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6 al Qaeda operatives die in Yemen drone strike
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25 Taliban militants surrender in Badakhshan province
At least 25 Taliban insurgents have given up fighting in the restive northeastern Bakhshan province of Afghanistan, local officials said Thursday.

The militants were previously fighting the government forces in Tashkan district of Bakhshan.

Provincial governor spokesman Ahmad Naweed Frotan said the militants surrendered to the security forces during the past two days.

Frotan further added that the militants handed over their weapons by surrendering to the security forces amid ongoing operations to clean Tashkan and Tagab districts.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far which comes amid rampant insurgency led by the group across the country.

Badakhshan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northeastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

The Afghan security forces took control of Tagab district from Taliban militants following a military operation launched late last month, leaving at least 15 Taliban insurgents dead and 20 others wounded.
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Afghan government troops call for reinforcements in Helmand
Embattled Afghan troops have appealed for reinforcements in Sangin district amid reports that government forces have lost control of the key strategic town.

Soldiers who are apparently under Taliban siege have said that they are running out of food and ammunition and are unable to break the siege and clear the area of militants.

Dozens of troops are reportedly still under siege and no one is addressing the problem, a number of troops fighting Taliban in Sangin district said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, members of Helmand provincial council have confirmed the reports - which have however been dismissed by senior Afghan security officials including the Ministry of Defense and provincial police chief.

Sangin, once a Taliban stronghold - has witnessed fierce fighting over the past two months with several areas of the district in the north still under control of the insurgents.

There are reports that the militants have cordoned off all overland routes to the area, leaving air transport as the only way to reach troops.

"Two months have past since the war erupted, several troops were wounded and martyred," an Afghan National Army ANA soldier said in Sangin adding that despite numerous pleas, no reinforcements have been sent in.
"They (officials) promised that they will do it today or tomorrow, but promises weren't kept. The entire bazaar is under Taliban siege. They (officials) tell us lies. It is now four days that we did not eat,"‎ said the soldier.

Insurgents however have planted landmines on the routes leading to Sangin district in an effort to inflict more casualties and curb the advance of troops.

"There are problems and pressures, Taliban alongside foreigners and opponents mounted their pressure. They (insurgents) had decided to seize control of the entire area in northern Helmand in a bid to establish strong command centers. However, insurgents failed to reach their objectives," Dawlat Waziri, a defense ministry spokesman said.

Waziri said they have been supporting Helmand fully, but promised to discuss certain issues facing troops in Helmand with the chief of army staff in order to address the problems.

While Waziri dismissed claims made by the embattled forces in Sangin, members of the provincial council said that troops fighting Taliban in Sangin are under serious threat and are facing a food shortage.

"The national army and border police forces live inside a fort, supply routes are closed and they face food shortages. According to our information, it is four or five days that they have not eaten food," a member of Helmand provincial council, Abdul Majid said.

"A limited area is under control of government forces which is also under the siege of the armed opponents. Government cannot supply them. Because the main road is also under siege of the armed opponents," another member Bashir Ahmad Badalshakir said.

Criticism has mounted against the central government in recent months after reports surfaced that government in Kabul has ignored calls from embattled troops for reinforcements.

"It is a laughable report to claim that there is no food, water and bullets, it means that the district is protected by ghosts. It is a totally baseless claim. How members of the provincial council know this, I can assure you that everything exists there and all necessary things are dispatched there," Helmand police chief Abdul Rahman Sarjang said.

This comes at a time that the Afghan security forces are still battling the Taliban in various regions of the volatile province and Taliban insurgency shows no sign of ending.

Video report at the link
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US Air Strikes Kill 46 Militants, Destroy ISIL Radio Station in Afghanistan
[ALMANAR.LB] A total of 46 gunnies were killed and a radio station belonging to 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 was destroyed after US-led coalition forces carried out Arclight airstrikes in Afghanistan's Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
and Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
eastern provinces overnight, government officials said Wednesday, two months after the group took to the airwaves in a sign of their growing reach.

The Pashto-language "Voice of the Caliphate" beamed ISIL propaganda in irregular nightly broadcasts from some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location in Nangarhar province bordering Pakistain.

The Afghan defense ministry said the program was broadcast from a moving vehicle and air strikes on Monday destroyed the transmission equipment hidden in the basement of a house in volatile Achin district.

"The radio program has not been heard since Tuesday," Achin district governor Haji Ghalib told AFP.

President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
recently vowed to "bury" the ISIL's affiliate in Afghanistan, while voicing alarm over their growing reach.
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Hand grenade explosion leaves 16 wounded in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] 16 people have sustained injuries in a hand grenade kaboom in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..

Governor's spokesperson said that security guards of Ali Baba Company were in a vehicle when one of them accidentally went kaboom! a hand grenade.

Ataullah Khogyani added that three of the victims are security guards of the company who were shifted to Nangarhar Regional Hospital following the blast this afternoon.

One of them was announced to be at death's door.

Other victims are civilians who were present at the site when the blast took place near Gumrak Jumat area in the second police district of Jalalabad city.

They include three children.

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Africa Horn
KDF intensifies security operations in Boni Forest
Police officers and soldiers have intensified security operations in areas bordering Somalia and Boni Forest, Kenya Defence Forces spokesman David Obonyo has said.

Col Obonyo said the forces have launched a major operation in the forest to flush out Al-Shabaab militants. The KDF spokesman added that the militants had been conducting raids in certain areas because information volunteered by the public at times took long to reach security agencies.

He was, however, quick to add that cooperation between security forces and residents was helping win the war against terrorism.

“Attacks have taken place in several areas but it should be noted that KDF officers cannot be in every place at the same time,” he said.

“We also must verify information from the residents before we act. The public has of late volunteered very helpful information. We will definitely win this war.”

The statements came just two days after soldiers killed four suspected Al-Shabaab militants in the forest. The military said two other terrorists escaped with multiple bullet wounds.

During the Monday encounter between soldiers and the militants, officers recovered a police vehicle stolen by the terrorists at Milihoi Village on December 16.
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Africa North
4th ISIS operative in Sirte dropped by sniper
ISIS Bad Guy dies of embarrassment from an improper Tweet by an assistant, and lead poisoning, but mostly by lead poisoning...
[LibyaHerald] There are unconfirmed reports that a fourth IS commander has been killed by a sniper in Sirte.

Abu Aisha Al-Khazdrawi, who is said to be a Libyan, was supposedly shot dead today from a considerable distance. The claim was made by the Sirte Revolutionary Brigade. No other details were given.

The sniper is becoming a social media celebrity but there is no independent confirmation of the killings. IS has not mentioned any deaths of senior commanders, which may be unsurprising.

What has been confirmed is a continuing campaign of executions and punishments by the terrorists. On Wednesday an IS web site posted pictures of three murders. Two men were shot on open ground on the edge of the town and photographed before and after they were killed. The third was crucified in another of the terrorists’ grim tableau.

The shock value of this last image was increased because the executioner was an IS fighter in sitting in a wheelchair, who held the rope with which the victim’s body would later be hoisted onto the frame of the former advertising hoarding in the middle of a roundabout in the west of the town.

There has been much speculation about the wheelchair-bound terrorist. He appeared to show no wounds nor disability. But there has been general agreement that by himself, he would not have been able to haul up the murdered man.

Meanwhile IS has published pictures of “re-education” sessions being held for Sirte citizens in Ouagadougou.
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#1  "Snipers - why do they hate us?"
Posted by: Raj || 02/05/2016 11:44 Comments || Top||

Sudanese militia unit destroyed in southern Libya
Tripoli, 4 February 2016:

A unit of the Libyan National Army stationed in the south-eastern oasis town of Kufra is said to have smashed a gang of rebel Sudanese gunmen from Darfur operating a checkpoint 200 kilometres north of the town.

Military commander Abdurrahman Hashim is quoted as saying that his men launched a surprise attack on the Burazeg checkpoint yesterday, killing 20 members of the gang, capturing six and destroying five of their vehicles. Four soldiers from his Subul Assalam unit were injured in the operation, he stated.

There are reports that the unit is not part of the LNA and is a Salafist outfit. However, a local Kufra council official claimed that the operation was supported by LNA airstrikes.

The gunmen are claimed to have used the checkpoint to rob travellers hold them for ransom or even kill them. They are reported as being members of both the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM). These are not the same, although one splinter group of the SLM joined with former members of JEM in 2010.

JEM, which became the major rebel force in Darfur at the height of the uprising there was backed by Qaddafi and during the revolution, it acted as his army in and around Kufra. According to a local Kufra council official, the gang moved into the area four months ago.
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#1  Where is that picture of the shoe killing the cockroach ...?
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 02/05/2016 11:20 Comments || Top||

Italian student Giulio Regeni found dead in Cairo 'with signs of torture'
[THEGUARDIAN] Italian authorities are demanding a full investigation into the death of an Italian student whose body was found in Cairo bearing signs that he had been tortured.

The body of Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old who was pursuing a PhD at Cambridge, was found in a ditch in the suburbs outside Cairo on Wednesday night, days after the Italian government announced it was growing increasingly concerned about his disappearance.

The Egyptian prosecutor leading the investigation team on the case said Regeni's body had been found with marks on it, cuts to the ears and signs of beatings and a "slow death". A source at the Giza public prosecutor's office said Regeni's body was found on the Cairo-Alexandria desert road, on an overpass close to Cairo's 6th October district and that his body appeared to have been dragged along the ground. Responding to earlier reports, the source added that the body did not have any noticeable stab wounds, but that other marks could have been cigarette burns.

More details about Regeni's body and possible cause of death will likely be clarified soon. An autopsy report was delivered to the Italian embassy in Cairo on Thursday evening.

Ansa is reporting that Egyptian authorities have turned Regeni's remains over to Umberto I Italian hospital in Cairo, citing anonymous sources. The Italian news agency also reported that a team of seven Sherlocks - from the state police, carabinieri and Interpol, would be leaving for Cairo on Friday to closely follow the investigation.

Reports in local media said he was found naked from the waist down. It is believed that he may have been killed days earlier.

The Italian foreign ministry released no new details about the murder on Thursday. It summoned the Egyptian ambassador in Rome, Amr Mostafa Kamal Helmy, to express concern about Regeni's death. "Helmy expressed profound condolences for Regeni's death and assured us Egypt will cooperate fully in finding those responsible for this criminal act," the Italian foreign ministry said. Italia has asked for Regeni's body to be repatriated as soon as possible and has demanded that Egypt open a joint investigation to ascertain the truth about his death in conjunction with Italian experts.
Al Ahram, the Egyptian newspaper adds:
Regeni is a Cambridge University PhD student who was conducting research in Egypt on trade unions after the 2011 uprising.

Rooters published additional details of the Italian citizen, which showed that he spoke four languages and had won several scholarships.

Ahram Online spoke to one of Regeni's Egyptian friends, who preferred to remain unnamed, who indicated that he received several emails and phone calls from Regeni asking for contacts of labor rights activists so that he could interview them for his research. The friend said the Regeni vowed that he would not go out for any interviews or fieldwork until after the January 25 anniversary.

"Then, on the morning of January 25, Regeni texted me asking me if there were any plans for a birthday celebration for one of our friends. Then I never heard from him again," his friend told Ahram Online.
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#1  (1) Contacted the wrong people, was taken for an CIA/MI5/Mossad spy.
(2) Homosexual.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/05/2016 4:21 Comments || Top||

ISIS Releases Images Of Wheelchair-Bound Executioner 'Crucifying Spy' In Libya's Sirte
[NEWSWEEK] 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....
Lion of Islam group (ISIS) released images of a wheelchair-bound executioner purporting to crucify an alleged spy in the central Libyan city of Sirte late Tuesday.

The images, marked by the official logo of ISIS's Wilayat Tarabulus (province of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
) in which Sirte is located, are captioned with the words "the execution of spies in the city of Sirte" and show the murder of three accused spies.

Two of the accused are shown lying lifeless on the ground while another bloodied man is shown strung up by rope on a wooden structure, with the word "spy" attached to his abdomen to identify him.

The wheelchair-bound Lion of Islam sits next to the alleged spy, kneeling before he is crucified, in front of an ISIS flag.

a hangover is the wrath of grapes...
no Lion of Islam is shown carrying out the crucifixion and it is unclear if the man in the wheelchair is actually incapacitated, as ISIS regularly stages propaganda acts for shock value.

ISIS does not identify the three men in the images and the other pictures are too graphic for publication.

The group published the images in what appears to be an attempt to consolidate its hold over the former hometown of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Qadaffy
...who single-handedly turned a moderately prosperous kingdom into a dictator's fantasyland and was then murdered by his indignant subjects 42 years later...
amid a series of attacks against the radical Islamist group.

"This is most likely linked to the series of anti-ISIS attacks we saw during the past week, ISIS is retaliating and using scare tactics," says Michael Horowitz, analyst at the Tel Aviv-based risk consultancy The Levantine Group, adding that the incapacitated man may have been a victim of an anti-ISIS attack.
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#1  Islam is compassionate to handicapped people!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/05/2016 4:31 Comments || Top||

#2  ADA-accessible crucifixion sites. How advanced
Posted by: Frank G || 02/05/2016 5:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Islamic State of Iron Side
(Apologies to Raymond Burr, PBUH)
Posted by: Crolunter Crineper3591 || 02/05/2016 18:15 Comments || Top||

6 al Qaeda operatives die in Yemen drone strike
[AlArabiya] An air strike believed to have been carried out by a US drone has killed six Al-Qaeda suspects in south Yemen, a security official said Thursday.

The unmanned warplane targeted an al-Qaeda vehicle in Rodhoum area, in Shabwa province, late Wednesday killing its six passengers, the official said.

The United States is the only country known to operate armed drones over Yemen, home to what it considers to be the extremist group's most dangerous affiliate - al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

It has kept up strikes on extremists during months of fighting between pro-government forces and Iran-backed Houthi rebels who control the capital.

Militants, including AQAP and ISIS, have gained ground in the south, with AQAP fighters seizing the town of Azzan in Shabwa, earlier this week.
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#1  Needs a picture of a cockroach about to be pounded by an arm wielding the heel of a shoe.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 02/05/2016 11:17 Comments || Top||

Yemen police chief wounded in Aden suicide bombing
[Emirates247] A provincial police chief in southern Yemen was wounded after a suicide bomb attack on his convoy in the port city of Aden late Wednesday, a security official said.

Colonel Adel Al Halemi was wounded and a number of other people killed or hurt when the assailant blew up his vehicle near the Lahj police chief's home in Aden, the official said, without giving more details on the casualties.

The attack follows a string of killings and bombings against government targets in southern Yemen.

Pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition have since July recaptured Aden, Lahj and three other southern provinces from Houthi rebels.
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Rebels shelling destroys museum in Yemen
[DAWN] Shelling by Yemen's 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 ...
rebels in the heavily contested western city of Taiz struck a museum housing rare manuscripts and the possessions of a deceased ruler, activists said on Wednesday.

Activist Reham al-Badr, who inspected the National Museum in Taiz, told said that rebels have routinely shelled the district where it is located, which is defended by local fighters.

She said the museum was struck on Sunday.

The interior walls of the building were torched black and the museum was filled with rubble and twisted metal. Al-Badr, who visited the museum earlier on Wednesday, said it housed a collection of watches, guns, swords, gifts from foreign visitors and manuscripts belonging to Imam Ahmed, who ruled until the 1960s.

Houthi spokesmen declined to comment. Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
has been torn apart by conflict since 2014, when the rebels allied with troops loyal to a former president and captured large swaths of the country, including the capital, Sanaa.

Taiz, Yemen's third-largest city, lies along a main route from the port city of Aden, held by a loose array of forces allied with the internationally recognised government, to Sanaa. Residents and aid groups say the Houthis have been indiscriminately shelling Taiz and blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid.
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German Police Arrest Two Algerians 'Linked to ISIL'
[ALMANAR.LB] German police Thursday tossed in the slammer
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
two Algerians suspected of links to the ISIL group (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....
in Iraq and Levant) and hunted two others after raids targeting several sites including refugee shelters where some of the suspects lived.

The four "from the jihadist scene are under investigation over suspicions that they are planning a serious act threatening the security of the state", Berlin police said.

The alleged involvement of Algerian nationals in any IS plot as well as a link to refugee shelters is expected to add fuel to a raging debate over the 1.1 million asylum seekers that Germany took in last year.

North African colonists were already in the spotlight after they were blamed for a rash of sexual assaults during New Year Eve's festivities in the western German city of Cologne
...a lovely city in Germany. They invented perfume there...
But the latest arrests risk compounding fears that jihadists are taking advantage of the massive influx of asylum seekers to Europe to slip inundetected.

The operation came as a huge police deployment was underway in Cologne to avoid a repeat of the New Year rampage during the giant week-long carnival festivities which begin Thursday.

One of the two men captured on Thursday is sought by Algerian authorities for his links to IS, police said, adding that "investigations show that he has been trained militarily in Syria."

The second Algerian was arrested for having falsified identity documents.

A woman was also detained in the course of the raids, although police did not specify the reason.

Some 450 officers took part in the operation sweeping Berlin, and the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, and carried away computers and mobile telephones.

Among locations searched were "the refugee shelters where the suspects lived," Berlin police front man Stefan Redlich told news channel N24.
According to Ynet, the arrested woman , also wanted by Algeria, s the wife of the Algerian who trained in Syria; cell phones, computers, and other material were picked up during the arrests, and:
The men jugged
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
on Thursday have used aliases, claiming to be Syrian and French, Redlich said.
Steltner said the suspects had been in Germany for varying lengths of time, from late last year in the case of the man arrested in Attendorn to as much as 15 years.
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Passengers, crew evacuated from Madrid-Riyadh flight after bomb hoax
There's been a lot of this kind of thing lately.
[REUTERS] Spanish authorities evacuated all passengers and crew from a flight bound for Riyadh at Madrid's Barajas international airport on Thursday after a bomb threat, which the airline later said was a hoax.

The 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...
n Airlines (Saudia) flight was grounded before take off after the pilot noticed a note with a bomb threat onboard, Spain's interior minister, Jose Fernandez Diaz, said in parliament.

A front man for Saudia said the threat was a false alarm and the airline was taking all the necessary precautionary formalities.

"It's just another hoax that all airlines are subjected to," he said.

Spain's airport operator Aena said they had downgraded the alarm from general to local, meaning the alert would not affect other flights and the airport would continue operating as normal.

Flight SVA 226, which had been due to leave just before 1000 GMT with 112 passengers and crew and was seen at the airport with the inflatable ramps extended and fire and security services nearby, has since been isolated while the investigation is carried out.

El Pais newspaper said the note, with "bomb threat" written in English, was attached to a baggage compartment in the plane with a knife.
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Soldier dies in ambush in Nasirabad
DERA MURAD JAMALI: A Frontier Corps (FC) man was killed and two others were injured in an attack in Chattar area of Nasirabad district on Thursday.

According to official sources, an FC convoy on its way to Dera Murad Jamali came under fire from unidentified attackers when it was about 30km from the town.

An FC soldier was killed and two others were injured. The FC personnel travelling in other vehicles took positions and fired back at the assailants. However, the assailants escaped.

The body and the injured were taken to a local hospital before being shifted to the Combined Military Hospital, Quetta.

Security forces launched a search operation to trace the attackers and have taken some suspects into custody.

Published in Dawn, February 5th, 2016
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Eight of 'banned groups' arrested
[DAWN] The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) claim to have tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
eight members of banned groups on Wednesday.

A CTD front man said after receiving information about the presence of suspected members of banned
...the word banned seems to have a different meaning in Pakistain than it does in most other places. Or maybe it simply lacks any meaning at all...
s, they conducted raids in different parts of the city and arrested eight suspects.

He claimed the suspects belonged to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
, Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain
...a Sunni Deobandi organization, a formerly registered Pak political party, established in the early 1980s in Jhang by Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi. Its stated goal is to oppose Shia influence in Pakistain. They're not too big on Brelvis, either. Or Christians. Or anybody else who's not them. The organization was banned in 2002 as a terrorist organization, but somehow it keeps ticking along, piling up the corpse counts...
and Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistain.
Interestingly enough, you never seem to hear about Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistain shooting anybody up. It's almost like it's just there for balance against the other two Murderous Moslem organizations, which do rack up an annual corpse count that's awe-inspiring -- despite being "banned."
The front man further said they also recovered illegal weapons, proscribed literature and kaboom from their possession. Identities of those arrested were not disclosed.
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Would-be suicide bomber kills himself, 2 accomplices
[DAWN] Security forces foiled a potentially massive terrorist attack by intercepting an explosive-laden vehicle in Giddir area of Kalat district on Wednesday.

A would-be jacket wallah detonated the explosives he was wearing, killing himself and two accomplices and blowing up the vehicle. Three security personnel were maimed.

According to official sources, personnel of the 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....
(FC) and an intelligence agency, on a tip-off about the entry of an explosive-laden pick-up in Giddir area, launched a search operation. They spotted a suspected vehicle carrying three persons and tried to stop it.

"But the driver sped up the pick-up which was chased by security forces. In the meantime, the suicide bomber detonated his explosives in an act of desperation," an FC front man said. "The pick-up was smashed into pieces and its three occupants were killed. Three paramilitary soldiers were maimed in the blast that rocked a vast area."

"The Death Eaters apparently belonged to a banned myrmidon organization," official sources said.
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#1  I am guessing that the stooge jacket wallah's handlers were caught by surprise.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 02/05/2016 12:29 Comments || Top||

#2  "In the meantime, the suicide bomber detonated his explosives in an act of desperation"

Maybe he was trying to fasten his seatbelt.

Posted by: Pappy || 02/05/2016 14:44 Comments || Top||

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's nephew killed in airstrike
[TAGHRIBNEWS] The Head of Khalidiya Council in Anbar Province Ali Dawood announced on Wednesday, that the nephew of the ISIS leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
was killed in an Iraqi Arclight airstrike east of Ramadi, along with eight of his lover companions.

Dawood said in a statement that "Today, Iraqi Air Force conducted an Arclight airstrike on the so-called ISIS sharia court in Albu Bali area in Khalidiya Island east of Ramadi."

Dawood added, "The strike resulted in the death of Abu Ahmed al-Samarrai the nephew of the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, along with eight of his lover companions, as well as Adel al-Bilawi, the Military Commander of Albu Bali area."
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#1  3rd wife's brother's 4th wife's son?
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 02/05/2016 23:43 Comments || Top||

Kurd troops drive ISIS troops from Makhmur
[ARA News] ERBIL – Subsequent to fierce clashes with militants of the Islamic State (ISIS), the Peshmerga forces of Iraqi Kurdistan recaptured a strategic town in the vicinity of Makhmur in northern Iraq, military sources reported on Thursday.

Kurdish forces of the Peshmerga launched an attack on ISIS headquarters in Makhmur suburb, bombing the militants’ positions with heavy artillery.

After two days of clashes in the area, the Peshmerga troops, backed by local tribal forces, were able Thursday to recapture Koudellah in western Makhmur after expelling ISIS militants from the town.

“Koudellah was constantly used by ISIS terrorists as a military base from which they have repeatedly attacked the Peshmerga army,” Peshmerga officer Reshid Sufi told ARA News in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

“Recapturing the town would help the Peshmerga’s operations to eventually liberate the whole district from ISIS terrorists,” Sufi said.

He added that the participation of local tribal groups in the battle against ISIS “reflects the people’s belief in the ability of the Peshmerga to regain areas under ISIS control”.

Koudellah was also deemed a main supply route for ISIS militants between Mosul and Qayarrah, two important bastions for ISIS in northwestern Iraq.

Backed by the western coalition’s air support, the Kurdish Peshmerga army has been combatting ISIS in northern Iraq for more than two years.
Posted by: badanov || 02/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Turkish aircraft hit Kurdish targets
Turkish aircraft hit Kurd village in Dohuk

(IraqiNews.com) Dohuk – A local source in Dohuk province said on Thursday, that Turkish warplanes attacked a village near the district of Zakho, while stressed that the villagers were forced to leave their homes for fear of being targeted.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Turkish warplanes launched, at noon today, an attack on the area surrounding the village of Senava southeast of the city of Zakho north of Dohuk,” noting that, “The attack resulted in inflicting material losses.”

The source added, “The bombardment lasted for more than half an hour and the villagers were forced to leave their homes for fear of being targeted.”

Turkish warbirds hit Kurd targets near Erbil

(IraqiNews.com) Erbil – On Thursday, a number of eyewitnesses revealed, that Turkish warplanes attacked the headquarters of Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Qandil Mountains north of Erbil, while emphasized that the attack continued for several hours.

One of the eyewitnesses called Ibrahim Kadim told reporters, “Yesterday, Turkish warplanes carried out an attack on the headquarters of Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Qandil Mountains,” pointing out that, “The attack included Īndizah, Liyūzah, Puskreskan and Zarkili areas.”

“The attack continued from 12 am until 4 am and inflicted material losses in the areas,” the eyewitnesses added.
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Iraqi militiaman die in sniper attack
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk province announced on Thursday, that an element of al-Hashed al-Turkumani had been killed by a sniper belonging to the ISIS south of the province.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, an element of al-Hashed al-Turkumani’s 16th brigade was targeted by a sniper belonging to ISIS in the district of Taza (25 km south of Kirkuk), resulting in his injury,” pointing out that, “The element had died while being transferred to the hospital.”

The source also added, “The dead body was taken to the forensic medicine department for the purpose of transfering it to his family.”
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Mosul reconquista
Iraqi regulars liberate 3 villages in Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – The Commander of al-Hashed al-Shaabi in southern Mosul Fares Sabawi announced on Thursday the liberation of three villages belonging to Qayyarah area (60 kilometers south of Mosul), while pointed out to the death of 18 ISIS fighters during the past two days.

Sheikh Fares Sabawi said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “We liberated three villages in Qayyarah area south of Mosul with the participation of 800 fighters of al-Hashed al-Shaabi, Nineveh Operations Command and the international coalition, as well as the Kurdish Peshmerga forces,” pointing out that, “We managed to kill 18 ISIS members, including five foreign members and destroyed eight booby-trapped vehicles.”

Sabawi added, “The operations will continue until the liberation of Qayyarah and the surrounding villages in order to cut ISIS supply lines between Mosul and Salahuddin.”

The Nineveh Operations Command announced early this month the liberation of a village in Qayyarah southwest of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad), while emphasized that 31 ISIS members were either killed or wounded during the operation.

Kurd troops, Iraqi militia launch attacks in Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – On Thursday, Kurdish sources announced, that the Peshmerga forces and Arab tribes backed by the international coalition aviation have launched a massive attack on the so-called ISIS headquarters near Makhmour area south-east of Mosul, while managed to retake three villages, including the village of Kodila.

In Anbar, security sources revealed the killing of 11 members of ISIS during clashes with the security forces in Husaybah area east of Ramadi.

The sources also stated, that the joint forces stormed ISIS defense lines in different areas east of Ramadi, while a large number of ISIS fighters escaped during the clashes in Khalidiya Island.
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11 ISIS troops die in Salahuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad- The leadership of the Federal Police announced on Thursday the killing of 11 members of the so-called ISIS, including snipers and a suicide bomber during security operations carried out in different parts of Salahuddin.

The Federal Police Captain Raed Shakir Jawdat said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today, a force from the army’s 20th brigade bombed three headquarters belonging to ISIS with mortar shells in Hamrin Mountains east of Tikrit, destructing the headquarters of ISIS and a vehicle.

Jawdat added, “A force from the same brigade managed to kill three ISIS snipers near a petrol station in Ajil fields east of Tikrit,” pointing out that, “The security forces killed seven ISIS members while trying to booby-trap the roads in Makhoul Mountains north of Tikrit.”
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Anbar Antics: 39 die
Anbar Council announces liberating al-Sajariyah area east of Ramadi

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – Member of Anbar Provincial Council Azal al-Fahdawi announced on Thursday, that the Iraqi joint security forces had managed to liberate the area of al-Sajariyah east of Ramadi.

Fahdawi said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A force from the Anti-Terrorism Directorate as well as the army and police brigades had managed to fully liberate the area of al-Sajariyah east of Ramadi from ISIS control,” adding that, “The security forces raised the Iraqi flag over a building in the region.”

17 ISIS Bad Guys die in al-Sijariya

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Thursday the Commander of the 3rd special operations brigade in the Anti-Terrorism Bureau Major General Sami Kadim al-Aredi announced, that the Anti-Terrorism forces advanced toward the center of al-Sijariya, while pointed out to the killing of 17 members of the so-called ISIS.

Aredi said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today the Anti-Terrorism forces managed to enter the center of al-Sijariya area east of Ramadi,” pointing out that, “The Anti-Terrorism forces clashed with ISIS fighters and were able to kill 17 fighters of the organization.”

“The international coalition aviation, Iraqi Army Aviation and Iraqi Army dealt with ISIS hideouts in the area,” Aredi added.

ISIS Top Dawg, 3 others die near Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Commander of Karma Brigade in al-Hashed al-Shaabi in al-Anbar Province announced on Thursday, that ISIS military official in al-Karma District was killed, along with three of his assistants in a security operation in eastern Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad).

Colonel Khamis Bahr Halbusi said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces carried out a large-scale military operation on ISIS gathering in Rashad area in al-Karma District (19 km east of Fallujah), killing ISIS military official Omar al-Lahibi, along with three of his assistants, in addition to destructing six vehicles equipped with medium and heavy weapons and a rocket launcher.”

Halbusi also pointed out, “The troops from the army, police and tribal fighters in Anbar Province are achieving a significant progress in the liberation battles.”

18 ISIS troops die in Albu Soda

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Khalidiya Council in Anbar Province announced on Thursday, that the security forces cleansed Albu Soda area in Saqlawiyah District in northern Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad), while indicated that 18 fighters of the so-called ISIS were killed during the operation.

The Head of the security committee in Khalidiya Council Ali Dawood said in a brief statement obtained IraqiNews.com, “The security forces managed to cleanse Albu Soda area (17 km north of Fallujah) and were able to kill 18 ISIS fighters, in addition to destructing four booby-trapped vehicles.”

Dawood added, “The security forces stationed in the surrounding areas of Albu Soda in order to advance to Albu Shihab and al-Mhamda areas to liberate them from ISIS,” indicating that, “The army and police troops achieved a notable progress in the cleansing battles of Saqlawiyah and the eastern axis of Ramadi, and working to cut off ISIS funding lines and destroy its strongholds.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 1 dead
10 killed, wounded in bomb blast in Nahrawan area south-east of Baghdad

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday, that ten people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast in the south-east of Baghdad.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded, this morning, near shops in Nahrawan area south-east of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding nine others.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added that “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment, and the dead body to the forensic medicine department, while cordoned off the area and prevented approaching it.”

4 soldiers injured in bomb blast south of Baghdad

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi police said on Thursday, that four soldiers had been injured in a bomb blast that targeted their patrol in southern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today, an explosive device that was emplaced on the road side of the main road in the area of Arab Jabour in southern Baghdad had targeted an army patrol resulting in the injury of four elements and material damages to their vehicle.”

The source added, “A security force transferred the injured to a nearby hospital and carried out raids in search of the perpetrators of the incident.”
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#1  That like "national brotherhood day" for Iraq.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/05/2016 4:16 Comments || Top||

Shin Bet arrests 5 Palestinians in Qabatiya overnight
Adding to the collection..
[Ynet] Five Paleostinians were tossed in the clink
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
overnight Wednesday in Qabatiya in the West Bank as part of the Shin Bet's investigation into to terror attack at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem that claimed the life of a Border Policewoman.

The Shin Bet were searching for the accessory to the three terrorists, who took them from the village to Jerusalem.

In addition, the homes of the three holy warriors were mapped out ahead of their planned demolition, and troops searched for weapons in the city.

COGAT orders the freeze of work and trade permits for terrorists' extended families

[Ynet] COGAT, Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai ordered on Thursday to freeze all work and trade permits of the extended families of the three turbans from Qabatiya who committed the attack at the Damascus Gate the previous day.

This is the first time in this round of attacks that sanctions are taken against the extended families of terrorists.
I have no idea what COGAT means, but it sounds awfully official.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/05/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I have no idea what COGAT means, but it sounds awfully official

Coordinator of [Israeli] Government Activities in the Territories.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/05/2016 4:17 Comments || Top||

#2  I think COGAT was Charo's husband. Cuchi cuchi!
Posted by: Frank G || 02/05/2016 5:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Look, they want their own country? Give them Yemen or half of Libya.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/05/2016 12:00 Comments || Top||

#4  I hear that Antarctica is still available.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 02/05/2016 12:37 Comments || Top||

Zionist Forces Detain Two Palestinian Girls in Ramla
[ALMANAR.LB] Two Paleostinian girls were detained after attempting to attack an Israeli occupation soldier at a bus station in the central Israeli city of Ramla on Thursday, according to media reports.

The two girls as 13-year-olds from the al-Jawarish area of Ramla.

The two arrived at the central bus station in Ramla, when the Zionist soldier asked them to identify themselves before going into search machine, they stabbed him.
According to The Times of Israel, the girls are actually Israelis:
The Rishon Lezion Magistrate's court on Thursday ruled the two 13-year-old Israeli Arab girls who stabbed and lightly maimed a security guard earlier in the day will remain in jug for another five days.

The teens told police the attack was "Dire Revenge for the situation in the Al-Aqsa Mosque," and was in protest of Israel's "killing of Paleostinians."

The two suspects, from Ramle's mixed Arab-Jewish Jawarish neighborhood,
...no discrimination there...
were jugged
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
with the knives in their possession. One was carrying a school backpack, a police spokesperson noted.

The stabbing took place at the central bus station in the center of the working-class city outside Tel Aviv. The building also houses a mall and government offices.

An initial police investigation found that the two girls approached the bus station's entrance, where the guard asked them to identify themselves. They pulled kitchen knives out of their clothing and stabbed him in the leg and hand.

A soldier and an armed civilian quickly subdued the two. They were detained and taken to Ramle Police headquarters for questioning.
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#1  How Palestinian media contributes to cycle of incitement
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 02/05/2016 10:58 Comments || Top||

Are U.S. Missiles Taking Out High-Ranking Russian Military Officials?
[Daily Beast] A CIA-backed anti-Assad militia reportedly killed at least one senior Russian military official this week with an American TOW anti-tank missile. Is this a Soviet-Afghan replay?

Evidence has emerged strongly suggesting that U.S.-armed rebels have used an American-supplied weapons system to kill a handful of senior Russian military officials in Syria.
Video footage, circulated by a known CIA-backed Free Syrian Army militia, shows a laser-guided BGM-71 TOWs anti-tank missile fired at a rooftop where unidentified uniformed personnel had gathered. The location of the building under attack is likely Latakia province, where the rebels have lately suffered setbacks as a result of intensified Russian airstrikes and artillery shelling aiding forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Everything is based on open-source intelligence and reporting from Syrian opposition, Turkish and Russian sources, all of which agree that at least one high-ranking Russian was killed in action in Syria. As of Thursday evening, U.S. officials would neither confirm nor deny to The Daily Beast whether an increase in resupplies to U.S.-backed rebel militias was in the offing as a result of the complete and utter breakdown of Syrian peace negotiations in Geneva.
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#1  Perhaps the weapons used were among those allegedly behind the Benghazi debacle?
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/05/2016 8:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Perhaps the weapons used were among those allegedly behind the Benghazi debacle?

And perhaps the very well placed mortar rounds at Benghazi were dropped by..... In any event, the U.S. activities and sites in Benghazi appear to have been discontinued, with no plan for re-establishment.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/05/2016 8:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Perhaps the weapons used were among those allegedly behind the Benghazi debacle?

Those were MAPADS; likely a SA-7 variant.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/05/2016 8:44 Comments || Top||

#4  shows a laser-guided BGM-71 TOWs anti-tank missile

Journalists. They never ever get anything right.

This story gets lumped in with all the other non-sense put out by these hysterical ignoramuses
Posted by: Nguard || 02/05/2016 10:25 Comments || Top||

#5  As a former platoon leader, and later company XO of a TOW company (E Co., 325th Inf (Abn)). I can confidently state that a TOW missile (with stand-off warhead) is great for penetrating armor, or putting a small hole in a wall. The warhead is a shaped charge, designed to project a small stream of highly destructive energy through a hole no bigger than your wrist.

It would be possible for collateral debris to injure or kill someone, and a direct hit on a human being would end his/her happy days - but using a TOW for an anti-personnel shot is pretty much ridiculous.

Hollywood makes "big booms" - the funniest being to watch some character fire a M72A2 LAW at some target - and see a huge explosion. The real rocket creates a hole about the diameter of a Mont Blac pen - and creates almost no visible display on the entry side of the shaped charge.
Posted by: Lone Ranger || 02/05/2016 12:28 Comments || Top||

#6  A TOW missile with fricken laser beams on it's head would be awesome.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/05/2016 12:44 Comments || Top||

#7  Huh. The TOW now has 'wireless' versions. Plus:
"From FY 2012 to FY 2016, the U.S. military will only be purchasing the BGM-71F TOW 2B Aero variant and the BGM-71H TOW 2A bunker buster. The BGM-71F TOW 2B Aero is an extended range version of the TOW 2B anti-tank missile. This missile is used agains enemy armor and has a range of 2.8 miles (4.5 km). Compared to earlier TOW versions, the TOW 2B is designed to fly over enemy tanks and armored vehicles and hit them from above, where the armor is thinner. The BGM-71H (TOW 2A bunker buster) is used against buildings and field fortifications and has a range of 2.3 miles (3.75 km)." ty Aeroweb. Nice range.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 02/05/2016 13:16 Comments || Top||

#8  Shaped charge technology is awesome, and critical to things outside the military - like perforating oil wells. We run perforating 'guns' down inside 2" ID tubing and fire a stack of a few dozen charges which make narrow conical holes through the steel tubing, a few inches of cement, steel casing, a bit more cement, and about 6 inches into the rock; the effective hole diameters through which the oil flows back to us are about 1/4 inch.
I have been told the technical origin of shaped charges was for making the conventional explosive shell around the plutonium core of the atomic bombs.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/05/2016 14:07 Comments || Top||

#9  Assuming the story is true and they really are CIA-backed anti-Assad militia doing it, why? Why would the CIA provoke the Russians now? Over Assad's removal? That's bat$hit crazy.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/05/2016 15:01 Comments || Top||

#10  Good ole trusty TOW.

Love + miss also the DRAGON ATGM.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/05/2016 19:53 Comments || Top||

Russian says air strikes hit 875 'terrorist' targets in Syria this month
[AlAhram] Russia's air force hit 875 "terrorist targets" in Syria this month, the defence ministry said Thursday, after peace talks on ending the country's brual war broke down.

Planes conducted 237 combat sorties, striking 875 "terrorist" targets in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Homs, Hama and Deir Ezzor, the defence ministry said in a statement. A ministry spokeswoman told AFP the strikes had taken place on February 1-3.

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#1  You don't hear about Putin visiting mosques, or saying things like "Islam is an integral part of Russia.". I wonder if there is a connection?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/05/2016 4:15 Comments || Top||

#2  You don't hear about Putin visiting mosques, or saying things like "Islam is an integral part of Russia.".

Putin's not trying to cultivate a post-presidential political base either.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/05/2016 15:17 Comments || Top||

#3  I think you all are giving him too much credit. IMO, Obama is operating on conditional reflex.And why not? It brought him so far.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/05/2016 15:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Al Guardian has before and after images of Allepo. Well, it WAS an nice town.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/05/2016 18:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Their pedecessors created some beautiful things. If these slack-jawed Islamo infants demand someone else rehabilitate it, then FOAD
Posted by: Frank G || 02/05/2016 22:39 Comments || Top||

Kurd troops take 2 villages from al-Nusra troops in Aleppo
[ARA News] AFRIN – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) reported Thursday new gains against the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo.

Subsequent to clashes with Nusra militant fighters, the YPG advanced in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo and recaptured two villages in the Sherawa district of Afrin.

The Kurdish units regained control of the villages of Al-Ziyara and Khrebka, forcing al-Qaeda-linked militants of Nusra Front to evacuate their strongholds there on Thursday evening.

Speaking to ARA News in Afrin, YPG spokesman Rezan Heddo said that at least six Nusra militants were killed and five more were wounded in the clashes, adding that two Kurdish fighters lost their lives in the same clashes in Sherawa district.

“When our forces entered the liberated villages after expelling the Nusra militants, the villagers have showen a full support to the YPG for liberating them from the suppression of the terror group,” Heddo said.

“The main objective for the YPG is to free people from the fist of those terrorists,” he said. “our operations will continue until liberating the entire region from radical groups like Nusra and ISIS.”

In the meantime, a special team from the YPG has started dismantling landmines and explosive devices left behind by Nusra militants in Al-Ziyara and Khrebka.
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35 Syrian Army regulars die in ISIS attack in Aleppo
[ARA News] ALEPPO – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday launched an offensive on positions of the Syrian regime’s army in Aleppo province, killing and wounding dozens of soldiers.

ISIS launched two car bomb attacks at Syrian army bases in the towns of Afsh and Tal Maksur in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, before firing dozens of mortar shells on the army positions.

“At least 35 Syrian soldiers were killed and dozens more wounded in the offensive on Thursday,” local media activist Hussein al-Dahir told ARA News in Aleppo.

The Syrian army had recaptured the towns of Afsh and Tal Maksur earlier this week subsequent to clashes with Islamist rebels.

“Both towns were announced as military zones for the regime’s troops. ISIS launched its offensive after reports about large military reinforcements arriving in Afsh and Tal Maksur,” the informed source said.

Also on Thursday, clashes broke out between ISIS fighters and Syrian army troops in the vicinity of Khanasir-Athriya highway in Aleppo –which is considered the main supply route for the regime’s army in the province.

The clashes left casualties on both sides, before the withdrawal of ISIS fighters towards their headquarters in eastern Aleppo on Thursday evening.
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Sy. Army Repels ISIL Attack on Deir Ezzor Airport, Kills 40 terrorists in Hama
[ALMANAR.LB] The terrorist organizations are losing many of their members, including 40 Jaish al-Fateh gunnies in Hama, and more of their equipment as the army operations against their positions continue.


The Syrian Air Force carried out during the last 24 hours intensive sorties targeting gatherings and sites of "Jaish al-Fateh" gunnies in the northern countryside of Hama.

A depot containing TOW and Grad rockets
...Soviet-developed 122-mm rockets, usually launched from trucks. Newer versions are reported to have a range of up to 30 km....
in addition to number of vehicles equipped with machine guns were destroyed and at least 40 bad boyz were potted in the strikes.

Deir Ezzor

Army units confronted ISIL gunnies who tried to reach Deir Ezzor military airport's fence from the direction of Hweijet al-Mrei'iyeh in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor province, a source on the ground told SANA.

The army members managed to destroy two vehicles packed with large amounts of explosives which the gunnies used in their attack before they reached the fence.

One of the two boom-mobiles was destroyed amidst a large gathering of terrorists, with all of them getting killed or injured, the source explained.

More ISIL bad boyz were potted and their equipment was destroyed as the army hit their positions in the villages of al-Mrei'iyeh, Hweijet al-Mrei'iyeh and surrounding farms and al-Jafra.


In southern Syria, an army unit destroyed vehicles, a fortified position and a heavy machinegun for gunnies in Daraa al-Mahatta area in Daraa city.

Members of a terrorist group were killed or injured during an army operation against their site in al-Manshiyeh neighborhood in the city, while a vehicle was destroyed in al-Abbassiyeh neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad area.

The army targeted a gathering of gunnies in the area between the villages of Sama al-Hneidat and al-Mleiha on the border between Daraa and Sweida.

Sources on the ground told SANA that an army unit destroyed with a rocket a launching pad for anti-tank missiles set up on a building in al-Yadouda town in Daraa northwestern countryside.
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Kremlin Confirms Death Of Another Russian Serviceman In Syria
[NEWSWEEK] A Russian soldier has been killed after coming under fire by holy warriors in Syria, the Russian Ministry of Defence and the Kremlin have said.

On Wednesday independent news agency Interfax cited a Ministry of Defence source, reporting that a soldier had been killed in Syria. The soldier, whose name was not given, was reportedly killed on Monday after sustaining fatal wounds from shelling by the holy warrior group 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....

During his daily press briefing on Thursday, Kremlin front man Dmitry Peskov said the serviceman, had in fact been killed but highlighted that the man had not taken part in fighting. He was there as part of a group of experts on Russian military gear.
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Syrian army sees Aleppo encircled soon; rebels hope for more weapons
[REUTERS] A Syrian army source said the city of Aleppo would soon be encircled by government forces as rebels pounded by Russian air strikes expressed hope that the failure of Geneva peace talks would encourage their foreign backers to send better weapons.

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, said there was no point to peace talks while Russia carried out attacks in Syria. Moscow confirmed a Russian military trainer was killed in Syria this week, but denied that Russian servicemen were fighting on the ground.

The United Nations
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on Wednesday suspended the first peace talks in two years, halting an effort that seemed doomed from the start as the war raged unabated on the ground and government forces severed a major rebel supply route into strategically-important Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the war began.

Turkey said on Thursday that tens of thousands of refugees from Aleppo were moving towards the border due to air strikes.

Four months of Russian air strikes have tipped the momentum Assad's way after rebel advances earlier in 2015 that posed a growing threat to his control of crucial areas of western Syria.

With the help of Russian air power and allies including Leb's Hezbollah and Iranian fighters on the ground, the overstretched Syrian army is regaining ground on key fronts in the west, where Syria's most important cities are located.

But vast swathes of the country are in the hands of armed rebels, including a mosaic of groups in the west, 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 the east, and Kurdish militia in the north.

The refugee crisis created by the five-year-long war moved back into focus as donors convened in London on Thursday, with U.N. agencies seeking billions in aid to help the victims of a conflict that has forced millions from their homes.
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English-speaking child issues chilling warning to America before beheading prisoner in latest sick ISIS video
[DAILYMAIL.CO.UK] A barbaric new ISIS video shows a young, English speaking boy sawing the head off an unarmed hostage.

With his dagger pointed down the camera lens, the child issues a chilling threat to the United States for arming rebel groups to fight the terror group in Syria.

He says: 'Oh America, these are the soldiers you armed and you spent money on to fight the Sharia of Islam.

'We will destroy them as we destroyed the [inaudible] of Iraq... You can't escape,' he adds in the propaganda video which is thought to have been filmed in Aleppo, Syria.

The boy then says ISIS will meet their enemies 'on the hills of Dabiq' - a small Syrian town where some Muslims believe the final, apocalyptic battle against the West will be fought.

It is thought the boy, dressed in a grey tunic, is the son of ISIS fighter Abu Darda who was killed by a U.S. Arclight airstrike in Aleppo.

ISIS's hostage, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, was thought to be a fighter for the Levant Front rebel faction - a coalition of groups who came together to destroy the fanatics.

He is forced to give an interview entirely in Arabic before he is shackled and marched to an area of woodland.
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#1  Wow. I can't get my 10 years old to chop vegetables for salad.
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