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Afghanistan
Senior Taliban commander killed in Afghan Special Forces operation in Nangarhar, Achin residents tell stories of Daesh
[KhaaamaPress] A senior commander of Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
group was killed during an operation of the Special Forces of Afghan Military 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.

Informed military sources said Tuesday "A Taliban commander and seven other combatants were killed during an Afghan Special Security Forces raid in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, March 17, 2019."

The sources further added that the Senior Taliban commander, who went by the name Zirak Gul, was in charge of commanding and recruiting Taliban fighters to carry out attacks against innocent Afghan civilians.

"He was directly responsible for numerous attacks and abductions that have plagued innocent Afghan civilians," the sources said.

The anti-government armed gunnies including Taliban have not commented regarding the killing of Zirak Gul so far.

Achin Residents Tell Their Stories About Life Under Daesh

[ToloNews] Residents of Achin district in 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 who survived life under ISIS almost for three years are still remembering the scars and the horror they witnessed under the turban group. When ISIS outfits initially announced their presence in mid-2014, the hardline hard boy group quickly transformed all aspects of daily life in some of Afghanistan’s remote regions in the east including Nanagarhar’s Achin district.

In this report, TOLOnews’ news hound Sharif Amiri, who recently visited the area, has reflected some of the untold stories of the residents under ISIS rule in the east.

The areas which were used by ISIS as hideouts and training centers for their new recruits have now turned into a marketplace which witnesses a large number of customers on a daily basis.

There is no sign of the black-colored flags and propaganda on the walls in Shadal Bazar, the local market in Achin. The flags have now been replaced with Afghanistan’s flag and the shops have given a colorful image to the area. The shops sell everything from vegetables, commodities, to beverages and candies which is the favorite of the Achin residents.

Ahmad 9, who at the time was only seven years old, was one of the victims of the repressive group who was kidnapped from his school and received military training for four months in a Daesh camp in the east of Afghanistan. Ahmad was ready to go for a suicide mission after being brainwashed at a Daesh training camp.

“They were also showing me videos and were saying that you should cut the heads of these infidels,” said Ahmad.

After realizing the threats facing Ahmad, his father decided to sell everything and evacuate him from Achin. But, in response, Daesh fighters destroyed his home.

But life is coming back to normal in Achin three years after the militant group invaded the area. People are impatiently waiting to relocate to their hometown.

Businesses are reopening and people are happy that Daesh has been defeated in the area.

“My son was in Daesh custody for 19 days. He was later martyred by Daesh,” said Amanullah, an Achin resident.

President Ashraf Ghani in his trip to Nangarhar on January 10 vowed to implement more development projects in Nangarhar districts while he praised the Afghan forces and the residents’ resilience in the fight against Daesh.

When reports Initially surfaced in the media about the emergence of Daesh in Afghanistan, the Afghan political and security leadership tried to play down the rumors of growing influence of the group in the country and said it did not have the capacity to infiltrate and carry out attacks in Afghanistan. But this observation was totally miscalculated as it was not based on facts or credible intelligence reports.

At first, the Afghan government claimed the rumors about Daesh fighters in Afghanistan was just propaganda. But within the span of a few months, the reality of the situation emerged when it became clear the brutal and ideologically extremist group was active in the unstable regions in eastern Afghanistan.

Daesh first appeared in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces – both of which border Pakistan – when they hanged several Taliban commanders who refused to pledge allegiance to the group.

This however was just the start of yet another issue for a nation that was still trying to rid itself of the oppression imposed by the Taliban militancy.

With the announcement of a caliphate by Daesh’s infamous leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in June 2014, the group quickly found some supporters among extremist individuals in Afghanistan. In early September 2014, reports surfaced of Daesh leaflets being distributed in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and nearby Afghan regions where some militants pledged allegiance to the group.

On January 26, 2015, Daesh announced Afghanistan-Pakistan and nearby regions as its Khorasan province with Hafiz Saeed Khan as its governor and Abdul Rauf as his deputy - after both swore an oath of allegiance to the group’s leader Baghdadi.

On February 9, 2015, Mullah Abdul Rauf was killed by a NATO airstrike, and his replacement, Hafiz Wahidi, was killed by the Afghan security forces on March 18, 2015. Hafiz Saeed Khan, the Emir of Daesh’s Khorasan Province, was reportedly killed in a US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on July 25, 2016.
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35 Taliban militants killed, large weapons cache destroyed in Kunduz province
[KhaamaPress] At least 35 Talibs were killed and a large cache of weapons was destroyed during the operations of Afghan Special Forces and Arclight airstrikes in northern Kunduz province.

According to informed military sources, Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid in Chahar Darah district killing 27 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters.

The sources further added that a large weapons cache, 38 pressure-plate IEDs and 40 pounds of homemade explosives were destroyed.

"Several self-defense air strikes in Chahar Darah district killed another 8 Taliban fighters," the sources added.

The anti-government armed murderous Moslems including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.

Kunduz is among the relatively volatile provinces in North Afghanistan where Talibs have presence in some of its districts and often attempt to carry out attacks against the government and security institutions.
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Africa Horn
Somali Army Clashes With Militants Near The Capital
[RadioShabelle] Somali forces on Monday night killed two al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
forces of Evil during a confrontation in the southern region of Middle Shabelle, officials said on Tuesday.

A police officer who declined to be named told Xinhua that the forces of Evil attacked Bal’ad town which was 30 km north of the Somali capital Mogadishu, but were overpowered.

"They (al-Shabaab) attacked our bases in the town but our forces have managed to foil their attempt and inflicted them heavy casualties killing two of them during the fighting," the officer said.

He added that Somali forces are in full control of Bal’ad denying the claims of al-Shabaab that they took over the town.

Residents reported sporadic fighting amid sustained gunfire. "We woke up with the sound of gunfire, we were in fear and panic the whole night," Idman Aways, a local resident told Xinhua by phone.

The incident comes a day after al-Shabaab forces of Evil captured Dhanane town along the coast road in Lower Shabelle region after the government forces withdrew for the unpaid salary of two months.

Al-Qaeda allied group al-Shabaab claimed that they had launched an overnight attack on Bal’ad, capturing the town for a while before setting combat vehicles on fire.
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Fighter Jets Carry Out An Airstrike In Southern Somalia
[RadioShabelle] Residents in Somalia’s southern Lower Shabelle region say unknown fighter jets have bombed an Arclight airstrike in a small village called Adow-Dibille.

Reports indicated that the warplanes targeted a convoy reportedly carrying snuffies travelling in the volatile region, which has been a hotspot for attacks and warfare.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the airstrike.

On the other hand, al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
has refuted claims of an airstrike on their convoy, saying a passenger vehicle was hit by the missiles that inflicted losses on the civilians.

It is unclear which country belongs to the fighter jets conducted the air raid, but, the U.S. military has been carrying out such attacks in the past few years.
Al Ahram adds to the confusion:
An air strike near the Somalian town of Afgoye has killed four people, a relative of one of the victims told Rooters on Tuesday.

Abdiqadir Nur, an employee of telecommunications company Hormuud Telecom, and three others died at around 01:30 GMT as they drove through the village of Laanta Buuro in the country's southwestern Lower Shabelle region, about 45km (28 miles) from the capital Mogadishu.

"Nur and three others went titzup. His brother Mahad Nur is totally burnt," Nur's cousin Abdullahi Ali said.
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Al-Shabaab Attacks Bal’ad Town, Middle Shabelle Region
[RadioShabelle] al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
fighters have last night attacked government military bases in Bal’ad town which lies 30 KM north of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

The local residents said the ambush attack prompted hours of heavy fighting between the Somali army and heavily armed al-Shabaab fighters.

There are a variety of casualties on both sides, although it is unclear exactly what the official casualties are.

Residents reported they heard loud kabooms and gunshots as al-Shabaab fighters attacked a military base in the town.

Al-Shabaab has claimed it seized briefly parts of the town and burnt down several battle wagons.

The group is carrying out hit and run attacks in major towns under government and deadly kabooms in the capital Mogadishu.
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Africa Subsaharan
Al-Shabaab Recaptures Town In Gedo Kenyan Military Retreat
One does hope this is a rinse’n’repeat kill box, rather than the Kenyans having to rconquer the same poor village repeatedly.
[RsdioShabelle] Heavily armed fighters from al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
were reported to have retaken full control of a small town in Gedo region, southwest of Somalia, residents said Tuesday.

The bandidos turbans in fighting vehicles rolled into Busar, located about 40 Km South of El-Wak town situated near Somalia’s mostly non-existent border with Kenya.

The takeover came following the withdrawal of Kenyan forces who have been in control of the town since 2012, according to a local resident, who spoke to Radio Shabelle over the phone.

Al-Shabaab fighters retook the area in Gedo region without a battle and announced their come-back in a public square where krazed killer commanders lectured the villagers.
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Boko Haram kills three in NE Nigeria: Residents
[AlAhram] 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...
Death Eaters have attacked a town in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
, killing three, and robbing and burning a bank, residents said on Tuesday, in the latest violence in the restive region.

Jihadist fighters arriving aboard vehicles and cycle of violences stormed Michika in Adamawa state near the border with neighbouring Borno at about 6:30 pm (1730 GMT) on Monday, firing guns and forcing some residents to flee the town.

Others were said to have locked themselves in their homes.

"They attacked a commercial bus driving through the town and killed three people inside. They overpowered soldiers in the town and forced them to withdraw," resident Saleh Abbare told AFP.

He said the gunnies also broke into a commercial bank, carted away money and set the building on fire.

"The bank was recently renovated and banking activities resumed since 2014 after it was destroyed by the same Boko Haram when they took over the town," he said.

Another resident, Daniel Bature, said the jihadists were pushed out after the arrival of troops from Gulak, the headquarters of nearby Madagali district.

"The Death Eaters were pushed out and they drove towards Lassa on their way back to the Sambisa Forest (in Borno)," said Bature, who gave a similar account.

"Soldiers pursued them while vigilantes in Lassa laid in wait for them. They suffered a lot of casualties from the two fronts," he said.

The Nigerian Army confirmed the attack and said the Death Eaters "met their Waterloo and suffered heavy casualties". But it made no mention of civilian deaths.

Spokesman Sagir Musa said the gunnies "were completely routed by the troops, neutralising many of them, while others fled in disarray due to superior firepower".

Boko Haram's decade-long insurgency has killed some 27,000 people and forced almost two million others to flee their homes, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis in the region.
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Caribbean-Latin America
Colombia seizes assets to the ELN guerrilla
[ELUNIVERSAL] Colombian authorities confiscated 16 properties from the guerrilla group Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) in different areas of the country, including real estate that it allegedly acquired with money from illicit activities, such as drug trafficking and illegal mining.

The Attorney General's Office said in a statement that the assets have a value of more than two million dollars and that they were located with the support of the Colombian army and after eight months of intelligence, AP reported.

The assets were in the name of "alleged front men of the ELN" and the extinction of ownership was applied, a legal figure by which the government takes control of belongings considered to be products of illicit activities.

The properties were located in rural and urban areas, some in commercial activities, and belonged to the finance network of the ELN's Domingo Laín Front, which according to the government operates with more than 500 men in an area near the border with Venezuela.

The authorities said there were no catches. The illicit properties are located in five municipalities of Arauca, in the east of the country and Risaralda, in the center-west of the country. Most of the properties were rented as homes, although others functioned as ice cream parlors or food stalls.

Since July of last year, the ELN has carried out several attacks, especially against the military and police, as well as kidnappings and attacks against the oil infrastructure in different parts of the country.
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Europe
Letter in Dutch suspect’s getaway car suggests terror motive: prosecutors
[IsraelTimes] Reports had previously suggested tram shooting was a family feud; Utrecht police arrest two in addition to suspected gunman.

Dutch prosecutors and police said Tuesday that they were "seriously" investigating a terrorist motive for the Utrecht tram attack because of evidence including a letter found in the main suspect’s getaway car.

"So far, a terrorist motive is seriously being taken into account. This is based on a letter found in the getaway car among other things and the nature of the facts," they said in a joint statement.

Dutch police said late on Monday that they had tossed in the slammer
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
two people in connection with the rampage, in addition to the Ottoman Turkish-born main suspect in the rampage, but gave no further details about them. All three were questioned Tuesday by police.

Gokmen Tanis, 37, was arrested after a massive eight-hour manhunt on Monday following the shooting in which three people were killed and five others injured.

Police found a red Renault Clio after Monday’s attack which they said Tanis had used to flee.

The three people who died in the shooting were a 19-year-old woman from Vianen, which is near Utrecht, and two men aged 28 and 49 from Utrecht itself, the statement said.

"So far our investigation has established no link between the main suspect and the victims," police and prosecutors added.

Dutch and Ottoman Turkish media reports had previously reported that a family dispute may have been the motive for the shooting.

However the police and prosecutors said that "other motives are not excluded, they are also being investigated."

Armed police arrested Tanis in Utrecht after a huge manhunt on Monday during which police released his picture on social media.

"A firearm was found during his arrest," the statement added.

Dutch media have reported that Tanis had a long criminal background and was only released from jail two weeks ago on a number of charges.

Broadcaster NOS reported that some members of his families had links to fundamentalist Islamic groups, but also that he was known for unstable behavior after divorcing his wife two years ago.
The Daily Mail adds:
The Dutch tram attack suspect has the 'IQ of a shrimp' as those who knew him say he had gone mad on heroin and had countless legal troubles, as police investigate a terror motive.

Ottoman Turkish-born Gökmen Tanis, 37, had been out of jail for two weeks on a rape case when he allegedly opened fire on a tram in Utrecht on Monday morning, killing three people - including a teenager and a father-of-three - and injuring five others.

Tanis was described as having a 'rap sheet from here to Tokyo,' including weapons charges, and one of his neighbours said the suspect spiralled into madness on heroin and that Tanis 'has the IQ of a shrimp.'

But another described the alleged killer as 'nice,' as the authorities try to piece together his motives.

Dutch media reports today that he could finally be caught after logging on to his internet banking account via an unknown mobile phone number. Police traced the mobile phone, and were able to arrest Tanis.

Two other arrests were also made by police probing the attacks, and two unnamed men from Utrecht aged 23 and 27 remain in jug. Reports said the two other suspects were brothers but unrelated to Tanis.

This comes as the three victims of yesterday's shooting have been revealed as a 19-year-old woman from the nearby city of Vianen, a 28-year-old man from the same neighbourhood as Tanis and a 49-year-old married father-of-three.

Roos Verschuur, 19, worked as a waitress in a snack bar in the suburb of Vianen and was caught up in the attack travelling through the city on her day off.

Rinke Terpstra, 49, worked in IT for the Dutch rail network management company ProRail, and coached several youth football teams with the Utrecth club C.O.V. DESTO in his spare time.

Dutch authorities today revealed that the three people seriously injured are a 20-year-old woman from Utrecht, a 74-year-old man from the nearby village of De Meern and a 21-year-old woman from Nieuwegein, north of Utrecht.

Tanis was originally locked away
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
in 2017, accused of sexually assaulting a 47-year-old woman, then released from pre-trial detention, before being taken back into custody when he breached his bail conditions, the central Netherlands district court said. He was freed again at the start of March.

In 2014, he was also convicted of 'illegal possession of weapons' and attempted theft but acquitted of attempted manslaughter. He was also convicted in recent months for shoplifting and burglary, but was appealing these rulings.

Far-right politician Geert Wilders has demanded that Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus resign after the revelations about Tanis' criminal past, saying he was responsible for the suspect being able to roam the streets.

'You are politically responsible for this,' Wilders, the leader of the right-wing Party for Freedom, said in the Dutch parliament in The Hague. 'You have to resign, get out of here.'

Earlier today, the alleged victim of the 2017 sexual assault said she feared the suspect was going to be 'coming after her next' when his photograph was shared online.

'I was terrified, I thought: he is coming to see me,' the woman, named only as Angelique, 47, told Algemeen Dagblad, but added that she did not believe Tanis was a terrorist, saying 'his act has nothing to do with faith'.

'He's just crazy, a drug user, you name it. I have warned police so often [about him] before. He is not a terrorist, but a psychopath. If only they had listened to me.'

The Netherlands has been largely spared the kind of attacks which have rocked its closest European neighbours in the past few years, but there has been a series of recent scares.

In August, a 19-year-old Afghan with a German residence permit stabbed and injured two American tourists at Amsterdam's busy Central Station before being shot and maimed.

In September, Dutch Sherlocks said they had arrested seven people and foiled a 'major attack' on civilians at a major event in the Netherlands. They said they had found a large quantity of bomb-making materials including fertiliser likely to be used in a boom-mobile. The men were arrested in the cities of Arnhem and Weert.

In June, two terror suspects were arrested while close to carrying out attacks including at an iconic bridge in Rotterdam and in La Belle France, prosecutors said. The men aged 22 and 28, who were of Moroccan origin, made a film at the Erasmus bridge in which they sang a martyrdom song, they said.
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Brussels area close to European Union headquarters cleared after bomb alert
[DAWN] Some 40 people were preventively evacuated from a building near the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
headquarters in Brussels after a bomb threat was sent to a company linked to the EU.

Police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said a "telephone bomb threat" was made on Tuesday morning to a consulting office linked to the EU's executive commission and that it has been taken seriously.

Part of the street has been sealed off and sniffer dogs have been sent to the scene.

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India-Pakistan
Protests erupt in Indian-occupied Kashmir after young teacher dies in police custody
[DAWN] Protests flared in parts of Indian-Indian Kashmiree on Tuesday after police said a man being questioned in connection with a security investigation had died in jug, the latest disturbance in one of the world's most militarised regions.

The 28-year-old man, Rizwan Asad, died in police custody late on Monday, his family confirmed on Tuesday. The young teacher was a chemistry graduate who taught at a private school, his family said.

Protesters threw stones at police in several parts of the region following news of the man's death, with shops shutting in parts of the main city of Srinagar. Police responded with tear gas.

The government also shut down the Islamic University in Awantipora where Asad was a guest lecturer.

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Iraq
Clashes between Iraqi Army and YBS again heat up in western Shingal
[Rudaw] Clashes continued between Iraqi soldiers and a Yezidi gang in western Shingal on Tuesday after a failed attempt
Curses! Foiled again!
to mediate tensions following a deadly skirmish on Sunday.

At least one Iraqi soldier was injured and there are unconfirmed reports that a second was killed.

Vehicles belonging to forces on both sides were burnt, Rudaw’s Tahsin Qasim reported from Shingal.

Tensions are high between the Iraqi Army and the Shingal Protection Units (YBS), a Yezidi force with ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The two sides clashed on Sunday night with each blaming the other for instigating the incident.

Representatives from the Iraqi Army and the YBS met in Hasawik village with the Iraqis telling the YBS to leave because they are an illegal armed force. The YBS refused and accused the army of hampering free movement between the Shingal area and Rojava, the Kurdish autonomous region of northern Syria.

The new clash erupted after their meeting failed. There are three Iraqi Army divisions stationed in the Shingal area, raising fears among the local population that the army is planning some activity.

Sherwan Dubardani, a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament from djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, told Rudaw that smuggling of weapons, oil, and cigarettes in the Shingal region was adding to insecurity. He accused the PKK of being involved.

Haydar Shasho commands the Ezidikhan Protection Force and is not aligned with the Iraqi forces or the YBS. He confirmed the festivities to Rudaw English on Tuesday, but he could not provide casualty figures.

"The situation varies from place to place and village by village," Shasho added, explaining that they all have different disputes and grievances.

He claimed that 80 percent of the people in Shingal don’t want a PKK or PKK-affiliated presence in Shingal.

"We understand that the situation in Shingal ends when the PKK leaves," Shasho said.

He underscored that his forces are not involved in the recent events.

"Ezidikhan forces have not been involved in the festivities over the past days," he said.

The YBS used to be on good terms with the Iraqi government who was paying salaries of their fighters in Shingal throughout part of the conflict 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....
(ISIS). That ended last year and previous Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on all imported muscle to leave the country.

In Shingal various armed factions operate including the YBS, Hashd al-Shaabi, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Peshmerga, local police and security, federal police, and provincial authorities.

Shingal is a disputed or Kurdistani are that is claimed by Erbil and Baghdad. Since the events of September 2017, Shingal officially has been in the security portfolio of the Iraq.
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Duhok: Turkish artillery shells hit Kani Masi town centre
[Rudaw] Two artillery shells landed in Kani Masi town centre, causing material damage, the mayor stated.

The shells struck at midday, Mayor Sarbast Sabri Akraye confirmed to Rudaw, blaming The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the most dubious 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...
ally....

Three houses were damaged, one of them severely, Akraye added. The three homes all belonged to Christians.

There was nobody at home when the houses were hit and there were no injuries, the official stated.

Kani Masi is located in the Amedi region of Duhok province, near the border with Turkey.

Ottoman Turkish forces frequently target alleged PKK positions in the Kurdistan Region’s mountains. The PKK has its headquarters in the Qandil district near the borders with Iran and Turkey.

Ottoman Turkish Arclight airstrikes targeting the PKK sometimes result in civilian casualties.

At least two Ottoman Turkish soldiers were killed in a skirmish with the PKK on Saturday.
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Bomb blast kills two Iraqi children in Iraq’s Diyala
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Two Iraqi children were killed Tuesday in a kaboom in southern Diyala province, a security source was quoted as saying.

"An explosive charge went off Tuesday afternoon in al-Tarfaya village, 35 km south of Baqubah, leaving two children dead," the source told Baghdad Today website.

"The two bodies were moved to the forensic medicine department," added the source.

No group has so far grabbed credit for the attack, but 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) murderous Moslem group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.
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Iraqi security forces capture three IS militants in Mosul
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi authorities announced on Tuesday the capture of three Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
forces of Evil in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
city, the latest in a series of arrests and detentions that target the group’s dormant cells in the country.

In a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Alghad Press, the Iraqi National Security Service said that its forces "in Nineveh, acting on intelligence information, managed to arrest three IS members, for whom arrest warrants were issued."

"The trio were members of the group’s self-proclaimed Islamic Police Diwan," read the statement, adding that they were handed over to the competent authorities for interrogation.
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Iraqi soldier killed, two wounded in armed attack in northern Baghdad
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ An Iraqi soldier was killed and two others were maimed Tuesday in an armed attack by unidentified button men in northern Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Al Madar News, the source said that "the Iraqi army launched a military operation in al-Tarmia district in northern Baghdad, during which the troops came under fire from unidentified button men.

"The shooting left a soldier dead and two others maimed," added the source, without giving further details about the perpetrators of the attack.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Three Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in occupied West Bank
[Aljazeera] Israeli forces killed three Palestinians in two separate incidents on Tuesday night, Palestinian health ministry and emergency services said.

Omar Abu Leila, 19, was suspected of carrying out a deadly stabbing-and-shooting attack in the occupied West Bank two days earlier.

Abu Leila, who was on the run, was found in a house in the village of Abwein, north of Ramallah. He was killed after he opened fire at Israeli forces who had come to arrest him, the Israeli Shin Bet security service said. The Palestinian health ministry confirmed a person had been killed in the clash, but provided no further details.

Protests in the village then broke out between Palestinian youth and the army. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, nine men were injured, including two with live ammunition.

In a separate incident, the Palestinian health ministry said two more Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.

Raed Hamdan, 21, and Zaid Nouri, 20, died after being shot late Tuesday by Israeli troops near the Joseph Tomb's religious site close to the Palestinian city of Nablus, it said.
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#1  I wish it were 3000
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Israeli planes shoot at Gazans launching incendiary balloons into Israel
[IsraelTimes] No immediate reports of Paleostinian casualties in two separate raids; 11 Gazooks said injured in border festivities in northern Strip.

Israeli military aircraft fired at two groups of Paleostinians launching incendiary balloons from the Gazoo Strip, the army said on Tuesday.

The Israel Defense Forces said its aircraft shot at two separate groups launching balloons from the northern and southern Strip.

There were no immediate report of casualties in Gazoo.

According to the Ynet news site, some festivities between Paleostinian protesters and Israeli troops were also reported near the border in northern Gazoo.

At least 11 Gazooks were maimed in the border demonstrations on Tuesday, according to Paleostinian sources.

A protest flotilla was also makings its way toward the maritime border with Israel in the north of the Strip.
The Jerusalem Post adds:
Earlier Tuesday, the IDF Spokesperson stated that soldiers identified three suspects crossing the border fence In the southern Gaza Strip, placed a flag on it and returned immediately to the Strip.

Hamas and other factions resume full support of border activities
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IDF attacks group launching incendiary and explosive balloons
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Ariel terrorist killed in firefight with IDF troops — Shin Bet
[IsraelTimes] After two-day manhunt, Israeli troops circle building to arrest Paleostinian attacker, fatally shoot him after he opens fire on security forces.

A Paleostinian teen who killed an IDF soldier and Israeli civilian in a terror attack on Sunday was rubbed out in a firefight with Israeli forces near Ramallah, following a two-day manhunt, Israeli officials said Tuesday.

Israeli troops surrounded a building in Abwein on Tuesday night where Omar Abu Laila, 18, was hiding out, according to the Shin Bet security service and police.

As they circled the structure "the perpetrator shot up our forces and was killed in the exchange of fire," an official statement from Israeli authorities said.

There were no Israeli injuries.

Troops have been carrying out intensive searches for Abu Laila since Sunday, after he fled into a Paleostinian town after fatally stabbing a soldier, stealing his gun and opening fire on passing vehicles, killing a rabbi and wounding a soldier.

Clashes were reported between Israeli troops and local Paleostinians during and after the operation.

The official PA news site Wafa said earlier that a Paleostinian was maimed by Israeli fire during the festivities that broke out in Abwein. The news site said he was transported to a hospital in Ramallah for treatment.

According to Wafa, Israeli security forces circled the home after cutting its power lines and calling on a person inside through megaphones to surrender.

Ma’an, a Bethlehem-based Paleostinian news outlet, said two Paleostinians were maimed in Abwein during "violent festivities" with Israeli security forces. Ma’an also said troops shot up the building, after calling on the suspect to turn himself in and threatening to demolish the structure.

Videos posted on social media purporting to be from the scene showed heavy fighting.

According to Israeli authorities, Abu Laila fatally stabbed Sgt. Gal Keidan at the Ariel junction, grabbed the soldier’s gun and shot up passing vehicles, hitting Rabbi Ettinger, before stealing a vehicle and fleeing the scene. The terrorist then drove to the nearby Gitai junction, where he opened fire again, wounding soldier Alexander Dvorsky. He then fled on foot into the nearby village of Burqin.

Ettinger, a father of 12, departed this vale of tears Monday morning.

Authorities have already ordered work be started to demolish Abu Laila’s family home, a controversial tactic Israel defends as a deterrent against future attacks.

Overnight, forces combed the suspect’s home village of Zawiya near the West Bank city of Ariel, where the attack took place.

On Tuesday morning, Israel Radio reported that the manhunt was shifting to intelligence gathering under the assumption that Abu Laila was holed up in a secure hideout.

It was not immediately clear how Abu Laila managed to move from Burqin, in the northern West Bank, to the Ramallah area, some 60 kilometers (35 miles) south.

It is still unknown if the terrorist acted alone before, during or after the attack. Because he appeared to know what he was doing with the weapon, he might have had military training, defense officials said.

IDF Special Forces eliminate terrorist who killed two Israelis
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
SDF controls ISIS tent camp in Baghouz, but no victory yet
[Rudaw] Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have taken control of the ISIS tent camp in Baghouz, but they caution there is no victory yet.

Mustafa Bali, head of SDF’s press office, made the announcement on Twitter, saying their forces are in control of the encampment ISIS had been corralled into on the shores of the Euphrates River near Baghouz.

"This is not a victory announcement, but a significant progress in the fight against ISIS," he said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

"Clashes are continuing as a group of ISIS gunnies who are confined into a tiny area still fight back," he added.

The Lions of Islam are stretched out along a sliver of territory on the banks of the river, a stone’s throw from the border with Iraq.

The SDF have transferred hundreds of sick and injured Lions of Islam to hospital, Bali added.

SDF special forces captured 157 of the holy warriors, "mostly foreign nationals," in an operation, Bali tweeted earlier on Tuesday.

ISIS 'caliphate' is reduced to a few hundred square yards of bombed-out scrapyard: Map shows how US-backed troops have surrounded tiny last stronghold

[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have been seen celebrating 'victory' after seizing key ISIS encampment

  • SDF say some hardened jihadists were using their children as human shields as they defended slither of land

  • It comes as the SDF said it had arrested alleged terrorists over a suicide bomb that left four Americans dead in the Syrian town of Manbij in January
SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said the SDF had captured a group of alleged terrorists suspected of being behind a suicide attack in northern Syria that left four Americans dead earlier this year. Bali said the suspects were captured following technical surveillance. He did not elaborate on the number of suspects or when they were captured.

The Americans were killed in a suicide bombing in January in the town of Manbij that was claimed by ISIS. In a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday, he said the outcome of the ongoing investigation will be shared at a later time.

The SDF captured hundreds of wounded militants when it overran the camp on Tuesday, Bali said. It also captured 157 mostly foreign fighters.

There were conflicting reports from SDF commanders on the ground about the extent of the IS surrender.

Commander Rustam Hasake told The Associated Press that SDF forces advanced on four fronts Monday night and were inside the camp when the last IS fighters surrendered at dawn. He said the last fighters were pushed out of the camp and were now in an open patch of land by the Euphrates River and were being processed and detained.

Another commander, however, said some IS militants continue to hold a tiny area in an open patch of land in the village, outside the encampment.

AP journalists in Baghouz reported sporadic gunfire echoing in Baghouz and jets circling overhead. At a command post in Baghouz, a Humvee pulled up and unloaded weapons captured from IS on Tuesday, including sniper and hunting rifles, pump action shot guns and grenades and ammunition.

Five trucks hauling 10 trailers full of people were seen coming out of Baghouz. A child could be heard wailing from inside one of them. At least 100 people, nearly all of them children, have died in the truck trips from Baghouz on the way to a camp in northern Syria, or soon after reaching it, according to the International Rescue Committee - a sign of how miserable conditions were inside Baghouz during the siege as supplies ran out.
Another Daily Mail article named those blown up in Manbij on January 16, 2019
The bombing killed Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Farmer, Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent and Scott Wirtz from the Defense Intelligence Agency.

It also killed Ghadir Taher, a naturalized US citizen working as a civilian interpreter for a US contractor.

Italian killed fighting alongside Kurds in Syria

[AlAhram] An Italian fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria against the Islamic State (IS) group has been killed, media reported Tuesday, citing the jihadists and his family.

"We have killed the Italian crusader", IS said in a statement released along with a photograph of Lorenzo Orsetti, 33, a former waiter and chef from Florence, according to the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

Orsetti's father Alessandro told the daily he and his wife were "very proud" of their son. Orsetti had initially travelled to Syria in September 2017 as an observer but felt "increasingly involved", his father said.

Orsetti had left a "last testament" cited by La Stampa daily and other media.

"I have no regrets. I died doing what I believed was right, defending the weak," it read.

According to the Corriere della Sera, some 25 Italians have travelled to Syria since 2015 to fight alongside Kurdish forces. Three men and two women are still there, it said.

Al Masdar: First scenes from Baghouz after Daesh’s defeat (VIDEO)


ISIS surrendering in masses as last Euphrates enclave is eliminated

[ALMASDARNEWS] 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/ISIS/IS/ISIS) is surrendering in masses at the Baghouz Camp as their last enclave in the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley has been eliminated.

According to a report from this front, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have taken control over the Baghouz Camp after a fierce battle with the Islamic State holy warriors in this region of eastern Syria.

The Syrian Democratic Forces were able to force the Islamic State to surrender their last positions after they broke through the terrorist group’s last line of defense at the northern flank of the Baghouz Camp.

With the Islamic State’s surrender of the Baghouz Camp to the Syrian Democratic Forces, they have essentially been eliminated from eastern Syria.

SDF in control of Daesh encampment area in Baghouz
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Lebanon arrests man accused of spying for Israel
[IsraelTimes] Beirut says unnamed 40-year-old Canadian-Lebanese citizen confessed to being recruited in 2013 to gather info about Hezbollah, whereabouts of Ron Arad.

Lebanese intelligence said Tuesday a Lebanese-Canadian dual national had been locked away
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
on suspicion of spying for Israel.

"In the framework of pursuing operations to combat Israeli espionage... the directorate of General Security arrested a Lebanese-Canadian," the General Security service said in a statement.

There were no details on exactly when or where the individual was detained.

The statement said the 40-year-old man confessed to being recruited in 2013 by a Lebanese runaway it said belongs to an Israeli spying network described as "unit 504."

He was ordered to recruit Lebanese agents to spy on Hezbollah and collect information on missing Israeli airman Ron Arad, a navigator whose plane was shot down over Leb in 1986 and was thought to have been handed over to the Shiite group, the statement said.

Leb and Israel remain technically in a state of war, with occasional skirmishes along their shared border.

Between April 2009 and 2014, Lebanese authorities detained more than 100 people accused of spying for Israel, most of them members of the military or telecom employees.

Such arrests have been less frequent recently.
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Turkish military conducts patrol alongside HTS in southern Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Tuesday, the Ottoman Turkish military conducted their 5th patrol of the year across the demilitarized zone in southern Idlib and northern Hama.

According to reports, the Ottoman Turkish military patrolled from the town of Morek in northern Hama to the large city of Ma’arat al-Nu’man in southern Idlib.

The Ottoman Turkish military was reportedly escorted by members of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
, who is the largest jihadist group currently operating inside of northern Syria.
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Deir Ezzor: 2nd Hezbollah fighter reportedly killed in eastern Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] Another Hezbollah fighter has been killed in eastern Syria this year after coming under attack 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....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) near the Iraqi border.

According to Hezbollah’s media activists, Mohammad Masarah was reported killed-in-action (KIA) after his unit came under attack near the border city of Albukamal in eastern Deir Ezzor.

No further details have been released.

Hezbollah officially joined the Syrian conflict in April 2013, when their troops helped retake the key border city of al-Qusayr.

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Aleppo: Heavy clashes breakout between Turkish-backed rebels in Jarabulus
[ALMASDARNEWS] A fierce battle broke out between two large rebel factions loyal to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the most dubious NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
ally....

, today, resulting in a number of casualties for both sides involved.

According to reports from northern Syria, Harakat Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
and the Free Syrian Police clashed on Tuesday after members from the former assaulted a traffic officer inside the border city of Jarabulus.

Following the assault, the Free Syrian Police sent reinforcements to the area and the festivities intensified, with at three fighters reportedly maimed.

In response to the infighting, the Ottoman Turkish military sent a convoy to Jarabulus in an attempt to deter both sides from engaging in further hostilities around the city.

Today’s festivities mark the second time in the last 48 hours that Harakat Ahrar al-Sham has been involved in some kind of infighting with another rebel group.

The city of Jarabulus is located in the northeastern part of the Aleppo Governorate; it was previously under the control of the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) after they expelled 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/ISIS/IS/ISIS) from the area.
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US paratroopers alleged conduct overnight operation to bust ISIS sleeper cell in eastern Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] The U.S. military conducted a night time operation against the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) terror organization in eastern Syria on Sunday evening, local rustics reported via social media on Monday.

According to the reports, U.S. paratroopers landed in the Shaytat area
...where the anti-ISIS Arab Shaytat tribe lives (and fights)...
of the Deir Ezzor Governorate, where they later raided a suspected Islamic State sleeper cell.

The reports said the U.S. paratroopers were transported to the Shaytat area by three army helicopters.

The U.S. military later jugged
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
three suspected Islamic State members before leaving the area via helicopter.

This is not the first time that locals have reported U.S. special operations taking place at night; however since the Islamic State lost al-Raqqa, these types of operations have become more prevalent.

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#1  No local caped crusader to complain about night operations? Jawn Kerry in the wrong time zone to weigh in?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/20/2019 6:27 Comments || Top||

#2  When you have night vision gear, that's when you work.
Posted by: ed in texas || 03/20/2019 7:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Own the night...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/20/2019 7:52 Comments || Top||

#4  Raiding a sleeping cell at night...how low can you go!
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/20/2019 8:45 Comments || Top||


Syrian Army mass deploys to Daraa for new operation
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Elite Republican Guard, along with the Air Force Intelligence, arrived in Daraa city on Tuesday after receiving the green light to launch a large-scale operation against the rebel sleeper cells inside the governorate.

A source in Damascus told al-Masdar this afternoon that the Syrian military has deployed to the Daraa al-Balad axis in the scenic provincial capital and to the outskirts of Tafas.

The source says the Syrian military deployed to these axes after receiving intel from locals and spies about the whereabouts of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
sleeper cells and their storages.

Since the start of the new year, the Free Syrian Army sleeper cells in southern Syria have wreaked havoc on the Syrian Arab Army and their allies in the al-Quneitra and Daraa governorates.

Using roadside kabooms and heavy machine guns, the Free Syrian Army has managed to kill several Syrian Arab Army personnel and disrupt their movements in southern Syria.

As a result, the Syrian Arab Army has made the decision to mass deploy to the reconciled towns in order to clear out these sleeper cells.

It is worth noting that while many towns have reconciled with the government, they are still under the authority of local rebels that handed over their heavy weapons last summer.

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