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Record-breaking sniper kills ISIS terrorist with two-mile shot – New York Post

A hero sniper took out an ISIS fanatic with an incredible 11,300-foot shot which is more than 2 miles the longest confirmed kill ever.

A member of Canadas Joint Task Force 2 killed the insurgent with a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle during an operation last month in Iraq, according to The Globe and Mail.

Sources wouldnt reveal the names of the elite sniper and his spotter or the exact location where the shooting took place for operational reasons.

A military source told the Globe and Mail: The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces.

Instead of dropping a bomb that could potentially kill civilians in the area, it is a very precise application of force and because it was so far way, the bad guys didnt have a clue what was happening.

The source stressed the operation fell within the strictures of Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus governments advise-and-assist mission.

The shot took just under 10 seconds to hit the target and was fired from a high-rise location during an operation within the past four weeks.

The kill was independently verified by avideo camera and other data, according to the Canadian press.

Another military source added: Hard data on this. It isnt an opinion. It isnt an approximation. There is a second location with eyes on with all the right equipment to capture exactly what the shot was.

This is an incredible feat. It is a world record that might never be equaled.

The world record for longest confirmed kill was previously held by British sniper Craig Harrison, who shot a Taliban soldier with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle from 8,120 feet away in 2009.

Previously, Canadian Cpl. Rob Furlong had set the world record in 2002 at 7,972 feet when he gunned down an Afghan insurgent carrying an RPK machine gun during Operation Anaconda.

Weeks before that, the record was held by Canadian Master Cpl. Arron Perry, who fatally shot an insurgent from 7,578 feet during the same operation.

Canada is not part of the Multi-National Force Iraq, which consists of militaryforces from the US, UK, Australia, Spain and Poland.

The skill of the JTF2 sniper in taking down an insurgent at 11,300 feet required math skills, great eyesight, precision ammunition and firearms, and intense training.

It is at the distance where you have to account not just for the ballistics of the round, which change over time and distance, you have to adjust for wind, and the wind would be swirling, said a source with expertise in training Canadian special forces.

You have to adjust for him firing from a higher location downward and as the round drops you have to account for that. And from that distance you actually have to account for the curvature of the Earth.

The operation is reported to have involved about 200 JTF2 elite special forces in northern Iraq, primarily tasked with counter-terrorism, sniper operations and hostage rescue.

The Trudeau government has expanded the military commitment in Iraq, committing 207 Canadian special forces trainers in a mission to assist, train and advise. Canadian commandos are not meant to be involved in direct combat.

An army source said: Canada has a world-class sniper system. It is not just a sniper. They work in pairs. There is an observer.

This is a skill set that only a very few people have.

The longest confirmed sniper kill shot by a US soldier was by Sgt. Bryan Kremer when he killed an Iraqi insurgent with his Barrett M82A1 rifle at 7,545 feet in 2004.

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The Morning Brief: Health Care Bill, ISIS in Iraq and World Population – TIME

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Updated: 9:27 AM ET | Originally published: 8:48 AM ET

Good morning. These are todays top stories:

Republican leaders in the Senate today are expected to publicly reveal their proposed health care bill , which is meant to replace the Affordable Care Act. Among other changes, the measure would cut Medicaid and no longer penalize people for not buying insurance, according to the Associated Press.

ISIS militants exploded Iraqs ancient and iconic al-Nuri mosque , which is also known as Mosul’s Great Mosque and dates to the 12th century, according to the AP. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the ISIS groups latest destruction “is a formal declaration of their defeat.”

The world’s population is on track to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, according to a new United Nations report . There are currently about 7.6 billion people in the world. The forecast also says Indias population is projected to exceed Chinas in less than a decade.

Also:

At least 29 people were killed in a suicide car bombing outside a bank in Afghanistan .

The stabbing of a police officer at an airport in Flint , Mich., is being investigated as terrorism .

An Indiana waterpark has shut down after children suffered chemical burns from chlorine.

More than half of teens are having sex, and most use birth control, a new study has found.

Step aside, fidget spinner. The ” toothpick crossbow” is now sweeping China.

The Morning Brief is published Mondays through Fridays. Email Morning Brief writer Melissa Chan at melissa.chan@time.com .

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ISIS Supporters Likely Targeting Singapore for Attacks, Report Suggests – Newsweek

Supporters of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) have signaled that that group considers Singapore part of its self-defined territory, which means foreign fighters could consider the city state as a greater target analysts have warned.

Intelligence analyst Jasminder Singh picked up chatter on social media that singled out countries or territories that ISIS see aspart of its “wilayah” (or province) in the region. Singh also notedin hispaper, published by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies June 15, that ISIS supporters were talking about Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Japan in similar terms.

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“For foreign fighters coming into the region, this gives them an idea of what they will be in for, and what the targets are,” Singh told The Straits Times Thursday.

Another analyst, Remy Mahzam, associate research fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, told the paperthat fighters unable to reach Syria may nowtargetthe areasdeclared as an ISIS wilayah. Though many fighters from around the world have gone to Syria to join thegroup’s fight to defend its self-declared caliphate in the region, ISIShas previously called on supporters in Europe to carry out attacks in their home countries via its propaganda outlets.

Singapore’sMinistry of Home Affairs announced on June 1that the threatlevel in the country is at severe,its highest in recent years. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Officehas warned its citizens that “terrorists are likely to carry out attacks in Singapore.”

In the last month authorities have detained two police officers suspectedoftrying to undertake Islamist violence overseas. One, Muhammad Khairul bin Mohamed, 24, was issued with a detention order under the Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows police to hold suspectswithout trial.

Earlier in June, police arrested an infant care assistant, Syaikhah Izzah Al Ansari, 22, on allegations that she wasplanning to travel to Syria to marry an ISIS fighter.

Singapore is also on high alert after extremistattacks across Southeast Asia. In the Philippines, ISIS-affiliated fighters have taken over the southern city of Marawi, while Indonesian intelligencehave said they believe there are sleeper cells in every region in Indonesia. Malaysia, Singapores neighbor, has also experienced radical violenceISIS were linked toa grenade attack on a nightclub in 2016and concerns about self-radicalized “lone wolves” in nearby will be of concern as they have been in Europe.

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Turkey: US promised to reclaim weapons from Kurds after ISIS fight – CBS News

Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters drive a tank at the eastern entrances to the town of Tal Abyad in the northern countryside of Raqqa, Syria, June 14, 2015, after they took control of nearby Suluk town from ISIS.

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ANKARA, Turkey– Turkish officials said Thursday that U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has written to his Turkish counterpart, reassuring him that arms provided to Syrian Kurdish fighters would be taken back once ISIS militants are ousted from their main stronghold in Syria, the city of Raqqa.

Officials said in a statement that Mattis also reassured Defense Minister Fikri Isik that the United States would regularly provide Turkey with a list of arms provided to the fighters while U.S. military advisers in the field would ensure that the arms don’t go outside of the Syria battle zones.

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Turkish Defense Ministry spokesperson Ertan Omeroglu confirmed the letter and its context to CBS News on Thursday.

A U.S. decision to launch an offensive to capture Raqqa in partnership with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces has complicated relations with Ankara, which views the group’s Kurdish fighters as an extension of an insurgent Kurdish terror group operating in Turkey.

Ankara fears arms provided to the Kurdish fighters will end up in the hands of the insurgents in Turkey and has threatened to respond to threats.

The officials said Mattis told Isik in the letter that 80 percent of the force which would capture Raqqa would be made up of Arabs and that an Arab force would hold the city.

If confirmed, Mattis’ statement on the weapons being taken back once the Raqqa fight is over conflict with recent comments made by officials of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS.

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The coalition’s spokesman at the time, Col. John Dorrian, said last month that the weapons supplied to the Kurds would not be reclaimed by the U.S. after the specific missions are completed, but that the U.S. would “carefully monitor” where and how they are used.

There have been several credible reports since the U.S.-led military alliance formed to help combat ISIS in Syria and Iraq of American-supplied weaponsfalling into the hands of unallied militias, andeven ISIS itselfin smaller quantities.

In some cases, it has been U.S. weapons supplied to Kurdish forces thatended up with Shiite militiamenwho are also battling ISIS, but who have been implicated in the murder and torture of Sunni Muslims in areas reclaimed from ISIS.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron has said that France is no longer pushing for the departure of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a shift in French policy throughout the Syrian war.Macron said he wants to work more closely with Russia for a solution in Syria and says foreign powers were too focused on Assad as a person.

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“For a long time we were blocked on the persona of Bashar Assad,” Macron said in an interview with eight European newspapers published on Thursday. “Bashar is not our enemy, he is the enemy of the Syrian people.”

Macron also said that foreign powers “collectively committed an error” in focusing on a military solution in Syria. “The new outlook I have on this issue is that I haven’t stated that Bashar Assad’s departure is a necessary condition for everything. Because no one has shown me a legitimate successor,” he said.

Macron’s predecessors were among the most vocal Assad opponents.

However, Macron warned France would attack Syria if the government uses chemical weapons. French warplanes are already targeting Islamic State extremists in Syria.

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Video Shows Aid Worker Brave ISIS Gunfire to Rescue Little Girl in Mosul – NBC Bay Area

Dave Eubank, a volunteer aid worker and founder of the Free Burma Rangers, carries a young girl he rescued amid a wave of ISIS sniper fire on June 2, 2017, in Mosul, Iraq.

A little girl amid a pile of bodies was rescued by an American aid worker sprinting out from behind a tank in the besieged city of Mosul despite the threat of ISIS sniper fire this month. The moment, captured on video, shows the devastation of Iraq’s struggle to end the ISIS insurgency.

The video shows veteran Dave Eubank rush through a cloud of smoke toward the corpses as two other men from his group provide covering fire from behind a tank. Seconds later, he reemerges with the girl scooped in his right arm and passes her off to another volunteer from his group, a Syrian refugee who speaks to the girl in Arabic.

“I just prayed to God and told her I’d knew we’d save her,” Eubank said. “I told her in English, as we’re running through the gunfire, ‘If no one will have you, if there’s nowhere out there for you, don’t worry. I’ll adopt you.'”

Aid Worker Rescues Mosul Child From ISIS Gunfire

The footage captures the harrowing reality that civilians face amid the battle for Mosul, and it’s been shared widely online. One tweet showing the incident has more than 16,000 retweets, and he’s earned praise from Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., among others.

Street-by-street fighting has left much of Mosul in northern Iraq crumbling, and ISIS has increasingly been killing civilians as it struggles to maintain control, according to Eubank and the United Nations, whose human rights division found credible reports that it slaughtered at least 204 people over three days including at the gutted Pepsi factory where Eubank’s rescue took place.

On Tuesday in the city, ISIS destroyed the iconic mosque where it announced its caliphate in 2014 as Iraqi forces approached, according to the Iraqi government.

Eubank, who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and is from Southern California, told NBC that his rescue was part of a coordinated effort on June 2 to save the few people who survived a mass attack.

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A crowd of 30 to 40 civilians had been gunned down outside the former Pepsi factory while trying to flee their neighborhood in the northwest part of the city.

“We see ISIS shooting people daily, but not in those numbers,” he said. “They’re just sweeping the highway with fire, killing anyone trying to flee, and there were a couple of living people among the dead.”

Eubank and his aid organization, the Free Burma Rangers, had been called in by Iraqi forces the day before to provide medical aid to wounded civilians. After hearing from victims that there were still survivors, the group hatched a plan with the U.S. military to rescue them, including the young girl.

The video begins just after U.S. forces had dropped smoke canisters in order to conceal Eubank who is wearing only a helmet and bulletproof vest and a team of American and Iraqi soldiers conducting the rescue, he said.

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Other videos from the rescue that he provided to NBC show Eubank and his team rescuing a young man from the same pile of bodies moments later, then carrying the pair to safety.

Eubank said he founded the Free Burma Rangers, which is currently embedded in the Iraqi army’s 9th division, after leaving his army post in order to “serve God in a different way” and “help people, with the freedom to do it.”

Besides medics and aid workers, every team includes a videographer to capture and spread news about the atrocities of the war zones where they work.

“We video everything: refugees getting fed, people having fun, people getting shot,” Eubank said. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and many of the people I meet say, ‘Please tell the Americans about us, please tell the Americans we need help.'”

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He added, “We want people to know the Iraqis are wonderful people and worthy of being helped.”

The little girl he rescued was taken to the hospital “terrified, devastated and dehydrated,” Eubank said, and is now in the care of an Iraqi general. Though calls have been put out on social media in search of any surviving relatives, the general is filing adoption papers in the increasingly likely case that no one is found.

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US-led coalition airstrikes kill top ISIS cleric – CBS News

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A member loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria waves a flag in Raqqa, Syria, June 29, 2014.

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U.S.-led coalition forces killed Turki al-Bin’ali, a top cleric of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), in an airstrike last month, the coalition said Tuesday.

The coalition said in a statement that the cleric and self-proclaimed “Grand Mufti” was killed in an airstrike on May 31 in Mayadeen, Syria.

Al-Bin’ali played a prolific role in recruiting terrorist fighters and inciting terror attacks around the world, U.S. officials said. He has acted as the chief cleric of ISIS since 2014 and was a close confidant to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the statement said.

“His recruiting efforts for the terror group also included multiple recorded lectures attempting to justify and encouraging the slaughter of innocents,” the statement said.

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Duterte begs forgiveness, pledges to rebuild ISIS-infested Philippines city – CNN

“I had no choice. They are destroying Marawi. I have to drive them out. But I am very sorry,” Duterte said. He was speaking at a makeshift evacuation center for hundreds of residents of the northern Mindanao city who have been forced to flee their homes.

“I will rebuild Marawi,” he promised.

The battle has resulted in numerous deaths and triggered a humanitarian crisis in the country. According to the Philippines government, more than 330,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.

The majority have found shelter with friends and family, but more than 16,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) are crowded into evacuation centers, where government agencies are trying to provide basic necessities.

One temporary resident at the camp, 70-year-old Gute Umpa, said he didn’t know when they would be able to return to their homes — and if they would still be standing when they did.

“I’m afraid our homes and properties have been turned to ashes and nothing can be retrieved or reused,” he said.

“It’s appalling that they would strike during Ramadan. Because of what happened, we cannot celebrate Eid.”

Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, former mayor of Marawi, Moro National Liberation Front leader and current chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority, gave a fiery speech ahead of Duterte’s address in Iligan, a city about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Marawi.

“Your government, the president of Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte did not declare war against the good people of Marawi,” he told the crowd of invited guests and IDPs. “He didn’t burn your own homes.”

The coalition of Mindanao-based militants have held territory in the Muslim-majority Philippines city for over a month, and Alonto warned against their message.

“They will come to you with beautiful language, they will even read the Koran to you… but don’t touch them because they are the dogs of hell,” he said.

Only a handful of residents remain, he said, and large areas of Marawi, especially the downtown commercial district, are “devastated” by the government bombardments.

Military casualties continue to mount, despite daily bombardment of areas controlled by insurgents in the city.

As of June 17, 56 government troops have been killed in action.

Lt. Colonel Jonna Dalaguit, the head doctor at a military hospital in the region, told CNN her facility had treated more than 340 wounded troops throughout the fighting.

Philippines soldiers have been mired in grinding urban warfare with ISIS-aligned fighters ever since a surprise attack on Marawi on May 23 — the first instance of disparate, ISIS-aligned Filipino groups banding together and holding territory.

Militants stormed the city, clashing with government troops and prompting Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao. The siege unfolded as Muslims worldwide began to mark the holy month of Ramadan. While the Philippines is predominantly Catholic, Mindanao has a sizable Muslim population.

The attack was endorsed by ISIS, whose media wing, Amaq Agency, put out a statement announcing that “fighters of the Islamic State launch a wide-scale offensive on positions of Philippine troops in the city of Marawi.”

Philippines Armed Forces operations continue but have not been able to yet dislodge a core group of militants, led by Isnilon Hapilon, the leader of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, who was declared the emir of Southeast Asia by ISIS’ leader, Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi.

The military claims to have killed at least 242 militants, but say the fighters continue to hold on to at least four neighborhoods in the heart of the city.

As the fighting wears on, deadline after deadline set by the Philippines government for the end of the conflict has been missed, including a pledge to finish the fighting by June 12, the country’s Independence Day.

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ISIS Setting Up Support Networks to Move Terrorists to Europe, Asia – Washington Free Beacon

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BY: Bill Gertz June 21, 2017 5:00 am

The Islamic State is setting up networks to support the systematic movement of terrorists from the Middle East to Europe and Asia, according to U.S. defense officials.

“ISIS has several facilitators in place that assist the flow of fighters to Europe,” said one official who noted the group is exploiting travel networks used for large-scale human trafficking in the region.The networks include an organizational structure that has been discovered by U.S. and allied intelligence agencies to be using specific groups to help terrorists reach European soil.ISIS has assigned support personnel to the networks to facilitate the process.

No specific numbers were provided by the officials on ISIS fighters moving from strongholds in Syria and Iraq to Europe and Asia.

Many of the fighters, however, are returning nationals who joined ISIS several years ago where they received training and experience during Middle East conflicts. The fighters are regarded as hardened jihadists who will seek to infiltrate society and prepare for future attacks.

A second official said the use of human trafficking networks and refugees by ISIS has increased the danger that similar tactics will be used by the group to send fighters into the United States.

“Refugees from the Middle East could be exploited by ISIS to target the United States,” this official said.

The Trump administration is currently battling U.S. courts over President Trump’s executive order restricting travelers from entering the United States from six majority Muslim nations.

“There is always a possibility thata foreign fighter from a visa waiver country that has not been detected could return home to fly to the U.S. and conduct an attack,” the first official said.

“Our foreign fighter databases are good and information sharing is constantly improving but this scenario is plausible,” the official said. “Let’s not forget we have plenty of U.S. citizens that went to the so-called caliphate and the caliphate has over 100 nationalities on its bench.”

The threat was highlighted in BrusselsTuesday, where military security guards shot and killed a suspected terrorist who set off a small explosive device at a train station.

ISIS fighters also are moving in increasing numbers to Asia butit does not appear that ISIS is shifting its focus to Asia, the officials said.

“ISIS’s business model is to set up affiliates around the world they can leverage for worldwide attacks,” the first official said. “I think instead of shifting I would say attempting to expand with varying results.”

Asked about the overall ISIS threat to the United States and Europe, the officials said vehicle ramming attacks are increasing.

“The new tactic of renting or stealing large vehicles to ram in to crowded areas and ISIS’ own endorsement of these tactics present daunting challenges to intelligence and law enforcement officials,” the first official said. “We must work together to mitigate evolving threats.”

A report by the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council noted that in the past six months, Islamic terrorists have conducted seven attacks in Germany, France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, causing more than 50 deaths.

The danger is increasing, according to the June 7 report.

“The elevated Islamic extremist terrorist threat in Western Europe is expected to persist in 2017,” the report said.

“Some authorities assess that as ISIS continues to lose ground in Iraq and Syria, the group will focus on conducting attacks against the West in an attempt to maintain legitimacy among supporters,” the report added. “Operations and plotting may increase during times the group may consider symbolic or more permissive, such as holidays and busy travel months.”

The report said authorities in Europe have prevented a number of attacks since the beginning of the year. “The frequency and reach of terrorist activity affirms that the threat persists throughout the region,” it states.

The Islamic terror group is facing intense pressure from intelligence and law enforcement forces, according to the two officials with access to intelligence reports of the activities.

“The southeastern European region has been the gateway to Europe for foreign fighters wishing to travel west,” the first official said, adding that U.S. and allied nations are working hard to disrupt the logistics and support networks.

“This is especially reflected in ISIS’ rhetoric and propagandathey are openly encouraging people to stay home and conduct knife and truck attacks,” the official added.

According to Interpol, over 4,000 human traffickers are operating in Europe and human trafficking within the continent is increasing.

Because of the ease of travel in Europe, “ISIS can leverage affordable modes of transportation to transverse Europe if they have documentation that will pass the scrutiny of border guards,” the official said.

A lack of coordination among European security services and porous borders that require minimal identification has boosted travel by ISIS fighters.

Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of the European Command, said in a speech last April that the battle against terrorism is difficult.

“This fight against terror and violent extremists will not be easy, nor will it be fast,” he said. “It is not a war of choice. It will take resources, determination, and resolve to see the end of terror in Europe.”

The European Command said the ISIS infiltration threat is a concern.

“To the south, we see a much more multi-faceted challenge of ungoverned spaces and unresponsive governments resulting in migrant flows of criminality, terrorism and foreign fighters in and out of these areas,” the command said in a statement.

“We are putting pressure on ISIL in many avenues,” the command said. “This is a long-term effort and not just a short-term challenge that we need to be thinking about. It will take a dedicated effort, not only from the air, but also on the ground to counter transnational threats.”

A key focus of the command is assessing threats to American forces and securing service members, civilians, family members, and facilities.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday that a key Islamic terror leader, Turki al Bin’ali, was killed in an airstrike in Syria May 31.

“Al Binali had a central role in recruiting foreign terrorist fighters and provoking terrorist attacks around the world,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

“As chief cleric to ISIS since 2014, he provided propaganda to incite murder and other atrocities, attempted to legitimize the creation of the caliphate,’ and was a close confidant of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”

A Bahraini national, Bin’ali, 32, also used his propaganda writings and recorded lectures to attempt to “justify and encouraging the slaughter of innocents.”

The terrorist leader was active in recruiting ISIS fighters from Persian Gulf states to join the terror group in Syria. He also was involved in funding operations and giving propaganda lectures in Syria. He also sought to recruit rival al Qaeda terrorist leaders to join ISIS.

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Scores of ISIS jihadists killed in failed offensive in Deir Ezzor – AMN Al-Masdar News (registration)

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5: 20 P.M.) At least 11 Islamic State militants have been killed when the Syrian troops foiled their attempt to infiltrate Army positions in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.

Fierce clashes erupted near Jabiliyah district , Al-Tanmiyah sector and the proximity of cemetery areaas ISIS jihadists attacked the government troops.

Meanwhile, the Syrian and Russian warplanes conducted more than 30 airstrikes, targeting ISIS positions and gatherings in Ayash , Al-Janenah towns , around Silos area on Deir Ez-Zor highway and Al-Hossan town. Up to 20 jihadists were killed and wounded in the airstrikes.

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Elsewhere in the embattled city, the Armys artillery units stationed inside the 137 Regiment base hit jihadists trenches in Al-Huwyqah and Ummal districts, the proximity of Taim Oil Fields and Al-Sannouf hilltop.

In response, the terror group retaliated with indiscriminately shelling the government-controlled parts of the city with mortars, killing 2 civilians and injuring 8 others.

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Record-breaking sniper kills ISIS terrorist with two-mile shot – New York Post

A hero sniper took out an ISIS fanatic with an incredible 11,300-foot shot which is more than 2 miles the longest confirmed kill ever. A member of Canadas Joint Task Force 2 killed the insurgent with a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle during an operation last month in Iraq, according to The Globe and Mail. Sources wouldnt reveal the names of the elite sniper and his spotter or the exact location where the shooting took place for operational reasons. A military source told the Globe and Mail: The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces. Instead of dropping a bomb that could potentially kill civilians in the area, it is a very precise application of force and because it was so far way, the bad guys didnt have a clue what was happening. The source stressed the operation fell within the strictures of Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus governments advise-and-assist mission. The shot took just under 10 seconds to hit the target and was fired from a high-rise location during an operation within the past four weeks. The kill was independently verified by avideo camera and other data, according to the Canadian press. Another military source added: Hard data on this. It isnt an opinion. It isnt an approximation. There is a second location with eyes on with all the right equipment to capture exactly what the shot was. This is an incredible feat. It is a world record that might never be equaled. The world record for longest confirmed kill was previously held by British sniper Craig Harrison, who shot a Taliban soldier with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle from 8,120 feet away in 2009. Previously, Canadian Cpl. Rob Furlong had set the world record in 2002 at 7,972 feet when he gunned down an Afghan insurgent carrying an RPK machine gun during Operation Anaconda. Weeks before that, the record was held by Canadian Master Cpl. Arron Perry, who fatally shot an insurgent from 7,578 feet during the same operation. Canada is not part of the Multi-National Force Iraq, which consists of militaryforces from the US, UK, Australia, Spain and Poland. The skill of the JTF2 sniper in taking down an insurgent at 11,300 feet required math skills, great eyesight, precision ammunition and firearms, and intense training. It is at the distance where you have to account not just for the ballistics of the round, which change over time and distance, you have to adjust for wind, and the wind would be swirling, said a source with expertise in training Canadian special forces. You have to adjust for him firing from a higher location downward and as the round drops you have to account for that. And from that distance you actually have to account for the curvature of the Earth. The operation is reported to have involved about 200 JTF2 elite special forces in northern Iraq, primarily tasked with counter-terrorism, sniper operations and hostage rescue. The Trudeau government has expanded the military commitment in Iraq, committing 207 Canadian special forces trainers in a mission to assist, train and advise. Canadian commandos are not meant to be involved in direct combat. An army source said: Canada has a world-class sniper system. It is not just a sniper. They work in pairs. There is an observer. This is a skill set that only a very few people have. The longest confirmed sniper kill shot by a US soldier was by Sgt. Bryan Kremer when he killed an Iraqi insurgent with his Barrett M82A1 rifle at 7,545 feet in 2004.

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The Morning Brief: Health Care Bill, ISIS in Iraq and World Population – TIME

Pedestrians cross an intersection in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, Japan, on Feb. 16, 2014. Yuriko NakaoBloomberg/Getty Images Updated: 9:27 AM ET | Originally published: 8:48 AM ET Good morning. These are todays top stories: Republican leaders in the Senate today are expected to publicly reveal their proposed health care bill , which is meant to replace the Affordable Care Act. Among other changes, the measure would cut Medicaid and no longer penalize people for not buying insurance, according to the Associated Press. ISIS militants exploded Iraqs ancient and iconic al-Nuri mosque , which is also known as Mosul’s Great Mosque and dates to the 12th century, according to the AP. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the ISIS groups latest destruction “is a formal declaration of their defeat.” The world’s population is on track to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, according to a new United Nations report . There are currently about 7.6 billion people in the world. The forecast also says Indias population is projected to exceed Chinas in less than a decade. Also: At least 29 people were killed in a suicide car bombing outside a bank in Afghanistan . The stabbing of a police officer at an airport in Flint , Mich., is being investigated as terrorism . An Indiana waterpark has shut down after children suffered chemical burns from chlorine. More than half of teens are having sex, and most use birth control, a new study has found. Step aside, fidget spinner. The ” toothpick crossbow” is now sweeping China. The Morning Brief is published Mondays through Fridays. Email Morning Brief writer Melissa Chan at melissa.chan@time.com .

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ISIS Supporters Likely Targeting Singapore for Attacks, Report Suggests – Newsweek

Supporters of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) have signaled that that group considers Singapore part of its self-defined territory, which means foreign fighters could consider the city state as a greater target analysts have warned. Intelligence analyst Jasminder Singh picked up chatter on social media that singled out countries or territories that ISIS see aspart of its “wilayah” (or province) in the region. Singh also notedin hispaper, published by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies June 15, that ISIS supporters were talking about Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Japan in similar terms. A tourist passes the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort on a hot day in Singapore June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su Daily Emails and Alerts- Get the best of Newsweek delivered to your inbox “For foreign fighters coming into the region, this gives them an idea of what they will be in for, and what the targets are,” Singh told The Straits Times Thursday. Another analyst, Remy Mahzam, associate research fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, told the paperthat fighters unable to reach Syria may nowtargetthe areasdeclared as an ISIS wilayah. Though many fighters from around the world have gone to Syria to join thegroup’s fight to defend its self-declared caliphate in the region, ISIShas previously called on supporters in Europe to carry out attacks in their home countries via its propaganda outlets. Singapore’sMinistry of Home Affairs announced on June 1that the threatlevel in the country is at severe,its highest in recent years. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Officehas warned its citizens that “terrorists are likely to carry out attacks in Singapore.” In the last month authorities have detained two police officers suspectedoftrying to undertake Islamist violence overseas. One, Muhammad Khairul bin Mohamed, 24, was issued with a detention order under the Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows police to hold suspectswithout trial. Earlier in June, police arrested an infant care assistant, Syaikhah Izzah Al Ansari, 22, on allegations that she wasplanning to travel to Syria to marry an ISIS fighter. Singapore is also on high alert after extremistattacks across Southeast Asia. In the Philippines, ISIS-affiliated fighters have taken over the southern city of Marawi, while Indonesian intelligencehave said they believe there are sleeper cells in every region in Indonesia. Malaysia, Singapores neighbor, has also experienced radical violenceISIS were linked toa grenade attack on a nightclub in 2016and concerns about self-radicalized “lone wolves” in nearby will be of concern as they have been in Europe.

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Turkey: US promised to reclaim weapons from Kurds after ISIS fight – CBS News

Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters drive a tank at the eastern entrances to the town of Tal Abyad in the northern countryside of Raqqa, Syria, June 14, 2015, after they took control of nearby Suluk town from ISIS. REUTERS ANKARA, Turkey– Turkish officials said Thursday that U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has written to his Turkish counterpart, reassuring him that arms provided to Syrian Kurdish fighters would be taken back once ISIS militants are ousted from their main stronghold in Syria, the city of Raqqa. Officials said in a statement that Mattis also reassured Defense Minister Fikri Isik that the United States would regularly provide Turkey with a list of arms provided to the fighters while U.S. military advisers in the field would ensure that the arms don’t go outside of the Syria battle zones. Play Video In Syria at least 32 people were reported killed at government security offices in the western city of Homs. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for … Turkish Defense Ministry spokesperson Ertan Omeroglu confirmed the letter and its context to CBS News on Thursday. A U.S. decision to launch an offensive to capture Raqqa in partnership with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces has complicated relations with Ankara, which views the group’s Kurdish fighters as an extension of an insurgent Kurdish terror group operating in Turkey. Ankara fears arms provided to the Kurdish fighters will end up in the hands of the insurgents in Turkey and has threatened to respond to threats. The officials said Mattis told Isik in the letter that 80 percent of the force which would capture Raqqa would be made up of Arabs and that an Arab force would hold the city. If confirmed, Mattis’ statement on the weapons being taken back once the Raqqa fight is over conflict with recent comments made by officials of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS. Play Video Equipped with weapons from the U.S., a militia known as the Badr Brigade is celebrating a recent victory over ISIS. CBS News correspondent Holly … The coalition’s spokesman at the time, Col. John Dorrian, said last month that the weapons supplied to the Kurds would not be reclaimed by the U.S. after the specific missions are completed, but that the U.S. would “carefully monitor” where and how they are used. There have been several credible reports since the U.S.-led military alliance formed to help combat ISIS in Syria and Iraq of American-supplied weaponsfalling into the hands of unallied militias, andeven ISIS itselfin smaller quantities. In some cases, it has been U.S. weapons supplied to Kurdish forces thatended up with Shiite militiamenwho are also battling ISIS, but who have been implicated in the murder and torture of Sunni Muslims in areas reclaimed from ISIS. Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron has said that France is no longer pushing for the departure of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a shift in French policy throughout the Syrian war.Macron said he wants to work more closely with Russia for a solution in Syria and says foreign powers were too focused on Assad as a person. Play Video In a preview of an upcoming “60 Minutes” report, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tells CBS News’ Charlie Rose that he is “open” to a dialogue wi… “For a long time we were blocked on the persona of Bashar Assad,” Macron said in an interview with eight European newspapers published on Thursday. “Bashar is not our enemy, he is the enemy of the Syrian people.” Macron also said that foreign powers “collectively committed an error” in focusing on a military solution in Syria. “The new outlook I have on this issue is that I haven’t stated that Bashar Assad’s departure is a necessary condition for everything. Because no one has shown me a legitimate successor,” he said. Macron’s predecessors were among the most vocal Assad opponents. However, Macron warned France would attack Syria if the government uses chemical weapons. French warplanes are already targeting Islamic State extremists in Syria. 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Video Shows Aid Worker Brave ISIS Gunfire to Rescue Little Girl in Mosul – NBC Bay Area

Dave Eubank, a volunteer aid worker and founder of the Free Burma Rangers, carries a young girl he rescued amid a wave of ISIS sniper fire on June 2, 2017, in Mosul, Iraq. A little girl amid a pile of bodies was rescued by an American aid worker sprinting out from behind a tank in the besieged city of Mosul despite the threat of ISIS sniper fire this month. The moment, captured on video, shows the devastation of Iraq’s struggle to end the ISIS insurgency. The video shows veteran Dave Eubank rush through a cloud of smoke toward the corpses as two other men from his group provide covering fire from behind a tank. Seconds later, he reemerges with the girl scooped in his right arm and passes her off to another volunteer from his group, a Syrian refugee who speaks to the girl in Arabic. “I just prayed to God and told her I’d knew we’d save her,” Eubank said. “I told her in English, as we’re running through the gunfire, ‘If no one will have you, if there’s nowhere out there for you, don’t worry. I’ll adopt you.'” Aid Worker Rescues Mosul Child From ISIS Gunfire The footage captures the harrowing reality that civilians face amid the battle for Mosul, and it’s been shared widely online. One tweet showing the incident has more than 16,000 retweets, and he’s earned praise from Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., among others. Street-by-street fighting has left much of Mosul in northern Iraq crumbling, and ISIS has increasingly been killing civilians as it struggles to maintain control, according to Eubank and the United Nations, whose human rights division found credible reports that it slaughtered at least 204 people over three days including at the gutted Pepsi factory where Eubank’s rescue took place. On Tuesday in the city, ISIS destroyed the iconic mosque where it announced its caliphate in 2014 as Iraqi forces approached, according to the Iraqi government. Eubank, who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and is from Southern California, told NBC that his rescue was part of a coordinated effort on June 2 to save the few people who survived a mass attack. Teenage Girl Emotionally Shattered After Mosul Fighting A crowd of 30 to 40 civilians had been gunned down outside the former Pepsi factory while trying to flee their neighborhood in the northwest part of the city. “We see ISIS shooting people daily, but not in those numbers,” he said. “They’re just sweeping the highway with fire, killing anyone trying to flee, and there were a couple of living people among the dead.” Eubank and his aid organization, the Free Burma Rangers, had been called in by Iraqi forces the day before to provide medical aid to wounded civilians. After hearing from victims that there were still survivors, the group hatched a plan with the U.S. military to rescue them, including the young girl. The video begins just after U.S. forces had dropped smoke canisters in order to conceal Eubank who is wearing only a helmet and bulletproof vest and a team of American and Iraqi soldiers conducting the rescue, he said. Top News: Motorcyclist Rides Through Healthcare Activists Other videos from the rescue that he provided to NBC show Eubank and his team rescuing a young man from the same pile of bodies moments later, then carrying the pair to safety. Eubank said he founded the Free Burma Rangers, which is currently embedded in the Iraqi army’s 9th division, after leaving his army post in order to “serve God in a different way” and “help people, with the freedom to do it.” Besides medics and aid workers, every team includes a videographer to capture and spread news about the atrocities of the war zones where they work. “We video everything: refugees getting fed, people having fun, people getting shot,” Eubank said. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and many of the people I meet say, ‘Please tell the Americans about us, please tell the Americans we need help.'” Intense Fighting in Mosul Over the Weekend He added, “We want people to know the Iraqis are wonderful people and worthy of being helped.” The little girl he rescued was taken to the hospital “terrified, devastated and dehydrated,” Eubank said, and is now in the care of an Iraqi general. Though calls have been put out on social media in search of any surviving relatives, the general is filing adoption papers in the increasingly likely case that no one is found. Published 3 hours ago | Updated 2 hours ago

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US-led coalition airstrikes kill top ISIS cleric – CBS News

35 Photos A member loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria waves a flag in Raqqa, Syria, June 29, 2014. Reuters Last Updated Jun 20, 2017 3:58 PM EDT U.S.-led coalition forces killed Turki al-Bin’ali, a top cleric of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), in an airstrike last month, the coalition said Tuesday. The coalition said in a statement that the cleric and self-proclaimed “Grand Mufti” was killed in an airstrike on May 31 in Mayadeen, Syria. Al-Bin’ali played a prolific role in recruiting terrorist fighters and inciting terror attacks around the world, U.S. officials said. He has acted as the chief cleric of ISIS since 2014 and was a close confidant to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the statement said. “His recruiting efforts for the terror group also included multiple recorded lectures attempting to justify and encouraging the slaughter of innocents,” the statement said. 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Duterte begs forgiveness, pledges to rebuild ISIS-infested Philippines city – CNN

“I had no choice. They are destroying Marawi. I have to drive them out. But I am very sorry,” Duterte said. He was speaking at a makeshift evacuation center for hundreds of residents of the northern Mindanao city who have been forced to flee their homes. “I will rebuild Marawi,” he promised. The battle has resulted in numerous deaths and triggered a humanitarian crisis in the country. According to the Philippines government, more than 330,000 people have been forced to flee their homes. The majority have found shelter with friends and family, but more than 16,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) are crowded into evacuation centers, where government agencies are trying to provide basic necessities. One temporary resident at the camp, 70-year-old Gute Umpa, said he didn’t know when they would be able to return to their homes — and if they would still be standing when they did. “I’m afraid our homes and properties have been turned to ashes and nothing can be retrieved or reused,” he said. “It’s appalling that they would strike during Ramadan. Because of what happened, we cannot celebrate Eid.” Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, former mayor of Marawi, Moro National Liberation Front leader and current chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority, gave a fiery speech ahead of Duterte’s address in Iligan, a city about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Marawi. “Your government, the president of Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte did not declare war against the good people of Marawi,” he told the crowd of invited guests and IDPs. “He didn’t burn your own homes.” The coalition of Mindanao-based militants have held territory in the Muslim-majority Philippines city for over a month, and Alonto warned against their message. “They will come to you with beautiful language, they will even read the Koran to you… but don’t touch them because they are the dogs of hell,” he said. Only a handful of residents remain, he said, and large areas of Marawi, especially the downtown commercial district, are “devastated” by the government bombardments. Military casualties continue to mount, despite daily bombardment of areas controlled by insurgents in the city. As of June 17, 56 government troops have been killed in action. Lt. Colonel Jonna Dalaguit, the head doctor at a military hospital in the region, told CNN her facility had treated more than 340 wounded troops throughout the fighting. Philippines soldiers have been mired in grinding urban warfare with ISIS-aligned fighters ever since a surprise attack on Marawi on May 23 — the first instance of disparate, ISIS-aligned Filipino groups banding together and holding territory. Militants stormed the city, clashing with government troops and prompting Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao. The siege unfolded as Muslims worldwide began to mark the holy month of Ramadan. While the Philippines is predominantly Catholic, Mindanao has a sizable Muslim population. The attack was endorsed by ISIS, whose media wing, Amaq Agency, put out a statement announcing that “fighters of the Islamic State launch a wide-scale offensive on positions of Philippine troops in the city of Marawi.” Philippines Armed Forces operations continue but have not been able to yet dislodge a core group of militants, led by Isnilon Hapilon, the leader of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, who was declared the emir of Southeast Asia by ISIS’ leader, Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi. The military claims to have killed at least 242 militants, but say the fighters continue to hold on to at least four neighborhoods in the heart of the city. As the fighting wears on, deadline after deadline set by the Philippines government for the end of the conflict has been missed, including a pledge to finish the fighting by June 12, the country’s Independence Day.

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ISIS Setting Up Support Networks to Move Terrorists to Europe, Asia – Washington Free Beacon

A member of the Syrian pro-government forces holds an Islamic State (IS) group flag after they entered the village of Dibsiafnan on the western outskirts of the Islamist’s Syrian bastion of Raqqa / Getty Images BY: Bill Gertz June 21, 2017 5:00 am The Islamic State is setting up networks to support the systematic movement of terrorists from the Middle East to Europe and Asia, according to U.S. defense officials. “ISIS has several facilitators in place that assist the flow of fighters to Europe,” said one official who noted the group is exploiting travel networks used for large-scale human trafficking in the region.The networks include an organizational structure that has been discovered by U.S. and allied intelligence agencies to be using specific groups to help terrorists reach European soil.ISIS has assigned support personnel to the networks to facilitate the process. No specific numbers were provided by the officials on ISIS fighters moving from strongholds in Syria and Iraq to Europe and Asia. Many of the fighters, however, are returning nationals who joined ISIS several years ago where they received training and experience during Middle East conflicts. The fighters are regarded as hardened jihadists who will seek to infiltrate society and prepare for future attacks. A second official said the use of human trafficking networks and refugees by ISIS has increased the danger that similar tactics will be used by the group to send fighters into the United States. “Refugees from the Middle East could be exploited by ISIS to target the United States,” this official said. The Trump administration is currently battling U.S. courts over President Trump’s executive order restricting travelers from entering the United States from six majority Muslim nations. “There is always a possibility thata foreign fighter from a visa waiver country that has not been detected could return home to fly to the U.S. and conduct an attack,” the first official said. “Our foreign fighter databases are good and information sharing is constantly improving but this scenario is plausible,” the official said. “Let’s not forget we have plenty of U.S. citizens that went to the so-called caliphate and the caliphate has over 100 nationalities on its bench.” The threat was highlighted in BrusselsTuesday, where military security guards shot and killed a suspected terrorist who set off a small explosive device at a train station. ISIS fighters also are moving in increasing numbers to Asia butit does not appear that ISIS is shifting its focus to Asia, the officials said. “ISIS’s business model is to set up affiliates around the world they can leverage for worldwide attacks,” the first official said. “I think instead of shifting I would say attempting to expand with varying results.” Asked about the overall ISIS threat to the United States and Europe, the officials said vehicle ramming attacks are increasing. “The new tactic of renting or stealing large vehicles to ram in to crowded areas and ISIS’ own endorsement of these tactics present daunting challenges to intelligence and law enforcement officials,” the first official said. “We must work together to mitigate evolving threats.” A report by the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council noted that in the past six months, Islamic terrorists have conducted seven attacks in Germany, France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, causing more than 50 deaths. The danger is increasing, according to the June 7 report. “The elevated Islamic extremist terrorist threat in Western Europe is expected to persist in 2017,” the report said. “Some authorities assess that as ISIS continues to lose ground in Iraq and Syria, the group will focus on conducting attacks against the West in an attempt to maintain legitimacy among supporters,” the report added. “Operations and plotting may increase during times the group may consider symbolic or more permissive, such as holidays and busy travel months.” The report said authorities in Europe have prevented a number of attacks since the beginning of the year. “The frequency and reach of terrorist activity affirms that the threat persists throughout the region,” it states. The Islamic terror group is facing intense pressure from intelligence and law enforcement forces, according to the two officials with access to intelligence reports of the activities. “The southeastern European region has been the gateway to Europe for foreign fighters wishing to travel west,” the first official said, adding that U.S. and allied nations are working hard to disrupt the logistics and support networks. “This is especially reflected in ISIS’ rhetoric and propagandathey are openly encouraging people to stay home and conduct knife and truck attacks,” the official added. According to Interpol, over 4,000 human traffickers are operating in Europe and human trafficking within the continent is increasing. Because of the ease of travel in Europe, “ISIS can leverage affordable modes of transportation to transverse Europe if they have documentation that will pass the scrutiny of border guards,” the official said. A lack of coordination among European security services and porous borders that require minimal identification has boosted travel by ISIS fighters. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of the European Command, said in a speech last April that the battle against terrorism is difficult. “This fight against terror and violent extremists will not be easy, nor will it be fast,” he said. “It is not a war of choice. It will take resources, determination, and resolve to see the end of terror in Europe.” The European Command said the ISIS infiltration threat is a concern. “To the south, we see a much more multi-faceted challenge of ungoverned spaces and unresponsive governments resulting in migrant flows of criminality, terrorism and foreign fighters in and out of these areas,” the command said in a statement. “We are putting pressure on ISIL in many avenues,” the command said. “This is a long-term effort and not just a short-term challenge that we need to be thinking about. It will take a dedicated effort, not only from the air, but also on the ground to counter transnational threats.” A key focus of the command is assessing threats to American forces and securing service members, civilians, family members, and facilities. Meanwhile, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday that a key Islamic terror leader, Turki al Bin’ali, was killed in an airstrike in Syria May 31. “Al Binali had a central role in recruiting foreign terrorist fighters and provoking terrorist attacks around the world,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “As chief cleric to ISIS since 2014, he provided propaganda to incite murder and other atrocities, attempted to legitimize the creation of the caliphate,’ and was a close confidant of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.” A Bahraini national, Bin’ali, 32, also used his propaganda writings and recorded lectures to attempt to “justify and encouraging the slaughter of innocents.” The terrorist leader was active in recruiting ISIS fighters from Persian Gulf states to join the terror group in Syria. He also was involved in funding operations and giving propaganda lectures in Syria. He also sought to recruit rival al Qaeda terrorist leaders to join ISIS.

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Scores of ISIS jihadists killed in failed offensive in Deir Ezzor – AMN Al-Masdar News (registration)

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5: 20 P.M.) At least 11 Islamic State militants have been killed when the Syrian troops foiled their attempt to infiltrate Army positions in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. Fierce clashes erupted near Jabiliyah district , Al-Tanmiyah sector and the proximity of cemetery areaas ISIS jihadists attacked the government troops. Meanwhile, the Syrian and Russian warplanes conducted more than 30 airstrikes, targeting ISIS positions and gatherings in Ayash , Al-Janenah towns , around Silos area on Deir Ez-Zor highway and Al-Hossan town. Up to 20 jihadists were killed and wounded in the airstrikes. Advertisement Elsewhere in the embattled city, the Armys artillery units stationed inside the 137 Regiment base hit jihadists trenches in Al-Huwyqah and Ummal districts, the proximity of Taim Oil Fields and Al-Sannouf hilltop. In response, the terror group retaliated with indiscriminately shelling the government-controlled parts of the city with mortars, killing 2 civilians and injuring 8 others. ALSO READ Ahrar Al-Sham signs four ceasefire deals with Syrian government: sources

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