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Africa North
Dozen Killed in Double Suicide Attack against Mali Rebels
[AnNahar] Around a dozen people were killed when a pro-government gang, including jacket wallahs, launched an attack on rebel fighters in northern Mali, security sources said Wednesday.

"GATIA fighters, accompanied by suicide bombers, attacked a rebel Tuareg and anti-government Arab position in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday near the town of Tabankort. There were around a dozen deaths in total," a Western military source told AFP.

"The situation is very volatile, and it is essential to calm the situation," added the source.
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Arabia
Huthis Block Fresh Protest in Sanaa
[AnNahar] Yemen's powerful Shiite militia had gun sex and made arrests Wednesday for the third time this week to prevent a rally in Sanaa against their tightening grip on the capital, witnesses said.

They said the turbans also used batons against the demonstrators, a number of whom were maimed.

"No to confessionalism," the protesters chanted before being forced to abandon a planned march through the center of Sanaa.

It was the third such incident since Sunday, following President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's announcement three days earlier that he was handing in his resignation.

Opponents of the Huthis have been urging demonstrations against their occupation of the capital, which has plunged Yemen into crisis.

The militia, who descended from their base in Yemen's north to overrun Sanaa in September, last week seized control of the presidential palace and key government buildings.

On Tuesday, however, they freed a top aide to Hadi.
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Bangladesh
Shibir leader succumbs to injuries in Dhaka
[Dhaka Tribune] A Shibir leader, who was injured in a crude kaboom on January 21 in Chittagong city's Kadamtali area, has departed this vale of tears in Dhaka on Wednesday while undergoing treatment in a private hospital.

The dear departed was Sakibul Islam, 25, a Degree (Fajil) first year student of Baitush Saraf Alia Madrasha and the Shathi (a post of Shibir) of the Madrasha, said Officer-in-Charge (OC) AKM Mohiuddin Selim of Kotwali cop shoppe.

He died in Apollo Hospitals in the capital early Wednesday while he was undergoing treatment at the hospital, said the OC.

After postmortem the dead body will be handed over to his family, added the police official.

The Shibir leader sustained splinter injuries in the right part in his face from a crude kaboom during allegedly carrying the bomb for doing subversive activities on the 16thday of BNP-led-20-part alliance in Kadamtali area.
Oh. He wasn't just an innocent by-deader, then.
Police rescued the Shibir leader at death's door and admitted him to CMCH for treatment from where he was shifted to Dhaka for better treatment, said police sources.

Later police filed a case in this connection accusing the Shibir leader under Explosive Act with Kotwali cop shoppe on the following day.

However,
man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
police detained nine persons of BNP-Jamaat conducting drives from the different parts of Chittagong for their alleged involvement with subversive acts, said police sources.

No inter-district bus left Chittagong for other destinations fearing attack on highway while train service was being operated behind the schedule due to blockade, said sources.

Escorted by highway police goods-laden trucks, covered-vans and petroleum-oil trucks were plying on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, said Highway police sources.
Posted by: Fred || 01/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [20 views] Top||


'Gunfight' with police kills college teacher and 'robber'
[Dhaka Tribune] In separate incidents of "shootouts" with the police, a college teacher in Rajshahi and an alleged robber in Satkhira were killed in the early hours of yesterday.

The dear departed in Rajshahi ‐ Nurul Islam Shahin, 45 ‐ was a teacher of Rajshahi's Islamia College and also the former president of Jamaat's ward 30 unit, said Jamaat's Rajshahi city unit Secretary Jahangir Alam.

Speaking at a press briefing at the Rajshahi district police headquarters, RMP Commissioner Muhammad Shamsudddin said Shahin was tossed in the clink
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
on 9pm Tuesday from the city's Malopara area. But when members of the Detective Branch later took Shahin with them on a drive around 2:15am, Shibir men attacked the law enforcers and snatched Shahin near the city's Nalkhola area, claimed the RMP chief.

"Police fired around 20 bullets with rifles and shotguns to bring the situation under control, leaving Shahin bullet-hit," Shamsuddin said, adding that Shahin departed this vale of tears after being rushed to the DMCH.

He also claimed that the police recovered a revolver, 10 crude bombs, two pistol bullets and five shotgun bullets from the spot, our Rajshahi correspondent reports.

The Rajshahi Metropolitan Police chief said Shahin ‐ who also owned a local offset printing press ‐ was a patron to local Shibir cadres and was suspected of leading an attack in 2013 on the then Motihar cop shoppe OC Abdul Mazid.

Shahin was an accused in 13 cases filed with several cop shoppes in the city and a wanted criminal in eight cases regarding acts of sabotage and attacks on law enforcers, Commissioner Shamsuddin added.

However,
ars longa, vita brevis...
the family of the dear departed claimed that there was foul play involved with the death of Shahin.

Fazlul Haque Tuhin, Shahin's brother, said the Detective Branch of police had picked up his brother from his printing press on Tuesday night. When the family contacted the DB office after the arrest, they were told that Shahin would be released in the morning.

But the family later received a call from the RMCH in the morning, informing them that Nurul's body was at the hospital. Following an autopsy, Shahin's body was handed over to his family in the afternoon, confirmed the front man for the RMP, Assistant Commissioner Ifte Khayer Alam.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pie fight, Bella grabbed the cocoanut cream...
Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
Rajshahi city unit Ameer Abul Hashem claimed that Shahin's death was a cold-blooded murder by the police, who killed the college teacher as he was a supporter of Jamaat.

Protesting the death, the Jamaat has called a 36-hour hartal
... a peculiarly Bangla combination of a general strike and a riot, used by both major political groups in lieu of actual governance ...
from 6am Saturday in eight districts of Rajshahi division, he also confirmed.
Posted by: Fred || 01/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top||

#1  members of the Detective Branch later took Shahin with them on a drive around 2:15am

Only things missing was a shutter gun and the RAB. Could of had an old fashioned "Crossfire".
Posted by: Green Steve || 01/29/2015 15:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Well Shahin was bullet hit, the SPOT is mentioned so we got that going. However, I don't recall an offset press (Abu B. Dick?) ever playing a part in a Crossfire.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/29/2015 16:02 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Policewoman killed in Herat explosion
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An Afghan policewoman was killed following an kaboom in western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province of Afghanistan on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place on Herat-Islam Qala highway targeting a check post of the police forces.

The officials further added two coppers were also injured following the kaboom.

The type of the kaboom is not clear so far and the police forces have launched an investigation in connection to the incident, the officials said.

No group including Talibs has so far grabbed credit behind the incident.
Posted by: Fred || 01/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [21 views] Top||


92 suspected militants killed in strikes
[DAWN] Seventy-six suspected bully boyz were killed in North Wazoo and 16 in Khyber Agency when planes pounded their hideouts in the two volatile regions on Tuesday, the military said.

"In a precise aerial strike in Dattakhel area
... which is owned and operated by Hafiz Gul Behadur...
of North Waziristan in the afternoon, 53 bad boys, including 12 foreigners, were killed. Six hideouts, an ammunition dump and seven explosives-laden vehicles were destroyed," said an ISPR statement.

The jet fighters targeted bad boys' positions in Kharh Tangi, some 35km west of the agency headquarters 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...
. Most of the foreigners killed were Uzbeks, military sources said.

Also read: General Raheel vows 'not to abandon Fata without restoring peace'

In another strike in the same area later, 23 bully boyz were killed, the ISPR claimed.

Since the area is off-limits to journalists, it is difficult to independently verify the number and identity of the dead.
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US drone strike kills seven in North Waziristan
[DAWN] At least seven suspected Death Eaters were killed and one other was injured in a US drone strike in the Shawal area of North Wazoo Agency on Wednesday.

Intelligence sources said the US drone fired two missiles on a compound and a vehicle on the border of North and South Waziristan Agency in Shawal valley.

The identity of the Death Eaters is yet to be ascertained.
An Nahar adds:
The strike targeted a Taliban compound in North Wazoo, one of seven semi-autonomous tribal districts that border Afghanistan and a hub for Al-Qaeda and Talibs since the early 2000s.
Posted by: Fred || 01/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top||


Kashmir rebels kill Indian army colonel, police officer
[DAWN] An Indian army colonel and a police officer were killed Tuesday in a shootout with rebels in Indian-held Kashmire.

Indian police said two rebels were also killed during the encounter in Hundoora village, 50 kilometres south of the region's main city of Srinagar.

Indian forces had laid seige to a house in the village, acting on information that a rebel was inside, the officer said.

"He [the rebel] opened fire as he found himself trapped. During the ensuing shootout two rebels and an army colonel were killed," the top police officer said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to media.

A police officer maimed during the firing died in hospital, he said.

The clash occurred shortly after US President Barack Obama
I inhaled. That was the point...
ended a three-day visit to India.

Security had been high in Kashmire and other restive areas during the visit and for the Indian Republic Day on Monday.
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Karachi braces for shutdown after Muttahida worker's 'extrajudicial killing'
[DAWN] A young man who was found rubbed out in the Mochko area on Tuesday was identified as a senior worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM), triggering a strong reaction from the party on Wednesday that called it extrajudicial killing by the law enforcement agencies and 'appealed' for a 'peaceful shutter-down strike' across Sindh on Thursday.

The body of 46-year-old Sohail Ahmed, who had been missing for more than a month, was found in bushes in Scheme-42 in the Mochko area.

The body with two gunshot wounds each in the head and the neck was moved to the Edhi morgue after medico-legal formalities at the Civil Hospital 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...
, where the victim was identified as the unit in-charge of the MQM's organizational structure in Society sector.
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Iraq
Army forces kill 8 terrorists, arrest wanted individuals in western Baghdad
[IraqiNews.com] On Wednesday, a source within Baghdad Operations Command said, that 8 bully boyz have been killed and a number of wanted individuals were detained in a security operation in western Baghdad.

The source told IraqiNews, "A force from the 1st battalion of the 24th Brigade has managed to destroy an armored vehicle and kill a terrorist in al-Shurtan area of western Baghdad," adding that, "Iraqi troops of the 53rd Brigade have also managed to kill 7 bully boyz and destroy an armored vehicle that belonged to them in the area of Albu-Elwan."

"The security forces detained a number of wanted individuals during the past 24 hours," the statement added.
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15 people arrested in armed tribes clashes in Baghdad
[IraqiNews.com] On Wednesday, Interior Ministry announced that 15 people were locked away
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
for initiating and engaging in festivities between two armed tribes in Baghdad yesterday. Light and medium weapons were obtained during the arrest.
Boys will be boys...
Interior Ministry front man, Brigadier Gen. Saad Maan said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "Security forces arrested 15 people who aroused and were engaged in a tribal affray, which broke out yesterday in Fudaliya area east of Baghdad."

Maan added, "Security forces obtained the light and medium weapons used during the fight," stressing that, "No one was killed in the festivities."

Noteworthy, festivities broke out on Tuesday night (January 27, 2015) among armed members of two tribes in Fudaliya area east of Baghdad, using light and medium weapons, while security forces cordoned off the area and took strict security measures.
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Weapons merchandiser arrested in Baghdad
[IraqiNews.com] The security forces tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
a weapons merchandiser in Baghdad.

The spokesperson of Baghdad Operations Command, Saad Maan, stated in a presser "A merchandiser who merchandises for the weapons via the websites was arrested in Baghdad."
"Say what you need to, then stop." Nobody does this more throughly than Iraqi News reporters.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top||

#1  The spokesperson of Baghdad Operations Command, Saad Maan

LOL an apt name for the job.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/29/2015 10:37 Comments || Top||


1 civilian killed, 6 wounded by improvised explosive device north of Baghdad
[IraqiNews.com] On Tuesday, a police source announced that one person was killed and 6 others were maimed by an improvised bomb in al-Qahera district northern Baghdad.

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "The bomb, emplaced inside a Kia vehicle by unidentified individuals, went kaboom! this evening as it passed in al-Qahera district north of Baghdad, which resulted in killing one civilian and wounding six others."

The source, who requested anonymity, added, "A security force rushed to the scene and transported the injured to a nearby hospital and the dead body to the Forensic Medicine Department."
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Kurdish Peshmerga forces repel ISIS attack western Mosul
[IraqiNews.com] On Tuesday, a local source in Nineveh province said, that the paramilitary Kurdish Peshmerga forces have repelled an attack by the ISIS group holy warriors on western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
The source informed IraqiNews, "The Kurdish Peshmerga forces, with support from the international coalition warplanes, have managed to foil an attempt by the ISIS group holy warriors to attack the district of Sinjar, located in western Mosul," pointing out that, "The number of the casualties within the ISIS group remains unknown."

"The violent attack resulted in 3 injuries among elements of the Peshmerga forces," the source added.
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ISIS leaders and elements found northeast of Baquba
[IraqiNews.com] On Tuesday, Tigris Operations Command announced that the largest cemetery of ISIS leaders and bully boyz was found northeast of Baquba, including more than 60 graves, some of which belong to leaders of Arab nationality.

Commander of the Tigris Operations, Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir al-Zaidi said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "The joint security force found, in the outskirts of Sayed Abbas village north of Muqdadiya (35 km north east of Baquba), the largest cemetery of ISIS leaders, including more than 60 new graves belonging to leaders and elements killed in festivities with the security forces and associate members in several areas."

Zaidi added, "A security detachments dug up some graves and found that one of them belonged to a Saudi and another to a Moroccan," pointing out that, "The size of ISIS losses in villages north of Muqdadiyah amounted to more than 150 elements, including Arab nationalities."
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#1  A good start on a pile of skulls...
Posted by: Pappy || 01/29/2015 19:52 Comments || Top||


ISIS commander of Sharqat, Alam killed alongside 12 of his aides
[IraqiNews.com] On Wednesday, Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced, that the ISIS commander of al-Sharqat and al-Alam areas has been killed alongside 12 of his key aides in a missile strike in Salahuddin.

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews, "The Army's military intelligence forces had confirmed the death of the senior ISIS leader and the ISIS military commander of al-Sharqat and al-Alam areas, better known as Abu Qatada, during a missile strike that targeted the headquarters of the ISIS group in Salahuddin province" pointing out that, "Twelve elements of his key aides have been also killed in the missile strike."
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinian siblings armed with knives arrested in Gush Etzion
[Ynet] Two Paleostinians, a brother and sister, suspected of attempting to carry out a terror attack were placed in durance vile
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
by IDF forces in the Gush Etzion settlement in the West Bank on Wednesday ‐ the two siblings were armed with knives.

The sister was arrested after throwing stones at IDF forces and her brother was arrested afterwards at a nearby intersection.
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Southeast Asia
What really happened in Mindanao on Sunday?
[Inquirer] Information gathered from different sources, including Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief Murad Ebrahim, has been used to piece together the events in Maguindanao that led to the deaths of 44 elite police commandos in a gun battle with Moro militants on Sunday.

Around 6:30 a.m. the MILF fighters in Tukanalipao noticed armed uniformed men approaching. Murad said it was the policemen from Special Action Force (SAF) who first fired upon members of the MILF 105th Base Command, sparking the firefight.

The scene of battle was a vast cornfield where the SAF commandos, reportedly not familiar with the terrain, ended up as sitting ducks for some 100 MILF fighters.

A government source said that the SAF forces were divided into two units, a primary force and a secondary force.

The primary force was to get Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias "Marwan," a bomb expert from Jemaah Islamiyah on whose head the United States had placed a $6-million bounty. The SAF had a secondary target, local terrorist Abdul Basit Usman, another bomb expert for whose capture the United States has offered a $3-million reward. The secondary force was to "protect" the primary force.

It was the secondary force that ended up fighting the MILF guerrillas from the 105th Base Command, the source said. After several hours of fighting, the two sides deescalated but as the MILF withdrew, the source said, militants from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) opened fire on the SAF.

The BIFF had another version of what happened. Group spokesman Abu Misri Mama said at the start, only BIFF militants were involved in the incident. When BIFF forces detected several military vehicles, they prepared an ambush. Mama said, "Many of the casualties [fell] during the ambush."
Posted by: ryuge || 01/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top||

#1  The MILF is repor claiming that 64 PHIL Police Commandos fell in the fight, not 44???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/29/2015 0:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Has to have been an ambush. And not just the kind where you sit around waiting for somebody to show up.
This op was burned. Any recollection of the last time US forces lost that many guys in a quick gun fight?
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 01/29/2015 12:07 Comments || Top||

#3  They were either sold out, or this was a tactical decision worthy of Lt. Col. Custer.
Posted by: Anice Nim || 01/29/2015 13:57 Comments || Top||


Thai border police attacked, three militants nabbed
[The Nation] Three Thai border policemen were injured by a roadside bomb in Yala province yesterday, hours after a civilian was shot and injured. The three officers were on patrol aboard two motorcycles when they were hit by the blast. Authorities believe the attacks were committed by militants.

Police later said that a civilian was shot on Monday night near the site of the bomb. So it seems likely that militants wanted to draw police out to the scene and then attack them with the roadside bomb.

In Narathiwat, two gunmen on a motorcycle fired on Task Force 32 headquarters on Monday evening before fleeing after soldiers returned fire. Task Force 32 has often been targeted since its men killed 13 militants in a well-planned ambush last year. Militants also fired on a security outpost in Yi Ngor district on Monday evening.

Back in Yala, security officials arrested three men, top suspects reportedly trained by foreign terror group Runda Kumpulan Kecil and wanted on nine arrest warrants between them. The men have been identified as Matorhe Sile, Saudi Ding-u-seng and Mahama Mamidong.
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