[Tolo News] Reports continue to circulate that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour was killed during a Taliban faction clash on Wednesday in Quetta, Pakistain, but a front man for the group has denied these claims.
The front man also said that Mullah Mansour was not in Quetta at the time of the clash, but that he was 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. Political analysts believe however, that festivities between the Taliban and the breakaway group have reached a pinnacle.
Earlier reports circulated about the death of Mullah Mansoor Dadullah one of the splinter-Taliban group's deputies, and now reports of Mullah Mansour's death are doing the rounds.
"Many of Mullah Mohammad Rasoul Noorzai's branch have been killed. Those Taliban who separated from [Mullah Mansour's] Taliban are really worried and afraid because apparently the Taliban is not talking to them nor talking about negotiations, but in reality they are in search of them and waiting for an opportunity to target them," said Hassan Haqyar a former deputy minister during the Taliban regime.
However, some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them... details are sketchy about the festivities between the two factions.
But Ghaleb Mujaheed, Achin district governor, in Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. , said: "Both of the Taliban [groups] are puppets of Pakistain. This is Pakistain that brings one group for us and then another group."
The reports of Mullah Mansour's apparent death have however come close on the heels of renewed efforts this past week by 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.... and Islamabad to restart the stalled peace talks process with the Taliban.
However a number of Afghan analysts said they do not trust Pakistain's promises and said Pakistain is trying to make sure the Taliban is prepared for next year's fighting season.
Posted by: Fred ||
12/05/2015 00:00 ||
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[CNN] A joint Afghan-U.S. military operation rescued about 40 Afghan soldiers and coppers from a Taliban prison in south-central Afghanistan on Thursday night, U.S. forces in the country said.
The raid, featuring Afghan special security ground forces and Afghan helicopter crews, happened in Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province's Nawzad District, the U.S. military said.
Afghan forces freed about 40 prisoners, including Afghan coppers and soldiers, the U.S military said.
The U.S. military provided intelligence and planning support, said U.S. Army Col. Michael Lawhorn, a front man for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
The freed prisoners were handed over to Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense to receive medical care, the U.S. military said in a statement. The military said it didn't have details about the former prisoners' capture.
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12/05/2015 00:00 ||
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[SFCHRONICLE] Two men who were denied entry to a nightclub later returned with others and firebombed it early Friday, setting off a blaze that killed all 16 people who were trapped inside by the smoke and flames, authorities said.
A senior military official says at least 15 Al shabaab members have been killed in an ambush attack occurred on Friday in the central region of Hiiraan. Dhame Abdulkadir Mohamed Ahmed, who is a senior army commander in the region, has confirmed to Radio Shabelle the attack and slaughter the 15 militants.
“SNA and AMISOM repulsed Al shabaab when militants attacked their convoy at Baar and Eldheer areas, 25Kms west of Beledweyne town. The attackers suffered heavy losses in the ambush,” Mr Ahmed added.
Al shabaab did comment on the attack and the claim of military officer.
Yemen’s national army and resistance fighters killed scores of Iranian-backed coup militias in heavy fighting on Thursday as they advanced on rebel positions in the Northern Al Jawf governorate to open the way towards the capital Sanaa.
The nationalists, backed by coalition air raids, launched a two-pronged offensive on Wednesday to capture Al Labnat military camp, the main stronghold of Houthis and their allies in Al Jawf, news reports from Yemen said.
Capturing of the camp will open the way for the army and resistance to attack Al Jawf capital, Al Hazm, and expel the rebel remnants from the entire province.
“Scores of rebels were killed or wound in the battles to seize Al Labnat…two rebel field commanders, Abu Al Hassan Mathar and Abu Mansour Al Fakhri, were also killed…a large number of the rebels were also captured,” a resistance source said, quoted by the UAE Arabic language daily Emarat Alyoum.
The source said the coalition warplanes and Apache helicopters supported the resistance with heavy raids on the military camp, which is the main gate to Al Hazm.
“The target is to seize Al Hazm, the capital of Al Jawf…we then will begin pushing our way towards Sanaa to liberate it from the coup insurgents,” the source added.
In the Southwestern governorate of Taiz, heavy fighting continued between the resistance and the Houthis while several rebel targets were hit by coalition jets.
Military sources said the national army and resistance continued to send reinforcements to some areas in the province after the insurgents bolstered their positions.
In a related development, a Sudanese soldier was killed during the battles in Taiz, becoming the first fighter from that Arab country to fall as a martyr in Yemen since Sudan decided to participate in a Saudi-dominated Arab coalition to quell the Iranian-backed coup and restore the legitimate government.
According to resistance spokesman in Al Ind front in Taiz Fahd Qayed, one Sudanese soldier and five resistance fighters were martyred in that area. “At least 20 coup militias were killed in the fighting while more rebels were killed in other Taiz areas,” he said.
[Dhaka Tribune] RAB has locked away I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece! six people, including a Pak national, in the capital on charges of making fake notes and human trafficking.
The six -- Bangladesh-origin Pak citizen Abdullah alias Selim, 42, Md Jahangir, Md Abdul Khaleq, Md Kamrul Islam, 28, Md Abu Sufian, 48, and Md Rasel, 45 -- were held in different areas of Dhaka on Thursday night and early yesterday.
RAB said the men were held in possession of 70 lakh counterfeit Indian rupees, 9,125 US dollars, 21 Pak passports, seven Bangladeshi passports and a bunch of seals of different high officials.
"The seals were used for human trafficking crimes. Also, we seized equipment for making seals from the detainees," RAB's legal and media wing Director Mufti Mahmud Khan told a press briefing yesterday.
He said Abdullah, Jahangir and Khaleq were detained from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport area at around 8pm on Thursday.
"Based on information obtained from them, RAB detained the three others in possession of 30 lakh fake Indian rupees, 43,190 Pak rupees, 13,627 dirhams, 623,500 taka, five mobile phones, four foreign mobile SIM cards, police clearance papers and travel permits around 1:30am on Friday."
Mufti Mahmud said the fake Indian notes were printed meticulously in Pakistain and Pak national Abdullah is the leader of the gang. "In 1979, he moved to Pakistain from Bangladesh where he was involved in producing counterfeit foreign notes and human smuggling. During his stay in Pakistain, he would visit Bangladesh occasionally."
The RAB official said the six men had communicated with crime lord Dawood Ibrahim's four associates - Aslam Suriya, Arif, Javed and Hanif -- who live in Pakistain.
"The four men help Bangladeshi citizens living in Pakistain without valid passports move to Bangladesh. On the other hand,
the six detainees make fake documents for illegal Pak nationals living in Bangladesh."
According to RAB, the six men smuggle fake Indian notes via Chapainawabganj border with the help of a local man named Kamrul Islam.
"Kamrul sells the notes to an Indian gang in Malda district of West Bengal. One lakh fake Indian rupees are sold for 40-45 thousand rupees. The Indian gang again uses the money during trades with Bangladeshi nationals, especially cattle traders, to defraud them."
RAB has so far arrested 1,700 people in possession of counterfeit notes and another 165 for involvement in human trafficking.
Posted by: Fred ||
12/05/2015 00:00 ||
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Fake notes are huge at my skool.
Mr principl pls exempt Lemongalo yesterday him was pissing blood and feeling poor.
[Dhaka Tribune] Members of the Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday locked away I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece! six members of a new turban group from Motijheel area in the capital.
"The turban group was planning to kill a pir (religious preacher) in Dhaka. They were taking their turban training in an area near Bangabandhu Safari Park in Gazipur and Chittagong." said DB Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam.
The arrestees are Johirul Islam alias Ansar alias Churanto Lorai alias Johir, Khondokar Rajesh Sobhan alias Raju alias Kacha Morich alias Adar Bepari, Abu Bakkar Siddique alias Abir alias Moumachi alias Niyomer Oniyom alias Ek Tukro Megh alias Shada Pata, Abraham Ahmed Al-Tarek, Morshedul Islami alias King Mor Khan, Kazi Bappi Ahmed alias Sazzad alias Tarique Bin Zia alias Mollah Akhter Mohammad Monsur.
The DB men also recovered a laptop and 10 mobile phones from their possession,
Muntasirul Islam, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said: "A team of DB (South) made the arrests of six forces of Evil raiding different spots of Dhaka on Wednesday night."
Later in a press briefing, DB Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam said: "The new turban group, Mujahid of Bangladesh started its activities in the country two years ago and has around 30 members.
"They usually invite people to namaz and later indoctrinate them to resort to the path of jihad on Facebook. They are using Facebook to communicate among themselves, to collect members and seek financial help."
He said the turban group was planning to kill a pir (religious preacher) in Dhaka.
Monirul also said they are the followers of al-Qaeda and used the same styles like banned turban outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh The JMB is said to be the youth front of Al Mujahideen, the parent organization that began working toward establishing Bangladesh as an Islamic state in the mid 1990s which remains obscure even today. Other organizations, such as Jama'atul Jihad, JMB, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI), Hizbut Tawhid, Tawhidi Janata, Islami Jubo Shangha, Islami Shangha, Al Falah A'am Unnayan Shanstha and Shahadat-e al Hiqma are believed to be part of the Al Mujahideen network. The JMB at its peak was reported to contain at least 100,000 members, and an alleged 2,000-man suicide brigade, few of whom actually exploded. JMB allegedly received financial assistance from individual donors in Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Libya. Reports have claimed that funding of JMB by international NGOs like Kuwait based Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage (RIHS) and Doulatul Kuwait, Saudi Arabia based Al Haramaine Islamic Institute and Rabita Al Alam Al Islami, Qatar Charitable Society and UAE-based Al Fuzaira and Khairul Ansar Al Khairia. The top leadership of JMB was captured in 2005 and hung in 2007, which pretty much shot their bolt. (JMB) for criminal activities.
The arrestees are involved in different professions. They spend a portion of their salary on living and the rest is spent on turban work.
Their big leader, Masum has already been arrested.
The arrestees were produced before the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate court with a 10-day remand prayer.
The court, however, granted a six-day remand for each of them.
[RFE/RL] Seven residents of Tajikistan's southwestern Shahrtuz district have been put in jail for raising the Daesh flag in a public place. The men were arrested in August after they raised the banner in the center of the district's capital.
The Khatlon regional court's judge, Zubaidullo Mahmudzoda, said that the seven men, three of whom are minors, had been found guilty of publicly calling to overthrow the government and illegally recruiting people to fight abroad. They were sentenced to prison terms between seven and 27 years in jail.
Tajik officials say that some 500 Tajik nationals are fighting alongside Daesh militants.
[NATION.PK] TIANJI: A Pakistain International Airlines (PIA) flight made an emergency landing at China's Tianjin airport Friday, following a bomb hoax.
After taking off from Beijing, flight PK-852 was en route Tokyo when it made the emergency landing in Tianjin amid a bomb scare, PIA front man Danial Gilani said.
The information about the presence of the bomb originated in China, said Gilani. The source of the bomb threat is being probed by Chinese authorities.
At Tianjin, the plane was searched and passengers made to disembark, following which Chinese authorities gave clearance to the plane to take off for Tokyo.
PIA flight 852 had departed from Islamabad for Beijing, from where it was scheduled to reach Tokyo after a brief stopover in China.
Separately, a Lahore-bound flight PK-758 had a bird-strike before landing. However, denial ain't just a river in Egypt... the flight which took off from London did not encounter any technical fault and landed safely.
[VOA News] An kaboom near a metro station Tuesday in Istanbul, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... , injured at least five people and brought the transport system to a halt.
A local official in Istanbul said the kaboom in the evening rush hour at an overpass near the city's Bayrampasa station was caused by a pipe bomb.
Atilla Aydiner, the mayor of Istanbul's Bayrampasa district, also said a number of vehicles were damaged in the blast, including a bus and a car.
Authorities deployed riot police to secure the perimeter of the site in case of a second blast.
No claim of responsibility has been made.
Earlier, Istanbul's governor, Vasip Sahin, said the cause of the blast was not known, and authorities were assessing every possibility.
Some media reports said the kaboom might have been caused by a bomb, and other reports said it could be linked to an electrical transformer.
Ambulances were dispatched to the scene, as commuters were helped to safety, reports said.
A female suspected member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was killed on Friday in Istanbul in a police operation against militants suspected to be planning suicide attacks, reports said.
Counter-terrorism police raided a home in Istanbul’s Sancaktepe district after receiving a tip-off that PKK militants had arrived in Turkey’s biggest city to carry out suicide attacks, Dogan news agency said.
A female member of the PKK was killed in the ensuing shootout with police while three other militants were detained, Dogan said. More at the link
[CNN] Investigators think that as the San Bernardino, Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,, massacre was happening, female shooter Tashfeen Malik posted a pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us... on Facebook, three U.S. officials familiar with the investigation told CNN.
Malik's post was made on an account with a different name, one U.S. official said. The officials did not explain how they knew Malik made the post.
A law enforcement official said it appeared that Wednesday's mass shooting -- which left 14 people dead and 21 maimed before the two attackers, Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, were killed in a shootout with police -- may have been inspired by ISIS.
But none of the officials said that ISIS directed or ordered the attack. ISIS has called for people worldwide to launch attacks in its name, but isn't known to have claimed credit for what happened in San Bernardino.
At a Friday presser, FBI official David Bowdich said authorities are officially investigating the massacre as "an act of terrorism."
Bowdich said a number of pieces of evidence pushed authorities to launch a terrorism investigation. He noted some phone conversations between at least one of the San Bernardino shooters and other people are being investigated by federal officials.
No one has been tossed in the calaboose Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! in connection with the massacre.
Posted by: Fred ||
12/05/2015 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IS)
At a Friday presser, FBI official David Bowdich said authorities are officially investigating the massacre as "an act of terrorism."
It'll be classified as "workplace violence," because none of the bombs on-scene went off.
The woman who took part in the ISIS-inspired San Bernardino massacre is linked to her native country's most notorious radical mosque, American officials believe.
Sources have told Daily Mail Online that US officials handed over information to their Pakistani counterparts about links between Tashfeen Malik and the Red Mosque in Islamabad.
The Red Mosque. Of course she was. Why on earth would she be linked to a "moderate" mosque...
The mosque is infamous for its links to violence and authorities in Pakistan are now considering taking action against its preacher, Maulana Abdul Aziz, after the disclosures by US officials.
It is unclear currently how law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the US have connected Malik to the mosque.
Perhaps because they did the leg-work they should have done in the beginning?
Radical preacher Maulana (a title given to Islamic scholars) Abdul Aziz runs the Red Mosque in Islamabad, which US officials say is linked to Tashfeen Malik, wife of Syed Farook.
The Red Mosque - Lal Masjid - is at the center of Islamabad has become known for its close association with Islamic fundamentalism. A year ago its chief cleric openly spoke of his support for ISIS.
In the immediate aftermath of the attack on Wednesday, a US intelligence official told Daily Mail Online that his agency was investigating Sayeed Farook's ties to known terror groups abroad, saying: 'The United States will leave no stone unturned.
'This is what we do. If he has ever communicated with ISIS, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, or any other known Islamic threat group, we'll find out.'
After the fact...
American officials have now held crisis talks with one of Pakistan's most senior figures Shahbaz Sharif, brother of prime minister Nawaz Sharif, at the country's High Commission in London, sources revealed. Sources with knowledge of the meeting told Daily Mail Online that the US had handed over 'some proofs' of links to the Red Mosque.
Pakistani authorities were described as 'seriously thinking' of how to take action against Aziz, the chief cleric of the mosque.
Malik was born in Pakistan and lived there until the age of two then raised in Saudi Arabia, where she lived in Riyadh where her father, Gulzar Ahmed Malik is thought still to live. Saudi sources told ABC News that she had traveled back and forward between the two countries.
She returned to Pakistan in 2010 to study pharmacy at the Bahauddin Zakariyah University in Multan. The city, in the south of the Punjab, is believed to be where her family originally came from. Public records show that she was a high-achieving student. There are conflicting accounts of her educational achievements. She completed a three-year master's degree in pharmacy.
She was also listed as being in the fourth year of a D Pharm degree in 2014, although she may not have completed it.
Some serious basic chemistry coursework required for a Pharm D. In case you're wondering if she would be comfortable mixing up pipe bombs in the Cali love shack...
Intelligence agencies will be examining her time in the Punjab, the country's most populous province, where there has been a growing Pakistani Taliban threat. But the link to the Red Mosque may prompt the most rapid action by Pakistani authorities.
Don't count on it. When 9/11 hit and we went after Afghanistan, George Bush and Colin Powell had the stones to tell Pervez Musharraf that either he'd cooperate or they'd deal with the immediate next president of Pakistan. I sure don't see Champ and Jahwn Kerry doing that to Nawaz...
Aziz shares an ethnic background with Malik, coming from the Pakistani Punjab. He was born in Rojhan, around 200 miles from where she studied. It is so far unclear if she and the notorious cleric share a tribal background too.
What are the odds...
Malik came to the US last year on a K-1 - fiance's - visa and received a green card after marrying Farook. The two are believed to have met online and married abroad, possibly in Saudi Arabia. Farook's lawyer has denied that he had traveled to Pakistan.
All that may be a cover story: the "match" was arranged by ISIS to get her into the country and work with Farook on the terrorist raid.
And yet they let her waltz right into our country?
People, something is very terribly wrong with our president. His government gave this bitch a visa and nobody knew about Lal Masjid? Of course, they knew. They had to know. And if they didn't know that how are they going to vet all these Syrians? I'd call for a Congressional investigation but most of those crooks seem to be in on it as well.
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Fox reported about an hour ago that from the initial visa application, she used a false address. Not only was she a member of perhaps the most virulent jihadi mosque in the world, but she used a phony address, and the rocket-scientists at the State Department didn't notice. Can anyone think that the Syrian refugee "vetting" will be any better. Our government is an incompetent joke......or at least the administration has made it that way.
Boston police detonated a suspicious suitcase left near a Homeland Security vehicle on Atlantic Avenue Friday. Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a person of interest in relation to the incident, and released a photo of that person on Friday afternoon. According to Boston police, officers responded at 9:50 a.m. to a radio call for a suspicious package on Atlantic Avenue. Officers were informed at the scene that a man had dropped a suitcase by the rear tire of a marked Department of Homeland Security vehicle, then quickly left the area, according to a BPD statement.
The department's explosive ordinance unit responded and performed a controlled detonation of the suitcase. Officers determined there was no additional threat to the public. An X-ray of the suitcase had shown wires and a ââpower source.''
[NATION.PK] RAWALPNDI: ANF in its drive against drug trafficking seized mega cache of drugs worth Rs 10.2 billion in international market. The seized drugs comprised 7.8 Ton Opium, 4.4 Ton Poppy Straw and 70 Kg Hashish. During the operation, ANF also tossed in the clink Please don't kill me! 5 persons involved in drug smuggling and impounded 2 vehicles. Most of the seized drugs were destined abroad.
According to details, ANF Rawalpindi Road Check Team while acting on a tip-off, intercepted a Truck Registered No. C-2781-Mardan near Tarnol, GT Road, Rawalpindi and recovered 4400 Kg Poppy Straw loaded on the truk. Driver of the truck, identified as Iftikhar Khan, a resident of 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. was taken into custody. According to initial information, Poppy Straw was being transferred to Southern Punjab 1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots.... for preparation of drug.
ANF Quetta in 2 different intelligence led operations launched at Killi Nasai and Killi Dilsoore, Tehsil Muslim Bagh, District Qilla Saifullah, seized huge consignments of Opium weighing 4604 and 3243 Kg respectively. Total weight of seized drug is 7844 Kg. Both drug consignments were stocked at desolate sites situated in the folding of mountainous terrain far away from the populated area. As per report, the drug consignments were to be shifted to some safe location at Costal Belt for onward transportation to some foreign territory after receipt of safe signal.
ANF Lahore intercepted a car near Thokar Niaz Baig, Multan Road Bypass, Lahore and recovered 10.2 Kg Hashish concealed in it. Two narcos including Fazal Malik and Sami-ul-Haq, residents of Khyber Agency ... the place to go if you've got an Indiana Jones hat and whip. Chock full of high adventure and treacherous Pathans. You should really train up to it, though... were also arrested during operations. As per initial information, they arrived here to deliver drug to some local drug suppliers at Lahore.
ANF Peshawar Road Check Team recovered 9.6 Kg Hashish from personal possession of an accused Arshad Khan and his lady accomplice named Shahida, both residents of Peshawar, while they were travelling to Mardan in a passenger van. They were arrested at GT Road near Pabi, Nowshehra.
ANF 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... in an information based raid at a place adjacent to Bismillah Market Sabzi Mandi, Super Highway, Karachi, seized 50 Kg Hashish which was concealed in dense bushes.
Cases have been registered at respective ANF Police Stations and further investigation is underway.
A team of ISIS snipers was killed by an RAF airstrike last night as Britain continues to step up the fight against the terror group which is set to last at least three years. Total rubbish! It's not 'overkill' if you're taking sniper fire and pinned down, have friendly WIA in need of extraction, and a MEDIVAC which cannot land.
Four Tornado GR4 jets set out overnight from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, with two carrying out reconnaissance in Syria and two providing air support for the Iraqi army. The Ministry of Defence revealed that when a 'terrorist sniper team' began firing on Britain's allies, they were 'silenced by a direct hit' from a 500lb laser-guided bomb dropped by one of the Tornados.
The MoD said in a statement today: 'Royal Air Force aircraft have continued offensive operations against the Daesh terrorist network inside Syria and Iraq.
'Overnight on December 3/4, Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri conducted missions over Syria and Iraq.
'Two GR4s flew an armed reconnaissance patrol over eastern Syria, gathering intelligence on terrorist activity. A second pair of GR4s patrolled over western Iraq, where they provided close air support to Iraqi forces engaged in combat with Daesh in and around Ramadi.
'A terrorist sniper team opened fire from a compound on Iraqi troops, but was silenced by a direct hit from a Paveway IV guided bomb.'
So nah, it wasn't overkill. As is usual for the Brit newspapers, lots and lots of photos at the link: Tornadoes, air crews, etc.
Three Palestinians attacked Israeli troops with knives in separate incidents on Friday before they were shot and killed by the Israeli forces, the military said, the latest violence in more than two months of almost daily Palestinian assaults against civilians and soldiers.
In Friday's attacks, a Palestinian stabbed and wounded a soldier near Ramallah in the West Bank, the military said. It said troops at the scene opened fire and killed the attacker.
Earlier in the day, two Palestinians attacked a soldier with knives in the city of Hebron, also in the West Bank, wounding him before Israeli troops shot and killed them, the military said.
Since the violence erupted, 19 Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings and shootings. At least 105 Palestinians have also died, including 70 said by Israel to be attackers. The others died in clashes with Israeli forces.
[Inquirer] A suspected Maoist militant was killed in a clash with Philippine troops in a hinterland village in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, early Thursday morning.
Two firearms and at least nine improvised bombs were also recovered after a 25-minute gun battle in Anticala village said military spokesman Joe Patrick Martinez. He said troops from the 29th Infantry Battalion were fired upon by the New People's Army.
"Residents had tipped off about the presence of (NPA militants) conducting lectures and extortion activities in the community,” Martinez said.
[InterAksyon] Philippine security forces have seized a camp of Abu Sayyaf leader Radulan Sahiron in the hinterlands of Sulu province early Thursday.
Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado said the camp was seized in Barangay Darayan, Patikul hours after they shelled the encampment. He said the camp belonged to the group of one-armed Abu Sayyaf leader Sahiron. Sahiron is the oldest among the existing leaders of the Abu Sayyaf militants based in Sulu province.
Arrojado said troops found bloodstains in the camp which indicated that some militants were injured during the shelling as the insurgents fled towards Barangay Danag.
[Bangkok Post] An accused Thai militant became the third man to die in military custody since October when he mysteriously perished during questioning at an army camp in Pattani province Friday.
Abdullayi Dorloh died while being interrogated at the Ingkhayutthaborihan camp in Nong Chik district where he has been held since he was nabbed in early November, the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) said. Doctors could not identify the cause of the death because there was not a bruise on his body. Relatives and a representative for a local lawyers' foundation have taken his remains to another hospital in Songkhla province for an autopsy.
Abdullayi had been arrested in Nong Chik on Nov 11 on suspicion of being a key insurgent involved in southern unrest. He reportedly had already confessed to being behind attacks in the region and had been brought to record his testimony with police at Nong Chik station. He died during interrogation by intelligence soldiers, ISOC's command said.
DAMASCUS – Fierce clashes hit Damascus suburb between the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) and militants of al-Nusra Front (Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda) on Friday evening, where a top ISIS commander was hardly injured, activists reported.
Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, media activist Ahmed Bayanouni said that rifts emerged between ISIS militants and al-Qaeda affiliated group of al-Nusra in the Wadi Musa district west of al-Tal town in Damascus suburb, “causing the injury of an ISIS senior commander”.
“Clashes erupted between the both sides after ISIS accused al-Nusra militants of apostasy and rebellion against Islam,” the source said.
Abu Muhannad, an ISIS senior leader, who led an attack on al-Nusra headquarters in al-Tal town, was hardly injured in Friday’s clashes, an informed source told ARA News.
“The clashes continued until Friday midnight, during which the ISIS commander Abu Muhannad was wounded along with two of his escorts,” the source said on the condition of anonymity.
ISIS seized the Wadi Musa district in al-Tal town nearly a month ago.
“Several militants defected from the Nusra Front and joined ISIS in Wadi Musa after being lured with high salaries,” the same source said.
The town of al-Tal is overcrowded with displaced people from other stricken areas of Damascus suburbs. ISIS power has been increasing dramatically in the area, locals said.
The town has been under blockade by the Syrian regime for 136 days. Its residents suffer from deteriorating living conditions amid a sharp shortage of basic needs of food and medical supplies, as well as flour and fuel.
ALEPPO – Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda al-Nusra Front and the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham pounded the Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in the city of Aleppo with mortars, causing injuries among civilians, local sources reported on Friday.
Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, media activist Shoresh Saleh said that at least nine civilians were wounded, including children, after the Islamists bombed the neighborhood with several mortars. The bombing also caused material damage to the residential buildings, according to the source.
On the other hand, the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) responded by bombings locations of Islamist rebels in al-Shkef and Kastillo districts of Aleppo, activists reported.
In the meantime, volunteers of the Kurdish Red Unknown Shaped Thingy Crescent (KRC) formed a rescue team to pull victims from under the rubble in the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood, beside providing medical assistance to the wounded in the stricken area.
Speaking to ARA News, KRC chief Dilgesh Issa said their volunteers are trying to assist the injured people stranded in the neighborhood.
Islamist rebels of al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham have been targeting the YPG headquarters in the Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud with rocket-propelled grenades and hell cannon for days. The rebels intensified their shelling on the neighborhood by using mortar shells and bombing residential buildings, eyewitness told ARA News.
DAMASCUS – At least 25 civilians were killed and dozens more wounded on Friday in airstrikes by Russian warplanes in the towns of Jisrain and Kafr Batna in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus, local sources reported. The airstrikes targeted a crowded market with guided missiles, activists and a local documentation center said on Friday.
Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, media activist Ahmed Doumani said that Russian warplanes have launched several raids on the town of Jisrain in Damascus suburbs, one of the rockets dropped on a crowded popular market, and led to the death of at least 25 people and the injury of 70 others, including children and women.
Activists described the incident as a “terrifying massacre” committed by Assad’s ally, Russia, against peaceful civilians.
The attack led to a huge damage in the shops and residential buildings of the market.
“Russian fighter jets also launched several air raids on the residential neighborhoods in the town of Kafr Batna. The victims’ numbers are dramatically increasing,” an informed source told ARA New. “Residents raised distress calls due to the lack of medical staff and medicines.”
Over the past few weeks, Russian air forces have been stepping up their military operations on the areas held by Syrian opposition factions, especially in light of the frustration experienced by the regime’s army.
Finally, someone is showing sense. Follow-up with more details from previous reports here at the Burg.
Yesterday four Tornado GR4 jets were sent from RAF Akrotiri to bomb the Omar oilfield, which provides around 10 per cent of ISIS's oil supplies. The raids are said to have wiped millions off the value of oil held by ISIS, which diplomatic sources suggested could disrupt the group's deadly terror network by reducing the funding it uses to pay the jihadist fighters who protect its territory in Iraq and Syria and carry out attacks on the West.
The MoD said: 'The Omar oilfield is one of the largest and most important to Daesh's financial operations, and represents over 10 per cent of their potential income from oil.
'Carefully selected elements of the oilfield infrastructure were targeted, ensuring the strikes will have a significant impact on Daesh's ability to extract the oil to fund their terrorism.'
The UK Government is apparently targeting 'anything to do with ISIS and oil' as the first step towards defeating the terrorists in the aftermath of Wednesday's night's vote to authorise Syrian airstrikes. The field has previously been hit by American forces - but an Arab diplomat suggested that the US had not done enough to disrupt the jihadists' economic activity.
'We have been giving the Americans the precise coordinates of the oil routes for months, but they do not seem to have done very much about it,' a diplomat told the Daily Telegraph.
Isn't that a telling comment...
'If you really want to damage ISIL, then cut off their supply lines. If they don't have the oil revenues then they will not be able to pay their fighters, and they will become a far less attractive proposition for would-be jihadists.'
The Brits have always been a bit bloody-minded and to the point when it comes to war...
A local activist told the Guardian: 'Yesterday was very violent as it targeted anything that has to do with Daesh and oil.'
Experts have suggested that raids by Britain's allies have already halved the amount of oil that ISIS is able to sell in order to finance its operations around the world. A military source told the Evening Standard: 'We are going after the head of the snake, but it's also about going after its wallet'.
ISIS's control of oil fields in north-east Syria has provided them with £320million of revenue which they use to fund their terror activities in the Middle East. The jihadist group is believed to work together with the Assad government - nominally its bitter enemy in the Syrian civil war - to maximise the profits it makes from its industrial operations. State employees have allegedly been ordered to work at ISIS-held energy facilities to ensure that the country's infrastructure remains intact, with the terrorist factory bosses imposing a brutal regime.
[Dhaka Tribune] The coalition forces, freshly bolstered by inclusion of Britannia and Germany, are going after 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's oil industry, destroying refineries and hundreds of tanker trucks transporting oil from eastern Syria in a heavy bombardment in recent days aiming to break the Lion of Islams' biggest source of income.
The campaign already appears to be having some effect, with oil prices rising in areas of Syria that rely on crude smuggled out of IS-controlled areas. But experts say it will be difficult to cut off the myrmidons' trade completely since they are likely to switch to smaller, more elusive vehicles.
Putting a total end to the industry would mean destroying the oil fields in Syria, but that would also bring hardship to millions in the population under IS rule and others who depend on the group's oil, causing fuel shortages as winter sets in. Otherwise, taking the fields would require ground forces.
Still, the campaign could hit hard on an industry that US officials say generates more than half the revenue the Islamic State group uses to maintain its rule over its swath of territory across Syria and Iraq and pay its fighters.
IS controls almost all of Syria's oil fields, concentrated in the east of the country, producing some 30,000 barrels a day, along with one field in Iraq. It smuggles most abroad, mainly to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... , selling at cut-rate prices and generating nearly $50m a month.
It is not clear why coalition forces waited this long before going after IS oil infrastructure. US officials previously had said they avoided attacking fuel trucks out of concern for civilian casualties. In recent strikes, warplanes first dropped leaflets telling drivers to flee, reading, "Airstrikes are coming. Oil trucks will be destroyed. Get away from your oil trucks immediately. Do not risk your life."
Combined with recent gains by Kurdish forces and their Arab allies that have cut off some of the main supply routes between IS strongholds in Iraq and Syria, the Arclight airstrikes are likely to deal a painful blow to the group.
Last monght, Kurdish forces captured the town of Sinjar in northwestern Iraq, severing of a highway serving as a supply route for Islamic State fighters between the northern Iraqi city of djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... and the myrmidon's self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa in Syria. An Iraqi oil refinery also has been taken from the myrmidons, and Iraqi forces have encircled the western Iraqi city of Ramadi.
It is too soon to tell to the impact of this week's Arclight airstrikes on IS operations. But there are signs the campaign is already causing prices to rise.
Rami Abdurrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human rights, said prices of fuel shot up in some IS-ruled areas by around 80%, due to truck drivers refusing to drive to IS oil facilities, fearing their vehicles will be hit.
Many parts of Syria controlled by other rebels --even ones fighting the Islamic State group -- rely on IS for oil since they have few other sources.
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