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Posted by: Steve White || 10/29/2016 00:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I wondered what a Sinne Eeg was? Turns out it is contemporary Danish singer. Learn something everyday. Thanks Rantburg.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/29/2016 7:07 Comments || Top||

2 busted for food poisoning scheme
The Afghan security forces arrested two militants before they manage to poison the food of at least 18 policemen belonging to the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces.

Local officials in southeastern Ghazni province said the militants who had infiltrated among the ALP forces wanted to poison the food of the policemen in a check post located in Gilan district.

The provincial governor’s spokesman Jawid Salangi confirmed that the militants wanted to kill the policemen late on Thursday night.
He said the two suspects have been arrested and are in custody of the security forces for further investigation.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

Ghazni is among the relatively volatile provinces in southeastern Afghanistan which links the central provinces with the southern parts of the country, including Kandahar and Helmand.

Militants belonging to the Taliban group and other insurgent groups are actively operating in a number of its restive districts and often carry out insurgency activities.
Posted by: badanov || 10/29/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [218 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Ah, but did they have current food-handler certificates? That's what counts, you know.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/29/2016 11:12 Comments || Top||

72 die in ongoing battles
At least 6 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces lost their lives in the latest counter-terrorism operations, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

The soldiers lost their lives as they were conducting counter-terrorism operations in various provinces of the country in the past 24 hours that led to the killing of at least 66 militants.

According to a statement by MoD, at least 30 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were also among those killed and around 23 others were wounded while 11 others were detained.

The statement further added that the operations were conducted with the support of the Afghan Air Force and artillery units of the Afghan National Army.

The operations covered the restive parts of Nangarhar, Laghman, Paktia, Paktika, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul, Ghor, Badghis, Herat, Farah, Faryab, Baghlan, Kunduz, and Helmand provnces.

According to MoD, at least 30 of the militants belonging to ISIS terrorist group were killed in nangarhar, 6 were wounded and and 13 others were killed in Greshk district of Helmand.

MoD also added that 9 militants were killed in Nerkh district of Wardak and 5 others were killed in Deh Yak and Moqor district of Ghazni province.

8 others were killed during a separate operation conducted in Gulistan district of Farah, MoD added.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban group and loyalists of ISIS terrorist group have not commented regarding the report so far.
Posted by: badanov || 10/29/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

13 ISIS loyalists killed in an airstrike in Nangarhar
At least 13 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

Local security officials in Nangarhar province said the militants were killed in Pacher Agam district of Nangarhar.

The officials did not disclose further information if the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan Air Force or the US forces based in Afghanistan.

However, the officials said the local residents did not suffer any casualties in the airstrike.

Pacher Agam district is among the volatile areas of Nangarhar province where the anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents and ISIS fighters are actively operating.

The loyalists of ISIS terrorist group launched a coordianted attack on Pacher Agam district few days back and set several houses on fire during the attack.

Both the Afghan forces and the US forces in Afghanistan are conducting regular raids against the Taliban insurgents and ISIS loyalist in the districts where they are conducting insurgency activities.

The US forces increased airstrikes against the Taliban insurgents and ISIS loyalists earlier this year after the Obama administration granted a broader role to the American forces.
Posted by: badanov || 10/29/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Horn
KDF jets bomb Al shabaab stronghold in Gedo region
Kenyan defense forces (KDF) military jets are reportedly launched an airstrike on Al shabaab camp near Bardere city in Gedo region on Friday, a local resident said.

The aerial bombing against the militant base by KDF warplanes came after Al shabaab fighters staged an attack on army bases in Ali Hared area, about 20Km away from Juungal district. Juungal, is key town re-captured by Somali forces on Wednesday from Al shabaab after a deadly offensive that claimed lives of three militants and two soldiers.

The Al shabaab attack sparked heavy exchange of gunfire between the militants and allied troops that left 4 Somali government soldiers dead, the anonymous villager said.

The casualty figures on Al shabaab fighters as a result of the skirmish is sketchy, but the resident said the coalition forces repelled the militant attack.

Al shabaab did not comment on the reported casualties and the attack, which was the latest in string of clashes between its fighters and Somali troops backing by KDF in Gedo.
Posted by: Steve White || 10/29/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [155 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Africa North
One passerby killed, another injured in Cairo by roadside IED
[AlAhram] A passerby was killed and another injured when an IED went kaboom! on a road in Greater Cairo's Ain Shams district on Friday, al-Ahram’s Arabic website reported.

A security official told al-Ahram that the device was targeting a passing security convoy but instead hit two civilians.
Not exactly competent Lions of Islam, but all the competent ones seem to be up north in the Sinai these days.
Attacks against security forces have become common in recent years but are concentrated in North Sinai, where Egypt's army and police are battling an entrenched Islamist insurgency.

Last week, a brigadier general was rubbed out in front of his house in Obour City, on the outskirts of Cairo. Adel Rajaaie had previously been deployed in North Sinai.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/29/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under:

Houthis Target Mecca for Second Time in 3 Weeks
Jeddah-The command of the coalition forces to support the legitimacy in Yemen has announced that the Saudi Air Defense was able to intercept a ballistic missile launched by Houthi militias on Thursday evening from the province of Saada towards the Mecca area.

In a statement, the coalition said the ballistic missile was destroyed about 65 km away from Mecca without causing any damage.

It added that the coalition air forces then targeted the site from where the missile was launched.

Meanwhile, a high-ranking U.S. officer said his country has intercepted weapons shipments sent by Iran to Houthis in Yemen.

U.S. Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan said the shipments included assault riffles, sniper riffles, Kalashnikovs, anti-tanks missiles and other weapons.

“Either U.S. ships or coalition ships … intercepted four weapons shipments from Iran to Yemen,” Donegan said.

The Admiral said the four military shipments were intercepted on several phases since April 2015, when the Arab Coalition began its military operation to support the legitimate government in Yemen.

AFP quoted Donegan as saying that the naval officials were able to determine the destination of the boats by analyzing GPS settings and interviewing the crew.

Meanwhile, Yemen’s Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher asserted on Thursday that his government has not yet received a draft of U.N. envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed’s peace proposal.

Bin Dagher said that any proposal failing to respect the three references would be revised.

He said: “We are searching for a lasting peace based on the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanisms, Security Council resolution 2216 and the outputs of the national dialogue.”

Meanwhile, Houthi militias and their followers deliberately sold more than 2,000 tons of gasoline that were intended to run al-Hadidiyah Electricity station.

Also, Houthis threatened on Thursday to seize shops in the besieged city and to imprison merchants who fail to pay monthly fees to support the “Central Bank” and the “military efforts” of militias.

More from Ahram
Shiite rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile toward the holy Muslim city of Mecca overnight, Saudi Arabia said Friday, the insurgents' deepest strike yet into the kingdom amid the country's stalemate civil war.

Rebel media in Yemen said the missile targeted an international airport in Jiddah, though Saudi Arabia said it was "intercepted and destroyed" 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Mecca, which is home to the cube-shaped Kaaba that the world's Muslims pray toward five times a day.

The missile launch shows the capability of Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies to continue to strike Saudi Arabia. It also drew the immediate anger of Saudi citizens, as the protection of Mecca is a key pillar of the Saudi royal family's prestige and the country's national identity.

The Saudi military said the missile, fired Thursday night from Yemen's northwestern Saada province bordering the kingdom, caused no damage. The Saudi military has a supply of U.S.-made, surface-to-air Patriot missile batteries it previously has fired at Houthi-launched missiles.

The military said in a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency that it immediately targeted the area where the missile was launched in airstrikes.

The Houthis and their allies, including forces loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have a stockpile of Soviet-era Scud missiles and locally designed variants. The Houthi-controlled satellite news channel Al-Masirah published a bulletin saying its forces had fired a Volcano-1 variant missile at Jiddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport, without mentioning Mecca. That airport is 75 kilometers (45 miles) northwest of Mecca.

The Houthi-controlled SABA news agency said the missile "directly hit" the airport and caused massive destruction. There were no immediate delays or diversions affecting the airport Friday.

A Houthi ballistic missile fired earlier this month targeted Taif, home to Saudi Arabia's King Fahd Air Base, which also is near Mecca.

Yemen, on the southern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, has been in the midst of a civil war since September 2014 when the Iranian-backed Houthis swept into the capital of Sanaa and overthrew the country's internationally recognized government. In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries began a military campaign against the Houthi forces, saying its mission served in part as a counterbalance to Iran's influence following its nuclear deal with world powers.

The Saudi-led campaign initially had the logistical and intelligence support of the U.S., but mounting civilian casualties from its airstrikes led to America pulling back, especially after a Saudi strike earlier this month on a funeral in Sanaa killed some 140 people and wounded over 600. The U.S. also fired Tomahawk missiles at mobile Houthi radar sites after reporting its warships came under fire in the Red Sea near the crucial Bab al-Mandeb strait.

In recent days, two commercial ships reportedly have come under fire in the same area.
Posted by: badanov || 10/29/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  They're not doing it right. The missile launches need to be done in saturation mode.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/29/2016 11:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Wouldn't it be a hoot if Muslims were the ones to destroy their holiest shrine?
Posted by: OldSpook || 10/29/2016 11:48 Comments || Top||

#3  and every Muslim would say: "It was really the Jooooos, you know"
Posted by: Frank G || 10/29/2016 11:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Wouldn't it be a hoot if Muslims were the ones to destroy their holiest shrine?

Considering that Islamists eschew shrines and such, it's quite possible.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/29/2016 14:13 Comments || Top||

#5  I say go for it Houthis!
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/29/2016 16:31 Comments || Top||

Yemeni Army Makes Advances in Hifan and Assilw
There has been an increase in violent confrontations on different battlefronts in the province of Taiz between legitimate forces and rebel militias, and the army has made new progress. Violent confrontations took place on fronts in the countryside of Taiz, Hifan and the Assilw district in southern Taiz, and Houthi militias and those loyal to the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh bombed villages. A number of people were killed and injured on both sides.

The Yemeni army has announced that it has made progress in the Taiz countryside on a front in Hifan and has been able to retake sites that were previously under the control of Houthi militias and those loyal to the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh after violent confrontations in which people on both sides were killed and wounded.

In a statement that he made to Asharq Al-Awsat, a Yemeni army source on the Hifan front said that “Yemeni army forces were able to make significant progress on the Al-Ahkoum front in Hifan … after fierce battles. This matter has made the Houthi militias and those loyal to Saleh respond by bombing villages”.

The source continued by saying that “Similarly, violent confrontations took place on the rural Assilw front in the south of the city. During these confrontations, the militias tried to advance on sites belonging to the army in the Asseeratayn area. However, army forces confronted them and forced them to retreat and flee. The army and the Popular Resistance also managed to regain control of Hamdu village in the district of Assilw”.
Posted by: badanov || 10/29/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Azerbaijan Kills Two Suspected 'Terrorists'
[AnNahar] Azerbaijani security services have killed two men suspected of plotting "terrorist attacks" in the secular ex-Soviet country with a mainly Moslem population, authorities said Friday.

The two Azerbaijani nationals were rubbed out during a special operation on Wednesday night, the oil-rich Caucasus nation's State Security Service said in a statement, adding that another suspected "terrorist" had been tossed in the slammer
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
The three suspects had been mandated by "foreign radical religious terrorist groups" to create an gang known as the Caucasus Jamaat to carry out attacks in the country of 9.5 million, authorities said.

"The gang, the Caucasus Jamaat, has been planning terrorist attacks in Azerbaijan and had links with terrorist organizations involved in armed conflicts abroad," the statement said without giving further details.

One of the two suspects killed in the operation had allegedly attempted to detonate a hand grenade as security officers tried to apprehend him.

In February, Azerbaijan arrested eight men for fighting alongside 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....
jihadist group in Syria and Iraq.

Local media had previously reported numerous cases of Azerbaijani nationals fighting alongside IS jihadists, including within the ranks of the Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar (JMA) group consisting mostly of Islamists from the former Soviet Union.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/29/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under:

Europe migrant colonist briefs
From Breitbart:
We Want Armani and Hugo Boss: Migrants Demand Designer Clothes
28 Oct 2016
African migrants who took the streets in protest and blocked traffic in Venice this week have been demanding designer clothes, the president of the Cooperativa Sociale Onlus has revealed. Lorenzo Chinalleto, whose cooperative hosts migrants at the Hotel Byron in

Government Funded Charity Urges Scots to Drink Tea With Refugees
28 Oct 2016
A Scottish Government funded refugee charity is urging the people of Scotland to befriend refugees coming to the country by having a cup of tea with them. The charity hopes that in doing so, Scots will realise that refugees are

European Union Offers a Million Debit Cards for Syrian Refugees in Turkey
28 Oct 2016
In an effort to keep more Syrian migrants from flooding into Europe, the European Union (EU) is providing funding for a million debit cards for Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Britain and France Bicker over Child Migrants Stuck in Calais
28 Oct 2016
Five days into a French operation to clear the Calais “Jungle” France has lashed out at apparent British criticism of the way children are being treated while thousands of migrants are resettled across France and the camp is destroyed.
From The Daily Mail:
'We've come from the Calais Jungle… now we'll stay here until we reach Britain': The migrants who swapped Eurotunnel for Eurostar as sprawling camp in Paris swells by 1000 people in just two days
Najib Omar and his pregnant wife Leyla, both 27, are originally from Somalia, and have an 18-month-old son called Imran. They have been trying to get to Britain for seven years.

Demolishing the Jungle won't stop us: The migrants who tell SUE REID why they're hell bent on escaping 'racist' France for Britain and how some have already been deported by the UK
Some 6,000 migrants were dispersed when the Calais Jungle was demolished. Young men (pictured) were taken to rural areas of the French countryside. They say they hate France and want to get to the UK.

New migrant camp sets up in the heart of Paris just a 10-minute walk from the Eurostar terminal
Charities reported an influx of migrants setting up camp in Paris (pictured). Most had refused to go to official centres set up following the demolition of the Calais Jungle.

Wiping out the Jungle: Aerial images reveal how the Calais camp has been torn down, with thousands of tents and huts removed
Aerial pictures show diggers, lorries and workmen moving through a squalid network of temporary huts that once housed up to 10,000 migrants on the outskirts of the French town.

Moment Spanish lorry driver opened his doors to find 'illegal immigrants' hiding in his load of onions after drivers heard shouts from the back while he sat in a jam on the M25
The three men and two women smuggled themselves into the UK through Calais by hiding behind tonnes of onions.

Indoctrination fears as Syrians who have moved to Germany complain that they are being ordered to grow beards in mosques that are more conservative than their homeland
Syrians in Germany say many of the country's Arab mosques are more conservative than those at home. They say the highly literal interpretations of Islam makes them feel uncomfortable.

All aboard the Eurostar! Thousands of migrants booted out of the Jungle turn up in illegal slums in Paris intent on finding their way to Britain as more than 100 children are left homeless in Calais
A total of 5,596 people have been evacuated since the operation to raze the Jungle in Calais began on Monday but many have travelled independently and made their way to Paris (pictured).

Mother-of-three, 26, 'abducted and raped by a gang of six migrants from Iraq, Syria and Bahrain after her drink was spiked'
The 26-year-old said she woke up in a strange house with cuts and bruises, and believes her drink had been spiked on a night out in Sunderland before she was abducted and sexually assaulted.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/29/2016 01:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

The Grand Turk
Turkey launches crackdown on Kurds, cuts internet
The Turkish police has detained Kurdish co-Mayors of Diyarbakir, Gultan Kisanak and Firat Anli. Just after the detention, that took place on Tuesday at 9:00PM, the internet connection across the Kurdish region was cut, the Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality said in a statement.

The arrest will most likely result in more protests and tensions between the Kurds and the Turkish government.

Since Tuesday, millions of people have lacked internet access. “This blackout attempt aims at silencing voice of people in the region as well as to prevent them from exercising their right to be informed about developments,” the pro-Kurdish Municipality said on Thursday.

After the arrest of the co-mayors of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), dozens of other high-ranking municipal officers were detained.

“Detention of Co-Mayors of Diyarbakir shall be considered as final phase of a year-long process of suppression carried out by the government to abolish local democracy in Turkey step-by-step,” the HDP-controlled Municipality said. “Thus this is also an opportunity to save local democracy by enabling release of the co-mayors and to halt appointment of trustees by the government to replace the elected mayors.”

The Kurdish peace process in Turkey, that was launched in 2009, broke down in June 2015, with both sides resuming hostilities. After the failed coup attempt on July 15, Turkey has arrested dozens of pro-Kurdish politicians, and have also launched attacks on Kurds in Syria.

The European Union has called on both sides to resume the peace process, and to stop violence.
Posted by: badanov || 10/29/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [471 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Android phones gave away Maoists location
VISAKHAPATNAM: The apparent ignorance of Maoists on how the android system-supported mobile phones work has dealt a huge blow to them in the last few days.

Leaders and cadres of the CPI (Maoist) party have adopted technology for a range of activities — from making rocket-launchers to using laptops for strategy planning. Mobile phones with the android system are no exception. There have been reports of the underground cadre enjoying entertainment on their mobiles and taking selfies.

The selfie of a top party leader operating in the Andhra-Odisha Border special zonal committee, Ramachandra Reddy alias Chalapathi, and his wife Aruna, another important leader, is an example. Their fancy for selfies resulted in the police getting their latest photos.

Disaster struck, thanks to the leaders and cadres using android mobiles as they could be easily tracked. They lost 30 leaders and cadres in the three encounters or exchanges of fire that took place from Monday to Thursday in the Malkangiri district of Odisha along the border with Andhra Pradesh.

They, like many, must have believed that switching off the mobile would be enough to avoid being tracked. But the fact is, the android system continues to work even after the phone is switched off, like the clock in the mobile showing the latest time when switched on, much after being switched off.

G.S.N. Raju, former Vice-Chancellor, Andhra University, who worked as a professor of electronics and communication engineering, and has done extensive work in antennas, electromagnetic wave theory and related fields, says although no incoming and outgoing calls are possible when the mobile is switched off, the SIM is engaged and all devices supported by the android system are engaged and available for the satellite to be tracked. The system stops working only when the mobile’s battery is removed.

It is believed that the police keep track of mobile phones of those who are suspected to be in contact with the Maoists. With the help of GPS, they zeroed in on the mobiles of Maoists run on the android system and found their location, even as the Maoists were under the impression that their mobiles could not be tracked because they were switched off.

Mobile signal is available at some places atop the tall Eastern Ghat hills. Since these places are cut off from the habitations, the Maoists usually make calls believing that they cannot be located.
Posted by: badanov || 10/29/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Is silly to release this information, now they will take the batteries out rather then turn then off like now.
Posted by: Bernardz || 10/29/2016 6:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Just tell them to turn them in for an update to solve that problem. They'll even be provided an app for that problem. (do I need to put a /sarc on that?)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/29/2016 7:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Press blowing sources and methods goes back a long ways - look for the Wash Times leak on Bin Laden in 1998 and how that affected US ability to track him.
Posted by: OldSpook || 10/29/2016 11:47 Comments || Top||

Security forces kill Lashkar-i-Jhangvi militants
Security forces raided a compound in Quetta and killed four militants linked to an attack on a police academy earlier in the week, officials said Friday.

The raid in Quetta, the capital of strife-riven Balochistan province, was carried out late Thursday following an intelligence tip-off about the presence of fighters from the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) militant group.

“A team of anti-terrorist force (ATF) raided the compound and killed four militants after an exchange of gunfire,” a senior local police official Abdullah Afridi told AFP.

Speaking off the record, a police official said the militants belonged to the LJ — a faction of which claimed it had worked with the militant Islamic State group to carry out the Monday night raid that killed 61 people, the deadliest assault on a security installation in Pakistan's history.

IS had previously also claimed the raid and released photos of the fighters involved, one of whom bore a strong resemblance to an attacker who was killed by security forces in the assault.

The extent of any material support to local groups from IS remains unclear, but affiliation with the notoriously brutal outfit brings the promise of a far higher profile.

The Balochistan government has also formed a joint investigation team (JIT) comprising officials from the army, police and intelligence agencies to probe Monday's attack.

Pakistan has been battling a homegrown Islamist insurgency since shortly after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, though overall levels of violence have dropped following a series of military offensives in the country's western tribal regions.

Monday night's raid though served as a grim reminder that militant groups are still able to carry out major assaults from time to time.

The emergence of IS in Pakistan is seen as a major blow to the country's long-running efforts to quell the insurgency, and comes as the group's key rival Al Qaeda is losing strength in what was once its “home ground”.
Posted by: badanov || 10/29/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi

2 die in border shelling in Shakargarh
SIALKOT - Two people were killed and over a dozen others sustained critical wounds by the unprovoked day-long mortar shelling by India on border villages along Working Boundary (WB) and the Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday.

Intense and heavy exchange of fire was continuing in Shakargarh along Working Boundary between Indian and Pakistani forces. Pakistan Rangers befittingly responded to Indian firing and inflicted heavy casualties on them. However two women, Naseem Bibi (46) in village Karol and and Zaiba Bibi (32) in village Abiyal Dogar were killed in Shakargarh Sector due to Indian firing.

Indian forces targeted Pakistani border villages in Shakargarh, Bajwat, Chaprar, Harpal, Sucheetgarh and Charwah sectors along 123 kilometre-long Working Boundary.
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Posted by: badanov || 10/29/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [210 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Iraqis find bomb factory, tunnels on long road to Mosul
[Ynet] Iraqi forces explored a network of tunnels and uncovered a bomb-making facility on Thursday in a village near djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
that was recently retaken from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, offering a glimpse of the challenge they will face as they move closer to the city.

Ten days into the offensive, the special forces are still at least 4 miles (6 kilometers) east of the city and have faced stiff resistance, with IS firing mortars and machine guns, and sending armored suicide truck bombs trundling across the arid plains.

Once inside the small, sparsely populated villages that ring Mosul, Iraqi forces must contend with explosive booby-traps and hidden snipers. The fortifications are expected to grow even more lethally daunting once they enter Iraq's second-largest city.

The turbans captured Mosul in a matter of days in 2014, and have had more than two years to build up its defenses and brutally root out any internal opposition. The operation to retake the northern city is expected to take weeks, if not months.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/29/2016 01:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  sending armored suicide truck bombs trundling across the arid plains.

Posted by: Shipman || 10/29/2016 5:53 Comments || Top||

#2  across the arid plains

I keep thinking of the song from "Oklahoma", but I just can't get 'Mosul' to rhyme.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/29/2016 11:20 Comments || Top||

#3  These are medievalists - why not simply surround it, besiege them, and bomb and starve them the way Putin is doing Aleppo?

Shia want to kill off the Sunnis anyway, and this way they don't actually have to grind it out, they just hang on the periphery and loot, which suits them well. After enough are dad, the Shia will be happy to move in and take the homes as spoils of war. They've been doing that tribal stuff for centuries, why expect them to change?

I bet the Kurds would be happy to watch the Shia and Sunni (and Turks) kill each other off as long as they are left out of it and can consolidate and defend the Kurdish/Yadzidi/Other areas to the east, north, and west-northwest.
Posted by: OldSpook || 10/29/2016 11:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Ohhhhhhh olde Mosul
With jihad thundering the plains
and the grazing sheep
they sure smell sweet
and we pray
ulululu all day!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/29/2016 13:34 Comments || Top||

Journalist tells of surviving ISIS bomb attack
Journalist embedded with Iraqi troops tells harrowing story of coming under Daesh fire

Bartella (Iraq): Our convoy had already been targeted by suicide car bombs three times, over a long day spent under fire. So the Iraqi forces had brought up a tank, and its main gun kept scanning the road ahead toward Mosul.

But the shouts started coming from behind us instead, and when I turned to look, I knew right away: Here was bomb No. 4, seemingly out of nowhere. By the time I saw it, the vehicle was maybe 70 feet away.
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Iraqi Army Says over 770 ISIL Killed in Mosul Fight
[al-Manar] Iraq’s military said Friday it had killed close to 800 terrorists of the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ terrorist group since Oct. 17 in the ongoing offensive to recapture the northern city of Mosul.

The Iraqi army, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, recently launched a much-anticipated operation to liberate Mosul, the last ISIL stronghold in northern Iraq.

In a statement, Iraq’s operations command announced that at least 772 ISIL gunmen were killed and 87 villages and areas were taken from the extremist organization so far.

According to the statement, at least 23 terrorists were taken alive. Almost 130 explosive-laden vehicles, 27 mortar shells and 397 explosive devices were also seized.

ISIL took Mosul — Iraq’s second-largest city — in mid-2014 before overrunning additional territory in the country’s northern and western regions.

Although the Iraqi army and its local allies have since recovered much territory, the extremist group remains in control of Mosul plus several parts of western Anbar province.
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#1  probably an exaggeration as the total ISIS force in Mosul is below 10k
Posted by: lord garth || 10/29/2016 4:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Baghdad Bob rides again.
Posted by: Percy Gurly-Brown1136 || 10/29/2016 6:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Probably better than the rack up in Chicago this weekend but possibly less that all major metro areas combined.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/29/2016 14:25 Comments || Top||

ISIL Kills Hundreds, Kidnaps Thousands around Mosul
ISIL fighters have killed more than 250 people and kidnapped nearly 8,000 families around Mosul in recent days as Iraqi troops advanced on the northern city, the United Nations said Friday.

UN rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva that the ‘jihadists’ are forcing civilians living in districts around Mosul into the city, hoping to use them as human shields in an upcoming battle.

Those targeted in mass killings have especially included civilians who refuse relocation orders and people who previously worked for the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Shamdasani said.

The ISIL ‘jihadists’ slaughtered 24 ex-ISF officers on Tuesday and another 190 on Wednesday, according to rights office reports.

The latter group were shot dead at the Al-Ghazlani military base inside Mosul, Shamdasani said.

Also on Wednesday, “42 civilians were reportedly shot in the head at the al-Izza military base” outside Mosul, a UN rights office statement said, apparently for refusing to follow the ISIL group’s instructions.

The rights office earlier in the week had listed a series of purported ISIL atrocities around Mosul but described the allegations as “preliminary” and needing more investigative work.

Shamdasani said Friday that the fresh allegations had been “corroborated”, but may not reflect the full toll as there were likely other atrocities that have gone unreported.

Meanwhile, the rights office said the extremists had kidnapped nearly 8,000 families around Mosul, the majority from the Al-Shura sub-district.

“Credible reports suggest that ISIL has been forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes in sub-districts around Mosul,” said Shamdasani.

She said the jihadists were using a “depraved, cowardly strategy” in the face of a US-backed Iraqi government offensive to retake Mosul, the IS group’s last bastion in Iraq.

The offensive, launched on October 17, has seen tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers advancing on the city from the south, east and north.

Last week, the rights office reported dozens of execution-style killings in villages near Mosul, including the shooting of a physically disabled girl who failed to keep up on a forced march.
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#1  Well, they're gonna see the Shiite counterpart. From Rooters:

Iraqi Shi'ite militias said on Saturday they had launched an offensive towards the west of Mosul, an operation that would tighten the noose around Islamic State's Iraq stronghold but could inflame sectarian tension in the mainly Sunni region.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/29/2016 11:22 Comments || Top||

#2  And everyone ISIS misses, Shia will get.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/29/2016 12:32 Comments || Top||

Palestinian attempts to run over, stab soldiers in West Bank, army says
[IsraelTimes] Man drives at troops near settlement of Ofra, then gets out of car with knife, is shot and badly injured; no Israelis hurt

A Paleostinian man attempted late Friday night to run over IDF troops with his vehicle at a checkpoint near the settlement of Ofra in the central West Bank, north of Jerusalem, the army said.

Soldiers fired at the vehicle, and after it halted, the suspect, a man in his thirties, get out with a knife in his hand and charged at the soldiers. The soldiers opened fire and seriously injured him, Channel 2 reported. No IDF soldiers or Israeli civilians were maimed in the apparent attack, according to the report.

The assailant was taken to the Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus in Jerusalem for treatment.

Earlier Friday, a 23-year-old Paleostinian was incarcerated
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
in Hebron near the Tomb of the Patriarchs after being caught with a knife, and told security officials he had intended to carry out a stabbing attack.

The man was taken in for questioning after security forces at a checkpoint, who suspected his behavior, searched him and found the knife on his person. He told border coppers he had wanted to execute an attack. In a statement Border Police said officers’ alertness "may have prevented a stabbing attack against them or against worshipers."

Earlier IDF troops in the West Bank’s Etzion settlement bloc fired at a Paleostinian after he hurled rocks at a military vehicle, the army said. The attacker was apparently unharmed. He escaped and soldiers were searching the area for him. The army said soldiers first fired warning shots as they attempted to apprehend the suspect, then fired towards him when he failed to comply.

Also Friday, in East Jerusalem a border police force was accosted by several local residents, according to Ynet News. The incident ended without any casualties.
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#1  The soldiers opened fire and seriously injured him

Range-time needed.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/29/2016 11:23 Comments || Top||

French suicide bomber attacks troops in Aleppo
[Ynet] An official with al-Qaeda's branch in Syria says a French member of the group carried out a suicide kaboom in the northern city of Aleppo against government positions.

The Fatah al-Sham Front official said the French citizen drove a tank rigged with explosives and parked it near government positions then detonated it from a distance. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to brief the media, said the Frenchie then drove another tank into the same place and let 'er rip. He did not reveal the identity of the Frenchie.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that a Frenchie carried out a suicide attack.
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15 die in artillery attacks in Aleppo
[AlManar] The death toll from terrorist attacks on residential neighborhoods in Aleppo city has risen to 15 and 106 injured, including women and children.

A source at Aleppo Police Command told SANA reporter that terrorist groups positioned in al-Zahraa, al-Rashideen and the eastern neighborhoods continued targeting citizens’ houses in Aleppo city with rocket and mortar shells, killing 6 citizens and injuring 36 others, some of them are in a critical situation.

Earlier, the source said that 7 citizens were killed and 70 others were injured due to terrorist attacks with shells on a number of residential neighborhoods in Aleppo city.

The source added that the attack also caused significant material damage to citizens’ properties.

Terrorist rocket attack injures three civilians in Lattakia countryside

Three civilians were injured in a terrorist rocket attack on Kilmakho area in Lattakia province on Friday morning.

SANA reporter said terrorist groups positioned in the northeastern countryside of Lattakia fired a number of rocket shells on Kilmakho, leaving three people wounded.

The attack caused material damage to public and private properties in the area.
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Russian, US Jets Had Near Miss over Syria
[al-Manar] A Russian fighter flew dangerously close to a US warplane over eastern Syria, US defense officials said Friday, highlighting the risks of a serious mishap in the increasingly crowded airspace.

The near miss occurred late on October 17, when a Russian jet that was escorting a larger spy plane maneuvered in the vicinity of an American warplane, Air Force Lieutenant General Jeff Harrigan said.
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Syrian regulars repel rebel counter attack
[al-Manar] The Syrian army and allies managed on Friday to completely repel the major terrorist attack on the various fronts in Aleppo, inflicting heavy human and materialistic losses upon the takfiri militants.

The military media also refuted the rumors which reported that the terrorist groups captured a number of Hezbollah fighters, stressing that the reports are baseless and aim at boosting the morale of the takfiris.

In details, the army and allies defending the Air Force Academy in the eastern countryside of Aleppo repelled massive ISIL attack from the southeastern direction, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists and destroying a number of their vehicles and weaponry, according to SANA.

Later a military source told SANA that army units, in cooperation with allied forces, thwarted a large attack launched by the terrorists of al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups affiliated to it on several axes towards the south and southwest of Aleppo.

The source pointed out that the attack synchronized with ISIL attack in the direction of the Air Force Academy, adding that army units confronted the attack, killed tens of terrorists, injured many others and destroyed booby-trapped vehicles, two tanks and a large number of armored vehicles, some equipped with machineguns.

Many terrorists were killed as the Syrian Air Force hit their gatherings and hideouts in al-Mansoura and Abu Shailam villages in the western countryside of Aleppo.

Army air strikes also hit terrorists’ positions in Khan Touman and Tallet Bazo (hill) in southwestern Aleppo, destroying a number of armored vehicles and cars equipped with machine guns and a number of cannons, in addition to leaving many terrorists dead or wounded.
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SDF advance in Aleppo after clashes with Turkey-backed rebels
[ARA News] Aleppo – Subsequent to clashes with Turkey-backed rebel groups, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made new gains in Aleppo, military sources and activists reported on Friday.

The SDF advanced in the vicinity of Azaz city in the northern countryside of Aleppo, and captured the towns of Gharnata and Tel Madiq.

“This progress came after our forces hit the positions of Turkey-backed jihadists near Azaz,” Ahmed Salman, an SDF spokesman told ARA News.

“The Sultan Murad group and other pro-Turkey factions were forced to withdraw from those areas under heavy blows by our forces on Friday,” the spokesman said.

Supported by Turkey, rebel fighters of the Euphrates Shield, led by Sultan Murad Brigade, have recently took over a number of towns and villages in Aleppo countryside, in northern Syria.

Although the Turkey-backed campaign was allegedly launched to combat ISIS, the majority of their attacks targeted the Kurdish forces and other SDF factions in Aleppo Governorate.

“We won’t allow those mercenaries to gain more ground in Syria. They’re no different from ISIS,” the SDF official said. “We consider both the Euphrates Shield and ISIS terrorist groups, and we vow to fight them until liberating our region.”

Ethnic Cleansing

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Thursday accused Turkey of ethnically cleansing whole villages in northern Aleppo Governorate and called for an investigation. The SDF also accused Turkey of bombing their positions to impede the campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS).

Tensions between the SDF and Turkey-backed rebels grew after Turkey said it would take the cities of al-Bab and Manbij in northern Syria. Those tensions were manifest last week when Turkey’s Army and allied rebels attacked SDF positions near the cities of Tel Rifaat and Afrin.

The SDF has accused Turkey and its Syrian allies of depopulating villages deemed to be intrinsically hostile. “Turkey, with its militias, emptied the population of al-Rai town and other nearby villages, displacing thousands of people and preventing them from returning,” SDF spokesman Shervan Darwish said.

“Turkey accuses our forces of the ethnic cleansing. However, Turkey with its allied rebels are the ones committing criminal acts,” the Kurdish spokesman added.

Darwish said that the groups being backed by Turkey are jihadist and therefore inherently intolerant. “Ideologically, the militias led by Turkey in Syria are a copy of ISIS. These groups are all affiliated with the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra in Idlib,” he said.

The SDF spokesperson emphasized that the Turkey-backed rebels are also anti-Western, unlike the SDF. “These extremist groups expelled the US military from al-Rai, calling the West ‘infidel and Crusader,’ the same slogans used by ISIS,” Darwish said.

“We call on the international community to visit the town of al-Rai and surrounding villages in order to investigate these crimes,” Darwish concluded. “The world should be more serious in the fight against the mentality of terrorism and extremism.”
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Syria rebels launch offensive to break siege in Aleppo
[ARA News] Aleppo – Syrian Islamist rebels, led by the Army of Conquest in cooperation with Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (JFS) group, launched an offensive on Friday to break a regime siege on eastern Aleppo.

Abu Saeed Al-Halabi, a Dutch member of JFS [formerly Nusra Front], said that the new offensive is aimed to ‘free thousands of Muslims besieged in the eastern part of Aleppo’, by enforcing a rebel win.

The offensive is reportedly led by the Army of Conquest, also known as Jaish al Fatah.
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