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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 03/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [2273 views] Top|| File under:


-Lurid Crime Tales-
NSA: Snowden Leaks Caused Loss of 1,000 Targets, Including Terrorists
[Breitbart] In an interview with National Public Radio, the deputy director of the National Security Agency Richard Ledgett claimed the NSA has lost track of about 1,000 intelligence targets since 2013 because of NSA leak Edward Snowden's revelations, including a terrorist group that was planning attacks against the United States and Europe.

The good news, in the deputy director's estimation, is that much of the information disclosed by Snowden is becoming obsolete. "The amount that matters from a technical capabilities sense has decreased over time," he told NPR.
Good news? "Technical capabilities" to include communications intercepts from non-secure Blackberries as well, but at this point....'what difference does it make?'
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/18/2016 02:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What an amazing coincidence. The alleged 'targeting loss' due to intelligence leaks appears to have begun in 2013, the same year that Clinton departed her job as Secretary of State.

Thank you Director Ledgett and NPR.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/18/2016 3:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Gosh, if the NSA hadn't spied on Americans none of this would have happened. Traitorous assholes.
Posted by: Elmavish Panda1401 || 03/18/2016 6:29 Comments || Top||

#3  How many of those "losses" were due to the targets being scared into hiding by the fact that the NSA was on to them?


Ditto #2.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/18/2016 7:00 Comments || Top||

#4  So, only 999 civilians, former girlfriends and grandmothers sharing cookie recipes.
Posted by: Iblis || 03/18/2016 9:07 Comments || Top||

#5  It's only a loss if you're willing to do something about it in the first place.
Posted by: gorb || 03/18/2016 10:59 Comments || Top||

#6  Gosh, if the NSA hadn't spied on Americans none of this would have happened. Traitorous assholes.

That's the word coming out of the Modern Warsaw Pact, I guess. Talk about the NSA's abuses while he's revealing details of spying on places like Indonesia, which has committed ethnic cleansing in the last twenty years.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 03/18/2016 18:51 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Afghan intelligence thwart suicide attack plot in Jalalabad city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan intelligence operatives thwarted another terrorist attack plot in Jalalabad city, the scenic provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province which has witnessed some deadly attacks during the recent months.

According to a statement by the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), two suspected gunnies were placed in durance vile
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
and a rickshaw vehicle packed with explosives was seized in connection to the latest attack plot.

The statement further added that the two gunnies were arrested during an operation from Surkh Rod district of Nangarhar province.

NDS said the suspects have been identified as Najibullah son of Shafta Gul and Reyazullah son of Najibullah who were looking to carry out suicide kaboom using the explosives-laden rickshaw in Jalalabd city.

This comes as the Afghan intelligence detained 7 suspected gunnies in connection to a coordinated suicide attack plot in Jalalabd city last week.

Without disclosing further information regarding the potential target of the myrmidons, NDS said the group was looking to launch the attack using assault rifles and rocket propelled grenade launcher.

The anti-government armed gunnies launched a coordinated attack on Indian consulate in Jalalabad city earlier this month, which left at least 3 dead and around 19 others maimed.

The gunnies also launched another attack in Jalalabad city back in January this year which left at least 13 dead and around 14 others maimed.

Posted by: Fred || 03/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network


7 ISIS loyalists, 3 public uprising forces killed in Nangarhar clash
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least seven loyalists of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed during a clash with the public uprising forces 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.

According to the local government officials, festivities between the two sides broke out after a group of ISIS turbans launched an attack on security posts of the public uprising forces.

The officials further added that the incident took place in Achin district which was once a stronghold of the terror group in this province.

The district administrative chief Haji Ghalib said the turbans affiliated with ISIS terror group launched the attack on security posts in Deh Sarak area around 11:00 pm local time.

He confirmed 7 ISIS loyalists were killed during the festivities and 3 members of the public uprising forces fighting the terror group bit the dust.

Militants affiliated with the ISIS terror group are occasionally conducting terror activities despite facing major setbacks during the recent months in Achin and Nazian districts of Nangarhar.

The provincial officials in Nangarhar province announced earlier this month that the counter-terrorism operations to suppress the activities of the terror group concluded after 21 days, leaving nearly 300 loyalists of the terror group were killed or maimed during the operations.

The operations were launched by the Afghan cops amid concerns that the loyalists of the terror group are establishing a regional operational base as they were attempting to consolidate operations with the terror group in Syria and Iraq.

The coalition officials estimated around 1,000 to 3,000 Islamic State fighters are stationed in in eastern Afghanistan and are trying to establish a base of operations in the rugged mountains of Nangahar Province.

Posted by: Fred || 03/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under: ISIL-K


Key Taliban leader involved in major attacks arrested in Ghazni
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A key Taliban capo involved in major terrorist activities has been tossed in the slammer
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Intelligence -- National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) said Qari Khalil-ur-Rehman was a senior Taliban capo was involved in organizing suicide kabooms and other terrorist activities in Ghazni city.

NDS further added that Qari Rehman was arrested during a special military operation conducted by the intelligence operatives.

No further details were given regarding the exact location and timing of the operation that led to the apprehension of Qari Rehman.

The intelligence agency also added that Qari Rehman was arrested in close cooperation with the local residents, preventing him to plan and coordinate further attacks in this province.

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

Ghazni is among the relatively volatile provinces in southeastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed bully boy groups including the Taliban holy warriors are actively operating in its various parts.

The holy warriors are mainly involved in carrying out kabooms and murders as well kidnappings in this province.
Posted by: Fred || 03/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


54 Taliban militants killed amid surging violence in Helmand province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 54 Talibs were killed in the latest wave of violence in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan, the defense authorities said Wednesday.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 3 faceless myrmidons were also maimed during the operations conducted in Khanshin and Nad-e-Ali districts.

According to an operational update by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), the Afghan army artillery and ground forces pounded the Taliban bandidos myrmidons in the two districts during the past 24 hours.

This comes as reports emerged earlier this week that the Talibs have taken control of Khanshin district following a coordinated attack.

According to the local authorities, the Talibs have overrun some security posts which were providing security to the district administrative compound.

The official further added that festivities still continue between the Talibs and the security forces after the control of the security posts were lost.

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

The Talibs have repeatedly launched coordinated attacks to capture key districts in Helmand province during the past several months.

Posted by: Fred || 03/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Shaboobs on the march in Nugal
Al shabaab terrorists militants have taken on Thursday the control of fresh villages in Nugal region, north-east of Somalia after ferocious battle with Puntland forces, reports said.

Local residents in Godob Jiran area near Eyl town told to the Radio Shabelle that the village is under al-Shabab terrorists fighters, adding that the terrorists militants cut off the telecommunication system in the village.

The Puntland’s Nugal region witnessed Al shabaab terrorist incursion, after boatlods of terrorists militants launched a seaborne attack on the coastal Gara’ad village, and seized it breifly this week.

Today’s battle for Godob Jiran has raged on for several hours as Puntland forces resisted the Al shabaab terrorist attack before the strategic village fell to the terrorists militants.

The terrorists militants have been pushed back into Suuj, 100km east of Eyl, the historical district in Nugal province and its neighbourhoods after attacks by Puntland forces.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Rahaila chairman kidnapped in Tripoli
Tripoli, 17 March 2016:

The wave of kidnappings in and around Tripoli continues. It was announced today that the chairman of Rahila fuel distribution company, Abdulati Al-Rafadi, disappeared yesterday while on his way home to Zawia. He is presumed to have been kidnapped. He was last seen outside his office in the capital’s Hay Andalus district around 1.30 pm.

In the current lawlessness of Libya, in Tripoli and to the west of it, the kidnappings are largely for ransom, with gangs aware they can act with impunity.

There has been no announcement so far as to whether a ransom has been demanded for Al-Rafadi.
Posted by: badanov || 03/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under:


Derna civil activist murdered
Tripoli, 16 March 2016:

Civil activist Abdul Basset Abu Al-Dahab was murdered in his home town of Derna today. A bomb which had been placed under his car while he was visiting the bank blew up, killing him instantly.

Locally known as Budhab, he had campaigned since the beginning of the revolution against the threat from extremists to the town. Last year he told the Libya Herald how, with others, he had warned former National Transitional Council chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil in at the beginning of 2012 of the growing danger but that Abdul Jalil had refused to believe it.

There was an attempt to kill him in 2014. He was shot several times and had to be hospitalised in Tunis. In his 50s, he finally returned to Libya late last year but not initially to Derna. He remained in Shahat until a couple of months ago when the Derna mujahideen told him he could come back and that that nothing would happen to him.

A gentle activist, he well regarded and liked by those who came to know him.

Friends are now blaming the mujahideen for his murder although it has denied any involvement.
Posted by: badanov || 03/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under:


Five soldiers killed in North Sinai explosion: Medics
[AlAhram] Eyewitnesses told Al-Ahram Arabic news hound suspected murderous Moslems launched mortar shells at an army camp

Five Egyptian soldiers were killed and at least eight others injured in an kaboom in the northern Sinai town of Rafah, eyewitnesses and medics said.

Eyewitnesses told an Al-Ahram Arabic news news hound that the attack took place early Thursday when suspected murderous Moslems fired mortar shells at an army camp in Rafah.

Medics at the local Al-Arish Hospital said they received five bodies of army personnel following the incident. At least eight others were maimed, they added.

There was no immediate confirmation from Egypt's army front man of the deaths or how the attack took place.

Egyptian forces are grappling with an Islamist insurgency based in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, which spiked following the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Hundreds of police and troops have since been killed in bully boy attacks.

The Egyptian army said in statement earlier Thursday it had killed three "terrorists" in an exchange of fire with forces in two separate incidents in northern Sinai.

Report: Egyptian planes bombing Rafah

[Ynet] Al-Arabiya reported on Thursday that Egyptian fighter planes were striking terror group targets in Rafah in response to an attack on an Egyptian military base that killed at least five soldiers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Qaida Chief's Brother Released from Egypt Jail
[AnNahar] The brother of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri
... Formerly second in command of al-Qaeda, now the head cheese, occasionally described as the real brains of the outfit. Formerly the Mister Big of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Bumped off Abdullah Azzam with a car boom in the course of one of their little disputes. Is thought to have composed bin Laden's fatwa entitled World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders. Currently residing in the North Wazoo area assuming he's not dead like Mullah Omar. He lost major face when he ordered the nascent Islamic State to cease and desist and merge with the orthodx al-Qaeda spring, al-Nusra...
, under investigation for allegedly calling for the creation of a "terrorist group", was released Thursday from an Egyptian prison, his son and security officials said.

On February 23, a court had ordered the release of Mohammed al-Zawahiri, 64, while the investigation was still underway.

Security officials said Zawahiri walked out on Thursday from a Cairo prison after having spent more than two-and-a-half years behind bars.

"My father has been released. He reached home early this morning," his son, Abdelrahman Zawahiri, told AFP.

Zawahiri was initially incarcerated
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
in August 2013, a month after the army's ouster of Egypt's Islamist president Mohammed Morsi and at the height of a crackdown against his supporters.

He and dozens of other defendants were accused of having formed "a terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda" and plotting attacks on government installations, security forces and Egypt's Christian minority -- all charges which defense lawyers denied.

He stood trial but was acquitted of any wrongdoing in October 2015, although 10 co-defendants were handed death sentences.

The judge, however, kept him in detention and ordered an investigation into remarks made by Zawahiri during the trial in which he allegedly called for the formation of a "terrorist group".

But on February 23, another court ordered his release.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Africa Subsaharan
Nigerian Mosque Bomb Attack Kills Dozens
[ALMANAR.LB] Dozens of worshippers were killed in an early morning bomb attack on a mosque on the outskirts of the restive Nigerian city of Maiduguri, residents and military sources said.

Two suicide bombers suspected to be Boko Haram members joined other worshippers in early morning prayers at a mosque at Umarari-Molai, some 6 kilometers from the city center, eye-witness Mohammed Sugum said.

A military source and rescue official from the national emergency agency said 21 corpses were taken from the scene.

"Evacuation and rescue work is still going on, but so far we have discovered 21 dead bodies," the relief worker told the agency on condition of anonymity.

Nobody has claimed responsibility.

The northeastern city of Maiduguri, epicenter of Nigeria’s six-year insurgency, has witnessed relative peace in recent months. The last bomb attack in the area occurred in January. There are still pockets of attacks in remote communities, though authorities claim to have decimated Boko Haram terrorist group.
Posted by: Fred || 03/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Toll from Saudi Strikes on Yemen Market Rises to 119 Dead: UN
[ALMANAR.LB] The number of people killed in air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition on a market in northern Yemen's Hajja province on Tuesday has risen to 119, a UN agency said.

The strikes saw 119 killed, including up to 22 children, and 47 injured, the UNICEF children's agency said in a statement.

Local health officials had previously reported 41 people killed.
Posted by: Fred || 03/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Water filtration plant resumes operations


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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

A water filtration plant resumed operations on Thursday, four days after shutting down, according to Russian language news accounts.

The plant had been shut down since March 13th because, according to rebel military officials, Ukrainian forces started shelling the facility. Ukrainian military officials in turn, accused the rebels of the mortar attacks on the plant, saying rebel mobile mortar units were rushed to an area, fired, then withdrew.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for the Ukrainian ministry of defense command for operations in Donetsk, Colonel Andrei Lysenko accused rebel forces of shelling the plant to cause a humanitarian crisis in the area.

All sides have denied the charges.

A local ceasefire was agreed to by both sides two days ago, but the ceasefire did not take place until Wednesday. Rebel officials complained that the Ukrainian representative of the joint monitoring group led a group from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to a location six kilometers from the water plant conducted by the Ukrainian joint monitoring group chief of staff, a Ukrainian officer identified as Colonel Romanyuk. The group, which included Russian and Ukrainian officers as well as members of the OSCE, came under mortar fire, and was withdrawn to the Ukrainian side of the line.

Donetsk ministry of defense spokesman Colonel Eduard Basurin claimed that Colonel Romanyuk's trek was intended to stop rebel forces from responding to Ukrainian attacks.

The problems with the water treatment plant stemmed from an attack and occupation into a neutral zone between Ukrainian held Avdievka and rebel occupied Gorlovka, at a town near a critical road junction named Yasinovataya. Artillery and sniper and counter sniper operations have been raging for nine days in the area, as rebel troops dug in and Ukrainian troops attacked rebel positions.

The plant services towns on both sides of the line of contact, including western Donetsk city, Avdeevka, Krasnogorovka, Yasinovataya and Spartak.

According to a news account in tsensor.net.ua, four joint patrols manned by Russian and Ukrainian officers will continue in the area.

Fighting on the line of contact

Rebel Donetsk military officials say that Ukrainian forces have fired on their troops in Donetsk, violating the ceasefire 43 times. Artillery attacks were made on locations including suburbs in Donetsk city, Spartak, the Donetsk airport and Zhabichevo.

Yasinovataya where the bulk of the fighting between rebel troops and Ukrainian forces was hit with artillery including at nearby settlements Kashtanovoye and Zhdanov.

Ukrainian artillery hit the northern Gorlobvka village of Zaistevo on Wednesday, wounding two unidentified civilians.

Rebel official reports are that artillery units with the Ukrainian 56th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade, the Ukrainian 58th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade and the Ukrainian 93th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade have done the bulk of the attacks on residential areas in Yasinovataya.

The 58th Motorized Rifle Brigade, according to rebel news releases, is the main Ukrainian unit involved in the operations at Yasinovataya.

Ukrainian troops withdrawing

According to a separate news report on the rebel Donetsk ministry of defense website, Ukrainians have withdrawn the Ukrainian 72nd and 93rd separate mechanized brigades from operations in the Donetsk area.

Rebel military officials claim that desertions are at a high, and that Ukrainian soldiers are paying bribes for transport from Donetsk.

Chris Covert writes about foreign military issues for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com and on Twitter. You can read past articles about the 2014 war in southeastern Ukraine by clicking here.
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#1  Thought it was going to be about Flint, Michigan
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 03/18/2016 15:28 Comments || Top||

#2  You and me both.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/18/2016 16:07 Comments || Top||


Europe
Breaking - Salah Abdeslam captured alive by French police in Brussels
The world's most wanted man, a prime suspect in the Paris terrorist attacks, has been wounded in a police raid in Brussels.

Salah Abdeslam was shot in the leg by police commandos and has been captured alive in the district of Molenbeek in the Belgian capital.

Belgian prosecutors said earlier today that his fingerprints were found at the scene of a separate police raid on a Brussels flat, which took place on Tuesday. The 26-year-old, whose brother blew himself up during the slaughter in Paris in November, was said to be one of the suspects who went on the run after a shoot-out.

He has now been wounded and captured in a fresh raid conducted by police this afternoon. It is understood grenades were used in the operation.

Gun shots and explosions were heard while white smoke was seen in the area as police moved in on Abdeslam, who had been on the run for 126 days.

Emergency services were quick to arrive at the scene, which was closed off by officers wearing heavy riot gear.

A Belgium police source confirmed that he had been '€˜caught alive'. He was wounded, and then retreated into a house in Molenbeek with two men. At least one of the other men is wounded, and one may be dead, said the source.
From Fox News, more details. Pic added per request, with pleasure...
Posted by: Frank G || 03/18/2016 13:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [548 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Needs panties and pliers pic. >:-}
Posted by: gorb || 03/18/2016 13:25 Comments || Top||

#2  good point. I was rushing to get it out
Posted by: Frank G || 03/18/2016 13:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Thank you for doing so, Frank G.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/18/2016 13:57 Comments || Top||

#4  He'll get a shorter sentence than Breivik and be released earlier on "good behavior."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/18/2016 16:22 Comments || Top||

#5  I just heard CNN call the guy a "suspected terrorist suspect".
Posted by: jpal || 03/18/2016 16:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Yeah, why do the cops search for suspects (according to the newshounds). Aren't they looking for the bad guy/perpetrator/criminal?

When they catch somebody, then they have a suspect, right? And not an alleged suspect.

Do they find journalism degrees in Crackerjack boxes?
Posted by: Bobby || 03/18/2016 17:12 Comments || Top||

#7  An ounce of caveat prevents ton of lawsuits.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/18/2016 18:11 Comments || Top||

#8  hence the stock phrase: "person of interest"

Richard Jewell effect
Posted by: Frank G || 03/18/2016 20:08 Comments || Top||

#9  He + his Brother were just minding their own business traveling around Paris when racist "whitey" French Police shot his brother down for no reason.

Yuuup.

Clear as day.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/18/2016 22:50 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
50 suspects nabbed during search operation
PESHAWAR - The police and security forces arrested 50 suspected persons and recovered arms from their possession during search operation in different localities here on Thursday.

According to police the joint search operation was conducted in Hayatabad and Kotwali areas during which 50 suspects including 4 Afghans were taken into custody. Police said that three pistols, two repeaters and hundreds of cartridges were recovered from the suspects. Around 100 houses were searched with the assistance of lady police during the operation.
Posted by: badanov || 03/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And the power to do this is what democrats want.
Posted by: Griting Squank4417 || 03/18/2016 13:29 Comments || Top||


Two shot dead in Khuzdar, Kalat
KHUZDAR: A leader of the National Party and another person were shot dead in Khuzdar and Kalat on Tuesday.

Police sources said that Mir Allah Bakhsh, National Party Councillor of Union Council Hazar Gangi of Tehsil Naal, was targeted by armed men riding a motorcycle. Mr Bakhsh was killed when he was going home in Naal town.

“The leader of National Party received multiple bullet injuries and died in a hospital,” Naseer Ahmed Pirwani, Assistant Commissioner of Naal, said.

The cause of the murder was not known. Police have registered a case and are investigating. In another incident, Muhammad Anwar Nachari was shot dead by in Nachara area of Kalat district.

Levies officials said that the armed men shot dead Nachari when he was passing through the area.

Published in Dawn, March 17th, 2016
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Two militants affiliated with Fazlullah group arrested
DAGGAR: Police claimed to have arrested two suspected militants having affiliation with Maulana Fazlullah group. Both the arrested men carried head money.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, District Police Officer Syed Khalid Hamdani said that one of the arrested militants, Badsha Hussain, carried a bounty of Rs1 million and the other, Farman, Rs500,000 million.

The DPO flanked by SP Investigation Mohammad Arif Khan and DSP Pir Baba Farman Khan produced the veiled militants before journalists.

The DPO said the arrested men were wanted to law-enforcement agencies for attacks on Gandigar police station in 2009.

He said as per record Badsha Hussain was trained at a Taliban centre in Bajaur Agency and Farman at Sadiqa Banda and Jabbar training centre in Upper Dir.

Our correspondent in Mardan adds: The counter-terrorism department (CTD) of police claimed to have arrested three suspected militants in Mardan on Tuesday.

According to CTD’s DSP Sanober Khan, acting on a tip-off about the presence of militants personnel of the department raided a house in Saroshah village.

He said after a brief exchange of fire with the militants the personnel arrested them.

The DSP claimed that the arrested militants were planning to carry out terrorist activities in the area. He said the personnel seized arms and ammunitions from their possession. The seized items included one Kalashnikov, two pistols with cartridges, three hand-grenades and some other explosive materials.

The arrested men were identified as Sulaiman alias Saifullah, Hayat Alam and Kashifur Rahman. The DSP said they belonged to Mohmand Agency chapter of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.

Published in Dawn, March 16th, 2016
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Blast kills man in Bajaur Agency
[DAWN] KHAR: A man was killed when a bomb planted along a road went off here on Wednesday, local administration officials said.

They said that Momin Khan was on way to a nearby place in Ganag area of Salarzai tehsil when an bomb went off injuring him critically. He succumbed to his wounds while being taken to hospital.

Though no one has immediately grabbed credit for the blast, the local administration suspects that gunnies could be responsible for the incident.

Local people and Bajaur Levies personnel reached the site and launched an operation to trace the culprits.

Local residents said that a number of people of nearby areas were locked away
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
by the administration under the collective responsibility clause of the Frontier Crimes Regulation.

Residents said deceased Momin Khan, 42, had no personal enmity with anyone. However,
if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
he had played a vital role in restoration of peace to the area.
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'Daesh commander' killed in Karachi encounter
[DAWN] Police on Thursday claimed to have killed a 'commander' of the bully boy 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, Kamran Gujjar, in an encounter in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's Manghopir area.

The suspect is said to have confessed to his involvement in murders, grenade attacks and bank robberies.

According to a blurb issued by Sindh police, District West police and CIA personnel, acting on a tip-off, launched a search operation in Ittehad Town area where the raiding party came under fire. One of the attackers and two coppers were severely injured during the 'encounter'.

The attacker was identified as Kamran Aslam Gujjar, a 'trained Daesh [Islamic State] commander' who had also worked for Al Qaeda in the subcontinent (AQIS) in the past and was carrying a bounty of Rs2.5 million on his head.
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#1  fwiw,

Daesh is typically pronounced die EESH

Dawlat al-Islamiyah f’al-Iraq w Belaad al-Sham

which would correspond to the acronym ISIL
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Gunfight in North Pakistan Claims Five, including Two Soldiers
[ALMANAR.LB] Two Pak troops and three snuffies were killed on Thursday in a rare firefightin the Chilas district in the northern Gilgit-Baltistan region, a scenic tourist hub where the Himalayas, Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountain ranges converge.

"Three wanted bad boyz were potted by security forces in a successful intelligence based operation," the military said in a statement.

It added: "The turbans killed were involved in attacks on civil transport, tourists and security forces. Two security forces personnel also embraced shahadat (martyrdom) in exchange of fire."

A search operation is still underway, it added, and security forces have cordoned off the site in Gayal village.

The incident came two days after military courts sentenced 13 snuffies to death for terrorism-related offences, including the 2013 massacre of 10 foreign mountaineers in northern Pakistain.
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Iraq
Kirkuk Kombat Chronicle: 20 die
20 ISIS Bad Guys die in failed attack on Kurds

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk Province revealed on Thursday, that the Peshmerga forces repulsed an attack carried out by the so-called ISIS northwest of the province, while pointed out to the killing of more than 20 ISIS members.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Last night, Peshmerga forces managed to repulse ISIS attack on Kharbet al-Rout village in al-Dibs District, killing more than 20 ISIS members.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “The Peshmerga forces didn’t allow the members of ISIS to advance toward the city axes.”

ISIS displays remain of pilots

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – Iraqi security sources announced on Thursday, that the members of the so-called ISIS organized a show in western Kirkuk areas to display the remains of three Iraqi pilots who were killed after their plane crashed due to a technical failure in western Kirkuk.

The sources said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Last night, dozens of ISIS militants organized a show including a large number of vehicles, carrying the remains of the three Iraqi pilots who were killed in the crash of their reconnaissance plane on Wednesday.”

The sources added, “The show started from the village of al-Jahish where the plane crashed to the district of Hawija and Riyadh area in western Kirkuk.”
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ISIS executes imam in Mosul
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – The local residents in Mosul revealed on Thursday, that the so-called ISIS executed the Imam and preacher of Anwar mosque in Hamidat area in western Mosul.

Eyewitnesses reported for IraqiNews.com, “ISIS executed Sheikh Abu Mohammed al-Hamdani, Imam and preacher of Anwar mosque in Hamidat area by firing squad in front of a gathering of people,” pointing out that, “The Imam was executed after refusing to shelter ISIS leaders inside the mosque.”

The eyewitnesses added, “ISIS is trying to find havens for its foreign members to stay away from the air strikes that target their headquarters.”

ISIS Top Dawg has a Very Bad Day

[ARA News] ERBIL – U.S.-led coalition forces conducted Thursday several airstrikes on headquarters of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern province of Nineveh, killing a top ISIS official along with several leaders from the jihadi group, local sources reported.

“Alian Natiq Mabroush, who was appointed by ISIS as governor of Mosul, has been killed in an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition forces on the Faruq compound in the city,” a local source close to the group told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Mabroush was killed along with more than ten jihadi leaders.

“Jihadis who were killed in Thursday’s strikes had close ties to the [ISIS] caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the source reported.

Also, pro-ISIS media sources reported that a number of the group’s media centers were bombed by the U.S.-led coalition in the early hours of Thursday.

The group’s official news agency of Amaq announced that the American warplanes bombed Thursday seven media centers in the city of Mosul, causing the death of a number of pro-ISIS journalists.

The targeted media centers were located in the neighborhoods of al-Bakr, az-Zuhour, ar-Risala, Bab at-Toub and ad-Dawwasa in the city of Mosul, according to Amaq.

ISIS used to release propaganda videos from the bombed media centers in Mosul.

Over the past few months, the U.S.-led coalition forces intensified its airstrikes on strategic and vital locations for the radical group, killing dozens of the group’s top leaders and wounding more others. ISIS’s power has recently decreased, especially after hundreds of its own militants started to desert its ranks.
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Anbar Antics: 78+ die
78 ISIS Bad Guys die in al-Muhammadi

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – Media officials with the Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday the killing of 78 ISIS elements during the liberation operation of the area of al-Muhammadi in western Anbar.

The officials said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The Anti-Terrorism Directorate killed 21 terrorists in the liberation operation of al-Muhammadi area,” adding also that, “57 terrorists had been killed in air strikes by the international coalition aviation,” while pointed out that, “Orders were given to the families to stay in their homes after placing white flags over the houses.”

Iraqi forces begin operations near Heet

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Anti-Terrorism Directorate announced on Thursday, that the security forces started the liberation operation of al-Mohamadi area in Heet District, while pointed out to the importance of this area.

The commander of the Anti-Terrorism’s 3rd special operations brigade Sami Kadim al-Aredi said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today the Anti-Terrorism forces backed by the army’s 16th brigade and Anbar emergency police started an operation to liberate al-Mohamadi area east of Heet District.”

Aredi added, “The international coalition aviation, Iraqi Air Force and Army Aviation also participated in the operation.”

More from Iraqi News:

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – A military source in the leadership of the army’s Sveenth Division said on Thursday, that the security forces as well as clan fighters advanced into Heet and Kabisa areas in western Anbar.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today, scurity forces from the army’s Seventh Division and the Anti-Terrorism Directorate as well as the Federal Police and the Emergency Regiment, [backed by] clan fighters, advanced from Ainul Assad air base in the vicinity of al-Baghdadi towards the city of Heet and the vicinity of Kabisa to liberate them from ISIS,” noting that, “The zero hour to liberate the city and the vicinity has not started yet.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “The security forces and clans advanced from two axes, one leads to Heet and the other leads to Kabisa,” pointing out to, “the existence of aerial cover by the international coalition and the Iraqi [army’s] aviation to support the security forces on the ground.”

ISIS troops are looting residences in Anbar

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar- Haditha District Police in Anbar province announced on Thursday, that ISIS militants looted and robbed the civilians houses in al-Judafiya area west of Anbar to finance its members in preparation to escape from the western areas of the province.

The spokesman of Haditha police’s 14th emergency regiment Lieutenant Saud Harb al-Obeidi said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS members looted and robbed the houses of the civilians in al-Judafiya area in al-Baghdadi vicinity (160 km west of Anbar ), and transferred the loot to Heet and Qaim to sell it at a public auction.”

Obeidi added, “ISIS seeks to gather financials to finance its members before escaping from the western regions of Anbar to al-Riqqa and Albu Kamal in Syria,” pointing out that, “ISIS financial sources in Anbar are semi-finished.”

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1 dead in Baghdad bombing
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday, that eight people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast in northern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded, this morning, near shops in the area of Husseiniya al-Rashidiya in northern 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 a raid was carried out to search for the perpetrators of the bombing.”
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Soldier seriously injured in West Bank stabbing attack, 2 attackers killed
[IsraelTimes] Victim in her 20s assaulted at bus stop outside Ariel; two attackers shot and killed, IDF says

An Israeli soldier was at death's door after being stabbed by a pair of assailants near the West Bank settlement of Ariel, officials said Thursday.

The attack occurred at a bus stop outside Ariel, a large settlement south of Nablus.

Both attackers were shot and killed by responding security forces, the IDF said.

Magen David Adom paramedics said the victim was a woman in her 20s with stab wounds to her upper body.

MDA paramedic Yochanan Weiss said the victim was lying on the sidewalk when they arrived at the scene.

"She was fully conscious with stab wounds to the upper body. We provided her with immediate medical treatment to stem her bleeding," he said. The woman was taken to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva where her condition was listed as moderate to serious.

The identity of the victim and the attackers was not immediately released.
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#1  Bulldoze their homes.
Posted by: gorb || 03/18/2016 1:02 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
NPA leader nabbed in Davao del Sur
[PNA] A joint military and police operation has led to the capture of a ranking New People's Army leader and recovered the body of his comrade who was killed during a gun battle in Matanao town, Davao Del Sur Wednesday morning.

The arrested militant was identified as Joan Casamorin, reportedly the vice-commander of Guerilla Front 72 of the Far South Mindanao Regional Committee. He is facing charges for robbery, kidnapping, four counts of murder and robbery with homicide. Casamorin was injured when he tried to resist.
Funny how that happens.
Fell down elebenteen flights of stairs?
Recovered from his possession was a gun, ammunition, three improvised explosive devices and the body of a certain "Jeb-jeb,"
"Jeb!" for short
a NPA militant reportedly killed during an earlier clash.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
General Security Arrests Lebanese Human Trafficker
The General Security agency arrested on Friday a Lebanese man wanted for forgery and human trafficking, the latest capture in a series of similar cases.

Aa.Sh. admitted to investigators that he is a member of a network that smuggles Syrians to and from Lebanon by handing them fake IDs and fictitious hotel bookings in exchange for sums of money, said a communique issued by General Security.

The suspect was referred to the judiciary as General Security continues to pursue his accomplices, it said.

The general-directorate of the agency warned Arabs and foreigners not to fall in the trap of such acts.

General Security has in the past months apprehended several individuals with ties to networks involved in human trafficking.

Last month, it announced the arrest of a Lebanese national accused of heading a group involved in such activities.
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Kurds preparing to liberate Raqqa
SULAYMANIYAH – Salih Muslim, leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) that controls Syria’s Kurdish region, or Rojava, said on Thursday that it is a priority for the People’s Protection Units (YPG) to liberate Raqqa, despite that some suggest YPG is not ready to take the Arab city–that is deemed a de facto capital for the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group.

“Raqqa is now the capital of ISIS, and also for Rojava it is a priority to retake Raqqah because most attacks in Kobane were launched from Raqqa,” he said at the yearly Sulaimani forum, organized by the American University of Iraq Sulaimani (AUIS).

“That’s why Raqqa should be retaken as soon as possible,” he stressed.

However, US officials and analysts are worried that the YPG cannot rule the Arab-held territory in Raqqa.

“There is concern from US policymakers that if the YPG advanced in Raqqa and captured the city, that it would not be able to govern it because of Arab-Kurd ethnic animosity,” said Nicholas Heras, a Washington-based Middle East researcher at the Centre for a New American Security.

“The assumption is that if the YPG was used to displace ISIS from Raqqa, a majority Arab hold force would be needed to replace ISIS,” Heras told ARA News.

He added there are concerns that the YPG does not have enough reserve manpower. “Therefore, they should instead hold territory already taken from ISIS to provide a platform for an Arab force to capture the city,” he said.

“Arab units of the SDF [Syrian Democratic Forces], most of which are displaced from Raqqa, are hoped to seize the city from ISIS, and to establish a security force that can stabilize an interim governing structure,” Heras said.

According to Salih Muslim, the YPG in general takes areas from ISIS and leaves a local administration run these areas.

“We have to isolate both cities of Mosul and Raqqa, and some other cities should be taken. We need to isolate Raqqa and capture it,” he said during the conference.

Foreign fighters who talked to ARA News, said it would be a hard fight.

“Let’s take Raqqa, it would be good if it falls. This would be hard fight though, and is going to take a lot of casualties on both sides,” said Heval Zirek, a YPG fighter from Norway.

“I hope the YPG goes in [Raqqa], it would be a huge victory for them, like Kobane,” Zirek told ARA News.

Heval Ernesto, a French volunteer in Kobane, said that a battle for Raqqa would be difficult.

“If they [US-led coalition] make big air support and shoot at everything shooting at us, I am confident we [YPG] will win, but without big support from the US it would be a bloodbath. We would have to be ready to loose 3,000 or 4,000 people,” he told ARA News. “In Kobane alone we lost 1,500, and Raqqa is much bigger.”

“It will not be our town and they [ISIS militants] will have time to prepare themselves for the operation,” he added. “They could prepare for an underground battle,” he stated.

FSA-commander Abu Isa ar-Raqqawi who works with the YPG says it’s clear that ISIS is preparing for the future operations. “They are digging trenches around the city and are preparing for this. But the main point is how we are armed,” he told ARA News.

The commander asked the US-led coalition to hurry up with the operation. “It is going to be too late, young people are forced to join ISIS and they are going to use our people against us. It’s going to be too late if we don’t have the right ammunition to start this operation,” he said.
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Russian military adviser dies in Palmyra
HOMS – Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed Thursday its fighters were able to kill a Russian military adviser in the ancient city of Palmyra in the province of Homs, central Syria, during battles with pro-regime forces supported by Russian and Iranian infantry.

The ISIS-linked Aamaq news agency released a video showing the dead body of a man stained with blood and equipment seized from him. In the footage, the group claimed the corpse belongs to a Russian officer with individual military equipment and medicines that carry Russian writings.

This comes just one day after fierce battles between ISIS and the Syria army forces with the support of Russian warplanes and Iranian and Russian infantry troops, according to local activists.

Speaking to ARA News in Homs, media activist Fadi al-Amer said the pro-regime forces were able to advance in the western districts of Palmyra, seizing control of the ad-Duwwa area subsequent to clashes with ISIS. The regime’s forces also recaptured the hills ‘800’ and ‘900’ in Palmyra suburbs earlier on Wednesday.

In the meantime, ISIS launched several counterattacks on the oilfields of Shaer and Jazel in a bid to compensate its losses in Palmyra suburbs.

Palmyra and its countryside are witnessing fierce military operations waged by the Syrian army forces with the support of the Russian and Iranian troops.

In May 2015, ISIS took over Palmyra and since then it was able to destroy many ancient treasures, blowing up temples and shrines considering them as blasphemous symbols of ancient religions. Despite Russia’s relative withdrawal from Syria, President Putin announced that enough forces would remain to fight ISIS, particularly to help pro-regime forces retake Palmyra.
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Syrian Army Kills More ISIL Terrorists in Various Cities
[ALMANAR.LB] The Syrian army units, backed by its air forces, continued chasing ISIL, al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
and other terrorist organizations excluded from the cessation of hostilities agreement across the country, destroying their equipment and killing a number of their members.

Hama

An army unit ambushed ISIL turbans in the eastern countryside of Hama province, a field source told SANA on Thursday. According to the source, the ambush resulted in the destruction of a truck loaded with weapons and ammunition intended to be sent to ISIL turbans in al-Sheikh Hilal village in Hama eastern countryside and the death of a number of terrorists.

Army units killed a number of ISIL members in al-Tar and al-Hayal mountains, al-Mothalath, Wadi al-Zakara and the area surrounding Tadmour city in Homs countryside.

Homs

Army units carried out intensive operations against ISIL in the eastern countryside of Homs. ISIL sites and dens were destroyed in al-Tar and al-Hayal mountains to the west of Palmyra city.

Many of ISIS’ bad boyz were potted and their weapons and ammunition were destroyed in al- Mothalath, Wadi al-Zakara and the area surrounding Palmyra.

Aleppo

A leader within ISIL terrorist organization named "Hassan Abboud", who is identified as the "Wali (emir) of Homs", was killed in an army raid in the southeastern countryside of Aleppo province.

Media said Abboud was killed along with a number of his lover companions, while others were maimed, in the raid which took place at the site of Khanaser town.

The Syrian army also controlled Mounts Maksar al-Nimr and Tnit Rashed in Qalamoun, blocking supply routes to ISIL posts from Dabaa Hill and Yabarda, according to Al-Manar news hound.
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