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62 ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrike in Mosul
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Afghanistan
12 die in roadside bombing attack in Paktika province
[al-Manar] The UN has condemned the killing of 12 Afghans, including eight children returning from school, by a roadside bomb in the country’s volatile east, the latest in a growing number of civilian casualties.

The blast occurred in Paktika province on Friday when their vehicle hit a pressure-plate improvised explosive device planted on a public road, the UN said, adding that four others were wounded.

“Children are once again the main victims of these indiscriminate and illegal weapons,” said Pernille Karde, the UN’s deputy special representative in Afghanistan.

“There is a simple message to the perpetrators: stop using these weapons if you are serious about safeguarding Afghanistan’s civilians and the country’s future generation,” Kardel said in a statement late Saturday.

There was no immediate reaction from officials in Paktika.

The bombing comes just days after the UN voiced alarm over the killing of 25 civilians in the escalating conflict in southern Helmand province, most of them in US air strikes.

An American bombardment in Helmand’s Sangin district last week killed 18 people, nearly all women and children, the UN said.

Afghan civilian casualties in 2016 were the highest recorded by the UN, with nearly 11,500 non-combatants killed or wounded.

More than 3,500 children were among the victims, a “disproportionate” increase of 24 percent in one year, the UN said in a report earlier this month.

Afghanistan last year also saw the highest recorded civilian casualties caused by pressure-plate IEDs in a single year, the world body said.
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Afghan forces rescue 26 civilians kidnapped by ISIS loyalists
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan cops rescued at least 26 civilians kidnapped by the loyalists of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province.

The provincial commandment in a police statement said the civilians were being kept in Haska Mina and Kot districts.

The statement further added that the civilians were kidnapped long ago by the bully boyz and were rescued during the Shaheen-25 operations.

At least four key members of the terror group were also nabbed
You have the right to remain silent...
during a separate operation conducted in Kot district, the statement said, adding that five bully boyz of the group were also killed during the air and ground operations.

The police commandment said a heavy machine gun, Dshk, was also destroyed during the operations.

According to the local security officials, the security forces and local residents did not suffer any casualties during the operations.

Nangarahr is among the relatively calm provinces in eastern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups are actively operating in some of its remote districts.

The Afghan cops launched the Shaheen-25 clearance operation against ISIS loyalist nearly three weeks with the local officials saying the operations are being conducted with the support of the US forces who are providing air support to the ground forces.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


ISIS suffer heavy casualties in latest operations of Afghan forces
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The loyalists of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group suffered heavy casualties in latest operations conducted as part of the Shaheen-25 offensive.

The operations were conducted in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province where the offensive was launched nearly three weeks ago.

The provincial police commandment said at least 34 murderous Moslems were killed, 16 were maimed and around 7 others were placed in durance vile
You have the right to remain silent...
during the operations.

The operations were conducted with the support of the Air Force in Haska Mina district.

According to the provincial police commandment, the majority of those killed during the operations are foreigners but no further details were given regarding their identities.

The local officials had earlier said that the Pak, Chechen, Uzbek, Arab, and murderous Moslems from the other countries are forming the majority of the ISIS loyalists in Afghanistan.

The anti-government armed krazed killer groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Shaheen-25 offensive was launched in line with the approval of the national security council to suppress the growing activities of ISIS loyalists in eastern Nangarhar province.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Horn
Officials killed in Mogadishu drive-by shooting
It's getting like Chicago there...
Mohamed Omar Hagafey, who served as a spokesman for former Himan and Heeb administration was killed in a drive-by-shooting in Mogadishu on Saturday morning.

Galmudug state spokesman Abdullahi Hashi has confirmed to Radio Shabelle the murder of the former spokesman Mohamed Omar Hagafey which occurred at Digfeer hospital. He said the official’s vehicle was sprayed with bullets by unknown gunmen driving in a speeding car near the Turkish-run Digfeer hospital in Hodon district.

Similarly, a senior NISA officer named Hassan Dheere was killed in another drive-by shooting on Saturday at El Gabta area in Mogadishu. The attack has left a bodyguard dead.

Shaboobs say they done it

The Al Qaeda-inspired Al Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for twin drive-by shootings in Mogadishu, the Somalia capital on Saturday.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [291 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Egypt says it killed senior operative of IS in Sinai
[IsraelTimes] A top member of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
in Sinai has been killed in an Egyptian army operation in the center of the peninsula, Sky News Arabia reported Saturday, quoting Egyptian security sources.

Hamad Salim Sulaiman, the news network reported, was a roadside kaboom specialist involved in numerous kabooms and armed assaults against Egyptian army and police forces in Sinai.

There were no details on the nature of the operation that killed Sulaiman.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [408 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  Killed is good
Posted by: Frank G || 02/19/2017 7:51 Comments || Top||

#2  They're just so adorable when they start to putrefy..
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/19/2017 11:16 Comments || Top||


Hafter’s nephew kidnapped
Benghazi, 18 February 2017:

There are unconfirmed reports that the nephew of armed forces commander-in-chief Khalifa Hafter has been kidnapped in Benghazi.

Belghasem Hafter is said to have gone missing yesterday. Army sources refused to discuss the story but it appears that an extensive search is under way.

Posted by: badanov || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [338 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Europe
Europe migrant colonist briefs

Six yoots charged with attempted murder in Berlin subway attack

[DeutscheWelle] Six yoots, aged 16-21, who allegedly tried to set a homeless man on fire in a Berlin subway station on Christmas have been charged at youth court with attempted murder. A 17-year-old was also accused of failure to provide assistance to the victim. If convicted, the six accused would face at least three years in jail, the mandatory minimum sentence for attempted murder in Germany.

The case provoked outrage in Germany after it was caught on security cameras. After police released photos of the suspected attackers, six of them later turned themselves over to the police, another was arrested. All seven have been in police custody since December 27. Their motives for the attack are still unknown.

Because all seven alleged perpetrators came to Germany as refugees - six from Syria, one from Libya - the attack sparked a debate over the integration of so-called "unaccompanied minors" seeking refugee status in Germany and stirred anti-migrant sentiments.

Swedish court hands life sentence to Syrian asylum seeker

[Ynet] A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a Syrian man to life imprisonment for participation in the 2012 mass execution of seven government troops in Syria. The Stockholm District Court ruled that 46-year-old refugee Haisam Omar Sakhanh joined the armed group Suleiman Company in early May 2012, and shot a person dead with an assault rifle. Judge Tomas Zander said the victim, who was not identified, was shot dead along with six others "under particularly cruel circumstances."

Sakhanh had confessed to the shooting but said he should not be prosecuted because the death sentences had been made by a legitimate court, something the Swedish court rejected. It also rejected his defense that he had been following orders.
Al Ahram adds:
Sakhanh had sought asylum in Sweden in 2013 and has been held in pre-trial custody since March.

This once prosperous Greek builder is now living in a shack as his country’s economy collapses under the weight of German diktats and a never ending tide of migrants

[DailyMail] Every morning, just after sunrise, an army of charity workers descends on a grand, white building overlooking the Mediterranean in a suburb of Athens. They bring duvets to migrants.

From Breitbart:
Thousands in Barcelona Urge Spain to Take in More Migrants
18 Feb 2017
Thousands of protesters marched Saturday in Barcelona to demand that Spain’s conservative-led government increase its efforts to take in refugees from war-torn countries like Syria.

Poll: Merkel Eclipsed By Arch-Federalist Schulz in Race For Chancellor
17 Feb 2017
In a straight race between the two most popular candidates to fill Germany’s top political office, long-time member of the European Parliament and enthusiastic EU acolyte Martin Schulz would beat incumbent Angela Merkel, according to a new poll.

Cologne Carnival Issues Truck Ban For City Centre
17 Feb 2017
Ahead of the upcoming Cologne carnival, authorities have issued a ban on all trucks in the city centre to prevent a repeat of the Berlin Christmas market attack.

100 UK-Bound Migrants Brawl in France
16 Feb 2017
Around a hundred UK-bound Eritrean and Sudanese migrants have engaged in a territorial brawl near a service station in northern France.

Christians Are the Most Persecuted Religious Group in the World, Says Austrian Foreign Minister
16 Feb 2017
Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world, the Austrian foreign secretary has said.

Nigerian Migrant Arrested for Stabbing Female ‘Refugee Helper’ to Death
16 Feb 2017
A 27-year-old Nigerian migrant has been arrested in Switzerland after murdering a 22-year-old asylum home worker in Germany and then fleeing the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/19/2017 07:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world, the Austrian foreign secretary has said.
Muslims are, if you count the persecution of various Islamic groups by other Islamic groups.
In any case, Muslims are the most persecuting religious group in the world.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/19/2017 9:46 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Police busts militant module, 9 held
[Daily Excelsior] Police today busted a Hizbul Mujahideen murderous Moslem module and tossed in the slammer
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
its nine members from North Kashmire district of Baramulla who were luring local boys into militancy.

Deputy Inspector General of Police North Kashmire, Nitish Kumar, said that the module was busted with the arrest of a murderous Moslem Irshad Ahmad Shah of Seelu, Sopore in Baramulla district.

He said that the module was spearheading a huge network of murderous Moslem activities and recruitment of local boys in Baramulla and Sopore. "The murderous Moslem Irshad Shah has been active with Hizbul-Mujahideen murderous Moslem outfit for last more than 2 years", he said.

He said that Irshad Khawaja alias Tanveer along with two other absconders are involved in killing of one civilian Eid-ul-Amin Mir son of Abdul Ahad Mir of Maqboolabad Bahrampora and conspiracy was hatched in the house of one HM Over Ground Worker (OGW) Azhar Imtiyaz of Behrampora who stands arrested (case FIR No. 128/2016 dated: 25.12.2016).

DIG said that with the arrest of Irshad, police, Army and CRPF in Sopore has been able to lay hands on network of over ground activists of outfit who were aiding and abetting militancy besides luring young boys towards militancy.

"In a series of raids, Sopore police and security forces have arrested nine people who were influencing young and innocent boys to join militancy", he said. He identified the arrest people as Mudasir Ahmad Ganie?son of Ghulam-ud-Din Ganie of Ladoora, Abdul Majeed Dar son of Mohammad Munawar Ganie of Ladoora, Ajaz Ahmad Shah son of Mohammad Sultan of Bismillah Colony Shangergund Sopore, Azhar Imtiyaz son of Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir of Behrampora, Ghulam Mustafa Lone son of Mohammad Ashraf Lone of Thagund, Showkat Ahmad Mir son of Mohammad Zaffar Mir of Bomai, Aejaz Ahmad Bhat son of Mohammad Subhan Bhat of Bomai, Mohammad Yasin Tantray son of Ghulam Mohammad Tantray of Wadoora Payeen and Abdul Majid Shah son of Ghulam Ahmad Shah of Wadoora Payeen.

Kumar said that Azhar Khan of Trich, Kupwara who got killed along with other associate in encounter on February 4 was radical ideologue of the outfit who with other killed murderous Moslem had gone to Pakistain on passport and received terrorist training there.

"Both these forces of Evil were active in Sopore and Baramulla and with the help of this busted over ground superstructure were enticing young boys from Sopore and Baramulla for militancy", he said.

The DIG said that based on the information which was generated during the course of these investigations some boys who were being recruited for murderous Moslem activities were counseled and handed over to their families thus saving their lives.

Kumar appealed to the parents to watch over their children and not to let them to fall into the trap of murderous Moslem propaganda.
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Pakistan says kills 100 'terrorists' after suicide shrine attack
"Kill all the usual suspects, Sergeant Siddique, then round up the dead bodies. We don't have time for the usual order for such things."
Pakistani security forces killed dozens of suspected militants on Friday, a day after Islamic State claimed a suicide bombing that killed more than 80 worshippers at a Sufi shrine, the biggest in a spate of attacks this week across the country, Reuters reported.

The bombing at the famed Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in southern Sindh province was Pakistan's deadliest attack for two years, killing at least 83 people and highlighting the threat of militant groups such as the Pakistani Taliban and Islamic State.

"Over 100 terrorists have been killed since last night and sizeable apprehensions also made," the military said in an operations update on Friday evening.

"Terrorists will be targeted ruthlessly, indiscriminately, anywhere and everywhere. No let up," an armed forces spokesman added in a tweet.

With authorities facing angry criticism for failing to tighten security before the shrine bomber struck, analysts warned that the wave of violence pointed to a major escalation in Islamist militants' attempts to destabilize the region.

"This is a virtual declaration of war against the state of Pakistan," said Imtiaz Gul, head of the independent Center for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad.

With pressure growing for action, Pakistan demanded that neighboring Afghanistan hand over 76 "terrorists" it said were sheltering over the border.

The bombings over five days have hit all four of Pakistan's provinces and two major cities, shaking a nascent sense that the worst of the country's militant violence may be in the past.

A series of military operations against insurgent groups operating in Pakistan had encouraged hopes that their leaders were scattered.

"But this has led to a degree of complacency within our civil-military leadership that perhaps they have completely destroyed these elements, or broken their back," Gul said.
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Brothers of Lahore attack facilitator picked up from Bajaur Agency
[DAWN] Security forces on Saturday took into custody two brothers of Anwaarul Haq, the alleged controller of the Feb 13 suicide kaboom in Lahore, from their residence in Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central
...Smallest of the agencies in FATA. The Agency administration is located in Khar. Bajaur is inhabited almost exclusively by Tarkani Pashtuns, which are divided into multiple bickering subtribes. Its 52 km border border with Afghanistan's Kunar Province makes it of strategic importance to Pakistain's strategic depth...
of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), security sources said.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif
...Pak dynastic politician, brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab...
had announced Haq's arrest in a presser on Friday evening. The suspect's confessional statement was also aired during the briefing.

Acting on information provided by intelligence agencies, security personnel on Saturday raided Haq's house in Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency, security sources said.

Haq's two brothers Khalilullah and Hameedullah were taken into custody during the raid.

Several others were nabbed from the area during the operation and shifted to an unknown location for interrogation, the sources added.

In his presser, the 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....

chief minister claimed to have eliminated the terrorist network involved in Monday’s suicide kaboom in Lahore in which 15 people were killed.

Shahbaz said the controller, Anwaarul Haq, had divulged that their network was operating from within Afghanistan.

The suspect in the confessional video said he hailed from a remote village in Bajaur Agency.

"I was associated with Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and they trained me," said the suspect, adding that he has visited Afghanistan around 15 to 20 times.
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Political administration asks people to vacate Pak-Afghan border areas in Khyber Agency
[DAWN] Political administration of Khyber Agency
... the place to go if you've got an Indiana Jones hat and whip. Chock full of high adventure and treacherous Pathans. You should really train up to it, though...
has directed the dwellers of Pak-Afghan border areas to migrate to safe places with immediate effect, said officials.

The directions were issued to the people living in Sheenphokh and Samsay areas of Khyber Agency.

"Exodus is underway as the security forces have already launched operation in the area," officials told DawnNews.

Earlier on Friday night, the army had reportedly targeted a training camp of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar -- the banned terror outfit which grabbed credit for the Feb 13 suicide kaboom in Lahore and the Feb 15 suicide kaboom on the headquarters of the 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...
's political administration.

The camp was located near the Pak-Afghan border in areas adjacent to Mohmand and Khyber Agency, and was reportedly overseen by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar's deputy commander, Adil Bacha.

Militant casualties were reported in the action but there was no confirmation of the actual number.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Ahrar


Iraq
62 ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrike in Mosul
Foto of an F-4 Phantom II at the link. What Freedom looks like.
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) A security source in Nineveh Province declared that 62 members of the Islamic State were killed by a coalition airstrike, west of Mosul, Alsumaria News reported on Monday.

The source said, “Today, US-led coalition warplanes bombarded the General Hospital building that was used by the Islamic State as a headquarters for foreign immigrants, west of Mosul.”

“The airstrike resulted in the killing of 62 members of the Islamic State, holding Russian, Chechen, French and German nationalities,” the source added on condition of anonymity.

“The airstrike was carried out based on accurate intelligence information and destructed the hospital completely,” the source explained.

“The Islamic State imposed a security cordon around the area of incident and prevented the residents from approaching it,” the source further added.

From ARA News: ISIS HQ under fire in Mosul

Iraqi military operations to retake Western Mosul from ISIS started late Friday, with the US-led coalition forces striking an ISIS command and control headquarters in Western Mosul.

“With the approval of the government of Iraq, Coalition forces struck an ISIS command and control headquarters and propaganda facility in Western Mosul on Feb. 17,” the US-led coalition said.

“The five-story Bab Sinjar administration facility was located in the Al Jumhuri medical community complex. ISIS continues to ignore the Law of Armed Conflict and uses protected sites such as hospitals, schools, and mosques to try and shield themselves from Coalition airstrikes,” the coalition said.

According to the US-led coalition they determined through intelligence that no civilians were in the area, and that the targeted facility was not used for medical purposes by ISIS.

“The intelligence showed that its sole function was as a military command and control facility for ISIS to oversee its operations against the people of Iraq,” the coalition said.

“Daesh still hold about 750,000 people in the west of Mosul and they must now be dealt with. Soon, and at a time of their choosing, the Iraqi Security Forces will move in to start the liberation of West Mosul,” Major General Rupert Jones, UK deputy commander said last week, predicting a tough fight.

“Be under no illusion: The fight will not be easy. The tight streets and alleyways of the old city will be tough to clear. But the Iraqi forces have adapted to ISIS’ tactics and they will drive back the enemy whose finite resources wane with each passing day,” he added.

“It’s worth reflecting on the extraordinary efforts of the Iraqi Security Forces to protect civilians during the tough battle for Mosul. This respect for civilian life is in stark contrast to the enemy’s brutality.
Posted by: badanov || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [763 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Salahuddin Combat Courier
1 ISIS operative dies in IED attack in Sharqat

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) A local source in Salahuddin Province declared that four members of the Islamic State were either killed or wounded in an improvised explosive device blast near a cemetery in Sharqat, Alsumaria News reported on Saturday.

The source said, “An improvised explosive device near a local cemetery in Sharqat, north of Salahuddin, exploded while a detachment belonging to the Islamic State was passing in the area, killing a member of the group and wounding three others.”

“The Islamic State militants arrested a number of the nearby village’s residents, on charges of preparing the blast,” the source added on condition of anonymity.
Posted by: badanov || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Anbar Antics


Iraqi security forces seize munitions in Ramadi

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) A military source in the Army’s 8th brigade revealed that security forces discovered two rockets and tanks containing explosive materials, as well detonating a large number of improvised explosive devices in Ramadi.

The source said, “Forces from the army’s 8th brigade managed, today, to seize two Katyusha rockets, a rocket launcher and 11 tanks containing explosive materials in Ramadi District.”

“Iraqi forces also discovered 40 improvised explosive devices in Husaiba area (23 Km east of Ramadi), and detonated them on the spot,” the source added on condition of anonymity.

Noteworthy, security forces continue removing mines and improvised explosive devices, left by the Islamic State group, from the liberated areas in Anbar.
Posted by: badanov || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [348 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


1 dead in bomb attack in Madain district
Hate to admit it, but this district has been hit before
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A police source declared that one person was killed and three others were wounded in the explosion of an improvised explosive device, south of Baghdad, while pointed out to discovering a body of an unidentified man north of the province, Alsumaria News reported on Saturday.

The source said, “An improvised explosive device exploded near a popular market in Wardiyah area in Madain District, south of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding three others.”

“Security forces also pulled out a body of an unidentified man from the Tigris River, north of Baghdad,” the source added on condition of anonymity.

The capital, Baghdad, is witnessing several suicide attacks using booby-trapped vehicles and explosive vests, in addition to separate attacks against security forces and civilians, leaving dozens of casualties.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Army Arrests Syrian for Terror Links
[An Nahar] Police in north Leb locked away
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
a Syrian national suspected of having links to a terror group, the National News Agency reported on Saturday.

The police patrol arrested, Sami Ahmed Salloum, a Syrian, in Akkar's town of al-Ayoun for having ties to terror groups, NNA said.

The detainee was referred to the related authorities.

NNA didn't specify which terror group the suspect belongs to.

Several suspected jihadist members have been arrested in recent months throughout Leb.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Syrian warbirds hit Deraa, Homs
Syria regime warplanes reportedly bombarded a besieged rebel-held district of Homs on Saturday, killing at least two people and raising the death toll to more than 20 in two weeks, an activist and monitoring group said.

Warplanes also hit rebel-controlled areas in Deraa in southern Syria during a series of heavy raids over the last day, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

In Deraa, regime and Russian warplanes increased their bombardment of rebel-held areas, carrying out at least 70 air strikes on the city and towns in the eastern Deraa countryside on Friday and Saturday, the Observatory reported.

At least four people were killed by air strikes in the town of Umm al-Mayadhin, and one person in Busra al-Sham, it said.

For months, Al-Waer, the last rebel-held neighborhood in the western city of Homs, had been spared much of the intense violence raging elsewhere in the country, as the regime tried to conclude an agreement with Syrian opposition factions there.

Bombardment of the area resumed earlier this month, rescue workers and the British-based Observatory said.

The Observatory said three people were killed on Saturday, bringing the death toll since then to at least 30 people. An opposition media activist in al-Waer said two people had been killed and put February’s overall death toll at more than 20.

Damascus has tried to conclude a deal in al-Waer that would see rebel fighters and their families leave the district and regime forces take over.

The opposition says such accords are part of a regime strategy to forcibly displace populations from opposition-held areas after years of siege and bombardment.

In September, some 120 rebel fighters and their families left al-Waer in agreement with the government, but there have been no further reports of any rebels leaving. The Observatory estimates several thousand opposition units remain there.

Russia backs Damascus in its fight against insurgents, but has supported along with rebel-backer Turkey a ceasefire deal that was put in place on Dec. 30 and covers western Syria.

The warring sides have accused each other of violating the ceasefire and fighting has tarnished it almost since it began.
Posted by: badanov || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


21 Daesh terrorists killed in northern Syria
[AA.TR] At least 21 ISIS bad boyz were potted in northern Syria in the last 24 hours as part of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield by Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
and Turkish forces, according to a Turkish General Staff statement Saturday.

The statement said 95 ISIS targets, including shelters and gun emplacements, had been hit by Turkish Land Forces.

In addition, Turkish fighter jets destroyed 9 targets including a building used as a hideout and two vehicles.

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and the FSA have been focused on liberating al-Bab from ISIS since late November as part of Operation Euphrates Shield, launched in late August to clear the terror threat along Turkey’s southern border.

In addition, two PKK bad boyz were potted in an ongoing anti-terror operation in the southeastern Mardin province, the General Staff said in another statement.

The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU -- resumed its armed campaign in July 2015 and has since been responsible for the deaths of approximately 1,100 security personnel and civilians, including women and kiddies.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


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4 civilians die in ISIS rocket artillery attack in Hayy al-Jazair

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) A source in Nineveh Police revealed on Saturday, that 13 civilians were either killed or wounded in a shelling launched by the Islamic State, east of Mosul.

Captain Amir Wathiq said in a press statement, “The Islamic State group shelled houses in Hayy al-Jazair with three Katyusha rockets.”

“The shelling resulted in the killing of four civilians, and injury of 9 others,” Wathiq explained.

“Ambulances evacuated the wounded to hospitals and medical centers in Mosul, and the bodies to the forensic medicine department,” Wathiq further added.

3 Wimmin die in ISIS drone attack in Hayy al-Intsar

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) An officer of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service announced on Saturday, that a drone belonging to the Islamic State group shelled a popular market, east of Mosul, leaving a number of casualties.

Major Ali Mohsen said in a press statement, “The Islamic State attacked a popular market in Hayy al-Intsar, east of Mosul, using a drone, killing three women and wounding 10 other civilians.”

“Ambulances transferred the wounded to nearby hospitals, and the bodies to the forensic medicine department,” Mohsen further added.

In addition, Mohsen also revealed that security forces killed a suicide bomber, wearing an explosive vest, in Shoqaq al-Khodar area, after receiving information from residents of the area.

ISIS executes one of its own in Hasakah

[ARA News] Hasakah – Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Saturday executed one of its own jihadists in northeastern Syria, after accusing him of spying for the US-led coalition.

Abu Muhammad, an ISIS security official in the town of Margada in Hasakah Governorate, was publicly executed on Saturday.

“The group accused Abu Muhammad of leaking security information about the group’s movements in Margada to the US-led coalition,” a local source told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The militant, who was responsible for an ISIS security office in Margada, had tried to desert the group and escape Syria. However, he was arrested by ISIS guards before fleeing Margada town.

Abu Muhammad was charged by the ISIS-led Sharia Court of ‘high treason’.

Margada is the Islamic State’s final stronghold in Hasakah Governorate. It’s located on the administrative borders between Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor governorates.

The group has recently executed several other militants for evacuating their posts without permission in Raqqa and Mosul.

ISIS mass rapes of Yazidi women were 'normal'

[ArabNews] SULAIYMANIYA, Iraq: Militant Amar Hussein says he reads the Qur’an all day in his tiny jail cell to become a better person. He also says he raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities, and shows few regrets.

Kurdish intelligence authorities gave Reuters rare access to Hussein and another Daesh militant who were both captured during an assault on the city of Kirkuk in October that killed 99 civilians and members of the security forces. Sixty-three Daesh militants died.

Hussein said his emirs, or local Daesh commanders, gave him and others the green light to rape as many Yazidi and other women as they wanted.

“Young men need this,” Hussein told Reuters in an interview after a Kurdish counter-terrorism agent removed a black hood from his head. “This is normal.”

Hussein said he moved from house to house in several Iraqi cities raping women from the Yazidi sect and other minorities at a time when Daesh was grabbing more and more territory from Iraqi security forces.

Kurdish security officials say they have evidence of Hussein raping and killing but they do not know what the scale is.

Reuters could not independently verify Hussein’s account.

Witnesses and Iraqi officials say Daesh fighters raped many Yazidi women after the group rampaged through northern Iraq in 2014. It also abducted many Yazidi women as sex slaves and killed some of their male relatives, they said.

Hussein said he also killed about 500 people since joining Daesh in 2013. “We shot whoever we needed to shoot and beheaded whoever we needed to beheaded,” said Hussein.

He recalled how emirs trained him to kill, which was difficult at first when one person was brought for a practice kill. It became easier day by day. “Seven, eight, ten at a time. Thirty or 40 people. We would take them in the desert and kill them,” said Hussein, an imposing, well-built figure, who was wearing metal handcuffs.

Eventually, he became highly efficient, never hesitating to kill.

“I would sit them down, put a blindfold on them and fire a bullet into their heads,” he said. “It was normal.”

Counter-terrorism agents said Hussein was trouble when he first arrived. “He was so strong he snapped the plastic handcuffs off his wrists,” said one.

Hussein sees himself as a victim of hardship, a product of a broken home and poverty in his hometown of Mosul, where Iraqi forces have launched an offensive against Daesh to dislodge them from their last stronghold in Iraq.

“I had no money. No one to say ‘This is wrong, this is right.’ No jobs. I had friends but no one to give me advice,” said Hussein, who has been held in the cell with a barred window since his capture in October.

Religious slogans are scratched on its cement walls by previous militant prisoners. His only possessions are a thick blanket and a Qur’an. On the floor is a polystyrene plate with broth and some rice. Thick, metal handcuffs hang on a nearby wall.

Hussein, now 21, began his career as a militant when he was just 14, he said. He was drawn to the conflict by his local mosque preacher, then he joined Al-Qaeda and now awaits legal proceedings as a member of Daesh, the successor of Al-Qaeda’s Iraq branch.

Counter-terrorism agents described a second prisoner, Ghaffar Abdel Rahman, as less forthcoming, and said he had revealed little during questioning about his experiences as a checkpoint and logistics man for Daesh. Abdel Rahman, 31, with long hair and beard and a blank stare, gave little away in a separate interview with Reuters.

He admitted to opening fire on security forces in the raid on Kirkuk but says he never killed anyone. He said he and his brother joined Daesh because otherwise, as state employees, they would have been killed by the group.

His Kurdish captors did not comment on his story, but Iraqi authorities are generally skeptical of fighters who say they had no choice.
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