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Iraqi forces say they have secured southern edge of Falluja
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2016 00:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [898 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Heels would seem a hindrance on sand
Posted by: Frank G || 06/05/2016 10:20 Comments || Top||

#2  At least for volleyball.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/05/2016 10:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Certainly never seen Misty May in shoes like those....but I will continue looking.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/05/2016 12:02 Comments || Top||

#4  It's not that kinda beach.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/05/2016 18:38 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
9 ISIS loyalists killed, 7 wounded in Nangarhar operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 9 loyalists 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 were killed during a clearance operation by the Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers 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.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the operations were conducted in Bati Kot district of Nangarhar by the Afghan armed forces.

MoD further added that 7 other turbans affiliated with the terror group were also maimed during the operations.

There are no reports regarding the casualties of the Afghan soldiers during the operations.

The loyalists of the terror group are believed to have significant presence in some parts of eastern Nangarhar province.

In the meantime, the Afghanistan National Security Council (NSC) on Monday approved in principle the strategy to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group as the loyalists of the terror group are attempting to expand foothold in the country.

The Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANSDF) together with the US forces in Afghanistan are regularly targeting the loyalists of the terror group.

Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


2 prominent Taliban Obersturmführers among 18 killed in special military raids
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 18 Taliban snuffies were killed in the latest special military operations conducted by the Afghan National Police (ANP) forces.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the operations were conducted in the past 48 hours in Zabul, Ghazni, Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, Paktia, Faryab, Pashtun-infested Logar and 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....
provinces.

According to a statement by MoI, at least 19 Talibs also sustained injuries during the same operations. The statement further added that the prominent Taliban capos killed during the operations have been identified as commander Sangari and Qari Amin.

MoI said the two Taliban capos were invovled in major terrorist activities in the vicinity of Arghandab district of Zabul and Khogyani district of 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 Afghan police forces also confiscated a PK machine gun, 1 Ak-47 rifle, 1 mortar and 34 mines duringthe operations, MoI said, adding that a Dshk heavy machine gun was destroyed along with several hideouts of the Death Eaters.

The anti-government armed Death Eater groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.
Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


17 kidnapped passengers released in northern Sar-e-Pul province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 17 passengers kidnapped by the Taliban holy warriors have been released in northern Sar-e-Pul province of Afghanistan with the mediation of local tribal elders.

Provincial governor’s front man Zabiullah Amani confirmed that the passengers were released late on Thursday night by the Taliban Death Eaters.

At least 24 passengers were initially kidnapped by the Taliban holy warriors on Wednesday in Da Murda area but 8 of them were later released which included women and kiddies.

The Taliban holy warriors kept 17 of them as hostages until they were rescued by the local tribal elders.

The passengers in Sar-e-Pul were kidnapped days after the Taliban holy warriors kidnapped at least 185 passengers from an highway in northern Kunduz province.

The majority of the passengers were released after they were interrogated by the Taliban holy warriors and at least 17 of them were killed on charges of working for the Afghan security institutions.

The Taliban group grabbed credit behind the kidnapping in Kunduz and said they took the members of security forces in their custody.

Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
More heavy clashes with militants in Benghazi as Hafter and Thinni government try to neutralise GNA supporters
Hafter and Thinni? Is that a government or an accounting firm?
[Libya Herald] The sound of heavy kabooms in Ganfudah and Sabri districts could be heard across Benghazi this morning as fighting continued with turbans still operating on the areas.

So far on Saturday, there have been no air strikes, unlike yesterday, Friday, when LNA MiGs bombed targets in Gwarsha and the Nowruz Beach Resort, beyond Garyounis, both still occupied by Death Eaters,

Meanwhile,
...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Nunzio wondered: Where the hell was Chumbaloni? And where was his $600?...
in a move that has triggered fears of fresh divisions on Benghazi, the interior minister in the Beida-based government, Mohammed Al-Madani Al-Fakhri, has issued an order suppressing the Specialised Anti-Terrorist Force in the city and ordering its members to return to their former occupations.

The order is seen as a bid to eliminate support in the city for Mahdi Barghathi, the minister of defence in the Government of National Accord 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...
. The anti-terrorist unit is led by Faraj Ikgaim, who backs Barghathi and also close to Ibrahim Jadhran, but not to Hafter.

In a separate move that is likely to have little immediate consequence in the city, a group of Benghazi revolutionaries who were part of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shoura Council but who had fled to Tripoli have formed a new militia based in the capital called Defend Benghazi.

There have been attempts, mainly by the former leader of the February 17 Brigade, Fawzi Bukhatif, to create a new nationalist but also Islamist military grouping in Benghazi which would have nothing to do with Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
or the so-called 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....
. But until now it has failed to take off.
Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Hafter and Thinni?

El Gordo y la Flaca
Broadcast the show from Makka.
He gained five pounds on camel meat;
She sweat off ten beneath a sheet.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 06/05/2016 16:02 Comments || Top||


Misratans take Gardabiya airbase from IS
Misratan-led Bunyan Marsous forces have driven IS terrorists out of the key Gardabiya airbase in a final battle which today cost the lives of four soldiers with 14 others injured.

Earlier in the day IS had boasted that it had thrown back an attack killing nine Misratans and injuring 15 others. In event, it appears that the terrorists retreated fromthe airbase and its adjacent civilian airport and headed northwards toward Sirte, which is 15 kilometres away .

IS also indicated in social media posts that they had established a defensive at Harawa, around 70 kilometres east of Sirte. It also claimed to have released prisoners in Sirte, but the identity of those freed was unclear, as was why they should have been let go.

Morale among the predominantly Misratan fighters is said to be high, though their progress is still being hampered by a significant number of mines and booby traps left behind by the terrorists. There were no devastating truck bombs (SVBIED) attacks today, leading to speculation that IS may be conserving the vehicles and explosives it still has available.

Today the Bunyan Marsous operations room spokesman Mohammed Al-Ghasri denied persistent reports that foreign troops are fighting on the front line. One journalist reported last week being told by a Misratan soldier that he had seen British special forces on the ground. Another claim was that an SVBIED had been destroyed by British fire before it could reach its target.

Ghasri said only Libyans were fighting IS. He said that some 700 terrorists had been killed since the start of Bunyan Marsous but warned that IS still had considerable strength in Sirte itself. He added that therefore it was important that the UN arms embargo be lifted to allow weapons and ammunition to be brought to the frontline.

However those arms and ammunition may not be arriving any time soon. The UN Security Council last month agreed to lift the arms embargo for the Presidency Council but a UN spokesman said that Government of National Accord prime minister-designate Faiez Serraj had yet to submit a detailed request for arms.

“The Libyan Government of National Accord will need to provide reassurance when making requests to the UN sanctions committee that there is no risk of arms exports being diverted to terrorist groups,” said an unnamed diplomat, quoted by News 24.

The diplomat continued: “It will take time for the GNA to put in place the necessary measures, such as secure storage facilities. The request may therefore still take some time to issue.”
Posted by: badanov || 06/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Subsaharan
32 troops killed in Niger clash with Boko Haram
[DAWN] Thirty-two troops were killed in a clash with 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...
fighters on Niger's border with Nigeria, Niger's defence ministry said on Saturday, one of deadliest tolls inflicted by the Lion of Islams.

In neighbouring Nigeria, the army meanwhile said it had killed 19 Boko Haram Lions of Islam in separate fighting in northeast Borno state, while two soldiers suffered gunshot wounds.

In the Niger fighting, "hundreds of assailants" attacked a military post in the Niger town of Bosso on Friday evening, the defence ministry said in a statement that gave a "provisional toll" of 30 Nigerien and two Nigerian soldiers killed and 67 maimed.

"On the enemy's side, several dead and injured were taken away," the ministry said.

"Boko Haram elements effectively took control of the town temporarily, but now they were dislodged," a security source said.

Local resident and former MP Elhaj Aboubacar said: "They drove up at twilight, shouting Allahu Akbar (God is Great), they fired a lot of shots and torched many places in Bosso."

"We don't know where our military went, but one thing is for sure, Boko Haram were able to do what they liked until dawn," Aboubacar said.

"The situation is under control and calm has returned," the defence ministry said, adding that a "mopping up" operation was underway by land and air.
Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [215 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Lebanese and Iranian Missiles Discovered in Yemen
Jeddah: High-ranking Yemeni military officials announced that the National Army discovered a large number of Lebanese and Iranian made missiles in Haif bin Saba’an.

After examining the missiles, Commander Staff Maj. Gen. Nasser al-Tahiri revealed that these missiles are not like the European or U.S. missiles, but share some specs.

Maj. Gen. al-Tahiri stressed that the National Army has been defending the liberated areas since Houthis started breaking the declared ceasefire.

Al-Tahiri also said that the discovered missiles are fired from launchpads and are used by the Lebanese so-called Hezbollah party.

Al-Tahiri told Asharq Al-Awsat that the army is advancing on several key axes despite militias’ reinforcements.

He explained that these missiles won’t help the militias advance for many reasons, including the weakness of their militants and their low morale.

Concerning the situation in the battlefield, al-Tahiri said that it is in the favor of the National Army, which is advancing on al-Farda and Bayhan fronts.

He added that all military forces are in their positions blocking any attack.

Military sources revealed that the militias lost a large number of their members in Shabwa as they failed to break the siege imposed by the National Army on Houthis.

Observers expect the Houthis to raise the oil prices as activist Abdul Hamid al-Khotami said.

Al-Khotami added that the lack of oil derivatives in the capital is due to the fact that the Houthis haven’t paid the price of the oil shipment coming to al-Mekla refinery.

Posted by: badanov || 06/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  almost like there's an Axis of Evil™....
Posted by: Frank G || 06/05/2016 9:23 Comments || Top||


11 die in rocket artillery attacks in Taiz
SANAA: Yemeni medical officials say 11 civilians — including 10 women and one girl — were killed and dozens were wounded when rockets hit a busy market in the western city of Taiz.

The officials say that the rockets were fired on Friday by Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, who are besieging the city. They say at least 30 people were wounded and that the death toll is expected to rise.

The market in the old city of Taiz is under the control of local resistance forces loyal to the internationally recognized government, who are backed by a Saudi-led coalition. The city has been hard hit by fighting since coming under siege by the Houthis.

The US military, meanwhile, said it conducted four counterterrorism strikes against Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen in recent months, including one May 19 that killed four enemy combatants.

US Central Command says the strikes killed a total of 15 members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Posted by: badanov || 06/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Europe
Bulgarian Civilian Vigilante Groups Hunting Migrants
[Breitbart] Civilians in Bulgaria have taken to hunting down migrants and handing them to police on so-called "healthy walks."

A group of men in Bulgaria roam the countryside helping plant trees, participating in torch light parades on national holidays and tracking down illegal migrants to turn into the Bulgarian authorities. The group call themselves the "organization for the protection of Bulgarian citizens," and were founded by Hristo Atanasov, a cook and self described patriot, Die Welt reports.

Atanasov leads the group who go out on weekends donning military fatigues to go on what they call "healthy walks" through the nearby beaches and mountains close to his home in the coastal town of Burgas. Atanasov claims that the group likes to go to the area because of the natural beauty but also because it is a major hotspot for migrants who have come across the border from neighbouring Turkey.

The self styled patriot describes the process saying that the group often spots the people smugglers first, "they run 200 to 300 metres ahead to see if the coast is clear," he said. If the migrants see him and his men they often run away, "they think we are the police," Atanasov remarked.
I'll bet the military style "walking gear" has something to do with that...
The patrol leader said that he is usually joined by around 30 more men at any given weekend. The group has so far managed to capture more than 50 migrants crossing the Bulgarian-Greek border and they bring them all directly to Bulgarian police.

The group believes they are the first line of defence from what they call the "migrant invasion," and regard themselves as merely doing their duty to their country as self appointed border protectors. Their work is reminiscent of protests by the hipster-right Identitarians who built their own fences along the Austrian-Slovenian border when the government refused to control the migrant flow last year.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/05/2016 12:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Some pretty tough hombres in the Iraq and AFG.

Posted by: Besoeker || 06/05/2016 13:00 Comments || Top||

#2  National Healthy Walks™
Posted by: Frank G || 06/05/2016 13:12 Comments || Top||

#3  I can see this becoming a popular sport here in the U.S., if we had someone who actually gave a flip about this country in the oval orifice.
Posted by: Nguard || 06/05/2016 14:28 Comments || Top||

#4  hipster-right Identitarians

I have no idea what that means, but it sounds impressive.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/05/2016 15:13 Comments || Top||

#5 
#4 hipster-right Identitarians

It means dedicated bbqterians TW. With guns and dawg's. Never underestimate the dawg, I'd give up my guns before my dawgs, knowing my dawgs could track them like the iRS.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/05/2016 18:45 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Man from Ahmadi community shot dead in Attock
Once upon a time, Allah thought Ahmadis were Muslims like all the rest, and one of them even became the father of Pakistan's nuclear program. But then one day Allah decided to alter the universe, making them not Muslim. Since then it has been open season on one of the most productive groups in the country.
[DAWN] Unidentified gunnies rubbed out a 65-year-old pharmacy owner from the Ahmadi community in Punjab's Attock city on Saturday.

Police said Abdul Hameed Khan, 65, a resident of Darul Islam neighbourhood in Attack city and a retired accountant was standing outside his house when two unidentified motorcyclists shot him before fleeing the scene. "They shot a single bullet to the victim's face."

The man suffered critical bullet wound and was taken to the nearby hospital where doctors pronounced him dead
He's dead, Jim!
on arrival, police said.

District Police Officer (DPO) Zahid Nawaz Marwat told Dawn that the victim belonged to Ahmadi community and was running a pharmacy store after retirement.
Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


Five Indian security officers shot dead by 'rebels' in India-held Kashmir
[DAWN] Five Indian security personnel have been rubbed out by suspected rebels in restive India-held Kashmire in the past two days, police said on Saturday.

Two coppers were on a routine patrol on Saturday when rebels fired automatic weapons from a moving vehicle in southern Anantnag town, killing them on the spot.

"The attackers fled the area after the firing," Javid Gillani, inspector general of police, told AFP.

On Friday, three paramilitary soldiers from India's Border Security Force were killed when bandidos snuffies fired bullets from automatic assault rifles at their moving convoy.

Friday's attack was claimed by Hizbul Mujahideen, one of the region's several rebel groups who have been fighting Indian forces for decades, seeking independence or a merger with Pakistain.
Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under: Hizbul Mujaheddin


Iraq
Iraqi forces say they have secured southern edge of Falluja
[Guardian] Iraqi forces say they have secured the southern edge of Falluja, two weeks after the launch of an operation to recapture the city from Isis.

Lieutenant General Abdel Wahab al-Saadi said his forces secured the largely agricultural southern neighbourhood of Naymiya, under cover of US-led coalition airstrikes, and are poised to enter the main city.

The declaration came after the commander of an Iraqi paramilitary organisation dominated by Tehran-backed units said on Sunday it was willing to send forces into Falluja if efforts to retake the city were too slow.

Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, military commander of the Hashed al-Shaabi militias, said its forces had surrounded Falluja and left breaching operations to counterterrorism forces, but that could change if the fighting dragged on.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/05/2016 12:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [529 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gettin ready to get started, the War-Souk is on the move.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/05/2016 18:47 Comments || Top||


Iraqi Jailhouse Stories: 30 detained in Babel
(IraqiNews.com) Babel – A security source in Babel Province said on Saturday, that the security forces managed to arrest 30 wanted individuals on various criminal charges during security operations in the province.

The source said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Detachments belonging to Babel Police Command conducted raid and inspection operations in different areas of the province, resulting in the arrest of 30 wanted persons on various criminal charges, ranging between murder, theft and armed robbery,” noting that, “The operation included most of the districts of the province.”

“The detainees were transferred to the competent authorities for the purpose of completion of legal procedures against them,” the source added.
Posted by: badanov || 06/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under:


The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edtion
600 flee ISIS areas in Ninevah

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – On Saturday, Peshmerga forces in Makhmur announced receiving about 600 people who fled from the areas controlled by ISIS, while pointed out that these civilians are suffering from bad health conditions.

The Peshmerga forces in Makhmur said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The Peshmerga forces in Makhmur received about 600 people who fled from the areas controlled by ISIS near Mosul,” pointing out that, “Those people will be accommodated in secure places.”

The statement added, “The escaped people also included women and children, and the majority of them are suffering from bad health conditions.”

ISIS executes 3 in al-Mahouz, Kirkuk


(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – On Saturday, a security source in Kirkuk province said, that the so-called ISIS had executed three civilians on charges of cooperating with the government agencies southwest of the province.

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today, elements of the ISIS carried out the execution of three civilians by beheading them in the village of al-Mahouz in the district of al-Hawija (55 km southwest of Kirkuk),” pointing out that, “The execution was carried out after the [ISIS] court in Hawija had issued a death sentence against them.”

The source added, “The civilians were charged with cooperating with the Iraqi government and the Peshmerga forces.”
Posted by: badanov || 06/05/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Anbar Antics: 128+ die

Iraqi kops claim 403 dead ISIS Hard Boys in Fallujah operation

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Federal Police Command announced on Friday, that 402 ISIS fighters were killed since the start of Fallujah liberalization operations, while pointed out to the destruction of 23 vehicles belonging to ISIS and detonation of 604 explosive devices.

The Federal Police Command said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The Federal Police forces managed to kill 402 ISIS fighters, including 41 snipers since the start of the liberation battles of Fallujah,” indicating that, “Five booby-trapped bulldozers and 23 vehicles carrying mono machine guns had been destroyed.”

The statement added, “The security forces were able to destroy 61 vehicles and seven laboratories for manufacturing IEDs and booby-trapped vehicles, as well as detonating 604 explosive devices and dismantling ten booby-trapped buildings.”

The 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.

67 ISIS Turbans die in Saqlawiyah operation

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Federal Police Command announced on Saturday, that the security forces killed 67 ISIS fighters in al-Saqlawiyah in northern Fallujah and advanced into the center of Saqlawiyah from three axes.

The Federal Police Command said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The Federal Police forces managed to kill 67 ISIS fighters, including eight foreign snipers during the liberation battles in the axes of Saqlawiyah (20 km north of Fallujah).”

The statement added, “The security forces were also able to destroy 23 ISIS targets and advanced into the center of al-Saqlawiyah from three axes.”

27 ISIS Bad Guys die in Abu Hoy

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced on Saturday foiling an attack launched by the so-called ISIS in southern Fallujah, while pointed out that 27 ISIS members were killed in the during the attack.

Mahalawi said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, ISIS members attacked the security troops in Albu Hoy area in southern Fallujah.”

Mahalawi added, “The attack resulted in the killing of 27 ISIS members, as well as inflicting material losses on them and forcing them to retreat.”

Iraqi forces capture Saqlawiyah vicinity

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Saturday, Saqlawiyah Local Council in Anbar Province announced, that the security forces fully liberated Saqlawiyah vicinity in northern Fallujah and raised the Iraqi flag over its government buildings, while evacuated 5,000 civilians, mostly women and children.

The Director of Saqlawiyah vicinity, Jassim Al Muhammadi, said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The joint forces managed to cleanse all the areas in Saqlawiyah vicinity in northern Fallujah, as well as raising the Iraqi flag over the government buildings,” pointing out that, “The operation had resulted in the killing of dozens of ISIS members.”

Mohammadi added, “The security forces also evacuated 5,000 civilians from the liberated areas,” indicating that, “The security forces began dismantling IEDs and booby-trapped houses in the areas of Saqlawiyah.”

14 ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrikes in Albu Bali

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Saturday the commander of Anbar Operations, Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi, announced, that eight vehicles belonging to ISIS had been destroyed and 14 ISIS members were killed in air strikes conducted by the international coalition aviation east of Ramadi.

Mahalawi said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation conducted a number of air strikes that targeted vehicles belonging to ISIS north of Albu Bali area east of Ramadi.”

Mahalawi added, “The air strikes had resulted in the destruction of eight booby-trapped vehicles belonging to ISIS, including three vehicles carrying heavy weapons, as well as killing 14 ISIS terrorists who were inside the vehicles.”

Iraqi warbirds destroy four targets in Albu Houi

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Command, Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahalawi, announced on Saturday destroying four sites for the ISIS elements during an aerial bombardment south of Fallujah.

Mahalawi said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation, in coordination with the army’s Eight Division, managed to bombard two shelters belonging to the ISIS in the area of Albu Houi, south of Fallujah, resulting in the destruction of [those] areas and killing 10 [ISIS] members.”

He also added, “The coalition aviation conducted two air strikes on two caches of weapons belonging to the ISIS in the same area, resulting in the destruction of the [sites], in addition to killing 4 [ISIS] elements and wounding another.”

20 ISIS Turbans die in airstrike in al-Fallahat

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – Commander of Anbar Operations Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahalawi said on Saturday, that 20 ISIS elements had been killed in an aerial bombing west of Fallujah in Anbar Province.

Mahalawi said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation, in coordination with our security forces, managed to bombard a hideout for the terrorists in the area of al-Fallahat, west of Fallujah, resulting in the death of 20 [ISIS] elements, in addition to inflicting big material and human losses upon them.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 3 die

2 die in bomb attack in Mahmudiya

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Saturday, that 12 people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast in southern Baghdad.

The source said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded in the district of Mahmudiya in southern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding ten others.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to Mahmudiyah Hospital for treatment and the dead bodies to the forensic medicine department, while cordoned off the area of the incident and barred approaching it.”

2 Iraqi soldiers die in bombing in al-Tarmiya

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Saturday, that 13 people, mostly members of the Iraqi army, had been either killed or wounded in a suicide bombing in northern Baghdad.

The source said in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew up himself, at noon today, on a gathering of army members in al-Thubat neighborhood in Tarmiya District in northern Baghdad, killing two soldiers and wounding nine others, including two civilians.”

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “Ambulances 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 had been taken in anticipation of similar attacks.”
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Iraq Forces Gain Ground from IS West of Fallujah
[An Nahar] Iraqi forces gained new ground 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 Saturday in a key area west of the jihadist bastion 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...
security sources said.

Fighters from the army, the police and from the Hashed al-Shaabi -- a paramilitary organization dominated by Tehran-backed Shiite militias -- entered the center of Saqlawiya.

The town lies around 10 kilometers (six miles) northwest of Fallujah and control of the rural area around it is key to cutting off the city which Iraqi forces are trying to retake.

"The Iraqi army's 14th division and Hashed al-Shaabi stormed the center of Saqlawiya town from the highway and raised the Iraqi flag," a statement from the Joint Operations Command said.

Federal police moving from a different direction were also involved in the operation to retake Saqlawiya.

As elite forces are trying to push into the center of Fallujah, other forces have continued to clear areas around the city to ensure it is completely isolated.

The operation in Saqlawiya is aimed at cutting off Fallujah from Jazirat al-Khaldiyah, an area to the west which IS has been passing through to reach its positions elsewhere.

The Joint Operations Command said a US-led coalition air strike had hit a boatload of IS fighters attempting to flee Fallujah along the Euphrates river, killing all on board.

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25-year-old TA man stabbed; police searching for attacker
[Ynet] A 25-year-old Tel Aviv resident who was leaving his home late Saturday afternoon was stabbed in his upper body. Magen David Adom paramedics have provided first aid at the scene, and the injured man has been taken to Ichilov Medical Center.

Police are searching for the attacker; the motive for the attack appears to be criminal.
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U.S.-backed rebel commander kidnapped near Marea town
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Unidentified turbans kidnapped a U.S.-backed rebel commander near a town that has been encircled 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....
in the northern Aleppo province, rebel source said.

Lieutenant Mohammed Khalil, the military commander of al-Mou'tasem Brigade, was kidnapped in Darret Ezza town as he was heading the nearby town of Marea, said Mustafa Seijari, head of the brigade's political office.

On Thursday, the U.S. jets air-dropped weapons to al-Mou'tasem Brigade in Marea. Such an aid helped rebels to thwart ISIS attack.

Some rebel factions have accused Khalil, who received training by the American army, of betrayal due to his collaboration with Washington in his war against ISIS in Marea town.

ISIS has cut rebel supply lines from Azaz to the town of Marea farther southeast, isolating the latter from other rebel-held areas.

The ultra-hardline group has been fighting against rebels in the area for several months. The rebels, who are supplied via The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, last month staged a major push against Islamic State, but the group counter-attacked and beat them back.
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Dozens die in Syrian air force attacks on Aleppo
ALEPPO: Regime airstrikes killed dozens of civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo and nearby areas Friday as the UN Security Council prepared to discuss emergency aid drops to besieged areas.

The raids were the most intense in more than a month, with dozens of barrel bombs — crude, unguided explosive devices — dropped on several rebel-held eastern districts of the city, an AFP correspondent said.

Ten people were killed when a bus they were traveling in was hit on the Castello road, a key rebel supply route out of Aleppo, the civil defense said.

At least 28 other civilians were killed in regime strikes on several neighborhoods in the rebel-held east of the city, said the civil defense, known as the White Helmets.

“There are people under the rubble and we’re still looking for the missing,” a civil defense volunteer who gave his name as Khaled said.

AFP footage showed a building in the city’s east whose front had been blown off and bulldozers were clearing rubble from the roads.
A man wearing medical gloves stood in a room surrounded by white body bags, one with blood seeping through.

Official news agency SANA said rebel rocket fire killed two children in the regime-controlled west of the city.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Castello road was now “effectively cut.”

“All movement is targeted, be that buses or bystanders,” its head Rami Abdel Rahman said.
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Syrian government forces reach outskirts of Raqqa
RAQQA – Forces loyal to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have reached the border of Raqqa province in northeastern Syria, in preparation to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) in the group’s de facto capital, military sources reported don Saturday.

Supported by a Russian air cover, the Syrian army and allied militias have reached the southeastern border of Raqqa province.

This comes amid continuous fighting between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and ISIS militants in the northern countryside of Raqqa, where the Kurdish-led SDF has recaptured dozens of villages and farms over the past few days.

On the other hand, the Syrian regime troops try to take part in the battle for Raqqa with the support of Russia.

“Our forces have reached the administrative borders of Raqqa province after killing a number of Daesh terrorists,” a Syrian army officer told ARA News, using another acronym for ISIS.

“This is a Syrian land, and the Syrian army is the only legitimate force to regain control of those areas from all terrorist groups, including those supported by the West,” he said, in reference to the SDF as a US-backed Syrian force.

Noteworthy, the Syrian regime troops had no presence in Raqqa province since summer 2014, when ISIS took over the air base of Tabqa and executed a number of army soldiers.

Commenting on the Syrian army advance, SDF official Habun Osman told ARA News: “The Assad regime withdrew their forces from Raqqa in August 2014 and left it to ISIS. Now they try to return to the province after witnessing the SDF progress against ISIS in northern Raqqa.”

“We, as Kurds, Arabs, Christians and other components of northern Syria, have been fighting those terrorists for years, while pro-Assad troops handed over all those areas to ISIS and headed to other places to defend the regime,” Osman said.

“We are here defending the people, while they’re playing political games. This is our fight, once Raqqa is liberated it will be run by its own people not by a regime that has killed thousands of innocent civilians,” the SDF official told ARA News.
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Syrian rebel forces cut ISIS MSR near Manbij
TISHREEN – The SDF-led Military Council of Manbij on Saturday captured the road between the city of Manbij and Raqqa, cutting off one of the most strategic supply routes for the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.

The Manbij Military Council also took control of the key Um al-Saraj hill on the western bank of the Euprates river, and 10 kilometers from the Tishreen Dam following fierce clashes with ISIS militants.

“The Manbij Military Council captured the hill between Abu Qalqal and Manbij, and cut off the road between them. ISIS extremists tried to protect this key area by attacking our forces three times, but our forces foiled the attacks,” Munzir Eris, a Kurdish fighter of the Syrian Democratic Forces, told ARA News.

“More than 100 ISIS fighters were killed either by coalition airstrikes or by our fighters on the ground,” he added.

The fighter said the SDF-forces are happy with the US-led coalition support. “In the past, they just helped us when we were about to loose, but now they provide us with good support,” he saidEris told ARA News.

The fighter could not confirm how many Kurds or Arabs are involved in the Manbij operation. “We have Arabs, Kurds, nobody knows how many exactly, we all work under the SDF-forces,” he added.

Speaking to ARA News, Mohammed Abu Adil, a FSA-commander and member of the Manbij Military Council, said: “Eventually ISIS will be defeated.”

“Whether strong or not, we will defeat them from everywhere in the world. God willingly, we will return our territories and cities,” he said.

Nevertheless, he said he could not predict when Manbij would be captured from ISIS. “We won’t stop until we eventually liberate it.”
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Turkey, US-led coalition target ISIL in Syria to thwart attack
A joint operation between Turkey and the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State pf Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) killed 14 terrorists in Syria on June 4, the Turkish military has said. Artillery and air strikes targeted ISIL positions after the Turkis military detected signs of imminent attacks on Turkey, the Turkish Armed Forces said in a statement.

Among the ISIL targets destroyed were an armored vehicle, a rocket launcher and three buildings, Anadolu Agency reported.

Since mid-January, ISIL militants have been targeting Turkish towns and cities on the Syrian border, especially Kilis, with indiscriminate rocket fire. ISIL’s rocket attacks have claimed the lives of 21 people in Kilis, including eight Syrians, since then.

Meanwhile, Syria's regime killed dozens of civilians with air strikes in and around Aleppo city on June 3, even as it agreed to allow access for ground convoys to deliver aid to 12 besieged areas, Agence France-Presse reported. The raids on Aleppo were the most intense in more than a month, with dozens of barrel bombs -- crude, unguided explosive devices -- dropped on rebel-held eastern districts of the city, an AFP correspondent said.

Fourteen people were killed when a bus they were travelling in was hit on the Castello road, a key rebel supply route out of Aleppo, the civil defense said. At least 43 other civilians were killed in regime strikes on neighborhoods in the city's rebel-held east, said the civil defense, known as the White Helmets.

"There are people under the rubble and we're still looking for the missing," said a volunteer who gave his name as Khaled.

Official news agency SANA said rebel rocket fire killed two children in the regime-controlled west of the city.
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Syria Army Thrusts into IS Bastion as Kurds Advance from North
[An Nahar] Russian-backed Syrian troops pushed into 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's bastion province Raqa Saturday, threatening to catch the jihadists in a pincer movement as US-backed Kurdish-led fighters advance from the north.

The lightning advance from the southwest with Russian air support brought the army to within 40 kilometers (25 miles) of the Euphrates Valley town of Tabqa, site of the country's biggest dam, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said.
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Terror Networks
US Now Hitting Islamic State Targets from Mediterranean Sea
[An Nahar] The U.S. Navy's top admiral says the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman has begun launching Arclight airstrikes against 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 from the Mediterranean Sea.

That opens a new direction of attack against the holy warriors in Iraq and Syria.

Adm. John Richardson said in an News Agency that Dare Not be Named interview Saturday that this unusual arrangement is a demonstration of the flexibility of naval power. The Navy for years positioned its carriers in the Persian Gulf to conduct Arclight airstrikes against targets in the Middle East.

The Truman had been in the Gulf but in recent days moved into the eastern Mediterranean and resumed air operations. The Truman eventually will return to its home port at Norfolk, Virginia, and be replaced in the Gulf by the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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#1  Means they're transiting somebody's airspace...
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