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Jihadi car and knife attack: Parliament in lockdown
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Afghanistan
26 ISIS militants and weapons depot eliminated in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least twenty six myrmidon affiliated 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were eliminated along with a weapons depot of the group in East of Afghanistan.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces said the faceless myrmidons were killed in the past 24 hours in the vicinity of Kot district.

The source further added that the operations were conducted by the Afghan Commandos and with the support of the air force.

The Afghan cops and the local residents did not suffer any casualties during the operations.

This comes as the Afghan forces are busy conducting clearance operations under the name of Shaheen-25 operations which were launched more than one ago to suppress the growing insurgency of ISIS terrorist group in 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.

The operations led by 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces were launched after receiving approval from the national security council of the country.

This comes as the officials were concerned that the loyalists of the terror group are attempting to expand their foothold in Nangarhar and turn the province into their regional operational base, forcing the Afghan officials as well as the US administration to resume Arclight airstrikes against the group.

Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [239 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa North
Morocco Arrests Suspected Hezbollah Financier
[USNEWS] Moroccan authorities have incarcerated
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
Kassim Tajideen, deemed by Washington a top financier of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, and plan to extradite him to the United States, a Moroccan security source close to the case said on Tuesday.

Tajideen was arrested on March 12 at Casablanca airport on an arrest warrant issued two days earlier by Interpol's Washington office for alleged fraud, money laundering and financing of terrorist activities, the source told Rooters.

He was in transit from Guinea's capital, Conakry, on his way to Beirut, said the source, who was not authorized to speak to the media.

Morocco's Interior Ministry declined to comment and the Ministry of Justice did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The U.S. Department of Treasury designated Tajideen, a Lebanese and Sierra Leonean national, a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in May 2009, calling him "an important financial contributor to Hezbollah".

In 2010, the Treasury Department hit Tajideen's brothers, Husayn and Ali, with sanctions for allegedly providing support to the Iranian-backed group. It said that Ali was once a Hezbollah commander in Leb.

U.S. sanctions have targeted the brothers' network of businesses in real estate, construction, diamonds and the food trade in Gambia
... The Gambia is actually surrounded by Senegal on all sides but its west coast. It has a population of about 1.7 million. The difference between the two is that in colonial days Senegal was ruled by La Belle France and The Gambia (so-called because there's only one of it, unlike Guinea, of which there are the Republic of Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, New Guinea, the English coin in circulation between 1663 and 1813, and Guyana, which sounds like it should be another one) was ruled by Britain...
, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of the Congo
...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo aka Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material...
, Angola and the British Virgin Islands.

Rooters was unable to reach members of the Tajideen family for comment. Hezbollah has previously denied U.S. accusations that it is linked to money-laundering.

Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah


LNA soldiers accused of ‘heinous’ war crimes after Ganfouda victory
[Libya Herald] The exhumation and apparent mutilation of the corpse of Islamist leader Jamal Makhzoum has been condemned as an "heinous" war crime by the Libyan Nation Commission for Human Rights (LNCHR).

In a widely-shared social media video, the clearly-decomposing body of Makhzoum is shown strapped to the front of a car, kicked and then paraded by Libyan National Army (LNA) fighters. In an act of celebration they also shoot their guns in the air.

The LNA is accused of committing a war crime by the LNCHR, who described the incident as a "despicable and heinous crime incompatible with human values."

Article 15 of the first 1949 Geneva Convention states parties to conflict when dealing with dead bodies must "prevent their being despoiled." The LNCHR argued it was a "flagrant violation of the rules of law and international humanitarian law."

In other photographs, dead murderous Moslems can be seen thrown on top of each other, sprawled across the ground. LNA fighters also pose with the bodies and take ’selfies.’

The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC) announced this week that Makhzoum, their former leader, had been killed in Ganfouda.

LNA front man Ahmed Mismari said yesterday they had found a mass grave of Islamist myrmidons, including Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
commanders and the corpse of Makhzoum. Mismari said the Red Islamic Thingy was going to be recovering the other bodies.

Many social media users have said how disgusting the footage is. Some compare the behaviour of the soldiers to that of the so-called Islamist State. Images of hanged and mutilated corpses from the Qadaffy era have also been shared.

There has in addition been condemnation of the silence thus far of international diplomats.

The LNCHR called on the Benghazi attorney-general and the House of Representatives to open an investigation immediately.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy had come up with a new idea, one that didn't involve kerosene...
the Moslem Brüderbund-linked Justice and Construction Party deplored the incident and in its turn called on human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
organizations to investigate.

Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top|| File under: Ansar al-Sharia

#1  Many social media users have said how disgusting the footage is.

Apparently nobody remembers the Apache. Then again, they didn't have social media in the 19th century.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/22/2017 8:29 Comments || Top||

#2  "despicable and heinous crime incompatible with human values"

So mutilation of a corpse as a crime is distinguishable from creating the corpse?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/22/2017 10:17 Comments || Top||

#3  "despicable and heinous crime incompatible with human values"

Maybe the women could just volunteer to be raped instead?
Posted by: gorb || 03/22/2017 11:01 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Soddys attacked in Taiz
Dozens of Saudi-paid mercenaries were killed and others wounded when the Yemeni army and popular forces hit on Tuesday their gatherings in the north of Mokha district of Taiz province, a military official told Saba.

Moreover, the national army bombed a military vehicle of the mercenaries in the operation, the official added.

The Yemeni Army and Popular Committees also struck the Saudi sites in Najran in response to Saudi air raids on various residential areas in Yemen.
Posted by: badanov || 03/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Britain
Jihadi car and knife attack: Parliament in lockdown
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Four-wheel drive car said to have driven over Westminster Bridge knocking down pedestrians this afternoon

  • Knifeman then got into the grounds of Parliament where he reportedly stabbed a police officer

  • The 'middle-aged' attacker was then shot by armed officers as the area was cleared by emergency services

  • Parliament was suspended and the Prime Minister was rushed from the scene in an unmarked police car
Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2017 11:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1586 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  "middle aged Asian"? Time will tell
Posted by: Jan || 03/22/2017 11:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Could it be the 1st Mennonite Knife Brigade? I heard he was shouting "Christ is the Redeemer" when he was taken down.
Posted by: jpal || 03/22/2017 11:52 Comments || Top||

#3 
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 11:54 Comments || Top||

#4  subsequent reports are that, yes, attacker was viewed as 'Asian' by witnesses

's coverage is here.

and below
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/22/man-shot-police-outside-parliament-officer-reportedly-shoots/
Posted by: lord garth || 03/22/2017 12:03 Comments || Top||

#5  So Brits, how do you feel about creating Palestinian Nation now?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/22/2017 12:11 Comments || Top||

#6  It's pakistan that we regret.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 12:40 Comments || Top||

#7  Don't worry London. The Mayor's got your back!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 12:41 Comments || Top||

#8  Both the Daily Mail and lord garth's Telegraph article are being updated as information comes in. According to the police this is being treated as a terrorist incident. A dozen pedestrians were injured, some seriously, when the "Asian" drove onto the sidewalk on the bridge before crashing into the fence around the Parliament building, one women was killed and another person fell into the river. The Daily Mail has a photo of the man they describe as the jihadi: decidedly tan, neatly bearded, with a neat bandage on the left side of his abdoman, on a stretcher about to be put into an ambulance. Prime Minister Theresa May was immediately evacuated to Downing Street while the rest of the MPs were locked down until they could be safely escorted out of the building by gun toting guards.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2017 13:04 Comments || Top||

#9  Jan, in England Asian often means Pakistani.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/22/2017 13:15 Comments || Top||

#10 

And it's Islam...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 13:16 Comments || Top||

#11  >in England Asian often means Pakistani.

Only in the MSM when they try not to say Muslim.

Asian used to imply Chinese..

FUCK the MSM
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 13:17 Comments || Top||

#12  Thank you for the photo, Bright Pebbles.

The Telegraph is updating faster at the moment: two now dead, "up to three" (an odd formulation) of the wounded are police officers, the jihadi had two knives, not just one. The car is a grey Hyundai i40, whatever that is. And young schoolchildren on a tour were set to singing to keep everyones' spirits up, a clever idea by their teachers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2017 13:46 Comments || Top||

#13  'Asian' knifeman? They still can't say radical Islamic terrorist?
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/22/2017 13:54 Comments || Top||

#14  Link to video of crashed car
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 14:01 Comments || Top||

#15 

Number Plate EX66RWO black Hyundai

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 14:08 Comments || Top||

#16  US Judges will have blood on their hands when this happens here.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/22/2017 14:12 Comments || Top||

#17  US Judges will have blood on their hands when this happens here.

And, may - just maybe, that's what Trump is waiting for - after all, just blocking Muslim influx now won't solve the problem.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/22/2017 14:17 Comments || Top||

#18  Reports name the Westminster terrorist suspect as hate preacher Abu Izzadeen (Trevor Brooks) from Clapton in Hackney

A VERY KNOWN wolf if true...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 14:28 Comments || Top||

#19  Coded 4chan Post Hinted at Westminster Attack a Day in Advance
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 14:36 Comments || Top||

#20  Islamic extremists jailed for "serious and deliberate" breach of counter-terrorism restrictions

Simon Keeler and Trevor Brooks had been ordered to notify police in advance of overseas travel but were arrested in Turkey heading for Romania
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 14:44 Comments || Top||

#21  "Then I saw a second person down, and I started filming, then I saw three more people down, one of them bleeding profusely."

...and he kept filming.
Because, well video fame lasts. Lives don't.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/22/2017 14:50 Comments || Top||

#22 

It does look like it's Trevor...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 14:51 Comments || Top||

#23 
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 14:53 Comments || Top||

#24 
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 14:54 Comments || Top||

#25  Mr. Abu Izzadeen has appeared 25 times in the Rantburg archives since 2004. His allegiance was originally to al-Muhajiroun. He also has gone by the name Omar Brooks, and is of Jamaican, not Indian subcontinent ancestry. He converted to Islam at age 17. Are his wife and children still in Turkey, or did they rejoin him in Britain?
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2017 15:05 Comments || Top||

#26  Bright Pebbles, thank you for doing so much to update us on the latest details of this story as they come out.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2017 15:13 Comments || Top||

#27 
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 15:18 Comments || Top||

#28  This attack will be out of the MSM news cycle within 24 hours.
Posted by: Nero White 3083 || 03/22/2017 15:47 Comments || Top||

#29  OK, I'm fascinated. What in #23 and #24 earned the "stupid posts" display for Bright Pebbles (of all people!)?
Posted by: Barbara || 03/22/2017 15:52 Comments || Top||

#30  The Telegraph: Mr. Abu Izzadeen is now dead, along with the first police officer stabbed and two others. Twenty wounded. No confirmation there that the jihadi is known wolf Mr. Abu Izzadeen AKA Trevor Brooks AKA Omar Brooks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2017 15:59 Comments || Top||

#31  "Mr. Abu Izzadeen is now dead, [GOOD! Burn in Hell, you worthless bastard] along with the first police officer stabbed and two others [Terrible. May their families find peace.]."
Posted by: Barbara || 03/22/2017 16:02 Comments || Top||

#32  or perhaps it's not him....
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 16:08 Comments || Top||

#33  I'm with Barbara. Why the derogatory graphic?
Posted by: Nero White 3083 || 03/22/2017 16:09 Comments || Top||

#34  @Barbara I deleted them myself as they were iffy sources.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 16:09 Comments || Top||


#36  Bring back the sink trap. I want to see deleted posts.
Posted by: Herb McCoy7309 || 03/22/2017 17:20 Comments || Top||

#37  [i]US Judges will have blood on their hands when this happens here.[/i]

I would hope the net is a lot larger than that when this happens here. I want every single legislator pushed against the wall who claimed that our national security is "a sensitive topic" or some other RUBBISH as for their reasons to oppose enforcing our borders. Fuck them, and may they pay the price for their foolishness and treachery.
Posted by: Crusader || 03/22/2017 17:43 Comments || Top||

#38  Looks like "our" MSM are not exactly telling the truth about the number of injured.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/22/2017 19:30 Comments || Top||

#39  Thanks, #34 BP. Whew! I was worried there for a minute.
Posted by: Barbara || 03/22/2017 19:46 Comments || Top||

#40  #39 Thanks, #34 BP. Whew! I was worried there for a minute.

Me, too. My first thought was "OMG! He's swapped bodies with Roseanne Barr."
Posted by: SteveS || 03/22/2017 20:06 Comments || Top||


Britain follows US in electronics ban on flights from Middle East
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Britannia will follow the United States in banning carry-on electronic goods from passanger cabins on inbound flghts from Egypt, Jordan, Leb, 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...
, Tunisia and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
"Our top priority will always be to maintain the safety of British nationals," a front man said after the US imposed a similar ban, warning that snuffies plan to target planes with bombs in electronic devices.

The United States warned on Tuesday that snuffies plan to target passenger jets with bombs hidden in electronic devices, and banned carrying them onto flights from 10 Middle East airports.

Senior US officials told news hounds that nine airlines from eight countries had been given 96 hours, beginning at 3:00 am, to ban devices bigger than a cellphone or smartphone from the cabin.
The Times of Israel adds:
US and British officials said Tuesday the decision to bar laptops and tablets from the cabins of some international flights wasn’t based on any specific threat but on longstanding concerns about Death Eaters targeting jetliners.
Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [438 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


#2  Useful information, Besoeker. Thank you.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2017 14:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Booming sales in airport bookstores.
Soon someone will realize paper is combustible.

1. Soak pages in binary exothermic solution
2. dry
3. rehydrate in Lavatory
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/22/2017 17:45 Comments || Top||


Europe
German Teens Convicted for Jihadist Attack on Sikh Temple
[AnNahar] A German court Tuesday sentenced three teenage boys to up to seven years in juvenile detention over a jihadist attack on an Indian wedding that badly maimed a Sikh priest.

The three Lion of Islams, all 16 at the time, set off a home-made bomb in April last year outside a prayer hall where a Sikh community wedding was taking place, also leaving two others with lesser injuries.

The youths, who were born in Germany, had met on social media after being radicalized by ultra-fundamentalist Salafist Moslems, and got together to commit the attack in the western city of Essen.

Two of them, identified only as T. and B. because they are minors, were sentenced to seven years and six years and nine months respectively for attempted murder.

The third, identified only as I., was given six years for complicity.

Prosecutors charge they had sought to kill "non-believers" with a device they had built from a fire extinguisher shell and chemicals ordered from online shopping site Amazon.

The power of the blast destroyed the door of the temple and blew out window frames.

A priest was left with a fractured foot bone and has been unable to resume his ministry, said the court.

Two other people suffered superficial cuts.

"The motive of the attack was hatred against other religions. The accused were already radicalized before the act," said the court in a statement.

There were no indications that the attack was linked 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....
group, it added.
Ynet adds location, a key piece of information An Nahar somehow missed:
The boys had been radicalized for some time before the April 16 attack in the western city of Essen and had been in contact with ultraconservative Moslems known as Salafists
...Salafists are ostentatiously devout Moslems who figure the ostentation of their piety gives them the right to tell others how to do it and to kill those who don't listen to them...
, the Essen state court said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2017 01:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  because they are minors, were sentenced to seven years and six years and nine months respectively for attempted murder

The boys had been radicalized for some time before

So it wasn't their fault because their immature minds and lack of life experience couldn't properly assess the consequences of their actions. Will they be more able to deal with life after living in a closet the next 7 years?

The parents were not complicit?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/22/2017 10:11 Comments || Top||


Swedish Police In Trollhattan Attacked by ‘Youths’
[BREITBART] Several Swedish police were attacked by a large gang of "youths" who went on a rampage armed with rocks and fireworks in the city of Trollhattan over the weekend.

On Sunday evening a group of around 20 to 30 young men rioted and caused havoc in the Kronogården district of Trollhattan. Police say the youths were armed with rocks and fireworks, which they used to smash up a bus shelter. When police arrived on the scene, the gang attacked them with rocks that were so large they disabled their police car, Nyheter Idag reports.

An eyewitness told the paper: "They attacked police and the guards inside the area, in Kronogården. It was preceded by two powerful kabooms. I thought ’this is no firecracker, these are some bombs that have gone off’. Those were real f***ing bangs, two around twenty minutes apart."

Police officer Goran Carlbom said the incident began shortly after 7 pm. Police received a call that a gang of youths were causing trouble in the area. "There was a call regarding young people who fired rockets. Then it escalated to the shooting at a bus shelter," Carlbom said.

Police struggled to get the situation under control, with the riot continuing for three hours until after 10 pm. So far, none of the youths involved in the incident has been caught or placed in durance vile
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
, and no one has been reported as being injured.

This riot is reminiscent of the much larger riot that took place in the often-cited "No-Go Zone" of Rinkeby in February. The Rinkeby riots saw multiple vehicles burned by residents of the heavily migrant-populated Stockholm suburb. While the Rinkeby riots were sparked by the arrest of a local youth, the cause of the Trollhatten riot remains unknown.

Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [437 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Youths, indubitably in Trump's employ?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/22/2017 11:59 Comments || Top||

#2  So if Hatten ~ the German haben
and Man-hatten roughly corresponds to 'to have, to hold, to contain', man,
then what does that portend for TrollHattan?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/22/2017 17:40 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
20 militants surrender to Punjab Rangers
At least 20 militants, including a BSN commander, surrendered to Pakistan Rangers on Tuesday and informed the authorities that they had been funded and supported by the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of India, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations.

The statement from the military’s media wing added that the militants were funded by RAW through Brahamdagh Bugti.

The militant commander who surrendered today said the group was kept misinformed and apologised for their past deeds, added the ISPR.

The ISPR further added that the surrendering commander had also appealed to other militants to lay down their arms.
Posted by: badanov || 03/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [307 views] Top|| File under:


Census team attacked in Charsadda, policeman injured
One policeman was injured when a census team came under attack in Mandni area of Charsadda. The security personnel retaliated and shot injured the attacker who was later arrested.

This incident occurred when a security team accompanying census officials in Charsadda was attacked, DawnNews reported.

The attacker was taken into custody in injured condition and moved to an undisclosed location.

Earlier this month, one Frontier Constabulary (FC) soldier laid his life while another was injured in a suicide attack on an FC training centre in Charsadda's Shabqadar area.

The attackers tried to sneak into the training facility in the wee hours to “cause maximum casualties,” FC Commandant Liaqat Ali Khan had said, “but the guards quickly responded and neutralised the attackers”.

In February, security forces had killed three suicide attackers who attempted to wreak havoc at a local court in Charsadda district.

DSP Charsadda Fayaz Khan said five civilians have been killed in the attack, which the proscribed Jamaat-ul-Ahraar (JuA) claimed.

Pakistan’s largest-ever population census started on March 15 in 63 districts of the country amid tight security after a delay of 19 years.

The Pakistan Army, Frontier Constabulary, police, Frontier Corps and levies force personnel had been deployed in KP and Fata to provide security to the census staff members.

Posted by: badanov || 03/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Tearing down the "caliphate": on the frontline against Islamic State in Mosul
[NEWSTATESMAN] 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....
is steadily losing djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
and in Iraq, at least, the end of the so-called caliphate is in sight. In Abu Saif, state forces found the corpses of imported muscle and, hiding, an IS operative who was still alive.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [392 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Mosul Offensive News


Iranian militias continue advance in western Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Pro-Iraqi government paramilitary forces advanced Tuesday towards central Mosul from the western gate, further tightening the noose around Islamic State extremists already fighting government troops there.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units)said through its media its forces passed through the “Syria Gate” and reached to the outskirts of Mosul from the western side.

“The forces are now 15 kilometers away from Mosul,” said al-Hashd media service.

Iraqi government forces recaptured eastern Mosul in January and launched an offensive in February to recapture the western region. Al-Hashd al-Shaabi, an alliance of Shia militias fighting IS on the government’s side, have mostly been active around IS strongholds towns near the borders with Syria, especially the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul. They claimed weeks earlier to have severed the road between Tal Afar and Mosul, as well between Tal Afar and Syria.

Iraqi troops are currently working to retake central Mosul districts from IS militants, specifically eyeing the city’s grand mosque where the group’s self-styled “Caliphate” was declared in 2014. Police forces said they were approaching the mosque over the past few days.

On Tuesday, the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said airstrikes by Iraqi fighter jets destroyed an Islamic State booby-trapped vehicle in al-Seha neighborhood which was meant for detonation targeting security troops.
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Iraqi forces capture more facilities in central Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi security forces controlled more government and commercial facilities in central Mosul on Tuesday, while three suicide bombers were killed by the troops, according to police sources.

Cap. Amir Watheq, from the Nineveh police force, told BasNews that security forces took over some citizens’ services, commercial and telecommunication facilities in central Mosul after recapturing the Nineveh, Bata and al-Kotob streets.

Meanwhile, col. Khodeir Saleh told the website that three suicide bombers belonging to the Islamic State were killed before they targeted civilians in Mosul a-Jadida district.

Iraqi government troops launched a major offensive in February to retake western Mosul from Islamic State militants. The troops recaptured the eastern side of IS’s largest stronghold in Iraq in January.

Since launching the offensive on western Mosul, Iraqi forces recaptured the city’s government complex, airport and biggest military base from militants, claiming control recently over at least 60 percent of territory.

Troops’ commanders said one day ago they became much closer to the city’s grand mosque where IS supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the establishment of the group’s rule in Iraq in 2014.

Iraqi commanders had admitted that battles in western Mosul were tougher compared to the east as IS fighters positioned in the middle of densely-populated and narrowly-structured residential areas, relying on snipers and booby-traps to hold off the advancing security forces. Bad weather has also slowed down operations over the past few days and forced troops to change tactics.
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Iraqi forces capture more areas in western Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Forces from al-Hashd al-Shaabi, backed by the 9th armored brigade and Army Aviation, resumed military operations to reinforce the western side of Badush vicinity and its surrounding areas.

According to a statement released by the media office of al-Hashd al-Shaabi, the operations resulted in the liberation of the residential complex, the villages of al-Jadida and al-Damerji al-Saghira and Arheiya area, as well as recapturing a communication system belonging to the Islamic State terrorist group.

Furthermore, the operations also destroyed four booby-trapped vehicles, before reaching their targets, in addition to killing and wounding a number of militants by a rocket attack launched by al-Hashd al-Shaabi.

Iraqi forces advance towards Iron Bridge

[ARA News] Iraqi forces are advancing into the old city of Mosul as they move closer to the Iron Bridge, Pentagon press operations director Navy Capt. Jeff Davis confirmed.

“Their line of advance is a little like a triangle,” the spokesman said. “They’re pointed right at the bridge.”

Taking the Iron Bridge will mean Iraqi forces control three of the five bridges that span the Tigris River and connect the old city with Mosul’s modern city center.

Davis said the location of the Iraqis as they approach the old city is symbolically important, because they are closing in on the al Nuri Mosque, where in 2014 the Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed himself the head of the so-called caliphate stretching from Syria to Iraq.

The Iraqi forward line of troops is in extremely dense urban terrain, which is not easy to get through, Davis pointed out on the 30th day of operations to liberate western Mosul.

“Clearly ISIS has had a lot of time to dig in and place house-borne [homemade bombs], sniper positions, tunnels and other things they can do to make this [advance] very challenging,” he said. “Enemy resistance remains very fierce in the narrow streets of the old part of this city.”

Davis said the counterterrorism service, federal police and emergency response division continue to make small advances to back clear their sections and defend in place in the western half of the city.

As the Iraqi forces close in on the Nuri Mosque, about 900 meters of fighting remain, Davis said: “Its capture will be a blow for the Islamic State.”

Experts expect that the Mosul operation could be finished within a few months.
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5 die in bomb attack in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) A security source in Salahuddin Province revealed that nine civilians were either killed or wounded, in a bomb blast that targeted families fleeing Islamic State-held areas, north of the province, Alsumaria News reported on Tuesday.

The source said that five civilians were killed and four others were wounded, this evening, in the explosion of an improvised explosive device, planted by the Islamic State group in the area of Hamrin Mountains, north of Salahuddin.

The explosion was targeting families fleeing the Islamic State-held areas in Hawija District and the surrounding areas, the source added on condition of anonymity.

Furthermore, the source explained that the Islamic State militants planted explosives and bombs to target the families, which are trying to flee on daily basis.

Iraq is witnessing an extraordinary security situation, where ongoing military operations take place to drive out the Islamic State, while the US-led international coalition intensifies its air strikes on the group’s headquarters.
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Anbar Antix
3 die dismantling bomb near Fallujah

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Baghdad Operations Command announced on Tuesday, that two members of the army’s Engineering Teams were killed and another one was wounded, while dismantling an improvised explosive device, south of Fallujah.

The media office of Baghdad Operations Command said in a statement that the Engineering Teams of the army’s 6th brigade were trying to dismantle an improvised explosive device in al-Numaniya area, south of Fallujah.

The explosive device exploded, while the teams were trying to dismantle it, killing two members and wounding another one, the statement added.

Earlier today, another improvised explosive device exploded near a popular market in al-Rashidiyah area, north of the capital, Baghdad, wounding two civilians.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


1 dead in bombing in Saba al-Bour district

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A bomb blast in northern Baghdad killed one civilian and wounded two others on Tuesday, according to security sources.

Sources were quoted saying that the explosive device, placed near a blacksmith workshop in Saba al-Bour district, exploded and killed one civilian, wounding two others.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the bombings, but Islamic State militants have said
they had been responsible for several bloody explosions and attacks that hit the capital in the past months, leaving casualties among civilians and security troops.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) says violence in the country left nearly 392 dead and 613 injured, excluding security members, during February. Baghdad was the second most affected province with 120 deaths and 300 injuries, according to the organization’s monthly casualty count. It excludes death toll among security members after Iraqi authorities had asked to get such information exclusively from security commands.

Some observers believe Islamic State have begun to escalate attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October, so as to relieve pressure by government forces on that front and to divert attention from group losses. They are concerned that the group could, however, shift to a guerilla-style war and lone wolf attacks after the recapture of Mosul.

2 bomb squad members die in bomb detonation

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Two bomb squad members died Tuesday while defusing a bomb in northern Baghdad, security sources were quoted saying.

The two security members were deactivating the IED placed at al-Naimiya district, north of the capital, the source said.
Nobody has claimed responsibility for planting the bomb, but Islamic State militants have said they had been responsible for several bloody explosions and attacks that hit the capital in the past months, leaving casualties among civilians and security troops.
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Iraqi forces try to bring civilians out of west Mosul
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iraqi government forces attempted to evacuate civilians from djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
’s ISIS-held Old City on Tuesday so that troops could clear the area, but holy warrior snipers hampered the effort, Iraqi officers said.

They said the snuffies were also using civilians as human shields as government units edged towards the al-Nuri Mosque, the focus of recent fighting in the five-month-long campaign to crush ISIS in the city that was once the de facto capital of their self-proclaimed caliphate.

As many as 600,000 civilians remain in the western sector of Mosul, complicating a battle being fought with artillery and air strikes as well as ground combat. Thousands have escaped in recent days.

"Our forces control around 60 percent of the west now," Defense Ministry front man Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told a news conference in eastern Mosul. "It’s the Old City now with small streets and it’s a hard fight with civilians inside. We are trying to evacuate them.

"We are a few hundred meters from the mosque now, we are advancing on al-Nuri. We know it means a lot to ISIS," he said, using an Arab acronym for ISIS.

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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Gazan teen said killed by IDF while attempting to cross border
[IsraelTimes] Another two Paleostinians reportedly hurt by tank fire; no immediate comment from army.

Paleostinian was reportedly killed and two others were said to be injured by Israeli tank fire while attempting to cross the Gazoo border overnight Tuesday-Wednesday into Israel.

The three Paleostinians had tried to breach the border fence near Rafah in the southern Gazoo Strip when they came under fire by Israeli troops, according to the Haaretz daily.

"Youssef Abou Azra, 18, was killed and two other Paleostinians injured by artillery fire by the occupier (Israel) to the east of Rafah," the large city to the south of the Gazoo Strip, said Achraf al-Qodra, front man for the Ministry of Health in Gazoo.

The injured Paleostinians -- one seriously hurt, the other moderately injured -- were taken to a hospital in Rafah, the Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,-run health ministry said.

There was no immediate comment from the army.

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.

Earlier this month, Israeli soldiers located and disarmed two improvised bombs near the security fence surrounding the northern Gazoo Strip. 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 incident early Wednesday came as some 2,000 reserve soldiers were called up this week to simulate war in the Gazoo Strip, as part of the military’s largest planned exercise of 2017, the army said. The surprise drill began on Sunday. It was conducted by the Sinai Division, the Southern Command’s reserve division. The exercise included four reserve brigades -- two infantry and two armored brigades.

The soldiers simulated war in Gazoo, including a ground invasion into the Hamas-run coastal enclave.

The surprise drill was in addition to a smaller exercise conducted by the IDF’s Home Front Command in southern Israel this week.

The IDF spokesperson said the exercises were planned in advance and not tied to recent tensions with Gazoo and jihadists in Sinai.
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Arrest of Gaza manager exposes Hamas’s Turkish connection
[IsraelTimes] Even though Jerusalem and Ankara restored ties, organizations in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey continue to assist the Islamist terror group’s efforts to attack Israel.

The arrest and interrogation of Muhammad Murtaja, the manager of the Gazoo branch of the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), should set off alarm bells in Israel.

Murtaja was jugged
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#1  The arrest exposes deep ties between Hamas and organizations in Turkey, which is of particular concern as Jerusalem and Ankara have just restored relations after years of acrimony.

Apparently the author has been braindead asleep for the last year + while the MB Caliphate is established under Yippy
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Southeast Asia
Key Abu Sayyaf leaders believed killed, says report
[FREEMALAYSIATODAY] PETALING JAYA: Intelligence sources in the Philippines have revealed that many key leaders of terror group Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
were killed in recent operations by the military, The Star reported.

While no information has been given by the Philippines as to the identities of those who were killed, sources said that among the dead were known gunnies involved in the beheading of hostages.

Previously, the Philippine military had announced the death of Buchoy Hassan, also known as Black or Bocoi. The military said Bocoi was one of 30 Abu Sayyaf members killed in military operations against the gunnies believed to have beheaded kidnap victims.

Among their victims was Sarawakian Bernard Thien, the first Malaysian hostage to have been beheaded by the kidnap-for-ransom group.

Thien was killed on Jolo island on Nov 17, 2015.

However,
there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened...
sources believe other Abu Sayyaf leaders such as Idang Susukan and Majan Sahidjuan, also known as Apo Mike, were also killed, with many others on the run, according to The Star.

Apo Mike and Idang are among 23 Filipino nationals who were previously reported to be on the Eastern Sabah Security Command’s (Esscom) wanted list.

Those on the run include Alhabsi Misaya and Muamar Askali, or Abu Rami, the report said. Abu Rami is believe to be the group’s negotiator for the release of hostages.

Anti-kidnapping activist Professor Octavio Dinampo told the daily that Atai, an Abu Sayyaf sub-commander, had also been killed along with his wife and that of Idang.

"It is becoming more difficult for the gunnies. There has been no let up in the offensive and they have to be on the move constantly," he told The Star in a telephone interview.

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Abu Sayyaf member arrested, another surrenders
[SUNSTAR.PH] AN ABU Sayyaf member was apprehended while another voluntarily surrendered during the continuous military operation in the provinces of Basilan and Sulu.

Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) information officer Jo-ann Petinglay identified the arrested Abu Sayyaf bandit as Abdul Mushin Nur and the one who surrendered as Absara Mursalin Akbara alias Talin Amsang, 41. Petinglay said Nur, who belongs to the group of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Furuji Indama, was arrested around 11:30 a. m.

Monday, March 20, at Sitio Block 4 in the village of Bohe Pahuh, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan. She said Nur’s arrest came after a concerned citizen reported to the troops his whereabouts. The Wesmincom information officer said Akbara surrendered to the troops of the Army’s 41st Infantry Battalion around 10 a. m. Sunday at Sitio Palan in the village of Mampallam, Talipao, Sulu.

Petinglay said Akbara yielded an M-16 Armalite rifle. He was turned over to the police for the filling of appropriate charges against him. She said Akbara revealed he opted to surrender due to fear that he will be the next target of the military offensives. Akbara said he no longer feels safe as communities have been tipping-off the sanctuaries and homes of Abu Sayyaf members, according to Petinglay.

“This is an offshoot of the command's relentless focused military operations against the ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) inside their strongholds and comfort zones,” Wesmincom Chief Carlito Galvez, Jr. said.
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Philippine marine killed in clash with commies
[Malaya] A Philippine marine was killed and eight others were wounded in a firefight with communist New People's Army militants in Kalamansig town in Sultan Kudarat on Monday morning.

Army spokesman Arvin Encinas said the troops were sent to Barangay Hinalaan after they received reports that a group of militants were recruiting members in the area. He said the soldiers were fired upon by the insurgents in Sitio Tinagdaanan.

Encinas said, "They were conducting security patrol in the area because we received reports that the NPAs were recruiting," adding the marines clashed with the rebels, numbering around 10 men, for about 20 minutes.

Military spokesperson Jo-ann Petinglay said the military received reports that two of the militants were killed. She said residents saw the militants carrying their dead comrades.

In Misamis Occidental, soldiers overran an NPA camp in Tudela town, said Petinglay. She said the camp was overrun last Saturday afternoon after a clash with an undetermined number of militants belonging to the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee.
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Wanted RKK bomb maker nabbed in Thai south
[Bangkok Post] An RKK terror suspect wanted under two warrants was arrested in Yala province on Monday night. Tuanpeng Tayong was apprehended in a joint operation involving about 50 police and soldiers, who surrounded and then entered a house in Yaha district house. They also seized as evidence three mobile phones and a motorcycle modified to be fitted with a bomb.

Tuanpeng is alleged to be a bomb maker. He was wanted under two warrants. The first is for involvement in a clash with a government force in Yaha district on Sept 8, 2016. The other is in connection with a gun robbery on Oct 21, 2016. Tuanpeng faces charges of assembly of arms and men in preparation for terrorist activities, bomb making, illegally carrying and using guns in public, and attempted murder.

He is believed to be a member of an RKK separatist group led by Saudi Satapo that operates in Yaha, Kabang, Krongpinang and Bannang Sata districts of Yala.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian Army continues operations in Aleppo, Homs, Hama
The Syrian army continued advancing in Aleppo eastern countryside, controlling two more villages and striking ISIL terrorists.

The Syrian army targeted Nusra Front group in Daraa by detonating to IEDs on Gharaz highway, killing or injuring a number of militants.

Homs

In the eastern countryside of Homs, the army units killed in intensive operations a number of ISIL terrorists in the areas of al-Bareda , Talet Ayed al-Hassoun, destroying a pickup car equipped with a machinegun in Rihoum village.

Earlier, army units destroyed vehicles for al-Nusra terrorists and killed a number of them as their gatherings and positions were targeted in Um Sharshouh village and to the north of Tal Abu al-Sanabel (hill), 18 km north of Homs city, in addition to targeting a number of their fortification points in al-Houleh area, a military source said.

The terrorists Khalid al-Qadi and Mohammad al-Rashad were identified among the dead.

Hama

An army unit destroyed three armored vehicles and several fortifications for al-Nusra terrorists in the northern countryside of Hama.

A military source told SANA that the army unit targeting gatherings and fortifications of al-Nusra in al-Ziara town and al-Enqiyeh village, destroying 3 armored vehicles equipped with machineguns and two mortar bases.

The source added that a number of terrorists were killed in the operations.
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Syrian rebels launch second Damascus attack in three days
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Syrian rebels stormed a government-held area in northeastern Damascus on Tuesday for the second time in three days, sources on both sides said, pressing the boldest assault on the capital by opposition fighters in several years.

The front man for one of the main Lion of Islam groups involved in the attack told Rooters the new offensive began at 5.00 a.m., targeting an area rebel fighters had seized from government control on Sunday before being forced to retreat.

A Syrian military source told Rooters rebel fighters had entered the area, setting off a boom-mobile at the start of the attack. The source said a group of rebels that had entered the area had been encircled and were "being dealt with."

The rebel groups have launched the assault from their Eastern Ghouta stronghold to the east of the capital. Government forces have escalated military operations against Eastern Ghouta in recent weeks, seeking to tighten a siege on the area. The rebel assault aims partly to relieve that pressure.

The fighting has focused around the Abassiyin area of the northeastern Jobar district, some 2 km east of the Old City walls, at a major road junction leading into the capital.

A witness near the area heard kabooms from around 5.00 a.m., followed by festivities and the sound of warplanes overhead.

Wael Alwan, the front man of rebel group Failaq al Rahman, told Rooters: "We launched the new offensive and we restored all the points we withdrew from on Monday. We have fire control over the Abassiyin garages and began storming it."

The Syrian military source said: "They entered a narrow pocket - the same area of the (previous) breach - and now this group is being dealt with."

Bombardment

The government says the attack is being carried out by fighters of the Nusra Front, a jihadist group that was al Qaeda’s official affiliate in the Syrian war until it declared they had broken off ties last year. The Nusra Front is now part of an Death Eater alliance called Tahrir al-Sham.

The intensity of the Syrian army’s counterattack had forced the rebels to retreat from most of the areas they captured in the first attack.

The rebels have lost ground in the nearby areas of Qaboun and Barza.

A rebel commander said the Syrian army was intensifying its shelling on areas they had advanced in Jobar and towns across Eastern Ghouta.

"The bombardment is on all fronts ... there is no place that has not been hit ... the regime has burnt the area by planes and missiles," said Abu Abdo a field commander from Failaq al Rahman brigade.

The Syrian government appears to be employing the same strategy it has used to force effective surrender deals on rebels elsewhere around the capital through escalated bombardment and siege tactics.

Rebel fighters have been granted safe passage to Lion of Islam-held areas of northern Syria under such agreements.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict, said at least 143 air raids were conducted by the Syrian army on rebel held eastern parts of Damascus, mostly targeting Jobar, since the rebels launched their offensive.

Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Leveler of Latakia...
and the Syrian army, along with allied Russian, Iranian and Shi’ite militia forces, have the upper hand in the war for western Syria, with a steady succession of military victories over the past 18 months.

For rebels, however, their first such large scale foray in over four years inside the capital has shown they are still able to wage offensive actions despite their string of defeats.

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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition
ISIS kidnaps 6 kops in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants kidnapped six Iraqi police officers early Monday during encounters with security forces in central Mosul, news reports quoted security sources saying.

Saad al-Leithi, an officer at the Iraqi Federal Police service, was quoted by Anadolu Agency saying the six officers, including a brigadier general, were kidnapped from Bab al-Jadid district, an area which police said they recaptured a week earlier.

He said the officers were ambushed by IS militants during an incursion in the district. They ran out of ammunition and made futile calls for help, he added.

The development came as security troops continue to sweep through districts near the Old City, a strategic district which Iraqi commanders say is necessary to recapture to ensure victory against Islamic State in western Mosul.

The police command said over the past few days troops were approaching the Grand Nuri al-Kabir Mosque, an old mosque where Islamic State supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made a speech in 2014 to declare the establishment of the “Islamic Caliphate” rule in Iraq. Retaking of the mosque would be a remarkable, symbolic development in Iraqi troops’ operations against IS.

On Tuesday, Federal Police chief Shaker Jawdat said he had deployed tens of snipers above buildings near the mosque.

“Our forces have evacuated hundreds of civilians in order to isolate terrorist elements and deprive them of their human shields before invading the area and retaking control over the mosque,” Jawdat stated.

Iraqi forces recaptured eastern Mosul in January after three months of fighting, and launched another offensive in February to retake the west.
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