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North African al-Qaeda says top figure killed in ambush
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Afghanistan
Nangarhar governor's spokesperson says 68 Daesh militants killed in fresh air strikes
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] 68 Death Eaters belonging to the murderous Moslem group of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) or Daesh [Islamic State] have been killed in fresh air strikes in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province, the governor's spokesperson reported on Monday.

In an online statement, Ataullah Khogyani says the air strikes were carried out by Afghan Air Force in Abdulkhil, Bandar, Janjal Shaga, Mazdaki Darah and Kandar areas of Achin District.

He said some areas of Chaparhar District were also pounded.

According to the statement, several different types of weapons and a vehicle belonging to the group was also destroyed in the air strikes.

The statement does not specify when the air strikes were carried out but governor of Achin District said in the morning that the attacks in his districts took place last night.

Achin District is stronghold of the fanatics of ISIS in eastern part of the country.

The group has been engaged in heavy festivities with security forces and pro-government militia formed by a powerful politician Haji Zahir Qadir.

Most recently the group beheaded four members of the pro-government militia after which their four fighters were also decapitated.

Posted by: Fred || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Air Raids Causing Taliban To 'Regroup' Away From Sangin
[Tolo News] Amid a surge in threats by the Taliban in districts of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, the Afghan Special Forces have stepped up air assaults against the Lions of Islam in a bid to eliminate them from Sangin and stop them from advancing on key districts.

Taliban fighters have progressively moved in to a number of areas in the opium-rich province in the past few weeks -- a move that has raised serious concerns among the locals.

On Monday however, Afghan National Army soldiers said that following the launch of air strikes, the Taliban has systematically moved fighters from embattled Sangin district to Lashkargah -- the thriving provincial capital.

Nahr-e-Saraj, Nad-e-Ali and an area of Lashkargah have reportedly become the preferred areas for the Taliban's latest regrouping move.

But battle-weary forces - who have been fighting Lions of Islam on the frontlines for weeks - have asked the government to send in reinforcement troops and additional weapons as heavy festivities continue.

"Enemy forces are deployed around this area. People in the area say that they {Taliban} are shelling at night," an ANA soldier said.

Reports also emerged on Monday that government forces in Musa Qala district are under siege.

"Only the 3rd battalion is deployed there {Musa Qala}," said another ANA officer in Sangin.

Forces on the ground have said that the Taliban is targeting Afghan cops from residential areas.

"Last night Taliban started shelling on us from behind trees," ANA officer in Greshk said.
Posted by: Fred || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Why?

Aren't the Taliban supposed to be the US' newest BFF or BFRNF agz the ISIS in AFPAK + Central Asia???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/29/2015 23:16 Comments || Top||


Kabul Blast Victims All Civilians, Including 18 Children
[Tolo News] The Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said Monday that the suicide boom-mobile blast that rocked 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....
early Monday morning killed at least one civilian and maimed 32 others - including eighteen children.

The attack happened at about 8am on Monday morning while people were on their way to work and children on their way to school.

The group of children, believed to have been from a Madrasa - a religious school.

"Seventeen maimed were brought here including two girls and 15 boys, these are Madrasa students," Mohammad Bashir Quraishi, a doctor at Indira Gandhi hospital said.

One of the victims interviewed was Hejrat, an Afghan student attending a Madrasa. He sustained serious injuries to his face.
Posted by: Fred || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network

#1  but, it's OK, because it was done by other Muslims
Posted by: Frank G || 12/29/2015 10:48 Comments || Top||


Danishi Appeals To Govt To Order Kunduz Operation
[Tolo News] Kunduz acting-governor Hamdullah Danishi on Monday said he has appealed to the National Unity Government (NUG) to issue orders to security forces to launch an overall clearance operation to eliminate Death Eaters in Kunduz.

Danishi said that there is an urgent need for a large-scale operation but that orders have not yet been issued by government for such a move.

"The president has said that an overall operation is seriously necessary and we are preparing for the operation ,"said Danishi.

Meanwhile a number of provincial civil society activists said at a joint presser with the acting-governor and security officials that government must provide residents with security.

"People are asking for a widespread operation and if the operation is not conducted then what will people do. This is a serious demand by the people," said Zabiullah Majidi a civil society activist.
"People are ready to help security forces but people are under siege," said Haidar another civil society activist.

These comments come after President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
said during his visit in October to Kunduz province that residents can rest assured as security forces will conduct an overall clearance operation in Kunduz province in order to eliminate bully boys.

"We need people's serious cooperation to ensure Kunduz's security and we ask the residents to cooperate seriously with security forces," said Ahmad Habibi an army commander.

Reports indicate that at the moment security forces are busy with clearance operations in Dasht-e-Archi district but activists say security forces have a long way to go to clear the district of bully boys.
Posted by: Fred || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Qadir Orders His Men To Shoot At Suspicious Helicopters
[Tolo News] Zahir Qadir, the first deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Monday said in parliament that he has ordered his men to shoot at unidentified helicopters that are reportedly landing 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..
province.

"Today I announce that I have ordered my men to shoot if choppers land in Nangarhar - which are said to be rented. It must be clear who the choppers belong to," Qadir said.

"Foreign forces choppers must have permission, day and night, when taking off. But [in Nangarhar] children do not sleep, women, elders do not sleep. What is going on? Country without an owner, city without lawlessness and its name is Afghanistan," Qadir said.

This comes after reports emerged recently of unidentified helicopters landing in the province and immediately taking off after dropping off groups of unidentified passengers.

Meanwhile the Independent Human Rights Commission on Monday criticized the beheading of Daesh [Islamic State] turbans on Saturday allegedly by Zahir Qadir's men in Nangarhar province.

"This incident is a source of concern for Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission especially when human lives are concerned," said AIHRC CEO Mousa Mohammadi.

But a number of civil society activists in Nangarhar emphasized the need to stop kangaroo courts in the country.

"Government has its own principles, laws and those who are living under government illusory sovereignty must obey the system, said Lal Pachah Azmon a 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....
University lecturer.

"That was not the solution to behave in such way with those people. That is a courts decision to punish them" said Ahmad Zahir Zahir a civil society activist.

But Nangarhar provincial authorities are not expressing their views about the incident.

"Personally I am not going to comment about Zahir Qadir's men's actions but I want to point out any action which is against the law will be questioned by our judicial institutions," said Attaullah Khogyani the governor's front man.

Zahir Qadir, the first deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga recently raised concerns over Daesh [Islamic State]'s existence and announced that he has equipped 200 men to fight the myrmidons.
Posted by: Fred || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  News 11 watch out!
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 12/29/2015 10:30 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
7 wounded in bomb explosion in Bardhere town
Huge roadside bomb explosion targeting a convoy carrying government troops, has wounded at least 7 soldiers in Bardhere town in south of Somalia’s Gedo region, witnesses said.

The explosion went off near Kenyan defense forces’ camp in the town, wounding at least 3 soldiers, said, deputy police boss Guhad. Three of the seven victims reportedly to have been in critical condition, witnesses told Radio Shabelle based in Mogadishu.

Meanwhile, He said that freed aid workers are interrogated in police station in the town.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under:


Kenyan Defense Forces kill two in Mandera town
Two people were killed on Monday in Mandera town after they defied an order by Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) to stop. Three passer-by were injured in the 11am shooting.

According to Mandera County Commissioner Mr Fredrick Shisia, the two were in a Toyota Probox and were stopped by KDF personnel who he claimed had detected an explosive in the vehicle. The military personnel shot at the vehicle killing the two occupants.

“The vehicle had an explosive detected by the military and we are investigating where they were heading to,” Mr Shisia said.

He said it was unfortunate that passers-by were injured in the shooting and added that the area is prone to attacks and the KDF could not “take chances”.

The killing sparked protests in the town with locals saying the two were well known in the area. Speaking to the Nation on phone, Mandera Governor Ali Roba said the two were “ordinary passengers” and that there was no evidence of an explosive in the vehicle.

“The military claims there was an explosive device in the vehicle but the public denies this. I also went to the scene and from the ordinary look at the vehicle there was no explosive. The matter should be investigated,” he said.
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Operation to flush out Shaboobs starts along the Kenya-Somali border
The [Kenyan] Government is carrying out a massive security mob up to flush out Somali based insurgents groups, who were seemingly regrouping along the Kenya-Somali common in readiness for a major terror attacks in Kenya.

The al-Shabaab splinter group allied to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who is tasked to carry out a bloody, terror attacks inside Kenya according to the government, has current out at least 3 daring attacks on vehicles plying along the Mandera – Nairobi road killing at least 8 people including 4 security officers among them an Officer Commanding a police station (OCS).

Mandera County commissioner Fredrick Shisia who regretted that the Somali militants have renewed their terror attacks in the border county of after they have been contained for the last six month after a major shakeup was done on the top security brass in North-eastern region.

The security shakeup saw the recall of Amb Mohamud Saleh, who has in the past ended banditry menace in the region from his ambassadorial position in Saud Arabia to help with his past experience in fixing insecurity threats in the area suffering from the curse of being close to the war-torn Somalia.

Shisia disclosed the al-Shabaab hot spot areas earmarked for clean up as Fino, Omar Jillo, Arabia, Lafey and Dabacity all locations saddled arm stretch from the lawless Somalia.

The areas have been frequent attack zones for the Shabaab as they border the Somalia border terrorists attack targets and disappear to terror cells in Somalia.

On Sunday two police officers were killed, while two others were injured after the police land cruiser they were travelling in was hit with rocket propel grenade (RPG) by suspected Shabaab gunmen, who ambushed the incoming police vehicle.

In a similar incident in the area Al Shabaab gunmen opened fire on a bus, killing two people at Dabacity, Elwak sub-county not far from the porous Somalia border, a day later two KDF officers en route to Mandera were killed near the same spot.

Following the string of attacks, residents have been forced to live in fear, as the Somalia based terrorist group continue stepping up their attack campaign mainly targeting security officers and other government functionaries.

The security operation will be conducted by a combined team of the military and police officers deployed to the region to track the attackers to their hide outs at the border with Somalia.

Mandera Governor Ali Roba said that the trend of the attacks in the last two weeks has reached an alarming stage and could be precursor to a planned major series of attacks by the international outlawed insurgent armed group.

“Within the last three weeks we have had more than seven terror incidents happening in Mandera, this raises a lot of concern because of the increased movements of terror cells in the region and soon we will be talking of a spread to other areas,” said Roba.

Earlier this week, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet warned of the imminent terror by Al Shabaab insurgents and warned Kenyans to be in the watch so as not to give the terrorists a chance to cause carnage or ham among Kenyans.

Those now loyal to IS operate in the Mandera region, while the Al-Qaeda force is based in the south eastern Boni Forest district, police said.

On Saturday, a suspected Al Shabaab fighter was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) after it went off on him as he planned to plan it on a road to a dam commonly used by the security team for their patrols.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Militia in-fighting does not bode well for Tripoli-based GNA
Tunis, 28 December 2015:

There was further militia infighting in and around Tripoli last night as two of the leading Tripoli-based militias fought it out in the centre and outskirts of the capital.

Fighting broke out between the Tenth Force more popularly known as the Bashir Sadawi brigade led by Fauzi Al-Usta in Ain Zara and forces belonging to First Force of the Central Security Force linked to Hathem Tajuri.

One report says that forces loyal to Tajuri attacked one of the locations in Ain Zara occupied by Sadawi’s forces. The sound of heavy gun fire followed by the sound of ambulance sirens were heard. There are unconfirmed reports of injuries and deaths.

There are reports of road checkpoints being set up by both militias in the area of clashes.

Fighting later spread to central Tripoli in the Sidi Masri and Rixos areas.

It is also reported that the Central Support Forces of Abdulghani Al-Kikli (Ghenewa) led by Naser Khatroush attacked Tajuri’s forces en route to their headquarters in Tajura. Tajuri’s forces retaliated fighting all the way back into town as far as Rixos hotel.

The continued fighting between the various militias within Tripoli does not bode well for the international community and the Government of National Accord and their plans to establish the Faiez Serraj government safely and securely within the capital.
Posted by: badanov || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [291 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No coincidence here.

Whoever is pulling the strings with these various militias does NOT want the GNA to work.

Perfect timing to disrupt the process...too perfect
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 12/29/2015 0:04 Comments || Top||


North African al-Qaeda says top figure killed in ambush
Some days you get the bear, some days the bear gets you...
The North African affiliate of al-Qaida says one of its leading figures has been killed in an ambush by Algerian soldiers.

Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, says that Abu al-Hassan Rachid al-Bulaydi, head of the Sharia Committee, was killed on Friday “as a result of an insidious ambush by the apostates,” according to a statement translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

The statement said he was killed in the Tizi Ouzou region east of Algiers.

The Algerian Defense Ministry said two “dangerous terrorists” had been killed Friday in another part of Tizi Ouzou, and it wasn’t clear whether al-Bulaydi was one of the two.

AQIM leader Abdelmalek Droukdel, is thought to be holed up in the mountainous Tizi Ouzou region. AQIM is blamed for sporadic attacks on soldiers.
Posted by: badanov || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [554 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Egyptian journalist critical of state stabbed 4 times
A prominent Egyptian journalist critical of state and security authorities had been stabbed four times Friday by unknown men, reports say. Ahmed Gamal Zyada known for his attacks on the government was stabbed four times by two men as he was walking Friday night at a metro station in Giza.

His brother Mohammed published on his Facebook account that his brother who underwent surgery in a local hospital had been stabbed in the back, chest, hand and leg.

Family members and friends claims the attack was an assassination attempt as the two thugs did not robbed Zyada of his properties in the attack, leaving his cell phone and money.

Zyada has been in the target of security forces as according to his brother Mohammed, he was warned his criticism of the government would leave him in a ‘bad position’.

Zyada was arrested in December 2013 and spent more than year in prison after security forces arrested him at al-Azhar University while he was taking photographs of clashes between security forces and protestors. He told Middle East Eye after his released that that he was tortured on regular basis and beaten for smuggling out letters. He also told the media that despite fear and menace, he will not keep silent and will continue writing.

“I’m not going to lie, pretend that I’m a hero and say I don’t feel fear. I am afraid, but I’m not going to be silent. I am not going to stop exposing what is going on here in Egypt … a country ruled by the army and by fear.”

Working as reporter in Egypt has been come a tall order, with government and judicial system tightening rules and cracking down of reports opposite to official accounts. Reports and human right activists are regularly summoned and locked up for criticising security, government officials.

In November, Hossam Bahgat, an investigative journalist was arrested and released after Egyptian intelligence service summoned him for publishing false news.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [148 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
Two New Suicide Blasts in NE Nigeria, up to 30 Dead
[ALMANAR.LB] Twojacket wallah'> exploding trollop female suicide bombers struck a market in the northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
n state of Adamawa on Monday, an army official said, with a local community leader giving a toll of at least 30 killed.

The military chief in Adamawa state, Brigadier-General Victor Ezugwu, confirmed the twin suicide kabooms in the town of Madagali but did not give a toll.

Madagali sits close to the border of Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
stronghold Borno state and has been repeatedly attacked by the "jihadists" in their quest to establish an independent ISIL in Africa's most populous nation.

"The two female bombers killed at least 30 people in the twin blasts in the market," Maina Ularamu, a community leader and former chairman of Madagali local government, told AFP.

In August last year, Boko Haram seized Madagali, prompting an exodus of residents to the state capital of Yola.

Since then, the Nigerian military has clawed back Madagali in a series of military victories against the turban group, winning territory across Borno, Adawama and Yobe states.

In a defiant show of strength, Boko Haram rebels have staged a wave of attacks in the final days before Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's self-imposed deadline to exterminate the group expires on December 31.

Between Sunday and Monday morning the holy warriors launched suicide and gun attacks on the key northeast city of Maiduguri in Borno state, killing 22 people and injuring scores of others.

Earlier this week, Buhari had said the Nigerian government had "technically" defeated Boko Haram and reduced their capacity to attack, yet the latest bloodshed the holy warriors remain capable of causing mass carnage.
Posted by: Fred || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Yemeni Forces Target Saudi Battleship off Mokha Coast
[ALMANAR.LB] Yemeni army and popular committees have succeeded in attacking a Saudi-led coalition battleship off the coast of Mokha on Sunday.

The Yemeni forces launched a ballistic Qaher 1 missile at a Saudi National Guard camp in the Ariseh area in Najran.
But what about the Battleship? Which one was it? The Idaho? The Galactica?
A military source said the missile hit its target with high accuracy, pointing out it had targeted a gathering of military vehicles.

On the other hand, Yemeni Saba agency announced that a number of gangs leaders, affiliated with the coalition aggression forces, were killed and others were maimed in a rocket attack against their gathering at the presidential palace in Ma'rib city and Salb Mount (Jabal Salb).

Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
has been under military attacks by Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
since late March. More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since March.

The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country's facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools and factories.
Added at 1130 ET: Per Wiki, the Soddi Royal Navy has a half-dozen frigates, of two classes, one just under 5,000 tons and the other at about 2100 tons. They also have several corvettes, about nine patrol boats, and several minesweepers. All are fairly modern, and most of the ships are either US- or French-built.
Posted by: Fred || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [350 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sunk another row boat?
Posted by: 3dc || 12/29/2015 0:44 Comments || Top||

#2  And the sailors crewing that battleship were 40 meters tall.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 12/29/2015 10:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Meanwhile, NOT to be outdone by a SRBM ...

* JAPAN TIMES, YAHOO NEWS > IRAN TEST-FIRED ROCKET NEAR US CARRIER USS "TRUMAN" [USN CVN "Harry S. Truman"] OTHER SHIPS [USN, French Navale', + Commercial], ACT CALLED "HIGHLY PROVOCATIVE".

During IRAN NAVEX.

US-created Anti-US OWG Globalist Co-Superpower IRAN doing the Naval or Maritme equivalent of the TURKISH SU-24 SHOOTDOWN AGZ RUSSIA???

D ***NG IT, AND WIDOUT PUTIN = RUSSIA TOO!

AND

* SPUTNIK NEWS, WAFF > ANGRY ATHENS [Orthdox Greece] REJECTS ANKARA'S [Muslim Turkey] AEGEAN SEA, AIRSPACE CLAIMS | TURKEY, GREECE HOLD TALKS OVER AEGEAN BORDER DISPUTE.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/29/2015 22:22 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Two Dead In Bangladesh Militant Hideout Blast
[AnNahar] Two suspected followers of a banned Bangladeshi Islamist outfit were killed Monday in an kaboom outside the capital Dhaka as security forces raided a third Lion of Islam hideout in four days.

The Rapid Action Battalion launched the raid on an abandoned house at Gazipur, 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Dhaka, just after midnight, said a front man for the elite police unit.

Suspected members of Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) hurled bombs towards the raiding party before an kaboom in the building. Two bodies were later recovered.

"We shot up them after a law enforcer was injured as the JMB snuffies hurled an IED (improvised bomb) at our officers when we surrounded the house," said RAB front man Major Rumman Mahmud.

"After we shot several rounds of bullets we heard an kaboom inside the den. Later we found two bodies lying on the floor," he told AFP.

Unwent kaboom! IEDs, grenades, a pistol, bullets and JMB propaganda leaflets were found at the premises.

It was the third raid on a suspected myrmidon hideout in four days as security forces intensify a hunt for Lions of Islam following a series of deadly attacks on foreigners as well as an attack at a mosque at a naval base.

The raid came hours after three alleged JMB snuffies were locked away
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
in the port city of Chittagong. Police found a modern assault rifle, a huge cache of bullets, bomb-making equipment and army uniforms during the operation.

"The worst part of our concern is they have local military fatigues, which makes it harder for the police to monitor their movement," Chittagong Metropolitan Police Commissioner Abdul Jalil Mandal told AFP.

Last Thursday police raided a multi-storey building in Dhaka's Mirpur suburb and arrested seven suspected JMB men after a 15-hour operation. Police said they recovered hand grenades and jacket wallahs' vests.

The high-profile raids and arrests have raised fears Islamist snuffies have regrouped a decade after they carried out a series of bombings.

The nationwide blasts coincided with the launch of a campaign to introduce Sharia law in the Muslim-majority but officially secular nation.

In recent months a string of attacks and murders of foreigners, secular bloggers, publishers, Sufi leaders, Shiites and Ahmadi Muslims were claimed by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group.

The government has denied that IS has a presence in Bangladesh while police blame homegrown myrmidon group JMB for the recent violence.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/29/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh


India-Pakistan
IS cell busted in Sialkot, claim officials
LAHORE: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed on Monday that it had busted a cell of the militant Islamic State group operating in Sialkot, arrested eight suspects and seized weapons, explosives and laptops, as well as a large number of compact discs containing publicity material.

Investigators claimed that the suspects had taken an oath to “overthrow democracy and introduce Khilafat in Pakistan through armed struggle”. The suspects arrested by CTD belong to different districts of Punjab, but Sialkot served as the base of their operations. They had already established infrastructure in the district to carry out operations across the country.

It was, however, not clear when did the CTD bust the cell. The FIR was lodged on Monday.

Three of the suspects have received “militant training”, according to documents detailing their interrogation.

The operation, the first of its kind in the country, enabled the CTD to break the network and infrastructure of the group anywhere in Pakistan. The CTD has already shifted the suspects to an unspecified “highly secure place”.

Suspects got militant training and vowed to overthrow democracy
Interrogations show that the suspects were trying to extend their network to other parts of Punjab through recruitment.

They have been identified as Jawad Ahmad aka Abu Hafs, Amir Sohail, Ijaz Ahmad, Adnan Babar aka Danu Kabarria, Saeed Ahmad aka Abuzar, Yasir Ali, Hamza Imtiaz, and Waqas Ahmad.

Originally the suspects belonged to Jamaatud Dawa, but later joined the IS.

The arrested members of the IS had been communicating with one another through social media and Skype to avoid arrests.

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Initial investigations into the case reveal that the suspects were also involved in recruitment and collection of funds for the group.

“The suspects dislike democracy in Pakistan while they hate police and Pakistan Army,” official documents said.

“In order to persuade other people to join their organisation, they would show them some video clips in which the Rangers were seen shooting a young man in Karachi. The prime objective of the IS men was to fan hatred against the country’s law enforcement agencies (LEAs).”

Interrogations have revealed that IS chief Abu-Bakr Baghdadi had appointed Hafiz Saeed Khan as the group’s Emir in ‘Khorasan’ (areas comprising Iran and some parts of Afghanistan) and proposed him as Emir for Pakistan too.

The investigators believe that the suspects also planned to launch attacks against LEAs.

According to CTD investigations, the suspects were indoctrinated and recruited by two brothers — Babar Butt aka Abu Akasha and Nadeem Butt.

“They had sworn allegiance to Khalifa al Baghdadi and joined IS in Daska tehsil of Sialkot district in June this year,” the documents revealed.

The documents say Abu Akasha had facilitated contacts between the suspects and a Pakistan national, Abu Muavia Salfi, who was in charge of Pakistani militants in Syria.

The interrogations show that Waqas aka Rizwan, also member of the IS from Sialkot, had been killed in clashes with the Syrian forces.

Published in Dawn, December 29th, 2015
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Iraq
5 ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrike in Anbar
(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – On Monday, a security source in Anbar province said, that 5 ISIS elements had been killed in an aerial bombing by the international coalition west of Ramadi.

The source, who requested anonymity, reported for IraqiNews.com, “Warplanes of the international coalition bombed a gathering for ISIS elements that was preparing to execute two hostages in the area of al-Dailab in the district of Heet,” adding that, “The bombing resulted in the death of five ISIS elements.”

Another 20 killed in airstrikes
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4 ISIS militants die in drone attack in Nineveh
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A local source in Nineveh province said on Monday, that four militants belonging to ISIS, including a senior leader, had been killed in a drone strike north of the province.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a drone belonging to the international coalition targeted a vehicle for the ISIS elements in the neighborhood of al-Muthanna in northern Nineveh, resulting in the death of those inside it, including a senior leader called Muthanna al-Afri.”

“The ISIS elements transferred the bodies to the forensic medicine department,” the source added.
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7 Iraqis die in ISIS attack in Diyala
(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – A local source in Diyali province said on Sunday, that seven security elements of the police and al-Hashed al-Sha’bi had been either killed or wounded in a militant attack northeast of Baqubah.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Militants suspected of belonging to ISIS attack, this morning, joint security posts in the surrounding area of Tawakol Village in the district of al-Maqdadiyah (35 km northeast of Baqubah), resulting in the death of two policemen and one element of al-Hashed al-Sha’bi, in addition to injuring four others from the police.”

“The security authorities cordoned off the area and began an investigation to track down the perpetrators,” the source added.
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Kurd artillery pounds ISIS positions: 11 dead
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – On Monday, the Kurdistan Democratic Party announced, that 11 elements of ISIS were killed in an artillery bombardment carried out by the Peshmerga forces north of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).

The Kurdistan Democratic Party’s spokesperson in Mosul Saeed Mamouzini said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, the artillery of the Peshmerga forces shelled a convoy of four vehicles belonging to ISIS organization in Tilkaif District (60 km north of Mosul), killing 11 elements of the organization and destructing the four vehicles completely.”

Noteworthy, ISIS organization has imposed its control over the city of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad) in the tenth of June 2014, while extended its activities to several provinces and regions.
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ISIS executes 3 women by “biter” in central Mosul
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – On Monday, the Kurdistan Democratic Party announced, that ISIS has executed three women for not wearing hijab in central Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad), while emphasized that the death sentence was carried out in public using a “biter”.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party’s spokesperson in Mosul Saeed Mamouzini said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today, ISIS organization has executed three women in the city of Mosul for not wearing hijab.”

Mamouzini added, “ISIS carried out the execution publicly in Bab Tob area using a biter,” pointing out that, “The biter is used by the organization as a punishment for those who violate the laws of hijab and clothing.”
Posted by: badanov || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [563 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is a biter a snake?
Posted by: 3dc || 12/29/2015 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Here's what a biter is like. Apparently it must be Islamic, but don't tell 0bean that. It goes against the narrative.
Posted by: gorb || 12/29/2015 1:17 Comments || Top||

#3  I kinda had the feeling I didn't want to know what a biter was and now I am sure...

UGH
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 12/29/2015 3:52 Comments || Top||

#4  I read the article.

The only way to treat ISIS is the same way you treat rabid animals, you put them down ASAP.
Posted by: AlanC || 12/29/2015 9:31 Comments || Top||

#5  I am beginning to think that ISIS is the largest single congregation of sociopaths, serial rapists, serial killers, and social malcontents in history.

Their recruiting can only appeal to someone who is unhinged with the promotion of beheadings, stonings, physical and sexual abuse, abject cruelty, and rape. If that is the their theme and it resonates with the recruits...I'd say the recruits are seriously mentally disturbed.

Of course, in my mind it is hard to separate the Muslim fanatic from the Muslim sociopath on behavior alone.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 12/29/2015 21:09 Comments || Top||

#6  "Killed by Biter", as opposed to being physically mutilated > any relation to the Shaolin "Flying Guillotine"???

Instead of being cut off wid a finely sharp scimatr or other, the human head includ parts of the upper spine is just gripped and violently ripped off???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/29/2015 22:09 Comments || Top||


Iraq Declares Ramadi Liberated from ISIL
[ALMANAR.LB] Iraq declared the city of Ramadi liberated from ISIL terrorist group on Monday and raised the national flag over its government complex after clinching a landmark victory against the "jihadists."

Fighters brandishing rifles danced in the Anbar quiet provincial capital as top commanders paraded through the streets after recapturing the city they lost to ISIL in May.

Pockets of Death Eaters may remain but the army said it no longer faced any resistance and that its main task was to defuse the countless bombs and traps ISIL left behind.

"Ramadi has been liberated and the armed forces of the counter-terrorism service have raised the Iraqi flag above the government complex," Brigadier General Yahya Rasool announced on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
The former government headquarters in Ramadi was the epicenter of the fighting but Iraqi forces did not rush in when ISIL pulled out because the entire area was rigged.

"ISIL has planted more than 300 bombs on the roads and in the buildings of the government complex," said Brigadier General Majid al-Fatlawi of the army's 8th division.

Several local officials said ISIL used civilians as human shields to escape the battle when it became clear their last stand in Ramadi was doomed.

A senior army commander told AFP that his forces were still sweeping the outskirts of the city for potential pockets of Lion of Islams.

ISIL had an estimated force of around 400 fighters to defend central Ramadi a week ago. It is not clear how many were killed and how many were able to pull back to positions outside the city.
Posted by: Fred || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [215 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Capturing something from a bunch of insurgents is relatively easy. HOLDING it is something else entirely.
Posted by: Frozen Al || 12/29/2015 12:00 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF arrests 4 wanted Hamas activists in West Bank raids
[IsraelTimes] Military conducts pre-demolition survey at home of Paleostinian attacker, day after he stabs IDF soldier in Jerusalem

Israel Defense Forces soldiers and Border Police officers nabbed
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
four wanted suspects during operations in the West Bank overnight Sunday.

The four men, all activists in the Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, terrorist organization, were nabbed from areas around Nablus and Hebron. They were handed over to security officials for questioning.

Also overnight, IDF military engineers conducted a pre-demolition survey at the home of Paleostinian attacker Said Farouq Mahmoud Kanabaz, in the Eizariya neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

Kanabaz lightly injured an IDF soldier in a stabbing attack Sunday outside the central bus station in the capital.

A security guard who witnessed the stabbing fired at the Paleostinian assailant, who surrendered to him and was then arrested, police said.

Paramedics administered first aid to the victim, 21, who suffered a stab wound in his shoulder, and evacuated him to a hospital in the city, police and rescue services said. He was released several hours later.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/29/2015 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Demolish the house with him in it
Posted by: Frank G || 12/29/2015 10:48 Comments || Top||


Bomb, bullets concealed in East Jerusalem falafel stand
[IsraelTimes] Police raids also find submachine gun and stun grenades hidden in yard of home

Jerusalem police on Monday uncovered two pipe bombs, bullet magazines and ammunition at a falafel stand in East Jerusalem, during sweeps to find weapons in the eastern part of the capital.

Sappers removed the items from the eatery, located on Sultan Suleiman street.

The owner of the fast food stand, a resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz, was taken away for questioning.

Police said that as part of the ongoing operations against crime and terror, weapons searches were carried out at two places in East Jerusalem.

In the courtyard of a house in Ras al-Amoud, also in East Jerusalem, police found arms wrapped in plastic bags and buried in the ground. The cache included six pipe bombs, two stun grenades, a Carl Gustav submachine gun, magazines and ammunition. The home owner was enjugged
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
as a suspect in the case.

Jerusalem District Commander Moshe Edri said the police operation to uncover the weapons, which were "likely to be used for terror or criminal activities," prevented a "serious attack on innocent people and the security forces."

Officers continued to sweep the area for more weapons with a focus on Ras al-Amoud, police said.
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Palestinian anger after man shot dead at Egypt border
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Paleostinians in Gazoo and on social media have expressed outrage over the death of a naked man who was shot as he crossed from the Gazoo Strip into Egypt.

A video has spread online purporting to show the man walking in the Mediterranean surf and crossing the posts and fencing marking the border between the Paleostinian enclave and Egypt.

Egyptian guards open fire, while someone who appears to be part of the Gazook security forces appears to wave and signal to those shooting to stop because the man is mentally unstable.

Officials from Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, the Islamist movement that rules the Gazoo Strip, say he suffered from mental illness, though the father of the Gazook man has been quoted as saying he did not.

The video, taken on Thursday, later shows the man's body on the shore. The Egyptian army has so far not commented on the incident.

The hashtag "Why did they kill him?" has since spread on social media and several dozen Gazooks demonstrated on Sunday to demand Egypt return the man's body to his family.

Gazoo has been under an Israeli blockade since 2006, while its sole crossing with Egypt has been largely closed since the summer of 2013, when Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi of the Moslem Brüderbund was tossed.

Cairo accuses Hamas, which is allied with the Moslem Brüderbund, of supporting attacks in Egypt.

The blockade and the closed Egyptian border means 1.8 million Gazooks are effectively trapped inside the small enclave hit by three wars with Israel since 2008.
Posted by: Fred || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [437 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When you start to realize that you have burned every bridge...
Posted by: 3dc || 12/29/2015 0:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Hamas has been known to use children with Downs Syndrome as bombers before. And other mental conditions. (Besides Islam I mean...)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/29/2015 1:01 Comments || Top||

#3  The well of empathy for "palestinians", as with all things islamic, is dry.

You bring it on yourselves.

As said forever.
Posted by: newc || 12/29/2015 1:32 Comments || Top||

#4  "Palestinian anger after [insert incident here]" - the Middle East's version of the standing headline.
Posted by: Raj || 12/29/2015 12:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Much seething was done
Posted by: Frank G || 12/29/2015 13:05 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Is there a Uighur terror threat to southeast Asia?
[TIME] Indonesian antiterror authorities say they have broken up a plot to attack officials, churches and other targets across Indonesia. A suspected terrorist from China’s remote northwest was arrested last week in Indonesia after the nation's antiterror squad raided a house in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta.

During the December 24 raid, the police also seized an explosive device in a car and a model of a government building at the house, along with bomb-making materials. It is believed that the suspect, s Uighur man named Alli, was being trained to carry out a suicide bombing.

Police chief Badrodin Haiti said, "He’s a Uighur who was learning Indonesian, and he was a [suicide bomber] in training."

Alli is the 11th terrorist suspect arrested by the antiterror squad after a series of raids in cities across Java days before Christmas. According to the police, the crackdown, which started on Dec. 18 and was based on tips from the FBI and the Australian Federal Police, foiled a plot to attack several cities on the main islands of Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan. Among the targets were senior police officers, high-ranking officials, Christian churches and Shi'ite mosques.

Alli, along with six of the terror suspects arrested days earlier, is allegedly part of a Daesh-affiliated terror ring linked to Bahrun Naim — an Indonesian convict who has gone to Syria to fight with Daesh. The remaining four belong to Jemaah Islamiyah, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda.
Posted by: ryuge || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  If they are Muslim, the answer is YES
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 12/29/2015 0:05 Comments || Top||


Two Philippine soldiers gunned down by Abu Sayyaf
[Mindanao Examiner] Two Philippine soldiers were killed and another wounded in an attack on a marine post by Abu Sayyaf militants before dawn Monday in Sulu province. The insurgents assaulted the post in Talipao town. Marines returned fire for about 15 minutes until the militants fled.

Officials would not say how militants managed to get so close to the marine post undetected. It was the second time in two weeks that the military was attacked on its own turf. Dozens of Abu Sayyaf gunmen under Radulan Sahiron also attacked an army base in Patikul town on December 15 that left at least 5 soldiers injured.

This latest attack came barely a week after the military claimed to have killed 5 Abu Sayyaf militants under Commander Ninok Sapari in a clash in Patikul province. Village officials denied the military report and accused marines of killing an innocent civilian, Datu Kimar Amirul. They allege he was taken by the soldiers to guide them in the village and that he was eventually killed in cold blood.
Posted by: ryuge || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf


Two village security guards shot in southern Thailand
[Bangkok Post] Two men on a village security team were wounded in an armed attack in Muang district on Saturday night. While Wijin Boontharik and Anan Boontharik were returning to a village, their vehicle was attacked by militants hidden along the roadside with military-grade weapons. Mr Wijin took a bullet in his right leg while Mr Anan was hit in his ribcage. Their vehicle was riddled with bullet holes.
Posted by: ryuge || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russian warplanes hit 556 targets in Syria in past 3 days
[Ynet] Russia's air forces carried out 164 sorties in Syria in the past three days, hitting 556 targets, Lt.-Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, a department chief at Russia's Defense Ministry, told a news briefing on Monday
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [385 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hmmm, have WE flown that many sorties TOTAL?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 12/29/2015 3:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Putin not only called Obama an attacker in name only, he has also convincingly demonstrated it to be so.

Ah, but we all know the Bear lies, but Obama ... he only prevaricates.
Posted by: Bobby || 12/29/2015 8:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Fore!
Posted by: Shipman || 12/29/2015 9:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Hey, we hit 2 goats last week though.
Posted by: chris || 12/29/2015 10:14 Comments || Top||

#5  Our air war against ISIS is about one jump from mustache cursing and grimacing.

I do know that we fly very low over the ISIS positions and let them see the bombs we aren't going to drop.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 12/29/2015 21:05 Comments || Top||


SDF forces take the fight to ISIS west of Euphrates
[RUDAW.NET] The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have taken the fight to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) to the western side of the Euphrates a day after the group was forced from east of the river.

A news report by Today's Zaman on Sunday said that fighting continues on the western bank of the Euphrates as members of the SDF try to chase the ISIS faceless myrmidons from the area.

The SDF is a coalition of anti-ISIS groups of Assyrian, Arab, Kurdish and Turkmen.

The Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) group is the largest single gang in this coalition.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's has long declared west of the Euphrates a red line for the YPG, but the Kurds are a major force in the SDF advances against ISIS.

The SDF has the backing of the US and other coalition powers.

The group captured the Tishreen Dam from ISIS on Saturday as well as a strategically important bridge connecting an area divided by the Euphrates.
Posted by: Fred || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


ISIS seize several villages north Aleppo after storming rebel headquarters
[ARA] Subsequent to fierce festivities with Syrian rebel fighters, bandidos gunnies of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) seized control of several villages in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

Speaking to ARA News, commander of the Levant Front (main rebel group in Aleppo) Saleh Zein said that festivities broke out between their fighters and ISIS bandidos gunnies north of Aleppo after the latter shelled rebel headquarters with mortars and home-made bombs.

"Daesh [Islamic State] bully boyz attacked our headquarters by heavy shelling. When the festivities broke out, the bully boyz had already infiltrated into several main security centers for our rebels," Zein said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

"We were obliged to evacuate a number of villages in a bid to avoid further losses."

The radical group took over the villages of Doudiyan, Qereh Kobri and Ghazal in the northern countryside of Aleppo near the border with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
.

At least 12 rebel fighters of the Levant Front were killed in the festivities.

Leadership of the Levant Front and allied rebel factions in Aleppo held an emergency meeting subsequent to the ISIS's advance on Monday evening, in order to discuss a possible anti-ISIS operation in the coming days to regain the lost areas.
Posted by: Fred || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Al-Qaeda militants hit Syrian Kurdish city with dozens of mortars
[ARA] Militants of al-Qaeda branch in Syria, Nusra Front, bombed on Monday a Kurdish city in the Syrian northern province of Aleppo, activists reported.

Supported by the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
, Nusra holy warriors hit the Kurdish city of Afrin in northwestern Aleppo with dozens of mortar shells.

Afrin city and its countryside are under the control of the Kurdish forces of the People's Protection Units (YPG), that have been in conflict with al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and other Salafist tough guys for more than two years.

"Most of the shells hit residential neighborhoods, causing a number of casualties among civilians," local media activist Rezan Heddo told ARA News in Afrin.

"The Islamists' shelling, which took place on Monday evening, also caused a large damage in the city center and the infrastructure of Afrin," he said.

A medical source in Afrin confirmed to ARA News that several victims were pulled from the rubble of the targeted buildings.

"This is one of the fiercest terror campaigns that hit Afrin and its people," the source stressed.

In the meantime, the Kurdish forces vowed to respond to al-Qaeda holy warriors and their allies in retaliation for the civilian victims of Afrin bombardment.
Posted by: Fred || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


At Least 14 Killed in Bomb Blasts in Syria's Homs
[ALMANAR.LB] At least 14 non-combatants were killed and dozens maimed in multiple near-simultaneous terror attacks in Syria's western city of Homs Monday, state media reported.

Syrian state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
said dozens had been killed and injured in a triple kaboom in the al-Zahra neighborhood. "The preliminary toll in simultaneous terrorist kabooms that hit the city's al-Zahra neighborhood is 14 dead and 132 maimed," the television reported.

It said two kabooms caused by boom-mobiles and a blast caused by a suicide kaboomer wearing an explosives-laden belt hit Al-Zahraa's main square.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group confirmed the blasts and reported at least 32 dead.

The attack came less than three weeks after ISIL terrorist group claimed kabooms in the same neighborhood that left 16 people dead.
Posted by: Fred || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Syrian Army Advances in Daraa
[ALMANAR.LB] The Syrian army and armed forces achieved more progress on Monday in combating terrorism and its different organizations, destroying their hideouts, positions and dens as well as establishing control over others.

Aleppo

An army unit destroyed two terrorist organizations' vehicles, one equipped with heavy machine-gun in the village of Tal Msaibeen in the northern countryside of Aleppo province in parallel with targeting terrorists' supply routes in the towns of Haritan and Anadan.

A military source told SANA that another army unit inflicted heavy losses upon terrorist organizations in personnel and equipment after targeting their hideouts in al-Ameriyeh village in the southeastern countryside of the province.

In Aleppo city, an army unit destroyed al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front (Qaeda branch in the Levant) and other terrorist organizations' strongholds and movements in the neighborhoods of the Old and the New sections of the city.

ISIL terrorists' gatherings and their heavy machineguns-equipped vehicles were destroyed in the army continued operations against their positions and movements in the villages of Aisheh, Nejarah, Abu Jebarah al-Kabirah and Ein al-Baida in the northeastern countryside of the province.

The terrorists' social media websites stressed the killing of al-Nusra vocalist nicknamed Abdel-Razaq al-Hamad.

Daraa

In the southern province of Daraa, a military source confirmed that army units achieved an advance on Sheikh al-Miskin axis in the northern countryside of the province and established control over a number of terrorists' positions inside and at the surroundings of the town after eliminating large numbers of terrorists.
Posted by: Fred || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Militants, civilians evacuated from three Syrian towns
[DAWN] A rare UN-backed deal between Syria's warring sides saw hundreds of fighters and civilians evacuate three towns on Monday, as bomb kabooms in the regime-held city of Homs killed at least 19 people.

President Bashar al Assad's government has agreed to several ceasefires with rebel groups in the past but Monday's evacuation plan was one of the most elaborate in the nearly five-year war.

The United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
has been pushing for such local deals as global powers pursue wider efforts to resolve a conflict that has left more than 250,000 people dead and forced millions from their homes.

More than 450 fighters and civilians, including injured people, began leaving three flashpoint areas as part of a six-month truce reached in September.

At least 120 people, including rebels and some civilians, crossed from the last rebel bastion on the Syrian border into Leb.

The Zabadani residents were to fly from Beirut to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, before travelling back into opposition-held areas in Syria, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Another 335 people, also including civilians, travelled from two government-controlled villages in northwest Syria into Turkey, he said.

Residents of Fuaa and Kafraya crossed through the Bab al Hawa border point and are to fly into Beirut to travel overland to Damascus.

According to a source, national flag carrier Turkish Airlines will fly both sets of evacuees.

"We appreciate the cooperation of all sides, of the Syrian, Turkish and Lebanese governments, and all the sides that have signed on to this humanitarian agreement," UN Humanitarian Coordinator Yaacoub El Hillo told Al Mayadeen TV from the Syrian side of the border with Leb.

It is the first time the neighbouring countries are involved in such an evacuation deal.
Posted by: Fred || 12/29/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria



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  Driver Shouting 'Allahu Akbar!' Runs Down 11 French Pedestrians
Tue 2015-12-22
  Tunisia dismantles cell recruiting women for Islamist militant
Mon 2015-12-21
  Afghanistan: Taliban 'take centre of Helmand district'
Sun 2015-12-20
  Terrorist and Hezbollah commander Samir Kuntar... Tango Uniform
Sat 2015-12-19
  Yemen Government Forces Capture Capital of al-Jawf Province as Peace Talks Go on
Fri 2015-12-18
  Over 800 migrants try to storm Channel Tunnel in France: Official
Thu 2015-12-17
  30 Dead in Boko Haram Attack on Three Nigeria Villages
Wed 2015-12-16
  Top Saudi, UAE Commanders among 150 Forces Killed in Yemen Tochka Attack
Tue 2015-12-15
  Breaking: L.A. School District shut down due to credible terror threat

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