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Afghanistan
3 killed in Afghan forces anti-ISIS raid on Banker’s house in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan Special Forces have reportedly carried out an operation on a banker’s house in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan in search of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists.

According to the local government officials in Nangarahr, the operation was conducted late on Tuesday night in Khewa district.

An informed source speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that the house of Mawlavi Ahmadi, the provincial chief of the State Bank, Da Afghanistan Bank, was raided by the Special Forces.

The source further added that three people were killed during the raid and the Afghan forces have taken at least 18 people with them.

At one of those taken into the custody by the Special Forces was a guest while the remaining are the family members of Mawlavi Ahmadzai, the source added.

The provincial governor’s front man Ataullah Khogyani confirmed a raid was conducted by the Special Forces in Khewa late on Tuesday night.

Without commenting further regarding Mawlavi Ahmadzai’s house, Khogyani said the operation was conducted to capture or kill the ISIS bully boys.

Posted by: Fred || 03/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


4 Taliban commanders among 22 killed in Lashkargah airstrikes
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least four commanders of the Taliban group were killed in Arclight airstrikes conducted in Lashkargah city, the picturesque provincial capital of southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Arclight airstrike was carried out in the past 24 hours in the vicinity of Lashkargah city.

MoD further added that six murderous Moslems were also maimed in the Arclight airstrike and two vehicles along with 8 cycle of violences and five hideouts of the murderous Moslems were totally destroyed.

According to MoD, the murderous Moslems were targeted in the vicinity of Ainak area.

This comes as MoD said Tuesday that two Taliban capos identified as Mullah Toryalai and Mullah Ahmad also famous as Zabiullah were killed along with 19 other murderous Moslems in a similar Arclight airstrike on Monday.

The murderous Moslems were targeted in the vicinity of Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban murderous Moslems are actively operating in its various districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

The Afghan forces were forced to tactically retreat from a main market in Sangin district last week amid fierce shootout that started nearly two months ago and incurred heavy collateral damage to the local residents.

Posted by: Fred || 03/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


3 ISIS militants killed in airstrike in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least three forces of Evil 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 offshoot operating in Afghanistan have been killed by the Afghan cops in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the ISIS loyalists were killed in the past 24 hours in the Arclight airstrikes conducted in the vicinity of Achin district.

No further details have been disclosed by MoD regarding the Arclight airstrikes and it is yet not clear if the Arclight airstrike was carried out by the Afghan Air Force or the US forces based in Afghanistan.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in eastern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed holy warrior 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 dronezaps, by the US forces followed a broader role granted by the B.O. regime 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: Fred || 03/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa North
Reported car-bomb attempt on LNA Saiqa commander foiled
[Libya Herald] The commander of the Libyan National Army’s Saiqa Special Forces
...Libya's elite army unit, insofar as they have one, formed from a mixture of paratroopers and commandos. The group emerged from a militia with the same name in 2010. It now numbers a few thousand and reports to the Ministry of Defence. It deployed in Benghazi in an attempt to control the carnage. As a result, it has been attacked and several of its officers murdered. The force is popular in Benghazi for its stance against Ansar al-Sharia group...
reportedly escaped a boom-mobileing in Benghazi today when an explosives-laden vehicle was spotted and made harmless.

The silver Hyundai Sonata saloon without registration plates and with a rather poor paint job was apparently found near the route that Wanis Boukhamada was taking to attend the funeral of Saleh Jouda, the pilot whose Mig-21 crashed into a Tobruk house today.

According to Saiqa information officer Riyad al-Shuhibi the explosives in the vehicle were hard to detect and had been rigged sophisticatedly. Though Shuhibi didn’t say it, the detonation would have been made remotely, presumably as Boukhamada’s convoy passed by. Film of engineers making the boom-mobile safe showed them pulling a radio unit and antenna from inside the dashboard.

However,
a hangover is the wrath of grapes...
the film also showed that the car had been left on rough ground between a two-storey building and a high wall, with no sign of a nearby road down which Boukhamada’s convoy would have passed.

Given the amount of artillery and mortar shells that LNA engineers were filmed taking out of the vehicle and casually piling some distance away from it, it is clear that had it been detonated the kaboom would have been considerable.

Two months ago another Saiqa Special forces commander, Colonel Mahmoud al-Warfali, who has since been implicated in war crimes, survived a car kaboom in Gwarsha as his convoy passed a petrol station on its way to the then-besieged Lion of Islam enclave of Ganfouda.

Saiqa sources are saying that today’s planned boom-mobileing would have been in response to the final reduction of the 12 Buildings complex after a siege of almost five weeks. The Saiqa information officer did not given the location of the vehicle but sources have suggested that it was near Benina.

Posted by: Fred || 03/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Yet more migrants drown
[Libya Herald] A 16 year-old 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...
n boy appears to have been the only one of some 150 migrants colonists to survive when their inflatable sank yesterday off the coast near Sabratha.

The boy was picked up by a Spanish frigate, transferred to an Italian vessel and landed in Lampedusa. safely ashore he said that those on the raft with him had included five children and several pregnant women.

All had drowned, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) told Rooters. The boy had survived by grabbing a fuel tank after the raft began to deflate and take water. He added that the migrants colonists had been launched from Sabratha.

Yesterday the Sabratha’s mayor said that the municipality had lost control over local fuel smugglers. He did not mention people smugglers, who appear to operate just as freely as those who are stealing subsidised fuel from under the noses of the authorities.
Posted by: Fred || 03/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [352 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Oh well
Posted by: chris || 03/30/2017 0:16 Comments || Top||


Dignity Operation fighter aircraft crashes in east Libya
[Libya Observer] A Dignity Operation fighter aircraft crashed into a house in Tobruk city on Wednesday killing all crewmembers on board.

Local sources said the MiG21 aircraft crashed into the house of Kahashi family in Tarsha district, south Toburk, after conducting an Arclight airstrike in Derna early in the day.

The pilot, Chief of Tobruk Airbase Saleh Joda, and his assistants were killed. The householder his wife and their child were also killed.

Dignity Operation said a mechanical failure was behind the aircraft crash.
Posted by: Fred || 03/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Isn't this MiG-21 a single seater?
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 03/30/2017 12:08 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
2 UN contractors found murdered in DR Congo
Two foreign UN contractors who were kidnapped in DR Congo have been found dead, one of them decapitated, the government said Tuesday, as spiraling violence in the vast country sparked international condemnation.

The bodies of American Michael Sharp and Swedish national Zaida Catalan were found as the UN Security Council prepared for a vote on Wednesday on extending its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres vowed that the world body would do “everything possible” to bring justice in the case.

“Michael and Zaida lost their lives seeking to understand the causes of conflict and insecurity in the DRC in order to help bring peace to the country and its people,” the UN chief said.

“I trust that the Congolese authorities will conduct a full investigation into this incident. The United Nations will also conduct an inquiry. In case of criminal acts, the United Nations will do everything possible to ensure that justice is done,” he added.

The two were kidnapped by unidentified assailants on March 12 along with four Congolese accompanying them in Kasai-Central province.

Government spokesman Lambert Mende said the woman’s body had been decapitated.

The remote region has been plagued by violence since mid-August, when government forces killed Kamwina Nsapu, a tribal chief and militia leader who had rebelled against President Joseph Kabila’s central government.
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Arabia
Drone strikes kill 5 Qaeda suspects in Yemen
[AlAhram] Drone strikes killed five suspected al-Qaeda Lions of Islam in southern 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 Wednesday, a security official said, as the US intensifies air raids on Islamist Lions of Islam in the war-torn country.

Four suspected members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
died when two missiles hit a vehicle on the outskirts of the town of Mudiyah in Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
province, the official said.

In a separate raid, three missiles hit a cycle of violence driving down a side street in the town of Rawda in nearby Shabwa province, killing a man known locally as an AQAP member, the official said.

The raids come two weeks after US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
's administration reportedly gave the CIA new powers to conduct dronezaps against Lion of Islam targets in the Middle East.

Since March 2, the US has launched dozens of strikes against al-Qaeda targets in Abyan and the neighbouring provinces of Shabwa and Baida.
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Houthis capture pro Saleh leaders
Jeddah- Disputes between leaders of Yemeni Republican Guard of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthis, who have seized state institutions, compelled dozens of officers to find a safe exit from Sana’a and some main battlefronts.

Despite this, some Republican Guard leaders failed to escape the Houthis and were arrested.

Officials in the Yemeni Army received direct calls from Yemeni Republican Guard leaders to ensure a safe way out for them, revealed Major General Amin al-Waeli, commander of the 6th Military district of the National Army.

Waeli did not reveal the army’s measure to escort Yemeni Republican Guard officers from their locations in Sana’a but affirmed that the military has the potential and capabilities that serve this purpose.

He revealed that there are disputes between the Houthis and the pro-Saleh Yemeni Republican Guard on the management of battles and on issuing orders.

Waeli reiterated that the army and the legitimate government welcome those who return to the right track, and those who have realized the truth behind the coup on democracy and the nation’s freedom.

“We will use all our capabilities to protect the nation, away from political conflicts,” Waeli said.

On the number of captives in Al Jawf battlefront, he said: “There are 200 captives, including high-ranking leaders who support Saleh and Houthis.”

He stressed that the defeat of militias will start from Saada and that the operation of liberation will occur as the army advances steadily towards the city.

Posted by: badanov || 03/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [462 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  He revealed that there are disputes between the Houthis and the pro-Saleh Yemeni Republican Guard on the management of battles and on issuing orders.

I was wondering. I thought they were allies. Just a case of "you're not the boss of me"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/30/2017 13:21 Comments || Top||

#2  complicated

Houthis are an early Shiite sect which controls much of the western part of yemen

alu abdullah saleh has been an active player for decades - sometimes allied with the Houthis, sometimes against them - he also was allied with Saddam Hussain at one time and at one time with the Saudis

The eastern part of the country is mostly controlled by the Saudi supported Sunni led faction


Al Q is fighting in Yemen as is ISIS

both fight against the Houthis and both fight against the Saudi allied Sunni led faction (and they sometimes fight each other)

Posted by: lord garth || 03/30/2017 15:21 Comments || Top||

#3  All that matters here is that the Yemeni's make the Saudi's spend all their money on killing them until the oil runs out.
Posted by: rammer || 03/30/2017 20:00 Comments || Top||

#4  A nice summation, lord garth. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/30/2017 22:15 Comments || Top||


Soddys claim 4 Houthi missiles downed
[Asharq Al-Awsat] Riyadh – Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces intercepted four ballistic missiles launched by Houthi insurgents in Yemen toward Khamis Mushayt and Abha, southwest of Saudi Arabia, early Tuesday.

Saudi-led Arab Coalition command issued a statement saying the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces intercepted the Patriot missiles, shot them down, and destroyed them at 6:40 a.m. without causing any damage.

The Coalition air forces then immediately targeted the launching sites in Yemen, the statement said.

The statement added that Houthi insurgents targeting Saudi cities with ballistic missiles represents “the largest evidence of continuing smuggling of weapons to Yemen by all ways and means, especially from the port of Hodeidah.”

UAE condemned the ballistic missile attacks on Saudi cities by Houthi militia and forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a statement stating that firing of ballistic missiles against Saudi cities underlines continuation of arms smuggling through Hodeidah, under the control of militias.

The ministry reiterated UAE’s call for an international stance regarding the port of Hodeidah to facilitate humanitarian relief operations and the delivery of international aid.

“Firing ballistic missiles against Saudi cities clearly indicates that the militias seek to undermine political efforts aimed at ending the crisis. The attacks also signify the involvement of regional parties to trigger conflicts and the continuing instability in the region to serve their own agenda,” said the statement.

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition called on the UN to put the strategic port of Hodeidah under its supervision in order to facilitate the flow of humanitarian supplies to the Yemeni people and prevent the use of the port for smuggling weapons.

Since the beginning of operations “Decisive Storm” and “Restoring Hope”, Houthi militias tried to target Saudi Arabia with Scud missiles, but most of them landed in Yemeni territories and some in uninhabited areas in the kingdom.

Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force has a long experience in intercepting missiles no matter their range or size. During the Iraqi-Kuwaiti war, Saudi Air Force shot down several missiles fired by the former Saddam Hussein regime targeting the kingdom.
Posted by: badanov || 03/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


2 gunmen die in Soddy raid in Awamiya
[Asharq Al-Awsat] Saudi security forces killed two men who opened fire on police during a raid on a farm in eastern Saudi Arabia used by militants to plot and prepare for attacks, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

The Mokhtar Brigades, a little known militant group based in neighboring Bahrain, identified the two men as Meqdad al-Nimr and Mohammed al-Nimr, describing them as “martyrs”.

Also, four other Saudis were arrested following the clash yesterday morning, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

Those arrested were reported to be Abdelrahman Fadel Abdallah al-Abdalaal, Mohammad Jaafar Abdallah al-Abdalaal, Jaafar Mohammad AlFarj, and Wasfi Ali Makki al-Qaroos.

The statement confirmed that all those killed and arrested were “Saudis who have previous precedents to have been linked and involved in terrorist acts and criminal attacks, no citizens or security forces were injured in the operation.”

SPA said security forces came under fire while conducting a search in a farm outside the town of Awamiya.

“The source of gun fire was dealt with immediately and neutralized and the mission was completed successfully,” the statement said, adding that four other people with a history of involvement in “terrorist and criminal acts” had been arrested.

No policemen or innocent citizens were hurt in the raid, it said.

Photos were circulated of one of the two men with two bullet holes in the back and one in the head.

After searching both farms, security forces found 130 gallons of burning acid, bomb building materials, a gallon of potassium, three machine gun storage areas, seventy-one rounds of ammunition and a black mask.
Ynet adds:
Saudi police say they have killed two people in a shootout in an area heavily populated by minority Shiites that has been a flashpoint of anti-government protests and unrest.

Saudi Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki described the two men on Wednesday as terrorists who were wanted by police. The ministry says their names are Mohammed al-Nimr and Meqdad al-Ni
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Bangladesh
Another militant den discovered in Comilla
[Dhaka Tribune] Law enforcers on Wednesday discovered a den of Death Eaters at south Bagmara village in Kotbari of Comilla Sadar south upazila, while two other suspected Death Eater hideouts in Borohat and Nasirpur areas of Moulvibazar Sadar upazila had already been cordoned off the same day.

They have laid a siege to the suspected hideout, Superintendent of Police of Comilla Shah Abid Hossain told news hounds.

Preferring to be anonymous, an official of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit (CTTC) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police said the law enforcers discovered the den after gleaning information from Death Eater suspects who were recently nabbed
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
during their hunts for Death Eaters.

One or more turbans might be at the hideout, he suspected, adding that they were staying on the ground floor of the three-storey building.

"We have cordoned off the house and are suspecting that at least one Death Eater is inside, in possession of a large amount of explosives and weapons," Abid said.

According to police sources, the building that houses the hideout is owned by Delwar Hossain, a pickup-van driver by profession.

As Delwar, who had previously been in 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...
for years, was not present there at the time, the police detained his brother Saddam Hossain for quizzing.

Meanwhile,
...back at the revival hall, the congregants were being herded into the paddy wagon...
people have been evacuated from the house and other adjoining buildings as the police are mulling over a raid on the den.

A team of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) already started their journey from Chittagong to conduct an operation, Deputy Inspector General (Chittagong range) Md Shafiqul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune.

Law enforcement agencies have accelerated their anti-militancy drives across the country after they had busted several such hideouts in different areas of Chittagong and Sylhet in last the two weeks.

As Comilla City Corporation is slated to go to the polls on Thursday, the Election Commission has asked law enforcers not to conduct any operation at the hideout before the election ends.

Sources at the EC said any operation before or during the polls might create a panic among voters, hampering the election.

"Although it is a concern of law enforcement agencies, the chief election commissioner asked them to keep the area restricted and wait until the election is over," EC Secretary Muhammad Abdullah told the Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday.

The police officials concerned informed him that they would not conduct any drive until the situation demanded, Abdullah added.

The secretary went on to say: "People’s safety obviously gets priority over anything else. But as everything still seems to be under control, drives can be conducted after the polls."
Posted by: Fred || 03/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)


Gunfighting dies down at Nasirpur hideout as raids in Moulvibazar continue
[Dhaka Tribune] Police have cordoned off two suspected militant hideouts in Borohat area and Nasirpur village under sadar of Moulvibazar district

8:50pm- CTTC officials, asking to remain anonymous, say that the raid shall be code-named “Operation Hit Back”.

8:42pm- Our correspondent on the spot, Saiful Islam, says that gunshots can be heard from the Borohat hideout.

8:22pm- Sylhet range DIG Kamrul Ahsan says that the Nasirpur hideout has been brought under the control of the SWAT team. However, further operations and examination of the building will be suspended till morning as there may be IEDs, he adds. The area will remain cordoned off till morning.

SWAT will also begin operations at the Borohat den in the morning, as they were impeded by low visibility. The area is still cordoned off.

7:50pm- No gunfire or explosions heard from the Nasirpur hideout since 7:22pm. Ambulances and police vehicles are seen heading towards the area.

6:57pm- Our correspondent on the spot, Tarek Mahmud, informs that the sounds of gunfire and explosions from the Nasirpur hideout has intensified. Law enforcement agencies cut off electricity to the area and turn off police sirens, shrouding it in total darkness. It begins raining.

6:27pm- Gunfighting and explosions heard from the Nasirpur hideout.

6:10pm- A contingent of SWAT arrives at the Borohat den.

6:08pm- SWAT begins operation at Nasirpur den.
Posted by: Fred || 03/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)


Europe
Germany arrests Afghan Taliban leader
More on this story from yesterday.
[DAWN] German police have placed in durance vile
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
a suspected Afghan Taliban ’commander’ believed to have taken part in an attack on a military convoy about a decade ago in which at least 16 American and Afghan soldiers were killed.

The federal prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday that the 30-year old Afghan citizen, identified only as Abdullah P., was arrested in the southern state of Bavaria on March 23 and was being detained during the continuing investigation.

The suspect was believed to have joined the Taliban in 2002 and entered a unit commanded by his father, the statement said. In 2004, he took over the unit and received weapons including an artillery piece, a rocket and several guns.

He was involved in several attacks on foreign and Afg­han soldiers, including one in which a convoy of seven or eight military vehicles was attacked with at least two bombs and rocket-propelled grenades, according to the prosecutors.

Posted by: Fred || 03/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [299 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


The Grand Turk
Turkey arrests suspected IS European recruiter
[Ynet] Turkish authorities incarcerated
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
a Syrian man who allegedly recruited murderous Moslems from European countries to fight for 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, the state-run news agency
...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
reported Wednesday.

Anadolu Agency said the man, identified as Safwan Qahwati, was arrested Wednesday after a court order earlier, days after he and his wife were detained on a highway near the southern town of Saricam and interrogated by police.

Qahwati and his wife had been located in a joint operation by police and intelligence officials and taken under custody by officers who stopped a bus in which the pair were travelling, Anadolu reported.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/30/2017 00:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [355 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  How many times has he met Erdogan?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 03/30/2017 20:43 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Suspected bandit killed in ‘encounter’
[DAWN] KARACHI: A suspected bandit was killed in a shoot-out with police in Shah Latif Town in the early hours of Tuesday, officials said.

They added that the suspect, whose identity could not be ascertained, was bumped off while his accomplice managed to escape during the exchange of fire in Sector 16-A.

The police recovered a pistol and a cycle of violence from his custody.

An official at the Shah Latif Town cop shoppe said area residents informed a police patrol that some armed bandidos were snatching cash and valuables from passers-by in Sector 16-A of Shah Latif Town. "Our police mobile rushed to the place and spotted two armed bandidos near Matkay Wali Pulya. They fired shots at the police and then sped away on their motorbike. We chased them and finally trapped them in one of the narrow lanes. But they kept firing at us as our police mobile van could not move into the narrow lanes. After a brief exchange of gunfire, one of the suspects was killed. We have recovered a pistol and a motorbike from his possession. His accomplice, however, managed to escape," said an official.

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Three anti-India protesters gunned down in held Kashmir
[DAWN] Three non-combatants were killed and 28 other people were maimed in anti-India protests that erupted on Tuesday following a shootout between suspected bully boyz and government forces that killed a bad boy in India-held Kashmire, police and witnesses said.

The shootout began after police and soldiers cordoned off the southern town of Chadoora following a tip-off that at least one bad boy was hiding in a house, said Inspector General Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani.

In a statement, front man for the Pakistain Foreign Office Nafees Zakaria confirmed that Indian security personnel had slain four Kashmiris and condemned the atrocity.

"Indian occupation forces martyred four Kashmiris, injured scores. We strongly condemn the killing of defenceless Kashmiris in IOK [India-Occupied Kashmire]," said the statement.

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Iraq
Mosul Offensive News


Iraqi militia dispatches 3 ISIS Bad Guys

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Al-Hashd al-Shaabi troops have killed three Islamic State fighters as they attempted sneaking to the military supply roads, south Tal Afar town, a strategic IS stronghold in northwestern Mosul.

“The 33rd brigade killed three IS militants who tried to infiltrate the military supply roads, south of Tal Afar. They were targeted by a missile that killed them immediately,” the media service of the troops reported on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the troops declared destroying a mortar detachment of IS in Mosul desert.

Mosul is the Islamic State’s last stronghold in Iraq. Eastern Mosul was recaptured from IS in January, after a US-backed offensive was launched in October. A new offensive started in February to retake the west. The greatest focus is currently set on central Mosul’s Old City, which Iraqi commanders consider as the biggest prize in the security campaign.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), which consists of 66 militia groups, is considered one of the largest militias in Iraq. It was established in 2014 by a fatwa (religious edict) by the country’s top Shiite clergy to fight the Islamic State.

In late 2016, the Iraqi parliament recognized the militia as a national armed force.

Iraqi forces hunting stay behinds in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Special Iraqi forces have been formed to search for Islamic State members hiding among civilians in eastern Mosul, a report has said as fears grow of the group forming dormant cells in the recaptured region.

According to al-Arabiya website, the special forces began their operations two months earlier, when Iraqi government forces took over eastern Mosul from IS.

The report quoted members of the forces saying they rely on intelligence information, experts, suspects confessions and documents left behind by the extremist group as means to screen the suspects and verify their affiliation with the group.

Security commentators had voiced concerns that IS might have left dormant cells inside the recaptured areas in eastern Mosul. The area has already witnessed attacks by IS suicide bombers, drones and gunmen in the weeks that followed the security takeover, leaving casualties among civilians and security members.

Iraqi commanders have said recently they became in control over 50 percent of western Mosul. Operations to retake the city launched in October 2016.

The recapture of Mosul could deal the deadliest blow to IS’s influence in Iraq, but observers fear the group could shift to lone wolf attacks and guerilla fights if lost the city.

Iraqi forces closing in on western Mosul mosque

(Reuters) Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq’s second city, military commanders said.

The close-quarters fighting is focused on the Old City surrounding the mosque where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a caliphate nearly three years ago across territory controlled by the group in both Iraq and Syria.

Thousands of residents have fled from IS-held areas inside Mosul, the militants’ biggest remaining stronghold in Iraq. But tens of thousands more are still trapped inside homes, caught in the fighting, shelling and air strikes as Iraqi forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition advance in the west.

Helicopters circling west Mosul strafed Islamic State positions beyond the city train station, the site of heavy back-and-forth fighting in recent days, and thick black smoke rose into the sky, Reuters reporters on the ground said.

Heavy sustained gunfire could be heard from the Old City area, where militants are hiding among residents and using the alleyways, traditional family homes and snaking narrow roads to their advantage, fleeing residents say.

“Federal police forces have imposed full control over the Qadheeb al-Ban area and the al-Malab sports stadium in the western wing of Old Mosul and are besieging militants around the al-Nuri mosque,” federal police chief Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat said in a statement.

Rapid Response elite interior ministry troops were advancing on the edge of the Old City, clambering over garden walls. Islamic State responded with rocket fire, streaking the sky with white smoke plumes.

“There are teams going into the Old City since yesterday,” said Rapid Response official Abd al-Amir.

Iraqi troops shot down at least one suspected Islamic State drone. The militants have been using small commercial models to spy and drop munitions on Iraqi military positions.

With the battle entering the densely populated areas of western Mosul, civilian casualties are becoming more of a risk. The United Nations says several hundred civilians have been killed in the last month, and residents say Islamic State militants are using them as human shields.

The senior U.S. commander in Iraq acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S.-led coalition probably had a role in an explosion in Mosul believed to have killed scores of civilians, but said Islamic State could also be to blame.

As investigators probe the March 17 blast, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend said increases in casualties were to be expected as the war against the insurgents entered its deadliest phase in the cramped, narrow streets of Mosul’s Old City.

Local officials and eyewitnesses say as many as 240 people may have been killed in the Al-Jadida district when a huge blast caused a building to collapse, burying families inside. Rescue workers are still pulling bodies out of the site.
More at the link

ISIS' health minister die in central Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi Federal Police command said Wednesday its forces killed the so-called “health minister” of the Islamic State in central Mosul’s Old City district, as operations proceed to clear the area from militants.

The service’s chief, Shaker Jawdat, said police managed today to shoot dead the Islamic State’s health minister, Saad Abu Shoeib, along with an indefinite number of companions, when they targeted their vehicle near al-Jumohouri Hospital in the Old City.

Jawdat said earlier on Wednesday that police forces had recaptured 330 square kilometers of western Mosul since security operations launched in February to retake the region from Islamic State militants.

The service’s chief, Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat, said in a statement that his forces took over 62 targets assigned in western Mosul since the start of the security offensive. The troops killed hundreds of militants and destroyed 286 booby-trapped vehicles belonging to the group.

Police forces evacuated 25.000 refugees from areas it had recaptured, Jawdat stated.

Iraqi forces recaptured eastern Mosul in January after three months of fighting to retake the city that fell to Islamic State extremists in 2014.

Police and supporting forces said recently they became closer to the Old City’s Nuri al-Kabir mosque, where IS supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the establishment of the group’s rule in Iraq and Syria. They had earlier recaptured the city’s airport and biggest military base besides several other districts since the launch of the campaign. The army’s leadership said recently government troops became in control over 50 percent of the region.
Google Map at the link

ISIS Big Turban, 3 others die in airstrike

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State member heading the group’s ‘grievances court’ in the strategic IS stronghold of Tal Afar town was injured, while his son and two of his guards were killed in an airstrike launched in western Mosul, a local source from Nineveh province said.

Speaking to Alsumaria News on Wednesday, the source said “a rest house of the Islamic State, located at the outskirts of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, was hit by an airstrike, leaving its official in charge of the ‘grievances court’ called Abu Hassan, Iraqi national, wounded. His son and two guards were killed.”


Tal Afar, west of Mosul (google maps).
Abu Hassan, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, used to work at the ‘grievances court’ in Mosul before being transferred to Tal Afar few months earlier.

Iraqi troops as well as the U.S.-led coalition troops resume their strikes against IS-held sites in Mosul.

Mosul is the Islamic State’s last stronghold in Iraq. Eastern Mosul and about half of the west were recaptured from IS since October, when a US-backed offensive was launched. A new offensive started in February to retake the west. The government troops have recently pushed deeper into the Old City, a densely-populated and -structured area which military officials view as central to the desired victory over IS militants.

Battles in the west are believed to be much more difficult due to the density of residential areas and the high number of civilians who the commanders believe are used as human shields by IS members.
Google Map at the link

22 die in western Mosul fighting

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Twenty-two Islamic State militants, including suicide bombers, were killed during an operation carried out to drive IS fighters out of Ras al-Jadda neighborhood, west of Mosul, a source from the Federal Police said on Wednesday.

“Twenty two IS members, including suicide bombers and snipers, were killed during an operation to liberate Ras al-Jadda neighborhood, western Mosul,” Colonel Zaher Hussein told BasNews.

Troops were able to gain control on the region after armed confrontations with the group.

In related news, an informed source from Nineveh police said IS militants targeted the freed areas in the south of Mosul using several missiles.

“Seven civilians were killed, 11 others were injured in a missile attack by IS against Okaidat, Bab al-Jadid and Bab Laksh, located south of Mosul,” Major Adel Khalil told the website.

Mosul is the Islamic State’s biggest stronghold in Iraq. Eastern Mosul was recaptured from IS in January, after a US-backed offensive was launched in October. A new offensive started in February to retake the west.

Retaking Mosul could ruin the Islamic State’s self-styled “Islamic Caliphate” declared in 2014 when the group occupied several parts of the country.

9 Iraqi soldiers die in western Mosul ground assault

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Nine Iraqi army members, including two officers, were killed while storming a new district in western Mosul to drive out Islamic State militants, a security source said Wednesday.

Anadolu Agency quoted Brig. Gen. Saad al-Sayer, from the army’s Counter-Terrorism Forces, saying the personnel were killed during an invasion of Yarmouk district, west of Mosul. He said troops advanced more than two kilometers inside the district after more than 13 hours of fighting.

Thirty-two IS members were killed in the encounters, according to Sayer. Three suicide attacks were foiled.

Intense fights are running in al-Tanak neighborhood, south of Mosul, according to Sayer, who said that initial information revealed that Abu Yahia al-Zahrani, a senior field commander for IS, was killed in the battles.

Iraqi forces recaptured eastern Mosul in January after three months of fighting to retake the city that fell to Islamic State extremists in 2014. Another offensive was launched in February to retake the western side of the city.

Police and supporting forces said recently they became closer to the Old City’s Nuri al-Kabir mosque, where IS supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the establishment of the group’s rule in Iraq and Syria. They had earlier recaptured the city’s airport and biggest military base besides several other districts since the launch of the campaign. The army’s leadership said recently government troops became in control over 50 percent of the region.
Google Map at the link
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The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi and Syria Editions


3 kidz die in ISIS shelling

Mosul (BasNews) An Islamic State (IS) offensive on the previously liberated east Mosul killed and injured a number of civilians including children.

A source from Nineveh province told BasNews “three children were killed and five other civilians wounded as a result of the IS shelling on al-Jazair area in east Mosul.”

The source added that the militants also shot a civilian dead while he was attempting to escape to the liberated areas in the city of Mosul.

Meanwhile the Iraqi special and police forces are leading a fierce fight against the IS militants in west Mosul, attempting to recapture the al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City where the IS leader Abubakir al-Baghdadi proclaimed a caliphate in Iraq and Syria in the summer of 2014.

Death to ISIS graffiti found in Sharqat

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) A local source in Salahuddin Province revealed that anonymous persons drew a graffiti that reads “death to IS” on the walls of alleys in eastern Sharqat, driving the Islamic State group to raise the state of alert, Alsumaria News reported on Wednesday.

The source said that unidentified men drew graffiti, threatening the Islamic State group, on the walls of some alleys in Sharqat district, north of Salahuddin, while added that one of the graffiti was drawn on the gate of an IS militant’s house.

The graffiti, which was drawn in black and includes phrases such as “death to the Islamic State” pushed the terrorist group to raise the state of alert, the source explained.

Lately, Iraqi people, especially in Mosul and Salahuddin, resorted to graffiti to show hostility against the Islamic State group.

Noteworthy, Islamic State group is still controlling the eastern side of al-Sharqat District, which considers one of the important strongholds of the group.

ISIS using human shields in Raqqa

BEIRUT: Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Daesh’s de facto capital ahead of the final battle with US-backed opposition forces for the militant group’s last major urban stronghold.

A belt of land mines and militant checkpoints circle the city. Inside, all the men have been ordered to wear the jihadis’ garb of baggy pants and long shirts — making it difficult to distinguish Daesh militants from civilians.

Hundreds if not thousands of Syrians who fled from other parts of the country now live in tents in Raqqa’s streets, vulnerable to both warplanes and ground fighting. Enormous tarps have been stretched for blocks in the city center to hide the militants’ movements from spy planes and satellites.

The estimated 300,000 people trapped inside live in terrifying uncertainty over how to find safety. Airstrikes by the US-led coalition shake the city almost daily, mainly hitting northern neighborhoods, amid reports of civilians killed by strikes in the nearby countryside.

Leaflets dropped by coalition warplanes give confusing directions — one suggests areas closer to the Euphrates River are safer, but then another warns that boats crossing the river will be struck.

Mass panic erupted on Sunday, when Daesh announced on mosque loudspeakers that US strikes had hit a dam to the west of Raqqa. Residents were urged to flee imminent flooding, and thousands did. The militants allowed them into Daesh-controlled countryside nearby, as long as they left their possessions behind, according to an activist who is in touch with people inside the city. Hours later, the militants announced it was a false alarm and urged everyone to return.
“The people really don’t know where to go,” said the activist, saying residents were caught between airstrikes, land mines and IS fighters mingling among civilians.

To get a picture of Raqqa, The Associated Press talked to more than a dozen people with knowledge of the city, including residents who were still there or who had recently escaped, and activists with organizations that track events through contacts inside, as well as diplomats, the US military and aid groups. Almost all spoke on condition they not be identified, fearing for their own lives or the lives of their contacts.

Getting information is difficult. Militants constantly look for “spies.” One activist said two people had recently been put to death for suspected contact with the coalition. The only Internet access is in a few approved cafes where patrons must give their names and addresses and endure spot checks by Daesg fighters, who burst in and order everyone to raise their hands so computer screens can be inspected.

Raqqa, a provincial capital on the northern bank of the Euphrates, is the next major battle against the Daesh group as Iraqi forces push to complete the recapture of northern Iraqi city of Mosul after nearly six months of fighting. For the Raqqa campaign, a multi-ethnic force of Syrian fighters, dominated by Kurds and supported by US special forces, artillery and air power, have been maneuvering to isolate the city.

Concerns over civilian casualties have become a significant issue in the fight for Mosul. Amnesty International said Tuesday a significant spike in civilian casualties suggests the coalition is not taking enough precautions in its airstrikes. The US has said it is investigating the deaths, but American and Iraqi officials also suggested the militants blew up homes and blamed the coalition.

The Desh has sent most of its European fighters out of Raqqa farther east to the region of Deir el-Zour, deeper into its shrinking territory, according to Tim Ramadan, an activist with the group Sound and Picture, who remains in Raqqa, and Eyas Dass, editor of Al Raqqa Post, an opposition website that documents atrocities by IS and the Syrian government.

That is probably a sign it wants to protect the foreigners, either for a propaganda campaign or to send them to carry out attacks in their home countries, they said. Both spoke on condition they be identified by the aliases they always use in their activities to protect themselves and families.

Battle-hardened Syrians and Iraqis are leading the defense in Raqqa, bolstered by reinforcements from those who withdrew from Mosul and other parts of Iraq. Dass said about 2,000 fighters and their families are en route from Iraq, and Ramadan said many are already in Raqqa. Rami Abdurrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, estimated over 4,000 fighters in the city.

Earlier this month, the militants used their artillery in the city for the first time, a sign of how close the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have come. The SDF has positions to the north, west and east — their closest position is about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Raqqa to the northeast.

Coalition aircraft have taken out 18 bridges, including the main ones out of the city across the Euphrates, according to the coalition. Airstrikes have also focused on the former base of the Syrian military’s 17th Division, north of the city, now a major Daesh base. Most of its buildings have been destroyed, activists say.

For days, dollar-bill-sized leaflets have fluttered from coalition planes to warn of impending strikes. More than 2 million have been dropped in two weeks, the coalition said.

One urged those living in tents to move closer to the Euphrates, according to a resident and the US military in Baghdad. Another warned residents not to board the small boats that are the only way to cross the river, whether for daily errands or to flee Raqqa.

“Daesh is using boats and ferries to transport weapons and fighters. Do not use ferries or boats, airstrikes are coming,” the flyer said, using an Arabic acronym for the group.

Getting smuggled out is too expensive for most. Smugglers — most often Daesh fighters looking to make a profit — charge $300 to $500 a person and sometimes as high as $1,000 to get out of the city, according to several activists and a Western aid worker familiar with the situation. The aid worker also declined to be identified for fear of jeopardizing his group’s work and safety.

Once outside, they face the danger of the land mines. The aid worker said one man who staggered into a camp for the displaced had lost a child from a roadside bomb and was himself gravely injured.

Those who make it to SDF-controlled areas risk being turned back unless they have someone vouch for them, according to Muhab Nasser, an activist from Raqqa province. He said some had been refused entry by SDF fighters, suspicious of Daesh infiltrators or sympathizers.

The cost of being smuggled out of Syria entirely is a prohibitive $3,000 to $4,000 a person, according to Sarmad Al-Jilane, a Sound and Picture activist in Turkey. Turkey also is cracking down on crossings.

As a result, few from Raqqa are found in southern Turkey, where hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the civil war. The aid worker also said so far there is no refugee crisis from Raqqa — a chilling sign of how hard it is to leave.

Fighters in Raqqa have started to move in with families to hide among civilians. Residents must dig trenches, stack sandbags and build earthen berms for the city’s defenses. Children have stopped going to school.

“If you want ‘lessons,’ you go to the mosques,” said Hamad, a former resident of Raqqa province who keeps in regular contact with people in the city. He spoke from Beirut on condition he be identified only by his first name for fear of reprisals against relatives and friends there.

Food is still in adequate supply, though prices rose after the destruction of the bridges. Medical care is almost nonexistent since most doctors fled long ago, according to Hamad and others. Hospitals are short on equipment.

But underground clinics run by the Daesh group for its fighters are well-stocked, said Hussam Eesa, one of the founders of the activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, speaking from Turkey.

Loudspeakers on mosques or on vehicles used by the religious police warn the populace that the battle is coming.

“They tell people ... it is a battle against Islam, all nations are attacking us and the Prophet says we should be united,” Eesa said. “They are putting psychological pressure on residents.”
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


Iraqi militiaman dies in checkpoint attack

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A police source informed that a member of al-Hashd al-Ashaeri was killed, while two others were wounded in an armed attack on a checkpoint, south of Baghdad, Alsumaria News reported on Wednesday.

The source said that unidentified gunmen, riding a motorcycle, fired indiscriminately toward a checkpoint belonging to al-Hashd al-Ashaeri in al-Taqa area in al-Yusufiyah vicinity, south of Baghdad, killing one of its members and wounding two others.

Security forces rushed to the area of incident, and transferred the body to the forensic medicine department and the wounded to a nearby hospital to receive the needed treatment, the source added on condition of anonymity.

The capital, Baghdad, is witnessing a surge of violence, including suicide attacks using car bombs and explosive vests, in addition to separate attacks against civilians and security members.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF shutters 3 alleged West Bank gunsmithing operations
[IsraelTimes] In crackdown on illegally manufactured weapons, army seizes machinery, gun parts in Hebron region; 6 Paleostinians placed in durance vile overnight.

Israeli troops shut down three workshops believed to have been used to illegally manufacture guns in the Hebron region early Wednesday morning, as part of an ongoing crackdown on the weapons trade in the West Bank, the army said.

In a joint operation by the Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet security service, the soldiers confiscated equipment and gun parts from the workshops, before sealing off the doors, the army said.

No arrests were made in connection with the alleged weapon manufacturing operations, an IDF spokesperson said.

So far in 2017, the army has located and shuttered 12 such workshops and seized over 110 guns, the IDF said Wednesday.

That figure puts the army on track to match, if not exceed, its efforts from the year before, in which forces shut down 43 alleged gunsmithing operations and confiscated over 450 weapons.

For the past 15 months, the IDF has set its sights on the illegal gun market in the West Bank, focusing on its sources -- gun makers and sellers, rather than gun owners, for instance -- in an attempt to prevent terror attacks.

The effort has not yet significantly curbed the number of shooting attacks perpetrated against Israeli civilians and soldiers, but has sent the prices of illegal guns skyrocketing. The cost of a homemade weapons tripled over the course of 2016, an intelligence officer in the army’s West Bank division told news hounds in January.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, Israeli troops incarcerated
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
an alleged Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, operative and five Paleostinians suspected of taking part in so-called "popular terrorism," a catch-all term denoting rock throwing and participating in violent protests.

The suspected Hamas member was arrested in Aqraba in the northern West Bank.

Two of the alleged rock throwers were arrested in Usarin, south of Nablus; another two were arrested in Tuqua, in the central West Bank; and the fifth was arrested in Bethlehem, the army said.
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Palestinian women shot dead after attempting to stab officer
[ALMASDARNEWS] A Paleostinian woman was rubbed out after she allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli police officer on Wednesday.

The shooting occurred near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City.

According to the Israeli police, the women tried to stab the officer with a pair of scissors after which she was fatally shot by security forces.
Ynet adds:
The woman was then identified as Siham Nimr, 49, from the Shuafat refugee camp in eastern Jerusalem.

She is the mother of Mustafa Nimr, who was accidentally killed by coppers in September 2016 after his cousin rammed through an east Jerusalem checkpoint while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The officers mistook the two for terrorists, shooting the vehicle and critically wounding Mustafa, who was sitting in the passenger seat.

A source in the Shuafat refugee camp told Ynet that since her son was killed, Siham was heavily depressed and couldn’t recover. The source estimated that she tried to stab the officers probably as Dire Revenge for her son's death.
File under suicide by cop.

A 15-year-old boy from Yitzhar arrested on suspicion of stoning police officers

[Ynet] A 15-year-old resident of Yitzhar, which is in Samaria, was tossed in the clink
You have the right to remain silent...
after throwing stones at police forces while they were in the village. The Central District Attorney's Office is expected to file an indictment against him for disturbing a policeman under aggravated circumstances and resisting arrest.
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Southeast Asia
Family murder suspects gunned down in Thai south
[Bangkok Post] Security authorities in Narathiwat on Wednesday killed two men suspected in the deadly ambush of an assistant village chief's family early this month.

The dead men, residents of Rueso district, were identified as Isma-ae Hama and Aseng Useng. Isma-ae was shot in his torso and chest. A pistol was found with him. Aseng was shot in the torso, back and side and an assault rifle was by him. About 50 meters from the bodies was their pickup truck bearing no license plates.

The two are suspected of killing Somchai Thongjan, assistant chief of Ban Sri Pinyo village, in an ambush on March 2 that killed him, his wife, sister-in-law and eight-year-old son as they were taking their children to school.

Rueso police chief Ruangsak Buadaeng said paramilitary rangers in two vehicles had followed the suspects from Yala province. Officials in one vehicle overtook the suspects' pickup truck and tried to stop them for a search on Wednesday afternoon. Aseng then accelerated the truck and Isma-ae shot at the security officials who fired back. They pulled over and ran towards a spot where they attempted to fight the officials, and were gunned down.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Fighters, civilians evacuated from last militant-held district in Homs
[ALMASDARNEWS] Footage released on Wednesday shows Russian officers helping to organize the evacuation of fighters and civilians from the last Death Eater-held district of Homs, the al-Waer district.

With the assistance of the military and international humanitarian organizations, civilians and Lions of Islam along with their families, were evacuated from the al-Waer district to internally displaced persons (IDP) camps.

More than 1,500 people were evacuated from al-Waer, with around half of the evacuees believed to be Death Eaters.

They decided to join reconciliation process after safety was promised to them and to their families.
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Turkey concludes Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Turkish Army and their rebel allies have announced the conclusion of Operation Euphrates Shield after more than six months of sporadically attacking 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....
(ISIS), Kurdish forces, and Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

Since launching this operation, the Turkish-led forces have captured the northern Aleppo cities of Jarabulus and al-Bab from the Islamic State terrorist group.

However,
some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
during Operation Euphrates Shield, the Turkish Armed Forces often targeted the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) around the Afrin Canton of northern Aleppo, causing many observers of the war to question the Erdogan regime’s intentions.
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Syrian Army preparing massive offensive inside Deir Ezzor
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing for a massive offensive inside the Deir Ezzor Governorate that will concentrate on the western region of the province under 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 (ISIS) control.

According to a local military source, the Syrian Arab Army’s two Elite Republican Guard forces (104th Airborne Brigade and al-Qassem Group) will lead the assault, alongside the 123rd Brigade of the 3rd Division and 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division.

The source added that the Syrian Arab Army will attempt to recapture the Deir Ezzor provincial cemetery and Thardeh Mountains that overlook the strategic military airport.
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503 militants surrender in Homs
Approximately 530 Syrian militants from the Al-Waer district of the Syrian city of Homs decided to lay down arms and become unarmed civilians under the deal with local authorities, Homs Governor Talal Barazi said.

He added that the remaining militants will be transferred to the northern part of Syria alongside their families.

“We, as a government, generally tried to persuade the militants to remain here, but they did not want it and that is why they are leaving. About 530 people will remain: they are laying down arms and will lead a peaceful life. Among them are students and workers. Everyone will return to their places and will have the same rights as the ordinary people,” the governor told reporters.

The Russian center for reconciliation of conflicting sides in the Syrian Arab Republic played a crucial role in mediating the ceasefire, the governor underlined.

The overall process of militant’s withdrawal will take about 50 days, Barazi added.

On March 13, Syrian authorities and militant groups in Homs reached an agreement with Russian mediation as the guarantor. In accordance with the agreement, militants and their families agreed to leave Homs stage by stage, while Syrian government troops guaranteed safe passage for them.

On Tuesday, the Russian General Staff announced that almost 1,900 people, including nearly 650 militants, left Homs.
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5 die in bombing attack in Homs
A terrorist bomb attack on a bus in Syria’s third city Homs killed five people and wounded at least six on Wednesday, SANA news agency reported.

The blast hit a small bus carrying passengers in the Al-Zahraa neighborhood, which has been repeatedly targeted in bombings, including a December attack that killed four people near a Red Crescent center.

SANA’s correspondent in Homs said terrorists targeted a passenger bus in al-Siteen Street in al-Zahra’a neighborhood with an explosive device, putting the death toll at 3 people.

However, the agency said then that the Health Director in Homs said that the number of victims has risen to 5 dead and 6 injured.
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