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Top Taliban leader killed in a special military operation in north of Afghanistan
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1103 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "I'm weary," said Evelyn Nesbit,
"Of swinging," to friends in her bedsit.
"And feel a tad dizzy...
Okay, let's get busy!
I can't stand too much of a respite."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 04/25/2016 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  I trust that these limericks elicit
(although I don't make it explicit)
Some feeling for ladies
Pulled down into Hades
(no matter how much they're complicit).
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 04/25/2016 0:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Your opinions are indeed your own, Zenobia F., and always delightfully expressed.

Continuing the conversation from yesterday with newc, perhaps a bit cleaner language would make you feel better, dear, but your thoughts are wholesome.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/25/2016 1:23 Comments || Top||

#4  For what it may be worth, I enjoy reading your posts.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/25/2016 13:43 Comments || Top||

#5  There once was a poet from Rantburg
Whose musings put shame to Sandburg
At a time of self-doubt
In anguish did shout
But his fans put the kibosh on that urge.
Posted by: JHH || 04/25/2016 14:45 Comments || Top||

#6  All I need to know about
Composing proper responses
For Rantburg
I learned from
Burma-Shave Signs....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 04/25/2016 15:35 Comments || Top||

#7  Still in awe, ZF.

For Whiskey Mike, the D2O from India uses (or did use, data is a few years old) a fractional distillation process, and is less pure and not considered 'Lab Grade' (electrolysis method).
CANDU system (Canadian process) is more refined and is closer to what you probably use.
Don't know what the Persians are producing that we would want to buy.

Hopefully that answers your question from the other day.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 04/25/2016 17:41 Comments || Top||

#8  I think the poetry adds a touch of class that you bums sorely need. And while newc occasionally over-froths, I see there are *no* squirrels on the lawn at Castle Rantburg.

Question: Can D2O be substituted for tonic water?
Posted by: SteveS || 04/25/2016 20:56 Comments || Top||

#9  Yes; it pairs well with sushi.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/25/2016 21:47 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Kabul University lecturer loyal to ISIS terrorist group arrested
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A University teacher 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....
has been locked away
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
by the security forces for being affiliated with 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.

Sources privy to the development have said the university Mawlavi Maroof was arrested for speaking spreading propaganda in favor of the terror group among the university students.

A front man for the Ministry of Higher Education Faisal Amin said Mawlaavi Maroof was a lecturer in Sharia faculty and is currently in jug of the security forces.

He did not provide further information regarding the circumstances surrounding his detention, saying they are only aware that the lecturer has been arrested.

Meanwhile,
...back at the saloon, Butch got the bill for the damage caused by the fist fight, the mirror broken in the shootout, and drinks for everyone......
the students in Kabul University said the lecturer was speaking against the government of Afghanistan and was calling it an un-Islamic system.

The loyalists of the Islamic State are attempting to gain and expand foothold in the country as the Afghan cops as well as the US forces have stepped up counter-terrorism operations against the terror group in Afghanistan.

This comes as a front man for the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan earlier said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has the potential to be an ’enormous’ threat in Afghanistan.

The chief of communications for the coalition, Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, kept in touch with the world by Obamaphone,
...was ruled by a Democrat machine from 1942 through 1971. After the river caught fire during the administration of Carl Stokes they tried a Republican, then went back to being Democrats when the party hacked up Dennis Kucinich ...
, has said the threat exists despite the group has received major setbacks during the recent months, pointing towards the growing US forces Arclight airstrikes against the loyalists of the terror group.

The concerns prompted B.O. regime to grant more authorities to the US forces in Afghanistan to increase Arclight airstrikes against the terror group with reports suggesting the US Air Force has dropped more than 250 bombs and missiles in January and February targeting ISIS loyalists.
Posted by: Fred || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: ISIL-K


Top Taliban leader killed in a special military operation in north of Afghanistan

And doesn't he look like he got his job because he was so qualified!
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A top Taliban leader was killed during a special military operation conducted by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan.

"During a special operation of Afghan National Police, deputy Taliban so-called district governor for Shinwari district of Parwan province, named Alamuddin was killed," a statement by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said.

The statement further added that the operation took place in Daraz Gard village, Shinwari district of Parwan province, yesterday evening.

"Alamuddin was involved in many terrorist and destructive activities in this district and other areas of Parwan province," the statement added.

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

Parwarn is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups are actively operating and often carry out insurgency activities.

Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout Montefiore's foot was still stuck and the hound had completely soaked his uniform with slobber...
the Ministry of Interior said a mine planter was killed by his own explosives while placing a roadside kaboom in the main road of Bala Block district of Farah province, yesterday evening.
Posted by: Fred || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [678 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  nice pic/comment
Posted by: Frank G || 04/25/2016 20:37 Comments || Top||


Clash among Afghan and Pakistan forces in Goshta district of Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A clash erupted among the Afghan and Pak border forces in Goshta district of 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..
province, local officials said Sunday.

The incident took place after the Pak forces started shelling Goshta district, forcing the Afghan forces to respond.

The officials further added that festivities continued for several hours, claiming the life of border police force and leaving two others maimed.

There are no reports regarding the casualties of the Pak border forces.

This comes as a similar incident took place in Goshta district earlier last month following Pak militia forces attack in Anarki area of Goshta district.

The Pak military has stepped up cross-border incursions during the recent months which comes after considerable reduction in indiscriminate shelling during the past one year.

The Pak air force helicopters also violated the Afghan air space by entering the Afghan soil and dropping several bombs in eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
of Afghanistan earlier last month.

The cross-border incursions by Pak forces sparked furor among the Afghan officials with the Afghan officials saying such violations harms the national illusory sovereignty of Afghanistan.
Posted by: Fred || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Taliban shadow judge for Jawzjan province killed in special military raid
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The shadow provincial governor of the Taliban group was killed in a special military operation conducted by the Afghan cops in northern Jawzjan province.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the operation was conducted in Qazan Mazo village in Manjigak district.

A statement by MoI said the Taliban shadow judge was identified as Mullah Abdul Rahman who was killed together with his 5 companions.

The statement further added that Mullah Rahman was involved in desert trial of innocent civilians besides having active role in majority of bandidos bully boyz attacks.

According to the Ministry of Interior, the Afghan forces also confiscated a PK machine gun, 1 rocket launcher, 1 Ak-47 assault rifle and 1 cycle of violence belonging to the bad boys.

The Afghan cops and the local residents did not suffer any casualties during the operation, the ministry added.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Jawzjan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed bad boy groups are actively operating in a number of its districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.
Posted by: Fred || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban militants suffer 19 dead in Jawzjan and Uruzgan clashes
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 19 holy warriors were killed in separate operations conducted in northern Jawzjan and southern Uruzgan provinces.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the operations were jointly conducted by the Afghan National Security Forces on Saturday evening.

"Yesterday evening, Afghan National Security Forces conducted an anti-terrorism joint operation to clear some of the areas from holy warriors and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan," a statement by MoI said.

The statement further added that the operation was conducted in Gogardak region, Shabarghan city capital of Jowzjan province, as a result 15 armed holy warriors were killed and 10 others were maimed.

The clearance operation still continues against armed bully boyz in Shabarghan City, MoI added.

"In a separate report, yesterday evening, Afghan National Police attacked Taliban’s sanctuaries in Nikroz village, Khas Oruzgan district of Oruzgan province, as a result four armed Taliban were killed and one was maimed," MoI said, adding that two Afghan National Policemen were maimed during the operation.

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

Both Jawzjan and Uruzgan provinces are among the relatively voalatile provinces where anti-government armed holy warriors are active in its remote districts.

The holy warriors frequently carry out insurgency activities which comes amid rampant Taliban-led insurgency as the group announced its spring offensive earlier this month.
Posted by: Fred || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Pakistan says 2 security personnel wounded in mortar fire from Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Pak authorities have said two security personnel were maimed in mortar fire from Afghanistan, including a major and another security personal.

The security officials quoted by local media have said at least nine shells were fired on the Ziarat checkpost at around 4.30pm.

The officials further added that the injured personnel have been identified as Major Farrukh and Havaldar Imran Khan and said they had been taken to 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.
by a helicopter.

This comes as festivities erupted among the Afghan and Pak border forces in Goshta district of 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..
province.

Local officials in Nangarhar said the clash erupted after the Afghan forces responded to heavy shelling by Pak military from across the Durand Line.

The officials said a soldier of the Afghan Border Police lost his life and two others were maimed during the clash which continued for several hours.

Clashes among the Afghan and Pak forces along the Durand Line have not been rare as numerous incidents have taken place in the past.

A similar incident took place in Goshta district earlier last month following Pak militia forces attack in Anarki area of Goshta district.
Posted by: Fred || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan

#1  Moral: don't provide security for Haqqani terrorists?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/25/2016 20:48 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Multiple Suicide Blasts reported in Baidoa
An officials says at least seven suicide blasts happened at an Al shabaab base near the strategic town of Baidoa in Somalia’s southern Bay region on Sunday morning, killing six Al shabaab members.

Burhakabo district commissioner Mohamed Abdi Mohamed, told Radio Shabelle that south west state of Somalia forces backed by AMISOM foiled an imminent bomb attack by Al shabaab members at Raydable village. He said the allied troops laid a siege on a house, and killed at least six Al shabaab fighters who were planning an attack in Baidoa city following a tip-off from local residents.

Burhakabo DC also said the south west state forces have managed to capture three Al shabaab militants alive before they commit the suicide during the raid on the house.

Raydable, is a key village located between Baidoa and Burhakabo towns in Bay region. The area has been under Al shabab control for years before the coalition forces retook on Sunday.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Derna mujahideen accuse Hafter of targeting civilians
The Shoura Council of Mujahideen in Derna (SCMD) has accused the Libyan National Army (LNA) of airstrikes on the town today and killing civilians.

“Hafter wants to ruin Derna’s victory by trying to involve it in a new war after finally getting rid of IS terrorist organisation,” said Mohamed Al-Mansuri, the SCMD’s media spokesman, at a press conference this afternoon. He did not, however, say how many civilians had been killed or wounded although separate reports speak of three civilians killed in LNA airstrikes. There are unconfirmed claims of 12 airstrikes over the past couple of days.

Al-Mansuri also accused of the LNA of colluding with the so-called Islamic State (IS/Daesh) who were this week finally forced out of the Fataieh area south east of the town as well as the eastern suburb called District 400, and of allowing them to withdraw peacefully.

“Hafter warplanes allowed the runaway remnants of Daesh through the desert road, along 800 kilometres, without touching them. But in contrast, they attacked the civilians in the town,” said Mansuri.

The same allegation of the LNA allowing IS to withdraw was made yesterday in Ajdabiya by Ali Hassi, the spokesman for Ibrahim Jadhran.

Jadhran has long been firmly opposed to Hafter and he and Hassi have on more than one occasion accused Hafter and IS as being two sides of the same coin.

Responding to the bombing allegations, a top LNA air force official this evening denied that fighter planes were bombing Derna. “Our objective now is Sirte”, he said. LNA forces were outside Derna and increasing in number but it was not the immediate target.

However, the Beida office of the Libyan new agency LANA (which supports the LNA) have quoted Colonel Kamal Al-Jabali who heads the LNA’s Omar Mukhtar Operations Room saying that airstrikes against the Derna mujahideen would continue.

Accusing them of being linked to Al-Qaeda, he aid that the objective was to rid the town of all extremist militias.

The Omar Mukhtar Room covers the Derna area.

Both the LNA and the SCMD have claimed they alone were responsible for forcing IS to abandon Fataieh and District 400.

There are, however, photos of the LNA in Fataieh and today the Omar Mukhtar Operations Room announced that three of its soldiers had been killed as a result of a booby trap bomb left in a house there. Another soldier had been wounded disarming a mine in Fataieh.

Residents have been returning to both Fataieh and District 400 following the IS departure and there have been many deaths and injuries as a result of mines and booby traps. As many as 35 people are reported to have been killed and 11 injured in the past four days.

Abdulkarim Sabra, the operations’ room spokesman, also has meanwhile issued a warning to residents in the Fataieh area to evacuate it for their own safety.
Posted by: badanov || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram: Curfew still in force in Maiduguri
[DAILYPOST.NG] The Nigerian Army has restated that the 9pm -6am curfew imposed on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital as a result of the Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
terrorists’ activities in the North East is still in force.

It said violators will face the music.

In a statement signed by Col Mustapha Anka, Deputy Director, Public Relations, the Army said, "It has come to the notice of Headquarters 7 Division Nigerian Army Operation LAFIYA DOLE that some members of the public violate orders on curfew imposed in Maiduguri and environs.

"Violations of curfew threaten the relative peace being enjoyed in Maiduguri town.

"Please be reminded that a legitimate curfew in Maiduguri imposed from 9pm to 6am is still in force.

"The Division wishes to inform the general public that despite the successes recorded against Boko Haram Death Eaters across the state, the fight against insurgency is not yet over.

"The Borno State Government and Headquarters Theatre Command will at the appropriate time review the curfew in line with prevailing security situation across the state.

"We wish to reiterate that anyone found flaunting the orders will be enjugged
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
and prosecuted.

"All law abiding citizens and peace loving people of Borno State are hereby advised to report any suspicious person(s) to nearest military post, security agencies or Civilian Joint Task Force."
Posted by: Fred || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Mounted Boko Haram gunmen attack village
[NEWS24] Kaduna - Suspected Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
gunnies on horseback killed at least 11 people in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
this week, two civilian vigilantes assisting the military told AFP on Thursday.

The attack on Zango village, in the Gulani district around 150 km south of the Yobo state capital, Damaturu, happened overnight on Tuesday to Wednesday, said Aisami Mamman.

It came two weeks after a similar attack on two nearby villages left at least 20 dead, he added.

"They [Boko Haram] came around midnight [23:00 GMT Tuesday] and started firing gunshots in the village. This prompted residents to flee into the bush," said Mamman.

"They pursued them, shooting at them while others set fire to the whole village. The whole village was burnt. Eleven people were killed and several others were maimed, six of them critically.

"They were brought here to Damaturu where they are receiving treatment for gunshot wounds."

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear but previous strikes have seen Boko Haram steal cattle or foodstuffs.

The hit-and-run attack has been a trademark of 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 affiliate but such incidents have become rarer because of a concerted military counter-offensive in the northeast.

Troops have over the last year wrested back territory lost to the snuffies in 2014, scattering fighters and cutting off their supply lines.

Sacked
Boko Haram fighters have conducted a number of attacks on remote villages after arriving on horseback and even bicycles because of a shortage of fuel for vehicles or cycle of violences.

Mamman suggested the attackers in Zango came from the Sambisa Forest area of neighbouring Borno, where Boko Haram has long had camps.

"Exactly two weeks ago there was a similar attack on two villages nearby. They attacked Gurum and Dokshi villages," he said in an account of both incidents supported by another militia member.

"They burnt them completely and killed more than 20 residents."
Posted by: Fred || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Blast kills 7 Yemeni soldiers
A bomb-laden vehicle exploded on Sunday killing seven soldiers in Yemen's south, where government forces backed by air power from an Arab coalition have launched an offensive against Al Qaeda, military sources said.

The attack, which also wounded another 14 soldiers, targeted an army convoy as it entered militant stronghold Zinjibar, capital of Abyan province, said the sources, blaming Al Qaeda for the bombing.

Forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi launched the Zinjibar offensive on Saturday, after similar assaults pushed the militants from other areas in the south.

The Saudi-led coalition that has been battling Iran-backed rebels across the country since March 2015 has deployed Apache helicopters to support the loyalist fighting on ground. The pro-Hadi forces "retreated from Zinjibar after they entered on Saturday night" from the city's southern gate, an officer in Abyan told AFP.

"The withdrawal was decided following information that Al Qaeda was preparing other car-bomb attacks against our troops," added the officer who requested anonymity.

Government forces also launched an offensive Saturday to drive the militants out of the neighbouring town of Jaar.

Fighting there killed 25 Al Qaeda fighters and four soldiers as loyalists seized Al Kud, five kilometres south of Zinjibar, military and medical sources said.

"After our withdrawal, Apache helicopters will target Al Qaeda positions to secure the town," said another officer, adding helicopters had foiled two attempts to carry out bombings against troops using vehicles in Al Kud.

Meanwhile, the Arab coalition carried out a series of air raids against Al Qaeda in Mukalla, a southeastern provincial capital the militants have controlled for the past year, military sources said.

Residents reported hearing heavy explosions as coalition jets struck Al Qaeda-held arms depots in the city.

"The air raids are in preparation for a ground operation as part of a major military offensive to chase Al Qaeda out of Mukalla and the entire Hadramawt province," an officer said. Coalition-backed forces have driven militants out of Aden, the southern city declared by Hadi as the country's temporary capital after the Houthi rebels overran Sanaa in September 2014.

And last week, government forces expelled militants of the militant network's local branch - Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula - from Huta, the provincial capital of Lahj. The latest fighting comes as representatives of the government and the Iran-backed rebels continue with UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait, which began on Thursday.
Posted by: badanov || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


10 al-Qaeda operators die in Soddy airstrikes
ADEN: A Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes on the Al-Qaeda-held port of Mukalla in southern Yemen on Sunday, killing at least 10 militants, medical sources and residents said, part of an offensive to recapture the city.

Mukalla, a shipping hub and provincial capital, is a stronghold of the powerful Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) which has taken advantage of Yemen’s year-long civil war to win control over parts of the south and east.

Residents said airstrikes hit a building that AQAP was using as its headquarters, as well as gatherings of the group elsewhere in Mukalla.

A Yemeni military source said the air strikes were being coordinated with troops on the ground. In recent days, residents and local officials have reported preparations for a pro-government ground offensive on Mukalla.

It comes as Yemen’s government meets with the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Kuwait to try to find a solution to a conflict, which has killed more than 6,200 people and divided up control of the country.

Saudi Arabia and its mostly Arab coalition have carried out airstrikes in Yemen for the past year to support the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against the Houthis.
Posted by: badanov || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Yemen sides appoint ceasefire observers as army fights al Qaeda
Yemen's government forces battled al Qaeda in the country's south on April 23, aiming to push back advances the militant group has made during a year-long civil war while peace talks take place in Kuwait. Twenty fighters loyal to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were killed in the clashes, residents and a military source said, while a drone strike killed two others further north.

AQAP has taken advantage of chaos in Yemen since its civil war began last year to win control over swathes of southern and eastern Yemen, creating a local government there and introducing services. The war pits a collection of local forces and army remnants backed by the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and a Saudi-led Arab coalition against the Houthi movement and troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Representatives gathered in Kuwait on April 21 to begin peace talks after agreeing a ceasefire across the country. The United Nations, which has convened the talks, says around 6,000 people have died in the conflict, half of them civilians. However, as talks moved into a third day disputes continued over both the agenda and accusations from the government that the Houthis and Saleh's forces had breached the truce in the city of Taiz, a source from Hadi's government said.

The government wants the Houthis and Saleh's forces to release prisoners, withdraw from cities and hand over weapons before discussing a solution to the political disagreements. The Houthis and its allies want coalition air missions to stop and a unity government to be formed before disarmament talks.
Did they argue over the shape of the table?
The government delegation on April 23 said it would only meet U.N. special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad and not sit directly with the Houthis, the source said. However, later on Saturday Ould Cheikh Ahmad said the sides had agreed to appoint delegates to oversee the ceasefire process, a small step forward.
What color is the tablecloth?
Ceasefire documents shown to Reuters by the Saudi-led coalition showed agreements for each of Yemen's provinces where fighting was taking place signed by representatives of each side, who had formed committees to monitor the truce.

The clashes on April 23 at al-Koud near Zinjibar in the southern Abyan Province were between AQAP and army forces of Yemen's internationally recognised government backed by local militias, referred to locally as the Popular Resistance.

In recent weeks Hadi's forces, backed by coalition air strikes, have pushed towards Zinjibar along the beach road from Aden. Al-Koud lies on that road only 5 km (3 miles) from Zinjibar, long considered an AQAP stronghold along with the town of Jaar about 15 km to the north.

Later, a suicide attack on a military post in al-Koud was thwarted when a bomb-laden car was fired on and destroyed, killing the driver, before it reached the sentries, the military source said.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


The Grand Turk
16 wounded as two rocket projectiles fired from Syria hit Turkey’s Kilis
A total of 16 people, including children, were wounded when two rocket projectiles fired from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions in northern Syria hit the border province of Kilis on April 24.

One of the two rocket projectiles fired from the ISIL-controlled region in Syria hit the roof of a house in the Okçular neighborhood while the other hit the backyard of another house. Medical personnel and police were immediately deployed to the scene following the incident while security measures were also taken in the area.

The 16 wounded individuals, six of whom were Syrian citizens, were reported to be in good condition and under treatment at Kilis State Hospital, a statement from the Kilis Governor’s Office read.

The Turkish military shelled ISIL-controlled positions in the Bab region in northern Syria following the incident.

Recently, three people were killed and six others were wounded when rocket projectiles fired from Syria hit Kilis on April 22, as the border province continued to be the target of attacks originating from Syria.

The total death toll in rocket landings in the border province has reached 15 since January.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


India-Pakistan
30 hideouts, bunkers destroyed near Darra
KOHAT: Security personnel destroyed more than 30 bunkers and caves during a search operation in an area between Darra Adamkhel and Orakzai Agency late on Saturday night.

According to officials of the tribal administration, the security forces carried out the day-long operation after getting a tip that militants had turned the region, known as Tora Cheena, into a sanctuary from where they carried out attacks on security forces.

And in Mohmand Agency, the security forces gunned down five suspected militants after fighting off an attack on a checkpost on Saturday.

In the search operation near Darra Adamkhel, the bunkers, caves and hideouts were demolished and a bomb disposal squad exploded the ammunition found there.

The sources said the militants moved between the Frontier Region of Kohat and Lower Orakzai from their camp in Tora Cheena and carried out terrorist activities.

The place was also used for training militants.

5 suspected militants gunned down in Mohmand Agency

The operation was conducted following the repatriation of over 15,000 displaced families to their homes in Orakzai Agency after eight years.

Fauzee Khan Mohmand adds from Ghalanai: At least five militants were killed as security personnel repulsed an attack on their post in Khwezai area of Mohmand Agency on Saturday night.

According to officials, militants attacked the Yaqobi post in the border area with heavy weapons.

Security personnel deployed at the post killed five attackers and injured several others. The other militants escaped.

SOLDIER KILLED: A soldier was killed and another injured after an improvised explosive device went off at Soran Darra, in Baizai area of Mohmand Agency.

According to security sources, personnel of the army’s bomb disposal squad were patrolling the area when the explosion killed Lance Naik Wazir Khan and injured Sepoy Khuram, who was airlifted to Peshawar.

Later security forces conducted a search operation in nearby areas, but made no arrests.

CURFEW: Owing to worsening law and order situation, authorities and security forces imposed a curfew in Dawezai and Sagai areas and banned motorcycle riding in the tribal region.

Announcements to this effect were made from mosques in various areas and bazaars.
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TTP claims responsibility for Singh’s murder
[DAWN] As the last rites of Sardar Soran Singh, a member of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
cabinet, were performed in Buner district on Saturday, the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) grabbed credit for the killing.

TTP front man Muhammad Khurrasani issued a statement, saying that Mr Singh was a high-level government functionary.

Mr Singh, an MPA of the 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) and special assistant to the chief minister for minorities, was bumped off near his home on Friday evening.

Buner district police chief Khalid Hamdani told Dawn that some suspects were tossed into the calaboose during search operations and significant progress had been made in the investigation.

The final rites were performed at a crematorium in the Pir Baba area where Mr Singh was killed.

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, KP Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar, ministers and people from all walks of life attended the last rites of Mr Singh in his ancestral village.

Mr Khattak visited the residence of Mr Singh where he offered his condolences to the bereaved family and elders of the Sikh community.

Talking to news hounds, he said Mr Singh’s killing was a great loss to his government, the PTI and the minority community of the province.

He said Mr Singh was a patriotic Pak and Pakhtun.

Replying to a question, the chief minister said police had credible clues that could help arrest the killers.

There are pockets of Sikh population in Buner, Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
and 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.
districts in KP and Khyber and Orakzai agencies in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

In Khyber, there were pockets of Sikh population in Bara and Tirah localities, but most of them have relocated to Peshawar and other areas after incidents of kidnapping for ransom.

Most of the Sikhs living in KP and Fata are bilingual and consider themselves Pakhtun.
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PTI office holder arrested in connection with minority MPA's murder
[DAWN] SWAT: Police has jugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
a 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) district councillor in connection with PTI politician Sardar Soran Singh's murder on Sunday.

The suspect, Baldev Kumar, was arrested from Barikot area of Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
district. He has been shifted to some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location for further interrogation, said police officials.

Two other suspects were arrested also arrested from Buner district.

It is pertinent to mention that Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) had grabbed credit for the liquidation.

Sardar Soran Singh, a special assistant to chief minister KP on minorities’ affairs and an MPA, was bumped off in a assassination near Pir Baba in Buner district on Friday.

Soran Singh belonged to the Sikh community and joined Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf in 2011 after being associated with Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
. He held one of several seats reserved for religious minorities in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
provincial assembly.

Three years ago, another PTI provincial politician Fareed Khan was rubbed out by unknown gunnies in Hangu.
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#1  "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown Barikot"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/25/2016 8:49 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Hundreds of Sunni Arabs joined ISIS ranks in Iraq’s Anbar
ERBIL – Iraqi Sunni tribes revealed a list with the names of hundreds of their own members who have joined the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, local sources reported on Sunday.

Over the past few days, local activists published online the names of hundreds of tribal members who pledged allegiance to ISIS in the provinces of Anbar, Nineveh and Salahuddin in mid-2014.

“The names were completely mentioned in the list along with the jihadi names appointed by the terror group for each recruit,” local media activist Jamal Salman told ARA News.

The source pointed out that the names of the recruits were dubbed as jihadis and leaders.

“Recruits’ missions were included in the documents beside their names,” he reported.

Speaking to ARA News, Suleiman Khader, an Iraqi citizen based in Ramadi city, said that ISIS left behind dozens of electronic devices, computers, files and confidential documents after its withdrawal from the city.

“Iraqi intelligence has received a copy of the listed names who will be definitely prosecuted and held accountable by authorities,” Khader said.

But Abu Hadi, another resident of Ramadi, told ARA News that this is likely a kind of propaganda aimed at attacking certain tribes in the province of Anbar.

“It may be plotted by some parties to retaliate for political or tribal rifts,” he argued.

The Iraqi army had declared the liberation of Ramadi from ISIS earlier in December. However, the militant group fought back and regained several districts across the city after renewed clashes with Iraqi army troops, where dozens of fighters were reported dead on both sides. The US-led coalition forces have played a major role for pushing the group back in the last few months.
Posted by: badanov || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [414 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Wow, so reformed
Much fedication

I want you and your saudi government to rot in eternal hell because you worship a child molester. It make me want the worst for all of you.

Happy family asking for the curse of the REAL LORD.

And you now have it.

I will make all of you desert sand urchins starve and die.
You heard it here first
Posted by: newc || 04/25/2016 3:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Yea, what did you expect? Iraq functioned because the Brits, clever bastards, set up a minority rule. And minority, no matter how violent, has to work out some sort of modus vivendi with majorities---unlike vice versa. Comes the great white father and transfers the rule to the Shia majority (one, incidentally, controlled by Iran). And the happily liberated Shia, start acting out that freedom means to them toward the Sunnis.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/25/2016 4:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Which is all together far more vile and violent than Catholics versus the Protestants.

No excuse.
Posted by: newc || 04/25/2016 5:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Fuck them all.
No chance of the Kingdom of Heaven for THAT
Posted by: newc || 04/25/2016 7:38 Comments || Top||

#5  Like g(r)om sed (sorta) - those that get screwed are gonna join with somebody against the screwers.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/25/2016 20:54 Comments || Top||


17 ISIS Bad Guys have a Very Bad Day in Mosul
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A security source in Nineveh province said Sunday, that 17 ISIS elements had been killed by an artillery shelling south of Mosul.

The source, who requested anonymity, said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The artillery [force] of the Iraqi army’s Fifteenth Division belonging to Nineveh Operations Command had shelled a convey for the ISIS in the village of al-Muhana in the district of Makhmour (80 km south of Mosul), resulting in the death of 17 [ISIS] elements.”

The source also added, “The shelling resulted in the complete destruction of the convey.”
Posted by: badanov || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  So the IA has - and knows how to use - artillery now? We really should get the Kurds comparably equipped and capable.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/25/2016 13:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Yep, in another few short months they will Elite again.
Posted by: Shipman || 04/25/2016 22:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Yep, in another few short months they will Elite again.

At which point, delighted with their new toys and skillset, they will descend back into tribalism and fall upon each other in the time-honored Arab tradition. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/25/2016 23:09 Comments || Top||


Iraqi Jailhouse Stories: 14 detained
(IraqiNews.com) Maysan Police chief, Brigadier General Nizar Mohi al-Saadi, announced on Sunday the arrest of 14 wanted individuals on various criminal charges in different areas of the province.

Saadi said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Maysan Police conducted a raid operation in different areas in the province, resulting in the arrest of 14 wanted individuals,” noting that, “The campaign was based on intelligence efforts as well as continuous follow-up of the implementation of judicial arrest warrants.”

Saadi added, “The detainees were involved in committing kidnaps, robberies, smuggling crimes,” adding that “They were transferred to a police station in order to take the necessary procedures against them.”
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Anbar Antics: 22 die

Iraqi forces liberate kop shop in Heet

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of al-Jazeera Operation General Ali Ibrahim Daboun announced on Sunday, that the security forces liberated Zakhekhah Police Station west of Heet and raised the Iraqi flag over its building.

Daboun said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today the security forces managed to liberate the police station in Zakhekhah village west of Heet near al-Dolab and raised the Iraqi flag over its building,” pointing out that, “7 ISIS terrorists were killed by an army’s strike in al-Dolab area.”

Daboun added, “The artillery of the army’s 7th brigade destroyed mortar detachment, ammunition cache and a motorcycle in Zakhekhah.”

Yesterday, official journalists with the Ministry of Defense announced starting the liberation operation of al-Dolab and Zakhekhah areas in Anbar Province from three axes.”

14 ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrike

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – Media officials with the Defense Ministry said on Sunday, that 14 ISIS members had been either killed or injured in an aerial bombing in the district of al-Rutba in western Anbar.

The officials said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The Iraqi F-16 warplanes, in coordination with the General Directorate of Intelligence and Security, conducted an aerial strike on a cache of weapons, gear and explosive materials in the district of al-Rutba, resulting in the death of 10 terrorists and wounding 4 others.”

The statement added, “The information indicates that the cache is the main repository used by the ISIS terrorist gangs.”

Iraqi airstrikes kills ISIS Top Dawg

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of al-Jazeera Operations Ali Ibrahim Daboun announced on Sunday, that the so-called ISIS Emir of al-Dolab area was killed in an air strike carried out by the Iraqi Army Aviation west of Ramadi.

Daboun said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The Iraqi Army Aviation backed by the army’s 7th brigade managed to kill ISIS Emir of al-Dolab area Azzam Kaseb Farhan west of Heet (70 km west of Ramadi), while trying to escape from the area.”

Daboun added, “The terrorist was killed in al-Jaberiya village on the other bank of the Euphrates River.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 2 die

2 civilians die in bomb attack

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Sunday, a police source revealed, that two civilians were wounded in a bomb blast in southern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, an improvised explosive device emplaced on the roadside in Abu Dsheir area in southern Baghdad exploded, wounding two civilians with different injuries.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “A security force cordoned off the explosion area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital to receive the needed treatment.”

1 dead in bomb attack on market

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Interior Ministry said on Sunday, that 10 people have been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast that took place in the district of al-Tarmiyah north of Baghdad.

The source, who asked to remain anonymous, said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, an explosive device went off near a popular market in the district of al-Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, resulting in the death of one person and wounding nine others.”

“A security force rushed to the area of the incident and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine authority,” the source added.
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Kurds, Iraqi militia battle it out in Salahuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – On Sunday, a security source in Tuz District revealed, that violent clashes have broken out between the members of al-Hashd al-Shaabi and Peshmerga forces in the district, while pointed out that these clashes cut the road between Baghdad and Kirkuk.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Armed clashes broke out between the members of al-Hashd al-Shaabi and Peshmerga forces due to a dispute between them, and resulted in a number of injuries,” pointing out that, “These clashes cut the road linking between Baghdad and Kirkuk.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “The citizens were banned from leaving their houses because of the explosions, gunshots and mortar shells.”

“We are exercising great efforts to rectify the situation and prevent the escalation of tension in the district,” the source continued.

Kurd brigade commander dies

(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – A security source in Tuz District revealed on Sunday, that the Deputy Commander of the Peshmerga’s 5th brigade was killed during the armed clashed that broke out in the district.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The armed clashes that broke out between the members of al-Hashd al-Shaabi and Peshmerga forces led to the killing of the Deputy Commander of the Peshmerga’s 5th brigade Colonel Azad Sairwan Shaklawi,” pointing out that, “Seven members of al-Hashd al-Shaabi were wounded during the clashes.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “The military troops and tanks are besieging a number of residential neighborhoods in the district,” indicating that, “The snipers were positioned above the buildings.”

Iraqi militia destroys 2 Kurd armor vehicles


(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – An informed source announced on Sunday the killing of the commander of the Kurdish force that stormed Tuz District, while pointed out that al-Hashd al-Turkmani destructed two tanks belonging to the Peshmerga forces.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The forces from al-Hashd al-Turkmani targeted two tanks belonging to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Tuz District, and burned the two tanks completely,” pointing out that, “The commander of the Kurdish force that stormed Tuz Khurmatu was killed during the clashes.”

The statement added, “Military reinforcements from al-Hashd al-Shaabi arrived in the logistic support camp in Berawgla to protect it from any possible attack.”

Aaand it's over

(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – On Sunday, Head of Salahuddin Provincial Council Ahmed Karim announced, that an agreement had been reached to order ceasefire in Tuz Khurmatu District.

Karim said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The two parties agreed to [declare] ceasefire.”

Earlier today, Head of Salahuddin Provincial Council Ahmed Karim and the Police Chief General Damen al-Jubouri arrived in Tuz Khurmatu to defuse the situation in the district.
An Nahar adds:
Clashes between Iraqi Kurds, Turkmen Kill Nine

Kurdish peshmerga forces and Turkmen Shiite paramilitaries were Sunday engaged in clashes that have killed nine people in a flashpoint town and closed the highway to Baghdad, officials said.

Tuz Khurmatu, part of a swathe of territory claimed by both Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region and Baghdad, has been divided between Turkmen and Kurds since fighting erupted between the two sides last year.

A peshmerga brigadier general and another fighter and two members of Turkmen forces were among the nine people killed, said Shallal Abdul Baban, the Kurdish official responsible for the area.

A colonel in the Tuz Khurmatu police gave the same toll, and said that the highway to Baghdad was closed by forces involved in the fighting.

The clashes between the peshmerga and the Turkmen, who belong to a militia umbrella organisation known as the Hashed al-Shaabi, began around midnight and continued into Sunday, officials said.

Karim Shukur, an official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party, said the trouble began when a member of the Hashed al-Shaabi threw a grenade at one of its headquarters in Tuz Khurmatu, wounding peshmerga fighters.

The Hashed al-Shaabi meanwhile blamed the Kurds for the unrest, saying in a statement that the clashes started after Kurdish forces targeted one of their headquarters in the town.

Both the peshmerga and the Turkmen fighters are battling the Islamic State jihadist group, which overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014.

But Kurdish forces and the Hashed al-Shaabi are vying for influence in some areas, a contest that has led to violence in Tuz Khurmatu.

The fighting last November began as a dispute at a checkpoint that escalated into clashes inside Tuz Khurmatu. Dozens of homes were burned, and the town has been split between Kurdish and Turkmen areas, with neighbourhood minority residents moving back across the ethnic divide.

Baghdad turned to the Hashed al-Shaabi, which is dominated by Iran-backed Shiite militias, to help stem the jihadists' 2014 advance and later push them back.

Kurdish forces also battled the jihadists in the north, but have largely fought independently of federal troops.
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Abu Sayyaf may behead hostages today
[Telegraph] Two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipina held hostage for seven months in the southern Philippines could be beheaded on Monday by the Abu Sayyaf. The rebel group, which pledged allegiance first to al-Qaeda and now Daesh, has set a deadline of 3 p.m. for ransoms of £4.5 million to be paid for the three Westerners.

In videos, the three haggard-looking men plead with their families and governments to pay the money. One captor presses a machete to their necks, while other armed men stand behind them carrying assault weapons and the distinctive black flag of Daesh. One of the hostages, John Risdel, a Philippine-based Canadian businessman, said this was the "final absolute warning" from their captors.

Abu Sayyaf splinter groups have also seized 18 Indonesian and Malaysian sailors in raids on coal tugboats in the past month, as they intensify their attacks in some of the busiest waterways on earth. The surge in piracy prompted Indonesia's security chief to warn that the trading route could "become a new Somalia".
Posted by: ryuge || 04/25/2016 04:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [368 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf

#1  Bad signs coming out.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/25/2016 21:47 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
al-Nusra troops hammer Hama with mortars
HAMA – Islamist fighters of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front on Sunday bombed a Christian town in Syria’s central province of Hama, killing and wounding a number of civilians.

Local sources reported the death of at least four civilians and the injury of nine others in the town of Sqelbiya in Hama province.

“Nusra fighters, backed by rebels of the Ahrar al-Sham, shelled Sqelbiya with at least 14 mortars on Sunday,” media activist Abboud Sarkis told ARA News in the embattled town.

“The offensive targeted residential neighborhoods in Sqelbiya, causing the death and injury of more than fifteen civilians,” the source reported.

“Also, the bombardment has caused mass destruction in residential buildings, and rescue teams are still looking for victims under the rubble,” Sarkis added.

Sqelbiya town, where Christians constitute a majority, is under the control of the Syrian regime forces. The town has earlier been exposed to several attacks by Islamist factions that have been struggling to take over the strategic town for months.
Posted by: badanov || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


14 dead in regime, rebel attacks in Aleppo
Rebel and regime bombardment in Syria's Aleppo on April 24 killed at least 14 civilians, emergency workers and a monitor said, on the third day of renewed violence in the battered city.

Rebel rocket fire on government-held parts of the northern city killed six civilians, including a woman and two children, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

And a barrage of government air strikes that began around midday on April 24 left at least eight civilians dead. The strikes killed five people in a fruit and vegetable market in the neighbourhood of Sakhur, said a member of Aleppo's civil defence.

Regime aerial bombardment left two civilians dead in the district of Shaar and another in Bab al-Nayrab, the source added.

A coalition of rebel groups in Aleppo province on April 23 evening said if the regime did not halt its attacks, "we will fully disengage from the truce". The online statement, published in Arabic, said the international community had 24 hours to put pressure on Damascus before rebels would respond to the regime's "aggression".
Posted by: Steve White || 04/25/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Terror Networks
US, allies stage 28 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria
[Ynet] The United States and its allies conducted 28 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 Syria on Saturday, the coalition leading the operations said.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Combined Joint Task Force said four strikes near two cities in Syria hit three tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, an anti-air artillery system and a vehicle borne improvised bomb.

In Iraq, 24 strikes near 11 cities hit a weapons facility, a headquarters and a modular facility and destroyed trench systems, supply caches, assembly areas and a generator, among other targets, the statement said.
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