[AnNahar] Clashes between protesters and security forces left at least 14 people dead on Sunday, the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 revolt that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... Authorities had tightened security in Cairo and other cities after Islamists called for protests against the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who ousted his Islamist predecessor Mohammed Morsi in 2013.
Demonstrators, mostly Islamist backers of Morsi, clashed with police, leaving 12 protesters dead in Cairo and another in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, a health ministry official told Agence La Belle France-Presse.
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[Ynet] In fierce fighting Sunday, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic gunnies who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria. Dozens of combatants have been killed and maimed, soldiers and hospital workers said.
At the same time the forces of Evil continued scorched-earth attacks on villages some 200 kilometers (125 miles) to the south in Adamawa state, slitting throats of residents, looting and burning homes and abducting dozens of trapped women and kiddies, according to Vandu Kainu and other escaping survivors.
The attacks come as U.S. Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State... arrived in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital nearly 1,000 miles (more than 1,500 kilometers) southwest of Maiduguri, for meetings with President Goodluck Jonathan ... 14th President of Nigeria. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). He is a lover of nifty hats, which makes him easily recognizable unless someone else in the room is wearing a neat chapeau... and his chief rival over fears of violence around critical Feb. 14 elections.
[AnNahar] Dutch police on Sunday rubbed out a knife-wielding man who tried to stab pedestrians outside an art museum in the northern city of Groningen.
The shooting happened around 5:30 pm (1630 GMT) outside the university city's Groninger Museum, when the man threatened bystanders with a number of large knives, police front man Ernest Zinsmeyer told Agence La Belle France-Presse.
"When police approached the ma, he fled. Officers fired a warning shot but the man tried to stab bystanders as he bravely ran away and police shot him," he said.
The man then fell into a canal near the museum and was pronounced dead by the time police retrieved him from the water.
Zinsmeyer said the suspect had not yet been identified and his motives were unknown.
No doubt there'll be a good deal more of this kind of thing for a while.
He said although a terror attack could not be ruled out, it was unlikely. The incident was being investigated.
As in other countries, Dutch police have been on high alert since a series of Islamist attacks left 17 people dead in Gay Paree earlier this month.
[Dawn] CHAKWAL: Police have jugged Please don't kill me! six members of three different outlawed organizations while an annual conference which was scheduled to be held on January 25 by the banned Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) in Talagang was also cancelled.
Among those arrested are Haji Mohammad Sharif a resident of Chak Malook village, Qari Amir Shehzad, a resident of Uthwal village, Hafiz Murid Hussain, a resident of Waray village and Sajid Mehmood, a resident of Umarabad locality of Chakwal city. They are associated with the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain ...a Sunni Deobandi organization, a formerly registered Pak political party, established in the early 1980s in Jhang by Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi. Its stated goal is to oppose Shia influence in Pakistain. They're not too big on Brelvis, either. Or Christians. Or anybody else who's not them. The organization was banned in 2002 as a terrorist organization, but somehow it keeps ticking along, piling up the corpse counts... and its reincarnation ASWJ.
Mohammad Javed, a resident of Dharukna village, is associated with the proscribed Jaish-e-Mohammad ...literally Army of Mohammad, a Pak-based Deobandi terror group founded by Maulana Masood Azhar in 2000, after he split with the Harkat-ul-Mujaheddin. In 2002 the government of Pervez Musharraf banned the group, which changed its name to Khaddam ul-Islam and continued doing what it had been doing before without missing a beat... and Ghulam Qasim, a resident of Dhoke Feroz, locality of Chakwal city, is associated with the banned Sipah-e-Mohammad Pakistain.
Meanwhile, ...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had been cornered by the banditti... the annual conference of ASWJ which was scheduled to be held on January 25 was also cancelled few days before its due date.
"Efforts to curb activities of proscribed outfits and to implement the law fully have been stepped up in the district," District Police Officer Dr Moeen Masood said.
Meanwhile, ...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had been cornered by the banditti... four prayer leaders were also booked under the newly introduced Punjab 1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots.... Sound System Regulation Ordinance.
[Dawn] MINGORA: The counterterrorism department, Swat, on Sunday enjugged ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... two suspected turbans during separate raids here.
According to sources, the raids were conducted at three different areas of the district, where two suspected turbans identified as Hazrat Jamal and Saad Ullah were taken into custody. They said that both were wanted to Matta police in different terrorist activities.
The sources that the police also arrested a person, Sher Rahman, who was wanted to Rahimabad police in a theft case.
Meanwhile, ...back at the bunker, his Excellency called a hurried meeting of his closest advisors. It was to be his last. They discussed the officers's efficiency rating system... an 80-year-old woman on Sunday appealed to the authorities to provide her justice as the rival family had got her two sons and a daughter-in-law tossed in the calaboose ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... for a crime they had not committed.
Talking to mediapersons at Saidu Sharif here, Bakht Meena accused the rival family and some influential people of Dardyal area of Kabal of implicating her sons and daughter-in-law in a fabricated case. She alleged that the rivals, including Mohammad Jan, Amjad and Khaista Bacha, were threatening her with dire consequences.
Peshawar -- Pakistan’s military said it killed 35 militants in fresh air strikes early on Sunday as part of a major offensive against the Taleban and other insurgents in the northwest. Officials said the air attacks were mounted in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan tribal district, which borders Afghanistan.
“In precise aerial strikes 35 terrorists including some foreigners were killed today...” a military statement said. Pakistani officials refer to Arab and Central Asian militants as “foreigners”. They sought sanctuary in tribal areas after fleeing the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
Pakistan began a long-awaited push to clear insurgent bases from North Waziristan last June after a bloody Taleban attack on Karachi airport finally sank faltering peace talks. Air strikes, artillery, mortars and ground troops have all been used to retake territory. The army has intensified its offensive since the Taleban’s massacre of 150 people, 134 of them children, in a school in Peshawar in December.
[Ynet] Armed Islamists fighting the Pak government caused a widespread blackout affecting at least 140 million people on Sunday by attacking an electric transmission facility.
80 percent of the country's population were without power following the assault on the station in southwestern 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...
The power failure, one of the worst Pakistain has experienced, caused electricity to be cut in major cities throughout the country, including the capital Islamabad.
It was later restored in much of the country, with the national power company saying normal distribution would resume within hours.
Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali later issued an apology and said electricity had been restored in most of the country, blaming the breakdown on rebels blowing up the line in Naseerabad district, which lies in southwestern Baluchistan province.
[IraqiNews.com] On Saturday, MP Qasim al-Araji announced, that the Iraqi joint forces have regained control over the area of Mansouriyat-al-Jabal, stressing that the entire province of Diyali has been completely liberated from ISIS.
"Army forces backed by al-Hashed al-Sha'bi fighters and local police brigades have managed to attack the last ISIS stronghold in Diyali province at Mansouriyat-al-Jabal by firing heavy artillery into the entire territory," al-Araji said.
The operation resulted in liberating the entire area of al-Mansouriya."
"Iraqi joint forces are now engaged in combing the neighborhoods and local streets of the area," he added.
[IraqiNews.com] On Sunday, a security source in Kirkuk province said, that the international coalition warplanes have killed 35 ISIS murderous Moslems in an air strike on ISIS sites in southwest of the province.
The source informed IraqiNews, "Yesterday evening, warplanes of the international coalition against ISIS have gone in an air strike on ISIS sites in al-Bakara base and other locations in central Hawija, located 55 southwest of Kirkuk, ... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time... " pointing out that, "The air strike resulted in killing more than 35 ISIS fighters, including elements of Arab nationals."
The source, who requested to remain anonymous, added, "Many families from the residents of al-Hawija have left their homes and moved to the villages in the outskirts of the district due to the intensive air bombings."
[IraqiNews.com] On Sunday, a source within the police force stated, that at least 7 people have been killed and 21 others were maimed in an kaboom that took place in a public market in central Baghdad.
The source informed IraqiNews, "A bomb that was emplaced near a public restaurant in the market of Harj, located in central Baghdad, has went off this morning, causing at least 7 deaths and 21 injuries among civilians in the area."
"Security forces shortly blockaded the area, while ambulances transferred the dead bodies to the Forensic Medicine Authority and carried the injured ones to a near hospital for medical treatment," the source added.
[IraqiNews.com] The Kurdistani Democratic Party headed by the President of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, stated that more than 385 ISIL bad boyz were potted in the last three days in djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... A source of the KDP stated to IraqiNews.com "The hospitals in Mosul received the corpses of more than 385 ISIL Death Eaters where 67 of them belong to foreigners," noting that "The citizens started to worry and left to northern Mosul to avoid being killed during the festivities."
[IraqiNews.com] The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) announced Saturday, that the paramilitary Kurdish Peshmerga forces have managed to kill 9 ISIS bully boyz and retake al-Salehiyah area in Tal-Afar district in western djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... Saeed Mumozini, the KDP front man in Mosul, stated to IraqiNews in an interview, "The Kurdish Peshmerga forces have managed to regain control over the area of al-Salehiyah in Tal-Afar district during violent festivities that resulted in killing 9 bully boyz and destroying 4 armored vehicles, belonged to ISIS."
For his part, a source within the Peshmerga forces has said today, "Our forces have carried out an intensive artillery strike into ISIS gathering sites in the area of Ba'shiqah, located in eastern Mosul."
Noteworthy, al-Mosul has been suffering from a major decline in security and severe humanitarian problems in all aspects of life since the ISIS group bully boyz seized the entire city on June 10, 2014.
[IraqiNews.com] On Sunday, a military source within the paramilitary Peshmerga forces stated, that the Peshmerga has foiled an ISIS attack on southern Erbil and caused dozens of casualties among ISIS ranks.
The source informed IraqiNews, "In the late hours of yesterday, the Peshmerga forces have managed to repel an intensive attack by the ISIS group turbans on the Kurdish Peshmerga sites in the village of Tal Arrim and Sultan-Abdullah hills, located 40 km south of Erbil," adding that, "The violent festivities between the two sides resulted in killing and wounding dozens of ISIS elements."
[IraqiNews.com] On Sunday, a security source in Anbar province said, that the Commander of the Third Army Brigade Lt. Col. Ali al-Ka'abi has been killed during festivities in western Haditha.
The source informed IraqiNews, "The Commander of the Third Army Brigade Lt. Col. Ali al-Ka'abi has been killed during violent festivities with four ISIS snipers in the area of al-Khasfa, located in western Haditha."
"The security forces killed the four snipers and began removing explosives in a combing operation," the source added.
[IraqiNews.com] The Commander of Special Forces Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Ali al-Saedi, was killed of western Anbar.
Security source reported to IraqiNews.com "The Lieutenant Colonel was killed by a sniper after killing four terrorist snipers affiliated to what is so called 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.... of Iraq and Levant to the west of Anbar province."
[Ynet] More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Moslemhard boyz Sunday in the southern Philippines in the biggest single-day combat loss for Filipino forces in many years, officials said.
Dozens of commandos had entered the far-flung village of Tukanalipao at dawn looking for a top terror suspect, but had a "misencounter" with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Mayor Tahirudin Benzar Ampatuan of Mamasapano town told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named by telephone.
[AnNahar] The army targeted on Sunday bully boyz entrenched in Madinat al-Malahi area on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal.
According to the state-run National News Agency, the army targeted with heavy artillery suspicious movements by gunnies in Madinat al-Malahi area in Arsal's Wadi Hmeid village.
Security sources told LBCI that the military targeted a bulldozer for gunnies in the area.
The mountainous area has long been a smuggling haven, with multiple routes into Syria that have been used since the conflict began in March 2011 to transport weapons and fighters.
Eight Lebanese troops were killed and several others were maimed in bloody festivities that erupted between the army and gunnies in the Tallat al-Hamra festivities on Friday "when snuffies attacked a military surveillance post in Ras Baalbek."
[AnNahar] Five civilians and two soldiers were killed and dozens of people maimed when rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds Sunday at central Damascus, a monitoring group said.
The rebel attack came two days after they threatened to retaliate for deadly air raids by the Syrian regime against an opposition-held area on the edge of the capital.
"Five civilians and two soldiers have been killed and dozens more maimed, as rebels in the Eastern Ghouta area fired more than 43 locally made rockets and mortar rounds at several areas of central Damascus," the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Among the areas hit were the al-Maliki and Mazzeh neighborhoods, as well as Arnus and Sabaa Bahrat squares, said the Britannia-based group.
Agence La Belle France-Presse journalists near Sabaa Bahrat square heard the blasts, while ambulances and fire trucks were seen rushing to the area.
State news agency SANA said the army fired back at the source of the incoming fire in Eastern Ghouta, without providing any details of casualties or naming the areas hit.
The attack came two days after Zahran Alloush, the head of the rebel Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) group, warned on Twitter that his forces would launch a "rocket campaign against the capital" from Sunday.
He wrote that rockets would "rain down every day... in retaliation for the regime's savage air raids" against residents in Eastern Ghouta.
Government aircraft on Friday carried out a series of deadly raids against rebel-held Hammuriyeh in the besieged Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus.
The Observatory said 56 people were killed, among them six children. Only five of the dead were fighters, said the group, which relies on a network of activists and medics on the ground.
Alloush's Jaysh al-Islam is the most powerful rebel group in Eastern Ghouta.
Tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the area suffer extreme shortages of food and medicine, activists say.
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