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ISIS Big Wig dies in US airstrike
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2016 10:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [736 views] Top|| File under:


Afghanistan
Taliban commander involved in major terrorist attacks arrested in Wardak
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A Taliban capo who was involved in major terrorist attacks has been jugged
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
by the Afghan intelligence operatives in central Maidan Wardak province.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) said Qari Syedullah who was also famous as Worekhmin was arrested during an operation of the intelligence operatives.
He really does look like he was beaten with the ugly stick...
A bath, a haircut, a shave, a nice suit, he'd still be ugly.
A statement by NDS said the operation was conducted in Sheikhabad village of Syedabad district.

According to NDS, Syedullah was involved in numerous terrorist attacks, including bombings, ambushes on 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....
-Kandahar highway, armed attack on convoys carrying logistics for security forces.

The statement by NDS further added that the intelligence operatives also confiscated a 82mm rocket launcher, 1 Dshk heavy machine gun, 1 Ak-47 rifle with 4 magazines and one communication device set.

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

Wardak is among the relatively volatile provinces in central Afghanistan where anti-government armed bad boy groups are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

The key Kabul-Kandahar highway goes through Maidan Wardak province linking capital Kabul with the southern and and southeastern provinces of the country, including Ghazni and Kandahar provinces.
Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Major Stanley Robbins to the Rantburg Courtesy phone!
Posted by: Shipman || 05/07/2016 5:56 Comments || Top||


60 released from Taliban prison in Helmand during Afghan commandos night raid
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Special Operation Forces of the Afghan National Army (ANA) conducted a night raid in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province targeting a prison run by the Taliban krazed killers.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the raid was conducted on Thursday night in the restive Nawzad district.

A statement by MoD said at least 60 people kept in the prison were released during the operation, leaving at least 2 faceless myrmidons dead and 3 others maimed.

The statement further added that 10 cycle of violences belonging to the gunnies were also destroyed during the operation and large amount of explosive were confiscated.

MoD did not disclose further information regarding the casualties of the Afghan forces during the raid, saying further information regarding the operation will be released later.

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

The Afghan Special Operations Forces have stepped up night raids targeting the Taliban gunnies in the restive provinces recently as experts believe the operations have yielded positive results in curbing the insurgency activities of the murderous Moslems.
Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Puntland Security Minister wounded in Bossaso gunfire
GAROWE, Somalia-Puntland Security Minister Abdi Hirsi Ali (Qarjab) has sustained gunshot wounds to his leg after being caught in a cross fire of a shootout in Bossaso port city on Thursday, Garowe Online reports.
This is why a lot of foreign officials have Western companies provide their security details...
Bari regional Police Commander Abdihakin Yusuf noted that several people were wounded in “exchange of fire” by bodyguards of Puntland Police Chief Abdirizak Mohamud Yusufand the commander of paramilitary Birmadka forces Colonel Afdalow.
Mustache cursing?
Qarjab is said to be in a good condition, with reports indicating that he could be airlifted for further treatment.

“May Allah make it easier, a shot penetrated into his thigh. His health condition is getting better for now,” said Yusuf. ”A Deputy Commander [Ali Iman] shot in the kidneys is now in critical condition, there were also other security officers who are recuperating gradually following surgical treatments.”

The soldiers fired at each other, wounding six people including the Security Minister who toured Birmadka forces base for authorized government inspection.

“Paramilitary Birmadka forces commander arrived at the scenewhere the counting regarding actual number of soldiers was underway, and he subsequently traded punches with the Police Chief. [Qarjab was injured] by ensuing shots fired by bodyguards of the two commanders,” a security official said under customary condition of anonymity.

Sources say, the gunfire exchange was likely triggered by an order that could have stripped Colonel Afdalow of post.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
More than 30 killed in intercommunal clashes in Mali
[AA.TR] More than 30 people have been killed in an ongoing intercommunal conflict between the Fulani and Bambara communities in Mali’s central Mopti region, a civil society leader said.

Oumar Aldjana, representative for Mali’s Union of Fulani, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday that 33 Fulani civilians have been killed in the conflict so far. He also said festivities were still ongoing.

According to Aldjana, the conflict started after a Bambara local administrative official was killed by a Fulani in the West African nation, population 14.5 million.

In retaliation, relatives of the victim attacked the family of the perpetrators, Aldjana said, urging Malian authorities to take action immediately.

The United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) told a presser that "several" had died in the festivities, without giving exact numbers.

MINUSMA also said that it has commissioned a team of human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
and civil affairs experts "to get to the scene of the festivities for the purposes of gathering facts and investigation".

Mali’s ministers of solidarity and humanitarian action and national reconciliation are already on the scene, they said.

"The initiative of senior Malian officials aims to calm tensions, support the families of victims, and address the facts," Aldjana added.

Tensions between the two communities are common in Mali, but the violence had escalated due to the recent terrorist threat.

These confrontations are often the result of conflicting claims of land; the Fulani are pastoralist trading people, while the Bambara are farmers.
Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under:


Tunisia breaks up two Qaeda-linked cells
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Tunisian forces have dismantled two al-Qaeda-linked cells that had been planning to carry out attacks against shopping malls and political parties, the interior ministry said Thursday.

Nine people were placed in durance vile
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
during the operation against the cells that had pledged allegiance to the Okba Ibn Nafaa Battalion, a group linked to al-Qaeda.

The operation took place on an unspecified date in the Kef region, which borders Algeria.

Explosives were seized from one of the cells that had been preparing to attack shopping centres, military and security installations, and politicians or parties, said the ministry.

The second cell of five members had procured financial assistance and sent provisions to a "group of terrorists" holed up in the same mountainous area, it said in a statement.

Tunisia, the cradle of the Arab Spring uprisings, has been plagued by Islamist violence since the 2011 overthrow of longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

In March 2015, jihadist gunnies killed 21 tourists and a policeman at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis.

And in June, 30 Britons were among 38 foreign holidaymakers killed in a gun and grenade attack on a beach resort near the Tunisian city of Sousse.
Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Libya militia scramble to halt ISIS advance
Commanders in Libya's third city Misrata rushed militiamen to a key crossroads on Friday after it was overrun by ISIS in an assault in which a suicide bomber killed two police.

The Abu Grein crossroads lies 120 kilometres south of Misrata where the highway along Libya's Mediterranean coast meets the main road south into the desert interior. It was captured by ISIS on Thursday in an advance from their stronghold in the city of Sirte 140 kilometres to the east.

The head of the Misrata military council, Colonel Ibrahim Bel-Rajab, said he had ordered all brigades under his command to head to Abu Grein without delay, Libya's LANA news agency reported.

"Numerous armed vehicles of IS have been spotted in this area," he said.

Misrata's two main television channels broadcast appeals to militiamen on leave to return to their barracks.

In a statement, ISIS said a Tunisian fighter had blown up a vehicle at the crossroads allowing other fighters to advance and take control of it and five other villages in the area, the SITE Intelligence Group reported.

ISIS captured Sirte in June last year and has since transformed it into a training camp for Libyan and foreign militants. With its port and airport, there are fears the militants could use the city as a staging post for attacks on European soil.

Western powers including the United States, Britain and France have openly considered international military intervention in Libya against ISIS.
We're pondering. And pondering. And pondering...
Experts have said that any future foreign strikes could target Sirte as well as the region around it.
We might drop as many as a dozen bombs around the place...
The militants group is estimated to have around 5,000 fighters in Libya, and is trying to attract hundreds more.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Arabia
US forces back on ground in Yemen: official
[AA.TR] The U.S. has recently deployed troops to Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
to help United Arab Emirates forces drive al-Qaeda out of the port city of Mukalla, the Pentagon said Friday.

"We have seen over a period of many months a troubling growth of AQAP [al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
] in Yemen," front man Capt. Jeff Davis said, adding that the U.S. sent a "small number of people" to help the United Arab Emirates [UAE] efforts to rout the bully boy group from the Hadhramut coastal region in the south, located 480 kilometers (300 miles) east of Aden.

Davis declined to give a number of troops but said they are providing "intelligence support," and "assistance with operational planning."

It has been less than two weeks that the troops have been in Yemen, he added.

He underscored that the operation in Makalla is led by Yemeni forces, backed by gulf partners, particularly the UAE.

Apart from troops on the ground, the U.S. is also providing Emirati forces with "airborne Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), maritime interdictions, security operations, medical support and aerial refueling," Davis said.

The U.S. withdrew the remaining 1,000 Special Forces from Yemen amid security concerns following a Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
uprising last year.

Responding to a question about whether the Pentagon has ensured the security of the forces on the ground against the Houthis, Davis said that they are far away from the areas where Houthis are fighting.

According to the front man, the U.S. also has one amphibious ship and two destroyers off the Makalla coast as well as several aircraft, including ISR and drones.
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Saudi policeman shot dead in Makkah raid
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Saudi police officer has been rubbed out in the Makkah region, the interior ministry said on Friday, after four suspected Lions of Islam died during a raid in the same area.

Corporal Khalaf al-Harithi was on duty at a station in the western region on Thursday evening when he was hit by gunfire from an unknown source, the ministry said in a statement.

An investigation is under way into the incident.

It occurred several hours after officers rubbed out two "terrorists" during an exchange of fire at their hideout between the holy city of Makkah and the mountain resort of Taif, about 80 kilometres to the east, according to the ministry.

Two other suspects killed themselves by detonating suicide belts, it said.

A simultaneous raid occurred on a hideout in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, where two people were tossed in the clink
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
.
Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Al-Qaeda pulls out of two southern cities in Yemen
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Al-Qaeda turbans began to pull out of two southern Yemeni town on Thursday, residents said, following weeks of mediation by rustics for them to exit peacefully rather than resist a Gulf-backed offensive.

Dozens of fighters in Zinjibar and Jaar, the two largest towns in southwestern 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...
province, were seen leaving with their weapons to the surrounding countryside.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
, widely considered the most dangerous branch of the global bad boy group, took advantage of over a year of war in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
to seize towns along a 600-km (370-mile) stretch of Arabian Sea coastline.

But Yemeni troops backed by a Saudi-led military coalition pushed the group out of its main base in the port city of Mukalla late last month, depriving them of the estimated $2 million a day in revenue from port taxes and fuel smuggling.

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...
and its Gulf Arab allies intervened in the civil war in Yemen on March 26 last year in support of Yemen's government after it was pushed into exile by the Iran-allied Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militias.

The war has killed more than 6,200 people, displaced more than 2.5 million and caused a humanitarian catastrophe in one of the world's poorest countries.

Coalition bombing had mostly ignored the steady rise of AQAP until forces funded and trained by the United Arab Emirates launched a surprise attack to win Mukalla last month.

But an armed push toward Qaeda-held towns in Abyan and neighboring restive Lahj
... a Yemeni governate located in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It is the stomping grounds on the southern secessionist al-Harak movement
province proved more difficult, and turbans launched repeated suicide kabooms against Yemeni forces.
Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


India-Pakistan
Local ASWJ leader arrested
[DAWN] TAXILA: A local leader of the banned Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat
...which is the false nose and plastic mustache of the murderous banned extremist group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain, whatcha might call the political wing of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi...
(ASWJ) was tossed in the slammer
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
by law enforcement officials during a raid in a mosque in the Mohallah Manzoorabad.

Police sources said law enforcement officials picked up Mufti Haider Ali Haideri from the mosque and shifted him to some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location.

The arrest is believed to be a development related to an earlier incident in which two men and a woman belonging to a banned sectarian outfit and a law enforcement official were killed in a clash in the Pind Ghakhara village.

The suspect was previously an office bearer in a banned sectarian organization, and in addition to being a local ASWJ leader was also a founder of the socio-political Rah-e-Haq party.

The central president of the ASWJ, Aurangzeb Farooqi, was also arrested in Taxila in June last year.
Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan


Iraq
Iraqi Jailhouse Stories: 3 detained
[ARA News] DUHOK – Subsequent to a strategic security operation in the western city of Ramadi, Iraqi police forces were able to arrest three jihadi leaders from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS), Iraqi police command announced in an official statement on Friday.

The arrestees were identified as Abu Musa al-Assafi, the ISIS official in charge of allegiance affairs, Abdul Wahab Namrawi, a booby-trapping official in the district of Hit, and Abu Muthana Hayani, an official of the so-called Divan of Muslims’ affairs in the state of Anbar, according to the police leadership.

This comes as ISIS suffers a remarkable decline in its manpower and equipment inside Falluja, the largest city in the Anbar province, western Iraq, especially after the intensified military operations waged by Iraqi joint forces and the US-led coalition forces over the las few weeks.

In the meantime, ISIS began cracking down on the people of Fallujah through the closure of the old and new bridges of the city, and prevented them from passing in order to flee the war-torn region, according to local sources.

In another development, official sources in the Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan region of Iraq confirmed they received on Friday dozens of displaced civilians who have fled the district of Hawija [30 miles south of Kirkuk] due to the continued military operations between ISIS and the Iraqi forces.

Speaking to ARA News in the Dibis district, Kurdish official Mihyar Yawir said that the Peshmerga in the Dibis district northwestern Kirkuk Governorate, have provided the displaced from Hawija with necessary support and assistance.

In this regard, the Peshmerga official Lt. Izzedin Wanki told ARA News: “The Peshmerga forces receive civilians fleeing from ISIS-held areas on a daily basis, especially in the fighting fronts of Kirkuk province.”

“These people [displaced], who are mostly from the Arab component, reach to the Peshmerga-controlled areas after having endured difficult circumstances,” Wanki said.

“They were walking for long distances and for many hours at night, so as not to be seen by ISIS terrorists,” Wanki said, pointing out the Peshmerga forces have been providing them with necessary assistance since the first day they arrived to the Kurdish region.

The Kurdish official confirmed that they check the names and identities of those displaced people, fearing the infiltration of any ISIS jihadis into the Kurdistan Region.

A number of key districts south of Kirkuk province, in northern Iraq, including az-Zab, Abbasi, Riyadh, al-Rashad and Hawija are still under the control of the hardline group, using them as centers for launching their attacks on Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army in the region.
Posted by: badanov || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


ISIS Big Wig dies in US airstrike
[ARA News] ERBIL – U.S. fighter jets hit several strongholds for the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the vicinity of Mosul city in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, killing a prominent jihadi official, informed local sources reported on Friday.

Local activists confirmed that at least one prominent leader was killed along with several escorts in Friday’s attack.

Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, media activist Muhammad Allo said that the so-called ISIS governor of Hawija, Abu Anwar, was killed on Friday in an airstrike conducted by the US-led coalition forces near Jawana bridge in the vicinity of Qayyarah subdistrict [in southern Nineveh Governorate on the west bank of Tigris river].

The source explained that Abu Anwar, who holds the Iraqi citizenship, was from the people of Baiji city [130 miles north of Baghdad].

In another development, head of the Nineveh media center Raafat al-Zarari confirmed that the city of Mosul is suffering a long-term blockade imposed by the US-led coalition forces which target ISIS’s headquarters, shipment trucks, and supply lines on a daily basis.

Al-Zarari reported that ISIS has been transporting food by boats to the civilians [mostly ISIS supporters] stranded in the village of Kabruk south of Mosul since the Qayyarah Bridge had been destroyed by the US-led coalition forces a few weeks earlier.

On Saturday, Jassim Salim al-Matyouti, ISIS governor of al-Jazeera area, and Ahmed Ghanem al-Hadidi, Emir of the so-called ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’, were killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition forces on the group’s strongholds in the city of Mosul, according to local sources.

Al-Zarari told ARA News on Saturday that the US-led warplanes targeted the main headquarters of the ‘Bank of Mosul’ in the western part of the city, killing a number of jihadis.

“At least four ISIS jihadis were killed and around US $1,000,000 was burned in the bombing of the bank,” he reported, pointing out “the strike also caused a considerable material damage to the nearby buildings, shops, and parked cars.”

The city of Mosul was controlled by ISIS in June 2014. The presence of a social incubator of Sunni tribes – who had been strained by the former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s policy– has facilitated the radical group’s control over the city, according to military experts.
Posted by: badanov || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [554 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


1 dead in bombing at Abu Graib
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi police said on Friday, that nine people had been either killed or injured in a bomb blast west of Baghdad.

The source said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today, an explosive device exploded near a number of shops in the district of Abu Ghraib west of Baghdad, resulting in the death of one person and wounding nine others,” pointing out that, “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.”
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20 ISIS Bad Guys die in Mosul airstrike
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A source in Nineveh Operations Command said on Friday, that 20 ISIS elements had been killed in an aerial bombing by the international coalition south of Mosul.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation conducted an aerial strike on a gathering for ISIS elements in the the village of al-Ju’wana in the district of Makhmour (80 km south of Mosul), resulting in the death of 20 ISIS elements,” adding that, “The aerial bombing resulted also in the destruction of a cache of gear and weaponry.”
Posted by: badanov || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Turkish warbirds bomb Kurd commies
(IraqiNews.com) An informed military source stated on Friday, that Turkish warplanes attacked sites for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) north of Iraq.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Earlier today, Turkish warplanes attacked and destroyed targets for the PKK [militants] north of Iraq,” adding that, “The air raids destructed shelters and defensive positions belonging to the PKK militants.”
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Ex-ISIS Iraq territory reveals mass graves
More than 50 mass graves have been discovered in territory formerly controlled by ISIS fighters in Iraq, including three burial pits in a football field, the UN envoy said Friday.

Jan Kubis told the Security Council that evidence of the “heinous crimes” committed by the militants in Iraq were being uncovered as territory is retaken from ISIS.

“More than 50 mass graves have been discovered so far in several areas of Iraq,” he said.

Iraqi forces, with backing from the US-led coalition that carries out daily air strikes against ISIS, have retaken significant ground from the militants in recent months.

In the city of Ramadi, three graves containing a total of up to 40 sets of remains were found in a football field on April 19, said Kubis. Ramadi was declared liberated when Iraqi forces seized the main government compound back from ISIS late last year, but the city was completely retaken only in February.

The envoy said the humanitarian crisis was worsening in Iraq, with nearly a third of the population, or over 10 million people, now requiring urgent aid - double the number from last year. He projected that a further two million people could be displaced by the end of the year by new military campaigns aimed at driving out ISIS.

Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched an offensive in March in the province of Nineveh, of which ISIS-controlled Mosul is the capital. The militants have held Mosul since June 2014.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Economy of scale
Posted by: Frank G || 05/07/2016 10:20 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Fresh Israeli strikes against Hamas in Gaza
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Israeli aircraft hit a Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, facility in the southern Gazoo Strip on Friday morning in response to cross-border mortar fire, the army said.

"In response to the ongoing attacks against Israeli forces, Israel Air Force aircraft targeted a Hamas terror infrastructure," an army statement said.

It was the fourth air raid on Gazoo since Wednesday, when direct festivities between Hamas and Israeli forces broke out for the first time since 2014.
Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Mortar attacks from Hama-stan fail to hit anything
A projectile fired from Gaza fell in an uninhabited area of the Eshkol region, the IDF said.No injuries or damage were initially reported.

On Thursday, at least six mortar shells were launched at IDF positions near the Gaza border, according to statements released by the military. No injuries or damage were reported in the two separate incidents.

The IDF reported that soldiers stationed in the area came under mortar fire and returned fire on a Palestinian position shortly thereafter.

Arab media claimed that the Palestinian mortar attacks were fired near a terror tunnel that was discovered earlier Thursday.

After initially replying with tank fire, the Israeli Air Force attacked four targets in retaliation to the second round of mortar fire, which came a number of hours after the first barrage. The airstrikes targeted "terrorist networks belonging to the terrorist organization Hamas in southern Gaza Strip," a statement from the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said.

The statement said the IDF will continue to act "with determination, and do whatever it takes to destroy Hamas's tunnels encroaching on Israeli territory."

The last time a siren sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council was on April 28. After an investigation was conducted by the military, The IDF stated that no rockets were known to have fallen in Israeli territory.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [178 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  I recommend a prolonged disproportionate response... just because
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ISIS executes 5 in Deir ez-Zor
[ARA News] QAMISHLI – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Friday executed a number of Iraqi civilians in the city of Abu Kamal in Syria’s eastern province of Deir ez-Zor on charges of apostasy, local sources reported.

Local activists confirmed that ISIS executed five men in Abu Kamal city on charges of apostasy and violation of ISIS regulations.

Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, media activist Khidir al-Faris said that ISIS militants have brought five people from the Iraqi city of al-Qaim, and executed them publically in the city of Abu Kamal in the eastern suburbs of Deri ez-Zor province on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

“They were executed on charges of apostasy and disobeying the group’s rules in the region,” the source reported.

The victims were arrested by ISIS-led Hisba police earlier this week. They were then referred to the Sharia Court which convicted them of apostasy and ordered their execution, according to local activists.

According to activists, the victims were not identified; they were only known as Iraqi nationals.

Al-Faris pointed out that ISIS has taken the city of Abu Kamal as a center for the field executions carried out against opponents from the people of Deir ez-Zor province and the ISIS-controlled areas inside Iraqi territory.
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ISIS top kop dies in bombing in Aleppo
[ARA News] ERBIL – A senior jihadi from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) was reportedly killed along with several militants in an explosion that hit one of the group’s headquarters in Manbij city in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, local sources reported on Friday.

Local activists confirmed that at least 20 jihadis were killed in the explosion.

Speaking to ARA News in Manbij, media activist Nasser Taljbini said that a huge explosion hit an ISIS stronghold near the mosque of al-Ala’ee in central Manbij [30 km west of the Euphrates river].

At least 20 ISIS jihadis were killed, including the Emir of Hisba police in Manbij, Abu al-Walid al-Halabi, according to the source.

“The targeted building was entirely destroyed,” he said.

Taljbini pointed out that the destroyed building was used by ISIS for manufacturing improvised explosive devices, as well as being a center for the group’s Hisba police forces.

“The explosion was likely caused by an error during the manufacturing of one of the devices,” he quoted an ISIS source as saying.

ISIS depends heavily on booby-trapped vehicles and roadside bombs in its military operations, and in most cases it moves the explosives from one region to another in the areas under its control in accordance with its needs, according to eyewitnesses.

Earlier this week, the US-led coalition forces intensified their airstrikes on positions of ISIS, hitting the group’s main arms storehouse in the city of Azaz in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, according to local sources.

The coalition’s airstrikes have also recently killed dozens of prominent ISIS jihadis across Syria besides hitting tactical units, Sharia courts and oil fields held by ISIS. With the death toll increasing in its ranks, the hardline group currently suffers shortage of manpower and financial resources.
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Syria denies targeting camps, UN condemns ‘murderous attacks’
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Syrian military denied it had conducted air strikes on camps near the Turkish border on Thursday which killed at least 28 people, but the UN human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
chief said initial reports suggested a government plane was responsible.

The corpse count from attack on the camp for internally displaced people near the town of Sarmada included women and kiddies, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, and could rise further because many people were seriously maimed.

"There is no truth to reports... about the Syrian air force targeting a camp for the displaced in the Idlib countryside", the Syrian military said in a statement on Friday carried by state media.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al Hussein said the attacks were almost certainly a deliberate war crime.

"Given these tent settlements have been in these locations for several weeks, and can be clearly viewed from the air, it is extremely unlikely that these murderous attacks were an accident," Zeid said in a statement.

"My staff, along with other organizations, will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to research and record evidence of what appears to be a particularly despicable and calculated crime against an extremely vulnerable group of people," he said.

"Initial reports suggest the attacks were carried out by Syrian Government aircraft, but this remains to be verified."

Footage shared on social media showed rescue workers putting out fires which still burned among charred tent frames, pitched in a muddy field. White smoke billowed from smoldering ashes, and a burned and bloodied torso could be seen.

Sarmada lies about 30 km (20 miles) west of Aleppo, where a cessation of hostilities brokered by Russia and the United States had brought a measure of relief on Thursday.

Zeid said most of the people in the camps had been forced to flee their homes in Aleppo in February because of sustained aerial attacks there.

He said he was also alarmed about the situation in Syria’s Hama central prison, where detainees had taken control of a section of the prison and were holding some guards hostage.

"Heavily armed security forces are surrounding the prison and we fear that a possibly lethal assault is imminent. Hundreds of lives are at stake, and I call on the authorities to resort to mediation, or other alternatives to force," Zeid said.

He urged governments on the UN Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court
... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ...
so that there is "a clear path to punishment for those who commit crimes like these".
Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  it is extremely unlikely that these murderous attacks were an accident," Zeid said

Indeed. Doing it for practice or 'just because', sounds a bit random. But if you had intelligence about who you where bombing, then it becomes a sort of low-rent drone zap. Just thinking out loud.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/07/2016 12:02 Comments || Top||


Rebels reportedly seize village near Aleppo, Syrian army denies
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Rebels seized a village from government forces near Aleppo overnight, a monitoring group and rebel sources said on Friday, gaining important ground near the Syrian city where the United States and Russia are trying to de-escalate the war.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 73 people had been killed in the battle for Khan Touman, some 15 km (9 miles) southwest of Aleppo in a location near the Damascus-Aleppo highway. While multiple rebel sources said it had been captured, a Syrian army source denied Khan Touman had fallen.

The attack was launched by an alliance of faceless myrmidons known as Jaish al-Fatah, including the Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, which has rejected diplomatic efforts to halt the war and promote peace talks.

The United States and Russia this week brokered a ceasefire in the city of Aleppo itself, where some 300 people have been killed in the last two weeks in government - and rebel-held areas as a result of air strikes and shelling.

"Throughout the night the battles were very intense," said Abu al-Baraa al-Hamawi, a fighter from the Ajnad al-Sham group, one of the factions taking part in the attack. "Areas south of Khan Touman have been liberated," he told Rooters.

The Observatory said 43 of the dead were rebels and 30 were government forces.

Groups fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
, which have mostly supported diplomatic efforts in Syria, were not taking part in the attack, a fighter from one Aleppo-based FSA group told Rooters.
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ISIS militants seize gas field in eastern Syria
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] ISIS snuffies on Thursday captured the main Shaer gas field in eastern Syria in the first gain for the ultra hardline fighters in the Palmyra desert area since they lost the ancient city in March, rebel sources and a monitor said.

Amaq, a news agency affiliated to the holy warriors, said they had taken over the gas field area and its facility where Syrian troops were stationed and killed at least 30 soldiers and gained large caches of heavy weapons including tanks and missiles.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the snuffies seizure of the gas field area that lies roughly 150 km northwest of Palmyra after a three-day assault. The snuffies were able to seize the area despite heavy aerial bombing to push them back, it said.

The snuffies had captured the gas field and nearby gas facilities in Homs province on several occasions but had lost it late in 2014 although they continued to attack government forces stationed in the area.
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Rebels reportedly seize village near Aleppo
Snip. Duplicate.
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