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Afghanistan
Afghan army helo crash leaves 3 dead
A chopper of the Afghan National Army (ANA) has crashed in central Logar province, leaving three on board killed and one wounded.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) confirms the incident through a statement released to media.

According to the statement, pilots of Afghan Air Force were conducting training when one of their helicopters MY-17 made an emergency landing due to technical error in Shang area around 11:20 am this morning. “As a result of the incident, three crew members embraced martyrdom and another sustained injuries,” the statement adds.
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top|| File under:

#1  MI-17. That's what you get with Russian tech and Inshallah maintenance?
Posted by: Frank G || 01/04/2016 8:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Actually, Russian tech (they produce a special version for 3rd world markets) a lot more resistant to Inshallah maintenance than USA---Russians don't have any illusions about their 3rder allies.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/04/2016 9:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Or about their own.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/04/2016 16:52 Comments || Top||


Bomb factory seized in Helmand
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has seized a bomb-making factory in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

A statement released by the agency on Sunday states that the factory was discovered and destroyed in a joint operation with Afghan National Army in Wazir Abad village of Garmsir District.

33 landmines, rounds of heavy weapons, explosive materials and other materials used to make bombs were at the factory by the time it was raided.

“Terrorists were making bombs, suicide vests and anti-tank landmines in this factory to martyr or hurt our people including kids, women, elders and Afghan soldiers,” the statement states.

“Fortunately, by confiscating these explosives, several attacks of the enemy and bloodshed of our people are prevented.”

This comes as numerous Taliban militants have launched an attack on parts of Helmand province and trying to take the control of those areas.

Security forces have been engaged in clashes with them to rebuff their attack. Ministry of Defense says Taliban have suffered heavy casualties.
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under:


5 Bad Guys die in drone attack in Kunar
At last five militants were killed in a drone strike apparently carried out by the coalition security forces in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Sunday that the airstrike was carried out on Saturday in Shegal district, targeting a group of militants in Chogam area.

MoD in a statement said at least two militants were also injured in the airstrike but did not disclose further information regarding the identities of the militants killed in the raid.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Kunar is among the volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

Militants loyal to the Afghan Taliban as well as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other insurgent groups are active in various districts of Kunar.

A commander of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was killed in a similar strike in Shegal district earlier in the month of November last year.
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under:


Afghan security forces drive back militant attack in Nangarhar province
Security forces have rebuffed a militant attack on security posts in Shigal District of eastern Nangarhar province.

A statement released by the Ministry of Defense on Sunday states that a group of armed opponents attacked security posts of Afghan National Army (ANA) in Shultan area yesterday.

The statement adds that ANA gave a befitting response to the militants where they also used heavy weapons.

According to the statement, an artillery shell landed among the insurgents leaving three of them killed and three others wounded.
The press release further states that two wounded militants who were being transported for medical treatment were arrested in a military check post.

They have been taken under medical care but after gaining health they would be referred to judiciary organs for investigation, the statement states.
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under:


Taliban confirms death of top leader Sayyed Muhammad Haqqani
Pushing up the poppies, he is...
The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan confirmed death of the group’s top leader Sayyed Muhammad Haqqani due to natural causes.

Mawlawi Haqqani has been described as Taliban group leadership’s top figure for being involved in different affairs of the Taliban insurgency since the formation of the group in mid 90s.

According to Taliban, Mawlawi Haqqani was the former deputy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Executive of Administration Bureau.

He was the current deputy head of Commission for Cultural Affairs of the militant group and played key role in spreading propaganda during the Taliban-led insurgency since the fall of the Taliban regime following the US-led invasion in 2001.

Taliban did not disclose further information regarding the exact location where Mawlawi Haqqani was based and died, however the group’s top leaders are mainly based in Pakistan and are operating from the Quetta Council.

The persistent activities by the Taliban group using the Pakistani soil has been the main source of tension between Kabul and Islamabad with the officials continuously criticizing Pakistani for providing sanctuaries to the anti-government armed militant groups, specifically the Haqqani Network and Taliban group, accused of major terror attacks in the country.
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [209 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network

#1  Natural causes? Anal gonorrhea?
Posted by: Iblis || 01/04/2016 11:50 Comments || Top||


Afghan government forces intensify operations in Nangarhar province
The Afghan national security forces have intensified air and ground operations against the fanatics loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in eastern Nangarhar province as the loyalists of the terror group are attempting to expand foothold in the country.

The Afghan National Army (ANA) Deputy Chief of Staff Gen. Murad Ali Murad said the Afghan forces have inflicted major casualties to the fanatics of ISIS terror group in Nangarahr, particularly in Achin district.

Gen. Murad told Radio Free Europe (RFE) during an exclusive interview that the public uprising forces are also supporting the Afghan national security forces to suppress the activities of ISIS loyalists in Nangarhar.

In regards to the deployment of terrorists by unidentified choppers in parts of Nangarhar province, Gen. Murad said they have not received concrete reports or evidences to prove the allegations.

The Afghan Air Force carried out its latest airstrike on ISIS fanatics in eastern Nangarhar province on Friday, leaving at least 14 loyalists of the terror group dead.

There have been growing concerns regarding the threats posed by emergent ISIS loyalists in Afghanistan with the US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter saying late last year that the threat posed by the terror group is being tracked very closely as they have started creating ‘little nests’ in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the commander of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan Gen. John Campbell earlier said the loyalists of the terror group are attempting to establish a regional base in Jalalabad, the capital city of eastern Nangarhar province.

Gen. Campbell, said Tuesday that foreign militants from Syria and Iraq had joined the loyalists of the terror group in eastern Nangarhar province and are trying to consolidate links with the leadership of the terror group based in Syria and Iraq.
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Indian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif attacked
The Indian consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif came under attack on Sunday with an unknown number of gunmen attempting to enter the compound after twin explosions and shots were heard, the spokesman for the local governor told Reuters.

No details were immediately available on casualties or damage.

The attack came as Indian security forces were still trying to suppress an assault on an air base near the border with Pakistan that has killed at least seven military personnel and wounded 20 others.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [215 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why would anyone want a councilate in that warren of mud huts from the 16th century?
Posted by: Super Hose || 01/04/2016 0:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Influence.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/04/2016 12:11 Comments || Top||

#3  and to tweak the Pakis
Posted by: Frank G || 01/04/2016 15:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Why would anyone want a councilate in that warren of mud huts from the 16th century?

Mud huts are a step up. In some places in India people still live in huts made of sticks and cow droppings.
Posted by: Tarzan Crulet8001 || 01/04/2016 17:33 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Kenyan police repulse Shabaab attackers in Kiunga
Police officers have launched a major operation after an Al Shabaab attack targeting police vehicles on the Hindi-Kiunga road near Baure. Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said the terrorists fled to the forest with injuries.

“A major security operation is underway in the area,” he said.

Police believe many of the militias involved in the attack suffered injuries and are still hiding in the forest.

“There were no injuries on the side of the police but we believe many of them suffered very serious injuries and some could even be dead,” he told Capital FM News on the telephone.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Up to 60 IS militants said killed in Sinai airstrikes
[IsraelTimes] Egypt intensifies ground and air campaign to root out Death Eaters affiliated with the Islamic State group

Airstrikes launched by the Egyptian air force Saturday killed dozens of fighters from a local affiliate of the radical Islamic State in restive north Sinai, local media reported.

The attack, which was conducted by Apache helicopters, targeted installations belonging to the Wilayat Sinaa terror group around the town of Sheikh Zuwaid, which has long been a hotbed for Lion of Islam elements, the reports said.

Wilayat Sinaa, formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis
...Supporters of Jerusalem, the current pen name of al-Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula...
, pledged allegiance to IS in 2014 and has grabbed credit for numerous deadly attacks on Egyptian soldiers and civilians over the past two years.

According to eyewitness reports, the aircraft continued to circle the area after the Arclight airstrikes in pursuit of bully boyz who fled on cycle of violences.

While some reports put the number of gunnies killed at 40, others said as many as 60 died in the attack.

Along with Saturday's Arclight airstrikes, Egyptian military forces and police carried out ground operations in the areas of El-Arish, Sheikh Zuwaid, Rafah, and central Sinai to root out terrorists.

The operations involved artillery as well as special forces specializing in counter terrorism, Egyptian military sources told local media. According to the reports, the raids killed an unspecified number of gunnies and resulted in the capture and destruction of unregistered cars and cycle of violences used by Wilayat Sinai.

Israel's Channel 2 television reported in early December that Wilayat Sinai leader Shadi al-Menei had secretly crossed the border into Gazoo where he met with leaders of the Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, terror group's military wing. According to the report, Hamas has smuggled weaponry from Gazoo to al-Menei's terror group, including the powerful Cornet anti-tank missile.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [435 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  Dunno about yawlz, but I am surprised about how many of anybody live in the Sinai.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/04/2016 17:04 Comments || Top||

#2  FYI Israel Perts are warning that the 1979 Begin-Sadat Peace Accords could be at risk of de facto breach by Egypt + hence potential NEW EGYPT-ISRAEL WAR iff, while in pursuit of ISIS and other Hard Boy factions in the Sinai, that ....

> Egyptian Milfors enter + stay in the Sinai for a protractive or excessive period of time, as opposed to quickly departing once their Mission is accomplished, or the Hard Boyz aren't found.
> Iff Egyptian forces enter and refuse to leave PA-ruled GAZA as per same.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/04/2016 23:52 Comments || Top||


Egypt’s army says it killed 26 'terrorists' in North Sinai raids Saturday
[AlAhram] Five suspects were also incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
and a number of weapons, explosives, and bullets were seized


Egypt's army has said it killed 26 "terrorists" in Saturday raids in troubled North Sinai governorate amid its continuing "Martyr's Right" operation to rid the area of terrorism.

The raids were carried out by members of the Second and Third armies in some parts of Al-Arish, Shiekh Zuweid, Rafah and central Sinai, an army front man statement Sunday read.

Five suspects were also arrested, according to the statement, and a number of weapons, explosives, and bullets were seized.

The army's Operation Martyr's Right started last September aiming to rid the Sinai Peninsula of a decade-long Islamist Death Eater insurgency that spiked more than two years ago following the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

It also aims to pave the way for sustainable development in North Sinai.

Authorities have reported over the past two years that hundreds of bandidos gunnies have been killed in army campaigns in the governorate.

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, which pledged allegiance 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....
Death Eater group in November 2014, has grabbed credit for most of the deadly attacks in North Sinai.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Arabia
Yemeni government imposes curfew on Aden
The security commission of Aden Governorate has imposed a curfew from 8pm to 5am on Aden City after militants laid siege on the seaport in Mualla district in a bid to force out the government security force. The curfew will come into force today [Monday].

The move, made at an emergency meeting chaired by Governor of Aden, Brigadier Aidarous Qasim Al Zubaidi, is aimed at countering groups which seek to undermine security and stability in Aden, according to the state Yemeni News Agency.

Spokesperson of Aden Governorate, Nizar Anwar, said the government's military and security forces restored full control on the port and re-deployed in the area.
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [155 views] Top|| File under:


Bangladesh
5 Jamaat men put on 10-day remand
[Dhaka Tribune] A Dhaka court yesterday granted 10-day remand for each of the five leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
, held on Saturday with Tk1.47 crore, in two separate cases.

Metropolitan Magistrate Md Yusuf Hossain passed the order after Md Mostafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Rampura police, produced them before it seeking a 20-day remand. The court also rejected their bail petitions.

The remanded are Gias Uddin, Aminur Rahman, Osman Gani, Lutfur Rahman and Shahadatur Rahman Sohel.

Rampura police locked away
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
them in a drive with Tk1.47 crore from a house in the city's Banasree area on Saturday. Later, Sub-Inspector Mostafizur Rahman filed two separate cases -- one under the Anti-Terrorism Act and the other under the Anti-Money Laundering Act.
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami


The Grand Turk
Turkish war bird hammer Kurd targets in Qandil Mountains
(IraqiNews.com) Erbil – Witnesses said on Sunday that Turkish warplanes attacked PKK positions in Qandil Mountains in northern Erbil.

One of the witnesses reported for IraqiNews.com: “Two Turkish warplanes attacked, today, the locations of the PKK in Qandil Mountains in Kurdistan,” noting that “The bombardment lasted for about half an hour.”

The witness added, “The size of the losses caused by the attack have not been known yet,” pointing out that, “The bombing had caused panic among the residents of the area.”
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
2 Gunmen Dead in New Fighting at India Air Force Base
[AnNahar] Two suspected Islamic turbans were killed Sunday when fighting flared up again at an Indian air force base, a police brass hat said, a day after the initial bloody raid on the base close to Pakistain.

Early Sunday afternoon security forces came under heavy fire inside the base during a search for munitions and possible turbans.

The police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity the two snuffies were killed four hours after the first contact was made Sunday. But the search would continue before the base was declared safe.

"Both have been killed. We are yet to retrieve their bodies," the officer said.

The base commander, J S Dhamoon, told news hounds separately the operation was close to completion but gave no information on any fresh casualties.

Islamabad, meanwhile, moved quickly to condemn the attack which it described as a "terrorist incident."
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Jaish-e-Mohammad


Two militants held with arms-laden vehicle in Kurram Agency
KURRAM AGENCY: Security forces on Sunday arrested two militants after seizing a weapons loaded vehicle from Ladha area of central Kurram Agency.

The political administration said that acting on an intelligence report, the security forces started snap checking of vehicles in the area. During the search of a suspected vehicle, arms including a missile launcher, two rocket launchers, an anti-aircraft gun, 23 missiles, 29 rockets, 25 safety fuses used in explosive making and explosive material was recovered.

The security personnel arrested two militants who were on board the vehicle and shifted them to an undisclosed location for interrogation.
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under:


IED defused
QUETTA: Police defused an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near the fish market at Joint Road on Sunday night.

According to the police, area people spotted the IED and informed them about it.

Police cordoned off the area and defused the IED.

Published in Dawn, January 4th, 2016
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Schoolboy dies in Tump rocket attack
GWADAR: A student of class four died when a rocket exploded in a date orchard in Tump, a town close to the border with Iran in Kech district, on Sunday.

According to the Levies officials, the rocket fired by unknown people exploded near the 10-year-old who was grazing his cow. Splinters hit Mohammed Sajid, killing him instantly.

Levies personnel shifted the body to hospital.

Published in Dawn, January 4th, 2016

Also, dead body found near the same town
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thought someone had named a rocket after Trump. Need to get a prescription for bi-focals.
Posted by: Super Hose || 01/04/2016 0:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Are you from the age of sight-reading SH? If so bifocals won't help, I wear them and read Trump too.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/04/2016 7:51 Comments || Top||

#3  ditto - it's an epidemic. We should start a foundation and make millions.
Posted by: Herb Dark Lord of the Chinese9977 || 01/04/2016 11:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Is that anything like a Trump Star Destroyer?

Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 01/04/2016 15:41 Comments || Top||


TTP claims IED attack on army truck
PESHAWAR: A soldier was injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast near a security forces vehicle on the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway toll plaza on Sunday, the Inter-Services Public Relations said.

Eleven soldiers were on board the vehicle, which was partially damaged.

Following the explosion, which was later claimed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) via an email to journalists, the motorway was sealed and aerial surveillance of the area was conducted.

Initial investigations by the Bomb Disposal Squad revealed the IED comprised 4 kilograms of explosive material.
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Protests erupt in Pakistan, IHK over Shia cleric's execution
[DAWN] Thousands of Shias protested in Pakistain and Indian-held Kashmire on Sunday to condemn Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
's execution of a leading Shia holy man Nimr al-Nimr, as fury over the killing spread.

The 56-year-old holy man was put to death along with 46 others, who the Saudi interior ministry said were involved in Al Qaeda killings. Some had their heads chopped off, others were shot by firing squad.

Iran and Iraq's top leaders also condemned the execution, warning ahead of protests that the killing was an injustice that could have serious consequences.

Peaceful protests were held across the country. In Quetta where about 1,000 people called on the government to reconsider its longtime ties with Riyadh and demonstrators held placards bearing anti-Saudi slogans.

In Lahore around 1,500 erupted into the streets calling Nimr's execution a gross human rights
...not to be confused with individual rights, mind you...
violation, while in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
about a thousand men, women and kiddies shouted slogans against the royal Saudi family.
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Iraq
ISIS begins counteroffensive in Ramadi
[ARA] ERBIL – Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Sunday launched an offensive on headquarters of the Iraqi army in Ramadi, capital of the Anbar province.

Iraqi army said in a statement that ISIS militants bombed its headquarters in northern Ramadi, causing heavy losses in its ranks.

Dozens of Iraqi forces were killed and injured when a number of ISIS jihadists launched simultaneous suicide attacks on the army base of the 10th Brigade in the northern suburb of Ramadi.

This comes just few days after the Iraqi army announced recapturing Ramadi and expelling ISIS fighters from the city.

The Iraqi army units in Ramadi have called for reinforcements after suffering heavy losses in ISIS’s attacks on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, the militant group attacked the Spiker army base near Tikrit and positions of the Iraqi forces in Barawna sub-district in Haditha. ISIS launched dozens of mortar shells at the Iraqi forces, causing casualties and destruction of heavy weapons.

The Iraqi army has not revealed its death toll in Sunday’s attacks.

On Friday, ISIS militants attacked headquarters of the Iraqi army in Ramadi with three car bomb attacks, and burned several military vehicles. At least 20 Iraqi forces were killed, informed local sources told ARA News.

Militants of the Islamic State were also able to cut off a main supply line for the Iraqi army in central Ramadi on Friday, after taking over the Artillery Brigade’s military base near the Bouathia district.
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [191 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Ah, shit, here we go.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/04/2016 18:05 Comments || Top||


US raid nets 26 dead ISIS troops near Mosul
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – On Sunday, a local source in Nineveh Province stated, that 26 elements of ISIS were either killed or wounded in an air landing carried out by an American special force near Mosul.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Last night, an American special force has carried out an air landing operation near Azheleya village in Qayyara near the city of Mousl, killing 15 elements and detaining 11 others including local leaders,” adding that, “The American force managed to withdraw without any losses.”

Yesterday, another local source in Nineveh Province revealed, that the leaders of the ISIS organization who are holding Arab and foreign nationalities have escaped from the province to the Syrian lands after the air landing operation that was carried out in Hawija.
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Hey, our advisors are offering up some strong advice.
Posted by: Super Hose || 01/04/2016 0:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Just as long as an Iraqi national is a passenger someplace we're good.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 01/04/2016 8:01 Comments || Top||


Dozens of ISIS Bad Guys die in Haditha
(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The head of Haditha District Council Khaled Salman said on Sunday, that the security forces had killed dozens of ISIS elements and destructed 12 car bombs during armed clashes with the organization in the district of Bruwana in western Anbar.

Salman said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today, joint forces from the army and police, backed by tribal fighters began an extensive military operation, with support from the international coalition aviation and as well as the Iraqi Air Force, in order to regain control of Barwana District in the district of Haditha (160 km west of Ramadi).”

Salman noted, “The joint forces destroyed 12 booby-trapped vehicles for ISIS driven by suicide bombers, in addition to killing dozens of members of the organization.”
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqis beat back ISIS attack in Salahuddin province
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – A security source in Salahuddin announced yesterday, that the Iraqi security forces repelled an attack by ISIS on Samarra Barrage, while pointed out to the killing of 25 ISIS elements.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The joint forces, consisting of the Iraqi army and al-Hashed al-Sha’bi [militia], foiled an extensive attack by ISIS militants on Samarra Barrage, resulting in the death of 25 ISIS elements as well as the destruction of vehicles belonging to the organization.”
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


8 Iraqi koppers killed in suicide bomb attack in Ninevah
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – On Sunday, a security source in Salahuddin Province stated, that 28 police elements were either killed or wounded in suicide attacks on Nineveh police training center in Salahuddin.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today, a number of suicide bombers blew themselves on a training center for Nineveh police in Salahuddin Province, killing eight people and wounding twenty others including three senior officers.”

The source added, “A security force cordoned off the area and transferred the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department and the wounded to a nearby hospital to receive treatment.”
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3 Iraqi soldiers wounded in Baghdad bomb blast
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi police announced, that three elements of al-Hashed al-Sha’bi had been injured in a bomb blast in southern Baghdad.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Today, an explosive device exploded targeting vehicles belonging to al-Hashed al-Sha’bi [militia] in the area of al-Yusifiyah,” noting that, “The blast resulted in wounding three elements of al-Hashed.”

The source also added, “A security force cordoned off the area of the incident and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment.”
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38 people poisoned in University of Diyala
(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – On Sunday, Head of health committee in the Provincial Council of Diyala Nagat al-Ta’ei announced, that 38 people were poisoned in the University of Diyala, while indicated to the formation of an immediate committee to investigate the incident.

Ta’ei said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “38 students and employees in the University of Diyala were poisoned in the center of the university in al-Muradeya area (15 km south west of Baquba),” adding that, “Some of the poisoned people were transferred to Baquba Teaching Hospital.”

“The Poisoning reasons are still unidentified, while an investigation committee were formed to investigate the incident’s circumstances and write a final report.” Ta’ei added.
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#1  Chipotle on campus?
Posted by: Frank G || 01/04/2016 11:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Not funny Frank.
No, wait, over-ruled. Purdy Damn funny Frank.

I suspect I may be the only RBer who has never been in in a Chipotle. Ever notice that this outbreak started when the beast visited? Coincidence? Perhaps, but I say consider the number 19, a nod is as good as a wink.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/04/2016 18:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Local health inspectors in Seattle recently closed down a Chipotle after repeated warnings about food storage and such.

I ate at Chipotle once. Was not impressed. I rate it up there alongside 'Taco Time'.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/04/2016 18:24 Comments || Top||


ISIS takes new territory in simultaneous attacks in Anbar, local tribes fight back
[RUDAW.NET] 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) turbans attacked several villages and towns in Western Anbar province on Sunday, capturing new territory before being pushed back by security forces and local tribes.

In a number of simultaneous attacks the turbans overran the towns of Perawan and Baghdadi near Haditha and Hit.

An Anbar government official said that the turbans were fought back by the army and tribal fighters in some areas and driven out of Baghdadi.

Khalid Salman, head of the Haditha district council said that 12 explosive-laden ISIS vehicles were destroyed in the confrontations. Five turbans were killed and at least 30 others maimed, he added.

"The attacks were launched through boom-mobiles and jacket wallahs and the turbans managed to infiltrate parts of Perwana township but they were repulsed by the security forces and tribal bad boys." Brig. and Anbar provincial council front man Amash Karbouli told Rudaw.

Karbouli said local forces launched their own counteroffensive to retake areas captured by the ISIS bad boys.
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Daesh hard boyz kill 12 in raid on Iraq police trainees
Suicide attackers from the Daesh group killed at least 12 Iraqi forces on Sunday in a brazen attack on police training at a military base, officials said.

A commando of fighters equipped with rifles and suicide vests snuck into Speicher base, near the city of Tikrit, in the middle of the night. Their target was a large group of police forces from Nineveh, a northern province of which Mosul is the capital, who were undergoing training.

"Under the cover of fog, they broke into Speicher," said Mahmud Al Sorchi, spokesman for the paramilitary force being set up to take back Daesh-held Nineveh.

"Nineveh police managed to kill seven attackers but three were able to detonate their suicide vests," he said, adding that three officers were among the 12 policemen killed. He also said 20 policemen were wounded in the attack.

The militant organisation said seven suicide attackers managed to enter the huge military base, which lies about 160 kilometres north of Baghdad. In a statement posted online, Daesh said its commando reached a centre where 1,200 cadets were being trained, sparking clashes that lasted four hours.

Speicher is located in Salaheddin province, which was one of the regions conquered by Daesh when it swept across much of Iraq's Sunni heartland in June 2014.

The sprawling military base itself was never fully controlled by the militants but at the beginning of their offensive they committed one of the conflict's worst atrocities there. Daesh fighters assisted by local insurgents rounded up hundreds of cadets from Speicher, marched them to Tikrit and massacred them in several locations.

Hundreds of bodies were discovered in shallow graves when the Iraqi forces retook Tikrit in April 2015 but other victims were shot and thrown into the Tigris and will likely never be found. The highest estimates put the number of executed cadets at 1,700.

Security officials said the Sunday raid was launched from the western side of the base, a desert area where Daesh remains able to operate despite the increased presence of Iraqi forces.

Attack on Iraqi military camp kills at least 15

[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Attacks by five jacket wallahs on an Iraqi military base north of Baghdad on Sunday killed at least 15 members of the security forces and maimed 22 others, security sources said.

Two of the bombers detonated their vehicle-borne explosives at the gate of Camp Speicher, a former U.S. base outside the Sunni city of Tikrit. Three others detonated their explosives after entering the base, the sources said.

ISIS grabbed credit for the blasts in a statement distributed by supporters online.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Three Israelis wounded in three terror attacks
[Ynet] Israeli soldier lightly maimed by sniper fire in south Hebron Hills, Israeli man lightly maimed by stabbing attack in Jerusalem and female soldier moderately maimed in stabbing attack near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron; troops searching for shooter who fired from afar.

An Israeli soldier was lightly maimed after being shot in the leg by sniper fire at the Hakvasim Junction in the south Hebron Hills on Sunday evening. IDF troops are searching for the suspect.

The incident marked the second epsiode of sniper fire towards soldiers in the Hebron area on Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, an Israeli man was very lightly maimed in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon. The terrorist was captured not far from the scene.

The attacker arrived at a bus stop on Barazani Street in the capital, where he took out a knife and tried to stab a civilian waiting for the bus. The knife failed to break the skin, and the attacker then expeditiously departed at a goodly pace. A suspect fitting the description given to police was caught in the area shortly thereafter.

Earlier, a female soldier was maimed in a shooting attack near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Israeli security forces were searching the area for the shooter, fired from one of the surrounding Paleostinian homes.

The maimed soldier was taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in moderate condition.
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#1  LOL, attempting a stabbing with a blunt knife.

Idiot of the day, surely.
Posted by: phil_b || 01/04/2016 3:08 Comments || Top||


Tel Aviv gunman fled scene, hailed cab, killed driver, police believe
[IsraelTimes] Nashat Milhem still on run after Friday shootings; police says he's armed, dangerous and could strike again

The gunman who shop up a bar in Tel Aviv Friday, killing two, fired into two other establishments, expeditiously departed at a goodly pace on foot, hailed a cab, and rode to north Tel Aviv where he murdered the driver before abandoning the vehicle, police said Sunday.

Police had said earlier they were certain runaway Nashat Milhem, the suspected perpetrator of the deadly attack in central Tel Aviv, was also responsible for the murder of taxi driver Amin Shaaban, which took place less than an hour after the first shooting.
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Anticipating Hezbollah action, Israel shells Lebanon border
[IsraelTimes] IDF fires artillery for fourth successive day amid concerns terror group will take advantage of poor weather to 'avenge' death of Samir Kuntar

Forces shelled the Lebanese border for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday, aiming to deter an attack by Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.

The group's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has repeatedly vowed Dire Revenge for the liquidation of arch-terrorist Samir Kuntar two weeks ago, which has been attributed to Israel.

Anticipating such a response, the army has been firing artillery rounds at the border fence. The army reportedly expected the terror group to take advantage of the stormy weather and the poor visibility to launch a strike.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  After we build the border wall, I guess we have to make allowances for the need to shell it in conditions of poor visibility.
Posted by: Super Hose || 01/04/2016 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  the need to shell it in conditions of poor visibility

So, anything less than 100 miles?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/04/2016 9:18 Comments || Top||

#3  I guess nothing says "Go away" like a few rounds of artillery.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 01/04/2016 11:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Hezbollah sets off large border bomb targeting IDF heavy vehicles
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/04/2016 15:42 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
38 die in Kurd, ISIS battles in Raqqa
[ARA] TEL ABYAD – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced on Sunday that 18 of its fighters were killed in attacks by militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) near the town of Ain Issa in northern Raqqa.

Clashes renewed on Sunday between the YPG –supported by allies from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)– and ISIS militants in the vicinity of Ain Issa town, subsequent to suicide attacks by ISIS jihadists on Kurdish headquarters.

The YPG leadership mentioned in a statement on Sunday the names of its 18 fighters who were killed at the hands of ISIS, saying the radical group responds to the progress of the Kurdish-Arab alliance in northern Syria by launching suicide attacks.

“Our fighters have made great sacrifices to liberate this region form Daesh terrorism,” the YPG said, using another acronym for ISIS. “The struggle will continue until we defeat those barbarians.”

In the meantime, at least 20 ISIS militants were killed in the recent clashes in Ain Issa.

Speaking to ARA News, Habun Osman, a spokesman for the YPG, said: “We have collected dead bodies of 20 ISIS terrorists subsequent to the clashes.”

“Dozens others were wounded in the clashes. We captured several ISIS terrorists in Ain Issa,” Osman said.

This comes as the western-backed SDF forces extended its military operations against ISIS in northern Syria, starting from Hasakah to Raqqa and further to Aleppo.
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ISIS executes 5 for spying in Raqqa
[ARA] ERBIL – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) executed on Sunday five media activists on charges of “spying for hostile parties” in Syria’s northeastern province of Raqqa.

The terror group released a video showing the five activists “confessing” to have filmed ISIS headquarters and vehicles in Raqqa.

In the name of their alleged Caliphate, ISIS militants have shot the media activists dead at the end of the video.

The victims were identified as Muhammad Abdulghani, Hael Abdulrazaq, Faisal al-Jaafar, Ammar al-Jaafar and Mahyar Othman.

The group accused them of leaking security information to the U.S.-led coalition, which has been bombing ISIS for nearly two years in the region.

Speaking to ARA News in Raqqa, a civil rights activist, who conditioned anonymity, said: “The victims were documenting ISIS atrocities in the province. They have been covering the daily life of Raqqa citizens for months.”

“By filming such executions and showing it to the public, ISIS tries to terrorize all activists in Raqqa, especially those working for media,” the source said.

“Everyone trying to deliver information about Raqqa to the outside world is being accused of spying for hostile parties, Activists are being tortured and brutally executed.”
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Syrian rebel forces report new gains in Aleppo
[ARA] KOBANE – Subsequent to fierce clashes with militants of al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recaptured the village of Keshtaar in Aleppo countryside, military sources reported on Sunday.

Keshtaar village, located in the suburb of Tel Rafaat city, has been constantly used by Nusra militants and allied Islamists as a base from which they used to attack the Kurdish region of Afrin northwest of Aleppo.

“Nusra terrorists escaped the village under heavy shelling by our forces,” the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the SDF said in a statement.

“After fierce clashes, our forces were able to liberate Kashtaar and the surrounding farms from the terrorists,” the SDF leadership said. “We seized a large deal of ammunition and heavy weapons from Nusra and its allies.”

On the other hand, al-Nusra Front said in a statement that its withdrawal from Kashtaar came after heavy airstrikes hit its headquarters there, causing more than 20 casualties in the group’s ranks.

This comes amid continues advance by the western-backed SDF units against militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) and al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in the northern countryside of Aleppo and other areas northeast Syria.

On Friday, the SDF seized control of the villages of Tat Mrash and Tanab in the vicinity of Azaz city north of Aleppo after clashes with militant fighters of al-Nusra Front and the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham.
Posted by: badanov || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Arab-Kurd fighters kill 16 ISIS militants near Syria 'capital'
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Arab and Kurdish forces have killed at least 16 fighters from 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group during fierce festivities north of the murderous Moslems' stronghold of Raqqa, a monitor said Sunday.

The murderous Moslemslaunched an offensive last Wednesday against areas held by the Syrian Democratic Forces coalition near to Ain Issa, a town held by the SDF some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Raqqa, killing 21 Kurdish fighters.

Late on Saturday, "16 jihadists were killed and 19 maimed" in festivities with the SDF near Ain Issa, said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The SDF also recaptured an area seized by ISIS a few days earlier, he said.

The alliance, made up of units from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and Arab fighters, has carried out several major operations against ISIS.

On December 26, it seized the Tishreen Dam from ISIS along with several villages on the Euphrates' eastern bank.

The dam, held by ISIS since 2014, helps generate electricity for large parts of the northern Aleppo province, the Observatory said.

It was the alliance's second major operation, after clearing ISIS from some 200 villages in the northeastern province of Hasakeh.

On the Euphrates' western bank, ISIS still controls swathes of territory stretching from Raqqa to Jarablus, on the border with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
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Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syrian Army Targets Terrorists' Positions in Different Provinces
[ALMANAR.LB] The Syrian Army air force carried out sorties on terrorist organizations targeting their positions, hotbeds and hideouts in many areas across the country, eliminating a number of their members and destroying their weapons, ammunition and vehicles, state-run SANA news agency reported Sunday.

In Homs, the Syrian Army air force carried out sorties on the positions and fortifications of the so-called '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....
of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed...
group at the west side of al-Qaryatain city in the southeastern countryside of Homs province.

A military source told SANA Sunday that the Arclight airstrikes destroyed ISIL positions with all gunnies inside and their machineguns-equipped vehicles.

Meanwhile,
...back at the game, the Babe headed for second base. He almost made it. Then Sheila slapped him....
ISIL affiliate terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media pages the killing of terrorist nicknamed Abu Bilal al-Homsi, planner of the latest terrorist kabooms of al-Zahra neighborhood in Homs city, which claimed the lives of a number of civilians and injured others.

In the northern Aleppo province, the Syrian army air force carried out, during the last 24 hours, Arclight airstrikes against ISIL positions and movements in the village of Nejarah in the eastern countryside of the province.

The Arclight airstrikes destroyed ISIL positions with all weapons and ammunition inside them as well as their machineguns-equipped vehicles, loaded with weapons and ammunition.

Meanwhile,
...back at the game, the Babe headed for second base. He almost made it. Then Sheila slapped him....
the terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media pages the killing of a number of their members, among them Hassan al-Haj Omar and Abdel-Aziz Ahmad Abdel-Aziz.

In the southern province of Daraa, an army unit carried out accurate operations on gatherings and positions of Al-Nusra Front and other terrorist organizations in Tareek al-Sad neighborhood in Daraa, destroying their hideout and killing all the gunnies inside it, the military source added.

A hideout for the gunnies and two of their vehicles in addition to another vehicle were destroyed in army operations against terrorists' gatherings and movements at the west side of Daraa al-Balad.

Meanwhile,
...back at the game, the Babe headed for second base. He almost made it. Then Sheila slapped him....
terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media pages killing a number of their members as they have acknowledged receiving fatal strikes in al-Sheikh Miskeen city during the past three days in addition to killing 50 gunnies at least and injuring 250 others 50 of them at death's doors.

In Sweida province, an army unit, in cooperation with popular defense groups, thwarted a terrorist attack launched by a terrorist group against Bard village some 26 Kms to the south of Sweida city.

All terrorist group members were killed and injured and their weapons and ammunition were destroyed in the army operation, the military source confirmed.
Posted by: Fred || 01/04/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Terror Networks
International coalition conducts 26 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria
Or as the Rooshuns call it: Saturday morning...
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Sunday, US-led international coalition announced, that it has carried out 26 air strikes on ISIS sites in Iraq and Syria.

The joint operations force said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition forces have carried out seven air strikes near Ramadi, while hit tactical units and destructed three tactical vehicles, two vehicles, a booby-trapped vehicle, three buildings, as well as two heavy artillery sites.

The statement added, “Other strikes were carried out near Fallujah, Kirkuk, Kisik, Mosul, Qayyarah, Sinjar, Sultan Abd-Allah and Tal Afar.

“The coalition has also carried out another air strike in Syria near Manbij and destructed a tactical unit, a building, as well as a vehicle belonging to ISIS, while shelled ISIS sites in Deir ez-Zor, Ayn Issa and al-Wahsheya village.” the statement continued.
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