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Top Taliban leader leading Kunduz battle killed in Ghazni ambush
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [497 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If you have an online business or a popular website please note the following. ICANN, recently relegated to international groups by President Barack Obama, is now beginning to charge exorbitant fees to register or renew what they are now labeling "Premium" websites (domain names). Some fees so far as high as $35,000.00 a year. (For example: www.Documents.legal that has not yet been taken, ICANN is demanding $20,000.00 rather than the common $12 per year).

The danger in this is if they decide www.Rantburg.com is a "Premium" website, they can demand tens of thousands of dollars a year for him to renew this site.

File a formal complaint against ICANN with your state consumer protection agency or attorney general's office or both and with the Better Business Bureau. Contact conservative outlets about this atrocity as I am sure they will be targeted as well by ICANN.

Pushing ICANN out to "International" groups takes away your constitutionally protected free speech rights on the internet. And they can now shut you down immediately via exorbitant renewal fees.
Posted by: Flereper Grundy7289 || 12/27/2016 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  If ICANN destabilizes internet commerce with price gouging the Domain Name System must be returned to US control BY FORCE if necessary.
Posted by: Nero White 3083 || 12/27/2016 6:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Poisoning of public DNS has already begun.
We will soon see restricted local (homenet) services, but what better way to trim (censor) objectionable traffic?

Soon we'll do it like the darkies do, building our own LDAP with IP crawlers.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/27/2016 9:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Go to the Dark Web, i.e.: rantburg.onion.

Of course it will require tor to access, but may not be a bad thing.

AFAIK, ICANN has no control over onion sites.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 12/27/2016 11:41 Comments || Top||

#5  To hell with the Internet. Set up a bank of old fashioned modems.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 12/27/2016 12:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Set up a bank of old fashioned modems

Jeez, I miss how they sounded....not.

Tor can be your friend.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/27/2016 17:10 Comments || Top||

#7  Can you whistle 1200 baud?

-- Hacker test.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/27/2016 17:30 Comments || Top||

#8  Some us can b a rely type, let alone "torrent". Whatever that is! We'll need a bunch of help if it goes that way.
Posted by: illeagle || 12/27/2016 18:56 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Top Taliban leader leading Kunduz battle killed in Ghazni ambush
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A top Taliban leader who was leading the deadly battle in northern Kunduz province was killed during an ambush of the Afghan cops.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said "A top Taliban capo named Mullah Firoz Jahadi along with five other armed Taliban killed in Aab Band district of Ghazni province in an Afghan National Police ambush."

MoI further added "During this ambush, nine other armed Taliban were maimed and two rocket launchers, two PK machine guns and one vehicle seized as well."

According to the ministry, Mullah Firoz Jahadi was leading the Kunduz battle.

The Talibs group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Kunduz is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where the Taliban group launched several attacks this year as part of their spring offensive to capture the strategic Kunduz city.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, a little lightbulb figuratively appeared over Bossy's head...
the Afghan forces are busy conducting their annual ’Shafaq’ operation which was launched in response to Taliban’s annual spring offensive.

The Afghan security officials are saying that the annual Shafaq operation is being conducted with an aim to eliminate the top leaders of the krazed killer groups.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [549 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Thieves posing as security personnel arrested in Kabul city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A group of thieves who were posing as security personnel were locked away
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
before they manage to storm into a house in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
city.

The Afghan intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said the five thieves were posing as members of the Afghan intelligence, police, and attorney general to storm into a house in the 9th police district of the city.

NDS in a statement said the men were arrested and some weapons along with a police vehicle were confiscated by the intelligence operatives.

The statement further added that the thieves have been identified as Abdul Ghafoor famous as Farhad son of Abdul Ahad, Zabiullah son of Rahimdad, Fida Mohammad famous as Farshid son of Payenda Mohammad, Mohammad Nazir son of Mohammad Karim, and Khan Mohammad son of Haji Zar Khan.

According to NDS, the men were looking to loot a house located in Aminabad area of the city in 9th police district.

Armed robberies and kidnap for ransom cases continue in key cities of the country including capital Kabul despite the security institutions continue to restrict their activities.

The Afghan intelligence nabbed two MAFIA bosses involved in major kidnappings who were later executed by the government.

The two top MAFIA leaders, Habib Istalif and Raees Khudaidad, were executed late in 2014 and early in 2015 after they were arrested by intelligence operatives.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under:


7 Pakistanis among 14 ISIS loyalists killed in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 14 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 during the operations in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 7 of the Lions of Islam killed during the operations are hailing from Pakistain.

MoD further added that the operations were conducted with the air support in Haska Mina district.

However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
the provincial police commandment officials, said at least 7 Lions of Islam were killed during the artillery strikes in Haska Mina district.

According to the officials, the Lions of Islam killed during the operations are foreigners but did not provide further information.

The anti-government armed myrmidon groups including ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the reports so far.

Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Taliban commander among 18 killed in Kunduz city
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A local commander of the Taliban group was among at least 18 killed during the operations in the strategic Kunduz city.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Taliban capo Ghulam Safi was killed along with 17 others during the operations conducted in the vicinity of Kunduz city.

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

Kunduz is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where the Taliban group launched several attacks this year as part of their spring offensive to capture the strategic Kunduz city.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Interior (MoI), earlier said top Taliban leader who was leading the deadly battle in northern Kunduz province was killed during an ambush of the Afghan cops.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said "A top Taliban capo named Mullah Firoz Jahadi along with five other armed Taliban killed in Aab Band district of Ghazni province in an Afghan National Police ambush."

MoI further added "During this ambush, nine other armed Taliban were maimed and two rocket launchers, two PK machine guns and one vehicle seized as well."

According to the ministry, Mullah Firoz Jahadi was leading the Kunduz battle.

Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Suicide attack rocks Lashkargah city in South of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A suicide kaboom rocked Lashkargah city, the thriving provincial capital of southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province.

Provincial governor’s front man Omar Zwak confirmed the incident and said an armored vehicle of the security forces was targeted in the attack.

Another security official said the provincial security chief was also in the area when the incident took place.

The official further added that one policeman lost his life in the attack and at least three others were maimed.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [265 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Anti-ISIS operations to kick off in Ghazni and Zabul: Abdullah
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Special military operations will kick off soon in southeastern Ghazni and southern Zabul provinces to suppress the loyalists of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group and Taliban Death Eaters.

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah
... the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against Karzai. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun...
informed regarding government’s intention during a meeting with the elders of the two provinces.

The elders of Zabul said the local residents in Khak-e-Afghan and Nawbahar districts have noted movements of the two groups to establish and strengthen their presence.

The Ghazni representatives also said the ISIS loyalists and Taliban bully boyz have started to expand their foothold in Nawa district.

According to the Office of the Chief Executive, the elders of Zabul have said thousands of ISIS gunnies have arrived in Khak-e-Afghan district.

The ISIS gunnies have reportedly arrived with their families and are fully equipped with the area turning into an entry point for the foreign Death Eaters.

The elders of the two provinces said an operation should be launched soon to target the gunnies during the winter season before they manage to gain a prominent foothold.

Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Taliban militants behead young woman in North of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A young woman was beheaded by the snuffies in northern Sar-e-Pul
...a city and eponymous province in northern Afghanistan, population about 500,000. Demographically it is majority Tadjik and Uzbek. There are small Pashtun, Arab, and Hazara communities, of which the Hazaras mostly don't bother anyone...
province of Afghanistan, local officials said Monday.

The officials further added that the woman was beheaded late on Sunday night in a remote village located in the capital of Sar-e-Pul.

Provincial director of the women’s affairs Nasima Arzoo confirmed the incident and said the woman was beheaded in the village which is under the control of the Taliban group.

However,
some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them...
the Taliban faceless myrmidons reject the allegation and said the woman was beheaded by irresponsible gunnies.

In the meantime, Arzoo said the Taliban faceless myrmidons beheaded the woman after she started a verbal clash with them.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Suicide donkey seized along Durand Line, Pak officials claim
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Pakistani security officials are claiming that an explosive-laden donkey was seized from the vicinity of Durand Line.

The officials further added that three suspects were also arrested after the donkey was captured by the security forces, according to the local media reports.

The political administration told The Express Tribune on Sunday that after seeing the donkey moving towards the border they pursued it and recovered explosives of more than 40 kgs from it.

According to the officials, Afghanistan’s border administration has been informed about the incident and a protest was registered.

No further details were given regarding the possible target of the attack.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  And there was much hyperbole.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/27/2016 9:41 Comments || Top||


Africa North
LNA conducts airstrikes against BDB in Jufra base
[Libya Herald] The Libyan National Army’s (LNA) Air Force, allied to Khalifa Hafter and the House of Representatives (HoR), conducted Arclight airstrikes against the Benghazi Defence Brigade in the town of Hun, Jufra. Hun is located three hours’ drive to the west of the eastern oilfields currently under LNA control.

Libyan media photos show collateral damage to vehicles and buildings of the Tagrift base which was a former Military Police HQ.

Speaking on Libyan TV yesterday, LNA front man Ahmed Mismari said that the LNA was ready for any BDB attack and that the BDB’s actions on the eastern oilfields were carried out partly in hope that the LNA lift its siege on the Ganfuda district of Benghazi. The BDB’s allies are surrounded by the LNA in Ganfuda.

On another note, Mismari also said that soon there will be an endorsement for the LNA to enter Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
in order to protect civilians.

The attack has been well telegraphed as the BDB have been sending open signals of their intent to attack and takeover control of the eastern oilfields. Equally, the LNA has also been openly signalling its readiness to pre-empt or repel any BDB attack.

Yesterday, Presidency Council (PC) boycotting member Omar Laswad, who is from Zintan, had warned of a new looming military attack against the eastern oil terminals by the same forces that had attempted to take it over at the beginning December.

The BDB are supported by the proposed Defense Minister of the GNA Mahdi Bargathi and are deemed loyal to the Grand Mufti Sadeq Ghariani. Ibrahim Jadran as well as PC member Mijibri are also believed to be in support of the BDB.

Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa Subsaharan
Suicide bomber attacks market in northeast Nigeria's Maiduguri
[Ynet] A jacket wallah attacked a cattle market on Monday in Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria, the city worst hit by 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...
's seven-year insurgency, the police and a witness said.

Police said the bomber, who struck the Kasuwan Shanu market in the central district of Kasuwa, was dead but did not give details of any other casualties. A witness said a number of people had been injured.

Nobody has grabbed credit for the attack but it bears the hallmarks of Boko Haram and comes days after President Muhammadu Buhari said the jihadist group's key camp in its last remaining enclave had fallen.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Gunmen Kill Six in Northern Nigeria
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Six people have been killed in northern Nigeria’s Kaduna state, with herdsmen suspected of committing the attack in the restive region, a former politician and an official said Monday.

A long-running battle over land and grazing rights has left hundreds dead in central and northern Nigeria.

The violence occurred between Saturday and Sunday in Goska, near Kafanchan, despite a 24-hour curfew following incessant festivities between herdsmen and local farmers, they said.

"We lost six people, including my 17-year-old daughter who was one year to her graduation from secondary school," said Gideon Morik, a former member of the state house of assembly.

"The gunnies we suspect to be Fulani herdsmen attacked the village late Saturday into Sunday," he said, adding that the attackers maimed many people and destroyed houses before fleeing.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai condemned the attack in a statement on Monday, vowing to find the killers.

President Muhammadu Buhari has proposed setting up grazing reserves to address disputes.

Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
Kuwait Jails Filipina for Joining IS Jihadists
[AnNahar] A Kuwaiti court on Monday sentenced a Filipino woman to 10 years in jail after convicting her of joining the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
jihadist group and plotting attacks.

The ruling, which is not final, also calls for deporting the 32-year old after serving her term.

The woman was tossed in the slammer
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
in August, two months after arriving in the oil-rich Gulf state to work as a domestic helper.

At the time, the interior ministry said she had confessed to being a member of the Islamic State group and was plotting terrorist attacks in the emirate.

The woman told interrogators that her husband was an active fighter with IS in Libya and he had asked her to come to Kuwait from the Philippines as a domestic helper, according to the ministry.

An IS-affiliated group in the Philippines has conduced a string of bombings as well as kidnappings for ransom of foreign tourists and Christian missionaries in the country.

Kuwaiti courts have sentenced to various jail terms a number of members, sympathisers and financiers of the IS group.

In October, Kuwait police arrested an Egyptian driver suspected of being a member of the IS, after he rammed a garbage truck into a pick-up carrying five Americans.

Authorities in July said they had dismantled three IS cells plotting attacks, including a suicide kaboom against a Shiite mosque and against an interior ministry target.

An IS-linked jacket wallah killed 26 worshippers in June last year when he went kaboom! in a mosque of Kuwait's Shiite minority, in the worst such attack in the Gulf state's history.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Houthi fighters storm Al Jazeera bureau in Sanaa
[Al Jazeera] Yemen's Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
fighters have stormed the closed Al Jazeera Network bureau in the capital Sanaa and stolen the remaining equipment.

Sunday's raid came just hours after the Arabic channel broadcast a documentary film titled Stolen Weapons in Yemen, discussing the group's looting of arms.

"Eye witnesses said that two cars carrying more than 10 fighters raided the office and began looting what has been left of furniture, desks and TV screens," Saeed Thabit, head of Al Jazeera's office in Yemen, said in an Arabic statement on his Facebook page.

The film investigates how Houthi rebels managed to obtain heavy weaponry, where they store the arms as well as the quantity and types of arms they have been using.

Two years ago, the office witnessed a similar attack in which the Al Jazeera team was assaulted and received death threats.

In 2015, Houthi fighters kidnapped an Al Jazeera broadcast engineer and a security guard in Sanaa.

The Arabian Peninsula country has been torn apart by conflict since 2014, when the Iran-allied Houthi fighters, in cooperation with troops loyal to former president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
, captured large expanses of the country, including the capital Sanaa.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  al jazeera - muslim brotherhood mouthpiece funded by the Sunni Islamist Qatari royal family

Why do we care any more? We have alaskan oil sands. We have coal seam gas. We have venezuelan oil. And from Russia

Why do we not simply cut off the Islamic civilisation from Western civilisation. No more migration from the Islamic world. Don't sell them arms. Don't buy their oil.

Get the nukes back from Pakistan and Turkey and then kick Turkey out of NATO

Put the money into fusion research so we can get that working and be energy independent forever.

then we will be working on migrating to the stars while the fenced off Islamic civilisation is still working out how not to kill each other.

Just fence the 56 Islamic nations including Indonesia, into a Muslim reservation and stop trading and all relations with them.
Posted by: anon1 || 12/27/2016 21:19 Comments || Top||


15 die in Soddy airstrikes in Nahem
[al-Manar] Saudi-led coalition warplanes threw on Monday cluster bombs on Hared directorate in Hajja province, and launched two strikes over Amran and two others over Al-Malaheet in Saada.

However, Yemeni army and the Popular Committees fired three barrages of rockets at the Al-Qaren Saudi military post and at a number of Saudi army gatherings in Jizan.

The national military troops also managed to snipe a Saudi soldier stationed in the Al-Talaa post in Najran.

Security sources told Al-Massira TV that Saudi-led coalition struck Al-Razwa town, as 15 aggression gunmen were killed and a military bulldozer was neutralized in Nahem province.

In Shabwa, Saudi-US aggression war jets targeted a civic residence in Asilan directorate.

In Taiz, Yemeni army and the Committees destroyed a whole team of the invading forces in Al-Johmalya and targeted their assembly points, as army tanks bombed the fortification of the aggression forces’ militiamen in Salah.

Moreover, 3 militiamen of the Saudi-US aggression were killed in a number of operation by the Yemeni military in Kalaba directorate.
Posted by: badanov || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


The Grand Turk
Turkish authorities detained 1,682 people last week over militant links
[Ynet] Turkish authorities last week detained 1,682 people for questioning over suspected links to krazed killer organizations and locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
another 516, the interior ministry said on Monday.

People suspected of links to the Moslem holy man Fethullah Gulen
... a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom the current govt of Turkey considers responsible for all the ills afflicting Turkey and possibly the entire world...
, who Ankara says orchestrated an attempted coup in July, made up the biggest number of both the detained, 1,096, and the arrested, 426.

A total of 508 people were detained for links with Kurdish bandidos Lions of Islam and another 78 arrested, the ministry said. Authorities detained 78 people for links to 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 arrested another 12, it said
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  The purge continues...
Posted by: Raj || 12/27/2016 0:48 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Two arrested in bombing of Iranian Kurdish party, perpetrator on the run
[RUDAW.NET] Two suspects in the Koya bombings that targeted the headquarters of a Kurdish armed party of Iranian Kurdistan, killing seven, have been incarcerated
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
, Kurdish security announced Monday. The main perpetrator is still on the run.

"The security agency was able to arrest two suspects on suspicion of being involved in the crime," reads a statement from the Kurdistan Region's Asayesh released on Monday. The security agency "has been able to identify the main perpetrator who is on the run now."

The Asayesh had formed a high level committee, coordinating with security agencies of several cities including Erbil and Sulaimani to investigate the twin bombings in Koya.

Following up on solid leads, the security committee confiscated materials belonging to the main perpetrator and have intensified their efforts to arrest those responsible for the bombing that are still on the lam.

Last Tuesday, two bombs targeted the headquarters of the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK, KDP-I), known locally as HDK, killing five of its Peshmerga fighters, two members of the Kurdish security forces, and wounding three others in Koya, 70 kilometres east of Erbil.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) described the attack 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 last Wednesday. "We will declare to those behind this terrorist crime that every effort or plot against our nation will certainly fail."

The HDK also described the attack as terrorism and have blamed Tehran. A bigwig from the party told Rudaw they had "little doubt" about Iran's involvement in the assault.

Ismail Sharafi said investigations had started and evidence pointed 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 in the days after the attack.

Sharafi also added that Tehran could have funded the attack instead of being directly involved.

The twin bombings took place only minutes apart as party members were marking the birthday of their late leader Abdulrahman Ghassemloo who was assassinated in Vienna, Austria, in 1989. An Austrian court has officially accused Iranian agents of the killing which had a long-lasting impact on HDK's structures and its armed struggle for self-rule against the Islamic Theocratic Republic.

Eyewitnesses told Rudaw the second blast, which appeared to have been more powerful, happened when people rushed to the site of the first attack trying to help the victims.

In the early 1990s, the HDK ended all its military campaigns against the Iranian army largely due to arrangements between Tehran and the Kurdistan Region, which prohibited attacks on Iran from the Kurdish-controlled territories in Iraq.

Tuesday’s attacks happened only months after Kurdistan Region officials directly called on Tehran to resume negotiations with the HDK.

Many pundits have speculated that the conflict between the Iranian government and the Kurds is likely to become bloodier in one of the few parts of the Middle East which has so far been spared the regional upheaval that followed the so-called Arab Spring of six years ago.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Iraqi army loading the guns for a new round of Mosul battle
[RUDAW.NET] The Iraqi military says it is fully prepared for the second phase of the battle for djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
two and a half months after they launched an offensive to retake the city from ISIS. The army is now loading trucks with ammunition, artillery shells and weapons that will assist in pushing the Death Eater group out of Mosul.

Since October 17, says the army, it has liberated at least 40 neighborhoods of Mosul from ISIS and all that lies on the eastern side of the city. The heavy battles are expected to take place on the western side of the Tigris River where ISIS has its strength and most of its fighters.
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Top ISIS Turban dies in Kirkuk
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) A source in Salahuddin Operations Command revealed, that a senior leader of the Islamic State group was killed in an ambush set by security forces in eastern Tikrit, Alsumaria News reported on Monday.

“Security forces set up an ambush for the Islamic State’s leader Mohamed al-Badri Abu Khamis, near the salt company, east of al-Daur district (25 km in eastern Tikrit), and managed to kill him,” the source told Alsumaria News.

“The IS leader was accompanied by three militants who succeeded to fled to an unknown destination,” the source added.

15 ISIS Bad Guys have a Very Bad Day in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Peshmerga Official Kamal Kirkuki revealed on Monday, that international coalition aircraft carried out extensive airstrikes on the hideouts of the Islamic State, based on accurate intelligence information.

Kirkuki said in a press statement, “International coalition air strikes destroyed a hideout belonging to the Islamic State in Kawaz Arab area, and killed two IS militants, as well as wounding others.”

“Another air strike on the same area hit two locations of the terrorists, destructing them completely, in addition to killing five IS terrorists,” he added.

Kirkuki further added that the aircraft continued bombarding the area and killed four terrorists, as well as destroying three tunnels in Mazirir village.

“Another coalition air strike hit a garage belonging to the Islamic state in Kawaz Arab village, destructing an armed vehicle and killing four terrorists,” he explained.
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Mosul Offensive News
10 ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrikes in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Ten Islamic State militants were killed as US-led coalition air forces bombarded their locations east of Mosul, the Iraqi defense ministry said as operations against the extremist group resumes after nearly a week of recess.

The strikes destroyed four IS command quarters as well as 14 cannons, the ministry said, but did not specify the exact whereabouts of those targets. A security source told Shafaaq News that other strikes by coalition jets destroyed nine mortar launchers belonging to the group at al-Baath district.

The ministry reported other airstrikes by its own fighter jets in Hammam al-Alil district, saying they destroyed several military equipment and killed an indefinite number of militants.

Iraqi government forces, backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi and US-led air forces, launched a wide-scale military campaign mid October to retake Mosul, IS’s last major stronghold in Iraq. While government forces fight on the eastern shore of the Tigris River, recapturing almost 40 districts out of nearly 60 since then, al-Hashd al-Shaabi militia has been fighting the group in the western region, claiming to have isolated IS’s hideouts there from both Syria and Iraq.

As admitted by military media, progress in battles at the easte slowed down over the past week. That is reportedly due to bad weather conditions and the density of the targeted districts.
The situation in Mosul has forced at least 125000 people to flee to refugee camps, with nearly one million still stranded in the battlefield.

New offensive to begin soon

(Reuters) Iraqi forces will resume their push against Islamic State inside Mosul in the coming days, a U.S. battlefield commander said, in a new phase of the two-month-old operation that will see American troops deployed closer to the front line in the city.

The battle for Mosul, involving 100,000 Iraqi troops, members of the Kurdish security forces and Shi’ite militiamen, is the biggest ground operation in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003. The upcoming phase appears likely to give American troops their biggest combat role since they fulfilled President Barack Obama’s pledge to withdraw from Iraq in 2011.

Elite Iraqi soldiers have retaken a quarter of Mosul, the jihadists’ last major stronghold in Iraq, but their advance has been slow and punishing. They entered a planned “operational refit” this month, the first significant pause of the campaign.

A heavily armoured unit of several thousand federal police was redeployed from the southern outskirts two weeks ago to reinforce the eastern front after army units advised by the Americans suffered heavy losses in an Islamic State counter-attack.

U.S. advisers, part of an international coalition that has conducted thousands of air strikes and trained tens of thousands of Iraqi ground troops, will work directly with those forces and an elite Interior Ministry strike force.

“Right now we’re staging really for the next phase of the attack as we start the penetration into the interior of east Mosul,” Lieutenant Colonel Stuart James, commander of a combat arms battalion assisting Iraqi security forces on the southeastern front, said in a Reuters interview late on Sunday.

“So right now, positioning forces and positioning men and equipment into the interior of east Mosul… it’s going to happen in the next several days.”

That will put U.S. troops inside of Mosul proper and at greater risk, though James said the danger level was still characterized as “moderate”. Three U.S. servicemen have been killed in northern Iraq in the past 15 months.

James, speaking from an austere outpost east of Mosul where several hundred U.S. troops are stationed, said the pace of the upcoming phase on the eastern side would depend on resistance from Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh.

“If we achieve great success on the first day and we gain momentum, then it may go very quickly. If Daesh fights very hard the first day and we run into a roadblock and we have to go back and go OK that was not the correct point of penetration, it may take longer,” he said.

INTEGRATION
Further integration with the Iraqi troops – to what commanders described as an unprecedented level for conventional U.S. forces – will help synchronize surveillance, air support and force movement, according to James.

“It increases our situational understanding. The man on the ground knows what’s going on best,” he said. “It’s just better when they’re on the ground talking to each other and saying, ‘Hey, have you looked at that area over there? That’s decisive terrain. Have you thought about putting forces there?'”

Mosul, the largest city held by Islamic State anywhere across its once vast territorial holdings in Iraq and neighboring Syria, has been held by the group since its fighters drove the U.S.-trained army out in June 2014.

Its fall would probably end Islamic State’s ambition to rule over millions of people in a self-styled caliphate, but the fighters could still mount a traditional insurgency in Iraq, and plot or inspire attacks on the West.

A multi-ethnic city where up to 1.5 million people of a pre-war population of around 2 million are still thought to be living, Mosul is divided roughly in half by the Tigris River. The western section, which Iraqi forces have yet to penetrate, has built-up markets and ancient narrow alleyways which will complicate future advances.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had said he would win Mosul back by the end of this year, a deadline now certain to be missed. His commanders say their advance was held up by the need to protect civilians, fewer of whom fled than initially expected.

Inclement weather has repeatedly delayed ground advances which rely heavily on aerial surveillance and air strikes.

Reinforcements arrive in Mosul
I think they misspelled replacements/fillers
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Commander of Nineveh Operations announced on Monday, that new military reinforcements have arrived in the liberated neighborhoods, in the eastern side of Mosul.

Major General Najim al-Jabouri said in a press statement, “Military reinforcements arrived in the neighborhoods of the eastern side of Mosul, and were deployed in the liberated areas.”

“Iraqi army forces are enhancing their presence, as well as preparing to storm into the remaining areas of the eastern side of Mosul,” Jabouri added.
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Anbar Antics


20 suspects detained in Ramadi

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Commander of Anbar Operations Ismail al-Mahalawi announced on Monday arresting 20 wanted persons, and seizing a large cache of weapons and rockets in Ramadi.

Mahalawi said in a press statement, “Accurate information allowed Iraqi forces from army and police to arrest 20 wanted persons, as well as discovering a large cache of weapons and rockets, during search operations in the areas of al-Thaila, al-Ta’mim, Jam’ia and al-Sherka in Ramadi.

“Sleeper cells of the Islamic State are trying to penetrate the liberated areas,” Mahalawi added. “The security situation in all the districts and areas of Anbar is stable,” Mahalawi explained.

ISIS Bad Guys get caught in airstrike

Anbar/ Kirkuk (Iraqinews.com) US-led coalition airstrikes on western Anbar and an IED blast in Kirkuk have killed several Islamic State militants, military and militia sources said Monday.

An indefinite number of IS fighters were killed west of Anbar’s town of Haditha when coalition fighter jets bombed their vehicles before a planned attack on the town, said Nazem al-Jugheifi, an intelligence officer for al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces in the province.

In Kirkuk, a security source was quoted by Alsumaria News as saying that four Islamic State members were killed and two others were wounded when an explosive device went off at al-Abbasi-Hawija road southwest of the province.

The group imposed tight measures at the scene of the blast to evacuate its casualties, according to the source, who asked not to be named.

Iraqi and coalition fighter jets regularly conduct airstrikes on areas still held by IS in the west of Anbar and Kirkuk since the emergence of the group and the proclamation of its self-styled “Islamic Caliphate’ in 2014.

Iraqi and American generals estimate the number of IS militants killed since October by nearly 4000 since the start of a major operation to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and the group’s last bastion in the country.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 2 die


2 die in separate bombings

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Two people were killed and six others were wounded on Monday when two separate IED bombings hit eastern districts of Baghdad.

An IED planted near a workshops area in Kasra district exploded, killing one and wounding six, according to a security source quoted by Babil24 as saying in press statements.

Another bomb fitted under a car owned by a Finance Ministry employee also exploded minutes later, killing the employee, the source added.

Since 2014, violence surged Across Iraq, with the Islamic State militants taking over wide areas of the country to establish a so-called “Islamic Caliphate”. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq said Sunday that violence in Iraq during 2016 left more than 12000 dead and more than 14000 wounded. According to the organization, those dead included 6.492 civilians and 5.546 military personnel. Deaths and injuries occurred in Baghdad, Salahuddin, Nineveh, Kirkuk, Anbar and Diyala, UNAMI said, adding that they occurred during military operations against Islamic State as well as in shootings, bombings and suicide attacks.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the Monday blasts, but Some observers believe Islamic State militants have tended to carry out violent attacks in Baghdad and other provinces to divert attention from Mosul, where they struggle to defend their last bastion in Iraq against advancing Iraqi government and popular forces.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinian man shot in foot during clash with troops near Nablus
[IsraelTimes] Fighting comes as some 1,500 visit Joseph’s Tomb under heavy guard in West Bank city.

Israeli security forces shot a man on Monday morning during festivities that erupted as some 1,500 Jewish worshipers visited a shrine in the West Bank city of Nablus, Paleostinian media reported.

Rioters burned tires and threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at security forces protecting the pilgrims, whose monthly visits to the site believed to be the tomb of the biblical Joseph, one of the sons of the Patriarch Jacob, are often accompanied by disturbances, according to the reports.

The clash occurred near the Balata refugee camp on the outskirts of Nablus.

According to the Ma’an Paleostinian news agency, Mahdi Dweiket, 20, was shot in the foot and taken to a local hospital.

Several others suffered from the effects of tear gas canisters fired by IDF soldiers during the riot.

The IDF spokesperson said the army knew of one man lightly injured.

"Forces identified a Paleostinian hurling a Molotov cocktail and in response to the threat fired toward him," the IDF said in a statement. "The Paleostinian was lightly injured and evacuated to a hospital for medical treatment."

Nablus, which is located within the Paleostinian Authority-controlled territory of the West Bank known as Area A, is off-limits to Israeli civilians.

In order to visit the shrine, located on the east side of the city near the Balata refugee camp, Jewish worshipers are escorted under heavy guard by the Israel Defense Forces in organized trips conducted each month.

The visits are often met by rock-throwing and other low-level violence, though fierce festivities have broken out around the pilgrimages as well.

Last month, troops escorted some 800 worshipers to Joseph’s Tomb.

As with nearly every visit, local residents threw rocks at the soldiers guarding the religious Jews before the troops repelled the rioters with nonlethal means. There were no reports of serious injuries or damage on either side.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Civilians killed by barrel bombs near Damascus
[Al Jazeera] At least 14 civilians have been killed and several others maimed in a series of barrel-kabooms on rebel-held areas near Damascus, Al Jazeera has learnt.

Syrian government air strikes targeted the town of Wadi Barada, northwest of the capital, on Monday, injuring dozens of people, including several children, activists told Al Jazeera.

According to videos posted on social media by opposition groups, the Syrian government intensified its assault on the town.

The White Helmets, an all-volunteer rescue group, said a number of people were trapped under the rubble following the heavy bombardment.

Barrel bombs are crude, unguided bombs used by Syrian government forces that have been blamed for thousands of civilian deaths.

They are typically constructed from large oil drums and filled with explosives, nails and scrap metal.

Third day of offensive

Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Gaziantep, on the Turkish side of the border with Syria, said the government was in the third day of an offensive against Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
, which controls Wadi Barada and is one of the most powerful groups battling Assad's forces.

On Friday, the Syrian army and the Lebanese gang Hezbollah launched an operation to retake Wadi Barada, after accusing the rebels of contaminating drinking water at a spring with diesel.

The Wadi Barada valley, a mountainous area near the Lebanese border, has been under siege since 2014 with food, water and electricity all in short supply.

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Syrian Kurdish council finds missing members burnt to death, accusing local group
[RUDAW.NET] Three missing members of the Kurdish National Council of Syria (KNC, ENKS) in the city of Efrin in Rojava have been found burnt to death, an official from the council, told Rudaw.

Abdulrehman Apo, member of the ENKS central committee also told Rudaw on Monday that four more people were also maimed.

Apo accused the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) of killing and wounding his party’s members after they had gone missing on December 19.

Hassan Khalil, the brother of Izzat Khalil, one of the victims, also revealed to Rudaw the PYD had forcefully conscripted his brother.

"Izzat together with his cousin and a neighbor named Abdo Mohammed were forcefully taken to join the PYD," he said, adding that after they refused to join the party units, "they were burned to death."

The ENKS strongly condemned the act and reiterated that the PYD was behind the killing of his members.

The ENKS is an umbrella group of several Kurdish parties in Syria who have maintained relations with the outside world including the Kurdistan Region.

As the two Kurdish parties have always been at odds, the PYD has in the past nabbed
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
many ENKS leaders and expelled tens of its members to the Kurdistan Region on alleged violations of law. This move has escalated political rivalries in Rojava.

In early December PYD supporters and their Asayish forces in Amuda city attacked ENKS buildings, destroying their facilities and burning the Kurdish flag, claimed officials from the council.
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Commander of Free Syrian Army unit abruptly resigns
[ALMASDARNEWS] The commander of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
's al-Safwah Division, Ghassan Najjar, abruptly resigned from his post on Saturday, following his company's defeat at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in east Aleppo.

Najjar recently took to Twitter to express his frustrations after the battle of Aleppo, only to resign just 48 hours later.

The al-Safwah Division released a public statement via their social media accounts on Sunday to confirm the official resignation of their commander.

The Free Syrian Army's High Command has not yet named an replacement for Ghassan Najjar.
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Kurd forces capture Jabaar in Raqqa
Raqqa – Backed by the US-led coalition’s air support, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Monday expelled ISIS militants from the strategic town of Jaabar in western Raqqa Governorate.

After days of heavy clashes with militants of the Islamic State (ISIS), the Kurdish-led SDF troops were able to liberate the Jaabar town on Monday evening.

“The liberation of Jaabar will pave the way for our forces to accelerate the anti-ISIS operations in western Raqqa,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.

“The town contained a main weaponry storage centre for ISIS. The facility is now controlled by the SDF,” the Kurdish official said.

Jaabar was also used by ISIS as a supply route between the city of Raqqa and its northwestern countryside.

At least 53 ISIS militants were reportedly killed in the fight for Jaabar.

The progress comes as part of the SDF-led Euphrates Wrath Operation that aims at isolating ISIS in Raqqa and eventually liberate the city, which is deemed a de facto capital for the radical group.
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ISIS unable to advance in Deir Ezzor despite relentless assaults
[ALMASDARNEWS] Supported by local National Defence Forces (NDF), the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) foiled an ISIS assault on Sina'a district in Deir Ezzor city last evening.

Clashes lasted for about four hours before they subsided when the terrorist group retreated after suffering heavy casualties that included the destruction of one heavy vehicle and several 23mm gun cars. On the other hand, the Syrian Army lost three soldiers whilst repelling the fierce assault.

Meanwhile,
...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck reached for the green sauce...
Syrian Air Force worked overtime targeting ISIS gathering positions all over Huwayjat Saqr, al-Huwayqa, Sina'a district, al-Hussiniyah village, al-Bgheiliyah village, and the vicinity of Brigade 37 Base scoring multiple confirmed hits on the terror group's positions.

In a separate development, ISIS incarcerated
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
the reinforcements emir of Deir Ezzor airbase axis Osama al-Deiri for being unable to achieve any breakthrough on the aforementioned axis despite capturing the strategic Thardah Mountain that overlooks the imperative airport that feeds the besieged city's 100,000+ population. Osama was accused of stealing the weapons, ammunition, and food he was tasked with facilitating.

The terror group had managed to capture the mountain several weeks ago when US-led air strikes killed and injured over 150 Syrian soldiers.

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Syrian Army advances in rural Damascus after jihadists refuse to surrender
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their military operations near the key town of Wadi Barada on Sunday night, targeting the farms and checkpoints under Jabhat Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant...
's (formerly al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front) control.

Led by their elite 4th Mechanized Division, the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture more than 2 km of territory around Wadi Barada, leaving the jihadist rebels with their backs against the wall after they poisoned the water supply to the civilians living in Damascus.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army are steadily advancing towards Wadi Barada in a new bid to force the jihadist rebels to surrender the remaining territory under their control.

The jihadist rebels of Harakat Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham recently rejected a reconciliation proposal that would have resulted in the surrender of Wadi Barada to the Syrian Arab Army in exchange for the transfer of jihadists to the Idlib Governorate.

Similar to their military operations in Khan al-Sheih and Darayya, the Syrian Arab Army will continue to to capture territory around Wadi Barada in order to pressure the jihadist rebels to surrender.

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Russian jets carry out airstrikes to aid Turkish Army in Aleppo’s Al-Bab
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Air Force carried out its first Arclight airstrikes over the key city of al-Bab on Sunday, marking the first time during this war that their aircraft have directly aided the Turkish Army.

According to a military source at the Kuweires Airport, a group of Russian Su-24 and Su-34 fighters jets carried out Arclight airstrikes over al-Bab in east Aleppo, resulting in the destruction of several mechanisms that belonged to the so-called "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 al-Sham" (ISIS).

Despite Russian air assistance on Sunday, the Turkish Army was unable to maintain control over the al-Farouq Hospital and Jabal al-Aqil after the Islamic State bandidos holy warriors scored a direct hit with their VBIED (vehicle borne improvised bomb).

The Russian and Turkish governments are currently on good terms for the first time in nearly a year, putting an end to the differences they had over the downing of the Su-24 fighter jet in northern Latakia last year.

ISIS pushes back against Turkish Army to reclaim territory in Aleppo’s Al-Bab

[ALMASDARNEWS] 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 al-Sham (ISIS) pushed back against the Turkish Armed Forces on Sunday, seizing several sites near the western outskirts of al-Bab City in eastern Aleppo.

ISIS began the counter-assault during the wee hours on Sunday, sending a jacket wallah to target the Turkish Army's defenses near the al-Farouq Hospital in western al-Bab.

The suicide kaboom proved successful for the terrorist group, as ISIS was able to overrun the Turkish Army's positions and regain control of the al-Farouq Hospital before noon on Sunday.

Following the capture of the al-Farouq Hospital, the Islamic State faceless myrmidons stormed Jabal Aqil, resulting in another series of intense firefights with the Turkish Army.

The Islamic State bully boyz were once again successful in their attack, seizing Jabal Aqil after the Turkish Army retreated west of this mountaintop in eastern Aleppo.

ISIS has officially repelled the Turkish Army's advance at least four times in the last ten days in western al-Bab.

Turkey urges US to back al-Bab operation

[Hurriyet] Ankara has criticized international coalition forces for not doing enough to support Turkey in its offensive on al-Bab against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), calling especially for U.S. backing for the operation.

“These circles, which always level criticism at Turkey on ISIL, are not giving the necessary support for our struggle against ISIL in Azez, Jarablus, Dabiq and al-Bab. This is unacceptable,” presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın told reporters on Dec. 26.

“We would like to express once more that the international coalition should make a special commitment particularly to provide air support. We are coordinating with the international coalition. It is unacceptable that air support is not provided without a legitimate reason,” he said.

“Regardless of mobilization by [ISIL], Turkey will continue in its determination in this regard, and this operation will be completed,” Kalın said.

Kalın made the comments in reply to media reports that around 700 ISIL suicide bombers had moved from Raqqa to al-Bab.

In the past week, clashes and operations around al-Bab had gained intensity, he said, emphasizing that the Turkish Armed Forces had showed great sensitivity to avoid civilian casualties.

Some 1,900 square kilometers in northern Syria have been cleared of ISIL as part of the Operation Euphrates Shield, the spokesperson said. During the past week, hundreds of ISIL targets have been eliminated, and 226 ISIL militants have been killed, Kalın stated.

Turkish troops execute 1,300 crazed jihadists in brutal battles

[EXPRESS.CO.UK] TURKISH soldiers have killed hundreds more Islamic State jihadis as they sweep through al-Bab in northern Syria, in a major blow to the fanatical terror regime. Officials in Ankara said 226 ISIS militants had been "neutralised" in the latest operations conducted near the northern Syrian town.

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels, supported by the Turkish military, have been laying siege to the town for weeks.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman reported on Monday the anti-ISIS coalition was making progress in al-Bab, which has been held by ISIS since 2013. He added that President Erdogan was calling on the US and its allies to provide air support to the operation in the Syrian city.

Ibrahim Kalin told a news conference in the Turkish capital: “The international coalition must carry out its duties regarding aerial support to the battle we are fighting in al-Bab.

“Not giving the necessary support is unacceptable.”

Al-Bab had been surrounded by Turkish and Free Syrian Army forces since last week and troops have penetrated the centre of the city.

The latest jihadi deaths brings the total number of ISIS fighters in al-Bab killed by Turkey to around 1,300. More than 1,000 jihadis have already been killed in earlier fighting.

However Turkish troops have also come up against fierce resistance, and were forced to withdraw from the al-Bab hospital on December 22. ISIS even managed to capture two battle tanks, an all-terrain vehicle, a bulldozer and weapons from the fleeing forces.

The ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency claimed more than 70 Turkish soldiers had been killed. ISIS released a video showing two Turkish fighters being burnt alive following clashes outside al-Bab.

The city is located half way between Aleppo and Manbij in an area of Syria that has seen some of the fiercest fighting during the six-year war. In 2004 it had a population of more than 60,000 but that has dwindled as the civil war took its toll on the country's civilian population.

Many former al-Bab residents are now living in Turkey or elsewhere in Europe.

The city fell to ISIS in 2013 but after nearby Manbij was reclaimed from the terrorist group in August this year al-Bab became next on the anti-ISIS coalition's hit-list.
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#1  Now, that's interesting.
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Fateh Al-Sham arrests rebel fighters returning from Al-Bab front
[ALMASDARNEWS] Jabhat Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant...
(formerly al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front) gunnies incarcerated
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
several fighters from Suqour al-Jabal on Monday after they attempted to return to their homes in the Idlib Governorate.

According to opposition activists, the fighters from Suqour al-Jabal were returning from the Euphrates Shield offensive in eastern Aleppo, when they were apprehended by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham murderous Moslems.

No reason was given for the arrest of these rebel fighters.

Operation Euphrates Shield was launched by the Turkish Army in August; it has involved several rebel factions, including the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA), Harakat Nouriddeen al-Zinki, and Faylaq al-Sham.
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Syrian Army seizes large supply of jihadist weapons in east Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army's Republican Guard units discovered a large supply of weapons on Sunday that belonged to the jihadist rebels in eastern Aleppo prior to their departure last weekend.

Based on the video footage captured by Hezbollah's official media wing, the Syrian Arab Army confiscated several missiles, mortar shells, assault rifles, and ammunition in eastern Aleppo on Sunday.

In addition to the aforementioned weapons, the Syrian Arab Army also discovered tanks hidden around the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo City.

The Syrian Arab Army is still combing through these east Aleppo neighborhoods, looking for enemy weapons and explosives that may have been hidden prior to the departure of jihadist rebels from the area.
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Syrian Army kills scores of ISIS terrorists at strategic airport in west Palmyra
[ALMASDARNEWS] The so-called "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 al-Sham" (ISIS) launched another large-scale assault at the strategic T-4 Military Airport in the western countryside of Palmyra on Monday, targeting the Syrian Arab Army's (SAA) near the Abandoned Base and Sha'rah Hills.

ISIS began the assault by storming the Syrian Arab Army's positions west of the Badiyah area of Palmyra; this was followed by a wave of attacks on the government's positions north of the Sha'rah Hills.

Despite their best efforts to overwhelm the Syrian Arab Army's units by sheer force and numbers, the Islamic State turbans were ultimately repelled after a violent 4 hour battle on Monday afternoon.

According to a military source at the T-4 Airport, the Syrian Arab Army killed more than 25 Islamic State bandidos murderous Moslems during Monday's battle, while also destroying at least 3 armored vehicles that were armed with anti-aircraft machine guns.

Over the last two weeks, the Islamic State has suffered an estimated 225 casualties at the T-4 Airport, while also failing to make any significant gains in that time frame.

Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


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The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi and Syrian Editions


Woman executed for adultery in Kirkuk

[ARA News] Kirkuk – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Sunday stoned an Iraqi woman to death on charges of committing adultery, local sources reported.

The ISIS-led Islamic Police, also known as Diwan al-Hisba, detained a woman in al-Riyad District in southwestern Kirkuk Governorate, accusing her of committing adultery.

Shortly after the arrest, the Sharia Court decided to stone the 32-year-old woman to death in public, without any investigation into the case.

“Hundreds of people, including children, gathered at al-Riyad’s central square to witness the execution of the woman,” eyewitnesses told ARA News.

ISIS jihadists also forced a number of civilians to participate in stoning the victim.

The group called on people to take part in the execution, saying that the woman deserved death “for violating the Islamic Sharia through committing adultery”.

The Islamic State’s Media Office in southern Kirkuk has also released footages showing the brutal execution.

The radical group has earlier executed dozens of women on adultery charges.

21 executed while leaving Aleppo

[al-Manar] Syrian authorities said on Monday that Takfiri terrorists executed 21 civilians, including women and children, at close range as they quit second city Aleppo last week.

The bodies were found in two neighborhoods in east Aleppo, official news agency SANA said late Sunday.

The head of Aleppo’s forensic unit Zaher Hajjo told SANA that “21 corpses of civilian victims, including five children and four women, killed by terrorist groups” were examined.

“The bodies were found in prisons run by the terrorist groups in Sukkari and al-Kalasseh, and they were found to have been executed by gunshot at very close range,” Hajjo was quoted as saying.

Under a landmark deal brokered by regime ally Russia and militants’ backer Turkey, 35,000 terrorists and civilians left east Aleppo last week.

Also on Monday, the Russian defense ministry said “dozens of Syrians” were summarily executed in east Aleppo by militants”.

“Mass graves containing dozens of Syrians who were summarily executed and subjected to savage torture have been discovered,” spokesman Igor Konachenkov said, according to Russian agencies.

Mass graves found in Aleppo

[al-Manar] Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday that mass graves of torture victims have been uncovered in Aleppo, adding that the so-called “moderate opposition” mined nearly everything in the eastern neighborhoods of the liberated city.

Mass graves of torture victims have been uncovered in liberated Aleppo, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Monday.

“Mass burial sites of many dozens [of Syrians], who had been subjected to brutal torture and [then] murdered, have been found,” ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

“In many cases, body parts are missing; most victims had been shot in the head. And this, it seems, is only the beginning.”

Konashenkov said that the instances are being recorded as serious war crimes and will be given maximum publicity “so that European backers of the so-called opposition in London and Paris are well aware of who their wards actually are.”

Konashenkov further revealed that militants of the “moderate opposition” mined in eastern Aleppo nearly everything: toys, streets, entrances to premises, cars and motorcycles. “Literally everything, for which there was enough time and ammunition, was mined: the streets, entrances to premises, vehicles, motorcycles lying on roads, and even children’s toys,” Konashenkov said.

He added that seven large ammunition depots, enough to arm several infantry battalions, were discovered in Aleppo.

On December 22, the Syrian government forces assumed full control of Aleppo as the last convoy with militants left the embattled city. Syrian government forces have been fighting against multiple opposition and terrorist groups, including ISIL and Fatah al Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front.

ISIS executes 30 in al-Bab

[al-Manar] At least 30 civilians have been killed in an attack by ISIL Takfiri group in the northern Syrian town of Al Bab, he Turkish military said in a statement on Monday.

The attack was carried out on Sunday as the civilians’ attempted to flee the ISIL-held town, the Daily Sabah publication cited the Turkish military as saying.

Turkey-bcked militants in Syria and the Turkish army have laid siege to the ISIL-held town for weeks under the “Euphrates Shield” operation launched by Turkey nearly four months ago to sweep the Takfiri insurgents and Kurdish fighters from its Syrian border.
Posted by: badanov || 12/27/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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