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Islamic State leadership targeted in air strike, Baghdadi fate unclear: Iraqi military
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Afghanistan
Taliban shadow district chief killed with his fighters in Paktika
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A senior Taliban leader was killed with his fighters during an Arclight airstrike in southeastern Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, the Arclight airstrike was carried out on Saturday in Barmal district by the foreign forces.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the senior Taliban leader was the shadow district chief of Barmal and was killed together with his four fighters.

The statement further added that the Taliban leader has been identified as Pach who was also famous as Faryadi.

According to the provincial government office, Pacha was targeted with the other gunnies in Mangarti area.
Posted by: Fred || 02/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban group leader killed by own explosives in Logar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A local group leader of the Taliban Lions of Islam was killed in an kaboom triggered by own Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in central Pashtun-infested Logar province.

According to the local government officials, the Taliban leader has been identified as Qudrat who was in charge of a group of at least 40 Death Eaters.

Provincial security chief Gen. Esmatullah Alizai said at least two other snuffies were also killed in the kaboom.
Posted by: Fred || 02/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [349 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  the Taliban leader has been identified as Qudrat who was in charge of a group of at least 40 38 Death Eaters
Posted by: Frank G || 02/14/2017 12:50 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Kenyan suicide bomber behind killing of KDF soldiers in Kulbiyow, Somalia
[Standard Digital (Kenya)] A Kenyan was the suicide bomber behind a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) that killed dozens of KDF personnel in an attack in Kulbiyow, Somalia.

Investigations by both Kenya Defence Forces and other agencies show Anwar Yogan Mwok died in one of the VBIED that exploded at the camp on January 27.

He and fellow Kenyans Ramadhan Kungwa and Erick Achayo Ogada had joined Al-Shabaab and were wanted by police for their involvement in terror activities. A Sh2 million bounty had been placed on their heads.

On Monday, police revealed that other two Kenyans are still at large within Somalia. “Mwok was in one of the lead Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device VBIED that targeted the KDF camp.

He was killed by the heavy artillery fired by the KDF and died instantly,” said an official aware of the probe.

Kungwa and Achayo who were among the Al Shabaab infantry suffered serious injuries and reliable sources have indicated that their Kenyan associates and family members are trying to sneak them into the country for medical care.

Mwok was born in Siaya County in 1981. He was born and raised a Christian but later converted to Islam. When he was younger, his family moved to Nairobi. He was a player for the Mathare United Soccer Club prior to his conversion into Islam and recruitment into violent extremism. He lived in Umoja Estate with his family until 2013 when he left for Somalia to join Al-Shabaab.

Once in Somalia, he joined Jaysh Ayman, a group of largely Kenyan Al-Shabaab fighters who plan and execute attacks against innocent Kenyans within the country.

Mwok owns a significant amount of properties within Umoja area in Nairobi, proceeds from which police have indicated has been financing terror activities targeting Kenya.

A source from the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) confided Mwok has been influential in calling upon and facilitating Kenyan youths to join him in Al-Shabaab.

Posted by: Fred || 02/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Arabia
20 Killed as Clashes Erupt on Yemen's Coast
[An Nahar] Twenty rebels and government troops were killed overnight in festivities as warring parties pushed north along Yemen's western coast, medical and government sources said Monday.

The renewed festivities in the coastal towns of Midi and Mokha, north and south of the major Red Sea port of Hodeida respectively, erupted the day after government forces seized control of the area.

"The corpse count this morning stands at 14 Houthis and six troops" loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, a military source confirmed on condition of anonymity.

Hospital sources in Hodeida confirmed at least eight dead.

Forces loyal to Yemen's president, backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition, entered the historic port town of Mokha last month as part of a push to drive Shiite Huthis out of the area.

Government forces had taken the docks of Mokha earlier in February and are now aiming to take the main port of Hodeida, which is still under the control of Houthis.

Prior to the government-backed military offensive, the Huthis had controlled nearly all of Yemen's 450 kilometre (280 mile) Red Sea coastline.

More than 400 combatants have been killed in the fight for coastal control.

The crisis 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...
took a major turn for the worse with the military intervention of the Saudi-led alliance in March 2015.

The United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
estimates more than 7,400 people, including around 1,400 children, have been killed in the two years since.
Posted by: Fred || 02/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Bangladesh
Government employee among four militants arrested
[Dhaka Tribune] Police have locked away
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
four members of banned Lion of Islam organization Allah er Dal on Monday night, one of whom is a government employee.

The public servant was housing the other Lion of Islams, including the head of the organization, in Thakurgaon-Panchagarh region.

Police raided a house at Shahpara in Thakurgaon on information from detective sources around 10pm on Monday and arrested the alleged murderous Moslems who have been living in the house for the past couple of years.

They seized a number of religious and anti-government publications from the house.

Farhat Ahmed, police super of Thakurgaon, told news hounds at a briefing in his office that Fakrul Islam Babu, 31, one of the arrested murderous Moslems and the main tenant of the raided house, is a government employee.

He also added that Fakrul hails from Pabna and is son of Md Abdul Motalib and Firoza Khatun. He was housing the three other arrested murderous Moslems in his house. The police super however did not reveal any further information on Fakrul.

Police sources said the house belongs to Motahar Hossain who is an official at Krishi Bank in Thakurgaon municipality.

According to the police super, another arrestee Khandaker Mojibul Islam Miron, 32, heads some active 200 members of Allah er Dal in the districts of Thakurgaon and Panchagarh.

Miron hails from Kushtia, and is the son of Khandaker Abdul Halim and Monowara Begum.

The other two arrestees are Md Rabbani Haque Fazlu, 24, and Md Arif Hossain, 22. Both of them are locals of Thakurgaon.
Posted by: Fred || 02/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under:


1 dead, 2 children wounded in gun battle after miscreants ambush army patrol
[Dhaka Tribune] Two young boys in Bandarban have been shot during a shootout between the army and unknown miscreants, police have said. One of the attackers have been killed.

The boys, Mangpren Mro, 8, and Di Nung Mro, 7, were maimed when the fight broke out after 4pm Monday in Naikkhangmukh, a locality in Ruposhipara union in Lama, said Lama cop shoppe officer-in-Charge Anwar Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune.

As of 7:30pm, Mangpren was being taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital and Di Nung to Lama Upazila Health Complex, he said.

According to Anwar, 15-20 unidentified miscreants opened fire on a patrol team of Ruposhipara army camp around 4pm as it was passing Naikkhangmukh. The team fired back, resulting in a two-hour-long shootout.

Soldiers have surrounded the area. A team from Lama sub-zone went to the spot at 6pm.

At 9pm, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Assistant Director Rezaul Karim told the Dhaka Tribune an army patrol team was ambushed at Naikkhangmukh.

He said one of the assailants had been killed in the shootout while the rest had fled with all the weapons. Raids were underway in the area to find the perpetrators, he added.

"The identity of the assailants could not be confirmed, but the dead man was wearing an olive-green unmarked uniform," Rezaul said.

"We are suspecting they were members of [Parbatya Chattagram] Jana Samhati Shamiti (PCJSS).

"Two civilians were also shot by the attackers. We have taken them to Chittagong for treatment," he added.
Posted by: Fred || 02/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:


Down Under
Australian Muslim leaders targeted in Islamic State propaganda video
[SMH.AU] 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 taken aim at several Australian religious scholars in its latest propaganda video, calling on followers to kill the sheikhs because they discourage violence.

Youth leader Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, NSW Police Force chaplain Sheikh Ahmed Abdo and the Grand Mufti of Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, have been branded "collaborators, informers and apostates" in the 25-minute video titled Fight the leaders of disbelief.
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Posted by: Fred || 02/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [415 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  this doesn't mean the australian muslim leaders named are our allies

they aren't

sheikh shady is a muslim brotherhood sympathising islamist.

these muslim leaders all want the sharia, they are not secular

thus they might peacefully be campaigning for sharia and migration but that makes them MORE dangerous than those wanting to impose sharia violently
Posted by: anon1 || 02/14/2017 8:14 Comments || Top||


Europe
Europe migrant colonist briefs
German police raid Chemnitz apartment block following possible terrorism alert

[DeutscheWelle] Police on Monday night stormed an apartment block in the German city of Chemnitz in what was potentially a response to a terrorism alert. At least one person was arrested.

Police confirmed the raid late on Monday after local media had reported that anti-terrorism forces had entered a housing building, accompanied by explosives sniffer dogs. The officers were reportedly wearing gas masks and carrying machine guns.

Authorities declined to provide further information, other than confirming the reports. They said they would announce further details on Tuesday.
However, the German "DPA" news agency, citing security officials, reported that a number of apartments were raided in the block.

According to security officials, police forces raided a number of Chemnitz apartments on Monday.

Belgian foreign fighter sentenced to 28 years for murder in Syria

[Ynet] A Belgian man was sentenced to 28 years in jail on Monday for killing a prisoner while fighting with jihadist groups in Syria, the first murder conviction of a returned fighter in Belgium.

Hakim Elouassaki, 24, returned to Belgium in 2013 after being wounded in the conflict, a few months after police had intercepted a phone call in which he bragged to his girlfried about executing a prisoner.
Update from Al Ahram at 6:00 a.m. ET:
The prisoner's family was supposed to pay 70,000 euros ($74,494) in ransom money but only came up with 30,000.

"A bullet through the head, bang, hahaha," Elouassaki, from Vilvoorde near Brussels, was heard telling his girlfriend by phone, according to court documents. Elouassaki had also sought to film his act, but the camera was badly placed.

Before going to Syria, Elouassaki was part of Sharia4Belgium, a group which recruited young Belgians to fight alongside groups such as Islamic State in the Middle East. The group's leader and several of its members were handed long prison sentences in 2015.

Orban: Hungary Will Welcome ‘European Refugees’ Fleeing Multicultural West
Trolling -- master level.
[Breitbart] Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban says his country will open its arms to west Europeans fleeing mass immigration and “the lords of globalist politics”. “We shall let in true refugees”, Mr Orban told a cheering audience: “Germans, Dutch, French and Italians, terrified

From Breitbart:
Hapless Police Arrest Violent Afghan Migrant After 24-Hour Crime Spree
13 Feb 2017
An Afghan migrant evaded Austrian police twice in a 24-hour crime spree, assaulting numerous people before following an 18-year-old female student home and masturbating on her family’s doorstep.

Expert Demands Better Vetting as 50 Million Islamic Radicals Accept Violence
13 Feb 2017
A Dutch academic and expert in migration has called for better vetting of new arrivals, claiming 50 million Muslims around the world are prepared to accept the use of violence in “defence” of their religion and ideology.

Undocumented Migrants To Be Made To Hand Over Mobile Phones
12 Feb 2017
Migrants who arrive in Germany without identification papers or a passport may soon have their mobile phones confiscated so that authorities can determine their country of origin. The number of migrants arriving in Germany with no form of identification has been

Majority of Germans Support Afghan Deportations
12 Feb 2017
A new survey has shown that although there have been a number of protests against deporting failed asylum seekers to Afghanistan, the majority of the German public agree with the deportations. The study, commissioned by a German magazine and carried
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [356 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Home Front: WoT
Homeland Security captures 680 illegals in first major raids of Trump era
[Wash Times] Homeland Security netted more than 680 immigrants last week in the first major series of raids since President Trump took office, sparking a feverish response from advocates who said agents went after rank-and-file migrants whom the Obama administration had considered off limits.

Secretary John F. Kelly insisted that the raids were standard procedure and said they focused on those with criminal records, just like agents did under President Obama. Most of the rest were fugitives who were ignoring deportation orders or had already been deported and managed to sneak back into the U.S. -- also priorities under Mr. Obama.

But activists reacted with horror, urging boycotts and rallies and saying a "campaign of terror" has descended on their communities.

Act 3, Scene 1, line 273 of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: "Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war".
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/14/2017 06:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [438 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Any media outlet going to compare the number captured by the former POTUS with the first three weeks of the current POTUS?
No? They'd rather have activists reacting with horror.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/14/2017 7:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Go Trump GO

Posted by: anon1 || 02/14/2017 8:12 Comments || Top||

#3  If you listen to the MSM and immigration lawyers, Trump is breaking up families, separating children from their parents and sending moms, sending back tax-paying illegal alien Mexicans, and moms and maids back to Mexico. If you listen to more level and reasoned heads, Trump is deporting criminals, i.e. people with a record--the same people Obama said he was going to deport in a 2015 speech. The hypocrisy of the left and the MSM abounds.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/14/2017 8:21 Comments || Top||

#4  agents went after rank-and-file migrants whom the Obama administration had considered off limits.

Some arrogant asshole once said: "Elections have consequences".
Suck it
Posted by: Frank G || 02/14/2017 8:38 Comments || Top||

#5  Do journalists whine when daddy gets sent to prison? He's going to be away for at least several years, tearing the family apart.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/14/2017 9:30 Comments || Top||

#6  That's a good one Rambler. I love the smell of a narrative going up in flames
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 02/14/2017 10:52 Comments || Top||

#7  See related story entitled Hamas member dies in tunnel collapse. Daddy had a job digging tunnels and died in a workplace accident.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/14/2017 11:09 Comments || Top||

#8  680 less Democrat Voters next election. Keep going
Posted by: Frank G || 02/14/2017 14:50 Comments || Top||


TSA workers helped Puerto Rico-based ring smuggle $100M of cocaine
[FOXNEWS] Beginning in 1998, some three years before the formation of the TSA, the suspects allegedly smuggled suitcases containing up to 15 kilograms of cocaine through the TSA security system at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, prosecutors said. As many as five "mules," or human smugglers, were used on each flight, with each checking in up to two suitcases, according to authorities.

During the 18-year conspiracy, the suspects sent 20 tons of cocaine into the U.S., according to prosecutors.

The development comes on the back of a House Homeland Security report last week that found gross irregularities in employee screening at major airports.

"After nearly two years of oversight efforts, the Subcommittee found that a majority of airports do not have full employee screening at secure access points," the report stated. "These airports are unable to demonstrate the security effectiveness of their existing employee screening efforts, which consist largely of randomized screening by TSA officers or airport law enforcement personnel."

The defendants include six current and former TSA employees at the airport: José Cruz-López, Luis Vázquez-Acevedo, Keila Carrasquillo, Carlos Rafael Adorno-Hiraldo, Antonio Vargas-Saavedra and Daniel Cruz-Echevarría. All were security and baggage screeners for checked and carry-on luggage that was to be placed on outbound flights.

The suspects allegedly worked with co-defendants including Edwin Francisco Castro, Luis Vázquez-Acevedo and Ferdinand López, who were described as controllers between the drug trafficking organizations and the TSA employees. Defendant Miguel Ángel Pérez-Rodríguez, who worked for the airport security company, was identified as the cocaine supplier.

The ring also included a baggage handler with Airport Aviation Services, Javier Ortiz, who allegedly picked up the cocaine-packed suitcases at the airline check-in counter and put them into the X-Ray machines monitored by the TSA suspects, who cleared them. After the suitcases had been cleared, Ortiz allegedly took them to their designated flights, making sure no police or K-9 units intervened.

Ortiz also paid the TSA employees for their roles, prosecutors said. They did not say how much.

Other suspects included an alleged mule and another person who prosecutors said helped load luggage onto planes.

"This investigation was initiated by TSA as part of its efforts to address employee misconduct and specific insider threat vulnerabilities. TSA has zero tolerance for employees engaged in criminal activity to facilitate contraband smuggling," said José Baquero, federal security director for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Posted by: Fred || 02/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [403 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Apparently Miami's airport has been locked down.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/14/2017 11:46 Comments || Top||

#2  If you use your position of authority to aid and abet the crimes you are supposed to prevent you should get double the jail time as the guy just committing the crime.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/14/2017 13:48 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Three Pakistan Army soldiers killed by Indian firing across the LoC
[DAWN] Three Pakistain Army soldiers were killed in Indian firing across the Line of Control (LoC), said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Monday evening.

The incident occurred in the Thoob sector of Bhimber district.

ISPR identified the slain soldiers as Naik Ghulam Rasool, Naik Imran zafar and Sepoy Imam Buksh.

The ISPR statement added that Indian forces also suffered casualties in the latest incident of cross-border skirmishing.
Posted by: Fred || 02/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Any illegal militant aliens Pak infiltrators?
Posted by: Frank G || 02/14/2017 8:40 Comments || Top||

#2  You three blokes nodding off there in the back row. Please collect your kit and move to the front. Now, let me give you a recent example of why land navigation skills are so vitally important.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/14/2017 8:45 Comments || Top||


News Channel Employee Killed By Taliban Gunmen In Pakistan
[NDTV] A cameraman of a prominent Pak news channel was rubbed out by cycle of violence-borne Taliban gunnies who indiscriminately fired upon a news gathering van in the country's biggest port-city, Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
. The Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) van of Samaa channel had gone to the North Nazimabad area of Karachi when it came under attack yesterday from gunnies on cycle of violences who fired indiscriminately on the van.

Police said that assistant cameraman Taimur received a bullet shot to the head during the attack.

"He was brought to the hospital with a single shot to the head and he died after a while," additional police surgeon, Rohina Hasan told the media.

The outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) has grabbed credit for the attack.

TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khorasani said in a statement, "The media is not impartial and we've issued several warnings to them."

A front man for the channel said that the van had gone to the area to cover a cracker attack on a police van. A senior police official, Farooq Malik said that the same suspects appeared to be involved in the attack on the DSNG van who had earlier also carried out attacks on DSNG vans of other channels in the same area.

He said initial investigations indicated that the cracker attack on the police van was a ploy to get the media to the area to cover the incident and then attack them.

A DSNG van of the Samaa channel had also come under attack in September 2015, while another was attacked last year.

In other attacks on television channel crew in Karachi, three gunnies had attacked a Geo TV DSNG, killing a Geo News employee and injuring another in 2015, while in 2014 three employees of the Express News channel were rubbed out in an attack claimed by the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain.
Posted by: Fred || 02/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Taliban Suicide Bomber Strikes Pakistan Rally, Killing 13
[USNEWS] A jacket wallah struck police escorting a protest rally in the eastern Pak city of Lahore on Monday, killing at least 13 people and wounding nearly 60 in an attack claimed by a breakaway Taliban faction.

The blast destroyed the crowd of hundreds of pharmacists, who were protesting new amendments to a law governing drug sales. Six coppers, including a former provincial counterterrorism chief, were among those killed, police said.

Police initially said the attacker was on a cycle of violence, but provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah later said that closed-circuit footage revealed the bomber was on foot.

Sameer Ahmad, the Lahore deputy commissioner, said at least 13 people were killed and 58 maimed, including nine who were at death's door.

Live TV registered a loud bang and showed smoke and fire billowing up as people bravely ran away, some of them carrying the maimed.

"We just couldn't understand what happened," Tufail Nabi told local Geo News TV. "It was as if some big building collapsed," he said as he limped away.

A group called Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed the attack in a text message, saying it was Dire Revenge for Pak military operations against Islamic holy warriors in tribal regions along the Afghan border.

The group, which claimed a number of large attacks last year, is one of several splinter factions from the Pak Taliban, which has repeatedly targeted security forces and religious minorities. In recent years, Pakistain has launched several offensives against the Taliban and other Islamic holy warriors in the tribal regions.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
vowed to continue fighting terrorism "until we liberate our people of this cancer and avenge those who have laid down their lives for us."
Posted by: Fred || 02/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [353 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Ahrar

#1  Look on the bright side. Its only Moslems, Plus they are on both sides and killing EACH other. Thats one of the really nice things about Islam.

AND we can make a little money on the side selling ammo while we watch.
Posted by: Spusorong Spimble5224 || 02/14/2017 3:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Spusorong Spimble nails it.

Autophagy is a protective process where cancerous cells metabolize themselves when starved of the resources needed to survive.

Deprive the death cult of it's tools of survival and permit it to consume itself. Problem solved.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/14/2017 5:51 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Mosul Offensive News


Hezbully militia find ISIS corpses in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Large numbers of corpses of Islamic State militants arrived Monday to a strategic group bastion in western Mosul following fierce battles, al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) has said.

The corpses were brought to the central hospital at the town of Tal Afar, a strategic Islamic State stronghold largely besieged by PMUs since November, the force’s media service quoted its intelligence body as saying.

The bodies are believed to belong to fighters who engaged in ferocious fighting with PMUs on Sunday. Al-Hashd said it had killed 20 militants and destroyed 17 of their vehicles during the encounters.

Al-Hashd’s media service quoted sources in the town as saying that IS fighters were forcing residents to donate blood to their wounded comrades.

PMUs, a conglomerate of Shia volunteer militias, have been actively fighting Islamic State militants on the Iraqi government’s side since the group emerged in 2014 to proclaim an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq.

Iraqi government forces, backed by PMUs and a U.S.-led international military coalition, have been fighting Islamic State since mid October to retake the city of Mosul, the group’s largest bastion in Iraq which fell in its grip in 2014. Operations have so far managed to recapture the whole eastern section of the city, and preparations are underway to invade the west, where military commanders predict a tougher battle.

PMUs, which gained state recognition as a national armed force in November, have been active in western Mosul around Islamic State’s supply lines coming from Syria, and had achieved a remarkable victory in November when they recaptured the Tal Afar military airport.
Video report at the link

80 ISIS dead pile up in western Mosul

Nineveh (Islamic State) Eighty corpses of Islamic State militants packed the central hospital in western Mosul’s town of Tal Afar after intense clashes with pro-government militias, a local source in Nineveh said Monday.

The dead bodies included those of senior foreign leaders who died in clashes Sunday with al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units), the source told Alsumaria News.

“Forensic authorities at Tal Afar hospital in Nineveh received today 80 dead bodies belonging to Daesh (IS) members of Arab and foreign nationalities, most notably a French national in charge of recruiting suicide bombers, and another commander of attackers battalion nicknamed Abu Omar al-Shami,” said the source.

The group put the corpses into refrigerators and labelled them with number tags, according to the source, who added that dead local fighters were handed over to their families, while others were buried in special cemeteries.

The group is still withholding the bodies of foreign fighters and bars any Iraqi medical worker from approaching them, the source said.

Al-Hashd media service said Monday the forces had killed 50 IS fighters out of 200 who attacked PMUs in a bid to open an escaping channel to Syria. It was the first time IS fighters were seen using tanks in their attacks, the media service added.

PMUs, a conglomerate of Shia volunteer militias, have been actively fighting Islamic State militants on the Iraqi government’s side since the group emerged in 2014 to proclaim an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq.

Iraqi government forces, backed by PMUs and a U.S.-led international military coalition, have been fighting Islamic State since mid October to retake the city of Mosul, the group’s largest bastion in Iraq which fell in its grip in 2014. Operations have so far managed to recapture the whole eastern section of the city, and preparations are underway to invade the west, where military commanders predict a tougher battle.

PMUs, which gained state recognition as a national armed force in November, have been active in western Mosul around Islamic State’s supply lines coming from Syria, and had achieved a remarkable victory in November when they recaptured the Tal Afar military airport.

13 ISIS troops die in fighting in western Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) A Federal Police Officer declared on Monday, that 13 members of the Islamic State, including Arab and Foreign leaders, were killed during clashes between the group’s militants and security forces, south of Mosul.

Major Motaz Ahmed said in a press statement, “The Islamic State militants launched an attack on security forces stationed in Albu Seif village, south of Mosul.”

“The security forces managed to repel the attack, as well as killing 13 members of the Islamic State, including Arab and foreign leaders,” Ahmed added.

Earlier today, Federal Police forces repulsed another attack launched by the Islamic State on the entrance of Hamam al-Alil, and killed a number of the attackers.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


3 soldiers die in bombing attack

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Three army troopers were wounded Monday when a bomb blast hit their patrol an area west of Baghdad, police sources have said.

“The explosive device was implanted on the side of a countryside road in Abu Gharib west of Baghdad targeting an army patrol. It caused various wounds to three patrol members,” said the source to Alsumaria News.

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 bombing, but IS militants have said they had been responsible for several bloody explosions and attacks 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 nearly 382 dead, including security members, and 908 injured during January. Baghdad was the most affected province with 128 deaths and 444 injuries, according to the organization.

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 argue that attacks outside the province prove that the extremist group can still pose a security threat for all cities.
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Iraq: Heavy Losses Inflicted upon ISIL as Hashd Shaabi Thwarts Wide-Scale Attack near Tal Afar
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Iraq’s volunteer fighters, Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), managed to foil a massive offensive by Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
ISIS snuffies on town west of Tal Afar, inflicting heavy losses upon the hard boys

The Takfiris aimed through the attack to open a way in a bid to flee the area into Syria because they have been besieged by Iarqi forces, PMF media center reported.

Fierce festivities between the PMF (which is also known as Hashd Shaabi) and the snuffies lasted for six hours.

Dozens of holy warriors were killed in the attack, including ISIS commanders who were calling their command for help but there was no answer, PMF media center said.

The Hashd forces also managed to destroy 17 ISIS vehicles, according to its media center.
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Iraq Forces Foil ISIL Attempt to Flee to Syria
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Iraqi forces have thwarted an attempt by around 200 ’jihadist’ fighters to flee their bastion of Tal Afar towards Syria, west of the city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, a security front man said Monday.

Forces from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization), a paramilitary organization, said the ISIS group used tanks in their bid to break out of Tal Afar.

"The attack by the ISIS terrorist gangs started at around 7:00 pm (1600 GMT on Sunday), the fighting lasted around six hours," their front man Ahmed al-Assadi told AFP.

Hashed forces have been deployed in desert areas west of Mosul since federal forces launched a massive operation to retake the city from IS on October 17.

Their main goals are to retake Tal Afar, a Turkmen-majority city which is still held by ISIS, and to prevent the jihadists from being able to move men and equipment between Mosul and their strongholds in Syria.

"This was an attempt by ISIS to open a breach, flee to the Syria border and exfiltrate some leaders and fighters," Assadi said.

He said that Hashed forces received support from army aviation helicopters when ISIS attacked them. He added that the fighting left around 50 ISIS members killed and 17 of their vehicles destroyed.

Assadi did not provide a casualty figure for the Hashed al-Shaabi following the attack, which took place around 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of Tal Afar.

ISIS ’jihadists’ are confined to a corridor between Tal Afar and Mosul by tens of thousands of forces deployed on several fronts.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Hamas member dies in tunnel collapse
[IsraelTimes] Ahmad Asa’ad Shahada, 23, becomes 24th Qassam Brigades man accidentally killed since last year.

A member of Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth",’s military wing was killed Monday morning when a tunnel he was digging in collapsed, the Gazoo-based terror group said.

Hamas’s military wing, the Qassam Brigades, said in a statement posted on its official website that Ahmad Asa’ad Shahada, 22, from Khan Yunis, "met his lord as a martyr, God willing, after a tunnel of the resistance collapsed."

Gazook health ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidra confirmed Shahada’s death in a statement posted on Twitter.

Last year, 22 members of Hamas’s armed wing were killed while "preparing equipment," the majority in a string of tunnel collapses, the terror group said last month.

Shahada’s is the second such accidental death in 2017. Earlier this month, Hamas said high-ranking field commander Muhammad Hemada Walid al-Quqa, 37, died in an kaboom while he was "preparing equipment" in the field.
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#1  another 'Oroville Dam Spillway Franchise' success story.
go get yours, call 1-800-NOAH
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 02/14/2017 1:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Love those self burying terrs.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/14/2017 7:26 Comments || Top||

#3  "Buy a pre-bury policy from Mutual of Gaza™"
Posted by: Frank G || 02/14/2017 8:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Another investigation that has to be investigated and reported by al-OSHA.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/14/2017 9:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Only one? Too bad.
Posted by: Barbara || 02/14/2017 13:17 Comments || Top||

#6  ...becomes 24th Qassam Brigades man accidentally killed since last year.

Just imagine what could be accomplished if they put some effort into it!
Posted by: Crusader || 02/14/2017 13:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Alt headline: "Hamas workplace accident"
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/14/2017 13:46 Comments || Top||

#8  "met his lord as a martyr, God willing, after a tunnel of the resistance collapsed."

Must have been pushing the goat through too hard.
Posted by: gorb || 02/14/2017 13:58 Comments || Top||

#9  Causing Goat Gas buildup.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/14/2017 14:26 Comments || Top||

#10  CNN is reporting that the tunnel housed a baby milk factory.
Posted by: Iblis || 02/14/2017 14:41 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Kurdish female fighters clash with Turkey’s military in Syrian town
[ARA] Kurdish female fighters of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) on Monday clashed with Turkish Army forces near the town of Amude, in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah Governorate.

The festivities followed an attempt by the Turkish military troops to enter the Kurdish territory in northeastern Syria, where The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
continues to build a concrete wall alongside the borderline.

"The Turkish Army on Monday entered the border village of Kharza, located about 10 kilometre west of Amude town. However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
a YPJ unit opened fire on the Turkish convoy to prevent its progress," a YPJ officer told ARA News.

"Clashes broke out in the vicinity of Kharza village, where our forces used heavy machine guns to push the Turkish troops back," the Kurdish officer said.

At least two Kurdish female fighters were maimed in the festivities.

It was not immediately clear whether the festivities resulted in any casualties among the Turkish troops.

"After three hours of sporadic festivities, the Turkish Army was forced to withdraw. They retreated towards the Turkish side of the border," the YPJ officer told ARA News.

Kurdish officials condemned Turkey’s attempts to build border walls near Rojava’s cantons‐Kobani, Efrin and Hasakah province.

Last week, the Turkish Army shelled the Kurdish district of Afrin in northwestern Aleppo, targeting the villages of Maranaaz, Vilat al-Qadi and Sheikh Issa after entering the Syrian territory.
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#1  The YPG could use some weapons upgrades from the US. Keep our troops out of it. With sufficient array of fire power they can hold their own.
Posted by: Nero White 3083 || 02/14/2017 0:11 Comments || Top||


124 ISIS militants killed, 98 villages captured by Kurdish-led SDF forces east of Raqqa
[ARA] The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday announced the liberation of 98 villages in the eastern countryside of Raqqa, after festivities with 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) hard boys.

"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 forces of Evil were killed and dozens more maimed in the recent festivities, 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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#1  The campaign is ultimately aimed at isolating the ISIS radical group in its de facto capital.

A symbolically good place to crush the last of them, indeed.
Posted by: gorb || 02/14/2017 14:02 Comments || Top||


Russian jets strike ISIS oil facilities east Syria
[ARA] Russian warplanes on Monday conducted several Arclight airstrikes in Syria’s northeastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate, targeting 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) oil facilities.

The Russian-led wide-scale bombing, that was supported by the Syrian Air Force, led to the destruction of several ISIS’s oil fields and refineries.

"The Russian and Syrian fighter jets carried out more than 36 Arclight airstrikes against ISIS-held oil facilities today," local media activist Hussein al-Mutaiyah told ARA News.

Most of the strikes took place near al-Mayadin city in southern Deir ez-Zor Governorate.

Local sources also reported the death and injury of dozens of ISIS bully boyz due to the air raids.
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Jihadist civil war continues in northern Hama as Al-Qaeda factions attack one another
[ALMASDARNEWS] Earlier this morning, intense festivities broke-out between two al-Qaeda linked factions in the northern Hama countryside; thus renewing the jihadist civil war in northern Syria.

The battle began when Jund al-Aqsa (Syrian al-Qaeda franchise) sent one SVBIED and two jacket wallahs towards Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham’s headquarters in al-Tamana’ah.

This abrupt attack by Jund al-Aqsa resulted in a series of festivities between the jihadist parties, culminating into an all-out battle inside the town of al-Tamana’ah along the Idlib-Hama provincial border.

No gains have been reported by either party thus far; however, it appears Jund al-Aqsa is attempting to consolidate the entire northern Hama countryside in order to expel the jihadist rebel factions they were once allied with in northern Syria.
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#1  Hama rules for all.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/14/2017 7:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Looks like some of those rumors RB has planted have begun to pay off.
Posted by: gorb || 02/14/2017 14:29 Comments || Top||

#3  No gains have been reported by either party thus far

Behold the genetic imperative. A 'fight to the last man' stalemate is the key.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/14/2017 14:52 Comments || Top||


Russia Releases Drone Footage Showing Palmyra Destruction by ISIL
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Russia’s Defense Ministry published a video on Monday that shows some of the most precious relics of Syria’s ancient Palmyra city devastated by ISIS Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
Lion of Islams.

"The Defense Ministry of Russia has published video evidence of destruction by ISIS Takfiri bandidos Lions of Islam of historical architectural objects in the ancient Palmyra complex," the ministry’s information department said.

The drone footage was made during a routine monitoring mission. "It shows barbaric destruction by ISIS faceless myrmidons of the Roman amphitheater and the Tetrapylon, the landmarks of the ancient city."

According to the ministry, the video proves that Takfiris had blown up proscenium, the central part of the Roman-era amphitheater, and columns of the 16-column Tetrapylon, which dates back to 270 A.D.

"We have detected an upsurge in truck movement near the ancient city amid Syrian troops’ successful advance on Palmyra. This indicates that ISIS wants to bring in explosives to deal maximum damage to the remaining architectural relics before they leave," the Russian Defense Ministry said.
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Russia-Backed Syrian Army Advancing on ISIL-Held Palmyra, Less Than 20 Km Left
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] The Syrian Army, backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces, is advancing on the ancient city of Palmyra occupied by ISIS. The city is less than 20 kilometers away, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

"Syrian government troops, backed by Russian air support, continue to advance in the direction of Palmyra; less than 20 kilometers are left. The Russian Aerospace Forces carried out more than 90 sorties over the last week," the ministry said.

The Syrian Army has destroyed more than 180 myrmidon targets.

"The Syrian government troops destroyed over 180 myrmidon targets, including over 60 strongholds, 15 depots with ammunition and vehicles, 43 armored vehicles as well as jeeps with heavy machine-guns. Terrorists lost over 200 people," the statement added.

Some 805 square kilometers have been liberated from gunnies in the province of Homs. Since February 7, the Syrian Army has been controlling 22 square kilometers in the vicinity of Palmyra, and has liberated a few inhabited localities, the ministry concluded.

ISIS seized Palmyra, which was the capital of the Palmyrene Empire and one of the richest cities of the Roman Empire, in May 2015. Terrorists destroyed a number of historic sites designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Arch of Triumph, the Temple of Baalshamin and the Temple of Bel. ’Jihadists’ also looted the national museum and the famous Palmyra’s necropolis.
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Terror Networks
To Libya and Back: Inside a Stealth Bomber Strike Against ISIS
[PM] An MQ-9 Predator soars high above the camp, the camera in its sensor ball fixed on the Islamic State fighters below. The foot soldiers are unloading rocket-propelled grenades and artillery shells from the backs of pickup trucks, likely unaware of the American unmanned aircraft overhead. Still, their fear of prying aerial eyes is noticeable as they stretch tarps across vehicles to obscure their shapes from above.

This ISIS encampment is one of several in the desert southwest of the Libyan city of Sirte. Late last year, U.S. warplanes helped local forces drive ISIS from the city. Some of those fighters have regrouped in these camps, others have gathered here from elsewhere. There are more than 100 Islamic State fighters spread across these sites.

It's mid-January and the presidency is days away from a change in administration. The U.S. ended combat in Sirte a month earlier. Now, ISIS fighters are regrouping in a familiar place when they feel safe from U.S. intervention.

They are mistaken.
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#1  Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, AFRICOM commander, chooses the B-2—an odd choice. The stealth bombers are built for a Cold War mission: to evade radar and drop bombs (even atomic) and get out undetected.

It also provides countries on the flight path deniability as to permited overflight in their airspace.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/14/2017 13:40 Comments || Top||

#2  "flight path deniability" - good to know this
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/14/2017 13:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Good article.
Posted by: gorb || 02/14/2017 13:54 Comments || Top||

#4  A magnificent beast.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/14/2017 14:55 Comments || Top||

#5  flight path deniability

Also let's us know who in the area can actually see them.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/14/2017 15:07 Comments || Top||

#6  I had the Combo plate #4 at Estrada's Mexican Food last night. Ima guessrn that wasn't on their menu

delish, by the way
Posted by: Frank G || 02/14/2017 18:01 Comments || Top||

#7  Estomago full of tostadas,
Red salsa all over mis patas,
I pray to the Virgen
(or vascular surgeon)
When staggering out of Estrada's.

(not really ;-))
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/14/2017 19:09 Comments || Top||


The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


ISIS kommander dies in Salahuddin

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.-com) Islamic State militants in Salahuddin province have become in extreme alert after a senior military commander disappeared along with four companions.

A local source in the province told Alsumaria News that the extremist group had put its members on alert in Mutaibija, a region on the borders with Diyala, after the “military emir” and four of his companions disappeared. They were touring some group rest houses before vanishing, according to the source.

Mutaibija is one restive region on the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin which security sources have counted as a constant threat, but the source said IS had lost many of its leaders in that region in ambushes by security forces and allied al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units).

Since the Iraqi government launched a U.S.-backed offensive in mid October to retake Mosul from Islamic State, the extremist group has sustained severe losses in personnel and ground. It has also bee stricken with divisions and infighting, with reports of attempted dissent and executions of delinquent fighters growing.

Recent reports have said that the idea of dishonoring the pledge of allegiance to the group’s supreme leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have become on the table as Baghdadi’s whereabouts or survival proved to be questionable.

ISIS charges civilians $1.5K to leave Hawija

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants in Kirkuk are telling people they have to choose between fighting security forces alongside the group or to leave after paying tolls, a local security source said.

The group deployed members of its Hisbah (vigilantism) service with megaphones in the group-held town of Hawija, southwest of the province, to announce the new rules, the source told Alsumaria News on Monday.

“The group is obliging whoever wants to leave to pay US$1500 per person or an equivalent amount in gold,” according to the source.

IS have been in control over the southern Kirkuk regions of Hawija, al-Zab and al-Riyadh since 2014, when the group emerged to proclaim the establishment of a so-called “Islamic Caliphate” at various Iraqi cities.

IS’s hardline, bloody governance, coupled with minimal subsistence and ongoing battles between the group and Iraqi government forces, have forced hundreds of thousands to flee regions occupied by the group to refugee camps, with the numbers of refugees standing at at least 191.000, according to a latest count by the government.

IS has sustained consecutive losses of personnel and ground since Iraqi government forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition launched a major offensive to retake Mosul, the group’s biggest stronghold in Iraq.

ISIS bans red clothing on Valentine's Day
Hawgz fans hardest hit
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State extremists have barred wearing red-colored clothes, preparing to prevent Valentine’s Day celebrations, according to local sources.

The group’s media surprisingly distributed warnings saying red colors were not allowed, even for children, a local source told Alsumaria News.

The source presumed the move aimed to prevent Iraqis from marking the occasion, adding that the group fears that the least sign of celebration would stand as a challenge to its rules.

A hardline preacher from the group tore the head of a red teddy bear to assert his prohibition of the celebrations. Teddy bears and flowers are typical presents exchanged between loving couples on the occasion.

Islamic State came to the scene in Iraq in 2014 when it defeated Iraqi government forces at several cities and proclaimed a so-called “Islamic State”. Since then, it had imposed extreme religious views, and levied harsh punishments amounting to death on violators.

The group is currently holding most of western Mosul as it totally lost the eastern side to Iraqi forces on January 24th after three months of battles. It is now boosting its defenses in that region in anticipation of an imminent invasion by security troops.

The conflict in Mosul has so far displaced at least 191.000 people,.

2 ISIS slavers detained in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) An Iraqi army force arrested on Monday two Islamic State members who used to trade women slaves from the Yezidi minority, a local source said.

“Intelligence teams from the army’s 16th division arrested Heggie Farhan and Mahmoud al-Kassab,” the source told Alghad Press, adding that the pair belonged to the Tel Kaif and Qawsiyat regions in northeastern Mosul. The latter had been wounded at one battle with security forces and lost one of his legs.

“They had used to sell Yezidi women during the group’s control over Nineveh Plains region,” said the source.

Thousands of Yazidi Kurds fled Sanjar, a Mosul region on the borders with Syria, to nearby mountain areas following its fall to Islamic State militants in August 2014. The extremist group massacred, enslaved and tortured thousands of that ethno-religious minority.

Data in 2015 from Iraq’s office on Yazidi kidnapping victims showed that 2640 Yazidis were released from captivity by Islamic State militants over the past two years, but there are 3770 others still in the extremist group’s hold.

The Kurdish-speaking community came to the spotlight when Islamic State militants, taking over large parts of Iraq, victimized its members, committing massacres and subjecting them to forced conversions, sexual slavery and other reported atrocities.

ISIS executes ISIS blademaker in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants threw to death the son of the group’s most famous bladesmith, hours after executing his father, according to a local source.

“Daesh(Islamic State) executed the only son of the group’s most famous bladesmith, the so-called Abu Hamza al-Souri (Syrian),” the source told Alsumaria News.

The young man was thrown down from the rooftop of a high building in western Mosul, according to the source. The reason of his execution is still unknown, but a recent report by Alsumaria News had said IS adopted a similar execution style with men accused of homosexuality, a charge the network said was posed haphazardly.

The source revealed that al-Souri was sentenced to death on Sunday, slaughtered with a sword of his own making. The group accused him of “betraying the caliphate”, as he put it.

Since the Iraqi government launched a U.S.-backed offensive in mid October to retake Mosul from Islamic State, the extremist group has sustained severe losses in personnel and ground. It has also been ravaged with divisions and infighting, with reports of attempted dissent and executions of delinquent fighters growing. Some of its leaders were also mysteriously assassinated.

IS is still in control over most of western Mosul, and is bracing for a fresh round of encounters as security forces prepare to invade that region.

4 die in ISIS artillery attack on 5 schools

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) A source in the Joint Operations Command revealed on Monday, that the Islamic State group shelled five schools, north of Mosul, either killing or wounding 28 students and teachers.

Colonel Waad al-Sharifi said in a press statement, “The Islamic State group shelled al-Zohour, al-Wehda, Tatwan, Mohamed al-Dorra and al-Naaniya schools with mortar shells, killing three students and a teacher, as well as wounding 18 students and 6 other teachers.”

The Islamic State group is attacking the liberated areas from its held areas in western Mosul, killing and wounding dozens of civilians since the liberation of eastern Mosul.
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Islamic State leadership targeted in air strike, Baghdadi fate unclear: Iraqi military
[REUTERS] The Iraqi airforce carried out a strike on a house where 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 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...
was thought to be meeting other commanders, the Iraqi military said on Monday, without making clear whether he had been hit.
Same story we had yesterday. Still no confirmation he's dead or news he's alive.
In a statement, it said Iraqi F-16s had targeted the house in western Iraq on Saturday. It published the names of 13 Islamic State commanders it said had been killed in the air strike, but the list did not include Baghdadi.

Three other Islamic State positions in western Iraq were targeted in the same wave of air strikes, killing 64 fighters, the statement said.

The military said Baghdadi moved last week in a convoy from Raqqa, in Syria, to the region of al-Qaim, on the Iraqi side of the border, to discuss with commanders "the collapse happening in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
and to chose a successor for him".

Baghdadi, an Iraqi whose real name is Ibrahim al-Samarrai, has been reported maimed several times in the past. His last known public message goes back to November, when he called on Islamic State fighters to defend Mosul, their last major urban stronghold in Iraq.
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#1  The targeting feels right on this one. Thirteen fewer commanders to worry about anyways.
Posted by: Tennessee || 02/14/2017 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  A Bakr's dozen.
Posted by: Chineng Smith6930 || 02/14/2017 11:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Go to your room.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/14/2017 11:55 Comments || Top||

#4  *snorts*
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/14/2017 12:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Baghdadi fate unclear

They'll let us know after they assemble all the parts and figure out what happened.
Posted by: gorb || 02/14/2017 14:28 Comments || Top||



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Steve White
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Two weeks of WOT
Tue 2017-02-14
  Islamic State leadership targeted in air strike, Baghdadi fate unclear: Iraqi military
Mon 2017-02-13
  Tahrir al-Sham: Al-Qaeda's latest incarnation in Syria
Sun 2017-02-12
  72 convicted of terrorism from 'Trump 7' mostly Muslim countries
Sat 2017-02-11
  Queens ISIS wannabe pleads guilty to attacking FBI agent with a knife in the name of the terror group
Fri 2017-02-10
  Members of UK sex grooming gang face deportation to Pakistan
Thu 2017-02-09
  Man sentenced to 30 years for ISIS support in Texas shooting
Wed 2017-02-08
  100 Syrian Refugees Rush into Country After Seattle Judge Halts Trump Executive Order
Tue 2017-02-07
  Firing in Afghan consulate in Karachi leaves diplomat dead
Mon 2017-02-06
  Senior Hamas Commander Dies in ‘Work Accident’
Sun 2017-02-05
  Syrian Democratic Forces launch new anti-ISIS operation in eastern Raqqa
Sat 2017-02-04
  Louvre terror attack: Egyptian man, 'who arrived in France in January' shot five times after attacking soldier with machete
Fri 2017-02-03
  ISIS sets ablaze Syria’s largest source of gas as Syrian Army closes on their positions
Thu 2017-02-02
  German Report: Iran Tested Nuclear-Capable Cruise Missile
Wed 2017-02-01
  US: Female Al-Qaeda combatants killed in Yemen raid
Tue 2017-01-31
  ISIS makes another attempt at seizing east Damascus airbase

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