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Afghanistan
US launched 20 airstrikes against ISIS militants in Afghanistan in 3 weeks
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The United States Forces in Afghanistan have carried out at least 20 Arclight airstrikes targeting the loyalists 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in the past three weeks, it has been reported.

The US forces have increased air raids on the loyalists of the terror group after the B.O. regime granted new authority last month, allowing the U.S. commanders in Afghanistan launch Arclight airstrikes against holy warriors in the same way that the military targets fighters linked to al-Qaeda.

The move by the B.O. regime followed shortly after the U.S. Department of State designated the Khorasan branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original...
(ISIL) as a terrorist organization.

According to the US officials quoted by The News Agency that Dare Not be Named, the Arclight airstrikes were carried out in eastern parts of the country in the past three weeks.

There have been growing concerns that the loyalists of the terror group are attempting to expand foothold in the country as they try to establish a regional base of operations in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

Army Brig. Gen. Wilson A. Shoffner told news hounds that 1,000 to 3,000 Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan are trying to establish a base of operations in the rugged mountains of Nangahar Province.

He said the loyalists of the terror group are operating in four or five remote districts of Nangarhar province.

"We're seeing [ISIL] attempting to establish a base of operations there," he said. "Afghan cops have had quite a bit of success against them," Gen. Shoffner said.

Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under: ISIL-K

#1  Are we still dropping pre-attack warning flyers?
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 02/13/2016 12:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes. They say "The Russians are coming!" ~
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 02/13/2016 13:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Twenty. In. Three. Weeks? Too little to do anything serious and the logistics still has to paid for -- the only obvious benefit is that someone is getting their necessary flying hours quota.
Posted by: magpie || 02/13/2016 14:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Combat pay to boot.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 02/13/2016 15:00 Comments || Top||

#5  Russia Hit 1,888 Targets In Syria In A Week; US Count? Just 16…
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 02/13/2016 17:07 Comments || Top||


22 militants killed in counter-terrorism operations led by Afghan army
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 22 anti-government armed forces of Evil were killed in the latest counter-terrorism operations conducted jointly by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the operations were conducted in the past 24 hours in nine different provinces.

A statement by MoD said at least 11 anti-government armed forces of Evil were also injured during the same operations.

According to MoD, the operations were conducted in Padkhwab Shana district of Pashtun-infested Logar, Nader Shah Kot district of Khost, Syedabad district of Wardak, Zherai and Ghorak districts of Kandahar, Chora district of Uruzgan.

Guzara, Injil, Zendjan, Ghoryan and Karkh districts of Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
, Dahana-e-Ghori and Dand-e-Ghori Shahabuddin areas of Baghlan, Dehdai district of Balkh, Orgu district of Badakhshan, and Sangin district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province.

At least five soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces also bit the dust during the same operations, MoD said.

The anti-government armed myrmidon groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

The Afghan national security forces have doubled counter-insurgency operations across the country amid rampant Taliban-led insurgency during the recent months.

Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Four U.N. Peacekeepers among 7 Troops Killed in Mali Attacks
[AnNahar] Four United Nations peacekeepers died and several others were wounded when suspected Islamists attacked their base in Mali's restive north, as three Malian soldiers perished in an ambush in the same region, security sources said.

The latest attacks highlighted the vulnerability of the sprawling arid north, where U.N. peacekeepers and Malian soldiers are struggling in their fight against jihadists who had seized vast swathes of territory in 2012.

A camp of the U.N. mission in Mali, or MINUSMA, was attacked early Friday in the strategic town of Kidal in the northeast, a U.N. source said.

Two Guinean soldiers died on the spot. Two other soldiers, among seven seriously wounded, died later of their injuries, the Guinean source said.

"The terrorists attacked with the help of rockets," the U.N. source said. The Malian government said the attack also involved a booby-trapped van.

The raid coincided with a visit to the region by the new chief of MINUSMA, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who began touring the north on Monday.

Annadif said the raid was an "odious and irresponsible act" which highlighted the "confusion in the ranks of the enemies of peace."

Annadif was in Kidal a week after a peace pact eased tensions in the town, where the arrival early in February of members of a pro-government group had upset the former rebels in the Coordination of Movements of the Azawad.

Azawad is the name the traditionally nomadic Tuareg people of the desert use for territory they regard as their homeland, straddling the southern Sahara and the Sahel.

In a separate attack, three Malian soldiers died and two others were wounded near the fabled city of Timbuktu, a Malian military source said.

"Three of our men died today between Timbuktu and Goundam when they were ambushed by jihadists," a Malian officer told AFP. "Two others were wounded but their lives are not in danger."

The defense ministry confirmed the attack, condemning what it termed a "cowardly" strike.

On Thursday, a customs officer and two civilians were killed in another Islamist strike in the northern town of Hombori, two days after three Malian soldiers died in an explosion while they were patrolling the frontier near Burkina Faso.

Two Guinean soldiers were killed last November in a rocket attack on the MINUSMA base in Kidal, which was claimed by the jihadist group Ansar Dine.

The latest attack came a week after at least four suspected jihadists and a Malian soldier were killed in clashes at a UN camp for police officers from Nigeria in Timbuktu.

That assault came just a day after the fabled city had celebrated the restoration of its greatest treasures -- earthen mausoleums dating to medieval times that were destroyed during an Islamist takeover in 2012.

Responsibility for the raid on Timbuktu was claimed by Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

The sprawling north of the country continues to be beset by violence having fallen under the control of Tuareg-led rebels and jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaida in 2012.

The Islamists sidelined the Tuareg to take sole control and although they were largely ousted by a French-led military operation in January 2013 extremist groups still pose a threat.

Large swathes of Mali remain lawless, despite a June peace deal between the former Tuareg rebels and rival pro-government armed groups.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/13/2016 02:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under:


Libya: IS fleeing southwards dodging airstrikes
Intelligence sources have claimed that the militants of the IS group in Libya have begun to flee southwards and could be heading to neighboring Sahel countries as fears over western airstrikes increase.

Colonel Mahamane Laminou Sani, Director of Niger’s armed forces documentation and military intelligence agency, confirmed that militants of the extremist group are “moving towards southern Libya” and added that “if something like that happens, the whole Sahel is affected.”

According to reports emerging from the coastal town of Sirte, an IS stronghold, the group is evacuating some districts and fighters were building defenses around the city. The arrival of IS in the Sahara desert could lead to clashes with rival group, Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) based in the desert.

Laurence Aida Ammour, a consultant and Sahel security expert, told participants at the ongoing annual Flintlock counter-terrorism conference in Senegal, held under the US military Africa Command, that airstrikes against IS in Libya would create a “mercury effect” as fighters will seek refuge in all directions including towards “Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Benin.” With the presence of Boko Haram in Nigeria, an IS affiliate, the situation in the Sahel could worsen.

Chad is already fighting Boko Haram along its border and Colonel Khassim Moussa, head of Chad’s Special Antiterrorism Group, said northern traditional and religious leaders have been informed to stop the extremists from entering the country as he blamed NATO for the Libyan chaos saying “it’s them who got involved in Libya, it’s up to them to fix it.”

The effect of the Libyan war is already being felt in Sudan where the government accused Sudanese rebel groups of being behind the recent clashes in the southern Libyan town of Kufra where violence has been raging for 3days.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Another six Tunisians expelled by Rada for alleged IS/Daesh connections
[Libya Herald] The Rada Special Deterrence Force (SDF) has deported a further 6 Tunisian nationals tossed in the clink
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
for alleged connections with IS/Daesh [Islamic State] or for illegal entry.

The eight deportations through Mitiga airport in 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...
arrived in Sfax and come further to the 8 deported Wednesday, bringing the total to 14.

Rada has been conducting a campaign recently to arrest alleged IS members as well as arresting kidnappers and criminals in general.

Rada is officially part of the Ministry of Interior and headed by Abdul Rauf Kara. It has been criticized in the past for alleged human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
violations with at least one prisoner dying allegedly while in its custody.
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Another warplane crashes in Bengahzi
[Libya Herald] Just four days after a Libyan air force MiG 23 crashed in Derna, another one crashed in Benghazi today. It came down in Hawari district, near the cement factory. The pilot, said to be the same one whose plane crashed in January, is reported to have ejected safely.

As in Derna, the Libyan air force claims that a technical problem was the cause while the murderous Moslems it is fighting -- in this cased 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....
-- claims that it shot the plane.

It cannot be established at present which side is telling the truth.

The part of Hawari where it crashed is bandit territory, where IS can move freely.
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  The pilot, said to be the same one whose plane crashed in January, is reported to have ejected safely.

Unlucky? Or bad piloting?
Posted by: Frank G || 02/13/2016 10:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Unlucky? Or bad piloting?

Yes.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/13/2016 21:17 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Attack by Qaeda Terrorists Kills 5 Police in Yemen's Aden
[ALMANAR.LB] Suspected Al-Qaeda murderous Moslems killed five coppers on Friday in an attack in Yemen's second city of Aden, a security source said.

The masked assailants attacked a police outpost in the Basateen area of northern Aden before fleeing, the source said.

Al-Qaeda and 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 have taken advantage of the Saudi-US aggression on 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...
that was launched nearly a year ago to gain ground in southern cities such as Aden.

Both terrorist groups have claimed a string of attacks and liquidations in recent months.
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Yemeni (Houthi & Saleh) Army Regains Control over Fardat Naham, Fires New Qaher1 at Jizan Airbase
[ALMANAR.LB] The Yemeni army and the Popular Committees managed on Friday to regain control over Fardat Naham and inflicted the Saudi-US aggression and its mercenaries dozens of casualties, Al-Manar Website correspondent said.

Saudi war planes had launched earlier hysterical raids on Naham and Hamedan directorates in Sanaa province, using internationally banned cluster bombs.

Moreover, Yemeni national forces continue to advance on the axis of Marib as Saudi invading forces are suffering a large number of dead and maimed in Najran and Jizan.

In a similar development, the Yemeni army fired new Qaher1-type ballistic missile from at Jizan Saudi airbase.

Also in Taiz, leader of Saudi mercenaries in Al-Hassab region, Tawfiq Dabwan, was killed by Yemeni fire.
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Azerbaijan Arrests Eight for Joining IS in Syria, Iraq
[AnNahar] Azerbaijan has incarcerated
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
eight men for fighting alongside 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 in Syria and Iraq, the majority-Muslim Caucasus nation's authorities said on Friday.

The men, all Azeri nationals, "were trained in Islamic State training camps in 2012-2015 and took part in fighting in Syria and Iraq within the ranks of terrorist groups," the national security ministry said in a statement.

Fighting in foreign wars is a criminal offense in the predominantly Muslim but secular country of more than 9 million people.

Local media had previously reported numerous cases of Azerbaijani nationals fighting alongside jihadists in Syria and Iraq, including within the ranks of the Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar group consisting mostly of Islamists from the former Soviet Union.

In September, Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, Al-Nusra.

Around 25,000 imported muscle from more than 100 countries are involved in armed conflicts worldwide, with the highest numbers in Syria, Iraq and increasingly Libya, according to United Nations
...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/13/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Crimean Tatars Outraged as Russia Charges Four with 'Terrorism'
[AnNahar] Crimean Tatars, a minority Muslim group opposed to Russian annexation, on Friday condemned a new wave of repressions after Russian security forces raided homes and charged four with terrorist offences.

"A new wave of repressions has started in Crimea against Crimean Tatars," the community's governing body, the Mejlis, said in a statement.

Crimean prosecutors said the Russian FSB security service had detained four on suspicion of organizing and taking part in the radical Islamist Hizbut Tahrir
...an al-Qaeda recruiting organization banned in most countries. It calls for the reestablishment of the Caliphate...
party.

The lawyer representing the detained men, Emil Kurtbedinov, told AFP on Friday that all four men had already been charged with organizing or joining a terrorist group, for which they could face up to 20 years in jail.

Hizbut Tahrir (Party of Liberation) seeks to re-establish a Caliphate -- a pan-Islamic state based on Islamic rule harking to the medieval era -- and has been banned in Russia since 2003.

Since annexing Crimea in March 2014, Russia has cracked down on the Tatars, an indigenous ethnic group that makes up about 13 percent of its population, many of whom oppose Moscow's rule of the peninsula.

The FSB raided 12 homes, confiscating computers and other electronic devices, a Tatar community leader, Zair Smedlya, told AFP.

The sweep took place across the peninsula including around the Black Sea resort towns of Yalta and Alushta.

Security forces detained 12 people for questioning, eight of whom were later released, Smedlya said.

The search saw security forces break the windows of one house with sleeping children inside, the Mejlis said.

The Ukrainian foreign ministry on Friday condemned "political repression" against the Crimean Tatars, whom it referred to as Ukrainian citizens, and demanded their immediate release.

Crimea's chief prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya told pro-Kremlin Kryminform news agency that those detained "are not Tatars, they are a terrorist organization. We do not divide up people on the basis of their ethnic group."

Those detained included Emir-Usein Kuku, a member of a rights group that searches for Tatars who have gone missing on the peninsula since its annexation, Tatar front man Smedlya said.

Also detained was an ethnic Russian who converted to Islam.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/13/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under: Hizb-ut-Tahrir

#1  Muslims outraged.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/13/2016 6:18 Comments || Top||

#2  #MuslimLivesMatter
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/13/2016 6:18 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
One policeman killed, two injured in firing at picket
ISLAMABAD: A head constable of capital city police was killed and two others injured in firing by two motorcyclists on Friday at Pindora Chungi of Industrial area police station, a police spokesman said.

According to reports, two persons riding on a motorbike started firing on a police picket at Pindora Chungi which resulted the death of Head Constable Imtiaz and bullet injuries to the Police Constable Zahid and FC Constable Bismillah Jan.

The injured policemen have been admitted at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and further investigation is underway. Following this incident, police have started search operation in the adjacent area of Pindora Chungi and special teams have been constituted to ensure arrest of culprits.
Posted by: badanov || 02/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under:


Pak arrests 97 militants, busts 3 major terror networks
[Daily Excelsior] Pakistain army today said nearly 100 hardcore holy warriors have been jugged
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
, who were involved in several major terror attacks and planning to free top al-Qaeda leader Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh,
...the London School of Economics drop-out who went on to be the right hand man of Maulana Masood Azhar, founder of the Jaish-e-Mohammad. We've been following him here at Rantburg for a very long time. The BBC has more on their native son here...
who was allegedly involved in the 9/11 terror attacks in the US.
...and was sent to death row in Pakistan shortly thereafter. Why the sudden urge by three different parties to free him at this late date?
Army front man Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa said that 97 holy warriors belonging to top terror networks like al-Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent, 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 ...
(LeJ) and Tehrik- e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), were arrested from here during ongoing intelligence-based operations in the city.

The holy warriors had set up joint task team for carrying out terror attacks in the country and they had been involved in some major terror attacks in the past like the Mehran airbase Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
, Jinnah airport in Karachi, PAF base in Kamra and several others, Bajwa said.

"The first few holy warriors were arrested a few months ago and it led to more arrests," he said.

The arrested holy warriors were also planning to break Hyderabad jail near here, a plan Bajwa described as "nearly executed", to release top al-Qaeda leader Umer Sheikh, sentenced to death for killing The Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.
The arrested holy warriors were also planning to break Hyderabad jail near here, a plan Bajwa described as "nearly executed", to release top al-Qaeda leader Umer Sheikh, sentenced to death for killing The Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.

Umer Sheikh, who was released by India in 1999 and given safe passage to Afghanistan in exchange for the nearly 150 passengers of hijacked Indian Airlines Flight 814, allegedly also played a crucial role in the September 2001 attacks in the US.

The perpetrators also had a list of 35 prisoners they wanted to kill, he said.

Bajwa said Karachi operation launched in September 2013 had achieved major success as over 12,000 suspects were arrested in over 7,000 raids, leading to dramatic decrease in crimes of killings, kidnapping and extortions.

He, however, stressed that more work needed to be done to completely rid the metropolis of violence and terrorism.

"The Karachi operation will continue till complete peace is achieved in the city," he said.
An Nahar adds, with regard to springing the British-born Umer Sheikh:
Bajwa told a Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
presser: "A deputy leader of Al-Qaeda in the Subcontinent named Mussanah was criminal mastermind of the plan and was arranging all the finances while he was aided by the deputy chief of 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 ...
Naeem Bukhari."

Mussanah, Bukhari, and a man said to be their handler, named Huzaifa, were later paraded before the media in handcuffs.

Bajwa said the perpetrators had prepared two explosive-laden vehicles which they were supposed to ram into the gate of the prison.
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent


Major among 3 soldiers injured in encounter
[Daily Excelsior] An Army officer was among three soldiers injured in a fierce shootout at Chowkibal forest area of North Kashmire's Kupwara district this evening. Two soldiers were believed to be trapped in the same house where gunnies are hiding.

Army's 41 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), 16 Grenadiers and 19 Maratha Regiment along the Jammu and Kashmire Police cordoned off the Zonreshi, Marsari villages close to forests in Chowkibal area today following the inputs about the presence of some gunnies in the area.

As the troops started cordon-and-search operation, gunnies hiding in a house fired on troops leading to a shootout in which one Army jawan of 41 RR sustained bullet injuries. He was evacuated to Panzgam for treatment. The fire was retaliated triggering an encounter.

Sources said that as the encounter broke out, there was confusion and seven Army men including Major Harvinder entered the same house in which gunnies were hiding. Militants were hiding in the upper floor and the Army men entered ground floor.

Major Harvinder and Naik Shinde were maimed in the shootout inside the house and later they were evacuated to Panzgam hospital for treatment. Naik Shinde was stated to be critical.

The cordon-and-search operation was strengthened in the area with the additional reinforcement of commandos from 4 PARA and Special Operation Group of Police were rushed to the area for the operation.

Sources said that two Army men are missing and are believed to be in the same house where the gunnies are trapped. They said that the gunnies are firing on troops intermittently. The troops are taking utmost care to take on the gunnies hiding in the house as the two Army men are said to be in the same house.

Sources said that Army got information about presence of a group of six gunnies hiding in the forest area. They launched the operation yesterday but the contact with the group was established this evening. It is, however, not known that how many gunnies are hiding inside the cordoned area.

The myrmidon group is believed to have infiltrated into these forests in around 2-3 months back and they were trying to take refuge in the residential areas due to snowfall in the forests. However,
a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
another source said that there is possibility that the group may have infiltrated recently and was trying to cross over to Hafruda forests when they were cited.

Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


Ex-Afghan governor Fazlullah Wahidi kidnapped in Pakistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Unknown gunnies gave reportedly kidnapped the former provincial governor Fazlullah Wahidi in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistain.

Wahidi has previously served as the governor of eastern Kunar and western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
provinces of Afghanistan.

According to the authorities in Pakistain, Wahidi was on a visit along with his family when he was kidnapped by the gunnies.

The authorities have told Voice of America that Wahidi was kidnapped from the vicinity of Jinnah Supermarket in Islamabad.

The officials have further added that an investigation has bee launched into the incidentally with operation to free the former governor.

No group has so far grabbed credit behind the incident which comes almost a month after a group of gunnies opened fire on the residence of an Afghan diplomat in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
city of Pakistain.

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Iraq
Arab families trigger ISIS minefield while fleeing to the Peshmerga
[Rudaw] One person was killed and a dozen others maimed as 50 people walked into a minefield early Friday near Makhmour as they tried to escape the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) and reach the Peshmerga defense lines.

Mahdi Younis, a Peshmerga official at the front told Rudaw that the families were fleeing ISIS as they triggered some landmines planted in the area by the bad boys.

"People surrender to the Peshmerga on the Makhmour on a daily basis, unfortunately today am ISIS landmine was triggered by the families, wounding 11 and killing a three-year old girl," said Younis.

Younis continued: "The Peshmerga rushed the maimed to the hospital."

A Rudaw news hound in Makhmour said the Arab families were from the villages in the Qaraj plains.

"We were on our way when a landmine detonated, people were all screaming, some were running and ISIS Lions of Islam opened fire on us from behind," one survivor told Rudaw.

"Our children are hungry, there were lots of pressures on us, we have nothing to depend for living, life is zero and they [ISIS] treat us badly," he complained.

The escaped villager said schools, hospitals and other services were all shut down in their areas.

Peshmerga official Younis said that since the start of recent festivities between the Peshmerga and ISIS on the Makhmour front around 3,000 people have fled the ISIS territory and to the Kurdish forces.
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Kurdish soldier becomes Iraqi army hero for destroying 60 car bombs
Rudaw celebrates another heroic Kurd serving in the Iraqi army.
[Rudaw] A Kurdish soldier in the Iraqi army has been hailed as a hero for destroying 60 Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) boom-mobiles in battle.

Mustafa Mandalawi, said that he personally targeted and destroyed 70 ISIS vehicles in different areas of Iraq 60 of which were packed with explosives and deployed as boom-mobiles.

Iraq's Defense Minister Khalid al-Obaidi visit Mandalawi in hospital on Thursday where he is being treated for injuries sustained in a recent battle.

In praise of Mandalawi al-Obeidi said "if he destroys 60 boom-mobiles then he equals the Iraqi air force."

A journalist in the hospital ward asked the defense minister if he knew Mandalawi was a Kurd to which he replied, "I just learned this information, I do not know he is a Kurd or Arab, what matters to me is that he is a hero, he is Iraqi and from the Iraqi army."

Thousands of Kurds serve in the Iraqi army which they joined after an agreement between Erbil and Baghdad in 2005. They participated in the battle of Ramadi last year.
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U.S. special forces storm ISIS strongholds north Iraq
[ARA News] ERBIL – American special forces raided strongholds of the Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants in northwestern Iraq and arrested several jihadis, including leading members of the radical group, informed sources in Nineveh reported on Friday.

The special operation, which took place on Thursday midnight, has targeted ISIS strongholds in the sub-districts of Kask and Badoush near the city of Mosul in Nineveh province.

“The U.S. special forces have used about seven Apache helicopters and a drone during the raid,” a security source told ARA News in Mosul, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The operation has targeted an ISIS security checkpoint and a convoy consisting of three ISIS vehicles. At least 20 militants were arrested, including four jihadi commanders.” the source reported.

The raid was conducted in the area stretching from Kask to Badoush sub-district.

“The arrested members of ISIS were taken by the Apache helicopters to an unknown location,” the security source added.

The operation has reportedly caused a state of alert in the ranks of ISIS militants in Mosul –the group’s main bastion in Iraq.
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#1  Why arrested? Why not 'dispatched'?
Posted by: Bobby || 02/13/2016 8:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Intel?
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 02/13/2016 8:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Then they should have been squeezed for whatever intel they had, then shot and dumped in the desert. Our penchant for flapping our gums to the media is stupid.

Snatch them, interrogate and kill them. Keep quiet!
Posted by: Thoth Thase8996 || 02/13/2016 9:22 Comments || Top||

#4  After Normandy, the Canadian didn't have many SS prisoners. After the Bulge, the Americans picked up the same MO.
Posted by: P2Kontheroad || 02/13/2016 9:33 Comments || Top||

#5  The word is "captured". Then interrogate.
Posted by: KBK || 02/13/2016 22:14 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Turkish artillery hammers airfield near Aleppo
By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Only hours after declaring a general military mobilization, Turkish troops hit a military airfield near AleppoSsaturday morning, according to Russian language news accounts.

According to a news report posted on Komsomol Pravda, Turkish troops hit the Minneh air base using mortars. The airbase, which Russian press say lies on a strategic road that leads to the Turkish border, was taken over by Kurdish troops two days ago. The airfield had been occupied by al-Nusra troops, which took it in 2013.

The Turkish mobilization was noted by the pro Turkey Azerbaijani news outlet Haqqin.az.

According to the Russian language reports, a Turkish reserve lieutenant identified as Rashad Mammadov tweeted that he had received notification to come to the military recruitment office with all his military equipment. The tweet was deleted and the Twitter account was closed a short time later, but it was noted a screen shot of the tweet was recorded.

A Kurdish military commander said that the Turkish artillery attack did massive damage to the airfield and to a nearby village identified as Marinaz.

The Komsomol Pravda report said that the road along which the airport is sited runs to the Turkish border towns of Azaz and Tell Rifaat. The report said the road has been used by Turkey to support the rebels Turkey has been financing.

A separate Russian language news account which appeared in regnum.ru said that on Thursday Turkish artillery hit targets in the northern Syrian border town of Kessab.

Soddy troops in Turkey

According to another regnum.ru news account, Saudi Arabian troops have been flown to Incirlik air base, and according to a quote by Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, will participate in a ground offensive in Syria.

Another regnum.ru report said that the Saudi troops include special forces ground troops and combat aircraft.

Chris Covert writes for rantburg.com
Posted by: badanov || 02/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [567 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So Turkey was fine with the base when it was controlled by Al Qaeda but not when controlled by the Kurds. Isn't that interesting and informative.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 02/13/2016 15:14 Comments || Top||


ISIS troops renew attacks on Kobane
[ARA News] KOBANE – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) launched on Friday a fresh attack on the Kurdish city of Kobane, on Syria-Turkey border, targeting headquarters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

ISIS militants hit several villages in the western suburb of Kobane with dozens of mortar shells, Kurdish sources reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, YPG member Nuraddin Gaban said that the ISIS-led attack, which took place on Friday evening, has targeted YPG positions west of the border city.

The jihadi fighters bombed the YPG-held villages of Tel al-Abar, Qereh Qoumlek and Boraz in southwestern Kobane with more than 25 mortar shells.

At least 13 people were wounded during the attack, including civilians and four YPG fighters.

“Today’s attack was a new desperate attempt by ISIS terror group to hit the ranks of the YPG,” Gaban said.

“After losing large territories to the Kurdish forces in Kobane, terrorists of ISIS have repeatedly launched such cowardly attacks to impede the YPG’s progress and to terrorize people who have recently returned to their homes.”

The Kurdish units responded to the attack by bombing ISIS positions on the western bank of the Euphrates River on Friday midnight.

“Our (YPG) units hit ISIS fighting positions near Jarablus with heavy artillery shells and bombed two tactical units,” the YPG member reported, without giving further details on ISIS losses in the counter-attack.

The radical group has been striving to regain positions in the countryside of Kobane and other areas in Aleppo province, north Syria, after losing ground to the Kurds.

On December 26, 2015, Kurdish YPG forces and allied rebels from the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) expelled ISIS militants from the Tishreen Dam and dozens of villages on the Euphrates River.

By losing the Tishreen Dam ISIS is considered to have lost one of its most strategic supply lines, as the dam has severed the group for more than two years to move its militants and weapons between its main bastion of Raqqa and the cities of Manbij and Jarablus in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
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Syrian troops make new gains north Aleppo
[ARA News] ALEPPO – Forces loyal to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday recaptured new areas in the northern province of Aleppo, pushing rebel fighters back near the border with Turkey, according to military sources.

Supported by a Russian air cover, pro-Assad troops regained control of the Tamoura town and the surrounding hills subsequent to fierce clashes with rebel fighters.

“Seizing control of Tamoura and the surrounding hills will enable pro-Assad forces to cut off the rebel’s main supply line between the northern countryside of Aleppo and the western parts of the province,” local media activist Khalid al-Jassim told ARA News.

“Amid intensified Russian airstrikes on rebel positions, pro-Assad army and allied militants of Hezbollah have recaptured several strategic points in northern Aleppo overt the past two days,” the source reported.

Rebel groups, including the Levant Front and Ahrar al-Sham, have reportedly evacuated their strongholds in several towns and villages in the province, in a bid to avoid the Russian airstrikes.

At least 23 rebel fighters were killed in Russian raids on Friday. In the meantime, the regime’s army lost some 15 fighters in clashes with rebel groups in northern Aleppo, according to Saleh Zein, official spokesman of the Levant Front.
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Munich Meeting Agrees on "Cessation of Hostilities" in Syria within Week
[ALMANAR.LB] World powers on Friday agreed an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in Syria within a week and dramatically ramp up humanitarian access at talks in Munich aimed at reviving the struggling grinding of the peace processor.

The 17 countries agreed "to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities to begin in a target of one week's time," said US Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
after extended talks co-hosted by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The so-called 'International Syria Support Group' also agreed "to accelerate and expand the delivery of humanitarian aid beginning immediately".

"Sustained delivery will begin this week, first to the areas where it is most urgently needed... and then to all the people in need throughout the country, particularly in the besieged and hard to reach areas," said Kerry.

Earlier this month, the Syrian army and allied forces pressed an offensive on the key terrorists' stronghold of Aleppo.

Kerry said talks between opposition factions and the Syrian government would resume as soon as possible, but warned that "what we have here are words on paper -- what we need to see in the next few days are actions on the ground."

For his part, Lavrov called "for direct contacts between the Russian and US military" in Syria and said negotiations on a political transition "have to start as soon as possible, without ultimatums and preconditions".

Kerry said the cessation of hostilities would apply to all groups apart from "the terrorist organizations" of the so-called 'Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) and Al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front 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...
groups.

A UN task force, co-chaired by Russia and the US, will work over the coming week "to develop the modalities for a long-term, comprehensive and durable cessation of violence," Kerry said.
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#1  Wonderful news, I was getting a bit worried that the hostilities would last a bit longer.
Posted by: BernardZ || 02/13/2016 3:13 Comments || Top||

#2  'International Syria Support Group' distinctive headgear to be worn to all future Support Group assemblies.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/13/2016 5:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Related:

At long last, there may be some good news out of Syria. Russia, the United States, and some of the combatants in the Syrian Civil War have agreed to a partial cease-fire — one that does not apply to ISIS and the al-Nusra front.
My emphasis added.

Link to article found in National Review.

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/13/2016 5:41 Comments || Top||

#4  What's the over/under on the duration?

Please state your estimate in hours rounded to the nearest minute.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/13/2016 7:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Waitaminute! Aren't ISIS and al Nusra the two major combatant groups? So that's like saying World War I is over, except for the French and the Germans. And maybe their allies....
Posted by: Bobby || 02/13/2016 8:33 Comments || Top||


Sy. Military Advances in Rural Aleppo, Expands Secure Zone near Nubbul, Zahraa
[ALMANAR.LB] The Syrian army and allied forces established control on Friday over the "Dahrat Al-Qaraa" and "Dahrat Al-Qandila" hills overlooking Tamorah village south-west of the town of Zahraa in northern Aleppo countryside, cutting off the turbans supply route between Tamorah and Andan towns.

Moreover, the Syrian national military took control over the western quarries of Tamorah and the concrete factories in the town, killing more than 15 turbans amid artillery and missile fire targeting the gunnies's deployment points in the region.

The latest military achievement expanded the south-west area around the liberated Nubbul and Zahraa towns that is being secured by the army and allied military units.

In southern Syria, army units targeted gatherings and hideouts of al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front bully boyz in al-Yadouda town in northwestern Daraa and al-Nueimeh town in eastern Daraa, a military source told state-run SANA news agency.

A bulldozer for the bully boyz was destroyed on Daraa-Tafas road in northern Daraa, while a gathering of vehicles was directly hit in Tissya town, 40 km in the southeastern countryside of Daraa province, according to the source.

A number the vehicles with arms and equipment inside were destroyed, the source confirmed.
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