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Turkiye’s Interior Minister reveals new information on the recent terrorist attack against a Police Station in Mersin, Turkiye where 1 police officer being martyred in the attack and 2 being injured.

Turkish Interior Minister says that the #PKK terrorist coming all the way from Manbij, #Syria to Tarsus, Turkiye with parachute motor gliders.

After landing, they stayed for hours on the mountain and later walked to a road where locals thought they help stranded people. ImageImageImage
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After reaching their destination to the City of Mersin, Turkiye, the terrorists carried out their attack on the Police Station.

Following the attack more clashes accrued where the 2 terrorist getting injured and later detonating their bomb vests.(#ISIS style)
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Mise au point, parce que, entendu ce matin sur les ondes de @franceinter qu'une personne #SDF pouvait "gagner" plus que le smic d'un éboueur @ludovicf_off interrogé par @LeaSalame et qui m'a fait bondir. Je développe via ce fil...⤵️
Il y a plus de 10 ans déjà, nous évoquions, avec @ChLouis75 l'urgence de la prise de conscience que le tout dématérialisé allait creuser un peu plus le fossé de la pauvreté et de la précarité. Nous n'étions pas visionnaires. Juste réalistes. Moi dans la rue à faire la manche...⤵️
...lui, travailleur social attentif. Fin des tickets resto papier, fin des mitrailles au fond de la poche, fin du suspendu et l'apparition des maraudes populaires maladroites. J'écris tout ceci en toute objectivité et sans critique. Il faut vivre et survivre avec son temps...⤵️
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1. If our @NATO alliance prevents us from standing up to #Erdogan we are morally obligated to arm the #SDF with heavy weapons and anti-air capabilities to fight off the unprovoked #Turkish aggression in N Syria. The Syrian people and fighters of the #SDF earned that
2. much with their blood in Kobane, Raqqa and Baghuz. More SDF died fighting ISIS for us in Syria than US forces in all the years in Afghanistan. We have a force that believes in freedom, democratic rule and equality of all people. If we abandon them to the autocratic racist
3. Erdogan to be slaughtered we will lose the ability to convince others to join us in the fights against terror. Erdogan is a bully and if we give in to him we desecrate the memory of the people who died in the war on terror. He is allied with both Al-#Qaeda and #Daesh and
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The official spokesman for the #SDF, Aram Hanna, confirmed that their forces will respond immediately to any crime of the Turkish occupation and will destroy the Turkish invaders within the framework of legitimate defense and in revenge for the martyrs. Image
SDF spokesman: After the recent escalation, all our defense formations and our forces in the military councils were ready to protect the region, and were ready to deter any attack or advance of the occupation and its terrorist mercenaries
SDF spokesman: Hanna pointed out that the recent meetings held between the Turkish-occupation, Russia and Iran meeting are only in favor of the continuation of the Turkish occupation's attacks, the shedding of the blood of the Syrian people
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1. One of many things that makes me respect and admire the Syrian Democratic Forces is how they dealt with the brutality and barbarism of Daesh. When in battle they went about the work of trying to free civilians and protect them while advancing militarily to defeat Daesh.
2. But when the enemy surrendered, regardless of the loss of comrades to the brutal criminal Daesh, the #SDF followed the law of armed conflict to a tee even though there is an argument that it did not fully apply to unlawful combatant like Daesh mercenaries. They treated their
3. wounds, gave them food and water and engaged in no conduct that would humiliate or otherwise mistreat them. I always thought that the Russians had a role in advancing Daesh in Iraq and Syria. I remain convinced that many of the Russian forces in Ukraine were Daesh. Even if
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NEW: #Saudi-born, #Canada citizen gets life in prison for performing executions for #ISIS

39yo Mohammed Khalifa surrendered to the #SDF in January 2019, was transferred to the US & pled guilty to conspiring to support ISIS in December 2021
Khalifa, aka Abu Ridwan Al-Kanadi & Abu Muthanna Al-Muhajir, joined #ISIS in 2013 & became the lead translator for the terror group's propaganda & the English-speaking narrator on multiple violent videos, per @TheJusticeDept
Per @TheJusticeDept, Khalifa narrated 2 of the most influential & most violent #ISIS videos - Flames of War I & II

The videos also show Khalifa executing kneeling #Syria|n soldiers
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NEW: #China "proceeding to increase their access & influence on the continent" & seeks to establish more military bases in #Africa, outgoing @USAfricaCommand Commander Gen Stephen Townsend tells @GWUPMNS
"Some of the most lethal terrorists on the planet are now in Africa...#alQaida & #ISIS " per @USAfricaCommand's Gen Townsend
"We've prevented strategic distraction" per Gen Townsend on his time at @USAfricaCommand - says US has been able to address threats in #Africa without taking focus on primary challenges, pacing threat from #China and also #Russia
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"#ISIS remains a real & potent threat" @DeptofDefense Deputy Asst Sec. for the Middle East Dana Stroul tells @MiddleEastInst @ICSR_Centre

Says ISIS "working to infiltrate population centers" while also working in small cells in rural areas
"The #UnitedStates is committed to maintaining our force presence in #Iraq & #Syria to achieve the enduring defeat of #ISIS" per @DeptofDefense's Stroul
10,000 #ISIS fighters still being held in make-shift prisons across NE #Syria by the #SDF, per @DeptofDefense's Stroul

"No secret" ISIS wants to replicate January's attack on prison in #Hasakah, she adds
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"We need to get those children out of the cmaps & the prisons that they're living in" @SavetheChildren #Syria Response Director Sonia Khush tells @MiddleEastInst @ICSR_Centre

"There is a lot of hope for them to live a normal life" if they can get out of the camps, she says
Children stuck in IDP camps, prisons in NE #Syria are not the next wave of #ISIS - they are victims, per @SavetheChildren's Khush
Children in NE #Syria IDP camps - "Repatriations are not an insurmountable problem" per @hrw's @lettatayler "There is a lack of political will"
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4,000-5,000 non #Syria|n fighters still being detained in NE #Syria, along w/thousands of family members-"a serious ongoing security & humanitarian threat" @StateDept acting CT Coordinator Timothy Betts tells @MiddleEastInst @ICSR_Centre

Leaving them there "not a viable option"
"#ISIS knows that prisons breaks work-they're time tested and generate long-lasting results" per @StateDept's Betts

ISIS tried at #Hasakah in January, has others in its sights-"We know they will try to attack them again"
"The only durable for each country to take back its nationals" per @StateDept's Betts

"We cannot fight our way out of this side of the battle" vs #ISIS, he says
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Thread: 1 June 2022: Day 98 of #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
Kalush Orchestra, the rap-folk band that won Eurovision for #Ukraine, has sold the Eurovision trophy at auction for $900,000 in order to buy drones (the PD-2 unmanned aerial system) for the country's war effort against the #Russian invaders.…
Vladimir Shamanov on the "superiority" of #Russia's army; intentions with Poland, Baltics, Romania; taking 5 to 10 years to fully demilitarized and denazify #Ukraine, leveling the country if need be and trying its officials and journalists at a "Nuremberg"
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NEW: NO US troops fighting in #Ukraine but there is a defense attaché - a colonel - at @USEmbassyKyiv,
per @PentagonPresSec

Kirby adds, "US troops will not be fighting in this war in #Ukraine" and that @StateDept has not changed its position regarding not having military guards
#Turkey pledge to expand buffer zones in northern #Syria - "We're obviously very concerned" per @PentagonPresSec

Points to risk to civilians and to anti-ISIS operations by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (#SDF)
"We are in daily contact with our #SDF partners in northern #Syria" per @PentagonPresSec

Adds #ISIS while diminished "remains a viable threat"
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[Thread] about the organization of sinister reputation known as #PKK. Image
The #PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) as well as its sister organizations TAK (Kurdistan Freedom Falcons) and HPG improperly called "Kurdish" are terrorist organizations recognized as such by Turkey, the EU […], the USA […], __>
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When the #SDF liberated Raqqa, the shaping was done largely with US air power. When it came to hunting #Daesh in the dense city, @USMC M777 gun crews provided the fire support. Russians in #Donetsk & #Kherson are about to enter hell. Round-the-clock, brutal and terrifying.
With counter-battery radars, the Ukrainian gunners can immediately hit any Russian artillery that fires. RF rocket and gun crews will be wiped out unless they simply refuse orders to fire. In the first Russian invasion the cowardly Russian gunners fired from amid civilian homes
in Donetsk and the Ukrainians did not return fire for fear of killing civilians. But with the accurate US artillery rounds they can put the shot right on the Russian artillery. Civilians in Donetsk & Kherson should run if there is a Russian gun or rocket system nearby.
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Leader in the Syrian Democratic Forces (#SDF), Nowruz Ahmed: "The Turkish occupation is seeking to launch new attacks against all components of the region, and our forces are ready for any scheme that threatens the region."
Nowruz Ahmed: Turkish occupation has escalated its ground and air attacks on the areas of NES, especially on the seam areas such as Zerkan, Tal Tamr and al-Shahba.
Nowruz Ahmed: The Turkish state bombs on a daily basis the villages and towns on the lines of contact and continues its attacks on a daily basis, taking advantage of the Russian-Ukrainian situation, and is targeting the area through Drones.
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1. I reported on the first Russo-Ukrainian war starting with the Maidan Jan 2014. After Merkel & Macron's Minsk I and II, I focused on Syria in a belief that ISIS was a Russian and Iranian operation to destroy Syrian Sunnis political unity. I worked to arm and assist the Kurds.
2. The force grew and establishment of the #SDF brought #Sunni #Arabs, #Christians & #Turkmen to join a single umbrella force with US airpower taking back large parts of #Syria. They still hold it much of it but #Putin gave large parts to #Erdogan who folded in ISIS & Al-#Qaeda
3. and along with #Russia, #Turkey, #Iran and #Assad act as a sort of overwatch. With US SOF and Bradleys from the 4th ID there as democracy's last hope.

When the Battle for Raqqa started in 2017, I observed ISIS military leadership made up of mostly Chechens started to leave.
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#Putin's invasion of #Ukraine has thrown a spanner into the #Russia-#Turkey relationship.

That offers the U.S. (& NATO) an opportunity to explore avenues for improving ties with #Ankara -- far from straightforward, but it's an opening.

For #Syria policy, this could be vital.
War in #Ukraine will have extremely negative impact on the humanitarian situation in #Syria -- and #Russia is now more likely than ever to veto cross-border aid access in July.

Any alternative plans will be dead in the water, without #Turkey playing a central role. We need that.
The #Biden admin appears to already be preparing for a possible severing of X-border aid access -- in part by seeking to provide a full sanctions waiver to NE & NW #Syria.

But we'll also need a massive #Turkey-based aid effort to fill [some of] the gap resulting from a UN veto.
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700 boys, 12-16yrs old, remain in an #SDF prison in NE #Syria -- held without trial since 2019 & largely hidden from monitors since.

@UNICEF images saw them "sitting barefoot on a broken concrete & dirt floor," some with blankets over their shoulders.…
After international outcry at 700+ boys aged 10-16 being held alongside #ISIS fighters in a makeshift #SDF prison (after being judged security threats by the #SDF), the #SDF turns its ire on… @UNICEF.

Not a good look, honestly.
@UNICEF As I've said many times, the ultimate blame for the #ISIS detainee/camps crisis lies with the international community -- no doubt about it.

But the #SDF have a role to play in this dynamic & they've made decisions, implemented policies & concealed things -- and that's on them.
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#ISIS's choice of NW #Idlib as a hiding point for leaders raises complex analytical Qs.

What it does not suggest, is that #Idlib's de facto governing actor, #HTS, is in some way complicit in harboring #ISIS. That's simply factually illogical, given years of open hostility.
#HTS has conducted 100+ deadly raids targeting #ISIS cells in #Idlib since mid-2017 -- & is similarly hostile to #AlQaeda too, having wiped out AQ's operational presence in #Idlib 18 months ago.

Like all non-state actors, #HTS's capacity to know everything is distinctly limited.
Just like the #SDF missed 200-300 #ISIS militants & x2 SVBIEDs crossing 12 of their own checkpoints into #Hasakeh city & al-Sina Prison, #HTS missed a man & his family living in one level of a 3-storey building near #Atmeh -- an area flooded with transitory IDPs communities.
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Happening now: @POTUS talks about operation that led to the death of #ISIS leader Amir Muhammad Sa'id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, aka Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi and as Hajji ‘Abdallah

Says al-Malwa "responsible for the recent brutal attack on a prison in northeast #Syria"
.@POTUS says #ISIS leader al-Malwa "chose to blow himself a final act of cowardice...just like his predecessor did"
.@POTUS says operation was aided by #SDF and US intel
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Something big is going down in NW #Syria -- (a) U.S. helicopter gunships firing on a target in the #Jinderes area of #Afrin & (b) a possible SOF raid targeting Tauqir Sharif, a [former] #UK citizen in the Atmeh area of #Idlib.

Personally, I'd be amazed if such an operation was launched at Tauqir Sharif (Abu Hossam al-Britani) -- while his #UK citizenship was revoked, the cause for doing so never seemed more than tenuous.
The house in the #Atmeh area has reportedly been surrounded by [alleged U.S.] SOF -- a loudspeaker just ordered the building to be emptied.

My guess: it's a senior #AlQaeda (Huras al-Din) figure -- HaD seniors are known to hide in the Atmeh area.
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Tensions rapidly escalating between the #SDF & #Turkey.

- Overnight #TSK strikes on #PKK in #Iraq & NE #Syria, killed combatant & civilians.

= #SDF shelling barrage killed 9 civilians & wounded 30 in al-Bab this AM.

= SNA retaliatory shelling

= #SDF accusing US of complicity.
The U.S. considers the #PKK a designated terrorist organization and *does* share intelligence & coordinate with #Turkey on countering the #PKK -- in #Syria, #Iraq & #Turkey.

As a member of the #PKK network, that places the #SDF in a very awkward place -- and @CJTFOIR too.
@CJTFOIR The #SDF's decision to shell from NE #Syria cross-border into #Turkey today -- targeting #Cizre was a serious escalation.

One #TSK soldier was killed in that attack -- and #Ankara has long determined cross-border attacks to be a thick red line.

Escalatory spiral well underway.
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NEW: #Russia adding to combat capabilities but also "sustainment & logistics" to forces surrounding #Ukraine, per @PentagonPresSec "That includes field hospitals & doctors & nurses"

"[Putin] has enough capability to move now if he wants to...he could move imminently" per Kirby
With #Russia|n naval movements, "We would not characterize what we're seeing as deescalatory" per @PentagonPresSec
"It should be up to #Ukraine who they associate with"
per @PentagonPresSec

"It's not something that Mr, #Putin gets to have a veto on. It doesn't work like that" he adds about Ukraine-@NATO relationship
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#ISIS #SDF #HASAKA #Syria #USA #Ghweran
Insight about the ISIS Ghweran prison break:
On January 20, 2022, ISIS launched a large-scale military operation, in terms of chosen target and the size of participating fighters, to liberate its members who were detained in Al-Sina’a Prison in the Ghweran neighborhood, south of Al-Hasakah city.
This operation is considered the most intense of its kind since the collapse of the group in Syria three years ago by coalition forces and the SDF, as the operation lasted for 7 days and resulted in many causalities.
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