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-War on Police-
Man accused of shooting RTD guard at Union Station was former soldier who posted about police, Islam
A former soldier from Texas who made social media postings about police brutality, U.S. sovereignty and Islamic teachings is accused of fatally shooting an armed Regional Transportation District security officer in the head late Tuesday outside of Denver Union Station.

Authorities say the attack appears to be both unprovoked and random, but they worried that the alleged shooter -- 37-year-old Joshua Cummings -- targeted the contract guard because of his uniform, which resembles that of Denver police.

Witnesses told investigators that the suspect put a gun to the security officer’s neck and said, "Do as I tell you," and then pulled the trigger.

"We have concerns," Denver police Cmdr. Barb Archer told reporters at a Wednesday morning news conference. "Was the officer a target because he was wearing a uniform?"

Cummings was arrested after being found hiding a few blocks away from the shooting scene. He was being held without bail at Denver’s downtown jail for investigation of first-degree murder. A man with his same name and date of birth served in the Army from July 1997 to December 2002.

Army records show Cummings, whose last station was Schweinfurt, Germany, was an infantryman and was not deployed. His last rank was sergeant.

One of the women who witnessed the shooting told investigators the suspect had "a swollen face and different/weird-looking eyes," according to court documents.

Denver Police Chief Robert White said officers responded to the shooting scene within minutes, quickly reviewed security camera footage from nearby stores and tracked down Cummings within a half-hour. Investigators said Cummings was found with a gun.

According to a probable-cause statement for Cummings, he was found with a 9mm handgun with a live round in its chamber. The weapon also had an eight-round capacity magazine loaded with seven rounds. The rounds in the gun were FC 9mm Luger ammunition.

Cummings apparently came to Denver from Pampa, Texas, a small town northeast of Amarillo, where he ran Pampa Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Troy Schwiegerath, who also runs a martial arts studio in Pampa, said Cummings briefly trained at his studio before breaking off to open his own dojo.

Soon after, Schwiegerath says Cummings began bad-mouthing him. Cummings then began posting Islamic teachings at his academy and on Facebook, according to Schwiegerath, eventually going around to the churches in town and saying they should be teaching from the Koran.

"This dude was just straight-up crazy," said Schwiegerath, who splits his time between Texas and Denver, where he works as a firefighter. "It got to the point where I told everybody not to have any contact with him whatsoever. I actually had an armed security guard at the door because I was so afraid because of how radicalized he got that he was going to come into the dojo and shoot it up."

Schwiegerath said eventually law enforcement began tracking Cummings. A Pampa police sergeant Wednesday night declined to comment and directed questions about Cummings to the FBI’s bureau in Dallas. A Dallas FBI spokeswoman referred questions about Cummings to Denver police.

"Wake up, people," Cummings said in a June 2016 post on Twitter. "America is a failed state. It’s about to get so real."

In a posting the next month, he said an Arizona police officer accused of brutality should be put to death for treason.

Denver investigators say the shooting was unprovoked as far as they know. White, however, said that detectives will also investigate whether the suspect shot Von Lanken for a personal reason.

White said there is no reason to believe Cummings had an accomplice. Denver police issued a warning Wednesday to all of its officers because of the nature of the shooting.

While this seems to be a "sudden jihad" syndrome case, I suspect this guy is just bat shit crazy.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/02/2017 09:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [652 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ah a clear case of Crazy or Muslim?
Posted by: Shipman || 02/02/2017 9:52 Comments || Top||

#2  "Was the officer a target because he was wearing a uniform?"

It doesn't matter. He knew what the optics were. He chose the situation, because of the optics or despite the optics.
Posted by: gorb || 02/02/2017 11:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Embrace the clarity of 'and'. "sudden jihad" syndrome, AND bat shit crazy. I see some intersection there.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 02/02/2017 15:34 Comments || Top||

#4  I'd draw a simple Venn diagram.....
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 02/02/2017 22:47 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Corpse of kidnapped doctor found in Jawzjan
Check musta cleared
A surgeon kidnapped one month ago in Sheberghan city of Jawzjan province has been killed by his kidnappers.

The victim’s son, Hamidullah, said the kidnappers were paid almost $20,000 USD in ransom but after receiving the money, they killed his father, Mohammad Ibrahimi, and dumped his body in Dasht-e-Laili of Sheberghan city.

Hamidullah has appealed to government to track down the kidnappers and ensure they are prosecuted. Officials from Jawzjan have not as yet commented.

Meanwhile, the whereabouts of another doctor who was kidnapped two weeks ago in Parwan province is still unknown. Dr Saifullah Warasta, acting-technical adviser for the Parwan Public Health Department, was kidnapped two weeks ago in Hawoz-e-Mullah Shahid area of Jabal Saraj district when he was on his way to home.

Tribal elders from Jabal Saraj district of Parwan province have warned however that if government does not take serious steps to secure the release of this doctor they will organize a demonstration.
Oh that'll shake 'em. Get Ashley Judd to go nasty on them...
Government has not commented on this. But security forces said recently they are working on securing the release of the doctor.

On Tuesday a number of doctors gathered at the provincial governor’s building and warned government officials if the doctor is not released soon they will close all health centers in Parwan province.
Posted by: badanov || 02/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [542 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Where is MSF protesting? Oh....
Posted by: Frank G || 02/02/2017 20:02 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Kenyans among Shabaab fighters who attacked KDF
Kenyan security agents have established that hundreds of al Shabaab fighters involved in the attack on the Kenya Defence Forces in Somalia were Kenyan youths recruited into the terror group.

There is suspicion indigenous Somali fighters are using foreign fighters, especially Kenyans and Tanzanians, as their first-line-of-attack fighters.
Use up the furriner riffraff first...
The Kenyan youths were part of the second wave of attack that accompanied the third explosive-laden vehicle that crashed across the fence after the first attack. Reports indicate more than 500 attackers participated. They attempted to overrun the Kulbiyow KDF camp that had at least 120 officers and soldiers that fateful night.

Security agents are yet to release the number of Shabaab fighters killed during the attack, though KDF spokesperson Colonel Paul Njuguna said KDF suffered nine casualties — two officers and seven servicemen.

Survivors of the Kulbiyow attack said the attackers arrived in the wee hours of Friday morning with two Suicide Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices, which exploded at the gate. They were in the company of the first wave of attackers. Ill-trained youths from Somalia and new Kenyan recruits were pushed to attack.

“The first attackers were not so well-trained. They accompanied the explosives-laden vehicles and communicated to each other in Kiswahili.

The second wave had more mature fighters, some Arab-looking, while others spoke in Kiswahili too,” one of the survivors said yesterday.

The first group consisted of mostly kidnapped Somali youths threatened and coerced to participate in the attack. They constituted the biggest proportion of the Shabaab casualties.

After exhausting their ammunition and most of the young fighters, Shabaab commanders sent in the second wave that comprised foreign fighters, mostly from Kenya, Tanzania and other countries. They attacked as they escorted the third SVBIED vehicle.

Then came the third wave that comprised well-trained Somali fighters accompanied by photographers, who recorded the attack in videos and still pictures. They looted the camp and carried away the bodies of their accomplices before KDF reinforcements arrived. The third group moved in after fighting had subsided. It operated with minimal combat.

KDF battle damage assessment teams have established hundreds of Kenyan youths are among the Shabaab rank and file. They are mainly from the Somali and coastal communities.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [408 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  A Kenyon Mohammedan minister
Sustained her AK so magnanimiter,
The troops would applaud her
(the kufar she'd slaughter
assaulting the College perimeter).

Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/02/2017 8:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Sh-t, missed a syllable. Edit to taste.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/02/2017 8:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Lulz
Posted by: Shipman || 02/02/2017 9:53 Comments || Top||


Shaboobs attack army convoy near Baidoa
Al shabaab fighters ambushed a military convoy ferrying Southwest state troops near Baidoa city, the regional capital of Baay province in Southern Somalia on Wednesday. The military convoy was attacked by Al shabaab militants as it left Baidoa and heading to Burhakabo town in the same region, according to a senior Southwest state police officer.

Confirming the incident, Col. Ibrahim Hussein Mohamed, Burhakabo district police boss, told Radio Shabelle over the phone that a number of soldiers were killed in the convoy attack.

Other reports indicate that at least two soldiers, including an officer lost their lives in the attack that was followed by heavy exchange of gunfire between the troops and Al shabaab.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [380 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
5 die in Gasr Ben Gashir fighting
Gasr Ben Gashir: 25 km south of Tripoli

Tripoli, 1 February 2017:

Following clashes that resulted in five people being killed in Gasr Ben Gashir yesterday, three who injured in the fighting are reported to have been murdered today while being treated in a local hospital.

Local gunmen are said to have stormed the Al-Afia medical centre and shot the three in what is being seen as an act of revenge.

The three were from the Marghani family and related to local militia commander Salah Marghani. He is originally from Tarhouna, 40 kilometres from Gasr Ben Gashir.

Reports yesterday said the original clashes were due to attempts by Tarhuna traders, backed by Marghini militia, to assert control over the central vegetable market in Gasr Ben Gashir. Local merchants and their supporters resident. Known as Suq Al-Ahad (Sunday market), it reputedly provides Tripoli, 25 kilometres to the north, with some 50 percent of its vegetables.

As a wealthy institution, it is a prize target for money-hungry militias and local traders in the town had recently voiced their anger at attempts by Tarhouna traders supported by the Marghanis to control business there.

Following a meeting with local elders and security forces, schools in Gasr Ben Gashir have been closed in protest at the armed militias operating in the town, and roads in and out were reported blocked.

Posted by: badanov || 02/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [385 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Home Front: Culture Wars
Texas Gov. Abbott cuts funding to Austin over sanctuary city policies
[FOX] Texas Gov. Greg Abbott blocked funding to Austin on Wednesday after its sheriff said the city’s jails would no longer honor most federal immigration detainers.

Abbott’s move begins a crackdown over sanctuary city policies in the state. The Republican governor is also pushing to sign new laws that could go even further than President Donald Trump’s new executive actions against sanctuary policies.

Travis County officials condemned Abbott’s decision, which would cost Austin 1.5 million in grant money earmarked for crime victim services, courts and other programs. They stood by Sheriff Sally Hernandez, who announced after Trump’s inauguration that her jails would only honor immigration holds I murder, aggravated sexual assault and human trafficking cases.

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt wrote in a letter to Abbott that she was confident the sheriff is within the law.

"I am certain you have come to the same conclusion; else you would not be seeking to change current State law to put all Texas Sheriffs in the service of the United States Department of Homeland Security," Eckhardt wrote.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/02/2017 07:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [711 views] Top|| File under:

#1  so Judge-shopped in the most liberal County? Same County that did the witch-hunt on Perry, Tom Delay, and kept Rosemary "Do you know *hic* WHO I am? I know people!" Lehmberg in power?
Posted by: Frank G || 02/02/2017 8:48 Comments || Top||

#2  What's up with all these politicians doing what they said they'd do? What ever happened to useless posturing? It's like the whole world has gone mad.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/02/2017 9:34 Comments || Top||

#3  The sheriff is 'within the law' by ignoring select parts of the law?

Maybe that was OK last year...
Posted by: Bobby || 02/02/2017 13:24 Comments || Top||

#4  "Sheriff Sally..."

Call me old fashioned, but unless this is a sitcom involving Suzanne Somers I think I might detect part of the problem.
Posted by: Crusader || 02/02/2017 13:35 Comments || Top||

#5  There is a clear problem with the cost of unfunded federal mandate here. Particularly if ICE/DHS are parking inmates in local jails like State governments are fond of parking inmates in county/city jails.


Posted by: magpie || 02/02/2017 15:39 Comments || Top||

#6  The rest of us refer to it as 'The People's Republic of Travis County'. Thick with federal offices, thanks to LBJ, not to mention UT.
FYI in Texas, the County Judge is not courtroom figure; they're the head of the county commissioners.
Posted by: ed in texas || 02/02/2017 17:56 Comments || Top||

#7  There is a clear problem with the cost of unfunded federal mandate here

There may be a problem, but refusal isn't couched in terms of protesting an "unfunded mandate".
Posted by: Pappy || 02/02/2017 18:51 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
4 militants die in gunfight in Balochistan
Security forces on Wednesday claimed to have killed four suspected militants during an exchange of fire in Balochistan's Dera Bugti district.

Inter-Services Public Service Relations (ISPR) claimed in a statement that security forces also demolished four sanctuaries being allegedly used by the suspects during the action.

The killed suspects were said to be associated with an outlawed organisation operating in the area.

Security forces also claimed to have recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition from possession of the suspects.

The deceased were allegedly involved in attacks on security forces and vital national installations in the area, claimed ISPR.

Posted by: badanov || 02/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [401 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Iraqi airstrike detonates mined vehicle in Karbala
Karbala (IraqiNews.com) Head of Karbala Provincial Council, Nassif Jassim al-Khatabi announced on Wednesday, that an airstrike destroyed a booby-trapped vehicle in the outskirts of al-Rahaliyah area, west of the province.

Khatabi said in a press statement, “Security forces conducted an air strike targeting a booby-trapped vehicle carrying rockets, mortar shells and grenades in Shuaib area, in the outskirts of al-Rahaliyah area.”

“The air strike destroyed the vehicle, which was prepared to attack civilians in the province, completely,” Khatabi added.

Khatabi also pointed out that the operation was carried out under the supervision of Commander of Operations, Major General Qais al-Mahamadawi, and based on accurate information.
Posted by: badanov || 02/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [475 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  based on accurate information.

More commonly referred to as tactical intelligence.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/02/2017 9:37 Comments || Top||


Militia finds mined ISIS flag in Taba Tarma
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) A local source in Diyala Province revealed that Asayish forces found a booby-trapped flag belonging to the Islamic State in a village northeast of Baqubah, Alsumaria News reported on Wednesday.

The source said, “The Kurdish forces of Asayish discovered a booby-trapped flag, using three explosive devices, belonging to the Islamic State group in the village of Taba Tarma (114 northeast of Baqubah).”

“Security forces removed the flag, after dismantling the improvised explosive devices,” the source added on condition of anonymity.

“The incident raised concerns among the residents of the village, and represented a clear threat message from the Islamic State to them,” the source further explained.

Noteworthy, several areas and villages in Diyala Province suffer from attacks launched by the Islamic State against civilians.
Posted by: badanov || 02/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [382 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Mosul Offensive News


Hezbully militia group prepares road clearing operation

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said Wednesday they launched an offensive to clear the road linking the strategic towns of Tal Afar and Sinjar in western Mosul from Islamic State militants.

The force’s media service said the “complementary” operation sat on from the region of Ein Hussan to clear the road between the two towns located near the borders with Syria.

Since its formation in 2014 Al-Hashd al-Shaabi has been actively involved in the Iraqi government’s fight against Islamic State militants. PMUs have been active around Islamic State’s supply lines coming from Syria, and had achieved a remarkable victory in November when they recaptured the Tal Afar military airport.The conglomerate of dozens of Shia volunteer militias won state recognition as a national armed force in November.

Iraqi government forces, backed by PMUs and a U.S.-led international military coalition, have been fighting Islamic State since mid October to retake the city of Mosul, the group’s largest bastion in Iraq which fell in its grip in 2014.

Operations have so far managed to recapture the whole eastern section of the city, and preparations are underway to invade the west, where military commanders predict a tougher battle.

PMUs’ involvement in Tal Afar has been a controversial issue as Sunni regional players such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia had voiced fears that their participation in battles for the mostly-Sunni town could have sectarian consequences. The Iraqi government has reiterated its confidence in al-Hashd’s commitment.

Sinjar is, meanwhile, inhabited by a multi-sect population.

Mosul autobody guys cleaning up from bombings

(Reuters) Business is booming for Mosul car repair shop owner Khaled Younes, a sign of the havoc wreaked on the Iraqi city that has become the focus for the international war on Islamic State.

Suicide bombers, improvised explosive devices, mortar attacks and airstrikes have wiped out everything in their path, including parked cars, and pulverized much of the northern city that was once a bustling trade hub. The twisted metal wreckage of vehicles can be seen on many streets.

“Business is great. It is up by 50 percent,” said Younes, instructing workers to attend to customers as he frantically glued together the windshield of a vehicle damaged by a mortar bomb.

He and fellow car repair business owners are just about the only people turning a profit as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces press ahead with an offensive to drive Islamic State out of their last urban stronghold in Iraq.

Mosul’s public transportation has been devastated by months of fighting. The mechanics are struggling to keep up with a growing number of customers who desperately need their cars to get to work and bring home food and other provisions.

Demand is set to rise further.

So far, Iraqi forces have cleared Islamic State out of eastern Mosul. The next phase of the operation – attacking western Mosul – is bound to bring in even more destruction.

Mosul is the largest city held by the jihadists and could prove pivotal to the fate of it self-declared caliphate of land of seized in Iraq and Syria.

Iraqi military officials say the militants will put up a ferocious fight to preserve their hold on the city. That means more suicide bombs, car bombs and mortar and rocket attacks.

The widespread damage to cars in Mosul speaks volumes about the intensity of battles over the last three months.

Islamic State car bombs often wreck other vehicles parked along streets. U.S.-led airstrikes cleave rooftops, sending heavy pieces of cement crashing down on cars. Mortar attacks fire shrapnel at great speed across streets – it tears through everything in its path, often killing or maiming people.

FAMILIES NEEDS CARS

Several car repair shops are located along a grimy, dusty lane on the eastern outskirts of Mosul, overlooking a potholed highway. They have been there for decades.

Some businesses there were closed after Islamic State swept into Mosul in 2014, largely unopposed by the army. Others went bust or were subject to the whims of the militants, who often imposed new taxes to fund their war against Baghdad.

For those shops that remain open, profits have never been so hefty.

One rickety truck arrived with about a dozen bullet holes in its windshield, probably the work of one of the many Islamic State snipers posted around the city.

The cost of vital repairs can hammer families’ finances, especially at a time when many people are unemployed and waiting for the local economy to recover while the government struggles to find funding for reconstruction.

“A rocket hit my house and part of the house landed on my car,” said Raghid Mohamed, a 35-year-old teacher, referring to his battered 1990 Mazda.

Beside him, market trader Nizzar Jassem, 50, said it would cost him 600,000 Iraqi dinars ($500) to fix his car, damaged by a piece of rubble that crashed on it after an airstrike, while his monthly income is only 200,000 dinars.

As he spoke, another customer who had only one seat left in his car pulled up. The queues on the lane sometimes form as early as six in the morning. Garages are filled to capacity.

“I have to repair three cars. One was damaged by the Iraqi army. Islamic State burned the other two to put up smokescreens to avoid airstrikes,” said another customer, Samir Abid.

It could have been much worse.

Repair shop owner Ayad Mohamed said, like Younes, his profits were up by half since the fighting began – but he has paid a heavy price for the destruction boosting his income.

One day as the army and jihadists exchanged fire, a mortar bomb killed his son and grandson.
Posted by: badanov || 02/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [413 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 3 die


2 die in multiple bombing attacks in Baghdad province

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Two civilians were killed and 6 others were in three blasts that rocked areas north, east and west of Baghdadw, security sources said.

Alghad Press quoted the source as saying that an employee at the Iraqi electricity ministry died immediately when a bomb implanted beneath his private vehicle exploded in Abu Gharib in western Baghdad on Wednesday,

A second IED placed near a popular market in al-Shaab region, north of the capital, also wounded two civilians, sources told Alsumaria News.

Another civilian died east of Baghdad and four others were wounded when a bomb planted on the side of a road in Jisr Diyala region went off, Alsumaria News reported.

Violence surged 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 targeting civilians and security personnel.

Nobody has claimed responsibility yet for the Wednesday bombing, but IS militants have said they had been responsible for several bloody explosions that hit the capital in the past months, bringing the governorate’s municipal and security officials under critics’ fire.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said violence in the country left 19000 casualties in nine months of 2016.

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.

While losing Mosul could be the severest blow to the group’s existence in Iraq, some observers believe attacks outside the province prove that the extremist group can still pose a security threat for all cities.

1 dead in bombing in Boud al Sham

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One civilian was killed and five others were wounded on Wednesday when an explosive device went off near a popular marketplace north of Baghdad.

A security source told Alghad Press that the device exploded at Boub al-Sham region, adding that police cordoned the area off following the blast.

The explosion follows three other ones earlier on the same day which killed 2 and wounded 6 in north, east and west of Baghdad.

Violence surged 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 targeting civilians and security personnel.

Nobody has claimed responsibility yet for the Wednesday bombing, but IS militants have said they had been responsible for several bloody explosions that hit the capital in the past months, bringing the governorate’s municipal and security officials under critics’ fire.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said violence in the country left 19000 casualties in nine months of 2016.

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.

While losing Mosul could be the severest blow to the group’s existence in Iraq, some observers believe attacks outside the province prove that the extremist group can still pose a security threat for all cities.
Posted by: badanov || 02/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [392 views] Top|| File under:


Anbar Antix


Hat tip for the first story: Frozen Al
Text from Iraqi News


3 ISIS Terrorists Kill Each Other in Fight Over Loot

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Three Islamic State militants were killed on Wednesday after they had an argument over the fair way to share money plundered from civilians, according to a security source.

The trio had an argument over amounts of money they had stolen from commercial shops at the town of al-Qaem, which turned into a deadly armed fight at al-Malaab area, according to a source Anbar’s security operations.

IS cells in Qaem had used to steal money, electricity generators, civilians’ cars, building materials and even sheep and sell them to smugglers or transfer them to Syria to secure finances for the fighters, according to the source.

Islamic State has been holding a number of towns in western Anbar, close to the borders with Syria, since it emerged in 2014 to proclaim an “Islamic Caliphate” on Iraqi territory. Army and U.S.-led fighter aircraft have occasionally pounded the group’s locations at those regions.

No official security campaign has been declared by the government yet to recapture western Anbar towns as its forces have been busy since mid October struggling to retake Mosul, Islamic State’s biggest stronghold in the country. Anbar’s military command launched a brief offensive early January, which succeeded in recapturing a few villages before halting again.

Security forces destroy ISIS tunnels in Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) A source in Anbar Province revealed that security forces started to destruct the tunnels of the Islamic State group in Khalidiya area, east of Ramadi, Alsumaria News reported on Wednesday.

The source said, “Joint forces from Iraqi Army and police, in coordination with Khalidiya District Council started, today, to destruct the tunnels of the Islamic State group in al-Malahema area in Khalidiya vicinity.”

“Security forces managed to reopen main and secondary roads in al-Malahema area, after removing the remnants of the Islamic State, to facilitate the return of displaced persons to the area,” the source added on condition of anonymity.

Noteworthy, security force liberated al-Khalidiya area few months ago, while continue to cleanse and secure the liberated areas in preparation for the return of displaced people.
Posted by: Frozen Al || 02/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [382 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
German Report: Iran Tested Nuclear-Capable Cruise Missile
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 02/02/2017 04:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [813 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  But Obama stopped that, amirite?
Posted by: Frank G || 02/02/2017 7:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Why Iran would buikld a nuclear capable missile unless it intends to have them?

ho is the moron, irresponsible, traitor (pick your choice) who allowed Iran to get nukes?
Posted by: JFM || 02/02/2017 9:32 Comments || Top||

#3  No, no, you've all got it wrong. It's an innocent cruise missile for delivering . . . medicine.
Posted by: gorb || 02/02/2017 11:52 Comments || Top||

#4  No, no, you've all got it wrong. It's an innocent cruise missile for delivering . . . medicine baby milk.

FIFY
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/02/2017 13:03 Comments || Top||

#5  *Sigh* Nuclear-capable cruise missiles were tested on 9/11. Do they have nuclear warheads of the appropriate size?
Posted by: magpie || 02/02/2017 15:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Do they have nuclear warheads of the appropriate size?

Not yet, O Pedantic One. I guess the world should wait to be concerned until then.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/02/2017 16:02 Comments || Top||

#7  #5 *Sigh* Nuclear-capable cruise missiles were tested on 9/11. Do they have nuclear warheads of the appropriate size?

Are we suppose to wait to respond until they do?
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Syrian forces capture 8 villages in Homs, Deir Ezzor
The Syrian army continued on Wednesday striking ISIL terrorists in various provinces as the Russian reconciliation center in Hmeimim announced that the governmental troops managed within the past 24 hours to regain control over 8 villages in Homs and Deir Ezzor countryside from the takfiri group.

Damascus Countryside

An army unit carried out concentrated strikes against movements and infiltration points of ISIL terrorists to the east of al-Sein airport in northeastern Damascus Countryside.

A military source told SANA that the army unit killed a number of ISIL terrorists in the strikes and destroyed a tank and a vehicle equipped with a machinegun used by the terrorists.

Deir Ezzor

Army units, in cooperation with supporting forces and with aerial support, targeted ISIL gatherings and positions in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor city.

SANA’s correspondent in Deir Ezzor said that any army unit used a guided missile to destroy a machinegun-equipped vehicle for ISIL in the surroundings of the supplying brigade south of the city.

He added that the Syrian Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes on ISIL positions in the surroundings of the graveyards area, Jenaid battalion, and the supplying brigade south of the city, which inflicted losses in personnel and equipment upon the terrorists.

Homs

A military source told SANA that army units established full control over a large area about 15 km long and 25km wide which includes Fidda well, Fidda farm, and al-Hayr al-Gharbi castle to the south of T4 Airport 25 km in the countryside of Homs province, inflicting heavy losses in personnel and equipment upon ISIL terrorists.

Earlier, a military source said that army units destroyed 6 machinegun-equipped vehicles for ISIL in Ayed al-Hassoun hill and Oum al-Kheir hills in the eastern countryside of Homs province.

Source: SANA
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Red Moon Shaped Thingy Crescent offices (!) under fire in Idlib
Idlib – Offices of the Syrian Red Moon Shaped Thingy Crescent in the northwestern city of Idlib were hit by airstrikes at midnight on Wednesday, activists reported. The strikes caused casualties among the organisation’s staff and an extensive material damage to its offices in Idlib.

“At least four staff members of the Syrian Red Moon Shaped Thingy Crescent were injured in the airstrikes, one of them is in critical condition,” media activist Abdulqadir Othman told ARA News in Idlib.

“The bombardment also caused a massive destruction to the organisation’s offices,” the source reported.

Although it was not immediately clear which airforce was behind the strikes, local activists accused the Syrian regime of conducting the attack.

“Destroying offices of the Red Moon Shaped Thingy Crescent and targeting its staff in Idlib would only serve the Assad regime. So the regime’s air force is most likely behind Wednesday’s strikes,” opposition activist Khalid al-Saleh told ARA News.

Idlib is considered one of the main Syrian governorates out of the regime’s control.

Syrian and Russian warplanes have been carrying out raids against rebel groups and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham militants in Idlib Governorate. Also, the US-led coalition has recently started targeting positions of the al-Qaeda-splinter group of Fateh al-Sham in Idlib.
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ISIS executes 5 for spying

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) The self-proclaimed Islamic State group executed five civilians in Hawija District, west of Kirkuk, on charges of spying, a source told Alsumaria News on Wednesday.

The source said, “Today the Islamic State group executed five civilians in Hawija District on charges of spying and collaboration with government and Kurdish security forces.”

“The execution was filmed after the so-called Sharia Court of the Islamic State issued the death sentence,” the source added on condition of anonymity.

The Islamic State group executed dozens of civilians in Hawija for collaborating with security forces, after capturing the district in June 2014.

ISIS executes 6 for desertion in Hasakah

ARA News

Qamishli – The Islamic State (ISIS) radical group has executed six of its own militant fighters in northeastern Syria, after accusing them of escaping the battlefield, activists reported on Wednesday.

The six militants were reportedly arrested by ISIS guards near Margada town in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah Governorate, after fleeing clashes with Syrian army forces in Deir ez-Zor.

“ISIS has accused them of treason for failing to defend the so-called Caliphate,” a media activist in Margada told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The militant fighters evacuated their post in northern Deir ez-Zor without permission, while clashes continued between ISIS and Syria regime’s forces in the area,” the source added.

The six militants were publicly executed by firing squad in central Margada on Wednesday.

The execution was ordered by the ISIS governor of Margada, Abdu Abdullah al-Jizrawi, a source close to ISIS told ARA News.

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh | Source: ARA News
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