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Reports of an explosion(3) in a metro station in central #StPetersburg, #Russia
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10 insurgents die in Takhar province
At least 10 Taliban insurgents were killed in an attack on Durqad district of northern Takhar province on Saturday night, local officials said on Sunday.

In addition, nine other insurgents were injured.

The incident took place after Taliban insurgents attacked the district from different directions and clashed with security forces, 808 Police Spinzar zone said in a statement.

“The attack started at about 8 pm local time and ended at 4 am - early Sunday,” according to the statement.

However, the statement did not provide details on casualties among security forces.
Posted by: badanov || 04/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [374 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Afghan forces and civilians suffer casualties in Khost car bombing
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A heavy kaboom was reported in southeastern Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
of Afghanistan late on Saturday leaving a number of the security forces and civilians dead or maimed.

The local officials confirmed the incident took place in the vicinity of Domand district in northern part of the province.

Provincial governor’s front man Mubariz Mohammad Zadran said the government has received reports regarding the six students who suffered injuries in the attack.

He said the health condition of a number of the maimed is critical but there are still no reports regarding the Afghan forces casualties.

In the meantime, another official said at least three Afghan security personnel were killed in the attack and some others were maimed.

The eyewitnesses and local residents said the kaboom was powerful enough to shatter the glasses of the several houses in the area.

Posted by: Fred || 04/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Shaboobs retakes town vacated by Somali forces
Al-Shabaab militants have retaken a key district near Baidoa, the regional capital of Baay province on Sunday from Somali troops after a brief gunfight. Heavily armed Al Shabaab fighters with militants vehicles had dislodged the National Army (SNA) soldiers from Goofgaduud town, which lies just 30KM north of Baidoa city.

“The Somali Government troops pulled out of the town and Al-Shabaab militants entered and secured control after attack,” said a resident who spoke to Radio Shabelle by phone.

The Al Qaida-linked Al shabaab fighters hoisted their black banner on the top buildings and implored residents to inform them their comeback, according to the anonymous resident.

Somali troops who vacated Goofgaduud retreated back to a nearby area outside Baidoa, where reports say they are planning a new counter-attack to regain control of the village.
That doesn't make a bit of sense...
Posted by: Steve White || 04/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [356 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Africa North
Sniper kills woman and sailor on Benghazi’s Guiliana Bridge
[Libya Herald] A sailor and a civilian were killed by a sniper in Benghazi today when a family car tried to cross the Guiliana Bridge.

The driver’s wife was killed when the gunnies opened up on the car and his niece, who was eight-months pregnant, was shot in the side. A sailor who rushed to help was then rubbed out. The dead serviceman has been named as Ahmed Mousa al-Zwai from the nearby navy operations room. The family has not been identified.

The driver, who was also injured, was taken to hospital along with his niece. The baby was delivered prematurely but healthy. The mother however is still in a serious condition.

An army source said the sniper was positioned in a high building in Suq al-Hout on the other side of the bridge. However Suq al-Hout is too far away. The sniper may therefore have been operating outside the myrmidon enclave.

Meanwhile as Libyan National Army continues to surround their positions in the city’s Sabri and Suq al-Hout, bandidos hard boyz blew up a bridge at al-Thama on the coastal road heading into Sabri.
Posted by: Fred || 04/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [360 views] Top|| File under: Ansar al-Sharia

Policeman succumbs to injuries from Egypt's Tanta terror blast
[AlAhram] A 35-year-old low-ranking police officer, Mohammed Ahmed Nofal, died Saturday night from injuries sustained in a kaboom near a police training centre in Egypt's Nile Delta city of Tanta, al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

A Tanta health ministry official said four of the injured were still in a critical condition and undergoing surgery.

A military funeral for the policeman will be held later Sunday, according to authorities.

On Saturday night, Lewaa al-Thawra
...The Revolution Brigade, which along with Hasm (Decisiveness or Determination) is one of the fighting arms of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, established to fight back against the overthrow of President Morsi...
posted a new statement on their Twitter account under the name of "traps for traitors", referring to 20 casualties, and claiming their attack as Dire Revenge of their "four deaders" who were killed last month, and also for "the residents of Basarta in Damietta."

A heavy security crackdown has been in effect in Basrata village in the northern governorate of Damietta for the past few days. Officials were reported in local newspapers as saying that the crackdown was to arrest gunnies who killed a low-ranking policeman in the village.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [386 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Reports of an explosion (3) in a metro station in central #StPetersburg, #Russia
[Twitter] 3 Explosions 10 dead so far.

Update at 2:10 pm EDT based on comments below:
  • one explosion and one unexploded bomb found and disarmed in St. Petersburg metro

  • 10-11 dead

  • of the 50 originally listed as wounded, 39 are still in hospital, six in critical condition

  • arrest warrents issued for two miscreants, one for each bomb

  • ISIS is celebrating, while CNN is remembering past Chechen attacks in Russia
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/03/2017 08:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [986 views] Top|| File under:

#1  CNN reporting on blast.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/03/2017 8:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Could be a lot of enemies at this point for Russia. I'm still betting on Methodists.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/03/2017 9:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Russia Today live
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/03/2017 9:17 Comments || Top||

#4  It's been more than half an hour, and Islamists aren't all dead. I guess Putin lied.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/03/2017 9:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Russia Today has opened a tab specific to the incident here.

Both CNN and Russia Today are updating -- thank you for the links, gentlemen. From both: ten dead, fifty wounded, twenty-five of the wounded sent to hospital. Explosion took place in a subway car in a tunnel berween stations, the entire St. Petersburg subway system has been shut down and passengers evacuated -- presumably in case there is another bomb somewhere.

President Putin announced they do not yet know who dunnit, and they are looking into all possibilities including accident and terrorism.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/03/2017 10:10 Comments || Top||

#6  The Daily Mail is doing what they do best:

Two suspected terrorists are on the run after a nail bomb planted in a St Petersburg train ripped through the carriages - killing at least 10 people and injury 50 today.

Several Russian media outlets have released the CCTV picture of the bearded suspect who was wearing a long, black top and a hat blamed for causing the carnage by detonating a bomb that was packed with shrapnel.

The terrifying incident took place on a train that was travelling between Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya metro stations. A second explosive device disguised as a fire extinguisher was found and defused in a nearby station.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the explosion, but previous attacks on Russia have been blamed on ISIS and Chechens.

A search warrant has now been issued for two people in connection with the attack - one for planting the bomb which detonated at Sennaya Ploshchad and the other for leaving an explosive device at Ploshchad Revolutsii station.

A source said: 'Two people are being sought on suspicion of planning the blasts, one of whom is thought to have placed the explosive device in the metro wagon and the second person for leaving a bomb at the metro station Ploshchad Revolutsii.'

Dozens have been injured, including at least three children, as it was reported the man left a briefcase on a train before moving carriages moments before the deadly blast.

The DM photo of the fire extinguisher bomb shows it was filled with ball bearings, and the photos of the man who left the bomb that went off between stations are black & white and grainy -- hopefully the experts can make more of them than I can. RT reports six of those in hospital remain in critical condition. Various reports have ten or eleven dead. CNN reports that the train conductor saved lives by continuing to the next station after the explosion, so that the wounded could more easily be evacuated and treated, and 39 remain hospitalized. CNN is providing background on several attacks by Chenchnyan jihadis, showing their thinking about the miscreants, and has many of the same photos as the Daily Mail.

Drudge Report links to a Vocativ report that ISIS is celebrating, which does not prove they were involved in any way, but that may make the Russian response more interesting.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/03/2017 14:01 Comments || Top||

Uzair Baloch indicted in five murder, two police encounter cases
[DAWN] KARACHI: An antiterrorism court indicted on Saturday chief of the banned Peoples Amn Committee
... Peoples' Peace Committee is a group of brown turbans tied to the Pakn People's Party and based in Blood-soaked Karachi. It was founded by an infamous gangster, Rehman Dakait in 2008. It is accused of being involved in organized crime and gang wars. After Rehman departed this vale of tears in 2009, leadership of the group was taken over by Uzair Baloch, who is probably associated with the Tataglias or the Barzini clan. The Amn Committee was banned in Pakistain in 2011, which means precisely squat....
Uzair Jan Baloch in seven cases.

The PAC chief along with alleged Lyari
...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot....
gangsters -- Amin Buledi, Ramzan alias Ramzani, Abdul Ghaffar alias Mama and Zubair Baloch -- has been booked in five murder cases, including the killing of an SHO, and two cases of police encounters registered during the 2012 Lyari operation.

The ATC-VI judge, who is conducting the trial after amalgamating all the cases inside the Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
central prison, read out charges against the accused to which they pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
and opted to contest the cases.

The judge summonsed prosecution witnesses directing them to appear in court to record their evidence on April 24.

Uzair Jan Baloch, who is facing multiple cases including the murder of rival gangster Arshad Pappu, was incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
under mysterious circumstances in January 2016. He was held under 90-day preventive detention by Rangers, who later handed him over to police.

Once known for his close association with the Pakistain Peoples Party, particularly some of the PPP’s leaders, Uzair was declared proclaimed offender in over 40 cases pending before ATCs.

Around 35 cases pertaining to murder, attempted murder and attack on police were registered against him and his accomplices during an operation conducted by police in Lyari in 2012.

He is also facing trial along with a PPP MNA from Lyari and some coppers in the triple murder of Arshad Pappu, his brother Yasir Arafat and their confidant Juma Shera, who were killed in Lyari after being kidnapped from Defence in March 2013.

Posted by: Fred || 04/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [348 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Policeman killed in Kashmir grenade attack hours after Modi's visit
[DAWN] A grenade kaboom killed a police officer and injured 10 other security personnel in India-held Kashmire on Sunday, police said, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the tense region.

The suspected murderous Moslems lobbed a grenade at a group of police and paramilitary troops in the main city of Srinagar following protests against Modi's visit.

"Four personnel of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) and seven coppers were maimed in the grenade blast," Bhuvesh Choudhary, front man of the paramilitary CRPF said.

One of the coppers who was maimed in the blast later died of his injuries, inspector general Javid Gillani told AFP.

Armed encounters between security forces and rebels fighting to end Indian rule over Kashmire have become more frequent since massive protests last year, sparked by the killing in July of a popular murderous Moslem leader.

Large parts of the Kashmire valley observed a virtual shutdown Sunday following a call by separatists protesting Modi's visit.
Posted by: Fred || 04/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [349 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

Four missiles fired from Afghanistan into Kurram Agency
[DAWN] Four missiles were fired from across the Pak-Afghan border into Kurram Agency
...home of an intricately interconnected web of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, where the laws of cause and effect are assumed to be suspended, conveniently located adjacent to Tora Bora...
Sunday morning, according to local political administration.

A spokesperson of the local administration said the attack which left locals panicked did not cause any loss of life. However,
a woman is only as old as she admits...
one missile struck a shop in the Shingak area, another landed near a mosque, and two others in a graveyard at Kachkina, he said.

The spokesperson claimed the missiles were fired from Afghanistan's Paktia province.

Kurram is one of the most sensitive tribal areas as it borders three Afghan provinces and at one point was one of the key routes for Death Eater movement across the border.

Bilateral relations between Pakistain and Afghanistan have been tense as of late, with officials from both sides traded allegations over terrorism.

Pakistain's border crossings with Afghanistan had been sealed in the aftermath of a suicide kaboom at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sindh ─ the deadliest in a series of recent attacks in the country.

Posted by: Fred || 04/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [408 views] Top|| File under: TTP

20 killed in stabbings at Muslim shrine, Pakistani police say
[CNN] A custodian and four other suspects have been nabbed
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
after 20 people were killed at a Moslem shrine, authorities in Pakistain said Sunday.

Three more people are hospitalized at death's door after the attack in 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....

province, said Liaqat Chattah, deputy police commissioner for Sargodha city, where the attack happened.

Custodian Abdul Waheed drugged and stripped the victims before they were killed at the Sufi shrine, which is named the Ali Ahmad Gunnar Shrine, said Chattah.

Knives and clubs were used to attack the devotees before police were alerted by two men and two women who had expeditiously departed at a goodly pace, Chattah said.

Waheed was arrested, along with four other suspects. The police official described Waheed as mentally unstable. An investigation is underway, he said.

Shrines to various saints are scattered all over Pakistain, where they are considered places of meditation and refuge, where the homeless find shelter and alms are handed out. Shrine custodians generally perform caretaker duties -- keeping the area clean and managing events and rituals.

Sargodha is about 105 miles northwest of Lahore.
Posted by: Fred || 04/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [402 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  another reason why Pakistan is valued by many countries

yesterday's article
Posted by: lord garth || 04/03/2017 4:41 Comments || Top||

Kirkuk Kombat Chronicles
6 Kurds die in roadside bomb attack in Kirkuk

Tuz Khurmatu (BasNews) Two improvised explosive devices (IED) injured six Peshmerga troops in west of Tuz Khurmatu, south of Kirkuk province, early on Sunday.

Mohamed Fayaq, head of Tuz Khurmatu media department said that the planted IEDs targeted a convoy of Peshmerga forces in western Tuz Kharmatu district, wounding six Peshmerga troops.

Tuz Khurmatu is a disputed Kurdish area. It is a religiously and ethnically diverse city in northern Iraq where Kurds, Arabs and Turkmens live altogether.

7 ISIS have a Very Bad Day in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (BasNews) (IraqiNews.com)The Global Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) Air Force killed seven militants including two leaders in southwest of Kirkuk province.

Depending on a source from the Peshmerga forces, Anadolu Agency reported a fighter jet belonging to the coalition conducted a precise strike against a position of the IS militants in Rashad town, southwest of Kirkuk.

The strike led to the elimination of seven militants, including two leaders, of the extremist group.

The air raid which targeted the IS militants in Rashad town near the group’s held town of Hawija was undertaken based on Peshmerga military intelligence, the source said.

Hawija is a strategic town which has fallen into the hands of IS since mid-2014. Iraqi authorities postponed an operation to liberate the town last year, instead they moved onto central Mosul.

Kurdish authorities in Kirkuk have repeatedly warned that Kirkuk may not be completely secured as long as IS rules the nearby town of Hawija.

Military operations in Iraq are resumed at places where IS control it. International coalition launch airstrikes against the IS sites leaving casualties.

The Iraqi government is expected to launch an offensive to retake IS-occupied areas in Kirkuk once it is done with eradicating IS from Mosul, the group’s biggest bastion in Iraq where U.S.-backed government troops and allied militias have entered a sixth month of operations seeking to recapture the city.
Posted by: badanov || 04/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin

Suicide bomber dies in attack attempt

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Baghdad Operations Command, on Sunday, announced killing a suicide bomber, wearing an explosive belt, north of the province.

The command said in a press statement that forces from the army’s 22nd brigade managed, during a proactive intelligence operation, backed by the National Security, to kill a terrorist wearing an explosive belt in al-Tarmiyah District, north of Baghdad.

The terrorist was the Islamic State Supply Official in the area, the statement added.

The capital, Baghdad, is witnessing a surge of violence and suicide attacks using booby-trapped vehicles and explosive vests, in addition to separate attacks against civilians and security forces.

1 dead in bombings in southern Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Eights persons were killed and injured in two blasts, south of Baghdad, a source from police said on Sunday.

“A bomb placed near the commercial stores in al-Wardiya region in al-Mada’en district, south of Baghdad, exploded on Sunday, leaving three civilians wounded,” the source told AlSumaria News.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said, “another bomb was planted near a market at al-Sayyed Abdullah region in Mahmoudiya district, south of Baghdad. The explosion left one killed and four others injured.”

Security troops, according to the source, arrived at the two accident spots and took the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment.

While several blasts are not followed by a claim of responsibility, Islamic State militants said they had been behind some bloody explosions and attacks that hit the capital in the past months, leaving casualties among civilians and security troops.

Some observers believe Islamic State has been escalating attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October, so as to relieve pressure by government forces on that front and to divert attention from group losses.
Posted by: badanov || 04/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Anbar Antix

4 Iraqi soldiers die in IED attack

Rutba (IraqiNews.com) A security source revealed that at least 4 army soldiers were killed in the explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED), west of Anbar, Bas News reported on Sunday.

The source said that the attack was launched on a vehicle carrying army soldiers, using an improvised explosive device, east of the city of Rutba, killing four soldiers and wounding the civilian driver.

The security forces imposed their control on the majority of cities in Anbar, however, the Islamic State is still launching attacks on those areas.
Posted by: badanov || 04/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [353 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Six arrested in E. Jerusalem and the West Bank
Two clerics arrested connected to Old City stabbing

[Ynet] Two holy mans from the al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount were tossed in the clink
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
as part of an investigation into Saturday’s stabbing attack on Hagai Street. A gag order has been issued on the details of their alleged involvement.

Two civilians and one policeman were slightly injured in the attack.

The two suspects, da’is (charitable workers for Islamic organizations) at the mosque, are named Sami Abed Fatiha and Hasnin Zahnir. Their remand was extended by four days, and a gag order was imposed on every detail of the investigation, apart from the arrest of the two.
It sounds like they belonged to the group paid a salary by Hamas to cause trouble on the Temple Mount.
Police arrest 2 East Jerusalem residents for incitement

[IsraelTimes] Police arrested two East Jerusalem residents for suspected incitement to violence over posts on their Facebook pages, a police spokesperson said Sunday. The two suspects, who police said were not associated with each other, were arrested for uploading posts to their Facebook accounts that are said to praise terrorists and terror attacks in Israel.

Police said that during a search of the homes of the two suspects, who are 20 and 24 years-old, “media materials and incitement materials were seized.”

An investigation into the two suspects was opened and police requested they be held in detention until the end of proceedings against them, Israel Radio reported.

Soldiers foil attempted West Bank stabbing attempt

[IsraelTimes] A Palestinian man was arrested after brandishing a screwdriver and threatening to stab a soldier at a West Bank checkpoint on Sunday, the army said. The Palestinian man approached the soldiers’ post near the Tzufim settlement near the northwestern West Bank city of Qalqilya armed with a screwdriver. He threatened to stab the soldier at the gate. Following military protocol the soldiers called for him to stop, and the man “surrendered himself to them,” without the use of force, the army said.

The suspect was taken for interrogation.

Alleged Palestinian counterfeiter nabbed with $800,000 in fake cash

[IsraelTimes] Police say a Palestinian man in possession of nearly a million dollars of US currency has been arrested in the West Bank. The 35-year-old man from the Hebron-area village of Yatta is detained after an undercover investigation by Israeli security forces into a suspected counterfeiting ring. At the time of his arrest, Israeli troops uncover $800,000 in a suitcase the suspect is carrying.

Police say their investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/03/2017 02:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [344 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

Syrian Army Combat Summary
The Syrian Army targeted gatherings and positions of Nusra Front and ISIL terrorists in Daraa and Deir Ezzor provinces.


A military source told SANA that army units targeted with concentrated fire the fortifications of Nusra terrorists to the north of al-Nu’aima town in Daraa province and destroyed one of their command centers, leaving all terrorists inside it dead or injured.

In the northern countryside, the source added that an army unit targeted gatherings of Nusra terrorists in the town of al-Tiha and the farms to the east of Ebta’a, destroying a tank and two heavy machineguns.

Another army unit targeted dens of terrorist groups in the neighborhoods of Daraa al-Balad and al-Karak, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their arms and ammunition.

Deir Ezzor

An army unit killed 10 ISIL terrorists in operations against their gatherings and infiltration axes in Deir Ezzor city and the surrounding area.

A military source told SANA that an army unit targeted with concentrated fire the gatherings of the ISIL terrorists in al-Erifi neighborhood in Deir Ezzor city and their positions in the surroundings of the Regiment 137 to the southwest of the city, killing 10 terrorists and destroying two machinegun nests and a vehicle.


A military source said that army units foiled infiltration attempts by Nusra terrorists from the direction of the villages of Ghajar Amir and Kafrnan towards military posts and from the direction of the projects area towards Qinyat al-Asi village in Homs province’s northern countryside, killing a large number of terrorists and injuring others, in addition to destroying a number of their vehicles.

Source: SANA
Posted by: badanov || 04/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [414 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Rebel forces repel attack at Tabqa dam
AMMAN: US-backed Syrian forces repelled a major counter-attack by Daesh militants holding out at the country’s largest dam and in the nearby town of Tabqa, the group and activists said on Sunday.

The dam is a key strategic target in the military campaign to isolate and capture the Syrian city of Raqqa, 40 km to the east and Daesh’s biggest urban stronghold.

The US-backed group said militants attacked its positions north-east of Tabqa and at an airbase to the south of the town where dozens of its fighters were killed; but the coalition of Kurdish and Arab militias was making slower advances in a village east of the town.

Jehan Sheikh Ahmad, a spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), spearheaded by the powerful Kurdish YPG militia, said the militants were stepping up their resistance as SDF forces got closer to encircling the town and the dam.

“Our forces are advancing...(Daesh) are facing large difficulties and so they are starting counter-attacks,” said the official whose forces have US special forces with them.

The SDF began an assault to capture the dam and the nearby town almost two weeks ago after the coalition landed some of its fighters on the southern side of the Euphrates near Tabqa, leading to its capture of an air base.

The SDF has been waging a multi-phased offensive since November to isolate Raqqa, with backing from the US-led coalition taking territory to the north and east of the province.

Hundreds of families with their cattle, property, motor bikes and vans continued on Sunday to flee from villages under Daesh control.

The US-backed forces say at least 7,000 people have taken shelter in their areas since the campaign to capture Tabqa.

Many are also fleeing airstrikes on civilian areas in Raqqa province that have left dozens dead according to activists and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Last month strikes believed to be conducted by the US-led coalition hit a bakery and a local market in Tabqa town with dozens of civilians killed. Another raid that hit a school sheltering displaced people near Raqqa also killed scores. The SDF denies civilians are targeted.

Daesh and the Syrian government have both said the hydroelectric dam is vulnerable to collapse after strikes by the US-led coalition.

Syrian officials say that would lead to catastrophic flooding in the cities and towns in the Euphrates valley downstream.

The SDF and the coalition have denied the dam is in danger.

Residents, however, say an SDF attempt last week to relieve the dam’s water levels by opening a canal from the Balikh River that flows into the Euphrates had flooded cultivated agricultural land in several villages.
Posted by: badanov || 04/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [387 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Russian warbirds hit rebel positions near Syrian border
AMMAN: Jets believed to be Russian hit an outpost run by moderate Syrian fighters forces in northwestern Syria near a major border crossing with Turkey, killing at least one fighter and wounding several people, two Syrian fighters sources said on Sunday.

They said several raids overnight hit Babeska, a village in Idlib province that has become a haven for several moderate Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups, mainly Jaish al Islam, a major insurgent group that controls the last major Syrian fighters stronghold on the doorstep of the Syrian capital.

Jaish al Islam is a signatory to a fragile cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey at the end of last year. Syrian fighters say Russia has failed to put pressure on the Syrian government to ensure the cease-fire holds.

The Syrian government considers Jaish al Islam a terrorist group and blames it alongside other insurgents for waging recent attacks on the government-held areas in the capital.

The village also houses hundreds of families and fighters from the Damascus suburb of Daraya which was evacuated by Syrian fighters and surrendered to government control last year.

War jets also believed to be Russian also struck Urum al Kubra town in fighters-held western Aleppo countryside where five civilians were killed, in an area that witnessed fighting between Syrian fighters and the Syrian army, Syrian fighters said.

Posted by: badanov || 04/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [390 views] Top|| File under:

Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition

16 civilian corpses found in Mosul's Old Town

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi government forces discovered 16 dead bodies of civilians in western Mosul’s Old City district on Sunday, saying they had probably been executed by Islamic State militants.

Quoted by Anadolu Agency, Karim al-Nuaimi, a lieutenant at the Interior Ministry’s Rapid Response forces, said Sunday that the victims belong to Ras al-Jada district, and had apparently been executed by a firing squad for attempting to flee the area.

News reports said last week that IS executed 23 civilians from Ras al-Jada for refusing to evacuate their residences and move to another location with IS fighters.

Anadolu Agency also quoted Khaled al-Hilli, a colonel at the Iraqi army, saying that IS militants als shot dead two civilians trying to flee Bab Lakash area in central Mosul towards security forces.

Iraqi troops have been struggling to retake the densely-populated and-structured Old City since operations launched in February to retake western Mosul in February.

Iraqi commanders and officials at the allied U.S.-led coalition have admitted to the difficulty of battles in that region, especially at the Old City, due to the high numbers of civilians stranded there, and who are believed to be used by IS as human shields.

ISIS kills 13 civilians in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) 13 civilians were killed by the Islamic State militants while escaping areas controlled by the group to freed areas, west of Mosul, a source from Federal Police said on Sunday.

“13 civilians were killed while trying to escape Tamouz region heading to Bab al-Sham, western Mosul,” Colonel Khodeir Saleh told BasNews.

“IS opened fire against the civilians. Security troops were able to take the bodies then to medical centers,” he added.

Islamic State has executed hundreds of civilians and security members since it took over large areas in Iraq to proclaim a self-styled “Islamic Caliphate”in 2014.

The group carried out the executions of its victims, which it proudly posted through its media, over accusations of collaboration with the Iraqi security authorities or for attempting to flee areas under its control.

Mosul is the Islamic State’s strongest 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.

Remains of 2 militia men found in Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Mayor of al-Baghdadi area in Anbar Province announced, on Sunday, that security forces found remains of two tribal fighters, who were executed earlier by the Islamic State group, west of the province.

Sharhabeel al-Obeidi said in a press statement that forces from the Iraqi army discovered remains of two tribal fighters in al-Kasriyat area, west of Baghdadi area.

The two fighters were abducted from their houses by the Islamic State militants, two years ago, Obeidi added. The security forces managed to identify them after examining their clothes and IDs.

The Islamic State group abducted a large number of Anbar residents, and executed many of them, while the destiny of the rest of them is still vague.

ISIS captive reveals location of mass grave in Diyala

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Al-Hashd al-Shaabi’s War Media Cell published photos of a prisoner belonging to the Islamic State group, while revealing the location of a mass grave of the group’s victims, dated back to June 2014, in the outskirts of al-Saadiyah vicinity, northeast of Baqubah.

Last week, Diyala Human Rights Organization announced that a mass grave of the Islamic State’s victims was found, based on information obtained from an arrested IS member.
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