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Chad: At least 19 Boko Haram Insurgents Killed


Reuters/Stringer // Chadian soldiers stand in front of the body of a man they say was a Boko Haram fighter the Chadian military had killed in a battle on Feb. 26, 2015.Reuters — At least 19 Boko Haram fighters and two Chadian soldiers were killed in combat on Friday after the insurgents attacked a Chadian village on the banks of Lake Chad, a military source said.

"The Islamists fighters attacked early this morning and we returned fire and they were forced to flee back into Nigeria," the source told Reuters by telephone from Komguia, where the fighting took place.

Chadian President Idriss Deby earlier on Friday vowed to crush the insurgents who have killed thousands of people and threat the stability of the region. "Chad will never bend in the face Boko Haram and I promise you that Boko Haram will disappear," he told a group of Muslim clerics.

Iraq: ISIS Car Bomb Kills more than 100 during Eid Celebrations


AP Photo/Karim Kadim // Civilians inspect the aftermath of a suicide car bombing at a busy market in Khan Bani Saad in the Diyala province, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, July 18, 2015.Kashmira Gander (The Independent) — Isis militants claim to have killed at least 100 people, including children, with a car bomb in the Iraqi town of Khan Bani Saad, where people had gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

In one of the deadliest attacks since Isis extremists seized large swathes of the country, several buildings were brought to the ground. A number of people who had gathered together to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan were crushed in the collapse, according to police officers and medics.

Police major Ahmed al-Tamimi described the scene as devastating. “Some people were using vegetable boxes to collect children's body parts,” he said.

Algeria: Al-Qaeda Affiliate Kills 14 Soldiers in Ambush


AFP/File/Farouk Batiche // File picture shows an Algerian military convoy during a search operation.AFP — Al-Qaeda's North African branch said it killed 14 Algerian soldiers in an ambush southwest of the Algerian capital, in what would be the deadliest attack on the army in over a year.

The El Khaber newspaper, citing security sources, reported earlier in the day that troops were killed by a terrorist group on the road to Tifran, a wooded area in the south of Ain Defla province, 140 kilometres (85 miles) from the capital.

The ambush took place on Friday night at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed the attack in an unverified statement posted online late on Saturday night.

Syria: ISIS Bracing Itself for a New Battlefield Challenge


Reuters/Umit Bektas // Turkish Land Forces Commander General Hulusi Aker and other officers gather around an army tank on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 6, 2014.Now Lebanon — ISIS has ramped up its defensive measures in the border town of Jarablus amid reports Turkey was preparing a ground incursion into ISIS-controlled territory in northern Syria. Activist Shazza Khalil, who lives in ISIS held territory, told Al-Souria Net Turkey that the group has dug tunnels around Jarablus along the Turkish border and inside the town.

ISIS members have laid mines all along the border, causing the death of many civilians who tried to cross over in to Turkish held territory illegally, Kahlil added.

She said that ISIS is planning to cover all of the town’s streets with tarpaulins to mislead warplanes. According to the activist, ISIS has tried to reassure locals: “several days ago the group organized a military parade on Al-Saraya Street, one of the main streets in Jarablus, to show the extent of its military strength.”

Russia: Kremlin Unable to Mass Produce Armata Tank


Ivan Sekretarev/AP // New Russian Armata tank is driven during the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square, Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 9, 2015.Jeremy Bender (Business Insider) — On May 9, Russia unveiled its new third-generation Armata tank during its Victory Day parade in Moscow. The Kremlin hopes the Armata will revolutionize Russia's ground-based military capabilities. The Armata features considerable upgrades in armor, engine, and armaments compared to previous Russian and Soviet tank models.

But the tank has one major downside: The Armata is vastly over-budget. It's just too expensive to ever become the workhorse of the Russian armored corps.

Moscow will have trouble procuring as many of the tanks as it had previously envisioned — especially with the current economic troubles that Russia is facing thanks to US and EU sanctions imposed in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.

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