Nangarhar police have arrested seven terrorists belonging to Islamic State (IS) which is locally known as Daesh.
A statement released by the Police headquarters of Nangarhar province states that the terrorists were rounded up during separate raids in Achin, Kot and Rodat districts.
They are identified as Mohammad Yaqoub and Khal Murad, both residents of Dara-e-Sof District of Samangan province, Aslam a resident of Sangin District of Helmand province, Bilal a resident of Spin Boldak District of Kandahar, Abdul Noor a resident of Tarin Kot District of Urozgan province, Qari Zakir a resident of Pachi District and Haris a resident of Rodat District.
The statement further states that the arrested terrorists were busy in terrorist activities in Achin Kot and Haska Mina districts.
January has been one of the awful months for Daesh in Nangarhar province.
The group lost hundreds of fighters in military operations, airstrikes and in clashes with Taliban. Dozens of other fighters of the group have been arrested and sent to prison.
IS has murdered three of the six men kidnapped when the terrorists launched an attack near Maradah earlier this month. The assault on 14 January also saw a length of oil pipeline blown up.
The men are understood to have been guards at a camp used by the Turkish construction company Ustay. A Turkish diplomat told the Libya Herald at the time of the raid that there were no Turkish nations in the camp. All had left the country.
IS published pictures of their victims before and after their murder. The fate of the other three men taken with the camp guards is still not clear.
[Iran Press TV] Malian military authorities say at least four soldiers have been killed in a gun attack and landmine kaboom in the West African country's northeastern region.
An army officer, speaking on condition of anonymity ... for fear of being murdered... , said a soldier was driving a military vehicle on the outskirts of the ancient city of Timbuktu, roughly 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) north of the capital, Bamako, on Thursday morning, when an armed man opened fire and shot him dead.
The officer added that a manhunt is underway to arrest the assailant.
Separately, three other troops died in a bomb kaboom that destroyed their vehicle near the city of Gao, located 320 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Timbuktu.
Army front man, Colonel Souleymane Maiga, said the incident took place 37 kilometers (22 miles) southwest of Gao, when the vehicle at the head of the army convoy struck a buried bomb.
Mali has been witnessing violence linked to bad boy activity in its northern regions since 2012. The area remains vulnerable to attacks despite a military operation led by La Belle France in 2013, which came after the UN Security Council passed a resolution on the deployment of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
Last June, Tuareg separatists, who have launched a number of uprisings since the 1960s, signed a peace deal with the Malian government.
The peace agreement, brokered by Algeria, raised hopes of finally ending years of unrest in the country, however its implementation has proven challenging.
[Ynet] Egyptian medical officials say fighting between army troops and krazed killerbandidosbandidos murderous Moslems in the restive northeastern part of the Sinai Peninsula has killed four children and maimed eight other minors.
The Rafah hospital said in a statement Thursday that the children were killed and maimed during festivities using heavy weapons, with some buried under rubble when buildings were hit and collapsed.
The fighting took place close to the border with the Paleostinian Gazoo Strip.
[DAILYTRUST.NG] A 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... jacket wallah attacked a military position in Chibok, Borno state on Wednesday, injuring two.
Spokesman of the military's Operation Zama Lafiya Dole Col. Mustapha Anka confirmed to Daily Trust that a suicide bomber came rushing to a military check point in Chibok but he was "brought down" by the soldiers on guard.
In the process, the commanding officer at the location and another solder were maimed, he said.
More than 200 girls were kidnapped from their school's dormitory by member of Boko haram. Their whereabouts remain unknown almost two years after.
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Their whereabouts remain unknown almost two years after
And Michelle has put down her #BringBackOurGirls sign and moved on. She still has the frowny-pouty face though.
[NAIJA247NEWS] Two jacket wallahs died on Thursday when they targeted a school in northern Cameroon ...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there... , local officials said, the latest attack in the central African country which is struggling to contain violence blamed on 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... forces of Evil in neighbouring Nigeria.
There were no other reported deaths in the double suicide kaboom, though an unknown number of people were maimed, one official said.
"The double attack occurred in the public school in the town of Kerawa," the official said.
While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, northern Cameroon has become the scene of increasingly frequent suicide kabooms as Boko Haram Islamist forces of Evil step up cross-border violence that has also affected Chad and Niger.
An attack targeting a market in north Cameroon three days ago killed 32 people and maimed 66 in one of the deadliest attacks in the country to date.
One source said the school in Kerawa targeted on Thursday had been housing Nigerian refugees.
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[THENEWSNIGERIA.NG] A middle-aged man suspected to be a member of the 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... sect has been apprehended in the southern Nigerian town of Sapele , Delta state, by officers of the 19 Battalion of Nigerian Army.
The suspect, Bukar Abacha, was tossed in the calaboose ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... shortly after he arrived the popular Hausa quarters in Sapele.
A senior army officer who did not want his name mentioned, said on Thursday that a member of the Arewa community gave the information to"Operation Pulo Shield.''
The Borno-state born suspect was, thereafter, handed over to the Army Headquarters in Abuja for further interrogation, the senior officer said.
The officer said that the suspect was on the wanted list of the army
He said that a sensitisation exercise tagged "show of force confidence building patrol'' had been inaugurated.
"The exercise is aimed at disarming all acts of criminalities such as, kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, illegal oil bunkering and killing of innocent citizens in the area.
"Before the arrest, community leaders informed us that the suspect was looking strange, psychologically imbalanced and uncomfortable in their midst that called for his doubt as one of them,'' he said.
The officer urged the people to give the army necessary intelligent information that would assist to effectively stamp out crime in the society.
He urged residents to report people with questionable character or strange movement of persons in their domains.
The army pasted lists of names, containing 100 wanted Boko Haram suspects in some strategic places in Sapele metropolis.
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"Before the arrest, community leaders informed us that the suspect was looking strange, psychologically imbalanced and uncomfortable in their midst that called for his doubt as one of them,''
Banging his head on the ground, was he?
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ADEN – A suicide car bomb killed seven people outside Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Rabbu Hadi’s residence in the southern city of Aden on Thursday, local officials and eyewitnesses said.
“A suicide car bomb targeted a security checkpoint about 500 metres (yards) from the Maashiq palace,” the official told Reuters by telephone.
“Seven people were killed and 10 were wounded. The majority of the casualties are civilians,” the official said of the latest in a series of deadly attacks by militants on government and security targets.
The officials said President Hadi was inside the building at the time of the attack and was unharmed.
[Ynet] 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.... affiliate in 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 grabbed credit for a suicide kaboom targeting the presidential palace in the southern city of Aden.
In an online statement posted on Twitter by the group's supporters, IS identified the attacker as Abu Hanifa al-Hollandi, an Arabic nom de guerre that suggests he was Dutch. The last name in murderous Moslems' pseudonyms usually indicates their nationality or place of origin. His real name was not immediately known.
It was not possible to verify the claim. The group posted pictures that appeared to show the boom-mobile speeding toward barricades manned by presidential guards.
Both ISIS and Yemen's al-Qaeda affiliate have a strong presence in Aden, which descended into lawlessness after Saudi-led coalition forces and government fighters retook the city from Iranian catspaws in 2015.
The Security Spokesman of the Saudi Ministry of Interior has said that one of the border guard observation posts in Al-Hareth sector in the Jazan region was exposed to military projectiles from Yemeni territories.
The Saudi Press Agency, SPA, quoted the Security Spokesman of the Saudi Ministry of the Interior as saying that the projectiles resulted in the martyrdom of the first soldier of the border guards Ali bin Mohammed Yahya Sharahili.
[Iran Press TV] Yemen's army forces, backed by Houthi ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ... Ansarullah fighters, have downed a Saudi fighter jet and destroyed a number of its gunboats in retaliation for Riyadh's incessant Arclight airstrikes against its impoverished neighbor.
Military sources told Yemen's official Saba' Net agency that the army brigades downed a Saudi warplane in the northern Yemeni province of Sa'ada, with no immediate reports on the fate of crew and location of the incident.
The warplane was pounding residential areas in Sa'ada before being downed by a surface-to-air missile.
The Yemeni army said its forces also targeted three Saudi warships that were sailing off the port of al-Mokha, in the southern province of Tai'zz. It said in a statement the attack was carried out from al-Mukhatam region near Mokha, adding that two more Saudi vessels escaped the scene after receiving partial damage.
Yemenis also launched rocket attacks at the Saudi military positions south of the country, killing one Saudi soldier and three Qatar ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates... i servicemen in al-Makhruq military base in the province of Najran.
Attacks by Houthis and allies on Saudi targets came hours after Riyadh carried out another round of deadly bombardments across Yemen, with reports suggesting that at least five non-combatants were killed in the city of Maswar in the northern province of Amran. Saba' Net said huge losses were also inflicted on the properties of local residents.
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"We destroyed a jet...and a warship or two, and then we destroyed a sub! ... a Nucular sub! Yeah..that's the ticket"
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Low bid propaganda.
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Geez louweez, the troubles of the Saudi Navy in Yemen reminds me of WW2 + all the Destroyers + other the German Kriegsmarine [Navy] lost during their invasion of Norway.
[Iran Press TV] Yemeni army forces backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees have wrested control of three military bases in 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 southwestern region of Jizan as Riyadh presses ahead with its military campaign against its southern neighbor.
On Thursday, Yemeni forces established control over the strategic Jabal al-Doud, al-Aril and Madba' bases in the border region, Sky News Arabia television network reported.
The development came only hours after at least one Saudi and three Qatar ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates... i troopers were killed in a retaliatory shelling attack by Yemeni army soldiers and allied forces against the al-Makhrouq military base in the kingdom's southern region of Najran.
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[ALMANAR.LB] An Australian teenager is facing terror charges over stuffing a kangaroo with explosives, painting it with 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 symbol and setting it loose on police, media reported Thursday citing court documents.
Sevdet Besim, 19, who was placed in durance vile Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages! in counter-terrorism raids in Melbourne in April - pleaded not guilty "Wudn't me." to four charges related to planning an attack during Anzac Day commemorations for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops who died in combat.
A fifth charge of conspiring to commit a terrorist act was dropped.
Prosecutors alleged that Besim had online conversations with another teenager based overseas, which involved using the marsupial during an attack.
Besim's court appearance came two days after authorities charged an 18-year-old Sydney teen with collecting documents on ways to stage terrorist acts.
Authorities have conducted a series of counter-terrorism raids in various cities, while the government has passed new national security laws.
Besim was remanded in jug and will appear in the Victorian Supreme Court on February 3.
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Sevdet Besim, ahem...a traditional Australian name.
Besim had online conversations with another teenager based overseas collecting documents on ways to stage terrorist acts A fifth charge of conspiring to commit a terrorist act was dropped
There's got to be more to it than that, like exploring the bounds of the new laws, or enthusiastic enforcement.
[AnNahar] A man carrying two handguns, ammunition and a Koran was tossed in the clink Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages! Thursday at a hotel in Disneyland Gay Paree, a police source said.
The man was "detected upon his arrival at the hotel on the Disneyland site where he had a reservation. Hotel security found two handguns, a Koran and ammunition on him," the source said.
Disneyland Gay Paree said the guns were picked up by routine scanning of the man's bags at the hotel entrance.
Police arrested the suspect and secured his vehicle.
A police source said preliminary investigations did not point to terrorism, and that the man had said he was carrying the guns because he feared for his safety.
Concealed carry, French style. If this is common, the next big attack may play out differently. But the one after that will, most certainly.
They then arrested a woman, believing her to be his girlfriend, but released her after realizing they had the wrong person, one of the police sources said.
Papers found on the suspect indicated that he lived in Gay Paree, but no further details were given. His girlfriend was still being sought.
The scene unfolded at the Art Deco-style New York hotel near the theme park, which is situated about 30 kilometers (18 miles) east of the French capital.
"Police were immediately warned and the individual was arrested. We are continuing to work closely with the authorities and the safety of our visitors and employees is our top priority," said a front man for Disneyland Gay Paree, Francois Banon, in a statement.
Disneyland Gay Paree is the most visited theme park in Europe, with 14.8 million visitors in 2015, according to Euro Disney's annual report.
The suspect is the joint manager of a brasserie in Gay Paree's 14th arrondissement, according to a source close to the investigation.
Staff and regulars there expressed astonishment at his arrest.
"For me it's a mistake," a member of the bar staff told AFP by telephone, adding that the phone had been "ringing every two seconds" since the news.
"Honestly, I'm taken aback. It's a joke," added the other co-manager.
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"For me it's a mistake," a member of the bar staff told AFP by telephone
For me this hit a special note. Historically according to P.J. O'Rourke lazy journalists depend upon bar staff for quotes and info. Lately most journalists have become lazy and the ISIS enemies are unlikely to be visiting bars so the bar staff know nothing.
A French prosecutor says terrorism has been ruled out in the arrest of a man who tried to bring two handguns into a hotel at Disneyland Paris.
The Meaux prosecutor Dominique Laurens said Friday that searches of the man's phone records and various locations turned up no link with terrorism. She said the man was moving house and feared his weapons would be misplaced or taken.
The man was detained Thursday along with his female partner, who was cleared of complicity, the statement said. He remained jailed Friday.
[Rudaw] The Spanish Interior Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that authorities had placed in durance vile Book 'im, Mahmoud! nine people suspected of links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
The police operation in the capital Madrid, as well as in Valencia and Bilbao, was against a PKK "structure in Spain with ramifications in European countries and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... ," the ministry said in a statement.
The aim of the cell was to "collaborate and facilitate the integration of individuals in the armed structure of the terrorist PKK-KCK, which basically operates in Turkey and Syria," the statement added, referring to the PKK's umbrella group.
Eight of the detained were Spanish citizens, and the ninth was Turkish, the ministry said.
"The detained, in collaboration with other individuals residing in various European countries, were providing the necessary infrastructure for displaced people to travel abroad and to finally integrate in the ranks of the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) or one of the armed wings of the organization," the statement said.
It added that recruits were trained in using arms and explosives in training camps "in order to later join the combat cells."
In dawn raids in the three cities, police also searched 11 homes, one of them a gathering place for most of the detainees and regarded as the base of the group, which called itself "The Communist Reconstruction."
The European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... , the United States and Turkey regard the PKK to be a terrorist movement.
However, alcohol has never solved anybody's problems. But then, neither has milk... the PKK's Syrian affiliate, the PYD and its armed YPG wing, have been praised by US and Western officials in the fight against 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.... in Syria, and have received limited arms supplies and air support from the US-led coalition fighting ISIS.
The YPG has attracted fighters from Europe, the United States and other parts of the world who have traveled to Syria to join the war against ISIS.
KHUZDAR: A bomb blast rocked Khuzdar town on Thursday night, police said. The blast occurred near Koshak River on the outskirts of town, causing panic among people. “An Improvised Explosive Device was used for the blast,” said police officer Jumma Khan.
However, he added, no loss of life was reported as the location was away from the human settlements.
KARACHI: As the federal authorities ordered a sudden closure of Army Public and Bahria schools and colleges across the country for four days amid a terror threat, the Karachi University (KU) administration with the help of a law enforcement agency and a bomb disposal squad combed some areas of the campus for security reasons on Wednesday.
Sources told Dawn that eateries and tuck shops within the university and plant nurseries along the boundary wall were thoroughly checked.
The exercise, they said, was among the security measures that the university administration had recently decided to launch to prevent the possibility of a terror attack.
“All hotels, canteens on the campus as well as plant nurseries along the university wall were checked with the help of Rangers personnel and bomb disposal squad. Such security checks will now be carried out on a periodic basis,” said campus security adviser Dr Mohammad Zubair.
The university was increasing the number of walkthrough gates on the campus premises and the height of the boundary wall, he said.
The process to hire private security guards was also under way, he claimed.
According to Dr Zubair, the Rangers have enhanced patrolling on the campus. “It’s indeed a challenge to secure a big public sector university like the KU, which is visited by thousands of students and visitors daily. But we are trying our best to prevent entry of irrelevant people in the university,” he said in reply to a question. The sources said the university had also decided to hire a security expert for which an advertisement would soon be published in major newspapers. Besides, they said, the university was said to be developing a security plan.
However, one of the key security challenges for the university administration is to secure the 1,250-acre campus especially in the evening hours during which thousands of students attended their classes.
“Our security strategies are dependent on the presence of electricity. There is no alternative to address security issues if a power outage occurs, a routine affair on the campus. Besides, there are many spots along the university wall located in the deserted areas where there are no streetlights,” said a senior KU security department official on condition of anonymity.
He admitted that the university had failed to utilise the Rs300 million provided for security purposes one year ago but argued that the amount was too little considering the large area of the campus.
“Presently, there is no central communication system connecting all the security pickets and guards, a mandatory feature for any effective security system. Such a system also requires control room and 24-hour surveillance through cameras for which the university lacks funds,” he said.
In reply to the question whether teachers are satisfied with the recent administrative decisions and steps for enhanced security on the campus, Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) president Dr Shakeel-ur-Rehman Farooqui said: “The KU or, for that matter, any university of the country, can never have a foolproof security system unless it has a well-defined public safety policy in place. Such a policy is developed after an in-depth analysis of the campus infrastructure and prevailing conditions. It should be a comprehensive strategy that covers every security aspect, but it can’t be developed overnight or in patches.”
JHELUM: A terror bid on the outskirts of the city in Domeli Mor was foiled by police Thursday morning when a terrorist, during an encounter with police, blew himself up, police said.
The terrorist ─ who was allegedly targeting the Rawalpindi to Lahore Pakistan Express ─ tried to plant explosives on railway tracks near Grand Trunk Road when a citizen reported the 'suspicious individual' to Motorway Police, police said.
Deputy Superintendent Police Motorways Rauf Chishti reached the scene after the tip-off.
The terrorist lobbed a hand grenade at security personnel upon sight and then blew himself up, security sources said.
District Information Officer Awais, however, earlier said the suspect had exchanged fire with police before blowing himself up with a hand grenade.
Police recovered four hand grenades and two pistols, as well as two National Identity Cards and a vehicle from the terrorist's possession.
A heavy contingent of police, along with the District Police Officer, reached the site of the explosion and cordoned off the area. A search operation was conducted in the area and two suspicious individuals were arrested.
KOHAT: An anti-terrorism court convicted two personnel of a paramilitary force and three others on Thursday, sentencing each of them to 18 years in prison.
Judge Gohar Rehman also fined the convicts Rs90,000 each.
On Oct 11, 2014, a group of terrorists came face to face with a police patrol in the mountains of Kamardhand.
The terrorists used rockets, hand grenades and automatic weapons in an exchange of fire with the police, which claimed the life of a former army man, Jehangir, a resident of Nowshera.
The convicts were identified as Shakir, Kamran, Said Mir, Javed and Shadi Muhammnad. They were arrested and an FIR was registered against them under Sections 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 302, 324,353 and 15 AA.
The paramilitary personnel, Kamran and Said Mir, were later confirmed as facilitators and protectors of the Zarri alias Daddi group.
[DAWN] our coppers were killed in what police said appeared to be an incident of assassination'>assassination in the Munir Mengal Road area on Thursday.
Assailants opened fire on a police mobile, killing two coppers on the spot and injuring two others before fleeing on cycle of violence, police said.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain claimed the attack in an email sent to journalists.
The injured coppers were rushed to Civil Hospital Quetta for treatment, where both the coppersshuffled off the mortal coil.
Police and Frontier Corps ...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and anti-smuggling operations.... personnel reached the spot and an investigation was launched into the attack.
[DAWN] Two bogies of the Jaffar Express were partially damaged on Thursday in an kaboom near railway tracks in Mithri area of Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... 's Sibi district.
The Jaffar Express was travelling from Quetta to Lahore when the blast occurred destroying two feet of the railway track.
Railway service between Balochistan and other parts of the country was suspended as result of the blast.
There was no loss of life reported. Rescue and security personnel reached the blast site.
BAGHDAD- Iraqi authorities have uncovered a mass grave in Ramadi containing at least 40 bodies, including women and children, apparently killed by ISIS insurgents when they seized the city in May, police and provincial officials said.
Footage posted on the Facebook page of the provincial police on Wednesday showed what appeared to be bodies in varying states of decay being pulled from a shallow grave in the capital of Anbar province which Iraq’s military recaptured last month.
Police chief Major General Hadi Razij spoke in the video about the grave, and an adviser to the governor confirmed the images were authentic. Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan confirmed the reports.
“We believe they were the last to fight #DAESH before #Ramadi fell in May 2015. Investigation ongoing.”, Anbar Governor Sohaib al-Rawi said in a tweet with a picture of body bags lying in a street. Daesh is the Arabic acronym for ISIS, which is also called ISIL.
ISIS overran Ramadi last year as the Iraqi army abandoned its posts for the second time in less than a year, setting back government efforts to push back the ultra-hardline Sunni militants.
The military, backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, recaptured the city in December, but widespread destruction and explosives planted by the insurgents in streets and houses have prevented civilians from returning.
Several mass graves have been uncovered in areas retaken from ISIS, which imposes strict restrictions and harsh punishments on the millions of civilians living under its control.
The United Nations has said the militants are responsible for acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and possibly genocide.
Muhannad Haimour, the governor’s adviser, told Reuters at least 15 of the bodies, which were discovered in the central district of al-Jamaaiya, belonged to police officers, according to ID cards retrieved from the grave. Haimour said the grave was discovered through interrogations with captured ISIS militants.
He said not all the bodies had been identified, but some were believed to belong to women and children related to the police. It was not clear how the victims were killed, but the video appeared to show some of them had been handcuffed at the time of death. Haimour said there were signs of torture and gunshot wounds on some bodies, but that could not be immediately confirmed.
ERBIL – Jalal Hamdan Al-Naama, minister of war in the ranks of the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group, was reported dead in an airstrike by the western coalition near Mosul city in northern Iraq, officials reported on Thursday.
An airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition hit a building in the vicinity of Mosul where more than 20 ISIS officials were meeting on Thursday evening.
Al-Naama was killed along with more than 20 other ISIS leading members in the airstrike.
“The raid targeted the al-Hadr sub-district in Mosul suburb, where ISIS leading members were meeting,” an officier in the Nineveh police department told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“The coalition’s warplanes have pursued the ISIS convoy until all leading members entered a building to hold a meeting in al-Hadr. The fighter jets then bombed the entire building and killed all the militants there, including the ISIS minister of war Jalal Hamdan Al-Naama,” the source said.
This comes just a day after the U.S.-led coaition hit several strongholds for ISIS in the vicinity of Tirkit city in Iraq’s central province of Salah Al-Din, targeting jihadi commanders. At least three ISIS commanders were among those killed in the airstrikes, including Nimraddin Abu Aisha, Saudi commander in the ranks of ISIS, Abu Marwan al-Jazaeri, Algerian jihadi and administrator of ISIS financial office in Salah Al-Din province, and Rokan al-Shami, Syrian jihadi and head of ISIS security center in Salah Al-Din.
(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – On Thursday, Diyala Police Command announced the arrest of three wanted people, including two people wanted on charges of ‘Terrorism’ during an operation south of Baquba.
Diyala police Spokesman Colonel Ghalib Attiya stated in an interview, “Today, a security force from the police emergency regiments has carried out an operation in the southern areas of Baquba City, while managed to arrest three wanted men, including two men wanted on charges of terrorism.”
Attiya added, “The operation was carried out based on accurate intelligence information and with the cooperation of the residents,” pointing out that, “The detainees were transferred to a security center for interrogation.”
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Patriotic Union of Kurdistan revealed on Wednesday, that 16 members of the so-called ISIS were either killed or wounded in a suicide bombing west of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Spokesman in Mosul Ghias Surja said in an interview received by IraqiNews.com, “A booby-trapped bicycle driven by a suicide bomber exploded, at noon today, on headquarters belonging to ISIS in Mahlbah area (35 west km Mosul), killing and injury 16 ISIS members.”
Surja added, “ISIS members transferred the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department in Mosul.”
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A local source in Nineveh province said on Thursday, that 19 ISIS members, mostly Afghan and Saudi nationals, had been killed in an aerial bombing by the international coalition south of Mosul.
The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Today, warplanes of the international coalition shelled a headquarters for ISIS in the area of al-Hadar (110 km south of Mosul), resulting in the death of 19 ISIS elements, most of whom were Afghan and Saudi nationals,” pointing out that, “The ISIS war minister in Nineveh was among the dead.”
The source, who requested to remain anonymous, added, “The aerial bombing was based on accurate intelligence received by the coalition forces.”
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – On Thursday, a local source in Nineveh Province revealed, that the so-called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has released new videos featuring the executions of its fighters who escaped from the latest battles, while expected that ISIS released these videos in order to terrify the civilians.
The source stated in an interview, “The so-called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has recently released videos showing the executions of its fighters and members who escaped from the latest battles in Anbar, Salahuddin and other areas,” pointing out that, “ISIS published these videos through the fixed and mobile media outlets in the areas of Mosul.”
“ISIS has released these videos to terrify the civilians and also to send a warning to the rest of its members and fighters,” he added.
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Wednesday, al-Hashed al-Shaabi Command in Anbar Province announced the death of the Military Commander of Fallujah area in the so-called ISIS, along with eight of his associates during the cleansing battles of al-Karma area east of Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad).
The Commander of the 3rd Regiment of al-Hashed al-Shaabi Colonel Mahmoud Mardi Jumaili stated, “Today, security forces have carried out a large-scale military operation against the strongholds of ISIS in Subaihat area in al-Karma District (19 km east of Fallujah), killing Mishan Abdul Hamid Jumaili (Abu Obeida) who was also known as the Military Commander of Fallujah area in ISIS, along with eight of his associates.”
Jumaili added, “The security forces were also able to destroy three vehicles equipped with heavy and medium weapons in Subaihat area,” noting that, “The cleansing battles are ongoing in the vicinity of al-Karma east of Falluja to weaken ISIS capabilities and drain their forces.”
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A source in the Joint Special Operations Command announced on Thursday, that dozens of ISIS members were killed in an aerial bombardment in northern Ramadi (110 km west of Anbar).
The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “At noon today, Iraqi Air Force has carried out air strikes on ISIS gatherings in the northern axis in Albu Diab area (17 km north of Ramadi), killing dozens of ISIS members,” pointing out that, “The operation was carried out based on accurate information from the Directorate of Military Intelligence.”
The source, who asked anonymity, added: “The shelling operation is ongoing in order to attack ISIS gatherings and cleanse the entire city of Ramadi.”
Noteworthy, majority of Anbar Province’s cities were controlled by ISIS, while the security forces have begun wide cleansing battles and managed to retake the city of Ramadi after fierce battle.
(IraqiNews.com) The Federal Police Command announced on Thursday, that 28 ISIS elements were killed during military operations in the area of Husaiybah east of Ramadi.
Federal police captain Raed Shaker Jawdat said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The Federal Police Forces conducted painful strikes during military operations against the ISIS organization in the area of Husaiybah (7 km east of Ramadi), resulting in the death of 24 elements of the organization.”
Jawdat added, “The forces also killed 4 ISIS militants by targeting their shelter with rockets east of Ramadi, in addition to destroying a vehicle that was carrying supplies near al-Sharshuh markets in Husaiybah.”
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Thursday, Commander of the Anti-Terrorism Bureau Brigadier General Abdul Ghany al-Asadi announced, that 95% of Ramadi city was liberated from ISIS control, while pointed out that six emergency regiments from the police will secure the liberated areas.
Asadi said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The Anti-Terrorism forces managed to liberate 95% of Ramadi City,” pointing out that, “The non-liberated areas in Ramadi are only al-Sijariya and Husaibah and they were assigned to another military units.”
“Six emergency regiments from the Province police are now controlling and securing the liberated areas,” Asadi continued.
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Thursday, Commander of Anbar operations Brigadier General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced, that 60 members of the so-called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were killed and 19 booby-trapped vehicles were destructed, while indicated that the Army forces imposed its full control on the situation north of the city.
Mahalawi said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS intensified its attacks on the headquarters of the army’s 10th brigade, brigade 40 and brigade 39 in al-Tharthar area north of Ramadi.”
“The army forces backed by the international coalition aviation, Iraqi Army Aviation, army artillery, in addition to the Iraqi Air Force managed to kill 60 members of the so-called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), while destructed 19 booby-trapped vehicles driven by suicide bombers and inflicted heavy human and material losses on them,” Mahalawi added.
(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – Anbar Operations Command announced on Thursday, that the Iraqi forces managed to advance into the area of al-Sajariyah east of Ramadi.
The commander of Anbar Operations, Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahalawi, said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The army’s 8th brigade advanced, this morning, in the liberation of al-Sajariyah area east of Ramadi from ISIS,” noting that, “The operation is being carried out under his leadership.”
Mahalawi added, “The Iraqi Army Aviation as well as the international coalition aviation are participating in the operation,” pointing out that, “The forces are advancing towards their targets in al-Sajariyah amid weak resistance by the enemy.”
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday, that six fighters of al-Hashed al-Shaabi were either killed or wounded in a bomb blast south of Baghdad.
The source said in an interview, “This evening, a bomb exploded in a checkpoint belonging to al-Hashed al-Shaabi in Hor Rajab area south of Baghdad, killing two fighters and wounding four others.”
The source, who asked anonymity, added: “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department, while cordoned off the area and prevented approaching it.”
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source within the police force said on Thursday, that two civilians had been killed in separate militant attacks west of the capital Baghdad.
The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Today, unidentified militants opened fire against a civilian in the area of al-Yarmouk west of Baghdad, resulting in his immediate death,” adding that, “Another militant group attacked, today, another civilian in the area of al-Ma’moun west of Baghdad, resulting in his death immediately.”
The source continued, “A security force arrived in the areas of the two incidents and transferred the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department.”
[Iran Press TV] Iraqi government forces, backed by military aircraft, have launched successful clean-up operations against the Daesh [Islamic State] terrorist group in some parts of the Arab country, dealing heavy blows to the Takfiri ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed... holy warriors.
On Thursday evening, tens of Daesh [Islamic State]gunnies were killed when Iraqi Sukhoi fighter jets carried out precision strikes against terrorists' hideouts in Albu Dhiyab district, which lies north of Anbar's recently-liberated capital city of Ramadi, Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network reported.
Separately, fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, backed by army soldiers and military aircraft, stormed Daesh [Islamic State] positions southeast of the town of Tharthar, situated 120 kilometers (some 75 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, killing more than 60 terrorists.
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[Ynet] The IDF on Tuesday night locked away Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages! Mohammed Abu Tir, a member of parliament for Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, in Kafr Aqab. Abu Tir, 64, is suspected of involvement in terror activity and had been released from administrative detention in June 2015.
Another 14 wanted Paleostinians were also arrested Tuesday night and taken for interrogation.
ALEPPO – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday launched an offensive on regime-held areas in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, killing and wounding a number of civilians.
The ISIS-led attacks were focused on the northeastern countryside of Aleppo, where pro-Assad troops are stationed.
“ISIS started its offensive by launching dozens of mortars on villages held by the regime’s troops in northeastern Aleppo. At least three civilians were killed and five more wounded,” media activist Muhammad Omar told ARA News in Aleppo.
The militants then bombed with heavy artillery the Aleppo Free-Zone, in a bid to cut off one of the vital supply routes for pro-Assad troops in the province.
“Several shells also hit the regime-held Central Prison in Aleppo’s northern suburb,” the source said.
It was not immediately clear how many people were killed in the attacks on the Free-Zone and the Central Prison. However, eyewitnesses confirmed that the bombardment caused a huge damage in the targeted buildings.
Also on Thursday, Syrian and Russian warplanes launched joined raids over the ISIS-held city of al-Bab and Tadif town north of Aleppo. Seven civilian casualties were reported in the airstrikes.
HOMS – Russian and Syrian fighter jets launched on Thursday joint raids on opposition-held towns and villages in Syria’s central province of Homs.
Dozens of civilian casualties were reported in the airstrikes, according to a local documentation center.
Thursday’s airstrikes targeted the towns of Talbiseh and Rastan in the countryside of Homs, that are held by the armed opposition. Several other strikes hit the village of Ghantou.
“The Russian and Syrian warplanes bombed populated neighborhoods in the countryside of Homs. Dead bodies of 28 civilians were pulled from the rubble,” spokesman of Homs documentation center Hussein Farouq told ARA News.
“At least 40 others were injured in the airstrikes in Talbiseh, Rastan and Ghantou on Thursday,” the source said. “Some of the wounded are in critical conditions, and the stricken areas suffer a sharp shortage of medicines and equipment.”
Farouq stressed that all the casualties were civilians, including eight children and fourteen women.
In the meantime, activists reported that Syrian and Russian warplanes launched joint raids over the ISIS-held city of al-Bab and Tadif town north of Aleppo. Seven civilian casualties were reported in the airstrikes.
[Iran Press TV] Syrian army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied popular defense groups, have liberated two villages from the grips of foreign-backed Takfiri ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed... bully boyz in the country's northwestern Aleppo Province.
An unidentified military source said on Thursday that the army troops and allied forces managed to restore security and stability to Aleppo's Balouzeh village.
The source told Syria's news agency SANA later in the day that Ein al-Jamajmeh, another village in Aleppo Province, came under the Syrian army's control.
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[Ynet] The United Nations ...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense... says the number of besieged areas in Syria's conflict has risen to 18, up from 15 earlier this month.
As the UN hopes to get Syrian parties to begin peace talks on Friday, the UN humanitarian chief and the head of the World Food Program on Wednesday called upon Syria's government to allow sustained access to as many as half a million people in besieged areas.
Officials said the rare convoys that reached a few besieged communities earlier this month are not enough and that the aid delivered will soon run out.
UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien calls the idea of airdropping aid "risky" and insufficient, but all options are still being discussed.
[IsraelTimes] Cyber-defense expert Gil Shwed says a quarter of recipients opened emails and thus unknowingly enabled hackers to steal information from their hard drives
Iran launched a cyber-attack targeting Israeli army generals, human rights ...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty... activists in the Persian Gulf and scientists, an Israeli cyber-security firm said Thursday.
Gil Shwed, CEO of Check Point Software Technologies, said the attack began two months ago and was directed at some 1,600 people worldwide. They received email messages aimed at sending spyware into their computers, Shwed told Israel Radio.
More than a quarter of the recipients opened the emails and thus unknowingly downloaded spyware, allowing the hackers to steal information from their hard drives.
Over the last two years, Israel has been targeted by a number of cyber-attacks. Officials say hackers affiliated with Hezbollah and the Iranian government were behind some of the infiltration attempts.
On Tuesday, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz revealed that Israel's Electric Authority was being targeted by a "severe cyber-attack," although he did not say where it was coming from.
In June, the Israeli ClearSky cyber-security company said it had discovered an ongoing wave of cyber attacks originating from Iran on targets in Israel and the Middle East, with Israeli generals again among the targets. The goal is "espionage or other nation-state interests," the firm said. The hackers use techniques such as targeted phishing -- in which hackers gather user identification data using false web pages that look like real and reputable ones -- to hack into 40 targets in Israel and 500 worldwide, said ClearSky. In Israel the targets have included retired generals, employees of security consulting firms and researchers in academia.
Shwed warned Thursday that the pace of cyber-attacks is accelerating faster than the pace of investment in cyber safety, the Calcalist newspaper reported.
Israel is second only to the United States in cyber-security technology, according to Gadi Tirosh, managing partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners, which has been one of the country's most active investors in the field.
There are currently 173 companies in Israel big enough to be backed by venture capital companies and other major investors. That does not include the hundreds of others that are bootstrapped or relying on other sources of funds; altogether, there are 430 cyber companies currently operating in Israel, according to a report released earlier this month by the Israel Venture Capital (IVC) Research Center, with an average of 52 new cyber startups established annually since 2000.
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