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31 Maute group members killed in Marawi gunbattles
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Africa Horn
Two killed in a renewed Inter-clan battle in Somalia
[SHABELLENEWS] At least two people were reported to have been killed, and several others maimed in a renewed Inter-clan fighting in central Somalia on Thursday morning.

The fighting broke out between two armed clan Death Eaters hailing from the rival 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...
and Galmudug
...a semiautonomous region in central Somalia, bordering Puntland on the north. Galmudug is not trying to obtain international recognition as a separate nation, but rather considers itself autonomous within the larger Somali federalism, for what that's worth...
states at Balli-Busle area, located east of Mudug region, according to the reports.

The tension has been simmering in the rural villages in the volatile region over the past few months, as the warring local clans in deadlock over grazing land and bore-holes.

There was an effort by the elders to defuse the escalating violence in Balli-Busle settlement.

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Police officers killed by separate bomb blasts in Kenya
[SHABELLENEWS] Eight Kenyan security officers were killed in two separate roadside kaboomings in eastern Kenya on Wednesday, bigwigs said, and Somali Islamist snuffies claimed both attacks.

In Mandera, in the extreme northeast of Kenya, a governor’s convoy was blown up by what the Kenyan Red Thingy said appeared to have been a landmine. The area is a frequent target of the Somali jihadist group al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
"Unfortunately I lost five of my security officers including my personal bodyguard in an attack on my convoy," Mandera Governor Ali Roba said in a Facebook post.

Al-Shabaab claimed both that attack and an earlier one further south in Liboi, also close to the border.

There, three coppers were killed when their truck hit an improvised bomb (IED), North Eastern regional commissioner Mohamud Ali Saleh told Rooters.

"All the dead officers are from one work station," he said. "From past incidences, it is easy to see that even this one is the work of our enemy, al-Shabaab. They plant these IEDs to target our security people."

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Somalia’s military court executes soldier for killing
[SHABELLENEWS] A Somali military court on Thursday executed an al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
Lion of Islam behind the killing of a senior security officer in Middle Shabelle region mid last year.

Deputy prosecutor Mumin Hussein Abdullahi said that the court carried out his execution by firing squad in Mogadishu’s Police Academy field.

"The court executed Yusuf Hussein Mohamud (24), a security soldier who was found guilty for the killing of Abdiweli Ibrahim, the security chief of Middle Shabelle region on June 21, 2016," Mumin said.

The latest execution comes after Somali military court on May 18 executed Abdukadir Abdi Hassan, al-Shabaab Lion of Islam who was found guilty of carrying out a terror attack in Waberi district in November last year.
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Africa North
Egypt officials say Sinai militants kill 4 security forces
[Ynet] Egyptian security officials say separate attacks in restive northern Sinai peninsula where Islamic holy warriors are active have left four security personnel dead.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief the media, say the first attack took place in the town of el-Arish when holy warriors opened fire on an off-duty policeman.

They said three conscripts in an armored vehicle were killed later in a roadside kaboom kaboom in the border town of Rafah.
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LNA continues Fezzan push
[Libya Herald] The Libyan National Army (LNA), says it has ousted a supposedly pro-Presidency Council militia from Sebha’s east central district of Mahdiya, capturing its camp together with weapons, ammunition and vehicles. No casualty figures have been announced, but LNA front man Colonel Ahmed Mismari has said that three murderous Moslem were captured and the militia’s leader, Samir Busaifi, maimed. He also claimed that the assault on the camp by the LNA’s 116th Brigade and commanded by Masoud Jedi was strongly supported by armed local residents.

The militia, named Humat Libya, is reported to also comprise mainly local fighters.

The LNA’s 12th Battalion front man Mohammed Lefiris told the Libya Herald that it had credible intelligence that the Humat militia had been involved in the massacre at Brak al-Shatti airbase last week. The information came from imported muscle nabbed
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
by the 12th Battalion, Lefiris added.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth ordered the entire 614th quadrant searched. The Green Lensman must be found!...
Mismari also revealed that the air force had bombed locations in Jufra last night, damaging enemy equipment and injuring personnel. He referred to the latter as members of al-Qaeda. He also disclosed that the armed forces were now heading towards Tamenhint.

For their part, tribal elders from the area have ordered civilians to keep away from the airbase for their own safety. On Saturday, giving the defenders 72 hours to depart, they called on locals to go there to force the mainly Misratan 13th Battalion and their allies to quit. It is reported that with the deadline passed, they have now decided to lay siege to the base, not allowing anyone in or out.

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Britain
Manchester Arena, day 5: Info being shared again, NHS on alert for the weekend, did Abedi give away another bomb?
From the Telegraph liveblog at 2:48 a.m. local time:
Hashem Abedi is alleged to have claimed that Salam learnt to make bombs from the internet.

Donald Trump has vowed to "get to the bottom" of US leaks over the Manchester bombing and said the culprit should be "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law". Intelligence sharing with the US has resumed after fresh assurances were received.

NHS England urged 27 major trauma centres to prepare for a possible attack ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend - the first such warning to be issued since 2008.

Ssecurity services have foiled five attacks in the past two months since the Westminster attack, saying authorities are managing 500 active investigations - involving 3,000 subjects of interest at any one time.

Police hunting the network behind Abedi's attack disclosed they have made "significant" arrests and seized "very important" items in raids linked to the investigation. Eight people remain in custody.

Fears over 'second bomb' after police find huge chemical explosive cache and bomb factory in raid of Salman Abedi home. He may have built another device now in the hands of fellow jihadists using skills learnt in Libya.

Armed police officers are patrolling on board trains nationwide for the first time, in a bid to "disrupt and deter criminal activity" on the rail network after the UK terror threat level rose to critical.

Abedi flew from Dusseldorf to Manchester four days before the attack. It is now believed he was in transit on his way back from Istanbul. He had previously visited Frankfurt in 2015.

A man and a woman of Libyan origin were arrested Thursday morning in Withington, Manchester. They have three small children, and moved into the flat at least six months ago. According to neighbours the woman speaks little English and wears traditional religious clothing and the hijab.

The eight arrests described in chronological order

How the Manchester bomber was 'injured on the front line in Libya while fighting with jihadis in his gap year'

[DailyMail] Bomber Salman Abedi may have learnt to kill during the school summer holidays when his father took him to the 2011 Libyan uprising. While there he fell under the influence of a radical preacher named Abdul-Basit Ghwela, according to a US official.

He returned to the front line in 2014 when he was hospitalised fighting alongside jihadis in Libya during his gap year, it was claimed last night. He was injured on the front line in Ajdabiya, eastern Libya, and taken to Turkey for treatment using a false passport, a source told the Mail. The incident is believed to have taken place in 2014, shortly after Abedi left Manchester College.

He later returned to study business management at Salford University, before dropping out and descending into a fanatical spiral that culminated in Monday’s atrocity.


Trustee of mosque ‘linked’ to Manchester bomber sent anti-Semitic tweets
Unexpectedly.
[IsraelTimes] Farzi Haffar rejects Didsbury mosque is breeding ground for extremism, after it emerged he sent messages referring to the ‘Jewish lobby’ and calling Israelis Nazis.

Turkey says no record of Manchester bomber travelling to Syria

[AlAhram] The suicide bomber who killed 22 people in Manchester passed through Istanbul on his way to Europe but there were no records of him entering Syria during his travels, Turkish security officials told Reuters on Thursday. They said Turkey received no warning from European countries about the bomber, Salman Abedi, so he was allowed to travel on to Europe.

Describing Abedi's movements before the attack, one official said: "There is flight traffic before his arrival to Europe. He travels first to Europe, then to a third country and then to Istanbul and back to Europe."

He said the "third country" was not Syria.

"He has not spent any time in Turkey (and) he has not had an entry or exit from Syria during his travels, there is no such information in his records," the official said.
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
4 ISIS-linked terrorists plotting public transport attacks detained in Moscow -- FSB
[RT] Four members of an ISIS-linked terrorist network, who were managed from the territory of Syria and were preparing attacks on the Moscow public transport system, have been detained, the Russian Federal Security Service
... the successor to the KGB...
(FSB) reports.

"The Russian Federal Security Service has detained four members of a terrorist group that consists of citizens of Russia and countries of the Central Asian region on May 25, 2017 in Moscow. They were preparing terrorist attacks on Moscow transport infrastructure using improvised bombs," the FSB said in a statement.

The group was part 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....
(IS, formerly ISIS/ISIS) terrorist organization and was managed from the territory of Syria, the statement adds.
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Europe
Former Greek PM Lucas Papademos hurt in Athens bomb attack
Anarchists, Communists, or fascists? I can't imagine Moslem colonists would be interested in a forner politician. Besides, this wasn't showy enough for them.
[RT] Former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos suffered burns to his hands and legs in a bomb attack in his car, according to reports. His driver was also injured in the Athens blast.

Local media outlets reported on social media that the bomb was contained in an envelope, however this has not been confirmed by officials.

Police said the explosion occurred when the car was travelling between Patission and Marnis Street in central Athens at 6:30pm local time, reported Ekathimerini.

Local media didn’t confirm if anyone else was travelling in the car along with Papademos and his driver.
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India-Pakistan
Two Taliban hanged for role in Peshawar school attack
[DAWN] Two Pakis­tani Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
were executed on Wednesday for their involvement in the 2014 terrorist attack on a school in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), 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.
, which claimed the lives of over 145 people, mostly children.

The army said that military courts had sentenced the two bandidos Lions of Islam -- Attaullah and Taj Mohammad -- to death for their role in the dastardly attack.

Pakistain has executed nearly 450 people, mostly convicted criminals, since it lifted a moratorium on the death penalty following the attack on the Peshawar school.
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Iraq
Mosul’s Old City under full security forces’ siege, IS denies civilians food

[Iraq News] 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....
-held Old City in Western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
has become under a full siege by Iraqi security forces, with the group denying food to hundreds of thousands of civilians, reports say.

Rudaw agency said Federal Police forces were surrounding the area from the south, Rapid Response forces from the east and the Counter-Terrorism Service from the west and north. It added that there were nearly 200 fighters remaining in that region.

A security source told Shafaaq news website that the group was denying civilians food at Old City’s Bab al-Jadid neighborhood after they had declined to help faceless myrmidons plant landmines targeting the advancing security forces.
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IS on high alert as emir reportedly killed, headquarters attacked, western Nineveh
[Iraq News] 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....
has been on high alert after three of its headquarters were attacked in central Baaj, western Nineveh, while the group’s emir was reportedly killed local sources from Nineveh province said.

"Islamic State fighters in Baaj have been on high alert. Movements in the eastern and northern sides of the city were banned after three of its headquarters were attacked," the source who preferred anonymity, told AlSumaria News on Thursday.

"Chaotic situation has been witnessed in Baaj since the morning. Dozens of IS bully boyz took to main streets," the source added.

"Semi-confirmed news mentioned killing of ’emir of Baaj’ in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
as an Arclight airstrike targeted the group bully boyz on an agricultural road, 10 KM away from Baaj," the source added.

"Several companions of the emir were killed and injured due to the fierce Arclight airstrike, which also left five vehicles burnt," according to the source.

Close to the Iraqi-Iranian borders, Baaj is considered an important IS stronghold.

While major offensives take place in Mosul by Iraqi troops, backed by U.S.-led coalition, other offensives are launched by the paramilitary troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi to liberate neighboring regions in Nineveh province.

On Wednesday evening, the paramilitary troops (Popular Mobilization Units) launched a second phase of operations launched earlier this month to complete the liberation of villages in the vicinity of Qairawan, freed on Tuesday, ahead of advancing toward Baaj, west of Mosul city.

An offensive was launched by PMUs on May 12, which resulted in clearing of Qairawan region, a main Islamic State bastion in west of Mosul which links between Tal Afar town and the Syrian borders, from IS bully boyz on Tuesday.

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Islamic State infighting leaves senior leader dead in Kirkuk
[Iraq News] Internal wrangles between 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....
members in Kirkuk have left one senior area ruler dead, an official was quoted saying on Thursday as the province awaits liberation of IS havens.

Alsumaria News quoted Sadeq al-Husseini, chairman of the security committee at Kirkuk council, saying that the "mayor of Diyala", who was temporarily appointed by supreme 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...
, was killed with two other companions when members engaged in an infighting near the group’s stronghold town of Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk.

Husseini said the fight was a part of a series of recent disputes among IS leaderships in Hawija, adding that senior members have traded accusations of causing defeats and loss of members to security forces in Mutaibija, an area on the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin.

Most of Islamic State’s so-called "Diyala Province" leaders have stationed in Hawija for the past two years after security forces took over the group’s havens there in early 2015.

On Tuesday, Alsumaria News quoted an official source in Kirkuk saying that IS had opened alternative headquarters for its so-called "Nineveh State", "Dijlah State", "Salahuddin State" and "Diyala State" in Hawija. He said big shots had entered the town in armored vehicles after having fled battles with security forces in Nineveh. The source added that IS murderous Moslems cut a number of main roads and subjected them to a curfew.

"Hawija has now become the group’s main haven, with members split between Hawija and Tal Afar an Baaj (west of Nineveh)," said the source.

Islamic State redeploying in villages at Diyala-Salahuddin borders
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....
Death Eaters are redeploying at villages located on the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin, a local official said, warning that the fact puts areas recaptured by security forces at danger.

Udai al-Khadran, mayor of al-Khales town, north of Baqubah, told Alsumaria News that IS redeployed its fighters at the villages of Boubakr, Boawad and Boutaraz near the borders with Salahuddin. The three villages had been empty of residents for three years, Khadran said, adding that they had not seen a security presence for all that period.

According to the official, the three villages enjoy a "strategic location", and represent "a direct threat" to neighboring villages and nearby liberated areas.
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Another prison for detaining Yazidis found in Qairawan, west of Mosul
[Iraq News] The paramilitary troops have seized another prison 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....
hard boyz in Qairawan region, west of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
city.

In statements on Thursday, the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said "the 40th brigade seized another Islamic State prison inside a house in the liberated region of Qairawan... which was used to detain the kidnapped Yazidi women."

"The prison is a small place with different tools for torturing," according to the media service.

Earlier on Thursday, the troops liberated villages of Kojo and Tal Ghazi villages, in addition to al-Hatmiya and Qabousiya, northeast of Baaj. Twenty IS hard boyz were killed while two villages of northern and southern Biski were liberated.

PMUs resumed on Wednesday evening the second phase of operations to liberate the remaining villages in the vicinity of Qairawan and Baaj.

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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Hezbollah supporters set Lebanese minefield alight near northern Israeli border town
[IsraelTimes] Explosions heard in north; no injuries reported; IDF soldiers said to disperse crowd marking 17 years since Israeli withdrawal from Leb

Supporters of Lebanese terror group Hezbollah marking the anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from southern Leb 17 years ago set fire to a field along the Israel-Leb border near the northern Israeli town of Metulla on Thursday, setting off several mines.

Explosions were heard in the area as Israel Defense Forces responded to the incident, Israel Radio reported.

Soldiers were said to have dispersed the crowd on the other side of the border, apparently by firing shots into the air. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

A video from the scene posted by an Israel Radio news hound showed smoke rising from the field, as a number of IDF soldiers gathered near the fence.

Israel has made efforts to bolster the Israel-Leb border area, a project which has been under way for some time. In 2012, a seven-meter (23-foot) high wall separating Israel from Leb near Metulla was completed. The 1,200-meter-long (3,937-foot) wall is outfitted with sophisticated cameras and sensory equipment aimed at preventing infiltration. Last year, Israel put up a concrete wall near Kibbutz Misgav Am in the north.
An Nahar adds the Lebanese understanding of the situation:
Israeli troops on Thursday had gun sex and shouted warnings in a bid to disperse a group of young Lebanese men who were hoisting flags on the border fence in celebration of the Resistance
That'd be the Hezbullies, natch...
and Liberation Day, which Leb marks on May 25, a media report said.

"After the young men refused to leave, enemy troops set fire to a field behind the border fence, which detonated a number of landmines in the area, before the troops opened fire anew," al-Jadeed television reported.
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Hamas executes three men accused of assassinating senior leader Mazen Fukha
[Ynet] The three men are executed by hanging and firing squad in a police compound in Gazoo in the presence of Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, officials and community leaders; execution was filmed and broadcast live from a nearby building.
'Tis done. May their afterlife be better than the life they just left, whether or not they did the thing they were accused of.
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Southeast Asia
Westmincom: Maute militants isolated
[PHILSTAR] 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....
-inspired Maute forces of Evil have been isolated into pockets as government forces took control of a majority of areas previously occupied by the bully boyz in Marawi City.

Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay said ground forces have determined the number of the Maute forces of Evil and their locations.

Petinglay said that, according to ground assessment, fewer than 50 Maute forces of Evil infiltrated Marawi but managed to project strength through social media.

"This time, we have clearer picture of what happened compared to the first day [na] hindi natin totally grasp or plot the locations of the other holy warriors... Where they did atrocities in a group of three or five and you thought they are too many. They burned and hid and fired and hid," Petinglay said.

"They tried to paint the scenario that they have seized major areas in Marawi utilizing videos and photos spread on the social media," she added.

Many of the initial reports from Marawi City on Tuesday were from residents posting photos and videos on social media. However,
a hangover is the wrath of grapes...
by Tuesday night, media was able to reach Mayor Majul Gadamra as well as provincial and Autonomous Region in Moslem Mindanao officials for updates.

'Propaganda'
Petinglay claimed the Maute group initially succeeded in its propaganda propaganda campaign, with many social media users unwittingly reposted the visual materials showing the forces of Evil on the streets brandishing their guns and black flags.

"Because of that those who repost the unverified source of videos and photos unknowingly helped fan out the propaganda of the Maute terrorists," Petinglay said.

But the military said they now have a clearer picture what is happening and where on the third day of operations.

Petinglay said troops are now concentrating on particular areas where the forces of Evil are holed up. She said residents who decided to stay behind have been reporting on the positions of the terrorists.

Aside from regular troops, elite operators from the Special Operations Command have been deployed to deal with the Maute forces of Evil in close-quarter combat.

She added operations are now easier since residents have evacuated areas where the forces of Evil are.

"During the first day, one of the challenges to us was the troops could not just penetrate the place where you believe they are there because there were civilians and the possible collateral damage," Petinglay said.

'Maute isolated'
The military also assured the public that the Maute forces of Evil are isolated and will not be able to slip out with residents who have been streaming out of the city.

She said all routes going out from Marawi have been secured and evacuees are being carefully checked for forces of Evil pretending to be civilians.

Casualties on the government side are five soldiers killed and 32 others maimed. Security forces have said they have killed 13 Maute forces of Evil and an undetermined number of maimed.

Petinglay said ground forces believe the Maute group has not managed to smuggle Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
leader Isnilon Hapilon out of the city.

Hapilon, said to be the recognized Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's leader in Philippines, was the main target of police and military operations on Tuesday that has triggered the fighting in the capital of Lanao del Sur.

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in Mindanao in response to the festivities.
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31 Maute group members killed in Marawi gunbattles
[NEWS.ABS-CBN] At least 31 members of the Maute terrorist group have been killed in ongoing gunbattles in Marawi City, the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) said on Thursday.
Has it occurred to anyone but me to wonder how anyone who doesn't sympathize with these Islamic ani could stand being a Moslem?
In a statement, WESMINCOM said 13 more Maute group members were killed in a 2-hour shootout Thursday morning as government forces cleared two bridges heading toward Bangulo, Marawi.
There's good and there's evil, and there's Good and both al-Qaeda and the Islamic State have proven themselves to be Evil. So how could anyone of any sort of rudimentary conscience stand to be associated with them?
"As of this report, 31 gunnies were already neutralized and 6 high-powered firearms were recovered by the troops," said Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista, head of Joint Task Force ZamPeLan.
They've proven themselves to actually be worse than the adherents of Moloch, who after all only sacrificed their first-born.
"Our troops are doing deliberate operations in areas we believe are still occupied or infested with the terrorists' presence. I specifically ordered our soldiers to locate and destroy these gunnies as soon as possible," he said.
These guys adhere to no standards of behavior dating from later than the approximate end of the Dark Ages -- making one wonder if they really did end.
Six more soldiers died in fresh festivities earlier Thursday, bringing the corpse count on the government side to 13, following the death of five soldiers and two coppers earlier in the week.
Attila the Hun was actually a pretty reasonable fellow in comparison. He could meet with Pope Leo and correspond with Honorius and Alla Placida with Aetius. He could even adhere to agreements.
Meanwhile,
...back at the secret hideout, Scarface Al sneeringly put his proposition to little Nell...
16 civilians were rescued in clearing operations in Barangay Kilala.
I suppose they could be in the same category as Ghengis Khan -- or Mohammad and his Merry Men.
"We once more call on the people in the community to join us fight terrorism. Provide your security forces with information that will contribute to the neutralization of these agents of deaths and destruction," said Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., commander of WESMINCOM.
Knowing that sort of thing would make me want to become a Lutheran or a Rosicrucian or a Zoroastrian.

But that's probably just Islamophobia on my part.
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ISIS sets up checkpoints across Marawi, 80 Philippine soldiers killed
[ALMASDARNEWS] New details have emerged regarding the ongoing battle for Marawi, a predominately Sunni city in the southern Philippines which is home to over 200,000 residents and witnessed a large-scale ISIS insurgency on Thursday.

According to Amaq Agency, some 70 soldiers of the Philippine Armed Forces have been killed in the battle for Marawi since Tuesday while an additional 10 were killed in an ambush on two armored vehicles patrolling the Jolo municipality on the island of Jolo.

In contrast, the Philippine Army said they had only sustained 8 deaths and 31 injuries to their forces while 13 ISIS gunnies had been killed. Meanwhile,
...back at the shootout, Butch cautiously raised his hat over the edge of the horse trough on the end of a stick......
the Phillipine Air Force conducted dozens of pinpoints Arclight airstrikes over the city on Thursday.

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....
forces in the Philippines are composed of the two franchise groups, known as Maute and Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
, both of whom have sworn alliegence 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...
.
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Duterte deploys commandos, attack helicopters to retake Marawi from ISIS-linked fighters
[RT] Philippines special forces launched an attack on Islamist krazed killer positions in Marawi City early Thursday morning in a bid to retake the city from the ISIS-affiliated Maute group. The operation involved ground troops supported by attack helicopters.

"We're confronting maybe 30 to 40 remaining from the local terrorist group," said Jo-Ar Herrera, front man for the military's First Infantry Regiment, as cited by Rooters.

"The military is conducting precise, surgical operations to flush them out... The situation is very fluid and movements are dynamic because we wanted to out-step and outmaneuver them."

Ground troops engaged Maute fighters ‐ affiliated to IS (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....
, formerly ISIS/ISIS) ‐ while attack helicopters bombarded their positions from above with heavy machine gun fire and rockets.

Some 18 rebels and six soldiers were killed in the operation according to an army spokesperson cited by Rooters.

RT reached out to Marawi resident and eyewitness Chico Dimaro Usman who has captured the carnage in detail, uploading images and video to Facebook.

The air raids continued throughout the morning into mid-afternoon but Usman captured both raids on camera.

RT has corroborated that the videos were taken in the region through comparisons of local topography in the videos with imagery from Google Earth.

Local weather reports confirm roughly 90 percent cloud cover in the area around Marawi City which matches the footage taken by Usman.

RT obtained private statements from Usman confirming that he is in the area. Out of concern for his and his family’s safety, RT is not disclosing his exact location at this time.

So far, a total of 46 people including 15 security forces and 31 Maute fighters have been killed in Marawi City reports Rooters.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
ISIS executes three of its own fighters on high treason charges over deserting Raqqa
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Islamic State leadership is cracking down on fighters trying to desert the caliphate after Kurdish troops have reached the doorstep of Raqqa city.

On Monday, ISIS reportedly ordered the immediate execution of three of its own members for trying to escape the battlefield in northern Raqqa by abandoning their posts, accusing them of “high treason” and disloyalty to the Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

The three unidentified ISIS members were executed by a firing squad in downtown Raqqa on Monday afternoon while hundreds of locals witnessed the ordeal.
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#1  "Die for us or we'll kill you!!"

Mike
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Kurdish forces liquidate two ISIS pockets on both sides of Raqqa city
[ALMASDARNEWS] US allies are making significant territorial progress on the outskirts 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....
capital as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) annihilated two ISIS enclaves in the countryside of Raqqa on Wednesday.

Targeting an isolated ISIS-held area on the Euphrates River between Taqba and Raqqa, the SDF ‐ backed by the Manbij Military Council ‐ were able to impose full control over Kudayran and the Yamamah farms. Subsequently, Kurdish forces have now set their eyes on the strategic Baath dam, a prize Kurdish troops have fire control over.

United States airpower is playing on important role in clearing the way for rapid Kurdish ground advances.
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Syrian Army foils one of the largest ISIS assaults ever on Deir Ezzor Airbase
[ALMASDARNEWS] Last night, hundreds 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....
bandidos Lion of Islams began a series of attacks across government-held districts of Deir Ezzor and its isolated airbase, located south of the historic provincial capital.

With most of the assault centered around the eastern perimeter of Deir Ezzor Airbase and the al-Huwyqah neighborhood, the SAA was able to hold its ground despite facing one of the largest attacks this year which continued non-stop for some 10 hours.

During the lengthy overnight festivities, ground units of the SAA used anti-tank missiles to destroy two Islamic State BMP-1 armored vehicles, one on the al-Malha street and the other in the embattled Huwyqah suburb.

Heaps of ISIS bandidos Lion of Islams were killed during the failed assault although the corpses were too many to properly count. Around 10,000 jihadists faceless myrmidons have been killed by the SAA’s garrison in Deir Ezzor since 2012.

Upon intel receiving from spies living in ISIS-held residential areas of the city, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) targeted a jihadist operations room in the al-Ardi district where many ISIS commanders may have been killed by an air raid on Thursday morning.

SAA artillery units also heavily shelled ISIS supply lines and gathering points across rearguard positions, striking bandidos Lion of Islams at the al-Matar district, al-Arfi district, Panorama bridge, al-Baghiliyah town, the cemetery area, west of the al-Sannouf hill and on the eastern axis of Deir Ezzor Airbase.

ISIS also pounded government-held neighborhoods of Deir Ezzor city with missiles, killing two civilians and injuring at least ten non-combattants according to local media.
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Syrian Army annihilates ISIS in Homs, reopens all roads between Palmyra and Damascus
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Thursday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed thousands of footsoldiers and hundreds of military vehicles in a massive joint push which ultimately linked up government forces on the Palmyra frontier with those stationed on the provincial border between Homs and Rif Dimashq.

With all roads linking Damascus and Palmyra now under government control for the first time since 2014, the SAA was able to reopen the M90, M53 and M45 highways today. The rapid coordinated offensive against the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
represents the single largest advance by any faction across Syria in 2017.

Effectively, ISIS has been forced to withdraw entirely from central Homs, conceding control of some 3,000 square kilometers in the space of 48 hours. Notably, the SAA advance has reduced the caliphate’s size by several percentage points.

Syrian Army scores huge victory as tanks penetrate deep behind ISIS lines in Homs

[ALMASDARNEWS] On Thursday morning, mechanized elements of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated a massive chunk of mountainous territory southwest of Palmyra, virtually expelling ISIS from its vulnerable pocket east of the predominately Christian city of al-Qaryatayn.

Following already huge gains in eastern Homs over the previous 48 hours, the SAA captured numerous strategic sites, including Bardah town, the entire al-Sawwanah area, the Zaqaqiyat Khalil mountains and the key junction town of al-Busyrah.

Squadrons over Russian helicopters supported the advance, hunting down ISIS murderous Moslems who frantically withdrew from the aforementioned points as dozens of SAA tanks rolled into the region, completely shattering their long-standing defensive line.

155 militants surrender to Syrian Army troops in northern Homs

[ALMASDARNEWS] At least 155 Lions of Islam surrendered themselves to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northern countryside of the Homs Governorate on Wednesday.

The 155 Lions of Islam surrendered to the Syrian Arab Army outside the towns of Talbiseh, Houla, and al-Rastan, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

All of the Lions of Islam that surrendered to the government forces in northern Hama, Wednesday, will be eligible for amnesty in order to regularize their status in the country.
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Islamic State prepares its defensive line in western Daraa
[ALMASDARNEWS] Unable to win the upper hand against opposition forces in Daraa, ISIS holy warriors in the western countryside have opted for a defensive posture, spending three months to fortify their defenses around an isolated 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....
region on the border with Israel and Jordan.

A new batch of pictures released by the ISIS franchise group Jaish Khalid ibn al-Walid on Wednesday shows its fighters monitoring rebel forward positions and setting up trenches in the region.

The ISIS group said its holy warriors were on high alert around Nawa, a large rebel-held town on the outskirts of the Islamic State enclave.

Should its first line of defense collapse, Jaish Khalid ibn al-Walid is able to fall back to its rearguard defenses along the February frontline. Rebel forces have been unable to break through this region ever since the ISIS Death Eaters defected in 2014.

Apart from being anchored on the border with Israel and Jordan, Jaish Khalid ibn al-Walid rose to fame over enforcing brutal sharia punishments on its population, including chopping off hands and feet.
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Iran says it built 3rd underground ballistic missile factory, vows to increase capabilities
[RT] Iran has built its third underground ballistic missile production factory, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards airspace division said, adding that the Islamic Theocratic Republic will continue to "forcefully" develop its missile capabilities.

"Iran’s third underground factory has been built by the Guards in recent years... We will continue to further develop our missile capabilities forcefully," Amirali Hajizadeh said, as quoted by Fars News Agency.

He went on to state that "the next missile to be produced is a surface-to-surface missile."

Hajizadeh also said that "it is natural that our enemies America and the Zionist regime (Israel) are angry with our missile program because they want Iran to be in a weak position."

US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
has taken a hardline stance against Iran since taking office in January. During a trip to the Middle East earlier this week, he blamed it for being the main source of instability in the region.

In response, Tehran accused Trump of "repetitive and baseless claims," saying he was trying to spread "Iranophobia."

Trump put Iran "on notice" in February, stating on Twitter that he wouldn't be as "kind" to the Islamic Theocratic Republic as his predecessor Barack Obama
I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody...
was.

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#1  All in accordance with Hussein's sieve of a nuclear deal with Iran.
Posted by: gorb || 05/26/2017 2:48 Comments || Top||



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