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Tripoli authorities cede power to Libyan unity government
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1014 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nice functional outfit. Belt is interesting. The boots are pull on. Plenty of pockets and looks like a heavy material almost canvas. No restricted movement. AH, what a history. My favorite Frank Buck of the times long gone.
Posted by: Dale || 04/06/2016 12:23 Comments || Top||

#2  That lever action looks like(?) the 1895 Winchester, the one designed for heavy cartridges. Teddy Roosevelt took one to Africa in .405 smokeless and nailed about every dangerous came their was.
Posted by: Chaith Oppressor of the Lutherans1517 || 04/06/2016 12:48 Comments || Top||

#3  There are still a few of them around.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/06/2016 14:19 Comments || Top||

Taliban Resume Attacks In Baghlan
Taliban militants have resumed attacks on local police check posts in Dand-e-Shahabuddin area of Pul-e-Khumri, Baghlan, just weeks after a large-scale military operation was conducted in the area.

Local officials said the Taliban has, over the past week, continued to storm local police check points in the area.

In the latest clash between Afghan forces and Taliban, officials said five Taliban militants and two Afghan soldiers were killed.

"Based on the reports that we have received, five militants have been killed and security forces have also recovered a number of weapons and two of our troops have been martyred— an army soldier and a policeman," said Abdul Satar Barez, the provincial governor.

Local security officials meanwhile have called for more security forces to be stationed in Dand-e-Shahabuddin area.

"Police force is fighting on its own. I don't say that we don't have the ability to defend, but if we want a definite defense, the defense that will give our people a peaceful life, then presence of army is a severe need," said Awaz Mohammad Naziri, Baghlan police chief.

A member of the Baghlan provincial council alleged however that circles inside government and Afghan security forces are supporting Taliban militants.

"On one hand the area is volatile, there are security threats and on the other hand the government for political reasons decreased the number of local police, which itself helps in the collapse of the area. It is a kind of support to the militants from the government. There are individuals and circles inside the government who are conducting programs to support militants," said Asadullah Shahbaz, a member of the council.

Residents of Baghlan said Afghan security forces failed in their Khorshid 20 clearance operation in Dand-e-Ghor and Dand-e-Shahabuddin areas earlier this year – which is why the Taliban has once again been able to gain a foothold in residential areas after fleeing to the mountains.

Meanwhile, local officials in southern Uruzgan said that heavy fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban is underway in their province.‎ They said that main roads in four districts are blocked, cutting off Terinkot, the center of the province.

Rahimullah, security chief of the provincial police headquarters, said the Taliban in the area has heavy weapons and military equipment.

He urged the central government to increase the number of troops, particularly police, in the province.

He said that Taliban members fighting in the province have also come in from Helmand.

"The number of troops in Uruzgan should be increased and it should not be decreased and police should be provided with tanks. You can see the weapons that the government does not have, but the enemy has them," said Rahimullah.

Security troops fighting on this frontline said they did not receive military equipment and weapons on time adding that the Taliban is better equipped than them.

"We don't have heavy weapons. They are attacking us at night and if we raise our heads they are going to hit us on our heads," said a soldier.
Posted by: badanov || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

57 Military Operations Launched Across The Country
Ministry of Interior officials said Tuesday that 57 military operations have been launched across the country in the past two weeks – killing more than 100 insurgents so far.

In addition, 12 insurgents were arrested and 14 were injured.

The operations were launched in Helmand, Faryab, Uruzgan and Baghlan provinces in a bid to clear insurgents, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Sediq Sediqqi said at a press conference in Kabul.

He said that soon a large-scale military operation will launch under of name of "Shafaq" in Badakhshan, Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul, Badghis, Farah, Ghazni, Helmand and Nangarhar provinces. This will be one of the largest programs of the ministry to date to clear insurgents and destroy their bases.

"National police along with the national army have conducted 57 military operations over the past two weeks in Helmand, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Faryab, Uruzgan, Kunar, Nangarhar and Baghlan provinces," Sediqqi said.

He said the Interior Ministry has held discussions in the past three months over the launch of military operations and on preparations for security forces to use all resources to fight the "enemies."

"The enemy is still there. The enemy has not been eliminated. We have a lot of enemies. Taliban, Haqqani and Daesh are the enemies of the people of Afghanistan. During the solar year 1395, we on behalf of the world are in the front line of the fight against terrorism. Afghanistan is shouldering the heavy burden of the fight against terrorism and we still need more facilities," he said.

He emphasized that the threat of Daesh is still present in some parts of the country.
Posted by: badanov || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under:

Suicide bomber kills six civilians north of Afghan capital
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A jacket wallah on a cycle of violence went kaboom! near a school north of the Afghan capital, Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
, on Tuesday, killing at least six people, officials said.

Twenty-six people including three children were maimed in the blast, said Wahid Sediqqi, a front man for the governor of Parwan province.

"He carried out the attack on poor civilians to spread fear among the people but they will never achieve anything by such
brutality," Sediqqi said.
Posted by: Fred || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

ISIS commander among 6 killed in Nangarhar drone strike
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A commander of the turbans affiliated with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group was killed in a drone strike 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, local officials said Tuesday.

The Arclight airstrike was carried out in Kot district which is home to several turbans loyal to the terror group.

Provincial governor front man Ataullah Khogyani said the Arclight airstrike was carried out in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

He said six people including the commander of the terror group Abulhai were killed in the raid and a vehicle along with a cycle of violence and various types of weapons and explosives were destroyed in the raid.

The US forces in Afghanistan have increased Arclight airstrikes against the loyalists of the terror group during the recent months with reports suggesting the US Air Force has dropped more than 250 bombs and missiles in January and February months of this year.

Thousands of turbans loyal to the terror group were killed or maimed as US Air Force increased air raids which followed by more authorities granted by the B.O. regime earlier this year.
Posted by: Fred || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [194 views] Top|| File under: ISIL-K

Afghan intelligence arrest 19 militants for planning attacks in Kandahar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 19 forces of Evil operating in 4 groups were nabbed
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
by the Afghan intelligence operatives as they were planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Kandahar province.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said the forces of Evil were arrested from the vicinity of Kandahar province.

No further details were given regarding possible targets of the forces of Evil and regarding the locations from where they were arrested.

A statement by NDS said the intelligence operatives seized 7 pistols, 1 Improvised Explosive Device, 200 kg of explosives, 142 mine fuses, 500 meters of explosives strip from the detained myrmidons.

This comes as the Afghan intelligence operatives arrested at least 15 Taliban snuffies were arrested by the Afghan intelligence operatives for planning coordinated suicide kabooms in this province.

Kandahar is the birth place of the Taliban snuffies however the Afghan cops have managed to maintain security and stability in this province during the past several months.

The anti-government armed forces of Evil have been trying to expand their insurgency activities in this province lately amid deteriorating security situation in the south.
Posted by: Fred || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Top Taliban commander killed in Afghan army raid in Kunduz province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A top Taliban capo has been killed in a raid conducted by Afghan army and in coordination with the Afghan police forces in northern Kunduz province.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Taliban capo was identified as Mawlavi Jahangir who was killed along with 2 others in Qala-e-Zal district.

MoD further added that 12 snuffies were killed in a separate operation in Dehrawood district of Urugan province and 8 others were maimed.

According to an operational update by MoD, 3 snuffies were killed during a separate operation in Mata Khan district of Paktia and center of Ghazni province.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the report so far which comes amid surging violence across the country.

The Afghan forces have stepped up counter-terrorism operations amid rampant Taliban-led insurgency in a bid to curb the terrorist related activities of the bad boys.

The increase in operations comes amid growing concerns that the snuffies will step up attacks across the country as the weather gets warm.
Posted by: Fred || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

13 Afghan soldiers martyred amid surging violence in past 24 hours
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 13 Afghan soldiers bit the dust during the counter-terrorism operations being conducted across the country amid surging violence.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the soldiers were martyred in the past 24 hours as they were suppressing the anti-government armed Death Eaters.

According to a statement by MoD at least 30 bully boyz were killed and 11 others were maimed as a result of the clearance operations in the past 24 hours.

The statement further added that the operations were conducted in 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..
, Uruzgan, Kunduz, Paktia and Ghazni provinces.

There has been a sharp rise in the casualties of the Afghan national security forces since they took full control of the security responsibilities from the coalition forces at the start of last year.

According to the earlier estimates by security officials, the Afghan army deaths stood at 4 service members daily on average which is mainly caused due to improvised bomb (IED) attacks.

The Afghan forces have increased counter-terrorism operations to suppress the anti-government armed Death Eater groups who are preparing to step up attacks as the weather gets warms.

The officials are concerned that the bully boyz will continue pursuing violence despite efforts by the government and its international allies to end the violence through reconciliation process.
Posted by: Fred || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [231 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Algerian Army Kills 4 Islamists Near Tunisia Border
[AnNahara] Algeria's army on Monday killed four armed Islamists in El-Oued, the defense ministry said, meaning almost a dozen have been killed in the lawless desert region in the past two weeks.

Four Kalashnikov automatic weapons, grenades and ammunition were also seized during the military-led operation in the Bir El Kasira area, near the Tunisian border, the ministry said on its website.

The deaths bring the number of "terrorists" -- what the government calls Islamists who launched an insurgency in the early 1990s -- killed in the Algerian Sahara region over the past two weeks to 11.

Last year the Algerian army killed or tossed in the slammer
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
157 "terrorists," according to figures from the ministry of defense.

A brutal civil war in the 1990s between the government and Islamists claimed the lives of some 200,000 people.

Despite adopting a peace and reconciliation charter in 2005 aimed at turning the page on the conflict, gangs remain active in the center and east of Algeria.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under:

Tripoli authorities cede power to Libyan unity government
[Iran Press TV] Libya’s self-declared government in the capital Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
has announced that it has ceded power to a UN-backed unity government in an attempt to prevent further sectarian festivities and end political chaos in the strife-torn country.

"We inform you that we are ceasing the activities entrusted to us as an executive power," said a statement released by the unrecognized National Salvation government on Tuesday, adding that the Tripoli authorities were "no longer responsible... for what could happen in the future."

The statement further said that the authorities made the decision to hand over the power because they were determined to "preserve the higher interests of the country and prevent bloodshed and divisions" in the North African country.

The development came almost a week after unity government Prime Minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj along with several members of his cabinet arrived from Tunisia at Tripoli’s Abusita naval base by boat amid threats from rival factions, which prevented him from arriving by air.

Earlier, however, the so-called General National Congress (GNC) in Tripoli, had branded their entry into the city illegal and demanded that Sarraj either leave or surrender.
Posted by: Fred || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [799 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Africa Subsaharan
Cameroon: Joint Forces Arrest 300 Boko Haram Fighters
[ABCNEWS.GO] Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
says multinational forces fighting 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...
have locked away
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
over 300 Islamic holy warriors and freed at least 2,000 people from their strongholds along Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad borders.

Cameroon's commander of the joint forces, Bouba Dobekreo, said Tuesday that during the three-day operation, forces also destroyed a Boko Haram training and logistic base about 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of the Nigerian town of Kumshe.

The governor of Cameroon's Far North province, Midjiyawa Bakari, has asked that all displaced people be directed by the military to the Minawao refugee camp in northern Cameroon to be better tracked.
Posted by: Fred || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

#1  C'mon. "Kill" > "arrest"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/06/2016 8:47 Comments || Top||

Saudi security officer shot dead in attack claimed by ISIS
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Assailants rubbed out a senior Saudi security officer west of the capital Riyadh on Tuesday, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state media, and the attack was claimed by ISIS.

Saudi state news agency SPA quoted an interior ministry front man as saying that the officer, Colonel Kitab Majed al-Hammadi, was rubbed out in the al-Arja area of al-Dawadimi province west of the Saudi capital.

The front man said security authorities were investigating the killing.

ISIS’ Amaq news website said the group's Saudi branch, known as the Nejd Province, carried out the attack and identified Hammadi as the director of internal security in the al-Quwayiyah region.

The Nejd Province group grabbed credit on Sunday for an kaboom next to a cop shoppe south of Riyadh that killed one person and damaged police vehicles.
Posted by: Fred || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

The Grand Turk
Report: Turkey Arrests 2 Would-Be IS Suicide Bombers
[AnNahar] Authorities in southern The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
have placed in durance vile
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
two men suspected of preparing to carry out suicide kabooms for 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....
(IS) group, which has staged two attacks in Istanbul this year, reports said Tuesday.

The men were arrested in the southern province of Gaziantep, which borders Syria, the local governor's office said in a statement carried by the Dogan news agency.

One of them was named as Mehmet Mustafa Cevik, described as a member of IS and one of its Turkish affiliates, the Dokumacilar Group.

The Dokumacilar Group, named after its wanted founder Mustafa Dokumaci, is the jacket wallah unit suspected of being behind the October 2015 attack that killed 103 people at an Ankara peace rally in Turkey's bloodiest-ever attack.

The cell has also been linked to the killing of 34 people in the town of Suruc on the Syrian border in July 2015.

The other jihadist arrested was Ercan Capkin, the brother of Erkan Capkin, one of the suspected suicide bombers behind the March 19 attack on a famous Istanbul shopping thoroughfare that left four people dead.

A dozen German tourists were also killed in January when a suicide bomber linked to IS detonated his charge in the heart of Istanbul's historic center.

Both suspects were ordered by a court in Gaziantep to be held in jail ahead of trial, the report said.

The Turkish interior ministry now has 23 suspected IS forces of Evil on its most wanted list with a total bounty of 42 million lira ($15 million) on their heads, the Hurriyet daily reported Tuesday.

Three suspected IS forces of Evil are on its urgently-wanted red list including Mustafa Dokumaci, the alleged leader of IS in Gaziantep, Ilhami Bali and Yunus Durmaz who is said to have planned the March 19 attack.

Turkey has been for several months on a state of high alert due to a series of attacks blamed both on IS and Kurdish forces of Evil amid the resumption of a conflict with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [338 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Ayers, Dohrn? Don't suppose there's any chance ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/06/2016 3:21 Comments || Top||

#2  They're self-aggrandizing commies, not Islamist, meneer.

Though the line is getting a tad blurred.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/06/2016 10:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Whahaha, well said and blurred indeed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/06/2016 11:15 Comments || Top||

#4  "The other jihadist arrested was Ercan Capkin, the brother of Erkan Capkin, "

"This is my brother Darrell, and my other brother Daryl"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/06/2016 14:25 Comments || Top||

1 dead in bomb attack on train in Quetta
QUETTA: At least one passenger was killed and several others injured as a remote-controlled bomb hit the Quetta-bound Jaffar Express in Balochistan's Sibi district on Tuesday.

The passenger train travelling from Lahore to Quetta was in the Bakhtiarabad area when the bomb detonated, Levis sources said.

One passenger was killed and at least three others injured, while three bogies of the passenger train were derailed as a result of the attack. The victims were shifted to hospitals in Quetta.

Rescue and security teams reached the site of the attack and train services between Balochistan and other parts of the country were temporarily suspended after the attack.

Law enforcement personnel launched a search operation in the area following the attack.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri condemned the blast in strong words and directed the concerned officials o take tough action against those involved in the attack.
Posted by: badanov || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under:

Suspected terrorists, facilitators arrested
[DAWN] MARDAN: Several suspected turbans and their controllers were nabbed
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
during a joint operation by security forces and police in Mardan, Swabi and surrounding areas.

A statement issued by the ISPR on Monday said the operation was launched on information about the presence of turbans and their controllers in the two districts.

It said that the intelligence-based operations were being conducted in Jalala Afghan camp in Mardan, Malakabad Gadoon area, Topi and adjacent localities of Swabi.

Officials claimed that the search operation had proved a great success and dozens of controllers of bully boyz were taken into custody. They said that operations were led by army, whereas police and intelligence agencies were assisting them.

They added that a huge cache of illegal arms and ammunition and other suspicious items had also been recovered during the operation. The officials said the action was part of a series of operations being conducted throughout the country under the National Action Plan to eliminate terrorists.
Posted by: Fred || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Militant killed in Pulwama, 4 trapped in Kupwara
[Daily Excelsior] A Hizbul Mujahideen Lion of Islam was killed in a shootout that raged at Gudoora village of South Kashmire’s Pulwama district this afternoon while 10 persons have been injured in stone-throwing festivities in the area and four Death Eaters of Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
(LeT) have been trapped by security forces in North Kashmire’s Dardpora forests.

The shootout started after Army’s 55 RR, Special Operations Group of Jammu and Kashmire Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) cordoned off Gudoora village following specific information about the presence of 2-3 Death Eaters in the area.

Militants opened fire on security forces during cordon and search operation leading to a shootout which lasted for several hours. One local Lion of Islam of Hizbul Mujahideen identified as Bilal Ahmad Bhat of Kareemabad Pulwama was killed in the shootout.

Security forces have suspended the operation for the night but sources said that the two other Death Eaters managed to escape during initial firing. They have intensified the cordon as they believed that at least one Lion of Islam was still hiding in the village.

To help Death Eaters from fleeing the cordon, hundreds of people clashed with security forces near encounter spot and other areas in Gudoora during the operation. People tried to march towards the encounter spot in order to facilitate fleeing of trapped Lion of Islams.

there's no worse danger than telling a mother her baby is ugly...
the additional contingents of police and CRPF intercepted them triggering festivities. Protesters also clashed with security forces at Kakapora, Kareemabad and Murran Chowk in which 10 persons were maimed.

In the meantime, four Death Eaters of Lashkar-e-Taiba have been trapped by security forces in Dardpora forest area of Lolab in North Kashmire’s Kupwara district.

Army’s 28 RR and police cordoned off forest area near Jindyal hamlet in Dardpora area of Loalab in Kupwara this afternoon. Militants opened fire on the security forces but managed to escape. More troops were rushed and they have been trapped in dense forest area.

A live hand grenade was found near a nullah in Kralpora area of Kupwara district, which was later defused by Bomb Disposal Squad.

Police said that a police party noticed the suspected device in Kralpora area this morning. The BDS team was immediately informed about the device following which a team was dispatched to the spot. The grenade was recovered and defused.
Posted by: Fred || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under: Hizbul Mujaheddin

Iraqi militia repel ISIS attack in Kirkuk
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – The spokesperson of al-Hashed al-Sha’bi militia Ali al-Husseini announced on Tuesday, that the paramilitary al-Hashed al-Sha’bi force had foiled an attack by ISIS on the area of Tel Ahmed located in southern Kirkuk.

Husseini said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, al-Hashed al-Sha’bi forces as well as al-Abbas Combat Regiment had managed to repel the attack on the area of Tel Ahmed in the vicinity of Bashir in Tuz Khurmatu (35 km south of Kirkuk),” explaining that, “The suicide bomber, who was riding a Hummer, has been killed in the vicinity of the village.”

Husseini added, “The artillery of al-Hashed [al-Sha’bi] forces at the defensive line flattened the [ISIS] positions by heavy artillery and helped repel the terrorist attack.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Turkish aircraft hit Kurd positions in Qandil Mountains
(IraqiNews.com) Sulimaniyah – The Mayor of Qandil region Mohamed Abdel Rahman announced on Tuesday, that Turkish warplanes attacked the border areas in Qandil Mountains, while pointed out to the destruction of two houses in the area.

Abdel Rahman said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Turkish warplanes attacked the border areas in Qandil Mountains,” pointing out that, “The attack resulted in the destruction of two houses in Komtan village, in addition to inflecting material damages to the electricity network.”

Abdel Rahman added, “The Turkish aerial attack lasted for several hours.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under:

Anbar Antics: 76 die
40 ISIS Bad Guys die in Baghdadi

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Monday, Heet District Council in Anbar Province announced, that 40 militants from the so-called ISIS were killed in the cleansing battles of al-Baghdadi vicinity west of Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad), while pointed out to the destruction of three car bombs and four rocket launchers.

The Head of Heet Council Mohammed Mohannad al-Hiti said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The joint security forces carried out, at noon today, a large-scale security operation on ISIS gatherings in Baghdadi vicinity, killing 40 ISIS fighters and destructing four rocket launchers.”

Hiti added, “The security forces also managed to destroy three car bombs,” pointing out that, “Combat troops were deployed in the vicinity of al-Baghdadi in anticipation of any terrorist attacks in the coming hours.”

Iraqi kops liberate kop shop, 16 ISIS troops die

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The security committee in Anbar Provincial Council announced on Monday, that the security forces stormed Heet District west of Ramadi from three axes, while indicated to the liberation of the police station in Heet and the killing of 16 members of the so-called ISIS during the operation.

The Head of the security committee Rajeh Barakat said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The joint security forces stormed Heet police station from three axes,” pointing out that, “The security forces managed to liberate the police station in Heet and kill 16 members belonging to ISIS, as well as destroying three car bombs during the operation.”

Warbirds hit ISIS bomb factory, 20 die

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Ismail al-Mahalawi announced on Tuesday, that the international coalition aviation bombed a weapons cache and an explosives laboratory belonging to ISIS, while killed 20 ISIS members east of Ramadi.

Mahalawi said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation in coordination with Anbar Operations bombed a weapons cache, an explosives laboratory and a headquarters belonging to ISIS in Fallujah District east of Ramadi.”

Mahalawi added, “The bombing resulted in the destruction of the headquarters, in addition to killing 20 ISIS members.”

Iraqi warbirds hit ISIS positions near Falljah

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Command, Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahalawi, announced on Tuesday destroying four ISIS shelters in an aerial bombardment by the international coalition west of Fallujah.

Mahalawi said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation, in coordination with Anbar Operations, had managed to bombard four shelters belonging to the ISIS in the area of al-Fallahat west of Fallujah (east of Ramadi),” adding that, “The bombing was based on accurate intelligence received by the coalition forces.”

“The strike resulted in the destruction of those shelters,” he also added.

Iraqi forces control 70 percent of Heet

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Heet District Council revealed on Tuesday, that the security forces controlled more than 70% of Heet District west of Ramadi, while expected that the coming hours will witness the liberation of the remaining areas in the district.

The Head of Heet District Council Mohammed Mohannad al-Hiti said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces are continuing the liberation of Heet District backed by the international coalition aviation,” pointing out that, “ISIS is controlling less than 30% of the district, and those areas do not exceed five kilometers square.”

Hiti added, “The remaining ISIS members in Heet District are besieged,” indicating that, “The next few hours will be crucial for the military troops, after advancing on all the axes of Heet and crossing the Euphrates River.”
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ISIS arrests Fallujah woman who revealed group’s atrocities
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
a woman in the Iraqi city of Fallujah after she revealed atrocities committed by the group in a video aired on Al Arabiya News Channel and its sister station al-Hadath.

"People are dying because of hunger, there is no medicine, no food, we have no more options left," she said in the video, appearing breathless, adding "Allah is my refuge."

The city of Fallujah,
... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids...
located around 70 kilometers from the capital Baghdad, is currently controlled by ISIS. It has been under siege from Popular Mobilization forces and Iraqi army forces for two years.

ISIS views most of the city’s residents as enemies, and it has deprived them of their most basic rights, limiting their access to food and medicine ‐ a situation made worse by the ongoing siege.

The residents of Fallujah suffer from many diseases due to malnutrition and lack of medical supplies.

Al-Hadath reported on Tuesday that seven people had died, all of them women and kiddies, due to the combination of barrel bombings, hunger and shortage of medicine.

Al Arabiya’s correspondent cited a medic reporting that Fallujah’s hospital received three women maimed from barrel bombings and two slain children.

...back at the pond, the radioactive tadpoles grown into frogs. Really big frogs, in fact...
five other children were killed due to a medicine shortage.
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#1  Fallujah Tourism Bureau motto:

"Fallujah - come for the waters, stay because you're dead"
Snark of the Day
Posted by: Frank G || 04/06/2016 9:23 Comments || Top||

#2  LOL, gotta be SOTD.
Posted by: Shipman || 04/06/2016 10:28 Comments || Top||

Fire hits natural gas well in northern Iraq’s Kirkuk region
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A fire broke out on Tuesday evening at a mothballed natural gas production well close to the region controlled by ISIS forces of Evil in northern Iraq, an oil official said.

The well belongs to the Khabbaz oil field, 20 km (12 miles) southwest of Kirkuk in a region under control of the Kurdish peshmerga forces, said an official at the state-run North Oil Company that operates the reservoir.

Firefighters were trying to put out the blaze while an investigation was under way to determine what caused the kaboom, he said.

The Khabbaz field sustained heavy damage last year after an attack by the ultra-hardline ISIS. It produces about 15,000 barrels per day under normal circumstances.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 4 die
2 die in market bombing

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday, that nine people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast in southern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded near a popular market in the district of Mahmudiya in southern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding seven others.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to Mahmudiyah Hospital to receive treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department, while carried out a raid to search for the perpetrators of the bombing.”

2 die in restaurant bombing attack

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday, that at least 11 people had been either killed or wounded in the explosion of a car bomb near a restaurant in eastern Baghdad.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “A car bomb exploded, at noon today, near a restaurant in New Baghdad area, killing two people and wounding nine others, as well as causing material damage to a number of vehicles,” pointing out that, “The casualties are expected to rise due to the intensity of the bombing.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “Ambulances rushed to the area and evacuated the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department, while the security force imposed a security cordon on the area of the incident and barred approaching it.”

2 wounded in car bomb in al-Badala

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi police said on Tuesday, that a person was killed and two others were injured in a suicide bombing that took place in eastern Baghdad.

The source, who requested anonymity, said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today, suicide bomber, wearing an explosive vest and driving a modern vehicle, blew himself up near the village of al-Badala in the area of New Baghdad in eastern Baghdad, resulting in the death of one person and wounding two others.”

“A security force arrived in the area of the incident and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital and the dead body to the forensic medicine authority,” the source added.
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3 Palestinians to be charged for shooting attack soon — Shin Bet
As so often is the case, our first intimation that the Israelis arrested someone for terrorism is when the post-interrogation charges are announced.
[IsraelTimes] Security service reveals details of two cases involving improvised submachine guns in recent months

Security forces tossed in the clink
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
three Paleostinian men suspected of carrying out a shooting attack in February on Israeli citizens in the West Bank, the Shin Bet revealed on Tuesday.

The three men were picked up in a joint Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police operation on February 9, some four days after they had carried out a drive-by shooting at passing cars near Iskaka, near Ariel in the West Bank, the Shin Bet said.

No one was injured in the attack, but one car was damaged.

The three Paleostinians were identified as Abdallah Taiseer Abd Arouri, Hamada Salah Abd Arouri and Salah Sabri Abd Arouri. They were all members of the same family, from Aroura, a village north of Ramallah, the Shin Bet said.

Abdallah and Hamada are both 30 years old, while Salah is 23 years old.

According to their confessions, the trio had purchased two weapons -- makeshift Carlo submachine guns -- from an arms dealer in the West Bank and began practicing with them in preparation for a terror attack.

The guns were later recovered by the Shin Bet.

During the shooting attack, Abdallah acted as driver, while Hamada and Salah actually fired the submachine guns, the Shin Bet said.

"The investigation will be handed over to the military prosecutor and indictments will be filed shortly," the Shin Bet said.

The security service also revealed additional information about an attempted shooting attack last month.

On March 23, IDF soldiers spotted 27-year-old Imad al-Huli, armed with a Carlo submachine gun and a knife, trying to enter the El-Matan settlement in the Samaria region of the West Bank.

During Huli’s interrogation he admitted to Shin Bet officers that he had planned to carry out a shooting attack near the road leading to the El-Matan settlement, but "apparently changed his mind and was caught on his way home," the Shin Bet said in a statement.

The Azzoun resident had argued with his parents over an engagement that was called off before deciding to carry out the attack.

This case seems to reinforce the Shin Bet’s claim that many of the Paleostinians who have carried out terror attacks suffer from personal and psychological difficulties.

The Paleostinian Authority and terror organizations, through "wild incitement," have been "influencing these people with personal problems," the Shin Bet said last month. And this has "pushed them to carry out acts of terror."
Which does not rule out individual connections to Hamas and/or Islamic Jihad, making the troubled more vulnerable to the incitement, exactly as intended.
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Over 220 Iranian troops said killed in Syria since October
A happy number...
[IsraelTimes] Iranian media reports that over 220 Iranian soldiers have been killed in fighting in Syria since October, including three over the past day.

Two of the three were members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and the third of the pro-regime Basij militia, Israel Radio reports.

Also Tuesday, Hezbollah announces that two of its most senior commanders are killed in battles with 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....
near Homs.

Iranian forces are fighting alongside the forces of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor. If he'd stuck with it he'd have had a good practice by now...
’s regime in the country’s five-year civil war.
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#1  Which kinda explains why the mullahs are sending the regular army.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/06/2016 10:13 Comments || Top||

#2  How much better/worse are the regulars?
Posted by: Shipman || 04/06/2016 11:18 Comments || Top||

#3  And, WHY do the American politicians want to intervene in this war? Aren't our enemies killing each other?
Posted by: jvalentour || 04/06/2016 12:13 Comments || Top||

#4  How much better/worse are the regulars?

From personal experience, they're more professional than the IRGC. Even after 40 years of 'politicization', the regulars are still not fully trusted by the theocracy and tend to be relegated to a sort of second-class status. That the mullahs were reduced to recalling a lot of dismissed Shah-era officers to fight the Iran-Iraq war still rankles.

Capability-wise, they're... adequate. Probably slightly less capable than the average Gulf region military.

Note that the Iranians are sending elements from their equivalent of a Delta Force to Syria. That, and open source info, confirms they're having volunteer-issues with the IRGC. When they start sending from the regular units, then it'll be a good indicator that the Iranians are in real trouble.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/06/2016 16:15 Comments || Top||

ISIS reports gains near key airbase in Syria’s Damascus
[ARA News] DAMASCUS – Subsequent to clashes with the Syrian regime army forces, militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) have reportedly seized control of several key positions in the eastern and northeastern suburbs of Syria’s capital Damascus, local media sources reported on Tuesday.

The ISIS militant fighters launched Tuesday a fierce offensive on positions for the Syrian army in the Qalmoun region, east and northeast of the capital Damascus.

“Islamic State fighters seized control the ‘559 battalion’, an army base and a nearby strategic checkpoint, in addition to the cement plant in eastern Qalamoun,” ISIS-linked Amaq agency reported.

The source stressed that the militant group caused the regime’s forces heavy losses in manpower and equipment.

“The [ISIS] fighters also seized a number of weapons and a large deal of ammunition subsequent to the operation, including a cannon [caliber 57], a machine gun [caliber 12.5], a machine gun 23 and the base of thermal rockets as well as a T-62 tank,” it added.

Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, local media activist Waseem al-Abdo confirmed that with their control over those strategic areas, the jihadi group has been so close to the regime-held Seen and Dumair airbases in eastern Qalamoun near the Syrian capital Damascus.

“Fierce clashes are ongoing between ISIS and pro-Assad forces on the outskirts of the key regiment 16,” al-Abdo reported.

“ISIS tried to storm the regiment south of the Dumair city​, but it was forced to retreat after receiving painful blows by the pro-regime,” al-Abdo told ARA News, citing sources close to the regime’s army.

Also Tuesday, Russian warplanes conducted several raids on the ISIS’s tactical units in the vicinity of the Seen airbase and the industrial zone (Hisia). ISIS seeks to impose a blockade on the regime’s military locations near Damascus, according to local sources.

ARA News could not verify the death toll among ISIS jihadis in Tuesday’s airstrikes.

In a related development, the leadership of the Syrian army has sent additional reinforcements to the eastern Qalamoun area for fear of a possible expansion by ISIS in the region, sources close to the Syrian army told ARA News, preferring anonymity.

The ISIS hardline group has been waging a military campaign targeting the Syrian regime-held airbases, including the Seen and Dumair military airports in eastern Qalamoun in addition to the Deir ez-Zor military airbaseــwhich has been under blockade for several months by the group.
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Syrian rebels massacre Kurds in Aleppo, 70+ die
[ARA News] ERBIL – Dozens of civilians, including women and children, were killed on Tuesday in attacks by Arab rebel groups on a Kurdish neighborhood in Syria’s northern Aleppo city, officials and activists told ARA News.

The Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Mqsoud in Aleppo –held by fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG)– was exposed to heavy shelling by Islamist rebels on Tuesday.

At least 70 civilians were reported dead in the bombardment of Sheikh Maqsoud.

“The situation in Sheikh Maqsoud is very bad, the attacks of these rebel groups are continuing, and most of the casualties are women and children,” Kurdish affairs analyst Mutlu Civiroglu told ARA News.

“These groups want to take control of Sheikh Maqsoud at any cost. They are indiscriminately shelling the neighborhood and killing civilians,” Civiroglu said.

“The sons of Hafez al-Assad who have removed the clothing of Arabism and put on the clothing of religion [in reference to Syrian Islamist rebels] are aiming their hatred and filth at the heads of the civilians,” Sharvan Darwish, a military commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), told ARA News. “The number of the martyrs has reached 70 civilians.”

The attacks have also led to more rifts between the Syrian Kurdish political parties. The Kurdish National Council (KNC) is a member of the Syrian opposition, and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) has accused the Syrian opposition of backing the attacks on Sheikh Maqsoud.

“It’s necessary for the KNC to explain this, because it says the rebels are not radicals,” PYD official Nawaf Xelil told ARA News. “This is a Turkish strategy.”

However, the KNC previously condemned rebel attacks on civilians in Aleppo. “The KNC has earlier condemned Nusra’s attacks on Sheikh Maqsoud and the killing of civilians,” Zara Salih, a member of the Political Committee of the Yekîtî Party told ARA News.

Kurds have demanded the Syrian opposition forces to condemn the attacks, since some of the rebel groups attacking the Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud are part of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

“YPG had already taken control on Sheikh Maqsoud, but al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham want to retake this area to open and control the way towards Afrin city north of Aleppo,” Salih said. “It’s a critical situation in this area.”

Speaking to ARA News, Aymen Jawad al-Tamimi, a researcher with the Middle East Forum, said that Sheikh Maqsoud clashes might be related to the territorial competition between the Kurds and Islamist rebel groups.

“Although the exact spark of the clashes is not certain, but it could be related to the [Kurdish-led] SDF attempts to cut off a rebel supply route in northern Aleppo in a bid to expand west of Afrin,” he added.
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#1  Was it Pentagon's rebels, CIA's rebels, or independent rebels?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/06/2016 14:02 Comments || Top||

Nusra Front captures pilot from downed Syrian jet
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Syria Lions of Islam shot down a warplane on Tuesday in an area south of the city of Aleppo where snuffies are battling the Syrian army and allied militias, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The monitor said a plume of smoke was seen as the plane caught fire before it fell in the Talat al-Iss highland, where al Qaeda-affiliated Lions of Islam have come under heavy bombardment by Syrian and Russian planes since they captured the area this week.

Syrian state TV confirmed that the jet was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Aleppo province and the pilot ejected.

However according to the monitor and a krazed killer source said that the pilot of downed plane has been taken by al-Qaeda affiliated 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 .. ...
front to one of its headquarters.

Videos downloaded on social media also showed footage of the plane and pictures of the wreckage of a burnt plane surrounded by rebels.

Militants last downed a Syrian jet in the western province of Hama on March 12. Then they also denied a Russian Defense Ministry report they had used an anti-aircraft missile. The Observatory said on that occasion a krazed killer group had used two heat-seeking missiles.

Ahmed al-Seoud, the head of a Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
rebel group operating in northwestern Syria, said on Tuesday: "Not one faction in the opposition has surface-to-air missiles."

A former rebel commander and army defector, Brigadier General Ahmad Rahal, said he had information that the warplane in Aleppo was brought down by artillery fire.

"The Syrian air force planes are old and so after a certain mileage they need overhaul and are forced to fly at very low altitudes. They risk getting hit" by gunfire, he told Rooters.

Missiles could hit jets flying at a higher altitudes and with greater accuracy.

A Syrian military source said the incident was "a dangerous indication of the weapons the bully boyz are obtaining".
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#1  Not another fiery cage, I hope.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/06/2016 11:44 Comments || Top||

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