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Africa Horn
At least three killed in Sudan clashes over Bashir visit to south Darfur
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] At least three people were killed and more than 20 maimed when Sudanese troops clashed at a South Darfur refugee camp with displaced people protesting against a visit by President Omar al-Bashir
Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it.
, the United Nations
...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly...
mission said on Friday.

The festivities erupted when troops dispersed protesters after Bashir was visiting the Shatia area, where the government has been accused of ethnic cleansing, in his first trip there since the conflict in Darfur war broke out in 2003.

Bashir travelled to Darfur to show progress before a US decision in October on lifting sanctions in return for Sudan meeting conditions, including resolving conflicts and improving humanitarian efforts on the ground.

At least three displaced people were killed and 26 more maimed when troops cleared protesters at the Kalma camp, the joint UN 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...
peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID, said in a statement.

"I call upon everyone involved in this situation to restore calm as soon as possible. A peaceful resolution of differences is the only way forward for the Darfuri people," said UNAMID Joint Special Representative, Jeremiah Mamabolo.

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Africa North
Derna mujadineen confirm deaths of VOAS employees kidnapped by IS in 2015
[Libya Herald] The Derna Mujahideen Shoura Council has said that five bodies it found in June 2015 after it managed to expel forces 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....
(IS) were those of Austrian oil services company VAOS employee who were among nine staff kidnapped at the Ghani oilfield by IS in March 2015.

The nine were Ghani camp manager Dalibor Savicic from Serbia but with Austrian nationality, four Filipinos, two Bangladeshis, a Czech and a Ghanaian. The two Bangladeshis were subsequently released by IS and then rescued by Misrata’s 16 Battalion along with the Ghanaian.

According to the mujahideen, the five bodies found in the west of the town were subsequently identified as members of the kidnapped group following the discovery of a laptop computer belonging to the Czech catering manager Pavel Hruza. It apparently contained images of the four Filipinos being executed.

The mujahideen say that the bodies were handed to the Red Islamic Thingy, but it is not known where they are now or if they have been identified. Nor is there any news of the whereabouts of the sixth missing man.

It is also not clear why it has taken so long for the news about the five to surface.

The Austrian government said two days ago that it that it was trying to verify the mujahideen report, but has also said it "fears the worst". Austrian officials, however, have since refused to make any comment about the story.

It has been reported that the bodies were found in marked graves, and that attempts are being made to return them to their families.

At the time it was reported that IS had demanded a ransom of half a million dollars for Savicic. According to the mujahideen a ransom was also demanded for Hruza, but that the Czech authorities refused to negotiate.

During the attack, 11 Libyan guards were also killed.

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Civilians die as Sabratha fighting enters sixth day
[Libya Herald] An entire family was reported to have been killed today when a shell fell on their car in Sabratha’s Dahman district, as fighting between the 48th Brigade and the Anti-ISIS Operations Room continued for a sixth day.

"The family were a long way from the fighting and were thought to be in a safe area," a local official told the Libya Herald, "but one of the groups fired a missile which hit them."

It was not known who was responsible, he said.

Also reportedly killed today was one of the commanders of the 48th Battalion, Bashir al-Gadi. The operations room further claimed to have destroyed a tank and an armoured vehicle belonging to the 48th.

Following the failure yesterday of the truce drawn up by elders from Zintan, Zawia and Sabratha itself, they were joined by others from Zuwara, Rigdaleen, al-Jmail, al-Mutrad, Khoms, Zliten and Misrata. According to the Sabratha municipal council, they called for an immediate ceasefire. There were reports late this evening that a truce had been accepted but stherehas been no confirmation so far. More than 20 people are said to have been maimed since the festivities started as well as five of the fighters killed.

Furthermore, until today, the festivities were limited to the town centre. However,
some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them...
the 48th Battalion has told residents in the Dahman area, east of the centre, to evacuate their homes. There were also reports of civilians leaving the Alwadi area after shells landed there.

Meeanwhile, there are reports of divisions within the operations room. One of its commanders, a Colonal Mohammed Muhara, is said to have submitted his resignation today saying that he did not want to be involved in the town’s destruction.

Posted by: Fred || 09/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [0 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Houthis kidnap two journalists who are Saleh loyalists
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate said on Wednesday that 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 Sanaa kidnapped two prominent journalists who support their ally, ousted President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
, as the dispute between them continues to escalate.

"Houthi gunnies kidnapped two journalists on Tuesday noon while they walked out of a restaurant in Sanaa," the syndicate said in a statement which Al Arabiya received a copy of.

The journalists were identified as Kamel Al Khodani, the editorial secretary at almethaq.net which is a news website for the General People's Congress that’s headed by Saleh, and Sami Al Sharjabi, a journalist at almotamar.net, the General People's Congress official website.

Khodani and Sharjabi are members of the General People's Congress and staunch defenders of Saleh and critics of the Houthi militias.

The syndicate condemned their abduction, called for releasing them and held the Houthis completely responsible for their lives.

It also noted that Houthis have been harassing journalists since their leaders made threats against them few days ago and called on the Union of Arab Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists and other relevant organizations to voice solidarity with the Yemeni journalists who are subjected to a systematic war.

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Houthi rockets fired from Yemen land on Saudi mountain village
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An official source at the Coalition Command said that rockets fired from Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
on Thursday landed on an elementary school in a mountain village at al-Arda Governorate in the Jazan province.

In the statement the coalition said that the rockets also landed on a housing area which resulted in structural damage but no deaths or injuries have been reported.

The coalition confirmed that the rockets were launched by 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 from the Yemeni territories, stressing that these attacks represent a flagrant violation of the International Humanitarian Law.

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Europe
Refugees drown as boat capsizes in Black Sea
[Al Jazeera] At least 21 dead and several others missing after Romania-bound boat sinks off Turkey's Black Sea coast
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Spanish Police Arrest Man over Barcelona Attacks
[AnNahar] Spanish police have nabbed
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
a Moroccan man suspected of cooperating with a cell behind attacks that killed 16 people in Barcelona and another seaside resort last month, the interior ministry said Friday.

The 24-year-old man, who was detained in the eastern town of Castellon, was close to several members of the group, especially Abdelbaki Es Satty, a Morocca holy man believed to have radicalised the youths that carried out the attacks, it said in a statement.

He is believed to have helped the cell obtain the ingredients they used to make over 100 kilos (220 pounds) of the explosive TATP and provided them with vehicles to transport it.

"Various members of the cell counted on the help of the suspect, who at the very least, provided his personal identification documents which they used to buy hydrogen peroxide, a key ingredient to make TATP," it said.

"In addition, he provided the Lions of Islam with methods of transportation used to move part of the explosives."

TATP has become the explosive of choice for 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) group as it can easily be made from ingredients such as acetone and oxygenated water that are readily available in high street stores.

Investigators found 15 kilos of the explosive -- dubbed the "mother of Satan" -- in a flat near Brussels after suicide kabooms in the Belgian capital in March 2016.

It was also used in the November 2015 attacks on Gay Paree, and in a bombing that targeted concertgoers in Manchester in May.

In last month's attack, jihadists killed 16 people using vehicles and knives in a two-pronged attack in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils, with the bloodshed claimed by IS.

The main suspects were of Moroccan origin, although most had lived in Spain for several years.

Police rubbed out six of the suspected members of the cell that carried out the attacks and arrested another four.

Two other suspects -- including Es Satty -- died in an kaboom at a house used by the plotters at Alcanar, southwest of Barcelona, on August 16 on the eve of the Barcelona attack.

Police believe the kaboom at the house prompted the surviving members of the cell to bring forward their attack plans, resulting in the vehicle rampages in Barcelona and Cambrils.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [0 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


The Grand Turk
Syrian activist, daughter killed in Istanbul home
[Hurriyet Daily News] A prominent Syrian opposition activist named Orouba Barakat, 60, and her journalist daughter Halla Barakat were found murdered in their home in Istanbul’s Üskudar district on the night of Sept. 21.

The incident was allegedly discovered when Halla Barakat’s friends came to their home after not being able to reach the 22-year-old. After no one answered the door, they notified the police about the situation, who had the door opened with the help of a locksmith. The police homicide teams then found the dead bodies of the Syrian activist along with her daughter.

After an analysis, the police determined the two women were stabbed to death about two or three days ago, and their throats showed traces of being strangled.

The murder suspects were also determined to have poured detergent over the women’s bodies to prevent odor. The bodies were then taken to the institution of forensic medicine.

Barakat was a well-known figure, especially for her articles on Syrian opposition figures exposed to torture in the country’s prisons. She reportedly first fled to the U.K., then 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...
and finally to Istanbul after the Civil War broke out in Syria.

The activist was reportedly working as an editor for Orient News, a Syrian media group owned by Syrian businessman, journalist and opposition figure Ghassan Aboud, based in Dubai.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Senate, the partisans of Honorius went for their knives and the partisans of Stilicho went for the doors...
a neighborhood resident spoke with news hounds about the murder. "We saw the police at the door [of the Barakats’ home]. They had killed the mother and the daughter by cutting their throats. Since it was night, we do not have much information either. They are said to be Syrians," they said.

"They had poured lime over their bodies and their beds, as far as we have heard. It has been said their corpses were in the home for four days. They were nice people and did not harm anyone," another neighborhood resident was heard saying.

The police launched an investigation into the incident to catch the assailants.
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Iraq
Iraqi Army in trouble after Islamic State raid on Mosul supply line
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Friday morning, ISIS deployed a handful of armored technicals in an attack on a government-held road in the western part of Saladin province.

Pictures of the hit-and-run operation were released by Amaq Agency today and showed jihadist belligerents engaging a Humvee and pickup truck along the targeted road, located between Baghdad and djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
While the assault did not yield any territorial gains, 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....
gunnies did manage to torch an Iraqi Army encampment at the town of al-Dabs.

Despite Islamic State aggression, the supply routes between Iraq’s two largest cities are still open and relatively safe for travelers.

Since losing control of Mosul and Tal Afar earlier this, ISIS has been unable to mount a single actual offensive in the country due to the Iraqi Army’s overwhelming manpower.

However,
if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
hit-and-run operations remain a daily occurence across desert territory in the embattled provinces of Saladin, Nineveh, Anbar and Kirkuk.
Posted by: Fred || 09/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [0 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Israeli jets reportedly strike weapons depot outside Damascus
[IsraelTimes] No casualties as three separate Arclight airstrikes target area known to be a Hezbollah stronghold; Israel, Syria mum on alleged attack.

Israeli warplanes early on Friday morning struck a Hezbollah weapons depot outside Damascus, Arabic-language media outlets reported.

According to reports and a monitoring group, the three separate strikes were carried out near the Damascus International Airport, an area known to be a stronghold of the Iranian-backed terrorist group.

"Israeli warplanes targeted with rocket fire a weapons depot belonging to Hezbollah near the airport," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

There were no reports of casualties or damage.

Images of the alleged Israeli strike uploaded to social media showed smoke and a large ball of fire from the area near the airport.

There was no immediate comment from Israel, Syria or Hezbollah on any of the reports.

Video uploaded to social media was said to show the Syrian military firing an anti-aircraft missile in response to the strike.

Israel has for years has been widely believed to have carried out Arclight airstrikes on advanced weapons systems in Syria ‐ including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and Iranian-made missiles ‐ as well as Hezbollah positions, but it rarely confirms such operations on an individual basis.

Earlier this month, Israel allegedly struck a facility in northwestern Syria, where the regime was said to have stockpiled chemical weapons and missiles, killing two people.
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Kurdish fighters capture key mountain overlooking the Euphrates River in Deir Ezzor
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Friday evening, the predominately Kurdish ’Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) pushed west of their vulnerable Deir Ezzor salient and seized a couple highly important sites from 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....
According to multiple fairly credible reports, the SDF managed to impose full control over the al-Bazikh mountain chain and the neighbouring Derro oil field, located some 30 kilometers directly north of Deir Ezzor.

In the next phase of the ongoing ’Al-Jazirah Storm’ offensive, US-backed Kurdish troops hope to reach and overrun a dozen ISIS-held towns and villages on the eastern side of the Euphrates River in Deir Ezzor’s northern countryside.

Across the river, mechanized elements of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) are securing rapid gains of their own and imposed full control villages over Kusubi, al-Bassah and Hammat Shamiyah earlier in the day, thereby bringing them within a few kilometers of the previously impregnable Islamic State stronghold Ma’adan.

In the coming days, the SAA hopes to liberate the last stretch of ISIS territory in neighbouring Raqqa province while Kurdish forces will try to expel ISIS entirely from northern Deir Ezzor.

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ISIS virtually annihilated in Raqqa city as Kurdish forces begin final push
[ALMASDARNEWS] With the battle for Raqqa entering its 109th day, a small 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....
garrison continues to resist the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) whose troops have cleared most of the city centre, and effectively seized over 90% of ISIS’ self-declared capital.

According to a military source close to al-Masdar News, festivities are especially fierce in the Hena, Nahda and Amin districts while YPG-led forces are trying to secure the al-Nayim and Dele crossroads along with the contested Hitin cemetery.

On Friday alone, a total of 17 ISIS holy warriors were neutralized while four machine-gun manned pickup trucks were destroyed. The corpse count included a jacket wallah who tried to reach SDF forwards units by cycle of violence.

On the other hand, the SDF sustained at least 5 casualties.

Meanwhile,
...back at the comedy club, Boogie was cracking himself up, but nobody else seemed to be getting the non-stop jokes...
Kurdish sappers disabled 70 booby traps and mines while US warplanes intensified their sorties over the ISIS-held northern suburbs.

With most of the elite ISIS fighting force killed in earlier stages of the battle, only a couple hundred jihadist fighters remain battle-ready, many of whom are crippled by skirmishes or Arclight airstrikes.

ISIS commanders are said to have set up a last stand around the al-Amin district which they hope to transform into an impregnable stronghold.

Posted by: Fred || 09/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [0 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


ISIS throws everything into defense of Sakr Island in Deir Ezzor
[ALMASDARNEWS] Amaq Agency released a string of photos on Thursday depicting its side of events during the battle for Sakr Island, an imperative stretch of land that is anchored around the Euphrates River southeast of Deir Ezzor city.

The images showed tanks, snipers, machine-gun emplacements and regular jihadist foot soldiers defending trenches on the island, over half of which has been liberated by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) over the past week.

Sakr Island is important for two major strategic reasons; first off, it overlooks most residential areas of Deir Ezzor and represents a gateway into the city. If SAA troops were to capture the island, they would have fire control over all ISIS-held suburbs.

Secondly, ISIS forces of Evil in Deir Ezzor city have nearly become cutoff from 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....
mainland but are still able to haul in supplies across the Euphrates River through Sakr Island. Should the SAA capture the island, ISIS would be unable to bring in reinforcements and supplies, rendering jihadist snuffies doomed in the lovely provincial capital.

This battle, led by Major General Issam Zahreddine himself, is an instrumental part of the third stage of the ongoing ’Big Dawn’ offensive in which government forces ultimately hope to retake the remaining territories that are under Islamic State control across Syria.

New footage depicting the SAA’s side of events on Sakr Island can be found here while an interactive battle map of the region can be found here.
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Syrian Army deploys amphibious landing tanks in Deir Ezzor
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian military delivered a large shipment of T-62 tanks and BRM-1k vehicles to the Tartous Port in August, a source reported on Friday.

Both the T-62 tank and BRM-1k vehicle are designed to work in areas where there is a high concentration of water; thus, allowing for the operators to complete amphibious landings if needed.

This delivery by the Russians in August coincided with the Syrian Arab Army’s ongoing operations in eastern Syria; especially, in the Euphrates River Valley, where their forces would need to cross the waterway.
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Syrian Army advances within 6km of ISIL’s last stronghold in Raqqa
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army is steadily advancing along the Deir Ezzor-Raqqa border, liberating several sites from the so-called Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) terror organization.

Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army began the day by liberating three towns in northwest Deir Ezzor, paving the way for their forces to push north along the Ma’adan Road.

Following the liberation of the three towns, the Syrian Arab Army continued their march towards Ma’adan, seizing control of Ma’adan Atiq, which is a small town at the Deir Ezzor-Raqqa border.

As a result of today’s advance, the Syrian Arab Army is only 6km away from Ma’adan, leaving the remaining ISIS faceless myrmidons with their backs against the wall in this part of the Euphrates River Valley.

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