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ISIS commander kill his 11 fighters in east of Afghanistan
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [852 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Too many frogs. Not enough princes.
Posted by: Iblis || 05/21/2016 7:32 Comments || Top||

#2  ...2016 campaign, in a nutshell.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/21/2016 10:58 Comments || Top||

#3  An eighty year old man was out fishing one day when he heard a voice. Knowing no one was around he just thought he was hearing things. Once again he heard psst- psst hey you. The man looked around and saw a frog in the water. The man said, are you talking to me? The frog said yea, pick me up. So the man picked the frog up. Now kiss me and I will turn into the most beautiful woman you have ever seen. The man proceeded to put the frog in his coat pocket. Pretty soon the man hears the frogs muffled voice again. He reaches into his pocket and retrieves the frog. Hey, didn't you hear me? I said kiss me and I will turn into the most beautiful woman you have ever seen! No thanks said the man, at my age I would rather have a talking frog.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 05/21/2016 12:19 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
ISIS commander kill his 11 fighters in east of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A 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 has killed his 11 fighters 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 of Afghanistan.

Provincial governor’s front man Ataullah Khogyani said the incident took place late on Thursday night in Achin district.

He said the ISSI commander has been identified as Zamin Jan and was popular as Abu Bakr who managed to flee the area after killing his 11 fighters.

According to reports, Abu Bakr was detained by the Talibs and had suffered injuries as he was fleeing following the attack on his own fighters.

The Talibs group which is an arch rival to ISIS loyalists has not commented regarding the report so far.

The loyalists of ISIS terrorist group have stepped up insurgency activities in eastern Nangarhar province during the recent weeks which comes as the terror group received major setbacks as a result of the Afghan and US forces raids.

Local officials in Nangarhar said Thursday that 27 gunnies belonging both to Taliban and ISIS terrorist group were killed during a clash in Achin and Khogyani.

Earlier, the loyalists of ISIS released several photographs which purportedly shows the horrific execution of three men who are believed to be members of the Taliban group.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [557 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


UNAMA security guard killed, staff member wounded in Kabul shooting incident
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A security guard of the United Nations
...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly...
Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) was killed and a staff member of the UN mission was maimed in a shooting incident 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....
"The United Nations in Afghanistan confirms that a security guard at one of its compounds in Kabul was killed today in a shooting incident," the UN mission in Afghanistan said in a statement.

The statement further added that "A staff member of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) was also injured in the incident. The injuries are described as not serious."

No further details were given regarding the exact location of the incident by the UN mission, saying "The circumstances around this tragic incident are still being investigated."

"UNAMA extends its condolences to the family of the victim and wishes our UNAMA colleague a speedy recovery," the statement added.

No group has so far grabbed credit behind the attack which follows almost eight months after a UNAMA staff was killed in attack in southern Kandahar city.

Meanwhile,
...back at the comedy club, Boogie was cracking himself up, but nobody else seemed to be getting the non-stop jokes...
four staff members of the United Nations were killed in a terrorist attack on a restaurant in capital Kabul nearly two and half years ago.

The victims of the incident were senior UN officials who were serving with UNAMA, UNICEF, and the UN-affiliated International Monetary Fund.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Rassoul Sayyaf’s house comes under rocket attack in Kabul
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The residence of a prominent former Jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf
...Afghan Salafist warlord, owned by Saudi Arabia. He was the guy who invited al-Qaeda to come into Afghanistan and make themselves at home...
once again came under rocket 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....
this morning.

Sources close to Sayyaf said at least two rockets were fired in the early hours of Friday morning which landed in the vicinity close to his house.

There are no reports regarding the casualties and no group has so far grabbed credit behind the attack.

This comes as several rockets were fired on the residence of Sayyaf nearly a week ago but the attack did not result into any casualties.

Sayyaf is one of the most influential jihadi leaders and has been harshly criticizing the Taliban group for their insurgency activities.

He has been harshly criticizing the Talibs group and dismiss their so called jihad as a move against th principles of Islam.

Sayyaf reaffirmed his hard stance against the krazed killer groups last month last month during a gathering on the eve of Mujahideen’s victory and called on krazed killer groups last month to end slavery for the outsiders.

He insisted that the krazed killer and terrorist groups fighting in the country should not brand their insurgency as Jihad, insisting that killing of children, women, destroying houses and committing other horrific crimes are not a holy war.

Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [215 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Policeman kills 8 of his comrades in latest insider attack in Zabul
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A policeman has killed eight of his comrades in the latest insider attack in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan, local officials said Thursday.

The incident took place late on Wednesday night in a police check post located on Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
-Kandahar highway.

A security official confirmed that the policeman carried out the attack with the help of two others who were apparently brought into the check post as guests.

The official further added that assailants including the policeman managed to flee the area and an investigation is underway regarding the attack.

No group including the Talibs has so far grabbed credit behind the incident.

The latest insider attack follows nearly month after a policeman killed three of his comrades in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan.

Earlier, at least seven coppers were killed in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan in a similar attack.

There has been a considerable rise in insider attacks mainly among the Afghan police forces during the recent months alarming the security officials to take steps in a bid to reduce such incidents.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Senate, the partisans of Honorius went for their knives and the partisans of Stilicho went for the doors...
the Afghanistan National Security Council (NSC) approved in principle the strategy to fight the enemy moles, a step that could reduce insider attacks in the country by large extent.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [221 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


11 of a family killed in a roadside bomb explosion in north of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eleven members of a single family were killed in a roadside kaboom kaboom in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan, local officials said Friday.

The incident took place late on Thursday evening in Baghlan-e-Markazi district after their vehicle struck an Improvised Explosive Device.

The district police chief Mohibullah Kohistan
...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns....
i said five children, two women and four men were among those killed and three children were maimed.

The provincial public health officials have said the maimed children are at death's door and there are fears that the corpse count could rise.

No group including the Talibs has so far grabbed credit behind the incident.

The Taliban snuffies and Lions of Islam belonging to the other bad boy groups are frequently using Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces.

The IEDs are the main contributors to the casualties of the Afghan cops but are also considered as a key factor in growing civilian casualties.

At least 600 non-combatants were killed and 1,343 others were maimed in the first quarter of 2016, the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in its latest report.

UNAMA further added that consistent with 2015 trends, ground engagements caused the highest number of total civilian casualties, followed by improvised bombs (IEDs), complex and suicide kabooms, as well as assassination'>assassination
s.

According to UNAMA, actions by Anti-Government Elements caused at least 60 per cent of casualties while Pro-Government Forces caused at least 19 per cent.

Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Gen Joseph Dunford: US military could deploy to Libya 'any day'
[Bus Insider] After a week of rumblings that the US was preparing to arm and deploy Special Forces to Libya, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, said on Thursday that a military deployment to Libya could happen "any day."

Speaking to journalists after returning from a NATO meeting in Brussels, as The Washington Post notes, Dunford outlined a "period of intense dialogue" between the US and Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord, who seek to rid the country of a recent but pronounced ISIS presence.

The terrorist group ISIS has been gaining ground in Libya even as their so-called caliphate shrinks in Iraq and Syria as a US-led coalition and various regional forces attack the group from every angle.

For ISIS, branching out into Libya provides it a potential "back-up capital" in case the terrorist group is driven out of its main base in Syria.

"There's a lot of activity going on underneath the surface," said Dunford. "We're just not ready to deploy capabilities yet because there hasn't been an agreement. And frankly, any day that could happen."

"There will be a long-term mission in Libya," said Dunford.

In fact, US Special Forces have been on the ground in an advisory role since late last year.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/21/2016 14:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [376 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ah, the wonder eight year ride with the Nobel Peace Prize winner. /s
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/21/2016 16:07 Comments || Top||

#2  And start taking casualties due to idiotic ROE, the day after?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/21/2016 16:26 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm picturing one of those "Miss Me Yet?" posters with George Bush's grinning mug replaced by Moammar Kadaffy.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/21/2016 16:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Steves:

It'll be Carter not Bush.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 05/21/2016 17:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Hell people, IMO, if Hillary is elected we'll want such mugs with Obama's pic.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/21/2016 17:25 Comments || Top||

#6  The US has had boots on the ground for months

The Russians have been in Libya for three years. I met one in a coffee shop in Tripoli. He even paid for my expresso. He said the high command was worried about what would happen to the ME if Libya went sideways...they were doing lots of "things" to try to discourage the militants but they were like cockroaches...stamp them out or step on them and they crawl out of another wall.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 05/21/2016 17:43 Comments || Top||

#7  Bill, I still wonder if they were there on September 11, 2012.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/21/2016 20:35 Comments || Top||


Egyptian policeman killed, two others injured in south Cairo raid
[Al Ahram] A police officer was killed and two others were maimed when they attempted to arrest a "terrorist element" in southern Cairo, a statement from the Egyptian interior ministry said on Friday.

The officer who was killed was named as Lieutenant Ahmed Hussien Radwan; Lieutenants Ahmed Sobhi Zakariya and Ahmed Abdel-Fattah Abu Rayya were transferred to hospital.

All three were Central Security Forces officers.

The ministry did not disclose the exact location or further details about the nature of the attack.

In recent months, Egyptian security forces have carried out several raids on apartments where suspected or runaway Islamists murderous Moslems were reportedly either hiding or preparing for "terrorist operations." These raids have often ended with suspects killed by police, who say they were met with gunfire upon arrival at the hideouts.

Earlier in May, eight coppers were bumped off by unknown assailants in the capital's southern district of Helwan. Four individuals, who were waiting in a mini-van, opened fire on a police patrol, resulting in the deaths of all eight officers.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Africa Subsaharan
Six civillians killed by Boko Haram in Niger: Army
[Al Ahram] At least six non-combatants were killed and seven injured in an attack by Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
Islamist fighters in Niger on Thursday evening, according to the country's army.

Four of the victims were burned alive and two were rubbed out during the attack near the south eastern garrison town of Bosso, close to the border with Nigeria, according to an army statement broadcast on state TV and radio Friday.

Cross-border raids by the Nigeria-based Boko Haram group are not uncommon. In November Boko Haram killed 18 people and injured 11 others during a raid in the village of Wogom, close to Bosso.

The army said that the fighters struck the village of Yebi at around 10:50 pm (2150 GMT) on Thursday, setting fire to the local market, 10 houses and killing several cattle before fleeing back to Nigeria along with two stolen cars.

"Search operations are ongoing in the area to neutralise these terrorists," said the army statement.

Since February 2015, Niger has been plagued by Boko Haram attacks in its south east region. In April, two non-combatants were killed in a suicide kaboom near the town of Diffa, the regional capital. On March 30, six Nigerien soldiers were killed in an ambush by Boko Haram fighters, also in the Diffa region which borders north east Nigeria, the cradle of the Islamist insurgency.

The violence has forced more than 240,000 people in the region to flee their homes. Boko Haram's insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead and made more than 2.6 million homeless in neighbouring Nigeria.

'Second Rescued Chibok Girl' not among the 219 Seized

[AnNahar] A campaign group on Friday said an kidnapped schoolgirl rescued from Boko Haram was a student in Chibok but was not among the 219 seized more than two years ago.

Nigeria's military announced late Thursday that Serah Luka was among 97 women and kiddies rescued earlier that day in the Damboa area of the northeastern state of Borno.
Even if she, and they, are not from the group publicized by our beloved First Lady, at least they have now been freed from the same vile kidnappers.
But the head of the Chibok Abducted Girls Parents group, Yakubu Nkeki, said she was not on the list of 219 girls held by the snuffies since the mass abduction on April 14, 2014.

A senior military source maintained it was "beyond reasonable doubt" that the schoolgirl was one of them.

But BringBackOurGirls front man Sesugh Akume said background checks with a community leader in Chibok had established that although Serah was a student at the same school, she was in a different class.

"She was an SSS1 learner at (Government Girls Secondary School) Chibok, who was kidnapped by the murderous Moslems in her home in Madagali (in neighboring Adamawa state)," he added.

SSS1 is the first year of the final three years of secondary school in the Nigerian system. The 219 girls held were in the final year, SSS3.

News of the rescue came just hours after the first student to be found, Amina Ali, met President Muhammadu Buhari in the capital, Abuja.

Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of women and young girls.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Europe
Germany stops dozens of migrants stowing away to Britain
Police in the northern German port city of Cuxhaven have stopped dozens of migrants colonists from stowing away on freighters heading to Britannia in recent months.

The local daily Cuxhavener Nachrichten reported Friday that Germany's border police have been monitoring the phenomenon since last fall. It quoted police front man Holger Jureczko saying the young men, mostly from Albania and Kosovo, had repeatedly tried to climb over security fences to reach trucks being loaded onto freighters.

Three Albanians who had traveled to England illegally were sent back to Cuxhaven on Monday.

Jureczko said police and port operators had increased security measures, and authorities believe they are apprehending the majority of illegal migrants colonists now.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [210 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking


The Grand Turk
Three security officers killed in PKK attacks, car crash in Turkey’s southeast
Two soldiers and one police officer, wounded in attacks by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and a military vehicle crash, succumbed to their injuries at hospitals where they were being treated in the southeastern provinces of Van, Hakkari and Diyarbakır.

PKK militants had detonated an improvised explosive device buried under the asphalt road stretching between Aktütün and Beyyurdu near Turkey’s border with Syria on May 18. The blast occurred during the passage of two armored army vehicles at 2:05 p.m., around 70 kilometers from the center of the Şemdinli district of Hakkari.

Four soldiers were killed and nine others were wounded in the attack and the injured soldiers were taken to hospital on May 18. One of the wounded soldiers succumbed to his wounds, thus increasing to five the number of soldiers killed in the attack.

Another soldier, specialized sergeant Fırat Kılıç, succumbed to his injuries after an armored vehicle that he was in, heading to the Gürpınar district of Van, crashed.

Two soldiers were killed in the crash on May 19, while a specialized sergeant was also killed on the Gürpınar-Edremit motorway in Van on the same day, bringing the number of killed soldiers to three.

Meanwhile, a police officer succumbed to his injuries in the Gülhane Military Medical Academy (GATA) in Ankara, after being hit in a PKK attack in Diyarbakır on May 10.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
Pakistani police kill 14 alleged al-Qaida militants
[Al Ahram] Pak police acting on intelligence killed 14 al-Qaeda members and other forces of Evil in two separate shootouts in central Pakistain, authorities said Friday.

Eight al-Qaeda operatives and other forces of Evil were killed near the city of Multan, in Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

province, on Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the province's counter terrorism department. It said several of the accomplices managed to flee but were traced to the district of Dera Ghazi Khan, where six were killed in a firefight with security forces the following day.

Among those killed was a man linked to a 2010 bad boy attack on two mosques of the Ahmadi minority sect in the eastern city of Lahore that killed 97 people.

Other were involved in attacks against the security forces, the counter terrorism department said.

Also Friday, three suspected jacket wallahs were killed when one of the Death Eaters accidentally detonated his suicide jacket while approaching the northwestern city of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
on a cycle of violence from the Khyber tribal region bordering Afghanistan, police official Shakir Ullah said.

He said officers were still trying to identify bodies of the men.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan


Iraq
ISIS kidnaps 22 in Ninevah
(IraqiNews.com) Kurdistan – The Kurdistan Democratic Party announced on Friday, that the ISIS militants kidnapped 22 persons in central Mosul.

The spokesperson for the party, Saeed Mamouzini, said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today, elements of the ISIS kidnapped 22 persons from the residents of al-Zohour neighborhood in central Mosul,” noting that, “The ISIS did not disclose the reasons behind the kidnapping of the citizens.”

“The [abductees] were transferred to an unknown destination,” he added.
Posted by: badanov || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [173 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 2 die
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source within the police force in Baghdad province said on Friday, that eight people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast that took place north of Baghdad.

The source, who requested anonymity, said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, an explosive device went off near shops in the area of al-Husseiniya, north of Baghdad, resulting in the death of two persons and wounding six others,” adding that, “A security force rushed to the scene and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital for medical treatment and the two dead bodies to the forensic medicine authority, while imposed a security cordon around the area of the incident and prevented approaching it.”
Posted by: badanov || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [220 views] Top|| File under:


Turkey hits PKK targets in northern Iraq
Turkish jets have conducted air strikes against outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in northern Iraq, the Turkish Armed Forces stated on May 20. The jets hit the Gara region of northern Iraq between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and destroyed shelters belonging to the PKK on May 20, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, the jets also hit the Kandil Mountains in northern Iraq, known as the headquarters of the PKK, between 9 and 9:45 p.m. on May 19.

Shelters and weapon-launching areas belonging to the PKK were destroyed in the airstrikes, according to the armed forces statement, adding that the warplanes returned to their bases in Turkey after the operation.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
7 Syrian regulars die as ISIS mounts attack in Palmyra
[ARA News] HOMS – At least seven Syrian army forces were killed and a dozen more injured in renewed offensives by militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) near the ancient city of Palmyra in Homs province, local sources reported on Friday.

ISIS militants attacked the Syrian regime troops near the military airport of Palmyra east of the city, destroying two military vehicles and killing seven soldiers.

“The ISIS-led offensive on the military airport took place after the militants infiltrated into an army position and detonated several explosive devices. The initial death toll among the army ranks has so far reached 7 and 11 more were wounded in the attack,” local media activist Imad al-Hussein told ARA News in Palmyra.

Also on Friday, ISIS fighters attacked a Syrian army position near the al-Shaer oil field in Homs province with mortar shells. It was not immediately clear how many forces were killed in the al-Shaer attack.

“The Syrian army forces and allied militias are now on alert in Palmyra and other parts of Homs due to the intensified ISIS attacks on their positions in the past few days,” al-Hussein reported.

Violence resumed last Sunday in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, which was regained by Syrian army forces –supported by Russian air cover– from militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in March.

Subsequent to clashes with the Syrian army forces, ISIS militants on Sunday captured two hills near Mount Bin Ali in Palmyra suburbs, according to military sources and local activists.

“ISIS militants launched a surprise attack on Syrian army headquarters in northwestern Palmyra. Fierce clashes took place in the vicinity of Mount Bin Ali, and ISIS fighters were eventually able to seize control of two hills that overlook the ancient city,” media activist Amro al-Hussain told ARA News in Palmyra.

The source added that the Syrian army troops withdrew towards their headquarters inside the city of Palmyra. At least four Syrian soldiers were killed in the clashes, and ISIS was reportedly able to seize a deal of ammunitions and light weapons subsequent to the army’s withdrawal.

A Syrian army officer, who spoke to ARA News on condition of anonymity, confirmed the ISIS-led offensive in northwestern Palmyra, describing the army’s retreat as “a tactical withdrawal”.

“The terrorist group launched a surprise attack on an army position on Sunday evening. However, the clashes are still ongoing and those two hills will be regained very soon, since Daesh cannot make further movements towards the city because our army forces are heavily deployed in Palmyra suburbs,” he said, using an acronym for ISIS. The army officer pointed out that the two hills that fell to ISIS were “not of strategic importance”, adding that the army’s withdrawal was to avoid “unnecessary losses”.

In May 2015, ISIS took over Palmyra after fierce battles with Syrian regime army forces.

In March 2016, the pro-regime troops supported by Russian air force were able to impose full control over Palmyra downtown after ISIS extremists retreated towards the northern villages of Palmyra and its eastern outskirts. The group’s leadership has later ordered its militants to withdraw towards its main bastion of Raqqa, northeastern Syria.

In August 2015, satellite images confirmed the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, according to the United Nations, which condemned ISIS claims of destroying the temple.

The U.N. has slammed the destruction of the temple as a “war crime,” and the act has raised concerns for the rest of the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Also, ISIS published images last August, showing militants placing explosives into the temple in order to destroy the ancient monuments arguing they are worshipped by people and must be smashed, according to ISIS ideology.
Posted by: badanov || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [255 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1 
Posted by: Shaiting Tholuse9956 || 05/21/2016 11:33 Comments || Top||


Iran executes 5 Kurds in Iran
[ARA News] ERBIL – Authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran executed five Kurdish rights activists in the northwestern Urmia city, officials and local activists confirmed on Friday.

The Kurdish rights activists Naji Kiwan, Ali Kurdian, Haidar Ramini, Nadir Muhamadi and Ruhman Rashidi were arrested on Wednesday on charges of “conspiring against the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

They were publicly hanged to death in central Urmia in front of hundreds of people, including their families who have been obliged by the Iranian authorities to witness the execution.

“The victims were human rights activists who used to document violations by Iranian security forces against civilians in the Kurdish city of Urmia,” member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Iran Dara Natiq told ARA News.

“By executing those activists, the Iranian government tries to prevent any reporting about its violations against human rights,” he said.

The Kurdish official added that Iran is executing an average of seven civilians and activists every week.

“Public executions have become a common scene in the main cities of Iran, mainly conducted on baseless charges,” Natiq told ARA News. “The Kurdish people have been for long suppressed and persecuted by the Iranian Islamic government. However, our activists will keep documenting those violations with a hope that the international community would ever take action and stop such barbaric acts by this tyrannical government.”
Posted by: badanov || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Civilian casualties reported in ISIS mortar attack
[ARA News] KOBANE – Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Friday launched a mortar attack on a Kurdish village in Kobane countryside northern Syria, causing casualties among civilians, local sources reported.

The ISIS-led attack targeted the village of Gire Ebri in western Kobane on the border with Turkey.

“The Gire Erbi village, located between Kobane and the ISIS-held Jarablus city, was exposed Friday to several mortar shells fired by ISIS militants from their strongholds at the top of Shamiya hill near the Turkish border,” rights activist Massoud Darwish told ARA News in Kobane.

“Over a dozen civilian casualties fell during the attack,” the source reported. “There are no military forces inside the village, so the ISIS attack was meant to kill Kurdish civilians.”

The shelling stopped on Friday midnight after the US-led coalition hit ISIS positions on the Shamiya hill with several airstrikes, eyewitnesses told ARA News.

Dozens of villages in Kobane countryside have been liberated by the Kurdish forces of People’s Protection Units (YPG) after pushing ISIS back towards Jarablus.
Posted by: badanov || 05/21/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [209 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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