The Afghan Air Force (AAF) targeted a group of anti-government armed militants in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Tuesday.
A statement by MoD said the airstrike was carried out in Hesarak district by helicopters providing close air support to 201st Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces.
The statement further added that one militant was killed and three others sustained critical injuries in the airstrike.
Nangarhar is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.
Militants belonging to Taliban group as well as loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are operating in Nangarhar province.
In a separate statement, MoD said at least 34 militants were killed and 10 others were wounded during counter-terrorism operations conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces during the past 24 hours.
According to MoD, the operations were conducted in Kunar, Hesarak district of Nangarhar, Logar, Kunduz, and Helmand provinces.
The Afghan armed forces also discovered and defused numerous Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), MoD said, adding that six members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces also lost their lives during the operations.
[DAWN] British troops are being sent to south Afghanistan's Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province where Afghan forces are battling the Taliban for control of a strategic district, stated Britannia's Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Monday.
An MoD statement announced that "a small number of UK personnel" have been deployed to Helmand "in an advisory role".
The United Kingdom currently has 450 troops in Afghanistan as part of NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization.... 's training mission. . Fighting was still underway Tuesday in Helmand. In the Sangin district, most government buildings are now in Taliban hands. Afghan officials say the entire province is in danger of falling to the holy warriors.
Helmand is a traditional stronghold of the Taliban and one of the biggest centers of opium production, which helps fund the insurgency.
Over the recent months, it has seen fierce fighting between the Lions of Islam and Afghan forces. The Lions of Islam are pressing their insurgency after the withdrawal of most international forces last year.
Posted by: Fred ||
12/23/2015 00:00 ||
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As per DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS + WORLDNEWS.COM Sanjin District, Helmand Province is repor all but under complete Taliban control.
WHY SEND UK FORCES TO SANJIN IFF THE POST-MULLAH OMAR AFGHAN TALIBAN ARE GOING TO BE THE BAMMER'S = USA'S NEW BFF AGZ ISIS/ISIL IN AFGHANISTAN OR AFPAK LIKE BABY ASSAD + RUSSIA IN SYRIA???
* See RELATED WORLD NEWS > [Independent.UK] AFGHAN CALLS FOR NATO AID AS TALIBAN CLAIM CAPTURE OF SANGIN.
* SAME > SIEGE OF SANGIN: TAILBAN AIM TO SHOW IMPOTENCE OF [Obama/US-supported, trained] AFGHAN ARMY.
As in Syria [Syria-Iraq], only Anti-US Putinist Russia + Iran can defeat the ISIS/ISIL + save Afghanistan once-n-forevar???
A remote-controlled roadside bomb blast ripped through a convoy of vehicles belonging to the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in northern Mogadishu on Tuesday.
Good thing Somalia is no longer a failed state...
Eyewitnesses said the AU soldiers opened indiscriminate fire at crows nearby the scene of bomb attack that destroyed a water tank at an area between Arbiska and Aimiska in Mogadishu’s Yaqshid district.
No group has claimed the responsibility for the IED attack, but Al shabaab has been known for carrying such targets against the AU and SNA military vehicles in Mogadishu.
AMISOM did not comment on Tuesday’s bomb attack in Mogadishu.
MARKA, Somalia -- Al Shabaab guerrilla operations commander has been reported killed in suspected United States drone strike on Tuesday, Garowe Online reports.
Pic at the link shows some Shaboobs carrying an ISIS flag. Not sure if the newly deceased former number three had turned to them...
Residents of the five Americas, a small vicinity near Lower Shabelle regional district of Kurtunwarey confirmed that militants closed drone-hit areas to the public.
The killed commander was identified as Abu Utayba, with other sources saying other terror commanders might have been targeted in the strike. Details remain patchy, and Garowe Online couldn’t reach officials with explicit knowledge of the drone attack for comments.
Officials at National Security Ministry said, the incident is being investigated.
A Sufi shrine at the central Tripoli Bu Mishmasha cemetery was destroyed early this morning in a bomb explosion. No one was hurt.
It is not known if the attack, which occured before dawn, was carried out by Salafists or by supporters of Ansar Al-Sharia or the so-called Islamic State. All are violently opposed to such shrines.
Since the revolution, almost all the major Sufi shrines have been destroyed by militants. Only a few small ones remain.
The attack comes a day ahead of Mawlid Al-Nabi, the Prophet’s Birthday, and it is thought that the two may be connected. Salafists and militants are strongly opposed to it as well although, unlike previous years, there has been no call as yet from the Sharia Research and Studies in Tripoli for people to ignore it.
The festival is popular in Tripoli and for several days young people have been letting off fireworks to celebrate it.
This year, with Mawlid coinciding with Christmas, artificial decorative trees of the sort more usually associated with the Christian festival, are also selling well in the capital.
IS has announced that it has set up a new police force in Sirte. The terrorist group has released video footage which opens with a shot showing a parade of men in smart blue uniforms with police flashes on their left shoulders.
All are wearing black balaclavas and most carry Kalashnikovs. They are ranked in front of a line of shiny new white Toyota trucks. Their leader speaks to them with a pronounced Tunisian accent.
Later shots in the film show the gunmen on patrol, receiving a cheery wave from one of the few men on the streets. A sequence showing two police vehicles parked on either side of a wide intersection, contains some remarkably un-Libya motoring, as drivers in the sparse traffic edge their way cautiously through the junction, under the watchful gaze of the gunmen.
Security raids in several cities of the Kingdom led to the arrest of 11 Jihadists suspected for plotting terrorist attacks on the New Year, security services told media on Monday. The 11 suspects among students, unemployed, vendors, local manufacturers were arrested in the cities of Fes, Moulay Yacoub, Sefrou, Taounate and Missour on Monday.
Moroccan local daily Assabah in its Tuesday publication indicates that the suspects were arrested in terrorist attack preventive operations coordinated by judicial police and National Territory Surveillance Direction (DST). Security forces during the raids seized CDs, computers, flash disks which will be subject to investigations.
The suspects according to forces were plotting attacks on the New Year.
Security and judicial authorities also added that some of the suspects were already known to security forces as they belonged to Salafia jihadia; a terrorist organization affiliated to al-Qaeda. The organization is believed responsible for Casablanca coordinated terrorist attacks which killed 33 people on May 16, 2003.
Saudi air defence systems shot down a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, state media reported.
The missile, fired late on Monday night, was intercepted on a trajectory towards the Saudi city of Jizan, Saudi Arabia's state news agency SPA quoted a coalition spokesman as saying.
A source in Jizan said there was no sign of any attack in Jizan Economic City, where a refinery and oil terminal are under construction, some 80km north of the city of Jizan and about 150km from the border with Yemen.
Saudi Aramco said all its facilities in the area were ‘in safe and normal operations.’
Yemen’s national army and resistance in Sanaa governorate have completed preparations for an offensive to expel coup rebels with the help of the Arab coalition and other pro-regime forces, the governor of Sanaa has said.
“Liberating Sanaa from the coup militias is our next target…we are ready for this battle,” Sheikh Abdul Qawi Shareef told the Saudi daily Okaz.
“The national army and the resistance are now ready to carry out a plan to restore legitimacy in the capital and eliminate challenges facing its residents.”
Qawi said the army and resistance have seized some areas in the governorate over the past days and that the Iranian-backed insurgents have suffered heavy losses.
“Many of them were killed or wounded while a large number of their military vehicles were destroyed…the morale of their fighters is in shambles.”
Qawi said they have received instructions from Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to “preserve the property of the people and help them.”
“We also have instructions to welcome and help anyone who comes to us and abandons those militias…the army and the resistance are part of the people and will never target any civilian who come to them,” he said.
Yemen’s coup rebels are hiding their weapons at diplomatic missions and houses of foreign diplomats in Sanaa after most of those diplomats left the capital because of the war, a UAE newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The Arabic language daily Albayan quoted residents in the rebel-controlled Sanaa as saying they saw armored vehicles and trucks carrying arms and ammunition entering diplomatic compounds in the capital after they were evacuated and shut.
“Witnesses said they saw many trucks and armored vehicles going into diplomatic missions to hide the weapons there,” it said.
It said the move by the Iranian-backed Houthis and forces loyal to deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh came after their military positions were targeted by the Arab coalition warplanes as part of a military campaign to quell the coup and restore legitimacy.
It quoted residents as saying the armored vehicles stayed inside those compounds while the trucks left empty after unloading the weapons.
“One resident said he saw some trucks unloading their shipments inside the houses of foreign diplomats who left the country,” it said.
Most ambassadors and other foreign diplomats in Yemen shut their missions and left the country following the Iranian-backed coup last year.
DUBAI: Forces loyal to Yemen’s government fought their way into the province surrounding the capital on Monday, tribal sources said, the closest they have advanced toward Sanaa since the Houthi movement seized it in September last year.
The advance comes despite a conditional agreement to extend a seven-day truce in Yemen, following a week of UN-sponsored peace talks in Switzerland in which the parties reached a broad framework for ending the nine-month-old war that has killed nearly 6,000 people.
“(President Abed Rabbo Mansour) Hadi’s forces took control of two mountains in the Nihm district in Sanaa province,” one tribal source said. The area is about 60 km northeast of the capital.
UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed had voiced deep concern at “numerous reports of violations of the cessation of hostilities” and set up a mechanism to strengthen compliance, a UN statement said.
The peace talks are scheduled to resume on Jan. 14. The location had yet to be set, although both Switzerland and Ethiopia are possible venues.
The parties also agreed to set up a military de-escalation committee and to develop a package of confidence building measures such as prisoner releases.
Before dawn Monday, Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired from Yemen into the southern Jazan district, the coalition said.
Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said diplomatic efforts are being made to open “direct dialogue” between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
“Diplomatic efforts are underway between Iran and Saudi Arabia to prepare the ground for direct dialogue to resolve differences and regional issues,” Hossein Jaber, ministry spokesman, Ansari told reporters in Tehran.
DUBAI: UAE security authorities have seized an Iranian ship that was smuggling drugs and people, the state WAM news agency said on Tuesday.
WAM said the ship’s captain was trying to smuggle “big amounts of drugs and two Iranian nationals through the Khaled port in the emirate of Sharjah.”
Separately, six people are on trial in the UAE on charges of providing supplies to the country’s enemies from the Iran-allied Houthi movement in Yemen, WAM said.
“Six Arab defendants, including a Gulf citizen, are on trial on charges of providing the terrorist Houthi movement in Yemen with communication devices and equipment,” WAM said.
The Emirati public prosecutor accused them of giving the Houthis “communications devices and chemical materials,” without elaborating, according to WAM. One of the defendants managed Houthi funds in the UAE, the prosecutor said.
A missile fired from war-torn Yemen has struck a Saudi border city, killing three civilians, the Kingdom said, in yet another violation of a ceasefire aimed at helping peace talks.
Saturday's attack on Najran left one Saudi citizen and two Indian workers dead, according to a civil defence spokesman quoted by the official SPA news agency. India's consul-general in Jeddah, B.S. Mubarak, confirmed that two Indians from the southern state of Tamil Nadu were killed in the attack near a museum on the edge of Najran.
\The latest incident comes after the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen announced that two ballistic missiles were fired on Friday at the Kingdom from its neighbor. One of the missiles was intercepted by Saudi air defences, while the other struck a desert area east of Najran, the coalition said without reporting any casualties in that incident.
The attack had prompted Saudi Arabia's border guard to repeat a warning that residents should stay away from the frontier.
Six Arab defendants, including a Gulf citizen, have stood trial in Abu Dhabi on charges of providing the terrorist Houthi movement in Yemen with communication devices and equipment.
The public prosecutor at the State Security Circuit of the Federal Supreme Court accused the defendants of supplying communication devices and chemical materials to the terrorist organisation in Yemen. The public prosecutor charged the second defendant with managing funds owned by the organisation and investing them in a company he established in the UAE.
"His motives were unclear"
A driver screaming "Allahu Akbar!" (Arabic for "God is great") appeared to deliberately mow down about a dozen pedestrians in the French city of Dijon before being arrested on Sunday, officials said.
The driver, who was in his forties, hit groups of pedestrians in five parts of the eastern city before being arrested, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior said on French television. Eleven people in all were injured, two of them seriously, officials said.
According to testimonies on the scene, the driver also invoked "the children of Palestine"' to explain his actions, the ministry's spokesman said. France's Interior Ministry Spokesman Pierre Henry Brandet said "the man acted alone," and that the suspect was known to police for crimes committed in the 1990s. A day earlier, French police in a Tours suburb shot and killed a man also shouting "Allahu Akbar" who had stabbed and wounded three officers in a police station. "we're investigating his motives"
It is true that not all Muslims are terrorists. However, virtually all terrorists are Muslim.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
12/23/2015 11:56 Comments ||
Keep pushing, you bastards, and you'll find the Germans are not the only ones capable of a holocaust.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
12/23/2015 11:58 Comments ||
That is a good argument for the shutting down of travel from Islamic countries where there is radical Islamic terrorism for awhile. That should give the Western countries time to know who they have in-country and clean up their domestic terrorism problem.
U.S. officials prevented a British Muslim family from flying to Disneyland for a planned holiday.
"Creasy’s office told ...She complained that officials who kept the family — two brothers and their nine children — from boarding provided no information and said she had hit “a brick wall” seeking information about the case."
[AnNahar] A jihadist attack plot was foiled and two men incarcerated ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... last week in the French region of Orleans, southwest of Gay Paree, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Tuesday.
"A planned attack targeting representatives of state forces in the Orleans region was foiled last week by the DGSI (La Belle France's internal intelligence agency)," Cazeneuve said.
The two men arrested on December 19 are French citizens aged 20 and 24, he said. The older has a police record for petty crime.
A police source told AFP that one was originally from Morocco and the other from Togo.
They were "in contact with a French jihadist in Syria and the investigation ought to establish if he ordered the attacks that one of the two arrested men has admitted they were planning to carry out against soldiers, police and representatives of the state," said Cazeneuve.
"These arrests are the result of meticulous work by our intelligence services and bring the number of attacks foiled on the national territory since 2013 to 10," he added.
He also said that 3,414 people had been turned away from La Belle France's borders since a state of emergency was introduced in the wake of last month's Gay Paree attacks, which left 130 people dead.
They were refused entry "due to the risk they present to security and public order," said Cazeneuve.
La Belle France took back control of its national borders on the night of the attacks on November 13, which is permitted under European rules in special circumstances.
Police also announced plans on Tuesday to hold a special recruitment drive and exams in March that will help meet the government's goal of appointing an additional 5,000 trainees in the coming year.
[AlAhram] Police in Bosnia have detained 11 people suspected of links 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.... group and its faceless myrmidons fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Police said Tuesday the operation, launched on the orders of the state prosecutor's office, was continuing in 13 locations in the wider area of Sarajevo.
The prosecutor's office said in a statement the operation is targeting 15 suspects who have been investigated for "incitement of and recruitment for terrorist attacks" and are believed to be in "close contact" with the Islamic State group holy warriors, including persons fighting in Syria and Iraq.
During the search of locations used by suspects, including two places of worship and several private homes, police found and seized evidence confirming such links, the statement added.
Posted by: trailing wife ||
12/23/2015 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Islamic State
Apparently the Bosnian police may have headed off an impending attack on Sarajevo as well.
[Rudaw] Turkish security forces evacuated some 500 residents in several towns in the country's Kurdish southeast, as festivities continued on Tuesday and the military said it had killed two more rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and lost one soldier.
The official Anadolu Agency reported that residents of Silopi in Sirnak province were sheltered at a sports hall before being transferred to the homes of relatives in calmer districts.
It said a Turkish soldier was killed along with two PKK fighters in an operation in the village of Olek in Bitlis province on Tuesday.
Local media reports said that some homes in Silopi sustained heavy damage from festivities, which have continued across The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... since the military launched a crackdown on the PKK in late July, shattering a fragile peace deal with the Kurds that had been two years in the making.
[Hurriyet] Two female hard boyz were killed on early Dec. 22 during festivities with counter-terrorism police in Istanbul as a part of an operation against hard boyz responsible for an kaboom in central Istanbul early December.
Istanbul counter-terrorism police conducted an operation in Istanbul's Gaziosmanpasa district around 2:30 a.m. to apprehend hard boyz responsible for the Dec. 1 kaboom near the central Bayrampasa metro station.
Armed conflict erupted when hard boyz inside a cell house responded to police fire. Two unidentified female hard boyz were killed in the raid while four coppers were slightly injured and later reported to be in good condition.
In the aftermath of the festivities, police seized a bomb set-up, hand grenades and various weapons inside the raided cell-house. Another operation targeting hard boyz have also been reported at various cell houses.
Meanwhile, ...back at the revival hall, the SWAT team had finally arrived... locals in the neighborhood said the residents of the cell house had recently moved to the area.
[Rudaw] ERBIL, Kurdistan Region--Over the last two days US-led coalition jets hammered 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) positions in Kirkuk and djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... , killing a number of bully boys, Kurdish military officials said.
In Mosul two air strikes on houses believed to be occupied by a local ISIS commander resulted in the death of 12 civilians on Monday, Rooters reported today. Eight gunnies were also reported killed.
On Tuesday coalition jets covered a Peshmerga ground offensive against ISIS in Kirkuk.
"Peshmerga obtained intelligence on an ongoing ISIS maneuver on the front," Kamal Kirkuki, the Peshmerga commander in Western Kirkuk, ... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time... told Rudaw.
The ISIS gunnies were believed to be digging trenches and tunnels to fortify their positions in the region.
"We foiled their plots before they reached any Peshmerga posts," he added.
According to Kirkuki the air strikes killed 5 bully boys.
Posted by: trailing wife ||
12/23/2015 00:00 ||
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In Mosul two air strikes on houses believed to be occupied by a local ISIS commander resulted in the death of 12 civilians on Monday, Rooters reported today. Eight gunnies were also reported killed
OR "two airstrikes killed eight snuffies along with their harems and camp followers"
Posted by: Frank G ||
12/23/2015 8:50 Comments ||
(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations, Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahalawi, announced on Tuesday the liberation of al-Juraishi area (north of Mosul) from ISIS militants.
Mahalawi said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces managed, this afternoon, to regain full control of the area of al-Juraishi, after dismantling all explosive devices,” adding that, “[The forces] killed nine terrorists during the liberation operation, while the army’s 10th brigade controls the region and advances more into [the area].”
(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – A security source in Anbar province said on Tuesday, that an artillery force belonging to the Anti-Terrorism Forces had managed to destroy two ISIS shelters and kill six ISIS militants in the neighborhood of al-Dobat in central Ramadi.
The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “The army’s 8th brigade participated alongside the Anti-Terrorism Forces in operations to retake the neighborhoods of Ramadi from ISIS,” pointing out that, “The artillery force of the brigade supported the Anti-Terrorism Forces in the neighborhoods located in central Ramadi, by targeting the shelters and gatherings of the ISIS organization.”
The source, who requested anonymity, also added, “An Abrams tank belonging to the 8th brigade shelled one of the ISIS shelters in the southern axis of Ramadi, resulting in the killing of 6 ISIS elements.”
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – on Tuesday, the Peshmerga forces in Mosul announced, that 12 ISIS elements were killed in a rocket attack on an asphalt plant used as a hideout by the elements of ISIS in Bashiqa north of Mosul Province.
KDP spokesman in Mosul Saeed Mumozini said, “The Peshmerga forces in the center of Bashiqa north of Mosul targeted a group of ISIS elements in an asphalt plant in Bashiqa and managed to destroy it completely, killing 12 of ISIS elements.”
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Tuesday, a source in the Ministry of Interior stated, that ten people had been either killed or wounded in an explosion near a popular market west of Baghdad.
The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded near a popular market in Bakriya area west of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding nine others,” adding that, “Ambulances rushed to the area and transferred the dead body to the forensic medicine department and the wounded to a nearby hospital to receive treatment.”
(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The commander of the Rapid Intervention Forces, Gen. Tamer Ismail, announced on Tuesday the killing of 17 ISIS elements as well as the destruction of 17 shelters for the organization by a rockets attack in eastern Hasiba in Anbar Province.
Ismail said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A force belonging to the Rapid Intervention Forces had managed to kill 17 ISIS elements and detonate 12 explosive devices in eastern Hasiba in Anbar,” noting that, “The Karrar Rockets Battalion was able to destroy 17 shelters and a vehicle that was carrying a mono-gun in the same area.”
Iraqi security forces advanced on Tuesday into the centre of Ramadi for a final push aimed at retaking the city they lost to the Daesh group in May, officials said.
"We went into the centre of Ramadi from several fronts and we began purging residential areas," said Sabah Al Noman, spokesman of the elite Iraqi counter-terrorism service.
"The city will be cleared in the coming 72 hours," he said.
"We did not face strong resistance, only snipers and suicide bombers and this is a tactic we expected," Noman said.
The fresh push was launched on Monday night and aims to result in the full recapture of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province in western Iraq. Footage on state TV channel Iraqiya showed soldiers driving down the deserted streets of the bombed-out city, entering homes with caution to detect possible booby traps and retrieving shells and rockets from abandoned Daesh positions.
The fighting in Ramadi is led by the elite counter-terrorism force, backed by US-led coalition air strikes and also supported by the police, army and Sunni tribes opposed to the militants.
Daesh has lost several key towns in Iraq since Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish region in the north started fighting back following the militant group's devastating offensive 18 months ago.
The Shia-dominated Hashed Al Shaabi paramilitary forces were heavily involved in battles that led to the recapture of towns such as Tikrit and Baiji, but they have remained on the fringes in the battle for Ramadi.
Retaking the city, an insurgent bastion that saw some of the deadliest fighting against US troops a decade ago, would be the Iraqi federal forces' most significant victory so far.
"We built temporary bridges on the Euphrates and our forces were able to cross the river to enter residential areas and gain access to the city centre," a brigadier general said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Daesh fighters have had plenty of time to dig in since they took full control of Ramadi on May 17 after blitzing government forces with wave after wave of car and truck bomb attacks. The militants built tunnels to move without being exposed to the coalition's daily raids, but their supply lines have been gradually severed and military officials estimated last week there were no more than 300 fighters left in the city.
The breakthrough came earlier this month when counter-terrorism forces broke down Daesh defences and retook the key southwestern neighbourhood of Al Tameem.
After beefing up their new positions, Iraqi military leaders had said a final push was imminent and leaflets urging the population to flee were dropped over the weekend.
"The distance between our forces and the governmental compound, which is located in the central district of Hoz, is less than a kilometre", said the brigadier general.
The provincial headquarters is believed to be one of the main Daesh bases in the city, and was at the heart of deadly fighting earlier this year.
Every society has its asses. Thank goodness this lot didn't actually kill anyone.
[IsraelTimes] 2 smoke grenades thrown into home near Ramallah where a couple and their 9-month-old baby boy were sleeping; family unharmed
A Paleostinian family was attacked with smoke grenades early Tuesday morning in their West Bank home in what police are investigating as a suspected Jewish bad boy attack.
The attackers broke a window of a house in Beitillu near Ramallah, in which a couple and their 9-month-old baby boy were sleeping, and threw in the grenades. There were no injuries in the attack.
The words "Revenge" and "Greetings, prisoners of Zion" were found sprayed on the wall of an adjacent building, an apparent reference to Jewish suspects being held in connection with a deadly arson attack six months ago in the Paleostinian village of Duma.
In an interview with Army Radio, Husain al Najjar, the father, said the attack woke his family in the early hours of the morning.
"Settlers came at 1:30 at night and wrote on the wall outside and broke the glass [window]," he said. "The house is still full of gas. The neighbors came and helped get us out of house. Thank God nothing serious happened."
He claimed that the house was attacked by settlers a year ago as well, and that his neighbors have also suffered multiple attacks.
"I just want to live in quiet -- for me and all people," al Najjar said.
Security forces and officials from the Civil Administration, which governs Paleostinians in Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank, arrived at the scene along with police, who opened an investigation into the attack as a suspected "nationalistic crime."
The attack in Duma on July 31 killed three members of a Paleostinian family. Only one member of the Dawabsha family -- four-year-old Ahmed -- survived the attack, and remains hospitalized in Israel. The 18-month-old baby Ali was killed on the night of the attack, while parents Riham and Sa'ad gave up the ghost in the succeeding weeks.
An unspecified number of Jewish suspects have been incarcerated Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! in connection with the attack, which is being investigated as an act of terrorism, and prosecutors say they are preparing to indict them. Details of the investigation, and the identity of the suspects, have been withheld from publication by a court-imposed gag order.
On Monday, dozens of right-wing protesters attempted to block a highway leading into Jerusalem, but were prevented from doing so by law enforcement officers, a police spokesperson said.
Violence broke out on Sunday night during a similar, but larger demonstration by right-wing activists in the same area, under Jerusalem's Chords Bridge, to protest the ongoing incarceration of suspects in the case.
[VOX] In a lengthy London Review of Books piece, Hersh says that the top leaders of the Pentagon deliberately subverted American policy toward Syria, sabotaging US efforts to aid Syrian rebels and even sending US intelligence to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. From fall 2013 to September 2015, he says, US military leaders effectively conducted a secret alliance with Assad and with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they saw as their best allies in fighting ISIS.
It is a fantastic and stunning claim. And Hersh, rather than condemning this all as what would appear to be the highest act of treason in modern American history, rather seems to portray it as necessary and appropriate. But, much as with Hersh's now-notorious bin Laden story, it is backed up with no evidence beyond the word of one anonymous "former senior adviser" to the Joint Chiefs.
What follows is a simple guide to Hersh's theory: what he says happened, what the article states, and how it squares with what we know.
Continued on Page 49
Very believable if you delete the DoD subversion piece and replace it with a regime PR 'offset' and plausible deniability. Kerry indicated out of the blue last week that 'Assad's removal or regime change [paraphrasing here] was NOT an administration goal.'
The Obama regime will go to great lengths in order to avoid admitting mistakes or errors in judgement or strategy. Pinning the rose on DoD thru a Hersh conspiracy theory with a bit of truth, a bit of bullshi* is a convenient segue to deniability.
Once more you see a "journalist" pushing the lie that Abu Ghraib was some sort of exposè. The Army announced the charges at the daily briefing, months before the press showed any interest, and the photos were fed to the press by lawyers for the accused, along with the lie that they were following an example or policy.
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
12/23/2015 9:40 Comments ||
From the article linked by Pappy:
The four core elements of Obamaâs Syria policy remain intact today: an insistence that Assad must go; that no anti-IS coalition with Russia is possible; that Turkey is a steadfast ally in the war against terrorism; and that there really are significant moderate opposition forces for the US to support.
Any intelligent person who has been following the situation understands that each of the four core elements of Obama's policy are as stated by Hersh, and that each is not realistic.
We can insist Assad must go, but if he doesn't, what then? We have no backup plan.
Refusing to work with Russia against IS means that we fight with one arm tied behind us. There are indeed certain parts of our foreign policy that align with Russia's; this is one of them.
Erdogan is duplicitous and is focused on building a Greater Turkey. That is not necessarily in our interests, just as it certainly isn't in Russia's interests.
Finally, Hersh is correct: there are no 'moderates' in the region other than the Kurds; the Kurds are behaving reasonably only because they can't get away with behaving the way they'd like to behave. We spent a lot of money and time trying to build up 'moderate' forces that are simply not viable. The Russians see that and wonder why we can't admit a mistake.
Gads, I'm in at least partial agreement with Seymour Hersh.
Posted by: Steve White ||
12/23/2015 9:47 Comments ||
Hersh, regardless of his "anonymous source", weaves a cogent narrative. On more then one occasion Assad has cryptically spoke of receiving US intel. It also may not be a huge leap to speculate that the Pentagon's IG probe into DIA "disorted ISIS claims" is a shot across the bow. My assumption here is the author of this article is on the Obama propaganda speed dial.
Pappy, good link. Thank you. This talk of treason is smoke and misdirection. The alternative to pencilneck is ISIL. Choice of the lesser of the two evils is obvious. 0bama is clearly way out of depth. Where is Congress?
Posted by: Sven the pelter ||
12/23/2015 13:49 Comments ||
Of course the anointed one did not fail, the chairman of the joint chiefs betrayed everyone.
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
12/23/2015 15:16 Comments ||
So does this mean the US = Obama Admin includ US SecState Jaawhn Kerry will soon be BFF wid the Afghan or AFPAK Taliban???
The US surrendered like France to Putin + Russia over letting Baby Assad stay in power until further notice in Syria, SO WHY NOT DITTO ALA THE ANTI-ISIS/ISIL TALIBUNNIES???
HASAKAH – Clashes broke out on Tuesday evening between western-backed Kurdish-Arab-Christian alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and pro-Assad troops in the northeastern province of Hasakah, military sources reported.
“The clashes broke out after pro-Assad militias attacked our (SDF) positions in the Arisha district in southern Hasakah,” a spokesman for the SDF told ARA News.
The Kurdish-Arab-Christian joint forces have been preparing to attack the terror group of Islamic State (ISIS) in Shaddadi city south of Hasakah from their headquarters in the Arisha district.
“By attacking our headquarters in Arisha, pro-Assad militias aim to serve ISIS terrorists,” the spokesman said.
At least four SDF fighters were injured during the clashes, while one militant of the National Defense was killed.
“The pro-Assad militias were forced to retreat from the vicinity of Arisha under the blows of the SDF units,” the source reported.
The pro-Assad militia of the National Defense in Hasakah has warned earlier this week residents of the ISIS-held city of Shaddadi about a possible attack by the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG)–a leading member of the SDF.
The National Defense called on the residents of Shaddadi to take up arms and defend their city against the alleged Kurdish offensive.
Local sources in Hasakah told ARA News that the pro-Assad militia of National Defense has recruited hundreds of Arab tribal men in preparation to attack the SDF units in the province.
Noteworthy, the Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by the U.S.-led coalition’s air cover, have expelled ISIS militants from more than 220 towns and villages in northeastern Syria since the start of its operations last September. After cleansing the key town of al-Hawl on the border with Iraq from ISIS extremists, the Kurdish-Arab-Christian joint forces started heading to the ISIS-held Shaddadi city in Hasakah province.
ALEPPO – Syrian military helicopters dropped several barrel bombs on a Kurdish neighborhood in Aleppo city, causing casualties among civilians, activists reported on Tuesday.
The neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo was hit by four barrel bombs dropped by pro-regime military helicopters.
At least four Kurdish civilians were killed and ten others were heavily injured in the attack, which caused a large destruction in residential buildings in the Kurdish neighborhood.
Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) have been protecting the area against Islamist rebels of al-Nusra Front (Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda) and the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham. This is the first time for pro-Assad air force to bomb the Kurdish neighborhood with barrel bombs.
“Four dead bodies were found subsequent to the bombardment, while more than ten others were heavily wounded and transferred to a field hospital for treatment,” a medical source told ARA News in Aleppo.
The source added that activists are still searching for victims under the rubble.
The regime-led bombardment of Sheikh Maqsoud comes just few days after the YPG forces reached a ceasefire agreement with the Islamist rebels subsequent to months of heavy clashes.
KOBANE – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) bombed on Tuesday two Kurdish villages in Kobane suburb in northern Syria, local sources reported.
ISIS militants shelled the villages of Bojaq and Malha with mortars after detonating explosive devices near two primary schools there.
Kobane and its countryside have been recaptured by Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) early this year, subsequent to fierce battles with ISIS militants.
Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, YPG member Sarhad Abbas said that the targeted villages have been evacuated of civilians for security concerns.
“Our (YPG) forces have evacuated the villages of Bojaq and Malha as they are located near the battlefront with Daesh terrorists,” Abbas said, using another acronym for ISIS.
“Today’s bombardment could have caused dozens of civilian casualties if we haven’t had evacuated the targeted villages.”
Also on Tuesday, ISIS militants bombed with mortar shells a secondary school in a regime-held neighborhood of Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria. According to local activists, nine female students were killed in the attack.
The Syrian government and an opposition monitoring group say that at least nine students have been killed and several wounded by a mortar shell that shammed into their school in the northeastern city of Deir El Zour.
Syrian TV says the shell that hit the Harabesh elementary school for girls in a government-held part of the city on Tuesday was fired by "terrorists", the term the government uses for all armed groups fighting against President Bashar Al Assad's forces.
The city of Deir El Zour is divided between the Daesh and Syrian government forces.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that nine female students were killed and around 20 wounded when mortar shells fired by the IS group hit several parts of the school.
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