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Middle East / North Africa Updates
•REC⁴
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Middle East / North Africa Updates
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Latest map of control Syria - Dec 2017

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Latest map of control Yemen - Jan 2018

Houthi control = Yellow

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ISIS map of activity in Syria and Iraq - Dec 18, 2017

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Taliban and Islamic State map of activity - Aug 2017

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The U.S. Has Pummeled Al Qaeda in Yemen. But the Threat Is Barely Dented


The United States has tripled the number of airstrikes this year against Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen.

Yet the top United States counterterrorism official and other American intelligence analysts concede the campaign has barely dented the terrorist group’s ability to strike United States interests.

The fight against Al Qaeda is a different military campaign in a different part of Yemen than the one helping fuel the humanitarian disaster gripping the country, most visibly in the west.

With no real functioning government in Yemen, the United States does not have the Special Operations forces or C.I.A. presence on the ground that it had before Yemen’s civil war, American counterterrorism officials say, and thus lacks the deeper understanding of the situation there that would give officials confidence about Al Qaeda’s plotting.

Over the past 18 months, however, American-backed Yemeni and Emirati troops have increased a shadow war in the country’s central and southern regions against more than 3,000 members of the Qaeda affiliate and its tribal confederates, driving them into the rugged, mountainous interior.

Since Feb. 28, as part of President Trump’s intensified campaign against terrorists, the United States has conducted nearly 130 airstrikes in Yemen — mostly against Qaeda militants with about 10 against Islamic State fighters.


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/30/world...d=tw-share

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RE: Middle East / North Africa Updates
Charles Lister
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46 minutes ago

#Syria: What a difference a year makes…

Compare Dec 2016 to Dec 2017 - via @OmranDirasat.

Territorial change
- Opposition: -0.6%
- #YPG/#SDF: +9.5%
- #Assad regime: +39.5%
- #ISIS: -48.4%

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US gives nod to Israel targeting of Iranian military chief in Syria


The US has given Israel the green light to assassinate General Qassem Soleimani, commander of an elite Iranian military unit and mastermind behind Tehran's military operations across the Middle East, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Monday.

Al-Jarida quoted an unnamed source in Jerusalem who said that the two allies have made a quiet agreement after deciding that Soleimani is a “threat to the two countries’ interests in the region".

According to the same source, the Americans thwarted an Israeli attempt to kill Soleimani three years ago near Damascus, warning the Iranians about the plan.


http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-all...-991708348

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ISW
‏@TheStudyofWar
38 minutes ago

ISIS returning to guerilla warfare in Syria and Iraq.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/islamic-sta...1514889000

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Liveuamap MiddleEast
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55 seconds ago

Israel-Palestine - Nikki Haley threatens US will cut funding to Palestinian refugee relief fund UNRWA if peace process doesn't move forward.


The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is a relief and human development agency. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.

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RE: Middle East / North Africa Updates
Yes! We need all the rec updated threads to return!
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Rager  Wrote: (01-02-2018 10:26 PM)
Yes! We need all the rec updated threads to return!
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Hah, hah. Thanks my same birthdate buddy. Cheers

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•REC⁴  Wrote: (01-02-2018 10:49 PM)
Rager  Wrote: (01-02-2018 10:26 PM)
Yes! We need all the rec updated threads to return!
Most consistently informative lop poster for years now!
Cheer

Hah, hah. Thanks my same birthdate buddy. Cheers

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Post: #10
RE: Middle East / North Africa Updates
Next phase ....Libya (North Africa region) and Egypt.

Egypt to be next Syria like
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IMF figures- Libya Real GDP growth of 55.1% in 2017

http://www.imf.org/external/datamapper/[email protected]/LBY

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Civilian deaths in 2017

Syria 10,204 (SNHR)

http://sn4hr.org/blog/2018/01/01/50220/

Iraq 3,298 (UN)

http://www.uniraq.org/index.php?option=c...33&lang=en



160 Civilian deaths in Libya in 2017 via UN UNSMIL

https://reliefweb.int/organization/unsmil


Gunfire 62
UXO 33 (unexploded ordinance)
Airstrikes 27
Shelling 16
VBIED 6
Arson 5
Tank exploded 3
Plane crash 2
Unknown 4 (likely Shelling/Gunfire)


158 of 160 deaths accounted for Data via UNSMIL

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Alexandra Gutowski
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2 hours ago

2017 was a record year for US counterterrorism strikes:

-120 strikes in Yemen (but very few details)
-35 strikes in Somalia (more than past decade combined)
-First ISIS strikes in Yem, Somalia
-2.5x more Pakistan strikes vs 2016
-12 CT strikes in Libya

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Daniele Raineri
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2 hours ago

Latest video from Wilayat Sinai of the Islamic State is a declaration of war against Hamas – called "Hamas al murtadda" –> its members are apostates and deserve to die.

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