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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ISIS update 6/14/2017...SAA and Hezbollah connect with Iraqi army

Popular Mobilization Units Operations In Areas Near Syrian-Iraqi Border



Iraqi security forces retake five villages east of Mosul from ISIS



Syrian-Iraqi border: SAA+Hezbollah connect Iraqi army.




SAA+VKS+HEZ continues to take control of the Syrian-Iraqi border.




Syria: SAA and Hezbollah set up bases near Iraqi border



Badia: continues SAA+VKS offensive in desert area | 14.06.2017








The Syrian Arab Army and its Allies, (National Defense Forces, Liwaa al-Quds and other Pro-Government units),backed by Russian Air Force, broke Isis defense lines in countryside of Palmyra, and fully liberated the strategic Town of Arak in the Southeastern countryside of Palmyra, Arak GAS-field, and T-3 Pumping Station... Led by the 5th Corps and 11th Tank-Division, the Syrian Army resumed their field operations,in Southeastern countryside targeting and liberated the Bir Al-Badiya area near the T-3 Pumping Station(The liberation of Bir Al-Badiya is apart of wider government forces effort aimed at liberation of the T-3 Airbase from Isis.



The T-3 Airbase is located Northeastern of Bir Al-Badiya, and Douth of Arak Town and the nearby Arak field),and North of Arak targeting the Isis last positions at the Mustadirah Mountains... By the late afternoon hours on Tuesday, the Syrian Army had entered Arak and were steadily progressing through the Town despite heavy Resistance from the Isis... Arak was declared Terrorist-Free earlier this morning, following the entrance of the Syrian Arab Army sappers team to clear the Town of all the mines and IED's... With Arak liberated,the Syrian Arab Army will now shift their attention to Sukhnah, which is the last major Town under the so-called Islamic State control...



The video footage shows the Syrian Arab Army and its Allies advancing towards the T-3 Pumping Station,during their field operations... However, Isis forces deployed at the Huwaisis village,North of the T-Tayyas Airbase, still pose a threat to supply line of any Government force, that may advance on Sukhnah...









June 14, 2017: Govt Forces Break ISIS Defense Lines In Raqqah And Homs Provinces




Raqqa: continues SAA+VKS offensive in western part of province | 14.06.2017




YPJ fighters going to frontline in Raqqa operation





US-led Coalition Acknowledges Use of White Phosphorus In Mosul Amid Mounting Criticism

https://www.infowars.com/us-led-coalition-acknowledges-use-of-white-phosphorus-in-mosul-amid-mounting-criticism/





A New Zealand general has confirmed that the US-led coalition fighting in Mosul has used munitions loaded with white phosphorus. It comes amid mounting criticism over the use of the multipurpose weapon, which can be extremely dangerous to civilians.

Over the past few weeks an increasing number of claims have pointed to the use of white phosphorus munitions by the US-led coalition in Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria – the two strongholds of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The use of the weapons in Mosul was confirmed by New Zealand’s Brig. Gen. Hugh McAslan.

“We have utilized white phosphorous to screen areas within west Mosul to get civilians out safely,” he told the US broadcaster NRP, in what appears to be the first confirmation of its kind. Previously the coalition reported using white phosphorous munitions in rural areas of Iraq, but not in densely populated cities.

The confirmation comes as Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticized the coalition on Wednesday for deploying the controversial type of munitions in the fight against IS. “No matter how white phosphorus is used, it poses a high risk of horrific and long-lasting harm in crowded cities like Raqqa and Mosul and any other areas with concentrations of civilians,” said Steve Goose, arms director at HRW. “US-led forces should take all feasible precautions to minimize civilian harm when using white phosphorus in Iraq and Syria.”

White phosphorus burns when it comes into contact with oxygen, producing high-temperature heat and characteristic white smoke. Munitions with the chemical can be used as incendiary weapons, to lay down smoke screens or as signals. While deploying incendiary weapons against residential areas is banned under Protocol III of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW), the two other uses are not, which allows some nations, including the US, to keep such munitions in their arsenal.

Rights groups are critical of using such a loophole, saying that white phosphorus remains very dangerous even when not deliberately used to start fires. Submunitions can ignite days after deployment and remain a hazard for a city. Injuries caused by the chemical can burn to the bone and are prone to reigniting, if a piece of the phosphorous remaining in the wound is exposed to air when a dressing is changed. “Horrific civilian harm from previous use of white phosphorus has generated public outrage and this latest use of white phosphorus underscores the urgent need for states to strengthen international law relating to incendiary weapons,” HRW’s Goose said.

Earlier, footage of several alleged instances of the use of white phosphorous munitions in Mosul and Raqqa was published online. One incident appears to have happened on June 8 in the Syrian city, days after the US-supported SDF militia announced that it had begun a siege of the IS stronghold. There were subsequent reports of the use of such munitions on the next day. There is also footage of what appears to be white phosphorus deployed by artillery, reportedly shot in western Mosul on June 3. The Iraqi Security Forces later stated that the deployment was meant to provide cover for civilians trying to flee the IS-held part of the city.







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