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Afghanistan
Taliban fired rockets killed two civilians, wounded 12 others in Maidan Wardak
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two civilians killed and 12 others maimed after rockets fired by the Taliban landed in residential areas in Maidan Wardak province on Sunday.

Local officials say one rocket landed in Karokhil village of Sayed Abad District around 10:00 am which left 12 civilians maimed.

The target of the rocket was reportedly the nearby security check posts.

Three of the victims have been announced being at death's door.

The second rocket hit a home in Yousufkhil village of the same district leaving two children killed.

Hayatullah Hayat the governor of Maidan Wardak province has strongly condemned the attacks.

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US deploys 90 Special Operations troops in Helmand province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Amid deteriorating security situation in the restive Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan which led to the fall of Musa Qala district last week, the American military has deployed around 90 Special Operations troops in this province, apparently to assist the Afghan cops.

The American military officials have confirmed that the special operations troops were rushed into Camp Bastion after the fall of Musa Qala on Wednesday.

The officials further added that the troops were part of the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
and American-led coalition's noncombat, "train, advise and assist" mission.

The Afghan military officials have also confirmed that the Afghan cops receive air support from the coalition forces besides the Afghan Air Force conduct aerial bombing.

The deployment of the US special operations troops belonging to United States Air Force Special Tactics Squadron in Helmand province comes as the US and NATO forces formally concluded their combat operation last year.

Col. Brian Tribus an American military front man told the New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
"It is important to note whenever the U.S. conducts Arclight airstrikes, a U.S. JTAC must be on the ground directing the strike to ensure they are conducted within our rules of engagement."

A JTAC is a joint terminal attack controller, a soldier who guides Arclight airstrikes from the ground.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan (MoD) confirmed that the control of Musa Qala district was retaken by the Afghan cops.

MoD released a statement earlier today confirming the district was retaken by Afghan forces in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Posted by: Fred || 08/31/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [38 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Well, so JADE HELM may be bearing some fruit.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/31/2015 2:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Let's hope that AC-130 gunships, A-10 ground attack aircraft, and - what the hell - some B-52 Arclight missions will liven things up for the Talibunnies.
Posted by: Lone Ranger || 08/31/2015 3:44 Comments || Top||


Afghan Forces Retake Key District Center from Taliban
[ALMANAR.LB] Afghan forces backed by NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
air attacks Sunday drove the Taliban out of a district center in southern Afghanistan, days after the Death Eaters overran it, officials said.

Afghan soldiers (archive)The town of Musa Qala in volatile Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province was captured by the Death Eaters on Wednesday, after a week of festivities in which the Taliban claimed to have killed or captured dozens of Afghan forces.

Reinforcements were brought in from neighboring Kandahar province.

And early Sunday police and troops broke through the Taliban defenses in Musa Qala after NATO Arclight airstrikes pounded their trenches in and around the district center, officials said.

"Security forces including army and commando units conducted a successful offensive this morning. They recaptured the district and killed 220 enemy fighters," defense ministry front man Dawlat Waziri told AFP, insisting that government forces did not suffer any casualties.

Operations were continuing to push the remnants of the Taliban out of the rest of Musa Qala district, Waziri said.
The Taliban have not yet commented on the reports.

Helmand is Afghanistan's main opium-growing area and a stronghold of the Taliban, whose government was toppled in 2001 for harboring Al-Qaeda leaders after the September 11 attacks on the United States.
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Africa Horn
Deadly explosion kills 1 in Garoowe
Large bomb explosion has left at least one person dead and three others were wounded in a market in Garowe town in north-east of Somalia.

A witness told Shabelle Media Network that hand grenade was hurled into small market in the headquarters of Somalia’s semi autonomous Puntland. The wounded were taken into hospital for medical treatment, according to witnesses.

It is unclear the motive behind the attack.
Nope, no idea at all. It's Somalia, what could happen there...
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Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria Arrests Boko Haram Commander Linked with Suicide Attacks
[ALMANAR.LB] Nigeria's secret police said Sunday it had incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
notable Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
suspects, including a key commander, linked with several suicide kabooms across the country.

The Department of State Services (DSS) said in a statement that Usman Shuiabu known as Money and other frontline members of the Lion of Islam group were picked up in Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Enugu and Gombe states between July and August.

"Of particular note was the arrest on 8th July, 2015 in Gombe state of those responsible for the coordination and execution of the suicide attacks in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos," it said.

"Shuaibu admitted being the leader of the team of nine sect members that was dispatched from Sambisa Forest to carry out the attacks. He disclosed that four out of the nine of them were used as jacket wallahs in executing all the suicide attacks," it said.

It said the arrest of Shuaibu and other core members of his cell had stemmed the spate of bombings by the Lion of Islam sect.

The DSS said its operatives had also frustrated plans by the Lions of Islam to attack the financial capital of Lagos.

"The sudden influx of Boko Haram members into Lagos state points to the determination of the sect to extend its nefarious terrorist activities to the state and in fact, other parts of the country," it said.

"The arrest of these confessed terrorist elements has however helped in no small measure to avert devastating attacks in the area," it added.

The DSS said it would continue to work with other stakeholders in the fight against Boko Haram Lion of Islams.

The agency said on Friday it had arrested a 14-year-old boy spying for Boko Haram at the Abuja airport.

The Death Eaters have carried out bushwhackes across Nigeria's borders and in recent weeks suicide bombers, many of them women, have staged several attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
and Chad.
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Arabia
Gunmen Kill Senior Security Officer in Yemen's Aden
[AnNahar] Gunmen on a cycle of violence Sunday rubbed out the director of security operations in war-strewn Yemen's second city Aden, police said.

Colonel Abdelhakim al-Sanidi was killed as he was leaving his home in the coastal city's Mansura district, police officials said. The attackers fled after the shooting.

Yemeni authorities have long blamed the country's branch of al-Qaeda for such attacks on members of the security forces.

Backed by weapons and troops from 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 the United Arab Emirates, government loyalists recaptured Aden from Iran-backed rebels and their allies in mid-July, before retaking four other southern provinces.

But security has remained fragile in the port city, where al-Qaeda suspects were accused last week of blowing up a building used by the secret police.

They also set up checkpoints in a district of the southern city and seized five buildings including an intelligence services facility, officials said.

Also last week, a rocket attack on the governor's temporary headquarters in Aden killed four people and maimed 10 others.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
, viewed by Washington as the network's deadliest, has exploited the unrest sweeping 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...
to seize the port city of Mukalla, 480 kilometers (300 miles) east of Aden.
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Saudi retaliates to Houthi attack on courthouse
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Saudi forces in the kingdom's southwestern Jizan region bordering 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...
shelled 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 over the frontier on Sunday in retaliation to an attack on a courthouse, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Houthi gunnies had reportedly targeted the courthouse in the area of al-Horth near the Yemeni border with a missile earlier on Sunday.

Earlier this week, Saudi air defense intercepted a Scud missile fired by Houthi militias and supporters of deposed 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...
towards Jizan city.

With air support from their coalition allies and freshly trained troops, supporters of the internationally recognized President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi had pushed the gunnies from the second city of Aden and four other southern provinces and are fighting to control the third city of Taez.

Since late March, a coalition led by 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...
has bombed Iranian-backed Houthi militias and forces allied to Saleh, in a bid to put the Hadi's government back in power.
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Yemen: Dozens Martyred, Injured in Saudi Strike on Plant in Hajjah
[ALMANAR.LB] At least 30 Yemeni people were martyred and many others have been injured in a Saudi-led Arclight airstrike on a factory in northern 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 Sunday.

Saudi-led strike on a factory in Yemen's Hajjah The victims are mostly workers at a mineral water plant in the district of Abs in the province, local media outlets reported on Sunday.

Most of the bodies transferred to the main public hospital in Hajjah were charred, according to medics.

Reports also said that Saudi warplanes bombarded the district at least 15 times and many people sustained injuries in the deadly attacks.

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...
also conducted 12 Arclight airstrikes on the district of Baqim in the province of Saada.

A similar air strike last month killed 65 civilians at residences of employees of a power plant in Mokha, according to Human Rights Watch
... During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, HRW received a pledge from the Foundation to Promote Open Society, of which George Soros is Chairman, for general support totaling $100,000,000. The grant is being paid in installments of $10,000,000 over ten years.Through June 30, 2013, HRW had received $30,000,000 towards the fulfillment of the pledge....
Another attack on a baby milk factory dairy plant in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida in April left 35 civilians dead.
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Yemeni Army, Committees Pound Saudi Military Posts, steal cars Seize Vehicles in Jizan
[ALMANAR.LB] Yemeni army, backed by the Popular Committees, continues to pound Saudi military posts in the border areas between the two countries.

Yemeni sources told al-Manar that several Saudi soldiers were killed an injured as the Yemeni allied forces shelled Jalah military base in the southwestern province of Jizan.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Senate, the partisans of Honorius went for their knives and the partisans of Stilicho went for the doors...
the joint forces also managed to seize and destroy Saudi vehicles, the video below shows.

Yemeni allied forces destroyed the US-made tank, Abrams in the area of al-Khobe, the Military Media reported. They also carried off as booty a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), also known as Humvee,

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...
has been since March 26 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition.
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Fifth Column
One child, police officer killed in attacks in southeast Turkey
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] A child and a police officer were killed in two separate attacks in Diyarbakir province in southeast The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
Sunday following the breakdown of a cease-fire between the government and Kurdish hard boys, security sources said.

Fighting between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the military has taken place almost daily since last month. The PKK has been hitting military and police targets after the government resumed air strikes on PKK camps in northern Iraq.

One child was killed and one other civilian maimed after an bomb exploded as soldiers passed by.

In a separate incident, a group of assailants in Diclekent, an upscale neighborhood of Diyarbakir, opened fire on coppers killing one and wounding another, according to security sources. The PKK was responsible, the sources said.
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The Grand Turk
Boy among 7 Killed in Turkey Violence
[AnNahar] Three coppers, a 12-year-old boy and three Kurdish rebels died Sunday in continuing violence in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's restive Kurdish-dominated southeast, a local security source said.

Two coppers were rubbed out by gunnies in the center of the historic provincial capital Diyarbakir while a third was killed in Silopi in the neighboring Sirnak province.

The source blamed the attack on Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels who have been staging daily attacks against Turkish armed forces as the military keeps up air raids and operations against its strongholds in southeast Turkey as well as northern Iraq.

Three young Kurds from the youth wing of the PKK were meanwhile killed by security forces in Silopi, according to local officials.

A 12-year-old boy was killed by a landmine planted by the PKK, local officials said, in the Silvan district of Diyarbakir province.

Some 60 members of the Turkish security forces have been killed over the past five weeks as the PKK has hit back at a relentless government air and ground campaign, in the most significant losses sustained by the military and police in recent years.
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AKP district head kidnapped by PKK members in Turkey's east
[Hurriyet Daily News] The district head of the Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Mazgirt branch in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's eastern province of Tunceli was kidnapped by members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Aug. 29, Dogan News Agency has reported.

A group of PKK bandidos Lions of Islam hijacked a road near the Mazgirt district of Tunceli and started conducting ID checks, where they came across the head of the AKP in Mazgirt, Suleyman Canpolat, along with the village headman of Göktepe, Gökhan Sonar.

PKK members set the car on fire after pulling Canpolat and Sonar out of the car, taking Canpolat while setting Sonar free.

The bandidos Lions of Islam allegedly told Canpolat that they had warned him several times but as he had continued on conducting the post of AKP district head, they were going to "take him with them."

Speaking to state-run Anadolu Agency, the provincial head of AKP's Tunceli branch, Erkan Eroglu, confirmed the abduction of Canpolat, saying that they had learned the news from the security forces.
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Home Front: WoT
Four RAW-linked suspects held in Lahore
[DAWN] Law enforcement agencies on Sunday claimed to have tossed in the calaboose
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
four suspects linked to India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) spy agency from Lahore.

The arrested men reportedly belong to Baseen village, near the Indo-Pak Wagah Border.

All suspects have been identified by a former cop, who was arrested last week for being an "agent of Indian agency RAW", according to an intelligence source.

Private TV channels had last week reported the arrest of Ilyas, a former cop, at Baseen village near Wagah Border on the charges of spying for RAW. Ilays has been accused of providing information to the Indian spy agency about some senior army and police officials.

Following the arrest of the former cop, Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

police spokesperson had issued a statement quoting DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf as saying "no RAW agent or former police official has been arrested by the intelligence agencies." He had said he talked to the Military Intelligence (MI) and the Inter-Services Intelligence
...the Pak military intelligence agency that controls the military -- heads of ISI typically get promoted into the Chief of Army Staff position. It serves as a general command center for favored turban groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, tries to influence the politix of neighboring countries, and carries out a (usually) low-level war against India in Kashmir...
(ISI) officials but they did not confirm the arrest of the suspect.
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India-Pakistan
52 govt officers arrested in Sindh amid anti-corruption drive, Qaim told
[DAWN] Sindh Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Chairman Mumtaz Shah on Sunday told Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah that 52 officers from different government departments had been locked away
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
over charges of corruption, embezzlement and misappropriation of government funds across the province in the past two months.

He said 72 first-information reports (FIRs) were registered, while 209 inquiries were initiated against officials in the said time period.

Briefing the chief minister at the CM House, the ACE chairman said the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had begun sending him inquiries into land, revenue and local government matters -- such as illegal and double land allotments, bogus allotment files and other such forgeries and criminal acts.

"So far I have received more than 40 inquiries and have constituted a two- member committee to scrutinise them and conduct thorough inquires so that action could be taken accordingly."

The chief minister said matters being forwarded by the NAB and FIA must be taken seriously followed by swift action.

"It is a good omen that the federal agencies have started posing confidence in ACE," said Qaim Ali Shah.
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Militants attack Jiwani airport in Balochistan, two killed
[DAWN] At least two engineers were killed on Sunday as a result of a holy warrior attack on Jiwani aiport, near the Pak-Iran coastal border in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
's Gwadar district.

Police sources told DawnNews unknown miscreants shot up the airport and killed electronics superintendent identified as Khalilullah during the attack.

The assailants had also kidnapped electronics engineer Mehmudullah Niazi from the airport. Niazi's bullet-ridden body was later found from a nearby area.

Police sources said that the kidnapped engineer was shot from a close range.

At least six miscreants riding cycle of violences were involved in the attack on Jiwani airport, police said.

According to sources, security was not tight in and around the airport at the time of attack.

The assailants sped away on their cycle of violences after the attack.

Police and personnel of other law enforcement agencies reached the site and started investigation into the incident.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

In the past, Lions of Islam attacked the Pasni Radar Station in the region.

Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch also condemned the attack and expresses grief over the loss of innocent lives,

He also directed the district administration and police officials to file a report in this regard.
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Iraq
ISIS radio station attacked inside Mosul
[RUDAW.NET] Two anonymous gunnies launched a hit-and-run attack on an 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....
radio station inside djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, the group's stronghold, a Kurdish official said Saturday.

Saeed Mamuzini, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) front man for Mosul, told Rudaw that ISIS immediately after the attack set up a series of checkpoints inside the city to hunt the two assailants.

"The attack didn't cause any casualties, and none of the assailants were maimed," Mamuzini said.

Al-Bayan radio network airs a news/talk format and broadcasts in Arabic, Kurdish, English, French and Russian. The ISIS radio station has been framed as "highly professional" and compared to NPR and the BBC for tone and quality.

Early in April ISIS launched English-language radio news bulletins on Al-Bayan. Al-Bayan's reporting on the group's military operations and propaganda has been referenced by the News Agency that Dare Not be Named and the Washington Post.

The group also publishes a monthly online English-language magazine called Dabiq, with religious lessons, plus news about its activities. The magazine is concerned with establishing the religious legitimacy of the terror group and its self-proclaimed caliphate.
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Anti-ISIS protests in Rutba stem from blood feud
[RUDAW.NET] Local and international media are reporting that an anti-ISIS protest began Saturday in the Anbar province city of Rutba, along the Baghdad-Amman highway, after ISIS killed a local civil servant.

Bassem Eid Ammash, a front man for the Anbar provincial council, told Rudaw Sunday that after a funeral for a man killed by ISIS for allegedly killing one of the myrmidons, mourners leaving the event began protesting against ISIS.

ISIS shot back at the protesters, he said, and 200 people were locked away
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
. The AP reported that only 70 were arrested, but otherwise confirmed Ammash's comments. The AP also reported that the man being buried at the funeral was Munir al-Kobeisi, a civil servant, and that he was killed for killing an ISIS fighter in part of an ongoing tribal blood feud.

The US and its allies have struggled to train and organize anti-ISIS resistance in the majority-Sunni Arab Anbar province. Attempts by Shiite-led central government troops and militias to regain territory in the ISIS stronghold have also produced few tangible results, with many fearing aggression by Shiite troops in the region would only drive ideological rifts and push locals to support ISIS.
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IS pushed back further in Peshmerga attacks
[RUDAW.NET] Kurdish Peshmerga forces backed by US-led coalition warplanes launched a successful assault on 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....
(ISIS) last week, destroying fortifications and recapturing 200 square kilometers of territory.

"The Peshmerga are launching an important operation in eastern Khurmatu in the north of Iraq," said Maj. Gen. Kevin Kiley, head of the US Army Medical Command. "Together with warplanes, the Peshmerga managed to reclaim hundreds of kilometers of lands from the Islamic State."

Coalition warplanes carried out 12 strategic Arclight airstrikes, dealing a major blow to the group's facilities in areas of southern Kirkuk.

In a bid to drive out ISIS from Iraq, the collation forces have intensified Arclight airstrikes against the Lion of Islams' military convoys, armored vehicles, heavy weapons and bases.
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Islamic State detains 230 in Iraq's Anbar: Local official
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] 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....
bully boy group has detained 230 Iraqis over the last two days for organizing anti-Daesh protests in Iraq's western Anbar province, a provincial official said Sunday.

"Thirty people were detained by the terrorist group on Sunday in the western town of Al-Rutba following raids on their homes," Emad al-Duleimi, a local official, told Anadolu Agency.

He said the latest spate of detentions had brought the total number of people detained since Saturday for organizing anti-Daesh demonstrations to 230.

A U.S.-led anti-Daesh coalition, he added, "has not acted to save those being held by the bully boy group from a possible massacre".

"Local residents want to rise up against Daesh, but they don't have the resources -- especially weapons -- to fight the terrorists," he said.

Iraq has suffered a severe security vacuum since June of last year, when Daesh overran djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Iraq's second largest city located in the northern Nineveh province.

Although Daesh has since lost several parts of the Nineveh, Diyala and Saladin provinces, it remains in control of Mosul, along with several parts of next-door Syria.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
W. Bank drive-by shooting wounds one in suspected terror attack
[Ynet] Driver flees scene; incident occurs only half a day after another car attack on a soldier, as West Bank attacks continue to mount.

An Israeli was shot on Sunday while driving from inside a passing vehicle bearing an Israeli license plate at Jit Junction in the West Bank. The driver suffered light wounds to his arm. The shooter or shooters expeditiously departed at a goodly pace.

Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council and a close friend and neighbor of the victim, Ronen Edri, spoke to him and said: "There needs to be a policy change, the state cannot keep restraining the IDF in protecting its citizens, and that is the current reality here. In the past there was a checkpoint in the exact location of today's attack, but the checkpoint was removed in an effort to 'not hinder the day-to-day life of the Arabs.' If the checkpoint was there today the attack would have been avoided."

Shortly after midnight the night before, IDF troops shot up a Paleostinian vehicle that allegedly tried to run over soldiers at Ari Junction south of Hebron. One soldier was lightly maimed in the foot. He was treated at the scene. The car was damaged by the troops' firing, but managed to drive away.

This summer has seen an escalation of violence in the West Bank, with an increase in the number of violent attacks -- particularly against security forces. Early August saw a vehicular attack on IDF troops in the Binyamin area.

Three soldiers were maimed in an August 6 incident on Route 60 near the town of Sinjil when they were stuck by a car with an Israeli license plate. Two were critically maimed and one was lightly maimed. The vehicle flipped over and the road was closed by security forces. The driver was shot by troops.
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Report: Hezbollah enlisting West Bank youth to carry out terror attacks against Israel
[Jpost] Saudi daily quotes Paleostinian security source as saying PA concerned by Hezbollah attempts to make inroads with Paleostinian youth.

Hezbollah has been working intensively to enlist former operatives from Fatah's armed wing, the Al Aksa Brigades, in order to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets in the West Bank and inside Israel, a Paleostinian security source was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Saudi daily Okaz quoted the source as saying that "among those Hezbollah members involved in the operation is Kayis Ubayid, who was behind the kidnapping of Col. (res.) Elahanan Tenebaum in 2000." Tenenbaum was released to Israel from Hezbollah captivity as part of a prisoner exchange in 2004.

The source added that Paleostinian security forces believe that recent shootings and the use of bombs such as that thrown at an IDF position near Beit Jala, south of Jerusalem, earlier this month, are part of the Lebanese Shi'ite group's efforts.

The Paleostinian source claimed that Israel is well-aware of the Hezbollah activities. He added that some of those Paleostinian operatives approached by Hezbollah reported the Shi'ite group's efforts to Paleostinian Authority officials. "We estimate that there are a number of youths who were drawn into joining Hezbollah's ranks and are now operating in the West Bank, because of economic hardship or the deterioration in the security situation," the source said.

"We don't know how many people there are, but there is no doubt that the phenomenon is gaining momentum among former Al Aksa Brigade youths that have been approached by Hezbollah to work in exchange for economic support. The matter is a personal choice of these youth, who have chosen to take action against Israeli targets."

The Paleostinian security source expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
that, for the first time, their was a willingness among Paleostinian youth to join Hezbollah. "These attempts have not gone unnoticed by us in recent years, but in recent months we feel that the phenomenon has grown, with interest expressed by the youths," he said. "The number of youths involved can be counted on two hands, but nonetheless this is a dangerous development, which if it manages to carry out just one terror attack - it will change the situation completely. We fear that the issue will become a phenomenon, with more and more youths being seduced into getting money from Hezbollah. When they number in the dozens, handling them will become much more complicated."

The source said that the matter was a security challenge for the Paleostinian Authority, which is also currently acting against Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,'s efforts to revive its military wing, the Kassam Brigades, in the West Bank.

The source said that in the mid-2000s, Hezbollah had tried to enlist West Bank youth, offering salaries which reached tens-of-thousands of dollars per month. "In the years 2004-2005, the Al Aksa Brigades grabbed credit for terror attacks which were all funded by Hezbollah, whose main enlister was Kayis Ubayid.

This would not mark the first time that Paleostinian security forces have warned of Hezbollah attempts to enlist fighters in the West Bank. The move could potentially be tied to Hezbollah's patron - Iran.

In January, Iranian Defense Minister Hussein Dehghan warned that Israel "will not escape Dire Revenge" for its alleged liquidation of Iranian Revolutionary Guards' General Muhammad Allah-Dadi and of Jihad Mughniyeh in an air strike in the Syrian Golan Heights attributed in foreign reports to the IAF.

Dehghan said at the time that Iran would continue to arm the West Bank and Hezbollah. "Tehran will continue to strengthen the axis of resistance in order to deal with the Zionist entity."
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Two dozen militants killed as IS pushes into Damascus
[IsraelTimes] Islamic State supporters post propaganda pictures online claiming to show group's fighters advancing in Qadam neighborhood

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....
fighters on Sunday pushed into a large district in southern Damascus, clashing with rival turbans just a few kilometers from the center of the Syrian capital, the holy warrior group and Syrian activists said.

More than two dozen turbans were killed in the festivities on the edges of the Qadam neighborhood, said the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has an extensive network of activists on the ground.

The pro-IS Aamaq News Agency reported that IS fighters seized half of Qadam. The Observatory's Rami Abdul-Rahman said IS fighters were holding two streets and that fighting was continuing.

IS supporters posted propaganda pictures claiming to show IS fighters advancing in the narrow streets of Qadam. The authenticity of the images could not be confirmed independently.

The holy warrior group has emerged as one of the most powerful forces in the battle to overthrow Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Lord of the Baath...
. IS has seized about one-third of Syria and neighboring Iraq over the past year.

Armed Islamic factions fighting forces loyal to Assad control parts of the Syrian capital and large parts of the city's suburbs. Earlier this year, IS fighters entered the Paleostinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, east of Qadam, taking over large parts of it.
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4 killed in suicide bombing in Salqin, Idlib
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] A jacket wallah riding a cycle of violence on Sunday blew up himself in Nusra Front's base in northern province of Idlib, killing 4 people and wounding 13 others.

Activists told Zaman al-Wasl that the bomber had targeted 'Justic House' of al-Qaeda's Syria wing in Salqin town. one Nusra fighter was among the victims.

The identity of the bomber has not yet known, they added.
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Mortar round hits upscale area of Damascus, child killed
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Syria's official news agency SANA says a mortar round has hit an upscale central Damascus neighborhood, killing a child and wounding four people.

It is not uncommon for Damascus to be shelled. Sunday's attack targeted the posh neighborhood of Abu Rummaneh, which houses hotels and several embassies. The agency, quoting a police official, said a girl was killed in the attack, AP said.

An News Agency that Dare Not be Named news hound on the scene saw two people maimed by shrapnel. Vehicles in the area were also damaged.

Armed Islamic factions fighting forces loyal to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
control parts of the Syrian capital and large parts of the city's suburbs.
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ISIS destroys part of another ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has destroyed part of an ancient temple in Syria's UNESCO-listed Palmyra city, a monitoring group said on Sunday, only a week after another temple nearby was reduced to rubble by the Death Eaters.

The snuffies targeted the Temple of Bel, a Roman-era structure in the central desert city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said according to Rooters.

The extent of the damage was not known, the Observatory said, citing its contacts on the ground.

Last week, ISIS snuffies blew up the ancient temple of Baal Shamin at the famous site. Satellite photos appeared to show it had been completely destroyed.

Over the past several months, ISIS have blown up and defaced historical sites and artifacts across their sprawling self-proclaimed "caliphate" stretching across Iraq and Syria.
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ISIL Executes over 90 People in Month in Syria
[ALMANAR.LB] The Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
group, ISIL (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....
in Iraq and Levant), has executed more than 90 people, a third of them civilians, over the past month in areas of war-torn Syria under its control, a monitoring group said Sunday.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 32 civilians were among 91 people executed for "crimes" in the Takfiri group's self-proclaimed "caliphate" between July 29 and August 29.

The toll included ISIL members, rival bandidos forces of Evil and government forces.

According to the Britannia-based Observatory, the latest monthly toll has brought to 3,156 people the number of ISIL executions in Syria since the "caliphate" was announced in June 2014.

The number includes 1,841 civilians.

ISIL has become notorious for its gruesome displays of violence, often shown in videos posted on the Internet, including beheadings, stoning and pushing victims off rooftops.

Further west, in Aleppo province, ISIL has been fiercely attacking rival hard boy groups, including Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.
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Terror Networks
Islamic State targeted in 22 airstrikes in Iraq, Syria: US Military
[AlAhram] The United States and its allies staged 15 Arclight airstrikes on 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....
targets in Iraq and seven in Syria since early Saturday, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Sunday.
Totalling 22 all together. In case you wondered, dear Reader.
In Iraq, targets successfully struck included two boats and two IED caches near Al Baghdadi; a tactical unit, three vehicles and a building near Bayji; and a tactical unit and armored vehicle near Tuz.

In Syria, Arclight airstrikes destroyed tactical units, bunkers, an air defense artillery system, a mortar system and a rocket launcher near Al Hasakah, artillery and an excavator near Al Hawl and a staging area near Washiyah.
But no training camps. I guess that's being left for the next resident of the White House.
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