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Afghanistan
ISIS militants execute three of their comrades in North of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The ISIS faceless myrmidons have executed three of their comrades in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan, the local government officials said.

The incident has taken place in the vicinity of Qosh Tapa district of Jawzjan where the faceless myrmidons loyal to ISIS terrorist group are actively operating.

Provincial governor’s front man Mohammad Reza Ghafoori confirmed the incident and said the faceless myrmidons were apparently executed after they were accused of having links with the government.

He said the dead bodies of the slain faceless myrmidons were recovered from Alamlek village in Qosh Tapa district.

The anti-government armed myrmidon groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

The security situation in Jawzjan province has started to deteriorate during the recent years with the rampant insurgency led both the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and ISIS myrmidons.

The ISIS faceless myrmidons executed at least three civilians in this province nearly four months ago, accusing them of supporting the government.

At least 52 farmers were kidnapped by the faceless myrmidons believed to having links with the ISIS terrorist group in mid-February this year.

At least six employees of the International Committee of Red Thingy were also rubbed out by faceless myrmidons in this province during the same month.

Local officials said the ICRC employees were rubbed out by ISIS loyalists and at least two of them were kidnapped.

Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [54 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Prominent Taliban leader Mawlavi Shahidullah killed in Kunduz airstrike
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A prominent leader of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group has been killed during the air and ground operations in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, Mawlavi Shahidullah was killed during the operations conducted late on Saturday night.
"Holyman Allah's Martyr?" How appropriate.
A front man for the 20th Pamir Division in Northeastern parts of the country Nazar Mohammad Ghiasi said the operations were conducted in Kunduz city, Qala-e-Zal, and Khanabad districts.

He said at least 17 Taliban turbans were killed during the operations and 15 others were maimed.

Ghiasi further added that Mawlavi Shahidullah was one of the prominent leaders of the Taliban in Kunduz province who had a major role in the destructive activities.

The Taliban turbans group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Kunduz is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where the Taliban turbans are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

The Afghan cops are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations in various restive districts of Kunduz, including the strategic Kunduz city as the Taliban turbans are attempting to expand their insurgency in this key province.
Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [53 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban claims Kabul bombing that left 24 civilians dead, 42 others wounded
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
holy warriors group grabbed credit behind the deadly bombing in Kabul city that left at least 24 civilians dead.

The group’s front man Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement claimed that the attack carried out by a jacket wallah targeted two vehicles carrying intelligence operatives.

Mujahid also claimed that 37 intelligence operatives were killed in the attack but the security officials in Kabul are saying that only non-combatants were killed in the attack.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said at least 24 non-combatants were killed and 42 others were maimed in the attack, rejecting the claims by the Taliban that the security personnel were targeted.

The attack by the Taliban comes days after a new report was released regarding the civilian casualties in Afghanistan, attributing the majority of civilian casualties to the armed holy warriors activities between January and June.

The new report by United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) highlights that 40 per cent of all civilian casualties during the six-month period were killed or injured by anti-government forces using improvised bombs (IEDs), such as suicide bombs and pressure-plate devices, which were responsible for the deaths of 596 civilians and injured 1,483.

Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [53 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


40 ISIS militants killed, wounded in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 40 forces of Evil 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 (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot, ISIS Khurasan, were killed during the 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.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the forces of Evil were killed or maimed during the ground operations and Arclight airstrikes in Haska Mina district.

The statement further added that 25 forces of Evil including their three commanders were killed and 15 others were maimed.

The forces of Evil were killed after they launched an attack on the Afghan forces during a clearance operation in Miaji Baba area of Haska Mina district, the statement said, adding that the Afghan forces were busy in clearance operations in Rod Khana, Char Wazi, Dand Khana, Mariz and Miajji Baba areas when the festivities started.

According to the local officials, the festivities started after the ISIS forces of Evil engaged the security forces from the residential houses where they had taken shelter.

The operations were conducted with the support of the airpower, the provincial government said, adding that the local residents and security personnel did not suffer any casualties during the festivities.

The anti-government armed bully boy groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

Both the Afghan and US forces conducted regular strikes against the loyalists of the terror group in this province.

The increased raids, usually involving dronezaps, by the US forces followed a broader role granted by the B.O. regime earlier last year.

The broader role was granted amid concerns that the loyalists of the terror group are attempting to expand foothold in the country and turn the eastern Nangarhar province into a regional operational hub for its fighters.

Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [46 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Hekmatyar says recent deadly attacks planned outside the country
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
... who used to be known in intelligence circles as The Most Evil Man in the World but who now seems merely run-of-the-mill evil...
has said the recent deadly attacks were planned outside the country.

Apparently gesturing towards the recent bombings in Kabul city, Hekmatyar made the remarks during a meeting with a group of the youths in his residence.

He said the foreigners are seeking their personal interests with the persistent violence and war in the country, insisting that the recent bombings were planned outside the country and no Afghan or a Moslem would carry out such attacks.

Hekmatyar further added that the Afghan people will never carry out attacks inside the mosques or on funeral ceremonies.

The remarks by Hekmatyar came as more than 150 people were killed in a deadly bombing near the embassy of Germany in Kabul late in May and a coordinated suicide kaboom targeted a funeral ceremony few days later that also left nearly one hundred people dead or maimed.

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

The Afghan officials are saying that the Haqqani terrorist network based in Pakistain plotted and carried out the attack although the leader of the network in a voice message said today that the group has no role in the incident.

Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [55 views] Top|| File under: Hizb-i-Islami-Hekmatyar


Africa Horn
Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous forces placed on high alert in anticipation of imminent ISIS attack on Sirte
[Libya Observer] al-Bunyan al-Marsous Operation has mobilized forces in Sirte and is preparing to repel a large scale and imminent attack from ISIS holy warriors, front man of the Ministry of Defense, Brigadier General Mohammed al-Ghosari, has declared.

Al-Bunyan al-Marsous forces have reinforced their presence in the city, which has been placed on high security alert, in anticipation of the attack.

Al-Bunyan al-Marsous Operation has also deployed an armed convoy of 20 vehicles in al-Sabah district, west of Sirte, and set up checkpoints at all entrances of the city, he added.

Al-Ghosari indicated that a large number of ISIS hard boyz were able to regroup and are mobilizing forces to launch attacks on Sirte from both the south and east side of the city.

Earlier, Chief of Military Intelligence of the Central Region, Ismail Shukri, said that ISIS runaways are moving freely in southern Sirte where Dignity Operation forces are positioned.
Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Kenyan forces battle Al Shabaab militants in Somalia
[SHABELLENEWS] A heavy battle between Al shabaab Death Eaters and Somali government forces backed by Kenyan defense forces broke out in the outskirts of Bardere district in Gedo region.

The fighting erupted after Al shabaab has targeted KDF convoy with a land mine kaboom at Fahfahdhun village, while transporting supplies to a military camp in Tarako area.

After the kaboom on Kenyan military, Al shabaab launched an ambush against Somali government forces in the area, triggering a fierce shootout that left soldiers and Death Eaters dead.

Shukri Abdullahi Hussein, a senior Somali military commander in the region said several government soldiers sustained a slight wounds in the attack, and continued their duties.

Al shabaab grabbed credit for the attack, through a statement published on its affiliated websites, saying they killed Kenya soldiers, and burnt down armored vehicles.

Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [43 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Four Al shabaab members killed in Beled-Hawo town
[SHABELLENEWS] A Somali official says Jubbaland forces have killed four Al shabaab members in the border town of Beled-Hawo on Monday, July 24.

The holy warriors, including an elderly man were executed by Jubbaland soldiers in the outside Beled-Hawo after they were taken out from a prison in the town, to the official said.

The executed Al shabaab members were held for killing a local elder in the past.

Jubbaland state is yet to comment on the mass murder, however, it comes as the region’s leader Ahmed Madobe is expected to pay a visit to Gedo province, southwest of Somalia.

Al shabaab has been battling Somali and Kenyan forces in the region for almost 6 years in the region, since KDF crossed into the country in mid 2011, to fight the holy warriors.
Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [40 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Bestial video shows Libyan eastern executioner Al-Werfalli conducting summary execution of captives
[Libya Observer] An IS-styled video was published on Sunday on social media showing the notorious Captain at the Special Force of Dignity Operation, Mahmoud al-Werfalli, conducting a summary execution of about 20 captives in Benghazi.

Al-Werfalli appears in the video standing on the side with about 20 men in orange suits blindfoldedly sitting on the ground on their knees awaiting gunshots by the firing squad.

One group of shooters followed the other in massacring the captives by opening fire on them at point blank range, the video shows.

Blood-thirsty al-Werfalli, who is accustomed to mass murdering captives and prisoners, mentioned in the video that the execution took place on July 17 - less than a week ago.

The date of the video is twice as shocking knowing that it nearly coincided with the call of the UN spokeswoman for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Liz Throssell, on the eastern forces of Khalifa Haftar
... served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
to probe summary executions committed by al-Werfalli against detainees, prisoners and captives.

Throssell demanded al-Werfalli be suspended from his post as part of Haftar's killing squad, but instead, he appeared today massing up captives kneeling down before he ordered a group of protégés to execute them.

Al-Werfalli has been featuring in many execution IS-styled videos lately clearly showing himself in action, killing captives at point blank range.

In May, Benghazi Security Directorate accused al-Wirfalli’s rogue groups for the killing of police officer Captain Musa al-Mijibri, which forced him to announce a fake resignation. Later he was promoted by Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled army from captain to major.

Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [84 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa Subsaharan
At least 8 dead after female suicide bombers hit camps in Nigeria
[AlAhram] At least eight people are dead after exploding trollop female suicide bombers attacked two displaced persons camps in northeastern Nigeria's main city, a civilian self-defense group said Monday. It was the first major attack on a displaced persons camp in Maiduguri, the birthplace of the 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...
bad boy insurgency.

The attack started late Sunday night and left another 15 people maimed, front man Bello Danbatta with the Civilian-JTF group told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named.

The Nigeria-based bad boy group Boko Haram often targets the city with suicide bombers and increasingly has been using female ones. Nigeria's government late last year declared the group "crushed" but dozens of such attacks have been carried out this year.

The latest bombings occurred a few days after Nigeria's army chief of staff issued a 40-day deadline for troops to flush out Boko Haram's leader and finish off the bad boy group.

Danbatta said one bomber sneaked into the Dalori camp and detonated, and two other attackers went kaboom! on or near the camp's perimeter fence. Another bomber detonated early Monday morning.

Thousands of people continue to shelter in camps after being forced from their homes by Boko Haram. The bad boy group's eight-year insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people, kidnapped thousands of others, spilled into neighboring countries and created one of the world's largest humanitarian crises.

Nigeria is moving closer to famine, with more than 5 million people expected to face "crisis, emergency and famine conditions" by the end of August as the lean season continues, the Norwegian Refugee Council said in a statement Monday. The unrest has disrupted farming and access to markets in the region.
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Arabia
Soddy soldier dies in land mine attack in Asir
Abha-A Saudi soldier has died from his injuries after a landmine exploded near his patrol unit near the border region of Asir province.

Major General Mansour al-Turki, the security spokesman at the Interior Ministry, said the incident took place at 7 am local time on Sunday during a routine operation of a border patrol unit at the Maseel border post in Asir, according to SPA.

“A landmine exploded, resulting in the death of soldier Ati bin Mardad al-Jadaani,” Turki said.
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Yemeni army warns missile attacks on Soddys will continue
Rocketry Force in Yemeni army and popular committees announced the start of “Beyond Riyadh” stage, after targeting the refineries of Yanbu oil province in Saudi Arabia with long-range ballistic missile (BurkanH2).

The rocketry force confirmed in a statement on Sunday that the refineries in Saudi Arabia have become a military target and demanded that foreign companies should pack their bags and leave.

“Oil refineries have become a military target. Our advice to foreign companies working for the alliance to pack their bags and leave.”

It pointed out that the targeting of Yanbu refineries comes in response to the slaughter of prisoners by the forces loyal to the Saudi-led coalition in the directorate of western Taiz, warning the coalition against compromising the dignity of prisoners.

It stressed that its operations will “continue to escalate in response to continued aggression and siege,” according to the text of the statement.

Source: Websites
Posted by: badanov || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [64 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


India-Pakistan
26 killed in blast near Lahore's Ferozepur Road
[DAWN] At least 26 people, including nine coppers, were killed while 58 others were maimed in a bombing attack near the Arfa Karim IT Tower on Lahore's Ferozepur Road on Monday afternoon.

Lahore's DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf said that the blast, which occurred at around 3:55pm, was a "suicide kaboom" and that "police were the target". The Tehrik-e-Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Pakistain (TTP) grabbed credit, stating that a "suicide attacker" had used a cycle of violence bomb to target police officials.

A CTD spokesperson confirmed that nine coppers were killed in the blast. The injured included at least six coppers.

Rescue 1122 teams shifted the injured to nearby hospitals, where an emergency had been imposed.

Punjab government spokesperson Malik Mohammad Ahmed said the attack had occurred at an old vegetable market in the Kot Lakhpat neighbourhood in Lahore. The area is a busy locality and the office of the 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....

chief minister is located nearby.
Courtesy of Crereter Snens1804, ABC News adds:
Senior police officer Haider Ashraf said a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted police guarding a demolition site at Kot Lakhpat's vegetable market on the outskirts of Lahore.

Ashraf said it was believed earlier that the bomb was in a car, but it was later discovered that the vehicle belonged to a police officer, among the eight officers killed.

He said many of 54 wounded are policemen and several bystanders were wounded by the impact of the powerful blast. Ashraf added that near the blast site a high rise building houses important information technology offices but the apparent target was the police gathering.
Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [45 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Iraq
8 ISIS Turbans die in border fighting with Iraqi militia
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Eight Islamic State militants were killed as the Shia-led paramilitary troops thwarted two separate attacks against the Iraqi-Syrian borders.

In a statement on Monday, the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) quoted Ahmed Nasrallah, deputy commander of the 13th brigade, said “troops repelled on Monday two separate attacks for IS against villages on the Iraqi-Syrian borders. The militants launched attacks after they attempted infiltration, which left eight members killed and four vehicles destroyed.”

On Saturday, PMUs repulsed an IS attack near the borders, leaving ten militants killed.

In May, Hadi al-Amiri, head of Badr Organization, which works under the umbrella of the PMUs said troops reached to Iraqi-Syrian borders.

The target behind expanding the control of borders, according to PMUs officials, is to prevent infiltration of of IS militants from Syria to Iraq.

Previously, the troops liberated the remaining villages in the vicinity of Qairawan, a main Islamic State bastion which links between Tal Afar town and the Syrian borders, and Baaj, after the troops announced full liberation of Qairawan.

PMUs, an alliance of more than 60 mostly Shia militias, are recognized by the government as a national force under the Prime Minister’s command.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has recently vowed to keep the PMUs for several years and announced increase of their budget to raise the fighters’ wages.
Posted by: badanov || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [49 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


7 die in bombing attack in Mosul
Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Seven persons, including policemen, were killed and injured in a blast caused by a booby-trapped vehicle in western Mosul, a police source said on Monday.

“A parked booby-trapped vehicle exploded in Bab Sinjar market, targeting security troops and civilians, leaving four civilians killed and three others, including two policemen, wounded,” Col. Hussein Emad told BasNews.

Security troops, according to Emad, “conducted investigations on the blasts and arrested several persons at the blast spot.”

Despite declaring victory over IS, the group have reportedly carried out attacks against security forces over the past few days.
Posted by: badanov || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [60 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Diyala Devastation Digest
Iraqi forces detain 3 ISIS troops in Muqdadiyah

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi security forces have arrested three Islamic State (IS) elements in northern Diyala, a security source was quoted by Almaalomah news website.

“Local police, in cooperation with a citizen, managed to capture three elements belonging to the IS terror group in Muqdadiyah, Diyala province, where they were hiding in a house with modern communications devices,” the source said.

“Investigations with the arrested elements are ongoing in a security center in Diyala,” he added.

IS holds pivotal regions that link between each of Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk, posing threats to the liberated regions.

3 Kurds wounded in bombing attack in western Diyala

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Two Peshmerga fighters were injured on Monday as an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near their patrol in western Diyala, Alsumaria News reported.

“An IED, planted on a side of an agriculture road, exploded near a security patrol in western Diyala, leaving two Peshmerga fighters wounded,” the source said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source added that security forces opened an inquiry into the incident.

Early today, Iraqi security forces have arrested three (IS) elements in northern Diyala, news reports mentioned.

Attacks launched by Islamic State militants against security troops, the pro-government forces and civilians surged over the past few weeks in northeast of Diyala.

1 dies during gun sex in Sawaed district

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) An elderly woman died late Sunday and three others, including a child, were wounded when celebratory gunshots went wrong during a wedding in Diyala.

One attendant of a wedding in Sawaed district fired salutation shots in the air, but lost control over his Klashinkov, causing the disaster.

A local source in Beldrouz region, where the incident took place, told Alsumaria News on Monday that the aging lady died at hospital, while two young men and a little girl were wounded. The shooter was arrested and referred to interrogators, according to the source.

Shooting in the air has for long been a celebratory ritual during weddings and even funerals in Iraq and other neighboring countries. The practice has ended dramatically in many incidents.

“Shooting during weddings has been common in Beldrouz, but no casualties were recorded before among civilians. This might be the first incident in years,” said the source.

Amer al-Kilani, a member of Diyala province council, told Alsumaria News that intensive shootings increased remarkably over the past years, urging a “community action” to end the phenomenon.

Jassem Karim, a civil society activist, told the network that the ritual is more common at rural areas. “Tribes should play a role to address that phenomenon,” he said., adding that the latest incident stirred a public outcry.
Posted by: badanov || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [80 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  “Shooting during weddings has been common in Beldrouz

In Chicago too.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/25/2017 17:23 Comments || Top||


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


Iraqi forces release kidnapped kid

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Security forces have freed a kidnapped child from Mosul and arrested the abductor, the Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) announced on Monday according to Alsumaria News.

The BOC said that the abductor was the wife of an Islamic State (IS) leader in northern Baghdad.

Investigations revealed that the child was a resident of Nineveh province west of Mosul, and that his whole family had been killed by IS militants.

“A wife of an IS leader abducted the child to involve him in suicide operations,” the BOC added.

Earlier, an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in a local market in northern Baghdad, leaving two civilians wounded, a security source told Iraqi Media News Agency (IMNA).

Bombings and armed attacks are seen on almost a daily basis against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016.
Posted by: badanov || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [57 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Anbar Antix


1 dead in bombing attack neat Heet

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) An army officer was killed as an IED blast occurred while defusing the bomb in western Anbar, a military source from the province said.

“A bomb planted previously by Islamic State militants exploded on Monday while an officer from the seventh division, Cap. Maani al-Saadoun, was trying to defuse it at the desert south of Hit city,” a source, who preferred anonymity, told AlSumaria News.

The blast, according to the source, lead to the officer’s immediate death.

On Sunday, two policemen were killed, while a third was injured in a blast that took place at at al-Halabsa region, at the western entrance of Fallujah city.
Posted by: badanov || 07/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [60 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Gazan crosses into Israel with a knife, is caught by IDF
[IsraelTimes] IDF troops detained a Paleostinian man armed with a knife who broke into Israel from southern Gazoo on Monday night, the army said.

The man was picked up "next to the point where he crossed" into Israel, the military said.

He was handed over to the Shin Bet security service for questioning.

An army spokesperson said that while the man was caught in possession of a knife, it was not immediately clear whether he intended to carry out a terror attack in Israel.

There have been past cases of Paleostinians crossing into Israel from Gazoo expecting to get caught simply to leave the poverty-stricken, Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,-ruled coastal enclave.
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Pizzeria owner wallops Petah Tikva stabber with a pie platter
Some stories have details worth savoring.
[IsraelTimes] Terrorist tried repeatedly to swipe at Shlomi Madar, who says he was saved by a countertop he installed after a drunk customer pulled a knife on him
That graphic can only be characterized as torture.
A selfie stick. An umbrella. A guitar. Nunchucks, and now, a pizza platter.

Shlomi Madar added the heavy wooden saucer to the growing list of obscure objects used to subdue (or just slow down) murderous Moslems over the past two years, when he went after a stabber outside his pizzeria in Petah Tikva, outside Tel Aviv, late Monday morning.

"I heard screams coming from the shwarma shop two stores down and I immediately understood what was happening," Madar, 24, told The Times of Israel Monday, hours after the incident.

Just feet away, a 21-year-old Paleostinian from Qalqilya stabbed an Arab bus driver whom he apparently mistook for a Jew. Israel Police spokeswoman Luba Samri classified the crime as nationalist -- code for a terror attack.

An employee at the shwarma shop described the early minutes of the incident to the Ynet news site. "A man came in and ordered shwarma. There was nothing out of the ordinary about his behavior. Afterward an Egged driver who eats with us regularly came in. He placed his order and went over to the refrigerator to take a soft drink. As I was preparing his order another driver came in and I suddenly heard him shout, ’Terror attack, terror attack!’"

After gashing the neck of his first victim, the assailant continued toward Pizza Nepolita. "When he ran in front of my shop and I saw the knife, I quickly swung down the counter-top so he couldn’t get to me," said Madar, who was alone in the restaurant at the time.

The attacker tried three times to swipe at him, but Madar dodged each attempt and the knife only nicked the wooden countertop. "At that point, I picked up the pizza platter and slammed it into his nose as hard as I could. He fell backward, dropped the knife and started running away."

Madar said he ran after the stabber, who was tackled a block away by two pedestrians who had been waiting at a traffic light.

But Madar, from nearby Rosh Ha’ayin, said he wasn’t convinced the attack had ended, and he ran back to the pizza parlor to see if there was a second attacker. "Thankfully, the event was over and nobody else got hurt," he said.

The lone victim was treated by Magen David Adom paramedics and evacuated to Petah Tikva’s Rabin Medical Center with moderate to severe injuries.

The Shin Bet domestic security agency said the attacker, whose name was not immediately cleared for publication, had served in an Israeli prison between 2015 and 2016, for violent activity against Israel.

According to reports, the assailant told police Sherlocks that he had carried out the attack in response to Israel’s actions at the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem. "I did it for al-Aqsa," he reportedly said.

For his part, Madar recognized how lucky he was to have survived the attack. "Had it not been for the counter-top, I don’t know if I would still be here," he said.

Ironically, Madar said, he had the surface installed less than two months ago, after a drunk customer, unwilling to pay for his meal, pulled a knife on him. "While I didn’t need to use a pizza platter, that guy’s fate was similar to today’s terrorist," he said, smiling.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Islamic rebel group claims bombing attack on SDF rebels in Raqqa
Raqqa (Syria News) Ten members of the Syrian Democratic Forces had been killed, on Monday, in a car bomb blast, south of Raqqa, a source told Qasioun News.

The source said in a statement that ten members of the Syrian Democratic Forces were killed in a booby-trapped vehicle explosion in Hishan Ibn Abdelalek neighborhood, south of the city of Raqqa.

Furthermore, the Islamic State-held “Amaq” agency claimed via its official Twitter account the responsibility for the car bomb blast, reporting that a suicide bomber who was driving a booby-trapped vehicle blew up himself near a gathering of Syrian Democratic Forces members in the area.

Yesterday, Islamic State group launched a violent attack on the headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Abu al-Hays Street, east of Raqqa, killing six members of the SDF and an unidentified number of IS members.
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Aid convoy enters jihadist controlled northern Homs
[AlMasdar] A large aid convoy arrived jihadist-held northern Homs, Sunday, following an agreement between the government and latter to allow for UN and Red Crescent vehicles to enter this besieged area.

The aid convoy consisted of 22 trucks filled with supplies that were intended for the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham controlled towns of Al-Ghanto, Ta’er Maaleh, and Al-Dar Al-Kabeera.

This aid convoy entered northern Homs just days after talks began between the rebel forces and Russia regarding a potential de-escalation zone in the Al-Rastan and Al-Houla plains.

New safe-zone to be announced in northern Homs

[AlMasdar] A new deescalation zone is expected to be announced soon in the northern countryside of the Homs Governorate, a military source told Al-Masdsar News on Sunday night.

According to the source, the deescalation zone will cover the entire Al-Rastan and Al-Houla plains of northern Homs.

Similar to the agreements in the East Ghouta and southern Syria, the deescalation zone requires all parties in the area to adhere to a strict ceasefire.

In addition to a ceasefire, the Russian reconciliation teams in the area will attempt to broker a deal that will reopen the vital Homs-Hama Highway so that commerce can once again resume in this region.

The Homs-Hama Highway has been closed for more than four years now and still remains cutoff by the jihadist factions in the Al-Rastan Plain.
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Massive car bombing targets large Al-Qaeda gathering in Idlib
[AlMasdar] A powerful kaboom destroyed the al-Zira’a Roundabout in Idlib City, Sunday, killing many Lions of Islam from the al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham rebel faction.

According to opposition activists via social media, a boom-mobileing targeted a large gathering of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham fighters in Idlib City, causing several casualties in the process.

The opposition activists claimed that at least 13 HTS fighters were killed and another 30 were maimed, including several civilians.

This latest boom-mobileing comes just days after jihadist infighting led to the death of at least 50 Lions of Islam in the Idlib Governorate.
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#1  Intramural sports.
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#2  I shall buy jalapeno jelly to go with popcorn in anticipation of revengeTM.
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Qalamoun: Syrian Army, Hezbollah seize the Faleeta Barrens: video
Five minute video at the link of men in spiffy camouflage uniforms shooting a variety of weapons from the personal to the driven. Those of you with knowledge of such things will no doubt find it interesting.
[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah launched a massive offensive along the western slope of the Qalamoun Mountains this past week, targeting the last positions of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Islamic State (ISIL) in the Faleeta Barrens.

Within hours of launching this attack, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah managed to capture several points, including the large hilltop of Tal Burkan, which overlooks the Lebanese border.

On Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah continued their advance in the Faleeta Barrens, capturing the entire area after a fierce battle with the exhausted Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham militants.

The video footage above show the Syrian Army and Hezbollah seizing the Faleeta Barrens on Sunday, securing the Lebanese border with Syria’s Rif Dimashq Governorate.

While the operations on the Syrian side are concluding, the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah still have a ways to go before the ‘Arsal Barrens can be official declared free of terrorists in the Beqa’a Governorate of Lebanon.

VIDEO: Hezbollah secures massive advance on Syria-Lebanon border, battle against HTS jihadists almost over
Another video at the link, this one shorter.
[AlMasdar] Hezbollah has secured a major advance against terrorists of the Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) jihadist group in the Arsal, western Qalamoun border region between Syria and Lebanon.

The advance was achieved today with Hezbollah forces overrunning the jihadist group’s positions in the canyon areas of Wadi Ma’rouf, Wadi Kuhail, Wadi Za’rour, Wadi al-Daqayek and Wadi al-Dam.

Not long after this advance was confirmed, Hezbollah’s regional operations room released a statement saying the battle against HTS was almost over and that they called on the terrorist group’s fighters to surrender themselves and save their own lives.

The statement emphasized that Hezbollah would guarantee the safety of surrendered HTS fighters and would grant them evacuation to Idlib Governorate in northern Syria if the militants so chose.

As of the present time, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah are all engaged in a bilateral, multi-factional operation against HTS aimed at clearing the final terrorist-occupied stretch of border between Syria and Lebanon.
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The Syrian Army continues marching/flying/rocketing toward Deir Ezzor
ISIS base wiped out by Syrian Army rockets in southern Deir Ezzor

[AlMasdar] Today rocket artillery detachments of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) wiped out a large ISIS command center in southern Deir Ezzor Governorate.

The command center had been identified by SAA tactical surveillance drone as a target in the area of Al-Madjaneh to the southeast of Hamimah. Once the base was considered to be an operational asset of the terrorist group, SAA heavy rocket artillery detachments were given coordinates.

The SAA employed large-ordinance, Elephant rocket-like rocket systems against the target, scoring multiple direct hits against the command center.

According to military sources exclusive to Al-Masdar News, the complex was occupied by dozens of ISIS fighters including several field commanders who oversaw the terrorist group’s operations against the SAA in the area. Furthermore, the command center was noted to have possessed modern telecommunication assets and that it served as a fully-fledged operations room for ISIS.

With the command center in question now put out of commission, the ability of ISIS forces to coordinate their defense of the southernmost provincial border region between Homs and Deir Ezzor will likely decline.

The natural consequence of this is that the SAA’s offensive operations against the jihadist faction in the area will now become significantly easier.

Syrian Army marching on Deir Ezzor, new village captured

[AlMasdar] The Syrian Armed Forces carry on a full-scale military operation to reach the eastern city of Deir Ezzor amid intensifying battles against the Islamic State.

Led by the SAA’s elite Tiger Forces, the government troops Al Salam Alaykum town located to the Sabkhawi, which was recaptured 2 days ago.

The striking advance made by the Syrian Army comes amid massive ISIS collapse, where jihadists retreat to their bastions along the western bank of the Euphrates.

Meanwhile, government forces, led by the 5th Legion, took over new points and hilltops en route to ISIS stronghold of al-Sukhnah in the Syrian Desert.

Syrian, Russian jets pummel ISIS in Deir Ezzor, scores killed

[AlMasdar] Scores of ISIS jihadists have been killed and injured as the Syrian and Russian fighter jets bombed their positions in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

According to a military source, more than 30 airstrikes hit gatherings and outposts for the terror group in Al-Kannamat , Al-Hamidyah districts, the southern outskirts of Deir Ezzor airbase, the surrounding of Al-Ta`meen brigade base, as well as al-Jafrh water crossing north of the city’s airbase, which is extensively used by ISIS to transport their manpower and equipment.

The airstrikes killed at least 20 militants and wounded scores others, and destroyed 2 bulldozers and 3 pickup vehicles, according to the same source.

Meanwhile, the Syrian troops continue to advance along the western bank of the Euphrates in bid to reach the embattled city of Deir Ezzor.
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Syria jets unleash vicious assault ahead of scheduled offensive in east Damascus
[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) carried out a large number of airstrikes over several Islamist-held suburbs in eastern Damascus, Monday, hitting a multitude of targets in the process.

Flying the nearby Homs Governorate, the Syrian Air Force began the day by targeting Faylaq Al-Rahman’s positions in Jobar, Zamalka, and ‘Ayn Tarma.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian jets were targeting the main supply lines for the Islamist rebels, while also attempting to weaken their resolve before the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launches their ground assault.

In the coming days, the Syrian Arab Army is expected to kick-off their second phase of the ‘Ayn Tarma offensive, as they look to fully expel Faylaq Al-Rahman from this strategic suburb in east Damascus.

Elite Syrian Army unit prepares for 2nd phase of east Damascus offensive

[AlMasdar] The elite 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division is preparing to launch the second phase of the government’s east Damascus offensive, a source told Al-Masdar this afternoon.

The 42nd Brigade, also known as the Ghiath Forces, were initially set to deploy to the nearby Jobar front; however, after discussions with the army’s high command, their unit was sent to the ‘Ayn Tarma triangle.

According to a military source, the Syrian Army is set to launch another powerful attack in the ‘Ayn Tarma Triangle in the coming days, as they allow their air force to weaken the defenses of Faylaq Al-Rahman before they conduct their assault.

The main objective of the Syrian Army’s second phase will be to cutoff the highway that is used by the rebels to transport supplies between nearby suburbs.
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Russian airpower delivers around 6,000 strikes across Syria in the last two months
[AlMasdar] Russian airpower in Syria has pummeled terrorists, mercenaries and other types of gunnies to the effect of almost 6,000 strikes over the last two months according the Sergey Rudskoy, the chief of the Main Operations Directorate of Russia’s General Staff.

Rudskoy specifically stated that the Russian Aerospace Forces (RuAF) had conducted 2,010 sorties over Syria and delivered some 5,850 Arclight airstrikes against the military assets of "gunnies".

Furthermore, the general staff chief highlighted that Russian airpower had struck a range of operational and strategic targets belonging to various gangs who fight against pro-government forces including command bases, communication hubs, weapons and ammunition depots and training camps.

The very nature of the targets hit by RuAF strikes, as far as Rudskoy names them, demonstrates the emphasis Russia places on interdiction and strategic missions, as opposed to just tactical airpower, over Syria in support of pro-government forces.
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US supplies Kurdish forces with drones in Syria: report
[AlMasdar] The U.S. military has supplied the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with "commercial-off-the-shelf quadcopter style systems," a Coalition spokesperson told Grasswire News Agency reported on Sunday.

"The US-led Coalition has supplied commercial drones to the Syrian Democratic Forces, a spokesperson told Grasswire in a Sunday, July 23 email," the news site claimed.

"These types of systems are effective in local reconnaissance and aide in the targeting of ISIS fighters and the protection of non-combatants," the Coalition spokesperson told Grasswire.

Kurdish forces have used reconnaissance drones in the past, including at the battle of Kobani in early 2015; however, this is the first time that the U.S. has supplied their forces with high-tech equipment like the quadcopter.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


Mass Grave found in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A mass grave containing relics of sixty persons, most of whom were for security personnel, was found in a liberated region in the western side of Mosul city, BasNews reported on Monday.

“Security personnel found a mass grave of Islamic State victims including relics of sixty persons, forty-four of whom were security agents of Nineveh police,” Cap. Ahmed al-Obaidi said.

“There were signs of torture on the bodies, which seemed to have been shot in the heads,” Obaidi said adding that the grave was found in a land at al-Midan region in the Old City, while security troops were combing the area.

Several mass graves were found in areas that were controlled by Islamic State since the Iraqi government, backed by a U.S.-led military coalition, launched a major security offensive in October 2016 to recapture the city of Mosul, Islamic State’s largest stronghold in Iraq.

ISIS doctor executed in Mosul

Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) A prominent Islamic State doctor was executed under mysterious circumstances, while all his family members were arrested, a local source from Nineveh province was quoted saying on Monday.

“The group announced through its media arm the execution of abu Youssef al-Masry, a prominent doctor, who came from Syria two years ago along with his family to Tal Afar town, west of Mosul, where he settled and founded centers for treating IS injured members,” an anonymous source told AlSumaria News.

Al-Masry, according to the source, “disappeared a week ago under mysterious circumstances before the group’s news agency annnounced his execution without providing further details.”

“The group ran into Masry’s house and arrested all of his family members and transferred them to unknown destination,” the source added indicating growing internal executions among the group members over the past few weeks, which shows the confusion among the militants in the town.

On Sunday, news reports said the group carried out emergency evacuations over the night at many of its main headquarters in the town over growing doubts on the people’s cooperation with security services. Other reports indicated huge explosion that occurred at a field clinic, where IS injured militants are treated in the town, which urged the group to block the main roads.

Tal Afar is one of the important strongholds still held by IS in Nineveh since August 2014.
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