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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2016 12:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [926 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Her dissolute youth in Djakarta
Brought shame upon Dame Bonham Carter:
"I startled her, tubbing,
In media scrubbing,
Clad only in art... and a garter."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 06/08/2016 15:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Looks like Belushi
Posted by: Frank G || 06/08/2016 18:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Sure does. Jeez, I wish you hadn't said that.

Belushi's great-grandmother's views
Were catholic: she hated to choose!
One night, while out boozing,
In lieu of perusing,
She took the whole book of tattoos.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 06/08/2016 19:30 Comments || Top||

#4  A ship was dismasted and battered,
A castaway's chifferobe shattered.
A cannibal isle
Crowned a queen for her style
For she still had the cladding that mattered.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 06/08/2016 19:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Mad poetry skills. :-)
Posted by: gorb || 06/08/2016 23:30 Comments || Top||

MoD: 14 terrorists killed in an airstrike in Ghazni province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 14 murderous Moslems were killed in an Arclight airstrike in the restive Ghazni province located in southeastern part of the country.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said "In an Arclight airstrike carried out by the Afghan Air Force in the vicinity of Nawa district of Ghazni province, at least 14 bad boyz were potted."

In a separate statement, MoD said at least 7 bad boyz were potted during a clearance operation in Charkh district of Pashtun-infested Logar province.

MoD further added that another myrmidon was nabbed
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
and various types of weapons, ammunitions and explosives were cofiscated.

Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

5 ISIS loyalists killed in Nangarhar airstrike
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 5 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 in an Arclight airstrike carried out by the Afghan Air Force.

The loyalists of the terror group were targeted in Kot district where they are actively operating, the Ministry of Defense said.

The anti-government armed bully boy groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as at least 11 ISIS loyalists were killed and 14 others were maimed in a similar raid in Kot district on Monday.

Earlier, at least 18 loyalists of the terror group were killed and 11 others were maimed during an Arclight airstrike in Kot district.

According to Ministry of Defense (MoD) an operation, Shaheen-13, led by 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces is underway to suppress the activities of ISIS loyalists 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..

Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Senior security official killed in North of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A security bigshot was killed in an attack by the Talibs in northern Sar-e-Pul province of Afghanistan.

Provincial governor’s front man Zabiullah Amani said Syed Ashrafuddin was killed along with the other security personnel accompanying him in Sancharak district.

According to Amani, Sharafuddin was the district security chief of Sancharak and was killed in the attack that took place in langar area.

He said three security personnel and two civilians including a child were also killed in the attack.

The Taliban group grabbed credit behind the incident and said the district security chief of Sancharak was killed with his five security guards.

Sar-e-Pul is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed Death Eater groups are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

In the meantime, the Talibs are attempting to destabilize the northern provinces and have increased their insurgency activities in a number of the provinces including Sar-e-Pul, Faryab and Kunduz.

The group launched a major offensive late in April this year in Kunduz province with an aim to recapture the control of the strategic Kunduz city but the attack was repulsed by the Afghan cops.
Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

10 soldiers martyred, 12 missing following Taliban attack in Uruzgan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 10 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces bit the dust in an attack by the Talibs in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

According to the local officials, the incident took place in a security post in Dehrawood district.

A local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said at least 121 soldiers are also missing following the attack.

Earlier, a local official said the soldiers bit the dust in an insider attack carried out by their comrades in the check post in Dehrawood district.

Uruzgan is among the relatively volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed bandidos Death Eaters are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

At least 6 coppers bit the dust in an insider attack carried out by three of their comrades in Charchin district.

Earlier, a policeman killed his 8 comrades in a similar attack in a check post located on Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
-Kandahar highway in Zabul province.

Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Key Taliban Stürmführer killed in Faryab province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A key Taliban group member has been killed during a shootout with the Afghan cops in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the key Taliban group member was killed after attacking the security posts in this province late on Monday night.

"Afghan National Police repels an armed Taliban attack in Faryab province, last night," a statement by MoI said, adding that five armed Taliban were killed including a senior commander of armed Taliban named Mullah Kamal and seven other armed Taliban were maimed.

The statement further added that a group of armed Taliban also attacked Afghan National Police check post in Qisar District of Faryab province.

MoI said the Afghan National Police forces did not suffer any casualties during the festivities.

"This group was involved in many terrorist and destructive activities in this district and other areas of Faryab province," the statement added.

Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

12 Taliban militants killed during clash with Khost residents
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 12 Taliban murderous Moslems were killed during a shootout with the local residents in eastern Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, the Taliban murderous Moslems were killed after attacking the residential houses in Zazai Maidan district.

The district security chief General Azizullah said the local residents responded to the Taliban attack in Deri Mila area with the support of the Afghan cops.

He said a local resident was killed and two others were maimed during the shootout with the bad boys.

Gen. Azizullah further added that the Taliban murderous Moslems have fled on the other side of Durand Line from where they are targeting the residential houses with rockets.

Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Somali commandos whack 20 Shaboobs
KISMAYO, Somalia-Somali commandos have conducted a surprise raid in Berhani, 60km south-west of the southern port city of Kismayo, officials have confirmed on Monday.

Top intelligence figures who asked not to be named have confirmed that the raid by Special Forces led to direct confrontation that subsequently overpowered militants.

A terrorist hotbed was dismantled and 20 militants have been killed in the operation, federal government officials said.

Militants are said to have for long used the hideout as a training camp and possibly as a springboard for terror assaults.

Al Shabaab has not given details on the raid as Somali commando troopers have returned to their earlier position after a 24-hour stay in Berhani.

Somali government forces aided by African Union peacekeepers have intensified anti-militant pushes aimed for fewer bastions controlled by Al Shabaab in central and southern Somalia.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Kenya launches Shaboob hunt along Somali border
It's like a snipe hunt with automatic weapons...
Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the Anti-terror police jointly launched operations aimed at flushing out the reportedly Al-Shabaab elements hiding along the border area of Kenya and Somalia.

The joint manhunt by Kenyan security agents was launched in Mandera County and surrounding localities.

The massive operations come after police convoy patrolling Lafey-Fino Road ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) leaving three police officers injured. The injured police officers were treated and discharged. The porous Kenya-Somalia border is prone to attacks by use of roadside IEDs by the militants.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [178 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Africa Subsaharan
50,000 Flee Boko Haram Attacks in Niger
[An Nahar] About 50,000 people have fled a town in Niger's troubled southeast after deadly attacks by Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
holy warriors, the United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
said Tuesday.

The attacks began Friday against a military post in Bosso in Niger's Diffa region, killing 26 soldiers including two from neighboring Nigeria.

"An estimated 50,000 people or so fled," U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) front man Adrian Edwards told news hounds in Geneva.

A total of 55 holy warriors from the Nigeria-based Islamist group were killed and "many" injured, according to authorities.

Edwards said most of those fleeing the violence walked westwards to Toumour, some 30 kilometers west of Bosso.

"Many people are reportedly traumatized and worried about their safety. People are sleeping in the open and urgently need shelter and other assistance," he said.

A local journalist working with Radio Anfani told AFP he was sheltering in Toumour with no food, along with many others who fled the violence.

"The Boko Haram gunnies stayed in Bosso from 6:30 pm (1730 GMT) on Friday to 3:00 am on Saturday, burning the military barracks, police facilities and local administration office before looting shops and carting away food supplies," he said.

"Everybody started leaving the town and surrounding villages at dawn after the gunnies had left."

He said that the gunnies used heavy artillery which allowed them to overrun the town's garrison.

- 'Boko Haram in control' -
"They came in large numbers shouting 'Allahu Akbar' (God is Greatest)," he said.

The journalist, who declined to be named, said that he subsequently learned that the fighters returned later on Sunday and "engaged troops redeployed to the town in fierce battle".

"The troops retreated, leaving Boko Haram Death Eaters in control of the town," he said, although the claims could not immediately be verified.

a clean conscience makes a soft pillow...
Niger's defence minister Assoumana Malam Issa has said that the military had regained control of the town.

Edwards said some of those displaced had moved on from Toumour and were heading to the town of Diffa, around 140 kilometers west of Bosso, and northwards towards a camp for internally displaced people that is already nearing its maximum capacity of 10,000.

"The welfare of these people and others forced to flee the violence in Bosso is of great concern," he said.

The latest attack was among the deadliest by the jihadist group in Niger since it began launching raids in the country in February 2015 from its stronghold in neighbouring Nigeria.

At least 240,000 people have been displaced in the Diffa region since then.

UNHCR, which has not had a presence in Bosso since the Boko Haram raids began nearly a year and a half ago, said it was working with the authorities and local partners to coordinate the response to the mass exodus.

"A team will be en route to the Diffa region this week," Edwards said.

Boko Haram's seven-year insurgency has devastated infrastructure in Nigeria's impoverished northeast and forced around 2.1 million people in the country to flee their homes, according to UNHCR.

The unrest has left at least 20,000 people dead in Nigeria and made more than 2.6 million homeless.
Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

30 die in Taiz fighting
Taiz- Jeddah- Thirty people were killed and injured including three families that were completely wiped out in a frenzied attack staged by insurgency in Taiz.

Before dusk set, and those fasting could break their fast and quench their thirst, the ground was far soaked with blood. Yemenis drained out drop by drop in quest for peace, which the Houthis and ally ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh refuse.

The insurgency overlooks the holy month of Ramadan, in which most Muslim Yemenis offer a day’s fast to Allah for a month. Scores of victims and injured people who had sided with the government were cruelly attacked on Monday.

Taiz awoke on Monday to the sounds of whole families being slaughtered by Insurgency attacks; Houthis had escalated military operations in the third largest city in Yemen. Butchering their way through the city and using all sorts of artillery, pounding residential compounds in Taiz inhumanly, the Insurgency showed true disregard to civilian life.

Sources considered the attacks a retaliation for the governmental delegation making progress at the Yemeni peace talks held in Kuwait.

The attacks took place only hours after the government’s delegation presented a roadmap on normalizing Taiz. The proposition included eight topics to be fulfilled, chiefly indicating that the insurgency militia must abandon the city immediately, halt all military operations and cessation of hostilities against civilians.

At the peace talks, government’s delegation demanded that maps of planted minefields in Taiz be delivered, so that mine neutralization teams can be formed to clear the area for aid delivery later.

Military sources said that the Popular Resistance was able to avert the attack staged by the insurgency militias in Taiz, forcing the militias to eventually retreat across each of the southern and western city fronts.

The Popular Resistance clarified that the militias are exploiting the holy month of Ramdan, given that the fighters would be fasting and weakened. The insurgency is staging a series of attacks to distract civilians away from their religious due diligence.

Pro-legitimacy commander Ayman Al-Mekhlaf in Taiz told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Houthi militias and their allies are incessantly committing crimes and staging bloodbaths against the innocents of Taiz.

“We have awakened to the first day of the holy month of Ramadan with a massacre of an entire family at hand; in which a mother and five kids were all killed. Moreover, another 24 left injured. All this confirms the violence of the militias and their tactlessness to religious morality and international law,” Mekhlafi said.

“Insurgency militias have become accustomed to bloodshed and murdering the innocent, all those butcheries stand to prove that the end of those militias is near, the wild massacres are proof to bankruptcy,”

“Taiz has left the militias desperate and frustrated–the city proving to stand strong for over a year now teaching militias numerous lessons on heroism and resilience,” Mekhlafi added.
Posted by: badanov || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Houthi leader dies, several hurt
On the first day of Ramadan in Yemen, Houthi rebels and forces loyal to the ousted president unleashed violations against civilians in Ta’aiz, reported Emarat Al Youm.

While the rebels shelled residential areas in Ta’aiz, legitimate forces took control of new areas in three provinces.

One Houthi leader was among the 30 killed, while scores of others were injured.
Posted by: badanov || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Hindu priest in Bangladesh hacked to death, ISIS claims murder
More on this from yesterday.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Suspected bully boyz in Bangladesh hacked an elderly Hindu priest to death on Tuesday, in what police suspected was the latest in a spate of attacks by Islamists on minority groups in the majority-Moslem country.

Three cycle of violence-borne attackers slit the throat of Ananta Gopal Ganguly, 70, while he was enroute to the temple he served in the district of Jhenaidah, about 100 miles (161 km) west of Dhaka, the capital, police said.

"They almost beheaded him before they expeditiously departed at a goodly pace," said police official Hasan Hafizur Rahman.

The attack bore the hallmarks of previous killings by Islamist bully boys. The government banned more than one person riding pillion on a cycle of violence on Monday a day after the wife of a prominent anti-terror security official was rubbed out by three suspected bully boyz on a cycle of violence.

ISIS grabbed credit for killing Ganguly, the US-based monitoring service SITE said, quoting the bully boy group’s Amaq news agency.

Rahman dismissed the group’s claim as "baseless", saying it had no organizational base in Bangladesh and domestic bully boyz were responsible.

A 60-year-old Christian grocer was also hacked to death after Sunday prayers in an attack claimed by ISIS.

Bangladesh has not seen the sort of Islamist violence that has rocked Moslem Pakistain, or even the number of attacks that India has seen over the past decade or so.

Since February last year, bully boyz have killed more than 30 people in Bangladesh, including members of religious minorities, liberal bloggers and academics.

ISIS and al Qaeda have grabbed credit for most of the killings, but the government denies either group has a presence in Bangladesh.
Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under: Ansarullah Bangla Team


Keep that popcorn coming, people.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/08/2016 23:40 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
13 Killed in Kazakh 'Anti-terror' Raid after Shootings
[An Nahar] Police in Kazakhstan said Tuesday they had killed 13 suspects in an anti-terror operation following deadly weekend attacks by suspected religious radicals.

Gunmen went on the rampage in the city of Aktobe near the Russian border on Sunday, killing three civilians at two gun stores before trying to storm a military base with a hijacked bus, killing three soldiers.

The interior ministry called the attacks -- a rare incident in the relatively stable Central Asian country -- an "act of terror".

Police have blamed "religious radicals" but the authorities have not accused any particular group.

Kazakh mobile phone users received text messages on Monday informing them the country had been placed on heightened terror alert for 40 days.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev
...has served as the President of Kazakhstan since the Fall of the Soviet Union and the nation's independence in 1991. Contrary to commonly held belief, there is a difference between Kazakhs and Cossacks: Kazakhs have mustaches. Or maybe it's the other way around...
had yet to comment on the shootings, but Prime Minister Kasim Massimov said the 75-year-old leader had the situation "under his personal control".

Police said Monday they had killed 12 "criminals" in a counter-terror operation. On Tuesday, they raised the toll to 13, without saying how the 13th person was killed.

The US embassy in Kazakhstan warned citizens of "the potential risk of travelling" to the western part of the oil-rich country.

"Although the Department of State has no further information on potential future attacks in Kazakhstan, the embassy is temporarily restricting official travel to Aktobe," it said in a statement on its website.

Aktobe, a city of about 400,000, is located some 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the Russian border in Kazakhstan's oil-producing west.

Neighboring Kyrgyzstan also announced heightened security measures as it hosts a meeting of heads of government of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a regional grouping.
Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

The Grand Turk
Car bomb kills at least 11 in central Istanbul, four arrested
A car bomb targeting a police vehicle in Istanbul’s Vezneciler neighborhood during the morning rush hour killed 11 people, seven of whom were police officers, while wounding 36 others on June 7.

A bomb-laden car was detonated at around 8:35 a.m. as a police bus was passing near a police station, Istanbul Gov. Vasip Şahin told reporters, in the third major bombing in the country’s biggest city in 2016. Şahin said the dead included seven police officers and four civilians and that the attack had targeted vehicles carrying members of a riot police unit. Three of the 36 wounded were in critical condition, he said.

The bomb-laden car used in the attack was rented and detonated using a remote control, Doğan News Agency reported. Four suspects who rented the car have been detained.

The blast on the second day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan hit the Vezneciler district, between the headquarters of the local municipality and the campus of Istanbul University, not far from the city’s historic heart. It shattered windows in shops and a mosque and scattered debris over nearby streets.

Gunshots were also heard after the explosion, a number of news agencies reported. There was confusion as to whether attackers had opened fire or whether police officers had been trying to protect colleagues.

“We were told that it was police trying to keep people away from the blast scene,” said Mustafa Çelik, 51, who owns a tourism agency in a backstreet near the blast site. He likened the impact of the explosion to an earthquake.

“I felt the pressure as if the ground beneath me moved. I’ve never felt anything this powerful before,” he was reported as saying by Reuters.

The police bus was heading to the Istanbul University for regular duty, according to reports. Exams scheduled for today at the university were cancelled. The police bus that appeared to have borne the brunt of the explosion was tipped onto its roof on the side of the road. A second police bus was also damaged. The charred wreckage of several other vehicles lined the street.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have staged similar attacks on security forces before, including one last month in Istanbul.
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2 die in IED blast in Mohmand Agency
GHALANAI: A pro-government tribal elder narrowly escaped while his two security guards were killed and another was injured after an improvised explosives device (IED), planted by suspected Taliban terrorists, exploded at the Ziarat area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency on Tuesday morning.

Officials said that Malik Ayaz Khan, along with his three security guards, was on his way to Ziarat Masood area at Safi tehsil from his home. When he reached Ziarat road, an IED, planted by suspected Taliban insurgents, went off at 8:30am.

As a result of the blast, security guards, Ibrahim Khan, Amjad Khan and Siraj Khan, were seriously injured. Malak Ayaz, however, escaped unhurt.

The injured guards were taken to a hospital in Nawagai area of Bajaur Agency where Amjad and Siraj died.

Confirming the report, Tehsildar Miraj Khan said that soon after the blast, security personnel conducted a search operation in adjoining areas but no arrest was made till late in the night.

The Taliban have intensified attacks on security forces and former peace committee members in the area.

A week ago security forces warned tribesmen in a grand jirga to ensure law and order in their respective areas or stern action will be taken against them.

The Taliban have warned tribesmen through pamphlets distributed in Khakh bazaar in Safi tehsil not to cooperate with the government and security personnel or be ready to face consequences.

The security forces have shut down Khakh bazaar for the last five days because of growing incidents of IED blasts and attacks on security forces and pro-government tribal elders.

Published in Dawn, June 8th, 2016
Posted by: badanov || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

5 die in IED attack in Ninevah
(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – On Tuesday, Kurdistan Democratic Party in Nineveh Province announced, that five displaced people had been killed in the explosion of improvised explosive devices that were emplaced by ISIS in northern Mosul.

The local committee officer in Kurdistan Democratic Party in Khazer axis, Habib Akid al-KaKaei said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A number of improvised explosive devices that were left by ISIS members in the civilian houses in Khazer axis exploded, killing five displaced people.”

Kakaei added, “ISIS had left more than 2500 improvised explosive devices in the liberated areas (Wardk, al-Majidiya, Kazkan, and Tel al-Laban).”
Posted by: badanov || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [194 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Anbar Antics: 12 die

2 die in suicide bombing attack in Haditha

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Tuesday, al-Somoud brigade in Haditha in Anbar Province announced, that two women had been killed in a suicide attack on Haditha Asphalt Factory in northern the district, while pointed out that the security forces foiled three other suicide attacks.

The intelligence director of al-Somoud brigade in Haditha, Lieutenant Colonel Nazim al-Jaghifi said in a press interview followed by IraqiNews.com, “Today, ISIS attacked Haditha Asphalt Factory in northern the district with four suicide bombers wearing explosive belts,” pointing out that, “The joint security forces managed to kill three suicide bombers, while the fourth blew up himself, killing two women.”

Jaghifi added, “ISIS members were planning to attack Haditha Asphalt Factory and boob-trap vehicles inside it, in order to use them to target the main entrances of the city.”

4 ISIS Bad Guys die in Iraqi artillery strike

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations Command, Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahalawi, announced on Tuesday the killing and wounding of 10 ISIS members during an artillery shelling north of the city of Ramadi.

Mahalawi said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The army artillery shelled a [site] for ISIS north of Albu Ziyab area north of the city of Ramadi,” adding that, “The shelling resulted in the destruction of the [site], in addition to killing four elements of the [ISIS] and wounding six others.”

Earlier today, Anbar Operations Command announced killing six ISIS elements during an aerial bombing by the international coalition aviation west of Fallujah.

6 ISIS Bad Guys die in Iraqi airstrike

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The commander of Anbar Operations, Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahalawi, announced on Tuesday the killing of six ISIS elements during an aerial bombardment by the international coalition aviation west of Fallujah.

Mahalawi said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “The international coalition aviation bombed, today, a hideout belonging to the ISIS terrorists in the area of al-Fallahat west of Fallujah (40 km east of Ramadi), resulting in the destruction of [the hideout], in addition to killing six ISIS terrorists inside [it].”
Posted by: badanov || 06/08/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [210 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 1 dead
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior revealed on Tuesday, that six people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb blast southeast of Baghdad.

The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “This morning, an improvised explosive device exploded near shops in al-Nahrawan area southeast of Baghdad, killing one person and injuring five other,” pointing out that, “A security force rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital to receive treatment and the dead body to the forensic medicine department.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added, “The security force also carried out an operation to search for the perpetrators of the bombing.”
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New Turkish air strikes target PKK bases, Kurdish villages
[RUDAW.NET] Turkish warplanes carried out a number of Arclight airstrikes Monday night in the mountains of Sidakan, targeting Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) positions, and putting the lives of many local villagers in danger.

According to the mayor of Sidakan, Karwan Karim Khan, two warplanes carried out four air strikes in the Bradost area.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has increased Arclight airstrikes against PKK bases in the remote mountain region in recent months, since the resumption of festivities with the army in several cities in the Kurdish areas of Turkey.

Rural life has been badly affected by the bombings particularly in the current farming and harvesting season.

"We have no other choice but to work on other people's farms, sharing what we produce fifty-fifty,"Ali Shirani a Kurdish farmer who recently fled his own village to Turkish bombings told Rudaw.

The Amedi region has been also affected by the Arclight airstrikes where some farmers have been forced to abandon their villages.

According to local authorities, some 440 villages in the Amedi and Duhok regions have been unable to farm and raise their livestock due to the bombings.
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Five dead, eleven maimed in Karbala kaboom
[Iran Press TV] The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman has denounced the Tuesday deadly boom-mobileing in Iraq's holy city of Karbala as a terrorist act.

Hossein Jaberi Ansari said countering the threat posed by terrorism and extremism requires the national solidarity of the Iraqi nation and firm support by the international community.

He extended his condolences to the Iraqi government, nation and the families of the victims of the attack.

At least five people bit the dust and 11 others maimed after a boom-mobile went kaboom! in central Karbala, 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of the capital Baghdad, near the house of Karbala Governor Aqil al-Turaihi on Tuesday.

Iraqi sources said the bombing occurred five kilometers away from the shrines of the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein, and his brother Hazrat Abbas.

In a statement later in the day, ISIS Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
group grabbed credit for the attack. The terrorist group has been wreaking havoc on Iraq's northern and western parts since June 2014.
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Two killed, three wounded in Narathiwat gun attack
[The Nation] A village chief and his assistant were killed and three others, including a paramilitary volunteer ranger, were wounded in a drive-by shooting in Narathiwat province on Monday night. The five victims had been digging a well to help villagers handle the drought when militants approached in a pick-up truck and opened fire at them with an M16 assault rifle.

Provincial governor Sitthichai Sakda joined investigators yesterday as they inspected the scene in Joh I Rong district. Police, who waited to inspect the scene in the morning for security reasons, collected 17 spent M16 cartridges as evidence. Police suspect that rebels behind the attack are involved in the insurgency in the region.
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17 die in Russian air raids in Deir Ezzor province
BEIRUT: Seventeen civilians including eight children were killed in Syrian and Russian airstrikes on a market in eastern Syria on Monday, the first day of Ramadan.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes on Al-Shaara, a town held by the Daesh group in Deir Ezzor province, were suspected to have been carried out by either Russian or Syrian government planes.

The death toll is likely to rise due to the serious condition of some of the wounded, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Residents from nearby villages typically flock to the Al-Shaara market to do their shopping, Abdel Rahman said.

Heavy airstrikes hit Daesh-held areas in and outside the divided city of Deir Ezzor from early Monday, he said.

The Observatory relies on a network of sources inside Syria to gather its information on the five-year-old conflict, which has killed more than 280,000 people and displaced millions. It says it determines whether strikes were carried out by Syrian, Russian or US-led coalition aircraft based on the location of the raids, flight patterns and the types of planes and munitions involved.

Regime airstrikes killed at least 15 civilians in the Daesh-held area of Boleel outside Deir Ezzor city on Friday, according to the monitor.

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Russian warplanes did not hit the Syrian town of Ashara in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor on Monday where at least 17 people were reportedly killed in an air raid, Russia’s Defence Ministry said in a statement.

Russia’s air forces did not carry out any combat missions in the area, Russian news agencies quoted Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov as saying.

Syrian and Russian warplanes killed at least 17 people in an air raid on a market in Ashara, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported. Eight children were among those killed and the toll was expected to rise, it said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes on Al-Asharah, a town held by ISIS in Deir Ezzor province, were suspected to have been carried out by either Russian or Syrian government planes.

“The market was overcrowded on Monday because people were shopping for Ramadan,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

He said many of those killed were from the same family, and that the death toll was likely to rise because of the serious condition of some of the wounded.

Residents of nearby villages typically flock to Al-Asharah market to do their shopping, Abdel Rahman said.

Heavy air strikes hit IS-held areas in and outside the divided city of Deir Ezzor from early Monday, he said.

ISIS controls more than 60 percent of the city, besieging an estimated 200,000 people there.

The militant group also controls most of the surrounding oil-rich province by the same name.

The Observatory relies on a network of sources inside Syria to gather its information on the five-year conflict, which has killed more than 280,000 people and displaced millions.

It says it determines whether strikes were carried out by Syrian, Russian or US-led coalition aircraft based on the location of the raids, flight patterns and the types of planes and munitions involved.

Russia began carrying out strikes in Syria in September 2015, one year after the United States began its air campaign there.

Regime air strikes killed at least 15 civilians in the ISIS-held area of Boleel outside Deir Ezzor city on Friday, according to the monitor.
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#1  Ruritanians.
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#2  Cue the standard calls for Deir Revenge(tm).
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#3  Oooooh, SteveS. You oughtn't do things like that.
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Syrian rebels commence siege of Manbij
[ARA News] MANBIJ – Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday imposed a siege on the ISIS-held city of Manbij from three directions, after recapturing dozens of villages and farms in the vicinity of the city north of Syria’s Aleppo province.

“Supported by an air cover from the US-led coalition, the SDF troops took over the Manbij suburbs, imposing siege on ISIS militants inside the city,” a spokesman for the SDF military leadership told ARA News.

The Western-backed SDF took over most of the villages to the north, east and south of Manbij city.

“The only route that ISIS terrorists could use to escape is the western exit towards Aleppo,” the official said.

The Syrian Democratic Forces have facilitated the evacuation of nearly 200,000 civilians from Manbij and its surroundings.

“After retaking key areas near Manbij, such as Al-Qaraa, Muhtaraq and Buzkej, the SDF troops were able to help more than 200,000 civilians evacuate the area and head to more stable towns. This was to prevent the terror group from using the people as human shields in the ongoing clashes,” the SDF official told ARA News.

Local sources confirmed that a large number of ISIS militants escaped the city using the western exit, and headed to Aleppo.

“Dozens of ISIS vehicles were seen on Tuesday exiting the city through the western suburb of Manbij towards Aleppo. Those were most likely defectors who escaped the fighting fronts in the south and east of the city,” media activist Alwan Halabi told ARA News, adding that a number of Sharia officials were among those who left Manbij on Tuesday.
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US warbirds hit 16 ISIS positions
[ARA News] QAMISHLO – US fighter jets launched fresh airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, and destroyed 16 fighting positions and tactical units for the radical group, the US-led coalition said in a statement on Tuesday.

The raids targeted ISIS strongholds in the cities of Raqqa, Manbij, Shaddadi and Marea in northern Syria.

Dozens of militants were reported dead and injured in the airstrikes, beside the destruction of four ISIS vehicles and several machine guns.

“Tactical units and fighting positions of the Islamic State were exposed to heavy airstrikes on Tuesday. More than 55 ISIS fighters were killed and dozens more wounded,” a spokesman for the Hasakah documentation centre told ARA News.

The source added that the raids took place in coordination with the SDF forces on the ground “that provided the US-led coalition’s air force with accurate information about the sensitive locations of ISIS militants”.
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Tue 2016-06-07
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Mon 2016-06-06
  Attack on Logar Appellate Court leaves 7 dead, over 20 wounded
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  48 militants killed, 36 wounded in Paktika airstrikes
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