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Afghanistan
Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties in Takhar and Sar-e-Pul provinces: 209th Shaheen Corps
[KhaamaPress] The Talibs have suffered heavy casualties during the operations conducted in northeastern Takhar and Sar-e-Pul
...a city and eponymous province in northern Afghanistan, population about 500,000. Demographically it is majority Tadjik and Uzbek. There are small Pashtun, Arab, and Hazara
...a grouping of Dari-speaking people of Sino-Tibetan descent inhabiting Afghanistan and Pakistain. They are predominantly Shia Moslems and not particularly warlike, which makes them favored targets...
communities, of which the Hazaras mostly don't bother anyone...

provinces of Afghanistan, the Afghan Military said Saturday.

According to a statement released by 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military, at least 10 Talibs were killed and 9 others were maimed during the Arclight airstrikes which were conducted in Dasht-e-Qala district of Takhar province on Saturday morning.

The statement further added that the Afghan Commandos also participated in the operations and the shadow district chief of Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
for Darqad Mawlavi Habibi was also maimed in the operations.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a separate statement said at least 4 Talibs were killed and 7 others were maimed during the Walid-36 operations in Sayad district of Sar-e-Pul province.

The statement also added that the casualties were inflicted on Taliban on Saturday evening, a day after two key Taliban leaders identified as Mahaz and Qari Gulbuddin were killed along with their 21 fighters in air and artillery strikes in the same area.

The anti-government armed bully boy groups including Taliban have not commented regarding the casualties inflicted on their Death Eaters so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [41 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


20 Taliban, ISIS-K militants killed in Kandahar, Nangarhar operations
[KhaamaPress] At least twenty turbans affiliated with the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and ISIS Khurasan were killed during separate operations conducted in southern Kandahar and eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
provinces.

According to the informed military sources, Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid in Band-e Timor area of Kandahar killing 15 Taliban fighters and destroying a small weapons cache and bomb making materials.

Similarly, an air strike in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province killed 5 ISIS-K fighters.

The Afghan Special Forces also conducted a raid in Sherzad district and destroyed five caches of hashish totaling 820 pounds, the sources added.

The anti-government armed turbans including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top|| File under:


Child among 3 killed in Kandahar roadside bomb explosion
[KhaamaPress] At least three civilians including a child were killed in an kaboom triggered an improvised bomb in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

Provincial Police Chief Gen. Tadin Khan in a statement said the incident has taken place in the vicinity of Daman district.

He said an improvised bomb which was planted on a roadside went off leaving three civilians dead including two men and a child.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit behind the incident but Gen. Tadin Khan blames Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
for the incident.

The Talibs often use improvised bomb as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces and government officials but in majority of such attacks ordinary civilians are targeted.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Many Egyptian troops killed or wounded in North Sinai
[Al Jazeera] Funeral prayers were held in Cairo and Sharqiya on Sunday to mourn the deaths of an officer and soldiers killed in an attack on Egypt's military in the Sinai Peninsula.

The Saturday's attack on the Egyptian army checkpoint in the restive Sinai had caused 15 casualties, while seven of the suspected Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIS) fighters were killed, the military said.

The breakdown of the military casualties was not immediately clear. Two security sources told the Rooters news agency some of the injuries were serious.

The ISIS grabbed credit for the attack through its Amaq website. The gang said it killed at least 15 Egyptian troops, revising an earlier figure of 20 dead south of the picturesque provincial capital of Arish after festivities with "various kinds of weapons".

The group did not provide evidence for its claim.

Posted by: Fred || 02/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [58 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Arabia
Several Saudi soldiers killed by Houthi sniper units along the Yemeni border
[AlMasdar] Several Saudi Coalition soldiers were killed on Sunday as a result of a number of Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
sniper operations along the Yemeni border.

According to the Houthi forces’ official media wing, their snipers began the day by killing two Saudi soldiers near the Mashal military base.

Another sniper attack by the Houthi forces targeted the Saudi Coalition’s positions inside the Jizan region on Saturday; this operation resulted in three soldiers killed.

The Houthi forces have recently stepped up their attacks along the Yemeni border following the establishment of a U.N.-brokered ceasefire in the Hodeidah province.

Since the inception of this ceasefire in Hodeidah, the majority of the fighting in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
has shifted to al-Bayda (central Yemen), Hajjah (northern Yemen), Sa’ada (northern Yemen), and Sana’a (northern Yemen.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2019 01:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  News release by Houthi, I assume. Next article: news release by the Saudi.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/18/2019 2:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Al Masdar favours the Iranian perspective, most certainly.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2019 6:18 Comments || Top||

#3  I meant next article from the top here.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/18/2019 6:28 Comments || Top||


Over 30 Houthi fighters allegedly killed in fierce combat along Saudi border
[AlMasdar] The Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
forces allegedly suffered heavy casualties inside the Hajjah Governorate on Saturday after a fierce battle with the Hajour Tribe along the Saudi-Yemeni border.

According to local reports, the Houthi forces launched a new attack against a group of fighters from the Hajour Tribe in the northern part of Yemen’s Hajjah Governorate.

The reports said that the Hajour Tribe was able to foil the Houthi attack in northern Hajjah, thanks in large part to the assistance they received from the Saudi Coalition’s Arclight airstrikes.

They would add that more than 30 Houthi fighters were killed during this fierce battle on Saturday.

With a fragile ceasefire ongoing in the Hodeidah Governorate, most of the fighting in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
has shifted to the Saudi border region.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2019 01:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [60 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


India-Pakistan
Pulwama attack: Four Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir gun battle
[BBC] Four soldiers have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in a gun battle with militants, police say.

The clash occurred in Pulwama district, where more than 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed in a suicide attack on Thursday, raising tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.

A civilian and two alleged militants were also killed as Indian troops searched for suspects.

Meanwhile Pakistan recalled its ambassador for consultations.
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Two FC personnel martyred, civilian passerby wounded in Balochistan 'targeted killing'
[DAWN] Two Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and a..the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...nti-smuggling operations....
(FC) personnel were martyred while a civilian passerby was injured in a firing incident in Loralai city in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
on Saturday, police officer Nasir Shah told DawnNewsTV.

"This was a assassination", Shah said.

While speaking to DawnNewsTV over the phone, the police officer said unknown miscreants had opened fire on the two security personnel in the Majeed Market area of Loralai bazar.

He added that the assailants managed to escape the scene unhurt.

The bodies of the martyred FC personnel have been shifted to Loralai Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

As per Shah, the police, FC and personnel from other law enforcement agencies had reached the site of the incident and an investigation was underway.

Panic prevailed in the already tense city after the fresh act of terror.

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani expressed his grief over the martyrdom of the two FC personnel. He condemned the incident and offered his condolences and support to the families of the martyred.

He added that "the cowardly acts of Lions of Islam could not undermine the resolve of security forces".

The chief minister ordered that security measures in Loralai be further strengthened and strict action be taken against terrorists.

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India withdraws security for Kashmiri separatists stoking fears
[Al Jazeera] Analysts and pro-Indian politicians have warned of an escalation in tensions after a decision to withdraw the security detail for top Kashmiri separatist leaders.

The move by India's home ministry came days after a suicide kaboom on Indian paramilitary forces that killed 42 Indian troops in the restive region and raised fears of a confrontation with Pakistain.

On Sunday, a formal order was issued to remove government protection given to the region's four separatist leaders because of the attack.

"In view of the recent terror attack on a Central Reserve Police Force convoy in Lethpora village in Pulwama, the government of India has emphasised the need to immediately review the wastage of police resources in providing unnecessary security to a large number of non-government persons, particularly relevant in the context of security provided to separatists and their sympathisers," the order said.

The announcement could lead to further crises in the region that has been engulfed in violence for years, analysts said. Last year was the deadliest in nearly a decade with the highest number of casualties of rebels, security personnel and civilians.
Posted by: Fred || 02/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Good. What's the worst that could happen? Now, pray for it
Posted by: Frank G || 02/18/2019 6:19 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraqi security forces kill four suicide bombers in Mosul
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi security forces killed on Sunday four jacket wallahs, who planned to carry out separate terrorist attacks in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
city, a security source said.

Speaking to Al Madar news website, the source said that three suicide bombers wearing boom belts were killed before they could blow themselves up near a security checkpoint in Badush city, west of Mosul.

The source added that another suicide bomber driving a booby-trapped vehicle was also killed in the city as he planned to target the security forces stationed there.
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IS militants shoot two Iraqi civilians dead in Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Two Iraqi non-combatants were killed Sunday in an armed attack by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to al-Madar News TV channel, the source said that IS bully boyz shot up two civilians in al-Rashad district, southwest of Kirkuk, in the wee hours of Sunday, leaving the pair dead.

The source added that the security forces cordoned off the scene and started a search operation for the IS bully boyz behind the attack.

The two bodies were moved to the forensic medicine department, according to the source.

Kirkuk officials previously urged reinforcing military troops in the south and west of the province, as the region still has Islamic State members who escaped during liberation of Hawija to remote areas.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [39 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi troops arrest Islamic State sniper in Anbar province
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi intelligence forces tossed in the clink
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
on Sunday an Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
sniper in al-Karma district in the western province of Anbar.

"Troops of the Military Intelligence Directorate carried out a security operation in al-Karma district in Anbar to target Islamic State krazed killers, who fought against our security forces before the liberation of the province from terrorism," Ayn Al Iraq news website quoted the directorate as saying.

"The troops were able to arrest an Islamic State sniper during the operation," the statement read, adding that the arrestee was moved to the bodies concerned for interrogation.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [43 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF soldier wounded, 19 Gazan rioters reported shot as border heats up
[IsraelTimes] Israel strikes back with tank fire at Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, posts after serviceman hit by improvised explosive, as dozens of Gazooks burn tires, throw bombs at troops and security fence, army says.

An IDF soldier was moderately injured in festivities along the northern Gazoo border on Sunday night, days after a similar attack lightly maimed a Border Police officer, the army said.

The serviceman appeared to have been hit by an improvised explosive thrown by Paleostinians during a riot along the Gazoo border, east of the city of Jabaliya, around 9:00 p.m., the Israel Defense Forces said.

He was taken to Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center in moderate condition. The soldier sustained shrapnel wounds to the neck, the hospital said.

During the same clash in the northern Gazoo Strip, 19 Paleostinians were maimed by Israeli gunfire, the front man for the Hamas-run Gazoo health ministry said in a statement to news hounds. They suffered varying injuries of different degrees, he added.

One person was maimed, sustaining a head wound, according to the health ministry.

The Gazoo health ministry front man said there were no Paleostinian fatalities in the clash.

Paleostinian media reported that the rioters tried to breach the security fence, but were driven back by Israeli gunfire.

In response to the riot, Israeli tanks shelled two Hamas observation posts near the border, the army said.

The military said during the riot, dozens of Paleostinian rioters burned tires and threw improvised bombs at the security fence surrounding the northern Gazoo Strip and the Israeli troops on the other side.

"An IDF soldier was injured apparently by an bomb that was thrown at him," the army said.

After doctors worked to stop the bleeding to his neck, the soldier was taken into surgery, the hospital said.

The Sunday night clash came two days after a massive border riot in which an Israeli Border Police officer from an undercover unit was lightly maimed by shrapnel in the leg when a pipe bomb went kaboom! next to his team, police said.

An Israeli Military Intelligence assessment released last Wednesday warned that Hamas, the terror group that controls Gazoo, may seek to spark a war with Israel in the near future in an attempt to elicit international sympathy and an influx of international aid money to the Gazoo Strip.

The IDF believes Hamas or the Iran-backed Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
, the second largest terror group in Gazoo, could attempt to draw Israel into a war by conducting an attack along the border ‐ an anti-tank missile strike, an ambush from an as-yet-undiscovered tunnel or a similar low-level but significant attack.

In light of this view, IDF chief Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi, whose tenure began last month, called for the military to update operational plans for fighting in the Gazoo Strip.
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Hamas takes control of the only goods crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel
[ELUNIVERSAL] The Islamist movement Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, took control on Sunday, from the Paleostinian side of the only border crossing of goods between the Gazoo Strip and Israel , announced the Interior Ministry of the enclave and the Paleostinian press agency Wafa.

According to Wafa, the Paleostinian Authority announced that Hamas "has expelled employees of the Paleostinian Authority in Kerem Abu Salem and has prohibited them from entering the crossing point," AFP quoted.

Hamas confirmed that the employees of the Paleostinian Authority had left the crossing point.

"The security forces at the Kerem Abu Salem crossing point have implemented procedures dictated by security imperatives," Interior Ministry front man Iyad al Bozum said in a statement.

"The employees of the Paleostinian Authority at the crossing have refused to cooperate in these proceedings for a few days and today we were surprised by their departure," he said.

Since expelling Fatah from the Gazoo Strip in 2007, Hamas has been controlling this enclave without opposition and, in 2017, in an attempt to reconcile the Islamist group agreed to hand over control of crossing points to the Paleostinian Authority.
Posted by: Fred || 02/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [51 views] Top|| File under: Hamas



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