CIA Officer Killed In Combat In Somalia – Report

Donate An officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, was recently killed in combat in Somalia, the New York Times reported on November 25, citing former and current U.S. officials. According to the newspaper, the officials didn’t say if the officer was killed during a counterterrorism raid or as a result of an enemy attack. The officer, whose identity is still classified, was a member of the Special Activities Center, the paramilitary division of the CIA, and a former member of the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6. U.S. forces have been supporting the Somali National Army against al-Shabaab, an affiliate of al-Qaeda, for years now. The forces are carrying out airstrikes, ground assaults and training Somali forces. Al-Shabaab, which is mainly active in the southern part of Somalia, has between 5,000 and 10,000 fighters, according to estimates from the U.S. Africa Command. Click to see full-size image In September, al-Shabaab attacked U.S. and Somali forces in Jana Cabdalle with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device and mortars. A U.S. service member was injured in the attack. Washington is reportedly making plans to withdraw more than 600 troops from Somalia in the near future. President Donald Trump may

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The Price Of Victory: Thousands Flee Ethiopia’s Tigray, As Government Forces Prepare For “Final Assault”

Donate Click to see full-size image On November 26th, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered the Armed Forces to launch a “final offensive” on Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), and the Tigray capital of Mekelle. In a statement posted on social media, Abiy Ahmed said great care would be taken to protect innocent civilians from harm and said efforts would be made by government troops to ensure the city of Mekelle, which has a population of 500,000, was not “severely damaged”. “We call on the people of Mekelle and its environs to disarm, stay at home and stay away from military targets [and] to do their part in reducing damages to be sustained because of a handful of criminal elements,” Ahmed said. Earlier, military officials under the Nobel Prize-winning Prime Minister warned that “no mercy” would be shown if residents of Mekelle did not distance themselves from the TPLF. Debretsion Gebremichael, the leader of the TPLF, said on Tuesday his people were “ready to die” defending their homeland. Officials in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, describe the offensive in Tigray as a “law enforcement operation” aiming to remove “traitorous” rebel leaders and restore central authority.

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In Videos: Russia Test-Launches New Hypersonic, Anti-Satellite Missiles

Donate [embed]https://youtube.com/watch?v=6eWepWaU3X0&feature=oembed[/embed] The Russian Navy’s Admiral Gorshkov frigate fired a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile from the White Sea at a target position located in the Barents Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on November 26. According to the official statement, the Zircon missile successfully hit a sea target at a distance of 450 km. The flight speed of the missile was more than Mach 8. Click to see the full-size image This was the second launch of the Zircon missile by the Admiral Gorshkov. The first test-launch took place in October 2020. [embedded content] Meanwhile, at the Sary-Shagan testing range in Kazakhstan, the Russian Aerospace Forces once again test-launched a missile from its modernized anti-ballistic missile system. According to Lieutenant General Andrey Demin, commander of the 1st Army of Special Air and Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense of the Aerospace Forces, the test“reliably confirmed the missile’s characteristics” and the simulated target was hit. [embed]https://youtube.com/watch?v=1EmD8ClQ6VY&feature=oembed[/embed] the Russian side did not name the missile system but it is believed to be the PRS-1M interceptor missile, which protects Moscow and other strategic sites from incoming enemy missiles. According to reports, the missile can use both nuclear and conventional

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Iranian President Calls On General Assembly Members To Reject US ‘Bullying And Arrogance’

Donate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani In his address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made numerous references to the United States, which he said has only succeeded in embarrassing itself in trying to activate ‘snapback’ sanctions against Iran. Rouhani said that the US “maximum pressure” sanctions jeopardized the health, welfare, sustenance and even the right to life of all Iranians. Nonetheless, the Iranian president said that his country will resist all punitive measures and, if necessary, will fight to protect its independence. “The United States can impose neither negotiations nor war on us. Life is hard under the sanctions. However, harder is life without independence,” he said. “Political freedom at home is important for us. We, as the oldest democracy in the Middle East, are proud of our people determining their destiny, and will not trade domestic freedom with foreign interference.” He emphasized that the Islamic Republic will resist being used as “a bargaining chip in US elections and domestic policy.” Rouhani compared the treatment to African-American citizen George Floyd’s agony under the US police’s brutality, saying, “The valiant people of Iran have been paying the price of its freedom-seeking attitude and liberty

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The South African Beast: Denel’s AH-2 Rooivalk Attack Helicopter

Donate DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK: PayPal: southfront@list.ru, http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront,  BTC: 3Gbs4rjcVUtQd8p3CiFUCxPLZwRqurezRZ,  BCH ABC: qpf2cphc5dkuclkqur7lhj2yuqq9pk3hmukle77vhq,  ETH: 0x9f4cda013e354b8fc285bf4b9a60460cee7f7ea9 Click to see full-size image The Denel (then Atlas) AH-2 Rooivalk attack helicopter is a project indigenous to South Africa, and is one of the most successful combat helicopters available. At the time of its development, the Rooivalk was heralded as one of the top performers in existence and even widely regarded to become the best attack helicopter ever made. The project was a result of South Africa’s need to field a capable attack helicopter. South Africa has shown a great capacity to develop their own weapon systems due to an international arms embargo that was in effect during the 1970s and -80s. The company Atlas (before renaming to Denel) had two models prior to the AH-2 Rooivalk attack helicopter. The XH-1 was based highly on the French-made Aerospatiale Alouette III system, though hardly a dedicated attack helicopter platform and still utilizing 1960’s technology. The second model came in the form of two converted XTP-1 Beta gunships in the form of Aerospatiale SA 330 Pumas, and they were simply test beds. Building upon information gained from

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Military Situation In Yemen On August 30, 2020 (Map Update)

Donate Click to see the full-size image A brief overview of the recent developments in Yemen: Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the Maheliyah district; Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the Majzar district; Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted airstrikes on the Hazm district; Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted airstrikes on the Wald Rabi’ district; The Liaison and Coordination Officers’ Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 65 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah over the past 24 hours; Clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces continue in the Madghal area. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate

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Militants’ Fire Killed, Injured Four Syrian Soldiers In Greater Idlib

Donate On August 30, a service member of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was killed and three others were injured in a new attack by Greater Idlib militants. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the militants targeted the service members’ position, which is located the outskirt of the town of al-Dana in southern Idlib, with heavy machine guns in the early morning. Click to see full-size map. Source: (@Suriyakmaps) on Twitter, Via Google Maps – TerraMetrics The SAA responded to the attack a few hours later by shelling militants’ positions in the towns of Fatterah, Kansafra and Sufuhon in the al-Zawiya Mount. The al-Fateh al-Mubeen Operations Room was behind most of the recent attacks on SAA troops in Greater Idlib. The room is led by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and includes Turkish-backed groups and al-Qaeda factions. The SAA, has so far, limited its response to the militants’ repeated violations of the March 5 ceasefire agreement to artillery and rocket strikes. This may change soon. The increasing attacks by militants and Turkey’s failure to contain their threat could soon force the SAA and its allies to launch a new operation in Greater Idlib. According to recent reports,

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Tensions Flare Between Gaza And Israel As Incendiary Balloons Make A Return

Donate Click to see full-size image A flare-up in exchanges has been going on between Israel and Gaza beginning from August 21st. It all began on August 21st, when there was an attempt to fire a rocket into Israel from Gaza, according to the IDF, but it was successfully intercepted by the Iron Dome. 1 rocket was just fired into #Israel from #Gaza. The Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepted the rocket in mid-air. — Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 21, 2020 In response, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tanks targeted Hamas positions in Gaza, since Israel holds Hamas accountable for any attack originating from Gaza. Terrorists in #Gaza fired one rocket into #Israel last night. In response, our tanks targeted Hamas military posts in Gaza. We won’t let Hamas terrorize Israeli civilians. — Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 22, 2020 Another attempt to launch a rocket took place on August 22nd. No response was reported. August 24th marked the return of the incendiary balloons being released across the border fence. Explosive balloons were launched from #Gaza into #Israel throughout the day. In response, we just struck military posts and underground infrastructure belonging to

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Syrian Army Shelled Militant Positions In Southern Idlib With ‘Heavy Rockets’

Donate On August 27, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled militants’ positions in the southwestern Idlib countryside with heavy rockets. According to opposition activists, the rocket strikes targeted positions in the outskirt of the town of al-Almaouzrah. Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other terrorist groups are known to be active near the town. The strikes were likely carried out with BM-27 Uragan or BM-30 Smerch heavy rocket launchers. The BM-27 has a range of 37 km, while the BM-30 can hit targets 90 km away. Both systems can launch a variety of rockets, some armed with anti-tank munitions. Click to see full-size map. Source: (@Suriyakmaps) on Twitter, Via Google Maps – TerraMetrics The rocket strikes were likely a response to recent provocations by Greater Idlib militants. A day earlier, the militants shelled civilian areas in northeast Hama. An army post in southern Idlib was also targeted. The al-Fateh al-Mubeen Operations Room, which is led by HTS, is responsible for all the recent attacks on SAA troops in Greater Idlib. Some of al-Fateh al-Mubeen factions, including the National Front for Liberation, are receiving direct military support from Turkey. Ankara is apparently using the militants to deter the SAA

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Syria: Ten People Killed, Injured In New Ras Al-Ain Blast (Video)

Donate On August 27 morning, a booby-trapped motorcycle exploded in the northeastern Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, which is occupied by Turkish forces. The booby-trapped motorcycle was reportedly parked near a shop in the al-Bared roundabout in Ras al-Ain’s town center. According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the explosion killed two people. At least eight others were injured, some of them are reportedly in a critical condition. [embedded content] In the last two weeks, Ras al-Ain witnessed a series of protests and clashes. A Turkish decision to appoint a militant of the al-Hamza Division as the director of the town’s border crossing provocked the locals. Kurdish forces are usually accused of orchestrating such attacks in Turkish-occupied areas in north and northeast Syria. Nevertheless, the recent crisis in Ras al-Ain suggests that the al-Hamza Division may be responsible. Turkish-backed militants have been wreaking havoc in Ras al-Ain since capturing it from Kurdish forces in October of 2019. The new explosion in Ras al-Ain will likely lead to a backlash against Turkey and its proxies, who are doing nothing to secure the town and its people. MORE ON THIS TOPIC: Donate

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In Photos: Taliban Held Military Parades In Ghazni, Logar And Laghman Provinces

Donate In August, the Taliban held military parades in the Afghan provinces of Ghazni, Logar and Laghman. The military parades were held amid the continued implementation of the US-Taliban peace deal by the US-controlled Kabul government. Under the deal, Kabul has released about 5,000 Taliban members so far. The release of Taliban members comes amid the further expansion of the group across Afghanistan and is set to pave the way for intra-Afghan talks, as well as the continuation of the withdrawal of US troops from the country. Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image

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Military Situation In Yemen On August 24, 2020 (Map Update, Videos)

Donate Click to see the full-size image A brief overview of the recent developments in Yemen: Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 14 airstrikes on Khab and Shaaf areas; Saudi-led coalition warplanes targeted Kahlan base east of the city of Saadah; Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Sarwah district; The Liaison and Coordination Officers’ Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 107 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah over the past 24 hours. The Houthi (Ansar Allah) media wing released fresh videos from the ground showing preparations of Houthi forces for further operations against the Saudi-led coalition as well as anti-ISIS/al-Qaeda operations in the province of al-Badiya. [embedded content] Weapons and IEDs seized from ISIS and al-Qaeda cells in Al-Badiya: [embedded content] MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate

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Poll Shows Only 2% Of Russians Trust Authorities

Donate Alexey Druzginin / Anton Denisov / Russian Presidential Press Office / Sputnik An internet poll organized by a prominent independent Russian journalist, Andrey Karaulov, has demonstrated that only 2% of Russians trust authorities. The total number of people that participated in the poll is 2,244,147. It is important to note that the held poll demonstrated the attitude of people towards the current governance system, not President Vladimir Putin. [embedded content] The trust level of Putin among the Russian population is always higher than the level of trust to authorities in general. According to the Russian Public Opinion Research Center, Putin’s trust level in March 2020, amid the developing global economic and coronavirus crises, was 28.3%. The impact of the global economic decline, harsh restrictions imposed in large Russian cities, first of all Moscow, due to the spread of COVID-19 and their impact on the social and economic life of the country are among the main reasons of dissatisfaction of citizens with actions of authorities. Even now, when the situation with the spread of coronavirus in Russia is reportedly comparable with the spread of seasonal flu in recent years and a large part of restrictions imposed by the

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Military Situation In Syria On July 23, 2020 (Map Update)

Donate Click to see the full-size image A brief overview of the recent developments in Syria: Syrian Arab Army (SAA) artillery shelled militant positions near the villages of Ziyarah and Mansurah in the Ghab Plain; SAA artillery shelled militant positions near the villages of Barah and Kanasfara in Southern Idlib; The Turkish Army and the Russian Military Police conducted the 22nd joint patrol along the M4 highway from the town of Tronba in southern Idlib to the town of Ain Hawr in northern Lattakia; Armored vehicle of the Syrian General Intelligence Directorate was hit by an IED in the northern Daraa countryside; Clashes between two units of the Turkish-backed al-Sharqiyah Army took place in the  city of Afrin in northern Aleppo. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate

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Police Clear Out Seattle’s Autonomous Zone, After Protesters Reached Mayor’s House

Donate Click to see full-size image On July 1st, Seattle police stepped in and cleared the “Capital Hill Autonomous Zone”

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