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ISIS militants kidnap 13 seminary teachers in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 13 seminary teachers were kidnapped by the loyalists of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province, local officials said Sunday.

The officials further added that the incident took place in Haska Mina district after a group of ISIS Death Eaters stormed into a religious school in Deh Bala area.

A local official speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that the 13 kidnapped teachers were taken to an unknown location.

District administrative chief Sazwali confirmed the abduction of the teachers speaking to VOA’s Afghanistan service.

Posted by: Fred || 01/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

US airstrike kill top Taliban leaders in Helmand province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Several top leaders of the Talibs group were killed in an Arclight airstrike conducted by the US forces in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province, local officials said Sunday.
The Taliban, where all leaders are top...
The Arclight airstrike was carried out in the restive Musa Qala district of Helmand, the provincial government media office said in a statement.

The statement further added that 25 Death Eaters were killed or maimed in the Arclight airstrike which included some of the top leaders of the group..

At least 15 Death Eaters including some of the Taliban leaders loyal to Pakistain’s Inter Services Intelligence ‐ ISI, were killed in the Arclight airstrike, the statement added.

The statement also added that three Humvee vehicles, 1 Ford Ranger vehicle, 18 PK heavy machine guns, 3 mortars, 4 SPG-9 rocket launchers, and 25 AK-47 assault rifles were destroyed.

Posted by: Fred || 01/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [446 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  At least 15 Death Eaters including some of the Taliban leaders loyal to Pakistain’s Inter Services Intelligence ‐ ISI, were killed in the Arclight airstrike, the statement added.

Now to spread the word that the ISI sold them out
Posted by: Frank G || 01/16/2017 10:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Man, I hate when ISIS sells out other Islamic movements. Perhaps the others should band together and kill all the other ISIS guys...
Posted by: Steve White || 01/16/2017 10:21 Comments || Top||

#3  The statement also added that three Humvee vehicles, 1 Ford Ranger vehicle, 18 PK heavy machine guns, 3 mortars, 4 SPG-9 rocket launchers, and 25 AK-47 assault rifles were destroyed.

I guess that "military grade aluminum" didn't hold up...
Posted by: Crusader || 01/16/2017 15:55 Comments || Top||

#4  I thought "military grade aluminum" was with the F-line.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/16/2017 18:48 Comments || Top||

#5  drink up!
Posted by: Frank G || 01/16/2017 21:26 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Rada continues raids on Tripoli’s criminal dens
[Libya Herald] The Rada (Special Deterrence) Force continued its raids on criminal dens in the ’’Gragsha’’ area of the Girgarish district of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
yesterday. Rada has been conducting a series of campaigns in the area against alcohol, drugs and prostitution dens. It has also been conducting operations against kidnap gangs.

It said that the area has been ’’out of control’’ in terms of security for ’’many years’’ where many African ’’gangs’’ had set up dens of illicit trade. Rada also reported that it had received ’’repeated complaints’’ from residents who had admitted defeat in protecting their children and homes from the danger of these gangs.

It reported the arrest of large numbers of African gangs made up of illegal migrants colonists and confiscated large quantities of alcohol. During the raid, the gangs attempted to impede Rada’s progress by blocking the narrow roads in the area with various barricades, including the use of cars. Rada used bulldozers to clear the way and to demolish some of the buildings used as dens.

Most of the Illegal migrants colonists that were tossed in the slammer
Please don't kill me!
were handed over to the Counter-illegal Migration Authority, but those believed to be part of illicit trade gangs were held under arrest, reported Rada.

It will be recalled that Rada has received direct official backing from the Faiez Serraj Presidency Council/Government of National Accord but has also been involved in various territorial battles with other militias/security agencies and so-called Islamist militias with a different Islamic interpretation ‐ in a battle of dominance within Tripoli.

Rada is also fighting snuffies such as Ansar Sharia/ISIS and the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB), including holding some of these groups’ prisoners, which has created it enmities, including that of the Mufti Saddek Ghariani.

Posted by: Fred || 01/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [435 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Nephew of Muslim Brotherhood’s Ali Salabi killed in Benghazi fighting
[Libya Herald] The nephew of Ali Salabi, the man considered to be the ideological brains and real head of the Moslem Brüderbund in Libya, has been killed in Benghazi while fighting with the Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shoura Council.

A family member today confirmed to this newspaper that 17 yer-old Mohammed Salabi, died in fighting with the Libyan National Army three days ago. The circumstances of his death are unclear.

His father Osama Salabi is a leading holy man and his uncle Ali last March backed the Libya-Libya dialogue insisting that Libyans were moderates.

Salabi said that if Libya was to destroy the growing threat of terrorism there had to be a national unity government agreed by all Libyans, not one appointed by foreigners who were not interested in the good of Libya.

Posted by: Fred || 01/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [396 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

#1  Does this mean the Benghazi Revolutionaries' Shoura Council is the local false mustache of the Libyan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood?
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/16/2017 16:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Benghazi Revolutionaries' Shoura Council is the minor-league team.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/16/2017 18:49 Comments || Top||

Another major loss of migrant lives
[Libya Herald] Despite bad weather, the migrant tide toward Europe increases and more than 100 refugees are feared drowned off the Libyan coast after their boat capsized yesterday. Another eight were confirmed as dead

Flavio Di Giacomo of the International Organisation for Migration said the boat had been carrying 110 migrants colonists and only four were known to have survived. These had been rescued some 50 kilometres off the Libyan coast.

IOM figures show that so far this year arrivals in Italia from Libya had more than doubled from 268 in 2016 to 729 by last Thursday.

This latest in the long list of migrant tragedies comes on the eve of an EU summit in Brussels which will once again try and tackle the flows of migrants colonists from Libya and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
The Italian government is being condemned for its idea of returning migrants colonists to Libya which is already holding thousand of largely Sub-Saharan Africans in squalid detention centres which appal visitors, such as UNSMIL chief Martin Kobler. Kobler said today that he was deeply shocked at the latest loss of migrant lives.

Medecins Sans Frontieres, one of the Non-Government Organisations involved in collecting people from their frail rubber rafts and decrepit fishing boats has called for an end to the carnage. It said today that despite the winter seas, migrants colonists were still trying to cross. It called for the EU to provide safe passage for them.

The latest migrant disaster meant an French-Italian rescue operation directing naval vessels, planes and aircraft and at least one merchant ship to the area where the migrant craft sank.

Since Friday night, at least 800 people have been rescued from flimsy craft as they attempted to reach the Italian coastline.

Posted by: Fred || 01/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

War plane blows up over Ganfouda as fighting rages
[Libya Herald] A Libyan air force Mig 23 crashed today in Benghazi during an Arclight airstrike on Ganfouda. The pilot and company-pilot ejected safely.

A Libyan National Army front man said the warplane had suffered a technical failure with one account saying it had went kaboom! while firing rockets. The front man denied an earlier report credited to a LNA commander that the aircraft had been hit by ground fire. "If we say an aircraft has been hit it has been hit" he said, "If we say it was technical failure, it was technical failure".

The Mig’s pilot Younis al-Dinali and his co-pilot survived the kaboom. However four more members of the Saiqa Special forces, including an unnamed field commander, died today in Ganfouda. Two members of the unit were killed yesterday.

In the other hard boyz enclaves in the city, Sabri and Suq al-Hut, army engineers appear to have almost completed a series of sand berms that block roads and open ground surrounding both these downtown districts. There are unconfirmed reports that the LNA is preparing an assault.
Posted by: Fred || 01/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [553 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Pilot pilot Younis al-Dinali who escaped his Mig-23 today

never gonna make Major Major
Posted by: Frank G || 01/16/2017 10:03 Comments || Top||

#2  No more chocolate covered cotton, he has lost his piece of the action.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/16/2017 18:36 Comments || Top||

Bahrain executes three over police killings
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Bahrain on Sunday executed three men found guilty of killing three coppers, including an Emirati officer, the prosecution said in a statement carried by BNA state news agency.

A court upheld their death sentences over a kaboom in March 2014. Seven other defendants received life terms.

The Emirati officer was part of a Saudi-led Gulf force which entered Bahrain in March 2011.

Posted by: Fred || 01/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [382 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Iranian Shia satraps
Posted by: Frank G || 01/16/2017 10:03 Comments || Top||

Jahangir first ‘New JMB leader’ arrested alive
[Dhaka Tribune] Jahangir Alam, more commonly known as Rajib Gandhi among militants, is the first New JMB leader that police have arrested alive who has direct connection with Gulshan terror attack.

Officials of the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC) unit of police believe that this arrest is pivotal for terror investigations as Jahangir can provide information that could tie up many loose ends.

“Gandhi is the first New JMB leader arrested alive who was involved in the planning of Gulshan attack. This development will help us make significant progress in the case,” said Additional Commissioner Monirul Islam, chief of CTTC.

Furthermore, Jahangir’s arrest was essential for the law enforcers to stop further stray attacks, he told reporters yesterday morning.

Starting off as a cook for Abdul Awal, son-in-law of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Shayakh Abdur Rahman, Jahangir went on to join New JMB and become a trusted deputy of Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, the group’s coordinator who also orchestrated Gulshan attack.

“So we expect him to provide crucial and brand new information on both factions as well,” said a CTTC source.

A CTTC team arrested Jahangir at Elenga bus stand in Tangail on late Friday night. Investigators believe he was one of the key planners of the terror attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan, Dhaka on July 1 last year.

Twenty-three people, including 17 foreigners and two police officers, were killed in the attack. International terrorist group Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Posted by: Fred || 01/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [407 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia's Chechnya chief says over 50 suspected militants detained
[Ynet] Ramzan Kadyrov, the hardline pro-Moscow head of Russia's Northern Caucasus Republic of Chechnya, said on Sunday that more than 50 suspected gunnies were detained in the biggest sting operation of recent years.

Moscow has waged two wars against separatists in the predominantly Moslem region since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The region is now ruled by Kadyrov, a former rebel fighter now loyal to President Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
Civil rights activists accuse Kadyrov of arbitrary arrests of dissidents.

Kadyrov said on his Instagram account that a group directed by a Chechen-born myrmidon based in Syria had been targeted.
That'd be ISIS, I assume.
"As of now, all the band-group was neutralised, more than 50 of its participants were delivered to cop shoppes," Kadyrov said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [390 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Home Front: WoT
Noor Salman, wife of Orlando bomber, now jugged by FBI
WASHINGTON — The wife of the man who carried out a deadly terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla., has been arrested in connection with the mass shooting, a law enforcement official said Monday.

The woman, Noor Salman, was taken into custody by F.B.I. agents at her home outside of San Francisco. Prosecutors had been weighing charges against her in the aftermath of the attack that killed 49 people and wounded dozens. A person familiar with details of the arrest said Ms. Salman was charged with obstruction.

Ms. Salman’s husband, Omar Mateen, was killed in a shootout with police during the rampage in a gay club on June 12, 2016.
That would be the Pulse nightclub, added to aid future archive searches.
Investigators interviewed Ms. Salman for hours after the attack and came to believe she was not telling the truth about her husband’s plans to carry out the rampage.

She is expected to make an initial appearance on Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/16/2017 12:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [731 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  A Sanctuary City, just not the kind of sanctuary she was looking for. It's amazing how many homes some people have. And in very pricey San Fran, too. Follow da money.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/16/2017 13:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, that was quick!
Posted by: Raj || 01/16/2017 13:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Raj, please tell me you were being sarcastic. You have to be, right?

Posted by: AlanC || 01/16/2017 15:44 Comments || Top||

#4  A person familiar with details of the arrest said Ms. Salman was charged with obstruction.

Wow! I just had a fadeout flash of this happening to Billery.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/16/2017 16:00 Comments || Top||

#5  It would be another nail in the intelligence community's coffin if she were picked up for cause after President Trump's man reviewed the evidence next week. "Obstruction" sounds innocuous enough, not at all like abetting jihad.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/16/2017 16:26 Comments || Top||

#6  This is the gal that went "missing"? Getting hard to keep all the lone/known-wolf attacks straight.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/16/2017 18:43 Comments || Top||

#7  The timing is... interesting.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/16/2017 18:51 Comments || Top||

#8  The Daily Mail article on the subject, updated last at 5:23 p.m. ET, says she is being charged with providing material assistance and aiding & abetting in addition to obstruction.

Discussion at Instapundit brought out the idea that at the lower levels of the FBI they are no longer willing to be bound by President Obama's strictures, and jumped the gun, expecting President Trump won't disapprove. Here's hoping that is what happened, that there is healthy wood under the rot.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/16/2017 20:34 Comments || Top||

#9  "Healthy wood", heh. +1 TW
Posted by: KBK || 01/16/2017 21:45 Comments || Top||

Homeless man who 'used profanities when he went to pray at a mosque and was asked to leave' is arrested for torching the place of worship
We have our madmen, too, it seems.
  • Isaac Wayne Wilson, 37, was arrested in connection to a Seattle, Washington mosque fire

  • He was arrested on suspicion of second degree arson

  • Fire started around 2:45 am, and firefighters quickly kept it from spreading

  • It was the only mosque in the town, and a group is raising money to rebuild
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [556 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Homeless man asked to leave while trying to pray? Tolerant and magnanimous Islam?
Posted by: Frank G || 01/16/2017 10:08 Comments || Top||

#2  by the way, no pics of accused = not white
Posted by: Frank G || 01/16/2017 10:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Possible photo, man with same name arrested years ago. Detected using Google Image search.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/16/2017 12:47 Comments || Top||

#4  "Went to pray at a mosque" would imply he was Muslim, wouldn't it?
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/16/2017 13:26 Comments || Top||

#5  Or a wannabe...
Posted by: Pappy || 01/16/2017 13:31 Comments || Top||

Pakistan Tests New Sub-Launched Nuclear-Capable Cruise Missile. What Now?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/16/2017 06:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [441 views] Top|| File under:

#1  America, NATO, Russia, China - everyone should join together to get the nukes off Pakistain and to prevent Iran getting one

we don't want the Islamotards packing nukes

Pakistan will only give it to Saudi Arabia and whatever caliphate-fancying sunni Islamofascist group it can whether it be al-Qaeda, Taliban, Isis or simply the Muslim Brotherhood
Posted by: anon1 || 01/16/2017 8:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Pakistan will only give sell it to Saudi Arabia and whatever caliphate-fancying sunni Islamofascist group it can whether it be al-Qaeda, Taliban, Isis or simply the Muslim Brotherhood

Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 01/16/2017 9:49 Comments || Top||

#3  The 'Babur' is in fact just a Chinese cruise missile. The Pakistani Agosta subs (bought from France) cannot fire cruise missiles. The Pakistanis will have to wait until they receive their Yuan class subs from China.
Posted by: John Frum || 01/16/2017 10:26 Comments || Top||

#4  When Gadaffi gave up his nuke program, the IAEA was handed blueprints for a Chinese missile warhead. The Libyans had received this from the Pakistani scientist AQ Khan. There were detailed handwritten notes in Urdu translating portions and describing fabrication down to the amount of torque to apply to each bolt.
The Chinese have provided nuclear weapons and missiles to North Korea and Pakistan. Neither country can manufacture a modern lathe. North Korea has only just begun bicycle manufacture. Neither would have nuclear missiles without China suppling the technology.
Posted by: John Frum || 01/16/2017 10:34 Comments || Top||

Convoy of Qatari prince comes under attack in Musakhel
[DAWN] Unidentified gunnies attacked the convoy of a Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
i prince in 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...
's Musakhel district on Sunday evening, DawnNews reported.

The gunnies opened indiscriminate fire on the convoy, as a result of which District Police Officer Majeed Dasti and two other security officials received bullet wounds, Levies official said.

The Qatari prince remained unharmed in the attack, said senior district administration official Mohammad Yasir.

The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital whereas the assailants managed to flee the scene of the crime.

The bigwig further said that a case has been registered against 20 suspects.

"Some Levies personnel are also among those accused, and an investigation is underway," he added.

Posted by: Fred || 01/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [366 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  The Houbara Bustard Protective Wing™ musta got tired of them Qataris swanning in and killing their endangered species

From 2013: "A brother of the Emir of State of Qatar, Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad, has been given Musakhel tehsil and Drug in Musakhel district in Balochistan."
Posted by: Frank G || 01/16/2017 10:14 Comments || Top||

Mosul Offensive News

PMU leader confident IS leader al-Baghdadi trapped in Nineveh

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still in Nineveh as the extremist group is effectively trapped inside the province, according to a senior leader of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units).

PMUs are running a joint intelligence task force with the Joint Operations Command to track Baghdadi’s movements, Jawad al-Tleibawi was quoted as saying on Saturday. “Initial information with the intelligence bodies tell that ….Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains in Nineveh….as security forces impose control over the eastern side of Mosul, while the western side is totally isolated from Syrian territories,” he stated.

Army combs Mosul University after driving out Islamic State

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Forces continued on Sunday to comb Mosul University campus after they had driven Islamic State militants out on Saturday, a senior officer said.

Abdul-Wahab al-Saedi, a top commander of the force, said in statements on Sunday that the forces continue to comb the university’s buildings, and will move afterwards to invade other districts enlisted in the battles plan after finishing.

Mosul University was a major Islamic State stronghold in the eastern section of Mosul. Iraqi generals said, after the university was retaken, that government forces became in control of 90 percent of that area since U.S.-backed operations launched in October to free the city.

Islamic State militants still maintain strongholds in the west of the Tigris River, which halves the city. Iraqi forces managed a few days ago to reach the eastern bank for the first time since October.

IS top vigilante killed in western Mosul, civilians homes burned in east

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) A senior Islamic State vigilante died in the western Mosul town of Tal Afar on Sunday, having succumbed to injuries sustained in an airstrike carried out four days earlier, according to a local source.

“Daesh (Islamic State) lost three of its senior leaders during the current month in Tal Afar due to successful airstrikes,” the source told Alsumaria News, requesting anonymity.

IS has relied on religious vigilantes to observe civilians’ commitment to its extreme religious rules, occasionally imposing harsh punishments, reportedly amounting to death, on violators.

In eastern Mosul, another local source said the extremist group set fire to five houses in the districts of Mohandessin and Andalus after their residents declined to pay donations to the group’s combatants.

Iraqi Forces retake northern, eastern Mosul districts from IS

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi government forces recaptured on Sunday two districts in the north and east of Mosul from Islamic State militants as operations come closer to declaring a total control over the eastern section of the city.

The army’s Counter-Terrorism Forces and the Defense Ministry’s media service, the War Media Cell, said troops recaptured the districts of Kafa’at al-Thaniya and Andalus in the north and the east from Islamic State militants, raising Iraqi flags above buildings at both areas.

Islamic State attacks civilians in Mosul using drones

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) The Islamic State extremist group is using drones to drop bombs and explosives on the residents of the liberated areas in Mosul, the Telegragh reported on Saturday.

The Telegraph report stated that the self-proclaimed Islamic State group previously used drones for surveillance purpose, including local-made large fixed wing craft.

“Until recently though there was little evidence they had developed their use further but a series of recent strikes has now confirmed that they have developed the capability to drop 40 millimeter grenades,” the report explained.

Civilians are an easy target for these attacks, especially in the recently liberated areas in Mosul, where eight persons were wounded due one of these attacks last week.

One of the wounded, Hussein, 14 year-old boy, said, “I was shopping with my family when a small plane belonging to the Islamic State dropped a grenade on us.”

Another wounded man also said that he saw the drone drop explosives, while Iraqi Special Forces medic Colonel Khalil Jawad said that this is the first time he has heard of the Islamic State dropping explosives from a drone.

Security forces thwart Islamic State’s attack on Hadba, Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Military Intelligence Directorate announced on Sunday foiling an attack launched by the Islamic State group on al-Hadba area using a booby-trapped vehicle.

The directorate said in a press statement, “In coordination with Nineveh Operations, our forces foiled an attack, using a booby-trapped vehicle, launched by the Islamic State on the security troops in al-Hadba area, in Nineveh Province.”

“Security forces managed to kill the suicide bomber, who was driving the booby-trapped vehicle, and confiscated the vehicle,” the statement added.

Counter-Terrorism forces liberate Andalus neighborhood in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Commander of We Are Coming, Nineveh Operations, Lieutenant General Abdel Amir Yarallah, announced liberating al-Andalus neighborhood in eastern Mosul, and raising Iraqi flag over its buildings.

Yarallah, in a press statement, said, “Iraqi Counter-Terrorism forces liberated al-Andalus neighborhood and raised Iraqi flag over its buildings.”

Earlier today, We Are Coming, Nineveh Operations Command announced liberating al-Kafa’at al’Thaniyah neighborhood in eastern Mosul.

Iraqi joint security forces, backed by Army Aviation and international coalition forces, continue the battle to liberate Mosul that was launched in October 2016, to retake the city from the Islamic State’s grip.

4000 refugees left Mosul in 24 hours: aid group

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Four-thousand Iraqi refugees have migrated from Mosul as Iraqi groups become close to clearing half of the city from Islamic State militants, an aid group said.

Eyad Rafed, a member of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society, said those had fled areas at the northeast and southeast to locations held by Iraqi government forces, and were relocated to refugee camps in the east and south of the city after coordinating with relief teams.

“The humanitarian situation in refugee camps is getting more difficult, especially with increases in refugees coming from areas that are witnessing military operations in the eastern side of Mosul,” he said in press statements.

Abu Bakr Kanaan, who heads a committee handling refugees returning to Mosul, was quoted by Anadolu Agency as saying that more than 20.000 families have so far been returned to liberated areas in Mosul.

In the reconquered part of Mosul, life quickly returning to normal
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/16/2017 00:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [430 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Diyala Defenses
Iraqi joint forces foil IS attack on Azim City

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Head of al-Azim City in Diyala Province, Abdel Jabbar al-Obeidi, announced on Sunday that the joint security forces and al-Hashd al-Ashaeri managed to foil an attack launched by the Islamic State on the city.

Obeidi said in a press statement, “The Islamic State group launched an attack, yesterday, on Albu Najim village, west of al-Azim,” pointing out that, “Security forces from the army and al-Hashd al-Ashaeri managed to foil the attack and inflicted heavy losses on the terrorist group.”

“The Islamic State’s members couldn’t fight back the security forces. Security forces chased the Islamic State’s members out of the city,” Obeidi explained.

Yesterday, Islamic State group attacked a security checkpoint north of Khalis District, using a booby-trapped vehicle, leaving 7 casualties.

Joint forces kill 2 IS members, destroy 3 units northeast of Baqubah

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Diyala Police Chief, Major General Jassim al-Saadi announced on Sunday killing two members of the Islamic State, as well as destroying three units belonging to the group in a security operations, northeast of Baqubah.

Saadi said in a press statement, “Joint security forces from Tigris Operations Command, Diyala emergency police and al-Hashd al-Shaabi conducted a search operation in Ayn al-Samak area in Imam Wes, northeast of Baqubah.”

“The operation resulted in the killing of two members of the Islamic State, as well as destructing three units and detonating four explosive devices belonging to the group,” Saadi added.

The area of Imam Wes is unstable on terms of security, due to the presence of several armed groups in the province of Diyala.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 1 dead

Civilian killed, 6 wounded, in blasts north, south of Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One civilian was killed and six others were wounded on Sunday when bomb blasts rocked areas in northern and southern Baghdad, security sources said.

One person was killed and five others were wounded when a explosive device exploded on the side of a road in Tarimiya, north of the capital, the sources told Alsumaria News.

The sources added that another bomb went off on a roadside in al-Doura, south of Baghdad, causing wounds to one person.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the bombing yet, but Islamic State militants have said they were responsible for several bloody explosions that hit the capital in recent weeks.
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Ruritanians Unknown individuals attack house of IS leader in Mosul
Unidentified individuals attacked the house of an Islamic State’s senior leader, north of the city of Mosul, a local source told Shafaaq News on Sunday. The source said, “Unidentified individuals attacked the house of Omran Abu Mariam, the Islamic State’s leader in Diwan al-Harb (War Council), in al-Arabi neighborhood, north of Mosul, using hand grenades.”

“No casualties were reported so far, but the terrorist group started to lose its control over many areas in Mosul,” the source added on condition of anonymity.

Iraqi forces have made rapid progress in the battle to liberate Mosul, which was launched nearly three months ago, backed by the US-led international coalition, in order to retake the city that was captured by the Islamic State in June 2014.
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Mosul University fully liberated by Iraqi troops, military says
U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops on Sunday fully liberated the sprawling complex of Mosul University, an Iraqi military spokesman said, a major step in the massive operation to retake the Islamic State group-held city of Mosul.

The spokesman for the Joint Military Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, declared the campus was under the full control of Iraqi special forces, officially known as the Counter Terrorism Service, who raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings.

The troops searched campus buildings and removed bombs left by IS militants, Brig. Gen. Haider Fadhil of the special forces said. Fadhil added that the troops also entered the nearby Andalus neighborhood, which he expected would be fully retaken later in the day.

Iraqi forces had entered the university grounds Friday and managed to secure more than half of the campus the next day amid tough resistance from IS militants, who mainly deployed sniper and mortar fire to slow down the advancing troops.

Sunday's progress is the latest in a string of swift territorial gains in recent weeks by the U.S.-backed Iraqi military. Some 30,000 troops — a force that includes not only Iraq's conventional army but an array of other armed groups, including Shiite and Sunni paramilitary troops and Kurdish fighters — are taking part in the Mosul offensive which begun October 17.

The Islamic State group captured Mosul in 2014 along with nearly a third of Iraqi territory and large parts of neighboring Syria. Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul is the last major ISIS urban bastion in the country.
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#1  Now, if we could only do the same at UC-Bezerkeley.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 01/16/2017 10:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Different RoE VRWC.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/16/2017 15:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Now the folks at Mosel U can go back to doing what they normally do.
Posted by: gorb || 01/16/2017 16:28 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Duterte: Bomb Abu Sayyaf, even with hostages
[Inquirer] Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has ordered troops to bomb Moro militants who flee with their captives in a bid to stop a wave of kidnappings at sea, calling the loss of civilian lives in such an attack "collateral damage."

Duterte previously stated he had told his Indonesian and Malaysian counterparts that their forces could blast away as they pursued rebels who abducted sailors in waters where the three countries converge and brought their hostages to the southern Philippines.

In a speech in Davao City on Saturday, Duterte said he had instructed the navy and the coast guard that "if there are kidnappers and they’re trying to escape, bomb them all. They say ‘hostages.’ Sorry, collateral damage."

The president said such an approach would enable the government to get even with the ransom-seeking Moro extremists. He said, "You can't gain mileage for your wrongdoing, I will really have you blasted."

"So, really, don’t allow yourselves to be kidnapped," Duterte advised potential victims.
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#1  good with any luck he will run every Islamist out of town in the south then send the muslimas and their offspring packing after them. Go to malaysia, go to borneo, go to any Muslim nation just GTFO

duterte will get my vote of approval if he does that despite his otherwise authoritarian nastiness

just clear them out

Muslims cannot live with non-Muslims they have a different civilisation.
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Syria fighting threatens deal to fix damaged Damascus water source
[IraqiNews] The Syrian army and allied militia clashed with rebels in Wadi Barada near Damascus on Sunday, threatening to disrupt planned repair works to a pumping station that supplies most of the capital’s water, a war monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the army and the allied Lebanese militia Hezbollah had made some gains against rebels in the Wadi Barada area. Heavy fighting
... as opposed to the more usual name-calling or slapsy...
reached the outskirts of the Ain al-Fija town, where the water springs are located, the British-based war monitor reported.

Artillery shelling by government forces killed seven people and maimed several others in the nearby Deir Qanoun village, it said.

Wadi Barada, a mountainous valley northwest of Damascus, has become a major battlefront in the Syrian war, and the damage to the pumping station has caused severe water shortages in the capital since the beginning of the year.

The governor of the Damascus Countryside province said on Friday that engineers had entered Ain al-Fija to repair the pumping station, as part of a wider agreement that included the departure of some rebels from Wadi Barada and a settlement with others who would remain there.

But the plan was derailed on Saturday evening, after gunnies killed the head of a negotiation team who was overseeing the agreement and repairs, the Observatory said.

A military media unit run by Hezbollah said the army captured some positions overlooking Ain al-Fija on Saturday, after taking two nearby villages in recent days and edging closer towards the water facility.

The water spring was knocked out of service in late December. The United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
has said it was damaged because "infrastructure was deliberately targeted", without saying who was responsible, leaving four million people in Damascus without safe drinking water supplies.

The U.N. warned the shortages could lead to waterborne disease outbreaks.

Rebels and activists have said government bombardment damaged the spring. The government said krazed killer groups polluted it with diesel, forcing the state to cut supplies.

Wadi Barada has become the main focus of fighting between forces loyal to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...
, backed by Russia and Iran, and rebel groups seeking to oust him, after the government took full control of Aleppo city last month.

Fighting in Wadi Barada has tarnished a shaky nationwide ceasefire that began on Dec 30., brokered by Russia and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, which is one of the main supporters of many rebel groups.

The United Nations estimates 45,000 people live in the Wadi Barada area, and thinks at least 7,000 people have been displaced form the area in recent fighting.
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Syrian Army raises flag over Al-Husseniyah in Wadi Barada
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) raised the flag over al-Husseniyah on Sunday after a reconciliation deal was put in place by the town's elders.

According to an al-Masdar field correspondent, the town elders of al-Husseniyah negotiated a deal with the Syrian Arab Army after the jihadist rebels refused to end the violence plaguing the Wadi Barada area.

In accordance with the ceasefire deal, the Syrian Arab Army was allowed to raise the flag over al-Husseniyah and build checkpoints around the town.

The Syrian Arab Army now controls most of al-Husseniyah; however, some parts of the town still has a jihadist presence due to their refusal to leave the area.
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Syrian Army cuts strategic supply road for rebel forces in East Ghouta
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their large-scale advance in the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus on Sunday, targeting the Islamist rebel defenses near the villages of Autaya and Nashabiyah.

Led by the 105th Brigade of the Elite Republican Guard and Paleostine Liberation Army (PLA), the Syrian Arab Army managed to cut 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...
's most important supply line to the village of Nashabiyah after an intense battle on Sunday that stretched for several hours.

According to an al-Masdar field correspondent, the Syrian Arab Army seized more than 200 meters of territory near Nashabiyah on Sunday, killing and wounding over 20 enemy combatants in the process of their advance.

With Jaish al-Islam's supply to Nashabiyah cutoff, the Syrian Arab Army will take the opportunity to storm the village and seize the remaining farms near the small town of Autaya.

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Russia upgrading its Syrian facilities.
Russia plans to improve and expand its naval and air bases in Syria, the Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, citing an unnamed source, as Moscow cements its presence in the Middle Eastern country, its only overseas military deployment.

The source told Interfax that Russia will start repairing a second runway at Hmeimin air base near Latakia, while the Tartus naval base will be upgraded in order to handle bigger ships such as cruisers.

The source also told Interfax that Russia will still deploy S-300 surface-to-air defence systems and Bastion coastal missile launchers in Tartus.

President Vladimir Putin has announced a partial withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria, where they have been helping forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. But Moscow wants to retain a permanent presence both in Hmeimin and Tartus.
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The Beatings Will Continue: Iraq Edition

Islamic State chief demotes eastern Mosul commanders over combat failures

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State’s supreme leader has stripped group commanders in eastern Mosul of leadership due to dramatic losses to Iraqi government forces over the past two weeks, a local source has reported.

A source told Alsumaria News that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi withdrew the “emir” designation from all leaders of the extremist group in the eastern part of the city due to “delinquency and escaping” at battlefields in face of advancing Iraqi government troops.

“Baghdad has proscribed the occupation of any leading position by emirs in the eastern section, and to instead deploy them to the frontlines as regular fighters as a sort of punishment,” said the source, who asked not to be identified.

Iraqi government forces, backed by a aircraft and advisers from a US-led military coalition, launched two weeks ago the second phase of a major campaign that started in October to retake Mosul from IS militants. Since then, reports have been recurrent about divisions, infighting and accusations of treason among the group’s leaderships.
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Sun 2017-01-15
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Sat 2017-01-14
  Islamic State supporters face jail after infiltrated in undercover police sting
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Wed 2017-01-11
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Tue 2017-01-10
  Mosul Left Coast Fully Liberated
Mon 2017-01-09
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Sun 2017-01-08
  German Vice Chancellor calls for ban of Salafist mosques
Sat 2017-01-07
  ISIS propaganda king killed
Fri 2017-01-06
  Gunman Opens Fire at Fort Lauderdale Airport; UPDATE 3 5 dead
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