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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Another bloody weekend in Chicago: 9 dead, 45 wounded in gun violence
[USA Today] CHICAGO — At least nine people were killed and 45 others were wounded over the weekend in shootings, an ugly turn for the nation's third-largest city as it made progress stemming the murder rate in the first half of 2018.

In addition to the weekend’s fatal shootings, the city recorded a tenth homicide early Monday. A man, who police said was in his 30s, was killed by blunt force trauma on the city’s Southwest Side. Police said they found a weapon but declined to give details about it or the circumstances of the killing.

Investigators said many of the weekend's incidents were gang-related. The city historically sees a frustrating uptick in gun violence as the temperature warms. Chicago reached a high of 95 on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
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#1  Friday (after 5PM) through Monday morning (before 6AM) totals - 11 killed, 47 wounded
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/19/2018 7:39 Comments || Top||

2 ISIS-K militants killed, 1 wounded in Kunar province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least two bandidos bandidos bully boys 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 during the clash and Arclight airstrike in eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan said Monday that the incident took place in Chapa Dara district and as a result one krazed killer was also maimed.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Defense, the Afghan forces responded to bandidos bandidos bully boys fire and carried out airstrike, leaving two bandidos bandidos bully boys dead and one more maimed.

The anti-government armed krazed killer and terrorist groups including ISIS-K affiliates have not commented regarding the report so far.

Kunar is among the relatively volatile provinces in East of Afghanistan where the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
bandidos bully boys as well as bandidos bandidos bully boys affiliated with the other terrorist groups are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out insurgency and terrorist related activities.

The latest airstrikes in Wataput have been carried out amid ongoing counter-terrorism operations against the loyalists of the terror group in some restive provinces of the country.

At least two bandidos bandidos bully boys affiliated with the terror group were killed during a similar operation in Wata Pur district last week.

Posted by: Fred || 06/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [31 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Ghani Khel district chief killed in militants attack in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The district administrative chief of Ghani Khel Subhanullah Khetab was killed during an attack by the bully boyz earlier today, the local officials said.

Provincial governor’s front man Ataullah Khogyani confirmed that Mr. Khetab was killed during the bully boyz attack before noon today.

Khogyani further added that a number of armed bully boyz launched an attack on the vehicle of Mr. Khetab in the vicinity of Malta Bagha area of the district.

He said Mr. Khetab was killed during the attack and one of his security guards was maimed.

The anti-government armed bully boy groups including Taliban
...Arabic for students...
murderous Moslems have not commented regarding the report so far.

The attack on Mr. Khetab was carried out a day after the Talibs’ ceasefire with the government ended.

Taliban in a statement said late on Sunday that the fighters of the group will continue to their attacks on Afghan and foreign forces as well as against the government.

Posted by: Fred || 06/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [34 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban resume fighting as Eid ceasefire ends
[Al Jazeera] On the final day of a three-day Eid al-Fitr ceasefire, the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
said they would resume fighting, despite President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
's announcement that the government was extending its own ceasefire with the group by 10 days.

In the statement on Sunday, the Taliban repeated their preconditions for peace talks, including that they would only negotiate directly with the US and that foreign forces should leave Afghanistan.

"Our fighters will now resume their operations across the country against the foreign invaders and their internal puppets," Taliban front man Zabihullah Mujahid told Al Jazeera.

In an unexpected move, Ghani on June 5 announced an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban until June 20, coinciding with the end of Ramadan.

On June 9, the Taliban announced that their fighters would stop attacking Afghan cops for the three days of Eid for the first time in the nearly 17-year conflict.

Hundreds of soldiers and coppers have been killed since the Taliban launched their spring offensive in April this year in a bid to control large swaths of the country.

Posted by: Fred || 06/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [30 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Suspected KDF Fighter Jets Carry Out Airstrike In Southern Somalia
[RADIOSHABELLE] Suspected Kenyan military warplanes have carried out an Arclight airstrike in southern Somalia, targeting the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
bully boys, sources said.

The KDF fighter jets pounded an al-Shabaab hideout in El-Adde village, near Garbaharey town in Gedo region, wounding at least three civilians, two of them are at death's door.

The victims have been taken to hospital for treatment, according to the residents.

Al-Shabaab has ruled out any casualties on its side as result of the Kenyan air bombardment in its stronghold. The exact number of the fatalities remain disputed.

Posted by: Fred || 06/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [33 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

8 Kenyan Police Killed By Bomb Blast Near Somalia Border
[RADIOSHABELLE] Eight Kenyan police officials were killed in the eastern part of the country on Sunday after their vehicle hit an improvised bomb planted by Somalia’s al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
hard boy group, police said.

Al-Shabaab is fighting to topple Somalia’s government, establish their own rule based on their strict interpretation of Islamic law and drive out of the country peacekeepers deployed by the 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...

The bully boyz frequently launch attacks in neighbouring Kenya to pressure it to withdraw its troops which form part of the peacekeeping force.

Charles Owino, Kenya’s police front man, told Rooters that five administration police and three reservists were killed "while protecting our borders and security of the county".

Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s military operations front man, said the group killed 10 Kenyan soldiers in the attack.

Posted by: Fred || 06/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [34 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

ISIL Branch In Somalia Claims IED Blast In Mogadishu
[RADIOSHABELLE] 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....
branch in Somalia has claimed credit for a kaboom in Mogadishu which claimed the lives of at least four Somali soldiers.

A statement carried out ISIS’s mouthpiece channel, Amaq News Agency said the landmine blast struck security forces’ convoy in the capital’s northern Deynile district last weekend.

The Pro-Islamic State faction who has a strong presence in Puntland
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...
, northeast of Somalia occasionally conduct sporadic attacks in the south of the capital, mainly in Mogadishu.

The regions in southern Somalia have been plagued by violence and battles between Federal government and Al-Shabaab
... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia...
, the Al Qaeda-linked Lion of Islam group.

Posted by: Fred || 06/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [30 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa North
Haftar forces launch push against militia in oil crescent
[Al Jazeera] The self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, 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...
have mobilised to drive out rival groups from the country's northeastern oil crescent, according to security forces in Ajdabiya.

Haftar's LNA announced on Sunday a "major offensive" after his forces lost control on Thursday of the Ras Lanuf and al-Sidra oil terminals - located about 650km east of 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...
- to gangs that attacked the area.

The LNA's air force on Sunday also told residents in the oil crescent to stay away from "areas where the enemy gathers, munition stores and sites with military vehicles".

"Fighter [planes] are carrying out raids against terrorist positions and gatherings in the operational military zone stretching from Ras Lanuf to the edge of the city of Sirte," the air force said on its Facebook page.

The LNA controls most of eastern Libya and is opposed to an internationally recognised government based in Tripoli, which has itself condemned Thursday's militia attacks.

Ibrahim Jadhran, who heads the Petroleum Facilities Guard, said in a video on Thursday that he had formed an alliance to retake oil terminals seized by Haftar's forces in September 2016.

Jadhran controlled the terminals for years following the 2011 overthrow and killing of long-time Libyan ruler Muammar Qadaffy
...who single-handedly turned a moderately prosperous kingdom into a dictator's fantasyland and was then murdered by his indignant subjects 42 years later...
, but were eventually forced out by the LNA.

Posted by: Fred || 06/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [31 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Yemen’s Houthis kill man for rejecting request to join their ranks
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Yemeni man was killed by a 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 ...
militia in Sanaa on Monday after he refused to join their fighting ranks.

Waleed Nabil, who was the son of the head of the Yemeni Organization for Combating Human Trafficking, was stopped at a Houthi checkpoint, according to local sources.

Nabil’s father said that according to eyewitnesses, a car with Houthi bully boyz chased his son’s car, and purposely crashed into it, then proceeded to shoot live ammunition at him. They then removed his dead body from the car and drove off.

"I got in touch with the Ansarullah office in Sanaa, and they confirmed that he was dead, but they refused to allow me to see his body or give more details," Nabil’s father said.

He added that he had received a phone call a few hours before Nabil’s death from an unknown person asking why his other son did not join the Houthi fighting fronts yet. He said when he replied, "What is our relationship with the war", he was accused of belonging to ISIS.

While the Houthis refuse to return Nabil’s body to his family, international human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
organizations have called for the body to be returned, and social media users have condemned the Houthis for the incident.
Posted by: Fred || 06/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [30 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

TTP commander wanted in terrorism cases arrested from Peshawar airport
[DAWN] A commander of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Pakistain (TTP) was tossed in the slammer
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
while attempting to fly out of the country at Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
's Bacha Khan International Airport, an immigration official said.

Maulvi Bahadur Jan, who was wanted by the police in several cases of terrorism, was taken into custody before he was able to board a private airline's flight to Dubai on Sunday evening, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) airport director Tariq Pervaiz told DawnNewsTV.

According to the official, although the suspected Death Eater had tried to change his appearance, he was arrested after immigration officials scrutinised his travel documents.

The interior ministry had added Maulvi Bahadur's name to the Exit Control List on a request of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), he added.

The suspected TTP commander hails from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Bannu district and is suspected of involvement in several incidents of terrorism.

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Mosul clearance continues: turbans execute 6 good guys, bug turban tied up

Islamic State executes six hostages, including paramilitary fighters, in Mosul

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – A group of Islamic State militants executed on Monday six people, including two pro-government fighters, a few hours after kidnapping them in Mosul city.

“IS militants wearing Iraqi military uniforms set up a fake checkpoint on the road linking between Ein el-Azab village in Al-Shirqat district and al-Hadar Island in southern Mosul,” Captain Abdel Khaleq al-Eifan from the Iraqi rapid response forces told Turkey’s news agency Anadolu.

The IS terrorists managed to kidnap six people, including four workers and two members of Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) after examining their IDs, Captain al-Eifan said.

The bodies of the six people were found at a desert area a few hours after the kidnapping, he said, adding that the victims were found shackled and shot in their heads and backs, meaning that they were executed by the IS militants.

Islamic State leader in charge of real estate arrested, west of Mosul: Interior Ministry

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi Interior Ministry has announced arresting Islamic State leader in charge of real estate along with his father, known as the legislative leader, west of Mosul.

In a statement on Monday, the ministry said Nineveh Police department “arrested Islamic State’s so called leader in charge of the real estate.”

The leader, according to the statement, “used to work along his father, who was the legislative leader of southern Mosul regions, while the group was in control of the city.”

He was arrested at the forests, located west of Mosul, the statement added.
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Action on the Iraq-Syria border: 2 turbans permanently unwound, tens of turbans briefly enjoy Arclight

Two Islamic State militants killed while trying to infiltrate from Syria to Iraq

Anbar (Iraqinews.com) – Iraqi border guards killed on Monday two members of Islamic State (IS) group while attempting to infiltrate into Al-Qa’im district in Anbar coming from Syria, a security source was quoted as saying.

“Security forces managed to kill the two men as they were trying to sneak from Syrian territories into the desert of Al-Qa’im in western Anbar,” the source told Iraqi news website Basnews.

The source, who preferred to be unnamed, explained that the “troops intensified their security presence along the borderline with Syria starting from Ar-Rutbah town to Al-Qa’im district” to face any terrorist threat by Islamic State.

The terrorist IS group still has noticeable presence in different parts of Abu Kamal city and Hajin cities on the country’s borders with Syria, the source concluded.

Tens of Islamic State members killed as fighter jets shell Iraqi-Syrian borders

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) A security source from the mobilization forces leadership in Anbar has said that the border strip between Iraq and Syria is being shelled, killing tens of Islamic State members.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said “the fighter jets began a shelling operation, which is the strongest, against Islamic State holdouts along the Iraqi-Syrian borders, west of Anbar, amid news on killing of tens of Islamic State members, including leaders and emirs from different nationalities.”

The shelling, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, “included different regions from the desert of Qaim, west of Anbar, reaching to Al-Bu Kamal in Syria and nearby regions.”

The airstrikes “left tens of Islamic State members killed, while many machine guns and vehicles as well as tunnels and weapon stashes were destroyed.”
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [48 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Palestinian killed during alleged attempt to sabotage Gaza border barrier
[IsraelTimes] Army says five Gazooks hurt when 'security infrastructure' explodes during attempt to damage underground wall, denies claim they were shot

A Paleostinian man was killed and four others were maimed during an alleged attempt to damage what the army called security infrastructure near the Gazoo border, authorities said Monday.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, five Paleostinian men "tried to sabotage security infrastructure in the area near the barrier north of Gazoo Strip. The security infrastructure went kaboom! and as a result, a number of the bully boyz were maimed."

The Paleostinian Health Ministry said 24-year-old Sabri Abu Khader died an hour after arriving at a hospital, without specifying the cause of his death. The military denied Paleostinian reports that the men had been shot by Israeli troops.

The "barrier" is an underground wall that Israel is currently constructing around the Gazoo Strip, which is meant to thwart attack tunnels dug into Israeli territory from the coastal enclave.

The army would not immediately provide details on what was damaged in the incident, which occurred near the now-abandoned Karni Crossing in the northern Gazoo Strip ‐ a frequent site of riots and festivities between Paleostinians and Israeli troops.

The border incident occurred hours after a flareup between Israel and terror groups in the Gazoo Strip in the early hours of Monday.
Ynet adds:
Five Paleostinian gunnies were maimed and another, killed on Monday after an bomb planted along the Gazoo border by the IDF went kaboom! as they attempted to infiltrate into Israel.

The military has studded the security fence with explosive booby traps designed to deter in light of the upsurge in the number of attempted crossings of the border fence by Paleostinians and frequent sabotaging of the security apparatus.

Since the weekly Friday protests began in the Gazoo Strip under the banner of the "March of Return", dozens of attempts by gunnies have been made to damage the security fence and IDF equipment, much of which is needed for the ongoing work on a stronger security barrier being placed at the border.

Aware that the equipment and work crew constituted a target for the Paleostinians, the IDF decided to lay traps for the would-be infiltrators.
*Snicker* Now to find something similarly effective against those stupid kites...
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/19/2018 00:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [56 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  "Not 'shot'. It was...um..something else"
Posted by: Frank G || 06/19/2018 7:10 Comments || Top||

Former Israeli minister arrested on suspicion of spying for Iran
[Joost] Gonen Segev was placed in durance vile
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
on suspicion of committing offenses by assisting the enemy in a time of war and spying against the State of Israel and providing intelligence to the enemy.

Former government minister Gonen Segev has been charged with spying for Iran, Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency announced on Monday.

The former energy and infrastructure minister ‐ who also spent time in jail for drug smuggling, forgery and fraud ‐ was arrested on suspicion of assisting the enemy in a time of war, spying against the State of Israel and providing intelligence to the enemy.

An indictment was filed in the Jerusalem District Prosecutor’s Office on June 15 and approved by the attorney-general and the state attorney.

Segev is suspected of providing his Iranian handlers with intelligence related to, among other things, Israel’s energy industry, security sites, buildings and officials in Israeli political and security bodies.

According to the Shin Bet, Segev arrived for a visit in May to Equatorial Guinea, where he was refused entry to the country due to his criminal past.

Security authorities had gathered intelligence indicating that Segev was maintaining contacts with Iranian intelligence and assisting them in their activities against the State of Israel. The Israel Police subsequently requested his extradition to Israel, where he was immediately arrested upon his arrival for questioning by the Shin Bet.

The investigation by the Shin Bet and the Israel Police found that Segev was recruited and acted as an agent on behalf of Iranian intelligence. In 2012, Segev first met with elements of the Iranian Embassy
...You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy!...
in Nigeria, knowing they were from Iranian intelligence, and later traveled twice to Iran to meet with his handlers.

The investigation also found that Segev, who received a secret communications system to encrypt messages between himself and his Iranian handlers, met with them in various countries, in hotels and apartments used for clandestine Iranian activity.

In order to accomplish the tasks he received from his handlers, Segev maintained ties with Israeli citizens who are related to Israel’s security and foreign relations spheres. According to the Shin Bet, Segev tried to connect some of the Israelis to Iranian intelligence, all the while trying to fool them and present the Iranians as innocent businessmen.

At the request of the Shin Bet and the Israel Police, a gag order has been imposed on other details of the case.

Attorneys Eli Zohar and Moshe Mazor of Goldfarb Seligman, representing the former minister, said they have been accompanying him since his arrival in Israel about a month ago, confirming that an indictment against their client was recently filed.

"Most of the details are confidential at the request of the state. Even at this early stage, it is possible to say that the publication that was permitted makes things even more difficult, even though from the indictment ‐ whose full details remain confidential ‐ a different picture emerges."

Segev was born in Israel in 1956 and served as a military pilot in the Israeli Air Force in the 1970s, reaching the rank of captain. Following his service, he studied medicine at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and became a medical doctor.

He was elected to the Knesset in 1992 as part of the now-defunct, hawkish opposition Tzomet Party and was lured to join Yitzhak Rabin’s government as energy minister in 1994 before he quit politics.

He was arrested and convicted for drug smuggling and credit card fraud in 2005 after attempting to smuggle 32,000 ecstasy (MDMA) tablets from the Netherlands into Israel. He was released in 2007 after serving two years of a five-year sentence. Segev, who said he thought the tablets were M&Ms, moved to Nigeria where he practiced medicine after his license was revoked in Israel.

In 2016, Segev requested that Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman pardon him so he could move back to Israel and return to his practice as a doctor; his request was denied.
The Times of Israel adds:
If Segev is found guilty of handing information to Iran ‐ as alleged in an indictment revealed by the Shin Bet security agency Monday ‐ he could face either the death penalty
or up to life imprisonment, legal sources told The Times of Israel following the bombshell announcement.
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Israel carries out fresh airstrike after Gazans launch fire balloons
[IsraelTimes] Army says it struck Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", position in response to arson attacks; local government notes fewer fires in area, following air force's overnight raids on terror group's facilities

An Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas position in the southern Gazoo Strip on Monday night, after a group of Paleostinians launched incendiary balloons at southern Israel, the army said.

The attack came after the Israeli Air Force conducted a series of Arclight airstrikes inside the coastal enclave, aimed at deterring Paleostinian terror groups from continuing to launch incendiary and explosive kites and balloons at Israel.

Though it did not stop them completely, the military’s aerial bombardments appeared to have some effect on the number of airborne devices launched from the Gazoo Strip.

Though fires were reported in the Eshkol and Sha’ar Hanegev regions ‐ the two areas most affected by the arson attacks ‐ it appeared to be at a lower level than in recent days.

"Today, there was a decrease in the amount of fires in the region," said a spokesperson for the Eshkol region.

Six fires were reported in the area on Monday, mostly from blazes on Sunday that were never properly extinguished, the Eshkol official said.

"All of the fires were put out quickly," she said.

In Sha’ar Hanegev, one fire was reported near Kibbutz Or Haner, and firefighters had not brought it under control, as of Monday night, but a spokesperson for the region said there was "no threat to the nearby communities."

Israeli aircraft struck a number of targets in the Gazoo Strip early Monday morning in response to numerous arson attacks by Paleostinians the day before, the military said. Minutes later, Paleostinians fired three rockets at southern Israel from the coastal enclave.

The army said two of the rockets fell inside Israel, while the third appeared to fall short of the border. There were no reports of injuries on either side of the border.

The rockets were the first to be fired at Israel in over two weeks, breaking a tacit ceasefire that has largely held since a day-long flareup in late May.

Before the rocket attack, Israeli fighter jets carried out strikes on three military compounds and one weapons manufacturing plant in northern Gazoo belonging to the Hamas terror group, which rules the Strip, the Israel Defense Forces said.

The army said it hit a total of nine targets spread out between the three Hamas facilities, in response to flammable and explosive-laden kites and balloons launched from Gazoo that have wreaked havoc in Israel over the past several weeks.

"The attack was carried out in response to the launching of incendiary and explosive kites and balloons at Israeli territory. This is terrorist activity that endangers the lives of southern residents and has damaged large amounts of land," the military said.

The army warned that it had the "intelligence knowledge and operational capability" necessary to conduct further strikes in Gazoo if the balloon and kite attacks did not stop.

The airstrikes on Hamas facilities appeared to be a new tactic by the military to deter Paleostinians from flying the airborne arson devices into Israel, after its previous attempts to do so by firing warning shots at kite-flyers failed to yield results.

The Paleostinian rocket fire appeared to come in response to the airstrikes.

The projectiles shot at Israel triggered sirens in the Hof Ashkelon region and the city of Ashkelon’s industrial area, sending thousands of Israelis into bomb shelters. The alarms were triggered in two waves, first at 4:40 a.m. and then again shortly after 5 a.m.

The Iron Dome missile defense system did not appear to have been activated, indicating the two incoming rockets that cleared the border struck open fields, where there was no risk to life and thus no need to intercept them.

Israel’s airstrikes in the Strip and the subsequent Paleostinian rocket fire followed a day of airborne arson attacks by Gazooks, who launched dozens of balloons laden with incendiary devices and explosives at southern Israel, sparking at least 20 fires, some of them large.
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Israeli settlers clash with police during outpost eviction
[DAWN] Nearly a dozen Israeli coppers were maimed in festivities on Sunday as they began evicting Jewish settlers from an outpost in the occupied West Bank, police said.

Police front man Micky Rosenfeld said that 11 officers were "injured lightly" during the eviction of 10 buildings in the Tapuah West outpost in the northern West Bank.

Israel's supreme court had in February 2017 ruled that part of the settlement outpost must be removed since it was built on private Paleostinian land.

According to Rosenfeld, six protesters were placed in durance vile
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Honenu, a pro-settler legal advocacy group, said 40 youths were removed from the area by police. One was said to be lightly injured.

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Philippine airstrikes target ISIS-linked militants near Marawi
[Ynet] A Philippine military official says Arclight airstrikes and ground assaults have targeted a group of 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-linked holy warriors, including their leader, who helped lead a five-month siege in southern Marawi city last year.

Army Col. Romeo Brawner says the military received reports that at least five murderous Moslems were killed in Sunday's offensive but the deaths haven't been confirmed. The offensive sparked gunbattles between troops and the forces of Evil in mountainous areas of Lanao del Sur province. Hundreds of villagers fled from nearby towns as the offensive got underway.

Brawner said Monday the offensive targeted about 40 murderous Moslems led by Owayda Benito Marohombsar, who uses the nom de guerre Abu Dar. He was among those who led the attack on Marawi, but managed to escape before troops quelled the uprising in October.
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US official: Israel behind mysterious Syria airstrike that killed dozens
[IsraelTimes] Washington shunts blame on Jerusalem for attack this week on pro-regime fighters near Iraqi border, after Damascus accuses US-led coalition

An Arclight airstrike that killed more than 50 pro-regime fighters in eastern Syria, most of them foreign, was carried out by Israel, not the United States, a US official told CNN Monday.

A US source also told AFP: "We have reasons to believe that it was an Israeli strike."

Damascus has accused the US-led coalition of carrying out the late night June 17 strike on al-Hari, a town near the Iraqi border controlled by regional militias fighting in the complex seven-year war on behalf of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Lord of the Baath...
An Iraqi paramilitary force said 22 of its fighters were killed in the raid, and also accused the United States of carrying out the strike.

"US planes fired two guided missiles at a fixed position of Hashed al-Shaabi units on the border with Syria, killing 22 fighters and wounding 12," said the Iran-backed Hashed (Popular Mobilization Units).

The US has denied any coalition aircraft were in the area at the time of the strike.

Israel declined to comment, but a strike so far from its border would veer from most other strikes in Syria attributed to Israel, which have largely taken place closer to Syria’s borders with Israel and Leb.

The target, apparently Shiite Iraqi militia fighters loyal to Assad, would also mark a shift for Israel, which has previously only carried out airstrikes against Iran’s forces and its proxies, according to reports.

At a cabinet meeting on Sunday Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel was "taking action ‐ against efforts to establish a military presence by Iran and its proxies in Syria both close to the border and deep inside Syria. We will act against these efforts anywhere in Syria."

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based monitor of the conflict, said 52 pro-regime forces were killed in the air attack ‐ one of the deadliest in recent months.

"Among them are at least 30 Iraqi fighters and 16 Syrians, including soldiers and members of loyalist militias," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

The nationalities of the remaining six fighters were not immediately known, he said. There are Iraqi, Iranian, Lebanese and even Afghan fighters stationed in the area.

According to Abdel Rahman, some maimed fighters were treated in the nearby town of Albu Kamal while others traveled across the border to Iraq.

A military source in Deir Ezzor told AFP the warplanes hit "joint Iraqi-Syrian positions in al-Hari."

The attack was first reported by Syrian state media overnight, which cited a military source and accused the US-led coalition fighting 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....
terror group of carrying it out.

It said several people were killed and maimed, but did not give a specific number or their nationalities.

The coalition’s press office said it had heard reports that a strike in the area had killed and maimed members of a pro-regime Iraqi militia, but denied it was responsible.

"There have been no strikes by US or coalition forces in that area," it told AFP by email.

Iraqi military says no troops shelled by U.S.-Coalition in Syria

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi Military has said troops on borders with Syria were not shelled by the U.S.-led Coalition troops, while other forces that were shelled were 1500 kilometers in the depth of Syria lands, adding that there were no communication with those forces.

In a statement, the Security Media Center said "security troops, including army, police and al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) are working on securing the Iraqi borders as well as the Syrian borders. Those forces were not exposed to either Arclight airstrikes or other strikes."

Earlier today, PMFs said up to 34 fighters of its members were killed and maimed Sunday after the U.S.-led international coalition targeted a military outpost in the Syrian city of al-Bu Kamal.

"We would like to confirm that were were not in communication with them and there was no coordination with security troops and the forces that were shelled," it added.

"As we feel sorry for the fall of victims in Syria and offer our condolences to families of the victims and injured, we conducted investigations on the authorities in question regarding the loss of Iraqi people and violating the Iraqi-Syrian illusory sovereignty," the statement said.

The center also indicated contacting the head of PMFs, who "clarified that he did not check the statement issued by the forces and that no PMFs were outside the Iraqi-Syrian borders."
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Turkish forces begin patrols in Syria's Manbij
[Al Jazeera] The Ottoman Turkish army has said its forces have begun patrols along the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, in cooperation with US soldiers in the area.

The announcement on Monday came after Ottoman Turkish and US military officials agreed earlier this month to a plan for the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters considered "terrorists" by Ankara from the city.

The Ottoman Turkish army announced on Monday the launch of the operation between Manbij and an area it controls after one of its two cross-border military campaigns along with Syrian rebels in the past two years.

"As per the Manbij Roadmap and Safety Principles previously agreed upon, independent patrol activities by soldiers of Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces and US Armed Forces have begun on the line between (the Ottoman Turkish-controlled) area and Manbij," The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's armed forces said on Twitter.

Addressing supporters at an election rally in the Black Sea province of Samsun, Ottoman Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey...
said: "We had said that terror organizations will leave Manbij.

"We had also talked about patrol missions in Manbij," he added, ahead of the country's key presidential and parliamentary polls on Sunday.

Al Jazeera's Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from Istanbul, said the patrol operations took place near the Sajour River area.

"According to Ankara, 190 Ottoman Turkish troops are deployed there," Koseoglu said. "More troops will be deployed by July 5 to the Manbij area for joint patrolling operations."

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