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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1004 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Dem eyes!
Posted by: Shipman || 02/28/2016 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Sultry minx
Posted by: Frank G || 02/28/2016 10:32 Comments || Top||

#3  No commentary this morning. Was the 'burg down?
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/28/2016 15:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Sigh. Sunday afternoon. Looking for an opportunity to take a cheap shot at Trump. You guys are letting me down.
Posted by: Iblis || 02/28/2016 18:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Anyone else like Finnish Heavy Metal?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_pHU6TI724
Posted by: Iblis || 02/28/2016 18:58 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
48 militants killed in latest operations
Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday killing 48 militants in latest operations across the country.

A statement released by the ministry states that the operations were conducted in Farah, Baghlan, Kabul, Nooristan, Jawzjan, Ghazni, Khost, Paktia, Paktika, Kundoz and Urozgan province.

According to the statement, nine militants were killed and two wounded in Pusht Rud district of Farah, 10 killed and as many others wounded in Dand-e-Ghori district of Baghlan, six killed and one wounded in Sarubi district of Kabul, three killed and four wounded in Kamdish district of Nooristan, six killed and one wounded in Qara Bagh district of Ghazni, one killed and two arrested in Nadir Shah Kot district of Khost, six killed and two wounded in Zurmat district of Paktia, four killed and as many others wounded in Imam Sahib district of Kundoz, three killed in Gomal district of Paktika, one killed and another wounded in Dehrawoud district of Urozgan province.

The statement further states that 15 militants were also arrested from Khwaja Sabj Posh district of Jawzjan province with a number of heavy and light weapons.

Three Army personnel embraced martyrdom during these operations, the press release adds.
Posted by: badanov || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under:

#1  48 is a good day, and they need to average ten times that for a year to really win.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/28/2016 15:15 Comments || Top||


Afghan army thwarts IED attack plot in Kabul
The Afghan armed forces thwarted an attack plot by anti-government armed militants involving Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Kabul province.

According to 111th Division of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in Kabul, the militants had planted two Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on a roadside in Moosahi district of Kabul.

A statement by 111th ANA division in Kabul said the two IEDs were discovered and defused while the Afghan army forces were patrolling in the area.

No further details were given if any suspect was arrested in connection to the attack plot with the anti-government armed militant groups yet to comment regarding the report.

Taliban militants group and insurgents belonging to the other militant groups frequently use Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces but the ordinary civilians are targeted in majority of such attacks.

A civilian was killed and five others were wounded in an explosion involving Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

According to the latest UN report on civilian casualties, the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) remaied one of the top causes of civilian deaths in the country during the year 2015, which saw 3,545 deaths and 7,457 casualties.
Posted by: badanov || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [104 views] Top|| File under:


Landmine blast leaves five civilians wounded, one killed in Nangarhar’s Khogyani district
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A kaboom has killed one person and maimed five others in Khogyani district 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.

Local officials say the bomb was planted on a road side in Kaga Bazaar area and that all of the victims of the incident are civilians.

Two victims with minor injuries were treated at the medical facility in the district but three others who sustained life threatening injuries were shifted to Nangarhar Regional Hospital in Jalalabad.

No group has so far grabbed credit for Friday’s kaboom but security agencies have launched an investigation into the incident.

Talibs who plant IEDs on road sides as one of their tools in their fight have a strong presence in this district .
Posted by: Fred || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Suicide attack on leader of anti-Taliban militia leaves over 50 killed, wounded in Kunar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Suicide attack on leader of anti-Taliban militia leaves over 50 killed, maimed in Kunar

Suicide attack on a leader of anti-Taliban militia has left over 50 people killed and maimed in Asadabad, the bustling provincial capital of eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
The jacket wallah reportedly detonated his explosives near the governor house this morning.

Eyewitnesses say the suicide bomber who was riding on a cycle of violence targeted Haji Khan Jan who was leader of the uprising forces in Dangam District.

Officials at the Public Health Directorate of Kunar province says their record shows the incident has left 11 people killed and 40 others maimed.

However,
man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
the casualty toll can possibly rise since the victims have been taken to different hospitals by locals and provincial administration said a complete report would be released later.

Some of those critically maimed have been shifted to 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..
Regional Hospital which has better arrangements for emergency situations compared to the medical facilities in Kunar.

Posted by: Fred || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Dostum vows to avenge the beheading of 2 Afghan soldiers by militants
[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 vowed to avenge the brutal murder of two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers by anti-government armed murderous Moslems.

He was speaking to news hounds and local residents following his arrival to northern Faryab province to lead counter-terrorism clearance operations.

Gen. Dostum said the gunnies beheaded the two soldiers after capturing them in Faryab province, calling the murderers of the two soldiers as ‘butchers’.

He said the gunnies involved in the brutal killing of the soldiers will soon be placed in durance vile
Please don't kill me!
by the security forces.

Gen. Dostum further added that twenty villages have been cleared from the gunnies presence since the clearance operations were launched.

He also added that 120 murderous Moslems, including foreign gunnies have surrendered to the security forces in Khwajah Sabs Posh district.

The First Vice President joined the Afghan cops to lead counter-terrorism operations in northern Jawzjan province and arrived to Faryab province after supervising operations in Qosh Tapa and Darzab districts.

Gen. Dostum has said he will travel to northern Sar-e-Pul, Takhar and Kunduz provinces once the operations are concluded in Faryab province.

his is the third time Gen. Dostum is joining the Afghan forces to clear parts of northern provinces from the gunnies 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 murderous Moslem groups while he was leading counter-terrorism operations.

Posted by: Fred || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [239 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  The container has arrive siruah.
How about the kit?
The Happy Prisoner Kits?
Yes, those.
Indeed 12 arrived with the mustache wax.
Only twelve?
Siruah, the locals...
Indeed, the locals, Hummm. Do we have at least one Die Hard?
In prisoner? The movie?
No the battery
No, but we have an AC Delco, very similar, almost as good and yet more expensive.
Will it hold a charge?
Inshallah General, the green light she is lit.
Good, let's roll.
Mon General, the battery, she belong to Mahmoud.
The Weasel?
Self-same
Ah hell wit it, bring around the T-54, no use trying to to be fancy.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/28/2016 1:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Delightful, Shipman. The tears, they stand in my eyes.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/28/2016 4:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Well then.
Maurice, the Triumph, fetch it.
Twice around the walls of Brooding Castle Rantburg we go
Maurice, the Popatus remains zu hause copy?
Yes, we will stop at St. Alfonos on the way back
Don't forget Your runcible,
SAPB is notorious for lack of spoonery as well as maaarjureRine..
Posted by: Shipman || 02/28/2016 7:47 Comments || Top||

#4  It's like Shakespeare with a RC Cola and Moonpie.

And a head injury
Posted by: Frank G || 02/28/2016 10:36 Comments || Top||

#5  LOL :)
Posted by: Shipman || 02/28/2016 13:50 Comments || Top||

#6  Doesn't Triumph run (so to speak) on Lucas (prince of Darkness) Electric? Neither Die Hard nor AC Delco will help.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/28/2016 15:17 Comments || Top||

#7  Fantastic.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/28/2016 17:30 Comments || Top||


Drone strike leaves 3 Al-Qaeda militants dead in Paktika province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least three holy warriors affiliated with the Al-Qaeda terrorist network were killed in a drone strike in eastern Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Arclight airstrike was carried out by the coalition forces in Gomal district targeting the holy warriors in Dadul village on Friday.

The Afghan Special Operations Forces Operational Coordination Command said two cycle of violences belonging to the holy warriors were also destroyed in the air raid.

The anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

Paktika is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups, including the Talibs and Al-Qaeda linked Haqqani network are actively operating.

At least six people were killed and eleven others were maimed after the bomb exploded inside the bakery shop in Yahya Khel district earlier this month.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) said the two suspects were jugged
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
during a special military operation in connection to the incident who have confessed that they placed an bomb inside the bakery shop afer receiving instructions from the Taliban group.

Posted by: Fred || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


ANA rescues 35 in southern Helmand
The Afghan National Army (ANA) forces released a group of thirty five civilians imprisoned by Taliban during a night raid in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the raid was conducted by the Special Operations Forces of the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Nad-e-Ali district.

A statement by MoD said the group of thirty civilians included five women, five men and twenty five children who were kept in a cell run by the Taliban militants.

The statement further added that seven Taliban militants were also arrested during the operation.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far which comes as the Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant in this province during the recent weeks.

The deteriorating security situation in Helmand forced the Afghan army to retreat from three bases last week with the Afghan defense officials saying the step was taken in a bid to help the resources for the improvement of security in other parts of the province.

The bases were located in the restive Musa Qala and Nawzad districts where around 400 security personnel were stationed.

Helmand has been witnessing constant fighting since the combat mission by the coalition security forces formally concluded by the end of 2014.
Posted by: badanov || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under:


Taliban’s shadow governor for Zabul’s Atghar district dies
Security forces have launched operation against militants in Atghar District of southern Zabul which according to officials has been successfully going on.

Deputy Police Chief of the province told reporters on Friday that security forces killed the so-called governor of Taliban for Atghar district and his body guard during a three hour clash in Zeyarat village last night.

Colonel Ghulam Jailani identified the Taliban shadow governor as Mullah Nasir.

He said Taliban left the dead bodies of their colleagues on the battle field.

Col. Jailani added that the operation would continue until security is maintained in the area.

Taliban have not yet commented on the report.
Posted by: badanov || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under:


NDS rescue 2 hostages during a special operation in Helmand province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan intelligence operatives conducted a special military operation in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan to rescue two hostages from a gang of kidnappers.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) said the raid was conducted in Lashkargah, the bustling provincial capital of Helmand province.

A statement by NDS said one of the hostages were a 2-year-old child and teenage boy who were kidnapped by the gang from Qala-e-Boost and Safian areas of the city.

The statement further added that the kidnappers were demanding a large ransom from the families of the hostages, forcing the intelligence operatives to intervene and secure their release.

At least four kidnappers were jugged
You have the right to remain silent...
by the intelligence operatives during the raid, NDS said, adding that the suspects have been identified as Abdul Razaq son of Mohammad Agha, Mohammad Nadir son of Mohammad Jan, Hamidullah son of Lal Mohammad and Khan Wali son of Mohammad Ibrahim.

This comes as the Afghan intelligence operatives rescued a hostage from the kidnappers in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan as the kidnappers were demanding a ransom of $1 millio for his release.

Kidnap for ransom cases still continue in parts of the country despite the Afghan intelligence nabbed two MAFIA bosses involved in major kidnappings who were later executed by the government.

The two top MAFIA leaders, Habib Istalif and Raees Khudaidad, were executed late in 2014 and early in 2015 after they were arrested by intelligence operatives.

Posted by: Fred || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Security Forces Destroy Taliban's Main Hideouts In Faryab
Afghan Security Forces - in an operation on the outskirts of Maimana, the center of Faryab province - destroyed the main hideouts of the Taliban and 120 rebels surrendered, officials said Saturday.

The Vice President, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, who is leading the operation, said that the Taliban wanted to control Maimana.

Bomb building and storage centers of the Taliban were also destroyed

Video report at the link
Posted by: badanov || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Betting the main hideout was within screeching distance of The Spot..
Posted by: Shipman || 02/28/2016 7:52 Comments || Top||


9 Killed, 13 Wounded in Kabul Suicide Attack
An explosion occurred near the entrance gate of the Defense Ministry at around 3:30pm in Kabul on Saturday, killing 9 people and wounding 13 others, Kabul police department said.

Four women were among those killed in the attack while eight civilians were reportedly among the wounded.

Security officials told TOLOnews that the explosion was carried out by a suicide bomber.

An ANA soldier at the scene said the suicide bomber had been dressed in military uniform.

"He was in a military uniform, I was 15 meters away when the explosion happened. He hid the bomb under his clothes and blew himself up while among the people," Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said.
Posted by: badanov || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
Algeria jails man suspected of links to Paris attacks ringleader
[Ynet] Algerian authorities have nabbed
You have the right to remain silent...
a man with dual Algerian and Belgian citizenship for links with the ringleader of the Gay Paree attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a court statement said on Saturday.

The court in the Algerian city of Bejaia said 29-year-old Zahir Mehdaoui, a resident of Brussels, had been charged with belonging to a terrorist group active overseas. The court provided no further details and it was not clear when Mehdaoui was tossed in the slammer
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!

Another one? It was bad, but it clearly was intended to be much, much worse.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under:


Bomb kills 2 Egypt policemen in Sinai
At least two Egyptian police officers have been killed and two others injured when a roadside bomb explosion struck their armored vehicle in the country’s volatile Sinai Peninsula, security and medical sources say, Press TV reported.
About time to close the border crossing at Rafah again, isn't it...
They've been flowing out through the few remaining tunnels to join Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, including Hamasniks. Several thousand recently, as I recall.
In that case, start up the sea water pumps...
The sources said an explosive device targeted the policemen’s car south of the border town of Rafah, located 340 kilometers (211 miles) east of the capital, Cairo, on Saturday.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the act of violence yet. Security forces have launched an investigation into the attack.

The attack came only three days after at least 12 members of the Takfiri Velayat Sinai terrorist group were killed and 10 others injured during counter-terrorism operations south of Rafah. Egyptian troopers also clashed with the extremists south of the town of Sheikh Zuweid, situated 334 kilometers (214 miles) northeast of the capital, and detained 38 of them.

Terrorists Militants from the Takfiri Velayat Sinai group, previously known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks, mainly targeting the army and police. In November 2014, the group pledged allegiance to the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, which is mainly wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under:


Hafter offers IS surrender deal
Benghazi, 27 February 2016:

The head of the Libyan armed forces, General Khalifa Hafter, has offered remaining militant fighters in Benghazi deal under which they will be assured a fair trial if they hand in their weapons and surrender.

The offer was one of two announcements made today in his name. In the other, Statement No. 2, he warned that anyone in the armed forces or pretending to be in the armed forces who took the law into his own hands and attacked the homes of families of militants or suspected militants would be severely punished.

The surrender offer, Statement No. 3, is a clear attempt to bring the the offensive against the so-called Islamic State (IS) and its allies to a rapid conclusion. It is not thought, however, that there will be many takers, at least not among IS fighters.

The warning not to attack militants or their homes is directed at those who have had members of their families murdered by terrorists or suffered from them in other ways and want to take revenge.

With the militants apparently collapsing in Benghazi, the aim is to prevent the pendulum swinging the other way and city descending into a fresh round of violence.
Posted by: badanov || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Sabratha combing operations continue as IS women fighters reported
For the fifth day today, there were clashes in Sabratha as local militias and armed residents, with support from neighbouring towns, continued combing the area for fighters from the so-called Islamic State (IS) hiding after last week’s air attack by the Americans.

Sources in the town say that since the action started on Tuesday, 47 militiamen and armed supporters had been killed, all from Sabratha. Another 101 had been wounded, 83 from Sabratha, 14 from Ajilat, two from Zintan and one each from Jmail and Sorman.

There are no figures of IS casualties. However, for the first time, there are also reports of women IS fighters, at least three of whom are said have been killed.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: badanov || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


ISIS claims deadly car bomb in Benghazi
At least four members of security forces loyal to Libya's recognized government were killed Friday in a car bombing in the city of Benghazi, the military said, in an attack claimed by ISIS.

Military spokesman Colonel Abdullah al-Shahaafi told AFP that the blast went off in the Hawari district of the city.

ISIS claimed the attack in a statement posted on Islamist websites, saying more than 25 were killed and that it targeted forces of General Khalifa Haftar, the recognised government's chief of staff.

Haftar's forces on Tuesday recaptured a jihadist stronghold in the Mediterranean city.
Posted by: badanov || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Arabia
Saudi-led airstrikes kill at least 30 people, mostly civilians
[CHICAGO.SUNTIMES] Yemeni security officials say Saudi-led Arclight airstrikes targeting Iranian catspaws have killed at least 30 people, mostly civilians, in a district outside the capital, Sanaa.

They say the Saturday raid hit a popular market area in the Nihm district, killing at least 22 civilians and leaving burned bodies strewn over the area. The officials, who are neutral in a conflict that has split the armed forces, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief news hounds.

The strike comes a day after aid and rights groups urged Western countries to stop selling arms to 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...
, which is striking the Iran-backed rebels to support forces loyal to the internationally recognized government.
Posted by: Fred || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia


Soddys intercept Iranian arms shipment to Yemen
Aden- United States Secretary of State John Kerry , on Feb.26, announced that Iran, in Yemen, continues to support Houthi militias and the ousted President Saleh supporters . Iranian support is helping the insurgency against the legitimate administration of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. Kerry added that a cargo jam-packed with artillery was stopped en route from Iran to Yemen. The apprehended shipment proves Iran’s continuation to aid certain groups. The Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen had already arrested a shipment carrying relief and sustenance aid in which among were hidden developed communication devices. The EU, on Friday, expressed its disappointment regarding Yemeni peace talks going on hiatus, and called on the deliberations to be appealed under U.N. sponsorship as soon as possible.

Catherine Ray, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini, said at a press conference that the solution in Yemen should be political based and instigative to negotiations. All parties are called on for participating at a negotiation session sponsored by the U.N. as soon as possible, Ray added.

Ray confirmed that the E.U. had set out the initiative of all the conflicting parties in Yemen to respect international humanitarian law and to abstain from targeting city infrastructure.

Amnesty International had accused Houthi militias and pro-Saleh militants of using brutal force against civilian protestors, in addition to kidnapping activists.

In its annual report Amnesty International mentioned that Houthi and pro-Saleh militias have reportedly killed at least 10 protestors in Sana’a, Taiz, and Ibb. According to the report, militia members have also wounded hundreds, and randomly arrested governmental supporters, journalists, and humanitarian rights’ defenders.

Moreover, the report shed light on Houthi militias tightening their grip around the freedom of forming associations and the public joining them. They have shut-down over 27 NGO’s and threatened their administrations and employees.

Medical facilities and their staff are being attacked by Houthi militants and pro-Saleh insurgents that have struck both medical team employees and patients. The attacks gravely endangered patients by turning medical facilities into battlefields in which bullets are exchanged. Facilities near Aden and Taiz have specifically suffered the humanitarian law disrespect of the insurgent Houthis and pro-Saleh fighters.

Amnesty International stated that Houthi militants are using real bullets against unarmed protestors in the Ibb governorate on Feb. 16, and thus resulted in wounding a fair number of civilian protestors. On Feb.21, the militants also resorted to shooting at protestors killing one of them, Nasr al-Shoja’a. Rolling down the list, Houthis used cruel violence against any of those who went out on a peaceful protest namely employing tear gas and live bullet rounds to separate a gathering in Taiz. At least 8 protestors were killed there, and over 30 were injured. 300 protestors later-on needed medical attention after they inhaled tear gas.
Posted by: badanov || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [437 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Calls for personnel to rejoin Yemen govt forces
Advisor to Yemeni Army Chief of Staff and spokesperson of the Army, Brigadier Samir Al Haj, called upon all officers and personnel of the army and security forces, who are still members of the rebel militias to rejoin the legitimate government forces to defend all of Yemen which he described as "home for all its people".

He demanded the soldiers to take sides with the legitimate government fighting against rebel Houthi militia and the remnants of the forces loyal to now-ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

"After the recent victories made by the legitimate forces and the Yemeni National Opposition, Yemeni soldiers have no reason to remain neutral. Everything is clear and rejoining the legitimate army is a duty dictated by the country's interests where all can take part in the liberation and reject the coup carried out by the Houthis," Al Haj said.

Al Haj noted that the "opportunity for all to prove their complete allegiance to Allah and the country" should not be wasted, in particular because "victory is approaching where the coup and its disastrous impact on the country will be removed."
Posted by: badanov || 02/28/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Migrant Crisis Roundup
Germany deems passports issued from ISIS territory invalid

Breitbart's Daily Live Wire for 2/26/2016:

26/02/2016 – The Netherlands – Mosques receive menacing letters
Dozens of mosques in Holland have reportedly received letters claiming that Muslims are devil worshippers. The leaflet expressed that the Mosques in question could expect to receive important visitors, pigs, reports DutchNews.

Dutch Labour member of parliament Ahmed Marcouch has called on the government to give Mosques protection and has asked ministers to make statements on the letters.

26/02/2016 – VIENNA, Austria – Migrants stabbing attack at shopping centre
Five Afghan youths aged between 15 and 25 years old were responsible for a “bloody and exceedingly brutal” stabbing attack at ‘The Mall’ shopping centre in Vienna on Wednesday. Four men, two of whom were Iranian migrants, were attacked and injured, and eyewitnesses claimed a gun was discharged during the altercation, reports Kronen Zeitung.

The men were later arrested by police and a pistol found on one of the perpetrators was reported by police to be a “toy” — possibly a blank firing pistol.

26/02/2016 – FULDA, Germany – Migrant charged with 200 crimes set free
A migrant caught by police masturbating on an intercity train has been released despite boasting an impressive rap sheet. The 22 year old Eritrean migrant has been charged with 189 complaints of fraud, 40 thefts and charges for trespass and criminal damage yet walked free after caught pleasuring himself on a train in Fulda.

26/02/2016 – BUDAPEST, Hungary – Hungary could vote on EU in 150 days
REUTERS — Hungary could hold a referendum on European Union-mandated migrant resettlement quotas in 150 days at the earliest as the government’s referendum question makes its way through the legal system, the justice minister said on Friday.

“The earliest possible time is 150 days, while the latest is 250 days,” Laszlo Trocsanyi told a news conference.

Hungary has been at odds with the European Commission and some fellow EU countries over how to handle a migrant influx into the bloc. Prime Minister Viktor Orban proposed a referendum on Wednesday to see whether Hungarians accepted the quotas, something his government opposes.
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India-Pakistan
19 militants, 4 security personnel killed in Shawal offensive
PESHAWAR: The military’s media wing claimed on Saturday that at least 19 suspected militants were killed in Shawal area near the Pak-Afghan border, four security personnel also lost their lives.

In a statement the Inter-Services Public Relations said that ground forces surrounded a group of alleged terrorists in Mangroti area near the Pak-Afghan border.

At least 19 suspected terrorists were killed and several injured in the exchange of fire which also resulted in the death of four military men, the ISPR stated.

However, this information could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the war-torn region.

The ISPR said that the deceased security personnel have been identified as Capt Umair, Havaldar Hakim and Sepoy Hameed and Sepoy Rashid.

15 'terrorists' killed in North Waziristan

At least 15 suspected militants were killed during air strikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jets in the Maisar area of Dattakhel Tehsil in South Waziristan Agency.

Officials told Dawn.com that at least 15 suspected militants were killed after jets targeted four positions in the restive agency's Dattakhel area.

According to official statements, over 3,500 militants have been killed in operation Zarb-i-Azb, while the offensive forced over a million civilians to vacate their homes and move to settled areas of the country.

Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif ordered troops on Wednesday to march on the last bastion of terrorists in Shawal valley of North Waziristan to take operation Zarb-i-Azb to its logical end.
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Wanted terrorist among 60 suspects arrested in KP
PESHAWAR: Police and law enforcement agencies on Saturday apprehended a wanted terrorist among 60 suspects during search operations in different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to police, the law enforcement agencies carried out targeted search operations in Muslim Town, Khushhal Colony and Hakimabad area of Nowshera district.

At least 20 suspects including 11 Afghan nationals were taken into custody. The suspects were shifted to unknown location for interrogation. Similarly, Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) also arrested a suspected terrorist from Mingora area of Swat.

The suspect is accused of remote control bomb attack on security forces in Sarband area in 2008. In another operation in Peshawar, the police and officials of the law enforcing agencies arrested 45 suspects including Afghan nationals from different areas of the provincial capital. Police carried out search operations in Faqirabad, Pathang Chowk and Ring Road area.

At least 45 suspects including five Afghans were arrested during the search operations. The police also recovered weapons and drugs from some of the suspects.
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Three militants held with weapons
QUETTA: Frontier Corps (FC) detained three alleged militants in Wahdat Colony area of provincial capital on Saturday and recovered arms from them.

According to FC spokesman, FC personnel carried a search operation in the area and arrested three alleged militants. Arms including nine pistols, thee shotguns, two rifles were also recovered. Further investigation was underway.
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Three robbers killed in Uch Sahrif shootout
UCH SHARIF: At least three robbers were killed in an alleged shootout in the Uch Sharif area, Bahawalpur on Saturday.

According to the police, three robbers were fleeing the scene after snatching a motorcycle from a citizen when they were cornered by the police. The robbers opened fire at policemen which was retaliated by police, resulting in the killing of the three robbers.

The police claimed to have recovered weapons and the stolen bike from the robbers, whose identity could not be ascertained immediately. The bodies were shifted to the Rural Health Complex for autopsy.
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Four suspects held in Gujranwala
GUJRANWALA: The Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed to have arrested four suspected terrorists and recovered arms and ammunitions from them during a raid at their hideout in Gujranwala on Saturday.

As per details, CTD raided a hideout in the Bhagbanpura area and arrested three suspected terrorist and their facilitator. The CTD claimed to have recovered a locally-made bomb, three hand grenades, maps of key locations and heavy quantity of explosives them.

Sources said that the suspects had rented a house and they were planning to carry out a sabotage act in the city. The identity of the suspects was not disclosed. The police shifted the accused to Lahore for further investigation.
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Iraq
ISIS Top Dawg, 4 others die in airstrike in Ninevah
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – On Saturday, a local source in Nineveh Province revealed, that the explosives official in the so-called ISIS had been killed in a shelling conducted by the international coalition aviation in Mosul, along with four of his assistants.

The source said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today the international coalition aviation shelled ISIS headquarters in the industrial area in the right coast, as well as another hideout in Nineveh municipality cars headquarters that was used by ISIS to make car bombs, destructing it completely.”

The source added, “Intelligence information indicated that the shelling resulted in the killing of ISIS explosives official who was known as Abu Hamza al-Tunisi, along with four of his assistants.”
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ISIS troops flee Iraqi militia in Salahuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – A security source in Salahuddin Province revealed, that dozens of ISIS members fled from al-Sharqat District after the approach of the security forces and al-Hashd al-Shaabi fighters, while pointed out to the killing of two ISIS members in an armed attack on a check point belonging to ISIS in northern Salahuddin.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today, dozens of ISIS members left their hideouts and fled from al-Sharqat District toward Hawija District, due to the intensified air strikes carried out by the Iraqi Army Aviation.”

The source added on condition of anonymity, “The security forces and al-Hashd al-Shaabi fighters cut ISIS supply lines, while ISIS ranks collapsed after shrinking the salaries of its fighters from 459 thousand dinars to 100 thousand dinars.”

“Two ISIS members were killed in an armed attack on a check point belonging to ISIS near Saylo District, while the attackers managed to escape to unknown destination,” the source continued.

ISIS commander dies

(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – A local source in Salahuddin province said on Saturday, that the commander of the ISIS battalion known as “the red streaks” had been killed along with one of his aides during an armed attack north of the province.

The source, who requested anonymity, reported for IraqiNews.com, “The commander of the red streaks battalion known as Abu Hafsa al-Ansari had been killed along with one of his aides during an armed attack that was carried out by some of the residents opposing ISIS in the district of al-Sharqat north of Salahuddin.”

The source also added, “ISIS imposed a curfew amid a large spread of armed elements in the main roads, while raid operations began in search of the perpetrators.”
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#1  the commander of the ISIS battalion known as “the red streaks” had been killed

Now he's a "red smear."
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Anbar Antics: 85 die
27 ISIS Bad Guys die near Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Anbar Operations Command announced on Friday the killing of 27 ISIS members in the cleansing battles southeast of Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad), while indicated to the destruction of three vehicles carrying automatic weapons.

The commander of the 1st regiment of Karmat Fallujah brigade in l-Hashed al-Shaabi, Colonel Mahmoud Mardi Jumaili, said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces carried out a large-scale military operation targeting ISIS gatherings in Nuaimiya area (18 km south-east of Fallujah), killing 27 fighters belonging to ISIS and destructing three vehicles carrying weapons.”

Jumaili added, “The security forces advanced significantly in the areas of Nuaimiya that witnessed a number of cleansing battles since Thursday,” pointing out that, “Large areas of Nuaimiya had been liberated.”

Iraqi forces repel ISIS attack near al-Wafa

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The head of the security committee in al-Wafa District Council, Hussein Kassar, announced on Saturday, that the Iraqi security forces had managed to foil a suicide attack by ISIS militants west of Ramadi.

Kassar said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Security forces foiled a a massive suicide attack by ISIS on a security headquarters in the area of the 18th Kilometer on the international highway road west of Ramadi, resulting in the destruction of three booby-trapped vehicles and killing a suicide bomber that had worn an explosive device.”

“The suicide attack was accompanied by shelling on the district of al-Wafa (35 km west of Ramadi) by three mortar shells that resulted in wounding a child,” he also added.

19 ISIS troops die near Albu Bali

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Anbar tribal fighters in the northern sector of Ramdi Ghassan Eithawi announced, that 40 fighters of the so-called ISIS were killed in a military operation north of Ramadi.

Eithawi said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces from the army, police and tribal fighters carried out a large-scale military operation targeting ISIS gatherings in the areas of Albu Bali and Albu Obaid (19 km north of Ramdi), killing 40 members belonging to ISIS and cutting their financial support lines in these areas.”

Eithawi added, “Intelligence information indicated to the presence of 70 ISIS fighters in the areas of Albu Obeid and Albu Bali, as well as 170 families used by ISIS as human shields, mostly children and women.”

ISIS Top Dawg dies near Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – Media officials with the Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday the killing of the ISIS military commander of Albu Daeig area south of Fallujah.

The officials said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The Eighth Division’s troops managed to kill the [ISIS] military commander in Albu Daeig south of Fallujah, known as Hussein Alawi,” noting that, “This terrorist was nicknamed as Abu Walid.”

The statement added, “The killing of Abu Walid was based on accurate intelligence.”

ISIS executes 12 for desertion

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A local source in Nineveh Province announced on Saturday, that the so-called ISIS executed 12 of its fighters who fled from the battles in Anbar Province south of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).

The source said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today, ISIS executed 12 of its militants in al-Hidr District (80 km south of Mosul), after fleeing from the battlefield in Anbar Province.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The execution was carried out by firing squad in a public square in the center of the district.”

Noteworthy, ISIS took over the city of Mosul in Nineveh province (405 km north of Baghdad) in the tenth of June 2014, while extended its terrorist activities to many other areas of Iraq.

600 ISIS troops leave Fallujah
Never let a truce go to waste
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The leadership of al-Hashed al-Shaabi in Anbar Province announced on Saturday the escape of 600 members belonging to the so-called ISIS from the city of Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad) to the city of Mosul in Nineveh Province (405 km north of Baghdad).

The commander of l-Hashed al-Shaabi in Karmat Fallujah brigade, Colonel Juma Fazaa Jumaili, said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The intelligence information pointed out to the escape of 600 ISIS fighters from Fallujah to Mosul.”

Jumaili added, “ISIS called its elements in Fallujah to be prepared to leave to Mosul with their families by orders of the second man in ISIS Ayad Hamid,” noting that, “Few members of ISIS remained in the city of Fallujah.”

15 Iraqi security elements die near Ramadi

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Anbar Provincial Council announced on Saturday the killing of 15 members of the Iraqi army and police during the dismantling of improvised explosive devices and booby-trapped houses in Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad).

Anbar Provincial Council member Farhan Mohammed said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The dismantling of explosive devices and booby-trapped houses in the city of Ramadi that started two months ago, resulted in the killing of 15 members of the army and police.”

Mohammed added, “Thousands of improvised explosive devices still exist in Ramadi, especially in the booby-trapped homes,” pointing out that, “ISIS planted dozens of improvised explosive devices in one place.”

11 ISIS troops have a Very Day Day near Ramadi

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – A security source in Anbar province said Saturday, that 11 ISIS elements were killed in an aerial strike by the international coalition west of Ramadi.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation targeted a gathering for ISIS in the modern village east of the city of Heet (70 km west of Ramadi), resulting in the death of all [ISIS] elements inside it,” adding that, “The coalition’s aviaition was also able to bombard a gathering for [ISIS] elements northeast of al-Baghdadi District (90 km west of Ramadi), resulting in the death of 11 elements.”
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#1  Islamic State attacks Abu Ghraib.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/28/2016 12:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Fetch the Irony Rifle Mauruce!
Posted by: Shipman || 02/28/2016 13:52 Comments || Top||


Robbers hit Baghdad residence
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source within the police force in Baghdad province said on Saturday, that unidentified gunmen wearing military uniforms raided a house and stole 250 million dinars east of Baghdad.

The source said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, gunmen wearing military uniforms broke into a house in the area of al-Nahrawan east of Baghdad and stole 250 million dinars at gunpoint,” pointing out that, “Security forces cordoned off the area and opened a preliminary investigation into the causes of the incident.”
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Gazans who crossed into Israel caught, snipers attack playground
[IsraelTimes] Security forces located and jugged
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
three unarmed Paleostinians who illegally crossed the Gazoo Strip border fence into Israeli territory Saturday.

Residents of the Eshkol Region were previously instructed to stay indoors, Channel 10 reported, while the IDF combed the area for the infiltrators.

The manhunt was launched after a possible breach was reported at the Gazoo Strip security fence. The three Paleostinians were taken into a nearby security facility for questioning.

Playground at Beit El settlement comes under sniper fire

[IsraelTimes] No one hurt in the Saturday night attack. IDF launches manhunt for shooters, believed to be from nearby Jalazoun refugee camp.
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Southeast Asia
Two Moro militant camps captured in Mindanao
[Straits Times] Philippine security forces have killed dozens of Muslim militants and captured at least two camps in a nearly month-long offensive against insurgents in Mindanao.

Army spokesman Filemon Tan said that 42 militants from a group with ties to the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah were killed in clashes that began last Saturday. One of the rebe; bastions in Butig town in Lanao del Sur province fell on Thursday. Three soldiers were killed and 11 injured.

Last Saturday evening, about 80 militants led by brothers Omar and Abdullah Maute, said to be former associates of an Indonesian JI operative known only as Sanusi, who was killed in 2012, attacked a detachment of the 51st Infantry Battalion in Butig. Troops drove the rebels back, and the army counter-attacked with howitzers, bombers, helicopters and armored vehicles.

The Lanao del Sur clashes broke out just as the army was wrapping up a 24-day offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in neighboring Maguindanao province. A BIFF camp in Datu Salibo town fell on Sunday after intense battles that began on February 5.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ambrosio Rustia, head of the Army 57th Infantry Battalion, said hundreds of BIFF militants who held the camp had fled with their casualties deep into marshlands bordering Maguindanao and North Cotabato provinces. The army reported that it lost three soldiers, one during operations to clear the BIFF camp of landmines.
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Pattani car bomb injures at least eight
[Bangkok Post] Seven policemen and a female civilian were wounded by a car bomb that exploded near a Border Patrol Police base in Pattani province on Saturday afternoon. The blast at the BPP base in Muang district sent thick black smoke into the sky, forcing security forces to seal off the area.

Provincial police commander Pol Maj Gen Thanongsak Wangsupa said, "The bomb was put in a Honda Jazz, which was stolen from a nearby village [on Saturday] morning."

Earlier in the day, a civil engineer was wounded by several gunshots as he was driving to his garage in the same district. An unknown number of gunmen shot Somsak Dussadeepiriya and fled with his car.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Coalition air strikes try to repel ISIS assault on Syria-Turkish border: Monitor
[AlAhram] US-led coalition carried out 10 air strikes on Saturday to try to repel an assault by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) group turbans on the Syrian town of Tel Abyad on the Turkish border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

It said at least 45 ISIS turbans and 20 Kurdish militia fighters had been killed in the ongoing attack.
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ISIS attacks Kurd positions near Raqqa
TEL ABYAD – With the start of a U.N.-sponsored two-week ceasefire in Syria, militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) launched a fierce offensive on areas held by Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on the border with Turkey, military sources reported on Saturday.

ISIS militants attacked Kurdish positions in the vicinity of Tel Abyad city north of Raqqa province, using car bombs and mortar fire.

“The terror group attacked YPG headquarters in Tel Abyad from two directions. The offensive started in the midnight on Saturday where ISIS launched mortar shells from its strongholds in Raqqa on the Kurdish positions in Tel Abyad, while several car bombs hit the YPG checkpoints in eastern Tel Abyad coming from the Turkish border-line,” the YPG leadership said in a statement.

Speaking to ARA News in Tel Abyad, YPG spokesman Hebun Osman said that scores of Kurdish fighters were killed and injured during the attacks.

The source confirmed that the ISIS-led offensive hit YPG security checkpoints and headquarters in Tel Abyad and five nearby villages, including Sharghrat, Kantari, Nastleh, Ghuwera and Qantrah.

“Daesh terrorists have taken advantage of the current ceasefire in Syria and attacked our headquarters in this area,” Osman said, using an acronym for ISIS. “Our forces were eventually able to repel the attack on Tel Abyad after clashes with the militants.”

However, ISIS fighters captured main parts of the villages of Hamam al-Turkman and Mastal near Tel Abyad city after Saturday’s offensive, the YPG official said.

The Kurdish YPG forces had recaptured the strategic city of Tel Abyad on the border with Turkey in June, subsequent to fierce battles against ISIS militants. Liberating Tel Abyad and its countryside caused a state of alert among ISIS militants, especially for its location in northern Raqqa –the group’s de facto capital in Syria.

Cessation of Hostilities in Syria

A cessation of hostilities in Syria came into effect at the agreed time of midnight on Saturday, under a U.S.-Russian plan whichwarring sides in the five-year conflict have said would to commit to.

Syria’s government and insurgents have said they would respect the halt to fighting.

The UN Security Council threw its weight Friday behind a ceasefire agreement for Syria and demanded that it be upheld.

The council unanimously adopted a resolution drafted by Russia and the United States that endorses the ceasefire deal and “demands that the cessation of hostilities to begin at midnight (Damascus time)”.

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura said Friday Syria’s government and rebels will re-start peace talks on March 7 if a ceasefire holds and more aid is delivered.
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#1  Well then, breakfast Tea and a Kipper or two to celebrate the good news?
Posted by: Shipman || 02/28/2016 7:57 Comments || Top||

#2  One would suspect the Turks provided some encouragement.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/28/2016 12:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Was the attack launched from the Turkish side of the border?
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/28/2016 15:58 Comments || Top||


Bomb attack hits Kurd checkpoint in Hasakah
SERE KANIYE – A car bomb attack hit Saturday a Kurdish security checkpoint for the People’s Protection Units (YPG) near the town of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province.

Al least two Kurdish YPG members were killed and four more injured in the attack, that took place in the Ajila village in Sere Kaniye countryside on Saturday midnight.

“A car loaded with explosives hit a YPG security checkpoint in Ajila village of Sere Kaniye countryside in Hasakah. The terror attack was aimed at terrorizing the villagers, but our forces are determined to eliminate terrorism from the region and protect the civilians at any cost,” the Kurdish leadership said in a statement.

“Such cowardly attacks won’t impede our progress against terrorists of ISIS and al-Qaeda in northern Syria,” it stressed.

The Kurdish forces blamed the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group for the attack. However, ISIS hasn’t yet claimed responsibility for the operation.

This comes just hours after a western-backed two-week ceasefire came into effect between the armed groups in Syria.
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Islamic State militants confiscate civilians’ houses in Deir ez-Zor
ERBIL – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) confiscated dozens of houses in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province, local sources reported on Saturday. The ISIS-led Islamic Police drove dozens of Syrian families from their homes in Deir ez-Zor and confiscated their property.

“The group has confiscated more than 30 buildings to house its foreign jihadis with their families,” local media activist Yasser al-Khalifah told ARA News on Saturday.

This comes after ISIS lost ground to the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Hasakah province.

“ISIS has evacuated locals from their houses to replace them with militants and their families who arrived in Deir ez-Zor after escaping Shaddadi city in Hasakah province,” al-Khalifah said.

Syrian families who lost their houses have been transferred to villages in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, eyewitnesses told ARA News.

In the meantime, ISIS military leadership has started arming local young men in Deir ez-Zor to join the group’s ranks in the battle against rival troops.

“Pro-ISIS Arab tribal leaders in the province have received rifles and ammunitions to distribute them to the youth in order to join the battlefront in Deir ez-Zor,” Khalifah reported.
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Terror Networks
US, allies conduct 22 strikes against IS: US military
[AlAhram] United States and its allies targeted 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) group in Iraq with 14 strikes on Friday and also hit the Death Eater group with eight strikes in Syria on the same day, the US military said on Saturday.

Seven of the strikes in Iraq were near djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
in the north, hitting two IS tactical units and five fighting positions, the military said.

Five of the strikes in Syria destroyed two IS buildings near Al Hawl.
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#1  This is probably the only time the Obama administration has run a surplus.
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