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ISIS Media Chief dies in airstrike
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Afghanistan
4 militants killed, hideout eliminated in A-29 strike in South of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least four Death Eaters were killed and their hideout was eliminated in an Arclight airstrike involving the newly-deployed A-29 Super Tucano aircraft in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Death Eaters were targeted in the vicinity of Tarinkot city, the placid provincial capital of Uruzgan province.

A Dshk heavy machine gun as well as a hideout of the Death Eaters was also destroyed in the Arclight airstrike, the Ministry of Defense added.

The anti-government armed Death Eater groups including the Taliban snuffies have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as at least twenty snuffies were killed and a vehicle packed with explosives was destroyed in an Arclight airstrike conducted in this province nearly two weeks ago.

Posted by: Fred || 04/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [896 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Trump is bombing the $hit out of them as he said he would during the campaign.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/21/2017 6:38 Comments || Top||

#2  A-29 is an Afghan-flagged aircraft.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/21/2017 8:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Call them 'crop dusted'.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2017 9:16 Comments || Top||

#4  The A-29 is of Brazilian origin. It is a turbo prop and used for counter-insurgency. It looks a lot like a jazzed up version of the WWII Curtiss P-40 Warhawk.

Technically, Trump did not bomb the $hit out of these militants. I'd bet, although not certain, the money for the A-29 is coming from the U.S. for these aircraft. We have been training their pilots in these aircraft. Training of Afghans on A-29.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/21/2017 9:20 Comments || Top||

#5  Technically, Trump did not bomb the $hit out of these militants.

Can you hang bombs on these things maybe? :-)
Posted by: gorb || 04/21/2017 9:40 Comments || Top||

#6  gorb, yes. They can carry 10 250 lb bombs, or 5 500 pounders. They can also carry a varietyof other armaments.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 04/21/2017 10:05 Comments || Top||

#7  OK, JohnQC. There's hope that your wish may eventually come true. :-)
Posted by: gorb || 04/21/2017 13:51 Comments || Top||

#8  This is a specialized CAS aircraft whose budget should be allocated to the Army. Currently, that budget belongs to the Air Force, which uses it to fund air superiority aircraft like the F-35. If you handed the Army's mortar budget to the Navy, you can bet the squids would use it on some ship-mounted artillery system.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/low-and-slow
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 04/21/2017 18:53 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Haftar drops bombs on Derna's Al-Fatayeh district for fourth day
[Libya Observer] The district of al-Fatayeh in eastern Derna city - Libya's eastern region - woke up Thursday morning on out-loud sounds of bombing by Khalifa Haftar
... served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
's fighter aircraft.

The aircraft targeted the district in eastern Derna causing material damage only.

According to eastern sources, today's air-attack has been the fourth this week.

MiG21 of Omar al-Mukhtar operations room of Dignity Operation bombarded the district bringing down a house and damaging others.

Today- April 20 - coincides with the first anniversary for the defeat of IS bandidos Lions of Islam by Derna Shura Council fighters and the liberation of Derna from the terrorist groups.

The city is celebrating the incident as a sign of pride in their city fighters and revolutionaries.

Omar al-Mukhtar operations room urged the residents to get out of their district in preparation for a military campaign they want launch, similar to that launched in Benghazi by Dignity Operation in May 2014.

Posted by: Fred || 04/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [367 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Egypt's army says it killed prominent Ansar Beit El-Maqdis leader in Sinai airstrikes
[AlAhram] Egypt's army said on Thursday it has killed a top leader in Sinai-based holy warrior group Ansar Beit El-Maqdis during Arclight airstrikes in Central and North Sinai.

In an official statement, army front man Tamer El-Refaie said the army's air forces conducted strikes in those governorates, killing 19 faceless myrmidons including one of the group's top leaders.

According to the statement, the leader was the head of the group's Sharia Committee and responsible for interrogations.
Oboy! A genuine Number 3!
The army has not publicly identified the leader, but said that 11 of those killed were members of the group's branches in Nile Delta governorates.

This is not the first time the army has announced the killing of a prominent leader in the group this month. Earlier in April, El-Refai said that group leader Salem Salma El-Hamdeen, known as Abu Anas El-Ansari, had died from injuries sustained in an Arclight airstrike on 18 March that killed 188 faceless myrmidons and injured several others.

According to the army, El-Ansari was one of the group's founders and among its most important leaders in North Sinai, involved in arming and training faceless myrmidons in the area. The holy warrior group's propaganda magazine El-Nabaa mourned the death of the 40-year-old leader through an obituary.

Most of the attacks against security personnel and installations in North Sinai in recent years have been claimed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which pledged allegiance to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorist group in late 2014.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [375 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


One policeman killed, civilian injured in IED blast in Egypt's North Sinai
[AlAhram] One Egyptian policeman was killed and a civilian injured in an IED blast that hit an armoured vehicle in Egypt's North Sinai city of El-Arish, state news agency MENA reported on Thursday.

Egypt's security forces have been battling a decade-long Lion of Islam Islamist insurgency on the Sinai Peninsula, which intensified following the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

The insurgency has been mainly concentrated in North Sinai 's Rafah, El-Arish, and Sheikh Zuweid.

Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail ordered on Wednesday the extension of a years-long state of emergency in designated areas of North Sinai at least until the end of the three-month state of emergency imposed nationwide last week.

The extension of the ongoing state of emergency in North Sinai, which has been renewed every three months since 2014, will impose new overnight curfews in some areas of the governorate.

The curfew will be in effect from 1am to 5am in El-Arish, and 7pm to 6am in the areas of El-Ouga, Halal Mountain, the coastal region and Rafah.

Army forces have been deployed to aid police in protecting vital institutions as part of the nationwide state of emergency.

On 11 April, the Egyptian parliament approved a nationwide three-month state of emergency, declared by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi two days after two jacket wallahs attacked St. George's Cathedral in Tanta and St Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Three dead in armed attack at Russian intelligence agency
Russia's FSB intelligence agency says three people were killed ‐ including the attacker ‐ and one wounded in an armed attack at its office in the Far East.

The FSB, the main successor to the KGB, said in a statement on Friday that an unidentified man passed by metal detectors, entered the reception area of the FSB's office in Khabarovsk and opened fire at the people who were there. One FSB officer and one visitor were killed on spot and one was wounded. Security shot dead the attacker.

The FSB would not immediately release any details about the shooter.

Social media users posted pictures of police cordons around the FSB building in Khabarovsk with special forces standing by.
Posted by: Frank G || 04/21/2017 11:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1245 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  passed by metal detectors

Which means somebody left a gun for him in the reception area?

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 04/21/2017 11:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Or had a non-metallic gun or just ran past the detector station and went directly to work.
Posted by: gorb || 04/21/2017 12:05 Comments || Top||

#3  test
Posted by: jpal || 04/21/2017 12:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Man, the shit is gonna come down on some heads for this attack!
Posted by: chris || 04/21/2017 16:15 Comments || Top||

#5  The Times of Israel reports that the killer is an 18 year old "neo-Nazi" from the area named A. V. Konev. The scare quotes belong to the Times of Israel.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/21/2017 22:03 Comments || Top||


Europe
Freed to kill more police: Isis terrorist who shot dead policeman and wounded two others on the Champs-Elysees was jailed for 20 years for trying to kill officers - but released early
Day 2 of the latest jihad adventure. Day 1 can be reviewed here.
[DailyMail]
  • The killer is alleged to have used messaging app Telegram to talk about desire to attack police

  • ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, and a terror probe has opened

  • Killer has been named as Karim C, amid reports he had previously been jailed for shooting at police

  • One police officer was killed and two others were seriously injured Thursday evening
A killer who rubbed out one police officer and seriously injured two others in Gay Paree Thursday evening had previously been incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
for opening fire on law enforcers, and talked of his desire to kill police on social media.

The 39-year-old, named in reports as Karim C, and using the alias 'Abu Yousuf the Belgian' made dark threats on messaging app Telegram, it has been claimed.

He was convicted for a 2001 shooting which left two coppers seriously injured, according to reports, and was given a 20 year jail term.

French authorities have confirmed that the shooting close to the Champs Elysees was a 'targeted' attack, and prosecutors have opened a terrorism probe.

ISIS has grabbed credit for the attack, which was carried out with a Kalashnikov weapon. A passerby was also injured.

French President Francois Hollande
...the Socialist president of La Belle France, an economic bad joke for la Belle France but seemingly a foreign policy realist...
has said he is convinced that the attack was 'terror related', and will hold a security cabinet meeting in the morning.

The gunman was rubbed out at the scene.

The French-born killer lived in Chelles, a commuter town close to Gay Paree in the Seine-et-Marne department.

In 2003 he was sentenced to 20 years inside a high security prison following the attacks in Roissy-en-Brie, also in Seine-et-Marne. But he was let out early following an appeal ruling, giving him the freedom to carry out tonight's attack.

Karim C was the registered keeper of the grey Audi used in tonight's attack. A raid on his home later found guns and ammunition, said intelligence sources.

He had targeted a parked patrol car full of traffic control officers working to the Gay Paree prefecture. The officer killed was at the wheel and was having an evening snack at the time ofhis death.

French television network BFMTV reports that he had used the Telegram internet messaging service, which bandidos snuffies have previously been claimed to favour because of its encryption.

Pierre-Henry Brandet, front man for La Belle France's Interior Ministry said 'all lines of investigation were being pursued', while intelligence sources said the dead assailant was a known radical on a so-called S-file, for 'State-security'. This means he would have been under surveillance, because he was a known risk to the country.
The Telegraph adds:
The gunman had recently been detained for questioning in a cop shoppe in Meaux, outside Gay Paree, after "informants" had indicated that he was "seeking to obtain weapons to kill coppers", according to reports.

But due to a lack of evidence, anti-terror prosecutors "let him go".

A police document obtained by The News Agency that Dare Not be Named identifies the address searched in the town of Chelles as the family home of Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old with a police record.

Police tape surrounded the quiet, middle-class neighborhood in Chelles early on Friday, and worried neighbors expressed surprise at the searches.

There were unconfirmed reports last night that an arrest warrant had been issued for a second suspect who had arrived in Gay Paree from Belgium.
Update at 11:35 a.m. EDT: Yesterday's Telegraph liveblog has continued updating, and is a much better source for efficiently learning the latest developments than the Daily Mail, though the latter ends up with more interesting details. The summary at 2:00 p.m. (Greenwich Time) is a good place to start.

Summary of the summary: ISIS literature was found at Mr. Cheurfi's mother's house in Chelles; three of his relatives have been taken in for questioning; there's a manhunt for his presumed associate, named as Youssouf El Osri, who is not the man they originally thought he was -- that man turned himself in to police earlier and was released; and, Marine Le Pen announced that she wants to close the borders and expel everyone on the terror watchlist immediately. May the rest of today be quieter around the world.

Link.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [879 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Why I'm not surprised?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/21/2017 1:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Have we learned nothing about these people? It is what they do.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/21/2017 4:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Nope. It's what they are - even when they don't do anything.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/21/2017 6:22 Comments || Top||

#4  g(r)om you've got it. It is what they are which determines what they do.

Does this lock things up for LePen?
Posted by: AlanC || 04/21/2017 8:30 Comments || Top||

#5  You think after the same results time and time again people would learn... but that would require free thought and logic. Something that has been bred/schooled out of most of the population.

Posted by: DarthVader || 04/21/2017 9:20 Comments || Top||

#6  How do I get past the spambot filter? I used to auto login but now you don't know me.
Posted by: Ebbuger Angolunter6603 || 04/21/2017 11:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Ebbuger Angolunter6603, all you have to do is open a comment, put your preferred name/nym in the
Posted by: Jereck Slomogum8860 || 04/21/2017 13:17 Comments || Top||

#8  Whoops! The above was me, mid-experiment.

To continue:

Ebbuger Angolunter6603, all you have to do is open a comment, put your preferred name/nym in the Your Name box on the left, and make a comment or even leave the comment box blank when you click Submit. That should reset your cookie as it just did for me. :-)

If that does not work, please let us know.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/21/2017 13:22 Comments || Top||


Illegal immigrants storm town hall in Paris suburb, 14 reported injured
[RT] Police deployed tear gas against crowds of illegal immigrants colonists who attempted to storm a town hall in a Gay Paree suburb, demanding a meeting with local authorities over the rights of foreigners, French media said. At least 14 migrants colonists were reportedly injured during the scuffles.

The incident took place on Tuesday morning in the Alfortville commune in the Gay Paree suburbs, some 4km from the French capital.

Crowds of undocumented migrants colonists from several communes, including the neighboring Vitry, Montreuil, and Courbevoie, headed to the town hall, Le Gay Pareeien reported.

The protesters apparently wanted to speak with local authorities and discuss the rights of foreigners. According to local newspaper 94.Cityoens, at least 200 people turned out for the protest.

Town hall staff told Le Gay Pareeien that they hadn’t noticed the demonstrators’ arrival until it was "too late."

The protesters blocked access to the building by forming a human chain. Police officers who arrived at the scene deployed tear gas against the migrants colonists.

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#1  Between this and the story above I'd bet that we'll start seeing "This is how you get Marine" messages shortly.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/21/2017 8:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Sometimes, you get exactly what you deserve.
Posted by: Woodrow Thrererong1206 || 04/21/2017 9:37 Comments || Top||

#3  demanding a meeting with local authorities over the rights of foreigners

"We'll convene a meeting, right here in this convenient shipping container. Step right in"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/21/2017 10:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Timed for maximum Police Response too. Right after an attack by ISIS sympathizer on Paris police. The Police are going in looking at this as a follow up attack. Lucky they were not shot.
Posted by: Simarilian || 04/21/2017 11:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Crashing a town hall, huh? Taking a cue from the American Democrat party. Gotta wonder if Soros put them up to it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/21/2017 11:59 Comments || Top||

#6  The protesters blocked access to the building by forming a human chain.

Who did they use for humans?
Posted by: Crusader || 04/21/2017 12:15 Comments || Top||

#7  If you use the proper temperatures you can unforge any chain regardless of the material.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/21/2017 12:18 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Fugitive Turkish al-Qaida convict arrested working as imam
To be fair, nobody penetrated his awsome disguise for fourteen years.
[AlAhram] Turkish media reports say a runaway who was convicted in absentia for involvement in a 2003 kaboom against HSBC bank in Istanbul and of membership in al-Qaeda has been nabbed
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
The state-run Anadolu Agency said the man, identified by his initials Z.C., was arrested Wednesday in a village in the central Turkish province of Cankiri, where he was working as an acting village imam.

The private DHA agency reported that he had escaped to Afghanistan while on trial for his role in the attack. He was later convicted of membership in the al-Qaeda network and sentenced to six years in prison.

The al-Qaeda attacks in Istanbul in November 2003 targeted the HSBC bank, two synagogues and the British Consulate, killing 57 people.
The Times of Israel adds:
In the case of the Bet Israel and Neve Shalom synagogues, the attacks involved two bomb-laden trucks that drove into the buildings and then detonated, killing 23 and wounding over 300.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [373 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Home Front: WoT
ISIS sympathizer gets life sentence for Florida beach bomb plot
[RT] Florida resident Harlem Suarez
...the apparently hapless idiot who is fortunate his ISIS-loving Facebook alter ego, Almlak Benitez, attracted the attention of the FBI before a real ISIS groomer found him and got him to do something vicious...
was sentenced to life in prison for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction obtained from undercover federal agents, and for providing material support to 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....
"The offense is such a serious offense that people need to know that you can’t do that," Judge Martinez said in the Key West district court after an hour-long sentencing hearing, imposing the life sentence on Tuesday, according to the Miami Herald.

"He was talking the talk. He was walking the walk and was in possession of what he thought was a weapon of mass destruction," added the judge.

Suarez’s lawyer had asked for a more lenient sentence but Judge Martinez agreed with prosecutors that Suarez should get the maximum term.
This article starring:
Harlem Suarez
Posted by: Fred || 04/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [557 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  A firing squad is much cheaper.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/21/2017 7:24 Comments || Top||

#2  The general population will get a vote
Posted by: Jumbo Untervehr7000 || 04/21/2017 23:05 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
10 IS suspects arrested
[Daily Excelsior] A major terror attack in the country was claimed to have been averted as 10 suspected ISIS activists were held today in a major multi-state operation.

The joint operation was carried out by the police teams of Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh, in which four suspected turbans belonging to the ISIS Khorasan module were incarcerated
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
and six others were detained, officials said.

The arrests were made during raids this morning in Mumbra (Maharashtra), Jalandhar (Punjab), Narkatiaganj (Bihar), and Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar (both in Uttar Pradesh), the officials added.

Inspector General of the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) Aseem Arun, in a statement in Noida, said that four persons were arrested on charges of hatching terror conspiracies.

He said the accused were planning a major terror attack in the country.

Important documents relating to the ISIS were seized from them, Arun claimed.

He said two persons Mufti Faizan and Tanveer, allegedly connected with the ISIS, were arrested from Bijnor district.

Nazim Shamshad Ahmed (26), who hails from Bijnor, was nabbed from Mumbra township in Thane district adjoining Mumbai.

Another suspect identified as Muzammil was arrested from Jalandhar district of Punjab.

According to an UP ATS statement in Lucknow, six others were taken into custody and were being questioned in Noida, on the outskirts of Delhi.

The accused had got in touch with each other over the internet, Arun said, adding that Central security agencies played an important role in the operation.

According to the IG, the UP ATS had seized some important documents after the March 7 encounter in Lucknow in which a suspected terrorist belonging to the Khorasan module was killed. Following this, the probe was expanded to five States.

The ATS had received information that the ISIS had been expanding its network in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, 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....

and Bihar and some youths from these States had joined the terror organization.

"All those arrested are in the age group of 18 to 25 years and were living in different places like Mumbai, Jalandhar and UP. We have also found that they were definitely influenced by the material available on the internet," UP ADG (Law and Order) Daljit Chaudhary said in Lucknow.

Investigations show that one of them wanted to finance the group and they were continuously communicating with each other about carrying out some major strike in the near future. But police and other agencies of different States with the help of surveillance made the arrests before they could carry out any such attack, the ADG said.

A spokesperson of the UP ATS said those arrested were suspected to be looking for potential recruits in Bihar, UP and Maharashtra.
Posted by: Fred || 04/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [394 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


COAS signs death sentences for 30 terrorists
[DAWN] Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed has signed off on the death sentences for 30 terrorists, including some convicted for the 2014 Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
that killed 144 schoolchildren.

The murderous Moslems were tried in military courts set up by authorities after the APS attack. In cases of capital punishment handed down by military courts, in trials conducted behind closed doors, the army chief is required to confirm the sentences.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations, the trial process was expedited during Operation Raddul Fasaad.

These forces of Evil were involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism, including kidnapping and slaughtering soldiers of the Frontier Constabulary, attack on Saidu Sharif airport, killing of innocent civilians, attacking armed forces and law enforcement agencies apart from the APS attack, according to the ISPR statement.

Posted by: Fred || 04/21/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [427 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Iraq
Mosul Offensive News

Iraqi forces capture al-Thawra district

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi government forces on Thursday took over al-Thawra district in western Mosul, ending four days of intense encounters with Islamic State militants.

The announcement by the Joint Operations Command came hours after forces recaptured al-Thawra al-Oula, a first section of the neighborhood. The troops invaded the area on Friday.

The army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service also said its forces were advancing further at al-Tenek and al-Sihha districts.

Iraqi forces recaptured the eastern side of Mosul in January after three months of fighting with Islamic State, and sat on a new offensive in February to retake the western region. Commanders said earlier this month that the Islamic State was controlling only less than seven percent of Iraqi territory, and that only six districts were still witnessing IS presence.

Islamic State has lost many of its senior commanders since operations launched to retake the western side of Mosul. Officials from the U.S.-led coalition estimate the number of remaining militants in Mosul by less than 1000.

The conflict in Mosul has so far displaced more than half a million of the city’s population, according to the Iraqi government and the United Nations.
Google Map at the link

ISIS Bad Guys including Baghdadi's kinsman die in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Federal Police has declared killing a relative of Islamic State supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and other group leaders in western Mosul.

“The troops targeted IS leaders through shelling,” Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat, chief of Federal Police, said in a statement. “The forces killed abu Baraa al-Daghestani, a military official, and his aide abu Abd al-Rahman al-Zemari in al-Jisr al-Khames region, north of the Old City.”

Moreover, Jawdat declared “killing of Abdullah al-Husseini, a relative of Baghdadi, Khaled Ali Nada, minister of zakat, and Blood Judge [executioner judge] called abu Hussein as they were targeted in al-Zanjili district.”

In related news, Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi, known as Public Mobilization Units (PMUs), announced killing five IS members in the west of Mosul.

“The 28th brigade noticed five IS members while trying to infiltrate in the vicinity of Tal Abta within the forces’ operations unit,” the troops said in a statement adding “they were killed immediately.”

Islamic State has lost many of its senior commanders since operations launched to retake the western side of Mosul.

On Wednesday, Iraqi security forces announced controlling 30 percent of western Mosul’s Old City.

Iraqi troops, backed by U.S.-led coalition, recaptured eastern Mosul in January after an offensive was launched in mid-October. A new offensive was launched in February to retake the western side of the city.

ISIS Top Chemical official dies in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Federal Police Chief announced, on Thursday, killing the chemicals official of the Islamic State group, in western Mosul.

Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat, in a press statement said that the Federal Police forces fired a remotely controlled rocket, targeting a headquarters of the Islamic State in al-Zanjili area.

The shelling resulted in the killing of the Islamic State’s chemicals official, Ahmed Abu Ghaz, Jawdat added.

The Islamic State group launched several chemical attacks, especially using chlorine gas, on different areas of the city of Mosul, including al-Hadbaa area and Hayy al-Abar.

Meanwhile, Islamic State militants used chemicals to attack Iraqi forces in Mosul over the weekend, and the agent has been sent for testing to being identified.
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Iraqi airstrikes destroys 4 ISIS munitions factories in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Ministry of Defense’s War Media Cell announced, on Thursday, that dozens of the Islamic State members were killed and four explosives plants were destroyed by F16 fighter jets air strikes, west of Mosul.

The cell said in a statement, “Today, F16 fighter jets carried out several air strikes on Tal Afar District, destroying 3 explosives plants and a hideout belonging to the Islamic State, as well as killing dozens of militants.”

“The air strike also destroyed another explosives plant in al-Mahlabiyah area, west of Mosul,” the statement added.

The statement also revealed that the air strike was carried out based on accurate information obtained from ‘We Are Coming, Nineveh’ Intelligence Cell.

Iraqi troops capture al-Nasr district of Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have freed al-Nasr district in western Mosul, Nineveh Operations declared.

In a statement on Thursday, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarallah said “The army’s Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) liberated al-Nasr district in the western side of Mosul before raising the Iraqi flag on its buildings.”

Yarallah indicated inflicting losses in lives and property on the Islamic State.

Earlier on Thursday, the Joint Operations Command declared recapturing al-Thawra district in the west of the city, ending intense encounters with Islamic State militants that started on Friday. The announcement came hours after forces recaptured al-Thawra al-Oula, a first section of the neighborhood.

On Wednesday, Interior Ministry’s Rapid Response forces announced recapturing 30 percent of the Old City. Only six districts in western Mosul are still held by Islamic State as Iraqi troops liberated most of the districts, Counter-Terrorism Service declared on the same day.

Previously,The Joint Operations Command previously said IS militants were only in control over 6.8 percent of territory of Iraq and that government troops were controlling 60 percent of the western side of Mosul.

Iraqi forces took over the eastern side of Mosul in January after three months of fighting with Islamic State. A new offensive was launched in February to retake the western region.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


1 dead in bomb attack on Shia area

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One person was killed, five others were injured as an IED, that targeted Shia pilgrimage, exploded on al-Resala al-Oula district in Baghdad, a security source said.

“A bomb planted near Shia pilgrims on al-Resala al-Oula district in al-Baiyaa region, south of Baghdad, exploded leaving one person killed and four others wounded,” the source told Al Ghad Press on Thursday.

“Security troops cordoned off the blast spot preventing approach of citizens in fear of other blasts,” the source said, adding that “the forces kept the pilgrims en route to Kadhimiyah neighborhood away from the place and guided them to alternative roads.

Troops, according to the source, are searching for other bombs that could have been placed by terrorists in the district.

Tight security measures are imposed to protect the pilgrims who commemorate the death anniversary of Imam Musa al-Kadhim, the seventh of 12 imams revered in Shia Islam.

Violence in the country, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), left 1115 casualties, excluding security members, during March. Baghdad was the second most affected province with 84 deaths and 246 injuries, according to the organization’s monthly casualty count.

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.

Islamic State is believed to have begun 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.
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Anbar Antix


New Iraqi offensive in Anbar begins

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army’s Jazeera Operations Command has declared launching a military operation to liberate and comb some regions in the north of Haditha Dam lake, western Anbar.

“Security troops as well as the tribesmen, backed by the U.S.-led coalition, launched military operation to free some regions in the north Haditha Dam lake, 160 KM west of Ramadi city,” Lt. Gen. Qassem Mohammedi, head of the command, told Al Sumaria News on Thursday.

“The troops killed dozens of extremists and blew up several booby-trapped vehicles belonging to the Islamic State,” he added.

The regions in the north of the lake are desert ones with a number of houses that are used by IS militants as hideouts.

Haditha city is fully controlled by security forces and tribal fighters, however, IS launches attacks there every now and then.

Earlier this week, additional U.S. forces reportedly arrived to a military base in Iraq’s Anbar province to take part in the security campaign against IS militants.

In March, reports indicated possible joint operations by the Iraqi and U.S. forces to clear IS-held towns of Annah, Rawa and Qaim near the borders with Syria . In the same month, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command denied news on arrival of 2000 U.S. Marine soldiers in Anbar to engage in the campaign.

In January, the province’s military command launched a brief assault that managed to recapture some western villages before stopping again. Fighter jets from the Iraqi army and the international coalition have also regularly pounded IS locations in the province.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Gun attack damages Red Cross offices in Hebron, none hurt
*BANG BANG Bangetty-bang!*
[IsraelTimes] An unidentified group of gunnies on Wednesday night fired several bullets at the International Committee of the Red Thingy compound in the West Bank City of Hebron, a spokesperson for the international aid group said Thursday.

"Around 11 last night, several bullets were fired at our premises in the city of Hebron. No staff were there at the time as it was late at night," ICRC spokesperson Rima Kamal told The Times of Israel.

Bullets fired by the gunnies penetrated the compound and shattered the window of a ICRC vehicle parked outside.

Kamal said that so far there are no suspects or known motives, and that they are working with local police to catch the gunnies.

"It’s really destabilizing for the entire team. We’ve been here for 50 years. We have various programs in the country. Incidents like this really prevent us from carrying out the programs we do," she added.

Fourteen staff members work at the ICRC compound in Hebron and 358 work in the aid organization across Israel and the Paleostinian territories.

The attack comes as the ICRC has been caught in the middle of a hunger strike by some 1,500 Paleostinian inmates in Israeli prisons demanding more rights.

Among the demands is for the ICRC to return to its policy of facilitating two trips for family members to the prisoners per month.

Thursday is the fourth day of the hunger strike.

The ICRC reduced the coordinated visits to Israeli jails to once a month last May. The reason for the reduction, Kamal said, was to cut costs and raise efficiency as not enough family members were showing up to the second round of visits each month.

Self-manufactured weapons seized during check

Thursday evening, an IDF force seized three self-manufactured weapons inside a vehicle during a check in the Teenim crossing at the Menashe regional brigade. The driver was detained for questioning.

Three suspects taken into custody after attempting to throw a Molotov cocktail at Border Police base

[Ynet] Three suspects arrived at a Border Police base in the Etzion Brigade in the West Bank when a soldier noticed that one of the suspects had set fire to a Molotov cocktail and threw it on the floor, kicking it in the direction of the base.

When the report came in, a Border Police force and IDF soldiers managed to locate the suspects and bring them into custody, while another suspect was found to be in possession of additional Molotov cocktails.

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#1  Red on red.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/21/2017 1:08 Comments || Top||

#2  We’ve been here for 50 years.

I expect there were still Christians in Hebron then.
Posted by: phil_b || 04/21/2017 1:58 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russian Naval Infantry officer dies in Syria
MOSCOW: A Russian marine major has been killed in combat in Syria, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, confirming an earlier report that one of Moscow’s highest-ranking officers there had lost his life.

Major Sergei Bordov was killed during an attack by militants on a garrison, they said, quoting the Russian defense ministry. The reports gave no further details.

Earlier on Thursday, Reuters reported Bordov’s death, citing a former marine who had served with him and a person close to the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

Russian forces are backing Syrian President Bashar Assad in his war with rebels and militants seeking to oust him.

“They were caught in shell fire. Two of our Russian servicemen and two Syrian soldiers died,” Vyacheslav Pavlyuchenko, who has served with Bordov, told Reuters.

He said the shelling incident occurred on Tuesday and that he did not know the names of the other fallen soldiers.

Bordov is one of the highest-ranking Russian officers to be killed in Syria. Pavlyuchenko said Bordov commanded a reconnaissance company two years ago but he did not know the major’s current role in the Syria operation.

Bordov’s body was expected to be delivered to his military unit in the Crimean town of Sebastopol on Friday and his burial should take place in his hometown of Simferopol on Saturday, Pavlyuchenko and the source close to the fleet said.

The defense ministry says about 30 Russian servicemen have been killed since the start of the Kremlin’s operation there in September 2015.
Evidence collected by Reuters points to losses among Russian servicemen and private military contractors in Syria three to four times higher than some official estimates, although the defense ministry has denied understating the death toll. (Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova and Anton Zverev)
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Syrian Army Combat Summary
[AlManar] The Syrian Army and Armed Forces units carried out intensive strikes against gatherings and supply lines for Nusra Front terrorist organization in Daraa al-Balad area and al-Mahatta neighborhood.

The source added that the operations resulted in killing a number of the terrorists and destroying their vehicles, a barricade and machineguns.

Hama

Army units, backed by the supporting forces, killed a number of al-Nusra and ISIL terrorists in the northern and eastern countryside of Hama.

A military source told SANA that the army units carried out concentrated strikes against the sites and the movements of al-Nusra and ISIL terrorist organizations in the villages and towns of Teibet al-Imam , al-Masasenah , al-Bweideh , Maarkibeh, Lahaya , Mourek and Salba in the northern and eastern countryside of Hama, killing and injuring scores of the terrorists and destroying their weapons.

The reporter said that clashes and the air strikes resulted in killing and injuring a number of the terrorists and destroying amounts of weapons and munitions for them.

Homs

Army units, in cooperation with the supporting forces, foiled an attack by ISIL terrorists on military points in the eastern countryside of Homs.

The military source told SANA that the army units engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL terrorist groups which attempted to infiltrate toward some military points from the directions of Ibn Arsan Mountain, the southern part of Thaneit al-Mzaibleh, Sawaneh al-Mehasseh mountain, and al-Qariateen dam, 90 km south east of Homs city.

The source added that clashes were ended up with the killing of a number of ISIL terrorists while the remaining terrorists fled away in addition to destroying weapons and munitions that were in their possessions.

Deir Ezzor

The source said that army units killed 8 ISIL terrorists and destroyed a barricade and a machinegun for them in the surroundings of the Regiment 137, al-Tharda Mountain, the Airport and the graveyards in Deir Ezzor province.
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ISIS Media Chief dies in airstrike
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[ARA News] The Counter-Terrorism (CT) department of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) announced on Thursday that a senior ISIS media official was killed in a coalition air strike in Syria.

“Our CT Department confirms ISIS Chief of Media, Khalid Hamza Al-Maamouri, was killed in a targeted CJTFOIR airstrike in Syria on 16 April,” the KRSC said in a statement.

“Al-Maamouri, known as Abu Ali Al-Janoubi, was also Emir of Admin for a brigade attached to the group’s General Security Dept (Diwan),” the KRSC added.

The Kurdish Counter-Terrorism Department and the US-led coalition cooperate since August 2014 to remove ISIS leadership from the battlefield in both Syria and Iraq. They started to carry out joint operations in 2015.

The Kurds have provided intelligence to the US-led coalition which led to targeted airstrikes taking out local senior ISIS leaders such as Mullah Shwan in September 2015 near Hawija and Falah al-Kurdi in October 2015.

ISIS Chief of Media Khalid Hamza Al-Maamouri was killed on coalition strike in Syria on 16 April.
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Lebanese citizen arrested for cooporating and spying for Israel
[Ynet] Lebanese defense authorities have reported on an arrest of a local citizen for cooporating and spying for Israel.

The news website Elnashra reports that the suspect is under investigation and is expected to stand trial in military court.
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The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


2 Kidz die in bomb attack in Ramadi

Anbar(IraqiNews.com) Two children were killed due to an bomb explosion in al-Bou’itha region, north of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, a security source said on Thursday.

“A bomb placed on the side of the road in al-Bou’itha region, north of Ramadi,” the source told Al-Ghad Press. “The blast killed two children, who were there at the spot of the blast.”

In related news, another security source told Mawazin News that “two bombs planted under electricity pylons on the road linking between Hit and al-Baghdadi districts were defused without losses.”

Anbar’s western regions still host some IS strongholds that sustain occasional bombardments by Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition fighter jets.

Violence in the country left 1115 casualties, excluding security members, during March, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

IS is believed to have begun 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.

While losing Mosul could be the severest blow to the group’s existence in Iraq, some observers argue that attacks outside the province prove that the extremist group can still pose a security threat for all cities.

ISIS destroys residences on Salahuddin-Diyala border

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Three Islamic State militants were killed Thursday while a fourth was arrested while trying to plant bombs targeting paramilitary forces at Salahuddin-Diyala borders.

Mahdi Taqi, a member at the security committee at Salahuddin province, said three militants were killed and a fourth was attested, while an explosive device was neutralized in a “preemptive operation” by al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) in Kifri, a region on the borders with Diyala. He said the militants were killed while planting landmines targeting the forces.

Meanwhile, an official in Diyala said IS began to detonate civilian homes o prevent the return of refugees at the borders with Salahuddin.

Udai al-Kahdran, mayor of al-Khales (15 km north of Baqubah), said in a press statement that Islamic State members began, days earlier, to blow up civilian houses at Boujanaan, Boujomaa and Hathal al-Mutlak border villages. He said the action comes as part of IS attempts to prevent refugees’ repatriation and to blame the damage on Iraqi forces.

Khadran reiterated that the borders between Salahuddin and Diyala continue to pose a security challenge that requires military action to eliminate the group’s pockets at the abandoned villages.

The Iraqi government is expected to launch offensives at IS havens across Iraq once finished with its operation in Mosul, IS’s largest bastion in Iraq.
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Villagers defied ISIS by smoking cigarettes

[FREEBEACON] Iraqis living under oppression from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
defied the barbaric terrorist group by smoking cigarettes.

To residents of Badoosh, a village in northern Iraq that was liberated just over a week ago, "smoking equals freedom."

New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
correspondent Rukmini Callimachi encountered many residents who said they would conceal their cigarette smoking from ISIS terrorists, which would cut off fingers for violating the group's smoking ban.

Callimachi shared on Twitter the story of a cow herder in Badoosh who is celebrating the freedom to smoke again since the village was liberated.

"Yesterday, my team made it to the furthest point I've gone northwest of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
to the locality of Badoosh, where we interviewed residents," Callimachi said. "I noticed that everywhere we went in Badoosh, residents were ’wearing' packs of cigarettes, like this gentleman. His name is Mohammed Ahmed Saleh, and he's a cow herder, and he asked my colleague to light his cigarette when we got out of the car."

"His village near Badoosh was liberated 10 days ago [and] he launched into a diatribe about IS [and] how happy he is to be able to smoke again," she said.

Callimachi said that although she is a "Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, girl through and through" who hates secondhand smoke, she said it was "obvious that smoking for this man [equals] freedom."

"That's when Mohammed began describing the lengths he took to find cigarettes under ISIS [and] the thrill it gave him to break their rules," she said.

The Iraqis were smoking Akhtamar Classics, which sport a logo similar to the Statue of Liberty. Callimachi reported that the Armenian cigarette brand cost 63 cents before ISIS spiked the cost to $17.
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#1  More interviews here...


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