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Afghanistan
Taliban gunmen storm Afghan MP's house, casualties feared
[Al Ahram] Taliban gunnies stormed the residence of an Afghan politician in the capital 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....
on Wednesday, with casualties feared in the ongoing shootout that follows a recent lull in violence.

It was not immediately clear if Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
MP Mir Wali was in the compound when the attack began on Wednesday evening, but local media reported some members of his family may have been killed or taken hostage, citing security officials at the scene.

The Taliban in a statement said their jacket wallahs raided the house to disrupt an "important gathering of security officials".

Sporadic gunfire and kabooms were heard from the house as Afghan forces cordoned off the property after launching a clearance operation.

Security officials were tight-lipped about the attack, which underscores the worsening security situation in Afghanistan.

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#1  It's a win/win event!
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/22/2016 8:01 Comments || Top||


Key Taliban group member among 13 killed in Kunduz city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A key member of the Taliban group was killed along with at least 12 other turbans in the strategic Kunduz city.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said "Afghan National Security Forces launched a joint clearance operation in Kunduz city capital of Kunduz province."

The statement further added "As a result of this joint operation, 13 armed Taliban including Mullah Ramazan a key member of armed Taliban group were killed and 14 others including Mullah Mansour a local commander of armed Taliban were maimed."

"The clearance operation still continues in insecure villages of Kunduz City," the statement said, adding that "Also, during this operation, some amount of ammunitions and IEDs seized as well."
Posted by: Fred || 12/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Subsaharan
Nigerian troops rescue 1,880 civilians from Boko Haram in one week
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Nigerian troops have rescued 1,880 civilians from a 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...
redoubt in the restive northeast in the past week and tossed in the calaboose
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
hundreds of Death Eaters, a military commander said on Wednesday.

The Sambisa forest, covering about 1,300 square kilometres (500 square miles), is a stronghold of the notorious jihadist group, who kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in 2014.

"During our operations in the period 14-21 December 2016, a total of 1,880 civilians were rescued from Boko Haram enclaves," Major-general Leo Irabor said in a statement after a news conference in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Wednesday.

Sambisa forest, covering an area of about 1,300 square kilometres (500 square miles), is a stronghold of the Boko Haram islamists

Irabor added: "564 Boko Haram bandidos hard boyz were arrested while 19 others surrendered to our troops. Also, seven suspected kidnappers and 37 foreigners were equally arrested."

He said several Boko Haram fighters were killed and a cache of arms and ammunitions was discovered in the operation, part of a military campaign launched last year to clear the area of the jihadists.

Hundreds of civilians, including women and kiddies, have also been freed in neighbouring Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
, said Irabor. Eight jihadist suspects were subsequently identified among them and taken into custody.

Posted by: Fred || 12/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Bahrain: Regime Forces Storm Diraz, Scholars Urge People to Defend Religious Figures
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Regime forces in Bahrain stormed town of Diraz on Wednesday, attacking mostly peaceful protesters who has been since June defending the house of prominent Shia holy man, Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassem.

Clashes took place between the protesters and the heavily armed regime forces who fired tear gas and used the internationally banned birdshot weapon.

Several protesters were maimed and several others were incarcerated
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
by regime forces.

One of the forces told protesters that the crackdown was just a "prova" (test) to arrest Sheikh Qassem.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Alamo, Davy was counting their remaining cannon balls and not liking the results...
Press TV also reported the festivities, but said that regime forces handed a warrant to sheikh Qassem to appear in court.

Sheikh Qassem supporters who have been camping out at the area as a protective measure for his safety, called on more people from the local population to join them following the police raid.

The sit-in protest outside the holy man’s home entered its 185th day on Wednesday. The sit-in protest began on June 20, when Bahraini authorities stripped the 79-year-old holy man of his citizenship, less than a week after suspending the country’s main opposition party, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, and dissolving the Islamic Enlightenment Institution -- founded by the senior holy man -- and another opposition Islamic association.
Posted by: Fred || 12/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Europe
Europe migrant colonist briefs
Court convicts Italian woman who joined ISIS

[Ynet] A court has convicted in absentia an Italian woman and her Albanian husband on terrorism charges for traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State group. In the first case in Italy involving foreign fighters operating inside the war zone, the court on Monday sentenced Maria Giulia Sergio to nine years in prison and her husband, Aldo Kobuzi, to 10 years. They are believed to be in Syria. Members of Sergio's family, who also were planning to join her in Syria, also were convicted. They included her father, who was convicted of a lesser charge of organizing the journey of jihadists and sentenced to four years in jail. He was arrested in mid-2015, six months after his daughter and son-in-law had departed for Syria.

German school in Istanbul repudiates ban on Christmas

[DeutscheWelle] A German-funded school in Istanbul has reneged on an earlier directive saying it would ban all things relating to Christmas. The Turkish managed school claimed that it was all a "misunderstanding". The effective Christmas ban had prompted uproar in Germany where German politicians had criticized the move as part of a larger change away from secularism across Turkey under Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's leadership.

German state minister: "We are in a state of war"

[Ynet] The interior minister of the German state of Saarland said on Tuesday Germany is in a state of war after a man drove a truck into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 48, in a suspected terrorist attack.

"We must say that we are in a state of war, although some people, who always only want to see good, do not want to see this," the minister, Klaus Bouillon, told German broadcaster SR.

Austria arrests Moroccan on suspicion of planning attack in Salzburg

[Ynet] Austria has arrested a 25-year-old asylum seeker from Morocco on suspicion of planning an attack during the holiday season in the city of Salzburg, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

A search on Monday of an accommodation centre for asylum seekers in the town of Fuschl am See, where the man was living, found "no materials clearly required for the execution of an attack", the Salzburg prosecutors' office said in a statement. It could not, however, be ruled out that he was planning an attack, a spokesman added. The formal accusation against the suspect is that he belongs to an unspecified "terrorist organization".
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German police raid two apartments in Berlin - but 'armed and dangerous' Christmas truck suspect is still at large
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Armed police tonight stormed two apartments in the hunt for the Berlin terror attack suspect after it was revealed he had been under the surveillance of German intelligence agencies for several months.

Commandos raided two addresses in Berlin's Kreuzberg neighbourhood, local media reported, as police continued a Europe-wide search for Tunisian national Anis Amri, who remains on the run more than 48 hours after the atrocity which claimed 12 lives.

Police believed Amri might have been holed up inside one of the apartments, German newspaper Die Welt reported. A man was 'overpowered' by officers at one address, it was reported.

German security services face difficult questions after it emerged that Amris, a lifelong criminal, should have been deported months ago.

The 23-year-old, who has a 100,000 euro reward on his head, was under close surveillance of German intelligence for several months following his arrival in the country last year.

He was tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
three times this year and his asylum application was rejected, but deportation papers were never served and he disappeared.

The Tunisian radical was known to be a supporter of 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....
and to have received weapons training.

He tried to recruit an accomplice for a terror plot ‐ which the authorities knew about ‐ but still remained on the lam.

He was under investigation for planning a ’serious act of violence against the state’ and counter-terrorism officials had exchanged information about him last month.

Last night it emerged the runaway spent four years in an Italian prison for acts of violence and vandalism inside a migrant centre where he was being kept following his arrival in Europe. The prison in Palermo, Sicily, is where mafia bosses and gangsters are locked up. Tunisian security officials also revealed he was convicted in absentia for aggravated theft with violence in his home country.

A senior foreign German politician today blamed the atrocity on 'institutional political correctness', arguing that Amri would not have been free to act if police had enforced the law.

Meanwhile a European arrest warrant issued for Amri reveals the runaway has used at least six different aliases under three different nationalities. Photographs show how he has changed his appearance over the years.

Today his family, who remain in Tunisia, were questioned by local police as his siblings condemned acts of terrorism, saying Amri 'deserves every condemnation' if he is guilty of the massacre.
Posted by: Fred || 12/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Looking at the history of this thug I really have to restrain myself: He symbolizes everything that is wrong with Merkel's refugee policy.

Bavarian politicians are getting furious.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/22/2016 16:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Oh really, ID under the sit?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/22/2016 16:43 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Pro-Kurdish HDP closes headquarters due to increasing racist attacks
[RUDAW.NET] Two strong kabooms hit the civil police department in the Turkish city of Istanbul last week, causing strong reaction across the country. The Turkish authorities took even school children to the scene, teaching them hatred and intolerance.

The Turkish army mounted on an intensive military operation in July 2015, turning the country’s Kurdish towns into a battlefield countering the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The year-long operation has cost the lives of more than 2000 civilians.

The situations have now reached flashpoint. The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
is now experiencing on a daily-basis acts of murder, abductions, boom-mobiles, jacket wallahs, military operations, and air bombings.

The PKK pledged to take the war to Turkey’s big cities following the year-long military operation, causing public outcry and condemnation by the country’s political parties including the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

The PKK’s new aggressive strategy has had blowback for the country’s Kurds, hampering the HDP’s inclusion in the country’s political process.

The HDP’ winning of 80 parliamentary seats changed the political balance in Turkey. But this didn’t prove long-lasting. The PKK’s influence on the HDP came at a cost, giving the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and other Turkish nationalists a pretext to introduce the HDP to the public as PKK’s shadow in the country.

The AKP and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) led a smear campaign against the HDP, accusing its MPs of being the PKK’s representatives in the Turkish parliament.

The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), an alleged offshoot of the PKK, recently grabbed credit for the Istanbul bombings. This further fomented the situations on the ground, making the PKK the most likely culprit to blame for any future acts of violence in the country.

Following the Istanbul twin-bombings, a boom-mobile hit the Turkish city of Kayseri, targeting a bus transporting troops from the country’s commando brigade. The kaboom cost the lives of 14 soldiers, and maimed 54 more.
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India-Pakistan
Four suspected terrorists arrested
[DAWN] PESHAWAR: The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Tuesday jugged
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
four suspected bully boyz from Palosai area.

A CTD official said the action was taken early in the morning, adding the four suspects were promoting a banned outfit by distributing pamphlets. They were identified as Jalal Khan, Ebadullah, Hammad and Saeedullah.

The suspects were said to be involved in different terror acts in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
The CTD official said pamphlets of banned
...the word banned seems to have a different meaning in Pakistain than it does in most other places. Or maybe it simply lacks any meaning at all...
organization
were recovered from the alleged bully boyz who were shifted to an unknown location for further interrogation.
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Arab hunters’ convoy attacked
[DAWN] A team of houbara bustard hunters from Abu Dhabi, led by Prince Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, came under a gun attack by a group of men in the Gichk area of Panjgur on Monday.

Two vehicles of the convoy were damaged.

According to the tehsildar of the area, personnel of Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and a..the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...nti-smuggling operations....
and other coppers retaliated, forcing the attackers to flee.

The area was cordoned off and the convoy was taken to its camp.

A front man for the banned Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
Libration Front grabbed credit of the attack.
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#1  Gonna need a temporary Bustard Heading.

Nothing for years, then it's Bustard, Bustard, Bustard.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/22/2016 6:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Couldn't happen to a "nicer" group of Turbans
Posted by: Frank G || 12/22/2016 9:53 Comments || Top||

#3  For a minute there I thought it was a convoy hunting Arabs.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 12/22/2016 11:22 Comments || Top||

#4  They killed al-Kenny! You bustards!!
Posted by: SteveS || 12/22/2016 17:18 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Mosul Offensive News
Iraqi kops shell ISIS positions in Guzlani camp

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Federal police Chief, Raed Shaker Jawdat, revealed on Wednesday that dozens of the Islamic State’s members were killed by a shelling near Guzlani Camp, south of Mosul.

Jawdat said in a press statement, “Heavy artillery shelled a camp belonging to the Islamic State in the German Hospital in front of Guzlani camp, in southern Mosul, killing dozens of the Islamic State’s members.”

“Our troops also repulsed a suicide attack on Palestine neighborhood, southeast of Mosul, resulting in the destruction of two vehicles and killing their occupants,” Jawdat added.

Joint security forces, backed by Army Aviation and international coalition, continue the liberation operations to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State’s grip.
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#1  Palestinian neighborhood in Mosul???
Posted by: lord garth || 12/22/2016 12:09 Comments || Top||

#2  that's probably just the neighborhood name, overpopulated by dead-enders, seethers, and criminals
Posted by: Frank G || 12/22/2016 13:24 Comments || Top||


Anbar Antix


Iraqi forces seize weapons in al-Subaihat and al-Falahat

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday, that the forces from the army’s 8th infantry brigade carried out search operations in the areas of al-Subaihat and al-Falahat, and found large quantities of weapons.

The Ministry, in a press statement, said, “Under supervision of the brigade’s Commander, Major General Abdul Hussein Saud, forces from the army’s 8th infantry brigade carried out search operations in the areas of al-Subaihat and al-Falahat, and found large quantities of weapons.”

“The operations resulted in seizing 27 explosive devices, 18 120 mm-mortar shells, 21 different mortar shells, 2 Jahannam rockets, 5 Jahannam Cannons, 4 cannon shells, 1 explosive barrel, ammunition, 3 Kalashnikov rifles and 9 detonators,” the statement explained.

“The security forces also arrested five terrorists during the operations, as well as discovering a tunnel containing an anti-armor mine and 2 72 mm shells,” the statement further added.



Posted by: badanov || 12/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [235 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Kops foil ISIS attack in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday, that Salahuddin Operations Command seized a number of explosive devices in the city of Tikrit, and also foiled an attempted attack launched by the Islamic State.

The ministry stated on its website, “Salahuddin Explosives Squad received intelligence information indication to the presence of explosives materials inside a house in Hayy al-Dyoum, in the city of Tikrit.”

“The forces searched the house and found 2 20-litter jerrycans attached to detonators,” the statement added. “The explosive containers were dismantled by the security forces,” the statement explained.

“Moreover, Islamic State’s terrorists attacked troops of Salahuddin Operations in Kanous village, but the attack was foiled by the security forces,” the statement further added.

In a related development, the number of displaced families returned back to Salahuddin Province reached 132,590, distributed as follow: Tikrit (37,715), Residential Compound of al-Daur district (2728), al-Daur district (6119), Albu Ajil (4767), Albu Teema (4938), Sharqat (26,519), north of Baiji (49,794).
Posted by: badanov || 12/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [225 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


2 suicide bombers die in Darawsha

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Police forces blew up two suicide bombers who tried to attack a military checkpoint southwest of Baghdad, police said Wednesday.

The two suiciders were shot and consequently blown up by security forces upon their attempted entry to a security force headquarter in Darawsha, according to spokesperson of the Interior Ministry’ s Baghdad Operations, Saad Maan.

“Blown up before reaching their target, there were no losses among security forces,” Maan stated.

Since 2014, violence surged in Iraq with the Islamic State militants taking over wide areas of the country, and the United Nations said in November that 58000 people died since then. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said early December that violence during November claimed the lives of 926 civilians and wounded 930 people.

Observers believe ISIS have begun to target several areas across Iraq to divert security focus from Mosul, where the group fights to defend its last bastion in Iraq under the brunt of continuous advancements by Iraqi government and popular troops.

1 dead in car bomb attack in al-Shuhada

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Baghdad Operations Command announced on Wednesday, that five persons were either killed or wounded in the explosion of a car bomb, in southern the capital.

The Command said in a brief statement, “A booby-trapped vehicle, parked on the roadside in al-Shuhada neighborhood in southern Baghdad, exploded at afternoon today, killing one person and wounding four others.”

The capital, Baghdad, is witnessing several blasts using booby-trapped vehicles or explosive devices, in addition to separate attacks against civilians and security members from time to time.
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The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


ISIS militants deliberately attack civilians in eastern Mosul as they retreat west

[RUDAW.NET] 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....
hard boyz continue to attack and kill civilians in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
who refuse to become part of the group's forced human shield and as they retreat further west in the face of Iraqi troops advances into the city, says Human Rights Watch organization in a report.

"It’s indiscriminately or deliberately killing and wounding people for refusing to be human shields," said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at HRW.

The hard boyz have frequently used Mosul residents as human shields while reiterating west and attacked those who flee with mortar shells and sniper fire.

"If ISIS really cared about the people trapped in its so-called caliphate it would let them flee to safety." Fakih said

Iraqi troops launched an offensive on October 17 to wrest control of the second largest city from ISIS.

Asma, a woman from Qadisiya neighborhood in eastern Mosul told HRW that three of her young children had been maimed in an ISIS mortar attack on December 1.

"The mortar [shell] hit when I had gone to get water from the [local] tank because there was no running water," she said. "When I came back out Alaa hugged me and I saw that half his face was blown off."

Nearly 2,000 people have been fleeing Mosul on a daily basis, said Darbaz Muhammad, Iraq’s minister for migration and displaced in a presser held in Sulaimani earlier this week.

Rudaw cameras have captured devastating scenes of ISIS mortar attacks on different occasions, claiming the lives of and wounding civilians in liberated neighborhoods.

"ISIS targets areas with mortar rounds which affects civilians the most." said Rizgar Ismael, a Kurdish solder within Iraqi army, only days before himself was killed by an ISIS sniper inside Mosul.

"ISIS targeted here with 16-17 mortar rounds today," Ismael said.

More than 30 Mosul residents have provided HRW with firsthand accounts of ISIS mortar, sniper and car kabooms.

ISIS had taken an estimated 1,600 civilians to Mosul to shield themselves from Arclight airstrikes, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said in mid-November.

Civilians caught in crossfire in Mosul

[ARA News] Duhok – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) are deliberately targeting civilians who refuse to join them in Mosul city, in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Wednesday.

“Mosul civilians were increasingly being caught in the crossfire, with at least 19 killed and dozens wounded in the period from the third week of November into the first week of December,” the international watchdog said.

According to HRW, fatalities incurred from “ISIS mortar or sniper fire, car bombs, roadside bombings and direct attacks,” as well as in airstrikes by the Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition. “The findings were based on interviews with more than 50 residents who had fled eastern Mosul,” the group said.

ISIS militants reportedly told residents of Mosul that those who don’t support its self-proclaimed Caliphate are “apostates” and therefore valid targets beside the Iraqi and coalition forces.

“Targeting civilians or using them as human shields is a war crime,” HRW said.

“Civilians are being hit from all sides in Mosul,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at HRW, adding that ISIS group’s “atrocities do not absolve Iraqi forces and the international coalition from doing their utmost to protect civilians.”

On October 17, the Iraqi Army and Kurdish Peshmerga launched a major operation to liberate Mosul city and its surroundings. According to military sources, more than 2,200 ISIS militants have been killed in the operation so far. Informed sources inside Mosul told ARA News that the Iraqi forces currently control approximately 50% of Mosul city, beside tightening the siege on the ISIS-held downtown districts.

Haidar al-Khalidi, a journalist inside Mosul, told ARA News in an earlier interview that ISIS is impeding the army’s advance by using civilians as human shields. This tactic has “prevented the army from using its heavy weapons during the clashes.”

“ISIS is using residential buildings as bases for its attacks on the Iraqi forces. Many civilians are located in Mosul’s ISIS-held districts. [They’re] being used as human shields,” al-Khalidi reported.

According to Michael Stephens, the head of the Royal United Services Institute–Qatar, there are a few reasons, mostly tactical decisions taken early on in the campaign, which have led to too many civilians being present in areas of heavy fighting. This has severely limited the ability of the Iraqi forces to use artillery and call in air power.

“The Coalition, Baghdad, and the KRG [Kurdistan Regional Government] will also be very cautious with the campaign plan to take the more densely populated districts of Mosul, fearing an even greater outflow of refugees from the city,” Nicholas Heras, a Washington-based Middle East researcher at the Centre for a New American Security, told ARA News.
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Death toll for Koya bombing rise to 7, KRG calls it act of terror
[RUDAW.NET] The corpse count for the twin bombings that targeted the headquarters of a Kurdish armed party of Iranian Kurdistan has risen to seven on Wednesday, following the death of one of the maimed from the Kurdish security forces.

The Kurdistan Regional Government described the attacks an act of terror.

"We reiterate that we will exhaust all the efforts to bring those responsible for this terrorist act to justice," the KRG said in a statement on Wednesday. "We will declare to those behind this terrorist crime that every effort or plot against our nation will certainly fail."

The Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK), known locally as HADK has accused Tehran of criminal masterminding the Tuesday deadly attacks in Koya, 70 kilometers east of Erbil, on Tuesday evening killing five of its Peshmerga fighters, two members of the Kurdish security forces, and wounding three others.

In a statement issued hours after the deadly blasts rocked the PDK politburo offices in the outskirt of the Kurdish town of Koya, the party condemned the bombing, describing it as an act of terror.

A senior party official told Rudaw they had "little doubt" about Iran's involvement in the assault.

Ismail Sharafi said investigations had started but according to him at this stage much of their own clues led to the neighboring Islamic Theocratic Republic.

"We cannot at this moment identify the perpetrators of these bloody attacks, but such actions that are carried out against the PDK leave little doubt about the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Iran's involvement as a terrorist regime in the region," Sharafi told Rudaw.

Among the dead was Ali Qoitasi, a veteran commander in the group.

Sharafi also added that Tehran could have funded the attack instead of being directly involved in the terror action.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Jordan arrests man suspected of funding Karak attack
[Al Ahram] Jordanian security forces have tossed in the slammer
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
a man suspected of funding an attack by 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....
(IS) holy warrior group that killed 10 people including a Canadian tourist, a security source said Wednesday.

The suspect was detained in a raid on a house in Karak province on Tuesday by police looking for the perpetrators behind Sunday's shooting rampage, official news agency Petra quoted the source as saying.

The suspect "admitted to ties with the terrorist cell that targeted security forces and civilians" on Sunday "and to buying weapons and funding the cell," the source said.

Another suspect and four coppers were killed in Tuesday's shootout between gunnies and security forces at the house in Karak's Qarifla area.

Jordanian television showed footage of the house, with walls riddled by bullets.

Sunday's attack in Karak, home to one of the region's biggest Crusader castles, killed seven coppers and two Jordanian civilians as well as a female Canadian tourist.

Four assailants were killed by the security forces after an hours-long siege of the castle, where the suspects had fled after opening fire on police.

The security source said the investigation into the attack was ongoing.

IS on Tuesday grabbed credit, saying it was carried out by four "soldiers of the caliphate" who used machineguns and hand grenades.

A statement said the assault targeted Jordanian "apostate" security forces and citizens of the US-led coalition battling the Islamist bandidos bully boyz in Syria and Iraq.

Jordan is part of the alliance and has carried out air strikes targeting IS. It also hosts coalition troops on its territory.

King Abdullah II on Wednesday met US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley to discuss extremism and terrorism in the region, a palace statement said.

Maaz al-Kassasbeh, a Jordanian fighter pilot from Karak, was captured by IS when his plane went down in Syria in December 2014, and he was later burned alive in a cage.

Sunday's attack in Kerak has dealt another blow to the country's vital tourism sector, which had already suffered from the 2011 Arab uprisings and conflict in neighbouring Iraq and Syria.

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Southeast Asia
Indonesia police kill suspects plotting holiday attacks
[Al Jazeera] Indonesian police say three suspects who were planning a suicide kaboom on Christmas Day or New Year's Eve were killed when a shootout erupted during a raid on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta.

It was the second imminent attack to be foiled in less than two weeks.

After Wednesday's raid, police said the suspects - supporters 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 the Levant - had planned to stab officers at a traffic post and then detonate a "large, homemade" bomb as crowds gathered.

"The intention was for a suicide bomb," national police front man Rikwanto, who like many Indonesians uses only one name, told a news conference.

"Every year, Christmas and new year events are the target of gunnies to carry out amaliyah," Rikwanto said, using an Arabic term to describe suicide kabooms in gang circles.

Police said a total of five bombs were found at the house in the South Tangerang suburb.

Television footage showed a bomb squad officer wearing a blast-resistant suit entering the house as locals watched from behind a police line.

Rikwanto said one suspect was captured alive after the firefight.

The raid was the latest in a series over recent weeks that police say have disrupted bomb plots, raising concerns that homegrown attackers in the world's largest Moslem-majority nation are getting bolder in their attempts to engage in violence.

Police said earlier this week at least 14 people were being interrogated over suicide-bomb plots targeting the presidential palace in Jakarta and some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location on Java island.

Both involved ajacket wallah'> exploding trollop female suicide bomber
.
An Nahar adds:
A firefight erupted at a house in South Tangerang 25 kilometres (15 miles) outside the capital Jakarta, with police saying the alleged bully boyz had shot up officers.

"We asked the three men to surrender but they fought, with one of them throwing a bomb (at officers). Thankfully the bomb didn't explode and we took firm action against them," said national police front man Rikwanto, who goes by one name.

The plot was disclosed by a member of the group who was placed in durance vile
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
earlier on Wednesday and tipped off police about the three bully boyz and their whereabouts, police said.

The men in South Tangerang have links to the Bekasi group, Rikwanto said. Some are members of a local radical outfit which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Police said investigations are continuing into the larger network and its agenda.
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#1  Always a goog thing.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/22/2016 8:03 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian regulars repel ISIS attack near Palmyra
[ARA News] Homs – Clashes broke out on Wednesday between militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) and Syrian Army forces east of Homs Governorate. The clashes followed an offensive by ISIS militants on a military base for the pro-regime army forces near the T4 Military Airport.

“ISIS targeted headquarters of the Syrian Army in the vicinity of the T4 airbase with dozens of mortar shells and rockets,” media activist Amro al-Hussein told ARA News in Homs.

The ISIS hardline group has been trying to break into the T4 Military Airport for weeks.

“Wednesday’s offensive was a renewed attempt by ISIS jihadists to capture the airbase. However, the operation was foiled by the Syrian Army after receiving air support,” al-Hussein reported. “Pro-regime army forces were eventually able to repel the attack, forcing ISIS militants to retreat towards Palmyra.”

On December 12, ISIS fighters assaulted the T4 airbase with mortars and heavy machine guns, and destroyed at least three warplanes in the base.

Located in the Homs’ eastern countryside, the T4 Airport is a critical security installation, providing regime forces with close air support. ISIS jihadists were able to storm into the base after seizing security checkpoints in the nearby Mashtal and Qasr al-Hir Districts.

On December 11, the hardline group recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra in Homs Governorate. 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 told ARA News.

Regime forces were obliged to evacuate their headquarters in Palmyra, heading westward toward Doua District and the T4 Airbase. 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 regime forces. The Islamic State’s occupation was exceptionally brutal, even by the standards of Syria’s 5-year-long conflict.
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Syriac Christian fighter dies in Raqqa operation
[ARA News] Raqqa – The Syriac Military Council (SMC) on Wednesday announced the death of their member Hauro Hani, during the Euphrates Wrath Operation for Raqqa.

David Vergili, a representative for the European Syriac Union, told ARA News that the fighter joined the SMC a few months ago to participate in the anti-ISIS battle for Raqqa led by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) “to protect the region from jihadist forces”.

“Hauro Hani was always proud to be part of SMC and fighting for his people with his comrades. SMC joined Raqqa operation as a part of SDF forces to protect and liberate the region from ISIS and other radical groups,” Vergili said.

“The SMC’s participation in the operation is in line with previous achievements of SDF, namely in Shaddadi, al-Hawl and Manbij,” the Syriac official told ARA News.

“SMC believes that defeating and removing jihadist forces from the region is the only vital solution for the population and to the Democratic Self-Administration project which was founded by the main components of the area,” Vergili stated.

The SMC joined the Euphrates Wrath Operation on 6 November 2016.

“Our forces are a part of the Raqqa liberation campaign the Euphrates Wrath Operation,” the group said in November. “As Syriac-Assyrian Christians, we work with our Kurdish and Arab allies in the Syrian Democratic Forces to liberate Raqqa,” the SMC leadership said.

“The fight against terrorism is a fight for the existence of our Syriac-Assyrian people and we cannot rest until this fight is won,” it said. “We ask therefore the international community to support us and all Syrian Democratic Forces.”

The SMC is the military wing of the Syriac Union Party led by Ishow Gowriye, which is part of the local self-administrations set up by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its allies in northern Syria, also known as Rojava. Moreover, the party has its own police wing called Sutoro that mans checkpoints in the cities within the canton administrations of Hasakah.

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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Last hospital in East Aleppo empty now, all patients evacuated, Intl. Red Cross
[RUDAW.NET] The last hospital in the rebel-held Aleppo is empty now as all of its patients, and those in need of urgent medical care have been evacuated to Orem in Western Rural Aleppo, the International Committee of the Red Thingy stated on Wednesday which along with its Syrian counterpart are facilitating the evacuation.

The full evacuation of rebel-fighters and their families is expected to finish by tomorrow morning provided that the limited evacuation of two Shiite villages of Foua and Kefraya will simultaneously continue, al-Ikhbariyah reported, a pro-regime private TV, citing officials involved in negotiations with Syrian rebel fighters.

The weather condition has worsened in Aleppo after heavy snowfall hit the war-torn country, including the rebel-held province of Idlib on the Turkish border where some of the evacuees have sought refuge.

Raed al Saleh, the head of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, said that their teams are working hard to clear the roads following the heavy snowfall to make it possible for the ambulances and buses to continue with the evacuation.

He also called on people to limit the traffic on the roads.

The evacuation resumed on Wednesday after it was put on hold for more than 24 hours because of disagreements between both sides of the conflict.

The Syrian news channel said that the rebel fighters have left driving their vehicles through the Ramouseh crossing in east Aleppo on Wednesday evening while their families were transported by about 21 buses.

Some 26,000 rebels and their families have left Aleppo since the evacuation began last week, the UN said
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ISIS inflicts heavy losses on Turkish military in al-Bab, 14 killed, 33 wounded
[RUDAW.NET] Fourteen Turkish soldiers were killed, and 33 others were maimed as the Turkish army and the so-called Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) continue to push deeper into the ISIS-held Syrian city of al-Bab, northwestern Syria, the Turkish military said in a statement Wednesday night.

It also claimed that 138 ISIS turbans were killed in the festivities.

The military said earlier in the day that it took control of the road between the two northwestern cities of Aleppo and al-Bab, according to the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News.

The Turkish President said on Wednesday that he received the news from the military that they have now encircled the city.

"Right now, al-Bab is completely besieged by the Free Syrian Army and our soldiers," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
said, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.

Al-Bab is the only city ISIS still occupies in northwestern Syria since the US-backed YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) successfully captured Manbij from the turbans in mid-August, following a lengthy summer offensive.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has been supporting hundreds of Free Syrian Army fighters in northwestern Syria with tanks, artillery, Arclight airstrikes and a small number of ground troops since they launched the Euphrates Shield operation on August 24.
Posted by: Fred || 12/22/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [355 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  I've been wondering when Turkish military deaths would ramp up.

Also wondering what will happen when the Turkish troops bump up against Hezbollah.
Posted by: lord garth || 12/22/2016 1:07 Comments || Top||

#2  wondering what will happen when the Turkish troops bump up against Hezbollah

Thanks for reminding me lord garth - gotta lay in supplies: munchies & condiments.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/22/2016 1:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Stay away from the popcorn, your molars aren't spring chickens.
Posted by: G(r)omgorus Dentist || 12/22/2016 6:16 Comments || Top||

#4  and g(r)om, don't for get the potions and libations too.
Posted by: AlanC || 12/22/2016 7:39 Comments || Top||

#5  especially since the purge of "Gulenists" likely took out the more experienced and trained staff and officers
Posted by: Frank G || 12/22/2016 10:10 Comments || Top||

#6  At least Stalin was smart enough to bring a lot of them back once he started getting his ass kicked on the battlefield.
Posted by: Raj || 12/22/2016 10:33 Comments || Top||

#7  If the information is accurate, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is composed of ethnic Syrian Turkmen, volunteers from the Gray Wolves, and non-IS Islamists. I've not found a TO&E for the Turkish forces.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/22/2016 12:00 Comments || Top||

#8  battle of al Bab now has its own wikipedia entry

whoever did that says that Turkey has 300 troops and the FSA has 1500

Turkey has had 27 killed thru 21 Dec; the FSA had 164-184 killed by that date
Posted by: lord garth || 12/22/2016 16:02 Comments || Top||


Terror Networks
ISIS issues order for arrest of its missing finance minister
[RUDAW.NET] ISIS has issued an order to all its fighters to arrest the group's finance minister who is missing and believed to have defected, says a Kurdish official.

Saeed Mamuzini, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official for djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
afffairs told Rudaw on Wednesday that ISIS's head of Zakat Diwan Abu Tabark has been missing for three days and the group is looking for him.

"ISIS [ISIS] organization has alerted its checkpoints in neighborhoods of the left side of Mosul to capture Abu Tabarak who has gone missing for three days," said Mamuzini.

Citing information he obtained from inside Mosul, Mamuzini said that ISIS faceless myrmidons had stormed Abu Tabarak's home in the city but failed to find him.

ISIS has executed its members, including big shots, in the past on charges of espionage, attempt to escape or plotting coups.

The group has been on the retreat from the eastern part of Mosul to its western side of the Tigris River in recent weeks as Iraqi troops continue to advance into the city in a push to drive out the radical group.
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