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IN SHOW OF “LETHAL, OVERWHELMING FORCE” US FLIES TWO B-1B BOMBERS OVER KOREAN PENINSULA

Less than a month after the US flew two B-1B bombers over the Korean Peninsula to show off “US attack capabilities“, the US Air Force did it again on Sunday, when it the flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in “a show of force” on Sunday after Pyongyang’s Friday test of an ICBM that can reach the continental US. The two B-1Bs flew alongside two Japanese F-2 jet fighters within Japanese airspace before conducting an exercise over South Korea with four South Korean F-15 fighters in response to the latest North Korean missile test, as well as the previous July 4 launch of the “Hwansong-14” rocket, the USAF. “In a demonstration of ironclad U.S. commitment to our allies, two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, fly a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, into Japanese airspace and over the Korean Peninsula” the statement by Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs said. “North K…

SUICIDE BOMBER BLEW HIMSELF UP AT HTS-AHRAR AL-SHAM MEETING IN ALEPPO COUNTRYSIDE

FILE IMAGE A suicide bomber attacked a meeting of officials from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS; formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), Ahrar al-Sham and tribal leaders at the HTS headquarters in Najjar village in the southern Aleppo countryside. HTS claimed that ISIS was behind the attack and revealed that 3 of its fighters – who were guards at the headquarters – were killed in the attack. ISIS hasn’t yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Furthermore,Ahrar al-Sham has not confirmed that its representative was at the meeting, as HTS had claimed. However, ISIS is believed to be behind the attack. It has targeted several HTS headquarters in Idlib province in a similar way. The attack on HTS headquarters near Idlib city on July 13 is an example of such actions. Earlier this month HTS claimed it launched a security campaign against ISIS cells in Idlib province, and allegedly arrested several ISIS commanders across the province including Sarakib town. HTS has also execu…

FIRST PHASE OF ARSAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN HEZBOLLAH AND HTS

On Sunday, the Hezbollah media wing in Syria announced a start of the first phase of Arsal agreement between Hezbollah and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) under the auspices of the Lebanese General Security Forces. The stage includes the exchange of prisoners and the exchange of bodies of dead fighters who had been killed in the previous battles in Jorud Arsal. Hezbollah was set to receive 5 bodies of its fighters from HTS, and to handover to HTS 9 bodies of its fighters. The exchange started in Labwa area near the Syrian-Lebanese border. The Islamic Health Authority was set to transport the bodies of HTS fighters, while the Lebanese Red Cross was set to transport the bodies of Hezbollah fighters. However, the exchange was delayed due to some logistical problems. The Hezbollah meda wing in Syria revealed that the Lebanese General Security Forces will release Mayada Alloush and her son as part of the exchange deal. Mayada Alloush had  been arrested by Lebanese security forces after smuggl…