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25 die in separate drone strikes in South of Afghanistan
At least 25 suspected militants and drug smugglers were reported killed in separate drone strikes in South of Afghanistan, local officials said Sunday.

Provincial police spokesman for southern Kandahar province Zia Durani said the airstrikes were carried out by coalition forces two nights ago in Kandahar and Helmand provinces.

Durani further added that the suspected militants and drug smugglers were targeted in Maiwand district of Kandahaar and in the bordering regions of Helmand with Kandahar province.

He said the suspected militants and drug smugglers were travelling in three different vehicles when they were targeted by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

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

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

Kandahar is the birth place 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.
Posted by: badanov || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under:

26 militants, 11 soldiers die in latest wave of violence
At least 26 militants were killed in the latest counter-terrorism operations conducted by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 8 militants were also wounded during the same operations conducted in Khost, Takhar, and Kapisa provinces.

A statement by MoD said at least 11 of the militants were killed in Alisher district of Khost province and 4 others were killed in Darqad district of Takhar province.

The statement further added that 3 militants were killed during a separate operation in Kohband and Nejrab districts of Kapisa province.

According to MoD, at least 11 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) lost their lives during the same operations.

“The Afghan National Army (ANA) forces are prepared for all kinds of devotion and with all force to maintain security and comfort for the people of Afghanistan,” the statement by MoD said, adding that 11 Afghan soldiers were martyred during counter-terrorism operations against the internal and foreign terrorists.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.
Posted by: badanov || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under:

3 Afghan civilians killed, 4 wounded in Iranian border guards clash
At least 3 Afghan civilians were killed and 4 others were wounded in indiscriminate firing by the Iranian border guards across the Afghan-Iranian border.

According to the local officials in western Herat province of Afghanistan, the victims were residents of Kohsan district of Herat province.

The officials further added that the incident took place as the Afghan men were trying to cross into the Iranian soil.

Provincial governor’s spokesman, Jilani Farhad, confirmed the incident and said the indiscriminate firing on Afghan civilians attempting to enter into the Iranian soil continues despite several pleas made by the local authorities to the Iranian consulate in Herat.

According to reports, the dead bodies of the victims have been taken to Herat province and will be handed over to their relatives by the local authorities.

Iran is home to millions of Afghan refugees have escaped the country due to civil war and deteriorating security situation of the country.

A large number of Afghan youths are attempting to illegally enter Iran in a bid to find work opportunities who are usually targeted by the Iranian border guards.
Posted by: badanov || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under:

Rocket Attack Targets Girls School In Kabul
"What did you do during the war against the infidel, father?"
"Well, son, I attacked a girl's school in Kabul!"

"Oh that's so neat! My Dad, the hero!"
"Aw shucks, son, t'weren't nothing."

Insurgents, who fired off a number of rockets, targeted a girls school in Kabul city just hours after the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, wrapped up a joint press conference with President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday night.

The Ministry of Education would not however allow the media access to the school on Sunday but footage in TOLOnews' possession shows that principal's office at the Aisha-e-Durani High School was destroyed in the attack.

"Education institutions are civilian facilities and they should not be attacked. That's why, we urge all warring parties to recognize schools as civilian facilities," said Mujib Mehrdad, spokesman for the Ministry of Education.

The incident has also shocked Kabul residents.

"Schools are sacred places and more effort should be made to ensure their security. Schools should be a peaceful environment, so that students will have peace of mind," said Neda Mohammad, a resident of Kabul city.

"They [militants] attack schools, because they are against education. They don't want the country to have schools, to have law and to have knowledge," said Mosleh, another resident.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) meanwhile said that new measures will be put in place to ensure better security in Kabul city.

Najib Danish, the deputy spokesman for the MoI, said they have decided to strengthen Kabul city's security belt and to strengthen intelligence organizations in the city.

According to reports a rocket also landed near the Presidential Palace on Saturday night. The MoI however rejected this report.
Posted by: badanov || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under:

Taliban targeted Kerry in Kabul rocket attacks
From the "not all bad" files. No "Lucky Hat", Lurch?
Secretary of State John Kerry was the target of Taliban rocket attacks that violently shook the Afghan capital, authorities said on Sunday

Kerry had been in Kabul, meeting with top government leaders as they struggle to hold their together their fragile democracy.

At least three explosions rocked central Kabul on Saturday night as Kerry left his surprise meeting, CNN and Al Jazeera both reported. Rockets hit near the presidential palace and a compound where the US Embassy and the CIA are housed, Al Jazeera reported.

Kerry was the target of the attack – though he been gone for an hour when the rockets struck, according to CNN.
Posted by: Frank G || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [291 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Sure, and the snipers were after Hilarity.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/11/2016 11:31 Comments || Top||

#2  No, in this case there's some legitimacy to the claims.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/11/2016 13:32 Comments || Top||

#3  By targeting Kerry they have given him credibility that he wouldn't otherwise have.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 04/11/2016 17:09 Comments || Top||

#4  "I had to escape moving piaffe."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/11/2016 18:52 Comments || Top||

Houthi Massacres Spill Blood on the Eve of Ceasefire
Aden-Sunday midnight is when the anticipated ceasefire launch will take place in Yemen, as a part of implementing the U.N. agreement. The consensus has been reached as to start the next round of negotiations in Kuwait, which are to start on April 18.

The pro-legitimacy governmental delegation had convened in a meeting chaired by the Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Riyadh yesterday. Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister Abdulaziz Jabari told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the legitimacy government’s desire to attend the upcoming round of negotiations is part of its commitment to the peace-making process by implementing U.N. resolution 2216.

Jabari said “we support any concrete stance in any efforts spent on implementing U.N. resolution 2216 that preserves the rights of all Yemenis, including Houthis; and guarantees them to live in the guard of the Yemeni legitimate government.”

The deputy PM pointed out that the meeting in Riyadh had dealt with the topic on nearing cessation of hostilities, which begins as of midnight Sunday. The Yemeni legitimate government is expected to make an announcement on the event which is to depict the government’s commitment to implementing the U.N. resolution 2216 and ceasefire.

“We hope that ceasefire becomes a permanent one,” Jabari added.

Meanwhile, Al Wazi’iyah District citizens, located west of Taiz, have sent out a cry for relief due to all the bloody massacres taking place. The insurgents and pro-Saleh Supporters (militants supporting the ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh) are butchering throughout the district.

Brig.Gen. Ahmed Saeed warned of an unprecedented accrual of terrorist groups in the Hadhramaut Governorate. He emphasized that all the incoming masses of terrorists indicate that the governorate is the loot which will be divided among those who fund, support, manage and traffic arms for terror groups.

The spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen’s rebels has said that the alliance is ready to commit to a ceasefire as long as the rebels abide by a UN Security Council resolution 2216 that calls for their retreat from Yemeni cities.

Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri said the Iran-backed rebels should “display commitment” to the April 18 peace talks that could yield a political settlement. He said the rebels should also recognize the government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and hand over heavy weaponry.
Posted by: badanov || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [173 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Yemen Ceasefire Takes Effect as UN Vows to Aid Civilians
"Yew betcha, just as soon as I finish this here foie gras!"
"Or until the French bottled spring water runs out..."
The announced ceasefire in Yemen took effect on Sunday one year after the Saudi-led coalition launched the brutal aggression on the country.

Peace talks are supposed to be hosted in Kuwait later in April in an attempt to reach political solution for the crisis.

Prior to ceasefire announcement, the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick invited the parties to abide by the cessation of hostilities and protecting civilians.

"Regardless of negotiation results, the United Nations and its partners involved in humanitarian work are determined to proceed with their response to the humanitarian needs of the population, wherever they are and whatever the obstacles would be," McGoldrick said.

The United Nations had also sponsored two rounds of negotiations in Geneva, but things did not reach the desired results.

Meanwhile, on the eve of the cease-fire in Yemen, the Yemeni army and Popular Committees managed to fend off attempts of aggression forces to advance on the front of Marib.

A military source said that 30 gunmen of the aggression mercenaries were killed and dozens others were injured as the national military thwarted their attempt to progress toward Sirwah District in Marib province, detaining a number of militants and destroying three armored vehicles and four armed crews.
Posted by: badanov || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under:

Fighting in Yemen ahead of truce
Nothing gets passed Emirates 24/7
Ahead of the planned ceasefire, heavy fighting erupted between Al Houthis and the government forces.

The rebel fighters stepped up their battle in Taiz, Marib, Shabwa and Lahj in a bid to regain control before the truce is in place, reported ‘Al Bayan’.

As per an earlier agreement between Al Houthis and the government forces, a ceasefire would come into effect at midnight today [April 10], a week before the scheduled peace talks.

President Hadi said he will go ahead with the scheduled talks in Kuwait on the 18th of this month and work towards stopping the war and achieving peace as per the UN resolution.
Posted by: badanov || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Bombers carry out explosions in Russia's Stavropol region
Three suicide bombers carried out explosions in a village in Russia's Stavropol region, close to the North Caucasus, Interfax news agency quoted a police source as saying on Monday.

The suicide bombers were killed by the blasts and no one else was hurt, according to RIA news agency.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/11/2016 04:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [375 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Trees falling in a forest,eh?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/11/2016 9:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Training session.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/11/2016 10:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Pay attention guys I'm only going to show you once.
Posted by: jpal || 04/11/2016 12:12 Comments || Top||

#4  B52 Fortress deployment to Arabia.

I believe there is more to this than meets the eye specially with this current administration. The pride of our country. A symbol of strength and power. Obama will leave these craft to waist away. His finger in the eyes of America.
Posted by: Dale || 04/11/2016 17:53 Comments || Top||

#5  Couple that with the acknowledgement of 100s more SF, the troops already there gives me a bad feeling someone caught wind of somebody got ahold of something really nasty, and if it can be found then B-52 it to death. Dare I say, arclight?

I just hope it isn't air cover for Turkey vs. Kurds.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/11/2016 18:48 Comments || Top||

Masked migrants hurl ROCKS at police as riots erupt on EU's doorstep
[EXPRESS.CO.UK] A rampaging pack of more than 500 refugees
...also known as the 'colonial militia'...
attacked guards defending the country's southern border with Greece on one of the worst days of migrant violence this year. Migrants with their faces covered by masks and war paint were seen picking up and hurling rocks at officers, who responded by firing tear gas canisters to drive them back.

Greece, which is desperate to move on tens of thousands of migrants stranded within its order, described the use of force by Macedonian police as "dangerous and deplorable".

In a strongly-worded statement, Greek government spokesman George Kyritsis said police had made "indiscriminate use of chemicals, rubber bullets and stun grenades against vulnerable populations".
It's always been my opinion that cops should throw rocks back at them in such incidents. Then just stare and look stupid when they complain about getting hurt.
According to An Nahar, the goal was more than just throwing rocks:
Dozens of people were hurt on Sunday when police fired tear gas on a group of migrants colonists as they tried to break through a fence on the Greece-Macedonia border, the medical charity Doctors without Borders (MSF) said.

"Dozens of people were hurt, mainly suffering respiratory problems, and three had to be taken to hospital," MSF official Achileas Tzemos told AFP of the incident near the Idomeni crossing, a frequent flashpoint.

A Macedonian police source said three officers were also injured by stones thrown by the protesting migrants colonists.

Tzemos also said several of the migrants colonists were maimed by plastic bullets but Macedonian police denied using such ammunition.

"We are using all allowed chemical means," police spokeswoman Liza Bendevska told AFP. "We are not using any kind of bullets as they are in Macedonia forbidden by law. We are not using batons as we are on the other side of the fence."
The Daily Mail has lots of photos, as always. And Breitbart reports on written invitations:
Thousands of anonymous leaflets written in Arabic had been in circulation at the 11,000-man Idomeni migrant camp, calling on the inhabitants to rise up together this afternoon and to charge down the fence stopping them from moving north into continental Europe. A rumour had also been circulating that the border was to be opened by Macedonian authorities at 9am this morning.

Declaring "Today we either break the border fence or die", large groups of up to 500 migrants colonists moved to the fence, with reports by journalists on the ground showing tear gas grenades being dropped on the Greek side of the border by Macedonian forces, and patrolling armoured cars. Migrants hurled stones at police.

Foreknowledge of the existence of the leaflets calling the migrants colonists to action led to Greek and Macedonian police deploying in great numbers to protect border crossings today.

While it is not known exactly who produced the detailed instruction leaflet handed to migrants colonists -- which featured a map of the border with military style instructions on where to strike and when -- Greek media has named hard-left ’No Border’ and Anarchist activist groups.

The disparate activist groups working in Greece to destroy Europe’s borders came under heavy criticism in March after another such mass march on the border intended to overwhelm Macedonian border forces. Instead of leading thousands of migrants colonists to the European promised land, thousands found themselves in detention and three drowned as they attempted to cross a swollen river.

The groups have given much more support to illegal migrants colonists than just advice. Breitbart London reported on gifts given to those attempting to gain access to Europe such as bolt cutters, allowing them to open holes in the wire border fence.
A snippet of video at the Breitbart link may have caught shouts of "Allahu akhbar!" from the military age male migrants, or so it seems to my untrained ear.
Posted by: Fred || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not a whole lot different than TX, NM, and AZ borders.
The US media is just less responsive.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/11/2016 9:54 Comments || Top||

'Idle' Swede charged with Brussels terrorist murders
[THELOCAL.SE] Osama Krayem, a Swedish national, was one of the five men nabbed
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
in police raids yesterday alongside Mohammed Abrini, one of the chief suspects in the attack on Brussels airport.

On Saturday Krayem was charged over his role in the suicide kaboom at a Brussels metro station on March 22nd.

A friend of the family told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, "He was brainwashed here in Malmö, but we do not know by whom."

Krayem is remembered back home as an idle youth who smoked and drank before suddenly turning radical and heading off to wage jihad in Syria.

The son of Syrian exiles from the Rosengard district of the southern Swedish city of Malmo, where football great Zlatan Ibrahimovic also grew up, Krayem was arrested on Friday in Brussels with Gay Paree attacks suspect Mohammed Abrini and several other men.

Belgian prosecutors said Saturday that Krayem is the man caught on closed circuit television cameras speaking briefly to Khalid El Bakraoui moments before the latter went kaboom! in a subway station near the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
headquarters in Brussels on March 22nd.

Krayem was also said have been caught on camera buying bags in a Brussels shopping mall that were used to carry the suicide bombs that Khalid's brother Ibrahim and fellow jacket wallah Najim Laachraoui, believed to be the bomb maker, set off at Brussels airport on the same day.

Thirty-two people were killed in the twin attacks.

Osama Krayem is the product of a "now classic cocktail of social marginalisation, ideological radicalisation" and criminality, Magnus Rainstorm, an expert on radical Islamist movements at the Swedish National Defence College, told AFP.

In Malmo, people close to him described Krayem as an ordinary but idle young man from a working class neighbourhood who took part in petty crime in between bouts of drug taking and worship.

"He visited the mosque with his friends, as usual," a man close to the family told the Aftonbladet daily.

"He prayed five times per day. Nobody suspected he would go fight in Syria," he added.

"He comes from an ordinary family of Swedish Muslims. His father does not approve and his mother has been so sad since he left for Syria that she was taken ill," the family friend was quoted as saying.

A personal friend of Krayem recalled how the young man lived it up in the Seved neighbourhood which has a reputation for drug trafficking.

But he adopted healthier habits after he started working as part of a job training programme in recreation centres in his hometown.

He stayed there for a year before leaving to wage jihad in Syria, his parents' native country.

His radicalisation came "suddenly, unexpectedly," another person close to Krayem told the Sydsvenskan newspaper.

"In the two or three months before he left, he stopped seeing his friends. He listened to the sermons of the imams on his cell phone. He grew his beard. He became someone else," another friend recalled.
Mr. Krayem's parents may have come from Syria, but they were not exactly Syrian, according to The Times of Israel:
Muhammad Khorshid, who runs a program in Rosengard to help immigrants colonists integrate into Swedish society, told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that Krayem comes from a Paleostinian family.

Nabil Chibib, a 46-year-old Paleostinian from Leb who has lived in Sweden since 1990 and said he knows Krayem’s father, said Krayem’s father used to be a medical doctor and a holy man in one of the area’s many mosques -- "not a radical one."
Posted by: Fred || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

The Grand Turk
Anti-IS group Syrian journalist 'shot in head' in Turkish city
[AlAhram] A Syrian journalist who opposed 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 bully boyz was in intensive care Sunday after being shot in the head by a masked gunman in southern The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, reports and activists said.
Mohammed Zaher al-Shurqat was walking down a street in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep close to the Syrian border when he was targeted by the gunman, the Dogan and Anatolia news agencies reported.

El-Shurqat worked for a channel called Aleppo Today TV which is strongly opposed to IS group bully boyz who have taken control of much of Syria's northern Aleppo province.

He was immediately hospitalised and is in intensive care, the Turkish reports said, without giving further details.

According to Ibrahim al-Idelbi, a Syrian activist in Gaziantep, this was the second attempt against Shurqat's life in three months.

Idelbi told AFP in Beirut that Shurqat was a rebel commander who had fought Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Horror of Homs...
's troops and a media activist in his home town, Al-Bab, until IS took over. He became a journalist with Aleppo Today after he moved to Turkey.

Citing a friend who visited Shurqat in hospital in the southern Turkish city, Idelbi said he was "still alive".

Another activist, Assaad al-Achi, confirmed the report. "When ISIS took control he started a programme on Aleppo Today against ISIS," he said, speaking to AFP via the Internet in English and using an Arabic acronym for IS group.

Turkish police have studied security camera footage and interviewed witnesses and believe the shooting was carried out by a member of IS, Dogan added in its report.

Several Syrian journalists who fled the country's five year civil war use Gaziantep as a base but it has become an increasingly dangerous location from which to report.

A Syrian activist who produced documentaries hostile to the Islamic State group, Naji Jerf, was rubbed out in Gaziantep in December in a crime that caused international concern

At the end of October, IS group grabbed credit for killing young activist Ibrahim Abdelkader and his friend Fares Hamadi. They were found decapitated in a house in the city of Sanliurfa just east of Gaziantep.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Report: Turkey Breaks Kurdish Militant Cell 'Preparing Attack'
[AnNahar] Turkish police have smashed a cell of Kurdish snuffies in a usually tranquil region between Istanbul and Ankara who had hoarded explosives, guns and boom jackets, the Dogan news agency reported Sunday.

Police in the Bolu province east of Istanbul, said they had detained seven members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as part of an investigation into plans for a suicide kaboom.

The arrests come three days after Bolu police potted two suspected PKK members in an unusual raid in the province which is about half-way between The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's biggest city Istanbul and the capital Ankara, and far from the Kurdish-dominated southeast.

Police uncovered two pistols, four homemade bombs, two Kalashnikovs, C4 plastic explosives and two boom jackets, the Dogan news agency reported.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: WoT
Surrounded by positives, young Somali chose Islamic State
[BIGSTORY.AP.ORG] As a spoken word artist, Abdirizak Mohammed Warsame liked to talk to other young Somalis about following their dreams. In a video posted online in 2011, the teenager stands at a microphone and encourages teens to stay focused on their goals in life.

"You guys are tomorrow. And all you have to have, to get anywhere you want, is determination," said Warsame, who was active in a local arts group, was a regular at a neighborhood center, and whose mother and cousin were leading voices against radical recruitment in Minneapolis' large Somali community.

In recent years, about three dozen young men from Somali neighborhoods in Minnesota have left to join bad boy groups fighting in Somalia and Syria, making the area one of the leading sources of U.S. recruits for radical Islam. Local leaders have launched a major effort to stop the flow by building up positive influences on the thousands of young Somalis in the area. And in many ways, Warsame seemed to embody the key points: hopeful attitude, engaged in the community, with strong family support.
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Posted by: Fred || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [218 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  You don't choose the bullet.
The bullet chooses you.
Your path simply makes you eligible.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/11/2016 11:35 Comments || Top||

#2  The worrisome Warsame from Wobegone
Advanced his pen for A-Zak Zak gun
To the forefront locals hurried
Apple pie in hand, "Don't worry"
Normal little Mog poet laureate foregone
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/11/2016 12:29 Comments || Top||

40 suspects, target killer arrested in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: Police and security forces on Saturday arrested 40 suspects and a target killer during a search operation in Muhammad Zai and Nusrat Khel areas.

The suspects were shifted to an undisclosed location for further interrogation. A target killer was also arrested from the Hayatabad area. Arms and ammunitions were recovered from his possession. SSP operations said that the target killer Saif has also confessed the killing of a police sub-inspector. The SSP said that the target killer was wanted to police in various cases adding that the target killer hailed from Afghanistan. Further interrogation is under way.
Posted by: badanov || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under:

1 civilian dies in shooting in Diyala
(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – A security source in Diyali province said on Sunday, that unidentified militants killed a civilian in the vicinity of Abi Saida northeast of Baqubah.

The source, who requested anonymity, said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Unidentified [gunmen] killed a civilian near his house in the vicinity of Abi Saida (30 km northeast of Baqubah),” adding that, “A security force cordoned off the area of the incident and transferred the dead to the forensic medicine authority.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under:

Iraqi forces destroy 5 Turban laden boats in Salahuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – Media officials with the Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday destroying five boats belonging to the ISIS in the district of Shirqat in Salahuddin province.

The officials said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation, based on information by the National Intelligence Agency, conducted an aerial strike, resulting in the destruction of five river boats carrying terrorists belonging to the ISIS, in addition to destroying a ferryboat used by ISIS elements to move between the two banks of the river in the district of Sharqat.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [148 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Iraqi customs office in Basra damaged in bombing
(IraqiNews.com) Basra – A security source in Basra Province revealed on Saturday, that a local-made improvised explosive device was detonated by unidentified persons near customs services and shipping office.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “A local-made improvised explosive device exploded near customs services and shipping office in al-Jazaer area in central Basra,” pointing out that, “The explosion only caused material damage to the office.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “The police forces opened an investigation into the incident to determine its circumstances.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [155 views] Top|| File under:

10 ISIS troops die in failed attack near Mosul
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A source in Nineveh Operations Command announced on Sunday, that the Iraqi Army forces had foiled ISIS attack on the outskirts of a village south of Mosul.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A force from the army’s 15th brigade repulsed ISIS attack on the outskirts of al-Nasser village in Makhmur District, and killed 10 ISIS militants.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “coalition aircraft also bombed a booby-trapped vehicle during the attack and killed its occupants.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/11/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

6 ISIS Bad Guys die as Kurds repel attacks near Kirkuk
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk Province announced on Saturday, that the Peshmerga forces foiled ISIS attack on one of its sites west of the province, while pointed out to the killing of six ISIS fighters.

The source said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS terrorist gangs tried to attack Kawaz village, using an armed vehicle carrying six gunmen,” pointing out that, “The Peshmerga forces backed by the international coalition aircraft managed to foil the attack , killing all the attackers.”

Noteworthy, ISIS had seized the southern and western areas of Kirkuk since June 2014, while the Iraqi security forces are still continuing preparations to liberate these areas.
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Anbar Antics: 44 die

Iraqi operations in Heet continue

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Heet District Council in Anbar Province announced on Sunday, that the security forces started to cleanse the areas of al-Qalaa and al-Omal neighborhood in Heet District, while pointed out to the killing of dozens of ISIS members west of Ramadi.

The Head of Heet District Council Mohammed Mohannad al-Hiti said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The joint forces managed to cleanse the areas of al-Qalaa and al-Omal neighborhood in Heet District after fierce battles, while killed dozens of ISIS fighters and destroyed a number of their vehicles.”

Hiti added, “The cleansing battles of Heet are now different,” pointing out that, “ISIS is carrying out suicide attacks, street fights and sniping operations in an attempt to open havens for its fighters to escape from the city.”

Hiti continued, “We will liberate other parts of Heet and raise the Iraqi flag over the government buildings in the coming few hours, after dismantling the improvised explosive devices and booby-trapped buildings that impede the advance of the security forces in the remaining areas of the city.”

35 ISIS Bad Guys die near Kisriyat

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of al-Jazeera Operations Major General Ali Ibrahim Daboun announced on Sunday, that a bombardment conducted by the international coalition aviation killed 35 ISIS members west of Ramadi.

Daboun said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation in coordination with the intelligence of Jazeera Operations and the army’s 7th brigade managed to bombard one of ISIS hideouts in Kasriyat area northeast of Baghdadi vicinity.”

“The aerial bombardment destructed the hideout completely and killed 35 ISIS militants,” Daboun added.

9 ISIS troops die in Iraqi artillery attack

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced on Sunday, that nine members of the so-called ISIS were killed and three vehicles belonging to ISIS were destructed by an artillery shelling in the province.

Mahalawi said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today the artillery of the army’s 8th brigade shelled ISIS headquarters in Kurtan area in Khalidiya Island, killing three ISIS members and destroying a vehicle carrying fuel belonging to the terrorist gangs.”

Mahalawi added, “A force from the army’s 8th brigade also managed to destroy two armed vehicles belonging to ISIS in al-Falahat area west of Fallujah, killing 6 ISIS members.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 3 die

2 Iraqi militiamen die in bomb attack

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Sunday, that six members of al-Hashed al-Shaabi had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast in northern Baghdad.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded targeting a patrol of al-Hashed al-Shaabi while passing in the district of Tarmiya in northern Baghdad, killing two of its occupants and wounding four others, as well as causing material damage to the vehicle.”

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

1 dead in shop district bombing

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Sunday, that six people were either killed or wounded in a bomb blast northeast of Baghdad.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded near shops in al-Shaab District northeast of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding five others.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine department, while cordoned off the area of the incident and barred approaching it.”
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At least 2 Hamas men killed in Gaza tunnel collapse
[IsraelTimes] Conflicting reports in Paleostinian media blame rain, Egyptian military action for 12th deadly cave-in of the year
A dreadful way to die, crushed under the uncaring earth in accordance with Allah's will. Could it be that he loves the Palestinian branch of the Moslem Brotherhood as little as he loves the Egyptian branch?
At least two members of the Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, terror group were killed and several injured in a tunnel collapse in the Gazoo Strip on Sunday evening.

Conflicting reports in Paleostinian media outlets say between two and five people were killed when the tunnel collapsed beneath the city of Rafah in the southern end of the coastal territory, along the border with Egypt.

At least two were said to have been injured and one person may still be missing.

One report said unseasonable rains had caused the collapse, while another outlet reported that the Egyptian army had detonated the end of the tunnel that entered its territory, and flooded the remainder.

The collapsed tunnel was the 12th reported incident of its kind since the beginning of the year.

At least 16 people, most of them reportedly members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s armed wing, have been killed in the collapses.
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#1  I doubt the juice caused the collapse, but they could have tipped off the Egyptians.
Posted by: phil_b || 04/11/2016 3:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Egypt has the ITCM.
Posted by: jvalentour || 04/11/2016 10:44 Comments || Top||

Ahrar al-Sham commander slain in Aleppo clashes
[Rudaw] A commander of the 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...
armed Islamist group, Abdullah Mohammad al-Hasm, was reportedly killed in southern Aleppo on Saturday night during festivities with the Syrian Army.

This was confirmed on Sunday evening according to Iran's Fars News Agency which added that several of his men were also killed along with him during the festivities.

al-Hasm was a Kuwaiti national.

His death comes as the Syrian military is gearing up for another offensive against Aleppo, an escalation which may break the ceasefire between the Syrian regime and the recognized opposition since February 27 and also jeopardize the fragile Geneva peace talks.

While Ahrar al-Sham is a Salafi Islamist group it hasn't been excluded from that ceasefire like the al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat al-Nursa and 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....
(ISIS) are. Russia has confirmed it will support this latest offensive with its air force.
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#1  ahrar al sham was a creation of the Saudis and Turkey

the goal was to unite a number of smaller factions into one powerful anti Assad force - by 2013 or so they actually had somewhere near 10,000 active fighters and had won some victories against Assad's coalition

since then its been downhill - they were hammered by ISIS, al Nusra and the Assad coalition -- they probably have fewer than 1000 active fighters now
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ISIS executes 1 in Raqqa
[ARA News] ERBIL ــ Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Sunday executed a man in the northeastern Syrian city of Raqqa after accusing him of “fighting the Caliphate” and leaking information to anti-ISIS forces on ground, local sources reported.

After beheading him, the terror group has crucified the victim’s corpse in a public square downtown.

Speaking to ARA News in Raqqa, rights activist Ahmad Raqqawi said that ISIS jihadis publicly beheaded Hussein Atallah in front of dozens of locals on Sunday afternoon near the Clock Tower in Raqqa downtown.

“Atallah was accused of fighting ISIS months ago and leaking information to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recently before being arrested by the Hisba police,” the source reported.

Raqqawi stressed that the victim was innocent according to his kinsmen.

The SDF forces include the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) along with Arab and Christian groups. Backed by the U.S.-led coalition, the SDF alliance is mainly focused on fighting ISIS, al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups in northern Syria.

A masked member from the ISIS-linked Sharia Court in Raqqa read a statement, accusing the victim of having fought ISIS alongside the Awakening group of Hasakah [in reference to the SDF-led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units “YPG”] several months ago.

“We hereby behead this apostate according to the Caliphate’s rules. We hang his dirty corpse to be an example for those who dare to fight alongside the Caliphate’s enemies,” the statement read.

Also, the ISIS-led Sharia Court in Raqqa threatened to execute anyone who violates the group’s rules in the areas under its control.

In the meantime, local activists confirmed that hundreds of people have been slaughtered by ISIS for baseless reasons over the past two years, stressing that the charge against the victim [Atalah] was “baseless”, according to his family members.

“The terror group killed my cousin too for trifling reasons last month,” an eyewitness told ARA News, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

“We will avenge the bloodshed of our kinsmen someday,” he said.

Over the past 24 hours, the US-led coalition forces conducted several air raids on ISIS headquarters in the city of Raqqa and its suburbs, resulting in the death of 20 militants and the injury of more than 50 others, according locals.
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Syrian Islamist rebels capture key town western Hama
[ARA News] ALEPPO ــ Subsequent to fierce battles with the pro-regime army forces, Syrian Islamist rebel groups on Sunday gained control of strategic positions in Syria’s central province of Hama.

Islamist groups targeted the pro-regime forces with several car bomb attacks, killing and wounding dozens of soldiers. In return, the regime’s army responded through heavy air raids and artillery bombardment on Islamists’ strongholds.

Speaking to ARA News in Hama, Syrian journalist Rahman Taha said that the Tahreer Army, the Nasr Army, and other Islamist rebels from Jund al-Aqsa faction, carried out a major offensive on headquarters of the regime’s army in the district of Mansoura silos, taking over the area subsequent to conducting a car bomb attack.

“The Islamist-led attack caused the death of scores of soldiers from the Syrian army and the flight of many others, leaving their heavy and medium weapons behind,” Taha reported.

The source confirmed that Islamist rebels were able also to destroy a tank belonging to the regime’s army forces in the Mansoura district.

Taha emphasized that the Syrian army launched several rockets on the headquarters of the rebel factions inside the towns of Tel Wasit and Mansoura. No casualties reported.

The Islamists also clashed with the regime’s army in the vicinity of Khirbet an-Naqous town, the first line of defense for the pro-regime forces stationed in the camp of Jorin.

Local activists reported that one of Jund al-Aqsa fighters blew up a booby-trapped Bulldozer among dozens of the regime’s army forces at the entrance of the town, which led to the outbreak of fierce clashes between the two sides.

“The rebel fighters were eventually able to take control of parts of Khirbet an-Naqous town, and destroy a regime-led tank by targeting it with a thermal rocket,” Hasan Salama, an activist based in Hama, told ARA News.

In a related development, the villages loyal to president Bashar al-Assad in western Hama witnessed the displacement of dozens of civilians, especially after Islamists seized control of their villages in the region, according the same source.

Over the past few months, Islamist rebel factions led by the Conquest Army group were able to capture a number of villages and towns in the al-Ghab plain, especially after taking control of the city of Idlib and Jisr al-Shughur, in northern Syria.
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Dozens of Syrian workers kidnapped, killed by ISIS
[ARA News] DAMASCUS ــ Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) have reportedly killed scores of workers who were captured at a cement factory located to the east of Syria’s capital Damascus, activists reported on Sunday.

This comes after the Syrian state agency SANA reported that 300 workers from the governmental cement factory, near the city of Dumair eastern Damascus, had been kidnapped and that efforts continue to free them from the radical group.

Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, rights activist Jamal Dumani said that ISIS has executed around 150 abductees who were captured in the area to the north-east of ​​Abu al-Shamat in the eastern suburbs of Damascus.

The hardline group reportedly abducted the employees after an ISIS-led offensive on Monday near Dumair city.

On the other hand, pro-ISIS media sources reported that the group has released nearly 300 workers subsequent to its control over the Sin factory in the eastern Qalamoun.

“Islamic State’s fighters have freed around 300 hostages, but there remain some 20 members of the pro-Assad People’s Committees militia along with four others from the Druze religious group,” ISIS-linked Amaq agency reported.

“The whole Assad’s thugs, including the Druze group members, were executed,” it added.

“The international community must bear its responsibilities to contribute to the liberation of the innocent civilian workers from the most brutal group in the world,” Syrian journalist Ahmad Salim told ARA News, pointing out that the abductees are not involved in any military conflict in the country.

In January, the group kidnapped more than 380 civilians, including women and children, in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province, whose fate remains unknown.

Last year, ISIS had abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians from the areas surrounding Tel Temir town in Hasakah province, northeast Syria. However, many of them have been released through tribal mediators.
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Two Airport Employees Held for Contacting 'Terrorist Groups'
[AnNahar] The Airport Security Apparatus has locked away
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
two Lebanese airport employees on charges of "communicating with terrorist groups," state-run National News Agency said on Sunday.

The two employees were apprehended "two days ago," NNA said.

"They were employed at a company that provides services at the airport," the agency added.

"Investigations are underway to unveil more information and the probe is being conducted in utmost confidentiality," NNA said.

LBCI television identified the two employees as A. al-Ahmed and Kh. Samay, saying they worked for the Middle East Airports Services SAL company (MEAS), a subsidiary of Leb's national carrier Middle East Airlines.

MEAS is in charge of operating and maintaining the facilities of the Rafik Hariri International Airport.

The two employees' tasks involved "delivering luggage to planes in a direct manner," LBCI said.

"The two detainees are currently being held at the army's Intelligence Directorate and one of them had worked at the airport for more than six years while the other has occupied his post for the past year and a half," the TV network added.

"Al-Ahmed raised suspicions after a weapon was seized from his drawer at the airport," LBCI said.

The TV network said the weapon was smuggled to the airport despite the fact that "workers and airliner cabin crews undergo security checks" prior to their entry to the airport's restricted areas.

"Al-Ahmed is a relative of the suspect M. al-Ahmed, the main suspect in the case of the Naameh booby-trapped car and the Bir al-Abed and Rweiss bombings," LBCI said.

"M. al-Ahmed is a member of the Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades
... Leb's current al-Qaeda affiliate, named after a guy whose car the current head of al-Qaeda had boomed...
and one of the associates of detained terror criminal mastermind Naim Abbas," the TV network added, noting that the man has been sentenced to hard labor for life in absentia and that he has sought refuge at the Ein el-Hellhole Paleostinian refugee camp.

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq has recently vowed that he will exert efforts to address "security gaps" at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport, hours after jacket wallahs killed 35 people and maimed over 200 at Brussels airport and a metro train.

He warned that the said gaps "might be equivalent to those that were present at the Sharm el-Sheikh airport and led to the bombing of the Russian plane, according to Western reports."

Mashnouq also noted that he had instructed Airport Security Chief Brig. Gen. George Doumit to "step up security readiness at Beirut's airport," while calling on all security agencies to "maintain the highest levels of alert and vigilance and boost preventative measures."

"The only choice will be to ask the Ministry of Finance to earmark the necessary funds in order to sign the needed contracts, in coordination with the Public Works and Transport Ministry," the minister added.

He said "administrative obstacles that have been running for around 20 months" have prevented the government from "inking necessary contracts that have to do with repairing the airport's fence and buying advanced equipment and devices for baggage scanning."
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