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At least 70 dead as bomb rips through Lal Shahbaz shrine in Sehwan, Sindh
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Afghanistan
5 die in multiple incidents in Laghman province
At least four civilians and a soldier were killed in two separate incidents in Laghman province on Wednesday, local official said on Thursday.

In addition, nine others including seven soldiers were injured in the attacks, provincial governor spokesman Sarhadi Zwak siad.

He said two children were killed and two others were wounded after a mortar shelled by militants hit a civilian house in Mehtarlam, the capital city of the province.

Meanwhile, a military soldier and two civilians were killed in an ambush by the Taliban on a convoy of security forces in Alishing district of the province, Zwak added.

Seven soldiers were wounded in the attack, he said.

However, he did not provide more details about the incidents.
Taliban has claimed the civilian casualties were due to an attack by Afghan forces.
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Militants kill Christian in Egypt's Sinai, second in a week
[Ynet] Suspected Islamic turbans bumped off a Coptic Christian teacher on his way to school in northern Sinai on Thursday, the second killing of a Christian in less than a week in the turbulent region, officials said.

The 50-year-old Gamal Tawfiq was shot in the head by two turbans on a cycle of violence who were following him as he walked from home to work at El-Samran School in the morning in the city of el-Arish. A security official said the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
's affiliate in Sinai is suspected in the killing.

A school official confirmed Tawfiq's death to The News Agency that Dare Not be Named but declined to give details.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [390 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  Well, killing Jews - at least in that particular part of the world - is kinda hard nowadays, so lions of Islam have to compensate.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/17/2017 2:31 Comments || Top||

#2  the second killing of a Christian in less than a week

Can't keep pace with Chicago.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/17/2017 11:29 Comments || Top||


Arabia
8 Women, 1 Child Killed in Air Raid Near Yemen Capital
[An Nahar] Eight women and a child were killed in an overnight air raid on a funeral reception near the Yemeni capital Sanaa, medics said Thursday.

At least 10 more women were reported maimed in the raid, which hit the women's reception area at a funeral in Arhab district, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Sanaa.

Medics dispatched to the incident identified the bombing site as the residence of Mohammed Al Nakii in the village of Shiraa.

Houthis, who control the capital, accused a Saudi-backed coalition of carrying out the strike.

A coalition spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.
"I can say no more!"

A post on the Huthi-run saba.ye news website late Wednesday gave an initial toll of six women killed and 10 maimed.

Casualties were transported to hospitals in Sanaa.

Soddys probing Sanaa air raid reports

The Saudi-led Arab coalition said on Thursday that it was investigating media reports about an air raid near the Yemeni capital Sana’a.

“We are aware of media reports that Houthi rebels are claiming that Yemeni civilians were killed in an air raid overnight near Sana’a,” the Coalition Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen said in a statement.

“There has been fighting between Yemeni armed forces and rebels in this area in recent days,” it said.

“We are investigating the reports and will release further information when we have it,” the statement added.

The Houthis have carried out rocket strikes on Saudi Arabia and engaged in firefights along the border since the start of the coalition campaign in support of Yemen’s legitimacy.

Saudi Arabia said Thursday that it had intercepted another missile fired by the insurgents at its territory.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported the missile had been headed for the city of Khamis Mushait, about 100 kilometers from the Yemeni border.
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [265 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Saudi Arabia dismantles four ISIS cells, arrests 18 individuals
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
has dismantled at least four Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) cells made up of 18 individuals inside the kingdom, officials from the interior ministry confirmed.

Fifteen of those tossed in the clink
You have the right to remain silent...
were Saudi nationals while the remaining three were from 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...
and Sudan, the ministry said in statements made on Thursday.

The ministry also said that ISIS cells in Saudi Arabia have spread to Mecca, Medina, Riyadh and Qassim regions of the country.

In addition, nearly two million riyals were confiscated from the cells upon arrest.

"Some of those arrested were involved with supplying materials to the ISIS cells in the al-Yasmeen cells in Riyadh and others were linked to the two suicide kaboomers in Harazat rest area of Jeddah, both of which were dismantled in recent months," said Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, spokesperson for Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry.
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  18 is a pyramid
____1____: Sudan
_1_____1_: Yemen
3_3_3_3_3: Saudi
Logis|Booms
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/17/2017 11:20 Comments || Top||


Europe
Police Flee Armed Mob as Week-Long Paris Riots Spread (Video)
[Breitbart] French police have been filmed fleeing from armed mobs as riots continue in Paris for the second week and the unrest has now spread to the city centre.

Hundreds of violent thugs took to the streets on Wednesday night near the Barbes Metro station, close to the major transport hub Gare du Nord. Windows were smashed, shops looted, fires lit, main roads blocked, and police cars targeted during the disturbance.

According to Le Figaro, the destruction is getting worse. At the beginning of the week, on the nights of the 12th and 13th, 32 vehicles were burnt out. On the 14th and 15th, some 47 cars were destroyed by fire as well as 59 bins.

Police appeared to have completely lost control at times, with unverified videos surfacing on Twitter of officers being chased out of certain neighbourhoods by rioters.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/17/2017 01:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [688 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Why don't I find in myself any compassion for the french?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/17/2017 2:07 Comments || Top||

#2  IIRC there was a cat named Napolean that had an answer to this, and he was French.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/17/2017 7:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Actually using cannon on rioters was a decisive turning point for Brigadier General Napoleon Bonaparte
Posted by: JFM || 02/17/2017 10:04 Comments || Top||

#4  "whiff of grapeshot" - 13 Vendémiaire
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/17/2017 10:26 Comments || Top||

#5  So the French own no rifles?

Could they import some Roof Koreans? Or get training from some?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/17/2017 10:34 Comments || Top||

#6  IIRC there was a cat named Napolean that had an answer to this, and he was French

Also why the streets of Paris were rebuilt and straightened in order to allow cannon to control intersections.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/17/2017 10:59 Comments || Top||

#7  Give 'em a little more time. Somehow I have a feeling that when they finally get pissed off enough they'll do what they need to do. Most likely they'll over do it. Then we'll get to listen to all the sanctimonious condemnations. Won't that be fun?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/17/2017 11:15 Comments || Top||

#8  Pappy, like D.C. In that regard.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/17/2017 11:35 Comments || Top||

#9  Coincidence, non?
Posted by: Pappy || 02/17/2017 14:18 Comments || Top||

#10  And the elites wonder why more people are voting for anti-EU parties.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/17/2017 17:47 Comments || Top||

#11  Napoleon’s Whiff of Grapeshot
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/17/2017 21:46 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Cleric, wife wounded in AJK gun attack
[DAWN] MUZAFFARABAD: A Shia holy man and his wife were shot and maimed by assailants near here on Wednesday, in what an official described as a terrorist attack, arguably the first ever of its kind in the communally peaceful region of Azad Jammu and Kashmire (AJK).

Allama Syed Tasawwar Naqvi al Jawadi, 38, secretary general of the AJK chapter of Majlis Wahdatul Moslemeen (MWM), was on his way to visit his in-laws in the town of Garhi Dupatta with his 32-year-old wife, when a black Corolla stopped their cycle of violence near Rawani bridge, some 8km from here on Jhelum Valley Road, at around 11:30am, police said.

The attackers fired several gunshots at Mr Jawadi which also hit his wife. The maimed couple was first taken to a nearby health facility, but were rushed to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahayan Hospital in Muzaffarabad because of their critical condition.

A team of surgeons operated on them for several hours. Prof Dr Adnan Mehraj, one of the surgeons, told Dawn that because Mr Jawadi had been shot twice in the neck and once in the chest, his condition was extremely critical. He had suffered massive brain damage, he said, but doctors would determine the magnitude of the damage after he regained consciousness.
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


Fresh terror wave reaches KP, tribal areas
[DAWN] GHALANAI/PESHAWAR: A renewed wave of terrorism in the country intensified on Wednesday when four jacket wallahs blew themselves up one after another at different spots in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
, Mohmand Agency
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
and Charsadda in an attempt to target security forces and members of the judiciary.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [430 views] Top|| File under: TTP


6 suspected Jamaat-ul-Ahrar militants killed in CTD raid in Multan
[DAWN] The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

police raided a krazed killer hideout and killed six suspected members of the proscribed Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JA), the group that has launched a new campaign of violence in the country, police said on Thursday.

CTD said its officers surrounded a hideout of the JA in Multan late on Wednesday and ordered the suspects inside to surrender.

"But the turbans started firing at the raiding party and threw explosives," a front man for the department, who the unit does not identify for security reasons, said in a statement.

Six forces of Evil were killed while three or four escaped under cover of darkness, the department added. Two hand grenades, two automatic rifles and two pistols were recovered.

Police acted after getting information that the forces of Evil were planning to launch attacks on "vital installations" and the government in the area.

The krazed killer faction grabbed credit for a suicide kaboom near the Punjab Assembly in Lahore on Monday that killed 14 people and maimed more than 80.

Since then, forces of Evil have killed two bomb-disposal officers in the Quetta and a jacket wallah went kaboom! outside a government office in Mohmand Agency
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
on Wednesday, killing five people.

Also on Wednesday, a suicide bomber on a cycle of violence attacked a group of judges in a van in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
, killing their driver.

The attacks have underlined the threat forces of Evil pose to the government, despite an army offensive launched in 2014 to push them out of their strongholds near the Afghan border.

Pakistain's foreign office said it had summoned Syed Abdul Nasir Yousafi, deputy head of mission at Afghanistan's embassy in Islamabad, on Wednesday to voice concern about JA "sanctuaries" in Afghanistan.

Pakistain says forces of Evil launch attacks from the Afghan side of the border.

"Afghanistan was urged to take urgent measures to eliminate the turbans and their sanctuaries, financiers and handlers," the foreign office said in a statement.
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Three Pakistan Army soldiers killed in Balochistan's Awaran
[DAWN] Three Pakistain Army personnel were killed when an improvised bomb (IED), targeting an army convoy, went kaboom! in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
’s Awaran district on Thursday, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The killed were identified as Captain Taha, Sepoy Kamran Satti and Sepoy Mehtar Jan.

Two other soldiers were also injured in the attack, added the military’s media wing.

Army personnel and other security forces reached the site of the incident and started initial investigations. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Awaran is considered one of the most sensitive and troubled districts of Balochistan. The district has witnessed regular attack on security forces in the past.

Militants have conducted attacks against security forces and national installations in Balochistan, which has been plagued by an insurgency and growing sectarian killings for more than a decade.
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [291 views] Top|| File under: Baloch Liberation Army


Crackdown in Punjab amid mourning for attack victims
[DAWN] LAHORE: Following Monday’s horrific suicide kaboom on The Mall which claimed 13 lives and left over 100 people injured, Punjab’s law enforcement agencies have launched a province-wide crackdown on banned holy warrior organizations.

The body parts of the suspected jacket wallah have been sent for DNA test to establish his identity.
"It's Bob. I'd recognize that left ear anywhere."
"It's a right ear, ma'am."
"Oh? That must be boB, then, his twin brother."
"It's also inside out, ma'am."
"Well, boB was an introvert...
Officials involved in the investigation into the incident said that senior police officials were the main target of the suicide bomber who went kaboom! during a protest by chemists.

They said that Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), an offshoot of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain, which grabbed credit for the attack in a statement, had attached a photograph of the bomber to the statement. Earlier, the group had done so after carrying out a terror attack on Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park 11 months ago.
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Pak-Afghan border crossing at Torkham sealed due to security concerns
[DAWN] In the aftermath of recent blast at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sindh, the government has decided to seal Torkham border crossing with Afghanistan for an indefinite period, DawnNews reported.

According to the officials of political administration, the Pak-Afghan border crossing at Torkham has been sealed for all kinds of communication due to security concerns.

"The border crossing will stay closed till further notice and all kinds of trade and commercial activities will remain suspended," the officials said.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pie fight, Bella opened her mouth at precisely the wrong moment...
the military's spokesperson also confirmed the development through a tweet.
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


At least 70 dead as bomb rips through Lal Shahbaz shrine in Sehwan, Sindh
[DAWN] At least 70 people were killed and more than 150 injured in a suicide kaboom on the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan on Thursday evening.

"So far 70 people have been killed and more than 150 have been maimed," Inspector General Police Sindh A.D. Khawaja said.

"Many of the maimed are at death's door and they will be shifted to 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...
as soon as navy helicopters and the C-130 plane reach the nearest airport."

Medical Superintendant Dr Moinuddin Siddiqui of Sehwan Taluka Hospital confirmed that 61 bodies were received by the hospital.

"Almost all the bodies were brought here. We have handed over 26 bodies to the heirs of the dear departed, while those that remain unidentified are at the hospital," said Siddiqui

Deputy Commissioner Munawar Maheesar confirmed the dead included at least four children and 12 women.

The Assistant Superintendent of Police in Sehwan said a jacket wallah entered the shrine through its Golden gate. The attacker went kaboom! after throwing a grenade, which failed to explode, he added.

The kaboom took place in the area where the dhamaal (a Sufi ritual) was being performed after evening prayers.

A large number of devotees, from different faiths and from across the country, frequent the shrine on Thursdays -- a day of spiritual significance in Pakistain's shrine culture.

Security for shrines was tightened across the province following the attack.

Armed forces aid in rescue efforts

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, following the attack, directed that immediate assistance be provided to civil authorities. Army contingents were dispatched along with medical personnel. Combined Military Hospital Hyderabad was also alerted to receive casualties.

Air evacuation of the injured was started from Nawabshah airport, the armed forces had tasked a C-130 aircraft and helicopters to aid in the effort. The injured were taken to Karachi and Hyderabad, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The ISPR added that the armed forces had placed all required resources to facilitate the rescue effort. Pakistan Army and Rangers assisted with rescue efforts at the site.

The chief of naval staff placed all navy hospitals in Karachi on high alert. The air force also placed its hospitals on alert to treat the injured.

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah had directed all rescue teams to reach the spot of the attack.

“Doctors from Jamshoro, Nawabshah and Hyderabad were sent to Sehwan,” Shah told DawnNews. He also said security has been tightened at all shrines across the province. Sehwan is Shah's constituency.

A mobile forensic van of the Sindh Police was dispatched to the shrine following the attack.
Ynet adds:
ISIS grabbed credit on Thursday for a suicide kaboom in southern Pakistain, the group's affiliated news agency AMAQ reported.

The bombing killed at least 25 people at a crowded Sufi shrine in southern Pakistain and dozens more were maimed, according to local media.

This week has seen a wave of bombings in Pakistain.
Posted by: Fred || 02/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [676 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


Iraq
Mosul Offensive News


14 Bad Guys die in airstrikes in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Fourteen Islamic State militants were killed on Thursday as fighter jets bombarded their explosives factory in western Mosul, an official security source said.

The source told Shafaaq News that the militants were killed in an airstrike by aircraft from the U.S-led military coalition that targeted a textile factory in al-Somoud district, which was used by the extremist group as a workshop for manufacturing explosives and vehicle booby-trapping.

Iraqi government forcesm, backed by the coalition and paramilitary troops, drove Islamic State militants out of eastern Mosul late January after three months of fighting, and are preparing to cross the Tigris River to the western section where militants are well-entrenched. Though surviving militants escaped to the group’s western strongholds, many have waged several attacks on the eastern areas over the past weeks, killing civilians and security personnel at recaptured areas.

On Tuesday, the head of the Pentagon’s special operations, Gen. Raymond Thomas, said in a conference in Washington D.C that 60.000 Islamic State fighters had been killed in two years during operations by the U.S. coalition. Coalition generals have, however, predicted a more difficult battle in the west of the city given the density of the population and the need to ensure civilians’ safety.

Suicide bomber dies in al-Taamim district

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army forces killed an Islamic State suicide bomber and arrested another one before they carried out an attack in eastern Mosul, an officer said Thursday as the force struggle against attacks by the group on liberated areas.

Major Ali Mohsen, from the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Forces, said in a press statement that the first suicide bomber, wearing an explosive belt, stormed a men’s barber shop in al-Taamim district, but was killed by the force before blowing himself.

Another bomber, aged 13, was arrested after civilians informed the forces about his location at a nearby spot, Mohsen added.

Iraqi government forces drove Islamic State militants out of eastern Mosul late January after three months of fighting, and are preparing to cross the Tigris River to the western section where militants are well-entrenched. Islamic State fighters, many of whom fled to the western region, have waged several attacks on the eastern areas over the past weeks, killing civilians and security personnel. Security observers say government forces face the challenge of potential Islamic State sleeping cells in the recaptured areas in the eastern section of Mosul.

Generals from the Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition forces are expecting a tougher encounter in western Mosul, and have predicted the final liberation of the city to be achieved in six months at least.
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi tribal militia wounded in ISIS attack in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) An attack by Islamic State militants at checkpoint in Diyala on Thursday left one tribal fighter injured, news reports quoted a security source as saying.

IS attackers targeted a checkpoint at al-Tala al-Oula, a village in Hawi al-Udhaim region in Baqubah, according to the source. The attack wounded a fighter from al-Hashd al-Shaeri (tribal mobilization), a paramilitary group fighting Islamic State alongside government troops.

Islamic State has stepped attacks across Iraq coinciding with defeats in Mosul, its largest stronghold in Iraq of which Iraqi government troops have recaptured a half since October.

Observers believe that while losing Mosul could be the strongest hit to the Islamic State’s existence in Iraq, the extremist group, which had taken over large areas of Iraq in 2014, could later turn to insurgency.

The group has sustained severe losses in personnel and ground since Iraqi government forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and popular militias, waged a major offensive to retake Mosul in October. IS has also reportedly been ravaged with divisions within its ranks, with news reports increasingly suggesting that its supreme leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, might be replaced, let alone other news about his possible injury in recent security strikes in Anbar.
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Anbar Antics


4 ISIS fugitives detained in Ramadi

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Police services in Anbar have arrested four detainees belonging to the Islamic State after they had fled a prison facility in the city of Ramadi, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Interior Ministry spokesperson Saad Maan said police forces, assisted by tribal troops, arrested two other fugitives, arrested two fugitives, one of whom is facing a death sentence.

The province’s police chief, Hadi Kassar, said earlier on Thursday that two inmates belonging to the extremist group were arrested after a joint operation with intelligence services.

Anbar’s western regions, most notably Annah, Rawa and Qaem, still host some Islamic State strongholds that sustain occasional bombardments by Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition fighter jets. There has not been an officially-declared military campaign to free those regions, but the province’s military command launched a brief assault early January that managed to recapture some western villages before stopping again. It is believed that the Iraqi government will not aim at western Anbar beforw it is forces are done with retaking Mosul, Islamic State’s biggest bastion in Iraq where security forces have been battling the group since mid October.

Very recent airstrikes pounded the location of meetings believed to have been chaired by IS supreme commander, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, whose survival remains a matter of question.
Posted by: badanov || 02/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Deadly car bombing rocks Iraq’s Baghdad
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A boom-mobile went kaboom! in Baghdad for the third day running Thursday, killing at least 55 people in a southern neighborhood, an interior ministry official said.

The blast rocked the same Bayaa neighborhood where a boom-mobile had already killed four people on Tuesday, the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
because he is not authorized to talk to the press.

He said another 25 people were maimed in the kaboom, which went off in a busy market area. Hospital officials confirmed the casualty toll.

The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group grabbed credit for Thursday's attack, which came amid a renewed wave of violence in the Iraqi capital.

At least 11 people were also killed in a suicide car kaboom claimed by ISIS on Wednesday in a northern neighborhood of the Iraqi capital.

Baghdad was rocked by a wave of deadly suicide kabooms during the first days of 2017 but relatively few kabooms had been reported since then until this week.

Iraqi security forces seize car bomb in Sadr City

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Baghdad Operations Command announced on Thursday, that security forces seized a car bomb in Sadr City, in eastern the province.

Spokesman for Baghdad Operations Command, Brigadier General Saad Maan said in a press statement, “Security forces from Baghdad Military Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism Service, backed by Ministry of Interior and Baghdad Operations Command, seized a booby-trapped vehicle that was parked in one of the garages in Sadr City, in eastern the province.”

“The vehicle was discovered during a search operation in the mentioned area,” Maan added.

The capital, Baghdad, is witnessing several suicide attacks and acts of violence, in addition to separate attacks against civilians and security forces.

Iraqi security forces stop 3 suicide bombers

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Baghdad police service said Thursday it foiled an attack by three suicide bombers as the capital witnessed almost daily bombings targeting civilians and security.

Jalil al-Rubaie, commander of the Interior Ministry’s Baghdad Operations, said in a statement that a joint force of police and intelligence teams trapped the trio in Radwaniya, west of Baghdad, killing one and arresting the other two. He said they were all donning explosive belts.

The announcement comes hours after a deadly attack on Habibiya, at the eastern Baghdad al-Sadr city, which killed and wounded 65.

Violence surged in Iraq with the emergence of Islamic State militants who took over large areas of the country in 2014. Baghdad has been witnessing almost daily bombings targeting civilians and security personnel.

IS militants have said they had been responsible for several bloody explosions 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.
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Wider support for Rohingya terrorists hints at further attacks
[Dhaka Tribune] The armed attacks on three border outposts by Rohingya murderous Moslem group Harakah al-Yakin (Faith Movement, HaY) on October 9 and onwards came into light after the Myanmar military retaliated by launching a crackdown in Rakhine State in the name of clearing operations when innocent people were killed and raped, and their houses burnt to ashes.

Apart from the October 9 attacks, the holy warriors carried out 11 additional strikes all over the infected areas killing seven members of the army and wounding three others, the Myanmar government claims.

In a video released on October 12, HaY spokesperson Ata Ullah or Ayatullah declared jihad against the Myanmar government. After two weeks, HaY issued a statement calling for international intervention to help Rohingya Moslems in Myanmar, and declared that its "people" will free themselves from "oppressors."
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Turkey steps up attacks on SDF-held areas north Syria
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’s military forcers and allied rebels in Syria continued their offensive against the town of Tel Rifaat in northern Aleppo, targeting positions of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), local sources reported on Wednesday.

The Turkish Army and Turkey-backed rebels of the Euphrates Shield have been bombing Tel Rifaat since Tuesday.

SDF headquarters and residential buildings in Tel Rifaat were hit with dozens of mortar shells. The Turkish troops and allied rebels also used heavy artillery and machine guns in the offensive‐aimed at driving the SDF out of the town.

The number of casualties is still unknown.

In the meantime, two Turkish cobra helicopters hit the village of Tal Alo in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah Governorate, close to the headquarters of the Arab Sanadid forces.

The Turkish army has also entered Syrian territory near the Kurdish-held Afrin District in northwestern Aleppo, occupying several hectares of land since January, local sources reported.

Also, Kurdish female fighters of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) on Monday clashed with Turkish Army forces near the town of Amude in Hasakah Governorate. "After three hours of sporadic festivities, the Turkish Army was forced to withdraw. They retreated towards the Turkish side of the border," a YPJ officer told ARA News.

The festivities followed an attempt by the Turkish military troops to enter the Kurdish territory in northeastern Syria, where Turkey continues to build a concrete wall alongside the borderline.

Kurdish officials condemned the Turkish violations against border areas in northern Syria.
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24 Civilians Killed in Bombing on al-Bab
[An Nahar] Turkish bombardment of an 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-held town in Syria has killed 24 civilians, a monitor said Thursday, but The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's army said only "terrorists" died in the operation.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead in air strikes and shelling on the town of al-Bab in the last 24 hours included 11 children.

Turkey's army, quoted by the state-run Anadolu news agency said it had killed 15 "terrorists" in air strikes, artillery fire and festivities.

Al-Bab is IS's final stronghold in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo and has come under fierce attack by Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels in recent months.

The joint force entered al-Bab over the weekend, and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Tuesday that the town had "largely been taken under control."

The Observatory however said Turkish forces had made little progress since entering the town from the west.

Turkey began military operations in Syria in August, targeting both IS and Kurdish fighters.

Initially its forces advanced quickly, but they stalled around al-Bab in December.

The town is also a key target for Syrian government forces, who had been advancing towards from the south.
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The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


Civilian dies in IED blast in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) A civilian was killed by an improvised explosive device explosion in Qasbet Bashir area, south of Kirkuk, a source told Alsumaria News on Thursday.

The source said, “An improvised explosive device, from the remnants of the Islamic State, exploded in Qasbet Bashir (15 km south of Kirkuk), killing one civilian on the spot.”

“Police forces evacuated the body to the forensic medicine department and opened an investigation into the incident,” the source added on condition of anonymity.

Noteworthy, 90% of Qasbet Bashir area is destructed by IEDs planted by the Islamic State, before being liberated by Peshmerga forces and al-Hashd al-Shaabi last year.

2 students die in ISIS artillery attack in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants rockets killed and wounded students and teachers in eastern Mosul Thursday as the extremist group continues to target areas it lost to security forces over the last months.

Colonel Khodeir Saleh, from the Joint Operations Command, told Bas News that two student girls were killed and others were wounded, including teachers, when Kateyusha missiles, fired by IS, landed on their school in al-Jazair district in eastern Mosul.

Ambulances rushed to carry the casualties to hospital, the security officer said.

Iraqi government forces drove Islamic State militants out of eastern Mosul late January after three months of fighting that left at least 3000 militants dead, and are preparing to cross the Tigris River to the western section where militants are well-entrenched. IS, however, has waged several attacks on the eastern areas over the past weeks, killing civilians and security personnel.

Also on Thursday, security forces managed to deactivate more than 200 explosive devices in al-Houd village, near the southern Mosul town of Qayyara, according to a report by Baghdad Times. They said stashes of grenades and rocket launchers were also discovered.

Iraqi and international coalition generals predict the city to be fully recaptured within six months.

ISIS closes Sharia Courts in western Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) A local source in Nineveh Province declared that the Islamic State group closed the so-called Sharia Courts in western Mosul, Alsumaria News reported on Thursday.

The source said, “The Islamic State closed the remaining Sharia Courts in western Mosul, and started to evacuate its alternative headquarters immediately.”

“The authority of Sharia Courts was transferred to the field’s Emirs, with the approaching offensive in western Mosul,” the source added on condition of anonymity.

Islamic State’s Sharia Court is a very important entity in the group, and has many authorities including arrest warrants.

ISIS forces western Mosul residents to feed ISIS forces

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) A local source in Nineveh Province that the Islamic State group forced some residents of western Mosul to provide food to its combat detachments, Alsumaria News reported on Thursday.

The source said, “The Islamic State forced the residents of western Mosul to feed its combat detachments in the neighborhoods of the area.”

“The Islamic State considered the presenting food to its detachments as a support for the group,” the source explained. “The group threatens to punish anyone who violate its instruction,” the source added.

The source also declared that the extremist group could not provide food to its fighters, so they started to threaten residents and force them to provide food.
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ISIS extremists use Yezidi children as suicide bombers
[ARA] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) radical group published a new propaganda video showing two Yezidi boys from Sinjar being used as jacket wallahs in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
The young boys, who were captured by ISIS during the group’s campaign against the Yezidi community in summer of 2014, described in the propaganda video how they left ’ignorance’ and joined ISIS and converted to Islam.

"When I was in Sinjar reporting on the Yezidis, numerous families said their kidnapped boys were being forced to become suicide bombers," journalist Rukmini Callimachi said.

"At the time, there was no concrete proof the terror group had succeeded in turning Yezidi children into bombers against their own people," she added.

Yezidi leaders confirmed to the journalist that the two boys were from Tel Qasab village south of Sinjar district [also known as Shingal].

During the genocide against Yezidis in 2014, many women and kiddies were kidnapped from southern Sinjar, especially from Tel Qasab, Tel Banat, Qahtania, Mojamaa al Jazeera.
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