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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1482 views] Top|| File under:

Security forces kill 24 Daesh militants in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Security forces have killed 24 fighters of the terrorist group of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) which is also known by its Arabic name Daesh [Islamic State] 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..

The faceless myrmidons had reportedly planned attacks on security posts in Deh Sarak and Pansar areas of Achin district but security forces foiled their plan.

A counter attack was launched on them leaving 24 killed and their weapons destroyed.

Local officials said three dead bodies were left behind by the holy warriors on the attack sites.

Nangarhar is the stronghold of Daesh [Islamic State] in the eastern part of the country, with its center of command in Achin district, where the group is trying to establish a base of operations in its rugged mountains.

Coalition officials estimate between 1,000 to 3,000 Islamic State fighters are stationed in eastern Afghanistan.

Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: ISIL-K

Senior Taliban commander among 10 killed in police operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least ten Lions of Islam including a senior holy warrior commander were killed in latest clearance operations by the Afghan National Police (ANP) forces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said.

A statement by MoI said the operations were conducted in Balkh, Takhar and Kapisa provinces of the country in the past 24 hours.

The statement further added that a holy warrior was also injured and seven others were incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
and some weapons were seized by the security forces.

Two Taliban forces of Evil were killed during an operation in Kishindih district of Balkh, MoI said, adding that 7 others were arrested and 2 Ak-47 rifles along 5,000 rounds of PK machine gun ammunition were confiscated.

In a separate operation in Darqad district of Takhar province, seven Lions of Islam were killed and 2 rocket launchers and an Ak-47 rifle was confiscated, MoI added.

A senior Taliban capo identified as Musafir was killed and one of his lover companions was injured, MoI said, adding that the police forces did not suffer any casualties during the operations.

Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

19 Taliban insurgents killed in separate clashes in Helmand
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 19 Taliban holy warriors were killed in separate festivities in the restive Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province in southern Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 10 holy warriors were killed in an operation in Greshk district which was conducted with the support of the Afghan National Police (ANP) forces.

MoD further added that 9 turbans were killed in a separate operation in Khanshin district during an operation which was launched in response to Taliban fire on Afghan army.

At least 11 Taliban holy warriors were also maimed during the same operation, MoD said, adding that the security personnel and local residents did not suffer any casualties.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed turbans are openly operating in its various districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

The Afghan armed forces were forced to a tactical retreat from certain posts in the volatile districts of Helmand recently, a move that the defense officials said was aimed at bolstering the security of central military bases.

...back at the comedy club, Boogie sadly admitted that he was a better peeping Tom than he was a comedian...
the Talibs launched a coordinated attack on a number of governmental compounds in Greshk district on Wednesday which lasted until early Friday before all 10 jacket wallahs were rubbed out by the security personnel.

Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Afghan army kill 41 militants after deadly Taliban infighting in Herat
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 41 Taliban murderous Moslems were killed during an operation by the Afghan national security forces in western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province of Afghanistan, the defense officials said.

The latest casualties to the Taliban murderous Moslems during the Afghan forces operations comes days after the Taliban murderous Moslems suffered heavy casualties during infighting which lasted for several days.

Led by the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces, the operation was conducted in Shindand district where at least 200 Taliban murderous Moslems were killed during infighting last week.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 50 Taliban murderous Moslems were also maimed during the same operation.

The latest festivities between the Taliban factions follows almost three months after a similar clash broke out between the rival groups in this province.

The Taliban factions are occasionally engaging in deadly infighting, mainly due to differences over the group’s leadership, which changed following the death of the group’s founder Mullah Mohammad Omar.

...back at the hanging, Butch continued with his last words, trying not to repeat himself too often......
reports also emerged last week suggesting that two top Taliban leaders, Mullah Malik and Mullah Wakil, were killed in the infighting.

The two Taliban factions involved in the deadly infighting were led by Mullah Samad and Mullah Nangialai.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the infighting so far which comes as the group’s insurgency has been rampant across the country during.

Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Rada commander shot dead in Tripoli
[Libya Herald] A Rada (“deterrence” forces) commander was killed in in a shooting incident in Tripoli yesterday. According to the Rada Facebook page, Lieutenant Abdulmuttalib Bourguiba was shot dead by while chasing a group of “wanted criminals”.

They had fled to one of the city’s residential areas, it said but did not name it nor who was being chased. According to sources, he had been based in the downtown area.

From Tripoli’s eastern suburb of Suq Al-Juma, he was buried there after sunset prayers.
Posted by: badanov || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under:

UNSMIL calls for Benghazi ceasefire as fresh fighting flares in south of the city
There has been heavy clashes today between the Libyan army and militants in the Tika area, at the southern approach to Benghazi. The fighting started early this morning, drawing in units from the 204 Tank brigade as well as brigades 302, 304 and 308. Heavy clashes continued throughout the morning which one LNA soldier killed and eight wounded. The army, however, are claiming three militants killed, one of them an Egyptian.

Tika, near Garyounis and Gwarsha, is reported this evening to be still dominated by militant forces.

Meanwhile the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has called for a temporary ceasefire in the city to enable local humanitarian organisations provide for desperately-needed supplies of food and medical supplies to be delivered to the few remaining residents in Ganfouda and Gwarsha, the last remaining militant strongholds. It also wants to be able to organise the exit of civilian families who it believes are still in the two areas.
Posted by: badanov || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under:

IS forces at Mizdah surrounded, claims LNA amid continued fighting
Fighting between gunmen from the so-called Islamic State (IS) and units of the Libyan National Army south of Mizdah, on the Tripoli-Sebha road, has continued today for the fourth day. According to a source within the LNA, it now has the IS force of some 150 men surrounded.

The fighting started on Thursday when IS set up a roadblock some 60 kilometres south of Mizdah (itself 170 kilometres south of Tripoli). It then arrested around ten people travelling along the road. All were released apart from a traffic police official named as Major Amr Bakoush. He has not been heard of since. A colleague with him managed to escape, however.

The IS forces were then attacked by units from the LNA, mainly Zintanis and Wirshefana.

In the subsequent fighting some five LNA soldiers are reported to have been killed, two of them yesterday, both said to be Zintanis.

The LNA source reports that the army has helicopter support from Wattiya airbase. It is being used to provide details of IS positions and movement, but there have been no air strikes.

The checkpoint set up by IS is some 40 kilometres south of the junction with the road leading to Nisma and Bani Walid. IS units are said to have been active along it and in the surrounding area for the past few weeks.

On Wednesday, reports of the Mizdah incident became confused with a IS operation at another checkpoint, in this case near Abugrein, 140 kilometres south of Misrata. The area is the frontline between the Misratans and IS. The village of Abugrein is reported in IS hands but the checkpoint, some ten kilometres to the west, is controlled by the Misratans.

Following a largely ineffective airstrike from Misrata on Sirte, IS forces launched a revenge attack on the checkpoint, killing three guards. A fourth, who as seriously injured, subsequently succumbed to his wounds.
Posted by: badanov || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Subsaharan
40 killed as troops destroy Boko Haram’s camp
[THEEAGLEONLINE.NG] Following reliable information on the presence of some Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
terrorists, troops of the 113 Battalion conducted a fighting patrol to Dunga general area on Thursday during which they discovered and destroyed a Boko Haram terrorists’ camp at Alajeri village in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.

In the operation, the troops killed 40 Boko Haram terrorists.

The troops also captured one General Purpose Machine Gun, one Rocket Propelled Grenade 7, six AK-47 rifles, two Fabrique Nationale rifles, 10 magazines, 188 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
) ammunition and 64 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.

Other items recovered by the troops included three mobile phones, six copies of the Holy Koran and 20 cycle of violences.

The troops, according to the front man of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman, are in high spirits because of the success of the operation, coupled with the fact that there was no casualty or injury on the part of the troops.

Osman added: "Operations to clear all known Boko Haram hard boyz camps and hideouts are ongoing as troops remain committed to the clearance and apprehension of the Boko Haram hard boyz in the country."

Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Nigerian army captures Boko Haram member, rescues 3-year old girl
[AFRICANEWS] The Nigerian army has rescued a three year old girl from the hands of Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
holy warriors at a village in the Kukuwa Local Government Area (LGA) of embattled Borno State.

One Boko Haram member was killed whiles another was captured alive by the troops during a heated encounter.

According to Army spokesperson, Colonel Sani Usman, ‘‘the troops also recovered ammunition and other items from the terrorists; amongst others 1 AK-47 rifle, 3 rifle magazines, 1 Hewlett Packard laptop, 2 External hard drives, a pair military and Nigeria Police camouflage uniform, a camel bag, 3 mini solar panels, assorted charms, fishing nets and soldering iron.

In another operation, the Army reports that its Quick Reaction Force on a routine fighting patrol had also killed three Boko Haram fighters who were moving on cycle of violences along the Kekeno axis linking Dabam Masara.

‘‘During the pursuit, troops killed 2 Boko Haram holy warriors and recovered 2 AK-47 rifles, 3 cycle of violences and one tear gas from the terrorists. Other items recovered include 4 mobile telephone handsets, assorted sizes of bathroom slippers, food flasks, plastic cups, amongst others,’‘ an Army statement read.
Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Yemeni Army, Committees Target Saudi-led Mercenaries in Taiz, Jawf
The Yemeni army and popular committees launched on Friday a rocketry attack on a gathering of vehicles for the Saudi-led mercenaries in Thobab area in Taiz province, killing scores of terrorists.

The Yemeni army and popular committees also struck a terrorist assembly in Shajara post in al-Jawf province.
Posted by: badanov || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

6,300 national resistance fighters join govt security forces
More than 6,300 Yemeni fighters from the pro-government National Resistance Forces have so far joined the government's security forces, Yemeni Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Major General Hussain Mohammed Arab announced Thursday.
So instead of being guys with guns, they're now guys with guns and new uniforms...
"We take great interest in enforcing peace and stability in all the country's governorates and not only in Aden," the Saudi state news agency SPA quoted the Yemeni minister as saying.

Arab made the remarks as he opened a special training course at Al Nasr camp in Aden.
Posted by: badanov || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under:

Pro-Hadi forces break Houthi ‘siege’ on Yemen’s Taiz
[AA.TR] Forces loyal to Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi say they have partially broken a months-long ‘siege’ by the Shia Houthi murderous Moslem group on the southwestern city of Taiz.

"The siege of Taiz has been broken from the city’s southwest by the national army... along with popular resistance forces," the city’s pro-Hadi military council tweeted late Friday.

Taiz’s strategically important southwestern entrance -- which links it to the southern Lahij and Aden provinces -- had been one of three main city entrances held by the Houthis and allied forces loyal to former President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
The southwestern entrance was reportedly secured Friday by pro-Hadi forces following three days of fierce fighting with the Houthis and their allies.

Earlier Friday, pro-Hadi forces claimed to have scored other victories west of Taiz, where they said they had retaken several Houthi-held positions.

On Friday evening, Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
murderous Moslems reportedly staged several attacks on the eastern side of Taiz -- where local witnesses reported hearing violent kabooms -- in hopes of offsetting losses sustained to the west of the city.

Al Arabiya sez 50 dead in Taiz battles so far

[AlArabiy] Clashes intensified on Friday between Shiite rebels and local fighters in the besieged city of Taiz, killing at least 45 fighters on both sides and six civilians over the past 24 hours.

The city has seen heavy fighting between rebels known as Houthis and local resistance units financed and armed by the Saudi-led coalition that is backing Yemen’s internationally recognized government.

The local fighters have been advancing and have taken control of Taiz’s western outskirts.

The medical officials said Friday that most of the 45 killed over the past 24 hours died in airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition. They also said that six civilians were killed in random shelling of residential areas. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

According to witnesses, Islamic militants who are fighting next to the local resistance have kidnapped a number of Houthi supporters and members of the ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s party in the city of Taiz after storming their houses and shops.

Al-Qaeda in Yemen has posted videos before for its operations in Taiz. The group, along with Salafis, has been fighting side-by-side with the local resistance fighters.

The Houthis have besieged Taiz, widely known as Yemen’s cultural center, for over a year now. Saudi-led coalition launched an extensive air campaign and send ground troops to roll back Houthis.
Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Europe's migrants and their colonizing predecessors
Teen Girls Charged in France over 'Concert Hall Attack Plot'

[AnNahar] Two teenage girls have been charged in France with allegedly plotting to assault a Paris concert hall some four months after the nation's deadliest terror attacks, legal sources said Saturday. The girls, 15 and 17 years old, exchanged messages on Facebook in which they claimed they wanted to launch an attack similar to those in November that targeted the Bataclan concert venue as well as bars, restaurants and a football stadium, police said.

The girls were arrested Wednesday and appeared before an anti-terror judge on Friday on charges of criminal conspiracy in connection with a terrorist undertaking. Paris prosecutors said the discussions of the attack were in the preliminary stage and "neither weapons, nor explosive substances have been discovered."

Pressed for papers, Egyptian migrant jumps from German train to death

[AlAhram] An Egyptian teenager, discovered hiding beneath a bench on a German night train, jumped out of a window and died after officials asked to see his papers, German police said on Friday. The 17-year-old man handed the officials migration documents, issued in Austria and identifying him as an Egyptian national, during checks on a night train early on Friday morning near the German-Austrian border. While police were looking at his papers, the young man escaped into another compartment, opened the window and jumped out of the moving train, two young American women who witnessed the incident told the police.

Police closed the tracks and discovered the body.

Federal police had registered the man on the German-Austrian border a few weeks ago and sent him back to Austria, a Munich police spokesman said.

12/03/2016 - VIENNA, Austria - Arrests Made After Migrant Gang War Attacks
Two Afghani migrants have been arrested in connection with what has been called a gang war on the streets of Vienna last weekend. The 18 and 20 year old men were arrested in a Vienna apartment and have admitted to being at the scene. They have both denied participation in the attack on a rival Chechen gang which saw multiple stabbings occur, reports Kronen Zeitung.

12/03/2016 – ST. JOHANN, Austria – 15 year old abused by marijuana migrants
A 15 year old Afghani migrant was sexually abused by several other migrant teens after they had smoked an unknown quantity of marijuana. The victim was threatened at knife-point and abused by four attackers in a sports field with another migrant filming the entire ordeal on his smartphone. Police have so far arrested 2 of the attackers and say the other three are being sought in connection with the crime, reports Kleine Zeitung.

12/03/2016 – BAUTZEN, Germany – German President Told to “Get Out” By Angry Locals
German Federal President, Joachim Gauck, paid a visit to the Saxon town of Bautzen to talk about the migrant crisis ahead of this Sunday’s regional elections. Locals met the president with cheers of “Gauck get out” and “Gauck disappear.” Around 30 people protested the visit and the President said he may look at filing charges against the demonstrators for “abusing” him reports Spiegel.
Who's he think he is? Erdogan?
The Daily Mail:
Revealed: Now migrants in squalid Macedonia camp are CUTTING HOLES in the fence on Greece border and sneaking into Europe
Determined migrants are cutting holes in the fence on the Greece-Macedonia border and sneaking through in groups of 10, a border guard has revealed, speaking to MailOnline.
I'm shocked. Don't they understand the rules?
Germany deports 806 Albanian asylum-seekers

[IsraelTimes] The German Embassy in Tirana says that 806 Albanians were repatriated from Germany last week after their asylum requests were rejected. An embassy statement says that the number of Albanian deportations from Germany this year is about 3,400, part of a total of 55,000 who asked for asylum in 2015. Last year, Albanians were the fourth-biggest group of asylum-seekers in Germany after Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis, in search of better living standards and jobs.
Even the safe, beautiful world of fashion is responding to the new reality:
Combat boots and bowlers: Chanel women dress for 'not that sweet' world

[AlAhram] Veteran Chanel designer, Karl Lagerfeld, sent his models down the catwalk on Tuesday ready for a world that is "not that sweet" in black leather combat-style boots with hard and flattened bowler-shaped hats.

High heels were nowhere to be seen as models walked for half a mile, snaking around rows of gilded chairs to the sound of techno music.

"Women need to be ready to defend themselves ... in a world that is not that sweet," Lagerfeld, 82, told Reuters after the show. "It's not the bourgeois cocktail hat, the ladylike hat, this is another kind of hat, I wouldn't say aggressive, but more protective."
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under:

The Grand Turk
Dozens dead after explosion rocks Turkish capital
Posted by: Frank G || 03/13/2016 15:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [748 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Kurds, Russians, ISIS or false flag?
Posted by: AlanC || 03/13/2016 16:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes
Posted by: Frank G || 03/13/2016 16:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Kurds, Russians, ISIS or false flag

Russians may give money/weapons to PKK but would not participate directly.
Why would ISIS attack it's benefactors?
Nobody criticized Turkey treatment of Kurds recently, so why false flag?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/13/2016 16:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Erdogan is railing against the Courts - "National Security issues" would allow him to "temporarily" remove their power to, say, release inncoent journalists that report negatively on his power grabs. He could easily have his Islamist hacks do it - can you say "Reichstag"? I knew you could
Posted by: Frank G || 03/13/2016 16:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Touche
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/13/2016 16:35 Comments || Top||

#6  I imagine Erdogan spent his time growing up reading about the Reichtag Mire.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 03/13/2016 17:06 Comments || Top||

#7  Erdogan could make a dictatorship, with draconian measures, but it won't stop attacks against Turkey. When one wacks the Russian Bear by shooting down a Russian warplane, the Russian Bear wacks back. Erdogan royally shat in his messkit. He is on his own.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/13/2016 23:02 Comments || Top||

Great White North
Canadian Charged with Trying to Join Terror Group
Another rube self-identifies. Was his name among the 22,000 recently reported?.
[AnNahar] Canadian authorities have charged a Quebec man for attempting to leave the country to take part in a terrorist group, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Friday.

Ismail Habib, 28, was also charged with making a false statement to obtain a passport, the RCMP added.

He faces 10 years in prison.

"This case clearly demonstrates that the RCMP and its partners are committed to investigating and prosecuting those who threaten Canada's national security," police Assistant Commissioner James Malizia said.

Habib, who has an Afghan father and a Canadian mother, was trying to reach Syria, where his wife and 5-year-old daughter have been living for a year, local media reported.
They've been without his protection for a long time -- is he sure they still are his?
The authorities had revoked his passport in 2012 after he was detained in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and deported to Canada.

Habib was charged under Canada's terrorism act, which enables the authorities to bring charges against anyone suspected of participating in the activity of a terrorist group.

It also applies to cases in which a person "leaves or attempts to leave Canada."

The authorities have detained several Canadians, including minors, during the past two years for attempting to join the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group (IS).

In March last year, a 17-year-old was detained in the western province of Alberta. A month later, a girl and her companion, both 18, were indicted for attempting to leave the country to commit a terrorist act abroad, the RCMP said.

The two were enrolled in the same Montreal high school attended by five students from a group of seven second-generation immigrants colonists who boarded a flight bound for Istanbul and eventually Syria to join IS fighters, according to the authorities.
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Suspect held with walkie-talkie, grenades in Zhob
ZHOB: Security forces in an action arrested a suspect and recovered arms from his possession.

According to reports, security forces in an action in Gul Kach area of Zhob arrested a suspected man. The forces also seized five grenades, walkie-talkie and hundreds of rounds from his possession. He was shifted to unidentified place for further interrogation.
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Police claim killing two AQIS militants
KARACHI: The counter-terrorism department of the city police claimed on Saturday night to have killed two suspected militants in an encounter in Quaidabad area.

The CTD personnel, helped by an intelligence agency, conducted a raid on a militant hideout during which they came under attack. In an ensuing battle, two suspects got killed.

A senior police officer, who wished not to be named, told Dawn that the killed militants belonged to the Al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent (AQIS). The officer described those killed as “high-value target”.

Published in Dawn, March 13th, 2016
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US Used Intel Frm Captured ISIS To Strike Two Chem Weapons Facilities
[Daily Caller] The Islamic State’s captured chemical weapons chief provided intelligence to U.S. military officials that allowed Operation Inherent Resolve forces to conduct air strikes against two ISIS chemical weapons factories, the Pentagon revealed in a press conference Friday.

Sleiman Daoud al-Afari, the head of the ISIS chemical weapons program, was captured by U.S. special operators near the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar in February and held for two weeks before he was turned over to the Iraqi government. Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren confirmed during a press briefing that two strikes on ISIS chemical weapons factories near the Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday and Tuesday were due to information obtained from al-Afari.

ISIS chemical weapons capability in Mosul has been of some concern due to the fact that Mosul University is known to have chemistry equipment that could be utilized to produce chemical weapons.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/13/2016 03:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  "Why did the crazy Americans blew up my hummus factory?"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/13/2016 3:53 Comments || Top||

#2  ...cause the Baby Milk factory had closed due to the ongoing local armed festivities?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/13/2016 10:30 Comments || Top||

#3  ..as had the Chinese Embassy.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/13/2016 10:31 Comments || Top||

32 ISIS troops die in attacks on Kobane
ARA News

KOBANE – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) reported Saturday death of dozens of militants from the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group in the countryside of Kobane in northern Syria.

The YPG’s Media Center said in a statement that the Kurdish fighters have deterred several car bomb attacks near the Tishreen Dam south of Kobane.

“ISIS terrorists launched an excessive assault from the western side of the Euphrates River on headquarters of the YPG in the area between Jarablus and the Tishreen dam.”

The statement added that the YPG forces were able to destroy more than five ISIS vehicles before reaching their targets.

YPG spokesman Sarhad Abbas told ARA News: “Subsequent to the attacks, clashes broke out between our forces and ISIS terrorists in the vicinity of Tishreen Dam.”

The clashes, which continued until Saturday midnight, resulted in the death of 32 ISIS militants, according to the Kurdish official.

Abbas added that four YPG fighters were killed and seven others were wounded, before the Kurdish units were able to drive ISIS from the area.

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo

Source: ARA News
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Turkish airstrikes kill 67 Kurd kommies
(IraqiNews.com) On Saturday the Turkish military claimed, that 67 Kurdish militants were killed during aerial strikes on military camps and stores of weapons north of Iraq.

The Turkish military pointed out that Turkish warplanes targeted sites in Qandil, Matina, Afasin, Haftanin and Basiyan used by the PKK militants.

On the other hand, Turkish officials said that a bomb blast of which the PKK militants were accused had targeted an armored vehicle belonging to the police near the Turkish-Iraqi border yesterday on Friday, while added that two elements of a special force belonging to the police were wounded in the explosion that took place on a road in Hakari region.
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Kirkuk Kombat Chronicle: 14+ die
14 ISIS Bad Guys die fighting Iraqi militia

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – An informed source in Kirkuk province said on Saturday, that 21 ISIS elements had been either killed or wounded during armed clashes between clan fighters and the ISIS elements southwest of Kirkuk.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Today, violent clashes erupted between Arab clans and the ISIS elements in the vicinity of al-Riyad in the district of Hawija (45 km southwest of Kirkuk), resulting in the death of 14 [ISIS] elements and wounding 7 others.”

The source attributed the outbreak of clashes to “the state of hatred, anger and resentment by the people of the southern and western regions of Kirkuk because of the injustice of ISIS as well as the state of hunger and oppression in which they live.”

Iraqi kops stop attacks on oilfields

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – On Saturday, an informed source announced, that the so-called ISIS launched an attack on Ajil and Alas oil fields, while pointed out that the security forces foiled the attack and managed to kill 45 members belonging to ISIS.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today the security forces from the army, Federal Police and al-Hashd al-Shaabi managed to foil an attack launched by more than 150 fighters of ISIS on Ajil and Alas oil fields,” pointing out that, “The attack resulted in the killing of 25 ISIS members and wounding of 20 others.”

The source also pointed out, “15 members of the army, police and al-Hashd al-Shaabi were either killed or wounded in the attack,” adding that, “ISIS prepared for the attack two weeks ago, but the security forces managed to foil the attack and forced ISIS to retreat.”

Peshmerga shoot dead six ISIS suicide bombers west of Kirkuk

[Rudaw] A major suicide attack by Islamic State (ISIS) militants on Peshmerga defense lines south of Kirkuk was foiled Saturday morning, said the frontline commander.

“The militants were gunned down before they could detonate themselves,” commander Kamal Kirkuki told Rudaw.

Six ISIS suicide bombers attacked the Peshmerga base at around 3:30 am, whose bodies still lie there in the open field, said Kirkuki.

“The bodies of the suicide bombers were blown to pieces after they were shot,” he added. “If the Peshmerga had not killed the militants the attack would have caused serious casualties."

The frontline south and west of Kirkuk has experienced major confrontations between ISIS and Kurdish forces in the last two years. But the Peshmerga are well-prepared for such surprise attacks, said Kirkuki. He claimed that at least 6,000 ISIS militants have been killed on this front alone.
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#1  It seems like the news out of Iraq and Syria has a lot more stories of significant ISIS losses than in the past. Propaganda? Or degraded ISIS capability? Or more high risk/desperate ISIS attacks? Or a combination of all three? Or just my imagination?
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/13/2016 11:40 Comments || Top||

#2  The Peshmerga, doing the job Americans used to do, before Obama sold out.
Posted by: Angeger Elmarong9850 || 03/13/2016 14:24 Comments || Top||

Iraqi forces advance against ISIL in Anbar
[Hurriyet Daily News] Iraqi forces retook a town 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....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Anbar province on March 10 and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the Euphrates valley, a security front man said.

"Counter-terrorism forces and army troops liberated the Zankura area in a swift military operation," Sabah al-Noman, front man of the elite Counter-Terrorism Service, told AFP.

"They evacuated 10,000 people who were transferred to a safe area," he said.

An army colonel in the region said they would be offered first aid and then taken to camps for displaced people.

Zankura lies on a bend in the Euphrates river northwest of Ramadi, capital of Anbar province that Iraqi forces brought under full control last month.

7 ISIS Bad Guys die

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A source in Borders Guards Command in Anbar Province announced on Saturday, that seven members of the so-called ISIS were killed in armed confrontations against the security forces on the Saudi-Iraqi borders west of Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad).

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Armed clashes erupted, at noon today, between the security forces and ISIS members, after attacking al-Majna border point in Arar area on the Iraqi-Saudi borders (460 km west of Ramadi),” pointing out that, “The security forces managed to kill seven members of ISIS and destructed a vehicle mounted with a machine gun.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The security forces strengthened their presence in Arar border points, and along the border strip between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in anticipation of similar terrorist attacks.”

Iraqi warbird hammer ISI targets in Khalidiya Island

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Head of Khalidiya District Council in Anbar Province Ali Dawood announced on Saturday, that the international coalition aviation shelled targets belonging to the so-called ISIS in Khalidiya Island east of Ramadi.

Dawood said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces from the Anti-Terrorism Directorate, tribal fighters, in addition to the army’s 8th and 10th brigades are continuing their military operations to liberate the areas and villages of Khalidiya Island.”

Dawood added, “Today the international coalition aviation shelled a number of targets belonging to ISIS in Khalidiya Island, destructing the targets, killing dozens of ISIS members and inflicting heavy losses on them.”

Iraqi military commander killed by ISIS sniper in Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – A security source in Anbar province said on Saturday, that the army commander of the 30th Regiment was killed by an ISIS sniper south of Falujah.

The source said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The commander of the army’s 30th Regiment General Officer Zana Khalil had been killed by a sniper belonging to the ISIS in the area of Albu Daeg (23 km south of Fallujah,” pointing out that, “A security force transfered the body of the regiment’s commander to the forensic medicine authority.”

“The area of Albu Daeg is controlled by the army and police,” the source also added.
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Iraq: Injury toll in Daesh toxic gas attack rises to 670
[AA.TR] The injury toll in a Daesh [Islamic State] suspected toxic attack south of Kirkuk has risen to 670, Iraqi Turkmen Front said in a statement Saturday.

A child also died in the incident, while out of the 670 people injured, seven are said to be at death's door, who were transferred to medical facilities in Baghdad, the statement added.

"This heinous action is a clear proof that this organization is targeting the presence of Turkmen in Iraqi territories," it said.

The front urged the central government and the international coalition forces to intervene "immediately and rapidly to liberate the Turkmen village of al-Bashir to avoid the risk of targeting the people in Taza Khurmatu, Turkmen area".

It also demanded from the "Iraqi Environment Directorate to act urgently and immediately in order to address the environmental pollution as a result of these chemical attacks".

Abdul Hadi Mohan, member of a health and environment committee at the Iraqi parliament, said Friday: "The first death [took place] as a result of the attack of Daesh [Islamic State] last Tuesday evening in the area of Taza Khurmatu, to the south of Kirkuk province, by missiles carrying toxic gases; it also maimed more than 400 people".

Torhan al-Mufti, higher coordination committee secretary in the Iraqi Council of Ministers, said Saturday that a delegation of Taza Khurmatu met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and discussed the security situation of the area in the aftermath of the toxic gas attack.
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Policeman shot in Narathiwat ambush
[Bangkok Post] A police officer was seriously injured in an attack by motorcycle gunmen on a police post in Narathiwat province. The shooting took place at a security post in Rangae district on Friday afternoon in full view of passers-by.

Four men aboard two motorcycles with no license plates passed the post and two of them fired eight shots at Pol L/C Wichitsak Phetcharat. One shot hit him in the right arm. The attackers fled.

The wounded officer and four colleagues who were inside the post did not return fire for fear stray bullets might hit people nearby.
Security camera footage captured the four attackers, with the two drivers wearing full-face crash helmets. One of the gunmen wore an Islamic tunic and his face was not covered.
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Another Iranian commander killed in Syria
[Rudaw] Another commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) paramilitary was killed in Syria according to the Iranian press.

General Hassan Ali Shamsabadi was reportedly killed late on Wednesday while, according to an Iranian press report quoted by NOW Leb, undertaking an "advisory mission" in the war-torn country. A mere day after he had officially retired.

The report claimed he was defending Shiite shrines in Syria when killed. However the Syrian opposition say he was killed in fighting near Aleppo. An area where most of the 180+ Iranians to have died in Syria have been killed to date.

His death comes one monther after another IRGC commander, Brigadier General Mohsen Qaryajan, was killed in a similar mission in Syria.

Tehran has long insisted that it only sends its paramilitary soldiers to Syria in an advisory role. Not as combat troops.

Iran, along with its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, have fully supported the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators...
in the Syrian conflict since it began. Hezbollah has lost as many as 1,300 of its members since it intervened in mid-2013 to assist that regime against its various armed enemies.
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#1  I'm beginning to wonder.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/13/2016 5:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Brigadier General

killed on the front lines
Posted by: lord garth || 03/13/2016 7:30 Comments || Top||

#3  That's what I'm wondering about.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/13/2016 9:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Posthumous promotion? Otherwise, I agree. They have been losing a suspiciously high number of senior, field grade & flag rank officers.

Purging of the officer corps soviet style, then attributing them to "enemy action"?
Posted by: Nguard || 03/13/2016 10:21 Comments || Top||

#5  "General, you will lead the next attack on ISIS. Here is your knife. Make it count!"
Posted by: Steve White || 03/13/2016 13:15 Comments || Top||

al-Nusra troops battle it out with rebels in Idlib
ARA News

ERBIL – The U.S.-backed FSA-group ‘Division 13’ launched raids on the Al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) on Saturday after tensions between opposition supporters and Nusra in Idlib last Friday.

“Division 13 is a FSA group that is backed by Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and received U.S.-delivered TOW anti-tank rockets,” Nusra member Abu Saeed al-Holandi told ARA News in Idlib.

The TOW-rockets played a major role in expelling the Syrian government from the province of Idlib.

Nusra Front said it would do everything necessary to defend areas under its control in northern Syria, after being attacked by the moderate Free Syrian Army (FSA) group on Saturday.

Division 13 shares a presence with the Nusra Front in several areas in northern Syria.

“In an unexpected step, and in a difficult time in the blessed Syrian revolution, all were surprised by the faction ‘Division 13’ raiding the headquarters of Jabhat al-Nusra in the city of Maarat al-Numan,” said the Nusra front in an official statement.

“And they were not sufficed with that; rather they (as well) raided some of the houses of members of Jabhat al-Nusra in the city,” the Nusra front said.

“We don’t attack the FSA, and they fought the regime. The province of Idlib is almost completely liberated from the regime, apart from two small villages,” the Nusra fighter Abu Saeed al-Holandi told ARA News.

However, supporters of the FSA accuse the Nusra Front of attacking anti-regime protests, following the cessation of hostilities on 27 February.

“There is a lot of popular anger within the opposition over Jabhat al-Nusra’s aggressive activities toward more secular-oriented demonstrators, which has led to calls for action from within the moderate opposition for protesters to be protected from Jabhat al-Nusra,” said Nicholas Heras, a Washington-based Middle East researcher at the Centre for a New American Security.

“Division 13 is one of the most influential rebel groups in northern Syria and it has significant tensions with Jabhat al-Nusra over how to build governance in rebel-ruled areas,” he added.

Experts suspect that more clashes will erupt in the province of Aleppo between FSA groups and the Nusra Front.

“These clashes are the result of long-boiling anger within the armed opposition as a result of Jabhat al-Nusra trying to muscle into the moderate armed opposition’s turf, and from it trying to dominate civil society in rebel-ruled areas,” Heras told ARA News.

The Nusra front called on the FSA to stop the internal fighting.

“And we call upon all of the wise ones to rectify the situation to save the blood, and to correct the direction of the rifles of the Mujahideen,” Nusra said in the officially released statement.

But it will be difficult for the FSA to stop the fight with Nusra due to Western pressure on the FSA to push them to fight against Jihadist groups.

“The moderate rebels are under a lot of pressure to demonstrate that they can confront al-Qaeda and prevent it from entrenching its power in rebel-controlled Syria,” Heras added.

“The two have long been competing for influence there and in the surrounding areas. As long as the truce persists and demonstrations continue, clashes will continue,” Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, research fellow at the Middle East Forum, told ARA News.

“There will be localized clashes, but not necessarily full-blown civil war. In Maarat al-Numan it’s easier to take on Nusra as Division 13 is stronger and there isn’t a Jaysh al-Fatah administration,” he added.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News
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ISIL Threatens Lebanese Government and Army
[ALMANAR.LB] As its losses in Qalmoun-Arsal barrens inflicted by Hezbollah and the Lebanese army have augmented, ISIL terrorist group threatened, in a video, the Lebanese army and security forces as well as the governmental officials.

Two of the group's militants, thought to be Lebanese, appeared in the video to say that sooner or later ISIL will revenge for it losses by striking the Lebanese security forces, political elite and the resistance fighters.
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Rockets from Syria hit Turkish border city
[Hurriyet Daily News] A rocket fired from Syria hit the garden of a gendarmerie dormitory in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's Kilis on March 12 as another hit a spot near a court building in the southeastern border province, Anadolu Agency has reported.

The rocket that fell to the garden did not explode but caused damage on a building.

Security forces launched inspections and took measures at the scene.

No casualties were reported.

Two people were killed, including a toddler, while two others have been maimed as eight Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rocket projectiles hit Kilis on March 8. The military fired back at ISIL targets within the rules of engagement.
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Turkey bombards Daesh positions in northern Syria
[AA.TR] Turkish artillery fired on Daesh [Islamic State] positions in Syria on Saturday, a security source said.

Units based in Kilis province fired at targets around Azaz, a town around five kilometers (three miles) to the south of the border, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

The source did not identify any particular threat leading up to the bombardment or say what targets were hit.

Two rockets fired from Syria landed close to an army barracks, police headquarters and court house in Kilis Saturday. A third rocket landed in a farm land in the province, security source added. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Authorities in the area took measures to tighten security. Bomb-dismantling experts also started a large scale search operation in the area.

On Tuesday, a woman and child were killed when rockets fired from Syria landed in Kilis.
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Syrian MiG-21 shot down over Hama
First combat aircraft loss by the Syrian Army since the start of 2016.

Machine translated from Russian language

The pilot of the MiG-21US military-air forces of Syria died after having been shot down in the province of Hama, a second pilot ejected safely. Refined data, as reported by RIA Novosti news agency Sputnik gave a Syrian military source.

According to him, after a Syrian Air Force plane was shot down, one pilot ejected and landed in the village of al-Maguire, which is controlled by the army. "The co-pilot attempted an emergency landing at a military airfield Ham. The landing was unsuccessful, and the pilot was killed ", - he added.

Earlier, a source in the Syrian army reported that insurgents shot down a MiG-21 near the airport in the province of Hama and killed the pilot during the descent by parachute. The MiG-21US modification takes two pilots - in contrast to the base aircraft model, which is being piloted by one pilot.
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Video, allegedly of the shoot down
Posted by: badanov || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [352 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Libyan connection?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/13/2016 16:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Jeez, I'd love one of those. Before it was shot down of course.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 03/13/2016 23:32 Comments || Top||

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US, allies conduct 17 strikes against Islamic State
[Ynet] The United States and its allies on Friday 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....
bandidos bandidos Death Eaters in Iraq with nine strikes and eight in Syria, the US military said on Saturday.

Five of the strikes in Iraq were near Ramadi, hitting three separate Islamic State tactical units and an Islamic State fighting position.

In Syria, four of the strikes were near Mar'a, hitting 10 Islamic State fighting positions and two weapons caches.
Elsewhere ghosts are roaming the night, but hopefully we won't hear much about them.
Posted by: trailing wi || 03/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

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