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Attack on Logar Appellate Court leaves 7 dead, over 20 wounded
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 06/06/2016 00:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [798 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In garb fashioned by their mother,
'Buttons' Poppins.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/06/2016 10:33 Comments || Top||

#2  In commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the landings at Normandy this day in 1944, at the US Military Cemetery near Omaha Beach. A very peaceful but solemn cemetery. Picture taken June 29, 2015.
IMG_3959
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/06/2016 16:05 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
NPR journalist David Gilkey, and translator killed in Afghanistan
[USA Today] DETROIT -- David P. Gilkey, a former Detroit Free Press photographer and video editor who built a career out of finding the human side in dire conflicts, was killed while on assignment for NPR in Afghanistan on Sunday, NPR news reported.

Gilkey was traveling with an Afghan army unit when the convoy came under fire and his vehicle was struck, NPR spokeswoman Isabel Lara said in a statement. An Afghan translator, Zabihullah Tamanna, was also killed. Two other NPR journalists traveling with them were unharmed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/06/2016 03:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I cannot get worked up over an NPR staffer buying it. Nothing.
Posted by: Oscar Cromong5167 || 06/06/2016 21:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Perhaps not, OC, but condolences to his family are certainly in order.
Posted by: Barbara || 06/06/2016 21:54 Comments || Top||


Attack on Logar Appellate Court leaves 7 dead, over 20 wounded
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A group of jacket wallahs launched a coordinated attack on Pashtun-infested Logar Appellate Court in central Afghanistan.

A security official confirmed that the attack was carried out by three holy warriors armed with boom jackets and automatic rifles.

The official further added that seven people including the head of Pashtun-infested Logar Appellate Court were killed in the attack.

Provincial governor’s front man Salim Saleh said the Appellate Court Chief of Pashtun-infested Logar Mohammad Akram Nejat was killed along with six other members of the court in the attack.

Saleh further added that 23 others including the civilians and members of the court were maimed in the attack.

A group of Taliban suicide bombers launched a similar attack on Ghazni Appellate Court on Wednesday, leaving several people dead or maimed.

This comes as the Taliban group vowed to target the judiciary institutions following the execution of 6 holy warriors over terror offences by the Afghan government earlier last month.
Posted by: Fred || 06/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [393 views] Top|| File under:


18 ISIS loyalists killed, 11 wounded in Nangarhar airstrike
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 18 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 and 11 others were maimed during an Arclight airstrike 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 Arclight airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Kot district where the loyalists of the terror group are actively operating.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said a vehicle belonging to ISIS loyalists was also destroyed in the Arclight airstrike.

Earlier, at least 9 ISIS loyalists were killed and 7 others were maimed during an operation in Bati Kot district of Nangarhar province.

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

The Afghanistan National Security Council (NSC) earlier 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.

Posted by: Fred || 06/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


13 soldiers martyred, 108 militants killed in latest clearance operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 13 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces bit the dust in the latest counter-terrorism operations across the country.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 108 Death Eaters including two commanders of the Death Eaters were also killed and 61 others were maimed.

According to a statement by MoD, the operatoins were conducted in Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
, Kunar, Pashtun-infested Logar, Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
, Ghazni, Khost, Maidan Wardak, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul, Daikundi, Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
, Ghohr, Farah, Baghlan, Balkh, Jawzjan, Kunduz, Nimroz, and Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
provinces.

The statement further added that the clearance operations were conducted jointly with the security personnel belonging to the other security institutions, including the Afghan police and Afghan Air Force.

At least 38 of th eDeath Eaters wre killed in Helmand, 12 were killed in Nimroz, 20 in Nangarhar, 17 in Ghor, 5 in Farah, 2 in Ghazni, and 2 others in Helmand and Herat provinces, MoD added.

According to the Ministry of Defense, at least 13 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) also bit the dust as they continue to suppress the forces of Evil belonging to the local and international terrorist organizations.

Posted by: Fred || 06/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


MP and brother of Farooq Wardak killed in Kabul explosion
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An Afghan parliament member Sherwali Wardak was killed in an kaboom in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
province later this evening, sources have confirmed.

Lawmaker Sherwali is the brother of Farooq Wardak who is an influential political figure and the former Minister of Education.

The incident took place later this evening in the 5th police district of Kabul city after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded.

A politician Hamid Ahmadzai confirmed to Khaama press that the IED was planted in an electricity box and exploded upon the arrival of Mr. Sherwali.

The MP further added that Sherwali was seriously maimed in the kaboom and departed this vale of tears as he was being shifted to the hospital.

No group including the Taliban hard boyz have grabbed credit behind the attack so far.

This comes as the Taliban hard boyz have stepped up attacks against the security forces and government officials across the country recently.

The group staged a major attack against the Appellate Court in central Pashtun-infested Logar province of Afghanistan earlier today which left at least 7 people dead and over 20 others maimed.

Posted by: Fred || 06/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Somalia: African Union peacekeepers held over 'illegal trade' in military equipment
[IBT] Somalia's security forces have arrested 15 African Union (AU) peacekeepers after allegedly apprehending the soldiers selling military supplies to civilians in the capital Mogadishu.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) was created by the African Union in January 2007 as a regional peacekeeping mission with the approval of the United Nations.

While the mission is entirely funded by the European Union (EU) through contributions (EU) through contributions (€575m, £452m, $640m) made to the AU, the organisation recently announced it would reduce its funding to AMISOM by 20% following the rise of jihadist threats and conflicts in the region.

In May, Kenya also threatened to pull out its forces from Somalia if the international community failed to plug funding gaps for the operation.

AU soldiers 'selling resources meant for AU troops' to civilians

Somalia's police chief Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Hamud said its forces had arrested five AU peacekeepers and 10 Somali nationals, after catching them "red-handed"selling military equipment to civilians, including petrol, sandbags and detonators, according to the Somali National News Agency (SNNA).

The AMISOM troops were allegedly arrested after they were seen selling fuel and other military equipment in a garage in the Banadir neighbourhood of the Somali capital.

The soldiers had been under surveillance for a while, Hamud told local media, and police had been investigating "repeated claims" that equipment and other resources meant for AU troops were "ending up in the hands of people who were misusing them".
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/06/2016 09:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They actually pay the girls?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/06/2016 9:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Bullets for BJs?
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/06/2016 10:37 Comments || Top||

#3  selling military equipment to civilians, including petrol, sandbags and detonators

for home self-defense
Posted by: Frank G || 06/06/2016 12:55 Comments || Top||

#4  "It's for fishing."
Posted by: Pappy || 06/06/2016 13:28 Comments || Top||


Female Journalist Gunned Down in Somalia
[An Nahar] A female journalist was rubbed out Sunday in the Somali capital Mogadishu, adding to the lengthening corpse count among media in the violence-torn East African country, her colleagues said.

Sagal Salad Osman, a presenter and producer for state radio station Muqdisho, was bumped off by faceless myrmidons who then fled, they said.

"One of my colleagues, Sagal Salad Osman, was rubbed out near a university at Hodon district. She died instantly and the perpetrators have escaped after the shooting," said Ali Abdulkadir, who works at the station.

"We are very much devastated about the news of her death and we don’t know why she was killed."

Several other colleagues confirmed the death.

"It was shocking, I was told she has been studying at the university nearby where she was killed. This is horrible indeed," said Mohammed Salad, another journalist.
Posted by: Fred || 06/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  we don’t know why she was killed
Perhaps because she wouldn't 'marry' someone's brother, or there was too much Salad dressing.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/06/2016 15:43 Comments || Top||


Arabia
73 casualties reported in Taiz shelling
The recent shelling of residential neighborhoods in the southwestern city of Taiz has killed and wounded 73 civilians, including 14 children and nine women, Yemen’s national committee investigating claims of human rights violations reported on Sunday.

The committee, which was formed by the internationally-recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi last year, described these figures as initial.

It also denounced shelling of residential areas in Taiz, urging for the immediate cessation of hostilities and to allow medical aid and support to those injured.

On Sunday, Al Arabiya News Channel said anti-government militias in Yemen have resumed their shelling of residential neighborhoods in Taiz, prompting people to protest against the attacks.

The protestors demanded the immediate cessation of violations by both the Iran-backed Houthi militia and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s loyalists. The Houthis and the loyalists are in an alliance against Hadi’s government.

The channel said the Houthis and Saleh’s loyalists have been shelling parts of the city for days but did not report any death toll.

The news comes after UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh spoke in late May of progress about the Yemeni peace talks currently taking place in Kuwait between Hadi’s government and the Houthi militias and their allies.

It has also been reported that the Yemeni government’s delegates have limited their discussions with Ould Cheikh after the attacks.

Intermittent clashes have also been reported on several fronts along the southern borders of Taiz province after the militia group continues to target eastern districts in the city including Kalaba and Thaabat neighborhoods with missile attacks.
Posted by: badanov || 06/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [178 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Bahrain Arrests 8 'Terrorists' Fleeing to Iran by Speedboat
[An Nahar] Bahrain's coasties jugged
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
eight men convicted or wanted on "terrorism" charges as they tried to escape to Iran by speedboat, the Bahraini news agency reported on Sunday.

The men were intercepted along with two smugglers after setting off from the tiny Gulf kingdom towards the Iranian coast, the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said.

The agency published the men’s names and said that seven had been sentenced to between 10 to 15 years in prison for "terrorism" activity and the eighth one was wanted also on terrorism charges, it said.

The men’s attempt to cross the 193 kilometer (120 mile) stretch of water to the Iranian coast was planned by two Bahraini runaways, BNA said.

One of the men has been convicted to life and the other to 10 years in prison, it said, adding that both had escaped previously to Iran.

The incident follows a jailbreak late on Friday in which 17 prisoners fled al-Hadd jail near the dry dock on the island of Muharraq, east of the capital Manama.

On Saturday security forces recaptured 11 of the inmates, the interior ministry said but gave no indication of whether they were common criminals or political prisoners jugged
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
in a sweeping five-year-old crackdown on dissent among the kingdom's Shiite majority.
Posted by: Fred || 06/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [155 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Bangladesh
IS claims murder of Natore Christian grocer
[Dhaka Tribune] A Christian grocery shopkeeper was slaughtered by some criminals who came on a cycle of violence to his shop in a locality that is thinly populated at Bonpara of Baraigram in NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
re yesterday noon.

International Lion of Islam group 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....
grabbed credit for the murder of Sunil Gomez, 60, according to US-based jihadist monitoring website SITE Intelligence Group. It is the 19th attack since IS made the first claim in September last year after the murder of an Italian citizen in Dhaka.

IS said that their men had carried out the murder of five people since April when the Lion of Islam organization claimed that they had established a base in the country with a view to attacking India and Myanmar to avenge the persecution on Moslems in the region.

The government, however, rubbishes the claim of IS activities in the country, and instead blames local banned outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for the recent assassination'>assassination
s of non-Moslems and non-Sunnis, and attacks on their worshipping places.

Sunil used to stay with his wife at Christian Palli and ran his grocery shop beside the house in the area which is thinly populated. The place is half a kilometre from Lalpur-Bonpara road. His only daughter Swapna Gomez lives in the same village with her husband.

SI Ashraf of Baraigram police said that they had detained one of the tenants of Sunil’s house, Sobuj, for interrogation. The other family residing at the house could not be traced.

Members of police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Detective Branch (DB) are dealing with the case. Senior officials of different law enforcement agencies also visited the spot.

Meanwhile,
...back at the wrecked scow, Agent 49 felt gingerly for his head. It was still there. He had been hoping differently...
members of Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Gay Pareehad and other minority groups formed a human chain at Bonpara Bazar in the afternoon and issued a seven-day ultimatum for the arrest of the killers.

Family members and Christian community leaders said that Sunil Gomez was a very gentle and peaceful person. He had no enemy.

According to locals, Sunil opened his shop after returning from the nearest bazar with some goods. Later locals discovered him throat slit with sharp weapons.

There is a two and a half feet high wall in the shop. Sunil was found holding Tk83 in his fist. For this, the Sherlocks think that the killers first bought some products and then dragged him on the wall while paying the money to slit his throat.

A woman informed the locals about the murder while she was going to some place on a rickshaw van.

The victim’s daughter Swapna said that his father had no enmity with anyone. She filed a case against unnamed persons with Baraigram police around 10:30pm, OC (investigation) Imran Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune.

Bonpara municipality Mayor KM Zakir Hossain echoed Swapna. He demanded neutral investigation into the murder and exemplary punishment to the killers.

Father Bikash Hubart Reberu, the priest at the Dharmapolli Church, said that it was beyond his imagination why Sunil had been killed.

DB OC Abdul Hyi said that a wound of sharp weapon was seen on Sunil’s neck. He said that they had interrogated some locals over the matter but got no clue since no one witnessed the incident.

The body was sent to NATOre General Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
Posted by: Fred || 06/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
'Religious Extremists' in Deadly Gun Attacks in Kazakhstan
[An Nahar] Armed men suspected of being religious Death Eaters went on the rampage in a town in Kazakhstan on Sunday, killing two soldiers and a civilian, the interior ministry said.

Police were clearing people from shopping malls and markets in the western town of Aktobe after the attacks on weapons stores, a military base and a cop shoppe.

A civilian shop owner and two soldiers at the base were rubbed out, and three gunnies were also killed in a shootout with police in the Central Asian country.

Several assailants were still on the run and police have locked down the neighborhood where the shootings took place.

"One officer and one soldier was killed at the military base trying to ward off the attack. Nine soldiers have been injured," ministry front man Almas Sadubayev said.

"Several criminals have been blocked in, and some were able to flee," he said, adding that the attackers were suspected religious radicals.

"There is a counterterrorist operation in the city, entertainment centers and places of mass gathering," he said.

Local newspaper Diapazon said the gunnies, in their mid to late 20s, also attacked a cop shoppe in the city.

Police closed off the entire neighborhood and were evacuating people from shopping malls and markets.

Aktobe is a city of about 400,000 in western Kazakhstan, about 60 kilometers from the Russian border.
Posted by: Fred || 06/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under: Salafists


India-Pakistan
3 die in attack on wine shop
Cycle of violence
KARACHI: Two members of the Hindu community were among three people shot dead in an attack on a wine shop in the Abbas Town area of the metropolis on Sunday evening.

“Two armed individuals on a motorcycle attacked the wine shop,” said Malir SSP Rao Anwar.

The police official added the shop manager, a salesman and a guard died as a result of the attack, while another guard sustained gunshot wounds.

“We are investigating the attack,” said Anwar.

He stated that an initial probe suggested the attack might be linked with non-payment of extortion.
Posted by: badanov || 06/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Capture the assailants and hang them.

on the Gallo
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 06/06/2016 14:36 Comments || Top||

#2  I see what you did there
Posted by: Frank G || 06/06/2016 15:14 Comments || Top||

#3  To the gimlet with 'em.

I know, it ain't USN, but you go with what ya got.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/06/2016 17:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Brandied! Drowned in that stuff that's haram. What do you do when you're brandied? Bottoms up and salaam.
Posted by: Sleager Chong1122 || 06/06/2016 19:26 Comments || Top||

#5  Lol!
Posted by: Shipman || 06/06/2016 23:43 Comments || Top||


Rangers seize huge cache of heavy arms in Karachi raid
[GEO.TV] Pakistain Rangers Sindh on Sunday seized a huge cache of heavy arms during a raid in Landhi area of the Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
According to a Ranger front man, the raid was conducted in Landhi area of the city where weapons were found buried in Inami Ground.

The arms included Light Machine Guns, G-3 Rifles, Sub-Machine Guns, hand grenades and large number of bullets and cartridges.

It was not immediately clear whether any arrests were made. The paramilitary force has been carrying out a drive against criminal elements and forces of Evil in the city for three years.

The operation is being jointly conducted by the Rangers and police, which has brought a lull in political and sectarian violence that devoured thousands of people in the commercial hub of the country.
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Iraq
Turkish warbirds attack Kurd Kommies in Qandil Mountains
(IraqiNews.com) Erbil – On Sunday, eyewitnesses revealed, that a number of Turkish warplanes had attacked the headquarters of the armed wing of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Qandil Mountains, while pointed out that the attack caused a fire outbreak in forests and orchards.

One of the eyewitnesses reported for IraqiNews.com, “Turkish warplanes attacked the headquarters of the armed wing of Kurdistan Workers Party in the areas of Qarnaqa, Basht Ashan and Kasoura in Qandil Mountains.”

The eyewitness added, “The attack lasted for half an hour.”

Asharq Al-Awsat: 27 Kurds died in both strikes

Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq and southeast Turkey and the army killed 27 fighters near its borders with Iraq and Iran, the armed forces said on Sunday.

Gun positions, shelters and caves used by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the Gara area of northern Iraq and the countryside of Lice district in Diyarbakir province, were completely destroyed by air strikes, according to the statement.

Despite no death toll was given, however state-run Anadolu Agency cited security sources as saying small groups of PKK militants were killed in those strikes.

Moreover, 7 PKK militants were killed in a clash in Semdinli near the Iraqi and Iranian borders on Saturday, while air strikes in Semdinli on Friday killed 20 PKK fighters, it said.

Over than 1,000 people, mostly PKK fighters, were killed in three months of clashes in those areas, security sources say.
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700 families return to Jalawla, Diyala
(IraqiNews.com) Diyali – Jalawla Distrct Council announced on Sunday, that 700 displaced families had returned to their houses in the district, stressing the continuation of the program of returning the displaced people to their areas in order to resolve their problems once and for all.

Head of Jalawla District Council, Jacob Yusuf, said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “More than 700 displaced families returned to their houses in the neighborhoods of al-Jamahir and al-Shuhada in the center of the district of Jalawla,” noting that, “Their [return] represents the 15th batch of displaced families to return to the district since the start of the program.”

Jalawla added, “The returning families were checked through the supreme security committee,” stressing that, “The pace of return of displaced persons will be increased in the coming period in order to resolve [this] file once and for all.”
Posted by: badanov || 06/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Iraqi Jailhouse Stories: 77 detained in Babel
(IraqiNews.com) Babel – A source in Babel Police Command said on Sunday, that the security forces had managed to detain 77 wanted persons on various criminal charges in different areas of the province.

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The police forces conducted raid an inspection operations, during the past 72 hours, in different areas of the province, resulting in the arrest of 77 wanted individuals on various criminal charges,” adding that, “The police forces took the detainees to a security center for interrogation.”
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Anbar Antics: 404+ die

47 villages captured by ISF

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – The Deputy Chief of al-Hashd al-Shaabi, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis announced on Sunday, that the security forces liberated 47 villages during the liberation operations of the city of Fallujah, while pointed out that the city is fully besieged.

Muhandis said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “80% of the terrorist operations in Baghdad was carried out by ISIS gangs who were settled in Fallujah,” pointing out that, “47 villages had been liberated during the liberation operations of the city.”

Muhandis added, “We are besieging Fallujah from all sides.”

Iraqi warbirds destroy 8 ISIS headquarters in Albu Ali al-Jassim

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Sunday the commander of Anbar Operations Major General Ismail al-Mahlawi announced, that the security forces had destroyed eight headquarters belonging to ISIS in different areas of the province.

Mahalawi said in a press statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “Iraqi Sukhoi aircraft carried out a number of air strikes on eight headquarters belonging to ISIS in Albu Hoi area south of Fallujah and Albu Ali al-Jassim area north of Ramadi, destroying these headquarters completely.”

Mahalawi added, “The bombardment resulted in the killing of dozens of ISIS members who were inside the destroyed headquarters.”

Iraqi militias uncover mass grave with 400
Even for this war, that's a lot of dead bodies
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Sunday, a source in al-Hashd al-Shaabi announced finding a mass grave containing the remains of 400 soldiers in Saqlawiyah vicinity north of Fallujah.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “Today, al-Hashd al-Shaabi and the security forces announced finding a mass grave in al-Shuhadaa neighborhood in Saqlawiyah vicinity north of Fallujah,” pointing out that, “The mass grave contained the remains of 400 soldiers belonging to the army’s 10th brigade.”

The source added, “Gunshot residues were found on a number of bodies.”

Iraqi forces capture Albu Hoy

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Sunday the member of the security committee in Anbar Provincial Council, Raje’ Barakat al-Aifan, announced, that the security forces liberated Albu Hoi area south of Fallujah, while pointed out to the killing of dozens of ISIS members.

Aifan said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today the security forces from the army, police and tribal fighters managed to liberate Albu Hoi area south of Fallujah City and raised the Iraqi flag over one of its buildings.”

Aifan added, “The liberation operation resulted in the killing of dozens of ISIS members,” indicating that, “The security forces had imposed its full control on the area.”

4 ISIS Bad Guys die in Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The Federal Police Command announced on Sunday liberating two areas from ISIS north of Fallujah, while pointed out to the killing of four ISIS elements, including a Chinese national, during the liberation operation.

The Federal Police captain, Lt. Gen. Raed Shaker Jawdat, said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “Today, a force belonging to the Fourth Commandoes Regiment of the Federal Police advanced from al-Saqalawiya into the city of Fallujah, resulting in the liberation of the areas of al-Nahar and Sakkat al-Qetar (10 km north of Fallujah),” pointing out that, “The security forces managed to kill a suicide bomber and three [ISIS] elements, including a Chinese national, during the liberation operation.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 5 die

3 die in bombing attack in Abu Ghraib

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

The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “This morning, a bomb exploded near a popular market in the district of Abu Ghraib in western Baghdad, killing three people and wounding seven others.”

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

2 die in bombing at al-Za’faraniya

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

The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “This evening, an explosive device has went off near a popular cafe in the area of al-Za’faraniya, southeast of Baghdad, resulting in the death of two persons and wounding seven others,” adding that, “A security force rushed to the scene and transferred the injured to a nearby hospital for medical treatment and the two dead bodies to the forensic medicine authority, while imposed a security cordon around the area of the incident and prevented approaching it.”
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Fallujah: ISIS shooting civilians
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] ISIS is shooting and killing civilians who try to flee 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...
the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said on Sunday.

"Reports from families that NRC has been in touch with describe that civilians trying to cross the Euphrates River in order to flee the fighting are being targeted by armed opposition groups," the organization said in a statement.

NRC runs the camps in the town of Amriyat al-Fallujah to which most of the civilians who have fled areas around the besieged jihadist bastion are being housed.

"An unidentified number of civilians have been shot and killed trying to cross the river," NRC said.

One of the only ways for civilians to try to leave the center of Fallujah, which is littered with booby traps and roadside kabooms, is to sneak out by river.

Most of those who have already reached camps lived in outlying areas and as many as 50,000 civilians are believed to remain in the center of Fallujah, being used as human shields by ISIS.

"Our biggest fears are now tragically confirmed with civilians being directly targeted while trying to flee to safety," NRC country director Nasr Muflahi said.

"This is the worst that we feared would happen to innocent men, women and kiddies who have had to leave everything behind in order to save their lives," he said.
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Iraqi forces secure southern edge of ISIS-held Fallujah
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iraqi forces say they have secured the southern edge of ISIS stronghold 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...
two weeks after the launch of an operation to recapture the city.

Lt. Gen. Abdel Wahab al-Saadi says his forces secured the largely agricultural southern neighborhood of Naymiyah, under cover of US-led coalition Arclight airstrikes, and are poised to enter the main city.

The slow-moving operation was announced in May. On Monday, Iraq’s elite special forces began pushing into the city center, but they have faced stiff resistance as Fallujah has been under ISIS control for more than two years, and the gunnies have been able to erect complex defenses.

Fallujah is one of the last strongholds of ISIS in Iraq. The gunnies also hold its second largest city, djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Meanwhile,
...back at the wreckage, Captain Poindexter wished he had a cup of coffee. Even instant would do...
an Iraqi paramilitary organization dominated by Tehran-backed militias is willing to send forces inside Fallujah if efforts to retake the city are too slow, its top commander said on Sunday.

Iraqi forces launched a vast offensive on May 22-23 against Fallujah, which lies only 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Baghdad and is one of ISIS’s main bastions.

The Hashed al-Shaabi militias have since the start of the operation confined their action to Fallujah’s outskirts and left elite federal forces to conduct breaching operations.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has stated clearly that Hashed forces would not enter the city, amid fears of sectarian unrest and abuses against the city’s Sunni population.

But Hashed al-Shaabi’s military commander, who goes by the name Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, said that could change if the fighting drags on.

"We’re partners in the liberation, our mission is not yet done," he told news hounds in Baghdad.

"We have accomplished the task given to us, which was to surround (Fallujah) while the liberation was assigned to other forces," Mohandis said.

"We are still in the area and we’ll continue to support (them) if the liberation happens quickly. If they are not able, we’ll enter with them."

Hashed and other forces have almost completely surrounded the city, where Mohandis said 2,500 ISIS fighters are still holed up.

Backed by US-led air strikes, Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism service has over the past week attempted to break into the center of the city but has been slowed by tough resistance, as well as concerns over the presence in central Fallujah of an estimated 50,000 civilians.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Jordan: 'Terror attack' on intelligence headquarters leaves five dead in Amman
[IBT] Authorities in Jordan have characterised an assault on their intelligence headquarters as a "terror attack". They announced five had been killed in the country's capital Amman.

Such attacks are rare in the Hashemite Kingdom, one of the the United States' closest allies in the Middle East and a bastion of stability in comparison to neighbouring Iraq and Syria.

The BBC reported that the attack took place at the Baqaa refugee camp to the north of Amman at around 07:00 local time. The assault appears to have targeted intelligence officers working at the Palestinian refugees camp, a legacy of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Government spokesman Mohammed Momani said the attack on Jordan's largest refugee camp was "cowardly". The Associated Press reported that all five of those killed in the attack were intelligence officers. According to other outlets, two of those killed may have been office administrators.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Momani indicated Islamic extremists may have been behind the assaults, decrying them as "criminal behaviour of people who are outside of our religion".

Posted by: Besoeker || 06/06/2016 09:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Name calling will certainly prevent more incidents.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/06/2016 10:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Palestinian refugees camp, a legacy of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Now, that's a lie.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/06/2016 10:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Arafat's coup missed.
The King was displeased.
Black September resulted.

Paleostinians are stuck-on-stupid.
How will the King respond this time?

Posted by: Black John || 06/06/2016 12:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Handy spot for an Intel HQ.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/06/2016 17:07 Comments || Top||


PA police push back protesters at Joseph’s Tomb
[IsraelTimes] Crowd reportedly tries to set the Jewish shrine on fire after rumors spread of Paleostinian teen’s death

Paleostinian security forces managed to push back protesters who were advancing on the Joseph’s Tomb shrine late Saturday. According to Hebrew media reports, the protesters tried to set the site on fire.

The demonstration began Saturday night after the Paleostinian Health Ministry reported that a maimed Paleostinian teen, said to have been hurt by IDF fire on Thursday after allegedly trying to throw a Molotov cocktail at Jews praying at the site, had taken a turn for the worse in hospital.

After rumors spread through the city that Jamal Dawiqat, 20, of the nearby Balata Refugee Camp, had died, protesters erupted into the streets, setting tires on fire and clashing with PA police.

Paleostinian forces surrounded the shrine and fired tear gas at the crowd, which soon dispersed. There were no immediate reports of injuries from the festivities.

The Paleostinian Health Ministry has reportedly denied the rumors of Dawiqat’s death.

Earlier Saturday, shots were fired at an Israeli vehicle near Migdalim Junction in the northern West Bank. The shots reportedly came from cement trucks parked on the side of the road. No one was hurt in the attack.

Shots fired at Israeli bus near Nablus, Hebron military post firebombed

[IsraelTimes] No injuries reported but vehicle sustains damage; bus also attacked with rocks near settlement of Adam

An Israeli bus traveling near Nablus in the West Bank was shot at on Sunday evening, resulting in damage to the vehicle but no injuries. The attack occurred on the Hawara highway near the Paleostinian village by the same name, just south of Nablus. The windshield was damaged by the bullets, according to initial reports.

It was not immediately clear if the bus was armored, as many in the West Bank are, or who was traveling in the vehicle.

Security forces were on the scene scouring for the gunman or gunnies, the IDF said in a statement.

Another bus traveling in the West Bank on a road between the settlement of Adam and the Paleostinian village of Hizme came under a hail of stones Sunday evening, causing damage to the windshield of the vehicle. The bus driver sustained light injuries, according to reports.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, a Molotov cocktail was hurled at a military position in Hebron. There were no injuries and no damage reported in that incident.
Ramadan starts today, which means Muslims neither eat nor drink during the day for a month... and that part of the world is in a bit of a heat wave. So either there will be more violence or even less than the little we've been seeing recently.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/06/2016 00:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Crowd reportedly tries to set the Jewish shrine on fire after rumors spread of Paleostinian teen’s death

I see how this works. You grasp at the first excuse you see for violence, destroy something permanently that is important to other religions. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

This can work both ways, Paleos.
Posted by: gorb || 06/06/2016 10:47 Comments || Top||

#2  I believe the moon god worshipers also considers Joseph’s Tomb one of the 'holiest places' in their ROP.

Could be wrong, but don't think so.



Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/06/2016 10:59 Comments || Top||

#3  LOL TW, liking your last sentence.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/06/2016 17:09 Comments || Top||

#4  One tries to be accurate, Shipman dear.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/06/2016 21:50 Comments || Top||


Israel Charges Second Hamas Teen Tunneller
[An Nahar] Israeli prosecutors charged a Gazoo teenager Sunday with membership of the military wing of Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, after he was said to have provided information about the group's tunnel network, officials said.

The Shin Bet security service said the 17-year-old had been placed in durance vile
You have the right to remain silent...
last month after crossing from the Gazoo Strip into Israel "on his own.".

The suspect, who as a minor cannot be identified, was the second Gazook 17-year-old allegedly involved in tunnelling to be charged by Israel in a month.

In addition to those two, another man, 29-year-old Mahmud Atawnah, was also charged over his alleged part in the myrmidon group's tunnel network in May.

The Israeli army said the minor charged on Sunday was a member of the northern Gazoo "Beit Lahiya battalion of Hamas's military wing."

"The perpetrator conveyed valuable information regarding Hamas activities in the northern Gazoo Strip and especially Hamas's offensive tunnels," a statement said.

It alleged that "it was also revealed that Hamas is operating to establish multiple tunnels deep within the Gazoo Strip connected to the offensive tunnels infiltrating Israel."

The suspect was charged at Beersheba district court in southern Israel for a series of felonies including "membership in a terror group, weapons offences and infiltrating Israel", a justice ministry spokeswoman told AFP.
Ynet adds:
The suspect admitted that the tunnels were to be used by the Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, Special Forces Nakhba unit to kidnap IDF soldiers, commit suicide kabooms, and commit other large scale attacks on Israeli towns.

Hamas, the prisoner said, is working to create a warren of tunnels under Gazoo for its fighters to enable them to traverse the length and breadth of the strip completely underground. The tunnels contain rooms and structures to be used for the benefit of Hamas Special Forces fighters.

The majority of tunnel entrances are located in and around schools, mosques, and private homes, built with the knowledge that Israel is less likely to attack these structures.

The Paleostinian also spoke to the Shin Bet about the courses he underwent alongside work he carried out with the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades brigades.
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Southeast Asia
Three Maoist militants fall in Butuan City
[Mindanao Examiner] Philippine security forces raided a New People's Army hideout and captured three militants in Butuan City. Police said the four were tracked down in Tungao village early Friday after weeks of surveillance. The raiders also seized weapons, including automatic rifles, grenades, munitions, improvised explosives, cellular phones, and assorted communist propaganda.

Roldan Bunggolto, head of the NPA's Militia ng Bayan; his deputy Danilo Acania and Jek-Jek Borja, who are all wanted for murders in Agusan del Norte province.

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has recently said he would open peace negotiations with the NPA. Duterte also said he would free all political prisoners, including members and leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
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Abu Sayyaf kills two troops in Basilan
[GMA News] Two Philippine soldiers were ambushed and killed by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Sumisip, Basilan Saturday morning. Military spokesman Major Filemon Tan did not identify the slain soldiers, but said they were a private and private first class. The soldiers were on their way back to their base aboard a motorcycle when they were fired upon. The gunmen then fled on a motorcycle, while responding soldiers retrieved their comrade's remains.
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Five injured in Pattani gun attack
[Bangkok Post] Five people were wounded after militants sprayed bullets at a grocery store in Pattani province on Sunday. Police were informed of the shooting in Khok Pho district in the afternoon. Upon arrival they found a pool of blood at a table in front of the grocery. Ten spent AK-47 bullet cartridges were found a the road three meters away.

Police said ten people were watching a Muay Thai boxing match on television when four men arrived on two motorcycles, and the pillion passengers armed with AK-47 opened fire at them, before fleeing. The assailants later attacked a group of teenagers who were sitting at a roadside pavilion a kilometer from the grocery store, but no one was injured.

One of the five wounded was a policeman who sustained serious gunshot wounds to the abdomen. The other four men, all civilians, were shot in the leg.

Pattani police chief Tanongsak Wangsupa said after the twin attacks security officers had cast a net to trap the assailants. It is believed the attacks were in retaliation over Thai security forces killing four members of an armed unit of the RKK separatist movement on Wednesday when they raided their temporary camp in mountainous Chanae district of Narathiwat.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
British special forces 'operating inside Syria alongside rebels'
[Telegraph] British special forces are operating on the front line against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria, according to rebel commanders.

The Times reports that they have been defending a rebel unit against Isil attacks, marking the first evidence of the troop's direct involvement involvement inside Syria rather than training fighters in neighbouring Jordan.

First Lieutenant Mahmoud al-Saleh said British forces frequently crossed the border to help the New Syrian Army (NSA), comprised of former Syrian special forces, as it defends the south-eastern village of al-Tanf.

"They helped us with logistics, like building defences to make the bunkers safe," he said.

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Iranian al-Quds commander dies in Aleppo
Beirut- Iranian media revealed that another slaughter had hit Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps IRGC troops located in Aleppo. This is considered the second wave of massive losses Iranian troops have suffered in Aleppo, Syria.

Quds Force’s special operations commander Jahangir Jafari Naya was reportedly killed in Southern Aleppo city. Meanwhile, Syrian opposition sources confirmed that over 50 Iranian officers, and a fighter, have died in an al-Nusra Front shelling. In the attack, 13 other Iranian members were apprehended.

The Quds Force is a Special Forces unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards responsible for their extraterritorial operations.

The former massacre in Khan Touman last May, had also cost the Iranian interference in Syria dozens of IRGC officers.

On the other hand, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed that the Russian-backed Assad regime forces- for the first time in two years- have entered Raqqa province—the zone has been considered an ISIS-held stronghold.

Moreover, Free Syrian Army general denied all Russian information claiming that two thousand extremists are gathering near north Aleppo, he confirmed that no extremists exist among the ranks of rebels, and that the sole extremists are ISIS terrorists.

FSA General Al Akidi explained that the opposition fighters are not preparing any attacks near northern Aleppo, however, he did mention Opposition fighters continuously being attacked and being disrupted.

Media Activist Manbaj Ahmed Mohammed said that ten civilians among which four belong to the same family were killed and over 17 others injured Saturday night. The casualties were caused by the U.S.-led coalition offensive against ISIS-held land in the rural areas of Manbij city in Syria.

Since the offensive began on May 30, forces have captured more than 100 square kilometres of territory, Air Force Col. Pat Ryder, U.S. Central Command spokesman, stated at a weekly media briefing on Friday.
Posted by: badanov || 06/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [309 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  not feeling so Elite, right now, are they?
Posted by: Frank G || 06/06/2016 13:01 Comments || Top||

#2  50 Iranian officers, and a fighter, have died in an al-Nusra Front shelling

Hah?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/06/2016 13:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Low-ranker.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/06/2016 13:39 Comments || Top||

#4  50

My chain of command is so grand!
Each op is sublimely well-planned,
And when I attack,
Fifty lead from the back
To the sound of a sizeable band.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 06/06/2016 13:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Exactly pater, even if you hit an officers club, you'll kill more than one ranker.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/06/2016 13:51 Comments || Top||

#6  this comes from a source that is basically Saudi propaganda with a news sideline

a loss of 50 officers in the Iranian Special Forces in one engagement is hard to believe
Posted by: lord garth || 06/06/2016 15:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Exactly pater, even if you hit an officers club, you'll kill more than one ranker.

Likely they're classing non-coms into the mix.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/06/2016 17:28 Comments || Top||


Syrian rebels take key district near Jarablus
[ARA News] JARABLUS – Subsequent to clashes with militants of the Islamic State (ISIS), Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday made new gains in northern Syria, seizing control of key villages on the Manbij-Jarablus highway.

The SDF-led Manbij Military Council seized control of the key village of Awn Dadat on the ISIS supply route between Jarablus and Manbij near the Turkish border.

“The SDF also liberated the villages of Khirbat Hisan, Malla Saad and Safiya north of Manbij. Today ISIS lost a main supply route between Jarablus and Manbij,” an SDF official told ARA News.

“Dozens of ISIS militants were killed in the clashes before the terror group evacuated its headquarters in the area,” the source reported.

Also on Sunday, US-backed SDF troops attacked ISIS positions in the village of Qaraa, about 6km from the city of Manbij.

The SDF targeted an ISIS weapons storage centre in Qaraa, “causing heavy losses in ISIS’ manpower and equipment” the SDF leadership said in a statement obtained by ARA News.

Syrian Democratic Forces have earlier liberated dozens of villages from ISIS in the battle for Manbij. Backed by the US-led coalition’s airstrikes, the SDF is currently engaged in clashes with ISIS at the city’s border.

Last Tuesday, the Kurdish-led SDF troops launched an operation to capture Manbij and it’s countryside from the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS). The newly established city council of Manbij released a statement suggesting that the liberation is near.

Speaking to ARA News, US-led coalition spokesman Colonel Christopher Garver said that for the US “it’s critical that the ISIS-held Manbij pocket of 98-kilometers is seized from the radical group”.

“As to why the Manbij pocket is important, it represents a major border crossing point where foreign fighters can cross into Syria from Turkey,” Garver said.

Top Syrian Kurdish commander killed in Raqqa campaign

[Ynet] A top Syrian Kurdish commander died Sunday, several days after sustaining injuries during a US-backed campaign to unseat the ISIS group from its de-facto Syrian capital, Raqqa.

Abu Layla, who commanded a brigade inside the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, was hit by ISIS sniper fire on the outskirts of Manbij, an ISIS group stronghold that controls the supply route between the Turkish border and Raqqa, the Kurdish website Rudaw said. He was evacuated by US forces to a hospital in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah, where he died.

The commander fought against ISIS bully boyz in Kobani in early 2015, according to the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group. Those battles, the first major setback to the ISIS advance in northern Syria, were seen as instrumental to securing US support for Kurdish forces in the country's multi-layered conflict.
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35 Syrian regulars die in fighting near Raqqa
[ARA News] RAQQA – At least 35 Syrian army soldiers were killed and dozens more wounded on Sunday during clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) fighters near the administrative border of Raqqa province, northeastern Syria, activists reported.

Clashes erupted between the Syrian regime’s forces and ISIS militants near the Tabqa town on Sunday evening, one day after the Syrian army made an advance against the group southeast Raqqa province.

“Corpses of over 35 Syrian soldiers were collected subsequent to the clashes that took place about 40km from the ISIS-held Tabqa military airport in Raqqa countryside,” a member of the Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) activist group told ARA News.

In the meantime, the Russian warplanes launched several airstrikes on Raqqa, hitting ISIS fighting positions.

“In support of the Syrian regime forces, the Russian fighter jets bombed tactical units and fighting positions for ISIS, killing more than 50 ISIS fighters on Sunday midnight,” the source reported.
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Turkish artillery hits Kurd positions in Kobane
[ARA News] KOBANE – Turkey’s military on Sunday hit the Kurdish city of Kobane in northern Syria with four shells, bombing residential houses, local sources reported.

The Turkish army forces, stationed on the border with Syria’s Kurdish region, targeted the districts of Khikhire and Tarmik in southeastern Kobane on Sunday evening.

“Four artillery shells hit Kobane coming from the Turkish side of the border, causing destruction of several houses,” eyewitnesses told ARA News in Kobane. It was not immediately clear how many casualties fell in the Turkish bombardment.

The city of Kobane and its countryside have been under the control of the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) since expelling militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in February 2015. Since then, the YPG-held areas have been exposed to several mortar and artillery attacks by the Turkish army, according to Kurdish military sources.

“As the Kurdish forces continue their advance against ISIS terrorists and other Turkey-backed jihadi groups, the Turkish authorities keep targeting the Kurdish positions in a direct support to those terror groups,” a YPG official told ARA News.
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U.S.-Backed Syrian Fighters Advance on IS Bastion
[An Nahar] U.S.-backed fighters advanced Sunday to within five kilometers (three miles) 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....
group's stronghold of Manbij in northern Syria, threatening a crucial supply link for the jihadists.

The assault on the city by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) adds to pressure on the jihadist group in Syria, which also faces another offensive by Russian-backed regime troops in its bastion province of Raqa.

Supported by air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition battling IS in Syria and Iraq, the SDF alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias has been making steady gains since launching the operation to take Manbij last week.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based monitoring group, said Sunday the SDF was "now within about five kilometres of the strategic city of Manbij."

Manbij is located along a route connecting Raqa -- IS' de facto capital in Syria -- to the Turkish border, a vital conduit for supplies and imported muscle.

U.S. Central Command front man Colonel Patrick Ryder said Saturday SDF fighters had seized more than 100 square kilometers (40 square miles) of territory during the advance.

More than 55 air strikes have been carried out since the offensive began, he said, adding that the goal was to hamper IS' ability "to move fighters, weapons, finances (and) supplies into and out of Syria and Iraq".

Some 3,000 Arab fighters were taking part, backed by around 500 Kurdish militia members, he said, adding that U.S. special forces were working "at the command and control level" in the operation.

- Yazidi captives freed -
In the village of Halula 27 kilometers (16 miles) east of Manbij, an AFP correspondent saw several U.S. soldiers in jeeps as they assisted SDF fighters. An AFP photographer last week took several pictures of U.S. special forces in the area.

Washington has said U.S. forces are advising the SDF on the ground but not taking direct part in combat.

In Halula, in an area of dry hills dotted with occasional trees, the AFP news hound saw dozens of civilians who had fled areas around Manbij, including many children, most with few belongings.

Sitting under a tree with her nine children, Jawaher said she was from a village near Manbij that had been under IS control.

"They lived near us and we had to do what they said or they would kill our children or take our homes," she said.

The United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
says at least 20,000 civilians have fled the fighting around Manbij.

At least 74 people have died in fighting since the start of the offensive last Monday, including 32 civilians mainly killed in coalition air strikes, said the Observatory, which relies on a network of medics and activists to monitor the conflict.

Thirty jihadists were also killed, it said, along with 12 SDF fighters.

After taking the village of Khirbet al-Rus, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Manbij, the SDF rescued a group of Yazidis -- six women and 16 children -- who were being held captive by IS, the Observatory said.

They were among hundreds of Yazidis taken in mid-2014 as IS carried out a brutal campaign of massacres, enslavement and rape against the Yazidi minority.

The timing of the offensive -- as Syrian troops advanced into IS-held territory -- has raised suspicions that Moscow and Washington are covertly coordinating operations by their respective Syrian allies.
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Army Seizes Explosive Belt, Arrests 2 Terror Suspects in Majdal Anjar
[An Nahar] The army carried out on Sunday a raid in the eastern town of Majdal Anjar where it locked away
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
two suspects and seized a quantity of weapons including an boom belt.

The raid targeted a farm where Syrians are residing and two houses belonging to members of the Khanjar family, said the National News Agency.

An army statement later said that a military force raided at dawn the house of Lebanese national Darwish Ibrahim Abdul Khaleq where it arrested him along with Syrian citizen Hassan Mohammed Saleh.

The raiding force seized "an boom belt, a Kalashnikov machinegun, a quantity of light-caliber ammunition, four hand grenades, four detonators and various military gear," the statement added.

Al-Mayadeen television had earlier reported that the detainees are members 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....
myrmidon group.

The army and security forces have in recent days arrested numerous terror suspects, amid warnings of a possible attack in the country.
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Blast kills bodyguard in charge of protecting wife of the Syrian president
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A boom-mobileing on Saturday has killed Alaa Makhlouf, the bodyguard in charge of protecting Asma al-Assad, wife of the Syrian president, media sources affiliated with the Syrian regime reported.

However,
a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
the anti-regime Free Alawites Movement claimed the deadly attack on its Twitter and Facebook accounts, vowing similar operations targeting people close to the Syrian government.

The Free Alawites Movement did not give any further details of the incident.
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Syrian and Russian step up bombing of Aleppo
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Nearly 50 air strikes hit rebel-held areas in and around the Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday in some of the heaviest recent raids by Russian and Syrian government aircraft, residents and a monitoring group said.

The group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also said an unidentified war plane had crashed in countryside south of Aleppo, in an area where Islamist rebel fighters are battling the Syrian army and Iranian-backed forces. It had no information on what caused the crash.

A civil defence worker said at least 32 people were killed in the rebel-held parts of the city during the air strikes, with 18 bodies pulled from flattened buildings in the Qatrji neighborhood, the worst hit.
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#1  I'm losing track: is this truce bombing or regular bombing bombing?
Posted by: SteveS || 06/06/2016 12:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes.
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Terror Networks
US, allies conduct 23 strikes against Islamic State-U.S. military
[Ynet] The United States and its allies conducted a total of 23 military strikes against Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
in Syria and Iraq on Saturday, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement on Sunday.

Thirteen of the strikes occurred in Syria through the use of bomber, attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft, the coalition said.

Another 10 strikes were carried out in Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber, ground attack, attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.
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The Beatings Will Continue: Anbar Edition
13 die escaping ISIS controlled Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Amiriya Local Council in Anbar Province announced on Sunday, that 13 people, mostly children, were killed while escaping from the areas controlled by the so-called ISIS across the Euphrates River in southern Fallujah, while revealed that ISIS is preventing the families from leaving Fallujah, in order to use them as human shields.

The Head of Amiriyah Fallujah Council, Shaker al-Eissawi said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A number of civilians tried to escape from ISIS fighters across the Euphrates River from Nuaimiya area to the banks of Amiriyah (19 km south of Fallujah),” noting that, “ISIS members opened fire on two boats carrying civilians while trying to cross the river to prevent them from escaping, resulting in the sinking of 13 people, mostly children.”

Eissawi added, “Hundreds of families from different areas in Fallujah gathered near Nuaimiya area behind Ajbeel neighborhood near the Euphrates River in southern Fallujah, in order to cross the river and escape from the terrorist organization.”
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