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Mosul Offensive News: Iraqi forces move into Mosul's biggest district
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Afghanistan
US airstrike leaves 7 ISIS militants dead 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 conducted by the US forces I 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 was conducted in Haska Mina district, using an unmanned aerial vehicle.

The officials further added that the murderous Moslems were targeted in Langari Kand area.

The anti-government armed Death Eater groups including the Taliban gunnies have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as a commander of the terror group who was actively recruiting for the terror group was killed during an operation in Khogyani district last week.

Both the Afghan and US forces conducted regular strikes against the loyalists of the terror group in this province.

The increased raids, usually involving dronezaps, by the US forces followed a broader role granted by the B.O. regime earlier this year.

Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Top Taliban leader killed in Parwan province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A top commander of the Taliban group was killed during an operation in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Monday.

"Yesterday, Afghan National Civil Order Police launched a special operation in the Siah Gard district of Parwan province, in which a Taliban’s key member Mullah Naiem Kor known as Umaduddin was killed," a statement by MoI said.

The statement further added that three other armed Talibs were maimed as well during the operation.

"Mullah Naiem was involved in many terrorist and destructive activities in this district and other areas of Parwan province," MoI added.
Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Airstrike leaves 14 militants dead, 11 seriously wounded in Helmand
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 14 Death Eaters were killed and 11 others were seriously maimed in an Arclight airstrike conducted close to Lashkargah city, the scenic provincial capital of southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Arclight airstrike was conducted in the past 24 hours but did not elaborate further.

It is yet not clear if the Arclight airstrike was conducted by the Afghan Air Force or the US forces based in Afghanistan.

Both the Afghan and US forces conduct regular Arclight airstrikes against the turbans to suppress their activities amid deteriorating security situation.

The US forces in Afghanistan resumed Arclight airstrikes after they were granted broader role by the B.O. regime earlier this year.

Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
AMISOM says foiled attack on its convoy in Somalia
African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has released a statement confirming that its soldiers have thwarted a bomb attack on Burundian peacekeepers in middle Shabelle region on Monday. According to a Twitter post, the AU mission said An IED targeting an AMISOM convoy travelling from Biyo Cadale to Miirtigo was detected and destroyed. No damage or injuries were reported.

AMISOM said in a statement posted on it Twitter account that its troops are vigilance and continued collaboration with SNA will eliminate the trauma caused by the Al shabaab and bring peace to Somalia.

Al shabaab has said it killed several AMISOM soldiers and destroyed an armored vehicle in a land mine blast planted on a semi-forest road near Mahaday town in southern Somalia, a claim AMISOM denies.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Three days of mourning declared in Cairo bomb attack, bomber identified
[TheGuardian] Egypt has declared three days of mourning on Sunday after a bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49.

In a statement, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi encouraged Muslims and Coptic Christians to band together “to emerge victorious in the war against terrorism, which is the battle of all Egyptians”. He stressed that the government would be harsh in its response to the attack, one of the deadliest carried out against the religious minority in recent years.

Those who pray regularly at St Mark’s Cathedral described a system of security within the compound that appeared strong, but could be lax. “People who commit such acts do so with impunity,” said one man, declining to be named as he stood close to the blast site and held up a small wooden cross. “There are normally police on both entrances to the cathedral and to the chapel.” Asked whether everyone who entered the cathedral compound was searched, he answered: “Sometimes yes, sometimes no”.

As the death toll rose and nearby hospitals called for blood donations, there was grief and anger in the streets. Hundreds of people crowded outside the cathedral, including a large crowd of young men who made clear their complaints against conservative Muslim groups, Egypt’s ministry of the interior and even the president. “As long as any Egyptian blood is cheap, down with any president,” they chanted.

“You ask for our emotions? Look in there,” said one man, pointing at the angry crowd. “What do you expect us to feel? People were killed while they were praying. They didn’t even die in their homes,” he said.

The Egyptian government has staked its mandate on the fight against Islamist groups as well as the Sinai chapter of Islamic State. Protecting the minority Christian population is the cornerstone of this pledge, but Sunday’s attack caused some to question whether the government is living up to its promise to provide security to all Egyptians.

“The government doesn’t protect us. They can’t protect us against terrorism in general,” said one man, who also wished to remain anonymous.

“Lots of Christians supported the current regime out of fear of being targeted by Islamist extremists,” said Mina Thabet, an expert on religious minorities at the Cairo-based Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms. “Many Christians supported Sisi as he represented himself as a protecter of Christians against extreme groups. Today’s event may affect their support.”

Other members of the Coptic community were unshaken in their support for Egypt’s government.

“This is an injury to all Egyptians,” said Father Boules Haliem, spokesman for the Coptic Church of Egypt. “This is about more than the Coptic community, this is an attack on all Egyptians.”

Sisi announces 22-year-old suicide bomber behind Cairo cathedral attack, four suspects arrested

[AlAhram] The kaboom on Cairo’s cathedral complex on Sunday was carried out by a 22-year-old jacket wallah, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said during an address at a state funeral for the 24 victims of the blast.

El-Sisi named the man as Mahmoud Shafiq Mohammed Mostafa.

"Since yesterday the police have been gathering the scattered remains of Mahmoud Shafiq Mohammed Mostafa," Sisi said, adding that four people have been enjugged
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
, including one woman, for alleged involvement in the incident, while two more suspects are being pursued.

Twenty-four people were killed and 49 injured after a bomb went kaboom! inside a church attached to the Coptic cathedral in Cairo on Sunday, one of the deadliest attacks on Egyptian Christians in recent years.

More suspects arrested in Cairo cathedral bombing - Interior ministry

[AlAhram] The Ministry of Interior released Monday afternoon a statement saying that security forces have apprehended further suspects sought for their involvement in the deadly bombing of the Cairo Coptic cathedral complex on Sunday that left 24 people dead and 49 injured.

Earlier on Monday, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced in an address at a state funeral for victims of the blast that the attack was carried out by a 22-year-old suicide bomber named Mahmoud Shafiq Mohamed Mostafa, adding that four suspects had been arrested.
The Times of Israel adds:
Most of the victims were women, authorities have said. The blast also maimed 45 people and 21 of them were still hospitalized, the ministry said.
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Libyans start celebrations of the Prophet’s Birthday, but Salafists attack mosque in Zliten
[Libya Herald]
Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  Spoilers.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/13/2016 10:49 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Houthi top commander dies in Hajjah
Taiz- Fierce clashes erupted between pro-government forces and insurgency militias in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate, located just off the western front of Sanaa.

Fighting extended to Taiz as well, spreading across border territory shared with Saudi Arabia. Insurgency militias have recorded losses in both personnel and artillery.

Army intelligence based in the fifth military region, Midi district, reported the death of top militia commander Hussain Rashed Al Husowi along with 18 other militants. The militia ring was neutralized by an air raid staged by the Saudi –led Arab coalition forces.

Husowi was believed to have been responsible for the armament of insurgency gunmen across several battlefronts, especially those taking place in the Harad district. At least 27 other militiamen were injured by the strike.

The coalition’s command room also reported the destruction of a Tochka missile launch pad, along with a military wagon positioned west of the Harad district.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia along with other Arab states launched a military operation aimed at restoring the rule of Yemen’s internationally recognized President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Prior to the start of hostilities, Hadi’s government had been gradually overrun by an alliance comprised of Iran- aligned Houthi militiamen and loyalists of the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, making up the Houthi-Saleh forces.

The airstrike followed hours of violent clashes between national army forces, backed by the Arab Coalition air force, and militiamen overrunning the 25 Brigade Mika sector found in the Ibn Abdullah valley, a near border location.

The air operation led to the death and injury of a number of militiamen, in addition to the destruction of a militia BMP infantry vehicle loaded with a ZSU-23-4- styled weapon.

In August 2016, the United Nations estimated that the war had killed at least 10,000 people. According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, there were 3,980 civilian casualties from the start of hostilities through September 2016. The war has taken a devastating toll on the population in a country long-considered the least developed in the Middle East and one of the poorest in the world.

“Militia forces continue staging fierce crimes and violations against unarmed civilians in Taiz, both against inner city residents and those residing in the countryside– the insurgency’s brutal shelling and destruction of homes is considered an escalation and an attempt to make up for losses,” military sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.
Posted by: badanov || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Britain
UK pair linked to Brussels, Paris attacks jailed
[IsraelTmes] A British court on Monday enjugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
two men for up to eight years for handing money to Brussels and Gay Paree terror attacks suspect Mohammed Abrini when he visited Britannia last year.

Mohammed Ali Ahmed and Zakaria Boufassil gave £3,000 ($3,770) in cash to Abrini in the central English city of Birmingham in July 2015, knowing it would be used for terrorism.

Ahmed, a 27-year-old from Birmingham, had pleaded guilty to the offence last month and received an eight-year jail term.

Boufassil, a 26-year-old Belgian citizen also from Birmingham, had admitted meeting Abrini in a Birmingham park and holding the money for Ahmed, but said he had "no idea" of its intended use.

However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
a jury dismissed this claim last week and he was sentenced to three years behind bars.

Judge Jeremy Baker said Ahmed was motivated by "extreme Islamist beliefs" but said Boufassil’s role was "more limited."

It emerged Monday, after the judge lifted reporting restrictions, that Boufassil claimed he was recruited by British intelligence agency MI5 after the meeting with Abrini. He claimed to have been given up to £3,000 in exchange for information, using it to go to Morocco to see his girlfriend. He was tossed in the clink
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
on his return in April 2016.

Boufassil’s lawyer tried to use the MI5 claim to argue that he did not hold any allegiance to a particular terrorist group or cause.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2016 02:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Five men and a woman are arrested on suspicion of terror offences and six properties are being searched in raids across England
[DailyMail]
  • Six people have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences this morning

  • Four men from Derby aged 22, 27, 35 and 36, detained as part of series of dawn raids

  • 27-year-old man from Burton upon Trent and woman, 32, from London arrested

  • Six properties in Derby, Burton and London being searched as part of the probe

  • Police said the arrests linked to 'international-related terrorism'

  • The raids follow the news that concrete barriers have been erected at Birmingham's German Market to prevent suicide bombers as armed police patrol Newcastle amid fears of terror attacks.

    The bollards were put up this week to safeguard the thousands who flock to the seasonal city centre attraction each day.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2016 02:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under:


    British police arrest 33 in Iran-UK migrant smuggling probe
    [AlAhram] Thirty-three people have been locked away
    You have the right to remain silent...
    as part of a Europe-wide investigation into the smuggling of migrants colonists from Iran to Britannia, the National Crime Agency (NCA) in London said Monday.

    The suspects are believed to be "key members" of an organised crime gang that has smuggled hundreds of people across Europe to Britannia using fake identity documents, said Chris Hogben, from the NCA's border policing command.

    Twenty-four of those arrested, aged between 26 and 45, were detained in Greece after a series of raids in Athens in a joint operation with Greek police, the agency said in a statement.

    "All 24 were arrested for their suspected role in a transnational organised crime group believed to be facilitating the smuggling of Iranian illegal migrants colonists from Iran via The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
    ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
    , Greece, Spain, La Belle France, Germany, Italia, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland
    ...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell...
    , the Netherlands, into the UK," it said.

    Investigators believe the group would charge up to 10,000 euros ($11,000, £8,000) per person to supply migrants colonists with false identity papers and arrange their onward journey to Britannia.

    Four forgery factories, where the group allegedly produced the counterfeited documents, were dismantled in the operation, the NCA said.

    Forging equipment, 50,000 euros in cash and hundreds of documents were also seized.

    British immigration officials last week arrested nine people suspected of being part of the UK-based arm of the gang, the NCA added.

    Those arrests followed a series of raids in Glasgow, Manchester, in northern England, and Northampton, in central England.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2016 02:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


    Europe
    11 arrested in France over Nice truck massacre
    [IsraelTimes] Police believe suspects helped arm Islamist radical who killed more than 80 people in Bastille Day terror attack.

    French police on Monday incarcerated
    Please don't kill me!
    11 people suspected of helping to arm the Islamist radical who crushed 86 people to death with a truck in Nice, sources close to the investigation said.

    Ten suspects, including one or more Albanians, were arrested in various parts of Nice and another was detained in the western city of Nantes, the sources said.

    The arrests come five months after Tunisian bad boy Mohammed Lahouaiej Bouhlel plowed a 19-ton truck into a crowd on the Nice seafront.

    The 11 people arrested Monday are believed to have been in contact with three people, including two Albanians, arrested in July and charged with supplying Bouhlel with an assault rifle and a pistol.

    Bouhlel used the pistol in a firefight with police who shot him dead at the scene, ending his bloody rampage.

    "They (the 11) did not necessarily know about the attack but they are part of a criminal milieu involved in arms smuggling," a source said, adding that the person arrested in Nantes had previously lived in Nice.

    Under La Belle France’s anti-terror laws, they can be held for four days before being brought before a magistrate to face charges or being released.

    Six people have been charged so far over alleged links to the 31-year-old killer, but Sherlocks have yet to prove that any of them knew what he was planning.

    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 moved quickly after the attack to claim Bouhlel as one of its followers.

    The massacre on the palm-fringed Promenade des Anglais was the latest in a series of jihadist attacks that have rocked La Belle France over the past two years.

    The attacks have hardened attitudes on security and immigration, fueling the rise of the far-right ahead of next year’s presidential election.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2016 02:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    The Grand Turk
    Turkish police detain hundreds after bomb attacks, pro-Kurdish party targeted
    [DW] Police have detained 235 people including pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) officials over alleged ties to Kurdish turbans. One day prior, a PKK splinter group grabbed credit for bombings in Istanbul.

    Counter-terrorism police conducted early-morning raids in 11 Turkish provinces on Monday, detaining officials in cities like Istanbul and Ankara, the ministry said. The raids appeared to also target officials from the pro-Kurdish HDP political party.

    In Istanbul, police took 20 officials into custody, including the HDP's provincial head in the city, Aysel Guzel, Turkish authorities said. The party's main offices in the city were also reportedly searched.

    Another 17 people involved in the party were detained in Ankara, including the provincial head Ibrahim Binici, Hurrieyet reported. To the south in Adana, a further 25 were taken into custody as part of a large police raid.

    The sweeping police raids came after weekend attacks in Istanbul killed 44 people and injured 155, according to the latest figures from the health ministry in Ankara. Most of those killed were coppers.

    On Sunday, the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) - a radical splinter group of the PKK - grabbed credit for twin blasts outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul.

    Following the claim, Turkish warplanes carried out air strikes against PKK targets in northern Iraq, an army statement said.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
    ... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
    said in a published statement that those behind the attack would "pay a heavier price" for Saturday evening's attack.

    Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


    Home Front: WoT
    Iowa Man Sentenced in Case Related to Guns Sent to Lebanon
    [AnNahar] An Iowa man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to the shipping of guns to Leb.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office says Bassem Afif Herz was given the punishment Monday in federal court in Cedar Rapids. The 31-year-old Cedar Rapids man pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to deal in firearms without a license and illegally shipping firearms. He also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering and violating a federal law that limits the exporting of weapons.

    Besides eight years and one month of prison, Herz must serve three years of supervised release after his term.

    Herz was among several relatives convicted in the case, which revolved around dozens of guns illegally shipped from Cedar Rapids to Leb.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2016 02:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under:

    #1  Interesting tidbit. While Iowa is not your normal terrorist trafficking hotbed, Cedar Rapids is home to the Mother Mosque, first in the States. It also is home to an established Lebanese/Syrian community from the turn of the last century, and various guest imams of concern have been there and once hosted a starving student working his way through college by forging documents that included some 9-11 players. He was deported to Morrocco years ago. But where did the weapons shipped from Iowa come from? It's not a port but is a trucking mecca with several large freighting firms based there, giving employment to immigrants and refugees over the years. There has to be more to this.
    Posted by: One Eyed Speaking for Boskone7919 || 12/13/2016 10:42 Comments || Top||

    #2  But where did the weapons shipped from Iowa come from?

    If I was a tinfoil-hatter, I go with a Lebanese version of Fast & Furious. Otherwise, I'd say it was the work of a ethnic-Lebanese crime syndicate.
    Posted by: Pappy || 12/13/2016 13:20 Comments || Top||

    #3  Isn't there a sarlacc pit in Cedar Rapids?
    Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/13/2016 15:28 Comments || Top||


    India-Pakistan
    Anti-terror officer shot dead in Peshawar
    PESHAWAR - Unidentified gunmen on a motorbike shot dead an anti-terror police officer in Peshawar on Saturday.

    Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Riazul Islam was targeted at Charsadda Road when he and his son were on their way home after offering evening prayers in a nearby mosque at Madina Colony.

    Riazul Islam, who earlier survived two similar life attempts, received three bullets in the attack. He was rushed to Lady Reading Hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries on the way. His son Fayyaz was admitted to hospital in a critical condition.

    Zulfiqar Ali Babakhel, a spokesman for Lady Reading Hospital, said doctors working to save the son’s life.

    CCPO Tahir Khan said Riazul Islam had survived two bomb attacks in the past three years, in one of which he was severely wounded. The attackers, who were reportedly two, left the scene after committing the crime, he added.

    Following the incident, the police reached the crime scene and cordoned off the area and launched a search operation; however, no arrest was made till filing of this report.

    No group has yet claimed responsiblity for the attack.

    The country has been battling a militancy since shortly after it decided to ally with the US following its invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

    Violence has declined in recent years following a series of military offensives in the northwest border areas as well as concerted efforts to block the militants’ sources of funding. But the remnants of militant groups are still able to carry out periodic bloody attacks, particularly in the northwest.
    Posted by: badanov || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under:


    Girl dies in IED attack in Waziristan
    At least one minor girl died and three others sustained injuries in a roadside blast in Spinwam tehsil of North Waziristan on Monday, DawnNews reported.

    Security sources said the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was planted next to the school gate which went off when the gate was opened.

    No classes were taking place today and the children were going to the Abakhel school to play when the bomb planted outside it went off.

    The injured were shifted to Mir Ali Hospital and Miranshah Hospital.

    Operations against militants in North Waziristan were stepped up after the government decided to implement the nation-wide National Action Plan for combating terrorism in the country. Suspected militants have also been killed in drone strikes in the region.

    Zarb-i-Azb military operation which targeted local and foreign militants specifically in North Waziristan was spearheaded following an attack on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport on June 8, 2014.

    According to official statements, over 3,500 militants have been killed in operation Zarb-i-Azb, while the offensive forced over a million civilians to vacate their homes and move to settled areas of the country.

    The number of attacks in the country has fallen around 70 per cent but attacks on security and civilian targets continue to occur occasionally.
    Posted by: badanov || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under:


    9 injured in grenade attack in Turbat
    Nine people were injured on Monday when suspected militants attacked the office of National Party (NP) in Balochistan's Turbat district, police officials said.

    The attackers lobbed a hand grenade inside the NP office targeting the workers inside, officials said.

    Three NP workers were seriously injured whereas three others suffered minor injuries. The blast also caused damage to the office.

    Two of the injured have been referred to Karachi for medical treatment.

    The president of National Party, Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo has condemned the incident and termed it as an act of terrorism.

    "We will not bow down before the elements playing in the hands of foreign powers," said Bizenjo.

    The assailants escaped unhurt from the spot and no one has claimed the attack so far.

    Security personnel and workers of Baloch nationalist parties have been frequent targets of attacks in Turbat in the past few years, with several of these orchestrated by Baloch separatists and sectarian outfits.
    Posted by: badanov || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top|| File under:


    Mob 'besieging' Ahmadi place of worship in Chakwal dispersed by police
    [DAWN] A charged mob of around 1,000 people which reportedly besieged an Ahmadi place of worship in Chakwal was dispersed by police on Monday, officials said.

    The place of worship located in the limits of the Chowas Saidan Shah cop shoppe area in Chakwal's Dhalmial district was 'attacked' by nearly 1,000 people, according to the Jamaat-e-Ahmaddiya Pakistain Spokesperson Saleem-ud-Din.

    Saleem-ud-Din said a mob armed with batons and weapons was throwing stones and firing on the premises. The mob was "attempting to seize Ahmadiyya property," he said.

    Deputy Commissioner Chakwal Mahmood Javed Bhatti said the mob hurled stones and bricks at the place of worship before storming the building, adding that gunnies opened fire on Ahmadis in the area. The DC said that police have now dispersed the crowd and secured the building.

    Rashid Ahmad, a local police official, said the mob also set fire to part of the building.

    Station House Officer Chowas Saidan Shah Sub Inspector (SI) Muhammad Nawaz told Dawn that police had dispersed the crowd. The situation is under control now, he confirmed, adding that police had not decided on what action to take.

    District police officer Chakwal said that a dialogue between local religious leaders and district administration is ongoing.

    SI Muhammad Nawaz added that there had been no reports of any casualties.

    The Jamaat-e-Ahmaddiya Pakistain spokesperson, however, claimed that there had been one killed in the incident, but was unable to identify the dead.

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

    earlier said it was "following up" on the Chakwal incident.

    The provincial government's Twitter claimed, "As per details, a misunderstanding developed between the two groups. Home Department is vigilantly following up the issue."

    It is unclear which groups were involved in the incident.
    Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


    Iraq
    Turkish warbirds hammer Kurd positions in Iraq
    [al-Manar] Turkey hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq less than 24 hours after twin attacks in Istanbul killed 38 that were claimed by a Kurdish splinter group, local media reported Monday.

    Late Saturday, a car bomb exploded outside the home stadium of football giants Besiktas and less than a minute later, a suicide attacker blew himself up by a group of police at a nearby park. Thirty police officers and seven civilians were killed, while there is one person who has yet to be identified.

    The attacks were claimed by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), which is seen as a radical offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

    The Turkish military, quoted by Dogan news agency, said it hit “separatist terrorist organization members” on Sunday evening, referring to the PKK. The armed forces said it struck targets in the Zap region of northern Iraq destroying the militants’ headquarters as well as nearby shelters and gun positions.

    The PKK command is based in the Qandil mountains of northern Iraq and the group is proscribed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.
    Posted by: badanov || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

    #1  I trust Trump will fix this imbalance in forty-three days.
    Posted by: Raj || 12/13/2016 0:11 Comments || Top||

    #2  Trust no one.
    Posted by: Glenmore || 12/13/2016 9:46 Comments || Top||


    The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


    15 dedders found in well in Saf al-Tout
    ISIS doesn't quite get the hang of mass murder yet, not like the Mexican cartels, but I s'pect they'll get better as time goes on.
    Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi security forces found on Sunday 15 decomposed bodies of civilians strewn inside a water well south of Mosul, presumably executed by Islamic State militants, local officials said.

    Head of the Shura district council, Khaled al-Gar, said in a statement that the bodies were found at a water well a Saf al-Tout, adding that security forces and concerned authorities were working to identify the dead civilians. He said initial information suggest they were executed by ISIS.

    Shura had been recaptured by Iraqi joint forces late November.

    Since taking over Mosul and several other Iraqi cities in 2014, ISIS has been notorious for heinous executions of civilians for either failing to comply with their extremist religious views or collaborating with security authorities.

    Several mass graves have been discovered as Iraqi forces cleared several villages around the city center since October, when the government announced the launch of operations to retake the city.

    Sources said Saturday the group executed seven people who declined to abandon their homes to give space to militants fighting Iraqi forces.

    Human remains, gunz found in Shura area

    Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Media officials with the Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday finding remains of people killed by the Islamic State’s members, in addition to a large cache of weapons and equipment, containing Katyusha Rockets, south of the city of Mosul.

    The officials said in a press statement, “Intelligence and Security Directorate, backed by citizens and al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Shura area discovered a large cache of light and heavy weapons buried in the desert of an abandoned village in Hamam al-Alil, south of Mosul.”

    “The cache contained large quantities of Katyusha Rockets and mortar shells, as well as explosive materials,” the statement added.

    “Also, human remains belonging to citizens killed by the Islamic State (ISIS) were found in the area,” the statement explained.

    On Friday, Commander of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), Abdel Ghani al-Asadi announced finishing the first phase of the battle to liberate Nineveh.

    ISIS executes 17 in Hawija


    Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) A local source in Kirkuk province revealed, that the Islamic State group (ISIS) executed 17 persons, by firing squad, inside a military air base near Hawija district, in western the province, Alsumaria News reported on Monday.

    The source told Alsumaria News, “This morning, members of the ISIS executed 17 civilians, by firing squad, in al-Bakara Air Base near Hawija district.”

    “The ISIS executed the civilians for collaborating with government forces and Kurdish Peshmerga,” the source added.

    The extremist group filmed the civilian’s execution, after being sentenced to death by the so-called ISIS Sharia Court in the district.

    Noteworthy, since imposing its control over Hawija disrict in June 2014, ISIS executed dozens of citizens on different charges, especially collaboration with security forces.

    Iraqi forces discover ISIS prison east of Mosul


    Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) An officer at the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) revealed on Monday discovering a second prison belonging to the Islamic State extremist group in Mosul.

    Major Ali Mohsen said in a press statement, “Our forces discovered another prison belonging to the Islamic State group, during search operations at the liberated area of al-Zohour, in eastern Mosul.”

    “The prison was found empty of detainees,” Mohsen explained. “The prison contains dozens of solitary cells, as well as special rooms that were used to torture people fighting ISIS ideology,” Mohsen added.

    Mohsen also declared that the Counter-Terrorism Service found lists containing names of wanted persons and detainees inside the prison, located at al-Zohour area, in eastern Mosul.

    “Our forces also found an explosives and IEDs laboratory inside an abandoned garage in the same area,” Mohsen further added.

    Iraqi security forces discovered another prison belonging to ISIS, earlier, in al-Qadisiyah al-Oula area, in eastern Mosul.

    Posted by: badanov || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [377 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

    #1  "Does this well water taste funny?"
    "Nope, none of the victims were clowns"
    Posted by: USN, Ret. || 12/13/2016 13:04 Comments || Top||

    #2  Ummmm, NOOOOO!

    Pappy did you read that?
    Posted by: Shipman || 12/13/2016 13:45 Comments || Top||

    #3  Yes. I laughed. I also trust he knows to go to his room.
    Posted by: Pappy || 12/13/2016 17:36 Comments || Top||


    Anbar Antics


    Iraqi kops capture 3 explosives labs in Ramadi

    Anbar (IraqiNews.com) A local source in Anbar province revealed, that security forces discovered three explosives labs belonging to the Islamic State group (ISIS), west of Ramadi, Alsumaria News reported on Sunday.

    The source told Alsumaria, “Forces from the army’s 7th brigade, intelligence of the 29th brigade and tribal fighters managed to discover three explosives labs belonging to the ISIS in Heet city and Kabisa area.”

    “These laboratories were found by the citizens of Heet and Kabisa who informed the security forces,” the source explained. “Army’s engineering teams defused the explosive materials in these laboratories,” the source added.

    Security forces and tribal fighters continue searching areas and neighborhoods liberated from the ISIS in Heet, in preparation for the return of displaced people.

    Iraqi kops impose curfew on Fallujah

    Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi security forces imposed a comprehensive curfew on the city of Fallujah, Alsumaria News reported on Sunday.

    Alsumaria News stated, “Security forces imposed a comprehensive curfew on people, vehicles and markets in the city of Fallujah, and until further notice.”

    “The curfew was imposed after the explosion of two booby-trapped vehicles in the city of Fallujah,” Alsumaria added.

    Earlier today, a local source in Anbar province revealed that a number of persons were either killed or wounded in the explosion of two booby-trapped vehicles that targeted checkpoints in central and western Fallujah.
    Posted by: badanov || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


    Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


    Iraqi kops capture explosives laden vehicle in Abu Gharib

    Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Commander of Baghdad Operations, Major General Jalil al-Rabiei, announced on Monday seizing a vehicle carrying explosives belts and IEDs, in western the capital.

    Rabiei said in a press statement, “Security forces confiscated a vehicle carrying explosive belts and a number of improvised explosive devices at Abu Gharib checkpoint.”

    “The vehicle was moving toward Baghdad,” Rabiei explained. “The security forces also arrested the vehicle’s driver,” Rabiei added.

    Earlier today, Baghdad Operations announced seizing another vehicle carrying explosive devices on Mohamed al-Qassim highway, in central the province.
    Posted by: badanov || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

    #1  I'm sure the Iraqis will follow all the rules for incarceration and interrogation of the drivers of these vehicles.
    Posted by: Glenmore || 12/13/2016 9:51 Comments || Top||


    Mosul Offensive News: Iraqi forces move into Mosul's biggest district
    Iraqi forces regain control of 31 Mosul districts

    [ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iraq’s joint operations command said on Saturday that counter-terrorism forces regained control of 31 neighborhoods on the left coast of the city of djinn-infested Mosul
    ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
    They continue to advance in three other neighborhoods after inflicting heavy losses on ISIS during recent battles.

    The joint operations’ command also said that their forces are less than two kilometers away from Mosul’s bridges, adding that the coalition’s air force continues to destroy ISIS gatherings in east Mosul.

    Two days ago, Abdul Ghani al-Assadi, commander of the counter-terrorism apparatus, said the first phase of military operations in the battle to restore Mosul ended after 50 days of launching it.

    He added that his forces will completely control the left coast of Mosul after seizing the last few neighborhoods.

    Meanwhile,
    ...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Big Shirley was still trying to snatch Nunzio bald-headed. She was already halfway there...
    security sources said counter-terrorism forces raided al-Taameem neighborhood and are fighting fierce battles to expel ISIS members from it.

    Iraqi forces move into Mosul's biggest district

    Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Forces on Sunday moved inside the district of Fallaghat, eastern Mosul’s biggest district, as part of operations to clear the eastern section of the city from Islamic State militants.

    The forces commander, Abdel Wahab al-Saedi, said in statements that the forces made incursions at the outskirts of Fallahat, preparing to clear the whole neighborhood from ISIS.

    He said the operation was faring well despite resistance from ISIS combatants.

    CTS commanders said two days ago they had become in control over 24 eastern Mosul districts, accounting for at least 50 percent of that region. The success comes as part of operations that launched in October to retake the city from ISIS.

    ISIS remains in control over most of the western regions adjacent to the Syrian borders, but Iraqi government and militia commanders say the city has become isolated from Syria, with supply routes for the group from Syria almost cut.

    Iraqi militia forces capture 2 villages in Mosul

    Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Al-Hashd al-Shaabi militia recaptured on Sunday the villages of Riziya and Ta Ghazal near the strategic town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, from Islamic State militants.

    “Al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces totally liberated the village of Riziya from ISIS control after intense battles with terrorists,” the militia’s media services said, adding that a number of militants were killed in process.

    The military media service said also that al-Hashd al-Shaabi freed the village of Tal Ghazal, south of Tal Afar airport.

    Earlier on Sunday, Al-Hashd said that they had repelled a suicide attack by ISIS which relied on suicide bombers and booby-trapped cars attack.

    Tal Afar, 50 kilometers west of Mosul, is a vital target for Iraqi government and popular militia troops seeking to liberate Mosul from ISIS militants. The town, according to Iraqi security and militia commanders, had become isolated, depriving ISIS from supplies from Syria. Al-Hashd are reportedly preparing to storm the town’s center as part of a wide-scale operation to retake Mosul that launched in October.

    Police forces said Saturday they were preparing to open a new front against ISIS in western Mosul, while Iraqi joint forces are still working to retake eastern districts towards the eastern shore of the Tigris River.

    Airstrikes destroy bridge

    Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) US-led international coalition air forces bombarded on Sunday the Old Bridge of Mosul which links the city’s east and west, effectively disconnecting both sides of the Tigris River, according to a security source in Nineveh.

    “International coalition jets completely destroyed the old metal bridge linking the eastern and western shores,” said the source, explaining that the latest strike means that all of the five bridges linking the two sections were completely destroyed.

    Coalition jets had only inflicted damage on the last old bridge in the last strike in November, with coalition commanders saying the strike was only meant to render the bridge unusable.

    The bridge, which was constructed British occupation, is the city’s oldest, and Islamic State militants resorted recently to booby-trap it to stymie advancement by Iraqi security troops.

    On friday, the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said the number of districts recaptured from ISIS since operations launched mid October has so far reached at least 24.

    Military and police commanders said recently that government forces became in control of nearly 50 percent of the eastern section of Mosul. ISIS remains in control of most of the western region adjacent to the group’s strongholds in Syria, but Iraqi security commanders and Al-Hashd al-Shaabi militia leaders say they had managed to cut ISIS’s supply and escape routes to and from Syria.

    Iraqi commander wounded in mortar attack near Mosul

    (reuters) An Iraqi military commander was wounded and one of his bodyguards killed when Islamic State militants fired mortar shells at his convoy south of Mosul on Sunday, officers from the local military command told Reuters.

    They said a convoy carrying Lieutenant-General Jumaa Inad, head of operations in Salahuddin province, came under attack near the town of Shirqat where Iraqi forces are fighting to retake an Islamic State-held enclave.

    He had wounds to his head and arm and was flown to a hospital in Erbil, they said.

    The fighting around Shirqat, in Salahuddin province, is part of a wider military campaign against Islamic State in the north of the country. U.S.-backed Iraqi force has been battling for eight weeks to crush the militants in Mosul, the largest city under Islamic State control in Iraq and Syria.

    Inad was visiting troops in the village of Ganous, on the eastern bank of the Tigris river about 90 km (60 miles) south of Mosul.

    Iraqi militia group captures 3 villages west of Mosul

    Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Badr Organization announced on Sunday liberating three villages and repulsing an attack using two booby-trapped vehicles, west of Mosul.

    The organization said in a press statement, “Security forces liberated the villages of Tel Ghazal, Tel Majan and Shouwaira, as well as repulsing a suicide attack using two booby-trapped vehicles and Kornet Rockets, before approaching the forces, west of Ramadi.”

    “163 civilians were evacuated and an explosives laboratory was found in the area,” the statement added.

    Joint security forces, backed by Army Aviation and international coalition continue liberating the city of Mosul from the ISIS control.

    Iraqi forces in the east repel 2 ISIS attacks

    Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) An army officer announced on Monday, that Iraqi army forces repulsed attacks launched by the Islamic State extremist group (ISIS) in eastern Mosul.

    Captain Iyad Ziad said in a press statement, “The Islamic state’s terrorists attacked an army’s headquarters near the television area, in eastern Mosul.”

    “The [army] forces managed to repulse the attack, and also killed 13 ISIS terrorists,” Ziad added. “Four army soldiers we killed as well during the confrontations near the headquarters,” Ziad explained.

    Meanwhile, Iraqi forces repelled another attack, at dawn today, in the liberated area of Shokak al-Khadra, in eastern Mosul. The security forces also killed dozens of the Islamic State’s members.

    Iraqi kops prepare to join battle for Mosul

    (Reuters) Several thousand Iraqi federal police are ready to join the assault against Islamic State in east Mosul, a spokesman said on Monday, reinforcing troops who have faced weeks of fierce counter-attacks from the militants.

    The extra forces are being deployed as the gruelling U.S.-backed campaign to crush Islamic State in its Iraqi stronghold enters its ninth week. Elite army troops have retaken a quarter of the city, but their advance has been slow and punishing.

    The federal police units, around 4,000 strong, have been moved to southeast of the city, near an area where an army tank division last week made the deepest incursion into Mosul so far, briefly seizing a hospital used as a base by the militants.

    The troops were forced to pull back from the Salam hospital, less than a mile (about 1 km) from the Tigris river which runs through the centre of Mosul, when they were attacked by suicide car bombs, mortar volleys and machine gun fire.

    A spokesman for Iraq’s federal police commander, Lieutenant-General Raed Shakir Jawdat, said the three brigades from the police Fifth Division were ready to move in, although he suggested they might not go into action immediately.

    They are currently near Qaraqosh, about 15 km (10 miles) from the southeast edge of the city and are “fully prepared now to start the attack to control the eastern side of Mosul,” the spokesman said.

    However he said they were waiting for advances elsewhere on the eastern front, where elite Counter Terrorism Services (CTS) have made steady street-by-street progress, unlike last week’s dramatic push by the armoured division towards the hospital.

    “We are waiting for orders from the supreme commanders to start the offensive to defeat Daesh (Islamic State) and clear the eastern part (of Mosul),” he said.

    The CTS forces said on Sunday they had captured another district of east Mosul, the al-Nour neighbourhood.

    Accounts from Mosul are difficult to confirm since authorities have increasingly restricted international media access to the battlefronts and areas retaken from Islamic State in and around the city.

    POLICE DIVERTED FROM SOUTHWEST
    The police and CTS troops are part of a 100,000-strong Iraqi alliance which launched the campaign to retake Mosul on Oct. 17. It includes soldiers, security forces, Kurdish peshmerga fighters and mainly Shi’ite Popular Mobilisation forces, and is backed by a U.S.-led international coalition.

    Defeating Islamic State in Mosul, the biggest city it controls in Iraq or Syria, would be a crushing blow to the self-styled caliphate it declared in large parts of both countries two years ago, and might see it revert to more covert militant operations in Iraq.

    Iraqi commanders say progress has been slowed by the fierce defence waged by the jihadists, who they say have used a network of tunnels under the eastern half of the city and exploited more than 1 million civilians as human shields.

    The fight in crowded residential areas has also restricted the use of heavy weapons and air strikes from the U.S.-led coalition, the military says.

    For weeks, commanders have also talked about opening a new front in southwest Mosul to stretch Islamic State defences. But the despatch of the units to the southeast may delay that plan.

    The forces in Qaraqosh had been due to join other police units who have reached within 3 or 4 km (2 or 3 miles) of the airport on Mosul’s southwestern edge, and were expected to open the new front inside the city on the west bank of the Tigris.

    Nearly two months into the campaign, the United Nations says 91,000 people have been registered as displaced from Mosul and nearby towns and villages. That figure excludes thousands more forced as human shields back into Mosul by retreating militants.

    Most people though have stayed put, and 1 million are likely to be still living in remaining Islamic State-held areas of the city. With the militants largely sealed off, civilians are enduring increasingly siege-like conditions, with shortages of fuel, food and water as winter sets in.

    Iraqi Army, Hash Shaabi Liberate More Iraqi Regions West of Mosul

    [AlManar] Iraqi Hashed Shaabi fighters (Popular Mobilization Forces) liberated on Monday Tel Askaa area northwest of Tel Abta, and the village of Northern Abu Senam west of Mosul, and inflicted terrorists heavy losses.

    PMF website said “the PMF managed to liberate Northern Abu Senam western Mosul village after clashes with ISIL gunmen and killed dozens of terrorists,” in reference to the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ takfiri group.

    “PMF is continuing progress according to the plans until cleansing the western axis of ISIL control,” the website added.

    Moreover, 25 ISIL militants were also killed as they were going to escape from the village of Aziz Agha west of Mosul. In the meantime, PMF engineering corps started to lift containers from the village roads and to dismantle booby-trapped houses.

    Furthermore, PMF website received 200 families fleeing from the ISIL tyranny west of Tal Afar, pointing out that “Hashd Shaabi forces greeted those families, provided them with the necessary services and transferred all the families to safe places outside the combat zones.”

    It is noted that PMF leadership confirmed that ISIL gunmen are taking families as human shields and preventing them from going out in an attempt to disrupt the PMF progress to liberate the west of Mosul cities from the control of the criminal group.
    Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [643 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Israel-Palestine-Jordan
    East Jerusalem teens indicted for planning attacks
    [IsraelTimes] Prosecutors say eight defendants plotted stone-throwing and Molotov cocktail assaults when they met in prison.

    Jerusalem District prosecutors filed indictments Monday against eight East Jerusalem teenagers accused of conspiracy to commit a crime, rioting, attacking a police officer and other offenses.

    According to the indictments, filed at the Jerusalem Youth Magistrate’s Court, the defendants, aged 17-18, began planning attacks on Israelis when they found themselves incarcerated together for other offenses at the Megiddo Prison in 2015.

    The group, all of whom come from the Tsur Baher and Issawiya neighborhoods, discussed plans for throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli security forces after their release, and one suggested they obtain guns for shooting attacks.

    Some of the gang members were also indicted for rioting -- including incidents on the Temple Mount -- and inciting to violence in Facebook posts.

    Four of the defendants had served time in prison for a 2013 stone-throwing attack that targeted the vehicle in which two-year-old Avigail Ben Zion was traveling with her parents in Armon Hanetziv, a predominantly Jewish Jerusalem neighborhood just over the Green Line.

    Ben Zion, whose family was returning from a day out at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, sustained a moderate head wound from the incident.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2016 02:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under:


    Southeast Asia
    10 Abu Sayyaf militants killed in encounter
    [GULFTODAY.AE] By Manolo B. Jara

    MANILA: At least 10 members of the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf
    ...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
    terror group were killed while six others were maimed in the latest encounter with government forces on the island province of Sulu in restive Mindanao, the military reported on Monday.

    Major Filemon Tan, the front man of the military’s Western Mindanao Command, said the latest casualty figure for the Abu Sayyaf was validated by intelligence information as well as civilians on the ground.

    Earlier, Tan said three soldiers were killed and 17 others maimed when government forces clashed with about 150 Lions of Islam in a mountain "barangay" (village) in the town of Patikul, Sulu on Saturday morning.

    He added Philippine Air Force helicopter gunships and artillery fire supported the soldiers in the heavy fighting that lasted about two hours when the Death Eaters withdrew.

    The Death Eaters were headed by Radullah Hapiron, the one-armed leader and one of the most desperados in Mindanao, Tan said.

    He added government forces remained focused on their "search and destroy" campaign against the Abu Sayyaf on orders of President Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte since July.

    Since then, Tan said myrmidons’ total corpse count has reached 105 with 14 others locked away
    You have the right to remain silent...
    .
    Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf

    #1  Only ten? They will just go down to the Maluso High School and pick up ten more.
    Posted by: 49 Pan || 12/13/2016 9:50 Comments || Top||


    Sri Lanka
    728 rebels surrender in Aleppo
    MOSCOW: Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Monday that 728 Syrian rebels laid down their weapons over the past 24 hours and relocated to western Aleppo.

    The Defense Ministry also said that 13,346 civilians left rebel-controlled districts of Aleppo over the same period.
    Posted by: badanov || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [291 views] Top|| File under:

    #1  Mother of Mercy, Is this the end of Aleppo?
    Posted by: Shipman || 12/13/2016 13:49 Comments || Top||


    Syria-Lebanon-Iran
    Men fleeing E Aleppo forced to fight with Assad
    Alternative headline: Syrian Army forms new brigade in Aleppo in recruitment drive
    Over 4,000 males who fled Eastern Aleppo into Syrian regime-held territories have been forced to join regime forces, activists inside Syria are saying.

    According to Karam Alhamad, a Syrian activist based in Turkey, the men were forced to shave and immediately join the army in the battles against the Free Syrian Army.
    Posted by: badanov || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [384 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

    #1  Seems they could start fragging the commanders near them and put an end to that.
    Posted by: gorb || 12/13/2016 2:50 Comments || Top||

    #2  Seems they could start fragging the commanders near them and put an end to that.

    You may have heard of the expression "punishment battalions".
    Posted by: Zhang Fei || 12/13/2016 14:19 Comments || Top||

    #3  "Sure, we'll let you park your wimminfolk and kiddies in the safe zone with us... but only as long as your commander reports you are wearing our uniform and following his orders. Your choice, dude -- and I'll need an answer in the next thirty seconds, or you all can turn around and go back to the war zone."
    Posted by: trailing wife || 12/13/2016 18:33 Comments || Top||

    #4  A quick interrogation,
    A nice accomodation.
    A new affiliation
    And reconciliation.
    Their notional creation:
    A nascent Arab nation.
    Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 12/13/2016 22:12 Comments || Top||

    #5  I'll have to look into that, Zhang Fei. Thanks.
    Posted by: gorb || 12/13/2016 22:35 Comments || Top||


    Palmyra Pillage and Plunder Press

    ISIS continues attacks west of Palmyra
    ISIS appears to be hitting Syrian forces with concentric attacks on the westernmost extent of the pocket the Syrians have held since the summer. It appears that once Aleppo started to rise in importance, the Syrians shifted their forces there and left a small contingent in Palmyra. ISIS sniffed it out and started to attack, and appear to be pressing their attacks westward.
    [ARANews] Homs – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Monday launched an offensive on the Syrian T4 Military Airport.

    ISIS fighters assaulted the airport with mortar shells, Grad rockets and heavy machine guns.

    “The group destroyed at least three warplanes in the T4 Airport and captured some parts of the base after clashes with the Syrian Army forces,” media activist Amro al-Hussein told ARA News, citing a military source.

    Located in the eastern countryside of Homs, central Syria, the T4 Airport is a main base for the Syrian regime’s Air Force. ISIS was able to storm the base after taking security checkpoints from the Syrian Army in the nearby districts of Mashtal and Qasr al-Hir.

    This comes just one day after the hardline group recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra east of Homs subsequent to heavy clashes with the Syrian Army. Activists and military sources confirmed the rout, reporting that the army had been forced to withdraw under fire.

    “The army withdrew after the clashes reached the city center and it became impossible for them to push ISIS back,” local media activist Abas al-Omar reported.

    Syrian regime forces were obliged to evacuate their headquarters in Palmyra, heading westward toward the Doua District and Tiyas Airbase.

    According to al-Omar, ISIS had “continued shelling the army’s positions inside Palmyra with mortars and heavy artillery for hours, causing large losses in the army ranks.” Dozens of soldiers were killed on Sunday and a number of others remain unaccounted for, likely taken as prisoners.

    Russia had supported the Syrian Army in Palmyra, with airstrikes and logistical support but their efforts were apparently insufficient to save the city.

    ISIS first took over Palmyra in May 2015, following a protracted battle with Syrian regime forces. The Islamic State’s occupation was exceptionally brutal, even by the standards of Syria’s 5-year-long conflict.

    ISIS published images of their jihadists massacring civilians and destroying ancient monuments, arguing that the monuments were idolatrous and locally worshiped.

    ISIL Attack on Palmyra Proves Terrorists Must Not Be Given Chance to Recuperate

    [AlManar] Terrorists of the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) takfiri group used vehicles loaded with explosives and suicide bombers during their attack on Palmyra, and entrenched themselves at the suburbs of the city, the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Monday.

    “At dusk, ISIL terrorists used cars loaded with explosives and suicide bombers on one of the directions, broke through the defense of the city and entrenched themselves on its suburbs despite heavy losses,” Konashenkov said.

    The spokesman added that the Syrian Army, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, had repelled two powerful attacks. The militants actively used cars loaded with explosives and driven by suicide bombers, as well as tanks and rocket artillery systems.

    According to Konashenkov, the recent offensive by ISIL terrorists on Palmyra that forced the government forces to abandon the city clearly proves that the terrorists must not be given even a small chance to recuperate and regroup preparing for sudden strikes.

    “The pressure on terrorists to thwart their attacks and later destroy them must be applied simultaneously in all regions where they operate — in Syria, Iraq and other countries,” Konashenkov said.

    The ISIL attack on Palmyra showed once again that terrorists should not have the slightest opportunity for a pause that they always use to regroup and deliver sudden strikes,” he said.

    The Syrian Army evacuated the residents of Palmyra and took up defensive positions on the outskirts of the city. “Russian aviation has not conducted airstrikes on Palmyra’s residential districts. Taking advantage of it, the militants intensified their attacks. The Syrian troops evacuated the residents, left the city and took up positions on its outskirts,” the spokesman said.

    He underscored that Damascus was taking all measures to liberate the city. Konahsnkov said ISIL deployed significant forces to storm Palmyra after the US-led coalition suspended active operations in Raqqa.

    “Taking advantage of the fact that active military operations of the United States and the international coalition near Raqqa were suspended until spring, ISIL redeployed significant forces to storm Palmyra.”

    Konashenkov added that over the past two days, over 5,000 Daesh militants had made a few attacks on the Syrian troops’ positions near Palmyra.

    On Sunday, ISIL terrorists again reoccupied the ancient city after attacking it for two days. Over 5,000 militants, including hundreds of suicide bombers, as well as dozens of vehicles relocated from the Provinces of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, reportedly participated in the offensive.

    The governor of the Homs Province, where Palmyra is located, said the Syrian Army had evacuated 80 percent of the city’s population. The fate of the rest was of concern. The governor expressed hope the Syrian Army and militia would soon regroup and reclaim Palmyra.

    Lack of US Cooperation Led to Militants’ Recapture of Palmyra

    [AlManar] Moscow said on Monday that threat of Palmyra’s loss is damage to the entire civilized world, not only to Syria and Russia, noting that lack of US cooperation led to recapture of the ancient city by Takfiri militants.

    “We regret that we have yet to completely neutralize their offensive,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said of the militants return to the fabled city after an eight-month absence.

    “We also regret that there still is a lack of coordinated action and real cooperation with other states — with the United States first and foremost — that do not want to cooperate, and this cooperation could allow us to avoid such attacks by terrorists.”

    Peskov added that jihadists from neighboring Iraq, had been flooding into Syria.

    “Palmyra is a Syrian city. Not Russia is losing Palmyra, but the threat of Palmyra’s loss is damage to the entire civilized world, not to Russia. It is damage to the public image of the entire civilized humanity, [those] who… are not doing anything in reality to fight these international terrorists in the person of the Islamic State,” the Russian official told reporters.

    Palmyra’s residents had been evacuated from Palmyra and the Syrian army was engaged in fierce fighting on the city outskirts with ISIL terrorists who had reportedly re-entered the city.

    Earlier in March, Syrian troops backed by Russian air strikes and special forces on the ground recaptured the UNESCO world heritage site from ISIL terrorists.

    ISIL Terrorists Suffer Heavy Losses before Syrian Army, Re-infiltrate into Palmyra
    That's not what we heard, but do go on...
    [AlManar] Terrorists of the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) takfiri group suffered heavy losses in personnel and ordnance on Sunday as they engaged with the Syrian army units operating in Palmyra city.

    Following clashes, the ISIL gunmen managed to infiltrate to the city in east Homs.

    Army units courageously defended Palmyra city and fought fierce clashes with the takfiri group that attacked the residential city from several directions with more than four thousand gunmen,” state-run SANA news agency reported.

    “The takfiri organization transferred to Palmyra large numbers of terrorists and vehicles from Raqqa and Deir Ezzor,” SANA said citing local sources..

    The news agency pointed out that the ISIL terrorist group suffered heavy losses of personnel and equipment during the clashes, adding that the takfiri gunmen used in their attack many cars and booby-trapped vehicles loaded with large quantities of explosives.

    ISIS digs in at Palmyra
    Nice stationary targets for Russian airstrikes
    [AAWSAT] Beirut: Four days following its unanticipated attack, ISIS fighters have entrenched in Palmyra and took full control of the city, its airport, ancient city and its ancient castle.

    Regime forces were therefore forced to retreat to the southwestern desert despite Russia’s extensive airstrikes.

    According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ISIS sent more than 300 members to Palmyra’s fronts and the countryside of the eastern Homs province. It also said ISIS had earlier brought 500 members from Iraq to Raqqa.

    The Observatory said the fighters were sent following a meeting held between leader of Jaysh al-Sham (The Army of the Levant) and ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. The two men asserted that from now on, reinforcements would be sent consecutively in light of the dire military situation of ISIS fighters at Syria’s different fronts.

    Both the Observatory and Homs Media Center said ISIS was capable to quickly control the ancient city of Palmyra because it relied on the factor of “promptness” in its attack on the area, which was almost empty from regime forces who were busy fighting in Aleppo.

    Sham Network reported on Sunday that regime forces brought large military reinforcements to the outskirts of Palmyra, including foreign militias who were fighting in Aleppo’s fronts.

    The Observatory’s Rami Abdel Rahman told Ahsarq Al-Awsat that the regime does not possess the sufficient tools to fight on several fronts in Syria. “The regime was also confident that ISIS was on its way to collapse, therefore it mobilized its members to Aleppo’s fronts. Later, Syria’s forces were surprised by the attack on the city of Palmyra,” Abdel Rahman said.

    Mohammad Al-Sibai, spokesperson of the Homs Media Center told Asharq Al-Awsat that regime forces prevented Homs residents from fleeing the city, particularly young men who were arrested in large numbers. Al-Sibai said he expected regime forces to send those young men back to Homs and force them to fight at the Palmyra fronts.

    “Regime forces only allow the exit of residents who pay money,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Russia announced to have repelled an ISIS attack on Palmyra, saying it had launched 64 airstrikes overnight that killed 300 militants. But hours later, the activists said ISIS had seized a castle just outside the town that overlooks its famed Roman-era ruins.

    Separately, civilians trapped in eastern Aleppo were waiting on Sunday the U.S. and Russian final decision concerning their situation.

    Opposition officials with Aleppo rebel groups told Reuters on Sunday that the U.S. and Russia tabled a proposal to rebels in Aleppo that would offer safe passage from the city for fighters, their families and other civilians.

    However, Russia later denied that any deal had been reached, saying that reports of the proposal do not “necessarily correspond with reality”.

    The proposal would also require fighters from the jihadist group formerly known as Nusra Front to head to the northwestern province of Idlib. But it would allow fighters from other groups to go to other destinations including areas near the Turkish border to the northeast of Aleppo, which are held by groups fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army.

    However, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russia Today that “Washington insists on unacceptable conditions concerning the ceasefire.”
    Posted by: badanov || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

    #1  Army units courageously defended Palmyra city and fought fierce clashes with the takfiri group that attacked the residential city from several directions with more than four thousand gunmen,” state-run SANA news agency reported.


    It is very common for Arabs to attribute setbacks to overwhelming numbers of opponents ("there must have been a million of 'em!"). Take with a large grain of salt.

    Al
    Posted by: Frozen Al || 12/13/2016 11:07 Comments || Top||

    #2  BadMan noted yesterday it was likely taken on the march.
    Posted by: Shipman || 12/13/2016 13:51 Comments || Top||


    4 Al-Qaeda chiefs arrested; one thousand Jihadis surrender
    [AXISOFLOGIC] Russian Defence Ministry confirms surrender of over 1,200 Jihadi fighters on Saturday morning; Fars reports 4 al-Qaeda commanders tossed in the clink
    Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
    as they try to flee. Russian military also confirms 50,000 civilians leave formerly Jihadi controlled eastern districts of Aleppo by arrangement with Russian military.

    The refugee flood from eastern Aleppo is swelling, with the Russian military reporting that 50,000 people fled eastern Aleppo by arrangement with the Russian military over the course of the last 2 days, with 20,000 leaving this Saturday morning.

    In addition it seems that more than 1,000 Jihadis gave up and surrendered to the Syrian military this morning.

    Here is what the Russian Defence Ministry has said:

    Defense ministry organizes mass escape for Aleppo civilians via humanitarian corridor.

    "Only in the first half of the day, from eastern districts have escaped more than 20 thousand civilians, and 1,217 gunnies have laid arms."

    The Russian Defence Ministry has also issued a pointed warning to the Jihadis who have still not surrendered and to their foreign backers. This includes a stern rebuke of the way Western governments have sought to exploit the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo for propaganda purposes

    "We warn snuffies and gunnies from the so-called moderate opposition, and also address their supervisors. Do not try undertaking whatever provocations or even firing on civilians using the humanitarian corridors for the escape.

    We address those, who for the recent several months announced readiness to send over to Aleppo their humanitarian assistance: to representatives of the US, Great Britannia, La Belle France, Canada, the European Union
    ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
    and international organizations. It is time to verify your intentions.

    For the time of the humanitarian escape, the Syrian forces have stopped the attack. As the people flee the eastern districts, the Syrian forces will continue the combat operation to push out or kill the bad boys."

    Top rebel Turban dies in Aleppo

    [AlManar] Media sources disclosed that the top commander of Jaish Al-Fatah terrorists in Aleppo city was killed by Syrian government forces in the Eastern neighborhoods of the city.

    The Arabic language al-Hadath news website reported that top Commander of Jaish al-Fatah militants, Abu Walid al-Oqab, was killed by the direct fire of the Syrian pro-government forces in Eastern Aleppo on Monday.

    Abu Walid was previously the top commander of al-Shamiyeh Front terrorist group.

    The army soldiers also discovered several warehouses of terrorists in newly-freed neighborhoods of Aleppo city. The terrorist groups had hoarded a large volume of food stuff mostly produced in Turkey in these warehouses.

    The Arabic language al-Mayadeen’s photographer released several images of hoarded food stuff by the militants, disclosing that the militant groups had collected a large volume of food stuff in their warehouse in anticipation of long-time battle with the Syrian army.

    The Al-Mayadeen report went on to say that the militants that were besieged by the army men were preventing distribution of the food stuff among people in Eastern district of Aleppo.

    Meantime, large volumes of Turkish food stuff have been discovered in the bases of al-Tawhid terrorist group in Aleppo city.

    Syrian soldiers also found a tunnel that the terrorists wanted to detonate below the army soldiers’ positions.

    The Russian Peace Coordination Center in Syria announced on Monday that the army troops and popular forces are now in control of over 95 percent of Eastern Aleppo, while other sources said the army has 98 percent of the city under its control.

    “Over the past 24 hours, the Syrian armed forces have liberated three districts of the Eastern part of Aleppo. Thus, over 95 percent of the territory of Aleppo is under government control,” the Russian center said in a statement, adding that terrorists are squeezed now in a very small area.

    In the meantime, the Arabic language Elam al-Harbi news website disclosed that the army and popular forces have tightened siege on militant in Southeastern Aleppo, cornering terrorists of Jaish al-Fatah in only five sq/km that is only two percent of Aleppo city’s total area.
    Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

    #1  They can store the prisoners in containers.

    Tip: Containers can store about twice as many jihadis if you stand the containers on their end vs. laying them on their belly.
    Posted by: gorb || 12/13/2016 2:46 Comments || Top||

    #2  On with ISIS for the Syrians, Hiz, Russians, Iranians, and Shi' milita, or will they call it a day and carve up Syria?
    Posted by: jvalentour || 12/13/2016 7:52 Comments || Top||


    Assad sweeps Aleppo, rebels offered ‘safe’ exit
    [ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Syria’s army seized a major district on Aleppo’s southeastern edges Monday, putting it in control of 98 percent of areas once held by rebels in the city, a monitor said.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said forces loyal to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
    Lord of the Baath...
    seized the Sheikh Saeed district early Monday after fierce festivities ongoing since the previous afternoon.

    "The army is now in full control of Sheikh Saeed," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

    "Syrian regime forces are now in control of 90 percent" of the one-time rebel areas in Aleppo’s east, he said.

    On Sunday Syrian rebels received a US-backed proposal to leave Aleppo along with civilians under safe passage guaranteed by Russia, rebel officials said as government forces closed in, but Moscow denied a deal had been reached.

    Three officials with turban groups in Aleppo told Rooters that a letter outlining the proposal had been received, offering an "honorable" departure for the rebels to a place of their choice.

    Rebel groups have yet to respond. But if fully accepted, the proposal would give Syrian President Bashir al-Assad and his military coalition of Russia, Iran and Shiite militias their greatest triumph in the civil war against the rebels who have fought for nearly six years to unseat him.

    However,
    if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
    the sudden recapture by the ISIS of the ancient desert city of Palmyra on Sunday after a much-trumpeted army victory there in March has shown how difficult Assad may find it even after Aleppo to restore his rule across Syria.

    Asked whether they had been contacted by the United States and Russia over talks between the two powers in Geneva to find a way out of the crisis, one of the officials with rebel groups that are present in Aleppo said:

    "They sent us a letter, they are saying to safeguard the civilians ... you can leave in an honorable way to any place you choose and the Russians will pledge publicly that nobody will be harmed or stopped," said one of the officials. "We have yet to give a response."

    A second official said a document "is being proposed to the factions, the fundamental thing in it is the departure of the all the fighters in an honorable way".

    However,
    if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
    Russia swiftly said it had not reached any agreement with the United States on a proposal to withdraw fighters from Aleppo and added that the Geneva talks were continuing.

    Posted by: Fred || 12/13/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [470 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

    #1  Another defeat of Obama, his rebels and his CIA by pencil neck and Putin.
    Posted by: Whavick Shins6837 || 12/13/2016 2:24 Comments || Top||

    #2  The people of Aleppo have suffered enough. It's time to finish this thing.
    Posted by: Abu Uluque || 12/13/2016 10:51 Comments || Top||

    #3  I just wonder if guys like Obama ever consider the possibility that their actions might result in this kind of a catastrophe and, if they do, do they care. Was whatever he thought might be gained worth the risk? What, exactly, did he think might be gained?
    Posted by: Abu Uluque || 12/13/2016 10:56 Comments || Top||

    #4  Google "sociopath" Abu.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/13/2016 10:58 Comments || Top||

    #5  narcisstic sociopath.
    Posted by: Pappy || 12/13/2016 13:29 Comments || Top||

    #6  narcisstic sociopath

    Yeah. That's about what I figured.
    Posted by: Abu Uluque || 12/13/2016 14:31 Comments || Top||

    #7  I just wonder if guys like Obama ever consider the possibility that their actions might result in this kind of a catastrophe and, if they do, do they care.

    It's been implied to you Abu but the answers are NO and HELL NO.

    These are evil people and they are amoral as humans can be.
    Posted by: AlanC || 12/13/2016 17:43 Comments || Top||

    #8  malignant narcissist is more like it.
    Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/13/2016 18:22 Comments || Top||



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