Iraqi Shiite militia says will fight Daesh in Syria border town

Popular Mobilization Forces fighters carry the Daesh flag downward after liberating the city of Al-Qaim, Iraq. (Reuters)
Updated 04 November 2017
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Iraqi Shiite militia says will fight Daesh in Syria border town

BEIRUT: An Iraqi Shiite militia fighting Daesh in Iraq near the border with Syria will also take on the jihadist group in the Syria border town of Albu Kamal, the militia’s spokesman was quoted as saying on Friday.
Jaafar Hussaini, the spokesman for the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia, one of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fighting alongside the Iraqi army against Daesh, was speaking to Lebanese television channel Al-Mayadin.
Hussaini said the Iraqi resistance forces, a euphemism for Iran-backed Shiite militias, would take part in the battle against Daesh in Syria’s Albu Kamal because it borders Iraq, Al-Mayadin reported.
On Friday Iraqi forces, including PMF, took the Iraqi border town of Al-Qaim, near Albu Kamal, from Daesh.
The Syrian army and allied Iran-backed Shiite militias, supported by Russian air power, are approaching Albu Kamal as part of their own offensive against the Daesh enclave straddling the border between Syria and Iraq.
“Albu Kamal is in missile range of the Iraqi forces in Al-Qaim. The presence of our forces on the border with Albu Kamal means there will be a new front in the confrontation with Daesh,” Hussaini said using an Arabic acronym for Daesh.
The Syrian army and its allies are advancing toward Albu Kamal across the desert southwest of the city and along the Euphrates river from the northwest.
The Syrian government declared victory over Daesh in Deir Ezzor, the biggest city in eastern Syria, on Friday after two months of battle.


Israeli planes strike Hamas targets in Gaza

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Israeli planes strike Hamas targets in Gaza

  • The attacks targeted two Hamas military sites and a munitions manufacturing site
  • “Fire balloons” and kites carrying flammable material have become symbols of the Palestinian border protests in recent months

JERUSALEM: Israeli warplanes on Monday conducted strikes against nine Hamas “military targets” in the northern Gaza Strip in response to incendiary kites being sent into Israeli territory, the army said.
The attacks targeted two Hamas military sites and a munitions manufacturing site, the military said in a statement, without specifying whether the raids had resulted in casualties.
“Fire balloons” and kites carrying flammable material have become symbols of the Palestinian border protests in recent months.
The Israeli army on Saturday wounded two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip attempting to launch incendiary balloons across the border into Israel, officials said.
Since major border protests broke out at the end of March, more than 300 fires have devastated several thousand hectares of fields and shrubland, the Israeli fire service has said.
According to Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, 400 kites have been intercepted from some 600 launched since the start of the recent protests.
At least 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire in the same time span. No Israelis have been killed.
Palestinians are calling to return to the homes their families fled or were forced from in 1948 during the war surrounding the creation of Israel.
The Gaza Strip is controlled by the Islamist movement Hamas which Israel considers its chief enemy.
The two sides have fought three wars since 2008 and observe a tense cease-fire.