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Attacker on Istanbul nightclub used advanced Special Forces tactics

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Horrifying new details of the vicious attack on Istanbul nightclub have emerged. According to the sources among investigators, the techniques used by gunman can only be acquired by advanced, special forces style training. Reports suggest that attacker fired 180 bullets (or 6 full magazines for assault rifle) and that the killer missed his target with just 28 bullets.

The highly-trained attacker’s gun was loaded with special armour-piercing bullets, used to create the maximum number of casualties in the crowded Reina nightclub on New Year’s Eve, according to Turkish security sources widely reported in local media.

The attacker used flares to light up his targets before spraying them with a hail of bullets known for their tendency to ricochet as well as penetrate barriers, creating horrific destruction in a short amount of time, the sources said.

It comes as Turkey’s leading Hurriyet newspaper said the ISIS militant, who murdered 39 in the shooting rampage, is allegedly married with two children and that police have detained his family for questioning.

The suspect, who has still not been named, allegedly brought his wife and children to Konya in central Turkey in November 2016 to slip under the radar by posing as a family man, the Milliyet newspaper added.

Eyewitnesses said the attacker carried out his plan calmly and precisely, keeping his ground and picking off his victims in a systematic manner.

His magazines had been bound together to allow him to reload rapidly, and when both were empty, he dropped them on the floor. Six were used in total, the Vatan newspaper said.

The manhunt is still ongoing.

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Syrian Army poised to kick ISIL out of Hama

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Sweeping across the outskirts of the Syrian city of Salаmiyah, Syrian government forces are now poised to move against the last Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) foothold in Hama province.

Syrian army units aided by Qalamoun Shield Forces have managed to seize control of strategic elevated positions on the eastern outskirts of Salаmiyah and are now ready to advance on the town of Uqayribat – the last Daesh stronghold in Hama province.

A source in the Syrian military told Sputnik Arabic that “Syrian army and allied forces managed to secure elevated positions near the village of Salba. These positions allow the army to advance on Uqayribat and to shell Daesh militants entrenched in Salba.”

The source also said that this military operation was further complicated by the fact that the militants used tunnels and rocky terrain features in an attempt to halt the advance of the government forces.

Having secured the road leading to Salamiyah and Raqqa, the Syrian army is now getting ready to deal yet another blow to Daesh forces by liberating Uqayribat.

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Jack Holmes – the British sniper fighting ISIL

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Jack Holmes, who traveled to Syria to fight with the Kurdish YPG group against Islamic State, speaks to Sky News almost a year on from when he left his job as an IT worker to become a sniper.

Jack Holmes, 23, an IT worker from Bournemouth with no military training, already have spent almost a two years with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, the militia whose actions in north-eastern Syria have been supported by US-led coalition air strikes.

Jack was injured, hit on the upper right arm by a sniper during a ferocious gun battle with ISIS near the town of Tel Tamer.

Like many Western volunteers, they joined the YPG through social media and flew to Iraq, where they were taken to a ‘safe house’ for a few days before being smuggled across the border to Syria. ‘The training only lasted a few days and didn’t go much beyond learning to strip a Kalashnikov blindfolded,’ said Jack.

Today, take a look how he sees his efforts in Syria and overall conflict from his perspective.

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