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Human Shields, Barricades Slow Iraqi Advance Into Mosul
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2016 16:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [241 views] Top|| File under:

Explosion in Kabul leaves one wounded
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] One person was maimed in an kaboom in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
city after a magnetic bomb kaboom destroyed a police vehicle in the center of the city.

Kabul police officials confirmed the incident and said the driver of the police vehicle sustained injuries in the attack.

The officials further added that the incident took place in Parwan area of the city after a magnetic bomb attached to the vehicle of Kapisa police exploded.

Police officials also added that an investigation is underway regarding the incident as no group has far grabbed credit behind the attack.

Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

ISIS kidnap 6 civilians in Ghor, days after killing 31 Afghan civilians
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The loyalists of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have kidnapped at least 6 civilians in Ghor province, days after executing at least 31 civilians in this province.

According to the local officials, the 6 civilians were kidnapped late on Friday afternoon from the work place and have been taken to an unknown location.

Provincial governor’s front man Abdulhai Khatebi said the loyalists of the terror group had initially 8 civilians but one of them managed to escape while the second one as released after he was beaten by the group’s fighters.

According to Khatebi, the ISIS loyalists who have kidnapped the civilians belong to Qari Rahmatullah whose bandidos forces of Evil killed at least 31 civilians late last month.

The latest kidnapping by ISIS loyalists comes as President Ghani visited Ghor province to meet with the families of the victims of last month attack.

President Ghani vowed to avenge the brutal execution of the 31 civilians who were rubbed out by ISIS loyalists.

Last month’s incident took place in the vicinity of Feroz Koh district with the local officials saying the ISIS loyalists executed the local residents to avenge the killing of their commanders.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Afghan-Australian woman kidnapped from Kabul city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An Afghan-Australian woman was kidnapped from the center of Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
city earlier this evening by unknown gunnies as a search operation is underway for her release.

Security sources said the woman was working for a non-governmental organization and was kidnapped from Qala-e-Fatullah area where numerous aid workers have been kidnapped in the past.

A source speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that the woman was working for Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development and was kidnppaed by unknown gunnies earlier this evening.

Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [225 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Car bombing in Mogadishu kills 20 people
At least 20 people were killed, and several wounded in a car bomb attack in Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday evening, police and witnesses said.

The explosion which was heard parts of the capital happened at Sayidka intersection at around 7:00pm, near the heavily fortified parliament complex in the capital.

Al shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying a bomber drove his explosives-laden vehicle into an army convoy transporting intelligence officers.

Two security force members were among those died in the car bombing.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Shaboobs claim to have killed 7 AU soldiers in raid
The Al Qaeda-affiliated militant group Al shabaab said it killed 7 Burundian soldiers serving under AMISOM in an ambush attack near Mahaday town in middle Shabelle region on Friday.

In a reported posted on pro-al shabaab website, militants launched a raid on AMISOM convoy carrying Burundian soldiers travelling at Biyo Adde area, 8Km away from Mahaday district. The report says the Al shabaab assault began with an improvised explosive device (IED), planted on the road that struck the convoy and destroyed an armored personnel carrier.

The militants have engaged in a fierce gunfire with the African Union soldiers following the bomb attack. AMISOM has denied the claim and termed it as “baseless and propaganda.”
Posted by: Steve White || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Africa North
Tribal leader escapes assassination attempt in Benghazi
[Libya Observer] Magharba tribe leader from Ajdabiya has survived an liquidation attempt in Benghazi on Friday, local sources reported.

Saleh Atawish was departing a mosque after performing Friday prayer in Sidi Faraj district when his car went off.

He sustained minor injuries, the sources said.

The war-torn city has been plunged into political murder. Last week, the head of Libyan Anti-Corruption Organization Mohammed Abu Gaiqis was killed in a boom-mobile kaboom in al-Kish square, one day before 10 bodies were found in a landfill site in Ziat Street. Two of the bodies were identified as Farhat Migherhi and Hussien Sharief, both are political opponents to Dignity Operation.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [231 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

11 militants killed in North Sinai military operation: Army spokesman
[AlAhram]. Egypt's military raided three major "armed terrorist hotspots" in North Sinai, killing 11 Death Eaters, the army’s front man announced in an official statement on Saturday.

The front man said that the army tightened a siege on other Death Eater hotspots in North Sinai’s El-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid, seizing arms, wireless communication devices, computers and cameras.

The front man added that the army's operation against the insurgency has reached a "critical stage in uprooting terrorism."

The statement added that 28 explosives were located in the El-Arish and Rafah areas and that 29 other bombs that had been planted to target security forces were defused.

The anti-terror operation "Martyr's Right" was first launched in September 2015 to root out bully boyz operating in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt’s army launched a new security offensive two weeks ago against Islamist bully boyz in North Sinai, killing over 50 in response to a Death Eater attack one week earlier that killed 12 soldiers and injured six others.

This campaign includes operations by Special Forces units, the second and third field armies, as well as the police, all of whom aim to "capture and target terrorist elements and outlaws in the vicinity of villages, cities and residential areas in North and Central Sinai."
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

French soldier dies in an extremist attack in northern Mali
[Ynet] A French soldier has been killed in an attack in northern Mali after a mine went kaboom! as his armored vehicle passed by during a supply mission, French officials said Saturday.

The French Defense Ministry said the attack took place Friday afternoon northeast of the Malian town of Kidal and that Fabien Jacq, a 28-year-old staff sergeant with the French Barkhane force in the country, died overnight. The mine hit two French armored vehicles, wounding another French soldier.

The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist publications, said the Mali-based Ansar Dine
...a mainly Tuareg group that controlled areas of Mali's northern desert together with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and MUJAO in early 2012...
Death Eater group grabbed credit for the attack on Twitter and on Telegram, an encrypted messaging app popular among Death Eater groups.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Youth held for torching Kali temple in Netrakona
[Dhaka Tribune] Local people caught a youth red handed after he torched a Kali Temple in Poura area of Netrakona district on Saturday morning.

Md Sanowar Hossain, circle superintendent of Sadar police, said: "Sumon torched the Satpai Kali Temple in the area on Saturday morning. Locals rushed to the spot after seeing the fire. They doused the fire and detained Sumon. Later they handed him over to the police."

Police took him to custody and started interrogating in this regard, said Sanowar.

Police revealed Sumon Islam is from Narsingdi and not a Netrokona local.

Superintendent of Police Joydeb Chowdhury said RAB, police and detective branch are investigating the incident.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami

#1  "Later they handed him over to the police."

Ah, the old "after a suitable delay" trick.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/06/2016 13:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Sumon Islam

No more questions.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/06/2016 13:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Police revealed Sumon Islam is from Narsingdi and not a Netrokona local

"yew ain't from around heeyah, are yew, boy? Get a rope!"
Posted by: Frank G || 11/06/2016 13:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Kali is a bad mo fo.
Posted by: bman || 11/06/2016 16:55 Comments || Top||

Arson attack on Nasirnagar upazila vice-chairman
[Dhaka Tribune] Anjan Deb, vice-chairman of Nasirnagar upazila parishad, is the latest victim of the rapidly escalating communal violence that has been unfolding in Brahmanbaria.

A shed housing dry kindling was set on fire by unknown individuals at 7pm on Saturday.

Nasirnagar OC Abu Zafar said: "Someone might have torched the shed in front of his house with malicious intent."

Anjan Deb’s nephew Asif Kumar Deb said he came out of the house during a power outage at 7pm, smelled smoke and saw the tin shed on fire. He then called for help and doused the fire.

A tin wall was smashed in to make room to set fire to the kindling inside.

RAB and police are on the spot to investigate and have not yet determined whether this latest arson attack is tied to the communal attacks that have engulfed Nasirnagar.

BGB has been deployed around the perimeter of the vice-chairman’s house.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami

A few Europe migrant colonist briefs
Italy links people trafficking to militants in detention of Syrian

[Ynet] Italia's tax police said they had found a clear link between people trafficking and murderous Moslems after detaining a Syrian man who entered Italia on a migrant boat who they allege to be a member of the al-Nusra group.
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
A series of deadly attacks carried out by murderous Moslems across Europe over the past year have fuelled a debate about how to handle the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees and other migrants colonists propelled by civil war in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

"Today's operation is one of the few investigations which establishes a direct link between people who plan trafficking of migrants colonists and Islamic terrorist organizations," the police said in a statement on Saturday.

The detained man was previously kept in jug for helping smuggle migrants colonists, the police said, adding a probe conducted immediately after his arrival revealed he was responsible for organising and managing the crossing.

Further investigations, an extensive analysis of digital files such as videos and photographs taken from a notebook and phones and questioning of the man showed he was a member of the Jabhat al-Nusra, an al Qaeda offshoot, they allege.

More than 2,200 migrants rescued in Mediterraneanon Saturday, 10 bodies recovered

[Ynet]. More than 2,200 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean on Saturday as they tried to reach Europe and 10 bodies were recovered, Italy's coast guard said in a statement. The migrants were picked up from 13 rubber dinghies, two small boats and one large vessel in 16 separate rescue operations.

The International Organization for Migration's said this week that 4,220 migrants had died in the Mediterranean so far this year, compared with 3,777 in the whole of 2015.
No mention of the perceentage of the dead who were Christian or otherwise not Muslim, versus the percentage of the survivors...
As of Nov. 2, 159,496 people had reached Italy by sea this year, the IOM said.

Car crash in Greece reveals migrant smuggling operation

[Ynet]. Police say a car crash in northern Greece has revealed yet another migrant smuggling operation.

A car with Bulgarian license plates collided with a local vehicle outside the city of Thessaloniki on Saturday morning and its driver fled. Police say two migrants -- an Indian and Syrian or Iraqi -- were found slightly injured and they took them to the hospital. A third migrant, a Pakistani, was found unharmed in the car's trunk. Alerted by the driver of the other vehicle, police also found two more Indians and a Pakistani who had left the car and were walking toward the city.

From Breitbart:
German Federal Police: Rise in Crime Is Due To Migrant Crisis
5 Nov 2016
The German Federal Police has released new statistics that show that the massive increase in crime in Germany was a result of Merkel’s open door policy during the migrant crisis.

Asylum Seeker Minors Launch Brutal Attack on Family Enjoying Halloween Stroll
5 Nov 2016
A woman was left with damage to her cervical spine after she and her husband’s Halloween stroll with their children was interrupted by a savage attack by asylum seekers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [237 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

The Grand Turk
Two attackers detained at Istanbul Airport
Turkish police detained two people who failed to stop despite warnings at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport on Saturday night as the airport was placed under a brief lockdown, Daily Sabah reported.

The security officials closed off all entry and exit points at the airport during the hunt for the two suspects. One of them reportedly fired his gun into the air as police officers shot him immediately, causing minor injuries.
More time at the range for you, Gamal!
The second suspect was detained at the park lot of the airport.

The Turkish Airlines made a statement following the incident, saying all flights resume without a delay and the situation at the airport returned to normal.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top|| File under:

Two children killed in bomb blast in southeast Turkey
[Ynet] Two children were killed when a bomb planted by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) went kaboom! in the southeastern Turkish province of Sirnak on Saturday, the local governor's office said.

Four more children were also maimed in the attack, the governor's office said in a statement.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Security forces kill three suspected militants in Balochistan
Security forces on Saturday claimed to have killed three suspected militants in an exchange of fire and were allegedly involved in passenger train attacks in Balochistan's Bolan district.

"All three miscreants were killed as result of exchange of fire with security forces," said spokesman Frontier Corps (FC) Khan Wasey.

"All three suspected militants were killed during joint raids of Frontier Corps and security institutions to apprehend the elements involved in attacks on passenger trains," he added.

FC official also claimed to have recovered weapons from the possession of miscreants.

Balochistan has been experiencing incidents of violence and targeted killings for over a decade. The largest province of the country by area, is home to a insurgency by ethnic Baloch separatists.

Posted by: badanov || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Test.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/06/2016 2:59 Comments || Top||

One killed in suspected sectarian attack
[DAWN] A man was rubbed out while his relative injured critically in a suspected sectarian attack in the Sachal area of Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
on late Saturday night, police officials said.

"Deceased man identified as Syed Kamran Abbas, 35, and injured as Anwar Ali Kazmi, 50, were returning home after attending a Majlis in New Rizvia Society in a car when armed pillion riders attacked them on main University Road," said police officials.

The victims were transported to the nearby Dow University Hospital where doctors pronounced Abbas as dead on arrival.

Gulshan SP Dr. Fahad Ahmed said the, "Victims belonged to the Shia community and the incident might be linked with sectarianism," said Gulshan Superintendent of Police Dr. Fahad Ahmed.

Majlis Wahdat-e-Moslemeen spokesperson Allama Raja Nasir while condemning the incident said, "On one hand, the mourners were being targeted while on the other hand Shia community members were being detained".

"When would the army chief take notice of killings of the mourners in the city?" added the statement released by MWM.

In a separate incident, 19-year old, Israr Ahmed was rubbed out in Muscat Colony of Orangi Town, said the police spokesperson.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi

The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition

ISIS flee Anah city along with their families
Betcha the missus ain't happy.
(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Iraqi media outlets reported on Saturday, that members of the Islamic State extremist group fled from the city of Anah, in western Anbar province, along with their families.

Al Sumaria News stated, “Members of the ISIS, holding Arab and foreign nationalities, started to flee from the city of Anah (190 km west of Ramadi).”

“The fleeing ISIS members ran toward the city of Qaim, on the Iraqi-Syrian borders,” Al Sumaria added.

The Islamic State extremist group captured the city of Anah mid-2014, but the security forces managed to liberate the city from the group’s grip.

12 civilians felling Hawijah die in ISIS bomb attack

[AlArabiya] A bomb blast on Friday killed 12 civilians, among them women and children, who had fled the ISIS-held Hawijah area in northern Iraq, officials said.

The deaths highlight the extreme danger faced by civilians trying to flee areas held by ISIS, who may be targeted by the extremists as they seek to escape and then have to navigate bombs the militants have planted.

Hawijah is a town in Iraq's Kirkuk province that was seized by ISIS along with swathes of other territory in the summer of 2014.

Police Colonel Fatah Hassan said the displaced Iraqis had left the Hawijah area on foot but were picked up by police who were transporting them to the west when the bomb ripped through the vehicle.

Hassan, a police lieutenant colonel and Iraqi lawmaker Mohammed Tamim all confirmed that 12 displaced Iraqis were killed. He added that one of the policemen trying to help them was also killed, while both police and displaced civilians were wounded.
Posted by: badanov || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under:

Mosul Offensive News
Iraqi security forces capture Hamam al-Alil

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Commander of operation “We are coming, Nineveh” Major General Abdel Amir Yar announced on Saturday, that Iraqi security forces stormed into the center of Hamam al-Alil area, south of Mosul, and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings.

Yar said in a press statement, “Troops of Federal Police, army’s 9th Armored Brigade and 15th brigade stormed into Hamam al-Alil area and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings.”

“Security forces inflicted heavy losses on the enemy,” Yar added.

Earlier today, Federal Police Chief, Raed Shaker Jawdat announced, that security forces started to storm into Hamam al-Alil area, south of the city of Mosul.

Iraqi airstrike destroys 3 ISIS supply vehicles

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – An aerial strike destroyed three vehicles carrying heavy weapons belonging to the Islamic State extremist group in Mosul, Al Sumaria News reported on Saturday.

Al Sumaria News stated, “An aerial strike hit three vehicles carrying heavy weapons belonging to the ISIS in Hayy al-Islah al-Zeraei, in the east coast of the city of Mosul, destructing them completely.”

“The appearance of vehicles carrying heavy weapons in main roads of the east coast of Mosul became rare lately due to the fear of air strikes,” Al Sumaria added.

The joint security forces backed by Army Aviation and international coalition continue liberating the city of Mosul from the ISIS grip.

Iraqi forces attack Tel Keppe

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Mayor of Tel Keppe district Bassem Yacoub announced on Saturday, that Iraqi forces are besieging the district from all axes and preparing to storm into it soon, while pointed out to the arrival of food aids to 1200 civilians who were besieged in some villages near the district.

Yacoub said in a press statement, “Tel Keppe district is under the ISIS control, and the security forces will storm into it soon, especially after the army forces besieged the district from all axes in coordination with Kurdish Peshmerga forces.”

“Military commanders delayed the operation to storm into Tel Keppe because some civilians are still in the district and they are used by the ISIS as human shields,” Yacoub added. “The extremist group inflicted significant losses on the infrastructure of the district that will need a long time for reconstruction,” Yacoub explained.

Yacoub also revealed that the joint coordination between the district’s administration, army and Peshmerga facilitated the arrival of food aid to 1200 civilians who were besieged in villages near the areas of ongoing military operations.

5 Top Dawgs make off with ISIS treasury money

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Iraqi media outlets reported on Saturday, that five elite leaders of the Islamic State extremist group fled Nineveh after robbing millions of dollars from the group’s treasury, and pointed out that the group mobilized its members in the east coast of Nineveh and Tel Afar district to search for the fugitives.

Al Sumaria News stated, “Five elite members of the Islamic state including the Treasury Official Abu al-Bara al-Qahtani, fled from the extremist group in Nineveh, after robbing millions of dollars.”

“The ISIS mobilized a group of its members to pursue the fugitives, arrest and execute them immediately,” Al Sumaria added. “The five elite leaders who hold Arab and foreign nationalities flee toward Tel Afar district then to the Syrian territories,” Al Sumaria explained.
Posted by: badanov || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [435 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Shot out the lights, grabbed stakes and left at a goodly pace.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/06/2016 10:59 Comments || Top||

#2  “The five elite leaders who hold Arab and foreign nationalities flee toward Tel Afar district then to the Syrian territories”

Where a plane was waiting bound for Barbados.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 11/06/2016 11:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Even if not true, this is good practice as they'll likely get the "So where's the goods? Bring us the pliers and blowtorch" treatment IF they make it back to ISIS-held zones
Posted by: Frank G || 11/06/2016 12:37 Comments || Top||

#4  YPG and US SECDEF announced the beginning of the Raqqa offensive. Not sure if this is the real thing or a holding attack to keep ISIS from reinforcing with their folks from Syria. Stating 30,000 Kurd backed SDF are massed...attacking on a single axes.
Posted by: Tennessee || 11/06/2016 19:36 Comments || Top||

10 ISIS Turbans Eat It in Kirkuk
It's all fun and games, packing all big and bad until someone does it to you
(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – 32 members of the Islamic state group were either killed or wounded in a blast while preparing a booby-trapped vehicle in western Kirkuk, Al Sumaria News reported on Saturday.

Al Sumaria stated, “This morning, a vehicle exploded while a number of ISIS members were equipping it with explosives in the industrial neighborhood area, in Hawija district (55 km southwest of Kirkuk), killing 10 members of the extremist group and wounding 22 others.”

“The ISIS started to prepare booby-trapped vehicles, in order to be deployed in different areas with the approaching battles to liberate the district,” Al Sumaria added. “The number of the ISIS members in Hawija retreated after a large number of them escaped from the district,” Al Sumaria explained.

The areas south and west of Kirkuk were captured by the Islamic state group in June 2014, and these areas include Hawija, al-Zab, Riyad, Abassi and Rashad, while the estimated number of besieged familes in these areas exceeds 5000 families.
Posted by: badanov || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Human Shields, Barricades Slow Iraqi Advance Into Mosul
Just the newer stuff here.
Islamic State fighters launched counterattacks Saturday against Iraqi special forces in eastern Mosul, emerging from populated areas deeper in the city to target the troops with mortars and suicide car bombs in clashes that raged late into the night.

Artillery shelling thundered across the city as snipers traded fire from rooftops and civilians emerged from the front lines waving white flags. There were fresh indications that other residents were being held back by the militants to be used as human shields.

The seesawing battle highlights the challenges ahead for Iraqi forces as they press into more densely populated neighborhoods of the country's second largest city, where they will not be able to rely as much on airstrikes because of the risk of killing civilians.

"Daesh is in the city center and we must be very careful as our forces advance," said Maj. Gen. Sami al-Aridi of the Iraqi special forces, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

The special forces entered the Gogjali district, on the eastern edge of Mosul, on Tuesday, marking their first major foray into the city itself after more than two weeks of fighting in its rural outskirts.

IS fought back Saturday, pushing the special forces from the southern edge of the neighborhood. Both sides fired mortar rounds and automatic weapons, while the Iraqi troops also responded with artillery. Snipers dueled from rooftops in residential areas, where most buildings are just two stories high.

Dozens of civilians emerged from their homes over the course of the day, some carrying white flags. Many civilians traveling with children and elderly relatives said they had to walk more than 6 miles (10 kilometers) to reach a camp for the displaced.

Just a few kilometers (miles) from the clashes, Iraqi officers coordinating airstrikes with the U.S.-led coalition watched live drone footage showing a team of IS fighters regrouping near the front line.

"They're moving in front of the mosque," an Iraqi soldier said as he called in an airstrike, which moments later flattened a small building. Civilians moved into the area soon thereafter, and the soldiers said the militants appeared to have corralled them there to prevent further strikes.

"Daesh have continued to hide behind civilians and facilitate harm to them," said Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, which has been launching airstrikes to aid the Iraqi advance.
They're acting like Paleostinians...
It's all the same culture.
He said Iraqi forces and the coalition "developed a plan that is intended to reduce the possibility of civilian casualties and collateral damage."

But Iraqi Cpt. Naqib Jaff, who was covered in dust after helping to hold positions east of Mosul overnight, said the air support "hasn't been enough" and that the coalition was only striking suicide car bombs. He said that in previous operations against IS-held towns and cities, civilians would be moved away from the front lines, allowing forces to advance. But he said in Mosul, his men have been ordered to keep families inside their homes.

"We've never been in such a situation before. We would be fighting and there would be a family right next to us," he said.

The government has ordered residents to stay inside, fearing a mass exodus from the city, which is still home to more than 1 million people.

The advance of the Iraqi forces was also slowed by fortifications erected by the extremists in the more than two years since they captured the city. Trenches and berms have turned the streets and alleyways of a neighborhood once named after former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein into a maze.

Satellite images show rows of concrete barricades, earthen mounds and rubble blocking key routes into the city center. The images, taken Monday by Stratfor, a U.S.-based private intelligence firm, showed that IS fighters have cleared terrain and leveled buildings around Mosul airport and a nearby former military base on the west bank of the Tigris.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [565 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

Iraqi troops battle Islamic State for last town south of Mosul
Iraqi troops advancing towards Mosul battled on Saturday for the last town left between them and the Islamic State stronghold to the north, which is already under assault from special forces fighting inside the city's eastern districts, Reuters reported.

Saturday's attack on Hammam al-Alil, about 15 km (10 miles) south of Mosul, targeted a force of at least 70 Islamic State fighters in the Tigris river town, commander of the Mosul operations Major-General Najm al-Jabouri said. Jabouri said the assault began around 10 a.m. (0700 GMT) and some militants had tried to flee run away escape across the river, although others put up heavy resistance and the troops had thwarted three attempted suicide car bombings.

"(The battle) is very important - it's the last town for us before Mosul," Jabouri told reporters. Iraqi helicopters were supporting the army, he said, backed also by jets from a U.S.-led air coalition which had been hitting Islamic State targets in the town for several days.

A military statement said security forces had raised the Iraqi flag over a government building in the town, but did not say whether it was fully under their control.

The operation to regain control over Mosul began in the morning of Oct. 17. In addition to Iraq’s government forces, local Peshmerga paramilitaries participate in the operation. The operation is supported by international anti-terrorism coalition air force.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Iran commands 25,000 militants in Syria
[Wash Times] The former head of Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, Avi Dichter, says Iran now commands a force of 25,000 Shia militants in Syria, fighting against the Sunni opposition to the Iranian-backed, Shia government of Syrian President Assad. These fighters are mostly recruits from Afghanistan, Pakistan and are in addition to Hezbollah, the Iranian terrorist army based out of Lebanon.

Israel has long considered Iran its greatest threat in the region and fears Iran may turn these now battle-hardened militants against the Jewish State when the Syrian Civil War concludes, reports the Jerusalem Post. Dichter said 1,600 members of Hezbollah had been killed in the war.

"This is a foreign legion of some 25,000 militants, most of whom have come from Afghanistan and Pakistan," Dichter said during a briefing in Israel on Wednesday, according to details provided by his office. "They are fighting in Syria only against the rebels and not against ISIS."

"The Iranians enlisted Hezbollah ... to fight in Syria because the Iranian army is better suited to fight as an army against another army, while the Hezbollah militants are adept at fighting against terror groups," he said. "The fighting has made (Hezbollah) a better fighting force and more adept in conventional military warfare."
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/06/2016 07:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

80 die in rebel artillery attacks in Aleppo
Aleppo – More than 80 civilians were killed and dozens wounded in a one-week offensive by the Syrian rebel groups in Aleppo, activists reported on Saturday.

The rebel offensive targeted regime-held areas in western Aleppo. Syrian Islamist rebels, led by the Army of Conquest, launched the military campaign on October 28 to break the siege on eastern Aleppo.

“The revolutionary factions have expelled pro-Assad forces from several neighbourhoods, and continued their advance towards western Aleppo,” rebel spokesman Saleh al-Zein told ARA News.

“Soon the regime-imposed siege on eastern Aleppo will be lifted, by force,” the spokesman said.

However, human rights activists in the city reported the death of over 80 civilians, including at least 22 children, under heavy bombardment by the rebel groups.

“Those armed groups claim that they’re fighting to lift the siege imposed by the regime on eastern Aleppo. However, they’re killing many civilians instead of directly hitting regime positions,” rights activist Ahmed Halwani told ARA News.

“The rebels are apparently punishing civilians in western Aleppo for allegedly supporting the Syrian army,” he said.

“This mass attack on civilian houses is a war crime, and is no different from what Assad army is doing by besieging civilians east of Aleppo to starve to death,” Halwani said.
Posted by: badanov || 11/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

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