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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2016 00:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [756 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Playing the Ballad of Norman Wilkinson no doubt.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/18/2016 10:43 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
20 Taliban insurgents killed in Kunduz drone strike
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 20 Taliban forces of Evil were killed in a drone strike in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan, local officials said.

The Arclight airstrike was carried out earlier today in Dasht-e-Archi district targeting two vehicles of the Taliban myrmidons.

Provincial police front man Hejratullah Akbari said the two vehicles were targeted around 10:00 am local time in Mullah Quli area.

He said preliminary reports suggest a number of the Taliban capos were also among those killed in the Arclight airstrike.

Kunduz is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan were anti-government armed bully boy groups are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

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

The offensive was launched as the group announced its spring offensive earlier last month and vowed to carry out more attacks across the country.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shouting match, Bart was wondering if fisticuffs would be appropriate at this point...
the Afghan National Security Forces placed in durance vile
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
a military chief of the Taliban group, Qari Salim, arrested during a special night raid late last month.

Qari Salim was a key leader of the Taliban group who played a vital role in the collapse of Kunduz city last year.

Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Man!, I was trying to find a drone picture like that forever.
Posted by: Dale || 05/18/2016 20:56 Comments || Top||


31 militants killed in air and ground operations in Baghlan, MoD claims
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 31 Lions of Islam were killed in separate operations of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in northern Baghlan province, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

The operations were conducted in Surkh Kotal and Baghlan Markazi areas of Baghlan involving air and ground forces of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

According to a statement by MoD, at least 7 Lions of Islam were killed and 11 others were maimed during a ground operation of the Afghan forces.

The statement further added that the Afghan Air Force (AAF) also pounded Lions of Islam in Surkh Kotal area, leaving at least 24 dead.

An 82 mm artillery of the Lions of Islam was also destroyed along with a Dshk heavy machine gun during the Arclight airstrike, MoD added.

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

This comes at least 13 Lions of Islam were killed in an Arclight airstrike in Surkh Kotal area of Baghlan province earlier.

The intensified raids by Afghan forces on Lions of Islam follows by festivities erupted among the Talibs and the Afghan cops in the same area on Saturday night.

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

Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


MoI release photos of suicide bomber, VBIED seized near the ministry compound
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Ministry of Interior (MoI) released the photos of the would-be jacket wallah and the Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device which the bomber wanted to use in targeting the Ministry of Interior compound.

According to MoI, the suicide bomber was enjugged
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
from Jamhuriat Hospital road located which goes towards the Ministry of Interior compound.

The photos show the would-be suicide bomber with bruises on his face and blood stains covered his clothes as the security forces are taking him away from the site where he was arrested.

Other photographs show large amount of explosives recovered from the hatchback vehicle which was in jug of the suicide bomber as he was attempting to target the ministry.

Earlier, reports emerged that the suicide bomber managed to breach a number of the security posts located on the road towards the ministry compound.

Meanwhile,
...back at the alley, Bugs Moroni was holding Slats from behind while his brother Greasy Thumb was pounding his face into paste ...
the Taliban group rejected that the group’s suicide bomber was arrested by the security forces in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
today.

The latest attack attempt by the myrmidon groups comes almost a month after a deadly attack rocked capital Kabul which left at least 64 people dead and 347 others maimed.

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.

Meanwhile,
...back at the alley, Bugs Moroni was holding Slats from behind while his brother Greasy Thumb was pounding his face into paste ...
the Resolute Support mission in a statement said Monday that a major rocket attack plot on Kabul city was foiled as the Afghan security personnel seized three 122 mm rockets before the Lions of Islam manage to fire them on the city.

"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," a statement by the alliance said.

Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [188 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Over 80 Taliban insurgents killed, wounded in Kandahar: 205th Atal Corps
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Over 80 Taliban holy warriors were killed or maimed in a series of operations conducted by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) forces in southern Kandahar province.

The 205th Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in a statement said the operations were conducted in the vicinity of Shahwali Kot district.

According to a statement by 205th Atal Corps, at least 41 turbans were killed and 42 others were maimed during the operations.

The statement further added that the operations were led by the commander of 205th Atal Corps and the main aim of the operations was to clear the main Kandahar-Tarin Kot highway.

At least 15 different types of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) were also discovered and defused during the operations, MoD added.

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

The Afghan forces have stepped up counter-terrorism operations in southern Kandahar province as the Death Eater groups are attempting to expand their insurgency activities with the launch of their spring offensive earlier last month.

At least 8 turbans were killed and 15 others were maimed during an air raid in Arghandab district last week.

Earlier, at least 32 turbans were killed and 18 others were maimed during the operations in Shahwali Kot district.

Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Down Under
Teen Arrested over Alleged Sydney Terror Plot
[AnNahar] An 18-year-old man was locked away
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in Sydney on Tuesday over an alleged "imminent" terror plot, as police raided properties in Melbourne in a separate counter-terrorism operation, officials said.

Australian Federal Police claimed the teenager was scouting possible sites in Sydney to undertake an attack while at the same time trying to acquire a firearm.

In February he had been stopped at Sydney airport as he attempted to leave for Syria, despite his passport being cancelled, to allegedly fight overseas with jihadist groups.

"Since that time, he has been under the surveillance of the relevant authorities who have decided this morning to act to prevent an imminent terrorist event," Attorney-General George Brandis told news hounds, without giving precise details of potential targets.

The teen, from Sydney, was expected to be charged with acting in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act, which has a maximum penalty of life in prison.

He will also likely be charged with "preparing for an act of foreign incursion".

"This is the ninth occasion since the national terrorism alert level was raised (to high) in September 2014 that police have successfully intervened to prevent an imminent terrorism event on Australian soil," Brandis added.

Counter-terror police have made a string of arrests since late 2014, including a 16-year-old boy charged with preparing an attack linked to Anzac Day services honouring Australian soldiers in Sydney in April.

Other arrests saw a 17-year-old boy picked up in a raid in Melbourne a year ago, allegedly with "improvised bombs" in his family home.

Officials said Tuesday's arrest had no connection to police raids carried out in the southern city of Melbourne, part of an operation connected to five men detained last week over an apparent plan to leave the country by boat.

Police have alleged that the five -- aged in their twenties and thirties -- wanted to travel by boat to Indonesia and from there make their way to Syria to join jihadist groups.

The government has passed numerous national security laws including legislation allowing passports to be cancelled to prevent Australians from leaving the country.

But police have been unable to prevent all attacks, including the terror-linked murder of police employee Curtis Cheng by a teenager last October.
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Europe
Migrant miscreants and friends
Migrant Smuggling Network that Used Yachts Busted in France

[AnNahar] French police said Tuesday they have broken up a smuggling network that used yachts to transport migrants colonists to Britannia after finding seven Ukrainians stowed away on a boat on the French coast.

Two skippers and three suspected smugglers were detained on Friday after police discovered the migrants colonists on their sailboat in Brittany on La Belle France's northwest coast.
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The Grand Turk
12 missing in bomb attack in Diyarbakir
DIYARBAKIR: Turkish authorities were on Monday working to confirm the fates of at least 12 civilians who are missing and feared dead after a huge blast last week blamed on Kurdish rebels in the southeast of the country, reports and official sources said.

The mainly Kurdish region of Diyarbakir was on Thursday night rocked by a massive explosion that was also felt in the city center and was later said to have been caused by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants loading explosives onto a truck.

Four people, all PKK militants, were confirmed by the authorities to have been killed in the blast, which the Interior Ministry said was caused by explosives detonating prematurely. But the local governor’s office later confirmed media reports that 12 citizens were still missing after the immense blast, which left a gigantic crater in the ground.

The Dogan news agency reported Monday that some 15 tons of explosives had detonated in the incident and that 13 local residents were still missing.

It said the authorities had conducted three investigations of the scene, collecting body parts from a half kilometer area which were sent to Istanbul for analysis and DNA identification.

An AFP correspondent who visited the scene on Friday saw body parts still strewn around the area and was told by villagers that up to 16 people were missing.

In a statement, the PKK also said the explosion was accidental, claiming the vehicle exploded when anti-PKK villagers opened fire on the truck and hit its fuses.

The group said the explosives were meant to be transferred to another location and not detonated.
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Turkey hit Kurdish city with phosphorus bombs
[ARA News] NUSAYBIN – The Turkish army forces have reportedly used the internationally-banned Phosphorus bombs in its military campaign on the Kurdish city of Nusaybin, southeast Turkey, activists and eyewitnesses reported on Tuesday.

This comes amid continuous military operations by the Turkish troops against the Kurdish city of Nusaybin, that have not stopped since 14 March.

Medical sources in the war-torn city confirmed the army’s use of Phosphorus bombs against civilians.

Nusaybin has been exposed to daily bombardment by the Turkish military for the past two months, using heavy artillery and tanks in its operations, where hundreds of houses have been burned and destroyed, amid the displacement of thousands of Kurdish civilians from their hometown.

According to reports, many civilians are still stranded in war-torn neighbourhoods of Nusaybin.

Speaking to ARA News, media activists Akram Baraka reported that the Turkish army used Phosphorus bombs in its attack on Nusaybin on Tuesday.

“After launching the bombs, we saw white smoke followed by increasingly black smoke and then the targeted buildings were exposed to huge fires,” he said.

Akram, who is also a member of the ‘No More Silence’ campaign [documenting violations by government forces against civilians in southeastern Turkey], quoted medical sources inside Nusaybin confirming the use of the internally-banned Phosphorus bombs by the army against civilians stranded in the city.

In the meantime, Turkish bombardment on Nusaybin continued, amid clashes between the army and Kurdish rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) inside the city.

“Every morning a new wave of bombardment is taking place in the city,” Kurdish journalist Mihemed Hesse told ARA News.

This comes as the Turkish forces continued building an isolation wall between Nusaybin and Qamishlo on the Syrian border, according to eyewitnesses.

Turkish army destroying over 350 houses in Nusaybin
Local activists confirmed that the Turkish army forces continue their offensive through shelling the city’s neighborhoods by tanks and heavy artillery, demolishing more than 355 houses in the Zein al-Abedin neighborhood of Nusaybin.

“Pillars of smoke are still rising from the neighborhoods as a result of the Turkish-led military operations,” a local sources told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Members of the campaign “No More Silence”, launched by a group of Kurdish activists in the Nusaybin’s twin city of Qamishlo [Qamishli] northeastern Syria, confirmed that Turkish army bulldozers have entered the Zein al-Abedin neighborhood in order to demolish more houses in the area.

“We are coordinating with reliable sources inside the war-torn city in order to document all violations against civilians’ rights in Nusaybin,” the Kurdish group said.

Dozens of residential buildings have been destroyed by shelling and completely demolished by bulldozers, according to Kurdish activists.

This comes as clashes continued between Turkish troops and the PKK-affiliated People’s Defense Forces (HPG) in the city of Nusaybin and other parts of the Kurdish region in Turkey’s southeast.

More than 100,000 displaced people have been documented in two months, while many others remain stranded in the war-torn towns and villages in the Kurdish region, local activists reported.

In the meantime, the Turkish authorities recently began building a concrete wall along the border in the areas between Ain Diwar and Derik in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah.

Local sources in the Kurdish city of Derik in northeastern Syria told ARA News that the Turkish army leadership has been deploying hundreds of gendarmerie and military vehicles at the borderline with the city of Derik, with orders to shoot on each vehicle or person close to the border.

“Also, a number of Turkish snipers have been seen near the Tigris River, which separates Turkey from Syria in the area of Ain Diwar northeastern Syria,” according to eyewitnesses.

Speaking to ARA News in Derik, media activist Hozan Amin said: “A Syrian Kurdish citizen was shot dead by a Turkish sniper near the border town of Ain Diwar last Tuesday.”

“The Turkish army forces open fire on anyone who passes the Roman bridge [3.5 km northeast of the town of Ain Diwar],” Amin said.

Turkey tightened border security measures after unrest hit the southeastern regions of the countryــwhere Kurds constitute a majority. Also, a series of explosions targeted sensitive security areas inside Turkey. Turkish forces have earlier entered the Syrian territory, breaking into the north-eastern regions, including Sermisakh and Dirna Aghe in Hasakah suburbs.
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#1  The more Turks they kill, the better for the region. Turks support ISIS. Turks are liars.
Posted by: Vernal Bourbon8294 || 05/18/2016 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  It'd be a shame if somehow the Kurds ended up with some WP artillery shells.
Posted by: gorb || 05/18/2016 12:57 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
4 troops injured in Khyber Agency blast
LANDI KOTAL: At least four soldiers were injured in a roadside bomb blast in a remote locality of Khyber Agency on Monday.

Sources said that a patrol party of security forces was on a routine patrol duty in Sandana area, near Nari Baba locality in Bazaar Zakhakhel area, when it was hit by an explosives device planted at the roadside.

The injured soldiers were taken to a military hospital. Security forces started a search operation in the area, but no arrests were made.

The area had remained a battleground between pro-government Tauheed ul Islam and its rival Lashkar-i-Islam some three years ago.

Both groups targeted each other’s supporters by planting landmines in the past, causing human loss to both sides.

Nobody claimed res­ponsibility for Monday’s blast.

Four volunteers of Tauheedul Islam were killed on Friday in the same region in infighting over a petty dispute.

Published in Dawn, May 17th, 2016
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CTD arrests three ‘IS’ members
[DAWN] LAHORE: The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of police on Monday claimed to have placed in durance vile
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
three suspected bully boyz belonging to a banned holy warrior organization.

According to a CTD front man, on receiving information a team raided a park on Canal Bank road opposite irrigation workshop in Mughalpura and arrested three suspected terrorists. The suspects were identified as Muzzafar Ali Khan, Asad Aftab and Malik Khizar Hayat.

He said the suspects belonged to Sautul Ummah that is said to have pledged allegiance to the holy warrior Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, and were planning to attack important personalities from different institutions in Lahore. The CTD team also recovered 1,150g of kaboom, a six-foot primacord and three electric circuits.

The suspects were shifted to some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location for further interrogation.
Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraq
Iraqi Jailhouse Stories: 11 detained
Kirkuk Edition
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk province said on Tuesday, that a force from Kirkuk Emergency Police had managed to detain 11 suspects south of the province.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A force belonging to Kirkuk Emergency Police led by the commander of Kirkuk Police, Brigadier General Khattab Omar, conducted a security operation in the area of al-Asra, resulting in the arrest of 11 suspects.”

The source also added, “Some of the detainees did not have residence permissions issued by the security authorities in the province.”
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2 wounded as tribes slug it out near Basra
(IraqiNews.com) Basra – On Tuesday, al-Qarna Mayor’s office in Basra Province announced, that three people were wounded in a tribal clash in one of the district’s area, while pointed out that the security forces intervened and ended the dispute.

Qarna Mayor Mohamed Naseh said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A tribal dispute broke out in al-Nohairat area in al-Qarna District,” pointing out that, “Three people were wounded in the clash during the exchange of fire.”

Naseh added, “The security forces intervened and ended the dispute between the two tribes.”
Posted by: badanov || 05/18/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under:

#1  2 wounded? Then I guess the tribes weren't the Apache and Comanche huh?
Posted by: AlanC || 05/18/2016 7:10 Comments || Top||


Anbar Antics: 67+ die

10 Bad Guys die in Iraqi army operation near Haditha

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Tuesday the leadership of al-Hashed al-Shaabi in Anbar Province announced the liberation of an area east of Haditha District, while pointed out to the killing of ten ISIS militants.

The intelligence director of al-Somoud brigade in al-Hashed al-Shaabi, Nazim Aljughaifi, said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, joint forces from the army’s 7th brigade, al-Jazeera Operations and tribal fighters were able to liberate Dwailiya area east of Haditha District (170 km west of Ramadi), after fierce battles resulted in the killing of ten ISIS fighters.”

Aljughaifi added, “The security forces began to dismantle the improvised explosive devices and booby-trapped buildings in Dwailiya area that links Haditha District with Baghdadi vicinity down to the banks of the Euphrates River,” indicating that, “The security forces managed to dismantle more than 70 explosive device so far.”

15 ISIS troops die in operations near Barwana

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Monday, al-Jazeera and al-Badiya Operations Command in Anbar Province announced killing 15 members of the so-called ISIS and destructing three booby-trapped vehicles west of Ramadi, while indicated to the advance of the military troops in various battlefields in the county.

The commander of Anbar Operations, Maj. Gen. Ali Ibrahim Dabon, said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The joint forces from the army, police and al-Jazeera Operations were able to carry out a large-scale military operation against ISIS gatherings northeast of Barwana vicinity,” noting that, “The operation resulted in the killing of 15 ISIS elements and the destruction of three booby-trapped vehicles.”

Dabon added, “The security forces made significant military results in Haditha axes and Baghdadi vicinity,” pointing out that, “The security forces are advancing in the liberation battles of Rutba District in western Anbar with an active participation of tribal fighters.”

9 Iraqi kops die in al-Rutba fighting

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A source in Anbar Operations Command announced on Tuesday, that nine members of the security forces had been either killed or wounded in the cleansing battles of Rutba District west of Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad).

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, armed clashes broke out between the security forces, who were participating in the cleansing battles of Rutba District west of Ramadi, and ISIS militants,” pointing out that, “The clashes resulted in the killing of four army soldiers, as well as wounding two others and three police members.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The joint forces shelled ISIS sites in the eastern axis and destroyed a vehicle carrying weapons.”

Iraqi forces seize 2 more areas near Heet

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Heet District Council in Anbar Province announced on Tuesday, that the security forces managed to liberate two areas in western Heet District, while pointed out that dozens of ISIS militants were killed in the operation.

The Head of the council Mohammed Mohannad al-Hiti said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today the security forces carried out a military operation and managed to liberate Jaba village and Sawor area (22 km west of Heet), killing dozens of ISIS fighters.”

Hiti added, “The security forces are preparing to liberate Horan valley areas that extend from Rutba District to Heet District.”

ISIS weapons cache seized, destroyed near Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations, Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahalawi, announced on Tuesday destroying a shelter and a cache of weapons for ISIS in the axis of al-Salam south of Fallujah.

Mahalawi said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “An army force belonging to Anbar Operations had managed to destroy a shelter belonging to the ISIS and kill three [ISIS] snipers near the axis of al-Salam south of Fallujah (40 km east of Ramadi),” adding that, “The international coalition aviation was able to bomb a cache of weapons for ISIS in the area of al-Fallahat, west of Fallujah, resulting in the destruction of the cache and killing everyone inside it.”

Dere go da judge: ISIS judge, 10 others die in artillery attack near Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Tuesday the leadership of al-Hashed al-Shaabi in Anbar Province announced killing the so-called ISIS Shariah Judge in al-Karma District, along with nine of his companions during a security operation targeted ISIS gathering in eastern Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad).

The commander of Karmat Fallujah 1st brigade in al-Hashed al-Shaabi, Col. Mahmoud Mardi Jumaili, said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The joint security forces carried out a military operation on a gathering of ISIS in Subaihat area in al-Karma District (17 km east of Falluja), killing the so-called ISIS Shariah Judge in al-Karma District Rabah Faraj (Abu shish), along with nine of his associates, including the so-called Jabbar al-Muhajir.”

Jumaili added, “The security forces from the army’s 1st brigade managed to destroy three mortar detachments and a rocket launcher, as well as destructing a truck carrying a machine gun in the vicinity of Subaihat area.”

4 more areas in Baghdadi captured by Iraqi Army: 23 die

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The commander of al-Jazeerah Operations, Maj. Gen. Ali Ibrahim Dboun, announced on Tuesday, that the security forces and clan fighters managed to liberate four villages from ISIS northwest of al-Baghdadi vicinity.

Dboun said in a statement followed 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 villages of Ebla, Abu al-Ela, al-Sawer and al-Judafiya in the vicinity of al-Baghdadi (90 km west of Ramadi),” noting that, “These forces raised the Iraqi flags over a number of buildings in those [villages].”

Dboun also added, “The liberation process of the villages came after the killing of 23 ISIS terrorists and the destruction of two booby-trapped vehicles driven by suicide bombers.”

Iraqi forces end al-Rutba battle with capture

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations, Maj. Gen. Hadi Rseg, announced on Tuesday liberating the district of al-Rutba in western Anbar, while pointed out that the security forces raised the Iraqi flag over one of the buildings in the district.

Rseg said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces had managed to fully liberate the city of al-Rutba (310 km west of Ramadi) from ISIS and raise the Iraqi flag over one of its buildings,” adding also that, “The security forces were deployed in the areas and neighborhoods of the city of al-Rutba.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 14 die

2 die in market bomb attack in al-Amin

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

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded near a popular market in al-Amin area in eastern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding seven others,” pointing out that, “Ambulances rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “A security force cordoned off the area of the incident and barred approaching it.”

11 die in bombing attack in al-Shaab

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Tuesday, Baghdad Operations Command announced, that the explosion that took place in al-Shaab District northeast of Baghdad was carried out by a female suicide bomber with the use of an improvised explosive device, while pointed out that 48 people were either killed or wounded in the explosion.

Baghdad Operations Command spokesman, Brigadier General Saad Maan, said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The terrorist attack that took place near the 4000th market in al-Shaab District northeast of Baghdad was carried out by a female suicide bomber with the use of an improvised explosive device.”

Maan added, “The preliminary number of casualties reached 11 dead and 37 injured, based on information obtained from the Ministry of Health,” indicating that, “The toll is expected to increase because of the intensity of the bombing.”

1 dead in bomb attack near al-Rashid

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi piolice said on Tuesday, that a person had been killed and another was injured in a bomb blast that took place in the area of al-Rashid south of Baghdad.

The source, who requested anonymity, said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The explosion, which took place in the area of al-Rashid, resulted in the killing of one person and wounding another,” adding that, “The dead was transferred to the forensic medicine authority, while the injured was taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.”
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#1  "Experts" figured the IS is bombing Baghdad in order to sow divisions between Shiite and Sunni.

and

The Shiite-dominated Iraqi government has told the US its priority intention is to recapture Fallujah, because the Sunni-dominated city is sending jihadis to attack Baghdad.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/18/2016 20:06 Comments || Top||

#2  And I guess the problems with the Mosul Dam are chopped liver?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 05/18/2016 20:38 Comments || Top||

#3  No, I don't think they used that, just bad permeable and dissolvable limestone soil. Flyash Liberation Army was left out
Posted by: Frank G || 05/18/2016 21:18 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Border Police vehicle hit in West Bank shooting attack
[IsraelTimes] Police say no Israeli troops injured during incident at Qalandiya crossing; security forces searching the area

Shots were fired Tuesday morning at a Border Police vehicle adjacent to the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem, according to police.

Bullet holes were discovered in the vehicle after gunfire was heard by security forces at the crossing.

No troops were maimed in the attack, police said. It is not clear if anyone was in the vehicle at the time it was shot.

Security forces were searching the area for the shooter.

Police said were unaware of unconfirmed reports saying the attack targeted a Cypriot military delegation visiting the area Tuesday.

The Paleostinian town of Qalandiya, and the adjacent crossing between the West Bank and Israel, has been a flashpoint of conflict in the recent wave of violence that has rocked the area since September of last year.

As the crossing is located within the Jerusalem city limits, it is under the authority of the police, who guard the site.
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Southeast Asia
Abu Sayyaf sets ransom-or-decapitation deadline
[CNN] The Abu Sayyaf, which beheaded a Canadian hostage last month, has threatened to execute another foreign captive if a P600 million ransom isn't paid by June 13.

Canadian Robert Hall and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, two of four hostages kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf on Samal Island last September, once again appeared in a video acquired by the SITE Intelligence Group.

Sekkingstad and Hall were wearing orange shirts, in a jungle surrounded by masked militants. Hall said, "I'm told to tell you that on June the 13th at 3 pm, I will be murdered if the demand is not met. I appeal to my government, the Philippine government as I have appealed before for help."

Sekkingstad likewise asked help from the governments of Norway, Canada and the Philippines. The ransom "worth 6 hundred million pesos" was in the text displayed on the video.

Hall, Sekkingstad, and Filipino Tess Flor are still being held by the Abu Sayyaf after the militants beheaded another Canadian, John Ridsdel, on April 25. A plastic bag containing Ridsdel's severed head was later found on a street in Jolo, Sulu.

The video also showed eight gunmen wearing military-style camouflage uniforms and carrying assault rifles holding two flags. One black flag with white Arabic characters is similar to the flag carried by Daesh fighters.
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Bomb flips armored car in southern Thailand
[The Nation] Four soldiers in a teacher-protection unit were wounded when a bomb hit their military vehicle in Pattani province. The armored vehicle was hurled into the sky, hit an electrical wire and landed upside-down on the road. The four troops ended up having difficulty breathing and had ringing ears, due to the blast and the impact.

A policeman said, "The bomb was remotely detonated as soon as the military vehicle reached the spot," adding that the bomb could have contained 20 to 30 kilograms of explosive. The hole on the road at the site was one meter deep and two meters wide.

The incident occurred on the first day of a new academic year for most schools.

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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
IS Blasts Rock Syria Gas Field
[AnNahar] Powerful blasts rocked a key gas field in central Syria on Monday, with a monitor saying they were caused by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group blowing up pumping stations.

The Shaer gas field -- one of the biggest in the central province of Homs -- has been the site of fierce fighting between IS jihadists and Syrian government loyalists.

"There were three huge kabooms there carried out by IS on Monday," said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Abdel Rahman said IS was believed to have blown up several of Shaer's pumping stations. He had no immediate word on casualties.

The kabooms reportedly even shook Palmyra, the ancient oasis city about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Shaer, according to reports posted on Twitter.

Syria's army recaptured Palmyra from IS on March 27, after about 10 months of jihadist rule over the city.

IS seized the Shaer field last week, but Syrian armed forces and pro-government militias have fought hard to get it back.

Syrian state news agency SANA on Monday evening said government forces had seized a hilltop just west of the field.

The agency did not mention the blasts.

IS has targeted oil and gas facilities in Iraq and Syria to fund its self-proclaimed Islamic "caliphate."
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Fighting among Syrian rebels kills more than 50
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Fighting between turban groups east of Damascus killed more than 50 people Monday, bringing to more than 500 the number of people killed in rebel infighting since late April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The fighting pits Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
, which is part of the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC), against rival faction Failaq al-Rahman, and is threatening Jaish al-Islam's dominant position in Eastern Ghouta just outside Damascus.

Jaish al-Islam, which runs the civil administration in the region and has some 7,000 fighters there, suffered a blow in December when its leader, Zahran Alloush, was killed in an air strike.

Failaq al-Rahman controls several towns slightly closer to Damascus, also in Eastern Ghouta, with about 2,000 fighters. Its allies in this particular fight include Islamists, some Al-Qaeda-linked, but the group itself is more moderate.

Some of the more moderate rebel groups have fought alongside Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front during Syria's five-year civil war because of the group's strength on the battlefield against government forces and their allies.

In a statement on Monday, Jaish al-Islam accused Failaq al-Rahman of rejecting an initiative tabled by HNC coordinator Riad Hijab to end the bloodshed in Eastern Ghouta.

A statement by a local body which the Observatory said was close to Failaq al-Rahman Tuesday criticized Jaish al-Islam for failing to withdraw from a town in the area, under an agreement reached between the two sides a week ago.

The statement said Jaish al-Islam had launched a new assault nearby on Tuesday.

Several attempts at ending the fighting have failed.

Jaish al-Islam has accused Failaq al-Rahman of wrecking attempts to stop the fighting by launching its own attacks.

The festivities began on April 28, when Jaish al-Islam's positions in the Eastern Ghouta came under attack, the Observatory said. It said nine civilians including three children had been killed in the fighting since then.

Failaq al-Rahman has been backed in the fighting by a group known as the Fustat Army, whose fighters include members of the Nusra Front, the British-based Observatory says.

Each side has captured dozens of fighters, it said.

During the rebel infighting, government forces have attacked some areas of Eastern Ghouta and made advances there, the Observatory has reported.

The fighting between the turban groups in Eastern Ghouta is one of many smaller-scale battles taking place in the many-sided Syrian conflict, which has killed more than 270,000 people and is in its sixth year.
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Rebel fighter kills 2 YPG members in revenge upon 'death parade'
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Zaman al-Wasl verified the identity of the person who appeared in a footage when he killed media official and first assistant of Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Unit militia (YPG).

The data revealed the person who executed the operation is Jameel al-Saeed, known as Jameel Karmou. Al-Saeed was a member of Jaish al-Thwar which is close to YPG before he defected from Jaish al-Thwar after the YPG parade of corpses of fighters killed in Ayn Daqneh battles by YPG.

Jameel al-Saeed is from Alqameyeh village subordinate to Menneg in southern countryside of Aleppo. He joined Jaish al-Thwar and fought with them in battles despite his village disapproval. Later, he defected from Jaish al-Thwar and executed two YPG leaders.

Jameel al-Saeed published a footage on his personal page entitled "by God, we will take Dire Revenge." The comments on the post approved his defection and his will to Dire Revenge the blood of the deaders whom YPG displayed their corpses in a form of death parade.

Jaish al-Shamal released a statement on Monday saying they executed a security operation in YPG and Jaish al-Thwar strongholds which killed two YPG leaders and another personnel ranked first assistant.

Jasih al-Thwar announced in the statement that they performed the operation as a response on the death parade and disrespect of the deaders following Ayn Danqeh battle. YPG roamed in Efrin displaying nearly 50 corpses on a truck and documented the parade which provoked many angry reactions by many parties.

Jaish al-Shamal said the operation resulted in killing of YPG PR Shirin and Ziyad Jaafar ranked first assistant in the militia.

The statemenet added the Jameel Karmou led the operation and promised the Kurdish militia harsher and tougher operation.

In conjunction, activists circulated a footage of the liquidation of Shirin and Ziyad Jaafar. A young man with blonde and tall hair appears at the end of the footage saying the operation was done to take a Dire Revenge for the deaders whom YPG displayed their bodies in utter disrespect to the dead.

The footage shows the shooting on Shirin and Ziyad Jaafar and their killing. Zaman al-Wasl refrains from publishing the footage.
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Armed tribesmen rob Syrian refugee camp at Jordan border
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] A group of armed me from a tribe in Badiyet Palmyra attacked al-Raqban camp on Monday on the Syrian Jordanian borders.

Palmyra Coordination Committee said the attackers which it describe as bandidos under the protection of Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) stormed the tents of the displaced in the camp in full armory and robbed what they could from the camp.

The committee added they fired live bullets on the water storage and who ever tried to confront them from men and few were maimed and at death's doors.

According to the source, the thugs stormed the medical points and pharmacies and robbed what they could. The thugs also threatened displaced from locals of Palmyra of kicking them out from the camp under pretext the displaced facilitated 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....
entrance and control of the city.

The committee demanded FSA leaders to have some mercy over the displaced who fled the hell of Assad and Isis alike calling them to protect the camp and its population from gangs under their factions.

The committee called for Arab and International organization to dispatch observers and doctors to visit the camp and see the needs of the displaced as soon as possible.

Member of the committee activist Naser al-Thaner revealed that attackers number were around 3000 persons. 100 out of them are from al-Amoor tribe led by Majed al-Azab. Al-Thaner confirmed that the camp population fled the Assad and Isis together and sought protection from FSA in the area and the Jordanian borders guards, but they were gravely disappointed.

The activist added the bandidos gang is under protection of a faction in FSA did not care about the suffering of the displaced. The leader of the thugs had formerly assaulted public and private property in the countryside of Palmyra.

Al-Raqban camp is situated in a neutral area on the Syrian Iraqi Jordanian borders and lies 120 kilometers away from Jordanian city al-Rwayished, the closest city to the camp.

According to official data, the number of displaced in the camp is estimated between 18 and 10thousand until last February.
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Terror Networks
US, allies conduct 12 strikes in Iraq, Syria against Islamic State
[Ynet] The United States and its allies conducted 12 strikes against Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
in Iraq and Syria on Monday, the coalition leading the operations said.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Combined Joint Task Force said two strikes in Syria hit a tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle near Al Shadaddi and destroyed an artillery piece near Mar'a.

Ten strikes in Iraq, half of them near Qayyarah, struck three headquarters, two tactical units and destroyed fighting positions, a fuel tanker and heavy machine guns among other targets, the statement said.
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#1  Seems like the number of strikes is down. Probably ISIS is on the run, as they say.

Yes, that is sarcasm.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/18/2016 12:47 Comments || Top||

#2  I figured it might be due to budgetary constraints due to the transgender integration scheme.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/18/2016 14:54 Comments || Top||



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