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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1006 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They all peg out, eventually.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/06/2016 14:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Pappy's Hemingway is back
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2016 18:00 Comments || Top||

#3  And gone.
Posted by: badanov || 03/06/2016 19:03 Comments || Top||

#4  thanks
Posted by: Frank G || 03/06/2016 19:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Aw darn - missed a targeting opportunity.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/06/2016 19:23 Comments || Top||

10 militants affiliated with ISIS terror group killed in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least ten gunnies affiliated with 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 were killed during the ongoing operations in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office said the operations are being conducted in Achin district and at least five gunnies were also injured.

According to an official statement, the operations are being conducted jointly by the Afghan army, Afghan border and public order police, and Afghan intelligence operatives.

The Afghan forces have stepped up counter-terrorism operations against the loyalists of the terror group amid concerns that the group is attempting to establish a regional base in Nangarhar.

The US Forces in Afghanistan have increased air campaign against the terror group in this province, carrying at least 20 Arclight airstrikes between late January and early February.

At least seven gunnies of the terror group were killed in the latest Arclight airstrike by coalition forces in Achin district last week.

Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: ISIL-K

Taliban prisoner disguised in women’s dress in failed bid to break jail
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A Taliban prisoner disguised in women’s dress and burqa in a bid to break jail in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan was incarcerated
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
by the security forces before he manage to pass through the final exit gate of the jail.

According to the local security officials, the failed attempt
Curses! Foiled again!
by the prisoner was made in Sherbarghan city, the quiet provincial capital of Jawzjan province.

The prisoner was identified as Mohammad Nader who was serving in the jail for having links with the Taliban group, Gen. Dil Agha Adil, head of Sar-e-Pul jail told RFE/Radio Liberty.

He said the prisoner was looking to use the opportunity on Thursday morning which is normally the visiting day for the relatives of the prisones.

Over one thousand prisoners are kept in Sherbarghan city jail which includes women and men both from Sar-e-Pul and Jawzjan provinces, arrested over different criminal charges.

This is not the first the anti-government armed hard boyz using burqa and women’s dress to escape from the security forces.

The Afghan intelligence -- National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) operatives arrested a commander of the notorious Haqqani terrorist network as he was trying to enter Khost city late last year.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  I think part of the management of "tactical cross-dressing" should be that those caught doing it are issued only women's clothing thereafter in the hoosegow.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/06/2016 15:33 Comments || Top||

#2  and manscaring...and a temporary shaving of the unibrow and back
Posted by: Frank G || 03/06/2016 17:09 Comments || Top||

#3  manscara
Posted by: Frank G || 03/06/2016 17:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Why temporary, laser depilate their faces. "No more facial hair for you..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/06/2016 18:33 Comments || Top||

#5  There is so much gay pedophilia over there that perhaps adult gay sex wouldn't be that big a deal.

Posted by: Glolump the Florid4951 || 03/06/2016 18:50 Comments || Top||

52 militants killed in Afghan, coalition airstrikes in Helmand
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The anti-government armed faceless myrmidons suffered heavy casualties after staging an offensive on Afghan security posts in Sangin and Marjah districts of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...

The Ministry of Defense (MoD), said at least 52 faceless myrmidons were killed 45 others were maimed after the security forces responded to the offensive with close-air support by Afghan Air Force and coalition forces.

A statement by MoD said the faceless myrmidons launched coordinated offensive on the security posts of 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army, triggering heavy festivities as the Afghan forces responded to the offensive.

The statement further added that 45 faceless myrmidons were killed and 35 others were maimed in Sangin district, while 7 faceless myrmidons were killed and 6 others were maimed in Marjah district.

At least soldiers serving with the 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces were maimed in the attack, MoD added.

Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Police Colonel, Aide killed in Attack in Aden
Gunmen opened fire and shot dead a police colonel and his aide as their vehicle was passing through a roundabout in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Saturday, a local security official and witnesses said.

The attack on Col. Salem al-Milqat, police chief of Tawahi district, took place in the restive district of al-Mansoura which has witnessed several assaults on local security officials.

Iran-allied Houthi rebels have forced Yemen’s embattled government out of the capital Sanaa. Yet, despite it being based in Aden now, the legitimate government is fighting to impose its authority even there.

Local officials and medical sources also stated on Friday that gunmen attacked an old people’s home in the Yemeni port of Aden, killing at least 15 people, including four Christian nuns from India.

After being one of the world’s busiest ports as a hub of the British Empire, the southern city has transformed into a backwater and then in recent months into a conflict zone.

A Saudi-led coalition began a military campaign a year ago to avert the Houthis plot to take complete control of Yemen.
Posted by: badanov || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under:

The Grand Turk
Turkey Police Fire Plastic Bullets at Anti-Erdogan Newspaper Rally
[An Nahar] Turkish riot police on Saturday fired plastic bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters who gathered outside an opposition newspaper the day after it was seized by authorities in a violent raid.

The swoop against the paper raised fresh concerns over declining media freedoms in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, a key European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
ally, ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to Brussels Monday for a crucial summit meeting with EU leaders.

"Free press cannot be silenced," a group of demonstrators including the paper's readers shouted outside the Istanbul premises of Zaman daily, staunchly opposed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
Police used large amounts of tear gas, water cannon and plastic bullets to disperse around 500 people clapping in protest, an AFP photographer at the scene reported.

Before midnight on Friday, police also stepped in by using tear gas and water cannon to move away a hundreds-strong crowd that had formed outside the newspaper following a court order placing the media business under administration.

Turkey's top-selling Zaman newspaper, closely linked to Erdogan's arch-foe the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, was ordered into administration by the court on the request of Istanbul prosecutors, local media reported.

- 'Internet cut off' -

Zaman published a defiant edition Saturday warning of the "darkest days" in the history of the press.

"The Constitution is suspended," it said on its front page in large font on a black background.

The newspaper, with an estimated circulation of 650,000, went to print earlier than usual on Friday evening and the number of its pages was reduced to 16 from 24, one of its journalists said.

Sevgi Akarcesme, the editor-in-chief of the paper's English language edition Today's Zaman, said on Twitter on Saturday that "All internet connection is cut off at the seized #zaman building by police raid."

"We are not able to work anymore," she wrote.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

#1  When IDF uses such things, they're called "plastic coated metal bullets".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2016 2:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Next thing is all metal bullets.

Wonder how the negotiations between Erdogan and Al-baghdadi about the caliphate are coming?

Think maybe Kerry should mediate?

[/disgust /sarc]
Posted by: AlanC || 03/06/2016 8:12 Comments || Top||

Karachi police claim killing four suspected militants in encounter
[DAWN] Police on Saturday claimed to have killed four suspected holy warriors belonging to banned outfits during an "encounter" in the outskirts of the metropolis.

Malir SSP Rao Anwar said that suspects were allegedly involved in the killing of security personnel and members of Shia community.

The senior police official claimed that the dear departed were members of banned outfits -- Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
Police acted on an information provided by the already tossed in the slammer
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
suspects and was backed by intelligence agencies, said Anwar.

The raid was carried out near residential compound off Superhighway near Inara Garden -- a residential complex of members of Ismaili community, he added.

"Suspects on seeing the police resorted to firing and in an ensuing encounter, four gunnies got bumped off," claimed the Malir SSP.

Anwar identified two of the dear departed as Noman Akhter and Sohail alias Kanga.

They deceased were involved in the assassination'>assassination
s of traffic officials, coppers and members of Shia community. The police also claimed to have seized a cache of weapons from the custody of suspected bad boys.

Soon after the encounter in which four holy warriors got killed, four suspects riding two cycle of violences attacked a police post near Al-Asif Square in Sohrab Goth, said the Malir SSP.

The opened fire on the police check post from some distance but coppers manning the bunker retaliated with return fire, forcing the attacker to flee.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent

Kirkuk Kombat Chronicle
3 ISIS troops die in artillery attack

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A source within the Shia militia of al-Hashed al-Sha’bi said on Saturday, that three senior ISIS leaders had been killed in an artillery strike in southern Kirkuk.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The artillery battalion of the Abbas Regiment shelled, today, a headquarters for ISIS in the village of al-Bashir in the district of Tuz Khurmato (25 km south of Kirkuk), resulting in the death of three [ISIS] leaders.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “The intelligence effort of the Abbas Regiment was able to determine the [location] of an ISIS headquarters in the village of al-Bashir and its exact coordinates.”

22 ISIS Bad Guys die in artillery attack

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – al-Hashed al-Shaabi forces announced on Saturday, that 22 elements of the so-called ISIS were either killed or wounded in a shelling targeted their gathering in southern Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad), while pointed out to the destruction of a vehicle belonging to ISIS.

Abbas brigade of al-Hashed al-Shaabi reported for IraqiNews.com, “This morning Abbas brigade’s artillery battalion bombed a gathering of ISIS guerrilla in Bashir village in southern Kirkuk, killing nine ISIS members and wounding 13 others.”

The statement added, “The shelling also resulted in the destruction of four-wheel vehicle belonging to ISIS.”

Noteworthy, Bashir village in Taza area (30 km south west of Kirkuk) was under the control of the ISIS since June 2014.

ISIS and Shiite militia bomb each other with artillery fire south of Kirkuk

[Rudaw] Islamic State militants and Shiite militia were locked in an intense exchange of artillery fire on Friday on the outskirts of the predominantly Shiite town of Taza southern Kirkuk including Bashir village.

“Our bombardment is a response to ISIS shelling which was intensely launched on the town of Taza,” Ali Husseini, media officer of the Shiite militia Hashd al-Shaabi's Abbasi division, told Rudaw.

Husseini added that “To stop ISIS from bombing Bashir village, the Abbasi artillery division has sent large reinforcement to the frontlines.”

Peshmerga forces in the area are for their part on alert for any possibility of the spillover of clashes between ISIS and the Shiite militia.

“[Peshmerga] forces are on alert and we have not started any bombings, it is only Hashd al-Shaabi and ISIS exchanging artillery fire,” Brig. Taha Raza, told Rudaw, adding that “warplanes form the US-led coalition are seen in the sky of the area.”

Raza revealed that ISIS has brought in reinforcements to villages close to Peshmerga fronts.
Posted by: badanov || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Mosul Mayhem: 32 die
ISIS Top Dawg dies in airstrike

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A local source in Nineveh province said on Friday, that the so-called ISIS Wali of Wilayat Dijla had been killed along with seven of his aides in an aerial strike by the international coalition south of Mosul.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation conducted, at noon today, an air strike that targeted a shelter belonging to the ISIS in the village of Shakhir in the district of Qayyarah (60 km south of Mosul), resulting in the death of the so-called Wali of Dijla, known as Abu Shuaib, along with seven of his aides.”

The source, who requested to remain anonymous, added, “The bombardment led to the complete destruction of the shelter.”

Iraqi artillery dispatches 13 ISIS troops

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – An informed source in Nineveh Operations Command said on Saturday, that 13 ISIS elements had been killed in an artillery shelling by the army forces south of Mosul.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The Iraqi army’s Artillery Regiment shelled, this morning, gatherings for ISIS in the villages of Sultan Abdullah and Tal al-Sha’ir in the district of Qayyara (60 km south of Mosul), resulting in the death of 13 ISIS elements,” adding also that, “The shelling resulted in the destruction of a number of [ISIS] shelters.”

18 ISIS Bad Guys die in artillery strike near

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Nineveh Operations Command announced on Friday the killing of 18 ISIS militants in an artillery strike by the Iraqi army forces southeast of Mosul.

Nineveh Operations said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The Iraqi Army’s Artillery Division shelled sites where the ISIS militants where hiding and killed 18 elements of them in the area of Sultan Abdullah southeast Mosul,” indicating that, “The operation was based on accurate intelligence information.”

The statement also added, “The international coalition aviation bombed accurately more than five rocket launchers,” pointing out that “The operations to monitor ISIS movements and shelters are continuing.”
Posted by: badanov || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under:

Anbar Antics: 37 die
Fresh troops arrive in Khalediyah Island

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – Anbar Operations Command announced on Friday the arrival of military reinforcements from the army and tribal fighters northeast of Ramadi to participate in the liberation of Khalediyah Island east of Ramadi.

The commander of Anbar Oeprations, Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahalawi, said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today, military reinforcements from the army, consisting of two regiments from the Eighth Division backed by tribal fighters, arrived in the Tenth Division Leadership in Albu Aitha and Hamediya northeast of Ramadi.”

Mahalawi also added, “These military reinforcements will participate in the liberation operation of Khalediya Island (23 km east of Ramadi) alongside the Tenth Division.”

20 ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrikes near Haditha

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – Anbar Police Command announced on Friday the killing of 20 ISIS elements in an aerial bobmardment by the international coalition west of Ramadi.

Saud Harb al-Obeidi, the spokesperson for Anbar Police Command, said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Based on intelligence information, the international coalition’s aviation bombarded a convey belonging to ISIS in the area of Bruwana in the district of Haditha (170 km west of Ramadi), resulting in the death of 20 ISIS elements as well as the destruction of seven vehicles for them.”

Obeidi added, “Security forces are working to target ISIS in the western areas of Anbar.”

17 ISIS troops die in battles in al-Hamidiya area

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Saturday the commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced the killing of 17 members of the so-called ISIS while trying to attack the army headquarters east of Ramadi.

The commander of Anbar Operation Ismail al-Mahalawi said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS attacked the troops of the army’s 41st and 40th regiments in al-Hamidiya area east of Ramadi.”

Mahalawi added, “A force from the headquarters’ guards foiled the attack and killed 17 ISIS militants, while destructed two houses and dismantled 12 improvised explosive devices.”
Posted by: badanov || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under:

1 dies in bomb attack in Baghdad
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior said on Saturday, that eight people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast southeast of Baghdad.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded, on Thursday evening, near shops in Zaafaraniya area southeast of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding seven others.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine department, while strict measures have been taken in anticipation of the presence of other bombs.”
Posted by: badanov || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under:

Southeast Asia
BIFF bomb injures two cops in Mindanao
[Gulf Today] Two policemen were injured in a bomb blast believed to have been set off by members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao province.

Regional military spokesman Captain Jo-ann Petinglay said the victims were among a team of policemen aboard a vehicle patrolling a highway in the town of Guindulungan when the bomb exploded late on Friday night. After the explosion, suspected BIFF militants fired at the policemen, triggering a 40-minute firefight.

Petinglay said the attackers withdrew after the arrival of military reinforcements at the scene. Bomb fragments indicated they were similar to the home-made explosives manufactured by the BIFF in previous attacks.
Posted by: ryuge || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under: Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

#1  BIFF bombs are a lot less lethal than MILF bombs.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2016 5:03 Comments || Top||

Sri Lanka
ISIS executes 1 in Aleppo
[ARA News] ALEPPO – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) executed Saturday a teenage boy in Syria’s northern Aleppo province after accusing him of ‘apostasy’, local activists and eyewitnesses reported.

The 16-year-old victim was arrested in the ISIS-held city of Jarablus north of Aleppo for missing Friday prayers at the mosque.

“The teenage boy, who faced charges of apostasy, was beheaded in front of a huge crowd in central Jarablus on Saturday,” local media activist Nasser Taljbini told ARA News.

The victim was accused by the Sharia Court of violating the Islamic law, and ordered his execution in public on charges of apostasy, the source reported.

“Before carrying out the execution, a Sharia official read a statement issued by the ISIS Sharia Court, vowing everyone who misses prayers at the mosque to face a similar punishment,” an eyewitness told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Posted by: badanov || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We have finally found the moderate wing of ISIS?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2016 2:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Only one execution? Must be a slow day.
Posted by: gorb || 03/06/2016 16:17 Comments || Top||

Report: Israeli intel prompts Russia to freeze missile delivery to Iran
Russian President Vladimir Putin has suspended the transfer of S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran in light of Tehran’s violation of an earlier pledge not to provide sophisticated Russian-made weaponry to the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, according to a report Saturday in the Kuwaiti daily Al Jarida.

A senior source told the newspaper that the Russian leader elected to punish the Iranian regime after Israel supplied him with clear-cut evidence that Tehran had given its proxy Hezbollah SA-22 surface-to-air missiles.

The intelligence information was corroborated by reports from Russian pilots flying their fighter jets over Lebanon and Syria.

The Russian air force anti-missile radars were able to detect SA-22 systems stashed in regions of Lebanon that are under the control of the Shi’ite militia.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2016 02:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [387 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Not likely. He doesn't care if Israel suffers
Posted by: Frank G || 03/06/2016 9:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Was it ever really going to happen?
Posted by: Menhadden Glereck6400 || 03/06/2016 10:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe Vlad is upset that Russian missiles could shoot down Russian planes, and not be caused by 'Friendly Fire'?

I'm reading Ardennes 1944 by Antony Beevor and by New Years Day, 1945, both sides were shooting at anything that approached them - "If it flies, it dies".
Posted by: Bobby || 03/06/2016 12:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Not likely. He doesn't care if Israel suffers

But he cares if Russia suffers and Russia will suffer when IAF demonstrates what most advanced Russian systems are ineffective.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/06/2016 15:47 Comments || Top||

#5  The history of Russian weapons in the hands of Arabs trying to use them against the Isael is not stellar.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/06/2016 17:04 Comments || Top||

#6  wikipedia says the sa-22 is yet to be delivered to Iran, but has been delivered to Iraq, Syria, and Jordan. (Oh, and is also used in Syria by Russians).

Any of those could have been the original purchasers, IMHO.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 03/06/2016 17:39 Comments || Top||

Kobane Kurds foil ISIS infiltration attempt
[ARA News] KOBANE – A group of militants from the Islamic State (ISIS) were engaged in clashes with Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) near Kobane in northern Syria, after trying to infiltrate into the city.

Nuraddin Gaban, YPG spokesman in Kobane, told ARA News their forces have foiled an attempt by ISIS jihadis to storm Kurdish positions in the city.

“More than 20 terrorists from ISIS were trying to infiltrate into Kobane from the southwestern suburb. Two of them were captured by our forces, then clashes broke out and continued until the midnight, where various weapons were used,” Gaban said.

The official confirmed that three ISIS militants were injured in the clashes. “The terror group was forced to withdraw from the area on Saturday midnight,” the YPG spokesman said.

Last week, ISIS jihadis launched a similar operation in the Nassriya village in Kobane countryside and killed over ten people, mostly civilians. Then clashes erupted between the militants and the Kurdish forces, where at least three ISIS militants were killed and one YPG fighter was injured, before the group retreated from the village towards its strongholds in Jarablus city west of Kobane.
Posted by: badanov || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

ISIS Homs Emir has a Very Bad Day
[ARA News] HOMS – A prominent militant leader from the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group was reported dead after an airstrike hit an ISIS tactical unit in Syria’s central province of Homs.

Amro al-Abbassi, who had been promoted by ISIS supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as an Emir in Homs province, was killed in an airstrike on Friday midnight, local sources confirmed.

It was not immediately clear whether the strike that killed al-Abbassi was conducted by the U.S.-led coalition or Russia.

“He had led several battles against the regime troops and moderate rebels in Homs over more than a year,” rights activist Sarwat al-Shami told ARA News in Homs. “His death could have serious consequences for ISIS forces in the province.”

Al-Abbassi was accused of abducting several western journalists and aid workers in Syria, including the American journalist James Foley and British aid worker Alan Henning –both beheaded by ISIS in 2014.
Posted by: badanov || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Syria Rebels Take Border Crossing from IS
[An Nahar] Two Syrian opposition monitoring groups say rebel fighters have seized the Syrian side of a major Syria-Iraq border crossing from 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....

Fighters from the New Syria Army militia took the Tanaf border crossing Friday night, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

The Local Coordination Committees network reported Saturday that one IS fighter was killed in the fighting and several more were maimed.

The IS group had controlled the crossing, located in the Homs province in southeast Syria, since government forces withdrew in May 2015.

The Observatory says the rebel fighters had crossed into Syria from Jordan, suggesting they are backed by the United States.
Rudaw adds:
Al-Tanf also known as Tadmur is considered ISIS's biggest concentration in central Syria and it is only 240 km (150 miles) from Palmyra.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Terror Networks
US, allies conduct 14 strikes against IS: US military
[AlAhram] The 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 turbans in Iraq with 12 strikes on Friday and two in Syria, the US military said on Saturday.

Two of the strikes in Iraq were near Ramadi, hitting two IS tactical units and a tunnel.

One of the strikes in Syria destroyed two IS fighting positions near Palmyra, the military said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/06/2016 06:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [237 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  When I was in, a "fighting position" was a hole with some sandbags. If you had time and the inclination, you might have more sandbags and...overhead cover. Two guys in it.
Hope the ordnance they used wasn't real expensive.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 03/06/2016 19:18 Comments || Top||

Who's in the News
8Islamic State
3Govt of Pakistan
2Govt of Iran
2Govt of Saudi Arabia
1al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent
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Sun 2016-03-06
  Saudi Says it will Take Arms Bound for Lebanon
Sat 2016-03-05
  Taliban says will not take part in Afghan peace talks
Fri 2016-03-04
  Fresh tunnel dug from Pak to RS Pura to push fidayeens detected
Thu 2016-03-03
  Gulf nations declare Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist organization
Wed 2016-03-02
  France pushes ahead with 'Jungle' migrant camp clearance after clashes
Tue 2016-03-01
  Taseer's killer Mumtaz Qadri hanged
Mon 2016-02-29
  Suicide attack thwarted in Kabul, 14-year-old would-be bomber arrested
Sun 2016-02-28
  Soddys intercept Iranian arms shipment to Yemen
Sat 2016-02-27
  Another suspected ISIS chemical weapons attack investigated in Kurdistan Region
Fri 2016-02-26
  Pakistan Starts ’Last Phase’ of anti-Militants Offensive
Thu 2016-02-25
  ISIS Fighters Claim Pakistan Funded Them
Wed 2016-02-24
  Iraqi koppers round up 35 in Babylon
Tue 2016-02-23
  US drone strike leaves 3 militants dead along Durand Line
Mon 2016-02-22
  Three Terrorist Attacks Target Sayyeda Zeinab Area in Rural Damascus, Kill 50
Sun 2016-02-21
  46 dead in Homs bomb attack

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