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Date: Nov 25, 2018

Russian warplanes attacked rebel-held areas in northern Syria for the first time in weeks on Sunday, as Syrian officials said more than 100 people were treated at hospitals for what they allege was a poison gas attack by rebels in the northern city of Aleppo.

Russian military spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters in Moscow that Russian warplanes destroyed militant positions in northern Syria blaming them for the attack with poison gas on Aleppo.

The latest wave of shelling and airstrikes in northern Syria is the most serious violation of a truce reached by Russia and Turkey that brought relative calm to the country’s north for the past two months. The rebels, who have denied carrying out any chemical attacks, accused the government of trying to undermine the cease-fire.

Read more: Time

US-backed fighters in eastern Syria launched a counterattack against the Islamic State yesterday. The operation came in response to a coordinated assault by the jihadists near Deir Ezzor on Nov. 23. 

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said in an announcement that coalition forces are “employing combined fires, including indirect fire and close air support” for their “Syrian Democratic Force partners, in order to contain ISIS in the last remaining territory they currently hold.” 

In addition, Iraqi Security Forces are working to prevent the jihadists from fleeing across the border.

The battle is taking place in the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV), which is one of the so-called caliphate’s last major strongholds. However, despite losing almost all of the territory it once controlled, the Islamic State continues to operate a prolific insurgency in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. 

The Islamic State consistently refers to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as the PKK, or Kurdistan Worker’s Party, a US-designated terrorist organization. Indeed, the Kurdish YPG (or People’s Defense Units), a large contingent within the SDF, is affiliated with the PKK.

Separately, the Islamic State’s media team released a video threatening SDF/PKK members and their families on Nov. 24. The nearly seven-minute long video contains grisly footage of Kurdish fighters being captured and then beheaded. Additional footage, disseminated by Amaq on Nov. 25, purportedly shows eight captured SDF fighters. 

The SDF published its own statement on the fighting, claiming on Nov. 23 that “27 terrorists” were killed, while two car bombs and a small “reconnaissance aircraft” were intercepted and destroyed. Other small arms were reportedly captured as well. 

Read more: Long War Journal


 

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for suicide attack at an open-air food market that killed at least 35 people in northwestern Pakistan.

The IS-linked Aamaq news agency says Friday's attack targeted "apostate Shiites" in the Orakzai region near the Afghan border.

Sunni extremists have repeatedly targeted Shiites on both sides of the border in recent years. IS has claimed several attacks in Pakistan, where authorities deny it has an organized presence.

News source: ABC News
 

The United States Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Saturday it had received  "credible and specific" information regarding a possible terrorist threat against U.S. government facilities in country's capital city. The security alert from the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa did not offer details but urged U.S. citizens to keep a low profile. 

The embassy asked Americans living throughout the country to "maintain a heightened level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness." 

According to the State Department, security in parts of the country "remains unstable due to the activities of rebel and other armed groups and ongoing military operations." 

The U.S. has maintained diplomatic relations with the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1960, following its independence from Belgium. 

The threat was announced a day after Congo's two leading opposition parties announced they are joining forces for a run at the presidency.  

News source: CBS News