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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Orlando police officer shot to death; sheriff's deputy dies during manhunt
[CNN] Law enforcement officers in Orlando searched Monday for a man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer, authorities said.

After the shooting outside a Walmart, the suspect fled in a vehicle, fired shots at a pursuing officer, abandoned his vehicle and carjacked another, police said in an account of the investigation.

The man abandoned the second vehicle a little later and ran into an apartment complex, where the search was concentrated, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said.

Later in the day, an Orange County sheriff's deputy searching for the suspect was killed when his cycle of violence collided with another vehicle.

The officer shot to death was identified as Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, 42, a 17-year department veteran who was married and the mother of a college-age son.

The suspect is Markeith Loyd, who is also wanted in the killing of a pregnant woman in December, Mina said. A reward of up to $60,000 is offered for information leading to Loyd's arrest.

"I'm confident we will find him," Mina said. "It doesn't matter where he is. We will track him down to the ends of the Earth to find him."

"To lose two law enforcement officers on this Law Enforcement Officer Appreciation Day is indeed a tragedy," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.
Posted by: Fred || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [420 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Markeith is a real prize. Alive or dead he's not going to do well.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/10/2017 10:55 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
NATO deploys Italian rifle company to Farah
Around 200 NATO soldiers, mainly Italians, have been deployed to Afghanistan's volatile western province of Farah, officials confirmed, after attempts by Taliban fighters in recent months to overrun its capital city.

The announcement on Sunday came two days after the Pentagon said it would deploy some 300 U.S Marines to the southern province of Helmand, where American forces engaged in heated combat until their mission ended in 2014.

The troops will mainly train and advise local forces, NATO officials say, but the deployments underscore how foreign forces are increasingly being drawn back into Afghanistan's conflict.

"At the request of the Farah provincial governor, Gen. John Nicholson (top U.S commander in Afghanistan) has authorized approximately 200 coalition members to support Afghan National Defense and Security Forces," NATO said in a statement.

"They will conduct their train, advise, assist mission for approximately one week on location."

Last year, Taliban fighters attempted to overrun several provincial capitals, from Kunduz and Baghlan in the north to Helmand in south and Farah in the west.

Afghan forces backed by coalition air strikes pushed them back on many fronts, though the rebels managed to briefly seize Kunduz city in the north and breached parts of Lashkargah city in the south.

NATO officially ended its combat mission in December 2014, but U.S forces were granted greater powers in June to strike at Taliban fighters as U.S President Barack Obama vowed a more aggressive campaign.

The U.S still has some 8,400 troops in Afghanistan.

In early December, Nicholson said the government in Afghanistan's capital Kabul directly controls about 64 percent of the country's population of 30 million, down slightly from 68 percent earlier in 2016.
Posted by: badanov || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [385 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Tribal elder dies in roadside bomb attack near Zabul
Haji Mohammad Popal a tribal elder from the Shahr-e-Safa district of Zabul province was killed on Saturday when his vehicle hit a roadside mine, local officials said.

Abdul Samad Durani, the district governor for Shahr-e-Safa district, confirmed the incident and said the incident occurred when Popal was on his way to home.

So far no group including the Taliban claimed responsibility.
Posted by: badanov || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [370 views] Top|| File under:


Taliban Attack Security Forces Check Posts In Zabul
[Tolo News] Dozens of Taliban holy warriors attacked Afghan cops check posts late Sunday night in Arghandab district of Zabul province, local officials said.

Arghandab district governor Barat Khan, confirmed the attack and said the clash between security forces and the Taliban holy warriors resulted in the death of one local police, one ANA solider and two coppers. Four security forces were also maimed. Khan said.

He said the Taliban captured one police check post and seized security forces weapons.

However Taliban also suffered casualties in the attack but there was no exact number given on their casualties.
Posted by: Fred || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [352 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


U.S. Marines headed back to Taliban hotspot 2 years after pull-out
[CBSNEWS] The United States will send some 300 Marines back into Afghanistan’s southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province for the first time since the end of America’s combat mission in 2014.

CBS Radio News correspondent Cami McCormick reports the Marines’ mission will be to train and advise Afghan national security forces, who have struggled to drive Taliban turbans out of the opium-rich region.

The Marines’ commander, Brigadier General Roger Turner, admitted to CBS News, however, that it is a high-risk mission and the American troops will encounter the full spectrum threat from the Taliban insurgency.

The 300 Marines are currently in training for the mission at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and will deploy this Spring.

McCormick says about half of the Marines on this mission have been deployed to Helmand in the past. They will be located in different areas of Helmand, but some will stay at Camp Leatherneck, which was handed over to the Afghans in 2014.
Posted by: Fred || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [351 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  If we had done it from the start, would we be there today? Or have to deal with all the jihad crap worldwide to the extent we are today since then?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/10/2017 7:05 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't see the jihad crap ending anytime soon, sadly.

I do wonder why a herbicide program intended for the poppy fields has not been tried. Forget about the farmers, they are part of the problem.
Posted by: jvalentour || 01/10/2017 10:11 Comments || Top||

#3  I do wonder why a herbicide program intended for the poppy fields has not been tried.

I seem to recall that at one point we were, and providing farmers with seeds and training to grow substitute crops. But then the priority changed, possibly to hearts'n'minds, and it was decided letting them grow the stuff was not really a problem with worldwide impact far beyond the War on Terror.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/10/2017 16:22 Comments || Top||

#4  You can't eradicate roaches by periodically turning on the light and stamping those that scurry around.

Problem is Pakistan. The nest is there.
Posted by: john frum || 01/10/2017 16:35 Comments || Top||

#5  I think Hamid objected. It cut into his stash and income
Posted by: Frank G || 01/10/2017 17:42 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Nine policemen killed in two North Sinai checkpoint attacks
[AlAhram] The interior ministry said security forces were able to "fight off the terrorist attack," killing five turbans and injuring three others.

The corpse count of two separate attacks on two North Sinai Checkpoints early Monday has risen to nine people, with 21 others injured, Egypt's state-owned MENA reported.

According to security sources who spoke with MENA, eight coppers and one civilian were killed while 11 coppers and 10 civilians were maimed in the attacks.

The first attack took place at El-Matafe checkpoint in al-Arish city and was executed by around 20 turbans who tried to storm the checkpoint using rocket-propelled grenades (RPG), and an explosives rigged car, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior Monday afternoon.

The ministry said security forces were able to "fight off the terrorist attack," killing five turbans and injuring three others.

The statement added that security forces were able to detonate an improvised bomb planted by the Lion of Islams.

In a separate attack, the interior ministry said "another terrorist group" targeted El-Masaeed checkpoint on Egypt's Ring Road, killing a police conscript during an exchange of fire with security forces.

The statement said the security forces were currently conducting a combing operation in the vicinity of the area to arrest the culprits.

No group has yet grabbed credit for the attacks, which come only a few days after the army said it had foiled a plot by turbans to attack several North Sinai checkpoints on Friday. The army spokesperson said the forces were able to kill nine turbans and injure 16 others last week.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [592 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Truck Bomb Kills 8 Police in Egypt’s Sinai
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] A truck kaboom on an Egyptian security checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula killed at least eight coppers on Monday, officials and state media said.

Police officials said a jacket wallah rammed a truck packed with explosives into the checkpoint in the north Sinai city of El-Arish and gunnies then opened fire on the security post.

The ISIS Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
group’s Egyptian branch in the Sinai Peninsula has carried out several such attacks over the past two years.

Eight people were also maimed in the attack, state newspaper al-Ahram reported on its website.

Takfiri turbans have killed hundreds of soldiers and coppers since the 2013 military overthrow of president Mohammad Mursi, which unleashed a bloody crackdown on his supporters.
Posted by: Fred || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [373 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram Attacks Nigeria Military Base
[AnNahar] At least five soldiers were killed in a surprise weekend attack 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...
Islamists on a military base in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
, senior officers told AFP on Monday.

A group of Boko Haram fighters launched an attack on the army facility in the town of Buni Yadi at dusk Saturday, leading to an "intense battle", one officer said on condition of anonymity.

"We lost five soldiers in the attack, including a captain who was recently deployed to Buni Yadi," he said, asking not to be identified as he was not authorised to speak to the media. "We are still trying to have a sense of the casualties on the part of the snuffies as their bodies are scattered in the bush."

The Boko Haram gunnies are believed to have regrouped after Nigeria's military chased them out of the group's Sambisa Forest stronghold in the neighbouring state of Borno last month.

Nigeria's military and government maintains the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group affiliate is a spent force because of sustained pressure that has driven them out of swathes of captured territory. Last month, Abuja said the insurgency, which began in 2009, was in its final stages, a year after President Muhammadu Buhari said the group was "technically" defeated.

But questions will be asked about how the rebels were able to attack such a sizeable military base and inflict casualties and the extent to which they pose a security threat. Such attacks have been a common feature of the insurgency, with Boko Haram in the past regularly over-running military bases and seizing weaponry.

A front man for the Buni Yadi base, Lieutenant George Okupe, said: "There was indeed an attack in Buni Yadi by snuffies which was repelled.

"I cannot confirm any casualty for now. All I can say is that some soldiers are missing in action."

Buni Yadi, some 65 kilometres (40 miles) from the Yobe state capital, Damaturu, fell into the hands of Boko Haram in February 2014 after Boko Haram attacked a boys' boarding school. At least 43 students were killed as they slept and the school was set ablaze. The Lions of Islam sacked the town and remained in control until March last year until they were ousted by the Nigerian military.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [430 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


5 suicide bombers die, kill 3 near Nigeria's Maiduguri city
[Ynet] Five jacket wallahs trying to infiltrate Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri have died in kabooms that killed at least three civilians, police said Monday, blaming 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...
Islamic Lion of Islams.

Sunday night's blasts occurred more than 10 kilometers apart on the city's eastern outskirts, deputy superintendent Victor Isuku said.

Three men strapped into explosive vests and firing assault rifles approached a military checkpoint at about 8:20 p.m., he said. One went kaboom!, killing all three and a civilian self-defense fighter. Two hours later, two female bombers blew up, killing themselves and two unidentified people.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Yemeni arms fortifies coastal areas, advances in Taiz
[Asharq Al-Awsat] Taiz- Pro-government forces in Yemen, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, continued recording sweeping advances in Taiz freeing militia-held pockets for two days in a row.

The operation sweeping the zone is denoted by “Operation Golden Spear”, and presents great significance as it frees coastal areas vital to economic pipelines from the hold of Iran-aligned Houthi groups, seeking to topple governmental authority.

Fierce clashes intensified between pro-government forces, composed of popular resistance groups and army units , and Iran-backed Houthis siding with combatant loyalists supporting former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Advances have been registered throughout western terrain reaching as far as the coastal port city of Taiz, Mocha.

Past 72 hours of continued advances restoring control over key positions, including a mountain Owaid and fort in Aelaidlh South Aloakhlud area, pro-government forces directed efforts to cut off main Hodeidah – Taiz supply routes. Army units then sought to secure the coastline stretching from Dhubab , Mocha through to Bab al-Mandeb strait, cutting off the chief artillery supply route.

The Golden Spear Operation restored stability to an international shipping line which coup militias repeatedly hindered its nautical safety, especially firing multiple attacks against commercial and military vessels.

Multiple casualties have been accounted for among coup ranks, both in artillery and personnel.

Army troops managed abort militia infiltration attempts that were accompanied with violent bombardment across eastern, southern and western fronts, as well as increased fighting in Jabal Habashi, west of Taiz.

Ongoing operations led by Yemen army forces, support by coalition airpower, are invested in the conclusive implementation of Operation Golden Spear, launched to liberate the national west coast, all the way to Mocha and Bab al-Mandeb, military sources reported to Asharq Al-Awsat.

Main supply routes pumping artillery to coup militias will be completely cut, they added.
Posted by: badanov || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [478 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Home Front: WoT
Jihadi Posts Instructions To Make Chemical Weapons For Lone Wolves Attacks In US
[Homeland Security] On January 2 and 3, 2017, the Telegram channel of Lone Mujahid, "which frequently calls for lone wolf attacks in the West and periodically provides various methods for launching such attacks, posted several threats to the US along with instructions on building pressure cooker bombs and manufacturing chemical weapons," the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) revealed today.

On January 3, the channel published a poster that included cursory instructions on manufacturing a chemical weapon, noting the dissemination of "disease[-inducing] and chemical gases completely paralyzes life in vital [enemy] areas."
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/10/2017 06:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Speaking of chemical weapons... I have a can of Spectracide Wasp and Hornet spray on my night stand. Good nerve agent and it will spray 20 feet. Of course, it's right next to one of my pistols.
Posted by: DonM || 01/10/2017 12:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Stun then finish, DonM?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/10/2017 16:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Indeed Richard, Indeed!
Posted by: DonM || 01/10/2017 16:24 Comments || Top||

#4  You don't need a jihadi website to get instructions.

Link
Posted by: phil_b || 01/10/2017 16:30 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Key militant commander surrenders in Quetta
[DAWN] A key krazed killer commander of the banned Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) surrendered before government officials in Quetta on Monday.

Balakh Sher Badini, who belonged to the outlawed BLA, laid down his arms at the Madadgar Cell 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).

"I am a proud Pak and a brave Baloch," Badini, wearing clothes in the colour of the Pak flag, said at the presser organised to announce his decision.

Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, Government of Balochistan Spokesperson Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar and FC Sector Commander Brig Khalid Baig were present at the presser.

"I was deceived by foreign-sponsored elements to carry out terrorist activities in Balochistan," Badini said.

Badini had been operating in Balochistan's Noshki district for the last few years.

The government and law enforcement officials welcomed Badini for giving up his weapons and urged other absconders to do the same and participate in the reconciliation process.

A person coming forward and "laying down his weapons is a good omen for the country and province", the home minister stated.
Posted by: Fred || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [385 views] Top|| File under: Baloch Liberation Army


Relatives say anti-Taliban Pakistani activist is missing
[LANCASTERONLINE] A Pak university professor, poet and rights activist who has been critical of the Taliban and also of the government's efforts against Lion of Islams, has been missing since last week, his family said Monday.

Salman Haider disappeared on Friday, his brother Faraz Haider said. He said Salman's wife got a text message on her phone to go and collect his car from a roadside on Islamabad's outskirts.

Pakistain's ministry of interior on Monday ordered police to step up efforts to find the missing activist. No Lion of Islam group has so far claimed that it kidnapped the activist and no government department or intelligence agency has said it detained or locked away
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
him.

Local media have reported that a number of other activists like Salman Haider -- who ran popular social media accounts known for liberal and leftist views -- have also gone missing. These social media accounts -- some of which are no longer accessible -- often highlight what they describe as Pakistain's dual policy of fighting some hard boyz but supporting others.

Pakistain's telecommunication department responsible for blocking social media and controlling the internet in Pakistain did not respond to a request for comment.

Salman Haider has also been participating in rallies and protests against disappearances of nationalists and separatists from Pakistain's southwestern Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province who are usually detained by intelligence agencies on charges of anti-state activities. The fate of many of these "missing persons" remains unknown.

Left-leaning Pakistain's People's Party submitted Monday a request in parliament, seeking an answer from the Interior Ministry on the disappearances, calling them a planned and coordinated crackdown to silence voices critical of state policies.
Posted by: Fred || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [397 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
ISIS Big Turban dies in Kirkuk
[ARA News] Kirkuk – A joint operation by the Kurdistan’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) and the US-led coalition took out ISIS emir Taha Mohamed al-Obaidi, also known as Dr. Moawiya in Haijwa, west of Kirkuk in northern Iraq last Thursday, officials confirmed on Monday.

“Al-Obadi was Chief Emir of ISIS’s Health Department (Diwan) in Kirkuk Province and responsible for killing tens of civilians in Kirkuk province. He took part in the martyrdom of four Peshmerga in January 2015 and played a key part in harming Kurdish Yezidi women in Hawija,” the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) said in a statement, without providing more details.

The Kurdish Counter-Terrorism Department and the US-led coalition cooperate since August 2014 to remove ISIS leadership from the battlefield. They started to carry out joint operations in 2015.

The Kurds have provided intelligence to the US-led coalition which led to targeted airstrikes taking out local senior ISIS leaders such as Mullah Shwan in September 2015 near Hawija and Falah al-Kurdi in October 2015.

Furthermore, a joint Kurdish-American Special Forces operation in October 2015 freed 70 hostages from an ISIS prison in Hawija, in which one US soldier was killed.

Late December, Kurdish and US Special Forces carried out another operation in Riyadh in which Hussein Umair Assafi, an ISIS local commander was killed.

Speaking to ARA News, Ceng Sagnic, a researcher with the Tel Aviv-based Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, said the cooperation between the Kurdistan Region and the US-led coalition against ISIS is not surprising.

“There’s a joint operation room in Erbil [capital of Iraqi Kurdistan] and all these airstrikes are coordinated from there,” he said. “The coalition makes significant use of KRG intelligence that has established its ground networks in other parts of Iraq prior to the ISIS expansion into this country.”

“Most of those intelligence networks were in use for the surveillance of Iraqi and Sunni insurgent movements, but are now used against ISIS. Another factor is the KRG’s strong relations with the Sunni tribes in Nineveh, leaders of which are mostly based in Erbil. These contacts give the KRG the ability to gather intelligence from local sources,” the security analyst told ARA News.

The Iraqi Kurds have a historical relation of working with US forces to defeat Islamist groups.

In March 2003, Kurdish Peshmerga forces in coordination with US Special Forces killed a great number of senior leaders from the extremist Ansar al-Islam group in Halabja and destroyed their emirate.

When ISIS took Mosul in August 2014, many Ansar al-Islam militants joined ISIS. Now, the Kurds work again with the Americans to take out ISIS leadership.
Posted by: badanov || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi security forces capture car bomb in Wasit
Wasit (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi security forces confiscated a booby-trapped vehicle, along with its driver, north of Wasit Province, member of Wasit Provincial Council revealed on Monday.

Mahdi Younis, member of Wasit Provincial Council, said in a press statement, “Iraqi security forces confiscated a booby-trapped vehicle, along with its driver, in al-Taj vicinity, north of the province.”

Noteworthy, Iraqi forces tightened its security procedures in the main checkpoints on the entrances of the province to prevent any violations.
Posted by: badanov || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Noteworthy, Iraqi forces tightened its security procedures in the main checkpoints on the entrances of the province to prevent any violations.

Maybe they won't do this any more: Why is Baghdad removing checkpoints during security crisis?
Posted by: Pappy || 01/10/2017 8:35 Comments || Top||


Security forces seize 20 bombs in Babel
Babel (IraqiNews.com) A security source in Babel Province revealed that National Security detachments managed to dismantle 20 improvised explosive devices on the road leading to the shrine of Sharifa Bint al-Hassan, southeast of Hillah, Al Mada Press reported on Monday.

The source said, “Detachments of the National Security in Babel managed, this morning, to dismantle 20 improvised explosive devices, emplaced on the road to the shrine of Sharifa Bint al-Hassan (6 km southeast of Hillah.”

“The detachments dismantled the explosive devices without causing any losses, and searched the nearby areas,” the source added on condition of anonymity.

The province of Babel is witnessing a significant stability since the liberation of Jarf al-Nasr area from the Islamic State’s grip.
Posted by: badanov || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [313 views] Top|| File under:


Mosul Offensive News


10 ISIS troops die fighting Iraqi militia

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Shia militias fighting Islamic State militants with the Iraqi government said Monday they killed 10 militants on Monday in western Mosul as government forces became much closer to recapture the eastern region of the city.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said via their media service that the militias foiled an attack by IS combatants and rendered two of their vehicles inoperational at the region of Adaya.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi, a conglomerate of mainly Shia militias, have been actively engaged in the government campaign running since mid October to recapture Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, from Islamic State militants who had occupied the city in 2014.

In November, al-Hashd recaptured a strategic airport near the town of Tal Afar, an outstanding IS stronghold west of Mosul, saying that the victory was a major step towards isolating the extremist group from Iraq and from its strongholds in Syria.

Meanwhile, joint government forces, backed by fighter jets and advisers from a US-led international military coalition, have become closer to recapturing the eastern section of Mosul, reaching on Sunday the eastern bank of the Tigris River, which cuts through the city.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi predicted in December to retake Mosul within two months.

45 ISIS troops die in airstrikes near Mosul

[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] 45 turbans of 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 the Levant’ (ISIS) terrorist group were killed on Monday and labs for booby-trapping and shielding were destroyed in strikes by the Iraqi air force and the international coalition that affected several areas of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
province, Military Media Unit reported.

"Based on information provided by the Directorate General of Intelligence and Security, the aerial Hawks [air force] launched several successful air strikes, which resulted in the destruction of vehicles’ shielding and booby-trapping labs," the unit said in a statement.

Three other explosives-laden vehicles were destroyed and 25 bad boyz were potted in different neighborhoods of the city, the statement added.

Moreover, the unit underlined that "the international coalition warplanes ‐ in coordination with the Directorate General of Intelligence and Security ‐ managed to launch an air strike that killed 20 Lions of Islam in the al-Ibra village of Tal Afar."

Iraqi special forces continue their advance

(Reuters) Iraqi special forces made further advances against Islamic State in Mosul on Monday, pushing militants out of another eastern district and edging closer to linking up with army units nearby, officers in the northern Iraqi city said.

The Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) said it was working to seize areas overlooking Mosul university in the city’s northeast, after taking over a nearby district.

The advances brought more of eastern Mosul under Iraqi forces’ control a day after elite units reached the Tigris river, as the U.S.-backed offensive to drive Islamic State from its last city stronghold in the country pressed ahead with renewed vigour.

Reaching the river, which runs through the city centre, will allow Iraqi forces to begin assaults on western districts still held by Islamic State.

The jihadists have fought back fiercely with suicide car bombs and snipers. Using a network of tunnels and operating close to Mosul’s civilian population, they slowed Iraqi advances in November and December. Islamic State has also killed dozens of Iraqis in attacks in Baghdad and other cities as it comes under increased pressure.

“The Baladiyat neighbourhood is done (recaptured) and Sukkar should be done before nightfall,” Major-General Sami al-Askari of the CTS told a Reuters reporter in Mosul.

“This area is very important because it overlooks the university. It is a central district … If it falls we will control the forests, the presidential palaces and the eastern bank of the Tigris,” he said.

Askari said Islamic State has used the university’s laboratories to make biological weapons and store chemicals.
The CTS were also close to linking up with the army nearby, a commander in a regular army unit said.

“They will soon liberate other areas and hopefully finish the eastern side … God willing we will soon announce the liberation of the entire eastern side from Daesh (Islamic State),” Major-General Najm al-Jubbouri told another Reuters reporter in the al-Hadba apartments complex.

Soldiers posed for photos with black Islamic State flags, and the corpses of several Islamic State fighters could be seen.

There were signs that fierce fighting still raged in parts of the complex, however. Islamic State fighters had carried out four to five suicide car bomb attacks in the area since Friday, several officers said.

Monday’s advances also consolidated Iraqi forces’ control of several districts close to the ruins of the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh, east of the river.

CTS forces reached the east bank of the Tigris in an area further south on Sunday, an advance which will eventually enable them to begin assaults on the city’s west.

The offensive against the group, which began in October, stalled last month but has regained momentum in the last week.

Recapturing Mosul after more than two years of Islamic State rule would probably spell the end of the Iraqi wing of the group’s self-declared caliphate, which spans areas of Iraq and Syria.

40 ISIS Bad Guys die fighting Iraqi federal kops

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Federal Police Command in Nineveh Province announced on Monday, that more than 40 members of the Islamic State were killed, southeast of Mosul, while pointed out to the destruction of four booby-trapped vehicles.

The Command said in a statement, “Federal Police forces managed to kill 40 members of the Islamic State terrorist group, while liberating Falastin neighborhood, southeast of the city of Mosul.”

“Security forces also managed to detonate four booby-trapped vehicles belong to the extremist group, before reaching military troops, without any casualties among the security ranks,” the statement added.

Earlier today, We Are Coming Nineveh Operations Command announced liberating Falastin neighborhood in eastern Mosul, as well as raising Iraqi flag over its buildings.

Iraqi forces capture 3 districts in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi joint forces recaptured on Monday three districts in the eastern section of Mosul from Islamic State militants, hours after the army announced reaching the Tigris River which bisects the city.

The defense ministry’s War Media Cell said in a statement that Federal Police and Rapid Intervention Forces recaptured Domiz district in the eastern section and raised Iraqi flags at the area’s buildings.

Meanwhile, Abdul-Amir Yarallah, commander of the joint operations in Nineveh, said the forces had also managed to recapture al-Baladiyat district

Federal Police services also said in a statement they had retaken Palestine district and killed 35 Islamic State militants.
Iraqi government forces, backed by US-led international forces and popular militias, have been carrying out a major campaign since October to retake Mosul from IS militants who captured the city in 2014.

Security officials say they currently control nearly 70 percent of the eastern section, and said Sunday they reached the eastern bank of the Tigris River, which divides the city into two sections. IS still maintain strongholds in the west near the borders with Syria.

In December, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he predicts the battle for Mosul to realize victory over IS within two months.

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15 die in bomb attack in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) A police source in Salahuddin revealed that 15 displaced persons, including children, were killed in a bomb blast in the area of Hamrin Mountains, east of Tikrit, Al Mada Press reported on Monday.

The source said, “Today, a bomb exploded targeting a number of displaced families from the city of Hawija to al-Alm area through Hamrin Mountains, east of Tikrit.”

“The blast killed 15 persons, including seven children and four women, while trying to flee the IS-held areas in Hawija,” the source added on condition of anonymity.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin
1 dead in bomb attack in Ghazaliya district

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One person was killed and eight others were wounded on Monday when an explosive device exploded near a shopping area west of Baghdad.

Alghad Press quoted security sources as saying that the device went off near commercial stores at Ghazaliya district.

Violence surges in Iraq with the emergence of Islamic State militants who took over large areas of the country in 2014. Baghdad has been witnessing almost daily bombings and armed attacks targeting civilians and security personnel.

No one claimed responsibility yet for the Monday bombing, but Islamic State claimed several recent attacks in the capital which killed dozens of civilians.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) says violence in Iraq had left 19000 casualties in 2016, but said the count excludes deaths in the province of 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 by government forces on that front and to divert attention from group losses.

Government troops, backed by US-led international forces and tribal militias, are currently conducting military campaigns to retake areas held by IS militants since 2014, most notably Mosul and Anbar.

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‘Nineveh, We’re Coming’ Announces Mosul Left Coast Fully Liberated
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Command of "Nineveh, We’re Coming" operations announced Monday that "Paleostine neighborhood" in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
has been liberated in full.

"The federal police forces managed to liberate in full the Paleostine neighborhood on the left coast of Mosul, and raised the national flag over its premises," operations commander Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Rashid Yarallah said in a statement.

Yarallah added that liberalization of the neighborhood was achieved after inflicting the enemy heavy losses.

Joint security forces continue for the twelfth week their military operations to restore the Mosul city from the grip of 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 the Levant’ (ISIS) terrorist group, and managed so far to liberate many areas, some of them enjoy strategic locations.

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#1  actually only one neighborhood was liberated
Posted by: lord garth || 01/10/2017 6:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Yep, still a ways to go on the east side of the river.
Posted by: Tennessee || 01/10/2017 9:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Anyone ask Nineveh about this?
Posted by: Shipman || 01/10/2017 11:14 Comments || Top||

#4  They typically have to "liberate" a neighborhood 4 times before it finally sticks.

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Iraqi forces reach Tigris river in Mosul in fight against Islamic State
[TELEGRAPH.CO.UK] running through the centre of town, marking a milestone in the nearly three-month-old offensive aimed at reclaiming the northern city from 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....
Lion of Islams.

Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Rasheed Yar Allah said special forces reached the river late Sunday and now control the eastern side of one of the city's five bridges, all of which have been disabled by U.S.-led Arclight airstrikes in support of the offensive.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the recent advances were "big achievements for all the factions of the Iraqi security forces."

"Thank God, our forces are liberating neighborhood after neighborhood," he said Monday in a joint presser with his Jordanian counterpart in Baghdad.

In djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Maj. Gen. Sami al-Aridi of the special forces told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that troops were battling IS in the Baladiyat and Sukar neighborhoods after driving the bandidos gunnies out of Muthana and Rifaq the day before. He said Iraqi forces repelled an overnight attack, killing 37 Lion of Islams, without elaborating.

The Mosul offensive resumed last month after a two-week lull due to stiff IS resistance and bad weather. Since then, Iraqi forces have recaptured new areas in the city's eastern half after receiving enforcements.

Mosul is Iraq's second largest city and the bully boy group's last major urban bastion in the country. Iraqi special forces have done most of the fighting within the city, while Iraqi troops have advanced on it from different sides. Kurdish forces and Shiite militias have driven IS from surrounding areas and sought to cut off Lion of Islam escape routes.

Mosul fell to IS in the summer of 2014, when the bandidos gunnies swept across much of northern and western Iraq. Iraqi forces have gradually retaken most of that territory over the past three years, and outside of Mosul the turbans are largely confined to smaller towns and villages.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Round-up: Jerusalem truck terrorist -- Monday's events and learnings
Israel's detectives had a very busy day yesterday.
Arrests extended of Jerusalem truck terrorist's brothers

[Ynet] Three brothers of the terrorist who killed four and wounded scores remain in custody amid suspicions that they knew of Fadi Al-Qunbar's murderous intentions and did nothing to prevent his attack; sister who welcomed his attack released.

Three brothers of Fadi Al-Qunbar, the terrorist who carried out the truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem on Sunday that killed four and wounded 17, had their arrest extended Monday evening by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on suspicion that they knew of their brother’s murderous intentions and failed to do anything to prevent his attack.

The police are treating the suspects—Hamza (31), Muhammad (30) and Mahmad (28)—as potential conspirators to a crime.

In addition, the police arrested a worker of a construction material business and another resident of Jabel Mukaber, from whence the terrorist came, on the same suspicion.

The arrest of another suspect who worked with Al-Qunbar in the building material business was also extended by seven days on similar suspicion.

Other suspects arrested in the case from the same family, including Al-Qunbar’s sister and one of his brothers, were released on restrictive conditions after it became clear that suspicions against them were lower and did not warrant keeping them in custody. After learning of her 28-year-old brother's having slain the soldiers in East Talpiot, also known as Armon Hanatziv, Al-Qunbar's sister commented, "Praise be to God that he became a martyr. It's the most beautiful martyrdom."

Consequently, the police decided that her statements constituted incitement to violence and terror. However, shortly after her arrest, a judge ruled to the contrary and ordered her release.

Another suspect arrested in the aftermath of the attack was the owner of the truck used to run over the soldiers, Mussa Saraf, who was also released. During the investigation it emerged that he sold the truck to the terrorist a year ago even though the transaction was not carried out by way of a formal procedure, meaning that the police still had the vehicle registered under his name.

Earlier on Monday, the four IDF officers killed in the terror attack—Erez Orbach, Shira Tzur, Shir Hajaj and Yael Yakutiel—were laid to rest.
The Times of Israel journalist's notes were slightly different:
Court releases sister, father of truck-ramming terrorist

An Israeli court released the sister and father of the terrorist who rammed his truck into a group of soldiers on Sunday, while extending the remand for several other family members.

On Monday, Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court released Ahmad and Shaida al-Qunbar, the father and sister of Fadi al-Qunbar, who killed four soldiers and wounded 16 by ramming his truck into troops getting off a bus at a popular tourist site in Jerusalem. Judge Sharon Lary-Bavly ruled that there was not sufficient evidence to keep the two in custody, and released them under restrictive conditions.

The remand of five suspects — brothers Hamza, 31, and Muhammad, 28, cousin Muhammad, 30, and two residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, where Qunbar lived — was extended for a further seven days on suspicion that they knew in advance about Qunbar’s plan to carry out the attack and did nothing to prevent it.

Police are considering charges of conspiracy to carry out a terror attack, after they were said to have evidence that Qunbar identified with the Islamic State terrorist group, Channel 2 reported.
More from The Times of Israel at 4:43 this morning:
Unknown Palestinian group claims Jerusalem terror attack, vows more to come

A previously unknown Palestinian group calling itself “the martyr of Baha Alyan collective” has claimed responsibility for the deadly truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem on Sunday, in which four soldiers were killed and 17 more were injured.

The group took its name from a Palestinian terorist who, with an accomplice, killed three Israelis on a bus in Jerusalem in 2015. He was later killed by security forces.
It is perhaps interesting that Mr. Qunbar lives in the same neighbourhood as the gentlemen in question.
In a press statement circulating online Monday, the group said Fadi al-Qunbar, the 28-year-old East Jerusalem terrorist who plowed his vehicle into a group of soldiers in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in the capital was part of their group.

The group’s statement said Sunday’s attack was not the first carried out by a member — without providing details — and will be followed by “a torrent of unyielding quality attacks in defense of our Jerusalem and in revenge of our martyrs and prisoners.”
Still more from The Times of Israel:
Police used concrete slabs to block some entrances of Jabel Mukaber, from which multiple terror attacks have originated over the past year, and a police officer checked cars leaving it. Israeli special forces dismantled a mourning tent erected to receive visitors paying respects for Qunbar, who was fatally shot at the scene of the attack. Overnight, police say, Palestinians shot fireworks at Israeli forces at a police post near the neighborhood.

Netanyahu said Monday he had ordered concrete blocks placed at popular bus stops and hitchhiking posts in the West Bank and Jerusalem, in an effort to prevent further lone-wolf terror attacks.

Palestinian media reported that Qunbar was affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a secular terror group, but Qunbar’s family insisted he was “religious,”
...a bland word for Salafist, in his case...
and Israeli intelligence believes he supported the Islamic State terror group.
All of which could be true, whether sequentially or simultaneously. We've seen a lot of multiple allegiances and sponsor shopping, as it were, when jihadis decide to commit mayhem.
On Sunday night, the high-level security cabinet decided on a number of steps following the attack, including ordering the Qunbar family home destroyed at the earliest possible time — limited only by possible court appeals available to the family. Standing family-unification requests by members of the Qunbar family to allow relatives from Gaza to come live with them in Jerusalem will be denied.
Even more:
An investigation by Israeli security forces revealed that the driver of the truck in Sunday’s ramming attack in Jerusalem had been convicted for buying a stolen car in 2008 but had no prior history of security-related offenses, the Hebrew-language news website Ynet reported Monday afternoon.

Qunbar reached a plea deal in 2012: In exchange for confessing to purchasing the stolen car, he received a suspended sentence of two years, was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and fined NIS 1,000 ($250). Jerusalem’s Magistrate’s Court judge Dov Pollock, who was responsible for Qunbar’s case, reportedly took into account his clean record when deciding his punishment.

His relatives said Monday that he had been affected by a sermon at his local mosque over the weekend attacking President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“He was very angry, and said transferring the embassy would lead to war,” Qunbar’s cousin said, according to the Israel Hayom daily.
...parroting the message ordered by the PA in all mosques under their control.
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#1  More houses to destroy. Wasn't that posted here yesterday as a pre-emptive option? occupancy status ( full/empty) optional?
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Israeli Court Hands Palestinian Two Life Sentences for Murder
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] A Zionist military court sentenced a Paleostinian Monday to two life terms for allegedly shooting dead Israeli hiker Danny Gonen in the occupied West Bank 19 months ago, the army said.

The Judea military court also ruled that Mohammad Abu Shahin must pay Gonen’s family 3.5 million shekels ($910,000, 860,00 euros) in compensation for the June 19, 2015 alleged killing, a statement said.

Abu Shahin was also convicted of 13 counts of "attempted murder" for a series of shootings between April 2014 and July 2015.

A soldier was maimed in one of the attacks.

The court said Abu Shahin targeted "soldiers and civilians solely because they were Jewish" and recommended that he should not be pardoned ant that his sentence should not be shortened, it added.

Abu Shahin was jugged
Please don't kill me!
in July 2015 and months later the army demolished his home, as part of controversial measures by the Zionist entity to deter further attacks.
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Southeast Asia
Cops kill foreign terrorist, Tokboy's 'partner'
[RAPPLER] Two were killed in a follow-up police operation against local terror group Ansar Khalifa Philippines (AKP) Saturday morning, January 7, in barangay Daliao of Sarangani's Maasim town.

Security officials identified them as foreign terrorist Abu Naila and a woman named Kadija. The 2 reportedly resisted arrest. Cops fired at them when they attempted to throw a rifle grenade.

Naila's nationality and affiliation are yet to be ascertained, but he is only one of several foreign Death Eaters believed to have joined the local terror group that pledged allegiance to 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....
Kadija is suspected be one of the live-in partners of AKP's slain leader Mohammad Jaafar Maguid or "Tokboy."

Police said they will continue pursuit operations against foreign Death Eaters who have joined AKP in Sarangani.

Security officials claim AKP has no direct links with the foreign terrorist organization, but the group has confirmed links with Indonesian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI).

"Tokboy was trained by key JI leaders, including Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, better known as Marwan, the high profile target of the Mamasapano tragedy that derailed the peace talks," wrote Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa.

"AKP under Tokboy has a direct link to Indonesian groups, especially MIT, Mujihidin Indonesia Timur, led by an Indonesian who trained in the Philippines, Santoso," Ressa added.

AKP is also believed to be behind threats against the November 2015 APEC Summit in Manila, which was spread by ISIS propaganda sites.
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10 foreign terrorists hiding in PH -- ‘Bato’
[MANILATIMES.NET] At least five to ten foreign faceless myrmidons have sought refuge in the country, the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) disclosed on Monday.

Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa told a news briefing in Camp Crame in Quezon City that these foreign faceless myrmidons are of different nationalities.

"I cannot give you the exact figure but as far as police intelligence is concerned we are monitoring at least five to ten of different nationalities," dela Rosa said.

He admitted that Filipino intelligence operatives are having a hard time looking for the Malay-looking terrorists.

The Philippine National Police chief they had received information that the foreign faceless myrmidons are training in the country for deployment later to strife-torn Syria.

One of those who had finished training in the Philippines, according to dela Rosa, was a suspected member of the jihadist group Ansar al-Khilafa Philippines (AKP) killed in Sarangani province in southern Mindanao last Saturday.

"This Sudanese was bound for Syria. So this group AKP is really aligned with the ISIS," he said.

The slain foreigner was identified as Abu Naila and his wife, a certain Kadija, was also killed during an operation in Barangay Daliao, Maasim town.

Superintendent Romeo Galgo, front man for the Central Mindanao regional police, said one of the suspects attempted to lob a grenade at coppers sent to arrest them, prompting the authorities to shoot them.

Police killed last Thursday morning the leader of the AKP, Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, alias Tokboy.

A source from the police intelligence community had said that one of the Malaysian terror suspect being monitored hiding in Mindanao is Amin Baco alias Abu Jihad.

The intelligence source said Abu Jihad is a member of the Indonesian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) who has been given safe refuge by the Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
Group (ASG) in Sulu in Mindanao.

The source added that Abu Jihad is also helping ASG members recruit locally.

The intelligence source said the Malaysian suspect was involved in past bombing incidents in Mindanao and is one of the five JI members who has been hiding in Sulu under the protection of the ASG.

The source from the police intelligence community added that a foreign terrorist from the Kihilafa Islamiya Movement (KIM) is training members of the ASG in guerilla warfare in some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location in in Lanao del Sur.

The ASG and KIM are among the terrorist groups in southern Philippines that have pledged allegiance to the ISIS.

The source from the intelligence community identified the foreign terrorist trainor as Abdurahman, a 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...
n and a JI member.

The intelligence source said Abdurahman has been staying in the country for many years.

The source added that Abdurahman is married to a Tausug and residing at a mosque near a mall in Davao City.

According to the intelligence source, the IM has received funding from a support group in Saudi Arabia.

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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
JSOC Op in Syria tries to grab some ISIL mook
[WashingtonPost] BEIRUT -- U.S. Special Operations troops carried out a ground operation in eastern Syria aimed at capturing an 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....
bad boy, U.S. officials said Monday.

The raid took place Sunday near a small town along the Euphrates River valley, in the vicinity of the city of Deir al-Zour and deep in the heart of Islamic State territory, according to the officials and Syrian activist groups.

The troops, who landed on helicopters, spent about 90 minutes in the area, then left carrying Islamic State captives and bodies, according to witnesses quoted by the website Deir al-Zour 24, which monitors Islamic State activity in that province.
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#1  hen left carrying Islamic State captives and bodies,

IS gets to guess who's still breathing and spilling secrets and intel
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Kurd officer dies in bomb attack in Qamishli
[ARA News] Qamishli – An explosion hit Syria’s northeastern city of Qamishli on Monday evening, causing casualties among Kurdish security forces, officials said.

At least one Kurdish Asayish officer was killed and two others wounded when their car exploded in the Sabaa Bahrat neighborhood of Qamishli.

Security sources told ARA News that the blast was caused by the detonation of an improvised explosive device that was apparently attached to an Asayish vehicle.

“Some terrorists had attached an explosive device to the car, and detonated it in the evening on Monday,” an Asayish spokesman said.

“Asayish officer Qehreman Omari lost his life in the blast, while the injured were transferred to Razi Hospital in Qamishli for treatment,” the official told ARA News.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the incident. However, Kurdish activists accused ISIS of conducting the bombing.
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Syrian Army reopens Homs-Salamiyah Road after cleansing area of jihadists
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has declared the Homs-Salamiyah Road safe to use again for civilians after they repelled a massive assault by the jihadist rebels of 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) last night.

Jabhat Fateh al-Sham began a wide-scale assault in southwestern Salamiyah last night, targeting three villages under the Syrian Arab Army's control along the Homs-Salamiyah.

Initially, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham was able to seize two checkpoints from the National Defense Forces (NDF) near Khunayfis; however, they were unable to hold these gains when Syrian Arab Army reinforcements arrived from Salamiyah.

The reinforcements from the Syrian Arab Army's 11th Tank Division helped drive back the jihadist rebels to their previous front-lines in southwestern Salamiyah, ending the latter's offensive operations last night.

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FSA groups capture large chunks of ISIL-held territory in northeast Damascus
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) launched a large-scale offensive in the northeastern countryside of Damascus last week, targeting 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....
's (ISIS) positions along the eastern slopes of the Qalamoun Mountains.

Within a week, the Free Syrian Army managed to capture large chunks of the ISIS-held territory in the Badiyah area of northeast Damascus, forcing the aforementioned terrorist group to retreat deeper into the eastern slopes of the Qalamoun.

This large Free Syrian Army force is comprised of several groups from the eastern countryside of Homs and Damascus, including Assoud al-Sharqiyah, Ahmad 'Abdo Brigade, Ahrar al-Asha'er, Maghawir al-Thoura, and the Qaraytayn Martyrs Brigade.

According to some reports in northeastern Damascus, the Free Syrian Army has now entered the ISIS-held areas in the eastern Qalamoun from their positions in al-Badiyah; this cannot be confirmed at the moment.

If this offensive is successful, the Islamic State could find themselves retreating back towards the Lebanese border-crossing into the Beqa'a Governorate.

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#1  now the FSA can be bombed by Russia and then overrun by Assad's forces
Posted by: lord garth || 01/10/2017 6:59 Comments || Top||

#2  ..after they splinter into competing groups six or seven times.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/10/2017 8:39 Comments || Top||


Islamist rebels recapture territory in East Ghouta amid 4th assault
[ALMASDARNEWS] A combined force of Islamist bandidos Death Eaters from 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...
and Faylaq al-Rahman launched their fourth assault at the East Ghouta town of Hazrama on Monday after losing much of the area to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) yesterday.

Jaish al-Islam and Faylaq al-Rahman finally achieved a break-through at the Hazrama front-lines, forcing the Syrian Arab Army to retreat from much of the territory they captured on Sunday.

The Syrian Arab Army's 105th Brigade of the Elite Republican Guard were forced to withdraw from their captured points after Jaish al-Islam flooded the village with a barrage of missiles and artillery shells, inflicting 4 casualties on the government units.

However,
by candlelight every wench is handsome...
despite the Syrian Arab Army's withdrawal on Monday, Jaish al-Islam was unable to recover much of the town due to the Syrian Arab Army's constant barrage of missiles on Hazrama's northern district.

According to an al-Masdar field correspondent in Damascus, Hazrama is now no-man's land, as both the Syrian Arab Army and Islamist bandidos Death Eaters are unable to hold ground for the time being.

Meanwhile,
...back at the palazzo, Don Smilzo looked for an avenue of escape. The only window opened a hundred feet above the moat. The nearest of the hired assassins held a bloody axe.
The window was looking better all the time....

at the strategic Air Defense Battalion base, the Syrian Arab Army repelled the fourth Jaish al-Islam attack on this military installation in the East Ghouta today, killing between 13-15 bandidos Death Eaters while only suffering minimal casualties.

In the coming days, the battle for the East Ghouta should intensify as the Syrian Arab Army makes a final push to capture Hazrama from the Salafist tough guys.
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Russian airstrikes propel the Syrian Army south of strategic east Homs airport
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Air Force carried out several Arclight airstrikes in the eastern countryside of Homs on Monday, targeting 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....
's (ISIS) positions south of the T-4 Military Airport.

As a result of these Russian Arclight airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army's 800th Regiment of the Elite Republican Guard was able to launch a new attack against the Islamic State forces of Evil south of the T-4 Military Airport this afternoon.

According to a military source in eastern Homs, the Syrian Arab Army's 800th Regiment seized several small hilltops from the Islamic State bad boys, killing and wounding as many as 15 forces of Evil during this cleansing operation.

With the Islamic State forces of Evil pinned down by constant Russian Arclight airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to secure the T-4 Military Airport and end the terrorist threat posed these last 6 weeks.
Posted by: Fred || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [385 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Syrian Army, Hezbollah intensify offensive in Wadi Barada
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside Hezbollah, continued their large-scale assault in the Wadi Barada area of west Damascus on Monday, striking the jihadist defenses at several sites around the small towns of Bassima and Deir Maqran.

Led by the 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah began the day firing several anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) at the enemy defenses, scoring direct hits on a number of armored vehicles and bully boy hideouts in the Wadi Barada area.

Following the barrage of missiles, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah stormed the enemy defenses north of Deir Maqran; this resulted in a series of intense firefights that are still ongoing at the moment.

No significant gains have been reported to al-Masdar as of yet; however, the purpose of today's assault seems to be about forcing the jihadist rebels to negotiate the surrender of Wadi Barada, not seizing land.

Wadi Barada, which is mostly under the control of 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) and 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...
, is the key to the water crisis in Damascus; as long as it remains under bully boy control, the government will not have the ability to restore the water supply to the estimated 5 million people in the historical Syrian capital.

Posted by: Fred || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [351 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Turkish Air Force kills 48 ISIS terrorists in east Aleppo: state media
[ALMASDARNEWS] Over the last 24 hours, the Turkish Air Force reportedly killed at least 48 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....
gunnies in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, the Turkish General Staff stated on Monday.

The Turkish Air Force reportedly hit 23 Islamic State targets in eastern Aleppo, including 10 of the terrorist group's defensive installations, 3 headquarters, and 10 shelters in the villages of Bzagah, Suflaniyah, Zammar, and Amiyah, Turkish state media claimed on Monday.

"Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) special task forces with Turkish army support hit 246 ISIS targets in the last 24 hours destroying shelters, defensive positions, command and control facilities and cars used by ISIS terrorists," Anadolu News Agency added.

The Turkish Army's "Euphrates Shield" operation has been recently forestalled by the Islamic State bad boys, forcing them to take to intensify their Arclight airstrikes in order to weaken the terrorist group's resolve.
Posted by: Fred || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [379 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Large explosion rips through Qamishli in northeast Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] Minutes ago, a large kaboom rocked the city of al-Qamishli in northeastern Syria, killing at least one civilian and wounding several other bystanders.

According to local reports, the kaboom was a result of aboom-mobile that exploded tonight inside a popular district of al-Qamishli.

Ambulances have reportedly arrived at the scene to administer first aid to the maimed civilians.
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Syrian Army inflicts heavy damage on ISIL’s defenses in east Aleppo
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) conducted a powerful assault against 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....
" (ISIS) forces in the eastern countryside of Aleppo on Monday, striking the latter's defenses inside the contested Deir Hafer Plains.

Syrian Army rocket battalions pounded the Islamic State-held towns of Rasm al-Hermel al-Imam and al-Hermeli in the Deir Hafer countryside, causing significant damage to the terrorist group's defenses on Monday.

According to a military source in Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army's rocket battalions destroyed as many as 8 armored vehicles belonging to the Islamic State turbans in the Deir Hafer countryside, including several pick-up trucks that were fitted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns.

Today's attack on the Deir Hafer countryside marked the first time this month that the Syrian Arab Army has conducted field operations against the Islamic State forces.

Posted by: Fred || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [400 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham’s suicide attack near Beit Jinn: video
The jihadist rebels of 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) carried out a VBIED (vehicle borne improvised bomb) attack at a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) checkpoint outside the town of Beit Jinn on Sunday, killing at least 5 people and wounding 15 others.

Among the many casualties from this terrorist attack conducted by the jihadist rebels on Sunday were many women and kiddies seen awaiting to cross the Syrian Arab Army checkpoint.

The VBIED attack on Sunday was conducted out of frustration by the jihadist rebels; it was meant to antagonize the Syrian government for their recent success in the West Ghouta.
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US-led raid on IS leaders in Syria 'successful': Pentagon
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] US special operations troops carried out a "successful" raid in Syria against leaders 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....
group in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, a Pentagon front man said Monday.

The operation was "focused on ISIS leadership" and was conducted by a US special operations unit tasked with tracking down top jihadist operatives, Navy Captain Jeff Davis said.

Davis said, however, that reports by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an independent monitor, that 25 jihadists had died in the raid were "grossly exaggerated."

He said the raids were carried out by the "Expeditionary Targeting Force" (ETF), an elite unit deployed to Iraq.

This kind of raid is aimed at eliminating jihadists as well as intelligence-gathering to conduct further operations, Davis said.

According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights and the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed coalition of Arab and Kurdish forces, at least four helicopters, including Apache attack helicopters, were used in the operation.

A commander of the SDF said the attack targeted vehicles driven by senior IS fighters coming from Raqa, killing several and capturing other. Davis denied that prisoners were taken, saying there was "no detention from this operation."

A Syrian army official said military radars had detected the operation but could not identify the nationality of the aircraft.

Posted by: Fred || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [360 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


2 die in ISIS gunfire in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) An infant was killed and his mother was wounded as Islamic State militants shot at families leaving the field of battles between the extremist group and government forces in southeastern Mosul.

A local source told Alsumaria News IS fighters shot at families leaving the districts of Sumer and Wahda, adding that the families had pleaded for security forces protection from the group.

Islamic State fighters have used to target civilians fleeing battles between the group and security forces which have been leading a U.S.-backed campaign since October to retake the city which the group occupied in 2014. The group has used to post videos of executions of civilians who failed to abide by its extreme religious views.

Hundred thousands of Iraqis are still stranded in the city, with militants using them as human shields, according to aid groups and news reports. Iraqi military officials have admitted that the existence of civilians had slowed down the pace of the first phase of operations which ended December 10th.

Battles in the city forced at least 160.000 Iraqis to flee homes to refugee camps. The United Nations had voiced fears that battles could displace at least one million civilians from the city.

ISIS freaks out when an Iraqi flag hoisted in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) The Islamic State has raised alarm among its members on Monday to search for unknown individuals who erected an Iraqi flag in central Hawija, southeast of Kirkuk.

A local source told Alsumaria News that the erection of the Iraqi flag is understandably a provocative action for IS militants who had prohibited the possession of the flag among locals.

Earlier on Monday, a security source told Alsumaria News that four IS militants were killed in an armed ambush that targeted their vehicle while passing through the Hawija, Abbasi road

Islamic State militants have occupied Hawija, al-Riyadh, Abbasi and al-Zab, all southwest of Kirkuk, since 2014, when the group emerged to the scene to proclaim a self-styled “Islamic Caliphate”. The group’s extremist rule and abuses against civilians have forced hundreds to flee Hawija since then.

Iraqi government forces, backed by a US-led military coalition and popular militias, are currently carrying out major campaigns to liberate Iraqi cities from the militants, most notably Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and IS’s formerly-proclaimed “capital”.

Out with the old using Semtex as ISIS destroys 100 shrines in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Representative of Sunni Endowment Diwan in Kurdistan announced on Monday, that the self-proclaimed Islamic State group destroyed nearly 100 religious places, including churches and Yazidi shrines in Nineveh Plain.

Meriwan al-Naqshabandi, Representative of Sunni Endowment Diwan in Kurdistan, said in a statement, “The Islamic State group destroyed and destructed nearly 100 religious shrines, since imposing its control on villages and cities of Iraqi Kurdistan.”

“The majority of these places belong to Christianity, Yazdanism and Yarsanism (Kaka’i),” Naqshabandi added.
Naqshabandi also declared that all crimes committed by the Islamic State are documented by the concerned committee.

He also pointed out that the committee is now documenting and following the situations of women and girls freed from the extremist group.

“The majority of cases were transferred to two IDP camps in Dohuk Province, where liberated women are psychologically and physically rehabilitated, in cooperation with global organizations,” Naqshabandi explained.

The Kurdistan Regional Government formed a committee consists of Sunni Endowment Diwan, Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, Ministry of Interior Affairs and Ministry of Culture, in order to document crimes committed by the Islamic state in Kurdistan Region.
Posted by: badanov || 01/10/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [380 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  A local source told Alsumaria News that the erection of the Iraqi flag is understandably a provocative action for IS militants

Also seems to be for US flags, homeowner associations, and apartment complexes. But they just deploy letters and lawyers.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/10/2017 8:42 Comments || Top||



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