2) The video shows Baghdadi in a casual conversational setting with others (their faces blurred). He talks about war against "Crusaders" and about battles in #Baghouz #Syria being over, indicating that this interview was filmed somewhat recently.
3) In the vid, titled “In the Hospitality of the Emir of the Believers,” Baghdadi praises #SriLanka attackers over images of the attackers/attack (though not in the visual interview section; the audio may have thus been added via a later recording)--calling it revenge for Baghouz
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#ISIS is still in the tunnel system of #Baghouz, across the Euphrates, in Badia desert and they roam free with Erdogan's blessing in #Jarabulus and #Afrin. @SpeakerPelosi @WHNSC @hogangidley45 @foxandfriends
I recommend establishing @coalition control along the Iraq Syria border from Abu Kamal to meet up with MaT moving east from Al-Tanf to cut off ISIS supply from Iraq and block Hezbollah entering via Badia desert.
A quick move could be done in 48 hours and would allow relief for the folks trapped in the camp near al-Tanf.
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As the people of Syria are celebrating today in #Qamishlo the end of the years-long war against ISIS, we are no longer reporting from the ground in #Baghouz. But we are happy to announce that we are preparing an in-depth multimedia report on the "End of the Caliphate" Image
As part of this report, we will be looking more closely at the #SDF history and question the future of North-East Syria. Here as a preview, a member of the #Raqqa forces of SDF, freestyle singing a song of celebration on their way back from the front.
You can still keep up to date on the military, political and cultural realities of North-East Syria by reading our weekly reports. Here is the latest one:…
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The media is *the* platform of choice for US officials trying to coerce a reversal in #Syria policy -- the reality is more complex & less promising.

My latest for @politico, questions durability of #America's presence in #Syria vis-a-vis #ISIS's future:…
@politico (1) A long-term U.S. presence in al-Tanf depends heavily on #Jordan's support.

But the reliability of that support remains uncertain, given #Amman's doubling investment in ties with #Assad's #Syria & pursuit of renewed trade links.

Have we got that assurance? I don't think so.
@politico (2) For now, #Trump has permitted a "residual force" in #Syria on the condition that it convinces EU allies to (a) stay & (b) expand their presence.

As of today, (a) is possible but (b) is an outright No.

That means the status quo, which we know #Trump opposes altogether.
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#SDF reported that the tent-camp of #Baghouz is 100% under control. The operation is not yet finished. Some jihadists who haven't surrendered are gathered in a litlle area on the shore of the river #Euphrates. Some families are being held as human shields.
#SDF add: 100's of injured/sick #ISIS militants were captured following the control over #Baghouz tent-camp and have been evacuated to nearby military hospitals.

Yesterday night the #ISIS armoury of #Baghouz was destroyed, resulting in several explosions. ImageImage
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#AlFurqan #EI annonce un nouvel audio
PT ca sera probablement un audio du porte-parole Abou Hassan al-Mouhajir #EI
Audio 44:23 du porte parole de l’#EI Abou al-Hassan al-Mouhajir diffusé par #AlFurqan à 20h15
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Yesterday night there was heavy shelling at #Baghouz. #SDF captured positions inside the #ISIS camp. Fightings are continuing this morning
Situation is quite calm now in #Baghouz. Regular rocket fire and air activity is ongoing. Fires burning inside the #ISIS camp.

In #Baghouz #ISIS members and their families are surrendering themselves to #SDF.
In this footage, that RIC members made on the 14th of March, you see the hill, where one day later two suicide attackers blew themselves up, killing six civilians.
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Trump: Day 786
-#StPatricksDay Unhinged Rant
-Keeps Trampling on McCain's Grave
-Threatens Saturday Night Live Again
-Implores Fox Return Judge Jeanine
-Lashes Out at 3 Fox News Anchors
-Blames Autoworkers 4 Plant Closure
-Flip-Flops on Syrian Troop Withdraw
Day 891 since Donald Trump *bragged* and joked about sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Day 742 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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I like to think little fazes me in this business. But the stories of the four 4 #Iraq-i boys from #Telafar got me.…
The three you see in the pictures here are the Aoun brothers: Ali, 11; Khalil, 9; and Ahmad, 7. They were kidnapped by #ISIS in 2014, when the group overran northwest #Iraq. (2)
The fourth one, 11-year old Mahdi Ghazi Mohammad, who, like the others, is a Shiite Turkmen from Telafar, you can see here. (3)…
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1/ I'm so happy. After days of organizing &endless phone calls, the 4 Iraqi boys kidnapped by ISIS years ago, are back home with their family in #Talafar, Iraq.

Below I'll explain how I found the family of the boys & put them in touch with SDF.

Finally a happy ending.

2/ Last Thursday, I saw the tweet of SDF spokesperson @mustefabali.

In it, he explained that SDF has found in #Baghouz 4 young Iraqi Shia boys who were kidnapped by ISIS years ago.

He asked for help in finding their families.

3/ In order to find the families of the 4 Iraqi boys who were liberated from their ISIS kidnappers, I sent the video to countless Iraqi activists & journalist (in public &in private.)

I asked them to spread vid among their contacts in hope family of kids would notice.

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dozens of #ISIS fighters were killed overnight in the last operation against #Baghouz, and at least one arms depot destroyed. 2 attempted suicide attacks were also foiled.

#SDF forces are advancing slowly through the camp due to a high concentration of mines.

The final advance against #ISIS in #Baghouz was paused last night around 00.00 midnight local time.

Advances made by all 5 frontline forces, only 1 #SDF injury reported so far.

Drones overhead and 2 airstrikes in the last minutes, otherwise all quiet on the front.
Since the resumption of operations yesterday 11 airstrikes have been carried out.

No firm figure on #ISIS casualties, 4 #SDF soldiers have been injured and 1 killed.

Still relatively quiet at the front save for sporadic fire, but expected to heat up again now as darkness falls.
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Mustafa Bali, spoke-person of the #SDF forces announce that the last operation against #ISIS will resume soon.
Sources confirm that it will start at 6PM tonight.
Preparations were being made today and lots of #SDF fighters were heading down to #Baghouz in the last 24 hours.
Attack is ungoing since more than 2 hours. #SDF are using artillery and heavy weapons to target #Baghouz supported by coalition airstrikes. #ISIS is fighting back.
#Coalition airstrikes are targeting arms depots, while #SDF artillery is firing on #ISIS positions in the camp.

There are still civilians present in the camp, either unwilling or unable to leave. #SDF special forces are trying to extract them.
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Today some hundreds of people were extracted from last remaining #ISIS-controlled territory in #Baghouz, including around 100 fighters and 13 #Yazidi children aged from 5 to 14.
#SDF sources expected up to 2000 to leave today, meaning there could be still more exiting tonight.

They join the 3500 people who had left the #ISIS-controlled camp on Saturday alone, per #SDF figures.
In fact among the 13 children who were rescued from the hands of #ISIS yesterday, 9 are #Yazidi and 4 are #Shia from Til Afar (Iraq).

Once spotted by journalists they were surrounded by dozens of cameras, but #SDF soon brought them away for much-needed food, water - and quiet. ImageImageImageImage
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[1] "I saw many dead, massacred people": Kinan, 10, has spent half his life as a slave of Daesh (ISIS)". He was kidnapped from his village in #Shingal in 2014. Now he tells his story. Translation in the thread.…
#Syria #Baghouz
[2] "His name is Kinan, he is 10 years old. He was released a week ago after five years serving a Syrian jihadist named Abu Saad. In the cohorts of civilians evacuated from #Baghouz region in #Syria, where the "caliphate" of ISIS lives its last days, there are many children.
[3] Children of jihadists, but also slaves of the Islamic State, like Kinan, who agreed to tell his story to our special envoys. The story of Kinan begins in 2014 when he is taken prisoner by Daesh. The jihadists have just taken, in just a few hours, the Yezidi city of #Sinjar
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This morning the situation was calm.
Apache helicopters were on patrol earlier in the morning. One F-15 and some sort of surveillance planes were loitering and there were small fires burning in #Baghouz, but no serious fighting with #ISIS. Image

Now there is some activity in #Baghouz the last hour. Several small explosions and black smoke rising from the town. Large increase in radio communication between #SDF units. Image

About 800 people were evacuated from #Baghouz during the last day in #SDF trucks. Among them between 200-300 surrendering #ISIS fighters.
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The last operation against #ISIS in #Baghouz is coordinated by #SDF forces, which are next to #YPJ and #YPG also the Minbij Military Council @mmc2016c, the Syriac Military Council @SyriacMFS, Jaysh al-Thuwar alongside with forces from Heseke, Tabqa, Raqqa and many more

Today in the morning #ISIS attacked from its last holdout at #Baghouz
At the moment two AH-64A Apaches are overhead and constant sound of jets

At the battle against #ISIS in #Baghouz fire is still burning, producing thick black smoke. Sporadic gunfire: KPV, DShK and small arms. No jets or helicopters but constant presence of RQ9 drones overhead.

Video-source: YPG Press
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