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The Daily TIP: U.S. Strikes Kill More Than 100 Syrian Troops after They Attack Kurdish Allies

Posted by Tip Staff - February 08, 2018

U.S. Strikes Kill More Than 100 Syrian Troops after They Attack Kurdish Allies
Muslim Woman's Acclaimed Performance on Competition Marred by Controversial Posts on Terror
In Response to Threats from Lebanon, Hezbollah, Israel Sends Message of Conciliation
Israeli Company Seeks to Become Leading Provider of Virtual Reality Content


U.S. Strikes Kill More Than 100 Syrian Troops after They Attack Kurdish Allies

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria conducted air and artillery strikes against pro-regime forces on Wednesday, killing more than 100 troops allied with the regime of Bashar al-Assad, after an “unprovoked attack” on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Politico reported.

Pro-regime troops marched on the compound of the SDF in Khusham, Syria, in a “coordinated attack” using artillery, mortar fire and Russian-made tanks, according to a military spokesman. The coalition described its action as an act of “self-defense.”

Col. Thomas Veale of the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, the command that is directing the battle against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, said that "after 20 to 30 artillery and tank rounds landed within 500 meters of the SDF headquarters location, Syrian Democratic Forces supported by the Coalition targeted the aggressors with a combination of air and artillery strikes.”

The official said no coalition or U.S. personnel had been killed or wounded in the engagement but that one member of the SDF sustained injuries.

The SDF is an alliance of Arab and Kurdish forces, based in northern and eastern Syria, that together with the U.S.-led coalition are fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and ISIS. The group has received weapons and training from the coalition.

The military spokesperson said the coalition believes that pro-regime forces were attempting to seize territory, including lucrative oil fields east of the Euphrates River, that the SDF had liberated from ISIS in September.



Muslim Woman's Acclaimed Performance on Competition Marred by Controversial Posts on Terror

A hijab-wearing Muslim woman who impressed the judges on France's version of The Voice with her renditions of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" has come under fire for pro-terror comments she had made on Facebook, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Wednesday.

A furor erupted when it was discovered that Mennel Ibtissem, who had been considered the favorite on the reality television show for her Arabic and French renditions of "Hallelujah," wrote after the killing of a French priest in 2016, "the real terrorist[s] are our government.”

A few weeks later, after a terror attack in Nice left 86 people dead, Ibtissen wrote on Facebook, "It’s becoming a routine: An attack each week!! And sure enough, the ‘terrorist’ takes with him his identity CARD. Of course, when planning a dirty you always take papers! #DontTakeUsForFools."

She also dismissed France in insulting terms and wrote that she’s “eager to get the hell out of here.”

“Wearing a veil does not make one a saint, modesty needs no veil, beauty needs no pretty face to shine, external beauty does not mean internal one. Never rely on appearances, they’re deceiving,” a feminist critic, Henda Ayari, who had grown up in a Muslim family said. Ayari said that the French media were too anxious to accept a symbol of tolerance without doing the necessary checking.

Last month, the cosmetics firm L'Oreal, dropped a French Muslim woman it had hired as a model after it was discovered that she had called Israel “illegal and sinister state."



In Response to Threats from Lebanon, Hezbollah, Israel Sends Message of Conciliation

Following threats coming from the Lebanese army and Hezbollah, the terrorist group that exercises full military and political control over Lebanon, Israel has sent a message that it is not seeking confrontation with its northern neighbor, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Israel's message to Lebanon was carried by David Satterfield, the acting assistant United States Secretary of State.

A Lebanese official told Reuters, “Regarding the visit of the American envoy, he held talks regarding the wall with Israel and said there is no call for concern and there is no direction toward escalation. He assured the Lebanese that Israel does not want escalation."

The news of the Israeli message comes just a day after Lebanon's top security organization issued a statement calling on the military to oppose all Israeli "aggression" at the nations' land and sea borders.

The growing tensions stem from Lebanese claims to a natural gas field in the Mediterranean and that a border barrier that Israel is constructing violates Lebanese territory.

While Israel has been working on the barrier for some time to prevent a land-based attack by Hezbollah onto Israeli territory, it is only now that Lebanon has objected to it. Last week the Israeli media reported that Hezbollah, which was described as having "more military clout than the Lebanese army itself," threatened to shoot at the Israelis building the barrier.

Israel responded saying that the barrier was being built on its own territory in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 425.



Israeli Company Seeks to Become Leading Provider of Virtual Reality Content

Netflix has become the go-to service for finding the latest and greatest movie and television programming. An Israeli startup called Inception wants to do the same for virtual reality.

The Tel Aviv-based company operates as both a production studio and an aggregator of curated VR content.

On February 6, Inception announced the launch of a new channel to introduce more VR into the news experience, offering 360 top Associated Press (AP) videos across a broad spectrum of historical, cultural and social topics. The channel can be downloaded from the Inception app across platforms including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft MR, Samsung Gear, Google Daydream, iOS and Android.

Inception, which first caught our attention at the launch of the Tower of David Museum’s Innovation Lab last fall, received a $15 million investment in August 2017 from European television conglomerate RTL Group.

RTL’s FreemantleMedia owns the rights to dozens of big-name television shows. That helps explain where Inception is going.

For example, Inception wants to use VR to transport viewers truly behind the scenes of the popular reality TV program “The X Factor.” Imagine standing beside the singer – or sitting with the judges watching the performance – in a 3D immersive and interactive environment.

Inception is “platform agnostic,” Inception’s CEO Benny Arbel stresses. That means its content “will play well with all the different kinds of headsets out there,” including Oculus, which Facebook acquired for some $3 billion in 2014, as well as Samsung’s Gear, the HTC Vive and Microsoft MR.

(via Israel21c)


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