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Afghanistan
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.
The Taliban, where all leaders are key...
According to the local government officials, the turbans 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 turbans were also killed and another one was maimed in the Arclight airstrike.

According to Khogyani, a hideout of the turbans 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 turbans last year after they were granted broader role by the B.O. regime.

Posted by: Fred || 03/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


23 ISIS militants killed in Zabul and Nangarhar provinces
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least twenty three 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 were killed in separate operations conducted in southern Zabul and 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..
provinces of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) front man Dawlat Waziri said at least 17 loyalists of the terror group were killed in an operation conducted by the Special Forces in Arghandab district of Zabul.

He said the operations were conducted late on Thursday targeting the murderous Moslems in Malik Khel village of Arghandab.

Waziri further added that two hideouts of the terror group were destroyed along with several weapons and ammunition.

According to Waziri, one Afghan soldier also sustained injuries during the clash but his health condition is satisfactory.

Waziri also added that six loyalists of the terror group were killed in an Arclight airstrike conducted in Lalpur district of Nangarhar province.

Zabul is among the relatively volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban Death Eaters and ISIS loyalists are actively operating in a number of its districts.

The loyalists of ISIS terrorist group have recently increased their operations and presence in some of the key districts of Zabul province during the recent months, sparking concerns among the local residents and tribal elders who met with Chief Executive Abdullah earlier requesting the government to take immediate steps before the terror group further expand its foothold in this province.

Posted by: Fred || 03/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Afghan forces recapture Tala Barfak district from Taliban militants
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) recaptured the control of the strategic Tala Barfak district from the Taliban Lion of Islams.

According to the local government officials, the control of the district center was seized earlier today amid intense shootout.

Provincial governor’s front man Mahmood Haqmal confirmed that the control of the district administrative center was seized earlier today after the Afghan forces launched a coordinated operations against the myrmidons.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) front man, Dawlat Waziri, confirmed that the Afghan forces full y recaptured the district from the Taliban Lion of Islams.

He said clearance operations are underway and the murderous Moslems have suffered heavy casualties during the festivities with the security forces.

Gen. Waziri further added that the Afghan armed forces did not suffer any casualties.

The control of Tala Barfak district fell to Taliban bandidos Lion of Islams on Wednesday afternoon but the Afghan defense officials said the Afghan forces had made a tactical retreat in a bid to prevent casualties to the local residents and the security forces members.

The security situation in northern Baghlan has tanked in the recent years as the anti-government armed murderous Moslems are attempting to expand their insurgency in some of the key northern provinces.

Posted by: Fred || 03/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan forces thwart militants Nowruz attacks plan in Balkh
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan cops have thwarted a plan by the anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups to carry out a series of attacks in northern Baghlan province, specifically during the Nowruz days.

Local security officials in northern Baghlan province said several heavy and light weapons were confiscated as the Lions of Islam were looking to transfer them to Balkh for the attacks.

Provincial counter-narcotics chief General Zamanuddin Zaman told news hounds in Baghlan that the weapons were confiscated by the counter-narcotics forces during a search operation on the highway going towards Balkh province.

He said four RPG launchers, a PKM heavy machine gun, and 35 AK-47 assault rifles were confiscated and an individual was tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
in connection to the smuggle of the weapons.

He said the weapons were placed inside a mini truck and was on its way from southeaster Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
to northern Balkh province when it was identified and the weapons were seized.

According to Gen. Zaman, the Lions of Islam were looking to destabilize the northern Balkh province by carrying out a series of attacks, specifically during the Nowruz days when hundreds of thousands of people are visiting the province for Gul-e-Surkh picnic.

Posted by: Fred || 03/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Four militants killed in raid in Giza's Kerdasa: Police
[AlAhram] Four bandidos bully boyz were killed during a police raid in in the town of Kerdasa, on the outskirts of Cairo, state news agency MENA reported on Thursday.

In statements to MENA, a Giza security directorate source said that police forces killed the wanted "terrorists" while attempting to arrest them, adding that police opened fire after the bandidos bully boyz initiated a shootout.

The source added that ammunition and several shell casings were found with the four men.

It is unclear what charges the men were wanted for by the prosecution, or with which group they were affiliated.

Kerdasa has been known to be a stronghold for supporters of the now-banned Moslem Brüderbund and ousted president Mohammed Morsi.
Ynet adds:
Egypt's interior ministry said on Friday its forces killed four people it said were runaway forces of Evil plotting to carry out hostile operations.

The men were killed after opening fire on security forces who approached them in Giza, on the southwestern edge of the Egyptian capital Cairo, where they were meeting to plan an attack, the ministry said in a statement.

It identified one of them as Sameh Mohammed Farahat Abd el-Mageed, a 30-year-old leader of a takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed...
group.

Ammunition, weapons and a car were found at the scene, the statement said. It did not identify the three other men.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/04/2017 06:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

#1  Not really an update, but The Times of Israel points out:

The suspects’ affiliation was not immediately clear but police often describe jihadists with links to the Islamic State group or al-Qaeda as “takfiris.”

So now we all know. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/04/2017 16:51 Comments || Top||


Libya Rivals Battle for Key Oil Region
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Extremist militias on Friday attacked Libya’s main oil-production area in the east, prompting the forces of strongman Khalifa Haftar
... served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
who control it to retaliate with air strikes, military sources said.

The attack was spearheaded by the Benghazi Defense Brigades, a coalition of mostly krazed killer militias and gangs, and was backed by tribal fighters and former petroleum installation guards.

They "advanced towards the oil crescent and are 15 kilometers (nine miles) south of the town of Nofliya," said Colonel Moftah al-Megarief, who heads an oil facilities guard controlled by Haftar.

Nofiliya is on the edge of the North African country’s strategic oil crescent, home to the main export terminals of al-Sidra, Brega, Ras Lanuf and Zuwaytina which Haftar’s forces seized in September last year.

"We are trying to repel them and the air force has carried out several sorties," Megarief said, declining to elaborate.

However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
an officer on Haftar’s staff told AFP that MiG-23 warplanes and Mi-35 attack helicopters bombarded a convoy of Benghazi Defense Brigades vehicles south of Nofliya.

"Several vehicles were destroyed," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Posted by: Fred || 03/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  I remeber the days of multi billion dollar contracts and steady oil and gas flow those were the days before the State Department and Obama!
Posted by: Crinegum Ulaigum2776 || 03/04/2017 8:04 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Niger Declares Emergency in Areas Flanking Restive Mali
[AnNahar] Niger on Friday declared a state of emergency in several western areas flanking Mali after a spate of deadly attacks blamed on jihadists from its restive neighbour.

A government statement read on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
said a state of emergency would be enforced in seven departments of the regions of Tillaberi and Tahoua.

Security forces would now be granted additional powers including the right to search homes at any time, it said.

The statement said repeated attacks in these areas "have endangered the security of the peaceful population and public order."

The zones affected are "Ouallam, Ayorou, Bankilare, Abala and Banibangou in Tillaberi and Tassara and Tilia in Tahoua".

Tillaberi and Tahoua have witnessed several deadly attacks on army posts and refugee camps, blamed by authorities on Malian jibadists linked to the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) group.
...one of Al Qaeda in North Africa's Mali affiliates, known for drugs and arms trafficking, kidnapping, and the occasional newsworthy attack in southern Algeria and northern Mali, a.k.a. the Azawad. Established in 2011, one faction of MUJAO became known as Al Mourabitoun and related names after merging with Mokhtar Belmokhtar's Masked Battalion in 2013, while the rump organization retains the MUJAO designation. The Black African-led (Hausa) group participated in the Tuareg rebellion along with other jihadi groups, and peaked with the conquest of the Malian city of Konna before being driven into the mountains by a combined French and Mali force in 2013.
These include a late February attack in Ouallam which killed 16 soldiers and maimed 18. And in October, 22 soldiers died in Tahoua during a daring assault on a refugee camp.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/04/2017 06:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Arabia
US tries to ID hundreds of al Qaeda contacts thanks to Yemen raid
[CNN] Several US officials told CNN Thursday that the US is now taking action to locate and monitor hundreds of people or "contacts" found as part the intelligence retrieved during the deadly raid last month 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...
targeting 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...
.Some of these people are believed to be in the West, but not in the United States.
Oh? Very interesting, indeed,
The government is taking action to find and monitor these AQAP-linked individuals because of the threat they may pose to Europe, the officials added.
Is it yet illegal under the laws of various European nations to belong to Al Qaeda, which thus far completely lacks political wings?
The fact that officials said they are actively pursuing leads uncovered from the raid indicates that the intelligence was indeed actionable despite some media reports to the contrary.

The terabyte's worth of intelligence
...that is a lot of information to sort through...
gathered from computers and cell phones is now being reviewed at the National Media Exploitation Center outside Washington, which analyzes documents, electronic media, cell phones, video and audio tapes seized on overseas missions.

Defense officials have told CNN that information pertaining to the location of safe havens, explosives manufacturing, training and targets was acquired in the January ground operation.

But the raid has faced questions from politicians about its utility and execution, with several Trump critics questioning the value of the intelligence, whether the right calculation about the raid's risks was made and whether the result was worth the costs. The father of Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, who was killed in the firefight, has called for an investigation.

A number of civilians were also killed in the battle, something the Pentagon has acknowledged and is investigating.

Gen. Joseph Votel, who oversees US troops in the region, called the mission "successful" from the military's point of view.

"The object was to go in and collect intelligence. We accomplished that, so from that perspective it was successful. I certainly understand how the family would look at this in a different light," Votel told CBS News.

President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
defended the January raid in his Tuesday address to Congress. As Trump spoke, Owens' widow, Carryn, looked up at the ceiling, seemingly to her late husband, as she sat crying.

"Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies,' " Trump said.
Posted by: Fred || 03/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [319 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

#1  "The object was to go in and collect intelligence. We accomplished that, so from that perspective it was successful. I certainly understand how the family would look at this in a different light," Votel told CBS News.Emphasis added

The SUCCESS of the mission should be the overriding perspective. How anyone else 'looks at it' is a detractor and irrelevant.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/04/2017 5:34 Comments || Top||

#2  If 7 of 8 had died but the 8th returned with targeted material, the mission would have been a success, however tragic the losses.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/04/2017 14:47 Comments || Top||

#3  I don't recall the media or Democrats chin-stroking every mission's value under Obama
Posted by: Frank G || 03/04/2017 15:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Nine were killed at Camp Chapman AFG. The 'mission' was a total failure. The left said nothing.

On December 30, 2009, Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi was picked up by Arghawan, an Afghan who was the chief of external security at Camp Chapman, at the border between Miranshah, Pakistan, and Khost, Afghanistan. Arghawan drove al-Balawi to Camp Chapman, arriving around 4:30 pm.

The car was waved through three security checkpoints without stopping before arriving at its destination well within the base. Sixteen people were waiting for the car near a building set up to debrief al-Balawi. Al-Balawi got out of the vehicle and detonated the explosives hidden in his suicide vest.

Link
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/04/2017 15:32 Comments || Top||


US targets Al Qaeda in second day of Yemen strikes
[DAWN] US warplanes pounded Al Qaeda targets 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...
for a second straight day Friday, killing eight myrmidons, security and tribal sources said, as Washington steps up its air war against the myrmidons.

The Pentagon said the past two days had seen it carry out "somewhere over 30" strikes against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 03/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [384 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

#1  As many as eight women and eight children were killed, a Baida provincial official said, drawing condemnation of the raid from human rights.

Of course there were women and children killed in the strike. There always is; it is required when writing these narratives by the human rights monitors.

As far as the AQAP targets, they had jerseys on with AQAP lettered on front and back.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/04/2017 9:42 Comments || Top||

#2  8 women and kiddies? Ya think 'bammer left DJT his hit list?
Posted by: AlanC || 03/04/2017 10:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Aren't that their women & kiddies?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/04/2017 11:36 Comments || Top||

#4  camp followers
Posted by: Frank G || 03/04/2017 12:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Farm team.
Posted by: Thrunter Thrineng9681 || 03/04/2017 12:36 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Arms trader killed in Cox’s Bazar gunfight
[Dhaka Tribune] A notorious arms trader has been killed during a shootout with police in Maheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar.
[BANG! BANG! BANGETY BANG!]
"Aaaiiieee! I am undone!"
"Y'er under arrest!"

Maheshkhali police OC Pradip Kumar Dash told the Dhaka Tribune that a police team raided a weapons factory at Maheshkhal’s Keruntoli hill area at around 8am Friday after receiving a tip-off.
"Hello? Is dis da cops? Lissen, dis is Mahmoud da Weasel..."
"Spider senses tingling at the proximity of law enforcers, the gang members opened fire,
"Open indiscriminate fire, boyz!"
which forced the police to retaliate in self defence," he said.
[BANG! BANG! BANG! ETC!]
"Argh! They got me, boyz!"

Khulia Mia, 45, suffered bullet injuries during the shootout and was rushed to Maheshkhali Upazila Health Complex, where doctors declared him dead.
He's dead, Jim!
Seven law enforcers also suffered injuries and were admitted to the same hospital.
"Whoa! That's gotta hurt! You wanta borrow my nail clipper?"
According to OC Pradip, Khulia was a notorious robber and an arms trader in Maheshkhali. He was also one of the Home Ministry’s enlisted criminals accused in more than 20 cases.
" 'E had the death sentence on twelve systems, 'e did!"
Posted by: Fred || 03/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A notorious arms trader killed in a gunfight? Seems like a fitting way to go. Better than dying by paresis, cancer or the flu while eating chicken soup.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/04/2017 9:30 Comments || Top||


New JMB ‘spiritual leader’ remanded
[Dhaka Tribune] A Dhaka court has granted a seven-day remand against New JMB’s alleged "spiritual leader" Maulana Abul Kashem in a case filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Satyabrata Shikder passed the order on Friday afternoon when investigation officer CTTC Inspector Jahangir Alam produced him before the court with a 10-day remand plea.

Earlier he was shown tossed in the slammer
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in a case at Dhaka’s Mirpur model cop shoppe.

"Maulana Kashem also headed a faction of the original Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh bad boy group," Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Deputy Commissioner (media) Masudur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune.

The New JMB group is affiliated with the international terrorist group 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....
that eyes establishing Shariah Law in the country, and spreading its jihad to Myanmar’s Rakhine State and parts of India.

Maulana Kashem had been working at the Okharabari Madrasa of Dinajpur. CTTC unit officials in October last year said that Maulana Kashem had been under their surveillance.

Most of its leaders including its military and operations chief Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury have been killed in shootouts with the police or arrested after they killed over two dozen people at a Dhaka restaurant on July 1 last year.

The detectives are now looking for eight to ten second-tier leaders of the New JMB, who were involved in at least three dozen attacks since September 2015.

The once-mighty JMB, which was formed in 1998 and banned in 2005, has now split into several small groups due to the detention of its second ameer Maulana Saidur Rahman in 2010 and the execution of five top leaders, including its founder Shayakh Abdur Rahman, in 2007.

Maulana Kashem declared him chief of the unit after the arrest of Maulana Saidur.

Former Majlish-e-Sura member of the JMB and a death-row convict, Salahuddin alias Salehin now heads the old JMB faction. He has remained absconding since February 2014 when JMB members snatched him from a prison van.

Bangladesh-origin Canadian citizen Tamim Chowdhury came to Bangladesh on October 5, 2013 from Syria and tried to form an umbrella group of bad boy outfits.

Tamim later met Maulana Kashem in July 2015 when he helped Tamim to reunite old JMB members.

After the death of Tamim, the operations wing came under the lead of Faridul Islam Akash and later Nurul Islam Marjan, both killed in raids by the police’s CTTC unit.

Another leader of the outfit Musa alias Mainuddin alias Mosiuddin is now leading its operations.

A dozen other top and second-tier leaders of the New JMB group are still absconding. They include Basharuzzaman alias Abul Bashar alias Chocolate, Sohel Mahfuz alias Hatkata Mahfuz, Ripon, Khalid, Junayed Hasan Khan, Iqbal, Manik, Mamun, Azadul Kabiraz and Badal.
Posted by: Fred || 03/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)


‘Spiritual leader’ of Dhaka cafe attackers is arrested by Bangladesh police
[SCMP] Bangladesh police said on Friday they had locked away
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
the "spiritual leader" of a banned Islamist outfit alleged to have carried out a series of deadly attacks in the country.

Police detained Maolana Abul Kashem, 60, from a hideout in the capital on Thursday night after an investigation linked him to the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) group.

Mohibul Islam Khan, deputy commissioner of the Dhaka police counter-terrorism unit, said Kashem had inspired the attack on a Dhaka cafe last July in which 22 people including 18 foreign hostages were killed.

"He was the spiritual leader of the JMB," Khan said. "In our primary investigation we have found all [the Death Eaters] were inspired by him."

Khan said Kashem had met the alleged criminal mastermind of the cafe attack Tamim Chowdhury "several times". Bangladesh has suffered a spate of attacks on secular activists, foreigners and religious minorities in recent years.

Al-Qaeda and 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 have grabbed credit for several of the attacks, but Prime Minister the loathesome Sheikh Hasina
...Bangla dynastic politician and current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She has been the President of the Bangla Awami League since the Lower Paleolithic. She is the eldest of five children of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangla. Her party defeated the BNP-led Four-Party Alliance in the 2008 parliamentary elections. She has once before held the office, from 1996 to 2001, when she was defeated in a landslide. She and the head of the BNP, Khaleda Zia show such blind animosity toward each other that they are known as the Battling Begums..
’s secular government has pinned the blame on local Death Eaters.

Bangladeshi security forces have launched a nationwide crackdown on Islamist Death Eater groups since the cafe attack, arresting scores of suspected Death Eaters.

Several top leaders of the JMB have also been killed, most in what police said were shoot-outs. Rights groups have voiced suspicions these may have been staged. Another counter-terrorism police officer Sanwar Hossain said Kashem had headed an Islamic seminary before joining the JMB in 1998.

Posted by: Fred || 03/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)


Europe
Austrian court convicts 8 Iraqi men in tourist's gang rape
An Austrian court found eight Iraqi nationals guilty on Thursday of gang-raping a German tourist on New Year's Eve more than a year ago and sentenced them to prison terms of between nine and 13 years.

Charges against a ninth suspect were dismissed, said a court statement. The victim — a 28-year-old woman — was awarded 25,000 euros (over $26,000) in damages.

Both sides were appealing the decision, the statement said.

All nine Iraqi men, who ranged in age from 22 to 48, came to Austria as migrants between May and December 2015. Five subsequently were given refugee status.

The prosecution argued that the eight men convicted exploited the fact that the victim had been drinking heavily on Dec. 31, 2015 and was unable to defend herself.

Rape is punishable by a maximum 15-year prison term in Austria. Explaining the verdict and sentencing, Judge Petra Poschalko said that only two of the defendants had helped the court establish the facts and only one had confessed.

The court heard testimony that four of the men took the woman to a Vienna apartment where they were joined by the others and that all took turns raping her. When the alcohol started wearing off, she found herself naked in a bed.

Defense lawyer Andreas Reichenbach observed that the gang rape was committed at around the same time as the high-profile sexual assaults in Cologne by groups of migrants. Reichenbach suggested the sentences imposed Thursday served in part as an "additional message" for asylum-seekers.

"As we all know, asylum-seekers don't have the best image here in Austria," he said. "I think that this surely played a certain role, to make it clear to these people that when they come to Austria that such behavior won't be tolerated," he said.

All but one of the defendants denied raping the woman. Some acknowledged having sex with her, but argued it had been consensual. Prosecutor Karina Fehringer said that was impossible, describing the victim as being defenseless in an "unconscious, shock-rigid" state.

Migrants and refugees from other countries expressed concern that the crime will make Austrians hostile toward all newcomers.
Especially hostile towards rapists...
"When such people come here and screw up like that, then everybody will think that Chechens, Afghans, all refugees from war areas are all the same," Mansur Salamou, an asylum-seeker from Chechnya, said. "But it's not like that. For example, the majority of us — we also cause problems, commit crimes. But no rape! Only criminal assaults and robberies."
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#1  "But it's not like that. For example, the majority of us — we also cause problems, commit crimes. But no rape! Only criminal assaults and robberies."

Well, in that case, come on in!
Posted by: Raj || 03/04/2017 12:23 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
12 bombs found in Bajaur Agency
[DAWN] KHAR: The 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...
administration claimed to have foiled a sabotage attempt by recovering several bombs from remote part of Salarzai tehsil.

An official said that 12 bombs planted in different places in Raggan area, some 20km from Khar, were recovered during a search operation conducted by the Bajaur Levies on Wednesday evening.

He said that the operation was carried out following information given by the local people.

He said that later all the bombs were defused. He said the bombs could have caused destruction were they not defused timely.

Meanwhile,
...back at the argument, Livia grabbed for Jane's hair to make her point. Jane elbowed her in the face in rebuttal...
the Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and a..the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...nti-smuggling operations....
(FC) carried out intelligence-based combing operations in Darange and surrounding area of Orakzai Agency
... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers...
on Thursday.

According to statement by FC, during the operation nine suspected murderous Moslems were apprehended and weapons and ammunition had been recovered from their possession.

A telephone exchange, which was being used by suspected terrorists, has also been seized, it said.

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US drone kills two militants in Pakistan
[DAWN] PARACHINAR: Two suspected Afghan Taliban fighters were killed in a dronezap near the Pak-Afghan border on Thursday.

According to officials, a US drone targeted a cycle of violence in the Ahmadi Shama area of Lower Kurram at about 1.30pm, killing the two krazed killers. They were identified as Afghan Taliban capo Qari Abdullah and Shakir. Abdullah belonged to the Subari area in Afghanistan’s Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
The dronezap occurred in the area where the funeral of TTP Kurram chapter head Fazal Saeed Haqqani was held in December last year. He was killed by his own bodyguard.

This is the first dronezap inside Pakistain’s tribal region this year. The previous such attack had killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Noshki district of Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
on May 21 last year.

Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria told Dawn in Islamabad that the government was ascertaining the situation on the ground.

The very first of the more than 420 attacks occurred in 2004 under the government of President George W. Bush, but it was under President Barack Obama
I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something...
that their use increased substantially, before tapering off in his second term, according to AFP. Last year there were only three.

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Iraq
Chemical weapons injure seven in Mosul
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Seven people, among them five children, have been hospitalized over the past two days near Iraq’s djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
with injuries from chemical weapons, the Red Thingy said on Friday.

ISIS, which holds the majority of west Mosul, has periodically used rudimentary chemical weapons in the course of its more than two-year war with Iraqi forces.

"During the past two days, the hospital has admitted five children and two women showing clinical symptoms consistent with an exposure to a blistering chemical agent," Robert Mardini, the Red Thingy Middle East director, said in a statement, referring to a facility near Mosul.

"The use of chemical weapons is absolutely prohibited under international humanitarian law. We are deeply alarmed by what our colleagues have seen, and we strongly condemn any use of chemical weapons, by any party, anywhere," Mardini said.

The statement did not specify whether the seven were maimed in one or more attacks, how the chemical weapons were delivered, or who was responsible.

Several Iraqi military officers said they did not have information about recent chemical weapons attacks in the Mosul area.

ISIS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes and other support have since regained much of the ground they lost to the bully boys.

ISIS has periodically used chemical weapons in the course of the conflict, but while this has garnered widespread attention, the bully boys’ bullets and bombs are far deadlier weapons.

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#1  The Islamics/Islamicists seem to have an affinity for using chemical weapons. The West seems to have a desire for denying this.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/04/2017 9:26 Comments || Top||

#2  The use of chemical weapons is absolutely prohibited under international humanitarian law.

But rape camps or the beheading of prisoners is not nearly as bad?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/04/2017 14:49 Comments || Top||


Thousands flee Iraq’s Mosul overnight
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Thousands of civilians fled djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
overnight as Iraqi forces advanced north of a sprawling military base near the city’s airport on Friday.

Iraq’s special forces pushed into the Wadi Hajar district in western Mosul and retook the area from the ISIS Friday, according to Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, front man of the Joint Military Operations.

Special forces Brig. Gen. Haider al-Obeidi said clearing operations were ongoing in the area and his forces were close to linking up with the militarized federal police forces who were pushing up along the western bank of the Tigris river.

Iraqi forces, including special operations forces and federal police units, launched an attack on the western part of Mosul nearly two weeks ago to dislodge ISIS. Since the offensive began, more than 28,000 people have been displaced by the fighting, according to the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
Nahla Ahmed, 50 fled Mosul late Thursday night, walking more than five kilometers (three miles) from her home in the Shuhada neighborhood.

"All the families were hiding behind a wall," she said, explaining how they escaped an ISIS-held part of the city. "We gave the children valium so they wouldn’t cry and (the ISIS fighters) wouldn’t catch us."

Ahmed, like most of the civilians who have escaped Mosul in the past week, fled through Mamun neighborhood. The district is partially controlled by Iraq’s special forces.

Maj. Saif Ali, who is stationed in Mamun, said huge crowds of civilians began pouring into the area from neighboring districts just after midnight. Ali said civilians in western Mosul are becoming increasingly desperate as food and water supplies begin to run out.

"In total 7,000 people fled through this area last night," he said. "We were up all night trying to control the crowds."

UN front man Stephane Dujarric said Friday "the latest figures we have of people recorded leaving western Mosul is 28,400 and that’s since operations in west Mosul started on Feb. 19. However we’re also tracking down reports thousands more people are on the move."

He said that on average about 4,000 people a day have been fleeing since the beginning of the operation.

"We think about 750,000 civilians are still trapped inside western Mosul, either sheltering from the fighting or waiting to flee," Dujarric said. "We’re deeply concerned with their well-being and safety and their access to vital resources."
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Yezidi girl liberated from ISIS by Kurdish CT unit in Mosul
[ARA] The Kurdistan Region’s Security Council (KRSC) on Friday announced that a Yezidi girl held by ISIS was liberated by Kurdish Counter Terrorism Department (CTD). Moreover, several ISIS leaders were killed by US coalition Arclight airstrikes.

"Our elite CT Unit announces rescue of 12 year-old Yazidi girl, Khatrin Khodeda Murad, in West djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
. She’s from Khanasor in Sinjar district," the KRSC said.

"Khatrin was held by American ISIS terrorist Naser Ebrahim Hamoud Taha al-Hadidi in ISIS’s Jazira Province. She’ll be reunited with her family," the KRSC added.

The CTD, which is part of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), have conducted several special operations supported by the US Special Forces.

The KRSC also announced that in cooperation between the Kurdish security services and the US-led coalition, the US-led coalition carried out an Arclight airstrike in Janjili neighborhood West of Mosul killing French foreign fighter Yasir Hagor Muhammed (Abu Bakir Faransi) on 20 February, an ISIS-military planner.

Moreover, US-led coalition jets killed three ISIS leaders, Ahmed Ibrahim Jobani, Syrian Abu Hamza, and Libyan Abu Obeir on Tuesday.

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Southeast Asia
Ten Abu Sayyaf gunmen killed in Sulu clash
[GMA News] Ten Abu Sayyaf gunmen were killed, while 18 soldiers were injured during a Friday morning clash in Sulu.

Joint Task Force Sulu commander Cirilito Sobejana said his soldiers were mounting a rescue operation for Abu Sayyaf hostages when they clashed with about 120 Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Patikul town. The gunmen were led by Radullan Sahiron and his sub-leaders Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan and Almuher Yadah. The gun battle lasted about two hours, until the gunmen withdrew.

Sobejana said that among those killed were two of Sahiron's close relatives. A military source said that among the relative's killed was the militant leader's grandson. "He is a minor, a child warrior," the source said.

On Wednesday, military spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said a total of 43 Abu Sayyaf rebels have been killed in ecounters with government troops from November 1, 2016 to March 1.
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Eight killed in single day of violence in Thai south
[The Nation] An 8-year-old boy and his parents were among eight people killed in separate attacks in southern Thailand that left four wounded Thursday, just two days after government and insurgent negotiators agreed to set up a limited ceasefire.

Police blamed the attacks in Narathiwat and Pattani provinces on groups seeking to instigate violence following Tuesday's news out of Kuala Lumpur that a panel representing some southern Thai rebel groups had struck a breakthrough with negotiators from Thailand's military government. Both sides announced they would work together to establish a safety zone in one of the five southernmost districts as a test case to see if they could implement a wider ceasefire.

The attacks began Thursday morning as Somchai Thongchan, the deputy chief of Ban Sri Pinyo village in Narathiwat, his wife, sister-in-law, and 8-year-old son were attacked and killed. A daughter, 12, and a niece, 6, were wounded.
As seen here yesterday
Police Captain Wanchai said, "The incident took place while Somchai and five others were driving to send the children to school. On a remote hill, unknown assailants fired weapons at them, resulting in death and injury. We believe it was the work of insurgents who wanted to instigate violence."

Hours later, Kasem Toyo, a security guard in nearby Yala province, was gunned down before dusk as he was traveling home in the Mayo district of Pattani.

The violent day ended when three rangers were killed and a postman and civilian were wounded while shopping in the Ban Tabae market place in Pattani’s Mayo district.

Police Captain Muhammad Madwang said, "As per witness accounts, seven to eight assailants shot those killed and injured while they were walking in the market."

A spokesman for the military's regional command promised justice. saying, "The act of these assailants indicates that they are cowardly, wild, lacking in ideology. They should not cite ideology for the Malay people. We will go after them and bring them to justice as soon as possible."

Thursday’s killings occurred a day after police found the bodies of Kajpon Puvavimol and wife Titapha in Thepa district, Songkhla province. They were beaten, tied up with duct tape and thrown into the Thepa River as assailants hijacked their pickup truck and made off with it. Police found the truck which had been loaded with bombs that failed to detonate, officials said.

Thai junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha denounced the killings. He said, "We need to prevent such bullet-spraying attacks. At the moment, we are not done with peace talks. We still need solutions to the problem."

Prayuth stressed the need for safety zones and called them a test to determine if MARA Patani, the panel representing insurgent groups and factions, could contain violence in the far South. He said, "If they do have potential, talks will go on. If not, they must find a way to non-violence."

MARA Patani spokesman Abu Hafiz al-Hakim reiterated the panel's commitment to resolving the conflict through dialogue and the establishment of safety zones following Tuesday's agreement. On social media he said, "We are saddened by today morning’s incidence in Ruso district, Narathiwat, where four people were killed and two injured. We do not condone violence involving civilians and children and strongly condemn the attack. We express our condolences to the victims and their families. We urge the authorities to thoroughly investigate the incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice."
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Kurdish YPG fighters repel treacherous Turkish attack near Syria’s Afrin
[ARA] Clashes erupted on Friday between the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Turkish military forces in Afrin District, in northwestern Syria.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s military entered Syrian territory near Afrin in Aleppo Governorate, and shelled a YPG-held village.

"The Kurdish village of Bilbil in Afrin District was hit by several Turkish shells. At least five civilians were maimed in the attack," local media activist Rojin Ibrahim told ARA News.

"After crossing the border into Syria, the Turkish Army targeted Bibil in preparation to storm the village and take it as a base for further offensives on the Kurdish district of Afrin," she said.

"However,
women are made to be loved, not understood...
the YPG responded by bombing a Turkish military convoy to prevent them from further advancing into Afrin," the source reported.

A YPG spokesperson told ARA News that Friday’s festivities between their fighters and the Turkish forces continued for nearly 2 hours. "Erdogan’s troops were eventually forced to retreat back to their basis near the borderline," the official said.

"We won’t allow Turkey to occupy Rojava or any other part of northern Syria. Our [YPG] forces are prepared for any scenario, we are ready to defend our land against the Turkish occupying forces and their mercenaries," the front man said.
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#1  "After crossing the border into Syria, the Turkish Army targeted Bibil in preparation to storm the village and take it as a base for further offensives on the Kurdish district of Afrin," she said.

"However, the YPG responded by bombing a Turkish military convoy to prevent them from further advancing into Afrin," the source reported.


Relying on speed, stealth, and surprise, it is the archetypal guerrilla army, able to deploy quickly to front lines and concentrate its forces before quickly redirecting the axis of its attack to outflank and ambush its enemy. The key to its success is autonomy. Although operating under an overarching tactical rubric, YPG brigades are inculcated with a high degree of freedom and can adapt to the changing battlefield. Wikipedia.com
Posted by: Slineling Snurt7730 || 03/04/2017 0:18 Comments || Top||

#2  treacherous Turks:

Seems like that should be a standing headline at least since their rejection of letting our troops through to go after Saddam.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/04/2017 7:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Looks like Erdogan sent in a probing attack that got smacked into the ground. Go figure it's hard to fight with your army either dead or in prison.
Posted by: Charles || 03/04/2017 18:22 Comments || Top||


Yezidis call on Kurdish parties to fight ISIS, not each other
[ARA] Heavy festivities broke out between Kurdish forces on Friday morning after 500 Syrian Kurdish Rojava Peshmergas entered the Yezidi town of Khanasor, which is dominated by the PKK-affiliated Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS).

Local Yezidis told ARA News that both groups should fight ISIS, and not each other.

"Both sides could drive fifty minutes to be at the frontlines with ISIS, and then defeat ISIS and return to solve their problems," a 28-year-old Yezidi citizen in Khanasor told ARA News, speaking under the pseudonym Khalaf Khanasori.
Continued on Page 49
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Syrian Army Chases Remnants of ISIL Terrorists in Palmyra City
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] The Syrian army and armed forces units, in cooperation with the supporting forces, continued chasing the remnants of the ISIS bully boyz to the east of Tadmur (Palmyra) city, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

SANA news hound said that the army units carried out, during the past few hours, intensive operations on the remains of ISIS gatherings in the eastern bounds of Palmyra city in the direction of the Silos, killing a number of bully boyz and destroying their vehicles.

The news hound added that the army’s engineering units are working accurately to dismantle the bombs and mines that were planted by ISIS bully boyz before they fled away.

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