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Taliban leader Mansour 'likely killed'
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Good morning
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Afghanistan
6 policemen killed in a suspected insider attack in Uruzgan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least six coppers were reportedly killed in a suspected insider attack in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan, two days after a policeman killed his 8 colleagues in a similar attack in Zabul province.

A local security official said the attack was apparently carried out by 3 coppers as a total of 9 coppers were available in the check post where the incident took place.

The official speaking on the condition of the anonymity said the security post is located in Charchino district and the three coppers are missing following the attack.

The anti-government armed myrmidon groups including the Talibs have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as a policeman killed his 8 comrades in a similar attack in a 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 in Zabul province late on Wednesday night.

There have been a considerable rise in the number of insider attacks during the recent months which comes amid deteriorating security situation as a result of the Taliban-led insurgency.

A policeman killed three of his comrades in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan nearly a month ago, while earlier, at least seven coppers were killed in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan in a similar attack.

Posted by: Fred || 05/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Suicide bomber targeted US forces convoy in Bagram
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A jacket wallah targeted a convoy of the US forces in Bagram district of northern Baghlan province earlier today.

According to the eyewitnesses in the area, the suicide bomber rammed a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) into the convoy of the US forces.

The Taliban group grabbed credit behind the incident and claimed heavy casualties were incurred to the US forces in the attack.

The local security officials have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Resolute Support mission led by NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
confirmed the incident, saying "We can confirm that one coalition vehicle was struck by an IED this morning in the vicinity of Bagram."

The alliance said "Despite Taliban claims and reports in the media, there were no injuries to coalition personnel involved."
Posted by: Fred || 05/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban judge killed during an operation in Helmand province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Taliban’s shadow judge for southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province was killed during an operation Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) led by 215th Maiwand Corps of the Afghan Army.

According to a statement by 215th Maiwand Corps, the operations were conducted in Marjah district where Taliban’s shadow judge Haji Rahmatulalh was killed along with a member of the military commission of the group.

The statement further added that 20 fighters of the group were also killed and 3 others were maimed during the same operation.

Another senior Taliban leader Mawlavi Mahajir was killed together with his 2 fighters during a separate operation conducted in Greshk district of Helmand, the statement said.

The Afghan cops also seized a PK machine, 1 Ak-47 rifle, and 2 communication devices belonging to the Lion of Islams.

According to the 215th Maiwand Corps, the Afghan National Security Forces and the local residents did not suffer any casualties during the operations.

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

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

Posted by: Fred || 05/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban’s IED planter, terrorist attacks organizer arrested in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A Taliban group member who was involved in planting Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was incarcerated
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
during a military operation of the Afghan intelligence operatives in 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..
The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) said Fazullah was actively involved in planting IEDs and organizing terrorist attacks in Kot district.

A statement by NDS said Fazlullah was arrested during an operation and several explosives and weapons were confiscated from him during the raid.

According to the NDS, the weapons and explosives seized from Fazlullah included a pistol, a rifle, IED remote control, 2 grenade fuses and some other explosives used for making of IEDs.

The Taliban forces of Evil and snuffies belonging to the other holy warrior 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
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
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 assassinations.

At least 11 civilians including women and kiddies belonging to a same family were killed in the latest IED attack in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan.
Posted by: Fred || 05/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban leader Mansour 'likely killed'
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The United States has carried out a drone strike against Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour in southeast Afghanistan, the Pentagon says.
Do we have a severed head?
Rooters quoted a US official as saying that Mansour was "likely killed" along with another combatant. He added that multiple U.S. drones targeted the men as they rode in a vehicle.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement "Today, the Department of Defense conducted an Arclight airstrike that targeted Taliban leader Mullah Mansour in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistain border region."

Cook said that Mansour has been "actively involved with planning attacks against facilities 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....
and across Afghanistan, presenting a threat to Afghan civilians and security forces, our personnel, and Coalition partners."

Cook added that "Mansour has been an obstacle to peace and reconciliation between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, prohibiting Taliban leaders from participating in peace talks with the Afghan government that could lead to an end to the conflict."

According to local reports, the Arclight airstrike was carried out in southwest of the town of Ahmad Wal in Zabul province and media outlets quoted an official as confirming that President Barack Obama
Ready to Rule from Day One...
has authorized the strike.

Additional next-day text:
The Taliban have so far not commented on the American strike or confirmed Mansour's death. He had been appointed leader last July. But Afghanistan's main spy agency confirmed his death.

"Mansour was being closely monitored for a while... until he was targeted along with other fighters aboard a vehicle... in Balochistan," the National Directorate of Security said in a statement.

The drone attack came just days after US, Chinese, Pakistani and Afghan officials held a fresh round of talks in Islamabad aimed at restarting the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
Posted by: Fred || 05/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1017 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Mansour's likely successor, depending on a) whether the Taliban are willing to have an outsider as leader and b) the Pakistainis are desperate enough to tip their hand.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/22/2016 15:06 Comments || Top||

#2  VOA link, same event. USAA sez 'vehicle a total loss.'

Posted by: Besoeker || 05/22/2016 15:08 Comments || Top||

#3  USAA sez 'vehicle a total loss.'

It does appear that way, yes.

Haqqani, Jr. as the next head honcho, Pappy? How many more would split off then?
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/22/2016 15:48 Comments || Top||

#4  well, the ISI better keep him under better cover
Posted by: Frank G || 05/22/2016 16:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Grease spot on the L&N
/channeling O Brother Where Art Thou?
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 05/22/2016 23:35 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Somalian army kills Shaboob number three
The Somali Armed Forces killed one of the leaders of al-Shabaab militant group near southwestern country's city of Xuddur, local media reported.

Midnimo news website reported Saturday that the militant was killed as a result of joint operation of Somalia's army and the African Union. The media outlet added that one more senior al-Shabaab militant was captured during the operation.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
EgyptAir plane: fire in front lavatory was first sign
Substantially pared down from the Daily Mail UK.
Smoke alarms were sounding for almost three minutes on board EgyptAir Flight 804 before it plummeted into the sea, investigators have confirmed, leading experts to claim the crash was likely caused by a bomb or 'incendiary device'.

Experts have drawn various conclusions from leaked data about alerts sent out by the doomed jet in its final moments, with many pointing out that for now any information gleaned is 'pure conjecture'.

While the data indicates that something catastrophic did occur on board the plane - seeming to rule out theories that it was deliberately crashed into the sea by a pilot or hijacker - there is disagreement as to whether it points to a bomb or a fire on board. Egyptian investigators have said it is still 'too soon' to make a judgement on what happened based on the information available.

It comes as the first pictures of the mangled wreckage emerged from the crash site.

'It looks like the right front and side window were blown out, most probably from inside out,' an unnamed European airline pilot told the Telegraph, indicating that a bomb on board caused the crash. The pilot pointed out that fog could also have set off the alarms, filling the air due to a sudden loss of cabin pressure.

A screen grab of data leaked by air industry news site The Aviation Herald showed what appeared to be a break-down of the alerts sent out by the plane's Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), before it lost contact at 00.29GMT.

They added that an ‘internal explosion’ seemed to be the most likely explanation, based on the alerts concerning the windows in the cockpit.

Meanwhile aviation analyst David Soucie told CNN that the data indicated a fire on board caused the crash, rather than a bomb.

'If there's fire on board the aircraft, in this area which the ACARS indicates, then something was close to the cockpit,' Mr Soucie said.

'It could have been either something mechanical that had failed, a short circuit, or it could have been an incendiary device of some kind as well.'

ACARS does not provide a cause of the crash, but Mr Soucie said it was significant that the data was sent over a period of one to two minutes.

'Now if it it was a bomb, the characteristic bomb... would have ruptured the skin of the aircraft,' he said. 'This is not the indication you would have had, because a bomb that would do that would be instantaneous and these reports would not have gone over two minutes like they do.'

The analyst added that a fire in the front section of the plane may well have affected the communications equipment.

According to the leaked data, smoke alarms in the lavatory behind the cockpit first began sounding at 00.26GMT. Less than a minute later, smoke was also detected in the avionics.
So a slow-burning device could have been triggered in the front lavatory.
The final two alerts from the plane indicate faults with the FCU - the flight control unit used by the pilot to input instructions into the flight computer - and the SEC 3 - the computer that controls the plane's spoilers and elevator computers.

Agency spokesman Sebastien Barthe confirmed the sounding of the smoke alarms 'generally mean the start of a fire,' but insisted that everything is currently 'pure conjecture.'

Egyptian media have also reported that divers have found the black box close to the crash site. The black box has yet to be recovered by rescuers but could provide vital clues into what caused the plane to crash just as it entered Egyptian airspace on its journey to Cairo.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [411 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fox mentions the name of passengers that turned up an interesting Google search, as he was raised in a UN camp. Among those killed were Salah Abu Laban, his wife Sahar Qouidar, their son Ghassan Abu Laban and daughter-in-law Reem al-Sebaei
Posted by: Thor Lumumba3940 || 05/22/2016 17:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Fly by wire aircraft. No mechanical link between flight controls and control surfaces. OOOPSIE!!!!
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 05/22/2016 20:13 Comments || Top||

#3  My money is on an incendiary device planted by an airport worker.

Which if correct will raise some interesting questions about the advisability of airports hiring people called 'Mo'.
Posted by: phil_b || 05/22/2016 20:35 Comments || Top||


Algerian Army Intensifies Operations to Thwart ISIS
Algeria- The Ministry of National Defense in Algeria announced on Friday that the national army had reportedly killed an extremist at the Bouïra area, a tribal region east of the capital city.

The extremist was killed by a military operation which had been launched a week ago, leaving three extremists dead. The army has stepped up its activities in Bouïra after the military authorities received information indicating ISIS sleeper cells being present in the area.

Special forces, partaking in the military campaign, were seen approaching thick forest zones believed to be the terrorists’ hideout. It was at the same location that a French hiker was abducted in September 2014.

The national army had reportedly killed, in 2014, ISIS prominent leader Abdelmalek Kore who was allegedly responsible for the kidnap.

Three girls have recently escaped from Bouïra to join ISIS in Libya. All three of them are believed to be wives of Algerian militants who were killed by the national army in the past.

On the other hand, the national army announced destroying three terrorist hideouts and neutralizing explosive mines in the Tizi Ouzou province, located 100 kilometers away from the capital.

Tizi Ouzou is known for containing al Qaeda strongholds in the Islamic Maghreb. Abdelmalek Droukdel leader of the Algerian Islamic militant group Al-Qaeda, who has been chased by military intelligence since 2005, is also assumed to be sited there.

The highly tribal area of Tizi Ouzou recently has been experiencing increased security measures aiming to foil any sleeper cells sought for recruitment. The terrorist rings have been gradually terminated over the last few years.

Security reports show that Libyan ISIS members have been transferring units into tribal zones, in hopes of rebooting what they call “Jihad” activities. Border regulation authorities note Libya as an untold threat, which led thousands of army soldiers to line up across borders in order to prevent terrorists from crossing over or traffic arms into Algeria.

Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel discussed terrorism crossing the borders shared by Algeria, Libya and Tunisia in his meeting with British diplomat Mark Lyall Grant.

When Messahel spoke to media, he mentioned that the two-days long meeting had delved into security details and has sought out solutions for posed threats. The state-of-affairs of the Sahel area- the biogeographic zone of transition in Africa between the Sahara Desert to the north and the Sudanian Savanna to the south- currently has the focus of ongoing deliberations with the British delegation.

Terrorism, organized crime, border control and extremist groups such as ISIS, al Qaeda and Boko Haram, said Messahel.
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Police lieutenant, soldier killed in IED explosion in North Sinai
[AlAhram] A Central Security Forces police first lieutenant and a solider were killed when an IED detonated as a police vehicle passed by in North Sinai's Al-Arish, according to an interior ministry statement reported by Al-Ahram Arabic website.

The soldier was transferred to hospital.

Egypt's army has been battling a decade-long Islamist insurgency in parts of North Sinai, which spiked in 2013.

Hundreds of security forces members have been killed in similar attacks in the past three years.
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Five Peacekeepers Killed in Mali Ambush
[AnNahar] The U.N. on Thursday said five Chadian peacekeepers had been killed and three others maimed during an ambush in northeastern Mali, raising concern over the rising body count of its mission in the country.

The attack, which took place on Wednesday, occurred as the soldiers were escorting a convoy in Aguelhok in the Kidal region. They hit a landmine and then came under sustained gunfire, according to a statement on the U.N. Mali mission's social media accounts.

"Five... peacekeepers were killed and three seriously maimed during an ambush," it said.

"Following the attack, three suspects were captured and will be transferred to the relevant authorities," said interim mission chief Koen Davidse, who described the ambush as "despicable".

Known by the acronym MINUSMA, the Mali mission is the most dangerous active deployment for U.N. peacekeepers and it has been hit by sharp internal tensions since its launch in July 2013.

Wednesday's attack was the worst since a February attack on the MINUSMA camp in Kidal by Malian Islamist group Ansar Dine in which seven Guineans were killed.

So far, 59 peacekeepers have been killed while in active service, while another four have died in friendly fire incidents, U.N. figures show.

U.N. Secretary General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon presented his condolences to the victims' families and demanded the attackers be swiftly brought to justice. He said attacking peacekeepers was a war crime. Ban has previously alluded to "persistent operational difficulties" faced by the force, and reiterated a call for the Malian government to step up security in the north of the country.

La Belle France's Barkhane force, which comprises 3,500 soldiers stationed across Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, said it had deployed logistical support following the ambush.

Spokesman Colonel Gilles Jaron said the French army had sent two helicopters and soldiers to secure the area. "This allowed the helicopters to pick up the maimed Chadians and evacuate them to Gao immediately," Jaron said, referring to the largest city in northern Mali.

"This situation just shows how tense the situation in this area remains," Jaron added.

With temperatures now hitting 50 celsius and sandstorms whipping up impossible conditions for road travel, the international missions face formidable challenges, and the French are also relying on drones to monitor the area.

Mali's vast, desolate north continues to be beset by violence, having fallen under the control of Tuareg-led rebels and jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda in 2012.

A landmark peace agreement was reached last year between the Mali government and the rebels, but jihadist violence remains a threat and the Malian government has been unable to maintain security with domestic forces alone.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [173 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Africa Subsaharan
Nigerian Army 'moving into' Boko Haram stronghold: governor
[YAHOO] A Nigerian state governor on Thursday voiced hopes for the swift return of 218 Chibok schoolgirls still being held 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...
, after one of the students was found near the group's stronghold.

The military was pressing ahead with operations in the Sambisa Forest area of the northeastern state of Borno, where the Islamists have camps, said governor Kashim Shettima.

"They (soldiers) are already moving into the forest aggressively," Shettima told news hounds at President Muhammadu Buhari's official residence in Abuja where he brought rescued student Amina Ali.

"They are expending a lot of resources and time in the Sambisa Forest. I am an eternal optimist. I believe that in the coming days and weeks more recoveries will be made."

The girls were kidnapped from the remote Borno town of Chibok on April 14, 2014, causing global outrage and bringing worldwide attention to the brutal conflict.

Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai said the discovery of Amina near the forest on Tuesday "raises our hope that others are still alive".

"By God's grace, the operation going on in Sambisa, in a matter of weeks we will have all the girls back safe and alive," he added.
Posted by: Fred || 05/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1445 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Bangladesh
SITE: ISIS claims killing of Kushtia homeopath
[Dhaka Tribune] 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....
in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has grabbed credit for killing of a homeopathic doctor who was hacked to death in Kushtia on Friday, The Straitstimes reported on Saturday quoting AFP.

"Fighters from the Islamic State assassinated a doctor who called to Christianity in Kushtia, western Bangladesh," the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency said in a brief Arabic message, according to Site Intelligence Group.

Several unidentified miscreants hacked local homeopath Sanwar Hossain, 60, to death in Battal Shisir Math area in Kushtia town around 10am on Friday.

Saifuzzaman, assistant professor of Bangla department at Kushtia Islami University, was injured in the incident. He was flown by helicopter to Dhaka for emergency treatment.

The pair were both fans of a mystical musical tradition known as Baul, which is popular in Kushtia, with the doctor's brother-in-law saying Rahman used to arrange concerts at his home.

Friday's attack comes amid a wave of murders of liberals, secular activists and religious minorities by suspected Islamist bandidos holy warriors in Bangladesh.

A Buddhist monk was hacked to death last Saturday while an atheist student, two gay rights activists, a liberal professor, a Hindu tailor and a Sufi Muslim leader have also been murdered since last month.

ISIS and a Bangladeshi branch of Al-Qaeda have said that they carried out several of the killings.

But the secular government in Dhaka denies that the two bad boy groups are behind the attacks, saying they have no known presence in the country, and blames the killings on home-grown Death Eaters.
Posted by: Fred || 05/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


India-Pakistan
PTI councillor, brother shot dead in Dir
TIMERGARA: A councillor of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and his brother were shot dead by their rivals in Namaz Kot area of Maidan on Thursday, police said.

They said that PTI councillor Noorul Amin and his brother Ijaz were busy in harvesting their wheat crop when their rivals opened indiscriminate firing on them, killing both of them.

The assailants managed to escape after committing the crime, sources said.

Police said that motive behind the killings was a land dispute. A case was registered against Abdul Wahid, Abdul Ahad and Asad at Lal Qila police station.

In another incident, four members of a family including a woman were killed and person received injuires when a vehicle plunged into a deep ravine in Nambatai area of Maidan. Local people said that the family members of Sargand Khan were coming back to their home in a vehicle when the driver lost control of wheel at a sharp turn and it fell into a deep ravine.

Sargand Khan, his two sons Gul Sharif and Kamran and his daughter-in-law were killed while his other son was injured in the accident. The injured was rushed to district headquarters hospital for treatment.

PROTEST:

The local teachers continued protest for second consecutive day on Thursday against the government for its new regulation regarding their services.

A protest rally was also organised by All Teachers Coordination Council (ATCC) that was attended by hundreds of teachers. The protesters marched on the road from Balambat to Timergara Press Club and chanted slogans against the government.

They demanded of the government to approve service structure and time scale for them and hold elections of teachers’ union besides restoring previous rules regarding casual leave and announcing teaching allowance. They also demanded merging of ad hoc relief in basic salaries of government employees.

Published in Dawn, May 20th, 2016
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Balochistan minister's son kidnapped
QUETTA: The son of Balochistan’s local government minister, Sardar Mustafa Khan Tareen, was kidnapped by armed men from Pishin on Saturday.

“Unknown armed men kidnapped the son of Balochistan’s local government minister from the Cadet College area of Pishin,” said District Police Officer (DPO) Pishin Hayee Baloch.

The DPO added that the kidnappers abandoned his vehicle close to the college, soon after kidnapping him.

A search operation was launched soon after by security forces in the area, with several suspects detained in connection with the kidnapping.

DPO Pishin did not share details of the arrested suspects.

Chief Minister Balochistan Nawaz Sanaullah Zehri has taken notice of the incident and has ordered the provincial police to increase their efforts for the recovery of the minister’s son.

A tribal jirga in Pishin announced a shutter-down strike in protest against the kidnapping. The jirga was attended by political, tribal and religious leaders.

Home minister Sarfaraz Bugti also reached Pishin to review the progress related to recovery efforts ongoing for the minister’s son.

Tareen was elected as an MPA from Pishin district in 2013, and is affilitated with Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP).

Militants have conducted attacks against security forces and national installations in Balochistan, which has been plagued by an insurgency and growing sectarian killings for more than a decade.
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2 traffic police officials shot dead in Karachi
KARACHI: Two traffic police officials were shot dead in a targeted attack by unidentified assailants in Ayesha Manzil area of the metropolis on Saturday, reported DawnNews.

"One official traffic police official died on the spot and the other official died while being transported to the hospital," said rescue sources.

Both officials were shot multiple times from close range.

"There were four traffic police officials deployed at the Ayesha Manzil traffic section, however, at the time of attack two officials had gone for prayers while the other two were performing their duty," said DIG West Feroze Shah.

Shah added that both police officials were shot in the neck and above, and one of the officials tried to return fire but was shot before he could retaliate.

Emergency and security services reached the spot of the attack and started their initial investigations.

Police officials recovered a spent 9mm casing from the crime scene. The assailants managed to escape the scene of the incident.

Qaim Ali Shah directs Sindh IG to arrest culprits


Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah took notice of the killing of two traffic constables and directed IG Sindh A.D Khwaja to arrest the culprits.

The chief minister said the attack on police, rangers or on any other government force is “unacceptable”.

The IG briefed the Sindh chief minister about the incident and vowed to arrest the culprits very soon.

Shah also asked the Sindh IG to take proper care of the family members of the assassinated traffic policemen.


Earlier in September, a traffic police constable was shot dead while two others sustained bullet wounds in an armed attack in Site-B area of the metropolis.

In August, two policemen helping traffic police in the busy Saddar area were gunned down by armed riders when they were asked to stop.

Police officials suspect that three militant groups have become ‘active’ in targeting policemen after a lull in such activities.

Video report at the link
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Eight suspects detained after killing of traffic cops in Karachi
[NATION.PK] At least eight suspects were apprehended from an apartment near Water Pump area of Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
following killing of two traffic cops on Saturday.

According to our correspondent, police and Rangers jointly raided Nawaz Court apartment located near Water Pump area and detained eight suspects. The police also seized a computer.

The suspects were taken to undisclosed location for interrogation. Earlier, two traffic constables were rubbed out in a drive-by attack under aw flyover near Aisha Manzil.

According to eyewitnesses, gunnies on cycle of violences attacked the traffic constables and sped away.

Both the traffic constables, identified as Shakil and Akram, were shot in the head, resulting in their sudden death. They were rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where they were pounced dead on arrival
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14 militants killed in encounters were ‘in custody of agencies’
[DAWN] Al Qaeda leader Bilal Lateef alias Yasir Punjabi and 13 other suspected murderous Moslems who were killed in two ’encounters’ with the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of police in Multan and Muzaffar­garh this week had been in the custody of law enforcement agencies for the past four months, sources said on Friday.

CTD personnel bumped off eight suspects in Nawabpur, Multan, during a shootout late on Wednesday night and six, including Yasir Punjabi, in Mondka Chowk, Muzaffargarh, in the early hours of Friday morning.

A source in an intelligence agency told Dawn on Friday that the suspected snuffies were tossed in the slammer
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
by the Bahawalpur CTD in joint operations with the Military Intelligence (MI) and the Inter-Services Intelligence
...the Pak military intelligence agency that controls the military -- heads of ISI typically get promoted into the Chief of Army Staff position. It serves as a general command center for favored turban groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, tries to influence the politix of neighboring countries, and carries out a (usually) low-level war against India in Kashmir...
(ISI) from different parts of 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....

during winter.

The sources claimed that Yasir Punjabi, a resident of Lahore, was head of the Punjab chapter of Al Qaeda and the interior ministry had proposed a reward of Rs1 million on his head. His name was also listed in the police’s Red Book.

Yasir Punjabi and his associates were alleged to be involved in criminal masterminding, facilitating, training, provision of logistics and reconnaissance of targets in different parts of the country.

Yasir Punjabi was wanted in several terrorist attacks on police installations like the CIA headquarters, police rest house and Special Branch buildings in Gujranwala. He was involved in attacking Ahmadis’ worship places in Lahore in 2010 in which more than 90 people were killed.

Yasir Punjabi and his associates were also involved in assassination of coppers in Uch Sharif, Muzaffargarh, D.G. Khan and Layyah, and in the liquidation of Brig Fazal Qadri. They were also blamed for attacking a religious gathering in Sargodha in September 2014.

The sources further contended that the suspects were interrogated by the CTD, MI and ISI to their satisfaction.

Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Sukhera claimed on Friday that all the heads of terrorist organizations in south Punjab had been eliminated.

He termed the killing of Yasir Punjabi and his associates an important development in the operation against terrorism.
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Over 40 suspects arrested in Nowshera
[DAWN] Security forces on Friday tossed in the clink
Please don't kill me!
43 suspects during a search and strike operation in the areas along the border with the Kohat’s Frontier Region here.

DPO Wahid Mehmood said the operation was launched under the National Action Plan to tighten noose around bully boyz and anti-social elements. The security forces conducted door-to-door search operation in different villages of Pabbi, including Jaroba, Spin Khak, Mera and Jalozai.

Personnel of police, elite force, Pak Army and bomb disposal squad took part in the operation.

All the entry and exit points of the areas were blocked before launching the action. The security forces also recovered three Kalashnikovs, one hand grenade, eight pistols, three rifles, one bulletproof jacket and thousands of cartridges from the arrested persons. They were shifted to undisclosed location for interrogation.
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#1  My granpappy used to tell me you'll never find sheep or gay cowboys in Nowshera !No broke back sheepy stuff there by God!
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Iraq
Kurd forces rescue 350 in Mosul
[ARA News] ERBIL – Hundreds of civilians who escaped Iraqi territory held by the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) received assistance by the Peshmerga forces of Iraqi Kurdistan, local sources reported on Saturday.

After fleeing ISIS-held areas in southern Mosul of Nineveh province, more than 350 Iraqi Arabs arrived in the Makhmur district to receive aid from the Kurdish Peshmerga troops.

“We saw hundreds of people arriving in Makhmur on Saturday after escaping the southern countryside of Mosul. They were mostly women, children and elderly. We tried to provide them with as much assistance as possible,” a Peshmerga officer told ARA News in Makhmur.

The displaced civilians have reportedly fled the villages of Halawat Sufla, Halawat Ulia and Qarraj.

“They received shelter and basic supplies in the Karaw town of Makhmur district. They are now safe from any ISIS threat,” the Kurdish official said.

Speaking to ARA News, head of Nineveh media centre Raafat al-Zarari reported that the number of civilians who fled ISIS territory in Mosul and Hawija on Saturday exceeded 400.

“They all headed to the Peshmerga headquarters seeking a safe haven,” he said. “They are now in Karaw town and tomorrow they’ll be transferred to the Dibkeh Camp within Makhmur.”

Al-Zarari added that thousands of people are still stranded in the ISIS-held areas in northwestern Iraq “waiting for an opportunity to escape”.
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The Beatings Will Continue: Mosul Edition
25 executed in Mosul

MOSUL: In a barbaric act, the dreaded Daesh group executed 25 Iraqi prisoners in northern Iraq’s Mosul by lowering them in a vat filled with nitric acid.

Daesh had accused the victims of spying for the Iraqi security and government forces, said a report in the Daily Mail.

Witness accounts revealed that 25 prisoners were tied together with a rope and then thrown into a large basin containing nitric acid until all their organs and bones dissolved completely.

Nitric acid is considered to be a strong acid and oxidant. It has a catastrophic effect on human flesh. It causes the skin tissue to melt, often exposing the bones below the flesh and even dissolving the bones.

Recently, Daesh has revealed a new form of punishment for their prisoners — stabbing directly in the heart in order to kill them. The terrorists had stabbed an unidentified man right in his heart, before shooting him dead.

Last month, the group released a series of photographs of two spies being crucified and shot in the head.

The entire incident was captured on camera by the barbaric fighters and was broadcast on the terror group’s propaganda channel ‘Wilayat Al-Raqqah’ meaning ‘The province of Raqqah.’
Meanwhile, Daesh terrorists are gearing up for a campaign of bomb attacks on large crowds in France, host to next month’s Euro 2016 soccer championships, its spy chief has said.

Rare remarks by Patrick Calvar, the head of France’s DGSI internal intelligence agency, to the Parliament’s defence committee spelled out “a new form of attack ... characterized by placing explosive devices in places where there are large crowds and repeating this type of action to create a climate of maximum panic.

“Clearly, France is the most threatened and we know that Daesh is planning new attacks,” Calvar said.

3 executed for spying

[ARA News] ERBIL – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) publicly executed three civilians in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province on charges of spying for the Kurdish Peshmerga force, local activists and eyewitnesses reported on Saturday.

The three victims were arrested by ISIS militants on Friday evening while trying to escape the Safina village in the Qayyarah district in southern Mosul.

“The ISIS-linked Sharia Court in Mosul claimed that interrogations revealed the involvement of the three young men in leaking security information about the group to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces,” media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News in Mosul.

“They were beheaded in front of hundreds of people in central Mosul,” the source reported.

Speaking to ARA News, head of Nineveh media centre Raafat al-Zarari confirmed the execution report, saying: “By such executions, ISIS is trying to send a message to the Peshmerga, Iraqi army and the US-led coalition that the group is still powerful and is able to uncover any attempts to leak security information about its activities to those forces.”
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13 ISIS troops die in airstrikes in Kirkuk
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk Province announced on Saturday, that 13 ISIS members were killed in an air strike carried out by the international coalition aircraft northwest of the province.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today the international coalition aviation targeted vehicles belonging to ISIS east of Hamrin Mountains and destroyed five of them,” pointing out that, “The bombardment targeted another vehicles in the villages of Dibs District (45 km northwest of Kirkuk).”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “The bombardment also resulted in the killing of 13 ISIS members,” indicating that, “The air strikes were carried out based on accurate intelligence information.”
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1 wounded in mortar attack in Baqubah
(IraqiNews.com) Diyala – A security source in Diyala Province revealed on Saturday, that a displaced person was wounded by a mortar shell north of Baqubah.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS targeted the displaced families on the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin (90 km north of Baqubah) with mortar shell, wounding a civilian and causing material damage to one of the houses.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “The security forces started to scan the nearby villages to chase ISIS sleeper cells.”
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Anbar Antics: 17 die

Iraqi militia evacuate 100 families near Baghdadi

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Saturday, Baghdadi Local Council’s member Abdel Jabbar al-Obeidi announced the evacuation of 100 civilians that were besieged by the so-called ISIS west of Ramadi.

Obeidi said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, “A force from Baghdadi tribal fighters managed to evacuate 100 civilians, mostly women and children, who were besieged by ISIS members in al-Qasriyat village northeast of the vicinity.”

“The civilians were evacuated using boats, and were transferred to the center of Baghdadi vicinity west of Ramadi City,” Obeidi added.

17 ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrikes near Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A security source in Anbar Province announced on Saturday, that 17 members of the so-called ISIS had been killed or wounded in a shelling conducted by the Iraqi aircraft in Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad), while pointed out that the dead included a number of ISIS leaders and suicide bombers who were planning to target the capital, Baghdad.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Falcons Intelligence Cell observed a group of 11 ISIS suicide bombers in a headquarters near the city of Fallujah,” indicating that, “The security forces monitored the headquarters for several days.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The Iraqi Air Force aircraft backed by the Joint Operations Command carried out an air strike, resulting in the destruction of the headquarters, as well as killing 13 ISIS terrorists, including nine suicide bombers, and injuring 4 others.”

Iraqi airstrike destroy 4 ISIS hideouts

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Saturday the commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced, that four hideouts belonging to the so-called ISIS were destructed by aerial bombardments in the province.

Mahalawi said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation conducted two air strikes targeting two hideouts belonging to ISIS in al-Fahaylat area south of Fallujah, destructing the hideouts and killing the ISIS members who were inside them.”

Mahalawi added, “The Iraqi Sukhoi aircraft carried out two air strikes on two ISIS hideouts east of Albu Bali area in Khalidiya Island, destroying the hideouts and killing the ISIS members who were inside them.”

Bombing attack wounds 2 Iraqi soldiers

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – A security source in Anbar province said on Saturday, that two soldiers had been injured in a bomb blast that took place south of the city of Fallujah.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today, an explosive device that was emplaced on the road side exploded against a force belonging to the Third Regiment of the [army’s] 30th Division in the area of al-Fuhailat south of Fallujah,” noting that, “The blast resulted in the injury of two soldiers.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “A security force transferred the injured to a nearby hospital.”

ISIS Top Dawg dies in airstrike near

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – Head of Khalediya District Council, Ali Dawood, announced on Saturday the killing of the ISIS military commander of the so-called Wilayat Fallujah during an aerial bombing by the international coalition east of the city of Ramadi.

Dawood said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation, in coordination with a force belonging to the army, bombarded one of the ISIS headquarters, this evening, in al-Khalediya Island (23 km east of Ramadi),” noting that, “ISIS leaders were meeting in the headquarters.”

He added, “The bombardment resulted in killing the [ISIS] military commander for Wilayat Fallujah, known as Maher al-Bilawi, along with a number of his companions.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 3 die

Iraqi soldier dies in stabbing attack in Baghdad city

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Saturday, official journalists with the Ministry of Defense announced the death of an army member after being stabbed yesterday in Baghdad’s Green Zone.

The journalists said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today, an army member died in the hospital, after being stabbed yesterday.”

The statement added, “The army member was stabbed by one of the rioters who stormed the state’s institutions.”

Noteworthy, a number of protesters stormed the Green Zone yesterday, while the security forces imposed strict measures and a curfew in the capital, Baghdad.

2 die in bombing in Tarmiya

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior revealed on Saturday, that nine people were either killed or wounded in a bomb blast in northern Baghdad.

The source said in an interview obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded near a popular market in the district of Tarmiya in northern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding seven 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 cordoned off the area of the incident and barred approaching it.”

Iraqi army units fights against armed group in al-Sawajen

(IraqiNews.com) Bagdad – A police source revealed on Saturday, that clashes broke out between an army force and a group of gunmen inside a village in northern Baghdad, while emphasized receiving information about the presence of suicide bombers inside the village.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “This evening, a force from the army’s 11th brigade clashed with unidentified gunmen in al-Sawajen village in Rashidiya area in northern Baghdad.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “A force from Baghdad Operations Command rushed to al-Rashidiya area to back the army forces.”

Iraqi kops tighten security in Baghdad

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Saturday, a source in the Iraqi police announced, that strict security procedures had been taken in the capital, Baghdad, while pointed out that ISIS is planning to target the capital with suicide bombers.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces imposed strict procedures in Baghdad,” adding that, “These strict procedures were taken after receiving information about ISIS intention to target the capital with suicide bombers.”

Curfew imposed in Green Zone

Baghdad- Iraqi authorities recently imposed a curfew in the capital city of Iraq, Baghdad, which will last until further notice. The check in time was announced on Friday after Sadrist movement protestors broke into Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s office in the Green zone, the most common given name for the International Zone of Baghdad.

The break and enter is considered the second within three weeks. The Sadrist Movement is a chiefly Shi’ite Iraqi national movement led by Muqtada al-Sadr. The movement has been incessantly demonstrating against the Iraqi authorities in the last month.

After the protestors arriving to the Green Zone, large numbers of them took camp inside the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers and the Parliament building, despite security forces shooting out rounds of fire do disband the crowd.

“Hundreds of demonstrators stormed into Abadi’s office at the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers and the building of the parliament,” sources said.

Media reported three demonstrators dead and 22 others injured. Reinforcement was soon sent to the area to inhibit the flow of protestors.

Thousands of protestors had gathered at the Liberation Square then headed for the Green Zone, waving over the national flag, and screaming out slogans urging the national army not to side with corruption.

The registered security breach at the Green Zone was set off after Sadrists, what followers of the Sadrist movement are referred to, broke into the Green Zone last April. Their protests were sparked by the failure to form a new cabinet.

As for Anbar, the largest governorate in Iraq, over 35 ISIS militants were reportedly killed in an operation run at the border area between Jordan and Iraq.

Anbar governorate encompasses much of the country’s western territory and shares borders with Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.

Colonel Ahmed al-Dulaimi, speaking from inside the Anbar operation rooms, said that collaborative efforts of the Iraqi Army, police officers, tribal members and both the international coalition and Iraqi air campaigns, have successfully taken down 35 ISIS terrorists, and 5 armed vehicles have been destroyed.

The operation took place aiming to free the security station Bustan, which is located near the Iraq-Jordan border.

Al-Dulaimi added that security forces had spread across the premise, and are currently clearing the scene from land mines and explosives planted by the terrorist organization. He also added that the Trebil border crossing will be opened as soon as possible.

Trebil is a village in the Anbar Governorate of Iraq, on the Iraq-Jordan border.
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Four killed, 90 injured in Baghdad Green Zone riots
[Al Ahram] At least four people were killed and 90 injured among anti-corruption protesters who stormed Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone on Friday, hospital sources said on Saturday.

Iraqi security forces used live and rubber bullets as well as tear gas to dislodge the protesters from the district that houses government buildings, parliament and embassies.

The toll, compiled from four hospitals where casualties were taken as well as Baghdad's central morgue, accounts for bullet wounds only, not cases of suffocation caused by tear gas.

The disturbance was the second breach of the Green Zone in less than a month.

Protesters included supporters of powerful Shi'ite Muslm holy man Moqtada Tater al-Sadr
... the Iranian catspaw holy man who was 22 years old in 2003 and was nearing 40 in 2010. He spends most of his time in Iran, safely out of the line of fire, where he's learning to be an ayatollah...
and people from other groups upset with the government's failure to approve anti-corruption reforms and improve security against bombings by 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....
murderous Moslems.

The government briefly imposed a curfew on Baghdad on Friday and authorities later said that order had returned after what they called rioting at the Green Zone.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, in a late-night speech, condemned the Green Zone breach and warned against chaos and strife: "The law must take its course with every transgressor."

Sadr expressed support for what he called a "peaceful spontaneous revolt" and condemned the government for "killing its children in cold blood".
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Gen. Joseph Votel, top U.S. commander for the ME, makes secret visit to Syria
NORTHERN SYRIA (AP) -- The top U.S. commander for the Middle East secretly visited Syria on Saturday for a first-hand look at efforts to build cohesive alliances of Arab, Kurd and other local fighters to defeat the Islamic State.

Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who is head of U.S. Central Command, became the highest-ranking U.S. military officer known to have entered Syria since the U.S. began its campaign to counter the Islamic State in 2014.

Votel flew into northern Syria and spent nearly 11 hours in the country. He met with U.S. military advisers working with Syrian Arab fighters, and conferred with leaders of the Syrian Democratic Forces, an umbrella group of Kurdish and Arab fighters supported by the U.S.

A small group of reporters accompanied Votel on a flight from Iraq under ground rules that, for security reasons, prohibited disclosing his visit until after he had left Syria.

Votel landed at a dusty outpost, surrounded by wheat fields, that serves as a U.S. camp for American military advisers who are training Syrian Arab troops in basic soldiering skills. Splitting off from the reporters who flew in with him, Votel then visited several other undisclosed locations in Syria before returning to the camp.

Aides said Votel’s flight into Syria was the first made in daylight by U.S. forces, who have about 200 advisers on the ground but no combat units. Military ground rules for the trip prohibited reporting the kind of aircraft Votel used, the exact location of where he landed and the names and images of the U.S. military advisers, who said they have been operating from the camp since January.
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#1  Well, it is not a secret trip if you take reporters along - we call that a publicity stunt. That said, please train their tactical and operational commanders...and let them train their own troops on "basic soldiering skills."
Posted by: Tennessee || 05/22/2016 11:51 Comments || Top||

#2  ...This reminds me of the bit in the movie Airplane! about the attack on the storage depot at Daiquiri...:

Striker : My orders came through. My squadron ships out tomorrow, we're bombing the storage depots at Daiquiri at 18:00 hours. We're coming in from the North, below their radar.
Elaine : When will you be back?
Striker : I can't tell you that? It's classified.


Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/22/2016 17:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe the secret part is the negotiations with the Russians over who bombs what and when.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/22/2016 17:39 Comments || Top||


Islamic State carries out third attack on Christian district in Qamishlo
[ARA News] QAMISHLO – On Saturday evening three Islamic State (ISIS) attackers killed scores of civilians and injured a dozen more in an indiscriminate attack in the al-Wusta district of Syria’s northeastern city of Qamishli [Qamishlo]. This is the third attack the extremist group carries out against locals in the same district mainly populated by Christians.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted Kurdish forces in Qamishli. “Martyrdom commando’s launched on attack on army positions in central Qamishli against Kurdish units,” the ISIS-linked Amaq agency said on Saturday.

The ISIS members started the attack by firing randomly on civilians with automatic weapons and throwing grenades before attempting to carry out suicide attacks in the Miami street near the Dominos and Miami restaurant of Wusta district.

Eyewitnesses in the restaurant who escaped the attack suggested an attacker shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ before exploding himself at the entrance of the restaurant.

Local sources confirmed the death of six civilians and the injury of a dozen others as a result of the terrorist attack on the Christian district in Qamishli.

Also on Saturday, at least five members of the Kurdish security forces of Asayish were killed after two car bomb attacks hit a security headquarter in the Alia town in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, officials said.

“Two car bombs exploded near the Asayish centre in Alia town in Tel Temir countryside of Hasakah province on Saturday. Five Kurdish Asayish forces died due to the terror attack,” the Asayish leadership said in a statement.

“Our forces were killed while trying to prevent the explosive cars from entering the town. They died while trying to prevent civilian casualties,” Asayish officer Ali Abdo told ARA News in Alia town.

The Kurdish security officer accused militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) of being behind the attack.

“We have expelled ISIS terrorists from Tel Temir district and the surround areas. Now the group tries to infiltrate into the district and kill more innocent civilians, especially Christians and Kurds, but we stress that we’ll do our best in order to protect the people of this region against this barbaric group and its atrocities,” he told ARA News.
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Terror Networks
US, allies conduct 25 strikes against ISIS
[Ynet] The United States and its allies targeted ISIS snuffies with 18 strikes in Iraq and seven in Syria on Friday, the US military said.

Four of the strikes in Iraq were near djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, hitting four ISIS tactical units and three vehicles, the statement said.

In Syria, four of the strikes were near Ar Raqqah and hit an ISIS weapons cache and checkpoint, it added.
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