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Afghanistan
Three killed in US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan
[Iran Press TV] At least three people have bit the dust when a US drone carried out a strike in the eastern part of Afghanistan on the border with Pakistain.

Kamran Afridi, a local official in the Pak border town of Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
, said the deadly dronezap was carried out on the Afghan village of Gurowek in Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
on Wednesday.

According to the News Agency that Dare Not be Named, bully boy sources confirmed the attack, saying a compound targeted in the strike belonged to a local Taliban Überstürmbannführer.

The CIA spy agency has used hundreds of drones to conduct surveillance flights and Arclight airstrikes since Washington and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

The Arclight airstrikes, initiated under the administration of former US President George W. Bush in 2004, were escalated during former US President Barack Obama
It’s very rare that I come to an event where I’m like the fifth- or sixth-most interesting person....
’s term in office. The dronezaps have been carried out in Pakistain, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and elsewhere.
Posted by: Fred || 05/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Horn
Eight police killed in two Kenya roadside bombs near Somali border: governor
[AlAhram] Five coppers were killed Wednesday when their vehicle hit a roadside kaboom in northeastern Kenya, a local governor said, just hours after a similar blast claimed three police lives.

The officers were travelling in a convoy with Mandera county governor Ali Roba between the towns of Arabia and Fino near the Somali border when one of the vehicles hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

"Unfortunately, I lost five of my security officers including my personal bodyguard at an attack on my convoy," Roba wrote on his Facebook page, saying that he was not injured in the blast.

Earlier on Wednesday a vehicle carrying three coppers was driving towards the regional town of Garissa further south when it struck a similar device close to the Liboi border post.

"They all was struck down in his prime after their vehicle hit an Improvised Explosive Device," said a regional police officer, on condition of anonymity.

Police front man George Kinoti confirmed the earlier incident, saying: "There was an attack this morning and we lost officers."

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either bombing but Kenya's eastern border with Somalia is notoriously restive and prone to attacks staged by al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab hard boys.

The deadly blasts came a day after police warned of increased Islamist activity in the area.

Islamic holy warriors "are dispatching operatives into parts of north eastern region to lay IEDs along routes used by our security patrols in efforts to frustrate our security operations at the border areas," the police statement said.

The Shabaab is fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu but began attacking Kenya in 2011 after Nairobi ordered its troops into Somalia to fight the hard boys.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
A night of airstrikes in Hun town
[Libya Observer] Dignity Operation warplanes intensified Arclight airstrikes in al-Jufra district, central Libya, Tuesday night hitting several military and civilian targets.

Sources reported that Dignity Operation conducted 10 Arclight airstrikes causing panic among local residents.

One of the Arclight airstrikes had targeted al-Wahat Hotel in Hun town, leaving around five people dead, according to medical sources. A video shared by al-Nabaa TV showed fighters rescuing civilians from under the rubble of a collapsed building in Hun.

Residents said they heard several loud kabooms while fighter jets were hovering over the area for several hours.

Tagreft Brigade, Sabha Martyrs’ Brigade, Illegal Immigration Fight Squad and the Military Police had been also targeted.

Al-Jufra mayor condemned the repeated Arclight airstrikes on civilian sites in the area regarding them a challenge to international norms and laws.
Posted by: Fred || 05/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [66 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  while fighter jets were hovering over the area

Pretty advanced technology.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/25/2017 13:44 Comments || Top||


Missing surveillance aircraft found in southern Al-Kufra, pilot dead
[Libya Observer] The air force of Dignity Operation forces led by Khalifa Haftar
... served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
said Wednesday that they found the crashed "Smart Kit" aircraft of al-Kufra airbase at Hanager district, in al-Kufra city.

The aircraft was reported missing on Tuesday.

The pilot and co-pilot of the aircraft, Sadam Ghaith and Mohammed Hasnawi respectively, were found dead.

On Facebook Haftar's air force command said the aircraft took off for surveillance duties after information about Sudanese rebels' vehicles being located near Libyan southeastern borders.

Search for the missing aircraft started Tuesday afternoon after al-Kufra airbase lost contact with it during its mission. The aircraft disappeared at about 3.00pm Libya timing.
Posted by: Fred || 05/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [95 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Picture of SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 More info at Smart Kit
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 05/25/2017 9:17 Comments || Top||

#2  On Facebook Haftar's air force command said the aircraft took off for surveillance duties after information about Sudanese rebels' vehicles being located near Libyan southeastern borders.

Now that is leaked intel!
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/25/2017 13:46 Comments || Top||


Younger brother of Manchester bomber was planning terrorist attack in Tripoli, SDF says
[Libya Observer] The younger brother of Manchester Arena jacket wallah, Salman Abedi, has been locked away
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, security forces reported on Wednesday.

The Special Deterrence Force (SDF) said Hashim Abedi, 20, was arrested on Tuesday at 8:30 PM local time while he was receiving LYD 4500 transferred to him from his brother to carry out a terrorist attack in Tripoli.

"He was under security surveillance for about a month and a half," the SDF reported in its Facebook page.

Preliminary interrogation with Hashim has revealed that the two brothers are members of the radical group of ISIS and that he had enough information about Manchester bombing.

"Hashim left Britannia on April 04, 2017, and he was in constant contact with his brother Salman prior to the bombing," the SDF said.

Salman Abedi, a dual Libyan-British citizen, detonated an bomb inside Manchester Arena Monday night killing 22 people.

Posted by: Fred || 05/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  "He was under security surveillance for about a month and a half," the SDF reported in its Facebook page.

Careful not to spook Salman by surveilling or detaining his older brother back in Albion. The focus of the operation is Libya. We're seasoned intelligence professionals. What could possibly go wrong ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/25/2017 8:11 Comments || Top||

#2  "But for some inexplicable reason, the FBI insisted, and continues to insist that Danial [Morely] had nothing to do with the [Boston] marathon bombings - despite the ball bearings in his bedroom alongside a giant pressure-cooker, despite the top of a box for a six-quarts Fagor pressure-cooker, the same size and brand used in the marathon attacks, despite the fireworks flyers sent to his mother's house, and despite the connections to Tamerlan [Tsarnaev] mentioned by his mother."

Michele R. McPhee, Maximum Harm, The Tsarnaev Brothers, The FBI, and The Road to The Marathon Bombing, pages, 200-201

I highly recommend McPhee's book. She has done an absolutely superb job in compiling a huge amount of information on the Boston marathon bombing.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/25/2017 8:34 Comments || Top||

#3  What did Brennan say; "Intel is not evidence".
Seems we need more action on one and less investigation of the other.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/25/2017 10:03 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Yemeni forces continue raiding border regions of Saudi Arabia
[ALMASDARNEWS] The joint forces of Houthis and Yemeni Elite Republican Guard continue their military operations deep inside Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
’s regions along Yemen’s border, targeting the positions and barracks of the Saudi army and destroying its vehicles and military equipment.

Military sources told Al Masirah Net that Yemeni forces damaged a military command center of the Saudi army west of Al Majazah site in Asir province on Wednesday.

The military source added that the artillery of the Yemeni army targeted Saudi positions at a military site in Jizan, inflicting deaths and injuries in their ranks. Ambulances seen rushing to the area indirectly confirm Saudi casualties.

Posted by: Fred || 05/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Britain
Manchester Arena attack, day 4: more raids, more arrests, no more info shared with leaky U.S.
Key points from the Telegraph liveblog as of 8:47 a.m. local time:
German intelligence sources said Salman Abedi was in Dusseldorf four days before the attack.

Greater Manchester Police have stopped sharing security information about the Manchester attack with the US following a series of leaks, it was reported today.

Two men were arrested this morning in connection with Monday's terror attack in Manchester as investigators probed a "network" linked to the suicide bomber. One man was arrested after a property was searched in the Withington area of Manchester, while another was detained elsewhere in the city, Greater Manchester Police said.

The arrests take the total number of men in custody to eight after a series of raids across Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

A woman had also been arrested in Manchester last night during an armed raid on a block of flats in Blackley but was later released without charge.

The latest arrests came after detectives carried out a controlled explosion as they searched a property in the Moss Side area of Manchester in the early hours of Thursday.

Abedi's parents were so worried about him being radicalised in Manchester that they got him to join them in Libya and confiscated his passport. It was returned when he said he wanted to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

The jihadi clan: Is Manchester bomber's family part of global terror network? Killer is linked to Paris and Brussels attackers, his Libyan rebel father is an al-Qaeda supporter and brother 'was plotting own ISIS atrocity'

[DailyMail] BLUF: The Abedi family is seriously connected, and all known wolves -- or should have been.

Papa Ramadan Abedi lists on his resume the Al Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting group and the Salafi Jihadi movement (the most extreme sect of Salafism, from which Al-Qaeda and ISIS hail), and openly supported Al Nusra on his Facebook page. He returned to Libya after Khaddafy was killed in 2011, but while in England worked in airport security.

Mama Samia Tabbal, a nuclear scientist, is a close friend of the wife of Abu Anas al-Libi, an Al-Qaeda veteran who was snatched off the streets of Tripoli in 2013 by US special forces. Al-Libi was involved in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa and died in U.S. custody in 2015.

Younger brother Hashem Abedi was active on ISIS-supporting sites. The Libyan security force said Hashem had links to Islamic State and was planning to carry out a terror attack in Tripoli.

Older brother Ismail Abedi, who was arrested on Tuesday, was once reported to a counter-terrorism unit after concerns were raised by members of the Muslim community.

Various people who knew Salman -- classmates, a neighbour, relatives, and members of the Muslim community -- reported him to the authorities as a terror threat over the past five years.

The three men arrested together early yesterday are Adel Forjani, 47, uncle of the ISIS-inspired killer, and two men thought to be his sons.

Sources told The Daily Telegraph that there were two separate bomb factories, with the chemicals mixed in the rented Airbnb flat in Granby Row before the bomb itself was assembled elsewhere. It was not clear if the second flat had been discovered.

Authorities tell ABC News they found a kind of bomb-making workshop in Salman's home and he had apparently stockpiled enough chemicals to make additional bombs
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/25/2017 03:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Earlier, Abdel-Basit Haroun, a former security official in Libya, told The Associated Press that he personally knew Ramadan Abedi [father of bomber] and that the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the 1990s. The group had links to Al Qaeda.

Although the LIFG disbanded, Haroun said the father belongs to the Salafi Jihadi movement, the most extreme sect of Salafism and from which Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group hail. Haroun added that Abedi, also known as Abu Ismail, had returned to the Libyan capital of Tripoli.


The LIFG was founded in 1995, and was involved in attempts to assassinate then-Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi as well as violent clashes with Benghazi police. In 2002, a senior LIFG commander, Anas al-Libi, who also was a companion of Al Qaeda founder Usama bin Laden, was detained by U.S. forces for his role in the 1998 bombings of the American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed more than 200 people.
Link
Emphasis added.

Mr. Ramadan Abedi aka Abu Ismail has a very interesting history and record of prior terrorist connections, to include a desire to see Moammar Qaddafi removed from power.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/25/2017 4:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes, you remember them. So called 'moderates' weren't they ?

Washington’s Al Qaeda (Libyan Islamic Fighting Group LIFG) Ally Now Leading ISIS in Libya
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/25/2017 4:28 Comments || Top||

#3  I'll bet Papa was a "cultured" "source" for MI6, as was thus allowed into this country. You fucked up big style there.

Who's getting the sack?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/25/2017 4:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Little wonder the intelligence sharing has suddenly stopped. This shi* is blowing back on everyone.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/25/2017 4:31 Comments || Top||

#5  A storm in a tea cup - which will be forgotten in a few days. And will have no influence whatsoever on UK emigration policies - wanna bet?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/25/2017 5:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Hussein left in place a bureaucratic apparatus with a mission to undermine the "Five Eyes" process on favor of terrorism. Obama has a hatred for those participants. This undermines access to critical national security international intelligence that will result in loss of innocent life in the war on terror. It is imperative that these very dangerous Obama people be apprehended, prosecuted and the death penalty be rendered to those convicted.
Posted by: Nero White 3083 || 05/25/2017 7:42 Comments || Top||

#7  We've got to protect our phony-baloney jobs, gentlemen.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/25/2017 7:44 Comments || Top||

#8  Same intel leakers from Russian collaboration Brennan/NYT faux news, et al?

Be nice to see them exposed and hung by UK.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/25/2017 9:58 Comments || Top||

#9  I prefer to see them hanged by the UK
Posted by: GrammarNazi || 05/25/2017 11:59 Comments || Top||

#10  The proper terminology is 'hanged by the neck', O Pedantic One.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/25/2017 12:34 Comments || Top||

#11  off the pile from yesterday, presuming now the impripatur...

In England when the world was young
And English yet the Angles' tongue,
When angry gits misdid, they swung,
For hangmen hanged, and felons hung.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 05/25/2017 14:34 Comments || Top||


Tourists watch in horror as armed police arrest man carrying a knife outside Buckingham Palace
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] A man who was tossed in the calaboose
You have the right to remain silent...
by armed police outside Buckingham Palace the day after the UK increased its terror alert has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon.

At least eight officers surrounded Jaheim Meade in the gardens next to St James's Park this morning ahead of the Queen's planned attendance at an event at St Paul's Cathedral. He was charged this afternoon with possession of an offensive weapon.

A Met Police front man said: 'A man who was arrested in The Mall has been charged. Jahiem Meade, 22, of Hackney, was charged tonight with possession of an offensive weapon. He will appear in jug at a magistrates' court on Thursday.'

The Queen and Prince Philip are said to have passed by in a car just 30 seconds before the incident. They were attending a service to mark the centenary of the Order of the British Empire.
Posted by: Fred || 05/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So he was carrying it so it could be seen. There's a law against that in the UK. Even if it can't be seen, it's illegal. And that's not a jackknife, or a utility knife, or a linoleum knife. That's a fighting knife in a sheath blinged up to lood BAAAD, man. And he was carrying it so it could be seen. Which he should have known not to do.
Or they had intel, which would be more than they had on a guy carrying a bomb a few days ago.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 05/25/2017 6:17 Comments || Top||

#2  What is Britain without a tourist industry? Egypt? Tasmania?
Posted by: Bobby || 05/25/2017 13:24 Comments || Top||

#3  "The Queen and Prince Philip are said to have passed by in a car just 30 seconds before the incident"

And what does the "reporter" think he was going to do to a moving car with a knife? Scratch the paint?

I have no doubt whatever he was doing was illegal, and stupid to boot, but what does a car passing by with the Queen have to do with it?
Posted by: Barbara || 05/25/2017 14:23 Comments || Top||


Europe
Islamist suspects detained in Berlin drug raids
[DW] Nine men - four of them linked to the German capital's "violent Islamist" scene - are being held after multiple early morning raids. Police say they confiscated weapons, electronics and narcotics.

Officers raided six sites across Berlin on Wednesday and detained nine people, who police said were wanted on suspicion of organized drug dealing.

Among the nine locked away
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
were four who police described as linked to the "Islamist spectrum willing to use violence."

As well as weapons found at the addresses, police confiscated drugs and electronic devices.

The arrests were made just a day before former US president Barack Obama
I inhaled. That was the point...
was due to address crowds at the four-day Kirchentag festival, alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel
...current chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom...
In a statement, Berlin police said three of those detained had outstanding arrest warrants, while a fourth was due to appear in court on Wednesday over a previous offense.

The other five men are still under investigation.

Hundreds of officers, including police special units, were deployed for Wednesday's early morning raids, which took place in the Berlin neighborhoods of Neukölln, Köpenick, Mariendorf and Zehlendorf.t

The German capital has remained on high alert since Tunisian migrant Anis Amri plowed a stolen truck into a Christmas market last December, killing 12 people. Authorities were criticized for failing to arrest and deport Amri, who was a failed asylum seeker and a known drug pusher.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/25/2017 04:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  The arrests were made just a day before former US president Barack Obama was due to address crowds at the four-day Kirchentag festival, alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Sheer coincidence.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/25/2017 12:36 Comments || Top||

#2  What is 'a failed asylum seeker'?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/25/2017 13:38 Comments || Top||

#3  @#2: You talking about Bambi, Skid?
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 05/25/2017 14:09 Comments || Top||

#4  ...four of them linked to the German capital's "violent Islamist" scene

That's redundant...
Posted by: Raj || 05/25/2017 15:49 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey Places Hunger Strikers under Arrest on Terror Charges
[AnNahar] A Turkish court has placed under arrest on terror charges an academic and a teacher who have been on a long hunger strike to protest against their dismissal in a purge after last year's failed coup, reports said.

Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca were remanded in jug ahead of trial by an Ankara court late Tuesday on charges of "membership of a terror organization", the NTV and CNN-Turk channels said. They had initially been detained on Monday.

Both were sacked under the state of emergency imposed after the July 15 attempted coup seeking to overthrow President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
that has seen tens of thousands lose their jobs.

Former primary school teacher Ozakca and academic Gulmen began their hunger strike two-and-a-half months ago and have been surviving on water alone.

In a video published as they attended their court hearing, the pair said they were determined to continue their struggle.

"We will continue our fight until we are victorious," said Ozakca.

"For us, the resistance will continue in prison. I invite everyone to continue the resistance outside," said Gulmen.

A protest in their support Tuesday afternoon in Ankara was violently dispersed by the police, with several people tossed in the clink
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
Some reports indicated they were accused of membership of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), an outlawed Marxist group.

Over 100,000 people from the public sector including judges, teachers, doctors and members of the armed forces have been dismissed in a series of purges criticized by the West and human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
activists.

Amnesia Amnesty International criticized the "arbitrary dismissals" in a report released Monday, calling on the Turkish government to set up a "prompt
There. The protest is registered, which I call a good day's work. And I see the tea cart awaits, so who will pour out the "tea"?
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [52 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Two lumps pls.
Posted by: Shipman || 05/25/2017 10:27 Comments || Top||


Turkey Orders Arrest of Scores of Municipality, Ministry Staff
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Turkish authorities ordered the detention of 139 staff from Ankara municipalities and two ministries in an investigation targeting supporters of the US-based holy man accused of being behind last July’s failed coup, CNN Turk said on Wednesday.

Since the attempted putsch, authorities have jugged
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
pending trial 50,000 people and sacked or suspended 150,000 from a wide range of professions including soldiers, police, teachers and public servants, over alleged links to what the government calls terrorist organizations.

Detention warrants on Wednesday were issued for 60 staff at the Ankara city council, 19 at district councils, 30 staff at the development ministry and 30 at the education ministry, broadcaster CNN Turk said.
Posted by: Fred || 05/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [39 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


India-Pakistan
Two Chinese nationals kidnapped from Quetta
[DAWN] Two Chinese nationals, a man and a woman, were kidnapped from the Jinnah Town area of Quetta, the bustling provincial capital of 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...
, on Wednesday afternoon, DawnNews reported.

According to police, unknown abductors had forced the two foreigners into a vehicle at gunpoint and driven away.

"A Chinese couple was kidnapped from the neighbourhood of Jinnah town in Quetta today. The couple was running a Chinese language centre," Acting Deputy Inspector General Police Aitzaz Goraya told AFP.

"When they left the language centre for lunch, they were dragged into a vehicle without number plates by three unknown men," he said. The men then began firing weapons in the air to scare off onlookers.

Posted by: Fred || 05/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [45 views] Top|| File under:

#1  CIA payback?
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 05/25/2017 14:10 Comments || Top||


Indian troops open fire at vehicle carrying UN military observers
[DAWN] Two officials of the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
Military Observers group in India and Pakistain (UNMOGIP) narrowly escaped a firing incident as Indian troops reportedly targeted their vehicle while they were visiting areas along the Pak side of the Line of Control (LoC), DawnNews reported Wednesday.

A statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Army's media wing, claimed that "Indian troops committed unprovoked ceasefire violation." The Indian troops deployed on LoC, "targeted UNMOGIP vehicle along LOC in Khanjar sector," it added.

According to details shared by the military's media wing, the vehicle was carrying UNMOGIP Officers Major Emmanual of the Philippines and Major Mirko of Croatia when it came under fire.

ISPR further said that the officials were targeted despite the blue UN flag hoisted on the vehicle as per procedure.

Posted by: Fred || 05/25/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [61 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hard to figure who to applaud.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/25/2017 13:48 Comments || Top||

#2  "the officials were targeted despite the blue UN flag hoisted on the vehicle"

Sure it wasn't "because of"?

My respect for the Indians just rose if it was.

Posted by: Barbara || 05/25/2017 14:28 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Battle for Mosul: IS 'using chemical weapons'
[BBC] The first use of chemical agents in the battle for Mosul was recorded by the International Red Cross in March, when mortars were fired from IS-held areas injuring 12 civilians.

According to accounts the BBC has obtained from Mosul residents, there were a number of other incidents over the past few weeks, where IS militants are suspected of using crude chemical gas against residents and Iraqi troops.
Short video at the link.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/25/2017 00:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Police control IS ‘legislative court of the soldiers state’ in western Mosul
[Iraq News] Federal Police have announced controlling 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....
’s so-called "legislative court of the soldiers state" in a western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
district.

"Troops gained control on the so-called legislative court of the soldiers state in 17 Tamuz (July 17th) district in western Mosul," Lt.Gen. Shaker Jawdat, Federal Police Chief, said in a statement on Wednesday. "Important documents as well as torturing and detention cells were found with no detainees."

Other troops, according to Jawdat, "battled against IS snuffies in south of the Old City while invading toward the Grand Nuri al-Kabeer mosque."

"Six members were killed, while a vehicle and three cycle of violences were destroyed," he added.

Iraqi forces have been sweeping through northwestern neighborhoods over the past few weeks in a way to invade the strategic Old City, after finding it hard to invade from the south.
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Bomb blast kills one civilian, injures two others in western Baghdad blast
[Iraq News] Three persons were killed and injured as an IED blast occurred in western Baghdad, a security source said on Wednesday.

"A bomb planted near stores in al-Maalef region, southwest of Baghdad, went kaboom! leaving one person killed and two others maimed," the source told Alghad Press.

Earlier on Wednesday, Baghdad Operations Command declared defusing four bombs and confiscating explosives.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence 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....
Sunni krazed killer turbans who proclaimed an "Islamic Caliphate" in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Violence and armed conflicts claimed the lives of 317 Iraqis, and caused injuries to 403 others during the month of April, according to a monthly count by the United Nations
...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly...
Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

The total figure of victims signaled a drop from 1115 victims in March.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
3+ years in prison for Gaza fisherman who gave diving equipment to Hamas
[Ynet] The Be'er Sheva District Court sentenced a fisherman from the Gazoo Strip to 39 months in prison and an additional year for transferring diving equipment to Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", four years ago.

The court noted that in the context of the considerations for punishment, it was taken into account that the fisherman acted for the sake of his livelihood and did not belong to a terrorist organization.
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#1  the fisherman acted for the sake of his livelihood

So machinist gun makers that don't use their product get a walk?
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Police arrest 3 Waqf Temple Mount guards amid clash with Jewish activists
[IsraelTimes] As Israel marks jubilee of Jerusalem’s reunification, security forces strive to contain unrest at contested holy site.

In an unusual move, Israeli police on Wednesday tossed in the calaboose
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
three guards from the Islamic Waqf, a Jordan-based organization that administers the Temple Mount, saying they tried to attack visitors to the Jerusalem site.

Some 15 Jewish activists were also detained by police after they prostrated themselves in the Temple Mount compound, defying restrictions against Jewish acts of worship at the holy site.

The incident came amid the 50th annual celebrations of Jerusalem Day, which marks Israel’s reunification of the city in the 1967 Six Day War. During the afternoon, thousands were expected to take part in the annual "flag dance" in which primarily religious teenagers march through the Old City decked in white and blue, the colors of the Israeli flag.

Many of the detained activists, who campaign for Jewish prayer rights at the holy site, were minors, police said in a statement.

By law, under arrangements Israel instituted after capturing the area in the Six Day War, Jews are not allowed to pray at the Temple Mount, although they can take part in tours.

Hundreds of Jewish visitors lined up during the day to enter the compound. Following the morning incident, a group on a regular scheduled tour of the Temple Mount stood still and sang the Israeli national anthem as they left the compound.

The act provoked an angry response from Arab worshipers and guards from the Waqf.

Officers accompanying the Jewish group immediately acted to remove them from the compound as Waqf guards began shouting at and trying to attack them, police said.

Officers intervened to prevent the guards and the Jews from coming into contact, and in the scuffle, Waqf personnel attacked police. Cops arrested three of the guards and began investigating the incident, including identifying the Jewish participants in the tour, police said.

Video posted on social media showed dozens of Israeli police confronting an angry crowd on the Temple Mount and arresting one of the Waqf guards.

Police noted they had been deployed since early in the morning to enable tourists and visitors to enter the compound safely. Police said they would take stern action against anyone who tried to use the Temple Mount visits to cause unrest or provocations and, likewise, against any attempt to attack visitors or police.

Pro-Palestinian protestors clash with police at Jerusalem Old City gate

[Ynet] Clashes break out between pro-Paleostinian protesters and Israeli security forces as Israeli demonstrators march through the Old City of Jerusalem to mark the 50th anniversary of the city's reunification under Israeli illusory sovereignty, which the protestors consider an occupation.

Several dozen young Israeli men, some holding Israeli flags, were marching through the Old City's Damascus Gate on their way to the Western Wall on Wednesday when they encountered a group of Paleostinian protesters.

Israeli forces moved in, and festivities ensued with the Paleostinian protesters. No injuries were reported.
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Cars torched in northern Arab town in suspected hate attack
Unequal but opposite reaction.
[IsraelTimes] ’Price tag’ graffiti sprayed on a wall in the village of ’Ara, along with ’regards’ from far-right activists Cars torched in northern Arab town in suspected hate attack.

Two cars were torched and graffiti was daubed on a wall at the entrance to an Arab village in northern Israel overnight Wednesday, in the latest in a string of anti-Arab acts of vandalism.

The slogans "administrative price tag" and "regards from the banned" were spray painted on the wall in the village of ’Ara in the Wadi Ara area southeast of Haifa.

"The banned" appears to refer to suspected Jewish Lions of Islam who have been prevented from entering the West Bank through so-called "administrative orders," ostensibly due to fears that they will instigate violence.

"Price tag" is a slogan often associated with Jewish hate attacks against Arabs and Christians.

The overnight attack, which police and the internal security services said they were investigating, was the third suspected hate crime this month.

The previous attack, on Friday, saw a tractor set ablaze and graffiti painted on a wall in the West Bank Paleostinian village of Burin, near Nablus.

A star of David and the Hebrew word for "Dire Revenge" were spray-painted near the destroyed tractor.

Burin is a short distance from the Paleostinian town of Hawara, where an Israeli man whose car was attacked by rioters late Thursday shot up the crowd, shooting dead a Paleostinian man and injuring an News Agency that Dare Not be Named photojournalist.

On May 9, police reported finding around 20 cars vandalized on Route 21 in East Jerusalem, along the border between the Jewish ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo and the Arab Shuafat neighborhood. The words "price tag" were daubed on some vehicles, several tires were slashed, and a wall in the neighborhood was spray-painted with the words "Mohammed is an administrative pig."

3 Palestinian suspects arrested over attack on settler's car

[Ynet] Suspects from Huwara tossed in the slammer
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
as part of investigation into incident in which some 200 Paleostinian rioters pelted the car of a settler who came upon the area with stones, later surrounding the car, banging on its windows and kicking it.

Israeli security forces arrested three Paleostinians from Huwara overnight Tuesday on suspicion they were involved in the attack on a settler's car on Highway 60 last week.

The settler, who said he feared for his life, shot up some 200 Paleostinian rioters who were pelting his car with stones and later surrounded it and attacked it.

An ambulance driver, who is suspected of intentionally blocking the settler's car and preventing him from getting away from the Paleostinian mob, was arrested shortly after the incident.

A Palestinian was arrested at the entrance to Alon Moreh in Samaria

[Ynet] Security forces tossed in the slammer
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
a Paleostinian suspect at the entrance to the settlement of Alon Moreh in Samaria. The Paleostinian was questioned at the site and the background to the incident is examined.

Two Palestinians arrested after attempting to carry pipe bombs to court

[Ynet] A minor arrived at Samaria Military Court Wednesday morning carrying two pipe bombs on his person.

The minor and another suspect were jugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
by border patrol and military coppers. This is the second time this happened this month.

The two suspects arrived at a security check near the court when they raised the suspicion of several officers in the area. The officers requested that they pass through a metal detector, which detected the detonation devices.

The two were arrested, and a bomb defusal squad was hailed to neutralize the devices.

The suspects, residents of Jenin, were taken for questioning.

Palestinian convicted of attempted terrorism, ordered by Hamas

[Ynet] Muhammad Fuaz Ibrahim Julani, 22, of the Shuafat refugee camp, was convicted by Jerusalem District Court of attempted terrorism and sentenced to 8.5 years in prison.

Julani confessed to using money provided by Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, to build an bomb that he intended to use in a wide-scale terror attack in Jerusalem.

He also confessed that he had planned a stabbing attack in Pisgat Ze’ev earlier this year, but halted his plans out of concern that Israeli security forces would demolish his parents’ home.
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Southeast Asia
Chaos in Philippines as ISIS battle government forces
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Jakarta suicide bombing kills three police officers
[DAWN] A suicide kaboom attack outside a busy bus terminal in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Wednesday killed three coppers, the latest assault to hit the Moslem-majority country as it struggles with a surge of terror plots.

Several other coppers and civilians were maimed when two bombers launched the attack in a street next to the station, which sent panicked people running for their lives and clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky.

Human body parts and shattered glass were strewn across the road following the attack, which happened at about 9:00 pm (1400 GMT) as police were helping to secure a parade by a local group outside the terminal in the working-class district.

It was not clear who was behind the attack but Indonesia, the world's most populous Moslem-majority country, has been on high alert after a string of plots and attacks in recent times by Death Eaters inspired by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group.

The Kampung Melayu terminal in east Jakarta -- which is frequented by locals and is not popular with foreign visitors -- had been busy when the attack happened, and witnesses described scenes of panic as two blasts rang out minutes apart.

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Philippine church says priest, churchgoers taken hostage in Marawi city
[Ynet] A Philippine Roman Catholic church leader says a priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage from a cathedral by gunnies in a southern city.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, and another church official said Wednesday that gunnies forced their way into a cathedral in Marawi city and seized the Rev. Chito Suganob and more than a dozen churchgoers and staff as fighting raged between government troops and Moslem Lion of Islams.

Villegas says the gunnies have threatened to kill the hostages "if government forces unleashed against them are not recalled."

Villegas asked Filipinos to pray for the captives and for the government to make their safety a primary concern.
An Nahar adds the gunnies were from the Maute fighting group
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Islamic State attacks Syrian regime forces south of Aleppo
Aleppo (IraqiNews) The self-proclaimed Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group launched, on Wednesday, a violent attack on the Syrian government forces locations on Ithriyah-Khanaser road, south of Aleppo, Qasioun News Agency reported.

Violent festivities also broke out between the two sides near Maragha area, resulting in the killing of 11 members of the security forces, in addition to destroying a military vehicle.

Earlier today, Syrian government forces and their affiliated militias managed to recapture villages and towns near the city of Maskana, the last stronghold of the Islamic State group, in eastern Aleppo.
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Syrian government forces advance into Maskana east of Aleppo
Aleppo (IraqiNews) Syrian government forces and their affiliated militias managed, on Wednesday, to recapture villages and towns near the city of Maskana, east of Aleppo, Qasioun News Agency reported.

The government forces advanced into Wadi Muweleh, al-Jamiliyah, Rasm al-Hamam, Jub Ali, Qatawi and Kharba al-Mazn areas, east of Aleppo, after violent battles 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....
myrmidons.

Meanwhile,
...back at the desert island, Irene was indignant at the thought of doing such a thing without benefit of clergy...
Russian Air Force carried out several air strikes, using bunker buster rockets, on the residential neighborhoods in Maskana City, but no casualties were reported, while Syrian regime helicopters dropped more than 10 explosive barrels on Mazra’et al-Sukariyah and al-Ja’abat village near the city.

Noteworthy, only six kilometers separate between the Syrian government forces and the city of Maskana, the last stronghold of the Islamic State in eastern Aleppo.
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Ongoing clashes between SDF and Islamic State west of Raqqa
[Iraq News] The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched a violent attack, on Tuesday, on the headquarters of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group in Kudajran town, west of Raqqa, Qasioun News Agency reported.

According to the media outlet, fierce festivities broke out between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State group, concurrently with mutual rocket and artillery shelling, in Kudajran town, west of the city of Raqqa.

The festivities broke out after the Syrian Democratic Forces imposed their control, yesterday, over the villages of Chaib el Aaouaj and western Salhabeya, west of Raqqa, and Buwayda and al-Nasira, east of the city.

Noteworthy, Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by international coalition air force, managed to recapture many areas and villages in the city of Raqqa, within the military operation codenamed "Euphrates Wrath."
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Syrian army says Islamic State’s ‘minister of war’ killed
[Iraq News] The Syrian army said on Wednesday it had killed 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....
’s "minister of war" among other senior figures in the group in operations east of the northern city of Aleppo.

A Syrian military source cited by Syrian state media identified the war minister as Abu Musab al-Masri, without saying exactly when or where he was killed.

He was named among 13 senior Islamic State figures killed in Syrian army operations east of Aleppo, including men identified as Saudi and Iraqi nationals.

A previous Islamic State minister of war, Abu Omar al-Shishani, was killed last year. The Pentagon said Shishani was likely to have been killed in a U.S. air strike in Syria. The myrmidon group confirmed his death in July but said he had died fighting in the Iraqi city of Shirqat south of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Islamic State faces separate campaigns in northern Syria by the Russian-backed Syrian army, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
-backed rebels fighting under the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
banner.
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ISIS kills 14 Syrian soldiers, Palestinian fighters in raid near Palmyra Silos
[ALMASDARNEWS] Amaq Agency released a highly graphic video on Tuesday showing the aftermath of an Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
attack in the oil-rich desert of eastern Homs.

The raid took place at a mountainous checkpoint north of the Palmyra Silos. Subsequently, footage showed dead soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) alongside Paleostinian fighters of Liwa al-Quds while ISIS members could be heard talking in the background.
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ISIL’s mass retreat continues as Syrian Army troops liberate 3 hills south of Palmyra
[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) has conceded a large chunk of the Palmyra countryside to the Syrian government forces over the last ten days, leaving them on the brink of being expelled from the mountains in the Homs Governorate.

On Tuesday, the situation did not get much better for the Islamic State faceless myrmidons in southern Palmyra, as the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Corps liberated three hilltops in a sweeping assault.

According to the military source in the Palmyra countryside, the Syrian Arab Army liberated the hilltops of Tal SyriaTel, Tal al-Shuahda, and Tal al-Mashtal.
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Syrian Army foils another ISIS attack on southeast Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] Fierce festivities broke out early morning near the strategic Ithriyah-Khanssir road when 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....
holy warriors launched a surprise attack on government forces’ positions.

According to a military source, the jihadists assaulted the area in an attempt to cut off the main supply route to the northern city of Aleppo. However,
some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
the source confirmed that the road remained fully operational as the attack took place in a relatively distant area.

The 6-hour long battle has failed to grant the assailants any significant gains as the government troops were capable of entirely repelling the offensive.

Up to 20 jihadists were killed in the failed assault in addition to 3 machinegun-mounted trucks destroyed. The Syrian forces also managed to capture a vehicle loaded with ammunition for the terror group.

As for the government forces, 3 troops were killed, 7 others injured while defending the area.
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Syrian forces overrun ISIS northeast of Palmyra
[ALMASDARNEWS] Russian-trained forces fighting 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....
in the gas-rich Syrian Desert continue to recapture more territories from the terror group amid massive jihadist collapse.

Today, the Syria Army’s elite forces, known as ISIS hunters, managed to impose full control over several hills overlooking Arak Gas Field, following severe festivities with the jihadi group.

Drone footage released by the Russian-trained troops shows an ISIS tank being destroyed by a mortar shell.
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Trouble in jihadist paradise: Turkistani emir arrested by fellow jihadists in Latakia
[ALMASDARNEWS] Discord between various jihadist groups in Syria still present as recent events proved ‐ this time in northern Latakia countryside.

On Wednesday, Death Eaters of Failaq al-Sham islamist group jugged
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
emir of Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP, Uighur jihadist group from China) in Jabal al-Akrad (Kurdish mountains).

Abd al-Khaleq was reportedly an "emir of the Mediterranean coast".

According to sources, he was arrested after his unit launched mortar shells on Syrian Army’s positions in the area effectively breaching ceasefire.

Failaq al-Sham, as Turkish-backed group, is a designated part of the ceasefire. So far, Death Eaters of the group has been able to abide the agreement.
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16 Civilians Dead in Coalition Strikes near Raqqa
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] At least 16 civilians were killed in bombing raids by the US-led coalition near the ISIL group’s Syrian bastion Raqqa, a monitor said on Wednesday. The UK-based opposing Syrian Observatory said five young siblings were among the dead in the strikes on the village of Al-Baruda, about 15 kilometers (10 miles) west of Raqqa city.
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Syrian Army Regains Control over al-Jarah Airport, New Areas in Aleppo Countryside
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] The Syrian Army and Armed Forces units re-established control over al-Jarah Airport and restored security and stability to a number of villages and towns in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, after killing and injuring around 3,000 ISIS terrorists.

A military source told SANA that army units expanded their operations in hunting down ISIS murderous Moslems in the eastern countryside of Aleppo during which the army established control over al-Jarah airport and restored security and stability to the villages and areas of al ‐Mahdoum , al-Bailouneh, Jirah Sagheir, Tel Hassan, Um Nesourah, Wajab Ali, Bani Zeid, Kherbet Hassan, al-Khaldieh, Ateireh, Jirah Kabeir, the cattle ranches, Droubieh, Sekarieh, Maziunet al-Jabiri , al-Hamra, Qawwass, al-Reihanieh, al-Samerieh, the third station, al-Naserieh, al-Naserieh train station, al-Ajouzieh, Tel Feddah, al-Mazran, al-Kenawieh, Mohsent al-Khafseih, Rasm al-Hamam Gharbi, Rasm al-Kiwan, and al-Masoudieh.

The source added that the military operations resulted in killing and injuring over 3,000 ISIS terrorists, destroying 19 tanks, 5 BMP vehicles, 11 vehicles rigged with explosives, 6 artillery pieces, 9 munitions depots, 2 communication and operation centers, and 61 field command centers.

The military source affirmed the military leader of ISIS terrorist organization in the eastern countryside of Aleppo , including one nicknamed "Abu Odai al-Iraqi" who was the so-called chief judge the eastern countryside, Mahmoud Abdul-Jabbar bin Hassan aka "Abu al-Walid al-Tounsi" who was the "emir" of Debsi Faraj town, Obadah Salim al-Daaboul, and three Saudi murderous Moslems named Abdelrahman Mitawea al-Dakheil, Abu Muhammad al-Najdi, and Sultan Abdullah al-Ghallab aka "Abu Remh al-Saudi."

The source said that the "minster of war" of ISIS organization, who is known as "Abu Mosaab al-Masri", along with Saudi terrorist Abu Abdelleh Mohammed Sameih al-Kisri who was the "emir" in charge of finance in the eastern countryside, leader Mahmoud Adnan al-Ajim , Mohammed al-Hussein al-Jaloud who was the "emir of Hittin gathering ," Abu Ahmed al-Kafir al-Abaji who was an "emir" in charge of security, and the Iraqi murderous Moslems Ali Nazal Qarah Bash and Sufian Mohammad Abboush were also identified among the dead.

Meanwhile in Hama province, a military source said that army units foiled infiltration attempts by ISIS murderous Moslems in the area of Tal Mragha to the east of Ethryia-Khanaser axis, killing a large number of murderous Moslems and seizing a car loaded with ammunition.

In Deir Ezzor, army units directed concentrated strikes on positions and supply routes for ISIS in the eastern barrier of Deir Ezzor Airport, to the west of Taliet al-Sonof, al-Arfi and al-Mattar al-Qadim neighborhoods, the area surrounding the graveyards area and al-Panorama Bridge and al-Boghilia village.

The strikes resulted in the killing of a number of ISIS murderous Moslems and the injuring of many others in addition to the destroying of fortifications and amounts of weaponry and ammunition for them.

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