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Afghan official: Taliban capture district in Helmand
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 07/30/2016 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1023 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Field camouflage class for the Obama Rainbow brigade troops?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/30/2016 8:32 Comments || Top||

#2  "Sennett babes packed in excelsior for shipment"

cleaning the cosmoline from all the nooks and crannies was always a tedious yet pleasurable task
Posted by: Frank G || 07/30/2016 8:50 Comments || Top||

#3  I've always thought that "Crooks and Nannies" would make a wonderful title, but as I'm a terrible storyteller, it's never gone anywhere. I give it up freely to whomever wants to use it.[/crazy talk]
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 07/30/2016 10:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Early research on Ghillie suits
Posted by: jay-dubya || 07/30/2016 10:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Zaftig babes back in the day--no skinny minnies.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/30/2016 11:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Yeah, the androsexual-addict craze hadn't caught on.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/30/2016 11:55 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm very good at nooky-ing and cranny-ing.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 07/30/2016 12:50 Comments || Top||

#8  All set for a roll in the hay...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/30/2016 13:47 Comments || Top||

#9  Pretty and all that. Yet, lack-a-leg is off putting. That's straw BTW, not hay.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/30/2016 14:17 Comments || Top||

#10  But a roll in the straw doesn't sound as fun....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/30/2016 15:46 Comments || Top||

Afghan official: Taliban capture district in Helmand
[ABC] An important district in Afghanistan's southern poppy-growing province of Helmand has fallen under Taliban control after heavy fighting that killed around 17 police and wounded up to 10 others, an official said on Saturday.

The director of Helmand's provincial council, Kareem Atal, said that Taliban militants attacked a series of police checkpoints Friday night as part of a larger assault in the Kanashin district.

Earlier, his deputy, Abdul Majeed Akhonzada, told The Associated Press that Kanashin district has "fallen into Taliban hands."

The fall of the district, which borders Pakistan and major poppy-producing districts, means "Taliban are in control of 60 percent of Helmand," Akhonzada said.

Much of the area of Marjah, Sangin, Garmser and Dishu districts have already fallen to the Taliban, he said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2016 09:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [539 views] Top|| File under:

Explosion in Kabul city leaves 2 dead, 2 others wounded
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A senior parliamentary official was killed in an kaboom in West of Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
city earlier this evening, leaving a senior parliamentary official dead.

The incident took place in Kote Sangi area of the city with the preliminary reports suggesting the blast was triggered as a result of a magnetic bomb.

The official has been identified as head of the human resources department who was killed along with another individual and two more were maimed.

No group has so far grabbed credit behind the incident.

This comes as one person sustained injuries in a similar incident in Khair Khana area of the city on Thursday afternoon.

The incident took place while the security forces were busy defusing a magnetic bomb planted in a vehicle.
Posted by: Fred || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Shaboobs kill SNA soldiers in Halgan
Suspected Al shabaab Gunmen have shot and killed 2 Somali soldiers in Halgan area, near the strategic town of Beledweyne in central Somalia on Friday.

Confirming the incident, Halgan area administrator Guhad Abdi Warsame said the soldiers were gunned down by two pistol-wielding assassins thought to be Al Shabaab members.

He said security forces have cordoned off the scene, and kicked off a combine out searches for the suspects who escaped shortly after the shooting. No arrests have been made.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Three Ethiopian Soldiers among 5 killed in Somalia
Heavy fighting between Al Shabaab militants and Somali National Army backed by Ethiopian forces serving under AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM) killed at least 5 soldiers.

The combat flared up when AlShabaab fighters launched a counter-offensive gun attack on allied troops based in Moragabey, 45km north of Hudur, the regional capital of Bakool. A witness said three Ethiopian soldiers and two SNA members have been killed in the gunfight, while scores were wounded, some cortically.

The fighting raged on for several hours and both sides exchanged heavy and small weapons that forced many residents to flee their houses, in fear of the renewed clashes in the village. Reports said Somali and Ethiopian troops managed to successfully repulse the Al Shabaab attack and continued to control the area, which fell to the allied forces on Thursday.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Africa North
Libyan forces retake Benghazi district
Libyan forces loyal to a controversial general have wrestled back control of a Benghazi neighborhood from extremists, following months of fighting to drive the Islamists from the country's second city.

General Khalifa Haftar's troops took the al-Gwarcha district of Benghazi, which has been marred by unrest since his fighters launched a campaign to drive extremists out of the city earlier this year.

"We dealt them a firm blow, it's a major victory," Khalifa al-Obeidi, head of press for Haftar's Libyan National Army, told AFP Thursday.

"We are presently pursuing terrorists who are entrenched one kilometer east."

Six of Haftar's fighters died in clashes this week in al-Gwarcha district, including four special forces killed by a landmine explosion.

Haftar's forces have regained several districts of Benghazi in recent months but have yet to retake the whole city. The divisive leader refuses to recognize the joint military command set by the UN-backed Government of National Unity (GNA) in Tripoli, saying he still takes orders from a rival administration based in the far eastern city of Tobruk.

France, Britain and the United States also recognize the GNA as the legitimate government of Libya.

Benghazi, 1,000 kilometers east of Tripoli, has for the past two years been the scene of clashes between Islamists and forces loyal to the government based in eastern Libya.

Extremists such as ISIS took root in Libya in late 2014, taking advantage of the chaos and power struggles that followed the fall of Muammar Qaddafi's regime in a 2011 revolution.
Posted by: badanov || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Libyan forces retake Benghazi district from other Libyan forces.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/30/2016 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Intramural ain't no less bloody.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/30/2016 11:56 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
UN humanitarian convoy in Nigeria ambushed by Boko Haram
[AlAhram] A United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
humanitarian convoy was ambushed 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...
jihadists Thursday in Nigeria's restive northeast, leaving several people maimed, the UN children's agency and the Nigerian army said.

It was the first such attack on aid workers in the volatile region, the epicentre of the seven-year Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria's mainly-Moslem north.

"The convoy was travelling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria, returning from delivering desperately needed assistance," when it was ambushed, UNICEF said in a statement Friday.

"Unknown assailants attacked a humanitarian convoy that included staff from UNICEF, UNFPA, and IOM," the statement added.

It said a UNICEF employee and an IOM contractor were maimed in the attack and were being treated at a local hospital.

"All other UNICEF, IOM and UNFPA staff are safe," it added.

UNICEF said the team was in a remote area of northeastern Nigeria, where protracted conflict has caused extreme suffering and has triggered a severe malnutrition crisis.

"This was not only an attack on humanitarian workers. It is an attack on the people who most need the assistance and aid that these workers were bringing," it added.

UNICEF said the UN had temporarily suspended humanitarian assistance missions in the area pending a review of the security situation.

The Nigerian army confirmed the incident in a statement by its front man Colonel Sani Usman.

"Troops returning from Bama on humanitarian escort duty, were ambushed en route (to) Maiduguri by suspected remnants of Boko Haram bandidos Death Eaters hiding in Meleri village, a few kilometres from Kawuri," it said.

It said the military repelled the attack, leaving two soldiers and three civilians injured, including UN aid workers.

Some cities in the northeast, including Bama, had gone up to 18 months without any humanitarian deliveries before aid agencies and the UN arrived in June. Many areas can only be accessed under escort from the Nigerian army. The UN said in May that 9.2 million people living around Lake Chad, which forms the border of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
and Niger, were in desperate need of food. Seven million of them are in Nigeria.

The medical charity Doctors Without Borders this week also raised the alarm, saying its teams had recently found extremely high levels of malnutrition in northeastern Borno state. The charity known by its French acronym MSF said the there were between 500,000 and 800,000 people trapped in the area that cannot be reached by humanitarian workers.

Boko Haram, which seeks to impose strict Islamic law in northern Nigeria, has been blamed for some 20,000 deaths and displacing more than 2.6 million people since 2009.

Nigeria's government has been encouraging people to return home since the recapture of swathes of territory lost to the Islamist gunnies in 2014 but most are still largely reliant on food handouts.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/30/2016 00:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

#1  "Humanitarian" makes for lousy body-armor.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/30/2016 8:36 Comments || Top||

#2  "The problem is not being vegetarian by day, it's not being humanitarian by night" - Terry Pratchett
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/30/2016 8:42 Comments || Top||

#3  I miss Mr. Pratchett.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/30/2016 13:46 Comments || Top||

Suspects arrested in Yemen over attack on Aden old folks’ home
Waidaminnit! Yemen has old folks?
Define old...
Thirty two.
Yemeni security forces have arrested a number of suspects in connection with an attack on a senior citizens’ home in Aden in March in which at least 16 people were killed, including four Indian nuns, a spokesman said on Thursday.

His statement said one of the suspects had confessed to the attack, in which four people supposedly visiting their mother stormed the compound and opened fire. An Indian priest was kidnapped, and his fate is still unknown.

The motive for the attack was unclear but President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called it an act of terrorism.

The spokesman described those arrested as a “gang” but gave no details on their number or motives, and said the search for suspects continued.

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government has been forced out of the capital Sanaa by Houthi militias and is now based in Aden, but struggles to impose its authority even there.

Once a cosmopolitan global seaport, Aden has become a backwater as result of the civil war, and more recently a conflict zone, its Christian community largely driven away.
Posted by: badanov || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ♫ The Villaaaages, 🎶 Yemen's Friendliest Hometown ♪
Posted by: Frank G || 07/30/2016 10:26 Comments || Top||

#2  It's like Ft.Lauderdale, but with fifty-percent more gunfire.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/30/2016 12:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Hell, I lived in Lauderdale Lakes for a time., 50% more gunfire would bring it up to Caracas levels.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/30/2016 15:14 Comments || Top||

Belgium arrests brothers over planned attacks
[BBC] Two brothers suspected of planning attacks have been locked away
Please don't kill me!
in Belgium in an anti-terror operation, prosecutors say.

The two men, named as Nourredine H, 33, and his brother Hamza were detained after house searches in the Mons region and the city of Liege.

No weapons or explosives were found in the searches.

Belgium is still on high alert since 32 people died in bombings at Brussels airport and a metro station in March.

Many more people were maimed in the attacks, which were claimed by so-called Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
"Based on provisional results from the investigation, it appears that there were plans to carry out attacks in Belgium," the federal prosecutor's office said of the latest arrests in a statement.

But the statement added that as yet no link had been found to the Brussels bombings.

A judge would decide on Saturday whether to keep the suspects in detention, it said.

Posted by: Fred || 07/30/2016 09:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Don't bomb like my brother
LOL don't bomb like my sister,
Bye Mom

/Euripidies Upman
Posted by: Shipman || 07/30/2016 15:20 Comments || Top||

Syria Refugee 1 of 3 Held in French Church Attack
[ABCNews] A Syrian refugee is among three people being held for questioning in the attack this week on a Normandy church by two snuffies who killed the priest celebrating Mass.

A judicial official said Friday the Syrian was jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
a day earlier in central La Belle France because a photocopy of his passport was found at the home of one attacker, Adel Kermiche, in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, site of the church. The official spoke anonymously because not authorized to speak publicly on the investigation.

A cousin of Petitjean and a minor arrested just after the attack were being questioned along with the Syrian.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Two Paris attacks suspects extradited to France from Austria
[TELEGRAPH.CO.UK] French authorities filed terror charges on Friday against two suspected members of the same 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....
cell that massacred 130 people in Gay Paree last November, a judicial source said.

The 29-year-old Algerian Adel Haddadi and the 35-year-old Pak Mohamad Usman were charged with "criminal conspiracy with terrorists", the source said of the men turned over earlier Friday by Austrian authorities.

Investigators believe they travelled to the Greek island of Leros on October 3 on the same boat full of refugees as two men who took part in the November 13 attacks.

Those two, thought to be Iraqis, blew themselves up outside the Stade de La Belle France stadium, one of a series of brazen assaults by around 10 people around the French capital.

But Haddadi and Usman were held up, detained by Greek authorities for 25 days because they had fake Syrian passports.

Once let go, they followed the main migrant trail and made it to Salzburg in western Austria at the end of November - after the Gay Paree attacks.

Austrian police commandos then placed in durance vile
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
them in December at a migrant centre a few hours after French authorities informed them the men could be in the country.
Deutsche Welle adds:
The Pak suspect, aged 35, is also believed to have taken part in the 2008 attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that left 166 people dead.
Then he was Lashkar-i-Taiba, now he is ISIS -- he'll take the shilling of whoever supports his jihad.
Salzburg prosecutors said two other men, a Moroccan and an Algerian tossed in the slammer
Please don't kill me!
a week after those who were extradited, remain in jug in Austria. The prosecutors' office said in December that the men were held "because of indications of close contact" with the two suspects transferred to La Belle France.
Posted by: Fred || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

The Grand Turk
Five soldiers killed, eight wounded in attack in Hakkari
Five soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in an attack by PPK militants in Turkey's southeastern province Hakkari, Anadolu reported.

Soldiers were carrying out a security check on the road near Cukurca in Hakkari province bordering Iraq and Iran when they were attacked by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under:

Hindu doctor found dead inside Civil Hospital Karachi
KARACHI: A young Hindu doctor on Friday was found dead inside Civil Hospital Karachi premises under mysterious circumstances.

"Dr. Anil Kumar, 32, was found dead inside the Intensive Care Unit-II of the surgical wing where he was performing his duty," said Eidgah Station House Office (SHO) Naeemudin.

"Kumar went inside surgical ICU early in the morning around 5:30am and was found dead three hours later," Naeemudin elaborated.

The police official added Kumar was discovered after he did not answer a knock on the door. The door was broken and he was found dead sitting on his chair. A syringe was found from the spot.

"He had administered an injection on his hand as it was bandaged," revealed the SHO.

The body was shifted to the hospital’s mortuary where doctors reserved his cause of death for chemical examination.

The police officer said that the seized syringe has been sent to a forensic laboratory.
Posted by: badanov || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under:

Two dead in cross-border attack from Afghanistan
PESHAWAR: Two men belonging to the Kalash community were killed in a cross-border militant attack from Afghanistan on Friday.

“Around 30 militants with heavy weapons made an attempt to enter Pakistan near Bumburet Valley of Kalashan,” Chitral District Police Officer Asif Iqbal said.

The attack created panic among the locals. They rushed to the area of attack which provided the terrorists with an opportunity to flee with more than 300 goats.

In April this year, security forces repulsed a cross-border attack on a checkpost in Kurram tribal region that killed at least 16 Afghanistan-based militants

During a subsequent search operation, security forces claimed to have recovered bodies of 12 attackers from the area.
Posted by: badanov || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [225 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's Homecoming Week
Posted by: Frank G || 07/30/2016 10:29 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
The fall of Iranian ‘doctor’ who forged Israeli and lots of other passports
[IsraelTimes] For years, Hamid Reza Jafary evaded arrest, thanks to a network of Pak lieutenants and a low-key lifestyle. Now he languishes in a Thai jail, after a rare slip brought down his empire.

For a few thousand dollars "The Doctor" opened doors to the world, supplying pristine fake (including Israeli) passports to gangsters and rebels, refugees and migrant workers -- all from an unassuming, scruffy house in the Bangkok suburbs.

But this Iranian master forger now languishes in a Thai jail after a rare slip unspooled a criminal enterprise that helped thousands of people to sidle into Europe and beyond.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under:

Six BIFF rebels killed in Maguindanao clashes
[Gulf Today] At least six "rogue" Moro militants and a soldier died in a series of clashes in Maguindanao province that also saw the participation of two attack helicopters to support the ground troops.

Brigade commander Lito Sobejana said 14 other members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and four soldiers were injured in battles that centered mainly on neighboring villages in the town of Shariff Saydona.

Sobejana said the clashes started on Tuesday when soldiers were sent to investigate complaints of villagers that they saw BIFF militants planting improvised bombs along a road leading to town. Sobejana also disclosed the soldiers turned over to the families the bodies of the six dead militants they had recovered in observance of the Muslim tradition for the immediate burial of their dead.

The BIFF insurgents were led by Kagi Kariakan who claimed he was their new leader, leading to suspicions that "all is not well" in the ranks of the secessionist group.
Posted by: ryuge || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [356 views] Top|| File under: Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

#1  Biff?!? There's a snarky comment somewhere but I can't find it...
Posted by: jay-dubya || 07/30/2016 10:32 Comments || Top||

#2  well, we are talking the most acronymically-challenged place on earth here - MILF, BBL, MNLF (Mothers I'd NOT Like to .....?) et al
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 07/30/2016 20:54 Comments || Top||

Six Abu Sayyaf militants killed in two clashes
[Inquirer] Six Abu Sayyaf militants were killed during continuing military operations in Basilan and Sulu on Friday morning, the Philippine military reported. Military spokesman Filemon Tan Jr. said two of those killed were identified as Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders.

The Basilan clash took place in Tipo-tipo town, and two rebels under Radzmil Jannatul, alias Khubayb, and Guro Arah, were killed. Nine soldiers were wounded.

About three hours after that clash, Tan said troops also encountered a group under Abu Sayyaf leader Alden Bagadi in Indanan, Sulu. Four Abu Sayyaf gunmen were killed in the battle while two soldiers were wounded.

Tan said, "Close air support was provided to the engaged troops. Military troops further recovered the remains of the enemy’s casualties."
Posted by: ryuge || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf

Syria conflict: 'Families leave' besieged Aleppo
[BBC] Dozens of families have left besieged eastern areas of the city of Aleppo along a humanitarian corridor, Syrian state media says.

The civilians boarded buses where they were taken to temporary shelters, state news agency Sana said.

Some rebel forces had also surrendered to government forces, the report said.

Russia, an ally of the Syrian government, announced on Thursday that four exit corridors would be opened in Aleppo for civilians and rebels.

The move was welcomed cautiously by the UN, the US and some aid agencies.

The US has suggested the plan may be an attempt to force the evacuation of civilians and the surrender of rebel groups in the city.

Posted by: Fred || 07/30/2016 09:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

ISIS executes 24 after seizing Syrian village
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] ISIS has executed at least 24 civilians after seizing a village in northern Syria from a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, a monitor said Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIS executed 24 civilians "in the last 24 hours" after taking Buyir from the Syrian Democratic Forces.

The village is located some 10 kilometers northwest of Manbij, a key waypoint between the Turkish border and the ISIS de facto capital of Raqqa city.

ISIS seized control of several villages in the countryside northwest of Manbij since launching a "fierce assault" on Thursday, according to the Observatory, which relies on sources inside Syria for its information.

The SDF, backed by air strikes from a US-led coalition, launched an offensive to retake Manbij from ISIS on May 31.

The alliance managed to enter the town but have since faced fierce opposition from the Death Eaters who have fought back with jacket wallahs and boom-mobiles.

More than 280,000 have been killed and millions displaced in Syria's five-year conflict.
Posted by: Fred || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

10 die in airstrikes in Aleppo
At least 10 civilians were killed, including five children, in air strikes Friday on the rebel-held town of Atareb in Aleppo province of northern Syria, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three strikes targeted the main road and centre of the town, warning the death toll could rise because of a large number of seriously wounded.

It was unclear if Syrian regime warplanes or aircraft of its Russian allies carried out what the Observatory called “a new massacre” that left children dismembered.
Posted by: badanov || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under:

Captured Intel Offers Deep Look Inside ISIS: Central Command
[Defense Tech] The head of U.S. Central Command said Thursday that a recent trove of captured intelligence out of Syria is providing a "deeper" insight into the Islamic State's war machine.

"I think it is extraordinarily important. ... It is beginning to provide us deeper understanding of certainly their tactics and techniques," Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of Central Command, told an audience at the seventh annual Aspen Security Forum.

"It has given us a better understanding of how they orchestrate foreign fighters; it gives us idea of how they are communicating among themselves," he added.

The captured computer data, hard files, videos and pictures was taken recently out of an area in Syria that is considered the center of foreign fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

"It’s a big deal I think, but It’s not a new deal, the idea of capturing enemy material and exploiting it and trying to understand it to help our operations certainly isn't anything new," Votel said.

"We recognize this is going to be a protracted approach here. What we have to expect is that they are going to adapt and as we remove their ability to govern and own terrain they are going to continue to move to more innovative ways of trying to conduct their operations."

Votel referred to the recent attack in the French Riviera city of Nice where a man driving a large truck plowed through crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day, killing 84 people.

"Unfortunately whether the attack in Nice was inspired or what the relationship is, I’m not completely certain, but I think it is a reminder for us just how adaptive this can be," he said. "Our focus is on their use of explosives but then they use something like a semi truck to create a similar effect."

To Votel, victory over ISIS will not come in any one decisive event.

"Success to me ... I think what it looks like is holding our coalition together, preventing ISIL from doing the things it is doing right now ... and preventing them from perpetrating attacks outside the area which they are," Votel said, referring to ISIS as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

"I don't think there is going to be a big victory parade. I think this very much is a wrestling match. We wrestle, we score a point and then we move on to the next moves in this thing. And if you do that enough then eventually you end up prevailing."
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edtion
ISIS executes 20 in Mosul

DUHOK – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) on Friday executed 20 people in Mosul city of Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province, claiming they’ve been conspiring against the so-called Caliphate, activists reported.

ISIS militants raided dozens of houses in Mosul city earlier this week, and arrested a number of people suspected of cooperating with Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the US-led coalition.

“The group claimed that after interrogations, 20 of the arrestees have been involved in supporting the Peshmerga forces and the western coalition that are combatting ISIS in Mosul,” head of Nineveh media centre Raafat al-Zarari told ARA News.

The victims were publicly executed in central Mosul on Friday afternoon, after a Sharia official read a statement describing them as “apostates, mercenaries and spies who deserved death”.

“ISIS militants called on the people of Mosul to gather in the central square in order to witness the execution of what the group said were mercenaries and enemies of the Caliphate,” media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News in Mosul.

“Families of the victims were also forced to joined the crowd and witness the brutal scene,” al-Malla reported. “They were executed by firing squad at the hands of masked ISIS militants.”

Mosul city, which is considered a de facto capital for ISIS in Iraq, has recently witnessed several campaigns of arrest and public executions. Most of the victims were civilians and media activists who have been accused of violating the group’s regulations or supporting hostile parties.
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