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Tahrir al-Sham: Al-Qaeda's latest incarnation in Syria
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Afghanistan
Top Taliban leader Mawlavi Naqibullah, foreign militants killed in Badakshan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A top leader of the Taliban group was along with severa local and foreign bandidos Lion of Islams in northeastern Badakshan province of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials in Badakhshan, the gunnies were killed during the counter-terrorism operations in Jurm district.

The commander of the 20th Pamir Brigade, General Ghulam Hazrat Karimi, said Mawlavi Naqibullah was among eleven bandidos Lion of Islams killed during the operations.

Gen. Karimi further added that four foreign bandidos Lion of Islams were among those killed.

He said at least fourteen gunnies also sustained injuries during the operations conducted Farghamero and Aab Raghak villages in the past 24 hours.

According to Gen. Karimi, the Afghan cops and local residents of the two villages did not suffer any casualties during the operations.
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


US and Afghan troops reportedly kill 22 'human shields' in anti-Taliban operation
[ABC.NET.AU] Afghan officials and local residents say 22 civilians, mostly women and kiddies, were killed during a joint operation carried out by US and Afghan forces last week in the southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province.

The presidential envoy for security in Helmand, Jabar Qahraman, said the raid against Taliban bully boyz in the Sangin district killed 13 people from one family and nine from another.

"We are saddened to hear the news of civilians being killed," he said.

"When the Taliban use civilians as their shield against security forces, such incidents occur."

US Navy Captain Bill Salvin, a military front man, said: "We are working diligently to determine whether non-combatants were killed or injured as a result of US air strikes [carried out to support Afghan forces in and around Sangin]."

The investigation is "continuing and has not reached any conclusions", he added in a written statement.

The UN mission in Afghanistan meanwhile expressed "grave concern" at the violence in Helmand, saying its initial inquiries suggest air strikes by international forces killed at least 18 civilians, "nearly all women and kiddies".

Hameed Gul, a local resident, said he lost nine members of his family, including his mother and sister, in Thursday's raid.

"It's all lie that they were attacking the Taliban," he said.

Kareem Atal, the head of the provincial council in Helmand, said a man, two women and two children who were maimed in the raid have been brought to scenic provincial capital Lashkar Gah for treatment.

Helmand has seen months of heavy fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban, who have repeatedly attacked Lashkar Gah.
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [403 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Lots of Frenchies died from allied bombing 42-45, not the mention collateral damage during and after Normandy on the ground. Then again, actual war was being conducted.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/13/2017 8:52 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Top military officer among 12 soldiers killed in attack
At least 12 soldiers, including two high-ranking commanders were killed, and several injured in a deadly gun and bomb attack by Al shabaab in Southern Somalia on Sunday.

Two commander, among them Mohamed Hassan Bakay died in a remote-controlled land mine blast targeted their convoy on the road linking Afgoye to Wanlaweyn town, source said. The military officials were heading to Tihsile village as reinforcement to Somali troops during clashes with the Al Qaeda-linked Al shabaab fighters, according to a senior regional official.

Sunday’s attack was the deadliest on the country’s army since the new President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was elected by the Somali MPs last Wednesday, February 8 in Mogadishu.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [338 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Sudanese police downplays explosion inside apartment in Khartoum
[NEWS.XINHUANET] The Sudanese police on Sunday downplayed an kaboom that earlier took place inside an apartment at a neighborhood of the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

"A simple kaboom took place inside an apartment due to a home-made bomb that a particular defendant started to build before it explodes," said Sudanese police in a statement.

"The materials seized are not considered highly explosives as appeared in the light effects left at the scene of the incident," it added.

The police further said it found inside the apartment local materials used in making home-made explosives along with foreign passports.

It reiterated that it would resolve the crime and arrest the defendants within hours.

The Sudanese police raided on Sunday an apartment inhabited by foreigners in the neighborhood of Arkaweet, east of Sudan's capital Khartoum.

According to eyewitnesses, the police tossed in the slammer
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
foreigners with a mass of weapons and explosives and is still surrounding the area after hearing a sound of kaboom.
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  'Happens all the time!'
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/13/2017 8:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Apparently the safe-bomb program is having an effect.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/13/2017 8:51 Comments || Top||


Sudanese police raids suspected weapon cache, arrests foreigners
[NEWS.XINHUANET] Local residents said the Sudanese police raided on Sunday an apartment inhabited by foreigners in the neighborhood of Arkaweet, east of Sudan's capital Khartoum.

The police jugged
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
foreigners with a mass of weapons and explosives and is still surrounding the area, the sources said.

"This morning we heard a powerful kaboom in a nearby apartment, and then the police forces arrived at the area," a resident told Xinhua near the site of the raid.

"We saw the police taking a number of foreigners who were residing in the place, and I think Syrians, Somalis and other Arab nationals were among them," he said.
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan


Africa North
Two fugitives killed in shootout with police near Cairo: Interior ministry
[AlAhram] Egyptian police potted two runaways in a shootout after raiding their hideout in Badr city on the outskirts of Cairo, the interior ministry said on Sunday.

The ministry said in a statement that security forces were pursuing one of the two runaways who was sentenced to life in prison by a military court after being convicted of planting an bomb at a cop shoppe in Assiut governorate in Upper Egypt.

The suspect was also accused in two ongoing cases involving planting an bomb and being a member of a terrorist group.

The ministry said that the two suspects fired on police as they closed in on their hideout, leading to a shootout.

"The runaway suspect was planning an attack against vital and important targets," the statement added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
DB: Blackwater's back in the news
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/13/2017 10:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Patricio Carrera to the white courtesy phone
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/13/2017 13:12 Comments || Top||

#2  It's all coming together for me now. The reemergence of Blackwater, Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, the potential lifting of WWII weapons import restrictions.

Blackwater trained High School rifle marksmanship teams !!!
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/13/2017 13:18 Comments || Top||

#3  All's not armament that gleams.
Unearth teh nuggets, note the themes,
Connect the dots and sort the reams;
Sniff what vile concoction steams:

Violent games, offensive memes,
Films with patriotic themes,
Illuminati ghetto beams,
And need I mention Wright and Eames?
Racist arson? Parson Weems?
Finally, high school rifle teams,
Shooting stars, and snowflake's screams...

Omens plain enough, meseems.
Of ((alt-right)) fascist bankster dreams:
Pumping Trump's extreme regime's
Risky carbine credit schemes.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/13/2017 16:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Now that it's not Obie's group hiring them, it becomes and issue. Because WAR!
Posted by: ed in texas || 02/13/2017 17:27 Comments || Top||

#5  The pic in the article is not an old Blackwater aircraft. Its actually a US Army aircraft. But with that said EP enterprises was sold to AAR years ago. The S61 is under contract with DOD, flown by AAR Airlift. They have nothing to do any Eric Prince entity.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 02/13/2017 21:35 Comments || Top||

#6  About one jump above crapper rumor...

That being said that corner of equatorial Africa is very familiar to me and I can assure you that you could hide Manhattan in those jungles and no one could find it...
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/13/2017 22:18 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Pakistani man killed in Houthi projectile attack on Saudi border city
[NEWS.XINHUANET] The Saudi civil defense authority said on Sunday that a Pak man was killed in a projectile attack by Yemen's Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militias on a Saudi border city, local newspapers reported.

Figures show dozens of civilians have lost lives in such attacks since the Saudi-led war broke out in Yemen.

In a joint presser with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Sunday, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir said the Houthi militias have failed to implement any of the more than 70 agreements signed with them.
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [283 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Coalition airstrike kills 6-member family in Yemeni port city Mokha
[NEWS.XINHUANET] The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemeni dominant Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
rebels killed a six-member family in an air strike on the family's house in the Red Sea port city of Mokha on Sunday evening, a medic and security official told Xinhua.

"Doctor Molok Mahis, director of maternal and childhood center, a non-governmental organization, was critically injured in the air strike on her home in Mokha and she is being now treated at the intensive care in the hospital," the medic told Xinhua by phone.

"Her leg was amputated in the air strike and six members of her family were killed," the medic said.

The security official in the port city confirmed that all six members of social activist Mahis were killed in one of the evening air strike that flattened her house to the ground.

This is the latest in a series of air strikes hitting Yemeni civilians since the war began in 2015.
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Europe
Germany arrests suspected member of Afghanistan's Taliban
[FOXNEWS] German authorities have incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
a suspected member of Afghanistan's Taliban who is accused of taking part in an attack in which an American soldier was killed.

Federal prosecutors say the 20-year-old Afghan national, identified only as Abdol S. in keeping with German privacy rules, was arrested in Bavaria on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Thursday that the suspect joined the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2013 and was trained to use an AK-47 assault rifle and hand grenades.

They say that, in 2013 and 2014, he participated at least twice in fighting against Afghan government troops and U.S. soldiers.

According to prosecutors, a U.S. soldier was killed and two others maimed during one of the attacks.

The Taliban have been waging an insurgency against Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government for over 15 years.
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Home Front: WoT
Refugees cross to Canada to escape Donald Trump
Why not just get in the car and drive? It would have been much more comfortable... Oh, yes. The Secret Police.
[Al Jazeera] For five hours, Somalis Farhan Ahmed and Mohammed Mualim trekked through the barren and frigid snow-swept fields dividing North Dakota from the Canadian prairies. The snow was knee-deep and it was nearly -20 degrees Celsius.
The Brutal Dakota Winter®...
Then, out of the darkness, a highway appeared. They had arrived in Canada.
"Hurrah, hoser!"
One of them pulled out their mobile phone to call 911.
... or a cab.
"Wow, it was very, very cold," Ahmed, 36, recalled. "You could not walk about the ice. It was too much. Sometimes, it reached our knees. We didn't feel sometimes our hands, sometimes our feet."
Shoulda brought yer snow shoes.
Hours earlier, Ahmed, Mualim, and three other African men paid a man $500 to drive them from Minneapolis, Minnesota to North Dakota, just three miles south of the Canadian border. They were underdressed for the winter temperatures, wearing only light gloves and spring jackets.
They were totally unprepared because Minnesota, as everyone knows, doesn't have winter. I'm still curious why they didn't just spend the $500 on a plane ticket to Vancouver?
"Sometimes, you cannot walk because the snow is very big - sometimes above your knees," Mualim, 28, explained.
But anything to escape Trump. Bet they wished for a little Global Warming, eh?
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [630 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We need a new category or classification: "Real Smart People" for stuff like this!
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 02/13/2017 1:26 Comments || Top||

#2  They would have been turned back by Canadian immigration if they tried to cross at a border crossing and wouldn't be able to claim refugee status as they were already in country of refuge. Notwithstanding that the USA could deport them.
Posted by: phil_b || 02/13/2017 5:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Mexico is warm and balmy.
Posted by: airandee || 02/13/2017 5:15 Comments || Top||

#4  The Muslim Brotherhood sent two propaganda ponies to walk through the snow so that the Muslim Brotherhood propaganda organ, Qatari-owned al-Jazeera, could write this story and take some pictures.

Islamist propaganda written for morons
Posted by: anon1 || 02/13/2017 5:33 Comments || Top||

#5  Anon1, IMO, your explanation fits all the puzzling facts.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/13/2017 6:14 Comments || Top||

#6  I think we should encourage this.

Sure, there'd be a big mess to clean up come spring, but crime in Minneapolis would plummet.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/13/2017 9:40 Comments || Top||

#7  As a refugee, you have the right to seek refuge everywhere in the world.

Ummmm..."seeking" and finding are two different things my African friend. Regardless, not sure you have a "right" either.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 02/13/2017 9:59 Comments || Top||

#8  Assuming you entered in to Manitoba, you guys will have to bypass Winnipeg as there are Canadian Customs & Immigration enforcement folks there (and they're pretty serious about their duties).

Head on north a bit along the picturesque Highway 6 (also called MB-6) until you get to the nice little city of Thompson. There's work there in the Nickel Refining industry for those willing, but they might consider -20 Celsius to be 'balmy' for this time of year.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/13/2017 11:24 Comments || Top||

#9  Spread the word throughout the middle east of how cold and inhospitable the climate in North America is. They'd be much better off seeking refugee status in warm and wonderful South Africa.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/13/2017 12:46 Comments || Top||

#10  Islamist propaganda written for morons

A MusBro PR stunt, or the next season of Fargo.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/13/2017 14:32 Comments || Top||

#11  "The snow was knee-deep and it was newrly -20 degrees Celius, but the worst part was it was uphill, (wait for it) both ways."
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 02/13/2017 21:35 Comments || Top||


Hundreds of undocumented immigrants arrested in at least 6 U.S. states
[NEWS.XINHUANET] Hundreds of undocumented immigrants colonists from a dozen Latin American countries have been tossed in the clink
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
in at least six U.S. states this week, following 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 executive order to broaden the scope of immigration enforcement targets.

They were netted in Los Angeles, Atlanta, reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...
, New York, North Carolina and South Carolina, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials confirmed Saturday.

Among them 161 arrests were made in Los Angeles and some 200 in Atlanta, said local media reports. The authorities didn't reveal the total number of the arrests.

Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees ICE, said the crackdown was part of "routine" immigration enforcement actions.

A majority of those detained were serious criminals, including some who were convicted of murder and domestic violence, she said.

"We're talking about people who are threats to public safety or a threat to the integrity of the immigration system," she said.

However,
man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
a Washington Post report said some of the detained are without criminal records, calling it the first large-scale crackdown under the Trump administration.

Trump’s Immigration Raids Have Arrived in New York City

[OBSERVER] Make the Road New York, an immigrant advocacy group, told the media this evening that Immigration and Customs Enforcement sweeps on Staten Island netted five Mexican nationals in the past week and a half--coinciding with similar actions across the nation.

The raids took place on February 2, February 3, February 5 and February 8, according to speakers on the press call. All five individuals taken by ICE officers were male, and four of them have children who are U.S. citizens, the group reported.

Make the Road believes several of the men are now in New Jersey detention centers
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [620 views] Top|| File under:

#1  See,
that wasn't so tough was it?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/13/2017 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  away away send them away to their home country

they are not "undocumented" they are ILLEGAL.

They are in the country ILLEGALLY
Posted by: anon1 || 02/13/2017 5:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Any country that doesn't enforce its own borders should be designated drop off zones for any deportees.

Mexico certainly enforces theirs, Canada not so much so instead of dealing with all the crap to send them to their "home" country just send them all to Canada. There's lots of room up north, right?
Posted by: AlanC || 02/13/2017 7:45 Comments || Top||

#4  They are also not IMMIGRANTS but ALIENS anon. Illegal aliens.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/13/2017 8:06 Comments || Top||

#5  These illegal aliens ought to be encouraged to squat on George Soros' and other lefties' properties while awaiting deportation.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/13/2017 8:33 Comments || Top||

#6  I know a few Dreamers brought into the country and they are good people. One has served in our military for 8 years. I would do the same as their parents If I had been born lin Mexico. Can we declare war on the cartels an bomb them?
Posted by: CC Reader || 02/13/2017 11:51 Comments || Top||

#7  One has served in our military for 8 years.

Serving in the American military is a path to citizenship, CC Reader, and one hopes your friend has applied. But merely being good people, on the other hand, does not entitle anyone to be here who came illegally. Their parents put them at risk of deportation by bringing them, as well as not fitting in back home should they at any point be shipped back.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/13/2017 16:56 Comments || Top||

#8  Seattle area tv news last night had an immigrations right sponkes-snowflake on, and although not crying her eyes were pretty red, and she raised the question that the raids were being done in the sanctuary states; was it possible that the administration was targeting these areas?
Does Wiley E. ever not get the anvil dropped on his head?
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 02/13/2017 21:41 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Large bomb explodes in Pakistan, police say
Ay-Pee
Pakistani police say a large bomb has struck a protest rally in the eastern city of Lahore.

Local police official Ali Raza says Monday's blast occurred when a man on a motorcycle rammed into the crowd of hundreds of pharmacists WTF?, who were protesting new amendments to a law governing drug sales. A Taliban faction claimed the attack.

The police say it is not yet clear how many people may have been killed or wounded in the bombing. Live TV registered a loud bang and showed smoke billowing up as people ran away, some of them carrying the wounded.
Posted by: Frank G || 02/13/2017 09:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336 views] Top|| File under:

#1  SKY news link
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/13/2017 10:51 Comments || Top||


India's army kills four suspected rebels in Kashmir
[Al Jazeera] Four suspected rebels, two Indian army soldiers and one civilian were killed in a shootout in a village in India-administered Kashmire on Sunday, an army front man said.

The suspected rebels were hiding in a south Kashmire village when the army and police surrounded it, a police official said.

In the ensuing fire fight four suspected fighters and two soldiers were killed.

"Four bad boyz were potted and four weapons were recovered from the encounter site," army front man in Srinagar, Colonel Manish told AFP news agency.

"Two soldiers were also martyred and three injured during the encounter," he added.

The operation was ongoing, Colonel Manish said.
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


2 kids die in grenade mishap in Swat Valley
Two children were killed and another critically wounded in an accidental grenade explosion near Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Swat Valley on Sunday, officials said.

The children of a shepherd family were playing in a mountainous village in Buner district when they found the hand grenade and accidentally set it off, local government official Zariful Maani told AFP.

The two brothers, aged nine and 10, died, while their seven-year-old female cousin is in critical condition, Maani said.

Read more: Weapon-shaped pens becoming popular among Swat children

Another local government official, Aizaz Ahmad, confirmed the details.

School-going children remain caught up in the years-long conflict between security forces and militants in the region following a Taliban insurgency in the area since 2007.

In the beginning of 2007, Taliban militants led by Maulana Fazlullah, now central chief of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) took control of the Swat district and waged a campaign of attacking schools, killing policemen, and beheading opponents.

However, Pakistani officials say that Fazlullah fled to Afghanistan during an offensive the military launched in 2009. Despite the operation, the Taliban targeted schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in 2012.

Posted by: badanov || 02/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Islamic State attacks civilians with Katyusha rockets in Haditha
[Iraq News] Intelligence Director of al-Somoud Brigade in Haditha, Captain Najim al-Jaghifi announced on Sunday, that 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 attacked civilians with Katyusha rockets in Haditha District, in western the province.

Jaghifi said in a press statement, "Today, Islamic State group bombed al-Haqlaniyah area in Haditha District, using Katyusha rockets," adding that, "The rockets fell in different areas of the neighborhood."

"The shelling resulted in the wounding of seven persons, including women and kiddies," Jaghifi explained. "The group shelled Haditha from the western desert of the district," he further added.
Posted by: Fred || 02/13/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Mosul Offensive News


ISIS chemical bomb expert dies in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State militant, the group’s chlorine bombs expert, was killed mysteriously in western Mosul as the group builds up defenses anticipating a security offensive.

Reports quoted a local source in Nineveh as saying that the so-nicknamed Abu Yaha al-Iraqi, 44, was killed near his residence in Islah al-Zeraie district in “mysterious circumstances”. He was referred to as the “engineer” of the group’s chlorine bombs.

“Al-Iraqi’s family had disappeared before his death,” the source said, noting that the fact adds to the mystery around his killers. The group was unmoved by his death, which makes it possible that its members were the perpetrators, as he put it.

IS lost the eastern section of Mosul to Iraqi government forces on January 24th after three months of battles that left at least 3000 of its fighters dead.

Since security operations launched to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and IS’s largest stronghold, the group has been ravaged with both combat losses and internal divisions. There had been several reports of infighting and assassinations of senior group figures, while others told of executions of delinquent fighters.

Iraqi forces are awaiting higher orders to carry on with an invasion of the group’s strongholds in the west.

Kurd forces attack ISIS HQ in western Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Media Official of Peshmerga forces in Sinjar District announced on Saturday, that the Kurdish forces attacked strongholds and headquarters of the Islamic State in the area.

Khalil Shafan said in a press statement, “Kurdish Peshmerga forces attacked three headquarters of the Islamic State in Rambousi Village and Telskuf area.”

“There is no accurate information about the group’s losses,” Shafan added.

“The Kurdish forces are targeting all movements of the Islamic State’s militants in the area,” Shafan explained.

“Last night, Peshmerga forces located members of the Islamic State in the areas of al-Baaj and al-Balij, where the militants were trying to flee toward Syria,” he further added.

Shafan also declared that the Kurdish security forces are waiting for President of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani’s orders to liberate the remaining areas of Sinjar from the Islamic State’s control.

Coalition warbirds hit ISIS positions in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Nineveh Operations Command announced on Sunday, that the international coalition warplanes attacked important locations of the Islamic state in western Mosul.

Commander of Nineveh Operations Command, Major General Najim al-Jabouri, said in a press statement, “The US-led coalition attacked strategic locations of the Islamic State group in western Mosul,” adding that, “Elite Arab and foreign leaders of the Islamic State were killed by the air strike.”

Jabouri also pointed out that the coalition warplanes also bombarded caches of weapons, rockets and explosives, belonging to the Islamic State in al-Zira’i area in Mosul, as well as bombing medical laboratories belonging to the group.

5 die in ISIS artillery attacks in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) A member of Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service declared on Sunday, that dozens of civilians and security members were either killed or wounded by drone and booby-trapped vehicle attacks launched by the Islamic State on eastern and south of Mosul.

Major Ali Mohsen said in a press statement, “The Islamic State bombed the areas of al-Shaimaa, al-Moalmeen, Nabi Yunus, al-Mithaq and al-Sediq, using drones.”

“The Islamic State bombardment resulted in the killing of five persons, including two security members, as well as wounding others,” Mohsen added.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State launched another attack, using a booby-trapped vehicle, on south of Mosul.

Police Captain Mohamed Abdel Karim said, “A booby-trapped vehicle, driven by a suicide bomber, targeted a Federal Police headquarters in al-Arbaj Village in Hamam al-Alil, south of Mosul, followed by another attack launched by dozens of militants on the same area.”

“Security forces repulsed the attack that lasted for more than an hour, and forces the Islamic State militants to flee,” he explained.

“The attacks resulted in the killing of one officer and the injury of six soldiers, as well as destroying two vehicles, while five members of the Islamic State were killed, and a vehicle belonging to the group was destroyed, in addition to seizing 11 light and medium weapons” Abdel Karim further added.

Furthermore, Abdel Karim pointed out that the Islamic State group was trying to impose its control on the headquarters, and then advance toward other locations.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Hamas explosives expert behind armor-piercing rocket
[JEWISHPRESS] The Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of the Hamas terrorist organization has announced that the terrorist killed in last week’s “work accident” in Gaza, 37-year-old Mohammad al-Kuka, was actually a high-ranking explosives expert.
Golly. I feel so... apathetic.
Al-Kuka, it turns out, was responsible for having developed an armor-piercing missile that was used during the 2014 counter terror war between Israel and Hamas, Operation Protective Edge.
With how much success?
According to Hamas, the missile is an upgraded version of a Russian anti-tank rocket, similar to an RPG with a tandem charge. It has a 500-meter range.
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#1  in 2014 Operation Protective Edge, Israel did not lose any tanks (which have a lot of defensive weapons that intercept anti tank missiles) nor any of their heavy duty APCs. One of the older APCs was hit and destroyed.
Posted by: lord garth || 02/13/2017 12:42 Comments || Top||

#2  FAKE NEWS
Apparently, he was in front of the rocket.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/13/2017 16:51 Comments || Top||

#3  In front of the rocket?
too dumb for a Darwin, but perhaps worthy of a nomination for an 'ACME' (with a 'genius' cluster maybe?)
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 02/13/2017 21:45 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
124 ISIS troops die in Syrian rebel Raqqa operation
[ARA News] Raqqa – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday announced the liberation of 98 villages in the eastern countryside of Raqqa, after clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants.

“Our forces have liberated 98 villages in an area measuring approximately 700 square kilometers in Eastern Raqqa. The progress comes as part of the Third Phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation launched nine days ago,” SDF spokeswoman Cihan Ehmed said.

At least 124 ISIS militants were killed and dozens more wounded in the recent clashes, according to military sources.

“Our specialized teams have also dismantled 1256 landmines in the liberated areas,” Cihan said.

The SDF has also seized a large deal of ammunition and weapons from ISIS during the campaign for Eastern Raqqa.

During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, which began on November 6, 2016, the SDF liberated roughly 560 km² in Northern Raqqa.

On 10 December, the SDF launched the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath, during which it captured over 2500 km² in Western Raqqa. The polyethnic alliance also confirmed that they had cleared 196 villages and dozens of farms.

On 4 February, the Syrian Democratic Forces announced the launch of the third phase of Euphrates Wrath Operation in Eastern Raqqa.

The campaign is ultimately aimed at isolating the ISIS radical group in its de facto capital.
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ISIS shooters kill Kurd officer in Qamishli
[ARA News] Spokesman of the Kurdish Asayish forces in Syria’s Qamishli, Ali Hassan, confirmed on Sunday that an IED killed an Asayish officer and injured two others.

An explosion in the Iskenderuna Square in al-Khalij neighborhood in Syria’s northeastern Qamishli city (Qamişlo) hit a Kurdish Asayish patrol at 8:35, and resulted in the death of one Asayish officer and the injury of two others.

Local sources accused the Islamic State (ISIS) of being behind the attack. However, the group has not yet claimed the attack.

This is not the first attack that claimed the lives of Asayish members. On 9 January, Asayish officer Qehraman Omari was killed in a similar IED attack in Qamishli city.

Moreover, in an ISIS attack in July 2016 at least 50 people were killed in two separate bombings.

In December 2015, an ISIS bombing claimed the lives of at least 16 civilians in a Christian district of Qamishli.
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Tahrir al-Sham: Al-Qaeda's latest incarnation in Syria
[BBC] The Syrian jihadist group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant...
(JFS), known as al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front until it broke off formal ties with al-Qaeda last July, has merged with four smaller Syrian factions and rebranded itself as "Tahrir al-Sham".

The new group's leader has been named as Hashim al-Sheikh, who previously served as the head of the powerful Islamist rebel group, Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
Ahrar al-Sham itself has refused to join the new body and has been at loggerheads with JFS in northern Syria.

On 9 February, al-Sheikh delivered the group's first leadership message in which he insisted the new entity was independent and not an extension of former organizations and factions.

By reinventing itself again, JFS appears to be trying to distance itself from its al-Qaeda past and embed itself more deeply within the Syrian insurgency.

No mention has been made of JFS leader Abu Mohammed al-Julani in any of the new group's communications. But he is widely believed to be serving as its military commander.
'Full merger'

JFS announced the creation of "Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham" (which translates in English as Liberation of Levant Organisation) in a statement that was released on 28 January via its channel on the messaging app Telegram.

The statement indicated that the groups which had agreed to join would dissolve themselves and "merge fully" into the new entity.

This was further reiterated in al-Shaikh's recent message which described the new body as a "melting pot for all factions".

In addition to JFS, Tahrir al-Sham founding groups included: Nur al-Din Zinki Movement (one of the most important opposition factions in Aleppo); jihadist Ansar al-Din Front; the Homs-based Jaysh al-Sunnah; and Liwa al-Haqq (operates in Idlib, Aleppo and Hamah).

The new entity also received the endorsement of six prominent Syria-based jihadist clerics, including the charismatic Saudi-born Abdullah al-Muhaisini. The clerics signed a separate statement announcing their intention to join Tahrir al-Sham.

Since the creation of the new entity, JFS has issued no new propaganda under the JFS brand, suggesting that it has been dissolved.
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Turkish-backed fighters and Syrian regime forces risk confrontation in al-Bab
[NEWS.XINHUANET] As Turkish army and its rebel allies are pressing on a major offensive in al-Bab town in northern Syria, the advance risks confrontation with regime forces that are besieging the city from the south.

The Turkish forces and the rebels it's backing succeeded to capture a strategic hill in al-Bab last week and advanced towards 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....
(IS) stronghold from the north, east and west.

Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
on Sunday said Turkish troops and Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) have entered the IS-held bastion town and its capture was now a "matter of time."

He vowed to move Manbij and Raqqa after al-Bab offensive in a bid to create a "terror-free zone" in northern Syria. The ultimate goal is to cleanse a 5,000-square-km area, he stated.

The move he was elaborating targets not only IS elements in Raqqa, but the Syrian Kurdish militia, which The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
sees as offshoot of outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), in Manbij region.

Meanwhile,
...back at the comedy club, Boogie sadly admitted that he was a better peeping Tom than he was a comedian...
Syrian regime forces have been approaching towards al-Bab from the south since Feb. 6 and they were a few kilometers away from the town at the weekend.

Syrian regime forces advanced to Tadef town near al-Bab, which is located in Aleppo province's northeast, and destroyed IS stronghold, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

The move brings the Syrian army to the demarcation line drawn to keep the rival forces apart over an agreement between Ankara and Moscow.
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Terror Networks
Islamic State leader badly injured in Iraq airstrike - reports
[TIMESOFISRAEL] 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....
leader Abu Bakr al-Bahgdadi was maimed in a recent Arclight airstrike, several Iraqi news outlets reported on Sunday.

The Iraqi television station al-Hura cited a security source saying Baghdadi and other senior members of the terror group were maimed two days ago in an Arclight airstrike in Iraq. They were reportedly transferred to Syria for treatment.

The Iraqi air force reportedly carried out the Arclight airstrike that injured Baghdadi after receiving information from the Iraqi Falcon Intelligence Cell of his whereabouts.

The security source also said Baghdadi had been living in an underground bunker and was targeted while meeting with the jihadi group’s leadership.
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