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Mufti Hannan jailbreak attempt fails
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Africa North
Two Extremists Killed East of Algiers
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Two armed bandidos bandidos bully boys were killed in an army operation east of the Algerian capital on Monday, the defense ministry said.

It said the murderous Moslems were bumped off in Dellys, 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Algiers. Two other bandidos bandidos bully boys were captured and two Kalashnikovs and two automatic guns seized.

Algeria’s army has stepped up operations in mountainous regions of the east, killing at least 32 armed bandidos bandidos bully boys this year, including the two on Monday, according to an AFP count compiled from official reports.

Algerian police said they foiled a suicide kaboom targeting a cop shoppe in the eastern city of Constantine last week that was claimed by the ISIS ’jihadist’ group.

Posted by: Fred || 03/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Suspected jihadists attack Mali military position; 12 dead
[Ynet] Suspected jihadists from Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
have attacked a Malian military post across the border, killing at least a dozen Malian soldiers.

The attack was on a military base in Boulkessi, according to an announcement on Malian state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
late Sunday.

A resident who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals said that Malian soldiers fled Boulkessi after the assault.

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, suspicion fell on a group from Burkina Faso known as Ansaroul Islam, which is linked to bully boy groups in northern Mali.

Armed groups prevent Mali interim govt installing in Timbuktu

[Ynet] Armed groups took over parts of Timbuktu on Monday to prevent Malian interim authorities from being installed there under a peace pact meant to end years of lawlessness, the defence ministry said.

The return of state authority to northern Mali was supposed to fill a vacuum that has rendered it a launch pad for regional jihadi attacks across the region.
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Africa Subsaharan
Operation Observant Compass - The Hunt For Joseph Kony
[NBC] HAUTE-KOTTO PREFECTURE, Central African Republic -- The helicopter settles in the elephant grass, rotor wash flattening the six-foot-tall fronds.

The first man on the ground is Travis, a brawny Green Beret with a solemn demeanor. He scans the treeline, carbine at the ready, and the rest of the soldiers follow.

Three Ugandan troops lead the way as a trio of Americans disperse through the column, weapons at the ready.

On its surface, this is a simple mission. U.S. Army Special Forces, or Green Berets, have been ordered to "apprehend or remove" one of the world's most notorious warlords from the battlefield, along with his top commanders.

Joseph Kony built an army of child soldiers indoctrinated in his personality cult, robbing central Africa of a generation.

The self-proclaimed Christian prophet is accused of crimes including murder, rape, kidnapping and torture by the International Criminal Court.

The U.S. considers the elusive Kony a "specially designated global terrorist" and has offered up to $5 million for information leading to his capture.

The area of operations is the size of California, with about 80 military personnel and several dozen support personnel tasked with finding around 150 fighters with Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, operating across portions of four countries in some of the world's most inaccessible terrain.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/07/2017 09:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [456 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I thought the twitter campaign took him out? Remember #Kony2012? That surely took care of the problem.
Posted by: Herb McCoy7309 || 03/07/2017 11:49 Comments || Top||

#2  It worked as well as Mooch's frowny face hashtag war on Boko
Posted by: Frank G || 03/07/2017 15:00 Comments || Top||

#3  The U.S. considers the elusive Kony a "specially designated global terrorist"

Because he's one of the few terrorists who aren't doing this for Allan?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/07/2017 17:30 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Fifth Night of Suspected US Raids on Yemen
[AnNahar] 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...
was hit by a fifth consecutive night of suspected US air strikes targeting al-Qaeda members in the impoverished nation, a Yemeni security source said Monday.

The source said the early dawn raid hit the town of al-Nasl in the southern 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...
province, which has been the target of air strikes as well as an al-Qaeda attack on the army in recent days.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in Monday's raid.

Washington on Thursday launched a series of air and drone raids on Yemen, focused on the southern provinces of Abyan and Shabwa as well as Baida, slightly to the north.

Gunmen suspected of belonging to 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...
(AQAP) meanwhile launched two separate attacks on Yemeni troops in recent days, killing at least 10 soldiers in Abyan and the southern Hadramawt province.

AQAP on Sunday evacuated suspected members from more than one area hit by the raids, including one town where top AQAP commander Abdulelah al-Dhahab had reportedly been in hiding.

Two years of fighting in Yemen have allowed AQAP, which the US regards as the krazed killers' most dangerous branch, to consolidate its grip on territory in southern and eastern Yemen.

The Pentagon has confirmed at least 30 strikes against AQAP since Thursday in coordination with the Yemeni government. Washington, which began dronezaps on Yemen after the attacks of September 11, 2001, rarely gives reports on the raids.

The United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
estimates more than 7,500 people have been killed in the two years since and another 40,000 maimed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [291 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula


Bangladesh
Mufti Hannan jailbreak attempt fails
[Dhaka Tribune] In movie-style high drama, an attempt was made to snatch Mufti Hannan, one of the biggest turban criminal masterminds, from police custody on Monday evening.

A prison convoy carrying bully boyz en route to Kashimpur Central Jail was attacked near College Gate in Tongi around 6pm by a lone bomber.

Tongi SP Harun-ar-Rashid confirmed that the would-be rescuer were tossed into the calaboose.

Mufti Hannan, a death row convict, was read out his death warrant earlier in February. He had also filed a review petition against the sentence.

According to Tongi OC Firoz Talukdar, when the prison convoy was passing through College Gate area, a young man attacked the van with a pair of crude bombs, which missed and went kaboom! harmlessly on the road.

A nearby traffic patrol was alerted by the kaboom. Rushing to the scene, they managed to capture the young man, who has since been identified as Mostofa Kamal, 25, from Mymensingh.

Mostofa has been captured with about a dozen crude bombs and Tk7,500 in cash. During his primary interrogation, he told the police that he was paid Tk10,000 to hurl the bombs at the prison van.

It has been confirmed that some of the prisoners on the van are close associates of Mufti Hannan, chief of a faction of Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami Bangladesh (HuJI
Founded in 1984 by Fazlur Rehman Khalil and Qari Saifullah Aktar. The Bangla branch was established in 1992 with assistance from Osama bin Laden. Recruits come mostly from Deobandi madrassahs. HuJI and Fazlur Rehman Khalil are signators of bin Laden's declaration of war on the west.
B).

When contacted for further details, Senior Jail Superintendent Mizanur Rahman said four prisoners had been sent out to appear before a court on Monday.

Mizanur said: "Four vans had been despatched and all four have returned."

Asked whether Mufti Hannan or any of his associates were able to escape during the rescue attempt, Mizanur said they had all returned to the prison.

Mufti Hannan’s faction of HuJIB was allegedly involved in the August 21 bombing on an Awami League rally, the 2001 Ramna kabooms, the 1999 bombing on a cultural event of Udichi in Jessore and an attempt to assassinate the then British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury in Sylhet in 2004.

He was sentenced to death for the death of three people in the attack on Bangladesh-origin envoy Anwar Choudhury. After his appeals were rejected by the High Court and the Appellate Division, the jail authorities read out the death warrant to him on February 6.

Earlier, Sherlocks had announced they had captured three bully boyz over the past two weeks from Dhaka who were planning to bust Mufti Hannan out of prison. Two were placed in durance vile
Please don't kill me!
from Mohammadpur on February 22 and one was seized from Shahjahanpur on March 1.

Authorities had also claimed that HuJIB was going to attempt to break Mufti Hannan out of jail before his execution.

The HuJIB has carried out at least 14 attacks in which over 100 people have been killed since its formation in 1992 with a view to establish Shariah Law in the country.

According to law enforcers, the plan was very similar to the one used to snatch three condemned JMB bully boyz from police custody in 2014 killing a police constable. Two of the bully boyz have since escaped to India but the third was recaptured within hours by the police.

The audacious rescue involved over two dozen bully boyz rushing the prison van in Trishal in Mymensingh.
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India-Pakistan
Explosives, arms recovered in Charsadda
[DAWN] CHARSADDA: The Charsadda police on Monday seized explosives and huge cache of arms dumped in a drum and a plastic canister along an under construction road here.

The city police, on a tip off, rushed to the spot and recovered nine hand grenades, 10 rocket shells, 38 grenade launchers, three IED devices, prima card, receivers used in bombs and other material. Officials said the recovery was made along the under construction Takhbhai road.

The police had called bomb disposal unit personnel and cordoned off the area during the action.

DPO Suhail Khan told Dawn that the material was recovered from a drum and a plastic can. He said miscreants failed to find space for carrying out sabotage activities owing to police’s alertness. He said every attempt of miscreants would be frustrated through such timely actions. He said the lives and properties of public would be protected at all cost.

Meanwhile,
...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38...
the legal fraternity held on Monday a protest rally against the murder of senior lawyer Mohammad Jan Gigyani.

The lawyers warned of coming onto the roads if the killers of their colleague were not enjugged
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
within 10 days. The rally started from Bar Room and culminated at Shabqaddar Chowk after passing through various roads. The protesters were holding placards and banners written with their demands. Members of civil society also joined the lawyers’ protest.

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Five soldiers killed in militant attack along Pak-Afghan border: ISPR
[DAWN] Five soldiers of the Pakistain Army and over 15 suspected forces of Evil were reportedly killed in a cross-border "terrorist attack" on three Pak border posts along the Pak-Afghan border area on Sunday night, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a blurb.

In addition to the 15, some 20 suspected forces of Evil were also injured in the operation, ISPR said.

It further said that there are "credible reports" that six of the 15 who were killed Sunday night were "operational level terrorists", namely Kuchay Bajuari, Zar Mohammad alias Madni, Huzaifa, Sangary, Lakhkari and Sangeen

ISPR said "terrorists" from across the border had targeted the posts late on Sunday night in Mohmand Agency
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
"Effective presence, vigilance and response repulsed turbans attempt," read the statement.

The slain soldiers were identified as Naik Sanaullah, Naik Safdar, Sepoy Altaf, Sepoy Nek Mohammad and Sepoy Anwar.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa appreciated the response by Pak troops to the krazed killer attack in Mohmand Agency. He said: "Terrorists are [a] common threat and must be denied freedom of movement/action along the border."

The army chief emphasised the need for physical presence of troops on Afghan side of the border for "matching [the Pak side] and effective border security".

The COAS expressed grief on loss of precious lives and hailed the slain soldiers' sacrifice.

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Protests in Kashmir after three die in gunfight
[DAWN] Anti-India protests erupted in held Kash­mir following a fierce gunbattle in which two suspected snuffies and a counterinsurgency policeman were killed, police said on Sunday.

Government forces, acting on a tip, encircled a house in the southern Tral area overnight, said police chief S.P. Vaid. He said fighting erupted after snuffies hurled grenades and fired automatic rifles to break a security cordon.

Two snuffies and a policeman working with a counterinsurgency unit were killed, he said. At least three other security officials, including an army officer, were maimed.

As the fighting raged, clas­hes erupted between the government forces and villagers who tried to march to the site of the fighting in solidarity with the suspected myrmidons.

Troops fired shotgun pellets and tear gas to stop the rock-throwing protesters.

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LeJ militant killed, four others held after 'encounter' in Karachi
[DAWN] The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of police on Monday claimed to have killed one suspected krazed killer and detained four others allegedly linked to a banned sectarian outfit after an 'encounter' in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's Korangi area.

CTD Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Amir Farooqi, addressing a presser at CTD Civil Lines, said the five men were suspected of involvement in major terrorist acts in the metropolis and were planning more similar attacks.
Continued on Page 49
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Iraq
Iraqi forces recapture district, storm another en route to central Mosul
[Iraq News] Iraqi forces recaptured a district in western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
on Monday 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....
Lions of Islam and stormed another one on their way towards central Mosul’s Old City, the security command said in a statement.

The army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Forces recaptured al-Sumoud district before storming the nearby al-Mansour, Lt.Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarallah, commander of the Nineveh operations, said in a statement.

Old Mosul is a major target for U.S.-backed Iraqi forces seeking to clear the western side of the city from Death Eaters. It is home of a government compound, the recapture of which is believed to be highly decisive in ending the campaign in the government forces’ favor.

Shortly earlier, news reports quoted security officials saying the forces took over a major bridge leading to the Old City.

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Car bomb explosion kills 4 IS members near Salahuddin
[Iraq News] A local source in Salahuddin Province revealed that four 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 explosives expert, were killed by a boom-mobile kaboom, north of the province, Alsumaria News reported on Monday.

The source said, "Four Lions of Islam from the Islamic State group were killed in an kaboom, while trying to plant explosives in a vehicle, in the outskirts of one of the villages in Sharqat District, north of Salahuddin."

"The killed Lions of Islam include the Islamic State’s explosives expert, who was known as al-Masry," the source added on condition of anonymity.

In March 2, 2017, Governor of Salahuddin Ahmed al-Jabouri called on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to launch operations to liberate the eastern side of al-Sharqat District, al-Zawiya, al-Fatha and Hawija, as well as eliminating terrorism in the areas of al-Daur, Mutaibija and east of Samarra.
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IS preacher shot dead by gunmen in western Mosul
[Iraq News] Unknown gunnies rubbed out a preacher from 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....
and a companion in western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, sources said as government troops become closer to the group’s strongholds in central Mosul.

Alsumaria News quoted a local source saying that "Abu Huthaifa", an Iraqi, was bumped off along with another member in Zanjili, a district north of Mosul’s Old City, the target of current Iraqi forces operations in western Mosul.

According to the source, the attack, having occurred in areas under IS control prompted the holy warrior group to launch searches for perpetrators and arrest some suspects.

Earlier on Monday, Iraqi forces recaptured recaptured al-Sumoud district before storming the nearby al-Mansour, all near the city center.

Old Mosul is a major target for U.S.-backed Iraqi forces seeking to clear the western side of the city from murderous Moslems. It is home of a government compound, the recapture of which is believed to be highly decisive in ending the campaign in the government forces’ favor.

Shortly earlier, news reports quoted security officials saying the forces took over a major bridge leading to the Old City.

Posted by: Fred || 03/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi forces recapture several govt facilities in western Mosul
[Iraq News] Iraqi forces recaptured more government facilities and a district in western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
on Monday as they pushed closer to the Old City to clear the district 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....
holy warriors.

The Federal Police command said in a statement that the service, aided by the Rapid Response forces, took over the water and sewage department’s offices in western Mosul’s district of Dindan, raising the Iraqi flags above the facility. It added that the forces also recaptured the "police directorate and the courts complex".

Other news reports quoted security sources saying that the troops also took over Dour al-Sukar district in the south.

Earlier on Monday, Iraqi forces recaptured recaptured al-Sumoud district before storming the nearby al-Mansour, all near the city center.

Old Mosul is a major target for U.S.-backed Iraqi forces seeking to clear the western side of the city from holy warriors. It is home of a government compound, the recapture of which is believed to be highly decisive in ending the campaign in the government forces’ favor.

Shortly earlier, news reports quoted security officials saying the forces took over al-Hurriya, major bridge leading to the Old City.

Posted by: Fred || 03/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [313 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


US-led Coalition destroys IS vehicles, mass grave found near Mosul
[Iraq News] A local source in Nineveh Police informed on Monday, that the US-led coalition warplanes destroyed vehicles 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....
, while security forces discovered a mass grave, west of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Major Ali Mohsen said in a press statement, "US-led international coalition’s warplanes destructed vehicles belonging to the Islamic State group in Gabret al-Bent area, west of Mosul."

"The air strike also resulted in the killing of 14 members of the Islamic State, as well as wounding others," Mohsen added.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy was furiously chewing her cud and thinking...
security forces discovered a mass grave containing remains of 50 civilians, who were executed by the Islamic State group in al-Yarmouk area, west of Mosul.
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Iraqi Forces Liberate Sumud Neighborhood in Western Mosul
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Iraqi military sources announced that the security forces managed on Monday to liberate the police directorate headquarters and the courts complex in western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, raising the national flag over them.

Iraqi military commander Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah had announced that the counterterrorism troops also regained the entire neighborhood of Sumud in western Mosul, raising the national flag over its buildings.

Yarallah added that the Iraqi forces also stormed Mansour neighborhood in the same area.

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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinian suspect killed in gunfight with IDF troops in West Bank
[IsraelTimes] Soldiers on overnight arrest raid exchange fire with alleged terrorist, resulting in his death, wound two others; M-16 rifle, submachine gun found in home

An alleged Paleostinian terrorist was killed in an exchange of gunfire with Israeli troops during an arrest raid in the West Bank city of Ramallah overnight Monday, the army said.

No Israeli servicemen were maimed in the incident.

The troops, from the Israel Defense Forces and Israel Police’s counterterrorism unit, surrounded the house where the suspect, Basel al-A’araj, was located. As they approached, he shot up them, the army said.

The soldiers fired back, killing the man.

Two more Paleostinians were also shot and injured in festivities with Israeli troops after the gunfire exchange, police said.

Al-A’araj, 31, originally from Bethlehem, was allegedly part of a terrorist cell planning to carry out attacks on Israeli targets, Israeli officials said.

"Al-A’araj directed the cell and was responsible for purchasing the weaponry," police said in a statement.

Inside his home, troops uncovered an M-16 rifle and an improvised Carlo-style submachine gun, the IDF said, referring to the suspect as a "terrorist."

Carlo-style submachine guns are relatively affordable and common in the West Bank, as they can be hobbled together from water pipes and scrap metal. M-16 assault rifles, on the other hand, are several times more expensive and thus normally purchased by more organized groups with access to funds.

However,
corruption finds a dozen alibis for its evil deeds...
no terrorist organization immediately claimed al-A’araj as a member.

The Shin Bet security service said Monday morning that al-A’araj was "connected to a local terror cell," but his relationship with a specific organization was "still being investigated."

Al-A’araj was enjugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
by the Paleostinian Authority in April of last year for planning attacks against Israelis and imprisoned for six months, prompting calls for his release from Paleostinian activists.

Al-A’araj, a pharmacist by training and profession, was a prominent supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel. Shortly after his death on Monday morning, videos of his anti-Israel speeches circulated on Paleostinian social media. He also led tours around the West Bank in which he lectured on the history of the Paleostinian armed conflict. A failed attempt
Curses! Foiled again!
by Israeli forces to arrest him at his Bethlehem home in November made headlines in the Paleostinian news.

Following Monday’s shootout at the entrance to al-A’araj’s home, festivities between the soldiers and residents also erupted nearby, with Paleostinians throwing rocks at the force, police said.

The troops shot at the rioters, hitting two men in the lower body. They received treatment from Red Islamic Thingy medics, police said.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, Israeli troops arrested a dozen Paleostinian suspects, seven of them alleged members of the Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", terrorist group.

Four suspected Hamas members were arrested in Bethlehem, two in Jenin and one in Qalqilya, the army said. According to Paleostinian media, two of the men arrested in Bethlehem were Hamas members of the Paleostinian parliament Anwar Zabun and Khaled Tafesh, and a third was identified as Ghassan Hermas, a professor at al-Quds University in nearby Abu Dis. All three have been arrested by Israel in the past.

In Bethlehem, Israeli troops also seized thousands of shekels that the army said came from terrorist organizations, "according to intelligence information."

Four of the other five Paleostinians arrested early Monday morning were suspected of taking part in violent protests or throwing rocks at Israeli troops and civilians, the army said.

The IDF did not specify the charges against the twelfth suspect.

In Kifl Haris, in the northern West Bank, Israeli troops escorted a group of religious Jews to a holy site in the village, believed to be the burial place of the biblical figure Joshua. These visits can sometimes serve as catalysts for festivities between residents and Israeli troops, but the visit early Monday morning saw "no incidents out of the ordinary," the army said.
Update from The Times of Israel at 11:30 a.m. ET: more about Basel al-A'araj, the hipster terrorist.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
U.S.-backed Syrian force cuts last main road out of Raqqa
[Iraq News] U.S.-backed Syrian militias cut the last main road out of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
-held Raqqa on Monday, severing the highway between the group’s de facto capital and its stronghold of Deir al-Zor province, a Kurdish military source and a war monitor said.

It marks a major accomplishment for the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the multi-phased campaign being waged since November to encircle and ultimately capture Islamic State’s base of operations in Raqqa city in northern Syria.

"Cutting the road between Raqqa and Deir al-Zor means that practically the encirclement of the ISIS (Islamic State) capital is complete by land," the Kurdish military source told Rooters, adding that the only remaining way out was south across the Euphrates River.

Air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition have destroyed the bridges across the Euphrates to Raqqa city, the British-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said.

"It is a big victory but there is still a lot to accomplish," the Kurdish military source said, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
The Observatory said families brought recently by Islamic State to Raqqa from areas to the west had been forced to cross the river by boat, reflecting the problem facing IS in reaching the city.

The SDF confirmed that its forces had taken the Raqqa-Deir al-Zor road.

"The road is under the control of the SDF," front man Talal Silo said in a voice message sent to Rooters.

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Syrian Army Advances in Daraa al-Balad, Targets ISIL and Nusra Terrorists in Other Areas
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] The Syrian Army and Armed Forces units on Monday carried out concentrated operations against al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front in the countryside of Hamah and Idlib, restored control over several blocks of buildings in Daraa al-Balad, and continued to advance against ISIS in Deir Ezzor

Hamah & Idleb
SANA news hound in Hama said that army units carried out intensive bombardments against gatherings and positions of al-Nusra Lions of Islam in al-Latamineh town in the northern countryside, destroying three vehicles and killing many Lions of Islam including terrorist Abdul-Salam al-Sattouf.

The news hound indicated that army units carried out precise operations against dens and positions of the terrorist groups in Taybet al-Imam and Lahaya, destroying a car and injuring at least 15 terrorists.

Meanwhile,
...back at the dirigible, the pilot and the copilot had both hit the silk.

Jack! Cynthia exclaimed. Do you know how to drive one of these things?

Jack wiped some of the blood from his knuckles.

No, he said. Do you?...

army units carried out a number of concentrated bombardments, destroying a position for Lions of Islam in Tal Hawwash town in Hama northern countryside.

28 km to the southeast of Idlib city, the news hound said that the Syrian army air force targeted gatherings of al-Nusra Lions of Islam in the surroundings of Tal Mardikh, killing and injuring six terrorists.

Deir Ezzor
Army units, in cooperation with the supporting forces, clashed severely with terrorist groups affiliated to ISIS terrorist organization in the remaining parts of al-Maqaber area on the southern outskirts of Deir Ezzor city.

SANA news hound said Monday that the army units achieved advance in al-Maqaber area after eliminating a number of ISIS Lions of Islam and destroying a number of their barricades near Talet Alloush in the area.

Another army unit destroyed ISIS gatherings and a heavy machinegun-equipped vehicle near al-Thardah area roundabout, south of Deir Ezzor city.

The army air force carried out Arclight airstrikes on the ISIS movement axes and gatherings in al-Makabat, al-Muhandessen area, in the surrounding of Liwa al-Taamin and in al-Thardah Mountain in the surrounding of Deir Ezzor city.

The source added that the Arclight airstrikes left many ISIS Lions of Islam dead or injured and destroyed their equipment and ammunition.

Later, a military source said that army units, supported by the Syrian Air Force, targeted with artillery fire the fortifications and hideouts of ISIS in al-Sunouf hill, al-Warad hill, hill no. 17, Mazloum crossing, al-Reshdiye neighborhood, al-Sina’a neighborhood, and al-Bghaliye village, which resulted in destroying a number of hideouts and killing a number of terrorists.

Daraa
Army units expanded their control in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa city after intensive operations targeting the sites of Nusra and other terrorist groups affiliated to it.

A military source said that army units engaged in heavy festivities with terrorist groups, restoring control over several blocks of buildings and destroying the last remaining positions of Lions of Islam there.

The source added that as a result of the army’s operations a machinegun nest was destroyed southeast of Bilal al-Habashi Mosque and all the Lions of Islam manning it were killed.
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US Navy Spy Ship Forced to Change Course After Iranian Attack Vessels Approach
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] The USNS Invincible, escorted by the British Royal Navy, experienced a close encounter with high-speed attack ships deployed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, ultimately compelling the US spy ship and her formation to alter her course.

The Invincible, while transiting the Strait of Hormuz, which the US Energy Information Agency calls "the world’s most important oil chokepoint," was approached by "multiple" Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG) fast-attack ships. When the IRG ships were within 600 yards of the naval formation, they halted their advance, a US official said on Monday.

The Navy attempted to contact the IRG via radio to discuss their position, but received no response, the US official said, adding that it was an "unsafe and unprofessional interaction."

The Invincible is under the aegis of the Military Sealift Command, according to a War is Boring report, and is led by 18 civilian contractors manning the 224-foot, 2,285-ton vessel. While the white, mostly unmarked ship does not appear to have any formal weapons systems, hence the escort, it does carry a radar the US Air Force uses to collect intelligence. The Navy classifies the Invincible as a "Missile Range Instrumentation" ship which, according to the service, "monitors missile launches and collects data."

A CBS report indicated that Iran had sent a frigate that closed to within 150 yards of the spy ship while in the Gulf of Oman, just south of the Strait of Hormuz.

In January, an interaction the Navy called "unsafe and unprofessional" was ended after the USS Mahan, a guided-missile destroyer, fired off warning rounds at four approaching IRG vessels. The US and Iran have become increasingly provocative toward one another since the start of 2017, officials said, despite the number of tense encounters declining in the second half of 2016.

Posted by: Fred || 03/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [458 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Shouldn't our ROE have changed since 1/20?
Posted by: Raj || 03/07/2017 11:41 Comments || Top||

#2  NavSource suggests no weapons, accompanied by three Royal Navy (UK) warships that also changed course. Apparently Nelson's legacy is quite dormant.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 03/07/2017 11:57 Comments || Top||

#3  The Iranians are going to get a little bit too bold one of these days. They seem to have forgotten that there is a new regime in Washington. Our Secretary of Defense is informally nicknamed "Mad Dog", although he prefers "Chaos".
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/07/2017 12:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Anybody see the irony in the 'Invincible' being not so?
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 03/07/2017 14:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Snob Aubrey a sensible Fencible?
His spoons inoffensively runcible?
Marshmallow Martellos,
Stout fellows and Jellos
And lions no longer invincible.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/07/2017 17:23 Comments || Top||

#6  The British Royal Navy sincerely regrets the accidental discharge of a 5" gun that resulted in damage to an Iranian speedboat. The seaman responsible, one James Pogue, has been severely reprimanded. Claims for damages may be submitted to P.O. Box 237, Buckingham Palace, London, England.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/07/2017 17:41 Comments || Top||



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