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IS gunmen dressed as medics kill 30 at Kabul military hospital
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Afghanistan
IS gunmen dressed as medics kill 30 at Kabul military hospital
[BBC] More than 30 people have been killed after attackers dressed as doctors stormed the largest military hospital in Kabul, Afghan officials say.

Militants armed with guns and grenades gained entry after one detonated explosives at a hospital gate and then opened fire on staff and patients.

Commandos who landed on the Sardar Daud hospital roof killed all four attackers after several hours of fighting.

The so-called Islamic State (IS) group has claimed the attack.

The Taliban has denied any involvement.

More than 50 people were also wounded, the defence ministry said.

President Ashraf Ghani said the attack at the 400-bed hospital "trampled all human values".

"In all religions, a hospital is regarded as an immune site and attacking it is attacking the whole of Afghanistan," he said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/08/2017 07:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [572 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Not a war crime?
Posted by: Frank G || 03/08/2017 8:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Teddy bear with grenade inside. Only a war crime if we do it...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/08/2017 10:36 Comments || Top||

#3  "In all religions, a hospital is regarded as an immune site and attacking it is attacking the whole of Afghanistan," he said.


one religion has a branch that seems to be OK with this
Posted by: lord garth || 03/08/2017 12:30 Comments || Top||


ISIS in Afghanistan release new distressing execution photos
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The loyalists of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have released new distressing execution photos as the terror group continues to face growing pressures from the Afghan and US forces during the counter-terrorism operations.

The group released the horrific execution photos in social media on Sunday night which purportedly shows the two men are executed in different ways.

The incident has reportedly taken place in the restive Achin district where two more beheading incidents were reported last week.

The loyalists of the terror group accuse the two men of working as spies for the government and execute one of the men with gunshot while the other one is beheaded.

The local officials in Achin said last week that two men had their heads chopped off and their dead bodies were left in the area in this district due to unknown charges.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Alexander couldn't conquer them. Brits couldn't conquer them. Russians couldn't conquer them. ISIS is gonna do it? Popcorn!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/08/2017 0:57 Comments || Top||

#2  grom,

Alexander's conquests resulted in a Hellenic culture in that area for several hundred years. Some people credit (or blame) this culture for the current Afghani practice of older men taking young boys as playtoys. On the more wholesome side, the Buddhist Art that was done in the centuries after Alexander (including the ones that the Taliban destroyed) shows greek influence (when you see Buddha with a toga, blame Alexander).
Posted by: lord garth || 03/08/2017 15:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Bactria, not Pashtunland.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/08/2017 15:22 Comments || Top||


15 Taliban insurgents killed in own car bomb explosion in Kunduz
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least fifteen Taliban bully boyz were killed in an kaboom triggered by a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the incident took place late on Sunday night in Imam Sahib district.

According to a statement by MoI, the gunnies were planning to carry out a deadly car kaboom in the vicinity of Kunduz province.

The statement further added that the VBIED went off prematurely as the gunnies were looking to prepare it for the attack.

According to MoI, at least fifteen Taliban bully boyz were killed and three others were maimed in the kaboom.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  15 in one car? Is that a clown car record. "Mamoud, that's not the stick shift....."
Posted by: Steven || 03/08/2017 22:31 Comments || Top||


Taliban’s key undercover member arrested in Wardak province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A key undercover member of the Taliban group was locked away
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
by the Afghan cops in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said Monday that Mohammad Lahore son of Mohammad Aziz was arrested during an operation conducted by the intelligence operatives.

According to a statement by NDS, Mullah Lahore was working for Qari Zia ul Haq group as the head of the military committee.

The statement further added that the detained bad boy was actively involved in gathering information regarding the locations, numbers, and situation of the military bases in Wardak province.

The Taliban bandidos turbans were launching coordinated attacks based on the information Mulllah Lahore was gathering regarding the military installations, NDS said.

The intelligence agency also released a video following the arrest of Mullah Lahore purportedly showing several weapons, ammunition, and other necessary military kit recovered from the detained bad boy.

Wardak is among the relatively volatile provinces in central Afghanistan which is connecting 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....
and other northern provinces to the southern and southeastern parts of the country.

The Taliban bandidos turbans are actively operating in this province and often carry out insurgency activities against the security forces and government officials.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


2 heroin factories destroyed by Afghan forces in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) personnel discovered an destroyed two heroin factories in the 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 two factories were located in Kambo area of Khogyani district which were discovered by the Special Forces of the Ministry of Interior.

The officials further added that the operation to destroy the two factories was launched around 8 pm local time and concluded in the early hours of Monday morning.

The provincial government media office in a statement said this is not the first time the Afghan forces have discovered and destroyed major heroin factories in this province but several factories were destroyed during the similar operations in the past.

This comes as there has been a sharp rise in opium cultivation, production and smuggling across the country during the recent months.

According to the last survey report, there has been a 43 per cent rise in opium cultivation in Afghanistan.

The survey jointly conducted by the Afghan authorities and United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
Office on Drugs and Crime, around 201,000 acres of land were cultivated with opium in 2016.

The report further added that estimates show a total of 4,800 metric tons of opium will be produced in 2016.

According to the officials, instability, lack of funds to fight opium cultivation and production, and hot season played key roles in growing opium cultivation in Afghanistan during the year 2016.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [301 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  That's what happens when you become greedy and don't share with upstairs?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/08/2017 0:58 Comments || Top||

#2  discovered an destroyed two heroin factories

Clearly a mis-strike targeting a nearby hospital.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/08/2017 8:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Nice little heroin factory you have here. It'd be a shame if anything happened to it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/08/2017 13:01 Comments || Top||


Explosion in Kabul leaves one person dead
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An kaboom took place in 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....
city earlier this morning with preliminary reports suggesting one person was killed in the incident.

The kaboom took place in the vicinity of the 6th police district of the city triggered by a magnetic bomb.

Eyewitnesses in the area said the magnetic bomb was planted in a civilian vehicle and went off around 7 am today in the vicinity of Dar-ul-Aman road and the Charqala road.

However,
the way to a man's heart remains through his stomach...
a security official in the 6th police district said the bomb was planted in a government vehicle and one was person killed in the incident.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Detained militants claim Taliban and ISI assigned them to kill MP in Kabul
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan cops have thwarted a plot by the anti-government armed holy warrior groups to assassinate a politician of the Lower House of the Parliament, Wolesi Jirga.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said two Lions of Islam appointed for the attack were tossed in the clink
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
by the intelligence operatives before they manage to carry out the attack.

A statement by NDS said the two Lions of Islam have been identified as Abdul Wahid son of Syed Hussain and Salahuddin son of Syed Ali.

The two bandidos Lions of Islam have confessed that they were appointed for the attack by a Taliban group leader and an operative of the Pak military intelligence, Inter Services Intelligence.

The statement further added that the men have also confessed that they were paid to carry out an attack on a politician of the Wolesi Jirga against money.

No further details were given regarding the member of the parliament on whom the bandidos Lions of Islam were supposed to carry out the attack.

NDS said the Taliban Lions of Islam as usual have received instructions from the outsiders to assassinate the political and influential leaders.

However,
a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
NDS said in majority of such cases the suspects are arrested before they manage to execute their plans.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Over 70 artillery rockets landed in Kunar from Pakistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Over seventy artillery rockets landed in two districts of eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
of Afghanistan in the latest cross-border shelling from the other side of Durand Line.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place late on Monday night after at last 76 rockets were fired from the other side of the line.

Provincial police front man Faridullah Dehqan confirmed that the rockets landed in Sarkano and Dangam districts.

He said the shelling did not incur any casualties to the local residents.

This comes as the local residents in Sarkano district said Monday that a number of the Pak helicopters infiltrated inside the Afghan soil in this district and dropped several bombs and rockets.

However,
a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
the local officials have not confirmed the incident so far and have said they will investigate the alleged breach of the airspace.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Once is an accident, twice coincidence... I forget what 70 is, but it seems a sign of bad intent.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/08/2017 10:50 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Extremists kill at least 5 gendarmes in Niger
[Ynet] Niger's defense ministry says at least five gendarmes have been killed in an attack near the country's western border with Mali.

The ministry says the attack by armed suspected snuffies early Monday in Wanzarbe in the Bankilare department also left one gendarme maimed. The ministry says on television that forces are in the zone to combat any suspected snuffies still there. No further details have been released.
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Arabia
US strike in Yemen kills former Guantanamo Bay detainee
[Ynet] The Pentagon said on Monday that a March 2 strike 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...
(AQAP) 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...
killed a former detainee from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"We can confirm the death of a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Yasir al Silmi," said Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon front man, adding al Silmi had been held at the detention center from 2002 to 2009.

In a statement, the Pentagon added that he was also known as Mohammed Tahar and was repatriated from Guantanamo Bay in 2009 to Yemen.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

#1  Would have been easier to kill him there.

Sharks gotta eat too.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/08/2017 7:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Obama bomber gets bombed.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/08/2017 7:37 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Two terrorists holed up in Lucknow; 10 injured in Bhopal train blast
[Daily Excelsior] Anti-terror operations to flush out two terrorists, suspected to be linked with the Bhopal-Ujjain train blast, holed up in a house in the outskirts of Lucknow continued late tonight, police said.

It said it had found that two terrorists, instead of one, were hiding in the house and had earlier resorted to intermittent firing. An Anti Terror Squad (ATS) officer said "we have withheld firing from our side" to try to catch them alive.

At least 10 people were maimed, three of them seriously, in the IED blast near Jabdi station in Shajapur district of Madhya Pradesh early today.
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Five troops, 15 militants die in border attack
[DAWN] GHALANAI: Five soldiers and at least 15 turbans were killed during an attack from across the Afghan border on three security posts at Gora Pari in the Mohmand tribal region in the early hours of Monday morning.

"The bandidos holy warriors from across the border attempted attack on three Pakistain border posts 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...
," said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [346 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Five militants killed in Army operation in Swabi
[DAWN] Five suspected faceless myrmidons were reportedly killed in an intelligence-based operation conducted by Pakistain Army in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
's Swabi district on Tuesday.

"[The] five faceless myrmidons who were killed [...] were planning to target educational institutions and judicial complexes," Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

The military's media wing said three of the faceless myrmidons had been identified, while the remaining two were "probably Afghans". At least one of the identified bully boyz was a member of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain, according to ISPR.

Two soldiers of the Army also bit the dust in the operation.

"Sacrifice of our shaheeds will not go [to] waste. Terrorist[s] will be brought [to] their end and held accountable for their fasaad," Chief of Army Staff Qamar Jawed Bajwa said in response to the operation.

The two soldiers were among an Army party conducting an intelligence-based operation in Swabi district's Malikabad area, according to ISPR.

Captain Junaid of the Pakistain Army lost his life during an operation in KP.─Courtesy: ISPR
Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Iraq
Islamic State seniors instructed to withdraw from Mosul to Syria’s Raqqa
[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....
’s command has ordered big shots of a subsidiary militia in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
to withdraw to the Syrian city of Raqqa, the base of the group’s operations in Syria.

Alsumaria News quoted sources in Mosul on Tuesday saying that big shots of "Jaish al-Khilafa" (Army of the Caliphate) received directives from the krazed killer group’s military command in Raqqa to pull out immediately from Mosul to the Syrian city which lies by the Iraqi borders.

They were ordered to evacuate and burn their headquarters as fast as possible, the source claimed.

The news comes as Iraqi government forces took over the government complex in western Mosul, a major victory that security generals say will be highly decisive in ending the battle against IS in their favor. Security forces took over eastern Mosul in January after three months of encounters, and are currently pushing to clear the western region from the krazed killer group.

Since the campaign for western Mosul began, Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition generals spoke of fast collapses in IS’s defense lines and shrinking in the close circle of aids around the group’s supreme leader, 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...
.
Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  I thought that was cowardice - demanding execution? Oh...wait. That was for the fodder
Posted by: Frank G || 03/08/2017 7:24 Comments || Top||


Security forces storm Bab Laksh area south of Mosul
[Iraq News] An officer in the Joint Operations Command announced on Tuesday, that security forces started to storm a new area, south of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, after liberating the government complex.

Colonel Khodier Saleh said in a press statement, "Joint security forces started to storm the popular area of Bab Laksh, south of Mosul."

"Security forces is currently engaged in fierce battles with 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....
inside the narrow alleys in the area," Saleh explained.

Meanwhile,
...back at the comedy club, Boogie was cracking himself up, but nobody else seemed to be getting the non-stop jokes...
Counter-Terrorism Officer, Major Ali Mohsen, said that so far the festivities in Bab Laksh resulted in the killing of 33 Islamic State murderous Moslems, as well as arresting six others.

Saleh also pointed out that the security forces are opening safe havens for civilians, to facilitate their exit from the combat areas.

Earlier today, Iraqi Rapid Response forces took over the government complex in Mosul, after expelling Islamic State faceless myrmidons from the area.
Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


60% of western Mosul recaptured
[Iraq News] Iraqi government forces recaptured 60 percent of the western side of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
since oeprations to clear the region 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....
began in February, according to the commander of the army’s Counter-Terrorism Force.

Abdul-Ghani al-Assadi said in statements quoted by Iraqi news websites on Tuesday that districts like Wadi Hajar, al-Sumoud, al-Maamoun, Tal al-Rayyan, al-Tayaran and Josaq had all seen ferocious fighting as they served as Islamic State’s primary defense lines, but have now become under government troops control.

Assadi’s announcement came a few hours after the Joint Operations Command said its forces recaptured a major government complex as well as the Turkish consulate building in western Mosul from IS murderous Moslems. The complex contains a courthouse, a main branch of the central bank and a police department besides other government agencies. Iraqi generals say the complex’s recapture could put the battle’s outcome in their favor. Troops had earlier retaken a vital bridge leading to the Old City, planning to use it as a channel for backup.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [225 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqis capture ISIS headquarters in Mosul in surprise raid
[ARA] The Iraqi army is advancing rapidly in Western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, controlling at least 50 to 60 per cent of Western Mosul. On Tuesday, the Joint Operations Command announced the liberation of Dandan and Dawasa, which includes an important administrative ISIS headquarters.

"Iraqi forces advancing in west Mosul and announce liberation of governance complex. This was the administrative HQ for ISIS terrorists," Brett McGurk, the US envoy for the anti-ISIS coalition said.

The governance complex was used as an administrative headquarters and a Sharia court by 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 (ISIS) Death Eaters.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi met with army commanders in Mosul city after the rapid advances, to discuss the final phase of the Mosul operation and current progress.

Abadi also traveled to Erbil to met with the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) president Masoud Barzani to discuss the Mosul operation and future relations, according to Hemin Hawrami, a senior advisor to president Barzani.

Analysts expect that the operation could be finished in a month or more, although some said it could also last until the summer.

"I think we’re looking into a month, maybe more maybe less," Rasha Al Aqeedi, an Iraqi Research Fellow at Al Mesbar Studies and Research Center told ARA News.

The operation could help the Iraqi PM Abadi in the next round of Iraq’s Provincial Elections in April 2017, amidst intense political differences among the Shia majority parties.

"Abadi is certainly more popular than Maliki ever has been in Sunni areas. He’s also been smarter in managing Iraq’s foreign affairs," Al Aqeedi told ARA News.

However,
man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
Kirk H. Sowell, a political risk analyst based in Amman, Jordan, said that the former Iraqi PM Maliki is still stronger.

Rumours spread in the Iraqi press that the former Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki is suffering from health issues, and could step down from politics.
"As for Abadi, it should strengthen him but frankly he’s still playing second fiddle to Maliki despite other victories," he said.

"It has taken a lot longer than Abadi claimed it would, and despite his claims the army has not performed well," Sowell told ARA News.

Meanwhile,
...back at the precinct house, Sergeant Maloney wasn't buying it. It was just too pat. The whole thing smelled phony, kind of like a dead mackeral but without the scales...
rumours spread in the Iraqi press that the former Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki is suffering from health issues, and could step down from politics.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [367 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Suppose we'll get a pile of actionable info off their computers or will they have this cleared this out before the Iraqis arrived?
Posted by: gorb || 03/08/2017 1:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Surprise?

Iraqi forces launched a daring nighttime raid in the early hours of Tuesday morning on the sprawling complex of municipal buildings in western Mosul along the Tigris River. Beginning just after midnight, Iraq’s emergency response division, an elite arm of the Federal Police, led the attack. Initially advancing some half a dozen blocks past the front line in armored vehicles, but breaching the complex itself on foot.

After facing very little resistance, regular Federal Police units followed and by 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning an Iraqi flag had been hoisted above the tallest government building. But the soldiers had just pushed up the two main roads leading to the complex and hadn’t cleared the dozens of tightly packed homes on either side.

By 11:00 a.m. clashes inside the compound had intensified and commanders behind the front were getting frantic radio calls for help. Three bulldozers had broken down trying to remove roadblocks, hundreds of troops were trapped and they needed reinforcements. Snipers began to fire down on Iraqi forces from the buildings above and previously concealed suicide car bombs rammed their convoys. The city’s west is much more densely populated than the east and streets are narrow, preventing Iraqi forces from largely fighting from inside their armored vehicles.

By afternoon, Federal Police units were being sent from the Tayran base to try and free the hundreds of troops in and around the municipality buildings and the front line clinic was receiving casualties in waves.

“The plan was stupid,” Dauoud, a Federal Police solider who brought two casualties to the clinic Tuesday afternoon, said. “I don’t know why we did that.”
Posted by: Pappy || 03/08/2017 8:49 Comments || Top||

#3  And I surmise that, in the unlikely event of this having happened during Mr.Obama's regime, the Washington Post would not have printed the article.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/08/2017 15:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Nah. They'd have saved it until Trump had become president, then they would have spun it so that "the word has just leaked out".
Posted by: gorb || 03/08/2017 15:31 Comments || Top||


Airstrikes kill 22 civilians west of Mosul, IS execute 43 including members
[Iraq News] U.S.-led coalition Arclight airstrikes killed 22 civilians in western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
on Monday, while 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....
forces of Evil executed 43 including 8 of its members there as security forces push towards the city center.

DPA quoted a medical source saying that fighter jets from the international military coalition, led by the United States, have pounded popular areas held by the Islamic State at Nabi Sheet, Okaidat, Shaarin and al-Boursa, all southwest of Mosul. The strikes left however, 22 civilians dead, mostly women and kiddies, and maimed 34 others who were admitted at the Mosul Public Hospital, according to Islam Ali, a doctor at the Nineveh health department.

Rights groups have condemned civilian deaths in operations by the Iraqi government, allied militias and the international coalition. Commanders at the forces subject to criticisms have reiterated they do efforts to minimize civilian casualties.

The U.S. army said Saturday that 21 non-combatants were killed in nine separate strikes by the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria between November and January, bringing the total of civilians unintentionally killed by the coalition since the start of operations against the bully boy group in 2014 to 220.

Also in western Mosul, head of the Joint Operations Command in Mosul, Lt. Gen. Nijm al-Jubouri, told Bas News that Islamic State forces of Evil executed 35 civilian prisoners who were tossed into the calaboose earlier at the group’s prison facilities in Zanjili neighborhood.

The group also executed eight of its members for escaping the battlefield, a practice that has been frequently reported since security operations to retake the city launched in October 2016.
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#1  Airstrikes kill 22 civilians, IS execute 43

Is that a competition?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/08/2017 1:02 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
11 Palestinians charged with throwing rocks, bombs at Bethlehem holy site
[IsraelTimes] Eleven Paleostinians are charged with throwing rocks, Molotov cocktails and improvised bombs at the Rachel’s Tomb holy site in Bethlehem, police say.

Police nabbed
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
the 11 suspects, eight of them minors, over the past few months, as part of an "intensive investigation" to stop attacks at the Bethlehem destination.

Citing interrogations and physical evidence, Sherlocks say they determined that the suspects would come to the area after school to throw rocks, Molotov cocktails and pipe bombs at the site and then flee.

The suspects all came from the nearby al-Ayda refugee camp, police say.
Ynet adds:
The investigation revealed that the suspects used to watch videos on Youtube from which they learned how to prepare the improvised devices.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [299 views] Top|| File under:

#1  the suspects would come to the area after school to throw rocks, Molotov cocktails and pipe bombs at the site and then flee.

All part of extracurricular activities, for credit, in UN funded Palestinian schools.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/08/2017 1:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Man, if we threw rocks or bombs in church, our moms would have smacked us silly. Is it possible the whole Paleostinian problem stems from a lack of parental guidance?
Posted by: SteveS || 03/08/2017 12:51 Comments || Top||


Army disarms bombs near Gaza fence; cross-border fire reported
[IsraelTimes] Israeli soldiers located and disarmed two improvised bombs near the security fence surrounding the northern Gazoo Strip on Tuesday, the army said.

The Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
group said that one of its fighters was lightly injured in by an Israeli tank attack at an "observation post" near where the IEDs were found.

The Gazoo health ministry confirmed that a Paleostinian man had been lightly injured by the Israeli military near Jabaliya in the northern Gazoo Strip, but it was not clear if it was directly related to the IED incident.

A spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces said the army was aware of the reports and was investigating the claim.

The IEDs were placed in an area close to the security fence where Gazoo residents are not allowed to enter, but on the Paleostinian side of the barrier.

It was not immediately clear when the explosives were placed, the army said.

The military said the IEDs were "planted in order to attack IDF forces operating on the border."

Once the devices were disarmed, they were removed by the soldiers and handed over to Sherlocks to determine their origin.

Earlier in the day, Paleostinian media had reported Israeli troops and engineering vehicles operating on the Gazoo side of the security fence.

Tensions between Israel and terrorist groups in Gazoo have been running high recently, following a number of shooting and rocket attacks from the Strip against Israelis, and retaliatory Arclight airstrikes and shellings by the IDF.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Jihad (Palestian)

#1  two improvised bombs near the security fence

I expect same for S. TX fence.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/08/2017 14:12 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Malaysian police foiled attack on Arab royalty ahead of Saudi King visit
[SCMP] Malaysia on Tuesday said the seven bully boyz placed in durance vile
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
late last month were planning an attack on "Arab royalties" visiting its capital Kuala Lumpur.

The arrests were made just days before Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
’s King Salman
...either the largest species of Pacific salmon or the current Sheikh of the Burnin' Sands, Cutodian of the Two Holy Mosquesand Lord of Most of the Arabians....
visited Malaysia on February 26.

"They were planning to attack Arab royalties during their visit to Kuala Lumpur. We got them in the nick of time," Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar told news hounds.

On Sunday, Malaysia said it had arrested one Malaysian and six foreigners - one Indonesian, four Yemenis and one East Asian - between February 21 and 26 for suspected links to murderous Moslem groups including 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....
.
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Three Maute militants slain in Mindanao clash
[Inquirer] Three alleged militants from the Maute terrorist group were killed in a clash with government forces in Poona Bayabao, Lanao del Sur on Tuesday morning. Military spokesman Nixon Fortes said soldiers also recovered three M14 rifles, an M16 rifle with a grenade launcher, ammunition and improvised explosive devices.

Originally based in Butig town, the Maute group was trying to establish a base in Poona Bayabao, Fortes said. He added that there will be no letup in military operations against the group, which allegedly has allied with the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf.
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Philippines: 23 Abu Sayyaf killed since hostage beheading
[ABS-CBN] At least 23 Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in Sulu in a series of attacks launched by Philippine troops against the rebels following the beheading of German hostage Jurgen Kantner on February 26.

Western Mindanao Command spokesman Carlito Galvez said four separate clashes were fought between the military and the Abu Sayyaf in Patikul and Indanan in Sulu, and in parts of Basilan. In the first three encounters, at least 14 rebels were reportedly killed, with six others injured. Nine other rebels were killed in a gun battle Sunday in Barangay lumipad in Talipao, also in Sulu.

Galvez said that soldiers also nabbed four Abu Sayyaf suspects in two separate areas in Basilan on February 27. He identified the rebels as Hamja Ummal, Asid Abdul Pagong, Kili Alvarez Sabtal, and Hamidid Pantasan. Ummal and Pagong were captured in Al-Barka town, while the two others were arrested in Tipo-Tipo.

Galvez said the suspects, who are all teenagers, had been providing vital information to the Abu Sayyaf by serving as lookouts in places where military forces frequently pass.

The military also discovered an Abu Sayyaf hideout in Al-Barka, with at least 30 makeshift bunkers and 16 foxholes.

Galvez acknowledged the help of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who he said has been instrumental in some of their successful missions.
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Defense voulnteer gunned down in southern Thailand
[Bangkok Post] A village defense volunteer was killed by gunmen who entered his grocery store in Yala province on Monday night. Eyewitnesses said he was murdered about 8 p.m. in Raman district.

Turaki Madimong, 47, a defense volunteer, was killed by two young men who arrived on a motorcycle, walked into the shop and ordered a bag of ice. While Turaki was scooping ice into a bag for them, the two each pulled out a pistol and shot him at point-blank range. Turaki was hit four times, in the head and body, dying at the scene.

The gunmen fled on the motorcycle.
Posted by: ryuge || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [399 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

#1  Thus the expression "We done iced him, boss".
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 03/08/2017 17:27 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran Commander: U.S. Ship Changed Course Toward Iranians On Saturday
A U.S. Navy ship changed course toward Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, a guard commander was quoted as saying on Wednesday while issuing a warning.
Careful, caveman. We have this thing called "video" these days.
A U.S. official told Reuters on Monday that multiple fast-attack vessels from the Revolutionary Guard had come within 600 yards (550 meters) of the USNS Invincible, a tracking ship, forcing it to change direction.

But guard commander Mehdi Hashemi said the incident, the first of note between the countries' navies in those waters since January, was the fault of the U.S. ship, telling the Fars news agency: "The unprofessional actions of the Americans can have irreversible consequences,"
Yeah. We happened to have some fast boats out there and the US ship turned towards them.
Years of mutual animosity eased when Washington lifted sanctions on Tehran last year after a deal to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. But major differences remain over Iran's ballistic missile program and conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, without referring to the Hormuz incident, also gave a warning on Wednesday.

"If Iran's ignorant enemies think about invading Iran they should know that our armed forces are much stronger than 1980 when Iraq attacked," he said in a speech broadcast live on state TV.
Who's talking about invading anybody?
While still a U.S. presidential candidate in September, Donald Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harassed the U.S. Navy in the Gulf would be "shot out of the water."
C'mon Don. Git 'er dun.
Trump's administration said on Tuesday it would show "great strictness" over restrictions on Iran's activities under the nuclear deal with major powers, but gave little indication of what that might mean.

The last serious naval incident was in January when a U.S. destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels near the Strait after they closed in at high speed and disregarded repeated requests to slow down.
Shoot the lead boat and the two "enthusiastic wingmen" and the rest will scatter.
Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said in Washington on Monday that dangerous interactions were of concern because they could lead to a "miscalculation or an accidental provocation."

"We actually had seen quite an improvement in Iran's behavior until recently," he said.
'Cause you're not shooting them out of the water.
Posted by: gorb || 03/08/2017 15:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [409 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oops. This should probably go under WoT Background.
Posted by: gorb || 03/08/2017 15:30 Comments || Top||

#2  The Brit escorts and Satellite GPS tracking could pretty much prove what we already know - this asshat is a cowardly liar
Posted by: Frank G || 03/08/2017 16:02 Comments || Top||

#3  All US ships in the Persian Gulf should fly Praying Mantis flags, for nostalgia's sake .....

http://youtu.be/gob3lMwkjnw
Posted by: Lone Ranger || 03/08/2017 19:04 Comments || Top||


Lebanese General Security Raids Money Transfer Firms Accused of Sending Funds to IS
[AnNahar] General Security agents on Tuesday raided money transfer firms and offices accused of sending funds to the Death Eater 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, media reports said.

LBCI television said the firms, located in several areas of Beirut, are suspected of involvement in sending around $20 million to Syria's Qalamoun region and subsequently to IS holy warriors in other parts of Syria.

"General Security had been monitoring the owners and employees of these firms prior to today's crackdown," LBCI said.

The doors of several firms were sealed with red wax at the request of the relevant judicial authorities, the TV network added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  The captured cash, sans whatever stuck to the hands of the authorities involved, transferred to Hizbollah?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/08/2017 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Here's some USAID money, please go bother someone else.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/08/2017 3:36 Comments || Top||


Syrian Army Regains Jazal Oil Field in Homs
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Syrian Army and Armed Forces units continued on Tuesday their intensive operations against terrorist organizations, restoring control over new areas and killing a number of terrorists.

Homs

Army units restored control over Jazal oil field in the eastern countryside of Homs central province.

A military source told SANA that army units, in cooperation with supporting forces, carried out accurate operations against ISIS terrorist organization in the northwest countryside of Tadmur (Palmyra) city, establishing control over Jazal oil field.

The source added that army engineering units are dismantling IEDs and mines that were planted by ISIS hard boyz earlier in the area.

Earlier, the source said that army units directed artillery strikes against ISIS gatherings and fortifications in al-Bardeh, the abandoned battalion and the eastern countryside of al-Qaryateen and Tadmur cities.

The source added that as a result of the strikes a number of ISIS bad boyz were potted and many of their vehicles, some equipped with machineguns were destroyed.

Daraa

An army unit foiled an attack by 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 hard boyz against one of the military posts in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa southern province.

Army units carried out precise operations against gatherings and positions of al-Nusra hard boyz in Daraa al-Balad and al-Nazihin Camp and in the neighborhoods of al-Karak and al-Abbasyia and to the north of Bilal al-Habashi Mosque in Daraa City.

A number of bad boyz were potted in the operations and an amount of their arms and ammunition were destroyed.

An army unit also killed all members of a terrorist group affiliated to al-Nusra who attacked one of the military posts to the northwest of Bilal al-Habashi Mosque in Daraa al-Balad.

Hamah

An army unit killed a number of ISIS hard boyz and cut off their supply routes between the eastern countryside of Salamiyah and northwestern countryside of Palmyra city.

An army unit carried out intensive operations accompanied by concentrated bombardments against gatherings and positions of ISIS hard boyz in al-Barghotiyeh village in the eastern countryside of Salamiyah.

A number of ISIS bad boyz were potted in the operations and others were maimed and a machinegun-equipped SUV was destroyed.

Deir Ezzor

The army launched artillery and air bombardments on ISIS gatherings and sites in al-Tharda area, the 17th Hill, al-Sunouf Hill and the graveyards area in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor city, according to the military source.

The source added that due to the strikes a number of ISIS vehicles, some of them equipped with heavy machine guns, were destroyed and many bad boyz were potted.

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Ceasefire Announced in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta: Russia
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] A ceasefire has been declared in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, a militant bastion near Damascus, to run from midnight last Sunday to March 20, Russia’s defense ministry said.

“A ‘regime of silence’ has been introduced from 00:01 on March 6 to 23:59 on March 20 (Damascus time) in the area of Eastern Ghouta,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

It added that “no violations” had so far been reported.
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Syrian Army Liberates Aleppo Water-pumping Station from ISIL Terrorists
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Syrian government forces have retaken from the ISIS terrorist group a pumping station that supplies water to second city Aleppo, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

"Regime forces took over the area of al-Khafsa and seized the water-pumping station after the withdrawal of the ISIS ’jihadists’," said Rami Abdel Rahman of the UK-based Syrian opposing Observatory.

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Kurdish-led SDF forces cut off ISIS supply line between Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor
[ARA] Supported by the US-led coalition, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Monday cut off a key ISIS supply line in northeastern Syria, military sources confirmed.

The SDF troops seized control of a main road that was used by 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 (ISIS) jihadists as a supply line between the cities of Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa‐the group’s de facto capital in Syria.

"Our forces today made a remarkable advance against ISIS snuffies and cut off the Raqqa-Deir ez-Zor route," the SDF leadership said in a statement to ARA News, using another acronym for ISIS.

The progress came after the Syrian Democratic Forces expelled ISIS bandidos gunnies from seven villages alongside the road between the two major cities in northeastern Syria.

"We have now tightened the siege on ISIS snuffies inside Raqqa, and the SDF-led Euphrates Wrath Operation will continue until the terror group is isolated completely inside Raqqa city," the SDF said.

After losing the key supply route, ISIS will most likely be unable to bring any more military reinforcements into Raqqa city.

Posted by: Fred || 03/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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