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Hundreds wounded in Kabul suicide attack
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2016 00:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [982 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Marge Simpson's grandma?
Posted by: Angoling Prince of the Sith1435 || 04/19/2016 14:07 Comments || Top||

#2  One of those long-skulled people from ancient aliens?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 04/19/2016 18:19 Comments || Top||

#3  "France"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/19/2016 20:07 Comments || Top||

#4  The high-flying beaut of Montmartre,
And damnedest of dames de théatre!
So, what lifted Nella?
"I tella you, fella --
Dat giant white bird of Sumatra."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 04/19/2016 23:56 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Hundreds wounded in Kabul suicide attack
[CNN] More than 200 people were wounded after an explosion rocked Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday morning. It is not yet clear how many had died in the attack, but a statement from Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that a "number" of people had been killed.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said a suicide car bomber caused the blast. The attack targeted the office of a security team that works to protect the government's VIPs. At least one armed attacker was killed by police at the site, but authorities are seeking two more suspects in the area, Sediqi said.

The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Its statement said, "First a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden lorry on the gate of the department and then other armed attackers went in and started shooting on the rest of the enemies."

Several witness said they continued hearing gunfire after the blast. The explosion was heard near the American Embassy in Kabul, according to an embassy spokeswoman.
Posted by: ryuge || 04/19/2016 04:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [583 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  The 5:26 a.m. ET update reports 28 dead and more than 300 injured. I imagine CNN will continue to update the story throught the day.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/19/2016 6:28 Comments || Top||

#2  "injured" includes crippled, blinded, maimed and mutilated
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 04/19/2016 9:11 Comments || Top||


Taliban Pushed Back in Chardara
Security officials in Kunduz said Monday they have pushed back a major onslaught by the Taliban in Chardara district, which is only eight kilometers south-west of Kunduz city.

According to officials, at least 1,000 Taliban fighters launched a coordinated attack on various security check posts in the district but they faced strong retaliation on the part of Afghan security forces.

The officials also said that 20 Taliban militants were killed in this battle.

A local police commander in the district, Mohammad Amin, said the Taliban has used farm land and civilian houses as strongholds to fight security forces.

He said: "Security in Chardara is related to security in Kunduz. They [Taliban] wanted to take control of Chardara."

TOLOnews reporter, Tariq Majidi, who is reporting from Kunduz, said the security forces confirmed they destroyed a military tank used by the Taliban on Sunday night.

Chardara is the closest district to Kunduz city, which has raised concerns that the battle will reach the city in the near future – if the resurgent Taliban is not pushed back.

"There has been no change in defense lines of the security forces over the past four days that the militants are fighting against them," said district chief for Chardara, Mohammad Zalmai.

According to officials, there are at least 10 check posts in Chardara – of varying sizes.

Security officials also said some of the Taliban fighters came to the district from other provinces and other parts of Kunduz to fight security forces.

"There are Pakistani fighters among the Taliban [that fight against Afghan security forces in Chardara]. Some of the fighters have come from Kandahar and Helmand provinces to fight the security forces and take control of the district," said Abdul Azim Andarabi, an army officer.

"It is four days and four nights that we are fighting and they [militants] are attacking from every side," said Farid, a police officer.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 April 2016 21:23
Posted by: badanov || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


12 killed as Taliban attack repulsed in northern Balkh province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 12 Taliban turbans were killed in an attack on a security post in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, security officials said Monday.

The incident took place in Chaharbolak district after a group of Taliban turbans launched coordinated attack on a security post with an aim to capture.

The Provincial police chief General Abdul Razaq Qaderi confirmed that the attack was carried out late on Sunday might.

He said the Afghan police forces managed to repulse the attack, leaving 12 Taliban turbans dead during the shootout that lasted for almost one hour.

Gen. Qaderi further added that the Talibs had came from northern Jawzjan province to attack the post and a policeman also sustained injuries during the clash.

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

Balkh is among the relatively peaceful provinces in northern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed bad boy groups have recently increased to their insurgency activities in different parts of northern Afghanistan.

The acting provincial governor Ata Mohammad Noor earlier warned that the bad boy groups are attempting to expand violence in Balkh province.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Nearly 200 militants killed, wounded in latest raid of Afghan forces: MoD
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Nearly 200 anti-government armed faceless myrmidons were killed or maimed in the latest raids of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Monday.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), the raids were jointly conducted by Afghan army, police and intelligence operatives in the past 24 hours.

The statement further added that the ground forces were receiving close-air support by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) as well as the artillery units of the Afghan army.

MoD said at least 96 faceless myrmidons were killed and 93 others were maimed with majority of the faceless myrmidons killed in northern Kunduz province.

According to MoD, at least 82 faceless myrmidons were killed and 69 others were maimed during the raids in Dasht-e-Achi, Khanabad, Chahar Dara, Imam Sahib and outskirts of Kunduz city.

The ministry added that the remaining faceless myrmidons were killed during the operations in Kandahar, Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, and Baghlan provinces.

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

Meanwhile,
...back at the fist fight, Jake ducked another roundhouse, then parried with his left, then with his right, finally with his chin...
MoD said at least five soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces also bit the dust during the operations conducted with an aim to suppress the foreign and local myrmidons.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan commandos arrest key Taliban member Mullah Khalifa in Kandahar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan National Army (ANA) Commando Forces have placed in durance vile
Please don't kill me!
a key Taliban group member during a night operation in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) front man Dawlat Waziri said Monday that the special night operation was conducted with an aim to arrest the key Taliban leader.

He said the operation was successfully conducted which led to the arrest of Mullah Khalifa along with another bad boy accompanying him.

According to Waziri, the operation was conducted in Khakriz district of Kandahar province late on Sunday night.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the report so far which comes amid deteriorating security situation as the group announced is spring offensive last week.

This comes as the anti-government armed bad boy groups have constantly been attempting to carry out terrorist attacks in Kandahar city during the recent weeks.

A jacket wallah was rubbed out by the intelligence operatives before he manage to carry out an attack on Kandahar police headquarters earlier this month.

Meanwhile,
...back at the saw mill, Scarface Al had tied Little Nell to the log and was about to turn on the buzz saw...
Afghan intelligence operatives arrested at least 19 turbans who were planning to carry out coordinated attacks in Kandahar province a day before the suicide bomber was rubbed out.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  It's almost as if Karzai had deliberately throttled the Anti-Taliban push by eliminating night raids during his late tenure
Posted by: Frank G || 04/19/2016 9:34 Comments || Top||


Heavy fighting continues in Kunduz
[DAWN] Afghan forces fought back a renewed series of attacks on Kunduz, killing dozens of Taliban fighters, officials said on Sunday as Death Eaters stepped up their bid to retake the northern city that they had captured briefly last year.

The attacks on Kunduz, involving hundreds of krazed killers, have intensified days after the Taliban announced the start of their annual ’spring offensive’, aimed at driving out the Western-backed government in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
Attacks overnight appeared aimed at cutting off Chardara district on the southwest outskirts of the city, with several checkpoints targeted, Kunduz police chief Qasim Jangalbagh said.

"They wanted to cut the road which connects the district to Kunduz city to stop us sending reinforcements," he said.
Urban warfare causes spike in child, women casualties, says UN

In addition, he said a major attack was driven back at Charkh Ab, to the east, as the Taliban sought to stretch the city’s defences.

Kunduz police claimed 49 Taliban fighters had been killed and another 61 injured, while the defence ministry said 38 were killed and 13 maimed over the past 24 hours.

A police front man said four members of the security forces were killed and 11 injured.

Kunduz public health director Saad Mukhtar said six dead and 107 maimed had been brought to city hospitals over the past three days, which have been put under heavy strain by the destruction of the hospital run by aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres in a US air strike last year.

The fall of Kunduz last year followed months of attacks that began in the spring. The attacks weakened security forces before Taliban fighters seized the city centre at the end of September, holding it for two weeks before pulling out.

However,
a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
officials have made a major effort to reassure residents that there would be no repeat of last year’s demoralising collapse.

The heavy fighting around Kunduz, Afghanistan’s fifth-biggest city underlines the concern highlighted in the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
’ latest report on civilian casualties, which pointed to a sharp rise in the number of children killed or injured as a consequence of combat in built-up areas.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Three Somali civilians killed in shooting by Shabab militants
[Iran Press TV] Three Somali civilians have bit the dust in a shooting incident by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
bandidos turbans in the country’s capital, Mogadishu, police and witnesses say.

According to a Somali police official, two non-combatants were killed on Monday during a drive-by shooting by 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...
group in central Mogadishu. One al-Shabaab bully boy was also killed in the incident.

The gunman "was killed by police after he killed a civilian. Another civilian was killed after the car the assailants were riding in detonated," said police official Ibrahim Mohammed.

The third civilian victim died later of gunshot wounds sustained in the firing.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Two citizens killed, 11 injured in explosion in Egypt's North Sinai
[AlAhram] The bomb was targeting a prisoner transport van, according to security sources

An improvised bomb (IED) detonated in the North Sinai city of El-Arish, killing two citizens and injuring 11 others, including three police conscripts from a passing police van, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported on Monday.

According to security sources and eyewitnesses, unknown assailants planted the bomb in the El-Khazan area with the aim of targeting a passing prisoner transport van.

Security forces are currently combing the area for the culprits and other possible bombs.

The bodies of the two dead citizens and the injured were transferred to El-Arish General Hospital, while the injured conscripts were taken to El-Arish Military Hospital.

No group has yet grabbed credit of the attack.
No doubt Ansar Bayt al Maqdis will claim it tomorrow, and it will turn out they got men and materials from Hamas. Previously:
Report: Egypt foils major attack in Sinai

[IsraelTimes] The Egyptian army thwarted a major attack on its forces in the northern Sinai, close to the border with Gazoo, according to the local media

Two soldiers are said to be injured and three gunnies killed in the Saturday night attack at a checkpoint near the entrance to the town of Rafah.

A spokesperson for the Egyptian army tells the Daily News Egypt: "The terrorist attack targeting El Masora checkpoint was foiled. Soldiers stationed at the checkpoint killed three gunnies and injured six."

A Sinai-based journalist tells the paper that the attack was intended to mirror a similar one in March that targeted a different checkpoint and killed 15 people..
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Africa Subsaharan
Troops in fierce battle with Boko Haram
[THENEWSNIGERIA.NG] Nigerian troops from 113 Battalion are at present locked in a fierce battle with Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
Lions of Islam at Kareto, northern Borno state.

The army front man Colonel Sani Usman, gave the alert and promised to furnish more information later.

"The troops have been battling the snuffies since (the) early hours of today", Usman said.

No further details were immediately available from the remote area in Kareto where the festivities occurred.

Kareto is south of Damasak and north of Gubio town and not far from the borders with Niger.

The army in recent times had intensified flushing the Boko Haram fighters out of their comfort zones and camps, seizing their ammunitions supply, food and transport.

A clearance patrol to Borgozo-Alargano general area on Sunday yielded a large cache of arms and ammunitions concealed by Boko Haram Lions of Islam in a bunker.

The patrol team also cleared remnants of Boko Haram Lions of Islam that were dislodged from Alagarno forest hibernating at Kadari, Camp Abu Fatima and Gursum.

The troops discovered large cache of arms and ammunitions that include 36 boxes of .51mm calibre, 5 x 20 Lyra beefcake mixture of 7.62mm (NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
) ammunition, large quantity of 7.62mm (Special), ammunition and one 81mm mortar tube.

In addition, the troops recovered 1 Toyota Hilux, 1 Generator and several cycle of violences.
An Nahar adds:
Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
fighters attacked Nigerian troops early on Monday, the army said, after two suspected jacket wallahs were rubbed out near military positions.

Army front man Sani Usman said in a brief emailed statement: "Boko Haram gunnies attack troops of 113 Battalion at Kareto, northern Borno state.

"The troops have been battling the turbans since the early hours of today."

A soldier with the regiment told AFP the troops were ordered to the town of Damasak near the border with Niger and took up position in Kareto, some 38 kilometers (24 miles) away.

"Today at about 6:30 am (0530 GMT), two suicide bombers approached us and we shot at them and they went kaboom!," he said.

"As soon as the explosives went off, there were barrages of heavy artillery fired by Boko Haram, who came in large numbers with heavy weapons.

"We took up position in our trenches and fired back but they kept firing RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades), which we didn't have.

"We lost some men, I don't know how many, and many others were maimed. Some of us fled in disarray. We realised that we were outnumbered and outgunned."

The troops withdrew to Jeyimolo village and a fighter jet was deployed to Kareto while a search was launched for the dead and missing, he added.

A local chief confirmed the attack but said further details were still sketchy.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Houthis violate ceasefire agreement in Taiz
Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh have continued bombing residential neighbourhoods in the city of Taiz, despite the signing of a truce agreement on Saturday afternoon and the opening of the eastern and western ports of the city.

The official Yemeni news agency quoted a local Yemeni source as saying, "Violent explosions were heard last night on more than one front, while the two eastern exits leading to Sanaa and the western one leading to Al Hudaydah were shut down and sieged by the Houthis."

The Media Bureau of the Popular Resistance in Taiz has recorded more than 16 violations committed by the coup militias, which include bombing of military bases, resistance sites, and residential neighbourhoods during the agreed truce timeline.
Posted by: badanov || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Bangladesh
2 alleged robbers killed in ‘gunfight’ with RAB
[Dhaka Tribune] Two alleged robbers, who were the suspected accused in a robbery case filed with Jorarganj cop shoppe of Mirsarai upazila, have been killed in a shootout with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB-7) at Muhuri project area under the upazila in Chittagong.
I'm thinking of redoing the graphic as "Tales from the Upazila"...
The dear departed are Md Kamrul Hasan, 41, the son of Mujammel Haque of Dhaka, and Yakub Ali, 34, the son of Abdul Hai from Pirojpur, said an official press statement of the elite force signed by its Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Md Amirulla, also the assistant director (AD) of RAB-7, media wing.
They will be missed, even though the RAB didn't...
Four foreign pistols, one DBBL shotgun, two SBBL guns, two one-shooter guns, six magazines, 21 rounds of bullets, eight rounds of cartridges, two axes, four machetes, two knives, 10 mobile phones along with 14 SIMs, 50 grams of looted gold, cash and liquors were also recovered from the spot, said the ASP.
From two guys?
And from all the guys who vanished like they were never there...
ASP Amirulla said the dear departed were the suspected accused in the case filed for looting a jewelry shop named Shameem Jewelers at Baryarhat area of Jorarganj on February 26, while the "shootout" took place at Muhuri Project area under Jorarganj cop shoppe at around 4am Monday.
"Md, what time is it?"
"It is 4 a.m., Yakub!"
"Time to loot the jewelry shop!"

Acting on a tip-off that a group of robbers gathered in the area to commit a robbery with firearms,
"Hello? Is dis the RAB?... Lissen, dis is Mahmoud da Weasel!... Shameem Jewelers at Baryarhat area of Jorarganj... I can say no more!"
a team of RAB-7 led by Squadron Leader Shafayat Jamil Fahim conducted a drive to arrest the criminals, said ASP Amir.

The RAB official said the criminals opened fire sensing the presence of RAB members
"*Sniff* Kamrul, did you put on aftershave before we left?
"I thought you did."
"Old Spice - it's the RAB! Start shooting, boys!"
forcing them to fire back to save lives and property,
"Remember the Rules of Engagement, lads!"
"Shoot ta kill, Sarge?"
"The official Rules, ya dope!"
leading to the shootout. Later the robbers fled the spot but Kamrul and Yakub were found to be critically injured.

Later the duo were taken to Mirsarai Upazila Health Complex where the on-duty doctors declared them dead, added the ASP.
"They're dead, Jim!
In the shootout two RAB members were also injured, said the blurb.
A hernia and a bruised ego...
However,
Switzerland makes more than cheese...
the names of the injured were not mentioned there.

ASP Amir said in examining the CCTV footage of the jewelry shop during the robbery and the driving licenses of the duo, RAB confirmed their identities and learned Yakub was accused in at least 12 systems 30 cases filed with different cop shoppes.

The bodies were sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH).
"Here's another couple for you Dr. Quincy!"
"Thanks Sam, stack 'em in the back with the others."

On February 26, robbers looted a large amount of gold from the jewelry shop at Baryarhat under Jorarganj cop shoppe of Mirsarai upazila and expeditiously departed at a goodly pace by blasting crude bombs on a microbus and cycle of violence.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [148 views] Top|| File under:


The Grand Turk
Turkish bosses, bankers detained in fresh anti-Gülen operation
[Hurriyet] The executives of a major Turkish company and a number of bankers were among 100 people detained by police on April 19 over allegations of funding the movement of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen, prosecutors and company officials have said.

The raids were the latest police operations targeting thousands of supporters of Gulen, accused by President Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of leading what prosecutors described as a "terrorist organization" trying to overthrow the government.

Two board members of the Dumankaya construction group were named by the state-run Anadolu Agency as being among those taken into custody. Dumankaya said in a statement that its board members had been invited to police headquarters to provide information.

The Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office, which did not name Dumankaya, said 100 people had been taken into custody in an operation focused on Istanbul and carried out across nine provinces. A total of 140 arrest warrants were issued.

Those held are accused of membership of a terrorist group, funding a terrorist group, and spreading terrorist propaganda in relation to the misuse of funds collected by Gulen followers in 2014-2015, the prosecutor’s office stated.

Gulen and Erdogan were allies until police and prosecutors seen as linked to Gulen opened a graft investigation into Erdogan’s inner circle in 2013. Thousands of coppers, prosecutors and judges were sacked or reassigned for alleged links to Gulen.

Among those held on April 18 were 41 employees of Islamic lender Bank Asya, founded by followers of Gulen and seized by the government last year, the prosecutor said.

"Money was collected exploiting religious feelings and was not used for the purpose promised to people who made donations," the prosecutor’s office alleged.

Companies ranging from media and mining to furniture and cable-makers have been investigated and executives detained. Media outlets linked to Gulen have been seized and some closed.

Dumankaya has grown strongly in recent years and plans investments of over 1.5 billion liras ($525 million) this year, targeting a rise in sales to 750 million liras this year from 463 million last year, according to its website.

Erdogan accuses Gulen of creating a "parallel state" and conspiring to unseat the government with a network of supporters in the judiciary, the police and the media. Gulen denies the accusations.

A total of 2,261 people were rounded up in operations in 48 provinces across The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
targeting the financial activities of Gulen’s followers since police measures began, daily Milliyet reported over the weekend, citing police data. Those detained include coppers, civil servants, teachers and businessmen.

A Turkish court in December 2014 issued an arrest warrant for Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999, accusing him of heading a criminal group.
An Nahar adds:
Most of those detained were apprehended in Istanbul, it said, adding that the operation involved some 800 police.

They have been accused of providing some 50 million Turkish lira ($17.5 million) in financing to Gulen's group between 2004-2015.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/19/2016 00:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  The purge continues...
Posted by: Raj || 04/19/2016 0:19 Comments || Top||


Four Syrians killed as mortars hit Turkish town near Syria border
[Iran Press TV] At least four Syrian nationals including three children have bit the dust when a number of rockets landed in a town on The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s southeastern border with Syria, security sources say.

A Turkish citizen and five other Syrians were also maimed after five rockets struck the southeastern Turkish town of Kilis on Monday.

Local officials say a state hospital and a teachers’ dormitory were among the targets hit by the rocket fire in the volatile region.

It was not immediately clear if the mortar shells had been fired from Syria.

Kilis is a town located just north of the Syrian border, some 10 kilometers from the Syrian town of Azaz. According to Turkish officials, it is the only town in Turkey with a majority of Syrians.

Separately, a mortar landed near an army outpost in the southern Hatay Province. The Turkish military fired on what it called ISIS positions in northern Syria in retaliation. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

In recent months, the area has been the scene of fierce festivities involving the ISIS 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...
Lion of Islams, whom Ankara said is working to push out of the border zone.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Government
Obama: Top Intel Official Reviewing Secret 9/11 Material
[ABC News] President Barack Obama says the top-ranking U.S. intelligence official is reviewing classified material in a Sept. 11 report that families of attack victims and some lawmakers are demanding be made public.

Several members of the House and Senate, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, have joined 9/11 families in pressuring for declassification of 28 pages that are part of government documents compiled on the 9/11 attack amid speculation of a possible role by Saudi Arabia. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attack.

In an interview with CBS's Charlie Rose, Obama was asked if had read the 28 pages. "I have a sense of what's in there," he replied.

Obama also revealed that James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, "has been going through this" to ensure that whatever is made public does not damage U.S. national security interests.

"My understanding is that he's about to complete that process," the president said.

Former U.S. Sen. Robert Graham, who helped write the report that includes the 28 redacted pages, recently told CBS's "60 Minutes" the secret material could reveal possible Saudi backing for the men who hijacked airplanes, flying two into the World Trade Center in New York and another into the Pentagon. A third hijacked plane crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, in western Pennsylvania.

Graham, a Democrat, declined to cite any details on the portion of the report that remains classified.

Obama also voiced concerns about a legislative move to allow victim families to bring lawsuits against other countries believed to have provided support for attacks.

"This is a matter of how generally the United States approaches our interactions with other countries," he said. "If we open up the possibility that individuals and the United States can routinely start suing other governments, then we are also opening up the United States to being continually sued by individuals in other countries."

Material from the interview was to be broadcast on "CBS This Morning" and PBS, as well as "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/19/2016 08:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [572 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Obama also revealed that James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, "has been going through this"...

Now that's certainly a confidence builder.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/19/2016 8:23 Comments || Top||

#2  In an interview with CBS's Charlie Rose, Obama was asked if had read the 28 pages. "I have a sense of what's in there," he replied.

No stuttering or stammering, a completely evasive answer of non-committal. After all, his time must be devoted to visiting rappers and other urban varmints. He's a man of strict priorities.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/19/2016 8:35 Comments || Top||

#3  reviewing or rewriting or removing?

-- Sandy Berger
Posted by: airandee || 04/19/2016 10:23 Comments || Top||

#4  How is it possible that the top intel official hasn't memorized these 18 pages and made them part of their thinking and planning (even if they can't release them?). Inconceivable.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/19/2016 10:46 Comments || Top||

#5  We have top men working on it right now.

Top men.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/19/2016 10:51 Comments || Top||

#6  In an interview with CBS's Charlie Rose, Obama was asked if had read the 28 pages.

ValJar gave him the Cliff Notes.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/19/2016 11:04 Comments || Top||

#7  Obama also voiced concerns about a legislative move to allow victim families to bring lawsuits against other countries believed to have provided support for attacks.

Well, yes. There is a valid argument there.

A competent and ethical Executive branch would have pressed for a governmental response, instead of forcing the survivors to litigate in the courts.

Ah, the joys of realpolitik.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/19/2016 11:04 Comments || Top||

#8  Might also show Iranian involvement.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 04/19/2016 13:06 Comments || Top||

#9  Seven years late. However, if you're from the school 'America had it coming for all its faults', there is no surprise.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/19/2016 13:08 Comments || Top||

#10  John R. Schindler (XX Committee blog) writes about this subject HERE. When 9/11 happened he was a counterintelligence officer with the National Security Agency.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/19/2016 15:36 Comments || Top||

#11  Top Intel Official Reviewing Secret 9/11 Material

"Which top intel official, Mister President?"

"Top. Intel. Official."

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/19/2016 19:07 Comments || Top||

#12  Does anyone else feel nauseous whenever reading anything about or by Commander Zero?
Posted by: AlanC || 04/19/2016 19:43 Comments || Top||

#13  #11 Top Intel Official Reviewing Secret 9/11 Material

"Which top intel official, Mister President?"

"Top. Intel. Official."


From Russia or China?
Posted by: charger || 04/19/2016 21:03 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
144 militants including four commanders surrender in Balochistan
[DAWN] QUETTA: Four commanders along with 140 other bully boyz surrendered their arms to authorities on Monday.

The bully boyz surrendered before the commissioner of Kalat division and law enforcement officials.

Militants who surrendered today belong to the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and other proscribed groups.

Four commanders who surrendered are Eid Muhammad of the BLA, Niaz of Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) and two others, who were not named.

The commissioner while welcoming the surrender assured the bully boyz that the government would make efforts to rehabilitate them, with the bully boyz claiming that they were misled by certain elements to partake in subversive activities.
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Heavy exchange of fire with Rajanpur bandits after army deadline expires
[DAWN] DERA GHAZI KHAN/LAHORE: A heavy exchange of fire commenced on Monday afternoon between security forces and gangsters, with two army helicopters flying overhead for reconnaissance purposes.

Earlier, the district administration of Rajanpur was ’alert’ in anticipation of a full-scale operation by the military as a Monday afternoon deadline to the gangsters to surrender unconditionally and release coppers held as hostages expired.

The Army had given the Chotoo gang until 2pm on Monday (today) to surrender, police officials speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
had told Dawn.

In case they refused to abide by the deadline, the Army said it will begin a full-scale operation, the official added.

Corps Commander II Corps Maj Gen Ishfaq Nadeem chaired a high-level meeting in Rajanpur on Monday and took stock of the situation before leaving, an official said, adding that an emergency has been imposed in hospitals in Dera Ghazi Khan, Rahim Yar Khan and Rajanpur.

Rajanpur DCO Zahoor Hussain Gujjar, while talking to Dawn, confirmed that an emergency had been imposed at all hospitals in and around the area. "We are alert," he said, adding that the official leaves of Rajanpur district babus government employees had been cancelled.

The officials have been directed to remain at their places of duty until further notice in order to take on any untoward situation in the aftermath of the expected operation, he said.

At least six coppers were killed and 24 others taken hostage by the gang when the operation was launched less than a week ago.

Dawn quoted a well-placed source on Monday saying that the gang had released some of the hostages, but the source was unable to say how many had been freed.
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Iraq
IRAQ: 217 more SpecOPS w/Apaches and 'Security Forces' to battle ISIS
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/19/2016 00:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We still have no boots on the ground though, right?
Posted by: AlanC || 04/19/2016 7:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Not beyond the 'red line' AlanC, not beyond the 'red line.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/19/2016 8:27 Comments || Top||

#3  It takes a network to defeat a network.
~ General Stanley McChrystal
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/19/2016 14:42 Comments || Top||


Kirkuk Kombat Chronicle: 35 die
36 ISIS, Iraqi militia die in Bashir

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk Province announced on Monday, that 36 members of the so-called ISIS and al-Hashed al-Shaabi fighters had been either killed or wounded during repulsing an attack launched by ISIS in southern Kirkuk.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, violent clashes broke out between al-Hashed al-Shaabi forces and ISIS militants in Tel Ahmed on the outskirts of Bashir village in southern Kirkuk,” pointing out that, “The clashes resulted in the killing of 15 ISIS militants and one member of al-Hashed al-Shaabi, as well as injuring 20 others.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The security forces were able to repel ISIS attack, while detonated two car bombs before arriving to the front lines of the security forces.”

Iraqi militia repel ISIS attack on Bashir

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A source within al-Hashed al-Sha’bi militia said on Monday, that al-Abbas Combat Regiment of al-Hashed al-Sha’bi militia had managed to repel an attack by ISIS on the area of al-Bashir south of the province.

The source said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The forces of Abbas Combat Regiment foiled, this morning, a violent attack by ISIS gangs on the area of Tal Ahmed in the village of al-Bashir (20 km south of Kirkuk),” adding that, “[The forces] inflicted big losses in lives and equipment upon the enemy,” pointing out that, “The forces detonated two booby-trapped vehicles driven by suicide bombers.”
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Ninevah Nightmares: 4 die
Iraqi militia, Kurds liberate two villages

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – An informed source in Nineveh Province announced on Monday, that al-Hashed al-Watani forces liberated two villages in Bashiqah District northeast of Mosul, while pointed out that the liberation operation was backed by the Peshmerga forces and the international coalition aviation.

The source said in a press interview obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The forces from al-Hashed al-Watani backed by the Peshmerga forces and the international coalition aviation managed to liberate the villages of Barima and al-Noran northeast of Mosul from ISIS grip,” indicating that, “The international coalition aviation bombed a number of ISIS headquarters in the two villages.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “ISIS did not show any resistance and withdrew its fighters toward Khor village and al-Shalalat area.”

Separate account

From Ara news

ISIS Top Dawg, 3 others die

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – The Anti-Terrorism Directorate in Kurdistan Security Council announced on Monday the implementation of an air landing operation in cooperation with American troops in Hamam al-Alil area in Mosul, while pointed out that the operation resulted in the killing of one of ISIS Emirs, along with two of his assistants.

The Anti-Terrorism Directorate said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “An air landing operation was carried out in Hamam al-Alil area south of Mosul based on accurate intelligence information,” pointing out that, “The operation was carried out in cooperation with a special American force.”

The statement added, “The operation resulted in the killing of one of ISIS Emirs, who was known as Salman Abd Shaib al-Jabouri (Abu Saif), along with two of his assistants.”

More from ARA News
Posted by: badanov || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Anbar Antics
Fallujah operation begins next week

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Monday, Anbar Operations Command announced, that the cleansing battle of Fallujah from the so-called ISIS will be carried out next week, while indicated to the participation of the different security services backed by the international coalition aviation and tribal fighters.

The commander of Anbar Operations Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahalawi said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces are preparing for the cleansing battles of Fallujah from ISIS guerrilla.”

The statement added, “The cleansing battle will start next week, with the participation of the army, police, Anti-Terrorism forces, tribal fighters and the international coalition aviation.”

ISIS could use civilians as human shields
Medea Benjamin is never around when you need her
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Monday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned of using the civilian as human shields by ISIS during Fallujah cleansing battles, while called the security forces to secure safe havens for the unarmed civilians.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights also revealed, that ISIS has kidnapped 100 children from the residents of Fallujah to recruit them in terrorist operations.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ member, Fadhel al-Gharawi, said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS gangs use the civilians as human shields in Fallujah, and booby-trap houses in spite the presence of civilians in these houses.”

The statement added, “ISIS kidnapped 100 children from Fallujah during the last three days to use them in terrorist operations.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 1 dead
Bad Guys rob electrical supply store

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Monday, that a group of gunmen killed a merchant in western Baghdad, and stole 120 thousand dollars.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, unidentified gunmen driving a modern vehicle shot a vehicle belonging to the owner of an electrical devices company while passing in the Police Tunnel area in western Baghdad, killing him on the spot,” pointing out that, “The gunmen stole 120 thousand dollars that were inside the vehicle before fleeing to an unknown destination.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the dead body to the forensic medicine department, while opened an investigation to determine the circumstances of the incident and who stands behind it.”

1 dead in bomb attack on market

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

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, an explosive device exploded near a popular market in Euphrates neighborhood in western Baghdad, killing one person and injuring 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 cordoned off the area and prevented approaching it.”

Iraqi kops on alert in Baghdad

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – An informed security source stated on Monday, that the security forces have declared maximum alert in the capital Baghdad, after the followers of the Sadrist Movement besieged the Ministries’ headquarters calling the ministers to resign.

The source said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The Ministry of Interior declared a state of maximum alert in the capital, Baghdad, after hundreds of protesters besieged the ministries’ headquarters, calling for the dismissal of the ministers and a comprehensive reform.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The security forces were heavily deployed in the different areas of Baghdad, especially downtown, in anticipation of any emergency.”
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U.S.-led troops seize ISIS fighter in Iraq helicopter raid
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Troops from a U.S.-led coalition landed a helicopter in northern Iraq and seized at least one ISIS fighter from a vehicle, three witnesses and two Kurdish security sources said.

The force quickly took off again with their captive on Sunday afternoon, the sources told Rooters.

"It all happened in less than 10 minutes," said a witness of the raid in Badush district, around 20 km (12 miles) northwest of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, the largest Iraqi city still in the hands of ISIS.

A front man for the U.S. coalition declined to confirm or deny the reports.

A news agency that supports ISIS said the turbans had thwarted the raid.

Iraqi authorities say they will retake Mosul this year. But an army offensive launched last month south of the city has been put on hold until more forces arrive to hold ground.

The United States announced last December it was deploying a new force of special operations troops to Iraq to conduct raids against ISIS there and in neighbouring Syria.

The hard boy group's second-in-command and other big shots were likely killed last month by an air strike after a U.S. special forces' helicopter was fired on from the ground.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
21 hurt in bombing on Jerusalem bus
[Ynet] Two buses catch on fire on Moshe Baram Road in the capital's East Talpiot neighborhood as a result of kaboom; 2 seriously maimed, six in moderate condition, suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.

Twenty-one people were maimed when an bomb blew up on a bus on Monday afternoon, causing it to catch on fire while it was driving on Moshe Baram Road in Jerusalem, in what the defense establishment suspects to be a terror bombing.

The number 12 Egged bus was travelling from the East Talpiot neighborhood (Armon HaNatziv) towards Mount Herzl when an kaboom went off on it and it caught fire. As a result of the kaboom, a nearby bus and a private vehicle also caught on fire.

Jerusalem District Commander Yoram HaLevy confirmed on Monday evening the kaboom was caused by an bomb placed in the rear part of the bus.

"We are still in the initial stages of the investigation. We're trying to find out primarily where the bomb came from and who placed it on the bus," HaLevy said, adding that it should not take police much longer to indentify who planted the explosive on the bus.

He did, however, stress that "we can't at the moment come out with a clear statement that this was done by a terrorist or a jacket wallah. We're looking into all possibilities, as we do in every scene of an incident."

Magen David Adom paramedics treated 21 maimed, among them two at death's door, six in moderate condition and the rest lightly maimed. Some of the maimed are suffering from different degrees of burns, while most are suffering from smoke inhalation. The maimed were taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center and the Hadassah Medical Center's Ein Karem and Mount Scopus hospitals.

MDA front man Zaki Heller said that when paramedics arrived at the scene, all of the maimed were outside the bus and none were found inside by firefighters.

Prof. Avraham Rivkind, the head of the Shock Unit at the Hadassah Ein Karem hospital, said some of the injuries were in line with injuries from past terror bombings in Jerusalem. "There are penetration wounds. We saw in imaging and we pulled out a nail and nuts," he said.

The bus that went kaboom! was reportedly empty, and the maimed people were in the second bus that caught on fire as a result of the kaboom.
The Times of Israel adds:
Police were investigating whether one of the people seriously injured in the kaboom was in fact the terrorist responsible. However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
the identity of the burned victim had not yet been confirmed, a spokesperson said.

The driver of the bus, who was lightly injured, told media he checked the bus for bombs twice before starting his route.
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3 charged with funding Temple Mount unrest
[IsraelTimes] Police revealed Monday that indictments were filed against members of a network that funded disruptive activities on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem aimed at discouraging Jewish visitors to the holy site through provocations and agitation.

The activities of the network were uncovered by a joint Israel Police and Shin Bet general security services operation, police said in a statement.

Indictments were filed against Muhammad Jabarin, a resident of the northern city of Umm al-Fahm, and Najeeb Qawasmeh Jada and Khalil Abasi, residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, for property transactions for the purpose of terror and membership in a prohibited organization.

Police withheld further information regarding the charges against the suspects.

The Jerusalem District Prosecutor asked that the suspects remain in jug.

During the course of the investigation, police said, prima facie evidence was compiled about a network making payments to male and female activists of the so-called Murabitat groups, which have been banned from the Temple Mount during Jewish visitors’ hours.

In addition to questioning the key suspects, police acted against dozens of Murabitan activists in an investigation which is still ongoing, police said.

The single-sex Murabitan [for men] or Murabitut [for women] groups are known for opposing Jewish presence on the Temple Mount by shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great") at visitors, and sometimes resorting to physical assaults. The Prime Minister’s Office has described them as a "salaried group of activists aimed at initiating provocations on the Temple Mount."

Guidance and funding for the group was in the past provided largely by the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, which was banned in November last year. At the time the Prime Minister’s Office called the organization "a sister movement of the terrorist organization Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason," and said the two movements maintained close, clandestine ties.

In early September, the Murabitat (plural of "Murabit" -- a defender of Islam) were banned from the mount during morning hours in which Jews visit, on the orders of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. Since then, their members have mostly waited outside the gates of the compound, confronting Jews upon their exit.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Israel finds a tunnel, Egypt destroys another, but Hamas is defiant
[IsraelTimes] Egyptian forces flooded and partially destroyed a Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, tunnel in the southern Gazoo Strip Monday, temporarily trapping a number of workers inside, Paleostinian media reported.

News of the incident came as Israeli security forces revealed they had discovered and destroyed a Hamas attack tunnel extending into Israeli territory, also near the southern Strip.

The tunnel flooded by Egypt appeared to have been a commercial tunnel used to smuggle people and goods in and out of the Strip, as opposed to the "terror tunnel" located in southern Israel, which could have been used to carry out attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers.
Continued on Page 49
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Jordan recalls its ambassador to Tehran
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Jordan recalled its ambassador from Iran, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Monday, saying the diplomat had been called back for consultations over what it described as Tehran's interference in Arab affairs.

It is the latest Arab country to recall its envoy from Tehran since Saudi Arabia cut ties with the Islamic Republic in recent months.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian army losing ground to Islamists in Hama
HAMA – Subsequent to fierce battles with the pro-regime army forces, Syrian Islamist rebel groups on Monday captured strategic positions in Syria’s central province of Hama.

Islamist groups attacked the pro-regime forces with artillery shelling and rockets, killing and wounding dozens of soldiers, according to local activists.

Speaking to ARA News in Hama, media activist Abdul Rahman Taha said that fighters from the Islamic Party of Turkestan and Jund al-Aqsa rebel groups continued their progress at the expense of the Syrian army forces and were able to take over the tanks hill near the Jorin military camp subsequent to fierce battles clashes.

“Islamist rebels were able to kill dozens of the regime’s army troops and wound many others,” Taha said, pointing out that Islamist rebels seized two tanks [T 72] and destroyed a machine gun [caliber 23] belonging to the Syrian army.

The source emphasized that the Syrian army responded to the attack with several rockets on the rebels’ headquarters inside the towns of Tel Wasit and Mansoura.

ARA News could not verify the death toll in the ranks of the rebels.

A rebel spokesman reported that similar clashes broke out between the two sides in the vicinity of the town of al-Hakura, coinciding with aerial bombardment by pro-Assad warplanes on the Khirbat an-Noqus town and the vicinity of al-Hakura and Mansoura towns.

In the meantime, the villages loyal to president Bashar al-Assad in western Hama witnessed the displacement of dozens of civilians, especially after the advance of Islamists, according to local activists.

Islamist rebel factions launched on Monday a new battle to break into the pro-regime forces’ positions in the plain of al-Ghab and in the western suburbs of Hama, taking over the town of Khirbet an-Naqus.

Over the past few months, Syrian Islamist rebels led by the Conquest Army group were able to capture a number of villages and towns in the al-Ghab plain, especially after taking over the cities of Idlib and Jisr al-Shughur from pro-Assad forces in northwestern Syria.
Posted by: badanov || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [188 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Putin coming back anytime soon?
Posted by: AlanC || 04/19/2016 7:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Ask g(r)om.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/19/2016 11:14 Comments || Top||

#3  In this 'shirts vs. skins' game I'm confused about which side has the weekend warriors and which is the JV.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/19/2016 11:31 Comments || Top||


ISIS militants advance against Syrian rebels in Aleppo
ALEPPO – Subsequent to fierce battles with Syrian rebel factions, militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Monday captured a key village in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, local and military sources reported.

Local activists confirmed that sporadic clashes continued between the two sides near the Syria-Turkey border until Monday midnight.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, rebel spokesman Saleh Zein said that ISIS militants launched a major attack on rebels headquarters in Aleppo’s north and were able to seize control of Tel Battal village near the Syrian-Turkish border after heavy battles with the rebel fighters from the Sultan Murad Brigade and the 1st regiment.

“Daesh launched heavy artillery shells and rockets on headquarters of the rebels headquarters in the area, forcing them to withdraw towards the town of Dudyan,” Zein reported, using an acronym for ISIS.

This coincided with ISIS’s attempts to advance towards the rebel-held Dudyan town. Meanwhile, the Turkish army pounded several tactical units and positions for ISIS in the town of Kafr Ghan and the village of Tel Hussein, causing them casualties, according to local sources.

“Aleppo’s northern suburbs has been witnessing hit and run assaults between the conflicting parties for months, but due to the convergence of the villages in the region, they could not be permanent military zones for one party,” media activist Dirar Hamid told ARA News in Aleppo.

“However, areas that enjoy a strategic location like Dudyan are supposed to be held in order to control the whole region,” Hamid argued.

In case of capturing the villages of Soran, Ahtimlat and Doabak, Syrian rebels can fortify their presence in the region which may enable them liberate the strategic town of al-Raee on the Turkish-Syrian border, according to the source.

Despite the Turkish shelling on its positions, ISIS was able days ago to regain control of the strategic town of al-Raee in northern Aleppo subsequent to fierce battles with the armed opposition fighters.
Posted by: badanov || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Turkish troops kill 18 Kurd kommies
(IraqiNews.com) The Turkish security authorities said on Monday, that 18 Kurdish militants were killed in clashes with the Turkish security forces when they tried to flee last night from the border town of Nusaybin into Syria.

A security source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Security forces were conducting a security operation in Nusaybin area when clashes broke out as a group of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party members arrived in the Syrian city of al-Qamishli,” adding that, “15 PKK militants were killed during clashes in the areas of Nusaybin, Şırnak and Yüksekova.”
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Militants launch fresh attacks on Syria forces
[Iran Press TV] Militants currently engaged in peace talks with the Syrian government have begun a fresh offensive against military and civilian positions northwest of the country as accusations fly high on violations of a truce deal meant to restore calm to the country.

Sources close to the bully boyz said on Monday that attacks were launched in rural areas of the Latakia Province, northwest of Syria, where the government enjoys a relatively considerable support.

The sources said the offensive was meant to retaliate what they called government’s deliberate violation of the truce, which has been in effect across Syria since end of February.

Other bully boyz said attacks were carried out in rural districts of Hama, a province adjacent to Latakia.

The attacks come against the backdrop of meetings between the government and holy warrior groups in the Swiss city of Geneva, where the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
is trying to seal a permanent peace deal between the warring sides. The United Stated and Russia engineered the current ceasefire in a bid to facilitate the talks.

A representative of the bully boyz in Geneva talks, identified as Mohammed al-Abboud, said Monday that the opposition has the right to defend itself. However,
a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
reports from Geneva have shown that the anti-government side is becoming increasingly irked with the way the talks are going forward. Damascus denies it has done any deliberate violation, saying holy warrior attacks like the one on Latakia on Monday are meant to give the opposition the upper hand in the negotiations.

The current truce in Syria excludes ISIS and Nusra Front, two major 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...
groups operating in the east and north of Syria. Government forces have managed to retake some key areas from the two groups over the past few weeks.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria



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