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Belgium police machete attack: Female officer attacked outside station by someone shouting 'Allahuh Akhbar'
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Airstrike kills 5 Pakistani militants fighting for ISIS in Afghanistan
At least five Pakistani militants were killed in an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan late on Thursday night, local security authorities said.

The provincial police commandment in a statement said the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan forces in Kot district.

The statement further added that the 5 militants were fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group and were targeted in Elyas Baba area.

Two of the militants hailed from Bajaur Agency and three others hailed from Orakzai Agency in the tribal regions of Pakistan, the statement.

The loyalists of the terror group have not commented regarding the report so far.

The ISIS loyalists are actively operating in a number of the remote districts of eastern Nangarhar province including the restive Kot and Achin districts.

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) launched a major operation against the loyalists of the terror group nearly two weeks ago to eliminate their presence from the province.

The operations were launched amid concerns that the terrorists are attempting to expand foothold in the country with the coalition officials saying the loyalists of the terror group has direct links with the main group in Syria and Iraq.
Posted by: badanov || 08/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Horn
Kenyan army base raided by Shaboobs near Fino
Heavily armed terrorists militants from Al Shabaab have launched deadly attack on Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) base near Fino town in Mandera County, northeast of Kenya.

The raid triggered heavy clashes between KDF forces and Al Shabaab terrorists militants that started late on Wednesday afternoon and has continued till Thursday morning, according to local residents. Kenyan warplanes were involved in the battle, sources said.

The clashes caused the death of armed terrorists militants and KDF troops but it could not be independently verified how many soldiers and fighters were killed.

Both sides have exchanged heavy and slight weapons during the fighting.
What's a "slight" weapon?
Meanwhile, tens of local residents were reported to have started fleeing from Fino town to another village, in a bid to survive from their lives in the clashes.

In the couple of weeks, several Kenyan forces have been killed and wounded in roadside bombings and ambush attacks claimed by Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab militants based in Somalia.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  "slight" weapon?

More punchy than plaintive epistle;
Less pricy and dicey than fissile.
Home-brewed, cost-effective.
Launch rudeness, invective,
Cold shoulder, disdain, or dismissal!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 08/06/2016 7:01 Comments || Top||

#2  oooooo.
Gonna have a cup of coffee, rethink my time wasted.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/06/2016 10:29 Comments || Top||

#3  :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2016 12:03 Comments || Top||

#4  What's a "slight" weapon?

slasers and sparticle beams
Posted by: SteveS || 08/06/2016 13:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Rights workers in Fino were so stressed
They've issued this powerful protest:
"We're terribly triggered
(especially Sigurd!)
To witness this dwarf-tossing contest."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 08/06/2016 14:26 Comments || Top||

#6  I ask and Zenobia answers. Can't do better than that :-)
Posted by: Steve White || 08/06/2016 15:17 Comments || Top||

Africa North
12 LNA die in Derna fighting
Two separate offensives by the Derna mujahideen against units linked to the Libyan National Army (LNA) have left at least 12 members of the latter dead, according to Abdul Karim Abdulkarim Sabra, now the welfare spokesman for the Omar Mukhtar Operations Room.
Will we have to start bombing these guys too?
Eight LNA fighters from 276 Brigade and a volunteer unit were killed and another 19 wounded when the mujahideen launched a surprise attack against them south west of Derna very early this morning, he said. The bodies of another four who were initially listed among eight missing in the fight were later found by the Red Crescent. They had been summarily shot, he claimed.

The other fighting took place some 15 kilometres west of Derna, on the coast road towards Ras Hilal along which there is supposed to be a ceasefire. According to Sabra, the mujahideen launched an attack at Wadi Al-Naga on two LNA-linked units based in Ras Hillal and Kirisah. In response, he said, the LNA had sent 40 armed vehicles to the place and were now in control of it.

Responding to the fighting south west of Derna, the LNA also launched fresh airstrikes against suspected mujahideen positions, with the Omar Mukhtar Operation Room declaring that the bombardment would be intensified.

For their part, the mujahideen are reported claiming that rather than an offensive on their part south of Derna, they repelled one by the LNA.

No figures for mujahideen casualties have been announced.
Posted by: badanov || 08/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under:

Egypt's former mufti Ali Gomaa survives assassination attempt in Cairo
[AlAhram] Former grand mufti was shot at at a mosque in 6 October but escaped unharmed.

Egypt's former leading Moslem holy man, Ali Gomaa, has escaped unharmed from an apparent liquidation attempt in Cairo, he told state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
on Friday afternoon.

Gomaa told the television channel that four men had shot at him while he was approaching a mosque in 6 October city on the outskirts of Cairo on Friday afternoon, where he was scheduled to lead Friday prayers. The four gunnies were hiding in a garden and opened fire on the holy man while he was about to enter the mosque.

"I took shelter behind the mosque's wall," he said.

The interior ministry said in a statement that the force guarding the Moslem holy man exchanged fire with the assailants, who subsequently expeditiously departed at a goodly pace.

Gomaa said later on Friday that the attack came in response to the army's killing on Thursday of the chief of the Egyptian affiliate 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, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis.

Gomaa served as the country's grand mufti, the authority responsible for giving Islamic edicts, for almost a decade until 2013. Gomaa is known for his controversial Islamic edicts, which he has continued to issue after leaving office through a TV show, on air several times a week, during which he answers religious questions.

He has said that obeying President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is part of obediance to the Prophet Muhammed. Gomaa, an outspoken critic of the Islamist opposition, has also suggested that the now-banned Moslem Brüderbund group are non-Moslems and said the country's police and army should carry arms against them.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top|| File under:

Africa Subsaharan
Ivory Coast jails two soldiers for 10 years for al Qaeda ties
[Ynet] Two soldiers in Ivory Coast have been tossed in the clink
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
for 10 years for associating with, and failing to denounce, suspected members of an al Qaeda cell which killed 19 people at a beach resort town in March, the military prosecutor said.

Gunmen shot swimmers and sunbathers before storming into several hotels in Grand Bassam, 40 km (25 miles) from the commercial capital, Abidjan, on March 13. The attack was claimed by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Islamist group's North African branch.

Authorities in Ivory Coast and neighboring Mali have tossed in the clink
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
a number of suspects since the raid.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [215 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Soddys evacuate Jizan in advance of Yemeni troops
Saudi Arabia has launched a forced evacuation of locals in its Jizan region, as Yemeni forces advance deeper into the Saudi territory in response to Riyadh's war on their country.

Yemen’s Khabar news agency website reported the development on Friday with pictures of departing locals as well as a video showing Saudi military personnel arguing with locals who resisted the order to leave their homes. Saudi evacuates Jizan

The report said villages and towns affected by the order are closest to the common border with Yemen.

The Saudi military has threatened to strip locals of their citizenship and invalidate their identification and travel documents if they refuse to leave. Saudi forces have also deployed to residential areas in the region in anticipation of a major escalation.

Some activists say the Saudi regime has already cut the locals’ access to food resources and water reservoirs and limited their freedom of movement.

Yemen’s army and Houthi Ansarullah fighters have been retaliating for Saudi attacks on their country.
Posted by: badanov || 08/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Norwegian-Somali behind London Knife Attack
The detained London knife attack suspect is a Norwegian national of Somali origin whose background appears to be irrelevant to the motives behind the act, London’s Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said Thursday.
What part of him is Norwegian?
Posted by: Steve White || 08/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wonder if Rowley said anything truthful...

Rumours are he's a massive Koranimal and he was delivered there (Tooting is also where the islamic mayor of London comes from and Russell Square is miles away from where he lives) by his islamist mates (so not a lone wolf), which is why he had a motorcycle helmet on.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/06/2016 4:54 Comments || Top||

#2  What part of him is Norwegian?

His lawyer.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/06/2016 12:26 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Tajikistan Jails Teen for 10.5 Years for IS Recruitment
[AnNahar] A court in ex-Soviet Tajikistan sentenced a 16-year-old boy to 10.5 years in jail for calling Tajiks on social media to join the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, a court official told Agence La Belle France Presse Thursday.

The official said a "schoolboy from the northern Sugd region operating under the pseudonym Hidoyatullo" had attracted a 1,000-strong following on the Russian social network, Odnoklassniki.

The official did not name the schoolboy, citing his status as a minor, but confirmed the length of the sentence, which was handed down on Wednesday.

In December, a Tajik court sentenced seven people, three of whom were minors, to terms between seven and 27 years in jail for raising the Islamic State group's flag in the south of the country.

The government has said up to 1,000 nationals, including the former chief of the interior ministry's special forces unit, have left the country to join the jihadist group fighting in Iraq and Syria.
Tajikistan and Tajiks have been much in our pages recently, a search of the archives reveals. Mostly causing problems in Afghanistan along with Pakistanis from Orakzai tribal agency as ISIS, oddly enough, though about 1,000 joined ISIS in Iraq/Syria.
The secular Central Asian country has witnessed a heavy state crackdown on Islam recently, with widespread reports of forced beard shavings and bans on the sale of Islamic clothing in specific cities.

Social media users in the Central Asian state moreover complain of regularly losing access to Russian social networks, as well as Facebook and YouTube. The government has denied authorising the blocks but consistently highlights social media's purported role in spreading murderous Moslem ideas.

Tajikistan's foreign minister Sirodjidin Aslov was in Washington Wednesday to meet U.S. Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
and the foreign ministers of four other Central Asian republics. The meeting was the second of its kind in the so-called "C5+1" framework that Washington is using to promote cooperation with the economically depressed region bordering Afghanistan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [220 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Belgium police machete attack: Female officer attacked outside station by someone shouting 'Allahuh Akhbar'
First reports now. Comments and updates to this post.
[MIRROR.CO.UK] A pair of coppers have been attacked with a machete by a man shouting 'Allahu Akhbar' outside a cop shoppe in Belgium.

The cops, one of them female, was attacked in the city of Charleroi this afternoon by an someone with a knife or machete, according to Belgian media.

Police in Charleroi tweeted: "Two coppers injured by machete in front of police by someone shouting Allah Akhkbar.

"Individual was shot but is alive."

A witness told RTL that he heard gunshots at the scene and there is an ambulance at the scene.
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#1  Definitely the Amish.
Posted by: Raj || 08/06/2016 14:23 Comments || Top||

#2  It will be a mental problem, not Islam.
Posted by: gorb || 08/06/2016 14:32 Comments || Top||

#3  gorb, you do know that that's a distinction without a difference, right?
Posted by: AlanC || 08/06/2016 14:37 Comments || Top||

#4  "Mental illness" will satisfy the LIVs, which is all the poodle press cares to do...
Posted by: Steve White || 08/06/2016 15:20 Comments || Top||

#5  "We'll probably never know the motive. It could be anything"
Posted by: Frank G || 08/06/2016 15:22 Comments || Top||

#6  If the attacker quoted John 17, I know who'd be blamed.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/06/2016 15:44 Comments || Top||

#7  ban knives
Posted by: Grins Snese4215 || 08/06/2016 16:26 Comments || Top||

#8  Never ever considered attacking a woman with a machete for any reason. WTF is wrong with the Mooselimb brains.
Posted by: 3dc || 08/06/2016 18:00 Comments || Top||

#9  He's dead, Jim. The Daily Mail is also updating the story as new information comes in.

o A third policewoman pulled out her gun as the other two were attacked, and shot the attacker. The killer subsequently died of his wounds.

o One of the policewomen will need plastic surgery to repair deep cuts in her face.

o They are calling it terrorism, the only question is whether the still-unidentified killer was a lone wolf.

o Killer walked up to checkpoint outside Charleroi police headquarters, took a machete out of a sports bag, then attacked.

o Charleroi is home to "extremist gangs", is where the Paris massacre jihadis got an AK47 and explosives, among other jihad connections.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2016 18:09 Comments || Top||

#10  Damn Norwegian.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 08/06/2016 19:49 Comments || Top||

#11  Armed governments don't need to worry about knives.
Posted by: gorb || 08/06/2016 19:57 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkey's purge continues: Saturday Aug. 6th
Turkey Ruling Party Orders Clean-Up after Coup Attempt
In which the Party starts to eat its own.
[AnNahar] Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has ordered the party to be "cleaned" of supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's arch foe U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, state media reported on Friday.

In a circular signed by the party's deputy leader Hayati Yazici, he ordered an "urgent clean-up in the party organisation" to eliminate those linked with the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation -- a name Ankara gives for the movement blamed for the July 15 failed putsch, Anadolu news agency reported.

The party decree also said the operation should take place "without giving any room for trouble or gossip within the party."

Twelve out of 14 journalist suspects from the Zaman daily were remanded in custody, Anadolu reported on Friday, less than a week after six others were arrested.

Turkey: Dollar bills seen as evidence of coup-plotter links

[Ynet] After raiding a home and business owned by someone suspected of loyalties to a banned Muslim cleric, police listed the incriminating evidence they found: two shotguns, a pistol, ammunition, a fake identity card -- and three $1 bills.

The serial numbers, they noted, all began with the letter F.

In one of the odder twists in Turkey's failed July 15 coup and the subsequent crackdown, authorities are citing U.S. banknotes -- and $1 bills in particular -- as evidence that people are followers of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based Muslim cleric whom Turkey accuses of orchestrating the coup.

Former Istanbul governor arrested over failed coup attempt

[Hurriyet] Legal sources said Mutlu and nine other suspects, including governors, a deputy governor and three district governors, were arrested for being members of the Gülen movement.

Mutlu, who served four years as Istanbul governor until 2014 – a period which included a police crackdown on the Gezi protests under his watch – when he was reassigned to Ankara to become an Interior Ministry civil servant, denied having ties to FETÖ during his interrogation. He was suspended from his position on July 17.

Hungary weighs Turkish request to shut 'coup-linked institutions'

[AlAhram] Hungary is considering a request from Turkey to shut local institutions Ankara suspects of having links to what it calls the terrorist group behind last month's thwarted coup attempt, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

Gulen's "Hizmet" (Service) movement runs some 2,000 educational establishments in about 160 countries, teaching a secular curriculum in English. Ankara suspects these schools and other Gulen-linked businesses help fund the movement. Kazakhstan announced earlier on Friday it would expel any Turkish teachers there found to have links with Gulen. Somalia has closed two Gulen schools and a hospital and Turkish pressure to shut down Gulen-affiliated institutions has been reported from countries as diverse as Germany, Kenya and Indonesia.

Hungary's foreign ministry said Turkey had requested the closure of "some institutions and organisations operating in Hungary which it says are linked with and provide intellectual and financial support to the terrorist organisation potentially associated with the coup attempt".

"Hungarian authorities will take measures against the institutions in question only if any connection between the institutions and terrorism is proved unequivocally," it said.

Turkish Intel agencies can be coordinated under same roof: Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said all of Turkey’s intelligence agencies could be coordinated under the same roof, as he commented on the National Intelligence Agency’s (MİT) actions on the night of the July 15 failed coup attempt, believed to be masterminded by the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).

“All the intelligence agencies, the MİT, the police and the gendarmerie, can be coordinated under the same roof. There is a process to bring the police and the gendarmerie under the control of the Interior Ministry. Thus, we can coordinate intelligence under the same roof,” Erdoğan told state-run TRT television late on Aug. 4, adding that the aforementioned plan had already been presented to him.
Which roof?
HIS roof!

No US planning, support, knowledge in coup attempt in Turkey: Ambassador
It's sad that we have to say this, but we should say this.
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass has strongly refuted recent media reports and accusations that his country was involved in or had any advance knowledge of the July 15 failed coup attempt in Turkey, while also elaborating on how he personally and his staff in Ankara experienced the night of the attempt.

“I continue to be deeply disturbed and offended by the accusations without a shred of fact in so much of the commentary in this country that the United States government was involved in this illegal coup attempt or must have known about this illegal coup attempt, and I just want to say again, as I’ve said before and as we’ve said from Washington, the United States government did not plan, direct, support or have any advance knowledge of any of the illegal activities that occurred the night of July 15 and into July 16 , Full stop,” Bass told a group of journalist in Istanbul on Aug. 4.

“Frankly, if we would have had knowledge we would have told the Turkish government about it immediately, just as we bring to the attention of this government information about threats that it or its citizens face from terrorist organizations operating in Turkey,” the envoy said.

Turkey, Kazakhstan discuss closure of Gulen’s schools

Turkey and Kazakhstan discussed the issue of closure of Gulen’s schools in Kazakhstan, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a joint press conference in Ankara with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, TRT Haber reported Aug. 5.

Erdogan said that currently there are 33 educational institutions of Fethullah Gulen in Kazakhstan. He added that the ministries of education of the two countries will take important steps to address this issue.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [366 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  The serial numbers, they noted, all began with the letter F.

The sixth letter of the alphabet. Also the first letter in "Frank", a known American crank and critic of Yippy.
Posted by: Frank G || 08/06/2016 10:33 Comments || Top||

#2  "We are going to have a Frank and earnest conversation. I'm going to be Frank and you're going to be earnest..."
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 08/06/2016 20:23 Comments || Top||

#3  ;-)
Posted by: Frank G || 08/06/2016 21:16 Comments || Top||

Hindu doctor shot dead in Karachi
KARACHI: A 56-year old doctor belonging to the Hindu community was shot dead in the Pak Colony area of the metropolis on Thursday.

“Dr Pireetam Das was sitting in his clinic located in Hasrat Mohani Colony at midnight on Thursday when someone attacked him,” said Akhtar Farooq, SSP Investigation West.

The police official added the doctor’s attendant had gone to buy a mobile card when the doctor was attacked.

The doctor sustained a single gunshot wound to the chest.

“Hearing the gunshot, the assistant rushed to the clinic and found the doctor bleeding,” added Farooq.

The assistant, with the aid of a friend, took him on a motorbike and later shifted him to a rickshaw to transport him to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, elaborated the police official.

The doctor’s son, Mukesh Kumar, arrived at the hospital after being informed. Kumar shifted his father to Aga Khan University Hospital, where the doctor succumbed to his wound while under treatment.

SSP Investigation said the suspect(s) did not take any valuables. He added police were investigation the incident.

Pak Colony police have registered FIR 144/2016 under sections 302 (murder) and 34 (common intention) of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) against unknown suspects on complaint of the victim’s son.

Earlier, 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.
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Gunmen Kill 13 in Market in India’s Northeast
Attackers wearing military uniforms shot dead at least 13 people and wounded 15 on Friday in a busy market in a restive area of northeast India. The attack was blamed by the authorities on a regional separatist group.

The gunmen fired indiscriminately and threw hand grenades at the crowded weekly market in Kokrajhar, a town 220 km by road west of the state’s commercial capital Guwahati, eyewitnesses said.
Kokrajhar lies in the state of Assam.

One assailant was killed and security forces were in pursuit of three or four others hiding in a nearby forest, Assam police chief Mukesh Sahay told reporters.

Sahay said police had recovered an AK-47 rifle and explosives from the dead gunman, as well as a three-wheeler van the assailants had arrived in.

He blamed the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) group, a militant outfit fighting for a separate homeland for the indigenous Bodo tribespeople.

A senior home ministry official in New Delhi said preliminary reports indicated the attack, one of the deadliest in recent years in a region with a history of sectarian and separatist bloodshed, was carried out by the group.

“Police have launched a hunt to trace insurgents hiding near the incident spot. It is a militant attack and we will be sending a team from Delhi to investigate further,” the official said.

Assam, a remote and underdeveloped state, has suffered from years of ethnic and tribal insurgencies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won power in a state election in May for the first time after pledging to increase spending in the state.

“This attack is intended to destabilize peace in Assam,” said Himanta Biswa Sarma, the state’s finance and health minister and a member of the BJP. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Violence in Assam and the wider northeast has fallen as more militant groups have called ceasefires, although attacks by one community against another are not uncommon.

Militants fighting for a Bodo homeland killed at least 70 people, most of them tea-plantation workers from other parts of India, in a series of attacks in Assam in late 2014.

Thousands of people also fled the area after the series of coordinated attacks by the armed rebels.
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Kashmir Korpse Kount
Indian forces have killed two pro-independence protesters and injured more than 100 others in the Indian-controlled Kashmir, Press TV reported.

On Friday, New Delhi extended a curfew in several parts of the disputed Himalayan region for the 28th day in an attempt to prevent more pro-independence protests. Protesters, however, defied the curfew and staged demonstrations where government forces fired bullets, tear gas canisters and pellets from shotguns to disperse them.

"Forces fired to disperse large crowds at two places in Budgam district in which two persons died," said a senior police officer, whose name was not mentioned in the report. "Over 100 protesters (and) some policemen were injured in the day-long clashes."

Large parts of the Indian-controlled Kashmir have been under a 24-hour curfew in recent weeks.

On July 8, Indian troops killed a pro-independence leader in Kashmir. Several deadly protests have been held in the region ever since. Over 50 people have been killed and nearly 4,000 injured in the protests so far.
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Coalition bombs ISIS command centre in Nineveh
DUHOK – US-led coalition on Thursday launched a new wave of airstrikes on ISIS positions in northern Iraq and bombed a main command centre for the group in Nineveh province.

Local activists reported that a command centre for the Islamic State (ISIS) in western Mosul of Nineveh province was hit by an airstrike conducted by the western coalition’s air forces.

“The targeted headquarters included a major weapons’ store and a security centre for the Islamic State. The facility turned into rubble after the airstrike, which led to the destruction of a large deal of ammunitions and weapons,” head of Nineveh media centre Raafat al-Zarari told ARA News.

Scores of ISIS security members were reportedly inside the facility when the coalition bombed the area.

“The number of militants killed in the strike was not immediately clear, but there were a number of explosives’ experts and security guards inside the building. They were all killed,” media activist Abdullah al-Malla said, speaking to ARA News from Mosul.

Al-Malla cited ISIS officials saying that the strike was “a heavy blow to the Caliphate forces”, as they lost a large deal of their weapons arsenal in the operation.
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ISIS captures up to 3,000 people fleeing violence in Iraq
[CNN] ISIS hard boyz have captured up to 3,000 people displaced from their homes trying to flee conflict zones in northern Iraq, the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
said Friday, reportedly killing 12 of them.

The UN refugee agency said it had received reports that ISIS rounded up the thousands of internally displaced people Thursday from villages as they tried to escape to the city of Kirkuk.

"Reportedly, 12 of the IDPs have been killed in captivity," the agency said in its daily Iraq update, using an acronym for internally displaced persons.

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday that an estimated 100 to 120 ISIS hard boyz had captured around 1,900 civilians. It said the hard boyz were using the captives as human shields in fighting against Iraqi forces.

The move is the latest by ISIS hard boyz to retain a grip on swaths of the country as Iraqi forces, backed by US-led Arclight airstrikes, try to recapture djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, ISIS' most significant stronghold outside Syria.

The operation to liberate Mosul has been months in the making and involves coordination between Iraq's military, Kurdish forces and the US-led Arclight airstrikes.

There are more than 4 million internally displaced persons in Iraq, according to data from the UN refugee agency, which said the fall of Ramadi in May 2015 "resulted in significant levels of new displacement, mostly in Anbar Governorate." Iraq subsequently recaptured Ramadi from ISIS.

UN Secretary-General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that ISIS had committed "heinous crimes" that may constitute war crimes and genocide.
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Southeast Asia
Indonesian police arrest six suspects allegedly planning Singapore attack
[AlAhram] Six Indonesians were tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
on Batam island on Friday for planning an attack on Singapore, an Indonesian police front man said.

"What we understand so far is that they were planning to attack vital objects, busy areas including police offices," police front man Agus Rianto told news hounds.

"We also obtained information that these suspects with one ISIS terrorist in Syria now planned to attack Singapore via Batam," he said, referring to 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....
bully boy group.

The six were suspected to have links to Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian fighting for Islamic State in Syria. Naim is believed to be one of the criminal masterminds of an attack in January in central Jakarta, in which eight people were killed including the four attackers.

Batam is just to the south of Singapore.
An Nahar adds:
Police named the alleged ringleader as 31-year-old Gigih Rahmat Dewa. Police suspect Dewa, 31, received and distributed funds sent by Naim. Naim has been linked to several recent terror plots in Indonesia, including a suicide kaboom on a cop shoppe in the city of Solo last month that left one police officer injured.

Dewa is also accused of previously harbouring two members of China's ethnic Uighur minority, some of whom have travelled to Indonesia to join bully boy groups, and of helping gunnies on their journeys to Syria.

Analysts said it was unclear whether the Death Eaters had the ability to carry out such a plan, which would involve firing a rocket over a distance of about 20 kilometres (12 miles).

Indonesia has long struggled with Islamic militancy and has suffered a string of attacks in the past 15 years, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people. A crackdown had weakened the most dangerous networks but IS has proved a potent new rallying cry for the country's radicals, and hundreds of Indonesians have headed to the Middle East to join the jihadists.
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Two soldiers injured in clash with Maoist militants
[Inquirer] At least two soldiers were injured during a clash between Philippine troops and New People's Army militants in Monkayo, Compostela Valley on Thursday afternoon. The encounter occured as troops were on patrol at a hinterland community in Baylo village. Regional police spokesperson Andrea dela Cerna said the soldiers were fired upon by armed men believed to be NPA guerrillas, triggering a 15-minute battle.
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Thai police arrest suspect in foiled bombing
[The Nation] Thai security officers have arrested the man who allegedly made a car bomb that was safely defused in a gas station in Yala province on Wednesday night. Abdullateh Riang reportedly confessed to constructing the bomb and also led the officers to another two bombs that he had prepared for future attacks. His arrest followed a 3 a.m. ranger-police operation in Narathiwat's Rusoh district.

The arrest was for an incident on Wednesday when two men wearing facemasks and abayas, which are usually worn by women, drove a truck into a gas station in Raman at on Wednesday evening. The two men asked for a full tank of gas but then ran out of the station and fled on a motorcycle, causing staff to call police about their suspicion of a car bomb. A bomb squad found and defused a makeshift bomb in the truck's back seat.

A security source said authorities believed that militant leader Masukareunor Yakumor of the Runda Kumpulan Kecil insurgent group was behind the bomb attempt. Masukareunor is a weapons and explosives expert linked to several violent incidents, including an attack on a Narathiwat military outpost in January 2011. The attack resulted in the deaths of four soldiers and militants made off with 60 weapons.
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9 ISIS Bad Guys have a Very Bad Day against Kurds
HASAKAH – Clashes renewed on Friday between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the northern countryside of Aleppo province.

At least nine ISIS militants were killed and a dozen more were wounded in clashes with the Kurdish-led SDF fighters in Manbij city near the Turkish border.

“As the battle for Manbij border pocket continues, our forces were engaged in renewed clashes with Daesh [ISIS] terrorists in the city centre of Manbij,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.

“After sporadic clashes, ISIS evacuated a neighbourhood downtown that was used by the group as a base to launch attacks on our forces in Manbij,” he said.

“We have collected corpses of nine Daesh militants,” the Kurdish official said. “Also, we’ve captured 12 injured Daesh militants. they’re now in our custody.”

Backed by a US-led coalition’s air cover, the Syrian Democratic Forces recaptured nearly 80% of Manbij border pocket from ISIS in an operation launched on 31 May, according to the SDF leadership.
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Syrian regulars repel rebel attack in Aleppo
ALEPPO – Syrian rebel fighters on Friday launched one of the fiercest offensives on Syrian regime’s army positions in the northern city of Aleppo, using mortar shells and explosives. However, army officials reported that their forces were able to repel the attack and kill “hundreds of insurgents”.

Rebels of the Syrian opposition initiated the offensive by carrying out two car bomb attacks on regime checkpoints at the entrance of the artillery base in Aleppo, and then launched dozens of mortar shells targeting Syrian army headquarters inside the base.

“Rebels of the Aleppo Conquest [a coalition of Syrian armed opposition factions] stormed a large part of the artillery base in Aleppo city on Friday,” rebel spokesman Mustafa Sulaiman told ARA News. “Then fierce clashes broke out between our fighters and the regime troops, causing casualties on both sides.”

The spokesman added that the Aleppo Conquest fighters have eventually withdrawn from the base after destroying several vehicles and heavy weapons for the regime’s forces.

On the other hand, the Syrian army said in a statement that it was able to repel the attack and kill hundreds of insurgents.

“The Syrian Arab Army foiled the attack on the Aleppo artillery base and two major barracks, and killed hundreds of insurgents and destroyed much of their equipment and tanks,” it said in a statement, describing Friday’s attack as “the biggest assault” by rebels against regime-held areas in a year.
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#1  Is this the fracas where the rebels are trying to reopen a supply line?
Posted by: Shipman || 08/06/2016 12:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Yup.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/06/2016 15:47 Comments || Top||

Danes open their fight with airstrikes
DAMASCUS – Denmark announced Friday that its airforces have for the first time launched airstrikes in Syria, bombing strongholds of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Raqqa province. Defense Command Denmark said the F-16 raid happened “in the past week” but did not give further details.

Raqqa is the de facto capital of the ISIS self-declared Caliphate.

The Danish supreme military command said their fighter jets also participated in operations over Iraqi provinces targeting ISIS tactical units, weapons stocks and fighters.

The Scandinavian country joined the international coalition fighting ISIS in October 2014. According to reports, Danish warplanes have previously participated in airstrikes on ISIS forces in Iraq, but not Syria. Denmark’s present contribution to the anti-ISIS effort includes seven F-16 fighter jets, among others, with a mandate to bomb in Syria.
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#1  Airstrikes or better to open.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/06/2016 0:58 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought they were gong to be bombing the invasion force coming from Germany.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/06/2016 8:22 Comments || Top||

#3  #2 Alan - They'd be better off bombing the invasion force coming TO Germany - and Denmark.
Posted by: Barbara || 08/06/2016 8:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Sure Barbara. But if the Germans won't stop the invasion of Germany they probably wouldn't approve of the Danes trying to do it for them.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/06/2016 9:20 Comments || Top||

#5  Where's a good Polish King who is a devout Catholic when you need him?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 08/06/2016 18:53 Comments || Top||

#6  Sobieski kicked assholes through eyeballs, for sure, and in spite of French machinations and the feckless Leopold.

I recommend Jan Sobieski - The King Who Saved Europe by Miltiades Varvounis, even if the translation is a bit broken at times.

He was a top shelf bad-ass whose enemies would fill their boots and the whisper of his name - and that was his reputation before his famous, impossible march to the relief of Vienna.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/06/2016 19:26 Comments || Top||

Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Afghan and Iraqi Edtion

ISIS executes 2

ZAKHO – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) on Friday executed two Afghan men in the eastern Nangarhar province, after accusing them of fighting alongside pro-government forces in Afghanistan.

ISIS beheaded the two men and released images showing the brutal execution, threatening everyone who backs the Afghan government against its self-declared Caliphate to face a similar punishment once captured by the group.

This comes just two weeks after the Afghan authorities announced the death of prominent ISIS jihadi leader Saad al-Imarati in an operation by the government forces in the Nangarhar province.

Al-Imarati was one of the founders of ISIS branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and had led several ISIS attacks against pro-government troops and the Taliban.

ISIS kills fleeing civilians in Kirkuk

KIRKUK: The Daesh group has killed several residents attempting to flee Hawijah, officers and local officials said Friday, as Iraqi forces prepared for an operation against the extremist-held area.

Hundreds of civilians have over the past few days managed to flee the area, which lies west of the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk and about 220 km north of Baghdad.

Hawijah and its surroundings are one of the last major areas east of the Tigris still controlled by IS and possibly the next target of the forces battling the extremists in Iraq.

“Our forces received 600 people yesterday and offered them assistance,” a brigadier general with the Kurdish peshmerga forces told AFP.

“We heard from them that Daesh is holding hundreds of families hostage and has executed young men for escaping from the land of jihad (holy war) to the land of the infidels,” he said.

A police colonel also said that several people had been shot dead by Daesh fighters as they attempted to flee the area recently.

A local tribal leader urged Iraqi forces to step up operations aimed at retaking Hawijah and rescue trapped civilians. “We are facing the risk of a massacre and the government has to move quickly,” Sheikh Anwar Al-Assi told AFP.

After retaking much of the vast western province of Anbar in recent months, including the Daesh bastion of Fallujah in June, Iraqi forces are training their sights on remaining extremist strongholds in the north.

The ultimate target is Mosul, the country’s second city and the de facto Iraqi capital of the terror organization’s self-proclaimed caliphate.

Kurdish and federal forces have held positions around Hawijah for months, imposing a loose siege on the city but stopping short of launching a fully-fledged assault to retake it.

Assi estimated the number of people still living under Daesh rule in the Hawijah area at 100,000.
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