[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs group in Afghanistan has claimed the fighters of the group have shot down a drone in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.
The group shared a photo of the downed drone captured which is apparently a reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle used by the Afghan forces.
The Taliban said the drone was shot down and captured in Maiwand district of Kandahar province but the security officials have not commented regarding the claims of the Taliban so far.
The drone seems to be of ScanEagle type which was recently delivered to the Afghan forces this year.
The Afghan forces are expecting to receive up to 70 ScanEagle drones under a contract worth $70 million awarded by the US Department of Defense.
The US Department of Defense (MoD) said late in November last year that the systems include 65 ScanEagle drones in total, along with spare parts, support equipment, field service support, as well as an in-theatre training facility.
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan intelligence operatives have incarcerated Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! a key member of the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group 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.
The National Directorate of Security ...the Afghan national intel agency... (NDS) said the detained individual has been identified as Azizullah son of Omid Gul who was operating as explosives expert of ISIS loyalists.
According to a statement by NDS, the intelligence operatives seized two land mines, 12 kgs of explosives, 6 packets of water gel explosives, 2 mobile phone sets which were prepared for remote control bombing, 29 explosives capsules, 1 land mine conductor, 3 meters of line used for explosives, instruction book for making mines, 60 pages of propaganda material.
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 300 loyalists of the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have been since a major operation was launched against the supporters of the terror group in East of Afghanistan. All of them are key commanders, too.
Officials in the Ministry of Defense (MoD) have said the holy warriors were killed during the operations, Shaheen 18, in 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.
Deputy MoD front man Mohammad Radmanish confirmed around 300 ISIS loyalists were killed and around 100 others were maimed during the raids.
He said the operations will continue until all areas along the Durand Line in eastern parts of country have been cleared from the presence of the terror group.
This comes as the Afghan commando forces launched a major operation in Nangarhar province on Friday a day after the Minister of Defense Abdullah Habibi visited the province to kick off the operations.
The Afghan commandos shared numerous pictures as they continued clearance operations in Kot district, including photographs which purportedly showed the compounds of the terror group in the province.
A compound used as a court by the loyalists of the terror group was among the compounds cleared by the Afghan commandos during the operations.
ISIS loyalists were using the compound to try those convicted of working for the government and were brutally executing them afterwards.
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[EXPRESS.CO.UK] A DEADLY boom-mobileing near Somalia's main international airport was carried out by one of the country's own MPs, it has emerged.
Thirteen people were killed in yesterday's attack when two fanatics detonated boom-mobiles close to Mogadishu airport and the main base for UN and African Union ...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful... (AU) peacekeepers.
Islamist snuffies Al-Shabaab ... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord... , who grabbed credit for the bombing, said former MP Salah Nur Ismail was one of those to blow himself up.
Ismail joined the Somali parliament in 2009 but defected a year later in anger at the government, accusing them of abandoning religious principles.
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[IsraelTimes] Attack on Islamic State group near Rafah follows Sunday’s liquidation of police officer
The Egyptian army said Wednesday it killed 25 members of a militia affiliated with Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... in the northern Sinai, Sky News Arabia reported.
An aerial attack by military helicopters on a camp of the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis ...Supporters of Jerusalem, the current pen name of al-Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula... group killed 25 gunnies and maimed 15 others, near the border town of Rafah, the report said.
The attack was in response to the killing Sunday night of an Egyptian police major in al-Arish, the quiet provincial capital of North Sinai. The attack was claimed Monday by the Islamic State group, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has strong ties to Gazoo’s Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,. Israel’s Channel 2 television reported in June that the commander of IS forces in the Sinai made a secret visit to the Gazoo Strip to meet with Hamas terror leaders to widen their cooperation and coordinate attacks on Egyptian and Israeli targets.
Shadi al-Menei, one of the founders of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, met with leaders of the Hamas military wing and discussed the ongoing supply of weapons sought by Hamas.
[AlAhram] Morocco on Wednesday announced the arrests of 52 suspects planning to set up a branch of the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... krazed killer group and carry out attacks in the North African country.
The suspects have been detained and will go on trial once an investigation has been completed, the interior ministry said.
"The tossed in the clink Book 'im, Mahmoud! individuals planned to set up a vilayet (province) in Morocco affiliated to ISIS," it said, using an Arabic acronym for the IS group.
It said the arrests had foiled "terrorist plots at a very advanced stage of preparation on prisons, security establishments, festivals and leisure centres in several cities of Morocco, apart from liquidations of security officials, soldiers and tourists".
The suspects had been using social media to drum up propaganda for the IS group and to enroll young recruits to join up and travel to conflict zones, the ministry said.
It said raids on homes had unearthed documents on the fabrication and use of explosives and firearms, as well as books inciting suicide kabooms.
Rabat says 159 "terrorist cells" have been busted since 2002, including 38 over the past three years with ties to snuffies in Iraq and Syria.
A study by the US-based Soufan Group said last December that at least 1,200 Moroccans had travelled to fight alongside IS in Iraq and Syria in the previous 18 months.
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[AnNahar] Malian special forces locked away Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! a senior figure from the Ansar Dine ...a mainly Tuareg group that controlled areas of Mali's northern desert together with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and MUJAO in early 2012... jihadist group on Tuesday close to a central military base where he is accused of planning an attack that killed 17 soldiers.
"Today, at around 4:00 pm (1600 GMT) our special forces captured Mahmoud Barry, alias Abou Yehiya," one of the most senior figures in the group's branch operating in central Mali, an intelligence officer told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Other security sources confirmed the arrest, adding that Barry was the "emir" of Ansar Dine's Macina combat unit and was behind several attacks on Malian security forces since last year.
He is suspected of taking part in last week's attack on a military base of Nampala, near the border with Mauritania, that left 17 soldiers dead and another 35 maimed, said a security source.
The attackers stormed the site, which has been targeted multiple times since January last year, taking control of it for several hours and making off with military vehicles.
The government declared a 10-day state of emergency after what it called a "coordinated terrorist attack", which was claimed by Ansar Dine and another armed ethnic group.
Barry was captured between the military base of Nampala and Dogofri, in the central region of Segou.
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Demonstrators in Murzuk and nearby villages have been protesting the murder of two passport officials in the town.
The victims, Civil Registry manager Ahmed Ali Al-Salheen and local National ID officer Mousa Umran Al-Thomi were seized from their office and their bodies later discovered together 15 kilometres outside the town on the Sebha road.
Following the killings, all government offices in Murzuk were closed.
A Murzuk resident speaking to the Libya Herald on condition of anonymity said that both the men, who were Arabs, were suspected of being involved in the fraudulent issue of ID cards and passports. He added “ If that was why they were killed then they paid a high price for their actions”.
The Murzuq civil registry began issuing the new biometric passports 18 months ago, but the main systems are in Sebha. This has meant long delays in the town for people wanting to obtain the new travel document. This has in turn caused considerable local resentment.
There is no clear idea of who carried out these murders.
[Al Arabiya English] South coalition forces have bombed Houthi militia sites close to the border city of Najran on Tuesday. Tens of Houthi militias were reportedly killed during the attack.
Tuesday's attack comes after five Saudi border guards were killed on Monday in clashes with armed groups seeking to enter from Yemen, state television al-Ekhbariya reported, citing the Saudi interior ministry.
A ministry statement added the border guards detected attempts by “hostile” armed groups to cross the border on several fronts in the southern region of Najran on Monday morning. Eight hours of clashes ensued.
Peace talks in Kuwait between Yemen’s government and the Houthis to end the conflict have dragged on for more two months with few concrete results. A truce that began on April 10 has dampened fighting, but skirmishes continue almost daily.
Senior military sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the decision to purge terrorist groups from the province of Abyan and deploy security forces in cities and districts across the province has been taken once and for all. They added that the battle to rid the province of terrorists will take place shortly and that the coalition will also participate in it.
The sources alluded to the intensive preparations that the military and security forces in Aden have been making for weeks and said that two different forces will participate in the battle. The first force will purge terrorist groups from Abyan and fight against them, and this force will be formed of army troops, People’s Committees and members of the resistance. The second force will install and man security points and control government facilities and protect them. This force will be made up of security belt forces.
The same sources said that Arab coalition forces in Aden will oversee the huge military operation on the ground in which more than 5,000 fighters will participate. 2,000 of these fighters will fight in the battle against the terrorists and 3,000 fighters will maintain security and stability and set up checkpoints.
The sources added that the commander of the People’s Committees in the province of Abyan Abdul Latif Al-Sayyid will accompany military and civilian commanders in the upcoming campaign in which hundreds of soldiers who were trained in Aden months ago will participate.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Fierce festivities continued on Wednesday between Yemeni resistance forces and Houthi ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ... militias in the areas of Masloub and al-Aqba in the Jawf district.
Sources close to Al Arabiya News Channel confirmed that Houthi militia commander Mabkhoot al-Husan and his supporters surrendered themselves to the popular resistance forces.
Coalition forces also confirmed that they were able to successfully strike Houthi targets and destroy vast weapons cash in the district of al-Ghayl.
The festivities comes after Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... ramped up its shelling on Houthi targets near the border a day after five of its soldiers were killed in the frontier province of Najran.
Police last night warned Britain’s Christians to be on alert amid fears they could be targeted by Islamic State jihadists.
Security was increased at the country’s 47,000 churches after an 84-year-old priest was beheaded by Muslim fanatics in France. The killing in Normandy was the first known attack claimed by IS inside a church in the West after compiling a hitlist of places of Christian worship.
Adel Kermiche, one of the two French teenagers killed by police after carrying out the morning slaughter ‐ filmed on a mobile phone ‐ told a friend two months ago: ’I’m going to do a church.’
Last night counter-terror police in Britain disclosed they had ’circulated specific advice’ to places of worship.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: ’Following recent events in France, we are reiterating our protective security advice to Christian places of worship and have circulated specific advice today. We are also taking this opportunity to remind them to review their security arrangements as a precaution.
There you have your new normal. Churches need to "review their security arrangements".
[LI] Due to recent terrorist attacks, German politicians have now asked Chancellor Angela Merkel to deport over 200,000 migrants who failed to gain asylum. Homeland expert Armin Schuster said:
In his appeal for a speeding up of deportations, Mr Schuster said: "Some could get the impression they could get away with anything because they don’t realise how mildly the state reacts to those breaking the law."
Burkhard Luschka, domestic policy spokesman for the Social Democratic Party parliamentary group, agreed with him: "We have to be better at enforcement. Asylum seekers or refugees who are rejected have to leave Germany."
Schuster also said all the refugees have overworked those in the Federal Office or Migration and Refugees, which may have caused many mistakes:
In his appeal for a speeding up of deportations, Schuster warned that the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees was overworked and expressed doubts over whether the bureau could check the accuracy of refugees’ countries of origin. As a result, many false or incomplete cases ‐ where the claimant has no identity papers ‐ may be allowing migrants to stay in the country when they don’t deserve to.
"Some could get the impression they could get away with anything, because they don’t realize how mildly the state reacts to those breaking the law," Schuster told the two papers.
The domestic policy spokesman for the Social Democrats’ (SPD) parliamentary group, Burkhard Luschka, agreed that "we have to be better at enforcement" and that "asylum seekers or refugees who are rejected have to leave Germany."
The link to the German language 'Focus' story is here.
Here's a link to another story from a local paper that gives more details:
The knife used in the attack was 30cm long with a serrated edge. This was serious.
Also the attacker (the father) shouted 'I am Palestinian! I have stabbed and killed so many Jews!'
No mention whether the attacker thought Dr. Tan was Jewish and whether that was the reason for attacking him.
The incident happened on Monday at a small clinic in Troisdorf. "The patient arrived around 10 o’clock in the evening accompanied by his girlfriend-in full burka. He was very aggressive from the beginning and things got worse when I started treating him", says the doctor to FOCUS Online.
The patient had a broken fibula or calf bone, a leg bone located on the lateral side of the tibia. "I explained everything to him and showed him the exercises he had to do. But he didn’t pay any attention to anything I said." Finally, the 19- year-old rushed out of the clinic only to return shortly thereafter with his brother and father, the latter armed with a knife.
The doctor had just completed surgery on another patient, when his wife called for help at the reception. He ran to her aid and found himself confronted with a man wielding a knife. "He shouted ’Allahu Akbar’ and wanted to behead me!" Recalled the doctor.
Both men immobilized the doctor. "Their father continued to shout at me. ’Apologize to my son, kneel before him and kiss his hand’ he said." In the clinic, panic broke loose.
An 82-year-old patient escaped through a window.
Fortunately, while the three men assaulted the doctor, employees and patients escaped, immediately calling the police, who arrived before the incident could escalate any further.
Police arrested the 19-year-old Muslim and his girlfriend, however the man’s father and brother had escaped before authorities arrived. Later that same evening the father and brother appeared at the police station with a lawyer in tow.
Meanwhile, the doctor’s wife suffered a heart attack due to the sudden shock and is currently recovering in a hospital.
The links in the article aren't working so here's another attempt link1, link2.
There's another piece of information in the second article that is missing from the first:
The father threw a marble bust at the doctor's wife.
He missed and the bust demolished a trash can. Both the bust and the trash can are shown in the photograph at the second link.
No wonder the poor woman suffered a heart attack.
[DeutscheWelle] The arrests have marked the first time authorities discover concrete evidence of the group's finance networks in Europe.
Spanish police on Wednesday locked away Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! two Moroccan brothers, aged 33 and 22, in the northeastern city of Girona for helping finance 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.... " ("IS") myrmidon group's operations in Syria and Iraq, Spain's interior ministry said in a statement.
Police discovered a large amount of cash and telecommunications data at the brothers' home. The information is expected to assist authorities in exposing the myrmidon group's presence in Europe, police said.
"Investigators found that the two suspects, along with their brother who died in Syria, managed to send funds to financial administrators of the 'Islamic State' using false identities attributed to the terrorist organization's managers," the Interior Ministry said.
"These suspected identities form part of the 'Islamic State's' economic recruitment center at the international level, as evidenced by international contacts identified in the investigation," the ministry added.
Spanish authorities said the investigation marked the first time concrete evidence of European money transfers to the Islamic State, adding that the arrests will help neutralize one part of the group's financial support on the continent.
At least 30 people have been arrested in Spain this year over suspected links to Islamist myrmidon groups, including IS, the ministry noted.
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The ISIS hard boy group released video footage Wednesday it said showed two men who killed a priest in a French church pledging allegiance to ISIS leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us... The video, posted on the ISIS news agency Amaq, shows two young men with an ISIS banner, as one of them recites in Arabic in a strong non-native accent a traditional pledge of allegiance to the group’s head.
The two bearded men, calling themselves noms de guerre Abu Omar and Abu Jalil al-Hanfai, hold hands as they swear "obedience" to Baghdadi.
ISIS claimed Tuesday’s attack on a church in La Belle France during which an 86-year-old priest’s throat was cut, saying it had been carried out by two of its "soldiers".
According to Amaq, the two were "soldiers of the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... who carried out the attack in response to calls to target countries of the Crusader coalition".
[IsraelTimes] French investigators probing an attack on a Catholic church believe one of the assailants is a young man who was wanted by anti-terrorism police, sources close to the investigation say Wednesday.
During a raid on the home of the attacker, 19-year-old Adel Kermiche, police found an identity card belonging to one Abdel Malik P, also 19.
“Several elements lead us to believe he is the second attacker,” say one of the sources close to the investigation.
Abdel Malik P., who is from the Savoie region, has never been convicted of a crime in France so his DNA and fingerprints are not available to speed up the identification process.
Sources say that after being gunned down by police, the second attacker’s face was too disfigured to allow him to be clearly identified.
However, the sources say that France’s anti-terrorism police unit UCLAT sent out a note four days before the attack — saying it had received “reliable” information about a person “about to carry out an attack on national territory.”
The note came with a photograph which “strongly resembles” Abdel Malik P.
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(IraqiNews.com) ANBAR- Commander of Anbar Operations Maj. Gen. Ismail Mahlawi announced on Wednesday that eight ISIS fighters were killed at northern Ramadi.
Mahlawi, in a press statement, said, “The international coalition aviation bombed ISIS hideout in Albu Alli Jassim, north of Ramadi and as a result of this the hideout was destroyed completely, apart from killing eight ISIS fighters and destroying an arms depot.”
It may be mentioned here that the International Coalition Aviation and the Iraqi Air Force are providing support to the security forces on the ground in the military operations that are aimed to liberate different areas in Anbar.
(IraqiNews.com) ANBAR – A senior military source of the seventh division in Anbar province announced on Wednesday that six ISIS vehicles were destroyed towards the west of province.
Sharing details, the source said, “The international coalition targeted a convoy of ISIS vehicles in Tasiya village north of Baghdadi- 90 km west of Ramadi. In the attack, six ISIS vehicles were destroyed and the occupants of the same were also killed.”
Adding further the source informed, “The bombardment was carried out in coordination with the seventh division.”
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Today, al-Hashd al-Shaabi informed that its two members were killed in the explosion of a booby-trapped house in central Karma.
The commander of Karma Fallujah Colonel Jumaa al-Jumaili said, “A booby-trapped house exploded, at noon today, during an attempt to dismantle it in central karma. In the blast, two al-Hashed al-Shaabi members were killed in Karma Fallujah Brigade.”
(IraqiNews.com)ANBAR – al- Somoud Brigade in Haditha district in Anbar province announced on Wednesday about the killing of a commander of Federal Police and two of his aides in a bomb blast targeted on their vehicle in al-Rathba district in western Anbar.
Intelligence director of al- Somoud, Nazim Aljughaifi, in a press statement, said, “A bomb exploded targeting a military vehicle in Akash, killing the commander of Fourth Regiment of the Federal Police Col. Qassim Hussein and two of his companions, as well as, injuring four soldiers. “
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(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A suicide attack on a security checkpoint northwest of Baghdad on Wednesday killed at least three persons and injuring several others. The number of casualties is however expected to increase.
As per information available with Iraqi News, it can be said that a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew up himself today morning near a checkpoint in al-Shoala northwest of Baghdad.
Apart from killing three persons, eight others were severely injured in the blast and this also included three members of the Federal Police.”
An source, seeking anonymity, said, “Ambulances rushed to the blast area and carried the wounded to a nearby hospital. The dead bodies were carried to the forensic department.”
As per information available with Iraqi News, it can be said that security forces have cordoned off the area.
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – Baghdad Operations Command announced that the suicide bomber who attacked al-Shoala in Baghdad, detonated himself after being besieged by the security forces.
Baghdad Operations spokesman Brigadier General Saad Moen, in a press statement, said, “A suicide bomber was intending to attack one of the popular markets at al-Shoala in northwest of Baghdad, but he was monitored by the Federal Police forces and the National Security service.”
Moen added, “The suicide bomber blew up himself after being besieged and shot by the security forces.”
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – Baghdad Operations Command announced on Tuesday that two terrorists were wearing suicide vests were killed towards north of the the city.
Baghdad Operations spokesman, Brigadier General Saad Maan, in a statement said, “Iraqi forces killed two terrorists wearing suicide vests in al-Hora area, north of Baghdad.”
It may be mentioned here that Baghdad is witnessing terrorist attacks of different forms that include use of car bombs and explosive belts; apart from sporadic attacks targeting civilians and security forces at different areas.
(IraqiNews.com) BAGHDAD – A police source informed on Wednesday that five children were killed when mortar shells were targeted at a camp for displaced people south of Baghdad.
Sharing details, the source said, “Two mortar shells were targeted this evening at a camp for displaced people in Saidiya. Five children were killed in the attack.”
Adding further the source informed, “Ambulances transported the bodies of the dead to the forensic department and have initiated a probe into the incident.” More:
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior reported 11 casualties due to two mortar attacks on IDP camps in southern Baghdad.
According to information shared by the source, it was stated, “Two mortar shells fell on the displaced persons’ camp at al-Saidiya, in southern Baghdad, killing two persons and wounding nine others.”
The source said, “The security forces transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital and the dead bodies to the forensic department.”
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Jordanian border guards on Tuesday nabbed ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... a man as he tried to enter Israel in a car containing petrol bombs, an official said.
He was detained after ignoring orders at a checkpoint and trying to drive through roadblocks leading to the border, the source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity ... for fear of being murdered... The source said the car was seized and found to contain petrol bombs which the driver had "intended to use illegally".
A statement from the armed forces also reported the arrest of a man and the seizure of his vehicle for "trying to cross the checkpoints on the road to a neighboring country".
"Materials used to carry out illegal acts were found in the vehicle, and the driver admitted that he intended to use them," the statement said.
Attempts to infiltrate Israel from Jordan are rare because of strict security measures on both sides of the border.
[Asharq Al-Awsat] Forces loyal to Syrian regime head Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday that they had cut off all supply routes into eastern Aleppo, and the regime air-dropped thousands of leaflets there, asking residents to cooperate with the pro-Assad forces and calling on fighters to surrender.
Assad’s initiative comes a day after the United Nations said it hopes to restart peace talks in August.
Previous attempts at a diplomatic solution to end Syria’s five-year-old civil war collapsed in April, partly due to an uptick in violence in Aleppo.
On Tuesday, the army texted residents to ask them to leave the city and to give up their weapons.
Concern for those trapped in the opposition-held part of Aleppo is rising. The U.N. aid chief asked on Monday for weekly 48-hour pauses in fighting to allow food and aid to be delivered.
Once Syria’s largest city, Aleppo has been divided between opposition-controlled and regime-held sectors all through the civil war. Taking full control of the city would be an addition to Assad-held territory.
An advance by pro-Assad forces around the only remaining supply route into the eastern sector this month enabled them to fire on it at close range, making the battlefront Castello road too deadly to use and putting at least 250,000 people in rebel-held districts under siege.
“(Armed forces) have cut all supply routes and crossings which terrorists used to bring mercenaries, weapons and ammunition into the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo,” a statement from the Syrian military general command said.
Assad had taken a habit out of unwarrantedly referring to all rebels as terrorists.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said eastern Aleppo had been under effective siege since July 11, and advances in recent days by pro-Assad forces had strengthened their control of the only route in.
“Today there is no way at all to bring anything into Aleppo,” Observatory Director Rami Abdulrahman said.
On the other hand, the U.S.-led coalition battling ISIS will look for chances to attack the hardline militant group in Syria from the south, potentially expanding U.S. efforts in that part of the country, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday.
“We will aggressively pursue opportunities to build pressure on ISIS in Syria from the south, complementing our existing and robust efforts,” Carter said, speaking to American troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
“This of course will have the added benefits of helping the security of our Jordanian partners and further splitting the Syria theater of operation from the Iraqi theater of operation.”
Recently, most of the U.S.-led military coalition activity, including air strikes in support of the Syrian opposition, has focused on northern Syria.
[ARA News] AFRIN – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Wednesday launched an offensive on strongholds of Syrian Islamist rebel groups in the northwestern Idlib province.
The YPG bombed headquarters of the Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement in Idlib countryside, killing at least eight militants and wounding 13 others, according to military sources.
This comes just one day after fighters of the Ahrar al-Sham and Nusra Front (al-Qaeda branch in Syria) bombed Kurdish villages in Afrin district in northern Aleppo province.
Dozens of Kurdish civilians were killed when militants of Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham hit the Jumla and Diwan villages in Afrin countryside earlier on Tuesday.
“The mortar shelling by those radical Islamist groups has killed and injured over 30 civilians on Tuesday,” a medical source in Afrin told ARA News, adding that some of the injured were in critical conditions amid shortage of medical staff and equipment.
“The field hospital of Jinderis in Afrin cannot provide the injured people with efficient treatment due to the shortage of specialists and medicines,” the source said.
Speaking to ARA News, YPG official Hezan Hado said that the attack on the Islamists strongholds in Idlib came in response to their offensive on Kurdish villages of Afrin.
[REUTERS] U.S.-backed forces fighting to drive 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.... out of northern Syria have gathered a massive trove of documents and data belonging to the holy warrior group, potentially shedding more light on its operations, a U.S. military official said on Wednesday.
The material, gathered as fighters moved from village to village surrounding the town of Manbij, includes notebooks, laptops, USB drives, and even advanced math and science textbooks rewritten with pro-Islamic State word problems, Colonel Chris Garver, the U.S. military front man in Iraq, said in a news briefing.
The U.S.-backed fighters - an alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces - have gathered more than 4 terabytes of digital information, and the material, most of it in Arabic, is now being analyzed by the U.S-led coalition fighting the holy warrior group.
"It is a lot of material, it is going to take a lot to go through, then start connecting the dots and trying to figure where we can start dismantling ISIS," Garver said, using an acronym for Islamic State.
Coalition advisers, knowing that Manbij served as a strategic hub for Islamic State, specifically described to fighters the kind of digital and other material to gather as they battled the group's forces, Garver said.
A U.S. special forces raid last year in Syria against a senior Islamic State leader, Abu Sayyaf, produced 7 terabytes of data, U.S. officials said, revealing information about the group's leadership, financing, and security.
The information gathered around Manbij has so far shed light on how Islamic State processes imported muscle once they enter Syria, Garver said. Manbij served as a key receiving area for imported muscle on their arrival.
"As a foreign fighter would enter, they would screen them, figure out what languages they speak, assign them a job and then send them down into wherever they were going to go, be it into Syria or Iraq," Garver said.
Fighters from the U.S.-backed alliance have in recent weeks made incremental advances as they try to flush out the remaining Islamic State fighters in Manbij.
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As a foreign fighter would enter, they would screen them, figure out what languages they speak, assign them a job and then send them down into wherever they were going to go
Wow. I wonder how the newshound imagined it happening before this stunning revelation?
[PBS.ORG] A jacket wallah detonated a truck of explosives in northeastern Syria Wednesday morning, killing at least 44 people.
The Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group grabbed credit for the attack, which struck near security headquarters in the predominantly-Kurdish city of Qamishli, located near the Turkish border.
The city was previously the target of IS bombings, most recently in April.
Rooters reported that Wednesday’s detonation was so powerful, it injured two people and shattered windows across the border in the Turkish town of Nusaybin.
"It was a busy road," Qamishli resident Dawood Dawood told The New York Times ...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize... via messaging app Viber. "There were many cars, and there were generators that feed the area with power; this is why the damage and corpse count were so high."
A second kaboom minutes after the first blast, originally thought to be a cycle of violence attack, appeared to come from a gas canister that caught fire by the truck, the News Agency that Dare Not be Named reported.
At least 40 people are reported killed and more than 100 others injured in a twin kaboom in the Gharbi neighborhood of the Kurdish city of Qamishli in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), according to Syrian state TV.
The bombing is said to have targeted a neighborhood that is home to offices of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and some of the autonomous ministerial buildings.
Initial reports say that among the casualties are civilians and members of the security forces.
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(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Anbar Provincial Council announced finding a mass grave containing the skeletal remains of 25 persons.
The member of the security committee in Anbar Provincial Council Rajee Barakat al-Eissawi informed, “Security forces found a mass grave inside the teachers’ institute building in the center of Fallujah. The grave contained skeletal remains of 25 persons who were executed by ISIS during its control on the city.”
Eissawi added, “All the bodies have gunfire traces. A special committee will work to identify the victims.”
[ARA News] HASAKAH – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Wednesday executed four Syrian men in the eastern Deir ez-Zor province on charges of “supporting enemies of the Caliphate”, local sources reported.
The four young men were arrested while helping a number of families to escape the besieged city of al-Bukamal in Deir ez-Zor province.
“The ISIS-led Islamic Police in al-Bukamal captured the four young men and brought them to the Sharia Court, which decided to publicly execute them on Wednesday afternoon,” media activist Samir al-Khallaf told ARA News in al-Bukamal.
“The ISIS court accused them of supporting the enemies of the so-called Caliphate,” al-Khallaf reported.
The four men were reportedly beheaded in front of hundreds of people in the Tayyara square in eastern al-Bukamal city.
“Their only guilt was helping women and children to escape this miserable life under Daesh [ISIS] terrorism,” father of one of the victims told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Also on Wednesday, ISIS militants arrested ten civilians in al-Bukamal for attempting to flee the city, which has been under siege by western-backed Syrian rebel fighters for weeks.
In the meantime, the radical group has distributed videotapes for its propaganda campaign against the US-led coalition to the people of Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria, calling on people to support its alleged caliphate in the fight against what it called ‘enemies of Allah’, media activists reported.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.