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5 killed, dozens injured in Canada mosque shooting
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Africa Horn
Shaboob #3 killed in Gedo
A Somali official says the country’s military have killed a number three top Al shabaab commander during an operation in a small town in Gedo region on Sunday. The commander – Abdullahi Qanas was killed in an special operation by Somali military at Tulo-Barwaqo area, about 18Km away from Garbahareytown, Gedo regional capital.

The Somali military officials said the army launched the raid following a tip-off from local residents who spotted the commander and his fellow militants sneaked into the village.

The federal government troops managed to capture another commander in charge of training Al shabaab fighters in Gedo region during the operation in Tulo-Barwaqo near Kenya border.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Suspects held in Morocco 'planned to attack embassies'
[AlAhram] A top Moroccan security official said Sunday jihadists linked 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....
group jugged
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
this week had planned to attack embassies and tourist sites in the North African country.

Seven members of a "dangerous cell" were arrested in a dawn operation on Friday in five different cities and "other suspects are on the run", said Abdelhak Khiam who heads Morocco's anti-terrorism security service.

He told a presser that the group's chief, calling himself an "emir" was among those arrested, and that he had sought to set up a branch of IS in the kingdom.

Khiam said the man had received "financing and weapons from members of the Libyan branch of IS".

This cell was "determined to take action" against "diplomatic representations, tourist sites and public figures", he said, in "coordination with IS members from the Syria-Iraq area and Libya".

The suspects were aged between 20 and 29.

Reporters were shown seized weapons and equipment including seven handguns and a machinegun that Khiam said "came from Libya and were transported via the border with Algeria".

Two military jackets "containing explosives products" were also recovered.

Several suspects were apprehended in a rented apartment in the city of El Jadida.

In a statement on Sunday, the interior ministry said it intended to strengthen controls on the renting of furnished properties.

"It has been discovered that some terrorist groups and organised crime groups have rented houses or apartments whose owners in several cases did not inform the authorities," the statement said.

This "helps suspects conceal themselves and prepare acts of sabotage," it warned, urging owners "to notify the authorities of tenants' identities", on pain of prosecution for complicity.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Subsaharan
Nigerian gunmen attack convoy on northeast highway, 7 killed
[Ynet] Witnesses say gunnies believed to be Nigeria's 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 holy warriors attacked a convoy of motorists along a recently secured highway, killing at least seven people and injuring many others, including soldiers in a military escort.

The Maiduguri-Biu highway has been one of the most dangerous routes in northeastern Nigeria for three years because of Boko Haram attacks. Nigeria's military recaptured it last year, but the military escorts motorists along the road.

Eyewitness Dauda Pambe said he was among the travelers guarded by soldiers when gunnies launched the ambush attack on Saturday. He said the first vehicle's tire was hit, preventing the driver from proceeding, so passengers got out and fled into the bush.

Neither the police nor the military has yet issued a statement on the attack.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/30/2017 00:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
US commando dies in Yemen raid
A bit disjointed from the Guardian. I assume we'll hear more.
One elite US commando is dead and three wounded after a Yemen raid that Donald Trump’s Pentagon is signalling will be a template for aggressive counter-terrorism action.

An aircraft malfunction led to what the Pentagon called a “hard landing in a nearby location”. Commandos intentionally destroyed the aircraft, which local residents and officials said was a helicopter.

The US was said to have staged Saturday’s raid offshore, from an aircraft carrier in the region.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite service members,” said Gen Joseph Votel, commander of US forces in the Middle East and south Asia. “These sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe."

Central Command, in a Sunday statement, said “an estimated” 14 members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) had been killed in the raid. It provided no indication regarding the raid’s objective.

In a statement, Trump said: “A life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism,” and said his “deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member”.

He added: “The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, and the families they leave behind, are the backbone of the liberty we hold so dear as Americans, united in our pursuit of a safer nation and a freer world.”

Central Command said the raid included “the capture of information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots”.

Local witnesses cited by Reuters said the gun battle in the rural Yakla district of Bayda province killed Abdulraoof al-Dhahab, a senior AQAP leader, along with other militants. Unidentified Yemeni security officials reportedly said three senior al-Qaida leaders were killed.

More via Dawn:
Elite US forces launched a dawn raid against Al Qaeda in Yemen on Sunday, killing at least 14 suspected militants in an operation in which an American soldier also died.

The assault marked Washing­ton’s first major military action in Yemen under President Donald Trump, who has vowed to step up the fight against “Islamic” extremism.

The US military said the raid in the Yakla region of Baida province killed 14 members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which Washington views as the global network’s most dangerous branch.

A Yemeni provincial official gave a higher toll of 41 presumed militants and 16 civilians killed in the raid, including eight women and eight children.

Washington did not specify how the US soldier died. It said three American servicemen were injured in the raid along with a fourth one who was hurt in a “hard landing”.

A US defence official later said that “no prisoners had been taken” during the operation.

Sunday’s US raid was said to have targeted the houses of three tribal chiefs linked to Al Qaeda.

The provincial official said Apache helicopters also struck a school, a mosque and a medical facility which were all used by Al Qaeda militants.

The three prominent tribal figures killed in the attack were identified as brothers Abdulraouf and Sultan al-Zahab and Saif Alawai al-Jawfi, the official and other sources said.

They were known to be linked to Al Qaeda, the sources said.

Among the children killed in the raid was the daughter of the late US-born preacher Anwar al-Awlaqi, Nura, who lived with the family of her maternal uncle, a relative said.

Awlaqi himself was killed in September 2011 in a drone strike and his son Abulrahman was killed two weeks later in a similar attack.

Local officials said an Al Qaeda chief in the region was also killed in Sunday’s raid.

The operation resulted in the capture of information that would “provide insight into the planning of future terrorist plots”, said the military authorities.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [637 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

#1  “no prisoners had been taken”

Kinda says it all.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/30/2017 3:44 Comments || Top||

#2  I noticed Trump said - the evil of radical Islamic terrorism not heard previously, while the middle eastern media says - “Islamic” extremism.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/30/2017 13:28 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
20 members of Sundarbans bahini surrender
[Dhaka Tribune] Twenty members of Jahangir Bahini, an infamous robber gang of Sundarbans, surrendered to Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in presence of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan at RAB headquarters in the district town yesterday.

The surrendered gang members were Jahangir Shikari, the gang leader, his associates Sheikh Md Farid, Maruf Sheikh, Akram Sheikh, Mustahar Sheikh, Kamrul Sheikh, Harun Sheikh, Haidar Sheikh, Aiub Ali Sheikh, Aiub Ali Gazi, Mofikul Gazi, Kabir Gazi, Ershad Khan, Palash Hossain, Baser Shikdar, Hannan Sardar, Ijaj Molla, Mohsin Morol and Eakub Sardar.

They were inhabitants of different areas of Bagerhat and Jessore districts, told Major Adnan, deputy commander and media front man of RAB-8.

The gang members laid down 31 firearms and 1,507 bullets, said Lieutenant Colonel Faridul Alam, commanding officer of RAB-8.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan was the chief guest in the programme presided over by Lieutenant Colonel Anowar Uz Zaman, commanding officer of RAB-8.

Among others Benazir Ahmed, Director General of RAB, Maruf Hasan DIG of Barisal Range, S M Ruhul Amin, police commissioner of Barisal Metropolitan Police, Dr Gazi Md Saifuzzaman, DC of Barisal also present in the programme.

"Jahangir Bahani was the notorious gang in Sundarbans area," said Anowar uz Zaman.

The robbers used to attack trawlers of fishermen and kidnap fishermen for ransom in deep forests of the Sundarbans adjacent to Shibsha River, Kateshwar and Sapkhali area under Satkhira range.

In the programme, the Home Minister assured the surrendered gang members that government will provide them all types of assistance to come back in normal life.

Over the nine months, a total of 92 members of nine robber gangs of the Sundarbans surrendered to law enforcers along with huge arms and ammunition.

According to previous reports, with assurance that the government would provide all legal assistance to forest robbers if they wanted to return to normal life, several gangs of the bandidos in Sundarbans were going to surrender to the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).

The robber gangs ’Majnu Bahini’ and ’Iliaz Bahini’ were scheduled to surrender their firearms and vessels around 3pm at Mongla port, said Commanding Officer of RAB 8 Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Faridul Alam.

With the incidents of surrender of infamous robbers’ gang local fishermen happy as they are the target of the bandit. They said they would be able to catch fish without fear if other bandidos also decided to surrender to law enforcers.

Forest department sources said ’Majnu Bahini’ had long been involved in extorting ransom after taking fishermen hostage in Satkhira range area of the Sundarbans while ’Iliaz Bahini’ used to attack trawlers in the Sundarbans West Zone and the Bay of Bengal.

On May 31, another gang ’Master Bahini’ based in the Sundarbans, led by its gang leader, Mostafa Sheikh alias Kader Master, along with seven other robbers surrendered to the RAB.

According to sources, there are at least 18 robber gangs operating in the Sundarbans, the biggest mangrove forest of the world, including "Majnu Bahini", "Sagar Bahini", "Raju Bahini" and "Jahangir Bahini".

All the gangs possess modern arms and ammunition, and they collect money from fishermen, honey collectors, and wood cutters.

Each of these gangs has its own area of operations and nobody can enter the Sundarbans without a "token" given by them in lieu of a monthly payment.

At present, the RAB and Bangladesh Coast Guard provide security in and around the Sundarbans.

The surrender of the bandidos made local fishermen happy. They said they would be able to catch fish without fear if other bandidos also decided to surrender like the ten.
Posted by: Fred || 01/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under:


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russian police kill 3 suspected militants in North Caucasus
[Ynet] Russian security forces have killed three suspected holy warriors during a firefight in a volatile province of Russia's North Caucasus.

A front man for the Russian Interior Ministry's branch in the province of Dagestan
...a formerly inoffensive Caucasus republic currently bedevilled by low-level Islamic insurgency, occasional outbreaks of separatism, ethnic tensions and terrorism, primarily due to its proximity to Chechnya. There are several dozen ethnic groups, most of which speak either Caucasian, Turkic, or Iranian languages. Largest among these ethnic groups are the Avar, Dargin, Kumyk, Lezgin, and Laks. While Russers form less than five percent of the population, Russian remains the primary official language and the lingua franca...
says that its forces surrounded a house in the town of Khasavyurt where the suspects were hiding on Sunday. Ruslan Ibragimgadzhiev says that they refused to surrender and died in an armed confrontation.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under:


Great White North
5 killed, dozens injured in Canada mosque shooting
[Dhaka Tribune] Five people have been killed after gunnies opened fire in a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers, the mosque's president told news hounds on Sunday.
It'll be taken as evidence of the Islamophobia of the Great White North until it comes out that the attacks were members of a rival mosque faction.
Earlier, a witness told Rooters that up to three gunnies fired on about 40 people inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre.

Police put up a security perimeter around the mosque and declined to comment to news hounds about the incident.

"Why is this happening here? This is barbaric," said the mosque's president, Mohammed Yangui.

In June 2016, a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of the cultural centre.

Yangui, who was not inside the mosque when the shooting occurred, said he got frantic calls from people at evening prayers. He did not know how many were maimed, saying they had been taken to different hospitals across Quebec City.

Incidents of Islamophobia
...the irrational fear that Moslems will act the way they usually do...
increased in Quebec in recent years amid a political debate over banning the niqab, or Moslem face covering. In 2013, police investigated after a mosque in the Saguenay region of Quebec was splattered with what was believed to be pig blood.

In the neighbouring province of Ontario, a mosque was set on fire in 2015, a day after an attack by gunnies and jacket wallahs in Gay Paree.
Posted by: Fred || 01/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1058 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Reported Quebecois accent. Maybe the FLQ is back.

Also reported they shouted Allah Ackbar. So who knows.
Posted by: phil_b || 01/30/2017 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Is it time for a This Week in Mosques feature?

Fire destroys mosque in Victoria, Texas
.

Sounds a tad suspicious to me:
He said the congregation’s imam was awake in the early morning, checked online surveillance of the mosque and found that the alarm was not turned on and the doors were unlocked.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/30/2017 0:25 Comments || Top||

#3  I couldn't find any indication what brand of Islam the mosque is. I assume Sunni of unknown piety.
Posted by: phil_b || 01/30/2017 0:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Wasn't Trudeau just running his mouth about taking in refugees the the POTUS refused?

Looks like he has room for a few more now.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 01/30/2017 0:39 Comments || Top||

#5  'Dressed in black', an ISIS trademark.
Posted by: phil_b || 01/30/2017 2:55 Comments || Top||

#6  The reluctance of the police to identify those arrested says to me they are either Muslim or Quebecois.
Posted by: phil_b || 01/30/2017 3:28 Comments || Top||

#7  Would they spare Quebecois attacking Muslims?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/30/2017 3:35 Comments || Top||

#8  If it was Quebecois it would stir up the Separatistes.
Posted by: phil_b || 01/30/2017 3:39 Comments || Top||

#9  Kinda like if an "African-American" (not of Besoeker type) attacked a mosque?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/30/2017 4:26 Comments || Top||

#10  6 dead by now per CBC.ca. Info about perps is minimal at this point.
A witness, who asked to remain anonymous, told CBC's French-language service Radio-Canada that two masked individuals entered the mosque.

"It seemed to me that they had a Québécois accent. They started to fire, and as they shot they yelled, 'Allahu akbar!'
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/30/2017 6:09 Comments || Top||

#11  They yelled, 'Allahu akbar!' in Québécois accent?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/30/2017 6:55 Comments || Top||

#12  They yelled, 'Allahu akbar!' in Québécois accent?

Yeah, I can't even imagine how that sounds...
Posted by: Steve White || 01/30/2017 7:51 Comments || Top||

#13  It would be, "Allahu akbar, eh" in standard Canadian.

If you leave off the 'eh', it's a quebec accent.
Posted by: lord garth || 01/30/2017 8:04 Comments || Top||

#14  "Les deux suspects sont Alexandre Bissonnette et Mohamed Khadir"

https://twitter.com/PatWhite70/status/826067806915555328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/30/2017 9:32 Comments || Top||

#15  NPR says both are uni students. Khadir is from Morocco.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/30/2017 10:12 Comments || Top||

#16  HotAir:According to Radio-Canada and LCN, the two suspects in Sunday’s terror attacks on a mosque in Quebec City are Alexandre Bissonnette and Mohamed Khadir.
One of the suspects were arrested at the scene, while a second called 911 himself and was arrested around 9 p.m., just over an hour after the first 911 calls came in at 7:55 p.m., police said Monday morning during a news conference involving the Sûreté du Québec, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Quebec City police and Montreal police.
They were not known to police and the investigation into a possible motive continues, said superintendent Martin Plante of the RCMP’s C Division.


lone wolf(s), I'm sure
Posted by: Frank G || 01/30/2017 10:29 Comments || Top||

#17  #15 NPR says both are uni students. Khadir is from Morocco. Posted by: SteveS

This information, as well as their war cry Allahu Akbar, will be suppressed by the MSM at all costs today. Not a mention on CNN or CBS...but they do talk about the pigs blood, they can dig up that bit of unrelated info.
Posted by: Tennessee || 01/30/2017 10:36 Comments || Top||


#19  "Trump made me do it. I heard his voice in my head."
Posted by: Bobby || 01/30/2017 13:19 Comments || Top||

#20  The Daily Mail has two articles updating the story, with photos, of course. (article one, article two) As of now, Moroccan-Canadian Mohamed el Khadir is considered a witness, not a suspect, though previously witnesses said two men burst throught he door of the mosque, shooting off guns. Key bits from the articles:

Six men aged between 39 and 60 were killed inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center. Five people are in critical condition, another 12 suffered less serious injuries and 39 escaped unharmed.

Khadir was arrested at the scene but Bissonnette fled in his Mitsubishi. He was arrested 15 miles away later after calling 911 to turn himself in. He is said to have had at least one handgun and two weapons 'that resembled AK-47s' on his back seat.

Police searched Bissonnette's home in the nearby suburb Cap Rouge overnight and Khadir's apartment on Monday.

Hamid Nadji said friends inside the building had told him one victim 'had a weapon discharged in his face' when he tried to jump on an attacker.

'Three others died because they wanted to catch the man,' Nadji told 24hours, adding that he had been told one assailant left the mosque twice to reload his weapon.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/30/2017 14:21 Comments || Top||

#21  If you leave off the 'eh', it's a quebec accent.

Cute, lord garth.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/30/2017 14:25 Comments || Top||

#22  cbc.ca has suppressed its reporting of the names of those arrested:

CBC removes names of 2 arrested, awaiting confirmation of name of suspect
Police not divulging details about suspect, citing ongoing investigation

Quebec provincial police now say only one of the two men arrested Sunday night following the deadly shooting at a Quebec City mosque is a suspect in the attack.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/30/2017 15:00 Comments || Top||

#23  Details on the alleged perp.
Posted by: phil_b || 01/30/2017 15:51 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
DHS Vows to Enforce Donald Trump's Executive Order
[Breitbart] The Department of Homeland Security plans to enforce President Donald Trump’s executive order to dramatically reduce immigration from high threat countries in the Middle East.

"The Department of Homeland Security will continue to enforce all of President Trump’s Executive Orders in a manner that ensures the safety and security of the American people," the agency made in a statement sent to reporters on Sunday. They reminded Americans that only a small percentage of travelers were affected by the new restrictions.

The agency noted that although some individuals were held for further screening, some of them were allowed entry into the United States, despite protesters at area airports describing the order as a "Muslim ban."

"These individuals went through enhanced security screenings and are being processed for entry to the United States, consistent with our immigration laws and judicial orders," the department said.

The agency did not signal that they were prepared to back down from the rigorous enforcement of Trump’s executive action.

"The Department of Homeland Security will comply with judicial orders; faithfully enforce our immigration laws, and implement President Trump’s Executive Orders to ensure that those entering the United States do not pose a threat to our country or the American people," the statement concluded.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/30/2017 04:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [450 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If the main Stream Media doesn't report it, it didn't happen. And never will.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/30/2017 7:50 Comments || Top||

#2  That's why I avoid the lame stream media.
Posted by: Dale || 01/30/2017 10:53 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Mosul Offensive News

Islamic State chief decapitator stabbed to death in western Mosul

Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) Unknown individuals have stabbed to death Islamic State’s chief decapitator west of Nineveh, according to a security source.

“An unknown armed group killed on Sunday the Islamic State’s most famous decapitator, the so-nicknamed ‘Abu Sayyaf’”, the source told Alsumaria News. “The armed group ambushed him at al-Dawasa region, in the western side of the city, and stabbed him several times. He died immediately,” he added.

Abu Sayyaf was the leading decapitator in the group’s so-called “Nineveh State”, according to the source. “He had beheaded 100 of violators of the group’s rule, and had used to dump the heads at a well-known hole in al-Khasafa region.

Several assassinations and kidnappings of Islamic State leaderships have been reported since the Iraqi government launched a major offensive in October to retake the city of Mosul, the extremist group’s biggest stronghold in Iraq.

Security operations, backed by a US.-led coalition and popular militias, managed to drive the militants out of the eastern side of the city on January 24th, with at least 3300 members killed, and forces are preparing to invade the group-held west.

Iraqi police head to western Mosul, child, 3 militants killed by drones

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Federal Police commander said Sunday his forces began moving towards western Mosul to begin operations seeking to recapture that region from Islamic State militants.

Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat said Federal Police have completed their preparations for engagement in operations to recapture western Mosul.

In the west, local sources said drone attacks killed one child and three Islamic State members.

A source told Alsumaria News that three IS members, including a Syrian national nicknamed Abu Sarhan al-Souri, were killed in a presumed drone attack that targeted their vehicle near Islah al-Zerai district.

“Al-Souri is a leading (IS) security figure in western Mosul, and was behind many executions of civilians over the past months,” the source said.

Another local source told the network that a four-year-old child was killed and his parents were wounded by an IS-guided drone which dropped a bomb on them near al-Farouq district.

“The skies of the western side of Mosul have witnessed an obvious activity by Islamic State drones that fly towards the eastern districts,” said the source.

Police kill 9 IS militants south of Mosul, IS kill 4 PMU fighters in west

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi police forces killed nine Islamic State militants in southern Mosul on Sunday after a foiled attack, while the extremist group killed four paramilitary fighters in the west.

Maj. Zaid Taha told Bas News website that police forces foiled an attack staged by IS members from several directions at Hammam al-Alil, a district recaptured by security forces in November.

“The forces thwarted the attack, killed nine militants, including a suicide bomber, and arrested four Arab nationals,” Taha said.

Meanwhile, in western Mosul, army captain Bashar Udai told the website that Islamic State militants killed four members of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) after their booby-trapped vehicle stormed a PMU deployment in the strategic town of Tal Abta. Four militia members were also wounded in the attack, according to the military officer.

Iraqi joint forces and allied militias are awaiting orders from the government in Baghdad to begin an offensive against IS strongholds in western Mosul. Operations backed by a US-led international military coalition have managed to retake the whole of the city’s eastern regions since October.

Military officials predict a tougher battle in the west as the region is home to at least 750.000 civilians, a factor that had already slowed down operational progress at some occasions over the past three months.

Islamic State forces women to wear Afghan clothes in western Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) A local source in Nineveh Province revealed that the Islamic State group is forcing women to wear Afghan clothes and carry weapons in western Mosul, Alsumaria News reported on Sunday.

The source said, “Leaders of the Islamic State group forced women in western Mosul to wear male Afghan attire, as well as carrying weapons to join the battle against security forces.”

“Meanwhile, members of the Islamic State executed three women, by firing squad, for refusing to join the combat against security forces in Refaei neighborhood, in western Mosul,” the source added on condition of anonymity.

Noteworthy, security forces are preparing to storm the areas in western Mosul, after three months of battles in the eastern side of the city and liberating it completely.

Army forces find mass grave containing remains of 27 Turkmens near Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) An official source in the Joint Operations Command revealed that Iraqi army forces found a mass grave containing the remains of 27 Iraqi Turkmens in Rashidiyah area, in northern Mosul.

Colonel Thanon al-Sabawei said in a press statement, “Iraqi army forces discovered a mass grave, near the Turkmen-majority area of al-Kabba, containing remains of 27 men, youths and children.”

“The bodies have traces of torture, and the majority of them have ID cards,” Sabawei added.

“The Iraqi forces exhumed all bodies and transferred them to a health center near al-Rashidiyah area,” he further explained.

Airstrike destroys Islamic State’s headquarters in western Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) The international coalition aircraft carried out an airstrike on one of the Islamic State’s headquarters in the western side of the city of Mosul, while caused damage to the nearby shops and school, a source told Alsumaria News on Sunday.

The source said, “The international coalition aircraft bombarded, today, a headquarters of the Islamic State group, near a school in western Mosul.”

“The airstrike destroyed the headquarters completely, as well as inflicting significant damage to the nearby school and shops,” the source added on condition of anonymity.w
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/30/2017 02:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [526 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Diyala Defenses

Soldier killed an armed attack north of Baqubah

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) An Iraqi army soldier was killed on Sunday in an armed attack by Islamic State extremists that targeted a checkpoint north of Baqubah, Diyala.

A security source told Alsumaria News that the attack hit a checkpoint at the region of al-Hawi, 80 kilometers north of Baqubah.

Military reinforcements were sent to the scene of the attack and began combing the area for attackers, according to the source.

Diyala police repulses Islamic State’s attack, seizes weapons cache

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Diyala Police Chief, Major General Jassim al-Saadi announced on Sunday repulsing an attack launched by the Islamic State group on the province, in addition to discovering a cache of weapons.

Saadi said in a press statement, “Today, Diyala police dismantled four improvised explosive devices in different areas of Khalis District (15 km north of Baqubah), while discovered a cache of weapons containing missiles north of Muqdadiyah District.”

“Police forces also repulsed an attack launched by the Islamic State on one of its checkpoints in Mutaibaja area on borders between Diyala and Salahuddin,” he further added.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin

One killed, 4 wounded in bomb blast south of Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One civilian was killed and our others were wounded on Sunday when an explosive device went off south of Baghdad, a police source said.

“An IED exploded today at al-Khanasa, al-Madaen district, south of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding four others,” the source told Alsumaria News.
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Chemical weapons found in Mosul in Isis lab, say Iraqi forces
[Guardian] Iraqi forces have said they have discovered a mustard chemical warfare agent in eastern Mosul alongside a cache of Russian surface-to-surface missiles.

Iraqi and US officials have repeatedly warned of efforts by Isis to develop chemical weapons. When Iraqi forces retook Mosul University this month, they found chemistry labs they believed had been converted into makeshift weapons labs.

Iraqi forces showed journalists a tank of the chemical agent and a warehouse of more than a dozen surface-to-surface rockets bearing Russian inscriptions. Brigadier General Haider Fadhil from Iraqi special forces said French officials tested the chemical this week and confirmed it was a mustard agent. “We know that they were using this place to experiment with chemical weapons,” he said, referring to Isis.

Fadhil did not specify the quantity or potency of the chemical, but Iraqi soldiers were able to visit the site for about 10 minutes without exhibiting symptoms of exposure.

Fadhil said he believed the facility was set up in the Nineveh ruins – an ancient site away from the city’s dense neighbourhoods – to keep it a secret from Mosul residents who might be passing information to Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition.

The number of casualties due to Isis chemical weapons is a small fraction compared with the hundreds of civilians killed in car and suicide bombings carried out by the group. Experts say that is largely due to the low grade of the weapons and the group’s lack of access to efficient delivery systems.

The types of rockets found at the site suggest Isis was attempting to weaponise the chemical agent, Fadhil said. He added that he believed the facility was being used up until just one or two weeks ago.

The Daily Mail has photos.
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ISIS jihadi who murdered women with meat cleaver is chopped in Mosul
Pictures show Abu Abdel Rahman, who used a meat cleaver to to slaughter his female victims, before he was shot dead in the ISIS stronghold in northern Iraq. The death cult’s senior commander is believed to have been gunned down in the al-Askari neighbourhood, which is yet to be liberated from ISIS control.

A security source revealed: “The unknown gunmen shot at Abu Abdel Rahman, ISIS’ senior commander, in al-Askari region in the centre of Mosul city, and he was killed right on the spot.”

More than 250 women were butchered in Mosul in April after refusing to enter into “sexual jihad” with ISIS fighters and Rahman, from Saudi Arabia, is believed to have been present throughout their executions. A Kurdish military spokesman said many of the women who rejected the “temporary marriages” were killed along with their families.

The warped terror cell has a long history of maltreatment towards women, routinely using rape as a weapon and selling thousands of female captives into the sex trade, even using online bidding forums.
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#1  I hope the bullet struck at his balls.
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Knife-carrying Palestinians arrested outside settlement
Pretty pathetic, stopped before they'd even properly arrived.
[IsraelTimes] Two Paleostinians were tossed in the slammer
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
on Sunday after trying to enter the West Bank settlement of Karnei Shomron armed with knives, police said.

A security coordinator for the settlement, west of Nablus, shot in the air as the two approached with their knives drawn, according to police. Both were then subdued and disarmed, according to reports.

The two, a young man and young woman, were handed over to security forces for questioning.

No injuries were reported in the incident.
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Jenin teen killed in clash with Israeli troops
[IsraelTimes] Israeli troops shot and killed a Paleostinian teen and injured five others who clashed with them Sunday, Paleostinian police said.

The violence began after Israel Defense Forces units entered the camp and were met by protesters who hurled rocks and bombs at the soldiers, an IDF spokeswoman said. The soldiers then opened fire.

Mohammed Abu Khalifa was killed and five others injured in the exchange, according to Paleostinian media accounts.

His age was given in some accounts as 17 and some as 19.

"Faced with immediate danger, the soldiers fired at the main instigators of the violence," the IDF spokeswoman told AFP.

None of the soldiers were hurt, she added.

According to the Hebrew-language Ynet news site, members of Abu Khalifa’s extended family, suspected of being members of the Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, terror group, were locked away
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last week in raids by Israeli security forces.

During one of those arrest operations, an IDF soldier was lightly injured after an explosive was thrown at troops.
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Southeast Asia
Muslim member of Myanmar ruling party is shot dead at airport
Boy oh boy, the travel ban is tougher than I thought...
A prominent Muslim lawyer and member of Myanmar’s ruling party has been shot dead along with a taxi driver outside Yangon’s international airport, officials say.

Ko Ni, a member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, was gunned down as he got into a taxi outside arrivals at around 5pm local time by an unidentified gunman, who also killed the driver.

“According to our initial information, Ko Ni and the taxi driver were killed,” a security source at the airport said, asking not to be named.

“An unknown man shot him in the head while he was hiring a taxi. He was later arrested,” the source added.

Zaw Htay, a spokesman at the president’s office, said Ko Ni had just returned from a government delegation trip to Indonesia.

“He was shot while he was waiting for a car outside the airport. Ko Ni died on the spot,” he said.

Ko Ni, a long time member of the NLD and legal adviser to the party, often spoke out in favour of religious tolerance and pluralism.

In late 2015 Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party won a landslide election victory, ending decades of military led rule. But in what analysts widely saw as a sop to Buddhist hardliners, the party fielded no Muslim candidates, despite boasting many prominent Muslim figures in its ranks.

Aung San Suu Kyi has also faced international censure for her failure to criticise an ongoing army crackdown against the Muslim Rohingya minority in western Rakhine state. Since the launch of the crackdown in October at least 66,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh alleging security forces are carrying out a campaign of rape, torture and mass killings.

The treatment of the Rohingya, a stateless group denied citizenship in Myanmar, has galvanised anger across the Muslim world. Many among Myanmar’s Buddhist majority call them Bengalis – shorthand for illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh – even though many have lived in Myanmar for generations.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian military says recaptures Wadi Barada valley from rebels
[IraqiNews] Syrian government forces have recaptured all towns and villages in the Wadi Barada valley near Damascus, the Syrian military said in a statement on Sunday.

"Units of our armed forces, together with ... allied forces have achieved their mission in returning security and stability" to the area, said the statement, read out by a military front man on Syrian state TV.

The Syrian army and its allies took over a Wadi Barada village containing a major spring and pumping station that supplies most of Damascus’s water on Saturday.
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Turkish soldier killed in ISIL attack in Syria’s al-Bab
One soldier was killed and two others were wounded in an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack in Syria’s al-Bab on Jan. 29, Doğan News Agency has reported.

ISIL militants attacked troops in the al-Bab region on the afternoon of the 159th day of the Euphrates Shield operation.

Specialized sergeant Ayhan Elmacı was killed and two soldiers were wounded in the attack. The wounded soldiers were taken to hospitals in the border provinces of Gaziantep and Kilis.

Earlier in the day, the Turkish military said a total of 18 ISIL militants were “neutralized” in northern Syria over the last 24 hours as part of the Euphrates Shield operation.

The Turkish Armed Forces also hit 18 ISIL targets in northern Syria, said a Turkish General Staff statement. Turkish jets destroyed three gun positions, four checkpoints, two underground tunnels and nine buildings.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition

Documents: IS militants demand repatriation citing funny illnesses

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Documents seized from abandoned Islamic State facilities have shown fighters demanding to return to their homelands citing various physical issues.

The documents, found by the army’s Counter-Terrorism Forces and shared by social network users, belong to the group’s so-called “Tarek ibn Ziad Battalion”, and show militants from Arab and European origins demanding to return to their home countries, stating cerebral pains, knee spasms, backaches and heel soreness.

Islamic State executes 3 youths near Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) The self-proclaimed Islamic State extremist group executed three youths, near Hawija District west of Kirkuk, on charges of spying and collaboration with security forces, an official source told Alsumaria News on Sunday.

The source said, “Today, members of the Islamic State group executed three youths, by firing squad, near Hawija District, west of Kirkuk, for collaborating with Iraqi security forces and facilitating the exit of civilians from the district.”

“The Islamic State executed nearly 25 youths in Hawija District this month,” the source added on condition of anonymity.
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