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Islamic State supreme leader’s speech admits defeat in Mosul
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Afghanistan
Taliban storm police, intelligence offices in Kabul
[AA.TR] Taliban stormed two major security installations, including a police center and a regional intelligence agency office in the capital Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
Wednesday, according to an eyewitness and officials.

The 6th district center of Afghan police and the 12th district of the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
were targeted in the attack described by a security source as suicide kabooms followed by gunbattles.

Najib Danish, deputy front man for the Ministry of Interior, confirmed the ongoing attacks.

Danish told Anadolu Agency at least two attackers stormed the security installations after a suicide car kaboom. He added that five security personnel sustained minor injuries.

"All attackers have been killed, our security forces are now busy in the clean-up operation," Danish said later in the evening without disclosing the exact number of the attackers.

An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to security concerns, said between two and three attackers were involved in the gunbattle with Afghan forces.

Waheed Majroh, front man for the Ministry of Public Health, said two non-combatants were killed and 41 others were maimed in this attack.

The Afghan Taliban have grabbed credit for the attack in a statement on its website. According to the holy warrior group, vehicles loaded with explosives attacked the security installations at a time when an important meeting was underway there. It also claimed that several Afghan security personnel had been killed in the attack.

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Africa Horn
Bomb under car seat kills Somali intelligence officer
A senior Somali intelligence officer was killed after and explosive device fitted into his luxury car exploded in Mogadishu’s Dharkenley district on Wednesday morning.

The victim who was identified as Aden Abdullahi Isack has died on the spot, while two other people were slightly wounded in the bomb attached to the car, according to police officials. Isack was reported to be an intelligence officer working with Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) based in Mogadishu, Somali Capital.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which was the latest in a string of car bombs and gun attacks in the capital, since the election of the new President in February 8.
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Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria: Nearly 8,000 taken from Boko Haram lairs
[AA.TR] Nearly 8,000 civilians were taken from Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
hideouts in Nigeria’s insurgency-wracked northeastern region during the month of February, an army commander said Wednesday.

Maj. Gen. Leo Irabor, commander of the country's counterinsurgency operation in the region, told a news briefing that some 7,898 persons were "rescued or incarcerated
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
" between Feb. 2 and March 1 and are being investigated to determine their identities.

He added that eight imported muscle -- four Chadians, three Nigeriens, and one Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
ian working for Boko Haram -- were also arrested over the month, while dozens of gunnies were killed.

"On Feb. 24, 2017, some Boko Haram elements in gun trucks and on cycle of violences attacked our troops location at Gajiram. Sadly, one officer and 10 soldiers were killed in action and one other soldier was maimed in action," he said.

Irabor said another Boko Haram ambush on Feb. 9 also claimed eight soldiers, while 18 others were maimed. Three other soldiers are still missing, he added.

He also said several incidents of suicide kaboom were reported during the month, often claiming the lives of just the bombers.

The commander also rebuffed a recent Amnesia Amnesty International report accusing the military of killings of hundreds of civilians in the course of its operations, dismissing it as a "distraction".

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India-Pakistan
India successfully tests interceptor missile
[DAWN] India on Wednesday successfully tested a low-altitude interceptor missile which destroys incoming ballistic missiles, Times of India reported.

The missile fired off Abdul Kalam Island "successfully destroyed" the incoming "enemy" Prithvi missile, Indian defence officials claimed.

The test is a step towards making the country's two-tier ballistic missile defence (BMD) system, which incorporates both low-altitude and high-altitude interceptor missiles, operational. It will be at least another two years before the interceptor missile is ready for deployment to protect sensitive targets.

The Prithvi missile was launched from the integrated test range at Chandipur over Bay of Bengal at 10:15am.

"All the mission objectives were successfully met. The weapon system radars tracked the target and provided the initial guidance to the interceptor which could precisely home on to the target and destroyed it in the endo-atmospheric layer," India's Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

"The complete event, including the engagement and destruction, was tracked by a number of electro-optical tracking systems using infrared imagery. Radars and telemetry stations tracked the target and the interceptor till the destruction of the target," the statement added.

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Iraq
U.S.-backed Iraqi forces close in on IS-held Mosul government buildings
[Iraq News] U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Tuesday battled their way to within firing range of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
’s main government buildings, a major target in the offensive to dislodge 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....
turbans from their remaining stronghold in the western side of the city.
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Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [407 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Do you get the feeling we could have mashed these clowns like a bug if we had really wanted to? A long time ago?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/02/2017 20:22 Comments || Top||


Islamic State supreme leader’s speech admits defeat in Mosul
As they themselves predicted. Now to meet the kaffir forces on that legendary plain so that Allah can give his remnant their miraculous victory.
[Iraq News] 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 supreme leader has delivered a speech ordering his fighters to flee urban areas in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, a presumable acknowledgement of defeat to U.S.-backed Iraqi forces and militias fighting to retake the city.

Alsumaria News quoted local sources saying that 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...
made a "farewell speech" to his combatants in battlefields, ordering them to "flee and hide in mountainous areas" in Iraq and Syria. The text of the speech was disseminated among other speakers to read out to fighters at various areas in western Mosul.

The directives tell fighters to blow themselves up once encircled by Iraqi troops, the source claims, adding that senior commanders close to Baghdadi were moving on the borderline between Syria and Iraq. "The leaders of the so-called Mujahideen Shura (advisory) Council have all fled Nineveh and Tal Afar to Syria."

Iraqi forces have made remarkable gains since launching a renewed offensive on February 19th to retake western Mosul from IS myrmidons. The government said late January it had retaken the eastern side of the city following three months of fighting.

Military commanders from the Iraqi forces and the allied U.S.-led international military coalition have said IS resistance was remarkably weaker in the west compared to the east. Government forces became closer Tuesday to a government complex in central Mosul, having retaken the city’s airport, a major military base and a vital bridge linking both sides of the city.

Earlier this month, unconfirmed news claimed that Baghdadi, whose exact whereabouts remained unknown for long, had been seriously maimed when Arclight airstrikes targeted a big shotship meeting he chaired near the borders with Syria.
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#1  "Tis but a flesh wound!"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/02/2017 7:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Islamic State supreme leader’s speech admits defeat in Mosul

Defeat to me would be all his followers would be staked down in a line and run over by a tank. Instead of sneaking away to fight another day. But I'll take what I can get for now.
Posted by: gorb || 03/02/2017 9:40 Comments || Top||

#3  A French tank. After we have run over the bad guys we switch to rear gear and run over them in reverse and this 27 times one for very of our t 27 reverse gears.
Posted by: JFM || 03/02/2017 10:33 Comments || Top||

#4  I would prefer something that reverses slowly. ;-)
Posted by: gorb || 03/02/2017 14:02 Comments || Top||

#5  I would prefer something that reverses slowly.

French tanks are faster in reverse than in forward gear.
Posted by: Crusader || 03/02/2017 14:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Perchance, we line up the gunships and Bradleys and do a no limit hunt as the rats leave Mosul.

Just tell the locals to stay inside for a while and let the ROE be "if it moves shoot"
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/02/2017 16:13 Comments || Top||


Iraqi forces retake two W. Mosul villages, clash with IS at recaptured district
[Iraq News] Iraqi army forces recaptured two villages in western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
on Wednesday, while clashing 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....
bandidos bully boyz in a recently recaptured area.

Maj. Adnan Mostafa, from the army’s 9th division, was quoted by Bas News website saying the forces recaptured Bawabat al-Sham (Syria Gate) and al-Rihani, thus completing a siege around the town of Badush, preparing to invade it.

Iraqi forces killed tens of IS members and nabbed
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
25 during battles at the two villages, according to Mostafa.
Hours earlier, Iraqi security commanders were quoted saying they had recaptured a nearby road linking the town of Tal Afar with Mosul effectively blocking the las exit available for bandidos bully boyz from the city.

Meanwhile,
...back at the hoedown, the fiddler suddenly struck a sour note. The dancing stopped abruptly. Everyone looked at Bob...
Alsumaria News reported festivities between the army’s Counter-Terrorism Forces and IS fighters at the residential Wadi Hajar area, which the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said Tuesday it recaptured from Death Eaters.
The Iraqi government recaptured eastern Mosul late January and launched a new phase of operations to clear the western region last month. The troops, backed by forces and advisers from a U.S.-backed coalition, has made remarkable gains since the start of operations, with Iraqi and coalition commanders reporting speedy collapses in IS defenses.

Iraqi and United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
migration bodies say at least 16.000 civilians have been displaced since the start of the western Mosul onslaught, with 250.000 more threatened with displacement.

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Iraqi forces invade major prison facility in western Mosul
[Iraq News] Iraqi security forces invaded Wednesday a major prison facility in western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
as operations continue to clear the region from 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....
bad boys.

Ikhnews quoted a security source saying the forces stormed the Badush Prison, located at a town in northwestern Mosul. Earlier on Wednesday, Iraqi commanders said they had consummated a siege around the town after recapturing two last villages.

In 2014, the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
said the Badush Prison was a stage for a massacre that coincided with Islamic State’s takeover of Mosul. The group was believed to have stormed the facility, assorted prisoners based on their religious affiliations, and later executed at least 670 Shia inmates, an action which the U.N. said amounted to a crime against humanity.

The Iraqi government launched nearly two weeks ago a new offensive to retake western Mosul from IS fighters, having cleared the eastern region late January.

The Federal Police command said recently that more than 900 IS fighters died in encounters with security forces since the launch of operations at the west.

Military commanders from the Iraqi forces and the allied U.S.-led international military coalition have said IS resistance was remarkably weaker in the west compared to the eastern side. Government forces became closer Tuesday to a government complex in central Mosul, having retaken the city’s airport, a major military base and a vital bridge linking both sides of the city.

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Airstrike kills 6 terrorists driving motorcycles in western Mosul
[Iraq News] Iraqi Federal Police Command announced on Wednesday, that six terrorists, who were driving cycle of violences and carrying weapons, were killed by an air strike in western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
The Command said in a press statement, "Our drones targeted six terrorists, driving three cycle of violences and carrying machine guns and mobile rockets launchers, in Dawasa area in western Mosul."

"The air strike killed all the targeted terrorists," the statement explained.

Furthermore, the statement added that the Death Eaters were preparing to attack security forces stationed in the western side of the city of Mosul.
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Drone kills 4 Islamic State militants in western Mosul
[Iraq News] A drone killed 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....
members on Wednesday as U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces and allied militias continue their push to clear the region from the murderous Moslem group.

A source told Alsumaria News that four members of IS were killed when they parked their armored vehicle near an intersection in Wadi Akab region.

Islamic State and Iraqi forces have exchanged drone attacks over the weeks that followed the recapture of the eastern region by government troops late January, leaving several deaths on both sides as well as among civilians.

Military commanders from the Iraqi forces and the allied U.S.-led international military coalition have said IS resistance was remarkable weakening in the west compared to the eastern side. Government forces became closer Tuesday to a government complex in central djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, having retaken the city’s airport, a major military base, a vital bridge linking both sides of the city and a handful of districts in the southwest.

The Federal Police command said recently that more than 900 IS fighters died in encounters with security forces since the launch of operations at the west.
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Elite IS leader killed in security ambush near Anbar
[Iraq News] al-Hashd al-Shaabi’s Leader in Anbar Province, Abdullah al-Jaghifi, announced on Wednesday, that six members 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....
group, including an elite leader, were killed in an ambush, west of the province.

Jaghifi said in a press statement, "Al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces set up an ambush for members of the Islamic State group, who were using boats to cross the river toward Haditha Dam, west of Anbar, and managed to kill six IS members, including the elite leader Khamis al-Rawi."

"The security forces also burned two boats, as well as seizing different kinds of weapons," Jaghifi explained. "The members of the Islamic State were planning to attack military troops that are stationed near Haditha Dam," Jaghifi further added.
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Joint forces thwart IS plan to attack Samarra
[Iraq News] Joint Operations Command announced on Wednesday, that security forces managed to foil an attempt to attack the city of Samarra.

The Joint Operations Command Said in a press statement, “The Command received intelligence information indicating that the Islamic State extremist group is planning to raid the city of Samarra.”

“After studying the targets, the Joint Operations Command decided to conduct an extensive air strike, targeting the Islamic State group,” the statement explained.

“Iraqi Air Force carried out an air strike, based on information obtained from Falcon Intelligence Cell, on a headquarters belonging to the Islamic State in al-Baida area, killing 15 terrorists, including 10 suicide bombers,” the statement added.

The statement also revealed that Iraqi Air Force conducted another air strike in the same area on a camp belonging to the Islamic State, and managed to kill 25 militants, as well as destroying three vehicles.
ISIS
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Belarusian-Israeli nabbed trying to join Islamic State in Syria
[IsraelTime] A Belarusian-Israeli man was locked away
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
as he attempted to join the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorist group in Syria, after expressing support for the group over the past year and a half, according to an indictment filed against him on Wednesday.

The suspect, Valentin Vladmir Mazlevski, was arrested in a joint operation by police and the Shin Bet security service earlier this month, though details of the case were kept under a court-issued gag order until the charges were filed.

As he was brought into the courtroom, Mazlevski told news hounds in poor, heavily accented Arabic that "God will vindicate me."

According to the indictment, he purchased a one-way ticket to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
in January, with the goal of crossing the border into Syria and joining the terrorist group.

He is from the Arab Israeli town of Shibli‐Umm al-Ghanam, his wife’s hometown. The 39-year-old father of five moved to Israel from Belarus in 1996 at age 18 and converted to Islam four years later, while he was serving in the Israel Defense Forces, the Shin Bet said.

"The investigation revealed that Mazlevski, who was active in IS-supporting groups on the internet, shared details of his intentions to travel to Syria and even coordinated his arrival with [the groups]," the Shin Bet said.

Mazlevski allegedly used a number of methods to communicate with fellow Islamic State supporters, including the Telegram encrypted messaging application.

According to police, the suspect was in contact with Sheikh Assad al-Tawhid, also known as Abu Huthaifah, who previously fought in Syria.

Police were aware of Mazlevski’s support for the Islamic State since at least July 2016. That month he was brought in for a "debriefing, in which it was clarified to him that the Islamic State is an illegal organization and that he has been ordered to stop his security activities."

Despite the police warning, Mazlevski began looking into joining the fighting in Syria in October 2016. He contacted a purported Islamic State fighter in Syria who identified himself as "Abu Abdullah." But before he could set out, Abu Abdullah broke off contact and scuttled Mazlevski’s plans, according to police.

A month later, he reached out to an alleged Islamic State member in the Sinai Peninsula and considered joining the fight against Egyptian troops there, police said.

Apparently undeterred, Mazlevski contacted a Russian-born IS fighter in Syria in January and began making preparations to travel there through Turkey, according to the indictment.

He purchased his plane ticket to Turkey and saved NIS 3,650 ($1,000) ahead of his trip.

Mazlevski never told his family of his plans to travel to Syria, according to police.

On January 16, 2017, he went to Ben Gurion International Airport to catch his flight to Turkey, but was stopped at the gate and prevented from traveling. The Shin Bet said it had received advanced intelligence about Mazlevski’s plans.

He was interrogated, but not arrested, at the airport. In the days that followed, Mazlevski attempted to remove any trace of Islamic State support from his cellphone, deleting accounts and conversations, according to the indictment.

Mazlevski was arrested on February 7. During his interrogation, he admitted to Sherlocks that he had planned to join the Islamic State in order to "fulfill the commandment placed on every true Moslem to live under an Islamic State and hold fast to his belief," police said.

The Shin Bet estimates that approximately 50 Arab citizens of Israel have traveled to Syria or Iraq to join the group in recent years.

On Wednesday, Mazlevski was charged in the Nazareth District Court with contacting a foreign agent, attempting to travel to an enemy nation and obstruction of justice, for deleting the information from his phone.

The state prosecutor requested Mazlevski be kept in police custody until the end of his trial.
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#1  Belarusian-Israeli We're becoming as bad as US of A(ngst)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/02/2017 2:28 Comments || Top||

#2  I suspect quiite a few of The Times of Israel's journalists went to J-school in the States, g(r)omgoru.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/02/2017 10:23 Comments || Top||


Terrorist sneaks into outpost, stabs man as family watches
[IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian stabbed and lightly maimed a resident of the southern West Bank settlement outpost of Havat Mor inside his home on Wednesday, the army said.

The victim shot the alleged terrorist, who was pronounced dead on the scene by a local doctor, a spokesperson for the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.
Good.
The Paleostinian man had broken into the West Bank outpost in the Hebron Hills, the army said.

The man was in his home when he heard a noise outside. Leaving his home to investigate, he saw a Paleostinian man holding two knives, according to the Ynet news site.

The victim then ran back inside his house to get his pistol. The Paleostinian followed him into the living room and stabbed the Israeli man in front of his wife and children, according to the report.

The Israeli eventually managed to take out and use his gun on the attacker.

The victim, 33, suffered stab wounds to the limbs, Magen David Adom said. He was described as lightly injured.

The assailant was identified by the Paleostinian health ministry as Said Muhammad Ali Qisiyeh, 24, from al-Dharia, located near Hebron.

On Tuesday, police set up roadblocks and closed streets for several hours in response to suspicions of an unspecified "security incident" in the Beersheba-Rahat area, several kilometers south of the scene of Wednesday’s attack.

They lifted the precautions Tuesday night.

Israeli security officials have noted a marked drop in attacks in the last several months, following a several-month wave of violence starting in October 2015.

However,
some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
sporadic attacks have persisted.

Since October 2015, 40 Israelis, two Americans, a Paleostinian and an Eritrea
...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age...
n national have been killed in stabbing, car-ramming and shooting attacks.

According to AFP figures, some 250 Paleostinians, a Jordanian and a Sudanese migrant have also been killed, most of them in the course of carrying out attacks, Israel says, and many of the others in festivities with troops in the West Bank and at the Gazoo border, as well as in Israeli Arclight airstrikes in the Gazoo Strip.
That's a nice ratio.
3 Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails at border patrol officers

[Ynet] Three Paleostinian teenagers from Dheisheh village were tossed in the calaboose
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
Tuesday after lobbing Molotov cocktails and rocks at border patrol officers near Jerusalem. They will be indicted today.

From the investigation it was revealed that the teenagers purchased the fuel after school ended, then walked all the way to the checkpoint where the officers were stationed, after which they stated lobbing the Molotov cocktails at them.

Gaza rocket strikes field south of Ashkelon; none injured

[IsraelTimes] Second attack in three days comes Wednesday night after Hamas threatens to hit back over Israeli retaliatory bombardment of Strip.

4.5 years in prison for East Jerusalem resident who planned terror attack

[Ynet] Jerusalem District Court has sentenced East Jerusalem resident Mu'aid Abu Rabba for four and a half years in prison as part of a plea deal. Rabba was charged with support of ISIS, contact with a foreign enemy agent and conspiring to do a terrorist attack for ISIS in Israel.

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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Senior al Qaeda leader killed by CIA drone strike
A Hellfire missile fired by a CIA drone killed al-Qaeda leader Abu al-Khayr al-Masri late on Sunday while he was riding in a car near the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib, a U.S. intelligence official said on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

The 59-year-old al-Masri, whose real name was Abdullah Muhammed Rajab Abdulrahman, was second-in-command to the group’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and a member of its shura council, said the official, who was briefed on the attack and spoke on condition of anonymity.

He also was married to one of Osama bin Laden’s daughters, the official added. CNN first reported the strike.

The official said Masri, as he was widely known, had sought refuge in Iran after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, and was believed to have been in Syria helping to direct Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, an al-Qaeda branch previously called the Nusra Front, the official said.

The Iranians released him from house arrest almost two years ago, in exchange for a diplomat being held hostage in Yemen by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the official said.

An Iranian diplomat held hostage in Yemen since 2013 returned home to Tehran in 2015 amid conflicting accounts of how he was freed from his unidentified abductors. At the time Iran said the diplomat had been rescued by an Iranian intelligence operation in Yemen. But Yemeni media run by the Iran-allied Houthi group said the diplomat was freed in a prisoner exchange that took place in another country.Masri's death was the end of an almost 19-year U.S. hunt for him. A second U.S. official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Masri was thought to be one of the planners of the 1998 attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Update from Ynet at 6:10 p.m. ET:
Al-Qaeda confirmed on Thursday that a US-led coalition dronezap had killed big shot Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, in a joint statement issued by the hard boy group's Maghreb and Arabian Peninsula branches.
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#1  Judging by the photos, it was more ballistic than explosive.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/02/2017 9:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Kinetic
Posted by: Frank G || 03/02/2017 12:06 Comments || Top||

#3  That was the word; couldn't come up with it at that hour of the morning.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/02/2017 13:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Background from The Times of Israel:

Al-Masri, a veteran Egyptian militant, was the deputy of al-Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahri, and the organization’s senior figure in Syria. He coordinated al-Qaeda’s work with other militant groups and played a direct role in developing external plots, according to a US counterterrorism official, who was not authorized to discuss the issue and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Al-Zawahri is believed to be based in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region, but many of the group’s senior figures are believed to have moved to Syria, taking advantage of the country’s civil war to establish a presence — though many of them have subsequently been killed in US drone strikes the past year.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/02/2017 18:47 Comments || Top||

#5  Well after looking at the photos the car was hit by either a Hellfire Missile that didn't go Boom or they actually did drop an anvil on him...heavens to Roadrunner cartoon...
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/02/2017 20:35 Comments || Top||


Syrian government forces take Palmyra citadel from Islamic State -- Hezbollah
[Iraq News] Russian-backed Syrian government forces and their allies recaptured the historic Palmyra citadel, on the city’s western outskirts, from 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....
fighters on Wednesday, a military media unit run by Hezbollah said.

The Syrian army also seized a modern palatial complex to the southwest, it said, in advances that brought it closer to storming the city and driving back the jihadists.

Islamic State has captured Palmyra, whose ancient ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, twice during Syria’s six-year-old conflict.

The Syrian army and its allies, backed by Russian air support, recaptured the city from the ultra-hardline group in March last year, but Islamic State seized it again in December.

The group has razed ancient monuments during both of its spells in control of Palmyra ‐ destruction the United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
has condemned as a war crime.

A Syrian military source told Rooters earlier on Wednesday: "The army’s entry to the city will begin very soon."

The army said it had captured an area known as the "Palmyra triangle" a few kilometers (miles) west of the city after rapid advances in recent days backed by Russian air strikes.

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Turkey, Syrian rebels attack U.S.-allied SDF
[Iraq News] The Turkish army and allied Syrian rebels attacked villages held by U.S.-allied militias near the city of Manbij in northern Syria on Wednesday, a front man for the militias said, an escalation of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s military campaign in the border area.

There was no immediate comment from Turkey, which is waging its "Euphrates Shield" campaign with Syrian rebels to drive both 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....
and Kurdish militias away from the frontier.

Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
said this week Manbij was the next target of the campaign following the capture of al-Bab from Islamic State last week.

The new attack focused on a string of villages controlled by the Manbij Military Council, part of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, the front man for the Manbij Military Council told Rooters.

"There is a very big attack by the Euphrates Shield and Turkish army on the villages and areas of the Manbij Military Council," Sharfan Darwish, the front man, said. He named eight villages some 27 km (17 miles) west of Manbij. "There are fierce festivities ... and heavy artillery bombardment."

The SDF includes the powerful Kurdish YPG militia, viewed by Turkey as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group that has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey.

The YPG helped capture Manbij from Islamic State last year in a U.S.-backed campaign fought under the SDF banner. The YPG has subsequently said it has withdrawn from Manbij. But Turkey continues to assert that the group remains in the city.

Darwish said the SDF was exercising "self restraint" since Erdogan’s comments, but would defend Manbij if necessary.
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