Taliban Killed 11 Afghan Police Officers; Daesh Attacks Russia Forces; Turkey Has Plans for Syria

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Taliban kill 11 Afghan police, torch district headquarters

The Taliban killed at least 11 police officers in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province before burning their headquarters, officials said on Tuesday.

The insurgent group’s attacks in Balkh’s Shortepa district started on Monday evening and carried into early Tuesday. After taking control of the police headquarters in the district in a gun battle, the Taliban set fire to it, said Munir Farhad, spokesman for Balkh’s provincial governor.

Afghan National Defence and Security Forces retook the police headquarters after reinforcements arrived.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group killed 30 police in the district. It posted a video online that it said depicted the police headquarters engulfed in flames, and guns that it had seized.

Afghan police have in recent years born the brunt of Taliban attacks and are one of their primary targets.

Daesh makes resurgence in Syria, captures town, attacks Kurdish and Russia forces

Daesh has conducted manoeuvres to make a resurgence in Syria today by besieging Russian and regime forces, attacking a prominent Kurdish militia and capturing a town in the east of the country, fulfilling recent predictions of the extremist group’s recuperation in the conflict.

Daesh militants attacked a gathering of regime militias and Russian special forces in the ancient town of Palmyra through the use of a booby-trapped car filled with explosives, as well as surrounding a Russian convoy and besieging it. The militant group’s own media outlet named Amaq News Agency then allegedly reported that planes launched heavy shelling on its positions in an attempt to break the siege.

In the Raqqa countryside – home to Daesh’s former capital – the group claimed responsibility for killing and wounding five members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in an attack on the militia’s positions. A Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) vehicle was also reportedly destroyed by an explosive device near the town of Haws.

In what is the most determinative operation undertaken by the group, however, Daesh has captured and taken full control of the town of Al-Sukhna in the eastern countryside of Homs governate following a series of battles and skirmishes with regime militias in the area. According to Amaq News Agency, Daesh originally took control of Al-Sukhna on Sunday before withdrawing under the pressure of Russian air strikes, but retook control of the town today. Twenty regime militia members were allegedly killed during its recapture, and regime forces continue to be pushed out of the town’s surroundings.

Erdogan says Turkey has no choice but go its own way on Syria ‘safe zone’

Turkey has not seen the developments it desires in efforts with the United States to form a “safe zone” in northeastern Syria and has no choice but to go its own path, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Ankara and NATO ally Washington have agreed to establish a zone along 480 km (300 miles) of the Turkish border that Turkey wants to reach 30 km inside Syria. Turkey has repeatedly warned of unilateral military action if the efforts do not meet its expectations, and it set an end-September deadline.

Speaking at the parliament’s opening ceremony in Ankara, Erdogan said Turkey planned to settle 2 million people in the planned “safe zone,” which he said would stretch east from the Euphrates river in Syria to the Iraqi border.

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Source: Reuters, MEMO