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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 02/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [22095 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It warms my Heart to see the front page occasionally, Fred.
Thank you for your continued service against Terror and un-American boobs. You make me happy in times of great distress.
Posted by: newc || 02/24/2016 1:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Ditto newc, mega dittoes.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/24/2016 7:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Are counter rotating tassels in order ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2016 7:30 Comments || Top||

#4  ...well, since you asked.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/24/2016 13:48 Comments || Top||

#5  P2k is my new hero!
Posted by: 49 pan || 02/24/2016 14:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Number 4 needs a Marginally Safe For Work Warning IMO
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 02/24/2016 15:07 Comments || Top||

#7  Elvira is a talented lady.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 02/24/2016 15:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Seriously, somebody may have arachnophobia.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/24/2016 16:52 Comments || Top||

Two policemen martyred in Taliban attack in Kunar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two coppers have embraced martyrdom in a Taliban attack in eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
of Afghanistan.

The provinces's police chief said the incident took place in Jabba area of Naray District on Monday night.

While talking to Azadi Radio on Tuesday morning, Colonel Abdul Habib Sayedkhil said two other coppers sustained injuries in the incident.

Taliban have grabbed credit for attack on soldiers in Naray District but in an online statement the group's spokesperson has shown a different location for the incident.

The online blurb states that a roadside kaboom exploded on a security vehicle Ghwayano Ghat area of Naray District at around 7 pm on Monday.

Kunar which shares a long border with Pakistain is one of the restive provinces in the eastern part of the country.

Besides Afghan Taliban, Pak Taliban and other turban groups also operate in this province.
Posted by: Fred || 02/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

ISIS release new propaganda video despite major setbacks in Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] 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 have released a new propaganda video despite major setbacks the terror group faced in Afghanistan in a series of deadly Arclight airstrikes and group operations.

The latest video was released on social media this afternoon which purportedly shows the loyalists of the terror group equipped with full military gear and in uniform similar as the ones worn by the fighters of the terror group in Syria and Iraq.

The high quality video starts with the footage showing the fighters of the terror group performing military exercises similar to the ones performed by the special operation forces.

Although the location where the video was created has not been ascertained so far, however the footage carries a sign of the Khurasan, the so-called Khurasan province, territorial scope of the terror group covering parts of Afghanistan and Pakistain.

In other parts of the video, a group of masked gunnies are shown carrying a prisoner in orange jump suit before he is executed for unknown reasons.

This comes as the Afghan defense officials recently said the loyalists of the terror group in Afghanistan have faced major setbacks as a result of the mounting military operations before they manage to establish and expand foothold in the country.

According to the coalition forces officials, around 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.

The officials further added that the loyalists of the terror group are operating in four or five remote districts 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..

...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38...
the US Forces in Afghanistan have also increased air campaign against the terror group in this province, carrying at least 20 Arclight airstrikes between late January and early February.

According to reports emerging earlier this month, the US forces in Afghanistan carried out at least 20 Arclight airstrikes targeting the loyalists of the terror group in a period of three months from late January to early February.

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 forces of Evil in the same way that the military targets fighters linked to al-Qaeda.

Posted by: Fred || 02/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  If it were the truth they wouldn't call it propaganda.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 02/24/2016 14:53 Comments || Top||

Dostum returns to battlefield to clear Jawzjan districts
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum
...ethnic Uzbek warlord who distinguished himself fighting the Soviets and the Taliban. The story that he had a bad guy run over with a tank is an exaggeration. It was an armored personnel carrier...
has once again returned to battlefield in a bid to clear the areas under the anti-government armed bandidos hard boyz control.

This time Gen. Dostum has joined thousands of the Afghan cops in two districts of northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan, four months after he first launched operations in this province.

Gen. Dostum will start counter-terrorism and clearing operations in Qosh Tapa and Darzab districts of Jawzjan province this time.

Upon his arrival to Jawzjan, Gen. Dostum told news hounds that he will join almost ten thousand members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in the mentioned districts.

He said the operations will be launched from three angles, including northern Faryab, Jawzjan and Sar-e-Pul provinces to clear the two districts from bandidos hard boyz presence.

According to reports, Qosh Tapa district has been witnessing mounting violence during the recent days and heavy clash continue between the anti-government armed bandidos hard boyz and security forces since the past one week.

This is the third time Gen. Dostum is joining the Afghan forces to clear parts of northern provinces from the bandidos hard boyz presence.

Gen. Dostum first joined the Afghan cops in the frontline in northern Faryab province earlier in the month of August last where he survived at least two liquidation plots by the anti-government armed holy warrior groups while he was leading counter-terrorism operations.

Initially his convoy was ambushed by the Taliban in bandidos hard boyz in Qaisar district in mid August while another plot to assassinate him was thwarted by the security forces and his special security guards few days later.

At least three jacket wallahs were jugged
You have the right to remain silent...
from the vicinity of Gen. Dostum's residence in Qaisar district in connection to the attack plot.

Posted by: Fred || 02/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
French special forces waging 'secret war' in Libya
[Rooters] French special forces and intelligence commandos are engaged in covert operations against Islamic State militants in Libya in conjunction with the United States and Britain, the French newspaper Le Monde reported on Wednesday.

It said President Francois Hollande had authorized "unofficial military action" by both an elite armed forces unit and the covert action service of the DGSE intelligence agency in the conflict-ridden North African state, which has two rival governments and largely ungoverned desert spaces.

What Le Monde called "France's secret war in Libya" involved occasional targeted strikes against leaders of the ultra-radical Islamist group, prepared by discreet action on the ground, to try to slow its growth in Libya.

The defense ministry declined comment on the substance of Le Monde's story but a source close to Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he had ordered an investigation into "breaches of national defense secrecy" to identify the sources of the report.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2016 09:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [352 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If they control some territory in North Africa it might come in handy when they finally decide to deport their rapefugees.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 02/24/2016 11:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe I'm being pedantic, but is it really a 'secret' war when Rooters is writing about it on the interwebs?

Or does 'secret' mean "I got a private briefing from a govt official who must not be named"?
Posted by: SteveS || 02/24/2016 14:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Or an email with the classification stripped.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 02/24/2016 15:51 Comments || Top||

#4  The ISIS?ISIL is repo getting closer-n-closer to capturing many of Libya's oilfields, to which the US is being seen as "unable" to prevent.



But I digress ...
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/24/2016 23:15 Comments || Top||

#5  I don't know; France has never seemed 'stupid' to me, nor their armed forces poor. They 'are' different, though; they march to a different drummer than the one I hear. If they want to screw with the ISIS et al, fine by me. Go get 'em.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 02/24/2016 23:34 Comments || Top||

#6  How do you say "Good luck, and Good Hunting!" in French?
Posted by: Nguard || 02/24/2016 23:57 Comments || Top||

Sudden IS assault on Sabratha wreaks havoc
As assaults tend to do...

Tripoli, 23 February 2016:

IS fighters have this evening attacked Sabratha and apparently taken several key positions including the main hospital in confused fighting with the local Alwadi Brigade.

There are reports that Libya Dawn units from Zawia and Janzour along with members of Tripoli’s Rada Security Force are all heading west to support the Sabrathans. It is even being claimed that troops from Zintan are moving north toward the town.

Little is clear at the moment. However it seems that in the wake of last Friday’s US airstrikes, the Sabrathan authorities began moving against the remnants of IS in and around the town, whose presence had long been officially denied. The Tripol-based government laid on a press trip in January to prove this.

The Sabratha Media Centre is tonight claiming that while its local forces were in the south of the town in search of terrorists, between 100 and 150 IS fighters took advantage of the security vacuum in the centre of the town and moved in. Among the buildings reportedly seized, and on which black IS flags have been raised, are the police station, banks and the hospital. The last is close to Sabratha’s extensive ancient ruins.

“’They suddenly came out in the evening and attacked places in the centre of town” said one local, adding “It is a large group of of Libyans and Tunisians’

The Media Centre later reported that the authorities were regaining control. However many of the anguished responses generated by the message from some 50 social media users, claimed that they were cut off by the fighting.

The Centre said forces from the local military council had overrun an IS position in the south of the town killing four terrorists, identified as young Tunisians, but losing four of their own militiamen as well. It added that the remaining IS fighters had escaped. At least one other Sabratan has been killed and ten injured.

The Centre has put out a call for security personnel to report for duty and for doctors and nurses to help with the wounded.
Posted by: badanov || 02/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under:

Benghazi’s Sabri and Suq Al-Hout reported taken
Benghazi, 23 February 2016:

It is being reported that the army has finally overrun terrorist positions near Benghazi’s port. If correct, the capture of Sabri and nearby Suq Al-Hout, which have defied repeated army attacks over the last year, means that the militants have been cleared out completely of the downtown area.

In the last 48 hours Buatni, Hawari and Leithi have all been taken by the army, leaving IS and Ansar Al-Sharia forces in control of three south-western areas, Gwarsha. Garayunis and Gamhouda.

The reports of the fall of Sabri and Suq Al-Hout were broadcast early this afternoon on Libya TV. There has not yet been any confirmation from the army and Ansar militants in Sabri have reportedly still been resisting, apparently as they try to evacuate in boats from the beach.

Many city roads still have roadblocks, in part to stop ousted residents returning to their homes before checks for booby traps have been completed.

Around midday there was a series of loud explosions from Sabri but it was not possible to reach the area.

This newspaper has been told that the army flew in soldiers from Zintan to reinforce the “Blood of the Martyrs” operation. The Zintanis reportedly landed at Benina airbase. Further forces have also arrived in the city from Tobruk by road.

There is still a sense of disbelief in Benghazi at the extent of the army’s gains since the launch of its operation on Saturday. Among the key terrorist positions to have fallen has been the Rafallah Saiti camp in Hawari, which was the IS operations centre. Soldiers freed a currently unknown number of prisoners who had been held there for many months. It is being reported that there were many dead IS fighters in the camp.

Yesterday the army also overran the IS operations room in Buatni in camp 319, the former base of Saiqa Special Forces from which they were routed in 2014.

The warm sunny day in the city is adding to the mood of euphoria with motorists driving around, honking horns and waving flags. It would appear that Leithi has been cleared of snipers, which had been a concern yesterday. The Leithi highway, closed for months has now been reopened.
Posted by: badanov || 02/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under:

Libya Forces Make Key Benghazi Gains
[ALMANAR.LB] Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognized government seized a key central neighborhood of second city Benghazi from krazed killer militias on Tuesday, the military said.

The advance came as Libya's parliament again failed to vote on a UN-backed unity government seen as a crucial step in ending years of political chaos and conflict in the North African state.

Special forces retook the Benghazi area of Lithi, which had been a stronghold for krazed killer fighters including the ISIL group, after days of fierce festivities.
Posted by: Fred || 02/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  If there is no government who ordered the assault?

"The required quorum [89 members of parliament] was not reached, so the president of the chamber adjourned the session," said MP Mohamed al-Abbani.

Another parliamentarian, Ali Al-Qaidi, confirmed that "the necessary quorum was not reached, and the session for the vote was adjourned until next week".

They got something more important to do? No quorum, no paycheck would be my response.

Glad to hear that ISIL got their butts kicked.
Posted by: Sven the pelter || 02/24/2016 14:48 Comments || Top||

Spanish, Moroccan Police Arrest Four Suspected ISIL Recruiters
[ALMANAR.LB] Spanish and Moroccan police placed in durance vile
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
on Tuesday four people on suspicion of recruiting imported muscle for the ISIL terrorist organization during a joint operation, Spanish police said in a statement.

Three people were detained in Ceuta, a Spanish autonomous city located in northern Africa on border with Morocco, and another one in the Moroccan city of Nador.

According to the Spanish Interior Ministry, purported ISIL recruiters are suspected of sending people to Syria and Iraq.

Stars & Stripes adds the meaty part:
One of those detained in Ceuta was a former Guantanamo detainee who was not named by Spanish authorities but described as "a leader who was trained in handling weapons, explosives and in military tactics." After being captured in 2002 and held in Guantanamo, he was returned to Spain in 2004, said Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz.
Betcha they were glad to get him back!
Another suspect was the brother of a fighter who blew himself up during an attack in Syria and man detained Tuesday "was inclined to do the same thing," he said.
"Here, lemme show you!"
The suspects had set up contacts to try to acquire weapons and bomb-making materials and were aiming "to carry out terrorist acts in Spanish territory," the Spanish ministry statement said, without specifying possible targets. They also worked to recruit teenagers from Ceuta to join IS in Iraq and Syria, the Spanish statement said.
"Hey, little kid! You want a quick trip to Paradise?"
"Duh... Sure!"

Spanish police arrested about 100 suspected Islamic extremists last year and more than 600 total since the 2004 train bombings in Madrid that killed 191 people and injured nearly 2,000.
Posted by: Fred || 02/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

IS, armed men clash near Libyan capital, four dead
[GLOBALPOST] Four people were killed in festivities near the Libyan capital on Tuesday between 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 and fighters loyal to the 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...
-based government, a local official said.

The four dead men were members of the Sabratha military council which backs the Fajr Libya militia alliance in control of the capital, said Hussein al-Dawadi, mayor of Sabratha, west of Tripoli.

Fajr Libya is a coalition of Islamist militias that backs the non-recognised parliament in Tripoli and which is battling IS jihadists who have spread their influence across Libya.

Last week a US air strike targeted an IS training camp in Sabratha, killing dozens of people.

The Pentagon said a senior IS operative behind attacks in Tunisia was probably among the dead, while Serbia said that two diplomats kidnapped in Libya were among those killed in the air strike.

Dawadi said that fighters from the Sabratha military council launched raids in the suburbs of the city on Tuesday searching for IS Lion of Islams.

During one assault on a farm in the Al-Nahda area festivities erupted in which four Sabratha military council fighters were killed, he added.

The Sabratha military council meanwhile posted a message on its Facebook page urging civilians and medical staff to mobilise and help them battle IS.

Posted by: Fred || 02/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Yemeni army and resistance forces make progress in Taiz
Al Arabiya News

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The Yemeni army and popular resistance forces have made considerable progress on several fronts in Taiz, while Houthi militias have continued a bombing campaign of civilians in the city, Al Arabiya News reported.

Al-Jawf province in northern Yemen saw fierce fighting between pro-government forces and Houthi militias who are supported by forces of the ousted former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

With pro-government forces making advances on the out outskirts of the capital Sanaa, sources told Al Arabiya News in Sanaa that the coup leaders were attempting to make contact with some of the elders of al-Toq tribe to gain their support.

The same tactic has been noticed with ouster Saleh, who in recent days has been sending delegations of his supporters in a bid to gain support against the legitimate government of President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi.
Posted by: badanov || 02/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under:

Saudi-led Invading Mercenaries Suffer Major Losses in Yemen's Taiz
[ALMANAR.LB] The Yemeni army and Popular Committees made major progress on Tuesday in the southwestern areas of Taiz province, as they managed to break into the Al-Jreibat military sites in the area of Karsh.

Sources from ground reported that units of the army and the Committees stormed Al-Akama military positions in Al-Meragh directorate, as well as Dhabi sites in Hayfan district in Taiz province.

The national military also launched a major attack on positions belonging to the mercenaries of aggression forces in Mount Sharaf Al-Enein in Jabal Habashi directorate in Taiz, and made direct hits.

The Yemeni army and Popular Committees also killed on Tuesday a Saudi soldier in Najran after launching an attack on a military site in the area.
Posted by: Fred || 02/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Saudi Regime Forces Raid Awamiya in Qatif: One Local Killed, Others Wounded
[ALMANAR.LB] The Saudi regime forces raided on Tuesday Awamiya town in the eastern province of Qatif, killing the local Ali Mohammad Abdollah and wounding many others.

Local sources reported that the several armored vehicles entered the area before the Saudi soldiers started shooting at the residents.

It is worth mentioning that it is the first time that the Saudi forces raid the area since the regime executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and three young men who all descended from Al-Awamiya.
Posted by: Fred || 02/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Saudi police shoot dead Bahraini suspect in restive town
Why shoot a dead suspect? I'm so confused.
[GLOBALPOST] Security forces in Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
rubbed out a wanted Bahraini "terrorist" who fired at them on Tuesday in the home town of a prominent executed Shiite holy man, the interior ministry said.

It identified the dead suspect as Ali Mahmoud Ali Abdullah and said an operation to arrest him took place in Awamiya town at 4:00 pm (1300 GMT).

Gunfire was still sounding in the Gulf coast community Tuesday evening, a witness told AFP. He reported black smoke hanging over the town from tires burned in the streets by residents.

The interior ministry front man said that when officers raided a farm in Awamiya the suspect "opened fire and the situation was responded to, resulting in his death. In his possession was an automatic weapon and pistol."

In an unusual move, the interior ministry released a photo of Abdullah wearing a baseball cap sideways on his head.

"Available evidence showed he participated in committing a number of terrorist crimes, destabilising security and public order in Qatif," the front man said, referring to the surrounding Shiite-dominated region.

The witness reported seeing the body of a second individual lying in the street.

"People said an armoured vehicle hit him," the witness said.

The town of about 30,000 has been the scene of repeated incidents since 2011.

Posted by: Fred || 02/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

Police claim success in Avijit murder case
[Dhaka Tribune] Investigators have got some crucial information in connection with the murder of secularist writer Avijit Roy from the two alleged murderous Moslems enjugged
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
recently in the city.

Sources said that the duo -- Kamal alias Shahin and Shah Alam alias Salauddin -- had been involved in the gruesome murder that took place on February 26 last year. Police say they are members of banned bully boy outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team.

A senior police officer, seeking anonymity, confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, but refused to elaborate further.

The newly-formed Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CT) unit and the DB police arrested the two murderous Moslems from Badda on Friday. They were placed on six-day remand on Monday.

Former Buet teacher Avijit Roy, also founder of Mukto-Mona blog, was hacked to death by assailants near TSC when he and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya were returning from the book fair. Bonna sustained severe injuries in the attack.

Ansarullah has ties with HuJI-B
Founded in 1984 by Fazlur Rehman Khalil and Qari Saifullah Aktar. The Bangla branch was established in 1992 with assistance from Osama bin Laden. Recruits come mostly from Deobandi madrassahs. HuJI and Fazlur Rehman Khalil are signators of bin Laden's declaration of war on the west.

Bombs recovered from the alleged den of Ansarullah in Mohammadpur are similar to those found in Narayanganj on October 25 last year, Sherlocks said.

They think that either some members of banned Islamist group Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami (HuJIB) joined Ansarullah or they trained the Ansarullah members. Both the groups want to establish Islamic rule in the country.

DB Bomb Disposal Unit officials told the Dhaka Tribune that they had found the bombs inside the false ceiling of the flat. Similar arrangement was seen in Narayanganj.

DB Assistant Commissioner Rahmattullah Chowdhury said they had found six grenades which were made of local materials. Moreover, they found bomb-making manuals written in Bangla and Arabic.

"We saw similar preparation of grenades from the HuJIB members detained earlier. May be some bomb makers of HuJIB have joined Ansarullah," he added.

At least seven members of HuJIB were arrested by the DB police in Narayanganj last year. They had returned to Bangladesh after getting military training from Pakistain-based bully boy group Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
for two years.
Posted by: Fred || 02/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Ansarullah Bangla Team

Down Under
Australian 'Teen Wife' Charged on Terrorism Offences
[AnNahar] Australian police on Tuesday charged an 18-year-old woman on terrorism-related offences, one month after another teenager reported to be her husband faced court on similar charges.

The young woman from suburban Sydney, who was locked away
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
on Tuesday, is among several teens charged in recent months over alleged plots, as Australian officials become increasingly concerned about homegrown extremism.

The New South Wales state Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) said it charged her with counts of "recklessly possess a thing connected to a terrorist act and recklessly collect documents connected to a terrorist act."

State police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said the charges were linked to a previous case involving an 18-year-old man, who newspaper reports identified as her husband.

"We will be alleging that the item that she had possession of was a knife and we will be alleging that the documents that we collected were related to that act also," Burn said.

"We have previously charged an 18-year-old male with matters relating to this particular act that we are talking about and those matters are also before the court."

Her arrest comes one month after her reported husband Sameh Bayda faced a Sydney court on three counts of collecting documents likely to facilitate terrorist acts, reportedly including advice on carrying out a stabbing and making a bomb.

Last October, a 15-year-old boy rubbed out a civilian employee outside police headquarters in western Sydney before being killed in an exchange of gunfire with officers.

Burn said the investigation was ongoing and "if there are other people involved, we will put them before the courts also".
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/24/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under:

Bosnia's mufti urges authorities to act after Islamist threat
[GLOBALPOST] Bosnia's Muslim religious leader Husein Kavazovic urged authorities on Tuesday to act after he was threatened by an alleged 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 member following his denunciation of Islamist extremism.

"The Islamic community of Bosnia takes seriously threats... to (Bosnia's) Muslims and the Grand Mufti Husein Kavazovic," a statement released from his office read.

"We hope that the state's institutions will take up this issue," the statement said.

The appeal was issued after some local media broadcast a video of a Bosnian-speaking man in front of an Islamic State flag threatened to "cut the throat" of Kavazovic, adding that the "mujaheddin are coming to Bosnia."

According to public broadcaster FTV, the man is Bosnian Muslim Amir Selimovic who joined jihadists in Syria in 2014.

Bosnia's security minister Dragan Mektic said the authorities were taking the threats "seriously."

"We are taking and will take additional security measures" to protect Kavazovic, Mektic told news hounds.

After the November terror attacks in Gay Paree that left 130 people dead, Kavazovic repeatedly denounced Islamic extremism and radicalisation among Bosnian Muslims, who make up 40 percent of the Balkan country's 3.8 million people.

Five days after the French attacks two Bosnian soldiers were killed in Sarajevo in a suspected Islamist attack.

A college of Bosnian muftis announced in December it would integrate into the nation's official Muslim community some 60 "illegal" places of worship that were believed to attract radical Muslims and serve as jihad recruiting centres.

Out of some 200 Bosnian citizens who have joined jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq, at least 26 have been killed, but some 50 have returned home, according to authorities.

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Home Front: WoT
4 indicted in US on charges of violating Iran sanctions
[IsraelTimes] Shahin Tabatabaei, one of those charged, ran companies that shipped American items through other countries into Islamic Theocratic Republic

A man was locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
upon entering the US from Canada this week as he was one of four people charged in a previously secret indictment accusing them of conspiring to violate trade sanctions against Iran from 2007 to 2011.

The FBI said Shahin Tabatabaei was arrested upon entering the United States north of Seattle on Monday. According to a 2013 indictment by a federal grand jury in Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,, he ran companies in Mexico and Canada that shipped American items through other countries into Iran.

The items appear to have had applications in the oil and gas industry, and the indictment suggests at least some had potential military uses.

A lawyer for Tabatabaei did not immediately return emails from The News Agency that Dare Not be Named seeking comment.

The other defendants in the case were based in Canada and Iran.
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#1  None of the defendants were named "Obama"
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 02/24/2016 15:08 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought Obama unilaterally removed all the sanctions on Iran.
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#3  Its only a matter of time until those charged are invited to the White House.
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Indefinite curfew imposed in Mohmand Agency
PESHAWAR: An indefinite dusk-to-dawn curfew was imposed across Mohmand Agency on Monday as security forces stepped up operations in the restive region.

At around 2am on Monday morning, security forces ordered residents to stay home indefinitely via loudspeakers, before launching an operation against militants.

Meanwhile, troops have intensified patrolling across the agency.

According to the political administration, the measures have been taken after two separate attacks in the agency which left nine security officials dead.

The curfew will remain imposed from 7am to 7pm during which all education institutes and markets will remain closed.

Five militants were killed as another attack on a security checkpost was repulsed in Karapa. The girls' wing of a new government school in Tiarza was also bombed.

Mohmand is one of Pakistan’s seven tribal agencies near the Afghan border where the military has been battling Al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked militants for over a decade.
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Pakistan Air Strikes Kill 15 Militants in Border Area
[ALMANAR.LB] Pakistain's military said Tuesday it had killed 15 Lions of Islam in air strikes along its restive border with Afghanistan on Tuesday as part of a major offensive to clear Taliban and Al-Qaeda terrorist groups' strongholds.

The strikes were carried out in the Alwara, Khar Tangi and Maizer areas of North Wazoo's tribal region, the bastion of Islamist bandidos murderous Moslems who rose up against the state in 2004.

Pakistain began its operation in June 2014, after a bloody Taliban attack on 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...
airport finally sank faltering peace talks earlier that year.

"Fifteen bad boyz were potted and eight of their hideouts destroyed in the aerial strikes today," the military said in a brief statement.

The conflict zone is remote and off-limits to journalists, making it difficult to verify the news, including the number and identity of those killed.

The bombings came a day after a US drone strike, which was targeting three compounds belonging to fighters from the Haqqani network in the Kurram tribal district
...home of an intricately interconnected web of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, where the laws of cause and effect are assumed to be suspended, conveniently located adjacent to Tora Bora...
, injured one murderous Moslem, according to Pak security officials.

Pakistain officially denounces such strikes as a violation of its illusory sovereignty, though analysts believe the two countries coordinate at least some of the attacks.

The Haqqani network targets Afghan, US forces and Indian interests in Afghanistan and some analysts believe it is linked to Pakistain's shadowy security establishment.
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ISIS gets the hell out of Dodge Mosul
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A local source in Nineveh Province revealed on Tuesday, that ISIS withdrew the majority of its fighters from the left coast in Mosul, while pointed out that more than 400 ISIS members fled to unknown destinations.

The source said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, ISIS withdrew the majority of its members from the left coast in Mosul,” pointing out that, “ISIS used to deploy its fighters in the majority of axes, but these troops disappeared before sunset.”

The source added, “More than 400 ISIS members escaped from the organization’s headquarters to unknown destinations,” indicating that, “ISIS is collapsing, and its fighters are escaping due to the lack of financial resources.”
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#1  I wonder how many 'surprises' they've left?
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#2  Libya appears to be the next port of call.
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#3  I wonder if a big part of their "lack of financial resources" is due to fracking - through the collapse of oil prices.
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#4  Before Russia went after the oil trucks, oil was their primary source of funds, I believe, followed in no particular order by antiquities, drugs, ransoms, girl slaves and taxes collected from the dhimmi population. But now their caliphate is contracting rather than expanding, so there is considerably less of all of those things in addition to the collapsed oil price. The recent bombing of money storage facilities added to the shortage as well.

No doubt the financial advisors are explaining this to al Baghdadi as a black swan event. ;-)
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#5  ....ahhhh, they'll just blame Bush.
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Iraqi koppers round up 35 in Babylon
(IraqiNews.com) Babylon – A police source in Babylon Province revealed, that the security forces arrested 35 wanted on criminal charges in the province.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today the police sources arrested 15 wanted on different criminal charges in al-Askandariya neighborhood.”

The source added, “The police forces also arrested 20 wanted on criminal charges in Jableh and Hillah,” pointing out that, “The arrested were transferred to a security center for interrogation.”
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Civilian killed in militant attack by gunmen in central Kirkuk
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk province said on Tuesday, that a civilian had been killed in a militant attack in central Kirkuk.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “At noon, militants driving a modern vehicle opened fire against a civilian in the area of Baghdad Road in central Kirkuk, resulting in his immediate death,” adding that, “A security force cordoned off the area of the incident and transferred the dead to the forensic medicine department, while carried out an inspection operation to search for the perpetrators of the attack.”
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Anbar Antics: 21+ die
NOW ISIS wants to talk

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Leadership of al-Hashed al-Shaabi in Anbar Province announced on Tuesday, that the so-called ISIS called the security forces in al-Karma District east of Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad) to stop the bombing in exchange for surrendering, while indicated that the security forces refused to negotiate with ISIS and continued the cleansing battles.

The commander of the 1st regiment in Karmat Fallujah Brigade in al-Hashed al-Shaabi, Colonel Mahmoud Mardi Jumaili, said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS members asked to negotiate with the security forces after suffering heavy losses during the cleansing battles of al-Karma areas (19 km east of Fallujah).”

Jumaili added, “ISIS gangs asked the security forces to stop the bombing on their strongholds, while revealed their intention to surrender to the security forces or escape to Fallujah,” pointing out that, “The security forces refused to negotiate with the terrorist gangs and continued the cleansing battles in al-Karmat Fallujah.”

9 ISIS Mad Bombers die

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Leadership of al-Hashed al-Shaabi in Anbar Province announced on Tuesday, that nine suicide bombers belonging to ISIS and wearing explosive belts were killed while trying to attack the security forces in Karma District in eastern Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad).

The commander of the 1st regiment in Karmat Fallujah brigade in al-Hashed al-Shaabi Colonel Juma Fazaa Jumaili said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces spotted nine suicide bombers wearing explosive belts while trying to attack the security forces in different areas of Karma District (22 km east of Fallujah),” noting that, “The security forces shot the suicide bombers, killing them on the spot.”

Jumaili added, “The security forces reinforced their presence in the areas of Karmat Fallujah and advanced in the cleansing battles against ISIS, while eliminated their last stronghold in Karma District.”

“ISIS tried to attack the areas around Fallujah to open safe passages for its members to escape from the city,” Jumaili added.

Iraqi militia, ISIS slug it out near Heet

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The leader of Heet clans within al-Hashed militia in Anbar, Naeem Gaood, announced on Tuesday, that violent clashes erupted between the clan fighters of Heet and ISIS elements in the city.

Gaood said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Armed clashes erupted today between the sons of Heet tribes and Kabisa on the one hand and elements of ISIS on the other hand in the areas of al-Jumaiah, al-Mu’almin neighborhood, al-Dawara and al-Doulab in the district of Heet (70 km west of Ramadi).”

He also added “The sons of Heat tribes and Kabisa are gathered in those areas to confront ISIS using medium and light weapons,” pointing out that, “The tribal fighters are working, in coordination with the leadership of al-Hashed as well as the security forces, in order to liberate their areas from [ISIS].”

Iraqi warbirds hammer ISIS positions near Heet

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – A security source in Anbar province said on Tuesday, that the international coalition aviation bombarded two gatherings for ISIS west of Ramadi.

The source said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Warplanes of the international coalition, in coordination with the army’s Seventh Division, managed to bomb a gathering for ISIS elements in the area of al-Mashtal in the city of Heet, resulting in the death of all the ISIS elements [inside],” adding that, “The international coalition aviation bombed another gathering for ISIS in the area of al-Kasara in the district of Heet.”

Iraqi kops destroy tunnels near Ramadi

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Federal Police Command announced on Tuesday the destruction of a network of tunnels in Husaibah al-Sharkiya area in the city of Ramadi, while pointed out that these tunnels are the most dangerous.

The Federal Police Chief Raed Shakir Jawdat said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The 3rd automated brigade of the Federal Police discovered the most dangerous network of tunnels in Husaibah and managed to destroy it, while seized a number of weapons and a variety of munitions.”

Jawdat added, “The Federal Police also found a plant for the manufacture of booby-traps containing 37 local explosive devices in al-Siniya area in Ramadi.”

ISIS executes 12 in Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A source in Anbar police announced on Tuesday, that the so-called ISIS executed 12 people by firing squad in central Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad), while pointed out that the victims were trying to escape from the city.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS executed 12 people near the Department of Agriculture in al-Gomhoreya neighborhood in central Fallujah,” noting that, “The executed people were trying to escape from the city of Fallujah with their families.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “ISIS forced the families of the executed to stay in their homes,” noting that, “Dozens of civilians and families were trying to escape from Fallujah through al-Mashahda area to al-Falahat train station west of Fallujah.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 2 die
Iraqi soldier wounded in bomb attack

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday, that six members of the Iraqi army were either killed or wounded in a bomb blast targeted their patrol in northern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded, this morning, targeting an Iraqi army patrol, while passing in Taji area in northern Baghdad, killing one army personnel and wounding five 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.”

1 civilian wounded in grenade attack

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A police source announced on Tuesday, that a civilian was wounded in an explosion of two grenades, while a security force managed to dismantle an improvised explosive device in a-Huseiniya area in northern Baghdad.

The source said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, two hand grenades emplaced in the garbage in al-Huseiniya area in northern Baghdad exploded, wounding a civilian while passing in the area.”

The source added, on condition of anonymity, “A police force cordoned off the incident area and transferred the wounded to a hospital to receive treatment.”

Iraqi army officer dies in shooting

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday, that an Iraqi army officer was killed in an armed attack in western Baghdad.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a vehicle belonging to a first lieutenant in the Iraqi army in Ghazaliya area in western Baghdad,” pointing out that, “The attack resulted in the killing of the officer in the spot.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the dead body to the forensic medicine department, while carried out a raid and search operations to find the perpetrators of the crime.”
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Weapons seized, 19 arrested in overnight West Bank raids, 2 houses destroyed
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinian youths reportedly injured in festivities with soldiers; army says 5 Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, operatives detained

IDF troops placed in durance vile
Please don't kill me!
over a dozen Paleostinian terror suspects and uncovered two weapons caches during raids across the West Bank, the army said Tuesday morning.

A total of 19 Paleostinian suspects were arrested, including five men described as Hamas members. Seven of those arrested are suspected of direct involvement in recent attacks on civilians and security forces, the IDF said.

During the raids soldiers seized weapons including M16 rifles, handguns, hand grenades and combat gear presumed to be held in preparation for terrorist attacks in two caches in Nablus and near Jenin.

The suspects were transferred to the Shin Bet security agency for interrogation.

Several Paleostinians clashed with soldiers during operations in the West Bank town of Nablus, according to Paleostinian news site Wafa.

Eight people were reportedly injured by rubber bullets fired at the youths.

The report also said that one teenager was run over by a military vehicle patrolling the streets during the raids. The army confirmed soldiers had been in the city but did not release information about festivities.

The operations also included the army demolition of two homes belonging to the families of Paleostinians accused of carrying out twin deadly terror attacks in November.

IDF engineers accompanied by Border Police officers destroyed the homes of Raed Masalmeh, 36, in the West Bank village of Dura, near Hebron, and Mohammed Abdel Basset al-Kharoub, 24, in village of Dir Smat, also near Hebron, the military said in a statement.

Masalmeh admitted stabbing to death Reuven Aviram, 51, and 32-year-old Aharon Yesiav, and wounding a third person in an attack on Jewish worshipers at the Panorama office building in south Tel Aviv on November 19. He has been indicted for murder at Tel Aviv District Court.

Al-Kharoub killed three people and injured seven others the same day in a shooting attack at the Gush Etzion Junction.

Both attackers are in Israeli custody.
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#1  The report also said that one teenager was run over by a military vehicle patrolling the streets during the raids. The army confirmed soldiers had been in the city but did not release information about festivities.

"all praise be upon St. Rachel Corrie!"
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#2  D9BUH
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#3  "all praise be upon St. Rachel Corrie!"

The patron saint of pancakes.
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Southeast Asia
Philippine troops seize BIFF camp in Maguindanao
[Gulf Today] After a 24-day sustained offensive, Philippine troops overran a "well-fortified" camp used to launch bomb attacks on villages and military installations by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao province.

Major General Edmundo Pangilinan said helicopter gunships were used to help ground troops dislodge the rebels from their camp in a village in the town of Datu Salibo. Pangilinan reported that three soldiers were killed, the latest of whom held the rank of private first class when he stepped on a landmine left behind by the BIFF militants when they fled.

Pangilinan warned, "It is still a very dangerous place," adding that ordnance experts have rushed to the scene to defuse the improvised explosive devices. He urged about 2,500 families or 125,000 individuals forced to leave their homes not to return to their villages until the military clearing operations have been completed.

Pangilinan said the capture of the well-fortified camp dealt a major blow to BIFF rebels who used it to manufacture home-made bombs to launch attacks on villages as well as plant them along the major roads in Maguindanao and its neighboring provinces.

Last week, one of the bombs planted along the roadside killed the municipal treasurer of Datu Salibo, his son and two other companions.

The offensive was originally launched in response to an urgent request for assistance from a private contractor who was being harassed by the BIFF while undertaking dredging operations. The contractor reported that the insurgents set on fire his equipment.
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Two women killed during clash with Abu Sayyaf
[Inquirer] Two women were killed when Philippine security forces and Abu Sayyaf militants clashed in Lamitan City early Monday morning. Basilan police said soldiers were responding to a report about the presence of armed men in Barangay Bohe-Ibo when the rebels opened fire.

Maj. Gen. Demy Tejares said the target of the operation was Abu Sayyaf militant Nurhassan Lahaman. Tejares said details of the clash were scant but he knew the operation was carried out in support of the police, which was trying to arrest Lahaman.
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Maoist hit squad leader gunned down in Mindanao
[Inquirer] The Philippine military said it killed the leader of a communist hit squad implicated in the murder of soldiers and civilians, during a brief clash in San Fernando, Bukidnon, on Tuesday morning.

Capt. Bob Tamula said a militant, identified as Bugsong, was gunned down by soldiers as he attempted to kill a soldier in Kalagangan village. A peace and development team was in the area when two motorcycles with four people aboard passed by. One of the militants fired at the soldiers using a handgun, prompting them to retaliate.

Tamula said, "One of the suspects identified later as alias Bugsong was hit and he fell to the ground while his companions fled."

He said Bugsong was the leader of Special Partisan Unit, a hit squad of Guerrilla Front 55 of the New People's Army Southern Mindanao Regional Committee, which operates in the hinterlands of Bukidnon and Davao del Norte provinces.

Tamula said the group has been tagged as behind the killing of a number of soldiers, militiamen and civilians in San Fernando and Talaingod areas.
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#1  So if this is true it is a big deal and great job. Killin a sparrow team member is big news. Probably the first killed in action ever. It takes months for these guys to put a hit together and it is very rare for collateral damages to occur, let alone a team member killed. If this is true, good job!
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#2  Insane to fire on a 'peace' team, or a strong need for a signature hit. I wonder who the group was covering.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/24/2016 21:42 Comments || Top||

#3  FYI the BIFF Boyz are repor engaging in operations agz the PH Army-Police on three separate fronts.

As I've said times before, where Commies go, Radical Islam's Islamists-Jihadists follow + vice versa.

* MANILA STANDARD > 100 JIHADISTS [BIFF-ies] ON [Test] BOMBING MISSIONS IN MINDANAO, as trained by "Foreign Jihadists".

Your High School andor University Final Exams before Graduation were never like this.

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IS Tightens Grip On Syrian Government Road To Aleppo
Is this 0bean's idea of "contained"?
Islamic State fighters were reported to have tightened their grip on a Syrian government supply route to Aleppo on Tuesday as the army battled to retake the road as part of its campaign to seize the city.

As Damascus accepted a U.S.-Russian plan for a "cessation of hostilities" between the government and rebels due to take effect on Saturday, heavy Russian air strikes were also said to be targeting one of the last roads into opposition-held parts of Aleppo.

The plan announced by the United States and Russia on Monday is the result of intensive diplomacy to end the five-year-long war. But rebels say the exclusion of Islamic State and the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front will give the government a pretext to keep attacking them because its fighters are widely spread in opposition-held areas.

The Syrian government, backed by Russian air strikes since September, said it would coordinate with Russia to define which groups and areas would be included in what it called a "halt to combat operations". Damascus also warned that continued foreign support for the rebels could wreck the agreement.

The Russian intervention has turned the momentum President Bashar al-Assad's way in a conflict that has splintered Syria and mostly reduced his control to the big cities of the west and the coast.

Damascus, backed by ground forces including Lebanon's Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards, is making significant advances, including near the city of Aleppo which is split between rebel- and government-control.

The Islamic State assault has targeted a desert road which the government has been forced to use to reach Aleppo because insurgents still control the main highway further west.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reports the war using a network of sources on the ground, said Islamic State fighters had seized the village of Khanaser on the road, which remained closed for a second day. A Syrian military source told Reuters army operations were continuing to repel the attack.

Islamic State, which controls swathes of eastern and central Syria, differs from rebels fighting Assad in western Syria because its priority is expanding its own "caliphate" rather than reforming Syria through Assad's removal from power.

The group has escalated attacks on government targets in recent days. On Sunday, it staged some of the deadliest suicide bomb attacks of the war, killing around 150 people in government-controlled Damascus and Homs.

A U.S.-Russian statement said the two countries and others would work together to delineate the territory held by IS, Nusra Front, and other militant groups excluded from the truce.

In Geneva, U.N. spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said: "This is a cessation of hostilities that we hope will take force very quickly and hope provide breathing space for intra-Syrian talks to resume."

Fawzi said there were plans for additional aid deliveries to opposition-held areas blockaded by government forces near Damascus, including the Eastern Ghouta.


Damascus stressed the importance of sealing the borders and halting foreign support for armed groups and "preventing these organizations from strengthening their capabilities or changing their positions, in order to avoid what may lead to wrecking this agreement".

The Syrian military reserved the right to "respond to any breach by these groups against Syrian citizens or against its armed forces", a government statement added.

The main, Saudi-backed Syrian opposition body said late on Monday it "consented to" the international efforts, but said acceptance of a truce was conditional on an end to blockades of rebel-held areas, free access for humanitarian aid, a release of detainees, and a halt to air strikes against civilians.

The opposition High Negotiations Committee also said it did not expect Assad, Russia, or Iran to cease hostilities.

The powerful Kurdish YPG militia, which is currently fighting both Islamic State and rebels near Aleppo, is "seriously examining" the U.S.-Russian plan to decide whether to take part, a YPG official told Reuters. "There is so far no decision," said the official, declining to be identified because he is not an official YPG spokesman.

The YPG, an ally of the United States in the fight against Islamic State in Syria, has recently received Russian air support during an offensive against rebels near Aleppo.

Britain said on Tuesday it had seen disturbing evidence that Syrian Kurdish forces were coordinating with the Syrian government and the Russian air force.

Turkey, a major sponsor of the insurgency against Assad, said it welcomed plans for the halt to fighting but was not optimistic about a positive outcome to talks on a political transition.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Ankara had reservations about actions that Russian forces could take against Syria's moderate opposition and civilians. Turkey is worried about the expansion of YPG influence in Syria, fearing it could fuel separatism among its own Kurdish population.

A rebel fighter in the Aleppo area said he did not expect the ceasefire plan to work.

"The Russian jets will not stop bombing on the pretext of Nusra and the Islamic State organization, and will keep bombing civilians and the rest of the factions with this pretext," said Abu al-Baraa al-Hamawi, a fighter with the Ajnad al-Sham group.

"Everything that is happening is pressure to extend the life of the regime," he told Reuters from the Aleppo area.
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#1  Oopsie: Report: Dozens of Russian generals in Syria killed after a car bomb hits their military base
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al-Nusra troops die by the dozens in Aleppo
ARA News

ALEPPO – Militant fighters of al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda wing in Syria, launched on Tuesday a mortar attack on the Kurdish district of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo, causing casualties among civilians, local sources reported.

“Nusra militants fired dozens of mortar shells on a crowded market in central Sheikh Maqsoud. At least two civilians were killed and 13 others wounded in the bombardment,” rights activist Haytham Mahmoud told ARA News in Aleppo.

Sheikh Maqsoud is under the control of the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Subsequent to the attack, clashes broke out between the Kurdish fighters and Nusra militants in the vicinity of Sheikh Maqsoud on Tuesday evening.

Speaking to ARA News, YPG spokesman Habun Osman said that the clashes centered in the eastern part of the district, “where Nusra terrorists were trying to take over a security checkpoint for the YPG”.

“The YPG used heavy machine guns in the clashes, killing six Nusra militants and wounding four others. The group has then withdrawn from the area,” he said, adding that three YPG fighters were injured in the clashes and subsequently transferred to the medical center of Sheikh Maqsoud for treatment.

Tuesday’s clashes have reached the Bani Zaid neighborhood outside Sheikh Maqsoud, as the Kurdish forces were trying to push back Nusra militants.

“We have been eventually able to repel the attack in the midnight, and our units are currently installing two new checkpoints to deter future offensives by the Islamists in Sheikh Maqsoud,” the YPG official told ARA News.

Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants of al-Nusra Front have recently intensified their attacks on the Kurdish districts of Aleppo, amid resistance by the YPG fighters who have been trying to fortify their headquarters and the Kurdish areas in the province.

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo

Source: ARA News
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ISIS executes 2 in Deir ez-Zor
ARA News

ERBIL – Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group on Tuesday stoned to death two teenage girls in Deir ez-Zor city, eastern Syria.

Hasna, 17, and Madiha, 16, were stoned to death at the hands of ISIS extremists after being accused of committing adultery.

“The execution took place in the Hamidiya district of Deir ez-Zor on Tuesday afternoon, where hundreds of people gathered to witness the stoning of the two young girls,” local media activist Ahmed Ramadan told ARA News.

The ISIS-led Sharia Court said in a statement that the two teenage girls were caught in a house “with two strangers”, adding that an investigation was conducted by Sharia officials before issuing the decision of carrying out the punishment.

“The victims were accused of committing adultery with two older men, identified by the Sharia Court as Abu Zubair al-Idlbi and Maher Hameed,” the source reported.

Al-Idlbi and Hamdeed were publicly flogged with 50 lashes each at the hands of ISIS jihadis in central Deir ez-Zor.

“The decision of the Sharia Court raised the anger of Deir ez-Zor’s residents, who considered it unfair to kill the two girls by stoning and merely flog the men and set them free,” Ramadan said.

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News
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ISIS seizes MSRs, towns in Aleppo
ARA News

ALEPPO – Subsequent to clashes with Syrian regime’s army forces, militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) seized control of three towns and a key supply route in Syria’s northern Aleppo province on Tuesday.

ISIS militants have reportedly captured the Khanasser-Ithrayya road –a key supply line for the Syrian army in the southern countryside of Aleppo.

“The Khnasser Ithrayya route was a main supply line for the regime’s troops fighting in Aleppo. The army relied on this line to receive military reinforcements from Hama to support its forces inside Aleppo,” media activist Abdulrahman Taha told ARA News.

“This progress could help ISIS besiege major positions for the Syrian army in the province,” Taha said.

Also on Tuesday, ISIS fighters seized control of three towns in southern Aleppo, including Hammam, Dreham and Raheb.

“After fierce clashes with the regime’s forces, ISIS was able to seize the three towns and a large deal of ammunition,” the source reported.

At least 24 Syrian soldiers were killed and dozens more wounded in the ISIS attacks south Aleppo. The militants have also seized three tanks and more than ten machine guns, according to Amaq agency.

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News
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