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Good morning
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#1  He has his eyes on the instrument panel - interesting.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/15/2016 13:05 Comments || Top||

#2  yeah, but this was the 4th take....
Posted by: Vortigern Theger3401 || 05/15/2016 13:18 Comments || Top||

#3  A thigh man.
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#4  Control yoke: Check. Raised canopy that closes vertically: Check. P-38 in the background: Check. Possibility that she's sitting in a P-38: Pretty Good. Why could't it have been me instead of her???????
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Afghanistan
4 killed, over 10 wounded in Helmand suicide attack
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An kaboom rocked southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan after a jacket wallah detonated his explosives near a police training center.

Provincial governor’s front man Omar Zwak confirmed that the incident took place at 9:00 am in Nad-e-Ali district.

In the meantime, a security official confirmed that 4 people were killed and over 10 others were maimed in the attack.

The provincial public health officials have said at least 10 maimed individuals have been taken to the hospital so far.

The Taliban group grabbed credit behind the incident and said the attack was carried out by a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED).

Posted by: Fred || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [155 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


15 militants killed, 20 wounded in Kandahar and Ghor airstrikes
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 15 turbans were killed and 20 others were maimed in two separate Arclight airstrikes in southern Kandahar and western Ghor province.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Arclight airstrike in Ghor province was carried out in Pasaband district, leaving at least 7 turbans dead and 5 others maimed.

MoD further added that 8 turbans were killed and 15 others were maimed during the air raid in Arghandab district of Kandahar.

The anti-government armed bully boy groups including the Taliban bandidos myrmidons have not commented regarding the reports so far.

The Afghan cops have stepped up counter-terrorism operations as the terror groups attempt to increase insurgency activities by launching their spring offensive.

The Afghan forces have started the new fighting season with increased capabilities, specifically with improved air power by receiving more equipment and aircraft from allies.

The Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucano pilots have alone flown more than 260 sorties since January when they received the first batch of the light attack aircraft from the United States.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy was furiously chewing her cud and thinking...
the Afghan defense officials said last month that the Afghan Air Force carried out the most missions in mid-April by flying 83 missions over a period of 24 hours.

Posted by: Fred || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Surging violence claims lives of 7 soldiers, 30 militants in past 24 hours
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 30 snuffies and 7 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces bit the dust in the latest wave of violence across the country.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 30 snuffies were also maimed and 3 others were jugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
during the operations in the past 24 hours.

A statement by MoD said the snuffies were killed in Kandahar, Ghor, Laghman, 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..
, Maidan Wardak, Khost, and Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
provinces.

MoD in its statement further added that the operations were supported by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) and artillery units of the Afghan army.

A commander of the snuffies identified as Fazal Rabi was also among those killed during the operations, MoD added.

According to MoD, at least 7 soldiers were also martyred in the past 24 hours as they were suppressing the anti-government armed krazed killers.

"The Afghan National Army (ANA) forces are prepared for all kinds of devotion and with all force to maintain security and comfort for the people of Afghanistan," a statement by MoD said, adding that 7 Afghan soldiers were martyred during counter-terrorism operations against the internal and foreign terrorists.

There has been a sharp rise in the casualties of the Afghan national security forces since they took full control of the security responsibilities from the coalition forces at the start of last year.

According to the earlier estimates by security officials, the Afghan army deaths stood at 4 service members daily on average which is mainly caused due to improvised bomb (IED) attacks.

Posted by: Fred || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
ISIS cell in Tripoli dismantled
The Rada Special Deterrence Force (SDF), commanded by Abdel Rauf Kara, reported yesterday that it has successfully broken up and arrested an entire Tripoli-based IS cell.

Rada reported that the operation followed a period of surveillance and intelligence gathering in the Bu Sleem area of Tripoli. One of the cell’s main members, Rada spokesman Ahmed Ben Salem said, was a Tunisian national who was an expert in explosives. They confessed that they were planning a number of terror operations including on checkpoints in the capital in order to cause chaos and disrupt the political process, Ben Salem said.

He added that he believed that IS was now paralysed in Tripoli with 90 percent of its cells exposed and arrested.

Rada has been regularly involved in Tripoli operations against IS. In February this year it claimed to have arrested a Libyan man, and two companions, chosen by IS to be its new ‘’emir’’ of Sabratha named as Mohamed Saad Tajouri, aka Abu Sulaiman. He was were on his way to Sabratha from Sirte after being appointed by the IS leadership.

In the same month Rada arrested and expelled two groups of Tunisians suspected of being IS members. In December it released a video of a confession by an alleged IS member. That month it also reported that it had killed an IS commander.
Posted by: badanov || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Subsaharan
5 Boko Haram leaders arrested; dozens of captives freed
[BIGSTORY.AP.ORG] YAOUNDE, Cameroon The multinational forces fighting the Islamic forces of Evil of 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...
have tossed in the clink
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
five of the group's leaders and freed dozens of captive women and kiddies, Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
's government announced Saturday.

The raids targeting Boko Haram bases in the northern Madawaya forest earlier this month freed 28 children and at least 18 women, government front man Issa Tchiroma said.

Boko Haram had set up camp in the forest after fleeing another military operation in neighboring Nigeria and had been training captive maidens of tender years and women as jacket wallahs, he said.

The news came as French President Francois Hollande
...the Socialist president of La Belle France, an economic bad joke for la Belle France but seemingly a foreign policy realist...
joined several West African leaders at a summit in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, where they discussed progress in the fight against Boko Haram and how to resolve the humanitarian crisis it has created. The hard boy group has forced more than 2 million people to flee their homes, some across borders.

"We have to make sure they can get back to their homes," Hollande said after meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari before the summit, noting the need for "the right development policies." Marginalization and corruption has allowed the Islamic forces of Evil to flourish in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
Both leaders stressed the success of a multinational force of Nigeria and its neighbors -- helped by training, intelligence and information-sharing by La Belle France, Britannia and the United States -- that has recaptured territory where Boko Haram had declared an Islamic caliphate. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was at the summit along with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

"Now our main problem is the rehabilitation of infrastructure destroyed -- educational, health, bridges blown, etc," Buhari said.

But many refugees say they will not return home until it is safe and there are doubts Nigeria's military can secure the vast rural areas where Boko Haram now roams. The forces of Evil have turned to using suicide bombers, often women and girls, to hit soft targets like mosques and marketplaces.

The nearly 7-year insurgency, which has spread beyond Nigeria's borders, has killed at least 20,000 people, according to Amnesia Amnesty International.
Posted by: Fred || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Boko Haram claims suicide attack in NE Nigeria
[ZEENEWS.INDIA] Maiduguri: 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...
today claimed a suicide kaboom that killed two coppers in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
, just days before a regional security summit on efforts to eradicate the Islamists.

The group, using the name 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....
West Africa Province (ISWAP), said in a statement posted on social media that the bomber "was able to detonate his explosive vest in the area of Maiduguri".

It claimed "at least 15 apostates (non-believers)" were killed in the attack, which happened at about 12:00 pm (1100 GMT) at the Borno State Secretariat in the city.

But Nigerian Army front man Sani Usman said only two died and said the attacker blew up as security personnel stopped him from trying to get into the government offices.

"Unfortunately in the process of stopping him, he detonated the improvised bomb on his body, instantly killing himself, a policeman and critically injuring another policeman...

"Sadly, the injured policeman died later," Usman said in an emailed statement, adding that 18 people were maimed and taken for treatment.

Mohammed Kanar, regional coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency, and an accident and emergency front man for the Borno State Specialist Hospital, also confirmed just two deaths.

Between 19 and 24 people were maimed in the blast, they added.

Locals and street vendors earlier told AFP the kaboom initially appeared to come from a passing motorised rickshaw, which went up in flames and was gutted in the blast.

Boko Haram jacket wallahs have previously used public transport to travel to multiple targets in the northeast and wider north.
Posted by: Fred || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Nigerian troops capture wanted Boko Haram terrorist, arrest IDP with N1.9 million
[PREMIUMTIMESNG] The Nigerian Army says its troops have captured a wanted 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...
leader, Sulaiman Umaru.

The acting Director Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said in a statement released on Saturday that the wanted terrorist, Mr. Umaru, was tossed in the slammer
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
at about 1.35pm on Friday, deep inside Sambisa forest, by troops from 143 Battalion.

The army said Mr. Umaru’s photograph was on the poster containing the photographs of the 100 Boko Haram gunnies declared wanted by the military.

The captured Boko Haram leader has been moved to 28 Task Force Brigade Headquarters investigation, the army said.

The army also disclosed that N1.9 million was found on an Internally Displaced Person (IDP), Abacha Bulama, in Borno State, when troops from 22 Task Force Brigade Garrison, in conjunction with 112 Task Force Battalion, intercepted and screened 31 IDPs, including women and kiddies coming from Sunabaya, Gumule, Garno and Mane-Gana villages.

The army said Mr. Bulama’s claim of being a businessman couldn’t remove the suspicion on why he carried about such a huge amount of money.

He has been detained for further investigation, while other IDPs have been handed over to Dikwa IDP Camp Manager for screening and further humanitarian assistance, the army said.

Meanwhile,
...back at the comedy club, Boogie sadly admitted that he was a better peeping Tom than he was a comedian...
the army said the troops from 22 Task Force Brigade Garrison ran into an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Antul, a village south east of Dikwa.

Seven soldiers were said to have been injured in the incident, while four fighters from the Civilian JTF who accompanied the troops also sustained injuries.

The injured soldiers and their civilian counterparts have been evacuated to 7 Division Hospital and Medical Services, Maiduguri, the army said.

The army said the troops killed two Boko Haram terrorists, and recovered two AK-47 rifles from them.

Posted by: Fred || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Bangladesh
Elderly Buddhist monk hacked to death in Bangladesh
[DAWN] An elderly Buddhist monk was found hacked to death Saturday in Bangladesh, police said, the latest in a spate of murders of religious minorities and secular activists in the Muslim-majority nation.

No group has yet grabbed credit, although the killing in the remote southeastern district of Bandarban appeared to bear a resemblance to several recent murders by suspected myrmidons.

A troubling rise in violence in the South Asian nation has now seen seven murders since the start of last month alone.

"Villagers found Bhante (monk) Maung Shue U Chak's dead body in a pool of blood inside the Buddhist temple this morning. He was hacked to death," Jashim Uddin, deputy police chief of Bandarban, told AFP.

Uddin said the monk, 75, appeared to have been attacked by at least four people at the Buddhist temple in Baishari, some 350 kilometres southeast of Dhaka early Saturday morning.

"We saw human footprints in the temple and found that four to five people entered the compound," he added.

He said U Chak was living alone in the hillside temple after having recently left farming to become a full-time monk.

A top Bangladeshi human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
lawyer who is close to the country's Buddhist community told AFP that U Chak had received anonymous death threats.

"He became a monk just one and a half years ago. He had received death threats, but nobody took it seriously," lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua said.

Bandarban is largely Buddhist, home to indigenous peoples who adopted the religion centuries ago.

Police district sub-inspector Anisur Rahman, who was at the scene, said that officers had not yet established a motive for the killing but that "it appeared the monk did not have any personal enemies".
Posted by: Fred || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: Ansarullah Bangla Team


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Kyrgyz opposition member arrested over ISIS support
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Security forces in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan said Saturday they have tossed in the clink
You have the right to remain silent...
a member of the opposition on extremism charges after he was quoted as expressing support for ISIS.

The arrest of self-styled religious leader Nurlan Motuyev late Friday follows a wave of opposition arrests in the Central Asian state.

A press officer for the GKNB security organ told AFP that Motuyev had been arrested for "calling Kyrgyzstanis to fight in Syria on the side of banned krazed killer organizations, and live according to Sharia law" during an opposition meeting on Thursday.

Local media also reported Motuyev as saying that firebrand
...firebrands are noted more for audio volume and the quantity of spittle generated than for any actual logic in their arguments...
IS leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
"would have torn the heads off" the Canadian operators of a controversial gold mine in the country of six million that has faced nationalisation calls.

Motuyev was speaking at a forum of the People’s Parliament group that has called for President Almazbek Atambayev’s immediate resignation and the creation of a new government.

Atambayev on Saturday blasted the group as well as Western-funded NGOs for trying to "destabilise the country" in a speech to mark the Mothers’ Day holiday held over from the Soviet era.

Three other members of the opposition group formed in April and viewed as a marginal political force were arrested on charges of plotting to overthrow the government earlier this week.
Posted by: Fred || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


The Grand Turk
Rebels, Kurd kommies die in Turkish air and artillery strikes
The Turkish military said Saturday that its warplanes have carried out nine airstrikes against Kurdish rebels in the southeast of the country and northern Iraq.

The state-run Anadolu Agency cited the military as saying the warplanes destroyed 98 targets Friday of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

Militants of the party, also known as the PKK, have waged a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state in a conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. A ceasefire between the two parties collapsed last summer.

Since then, Turkey has witnessed a surge of violence in the southeast including PKK bombing attacks against police and military personnel as well as large-scale military operations to flush out Kurdish rebels.

Turkish warplanes periodically bomb PKK bases in northern Iraq.

State-run Anadolu Agency also said on Saturday that the Turkish military and U.S.-led coalition forces killed 45 ISIS militants in shelling and an air strike north of the Syrian city of Aleppo.

The Turkish border town of Kilis, which lies just across the frontier from ISIS-controlled territory in Syria, has been regularly struck by rockets in recent weeks.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday his country is gearing up to “clear” the Syrian side of its frontier in response to the cross-border fire ISIS.
Posted by: badanov || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


India-Pakistan
Several injured clashes between MQM, PSP in Hyderabad
HYDERABAD: Activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) came to blows in several localities of Hyderabad late on Thursday evening causing tension across the city. Several activists sustained club and brick injuries in the ensuing intermittent clashes that continued into the morning. Firing into the air by rival activists was reported from some localities but no one was reported hit with bullets. Police said they also had to fire into the air to scare away the embattled activists and create a buffer zone between the two sides.

In the early hours of Friday, when the violence had almost died down, the MQM unit office in the Pinjra Pole area near the Gul Shah Bukhari shrine caught fire and the party claimed it was an arson attack. The furniture inside the office was destroyed.

It all began when a PSP ceremony was in progress in the Hali Road area, a locality where PSP leader Anis Qaimkhani’s house is located. A group of MQM workers and supporters gathered at the venue which triggered a heated bout of sloganeering.

The situation grew tense when they chanted slogans against each other’s leaders, Altaf Hussain and Mustafa Kamal. Consequently, some of them came to blows. No one was, however, physically hurt and the situation was brought under control by their respective leaders and police.

Shortly after the PSP ceremony, a group of activists gathered outside the nearby office of the MQM and raised slogans against MQM chief apparently in retaliation to the disturbance at the ceremony. MQM activists responded with pro-Altaf slogans turning the situation tense again. One of the PSP activists, later identified by a police source as Imran, came very close to MQM lawmaker Rashid Khilji during the acrimony and was saved by police from being beaten up. However, it caused a clash between the rival activists who attacked each other with stones. At least eight activists from both sides were injured.

Police intervened to disperse them and create a buffer zone between the two sides pushing PSP activists towards the Bhai Khan ki Chari area and the MQM activists towards their office, according to a source in the City police station.

Unknown activists also fired shots but no one was wounded. Police called in reinforcement to prevent the unrest from spreading to other areas. However, charged MQM activists from different areas reached their office and tried to proceed to the nearby house of a PSP activst, Mr Iftikhar, but police foiled their attempt.

Incidents of firing were also reported from the Do Qabar and Pucca Qila areas soon after MQM deputy convener Amir Khan left the party office for Karachi. He was there to chair a workers’ meeting. MPA Khilji, speaking at an emergency press conference in the small hours of Friday, claimed that seven MQM activists were injured in the clashes. He said that a PSP activist, Hunain Safdar, was also injured. He alleged that 15 to 20 PSP supporters including Kamran Khanzada, Tariq Bhoora, Asghar, Tariq Shah and Iftikhar Lamba along with three to four policemen, including Haroon, attacked the MQM zonal office.

Police had reportedly picked up a PSP supporter, Kamran, who is the brother of Mr Iftikhar.

Published in Dawn, May 14th, 2016
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Alleged killers of army officer arrested
[DAWN] PESHAWAR: The city police on Friday claimed to have tossed in the calaboose
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
two hit mans of a banned holy warrior outfit involved in murder of a serving lieutenant colonel of Pakistain Army.

Lt-Col Tariq Ghafoor was bumped off by unknown assailants on Ring Road area falling in the jurisdiction of Sarband cop shoppe on the outskirts of the 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.
city.

ASP Hayatabad Hassan Afzal told news hounds that the city police and Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) managed to arrest the hit mans in joint raids. He identified the accused as Imtiaz alias Farooq and Hussain Jan.

The police officer said Imtiaz was arrested from Alam Godar area of Bara, while Hussain Jan was nabbed from Achini area of the city.

He said the hit mans were tasked by a commander of a holy warrior outfit while they were serving their prison terms in Jalalabad jail in Afghanistan. He said when Imtiaz was at the end of his five-year term and Hussain his three years, the commander of the holy warrior outfit, who was also in jail, tasked them with murdering Lt-Col Ghafoor. They were promised Rs1 million for the kill.

ASP Afzal said the killers followed Ghafoor after coming to Peshawar following completing their prison terms, adding the two rubbed out the army officer while riding a cycle of violence.

The police officer said the accused were also involved in other incidents of assassination'>assassination
across the province, adding they had been handed over to the CTD for investigations.
Posted by: Fred || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Iraqi Jailhouse stories: 51 detained
(IraqiNews.com) Babel – Babel Police chief, Ali Kowa, announced on Saturday the arrest of 51 wanted individuals, including three “terrorists,” during raid operations in different areas of the province.

Kowa said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “During the past 48 hours, police forces conducted raid and inspection operation in different areas of the province, resulting in the arrest of 51 wanted individuals on various criminal charges and violations,” noting that, “Three wanted [individuals] on charges of terrorism were among the detainees in the vicinity of Alexandria (50 km north of Babel) and Jubla (35 km northeast of Babel).”

Kowa added, “The operations were based on accurate intelligence,” pointing out that, “The detainees were transferred to a security center for interrogation.”
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Kirkuk Kombat Chronicle: 17 die
ISIS fires rockets at gas company. Misses

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A source in Kirkuk Province announced on Saturday, that the so-called ISIS attacked the headquarters of North Gas Company in western Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad) with three Katyusha rockets, while emphasized that the attack didn’t cause any human losses or material damage.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS carried out an attack using three Katyusha rockets targeting the vicinity of the North Gas Company’s headquarters (25 km west of Kirkuk).”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “The attack did not cause any material damage or human losses.”

Noteworthy, ISIS is controlling the area south and west Kirkuk since June 2014.

17 ISIS troops die in airstrike near al-Riyad

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk province said on Saturday, that 17 ISIS elements had been killed in an aerial bombing by the Iraqi Air Force southwest of the province.

The source said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, Air Force targeted moving [vehicles] at positions east of Hamrin Mountains and destroyed five vehicles for ISIS, while also targeted [vehicles] in the village of al-Safra and the village of al-Zarka in the vicinity of al-Riyad (35 km southwest of Kirkuk), resulting in the death of 17 elements of the [ISIS].”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “The aerial strike was carried out based on accurate intelligence that led to the [ISIS] positions.”
Posted by: badanov || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [148 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Ninevah Nightmares: 52 Bad Guys die
12 ISIS troops die in artillery attack in Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Kurdistan Democratic Party announced on Saturday, that 12 ISIS fighters were killed in an artillery shelling conducted by the Peshmerga forces in northern Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad), while emphasized the destruction of three vehicles belonging to ISIS members.

Kurdistan Democratic Party spokesman Saeed Mamouzini said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The Peshmerga forces shelled, before noon today, a gathering of ISIS militants with artillery in Bahzani area in Bashiqah District (22 km north of Mosul), killing 12 ISIS militants.”

Mamouzini added, “The shelling also resulted in the destruction of three vehicles belonging to ISIS members.”

40 ISIS troops die in airstrikes near Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A source in Nineveh Liberation Operations Command announced on Friday, that 40 ISIS members were killed in an air strike carried out by the international coalition aviation south of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aircraft bombed ISIS gathering in Haj Ali village in Qayyarah District (60 km south of Mosul) with six rockets, killing 40 ISIS members.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The dead ISIS members included foreign leaders in the organization.”
Posted by: badanov || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Come Nineveh, Come Tyre!
Make hash outta all of 'Em
Posted by: Phang Slavinter9068 || 05/15/2016 21:00 Comments || Top||


Kops thwart ISIS suicide attack in Amiriya
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Saturday, Anbar Provincial Council announced, that the Iraqi security forces had foiled the suicide attack that was launched by nine ISIS suicide bombers on the residential compound in Amiriya vicinity in southern Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad).

The security committee member in Anbar Province Raji’ Barakat al-Eissawi said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Armed clash broke out between the joint security forces and nine ISIS suicide bombers wearing explosive belts, using light and medium weapons, while trying to attack the residential compound in Amiriya vicinity (18 km south of Fallujah),” pointing out that, “The suicide bombers were killed, while the losses among the security forces were not identified.”

Eissawi added, “The security forces started to reinforce its troops in the entrances of the vicinity in anticipation of any other attacks.”
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Iraqi kops seize munitions cache in Baqubah
(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – On Saturday, Diyala Police Command announced finding a strategic explosives cache belonging to ISIS sleeper cells near Baqubah, while pointed out that the cache was supplying ISIS with improvised explosive devices and belts to launch terrorist attacks in Baqubah.

Diyala Police Chief Major General Jassim al-Saadi said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A joint security force carried out an operation in al-Bardiya village in al-Maradiya south of Baqubah,” pointing out that, “The security force managed to seize a strategic explosives cache belonging to ISIS sleeper cells.”

Saadi added, “The cache was hidden underground and contained two explosive belts, 79 adhesive explosive devices, 30 improvised explosive devices and 28 TNT explosives,” indicating that, “The cache was providing ISIS sleeper cells with explosive devices and belts to target Baqubah.”
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Bad Guys kidnap kop in Salhuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – On Saturday, a security source in Salahuddin Province revealed, that an armed group kidnapped a police officer in Dujail District in southern the province.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Yesterday, unidentified gunmen kidnapped a lieutenant colonel in the local police in Dujail District in southern Salahuddin.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the incident area and carried out a raid to search for the kidnappers.”
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Anbar Antics: 24 die
20 die in ISIS suicide bomb attack near Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Saturday, Anbar Provincial Council announced, that 20 members of the security forces were either killed or wounded in suicide attacks carried out by ISIS members on the residential area in Amiriya in southern Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad).

The security committee member in Anbar Province Raji’ Barakat al-Eissawi said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS suicide attacks that targeted the residential area in Amiriya vicinity (19 km south of Fallujah) had resulted in the killing of five members of the security forces, including a first lieutenant, as well as wounding 15 members of the police and al-Hashed al-Asha’ri.”

Eissawi added, “The security situation in Ameriya is completely under control and there is no fear of other terrorist attacks,” indicating that, “The suicide bombers who targeted the residential compound in Amiriya vicinity in southern Fallujah came from the areas of Zowbaa and Numaniya in southern Fallujah.”

4 Bad Guys die in security operation

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The Ministry of Interior announced on Saturday, that the Iraqi security forces had managed to kill 4 “terrorists” during a security operation west of Ramadi.

The ministry said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The heroic security forces were able to kill 4 terrorists west of Ramadi,” pointing out that, “The terrorists were besieged inside a house in the area of Albu Ziyab west of Ramadi.”

“They were immediately killed after leaving the [house],” the statement added.

Iraqi forces liberate al-Wardiya

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The commander of al-Jazeerah Operations, Maj. Gen. Ali Ibrahim Dboun, announced on Saturday, that the security forces backed by clan fighters had managed to liberate the village of al-Wardiya located between the vicinity of al-Baghdadi and the district of Haditha west of Ramadi.

Dboun said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Security forces belonging to the army, police and clan fighters had managed to liberate the village of al-Wardiya, located between the district of Haditha and the vicinity of al-Baghdadi, during an extensive military operation,” noting that, “The security forces raised the Iraqi flag over one of the buildings in the village.”

He also added, “The operation came after a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt tried to target the security troops.”

Iraqi kops thwart suicide bomb attack on Amiriya

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Saturday, Anbar Provincial Council announced, that the Iraqi security forces had foiled the suicide attack that was launched by nine ISIS suicide bombers on the residential compound in Amiriya vicinity in southern Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad).

The security committee member in Anbar Province Raji’ Barakat al-Eissawi said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Armed clash broke out between the joint security forces and nine ISIS suicide bombers wearing explosive belts, using light and medium weapons, while trying to attack the residential compound in Amiriya vicinity (18 km south of Fallujah),” pointing out that, “The suicide bombers were killed, while the losses among the security forces were not identified.”

Eissawi added, “The security forces started to reinforce its troops in the entrances of the vicinity in anticipation of any other attacks.”
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Baghdad bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 4 die

2 die in bomb attack in Madain District

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

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded, before noon today, near a popular market in Madain District in southern Baghdad, killing two people and injuring eight others,” indicating that, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a hospital to receive treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “A raid was carried out to search for the perpetrators of the bombing.”

2 die in bombing attack in Mansour

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

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded near shops in Iskan neighborhood in Mansour area in western Baghdad, killing two people and wounding seven others.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department, while cordoned off the area and prevented approaching it.”

2 wounded in bombing attack in Albu Dshir area south of Baghdad

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi police said on Saturday, that two civilians had been injured in a bomb blast that took place south of the capital Baghdad.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, an explosive device that was emplaced on the road side in the area of Albu Dshir, south of Baghdad, went off, resulting in the injury of two civilians,” adding that, “A security forces cordoned off the area of the blast, while an ambulance transferred the injured to a nearby hospital to receive the necessary medical treatment.”
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ISIS kill 16 Real Madrid fans in massacre at supporters club headquarters
[MIRROR.CO.UK] A group of 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....
Death Eaters armed with AK-47s attacked the headquarters of a Real Madrid supporters club - because 'they don't like football'.

Three gunnies opened fire around midnight at the Al Furat cafe in Balad, 50 miles north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

It is believed at least 16 people - mainly Real Madrid fans but also cafe staff and other customers - were killed more than 20 people injured.

Islamic State later grabbed credit, while gruesome pictures and video have emerged illustrating the aftermath of the bloodbath.

Bullet holes can be seen littering a room full of armchairs with an upturned chair in the centre - and blood smeared all over the floor with a trail leading out of what appears to be a main meeting room.
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#1  must be fans of Barcelona.
Posted by: Frozen Al || 05/15/2016 11:13 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Hebrew University campus gate firebombed; second arson attack of the day
[IsraelTimes] Molotov cocktail thrown at Mt. Scopus campus, causing blaze; earlier, police say fire near Jerusalem army base was arson attack

A fire outside the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Saturday evening was the result of a Molotov cocktail thrown at the university gates, police said.

No injuries were reported in the incident and firefighters had the blaze under control, according to authorities.

The incident is the second of the day Saturday and the fourth such incident in two days in the Mount Scopus area.

Earlier Saturday, police said a fire that broke out near the Ofrit military base and the Hadassah Hospital in Mount Scopus was an arson attack.

Police released footage showing a male figure disappearing for a few moments into some bushes near the base in the capital, before fleeing in the direction of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya.

The footage aired on Channel 2 Saturday night, shows the bushes catching fire after the suspect leaves the area.

Four firefighting teams battled the blaze, preventing its spread to the base and to the Mount Scopus area. Dozens of acres were damaged in the fire, police said.

Channel 2 reported that Saturday’s fire near the base was the seventh suspected arson attack nationwide over the past week.

On Thursday, eight firefighting teams and four planes were deployed to battle a fire close to the entrance to Jerusalem. Due to weather conditions, the fire had spread quickly in the direction of the Ramot neighborhood of the capital.
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#1  Third Intifada moves into a new phase?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/15/2016 1:49 Comments || Top||

#2  My thoughts exactly, g(r)omgoru, although historically it's been the Jewish forests that have been set aflame.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/15/2016 12:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Yea, well,
בלי טרנספר זה לא יגמר
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/15/2016 13:15 Comments || Top||

#4  They have fire now?
Posted by: Shipman || 05/15/2016 15:09 Comments || Top||


Security forces nab Palestinian suspect carrying Israeli police uniform
[IsraelTimes] Intelligence tip-off leads to arrest at Mishor Adumim checkpoint of 36-year-old said planning terror attack

Israeli security forces on Saturday afternoon thwarted a terror attack when they incarcerated
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
a Paleostinian suspect in possession of an Israel Police uniform, police said in a statement.

The 36-year-old suspect from the West Bank city of Bethlehem was arrested by Border Police officers as he attempted to cross the Jerusalem-area Mishor Adumin checkpoint in a taxi. He was taken into custody for questioning.

Police said the suspect was on his way to carry out a terror attack against Israelis when he was arrested. An intelligence tip-off led authorities to his whereabouts, the statement said.

The would-be attacker was identified as the suspect by the forces patrolling the checkpoint, and was found to be concealing an Israel Police uniform that police said he planned to use in his attack.
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Southeast Asia
Released Abu Sayyaf hostages return to Indonesia
[CNN] Indonesian hostages kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines returned home on Friday. The four sailors were taken hostage at sea on April 15. They arrived in Jakarta on a military aircraft and were greeted by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.

At a news conference, Marsudi expressed Indonesia's gratitude to the Philippine authorities. The hostages, who were also at the news conference, said they were glad their ordeal was over.

Hostage Loren Petrus Romawi said, "The release process was long and tough but we faithfully believe it was our God who showed the way to our Indonesian government, and the army who bravely helped us in the process of releasing us."

This month, ten other Indonesian hostages held by groups with suspected links to Abu Sayyaf were released, after a month-long ordeal during which a kidnapped Canadian was beheaded after a ransom deadline had passed.

The Abu Sayyaf is still holding four Malaysian seamen as well as citizens from the Netherlands, Japan, Canada, Norway and the Philippines.
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#1  My efforts to increase Abu Sayyaf awareness are paying off, it seems.
Posted by: ryuge || 05/15/2016 13:56 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
al-Nusra hits Kurdish town with Grad rockets
[ARA News] AFRIN – Syrian Islamist rebels on Saturday bombed the Kurdish city of Afrin in northwestern Syria with a number of Grad rockets, hitting residential buildings and causing casualties among civilians, military sources and rights activists reported.

Islamist rebel factions stationed in Azaz city in the northern countryside of Aleppo province hit Afrin city with at least five Grad rockets on Saturday evening.

“The bombardment caused mass destruction in residential buildings in central Afrin, where at least three Kurdish civilians were killed and a dozen more injured,” rights activist Salim Efrini told ARA News in Afrin.

The source added that local rescue teams have been looking for victims under the rubble until Saturday midnight.

“Some civilians are most likely stranded under the ruins of the destroyed buildings. Volunteers of the rescue teams are still searching, and the number of casualties could increase in the coming hours,” Efrini reported.

The city of Afrin is under the control of the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG)–that are in conflict with Islamist factions in northern Syria, including ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Speaking to ARA News, Kurdish politician and spokesman of the Syrian Democratic Union in Afrin Salam Hussein said: “Those radical Islamists are punishing civilians after failing to confront the YPG forces at the battlefront.”

Last week, Islamist factions, including Syria’s al-Qaeda branch of Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham, bombed the Jinderis district in Afrin suburbs, killing and wounding a number of civilians, according to local sources.
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Dozens of Syrian Army troops die in ISIS attack on Deir ez-Zor
[ARA News] DEIR EZZOR – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Saturday launched a fierce offensive on headquarters of the Syrian regime’s army forces in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, killing and injuring dozens of soldiers.

ISIS fighters besieged Syrian army troops inside the al-Assad hospital building and the University Campus–both taken as headquarters by the Syrian army.

“Militants of the Islamic State then started bombing both locations with mortar fire. More than 30 Syrian army forces were killed and dozens more wounded,” local media activist Redwan Muayyad told ARA News in Deir ez-Zor.

Also on Saturday, ISIS fighters attacked the regime-held neighborhoods of Joura and Qusour in Deir ez-Zor city, using heavy machine guns.

” Subsequent to the attack, clashes broke out between ISIS and Syrian army troops in the vicinity of Qusour and Joura districts after an attempt by ISIS militants to expel the regime forces from those areas,” the source reported.

The clashes ended with ISIS withdrawal from the area. Casualties were reported on both sides.

A Syrian army officer told ARA News that the ISIS attempt to capture the Joura and Qusour has failed “after the army responded with heavy artillery bombardment on the group’s fighting positions”.

“We were eventually able to push ISIS back and repelled this fierce offensive,” the army officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, spokesman of the the campaign ‘Deir ez-Zor Is Being Slaughtered Silently’ [DBSS] Ahmed Ramadan said: “The pro-Assad National Defense Force played a main role in repelling the ISIS-led attack on the regime-held districts of Joura and Qusour on Saturday.”

“However, the simultaneous attacks on the four major positions for the regime’s troops in Deir ez-Zor by ISIS fighters paralyzed those troops and caused them heavy losses in manpower and equipment, especially in the offensive on al-Assad hospital building and the University Campus, where nearly 33 regime forces were killed,” Ramadan told ARA News.

In the meantime, activists reported the death of the ISIS top commander Mustafa al-Haddawi, aka Abu Muhammad al-Ansari, during Saturday’s clashes in Deir ez-Zor.
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Syria rebels begin assault on Raqqa
[ARA News] QAMISHLO – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) revealed that in the near future operations will start to liberate Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State (ISIS).

According to the media office of the People’s Protection Units (YPG)–leading member of the SDF alliance–preparations are taking place, and the battle for Raqqa will start in the upcoming days.

A source close to the YPG stressed that families that escaped the ISIS-held Raqqa province in northeastern Syria demanded the liberation of their areas.

“The Raqqa campaign will begin very soon,” the press office of the SDF said in a statement.

Speaking to ARA News in an exclusive interview, official spokesman of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Talal Silo said that the battle for Raqqa “is going to be difficult”, and that they might start it by carrying out an operation to liberate parts of the Raqqa countryside.

“Because it [Raqqa] is a stronghold for the ISIS, whenever we have liberated territories the Arab tribes would join us, and now there is preparation to form a military council for Raqqa, as what we did for Manbij city,” Silo said.

Kurdish officials told ARA News that Raqqa could either join the future federal region for northern Syria and Rojava, or could have an independent local administration, similar to the local canton administrations that are now running the Kurdish areas of Syria.

According to US-led coalition sources, the Islamic State radical group has recently declared a state of emergency in Raqqa.

“We know this enemy feels threatened, as they should,” Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson Col. Steve Warren said on Thursday. “They see the Syrian Democratic Forces along with the Syrian Arab Coalition maneuver both to their east at Shaddadi [in Hasakah province] and to their west at the Tishrin Dam [northeastern Aleppo]. Both of these areas are becoming increasingly secure. And the Syrian Democratic Forces are increasingly able to generate their own combat power in those areas,” he said in a press conference.

“So, certainly we are seeing some reactions to this. We’ve had reports of ISIL [ISIS] repositioning both their combat capabilities, I guess what they think may be coming next. And we’ve seen reports of them repositioning personnel to various other — either within the city [Raqqa] or even out of the city,” Warren added.

The coalition official says eventually the ISIS-led Caliphate announced in June 2014 “will eventually collapse”.

“So, rightfully, ISIL understands that their days are increasingly numbered. We are going to continue to keep this pressure on them, and we expect to see them collapse eventually,” Col. Warren concluded.
Posted by: badanov || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Begin, in the near future, to start planning and bringing forth lethal supplies of all sorts, planning and preparing the points of supply, fire, honor and recreation. Bringing together the best minds on siege and assault warfare, and considering practice of above from time to time. War is imminent when you see the rising of the massive combat Souk.
Posted by: Shipman || 05/15/2016 15:16 Comments || Top||


ISIS attacks Syrian hospital, declares state of emergency
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] ISIS on Saturday killed 20 members of pro-regime forces in an attack on a Syrian hospital in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, a monitoring group said after the holy warrior group declared a state of emergency in its stronghold city in the conflict-torn country.

"ISIS attacked Al-Assad hospital at the city’s eastern entrance, killing at least 20 soldiers and allied fighters," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

He said the attack sparked festivities in which six gunnies were also killed.

Meanwhile,
...back at the revival hall, the congregants were being herded into the paddy wagon...
a US military official has seen reports of ISIS declaring a state of emergency in Raqqa, its self-declared capital in Syria.

"We have seen this declaration of emergency in Raqqa, whatever that means," Col. Steve Warren, the front man for the US-led anti-ISIS coalition, was cited by CNN as saying on Friday.

"We know this enemy feels threatened, as they should."

It is believed that the holy warrior group feels it may soon come under siege in Raqqa through air strikes and ground attacks.

"They see the Syrian Democratic Forces, along with the Syrian Arab Coalition, maneuver both to their east and to their west," Warren said.

"Both of these areas becoming increasingly secure, and the Syrian Democratic Forces increasingly able to generate their own combat power in those areas."

ISIS is reportedly "|moving personnel around the city and trying to put up covers in certain areas" as part of the state of emergency declaration, according to CNN.

"We've had reports of ISIS repositioning both their combat capabilities, I guess what they think may be coming next," Warren said, using another acronym for ISIS.

"And we've seen reports of them repositioning personnel ... either within the city or even out of the city."

CNN quoted a US defense official as saying that ISIS leader Abu Baker al-Baghdadi "remains extremely careful" about his personal security.
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Hasaka: SDF fighters press to capture Markada town from ISIS
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Clashes renewed Friday between a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia and 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....
fighters in the southern countryside of Hasaka province, local sources said as 300 families fled to the Iraqi border escaping International Coalition air strikes.

The YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces backed the U.S. warplanes took parts of a supply route links al-Shadadi town with Markada, last ISIS stronghold in Hasaka, residents said.

ISIS fighters have also retreated from al Fadghami village near Habur river.

Meanwhile,
...back at the comedy club, Boogie was cracking himself up, but nobody else seemed to be getting the non-stop jokes...
about 300 families have fled al Zayanat village to border district with Iraq amid difficult humanitarian situation.
Posted by: Fred || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Regime forces breached Latakia ceasefire, keeps attack
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Syrian regime forces have breached the partial ceasefire deal in Latakia province for the third day, storming rebel strongholds in Jabal al-Krad and Jabal al-Turkmen with heavy artillery and mortars, local activists said Saturday.

Abdul Rahman al-Lathqani said regime troops backed by aerial bombing have made slow advance near al-Hadada village.

The bombing has also targeted villages of Kabbana, Tuffahiya, Ein Hor in Jabal al-Akrad, and villages of Job Torous and Klaz in Jabal Turkmen.

Washington and Moscow agreed on fragile ceasefire deal in Damascus and Latakia on April 30 after the collapse of 'Cessation of Hostilities' deal that went into effect on February 27.
Posted by: Fred || 05/15/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Terror Networks
US, allies conduct 22 strikes against IS group: US military
[AlAhram] The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group snuffies in Iraq with 17 strikes on Friday and five in Syria, the US military said on Saturday.

Four of the strikes in Iraq were near Ar Rutbah, hitting an IS group tactical unit and staging facility.

In Syria, four strikes hit four IS tactical units near Mar'a.
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