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The Lebanese Army killed a Daesh (ISIS) emir (or prince) and arrested another 10 terrorists during a stealth operation in Arsal, Lebanon according to the Daily Star. The Lebanese Army confirmed the operation which killed Hasan al-Mallees, a Syrian Daesh emir who had taken part in the 2014 clashes with the Lebanese Army in Arsal.

The army also ID’ed the ten “dangerous terrorists” as Syrians Syrians Fawzi al-Sahli, Alaaeddine Al-Halabi, Ahmad Miman, Abdullah Hesian and Mohammad al-Sahli. And Lebanese Wael al-Fleiti, Hussein al-Fleiti, Amin Hmayyed, and Mahmoud al-Fleiti.

Nine soldiers have been held captive since militants belonging to Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – formerly the Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front – briefly overran the northeast border town of Arsal in August 2014.

More than 30 soldiers and policemen were initially captured but most were released. Some were killed in captivity, however, and nine army personnel are still being held by Daesh. the961.com
The leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday he could suspend British involvement in air strikes against Syria if he was elected prime minister at a June 8 election.

The veteran peace campaigner, whose Labour Party is around 20 points behind the ruling Conservatives in opinion polls, set out his position on a range of security and foreign policies, saying he would look again at Britain's nuclear deterrent and was against using nuclear weapons.

His comments were pounced upon by the Conservatives, who said that Corbyn posed a threat to British security and was the best reason "for sticking with the strong leadership of (Prime Minister) Theresa May".

Corbyn told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that he believed that "the only solution in Syria is going to be a political one".

"I want us to say 'Listen, let's get people around the table quickly' and a way of achieving that - suspending the strikes, possibly."

The leftist leader, whose views on foreign policy have often been at odds with those held by other lawmakers in his party, also said he would have to consider whether he would authorise a drone strike against the leader of Islamic State to limit civilian casualties.

May, who said she had called the early election to shore up support for her divorce plan with the European Union and heal divisions in the country, looks set to win a large majority, with some polls putting support for her party at 50 percent. reuters.com
Just over a week after the U.S military galvanized headlines by dropping its largest non-nuclear bomb to destroy tunnels created by ISIS’s branch in Afghanistan, the country experienced the deadliest attack on its military since the sixteen-year conflict began.

An estimated ten Taliban insurgents on Friday made their way through multiple checkpoints dressed in military attire, flashing what appeared to be authentic identification cards, to launch an attack at the mosque at the 209 Shaheen Army Corps’ base following morning prayers. Three of the attackers detonated suicide vests while others reportedly opened fire and threw grenades, slaughtering at least 135 Army soldiers – with officials fearing the number could climb as high as 200.

“Today, there was a shortage of coffins,” Balkh Province council member Ibrahim Khairandish declared in the aftermath of the incursion. foxnews.com
Israeli police have moved to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife on allegations of corruption, Israeli broadcaster Channel 10 revealed on Friday.

The Israeli channel said that the indictment is related to the case referred to by the media as the prime minister’s real estate on which Sara Netanyahu was investigated over her alleged use of state funds for private spending.

According to Channel 10, Quds Press said that the police recommendation came in the wake of completing the investigations into Netanyahu’s real estate case, noting that Jerusalem District Prosecutor Nurit Litman had decided that Sara should be brought before the courts. middleeastmonitor.com
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri urged the UN Friday to help his country reach a permanent ceasefire with Israel, Reuters reported.

“I urge the UN secretary-general to support efforts to secure, as soon as possible, a state of permanent ceasefire. This is long overdue and my government is committed to move this agenda forward,” Hariri said.

Hariri made the comments during a visit to south Lebanon, a day after Hezbollah organized a tour for journalists along the Lebanon-Israel border.

The Lebanese leader criticized the media tour organized by Hezbollah during which armed gunmen from the group appeared in a UN-created border buffer zone meant to be free of Hezbollah presence, calling it “unacceptable in our opinion.”

The Hezbollah tour, intended to show journalists defensive measures taken by Israel along the border in the past year, was also criticized by other opponents of the Iranian-backed group as a provocation and a violation of a 2006 UN Security Council resolution that created the buffer zone.

A local Islamic State leader was killed on Saturday during a dawn raid by the Lebanese army in which troops arrested 10 suspected militants who had entered a northeastern border town from Syria, the army said.

No soldiers were reported wounded or killed in the operation in Arsal, which militants briefly overran in 2014 in a battle that killed dozens and marked one of the most serious spillovers of the six-year Syrian conflict into Lebanon. 

"An army unit carried out a swift raid at dawn today in Arsal, resulting in the arrest of 10 dangerous terrorists who had previously infiltrated," the army statement said. The army says it regularly stages operations targeting Islamic State and former al Qaeda-linked militants in the mountainous border region. The local militant leader killed in Saturday's raid was involved in attacking military positions and kidnapping soldiers during the fighting in Arsal three years ago, it said.

A military source said the alleged Islamic State leader had also ordered the killing of Lebanese soldiers while the other 10 suspects were arrested on charges of smuggling weapons. reuters.com
The United States has announced that a secret military ground operation killed an Islamic State operative seen as a close associate of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and linked to an attack on a Turkish nightclub that left 39 people dead. 

Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, who was believed to be from Uzbekistan, was killed during the ground assault near Mayadin, Syria, on 6 April, said Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for the US military’s central command.

“It was a ground operation. I think that’s all we’re willing to say about that,” Thomas said, declining further comment. He specified that Uzbeki did not die in an air strike. 

Thomas said Uzbeki helped facilitate the attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve. Isis claimed it carried out the attack, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria. theguardian.com
U.S. Central Command released drone surveillance video today it says shows ISIS fighters forcibly moving civilians into a west Mosul home to be used as human shields.

The video shows the ISIS combatants firing at Iraqi security forces from the home in an apparent attempt to provoke a U.S. airstrike.

The video was taken on March 29 at the height of the Iraqi military’s difficult push to retake the western half of Iraq’s second largest city from ISIS.

"Our Iraqi partners and CJTF have seen the tactic of ISIS intentionally placing civilians in harm's way," said Col. John J. Thomas, U.S. Central Command spokesman, in a statement released Friday. "While the video cannot portray intent, it does show actions, including knowingly establishing firing positions while civilians were present." go.com