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Taliban kill 17 passengers after kidnapping around 185 in Kunduz
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Good morning
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Afghanistan
Taliban suicide attacks organizer killed in Laghman province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A key Taliban group commander who was involved in planning and coordinating suicide kabooms was killed during an operation in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said Mullah Abdul Saboor was killed along with his three fighters.

A statement by NDS said Mulllah Saboor was busy in plottig a suicide attack together with his 11 fighters in Laghman before he was killed.

NDS in its statement further added that Mullah Saboor was killed in Shaitan Gum Shaidan village in Bad Pakh district.

According to NDS, another Taliban group member identified as Mullah Allah Gul was among those killed during the raid.

NDS said the intelligence operatives seized various types of weapons, ammunition, mines and explosives belonging to the Death Eaters.
Posted by: Fred || 06/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


14 militants killed in separate airstrikes in Paktia province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 14 turbans were killed in two separate Arclight airstrikes in southeastern Paktia province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Tuesday.

According to a statement by MoD, the first Arclight airstrike was carried out in Gian district of Paktia, leaving at least 8 turbans dead and 4 others maimed.

The statement further added that the second Arclight airstrike was carried out in Gomal district leaving at least 6 turbans dead and 2 others maimed.

According to MoD, at least 3 turbans were killed during a separate clearance operations by the Afghan cops in the vicinity of Ahmad Khel district.

The anti-government armed holy warrior groups including the Taliban bully boyz have not commented regarding the reports so far.

The Talibs and bully boyz belonging to the other holy warrior groups including the notorious Haqqani network bully boyz are active in a number of Paktia districts where they often carry out insurgency activities.

The Afghan cops have stepped air and ground raids against the holy warrior groups to suppress their activities amid rampant Taliban-led insurgency across the country.

Posted by: Fred || 06/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Boy, 14, paid 20,000 Pakistani Rupees for suicide attack, arrested in Kandahar
According to the internet, today a Pakistani rupee is worth almost 1 American penny, so 20,000 PKR = US$190.
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A 14-year-old boy was detained before he manages to carry out a suicide kaboom on senior government officials in southern Kandahar province.

According to the local government officials, the boy was encouraged to target the district police chief of Maiwand or the administrative chief of the district.

Provincial police front man Ahmad Zia Durani said the boy was placed in durance vile
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
by the Afghan Border Police forces before he manage to carry out attack to target the bigwigs.

In the meantime, the provincial government media office, in a statement said the boy is originally a resident of Panjwai district and was encouraged for the attack by the terrorist groups by paying him 20,000 Pak Rupees.

This comes as the Afghan children have regularly been recruited by the turban groups, the Taliban and the Haqqani network for the terrorist related activities, including suicide attacks.

Madrasas are described as the main recruitment source for the turban groups as poor families in Pakistain and Afghanistan send their sons to such madrassas for free education and lodging.

Earlier, a 17-year-old boy assigned for a suicide mission was arrested by the Afghan intelligence operatives in capital 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....
A 12-year-old child assigned for a suicide mission surrendered himself to the security forces in the 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 last month.

According to the local security officials, the child was recently taken to Jalalabad city from the neighboring Pakistain for the suicide mission.
Posted by: Fred || 06/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [366 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Either the kid thought he could spend it after he was dead, or he gave it to his family, which means it's time to bulldoze their house.
Posted by: gorb || 06/01/2016 11:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Does he get to keep the money?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/01/2016 13:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Countdown to Left saying it's because family is starving, boy did out of love, begins.
Posted by: Charles || 06/01/2016 16:06 Comments || Top||


Taliban kill 17 passengers after kidnapping around 185 in Kunduz
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Taliban bully boyz have killed at least 17 passengers after abducting nearly 200 in the early hours of today in northern Kunduz province.

According to the local government officials, the Talibs have killed at least 12 of the kidnapped passengers.

However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
a security official, Shir Aziz Kamawal, said the holy warriors have killed at least 17 of the passengers after they were kidnapped from Kunduz-Takhar highway.

The Taliban bully boyz kidnapped at least 185 passengers after establishing a check post on the highway around 2 am local time.

The security officials are saying that the Taliban bully boyz kidnapped the passengers from 4 buses, 3 vans and 3 cars and took them with themselves.

However,
there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened...
the majority of the passengers were released after they were interrogated by the Taliban bully boyz but at least 17 of them were killed.
Were they Hazeras? In Pakistan the Taliban are fond of killing Hazeras, who are Shiite and show signs of Mongol ancestry.
The officials also added at least 18 of the passengers are still kept by the Taliban bully boyz and have efforts are underway for their release.
Posted by: Fred || 06/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [492 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Key ISIS leader killed in an airstrike near Kabul
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A key leader of 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group was killed in an Arclight airstrike in Maidan Wardak province, located some 35 kilometers west of 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....
According to the defense officials, the ISIS leader was identified as Mujahid and was killed along with one of his bodyguards.

The officials did not elaborate further regarding the Arclight airstrike and whether it was carried out by the Afghan Air Force or the US Forces.

The loyalists of the terror group are believed to have significant presence 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 and this is the first time a key leader of the group has been killed near Kabul.
Posted by: Fred || 06/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa North
Tunisia Landmine Blast Kills 2 Women
[AnNahar] A landmine blast killed two women and maimed a third on Monday near Mount Sammama, Tunisia's defense ministry said, blaming "terrorist elements".

Ministry front man Belhassen Oueslati told AFP the two were killed while gathering herbs when the home-made device went kaboom! near the base of Mount Sammama in the Kasserine region, where a military operation is under way.

The third woman was seriously maimed and flown to hospital by military helicopter, he added.

The mine was probably laid by "terrorist elements," Oueslati added. Intense military operations against jihadists holed up in the mountains have been ongoing for several days.

Demining formed part of the military operation, Oueslati said.

On Sunday, media reported "bombardments" in the area, which is close to the border with Algeria.

A soldier was maimed earlier this month when a mine went kaboom! on Mount Sammama which is adjacent to Mount Chaambi.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Libya Unity Govt. Allies Capture IS-Held Towns
[An Nahar] Fighters allied with Libya's U.N.-backed unity government have captured two coastal towns from 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 in an advance towards its bastion Sirte, a front man said on Tuesday.

The Petroleum Facilities Guard overran Ben Jawad and Nofiliya as they thrust westwards along the Mediterranean coast from their base in Libya's eastern oil ports, the front man for the force said.

Five people were killed and 18 maimed in Monday's fighting, sector commander Colonel Bashir Buthefira said.

"Our forces have taken control of Nofiliya and are now advancing towards Harawa" about 75 kilometers (45 miles) east of Sirte, he said on Tuesday.

Sirte was the home town of slain strongman Muammar Qadaffy
...Custodian of Wheelus AFB for 42 long years until he was ejected from the gene pool by his indignant citizens...
and, since seizing it in June last year, IS has turned it into a recruitment and training camp.

Western governments fear the jihadists could use Sirte's port and airport as a springboard for attacks in Europe.

But they have called for any offensive against the IS stronghold to be carried out under the auspices of the unity government installed in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
since March 30 for fear that rival operations could play into the jihadists' hands.
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6 Egyptian soldiers killed, 6 injured in North Sinai blasts
[AlAhram] Six soldiers were killed and 6 others were maimed when two improvised bombs (IEDs) targeted an army patrol in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

According to hospital sources in North Sinai, the attack took place on Al-Arish ‐ Sheikh Zuweid Road.

The sources added that the blast also maimed 6 soldiers, who sustained injuries of bruises, fractures, and abrasions in the body.

No group has yet grabbed credit for the attack.

The attack comes only one day after the Egyptian army announced on Monday it has killed 16 turbans and disarmed 24 IEDs planted to target security patrols in Sinai.

Earlier in May, Egypt received an initial shipment of 762 mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles from the United States, which will be used in army operations in the peninsula.

The Egyptian army's latest announcements on the battle against turbans in central and North Sinai during military operations comes during the third phase of an operation entitled Martyr's Right, which was first launched in September 2015.

The Islamist insurgency in the Sinai peninsula spiked after the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi and has killed hundreds of security forces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Arabia
New Yemen Clashes Kill 38 Rebels, Loyalists
[An Nahar] Renewed festivities between pro-government forces and Iran-backed rebels killed at least 38 people in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
during the past 24 hours, loyalist military sources said on Tuesday.

The latest fighting comes despite an ongoing ceasefire and U.N.-brokered peace talks in Kuwait that began in April.

Battles raged in Bayhan, on the border between Shabwa province in the south and Marib in the east.

There was also fighting in Sarwah, an oil-rich area west of Marib, the sources said.

At least 23 rebels and 15 soldiers were killed in both areas, the same sources said.

Bayhan is the only part of Shabwa province still controlled by the Iran-backed rebels, who on Tuesday retook positions seized by loyalists during the past two days, the military sources said.

Fierce fighting in Bayhan on Sunday claimed the lives of 48 fighters, a senior military officer has said.

Meanwhile,
...back at the comedy club, Boogie ducked another tomato...
media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said that "sniper fire" from the Houthis killed Yemeni journalist Abdullah Azizan while he was covering the festivities in Bayhan on Sunday.

Azizan worked for the local marebpress.net news website.
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Saudi intercepts missile from Yemen: Coalition
[Al Ahram] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
on Monday night, the military coalition supporting the Yemeni government against rebels said.

It was the second missile launch from Yemen since UN-brokered peace talks began in Kuwait on April 21 between the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
sock puppets of the Medes and the Persians and the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

"From time to time there are breaches of the ceasefire, but we have to focus on finding a political solution for the Yemeni crisis," Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said after a Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh on Tuesday.

"We must support a peaceful solution and we support the Kuwait talks."

Fighting has continued despite a ceasefire that paved the way for the talks in Kuwait. Analysts have said the Saudis appear to want a way out of the war.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition in March last year began air strikes and other military aid in support of Yemeni forces resisting the Houthis.

The rebels, who still hold the capital Sanaa, had seized much of the country and are backed by Saudi Arabia's regional rival Iran.

The Houthi rebels are allied with elite troops loyal to Yemen's former president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
The missile launches are designed to "sabotage efforts of the international community to make the peace negotiations a success", the Saudi-led coalition said in a statement.
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Bangladesh
Six convicts sentenced to death in Bangladesh for bank heist
[DAWN] Six men were sentenced to death in Bangladesh on Tuesday for killing eight people during a bank robbery in Dhaka last year that police blamed on religious activists, the public prosecutor said.

Although no group grabbed credit for the robbery, police blame two outlawed groups, Ansarullah Bangla Team and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, which have been active in a recent surge of armed violence in Bangladesh.

Since early last year, almost 30 people have been killed in Lion of Islam attacks, some of which were claimed 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....
and al Qaeda. The government denies either network has a presence in Bangladesh, blaming home-grown groups instead.

Public Prosecutor Khandaker Abdul Mannan said the defendants had confessed to being members of Ansarullah Bangla Team and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen during the trial.

"They committed a heinous crime. They killed innocent people," Mannan told news hounds outside the court after the sentencing.
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Europe
Spanish police arrest man accused of promoting Islamist militancy
[Ynet] Spanish police tossed in the slammer
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
a man from Pakistain in Barcelona on Tuesday accused of promoting Islamist militancy via social media, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The man had been promoting the actions of various groups operating in the conflict zones of Syria and Iraq, especially 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....
, the ministry said.

Including Tuesday's arrests, Spain has detained 24 people so far this year with suspected links to Islamist militancy.
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India-Pakistan
Grenade attack injures three in Mohmand
[DAWN] GHALANAI: A woman and her three daughters were maimed when unidentified persons hurled two hand grenades at a house in Mohmand Agency
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
on the night between Sunday and Monday, officials said.

Local people said unidentified persons lobbed two hand grenades at a house of one Yousaf Khan in Dowa Jangi area of Safi tehsil at around 12.30am, injuring wife of Yousaf and his three daughters, Raziqa, Maryam and Sadiqa.

They said the attackers were seen fleeing the area after the attack.

The injured were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital, 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.
. After the incident, security forces conducted search operation in the area, but no arrest was made.

A local resident said announcements were made from mosques that there would be night curfew in the entire Safi tehsil.
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Iraq
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition
[ARA News] ERBIL – Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) has executed three Iraqi civilians in the city of Tel Afar west of Mosul on charges of spying for the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, local sources reported.

The three men were accused of communicating with the Peshmerga and leaking security information about ISIS positions in Tal Afar.

Mussa al-Liwezi, 31, Farah al-Jahishi, 23, and Haidar Yousef, 33, were executed in front of dozens of people in Tal Afar city, local activists and eyewitnesses told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

In the meantime, the pro-ISIS Jazira media centre released footages showing the three men dressed in orange while being shot dead by three masked ISIS jihadis.

“A Sharia official read a statement to the public saying the three victims were spies for the enemies of the Caliphate. More than 200 people have witnessed the execution,” media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News.

ISIS Uses civilians for human shields

[Al Arabiya] ISIS forces are reported to be holding several hundred families as "human shields" in the Iraqi city of Fallujah while government forces close in, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday, citing witness accounts.

Some 3,700 people have fled Fallujah, west of Baghdad, over the past week since the Iraqi army began its offensive on the city controlled by militant forces, it said.

"UNHCR has received reports of casualties among civilians in the city center of Fallujah due to heavy shelling, including 7 members of one family on the 28th of May (Saturday)," UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told a news briefing.

"There are also reports of several hundred families being used as human shields by ISIL in the center of Falluja."

The accounts come from displaced people who have spoken to UNHCR field staff, spokeswoman Ariane Rummery said.

"Most people able to get out come from the outskirts of Fallujah. For some time militants have been controlling movements, we know civilians have been prevented from fleeing. There are also reports from people who left in recent days that they are being required to move with ISIL within Fallujah," she told Reuters, using another word for the militant group.

ISIS militants fought back vigorously overnight and parried an onslaught by the Iraqi army on a southern district of Fallujah, officers said.

Iraqi authorities are holding some 500 men and boys under the age of 12 for "security screening" as they leave the city, a clearance process that can take up to seven days, Spindler said.

"But people are being released after this process and we understand that 27 men were released yesterday (Monday) after being screened," he said.

However, Al Arabiya News channel reported that the joint Special Operations Command in Iraq confirmed that the Federal Police and volunteers from tribes regained control from the ISIS-held area of Saqlawiyah northeast of Fallujah.

The Iraqi army stormed to the southern edge of Fallujah under US air support on Monday and captured a police station inside the city limits, which led to launch the assault to retake the ISIS stronghold.

With the continued fighting, security forces managed to evacuate 50 families in areas near the center of Fallujah. According to reports from the rescued families, a number of ISIS snipers on rooftops had prevented them from escaping.

A Reuters TV crew about 1.5 km from the city's edge said explosions and gunfire were ripping through Naimiya, a largely rural district of Fallujah on its southern outskirts.

An elite military unit, the Rapid Response Team, seized the district's police station at midday, state TV reported.

The unit advanced another mile northward, stopping about 500 meters (yards) from the al-Shuhada district, the southeastern part of city's main built-up area, army officers said.
More at the link
Posted by: badanov || 06/01/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi Jailhouse stories: 85 detained
(IraqiNews.com) Babel – On Tuesday, Babel Police Command announced arresting 85 wanted individuals on various criminal charges during security operations in different areas of the province.

Babel Police Command said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Detachments belonging to the departments of [Babel] Police Command conducted raid and inspection operations in different areas of the province in the past 72 hours,” pointing out that, “The operations resulted in the arrest of 85 wanted individuals on various criminal charges.”

The statement added, “The detainees were referred to the competent authorities for the purpose of completion of legal procedures against them.”
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4 Iraqi militia die in bombing in Salahuddin
(IraqiNews.com) Salahaddin – A security source in Salahuddin Province announced on Tuesday, that the outcome of the suicide bombing that targeted a checkpoint at the entrance of Sulaiman Bek vicinity east of Tikrit, rose to 17 dead and wounded, mostly members of al-Hashed al-Shaabi.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The outcome of the suicide bombing that targeted a checkpoint at the entrance of Sulaiman Bek vicinity east of Tikrit rose to four dead and 13 wounded, most of them are members of al-Hashed al-Shaabi.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “The deaths are increasing due to the seriousness of some injuries.”
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Ninevah Nightmares: 22 Bad Guys die
Kurd forces capture four villages near Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – On Monday, a security source in Nineveh Province announced, that the Peshmerga forces managed to liberate four villages northeast of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad) from the ISIS control, while pointed out to the killing of two members of the Peshmerga during the liberation battles.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The Peshmerga forces managed to liberate four villages northeast of Mosul from the ISIS control,” noting that, “ISIS members booby-trapped the villages with improvised explosive devices.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “Two Peshmerga members were killed, while others were wounded during the liberation operation of these villages.”

22 ISIS troops die near Makhmur

(iraqiNews.com) Nineveh – On Tuesday, an officer in the army’s 72nd brigade announced, that the army forces killed 22 ISIS members west of Makhmur, while repelling ISIS attack on the army’s headquarters in the district.

Major General Amin Shekhani said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, Iraqi army forces foiled an attack launched by ISIS on the areas of Kabrouk, Mahana and Kharbrdan west of Makhmur,” pointing out that, “ISIS used two booby-trapped vehicles during the attack.”

Shekhani added, “The clashes resulted in the killing of 22 ISIS members.”
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Kirkuk Kombat Chronicle
ISIS artillery hits gas company near Kirkuk

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – On Tuesday, a source in the Peshmerga forces announced, that ISIS has attacked the headquarters of North Gas Company in western Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad) with four Katyusha rockets.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS attacked the headquarters of North Gas Company, before noon today, with four Katyusha rockets, without causing any casualties.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “ISIS is continuously targeting the headquarters of the company in an attempt to stop it from functioning.”

1 dead in bomb attack near al-Riyad

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – A security source in Kirkuk province said on Tuesday, that a civilian had been killed and two others were injured in an explosion that targeted escaping families from ISIS-controlled areas southwest of the province.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “An explosive device that was emplaced on the road side in the area of Maktab Khaled, southwest of Kirkuk, went off against escaping families from the ISIS held-[areas] in the vicinity of al-Riyad (40 km southwest of Kirkuk), resulting in the death of one civilian and wounding two others.”

The source also added, “A force from the Peshmerga evacuated the dead body to the forensic medicine authority and the injured to Kirkuk Hospital for medical treatment.”
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Anbar Antics: 80 die
Iraqi forces stop 3 suicide bombers near Nuaimiya District

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Tuesday, Amiriyah Local Council in Anbar Province announced, that the security forces had foiled an attack launched by ISIS in southern Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad).

Amiriyah Fallujah Council member, Khudair al-Rashed, said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The joint forces were able, at noon today, to kill three suicide bombers wearing explosive belts, while trying to target a gathering of the joint security forces in Nuaimiya District (16 km south of Fallujah).”

Rashed added, “The joint security forces are searching all the liberated areas in Nuaimiya District to deal with the remaining ISIS cells, as well as dismantling the improvised explosive devices and booby-trapped houses.”

Iraqi forces capture part of Saqlawiyah

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Tuesday, Federal Police Command announced liberating al-Shuhada neighborhood in the center of Saqlawiyah vicinity in northern Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad), from the so-called ISIS control.

The Federal Police Captain, Raed Shakir Jawdat, said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The Federal Police forces managed to liberate al-Shuhada neighborhood in the center of Saqlawiyah vicinity in northern Fallujah from the ISIS control.”

Noteworthy, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced in 23 May 2016, that the security forces had started military operations to liberate the city of Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad), while emphasized that ISIS has no choice but to flee from the battle.

75 ISIS Bad Guys die in counterattack at al-Nauimiya

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Fallujah Liberation Operations Lieutenant General Abdel wahab al-Saadi announced on Tuesday, that the security forces repelled an attack launched by ISIS on al-Nauimiya area, while pointed out to the killing of 75 ISIS members south of the city.

Saadi said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today, more than 100 ISIS members launched a violent attack on the security forces that are stationed in al-Nauimiya area in southern the city.”

Saadi added, “The security forces backed by the international coalition aviation, Iraqi Air Force and Army Aviation managed to repulse the attack and killed 75 ISIS members, as well as inflicting human and material loses on the organization.”

Iraqi warbirds pound ISIS positions near al-Shuhada

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – A security source in Anbar province said on Tuesday, that the international coalition aviation shelled intensively the ISIS defensive positions in the area of al-Shuhada south of Fallujah.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation has offered substantial support for the security forces to storm Fallujah from the southern axis,” noting that, “The coalition [aviation] bombarded the ISIS defensive positions in the area of al-Shuhada south of the city.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “The bombardment resulted in the destruction of the ISIS defensive positions, in addition to inflicting big material and human losses upon their ranks.”
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Baghdad bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 3 die

2 die in bombing attack at al-Yusufiya

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

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded near a fruits and vegetables market in al-Yusufiya vicinity in southern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding eight others.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department, while strict procedures were taken in anticipation of the presence of other bombs.”

Sniper kills 1 Iraqi kop, wounds 2 others

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday, that three police members had been either killed or wounded by a sniper fire in southern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a sniper opened fire at a police checkpoint in Arab Jabour village in al-Dawra area in southern Baghdad, killing one of its members and wounding two others.”

The source, who requested anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine department, while a raid operation was carried out to search for the sniper.”

1 dead in bomb attack near

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday, that seven people had been either killed or injured in a bomb blast southeast of Baghdad.

The source said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, an explosive device went off near the medical center in the area of al-Za’faraniya, southeast of Baghdad, resulting in the death of one person and wounding six others,” adding that, “Ambulances rushed to the area of the incident and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital for medical treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine authority.”
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Iraq Forces Face Tough IS Resistance on Fringes of Fallujah
[An Nahar] Iraqi forces faced tough resistance from 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 Tuesday as they attempted to enter the center of Fallujah,
... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids...
where there were mounting fears for thousands of trapped civilians.
Continued on Page 49
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Navy shoots Gaza fisherman who leaves ‘designated zone’
[IsraelTimes] Israel to reinstate shorter, 6-mile limit on distance Paleostinian boats can sail from the shore as fishing season ends

Israeli sailors shot a Paleostinian fisherman in the leg off the coast of the Gazoo Strip Tuesday, after his vessel and a second boat didn’t obey orders to halt, the military said.

The two boats had been sailing in the waters near central Gazoo, when they "deviated from a designated fishing zone" and "turned toward the south," the Israel Defense Forces said.
"Halloo Egypt! We're coming in for a pick up, as requested!"
"IDF troops called for the vessels to halt, firing warning shots into the air. Upon the suspects’ continued advance, forces fired toward one of the vessels," the army said.

One of the fisherman on board the ship was struck in the leg by a bullet, a military spokesperson said.

The Israeli sailors escorted the two fishing vessels to the nearby Ashdod port. The injured man was brought to an Israeli hospital for treatment, while the others were "taken in for questioning," the IDF spokesperson said.
"We are only simple, well-armed fishermen."
It was not immediately clear how far the fishing vessels were from the shore during the incident.

Israel maintains a naval blockade around the Gazoo Strip, which it says is aimed at keeping weapons and illegal building materials out of the hands of gunnies in the coastal enclave.

Until recently, fisherman in Gazoo were permitted to ply their trade up to six nautical miles from the shore, according to the Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

Paleostinians, however, frequently complain the six-mile restriction is arbitrarily enforced and that vessels are regularly turned back well before they reach the legal limit.

In March, COGAT approved a temporary extension of the permitted distance in southern Gazoo, to nine miles, ahead of peak fishing season. COGAT estimated the decision could add NIS 400,000 ($106,000) a year to the Gazoo economy.
Which hopefully would shut up those screeching about those poor, starving Palestinians being picked on by mean Israel.
Around 4,000 fishermen work in Gazoo, more than half of whom live below the poverty line.
Is that before or after UN payments are distributed?
Earlier this week, Israel informed Gazoo residents that the previous six-mile restriction would be reinstated, a COGAT spokesperson said.

On May 16, the Shin Bet security service accused Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, of "taking advantage" of the three-mile extension, saying the terror organization had used fishermen to smuggle weapons and rocket-making materials into the Strip.
And out, to Ansar Bayt al Maqdis in the Sinai.
Hamas and other terror groups have created a large naval smuggling operation, bringing in weaponry and "materials used in the production of rockets, like fiberglass resin," the security service said.
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Southeast Asia
Four Bangladeshis Plead Guilty in Singapore to Terrorist Financing
[AnNahar] Four Bangladeshi guest workers who pleaded guilty to raising finances for an alleged Islamist terrorist plot in their homeland were convicted by a Singapore court on Tuesday and could face up to 10 years in jail.

The men, aged 26 to 31, were brought to court in three armored vehicles and became the first to be prosecuted under a Singapore law specifically targeting terrorism financing.

They will be sentenced at a later date.

In court, the men were dressed in purple overalls with the word "detainee" emblazoned across their chests and backs, shackled at the hands and feet and closely watched by members of the elite Gurkha unit of the Singapore police.

Court documents said the men contributed, collected or possessed funds for the alleged plot ranging from Sg$60 ($44) to Sg$1,360.

For involvement in terrorist financing, the men face up to 10 years in jail, a maximum fine of Sg$500,000 ($362,000), or both.

Singapore, which depends heavily on Bangladeshis and other foreign workers in the construction sector, considers itself a potential target of murderous Moslems because of its strong military ties with the United States.

It was the second group of Bangladeshis rounded up in Singapore since 27 were jugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
in late 2015, also over alleged plots in their homeland. All have since been deported.

State prosecutors say the second group's leader Rahman Mizanur, 31, had repeatedly tried to join 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....
(IS) group but was unsuccessful because he could not get visas to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
or Algeria. He then went to Singapore as a construction worker.

A fifth worker, Zzaman Daulat, 34, pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
, along with a sixth man, and both will now go to trial.

"I know I contributed $200 but I didn't know it'll be used for terrorism," Zzamat said through a court interpreter.

The five were among eight Bangladeshis held since April under Singapore's tough Internal Security Act.

Items seized from them included manuals on bomb-making and how to use a 0.50 calibre sniper rifle, along with a list of Bangladesh government and military officials allegedly targeted for attack, Singapore's home affairs ministry said.

The Singapore convictions come amid growing concern in Bangladesh over an increase in attacks on liberals and religious minorities in the Muslim-majority nation.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russia Raids on Syria City Kill 23 Civilians
[An Nahar] Russian warplanes pounded an al-Qaeda-held city in northwestern Syria before dawn on Tuesday killing 23 civilians in the heaviest strikes in months, a monitoring group said.

Dozens of civilians were also maimed in the raids on Idlib, a thriving provincial capital held by al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front and its allies since March last year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Al-Nusra is not party to a Russian- and US-brokered ceasefire that went into force on February 27 between Moscow-backed government forces and Washington-backed non-jihadist rebels.

"The air strikes are the most intensive on Idlib since the beginning of the truce," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told Agence La Belle France Presse.

"Even though Idlib is not covered by the truce, it had been relatively calm with only intermittent raids," he added.

The strikes hit near a hospital and a public garden.
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#1  I don't believe Russians would be that stupid.

MR KIRBY (briefing 5.31): We’re still looking into what happened in Idlib. I don’t have – we don’t have a great sense of complete knowledge here about who was responsible. Obviously, the images coming out of Idlib are very troubling. Obviously, the killing of innocent civilians is a violation of the cessation of hostilities, period, and we’re going to continue to work closely inside the cessation of hostilities task force with the Russians to try to figure out what happened here, and then we’ll take it from there.

But I can assure you that we’re very focused on it. We’ve seen the images, same as you there, and we’re going to do what we can to get to the bottom of it.
Posted by: Willy || 06/01/2016 5:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Idlib is not covered by the truce & Human shields?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/01/2016 5:35 Comments || Top||


Three Wounded in Tripoli Grenade Explosion
[An Nahar] Three people were maimed on Tuesday when a hand grenade went kaboom! in the northern city of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, state-run National News Agency reported.

"The grenade had been left in an empty area in the al-Zahriyeh district behind the Jamal and Shaaban company," NNA said.

The blast resulted in the injury of Lebanese citizens Jaber al-Moury and Radwan Badiaa and the Syrian national Shadi al-Agha, the agency added.

LBCI television said the three were working in the area when the kaboom occurred.

Security forces have since arrived on the scene and launched a probe into the incident.
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IS Presses Assault on Rebel Territory in North Syria
[An Nahar] Fighting along Syria's northern border intensified Tuesday as 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 pressed an offensive against a key swathe of rebel territory where thousands of civilians remain trapped, a monitor said.

IS swept towards the opposition strongholds of Marea and nearby Azaz in Aleppo province on Friday, forcing thousands of civilians to flee.

Rebel groups in Azaz tried to launch a counter-offensive on Tuesday but failed, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

IS blocked the attack with a jacket wallah, killing six rebel fighters, the Britannia-based monitor said.

"The battles are intensifying," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

The U.N. relief agency said thousands of civilians were still trapped in Marea and a nearby town after Kurdish authorities closed the main road towards the autonomous Kurdish canton of Afrin to the west.

"Due to the closure of the Marea-Afrin road, an estimated 7,000 civilians are effectively trapped in Marea and Sheikh Issa towns," the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Monday.

Some 2,000 people had already managed to leave Marea and Sheikh Issa before the road was closed on Sunday, OCHA said.

Around 5,000 people in total have been displaced by fighting since Friday, and the situation remains "volatile and unpredictable," it said.

The U.N.'s humanitarian coordinator for Syria, Yacoub El Hillo, called on gangs to "ensure the unhindered movement and protection of civilians trying to reach safety."

Kurdish authorities on Sunday announced the closure of the two roads from Afrin to Marea and Azaz in response to rebel shelling of a majority-Kurdish district of the quiet provincial capital, Aleppo city.

The Observatory said rebels continued to shell the Sheikh Maqsud neighborhood on Tuesday.

Rebels have been shelling Sheikh Maqsud for months after an advance by Kurdish forces into rebel territory west of Marea, Abdel Rahman said.
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