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Only suicide bomber critically wounded in today's incident in Kabul: Stanikzai
[KhaamaPress] The Kabul Security Commandment officials are saying only the suicide sustained critical wounds in today's incident in capital Kabul.

Hashmat Stanikzai, a front man for the Kabul Security Commandment, said the jacket wallah was identified and shot by the security forces before he manage to reach to his target.

Stanikzai further added that the bomber was looking to target a gathering of protesters in Shahr Naw Park.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit behind the incident.

The officials had earlier said the suicide bomber has been rubbed out by the security forces.

Dozens of supporters of Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum
...ethnic Uzbek warlord who distinguished himself fighting the Soviets and the Taliban. The story that he had a bad guy run over with a tank is an exaggeration. It was an armored personnel carrier...
had participated in a demonstration in Kabul city today, demanding the return of the Vice President from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
The Junbish Milli party led by the First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum blames specific circles for today's failed suicide kaboom on a gathering attended by the party's supporters in Kabul.

Enayatullah Babur Farahman, a member of the party and chief of staff of the First Vice President's Office, said the move by the ’conspiracist circle' will further strengthen the resolve of the people for justice.
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Pak militias involved in Zazai Maidan attack, claims Khost police chief
[KhaamaPress] The provincial police chief of southeastern Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
Gen. Akhtar Mohammad Noorzoi claims that the attack on Zazai Maidan was carried out by the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
krazed killer with the support of Pak militias.

Speaking with the news hounds in the aftermath of the attack, Gen. Noorzoi said the attack was launched at around 4am local time along the Durand Line on the houses of the public uprising forces.

He said the local residents reacted quickly and reached the attack area to respond to the coordinated attack by the Talibs.

Gen. Noorzoi further added that the security forces were also dispatched to the area and the attack was repulsed, leaving several bandidos snuffies dead or maimed.

According to Gen. Noorzoi, the dead bodies of at least nine bandidos snuffies were left in the area while an unknown number of bandidos snuffies sustained injuries and fled from the area.

He said at least three public uprising forces also bit the dust during the festivities.

Gen. Noorzoi also added that the security situation in the area is normal now and additional forces have been deployed to respond to future aggressions by the krazed killers.
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23 militants, 4 soldiers suffer casualties during Farah clashes
[KhaamaPress] At least twenty three Death Eaters were killed or maimed during the festivities with the Afghan armed forces in western Farah province of Afghanistan.

The 207th Zafar Corps of the Afghan Military in the West said the incident took place in the vicinity of Sheb Koh district.

A statement by Zafar Corps stated that 6 Death Eaters were killed and at least 17 others sustained injuries during the festivities with the security forces.

The statement further added that two Afghan soldiers also bit the dust and two others were maimed during the festivities.
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Africa North
Eight migrants found dead in shipping container in Libya
[Al Jazeera] Eight migrants colonists including six children were found dead after suffocating from petrol fumes while packed into a truck container on Libya's western coast.

Another 90 migrants colonists recovered from the container on Monday were at death's door and taken to a local hospital for treatment, the security directorate in the town of Zuwarah said in a statement.

Zuwarah is one of the points along Libya's western coastline where smugglers and traffickers hold migrants colonists before putting them on boats to try to cross to Europe.

The migrants colonists were from various sub-Saharan African and Arab countries, as well as Pakistain and Bangladesh, the statement said.

They had been locked inside a refrigerated container designed for transporting meat and fish that was found just outside Zuwarah, close to the Mellitah oil and gas complex, about 110km from the capital, Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...

"As a result of the length of time they suffocated, eight of them died including six children, one woman and a young man," the security directorate said.

It posted pictures of at least nine plastic jerry cans holding petrol, as well as a pile of life-jackets apparently intended for use in a boat crossing.

Daytime temperatures in northwest Libya have been in the mid to high 30 degrees Celsius in recent days.
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Africa Subsaharan
Casualties Feared after Boko Haram Attack Military Base
More on this report from yesterday.
[AnNahar] Dozens of soldiers were feared dead after a Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
attack on a military base in remote northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
, security sources said on Monday.

Islamist faceless myrmidons overran the base in Jilli village, in the Geidam area of Yobe state, on Saturday evening, a day after a separate attack on troops in neighbouring Borno state.

There has been no official comment about Saturday's attack but one military source told AFP: "So far we have lost 31 soldiers, including three officers.

"Two vigilantes were also killed in the attack," he said, adding that 24 soldiers were maimed and being treated in hospital.

A civilian militia source in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, added: "I don't have an exact toll of those killed.

"But yesterday the dead casualties were brought in three trucks to Maimalari military barracks here in Maiduguri. This means the casualty toll is high."

The militia member said Boko Haram fighters in military uniform and driving vehicles in army colours were allowed into the base.

"The soldiers mistook them for their colleagues from Gubio and opened the gates to the base. This was what led to all this loss," he added.

More than 700 soldiers were at the base at the time and hundreds of them were unaccounted for as of Sunday.

The military source, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorised to talk to the media, said "a number of the missing soldiers have showed up", without specifying a figure.

The attack is suspected to have been carried out by fighters loyal to factional leader Abu Mus'ab al-Barnawi, who is backed by the 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....

Meanwhile a search and rescue operation was understood to be ongoing in the Bama area of Borno state for 18 soldiers and five officers missing since Friday's attack near Bama.

Local security operatives said seasonal rains were hampering the search.

Army front man Brigadier General Texas Chukwu said the Boko Haram attack near Bama was "successfully repelled" and dismissed reports of missing troops.

Twenty-two jihadists were killed while one soldier was injured, he added.

At least 20,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram violence and more than two million others made homeless in northeast Nigeria since 2009.
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Houthis fire rocket on wedding killing women, children in Yemen’s Jawf
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Five Yemeni non-combatants were killed after a katyusha rocket was fired by the Houthis at a wedding in Al Jawf in northeast of Yemen.

The Yemeni news agency quoted a medical source as saying that Al Jawf Public Hospital said five Yemenis, women and kiddies, were killed, adding that others were maimed and some of them are in a critical condition.

A military source said the Houthis fired the rocket at a ceremony in a house in Al Hazm in Al Jawf where only women had gathered for the celebration.
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Caribbean-Latin America
Argentina freezes assets of suspected Hezbollah fundraising network
[IsraelTimes] Barakat Group targeted for funding terror group linked to 1992 attack on Israeli embassy and 1994 AMIA attack, both in Buenos Aires

In a first, Argentina
...a country located on the other side of the Deep South. It is covered with Pampers and inhabited by Grouchos, who dance the Tangle. They used to have some islands called the Malvinas located where the Falklands are now. They're not supposed to cry for Evita...
’s government has targeted a Hezbollah fundraising network in the northern Triple Frontier with Brazil and Paraguay.

The Financial Information Unit of the Argentine Republic investigated possible criminal actions by Lebanese citizens living in Argentina who could be involved in money laundering and financing terrorist acts.

Hezbollah has been linked to the 1992 attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, which killed 29. A Hezbollah jacket wallah carried out the 1994 attack, orchestrated by Iran, on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed 85.

The unit investigated the Barakat Group, also known as the Barakat Clan, a criminal organization linked to Hezbollah, which operates in the area known as the "Triple border" made up of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, led by Assad Ahmad Barakat.

As a result, Argentina’s government issued an administrative order freezing the assets and money of the group’s members, allowed by an article of the national Criminal Code related to financing terrorism.

Barakat, along with other people who operate at the tri-border area, has been designated a terrorist by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, of the Treasury Department of the United States, which means that his assets are frozen and he is unable to operate financially in the US.

The Triple Frontier between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay is often mentioned as a place linked to Hezbollah and the Barakat group, and has been investigated over the last two decades as a source of money for Hezbollah and for other groups’ activities related to terrorism.

This is the first time that one of the three governments has frozen assets and funds from a Hezbollah-linked organization based in the Triple Frontier.

The Financial Information Unit identified at least 14 people linked to the Barakat Clan who registered multiple crossings to Argentina, mainly through the Tancredo Neves International Bridge, located in the Province of Misiones. Once in Argentina, the members of the clan would make, in a casino in Iguazú, charges for supposed prizes that together would exceed $10 million, without declaring either the income nor the discharge of funds when crossing the border.

The "strong hypothesis" of the unit is that once out of the country the money is transferred to Hezbollah.

According to a Financial Information Unit statement issued on Friday, the Barakat clan is involved in crimes of smuggling, falsification of money and documents, extortion, drug trafficking, arms trafficking, money laundering and terrorist financing. "In relation to this illegal act, it is suspected that it would raise funds for the Lebanese Hezbollah organization," wrote the government agency. The accounts were frozen on Wednesday, according to the statement.

Argentina is home to a large Lebanese expat community and US authorities suspect groups in that community of raising funds through organized crime to support the Iranian-backed terror organization.

In 2006, the US Treasury targeted the same fundraising network.

Earlier this year, the US and Argentina agreed to work together to cut off Hezbollah funding networks and money laundering financing terrorism across Latin America.
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France Expels 'Mentor' of 2015 Jihadist Attackers to Algeria
[AnNahar] La Belle France on Monday expelled a radical Islamic preacher to Algeria after his release from prison, where he became a mentor to at least two jihadis who carried out deadly attacks on a satirical newspaper and a Jewish supermarket in January 2015, officials said.

Djamel Beghal was given a 10-year jail term in 2005 after being sent to La Belle France following his arrest in the United Arab Emirates shortly after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in the US.

He was suspected of leading a network charged by the late Osama bin Laden
... who is now beyond all cares and woe...
to attack American interests in La Belle France and is considered by French officials to have been a mentor for several generations of aspiring jihadists.

His activities have also highlighted the struggle by French authorities to prevent Islamic radicalisation in prisons, which have proved fertile recruiting grounds for jihadist fighters.

Beghal, now 52 and stripped of his French nationality, was freed from the Vezin-le-Coquet prison near the western city of Rennes early Monday.

He was brought to Charles de Gaulle airport near Gay Paree for a flight to Algiers, a source close to the case told AFP.

Beghal had been under surveillance for suspected radicalism by French intelligence agents since the mid-1990s, following his arrival in the country from his native Algeria when he was 21 years old.

While serving his first prison sentence Beghal met Cherif Kouachi, one of the brothers who massacred 12 people in an attack on the Charlie Hebdo
...A lefty French satirical magazine, home of what may well be the majority if the active testicles left in Europe...
magazine in January 2015.

Amedy Coulibaly, the man who killed a policewoman and then four shoppers at a Jewish supermarket just outside Gay Paree that same month, also came under Beghal's influence at the Fleury-Merogis prison south of Gay Paree, where he also met Kouachi.

After their release, both Kouachi and Coulibaly visited Beghal while he was serving out his sentence under house arrest.

Beghal was tossed in the calaboose
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
again in 2010 as part of a plot to free him as well as Smain Ait Ali Belkacem, an Algerian who helped carry out Gay Paree kabooms in 1995 which killed eight people.

La Belle France has suffered a wave of deadly terror attacks since January 2015 which have claimed nearly 250 lives, prompting the government to make permanent several state of emergency measures as part of a tough new anti-terror law enacted last year.
This article starring:
Djamel Beghal
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ANP leader Dawood Achakzai injured in Balochistan gun attack
[DAWN] Former senator and Awami National Party
founded by Abdul Wali Khan in 1986. Part of the PPP-led cabinet 2008-13. The ANP is considered left wing, advocating for secularism, democratic socialism, public sector government, and economic egalitarianism....
(ANP) leader Dawood Achakzai was injured in an incident of firing 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...
's Killa Abdullah district early on Monday.

Assailants opened fire on Achakzai as he was sleeping at his guest house in Killi Pir Alizai, Levies sources said.

Central ANP leader Zamarak Khan Achakzai said that timely retaliation from their own security personnel caused the assailants to flee.

Dawood Achakzai was taken to Civil Hospital Quetta for medical treatment and an emergency was imposed in the hospital. He is out of danger, doctors said.

Local rustics and Levies personnel reached the site of the attack as an investigation into the incident went under way.

Today's gun attack is the latest in a series of assaults on political parties in various parts of the country. Last week, an ANP leader in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
, Haroon Bilour, was killed in a suicide kaboom claimed by the Tehrik-e-Taliban
...Arabic for students...

Haroon's uncle Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, however, contested the Taliban claim in a Dawn report today, alleging that the attack was an 'inside job'.

Security officials are yet to disclose the motive behind today's attack.
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Iraqi paramilitary troops kill three Islamic State fighters in Diyala
Diyala (Iraqinews.com) ‐ Paramilitary troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi killed on Monday three bully boyz of the 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....
group in Diyala province, a security source was quoted as saying.

"A force from al-Hashd al-Shaabi killed three IS members near Hamrin Mountains in Diyala," Iraqi website Almaalomah quoted the source as saying.

"The security forces, backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi, will continue to purge areas, where Islamic State gangs spread in Adhaim, Hamrin and other cities," the source added.
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Five Peshmerga fighters, ISIS members killed in joint operation, southeast of Mosul
Kurdish Peshmerga forces. File photo.[/caption djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) Several fighters of the Kurdish Peshmerga were killed and injured in an operation launched, in cooperation with the U.S.-led Coalition, southeast of Mosul, BasNews website reported on Monday.

The operation launched against 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 Qargoukh region, near Makhmur, left many Lions of Islam killed. Moreover, five Peshmerga fighters, including an officer, were killed, while others were maimed.

The operation was launched early on Monday with Arclight airstrikes by the Coalition jets, which were followed by operations by the Peshmerga.

The joint operation between the Kurdish troops and the Coalition comes after around two weeks of another operation in the same region. An informed source said, late June, that a joint operation was launched there, leaving a senior Islamic State member killed.
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Iraqi troops destroy four IS tunnels, detonate 80 explosives in Anbar
Anbar (Iraqinews.com) ‐ Iraqi troops destroyed on Monday four 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....
tunnels and detonated 80 explosive charges in Anbar province, according to the Iraqi Security Media Center.

In statements to Alghad Press website, Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool, a front man for the Iraqi Security Media Center, said, "Security forces in al-Jazirah Operations Command started an inspection operation in Anbar, destroying four Islamic State tunnels and detonating 80 explosive charges."

"The troops also destroyed two hideouts and eight IS hideouts in the operation," according to Rasool.
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Iraqi Shiites Demonstrate against Iran
[Kurdistan24] Demonstrators demanded jobs and radically improved public services, while they denounced Iran's influence in their region.

The protests, led by local tribal leaders, began in Basra and then spread to five other southern provinces: Najaf, Karbala, Maysan, Babil, and Dhi Qar.

On Saturday, they entered their sixth consecutive day.

The Iraqi government has taken measures to crack down on the demonstrations. It shut down access to social media throughout the country, including the Kurdistan Region, and ordered an internet blackout in most of Iraq.

Baghdad also mobilized security forces to quell the demonstrations, and fatalities ensued.

Two protesters died of their injuries after being attacked by Iraqi forces in the city of Ammara, in Maysan Province. In Najaf, another two protesters were killed by security forces, while seven were wounded.

Some reports suggest that elements within the army are siding with the demonstrators, and it is other forces that are primarily involved in suppressing the unrest. A split within the Iraqi security forces would be very significant.

In the city of Nasriyya (Dhi Qar Governorate), protestors chanted, "Iran, Iran, we don’t want you anymore, Dhi Qar will not shut up anymore!"

Iraqi security: 65 protesters apprehended in Muthanna rallies

Muthanna (Iraqinews.com) – Iraqi security forces have arrested 65 protesters in Muthanna governorate as demonstrations over poor public services and corruption across southern Iraqi provinces entered their eighth day.

In remarks to the Iraqi Mawazin website on Monday, a security source said, "65 protesters were apprehended while taking part in a rally in Muthanna governorate."

The source pointed out that "the protests are sill ongoing in the governorate."

On Sunday, an Iraqi protester was killed, while 15 others were injured in mass demonstrations in Muthanna governorate.

The protesters also set fire to some headquarters of political parties.

Eight people killed so far in Iraq's protests, says ministry

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – The Iraqi Health Ministry has announced that eight people have been killed so far as a result of protests that started last week in Basra and extended to other southern provinces within a few days.

Speaking at a press conference, Seif al-Badr, the ministry's spokesman, said that the "clashes between protesters and security forces left 56 people injured, almost half of them are policemen."

According to the spokesman, three deaths were reported in Muthanna governorate, two deaths in each of Basra and Najaf, and one in Karbala.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi Interior Ministry has said that up to 274 security forces were injured in clashes with protesters since the start of mass demonstrations across the nation last week.

In an online statement, the ministry said there were brigadier generals and senior policemen among the injured.

Security forces use live ammunition to disperse protest, northwest of Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Security forces have forcibly dispersed a protest, northwest of Baghdad. Some entrances were closed, according to security sources and news reports on Monday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, "Rioting police in al-Shoala region dispersed a protest of around 300 demonstrators using live ammunition."

Some entrances were closed, the source added.

Moreover, the forces closed exits of al-Aamel district in Baghdad, preventing any gatherings there, Almaalomah website reported.

The troops were highly deployed there, closing exits that lead to Baghdad airport street.

Iraqi protesters burn pictures of Khomeini in Basra

[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] As popular unrest across several southern cities of Iraq, videos being shared on social media showed several demonstrators burning the offices of political parties with links to Iran, most notably those belonging to the Badr militia, Dawa party and the National Wisdom Movement.

Pictures from Sunday showed the burning of a poster bearing the image of former Iran Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini on a main street in the province of Basra.

"The streets of Basra continue to protest against the Iranian practices, which have been going on for years now, especially the after our water became saline after drainage thrown by Iran in the Shatt al-Arab River," Abu Ahmad al-Mansoori, one of the protesters in Basra, told Al Arabiya English.

The crumbling oil hub of Basra and others parts of the Iraqi southern heartland have long been neglected, especially by the Shiite-led governments who came after former president Saddam Hussein. Similar protests have occurred in the past.

In a rare move, protesters stormed the international airport in Najaf, a holy Shiite city, over the weekend temporarily halting air traffic.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, in response, announced that his caretaker government would release funds for water, electricity and health services in Basra, once dubbed the "Venice of the Middle East" for its network of canals.

Iraq: Deadly Basra protests spread to other cities

[Al Jazeera] Protests have spread to more Iraqi cities after a week of violent demonstrations in the oil-rich city of Basra where at least seven people were killed, dozens maimed, and hundreds tossed in the slammer
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
, police and activists said.

Monday's protests took place in the eastern province of Diyala and the southern city of Nasiriyah, according to AFP news agency.

The unrest first erupted in Basra on July 8 when security forces opened fire, killing one person. Protesters accused the government of failing to provide basic services, including electricity.

"We are the residents of Basra, not infiltators. We are simply raising our demands, which are clean water, electricity, basic services and jobs. Our peaceful protests are met with bullets," one demonstrator told Al Jazeera.
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Makeshift weapons found during infiltration attempt in Jenin
[Ynet] Border Police forces prevented an infiltration attempt overnight Sunday of several Paleostinian men in the Jenin area.

The police said several men fled back to the West Bank, while some escaped the police inside the Israeli territory.

One man, a 20-year-old from Jenin, was nabbed
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
and taken in for questioning by security officials. In addition, in a bag of one of the suspects, makeshift weapons had been found.
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IDF strikes 2 Hamas posts in Gaza as firefighters tackle balloon blazes
[IsraelTimes] Military says Arclight airstrikes a response to 'fire terror', with at least 7 fires reported in Israel since morning; rocket launched from Strip falls inside Paleostinian territory

Israeli aircraft struck a pair of Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, observation posts in the Gazoo Strip on Monday, with the military saying incendiary balloons were launched from nearby earlier in the day, sparking fires in Israel.

"The strike was carried out in response to the fire terror being led by the Hamas terror organization against Israel’s citizens and illusory sovereignty," the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear if any Paleostinians were maimed in the airstrike.

Some time after the Israeli attack, the army said a rocket was launched towards Israel from the north of the Strip, but apparently fell inside the Paleostinian enclave.

Meanwhile Israeli firefighting crews battled a number of blazes in the border region sparked by flaming airborne devices flown in from Gazoo.

In the Eshkol Regional Council, firefighters were working to extinguish three fires believed to have been caused by incendiary balloons, which local residents found at the scene, the regional council said.

It said seven fires had broken out in the Eshkol region on Monday, with all but one brought under control by firefighters.

"The assessment is that most [of the fires] were likely the result of incendiary balloons, except for one [caused by] burning waste," the regional council said.

Elsewhere, firefighting planes and other industrial equipment were brought in to battle a massive fire near Kibbutz Carmia, north of the Strip. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

‘Incendiary falcon' flown from Gaza ignites fire in southern Israel

[IsraelTimes] A falcon with an ignited cloth attached to its tail has been found dead next to field that was torched near Habesor Stream in southern Israel.

An employee of the National Parks Authority found the bird stuck in a tree near the fire in what appeared to be the newest phenomenon of incendiary objects flown from Gaza with the intent of igniting fires in bordering Israeli
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Israeli army drills for Gaza incursion, in apparent warning to Hamas
[IsraelTimes] With tensions high, troops simulate urban warfare in city of Beersheba; commander says IDF can move deep into Gazoo quickly, but decisive victory would take time

The Israel Defense Forces on Monday held a large-scale military drill simulating a ground incursion into the Gazoo Strip.

The drill in the country’s Negev region, which involved infantry and armored corps, included exercises in urban warfare, with the city of Beersheba serving as a surrogate for Gazoo’s cities, Channel 10 news reported.

On Monday, the Security Cabinet was briefed on the Home Front Command’s preparedness for conflict, while the army deployed additional Iron Dome Missile Defense systems in central Israel, and called up some reserve forces to better handle security needs.

Monday’s exercise ‐ which the IDF invited local media to film, and which was detailed on the evening’s main news broadcasts ‐ appeared intended to send a message to Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, that Israel was prepared to take drastic action, if needed, to bring peace back to the communities in the Gazoo periphery, which have also endured weeks of "fire kite" attacks launched from the Hamas-run Gazoo Strip.

The IDF’s Gazoo Division recruited reserve drivers Monday to help Israel’s fire department and the army deal with blazes in southern Israel caused by the airborne arson attacks.

Also Monday, the military completed deployment of another Iron Dome Missile Defense system in central Israel. The deployment came as part of the army’s preparations for the possibility that Hamas will instruct its operatives to fire long-range rockets at the heart of Israel.

Taking part in the drill, Ohad Najameh, commander of the 401st Armored Brigade, said he believed penetrating deep into Gazoo would not take long, but that a decisive victory over Hamas would take some time.

"In order to win, we need to confront the enemy, and we want to confront them on our terms, in our time," Najameh told Hadashot TV news. "We’ve developed the tools and the exercises so that we will be the stronger side when we meet Hamas."

Najameh further stated that the IDF was prepared to strike Hamas leadership, and had detailed plans regarding the group’s brass hats. "I believe that striking bigwigs will deal a significant blow and will affect the battlefield," he said. "And yes, we will try to strike them."

"We are ready and speaking in terms of war [that could come] toworrow," Lt. Col. Barak Rubin, deputy commander of the Nahal infanty brigade, told Channel 10. "It occurs to me that this drill could become a real entry into the Strip."

He added: "The purpose is decisive action, that when I meet the enemy, I will be able to defeat him and destroy him. We’re preparing surprises on our side, tools the other side is unaware of."

Lt. Col. Eli Gino, deputy commander of the Givati infanty brigade, added that the commanders and the military as a whole had implemented lessons from the 2014 war in the Strip. "We’ve learned and we’ve improved," he said.

On Monday members of Israel’s Security Cabinet along with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured the IDF’s Home Front Command headquarters and discussed preparations for emergency situations and earthquake scenarios in civilian areas ‐ another growing concern. Netanyahu also visited the rocket-battered Gazoo border town of Sderot.

During the tour, the Security Cabinet announced its intention to formulate a 10-year plan that will see NIS 5 billion ($1.38 billion) spent on fortification of infrastructure on the home front, against attacks and earthquakes.
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Hamas warns Israel of ‘dangerous consequences' over Gaza crossing closure
[IsraelTimes] Terror group's threat comes as Egypt also shutters Rafah crossing on Tuesday in both directions without explanation

The Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, terrorist group on Monday warned Israel of "dangerous consequences" over its fresh restrictions at a commercial crossing with the Gazoo Strip, as the administrators of the Rafah passage linking Egypt to the Paleostinian enclave announced its crossing would also be shuttered in both directions on Tuesday.

"The Israeli occupation’s closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing and depriving Gazoo from the most simple necessities of life is a crime against humanity that will be added to its list of crimes at the expense of the Paleostinian people including those living in the Strip," said Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum in a statement posted on the organization’s official website.

"These vengeful measures reflect the degree of the oppression and the ugliness of the crime that Gazoo is facing, that will have dangerous consequences for which the occupation will bear full responsibility," the terrorist group said.

The statement came as officials manning the Rafah crossing announced it will not be operating Tuesday in both directions, according to the Hamas-linked Paleostinian Information Center. No reason was given for the closure of the crossing into Egypt, which has been open since late May.

Earlier on Monday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s office said Israel will further limit the flow of goods into the Gazoo Strip in response to the continued airborne arson attacks emanating from the coastal enclave.

Between Tuesday and Sunday, no fuel will enter Gazoo through the Kerem Shalom. The entry of food and medicine will continue, but will require explicit permission from Israel. Additionally, Gazoo fishermen will only be allowed to venture three kilometers (1.8 miles) into the Mediterranean Sea, down from the current six kilometers (3.7 miles).

Liberman’s office said restrictions were toughened due to "continued terror attempts" by Hamas, which is allowing, encouraging and participating in flying incendiary devices and bombs into Israel with balloons and kites.

The arson attacks continued Monday, when at least seven blazes were started in the Eshkol region.

The new restrictions join those imposed by Israel last week, when it halted exports of Gazook produce and stopped most goods from going into the Strip. The military said the closure would continue as long as Paleostinians persist in launching incendiary kites and balloons into Israel.

The arson attacks from Gazoo in recent months that have burned thousands of acres of forest, agricultural lands and brush in southern Israel and caused many millions of shekels in damage.

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criticized the move, saying it "expects Israel to reverse these decisions" which risked "further aggravating the already dire economic situation in Gazoo."

Kerem Shalom is the only cargo crossing between Gazoo and Israel. The Strip has been subject to a strict blockade for the past 11 years that Israel says is necessary to prevent terrorist groups from bringing weapons into the Strip. Egypt also tightly controls the Rafah border crossing into the Sinai.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained that Israel was undertaking multiple measures to pressure Hamas, including closing Kerem Shalom.

The new restrictions came after a weekend flareup between Israel and the Hamas terror group in the Strip, in which some 200 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israel and the IDF carried out multiple strikes inside the Paleostinian enclave.

On Saturday night, a ceasefire of sorts was brokered by Egypt and other international bodies, though Israel was not directly involved in the talks. The violence abated to some degree, but tensions endured and cross-border attacks continued.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2018 00:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [25 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  My feeling is they should expand the Golan. Gaza is contained for now.
But all of this should have been done two years ago.
Posted by: jvalentour || 07/17/2018 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  You have two days left. Do you have any last wishes?

You Fucked with the Wrong GOD.
You will be corralled. Plenty of better qualified "Palestinians than you idiots may run that as a Nation instead of a gangsta paradise where you teach your kids to blow up.

You are the 4th most disgusting organization on the earth, Hamas. And I do not care anymore you satanic imbeciles. I want you gone.
Posted by: newc || 07/17/2018 0:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Two years ago then-President Obama was busily attaching more anvils to Israel’s ankles, jvalentour.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2018 0:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Questions, anyone?

Too late. You issued this statement and now I have to bite.

Hate to be ya. Smell you later!
Posted by: newc || 07/17/2018 0:46 Comments || Top||

Up to 22 killed, including 9 Iranians, in Syria strike blamed on Israel – report
[IsraelTimes] Earlier, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the corpse count at 9, said raid targeted an Iranian Revolutionary Guard center

Syrian rebel forces claimed that 22 people, including nine Iranians, were killed in an overnight strike in northern Syria blamed on Israel, the Qatar
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-based al-Jazeera network reported Monday.

The figure, which could not be confirmed, was much higher than an earlier report of nine deaths provided by a Syrian watchdog group.

The al-Jazeera report did not cite its sources or give any further details.

Syrian state media has accused Israel of carrying out the bombing of a military position in Aleppo province late Sunday, in what would be a rare Israeli attack so far north in the war-ravaged country.

"The Israeli missiles targeted an Iranian Revolutionary Guard center, near the Neyrab military airport," said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based monitor.

He said those killed included at least six Syrians, but could not specify the nationalities of the remaining fighters.

The position is a logistics hub used to provide equipment and food to pro-regime forces fighting at nearby fronts, but it did not store weapons, Abdel Rahman said.

Earlier Monday, the country’s official news agency SANA reported there was only damage to the site, identified as the al-Nayrab airbase, adjacent to Aleppo’s international airport.

"The Zionist enemy (Israel)... targeted with its missiles one of our military positions north of the Nayrab military airport, but the damage was only material," SANA said citing a military source.

Al-Nayrab has in the past been linked with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps militia.

The Observatory, which relies on a network of sources inside the country, said it had recorded a wave of blasts around Nayrab on Sunday night.

It said that a suspected Israeli missile strike had targeted "positions held by Syria’s regime and its allies at the Nayrab airport" and its surroundings.

The base was reportedly previously struck by Israel on April 29 as part of a large raid that also targeted weapons depots near Hama.

There was no immediate comment from Israel, which rarely confirms such attacks.

Suspected Israeli Arclight airstrikes have hit Syrian army positions near Damascus and in the central provinces of Homs and Hama in the past. However,
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they rarely occur as far north as Aleppo.

The raid came hours before a high-stakes summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin
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, where Syria and Iran are expected to be on the agenda.

Israel has been pushing Russia to remove Iranian-aligned militia fighters from Syria, and has vowed to stop them from getting a foothold anywhere in the country. Russia has reportedly only agreed to removing them from the Golan border region.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who met with Putin in Moscow last week, said Sunday he had discussed the issue with Trump a day earlier.

Netanyahu reportedly told Putin during their Wednesday meeting that Israel would not challenge Assad’s control of Syria, in exchange for freedom to act against Iran.

On July 8, Israel was accused of carrying out an airstrike on the T-4 military base near Homs, also thought to be used by IRGC fighters.
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Syrian Regime Advances Fast on Rebels in South
[AnNahar] Syrian regime forces backed by Russia made sweeping advances on Monday against rebels holding out in the country's south, a monitor and state media said.

Syria's government has been battling to oust rebels from the strategic southwestern provinces of Daraa and Quneitra since June 19, with a mix of heavy bombardment, ground attacks and negotiated surrenders.

Russian-backed Syrian troops now hold more than 80 percent of Daraa province but scored fresh gains Monday against remaining opposition forces in its western countryside and in neighboring Quneitra.

Quneitra also borders the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel, which has been on high alert since hostilities ramped up in the south nearly a month ago.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday that regime units and allied fighters had made a "quick advance" against rebels in the western part of Daraa.

"Syrian regime forces captured the town of al-Hara, as well as Samlin, al-Tiha and Zimrin," said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman.

He said regime forces had ousted rebels from al-Tiha in a military advance, while opposition forces in al-Hara had agreed a surrender deal.

Fighters in a nearby town, Nawa, were in talks for a similar agreement, he added.

Under such agreements, opposition forces hand over territory as well as their heavy and medium weapons to government troops in exchange for a halt to bombing.

But jihadists holding a hilltop adjacent to al-Hara refused to agree to a handover, said the Observatory.

The regime and Russia responded by heavily bombing the hilltop, killing 30 fighters from al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

Regime forces briefly overran the hilltop on Monday but an HTS ambush left 12 regime forces dead and forced them to retreat, Abdel Rahman said.

Citing a military source, Syrian state news agency SANA also said the army had captured a string of villages including al-Tiha and Zimrin.

Russian and Syrian air strikes also pounded Quneitra province for a second day on Monday, the Observatory said.
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Syrian regime intensifies shelling of ‘Triangle of Death’ around Daraa
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Syrian regime’s air forces intensified shelling over the "Triangle of Death", which includes areas in northwest Daraa and the Quneitra’s central countryside.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the regime’s air forces targeted positions in Tal al-Hara, Aqrba, Tal Mashra and others, adding that the number of raids targeting the Triangle of Death since Sunday morning increased to around 230.

The regime also used explosive barrels, the observatory added.

Evacuating opposition fighters and their families from Daraa began on Sunday. The evacuation implements the ceasefire decision reached between Russia and opposition factions on July 6. Hundreds of fighters and their family members boarded 15 buses on Sunday leaving Daraa.

Opposition factions in Daraa also began handing their heavy weapons over to the regime on Saturday.

The observatory noted that opposition factions control around 70% of Quneitra, which bears a sensitive location considering its borders with the Golan Heights occupied by Israel.
Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [11 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

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