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Afghanistan
Taliban, roaming Afghan cities amid Eid euphoria, rule out ceasefire extension
KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban militants headed into cities across Afghanistan on Sunday as they celebrated their Eid ceasefire with feasts and selfies, raising questions about what happens when the ceasefire ends at midnight.

President Ashraf Ghani said he would extend a government ceasefire on Saturday and urged the Taliban to do the same, garnering praise at home and international backing, but critics said such overtures have allowed the Taliban to pour into cities unchecked and win the upper hand.

But the Taliban said there would be no extension, adding that their members were expected to leave government-controlled areas before sunset.

Ghani had committed "a grave mistake" by allowing Taliban fighters to enter government-controlled areas, said Amarullah Saleh, a politician and former head of the National Directorate of Security.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/17/2018 08:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [46 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Airstrike target ISIS weapons, munitions depot in Nangarhar, 3 militants killed
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least three turbans 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 in an Arclight airstrike in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement said the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Achin district.

The source further added that a weapons and munitions depot of the terror group was targeted in the airstrike and as a result at least three turbans were killed.

According to the Ministry of Defense, several weapons, munitions, and explosives were also destroyed during the airstrike.

Nangarhar has been among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the anti-government armed turbans have been attempting to expand their insurgency in this province during the recent years.

Militants belonging to the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group as well as the ISIS Khurasan are active in some remote districts and parts of the province.

In the meantime, counter-terrorism involving airstrikes, both from the Afghan and US forces are underway to suppress the activities of the anti-government armed turbans in this province.
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


At least 26 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack during Eid ceasefire
[DAWN] A jacket wallah killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and Afghan armed forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and Death Eaters celebrated an unprecedented Eid ceasefire.

The blast in the town of Ghazi Aminullah Khan maimed at least 54 others ─ including Taliban, security forces and civilians ─ who were marking the suspension of fighting in Nangarhar's Rodat district, according to Attaullah Khogyani, front man for the provincial governor, Tolo News reported.

Dozens of unarmed Talibs had earlier entered the Afghan capital and other cities to celebrate Eid. Afghan cops and civilians hugged and took selfies with each other across the country, in an outpouring of emotion over the ceasefire.

"A suicide bomber detonated among people, security forces and Taliban who were celebrating the ceasefire," provincial governor front man Attaullah Khogyani told AFP.

The murderous Moslem Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group grabbed credit for the attack. The group's Amaq news agency said the target was "a gathering of Afghan forces" but gave no details. The Taliban had already denied involvement.

The Taliban had announced a ceasefire for the first three days of Eid, which started on Friday, promising not to attack Afghan cops for the first time since the 2001 US invasion. They said they would continue attacking US-led NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and structure....
troops.

The Taliban's ceasefire followed 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 police and troops would cease operations against the Taliban for eight days, starting last Tuesday ‐ though he warned that operations against other murderous Moslems, including IS, would continue.

The attack came as Ghani announced an extension of the government's week-long ceasefire with the murderous Moslem group after both sides agreed to halt hostilities for Eid.
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [63 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  EID ceasefire = hudna
Posted by: Mercutio || 06/17/2018 8:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Allan is pleased
Posted by: Frank G || 06/17/2018 8:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Anti-Eid IED?
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/17/2018 19:56 Comments || Top||


Africa North
NOC evacuates Sidra and Ras Lanuf after fighting erupts in area
[Libya Herald] Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) has announced that it has today evacuated all staff from both Sidra and Ras Lanuf oil installations in Libya’s north-eastern oil crescent.

The news comes after former Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) Central Region Commander Ibrahim Jadran launched a militia attack on the oil crescent this morning. There are unconfirmed reports that he has taken control of both Sidra and Ras Lanuf from the Khalifa Hafter-aligned Libyan National Army (LNA).

Jadran had been in control of the region and had imposed an embargo on oil production and exports prior to being ejected from the area by an attack by Hafter’s LNA in September 2016.

Unconfirmed reports say that at least one oil storage tank has been hit and is on fire. The NOC has not confirmed these reports.

Two days ago, there were unconfirmed reports in Libyan media that Jadran and his allied forces were gathering near the oil crescent poised for a possible attack. There were even reports that Hafter had transferred some troops from Derna to the region to counter the possible threat.

Jadran announced the launch of his operation in a seven-minute video circulating on social media. In it he claimed to be freeing the region from the ’’terrorist and Death Eater’’ Karama (Dignity) forces aligned to Hafter and to end the ’’injustice’’ in the oil crescent.

Jadran claimed he was backed by his local Magharba tribe and the Tebu tribe. However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
there are reports that he has been backed by the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB), the arch-enemies of Hafter and his Karama movement who had been forcibly evicted from Benghazi. Unconfirmed reports also say that he has some rebel Chadian forces participating in his attack ‐ rather than any Tebu forces.

It is thought that Jadran and his allies attacked the oil crescent area believing that Hafter’s forces are spread thin and occupied in the war in Derna or in order to relieve pressure on the ant-Hafter Derna Mujahidine forces.

In its official statement, the NOC said that the loss in oil production as a result of the shut-down is expected to be around 240,000 bpd and a planned tanker entry today to Sidra port had been postponed.

It said that he NOC board was currently meeting and following the situation closely. It called for individuals or political groups who attempt to capture Libya’s oil installations, blockade production, or attempt to make NOC a bargaining chip ‐ to be brought to justice.

Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [31 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


US Africom conducts airstrike in Libya killing one
[Libya Herald] The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced Thursday that it had carried out an Arclight airstrike 50 miles southeast of Bani Walid last Wednesday killing one terrorist.

In its blurb, AFROCOM said "in coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), U.S. forces conducted a precision airstrike against al-Qa’ ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) approximately 50 miles southeast of Bani Walid, Libya, killing one (1) terrorist, on June 13, 2018.

AFRICOM is still assessing the results of this strike. The purpose of this operation was to disrupt AQIM and deny freedom of action.

This is the second U.S. strike against AQIM in Libya. The first on March 24, 2018, resulted in the death of Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking AQIM official.

No non-combatants were killed in this strike.

The United States will not relent in its mission to degrade, disrupt, and destroy terrorist organizations and support stability in the region. We are committed to maintaining pressure on the terrorist network and preventing forces of Evil from establishing safe haven", the blurb concluded.

Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [39 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Saudi-led coalition conducts airstrikes on Yemen's Hodeidah airport
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition conducted airstrikes on Yemen’s Hodeidah airport on Sunday, as coalition-backed ground troops attempted to seize control from Houthi fighters inside, according to Saudi and Houthi media.

Coalition warplanes carried out five airstrikes on Hodeideah, including attacks on the airport, the Houthis’ official SABA news agency said. Saudi-owned broadcaster Al Arabiya also reported strikes on the airport
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/17/2018 05:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [48 views] Top|| File under:


Saudi-led Coalition forces enter Hodeidah Airport in Yemen
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Yemeni military backed by the Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive to seize Hodeidah from the Houthis on June 13 after the Shiite rebels had failed to respond to the government’s offer to withdraw from the port city in order to peacefully resolve the conflict.

According to Reuters citing the media office of the Saudi-led coalition-backed Yemeni military, the Arab alliance’s forces have gained control over the key Yemeni airport of Hodeidah.

The media office said on its Twitter account that after the Saudi-led coalition had entered the airport, demining teams have arrived in the area.

On Wednesday, the Yemeni forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive to capture the airport and surrounding area from the Yemeni Shiite rebels after the Houthis failed to respond to the government’s offer to withdraw from the port city in order to peacefully resolve the conflict.

Amid the fighting, various international organizations and rights groups have called on the Yemeni warring parties to exercise restraint amid increasing hostilities in the city.

The city of Hodeidah is one of the most densely populated Yemeni areas, with its port being vital for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Middle Eastern country, devastated by three years of conflict between the government and the Houthis.

Yemen has been engulfed in a violent conflict between the government headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Houthi Shiite movement.

Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi’s request.

Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [39 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Houthi forces deny losing strategic Hodeideh Airport
[ALMASDARNEWS] The 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 ...
forces have denied losing any part of the strategic Hodeideh Airport, despite contrasting claims from Yemeni pro-government media.

According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their troops are still in full control of the Hodeideh Airport after another battle with the UAE-backed Southern Resistance Army and Yemeni Elite Republican Guard.

Contrasting the Houthi claims are several pro-government activists, including Sky News Arabia and other pro-Saudi media outlets.

Sky News Arabia has claimed that the Southern Resistance Army and Yemeni Elite Republican Guard seized the southern and western parts of the Hodeideh Airport.

Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Europe
Woman shouting 'Allahu akbar' attacks 2 with box cutter at supermarket in France
[Fox News] Sudden Jihad Syndrome or Batshit crazy? Witnesses told Var-matin the young woman attacked a customer and employee.

The woman was dressed in black and wearing a veil at the time, shouting "Allahu akbar" -- "God is great" in Arabic -- before she was placed under control by people intervening, according to Var-matin. Marchal said the suspect may have mental health problems, but has not been identified as police search her home.

"It's apparently an isolated case involving a person with psychiatric issues," the prosecutor told Le Monde newspaper quoted the prosecutor as saying. However, that does not exclude the possibility that the suspect was radicalized, Marchal added.
"We'll likely NEVER know her motivation"
"There is a presumption of attempted murder and ... of a crime with terrorist implications," Marchal was quoted as saying.
Posted by: Frank G || 06/17/2018 12:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Throw cans of pork and beans at her.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/17/2018 19:00 Comments || Top||

#2  The woman was dressed in black and wearing a veil at the time

Shoulda been a clue.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/17/2018 19:51 Comments || Top||


More Than 1,000 Europeans Murdered, Maimed in Attacks by Islamist Asylum Seekers Since 2014
[Brietbart London] More than 1,000 people have been murdered or injured on European soil since 2014, in attacks carried out by Islamist asylum seekers and refugees, research has revealed.

Analysis by the Heritage Foundation found that asylum seekers were involved in 32 of 194 Islamist plots that have targeted Europe over the past four years, resulting in 357 deaths and 1,678 injuries.

Between January 2014 and December 2017, the attacks involving migrants who were seeking asylum accounted for 182 of the fatalities and 814 injuries, according to the Daily Mail.

Noting that the terror threat on the continent has soared since 2016, when German chancellor Angela Merkel opened Europe’s borders, the the U.S. think tank warned that mass migration from the Global South made it "disturbingly simple" for Islamic extremists to enter EU nations.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/17/2018 12:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Yes but people who read the grauniad can get authentic chicken tikka masala 1 pound cheaper thanks to migration
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/17/2018 17:11 Comments || Top||

#2  authentic chicken tikka masala

Maybe it just tastes like chicken.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/17/2018 19:53 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Three soldiers martyred in attacks on border posts
[DAWN] Three ar­­my soldiers were martyred and five turbans killed in attacks from across the Pak-Afghan border on military posts in North Wazoo district on Friday, sources said.

Military officials said murderous Moslems attacked army posts along the border in the Shawal area of the district in an apparent attempt to overrun them.

The army men deployed at the posts, however, managed to repulse the attacks. Five of the assailants were killed in the process.

According to the officials, three army soldiers embraced martyrdom in the shootout ‐ Havaldar Iftikhar, a resident of Sarg­o­dha; Sepoy Aftab, who hai­led from Chitral; and Se­p­oy Usman of Gujrat. Caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk expressed grief over the loss of three precious lives of Pakistain Army officials who embra­ced martyrdom in Shawal while repelling the terrorist attack on the posts from across the border, according to a PM House statement.
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [39 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Paramilitary forces' vehicle attacked on Quetta's Sariab Road, 3 martyred
[DAWN] Three levies forces personnel were martyred in a assassination on Quetta's Sariab Road on Eid day, DawnNewsTV reported.

Initial reports suggest that a paramilitary forces vehicle was intercepted by faceless myrmidons on Sariab Road near Killi Bangulzai.

The levies personnel sitting in the car were fired at by the attackers. They bit the dust after suffering bullet injuries.

Rescue teams later reached the scene and moved the slain personnel's bodies to Civil Hospital Quetta.

The slain men have been identified as Anwar Ali and the brothers Najeebullah and Haseebullah.

Quetta's Deputy Inspector General of Police Razzaq Cheema said the miscreants had escaped unhurt from the spot after the attack.

"This seems to be an act of assassination," he said.

Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [40 views] Top|| File under:


1 dead, multiple wounded as Indian troops fire at anti-India protesters in held Kashmir
[DAWN] At least one person was killed and about two dozen others maimed on Saturday in festivities between Indian forces and demonstrators as protests against Indian rule erupted in India-held Kashmire shortly after Eid prayers, police and residents said.
"Havildar Dawood!"
"Sir!"
"Give them a whiff of birdshot!"

Shouting "Go India, go back" and "We want freedom," hundreds of people began marching in the southern Anantnag area but were confronted by government forces firing tear gas, leading to festivities with stone-throwing protesters.

The use of force intensified as the protesters barraged police and paramilitary soldiers with a hail of stones while the troops fired shotgun pellets, injuring at least 17 people.

One young man among the injured died at a hospital. He suffered pellet injuries in his head and throat while at least nine other men among the injured were hit by pellets in their eyes, medics said.

Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [33 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


Iraq
Kirkuk combat chronicle: cops kaboomed, 2 turbans tied up
Federal Police personnel wounded in bomb blasts, southwest of Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Several Federal Police personnel were wounded as two bomb blasts took place, southwest of Kirkuk, a security source said on Saturday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, the source said, “two bombs went off targeting a Federal Police patrol near Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, leaving several police personnel wounded.”

“Security troops transferred the wounded personnel to neaby hospital for treatment,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

Two Islamic State members arrested in Kirkuk: Defense Ministry

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Two Islamic State members were arrested in Kirkuk province, the Defense Ministry’s Security Media Center said on Saturday.

“Federal Police troops in Kirkuk inspected Shahl al-Gadid,” Brig.Gen. Yahia Rasool, spokesperson for the center, said in a statement. “Troops managed to arrest two suspects two suspects, one of whom belonged to the so-called Kirkuk State- Al-Muqdad bin al-Aswad brigade, while the other belonged to Kirkuk State-Daquq sector.”
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [30 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Four Islamic State members killed in an operation, northeast of Baquba
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Four 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 were killed in an operation carried out by the pro-government paramilitary troops, northeast of Baquba, the security committee of Diyala provincial council said on Saturday.

"Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) carried out an operation in the depth of Wadi Thelab region, northeast of Baquba, leaving four hard boys, including a leader, killed," Sadeq al-Husseini, head of the committee, told AlSumaria News.

On Friday, a PMFs personnel was killed, while another was injured in an Islamic State attack against a patrol in the same region, a security source was quoted saying.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [33 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Security troops arrest eight Islamic State members in Mosul
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) Eight 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 have been enjugged
Please don't kill me!
in Mosul, Nineveh province, the Security Media Center said on Saturday.

A statement by the center quoted the Interior Ministry spokesperson as saying "Nineveh Counter-Terrorism Department arrested eight Islamic State members, including those who were working for the group’s so-called Hisbah (vigilantism) and security departments. The other arrested ones were fighters who were wanted for trials."

The suspects, according to the statement, "were arrested in sporadic areas across Mosul and Tal Afar town, west of the city."
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [34 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Head of Russia's Military Police in Israel to Discuss Syria
[Jerusalem Post] Russia’s Military Police Directorate head Vladimir Ivanovsky arrived in Israel late Friday to meet with officials here to discuss developments in Syria ahead of an expected offensive.

Ivanovsky, who is responsible for Russian forces deployed in Syria’s southern de-escalation zones, is set to meet with several senior IDF officers to discuss the withdrawal of all Iranian troops and Shi’ite militias from areas near Israel’s border, according to public broadcaster Kan.

On Friday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone and, according to Netanyahu’s office, the two discussed regional developments and the situation in Syria.

A statement released by the Kremlin read that the two leaders agreed to strengthen coordination on Syria as well as to joint efforts to ensure security in the area of the Israeli-Syrian border.

According to Israeli intelligence estimates, there are thousands of Iranian advisers and Revolutionary Guard Corps officers in Syria; 9,000 Shi’ite militia fighters from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq; and another 7,000 Hezbollah fighters.

Jerusalem has repeatedly said it would not allow Iran to set up a permanent presence in Syria, and Russia has deployed military police to monitor several de-escalation zones there, including one watch post near Israel’s Golan Heights, which was established last year in a cease-fire brokered by Russia and the US.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/17/2018 05:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [65 views] Top|| File under:


Israeli Air Force Attacks 'Leader of Gaza Cell Behind Burning Kites'
[Haaretz] The Israeli army confirmed Sunday it struck the vehicle of one of the leaders of the incendiary kites unit in Gaza. This was in response to a string of kites and balloons with explosives launched at Israel in recent days, the army said.

No wounded have been reported thus far.

On Saturday, the Israeli army said it carried out a drone strike near residents of the Gaza Strip who were launching incendiary balloons into Israel. Two people were wounded in the strike, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/17/2018 05:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under:

#1  launching burning kites makes you an armed combatant and legal target
Posted by: Frank G || 06/17/2018 6:44 Comments || Top||

#2  And subject to the business end of a Hellfire missile.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/17/2018 11:18 Comments || Top||


How IDF foils Hamas’s naval designs
[Ynet] As terror groups in Gazoo push to build up maritime strength, training hundreds of divers for Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,'s elite Nukhba naval commandos, Israel's 916th Division carries out numerous attacks on plethora of targets, including vessels and naval outposts to weaken terror group’s ’strength and will.’

The IDF’s 916th Division‐which is responsible for the maritime sphere around the Gazoo Strip and for the elite naval commando Shayetet 13 unit‐has been focusing in recent months on thwarting Hamas’s continuous attempts to launch attacks on Israel via the sea, as the terror group pushes to build up its capabilities.

The unit carried out last year many joint operation against terror targets in Gazoo, with a focus on Hamas and Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
’s endeavors to develop their naval capabilities.

"Around 50 per cent of the targets attacked from the air by the Israel Air Force during the last round of escalation two weeks ago were naval targets belonging to Hamas, including naval outposts and sea vessels," a senior naval officer said.

"The attacks are designed to weaken Hamas’s military strength, as well as its will, as we approach the next conflict, and to distance the next round."

The unit, which operates from a military base in Ashdod, was recently awarded the joint certificate of appreciation by Israel Navy Commander Maj. Gen. Eli Sharvit.

At the beginning of the week, it was cleared for publication that IAF fighter jets bombed a terror tunnel in northern Gazoo a week-and-a-half ago, which was meant to be used by Hamas's elite Nukhba naval commandos to secretly go underwater.

The tunnel dug by Hamas for its naval forces was only part of the commando operations it had undertaken since Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

Other attempts to beef up its naval presence, despite the IDF’s continued bombardments on its progress, have included commando training exercises lasting a fortnight, arming with secret diving equipment and creating quality and elite forces for the Nukhba in a bid to launch amphibious assaults on Israeli coastal targets.

In addition, Hamas naval forces are in a continuous process of training hundreds of divers to attain a lower level than that required for the Nukhba but who will still be able to participate in terror missions during the next military confrontation.

Notwithstanding the clandestine operations carried out by Israel’s navy against the unfettered strengthening of Hamas’s amphibious capabilities, since Protective Edge, the Navy has deployed a system of sensors along the maritime border detecting and alerting the troops to any suspicious movements in the water.

This system has been upgraded in recent years, passed many tests successfully, and Navy forces from the Ashdod base have already on several occasions dropped explosives in the water targeting the divers, whenever suspicious underwater movement was detected.

In addition, over the past month, the Defense Ministry started work on an underwater obstacle against Hamas's commando forces, which will make use of the sensors system and include a breakwater in the Netiv HaAsara area.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2018 01:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [86 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


2 Palestinians flying incendiary ballons from Gaza hurt in IAF drone strike
[Ynet] 20 fires break out in Israeli border communities as sweltering heat exacerbates situation; one blaze that broke out near Kissufim spread toward an IDF base but stopped on time; none hurt in the fires, but damage was caused to crops and vegetation.

At least two Paleostinians flying incendiary ballons from Gazoo were hurt in an Israeli dronezap east of Bureij on Saturday, media in the strip report. The IDF confirmed the strike, but said it only fired warning shots.

One of the Paleostinians is said to be moderately maimed.

The incendiary balloons and kites caused 20 fires in Israeli communities near the Gazoo border on Saturday, with the sweltering heat further exacerbating the blazes. No one was hurt in any of the fires, but damage was caused to crops.

The first fire broke out in the Kissufim area and spread to nearby groves, drawing near an IDF base. Firefighters and security coordinators were able to stop the flames at the last moment.

Firefighters also prevented a blaze from spreading towards seed storage depots in the Eshkol Regional Council.

Later in the day, two additional fires broke out in the Kurkar Hills Nature Reserve, near Kibbutz Nir Am, and near the train tracks in the Sderot area. Another conflagration broke out near Kerem Shalom.

In addition to crops and groves, beehives also caught fire in one of the communities on the Gazoo border, while reptiles in the area paid the price as well.

Reptiles fall victim to fires (Photo: Nature and Parks Authority)
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2018 01:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [82 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  At least two Paleostinians flying incendiary ballons from Gazoo were hurt in an Israeli dronezap ...The IDF confirmed the strike, but said it only fired warning shots.

"We fired 'warning shots' into these two - to warn the others"
Posted by: Frank G || 06/17/2018 6:46 Comments || Top||


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Jihadist commander assassinated in rural Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] Another jihadist commander was reportedly assassinated this week inside rural Idlib, pro-opposition activists reported.

The jihadist leader of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
, Abu Mus’ab al-Saheli, was killed on Friday when a group of unknown assailants opened fire on him and his associates.

Abu Mus’ab, nicknamed "Al-Nusayri", was born to an Alawite family in the Latakia Governorate city of Qurdaha; he would later convert to Sunni Islam and join Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
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