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Pro-Rassoul Faction Declares Jihad On Mansour Clan
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [766 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "National Interest" - what a delightfully quaint phrase.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/17/2016 8:35 Comments || Top||

#2  "Naughty French postcard" is just as quaint a phrase Pappy......and a lot more fun.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/17/2016 16:33 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Pro-Rassoul Faction Declares Jihad On Mansour Clan
Dozens of Taliban militants have been killed in serious clashes between rival factions after the pro-Mullah Rassoul faction declared Jihad against the pro-Akhter Mansour group on Monday.
Clearing the decks for the heavyweight match: ISIS vs. Al Qaeda in Pakistan
The pro-Mullah Rassoul faction, who declared Jihad (Holy war) against their rivals - the main faction of the Taliban led by Mullah Omar's successor Akhter Mansour - labeled Mansour a puppet of the Pakistani Intelligence Service (ISI).

Reports have emerged of massive fatalities on both sides after they engaged in fighting in Ghor and Badghis provinces.

On Monday, pro-Rassoul fighters announced allegiance to him by hoisting white flags and accused Mullah Mansour of being an ISI tool, vowing to fight his men and the ISI until they are completely defeated.

"We raise this flag on behalf of you and announce our allegiance and full support to Mullah Abdul Rassoul, the leader of the Taliban movement. We cut the hands of ISI in Afghanistan as we did the Russians. We will use all energy to defeat ISI," said pro-Rassoul commander Mullah Ghafar, who also serves as Taliban commander in Badghis.

Also in Badghis, reports have emerged of a major confrontation between the two rival factions in Bala Murghab district of the province.

Infighting between the two factions was also reported in Qadis Jawnd district of Badghis

"We announce our support to Mullah Abdul Rassoul and declare war against the enemies of Afghanistan," pro-Rassoul commander in Ghor, Maulavi Abdul Hamid said.

In yet another development on Monday, fighting was also reported in Qadis and Jaon districts of Badghis between the two groups.

A few months ago, similar encounters between the two rival factions were reported in Herat's Shindand district, which apparently resulted in the deaths of at least 100 fighters on both sides.
Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [461 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Moslem values at their best.

The very DNA of Allah.
Posted by: Guillibaldo Bonaparte6548 || 05/17/2016 5:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Moslem values at their best.
My Elvis detector just lit up.
Posted by: Shipman || 05/17/2016 13:43 Comments || Top||

#3  It's Hemingway. I let it stay due to its brevity.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/17/2016 16:48 Comments || Top||


Baghlan's Karkar Coalmine Cleared Of Taliban In Night Operation
National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives carried out a night operation on the outskirts of Pul-e-Khumri city in Baghlan province, where they cleared Karkar coalmine of Taliban.
The night was black as coal...
As was the coal, which made the entire exercise considerably more difficult than it ought to have been.
The mine had been under the Taliban's control for the past few days.

The coalmine was attacked by Taliban fighters a week ago. The building at the mine was under their control and a number of employees at the coalmine had been taken hostage by the militants.

Baghlan governor Abdul Satar Bariz, said: "The security forces succeeded in taking control of the mine's building after a few hours of clashes with militants. Taliban suffered heavy losses in this operation."

Baghlan provincial council members praised the security forces' move and said that night operations should be increased.

"Night operations are very effective to eliminate insurgents. We call on security forces to increase the operations," said Bismillah Atash, a member of Baghlan provincial council.

During the past week, extraction activities at the coalmine were stopped but local officials said they will resume work within the next few days.
Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Turn off ventilation fans. Flood mine with CO2. No fuss, no booms...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/17/2016 5:59 Comments || Top||


Top ISIS commander Shafiq Abbas killed in Afghan Air Force raid
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A top commander of the loyalists 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Afghanistan was killed in an Arclight airstrike of the Afghan Air Force.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Arclight airstrike was carried out in Wata Pur district of eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
Meanwhile,
...back at the game, the Babe was wondering why the baseball kept getting bigger and bigger. Finally it hit him...
the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army, said the Arclight airstrike was carried out by the US forces using an unmanned aerial vehicle.

A statement by 201st Silab Corps said Shafiq was a commander of the Taliban group and was involved in major terrorist activities in Wata Pur district.

The loyalists of the terror group have recently started operations in the restive Kunar province which comes as the terror group received major blows in some of their strongholds in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province.

This comes as the local officials in Nangarhar said Sunday at least 8 ISIS loyalists were killed in an Arclight airstrike in Achin district.

The Afghan forces have stepped up operations to eliminate the loyalists of ISIS in Afghanistan amid concerns the terror is attempting to expand foothold in the country.

The Death Eaters of the terror group were hardly hit by the US Arclight airstrikes as well as the Afghan air and ground operations in parts of Nangarhar province amid concerns that they were establishing a regional operations base and consolidate operations with the terror group based in Syria and Iraq.

Hundreds of Death Eaters loyal to the terror group were killed or maimed as US Air Force increased air raids which followed by more authorities granted by the B.O. regime earlier this year.
Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


13 militants killed in Baghlan airstrike, MoD says
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 13 murderous Moslems were killed in an Arclight airstrike in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

According to a statement by MoD, the Arclight airstrike was carried out in Surkh Kotal area of Baghlan earlier this afternoon.

The statement further added that a Dshk heavy machine gun of the murderous Moslems was also destroyed in the Arclight airstrike.

The anti-government armed Death Eater groups including the Taliban faceless myrmidons have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as heavy festivities erupted among the Talibs and the Afghan cops in the same area on Saturday night.

According to the local officials, at least 28 murderous Moslems were killed or maimed during the shootout which erupted following an attack by the miliants on security posts.

Baghlan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed murderous Moslems are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

The security situation has been sharply deteriorating in parts of Baghlan province during the recent months as the Talibs are attempting to expand foothold in this province.

The Afghan cops launched a major operation to clear the areas in Dand-e-Ghori and Dand-e-Shahabuddin earlier this year amid concerns that the group was preparing to turn the areas a launching pad for its insurency activities.

Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Noor says Afghan forces turned Balkh into graveyard of Taliban and ISIS
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The acting provincial governor of northern Balkh province and chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami party Ata Mohammad Noor has said at least 38 militants were killed during clearance operations in Koshindeh district.

According to a statement by the provincial government media office, the operations were conducted in Tanj village of Koshindeh district under the supervision of Noor.

The statement further added that 24 militants were also arrested during the operations and were handed over the relevant authorities.

Noor quoted in the statement said “As we have repeatedly said in the past, Balkh province will be turned into graveyard of Taliban militants and loyalists of ISIS terrorist group.”

Noor further added that the “militants were supposed to refrain from destabilizing Balkh province but they didn’t and the province has turned into a graveyard for them.”

He said all the militants from Samangan and Sar-e-Pul provinces had launched an offensive in Balkh and they have all been killed or arrested by the security forces.

According to Noor, even one of the militant has not managed to return back and escape the operation of the Afghan forces.

According to the statement, a number of the Afghan security personnel were killed or wounded during the operations but no further details were given regarding the exact number.

Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Major rocket attack on Kabul city thwarted, three 122 mm rockets seized
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A major rocket attack plot 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....
city was foiled as the Afghan security personnel seized three 122 mm rockets before the murderous Moslems manage to fire them on the city. (Resolute Support Photo)

"Resolute Support Mission-trained Ministry of Interior ‪#‎MOI‬ Major Crimes Task Force (MCTF) Corruption Investigation Unit personnel thwarted a major rocket attack on Kabul on Friday, May 13," according to a statement by the alliance.

The statement further added that the MCTF members acted on source information and seized three 122 mm rockets aimed at the city of Kabul.

According to RS, the 122 mm rockets are a fairly rare occurrence in Afghanistan and deliver devastating effects from their 40+ pound warhead.

"This effort demonstrates MCTF’s scope of investigative capacity into insurgency matters and ability to react quickly to an imminent threat," the statement added.

This comes as the anti-government armed holy warrior groups have been attempting to carry out attacks in capital Kabul.

The Afghan national security forces managed to thwart at least five major attacks in capital Kabul plotted by the notorious Haqqani terrorist network during the past one month.

Several suspects were tossed in the slammer
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
and various types of weapons and explosives were confiscated from the detained murderous Moslems in connection to the attack plots.
Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Benghazi iconic sapper injured in mine blast
Tripoli, 16 May 2016:

Tareq Saiti, Benghazi’s iconic sapper, responsible for defusing hundreds of explosives left by militants, was injured today in the city’s Sidi Faraj district, when called to deal with a mine planted at a houses that had been uses by terrorists.

His vehicle was blown up when it hit a mine. However, he and a colleague survived the blast and were taken to the city’s Jalaa Jospital. His condition is not said to be serious.

With his dreadlocks and looking uncannily like Egyptian wall paintings of Libyans made three thousand year ago, Saiti is seen as a modern-day hero in Benghazi because of bravado and skills in dealing with mines and other explosive ordinance.
Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under:

#1  To a speedy recovery.
Posted by: Eohippus Snore8229 || 05/17/2016 1:35 Comments || Top||


Misratans report they have recaptured Abu Grain from IS
Tripoli, 16 May 2016:

Misratan forces say that they have retaken the key Abu Grain position from IS after heavy fighting today.

Misratan militias are now operating as part of the Presidency Council’s new Joint Operations room. Its spokesman, Mohamed Al-Ghasri, said that they had pushed the terrorists back from the important crossroads. This restores the road link to Misratan positions to the south. Abu Grain, less than 100 kilometres from Misrata, was seized by IS last month in a mass attack which caught the defenders by surprise.

At one point in the fighting today IS appear to have tried to drive a truck bomb at Misratan fighters but it was shot at and destroyed before it could reach its target. It is reported that the terrorists set up a series of booby traps before they withdrew which have delayed the advance of the militiamen.

Aircraft from Misrata also bombed positions to the west of Sirte, the IS stronghold. There are no details of casualties.
Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria arrests 'Avengers' oil militants
[BBC] The Nigerian army has enjugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
several suspected members of a Death Eater group called the "Niger Delta Avengers" (NDA), thought to be behind recent attacks on oil pipelines in the south.

The country's oil production has been severely disrupted by the attacks.

US oil giant Chevron shut down an offshore platform this month after an attack claimed by the Avengers group.

Many turbans joined an amnesty programme in 2009 after an insurgency in the oil-rich delta region.

Nigeria has long been Africa's largest oil producer, but its economy is currently facing difficulties due to the recent drop in global oil prices.
Before that it faced difficulties for other reasons, and afterward it will be for different reasons still. But always there will be reasons, and very reasonable ones they always will be.
Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
Suicide bombing hits Yemen city of Mukalla
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A suicide bomber blew himself up at a security headquarters in the southern Yemeni city of Mukalla on Monday, residents said, killing and wounding several people a day after an ISIS suicide bombing killed 25 police recruits there.

Over a year of devastating civil war in Yemen has given al-Qaeda and ISIS unprecedented freedom to operate, and both groups have carried out a spate of bombing and shooting attacks on Yemeni and Gulf Arab forces in the country.
Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Bangladesh
‘2 JMB groups active in Rangpur region’
[Dhaka Tribune] Two JMB bully boy groups are currently active in the eight districts of Rangpur division, carrying out at least 12 recent operations including the killing of Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi, the region’s police DIG has said.

Golam Farukh, the deputy inspector general of the Rangpur Range, told the Dhaka Tribune that bully boy outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh was
also behind the recent killing of a Hindu priest in Panchagarh and the attack on Dinajpur’s Kantaji temple.

The two groups ‐ one based in Rangpur and the other in Dinajpur ‐ were working in smaller units of seven to eight members each; but they were also getting support from local sympathisers to carry out their operations.

The information came out during interrogation of jugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
JMB bully boys, said DIG Farukh.

So far, 39 JMB Lions of Islam have been arrested in connection with 12 separate attacks in the region including the murders of Hoshi and a Kaunia mazar Khadem named Rahmat Ali and the attempted murder of Baha’i leader Ruhul Islam.

Charge sheets would soon be filed against the arrested men as the investigations were nearing their end, the DIG said, adding that efforts were on to detain some more suspects.

The senior police official also said different units of law enforcement agencies were trying to identify the sympathisers and financiers of the JMB groups.

However,
a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth...
Farukh added that the Rangpur region was currently out of any bully boy threat after JMB activity in the region became limited following the arrest of most of their killers.
Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh


The Grand Turk
4 wounded in Istalbul bombing
Four people were wounded overnight when a homemade device exploded in Istanbul, Turkey’s state-run news agency said Monday, as targeted attacks against ISIS militants continued.

Citing security sources, Anadolu Agency said the explosion was under an overpass on a highway in the Maltepe district on the Asian side of the city.

The agency said two passengers in a car and two pedestrians waiting for a taxi were wounded by flying pieces of metal and hospitalized. Passing vehicles were also damaged.

Turkey is facing an array of security threats including blowback from the war in neighboring Syria and renewed conflict with Kurdish militants in the southeast.

Kurdish and ISIS militants have been linked to major bombings in Istanbul, Turkey’s capital Ankara and other cities.

Meanwhile, Turkish and U.S.-led coalition forces struck ISIS targets north of the Syrian city of Aleppo, killing 27 militants, broadcaster CNN Turk and other media reported on Monday.

The reports did not say when the military action, which NTV said consisted of air strikes and shelling, occurred.

There have been a series of such strikes after the Turkish border town of Kilis, which lies just across the frontier from ISIS-controlled territory in Syria, was regularly struck by rockets in recent weeks.

International coalition warplanes began hitting ISIS targets inside Syria in September 2014. Turkey allows coalition jets to use its Incirlik air base, but doesn’t regularly participate in coalition air strikes
Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Turkey detains ISIS 'executioner' in police raids
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Turkish authorities on Monday detained seven suspected ISIS members, including figures described as a big shot and an "executioner", the state-run Anatolia news agency said.

The seven suspects were detained during raids on addresses in the eastern region of Elazig. Large numbers of documents were also seized, it added.

Anatolia said that the suspected "executioner" -- named only as F.S. -- had carried out several killings in Syria on behalf of the group.

Over the last two years, ISIS has carried out execution-style killings in Syria of locals and foreign hostages as a warning and as part of its aggressive propaganda efforts.

The Dogan news agency said that the suspected snuffies had come from Syria to Elazig with the aim of attracting new recruits for the group.

No further details were given on the suspects.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
was long accused by its Western partners of not doing enough against the threat of ISIS, even as it seized territory in Syria right up to the Turkish border.

Turkey always insisted it was making every effort to ensure security on the border.

But after several deadly attacks on Turkish soil blamed on krazed killers, Ankara has noticeably stepped up a clampdown on snuffies inside the country.

According to figures published by Anatolia earlier this month, Turkey has placed under arrest 454 ISIS suspects, including 190 in the last four months alone.

Turkish armed forces have also launched near daily artillery strikes on ISIS targets inside Syria after the border town of Kilis was repeatedly hit by deadly rocket fire.
Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


India-Pakistan
Most wanted Kashmir ultra killed, 2 captured alive on way to PoK
An ’A’ grade and most wanted North Kashmire bad boy was killed and two others were captured alive by Army and police, who intercepted the trio in forward village of Chaprian close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Sabjian sector of Poonch district, this afternoon when they were trying to exfiltrate to Pakistain Indian Kashmiree (PoK) for arms training.

Barring Rs 27,500 cash from the slain bad boys, no significant recoveries were made from their possession. All three forces of Evil hailed from Baramulla and Pulwama districts of the Kashmire valley.

Inspector General of Police, Jammu Zone, Danesh Rana told the Excelsior that the bad boy, who was killed while trying to escape, was `A’ category listed bad boy of Hizbul Mujahideen in North Kashmire’s Baramulla district.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


Iraq
Ninevah Nightmares: 12+ die
4 ISIS Bad Guys turned into a fine, red mist

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – The Ministry of Interior announced on Monday, that four “terrorists” had been killed in an aerial strike by the international coalition south of Mosul.

The ministry said in a brief statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation managed to destroy a mortar launcher and kill four terrorists in two air strikes in the village of al-Awsaja in the axis of Makhmour south of Mosul.”
Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi Jailhouse Stories: 42 detained in Babel
(IraqiNews.com) Babel – Babil Police chief Major General Ali Kowa announced on Monday the arrest of 42 wanted individuals on various criminal charges, including terrorism, during raid and inspection operations in different areas of the province.

Kowa said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The police forces carried out, today, raid and inpsection operations in several parts of the province, resulting in the arrest of 41 suspects of criminal offenses and different violations.”

He also added, “A force from the police carried out raids in the area of Alexandria (50 km north of Babel), resulting in the arrest of one suspect in accordance with Article IV of the Anti-Terrorism Act.”
Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under:


Iraqi forces down ISIS drone in Salahuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Salahaddin – On Monday, a security source in Salahuddin Province announced, that a security force was able to drop a drone belonging to the so-called ISIS in eastern Tikrit (170 km north of Baghdad).

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A security force from oil facilities protection regiment in Ajil oil field (40 km east of Tikrit) dropped a drone while hovering around the field,” pointing out that, “It was found out that the drone is a hostile aircraft used by ISIS for espionage purposes.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The force fired the drone and was able to drop it near Ajil field in eastern Tikrit.”
Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Anbar Antics: 30 die

7 ISIS Bad Guys die as Iraqi forces take Swinakh area

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Monday, al-Jazeera and al-Badiya Operations Command in Anbar Province announced liberating an area northwest of Baghdadi vicinity west of Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad), while pointed out to the killing of seven members of the so-called ISIS during the operation.

The commander of al-Jazeera and al-Badiya Operations, Maj. Gen. Ali Ibrahim Dabon, said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The joint forces from the army and al-Jzeera Operations 7th brigade backed by tribal fighters managed, before noon today, to liberate Swinakh area northwest of Baghdadi vicinity (70 km west of Ramadi) from the ISIS control,” noting that, “The operation resulted in the killing of seven ISIS members.”

Dabon added, “The security forces shelled ISIS strongholds near Swinakh area in preparation for storming them in the next few hours.”

5 die in ISIS rocket artillery attack in Khalidiya District

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Monday, Khalidiya District Council in Anbar Province announced, that 20 people had been either killed or wounded in a rocket attack launched by ISIS in eastern Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad).

The Head of Khalidiya District Council Ali Dawood said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, ISIS fighters attacked areas in Khalidiya District (19 km east of Ramadi) with 24 Katyusha rockets and mortar shells, killing five civilians and wounding 15 others.”

Dawood added, “ISIS launched the rocket attack from Khalidiya Island and Kartan areas in eastern Ramadi,” pointing out that, “The security forces are working to identify the location of the rocket launchers in Khalidiya Island, in order to respond to the attack and destroy ISIS strongholds.”

25 ISIS Bad Guys die in operations near Haditha

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The leadership of al-Hashed al-Shaabi in Anbar Province announced on Monday the liberation of Euphrates basin areas between Baghdadi vicinity and Haditha District west of Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad) from the ISIS control, while indicated to the killing of 25 ISIS militants and the destruction of seven underground tunnels.

The intelligence director of Somoud brigade in al-Hashed al-Shaabi, Nazim Aljughaifi, said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, security forces from the army, police and tribal fighters were able to liberate the areas of Euphrates basin and all the villages and valleys between Baghdadi vicinity and Haditha District west of Ramadi from the ISIS control,” noting that, “The battle resulted in the killing of 25 ISIS militants.”

Aljughaifi added, “The international coalition aviation had a distinguished role in the destruction of seven secret underground tunnels,” indicating that, “The security forces began dismantling IEDs from the liberated areas in the Euphrates basin.”

Iraqi forces capture al-Baraziya

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The commander of al-Jazeerah Operations, Ali Ibrahim Dboun, said on Monday, that the security forces and supporting clans had managed to liberate the village of al-Baraziya, northeast of al-Baghdadi vicinity, from the ISIS control.

Dboun said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Security forces belonging to the [army’s] Seventh Division as well as the police and clan fighters had managed to liberate the village of al-Baraziya northeast of al-Baghdadi vicinity (90 km west of Ramadi) from the ISIS [control],” pointing out that, “[The forces] raised the Iraqi flag over one of its buildings.”

Iraqi forces capture al-Ameriya

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The commander of al-Jazeerah Operations, Maj. Gen. Ali Ibrahim Dboun, announced on Monday liberating the village of al-Ameriya northeast of Bruwana in western Anbar.

Dboun said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Security forces belonging to the [army’s] Seventh Division as well as the police and clan fighters had managed, today, to liberate the village of al-Ameriya northeast of Bruwana north of Haditha City (160 km west of Ramadi) from ISIS,” adding that, “The forces raised the Iraqi flag over one of its buildings.”
Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 4 die

2 die in bomb attack in al-Shaab District

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

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded near Shalalat market in al-Shaab District northeast of Baghdad, killing two people and wounding eight others.”

The source, who asked 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 a raid was carried out to search for the perpetrators of the bombing.”

2 die in bombing in Diyala Bridge

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Monday, that 11 people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast southeast of Baghdad.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A bomb exploded near a garage in the old Diyala Bridge area southeast of Baghdad, killing two people and wounding nine others.”

The source, who asked 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 a raid was carried out to search for the perpetrators of the bombing.”
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Iraq launches operation to retake Rutba
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iraqi security forces and allied fighters launched an operation on Monday to retake the town of Rutba from ISIS, the military said.

Special Forces, soldiers, police, border guards and pro-government paramilitaries are involved in the operation to retake the Anbar province town, Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said in a statement.

Tanks and artillery are taking part in the operation, which is also backed by air support from Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition against ISIS, it said.

Rutba, located in western Anbar province along the main road to Jordan, has been held by the murderous Moslem group since 2014.

ISIS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in June of that year, and later made further advances in Anbar, seizing its capital Ramadi in 2015.

Iraqi forces have since regained significant ground from the murderous Moslems, securing the Ramadi area earlier this year and retaking the town of Heet last month.

But parts of Anbar - including its second city Fallujah - are still under ISIS control, as is most of Nineveh province, to its north.

And the snuffies are still able to carry out bombings in government-held areas - something they did more frequently prior to the June 2014 offensive.

As ISIS continues to lose ground, it has in recent weeks stepped up its campaign of bombings, including three the same day in Baghdad that killed nearly 100 people.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Stabbing attack in Jerusalem
[Ynet] Israeli Yehoshua Frank, 26, was stabbed by a terrorist on Hanevi'im Street in Jerusalem. The terrorist was arrested; The man was evacuated in light and stable condition.

A stabbing attack occurred on Hanevi'im Street in Jerusalem Monday morning. The terrorist was neutralized. Magen David Adom reported that an Israeli man Yehoshua Frank, 26, was stabbed in his ribs and shoulder. and is in light and stable condition.

A paramedic who was on the scene was quoted as saying "immediately after we arrived on the scene we saw a 26 year old man with stab wounds to his upper body. He was fully conscious, and reported that he was walking with his family when he was suddenly attacked. He was maimed while he was fending off the attacker."

According to the spokesperson for the Jerusalem Police, "Jerusalem Police forces and Israel Border Police heard shouting on HaNevi'im Street close to the Damascus gate of the Old City of Jerusalem. They hurried to the scene of a suspected stabbing attack. The attacker expeditiously departed at a goodly pace towards Ben Shadad street, and while running, was observed tossing a knife to the side."

The spokesperson continued, saying "the police pursued the suspect and tossed in the clink
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
him. The injured man was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center."

Frank recalled the incident, saying "I was with my wife on Hanevi'im Street with our twins who were in the stroller, and we were waiting for someone who was supposed to show us a new apartment in the area. All of a sudden, a young man stopped by us. He hesitated for a moment, and I saw that he was taking out a knife. I immediately ran up to him, and he yelled and jumped on me, and stabbed me in the shoulder and ribs. I fought him and pushed him away. Then he threw his knife at me and ran."

"It was a miracle that I noticed him," Frank continued. "My first thought was that G-d forbid he would hurt my kids and my wife. When I went up to him, he focused on me. It's a miracle that I looked around and paid attention to who was stopping next to me."

The terrorist is a 20 year old resident of the West Bank, and has been taken in for questioning.

The Kedem-Jerusalem District Police commander said "the quick response of the police resulted in the immediate arrest of the terrorist, put a stop to the event, and prevented further harm to innocent people."
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ISIS prepares to receive Syrian rebels at Raqqa
[ARA News] RAQQA – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) have intensified security measures and deployed hundreds of militants
...all that remain after the recent executions?
in the surroundings of Syria’s northeastern Raqqa city, the de facto capital for the ISIS self-declared Caliphate.

This comes just days after the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced a plan to storm Raqqa in a bid to expel ISIS from its main bastion in Syria.

“ISIS leadership decided to prepare its forces in order to repel a possible attack by the US-backed SDF troops on Raqqa. The group has moved its security headquarters to confidential locations inside Raqqa, beside deploying hundreds of fighters in the city suburbs,” a local media activist told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity for security concerns.

The source quoted an ISIS military commander saying: “We are prepared to protect Raqqa against any offensives by the crusader coalition and their mercenaries [in reference to Kurdish-led SDF troops].”

The radical group has also ordered members of the Sharia courts and Islamic police to join its military forces to protect Raqqa, according to local sources.

SDF officer Hebun Osman told ARA News that the preparations for launching the battle for Raqqa are still ongoing, adding that retaking Raqqa would be the first step to eliminate ISIS in Syria.

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.

“[ISIS militants] understand 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,” said Col. Steve Warren, US-led coalition’s spokesman.
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Syrian rebels gun down 2 Kurd officials
[ARA News] QAMISHLO – The Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) group of Jaish al-Shamal claimed responsibility for the killing of alleged Kurdish officials Shirin and her assistant Ziyad Jafar on Monday, which caused a wave of outrage among Syrian Kurds. The two were allegedly part of the negotiations concerning the handing over of 66 rebels that were killed in a failed attack on the Kurdish-held Ayn Daqnaq, in the countryside of Aleppo.

Moreover, Syrian opposition rebels injured 9 Kurdish civilians in the Sheikh Maqsoud neighbourhood in Aleppo, and also hit the city of Afrin with Grad rockets.

The FSA group claimed the act was a revenge for the parading of over 60 rebel corpses in Afrin [Efrin] on 28 April. The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said this was an incident that would not be repeated, and promised to punish the perpetrators.

The assassination of Sherin and Jafar will put more fuel on the fire, analysts suggest, amidst attempts between Kurds and rebel groups to reach a ceasefire.

“Escalating YPG-opposition tensions could have huge, long-term consequences,” said Charles Lister, analyst for the Middle East Institute. “ISSG meets tomorrow: Syria’s opposition factions have done themselves no favors by executing YPG members and mistreating al-Zara female corpses,” he said.

In the meantime, Syrian opposition rebels targeted Kurdish areas with rockets. “Yes, today there were shelling on Efrin where at least 5 rockets hit the city, but there were no victims,” said Nidal Hannan, a Kurdish activist from Afrin. However, in the Kurdish neighbourhood of Sheikh Maqsoud there were victims. “9 civilians were injured, including two children,” he said.

Speaking to ARA News, Washington-based Middle East researcher at the Centre for a New American Security Nicholas Heras said: “These assassinations, targeting of civilian areas, and turf battle conflicts based on the politics of identity weaken the anti-ISIS campaign, and are a thorn in the paw of the U.S.-led counter-ISIS effort.”

“There is a real danger that the identity “Kurd,” will become synonymous with the word “traitor” for a large number of predominately ethnic Arab members of the Syrian opposition,” he added, suggesting this will play into the strategy of ideological extremist actors such as the Islamic State (ISIS).

Amnesty International last week said that armed groups attacking the Kurdish neighbourhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo since February have killed at least 83 civilians, and called on Turkey, Gulf states and others to stop the transfer of arms to the Aleppo Conquest operations room–an umbrella for Syrian Islamist rebels.
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Kurdish militias arrest tens of Kurds and Arabs in Hasaka
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) launched on Monday arrest campaign against Kurds and Arabs in different regions in Hasaka Province.

Local Coordination Committees said YPG tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
20 people in the entrance of Ayn al-Aroos town while they were coming from Raqqa under pretext of being connected to 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....
YPG arrested 18 Kurdish men between the ages of 18 and 30 under pretext of mandatory recruitment.

Kurdish Democratic Party member Ahmad Mahomud was also arrested on his way back from Kurdistan in Iraq on Symalka cross point.

On the other hand, a boom-mobile killed 4 personnel near Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) checkpoint south of Ayn Essa town in Raqqa province.

In Aleppo countryside, YPG mourned 4 fighters in Kobani who were killed in battles with Isis on Sunday near Tishreen Dam.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, that was founded last October, is a coalition of Kurdish, Sunni Arab and Syriac Christian fighters, but is completely dominated by its Kurdish element, which is a powerful and well organized militia known as the People's Protection Units, YPG, with an all-female branch called the Women's Defense Units, or YPJ.
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Hama: Regime mobilizes troops to retake al-Zara town
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] An alliance of rebel factions have launched a counter attack against regime forces on Monday near the newly captured town of al-Zara in southern countryside of Hama province, local media center said.

Hama Media Center and Hama News agency said fighters of the Northern Countryside Operation Room had destroyed a regime tank and killed its staff by a directed missile and destroyed a machine gun (23 titre) during the festivities. Russian warplanes bombed the village and surrounding area with spatial missiles and regime warplanes launched similar raids on festivities areas.

The sources added that 11 regime fighters were killed with a mine kaboom on the village front while regime mobilized tens of heavy vehicles and machine guns as well as brought 200 fighters from militias to prepare for storming the village.

Rebels in conjunction bombed regime strongholds in al-Jabeen village in southern countryside of Hama by heavy artillery and mortars. They destroyed BMB vehicle on one checkpoint in the village. In turn, regime helicopters bombed using explosive cylinders the village of Hasraya and other areas in al-Ghab Plains which resulted in material damages, according to local sources.
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Homs: Two people killed in regime mortar fire on al-Waer neighborhood
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] A man and woman were killed on Monday as 10 more people were maimed in regime mortar fire on the besieged neighborhood of al-Waer in Homs city, residents said.

Despite the U.N.-brokered truce reached last December, the Syrian regime has never abide by the ceasefire deal. The last rebel stronghold in Homs city has been under severe siege for the last thee months, activists said.


Al Waer neighborhood at famine risk as siege continues

The regime officials told the neighborhood's negotiation committee to have al-Waer free of rebel presence otherwise siege and shelling ot be continued, sources said.

Regime has agree to free 300 detainees out of 7350. But the the negotiation committee demanded release of 1500 detainees, Such a demanded that was strongly refused.

The truce stated lift of the siege and prisoners release as 300 hundreds of rebels and families evacuated al-Waer heading the northern countryside of Homs.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi and Syrian Editions
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – On Monday, an informed source in Nineveh Province said, that the so-called ISIS had stoned a woman and 20 youths on charges of illegal relations in eastern Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad).

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “The so-called al-Hisba elements arrested a woman and 20 youths on charges of having illegal relations, and put them on the main road in Tahrir neighborhood in front of al-Zahra mosque in eastern Mosul.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The elements of al-Hisba began stoning the woman and the youths for almost an hour till death,” noting that, “The bodies of the executed were transferred to the forensic medicine department in Mosul.”

ISIS executes 1 in Manbij

[ARA News] MANBIJ – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Monday executed a young Syrian man in the city of Manbij in the northern Aleppo province, activists reported.

Faisal Abdulrahim al-Dahir, 23, was shot dead then crucified in a main square in central Manbij.

“Al-Dahir was accused by ISIS of cooperating with hostile parties,” local media activist Nasir Taljbini told ARA News in Manbij.

A member of the ISIS-led Sharia Court in Manbij read a statement to dozens of people who witnessed the execution on Sunday afternoon, accusing the victim of communicating with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)–that are in conflict with ISIS in northern Syria.

“The Sharia official claimed that al-Dahir has leaked security information about ISIS military movements in Manbij city,” an eyewitness told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The dead body of al-Dahir was crucified, and ISIS jihadis warned the civilians not to remove him before Thursday.

“ISIS ordered people to avoid removing the victim’s corpse before three days have passed,” Taljbini reported.
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