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Afghanistan
Pentagon: US drone strike in Afghanistan killed a senior Al-Qaeda militant
[DW] The US military has confirmed that a US dronezap in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 killed the senior al-Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin. He had been linked to numerous attacks in his native Pakistain.

Qari Yasin was killed in a US dronezap in Barmal District of Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
Province in Afghanistan. Three of his accomplices were also reportedly killed in the strike.

"The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that holy warriors who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice," US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement.

Yasin was accused of plotting the 2008 bombing on a Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that killed dozens of people, including two US service members.

Yasin was affiliated with several terrorist organizations and had assisted bad boy outfits Jundallah
..."Soldiers of God," a name used by two separate terror outfits, one active in Iran and the other in Pakistain. Both are Sunni organizations that target Shiites. The Pak version has close relations with al-Qaeda and the Pak Talibs and is probably a false nose and mustache for Lashkar-e-Jhangvi...
and al-Qaeda in several attacks.

Yasin - a native of the Pak region of Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
who had ties to the Tehrik-e-Taliban group - was wanted by the Federal Investigation Agency for attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009, GHQ Rawalpindi, ISI Lahore Office, Marriott Hotel and a kaboom at Data Darbar Lahore, among other terrorist attacks.

Yasin was also believed to be behind attacks on Pakistain Army colonel and Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

Home Minister Shuja Khanzada and former President Pervez Perv Musharraf
... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ...
.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2017 00:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


2 ISIS leaders among 22 killed in Nangarhar province
At least twenty two militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in a series of airstrikes conducted in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in Eastern Afghanistan said the airstrikes were carried out on Friday in the vicinity of Nazian district.

The source further added that the militants were targeted in Milwa area of Nazian district.

The ISIS leaders killed in the airstrikes have been identified as Shino and Zargul.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in eastern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed militant groups have recently increased their insurgency activities in some parts of the province during the recent years.

Both the Afghan and US forces conducted regular strikes against the loyalists of the terror group in this province.

The increased raids, usually involving drone strikes, by the US forces followed a broader role granted by the Obama administration earlier last year.

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are also conducting counter-terrorism operations led by 201st Silab Corps which were launched last month to eliminate the loyalists of the terror group from this province.
Posted by: badanov || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Security forces detain 6 in Herat
The Afghan Intelligence operatives have arrested a group of six militants involved in major terrorist activities in western Herat province of Afghanistan.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said the militants were arrested during an operation conducted by the Special Forces of the Afghan Intelligence.

The statement further added that the group was led by commander Safiullah.
The other militants detained have been identified as Mushfiq, Wahidullah, Ghulam Mohammad, Baharuddin, and Syed Esa.

According to NDS, the group was actively involved in some major terrorist related activities in the vicinity of Enjil district.

The detained militants have confessed that they were involved in the murder of two police officers, one policeman, and several other terrorist activities.

Herat is among the relatively calm provinces in western Afghanistan but the anti-government armed militant groups are active in some of its remote districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

The province also witnessed deadly clashes among the rival Taliban groups last year and earlier this year which left scores of people dead.
Posted by: badanov || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under:


Sar-e-Pul mosque bomb plot uncovered
A deadly plot by the anti-government armed militants to detonate explosives inside a mosque in northern Sar-e-Pul province has been foiled by the Afghan security forces.

According to the local government officials, the militants were looking to target the Friday prayers in Guzar Shahan mosque.

Provincial governor Mohammad Mohammad Zahir Wahdat said a suspect has been arrested in connection to the planting of an Improvised Explosive Device inside the mosque.

He said the suspect has been identified as Basir and was arrested by the security forces after he planted the IED in the mosque.

Wahdat further added that the Afghan security forces managed to detect and defuse the IED before the militants manage to detonate and a deadly terrorist attack plot was foiled.

Sar-e-Pul province has been among the relatively calm provinces since the fall of the Taliban regime but the anti-government armed militants have increased their insurgency activities in this province during the recent years.

The anti-government armed militants including the Taliban insurgents frequently use Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces and government officials.

According to the UN mission in Afghanistan, it documented 11,418 civilian casualties between 1st January 2016 to 31st December, 2016.

According to the report, 61 percent of all civilian casualties were incurred through attacks by the anti-government elements which includes a total of 6,994 civilian casualties (2,131 deaths and 4,863 injured).
Posted by: badanov || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [239 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Horn
Wadajir district secretary killed in Dive-by shooting
[ShabelleNews] Unidentified assailants have bumped off the secretary of Wadair district district official in a drive-by shooting in Mogadishu on Saturday morning, witnesses and officials said.

The official who was identified as Abdirahman Ahmed Alasow was killed after gunnies in vehicle blocked his car and sprayed it with bullets near Korontada Junction in Wadajir district.

The unknown assailants had been trailing the official, before he was killed, sources said.

According to the witnesses, Mr Alasow was rubbed out, along with three of bodyguards in the drive-by shooting carried out by suspected Al shabaab members who later expeditiously departed at a goodly pace.

No group has yet claimed credit for the shooting dead of Alasow, but his murder was the latest in a string of attacks on the civil servants and security force members in the capital.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Roadside bomb, sniper kill 4 policemen in Egypt's Sinai
[Ynet] A pair of attacks by suspected Islamic bandidos Death Eaters on Saturday killed four coppers and injured six others in the turbulent north of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, according to security officials, bringing to 16 the number of coppers and soldiers known to have been slain in the area in three days.

They said three coppers were killed when their armored vehicle hit a roadside kaboom south of Sinai's coastal city of el-Arish. Six more coppers were maimed in that attack.

Later on Saturday, a policeman manning a checkpoint also south of el-Arish was killed by a sniper's bullet, they said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Police clash with anti-Christian mob in southern Egypt
[Ynet] Police have used tear gas to disperse an angry mob of Moslems approaching Christian homes in southern Egypt.

The Friday festivities injured four coppers and seven of the Moslem villagers. Police have made eight arrests.

The trouble in the Moheidat district south of the ancient city of Luxor began when Moslem villagers suspected that a Christian teenager who allegedly converted to Islam was being held captive by her family as punishment. Her relatives deny the charge.
Whether she was kidnapped and forced to convert or she fell in love with a Muslim and converted willingly, no backsies are permitted.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [393 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
Central Congo militia decapitates 40 police officers in ambush
[Ynet] KINSHASA -- Militia fighters in central 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...
decapitated about 40 coppers in an ambush, local officials said on Saturday, the deadliest attack on security forces since an insurrection in the region began last August.

The Kamuina Nsapu forces of Evil attacked the police on Friday as they drove from Tshikapa to Kananga. The militia members stole arms and vehicles, Francois Kalamba, speaker of the Kasai provincial assembly, told Rooters.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
Saudi forces kill 17 Houthi militias attempting to breach border
[AlArabiya] Saudi forces killed at least 17 Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militias who attempted to breach the border with 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...
on Saturday.

The snuffies tried to breach the border near Al Khubah village in the province of Jazan. While stationed in border villages on the Yemeni side, snuffies attempted to launch missile attacks against Saudi army posts in recent weeks.

At least three vehicles belonging to the militias were also destroyed in the counter-attack on Saturday.

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

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

Jack wiped some of the blood from his knuckles.

No, he said. Do you?...

senior Houthi militia leader Abdulmalik Al Dulaimi was confirmed killed during an air strike in the Saada region of Yemen after attempting to cross the border with 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...
near Najran.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Saudi navy disarms Houthi-installed mines in the Red Sea
[AlArabiya] Saudi navy forces confirmed they have dismantled several naval mines deployed by Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militias in the Red Sea.

Several of the naval mines were found near the southwestern port city of Mokha aimed at targeting international shipping boats.

Forces allied with the internationally-recognized government of 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...
seized control of the strategic Red Sea port near Mokha in January waging an assault against Houthi militias.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [376 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  This is much more dangerous than the article describes. Here is an article from Covert Shores:
New threat to international shipping in the Red Sea
Posted by: Frozen Al || 03/26/2017 12:59 Comments || Top||

#2  good link, thanks, Frozen Al
Posted by: Frank G || 03/26/2017 15:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Very much appreciated, Frozen Al.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2017 17:28 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Four killed, scores injured in suicide blast outside Sylhet den
[DhakaTribune] In the middle of an ongoing joint operation to penetrate a murderous Moslem hideout in Sylhet’s Shibbari, a jacket wallah went kaboom! himself outside, killing at least three people. Around 40 others were maimed.

Such a suicide attack on an unsuspecting crowd is the first of its kind in Bangladesh.
The bomb went off around 6:45pm on Saturday in the middle of a crowd of at least 500-600 people who were standing about 250 metres from the murderous Moslem den.

Three of the injured died at Osmani Medical College Hospital. They were Court Inspector Abu Kawser, local Chhatra League
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [313 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)


Islamic State’s Amaq reports bomb blast in Sylhet
[DhakaTribune] 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....
’s news outlet, Amaq, has reported the suicide kaboom that killed six people in Shibbari, Sylhet on Saturday evening.

It reported on its Telegram channel that the kaboom, that took place near the Lion of Islam den that law enforcement and the army were raiding, had killed "tens of people."

However,
a hangover is the wrath of grapes...
the short message did not call it a suicide kaboom or claim any responsibility.

Tasneem Khalil, a Sweden-based journalist specialising in terrorism, provided this rough translation of the original Arabic broadcast: "A security official/source to Amaq: Tens of dead and injured among Bangladeshi troops following the kaboom of an bomb at a gathering of troops/forces near a checkpoint in Sylhet, northeast of Bangladesh."
The Times of Israel adds:
Sylhet police front man Zedan Al Musa said police primarily blame a new faction of the homegrown Lion of Islam group, Jamayetul ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), which has been blamed for a wave of attacks in recent years, for the blasts.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Six Russian Troops Killed as Rebels Attack Chechen Base
[AnNahar] Six Russian troops died in the early hours of Friday when a group of Lions of Islam attacked their base in Chechnya, with six rebels killed in the resulting shootout, the National Guard said.

Russia's National Guard, established last year, is a new branch of internal troops aimed at defending borders and countering extremism.

It is subordinate directly to President Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
and has bases in the country's volatile North Caucasus regions including Chechnya.

In a statement, the National Guard said the rebels tried to storm their base in heavy fog at around 2:30 am local time (Thursday 2330 GMT) but were spotted by a group of soldiers who opened fire.

"Six of the attackers were destroyed," the statement said. "During the armed combat, six military were killed and there are maimed."

None of the Lions of Islam managed to enter the base, the National Guard said.

Counter-terrorism troops, Sherlocks and explosives experts from the security forces are at the scene, it said.

Chechnya was the scene of two separatist wars in the 1990s and early 2000s, but the region has been largely pacified under the iron-fisted rule of strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Two National Guard soldiers were killed in a Chechen village in January during a joint operation with police and special forces in which four suspected holy warriors were also killed.

The Russian North Caucasus is one of the major sources of foreign jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq.

In January Kadyrov said his forces had detained more than 50 Lions of Islam 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....
jihadist group in a security operation.

Islamic State group claims Chechnya attack: SITE

[AlAhram] The Islamic State (IS) hard boy group grabbed credit for an attack Friday on a Russian military base in Chechnya, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors Islamist hard boy communications.

Six attackers stormed "a military base of the Russian National Guard close to Naurskaya village in northwestern Grozny in Chechnya," the IS statement said. "They clashed with those at the base with light weapons for several hours."

The statement said all of the assailants died during the attack, which killed six Russian soldiers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Europe
Two Charged over Arms Supply to French Airport Attacker
[AnNahar] French anti-terrorism judges have charged two men suspected of involvement in supplying a weapon to the gunman killed at Gay Paree's Orly airport after attacking soldiers, a judicial source said Saturday.

The suspects, aged 30 and 43, were charged Friday for "association with terrorist criminals" over the March 18 attack and are being held in jug, the source said.

The younger one was also charged with arms possession related to a terror plot. They are both from the Gay Paree area and lived close to the assailant, Ziyed Ben Belgacem,
...yet another older, violent petty criminal who suddenly decided to redeem himself by committing jihad not far from home...
according to a preliminary investigation.
Just being neighbourly, donchaknow.
Ben Belgacem, 39, was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he attacked the capital's second busiest airport, according to judicial sources.

Ben Belgacem, born in La Belle France to Tunisian parents, grabbed a soldier on patrol at Orly's southern terminal and put a gun to her head and seized her rifle, saying he wanted to "die for Allah".

His father insisted his son -- who had spent time in prison for armed robbery and drug-dealing -- was not a holy warrior.

He had, however, been investigated in 2015 over suspicions he had been radicalised while serving jail time, but his name did not feature on the list of those thought to pose a high risk.

The attack at Orly came with La Belle France still on high alert following a wave of jihadist attacks that have claimed more than 230 lives in two years.

The violence has made security a key issue in La Belle France's two-round presidential election on April 23 and May 7.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


The Grand Turk
11 dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey coast: Report
[AlAhram] Eleven people drowned and four were missing after a migrant boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast on Friday, local media reported.

The bodies of the dead were found on a shore in the western province of Aydin, the private Dogan news agency reported.

Seven others were found alive on the inflatable dinghy, the agency said.

The drownings come less than a week after the first anniversary of the EU-Turkey agreement to halt migrant arrivals in Europe, which sharply reduced the number of crossings to the bloc from Turkey.

But Ankara has raised alarms in Brussels by threatening in recent weeks to scrap the agreement, which came into force after an estimated 1.26 million migrants reached Europe in 2015.

Europe and Turkey are locked in a bitter dispute after Turkish ministers were blocked from campaigning on the continent for a "yes" vote in next month's referendum on boosting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

According to the International Organization for Migration, there were around 363,000 migrant arrivals in Greece in 2016 after the Turkey-EU accord.

Under the deal, Turkey undertook to tighten its maritime borders and break up the people-smuggling networks that had helped migrants to make the risky crossing in exchange for billions of euros in support for refugees in Turkey.

Ankara has also criticised the EU for failing to fulfil its promise to give visa-free travel in the Schengen zone to Turks as part of the agreement.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


India-Pakistan
Grenade attack wounds 12 in Karachi
At least 12 people were injured on Saturday evening in a grenade attack in the Lyari area of Karachi.

“Unknown miscreants threw a hand grenade in Singulane 2, causing injuries to 12 people,” said City SSP Adeel Hussain Chandio.

The police official added that there was no electricity in the area at the time of the attack and added that suspected gang-war elements were behind the attack.

He also said the motive was spread fear and panic in the area.

The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi for medical treatment. The injured are said to be in stable condition.
Posted by: badanov || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Mosul Offensive News


18 city sectors held by Iraqi forces in Mosul

Mosul (BasNews) Since the beginning of the western Mosul operation in February, the Iraqi army has managed to liberate 18 neighborhoods from the grip of Islamic State (IS), said an Iraqi counter-terrorism official.

In the remaining neighborhoods, IS uses civilians as human shields in hopes of decelerating the Iraqi army’s advances, said Commander Abdulwahab Sa’idi, noting that they follow a plan to push deeper into the IS-held districts and oust the extremists from every inch of Iraqi soil.

Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, is considered IS’ main stronghold in Iraq where the group has recently been suffering bitter defeats at the hands of the Iraqi army, Peshmerga forces and the coalition airpower.

In January of this year, after more than three months of constant military operations, the Iraqi government announced the full liberation of eastern Mosul. It later launched a new phase of the assault on 19th of February to free the western part of the major city.

4 ISIS Turbans die in Iraqi operations in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A Federal Police officer announced on Saturday, that security forces killed 4 snipers and suicide bombers belonging to the Islamic State group, in the industrial area, in Mosul, while civil defense teams evacuated 200 civilians bodies from the area.

Major Ali Mohsen said in a press statement that 4 snipers and suicide bombers were killed, today, during the advance of security forces in the industrial area, in Mosul.

Civil defense teams also managed to evacuate nearly 200 bodies belonging to civilians in the area, Mohsen added.

Iraqi forces are currently going through fierce battles against the Islamic State in the old industrial area, near Mosul Jadida, Mohsen further explained.

Nineveh Province is witnessing extensive military operations, after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced launching an offensive to liberate the western side of the city of Mosul on February, in addition to capturing the last stronghold of the Islamic State in the city.
Posted by: badanov || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Anbar Antics


13 ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrike

Rawa (IraqiNews.com) Commander of the army’s 7th brigade, Lieutenant General Numan Abd al-Zawbaei announced on Saturday, that 13 members of the Islamic State group were killed by an air strike on a city, west of Anbar.

Zawbaei said in a press statement that the international coalition aircraft bombarded an explosives plant, a cache of weapons and a booby-trapped vehicle, inside a building belonging to the Islamic State group in the city of Rawa (230 km west of Ramadi).

The aerial bombardment also resulted in the destruction of the explosives plant, cache of weapons and booby-trapped vehicle, as well as killing 13 members of the Islamic State in the area, Zawbaei added.

Noteworthy, security forces finished their preparation to liberate the cities of Anah, Rawa and Qaim, backed by tribal fighters, from the Islamic State control.
Google Map at the link
Posted by: badanov || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi militias force back ISIS attack in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Al-Hashd al-Shaabi spokesman for the northern axis, Ali al-Husseini, announced on Friday, that security forces from al-Hashd al-Shaabi repulsed an attack launched by the Islamic State on Gardagli village, in Salahuddin Province.

Husseini said in a press statement that a number of the Islamic State terrorists attacked Gardagli village in Amerli District, east of Salahuddin, where the clashes lasted until 1 am then al-Hashd al-Turkmani managed to stabilize the situation.

Ten members of the Islamic State were killed, while seven others were wounded in the clashes that took place in the village, Husseini added.

Also, seven civilians were killed, including two members of al-Hashd al-Shaabi, and six others were wounded during the confrontations, Husseini further explained.

Noteworthy, security forces, backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi, managed to lift the siege imposed on Amerli and the surrounding villages, as well as opening a number of roads linking between Baghdad and Amirli.
Google Map at the link
Posted by: badanov || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [265 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


1 Kop dies in bomb attack Friday in al-Madain

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A police source informed that a policeman was killed, and two others were wounded in an improvised explosive device blast, south of Baghdad, Alsumaria News reported on Friday.

The source said that an improvised explosive device, emplaced on a roadside in Hur Rajab area exploded, today, targeting a passing police patrol.

The explosion killed one police officer and wounded two others, the source added on condition of anonymity.
Security forces cordoned off the area of explosion, while ambulances evacuated the body to the forensic medicine department and the wounded to a nearby hospital, the source further explained.

Another explosion hit al-Madain area, south of the capital, Baghdad, leaving five casualties.

The capital, Baghdad, is witnessing and extraordinary security situation and a surge of violence, in addition to daily suicide attacks and explosions.

Kops seize bomb vests, explosives

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Baghdad Operations Command announced on Saturday dismantling two suicide vests, as well as finding explosive devices and hand grenades, west of Baghdad.

Spokesman for Baghdad Operations Command, Brigadier General Saad Maan, said in a press statement that forces from the army’s 24th brigade managed to dismantle two suicide vests, in addition to disarming 6 explosive devices.

Security forces also discovered a Katyusha rocket, 28 detonators, 3 mortar shells and 3 other missiles, west of Baghdad, Maan further added.

Noteworthy, security forces frequently discover weapons and explosive materials in different areas of the capital, Baghdad. These weapons are used by the terrorist groups to launch attacks against civilians and security forces.
Posted by: badanov || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi forces halt Mosul operation over concern for civilian their own casualties – report
Posted by: al aSha-med || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [356 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  al aSha-med makes good editorial point in headline

The Iraq Govt forces are undoubtedly depleted from months of continual house to house fighting. No reliable estimate of casualty figures has been released in past 6 months which is not a good sign. Back in Dec, a group estimated that the Govt side lost almost 2000 killed in Nov. 2016 and that wasn't confirmed by the Govt.
Posted by: lord garth || 03/26/2017 9:26 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Six to ten commies killed in Cotabato clash
[Manila Times] Eighty families were evacuated when about 50 members of the New People's Army attacked a para-military detachment of CAFGU (Citizen’s Armed Forces Geographical Unit) in Tampakan, South Cotabato on Friday morning. The fierce firefight lasted for almost seven hours and families in the area were forced to abandon their houses.

A military source estimated that about six to ten militants were killed when two 105mm howitzers bombarded the area. The militants managed to retrieve their injured comrades and fled during the heavy fighting.

Colonel Benjamin Leander, head of the Philippine Army's 27th Infantry Battalion, believed the attackers are from the NPA's 73 District Guerilla Unit of the Far South Mindanao Command front.

Police provincial director Frank Alvero said they have received intelligence reports about the NPA's threat to carry out attacks in various parts of South Cotabato “and on Friday they attacked at 6 in the morning as we made our effort to reinforce and help the 27th IB,PA joining the counter operation against the NPA."

Meanwhile, a voice message from certain "Ka Efren" of the NPA Far South Mindanao command dispatched through a local radio claimed they were responsible in the ambush of private Albino Bahian who was killed during a clash with the NPA Guerilla Front 73 in Barangay Hinalaan, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat last week.
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Philippine soldiers kill two Abu Sayyaf terrorists
[Manila Times] Philippine troops killed two Abu Sayyaf militants and captured another jihadi during a rescue of an abducted Filipino sailor in Basilan early on Saturday morning. Military spokesperson Jo-ann Petinglay said five motorized boats used by the Abu Sayyaf in their kidnapping activities and piracy were also seized by soldiers in the towns of Al-Barka and Tuburan, where the two jihadis were killed.

One of them, Jaudi Salapuddin, was involved in the recent hijacking of a Panamian cargo ship off Basilan, several miles south of Zamboanga City. The militants also seized the ship's engineer Laurence Tito and captain Aurelio Agacac who was rescued by soldiers. The other dead jihadi was identified as Bistahan Nisalun.

Petinglay said troops also captured Rolly Ikih at the house of Vanessa Lajiman, a village councilor of Tumahubong in Sumisip town. Troops also seized a gun and ammunition from Ikih who is wanted by authorities in Basilan. It os not known why Ikih was in the home of Lajiman or whether the village official tipped off the military about him.
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Defense volunteer shot in front of home in Thai south
[The Nation] A 54-year-old defense volunteer was seriously hurt in a gun attack while he was walking in front of his home in Pattani's Ma Yor district on Saturday morning. Police believe the shooting was part of the regional insurgency.

An investigation indicated that, as four assailants on two motorcycles opened fire at volunteer Teela Maroh, he ran for cover into his house in Tambon Luboyirai. His son fired back at the attackers, who then fled. Teela was shot in the leg and the chest.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russian airstrikes hit targets in Hama
Russian warplanes flew over rebel-held areas near Hama, Syria in a rush to aid pro-regime Syrian forces losing ground, a Syrian source told Reuters on Friday.

State media later reported that regime forces allegedly recaptured all positions it had lost earlier, which is strategically accredited to accompanying Russian aerial bombardment of rebel sites.

Syrian opposition forces have previously made sweeping advances after leading a fierce assault in the north of the Jobar district of Damascus.

Rebel groups launched the attack on Tuesday and have captured at least 11 villages and towns, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based organization that reports on the war.

It marks the biggest attack by rebels in months. Rebel gains have shown the challenge facing the Syrian pro-regime forces and allied militia as they fight on numerous fronts.

“Air strikes have now started, and there is concentrated artillery firing against the armed groups and the headquarters of their leaders and supply lines, paving the way for the counter-attack,” the military source told Reuters.

“The Russians are, of course, participating in these raids.” Rebel groups were focusing their attack on Friday on the village of Qomhana, some 8 km , north of Hama city, Observatory Director Rami Abdulrahman said.

The fighting has underscored the bleak prospects for a new round of United Nations sponsored peace talks that are underway in Geneva.
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Syrian regulars capture Kawkab in Hama
A Syrian military source announced restoring peace and security to Kawkab town in the northern countryside of Hamah central province after eliminating the terrorist groups which infiltrated into the town and perpetrated acts of sabotage and robbery.

The source told SANA on Saturday that army units, in cooperation with the backing forces, restored peace and security to Kawkab town and expanded their military operations on different directions in the northern countryside.

The source added that a large number of Nusra terrorists were killed in the operations, in addition to destroying one of their command centers, two stores of arms and ammunition, 4 tanks, 6 armored vehicles and more than 9 machinegun-equipped vehicles.
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16 die in airstrike in east Ghouta
BEIRUT: At least 16 civilians were killed and dozens wounded on Saturday in an airstrike on an opposition-held area outside Syria’s capital Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

It said it was not immediately clear who was responsible for the strike on the town Hammuriyeh in the opposition bastion of Eastern Ghouta.

“Sixteen civilians, including a child, were killed and around 50 others wounded in an airstrike on the main street in the town of Hammuriyeh,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

It was not immediately clear if all the wounded were civilians or if some were opposition fighters, he said, adding that the death toll could rise further because a number of the injured were in serious condition.

The Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus has been under a devastating regime siege since 2012, and is also the regular target of regime airstrikes and artillery fire.
It is the last remaining opposition stronghold near Damascus, where a string of local “reconciliation deals” have seen villages and towns brought back under the control of President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Syria’s Army and its allies retook a village near Hama on Saturday, a Syrian military source said, as the regime tried to turn back a major insurgent offensive, but bitter fighting continued, the Observatory said.

Assad and his allies, Russia, Iran and Shiite militias from nearby countries, are seeking to staunch the biggest opposition assault in months which began this week in Damascus and the Hama countryside.

Insurgents have made big advances toward Hama, taking about a dozen towns and villages and moving to within a few kilometers of the city and its military airbase, the Observatory said.

“Units of our armed forces and allied forces restored the town of Kawkab and continue their military operations in more than one direction of the northern Hama countryside,” the military source said.

The Observatory said opposition fighters had been forced to withdraw under rocket fire from some of the positions they had occupied, but mutual shelling in parts of the Hama battlefront continued.

In Damascus, the army said it had managed to recapture all the positions it lost early in the week to the opposition in the Jobar area, which is on the northeastern fringe of the central district of the capital.

In another development, the second phase of an evacuation of opposition fighters in Homs as part of a deal to surrender the city’s last insurgent pocket of Al-Waer to the regime has been delayed until Monday, a senior official and a war monitor said on Saturday.

Homs Province Gov. Talal Barazi was cited by city officials in a message to Reuters as saying the operation would continue on Monday after having earlier said it would go ahead as planned on Saturday.

The Observatory said the evacuation was being postponed because of the fighting that began on Tuesday in Hama province.

The departure of a first group of opposition fighters and their families from Al-Waer began a week ago and the evacuation is expected to be one of the largest of its kind, opposition activists and the war monitor, the Observatory said.

Under the deal, as with others that have been previously agreed for besieged pockets, insurgents are able to leave with light weapons for opposition-held parts of northern Syria along with family members and other civilians who choose to depart.

Between 10,000-15,000 people were expected to leave Homs in weekly batches, the Observatory and opposition activists have said.

More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-regime protests.

Regime ally Russia and opposition backer Turkey brokered a nationwide truce in December, but violence has continued across the country.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


ISIS executes 20 in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) An officer in the Joint Operations Command revealed on Friday, that the self-proclaimed Islamic State group executed a number of youths and women, for trying to flee the group-held areas to the liberated areas, west of Mosul.

Colonel Khodier Saleh said in a press statement that the Islamic State terrorist group arrested 20 civilians, including 9 women, while they were trying to flee from al-Yarmouk area toward the recently liberated Mosul al-Jadida.

The radical group then executed the arrested civilians by firing squad in al-Yarmouk area, Saleh further added.

Earlier today, the Islamic State group also shelled the neighborhoods of al-Mushahda, Nabi Sheth and Bab Laksh using mortar missiles, leaving 18 casualties.
Posted by: badanov || 03/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [264 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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