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Afghanistan
Afghanistan loses 13 soldiers in past 24 hours as security deteriorates countrywide
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan National Army (ANA) forces have lost at least 13 soldiers in the past 24 hours the security situation has rapidly deteriorated across the country.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the soldiers bit the dust during the counter-terrorism operations, mainly in northern and southeastern parts of the country.

"The Afghan National Army (ANA) forces are prepared for all kinds of devotion and with all force to maintain security and comfort for the people of Afghanistan," a statement by MoD said, adding that 13 Afghan soldiers were martyred during counter-terrorism operations against the internal and foreign terrorists.

The Afghan force are facing a resurgent Taliban and deteriorating security sitaution since they assumed full charge of the security responsibilities at the start of last year.

The considerable rise in Afghan army casualties comes as the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are busy conducting their annual operation to suppress the insurgency activities of the Lion of Islam groups.

Tolo News has more:
Clashes have reached unprecedented levels across the country but the north-east and southern parts of Afghanistan are paying a particularly high price in the ongoing war - so much so that the ‎Commandos and Special Forces are now also involved in many of these battles.

"It is not just Taliban who are angry as they are losing the war, but their regional supporters are also angry at Afghan security forces for their good achievements", said Muhammad Rad Manish, spokesman for the ministry of defense.

Heavy clashes are ongoing in Kunduz, Baghlan and Helmand. In Kunduz province, security forces are fighting the insurgents on the outskirts of the city.

However, the question is, how was the Taliban able to reorganize an onslaught in Kunduz?

Hamdullah Danishi, former caretaker governor of Kunduz said: "Government did not destroy the nests of Taliban in the province and they could not manage the war. Security forces do not have good coordination and the Taliban took a lot of ammunition from them in various fights and today once again they are threatening the province and north-east parts of the country."

Currently battles are ongoing in more than 10 provinces and security forces are having to carry out planned operations and night raids.

Meanwhile, poor war management by the ministries of interior and defense has been blamed for the current situation.

"If in this situation government does not take serious steps toward bringing more coordination and better management of the war, it means that security forces will become subordinates to the insurgents", said Baz Mohammad Anwari, a military affairs analyst.

Lack of ammunition and other equipment is also said to be a cause for concern.

Video report at the link
Posted by: Fred || 08/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Top Taliban Üstürmbannführer killed after attacking Hesarak in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] One of the most senior leaders of the Taliban group has been killed shortly after the group launched a coordinated attack in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

According to the local officials, the top Taliaban leader, Naeem Khalid, was killed during the fierce clashes in Hesarak district.

Provincial governor’s spokeman Ataullah Khogyani said Khalid was leading the coordiated attack on Hesarak district and was killed in an attack by the Afghan forces.

Khogyani further added taht the Taliban militants suffered heavy casualties during the clashes in Hesarak but did not provide the exact figures, only stating around 100 militants were killed or injured.

The provincial government also added that the Taliban militants have been pushed away from Hesarak district and the situation in the district is currently under the control.

Posted by: Fred || 08/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
IED Blast hits AMISOM convoy in southern Somalia
An improvised explosive device (IED) tore through an AMISOM military convoy outside Afgoye district, 30 kilometers north-west of Mogadishu on Sunday.

Joe Kibet, the spokesman of AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has confirmed the attack, but did not provide further details regarding the casualties on soldiers.

A local resident who asked to be identified, told Radio Shabelle by phone the IED blast damaged one of the AU troops’ convoy of vehicles near Afgoye city.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under:


Twin suicide bombs claimed by al Shabaab kill 20 people in Puntland
[FOREIGNDESKNEWS] More than 20 people were killed on Sunday when jacket wallahs from the myrmidon al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
group detonated two boom-mobiles at a local government headquarters in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...
region, witnesses and officials said.

Residents of the town of Galkayo in north central Somalia said they heard two loud blasts in quick succession followed by heavy gunfire.

"There were two huge bombs. The first one was a truck bomb, followed a minute or so (later) by another boom-mobile. My brother was injured at the scene," Halima Ismail, a local resident, told Rooters.

Islamist al-Shabaab, which has carried out a series of deadly attacks in the Horn of Africa country as it seeks to topple the Western-backed government, grabbed credit for the bombings.

"There were two suicide boom-mobiles," Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group's front man for military operations, told Rooters.

Police initially put the corpse count at 10, including civilians and security forces personnel, but a medical official said that number had doubled.

"Death toll is over 20 and it may rise further," said Ahmed Sugule, a doctor at Galkayo hospital. He said another 30 people were maimed in the attack.
Posted by: Fred || 08/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Tripoli-Zawia road remains shut
[LibyaHerald] The crisis over the coast road linking Tripoli to Zawia, closed several months ago by Wirshefana militiamen, shows no sign of ending despite efforts to mediate a solution by local elders and threats by Islamist militants in Zawia to use force to reopen it.

The crisis started last week when Zawia’s militant commander Abu Obeida Al-Zawi announced that he was going to take action against what he called Wirshefana “bandits” and reopen the road. Heading the Islamist Mohamed Kilani Brigade, he is supported in this by an assortment of other militants who call themselves the “Revolutionaries’ Operations Room”. They include Benghazi hardliner Wisam Ben Hamid who is now based in Zawia.

Yesterday, there were fears the militants would launch an offensive against the Wirshefana with bloody consequences.

In the event, the militants contented themselves with a military show of strength in Zawia involving some 100 armed vehicles. On the other side, in the Wirshefana area, armed factions, notably the Abdulhamid Al-Hamali Brigade, have rearmed and mobilised. There have been sporadic outbreaks of shooting between both sides, although no full-scale fighting so far.

Meanwhile, responding to the militants’ threat, elders from the two communities as well as from the Jebel Nafusa have been trying to mediate a solution to the road closure. Saturday saw a meeting in the Wirshefana town of Zahra of mediators including members of the Wershafana-Zawia reconciliation committee. But despite an announcement today from the mayor of Maya (which is in the Wirshefana area) that the road would be reopened before next Sunday because Wirshefana demands have been accepted, there is no sign of any breakthrough.

It is reported that there will be another meeting to bring about reconciliation and reopen the road, but also not till next Sunday, and strangely in the eastern town of Shahat.

In the unlikely event of Wirshefana and Zawia negotiatiors actually going to Shahat, it is still unlikely that they will be able to bring about the reopening of the coastal road.

The problem is that those in the two communities who want a settlement are not the ones causing the problem.

While the Wirshefana political establishment supports the Thinni administration based in the east and the Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Hafter, those who have closed the road near Camp 27, the major military barracks between Zawia and the Wirshefana area, are freelance militias beyond the control of either the Wirshefana military Council or the LNA. During Ramadan, the LNA, announcing that it was not responsible for the road closure, described those involved as gangs.

For their part, Abu Obeida Al-Zawi and the militants will have nothing to do with anyone from the Wirshefana and are said to have rejected any deal with them. A spokesperson for the Mohamed Kilani Brigade yesterday said that all peaceful attempts to negotiate with those blocking the road had been exhausted and that the military solution was the only option.

In the capital, the fear is that that Abu Obeida and Wissam Ben Hamid are using the road closure issue as a stepping stone to build up support and then to move to Tripoli to try to take it over.

For that reason, there are those there saying that the Misratans will not allow the road to reopen because they do not want the militants arriving, and that they have already been in contact with the Wirshefana who have closed the road to make sure it stays closed.

Meanwhile in a separate development in Zawia, the town’s other perennial problem, the bitter rivalry between the Khadrawi and Ahneish families has again resulted in clashes between their respective militias. The fighting started after an alleged assassination attempt on Ibrahim Ahneish in the town’s Gamal Abdul Nasser Street.
Posted by: badanov || 08/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under:


Yet more kidnappings in Tripoli
Tripoli, 21 August 2016:

High profile kidnappings continue in the capital with the abduction yesterday of the head of the National ID board following Thursday’s seizure of a charity boss.

Ali Al-Bousaifi, the ID chief was taken in the Ras Al-Hassan district. Normally kidnap victims are held for ransom. However there are unconfirmed claims that Bousaifi was grabbed by a militia seeking the hand-over of confidential information.

The details behind the earlier kidnapping of Faraj Omar, the head of the medical charity Om Al-Moamenim, are also obscure. One source close to the charity has told this newspaper that Omar was seized because the organisation refused to hand over cash to one of its female beneficiaries, insisting that it would only pay directly to the clinic that was to treat her.
Posted by: badanov || 08/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under:


Libyan authorities arrest senior ISIS recruiter, former U.S. detainee: Libyan media
[FOREIGNDESKNEWS] A senior Tunisian murderous Moslem and 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....
recruiter has been reportedly tossed in the clink
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
in Libya, according to local media reports.

Zintani forces loyal to the internationally-recognized Libyan National Army arrested Moez Ben Abdulgader Ben Ahmed Fezzani 47, known by his nom de guerre Abu Nassim, last week as he was trying to flee Sirte, Libya for Tunisia.

A commander of ISIS bully boyz in Libya since 2014, Fezzani had been sought by Tunisian authorities in connection with the March 2015 Bardo Museum attack in Tunis.

Twenty-two people including 17 foreigners were killed in the attack later claimed by the Islamic State.

Fezzani, along with 20 Islamic State operatives, was arrested by a police patrol while travelling between the towns of Rigdaleen and Al-Jmail.

Posted by: Fred || 08/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  hmmm looks innocent to me...and see how devout he is..prays all the time... must be a godly soul...how can we possibly keep such a one locked up? could he not be doing godly works in the world?

/LLL reasonuing
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 08/22/2016 1:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Naw Bov, the Moire effect is tricky.
Posted by: Shipman || 08/22/2016 16:16 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram kills 10, abducts 13 near Chibok: Locals
Replenishing supplies as Allah intended...
[AlAhram] 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...
Islamists have killed 10 people and kidnapped 13 others in a raid on a village near the northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
n town of Chibok where the snuffies kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls in 2014, locals told AFP Sunday.

Armed jihadists on cycle of violences invaded Kubrrivu at dawn on Saturday, firing on the residents as they were sleeping and looting and burning homes before fleeing into the bush with 13 women and kiddies seized from the village.

"The Boko Haram attackers rode on four cycle of violences, three on each, and opened fire on the village as residents slept," said Luka Damina, a resident of nearby Kautikeri village where Kubrrivu residents fled to safety following the attack.

"They burnt down the whole village after looting food supplies and livestock and taking away women and kiddies," Damina said.

Ayuba Alamson, a community elder in Chibok, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) away, confirmed the attack, saying 13 people were kidnapped in the raid.

"After killing 10 people and burning the entire village, the gunnies made away with 13 people, including seven women, five boys and a girl," Alamson said.

In 2014 Kubrrivu was burnt down in a deadly Boko Haram raid which forced residents to flee. A year later they returned and rebuilt their homes after Nigerian troops recaptured swathes of territory from the Islamists in a series of military successes against them.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [191 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Motorcycle suicide bomber kills three in north Cameroon market
[Foreign Desk News] A jacket wallah on a cycle of violence killed three people and maimed 24 on Sunday at a market in north 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...
, where Islamist 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...
is waging an insurgency for a breakaway Islamic state across four countries, authorities said.

A senior military official said the bomber was also killed in the attack in Mora, in Cameroon's Far North province. He said that it was possible one of the three victims was also on the bike. Another security source said authorities were convinced this was the work of Boko Haram.

A regional offensive against Boko Haram led by Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger - the four countries most affected by the Lion of Islam group - has chased it out of towns in the Lake Chad region.

In response, the group has launched a guerrilla campaign mostly targeting the civilian population.

"Sunday is a big market day," Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma said by telephone, confirming the details and corpse count in the Mora attack. "There were also six people seriously maimed who were transported out by helicopter to Maroua."

He said that "the situation is currently under control".
An Nahar adds:
Mora is home to the headquarters of a multi-national force fighting Boko Haram, which groups troops from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Niger.

There are currently more than 8,000 Cameroonian soldiers deployed in the far north to counter Boko Haram, and there is a large military base for the motorized infantry brigades in the Mora area.
Posted by: Fred || 08/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

#1  "You meet the nicest people on a Honda."
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 08/22/2016 16:07 Comments || Top||

#2  :) aged.
Posted by: Shipman || 08/22/2016 16:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Ship be jealous cuz he din' think of it firs'...
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 08/22/2016 22:32 Comments || Top||


Arabia
2 detained for Soddy commander's murder
[Saudi Gazette] The man who killed retired Saudi General Ahmed Fayea Asiri has been arrested, Saudi Press Agency quoted the Interior Ministry security spokesman, as stating on Saturday.

Osama Ahmed Muhammad Al-Rajhi, a Yemeni, was the kingpin in the crime.

He admitted to the killing and said that he was acting in line with directives from ISIS abroad.

Two others connived with Osama Al-Rajhi were also arrested. They were Saudi national Muwaffaq Saleh Sunaid Al-Harbi and Osama’s brother Muhammad Ahmed Muhammad Al-Rajhi, a Yemeni.

The Interior Ministry security spokesman said today’s statement follows the one issued on (Monday) Feb. 15, 2016 by Jazan Province Police. They had said that a murder was reported by security patrol. They received a call from a Saudi man saying that his father, retired Brig. Gen. Ahmed Fayea Asiri, was shot by an unidentified gunman in their private farm in Abu Areesh leading to his death.

Investigations in the case and wide field follow-up led to the arrest of the kingpin in this crime, Osama Al-Rajhi and his two accomplices Muwaffaq Al-Harbi and Muhammad Al-Rajhi.

The authorities found a pistol and a silencer in the alleged kingpin’s residence in Abu Areesh. Tests in the forensic laboratory confirmed that it was the weapon used in the crime, apart from the fingerprints lifted from scene of the crime that matched those found on the weapon.

Osama Al-Rajhi, on admitting to the crime, also revealed meeting with Al-Harbi in Makkah to receive the pistol and silencer.

Meanwhile, the second accomplice Muhammad Al-Rajhi admitted that he knew the details of the crime that his brother Osama carried out. Osama then hid the pistol and silencer in a water tank on the roof of their residence.
Posted by: badanov || 08/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Azerbaijan Detains Dissident over Books by Erdogan's Foe
[AnNahar] Azerbaijan has detained a senior opposition figure for allegedly possessing books by U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen
... a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom the current govt of Turkey considers responsible for all the ills afflicting Turkey and possibly the entire world...
, whom Baku's ally The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
accuses of criminal masterminding last month's coup.

Azerbaijan, a mainly Moslem but secular ex-Soviet state on the Caspian Sea, has launched a crackdown on supporters of the holy man, whom Turkey accuses of criminal masterminding the July 15 coup bid.

Faig Amirov -- an aide to Ali Kerimli, the leader of the Popular Front opposition party -- is being held on suspicion of inciting religious hatred and faces up to five years in jail, his lawyer Agil Layijev told AFP on Sunday.

Investigators said they found books by Gulen in the boot of the opposition figure's car.

Amirov, who is also the financial director of the main opposition newspaper, claims the books were planted after Sherlocks pulled him in for questioning on Saturday, according to his lawyer.

Amirov says the books are not banned in Azerbaijan, and claims he has not make any statements that could be legitimately seen as inciting hatred, his lawyer added.

Opposition leader Kerimli told AFP that Amirov was detained in his flat on Saturday morning by security officers in plain clothes who then searched his home.

Amirov's Azadlig (Freedom) opposition newspaper issued a statement saying the future of both the paper and freedom of speech in the country was under threat.

Kerimli says the authorities have stepped up a "repressive campaign targeting me personally, the party and the newspaper," using the pretext of a "made-up case" about links to Turkish preacher Gulen.

Baku on Friday said it had placed in durance vile
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
four men over suspected ties to the preacher, accusing one of keeping copies of his speeches at his home.

Last month Azerbaijan shut down a private television channel over plans to broadcast an interview with Gulen, "in order to avoid provocations aimed at damaging the strategic partnership between Turkey and Azerbaijan."

Baku earlier this month opened a criminal investigation into supporters of Gulen, who has consistently denied any involvement in the failed putsch.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Europe
Multiple People Stabbed By Woman With Machete In Brussels Street Attack
Moments ago, Belgian media reported that police had shot and wounded a woman in a Brussels suburb after she attempted to stab three people with a machete. The attack reportedly took place on a bus in the municipality of Uccle in the Belgian capital. The injuries sustained by the victims have been described as "non life-threatening." Police warned the attacker, who refused to comply, before shooting her in the arm.

According to the national broadcaster RTBF, police sources have revealed that the woman - who has been arrested - was Asian and had a history of mental illness.
Assuming it's the kind of "Asian" I think it will turn out to be, the police seem to be repeating themselves.
Investigators do not currently believe that this was a terrorist incident.
Certainly not. Just another deranged "Asian".
The street has been sealed off, with multiple police patrols present at the scene. The bus route on which the attack took place has been suspended.
Posted by: gorb || 08/22/2016 12:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  An angry Walloon. "Everyone knows you do not put powdered sugar on a waffle Belgique..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/22/2016 13:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Obviously she is deranged. A machete is for hacking and slashing, not stabbing.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/22/2016 13:41 Comments || Top||

#3  How come machete?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/22/2016 13:47 Comments || Top||

#4  How come machete?

Truck, knife, bomb, rock...whatever's handy.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/22/2016 13:56 Comments || Top||

#5  But where do you buy machete in Brussels?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/22/2016 14:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Congo Surplus Store
Posted by: Shipman || 08/22/2016 14:11 Comments || Top||

#7  In Brussels, every blade more than 4" long is an AR-15 - oops - machete.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/22/2016 15:12 Comments || Top||

#8  "Police warned the attacker, who refused to comply, before shooting her in the arm."

Sounds like the officer needs more time at the range.
Posted by: Crusader || 08/22/2016 15:13 Comments || Top||

#9  Where's the rapier store?
Posted by: AlanC || 08/22/2016 15:21 Comments || Top||

#10  Might happen in Georgia, but it wouldn't last long. Would NOT be a shot to the arm either.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/22/2016 15:57 Comments || Top||

#11  One does have to wonder why so many mentally ill people are suddenly attacking random passers-by with sharp objects, when they had not been doing so previously.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/22/2016 20:38 Comments || Top||

#12  Tw, probably because it's gotten too hard for them to get guns or knives.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/22/2016 20:40 Comments || Top||

#13  Earwigs hatching.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/22/2016 20:42 Comments || Top||

#14  'Night Gallery', Skidmark?
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/22/2016 20:48 Comments || Top||

#15  Wonder if she was brandishing a Kukri Machete?
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 08/22/2016 20:51 Comments || Top||

#16  Didn't need that Glenmore, Gack!
Posted by: Shipman || 08/22/2016 22:50 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
ISIL used child bomber in attack that killed 51 in SE Turkey
Follow-up.
[Hurriyet] At least 51 people were killed and 69 others were wounded in a suicide attack at a wedding ceremony late on Aug. 20 in southeastern Turkey, the Gaziantep Governor’s Office has said, with the president saying the perpetrator was a child suicide bomber likely from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“There are strong indications that the attack was carried out by ISIL. A suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14 blew himself up. We know that ISIL has been trying to gain ground in Gaziantep for a while now,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told journalists in a press briefing in Istanbul on Aug. 21.

The terror attack took place in the Beybahçe neighborhood of the Şahinbey district of Gaziantep province, according to a statement by the governor’s office. After its initial inspections at the scene, police said they found pieces of a suicide vest.

The bride and the groom were also wounded in the attack on a street wedding, mostly attended by people from the eastern provinces of Siirt and Van.

The suicide bomber reportedly joined the crowd disguising himself as a guest before blowing himself up. Funerals were started to be held on Aug. 21.

General who replaced leading plotter at General Staff detained over Gülen links

[Hurriyet] A brigadier general who was assigned to the legal department of the Office of the Chief of General Staff after the failed July 15 coup attempt, believed to have been masterminded by the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), has been detained over links to the group.

Brigadier General Dinçer Ural had replaced Col. Muharrem Köse, who played an important role in the planning of the takeover and who was arrested after the coup. Ural was detained after the prosecutors determined that he also had contacts with people linked to the U.S.-based Islamic preacher, Fethullah Gülen.

Ural was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) meeting that took place after the failed bid, with no intelligence indicating he had any connections to the Gülenists. He started his duties in the General Staff on July 28, but it was alleged that he was among the names that the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) determined were using ByLock, an app that came to prominence after the failed seizure of power amid reports that the coup plotters had been using it to communicate.

Ural reportedly spoke on the phone with “Özbek,” codenamed Dilaver Azim, who is named as “suspect number 21” in the FETÖ indictment and described as the organization’s “safe box.” It was determined that Ural and Azim spoke on the phone and exchanged messages between 2011 and 2015.

In addition, Ural’s wife reportedly deposited some 9,500 Turkish Liras to Bank Asya back when Gülen ordered his followers to do so when the previously-Gülen aligned bank was coming under government pressure. Ural’s son was also reportedly working in a company linked to FETÖ and his sister was among the suspects of the probe into the Public Personnel Selection Exam (KPSS) in 2010.

Turkish Foreign Ministry recalls 300 diplomats in probe

[Hurriyet] Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has called on around 300 diplomats serving at missions abroad to return to the country as part of an investigation into the Fetullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), which was blamed for the failed July 15 coup attempt. Diplomats who are found to have had liaisons with FETÖ will be laid off from their jobs, while those who have no connection with the organization will return to their posts, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported Aug. 21, citing anonymous sources.

Ambassador Gürcan Balık, who served as the chief adviser to former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu during the latter’s time as foreign minister amid a variety of diplomatic crises, was detained Aug. 19 as part of Turkey’s post-coup attempt investigation.

Ahead of Balık’s detention, two former Turkish ambassadors linked to FETÖ were detained Aug. 18. Tuncay Babalı, former ambassador to Canada, and Ali Fındık, former ambassador to Costa Rica, were detained in Ankara for suspected links to FETÖ, a police source said Aug. 18. Balık and Babalı have not been on an active mission since early 2014, after the government began fighting against the Gülen movement in the wake of a massive corruption and fraud operation targeting government members in late 2013.

Balık, Babalı and Fındık remain in custody, Anadolu Agency reported Aug. 21.

Gülenist infiltration of the Foreign Ministry took place in high numbers between 2007 and 2013. Both Babalı and Fındık served in the human resources department of the ministry during this period. Babalı was the head of the department between 2010 and 2012 before being appointed to Ottawa, while Fındık was sent to Costa Rica as the Turkish envoy.
At the rate they're going, soon the only one not imprisoned will be Sultan Recep I, former president of Turkey.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Vlad smiles, and licks his claws
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 08/22/2016 1:31 Comments || Top||

#2  How did President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan know within two hours the little pieces of the bomber were from a 12 - 14 year old?
Prior knowledge perhaps?
Posted by: Titus Thaise8789 || 08/22/2016 10:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Cereal Numbers?
Posted by: Shipman || 08/22/2016 22:51 Comments || Top||


Great White North
Canadian man’s bomb did not fully detonate before police shot him: report
[FOREIGNDESKNEWS] A homemade bomb set off last week by a Canadian man who was apparently inspired by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
, failed to fully detonate, a senior police official told the National Post newspaper on Saturday.

While there was a blast in the back seat of a taxi in Strathroy, Ontario, as police closed in, it came from the detonators, and kaboom did not go off, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) deputy commissioner Mike Cabana said.

The RCMP could not immediately be reached for comment on the newspaper report.

Aaron Driver, 24, was rubbed out by police on Aug. 10 and the taxi company in the small town said the driver sustained only minor injuries in the blast.

Cabana did not go into further detail on the bomb. He said forensic investigation was still underway. The target of what police have said was an attack plotted by Driver was unclear.

Driver, who also used the alias Harun Abdurahman, was placed in durance vile
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
last year for openly supporting Islamic State on social media, but was never charged with a crime. Islamic State bully boyz control parts of Iraq and Syria and they have supporters and sympathizers around the world who have carried out attacks on civilians in several countries.

In February, Driver was placed on a peace bond, a court order that restricted his movements. It required he stay away from social media and computers and not have contact with Islamic State or similar groups.

The RCMP has said officers sought out Driver on Aug. 10 after a tip from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation that morning, which included a "martyrdom video."

Cabana said police identified Driver from the video in part through his choice of balaclava.

The incident called into question Canada's capabilities to combat extremism and increased calls for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to abandon his plan to scale back a 2015 law that gave increased powers to police and intelligence agents.
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India-Pakistan
Indian army says kills three militants from Pakistan
SRINAGAR: India's army said it shot dead three militants from Pakistan on Sunday following an attack by the gunmen two days earlier on an Indian border post in the disputed Kashmir region.

The militants were killed in the Tanghdar sector of North Kashmir, Lieutenant Colonel Manish Kumar told Reuters, adding that three rifles and military supplies had been recovered from the scene.

Indian troops have killed 103 militants in the restive Kashmir Valley so far this year, the highest toll in recent years. According to an official estimate, 56 militants have crossed into Kashmir this year through July, up from 36 in the same period last year.

India accuses Pakistan of sponsoring cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, its northernmost state of which Kashmir forms a part. A Pakistani government spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday, but Islamabad denies any such activities.

Muslim-majority Kashmir has been convulsed by protests since the killing by security forces of a field commander of an Pakistan-based militant outfit on July 8, with at least 65 people killed and 6,000 wounded in clashes with security forces.

India and Pakistan have been engaged in a diplomatic back-and-forth to try to arrange talks between their foreign secretaries but they have yet to agree a date or specify the agenda. India is not willing to discuss the status of the part of Kashmir that it controls.
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Kashmir Korpse Kount
[DAWN] Indian soldiers killed three suspected murderous Moslems in a shootout Sunday in India-held Kashmire (IHK), the army said, as the region reels from weeks of deadly violence between protesters and security forces.

The 'militants' were killed in Tangdhar north of the main city of Srinagar after crossing over from the Pak side of the heavily militarised border that divides the area between the two countries, it alleged.

"Three bad boyz were potted in the fight. Three assault rifles were also recovered from the site of the shootout," claimed army front man Colonel N.N. Joshi speaking to AFP.

The army was trying to determine if the 'militants' were part of the same group that attacked an Indian ammunition depot in the area on Friday, injuring at least three border guards.

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Afghan cleric killed in Pakistan was close to Taliban
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An Afghan holy man who was rubbed out by unknown gunnies in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
province of Pakistain was close to Afghan Taliban group, it has been reported.

Sheikh Ghulam Hazrat was among three religious holy mans who have been rubbed out by unknown gunnies in Pakistain during the recent days.

His father Sheikh Khwaja Muhammad Hazrat was also killed along with him in the attack and the dead bodies of the two men were reportedly shifted to Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province.

Local media reports in Pakistain have reported that deceased were hailing from Nangarhar’s Pacheer Agam district and had good relations with the Afghan Taliban.

According to the reports, the Taliban group used to consult him for fatwa on religious issues.

The Taliban group issued a statement on Saturday condemning the killing of the religious leaders in a series of serial killings in Pakistain.

No group has so far grabbed credit behind the serial killing of the religious holy mans in Pakistain and this is not the first time individuals with specific links to Taliban group have been assassinated in Pakistain.

This comes as the Afghan officials are saying that the Taliban group leadership as well as the notorious Haqqani terrorist network leaderships are based in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
and Quetta cities of Pakistain.
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Iraq
ISIS kommander dies in airstrike near Ramadi
He takes 35+ Bad Guys with him to Perdition
A delightful thought.
[ARA News] GIRKE LEGE – US-led coalition bombed headquarters of the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group in northern Iraq, killing dozens of militants, local sources reported on Monday.

The coalition’s warplanes hit ISIS key positions in the Wasiliya district west of Ramadi, and destroyed an ISIS command center there.

More than 35 ISIS militants were killed in the airstrike, including the group’s leader in Ramadi area Abu Arrab.

“Abu Arrab and dozens of others were meeting in the ISIS command center when the coalition bombed the building in central Wasiliya. All the militants were killed in the raid, including Abu Arrab,” local media activist Saeed Alqam told ARA News.

Abu Arrab had led several ISIS operations against the Iraqi army in Ramadi city and other parts of Anbar province. After showing a high loyalty to the group, the ISIS supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has promoted Abu Arrab to the alleged position of “Ramadi governor” under the ISIS self-declared Caliphate.

By intensifying its air campaign against the radical group, the western coalition’s bombardment has caused heavy losses in ISIS ranks in northern Iraq. According to observers, this could facilitate a ground progress by the Kurdish Peshmerga and allied Iraqi forces against ISIS.
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Ninevah Nightmares: 49 die
4 ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrike on oil convoy

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Media officials with the Ministry of Defense announced that four ISIS members were killed and 12 ISIS vehicles carrying oil were destroyed in an airstrike conducted by the international coalition aviation in Nineveh.

The officials, in a statement, said, “The international coalition aviation today bombed 12 ISIS vehicles that were carrying crude oil in Nineveh. Four ISIS members were killed and the vehicles were completely destroyed.”

“ISIS was planning to set fire to the vehicles to obscure the vision of the joint security forces,” the statement added.

10 ISIS Bad Guys now pining for the fjords in Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – The media war cell announced on Sunday that ten ISIS members were killed, including an important leader, in an airstrike carried out by Iraqi F-16 fighter jets in Mosul.

The joint operations Command, in a press statement, said, “Based on intelligence information received from the security directorate, Iraqi F-16 fighter jets carried out an airstrike. Apart from destroying a factory of missile manufacture, the airstrike also killed 10 ISIS members including the Algerian leader Abu Ritaj at Al-dindan neighborhood in Mosul.

On the other hand, the Iraqi Air Force carried out an airstrike which destroyed 12 trucks loaded with crude oil, which ISIS was planning to set fire to the vehicles to obscure the vision of the joint security forces.

23 ISIS Turban die in two separate incidents

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A source in Nineveh police announced on Sunday that six ISIS members were killed in a bomb blast to the north of Mosul.

Sharing detail the source said, “A bomb exploded targeting a convoy of ISIS gunmen at the entrance to Telkaif district north of Mosul, killing six ISIS members. Their bodies were handed over to the forensic department in Mosul.”

On the other hand the source stressed that the Peshmerga forces repelled an ISIS attack Al-Kwyr axis east of Mosul, killing 13 ISIS fighters and wounding several others.

ISIS vehicle destroyed in airstrike near Ibrahim al-Khalil

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A security source in Nineveh province revealed that the international coalition aviation bombed an ISIS booby-trapped that aimed to target Peshmerga headquarters in Gwer to the south-east of Mosul.

Sharing further details the source informed, “International coalition aviation today bombed an ISIS booby-trapped vehicle while it was trying to target the headquarters of the Peshmerga forces in Ibrahim al-Khalil village in Namrud vicinity in Gwer axis to the south-east of Mosul.”

The source added, “The booby-trapped vehicle was completely destroyed in the aerial bombing.”

12 ISIS Bad Guys have a Very Bad Day in al-Safina

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) announced that in an airstrike carried out by the international coalition aviation aircraft to the south-east of Mosul killed 12 ISIS members and injured 13 others.

PKK Media Official Gayath al-Surji in a statement issued to the media, said, “International coalition aviation at noon today bombed at an ISIS gathering in al-Safina village in Gwer axis to the south-east of Mosul. In the bombing 12 ISIS members were killed and 13 others were severely injured.”

Surji added, “The international coalition aircraft are continuing to bomb ISIS headquarters in Mosul.”
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Anbar Antics: 30 die


30 ISIS Turbans eat dirt near Albu Eitha

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A source in Anbar Operations Command revealed that 30 ISIS members were killed while they were trying to sneak through the Euphrates River in northern Ramadi.

Sharing further details, the source informed, “Security forces monitored at noon today members of ISIS while they were trying to sneak in from Albu Ziab area to Albu Eitha area in northern Ramadi, through the Euphrates River using four boats.”

“The security forces foiled the sneaking attempt and killed 30 ISIS members. The ISIS members were trying to target the security forces in Albu Eitha area,” the source added.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 2 die


2 die in bombing attack in Mahmudiya district

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior informed on Sunday that a bomb blast to the south of Baghdad killed two persons and injured nine others.

Sharing details the source said, “A bomb exploded at noon today near a popular market at Mahmudiya district to the south of Baghdad. Two persons were killed and nine others were severely injured.”

“Security forces rushed to the area and transferred the injured to Mahmudiyah Hospital. The bodies of the deceased were sent to the forensic department. Anticipating the presence of other bombs in the area, forces have taken strong measures to prevent further damage,” the source further added seeking anonymity.

Bad Guys rob residence in Hayy al-Torath

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior revealed that a group of armed men stormed into a house, southwest of Baghdad, and robbed 20 million Iraqi dinars.

The source informed, “Unidentified armed men stormed into a house, at noon today, in Hayy al-Torath, southwest of Baghdad and attacked a number of women who were inside the house,” adding, “The armed men robbed 20 million Iraqi dinars before escaping to an undisclosed destination.”

“Security forces rushed to the area and opened an investigation into the incident, and transferred the wounded women to a nearby hospital,” the source further added seeking anonymity.
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Iraq hangs 36 people sentenced to death for killing of troops in 2014
[FOREIGNDESKNEWS] Iraq said on Sunday it had hanged 36 Death Eaters sentenced to death over the mass killing of hundreds of mainly Shi'ite soldiers at a camp north of Baghdad two years ago.

It is the highest number of Death Eaters executed in one day by the Iraqi government since 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....
fighters took control of parts of northern and western Iraq in 2014.

The executions were carried out at a prison in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya, state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
quoted the Justice Ministry as saying.

As many as 1,700 soldiers were killed two years ago after they fled from Camp Speicher, a former U.S. military base just north of Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, when it was overrun by Islamic State, the ultra-hardline Sunni group.

The government came under increased pressure from local Shi'ite politicians to execute Death Eaters sentenced to death after a massive bombing that targeted a shopping street in Baghdad on July 3, killing at least 324 people.

Claimed by Islamic State, the truck bomb that blew up in the Karrada district was the deadliest since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Iraq's Justice Ministry announced days later that 45 death sentences had been carried out since the beginning of the year.

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#1  OK, a small question: All those EU countries who won't extradite a murder to the US unless we agree to take the death penalty off the table, are they still doing business with Iraq?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/22/2016 9:36 Comments || Top||

#2  "Crazy bell-ringer was right, there's money to be made in a place like this."
Posted by: Pappy || 08/22/2016 19:50 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Police arrest 6 more in probe of freed Palestinian convict
[IsraelTimes] Police in Jerusalem said Sunday they had detained six East Jerusalem residents as part of their ongoing investigation into a Paleostinian man who was placed in durance vile
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
last week for "incitement and supporting a terrorist organization" just three days after completing a 14-year prison sentence.

Sufyan Bakri Abdu, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, was released from prison on Monday last week. He had been placed in durance vile
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
for planning to poison diners at a Jerusalem cafe in 2002.

But on Thursday Abdu was taken in again, a police spokesperson said, after Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, flags were reportedly flown and calls for violence were allegedly voiced at his welcoming party.

Police said Sunday the probe had led to the arrest of six other Jabel Mukaber residents, and would likely lead to more.

Israeli security forces operating in the West Bank also arrested four Paleostinians Sunday suspected of involvement in violent riots and other anti-Israeli actions. They were taken in for questioning.

Jerusalem bagman charged: carried Hamas funds from Turkey to West Bank

[IsraelTimes] Israeli prosecutors charge Saif al-Din Abd al-Nabi with aiding terror group by conveying thousands of dollars to terrorists’ families

Israeli prosecutors charged a Jerusalem resident on Sunday with transferring funds to terrorists after he allegedly transported money from a Hamas operative in Turkey to the West Bank on multiple occasions.

Saif al-Din Abd al-Nabi, 39, was allegedly visiting Istanbul on a business trip on an undisclosed date when he met with Hamas’s Zaqariyah Najib, who asked him to serve as a courier for funds intended as stipends for the families of imprisoned and slain Hamas terrorists.

Najib was formerly imprisoned in Israel for his involvement in the 1994 kidnapping and murder of Nachshon Wachsman, before being released in the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner swap.

Nabi met with Najib several times prior to his arrest, each time receiving sums of money from him — eventually totaling $25,000 — which he concealed on his person when he flew back to Israel. He then transferred the funds to the recipient families according to the express instructions handed down by Najib.

Nabi was charged in Jerusalem’s District Court with contact with a foreign agent and use of assets for terrorist ends.

“Through his actions, the defendant knowingly dealt with a foreign agent with no reasonable explanation, and used assets in order to advance or fund terrorist operations, or to reward terrorist acts,” officials said.

Under the terms of Israel’s reconciliation deal with Turkey signed in June and ratified by the Turkish parliament over the weekend, Turkey pledged to keep Hamas from carrying out activities against Israel from its territory, although Hamas would continue to be able to operate from Turkey for diplomatic purposes.
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#1  Well, if you had a choice between living in "Palestine" and living in an Israeli prison, what would you pick?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/22/2016 6:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Like the old Soviet-era joke: "The Comrade Minister has retired, for health reasons." Israeli prison has three meals and a cot....
Posted by: magpie || 08/22/2016 18:33 Comments || Top||


Israeli jets strike Gaza multiple times in fresh response to rocket
[IsraelTimes] Hours after missile hits Sderot, IDF carries out several new raids against Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, targets in northern Strip

Israeli jets carried out several rounds of fresh Arclight airstrikes in the northern Gazoo Strip Sunday night, hours after rocket fire at southern Israel drew an Israeli reprisal and as Hamas paraded missiles through the streets and threatened renewed violence.

The Israel Defense forces said jets attacked "several" Hamas positions in the Strip in response to a rocket that struck inside the city of Sderot earlier in the day.

"The attack on the terror infrastructures is a response to the high trajectory[indirect] fire out at the city of Sderot earlier today that is a threat to the security of Israeli citizens and damages Israeli illusory sovereignty," the IDF said in a statement just before midnight Sunday. It did not indicate how many raids it had carried out.

There was no immediate word on casualties inside Gazoo.

The large-scale shelling would indicate the most intense Israeli reprisal attack on Gazoo since the sides fought a bloody war in 2014, and could signal a shift in policy by newly installed Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, considered a hard-liner.

The rocket fire was claimed by two smaller Paleostinian terror groups, but Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for any attacks emanating from Gazoo and routinely responds to such launches with strikes against the organization.

The rocket launch on Sderot struck inside the border town, but caused no casualties or damage. The attack was the second serious rocket strike from Gazoo since Liberman took office in May, following a strike that hit an empty kindergarten in July.

A Hamas official told Israel Radio the group was not interested in a renewal of violence. However earlier Sunday night, Hamas held a large rally in the southern Gazoo town of Rafah, parading rockets through the streets and threatening to renew fighting if Israel did not lift a decade-old blockade on the enclave.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Paleostine (PFLP) took responsibility for the rocket launch shortly after the attack. The PFLP’s military arm, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, told local media: "Our people have the right to practice all forms of resistance in response to the crimes and hubris of the occupation."

The rocket launch was apparently in response to the ongoing imprisonment of Bilal Kayed, a PFLP member who has been kept in prison through an Israeli detention order, despite being scheduled for release earlier this summer, after serving a 14.5-year sentence.

However,
denial ain't just a river in Egypt...
at least one smaller salafist
...also known as Wahhabis, salafists are against innovation in religion or in anything else. They eat the same things every meal of every day and all their children are named Abdullah or Mohammed. Not all salafists are takfiris, but all takfiris are salafists. They are fond of praying five times a day and killing infidels...
group ties 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....
also took responsibility for the attack. Launches from Gazoo are infrequent and usually carried out by small fringe groups without the approval of Gazoo’s Hamas rulers.
Update from The Times of Israel at 11:00 a.m. ET:
The Israel Air Force conducted 50 airstrikes in two hours against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip late Sunday night, following a rocket fired into Israel by Palestinian terrorists earlier that day, but was not seeking an escalation in hostilities, an Israeli official said on Monday.

Palestinian security sources in Gaza said several targets in the northern Strip were struck by Israeli fire, and that a reservoir in Beit Hanoun was damaged. Israel also hit a base belonging to Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, in nearby Beit Lahiya, witnesses said. Palestinian health and security sources said between two and five people were lightly wounded by Israel’s retaliatory fire.

This was the second Israeli bombardment of the day. Immediately following the rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on Sunday afternoon, Israeli aircraft and tanks also targeted Hamas installations in the northern Gaza Strip.
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Southeast Asia
Three Daesh supporters slain in Sarangani clash
[Inquirer] Philippine police killed three local terror suspects, who had allegedly vowed allegiance to Daesh, following a brief clash on Saturday afternoon in Sarangani province.

Regional police spokesman Romeo Galgo Jr. said a team from the the Special Action Force was sent to Maasim town on Saturday to verify the presence of Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, founding chair of Ansar Al-Khilafah Philippines, a group which pledged allegiance to Daesh last year. Galgo said Maguid's followers shot at troops as they approached the village.

Maguid, known as "Commander Tokboy," first established a base in Palimbang town in Sultan Kudarat province more than a year ago. But his group was driven out by Philippine marines following a six-hour gun battle that left seven of his men killed. Daesh flags, guns and ammunition were recovered in the area.

Galgo said Mustapha Gansing, a follower of Maguid, was arrested immediately after Saturday's clash in Barangay Daliao. He said a subsequent raid on the house of Kupang Sahak, another Maguid supporter, resulted in the recovery of Daesh flags and bomb making equipment.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russian 'show-offs' at Iranian bases anger Islamic regime
Iran's Defense Minister said Russia had been "inconsiderate" and was "showing off" by revealing its use of an Iranian airbase for bombing missions into Syria, in a televised interview late on
Sunday.

The apparent criticism of a close ally came after Russia announced last week that it was using Iran's Hamedan base in western Iran for aerial strikes against insurgent groups in Syria.
Whatsa matter - he'd wanted to pretend it was Iranian air-force?
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#1  Pawr pawr widdle mullahs, Putin let the cat out of the bag and humilated them. The gratitude of helping crush IS, selling them the most ophiticated anti sir syrem ine the world, throwing them a life is so papable is very stirring.

Y3ah the mullahs really appreciate their ally's competrnce and decisive force in Syria. Yup, brings a lump to my throat
Posted by: Shaising Lumumba5337 || 08/22/2016 8:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Beware the Bear when you have a treat it wants.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/22/2016 9:09 Comments || Top||

#3  heh
Posted by: lord garth || 08/22/2016 9:15 Comments || Top||

#4  ...When this came out yesterday, it was pointed out that the Iranian constitution (such as it is) specifically forbids the presence of foreign military units on Iranian soil. I suspect the Revolutionary Guard wasn't in on this little stunt, and something like this might have been enough to make them consider 'retiring' the current leadership in favor of somebody more doctrinaire.

What I would have loved to see would have been the RG whipping up some students to try 'detaining' some Russians.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 08/22/2016 18:01 Comments || Top||


Clashes continue between Kurdish and Syrian regime forces in Hasakah on Sunday
[Rudaw] Clashes between Syrian Kurdish and forces of the Damascus regime continued in the northeastern city of Hasakah on Sunday, despite Russian efforts to end them through mediation.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Sunday that Kurdish forces are advancing against regime enclaves in the Kurdish-majority city’s south. The Kurds are reportedly gaining ground and seizing territory in several regime-held neighborhoods.

An AFP journalist reported seeing members of the pro-regime National Defense Forces (NDF) militia retreating ahead of Kurdish advances.

The Syrian Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) have clashed with regime military forces in Hasakah and Qamishlo in the past. None of those festivities escalated as far as the current ongoing fighting in Hasakah, which risk sparking a direct conflict between the two for the first time since the start of the Syrian conflict more than five years ago.

The Observatory estimates that the fighting in Hasakah has left 43 dead, 27 of them civilians, including 11 children. It also reported that warplanes belonging to the regime flew over the city early on Sunday but did not drop bombs.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edtion


ISIS executes 4 in Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A local source in Nineveh province revealed on Saturday that ISIS executed four men on charges of homosexuality and sodomy, including two of its own members, at the city center of Mosul.

ISIS members throw stones at the corpse of a man who was executed in Mosul on Saturday, August 20, 2016
Sharing details the source informed, “ISIS members executed four people, including two of its own members, on charges of homosexuality and sodomy. The execution was carried out by throwing the men from the top of a former insurance company building. The execution was carried out in dour al-Toub area in central Mosul. Later, the outfit transferred the bodies and threw them at Al-Khasfah hole, situated to the west of Mosul”.

Mosul residents look on at the execution carried out by ISIS in the city on Saturday, August 20, 2016
“Even thought the National Insurance building is destroyed, yet the terror outfit is using it for carrying out executions,” further added the source seeking anonymity.

Mass grave containing 30 bodies found in al-Jawaana

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Nineveh Operations Command announced about the discovery a mass grave containing the remains of dozens of policemen in Nineveh province.

Colonel Ahmed al-Jabouri of Nineveh Operations Command said, “Security forces at the recently liberated al-Jawaana village discovered a mass grave containing the remains of 30 policemen in Nineveh Police. Victims’ bodies show signs of torture and were fired in head and chest.”

Jabouri added, “The security forces discovered the grave during a search operation in the village.”
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Mon 2016-08-22
  Iraq hangs 36 people sentenced to death for killing of troops in 2014
Sun 2016-08-21
  Eight 30 50 killed in blast at wedding in southeast Turkey: state media
Sat 2016-08-20
  Hambali Receives Guantanamo Review Board Hearing
Fri 2016-08-19
  Egypt’s Islamic State group affiliate confirms killing of its chief
Thu 2016-08-18
  Three killed, 40 wounded in car bomb near Turkish police station
Wed 2016-08-17
  Anjem Choudary Convicted of Supporting ISIS
Tue 2016-08-16
  Russia deploys jets at Iranian Airbase to combat insurgents in Syria
Mon 2016-08-15
  Taliban takes control of Dahana-e-Ghori in North of Afghanistan
Sun 2016-08-14
  ISIS Member Beheads His Father in Mosul
Sat 2016-08-13
   Terror on Swiss train as passengers are attacked by passenger with fire and knife
Fri 2016-08-12
  Iraq Kurds Say IS Financier Killed in Joint Raid with U.S.
Thu 2016-08-11
  Canadian authorities foil ISIS suicide bombing, suspect killed
Wed 2016-08-10
  Hezbollah drone carries out airstrike over southern Aleppo
Tue 2016-08-09
  Jamaat-ur-Ahrar claims hospital bomb attack that killed 70
Mon 2016-08-08
  Iran executes nuclear scientist reputed to have spied for U.S.

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