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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [877 views] Top|| File under:

39 ISIS loyalists killed in Afghan forces raids in Nangarhar
At least 39 ISIS loyalists were killed during a raid by the Afghan national security forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the militants were killed in air and ground operations conducted in Nazian, Achin and Kot districts.
MoD further added that 15 militants affiliated with the terror group were also wounded during the same operations.

Local security officials earlier said at least 19 militants were killed during the raids conducted in Kot district of Nangarhar as part of a military operation to clear the area from the militants presence.

Provincial police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqwal said the operations are led by provincial police Chief Gen. Fazal Ahmad Sherzad.

He said the Afghan forces kicked off the operations this morning and as a result at least 19 ISIS loyalits were killed and 15 others were wounded.

Mashriqwal further added that the Afghan security forces did not suffer any casualties during the operations.

This comes as the US forces conducted a drone strike in Achin district of Nangarhar province earlier, leaving at least 6 loyalists of the terror group dead.

The Afghan forces have intensified counter-terrorism operations against the terror group loyalists amid concerns that attempts are being made by the militants affiliated with ISIS to expand foothold in Afghanistan.
Posted by: badanov || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under:

30 killed as Afghan Air Force pound militants in Uruzgan province
At least 30 militants were killed in two separate operations conducted by the Afghan National Security Forces pounded militants in southern Uruzgan province in coordination with the Afghan Air Force.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the militants were targeted in Dehrawood district of Uruzgan by the Afghan security force.
According to an operational update by Ministry of Defense (MoD), at least 17 militants were also wounded during the raids.

At least 5 militants were killed in separate operations conducted in Ghazni and Farah provinces, MoD said, adding that 6 others were also wounded.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

The Afghan security forces have stepped up counter-terrorism operations amid deteriorating security situation to suppress the activities of the militants.

The Afghan officials are optimistic to curb the summer offensive of the militants with greater capabilities including close-air support with the addition of new equipment supplied by United States and other allies of Afghanistan.
Posted by: badanov || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under:

Civilians suffer casualties as militants attack vehicle in Ghazni
A civilian was reportedly killed and nine others were wounded after gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in the restive southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place earlier today in Andar district after unknown gunmen targeted the vehicle.

Provincial police spokesman Ahamd Fahim Amiri confirmed that the incident took place in Kote Sangi area of Andar district.

He said at least five people were wounded in the attack and were taken to Kabul for treatment with the condition of the victim’s reported to be critical.

However, the eyewitnesses in the area said at least one civilian was killed and nine others were wounded in the attack.
No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Ghazni is among the volatile provinces in southeastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.
Posted by: badanov || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under:

No other casualties in Kandahar bomb attack
A relatively heavy explosion rocked Kandahar city earlier today with the preliminary reports suggesting only the suicide bomber was killed in the incident.

The bomber detonated his explosives before reaching to his potential target which remains unascertained, leaving only himself dead.

The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) confirmed that a suicide bomber was shot dead by the Afghan intelligence operatives in the 5th police district of Kandahar city.

Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban insurgents however the Afghan security forces have managed to maintain security and stability in this province during the past several months.

The anti-government armed militants have been trying to expand their insurgency activities in this province lately amid deteriorating security situation in the south.

At least 19 militants operating in 4 groups were arrested by the Afghan intelligence operatives lately as they were planning to carry out terrorist attacks in this province.
Posted by: badanov || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under:

Africa North
Egyptian senior security official wounded in North Sinai blast
[AlAhram] A security bigshot was maimed in a blast Wednesday in North Sinai, state news agency MENA reported.

A roadside kaboom went off as a patrol responsible for securing a cash-transport vehicle passed by on a highway near the quiet provincial capital of Al-Arish.

Assistant Security Director of North Sinai Yasser Hafez was injured in the leg as a result of the bombing.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

Yemeni Army Fully Controls Strategic Post overlooking Bab Al-Mandeb Strait
Yemeni army and Popular Committees announced on Wednesday they were in full control of Shabaka military post which overlook Bab al-Mandeb strait.

Military sources reported that dozens of Saudi-led forces were killed and injured in the fierce clashes which erupted before the control of the post.

Earlier on Tuesday, at least 70 Saudi-led forces were killed and other 100 were injured when the Yemeni allied forces fired a ballistic missile, targeting al-Hazm complex in al-Jawf province.Popular committees in Yemen

Yemeni military source said that the missile unit in the Yemeni army and the popular committees fired on Tuesday Tochka missile, noting that among the killed and the injured were commanders.

The source told Yemeni news agency, Sabaa, that many commanders, including foreigners, were at the complex which was destroyed.
Posted by: badanov || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  The best equipment money can buy and they are just a bunch of tin hat phonies getting their butts handed to them on a plate.

No wonder the KSA royalty pisses themselves thinking about Iran.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 04/07/2016 23:10 Comments || Top||

Cross-border shelling from Yemen kills two in Saudi
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Shelling from 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...
has killed two people in a Saudi town, the civil defence agency said, in a rare breach of a calm in the border area agreed with Iran-backed militias early last month.

"Shelling from Yemeni territory on Samtah left two people dead and maimed a child," the agency said on Twitter late on Tuesday.

Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
is leading an Arab coalition that has been bombing the Houthis for more than a year, in support of Yemen’s internationally recognized President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday that a Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
delegation was holding talks in Riyadh, ahead of a planned UN-brokered ceasefire next weekend which is to be followed by peace negotiations in Kuwait on April 18.

The Saudi-led coalition announced on March 9 that after negotiations though tribal mediators, it had agreed to an exchange of prisoners and a "state of calm" along the border to enable the delivery of desperately needed aid.

Dozens of people have been killed on the Saudi side of the border since the coalition launched its intervention in March last year after the rebels and their allies overran much of the country, prompting Hadi to flee into exile.
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Three Saudi-backed commanders killed in Yemen
[Iran Press TV] The Yemeni army and Ansarullah fighters have engaged in fierce festivities with Death Eaters loyal to the Saudi-backed runaway former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, in northern Yemen, leaving three field commanders dead.

Almashhad-alyemeni, a pro-Hadi website, said on Wednesday that a leader from the Salafi Islah party and two field commanders were killed in the festivities in the northern area of Naqil al-Aqabah of al-Jawf province on Tuesday.

According to the report, pro-Hadi forces were sent to capture the area of al-Aqabah in al-Jawf from the Yemeni forces on Monday.

The news comes as the Yemeni forces continued to make gains against the Saudi-backed forces on Wednesday as Yemen's army and popular committees took control of the strategic military base of al-Shabaka, which overlooks the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, in Ta’izz Province, according to al-Masirah television channel.

Also on Wednesday, the Yemeni security forces raided a hideout of al-Qaeda Death Eaters in al-Qadad area of Dhamar Province, killing two Death Eaters and injuring four others. Three snuffies were also placed in durance vile
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
The forces also seized the terrorists’ weapons and boom belts during the raid.

...back at the pound, the little lost dog backed into the corner and showed its teeth. And what big teeth they were!...
Saudi warplanes continued to bomb the Yemeni provinces of Ma’rib, Ta’izz and al-Jawf, but there were no immediate reports of casualties so far.
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Secular Bangladeshi writer murdered in the street
Machete-wielding attackers struck in the capital of Bangladesh Wednesday night, killing 26-year-old secular writer Nazimuddin Samad. Samad, described by Bangladesh police as a masters student at Jagannath University, is the sixth secularist writer or publisher to have been murdered in Dhaka in the last 16 months. Police called the murder a pre-planned attack.

"He was on his way back home from his evening classes when he was circled by a group of three to four people," Senior Assistant Police Commissioner Nurul Amin of the Dhaka Police, told CNN.
"First the attackers hacked Samad with machetes, then shot him."

Police say the attackers then fled the scene on motorcycle. No arrests have yet been made.

The murder is certain to add to fears among intellectuals and writers who have dared to challenge religious thought in Bangladesh, a majority Muslim country with a sizable Hindu religious minority. The constitution in Bangladesh defines Islam as the state religion. But it also includes a clause promising to defend the "principle of secularism."
Nice defense there. You guys look like the Cleveland Browns...
Imran Sarker, who leads a blogging and online activist network in Bangladesh, described Samad as a "very active secular activist."

"He was very vocal on issues of religious fundamentalism, war crimes, minority issues, corruption and injustice against women," Sarker told CNN. "He used to regularly post notes on Facebook expressing his views."

Friends and supporters took to social media to express their grief, and tributes for, the young writer. "Rest in Power, Nazimuddin Samad," one Facebook post said. "There is no end to this brutality."

On Twitter, the U.N. Special Rapporteur Karima Bennoune said that extremism "is a human rights issue."
So the Special Wrapper is involved? What's next, Carla del Ponte?
Mukto Mona, an English- and Bangladeshi-language website which frequently challenges and criticizes religious beliefs, added its voice to the tributes.

"Nazimuddin was a courageous freethinker; he was vocal in his support for a secular and humane Bangladesh," the post reads.

"This is terribly shocking," said Gulam Rabbi Chowdhury, a childhood friend and former high school classmate of Samad. Chowdhury said Samad went into hiding for several months last year because he feared for his life.
Why is it "shocking" as opposed to "expected"? B'desh has watched several writers being murdered on the streets without doing anything about it. You get more of what you encourage...
Mukto Mona posted excerpts of an exchange between a writer who expressed concern for Samad's safety.

"I am also scared... scared of getting killed," Samad responded in writing, according to a post published on Mukto Mona. "But what else can I do? It's better to die rather than living by keeping my head down."

Mukto Mona's founder, a US-based Bangladeshi writer named Avijit Roy, was murdered by machete wielding attackers outside an annual book fair in Dhaka in February 2015.

Press freedoms groups have been sounding the alarm about the campaign of violence against writers in Bangladesh.

"Bangladesh has been ravaged by a spate of bloody attacks on bloggers and other writers who espouse secular viewpoints," said Karin Deutsch Karlekar, director of Freedom of Expression Programs at PEN America. The group urged the US government and other countries to provide shelter to writers at risk of being attacked.
Alternately, you could hunt down the murderers and hang them. You'd only have to do it a few times before everyone else got the message. Just a thought...
Posted by: Steve White || 04/07/2016 09:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [463 views] Top|| File under:

Migrant Shenanigans
Anti-Semitic incidents in Austria up 80%

The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in Austria increased by more than 80 percent last year, according to the Austrian Forum Against Anti-Semitism.
Canary in the coal mine stuff. If it's happening to Jews, it's happening to the other natives as well.
The forum says 465 incidents were recorded during 2015, over 200 of them being Internet postings hostile to Jews.

The total number of Internet postings reported to Austria’s constitutional protection authority as offensive remained stable in 2015, but the number of postings liable to be used in criminal proceedings doubled compared to 2014, an Interior Ministry front man tells Rooters.

“The whole picture is terrifying," Oskar Deutsch, president of the Jewish Communities of Austria, tells the news agency.

There was a clear trend of increasingly hostile behavior by Muslims against the 15,000 Jews living in Austria, the Jewish community representative says.

"There is an increasing concern in our community that if the proportion of Muslims in Austria continues to rise due to immigration, due to the refugees, this could become problematic for us," Raimund Fastenbauer says.

Germany arrests Syrian on war crimes charges

German authorities Wednesday arrest a Syrian national on war crimes charges, on suspicion of commanding a rebel militia in Aleppo that committed atrocities and plundered artifacts for sale. Federal prosecutors say in a statement that the 41-year-old accused, identified only as Ibrahim Al F., were tossed into the calaboose in the western region of Westphalia on a German arrest warrant.

"The accused is strongly suspected of treating people entitled to protection under international humanitarian law cruelly and inhumanely in the autumn of 2012 during the Syrian civil war," prosecutors say.

Ibrahim Al F. is believed to have led a 150-man district militia in Aleppo belonging to the Islamist rebel group Ghuraba al-Sham, then part of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
, a loose coalition of opponents to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Lord of the Baath...
’s regime.

Prosecutors says the militia, however, mainly pursued "self-serving aims." These included repeated plunder after the withdrawal of government troops from parts of Aleppo, including the looting of valuable art that the accused later tried to sell.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is it Hemingway again?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2016 8:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/07/2016 10:05 Comments || Top||

#3  It was Hemingway...
Posted by: Pappy || 04/07/2016 11:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Idaho IP?
Was? By shotgun?
Posted by: Shipman || 04/07/2016 14:05 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkey Arrests 'Would-be PKK Female Suicide Bomber' in Ankara
[AnNahar] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has incarcerated
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
a female bad boy affiliated to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) suspected of planning to carry out a suicide kaboom, a report said Wednesday.

The arrest of the woman in the capital Ankara -- identified as R.I., 21 -- comes after the city was this year rocked by two suicide boom-mobileings claimed by Kurdish bandidos forces of Evil that left dozens dead.

She was detained by police during a regular traffic inspection at one of the entrances to the city in the Golbasi district, the Dogan news agency reported.

The woman had been the subject of a nationwide search after digitally-stored data was found on a Kurdish bad boy killed in the southeastern Mardin region that identified her as a potential suicide attacker, Dogan said.

There was no suggestion she had explosives on her when detained.

She was placed under arrest by a criminal court in Ankara ahead of a trial whose date has yet to be set.

It said that the woman had been treated for one-and-a-half months for liver problems in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir before heading for Ankara.

Over 350 members of the Turkish security forces have been killed in bomb and gun attacks by the PKK since a ceasefire collapsed last summer last summer.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under:

15 suspected militants killed in Balochistan's Kalat district
QUETTA: Security forces on Wednesday claimed to have killed 15 suspected militants in Balochistan’s Kalat district.

“Security forces conducted a raid against miscreants of a banned militant organisation in Johan area of Kalat,” said Balochistan government spokesperson Anwarul Haq Kakar.

Kakar added that 15 militants were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces, with two security personnel injured in the action.

The injured security personnel were shifted to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Security forces also recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition, and destroyed two sanctuaries used by the militants, said Kakar.

“It is premature to say if any high-profile militant commander was among the dead,” said a security official.

Johan is considered a sensitive area in Kalat district, militants operating in the area have been targeting security forces and pro-government politicians in the area.

Militants have conducted attacks against security forces and national installations in Balochistan, which has been plagued by an insurgency and growing sectarian killings for more than a decade.
Posted by: badanov || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under:

Police kill two ‘militants’
[DAWN] Two suspected bandidos forces of Evil were killed in a shootout with police in Gulshan-e-Maymar area on Tuesday night. One of them had a reward of one million rupees on his head.

Officials said the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police, acting on a tip-off about the presence of some bandidos forces of Evil and criminal elements, conducted a raid in Gulshan-e-Maymar area, near Northern Bypass. The raid turned into an exchange of gunfire.

"The police cordoned off the area," said SSP Junaid Sheikh of CTD. "The gunnies in the hideout attacked personnel of our team when they were busy taking positions. The attack led to retaliation from police which triggered exchange of gunfire. After a brief encounter, both the bandidos forces of Evil were killed. They were later identified as Mujahid and Abdullah."

The government, he said, had announced one million rupees reward for Mujahid, who was an active member of Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent. Police had also recovered two suicide jackets, hand-grenades and assault rifles from their possession, he added.
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent

Afghan agent arrested from Balochistan: FC official
[DAWN] An agent working for the Afghan National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) ‐ Afghanistan's premier spy agency ‐ was incarcerated
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
from Chaman district in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
Wednesday morning, officials said.

A Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and anti-smuggling operations....
(FC) front man said personnel conducted a raid on a compound in Boghra, a residential and commercial area in Chaman, and picked up an agent working for the NDS.

The front man said the 'spy' was supplying weapons and kabooms for terrorist activities inside Balochistan.

Intelligence agencies are interrogating the agent, he added.

The arrest comes just weeks after forces arrested Kulbushan Jadhav, an Indian agent from Balochistan, who Pakistain said was involved in "terror activities" in the province.

Law enforcement agencies announced the arrest of Jadhav during an intelligence-based raid in Balochistan's Chaman last month.
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

LeT militant killed in Lolab
[Daily Excelsior] A bully boy 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) was killed during a shootout in North Kashmire Lolab forests today while security forces have launched massive searches against his colleagues who fled from security cordon last night.

Army today recovered body of a bully boy from Dardpora forests during searches along with an AK-47 rifle. The bully boy is believed to have been killed in the shootout during the night.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba

With army assistance, security operation underway in southern Punjab
[DAWN] Security forces, with assistance from Pakistain Army, are conducting an operation against holy warriors and hardcore criminals in areas of southern Punjab.

"Coordinated operations are underway against terrorists, hardened criminals and ferraris by law enforcement agencies including Rangers, Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Iraqi kops detain 35 in Babel
(IraqiNews.com) Babel – A source in the Iraqi police said on Wednesday, that Babel Police managed to detain 35 wanted individuals on various criminal charges during raid operations in different areas of the province.

The source, who requested anonymity, said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today, Babel Police managed to detain 35 wanted individuals on criminal charges, ranging between murder and armed robbery, in different areas of Babel,” adding that, “The detainees were transferred to a security center for interrogation.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under:

Ninevah Nightmares: 120 Bad Guys die
50 ISIS Bad Guys die in Mosul airstrike

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A security source in Nineveh Province announced on Tuesday, that 50 militants from the so-called ISIS were killed in an air strike targeted their training sites in central Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aircraft bombed training headquarters belonging to ISIS near the Grand Mosque in the city of Mosul.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The bombing resulted in the killing of 50 fighters belonging to ISIS, as well as destructing their headquarters completely.”

70 ISIS troops die near Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – The commander of Nineveh Operations Major General Najim al-Jubouri announced on Wednesday the killing of 70 ISIS militants and wounding of others during a military operation south of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad), while pointed out to the destruction of seven car bombs.

Maj. Gen. Najim al-Jubouri said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Nineveh Liberation Operations Command received information about the presence of a large number of booby-trapped vehicles and suicide bombers belonging to ISIS in al-Nasser village south of Mosul,” indicating that, “The security forces from the army’s 15th brigade, Peshmerga and tribal fighters began a military operation to destroy the enemy’s capabilities, and they were able to achieve their goals.”

Jubouri added, “The operation resulted in the killing of 70 ISIS fighters, as well as wounding dozens others,” noting that, “Seven booby-trapped vehicles were destroyed during the operation.”

Jubouri continued, “Nineveh Operations Command is awaiting the arrival of the forces from Nineveh police and tribal fighters to control the territory after its liberation,” pointing out that, “The Iraqi Army troops will attack the operations axes.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Anbar Antics: 34 die

19 ISIS Bad Guys have a Very Bad Day

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The leadership of Anbar police announced on Wednesday, that 19 fighters belonging to the so-called ISIS were killed and their convoy was destroyed in western Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad).

The police’s 14th emergency regiment in al-Baghdadi vicinity, Captain Shoaib al-Obeidi, said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aircraft bombed, at noon today, a convoy of ten vehicles belonging to ISIS in al-Baradiya area in western Baghdadi (70 km west of Ramadi), killing 19 ISIS fighters and destructing their convoy.”

Obeidi added, “ISIS is seeking to bolster the presence of its members in the areas of Heet and Baghdadi, as well as launching unsuccessful attacks in order to open havens for its besieged fighters to escape from Heet and the nearby regions.”

Noteworthy, most of Anbar Province were controlled by ISIS, while the Iraqi security forces begun several cleansing battles and managed to retake the city of Ramadi after fierce battles.

15 ISIS troops die in airstrike in Quaim City

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A source in the Joint Operations Command announced on Wednesday, that 15 fighters of the so-called ISIS were killed and others were wounded by an Iraqi air strike that targeted their headquarters in the city of Qaim west of Ramadi, while indicated that the dead ISIS members included eight suicide bombers.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Falcons Intelligence Cell backed by the Joint Operations Command and Iraqi Air Force launched an air strike on a headquarters belonging to ISIS in the city of Qaim in western Anbar.”

The source, who asked to remain anonymous, added: “The air strike resulted in the killing of 15 ISIS militants, including eight suicide bombers, as well as wounding others.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [148 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 2 die

1 dead in bomb attack near garage

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

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded near a garage in al-Wehda neighborhood in southern Baghdad, killing one person and wounding seven others.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “Ambulances rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine department, while the security forces cordoned off the area of the incident and barred approaching it.”

1 dead in al-Sibaa bombing

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

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded in al-Sibaa area in central Baghdad, killing one person and wounding six others,” pointing out that, “Ambulances rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine department.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “A security force cordoned off the area of the incident and barred approaching it.”

3 wounded in bombing at al-Amin

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A police source revealed on Wednesday, that three civilians had been wounded in a bomb blast in eastern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, an improvised explosive device exploded in al-Amin area, wounding three civilians in the area.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “A security force cordoned off the incident area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital.”
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Palestinians dressed as Jews arrested in Beersheba
[IsraelTimes] Police arrest two Paleostinian teenagers near the bus station in the southern city of Beersheba.

The two brothers, 17 and 19, are residents of Hebron
...Hamas central in the West Bank...
and are in Israel illegally, police say in a statement.

One of them was wearing a kippah and tzitzit,
...ritual fringes on a shirt worn by orthodox Jews -- the Ashkenazi or European Jews leave them out for all to see, while the Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews (those who came to Israel from the Ummah) tuck them in, which explains why a Palestinian lad so clad would look suspicious...
and raised the suspicions of a security guard at the bus station, who alerted the police.

The two are brought in for questioning. Police say the pair are not armed.
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#1  Does dressing like a Jew mean they were "cross dressing"?

Not to sound too frivolous but the Paleostinians are becoming a very curious lot. Is it inbreeding or bad Falafel?
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 04/07/2016 23:54 Comments || Top||

30+ Islamic rebels die in Kurd counterattack in Aleppo
[ARA News] ALEPPO ــ Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Wednesday clashed with Islamist rebels, and killed and injured dozens near the Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, leadership of the YPG said on Wednesday.

The Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Mqsoud in Aleppo –held by the YPG fighters– has been exposed to heavy shelling by Islamist rebels over the past few days.

The YPG issued Wednesday a statement, obtained by ARA News, saying: “On April 5, the terrorist groups [Islamist rebels] bombarded the Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud from their positions in the ‘youth housing’, ash-Shaqif housing, the intelligence Street and the Ashrafiyeh district in Aleppo.”

“At least 15 civilians were killed and more than 56 others wounded in Wednesday’s attack,” the statement reported.

The YPG leadership pointed out that the Islamist rebels tried to storm the Kurdish neighborhood, but the YPG forces foiled the attack which led to fierce clashes between the two sides.

“The clashes, which continued until Wednesday midnight, resulted in the destruction of a tank and a weapons depot for the radical Islamists,” the statement read. “According to preliminary information, more than 36 terrorists have been killed and 70 others injured.”

Also, four YPG fighters were killed during the clashes, according to the Kurdish leadership.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, Rezan Hiddo, member of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), close to the YPG leadership, said: “Amid shameful international silence, dozens of civilians have been killed and injured so far due to the barbaric attacks by the terror Islamist groups.”

“At least 14 civilians were killed and 52 others wounded, some of them are seriously injured,” he said.

ARA News could not verify the death toll from other independent sources.

“Five Kurdish fighters were killed while defending civilians in Sheikh Maqsoud. One of them was identified as Abu Rawanــ a leading member of the YPG forces in Aleppo,” eyewitnesses told ARA News.

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of civilians, including women and children, were killed in attacks led by Arab Islamist groups on the Kurdish neighborhood in Syria’s northern Aleppo city, according to local sources.
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ISIS militants expel Syrian rebels from key town in Daraa
[ARANews] HOMS – Subsequent to fierce clashes with opposition factions, militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) were able Wednesday to capture a key town in Syria’s southern province of Daraa, local sources reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Daraa, local media activist Ghalib Ali said that ISIS, represented in the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade and the Islamic Movement of Muthanna [who had swore allegiance to ISIS], were able Wednesday to seize control of the strategic town of Adwan after clashes with opposition fighters in the western suburbs of Daraa, southern Syria.

“The clashes broke out in the early hours of Wednesday’s morning and lasted for several hours after a number of ISIS militants infiltrated into the western district of the town,” Ali reported.

The extremists carried out an offensive on an opposition-held checkpoint at the western entrance of Adwan town and were able to kill a number of Syrian rebels and capture some others, according to the source.

“With taking over the checkpoint, Daesh was able to send dozens of insurgents into the heart of the town,” he ARA News, using an acronym for ISIS.

“At least 19 rebel fighters were killed and four others captured at the hands of the terror group after seizing control of the town,” Ali said, pointing out that ISIS extremists have publicly executed a number of captives in the town’s main square, vowing opposition fighters in the rest of the towns to face the same destiny.

“ISIS militants hang several corpses of the victims [rebels] in the public square of the town,” an eyewitness told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

In response to ISIS’s advancement in the western suburbs of Daraa province, the opposition-linked Supreme Military Council operating in the southern province issued a statement, in which it regarded the ISIS-held towns of Taseel and Adwan in the western countryside of Daraa as military targets.

Subsequent to ISIS progress on Wednesday, opposition fighters in the southern front of Syria have pounded Taseel and Adwan towns with heavy artillery from their positions in Tel al-Jumu near the city of Nawa in Daraa province. No casualties reported.
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Over 1,500 mines removed in Syria’s Palmyra
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Russian forces have helped remove more than 1.5 thousand mines in the Syrian city of Palmyra since it was taken from ISIS militants by government forces in March, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.
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Infighting leaves heart-eating militant dead in Syria: Monitor
[Iran Press TV] Infighting among Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
holy warrior groups in Syria has left a holy warrior, who ate the heart of a dead Syrian soldier about three years ago, dead in the country's northwestern province of Idlib.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said late on Tuesday that rival Lions of Islam killed "Khaled al-Hamad, who was known as Abu Sakkar and who was a military commander in 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 .. ...
, by gunning him down" in Idlib.

The monitor group said Abu Sakkar joined al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group, nearly a year ago.

The observatory’s head, Rami Abdel Rahman, further said Abu Sakkar was killed in an apparent "settling of accounts" between his terrorist group, which controls parts of Idlib province, and other Takfiri Lions of Islam in the area.

A gruesome video emerged on the Internet in May 2013, showing the foreign-backed holy warrior carving the heart of a Syrian soldier out of his chest and eating it.

Abu Sakkar was battling in a holy warrior brigade in Homs Province back then.

The news comes less than a month after the Britannia-based observatory reported that infighting has intensified between rival anti-government groups in Idlib.

Militants from 13th Division of the so-called Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) and al-Nusra Front Lions of Islam engaged in a fighting in Idlib’s Ma’arrat al-Numan district, the monitor group said on March 13, adding the skirmishes left six FSA murderous Moslems dead and 40 others maimed while dozens more were taken captive.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. According to a February report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injuring 1.9 million others, and displacing nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.
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#1  Unhealthy diet.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/07/2016 6:08 Comments || Top||

Syria launches operation to liberate city in Aleppo
[Iran Press TV] The Syrian army has launched an attack, described as the biggest government assault in Aleppo since February, to recapture the town of Tela'at al-Eis.

Syrian ground forces, supported by heavy and concentrated air raids, targeted the positions of terrorist groups in the area, Leb’s al-Ahed news website reported on Wednesday.

The army said in a statement that the operation was a response to the Death Eaters’ violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement, which entered into force on February 27.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces had made progress but not been able to recapture the town.

The monitor also said a pregnant woman and three children were among 18 civilians killed when turbans shelled a Kurdish neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo.

The attack by Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
, which is allied to al-Qaeda in Syria, targeted the Sheikh Maqsud neighborhood which houses some 50,000 residents, it said.

The observatory said the attack was "a very clear violation of the ceasefire" in place in Syria.

The agreement stipulates the cessation of all military hostilities, except for the operations against the Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
ISIS terrorist group and the al-Qaeda-linked 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 .. ...
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Terror Networks
US, allies stage 23 strikes against Islamic State group in Syria, Iraq
The United States and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday, the coalition leading the operations said.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Combined Joint Task Force said four strikes near four cities in Syria hit tactical units and destroyed a mortar system, a fighting position and two vehicles.

In Iraq, 19 strikes near eight cities struck several tactical units, a financial storage center and a headquaters and destroyed boats, vehicles, supply caches and a tunnel system, among other targets, the statement said.
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#1  Is the quality of the targets improving or is this just more PR BS from CENTCOM?
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 04/07/2016 11:38 Comments || Top||

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