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Afghanistan
Counter Taliban operations in Kapisa continues
A local security official in Kapisa on Friday said Ghubar Military Operation is ongoing in Tagab district in the central province in order to clear the area of Taliban.

Kapisa Police Chief Mohammad Raziq Yaqubi told TOLOnews that the operation was kicked off three days ago and still continues in parts of the district.

According to him, three Taliban fighters were killed and seven others were wounded as well as 11 villages were cleared of the insurgents during the operation.

He said one local police force member were killed and two public uprising forces were wounded as a result of a suicide vest blast during the operation on Thursday.

Meanwhile, local residents claimed that a mortar hit a civilian house in the district during the operation, where three civilians were wounded.

However, security officials have rejected the claim.
Posted by: badanov || 01/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


13 coal miners shot to death in Baghlan
At least 13 coalmine workers in Tala wa Barfak district in Baghlan were shot dead by a group of fighters affiliated to Daesh insurgents on Friday afternoon, local officials said.

Tala wa Barfak district governor Faiz Mohammad Amiri told TOLOnews that the workers were on the way to their homes when they were attacked by the fighters in Anarak village in the district.
He said the fighters had masks on their faces.

Amiri stated that three other workers were wounded in the attack.
Meanwhile, a number of Baghlan residents said the coalmine workers who were attacked by Daesh are from Shia community.

However, officials have not commented on this so far.
Posted by: badanov || 01/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [343 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa North
Tunisia state employee held for security leaks: Police
[AlAhram] Tunisian authorities have enjugged
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
a state employee accused of passing information about security operations to bad boy groups, a police front man said on Friday.

Since its 2011 uprising, Tunisia has faced repeated Islamist murderous Moslem attacks that have killed more than 100 soldiers and coppers, as well dozens of civilians and foreign tourists, according to official figures.

Khlifa Chibani, a front man for the National Guard, told a news conference that 11 "terrorist cells" were broken up by security services last month alone and 62 suspects arrested.

Among the suspects was "an employee of the state who provided these cells with a programme of security raids," said Chibani.

He declined however to identify the suspect or say in which government department he worked, adding only that "he could access" security information through his job.

"His relation to security (services) allowed him to know" of planned anti-extremist operations, he said.

Chibani said the state employee was arrested in Tunisia's Enfidha region, around 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the capital Tunis, and added that the suspected had confessed to the alleged crime.

In September 2015, the interior ministry said 110 members of the security services had been dismissed from their posts, some allegedly for harbouring "terrorist sympathies".

Tunisia says around 3,000 of its nationals have joined the ranks of jihadists groups fighting in neighbouring Libya, as well as in Syria and Iraq.

The United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
puts this figure at 5,500.

A government front man last month said around 800 jihadists who returned to Tunisia have so far been jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
or placed under surveillance.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/07/2017 02:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under:


Egypt army thwarts attacks on North Sinai checkpoints, arrests Cairo checkpoint attackers
[AlAhram] The Egyptian army has foiled a plot by forces of Evil to attack a number of security checkpoints on Friday morning, state news agency MENA reported.

The army said in a statement that the third field army pushed back an attack by gunnies on a checkpoint, killing nine forces of Evil and injuring 16 others.

Egypt Arrests Suspected Cairo Checkpoint Attackers

[AnNahar] Egyptian authorities have detained three people suspected of planning and carrying out a Cairo police checkpoint bombing that killed six coppers last month, the interior ministry said Thursday.

In footage published by the interior ministry, one of the suspects, Mahmoud Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed, confessed he planted an bomb at the checkpoint on December 9 in Cairo's al-Haram street.

Investigations showed the perpetrators belonged to the newly-emerged Hassam Movement, the ministry said.

Hassam had grabbed credit for the attack.

The two others incarcerated
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
are members of the group operating its hideouts and handling its logistics, the ministry said. Authorities located hideouts for the group in Cairo's October 6 district, the ministry added.

During raids by security forces on these hideouts, another suspect was killed in a shootout, while police found items including footage recorded while the attackers were monitoring the checkpoint ahead of the bombing, according to the ministry.

In the video confession, the suspect Ahmed said he joined the Moslem Brüderbund in 2015, and in mid-2016 he was told his subgroup had joined Hassam.
Oh? Interesting, if true.
After monitoring coppers's homes and security convoys, the group scoped out the al-Haram street checkpoint before planning their attack. On the day of the kaboom, the attackers moved close to the checkpoint and pretended their car had broken down. Ahmed placed an bomb shaped like a rock near the checkpoint before another attacker set it off as they left in their car, he said in the video confession.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/07/2017 02:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [381 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  Egypt is kicking ass for All of US.
Please note.
Posted by: newc || 01/07/2017 7:33 Comments || Top||

#2  I bet there's a worse place to be than jailed in Egypt after killing cops, but you'd have to look hard to find it.

"Pliars and blowtorch and #7 truncheon, please, Ahmed"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/07/2017 10:11 Comments || Top||


Libyan jihadi leader meets Satan for a sit-down
Benghazi, 6 January 2017:

Benghazi militant leader Wissam Ben Hamid is dead according to one of his colleagues who was arrested today near Ajdabiya by the Libyan National Army (LNA) while trying to flee.

Naizar Jalal Atwier, who was a spokesman for Ansar Al-Sharia in Benghazi, was caught east of Ajdabiya at a location named Al-Bidan. It is believed that he managed to escape from Ganfouda in yesterday’s mass breakout.

It was thought at the time that Ben Hamid had also managed to escape.

Interrogated today, however, Atwier said that Ben Humaid had been killed in a recent airstrike. According to LNA spokesman, Colonel Ahmed Mismari, it was at the end of December. Some reports say 28 December.

Since then, Atwier stated in a videoed interview, the militants in Ganfouda have been led by Jamal Makhzoum. He, apparently, is still there.

Ben Hamid who was originally commander of one of the main brigades in the city, Libya Shield No. 1 Battalion, was widely regarded as one of the most dangerous and ruthless of Benghazi’s Islamist leaders. He was suspected of being behind a string of political assassinations and murders in the city, among them the gunning down in June 2013 of 32 protestors outside Libya Shield No. 1’s Kuwafiyah base. That October, he was accused of ordering the murder of Colonel Ahmed Mustafa Al-Barghathi, the head of Benghazi military police, and his home in Kuwafiyah was burnt down by members of the Barghathi tribe. He then threatened revenge on the attackers.

In October 2015, evidence was produced suggesting that he had planned the murders of Mahdi Al-Barghathi, now the Presidency Council’s defence minister but then the commander of the LNA’s main tank battalion fighting the militants in Benghazi, and Salah Bughaib, the head of military intelligence unit in the city.

As the LNA offensive in Benghazi against the militants slowly managed to throttle them, Ben Hamid created new forces loyal to himself – a year and a half ago there was one called the Free Libya Martyrs Brigade. However, by the end of 2015, he had left the city and was at various times in Tripoli, Misrata and Jufra. By mid-2016 he was a leading figure in the Benghazi Defence Brigades, based in Tripoli, which were linked to controversial grand mufti Sadek Al-Ghariani and dreamed of wresting control of their city from the LNA.

In July last year, he accused Abdul Raouf Kara, the head of the Rada (Deterrance) units in Tripoli of being part of a “malicious clique”.

He was reported to be in Tripoli in November. Last month, however, Mismari said that he was trapped in Ganfouda along with Makhzoum and another militant commander, Salem Ben Shatwan.

Meanwhile late this afternoon, the bodies of 19 militants, all thought to have taken part in yesterday’s Ganfouda breakout, were taken to Ajdbiya hospital. It is believed they include 13 who blew themselves up today when they were surrounded by LNA forces at the village of Saunau east of Ajdabiya.
Posted by: badanov || 01/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336 views] Top|| File under: Ansar al-Sharia


Fighting continues in Benghazi
Benghazi, 6 January 2017:

Security forces are fighting terrorists east of Ajdabiya thought to be survivors of yesterday’s coordinated breakout during which it is now known that 21 police and soldiers were killed.

The escape from the invested enclaves of Ganfouda and Sabri came during a power blackout which appears to have been caused deliberately. A GECOL control room engineer has been arrested.

The main terrorist breakout was made by a column of vehicles that headed south towards Suluq. Libyan National Army spokesman Ahmed Mismari said that in the running battle that followed, involving grounds forces and aircraft, all the terrorist trucks were destroyed, the last of them south of Ajdabiya.

The announcement may have been premature since today there are reports that two soldiers have died and four been wounded in fighting with terrorists in Saunnu to the east of Ajdabiya not far from the B11 inland highway linking the town to Tobruk.

Another military source said that eight armed vehicles had been caught in a village south-east of Ajdabiya. A number of men was captured. At least one of them, named as Ashraf Al-Ruq, was transferred to Marj. It is understood that reconnaissance flights in search of further vehicles have been conducted as far west as Harawa.

Details are less clear over the outcome of the two other breakouts, from the north side of Ganfouda and from Sabri. Early reports were that a car bomb failed to detonate in LNA lines when the terrorists broke through. In Sabri, an armour-plated vehicle was stopped and three terror suspects were killed but others managed to get through. In what may have been a separate incident at another Sabri checkpoint, suicide bombers were shot down before they detonate their explosive vests, which were thereafter defused.

Later two policemen were shot dead outside Benghazi Medical Centre but the identity and fate of the culprits has not been given.

Benghazi Security Director Salah Huwaidi has insisted that security in the city is under control. A state of emergency is still in force but life on the streets has returned to normal.

Meanwhile the city’s Investigation Department head, Lieutenant-Colonel Ashraf Faydi has said that a Palestinian woman has been arrested at her home near the port on suspicion of spying. Faydi alleged that the unnamed woman had links to the Hamas party in Palestine and had confessed to filming military movements and reporting them to the terrorists. Her laptop had been seized.
Posted by: badanov || 01/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
Another Chibok girl freed by Nigerian army
[AA.TR] The Nigerian military has said another of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 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...
holy warriors has been sprung.

Rakiya Abubakar was discovered alongside a six-month-old child as troops placed in durance vile
You have the right to remain silent...
a number of Boko Haram holy warriors on Thursday in the country's northeast region, according to army front man Brigadier- General Sani Usman.

The number of the kidnapped schoolgirls still in captivity now stands at 196.

A total of 276 had been taken on the night of 14 April 2014. Eighty-one -- including 21 whose release was negotiated in October 2016 -- are now free and in government care.

By Sunday, will be 1,000 days since the girls were kidnapped, sparking international outrage and raising the profile of the holy warrior group.

Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Nigeria: Troops Arrest 1,400 Boko Haram Suspects in One Week
[All Africa] Abuja -- Soldiers fighting the 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...
gunnies on Wednesday said they incarcerated
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
1,400 Death Eaters in one week.

The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Leo Irabor, explained that the suspects and rescued persons were also parts of those involved in the operation.

He said: "A total of 1,400 civilians were arrested by our troops during all our operations conducted between 28 December, 2016 and 4 January, 2017

"On December 25, 2016, at about 1000hrs, troops deployed in Fob Potiskum apprehended a suspected Boko Haram member Musa Abdullahi at Fika. The suspect is in jug undergoing interrogation.

"Troops in conjunction with NSCDC arrested a suspected Boko Haram suspect, Rabiu Ibrahim, at Bajoga in Funakaye Local Government Area of Gombe State. The suspect fled to Gombe as a result of the recent attacks on Boko Haram Death Eaters by troops.

"During preliminary interrogation, the suspect confessed that he joined the sect about four years ago and took part in the attack of troops along Damaturu - Maiduguri road. The suspect is in jug for further interrogation.

"On December 30, 2016 at about 1330hrs, the troops arrested a confirmed Boko Haram Death Eaters member at Goni Kalla. While the suspect was being moved from Goni Kalla to Damaturu, the Boko Haram Death Eaters member attempted to escape by jumping out of the vehicle. He was therefore shot and killed. His corpse has been deposited at General Hospital Damaturu.

"On Christmas Day at about 1330hrs, troops and Department of State Services (DSS) personnel trailed two suspected high profile kidnappers (Mohammed Ali and Sani Digaru), for an alleged plan to carry out an operation in Gombe and possibly escape to their camp at Yuga Forest in Bauchi State. The two kidnappers were tracked and arrested by DSS in conjunction with troops at Silas area along Gombe-Dukku road."

Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [310 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Yemen’s Houthis, allies strike site near Bab al-Mandab
[AA.TR] Yemen’s Shia 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 ...
militia group and its allies launched an attack on a military site near the Bab al-Mandab Strait on Thursday, killing a number of government soldiers, sources from both sides of the conflict have said.

Fahman al-Subaihi, a government field commander, said Houthi murderous Moslems and allied forces loyal to former Yemeni 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...
had fired a "ballistic missile" at the Shaab al-Jen military camp, which is located near the strategic waterway.

According to al-Subaihi, the missile attack left six government soldiers dead and dozens more injured.

Houthi officials quoted by Yemen’s Houthi-linked SABA press agency said murderous Moslems had fired the missile at a concentration of government troops deployed at the army camp.

The press agency quoted an unnamed Houthi military source as saying that "dozens" of government personnel had been killed and injured by the missile strike.

In a related development, Saudi-led coalition warplanes reportedly struck a number of sites affiliated with the Houthis and their allies in the city of Dhobab and the al-Jadid area -- including the al-Omary army camp -- in the southwestern Taiz province near Aden.

According to local sources, the Arclight airstrikes led to the destruction of several Houthi military vehicles and at least one rocket platform.

More from Asharq Al-Awsat: Army Forces Advance in Yemen

Taiz- Clashes between pro-government forces and insurgency militias in Yemen’s northern province Saada intensified as Yemeni army forces , backed by Arab Coalition air power made significant advances retaking grounds and strategic locations, cutting the passageway linking Saada a to the insurgency-run Jawf province.

Insurgency militias are mainly composed of Iran-aligned Houthi coup militias seeking to overturn the rule of law in Yemen that have joined forces with armed loyalists supporting ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The insurgency has sparked a civil war which left Yemen descending to sheer chaos.

Two rounds of subsequent U.N.-backed peace talks failed to resolve the conflict, in which thousands of Yemenis are believed to have been killed to date and an estimated 2.5 million forced to flee their homes.

Military sources say that army forces successfully staged a retaliatory operation securing a sweeping advance in Saada, in which a Houthi senior leader, Mourad al Shabathi, had been neutralized by an Arab Coalition airstrike Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, army artillery continues pounding insurgency militia pits in Sirwah considered the most important economic and political center in prehistoric Yemen. The location is a logistic gain that insurgency groups hold on to fiercely.

As for Beihan, located in the Shabwa province, army forces took control of new sites formerly controlled by coup militias after fighting fierce and violent battles over the course of several days.

Military sources said that the units backed by popular resistance managed to free the mountain range overlooking the valley Beihan through which militias supply routes pass to As Safra District, a local armed forces media outlet reported.

Saudi-led Arab Coalition air forces launched a series of intense strikes on insurgency camps in multiple provinces, namely Shabwa, Taiz and Hodeidah, Marib.

In Taiz, army forces regained control of new western positions by ambushing insurgency local strongholds.

Coup militias on the other hand continue sniping down and bombarding civilians and in different parts of Taiz. A young Yemeni girl, Siham Mohammed, being the latest victim of insurgency cruelty. Many other civilian injuries have also been accounted for after insurgency militias attacked a crowd of children and parents exiting a school on the 30th St.(west of an air defense camp), local sources said.

Arab Coalition airstrikes also targeted militia positions west of Usaylan District resulting in the death and injury of dozens of the coup militants, the destruction of five crews and two rocket launchers.
Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [390 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Bangladesh
Militant Saddam was wanted in 10 cases
[Dhaka Tribune] One of the two top leaders of bully boy group New JMB killed in Dhaka early Friday has been identified as Saddam Hossain ‐ a most wanted bully boy involved in at least 10 murders and attempted murders in the northern districts, Monirul Islam, chief of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC), confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune.

Police said Saddam, also known as Rahul alias Sabuj alias Chanchal alias Robi, is charge-sheeted in five cases and accused in five others. He was accused of planning the attacks and supplying arms.

Meanwhile,
...back at the buffalo wallow, Standing Buffalo drew a bead on his old enemy and squeezed the trigger...
during a press brief at his residence on Friday morning, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told news hounds that bully boy Saddam Hossain had led attacks in northern regions of Bangladesh.

CTTC chief Monirul Islam said Saddam was named in the charge sheets for the murders of Japanese citizen Hoshi Kunio and shrine caretaker Rahmat Ali in Rangpur. He was also named in the charge sheet for the attempted murder of Bahai Centre Director Ruhul Amin in the same district, he added.

Saddam was also named on the charge sheets for the murders of Joggeshwar Roy in Panchagarh and converted Christian freedom fighter Hossain Ali Sarker in Kurigram. He was named as accused in three other murder cases (Dr Dipti, Rabbi and Tarun Datta) filed with Gaibandha police and one each in Nilphamari (Karbala Khadem Hasnain) and Dinajpur (Dr Birendra), Monirul further added.

Saddam is the son of Alam Miah alias Jola and Sufia Begum, hailing from Char Bidhyananda village of Rajarhat upazila in Kurigram, said police.

A senior officer in Rangpur police said that Saddam had arrest warrants issued against him in the cases.

"He is known as the military commander of New JMB’s northern region. He used to supply arms and explosives before attacks," the official said seeking anonymity.

Police learnt about Saddam after a New JMB member, Masud Rana, jugged
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
in Hoshi Kunio case had confessed in court. Rana said that Saddam started following Kunio’s movements along with other accomplices eight to 10 days before the murder on October 3, 2015.

He went close to Kunio’s house three days before the attack and monitored his activities. Masud Rana, Nazrul Islam alias Bike Hassan and Bijoy implemented the plan upon the order of Saddam, according to the charge sheet. Saddam supplied the cycle of violence and two pistols used in the attack.
Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)


Marjan, Saddam killed in Mohammadpur ‘gunfight’
[Dhaka Tribune] Police claim Marjan coordinated the July 1 attack on Gulshan's Holey Artisan Bakery that killed 23 people, including 17 foreigners, while Saddam was accused of criminal masterminding a string of fatal attacks in northern Bangladesh.

Two most wanted turbans of the New JMB group including the Gulshan terror attack operational commander Marjan have been killed in an alleged shootout with the police’s counter-terrorism unit in Dhaka’s Mohammadpur area.

Formerly an Islami Chhatra Shibir
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [437 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)

#1  Is that one of his Houris?
Posted by: Frank G || 01/07/2017 11:57 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkish border police reportedly told to wave through bomb supplies for Islamic State in Syria
[Wash Times] Turkish intelligence officers ordered the nation’s border police not to inspect truckloads of bomb-making materials shipped by companies in Turkey to Islamic State operatives in Syria in recent years, a former top Turkish counterterrorism official said.

Although Ankara denies it ever allowed private companies to supply the terrorist group, Ahmet S. Yayla, who held high-level Turkish law enforcement posts from 2010 to 2014, said the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a clandestine policy to facilitate cross-border transfers of explosive materials to the group.

"Police were told to close their eyes when large shipping container trucks rolled across the Syrian border with Turkey," Mr. Yayla told The Washington Times. "The protocol was that if national intelligence was arranging the movement, there was [no] stopping for inspection."

Mr. Yayla, an adjunct professor at George Mason University and an outspoken critic of the Turkish government, made the assertions amid growing scrutiny of Ankara’s suspected role in arming the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL.

Turkish diplomats strenuously denied the charges during a half-hour meeting at the Turkish Embassy late last month. The diplomats insisted that they could speak only on background and therefore could not be quoted by name.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/07/2017 03:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [538 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Knock me over with a feather!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/07/2017 6:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Our "ally"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/07/2017 10:08 Comments || Top||

#3  What are the odds that the Klingons had wind of it?
Posted by: Pappy || 01/07/2017 18:49 Comments || Top||


10 remanded over last month's twin Istanbul blasts
[AA.TR] An Istanbul court remanded 10 suspects late on Friday in connection with last month's deadly terror attacks in the city's Besiktas district.

The suspects are accused of "being member of an armed terror organization" and "making terror propaganda."

The court ruled the release of two others under judicial control.

On Dec. 10 at around 10.30 p.m. (1930GMT), a boom-mobile went off outside a football stadium in Istanbul's Besiktas district, two hours after the end of a Turkish football league match.

Seconds later, a suicide kaboom occurred in Macka Park in the same neighborhood.
Good lord -- with all the excitements recently, I'd completely forgotten about that one.
The blasts martyred 46 people, mostly coppers, and left dozens of others maimed.

Istanbul anti-terror police said the jacket wallah was Burak Yavuz, a 20-year-old man from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's southeastern province of Sanliurfa.

Following the incident, at least 13 suspects linked to the bombings were locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
. TAK (Kurdistan Freedom Falcons) -- one of the most important sub-organizations of the terrorist organization PKK -- grabbed credit for the attack.

Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Home Front: WoT
US transfers 4 detainees from Gitmo to Saudi Arabia
More, including an additional miscreant, on this story from yesterday.
[AA.TR] Four detainees of the controversial military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been transferred to other countries, the U.S. announced Thursday.

Salem Ahmad Hadi Bin Kanad, Muhammed Rajab Sadiq Abu Ghanim, Abdallah Yahya Yusif al-Shibli and Muhammad Ali Abdallah Muhammad Bwazir have been transferred to Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Al-Shibli and Bwazir were unanimously approved for transfer by an interagency task force. Kanad and Ghanim were transferred on the recommendation of six departments and agencies comprising a periodic review board.

The move is likely to irk President-elect Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
who has called on the B.O. regime to halt detainee transfers.

Trump has spoken favorably of the prison and said he would begin sending new inmates to the site that became a lightning rod for controversy under former President George W. Bush.

The comments stand in stark contrast to the actions of President Barack Obama
I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody...
's outgoing administration, which has worked to close the facility despite congressional opposition to send to the U.S. detainees too dangerous for transfer to third party countries.

With Thursday's transfers 55 inmates remain at Gitmo.

Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [383 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Fort Lauderdale airport shooting: 5 dead, suspect had gun in bag
[CNN] Five people were shot dead and eight wounded in a baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale's airport, and law enforcement sources tell CNN the suspect, identified as Esteban Santiago, had brought the firearm in his checked luggage.

Authorities said it was too early to understand why the suspect, who was taken into custody without incident, opened fire at the Florida airport.

Santiago, who lived in Alaska, is being interviewed by local and federal authorities. They are looking into witness reports that the suspect got into an altercation on board his flight to Florida, law enforcement officials said.
Military Age Male (MAM), sporting new beard, wearing Palestinian Keffiah (scarf), executing Islamic index finger symbol, worked for a security firm, had recent discussions with FBI concerning terrorism.... anyone see a pattern ?
Also about the age when schizophrenia blooms, and went for mental health treatment a few months ago, complaining he heard voices in his head. The mad swim in the zeitgeist as well, and latch on to that which fits their needs. This increases the danger to us all.
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#1  The Daily Mail has more on his mental health problems here.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/07/2017 1:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Again, Islam attracts another with mental problems prone to violence.
Posted by: gorb || 01/07/2017 1:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Islam attracts another with mental problems prone to violence

When the belief system itself has 'mental problems prone to violence', attracting like-minded folks is like shooting fish in a barrel.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/07/2017 6:25 Comments || Top||

#4  To be correct, most of these bomb throwers were just looking for a reason to be mean. They just found a daddy.

I AM aware that Daesh uses exactly the Koran to gather these people.

To be Honest, most moslems are not at all interested in this and deserve a break.

I still excuse none of it because it is an army of strawmen built for wayward demons ether way you look at it.

It's sick and so un-necessary.
Posted by: newc || 01/07/2017 6:48 Comments || Top||

#5  #4 Not all Germans supported genocide either but where were the good ones when it counted?
Posted by: jpal || 01/07/2017 7:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Bingo, japal!!!!!! That is the heart of the matter. With respect to Islam: it will have to reform itself, or others will, which won't be pretty.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/07/2017 12:28 Comments || Top||

#7  It's been said, long ago, that Muslims are either at your throat or at your feet. Sure, most Muslims are against violence, but the religion nurtures those who are for it. So even if all Muslims today denounce violence, the religion will always reconstitute the violent wing by nature.

I wonder what the Holy Crayon would look like if all the abrogated passages were redacted so nobody could read them . . . .
Posted by: gorb || 01/07/2017 14:07 Comments || Top||

#8  at your throat or at your feet.

Actually, it was said of the Germans first. Probably why they worked so well together in WWII.
Posted by: Pancho Snore8829 || 01/07/2017 14:32 Comments || Top||

#9  Was by the mosque this morning in Anchorage while on some errands. This is a 15,000 sq ft building, serving 3000 muslims from all over the world. The article is somewhat dated, but HERE is a link to the building. Would like to know about the financing of this edifice. Got to be $3 million at least. I am sure that the FBI has been defanged from investigating mosques and muslims in general by DoJ directives. We have the equivalent of a Trojan Horse in our midst. Jan 20 can not come soon enough.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/07/2017 17:56 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Five Hazara men injured in Quetta gun attack
Unidentified assailants injured five members of Quetta's Hazara community in a targeted attack on Friday, police said.

The assailants shot and injured the individuals on Spini Road in the Qila Mubarak area, Deputy Inspector General Police Quetta Razzak Cheema said, terming the incident a targeted attack.

Two of the wounded are in critical condition, and all those injured in the shooting have been shifted to Bolan Medical Complex

The five individuals were targeted while they were travelling in a taxi, the DIG said.

Police have launched an investigation into the attack.
Being the wrong kind of Muslim can be as deadly as not being Muslim at all, once the society in question goes takfiri.
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Gulshan-i-Iqbal suicide attack: CTD tracks down two of perpetrators
[DAWN] LAHORE: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of police claimed on Friday to have locked away
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
two people suspected to be involved in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park suicide kaboom in 2016.

At least 74 people were killed and 340 others injured when a jacket wallah went kaboom! himself near the swings in the crowded park on March 27 last. Many among the visitors had come to the place to celebrate Easter.
Continued on Page 49
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North Nazimabad rocked by grenade and gun attacks
[DAWN] KARACHI: In a renewed wave of violence barely a few days into the new year, a cop shoppe came under grenade attack by person or persons unknown, who minutes later killed a rickshaw driver and maimed a policeman in an exchange of gunfire with police in North Nazimabad on Friday morning, police said.

The incident comes after the assassination'>assassination
of a police officer on Wednesday night on Rashid Minhas Road.

SSP Nasir Aftab said that two men riding a cycle of violence threw a grenade at the North Nazimabad Police Complex that also houses the Taimuria cop shoppe and escaped. The grenade went kaboom! on the premises of the cop shoppe causing injuries to Constable Mohammad Iqbal, 50.

He said the assailants reached Five Star traffic intersection -- located around one and a half kilometres from the Taimuria cop shoppe -- where four traffic coppers were regulating traffic and one of them was guarding the others with his official sub-machine gun.

The SSP said that they started firing and the armed policeman, identified as Bashir Ramzan, despite suffering a bullet wound returned fire forcing the suspects to escape. While fleeing, the suspects shot a rickshaw driver, Ali Imran, 25, as it appeared that he had blocked their exit path with his vehicle.

The maimed were taken to the nearby Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors declared Imran dead. The condition of constables Ramzan and Iqbal was said to be stable. The rickshaw driver suffered bullet wounds in the neck. He was father of three and lived in Surjani Town.

About the grenade attack, bomb disposal official Abid Farooq said that it was a Russian-made (RGD-1) hand-grenade; the kaboom damaged a wall of the cop shoppe.

During a visit to the scene, DIG-West Zone Zulfiqar Larik told media that the suspect used a 9mm pistol as Sherlocks collected eight spent bullet casings of the pistol and nine spent bullet casings fired from the SMG of the policeman from the Five Star traffic intersection.

He said that the two incidents were carried out by the same suspects.

He said the police had some leads about the identity and motive of the attackers but it was premature to share the same with the media.

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Four militants killed, five arrested
[DAWN] QUETTA: Four suspected Death Eaters were killed while five others were locked away
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
after an exchange of fire with security forces in the Uch area of Dera Bugti district on Friday.

Official sources said that personnel of the 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....
(FC) and intelligence had launched a search operation on a tip-off about the presence of Death Eaters in Uch.

They said that armed Death Eaters opened fire on the security forces from their hideouts using automatic weapons. The security forces immediately returned fire.

"A heavy exchange of fire continued for at least two hours in which four Death Eaters were killed," said a security official, adding that during the operation five Death Eaters were also taken into custody.

The officials claimed that nine hideouts of the Death Eaters were demolished during the search operation.

"The Death Eaters belong to a banned outfit which has been involved in attacks on the gas line installations and security forces," official sources claimed.

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Iraq
ISIS Top Dawg has a Very Bad Day in Raqqa
[ARA News] Raqqa – An airstrike by the US-led coalition has killed a top official of the Islamic State (ISIS) and the group’s propaganda chief in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa city, officials said on Friday.

Mahmoud al-Isawi, senior ISIS facilitator and a prominent leader of the jihadist propaganda, was taken out by a US-led coalition airstrike on December 31.

The coalition confirmed al-Isawi’s death in an official statement on Friday, saying the airstrike targeted him in Raqqa–capital of the ISIS self-proclaimed Caliphate.

The longtime ISIS member al-Isawi used to manage instructions and finances for ISIS officials and provided a significant intelligence and propaganda support.

“His death, combined with the recent successive deaths of other ISIL leaders plotting terrorist attacks, has degraded ISIL’s trans-regional attack and facilitation network, and is forcing ISIL to increase their focus on internal security,” the US-led coalition said, using another acronym for ISIS.

“The coalition will continue to track and eliminate ISIL terrorists who plot and conduct attacks against coalition nations and our allies, wherever they are hiding,” it concluded.

The US-led coalition has been striking ISIS positions in Syria and Iraq since summer of 2014. The coalition also backs local ground troops in both countries to liberate territories held by the radical group.
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Iraqi forces capture 11 villages in Anbar


Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi security forces and allied tribal militias recaptured on Friday 11 villages in western Anbar from Islamic State militants as operations in that region launched Thursday.

Nazem al-Juhgeifi, a senior intelligence commander at al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said army forces, backed by police and tribal troops, recaptured seven villages on the road between the towns of Annah and Rawa. He said IS militants fled those villages without resistance.

Ragea al-Eifan, a member of the security committee at Anbar Province council, said troops retook four other villages after militants fled to the town of Rawa.

He said forces began to defuse explosive devices planted by the group to secure a pathway for military vehicles, while securing civilians evacuated from those regions.

“The mission is to clear Rawa as a first phase while cutting supplies to the group from the town of Qaem passing at the desert area surrounding those areas,” he stated.

IS used regions of western Anbar as launching points for attacks against civilians and security forces. Iraqi security and coalition forces responded with occasional strikes on those locations.

The most outstanding battle against IS in Iraq has been running since October at the city of Mosul, the country’s second largest city and the formerly proclaimed capital of the militants’ “Islamic Caliphate”. Generals say they have become in control over a half of the city’s eastern section and hope to advance towards the western section on the borders with Syria.
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1 dead in bombing attack in al-Suwaib in Baghdad


Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A civilian was killed and six others were wounded on Friday when an explosive device exploded in Suwaib, south of Baghdad.

A security source told Alsumaria News that the IED was placed near a cattle market.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said recently that violence in Iraq had left 19000 casualties in 2016, but said the count excludes deaths in Anbar during three months of that year.

Observers believe Islamic State have begun to escalate attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October, so as to relieve pressure on that front by government forces and to divert attention from losses.

Attacks across Baghdad in the past week, some claimed by the ultra-hardline Sunni group, have killed more than 60 people, Reuters said.

Attacks in the east and south of the capital on Thursday left at least seven dead.
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Mosul Offensive News


Iraqi forces capture Mosul district al-Muthanna

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Forces recaptured on Friday a new district in eastern Mosul as operations proceed to clear the region from Islamic State militants, the operations’ commander said.

The forces managed to cross al-Khawsar river and liberated al-Muthanna district in the eastern section of the city, according to Lt. Gen. Abdulamr Yarallah, commander of the joint forces operations in Nineveh. He said forces raised the Iraqi flag on the district.

Iraqi government forces, backed by popular militias and a US-led international military coalition, have been carrying out a major campaign since October to retake Mosul from militants. The recapture of Mosul, IS last outstanding stronghold in Iraq, could deal a last blow to the group’s existence in the country.

Iraqi generals have said recently they had become in control over 70 of Mosul’s eastern section. But IS militants have regularly bombed areas they have lost to security forces since operations kicked off in October to recapture Iraq’s second largest city.

IS still maintains hideouts in the western section of the city that are close to its strongholds in Syria, but Iraqi generals and allied militia leaders say the group has become isolated from Syria and Iraq.

Security officials estimate the number of remaining IS combatants in Iraq by 6000, but those are fighting against at least 100.000 government and militia soldiers.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in December the battle for Mosul was entering a “decisive” stage, and predicted that the operations could realize final victory within two months.

Iraqi airstrikes hit targets in Tal Afar

[al-Manar] The Iraqi warplanes raided ISIL positions in Tal Afar in western Mosul, killing 20 terrorists.

The Iraqi defense ministry added in a statement that air raids also destroyed a number of ISIL weaponry depots and booby-trapped vehicles.

Source: Al-Manar Website

Iraqi forces advance in Mosul in night time operation

[al-Manar] Iraqi army and elite forces advanced against militants of the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) terrorist group in eastern Mosul in their first night-time raid in the city, a spokesman said on Friday.

Counter-terrorism service (CTS) forces pushed across a tributary of the Tigris river shortly after midnight and drove back ISIL militiamen in the Muthanna district, CTS spokesman Sabah al-Numan said.

“We used special equipment and had the element of surprise – the enemy did not expect us to mount a night offensive because all previous offensives were during the day,” he said.

US coalition warplanes carried out 19 air strikes in support of the assault, which killed dozens of militants, he said.

A second phase of the nearly 12-week campaign to drive ISIL out of its last major city stronghold in Iraq began last Thursday. The Mosul offensive is the biggest in Iraq since the US-led invasion to the country in 2003.

A 100,000-strong alliance of government and Kurdish security forces and mainly Hashd Shaabi units quickly overran ISIL in villages and towns surrounding the city.

The terrorists, who are deploying snipers and suicide car bombers and using civilians as human shields, are still in control of Mosul west of the Tigris.

Iraqi Forces Enter Mosul from North

Iraqi troops entered Mosul from the north for the first time on Friday, part of a new phase in the battle for the city that also saw elite forces bridge a river under cover of darkness in an unprecedented night raid.

A spokesman for Iraq’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), which has taken the lead in much of the assault on the city, said troops had taken territory in an overnight raid across a Tigris River tributary in east Mosul.

The operations were part of a major new push launched last week to seize ground in the city, after progress in the nearly three-month-old operation had stalled for weeks because of a need to slow the advance to protect civilians.

Troops would soon “cut the head of the snake” and drive the ultra-hardline group from its largest urban stronghold, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Friday.

But the ultra-hardline militants, who are thought to number several thousand in Mosul, continue to put up fierce resistance using suicide car bombs and snipers.

They carried out more attacks against security forces some 200 km south of Mosul on Friday, killing at least four soldiers, and are expected to pose a guerrilla threat to Iraq and Syria, and to plot attacks on the West, even if their caliphate falls.

Iraqi forces have so far recaptured more than half of eastern Mosul, but they have yet to cross the Tigris to face insurgents who are still firmly in control of the western half of the city.

More than 100,000 civilians have fled, but 1.5 million people have stayed behind in the city, which commanders say forced the government troops to slow their advance.

The commander of the U.S.-led coalition backing Iraqi troops said this week the army and security forces had recently improved their coordination and were gaining momentum after advances had slowed in some areas in the first two months.

ISIS militants swept into control of a third of Iraq when the army abandoned its positions and fled two years ago. But the Iraqi government says its security forces have since been rebuilt and have proven themselves in battles to recapture the lost ground. Prime Minister Abadi praised the Iraqi army on the anniversary of its establishment.
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Kops in Salahuddin take 12 casualties in suicide bombing
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Twelve joint security forces members were either killed or wounded on Friday when Islamic State militants attacked a police unit in al-Dour, east of Salahuddin’s city of Tikrit.

A security source told AlMada Press that some of the attackers, including two suicide bombers, were killed, adding that security forces imposed a curfew in the area.

The attack comes a few days after Islamic State suicide bombers killed five policemen in the province’s city of Samarra on Monday. Also on the same day, five tribal fighters and at least 40 IS militants were reported killed after an attack on another security unit in the town of Shirqat.

Observers believe Islamic State attacks outside Mosul, where the group has been sustaining daily losses since October, are designed to distract security forces focus on the city and to take away attention from the group’s defeats there.

Iraqi government forces, backed by tribal militias and forces from a US-led international coalition, have been carrying out a major campaign to retake Iraqi cities from IS fighters, most notably the city of Mosul. Another campaign was launched Thursday to clear areas at the west of Anbar, near the borders with Syria.
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ISIS Big Turban breathes his last in Kirkuk airstrike
Executions and pogroms. If this guy is a health minister he ain't doing his job
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) An airstrike on southwest of Kirkuk killed the official of the Islamic State’s so-called “health department”, a source said Thursday.

The strike targeted an IS location in al-Qadisiya neighborhood at central Hawija, killing the official and four other aides, the source told Alsumaria News.

Islamic State, which took over large areas of Iraq in 2014, is still holding areas in southwest Kirkuk, most notably the town of Hawija.

Iraqi government and popular forces, backed by a US-led international military coalition, are struggling to recapture Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city in a major operation launched in October 2016. IS has been losing ground and several of its senior commanders in the operation, but proved tough resistance in face of advancing forces.

Kirkuk and other cities held by IS are still awaiting similar campaigns to eliminate the extremist group. On Thursday, Ahmed al-Assadi, spokesperson of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said during a press conference that PMU leaderships had preferred to give priority to the liberation of Kirkuk’s Hawija, but it was the government’ s decision to start with the liberation of Mosul.

People in Hawija and other areas held by IS have reportedly suffered stinging shortages of livelihood and supplies, as well as from the group’s human rights abuses. Conflicts in IS-occupied areas have forced at least 160.000 people to flee those regions to refugee camps.
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Southeast Asia
Muslim terrorist leader 'who craved ISIS recognition' is tracked down to a beach and shot dead by Philippine security force
[DailyMail]
  • Mohammad Jaafar Maguid was founder of the Ansarul Khilafa Philippines group

  • Terror cell has carried out deadly attacks on civilians 'to win support for ISIS'

  • Leader was tracked down to a beach resort on the southern island of Mindanao

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#1  Shot while ogling uncovered meat?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/07/2017 4:55 Comments || Top||

#2  That's how it is done, right there. No screwing around with civil rights or any of that stuff.
Posted by: Blinky Fleretch8958 || 01/07/2017 7:28 Comments || Top||

#3  And let the seagulls pick his bones clean. And put it live on a special local cable channel for all to watch at dinnertime.

But hey, he got some recognition from a real state, which is better.
Posted by: gorb || 01/07/2017 14:02 Comments || Top||

#4  "Mohammad don't surf!"
Posted by: Pappy || 01/07/2017 18:52 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
At least 43 killed in car bomb in Syrian town
[FOX] DAMASCUS, Syria ‐ A string of bombings, including a suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group, struck in and around several Syrian cities on Monday, killing at least 43 people, mainly in government-controlled areas.

The SANA news agency reported blasts around the coastal city of Tartus, the central city of Homs, the suburbs of the capital Damascus, and the northeastern city of Hasakeh. The attacks were timed closely together, but authorities have not determined whether they were linked. ISIS claimed responsibility for the blast in Hasakeh.

Areas controlled by President Bashar Assad's forces have seen several bombings and other attacks during the country's five-year civil war, with many claimed by Al Qaeda-linked militant groups.

One of Monday's attacks took place in the heavily guarded suburb of Sabbourah, marking a major security breach. SANA said the attack killed one person, while the opposition-run Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three people were killed.

"It's an area that houses officers and their families. Even before the revolution it was carefully guarded," said opposition media activist Yousef al-Boustani, referring to the 2011 uprising against Assad, which began with peaceful protests demanding reform.
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Syrian army advances in Wadi Barada
[al-Manar] A ceasefire agreement which had concluded in Wadi Barada in Damascus countryside ended as the deal was scheduled to last for few hours.

Before the cease agreement, the Syrian army controlled Dahret Nahila height which overlooks Kfar Awamid, Burheleya, Kfarzet and Husseiniya in Wadi Barada area in Damascus countryside, killing or injuring a number of Nusra Front terrorists.

The Syrian army also confronted the terrorists attacks in various areas and escalated operations against them in many provinces, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

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ISIS attacks Syrian airbase in Deir ez-Zor
[ARA News] Deir Ezzor – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Friday launched an offensive on a regime-held military airbase in eastern Syria, and destroyed at least two warplanes.

“ISIS militants bombarded the Deir ez-Zor Military Airport with dozens of mortar shells and at least two guided-missiles in the evening on Friday,” media activist Samer al-Khalaf told ARA News.

The bombardment caused the destruction of two Syrian warplanes and killed scores of soldiers, according to informed military sources.

This comes just one day after ISIS fighters hit Syrian Army bases in Deir ez-Zor Governorate. The group started on Thursday a major offensive against Syrian regime forces in the governorate.

ISIS militants initiated the offensive by targeting headquarters of the Syrian regime’s army forces in the Bagheliya town with heavy artillery and mortar shells. The group also attacked the 137th Regiment of the Syrian Army in western Deir ez-Zor with two car bomb attacks, followed by fierce mortar shelling. Dozens of casualties were reported among the Syrian forces.

Most of the city of Deir ez-Zor and its countryside is under ISIS control. However, pro-regime army troops still hold control of several neighborhoods in the city beside a military airport in Deir ez-Zor suburb.

The province of Deir ez-Zor is deemed strategic for ISIS for it links the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa with Iraqi territory controlled by the radical group.
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Terror Networks
ISIS propaganda king killed
Another Number Three kisses a missile.
[DailyMail] An ISIS propaganda chief has died in an Arclight airstrike in the Syrian city of Raqqa, US officials have revealed.

The US-based coalition killed senior group controller Mahmud al-Isawi in an air strike in the krazed killers' self-proclaimed capital.

His death, on December 31, was confirmed by the US military command in the region today.

CENTCOM identified the target as al-Isawi, an IS operative who managed instructions and finances for ISIS leaders and provided propaganda and intelligence support.

He was the 16th significant member of the network's external operations killed last year.

Before moving to Raqqa, the longtime ISIS member supported the group's media and intelligence operation in Fallujah.

He also facilitated transregional travel with other operators, and had what CENTCOM dubbed a 'close working and personal relationship' with Abd al-Basit al-Iraqi, emir of the group's Middle East attack network.

Al-Iraqi was killed in a coalition air strike on November 2.

'His death, combined with the recent successive deaths of other ISIS leaders plotting terrorist attacks, has degraded ISIS's trans-regional attack and facilitation network, and is forcing ISIS to increase their focus on internal security,' CENTCOM said. 'The coalition will continue to track and eliminate ISIS snuffies who plot and conduct attacks against coalition nations and our allies, wherever they are hiding.'
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The Beatings Will Continue: Syrian Edition


ISIS executes 1 for practicing magic

[ARA News] Raqqa – The Islamic State (ISIS) radical group on Friday executed a man in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa city, after accusing him of being a wizard and practitioner of magic.
"He turned me into a newt!"
The ISIS-led Islamic Police, also known as Diwan al-Hisba, arrested an elderly man in Raqqa city earlier on Thursday, under the pretext that he was practicing magic.

On Friday, the Sharia Court called for his execution after considering the man a wizard and a sorcerer.

“An ISIS jihadist beheaded the elderly man in front of hundreds of people in the al-Hamam Square in Raqqa,” local media activist Khalid al-Omar told ARA News.

“The Sharia Court claimed that they’ve found tools and materials at the man’s house proving the allegation,” the source reported.
"He had eggs, olive oil, a frying pan, and a spatula, your honourness. And then he cracked the eggs into a bowl, muttered magic words under his breath, and muttered more words that turned it all into an omelet!! That's the blackest sorcery of all!"
Practicing magic is strictly banned by ISIS.

The group believes that magicians are “apostates” who oppose “the law of Allah”.
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