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Chotoo gang surrenders to Army, releases hostages
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Good morning
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#1  I think the one on the left must have invented roller derby
Posted by: Mercutio || 04/20/2016 13:47 Comments || Top||


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#1  Done. Always enjoy my daily Burg dose.
Posted by: phil_b || 04/19/2016 4:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Done
Posted by: Frank G || 04/19/2016 7:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Look for a little something from Paypal.
Posted by: jpal || 04/19/2016 8:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Done, Fred.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/19/2016 11:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Done Fred. Thanks for this service!
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/19/2016 11:32 Comments || Top||

#6  I notice Paypal would allow me to do a monthly donation. I've always donated in modest lumps, but maybe tiny trickles would be better!
Posted by: Bobby || 04/19/2016 14:17 Comments || Top||

#7  And there are no pop ups or annoying car ads that just open up and run, like so many of the news sites we link to!
Posted by: Bobby || 04/19/2016 14:18 Comments || Top||

#8  You just got some support via paypal from me. I may not comment as much as I used to, but I still come by for the news, the snark, and the insights.

Still miss Army First guy from KCNA though...
Posted by: ptah || 04/19/2016 14:56 Comments || Top||

#9  I'll just put these bushels of parsnips here on the end of the bar. Thanks Fred and All.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/19/2016 18:23 Comments || Top||

#10  Done.
Posted by: magpie || 04/19/2016 23:11 Comments || Top||

#11  Done! Thanks for the service.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/20/2016 0:44 Comments || Top||

#12  Golly, you sound just like the cleaning woman who lives in the cellar. "Pay me money!" "I need food!" "Please, unlock the door!"
Here's mine!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 04/20/2016 8:18 Comments || Top||

#13  Used Wife's visa refund card, she's a fan as well, and we never seem to be able to find a use for the damn things...thanks Fred
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 04/20/2016 13:59 Comments || Top||

#14  Shit... you wrote a book Fred? Didn't see it until now next to the paypal.

Next on reading list.

Better be military shit. And Aliens. At least sex. ;)
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/20/2016 19:01 Comments || Top||

#15  Fred has written a bunch of books, DarthVader. He has a unique outlook and an unfussy style.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/20/2016 19:40 Comments || Top||

#16  I'm in.

I liked Phoebe Clayton. Dolly of Palo Pinto? Good grief! How can I keep up? Has Fred built an AI to write this stuff?
Posted by: KBK || 04/20/2016 22:33 Comments || Top||

#17  Yup.

"A tale of a man, a woman, life, and hogs."
Posted by: KBK || 04/20/2016 22:35 Comments || Top||

#18  I'd better keep that one away from my wife. Goats is enough. We did pigs way back, then the neighbor decided to put his new swimming pool next to our hog pen, and, well, things went from there....
Posted by: KBK || 04/20/2016 22:37 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
12 Insurgents Killed in Takhar Clashes
[Tolo News] At least 12 Taliban gunnies were killed in festivities with security forces in northern Takhar province on Monday, local officials said.

In addition, 35 others were maimed.

The clash took place in Durqad district of the province on Monday afternoon after dozens of gunnies attacked the district and started clashing with security forces, a front man for the provincial police chief, Sherjan Durani said.

"A soldier was also killed in the fighting," Durani said, adding that the gunnies were eventually driven back.

Security forces are currently in festivities with gunnies in more than ten provinces in the country. This comes after the Taliban announced the launch of their summer offensive last week.
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan Air Force destroy bomb making factory of Taliban in Kandahar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan Air Force (AAF) planes have destroyed a bomb making factory of the Taliban group in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Arclight airstrike was carried out in Shahwali Kot district of Kandahar during an operation involving Special Operation Forces of the Afghan Army.

A statement by MoD said military equipment and explosives were stored in the factory which were all destroyed in the raid.

The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has stepped up counter-terrorism operations against the bully boy groups who are trying to expand insurgency activities across the country.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the group announced its spring offensive earlier last week and vowed to carry out more attacks across the country.

The AAF flew 83 missions in the past 24 hours with the newly added A-29 Super Tucanos playing a key role in providing close-air support to the Afghan Forces, the defense officials said last week.

Meanwhile,
...back at the wreckage, Captain Poindexter awoke groggily, his hand still stuck in the Ming vase...
the Afghan armed forces have started operating ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to conduct surveillance operations which is expected to further boost the intelligence gathering of the Afghan forces.

Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


No casualties reported in second explosion in Kabul
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Another relatively heavy kaboom has been heard 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....
city earlier this evening, hours after a deadly attack left 28 dead and over 300 maimed.

The type of the kaboom is not clear so far which has reportedly taken place in the vicinity of Shahr-e-Naw area.

A security official confirmed that an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was planted inside a restaurant in Sherpoor area of the city.

No group has so far grabbed credit behind the incident.

This comes as at least 28 people were killed and 327 others were maimed after a jacket wallah detonated a vehicle packed with explosives in Pul-e-Mahmood Khan area of the city earlier today.

The kaboom triggered shootout between the Afghan cops and the remaining snuffies who had taken position inside a compound used by the elite security forces.

Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban claims responsibility for deadly blast in central Kabul
[FRANCE24] A Taliban suicide kaboom followed by a firefight on a key security agency compound in the heart of 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....
Tuesday killed at least 28 people and maimed more than 300, according to Afghan officials.

A minibus packed with explosives destroyed Kabul’s Puli Mahmood Khan neighbourhood -- a densely packed area that is home to several Afghan security compounds -- during the morning rush hour.

The bombing was followed by a firefight, marking the first major Taliban offensive since the myrmidon Islamist group announced the start of the spring fighting season a week ago.

Police sources told news hounds the blast occurred near the NDS (National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
) compound in central Kabul, which is near the Ministry of Interior headquarters.

At least 28 people were killed, according to Afghan police officials, and more than 300 people were maimed, including women and kiddies, said health officials.

Afghanistan's Caped President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
condemned the attack "in the strongest possible terms" in a statement from the presidential palace.

"Today's terrorist attack near Puli Mahmood Khan area of Kabul city demonstrates the clear defeat of the enemy in the face-to-face fight against Afghan cops," the Afghan presidential palace said in a statement on Twitter.

Reporting from Kabul for FRANCE 24, Bilal Sarwary said the scale and sophistication of the attack in one of Kabul’s most heavily secured neighbourhood raises serious security questions.

"President Ghani said the Taliban can’t face the Afghan cops in face-to-face battles, that’s why they are conducting attacks like this. But the president’s word will do little to restore the confidence of the Afghan people in what is clearly a huge security and intelligence failure once more."

The kaboom rattled windows several miles away and sent a plume of thick smoke rising in the sky. Ambulances were seen rushing to the blast site and medical officials said a number of maimed had been rushed to a nearby hospital. The area around the kaboom was immediately cordoned off by security sources, according to witnesses and news hounds in the Afghan capital.

Counter-terrorism experts in the Afghan Interior Ministry said initial findings showed very potent explosives were used in the minibus bombing to cause maximum casualties, according to Sarwary.

Warning sirens blared out from the embassy compound, which is also close to the headquarters of the main NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
-led mission in Afghanistan.

The US embassy said they were not affected by the blast. The NATO military coalition also said they were unaffected.

Taliban claims attack

The Taliban grabbed credit for the attack in a Twitter posting shortly after the blast destroyed central Kabul.

Taliban front man Zabihullah Mujahid claimed their fighters had managed to enter the offices of the NDS, the main Afghan spy agency.

The Afghan Taliban last Tuesday announced the start of their "spring offensive" even as the government in Kabul seeks to bring the holy warriors back to the negotiating table to end their drawn-out conflict.
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Resistance crumbling as army advances in Benghazi
Benghazi and Tripoli, 19 April 2016:

The army is closing in on the last key enemy position at the small dock at Ganfouda into which it is reported Islamists militants have crowded, some of them with their wives and children.

This afternoon it was said that a flotilla of small boats was heading to Ganfouda to evacuate the fighters penned in there. The air force is understood to have launched several airstrikes, which may have sunk at least one of the vessels.

The presence of family members with the militants, if true, will complicate the seeming end of a bitter two-year battle. A diplomatic source said tonight that if women and children perished in a final assault, the army’s victory would be tarnished. The diplomat speculated that it might be decided to let the last fighters get away with their families.

The official army blackout on information means that today’s events can only be pieced together from a range of sources, including soldiers in the front line. But there is no doubt that the collapse of resistance by IS, Ansar Al-Sharia and Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shoura Council force has continued.

Presumably in anticipation of the victory, which he has promised so many times before was imminent, Armed Forces commander-in-chief Khalifa Hafter is reported to have arrived in Benghazi this evening. In photographs posted on social media, the normally dour general was beaming and giving a thumbs-up sign for photographers.

Heavy fighting resumed this morning with the army pushing into Gwarsha from Huwari. By late this afternoon, a local commander was claiming that nearly all of the district had been taken. It was also said that some Libyan militants have been surrendering while figures for their casualties vary with the highest death toll being 42.

One claimed death is that of BSRC commander Fawzi Al-Rabea, (above) who was suspected of involvement in the 2013 Benghazi assassination wave of serving and retired police and army officers, which finally triggered Hafter’s Operation Dignity. It is not clear where Rabea died.

The fighting has also claimed dead and wounded on the army side. Again figures vary but as many as 30 soldiers may have perished in the last 48 hours, including the military engineers’ spokesman Siraj Al-Tira who was killed by a booby trap on the outskirts of Garayounis.

Libya Alakhbar photojournalist Ayub Al-Joli (above) also died today in Gwarsha in circumstances that have not yet been explained. There are also reports that IS fighters in Gwarsha captured two medical workers from the Benghazi Medical Centre who were working at the front. Once again it is unclear how this happened but it suggests that IS fighters are still capable of mounting counterattacks. The fate of the two men is not known.
Posted by: badanov || 04/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under:


3 Egyptian policeman dead, 8 injured in rocket attack in North Sinai
[AlAhram] All the victims of the attack were members of central security forces

Unknown assailants fired a rocket at a police vehicle on Tuesday in the North Sinai city of Sheikh Zuweid, leaving three conscripts dead and eight others injured from the central security forces, Egypt's interior ministry announced.
So the tunnels to Gazoo work both ways...
"Security forces combed the area where the incident took place and are still searching for the perpetrators of the attack," the statement read.

No group has yet grabbed credit for the incident.
But it will, as usual, turn out to be Ansar Bayt al Maqdis or their friends and relations.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Europe
Spain Arrests Moroccan in Mallorca 'Linked' to IS Group
[AnNahar] Spanish police said Tuesday they had detained a Moroccan man in the Mediterranean island resort of Palma de Mallorca suspected of recruiting jihadists for the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group.

"A police probe revealed that the accused had close contact with established murderous Moslems involved with ISIS who are currently located in Syria," they said in a statement using a synonym for IS.

They added that the man used virtual platforms to recruit new jihadists for Syria and Iraq, "encouraging them and facilitating their trip to the conflict zone so that they could join the ranks of ISIS."

The operation was launched as part of a probe opened by Spain's National Court, which specializes in extremism cases.

Spanish police regularly announce the detention of people suspected of having links with jihadist groups, although it is unclear exactly how many have been held so far this year.

Last year, the interior ministry said it had tossed in the clink
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
around 100 suspected jihadists.

Since June Spain has been on a heightened anti-terror alert -- level four of a possible five -- following attacks in La Belle France, Tunisia and Kuwait on the same day.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


India-Pakistan
Army declares Shawal operation successful
[DAWN] The army has declared operation in Shawal area of North Wazoo successful and started clearing improvised bombs and other unwent kaboom! ordnance in the area.

The Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement here on Monday that Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif
..Pak chief of army staff, meaning he pulls the strings on the Nawaz Sharif puppet to make it dance and sing and not do much at all....
visited the embattled area near the Afghan border and he was briefed by formation commanders about operational gains achieved so far.

More than 800km area has been secured in Shawal and heavy casualties have been inflicted on bandidos Lions of Islam since the start of the last phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb
..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)...
in February, it said.

A security official said the ongoing phase of the operation had been accomplished successfully and troops were holding all important locations near the border.

"Levels one and two of the operation have been completed in Shawal and clearance of IEDs and other explosive items is in progress," he said, adding that after successful completion of the last phase, kinetic operations would continue for a few days before a formal announcement of the end of Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan.

The Operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched in June 2014 to eliminate terrorist networks from the area. Officials said around 4,000 holy warriors had been killed and tons of explosives and units of IEDs were recovered in Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
, Mirali and other areas.

The operation had forced more than one million civilians to leave their homes and they had taken refuge in settled areas of the country. Return of displaced families to their homes is in progress.

The ISPR said that Gen Raheel reviewed progress of last phase of operation in Shawal and spent the whole day with troops busy in eliminating bandidos Lions of Islam from their last bastion close to the Afghan border.

Lauding successful completion of the Shawal operation, he acknowledged exceptional achievements, courage, determination and sacrifices of troops in achieving the objectives.

He, however, emphasised consolidating the gains and resettling the displaced people back in their areas.

Talking about breaking the nexus between bandidos Lions of Islam and their controllers sitting outside Fata, Gen Raheel ordered large-scale combing ops immediately to seek out terrorists, their sleeper cells and controllers in areas other than Fata and enhance the reach of law enforcement agencies.

Speaking to officers and men in Shawal Valley, he said: "Standing shoulder to shoulder with us, the entire nation highly values the sacrifices being rendered in this fight against terrorism."

Sources said that after completion of combat operation in North Waziristan the army had raised brigade size units to assist the civil administration in inaccessible areas of Fata, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
and other parts of the country.
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


One dead in suicide blast at Mardan Excise and Taxation Dept
[DAWN] An kaboom in the Mardan Excise and Taxation Department on Tuesday left at least one person dead and 18 others injured.

The suicide kaboom took place inside the building, District Police Office (DPO) Faisal Shahzad told DawnNews.

Eyewitnesses saw the attacker walking into the building, the DPO said, adding that the attacker's boom jacket contained 8-10 kilograms of kaboom.

The attacker's torso and lips legs have been recovered from the site of the kaboom, the DPO said.
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Chotoo gang surrenders to Army, releases hostages
[DAWN] Members of the Chotoo gang surrendered to the Army and were taken into custody by the armed forces, police sources said early Wednesday.

Twenty four coppers taken hostage by the gang at the start of the Rajanpur operation, Zarb-e-Ahan, were released, sources said.

A senior police officer earlier told Dawn that the gang had been using the hostages as a human shield to protect their women and kiddies.

Police launched the Rajanpur offensive after a go-ahead from the Interior Ministry last week. After at least six police officials were killed and 24 others taken hostage, the Army announced on April 16 that it would be taking over the operation.

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa had said a cordon was being reinforced and police and Rangers had already been deployed to participate in the operation under the Army.

The Chotoo gang, led by Ghulam Rasool, alias Chotoo, was given a deadline by the Army to surrender on Monday, failing which, the Army said it would begin a full-scale operation in the area.

A source in the police department said that Chotoo had demanded safe passage for himself, his family and some loyal accomplices to proceed to Dubai in return of safe release of the captive coppers, Dawn earlier reported.
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [512 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Hizb recruiter arrested
[Daily Excelsior] Police today said a Hizbul Mujahideen worker, who was involved in the recruitment of the youth, has been incarcerated
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
from Baramulla district of North Kashmire.

A police front man said here that Ghulam Ahmad Sofi alias Jany Baba of Juhama area of Baramulla was arrested along with two live grenades and a satellite phone.

The front man said Sofi was involved in recruiting local youth for terrorist activities. "During the course of investigation it was found that he was affiliated with banned terrorist organization Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and was working for the revival and expansion of the banned outfit in the Kashmire valley, particularly in Baramulla. Further investigation in this matter is going on," he said.

In this regard, a case under FIR number 84/16 under Section 7/25 Arms Act has been registered in Police Station Baramulla, the front man added.
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Hizbul Mujaheddin


Iraq
ISIS destroys Turkish tank with ATGM
Russian military journalist Boris Rozhin said ISIS used the AT-13 "Kornet" ATGM, one of Russia's best. The tank was an M-60. Really proud of that, they are.
[ARA News] ERBIL – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Tuesday targeted an alleged Turkish tank in Iraq’s northwestern city of Mosul with an anti-tank guided missile, pro-ISIS media sources reported.

The group’s news agency Amaq published a videotape showing an ISIS jihadi adjusting an advanced missile to target a Turkish tank near Mount Bashiqa in the vicinity of Mosul city in Iraq’s Nineveh province.

The group showed the date of April 19, 2016, at the beginning of the footage.

The footage shows the missile ejects from the launcher and hitting the alleged Turkish tank stationed on the top of a hill, destroying it at once.

“Allah is the Greatest… Allah is the Greatest,” ISIS jihadis shouted after destroying the tank.

ARA News could not verify the death toll in the ranks of the tank’s crew as the clip ends suddenly.

Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, journalist J.L. stressed that there are Turkish tanks at Mount Bashiqa north-east of Mosul, but there are doubts about the authenticity of the clip. “Also, the ISIS-led attack, if it was true, is likely in favor of the Turkish government at least in the current conditions.”

Turkey has been accused of backing Islamists against army forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, facilitating the influx of foreign militants into Syria to join ISIS in a bid to create strategic balance in the war in Syria, according to the source.

“There are serious doubts about the group’s attacks against Turkish targets in northern Iraq,” he argued, pointing out “Erdogan wants to convince the public opinion that his country and army forces are under ISIS’s threats due to his steadfastness against the terror group side by side with the US-coalition forces.”

On the other hand, the Turkish army released a statement saying that ISIS has bombed one of its tanks in northern Iraq on Tuesday, adding that nobody was inside the tank when it exploded. It also pointed out that its forces responded to the attack by bombing ISIS positions in Mosul, killing 32 militants.

In March 2015, Turkey deployed hundreds of soldiers reaching to 25 tanks at Beshiqa military camp in the vicinity of Iraq’s ISIS-held Mosul city in order to train local Iraqi forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga to fight the hardline group, according media sources.
Update from Al Ahram at 11:15 a.m. ET, the Turkish response:
Turkey kills 32 suspected Islamic State militants after attack on base in Iraq

Turkish armed forces on Tuesday killed 32 suspected Islamic State militants in the Bashiqa area of northern Iraq in response to an attack on a Turkish tank at a military camp there, broadcaster CNN Turk reported.

CNN Turk said Turkish soldiers had killed 10 Islamic State militants during an operation that destroyed a building, and had killed another 22 militants as they fled. The report could not immediately be verified.

NATO member Turkey has soldiers stationed at the Bashiqa camp near the city of Mosul, which it says are training local forces to fight Islamic State.
Posted by: badanov || 04/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  in order to train local Iraqi forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga

Jeez. It's getting harder and harder to figure out whose siding with whom.
Posted by: phil_b || 04/20/2016 3:15 Comments || Top||

#2  phil_b, just think of Calvin Ball with bullets and bombs.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/20/2016 8:16 Comments || Top||

#3  They're Arabs - it's always Calvin Ball with bullets and bombs.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/20/2016 11:04 Comments || Top||

#4  a good tactic would be to deploy a fake tank, let the ISIS command hit it with their best stuff then use artillery to take out the ISIS missile site

do it a couple of times and ISIS will have no more missile techs

off course this only works if you can use your artillery without having to write a memo in triplicate to the JAG to get permission
Posted by: lord garth || 04/20/2016 11:14 Comments || Top||

#5  #3 They're Arabs - it's always Calvin Ball with bullets and bombs.

And there you have it - The Arab Mind condensed into a single sentence. Worthy of Snark of the Day.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/20/2016 13:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Easy to figure, The Daesh/ISIS are creature of Erdogan, just like Norks are creatures of the Chi-coms...Plausible deniability...that only suckers and ignorants believe in...
Posted by: Whinenter Bucket7386 || 04/20/2016 16:57 Comments || Top||


Families flee ISIS in Ninevah
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A source in Nineveh Operations Command announced on Tuesday, that 60 families were able to escape from the areas controlled by ISIS south of Mosul, while emphasized that the security forces have secured the arrival of those families to Makhmur District.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “60 families were able to escape from the areas controlled by ISIS south of Mosul to the areas controlled by the army’s 72nd infantry brigade,” adding that, “The Iraqi army forces secured the arrival of the families to Makhmur District.”

Noteworthy, ISIS took over the city of Mosul in Nineveh Province in June 2014, while the Iraqi forces continue the security operations in order to liberate the province backed by the international coalition aviation.
Posted by: badanov || 04/20/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi militia capture 3 ISIS HQs in Diyala
(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – Member of Diyali Provincial Council, Karim Abdullah, announced on Tuesday the seizure of three main headquarters belonging to the ISIS during a security operation northeast of Baqubah.

Abdullah said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “al-Hashed al-Asha’ri [militia] of Jabour tribe, [located] in the area of Sharwin, (37 km northeast of Baqubah) conducted an operation, in coordination with the security forces, in the depth of al-Zour area (40 km northeast of Baqubah),” asserting that, “al-Hashed [militia] succeeded in seizing three main headquarters for ISIS.”

The statement added, “The ISIS militants escaped and did not confront the raiding force.”
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Turkish warplanes attack PKK headquarters
(IraqiNews.com) Dohuk – On Tuesday, eyewitnesses revealed, that Turkish warplanes attacked the headquarters of Kurdistan workers Party north of Dohuk Province.

One of the witnesses called Ismail Khawaga reported for IraqiNews.com, “Turkish warplanes launched an attack on the headquarters of Kurdistan Workers Party in Amadiya District,” pointing out that, “The attack lasted for more than an hour.”
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Anbar Antics: 30 die

Iraqi air force destroys ISIS HQs

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced on Tuesday, that the Iraqi Air Force destroyed four headquarters belonging to the so-called ISIS north of Ramadi.

Mahalawi said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The Iraqi Air Force managed to bombard four headquarters belonging to ISIS in Albu Ziab area north of Ramadi, destructing the headquarters completely.”

Mahalawi added, “The international coalition, Iraqi Air Force and Army Aviation are bombing ISIS gatherings and headquarters in the operations axes.”

ISIS leaders escape Fallujah with families
"Hi, honey! How'd it go today?"
"You know: beheadings, car bombs, human shields. Just another day at the office...."

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The leadership of al-Hashed al-Shaabi in Anbar Province announced on Tuesday, that ISIS leaders and emirs escaped from the district of Fallujah to Tharthar area northeast of Anbar, along with their families.

The commander of Kamat Fallujah brigade, Colonel Juma Fazaa Jumaili said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Accurate intelligence information revealed, that ISIS Arab and foreign leaders, emirs and a number of terrorists escaped from Fallujah with their families to al-Tharthar area.

Jumaili added, “ISIS cells started to collapse, especially after the arrival of military reinforcements to participate in the liberalization battles of Fallujah during the next few days.”

Iraqi aircraft destroy VBIEDs

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Tuesday the commander of Jazeera Operations Ali Ibrahim Daboun announced destructing three booby-trapped vehicles belonging to ISIS in the residential neighborhood in Baghdadi vicinity.

Daboun said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation backed by the army’s 7th brigade managed to bomb three booby-trapped vehicles belonging to ISIS in Baghdadi Island north of Baghdadi vicinity.”

“ISIS was intending to attack the residential neighborhood in Baghdadi vicinity using these vehicles,” the statement added.

Mass graves dscovered near Ramadi

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The head of Ramadi District Council, Ibrahim al-Awsaj, announced on Tuesday finding three mass graves containing the remains of 30 civilian and military personnel in southern Ramadi.

Awsaj said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Three mass graves were found in the area of al-Mallab in southern Ramadi,” noting that, “[The graves] included the remains of 30 persons, most of whom were military personnel along with some civilians, including two children.”

He also added, “The graves were opened under the supervision of an investigating judge, while the dead bodies were transferred to the forensic medicine authority.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 3 die

2 die in bombing

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

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded near shops in Saidiya District in southern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding five others.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area of the incident and transferred the injured to a 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 bomb attack in Ghazaliya District

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

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, a bomb exploded near al-Daght street in Ghazaliya District in western Baghdad, killing one person and wounding eight 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 a security force cordoned off the area and prevented approaching it.”
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Shin Bet nabs teenage stabbers and would be kidnappers
[IsraelTimes] Interrogation of 14-15-year-old Paleostinian suspects led Sherlocks to 2 men planning multiple attacks, security service says

Israeli security forces broke up a Paleostinian cell whose teenage members are suspected of stabbing IDF soldiers last month, leading Sherlocks to a second group that allegedly planned a kidnapping operation in the West Bank, the Shin Bet security service revealed Tuesday.

On March 2, two of the suspects stabbed and lightly maimed two IDF soldiers in their guard post near the Har Bracha settlement in the northern West Bank, the Shin Bet said.

The two suspects, both 15 years old, expeditiously departed at a goodly pace of the attack and evaded initial capture during a large-scale manhunt conducted by Israeli forces. A third suspect, 14, revealed to police interrogators that he too had been involved in the attack.

The Shin Bet did not detail what led agents to the suspects, saying only that the arrests had taken place "throughout the month of March."

All three came from the village of Irak Burin, northwest of the Har Bracha settlement in the northern West bank.

Their arrest and testimonies led the Shin Bet, police and IDF to a second terror cell in Irak Burin, whose members had ties with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Paleostine (PFLP) and Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,.

Sa’ad Hossam Ahd Fakeeh, a member of the PFLP, told interrogators he planned to kidnap a settler from the Har Bracha community in order to negotiate the release of Paleostinian prisoners from Israeli jails, the Shin Bet said.

Fakeeh, 30, planned to carry out the kidnapping operation with help from a man named Malkh Fateh Ismail Qadous.

In addition, Fakeeh intended to carry out a stabbing attack on an IDF soldier in order to steal his service weapon, the Shin Bet said.

Qadous, 25, has ties to the Hamas terrorist organization and planned to carry out his own stabbing and shooting attack on IDF troops, the Shin Bet said.

The 14-year-old suspect told interrogators he was involved in Qadous’s and Fakeeh’s plots as well.

"The results of the investigation of those involved will be handed over in the coming days to military prosecutor in order to craft the indictment against them," the Shin Bet said.
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Southeast Asia
Three killed in clashes with NPA in Davao City
[Davao Today] Two separate encounters between Philippine troops and the communist New People's Army in Davao City on Monday resulted in three casualties.

The first clash occurred in the morning on the same day, and another after noon. On the government side, a soldier and a member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit were killed. An NPA militant was also killed. Two other soldiers were also injured during the fighting.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Champ regime Unsure If Iran Spent $3 Billion in New Cash on Terrorism
[Free Beacon] Obama administration officials disclosed Tuesday that Iran has been granted access to about $3 billion in unfrozen assets in the months since the nuclear agreement was implemented, but it remains unclear to the administration if the Islamic Republic has spent any of this money to fund its global terrorism enterprise, according to top officials.

In the four months since Iran and world powers began to implement the comprehensive nuclear agreement, Iran has been able to recover around $3 billion in funds that were unfrozen as part of the deal. Iran is expected to be given access to another $50 billion to 55 billion in the coming months.

However, the Obama administration was not able to say if Iran has spent any of this money to fund terrorism campaigns.

"We don't know" if Iran has spent this money on terror activities, State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters. "We don't know. We don't have a way."
And we categorically reject the notion of investigative discovery.
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#1  Indicating a blind eye and green light..nice /sarc
Posted by: Whusotle Grinelet5340 || 04/20/2016 8:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Well when a radioactive cloud appears over New York, you will know.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/20/2016 10:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Darth, the first mushroom cloud is likely to be over Tel Aviv.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 04/20/2016 11:55 Comments || Top||

#4  He'd be unsure of the sun rising in the east unless:
1) he read it in the paper,
or
2) Mooch told him.
Clueless Piece of FOD
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 04/20/2016 14:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Darth, the first mushroom cloud is likely to be over Tel Aviv.

I'm pretty sure Chump wouldn't have a problem with that. he'll see it as a plus.

New York or Washington DC might upset his Golf schedule.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/20/2016 15:06 Comments || Top||

#6  I bet if you asked ValJar you could get a very precise answer.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 04/20/2016 17:03 Comments || Top||

#7  As usual, progressives do not understand capital and money. How many times do we have to explain the term "fungible" to them?
Posted by: Glolurong Brown9426 || 04/20/2016 18:14 Comments || Top||


50+ die in Syrian AF Raids in Idlib
[ARA News] IDLIB – At least 50 civilians were reportedly killed, including women and children, after warplanes loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hit the city of Maarrat al-Nu’man in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, local sources reported on Tuesday.

Speaking to ARA News in Idlib, media activist Mohammed Toufo said that pro-Assad warplanes targeted a popular market in downtown, killing dozens of people and injuring many others.

Local military sources confirmed that the Assad’s air force has used thermobaric missiles in Tuesday’s strike.

“The death toll has now reached 52 civilians, the figure could increase due to the large number of serious injuries in the airstrike,” Toufo reported, pointing out that the civil defense teams are still working lift more victims who remained trapped under the rubble.

Ramiz Ibrahim, a medical source in the field hospital in Maarrat al-Nu’man, told ARA News that the number of the injured has been dramatically increasing in the hospital.

“The death toll is likely rising with the critical cases amid severe shortage of medical equipment,” the source said.

Speaking to ARA News in Idlib, media activist Ahmad Saeed confirmed that the pro-Assad warplanes launched four airstrikes on the popular market overcrowded with civilians in Maarrat al-Nu’man.

“The rescue teams are still searching for survivors under the reins of destroyed buildings,” Saeed reported.

Also on Tuesday, pro-regime warplanes hit the fish market in the town of Kafr Nabl in the southern suburbs of Idlib, causing the death of seven civilians and the injury of 22 others, activists told ARA News.

In the meantime, the opposition’s coordinator at the Geneva talks, Riad Hijab, emphasized on Tuesday that it was unacceptable for talks to go on while the regime and its allied militias continued their sieges and bombing civilian areas, vowing to fight “even with stones” to depose President Bashar al-Assad.
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Syrian rebels capture ISIS Top Turban in Hasakah
[ARA News] HASAKAH – Subsequent to fierce battles with the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS), the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured an ISIS injured militant in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, Kurdish security sources reported.

The source confirmed that the jihadi captive was taken immediately to the National Hospital of Hasakah for treatment after his arrest.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, J.K. member of the Kurdish security forces of the Asayish said that the SDF units have captured a terrorist from the radical group during battles between the two sides near Abu Khashab area south of the city of Shaddadi in Hasakah’s south.

“His health condition has been improving since his arrest on Sunday; the jihadi captive had been subjected to several surgeries in his stomach,” according to the Kurdish Asayish member.

The SDF units include Kurdish, Arab and Christian fighters –mainly supported by the United States in the war on ISIS.

The SDF military campaign in northeastern Syria aims to control the entire countryside of Hasakah province, especially after recapturing key areas from ISIS, including Shaddadi and the town of al-Hawl on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

Last February, the SDF took control of Shaddadi, while sporadic clashes continued between their fighters and ISIS sleeper cells.

The SDF military efforts to control the entire countryside of Hasakah have been suspended near the ISIS-held township of Margada–the last stronghold of the group in southern Hasakah province.

More than 275 ISIS militants were killed and 33 ISIS vehicles were destroyed at the hands of the SDF fighters in the battle for Shaddadi, according to the SDF leadership.

Also Monday, US-led coalition forces conducted a number of airstrikes in the southern suburbs of Hasakah which led to the death of an ISIS senior leader, local sources reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, media activist Jamal Haskawi confirmed the death of the so-called Awad Ad-Dahl, a leading security member in the area of Khasham of Deir ez-Zor, in an airstrike, while in his car on the way to the southern suburbs of the province.

Over the past few months, the US-led coalition forces have intensified their airstrikes on vital locations for ISIS, killing dozens of the group’s top leaders and wounding more others. ISIS’s power has recently declined, especially after the dissidence of hundreds of its own militants.
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Kurds attack Iranian troops in Sanandaj
[ARA News] ERBIL – Kurdish Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) attacked the Iranian government forces during annual Army Day parade in Iran earlier on Sunday, officials reported.

“The Kurdistan Freedom Eagles for East Kurdistan (HAK-R) ended their ceasefire with the Islamic republic [of Iran] this year,” Rezgar Abaszade, director of communication for the group, told ARA News.

“Our forces have attacked Iranian army in Sanandaj [on 17 April] and killed two of them, injuring four that were taken captive. Moreover, two cars were destroyed,” he said, suggesting the operation was a success.

The PAK Peshmergas are led by Hussein Yazdanpaneh, whose party was established in 1991.

The PAK Peshmergas have fought over 2 years against the Islamic State (ISIS) on the Peshmerga frontlines, but now Yazdanpaneh said in a statement during the Kurdish new year [Newroz] last month that they will also fight for “freedom in Eastern Kurdistan” –Kurdish region of Iran.

PAK created the new Peshmerga group ‘Kurdistan Freedom Eagles for East Kurdistan’ to fight the Iranian government.

“The Iranian government has oppressed the Kurds for 32 years, and we have started to use our Peshmerga forces to confront them,” the spokesperson Abaszade told ARA News.

The Iranian intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi announced they arrested a person trying to plant explosives in Western Iran. However, HAK-R denied that any forces have been arrested.
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Terror Networks
US leads 18 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria
[Ynet] The United States and its allies staged 17 strikes against Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
in Iraq and one in Syria on Monday in the coalition's latest operation against the krazed killer group, the US military said in a statement.

The strikes in Iraq near eight cities were concentrated near djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, where seven strikes hit an Islamic State improvised bombs factory, three tactical units and three supply caches, among other targets, the Combined Joint Task Force said in the statement released on Tuesday.

Other strikes hit targets near Al Huwayjah, Al Baghdadi, Ar Rutbah, Kisik, Qayyarah, Sinjar and Tal Afar, it said.

One strike near Ar Raqqah, Syria, hit one of the krazed killer group's tactical units and a vehicle, according to the US-led coalition's statement.

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#1  Good work, guys! What did you do for the rest of the afternoon?
Posted by: SteveS || 04/20/2016 14:39 Comments || Top||



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