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Yemen govt, rebels, agree on ceasefire: Officials say
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 03/21/2016 00:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [886 views] Top|| File under:

ISIS loyalists suffer casualties after ambushing Afghan forces in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The loyalists of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group suffered casualties after ambushing the Afghan cops 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..

According to the local government officials, the incident took place late on Saturday afternoon in Batikot district.

Provincial police front man Hazrat Hussain Mashriqwal confirmed that the ISIS loyalists the Afghan forces as they were patrolling in the area.

He said the ambush triggered a shootout that lasted for almost half an hour which led to death of 2 ISIS loyalists while 4 other murderous Moslems were maimed.

Mashriqwal further added that the Afghan cops and the local residents did not suffer any casualties during the shootout.

Nangarhar is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed murderous Moslems including the Taliban bully boyz and ISIS loyalists are actively operating in a number of its remote districts.

The ISIS loyalists continue to their insurgency activities on occasional basis despite they received major blows as a result of the military operations and US Arclight airstrikes during the recent months.

The Afghan cops launched a major operation in Achin districts of Nangarhar last month amid concerns that the ISIS loyalists are attempting to establish a regional basis in this province.

The operations continued for a period of at least 21 days in Achin district which was mostly cleared of the bully boyz with the local officials saying nearly 300 murderous Moslems affiliated with the terror group were killed or maimed.

Posted by: Fred || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top|| File under: ISIL-K

#1  Spring training for IS.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/21/2016 14:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Go, No Go training.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/21/2016 14:06 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Ruritanian jets pound Shaboob base in southern Somalia
Ruritanian Unidentified fighters jets struck a training camp for Al shabaab in southern Somalia, the latest in series of aerial bombardment in the region since El Adde attack in January 15, 2016. The warplanes have bombed Sindigow village, an Al shabaab controlled rural area located between Qoqani and Afmadow towns in Lower Jubba region, causing unknown casualties.

Jubbaland state army commanders in the region, told Radio Shabelle that they are figuring out the casualty numbers on Al shabaab militants as a result of the airstrike on Sindigow village.

Over the past few month, the Al Qaeda-linked Al shabaab fighters have been carrying out attacks against Jubbaland and Kenyan army bases in southern Somalia.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  Said it before: In pulp action fiction of the Thirties, unidentified forces--ships and planes--kept showing up.
We're living in a version of the Thirties action world. At least it's not boring.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 03/21/2016 8:51 Comments || Top||

#2  The warplanes have bombed Sindigow village, an Al shabaab controlled rural area

I first read it as.... 'Saginaw.' Evelyn Woods I hate you !
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/21/2016 9:03 Comments || Top||

#3  I first read it as.... 'Saginaw.'

That business in Flint, MI is starting to get ugly.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/21/2016 18:58 Comments || Top||

Africa North
9 migrants drown off Libya, hundreds rescued
TRIPOLI: Nine migrants trying to reach Europe have drowned off Libya and hundreds more been rescued, the Red Crescent said Sunday amid fears of an increase in crossing attempts as the route from Turkey closes.

Leaders from six EU nations led by Britain held talks in Brussels on Friday on how to tackle the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean from Libya after a European naval task force plucked more than 3,100 from the water in just three days.

The nine who died were among several hundred migrants who were discovered aboard dilapidated boats off the port of Zawiya, west of Tripoli, on Saturday, Libyan Red Crescent spokesman Malek Mersit said.

A total of 586 migrants were rescued, said Col. Ayoub Qassem, spokesman for the navy of a Tripoli administration that has disputed power with Libya’s internationally recognized government since 2014.

They included 11 children and 60 women, and were mainly Bangladeshis and Sudanese, he said.

The drownings came just days after four migrants were killed in a boat fire off Libya and another 187 rescued.

European leaders fear that a deal with Turkey to tackle the EU’s worst ever migrant crisis will spark an acceleration in the already large number of crossing attempts from Libya.

Around 330,000 have landed in Italy from Libya since the start of 2014.

The lawlessness that has reigned in the North African nation since the NATO-backed overthrow of veteran dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011 has made it a favored jumping-off point.
Posted by: badanov || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under:

Yemen govt, rebels, agree on ceasefire: Officials say
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Yemeni officials say Iranian catspaws and the internationally recognized government have agreed to begin a ceasefire for a week or two before their next round of negotiations.

The officials participated in talks Sunday in Sanaa, the capital, between the rebels and UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. They say talks are expected to restart next month.

The officials said the Iranian catspaws, known as Houthis, have agreed to implement a UN security council resolution which requires them to hand over weapons and withdraw from territory, including Sanaa.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief news hounds.

Previous attempts to implement a ceasefire in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
have failed to take hold on the ground, with each side accusing the other of immediately violating the terms.
Posted by: Fred || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [509 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Shelling from Yemen hits Saudi border village
Shells continued to fall from the Yemeni side into a southwestern neighboring Saudi areas on Friday, causing no injuries but material damages to a mosque and homes, violating an agreed respite.

Last week, Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Houthi militia group agreed to a border “calm” and prisoner swap.

Shelling hit Al-Rouha and Al-Rokouba neighborhoods in Samtah, a town in the southwestern province of Jazan, including one of its mosques during Friday prayers but no casualties were reported. However, houses close to the mosque incurred material losses.

On Thursday, the White House welcomed a pledge from a Saudi-led coalition to wind down the air war in Yemen. White House spokesman Josh Earnest welcomed a coalition statement that the year-old campaign against Iran-backed Houthi militias was nearing the “end of the major combat phase.”
Posted by: badanov || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Manhunt launched for newly identified Paris attacks suspect Najim Laachraoui
[CNN] French and Belgian police have launched a manhunt for a newly identified suspect linked to November's Gay Paree terror attacks, as revelations about the depth of networks cultivated by a recently captured runaway fuel concerns about potential future assaults.

Salah Abdeslam, whose DNA was found on a suicide belt discarded on a Gay Paree street after the November 13 attacks, spent more than four months on the run as Europe's most wanted man before he was jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
in a gunbattle in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek on Friday.

Since his capture, officials have said he was ready to carry out future attacks and was supported by a wide network of associates, and they warned of the possibility of a new wave of ISIS bully boyz preparing to carry out further attacks.

In a statement Monday, the Belgian prosecutor's office appealed to the public for sightings of Najim Laachraoui, 24, who has used the alias Soufiane Kayal and traveled with Abdeslam to Budapest, Hungary, in September of last year, the statement said.

Authorities had previously said that a man using the Kayal alias had been in contact via phone with Gay Paree attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, apparently giving him directives in the lead-up to the November attacks, and that the name had been used to rent a villa in Auvelais, southern Belgium, which was used by the plotters.
Posted by: Fred || 03/21/2016 13:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

The Grand Turk
Istanbul bomber was Turkish ISIS member
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Turkish member of ISIS Death Eater group was responsible for Saturday’s suicide kaboom in Istanbul that killed three Israelis and an Iranian and maimed dozens of others, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s interior minister said.

Efkan Ala identified the bomber as a man born in the southern province of Gaziantep, adding that five people were tossed into the calaboose so far in connection with the bombing.

"We have determined that Mehmet Ozturk, born in 1992 in Gaziantep, has carried out the heinous attack on Saturday in Istanbul. It has been established that he is a member of Daesh [Islamic State]," Ala told a news conference broadcast live on television, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Israel has confirmed that three of its citizens died in the blast. Two of them held dual citizenship with the United States. An Iranian was also killed, Turkish officials have said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel is trying to determine whether its citizens were deliberately targeted. Eleven of the 36 maimed were Israelis.

Saturday’s attack on Istiklal Street, Istanbul’s most popular shopping district, appeared similar to a January suicide kaboom blamed on ISIS that killed at least 12 German tourists in the city's historic center.

More than 80 people have now been killed in four suicide kabooms so far this year in Turkey, a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
member that faces multiple security threats.
Posted by: Fred || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Scores killed in klashes with Kurd kommies
URFA – Three members of the Turkish security forces were reportedly killed and seven others wounded in confrontations with rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey’s south-east, Turkish army said on Sunday.

Chief of staff of the Turkish army also revealed Sunday that a Turkish soldier was killed during clashes with the PKK rebels in the district of Yeşil Yurt in the city of Şırnak southeastern Turkey in the early morning hours, while another soldier killed in the same area on Sunday evening.

The Turkish army leadership pointed out that 13 PKK fighters have been killed since Saturday, while the Turkish death toll mounted to 28 in the ongoing operations led by government since March 14.

The security forces have imposed a curfew in the Kurdish-majority districts of the city for weeks.

In the meantime, PKK rebels detonated a hand-made explosive device among a unit of the Turkish special forces in the neighborhood of Dijla in the city of Nusaybin, led to the death of a policeman and the injury of seven others, according to Turkish military sources.

The sources emphasized that four of the injured are in critical case.

Turkish security sources reported that the army has been targeting PKK strongholds in Nusaybin and Şırnak with tanks and artillery from the hills that overlook the two Kurdish areas, in a bid to remove the PKK-led checkpoints erected on the roads linking the cities in Turkey ‘s south-east.
Posted by: badanov || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [174 views] Top|| File under:

Afghans among 37 suspects in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: As many as 20 suspects including Afghan nationals were arrested and arms recovered during search operations on Saturday.

The police and security forces conducted joint search operation against outlaws in Sarband area of the provincial capital Peshawar. During search operation, 37 suspects including nine Afghan nationals were apprehended with repeaters, pistols and hundreds of bullets. The police after registering cases against the detainees at respective police station started the investigation.
Posted by: badanov || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under:

Four BLA men shot dead in Nasirabad
QUETTA: Four suspected militants were killed and a senior leader of a banned organisation was injured in a gunbattle with security forces in Chattar area of Nasirabad district on Saturday. The injured militant leader and 13 other suspected militants were taken into custody.

According to official sources, personnel of Frontier Corps launched a search operation in the area close to Dera Bugti and Lehri districts after a tip-off about the presence of militants.

After cordoning off the area, the personnel were searching houses when militants opened fire on them. The personnel returned fire and the gunbattle continued for several hours.

A senior security official said that the militants belonged to the banned Baloch Liberation Army. He identified the injured militant leader as Sabzal Bugti.

The hideouts of the militants were destroyed.

He said the militants were allegedly involved in attacks on security forces, target killings, and bomb attacks on Sui installations.

Meanwhile, personnel of FC and intelligence agencies conducted raids in Turbat, Panjgur and Quetta and taken nine suspects into custody, including a senior leader of a banned organisation.

A spokesperson for FC said that five suspects were arrested in a raid on a house in Tump area of Turbat.

The leader of the banned organisation was arrested in Garmakan area of Panjgur district. Five sub-machine guns, three rifles and hundreds of rounds were found in his possession.

Three suspects were arrested in a raid on a house in an area on the outskirts of Quetta.
Posted by: badanov || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Baloch Liberation Army

US, allies conduct 16 strikes against IS group in Iraq: US military
[AlAhram] The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group gunnies in Iraq with 16 strikes on Saturday, the US military said on Sunday.

Three of the strikes were near Hit, which has been heavily targeted in recent days, hitting two separate IS group tactical units and four tactical vehicles, it said.

Additional strikes in Kisik and djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
destroyed IS tactical units and supply caches

Coalition jets kill six ISIS militants, destroy weapons depot

[Rudaw] At least six Islamic State (ISIS) were killed by warplanes from the US-led coalition and a weapons depot belonging to the group destroyed in the town of Gayara southern djinn-infested Mosul, a Kurdish Peshmerga commander told Rudaw on Sunday.

"Last night the coalition jets bombed ISIS positions including a weapons depot in Gayara," said Sirwan Barzani, commander of the Peshmerga forces on the Makhmour-Gwer front, Gayara is occupied by the group.

Barzani added that bombings killed "six ISIS holy warriors in the villages of Khatab and Ankawa on the front."

The coalition bombings comes at a time when ISIS has increased its artillery fires and mortar shells in the area since Iraqi army forces arrived in Makhmour in preparation for an imminent assault against the group's main stronghold, Mosul.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [210 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

15 Iraqi ISIS Top Dawgs have a Very Bad Day
[ARA News] QAMISHLI – At least 15 jihadi leaders from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) were killed in airstrikes in Iraq’s northern province of Kirkuk, Iraqi security sources confirmed.

“Based on accurate security information, the Iraqi air forces hit the [ISIS] terrorists’ headquarters in the town of Hawija, south of Kirkuk, killing at least 15 ISIS top leaders,” Iraqi Intelligence Directorate military said in a statement.

The airstrikes have also caused a huge damage in ISIS buildings and the nearby houses.

The source added that most of the jihadis killed in the strikes were local Arabs.

“Dozens more were injured during the airstrikes,” the statement added. “Also, several ISIS-led armored vehicles parked near the targeted headquarters were bombed in the attack.”

In the meantime, a U.S. soldier was killed in an ISIS-led rocket attack on Saturday in the Iraqi military base of Karasur of Makhmour area. This is the second US casualty in the war against ISIS.

The hardline group has been receiving painful blows by the U.S.-led coalition and allied forces over the past four months. ISIS started to launch arbitrary arrest campaigns against civilians in the areas under its control, forcing hundreds of young men to join the fighting, in a bid to compensate the unprecedented shortage in its manpower, according to local sources.
Posted by: badanov || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  These clowns should be running out of "leaders" by now. Or are we counting squad leaders right up there with the generals?
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 03/21/2016 8:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Given the current Administration's problems with honesty and accuracy, combined with the indifferent ignorance of the media, I am going to say yes. Recall the string of dead AlQ #3's a few years back?
Posted by: Nguard || 03/21/2016 12:57 Comments || Top||

#3  "Everyone's a winner leader!"
Posted by: Pappy || 03/21/2016 14:05 Comments || Top||

#4  If you ask ISIS they'd tell you all those guys were civilians.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/21/2016 14:32 Comments || Top||

1 dead in Sadr City attack
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source within the police force in Baghdad province said on Sunday, that a civilian was killed in a militant attack that took place in eastern Baghdad.

The source, who requested anonymity, said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This afternoon, unidentified militants opened fire from their weapons against a civilian in the area of Hay Tarek in Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, resulting in his immediate death,” adding that, “A security force arrived in the area and transferred the dead body to the forensic medicine authority, while opened an investigation into the incident.”
Posted by: badanov || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under:

Anbar Antics
3 ISIS Bad Guys caught sneaking into Haditha

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A security source in Anbar Province announced on Sunday, that the security forces and tribal fighters besieged three members belonging to the so-called ISIS while trying to sneak into Haditha east of Ramadi.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, three ISIS members sneaked into al-Haklaniya vicinity in western Haditha.”

The source added, “The security forces and tribal fighters besieged the ISIS members inside al-Haklaniya city hall.”

Iraqi kops destroy 2 VBIEDs

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – A security source in Anbar province said on Sunday, that the army’s Seventh Division had managed to detonate two booby-trapped vehicles belonging to the ISIS west of Ramadi.

The source said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “A force from the armored brigade of the army’s Seventh Division had managed to detonate two booby-trapped vehicles driven by two [ISIS] suicide bombers in an attempt to target the army forces south of Heet (70 km west of Ramadi), resulting in the destruction of [the vehicles] and killing the two suicide bombers.”

The source added, “The security forces, backed by the clans, are continuing their military operations to liberate Heet from ISIS,” pointing out that, “The resistance of ISIS is weak and limited to some of the detachments that are handled by the security forces and aviation.”

Iraqi security forces take Albu Obeid

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – Media officials with the Ministry of Defense announced liberating Albu Obeid area and raising the Iraqi flag over one of its buildings east of Ramadi.

The officials said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The forces of the Anti-Terrorism Directorate had managed to liberate the area of Albu Obeid in Khalediya Island east of Ramadi and raising the Iraqi flag over one of its buildings,” noting that, “The security forces inflicted losses in lives and equipment upon ISIS.”
Posted by: badanov || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Aircraft bombs Saraya al-Jihad in Jurf al-Nasr, Babil
(IraqiNews.com) Babil – On Sunday, an unidentified aircraft bombed a force belonging to Saraya al-Jihad in Jurf al-Nasr in Babil Province.

Saraya al-Jihad said in a press statement released by al-Hashd al-Shaabi media office and received by IraqiNews.com, “Yesterday, an unidentified aircraft bombed a force belonging to Saraya al-Jihad in Jurf al-Nasr vicinity in al-Fadiliya area.”

The statement added, “The unidentified aircraft targeted Fajr al-Morabata regiment in Jurf al-Nasr in al-Fadiliya area with four rockets, without any casualties among the fighters.”
Posted by: badanov || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under:

Suspicious man approaches Elon Moreh settlement, runs away, captured carrying shotgun
Slow day.
[Ynet] A suspect was seen approaching the settlement of Elon Moreh in the West Bank Sunday evening from its southern end. Security forces were rushed to the spot, and the suspect ran back to the nearby village of Azmut. The forces closed in on him and he was caught with a shotgun and a cartridge. He is now undergoing military investigation.
"Never mind."
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

#1  a shotgun and a cartridge
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/21/2016 3:22 Comments || Top||

#2  It was an automatic shotgun.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/21/2016 14:06 Comments || Top||

#3  A shotgun and a partridge

Or a typo.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/21/2016 18:56 Comments || Top||

#4  ...and a cartridge in a break breach.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/21/2016 19:06 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Three wanted Abu Sayyaf militants nabbed
[Zamboanga Today] Philippine security forces nabbed three Abu Sayyaf militants suspected in an ambush that killed two military intelligence agents earlier this week in a joint operations in Patikul town in Sulu.

Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado identified the three rebels as Jemar Asgari, Alden Asmad, and Dems Abtal. He said, "The suspects were riding a motorcycle in Barangay Bangkal around 11:40 a.m. when a joint military and police team led by Major Ibni Saddama noticed they had guns tucked in their waists."

Arrojado said the suspects were chased by the joint security forces until they were cornered and apprehended. He said the three were responsible for the deaths of the two intelligence operatives on March 15, and were also involved in the killing of police personnel at the Jolo airport.
Posted by: ryuge || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf

NPA plot thwarted, 12 militants arrested
[Manila Bulletin] Security forces foiled an alleged New People's Army plot to attack two economic installations in Bukidnon and arrested 12 militants, seven of them minors, following a weekend clash, according to belated reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Sunday. The five adults were charged with illegal possession of ammunition and attempted murder.

Capt. Norman Tagros said the arrests followed a clash with an NPA unit belonging to Samahang Partido Propaganda 5, Guerilla Front 6, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee in Quezon over the weekend.

No casualties were reported on the government side, but the military believes a number of the Maoist militants were either killed or injured as bloodstains were seen on their path of retreat.
Posted by: ryuge || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Bold siege on Thai hospital foiled by tactical failure
Posted by: ryuge || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

Dozens killed in northern Syria airstrikes
BEIRUT: Dozens of people were killed in a series of airstrikes on the city of Raqqa in northern Syria on Saturday, a monitoring group and activists said, as Damascus and Moscow waged attacks on areas
controlled by Daesh.

A cessation of hostilities in Syria took effect three weeks ago, reducing violence but not halting the fighting as peace talks take place in Geneva. The deal does not include Al-Qaeda or Daesh militants, whose de facto capital in Syria is Raqqa.

Russia has been pulling out its attack aircraft after announcing a partial withdrawal from Syria, where its air campaign in support of Bashar Assad has turned fighting in his favor.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 39 people had been killed and dozens more wounded in the raids on Raqqa.

An activist group with sources in Raqqa, called Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, said more than 40 had been killed, and that separate strikes hit areas in the north of Raqqa province.

The Observatory said the dead included seven women and five children. It said it was not clear whether Syrian or Russian warplanes had conducted the airstrikes.

Separately, Russian warplanes hit the Daesh-held historic city of Palmyra and its immediate vicinity with some 70 airstrikes, the Observatory said, killing at least 18 Daesh fighters.

Government forces and their allies are aiming to capture Palmyra, some 200 km southwest of Raqqa and also held by Daesh since May.

The Observatory said 16 people were also killed in air strikes in Raqqa on Friday.

The UNICEF said recently that one in three Syrian children have known nothing but a lifetime of war, as the country’s conflict enters its sixth year this week.

“Every Syrian child under the age of five has known nothing but a lifetime shaped by war — that’s an estimated 2.9 million children inside Syria and at least 811,000 in neighboring countries,” the UN children’s agency said.
Posted by: badanov || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

ISIS takes villages in north Aleppo
ALEPPO – Subsequent to fierce clashes, the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group was able Sunday to regain several villages and towns from the Islamist rebels in the Syrian northern province of Aleppo, military sources reported.

The two parties exchange missile bombardment, during which dozens of casualties were reported in the ranks of the Islamist fighters. The clashes continued until Sunday midnight.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, Saleh Zein, spokesman of Islamist rebels said: “Daesh [ISIS] militants carried out counterattacks against our rebels in the northern areas of Aleppo province near the Syrian-Turkish border, and were able to recapture the strategic towns of Miregil and Toqatli.”

“Daesh took over the two towns after fierce battles with Ash-Sham corps and the brigade of Sultan Murad, causing them heavy losses,” Zein said, pointing out the rebels were forced to withdraw towards the towns of Hour, Harjala, and Dahla.

The two sides also exchanged artillery fire, where dozens of mortar shells dropped on the neighboring towns of Qara Kopri and Ghazl on the Syria-Turkey border, causing casualties among civilians, according to the spokesman.

Earlier this week, Syrian Islamist fighters have taken over several towns north of Aleppo, especially after the U.S.-led coalition forces intensified airstrikes on the ISIS locations near the Turkish border. However, ISIS regained two strategic towns after causing the rebels heavy losses in manpower and equipment.
Posted by: badanov || 03/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

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Bright Pebbles
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Two weeks of WOT
Mon 2016-03-21
  Yemen govt, rebels, agree on ceasefire: Officials say
Sun 2016-03-20
  Al-Qaeda claims attack on Algerian gas plant
Sat 2016-03-19
  Suicide bomber attacks shopping area in Istanbul
Fri 2016-03-18
  Kurds preparing to liberate Raqqa
Thu 2016-03-17
  11 Shaboobs slain as Punties continue cleanup
Wed 2016-03-16
  ISIS executes 50 for desertion in Anbar
Tue 2016-03-15
  Hamas commander killed in 10th tunnel cave-in this year
Mon 2016-03-14
  Syrian rebels renew chemical attacks in Aleppo
Sun 2016-03-13
  Dozens dead after explosion rocks Turkish capital
Sat 2016-03-12
  US adds Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin members to list of global terrorists
Fri 2016-03-11
  US strikes IS group chemical weapons capabilities: Pentagon
Thu 2016-03-10
  Afghan woman kills 25 Taliban rebels to avenge her son's murder
Wed 2016-03-09
  Infighting among Taliban leaders leave 26 dead in Herat province
Tue 2016-03-08
  Drone strike kills 15 Daesh militants in Nangarhar
Mon 2016-03-07
  Hassan al-Turabi, Sudan's Islamist idealogue, dies at 84
Sun 2016-03-06
  Saudi Says it will Take Arms Bound for Lebanon

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