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Syrian Democratic Forces launch new anti-ISIS operation in eastern Raqqa
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Afghanistan
16 insurgents die in Helmand
The Helmand governor’s media office on Saturday said in a statement that Afghan security forces have pushed back insurgents from Garmsir district of Helmand province.

The statement indicated that insurgents had attacked Garmsir district from a number of directions but were pushed back by security forces.
In the ensuing clash, at least 16 insurgents were killed and nine others were wounded, the statement added.

According to officials, the situation in Garmsir district has returned to normal and security forces have control over the area.
No details were given on casualties among civilians or troops.
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Hekmatyar’s name removed from UN Security Council sanctions list
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The name of Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
... who used to be known in intelligence circles as The Most Evil Man in the World but who now seems merely run-of-the-mill evil...
has been removed from the sanctions list of the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
Security Council (UNSC).

According to a statement by UNSC, "On 3 February 2017, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIS (Da’esh), Al‑Qaeda and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities removed the name below from the ISIS (Da’esh) and al-Qaeda Sanctions List."

UNSC disclosed the name of Hekmatyar after he was removed from the sanctions list, providing all the details regarding the Hezb-e-Islami leader, including date of birth and the date he was included in the list.

"Therefore, the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo set out in paragraph 2 of Security Council resolution 2253 (2015) no longer apply to the name set out below," the statement added.

This comes as a etter was formally sent by the Afghan government to United Nations Security Council (UNSC) late last year to remove the leaders of Hezb-e-Islami from the sanctions list.

Possible Afghan Gov't truce with Hekmatyar, to arrive in Kabul along with his followers.

Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [370 views] Top|| File under: Hizb-i-Islami-Hekmatyar

#1  I have his rookie card: "Bats right, throws left wildly, leads poorly"
Posted by: Frank G || 02/05/2017 7:42 Comments || Top||

#2  The check must've cleared.
Posted by: Remoteman || 02/05/2017 14:50 Comments || Top||


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

According to the local government officials, the ISIS loyalists launched an attack on ALP check posts in Kot district late on Thursday night.

An official in Kot district confirmed the incident and said 12 ISIS loyalists and 5 ALP troops were killed during the clash.

The official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the ISIS loyalists are foreigners and their dead bodies were left in the area until mid-Friday.

The provincial police commandment in a statement confirmed the incident and said the clash between the two sides lasted for several hours until ISIS loyalists were forced to retreat.

The statement further added that another ISIS hard boy was killed in a dronezap conducted by the foreign forces in Haska Mina district.

Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Child suicide bomber surrenders to police in Helmand province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A child jacket wallah who was forced to carry out suicide kaboom by the Talibs surrendered him to the police forces in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the 12-year-old child, Abdullah, was originally hailing from southern Zabul province.

A statement said the child was appointed for a suicide attack by the Taliban bandidos murderous Moslems but he managed to escape on Friday and handed over himself to the Afghan Local Police forces in Helmand.
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [416 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Militants kill holy man and his wife in Paktika province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Unknown murderous Moslems have rubbed out a religious holy man and his wife in southeastern Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, the couple was rubbed out in Yousuf Khel district.

Provincial police chief Abdul Rauf Masoud confirmed the incident and said unknown murderous Moslems stormed into the house of the holy man.

Without providing further information regarding the identity of the dear departed, Masoud said the victim did not have any issues and enmity with any individual or group.

He said an investigation is underway to find out the main motive behind the liquidation of the holy man.

In the meantime, reports suggest the victim had joined grinding of the peace processor in this province around three years ago.

Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [377 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
More civilians wounded with unexploded munitions in Sirte
Tripoli, 4 February 2017:

The continuing danger to returning residents of unexploded ordinance in Sirte was shown again today when a father and two of his children were injured by a landmine outside their house.

The property had reportedly once been used as an IS operations room. The mine that exploded was by the front door. Fortunately for the family, who had just come back to their home, the injuries were no more serious than burns and an injured hand.

Sirte is peppered with landmines left by IS terrorists. Mayor Mukhtar Al-Madani last week appealed for greater international and local help in dealing with unexploded ordinance.

Only two days ago three children were hurt by an explosion in Sirte when small arms ammunition was thrown onto a fire.

The news came as Al-Madani held talks with military officials and the operations team in charge of getting Sirte residents home. Some 700 are due back tomorrow morning, as part of a six-stage programme to return the townsfolk, some of whom no longer have any homes to come back to.
Posted by: badanov || 02/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [426 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  But ... the unexploded stuff didn't hurt nobody, right?
Posted by: Bobby || 02/05/2017 8:26 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Yemen forces cut off Houthi MSRs
Taiz- Considered one of the largest and most popularly crowded areas in Yemen, Hajjah Governorate has become a notorious target for coup militias. The area is home to substantial raw materials and unique topography.

Iran-aligned Houthi militants have their sight set on Hajjah, in hopes of dominating two of its vital districts Harad and Midi.

Bordered by the Red Sea, Hajjah receives great attention and effort of Yemen national army units seeking to curb the influx of arms supply to insurgency militias, said military officials and analysts. Hajjah also borders militia overrun capital Sana’a and acts as a main pump line for arms.

Midi and Harad are bordered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—Midi rests at the Red Sea’s coastal line, and shares maritime borders with the kingdom, a Yemen army official told Asharq Al-Awsat when explaining Hajjah’s strategic importance.

Such locations are considered military priorities, not only that but also effect the militias’ economic status—Houthi combatants have been taking advantage of the Midi coastal borders to receive Iranian support. But after securing control over Hajjah, coup militias now have another central supply route cut off, added the official.

Brig. Mohsen Khasrouf confirmed that the Midi and Harad are effectively under army control and pro-government forces, balancing the army’s military influence across the Saada, Hodeidah, and triangle.

Saudi-led Arab coalition air power pounded Houthi positions in Yemen’s western Hodeidah province, one day after Houthi militiamen reportedly attacked a Saudi warship.

Iran-backed Houthis and loyalists fighting on behalf ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, making up the insurgents, together save no effort in recapturing Hajjah, however it is a far reach, said Brig. Khasrouf.

He added that army units have locked down control over the districts falling on supply routes, but Houthis have planted moles, and land mines are woven throughout the districts’ infrastructures, which are still under clearance.

In some cases, Houthi militants have barricaded themselves in homes among civilians, said Brig. Khasrouf.

In 2014, the Houthis overran Sana’a and other parts of Yemen, forcing members of the country’s Saudi-backed government to temporarily flee to Riyadh.

The following year, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a major air campaign aimed at reversing Houthi military gains in Yemen and shoring up the pro-Saudi government.

Asharq Al-Awsat
Posted by: badanov || 02/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Qaeda Enters Three Yemen Towns Days after US Raid
[An Nahar] al-Qaeda in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
overran three southern towns just days after a deadly US raid targeting its commanders, before withdrawing from two of them on Friday, officials said.

The jihadists' entry into the Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
province towns of Loder, Shaqra and Ahwar came as the White House defended Sunday's raid on an al-Qaeda compound as a "success", even though multiple civilians and a Navy SEAL were killed.

Abyan has long been an al-Qaeda stronghold and it was only through a major offensive backed by a Saudi-led coalition last summer that the government was able to drive its fighters out of the province's main towns.

But the jihadists have faced some opposition from ordinary Yemenis.

"The al-Qaeda gunnies withdrew from Loder and Shaqra after protest demonstrations by residents," a local government official said.

"Residents made clear during the protests that they were ready to take up arms if necessary."

The jihadists' entry into the two towns on Thursday evening was helped by a pullout by government forces angry over the late payment of their wages, a security official told AFP.

"Our forces are also angry that they have not been provided with the weapons and other equipment to confront the jihadists, who have been stepping up their armed attacks," the official said.

Al-Qaeda gunnies set up roadblocks around the towns and blew up two security service buildings.

Saudi-led aircraft carried out two strikes on jihadist positions in Loder overnight, the official added.

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Tribesmen kill 13 militants in Yemen
[OMANTRIBUNE] Yemeni rustics on Saturday killed 13 Al Qaeda rebels who had slipped back into a southern town hours after pulling out in the face of street protests, a security official said.

The turbans had reemerged during the night and sought to take control of public buildings in the Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
province town of Loder, the official said.

They met with fierce resistance from armed residents and withdrew after shootouts lasting two hours.

Separately, the US military promptly withdrew an old video by bully boyz it had released on Friday as evidence that a fatal raid in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
by American special forces this week was a counter terrorism success.

An expert in radical media said the footage by unknown bully boyz appeared to be part of videos first released by the turbans online some 10 years ago, undermining the Pentagon’s explanation about its value.
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [308 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Iraq
ISIS infiltrating into Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Dozens of Islamic State members are entering Kirkuk everyday sneaking in the middle of refugees flowing on the province, al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said.

“Daesh (Islamic State) militants are entering (the province) everyday hiding among refugees, and dozens of them are currently at refugee camps in Kirkuk,” said Hussein al-Jubouri, a commander of al-Shohadaa brigade, one component of al-Hashd al-Shaabi.

He urged security authorities to thoroughly screen the names of incoming refugees before granting them entry. “Al-Hashd forces in Hawija maintain a audio-video database of IS members in regions under the group’s control in southwestern Kirkuk,” Jubouri said. “Information we had received from sources vin Hawija denote a surge in the group’s elements there to more than 2000, mostly Iraqi natives.”

Refugee camps in Kirkuk have received tens of refugees everyday fleeing southwestern regions under IS control since security forces launched operations in October to clear the neighboring city of Mosul from group extremists, leaving at least 191.000 displaced according to a latest government count.

Local tribal leaders in Kirkuk have recently attacked the Iraqi government for delay in launching operations against IS in the province. But on Saturday, Hadi al-Ameri, a senior leader at al-Hashd, which is actively backing the Iraqi forces against IS, said operations would launch soon in Kirkuk.
Posted by: badanov || 02/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [402 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Infiltrating or "running and hiding" in Kirkut.

I think the local Kurds have a solution for that...
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/05/2017 14:08 Comments || Top||


The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


ISIS seizes sheep in Salahuddin
No more Yezdi women available, it seems...
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants have seized sheep herds from civilians in Salahuddin under the pretext that they belonged to “apostates”, according to sources.

A local source in the province told Alsumaria News that Islamic State extremists seized the animals from residents of the eastern section of the northern town of Shirqat because they belonged to “apostate” security and government employees.

“Incidents of plundering of civilians belongings by Daesh (Islamic State) have soared as the group attempts to get away with as much bounty as it can before security launch operations to liberate the eastern area,” the source said.

Islamic State is still maintaining a few strongholds in Salahuddin, Anbar and Kirkuk since it took over several Iraqi regions in 2014 to establish its so-called “Islamic Caliphate”. The Iraqi government, backed by a U.S.-led military coalition and popular paramilitary units, is currently fighting the group out of Mosul, its largest stronghold in Iraq, and further operations are expected targeting other pockets after the recapture of Mosul.

Since security operations launched, the group has occasionally been reported to impose taxes and forcibly take away civilian possessions to offset erosion in its warfare finances and to pay delayed salaries for its fighters.

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ISIS security kommander dies in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) A senior Islamic State security commander was killed on Saturday in a rocket shelling northeast of Baqubah, a security source in Diyala has said.

The source told Alsumaria News that Islamic State’s official in charge of security at the militants’ living quarters in Hamreen Basin, Abu Mohamed al-Iraqi, was killed along with a companion in a rocket attack by Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) on Friday at Wadi al-Thalab region (132 Km northeast of baqubah).

Al-Iraqi, originally a citizen of al-Shirqat town, had recently moved to Hamreen Basin to supervise security at the militant group’s living quarters, and is a third-tier leader, according to the source, who asked not to be named.

PMUs have been actively fighting Islamic State on the Iraqi government’s side since the group emerged in 2014.

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 Kubish, said Thursday that the group’s days in Iraq were “numbered”.
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Anbar Antix


Iraqi warbirds hammer ISIS positions in Ain al-Wakhma

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi military jets pounded on Saturday Islamic State locations in Anbar, killing an indefinite number of militants, a statement by the Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

The strikes targeted extremists locations in Ain al-Wakhma, destroying an explosives store which contained TNT and C4 used by the group for rockets, the ministry said on facebook.

Also in Anbar, Lieutenant Mohamed al-Dailami, from the army’s Anbar Operations, said Islamic State fighters had begun to erect “invisible berms” at Anbar desert, along the Trebil border crossing with Jordan, He noted that the move comes as both countries prepare to open the crossing for travelers and trade.

“Current operations by the Iraqi forces seek to push terrorist elements away from the international road,” he said, adding that checkpoints and military reinforcements have been supplied to that road.

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 Kubish, said Thursday that the group’s days in Iraq were “numbered”.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


1 dead in bomb attack in Suweib

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One person was killed and four others were wounded on Saturday when a bomb blast rocked an area south of Baghdad, sources said.

A police source told Alsumaria News that an explosive device went off near a building materials store in Suweib, south of the capital.

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 Monday 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 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 || 02/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under:


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinian forces disperse rally in Hebron, detain 25
[MAANNEWS] Paleostinian security forces dispersed a rally in the center of Hebron city in the southern occupied West Bank on Saturday, detaining at least 25 participants, Paleostinian security sources said.

Protesters were marching to Russian Compound church, also known as Abraham's Oak Holy Trinity Monastery, to protest a decision by the Paleostinian Authority (PA) to officially cede ownership of the compound and its surrounding lands to the Russian Patriarchate Commission.

Paleostinian security sources told Ma’an that police used tear gas in order to disperse the protest, and proceeded to detain demonstrators. State-run Paleostinian news agency Wafa reported that authorities also declared the church and it surrounding areas a closed military area.

Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [355 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority


Palestinian injured after Israeli settlers raid village, throw stones
[MAANNEWS] A Paleostinian man sustained bruises on Saturday evening after dozens of Israeli settlers raided the town of Huwwara south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank and hurled stones at his vehicle.
What's the Hebrew word for "intifada?"
A local official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, told Ma'an that the settlers came from the illegal Yitzhar settlement and stormed the western neighborhood of Huwwara and threw stones at Salim Salemeh's car.

Daghlas added that the settlers also started to attack Paleostinian homes in the neighborhood, but residents fought them back and forced them to leave the area.

Last week, Israeli settlers injured a Paleostinian man and damaged ten vehicles while throwing stones at Paleostinian vehicles on the main road between Ramallah and Nablus.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Jordanian air force targets ISIS in southern Syria
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] The Jordanian air force conducted air strikes against ISIS targets in southern Syria on Saturday night, hitting an ammunition depot, a boom-mobile factory and a barracks, the Jordanian military said in a statement.

"The operation resulted in killing and wounding a number of members of the terrorist gang in addition to destroying a number of vehicles," said the statement published by the Petra news agency.
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [342 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Russian airstrikes kill 6 'Tahrir al-Sham' fighters in Idlib
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Russia's warplanes killed 6 rebel fighters on Friday in air strikes on the newly-formed Haya't Tahrih al-Sham alliance in Idlib province, local news hound said.

The aerial bombing hit a bastion for the formerly known as Nusra Front in Sarmin town, killing and wounding dozen.

Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant...
, or JFS, has dissolved in the 'Levant liberation' alliance, seeking to avoid the international coalition's air strikes, but that will never be a solution, activists said who went to streets, condemning the al Qaed's former group.

Fateh al-Sham acts as regime in regard to brutality and repression, residents say in Idlib countryside.

The group is opposing any peace solution as well it has been launching attaacks on moderate rebels.

Haya’t Tahri al-Sham announced the formation of a coalition including several factions located in northern Syria, including Fateh al-Sham and Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, on 28 January 2017.

A source told Zaman al-Wasl that Jabhet Fateh al-Sham hurried to establish the Committee as a result of the International Coalition targeting the Jabhet Fateh al-Sham fighter training camp for al-Sheikh Suleiman brigade in Aleppo’s western countryside. The Coalition attack conducted on 20 January 2017, resulted in the killing of over 100 Jabhat fighters.

Meanwhile,
...back at the hanging, Butch continued with his last words, trying not to repeat himself too often......
representatives of the opposition arrived in Turkish capital Ankara to discuss the upcoming negotiation talks in Geneva, according to a Turkish diplomatic source.

The representatives of both the armed and the political opposition will attend a meeting at the Turkish Foreign Ministry later on Friday, the source told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity.

They are also expected to discuss the outcome of last month's Astana talks, which focused on extending the cease-fire that came into effect in Syria on Dec. 30.
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [397 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Islam Army thwarts regime attack in Eastern Ghouta
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Powerful Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
group on Saturday has thwarted regime offensive in the embattled Eastern Ghouta suburbs near Damascus, local monitor said.

The multi-axes attack took place in Hosh Nasri, Hosh al-Dhawahra and al-Marj district, according to Douma Local Coordination.

In Western Ghouta, regime helicopters dropped 8 barrel bombs on the towns of Beit Jen and Mugeer al-Mir. No casualties reported.
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under: Jaish al-Islam (MB)


ISIS blocks aid route in Yarmouk Camp, people suffer
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] 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....
has blocked food supply route to the western neighborhoods in Yarmouk refugee cam south of the capital, making the already severe living condition of 350 people harder, residents said.

ISIS has closed the only remaining humanitarian route to the neighborhoods of al-Riji and Ain Gazool western Yermouk camp, controlled by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant...
, formerly Nusra Front, after refusing leaving their houses.

ISIS and the regime are together besieging the Western part of the camp, as ISIS blocks the Southern and Western sides, while the regime’s forces block the entrance to the area passing through areas controlled by the regime-allied Paleostinian militias of Ahmed Jibril from the Western and Northern sides.

There are almost 350 civilians mostly women, children and elderly in the besieged area. A source confirmed that they have nothing to do with Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, but there bad luck is that their homes are within that area of Yarmouk camp.

The sources added that people in neighborhoods of Riji and Ain Ghazal live tragic conditions under the blockade and lack of clean water, food and sources of heating, as they had used plastics and old shoes for heating and cooking.

People of Yarmouk had earlier appealed many times to keep them away from the ongoing conflict in the camp and allow food, drinking water and other living needs to enter their areas.

Om Alaa, a resident of the besieged Riji neighborhood said: "We live in oppressive conditions due to siege, I am 50 years old and I have Diabetes and I need medications,, but I the barrier is closed for more than 20 days, no food, no water, the Syrian regime surrounding us from one side an ISIS from the other.
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#1  Make McShame flap his gimpy wings and shit aid all over the innocents...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/05/2017 8:20 Comments || Top||

#2  What an image MM :)
Posted by: Shipman || 02/05/2017 8:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Islam, people suffer.

All that needs to be said.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/05/2017 11:43 Comments || Top||


U.N. Peacekeepers Say Attacked by Mobs in South Leb
[An Nahar] Groups of civilians attacked United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
peacekeepers on patrol in two incidents in southern Leb on Friday, damaging their vehicles but causing no injuries, the mission said in a statement.

The U.N. Interim Force in Leb (UNIFIL) said two patrols in the al-Mansouri and Majdal Zoun areas in south Leb were obstructed on Friday morning "by groups of aggressive men."

"Civilians attempted to block the way of UNIFIL patrols and attacked the peacekeepers," the statement said.

"UNIFIL patrol vehicles had to push aside some civilian vehicles used as roadblocks in order to safely pull out from the locations."

The statement said no peacekeepers were maimed in the incidents, which caused "severe damages" to UNIFIL vehicles.

It gave no indication of the reason for the incidents, or any prior tension in the area, and said the mission was in touch with the Lebanese army to determine the cause of the attacks.

The 10,000-strong UNIFIL mission monitors the ceasefire line between Leb and Israel, which remain technically in a state of war.

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#1  It gave no indication of the reason for the incidents...

Let me suggest one: Islam.
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Palestinian Detained over Ties to Costa Would-Be Bomber
[An Nahar] The Lebanese army intelligence units enjugged
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
in south Leb , a Paleostinian man over suspicion of having ties to a would-be suicide kaboomer who attempted to carry out a terror operation in Beirut's upscale Hamra neighborhood earlier this year, the National News Agency reported on Saturday.

The detainee identified as Hassan Majdi Obeid was arrested in al-Zahrani's Sarafand area, NNA added.

He is a friend and a co-worker of failed suicide-bomber Omar al-Assi.

Both have worked at the Hammoud Hospital University Medical Center in Sidon.

Security forces arrested al-Assi, inside the Costa cafe in one of the busiest neighborhoods in the capital Beirut.

Wearing an explosive bomb belt, the man were tossed into the calaboose by authorities after entering the coffee shop in Hamra in west Beirut.

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ISIS makes major gains north Damascus, captures three army bases
[ARA] After four days of heavy festivities with Syrian army forces, myrmidon 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 myrmidon 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.

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51 ISIS militants killed in Turkish airstrikes in Syria’s al-Bab
[ARA] The Turkish Airforce on Saturday launched several Arclight airstrikes on Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
’s (ISIS) positions in al-Bab city in northern Syria, killing and wounding dozens of ISIS bad boys, officials said.

The Turkish Army’s Central Command said that its warplanes hit 59 ISIS positions in al-Bab, killing at least 51 ISIS fighters.

"Saturday’s air raids led to the destruction of 56 ISIS-held buildings and three command centres in al-Bab city and the nearby town of Baza’a," the Turkish Army said in a statement.

"51 snuffies were confirmed dead in the strikes, including three leading members of the [ISIS] group," it added.

This comes amid continued military operations by Turkish forces and allied rebel fighters of the Euphrates Shield Brigades in the vicinity of al-Bab, in an effort to take the city from ISIS.

Abu Iad al-Shami, a member of the Euphrates Shield Brigades, told ARA News that their fighters expelled ISIS from major parts of eastern al-Bab.

"Supported by a Turkish air cover, our forces seized control of key areas in eastern al-Bab, closing in on ISIS inside the city," al-Shami said.

Also, the rebel groups and Turkish army forces on Saturday captured the al-Shamawiya al-Hammah village in southern al-Bab after festivities with ISIS, military sources told ARA News.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and its rebel allies have been bogged down in al-Bab for almost two months, taking significant casualties without securing any of the city’s neighborhoods. ISIS constructed a warren of tunnels and an extensive trench line in anticipation of the fighting.

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Syrian Democratic Forces launch new anti-ISIS operation in eastern Raqqa
[ARA] The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday announced the launch of the third phase of Euphrates Wrath Operation in Raqqa, a campaign aimed at isolating the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group in its de facto capital.

Cihan Shekh Ehmed, the SDF’s official Spokesperson for the Euphrates Wrath Operation, said in a press conference that the new phase will be focused on securing the eastern countryside of Raqqa.

“As the [SDF-led] military operations [against ISIS] continue in western Raqqa, today we announce the third phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation in eastern Raqqa,” she said.

“The third phase is aimed at liberating the eastern countryside of Raqqa Governorate from ISIS, and save our people there from ISIS terrorism,” Cihan said. “The brutality of this terrorist group increases as we close in on its de facto capital.”

The SDF spokeswoman pointed out that the people of Raqqa have fully supported the SDF-led Euphrates Wrath Operation. “All social components in Raqqa have shown support to the Syrian Democratic Forces in the operation. The local tribal leaders have supported the SDF throughout this operation.”

She also stressed the key role of the international coalition, led by the United States, in the operation.

“Also, the US-led coalition has played a key role in our progress in Raqqa through providing an air cover to our troops on the ground, beside the logistical support and training,” Cihan said.

“This phase of the campaign is aimed at completing the isolation of the ISIS-held Raqqa city. Various factions are participating in this phase of the Euphrates Wrath, beside a large number of young fighters from the recently liberated areas, who volunteered to join the SDF in the fight for Raqqa,” the SDF official said. “The SDF, in cooperation with the US-led coalition, have trained the new recruits and equipped them to join the third phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation against ISIS.”

This comes amid continued military operations by the Kurdish-led SDF troops against ISIS in the vicinity of Raqqa.

The SDF announced that it has captured over 2500 km2 in western Raqqa Governorate as part of the second phase of the US-backed Euphrates Wrath Operation, launched on 10 December. The polyethnic alliance also confirmed that they had cleared 196 villages and dozens of farms.

During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, which began on November 6, the SDF liberated roughly 560 km² in northern Raqqa. “Thus, since the beginning of the battle for Raqqa, 3200 square kilometers have been cleared, including 236 villages.”

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Teheran stages military drill, defies US curbs
[OMANTRIBUNE] Iran is holding a military exercise on Saturday to test its missile and radar systems, a day after US 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...
’s administration imposed sanctions on Teheran for a recent ballistic missile test.

The United States sanctioned 13 individuals and 12 entities related to Iran’s missile programme and Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn said the United States was putting Iran on notice over its "destabilising activity".

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards website said that the aim of the military exercise in Semnan province was to "showcase the power of Iran’s revolution and to dismiss the sanctions."

Iranian state news agencies reported that home-made missile systems, radars, command and control centres, and cyber warfare systems would be tested in the drill.

The Guards said the manoeuvres in the northeastern province of Semnan were aimed at demonstrating their "complete preparedness to deal with the threats" and "humiliating sanctions" from Washington.

"Different types of domestically produced radar and missile systems, command and control centres, and cyber warfare systems will be used in this exercise," the Guards’ website said.

The new sanctions do not yet mean that Washington has abandoned commitments it made to lift measures aimed at Iran’s nuclear programme, US officials said.

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#1  I wonder when these US Officials will admit the agreement with Iran is the singular most stupid bit of diplomacy since the Versailles Treat.
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Militias launch Raqqa assault
[OMANTRIBUNE] An alliance of US-backed militias said it had begun a new phase of its campaign against the Daish-held city of Raqqa on Saturday and aimed to complete its encirclement.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said in a statement the action was being undertaken with "increasing support from the (US-led) international coalition forces through guaranteeing air cover for our forces’ advances, or via the help provided by their special teams to our forces on the battle ground".

The rebels, however, said they needed more weapons to win.

The SDF launched their campaign to capture the city last November and have taken some ground further up the Euphrates Valley but are still some distance away.

The SDF "announce the beginning of the third phase to liberate Raqa and its surroundings, which will target the eastern part of the province," spokeswoman Jihan Sheikh Ahmed said.

Speaking in the village of Aaliyah, north of the city, Ahmed said 750 more Arab fighters had joined the SDF after being trained by the US-led coalition.

The coalition has carried out air strikes against Daish in Syria and Iraq since 2014.

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Terror Networks
After Iraq losses, IS lashes out in Syria
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] 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....
Lions of Islam in Iraq are steadily losing ground. Iraqi forces successfully recaptured the eastern side of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
from the hard boys, forcing the group from Mosul University and advancing to the east bank of the Tigris River which divides the city in two.

All of Mosul's bridges across the Tigris have been destroyed either by IS or coalition Arclight airstrikes to prevent the movement of the other side. Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, a little lightbulb figuratively appeared over Bossy's head...
the city’s western periphery is guarded by Shia Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitaries, who are preventing the Lions of Islam from easily evacuating to Syria.

Aside from Mosul the Lions of Islam only retain pockets of territory in Anbar province, where the Iraqis are on the offensive against them in the city of Hawija west of Kirkuk. IS has been unable to counter its incremental losses with new offensives. One attempt to stir-up chaos in Kirkuk and takeover the oil-rich city during the opening phases of the Mosul operation last October ended in abysmal defeat.

Consequently, the Lions of Islam have sought to lash out and launch fresh attacks in neighbouring Syria, where they have had some success in recent weeks.

That's not to say that the group is not under pressure in Syria. Last November the Arab-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia launched an offensive aimed at eventually retaking the group’s primary Syrian stronghold, the northeastern Syrian city of Raqqa.

SDF forces are currently advancing from the north to Raqqa's west, where they are hoping to take the strategically-important city of al-Tabqa on the Euphrates River. Syrian regime forces faced an embarrassing defeat when they attempted to seize al-Tabqa from the Lions of Islam last June, after being repelled by hundreds of IS reinforcements.

Today the SDF claim to have killed at least 620 of the Lions of Islam since beginning their offensive in early November. Faced with the prospect of losing all of Mosul, from where their leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
declared the formation of the so called "caliphate" in June 2014, and possibly losing Raqqa as well, the Lions of Islam have sought to attack elsewhere.

In mid-December they successfully recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra ‐ which they had previously overrun in May 2015, only to lose it in March 2016 to a Russian-backed Syrian regime advance. This time they are clearly compensating for their previous defeat by destroying parts of the city's Roman-era amphitheater. which.

Presently, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir az-Zour, IS is besieging Syrian regime forces in the lovely provincial capital, attempting to capture the city's military airport, a key Syrian military enclave there. For over two years now Syrian soldiers have fought an IS siege on that city, preventing the city from falling to the group.

The group’s offensive in Deir az-Zour this month is the deadliest and most significant in over a year. It has resulted in World Food Programme (WFP) aid air drops to the city's approximate 100,000 civilians halt for two weeks. Russia has responded by sending its large supersonic Tu-22 bombers all the way from Russia itself to bomb the Lions of Islam in an attempt to halt this offensive.

If the Lions of Islam manage to defeat the isolated Syrian Army enclave in Deir az-Zour and seize the city, they could set up an alternative headquarters to Raqqa there. Deir az-Zour is approximately 90 miles southeast of Raqqa and deeper into Syrian territory.

Its capture would give IS a little more strategic depth against the SDF, their most significant adversary on the ground in Syria, and also an opportunity to re-mobilize and re-organize if they were to lose Raqqa. An opportunity they have been successfully denied in Mosul.

The hard boy group could even potentially use Deir az-Zour as a launchpad for future incursions into Anbar, Iraq's aforementioned sparsely populated western Sunni Arab-majority province whose major cities, including its lovely provincial capital Ramadi, have been reduced to rubble from the offensives to rout them out.

IS has a long strategy of compensating for past losses of territory annexed into their caliphate by either launching fresh offensives or carrying out headline grabbing terror atrocities. For example, after they lost the Iraqi city of Tikrit in April 2015 they were successfully able to compensate for that by overrunning the lovely provincial capital of Anbar and the aforementioned Syrian city of Palmyra in May 2015.
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