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Islamist militants suspected in slaying of professor in Bangladesh
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 04/24/2016 01:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [933 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A fortunate seafaring rover,
As lucky as five-leaféd clover:
"I grounded and stove 'er,
Half drowned, and rolled over
To witness the white clefts of Dover!"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 04/24/2016 2:06 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
31 militants killed, 23 wounded in latest operations of Afghan forces
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 31 snuffies were killed in the latest clearance operations of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

According to a statement by MoD, at least 23 snuffies were also maimed and 4 others were detained during the same operations.

The statement further added that the operations were conducted in 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..
, 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....
, Parwan, Paktia, Zabul, Kandahar, Badghis, Baghlan, Balkh, Jawzjan, Faryab, Kunduz and Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
provinces.

At least 16 of the snuffies were killed during the operations in Chardara, Imam Sahib and center of Kunduz province, MoD said, adding that 14 others were maimed during the same operations.

In a separate operation at least 7 snuffies were killed and 4 others were maimed in the northern Faryab province, MoD said.

The statement also added that 5 snuffies were killed in other raids conducted in Khogyani district of Nangarhar.

Another Lion of Islam was killed, 5 others were maimed and 4 more were locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
in separate raids conducted in Zabul, Parwan and Jawzjan provinces, MoD added.

According to MoD, a soldier of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces also lost his life during the clearance operations.

The anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups including the Taliban faceless myrmidons have not commented regarding the reports so far.
Posted by: Fred || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Over 100 school girls poisoned in western Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Over 100 school girls have been poisoned in western Farah province of Afghanistan during the school hours.

According to the local officials, the incident took place in the central city of Farah in a girls school.

Provincial governor’s front man Mohammad Nasir Mehri confirmed that 106 school girls were poisoned mysteriously and an investigation is underway to find out the cause of the poisoning.

The provincial public health officials have confirmed more than 100 school girls were admitted to the hospital after they were poisoned.

The officials further added that the students were suffering from fever and shivering when admitted to hospital.

The circumstances surrounding the poisoning of the school girls have not been ascertained so far.

Posted by: Fred || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [308 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  To poison one schoolgirl? Sadistic!
To poison ten million? Statistic.
To poison a planet
Like Marx or Mohammed?
Pure genius! Creative! Artistic!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 04/24/2016 9:25 Comments || Top||


Taliban suffer heavy casualties as Afghan forces re-open Kunduz-Takhar highway
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs suffered heavy casualties during a military operation launched by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) which led to the opening of Kunduz-Takhar highway.

According to the local security officials, the operation was launched late on Friday night in parts of Kunduz province, near the main highway connecting Kunduz and northeastern Takhar province.

Provincial police chief Mohammad Qasim Jangalbagh said at least 20 Taliban snuffies were killed and 6 others were maimed during the operation.

The clearance operations are currently underway in certain villages and parts of Kunduz which threaten the main highway, the officials added.

The highway going through Kunduz is considered as one of the main highways in northern Afghanistan which connects northeastern Takhar with Badakhshan and Kunduz provinces.

The anti-government armed forces of Evil are usually threatening the highway by conducting insurgency activities, mainly in Kunduz province where the Taliban snuffies are having a widespread presence.

The Talibs launched a major offensive during the recent weeks in a bid to capture key parts of Kunduz province, including the strategic Kunduz city which was seized by the group last year.

Posted by: Fred || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Kenyan military jets bomb Shaboob bases in Somalia
Two major Al-Shabaab training camps in Southern Somalia have been bombed by Kenyan jet fighters during an impromptu airstrike on Friday night, residents said. A senior army commander in Kismayo, who asked to remain anonymous said the Kenyan military warplanes struck Al shabaab controlled Behani and Abdalla Birole areas, some 40Km south of Kismayo city.

There was no immediate verification of the casualties on Al shabaab, but the Jubbaland commander says senior militant leaders were targeted in the airstrike.

KDF fighter jets hit the militants’ camps in southern Somalia in retaliation for the January raid against a KDF camp in El-Adde, in Gedo region which left scored of Kenyan soldiers serving with AMISOM dead.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  KDF fighter jets hit the militants’ camps in southern Somalia in retaliation for the January raid against a KDF camp in El-Adde, in Gedo region which left scored of Kenyan soldiers serving with AMISOM dead

Really? January? Do you even need a reason to bomb Shaboobs?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/24/2016 12:09 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Ibrahim Jadhran injured in fighting with IS near Brega
Tripoli, 23 April 2016:

The head of the central region Petroleum Facilities’ Guards (PFG), Ibrahim Jadhran, was injured this morning in fighting with convoy of vehicles from the so-called Islamic State. According to a PFG source, one guard was killed and, in addition to Jadhran, three others wounded. He claimed that a number of IS fighters had been killed and six of their vehicles captured.

Jadhran was not seriously wounded, the source stated and, after treatment at Ajdabiya’s Imhemed Al-Magarief Hospital, returned to the fighting.

The convoy of around 100 vehicles was spotted around dawn this morning south of Brega. PFG forces from Ajdabiya were called in and engaged them some 50 kilometres from Brega. Fighting continued until around midday.

According to the source, the convoy was not that of the IS fighters who retreated from Derna on Wednesday. With less than 40 vehicles, it was reported to have reached Sirte on Thursday.

The PGF source was unable to say where today’s convoy was heading, although with 100 vehicles it was thought to be taking part in a fresh military operation, possibly an attack on the oil facilities in Brega itself. In January, IS attacked the Sidra and Ras Lanuf export terminals and then attempted an attack on the Zuetina terminal.

Meanwhile there are separate reports of IS fighters pulling out of the village of Ben Jawad, 170 kilometres west of Brega and returning to Sirte, but these have not been confirmed.

Ben Jawad was captured by IS in January.
Posted by: badanov || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [173 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Arabia
Airstrikes as Yemen troops, Al Qaeda clash
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Yemeni forces loyal to the internationally recognized government killed 25 al-Qaeda snuffies in heavy festivities Saturday in southern Yemen, a provincial official said, following an Arclight airstrike campaign this month by a Saudi-led coalition against Al Qaeda positions in the area.

Ground troops were advancing in Saturday’s festivities in the town of Koud in the southern province of Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
, said al-Khedr al-Seidy, the province’s governor.

Elsewhere, a jacket wallah detonated a boom-mobile southwest of the Abyan scenic provincial capital of Zinjibar to stall advances by the military in the province. The kaboom led to an unknown number of casualties among the army forces.

Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, viewed by Washington as the group’s most dangerous offshoot, has exploited the conflict between Iranian catspaws and government forces to expand its footprint.

A Saudi-led, US-backed coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government is battling Iranian catspaws known as Houthis and their allies.

The Houthis have held Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, since September 2014, and their advance across the Arab world’s poorest country brought the Saudi-led coalition into the war in March 2015.

In the central city of Taiz, five non-combatants were killed and seven others injured when a land-mine went kaboom! as a bus was passing by on a side street west of the city.

Taiz has been besieged for months by Houthis who have been indiscriminately shelling the war-devastated city and blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid, according to residents and aid groups.

Clashes also continued Saturday in the provinces of Marib and Jouf, while the Saudi-led coalition launched Arclight airstrikes against the Houthis in Taiz and Jawf.
Posted by: Fred || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Saudi court approves death sentence for activist
[Iran Press TV] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
’s Court of Cassation endorsed Saturday a death sentence handed down to an activist from the Shia community, four months after the execution of a respected holy man by Riyadh sparked international outrage.

The court approved the sentence handed down to Yusof al-Mosheykhas, a citizen of the Shia-dominated city of Awwamiyah in the eastern region of Qatif, Naba’ TV reported.

According to the report, Mosheykhas was tossed in the calaboose
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
two years ago after he attended several anti-government protests in his hometown. He was convicted of attempted terrorist act in an initial trial and was incarcerated in January 2014.

Rights campaigners expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
about the imminent execution of Mosheykhas, saying the activist could be put to death in an unknown location without prior notice. That has been the case for other Saudis and foreigners convicted of involvement in terror activities.

Back in January, Saudi Arabia executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a highly respected Shia holy man and an outspoken critic of Riyadh from Qatif, only to trigger massive condemnations around the world.
Posted by: Fred || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [220 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The UN human rights panel is headed by SA.

That's like putting Bill Clinton in charge of your teenage daughters' slumber party.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 04/24/2016 8:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Rights campaigners expressed concern saying the activist could be put to death in an unknown location without prior notice.

Kinda like Japan. Sounds good to me.
Posted by: Frank G || 04/24/2016 12:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Think BO will have anything to say about that?
Posted by: AlanC || 04/24/2016 16:45 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Islamist militants suspected in slaying of professor in Bangladesh
[LATIMES] Police in northwestern Bangladesh have found similarities between the killing of a university professor Saturday and recent slayings of bloggers and secular activists by Islamist turbans.

Rezaul Karim Siddique, an English professor at Rajshahi University, was hacked to death when he went to catch a bus to campus around 7.30 a.m., police said. The attack took place near Siddique's house and was carried out by two assailants on a cycle of violence, police said citing witnesses.

"Professor Rezaul Karim Siddique has been killed in the same way that the bloggers and online activists were slain," Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mohammad Shamsuddin told news hounds at the scene. "That leads to the suspicion that this might be the handiwork of radicals."

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....
grabbed credit for the attack, accusing the professor of advocating for atheism, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors turban websites.

The murderous Moslem group has claimed other attacks in Bangladesh, where a series of deadly assaults against secular bloggers, minority Shiites, Christians and two foreigners has spread fear in the past year.
Posted by: Fred || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [525 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


The Grand Turk
Six ISIL suspects detained in central Turkey
Some six suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were caught in an operation on early April 23 in the Central Anatolian province of Konya. Police detained six Syrian origin ISIL members during operations at various addresses in the province.

The Konya Governor's Office said in a statement that ISIL members sought possible attacks targeting statesmen visiting the city along with other strategic targets.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


12 police officers wounded in PKK bomb attack in Turkey's southeast
A total of 12 police officers and three civilians were wounded on April 23 in an outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) bomb attack near the Mazıdağı district of the southeastern province of Mardin. PKK militants detonated a bomb placed on the Mardin-Diyarbakır motorway during the passing of an armored police shuttle.

According to initial reports, 12 police officers and three civilians were wounded in the attack. The wounded police officers were taken to hospitals in Mardin and Diyarbakır as two were reported to be in critical condition.

An operation has begun to apprehend the PKK militants responsible for the attack.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under:


Soldier killed in PKK attack in Turkey's southeast
One soldier was killed on April 23 in an outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) attack in the southeastern province of Mardin. Gendarmerie specialized sergeant Ethem Hacımahmutoğlu was heavily wounded by PKK sharpshooter fire during operations in the Nusaybin district at around 8 a.m. He was immediately taken to the Nusaybin State Hospital but later succumbed to injuries despite all efforts.

Security forces operation in the district was ongoing.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
Police arrest three alleged terrorists
[DAWN] PESHAWAR: The capital police claimed on Friday to have jugged
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
three Death Eaters of a banned terror outfit during a search operation in Badbher and Atta Mohammad Garhi areas, on the outskirts of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
SSP operations Abbas Majid Marwat told media persons that the police also seized arms and explosives from the possession of arrested Death Eaters identified as Wisal, Asmatullah and Wasid Gul.

He said that the Death Eaters were involved in attacks on government schools and other sensitive installations. They were also involved in firing on PIA aircraft.

The police officer said the arrested Death Eaters were planning to attack schools and other government installations.

He said hand grenades, two Kalashnikovs and three pistols were recovered from their possession. -- APP

Meanwhile,
...back at the shouting match, Bart was wondering if fisticuffs would be appropriate at this point...
the city police on Friday arrested the main accused charged in a rape case. The man along with three other accomplices was charged in a rape case by a woman a day earlier.

ASP Waseem Riaz Khan told Dawn that the accused was identified as Faqeer alias Bhoola.

However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
he said initial investigations had revealed that both parties had issues in the past and had also approached the police in that regard.

Previously, he said the main accused had complained at the Paharipura cop shoppe, accusing the complainant of the rape case of drugging his wife, who was later allegedly raped by several persons.

ASP Waseem said that apparently the rape claim, wherein the woman said that she was taken to the residence of the main accused, did not hold water as he lived along with his wives and other family members.

However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
he said that police were waiting for the medical report of the complainant.
Posted by: Fred || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Four more Chotoo gang members surrender
[DAWN] LAHORE: Four more members of the Chotoo gang surrendered to army early on Friday morning, raising the number of surrendered gangsters to 17.

The army and police have launched an operation against the gang to clear Kacha Jamal riverine area from the outlaws.

Gang leader Ghulam Rasool Chotoo and his 12 accomplices had surrendered to the army two days ago and freed 24 coppers the gang had taken hostage.

Local people confirmed that the troops continued heavy shelling on the hideouts of the gangsters who had not surrendered. Some of the bunkers of the gang were demolished due to heavy shelling. They said there could be more than 50 outlaws still fighting the forces.

A senior police official told Dawn that another gang leader, Attaullah Phhat of Mouza Kachi Umerani, Rojhan, along with his three accomplices had surrendered to army.

He said the four outlaws riding on a boat were carrying white flags in their hands and approached the army check post and surrendered.

He said that Phhat was also involved in several cases of kidnap for ransom registered against him in Rajanpur and other adjoining districts. He said Phhat was not part of Chotoo gang and he had visited the area to offer condolences on the death of Chotoo’s niece who was killed in police firing on April 14. Due to the operation and arrival of army he could not leave the island.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy was furiously chewing her cud and thinking...
Chotoo and his 12 accomplices had been shifted to Islamabad for interrogation.
Posted by: Fred || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Kurd-Shi'ite clashes in northern Iraq kill 2
Clashes between Kurdish and Shi'ite Turkmen paramilitary forces broke out late on Saturday in northern Iraq, killing at least two fighters and cutting a strategic road between Baghdad and the oil city of Kirkuk, security sources said.

The violence in Tuz Khurmatu, about 175 km (110 miles) north of the capital, has become a near monthly occurrence between the armed groups, uncomfortable allies against Islamic State since driving the jihadist militants out of towns and villages in the area in 2014.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/24/2016 03:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under:


Someone somewhere in Mosul is having a better time than ISIS
Oh dear.
[ARANews] ERBIL – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul has banned sports shops from selling sportswear, local sources reported on Saturday.

Local activists confirmed that ISIS-led security forces [also known as Hisba police] have been wandering in Iraq’s Mosul markets since three days, arresting a number of people, including women for violating the Islamic dress as well as the men who shaved their beards. This coincided with a siege imposed on the city by the Iraqi army and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, supported by the US-led coalition forces.

Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, media activist Abdullah al-Malla said a patrol for the ISIS-linked Hisba police has informed owners of sports shops in Mosul’s Dawasa market about the new orders regarding banning the sale of sportswear.

The ISIS group views selling and wearing sportswear as “a blind imitation of infidel Westerners”, al-Malla cited an ISIS Hisba officer as saying.

“The Hisba police ordered owners of sports shops to sell swords, spears and saddles instead of sportswear,” the source told ARA News.
Are horses generally available in cities under siege?
Sometimes, and they can be yummy if you're desperate enough...
ISIS jihadis have put huge constraints on civilians in Mosul, issuing new strict regulations every once in a while, according to local sources.
Posted by: badanov || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [374 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  "Mo didn't wear Nikes"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/24/2016 12:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Well since the founder of Nike was a WW-II 10th Mountain col/gen I can kind of see the Muslim hate of Nike.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/24/2016 13:17 Comments || Top||

#3  BTW he was a 10th man NOT beloved of his troops. Lots of rations traded for his FRENCH LESSONS.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/24/2016 13:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Mo's babies, along with a rattle,
Are handed a sword and a saddle.
"Why don't we get horses?"
The answer, of course, is,
"Crawl forth and acquire them in battle!"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 04/24/2016 14:49 Comments || Top||


Iraqi Jailhouse stories: Weapons seized in Diyala
(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – Diyali Police Command announced on Saturday seizing a large cache of weapons and explosives in the vicinity of al-Mansouriya east of Baqubah.

Diyali Police chief, Maj. Gen. Jasim al-Sa’adi, said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Security forces belonging to the police and al-Hashed al-Asha’ri [militia] conducted inspection operations in groves located in the vicinity of al-Mansouriya (45 km east of Baqubah), resulting in the seizure of a large hideout that contains more than 130 Kalashnikov rifles, thermal missiles and gunpowder used for manufacturing explosive devices, in addition to destroying a boat for ISIS that was used for transferring the explosives.”

Sa’adi also added, “The raid operations came in accordance with the strategy adopted by the leadership of the police in preventing the presence of any foothold for terrorists, in addition to launching tactical and proactive operations in order to achieve the internal stability and protect the liberated areas.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Kirkuk Kombat Chronicle: 15+ die
15 ISIS Bad Guys caught in Iraqi artillery impact zone

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – On Saturday, a security source in Kirkuk Province announced, that 15 members of the so-called ISIS were killed in artillery shelling carried out by the Peshmerga forces northwest of Kirkuk.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The Peshmerga forces shelled ISIS gathering near al-Atshana village in Dibs District, using artillery and rockets.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The security forces continue to bomb the areas controlled by ISIS to prevent the advance of its fighters toward the Peshmerga forces’ areas.”

Iraqi warbirds destroy ISIS positions

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – The spokesman of al-Hashd al-Shaabi in the northern axis Ali al-Husseini announced on Saturday, that the Iraqi Air Force destructed a number of tactical units and two booby-trapped vehicles belonging to ISIS in southern Kirkuk.

Husseini said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Yesterday, Iraqi Air Force conducted six air strikes on ISIS headquarters in Kasbet Bashir in Taza vicinity, killing and wounding a number of ISIS members, as well as destructing the tactical units that were used by ISIS to attack Taza vicinity.”

Husseini added, “The air strikes also destructed two booby-trapped vehicles belonging to ISIS members,” pointing out that, “ISIS prepared these vehicles to target the defense lines of al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Anbar Antics: 169+ die
150 ISIS Bad Guys die near al-Karma

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The leadership of al-Hashed al-Shaabi in Anbar Province announced on Saturday, that 150 members of the so-called ISIS were killed during the cleansing battles of al-Karma District east of Fallujah.

The commander of Karmat Fallujah brigade, Colonel Khamis Bahr Halbusi, said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This morning the security forces carried out a military operation targeting ISIS gatherings in the areas of Subaihat, Albu Jassim and Albu Ouda in al-Karma District, killing 150 ISIS fighters, including Arabs and foreigners.”

Halbusi added, “The joint forces are advancing in the remaining areas of al-Karma District backed by the international coalition aviation and Iraqi Army Aviation, in order to destroy ISIS strongholds, as well as cutting off their supply lines in Fallujah and Saqlawiyah.”

Iraqi forces liberate area near Heet; Dozen die

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The leadership of al-Hashed al-Shaabi in Anbar Province announced on Saturday, that the security forces liberated an area in the district of Heet west of Ramadi, while pointed out to the killing of dozens of ISIS members during the operation.

The intelligence officer in al-Hashed al-Shaabi in al-Somoud brigade, Nazim Aljughaifi said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The joint security forces were able, at noon today, to liberate Albu Naim area west of Heet District from the ISIS control,” noting that, “The operation resulted in the killing of dozens of ISIS members.”

Aljughaifi added, “The joint forces from the army, police and Anti-Terrorism Directorate are advancing in several axes to cleanse al-Doulab area in Heet District,” pointing out that, “The next few hours will witness the liberation of al-Doulab area, as well as raising the Iraqi flag over its buildings.”

Iraqi warbirds destroy 8 ISIS HQs

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Saturday the commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced, that the Iraqi Air Force bombarded eight headquarters belonging to ISIS southwest of Fallujah, and killed all the ISIS members who were inside the headquarters.

Mahalawi said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The Iraqi Air Force backed by the army’s 8th brigade managed to bombard eight ISIS headquarters in Albu Eifan area southwest of Fallujah.”

“The bombardment resulted in the destruction of the headquarters, as well as killing all the terrorists inside these headquarters,” Mahalawi added.

Iraqi army commander wounded near Ramadi

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A source in Anbar Province revealed on Saturday, that the commander of the commandos regiment in the army’s 7th brigade was wounded during confrontations against ISIS west of Ramadi.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Today the commander of the commandos regiment in the army’s 7th brigade Colonel Hakim al-Jouani was wounded during confrontations against ISIS in al-Dolab area west of Heet.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “Jouani is currently receiving treatment and his condition is stable.”

12 ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrikes near Ramadi

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced on Saturday, that 12 ISIS members were killed in an air strike carried out by the international coalition aviation east of Ramadi.

Mahalawi said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation bombarded ISIS hideouts in al-Falahat area west of Fallujah (40 km east of Ramadi), destructing the hideout and killing 12 ISIS members.”

Mahalawi added, “The bombardment was carried out based on information indicating the presence of ISIS members in that hideout.”

5 ISIS Bad Guys including leader die near al-Rutba

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – Media officials with the Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday, that 8 ISIS elements, including a senior leader, had been either killed or wounded in an aerial strike in the district of al-Rutba.

The officials said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Based on intelligence by the Falcons Intelligence Cell, in coordination with the Joint Operations Command, an aerial bombardment was carried out on one of the ISIS shelters in the district of al-Rutba, resulting in the death of 5 terrorists and wounding 3 others.”

“Abu Azzam al-Iraqi, the commander of the so-called Anti-Aircraft Detachment, was among the dead,” the statement added.
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Two car explosions kill 12, wound dozens in Iraq’s Baghdad
[Iran Press TV] At least 12 people have been killed and dozens more sustained injuries in two separate boom-mobile kabooms, blamed on 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...
terrorist group, in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.

A boom-mobile went off near a security checkpoint in the northern suburb of Husseiniya, killing nine and wounding 28 others, and the other blast hit an army convoy in Baghdad's southeastern neighborhood of Arab Jabour and killed three more people, and injured 11 others.

According to local sources, the corpse count may increase. No group or individual has grabbed credit for the attack yet, but such assaults bear the hallmarks of those made by ISIS terrorists.

On Friday, a kaboom inside a Shia mosque in the Radwaniyah area located in southwestern Baghdad, killed at least nine people and maimed 25 others

Although security has gradually improved in Baghdad, kabooms against security forces and residential areas are still a regular occurrence.

Iraq dealt a major blow to ISIS when its elite forces and allied tribal fighters managed to retake Anbar’s scenic provincial capital, Ramadi, in late December. The city, which lies around 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Baghdad, along some other territories in west and north, fell into the hands of ISIS in mid-2014. Baghdad has vowed to clear the entire Iraqi soil from the Takfiri group in 2016.

The Lions of Islam have been committing heinous crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians. Iraqi army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Mobilization Units are seeking to win back holy warrior-held regions in joint operations.
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Cops held by Maoist militants plead for their lives
[Mindanao Examiner] Five policemen taken prisoners by Maoist militants have appealed for their lives following a massive military shelling of New People's Army strongholds in the southern Philippines. NPA spokesman Rigoberto Sanchez said the "prisoners of war" are being held by the NPA's 1st Pulang Bagani Command.

They were seized on April 16 in Davao City's Paquibato district where rebels attacked and overran an army post.

The insurgents also released videos of the prisoners which showed the policemen appealing to the Philippine government to halt the military shelling and suspension of police operations in Davao for fear they would be killed in the continuing assault.

The NPA called the military assault and police operations "lunatic and fruitless rescue offensives in Paquibato district."
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Defense volunteer gunned down in southern Thailand
[Bangkok Post] A defense volunteer in Narathiwat province was gunned down on the way home from a rubber plantation early Saturday. His body was found lying face-down on a road in Sungai Kolok district at about 6am. He had been shot in the chest. His motorcycle lay beside his body and a .38 bullet was found there.

Police said that the victim had left his home alone to collect latex. On his way home, another motorcycle followed and then passed him. The pillion rider on that vehicle shot him and then they fled.
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ISIS claims downed combat jet
BEIRUT: Daesh terrorists on Friday captured a Syrian pilot alive after shooting down his plane east of Damascus, the Daesh-affiliated Amaq news agency said.

Amaq gave the pilot’s name as Azzam Eid, from Hama. It said Daesh fighters had shot down his plane and found him alive after he parachuted down to the crash site.

A video posted by Amaq showed the charred remains of a plane, some parts still on fire, lying on a vast desert plain. Several apparent Daesh fighters in military-style fatigues circle around the wreckage, pointing to the two-starred Syrian government flag clearly visible on one of the wings.

Syrian state news agency SANA had no immediate news on it.

The United States and its allies targeted Daesh militants in Iraq with 20 strikes on Friday and 10 in Syria, the US military said on Saturday.
Regime bombardment of rebel-held areas across Syria killed at least 27 civilians on Saturday, threatening an eight-week-old truce at a time when peace talks are stalled in Geneva.

The head of a Britain-based monitoring group said the escalating violence meant a cease-fire between the regime and rebels, in place since late February, had effectively collapsed.

Twelve civilians were killed in air strike on the northern metropolis of Aleppo on Saturday, a local civil defence official said. The Syrian Human Rights Observatory said 13 others died in shelling of the rebel-held town of Douma, while two men were killed in regime airstrikes on Talbisseh in central Homs province.

The United States and its allies targeted Daesh militants in Iraq with 20 strikes on Friday and 10 in Syria, the US military said on Saturday.
According to Ynet:
Eight of the strikes in Iraq were near Al Baghdadi, hitting two Islamic State weapons storage facilities and three bunkers.
Khaleej Times adds:
Earlier in the day, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a Syrian warplane crashed over a town controlled by the group southeast of Damascus. The war jet crashed over Tal Dakweh near the town of Beir Al Qassab southeast of Damascus, said the Observatory. The London-based watchdog group stopped short of giving further details, saying it was not clear whether the aircraft was downed by Daesh or multifunction.

Earlier in the day, Russia's Interfax news agency said the plane crashed because of a technical fault. It quoted a Syrian military source as saying that the crashed plane had recently undergone repairs while there was no attack from the ground, adding that "it crashed because of a technical fault."

The report also identified the plane as a Mig-23.
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ISIS Breaks even in Aleppo, Hasakah
[ARA News] ALEPPO ــ Subsequent to fierce battles with rebel groups, militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) were able to control several key areas in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, local sources reported on Saturday.

Local activists confirmed that ISIS jihadis have advanced in the region despite the Turkish bombardment on the group’s locations near the Syrian-Turkish border.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, rebel spokesman Saleh Zein said that ISIS insurgents launched a major offensive on rebels’ positions in Aleppo’s northern suburbs and were able to recapture Kafr Ghan, Tel Hussein and Biraghida villages near the Syrian-Turkish border after heavy battles with the rebel fighters of al-Sham Corps and al-Hamza Brigade.

The source emphasized that ISIS jihadis have used heavy weapons against the rebel factions, causing them heavy losses in manpower and equipment.

Zein pointed out that the battles are still ongoing between the two sides, while rebels try to recapture the areas that fell to ISIS on Saturday.

“Daesh has advanced in the region despite Turkish heavy shelling on its positions on the outskirts of Tel Hussein and Biraghida near the Syria-Turkey border,” Zein told ARA News, using an acronym for ISIS.

In the meantime, rebel fighters of the 13th squad along with the 1st regiment targeted headquarters of the ISIS group in the towns and Harbal and Asanbil with mortar shells and hell cannon amid reports of casualties among the group’s ranks, according to the spokesman.

ISIS was able last week to seize control of the strategic town of al-Raee in northern Aleppo subsequent to fierce battles with rebel fighters, according to locals.

Also Saturday, the US-led coalition forces conducted several air raids on ISIS headquarters in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, causing the death and injury of dozens among ISIS jihadis, locals reported.

Speaking to ARA News, J.L. based in Hasakah, confirmed that the US-led coalition forces targeted headquarters and tactical units for the radical group in the vicinity of Margada town south of Hasakah, northeast of Syria, causing the group heavy losses in manpower and equipment.

“However, some of the group’s militants were able to avoid airstrikes through hiding within the civilians’ houses in the town,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

ARA News could not verify the death toll among ISIS ranks.

In February, ISIS militants have evacuated their headquarters in Shaddadi city in Hasakah province under heavy bombardment by the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

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

SDF’s progress in Shaddadi came after they were able to cut off a main supply route [al-Hawl] for the radical group near Syria’s northeastern border with Iraq.

“SDF units have closed a strategic supply route near Shaddadi and paralyzed ISIS’s movement subsequent to losing its main supply line with Iraq’s Mosul,” an SDF official told ARA News in a previous interview.

Furthermore, the SDF alliance had seized control of a key gas facility and main financial resource for the group in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province. The western-backed forces regained control of the Jibisa gas facility, located about 12km east of Shaddadi city in southern Hasakah.

The facility had been used by ISIS for nearly two years as a source to fund its operations. Jibisa gas facility is considered one of the main gas facilities in northern Syria for its huge production that has been feeding power stations in central Syria. The facility was run by some 500 workers, including specialized engineers, technicians and workers.

The Kurdish-Arab alliance of SDF had earlier liberated more than 240 towns and villages from ISIS militants on the border with Iraq. SDF has now been fortifying its positions in the southern suburbs of Shaddadi, while SDF-ISIS clashes have stopped for nearly two months in the region. The Azzawi village, between Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor provinces, is considered an area of contact between the two sides.
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Syrian army forces bomb Damascus suburbs: 13 die
[ARA News] DAMASCUS ــ At least 13 people were killed after army forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad pounded the city of Duma in the eastern suburbs of Damascus in southern Syria with heavy artillery, local sources reported on Saturday.

Speaking to ARA News in Duma, rights activist Yasser Fistaqi confirmed that at least 13 civilians were killed in the city of Duma eastern Ghouta near Syria’s capital Damascus, including a child and two women, while dozens more wounded after the pro-regime army forces targeted the popular market in the city with heavy weapons.

The injured were transferred to nearby field hospitals.

“The regime’s army has systematically attacked the market crowded with civilians with artillery shells and rockets, without taking into account the presence of children, women and elderly people in the area,” Fistaqi reported.

Assad’s forces, which have stationed in the areas surrounding Duma, targeted the district of the eastern Ghouta with artillery shells and rocket launchers, according to the same source.

Eyewitnesses told ARA News that a state of panic prevailed among the residents of Duma as a result of the continued bombardment launched by pro-regime army forces.

Meanwhile, rebel groups that are in control of Duma called on the people, through mosques’ loudspeakers, to hide in shelters after Saturday’s massacre.

The city of Duma has been relatively calm during the past few days before the regime’s last use of heavy weapons. However, Syrian army troops have launched dozens of artillery shells and conducted several airstrikes on residential areas despite the fragile truce that came into force on February 17.

The truce has been on the verge of collapse after opposition delegation suspended on Friday their participation in Geneva talks.

More than 280,000 people have been killed over five years of conflict in Syria, amid mounting refugee crisis in the region and Europe caused by the ongoing war.
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Truce collapses in Syria, 27 civilians dead
At least 27 civilians were killed on Saturday in regime bombardment on rebel-held areas across Syria, a monitor and local sources said, in the latest deadly violence despite a ceasefire deal.

Twelve civilians were killed in Aleppo, according to a local civil defence official, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 13 others died in shelling on the rebel town of Douma, east of Damascus. And two men were killed in regime airstrikes on Talbisseh in Homs province, the monitor said.

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said the escalating violence meant the ceasefire in Syria had effectively collapsed.

The barrage of air strikes on Aleppo began around 10am on several neighbourhoods, including the heavily-populated Bustan Al Qasr district, a correspondent in the city said.

But the deadliest raid was on the Tareeq Al Bab neighbourhood on the eastern edges of the city. A civil defence member responding to the incident said 12 civilians had been killed there.

At least nine other civilians were wounded in air strikes on other parts of the city, including Bustan Al Qasr and Al Mashad, the civil defence member said. It was the second day of deadly strikes on Aleppo, after 25 civilians were killed and another 40 wounded in air strikes on Friday.

Once Syria's commercial hub, the northern metropolis has been divided by government control in the west and opposition groups in the east.

In the rebel-held town of Douma, 13 people - including three women and two children - were killed in government shelling on the city. The Observatory said all the dead were civilians. Douma lies in the Eastern Ghouta opposition bastion, where the Jaish Al Islam rebel group - also party to the truce deal - is dominant. The ceasefire deal brokered by Russia and the United States saw Syria's government and non-militant opposition agree to halt attacks while pursuing peace talks.
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