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Afghanistan
Airstrike target Taliban training camp in Helmand leaving 20 dead
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A training camp of the Taliban forces of Evil was targeted in an Arclight airstrike in the restive Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province in south of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Arclight airstrike was carried out in Khanshin district, leaving at least 20 forces of Evil dead.

MoD further added that a cache of drugs of the group was also destroyed in the Arclight airstrike.

No further details were given regarding the Arclight airstrike and it is yet not clear if it was carried out by the Afghan Air Force or the Ruritanian US forces based in Afghanistan.

Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban capture Tala Barfak district in Baghlan province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs have captured Tala Barfak district in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan following days of heavy shootout.

Security sources confirmed the district fell to Taliban control after two days of heavy shootout between the security forces and the Taliban holy warriors.

Baghlan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where the Taliban forces of Evil and forces of Evil belonging to other holy warrior groups are actively operating in a number of its remote districts.

The Taliban group increased their insurgency activities in Baghlan province late in 2015 and in earlier 2016 amid rampant insurgency led by the group in northern and northeastern parts of the country.

The Taliban forces of Evil started to prepared for the 2016 fighting season after reaching to an agreement with the provincial government earlier last year but their plots were foiled after a large scale operation was launched in Dahana-e-Ghori and other key districts.

In the meantime, a top Taliban leader who was actively in charge of leading the group’s insurgency in northern Baghlan province was killed during festivities with the Afghan cops late last year.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the slain Taliban capo was identified as Salam Uzbek who was killed along with 15 of fighters.

MoI further added that Uzbek was killed after launching a coordinated attack on security posts in the village of Niazullah in Baglan-e-Markazi district.

Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Kabul attacks casualties toll rise to 22 dead, 120 wounded
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The casualties toll from coordinated suicide kabooms in 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....
has climbed to at least 22 dead while nearly 120 others have sustained injuries.

The officials in the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan (MoPH) have said ordinary civilians are also among those killed or maimed.

MoPH front man Mohammad Ismail Kawoosi confirmed Thursday that 22 people bit the dust in the two attacks.

He said around 120 others sustained injuries including civilians.

The Taliban group grabbed credit behind the attacks which was widely condemned with the Afghan government saying the group is attempting to boost the morale of its fighters by conducting attacks in crowded places.

The attack was initially launched in the vicinity of the 6th police district of the city after a boom-mobile exploded to allow the remaining hard boyz infiltrate inside the PD#6 compound.

The shootout between the Afghan cops and the assailants continued for several hours before the compound was cleared of the krazed killers.

The second attack took place in the vicinity of 12th police district of the city but it was shortly brought under the control by the security forces.

Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Key Taliban leader among 6 killed in US drone strike in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A key commander of the Taliban group was killed along with his five fighters in a US dronezap 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 of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, the murderous Moslems were targeted on Wednesday afternoon in Chaknoor area of Lalpur district.

Provincial governor’s front man Ataullah Khogyani confirmed that a key local leader of the group identified as Elias was killed in the raid.

He said at least five other murderous Moslems were also killed and another one was maimed in the Arclight airstrike.

According to Khogyani, a hideout of the murderous Moslems a several weapons, ammunition, and explosives were also destroyed.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in eastern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups including the loyalists of ISIS terrorist group are attempting to expand their foothold in this province.

This comes as the Afghan forces with the support of the US forces based in Afghanistan are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations in some remote districts of Nangarhar under the ongoing Shaheen-25 operations.

The US forces based in Afghanistan resumed their operations against the murderous Moslems last year after they were granted broader role by the B.O. regime.

Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [241 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
ISIS presents: Israeli collaborators in Sinai
[Ynet] ISIS weekly magazine exposes a man suspected of spying for Israel; ISIS claims that pursuant to the cell's activities, three collaborators were executed. According to the report, the collaborators' squad planted electronic cards used by Israel to locate ISIS centers of activity.

In a lengthy article published in their weekly magazine, ISIS presented so-called Israeli collaborators in Sinai and shed light on its psychological warfare with Israel.

In order to substantiate their claims, the article also published the photo of an alleged spy named Hussein Dawichi El Bariki. An ISIS source said that "the last cell enjugged
You have the right to remain silent...
is a spy squad of three people who had confessed to contacting the Jews via telephone." A rogue officer had apparently recruited them after seducing them with the offer of money.

The mission of the exposed spy was "to track the movements of the jihad fighters and instantly update their location over the phone. As a result, three fighters were killed."

Another member was apparently supposed to recruit agents and hand out funds, as well as plant electronic cards, which would then reveal their location.

The official ended his message by saying that "those who insist on heresy will get the sword, with the help of Allah."

A security official in the Sinai Peninsula said that much like in all other ISIS-controlled territories, the Sinai Peninsula has a security mechanism to ensure the safety of the fighters and the civilians under their control.

The article also said that Israel ("The Jewish State") has already expressed its concern over what is going on in Sinai.

The same security official who spoke with the magazine explained that "the Jewish army has helped and is still helping the Egyptian army in its war against 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....
. Jewish aircrafts boast a majority of bombings against Moslems in the Sinai Peninsula. As a result, dozens were killed and homes destroyed."

Then, the article continued to explain that Israel is not satisfied with bombings alone, as it is also trying to recruit spies to provide it with information, to be their eyes following the officials of the Islamic State.

The recruiting process includes random phone calls to Moslem residents to lure the weak-spirited ones with the promise of money.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/03/2017 01:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Tunisia Troops Kill Two Suspected ‘Jihadists’
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Soldiers rubbed out two suspected ’jihadists’ in the mountainous Kasserine region of central Tunisia, the defense ministry said on Wednesday.

It said more might have been killed on Tuesday evening but the operation on Mount Sammama was still continuing so it was a preliminary toll. Tunisian media cited military sources as saying that as many as seven suspected ’jihadists’ might have been killed.

A hospital source in Kasserine said one soldier had suffered a bullet wound.

Mount Sammama is adjacent to Mount Chaambi, considered to be the main rear base of the ’jihadists’ near the border with Algeria.

Soldiers rubbed out two suspected ’jihadists’ in the same area on February 17.

Since its 2011 revolution, Tunisia has experienced an increase in ’jihadist’ attacks that have cost the lives of dozens of members of the security forces and also 59 foreign tourists. The country has been under a state of emergency since November 2015, when a suicide kaboom in Tunis claimed by the ISIS ’jihadist’ group killed 12 presidential guards.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under: Ansar al-Sharia


Arabia
More Than 20 US Strikes Targeted Al-Qaeda in Yemen: Pentagon
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] US forces on Tuesday conducted a series of air strikes in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
, the Pentagon said. "More than 20 strikes targeted AQAP turbans, equipment and infrastructure in the Yemeni governorates of Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
, Al Bayda and Shabwah," Pentagon front man Navy Captain Jeff Davis said.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

#1  So Trump and Mad Dog Mattis were right about the raid that banged AbdulRaouf Dhabhab. The Dhabhab family in AQAP, are like the BinLaden family of al-Qaeda. They needed to be pull out by the roots. These bombing runs are probably the result of the actionable intelligence gleaned from the Special Forces attack in Yemen. As always, McCain and the rest of the left are looking pretty foolish.
Posted by: Lampedusa Glose1765 || 03/03/2017 11:22 Comments || Top||


Europe
Brussels Quarter Sealed after Gas Canisters Found in Car
Life gets awfully exciting when there is an unknown but large number of the enemy swimming through the population preparing plots.
[AnNahar] Police and soldiers on Thursday sealed off a part of central Brussels after stopping a car with gas canisters, a police spokeswoman said, as Belgium prepares to mark the first anniversary of the March terror attacks.

The spokeswoman said she had no information about the driver. But reports citing the local mayor Charles Picque said the man was believed to have been radicalized but that it was difficult to know how dangerous the situation was.

"The car was stopped because the driver jumped several red lights. The police then noticed several gas canisters in the boot and rather than take any risks, they called for help from the army bomb squad," the spokeswoman said.

The driver had put up no resistance and stopped of his own accord, she said.

He was detained for questioning, she said, adding that she did not know as yet whether be would be charged with any offense.

A security perimeter was set up in the Porte de Hal area, near the main Midi rail station and famous for a medieval fortress which attracts tourists.

Buildings closest to the car have been evacuated and public transport either halted or diverted.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [361 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: WoT
Man Arrested For JCC Threats Was Previously Fired For Reporting Fake News
[Breaking911.com] The federal authorities have charged a St. Louis man with making more than half a dozen bomb threats against Jewish community centers, schools and a Jewish history museum, an unsealed court document shows.

Juan Thompson, 31, was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri. He is accused of making at least eight of the threats against JCCs.

Juan Thompson, made some of the threats in his own name and others in the name of a former girlfriend, apparently in an attempt to intimidate her, according to a federal complaint filed by the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan and unsealed on Friday.

Thompson, a former Chicago journalist was previously linked to a “pattern of deception” involving fabricating quotes and creating fake email accounts while writing for The Intercept, a New York-based online publication. Thompson, whose employment at The Intercept ended more than a year ago, previously worked as an intern at Chicago Public Media WBEZ FM 91.5 and at DNAinfo.com Chicago.

Thompson has a twitter account @JuanMThompson full of anti-semitic and racist tweets. He accused President trump of ethnic cleansing in a Feb 23 Tweet. He also claimed in a tweet that he was “reverting to Islam”, in another that 42% of Americans were “filthy fascist appeasers, and should be “taken out along with (President) Trump”, and that he once nearly got killed in a drive-by shooting.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 03/03/2017 11:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [417 views] Top|| File under:

#1  An anti-Trump communist. He is everything the liberals love.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/03/2017 14:35 Comments || Top||

#2  I sense old souls sitting back, grinning
To see congregations up-spinning,
The public disgusted,
The copycats busted --
A monolith chock-full of winning.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/03/2017 19:53 Comments || Top||


Arrest made in probe of bomb threats to US Jewish groups
[Jpost] The Anti-Defamation League said on Friday that federal and New York law enforcement had informed them of an arrest made in connection with bomb threats made against the Jewish advocacy group and Jewish Community Centers in the United States.

The group said it had been told of an "arrest made" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York Police Department and the New York State Police, according to a posting on its Twitter account. Further details of the arrest were not immediately available.

Juan Thompson, the 31-year-old suspect, has been accused by federal prosecutors of a "campaign to harass and intimidate," ABC News reported on Friday. He has been charged with cyber-stalking a woman and threatening the JCCs in that woman's name. Prosecutors claim that Thompson made eight threats against JCCs as part of a "sustained campaign to harass and intimidate" the woman after the end of their romantic relationship.
Why don't I feel relieved?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/03/2017 11:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why don't I feel relieved?

That takes care of 8 of the calls. It does not explain the other 90 calls or the desecration of Jewish cemeteries.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 03/03/2017 12:11 Comments || Top||

#2  I crawled through his Twitter feed - he's anti Trump nutter who used to write for The Intercept. Does not appear to me major actor in the threats.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 03/03/2017 13:07 Comments || Top||

#3  according to one of his tweets he 'reverted' to Islam in 2016 (most Islamic theologians think all babies are born muslim and if they are raised in another religion and then convert to Islam, they are simply reverting to their first religion),

and he's also Black so the folks at the SPLC are very unhappy again today
Posted by: lord garth || 03/03/2017 13:33 Comments || Top||


Iraq
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
...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....
murderous Moslem 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 jacket wallahs," 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 holy warriors, as well as destroying three vehicles.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Islamic State kidnaps 25 civilians attempting to flee its Kirkuk stronghold
[Iraq News] 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....
bully boyz have kidnapped 25 civilians for attempting to flee the group’s strongholds in southwestern Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
a source said Thursday as refugees numbers continue to soar amid battles between the group and Iraqi troops.

Alsumaria News quoted a source within pro-government militias at the town of Hawija as saying that the myrmidon group kidnapped early in the morning 25 people from al-Zab region after setting them up in an ambush.

The civilians, who were bound to Shirqat town in the neighboring Salahuddin province, were accused of "abandoning the land of the caliphate," a charge the group recurrently filed against civilians fleeing areas under its control. The accusation, most of the time, has ended up with the civilians brutally executed.

Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Cameraman from Baghdadi’s landmark ISIS inception sermon killed in Mosul
[Iraq News] The cameraman who filmed 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 leader declaring the establishment of the group’s rule in Iraq and Syria was killed Thursday in an Arclight airstrike west of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, sources said.

The myrmidon group’s member who made the video footage of the historic 2014 sermon in al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul, which saw 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...
declaring the inception of an "Islamic Caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, was killed in an Arclight airstrike on Wadi Akab, Alsumaria News quoted local sources as saying.

Iraqi reports about IS leaders’ deaths have on many occasions come from unnamed sources, and the group rarely admits serious losses on the battlefield through its media outlets.

The source, citing preliminary information, told the network that the cameraman was a Syrian national nicknamed "Abu Huthaifaq al-Halabi".

Earlier on Thursday, Rooters reported Arclight airstrikes destroying Omar al-Aswad mosque, an IS-held spot that was located near the mosque where Baghdadi delivered his sermon.

Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Islamic State execute two in Anbar for collaboration with security
[Iraq News] 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 snuffies on Thursday executed two civilians in Anbar whom the group accused of collaboration with security forces, according to sources.

The pair was shot by a firing squad at the centre of the western Anbar town of Annah, the source told Alsumaria News. The group accused them of informing security forces about myrmidons’ locations in the town.

Since taking over several Iraqi cities in 2014 to proclaim a so-called "Islamic Caliphate," Islamic State bandidos snuffies reportedly tortured and enslaved civilians at areas under its control for violating its extreme religious rules, and executed many for either acting as informants for security services or attempting to escape "the land of the Caliphate" as the common charge reads.

Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Soldier killed, 4 wounded in southern Baghdad gunfire, bombing
[Iraq News] One army soldier was killed and two others were maimed, while two civilians were maimed Thursday when armed gunnies targeted a checkpoint and in a bombing in southern Baghdad.

Police sources told Alsumaria News that one army soldier was killed and two others were maimed when armed gunnies shot at a checkpoint in al-Madaen, south of the capital.

Meanwhile,
...back at the cheese factory, there was only one thought in the mouse's mind: I can do this! I can do this! Then the trap sprung...
two civilians were also maimed when a bomb went kaboom! in a commercial area in al-Makaseb, southwest of Baghdad, the sources said.

Nobody has grabbed credit for the bombing or the gun attack, but IS Lions of Islam have said they had been responsible for several bloody kabooms and attacks that hit the capital in the past months, bringing the governorate municipal and security officials under critics’ fire.

Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


IS shells liberated areas in eastern Mosul with chlorine gas
[Iraq News] Iraqi Rapid Response Forces’ Captain, Saadon Khaled al-Ramadani, stated on Thursday, that the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group launched attacks on the liberated areas in eastern djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, using rockets containing chlorine gas.

Ramadani said in a press statement, "The Islamic State group launched an attack, yesterday, usinf Katyusha rockets from the banks of the Tigris River in western Mosul, on al-Maliyah area and a garage in eastern Mosul."

"After examining the remnants, it was revealed that the rockets were containing chlorine gas," Ramadani added.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pond, the enormous newt was trying to decide if Gloria was edible...
Dr. Bahnam Aziz pointed out that a number the residents of the garage, Nabi Yunus and al-Faisaliyah areas were transferred to medical centers and hospitals after suffering severe poisoning by chlorine gas.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Security forces kill IS official of Mosques Diwan west of Mosul
[Iraq News] A local source informed that the so-called 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 official of the Diwan of mosques in Nineveh Province was killed during festivities, west of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Alsumaria News reported on Thursday.

The source said, "The Islamic State’s official of the Diwan of mosques in Nineveh Province was killed, along with his son and one of his aides, during festivities with the security forces in the vicinity of Wadi Hajar, west of Mosul."

"The majority of the Islamic State’s leaders of Wilayat Ninewa are from Wadi Hajar, which considers an important stronghold of the group," the source added on condition of anonymity.

Noteworthy, forces from Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) stormed into the area of Wadi Hajar, yesterday, to liberate it from the Islamic State’s grip.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


20 IS checkpoints disappeared west of Mosul
[Iraq News] A local source in Nineveh informed that more than 20 checkpoints belonging to 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....
, west of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, disappeared in few hours, Alsumaria News reported on Thursday.

The source said, "More than 20 checkpoints belonging to the Islamic State in the areas of al-Zera’i and Bab al-Taub, west of Mosul, disappeared along with their members in few hours."

"The disappearance of the checkpoints reflects the internal collapse of the krazed killer group, that started to appear obviously with the start of the battle to liberate western Mosul," the source added on condition of anonymity.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraq Forces Meet ‘Fierce’ Resistance in Southwest Mosul: Commander
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Iraqi special forces are facing "fierce" resistance as they battle the ISIS Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
group in southwest djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, a commander said on Wednesday.

Iraq launched a major push on February 19 to recapture the rest of Mosul from ISIS, retaking the airport and then pushing up from the south.

Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Service is fighting "for the (Maamun) Flats area, which is considered very important for control of the Baghdad road and the surrounding neighborhoods," Staff Lieutenant General Abdulghani al-Assadi told AFP.

"The resistance is violent and fierce because they’re defending this line and this line, in our opinion, is the main line for them," said Assadi, a top CTS commander.

Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Gaza gunfire hits IDF vehicle, prompting tank shelling
[IsraelTimes] After third attack in four days, Israeli army strikes two Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, positions in the northern Strip.

Israeli troops operating near the Gazoo security fence came under fire north of the Strip on Thursday, in the third attack in four days, the army said.

No soldiers were reported injured, but an army engineering vehicle was hit by gunfire, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The military responded to the attack by striking two Hamas positions in the northern Gazoo Strip.

"In response to the gunfire, An IDF force attacked and destroyed two Hamas positions using [Israeli] Air Force crafts and tank fire," the army said in a statement.

The Gazoo health ministry said it had not received any reports of Paleostinian injuries.

According to the Gazoo-based Shehab news agency, the targets were Hamas observation posts, north of Beit Lahiya.

Earlier in the day, the Paleostinian Ma’an news reported that Israeli troops fired shots toward "lands and homes" in the northern Gazoo Strip. An IDF spokesperson said she was "not familiar" with the incident.

The Paleostinian outlet also reported that Israeli vehicles had operated on the Gazoo side of the security fence on Thursday morning.

The exchange came less than a day after a rocket fired from the coastal enclave struck an open field south of the coastal city of Ashkelon, causing neither injury nor damage. The IDF did not immediately respond to the rocket attack with artillery shelling or Arclight airstrikes, as it has done in the past.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told the Ynet news site in an interview on Thursday that the army was not required to react in the same way after every incident.

"We don’t have to dance to Hamas’s tune," he said.

The projectile struck the Hof Ashkelon region shortly after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, the Israel Defense Forces said. Israeli troops located fragments of the rocket on Thursday morning. No terrorist groups immediately took credit for the attack.
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Palestinian Shot Dead after Stabbing Israeli Settler
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] A Paleostinian stabbed and maimed a settler whose ’home’ he broke into in the occupied West Bank before the Israeli shot him dead, the Zionist occupation army said Wednesday.

The identity of the Paleostinian was not immediately available.

The Zionist military said the attack took place in Teneh Omarim, south of Hebron.

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Two Abu Sayyaf rebels suspected in beheading slain
[AFP] Philippine soldiers clashed with Islamist rebels behind the beheading of a German hostage in a bloody gun firefight that left 11 soldiers wounded. The Abu Sayyaf killed 70-year-old Jurgen Kantner on Sunday when its demands for a $600,000 ransom were not met.

Philippine troops exchanged fire with the rebels for around 45 minutes on Wednesday. Military spokesman Cirilito Sobejana said, "There were eleven (wounded in) total. Two from gunshot wounds and all others from shrapnel of an M203 (grenade)," referring to the Philippine troops wounded during the encounter. Asked if the group in the clash was the one behind Kantner's death, Sobejana said, "Yes, they are the ones responsible."

Two of the rebels were killed and five injured in the battle, he added.

Sobejana stressed that the military was still seeking to recover Kantner's remains. He said, "It is a relentless effort.
Until we find the body or the head, we will not stop."

Philippine President Duterte apologized on Tuesday for failing to save the hostage and said the military had stepped up operations against Abu Sayyaf.
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Family of four gunned down in southern Thailand
[Bangkok Post] A family of four, including an 8-year-old boy, was gunned down on their way to a school in Narathiwat province on Thursday morning. They were ambushed on a road in Rueso district about 7:40 a.m.

Somchai Thongjan, assistant chief of Ban Sri Pinyo village, was taking his two children to school when gunmen attacked them. Somchai, his wife, his sister-in-law, and his 8-year-old son were killed. The 12-year-old was severely injured and rushed to the hospital. A six-year-old niece had scratches in her thighs, neck and arms.

Officials found more than 20 spent cartridges of assault rifles and a pistol at the scene.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian Army recaptures Palmyra, aided by Russian Air Force: Kremlin
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] The Syrian military, backed by the Russian Air Force, has completed its operation to liberate the key city of Palmyra from murderous Moslems, Kremlin has announced.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has reported to the commander-in-chief, President Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
, that the historic city in Syria’s Homs province has been liberated, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was one of the most important centers of the Roman Empire.

It fell under ISIS control back in 2015, with the holy warriors blowing up several historic monuments, including the 1,800-year-old Monumental Arch of Palmyra, most of the Temple of Bel, and the Temple of Baalshamin.

The city was liberated in last March after a two-week operation by the Syrian Army, with the backing of Russian aviation.

However,
there's no worse danger than telling a mother her baby is ugly...
the city was retaken by ISIS in a counteroffensive in December 2016, which forced the Syrian Army to retreat, evacuating 80 percent of the population.

The ’jihadists’ resumed their assault on historic heritage, destroying Palmyra’s Roman theater and the legendary Tetrapylon

The new operation to liberate the city was launched shortly afterwards, with the government forces advancing towards the city on a daily basis.

Earlier on Thursday, the Syrian military took the strategic al-Tar heights near the city of Palmyra.

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