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Mali arrests suspected criminal mastermind of hotel terror attack
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [995 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Three feminine men in a boat;
A punt and a runt and a goat;
What happened at Shirl's
Between Erd and the girls
Is detailed in the following note:
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 04/23/2016 23:59 Comments || Top||

-Lurid Crime Tales-
Detroit: CSX train arrives, missing 32 cases of explosive material
CSX workers realized about 500 pounds of the explosives were missing when the train arrived on Wednesday near Central Avenue, said Donald Dawkins, spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Dawkins compared the aerial shells ‐ between 2 1/2 to 5 inches in length ‐ to commercial fireworks that a municipality might set off at a fireworks show. But he stressed they are not for consumers, are filled with pyrotechnic explosives and can be dangerous.

A Michigan TV separately reported "Sources say the theft was reported two days ago but the case has not gone public."
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/23/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under:

Deadly suicide and rocket attack plot on Lashkargah city foiled by NDS
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A deadly suicide kaboom plot by the anti-government armed murderous Moslem groups was foiled by the Afghan intelligence operatives in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said a jacket wallah was jugged
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
before he manage to carry out a coordinated attack in Lashkargah city, the lovely provincial capital of Helmand.

A statement by NDS said the suicide bomber was looking to initially detonate a vehicle packed with explosives and then carry out more attack using a suicide attack vest.

The detained would-be bomber has been identified as Qudratullah but the target of the attack has not been ascertained.

In a separate operation, the Afgahn intelligence operatives seized 10 rockets before the turbans manage to fire them on Lashkargah city.

The anti-government armed murderous Moslem groups including the Taliban snuffies have not commented regarding the report so far.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed murderous Moslem groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Afghan Air Force kill 25 militants in separate raids including ISIS loyalists
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan Air Force (AAF) pounded the holy warriors in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
and southeastern Paktia provinces in the past 24 hours, leaving at least 25 dead.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 6 holy warriors loyal to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were among those killed.

A statement by MoD said the Arclight airstrikes were carried out in Achin, Mamand Dara and Ghani Khel districts of Nangarhar province and Zurmat district of Paktia province.

The anti-government armed krazed killer groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have stepped up counter-terrorism operations with improved close-air support to suppress the insurgency activities of the anti-government armed krazed killer groups.

The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has so far received 8 A-29 Super Tucano Light Attack Aircraft along with some MD-530 warrior helicopters that have significantly increased the airpower of the Afghan forces.

A-29 is a multi-role, fixed-wing aircraft that will provide the Afghan air force with an indigenous air-to-ground capability and aerial reconnaissance capabilities to support the country’s counterinsurgency operations.

Afghanistan also received 3 Mi-25 gunship helicopters from India late last year and officially started service with the Afghan Air Force (AAF) earlier this year.

Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: ISIL-K

Africa North
Mali arrests suspected criminal mastermind of hotel terror attack
[IsraelTimes] Security sources say suspect was planning to stage an attack on western targets this weekend in capital Bamako.

A Mauritanian man suspected of planning and carrying out deadly attacks on popular tourist venues in Mali last year has been incarcerated
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in the Malian capital Bamako, security sources told AFP on Friday.

Detained on Thursday in a Bamako suburb, the man is believed to have taken part in attacks in March, August and November that left more than 30 people dead, including a deadly assault on the upmarket Radisson Blu hotel he allegedly criminal masterminded.

An image obtained by AFP on April 21, 2016 in Bamako shows Fawaz Ould Ahmeida from Mauritania, suspected of planning and carrying out a string of deadly attacks on sites popular with foreigners in Mali in 2015.
"He was planning to stage an attack on western targets this weekend in Bamako," said a source who asked not to be identified.

The suspected is believed to attacked a bar and restaurant in Bamako in March 2015 in which five people died, including two foreigners, the sources said.

He is also suspected of planning deadly assaults on the upmarket Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako in November that left 20 dead and the Byblos hotel in central Mali in August, where 13 people died.

A security source close to the investigation said the Mauritanian had also been involved in a failed attack in March 21 this year on the Azalai Nord-Sud hotel in Bamako, where the EU mission is based.

Code-named "Ibrahim number 10," the suspect was "the shooter at La Terrasse," and he planned the Radisson Blu, Sevare and Nord-Sud attacks, the source said.

"He quickly confessed after his arrest yesterday (Thursday) at around 8:00 p.m. (2000 GMT)," the source added.

"He had arrived in Bamako on April 16 to carry out more attacks, and he spent several days in Mali without being detected," he said.
Idle hands are the Devil's playground... but sometimes busy hands are the Devil's tools.
Another security source said weapons and grenades were found at the suspect’s home in Bamako.

The March 7, 2015 grenade and gun attack on La Terrasse bar left five people dead -- three Malians, a Belgian and a Frenchie. It was claimed by an affiliate of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the jihadist group’s North African branch.

The November 20 attack on the Radisson Blu left 20 people dead, including 14 foreigners. AQIM also grabbed credit for the assault.

The August attack on the Byblos hotel in Sevare killed four foreign employees of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2016 01:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [540 views] Top|| File under:

Army chief’s son dies in Labraq helicopter crash
The critically injured son of Army Commander-in-Chief Major General Abdul Razzaq Al-Nazhuri died today when the helicopter bringing him to Labraq for a Jordan flight, exploded on landing at the airport this evening.
Inshallah -- why do the maintenance when it is Allah's will from moment to moment whether the thing explodes, killing all aboard? Or it could have been enemy action -- enemies are like that sometimes.
Mohammed Abdul Razzaq Al-Nazhuri was killed this evening along with the pilot of the Mil-17 helicopter, army spokesman Amed Al-Mismari told the Libya Herald.

The 22 year-old Mohammed had been seriously injured yesterday in a car smash on the road between Marj and Tobruk in which a brother and a cousin were also hurt. Mohammed sustained serious pelvic injuries and was taken to Marj hospital. This afternoon he was transferred by helicopter to Labraq to be flown on to Jordan for specialist treatment.

It is not clear why the helicopter exploded on landing. A nurse and three other people on the flight were injured in the crash and are now in hospital. The identity of the other survivors is not clear but it is not believed that the general was on the flight.

Mohammed is the second of General Nazhuri’s sons to die. His 35 year-old son Ramzi was killed fighting in Benghazi in May 2014.
Posted by: badanov || 04/23/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nice follow-through
Posted by: Frank G || 04/23/2016 10:36 Comments || Top||

#2  It is not clear why the helicopter exploded on landing. Most likely it exploded because Mohammed survived the car crash.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/23/2016 14:36 Comments || Top||

#3  "Most likely it exploded because Mohammed survived the car crash."

AH Holmes, how do you do it?
Posted by: Barbara || 04/23/2016 19:47 Comments || Top||

Departing Derna IS bombed by LPA
Benghazi, 21 April 2016:

The spokesman from the Libyan National Army (LNA) chief of staff, Colonel Ahmed Mismari, says that LNA planes hit the convoy of Islamic State vehicles as it retreated from Derna yesterday and had killed “many” IS fighters.

The attack supposedly happened after the IS convoy, put at 32 vehicles, had arrived at Al-Mekhili, some 100 kilometres south west of Derna. There, he said, IS had found the petrol station closed and, desperate for fuel, had started shooting at it. They then continued further south. At this point, however, LNA aircraft were mobilised and bombed the vehicles.

Mismari did not say how many had been hit or how many casualties there had been other than “many”.

Following the IS pullout, the commander of the LNA’s 102 Brigade, Colonel Idris Eljali, was now in charge of Derna’s Fatiaeh area and District 400, Mismari added.

Asked whether the LNA was now going to try and take over the whole town, he said that Derna was not an immediate strategic objective. The objective now was Sirte.

However, there were negotiations by mediators with the Derna Revolutionaries Shoura Council (DRSC), he disclosed. It was being given a deadline by the army to hand over the town. He did not, however, disclose when the deadline was.

The DRSC is dominated by the local Abu Sleem Martyrs Brigade. This, Mismari claimed, was divided over dealing with the army. One part, he said, was totally opposed to the LNA. It regarded the army as “kuffar” (infidels). It and IS were, he stated, two sides of the same coin.

However, others in the brigade were more amenable, he said. They wanted to work with the army, but they were still extremists and were making demands about the army – for example, that it must contain no one deemed to be a Qaddafist.

Such demands were unacceptable, he said.

For his part, Abdulkarim Sabra, spokesman for the LNA’s Omar Mukhtar Operations Room which covers Derna and the surrounding region, is reported to have said that LNA aircraft had attacked DRSC positions at the town’s prison and its Sayida Khadija district on Wednesday evening.
Posted by: badanov || 04/23/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  IShad found the petrol station closed and, desperate for fuel, had started shooting at it.

Well, that worked out well, didn't it?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/23/2016 10:37 Comments || Top||

Houthi Militias Continue to Violate the Ceasefire
Houthi militias and forces loyal to the deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh continue to attack and shell residential neighbourhoods, sites where resistance fighters are located and the national army on various battlefronts in the Taiz province. This is despite the arrival of its delegation in Kuwait to begin peaceful negotiations. Violations of agreements and covenants continue and this includes the most recent agreement concerning Taiz which was signed by all parties six days ago. The agreement stipulates the maintenance of the ceasefire and opening the ports and roads leading to the city of Taiz.

Legitimate forces, the national army and the People’s Resistance managed to prevent an escalation of the Houthi attacks in various locations including the central prison in Dhubab and the armoured camp of Brigade 35 in the old airport, west of Taiz.

Brigadier Sadiq Ali Sarhan, the Head of the Military Council of the Yemeni Province of Taiz, said that the province “will achieve all the goals that so much has been sacrificed for”.

In a speech that he gave commemorating the first anniversary of the death of Captain Ahmed Mohamed Noman Al- Mikhlafi who died on the 20th of April last year, Brigadier Sadiq Ali Sarhan praised Al-Mikhlafi and all the heroes of the national army and the Popular Resistance .

On his part, Dr Abdu Al-Bahash who is a writer, researcher and university professor, told Asharq Al-Awsat that “the facts and events have proved that the rebels are using policies of lies, deception and misinformation in the same way that the German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany Joseph Goebbels established a new principle in psychological war; lie, lie and lie until people believe you. The rebels are dealing with the international community in the same way.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/23/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Life Sentences for Two Men who Plotted IS-Inspired Shootings in UK
[AnNahar] Two men who plotted drive-by shootings in London of targets including soldiers and police and were inspired by 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....
group received life sentences at a British court Friday.

Ringleader Tarik Hassane, 22, will serve a minimum of 21 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to murder and preparation of terrorist acts.

Suhaib Majeed, also aged 22, will be in jail for at least 20 years after conviction on the same charges following a trial at the Old Bailey court last month.

The court heard that Hassane had identified potential targets including a cop shoppe and an army reserve barracks, both in west London, and had planned to carry out the shootings from a moped.

Passing sentence, Judge Alan Wilkie told them it was "shocking" that two men educated in Britannia "should be so influenced by the bloodthirsty version of Islam presented by ISIS (another acronym for IS) and other similarly minded groups, that you decided to take up arms against your fellow British citizens".
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [352 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  If I understand correctly, they didn't actually do anything yet?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/23/2016 14:45 Comments || Top||

#2  And your problem is what exactly? Do you live in West London or even have a clue as to what is happening here? Korfya contchja.

May you too live in interesting times.
Posted by: Grealet Stalin3886 || 04/23/2016 15:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Do you live in West London or even have a clue as to what is happening here?

No. I live in Tel Aviv, you moronic piece of Albionite garbage.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/23/2016 16:12 Comments || Top||

#4  g(r)om and Albionite, please keep it civil.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/23/2016 17:09 Comments || Top||

#5  If I understand correctly, they didn't actually do anything yet?

That's how I read it too, g(ro)mgoru. It's a bit late, but does anyone remember what sentence that vicious idiot got who rammed that soldier with his car, then knifed him to death in front of the people walking by? Parents were Christian immigrants from Nigeria, as I recall, but the wastrel son converted. Or the Muslim rape gangs -- some of them have gone to trial, though not yet most, and the police and social workers, etc who did not believe the girls or did not speak up and act will likely never suffer for not doing their duty.

Some of us do live or have lived in London or elsewhere in Britain, Grealet Stalin3886, or have friends and relations there. And certainly Rantburg has been following local British news since early in the millennium. So yes, we do have a clue.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2016 22:31 Comments || Top||

Teen 'Salafists' arrested over bomb attack on Sikh temple
[THELOCAL.DE] Police said on Thursday that two teenagers they have incarcerated
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
in connection with a kaboom on a Sikh temple in the western German city of Essen are linked to the Islamic fundamentalist scene there.

Officers received large numbers of tip-offs during their investigation that allowed them to identify the two 16-year-olds believed to behind the attack, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) reported.

"The accused have clear links to the terrorist scene," Essen police chief Frank Richter told journalists at a presser, saying that both teenagers had made partial confessions.

Richter added that there was no evidence so far of a link to the Isis terrorist group, but said police expect to make further arrests in the coming days.

ARD public television reported that the two youths arrested were well-known to the police for their links to the Salafist scene in the densely populated Rhine-Ruhr region of North Rhine-Westphalia, something Richter refused to confirm at the presser.

Three hurt in bomb kaboom

The bomb went kaboom! at a temple belonging to the Sikh Gurdwara Nanaksar congregation on Saturday at around 7 pm, wounding three people ‐ one of them, a Sikh priest, seriously.

Hundreds of worshippers regularly visit the temple at weekends to pray and meet other members of the community, and a wedding with dozens of guests had taken place earlier that same day.

Fortunately, only a few people were in the hall at the time of the kaboom. Windowpanes shattered with the force of the blast and the door was ripped from its hinges, while parts of the slate facade were also torn away.

An audio recording from the moment of the crash features a loud kaboom and then shouts from the people gathered inside.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

The Grand Turk
Three soldiers killed by roadside bomb in Turkey
Three Turkish soldiers were killed and others wounded on Friday by a roadside bomb in the Kurdish majority southeast of the country, medical and military sources told AFP.

The explosion was caused by a home-made bomb on the side of a road between Tunceli and Elazig in a region caught up in bloody reprisals between the army and rebels from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The attack prompted a swift response from the Turkish army, with helicopters dropping bombs on the rebels' escape routes in the region, an AFP journalist at the scene reported.

Security forces blocked the road to traffic.

Fierce clashes between the Turkish state and the PKK resumed in late July, upending a two-year ceasefire that had nurtured hopes of an end to a three-decade insurgency which has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

The PKK took up arms in 1984 with the aim of establishing an independent state for Turkey's Kurdish minority, although in recent years its demands have focused on greater autonomy and cultural rights.

Turkey has waged an offensive against the PKK after the collapse of the fragile truce. The renewed conflict has also struck at the heart of the country, with two attacks that killed dozens of people in the capital Ankara claimed by Kurdish rebels.

A radical PKK splinter group, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), claimed responsibility for the two suicide car bombings in Ankara on February 17 and March 13
Posted by: badanov || 04/23/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under:

Police claim killing three ‘TTP militants’
[DAWN] KARACHI: Police claimed to have killed three suspected murderous Moslems in an ’encounter’ in an area on the outskirts of the city on Thursday evening.

According to Malir SSP Rao Anwar, acting on a tip-off police raided an alleged hideout of the murderous Moslems in Faqira Goth off the Superhighway. When police personnel were moving closer to the hideout, the murderous Moslems opened fire on them. The police personnel returned fire, leaving three murderous Moslems dead, he added.

According to police, the murderous Moslems belonged to the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) and they were allegedly involved in killings of coppers and Rangers personnel in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
and attacks on security forces in Wazoo. They were also involved in cases of kidnapping for ransom and extortion.

The SSP identified two of the dear departed as Saeed Badshah alias Munshi ’Commander’ and Badar alias China. The identity of the third one could not be ascertained immediately.

Bodies were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Pakistan arrests al Qaeda operative named in U.N. sanctions list
[IN.REUTERS] Police in the Pak city of Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
have incarcerated
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
an al Qaeda operative who is on 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...
sanctions list, a police official said on Friday.

Pakistain has been under pressure to crack down on Islamist bad boy groups and launched a renewed operation against many of them in 2014, when al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri announced the formation of a new wing, al Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent.

The region, stretching across countries including Pakistain, India and Bangladesh, is home to more than 400 million Muslims.

Muqadas Haider, a police brass hat, said Abdul Rehman Sindhi was arrested in a joint operation between police and intelligence agencies late on Thursday.

"Abdul Rehman Sindhi is an old veteran of al Qaeda," Haider said. "He had stayed in touch with the late Osama bin Laden
... who is now beyond all cares and woe...
and Ayman al- Zawahri and has worked with Harkat-ul Jihad Islami, Jaish-e-Mohammad
...literally Army of Mohammad, a Pak-based Deobandi terror group founded by Maulana Masood Azhar in 2000, after he split with the Harkat-ul-Mujaheddin. In 2002 the government of Pervez Musharraf banned the group, which changed its name to Khaddam ul-Islam and continued doing what it had been doing before without missing a beat...
and Al Akhtar Trust," he said.

Sindhi was put on a U.N. Security Council sanctions list in 2012 for providing "facilitation and financial services to al Qaeda".
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

Prominent Sikh figure killed in Pakistan
[IN.REUTERS] Pak Taliban gunnies rubbed out a prominent Sikh figure and opposition party worker on Friday, authorities and the bandidos snuffies said, in the latest attack on a religious minority in the majority-Muslim nation.

Soran Singh was a leading figure in Pakistain's tiny Sikh community and an adviser to a provincial chief minister, representing cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who isn't your heaviest-duty thinker, maybe not even among the top five...
's opposition Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) party.

Singh was attacked by gunnies in his native village in the Buner valley in northwest Pakistain, local police officer Shaukat Khan said.

Pak Taliban front man Mohammad Khurasani said the Taliban carried out the killing, and would continue attacks until their version of strict Islamic law was established in Pakistain.

The PTI said Islam's laws and the Pak constitution provided for the protection of religious minorities.

"The brutal killing of Soran Singh is extremely saddening," Khan said in a statement, describing Singh as a patriotic Pak and loyal party worker.

Sikhs make up less than 1 percent of Pakistain's 190 million people. Many see Pakistain as the place where their religion began.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under: TTP

IS Suicide Attack Kills Eight at Iraq Shiite Mosque
[AnNahar] A suicide kaboom claimed by 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....
group killed at least eight people at a Shiite mosque on the southwestern edge of Baghdad on Friday, security and medical officials said.

The blast, which occurred shortly after Friday prayers, also maimed at least 33 people, the officials said.

Gunmen wearing military uniforms with patches identifying them as members of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia surrounded the site of the bombing and prevented media from taking photographs or video, the journalist said.

The Islamic State group issued a statement claiming the attack, saying it was carried out by two krazed killers.

An interior ministry official also said that two jacket wallahs were involved, but a police colonel put their number at one.

IS carries out frequent bombings and other attacks targeting members of Iraq's Shiite majority, whom it considers heretics.

Bombings in Baghdad have decreased since mid-2014, with the jihadists preoccupied by fighting in other areas.

IS overran swathes of territory north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led air strikes have since regained significant ground.

But IS still controls a large part of the country's west, and is able to carry out frequent bombings in government-held areas.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2016 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Iraqi air force bombs 20 ISIS oil tankers in Nineveh
[ARA News] DUHOK ــ Iraqi air force on Friday targeted a convoy of 20 tankers loaded with crude oil for the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the Qayyarah oil field to the south of Nineveh province, Nineveh operations command in the Iraqi army said in an official statement.

The ISIS convoy was completely destroyed in Friday’s airstrikes.

Iraqi army confirmed in a statement, obtained by ARA News, that a large number of ISIS terrorists were also killed during the operation, who were apparently smuggling crude oil to their areas of control in Syria.

Speaking to ARA News in Nineveh, rights activist Osama Khamis said that ISIS still depends on the sale of crude oil and smuggling between Iraq and Syria, despite the US-led airstrikes.

“The terror group has been using new ways for smuggling oil,” he argued, pointing out that ISIS still depends on the manufacturing of petroleum products though primitive ways in a bid to secure its needs of oil.

Khamis stressed that Iraqi warplanes intensified airstrikes on the vicinity of the oil wells in Nineveh, causing a huge fire covered with a dark smoke.

In a related development, leadership of the 7th division of the Iraqi army in Anbar province issued an official statement, saying: “The US-led coalition forces targeted four ISIS-led vehicles near the al-Baghdadi township west of Ramadi, resulting in their destruction and the death of their entire crew.”

In the meantime, official sources in the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk province reported that they launched Friday an offensive on ISIS positions northwest of the province, and were able to kill and wound 23 ISIS militants in the Atshana village in the district of Dibs [45 km north west of Kirkuk].

“The Peshmerga-led attack on ISIS positions in Kirkuk came to prevent the terrorists from using this area for targeting our forces bastions in the region,” Lt. Izzedin Wanki from the Peshmerga forces told ARA News.

This comes amid preparations for launching a wide-scale military operation by the 7th Division of the Iraqi Army, backed by the US-led coalition’s air force, in a bid to liberate the Jezirat al-Baghdadi district from the radical group.

The Iraqi air force, supported by the US-led coalition warplanes, have been targeting ISIS-linked headquarters, tactical units, oil tankers and arms storehouses for months, according to local sources.

Experts believe that ISIS strength has remarkably declined over the past few months, especially after dozens of vital positions and command centers were destroyed by the US-led coalition forces.
Posted by: badanov || 04/23/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Southeast Asia
Seven Philippine soldiers injured in clash with Abu Sayyaf
[GMA News] Seven Philippine soldiers were injured in an hour-long clash with Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Patikul town in Sulu province on Friday. Military spokesman Filemon Tan said the troops were on patrol when they battled an undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf militants. He said the rebels were under Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Hairullah Asbang.
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Bomb-making materials found in Narathiwat mountains
[Bangkok Post] A combined military force searched an area on Khao Tawe mountain range in Narathiwat province on Wednesday and found a cache of bomb-making materials and medical supplies. The force, comprising troops, an explosive ordnance disposal unit and sniffing dogs, examined the area after getting information about where the RKK separatist group had assembled mines and bombs for use in insurgency operations.

Equipped with bomb detectors, the force found four large fertilizer bags hidden at near trees and in rock crevices, covered with plastic sheets. The bags contained clothing, medicine, medical equipment, nails, ball bearings, electric wire, plugs, electronic circuit panels, drills, gas stoves and many other items.
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Air Strikes on Syria's Aleppo Kill 18 Civilians
[AnNahar] Air strikes on rebel-held neighborhoods in Syria's second city Aleppo on Friday killed at least 18 civilians and maimed more than a dozen, the local civil defense told AFP.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime warplanes carried out the air strikes and gave a toll of 19 dead, up from its earlier toll of 10.

An AFP correspondent in the opposition-held eastern part of the city said several districts were targeted and that the wail of ambulances could be heard throughout the morning.

Seven non-combatants were killed and 10 maimed in Bustan al-Qasr, a civil defense member said, and four were killed in Al-Mashad.

The strikes killed five civilians in the opposition-held Salhin district and two more in other neighborhoods.

In Bustan al-Qasr, one of Aleppo's most heavily populated neighborhoods, a strike hit a five-storey apartment building, shearing off part of an entire floor.

The Britannia-based Observatory said a total of 14 air strikes had targeted Bustan al-Qasr and other Aleppo neighborhoods.

It said they killed 19 people and maimed dozens more.

"The number of deaders is expected to rise because many of those maimed are at death's door," said the monitor, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria for its reports.

Once Syria's commercial hub, Aleppo has been divided between rebel control in the east and government forces in the west since 2012.

Nearly all warring parties in Syria -- the regime, rebels, jihadists and Kurds -- have carved out zones of control in war-torn Aleppo province.

A ceasefire took effect in Syria at the end of February, but the country has been rocked by fighting in recent weeks, particularly around Aleppo.
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ISIS senior jihadi conducts suicide attack in Aleppo
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[ARA News] ERBIL ــ A top leader from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) carried out a suicide operation against rebel groups in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, local and pro-ISIS sources reported on Friday.

Local activists confirmed that the prominent ISIS leader was from the ISIS-held city of Manbij in northern Aleppo.

Speaking to ARA News in Manbij, media activist Nasser Taljbini said that ISIS prince of Manbij Abu Salah al-Makki carried out a car bomb attack targeting a gathering for Syrian rebel fighters in the vicinity of Marea city.

“Al-Makki, holds a Saudi national, conducted Thursday a car bomb attack against a gathering of Syria opposition fighters on the outskirts of Marea [25 kilometers north of Aleppo in northern Syria],” Taljbini reported, citing sources close to ISIS.

In the meantime, ISIS supporters circulated on social media supportive comments and tweets about al-Makki. “Our princes are in the forefront .. God bless their souls,” pro-ISIS activists twitted.

On the other hand, pro-opposition sources reported that al-Makki was killed during clashes on the outskirts of Marea, without confirming or denying the news of the suicide bombing led by the top jihadi.

Noteworthy, it is the first time that a senior ISIS jihadi carries out a suicide bombing since the emergence of the terror group in Syria and Iraq.
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Ceasefire reached between Kurds and Assad regime
[ARA News ] QAMISHLO – A ceasefire was reached on Friday between the Syrian government and Kurdish forces after three days of heavy fighting in the northeastern city of Qamishlo (Qamishli), the Kurdish security police officially announced.

The General Command of the Kurdish Security Police –also known as Asayish in Kurdish– announced on Friday that the Syrian government and the Kurdish forces have reached an agreement on the request of Arab tribal leaders for a ceasefire.

The Kurdish security police said in a public statement that at least 31 regime fighters were killed and 102 captured. Moreover, in total 13 fighters on the Kurdish side were killed in the fight with the Syrian government. The Kurdish leadership added that the Islamic State (ISIS) carried out suicide attacks in the al-Wusta neighborhood in Qamishlo.

The casualty numbers could not be confirmed from the regime side.

“For nearly four years Qamishlo enjoyed relative calmness and peace, and they [pro-regime forces] wanted to destroy this, while people were living peacefully in the city of Qamislo,” said Moaz Abdulkarim (34), the co-president of the city council of Qamishli, who was carrying a gun.

“They fired randomly with heavy weapons, and the civilians suffered from this, and paid the bill” he told ARA News.

“Their [government] plan did not succeed,” Abdulkarim added.

Speaking to ARA News in Qamishlo, YPG fighter Ciwan (33) said that on Frida morning there was already a ceasefire. “There is a ceasefire until now, and no fighting. They have snipers ready to shoot, but the market is empty of civilians,” he added.

Close to the Allaya regime prison that was captured by Kurdish forces on Thursday, the sound of gunfire could still be heard, especially in Arab villages near Qamislo city.

“There is still gunfire coming from Khirbat Amo [Arab village],” said Heval Redur, the leading Asayish officer for the captured regime prison. “It’s in the hand of civilian Arabs, but the regime entered the area, and told them to evacuate the area,” he told ARA News.

“But we have kicked them out from this area [prison] and pushed them forward from Allaya,” he added.

“I don’t know if the fighting will continue, but I want it to end soon. I have a child who is sick,” said Majid Mahmoud (40), a civilian who was trying to bring his family to safety in a village close to the city.

“I am not going to the border, I am going to a nearby village. Once the war ends, I will return home with my family,” he added.

Analysts previously told ARA News the ceasefire would be expected.

“PYD [Kurdish part] told me they believe the regime had begun to push its weight around, and were not respecting the informal arrangements which exist in the city,” Michael Stephens, head of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in Qatar told ARA News.

“As a result the YPG and Asayish were told to push back and force the regime to understand it had no ability to escalate and that it should not use its strengthened position to try and get advantage in Kurdish controlled area,” he added.

“My view is that both sides will want to calm this down quickly, it would be extremely difficult for the regime to open a new front in Qamishlo against the Kurds,” he suggested

“At the same time, for PYD there would be a lot to lose; the airport would shut down and they would lose their last link to the outside world. They are under a lot of pressure from KRG [government of Iraqi Kurdistan], and resources are tighter than normal. I expect there will be some sort of deal fairly quickly, with prisoner swaps,” Stephens added.

So far, it is not clear if the two sides will also withdraw from certain areas, after the Kurds took the regime-prison in Allaya, positions in the al-Wusta neighbourhood and the regime bakery.
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ISIS takes over Palestinian camp from al-Qaeda
[ARA News] DAMASCUS – Around 90% of the Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees south of Syria’s capital Damascus was captured by the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) after battles with fighters from the Nusra Front, al-Qaeda branch in Syria, leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said on Friday.

Anwar Abdul Hadi, a leading member of the PLO, confirmed Friday that the renewed clashes between ISIS and al-Qaeda offshoot Nusra led to the death of at least five civilians and the injury of twenty others.

Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, media activist Wael al-Shami said: “The Syrian regime is providing light weapons and ammunition to both sides to continue the fighting.”

According to al-Shami, “there are pro-Assad security officers in the ranks of the Nusra and ISIS as well, and they work on decreasing the power of both sides in favor of the regime.”

ISIS has also been engaged in heavy fighting with Syrian rebel factions on different fighting fronts across Syria, “which weakens rebels’ power in front of the regime’s army,” according to a rebel spokesman.

“Draining the power of both terrorist groups [ISIS and Nusra] is fine in all cases, but the conflict in the areas crowded with civilians is a critical issue,” rebel spokesman Slaeh Zein told ARA News on the phone.
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Russian forces in Syria fired on Israeli aircraft - Israeli newspaper
[IN.REUTERS] Russian forces in Syria have fired at least twice on Israeli military aircraft, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek improved operational coordination with Moscow, Israel's top-selling newspaper said on Friday.

Asked about the alleged incidents, however, Kremlin front man Dmitry Peskov said: "In this case, Israeli press reports are far from reality."

But Netanyahu, in remarks published by Israeli news hounds whom he briefed by phone on his talks on Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin
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, said "there have been problems" regarding Israeli military freedom of operation in Syria.

He gave no details, but said: "If you don't deal with the friction, it could develop into something more serious."

The unsourced report in Yedioth Ahronoth made no mention of dates or locations for the two reported incidents, nor did it give any indication of whether the Israeli planes were hit.

Russia mounted its military intervention in Syria in September to shore Damascus up amid a now 5-year-old rebellion.

Separately, Israel's Channel 10 TV said a Russian warplane approached an Israeli warplane off the Mediterranean coast of Syria last week but that there was no contact between them.

An Israeli military front man declined comment. Netanyahu's office and the Russian embassy in Israel did not immediately respond.
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