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ISIS claims responsibility for Ohio State attack
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Good afternoon
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2016 15:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [382 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ooh, I like the fade between the picture and the text background. Fred, are you taking classes or something? :-)
Posted by: gorb || 11/30/2016 17:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Lo, many were men of Bythinia
Desirous to marry Virginia.
She sure was a doozy!
Those guys were so choosy
It caused her severe vulvodynia.

Of course, that was back in the Age of Ignorance.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 11/30/2016 19:58 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Afghan commander dies in helo crash
[AlManar] Afghanistan’s army said one of its top commanders was killed Tuesday when a military helicopter crashed in the western Afghan province of Badghis.

General Mohayedin Ghori commanded the 207th Corps and was one of the six regional commanders of the Afghan army, responsible for the country’s western zone, defense ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish said.

“General Ghori was martyred and a number of officers injured in the crash,” Radmanish said.

He said a “technical fault” caused the Russian-made Mi-17 aircraft to go down in the Murichan area of the Bala Murghab district.

Ghori was on a mission to visit a newly established army base in the volatile district, where the Afghan army has recently pushed back a major Taliban offensive.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the crash in a statement but Radmanish denied this, saying there were no insurgents operating in the area at the time of the accident.

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani described the death of General Mohayedin as a “big loss” for the Afghan security forces and people, according to a statement.

The US-led NATO coalition also issued a statement expressing condolence over the death of the top Afghan general.

A local official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the provincial head of the country’s spy agency was among those wounded in the crash. He could not give details of exactly how many other people had been injured in the accident.

Once a strong flying power thanks to Soviet Union support, Afghanistan’s air force was decimated by the civil war of the 1990s and the turbulent period of Taliban-rule.

The Afghan air force (AAF) now has around 100 aircraft, including 27 MD-530 attack helicopters, and about 20 small support aircraft, such as the Brazilian built A-29 Super Tucanos — used against drug traffickers in Latin America. It also has approximately 50 Russian Mi-17 transport choppers.
Posted by: badanov || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under:


21 militants killed in air and ground raids of Afghan forces in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 21 holy warriors were killed in a series of air and ground operations in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the operations were conducted in Pacher Agam district.

The provincial police commandment said earlier this week this a clearance operation is underway to eliminate 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 in the area.

The local security officials said at least 30 holy warriors of the terror group were killed in the operations, including the shadow judge of the terror group.

However,
the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits...
the Ministry of Defense (MoD), in a statement said Monday that 44 holy warriors of the terror group were killed along with the shadow judge.

The operations in Pacher Agam were launched amid concerns that the loyalists of the terror group are attempting to move towards the Tora Bora mountainous region in a bid to fortify their presence in the region.

The deputy house speaker of the Afghan Parliament Zahir Qadir earlier warned that serious efforts are underway by the loyalists of the terror group to establish the Khurasan Caliphate.

The operations have apparently been launched following Qadir’s comments after he alleged that the loyalists of the terror group have seized several strategic points in Pacher Agam which is close to Tora Bora.

Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Taliban militants execute 2 including a woman in North of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs executed at least two holy warriors including a woman in North of Afghanistan

Local officials in northern Jawzjan province said the two individuals were executed in Aqcha district.

Provincial police chief Abdul Hafiz Khashi said the holy warriors stormed into the house of the victim and murdered the two individuals including the woman.

He said the holy warriors managed to flee the area after killing the couple. The latest incident involving the murder of the couple in Jawzjan comes as there has been there has been there has been a sharp rise in violence against women in the country.

A maiden 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....
was shot by me of her relatives in Kabul last week.

At least three women were rubbed out by unknown gunnies who were riding a cycle of violence in western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province of Afghanistan around two weeks ago.

The officials said the main motive behind the murder is not clear and search operation is underway to arrest the perpetrators.

Earlier, a woman shot by her in-law’s family after she attempted to elope with her love in Ghor province of Afghanistan. Talibs group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


US airstrike kill 7 ISIS militants in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 7 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 were killed in an Arclight airstrike carried out by US forces in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, the Arclight airstrike took place on Sunday afternoon in Haska Mina district.

The officials further added that three gunnies of the terror group were also maimed in the Arclight airstrike.

Several weapons and ammunition belonging to the terror group were also destroyed in the Arclight airstrike in the Arclight airstrike, the officials said.

The officials also added that the Arclight airstrike did not incur any casualties to the local residents.

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

Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


6 militants arrested after infiltrating among Afghan forces in Kandahar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least six turbans have been locked away
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
after they managed to infiltrate among the Afghan forces to conduct insurgency by disguising as security personnel.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the turbans were arrested by the operatives of the provincial intelligence department, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS).

The statement further added that the turbans had managed to join the Afghan National Army and Afghan Border Police forces.

According to the local officials, the turbans have in the past killed a number of the religious holy mans, government officials, and tribal elders.

The Afghan intelligence operatives launched a covert operation to identify the turbans who were arrested based on a tip off, the officials said.
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


2 ISIS suicide bombers arrested in Kabul city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two jacket wallahs recruited by 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 were tossed in the slammer
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
by the Afghan intelligence operative 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.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said the two young men were arrested from the vicinity of the 5th police district of the city.

A statement by NDS said the two men have been identified as Jalil Ahmad son of Syed Ahmad and Hamid son of Aminullah.

The statement further added that the two men were arrested before the terrorist group deploy them to Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
for further trainings.

The detained individuals have confessed that they were recruited by a commander of the terror group Mullah Abdul Latif in western Heart province of Afghanistan.

Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Horn
Puntland forces approach Qandala, ready to attack ISIL
Hundreds of pro-government Somali forces began moving toward the port town of Qandala on Monday for an offensive against Islamic State fighters who seized it last month, Qandala’s mayor said. The forces include militia fighters, soldiers from the semi-autonomous region of Puntland and fighters from the same clan as Abdiqadir Mumin, the Somali insurgent leader who has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, Somali security officials said.

“We and our forces left Bosasso today with the intention to capture to Qandala, which is now only 100 km (60 miles) away from us. We shall keep on moving until we liberate the town,” Jamac Mohamed Khurshe told Reuters.

Bosasso is a major Somali city.

There were at least 400 clan fighters, an official added, but he did not know the size of the other two components of the pro-government forces.

Mumin and his men splintered from al Shabaab, a much larger Islamist insurgent force that is fighting the Western-backed Somali government to impose a strict interpretation of sharia law. No evidence has yet emerged of major operational ties between Mumin’s men and Islamic State in the Middle East.

Qandala is the first town Mumin’s men took since emerging as a rival force to al Shabaab a year ago. Residents in villages along the road to Qandala said Mumin’s men planted numerous bombs along the route.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Subsaharan
3 UN employees abducted in west Darfur
The government of the state of West Darfur said that efforts to free employees of the United Nations Refugee Agency are being made. It also promised to announce the fruits of its efforts to release the three UNHCR staff that were kidnapped by an unidentified group whilst returning from a mission outside the town of Geneina.

The government spokesman Abdallah Mustafa Jarelnabi who is also the Minister of Culture and Media told Asharq Al-Awsat that the security authorities are diligently following the case of the kidnapped employees, and promised to announce the efforts that are being made by the authorities and the state’s government to release the abductees.

An unknown group kidnapped the three staff employed by the UNHCR’s offices in Geneina, the capital of West Darfur. The abductees included two foreigners and they were abducted from an area near the UNHCR offices whilst returning from a mission outside Geneina on Sunday afternoon.

In a statement that he made, a spokesman for the state’s government revealed the identities of the abductees and said that two of them were foreign and one of them was Sudanese. He said that they were abducted by an unidentified group after they got out of a car and that the group drove them to a place that remains unknown.

According to Jarelnabi, the government has made the necessary security arrangements to track down and find the kidnappers and set the hostages free as soon as possible. He told the newspaper “We will reveal new information within hours” and indicated that they were close to identifying the kidnappers, based on his government’s experience of dealing with such incidents.
Posted by: badanov || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under:


Boko Haram reportedly on rampage near site of girls' abduction
[CBSNEWS] Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
fighters are overrunning villages near the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok, forcing hundreds of people to flee as the Death Eaters loot and burn in the area where nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped in 2014, local leaders said Tuesday.

"Chibok is now under Boko Haram siege," the chairman of the Chibok local government area, Yaga Yarkawa, told journalists Tuesday in Maiduguri, the birthplace of Nigeria’s homegrown Islamic Death Eater group some 80 miles northeast of Chibok.

The accounts of Boko Haram violence around Chibok, along with multiple suicide kabooms in Maiduguri city and attacks on army outposts raise doubts about military and government claims that the 7-year-old insurgency is nearly defeated. Instead, the rebels have stepped up attacks as the rainy season draws to an end, making them more mobile.

Nine villages within 16 miles of Chibok town have been razed in the past two weeks with the most recent attack at Thlaimaklama at the weekend, Yarkawa said.

Boko Haram is employing scorched earth tactics, rustling livestock, looting crops just ready to harvest, and burning homes and what crops they cannot carry, he said. "Contrary to claims by government and security operatives, Chibok is not safe."

It’s not known if anyone has been killed because people are too scared to go back to the deserted villages, civilian self-defense fighter Bulama Abogu said. No soldiers have intervened, he said.

Many of the villages fringe on the Sambisa Forest, where Nigerian security forces have been carrying out near-daily air bombardments and ground attacks in which they have freed thousands of Boko Haram captives and cut food supplies.

Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Bangladesh
Hindu temples vandalised in Goalanda
[Dhaka Tribune] Panic of communal violence has gripped the Hindu community at Charkachorondo village in Goalanda upazila of Rajbari, as miscreants attacked five Hindu temples and vandalised 11 idols of Hindu gods and goddesses early yesterday.

The miscreants launched the attack sometime at night on temples owned by Shamor Sheel, Palon Karmakar, Montu Kumar Sheel, Partho Baran Das and Ratan Karmakar, said the victims.

The attackers demolished the idols of Hindu god Shiva and goddess Kali, they added.

Nirmal Kumur Chakrabarty, president of Bangladesh Hindu Budhhist and Christian Unity Council’s Goalanda chapter, termed the attack a shameful incident.

"The attack on the temples is not communal. It is a conspiracy. Here, Hindus and Moslems live together maintaining communal harmony," Nirmal said.

He demanded a proper investigation into the incident and exemplary punishment of the attackers.

Rajbari Superintendent of Police Salma Begum, Additional Police Super Tariqul Islam, Assistant Police Super (circle) Asaduzzaman Asad, Officer-in-Charge of Goalanda Ghat cop shoppe Mirza Abul Kalam Azad and Chairman of Goalanda Chhoto Bhakla Union Gay Pareehad Md Amzad Hossain visited the spot on Tuesday morning.

The UP chairman said this type of incident had never happened in this locality before.

SP Salma said the real culprits would be brought to book after a proper investigation into the incident as soon as possible.
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami


Europe
German intelligence officer 'arrested over Islamist plot' raising fears the spy agency has been infilitrated
[Telegraph] A German intelligence officer has reportedly been arrested over a suspected Islamist plot to bomb the agency's headquarters in Cologne.

The 51-year-old official was said to have made a "partial confession" to the plot, according to Der Spiegel.

The suspect attempted to pass on "sensitive information about the BfV (Germany's domestic security agency), which could lead to a threat to the office", an official told the newspaper.

"He is accused of making Islamist remarks online under a false name, and offering internal information during chats," a BfV spokesman said.

The BfV said the man "behaved inconspicuously" prior to his arrest. He had, since April, been engaged in gathering intelligence on Islamist extremists in Germany, Der Spiegel said.

The man's family reportedly knew nothing of his conversion to Islam two years ago and subsequent radicalisation.
Online chats were apparently found between the suspect and other Islamists in which he attempted to recruit them to the intelligence agency to mount an attack on "non-believers", carrying out a bomb attack on the spy HQ "in the name of Allah".

He used several different names online and his activities were uncovered about a month ago.

The man's family reportedly knew nothing of his conversion to Islam two years ago and subsequent radicalisation.

The suspect was thought to have pledged of allegiance to Mohamed Mahmoud, the Austrain leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group.

Germany is on high alert following several terror attacks over the summer.

The BfV estimates there are about 40,000 Islamists in Germany, including 9,200 ultra-conservative Islamists known as Salafists, Hans-Georg Maassen, who leads the agency, told Reuters in an interview earlier this month.

"We remain a target of Islamic terrorism and we have to assume that Islamic State or other terrorist organisations will carry out an attack in Germany if they can," he said at the time.
Update from the Washington Post at 3:10 p.m. ET -- the tale grows lurid with previously unnoticed details:
The German citizen of Spanish descent confessed to secretly converting to Islam in 2014. From there, his story took a stranger turn. Officials ran a check on the online alias he assumed in radical chat rooms. The married father of four had used it before — as recently as 2011 — as his stage name for acting in gay pornographic films.

One senior BfV official, who discussed the matter on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media defended the agency, said it was virtually impossible to protect against a breach like this.

“How should anyone have known this? He had acted under different names and identities online,” he said. “Not his real name. One has to say that we were able to find out about all this very quickly and also actions were taken fast.”

Officials were withholding the name of the 51-year old, as well as the alias he used as a porn actor and in chat rooms. Before he was hired in April, officials insist, he was thoroughly vetted. They said they had interviewed former employers and others who knew him.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


The Grand Turk
29 PKK terrorists 'neutralized' in SE Turkey operations
Ten PKK terrorists were "neutralized" Tuesday in ongoing anti-terror operations in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak, the local governorate announced, Anadolu reported.

"14 terrorists were neutralized for the past week in Cudi Mountain area," added the statement issued by the Sirnak Governor's office.

According to an statement by the Turkish General Staff, three PKK terrorists were "neutralized" during a conflict in Hozart district of eastern Tunceli province.

Two terrorists were "neutralized" in an air operation in Sirnak's suburbs, while five others killed with drone and three in clash with security forces in the same area.

Another terrorist was "neutralized" in Diyarbakir’s Silvan district.

Six suspects have been arrested in southeastern Batman province on charges of aiding and abetting PKK terrorists, according to the provincial gendarmerie command. The suspects were later remanded in custody by Batman criminal court of peace.

In a separate operation, five terrorists were neutralized -- including a high-profile terrorist -- in southeastern Mardin's Buyukkardes neighborhood, after curfew was declared early Tuesday in a total of five neighborhoods, security sources said.

The slain high-profile terrorist, Hasan Turan, who went by the nickname Seyit Reso, was said to be in charge of the Mardin area for the PKK, the source said. Turan had a price of 300,000 Turkish liras put on his head and was also featured in "category grey" of Turkish Interior Ministry’s “wanted terrorists” list.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Home Front: WoT
ISIS claims responsibility for Ohio State attack
[THEHILL] 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....
in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has grabbed credit for Monday's attack at Ohio State University that injured nine.

The terror group's Amaq News Agency on Tuesday claimed the attack, carried out by an 18-year-old Ohio State student, was perpetrated by a "soldier of the Islamic State."

Authorities have not commented on what motivated the attack but could not rule out the possibility of terrorism.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan hit a crowd of pedestrians with a car before stabbing several people with a butcher knife Monday morning on Ohio State's campus.

Artan was killed by an officer at the scene.

Nine people were maimed but are expected to make full recoveries.
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [452 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


India-Pakistan
Indian Agencies Nabs Al-Qaeda Suspects Running Base Movement
[SPUTNIKNEWS] In a major hunt across south Indian cities, security agencies have successfully tossed in the slammer
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
five al-Qaeda suspects involved in five kabooms in court premises.

India's National Investigative Agency (NIA) has apprehended five youth suspected to have links with al-Qaeda. The NIA had launched a 24-hour joint operation with state police forces. "During sustained examination, they have confessed their involvement in these blasts," the NIA said in a statement. After interrogation, three members were arrested on Monday and two others on Tuesday. NIA claimed that during preliminary questioning, arrested persons accepts the plan they were being planning to carry out attack on India's top 22 leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Indian agencies were being searching these youths for their involvement in a serial of kabooms occurred in south India court complexes since April this year. The responsibility of the blasts was claimed by an organization called "The Base Movement" in its propaganda material left behind in pen drives and pamphlets at the scene of the crimes at Nellore and Malappuram court premises. The Base Movement is literal translation of al-Qaeda.
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent


5 militants die in Balochistan
Security forces on Tuesday claimed to have killed five suspected militants and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition in Balochistan’s Sibi district.

A spokesperson for the security forces said that the Frontier Corps conducted an operation in Tali area of Sibi.

Five suspected militants were killed in the exchange of fire, added the spokesperson.

The spokesman stated that the suspects were involved in a series of attacks on vital national installations, security forces and passenger trains.
Posted by: badanov || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under:


Two Army Majors, 5 jawans, 6 terrorists killed
[Daily Excelsior] Seven Army soldiers including two Majors and six gunnies were killed while eight BSF and police personnel including DIG BSF BS Kasana were maimed in twin terror attacks at an Army camp in Nagrota and unsuccessful infiltration attempt at Ramgarh in Samba sector today. While operation at Samba was over by this afternoon, it was temporary halted tonight at Nagrota but cordon was maintained and will resume with the onset of dawn tomorrow as Army didn’t rule out presence of more gunnies inside the camp.

The attack on 166 Artillery Unit of the Army, just about three kilometers from 16 Corps Headquarters at Nagrota, was the first major after September 18 Uri terror attack in which 20 Army jawans were martyred. The twin attacks came within a day after the naming of Qamar Javed Bajwa as new army chief of Pakistain in place of Raheel Sharief, who will hang up his boots on November 30.

Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta told news hounds at Nagrota late this evening that seven Army soldiers including two officers have been martyred in the terrorist attack inside Nagrota Army camp. He said that three Lions of Islam have been killed so far but the operation was not over yet indicating that there could be one or two more gunnies inside the camp.
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Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [388 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


Two Indian soldiers killed in attack on army base near Line of Control
[DAWN] Armed turbans attacked a major Indian army base near the Line of Control (LoC) early Tuesday, killing two soldiers, police said.

"Three to four turbans entered the Army Corps headquarters at Nagrota and fired towards the officers' mess," a police brass hat told AFP, referring to a town in northern India roughly 20 kilometres from the border.

"Two officers were killed and an exchange of fire is on," he told AFP by phone, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
Defence ministry front man Manish Mehta said the attack was still going on, but did not comment on the casualties.

"Early morning an encounter took place and gunnies have entered one of our military areas. The situation is under control, as soon as the operation is over we will be able to give details," he told news hounds.

"Terrorists are armed, they have weapons, and that is why firefight is taking place."

No group has grabbed credit for the attack on the Nagrota base, one of four command centres in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmire and home to over 1,000 officers.

The rise in violence follows the September Uri attack, in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed, the deadliest such incident in a decade.

New Delhi blamed Pakistain-based turbans and claimed to have launched what it called "surgical strikes" on turbans across the heavily militarised border, sparking fury from Islamabad, which denied they took place.

Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

#1  sparking fury from Islamabad, which denied they took place.

All right?
Sawl rite.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/30/2016 8:17 Comments || Top||


Iraq
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


Mosul residents' difficulty finding food

(Reuters) The United Nations said on Tuesday there were indications that poorer families in Mosul are struggling to feed themselves as food prices increase following the U.S.-backed offensive on the Islamic State-held city in northern Iraq.

“Key informants are telling us that poor families are struggling to put sufficient food on their tables,” U.N Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Lise Grande, told Reuters. “This is very worrying.”

Iraqi government and Kurdish forces surround the city from the north, east and south, while Popular Mobilisation forces – a coalition of Iranian-backed Shi’ite groups – are trying to close in from the west. Last week the Popular Mobilisation forces cut off the supply route to Mosul from Islamic State-held territory in Syria.

“In a worst case, we envision that families who are already in trouble in Mosul will find themselves in even more acute need.” Grande said. “The longer it takes to liberate Mosul, the harder conditions become for families.”

Six weeks after the launch of the offensive, Iraqi forces moving from the east have captured about a quarter of the city, trying to advance to the Tigris river that runs through its center. A U.S.-led coalition is providing air and ground support to the offensive that started on Oct. 17.

ISIS kills residents who refuse to cooperate

GENEVA, Switzerland: Daesh militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul have killed civilians who refuse to allow rockets and snipers to be sited in their houses or whom they suspect of leaking information or trying to flee, a UN human rights spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

“On Nov. 11, ISIL (Daesh) reportedly shot and killed 12 civilians in Bakir neighborhood of eastern Mosul city for allegedly refusing to let it install rockets on the rooftops of their houses,” Ravina Shamdasani told a regular UN briefing.

Information received by the UN also showed that militants publicly shot to death 27 civilians in Muhandiseen Park in northern Mosul on Nov. 25, and on Nov. 22 an Islamic State sniper killed a seven-year-old running toward the Iraqi Security Forces in Adan neighborhood in eastern Mosul.

ISIS detains shopkeepers who raised prices
Plus semi roundup of Mosul offensive news
ISIS has arrested dozens of Mosul shop owners accused of raising food prices in the nearly besieged city, to tamp down discontent as a US-backed offensive closes in on the group’s last major stronghold in Iraq, residents said on Monday.

The arrests took place on Sunday morning in Bursa, a commercial district in the western part of the city, said a witness who asked not be identified as ISIS punishes with death those caught communicating with the outside world.

About 30 shop owners in the area were arrested and taken away blindfolded to unknown destinations, he said.

The Sunni hardline group is relentlessly cracking down on people who could help the biggest ground offensive in Iraq since the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Most of the people executed previously in Mosul were former police and army officers, suspected of disloyalty or plotting rebellions against the militants’ rule. The arrest of the shop owners is meant as a warning to retailers to refrain from price hikes that would cause unrest in the city.

Some 100,000 Iraqi government troops, Kurdish security forces and mainly Shiite militiamen are participating in the assault on Mosul, with air and ground support from a US-led international military coalition.

Six weeks into the campaign, troops have so far entered about a quarter of the city on its eastern outskirts, but are moving slowly to avoid civilian casualties and have yet to enter the half of the city on the west bank of the Tigris River.

More than a million people are still believed to live in parts of Mosul under the control of the fighters, who seized the largest city in northern Iraq as part of a lightning advance across a third of the country in 2014.

Retail prices rose in Mosul last week after Popular Mobilization, a force of mainly Iranian-backed pro-government Shiite paramilitaries, cut the road linking the Iraqi and Syrian parts of the “caliphate”, Mosul’s main supply route.

The Shiite groups are attacking militants deployed between Mosul and Tal Afar, 60 kilometers (40 miles) to the west, trying to complete Mosul’s encirclement, with the army and Kurdish security forces controlling access from the other three sides.
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Mosul Offensive News
8 Civilians die in October Mosul airstrike

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) An airstrike targeting a medical unit supposedly occupied by Islamic State militants in the Mosul district of Hammam al-Alil last October killed eight civilians, according to Human Rights Watch, which urged air forces engaged in battles against the group to ensure civilians’ safety.

“On October 18, without warning, an airstrike hit the local clinic in the town of Hammam al-Alil, 30 kilometers southeast of Mosul, which was under ISIS control, according to a United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs official, three healthcare workers, and a local official,” the organization said on Tuesday. “The healthcare workers said that the attack, at about 9:30 a.m., killed at least eight civilians, including five children, and wounded at least two more,” it added.

It quoted one health worker saying that 50 people were inside the clinic at the time of the air raid.

Iraqi and US-led international air forces have been waging airstrikes against ISIS in Mosul since operations kicked off mid October to recapture the city from the extremist group. But civilians stranded in the middle of fighting, many of whom are reportedly held as potential human shields, slow down the progress of security operations, according to Iraqi government and volunteer militias commanders.

“ISIS fighters’ despicable positioning inside a protected health facility south of Mosul put civilians, including patients, at risk and needs to stop immediately,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Forces attacking ISIS should take all necessary measures to minimize harm to civilians, including those that ISIS forces may have placed at risk.”

Iraqi militia destroys ISIS convoy near Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Saraya al-Jihad announced on Tuesday that its forces managed to destroy a convoy belonging to the Islamic State extremist group, in western Mosul.

Saraya al-Jihad said in a brief statement, “Our forces managed to repulse the attack of a convoy of eight vehicles belonging to the Islamic State terrorist group in Halawa area, near Tel Afar,” pointing out that, “The convoy was hit using Jihad-3 rockets and destructed completely,” the statement added.

Joint security forces backed by Army Aviation and international coalition forces continue exercising efforts to retake the city of Mosul from the ISIS grip, within the offensive that was launched on October 2016, after the announcement of General Commander of Armed Forces Haider al-Abadi.

9 ISIS fighters die in sniper attacks

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Federal Police Command announced killing nine members of the Islamic State extremist group by its snipers’ fire, south of Mosul.

Federal Police Chief, Raed Shakir Jawdat, said in a press statement, “Today, Federal Police’s snipers regiment killed nine members of the Islamic State group in the outskirt of Umm al-Masa’id village.”

“Security forces also discovered a cache of weapons containing 6 improvised explosive devices, 134 mortar missiles, 11 rockets and 32 RBG missiles, west of Hamam al-Alil,” Jawdat added.

Joint security forces backed by Army Aviation and international coalition forces continue exercising efforts to retake the city of Mosul from the ISIS grip, within the offensive that was launched on October 2016, after the announcement of General Commander of Armed Forces Haider al-Abadi.
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Anbar Antics


ISIS using decoys in Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants deploy mock weaponry in Anbar to give an impression it is still holding ground in the province, according to an army official.

Major Nouman Abdul Zawbai, the 7th division commander in Anbar, was quoted by Alsumaria news on Tuesday as saying that ISIS are setting up “wooden tanks” and “bearded dummies” across the towns of Annah and Rawa, west of Anbar.

“Doing that, the group wants to make locals believe it still possesses equipment and fighters, but their trick was exposed by reconnaissance aircrafts from the international coalition flying above the two towns,” said Zawbai.

A similar trick by ISIS was exposed in Nineveh after several areas were liberated at the province.

ISIS is reportedly confining thousands of civilians in Annah and Rawa as potential human shields while preparations are still underway for an offensive by government and tribal forces against the group there.

6 ISIS Bad Guys have a Very Bad Day in Rawa


Anbar (IraqiNews.com) The army’s 7th brigade in Anbar Province announced killing six members of the Islamic State extremist group by an air strike in Rawa.

Commander of the brigade, Major General Noman Abd al-Zaweiy said in a press statement, “International coalition air force managed to destruct two vehicles belonging to the Islamic State in Rawa city.”

“The air strike also resulted in the killing of six ISIS terrorists who were inside the two vehicles,” Zaweiy added.

Security forces are preparing to liberate the cities of Rawa and Anah in western Anbar from the ISIS control, while the international coalition air force and Iraqi Air Force continue shelling ISIS targets in the two cities.
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Iraqi forces capture 2 villages in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Army forces liberated two villages east of the Tigris River at Salahuddin province from Islamic State militants on Tuesday, military media said.

The Salahuddin Operations troops liberated on Tuesday the villages of Shayyal al-Abli and Shayyal al-Imam in Sharqat, the War Media Cell reported, adding that the troops raised the Iraqi flags in the region.

Iraqi government forces, backed by tribal militias, are in daily operations to liberate regions occupied by the Islamic Stat militants since 2014, when the group proclaimed an Islamic caliphate in the country.

Earlier in the same day, the Salahuddin Operations media officer, Mohamed al-Assadi, said the forces recaptured the village of Kan’ous, at the same region. He revealed that the forces will move forward to the southwards to liberate the whole of the eastern region of Sharqat.

The Tuesday operations in Salahuddin come one day after an ISIS attack on a checkpoint in Samarra left five police officers dead and prompted a curfew in the area.

The greater focus is currently on the city of Mosul, Nineveh, where Iraqi government and paramilitary forces, backed by US-international coalition aircrafts, continue a major campaign launched in October to retake the city from ISIS who previously referred to it as the capital of their ‘Islamic Caliphate”.
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18 ISIS Turbans die in airstrike in Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Eighteen Islamic State militants were killed late Monday when US-led international coalition fighter jets targeted their haven southwest of Kirkuk.

The strikes came in coordination with intelligence authorities, a security source told Alsumaria News on condition of anonymity.

ISIS is still in control of Kirkuk’s precincts of Hawija, al-Rashad, al-Abbasi, al-Zab and al-Riyadh, all launching points for its attacks on Salahuddin province and the outskirts of Kirkuk, according to the source.

ISIS is still waging attacks at Iraqi provinces which have largely become under security or popular troops’ control, but its most decisive battle is occurring in Mosul, its last strategic bastion in Iraq where government forces and volunteer militias celebrate daily victories over the group as part of a all-out operation launched in October.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 1 dead


1 dead in bombing at Diyala Bridge

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One civilian was killed and six others were wounded when an IED rocked an area southeast of Baghdad on Tuesday, police sources said.

The bomb went off near a popular restaurant at Diyala Bridge.

Since 2014, violence surged in Iraq with the Islamic State militants taking over wide areas of the country, and the United Nations said earlier this month that 58000 people died since then. UN statistics say 3150 Iraqis were either killed or wounded in violence during October alone, with Baghdad marked as the most hit.

Observers believe ISIS have begun to target several areas across Iraq to divert security focus on Mosul, where the group fights to defend its last bastion in Iraq under the brunt of continuous advancements by Iraqi government and popular troops.
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Israel hits some Assad and Hezbollah targets in Syria
[IsraelTimes] News agencies affiliated with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad said the air raid on the military compound occurred at 1:15 am local time and that four large explosions were heard in the capital. They further reported that the strikes were carried out by Israeli Air Force planes from Lebanese air space.

According to the Kuwaiti news netwrok al-Rai, the warplanes also struck a number of vehicles traveling on the main highway believed to have been part of a weapons convoy led by Hezbollah.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian forces continue operations in Aleppo
[al-Manar] The Syrian army and allies continued on Tuesday their progress in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city in parallel with receiving the families who fled the terrorist-held towns towards the safe areas controlled by the governmental forces.

The Syrian army also advanced in western Aleppo towards Sheikh Saeed neighborhood, controlling several buildings in Zahraa association front.

Al-Manar correspondent reported that more than 10 thousand civilians went out of Aleppo eastern neighborhoods as UN humanitarian officers expressed their concern about the “terrible” conditions of the civilians who are still in the terrorist-held towns.
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Rebel forces given safe passage out of western Ghouta
[al-Manar] Twenty buses carrying militants went out on Monday of Khan El-Sheikh area in western Ghouta of Damascus toward Idlib city after they handed over their weapons, Hezbollah Military Media Bureau said in a statement.

“300 Kalashnikov guns were handed over to the Syrian army as another five buses transferred families from the same area toward Zakiya region,” the statement read.

The Military Media said that all gunmen will be gradually transferred by Tuesday in accordance with the deal between the national military and allied forces, and the armed groups operating in Khan El-Sheikh, Zakiya, Moqailabiyah and Taibeh.
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Half of Eastern Aleppo Cleared of Militants
"Secured area"
[Al-Manar] Syrian government forces have cleared half of eastern Aleppo from militants, liberating 80,000 residents, Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
“In fact, half of the territory in parts of eastern Aleppo occupied by militants in recent years has been completely freed,” spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

“Most importantly, more than 80,000 Syrians have been liberated, tens of thousands children. Many received for the first time water, food, medical care from Russian humanitarian centers,” he stressed, according to Sputnik.

However, Western countries are exhibiting “surprising blindness” in their evaluation of the Syrian government troops’ ability to achieve progress in Aleppo, the ministry added.

The statement was made in response to statements by the US Department of State, British Foreign Office and French Foreign Ministry that Aleppo civilians allegedly sustained huge losses during an operation of the Syrian troops, as well as calls by certain Bundestag lawmakers to impose new sanctions against Russia.

“Our Western counterparts are showing surprising blindness when it is time to assess the real situation in Aleppo. Over the past day, thanks to very well prepared and careful actions of Syrian servicemen, the situation drastically changed. Nearly half of the territory of Aleppo’s eastern part occupied by militants over the past years has been completely liberated,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
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5 Kurds die in Raqqa fighting
Raqqa – At least five Kurdish fighters were killed in renewed clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants north of Raqqa city, in northeastern Syria, military sources reported on Tuesday.

The Kurdish YPG leadership confirmed in a statement the death of five of their fighters in the northern suburb of Raqqa–the de facto capital of the ISIS’ self-proclaimed Caliphate.

“Three fighters from the People’s protection Units (YPG) and two female fighters from the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) lost their lives while fighting ISIS terrorists in the battle for Raqqa,” the Kurdish leadership said in a statement to ARA News.

Roughly three weeks ago, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces launched the Euphrates Wrath Operation, with support from the US-led coalition. The operation’s long-term objective is the isolation and elimination of the Islamic State in Raqqa.

During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, SDF soldiers captured an area measuring approximately 560 km2, containing dozens of towns, villages and farms. Military sources told ARA News that more than 185 ISIS jihadists have been killed since November 6.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), Syriac Military Council, Raqqa Revolutionaries Battalion and Tel Abyad Revolutionary Brigade are participating in Euphrates Wrath. In addition to these local fighters, foreign soldiers from a half-dozen nations are participating, either as YPG volunteers or under the auspices of the US-led coalition.
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