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Egyptian air force hammers Sinai jihadists, 70 said killed
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Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2016 02:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ms. Bankhead, I presume?

"Offisher, I'm not ssslurring, I'm ssspeaking in cursive"
Posted by: Frank G || 10/24/2016 8:27 Comments || Top||

#2  The Real Scarlett
Posted by: Shipman || 10/24/2016 15:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Setting cookie
Posted by: Abu do you love || 10/24/2016 19:53 Comments || Top||

1 wounded in bombing attack in Kabul
An explosion took place in the vicinity of 15th police district of Kabul city earlier today leaving at least one person wounded.

The security officials confirmed an magnetic bomb targeted a vehicle belonging to an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier.

The officials further added that the blast partially damaged the vehicle and left the driver of the vehicle wounded who was taken to hospital and his health condition is satisfactory.

No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

This comes as one person was wounded in a similar incident that took place in the vicinity of Taimani area of the city last week.

At least one person was killed and two others were wounded in a similar incident in Karte Naw area of the city nearly ten days ago.

The security officials in Kabul said the bomb was planted in a vehicle belonging to the traffic police and a driver of the traffic department was killed.

Earlier, back to back coordinated attacks rocked Kabul city, leaving at least 18 people dead and scores of others wounded.

The first incident took place in a shrine in Karte Sakhi area of the city on Wednesday night as hundreds of people had gathered to mark the Ashura day.

The second incident took place hours after the first blast after a number of gunmen stormed a mosque where the Ashura mourners had gathered.
Posted by: badanov || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under:

14 Taliban Insurgents Killed And Wounded In Kunar Clash
[Tolo News] At least 14 Taliban faceless myrmidons were killed and maimed in festivities with security forces on Saturday in eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
, officials said.

The provincial governor's front man Abdul Ghani Mosamim confirmed the report and said that the clash occurred Saturday morning around 07:00 am local time when dozens of Taliban faceless myrmidons attacked a police check point in Noorgul district of Kunar province.

some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
two coppers were killed and two others were maimed in the clash, Mosamim added.

Meanwhile provincial police chief Juma Gul Hamat said that the Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
-Kunar highway was closed for four hours due to the clash.

Afghans seize Paki truck loaded with explosives in Kunar

[Khaama] The counter-terrorism forces of the Afghan police confiscated a truck carrying at least 1,000 kg of explosives in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said three suspects including two Pakistani nationals were also arrested in connection to the transportation of the explosives.

MoI further added that the explosives were of Ammonium Nitrate type which are mainly used to manufacture Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

According to MoI, the transportation of the explosives in a bus carrying Pakistani registration plate shows that the terrorist groups on the other side of the Durand Line are attempting to stage attacks in Afghanistan.
The ant-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for remaining reckless to act against the terrorist groups using its soil to plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan.

The Afghan officials are saying that the leadership councils of the Taliban group and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are based in Quetta and Peshawar cities of Pakistan.
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Sar-e-Pul Residents Prepare For Battle Against Terrorists
[Tolo News] Sar-e-Pul residents claim almost 2,000 of them have taken up arms and are ready to fight for their districts in the event of an bully boy attack.

The armed residents on Sunday announced they will support the security forces and are ready to fight to eliminate terrorists.

"Residents of northern provinces and Sar-e-Pul are probably facing threats from ISIS. So it is wise to stand at the side of security forces at such a sensitive time," said Mohammad Azim Qoyash, a senator.

The residents said they are fed up with the Taliban in the vulnerable parts of the province and they are ready to fight the bully boys.

"We assure the local police and commanders that we will support them for a better life and for better security in Sar-e-Pul province," said Syed Assadullah Danish, Sar-e-Pul provincial council deputy.

"Taliban, Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistain and Haqqani network once again want to kill our people and destroy our homes," said Kaml, the local uprising group's commander.

Meanwhile provincial police chief Abdul Qayum Baqizoy, who praised people for their support of the security forces, said that such action increases the morale of security forces.

"This is an honor for our people, such honor has been recorded and will be recorded in history," said Baqizoy.

This comes after public uprisings have occurred in Balkh, Jawzjan and Faryab provinces ‐ where residents have pledged the same support for the Afghan cops.

Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Egyptian air force hammers Sinai jihadists, 70 said killed
[IsraelTimes] Pre-dawn strikes on Islamic State-aligned group injure another 70, destroy vehicles

The Egyptian Air Force Sunday pounded jihadist groups in the Sinai Peninsula, reportedly killing 70 fighters and injuring another 70, the day after an Egyptian general was rubbed out outside his home in the capital Cairo.

In a series of predawn raids, jets targeted 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....
-aligned Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis
...Supporters of Jerusalem, the current pen name of al-Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula...
group in the village of Bolus between Sheikh Zuwaid and the city of Rafah in northern Sinai, the British Sky News Arabic website reported.

Several SUV vehicles and cycle of violences used by the turbans were also destroyed.

Security forces told Sky News that Egyptian soldiers also thwarted a terror attack by uncovering four bombs planted at a communications site in the area.

The raids, among the most extensive carried out by the Egyptian military in its ongoing campaign against jihadists in the restive peninsula, followed the gunning down of Brigadier General Adel Ragaei. Ragaei, who commanded an armored division deployed in Sinai, died in a hail of bullets as he left his home in the Obour City suburb, a family member told AFP.

Jihadists loyal to the Islamic State group are waging a fierce insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel and the Paleostinian Gazoo Strip.

They have also claimed attacks in or near Cairo, including the abduction and murder of a Croatian oil worker and the bombing of the Italian consulate in 2015.

Other lesser-known groups have also conducted attacks since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013 and cracked down on his supporters.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [590 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

Africa Subsaharan
Burkina Faso police kill suspected extremist in capital
[Ynet] Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
's police director-general says a police squad has killed a suspected Islamic Lion of Islam after a shootout in the capital.

Lazare Tarpaga said Sunday that police tracked down snuffies in Ouagadougou who were sent to recruit trainees. He said they fatally shot a man with a grenade and a gun Saturday. Tarpaga said police are pursuing three others, who are Burkina Faso nationals.

Security Minister Simon Compaore said the government intends to dismantle holy warrior groups in Burkina Faso.

Authorities months ago nabbed
You have the right to remain silent...
some al-Qaeda-linked murderous Moslems connected to a January attack in Ouagadougou that killed 30 people and the March assault in Ivory Coast that killed 19.
Those attacks were Al Qaeda in North Africa actions. Hopefully it will soon be revealed who the current gentlemen belong to.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/24/2016 02:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [456 views] Top|| File under:

Houthis suppress Sana’a prison protest
[Al Arabiya] Al Arabiya reported on Sunday that Houthi militias have begun suppressing protests in Yemen’s capital of Sana’a’s central prison - using live bullets to hold of protesters.

Yesterday, mothers of the detained in Houthi controlled prisons organized a demonstration in front of UN headquarters in the capital, protesting the militias’ treatment of their sons.

Previously, this month, an international rights organization has accused Houthi militias of arbitrarily detaining and forcibly disappearing dozens of people in Sana’a.

The rebel group detained at least 35 people between August 2014 and October 2015, according to a report released Sunday by Human Rights Watch.

HRW says in addition to political opponents, the Houthis have targeted journalists reporting for opposition outlets.

“Politicians, activists, lawyers and journalists tell us they’ve never been more frightened of ending up disappeared” according to a statement from the organization.
Posted by: badanov || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Saudi warplanes resume bombing Yemen as truce expires
[Iran Press TV] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
has resumed its Arclight airstrikes against Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
after the expiry of a three-day ceasefire in the war-ravaged country.

The Saudi jets conducted more than 16 Arclight airstrikes on areas across the provinces of Sana’a, Ta’izz, Hudaydah and Hajjah at dawn on Sunday, Yemen’s al-Masirah television reported.

Several neighborhoods in Sana’a, including Nihm, Naqim and Hafa as well as Deylami airbase were targeted in rocket attacks.

Similar air raids also hit districts of Mukha and Abs, situated in Ta’izz and in Hajjah, respectively.

The strikes happened hours after the 72-hour ceasefire ended without renewal. The truce was brokered by the UN to allow aid to reach families trapped in areas cut off by the war in the Arab country.

The raids further came before the arrival in Sana’a of UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who is expected to discuss options for a political solution to the conflict.

Summary on Insurgency-Staged Violations against Yemen Ceasefire
And you thought the Russian Donbas rebels ceasefire accounting was tedious
Violations to the Yemen ceasefire in its first 24 hours of implementation:

Violations registered against foreign territory:

205 attacks recorded against Saudi borderline cities of Jizan and Najraan

Violations registered within Yemen territory:
265 in the city of Taiz
116 in the Jaawf region
124 in the city of Marib
144 in Daleh governorate
48 in Hajjeh governorate
41 in Al Bayda
24 in Shabwah

Insurgency militias staged all transgressions through systematic firing of heavy to medium and low caliber arms. Projectile and sniper activity was also recorded.

Warring parties in Yemen had agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire that took effect shortly before midnight Oct.18– The Gulf nation has descended into chaos after local Houthi Iran-backed militias staged a coup against the constitutionally elected government in 2014.

The insurgency’s routine violation to prior humanitarian ceasefires made observers skeptic on this truce turning out any different. Political analysts believe that Houthi militias have no say in their own commitment to announced armistice—when it comes to the insurgency’s decision-making process, Iran still holds great influence fostered by its support for the group.
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Yemeni precision missiles hit two Saudi bases in Najran
[Iran Press TV] Ballistic missiles launched by Yemeni forces have destroyed a Saudi national guard barracks and severely damaged a military base in the kingdom’s region of Najran. The retaliatory attack was launched with the support fighters of the Yemeni Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
Ansarullah movement, Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah news website reported on Sunday.
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [308 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  They seem to have precision missiles that actually ARE precision. Iranian? Hopefully the Gazooks won't get them - their current batch often isn't precise enough to hit Israel.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/24/2016 9:20 Comments || Top||

US: Eight al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in Yemen killed
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The US military killed eight al-Qaeda-affiliated forces of Evil in two strikes in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
this month, US Central Command said in a statement on Friday.

Two forces of Evil associated with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
(AQAP) were killed in a strike on Oct. 6 in a remote area of the Shabwa Governorate and six AQAP forces of Evil were killed in a strike on Oct. 18, also in Shabwa, Centcom said.

The statement did not say how the strikes were carried out.
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Seven alleged Islamists detained in Tatarstan
[RFE/RL] Seven alleged members of a banned Islamist group have been detained in Russia's Tatarstan.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) in Tatarstan says the suspects were detained on October 20 after searches were conducted in several towns and cities across the region. The FSB says they propagated teachings of the Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat (Messenger's Assembly) in local mosques.

Tablighi Jamaat was founded in India in 1926, and describes itself as a pacifist organization that is not involved in politics. The group was branded as extremist and officially banned in Russia in May 2009. It is outlawed in the majority of Central Asian countries.
Posted by: ryuge || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under: Tablighi Jamaat

Two Suspected Terrorists Killed in Russian City
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Russian security forces have rubbed out two people suspected of "terrorism" in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russian news agencies reported on Sunday, citing law enforcement sources.

"Two members of an illegal armed gang have been liquidated in a special operation," TASS state news agency quoted a source saying, while a law enforcement source told RIA Novosti: "They have rubbed out two (people) suspected of terrorism."

There was no immediate official confirmation of the reports.

The regional branch of the FSB security service told Interfax news agency that "until urgent investigative steps are finished, we will not comment. Later we plan an official blurb."

Local media posted photographs from social networking sites apparently showing two bodies lying on the ground close to a car with doors open, as vehicles and security officers block the nearby road in a suburb of the sprawling industrial city on the Volga.

A local resident told Interfax that he heard shots in the morning between 8 and 9 am and security forces told people living in the residential area not to leave their homes.
Ynet adds:
Russian news reports say police have killed two suspected Death Eaters in a shootout in a central Russian city and that a bomb was found in the suspects' car.

The reports on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
and state news agencies RIA Novosti and Tass said the shooting started Sunday afternoon when police stopped a suspicious vehicle in Nizhny Novgorod, a city 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Moscow. The suspects opened fire and police shot back, the reports said.

The bomb allegedly found in the suspects' car exploded by a robot. Two police suffered concussions in the kaboom, the reports said.
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under:

The Grand Turk
Police officer killed, 10 people wounded in bomb in east Turkey
[Ynet] A police officer was killed and 10 people were maimed when a boom-mobile went kaboom! near a passing police vehicle in the eastern Turkish province of Bingol on Sunday, security sources said.

The bomb, planted by turbans from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), exploded near the district governor's office, the security sources said.

Six coppers were among the injured, they said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/24/2016 02:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Two Coast Guard personnel die in Gwadar
Suspected militants on Sunday killed two personnel of Pakistan Coast Guards in Balochistan’s Gwadar district.

Two civilians were also injured in the attack in Jewni Bazaar area of Gwadar.

“Unknown attackers targetted two Coast Guard men, and also injured two civilians sitting with them,” said a security official.

The security official added that the attackers sped away on their motorcycle after the attack.

The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, where they were announced dead on arrival.

Police and personnel of other law enforcement agencies have started an investigation in to the incident. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Militants have conducted attacks against security forces and national installations in Balochistan, which has been plagued by an insurgency and growing sectarian killings for more than a decade.

Posted by: badanov || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under:

Rangers personnel allegedly killed by colleague in Karachi
KARACHI: A Rangers personnel was allegedly shot to death in a personal dispute with another Rangers man near Gulshan-e-Iqbal KDA Scheme on Sunday.

The victim, identified as Mashooq Ali, was brought to Jinnah Hospital at 6:35 am. He had been shot with three bullets in the chest, sources said.

A Rangers personnel named Ali Murtaza was arrested by police for allegedly opening fire on Mashooq Ali. A case for murder has been registered against him at Shahrah-e-Faisal police station.
Posted by: badanov || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under:

Indian forces resort to unprovoked firing across Working Boundary
[GEO.TV] Indian security forces resorted to unprovoked firing at the working boundary on Sunday night, which was befittingly responded by the Pak side.

According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Indian forces targeted Chuprar and Harpal sectors. A civilian on Pak side was injured due to the firing incident.

ISPR said that Pakistain Rangers Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

befittingly responded to Indian Border Security Force’s unprovoked firing. Exchange of fire continues.

Tensions between the two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours have escalated following the Uri attack in Indian occupied Kashmire.

On September 29, India claimed to have carried out 'surgical strikes' across the LoC in which two Pak soldiers were martyred. Pakistain dismissed the claims of the surgical strikes.

India has so far failed to provide any proof of any such strikes.

Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Battle for Mosul: Why Turkey Is Bombing Anti-ISIS Fighters in Iraq, Syria
[NBC] Turkey is a NATO partner that stands with U.S. troops on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, but it's an ally that's increasingly turning its guns on fighters the U.S. sees as vital to crushing ISIS.

On Wednesday, Turkey launched one of its biggest airstrikes in decades -- bombing 18 positions in northern Syria and killing an estimated 200 fighters.

But the strikes north of Aleppo didn't involve President Bashar al-Assad's army, or any of the main groups fighting his government like the Free Syrian Army, the Jihadi militia Jabhat Fatah al Sham, or even ISIS.

Instead, Turkey bombed People's Protection Units, or YPG -- Kurdish militia the U.S. considers the most effective force against ISIS in Syria.

Turkey has sent 2,000 troops into Iraq, where they are watching the massive military operation aimed at recapturing Mosul from the extremists. Baghdad maintains Turkey has violated its sovereignty and on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for an ex-Mosul governor who allegedly "invited" in the troops.

These latest in a series of military moves reveal how the government of President Tayyip Erdogan is reasserting its historic territorial claims while also trying to crush the country's mortal enemies -- Kurdish separatists.

Ankara has fought ethnic Kurdish militias within its borders for decades to prevent the birth of a new country, Kurdistan, carved out of Turkey itself. So it has watched carefully as YPG fighters secure large swaths of land along the Syrian-Turkish border.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/24/2016 07:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [600 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  It's an enigma, wrapped in a stupid, enshrouded by the souk.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/24/2016 15:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Because it's turkish delight
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/24/2016 16:28 Comments || Top||

#3  You can almost see the "discussion" about "who's a real turk" coming...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/24/2016 18:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Looks like the US would get a little bit of sense and back the only ppl in the region with any logic. The Israelis an the kurds
Posted by: chris || 10/24/2016 21:24 Comments || Top||

The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition

ISIS executes 284 in Mosul

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Iraqi media outlets reported on Saturday that the Islamic State executed 284 people, including children in the city of Mosul over the past two days.

Al Sumaria News stated, “The victims were killed by firing squad at the School of Agriculture which has a campus located to the north of Mosul. The victims were brought to the execution site in three consecutive batches,” adding that, “After the execution the bodies were transferred by bulldozers to mass graves at the same area.”

“Nearly 150 of these victims were executed after sunset on Thursday,” Al Sumaria added. “61 victims did not exceed the age of 14 years, and the dead were residents of villages and towns located to the northwest of Mosul, including al-Zawiya town,” Al Sumaria explained.

ISIS is trying to strengthen its grip on Mosul while Iraqi government joint security forces, backed by the Iraqi Air Force and the international coalition Air Force, continue advancing in the battle to liberate Mosul from the grip of ISIS.

ISIS arrests 5 for sedition

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – The Islamic State group arrested five former Imams in the city of Mosul on charges of sedition, Iraqi media outlets reported on Sunday.

“Today, ISIS raided a number of neighborhoods in the city of Mosul, and arrested five former Imams on charges of sedition through conducting suspicious meetings at their houses,” Al Sumaria said.

Al Sumaria also revealed that the ISIS sacked the arrested Imams months ago and replaced them with others who believe in the group’s ideology. The detainees were transferred to an unknown destination amid popular rejection.

Last week, popular uprising started to emerge against the ISIS in the city of Mosul, while today a missile was fired targeting ISIS members in Tel al-Ruman area.

ISIS executes 7 for desertion

[ARA News] Qamshli – The radical Islamic State (ISIS) group executed on Sunday at least seven of its own militant fighters on charges of “high treason”.

The militants were executed for escaping the battlefront in Mosul, activists and eyewitnesses reported.

“Those fighters had evacuated their posts in Mosul in northern Iraq without permission, heading to the Syrian border,” media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News.

The militants were arrested by the ISIS-linked Hisba Police upon their arrival to Syria’s eastern governorate of Deir ez-Zor.

“They were arrested at the al-Bukamal border crossing on Sunday morning,” a source close to ISIS in Deir ez-Zor told ARA News.

The seven militants were charged with “high treason” for attempting dissidence.

They were executed by firing squad in front of hundreds of people in Deir ez-Zor.

This comes amid intensified fighting in Mosul, where the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi Army, backed by the US-led coalition, have launched a major offensive on ISIS’ main bastion in Iraq.
Posted by: badanov || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Anbar Antics

Iraqi forces dismantle 27 bombs in Ramadi

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Jazeera and Badiya Operations announced on Sunday dismantling and cleansing 27 booby-trapped houses, west of Ramadi, in preparation for the return of displaced people.

Commander of Jazeera and Badiya Operations, Major General Qassim Mohamadi, said in a press statement, “Security forces managed to dismantle 27 booby-trapped houses and detonate 20 improvised explosive devices, in addition to seizing 27 C4 material containers.”

“Security forces also destroyed a number of tunnels and trenches that were used by the ISIS in the area,” Mohamadi added. “The security forces are removing the remnants left by the ISIS in the areas west of Ramadi,” Mohamadi explained.

Mohamadi also said that during the coming few hours the security forces will secure all the liberated areas in Heet and al-Dolab, in preparation for the return of displaced people.

Iraqi forces managed to liberate the majority of cities of Anbar, including Ramadi, Fallujah, Rutba and Heet, while only three districts are still under the control of the ISIS militants.

ISIS launches attack on Rutba

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Mayor of Rutba district in Anbar province, Imad al-Dulaimi, announced on Sunday, that the ISIS attacked the district from three axes, and called Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to send military reinforcements.

Dulaimi said in a press statement, “We appeal to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to urgently send military reinforcements, to fight the ISIS that launched an attack today on Rutba district from three axes.”

“Joint forces from the Iraqi army, emergency regiments, border guards and tribal fighters clashed with members of the ISIS on the outskirts of Rutba district,” Dulaimi added.

The security forces and tribal fighters are controlling Rutba district, west of Anbar province, and repelling the continuous attacks launched by the ISIS on the district and surrounding areas.
Posted by: badanov || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [331 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Peshmerga forces capture key road to Mosul
[AA.TR] Kurdish Peshmerga forces on Sunday captured a key road linking the northern Iraqi town of Bashiqa to the ISIS-held djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...

"Our forces are now besieging the town from all sides after seizing control of the main road between Bashiqa and Mosul," Peshmerga officer Shirzad Zajuli told Anadolu Agency.

"The Kurdish forces are now 7 kilometers away from Mosul districts," he said.

Bashiqa, whose residents are mostly Yazidis, lies 12 km (8 miles) to the northeast of Mosul.

Last week, the Iraqi army, backed by U.S.-led coalition Arclight airstrikes, launched a much-anticipated offensive to retake Mosul, the last ISIS stronghold in northern Iraq.

Iraqi forces rebel ISIS attack on Bartella in Ninevah

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – The Anti-Terrorism forces repulsed an attack launched by the Islamic State group using three booby-trapped motorcycles, east of Mosul, Al Mada Press reported on Sunday.

Al Mada Press stated, “The Anti-Terrorism forces repulsed, before noon today, an attack launched by the ISIS using three booby-trapped motorcycles, while attempting to attack the security forces in Bartella area,” pointing out that, “The security forces detonated the motorcycles before reaching their targets, and killed the suicide bombers who were driving them.”

“The attack did not inflict any losses on the ranks of the security forces,” Al Mada added.

On Thursday, Anti-Terrorism Directorate announced liberating Bartella area, east of Mosul, from the ISIS control, and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings.
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Apparently the roads linking Mosul to Al-Raqqah will remain open.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/24/2016 8:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Easier to hit them in the open, especially if you have the road all ranged in to your artillery.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/24/2016 9:29 Comments || Top||

Top advisor to Daesh ringleader killed in Mosul
[Iran Press TV] The Iraqi air force has killed a top advisor to ISIS’s ringleader and second-in-command to the terror group’s shadow governor for djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, as part of large-scale military operations to liberate the strategic northern city.

Iraqi state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
reported on Sunday that Mi-35M helicopters carried out a series of air raids on the town of Tal Kayf (aka Tel Keppe), located some eight miles from Mosul in Nineveh Province, leaving the key ISIS member, named as Abu Osama, dead.

The attack also killed a number of Abu Osama’s henchmen, the report added.

Mosul fell to ISIS in 2014, when the terror group started ravaging the country, naming the city as its so-called headquarters in Iraq.

Over the past months, ISIS has lost much of the Iraqi territory it had seized, with Mosul currently serving as its last stronghold in the country.

Earlier in the month, Arabic-language Iraqi Media News Agency (WAA) reported that Ibrahim al-Samarrai, otherwise known as His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
, the ISIS’s chief himself, had been poisoned together with three other commanders of the Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
terrorist group, in the Be’aaj district, located in the southwest of Nineveh Province, of which Mosul is the capital.
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Turkey ignores Iraq’s rejection and joins war
[Iran Press TV] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has confirmed its involvement in the battle for djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
despite Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's opposition to such measures.

On Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim announced that Turkish troops had joined the military offensive by the request of Kurdish Peshmerga forces, who were engaged with ISIS Death Eaters in the town of Bashiqa, located to the east of Mosul.

"The Peshmerga have mobilized to cleanse the Bashiqa region from ISIS. They asked for help from our soldiers at the Bashiqa base. So we are helping the tanks with our artillery and howitzers there," he said.

On Saturday, Abadi reiterated his stance on the involvement of Turkish forces in the battle for Mosul, stressing that Iraqi forces will accomplish the task themselves.
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  One would think the Turks wouldn't mind seeing a Kurdistan, as long as it's in Iraq.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/24/2016 8:35 Comments || Top||

PA releases Palestinians arrested for visiting settler mayor’s sukkah
Sometimes stories have happy endings.
[IsraelTimes] Detained on Thursday for participating in goodwill event at West Bank settlement of Efrat, four men are finally freed

Four Paleostinians jugged
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
late last week for attending a sukkot holiday event in a West Bank settlement were freed on Sunday evening, Channel 2 News reported.

The report said that the Israeli army’s chief coordinator with the Paleostinian Authority, the Coordinator of Government Activity in the Territories, Major General Yoav Mordechai, had been instrumental in securing the men’s release. It did not give further details.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/24/2016 02:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [331 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

Police arrest 19 East Jerusalem residents for Yom Kippur riots
[IsraelTimes] In overnight raids, army also picks up 2 Paleostinians in West Bank, seizes alleged terror funds

Police incarcerated
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
19 residents of East Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods on Saturday night and early Sunday morning for throwing rocks and rioting over the Jewish High Holidays, a police spokesperson said.

In the West Bank, the Israel Defense Forces and Border Police also arrested two Paleostinians in separate overnight raids and confiscated money that was suspected of being "designated for terror activities," the army said.

The 19 people, including five minors, arrested in East Jerusalem were "suspected of taking part in riots that were carried out during the holidays, with an emphasis on the riots during Yom Kippur," the police said.

During the Yom Kippur holiday on October 12, which came two days after a deadly Jerusalem shooting attack in which a 60-year-old woman and a police officer were killed, residents of the terrorists’ neighborhood of Silwan clashed with security forces.

During the violent protest, Israeli forces rubbed out a 20-year-old Paleostinian man, Ali Shiouki, Paleostinian officials said. Israeli authorities acknowledged they had shot at a man who was part of a group that threw Molotov cocktails at them "while greatly endangering the soldiers’ lives."

Saturday night and Sunday morning, coppers raided Jabel Mukaber, Issawiya, the Shuafat refugee camp and Silwan "in order to locate and arrest the rioters who threw rocks, Molotov cocktails, set fire to trash cans and blockaded streets," according to a police statement.

"This planned operation was based on exact and high-quality intelligence," police said.

At the same time, the IDF, along with the Border Police’s undercover unit and the Shin Bet security service, picked up two Paleostinians. One suspect was arrested in Fasayil, near Jericho in the Jordan Valley, on an unspecified charge. The other -- named by Arabic media as Qusay Abu Shehab -- was picked up in Azzun, outside Hebron. He is suspected of being a member of the Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", terrorist group, the army said.

During Abu Shehab’s arrest, security forces also confiscated an undisclosed amount of money they said was going to be used to fund terrorist activities.

Ahead of the upcoming Simhat Torah holiday, which starts Sunday at sundown, the IDF closed off the West Bank and Gazoo to Paleostinian travel for 48 hours.

The closure went into effect on Saturday at 11:59 p.m., and the checkpoints and crossings are expected to re-open on Monday at 11:59 p.m., dependent upon a "situational assessment," the army said in a statement.

Exceptions would be made for medical emergencies and other "humanitarian cases," dependent upon the approval of the Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the IDF said.

Security has been tight for this year’s Jewish High Holiday season, which began in early October, with fears of a new surge in violence.

IDF fire rubber bullets at three Palestinians who touched the fence surrounding Beit El; one injured in the leg

[Ynet] Three Paleostinians approached and touched the fence surrounding the settlement of Beit El located in the Binyamin region Sunday afternoon. IDF soldiers present at the scene opened fire with rubber bullets, hitting one of the suspicious individuals in his leg.
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Alleged Abu Sayyaf member included in drugs watchlist killed in Basilan
[GMANETWORK] Police on Sunday killed an alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
Group, who was also included in the drugs watchlist in Lantawan, Basilan
...Basilan is a rugged, jungle-covered island in the southern Philippines. It is a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, bandidos, and maybe even orcs. Most people with any sense travel with armed escorts...
The Basilan Police Provincial Office identified the slain suspect as Said Ummal alias Said Usman.

The suspect was killed by members of the Lantawan Police Station at around 12:35 p.m.

Policemen were serving an arrest warrant against the suspect when he allegedly fired at the lawmen.

The Basilan police said Ummal is listed as the fifth most wanted person in Lantawan town and was being suspected as a drug pusher.

It said the suspect is facing several criminal charges and was among those who beat feet from the provincial jail last January 27.
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [319 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf

160 Bad Guys surrender to Syrian Army
[al-Manar] 160 terrorists from al-Rastan, Talbisa and Talkalakh in the countryside of Homs and a number of neighborhoods in Homs city had their legal status settled after they turned themselves in to the authorities according to Amnesty Law No. 15 for 2016.

On September 21st, Legal status of 130 persons from Homs was settled after they had turned themselves in to authorities in accordance with the amnesty decree.
Posted by: badanov || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [313 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

3 wounded in bombing attack in Hasakah
Cycle of violence involved
[al-Manar] Three people were injured in a booby-trapped motorcycle detonated by terrorists in al-Mshairfeh neighborhood in Hasaka city.

A source at Hasaka Police Command told SANA reporter that terrorists on Sunday morning remotely detonated a motorcycle that was parked in al-Mshairfeh residential neighborhood in Hasaka city, injuring three citizens including a woman and causing a material damage to the place.

On October 13th, 30 people were killed and 90 others were injured after a suicide terrorist blew himself up with an explosive belt inside al-Sanabel hall for weddings near Safyiah village on Hasaka-Qamishli highway.
Posted by: badanov || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under:

ISIS threatens Damascus
[ARA News] Damascus – The Islamic State (ISIS) militant group threatened on Sunday that its fighters will soon invade the Syrian capital Damascus.

“Fighters of the Caliphate are preparing to enter the heart of al-Sham [Damascus],” the group said in a statement.

ISIS vowed to hit both the Syrian regime and the armed opposition in the Syrian capital.

The radical group has been in control of main areas in the southern suburb of Damascus for more than a year.

Al-Hajar al-Aswad neighbourhood is considered a main base for ISIS militants in southern Damascus. The group has also captured the nearby districts of Yarmouk and Tadamun after clashes with Syrian rebel factions and the al-Qaeda-splinter group of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham [previously known as Nusra Front].

ISIS accused the rebel groups in Damascus of working on behalf of the Assad regime.

“The time has come for the Caliphate fighters to take al-Sham [Damascus] from the infidels and their mercenaries,” the radical group said, vowing to apply the Sharia rule in the Syrian capital.

Syrian journalist and researcher on Islamic studies, Mustafa Abde, told ARA News that the group will most likely try to open new fighting fronts in southern Syria to ease the pressure on its ranks in the north.

“This announcement comes after the group started to lose ground in Iraq amid deteriorating morale among its militants. ISIS is seeking for new so-called victories to regain its reputation as a strong organisation,” Abde argued.
Posted by: badanov || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [426 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Syrian president Bashar Assad moved on to warship with family and aides. Russian naval forces believed to be protecting the embattled dictator. Position is also thought to allow quick evacuation to Moscow, if necessary. Assad must have seen the video of Hillary cackling manically (the "We came, we saw, he died vid) after she dispatched with Qaddafi.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/24/2016 8:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Not sure Assad is in imminent danger except from the the constant BrilCream threat.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/24/2016 16:06 Comments || Top||

Clashes break out in Syria’s Aleppo as ceasefire expires
[Iran Press TV] Clashes between Syrian government forces and gunnies have erupted in the divided city of Aleppo after a unilateral ceasefire announced by Russia came to an end.

The ceasefire expired on Saturday evening, after a one-day extension on Friday. The truce was aimed at permitting civilians and foreign-sponsored gunnies to leave the eastern areas of the city.

During the ceasefire, eight humanitarian corridors were set up for people to leave to the city, but according to reports they were seldom used.

Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Sergei Rudskoi said that gunnies were stopping people from using the corridors, using civilians as human shields.

"The forces of Evil are using the ceasefire in their interest... We are seeing them massing around Aleppo and preparing for another breakthrough into the city's western neighborhoods," he said.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, fierce festivities broke out along the line dividing the city with exchanges of heavy artillery fire.
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Syrian Army, Hezbollah capture new territory in southern Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Hezbollah, resumed their large-scale offensive in southern Aleppo on Sunday, targeting the rural area between Khan Touman and the 1070 al-Hamdaniyah Housing Project.

Led by the 800th Regiment of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies stormed the Air Defense Base on Sunday morning; this resulted in a short battle with the jihadist rebels of Jaish al-Fateh (Army of Conquest).

Following the capture of the Air Defense Base, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies advanced further south towards the key town of Khan Touman, imposing fire control over the imperative hilltop of Tal Bazou and the al-Rashiddeen 5 District.

While Syrian Army originally controlled the Air Defense Base, the territory they captured south of this military installation was all brand new.
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Hezbollah to Stay in Syria Until 'Apostate Project' Defeated
[ABCNEWS.GO] Fighting returned to Syria's Aleppo Sunday after a cease-fire to allow rebels and civilians to leave the city's besieged eastern districts expired with no evacuations.

As rebels and pro-government forces battled in the contested city's southern countryside, a pro-opposition media outlet circulated footage of a powerful and hard-line Islamist rebel coalition announcing that the campaign to break the government's siege of the city's east would begin "within hours."

Jaish al-Fatah commander Ali Abu Adi al-Aloush told the Qasioun News Agency that "zero hour has drawn near," and that faceless myrmidons and kamikaze fighters had begun moving toward Aleppo. It was unclear when the interview was recorded.
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Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [382 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

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