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Louvre terror attack: Egyptian man, 'who arrived in France in January' shot five times after attacking soldier with machete
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Afghanistan
5 Taliban hideouts destroyed in Helmand air and ground operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Five hideouts of the Taliban group were destroyed during the joint military operations in the restive southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province.

The provincial government media office said the hideouts of the group were destroyed in Sangin district.

At least 18 bandidos Death Eaters were also killed and 3 others were maimed during the operations, the local officials said.

According to the officials, the operations were jointly conducted by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces with the support of the Afghan Air Force.

The officials further added that the son of the Taliban leader commander Furqani was also among those killed.

No further details have been disclosed by the officials regarding the casualties of the Afghan forces so far.

Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Deadly clashes in Tripoli’s Janzour district
[Libya Herald] Heavy festivities in the far west 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...
district of Janzour near Bridge 17 broke out tonight between Wirshefana militias and the Fursan Janzour brigade, with some sources suggesting up five people have been killed and 15 maimed.

The fighting over control of the bridge, currently held by the Fursan Janzur ("Janzour Knights"), is said to have started after an individual, allegedly a Wirshefani, was caught trying to steal a vehicle close to the bridge.

The Janzour Knights supposedly support the Presidency Council although they were formerly part of the former Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
alliance, while the Wirshefana forces back Khalifa Hafter. The latter want to take over the bridge and the surrounding area. They also regard Janzour as part of "their" area, although many residents are originally from the Jebel Nafusa.

Meanwhile in what is a loosely related development in Tripoli’s upmarket Hay Andalus district, just west of the city centre, security vehicles have now been seen carrying stickers denoting them to be under the authority of the so-called National Salvation Government of Khalifa Ghwell.

The move is linked to the current rivalry between the so-called Hay Andalus Defence Operations Room which is part of the Mobile Forces militia, itself mainly based in Janzour and the Rada ("Deterrence") force which backs the Presidency Council.

Tensions have been rising in Hay Andalus over the past fortnight following the arrest by Rada of the operations room’s leader, Adel Sifau (also known as Shita). He is accused of drug dealing, kidnapping and numerous other crimes. A week ago, locals closed roads, demanding the removal of the operations room.

They also claimed that operations room turbans and the Mobile Forces which were previously part of Libya Dawn alliance were now again backing Ghwell.

"The mobile forces are with the National Salvation Government and Ghwell because they are largely Amazigh and need allies against Rada," said one local comentator. "They want the help of Salah Badi
...a Misrata militia commander, self-appointed colonel and a member of the Wafa Islamist bloc. He was cashiered from the Libyan army in 1992 because he was nuts...
[a major ally of Ghwell] and his Samoud Front," he added.

Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
US Warships target Abyan for attack
Virginia- An al-Qaeda stronghold in Yemen’s Abyan province was targeted on Thursday most likely by U.S. warships, four days after a U.S. operation against the organization in central Yemen, tribal sources said.

Six members of the Yemeni police were also killed in an al-Qaeda ambush in Abyan, security sources revealed.

A roadside bomb went off, targeting a convoy carrying 30 Yemeni security officers from Abyan to Aden, said a security source. “An exchange of gunfire with al-Qaeda fighters ensued, leaving six of our men killed and others injured,” a security source said.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump made an unannounced trip to Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday to honor the returning remains of the United States Navy SEAL officer who was killed over the weekend in a raid in Yemen. It was the first U.S. fatality from such operation during the term of the new administration.

The president was joined by his daughter Ivanka to offer condolences to the family of Navy SEAL Team Chief Special Warfare Operator William Ryan Owens.

The U.S. Central Command said in a statement that an investigating team had “concluded regrettably that civilian non-combatants were likely killed” during the U.S. raid on an al-Qaeda compound in Baida province on Sunday.

The Central Command said its assessment “seeks to determine if there were any still-undetected civilian casualties in the raid.”

“It’s hard to ever call something a complete success, when you have the loss of life or people injured,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.

U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support, or adequate backup preparations.

As a result, the attacking SEALs team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al-Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed extremists.

Officials added that former U.S. President Barack Obama rejected conducting the operation before leaving the White House.
Posted by: badanov || 02/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [781 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

#1  U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support, or adequate backup preparations.

Trump is CinC and bears ultimate responsibility, but this sounds like bullshit.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/04/2017 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Trump doesn't personally perform surveilance, nor does he draw up strategic plans. The plans for this op had previously been approved by the Obama administration, and had been only delayed for the next moonless night--which took place with Trump in office.

Fuck liberals who have suddenly woke up and decided that they're interested in military ops.
Posted by: Crusader || 02/04/2017 1:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Liberals lie about everything because America would never follow Liberals if they knew how fucked in the head they are.
Posted by: newc || 02/04/2017 1:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Liberals lie about everything

Liberals never lie, newc. Don't believe me? Connect one to a lie detector and see for yourself.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/04/2017 6:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Steve S, if you look further, you will find out that this was started by ODumma's administration.
Posted by: CC Reader || 02/04/2017 10:04 Comments || Top||

#6  Just because they're psychopaths doesn't mean they are not lying.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/04/2017 11:53 Comments || Top||

#7  Trump gets a single pass: this mission was indeed previously planned and approved by Obama (which doesn't make it, or him, wrong). But from now on Trump is held to the high standard we have for all presidents and military operations overseas.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/04/2017 14:16 Comments || Top||

#8  General Eisenhower postpones D-Day! Fears possibility of allied troops killed, wounded, or captured.
Posted by: borgboy || 02/04/2017 14:57 Comments || Top||

#9  Well, aside from all the "bad guy-worse guy" commentary, it seems the operation was effective and follows pretty closely on that compound raid last week.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2017 21:35 Comments || Top||

#10  "But from now on Trump is held to the high standard we have for all presidents and military operations overseas."

Ummmm - I think you skipped one recent President, Dr. Steve.
Posted by: Barbara || 02/04/2017 22:39 Comments || Top||


Soddy soldier dies from mine attack on Yemen border
[al-Manar] A Saudi soldier has died from injuries sustained in a land mine blast on the border with Yemen, where the kingdom leads a brutal aggression since March 2015. The border guard corporal died in hospital after the explosion in Jazan province, the interior ministry said late on Thursday.

At least 114 Saudis have died along the frontier since the coalition launched its aggression on Yemen almost two years ago.

The coalition has previously said the Houthi revolutionaries have laid mines along the border.
Posted by: badanov || 02/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Britain
Britain migrant colonist briefs

NHS data chief tried to block officials from receiving patient records to help them trace illegal immigrants
02/02/17
Kingsley Manning clashed with the department last year, when Theresa May was at the helm, as it sought personal details to try to find those thought to have been in the UK unlawfully.

Group of 16 suspected illegal immigrants are found hiding in back of lorry after one dials 999 to ask for help
01/02/17
Officers were alerted by one of the 16 men in the back of the truck, which was stopped on the A41 near the Bicester Village shopping outlet in Oxfordshire.

'Britain, like any country, has a right to control who may enter it': Judge slams Romanian lorry driver, 37, as he jails him for two years for smuggling three illegal immigrants into the UK
01/02/17
Vasile-Viorel Grosu, 37, (pictured) was driving a lorry across Europe to England when he was approached in Poitiers in western France to hide three Albanians in his the back of his lorry.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Britain, like any country, has a right to control who may enter it

Tell this clown. It'd be nice if judges appointed by Bush in this country were that smart.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/04/2017 11:56 Comments || Top||


Europe
Louvre terror attack: Egyptian man, 'who arrived in France in January' shot five times after attacking soldier with machete
[TELEGRAPH.CO.UK] French soldiers shot and critically maimed a man who shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he attacked them with a machete on Friday at the Louvre, the world’s most visited museum.

Police sources said the attacker was a 29-year-old with Egyptian identity papers who arrived in La Belle France last month.

A group of British students were among the hundreds of panicked visitors at the Louvre who were rushed to secure rooms inside the sprawling museum after the assault.
The attack, which President Francois Hollande
...the Socialist president of La Belle France, an economic bad joke for la Belle France but seemingly a foreign policy realist...
said was clearly an act of terrorism, was the latest in a series of deadly assaults in La Belle France over the last two years, most of them claimed by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

The man was carrying two backpacks when at around 10am local time he approached four soldiers patrolling at the entrance to the underground Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall, which lies beneath the museum.

They told him he could not bring his bags into the mall.

"That's when he got the knife out and that's when he tried to stab the soldier," said Yves Lefebvre, a police union official.

The soldiers first tried to beat off the attacker before opening fire, said Benoit Brulon, a front man for the 3,500-strong military force that patrols Gay Paree and its major tourist attractions.

They fired five bullets at the man, wounding him in the stomach and the leg, and leaving him in a critical condition. Two of the soldiers suffered minor injuries in the encounter.

The attacker is thought to have entered La Belle France on a flight from Dubai, police sources said, but Sherlocks were still trying to establish his identity. In his visa request to come to La Belle France he declared that he was Egyptian.
Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [493 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  It might not help much, the Louvre being an art museum and all, but how about letting US GI's in for free? Could save the French a couple of sous on ammo. Can't hurt.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 02/04/2017 6:35 Comments || Top||

#2  "Egyptian" irrelevant. iSLAMIST is what is relevant. It was a jihad attack. He was yelling " allahu akbar"

Those words are now censored from australian news regularly. Beginning with the truck rampage killer in Melbourne who was a recent muslim convert also screaming Snackbar
Posted by: Anon1 || 02/04/2017 13:32 Comments || Top||

#3  It might not help much, the Louvre being an art museum and all, but how about letting US GI's in for free? Could save the French a couple of sous on ammo. Can't hurt.

Better to let the French handle it. One of those bullet wounds might develop into sepsis.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/04/2017 13:38 Comments || Top||


Germany arrests Tunisian asylum-seeker linked to Tunis museum attack
More on this story from yesterday.
[TELEGRAPH.CO.UK] A Tunisian asylum-seeker was tossed in the clink
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
in Frankfurt on Wednesday on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack in Germany.

The 36-year-old man, named in the German press as Haikel S, is wanted in his native Tunisia in connection with a 2015 terror attack in which 21 people were killed, including one Briton.

He is believed to have been actively recruiting volunteers to carry out an attack in Germany on behalf of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), according to prosecutors.
But German authorities are facing tough questions over how the wanted man was able to slip into the country undetected posing as an asylum-seeker.

He had previously lived in Germany and has been known to police as a radical Islamist for ten years, according to claims in Welt newspaper.

Haikel S was held in a series of early morning raids on mosques, apartments and offices in Frankfurt and the surrounding state of Hesse.

Authorities in the state said the operation had broken up an "extensive" jihadist network.
Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Europe migrant colonist briefs

Over 1,400 migrants rescued in Med as EU preps summit

[AlAhram] More than 1,400 migrants have been rescued from 14 makeshift boats in the Mediterranean within 24 hours, Italy's coast guard said Thursday, as EU leaders prepared for a summit Friday on stemming the flow of boats from North Africa to Europe.

Picked up 22 nautical miles (41 km) off Sabrata, the rescued migrants -- travelling with only an old compass to help them navigate and no lifejackets -- said they had set off around 10:00pm along with other people.

Italy says some 4,480 people were rescued and brought to the country in January, while the UN says over 220 people died or were lost at sea.

From Breitbart:
European Council President: Inflow of African Migrants ‘Not Sustainable’, Time to ‘Close the Route’
2 Feb 2017
The President of the European Council has finally recognized that Europe cannot handle the massive influx of migrants crossing from North Africa into Italy and has called for measures to shut down the maritime route across the Strait of Sicily.

Interior Minister: 90 Per Cent of Asylum Seekers Unemployed
2 Feb 2017
Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka has said some 90 per cent of asylum seekers are without work as the general unemployment rate in Austria rises.

Muslim MP Calls for Hijab Ban to Be Applied to Christian Symbols in the Classroom
2 Feb 2017
In reaction to the proposed ban on the Islamic headscarf in new public sector worker legislation, Austrian Muslim MP Muna Duzdar says the law could be extended to remove crosses in Austrian schools.

Growing Number of Migrants Returning to Calais
2 Feb 2017
Despite the French government’s attempts to dismantle the notorious Calais Jungle migrant camp, many migrants are returning to the area by the day with the aim of getting to the UK.

Serbia Puts Migrants on Lockdown After Women and Children Attacked
1 Feb 2017
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia on Wednesday introduced a lockdown for migrants in their refugee center outside Belgrade after an alleged attack against a woman walking with her children.

Italy Pledges €200 Million Fund To Discourage Immigration From African Countries
1 Feb 2017
ROME (AFP) – Italy on Wednesday pledged 200 million euros ($215 million) in funds to several African countries as it seeks to slash the number of migrants risking their lives in the Mediterranean to reach Europe. Unlike previous European financing pledges, which

EU Commissioner Takes Swipe at President Trump Saying ‘Build Bridges Not Walls’
1 Feb 2017
In a thinly-veiled attack on U.S. President Donald J. Trump, the European Union Commissioner Federica Mogherini has reiterated the bloc’s commitment to welcoming migrants, saying “we celebrate when walls are broken down and bridges are built”.

Slovakia Established Counter Terror, Extremism Police Unit
1 Feb 2017
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia has established a new police unit to fight terrorism and far-right extremism, the prime minister said Wednesday. Robert Fico, who introduced the new unit, said that he was glad that police can now “react to
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [308 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Home Front: WoT
TWO mosques reported Muslim convert's 'radicalization' to Homeland Security and FBI months before he 'killed transit officer'
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Joshua Cummings, 37, was arrested Tuesday in Denver, Colorado, just 20 minutes after he allegedly killed Scott Von Lanken, 56

  • Cummings was reportedly kicked out of an Austin, Texas mosque

  • They are said to have relayed his concerning behavior to the FBI

  • Leader of a mosque in Colorado wrote letter to Homeland Security in December

  • The letter said a convert identified as 'Joshua' seemed 'seems pretty advanced in his path of radicalization' and rebuked a speaker on being too 'soft' on Sharia law

  • He also quoted Quran verse about 'kill[ing] his entire community', according to the letter, which pointed out that that was wrong
Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [569 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  Too busy looking for Tea Party members and NASCAR fans and white, Christian veterans.
I suppose only Muslims can get away with see-something-say-somethng, but that doesn't work either.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 02/04/2017 6:32 Comments || Top||

#2  It is interesting that two mosques identified behavior and beliefs that identified this convert as well on his way to radicalization. So there is a profile of radicalization? Then profiling is not necessarily some evil thing concocted by conservatives to discriminate against mooselimbs? Seems as if the Feebs were a little late in getting to this information. I wonder why?
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/04/2017 11:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Seems as if the Feebs were a little late in getting to this information. I wonder why?

Dunno. He seems too off-balance to be cultivated as a source...
Posted by: Pappy || 02/04/2017 12:13 Comments || Top||


Pennsylvania man admits he conspired to help Islamic State
[WTAE] A 20-year-old Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Monday to trying to help 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 and to tweeting out a list that identified and targeted people serving in the U.S. military.

Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz
...a photo of the merry little miscreant can be seen here...
faces the potential of up to 25 years and a $500,000 fine after admitting to a charge of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group and to transmitting a communication containing a threat, both felonies.

Aziz, a natural born American incarcerated
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
in Harrisburg in December 2015, used about 70 different Twitter accounts and an encrypted mobile messaging application to spread messages from the Islamic State group and to help people trying to travel to territory it controls, said federal counterterrorism prosecutor Robert Sander.
Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [351 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Summary execution for ISIS supporters.
Posted by: Creling Pelosi3622 || 02/04/2017 18:43 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
LeT militant held, hideout busted
[Daily Excelsior] Security forces today tossed in the clink
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
a Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
(LeT) bully boy from Nowpora Payeen village of Lassipora in South Kashmire’s Pulwama district and busted a bully boy hideout in Central Kashmire’s Ganderbal district.

Police said that based upon specific input, security forces including police and Army’s 55 Rashtriya Rifles launched a cordon and search operation at Nowpora area of Pulwama district today.

"During the search of the cordoned houses, movement of a suspected bully boy was noticed from one of the houses towards the mosque. Immediately security forces surrounding the area asked the holed up bully boy to come out. In the process services of village elders were also utilized. After much persuasion, the holed up bully boy came out and was apprehended," said a police officer.

He said that one pistol, 2 pistol rounds, 36 AK rounds, one Chinese grenade, two pistol magazines, one pouch and first aid kit was recovered from the possession of the apprehended bully boy.

During the cordon and search operation, locals came out of their houses and pelted stone on police and Army. Police fired several teargas shells on protesters and also resorted to gun sex to break up the stone pelting protest. However,
you can observe a lot just by watching...
no protester was injured in the festivities and later the cordon was lifted by forces

In the meantime, police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) today recovered a cache of arms and ammunition during a search operation in Central Kashmire’s Ganderbal district.

A joint party of police and 118 BN CRPF busted a bully boy hideout in Fraw area of Gund tehsil of Ganderbal district.

Security forces recovered two AK 47 magazines, 32 rounds, a 5-kg gas cylinder and few biscuit packets were recovered during the operation.



Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba


Iraq
Mosul Offensive News


Iraqi warbirds pound ISIS positions in western Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi and international coalition fighter jets pounded Islamic State locations in western Mosul on the dawn of Friday in preparation for a wide-scale invasion of the region to drive out Islamic State militants.

Artillery forces also shelled the region, according to a report by Dijlah TV, which quoted a security force in Nineveh.

Besides several other pockets in Iraq, Islamic State militants had held Mosul since 2014 and proclaimed it the capital of their self-styled “Islamic State”.

Iraqi government forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and popular militias, launched a major offensive in October to retake the city, and operations have so far recaptured the whole of the eastern side and left at least 3300 militants dead. Forces are awaiting a green light from the supreme command to start a ground invasion against the extremist group in the west, which is close to the borders with Syria.

The conflict in Mosul has forced at least 191.000 civilians to flee homes to refugee camps, and many of those are targeted by IS extremists while attempting to flee areas under their control.

On Thursday, the U.S. army said in a statement that 11 civilians were killed during operations against Islamic State between October 25th and December 9th.

Hezbully militia seize villages in western Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Paramilitary forces have recaptured three areas in western Mosul on Friday, while government forces foiled an attack on the eastern region by Islamic State militants.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units), the alliance of Shia paramilitary troops fighting IS with the government, said Friday they recaptured the villages of Bostan Radif and Um Gharba, as well as the Sherka region.

The PMUs had announced earlier on Friday they began a new phase of operations against Islamic State extremists designed to secure roads southwest of the Nineveh Desert region, seeking to cut militants’ supply routes from Hawija, Kirkuk.

Meanwhile, security sources told AlMada Press earlier on Friday that security forces, backed by fighter jets from the U.S.-led international coalition, thwarted an attack by Islamic State fighters on the recently liberated eastern region.

The militants crossed the Tigris River, which bisects the city, early Friday, and engaged in clashes with security forces deployed in the region, according to the sources. Twenty combatants were killed after intervention from coalition aircraft, they said.

Iraqi government forces recaptured eastern Mosul on January 24th after three months of battles. Islamic State is still holding most of the west, and has reinforced its defenses in anticipation for upcoming security onslaughts
Posted by: badanov || 02/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [376 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Anbar Antics


9 ISIS Holy Warriors chow down in Iraqi steel in al-Rutba region

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Nine Islamic State militants were killed on Friday when Iraqi artillery forces pounded a group location in Anbar.

A security source was quoted by Mawazin News as saying that the shelling, which targeted group gatherings west of al-Rutba region, also- destroyed a number of vehicles belonging to the extremist group.

Islamic State has been holding a number of towns in western Anbar since 2014. Iraqi and international coalition fighter jets have occasionally pounded the group’s pockets there. The government has yet to give orders to security and tribal forces in the province to carry out a ground invasion of those hideouts. A brief security operation, which was not officially declared by the Iraqi government, launched on January 5th and recaptured a few villages in western Anbar before halting again.

Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led military coalition, have been fighting Islamic State militants in several pockets across Iraq, most notably the city of Mosul, where operations since October killed at least 3300 militants and confined the group in the city’s western section.

The group has been reportedly sustaining serious losses in personnel, equipment and finances, and reports say it had been ravaged with divisions and infighting, with some fighters also executed or demoted for escaping the battlefield.

The United Nations’ envoy to Iraq, Yan Kubic, said Thursday that the group’s days in Iraq were “numbered”.
Posted by: badanov || 02/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 1 dead


1 dead in car bombing in al-Madaen area

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One person was killed and five others were wounded on Friday when a bomb blast hit an area south of Baghdad, Alghad Press reported in a breaking news.

The bomb exploded near a fish market in al-Madaen area, south of the capital, according to the website.

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.

IS militants have said they had been responsible for several bloody explosions that hit the capital in the past months, bringing the governorate 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.
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US airstrike kills Islamic State’s jihadi leader in Mosul
[ARA] A US-led coalition Arclight airstrike killed a number of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
’s (ISIS) krazed killers, including a jihadist leader, in the Iraqi city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
on Tuesday.

At least five ISIS members were killed, including the ISIS security official Sarhan al-Souri, when a US Arclight airstrike hit western Mosul.

Informed local sources told ARA News that the air raid targeted an ISIS security office in the Islah Ziraai neighbourhood in the western part of Mosul city, in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate.

Sarhan al-Souri, a Syrian jihadist, was the chief of the ISIS-led Security Commission of Western Mosul.

"Al-Souri was responsible for torturing and executing dozens of innocent people in Mosul," the head of Nineveh media centre, Raafat al-Zarari, told ARA News.

According to Zarari, al-Souri was a direct target for Tuesday’s Arclight airstrike.

"The elimination of senior ISIS officials is a top priority for the US-led coalition in the Mosul air campaign at the moment," he said.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
ISIS makes major gains north Damascus, captures three army bases
[ARA] After four days of heavy festivities with Syrian army forces, krazed killer fighters 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....
(ISIS) on Friday captured strategic areas northeast of Damascus.

ISIS seized control of three military bases in the Qalamoun region northeast of the Syrian capital, after festivities with pro-regime’s army troops.

"The krazed killer group is now in control of three major army bases in the Qalamoun, including headquarters of the Brigade 559, the Chemical Brigade and al-Mahjoura base," local media activist Wassim Doghmoush told ARA News.

Dozens of casualties were reported on both sides.

According to the ISIS-linked Amaq Agency, at least 30 Syrian soldiers were killed in the Qalamoun festivities.

"Islamic State jihadis launched the operation from three directions, using heavy artillery and mortar fire, forcing the army to evacuate the three bases," Doghmoush said.

Friday’s progress may enable ISIS to storm the Syrian army’s S-Airbase in the Qalamoun region.

Invading Damascus, Imposing Sharia Law

In October, the Islamic State threatened to invade Damascus and apply its puritanical interpretation of Sharia law throughout the capital. ISIS said that their invasion was imminent and vowed to strike at Syrian security forces and the armed opposition.

"Fighters of the Caliphate are preparing to enter the heart of al-Sham [Damascus]," the bad boy group said in a statement.

ISIS has been in control of a residential block in southern Damascus since it drove out al-Qaeda-splinter group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant...
and allied rebel factions, in April 2015. Jahbat Fateh al-Sham was previously known as Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
.

Al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood is believed to be the Islamic State’s primary staging area. Their bandidos bully boyz also control most of the nearby Yarmouk and Tadamun districts.

ISIS has accused the rebel groups in Damascus of working on behalf of Assad’s government and being apostates. "The time has come for the Caliphate’s fighters to take al-Sham [Damascus] from the infidels and their mercenaries," the bad boy group said.

Syrian journalist Mustafa Abde told ARA News that ISIS would likely try to open new fronts in southern Syria to direct attention from northern Iraq, where the group is hemorrhaging.

Abde argued that: "This announcement comes after the group started to lose ground in Iraq amid deteriorating morale among its krazed killers. ISIS is seeking new so-called victories to regain its reputation as a strong organization."

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#1  The regular Syrian Army gotta be getting pretty thin.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/04/2017 7:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Probably getting short on Hesb'allah guns as well.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/04/2017 12:14 Comments || Top||

#3  #1 & #2 - and Israel smiles
Posted by: Frank G || 02/04/2017 13:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Not enough men to shoot off the 100,000 missiles stored in Bekaa Valley bedrooms?
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/04/2017 17:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Not enough men who want to go to Assad's Place O' Alawite Happiness.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/04/2017 19:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Major gains. OMG dozens of casualties.
Posted by: KBK || 02/04/2017 19:57 Comments || Top||


US-led airstrike hits infrastructure, water supply in Syria's Raqqah
[Iran Press TV] An Arclight airstrike by the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the ISIS Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
terrorist group has destroyed the water supply system in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Friday that water supply was cut off in the city after the recent bombing of two bridges over the Euphrates River.

The SOHR added that an aircraft, most likely from the US-led coalition, destroyed the bridges on Thursday.

The aerial bombing damaged main pipeline supplying water to the town, it noted

Meanwhile,
...back at the dirigible, Cynthia backed into the galley, the barbecue fork held in front of her.
Jack! she called. Where the hell are you?...

Raqqah is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a group of citizen journalists documenting abuses in the ISIS stronghold, confirmed that the strikes had targeted local infrastructure.

The two bridges were the only ones that connected the northern part with the south of the city.

Since 2014, the United States, along with a number of its allies, has been leading a so-called anti-terror campaign in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

The US-led coalition says it is working with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of gangs led by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), to try to defeat ISIS in the myrmidon-riddled Syrian city. However,
there's more than one way to stuff a chicken...
there have been numerous reports of US-led Arclight airstrikes targeting Syrian civilians, military and infrastructure.
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ISIS kills 30 rebel fighters in Deraa ambush
[ALMASDARNEWS] According to a statement released by the pro-ISIS faction in Deraa, Jaish Khaled bin al-Waleed, 32 rebel bandidos bandidos myrmidons were killed today morning in an ambush by ISIS forces.

The rebels were ambushed while launching an attack on Sahem al-Joulan dam, in al-Yarmouk area.

Local activists reported that 11 rebels were killed, including a senior commander, in charge of Liwaa Buroug al-Islam. Sources in Syria also reported that many other fighters were maimed.

Since late 2014, around 500 bandidos bandidos myrmidons have been killed as a result of fighting between opposition rebel groups, and ISIS affiliated bandidos bandidos myrmidons in the area.
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Syrian Army storms Hayyan Gas Fields in west Palmyra
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) stormed the Hayyan Gas Fields this morning, striking 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....
(ISIS) forces from the western flank of this site in the vast Syrian Desert.

Backed by Russian Arclight airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Legion and Shaheen Group (Tiger Forces), alongside Hezbollah, reportedly struck the Islamic State defenses at the Hayyan Gas Fields around 3:00 A.M. (Damascus Time), forcing the latter to withdraw from several points in order to avoid being overrun.

Despite the withdrawal of Islamic State Lions of Islam from the western part of the Hayyan Gas Fields, the Syrian Arab Army has yet to enter the area due to security concerns.

The Hayyan Gas Fields were also set ablaze by the Islamic State Death Eaters on Thursday night after the Syrian Arab Army made their first push past the Jihar Crossroad.

While the gas wells of Hayyan have been destroyed by ISIS, this area 40km west of Palmyra is still considered vital due to its corresponding mountain that stretches for several kilometers.

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Syrian Army on the verge of lifting siege of Deir Ezzor Airport
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) made several important gains in the Deir Ezzor Governorate on Friday, liberating a number sites from 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....
(ISIS) at the cemetery, factories area, and landfill.

Backed by Syrian and Russian Arclight airstrikes, the al-Qassem Group and 104th Airborne Brigade of the Elite Republican Guard barreled through the Islamic State’s defenses on Friday, cutting off the terrorist group’s supply lines to the cemetery.

Meanwhile at the Deir Ezzor Landfill, the al-Qassem Group and 123rd Brigade finally established a strong presence at this site after several days of fighting with the Islamic State terrorist present in this area.

As a result of their recent gains, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to end the Islamic State’s assault on Deir Ezzor Airport’s northern flank, leaving only the hills overlooking this area under the terrorist group’s control.

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Turkey-backed forces capture towns from ISIS enroute to Al-Bab
[ALMASDARNEWS] Euphrates Shield Turkish-backed snuffies have captured al-Ammeiyah village, 7km east of al-Bab from ISIS, while other reports say that they are advancing into the ISIS-held town of Bazzaghah.

Meanwhile; ISIS claimed to have killed 5 fighters from the opposition factions by its attack today in al-Zarzour and Qabr al-Muqri areas, destroying 2 vehicles.

The above map shows the gains made by the The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
-backed snuffies whilst the second is a statement of their advancement.

The Syrian Army are also contending with the Turkey-backed forces to reach al-Bab first and liberate the town from ISIS.
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ISIS corpses litter battlefield as the Syrian Army advances in east Damascus
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a necessary counter-offensive agianst 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....
(ISIS) forces near the al-Sin Airbase in east Damascus on Thursday, attacking the Battalion 559 Base from two different flanks.

Led by the Qalamoun Shield of the 3rd Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army managed to recapture the al-Safa Rest Station from the Islamic State forces, killing and wounding tens of snuffies in the process of this advance.

Following the liberation of the al-Safa Station, the Syrian Arab Army stormed several sites around the al-Safa Peak, destroying at least 5 vehicles that belonged to the Islamic State, including 2 Of the terrorist group’a tanks.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army is now advancing north of the al-Sin Airbase, while another unit pushes east to force the Islamic State Death Eaters to abandon this area.
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#1  So Islamic State become the new refugees that the islamist fancying left will demand should all migrate here in their pathetic street riot rallies
Posted by: Anon1 || 02/04/2017 13:30 Comments || Top||


Russian long range bombers attack ISIS in Deir Ezzor
[ALMASDARNEWS] Russia’s Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bombers have delivered Arclight airstrikes on the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
’s ammunition depots near the town of al-Mayadin in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

"Russia’s Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bombers flying from domestic airfields, have crossed the airspaces of Iran and Iraq to deliver Arclight airstrikes on the terrorist facilities. The Arclight airstrikes targeted large ammunition depots of the ISIS terror group [the former name of the IS]," the statement reads.

"According to the data recording equipment, all the intended targets were destroyed," the statement adds.

The Sukhoi Su-30SM and Su-35S fighter jets, flying from the Hmeymim airbase, have been covering the Tu-22M3 bombers during the Arclight airstrikes.

"After completing their combat mission, all the Russian aircraft returned to their base airfields," the Defense Ministry said.

On January 18, Russia’s General Staff said that the Islamic State holy warriors were continuously attacking the positions of the Syrian troops near the city of Deir ez-Zor.

"Taking advantage of their numerical superiority, the holy warriors continue to attack the positions of the Syrian troops. In case the city is taken by terrorists, the residents will face a true genocide. The population of Deir ez-Zor may be exterminated," Head of the Main Operations Department of Russia’s General Staff Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi said then.

After that, Russia has several times used long-range bombers to carry out strikes in the Deir ez-Zor province.

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#1  Lend - Lease !! Russkies take off from Whitman AFB!
Posted by: borgboy || 02/04/2017 15:00 Comments || Top||

#2  F-15 on steroids, with the hated but much copied F-111 wings. Nice. Really. Nice...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/04/2017 15:33 Comments || Top||


Russian embassy comes under attack in Damascus
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Embassy in Damascus sustained damage after coming under mortar shelling on February 2 and 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

There were no reported injuries during the attack.

"On February 2 and 3, the Russian diplomatic compound in Syria came under mortar shelling twice. Aimed fire was conducted from the Jobar neighborhood controlled by terrorists," the ministry said. "One of the mines went kaboom! in the territory of the embassy compound between the office and residential buildings. Another mine went off some 20 meters off the main entryway to the embassy. No one was hurt but the shelling caused material damage."

"We resolutely condemn these terrorist attacks on the Russian diplomatic mission in Damascus," the ministry said. "We note that these treacherous attacks on our embassy were committed in conditions of the consolidating ceasefire with an obvious aim of breaking down cessation of hostilities and derailing efforts towards establishing political process."

"This crime cannot remain unpunished," the ministry stressed. "Russia’s principled policy of conducting uncompromising struggle against snuffies in Syria will be continued."

Moscow calls on "international community to duly react to this dangerous terrorist provocation," the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed. "We categorically demand the United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
Security Council resolutions be implemented, supplying of snuffies with weapons and finance be stopped. Once again, we urge to consolidate efforts to exterminate the dangerous seat of terrorism personified by 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....
, Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
and their accomplices in Syria and in the region in whole."

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#1  Oooohh, that's gonna leave a mark.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2017 23:30 Comments || Top||


U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Iran in Wake of Missile Tests
[BLOOMBERG] The U.S. imposed fresh sanctions on Iran as President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
seeks to punish Tehran for its ballistic missile program after warning the Islamic Theocratic Republic that it is "playing with fire."

In a statement Friday morning, the Treasury Department published a list of 13 individuals and 12 entities facing new restrictions for supporting the missile program, having links to terrorism or providing support for Iran’s hard-line Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The entities include companies based in Tehran, United Arab Emirates, Leb and China.

The Trump administration has sought to take a harder line on Iran, banning its citizens from entering the U.S. and accusing the nation of interfering in the affairs of U.S. allies in the Middle East. But the sanctions announced Friday were limited in scope, serving mostly as a warning signal.
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