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Africa Horn
Puntland foils truck bomb attack in Mudug region
An official says Puntland state security forces have seized a truck packed with explosives in Mudug region of central Somalia on Friday. The official told local media that security officers have managed to capture the explosives-laden truck in Beyra village near Galkayo town following a tip-off.

He added the would-be truck bomb attack was orchestrated in central Somalia, pointing the finger of the blame on Al Shabaab, the Al Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia.

The major towns in Puntland state have witnessed numerous car bomb attacks and targeted killings against senior officails by Al-Shabaab and pro-ISIL militants in the past few months.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Libyan helo crash causes shrouded in mystery
"Gas in the gas tank, oil in the oil pan, pilot flying. What could go wrong?"
[LibyaHerald] It is still unclear how an Libyan National Army Mi-35 heliopter came to crash south of Sirte yesterday. The army, which initially insisted a technical fault had been responsible, today admitted at a Benghazi press conference that it simply did not know.

The downing of the Russian-built chopper was claimed by a Benghazi Defence Brigade column. The LNA said that it had conducted nine strikes against this formation as it headed toward the Mabrouk oilfield. It claimed five militants had been killed and 20 injured.

Poor quality footage released by Khalifa Ghwell’s Foreign Media Department in Tripoli, begins with some type of aircraft clearly in trouble with smoke coming from it. The height is hard to gauge but it is heading toward the camera, which breaks away to film an armed man running and shouting happily. The lens then returns to a spot a kilometre or more away where a plume of smoke is rising from an explosion.

A later sequence shows one charred corpse in crewman uniform and the body of another crewman who appeared to have been thrown clear but suffered catastrophic injuries to the front of his head. There were no shots of a third body.

The pilot is known to have have been Colonel Mumin Al-Drissi but there are reports that the other two crewmen were members of his family, technical airman Ibrahim Al-Drissi and Corporal Elmabruk Al-Drissi.

The wreckage was still burning when the BDB cameraman reached it. One shot showed a blackened circular rocket launcher slightly away from the main crash site.

It is known that on at least one occasion, a rocket exploded prematurely when fired from an LNA aircraft.
Posted by: badanov || 02/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Clearly caused by an EMP cannon.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/12/2017 8:44 Comments || Top||


IS executes 5 Egyptians accused of aiding army
[IsraelTime] 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 in Egypt claims to have executed five men it accused of working for the army, which is battling the jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula.

In a series of photos published Friday on the secure messaging app Telegram, five men presented as army "elements" are seen lying face down on the ground before a bully boy shoots them in the back of their heads with an assault rifle, the SITE intelligence group said.

Jihadists have killed hundreds of soldiers and coppers since the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013 unleashed a bloody crackdown on his supporters.

The crackdown decimated the Islamist movement and killed hundreds of his followers, and set off a jihadist insurgency that has killed hundreds of security personnel.

Most of the attacks have taken place in the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel and the Gazoo Strip, but attacks have also been carried out in other areas including Cairo.

The Egyptian army announced on Friday that it had killed "500 terrorists" since it launched a wide-ranging security operation in the Sinai in September 2015.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [309 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  Winning hearts and minds since... never
Posted by: Frank G || 02/12/2017 7:33 Comments || Top||


Europe
Europe migrant colonist briefs
Germans demonstrate against return of failed asylum seekers to Afghanistan
Meh. They could turn out several thousand to protest the sky being blue.
[DeutscheWelle] Several thousand people have taken part in demonstrations across Germany in support of Afghan nationals who are being obliged to return home after their asylum requests failed. Nearly 12,000 have been asked to leave.

Germany's Angela Merkel calls for faster deportations of rejected Tunisian asylum seekers
The problem appears to be foot dragging at the Tunisian end -- they don't want 'em back.
Deport them to Antarctica.
[DeutscheWelle] The chancellor said in her weekly video podcast that she would push the Tunisian prime minister to help speed up deportations. She referenced the case of the Tunisian terrorist Anis Amri.

Germany says 91 mosques were attacked in 2016

[AlAhram] The German government says 91 mosques were attacked in the country in 2016. The interior ministry said in a report sent to The Associated Press late Friday that most attacks — 21 of them— took place in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which is the country's most populous state with a high number of Muslim immigrants. The report did not detail how badly the different mosques were vandalized. However, it said police identified suspects in 12 cases and made one arrest.

Attacks on mosques and Muslim migrants have been on the rise since the arrival of some 890,000 asylum-seekers in 2015 caused a backlash and anti-Muslim sentiment in some parts of German society.

From Breitbart:
North African Migrants Allegedly Rape Milan Schoolgirl in Broad Daylight on Commuter Train
11 Feb 2017
A 15-year-old schoolgirl was groped and raped by two allegedly North African migrants on the commuter train from Milan to Mortara Thursday afternoon.

Extremists Threaten To ‘Burn Down’ Hotel Hosting Alternative for Germany Meeting
11 Feb 2017
The Maritim hotel in Cologne has received violent threats from extremists who say they will burn the hotel down if the ant-mass migration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party are allowed to host an event there. The anti-mass migration AfD are finding

Italy to Speed up Migrant Asylum Decisions, Deportations
11 Feb 2017
The Italian government on Friday approved measures aimed at streamlining the decision process for asylum requests – as well as speeding up the deportations of those whose asylum bids have been denied.

Geert Wilders: Whatever Happens in 2017, Populist Genie Is Out of the Bottle
11 Feb 2017
Poll-leading Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders, who stands a chance of being the Netherlands’ next prime minister, has said the demise of the European Union (EU) is now “irreversible” and that attempts by the bloc to punish the UK for leaving would backfire.

Assad: Some Syrian Migrants Are ‘Definitely’ Terrorists
10 Feb 2017
Some migrants coming into Western states as Syrian asylum seekers are “definitely” terrorists, the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said.

Charity Takes UK Government to Court, Demands More ‘Child Refugees’
10 Feb 2017
(AP) – A charity is taking the British government to court over its decision to close a program bringing unaccompanied child migrants to the U.K. from Europe.

Dutch Police: Nine Migrants Rescued From Refrigerated Truck
10 Feb 2017
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police say they discovered nine migrants hiding in a refrigerated truck near the country’s border with Belgium, after one of the migrants called officers because the group was so cold.

Report: Migrant Children Will ‘Overload’ German School System
10 Feb 2017
And German schools require a high level of concentration and comprehension on the part of the student, followed by the ability to do homework independently. Unless things have changed drastically since we lived there, starting in first grade at age seven -- to which the students are expected to arrive already able to read, write, and do simple arithmetic -- the teachers lecture while the students listen, then go home and do pages of homework.
An influx of up to 300,000 migrant children could overwhelm the German school system and lead to a ghettoisation of German classrooms hindering attempts at integration.

Police Raid Home of Migrant Teen Who Threatened Foreign Minister
10 Feb 2017
A 16-year-old Chechen migrant who became infamous in Austria after being involved in the beating of a young student has had his home raided after he sent threatening messages to Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.

German Neo-Nazi Jailed for Torching Migrant Shelter
9 Feb 2017
BERLIN (AFP) – A German neo-Nazi was sentenced to eight years jail Thursday for an arson attack on a sports hall that had been designated to house refugees.

Terror: Paris to Build Eight-Foot Bulletproof Wall Around Eiffel Tower
9 Feb 2017
Paris City Hall announced Thursday an eight-foot tall bulletproof glass wall will shield the iconic Belle-Epoque Eiffel Tower from terrorist threats.

UN Says EU Should Cut Boat Deaths by Allowing Africans to Migrate Legally
9 Feb 2017
Africans’ desire to move to Europe is a “legitimate aspiration” and so the European Union (EU) must allow them to migrate legally if it wants to cut deaths in the Mediterranean, a top UN official has said.

EU Migrant Redistribution Programme Meets Less than 10 Per Cent of Target
9 Feb 2017
Despite attempts by the European Union (EU) to redistribute some 160,000 migrants from Greece and Italy, the political bloc has so far only managed to resettle less than 10 per cent of their target.

Swedish National Broadcaster Journalists Sentenced to Community Work For Smuggling Syrian Migrant
9 Feb 2017
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three employees with Swedish broadcaster SVT have been sentenced to community work after being convicted of human smuggling for bringing a 15-year Syrian boy to Sweden during the 2015 migrant influx that swept across Europe.

Merkel Hopes to Step Up Germany’s Migrant Deportations
9 Feb 2017
Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes for progress on deporting more rejected asylum-seekers as she meets with governors of Germany’s 16 states Thursday.

Victims of New Year’s Eve Migrant Attacks Come Forward: ‘They Grabbed Me Everywhere’
8 Feb 2017
Allegations of sexual harassment, theft, and assault by migrants on New Year’s Eve have emerged, more than a month after Frankfurt police announced that the night had passed off peacefully.

16 European Nations Join Together to Defend Continent’s Borders, Say EU Has Failed
8 Feb 2017
Austria is joining forces with 15 other Eastern European countries to stem the flow of migrants northwards, as they believe the EU has failed in its duty to protect the region’s borders.

Police Officer Who Spoke out on Migrant Crime Now Under Investigation for Racial Hatred
8 Feb 2017
A police officer who broke ranks to reveal that migrants are to blame for the vast majority of serious crime in Sweden is now under investigation for incitement to racial hatred.

Germany: EU Mediterranean Migrant Rescue Mission Being Taken Advantage of by People Smugglers
8 Feb 2017
The German government has admitted that “Operation Sophia”, which rescues migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, has actually benefitted people smugglers and their business.

Survey: Majority of Europeans In 10 Countries Want Halt to Muslim Migration
8 Feb 2017
A new study on European attitudes toward Muslim migration has revealed that 55 per cent of Europeans in ten different countries want a halt to migration from majority Muslim nations.

Cologne Police Apologise after Suggesting Migrants Stay Away from Carnival
7 Feb 2017
Police in northern Germany have been forced to apologise after a draft email suggesting migrants should be kept away from carnival celebrations was leaked to migrant organisations, prompting accusations of racism.

Angela Merkel Rules Out Migrant Cap
7 Feb 2017
As pressure mounts on German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of this year’s election, the chancellor has flat out refused to place a limit on the number of asylum seekers coming into the country.

German Regions Refuse To Deport Afghan Migrants
7 Feb 2017
Despite the German federal government’s plan to deport thousands of failed Afghan asylum seekers, German regions are not cooperating and claim Afghanistan has become far too dangerous.

From The Daily Mail:
Merkel offers cash handouts worth millions of pounds for migrants to return home in an embarrassing U-turn
11/02/17
Angela Merkel will offer cash handouts worth millions of pounds for migrants to leave Germany in an effort to silence criticism of her ‘open-door’ border policy.

Two Afghans are arrested after 'trapping two girls in a swimming pool water-chute so they could sexually abuse them' in latest alleged migrant sex attack
10/02/17
The 20 and 22-year-olds from Afghanistan are said to have trapped the two girls, 13 and 15, in a slide at a pool in Oberhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, in order to molest

Two asylum seekers are charged with molesting five girls aged between 12 and 14 in a German swimming pool
08/02/17
The two men, aged 23 and 34, are said to have molested the group of girls by touching them sexually under the water at a pool in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

Calais hotel owners are held over people smuggling: Five arrested in series of dawn raids over claims their hotels were used to house migrants
08/02/17
Five hoteliers were arrested yesterday over their alleged involvement in a people-smuggling network that charged illegal immigrants up to £9,000 for a ‘guaranteed passage’ to Britain.

EXCLUSIVE: 'Forget decency, fight the sex jihad!' Most powerful woman in far-Right Pegida group launches vicious attack on Muslim migrants and tells the public to 'grab your pitchforks and protect Europe'
07/02/17
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Tatjana Festerling, 51, the second-in-command of the anti-Islam group Pegida, said ‘political correctness’ was putting women and gay men at risk of assault.

EXCLUSIVE - 'Welcome to the NEW Lesbos': Now Sicily is flooded with 2,000 migrants EVERY DAY since the Balkans route shut
07/02/17
Sicily has been branded 'the new Lesbos' as thousands of migrants arrive on the Mediterranean island. MailOnline gained exclusive access to the ships out to rescue them.

EXCLUSIVE: MailOnline joins dozens of men trying to sneak across dangerous Macedonian border as teams of police and soldiers hunt them down
07/02/17
As darkness fell, MailOnline joined a group of 60 Pakistanis as they attempted the perilous nighttime journey from Macedonia into Greece, risking their lives in search of a better future.

Child refugees are being recruited by ISIS to travel to Europe and hundreds have gone missing since arriving in the UK, terror experts warn
06/02/17
The youngsters' passage to Europe and the UK is being funded by the terror groups, who hand over cash to human smugglers to get them over the border having radicalised them at some stage along the way.

Tricked into death: 150,000 migrants' life jackets - many of which are useless fakes - lie piled on the coast of Lesbos in grim memorial to those who die crossing the Mediterranean
06/02/17
Shockingly, many of the life jackets are fake, and some are even made from sponge, which means they quickly fill with water before dragging their wearer down into the depths.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/12/2017 01:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [400 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Danish teen charged with plotting to bomb Jewish school
[IsraelTimes] A Danish prosecutor said a 16-year-old girl has been formally charged with planning kabooms against two schools in Denmark.

Prosecutor Lise-Lotte Nilas says the teenager is accused of "having made preparations to make bombs" using the explosive known as TATP.
...so easy to make in the kitchen of your mother, according to both the Al Qaeda in Yemen and ISIS magazines...
She said her targets were a school west of Copenhagen and a Jewish school in the capital.

Police thwarted the plans by arresting the girl on Jan. 13, 2016. A trial is set to start April 7, 2017 in Holbaek, northwest of the Danish capital.

Charges against a 25-year-old man, initially believed to an accomplice, have been dropped. Defense lawyer Michael Juul Eriksen told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named his client, who twice had been in Syria, would be released later Friday.
That seems needlessly merciful.
Neither the girl nor the man could be identified.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under:


The Grand Turk
Turkey Arrests 2 Suspected IS Militants
[AnNahar] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's state-run news agency
...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
says two men suspected of planning 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 attacks in Europe have been placed in durance vile
Please don't kill me!
The Anadolu agency said Saturday that Mahamad Laban, 45, a Danish citizen of Lebanese origin, and Mohammed Tefik Saleh, 38, a Swedish citizen of Iraqi origin, received weapons and explosives training in Syria for the past three months.

The agency says police questioned the suspects for 10 days in the southern province of Adana.

The report says Saleh's wife informed Swedish authorities that he crossed from Turkey to Syria and joined IS in 2014, along with his two daughters. The agency says the wife didn't go to Syria, and returned to Sweden.

Anadolu says pictures found on Laban showed him in trenches, wearing camouflage and holding a machine gun.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Home Front: WoT
ICE Rounds Up 44 Criminal Aliens in Texas Capital
[BREITBART] Enforcement actions underway in Texas as part of the nationwide Operation Cross Check have landed 44 criminal aliens in federal detention this week.

Following news about criminal aliens being incarcerated
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
in Austin, Texas, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, Breitbart Texas reached out to the local ICE spokesperson to learn if the arrests were part of an ongoing operation. While the ICE spokesperson would not confirm or deny the operation, U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro confirmed the arrests underway in Austin and throughout South and Central Texas are part of Operation Crosscheck.

"I have been informed by ICE that the agency’s San Antonio field office has launched a targeted operation in South and Central Texas as part of Operation Cross Check," Castro said in a written statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. "I am asking ICE to clarify whether these individuals are in fact dangerous, violent threats to our communities, and not people who are here peacefully raising families and contributing to our state. I will continue to monitor this situation."
What time of year is best to plant families?
Posted by: Fred || 02/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [496 views] Top|| File under:

#1 

Criminal aliens? That's a new juxtaposition of words!
Posted by: Bobby || 02/12/2017 8:08 Comments || Top||

#2  What time of year is best to plant families?

We actually have two growing seasons, and a third thru the winter for self important root vegetables and fruits.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/12/2017 8:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Wait a minute.....isn't Austin one of those "sanctuary cities"?

Ollie, Ollie, In Free.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/12/2017 9:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Nice name for the operation. Suggested future names - Operation High Sticking, Operation Boarding, Operation Interference.
Posted by: Raj || 02/12/2017 13:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Ah, tropical produce! Go shopping!
All over the border it's hopping,
As fresh avocados
In new El Dorados
Are cropping the windfall that's dropping.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/12/2017 22:30 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Kid dies in IED attack in Peshawar
BAJAUR AGENCY/Peshawar - A child was killed and four others sustained serious injuries when a remote-controlled explosive device hit a vehicle in Arang area in Bajaur Agency on Friday.

Officials of the local administration told The Nation that a vehicle carrying students to a nearby private school was hit by the bomb in Arang area of Utman Khel tehsil. According to the officials, one child died on the spot.

Personnel of Bajaur Levies and locals immediately reached the site and shifted the wounded to the agency headquarters hospital in Khar.

The administration has also launched a search operation in the area after the blast.
Posted by: badanov || 02/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Kurdish security forces arrest five ISIS suspects north Iraq
[ARA] Iraqi Kurdistan’s Asayish security forces in Erbil said they have enjugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
five Kurdish individuals who wanted to join 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) group.

"As part of Erbil Asayish’s ongoing efforts, today a group of 5 suspects affiliated with ISIS bandidos murderous Moslems was arrested," the Kurdistan Region’s Security Council (KRSC) said on Sunday.

"The individuals planned to joint ISIS in Hawija, South West of Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
" the KRSC said.

Hawar Yusuf Abdul-Karim, Halmat Omar Osman Ahmed, Hani Ibrahim Rashid Faraj, Farhang Abas Abdul-Rahman Rashid and Abdulla Baqi Abdulla Rashid have been arrested over "terrorism" charges.

The arrest shows that there are still some Kurds that want to join the ranks of ISIS, although most Kurdish members of ISIS were killed in battle or coalition air strikes.

The Kurds have provided intelligence to the US-led coalition which led to targeted Arclight airstrikes taking out local senior ISIS leaders such as Mullah Shwan in September 2015 near Hawija and Falah al-Kurdi in October 2015.

Hawija is part of the Kirkuk province of Iraq, 30 miles west of Kirkuk city and north of Baghdad. The town has a population of about 100,000 inhabitants and has been under ISIS control since 2014. Some Kurds, such as Mulah Shwan and Falah al-Kurdi, took leading positions in Hawija before they were killed by coalition air strikes.

Noteworthy, ISIS used Hawija to plan attacks on the Kurdistan Region.

While Kirkuk city and its environs are controlled by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Asayish, the Hawija town outside of Kirkuk is still under ISIS control since 2014. Operations to take Hawija were delayed after the Iraqi government decided to first destroy the Islamic State in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
‐which is ISIS de facto capital in Iraq.

Posted by: Fred || 02/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


US-led coalition targets top ISIS figure in Iraq strike
[CNN] The Pentagon announced Friday that a US-led coalition strike in Iraq targeted Rachid Kassim, an ISIS operative tied to numerous terrorist plots in Europe.

"Coalition forces targeted Rachid Kassim, a senior ISIS operative, near djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
in a strike in the past 72 hours," US Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway said.

The Pentagon said it is still assessing the results, but a senior US defense official told CNN that it was "likely successful."

The official added that the Arclight airstrike was carried out by a drone.

Kassim is a French citizen who has allegedly inspired terrorist attacks in La Belle France. He is considered one of the most dangerous of all ISIS operatives because he enabled a string of plots against La Belle France by communicating with ISIS sympathizers in La Belle France through encrypted messaging apps.

Kassim encouraged and guided plotters to launch attacks, even bringing together individuals who did not know each other to form attack cells. French intelligence agencies believe he was in touch with the attacker who killed a French police couple in northwestern La Belle France in June and the two plotters who killed a priest in Normandy in July.

More then half of the 17 foiled plots against La Belle France in 2016 were guided by Kassim, according to Jean-Charles Brisard, the director of the Gay Paree-based Center for the Analysis of Terrorism.

"Kassim is the single most active French remote attack planner for ISIS, working to drive dozens of radicalized individuals in La Belle France to commit attacks," Brisard told CNN.

Social media reports seemed to indicate that Kassim was killed, Brisard said.

In the past 24 hours, several Telegram channels belonging to French ISIS operatives asked followers to pray for Kassim and his family "pending news that will strengthen your hearts," Brisard said.

Brisard said that in the past, such messages have been posted when operatives have been killed, but he stressed the importance of Western intelligence agencies confirming the death because of the possibility ISIS might try to fool Western intelligence into concluding that Kassim is dead.

Posted by: Fred || 02/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [342 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Kurd Kops detain 5 ISIS heavies in Tikrit
[ARA News] Erbil – Iraqi Kurdistan’s Asayish security forces in Erbil said they have arrested five Kurdish individuals who wanted to join the Islamic State (ISIS) group.

“As part of Erbil Asayish’s ongoing efforts, today a group of 5 suspects affiliated with ISIS terrorists was arrested,” the Kurdistan Region’s Security Council (KRSC) said on Sunday.

“The individuals planned to joint ISIS in Hawija, South West of Kirkuk,” the KRSC said.

Hawar Yusuf Abdul-Karim, Halmat Omar Osman Ahmed, Hani Ibrahim Rashid Faraj, Farhang Abas Abdul-Rahman Rashid and Abdulla Baqi Abdulla Rashid have been arrested over “terrorism” charges.

The arrest shows that there are still some Kurds that want to join the ranks of ISIS, although most Kurdish members of ISIS were killed in battle or coalition air strikes.

The Kurds have provided intelligence to the US-led coalition which led to targeted airstrikes taking out local senior ISIS leaders such as Mullah Shwan in September 2015 near Hawija and Falah al-Kurdi in October 2015.

Hawija is part of the Kirkuk province of Iraq, 30 miles west of Kirkuk city and north of Baghdad. The town has a population of about 100,000 inhabitants and has been under ISIS control since 2014. Some Kurds, such as Mulah Shwan and Falah al-Kurdi, took leading positions in Hawija before they were killed by coalition air strikes.

Noteworthy, ISIS used Hawija to plan attacks on the Kurdistan Region.

While Kirkuk city and its environs are controlled by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Asayish, the Hawija town outside of Kirkuk is still under ISIS control since 2014. Operations to take Hawija were delayed after the Iraqi government decided to first destroy the Islamic State in Mosul–which is ISIS de facto capital in Iraq.

This is not the first high-profile anti-ISIS arrest operation by the Kurdish security forces.

On 1 February, the Kurdistan Region’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and Kirkuk’s Asayish arrested six ISIS members in Bajwan in northwest of Kirkuk and foiled their planned attacks.

And on 31 January, the CTD confirmed that Ali Sleman Osman, the planner of the Ainkawa terrorist attack that targeted the US consulate on 17 April 2015, was arrested.

Ranj Talabani, a member of the Kurdish Zaniyari intelligence, in March said 500 to 600 Kurds have joined the Islamic State. However, most of them were killed.

Furthermore, ISIS propaganda in Kurdish has decreased significantly on social media and the internet, although the latest edition of the ISIS magazine Rumiyah was also published in Kurdish.
Posted by: badanov || 02/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [357 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Bomb squad member dies in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) A member of the Bomb Squad was killed by a car bomb explosion, while trying to dismantle it, north of Tikrit, a source told Alsumaria News on Saturday.

The source said, “A booby-trapped vehicle exploded, while an explosives’ expert was trying to dismantle it in al-Qadissiyah area, north of Tikrit.”

“The car bomb explosion resulted in the killing of a member of the Iraqi Bomb Squad,” the source added.

Earlier today, an improvised explosive device explosion killed a soldier of the army’s Commando brigade, and wounded five others, east of Salahuddin Province.
Posted by: badanov || 02/12/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Iraqi farmer dies in IED attack near Tawakol
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Four farmers were either killed or wounded in the explosion of an improvised explosive device, northeast of Baqubah, a source told Alsumaria News on Saturday.

The source said, “Today, an improvised explosive device exploded in an agricultural land, near Tawakol village (35 km northeast of Baqubah), killing a farmer and wounded three others.”

“Security authorities opened an investigation into the incident, while ambulances evacuated the wounded to a nearby hospital and the body to the forensic medicine department,” the source added.

Tawakol is one of the villages that were liberated from the Islamic State after being occupied in June 2014.
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Iraqi militia stops ISIS attack in Mosul


Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada militia announced on Saturday foiling an attack launched by the Islamic State group, west of the city of Mosul, while pointed out to the killing of 10 members of the group.

The militia said in a press statement, “Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada militia thwarted a terrorist attack by the Islamic State on the area Tal Abta.”

“The militia killed ten members of the Islamic State, as well as burning three vehicles,” the statement added. “One member of Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada was killed, while two others were wounded in the attack,” the statement explained.

In January 25th 2017, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that security forces fully liberated the eastern side of the city of Mosul.
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Anbar Antics
2 wounded dismantling bombs in Ramadi

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) An official source in Anbar Province declared that two explosives’ experts were injured by an improvised explosive device explosion, while trying to dismantle it, south of the city of Ramadi, Alsumaria News reported on Saturday.

The source added, “Today, an improvised explosive device exploded, while two explosives’ experts working in Ayn al-Fahd Security Company were trying to dismantle it, south of Ramadi.”

“The two experts are Iraqis,” the source explained. “Security forces transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital to receive the needed treatment,” the source further added.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


1 dead in bombing attack in al-Rasheed area

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A police source revealed that a civilian was killed, while five others were wounded in a bomb blast, near a popular market, south of Baghdad, Alsumaria News reported on Saturday.

The source said, “An improvised explosive device, emplaced near a popular market in al-Rasheed area, south of Baghdad exploded, at noon today, killing a civilian and wounding five others.”

“Security forces cordoned off the area of incident, while ambulances transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital and the bodies to the forensic medicine department,” the source added on condition of anonymity.

Noteworthy, Baghdad is witnessing several suicide attacks using booby-trapped vehicles and suicide vests, as well as separate attacks against civilians and security forces.

Iraqi kop dies in pro Tater protests

Police fired tear gas to prevent protesters from getting too close to the Green Zone, witnesses said, choking about two dozen demonstrators, according to the organizers of the protest.

Bursts of gunfire were also heard but it was not clear where they came from.

Sadr’s supporters stormed the Green Zone last year after violent clashes with security forces.

An interior ministry statement said guns and knives were found on some protesters.

Sadr issued a statement saying the demonstration was peaceful and accused the police of using excessive force.

He said his supporters wanted to get near the Green Zone to make their voices heard by decision makers, and had no intention of storming it again. Sadr asked the protesters to “withdraw until further notice”.

Television footage showed young men, many holding Iraqi flags and covering their faces, running away as smoke filled Tahrir Square.

Sadr suspects that members of the electoral commission are loyal to his Shi’ite rival, former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, one of the closest allies of Iran in Iraq.

Sadr is openly hostile to American presence and policies in the Middle East and, at the same time, he has a troubled relationship with Iraqi political groups allied with Iran.

A political commentator close to Abadi, Ihsan al-Shammari, told Reuters the protests were ill-timed but would not affect the U.S.-backed military campaign on Mosul.

“The protests don’t affect the ongoing military preparations to retake Mosul, but the problem is that, at this time, they are disturbing the security situation,” he said.

Iraqi forces last month completed the first phase of the Mosul offensive that started in October, by dislodging the militants from the eastern side of the city. They are now preparing to attack the part that lies west of the Tigris river.

4 die in Green Zone festivities

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Governor of Baghdad Ali al-Tamimi announced on Saturday, that four protestors were killed, and 320 others were wounded in the demonstrations that took place, today, at Baghdad’s Green Zone, while called on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to order investigation into the incident.

Tamimi said in a press statement, “Today, the capital, Baghdad, witnessed a peaceful demonstration, and there were obvious cooperation between security forces and protestors,” pointing out that, “Some demonstrators tried to break the peaceful atmosphere, so security forces fired tear gas and live bullets, killing some protesters and injuring hundreds.”

“The final outcome reached 4 martyrs and 320 wounded, including 79 injured with live bullets,” Tamimi added.

Tamimi also denounced attacking the demonstrators, and called on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to form a committee to investigate using excessive force against peaceful demonstrators.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
2 Israelis lightly hurt by stones thrown at car in West Bank
[IsraelTimes] Two Israelis were lightly hurt Saturday when Paleostinians hurled stones at their vehicles on the road near the Paleostinian West Bank village of Husan, close to the Etzion Bloc settlements.

One of the injured was treated by a medical team at the scene, and the other was evacuated to a nearby hospital, Israel Radio reported.

Earlier Saturday, a Paleostinian woman was placed in durance vile
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
after she pulled out a knife and headed toward a Border Police force in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron.

The troops identified her intentions, drew their weapons and called on the woman to halt. The suspect came to a sudden stop without any shots fired, and threw the knife to the floor.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which took place at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a site considered holy to both Jews and Moslems.

The woman, who is reportedly a resident of Hebron, was taken for questioning by security forces.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian Democratic Forces seize more ground east Raqqa amid ISIS retreat
[ARA] The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday expelled 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) gunnies form the strategic town of Meyzla east of Raqqa, in northeastern Syria.

The SDF specialised teams also started to dismantle ISIS explosives and landmines in the town.

The town of Meyzla is located some 11km from Raqqa city centre. Its strategic location may help the SDF accelerate the battle for eastern Raqqa.

"Our forces are now in control of the Meyzla town, where ISIS was using civilians as human shields. The town is completely liberated now," SDF officer Mahmoud Khalaf, told ARA News.

According to the SDF, nearly 70% of fighters participating in the Euphrates Wrath Operation in eastern Raqqa are Arabs.

One of the main difficulties facing the Kurdish-led SDF is that ISIS has been using civilians as human shields to protect its de facto capital.

We have carefully advanced towards this town to prevent civilian casualties, as ISIS holy warriors were using the people as human shields," Ahmad Abdullah, an SDF fighter, told ARA News at the frontline in eastern Raqqa.

"We need two days to completely dismantle landmines and explosives here in order to allow a safe return of civilians," he said.

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Turkey, allied rebels enter al-Bab
[ARA] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s military forces and allied Syrian rebels entered the city of al-Bab on Saturday for the first time after months of festivities with ISIS, local sources reported.

The Turkish-led forces entered al-Bab from the northwest, seizing control of several neighbourhoods. This while the Syrian regime’s troops continued to push towards the city from the south, cutting off a main ISIS supply route.

However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
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) fighters still hold control of major parts of the city.

"Clashes are still ongoing in al-Bab, as ISIS forces of Evil continue to resist attacks by the Turkey-led Euphrates Shield campaign. However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
today’s progress shows that main ISIS defences have broke down," rebel front man Saleh al-Zein told ARA News.

According to a statement by the Turkish Army, at least 43 ISIS forces of Evil were killed in Saturday’s festivities.

"At least 245 ISIS targets, including the group’s shelters, headquarters, defence positions and vehicles, were hit by Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) fighters with Turkish Land Forces’ support," the statement said.

It added that Turkish warplanes have destroyed 55 buildings used by ISIS as hideouts, two headquarters, two meeting points, a guard station, an arms depot, and a wireless station.

Turkey and its rebel allies have been bogged down in al-Bab for almost three months, taking significant casualties. ISIS constructed a warren of tunnels and an extensive trench line in anticipation of the fighting.

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Dozens of rebel troops die in Deir Ezzor
A Syrian army unit, in cooperation with popular defense groups, killed members of two ISIL terrorist groups near al-Tharda region in Deir Ezzor Province on Saturday.

SANA reporter said that Air Force of the Army carried out strikes against ISIL terrorists in al-Makabbat area on the road of al-Tharda Mountain, killing six terrorists including Abu Mohammad al-Mortada and injuring seven others and destroying a motorcycle.

Army’s strikes also targeted ISIL gatherings in the surrounding area of al-Maqaber and the neighborhoods of al-Hamidiya and the old Airport, killing or injuring many of the terrorists and destroying vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns.

SANA said the Syrian army dealt heavy blows to movements of two ISIL terrorist groups, one of which attempted to infiltrate from al-Hweiqa passage and the other from the surrounding area of Agriculture College in al-Husseinia, killing most of the terrorists.

Source: SANA
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Syrian and Egyptian Edtions


ISIS executes civilians before arrival of Turkish troops

[al-Manar] ISIL terrorists have executed at least 40 civilians in the Syrian northern town of al-Bab right after being captured, Al Mayadeen broadcaster reported.

Currently, the Syrian army is approaching al-Bab controlled by ISIL from the west and south, while the Turkish-led forces are attempting to advance into and liberate the town from the north and the east.

The Syrian army forces and the Turkish-led forces are not coordinating their actions, since Damascus considers the presence of the Turkish forces a violation of Syria’s sovereignty.

On Friday, a military source told Sputnik that the Syrian army forces cut off the retreat path for ISIL from al-Bab.

The Turkish military operation in Syria’s al-Bab has entered the final stage. Turkey’s units entered central al-Bab, the operation is being conducted in coordination with Russia.

Al-Bab is one of ISIL’s last remaining strongholds near the Turkish border. Capturing the city is of strategic importance to Turkey in order to prevent the Syrian Kurds taking it and unifying their own territories.

ISIS executes 5 in Sinai

[al-Manar] ISIL terrorist group claims to have executed five men allegedly accused of assisting the Egyptian army which is battling the Takfiri group in the country’s restive Sinai Province.

In a series of photos released on the messaging application of Telegram, five men introduced as army “elements” are seen lying face down on the ground before a militant shoots them in the back of their heads with a rifle.

The location of the shot video, reported by US-based the SITE Intelligence Group that tracks terrorists’ online activities, is not specified and still remains undisclosed.

The killings seem to have occurred after the Egyptian army announced Friday that it had killed “500 terrorists” since the start of a wide-ranging security operation in Sinai in September 2015.

Militants have slain hundreds of soldiers and police officers in the sparsely-populated Sinai Peninsula over the past several years.

ISIS prepares for MOUT operations in Raqqa

[AAWSAT] Beirut- ISIS militants mobilized in the Syrian city of Raqqa on Friday ahead of a new round of battles, which local activists expected to be tantamount to urban warfare.

The International Coalition has pounded Raqqa’s bridges on the Euphrates River, cutting off any connection between the two sides linking the river while the Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militias were still advancing towards the city.

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, SDF spokesperson Talal Silo said the Americans did not yet inform the group about the content of Washington’s agreement with Ankara concerning the liberation of Raqqa.

“We had previously opposed any involvement of Turkish forces in the Raqqa battle. However, if there was a U.S.-Turkish agreement in this regard, we would probably discuss the issue to reach an appropriate formula to liberate the city,” Silo said.

U.S. Army Colonel and Spokesperson for the Combined Joint Task Force John Dorrian said on Thursday night during a news briefing from Baghdad that in total, more than 3,410 kilometers square of territory has been liberated since the operation to isolate Raqqa began Nov. 5.

The SDF and their partners have encountered “light to moderate” resistance as the enemy’s command-and-control system struggles to deal with multiple ongoing operations simultaneously, he added.

Meanwhile, Moscow is currently busy trying to mediate between the Syrian regime and political and military opposition factions.

At the battlefield, Russia is working to set the temp of the ongoing battle in al-Bab city following clashes between Ankara-backed opposition fighters, and Syrian regime forces and their allies on Thursday night.

Also in al-Bab, Turkey denied on Friday Kremlin’s announcement that Ankara provided the coordinates for the Russian airstrike, which killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others.

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “Turkish soldiers should not have been there,” adding there is no dispute regarding the cause of the incident.

At the political level, the outcome of a meeting held earlier between members of the Syrian Coalition and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov were discussed by the High Negotiations Committee in Riyadh on Friday.

In a related development, head of the Syrian regime Bashar Assad rejected during an interview with Yahoo News the creation of safe zones for refugees and displaced people in Syria, an idea supported by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Assad signaled he would welcome cooperation with Washington in the fight against ISIS, however, as long as the United States took a “clear political position” on Syria’s sovereignty and unity.
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