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Russian police arrest 7 Islamic State militants
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Afghanistan
3 killed, 20 wounded in suicide attack near Mazar-i-Sharif
Three people have been killed and 20 others wounded in a suicide attack near Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh province, this morning.

Abdul Razaq Qadiri, Deputy Police Chief of Balkh province said the blast took place in Nawabad area of Dehdadi District around 7 am.

He said the suicide bomber was waiting in the area and when the mini-bus of 209 Shaheen Corps of Afghan National Army (ANA) reached to him he detonated his explosives.

Including officers, 18 army personnel sustained injuries in the blast, the Deputy Police Chief added.

However, chief doctor of the regional hospital in Balkh province said that three dead bodies and 20 wounded have been brought to them from the attack site.

Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack through a post on the twitter account of the group’s spokesperson.
Posted by: badanov || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban executes 1 in Ghor
Taliban militants have executed a woman on adultery charges in Dolina District of central Ghor province.

Spokesperson for the governor of Ghor province said the execution was carried out based on the order of a desert-court of Taliban in Zanu village yesterday.

According to Abdul Hai Khatibi, the man who is accused of the immoral relationship with deceased Zahra is also detained by Taliban.

The accused is waiting for his sentence in the custody of Taliban.
The militant group has not yet commented on the report.
Ghor is one of the provinces of Afghanistan where some remote areas are either under the control of Taliban or not in government control.

People in those areas refer to Taliban or local Shuras (councils) for their matters instead of government.
In April last year, three civilians were shot dead in another remote area of Ghor province by the orders of a local Shura (council).

They were allegedly responsible for the killing two civilians. Among them, one was son of the director of the education department of Ghor province.
Posted by: badanov || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban Sustain Heavy Casualty Toll In Baghlan
Embattled Afghan armed forces have conducted a major military operation against Taliban insurgents in Baghlan-e-Markazi district, eliminating a number of insurgents in the process and breaking their four day siege on an Afghan National Army (ANA) base in the volatile region in northern Afghanistan.

Reports from the warfront reveal that the insurgents kept the base under their siege for four days in their attempt to capture the soldiers alive, but they did not succeed and instead faced strong retaliation from the besieged soldiers.

The troops who foiled the Taliban's attempt to capture the base have said they continued resisting Taliban attacks despite the insurgents' calls to them to surrender.

"We remained under Taliban siege for four days, they asked us to surrender, but we said that you (Taliban) are the slaves of Pakistan and we will never surrender to you," Matiullah, an ANA soldier who resisted Taliban during the siege said.

"Taliban kept the base under siege for four days, they made several attempts to capture us and asked us to surrender, but failed," another soldier Mohammad Musa said.

Security commanders in the area have said that the army inflicted heavy casualties to the Taliban in the battlefield.

"The area came under siege and we launched a joint operation and broke the siege," Lieutenant Colonel Ziauddin, commander of the first battalion of the ANA said.

"All personnel of the commando, police and national security are in good spirits. The commandos assure the entire people of Baghlan to stay alongside them until current issues are resolved," Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Ali Yazdani said.

Referring to human casualties among the Taliban, Abdul Rashid Bashir, security in-charge of Baghlan police department said that so far in the operation, seven Taliban have been killed and scores more wounded including the group's shadow district governor for Baghlan-e-Markazi.

"Taliban's shadow governor in Baghlan-e-Markazi and his nine companions were wounded in the operation and seven others were killed. Mangal village in the area has been cleared of Taliban," he said.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Suicide blast: six killed, nine wounded in Paktika
Six people have lost lives and nine others sustained injuries in a suicide bomb blast in Paktika province.

The blast took place in front of a baker in the capital city of Yahyakhil District around 11:30 am this morning. The apparent target of the suicide bomber was Musa Khan Kharotai, the district governor, who just drove through the area before the blast took place.

Kharotai said all of the victims of the blast are civilians.

No group has so far said it was behind the explosion but it came after a suicide bomber of Taliban targeted a mini-bus of Afghan National Army (ANA) in northern Balkh province this morning.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
Ansar Al-Sharia in Derna sez it shot down Mig-23 today
Ansar Al-Sharia is claiming that it shot down a Libyan Air Force Mig-23 today during an airstrike on Derna. Ansar used a Twitter account to say that it had brought down the plane with anti-aircraft fire.

The Air Force has admitted the loss of the warplane but said that it crashed because of a mechanical failure. The Mig-23, numbered ‘6132’, was reportedly only returned to frontline service on 1 February after a major overhaul. Spokesman AbdulKareem Sabra told Reuters that the pilot had survived and was well. He added the attack had been against IS positions in the town.

Other sources are saying this evening that the jet came down east of Derna, in the Sidi Khaled area and that the pilot, named as Younis Aldenala, was killed.

This is the second time in 48 hours that Derna has been hit by airstrikes. Yesterday four people, including a ten year-old boy and his mother, died in three raids which also struck and damaged a mosque, the renal unit at the Alwahda hospital and nearby doctors’ accommodation in the Bab Tobruk area of the town. The main target seemed to be sites held by the Derna Shoura Council. The Libya Air Force immediately denied it had been responsible.
See -- told you it was the Ruritanians...
Social media today carried pictures purporting to show the wreckage of the Mig-23 lost today and fragments of a bomb casing from yesterday’s raid which appeared to have English writing on it.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Ansar al-Sharia


Arabia
Bahrain Charges 11 with Forming Iran-Trained 'Terrorist' Group
[AnNahar] Bahrain's prosecution service said Monday it has charged 11 suspects with forming a "terrorist" group, including a number trained by Iran's Revolutionary Guards and the Hezbollah branch in Iraq.

The group, including four suspects on the run, has been charged with "establishing and joining a terrorist group; possessing explosives, weapons and firearms; and receiving training for terrorist purposes", Advocate General Ahmed al-Hamadi said.

He said four suspects "attended military training camps operated by Iran's Revolutionary Guards and the Iraqi branch of (Shiite movement) Hezbollah", although it was unclear if they were the runaways.

The charges were filed after a probe into a weapons cache found in a warehouse in the Shiite village of Nuwaidrat, he said in a statement.

"In excess of 1.5 tonnes of high-grade explosives, including C4-RDX, TNT and other powerful chemical explosives were discovered in the counter-terrorism operation in September last year," he said.

The Sunni-ruled kingdom, home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, has witnessed unrest since the repression of a protest movement launched in 2011 by members of the Shiite majority demanding political reforms.

Bahrain has repeatedly accused Shiite-dominated Iran of meddling in its internal affairs, a charge denied by Tehran.

Scores of opponents have been detained, with many facing trial, while others convicted of involvement in violence have been handed heavy sentences, including loss of citizenship and life in prison.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/09/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


ISIS Claims Car Bomb Blast in Saudi Capital
Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that ISIS militant group claimed responsibility for an explosion that damaged a car in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Monday. The incident took place because of a bomb that had been affixed to the vehicle by an ISIS member.

The Saudi citizen said that his car had been damaged by a blast on Monday while parked in front of his house in the city’s Al-Azizia district, SPA reported citing a police spokesman. The blast caused no casualties; however, some nearby vehicles were damaged.

ISIS, which controls territory in Iraq and Syria, has staged a series of attacks in the kingdom. In 2014, Saudi Arabia declared the group a terrorist organization and apprehended hundreds of its supporters. Furthermore, it has been participating in the fight against extremist organizations in several countries.

In a statement released on the Telegram social messaging platform, ISIS’s Amaq news agency said the blast was triggered by a “sticky bomb” attached to the vehicle of a member of the Saudi armed forces, the SITE monitoring service reported.

A Saudi interior ministry spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

Among the attacks by ISIS was the incident of January 29th, when a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in the al-Ahsa district in Eastern Province was attacked killing four people and injuring 18. It was among a string of attacks claimed by the ISIS- affiliated jihadists that killed around 50 Saudis in the past year.
Posted by: badanov || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Way to go, ISIS. Dented a guy's ride. Aw, come on, claim credit.
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 02/09/2016 5:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Hey ISIS time to step up your game, bomb Mecca.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/09/2016 6:59 Comments || Top||


Saudi Arabia places 27 on trial for spying for Iran
[Saudi Gazette] Some 27 people — mostly Saudis — are to appear before the Criminal Court in Riyadh for spying for Iran, Makkah daily reported on Sunday.

The accused were arrested in 2013 in Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah and the Eastern Province.

The Saudi national security department of the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIP) has already completed the list of charges against the accused.

The bureau had sufficient evidence on the involvement of the accused.

The list of charges includes gathering data on a number of vital installations in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi’s Interior Ministry had announced on March 19, 2013, that it had captured 18 people accused of spying for Iran. The accused include 16 Saudis, a Lebanese and an Iranian arrested in simultaneous crackdown in four regions.

The Lebanese was later released for lack of sufficient evidence against him.

Two months later the ministry announced that 10 more people were arrested for spying for Iran including eight Saudis, a Turkish national and a Lebanese raising the total number of the accused to 27.

The ministry had earlier said that 21 of them have confessed and legally documented their confessions.

This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on Feb. 8, 2016.
Posted by: badanov || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Saudi intercepts scud missile from Yemen
[AlArabiya] Saudi air defenses on Monday intercepted a Scud missile fired at Khamis Mushait city where a major airbase is located, the coalition fighting in Yemen said.

The interception occurred “this morning at about three o’clock,” Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, told AFP.

“They are still targeting the cities,” he said.

Roughly 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the Yemeni border, the King Khalid Air Base, near the city of Khamis Mushait, is at the forefront of Saudi-led air operations against Shiite Houthi militias and their allies, elite troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen.

The Saudis have deployed Patriot missile batteries designed to counter tactical ballistic missiles, which have been fired occasionally since March when the Saudi-led coalition began air strikes in support of the Yemeni government after Iran-backed Houthi militias seized much of Yemen.

Rocket fire from Yemen and border skirmishes have killed about 90 civilians and soldiers in southern Saudi Arabia since the coalition intervention began.
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Yemeni Army Fires Ballistic Missiles on Saudi Base
The missile unit in the Yemeni army fired two ballistic missiles on Saudi base in Asir.

Yemeni sources told al-Manar that the missile unit launched two Qaher-1 missiles on Khamis Mushait base in the Saudi province of Asir.

The sources confirmed that the missiles caused casualties.

Meanwhile, other sources said that several mercenaries hired by the US security firm, Balackwater, were killed during fierce clashes with the Yemeni army and the popular committees in Thubab district of Taiz governorate.

The sources added that among the killed, were Australian and Colombian mercenaries.
Posted by: badanov || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If the Russians are selling SRBMs to Iran to use in Yemen against Saudi airbases, turn about in Syria is only fair play.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 02/09/2016 0:57 Comments || Top||

#2  These are Vietnam era SA-2 air defense missiles being used against ground targets. They were probably sold before the fall of the Soviet Union. The sooner they shoot them all out into the desert, the easier the Saudi Air Force can blow up their operators.
Posted by: rammer || 02/09/2016 1:10 Comments || Top||

#3  other sources say

-the Qaher-1 is an updated version of the Soviet Era missile

- the updated version, which is surface to surface can carry about 400 pounds of explosives and travel 200 miles or so

- a simulation of the Qaher has been used in tests to see if anti-missile defenses can knock it out and some of those tests have produced defensive successes
Posted by: lord garth || 02/09/2016 5:57 Comments || Top||

#4  If the Y's have them does it mean that they are placed is southern Lebanon as well?
Posted by: jvalentour || 02/09/2016 6:51 Comments || Top||

#5  jv

could be

it may be that the weapon doesn't quite fit the Hezb ideal

- its very heavy (2 tons or so)

- probably requires some launch infrastructure and some on site personnel with weapons specific knowledge

- while in the air the missile is itself a relatively big target (compared to the smaller rockets that Hezb has in abundance)
Posted by: lord garth || 02/09/2016 7:58 Comments || Top||


Blue on Blue: Al-Qaeda militants fight each other in south Yemen
SANAA, Yemen: Al-Qaeda militants battled each other on Monday in a southern Yemeni city controlled by the group, in what appeared to be an internal power struggle that erupted after a senior militant was killed in a US drone strike.

The clashes broke out in the southern city of Zinjibar late Sunday, leaving at least seven militants dead and another nine wounded, according to Yemeni officials. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The rival factions are led by local commander known as Abu Anas Al-Sanani and another known as Ossan Baliedy, the brother of Jalal Baliedy, the leader who was killed along with three others in a drone strike on Thursday.

The late Baliedy headed Al-Qaeda in Abyan province, of which Zinjibar is the capital, and was known for brutality, including the beheading of 16 soldiers in August 2014. He was believed to be ideologically closer to the Daesh group, which is locked in a bitter rivalry with Al-Qaeda and has a branch in Yemen.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the group’s Yemen branch is known, has attempted several attacks on the US homeland and has long been seen by US officials as the group’s most lethal affiliate.

It has exploited the chaos of Yemen’s civil war, which pits various forces loyal to the internationally recognized government against Shiite Houthi rebels allied with troops loyal to a former president. AQAP has seized a number of southern cities and towns, including the port city of Mukalla.

A Saudi-led coalition has been striking the Houthis since March 2015 and has also sent in ground troops. On Monday, the coalition shot down a ballistic missile launched toward the kingdom from Yemen, according to a statement.
Posted by: badanov || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russian police arrest 7 Islamic State militants
[IsraelTimes] Russian, Asian detainees found with improvised explosives, allegedly planned terror attacks in Moscow, Saint Petersburg

Russia has detained seven alleged members of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group who wanted to stage terror attacks in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, authorities said on Monday.

The group was held on Sunday in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg and included Russians and Central Asian nationals, while its leader came from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, the FSB security service said in a statement.

The suspects had planned to stage attacks in the Russian capital, Saint Petersburg and the Sverdlovsk region, which includes Yekaterinburg, the FSB said.

During a search of the suspects' homes, the authorities found a makeshift laboratory to make bombs, grenades, weapons and Lion of Islam literature, among other things, the FSB said.

After the attacks the suspects had planned to travel to Syria to fight alongside IS jihadists, the statement said, adding that the security service had opened a criminal probe.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [523 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Pliars, hoods, blowtorches. Some assembly required
Posted by: Frank G || 02/09/2016 10:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Followed by some digital dis-assembly...
Posted by: Crolunter Crineper3591 || 02/09/2016 14:55 Comments || Top||


Europe
German police search homes of suspected extremists
[TRIBLIVE] German police on Sunday searched the homes of two men suspected of being part of an Death Eater organization, prosecutors said.

Federal prosecutors said that the raid took place near the western city of Mainz. The two men are "suspected of taking part in the Syrian civil war as members of a foreign terrorist organization," prosecutors' office front man Michael Neuhaus said in an email.

He declined to provide further details, including whether the men had been placed in durance vile
You have the right to remain silent...
, citing the ongoing investigation.

News website Spiegel Online reported that it had tracked down one of the men -- a 32-year-old suspected former commander in the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group -- before the raid in Sankt Johann, a town about 12 miles south of Mainz. The man had allegedly fought with ISIS in the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor before leaving via The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and claiming asylum in Germany.

Federal prosecutors declined to confirm those details.

On Thursday, German police conducted raids in Berlin and western Germany against four Algerian men suspected of having ties to IS and plotting an attack in Berlin. One of the men had registered in Germany as a Syrian refugee, police said.
Posted by: Fred || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


The Grand Turk
Tens killed in clashes in Turkey's Kurdish southeast
At least nine civilians and 16 rebel fighters have been killed as security forces battle militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, the army and the region's main political party said on Monday.

Violence has raged in the region since the collapse of peace talks last July aimed at ending a three-decade PKK insurgency. Some of the worst clashes have been in the town of Cizre and the Sur district of Diyarbakir, the region's biggest city, where security forces have imposed a 24-hour curfew.

Ten of the 16 rebels killed on Sunday were in Cizre and six were in Sur, the military said on its website, adding that this brought the militants' total death toll in the two places to 749 since December. A plainclothes police officer was also gunned down on Monday in the town of Yuksekova near the Iraqi border, media reported.

In the centre of Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, police used water cannon and tear gas on Monday to break up a protest against the Cizre operations, witnesses said. Several people were detained, Dogan News Agency said.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, speaking at a joint news conference in the capital Ankara with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said the Cizre operations may draw to a close in the next few days.

"It is obvious that (the PKK) is implementing methods to destabilise cities in Turkey. In this regard, Cizre is a critical town, situated so close to the (Syrian) border, exploitable for weapons and terrorists to cross," he said.

The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which has Kurdish origins and is the southeast's biggest party, named nine civilians who had been killed in Cizre since Friday, bringing the death toll to 127 civilians since December.
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India-Pakistan
IED defused in Dera Bugti
QUETTA: The Frontier Corps personnel defused an improvised explosive device (IED) in Dera Bugti on Sunday.

An FC spokesman said the FC personnel along with a team of bomb disposal squad reached the site after receiving intelligence that an IED had been placed on a roadside. The law-enforcement personnel after defusing the IED cordoned off the area to trace out the suspects. However, no arrest was reported till late night.

Published in Dawn, February 8th, 2016
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Two kidnapped in Quetta
QUETTA: Two men were kidnapped from a Levies station in Loralai district on Sunday.

Levies officials said that some unidentified men took away two people from Ghardawas area at gunpoint.

One kidnapped man was identified as Syed Mohammad.

The Levies Force has lodged an FIR. Investigation is in process.

Published in Dawn, February 8th, 2016
Posted by: badanov || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under:


Two killed in IED blast in Bannu
BANNU: At least two people were killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in the Havid area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Bannu district on Monday morning.

According to Station House Officer of Havid police station, Rizwan, the IED went off in front of a shop as a shopkeeper was about to open the door.

The shopkeeper, Dilnawaz, and a rickshaw driver were killed on the spot.

Police registered a first information report against unknown miscreants.
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FIA man found shot dead
KARACHI: A constable of the Federal Investigation Agency was found shot dead in a car parked on the Lyari Expressway on Sunday, police said.

SP-Jamshed Dr Fahad Ahmed said that the Motorway Police spotted the body in the car and informed the area police about it.

He said that the FIA personnel, identified as Muhammed Ali Khanzada, sustained a single bullet wound in the chest. He said that investigators collected a spent bullet casing from the vehicle.

It appeared that he was killed somewhere else and later the car and his body were abandoned at the expressway, he added.

Meanwhile, FIA Director (Sindh) Shahid Hayat told the media that the victim was posted at Karachi airport.

SSP-Investigation (East) Zulfiqar Mahar said that a forensic analysis of the vehicle was being carried out.

He added that the family of the victim had been contacted to get details of his movement.

The body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for a post-mortem examination.

Published in Dawn, February 8th, 2016
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Iraq
Erbil detainees confess being sent on suicide mission by ISIS
Snip. Duplicate.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/09/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Warbirds hit ISIS positions in Mosul
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – The US Army’s Joint Task Force announced on Monday, that the international coalition had carried out the biggest aerial attack against the so-called ISIS in Mosul.

The Joint Task Force said in statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Yesterday the US-led coalition carried out ten air strikes on ISIS headquarters in Iraq and Syria,” pointing out that, “Nine air strikes were carried out in coordination with the Iraqi government against ISIS near five cities in Iraq.”

The statement added, “The biggest attack included four air strikes near Mosul that destructed a tactical unit, as well as five combat sites belonging to ISIS,” indicating that, “Two air strikes were conducted in Ramadi and destructed two vehicles belonging to ISIS, in addition to a booby-trapped vehicle and anti-aircraft artillery unit.”

“One air strike was carried out in Syria on ISIS headquarters near al-Hasakah Province northeast of the country,” the statement continued.
Posted by: badanov || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


ISIS detains 35 in Mosul
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) announced on Monday, that the so-called ISIS arrested 35 of the residents of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad), while emphasized that one of the arrested is a journalist.”

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan spokesman Ghyath Surja said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today, ISIS fighters arrested 35 of Mosul residents from markets and public places without reasons.”

Surja added, “The arrested people included the journalist Wathiq Abdul Wahab who works at a local newspaper in the city of Mosul.”
Posted by: badanov || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Kurds dismantle ISIS cells in Erbil
(IraqiNews.com) Kurdistan – Kurdistan Security Council announced on Monday the arrest of a cell belonging to ISIS in Erbil, while noted that the cell was planning to carry out a terrorist operation in the province.

The council said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The Anti-Terrorism forces arrested a terrorist cell belonging to ISIS in Erbil,” pointing out that, “The cell consists of three persons from the residents of Diyali, who were carrying weapons and explosives.”

The statement added, “The cell was planning to carry out a terrorist operation in Erbil.”
Posted by: badanov || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqis captures ISIS position in Diyali
(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – The Ministry of Defense announced on Monday the destruction of a shelter belonging to ISIS during a security operation north of al-Azim District.

The ministry said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A security force belonging to Diyali police had managed to seize a shelter for ISIS gangs during a security operation by Diyali police north of al-Azim District,” adding that, “The shelter contains a great number of explosive devices and motorcycles used by ISIS gangs for transportation in Salahuddin province.”

The statement added, “The operation aimed at preventing ISIS from finding safe havens in the northern areas of Diyali province.”
Posted by: badanov || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi aircraft destroys bridges in Salahuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – Media officials with the Ministry of Defense announced on Monday, that the al-Awashr Bridge was destructed in an aerial strike by the Iraqi Air Force in Salahuddin province.

The officials said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The brave air hawks conducted a direct aerial strike by Sukhoi warplanes resulting in the destruction of al-Awashr Bridge,” noting that, “The bridge is used to cross from the areas located east of Zaghiyton Valley to the area of Hamrin Mountains.”
Posted by: badanov || 02/09/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Anbar Antics: 6 die
6 ISIS elements killed in armed clashes in Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Monday, al-Hashed al-Shaabi Command in Anbar Province announced, that six members of the so-called ISIS were killed in armed clashes in the center of Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad).

The commander of the 1st battalion in Karmat Fallujah brigade in al-Hashed al-Shaabi, Colonel Mahmoud Mardi Jumaili said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Armed clashes erupted between the tribal fighters and ISIS members in Nazran District in the center of Fallujah,” adding that, “The clashes resulted in the killing of six members of ISIS and seizing their weapons and communication devices.”

Jumaili also pointed out, “The security information confirmed the launch of a tribal revolt from Fallujah against ISIS guerrilla.”

Iraqi Security forces advance into Husaiybah

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – On Monday, Khalediya District Council announced the entry of the Anti-Terrorism forces as well as the army forces in Husaiybah area east of Ramadi.

Head of the district council, Ali Dawood, said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today, military troops belonging to the Anti-Terrorism Directorate as well as the army forces, with support from the emergency police brigades, had managed to enter into the area of Husaiybah al-Sharqiyah (7 km east of Ramadi) after liberating the area of Joabh.”

Dawood also added, “The resistance of ISIS is weak amid advance by our security forces and a large collapse in the ranks of the terrorist and criminal gangs.”

Iraqi forces destroy 6 ISIS boats

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of al-Jazeera Operations Ibrahim Deboun announced on Monday the destruction of 6 boats and two houses, in addition to seizing 16 explosive devices belonging to the so-called ISIS in different operations west of Ramadi.

Deboun told reports, “A force from the army’s 7th brigade, backed by Anbar emergency police’s 13th regiment and tribal fighters, carried out a number of search operations in the area between al-Kasr Village and Joba area north-east of Baghdadi area.”

Deboun added, “Abnormal activity was detected inside one of the houses,” pointing out that, “The security forces detonated the house and killed its inhabitants, while managed to destroy six boats belonging to ISIS, as well as two houses in al-Kasriyat area north-east of Baghdadi.”

Anbar Operations announce liberation of Juwiba center

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Ismail al-Mahalawi announced on Monday the liberation of Juwiba area east of Ramadi from the so-called ISIS control.

Mahalawi said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today, joint forces from the Anti-Terrorism Bureau, Iraqi army and police managed to liberate the center of Juwiba area east of Ramadi from ISIS control,” adding that, “The security forces engaged with ISIS militants in the area, killing a number of them.”

Mahalawi also pointed out, “A large number of hostages were released and evacuated to Ramadi, while the security forces continued their advance to liberate the remaining areas.”
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1 Dead in Baghdad bombing attack
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Monday, that eight people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast east of Baghdad.

The source said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded, this afternoon, near shops in Nairiyah area east of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding seven others.”

The source added, “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 strict measures have been taken in anticipation of the presence of other bombs.”
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Jerusalem police arrest Palestinian woman armed with knife
[IsraelTimes] Officers detain suspect near Damascus Gate, site of multiple attacks, after search reveals large concealed blade.

Police officers stationed at the Damascus Gate area outside Jerusalem's Old City on Monday tossed in the clink
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
a Paleostinian woman carrying a large knife.

The officers said that they stopped and searched the woman, said to be 42 years of age, after she was acting suspiciously. The search turned up the concealed blade.

The Damascus Gate is the main entrance to the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, and has been the site of dozens of attacks in recent months.

Also on Monday, an 11-year-old Jewish boy was stabbed and maimed in an attack in the central Israeli town of Ramle.

The boy was hospitalized with moderate injuries, the Magen David Adom emergency services said. The child said that the assailant was an Arab. A 17-year-old Arab youth was tossed in the calaboose
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
a short time later on suspicion of carrying out the attack.

Earlier Monday, two Paleostinian teenagers from East Jerusalem were arrested for throwing stones at the Jerusalem Light Rail near the Shuafat refugee camp.

The two, both aged 16, were taken into police custody for questioning, Channel 2 reported.

Since October, an ongoing wave of Paleostinian terror attacks has killed 27 Israelis, as well as an Eritrea
...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age...
n, an American and a Paleostinian bystander. Some 150 Paleostinians have been killed by Israeli security forces, most while carrying out attacks but others during violent festivities and demonstrations.

Sudanese migrant stabs Israeli soldier, is shot dead

[Ynet] Attacker tries to flee the scene after stabbing soldier, is pursued by another soldier and civilians; soldier shot and killed the attacker.

A Sudanese migrant in Israel stabbed and maimed a soldier in an apparent act of solidarity with Paleostinians and was rubbed out, police said.

The stabber tried to flee the scene, but was pursued by civilians and another soldier at the scene. The soldier, who grabbed the weapon of the maimed soldier, caught up with the attacker and shot him, seriously wounding him. The attacker later died of his wounds.

Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated the soldier to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon in light condition.

Police is still investigating whether the stabbing was criminal or nationalistically-motivated. If the attack was done in solidarity with the Paleostinians, it would be the first such attack by a foreigner during a four-month-old surge of Paleostinian street violence.

"The behaviour, the location, the flight, the targeting of a soldier - all of these add up to a nationalistic attack," Ashkelon police chief Shimon Portal told news hounds.

He said there was no indication of an event that might have precipitated the knife attack. Before he died, the maimed suspect "mumbled a few unclear statements in Arabic but otherwise did not say a word," Portal said.

A police spokeswoman said efforts to identify the suspect "thus far" had determined he was Sudanese. She did not elaborate on what he had been doing in Israel.
If he's a "migrant", he is there illegally.
The Times of Israel adds that according to his countrymen, the dead gentleman had "emotional problems" that suddenly worsened, but he wasn't a terrorist. And all Sudanese stand with Israel, truly.
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Teacher suspected of planning to help jihadis enter Israel
[IsraelTimes] Suspect, from Tel Sheva in the south, tossed in the clink
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
3 weeks ago upon return from Jordan, admitted he sought to join Lion of Islam group


Southern District Prosecution was set to file an indictment Monday against a resident of the southern Bedouin town of Tel Sheva, near Beersheba, on suspicion that he had maintained contact with members of jihadist groups from various Arab countries and had agreed to assist murderous Moslems to cross the border into Israel.

The suspect, a student in his twenties who served as a substitute teacher at an elementary school in Tel Sheva, was arrested three weeks ago at Israel's eastern border on his way back to the country from a trip to Jordan, following an intensive investigation by Israel Police and the Shin Bet security service.

After his arrest, the man confessed that before leaving for Jordan, he had conspired with jihadis from various Arab countries and agreed to help jihad activists from Tunis infiltrate Israel, police said Monday in a statement.

The suspect also admitted he had planned to join a Salafi jihadist organization, according to police.

His identity was not cleared for publication.

Israel's security services estimate some 50 Israeli Arabs have traveled to fight with IS and other jihadist groups in neighboring Syria.

Last month, President Reuven Rivlin called on the government to push through new funding for Israeli Arab communities to help counter what he described as a growing influence of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
. Warning that "Daesh [Islamic State] [an Arabic acronym for Islamic State] is already inside Israel's Arab community," Rivlin told a security conference in Tel Aviv that more support is needed for Arab communities to combat radicalization among the young.

The cabinet in December passed an estimated NIS 15 billion ($3.85 billion) plan for development in Arab communities, but neither the funding nor the specific programs have been finalized. The new concern over Arab Israeli integration follows a January 1 terror attack in Tel Aviv by an Arab Israeli, Nashat Milhem, that killed three people and led to speculation that the gunman may have been inspired by IS, though Sherlocks are still studying his motives.

Milhem was killed in a shootout with police in his hometown of Arara after a week-long manhunt.
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Southeast Asia
Three BIFF rebels killed in Maguindanao clash
[Rappler] Three Philippine soldiers were injured as they clashed Saturday, February 6, with an undetermined number of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao province.

Lieutenant Colonel Warlito Limet said the fierce firefight occurred simultaneously in the villages of Butilen, Andabit, and Tee, where he said that three militants were reportedly killed. Limet said three of his men, including a captain, were wounded. The militants also set on fire to heavy equipment as they retreated.

The fighting began on Friday, when BIFF rebels attacked troops securing bridge construction in the town.

BIFF spokesman Abu Misry Mama confirmed their forces were involved in the clash. He said, "We were only forced to fire our weapons because the soldiers were in our location. We have just strengthened our forces to continue our fight for an Islamic state."
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#1  BIFF seek MILF: Object, merge our assets
Posted by: Vernal Creremp4139 || 02/09/2016 14:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Up to 20 BIFF-ies now repor killed.

Wid the non-passage of the BBL by the PH Govt, it strongly appears from collective Net evidence that all of the southern Philippines is now deemed up for grabs by Anti/Non-MILF Muslim radical militant groups, NOT just the Muslim or Moro regions of Mindanao.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/09/2016 22:44 Comments || Top||


Abu Sayyaf releases 3-year-old hostage in Sulu
[PNA] The Abu Sayyaf on Sunday released a three-year-old boy they kidnapped in March last year in the town of Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur. Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado identified the freed child as Ace Jay Garban. Ace is the grandson of Mayor Richard Garban of Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur.

Arrojado said Garban was spotted "without a companion" by a concerned citizen Sunday afternoon in Indanan, Sulu. He said, "Immediately, the concerned citizen approached the child and at the same time informed the military unit of the kidnap victim's presence in the area."

The boy was was turned over to the Jolo Internal Defense Force. Arrojado said efforts are underway to reach Garban's relatives in Zamboanga del Sur for his eventual return to the province.

Garban was seized by ten Abu Sayyaf gunmen together with his two-year-old brother, Zynielle Jay, and bakery worker Ledegie Tomarong, 17, on March 31, 2015. The militants killed Zynielle Jay, whose body was plucked out from ocean in Zamboanga del Sur, while Tomarong was released on July 20, 2015.
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#1  See also BIGNEWSNETWORK > [Manila-MNLF = BBL]PHILIPPINE PEACE DEAL IN TATTERS.

WINNER = MORO SEPARATISM, + AL-QAEDA + ISIS/ISIL in Asia or East Asia.

Good for INSURG'IN, JIHAD'IN, BEHEAD'IN + CALIPHAT'IN AGZ INFIDELS.

* RELATED THE DIPLOMAT > VIOLENCE IN THE PHILIPPINES FEARED AFTER PEACE DEAL [BBL] SETBACK.

* Also from THE DIPLOMAT > MORE ISIS ATTACKS IN INDONESIA LIKELY AMID LEADERSHIP RIVALRY: REPORT.

What happens in SYRIA or SYRAQ in the ME can affect Indonesia + South, SE Asia???

* BIGNEWSNETWORK > [Inquirer.Net] MNLF HAPPY ABOUT BBL'S NON-PASSAGE AT MEETING WID MISUARI - INFORMANTS.

* SAME > BIFF-PH ARMY FIGHTING DISLOCATES HUNDREDS.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
9 Kurds die in ISIS attack on Hasakah
[ARA News] HASAKAH – Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack that hit a security center for the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northeastern province of Hasakah on Monday.

An ISIS jihadi detonated a vehicle loaded with explosives at the main gate of the SDF security center in al-Hawl town in Hasakah countryside, a military source said.

“Nine SDF members were killed and four more were injured during the terror attack,” a spokesman for the SDF told ARA News in Hasakah.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released by the jihadi Amaq agency, saying the operation targeted “mercenaries of the crusader coalition” –in reference to the U.S.-led coalition that has been bombing ISIS strongholds across Syria and Iraq for nearly two years.

The SDF, which includes Kurdish, Arab and Christian troops, had recaptured the strategic town of al-Hawl on Syria-Iraq border in September, 2015.

Noteworthy, the Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by the U.S.-led coalition’s air cover, have expelled ISIS militants from more than 240 towns and villages in northeastern Syria since the start of its operations last September.
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Kurds recaptures two towns in Aleppo
[ARA News] ALEPPO – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) attacked strongholds of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front in Aleppo province, northern Syria, and reported new gains, military sources said on Monday.

The YPG, supported by moderate rebels of the al-Thuwar Army, bombed with mortar fire and heavy artillery the towns of Meranaz and Der Jamal in the northern countryside of Aleppo, targeting strongholds of Islamist rebels of the Nusra Front and allied Ahrar al-Sham Movement.

“Under the blows of the Kurdish forces, the Islamists evacuated their headquarters in the two towns,” YPG member Wael Ahmed told ARA News in Aleppo.

“Subsequent to the YPG-led operation, clashes broke out in the vicinity Meranaz and Der Jamal. At least 12 Islamist fighters from Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham were killed and several others were wounded,” the source said, adding that the Islamists were eventually forced to withdraw from both towns on Monday midnight.

This comes as sporadic clashes continue between the YPG fighters and al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in the Sherawa district near Afrin in northwestern Aleppo, where Kurds regained control of several villages last week.
According to Rudaw, it's three villages, and a bit more complicated:
The Syrian Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) have made advances at the expense of Syrian opposition groups in the country's north amidst continued Russian aerial bombardments being carried out in support of a major Syrian offensive aimed at routing out the rebels from that important part of the country.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, fighters opposed to the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Terror of Aleppo ...
abandoned the villages of Aqlamiyah, Deir Jamal and Mareanar on Sunday due to their fears of being bombed. The YPG capitalized on the vacuum and advanced to seize those three villages. This comes mere days after they took another three towns from these groups.

Residents in the towns reportedly called upon the fighters to leave and let the YPG take over since that would lessen the chance of the Russians bombing them.

The YPG has clashed with Syrian military forces in the past but has not been part of the uprising against the Syrian regime and has been mainly focused on fighting Islamists in recent years.

Russia claims to support Syria's Kurds.

The Russians are supporting a Syrian effort to close off the borders of both The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
in the north and Jordan in the south, where Russian warplanes are supporting a Syrian offensive against a U.S.-backed opposition group. The Kurds also want to close off Syria's northwestern border with Turkey which has long been a conduit to various anti-Assad groups, many of whom are Islamist and have killed Kurds.
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Reddit: Syrian Civil War ATGM Weekly, a list of ATGMs shot off this week, each with video
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