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#14581 Colin

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 2135 PM

The Mi-17 is a true testament to an amazing design, I suspect my grandkids will still be seeing them flying. Canada operated polish manned Mi-17 for a bit in Afghanistan.


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Posted Yesterday, 03:50 AM

Baghouz is Gotterdamerung.

 

For all the Russian-American propaganda wars, the end of the Caliphate seems to have gone unnoticed here so far. :D

 

Date 23.03.2019

 

'Islamic State' defeated in Syria: US-backed Syrian forces

 

US-backed Kurdish forces say they have liberated the last enclave held by "Islamic State" militants in eastern Syria. But Germany's foreign minister warned the world not to celebrate too soon.

 

The US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday declared victory against the "Islamic State" (IS), saying they had flushed the jihadists from their last remaining stronghold in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz.

 

The announcement marks the end of the terror group's self-proclaimed caliphate, which at its height in 2014 covered large swathes of Syria and Iraq.

 

Victory in Baghouz

 

SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali announced the victory on Twitter:

  • "Baghouz has been liberated. The military victory against Daesh has been accomplished," he said, referring to IS by its acronym in Arabic.  
  • The SDF declares "total elimination" of the so-called caliphate and "100 percent territorial defeat of ISIS."
  • "On this unique day, we commemorate thousands of martyrs whose efforts made the victory possible."

Celebration and caution

 

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas praised the international anti-IS coalition and "courageous local partners" for defeating the jihadist group, but said IS remained an "underground threat."

 

Prime Minister Theresa May said IS' defeat marked "a historic milestone."

 

French President Emmanuel Macron said France was safer, but warned that "the fight against terrorist groups must continue."

 

US President Donald Trump hailed the end of the IS caliphate, but promised that the US would remain "vigilant" in fighting the group.

 

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https://www.dw.com/e...rces/a-48036014


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#14583 Roman Alymov

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Posted Yesterday, 10:10 AM

 


 

For all the Russian-American propaganda wars, the end of the Caliphate seems to have gone unnoticed here so far. :D

 

 

It is not "the end" as Caliphate is now flourishing in prisons of Europe and basements of Russia where migrant workers rest after their hard working shifts.


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Posted Yesterday, 11:04 AM

I used the term "Caliphate" rather than IS quite carefully. I know an idea is much harder to kill than a (de facto) state. Except when it's squeezed out by a newer, cooler idea like al-Qaeda was by the IS, which attracted all the younger selfmade jihadis. ;)


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