"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)



Saturday, September 03, 2016

Turkey-Backed Rebels Clear Syria Border Villages of IS- Naharnet

Syrian rebels supported by Turkish and coalition air strikes pushed further west into areas held by Islamic State in northern Syria as Ankara and its allies step up a campaign to rout the jihadists from the border area.
Turkish strikes destroyed three buildings used by IS around the villages of Kunduriyah and Arab Izzah, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of the border town of Jarabulus, the army said in a statement.
The pro-Ankara rebels took Jarabulus from IS last week on the first day of an unprecedented Turkish offensive aimed both at IS and a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia that had been leading the fight against the jihadists.
In the last few days the rebels have been moving quickly to clear the jihadists from the last stretch of the border under their control, backed by Turkish artillery and Turkish and coalition air strikes.
The army said the area around Kunduriyah was now controlled by the opposition rebels. 
An AFP photographer at the border said Turkish-led forces were undertaking operations near the town of Al-Rai, about 20 kilometers further west.