[Tolo News] At least 45 Death Eaters were killed in festivities with security forces in northern Balkh province on Wednesday, local officials said.
In addition, dozens of Death Eaters were maimed.
Gen. Abdul Razaq Qaderi, a police official in Balkh, said that festivities took place in Chamtal district of the province in which Mawalwi Gulabuddin, Taliban's shadow district governor, was also injured.
Qaderi said that festivities have been ongoing for more than five hours. In addition, a policeman was also killed in the clash.
However, denial ain't just a river in Egypt... officials said that the Death Eaters were being driven back from the area.
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A top commander of the loyalists of Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has likely been killed in Arclight airstrikes 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.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Arclight airstrikes were carried out in Kot and Achin districts of Nangarhar by the Afghan Air Force.
A statement by MoD said at least 8 bandidosholy warriors were killed in the air raids and a top commander of the terror group identified as Mullah Bozorg has likely been killed as well.
The anti-government armed hard boy groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.
The loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are actively operating in a number of the remote districts of Nangarhar province where they often launch terrorist attacks.
Achin and Kot districts are in particular the hotbed of the holy warriors of ISIS terrorist groups where they initially launched their operations from.
In the meantime, the Afghan National Security Forces have stepped up attacks against the bandidosholy warriors operating in Nangarhar, including the Taliban and ISIS groups to suppress their insurgency activities.
The US forces also increased their attacks against the loyalists of ISIS group during the recent months which followed amid concerns that the terror group is attempting to establish a regional operational base and consolidate operations with the terror group in Syria and Iraq.
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Somali National Army (SNA) and supporting foreign forces have retaken the key town of Toratorow in Lower Shabelle region from Al shabaab militants on Thursday. Reports said SNA troops entered the town without encountering a resistance from Al Qaeda-linked Al shabaab fighters, the government’s first significant victory in its push to recapture all rebel-held towns.
Toratorow is about 90 kilometers (55 miles) southwest of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and its capture means big blow to Al shabaab militants in the southern Lower region, according to Somali military.
Al shabaab fighters pulled out of the area before Somali army backed by tanks and warplanes belonging to foreign forces, including AU peacekeepers moved in. The situation of the town has returned to normal as Somali troops set up barracks in and around the town to prvent Al shabaab from launching an offensive on the city, residents said.
Until they leave tomorrow...
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The mills of Justice grind slowly, but eventually they get there.
[AnNahar] The Ugandan ringleader of a 2010 bombing by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab that killed 76 people in Kinshasa was found guilty on Thursday of criminal masterminding one of the region's worst attacks in decades.
Twin suicide kabooms claimed by Somalia's Shabaab targeted football fans watching the World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain at a restaurant and a rugby club in the Ugandan capital.
Judge Alfonse Owiny-Dollo said Issa Luyima, a Ugandan, had been shown during the trial to have played a key part in planning the attacks.
"I therefore find Issa Luyima guilty for the offence of terrorism of which he was charged, so I convict him," Owiny-Dollo said.
Prosecutors said Luyima -- one of 13 men receiving their verdicts -- had gone to Somalia where he trained with Shabaab.
The judge was reading the verdicts against 12 other suspects also in court.
The 13 men, all who pleaded not guilty "Wudn't me." , were brought to the High Court in Kampala under heavy security, with roads and shops around the court closed.
Judge Owiny-Dollo, who began to read the verdicts mid-morning, could apply the death sentence to those found guilty.
The 13 men -- seven Kenyans, five Ugandans and one Tanzanian -- have been tried on a range of charges including terrorism, murder and membership of a terrorist organization.
Two men were already found in guilty in 2011 for their role in the attacks.
Edris Nsubuga, who admitted terrorism charges, was spared the death penalty because he expressed contrition over the carnage and was tossed in the clink Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! for 25 years. Co-accused Muhamoud Mugisha received five years for conspiracy to commit terrorism.
The Kampala trial was delayed after the lead prosecutor was murdered in March 2015. Joan Kagezi, acting assistant director of public prosecution, was rubbed out by men on a cycle of violence as she drove home with three of her children.
Al-Shabaab ... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... continues to target countries in the region, carrying out the 2013 assault on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi that killed at least 67 people, and the attack on Kenya's Garissa university in April 2015, killing at least 148 people.
Thousands of Ugandan troops form the backbone of the African Union ...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful... Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the UN-backed force established to fight the Shabaab Islamists and protect the internationally recognized government.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Bahraini court on Thursday tossed in the clink You have the right to remain silent... 19 people for attacks against police in the kingdom, including five for life sentences, Chief of Terror Crimes Prosecution, Advocate General Ahmed Al Hammadi said.
In the first case, the five men who got the longest terms were convicted of a kaboom in a Shiite-populated village east of Manama in August last year.
The bomb went kaboom! when a police bulldozer was clearing barricades that had been erected by protesters, the source said.
In the second trial, the same court handed out jail terms of between three and 15 years to 14 Shiites convicted of attacking police in Sitra, south of the capital.
They were also found guilty of possessing weapons and explosives, Bahrain state news agency quoted Al Hammadi.
Al-Hammadi said that the Public Prosecution relied in substantiating the charges on testimonies from evidence witnesses, the confessions of the suspects a, and forensic reports.
The suspects were referred to the High Criminal Court, where they stood trial in the presence of their defense lawyers, he added.
The Advocate General confirmed that the defendants had been afforded full legal rights throughout the trial, including the right to appeal the court ruling, as guaranteed by Bahraini law.
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[Tolo News] A botched terror bid in New Delhi set alarm bells ringing for Indian security agencies after Lions of Islam posing as Afghan medical tourists were able to infiltrate the capital, intelligence sources told India Today this week.
According to the media outlet, the criminal mastermind behind the failed December, 2015, terror plan was Maulana Abdul Rehman ‐ whom they claim played a key role in the 1999 hijacking of Indian Airlines' IC 814 flight.
Quoting intelligence sources, India Today reports that Rehman launched his first terror attempt on India in November when he sent two of his men to target five locations in Delhi with chemical bombs. According to the report, at the time Rehman had been backed by Pakistain's ISI and by Haqqani network.
The two infiltrators - identified as Pak Ahmed Khan Durrani and Afghan national Abdul Qadri - used medical visas to enter New Delhi, the article stated. Durrani posed as an Afghan patient and Qadri as his attendant, the officials reportedly explained.
They said Durrani had a forged passport issued in the name of Sohaib Abbas and that he had undergone training in chemical bomb-making.
While in Delhi, the duo reportedly remained in contact with their handler, identified as Abid, who had set up a control-room in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central... area of Pakistain-Afghan border.
According to the news article, the two had a hit list, which listed the Iskcon temple, a shopping mall and three other targets.
In addition the two bought bomb-making materials, such as fireworks for gunpowder, wires, bottles and watches, from Old Delhi markets.
Quoting security sources, India Today said the pair was able to make six chemical bombs which they planned to use in serial attacks in the second week of December.
But a test run went awry forcing them to abandon their sinister plan.
The two men reportedly panicked after a bomb they tried to detonate in the bathroom of their room sent huge plumes of smoke out of their building.
Scared, they apparently got rid of all devices and bomb-making material and fled to Afghanistan.
After Sherlocks unearthed the terror plan, intelligence agencies alerted the police in Kabul ...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either.... who then jugged Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! Durrani and Qadri. Explosives and secret documents were recovered from their possession.
But according to the news article, Indian Intelligence officials describe the entire modus operandi as alarming, with a new module using a new route of medical tourism to strike India.
According to them, the criminal mastermind, Rehman, heads an organization called Al Barkat Trust and has an office in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. , security officials said.
His trust has established the new group called Jaish-ul-Haq. Rehman's second-in-command has been identified as Dr Zubair.
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[Daily Excelsior] Army today foiled a major infiltration attempt in North Kashmire’s Nowgam sector and killed three Death Eaters so far while operation against other members of the group is going on.
A senior Police officer said that three Death Eaters were killed in encounter at Nowgam sector of Handwara in North Kashmire’s Kupwara district today. He said that Army’s 35 RR intercepted a group of five to six infiltrators this morning near Toot Mari Gali (TMG) sector also called Nowgam sector.
Sources said that the bully boy group had infiltrated last night and crossed the fence but they were intercepted after army noticed the suspicious movement in the forest area.
The group of Death Eaters after being challenged opened fire triggering an encounter. "Two Death Eaters have been killed during the initial exchange of firefight", sources said, adding that the remaining members of the group later hide themselves inside the dense bushes of the nearby Marsari area.
The Army with the help of sniffer dogs and the joint team of security forces again intercepted the remaining members of the group and later engaged them in a shootout. "In the encounter one more bully boy was killed", he said, adding that the cordon-and-search operation in the area is still going on to track down the other members of the group.
"All the three bully boy bodies have been recovered along with as many AK-47 rifles and other war like stores", he said.
Earlier, additional reinforcement of 18 JAT and Ist Naga was rushed to the area for assisting the Army in the operation.
In the meantime, security forces today launched a cordon-and-search operation in Harwan area of Srinagar.
A police official said that SOG and Army’s 5 RR launched a search operation after receiving an input about the presence of Death Eaters in Dhara belt of Harwan.
"Security forces conducted extensive searches in the area for about over one hour but there was no contact with bully boys," he said, adding that the operation was later called off.
Militants this evening hurled a grenade on Army’s 50 RR at Kakpora in Pulwama district of South Kashmire. An Army cook was injured in the grenade attack.
Army immediately launched a massive operation against the Death Eaters responsible for the grenade attack. However, a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all... no one was locked away You have the right to remain silent... . The condition of the injured Army man is stable.
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[DAWN] LAHORE: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) police nabbed Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! on Wednesday two suspected snuffies linked with Al Qaeda and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).
A spokesperson for the CTD said a police team after receiving information about the presence of the snuffies raided a football ground in Gulshan Ravi.
The police team arrested two suspects, identified as Umer Khayam and Nazir Ahmad, who were planning to attack government buildings in Lahore.
He said the police team also recovered 800 gram kaboom, four-foot prima card and two electric circuit detonators.
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[DAWN] KARACHI: A member of the Jamaat Ahmadiyya was bumped off in a suspected assassination in the Metroville-II area early on Wednesday morning, according to Mubina Town police and party officials.
Dawood Ahmad, 55, was sitting outside his home with a friend, Shamsher, because of an electricity breakdown in the area, when two gunnies on a cycle of violence opened fire on them as they rode by, said Gulshan SP Dr Fahad Ahmed.
The victim sustained five bullet wounds to different parts of the body and was taken to a private hospital, where he succumbed to injuries during treatment. Shamsher was hit in the leg and was in a stable condition. "It appeared to be an incident of assassination'>assassination," said the SP.
"Dawood Ahmed was targeted on account of religious hatred. Thirty Ahmadis have been killed in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... and not a single murderer has been brought to justice till now, making Lion of Islam elements feel encouraged," said Saleemuddin, a front man for the Jamaat Ahmadiyya in a statement.
He said that certain elements were involved in baseless propaganda against the Ahmadis, which he believed was a ’basic reason’ for such grievous incidents.
The front man said the government had announced that action would be taken against hate promoters under the National Action Plan but the elements who promoted hate against Ahmadis were not only free but were busy spreading their hateful propaganda openly and without any fear. He demanded arrest of the culprits.
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[DAWN] Three Frontier Constabulary personnel, including a senior officer, were bumped off in a assassination here on Wednesday. The officer, accompanied by his driver and guard, was going to his office when they were attacked.
The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain grabbed credit for the attack.
A Faqirabad police official identified the officer as Ameer Badhsah, who worked as district officer at the FC headquarters on Sunehri Masjid Road within the jurisdiction of the Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. cantonment.
The official said assailants opened fire when the officer’s vehicle came near Patang Chowk on Ring Road, leaving the FC officer, his driver and guard seriously maimed.
He said the maimed were taken to the Lady Reading Hospital where they died.
The official identified the driver as Gul Rasool and the guard as Gul Rehman.
Senior Superintendent of Police (operations) Abbas Majeed Marwat told Dawn that Mr Badshah was going to his office located in the Latif Abad locality of the city.
[DAWN] At least three suspected snuffies were killed and four others injured during an exchange of fire with security personnel on Thursday near the Pak-Afghan border in North Wazoo.
According to security forces, the clash took place in Shawal valley of North Waziristan near Pak-Afghan border, in which three 'militants' were killed and four were maimed.
However, a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth... this information could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the war-torn region.
Security forces reportedly suffered no loss of life or property.
Operations against snuffies in North Waziristan were stepped up after the government decided to implement the nation-wide National Action Plan combating terrorism in the country. Suspected snuffies have also been killed in drone strikes in the region.
Zarb-e-Azb ..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)... military operation which targeted local and foreign snuffies specifically in North Waziristan was spearheaded following an attack on Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... 's Jinnah International Airport on June 8, 2014.
According to official statements, over 3,500 snuffies have been killed in operation Zarb-e-Azb, while the offensive forced over a million civilians to vacate their homes and move to settled areas of the country.
[GEO.TV] 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... Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti on Thursday said that security agencies have locked away Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! six forces of Evil belonging to Afghanistan’s intelligence agency who were involved in various acts of terrorism on Pak soil.
"The arrested forces of Evil came to Balochistan to carry out assassination'>assassinations and kabooms," said Bugti while addressing a presser.
He said the suspects, most of them Afghan refugees, were planted by Afghan intelligence agency National Directorate of Security ...the Afghan national intel agency... and Indian intelligence RAW and confessed to killing more than 40 Paks.
He said Pakistain sheltered the Afghan refugees and in return for its hospitality got stabbed in the back.
"Enough is enough, Afghan refugees will now have to leave...it is up to them whether they chose to leave honorably or made to leave forcibly by people of Balochistan," he said.
"I want to give the Afghan president a message that if Afghan refugees are involved in killing of Paks then things will deteriorate to a level where relations between the two countries will suffer," the Balochistan home minister said.
During the presser, a video confession of one of the arrested murderous Moslem was screened. The murderous Moslem revealed that he had paid Rs30,000 to get a fake Pak NIC.
"I am an Afghani from Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province," confessed the detained murderous Moslem, adding that he went to Afghanistan in 1996 and returned to Pakistain in 2005 during Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai ... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use... ’s government.
"During Karzai’s rule in Afghanistan, we came to Pakistain and started living in Muslim Bagh refugee camp," said the detained Afghan agent.
Hours after the arrest, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif ..Pak chief of army staff, meaning he pulls the strings on the Nawaz Sharif puppet to make it dance and sing and not do much at all.... was briefed on operation and security situation in Balochistan province, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.
"General Raheel Sharif appreciated efforts of LEAs, especially intelligence agencies in unearthing foreign intelligence network," DG ISPR General Asim Bajwa said in a tweet.
"Together we will defeat any nefarious designs of hurting Pakistain and root out hostile elements out of our country," Gen Bajwa quoted COAS as saying.
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(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – On Thursday, a security source announced, that the Peshmerga forces managed to drop a drone belonging to ISIS in southern Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad).
The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today, Peshmerga forces were able to drop a drone belonging to ISIS in the center of Daquq District (45 km in southern Kirkuk), while flying over the restricted area between the Peshmerga and ISIS.”
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “The drone is in a good condition and was handed over to the competent security agencies.”
Noteworthy, ISIS imposed its control over the areas south and west of Kirkuk since June 2014.
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk Province announced on Thursday, that the so-called ISIS attacked Qasbit al-Bashir with three Katyusha rockets.
The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “This evening, ISIS launched three Katyusha rockets on al-Bashir village in Taza Khurmatu vicinity (20 km in southern Kirkuk), without causing any human or material losses.”
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “Al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces responded to the attack.”
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(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – On Thursday, a security source in Diyala Province announced, that a member of al-Hashd al-Shaabi was wounded in a bomb blast northeast of Baqubah.
The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today, an improvised explosive device emplaced on Nasimi road (56 km northeast of Baqubah) exploded, wounding a member of al-Hashd al-Shaabi with medium injuries.”
The source, who asked to be anonymous, added, “The security forces imposed a security cordon on the incident area and started a search operation.”
Iraqi army aviation rudely interrupts ISIS top Dawg taking a meal Did even let him finish his waffle...
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Thursday, official journalists with the Ministry of Defense announced, that dozens of ISIS fighters were killed, including the so-called ISIS deputy Wali of Fallujah in an air strike conducted by the Iraqi Army Aviation in central Fallujah (62 km south of Baghdad).
The journalists said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Iraqi Mi-28 aircraft conducted an air strike, killing dozens of ISIS terrorists, based on intelligence information about a meeting of ISIS leaders in Haj Hussein restaurant in central Fallujah,” adding that, “The dead ISIS members included the so-called ISIS deputy Wali of Fallujah.”
Noteworthy, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Monday, that the security forces had launched military operations to liberate the city of Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad), while emphasized that ISIS has no choice but to flee from the battle.
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A source in the Joint Operations Command announced on Thursday, that the security forces fully controlled al-Karma areas in eastern Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad), while raised the Iraqi flag in the center of the district.
The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The joint security forces were able, at noon today, to control al-Karma District in eastern Fallujah completely,” pointing out that, “The security forces raised the Iraqi flag over the government buildings and al-Karma mosque in the center of the district.”
The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The engineering teams began dismantling the improvised explosive devices and booby-trapped buildings in the center of the district.”
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Thursday, Khalidiya Council in Anbar Province announced, that the security forces liberated four villages in Khalidiya Island in eastern Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad), while pointed out to the killing of 16 members of the so-called ISIS during the operation.
The Head of Khalidiya Council, Ali Dawood, said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The joint security forces were able to liberate the areas of Abu Noman, al-Sada Taniya, Albu Abdul-Fadil and Albu Zeian in Khalidiya Island (20 km east of Ramadi),” noting that, “The operation had resulted in the killing of 16 ISIS members.”
Dawood added, “The security forces from the army, police, Anti-Terrorism and tribal fighters are advancing to other areas in Khalidiya Island in eastern Ramadi,” pointing out that, “The Iraqi flag will be raised in the next few hours after liberating all the areas in Khalidiya Island.”
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Head of Khalidiya District Council in Anbar Province, Ali Dawood, announced on Thursday, that the security forces and tribal fighters had advanced in Albu Bali area in Khalidiya Island, while pointed out to the killing of two ISIS leaders in the area.
Dawood said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces and tribal fighters advanced in Albu Bali area in Khalidiya Island (23 km east of Ramadi).”
Dawood added, “The security forces managed to kill the so-called ISIS commander of Khalidiya Island Abu Maaz and ISIS booby-trapping officer Abu Mostafa.”
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iraqi security forces and supporting militias have retaken the key town of Karma from ISIS, the government's first important victory in its battle to reclaim Falluja, a front man for Iraq's Joint Operations Command said Thursday.
The federal police chief in Fallujah, ... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids... Raed Shakir told Al Arabiya News that the recapture of Karma, about 16 kilometers northeast of Falluja, brings most of the territory east of Falluja under government control, adding that dozens from ISIS members were killed in the operation.
Meanwhile, ...back at the shouting match, the spittle had reached unprecedented levels... Iraq’s top Shiite Muslim holy man urged government and allied Shiite militia forces fighting to retake Fallujah from ISIS forces of Evil to spare trapped civilians amid reports of a budding humanitarian crisis in the city.
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s appeal reflected concerns that a large civilian corpse count in the battle for the mainly Sunni Muslim city could kindle increased sectarian strife in Iraq. The Baghdad government has been led by Shiites since the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein, a member of the Sunni minority.
Sistani added his voice to many calls for restraint in the battle begun on Monday to retake Fallujah, on Baghdad’s western approaches and the first Iraqi city to fall under the control of the ultra-hardline ISIS group, in January 2014.
"Sayyid Sistani reaffirms his recommendations that the ethics of jihad (Islamic holy war or struggle) be respected," his representative, Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai, said in a statement.
"Don’t be extreme ... don’t be treacherous. Don’t kill an old man, nor a boy, nor a woman. Don’t cut a tree unless you have to," he said, citing sayings of the Prophet Mohammed.
Aid agencies have become alarmed about civilian suffering in a city that has been under siege for six months, and the United Nations ...boodling on the grand scale... has urged combatants to protect inhabitants trying to escape the fighting.
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[RUDAW.NET] Eighty-two civilians in the embattled town of Fallujah have been killed and maimed due to random bombardments of the Shiite militias in two days of military operations, and that has concerned US military personnel involved in operations in the battle for Fallujah.
"As a result of mortar shells by [Shiite militia] Hashd al-Shaabi, 32 people were killed and 50 maimed including women and kiddies in Fallujah, ... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids... " said Uzal Fahdawi, a member of Anbar Provincial Council.
Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militia and coalition air support launched a major offensive on Sunday to wrest control of Fallujah 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) two years after the group captured the Sunni city.
Concerning the random mortar shells Hashd al-Shaabi has been launching on Fallujah, US military personnel have held urgent meetings with top commanders of the offensive, namely Abdul Wahab Saadi, commander of the Fallujah operations command and many other high-ranking Iraqi military officers.
"Shiite militia have to immediately stop random mortar shells and also no barriers should be put before civilians fleeing the town and their men should not be imprisoned," said Fahdawi quoting US military officials during a three hour long meeting with Iraqi army officials.
He added that "in the meeting it was also decreed that Hashd al-Shaabi should be withdrawn and renounce the battle for Fallujah, but they are still bombing the town."
Of 10,000 families believed to be still living in the city, only 80 have been able to flee, according to information obtained by Rudaw. They fear that any family seen trying to escape the terrorist group will be executed.
The Anbar provincial council member also disclosed that ISIS has been using civilians as human shields since day one.
The Iraqi army continues to bring in large reinforcements to increase the pressure on ISIS to abandon the contested town.
"Anbar tactical police regiment has a record number of 400 coppers that have been fully equipped by the USA to take part in military operations and have been based on the outskirts of Fallujah," said Hadi Rzich, Anbar police commander.
An estimated 400 to 600 ISIS forces of Evil are believed to have been fighting off Iraqi joint forces from Fallujah, while 22,000 Iraqi joint forces have been moved to the outskirts of Fallujah to liberate the long-held ISIS town.
The United Nations ...the Oyster Bay money pit... special envoy to Iraq called on military officials and parties involved in the ongoing battle for Fallujah "to protect the lives of civilians and preserve the city’s infrastructure," the organization’s mission in Baghdad said in a statement.
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(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday, that eight people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast in northern Baghdad.
The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded near the industrial shops in Sabaa al-Bour area in northern Baghdad, killing one person and wounding seven others.”
The source, who asked anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine department, while cordoned off the area of the incident and barred approaching it.”
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Thursday, a source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced, that six police elements, including an officer, were either killed or wounded in a bomb blast that targeted their patrol in northern Baghdad.
The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded on a police patrol while passing in al-Mashahda vicinity in northern Baghdad, killing two of its occupants, including an officer, as well as wounding four others and causing material damage to the vehicle.”
The source, who requested anonymity, added, “Ambulances rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department, while a security force cordoned off the area of the incident and barred approaching it.”
[IsraelTimes] Air force hits two Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, sites in coastal territory; none hurt as forces of Evil target Sha’ar Hanegev area
The Israeli air force attacked two Hamas targets in the Gazoo Strip Wednesday night, hours after forces of Evil in the Strip fired a rocket into Israel from the territory.
Paleostinian media reported that a second rocket fired towards Israel went kaboom! inside Gazoo territory.
Walla News said a small group with ties to 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.... , the Omar Hadid Brigade, grabbed credit for the attack.
The IDF said in a statement that it held Gazoo’s Hamas rulers responsible for keeping the peace in Gazoo.
There were no reports of injuries or damage in the rocket attack, which was not preceded by a warning siren. Reports suggested the rocket hit an open area in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council bordering the Gazoo Strip.
Israel has seen sporadic fire from the Gazoo Strip, usually claimed by small Salafi groups engaged in a power struggle with Hamas.
Tensions have risen along the border recently after Israel’s discovery and destruction of two attack tunnels dug by Hamas inside Israeli territory. The operations to destroy the second tunnel sparked some festivities with Hamas, who fired mortars at the troops. A few IDF engineering vehicles were damaged in the attacks, but no Israeli soldiers were maimed.
The Salafi movement has grabbed credit for a rocket launched into Israel on Wednesday night from the Gazoo Strip. According to its statement, they fired in retaliation against the Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, mass wave of arrests made against members of the Salafi organization in the Gazoo Strip.
[IsraelTimes] Seized materials could have been used by Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, for rocket and mortar production and tunnel construction, officials say
Israeli authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle metal pipes and motors into the Gazoo Strip, which could have been used for building rockets and tunnels, the Defense Ministry announced Thursday.
The Gazoo-bound shipment came through Tarkumiya, a small village outside of Hebron in the West Bank. The trucks were headed to the Kerem Shalom crossing, where they would enter the coastal enclave.
Inspectors at the Tarkumiya crossing, along with the Shin Bet security service, intercepted the packages, which were believed to have been on their way to the Hamas terror organization in the Gazoo Strip, the ministry said in a statement.
According to officials, the "large shipment" consisted of "hundreds of pipes with a diameter under four inches, with a special kind of screw that is used for the production of mortars and rockets."
In addition to the weapons manufacturing material, the crossing authority employees also uncovered "dozens of electric motors that are used by terror groups for different build-up purposes, including the construction of underground networks," the Defense Ministry said, referring to Hamas’s extensive system of attack and smuggling tunnels.
"The shipment has been confiscated and an investigation has been opened to locate those involved in the smuggling," the Defense Ministry said.
The illicit materials were "camouflaged," stuck in alongside "textiles and jewelry." This practice of hiding illegal goods among approved products has become the go-to method for smugglers. Earlier this year, electrodes were discovered hidden in butter from a Ramallah factory.
Earlier this month, Israel’s Tax Authority uncovered an attempt to sneak four tons of ammonium chloride into Gazoo, concealed in table salt.
Anything going in or out of Gaza should be examined thoroughly, crate by crate. Hamas must be forced out of Gaza no matter how long it takes. The Pali civilians are growing weary of constant war. They must be made aware that hamas is the cause of their suffering. Soon the people will explode causing regime change, and a peace treaty signed. Just like with Egypt.
[IsraelTimes] Border cops detain 26-year-old suspected of planning to stab Israeli forces at Tomb of the Patriarchs
Border Police troops incarcerated Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try! a Paleostinian man Thursday in possession of a knife near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, a police spokesperson said.
The man, a 26-year-old resident of the West Bank city, "aroused the suspicion" of the officers and they found a knife on his person when they searched him, police said.
It's Hebron, so no doubt it will be discovered he is connected to Hamas.
The suspect was handed over to security forces for questioning.
The Tomb of the Patriarchs, a flashpoint site considered holy to Jews and Muslims alike, has been the scene of numerous stabbings and attempted stabbings since Israeli-Paleostinian violence escalated last October.
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] 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.... on Wednesday captured Tell al-Nuri village in Hasaka province from a tribal rebel faction allied with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), activists said.
The activist Rasid al-Janoubi told Zaman al-Wasl that Isis attacks targeted a location for the Syrian Elite Forces that are subordinate to the former Coalition head Ahmad Jarba. Violent confrontations took place between the Elite Forces and Isis in the area of al-Malihah that lies on the administrative border between Hasaka and Deir ez-Zor next to the town of Abu Khashab in Deir ez-Zor countryside.
The activist added that Isis attack led to the death of 3 members of the Elite Forces and the injury of at least 5 others due to Isis detonating a car carrying explosives in their location on the joint fronts with SDF.
ISIS in a statement said it took control after its fighters attacked an area close to the fields of al-Malihah on the administrative border between al-Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor, which led to deaths and injuries on the Kurdish side (PYD) indicating the continuation of confrontations between the two sides.
On the other hand, al-Ghad Movement led by Ahmad Jarba, announced on Wednesday the Syrian Elite Forces which are subordinate to Jarba deterred an attack from Isis forces from two axes on the points of connection in Malihah al-Tharou in Deir ez-Zor by circling the Isis fighters and cutting off their supply lines. The movement confirmed the death of 25 members from the attackers and that 6 bodies are in the hands of the Elite Forces.
On its official website, the movement indicated that Isis continues to target their locations with anti-aircraft missiles announcing the death of one of its members and the injury of three others.
In a related context, in the last two days the PYD-led SDF alliance reinforced its advancement in the village of al-Shmeseni north of Markada town with air support by warplanes of the Global Alliance to counter Islamic State, according to local sources.
The same sources stated the start of festivities between Isis and the SDF alliance in the village of Aenad west of the town of Markada, after an attempt by a group of Isis covert operatives to sneak into SDF and its allies’ locations there with the aim of compensating their losses in al-Fadghmy village on the eastern shores of the Khabur river.
The Elite Forces had announced last April that it has control over the villages of Badiyet, Abu Khashab, Malihah al-Tharou, Raja’an, and Oum Madfaa in Deir ez Zor and al-Hasakah, despite the announcement of the SDF of its control over the villages of Oum Madfaa and al-Makman and the media outlets subordinate to PYD broadcasting images and videos from these villages, raising questions about the form of coordination between the two parties.
The Syrian Elite Forces, the military wing of the opposition al-Ghad Movement, participate with the SDF alliance in fronts against ISIS in the south western areas of al-Hasakah, areas which are next to Deir ez- Zor’s north western countryside.
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Syrian rebels have thwarted regime attack on the village of al-Hadada in Latakia province for the seventh time this month, causing significant injuries and deaths among the regime forces and allied Shiite militias, local activists said.
After a preparatory shelling and bombing in all different kinds of weapons, forces of Syrian regime and Hezbollah have attacked the village of al-Hadada this Thursday morning, but they became victims of well planed traps made by the rebels which caused significant losses among the attacking forces.
Majd al-Naji, correspondent of Latakia Media Network detailed that the missile and mortar shelling has started Thursday early morning accompanied by many barrel bombs were thrown from a helicopter on the targeted area, then the land attack started, but the attacking forces were caught in advanced traps made by 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 Failaq al-Sham were many were killed and injured.
Al-Naji mentioned that festivities are still on until the time of preparing the news.
The correspondent mentioned that rebels have caught appeals for support and reinforcement the attacking forces made to their commanders via wireless devices.
This attack is the seventh attempt of the regime to invade the village of al-Hadada within a month, as it tries to control it due to its strategic position after losing control on the village of al-Kabana.
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Powerful 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... movement and al-Qaeda's Syria branch, the Nusra Front, have seized control of a strategic town on the western outskirts of Damascus on Thursday, killing and wounding dozens of regime forces, rebel sources and state-run media said.
The capture of Deir Khabiya town has failed regime's plan to encircle the Western Ghouta suburbs as well may ease the noose on the besieged Daraya town, according to activists.
Ahrar al-Sham backed by Nusra Front branch and other rebels groups launched the battle of 'Zaeer al-Ahrar' late on Wednesday to capture Deir Khabiya and nearby district that links between Quneitra province and Damascus.
Regime media outlets said regime forces had made tactical retreat from the town, denying the humiliating defeat that inflicted by Islamist factions.
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[Ynet] The United States and its allies said they targeted 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.... on Wednesday with two dozen strikes in Iraq, including four near Falluja, where Iraqi forces have launched a recent effort to retake the city from the krazed killer group.
The strikes in the city west of Baghdad hit three Islamic State tactical units and two tunnels used by the group as well as four vehicles, an artillery piece, a weapons cache and three fighting positions, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement released on Thursday.
Other strikes included five near djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... , another city where Iraqi forces, with support from the coalition, are working to retake control in the country's northern region. Targets near the cities of Habbaniya, Haditha, Hit, Qayyara, Sinjar, Sultan Abdalla and Tal Afar, the Combined Joint Task Force said.
Separately, in Syria, five US-led strikes near four cities also hit five Islamic state fighting units, among other targets, it said.
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(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Nineveh Province announced on Thursday killing five members of the so-called ISIS by an artillery shelling in Bashiqa northeast of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad), while pointed out that ISIS executed eight of its fighters for not joining the combat axes in the city center.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan spokesman in Mosul, Ghyath Alsurja, said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The artillery of the Peshmerga forces that were stationed on Bashiqa Mountain north of Mosul targeted ISIS gathering in the district.”
Alsurja added, “The bombing resulted in the killing of five members of the so-called ISIS, as well as destructing two military vehicles,” indicating that, “ISIS executed eight of its members in Nineveh Province on charges of not joining the combat axes.”
“The death sentence was carried out by firing squad in the old jail in Nineveh,” Alsurja continued.
[ARA News] RAQQA – Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) is using civilians as human shields in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa province, in a bid to impede the ongoing progress by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), activists reported on Thursday.
Backed by the US-led coalition’s air cover, the SDF has been advancing against ISIS militants in the northern countryside of Raqqa province over the past few days.
“ISIS has forced hundreds of civilians to stay inside buildings in central Raqqa that used to be security centres for the radical group. Many people are locked inside those locations,” local sources told ARA News in Raqqa, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Several buildings of al-Hisba police and Sharia institutions have been filled with civilians in Raqqa city, according to media activist Salman al-Hamwi.
“The main goal is that the SDF-led shelling and US-led airstrikes kill as much civilians as possible. ISIS is trying to increase the civilian casualties to claim that the western-backed SDF are targeting peaceful people,” al-Hamwi told ARA News.
Also, in the villages of Tal Shahin, al-Adriya and Mlehan north of Raqqa civilians were prevented from escaping their houses.
“Hundreds of villagers in Mlehan, Tal Shahin and al-Adriya are held hostage by ISIS militants, who are engaged in clashes with SDF forces in the vicinity of those villages,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News on the phone.
“We are aware of such barbaric tactics by ISIS terrorists. We’re trying to avoid using heavy weapons at such fronts to prevent civilian casualties,” he added.
On Wednesday, the Kurdish-led SDF alliance recaptured four villages and towns in northern Raqqa–the de facto capital of the Islamic State. Subsequent to clashes with ISIS militant fighters, the SDF alliance liberated the villages of Qartaja, al-Fastah, Indebin and Matmasraja.
“The battle for northern Raqqa has started, and our advance will continue until we cleanse the entire province from ISIS,” Osman said.
The western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday afternoon launched an operation to capture the countryside of Raqqa from the Islamic State (ISIS) group.
“Cleansing these territories from ISIS starts now from the north of Raqqa,” Kurdish Defence Minister of the Rojava Auto-Administration told ARA News in Kobane.
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