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44 Daesh militants killed in Nangarhar's Achin District
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Afghanistan
Taliban militants kill dozens of Afghan forces in Helmand
[Iran Press TV] A series of Lion of Islam attacks have claimed the lives of dozens of soldiers and coppers across the southern province of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
over the past three days.

Local Afghan officials said on Tuesday that at least 18 soldiers were killed during festivities with the Talibs in Sangin and Musa Qalah districts of the volatile province.

In another incident, at least 10 coppers bit the dust during a shootout with Taliban in Gereshk area, a road junction north of the district capital Lashkar Gah.

At least two more coppers were killed when gunnies clad in Afghan police uniform opened fire on them in Khan Nashin district on Monday night.

In the worst incident in Helmand on Sunday, a Lion of Islam attack on a checkpoint in the district center of Sangin killed seven soldiers and 15 coppers.
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [178 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


44 Daesh militants killed in Nangarhar's Achin District
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Security officials say Operation Shaheen 18 launched against gunnies in Achin District on Saturday has been successfully going on.

General Fazal Ahmad Shirzad, Police Chief of 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..
and Brigadier General Mohammad Nasim Sangin who is commanding the Afghan National Army in the area said 44 forces of Evil have been killed and 18 others maimed in the operation so far.

While talking to a presser in the area on Monday, the operation commanders said that several villages have been cleared of forces of Evil and security forces recovered large number of weapons and ammunition belonging to the terrorist group of Daesh [Islamic State] during the operation.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy's udder had begun to ache...
13 forces of Evil have been killed in an internal clash Karkani area of Achin District.

Fighters 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....
(IS) which also goes by its Arabic name 'Daesh [Islamic State]' and others belonging to Taliban group came across in the area on Sunday and opened fire on each other.

Eight other forces of Evil were killed in the clash.

Nangarhar has become the battle ground of Taliban and Daesh [Islamic State] where they have announced 'Jihad' against each other.

Loyalists of Daesh [Islamic State] are former members of Taliban. They separated ways with Taliban after the Islamic State (IS) bully boy group which is also known by its Arabic name 'Daesh [Islamic State]' came into shape.

The two sides have fought in a number of Afghan provinces but the most deadly festivities have been erupting in Nangarhar province.

Achin, Haska Meena and Bati Kot are among the districts of Nangarhar where both sides have killed/beheaded dozens of each other's fighters.

Due to the tense situation and continued festivities between the two groups, hundreds of families have been forced to leave their homes in those areas.

Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [474 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Unknown armed men gun down religious scholar in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Unknown gunnies have bumped off a religious scholar in Jalalabad city, capital of 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.

Spokesperson for the governor of Nangarhar said Mawlawi Ahmad Shah attended a religious class in a mosque in Angor Bagh area yesterday.

According to Ataullah Khogyaand, when the religious scholar came out of the mosque he came under armed attack and lost his life.

Motive behind the incident is unknown but Khogyani said that security agencies have launched an investigation into the incident.

Nangarhar had been among the comparatively safe provinces of Afghanistan but it is now going through some of its worst security.

Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This guy?

If so, that'll explain it
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 02/17/2016 6:00 Comments || Top||

#2  A scholar I suppose because he could read?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/17/2016 8:48 Comments || Top||

#3  A scholar I suppose because he could read?

Nope. because he knew the entire Quran by heart without being able to read.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/17/2016 9:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Ah, so arbitrary fantasy quoting, unchallenged because his audience couldn't read either. The undocumented oral history or allegorical metaphor advantageously applied as appropriate in a clerical fashion?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/17/2016 16:29 Comments || Top||

#5  "Imam, of all Allah's creations,
Do Muslims excel among nations?"
"Jibril told Mohammed,
'You'll rock,'" little Ahmed,
"'In use of invented quotations!'"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/17/2016 17:50 Comments || Top||

#6  Buggered thah up, didn't I? Sowwy.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/17/2016 17:55 Comments || Top||


Deadly clashes erupting between rival Taliban groups in Ghazni
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Deadly festivities have been erupting between two rival groups of Taliban in central Ghazni province of Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.

The provincial governor said that one group belongs to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour and the other one to Mullah Mohammad Rasoul
...Leader of a rival faction of the Afghan Taliban. He's probably not long for this world.....
According to Mohammad Aman Hamim, the festivities which started in the jurisdiction of Nawa District earlier this morning have so far left 27 snuffies killed.

Head of the Provincial Council of Ghazni also reported festivities between the followers of Mullah Mansour and Mullah Rasoul.

Khaliqdad Akbari said both groups clashed in Muqur District last night leaving several killed and maimed.

Fractions happened in Taliban after the group's Supreme Leader was confirmed dead last year.

Following the news, two major groups formed under the leadership of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour and Mullah Mohammad Rasoul.

Another group has also announced its split from the main group under the leadership of Mullah Obaidullah in Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province however it does not have as many followers as Mullah Mansour and Mullah Rasoul have.

Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Somalia ex-Defence Minister killed in Mogadishu blast
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Former Somali Defence Minister Mohiyadin Mohamed Haji has been confirmed dead in a blast inside his car near Mogadishu’s KM4 junction on Monday, Garowe Online reports.

Witnesses and police say, the bomb would have been attached beneath his seat
"Better bring a spatula."
as has been the case in Mogadishu over the last few years. Another occupant with him in the car has sustained injuries from the explosion.
"Bring a second spatula?"
"No, a pitchfork will do."
Haji served in the government of interim Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein. He has also been working with Kulan Political Association according to colleagues.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Bring a second spatula?"
"No, a pitchfork will do."


I think a mop and a bucket, along with some disinfectant might be useful too.
Posted by: Nguard || 02/17/2016 0:12 Comments || Top||


Shaboobs seize wreckage of drone crashed near Bardere
An official says Al shabaab militants have seized the remains of unmanned drone that crashed near the southern town of Bardere in Gedo region on Monday.The administrator of Sha Da’ar village Aden Osman Nur, has confirmed the seizure of the debris of the drone by Al shabaab. The crash area lies 70Km away from Bardere and it is controlled by the militants.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon denied reports that one of U.S. drones operating in east Africa crashed in Gedo region, south-west of Somalia. U.S. drones have in the past carried out airstrikes in southern Somalia, targeting Al shabaab leaders.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa Subsaharan
Cameroon forces kill 162 Boko Haram extremists, retake town
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
's special forces have killed 162 Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
Death Eaters in Nigeria's northeastern town of Goshi, destroying bomb factories and weapons to retake the Lion of Islam stronghold, the government said.

The town is now under the control of Nigerian forces after the operation led by Cameroon special forces from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14, Cameroon's communication minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said late Monday.

Cameroon forces freed about 100 people being held by the bully boys, including Cameroonians and Nigerians, he said. Two members of Cameroon's military were killed, he said. The two, including a senior commander, were reported killed after their convoy hit a vehicle Sunday.

"The town of Goshi in Nigeria was formally identified as one of the Boko Haram posts, hosting factories for the manufacturing of bombs and mines," Bakary said. He added that the town was also used to house teenagers who are used as human bombs during suicide kabooms.

Bakary said 162 Boko Haram fighters were killed, four mine factories dismantled, and special forces seized at least five readied mines, hundreds of explosive holders, boom jackets and triggers.

A previously identified training center, along with two vehicles were also set on fire, he said.

The operation took place under the banner of the multinational task force, and with intelligence and operational coordination with Nigerian forces, he said.

In its six-year insurgency, Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced 2.5 million in the region, according to the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
and Amnesia Amnesty International.

Attacks across Nigeria's borders increased by the snuffies last year in countries such as Cameroon who are contributing to a multinational force to combat Boko Haram.
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

#1  We really need this picture of Naga Eboko in the archives when talking about Cameroon.
Posted by: Raj || 02/17/2016 1:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Doing the job the Nigerians can't.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/17/2016 9:39 Comments || Top||

#3  "South Africa's ageing white mercenaries who helped turn tide on Boko Haram" http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/14/south-africas-ageing-white-mercenaries-who-helped-turn-tide-on-boko-haram

Article is about a year old but me thinks the gringo is still on the ground.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 02/17/2016 11:40 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Yemeni Army, Committees Crush Saudi-Led Mercenaries in Mede
Like a bug, yew betcha
The Yemeni army and popular committees clashed fiercely with the Saudi-led mercenaries in the bordering area of Mede, killing scores of terrorists and forcing the rest to withdraw.

The Yemeni forces also controlled al-Rasha mountain which overlooks Jadaan area in Maareb province.

The Saudi warplanes launched a number of raids on al-Thobab town in Taiz province.
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Top Yemeni officials escape assassination attempt
The governor and security director of the southern Yemeni city of Aden escaped a gun attack on their convoy on Tuesday, the latest in a string of militant attacks on the government, Al Arabiya news channel reported.

Three of the gunmen were killed in an exchange of fire, while two bodyguards and two civilians walking by were wounded, the official said. But Governor Aidarus al-Zubaidi and Brigadier General Shalal Ali Shayyeh were unhurt.

Both officials have survived attacks before.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni army and the National Resistance forces recaptured strategic locations in Al Misrakh and Haifan districts and forces rebel militants to flee.

Clashes also erupted in Baihan town after rebel militias fired Katyusha-type rockets on the government army forces
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Fighting the conquest: raids and arrests in Germany and Belgium
Germany shuts down Islamic centre in Bremen, raids apartments

[Ynet] The northern German city-state of Bremen shut down an Islamic cultural centre on Tuesday after police raided it and the apartments of 12 of its members on suspicion of associations with Islamist murderous Moslems.

Bremen Interior Minister Ulrich Maeurer said The Islamic Association Bremen was closely linked to a similar cultural organization that was banned after some of its members joined 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....
(IS) bad boy group in Syria.

More than 220 officers participated in the raids, confiscating mobile phones, computers, hard drives and other memory cards, Maeurer told a news conference.

No arrests were made. Police also searched a car repair shop in Delmenhorst, just outside Bremen.
No doubt arrests will follow examination of all those phones, computers, and stored memories. Happy hunting, guys!
Belgium charges three people in ISIS recruitment investigation

[Ynet] Belgian prosecutors have charged three of 10 people detained earlier on Tuesday on suspicion of operating a recruitment ring for holy warrior group Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
Belgium has been at the heart of investigations into the Nov. 13 attacks in Gay Paree in which 130 people were killed as four of the jacket wallahs had either been living in Belgium or were Belgian-Moroccans. The country has one of the highest per capita rates of participation in holy warrior groups such as Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Prosecutors said one woman in her thirties, named as Marianna A., and two men in their twenties, Azzeddine K. and Mohammed O., have been placed under arrest.

Seven others detained in raids on homes where prosecutors seized computers and mobile phones as part of an investigation into people having left to join the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
in Syria, have been released.

Germany-based Syrians face terror charges in Bulgaria

[AlAhram] Three Syrians living in Germany have been tossed in the clink
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
in Bulgaria on their way to join 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....
fighters back home and are facing terrorism charges, prosecutors in Sofia said Tuesday.
It is the first such case in Bulgaria since it introduced new legislation last year criminalising the intent of joining terrorist groups.

Police detained the men -- aged 21, 22 and 25 -- last week as they tried to illegally cross Bulgaria's southeastern border with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, near the main Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint.

Bulgarian newspaper Capital reported Tuesday that the Syrians were refugees residing in Germany for between two and six years, meaning they did not arrive with the recent influx of migrants.

After their February 8 arrest, the suspects had initially been handed six-month suspended sentences for trespassing.

However,
if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
authorities then found "pictures with jihadist content on their mobile phones and tracked down correspondence between them and 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....
members who are well known to European authorities," the special prosecution's press office told AFP Tuesday.

The trio denied the allegations.
No, no! Certainly not!
but authorities said that several witnesses had confirmed the suspects' intention to join fighters in Syria.

They had tried to enter The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
earlier this year after travelling by bus from Germany to Greece, but had been turned back, according to officials.

Bulgaria, which has remained on the sidelines of the huge migrant influx from Turkey and Greece to Europe, has become a major transit country for jihadists seeking to join IS in Syria.
Good to know.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  OTOH see BLOOMBERG > EU DEFENCELESS AGZ FLOW OF [Middle East] MIGRANTS: HUNGARY MINISTER SAYS.

ARTIC > MINISTER = argues that the the solution to the Muslim Migrant-refugee problem is a permanent or final solution to the Syria Crisis which in turn requires trans-Atlantic agreement between the US-EU + Russia, or more particlaurly the US + Russia.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/17/2016 22:22 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Security forces recover heavy ammunition in search operation
HANGU: In a search operation in Orakzai Agency, security forces on Tuesday recovered heavy cache of arms and ammunition.

According to the reports, terrorists saved heavy reservoir of arms and ammunition in a hideout of Commander Muhammad Islam of a banned outfit.

The forces and intelligence agencies on tip off raided on the house and recovered 104 82MM Mor, 50 Fuse, five hand grenades, eight hand bombs, mines, 12.7 ballot box, 45 boxes of 14.5, one telescope, 31 SPG-9 and thousand of bullets of heavy machine guns.

According to police, terrorists were planning to use these ammunitions for a major action in Hangu and Orakzai Agency. However, the forces in a successful operation foiled the plan of militants.
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [225 views] Top|| File under:

#1  According to the reports, terrorists saved heavy reservoir of arms and ammunition in a hideout of Commander Muhammad Islam of a banned outfit

"They're religious items. Very holy"
Posted by: Frank G || 02/17/2016 14:37 Comments || Top||


1 dead in court shooting
TANDLIANWALA: A person was killed on Tuesday during firing by armed men within the premises of court in Tandlianwala near Faisalabad, an area of Punjab.

Three armed men came on motorcycle and started indiscriminate firing in the court premises in Tandliawala and fled the scene leaving a person dead.

The dead person was identified as Mohammad Mansha hailing from Chak no 451. Mansha had come to the court in connection with hearing of his case. The dead person was shifted to a local hospital for post-mortem. The lawyers’ community staged a protest rally over the incident and raised slogan against the police.
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under:


Homemade bomb found near girls school
LAHORE: Law-enforcement agencies on Monday found what they called a homemade explosive device near a girls school in Kot Lakhpat.

Passersby alerted police and security agencies late on Sunday after spotting an abandoned tin near the school in Koh-i-Noor Society.

Police and bomb disposal squad reached the spot, seized the bomb, defused it and later disposed of it.

Explosive material was found stuffed in the tin and placed near the school.

Police claimed the bomb was planted to target the school and investigation would be carried out to arrest those who abandoned or planted the bomb.

A case was registered against unidentified suspect(s) under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Later, police launched a search operation in the area and arrested more than 20 people who failed to present their identification documents, and were later released.

Published in Dawn, February 16th, 2016
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Brave jihadis!
Posted by: Raj || 02/17/2016 1:07 Comments || Top||


Iraq
ISIS extremists publicly behead Iraqi teenager for listening to western music
Someone, somewhere was having a better time than ISIS was
[ARA News] QAMISHLI – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) on Tuesday executed a teenage boy in Mosul city of Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province.

The 15-year-old boy was arrested by ISIS militants in central Mosul for listening to “western music”, according to local sources.

“Ayham Hussein was captured by the jihadis while listening to Pop music at the grocery store of his father in the Nabi Younis marketplace in western Mosul. He was referred to the Sharia Court, which issued a decision to execute him,” a spokesman for the Nineveh media center told ARA News.

“ISIS jihadis publicly beheaded the boy,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The victim’s body was reportedly handed over to his family on Tuesday evening. The incident has raised public outrage among Mosul’s residents.

“There was no formal decision by the Sharia Court that ban listening to western music,” the source said, adding this was the first case of its kind to be documented in Mosul.
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [391 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  “There was no formal decision by the Sharia Court that ban listening to western music,”

Meh, they should be able to figure that out by now.
Posted by: gorb || 02/17/2016 0:56 Comments || Top||

#2  If it was Kanye West or Justin Bieber, I could understand...

/sarc
Posted by: Raj || 02/17/2016 1:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Coldplay
Posted by: Frank G || 02/17/2016 8:44 Comments || Top||

#4  The incident has raised public outrage among Mosul’s residents.

Oh suuuuure, naturally. None of the *other* batshit crazy stuff that passes for everyday life in an Islamic hellhole (redundant, yes I'm aware) "raised public outrage" but THIS incident did, amirite?

Its way long past time that the world (and the locals that comprise it) stop feigning shock & outrage when a murderous cult rises up and murders in a cult-like manner.
Posted by: Crusader || 02/17/2016 17:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Nay, for listening to Coldplay you get thrown off the roof and then stoned.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/17/2016 18:46 Comments || Top||


Iraqi helo goes down in Wasit, pilot dies
(IraqiNews.com) Wasit – An official source in Wasit Province announced on Tuesday, that a helicopter belonging to the Iraqi Army Aviation fell in Wasit due to a technical problem.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A M17 military helicopter belonging to the Iraqi Army Aviation fell, this morning, in the village of Umm Halil (8 km northeast of Kut) in Wasit,” pointing out that, “The helicopter captain and his assistant were killed while 7 others were wounded.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The helicopter crashed due to a technical glitch.”
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Security forces arrest man wanted on charges of terrorism in Diyala
(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – On Tuesday, Diyala Police Command revealed, that a wanted man on charges of terrorism was arrested west of Baquba, while another three suspects were released due to the lack of evidences.

Diyala Police spokesman Ghalib al-Attiya told reporters, “Today, a security force from the police emergency forces carried out a raid on al-Qatoun area, and arrested a man wanted on charges of terrorism.”

Attiya added, “The arrested was transferred to a security center for interrogation.”
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under:


ISIS publishes names of 1,065 people executed in Mosul
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – On Tuesday the so-called Islamic state in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) published the names of more than 1,000 people who were executed in Mosul.

al-Hashed al-Watani spokesman in Mosul Mahmoud al-Surja said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today, ISIS published the names of people who were executed by ISIS members in Mosul,” pointing out that, “The number of the executed people reached 1065, and they had been arrested previously during ISIS control on Mosul.”

Al-Surja added, “ISIS pasted those lists on the walls of the forensic medicine department and hospitals in the province.”
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  1065 in Mosul alone.

Kinda makes carpet bombing the shit out of ISIS seem cheap by comparison in terms of lives, doesn't it?
Posted by: gorb || 02/17/2016 0:57 Comments || Top||

#2  The 'Human Rights' community demands perfection rather than accept the reality of collateral damage. Better to suffer 200 or 300 civilian casualties taking out rather than allowing the barbarians to kill a thousand. It's a matter of trade offs, always has been. The French suffered about 50-60,000 casualties in the time between the German occupation and the liberation of France from allied bombings and the fighting after D-Day.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/17/2016 9:45 Comments || Top||

#3  They took the time to ask? I wonder how many John Doe's are on that list.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 02/17/2016 11:42 Comments || Top||


Anbar Antics: 15 die
Iraqi forces capture Hamidiya Bridge

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced on Tuesday, that the security forces liberated al-Hamidiya Bridge east of Ramadi and raised the Iraqi flag over it.

Mahalawi said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The army 10th brigade, backed by the tribal fighters carried out a military operation to liberate al-Hamidiya area east of Ramadi.”

Mahalawi added, “The army forces and the tribal fighters were able to liberate al-Hamidiya Bridge and raised the Iraqi flag over it, while also liberated the road linking between Albu-Eissa and al-Hamidiya Bridges.”

Mass grave containing 50 bodies discovered in eastern Ramadi

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Tuesday the commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced, that the security forces discovered a mass grave containing the remains of 50 bodies, including children in eastern Ramadi.

Mahalawi said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A force from Anbar police discovered a mass grave containing the remains of 50 bodies, including children during their search operations in al-Sufiya area in eastern Ramadi.”

Mahalawi added, “The security force and a team from Anbar Health Department will open the mass grave to identify the bodies.”

15 ISIS fighters killed in Baiji

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Federal Police Command announced on Tuesday the killing of 15 fighters of the so-called ISIS in a shelling targeted their headquarters in Baiji north of Tikrit (170 km north of Baghdad), while indicated to the liberation of dozens of families from ISIS grip west of Ramadi.

The Federal Police Captain Raed Jawdat revealed in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The Second artillery brigade bombed ISIS headquarters in al-Fatha area north of Baiji, killing 15 members belonging to ISIS.”

Jawdat added, “The Federal Police forces managed to free 38 families that had been used by ISIS as human shields in al-Asriya Village west of Ramadi.”
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 1 dead
1 dies in market bomb attack

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

The source said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded, at noon today, near a popular market in Yusufiya area south of Baghdad, killing one person and injuring nine others.”

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

ISIS Bad Guy detain in Baghdad

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Tuesday, an officer in the Military Intelligence Directorate in Baghdad said, that the security forces managed to arrest a militant group belonging to ISIS within the so-called Wilayat North of Baghdad.

The officer said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The Military Intelligence Directorate continued its efforts and conducted proactive operations against ISIS gangs,” noting that, “A terrorist group that was working within the so-called Wilayat North of Baghdad had been arrested.”

The officer added, “The confessions also led to the seizure of caches of ammunition, weaponry and explosives that were prepared to target civilians in the capital.”

Militia leader sez imposters are committing crime

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – The spokesman of al-Hashd al-Shaabi Yusuf al-kelabi announced on Tuesday, that there are gangs dressed as al-Hashd al Shaabi who opened fake headquarters to blackmail the civilians, while pointed out that al-Hashd al-Shaabi will carry out raid operations after a week on these headquarters.

Kelabi said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “There are gangs who tried to exploit the name of al-Hashd al-Shaabi through opening fake headquarters to blackmail civilians in Baghdad and the other provinces.”

Kelabi added, “al-Hashd al-Shaabi in cooperation with Baghdad Operations and the Iraqi judiciary will raid these headquarters.”

Iraqi intelligence service freed kidnapped American citizens in Baghdad

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A security source revealed on Tuesday, that the three Americans who were abducted in Baghdad last month were released, while pointed out that they were handed over to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

The source said, “The Iraqi intelligence service was able to free the three abducted Americans, who were kidnapped last month in al-Dawra area in Baghdad.”

The source added, “The three were in good health and had been handed over to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.”
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinian forces foil bombing near Jenin
[Ynet] Paleostinian teenagers stopped with knives and pipe bombs at Jalame checkpoint; attempted use of pipe bombs in an attack is a significant development in the strategy being used by these lone wolf attackers.

Paleostinian Security Forces thwarted a bombing attempt at the Jalame checkpoint in Jenin on Tuesday morning.

Paleostinian sources told Ynet that two teenagers were caught in possession of pipe bombs and knives.

The two teenagers were caught by Paleostinian Security Forces stationed on the Paleostinian side of the checkpoint moments before they were to enter Israel, the Paleostinian sources told Ynet.

The teenagers, both 15, planned to carry out a two stage attack - first detonating the pipe bombs, then knifing the survivors. The two, from the town of Yamun next to Jenin, are related, and study at the same school.

Throughout the recent escalation in violence, the Paleostinian Security Forces have stopped at least three attacks at the Jalame checkpoint. The Paleostinian forces were deployed at the checkpoint after four attempted stabbings by teenage Paleostinians from the town of Qabatiya, also next to Jenin. Israeli forces neutralized the attackers each time.

This attempted pipe kaboom is a worrying development. The fact that the Paleostinian Security Forces were able to stop this attack proves that the Paleostinian Authority is still continuing to stop attacks against Israeli targets, and that the security cooperation between Israel and the PA is still strong, despite the calls by many within the PA to stop all security cooperation with Israel.

The attempts come at the heels of a general Paleostinian teachers' strike, which left many of the schools in the West Bank closed, and left students with nothing to do. The worry is that these kids will keep themselves busy by going on social media and watching TV - of which many of the pages and stations are affiliated with Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, and Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
- and that the number of attacks will increase.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  The two, from the town of Yamun next to Jenin, are related, and study at the same school.

yank that family tree out by the roots
Posted by: Frank G || 02/17/2016 8:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Such a brave people; sending their kids to their death while they sit at home.~
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 02/17/2016 11:13 Comments || Top||


Jerusalem Police catches knife-carrying Palestinian near Damascus Gate
[Ynet] Jerusalem Police officers caught a Paleostinian man near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate with a knife among his belongings.

Officers noticed a suspicious man, came over to examine him, and found a knife hidden in his shirt sleeve. He is apparently a 26-year-old Paleostinian from Jenin.

He is tentatively suspected of planning to perpetrate a stabbing attack in the sensitive Old City area, which has seen several terror attacks during the current terror wave.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Dutch fighter jets strike first ISIS targets in Syria
[Ynet] Dutch F-16 fighter jets have bombed ISIS targets for the first time in Syria since broadening its mission in the US-led air campaign, the defense ministry said Tuesday.

"Dutch F-16s carried out around 10 missions over Iraq and eastern Syria," the Hague-based ministry said in its weekly summary of operations on its website.

It is the first time the summary has mentioned targets in Syria since the Dutch government late last month announced it was fanning out its current air support mission over Iraq into Syria, in the wake of US and French requests.

The air strikes were directed against "combat positions, military equipment and strategic aims of (ISIS)," the ministry said, without detailing when and where the attacks took place.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Western-backed Syrian forces make new gains in Aleppo
ALEPPO – Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made new gains against Islamist rebels in Syria’s northern Aleppo province, military sources reported on Tuesday.

Subsequent to clashes with militant fighters of al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda wing in Syria) and the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham, the western-backed SDF units captured several villages in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

“Our forces liberated the town of Sheikh Issa and a number of villages in its suburbs north of Aleppo after clashes with the Islamist fighters of Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham,” SDF spokesman Ahmed al-Omar told ARA News.

At least 18 Islamist fighters were killed in the clashes, while the SDF lost four members in Tuesday’s operations.

This comes just a day after the Kurdish YPG fighters and SDF allies took control of the strategic Tel Rafaat town –one of the main supply routes for the radical Islamist groups in northern Aleppo.

The SDF advance comes amid continuous shelling by the Turkish army on the Kurdish positions in northern Aleppo. Turkey’s bombardment on the Kurdish units was considered as a direct support to Syrian Islamist groups, including Nusra Front–al-Qaeda wing in Syria.
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

#1  The Kurds have been helped big time by the Russian air attacks.

In effect, they (the Kurds) are becoming part of the Russia/Hezbollah/Iran support for the Assad regime.

And this hasn't been noticed by a single media org.
Posted by: lord garth || 02/17/2016 9:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Is the Kurds throwing their lot in with Assad and Putin a sign the west has let them down so badly turning a totally blind eye to Turkey/ISIS overlaps...
MSM = State broadcasters.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/17/2016 10:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes, BP, I'm afraid you're correct.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/17/2016 10:17 Comments || Top||

#4  ssshhhh..the freighter isn't finished yet.

A Team Assad Kurdish region with Russia as a protectorate right on Turkey's border would put an extra curl in Erdy's slippers. And a Kurdish region or even talk of a Kurdistan in the Russia/Iran axis would put an extra twist in his turban. It is no wonder Erdy is pounding his tiny fists on the War Drum again. I'm sorry, the Somebody Else Fight My War Drum.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/17/2016 18:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Besides, it would be a little...uncomfortable..for the president, if news of the Klobbering Kurds of Kobane, the saviors of the Yazidis and other persecuted minorities, and the only group with the nuts and bolts to go toe-to-toe with the ISJV, armed with basic weapons, and kick them right in the dick, if that got out, why it would take the sheen right off of Obama's bracket picks.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/17/2016 18:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Don't hold back, # 5 swksvolFF.

Tell us what you really think. :-D
Posted by: Barbara || 02/17/2016 21:26 Comments || Top||


US-led airstrikes in NE Syria kill 15 civilians: Monitoring group
[Iran Press TV] At least 15 civilians have been killed in northeastern Syria in Arclight airstrikes carried out by the so-called US-led coalition purportedly hitting Daesh [Islamic State] positions in the Arab country, a monitoring group says.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 20 more people also sustained injuries in the Tuesday US-led attacks on the town of al-Shadadi in Hasakah province.

The UK-based monitoring group added that the overall corpse count was likely to rise.

Since September 2014, the US along with some of its allies has been conducting air raids against what are said to be the Daesh [Islamic State] Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
snuffies inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. The air assaults in Syria are an extension of the US-led aerial campaign against purported Daesh [Islamic State] positions in Iraq, which started in August 2014.

The US-led strikes have killed scores of civilians in Syria ever since.
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  I don't recall hearing of SOHR before, but Wikipedia mentions him. About as biased as you'd expect, looks like.
Posted by: james || 02/17/2016 19:49 Comments || Top||


Terror Networks
Pentagon: Saudi Arabia took part in weekend air strikes against Islamic State
"Bomb awaaaaaay!"
"That's it, O puissant pilot?"
"We don't want to actually damage our pet jihadis, Philippino kafir mechanic. Now get back to whatever stinking hole you emerged from, and ensure this white horse of the skies continues to fly."
[Ynet] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
participated in air strikes as part of a US-led coalition against 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....
gunnies over the weekend, a US Department of Defense front man said on Tuesday.

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who has been under pressure to shore up support from Sunni Arab allies to fight Islamic State last week welcomed a commitment from Saudi Arabia to expand its role in air strikes.

"They (the Saudis) did participate in strikes over the weekend," said Peter Cook, a Pentagon front man, in a Tuesday news briefing. He did not say specifically what the Saudi actions were, or where.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  He did not say specifically what the Saudi actions were, or where.

In the most low risk area in Iraq I imagine.
Posted by: jvalentour || 02/17/2016 8:21 Comments || Top||

#2  LOL, TW.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/17/2016 8:26 Comments || Top||



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