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Afghanistan
37 ISIS-K militants killed in Nangarhar air and ground operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least thirty seven bandidos bully boyz affiliated with 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 Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) were killed in a series of air and ground operations in 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..
province of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, the bandidos bully boyz were killed during the operations conducted in the vicinity of the restive Achin district.

The officials further added that 22 of the bandidos bully boyz were killed in Asad Khel area, 8 others were killed in Akhundzadas village, and 7 others were killed in the vicinity of Ango Jamat area.

Some heavy and light weapons belonging to the bully boyz were also destroyed during the operations, the officials said, adding that the security forces and the local residents have not suffered any casualties.

Tolo News says 80 ISIS Bad Guys total dispatched by airstrike to the Sweet Bye and Bye

At least 80 Daesh militants including foreign fighters were killed and six others were wounded in Afghan forces airstrikes in Ghor and Nangarhar provinces in the past 48 hours, the ministry of defense said early Monday.

According to the MoD 10 Daesh militants were targeted in Afghan airstrikes in Ghor province and their hideouts were destroyed.
The ministry said that 70 other Daesh militants were killed in Afghan airstrikes in Achin and Haska Mena districts of Nangarhar province and their six hideouts were destroyed in the airstrike.

Meanwhile in a separate Afghan security forces operation in Chahardara district of Kunduz province, at least 35 insurgents were killed and six others were arrested and their hideouts were destroyed.

The ministry said that three other insurgents including Mullah Burhan, a Taliban commander in Farah province, were killed and five others were arrested.

The Afghan defense ministry said that 23 other insurgents including al-Qaeda fighters and Mullah Noor Agha, a Taliban commander were killed, in Afghan forces’ clearance operations in Zabul and Uruzgan provinces.

No details were provided about military or civilian causalities.
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Taliban Attacks Camp Where Al Qaeda Mole Killed CIA Agents
[NBCNEWS] The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
has claimed credit for a Monday suicide kaboom on a U.S. base in Afghanistan that was once the site of one of the deadliest attacks on CIA personnel in the agency's history.

The bomber blew up an explosive-packed vehicle at Camp Chapman in Khost Province. There are no reports of U.S. casualties, but there were casualties amond the Afghan troops guarding the base. The attack came as U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis was visiting the Afghan capital of Kabul.

In 2009, when the facility was known as Forward Operating Base Chapman, a Jordanian doctor was brought to the camp to deliver valuable information about al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawhari. He was not searched on arrival, and detonated a boom jacket in the middle of the CIA personnel gathered to greet him. He killed seven CIA officers and contractors, a Jordanian intelligence agent and an Afghan CIA employee. Six other CIA officers and contractors were maimed.

The camp is in territory dominated by a Taliban faction known as the Haqqani Network. It has been attacked by jacket wallahs several times since 2009, including in 2012 and 2015. The 2015 attack, at a checkpoint near the main gate, killed 33 people.

Posted by: Fred || 04/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [72 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Gunmen murder Police officer in Mogadishu
[SHABELLENEWS] Suspected Al shabaab assailants bumped off a senior Somali Police Officer in Mogadishu on Monday evening, the latest in series of the killings in the capital over the past few weeks.

The officer who was identified as Ali Afweyne, was rubbed out at a cafe in Huriwa district by gunnies in a vehicle, according to a witness, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
The killers sped off in a Toyota car after shooting dead the Police officer before the arrival of the security forces. An investigation is underway to find out the perpetrators.
Posted by: Fred || 04/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [60 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


AMISOM convoy targeted in IED blast in Mahaday
[SHABELLENEWS] A powerful roadside bomb struck a convoy carrying African Union forces in Mahaday town in Middle Shabelle region on Monday morning, witnesses said. Local residents said they heard loud explosion followed a thick of black smoke rising into the sky. The AU troops cordoned off the scene, and carried out an operation, with no arrests. There was no immediate confirmation of the casualties as a result of the bomb attack.
Posted by: Fred || 04/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [56 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Four militants executed by firing squad in Baidoa city
[SHABELLENEWS] Somali military court on Monday has executed four suspects linked to al- Shabaab for carrying out blasts in the town of Baidoa, the administrative capital of Southwest lats year.

The the presence of Somali military tribunal chairman and other high-ranking Southwest administration officials, the men have been rubbed out by a firing squad outside Baidoa town.

The military court chairman Liban Ali Yarow has identified the executed defendants as Hassan Aden Mursal, Abdilatif Moalim Aden Abdirahman, Siyad Hassan Farah and Sharamad Aawaw Mohammed.

Yarow said the executed convicts are accused of being linked to Al Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
and involving in deadly attacks in Baidoa city in February, 2016 which killed scores of people.

Posted by: Fred || 04/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [66 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Local IS suspect reported gunned down in Sabratha
[Libya Herald] A wanted IS suspect is reported to have been bumped off in Sabratha today .

Abdullah Dabbashi from a leading family in the town was injured after US jets struck an IS compound in the town in February 2016 .

He was taken for treatment in Zawia where he was said to be guarded members of Farouq Brigade, led by Abu Obeida al-Zawi, one Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
’s more radical commanders.

However at the time a local official insisted to the Libya Herald that Dabbashi was dead, killed in a raid on his house.

Before the US raid, in which two Serb diplomats, allegedly kidnapped by Dabbashi, were killed, Sabratha’s mayor Hussein Dhawadi had denied there were any holy warriors in the town and had even staged a supervised press trip to prove this.

Pictures of social media today showed a man said to be Dabbashi slumped in the back of a car with bullet wounds to the head and upper body.

It is unclear how he and a relative travelling with him came to be killed. In the wake of the US raid, security forces in Sabratha reinforced from 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...
fought running battles with terrorists. It was during one such action that they claimed to have killed Dabbashi.
Posted by: Fred || 04/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [53 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Arabia
Emirati in Islamic State group gets 10-year prison sentence
[FOXNEWS] An Emirati previously convicted of being a member of the bad boy 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 has had his sentence increased from one year in prison to a 10-year sentence.

The state-run WAM news agency reported Monday the Emirati, whom it only identified by initials, was previously sentenced by the Abu Dhabi federal court of appeal, but that prosecutors had appealed the sentence.

The United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula, has not seen the type of krazed killer attacks that have plagued its Mideast neighbors. However,
a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth...
the staunch Western ally has convicted several Emiratis of belonging to the krazed killer group that is fighting mostly in Iraq and Syria.

Posted by: Fred || 04/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [54 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Europe
Migrant Boat Death Toll Rises to 15: Greek Coastguard
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Greece’s coastguard said Monday at least 15 people including children have died in a suspected migrant boat sinking off the Aegean island of Lesbos.

Eight of the bodies were recovered in Greek waters while the Turkish coastguard found another seven bodies, a Greek coastguard spokeswoman told AFP.

Two women, one of them pregnant, were recovered alive.

"According to the pregnant woman, there were 25 people on board the boat that sank," the coastguard spokeswoman said.

The dead apparently include nine men, four women and two children, she said.

Greek authorities had received no distress call prior to finding the bodies, the coastguard spokeswoman said.

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Europe migrant colonist briefs

'Islamic' Kindergartens Cause a Stir in Austria

[AnNahar] A debate is raging in Austria after a study suggested that Islamic kindergartens in Vienna were helping to create "parallel societies" or even produce the dangerous homegrown radicals of the future.

According to its author, Ednan Aslan, a Turkish-born Austrian professor at Vienna University, some 10,000 children aged two to six attend around 150 Muslim preschools, teaching the Koran much like Christian ones do with Bible studies. At least a quarter are backed by groups propagating arch conservative strains of Islam like Salafism, or organizations that see religion not just as a private matter but integral to politics and society, Aslan believes.

Number of migrant criminal suspects in Germany soared by more than 50% in 2016, as minister warns the number of crimes has 'increased disproportionately'
24/04/17
[DailyMail] Police in Germany revealed they were pursuing 174,000 migrant criminal suspects in 2016, an increase of 52.7 per cent on the previous year. Islamist crime also rose by 13.7 per cent, including the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market by a failed Tunisian asylum seeker. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere admitted that migrant crime is increasing at a 'disproportionate rate', but blamed the increase on the migrants' unsettled housing situation last year.

At least 15 migrants drown off Greek island

[IsraelTimes] Greece’s coastguard says at least 15 people including children have died in a suspected migrant boat sinking off the Aegean island of Lesbos. Eight of the bodies were recovered in Greek waters while the Turkish coastguard found another seven bodies, a Greek coastguard spokeswoman tells AFP.

Two women, one of them pregnant, were recovered alive.

"According to the pregnant woman, there were 25 people on board the boat that sank,” the coastguard spokeswoman said, adding the dead included men, women and children.

Greece’s Aegean Sea islands are a primary transit point for refugees and migrants seeking to reach Europe from Turkey. Over a million people have landed in Greece since 2015, many of them fleeing civil war in Syria.

Bulgaria stops five Germans on way to Syria to join militant groups

[DW] Bulgarian authorities have detained five German citizens suspected of having links to a militant organization. One of them was reported as being under the age of 18.

From Breitbart:
Report: Only 2.65 Percent of Immigrants into Italy Are Refugees
24 April
According to official reports, during the year 2016, only 2.65 percent of those immigrating into Italy were awarded asylum as refugees, with the vast majority staying on in the country as illegal, undocumented immigrants.

Italian Prosecutor Accuses Charities of Colluding With Traffickers in Libya
23 April
Charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya, an Italian prosecutor was quoted as saying Sunday, stirring up a simmering row over aid groups’ role in Europe’s migrant crisis. In an interview with Italian daily

Italy Hands First of Ten Boats To Libya For Migrant Rescues
21 April
Italy has given the Libyan coast guard the first two of 10 boats to rescue migrants from foundering smugglers’ boats, as part of a strategy Rome hopes will reduce the huge numbers of the rescued from reaching

Austria Calls for Closure of Mediterranean Route After 9,000 Migrants Ferried to Europe at Easter
19 April
Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka has called for the European Union (EU) to seal the Mediterranean route after 9,000 migrants were ferried from Africa during Easter weekend.

‘Germany Is a Nation of Immigrants’: Employers’ Unions Demand Open Borders
17 April
Declaring that Germany is in desperate need of migrants, the head of the umbrella group for employers’ associations has demanded the nation loosen border controls and recognise itself to be an “immigration country”.

Pakistani Nationals Arrested for Holding Migrants Hostage
17 April
Police in Greece have arrested three Pakistani nationals for holding hostage 16 migrants without authorization to be in the country and demanding money for their release.

Planned Attack on Russian Embassy Foiled ‘at Last Minute’ After Security Forces Storm Migrant Camp
17 April
The Moroccan migrant suspect at the centre of a foiled plot to launch an attack outside the Russian embassy in Berlin, Germany, was arrested “at the last minute”, just hours before the terror attack was due to take place.
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Sweden arrests second suspect over deadly truck attack
[Ynet] Swedish police said they had tossed in the slammer
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
a second suspect linked to the deadly truck attack in Stockholm this month.

The unnamed person was detained on Sunday on the order of prosecutors, the force said, without going into further details on the suspected offence.

Four people were killed and 15 injured when a truck ploughed into a crowd on a shopping street and crashed into a department store in the centre of the capital on April 7. The suspected driver, an Uzbek asylum seeker named by police as Rakhmat Akilov,
...who killed considerably fewer than he'd planned because his bomb didn't explode, demonstrating that Allah did not approve...
is already in jug.

Police said the second arrest had followed the examination of unspecified material gathered after the attack
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India-Pakistan
Suspected terrorist killed, another arrested in Karachi's Urdu Bazaar area
[DAWN] A suspected terrorist was killed and another tossed in the clink
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
after Rangers personnel conducted a targeted operation in the Urdu Bazaar area of Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
on Monday.

Four Rangers personnel were maimed in the operation as the suspected bandidos Lions of Islam retaliated by throwing grenades and firing during the operation.

Two people, including a teenager, were also injured.

The paramilitary force conducted a targeted raid on an alleged hideout of ’terrorists’ in an apartment located on Muqaddas Street in the Urdu Bazaar area.

Spokesperson for the Sindh Rangers said one terrorist was arrested, with the other barricading himself in a room. He was later killed in the shootout.

The suspects lobbed two hand grenades which injured two soldiers, added the Rangers spokesperson.

However,
the way to a man's heart remains through his stomach...
police officials said that four Rangers personnel, one shopkeeper and one teenager were hurt in the grenade attacks and firing between the security personnel and the suspects.

Preedy SHO, Aurangzeb Khattak, told Dawn that the Rangers conducted raid at the place on information about presence of suspects when they came under attack.
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Suspected Maoist rebels kill 24 troops in Chhattisgarh
[Al Jazeera] Suspected Maoist rebels have killed at least 24 paramilitary soldiers on Monday in a remote part of central India, a police official said, the latest attack in a simmering internal conflict.

The soldiers were guarding road workers in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh state when they came under fire. The rebels fired from hilltops at the group of soldiers, police officer Jitendra Shukla said.

Local media reported that at least six commandos had been critically injured and were being airlifted to safety.

The attack is the latest in a long-running conflict between faceless myrmidons and Indian authorities in the forests and rural areas of mainly central and eastern India.

"We have recovered 23 bodies from the spot and one jawan [soldier] died in Raipur during treatment," Anand Chhabra, a police brass hat in restive Chhattisgarh, told AFP news agency, referring to the state capital.
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Iraq
Three ISIS Fighters Killed By Long-Range Snipers and Wild Boars But Mostly Wild Boars
h/t Instapundit
Three Islamic State jihadis have reportedly been killed by rampaging wild boars near Iraqi farmland.
The three Islamic State militants were cut down by the feral boar known to inhabit Kirkuk in the the al-Rashad region, a local news site claims.

They attacked the militants and left three killed, Iraqi News reports.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/25/2017 00:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Ooops. Replicate.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/25/2017 1:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Muslims don't eat pork but apparently the reverse is not true.
Posted by: jpal || 04/25/2017 7:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Irony?
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/25/2017 7:52 Comments || Top||

#4  Weaponized bacon. What can't it do?
Posted by: Jeack Glagum6293 || 04/25/2017 8:35 Comments || Top||

#5  How boaring.

Those ISIS guys really acted like pigs attacking that farm.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/25/2017 8:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Which lard ass got eaten first?
Posted by: Jack Salami || 04/25/2017 9:29 Comments || Top||

#7  A competent intelligence service would be spreading stories of CIA trained/controlled boars.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/25/2017 9:58 Comments || Top||

#8  Does this mean they don't go to heaven?
Posted by: chris || 04/25/2017 10:10 Comments || Top||

#9  And a duplicate from yesterday or the day before.

Still, some posts are worth reposting.

#8 Does this mean they don't go to heaven?
Posted by: chris 2017-04-25 10:10


For a moment there, chris, I was thinking of the theology regarding pigs going to heaven, but then I realized you were referring to the Jihadis.
Posted by: ptah || 04/25/2017 11:05 Comments || Top||

#10  I was thinking of the theology regarding pigs going to heaven, but then I realized you were referring to the Jihadis.

Maybe.
Posted by: gorb || 04/25/2017 12:10 Comments || Top||

#11  NO VIRGINS FOR YOU!!
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/25/2017 12:20 Comments || Top||


Mosul Offensive News


ISIS Big Turban 6 others die in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Federal Police have announced killing of seven Islamic State foreign members, including the group’s military planning official in western Mosul.

“Police troops killed seven IS foreign militants, including abu Yassin al-Rousi, the group’s official of military planning, in western Mosul,” Lt.Gen.Shaker Jawdat, Federal Police chief, said in statements on Monday.

In related news, Jawdat indicated “opening passageways after clearing them of landmines and explosives to allow passage of civilians out of the Old City.”

Speaking BasNews, Lt. Gen. Ali Mohsen said the militants included three suicide bombers and that they were killed on al-Farouq and al-Meshahda disricts, south of Mosul.

Five civilians were arrested over collaboration with the militants, he added.

On Sunday, the pro-Iraqi government troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi declared killing IS leader abu Omar al-Aafri in Tal Afar town. Previously on the day, Kurdistan Region’s Directorate of Counter-Terrorism (CTD) said IS’s education department official Ali Reda Mahmoud was killed on Saturday in an airstrike by the international coalition jets in Tal Afar town, western Mosul.

The group has sustained severe losses in personnel and ground since an offensive was launched in mid October to retake Mosul, the second-largest Iraqi city and the militants’ last urban stronghold in the country.

The U.S.-led coalition had estimated the number of remaining IS militants in Mosul by less than 1000.

A major offensive was launched in February by Iraqi troops, backed by the international coalition and paramilitary troops, to retake western Mosul from IS. Eastern Mosul was recaptured in January after three months of battles.

ISIS mullah turns into a fine, red mist in airstrike in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State member in charge of psychological guidance for the group’s fighters was killed Monday along with ten others in an airstrike in western Mosul, according to an air force officer.

Anadolu Agency quoted Lit. Maan Abdullah saying that Ihsan Mulla Khaldoun a-Dawod, Islamic State’s so-called “guidance and psychological mobilization” official, was killed while holding a meeting in Zanjili district, in western Mosul.

Iraqi government forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, took over eastern Mosul in January after three months of battles. Another offensive launched in mid February to retake the western side of the city.

The U.S. State Department said last week Iraqi troops were in control over 4000 kilometers of the city.

Coalition officials had estimated the number of remaining IS militants in Mosul by less than 1000. The group has lost dozens of its foreign and local leaders since the start of western Mosul operations.

The conflict in Mosul has so far displaced more than half a million civilians, according to the United Nations and the Iraqi government.
Google Map at the link
Posted by: badanov || 04/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [80 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


Roadside bomb wounds 2 in Gisr Diyala region

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Two persons were injured due to blast that occurred near a market in northern Baghdad, security source said on Monday.

“A roadside bomb placed near a market on Taji district left two persons injured,” the source told Al-Ghad Press.

On Sunday, three other persons were wounded as an IED exploded in Gisr Diyala region, southeastern Baghdad.

Violence in the country left 1115 casualties, excluding security members, during March, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said. Baghdad was the second most affected province with 84 deaths and 246 injuries, according to the organization’s monthly casualty count.

Islamic State militants said they had been behind some bloody explosions and attacks that hit the capital in the past months, leaving casualties among civilians and security troops. However, several blasts are not followed by a claim of responsibility.

Islamic State is believed to have begun escalating attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October, so as to relieve pressure by government forces on that front and to divert attention from group losses.

Moreover, observers argue that attacks outside the city prove that the extremist group can still pose a security threat for all cities.

3 Iraqi kops wounded in bomb attack in Abu Gharib

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A police source revealed that three policemen were injured in a bomb blast that targeted their patrol, west of Baghdad, Alsumaria News reported on Monday.

The source said that an improvised explosive device exploded, at noon today, near a police patrol in al-Haswa area in Abu Gharib District, west of Baghdad, wounding three policemen.

Security forces cordoned off the area of incident, and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital to receive the needed treatment, the source added on condition of anonymity.

Earlier today, a roadside bomb placed near a market on Taji district left two persons injured, while yesterday three persons were wounded as an IED exploded in Diyala Bridge region, southeastern Baghdad.

The capital, Baghdad is witnessing a surge of violence and several suicide attacks that leave dozens of casualties every day.
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Anbar Antix


Iraqi militias kill 3 ISIS Turbans near al-Okashat region

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Paramilitary forces killed three Islamic State members during an overnight offensive in the western area of Anbar as preparations continue for an operation against the group’s havens in the province.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said through its media on Monday that the troops killed three Islamic State militants during an encounter at al-Okashat region.

Those killed included two Syrian nationals: Omar (Abu Khattab) al-Yasouf and Abbas (Abu Hamza) Moussa.

The operation comes as preparations proceed for an offensive targeting IS havens in western Anbar held since the group emerged in 2014.

Ghassan al-Eithawi, a spokesperson for tribal groups fighting the Islamic State in Anbar, was quoted saying that tribal forces were building up for an operation targeting IS strongholds in the towns of Annah, Rawa and Qaim.

Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition fighter jets have regularly pounded those locations, killing dozens of militants. It is widely expected that the Iraqi government will launch a major security offensive in Anbar once it is done with the campaign to drive out IS from Mosul, the group’s principal stronghold in Iraq.

Islamic State members reportedly killed and wounded 30 Iraqi security members in an ambush near al-Rutba region, west of Anbar, on Sunday.

Iraqi militias break even in combat casualties with ISIS troops with 2 dead

Rutba (IraqiNews.com) Sunni tribal forces fighting the Islamic State said Monday they killed two group members while losing two of their members in western Anbar on Monday.

Shaker al-Rishawi, a senior commander of the Tribal Mobilization forces in Anbar, said two tribal fighters and two Islamic State militants died, while two militants of Arab nationalities were arrested during an encounter at the “25th kilometer” region, west of the Rutba region, west of Anbar.

Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition fighter jets have regularly pounded locations held by the Islamic State at the stronghold towns of Annah, Qaim and Rawa, killing dozens of militants. Thousands of civilians are thought to be held in Islamic State captivity at those locations. It is widely expected that the Iraqi government will launch a major security offensive in Anbar once it is done with the campaign to drive out IS from Mosul, the group’s principal stronghold in Iraq.
Islamic State members reportedly killed and wounded 30 Iraqi security members in an ambush near al-Rutba on Sunday.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said through its media earlier on Monday that the troops killed three Islamic State militants during an encounter at al-Okashat region. Those killed included two Syrian nationals, according to PMU media.
Google Map at the link

10 Iraqi soldiers die in convoy ambush

BAGHDAD: Militants in Iraq ambushed a convoy of off-duty soldiers near a town in the country’s sprawling western desert, killing at least 10 and wounding 20, officials said on Monday.

Iraqi Maj. Emad Al-Dulaimi said the attack took place the night before near the town of Rutba. The militants were armed with assault rifles and rockets. Al-Dulaimi said he blamed Daesh.

Daesh later in the day took responsibility for the attack. A statement on the Daesh-affiliated Aamaq news agency claimed 18 were killed in the ambush, including two officers.

Daesh has carried out many similar attacks targeting Iraqi forces in the past months to detract from the ongoing battle between Iraqi forces and Daesh militants in Mosul.

Rutba lies about 390 kilometers west of Baghdad in the country’s vast Anbar province. It’s the last sizable town on the way to the border with Jordan.

Iraqi forces launched a wide-scale military operation last October to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city from Daesh militants. The eastern half of the city, separated in two by the Tigris River, was declared completely free of IS in January and now Iraqi forces are fighting to rout IS from all of the western, more densely populated half of the city.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said last week that 493,000 people have been displaced from the city and that as many as 500,000 others remain in IS-controlled parts of western Mosul.
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Diyala kops destroy ISIS hideout in al-Wajihiyah
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Diyala Police Command announced, on Monday, arresting a terrorist, in addition to destroying a hideout belonging to the Islamic State during two raids in different areas of the province.

The command said in a statement that forces from al-Wajihiyah area police department, backed by the Intelligence Office, arrested a wanted man on charges of terrorism, in the outskirts of the area.

Intelligence information also indicated to the presence of a hideout belonging to the Islamic State in al-Hamed Village in the outskirts of Balad Ruz District, the statement added. Joint forces from Balad Ruz Police and Diyala emergency regiment destroyed this hideout, which contained three plastic barrels, 10 blankets and food materials.

Noteworthy, security forces in Diyala managed to arrest several wanted people, and seized a large number of the Islamic State’s hideouts in the province, during the previous months.
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Salahuddin Kombat Kronicle
Iranian militias kills 4 ISIS Bad Guys in Salahuddin

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Paramilitary troops have killed four suicide bombers as their infiltration attempt in north of Salahuddin province was foiled on Monday.

“Troops of the 29th brigade were able to besiege and kill four Islamic State suicide bombers near Baiji city, north of Salahuddin,” the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Public Mobilization Units) said.

“The attackers were attempting to sneak into Baiji to target the military units there,” it added.

On Sunday, the pro-government troops killed two IS militants after targeting their havens in Makhoul mountains, north of the province.

Salahuddin has witnessed an escalation in IS attacks on deployments by Iraqi government forces and PMUs over the past months as Iraqi government forces continue to make gains in Mosul, the group’s largest stronghold in Iraq, since a security campaign launched in October to retake the city.

Observers believe IS attacks outside Mosul seek distracting security attention from Mosul and to make up for losses.

IS militants still pose a security threat in Salahuddin though security forces had recaptured large areas of the province since the group emerged in 2014 to proclaim an “Islamic Caliphate”.

PMUs are considered one of the largest militias in Iraq. It was established in 2014 by a fatwa (religious edict) to fight the Islamic State. In late 2016, the Iraqi parliament recognized the militia as a national armed force.

Samarra Militia group disatches suicide bomber to his Great Reward

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Pro-Iraqi government paramilitary troops have killed a suicide attacker inside a house south of Samarra, in Salahuddin province, a security source said on Monday.

“The 313 brigade of al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Public Mobilization Units] troops besieged on Monday a bomber, vested with a suicide belt, inside a house in al-Ishaqi district, south of Samarra,” the source told AlSumaria News.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said “troops killed the attacker after exchanging fire with him.”

Earlier on Sunday, the troops killed four suicide bombers as they attempted infiltration near Baiji city, northern Salahuddin.

The province has witnessed an escalation in IS attacks on troops deployed by Iraqi government forces and PMUs over the past months as Iraqi government forces continue to make gains in Mosul, the group’s largest stronghold in Iraq, since a security campaign launched in October to retake the city.

IS militants still pose a security threat in Salahuddin though security forces had recaptured large areas of the province since the group emerged in 2014 to proclaim an “Islamic Caliphate”.

PMUs have actively engaged with government forces in securing recaptured areas and searching for dormant IS cells in Salahuddin and other provinces.
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Three ISIS fighters 'are killed by rampaging wild BOARS'
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Three Islamic State jihadis have reportedly been killed by rampaging wild boars near Iraqi farmland. The three Islamic State militants were cut down by the feral boar known to inhabit Kirkuk in the the al-Rashad region, a local news site claims. They attacked the militants and left three killed, Iraqi News reports.
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#1  Pigs 3, Taliban 0.
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#2  Hope the Boars know it's haram to eat unclean meat
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Soldier stabbed at Qalandiya checkpoint; assailant neutralized
A tale to wring tears from a stone -- and then she failed to get herself killed, poor dear.
[Ynet] Security forces neutralize a female attacker who approached the checkpoint north of Jerusalem before removing a concealed blade and stabbing a soldier; soldier lightly maimed in the upper body and evacuated to hospital for treatment.

A female soldier was stabbed at the Qalandiya checkpoint Monday morning, north of Jerusalem.

The female assailant was neutralized at the scene, while the soldier--an NCO in the Civil Administration--was lightly maimed in the upper body.

The woman who carried out the stabbing attack was identified as Asya Kabaneh, 41, from the village of Duma in the Nablus area.

Asya, who is a married mother of 9, said during investigation that for a long time she has been in conflict with her husband, who threatened to deport her to her family in Jordan.

The investigation also revealed that she had fought with her husband last night over the education of their children and as a result, she decided to carry out an attack in order for the security forces to shoot her because--in her words--she was fed up with her life.

Police report that the attacker arrived at the checkpoint and approached security forces, claiming she wanted to ask a question. At that point, she apparently pulled out a knife that was concealed in her bag and stabbed the soldier.

Police and security guards on the scene then neutralized her. The injured soldier was treated lightly by MDA and evacuated to the hospital.
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#1  I remember a United flight from Louisville KY to Chicago that turned around over Springfield IL to refuel because the pilot forgot to 'top the tanks'.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian rebels enter Taqba
[ArabNews] BEIRUT: A US-backed alliance of Arab-Kurdish forces entered the key jihadist-held town of Tabqa on Monday as they pursued their campaign against the Daesh group in northern Syria.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have set their sights on Tabqa and the adjacent dam as part of their broader offensive for the city of Raqqa, the Syrian heart of the jihadists’ self-styled “caliphate” since 2014.

Supported by US-led coalition air strikes and special forces advisers, the SDF surrounded Tabqa in early April.

On Monday, they entered it for the first time, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

“They seized control of several points in the town’s south and were advancing on its western edges,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

He said US-led coalition warplanes were carrying out “intense” strikes in support of the offensive, but that one raid had killed three women and five children trying to flee Tabqa.

“One raid killed eight civilians from a single family, including five children, who were trying to escape in their car via the town’s southwest,” Abdel Rahman said.

In an online statement, the SDF said it had captured IS-held positions in west Tabqa, including a roundabout, and part of a southern district.

“There are now clearing operations in the liberated positions,” the SDF said.

Tabqa sits on a key supply route about 55 kilometers (34 miles) west of Raqqa, and served as an important IS command base, housing the group’s main prison.

According to the Syrian Economic Task Force, a Dubai-based think tank, Tabqa is home to 85,000 people including IS fighters from other areas.

The assault on Tabqa began in late March when SDF forces and their US-led coalition allies were airlifted behind IS lines.

The ensuing fight has been intense, with IS dispatching suicide bombers daily to try to slow the offensive and coalition warplanes intensifying their raids.

“The real battle begins now,” Abdel Rahman said on Monday, adding that IS fighters had “no way” out of the town.

For months, the SDF has been advancing on Raqqa, hoping to encircle it before a final attack.

The city was home to around 240,000 residents before 2011, and more than 80,000 people have fled to it from other parts of the country.

Syria’s war has left more than 320,000 people dead since it began with protests in 2011 that were brutally repressed by the government of President Bashar Assad.

Regional and international powers have since been drawn into the complex conflict, in which internationally prohibited weapons such as cluster bombs and toxic gas have been used.

On April 4, a suspected chemical attack killed 87 civilians, including many children, in the northwestern rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun.

Much of the international community blamed the Syrian regime, and three days later 59 US cruise missiles targeted the airbase from where the attack was launched.

Assad ally Moscow protested the US action and consistently sought to deflect blame from Damascus over the incident.

Air raids on Khan Sheikhun have continued, with seven people killed in strikes on the town market on Monday, the Observatory said.

It came as Russia’s defense ministry said the Syrian army would halt fire around Khan Sheikhun if experts were allowed in to conduct a probe.

The ministry said Damascus was “ready to declare a complete moratorium on the activities of its troops, aviation and artillery in the area” if investigators were sent in.

Syria’s government has not commented on the offer.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said last week that “incontrovertible” test results showed sarin gas or a similar substance had been used in Khan Sheikhun.
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Syrian Army Restores Stability to Number of Towns in Hama Countryside
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Syrian Army units restored Monday security and stability to the towns and villages of al-Masaseneh, Zour al-Heiseh, and Zour al-Teibeh in the northern countryside of Hama, killing 300 Death Eaters and injuring a large number of them, destroying 20 vehicles , two ammunition warehouses and two tanks.

Earlier, an army unit thwarted an infiltration attempt by terrorist groups affiliated to al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front terror organization in the direction of military positions i in Hama province’s southern countryside.

SANA’s correspondent in Hama said that army units targeted the movements of terrorist groups that moved from the direction of Hur Binafseh town to attack military positions in the surroundings of al-Zara village and the thermal station there, killing and injuring a number of Death Eaters and destroying their weapons and ammo.

Lattakia

A unit of the army killed a number of Death Eaters and destroyed their car, equipped with munitions and cannon near al-Tufahiya in Lattakia northern countryside.

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Hezbollah obliterates ISIL’s HQ near Syrian border
[ALMASDARNEWS] Hezbollah carried out a powerful attack against 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....
(ISIS) bully boyz embedded in the Ras Ba’albak region of the Beqa’a Governorate of Leb on Monday.

The Lebanese group would score a direct hit on an Islamic State command center in Ras Ba’albak on Monday, killing and wounding several turbans in the process of their attack.

Hezbollah turned the tables on the Islamic State this week after the latter launched a powerful offensive in Ras Ba’albak over the weekend.

The Islamic State has occupied several parts of Ras Ba’albak in eastern Leb for nearly two years now; they continue to operate in this region, despite ongoing attacks from Hezbollah and Lebanese Army.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi and Syria Editions


ISIS executes 25 in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants have executed group of civilians in al-Hawija district over attempting to flee ‘the land of caliphate’, officials said.

“Information from our sources in Hawija showed that the executed people earlier helped their families escape to the liberated regions,” Ahmed Khurshid, spokesperson of Hawija tribal mobilization troops, told Kirkuk Now website. The victims were held by IS as they tried to join their families at the freed regions

Meanwhile, Sheikh Marzouq al-Nae’my, head of al-Nae’m tribe, said, “IS executed 25 persons, however, we expect a higher figure as some people are still missing.”

“We were informed through our sources that a massacre was committed by IS,” the tribesman said, adding that the massacre “will not be the last one.”

Dozens of residents from Hawija and the regions in its vicinity escape to Kirkuk province on a daily basis. Despite the risky routes to the freed regions, the civilians prefer death to staying under IS control.

Hawija, located 55 KM west of Kirkuk, has been held by IS since mid-2014.

The Iraqi government is expected to launch an offensive to retake IS-occupied areas in Kirkuk once it is done with eradicating IS from Mosul, the group’s biggest bastion in Iraq.

ISIS executes its own in Raqqa

Baghdad (BasNews) The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the international coalition, revealed on Sunday that they have received intelligence information indicating that the Islamic State (IS) has began to execute its foreign elements.

Intelligence sources say that local militants do not trust the foreign ones, accusing them of spying for the international coalition and the SDF which has closed in on the group’s stronghold of Raqqa and controlled all roads leading to the city.

The IS organization therefore has recently executed a large number of its foreign militants including leaders, according to the SDF.

These intra-IS tensions suggest that the organization is on the verge of defeat, particularly after the SDF managed to isolate Raqqa and began preparations to storm it.

Iraqi forces liberate kidz in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Security troops have freed several children who were held by Islamic State in west of Mosul. One of the children was found dead due to being tortured by the militants, a security source from Nineveh province said.

“Security forces liberated a group of children who were detained by IS in al-Zanjili district, in western Mosul,” the source told AlSumaria News on Monday.

“The troops were able to save three of the children after one of them succumbed to death due to being tortured by the militants,” the source added.

“Preliminary investigations with the children showed that they were held by IS members for disobeying orders made by the group,” according to the source.

Last month, Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights reported said 197 children were taken hostage by the IS militants near al-Nouri Grand Mosque in west Mosul where the Iraqi troops have closed in on the militant group.

Islamic State has executed hundreds of civilians and security members since it took over large areas in Iraq to proclaim a self-styled “Islamic Caliphate” in 2014.

A major offensive was launched by Iraqi government forces, backed by international coalition troops led by the United States, in October to retake Mosul, IS’s largest base in Iraq. The eastern side was retaken in January, while another offensive was launched in February to recapture the west.
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