Troops Arrest Suspected Gunrunner In Kaduna, Recover Six Rifles

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Troops of the Nigerian Army attached to Operation Thunder Strike have arrested a suspected gun runner, one Alhaji Shehu in Kaduna State.

The Deputy Director of Army Public Relations in One Division, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to him, the suspect is believed to be a supplier of arms and other dangerous weapons to bandits in Chikun local government area of the state.

Colonel Idimah explained that the troops acting on reliable information trailed the suspect to his residence on Saturday at Sabogaya village in Chikun LGA.

He added that a search was conducted and six AK 47 rifles were recovered from the suspect’s house.

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The Division’s spokesman said the suspect claimed that only one of the weapons belonged to him while the rest were kept by his son, brothers, and in-laws.

He noted that efforts were ongoing to apprehend the other suspects as the troops were already on their trail.

In another development, Idimah revealed that troops also arrested one Kamilu Lawal who was negotiating with a vigilante operative to loan him his rifle.

The suspect, according to him, intends to embark on a kidnap operation and promised to reward the security operative with the sum of N150,000.

The army colonel said the two suspects would be handed over to the police after preliminary interrogation for further investigation and prosecution.

Three US Soldiers Killed In Training Accident

 

Three US soldiers were killed and three others injured in the state of Georgia Sunday in an accident involving the armored combat vehicle they were in, the military said in a statement.

The army provided no details on the nature of the accident, which is under investigation, except to say it occurred during an exercise at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

“Six soldiers were involved, with three pronounced deceased on site, and three more evacuated to Winn Army Community Hospital where they are being treated and evaluated for their injuries,” an army statement said.

Major General Tony Aguto, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, called it a “heartbreaking day.”

The soldiers, who were in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, were from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team.

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US Forces Withdraw From Key Base In Northern Syria

US military vehicles drive on a street in the town of Tal Tamr on October 20, 2019, after pulling out of their base.  Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

 

US forces withdrew from a key base in northern Syria on Sunday, a monitor said, two days before the end of a US-brokered truce to stem a Turkish attack on Kurdish forces in the region.

An AFP correspondent saw more than 70 US armoured vehicles escorted by helicopters drive past the town of Tal Tamr carrying military equipment.

Some flew the American stars-and-stripes flag as they made their way eastwards along a highway crossing the town, he said.

The Syrian Observatory for the Human Rights said the convoy was evacuating the military base of Sarrin.

It appeared to be heading to the town of Hassakeh, further east, said the Britain-based monitor, which relies on sources inside war-torn Syria for its information.

Sarrin “is the largest American military base in the north of the country,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

It is situated on the edges of a planned “safe zone” on the Syrian side of the border that Turkey wants to keep Kurdish forces away from its frontier, he explained.

Sunday’s pullout was the fourth such withdrawal of American forces in a week and left Syria’s northern provinces of Aleppo and Raqa devoid of US troops, Abdel Rahman said.

The Kurds have been a key ally to Washington in the US-backed fight against Islamic State group jihadists in Syria, but Ankara views them as “terrorists” linked to Kurdish militants on its own soil.

A week ago, the Pentagon said US President Donald Trump had ordered the withdrawal of up to 1,000 troops from northern Syria as Turkish troops advanced into Syrian territory.

Turkey launched a cross-border incursion into Syria on October 9, after Trump said he would pull back US special forces in the Kurdish-held north.

After the violence killed scores from both sides and displaced hundreds of thousands from their homes, a US-brokered ceasefire was announced late Thursday.

Turkey has given the Syrian Democratic Forces, the de facto army of the Kurdish authorities in northeastern Syria, until Tuesday evening to withdraw from a 30-kilometre strip of Syrian land along its southern border.

Both sides accuse each other of violating the truce.

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Soldiers Kill Bandit, Rescue Three Kidnap Victims In Kaduna

A photo combination of troops destroying the bandits’ hideout and the rescued victims.

 

Troops of Operation Thunder Strike of the Nigerian Army on Friday killed one suspected bandit along the Abuja- Kaduna Highway during an operation.

The troop during the operation also rescued three villagers who were abducted from their farms on Wednesday in Maro village along the expressway.

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The Deputy Director Army Public Relations of One Division Nigerian Army in Kaduna State, Colonel Ezindu Idimah said in a statement, that the troops acting on credible information, raided the hideout of the kidnappers inside the bush where they held the farmers and engaged them in a gun battle.

He explained that one of the bandits was killed during the exchange of fire while other members of the gang escaped with gunshot wounds, leaving behind their victims.

The rescued farmers have been reunited with their families while One AK 47 rifle with two 7.62 special ammunition were recovered from the bandits.

US House Condemns Troops Withdrawal From Syria

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (R), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (C) and Representative Steny Hoyer, speak with the media outside the White House after meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC on October 16, 2019. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

 

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to condemn Donald Trump’s pullback of US troops from northern Syria, a formal manifestation of the fierce bipartisan backlash against the president’s controversial policy.

The joint resolution is the first congressional denunciation of Trump’s move, which critics have savaged as essentially providing a green light for Turkish forces to invade northern Syria and attack Kurdish militias.

The House “opposes the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria,” the resolution states.

It calls on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to “immediately cease unilateral military action” in the area and urges continued US humanitarian support in Syrian Kurdish communities.

Shortly before lawmakers voted 354 to 60 to pass the non-binding measure, Trump disparaged the Kurdish allies he abandoned in the face of the Turkish offensive, saying they were “not angels,” along with Republicans at home critical of his abrupt withdrawal.

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Troops Rescue Another Four Abducted Students In Kaduna

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The Nigerian Army says troops have rescued the remaining four abducted students of the Government Day Secondary School at Gwagwada village in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Deputy Director of Army Public Relations Officer of One Division in Kaduna State, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, confirmed this in a statement.

This comes five days after armed men suspected to be bandits terrorising the Kaduna-Abuja Highway abducted 10 students while on their way to school.

The quick intervention of troops led to the immediate rescue of six out of the 10 students while the bandits escaped into the forest with four victims.

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In the statement, Colonel Idimah explained that the reaming students were rescued on Monday by troops of Operation Thunder Strike of the Nigerian Army.

According to him, the troops got a tip-off from a reliable source and raided the hideout of the bandits very early in the morning.

The Army Division spokesman said the operation was successfully carried out, leading to the freedom of the students in captivity without any casualty.

He added that during the rescue operation, the bandits ran into the bush with gunshot wounds while abandoning the students after they had engaged the troops in a gun battle.

Colonel Idimah noted that the students have since been reunited with their parents at Gurmi village.

Troops Repel Boko Haram Attack On Military Base In Borno

 

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and the Civilian Joint Task Force have repelled an attack on a military base in Tungushe area of Borno State.

The insurgents reportedly attacked the military base, where the military engaged them in a battle in which the assailants suffered some casualty.

Channels Television learned that the fleeing insurgents had snatched a gun truck on their way out, it is not clear if the truck had occupants or what had happened to them.

The insurgents reportedly proceeded to the next military location in Gajiganna where they met stiff resistance and were denied access, forcing them to retreat.

It is not clear how many casualties were recorded as the insurgents’ retrieved bodies of their co-fighters while retreating from superior firepower, according to sources.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the 7 Division, Colonel Ado Isa, said he is not aware of any such attack and as such could not give any more details.

Turkey Deploys Troops To Syria Border After Operation Threat

Turkish army soldiers drive towards the border with Syria near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on October 8, 2019. BULENT KILIC / AFP

 

Turkey on Tuesday sent more armoured vehicles to the border with Syria, an AFP correspondent said, after the defence ministry said Ankara was ready for a cross-border offensive.

Dozens of vehicles made up a large convoy seen by the correspondent in the town of Akcakale in Sanliurfa province.

Different types of construction equipment were also part of the convoy which had been sent to reinforce the military units on the border, state news agency Anadolu reported.

The Turkish defence ministry earlier said preparations for a military operation in northern Syria against a Kurdish militia viewed by Ankara as terrorists were “completed”.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly threatened to launch an offensive against the US-backed People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia and said Monday that Turkey could start the operation “without warning”.

The YPG spearheaded the fight against the Islamic State extremist group under the Syrian Democratic Forces banner with the support of the US-led international coalition.

Although US President Donald Trump appeared to give a green light to the Turkish invasion on Sunday, he later threatened to “obliterate” Turkey’s economy if it went too far.

The Turkish parliament on Tuesday evening approved a one-year extension of a mandate to use troops abroad in Syria and Iraq.

It had been due to run out on October 30.

The mandate, first approved by parliament in October 2014, has been renewed every year since then.

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US Announces Deployment Of 200 Troops, Missiles To Saudi Arabia

 

The United States announced Thursday the deployment of 200 troops as well as Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia to help the country’s defense in the wake of last month’s attacks on oil installations blamed on Iran.

The Defense Department said the deployment would involve one battery of the surface-to-air missiles, along with four Sentinel radars used for air and missile defense systems.

In addition, two more Patriot batteries and one THAAD ballistic missile interception system are being readied in case a decision is made to also supply them to the Saudis, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said.

“This deployment will augment the kingdom’s air and missile defense of critical military and civilian infrastructure,” he said.

It comes “in light of recent attacks on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” he said.

“It is important to note these steps are a demonstration of our commitment to regional partners, and the security and stability in the Middle East,” he added.

“Other countries have called out Iranian misadventures in the region, and we look for them to contribute assets in an international effort to reinforce Saudi Arabia’s defense.”

The US has pointed to Iran being behind the combination drone and cruise missile attacks on September 14 which heavily damaged two Saudi oil installations, forcing the key oil supplier to slash output.

Iran has denied responsibility, and President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday challenged the US and others to provide evidence to back up their accusations

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Seven Troops Killed In Mali ‘Terrorist’ Ambush

 

Seven troops have been killed in terrorist ambush in Mali, the army authorities said on Thursday.

A unit escorting a convoy of trucks laden with fertiliser struck a mine on a highway between Douentza and Sevare before being attacked by gunfire, it said.

“Seven (armed forces) members were killed,” it said, adding that “terrorists” — a term typically denoting jihadists — were responsible.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Northern Mali fell into the hands of jihadists in 2012 before the militants were forced out by a French-led military intervention.

But much of the region remains chronically unstable and jihadist-led violence has spread to the centre of the country, often sparking bloodshed between ethnic groups.

In addition to its own armed forces, the fragile country hosts France’s mission in the Sahel, UN peacekeeping troops as well as contingents from a five-nation anti-jihadist group.

Neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger have also been infiltrated by insurgents, at the cost of hundreds of lives.

AFP

 

Army Launches New Strategy To ‘Wipe Out’ Boko Haram

The Nigeria Army has pledged to root out Boko Haram terrorists from the northeast part of the country through its new operational strategies.

The General Officer Commanding seven Division covering Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states, Brigadier General Abdul Khalifa Ibrahim, told Channels Television in an interview on Thursday.

According to him, the new strategies introduced are the Super camp, Response Areas with the ultimate aim of “forcing them to surrender and strangulate them from economic activities” as shown by intelligence.

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The GOC has been touring units under the seven DIV Garrison, engaging troops of 211 and 251 battalion and taking stock of equipment available for the fighting troops.

“You know I am just coming to the Theater and I am coming at a time when we have a change in our strategy.

“What we have now is the Super Camp Strategy, a concept in warfare whereby we have strongly held positions where we are able to have reasonable resources and we project power out,” he added.

He further talked about the Response Area strategy which he said will be manned on wheels through patrols culminating into raids and ambushes denying the insurgents freedom of movement.

One Killed, Many Injured As Troops Clash With Insurgents – Army

New Salary Scale Has Not Been Approved For Armed Forces – DHQ

 

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the death of a local vigilante member as troops clashed with insurgents in Borno State.

According to a statement on Thursday from the Director of Army Public Relations, 7 Division, Colonel Ado Isa, many other villagers sustained various degrees of injuries.

Colonel Isa, however, said the attack which was targeted at troops was successfully repelled.

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“The Theatre Command wishes to state that the attack was targeted at Nigerian Army troops deployed in the areas to enable the terrorists to gain access to shops in the markets in the towns to loot food items and other logistics,” the statement read.

Isa also explained in the statement that “due to fierce fire exchange, the terrorists were forced to withdraw in disarray from the town, resulting to damages on buildings and property along their route of withdrawal.”

He said there was no casualty on the troops and no loss or damage of equipment as reported.

The army colonel noted that peace has since been restored in the communities with residents going about their lawful businesses.

He sought the support of the public for the military and other security agencies in the area of information sharing.

Isa also asked them to report suspicious movement in their communities to proactively deal with criminal activities.