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5 terrorist suspects arrested in Brussels after arms, ammo & drugs seized in police raids
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Afghanistan
Senior Taliban leader identified as Ijaz-ul-Haq killed by own bomb in Laghman
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A senior Taliban
...the Pashtun equiovalent of men...
leader identified as Ijaz-ul-Haq was killed in a premature kaboom in eastern Laghman
...It has a population of about 445,600, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a rural society. During the invasions of Alexander the Great, the area was known as Lampaka, wich is apparently Olde Macedonian for Laghman.The city of Mihtarlam serves as the bucolic capital of the province. The population is half Pashtun, the remainder Tadjik and Pashai. It had a reputionagreat wealth until it was conquered in the tenth century by Abu Mansur Sabuktigin.
He conquered it and set fire to the places in its vicinity which were inhabited by infidels, and demolishing the idol-temples, he established Islam in them, He marched and captured other cities and killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolatrous and gratifying the Musulmans. After wounding and killing beyond all measure, his hands and those of his friends became cold in counting the value of the plundered property.
province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said Ijaz-ul-Haq also known as Omari was killed along with three other snuffies as they were planting an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on a main road in Alingar district.

The statement further added that the incident took place late on Thursday night around 8 pm local time in the center of Alingar in Hakimabad area.

The other snuffies killed in the incident have been identified as Manaf son of Abdul Wahab, Jan Agha an Nadim.

According to the local officials, Ijaz-ul-Haq was a prominent Taliban leader who had started insurgency mainly by manufacturing IEDS and had a proper scale in preparing and detonating IEDS on main roadsides.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


28 ISIS-K militants killed during Hamza operations in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least twenty eight Death Eaters 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 Khurasan (ISIS-K) were killed during the ongoing Hamza counter-terrorism operations 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.

Local government officials in Nangarhar confirmed that the operations were conducted in Achin and Haska Mina districts in the past 24 hours.

The officials further added that the Death Eaters suffered the casualties during the Arclight airstrikes conducted in the two districts.

An Arclight airstrike initially targeted a key compound of the terror group located in Arghach area of Haska Mina district leaving at least 9 Death Eaters dead, the officials said, adding that the second strike left at least 19 Death Eaters dead after they were targeted in a similar Arclight airstrike in Mamand Dara area of Achin.

The majority of those killed in the two Arclight airstrikes are foreigners, the officials added.

Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [348 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


US forces confirm death of top Taliban leader Quari Tayib
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The United States Forces for Afghanistan (USFOR-A) confirmed the death of a top Taliban
...Arabic for students...
leader Quari Tayib in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan.

"U.S. Forces-Afghanistan confirmed Quari Tayib, once known as the Taliban Shadow Governor of Takhar Province, was killed in an Arclight airstrike in Archi District, Kunduz, Afghanistna on Apr. 17," a statement by USFOR-A said.

The statement further added that rhe strike was part of ongoing efforts to deny Taliban freedom-of-movement in the area.

"According to USFOR-A, Tayib had been a target-of-interest since 2001 and was directly responsible for the deaths of U.S. service members in Afghanistan," the statement added.

USFOR-A also added that rhe strike targeted a compound Tayib owned and used for holy warriors in the area. Eight additional Taliban fighters were killed in the strike.

"U.S. Forces took every precaution to preent civilian casualites. No other casualties or damage were associated with this strike," the statement said.

The anti-government armed holy warrior groups including the Taliban holy warriors have not commented regarding the report so far.

Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [373 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Kenyan army kills 52 al-Shabab fighters in Somalia
[SHABELLENEWS] nya’s Ministry of Defense said its troops, operating under the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
Mission in Somalia, have destroyed an al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
camp, killing 52 bandidos bully boyz and seizing weapons.

In a statement, the ministry said troops raided the camp, located near the town of Badhadhe in the Lower Jubba region, at around 1:00 a.m. Friday.

"The intelligence-led operation was executed after surveillance assets sighted al-Shabaab terrorist concentration in the location," the ministry said. "Ground troops supported by mortar and artillery fire were employed to neutralize the camp thereafter," the statement added.

A local resident who could not be named for security reasons told VOA Somali the bombed al-Shabaab camp is near Lagta Dishu, a military base used by Kenyan military operating in Somalia.

He said Kenyan troops used helicopters to bomb the area early in the morning, and said the aerial attack on the site was ongoing.

The resident said he could not confirm the casualty figure claimed by the Kenya military.

"It’s possible many al-Shaboobs were killed, but I don’t know how many," he said.

Kenya said other bandidos bully boyz escaped with injuries. The statement said troops seized weapons including seven AK47 rifles, ammunition and bombs.

Badhadhe is 200 kilometers southwest of Kismayo
...a port city in the southern Lower Juba province of Somalia, at the extreme southern end of the country (assuming Somalia can be called a country). It is the commercial capital of the autonomous Jubaland region...
and is one of the main towns in the region still controlled by al-Shabaab.

Residents west of Kismayo reported separate festivities between Somali regional forces and al-Shabaab bandidos bully boyz Friday.

Jubbaland security forces front man Ahmed Mohamud Mohammed said their forces have seized new areas from the myrmidons.

"We have conducted military operations against these religious bandidos in Bulo Haji, our troops are there now," he said.

He said the operations and the attack by Kenyan forces were coordinated.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Puntland Presidential guard shot dead in Galkayo town
[SHABELLENEWS] Unknown gunnies, believed to be Al shabaab assassins have killed a senior Puntland
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...
Presidential guard in the central town of Galkayo on Friday evening, officials said.

Ahmed Hassan Abdirahman known as (Gandi), was rubbed out by pistol-wielding in the Puntland administered northern part of Galkayo town, the regional capital of Mudug region.

The killers expeditiously departed at a goodly pace after shooting dead the security official.

No group has yet grabbed credit for the killing, but local Police blamed Al shabaab for being behind the liquidation of Puntland Presidential guard.

The security forces of Puntland administration were reported to have launched an operation in the northern villages of Galkayo, in an attempt to detain the perpetrators.

Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Morocco: Three-man Terrorist Cell Dismantled in Tetuan
[North Africa Post] The Moroccan Interior Ministry Friday announced it dismantled in the Northern city of Tetuan a three-man cell connected to Daech that was preparing attacks against institutions and security authorities.

The operation was led by the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), the judicial arm of the domestic intelligence service.

According to the early investigation findings, the leader of the cell, a graduate in sciences, well trained in the making of explosives fitted with remote detonator systems, was on the verge of acquiring substances used in the making of bombs, the ministry said.

The trio was preparing to attack Moroccan institutions as well as security authorities, the ministry’s statement said, adding that the BCIJ squad seized in the operation some equipment as well as electronical items used in the production of remotely controlled explosives.

Bladed weapons, cells phones as well as a bottle containing a suspicious liquid were also seized during the raid.

This is the second operation by BCIJ forces so far this month. A week ago, security forces nabbed seven bully boyz in the city of Fez and nearby town of Moulay Yacoub.

The cell members were trying to recruit volunteers for the terrorist 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 interior ministry announced.

Morocco’s counterterrorism strategy is based on vigilant security measures, regional and international cooperation, and counter-radicalization policies.

The BCIJ has dismantled multiple groups with ties to international networks that included ISIS and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram: Military Court Convicts Journalist Over Report, Risks Death Sentence
[NEWSGHANA.GH] A military court in Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
has convicted Ahmed Abba, a journalist for Radio La Belle France Internationale’s (RFI) Hausa service, on charges of "non-denunciation of terrorism" and "laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts", according to his lawyer and RFI.

Abba’s lawyer, Clement Nakong, told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that Abba, who has been tossed in the slammer
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
since July 2015 in relation to his reporting on the regional gang Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
, could face the death penalty on the first charge and a maximum of five years in prison on the second charge at a sentencing hearing scheduled for April 24.

Nakong said Abba would appeal to have the conviction overturned.

RFI reported that the military tribunal acquitted the journalist of the charge of "apologising for acts of terrorism".

The CPJ called on Cameroonian authorities to release Abba without delay and not to contest the journalist’s appeal.

"The military court’s conviction of Cameroonian radio journalist Ahmed Abba on terrorism charges that could carry the death penalty is an outrage," Robert Mahoney, CPJ deputy director, said in a blurb on the CPJ’s website.

"Covering terrorism as a news hound must not be equated with committing acts of terror. Each day Abba spends behind bars is a travesty of justice."
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
Yemeni troops, Soddy forces clash in Taiz, Marib
[AlManar] The Yemeni Army and the Popular Committees, in a retaliatory attack against the forces of the Saudi-led coalition, managed to kill 40 mercenaries of the Riyadh regime in Yemen’s southwestern province of Taiz, military sources said.

In a unique operation launched on Friday by the Yemeni army troops near the port city of Mocha in Taiz, 40 mercenaries of the fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh, were killed and dozens more were wounded, Lebanon’s Arabic-language Al Mayadeen TV quoted the sources as saying.

In another development, heavy clashes erupted between the Yemeni forces and the mercenaries of Hadi near an air defense base in northwestern parts of Taiz.

According to the Yemeni Defense Ministry, a number of other mercenaries were also killed in missile attacks by the country’s army and Popular Committees east of Marib.

The attacks against Saudi mercenaries came in retaliation for the continued massacre of civilians and destruction of Yemen’s infrastructure by a coalition led by the Saudi regime.
Posted by: badanov || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [364 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Yemeni missile hits Soddy base in Najran
[AlManar] The Yemeni army and popular committees launched a ballistic missile, branded Qaher 2, onto the gatherings of Saudi soldiers and the mercenaries in Al-Khadra exit in Najran, killing scores of them.

According to local sources, the operation followed a process of monitoring the movements and the gatherings.

The sources added that the Yemeni army and popular committees also launched shell and rocket barrages onto the Saudi posts to inflict heavy losses upon the Saudi soldiers and the mercenaries.
Posted by: badanov || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
2 ISIS-linked militants killed in security operation in North Caucasus
[RT] Russia’s security services have killed two forces of Evil from a ’sleeper cell’ kinked 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....
in the North Caucasus region. The forces of Evil were reportedly planning to carry out terrorist attacks, including killing religious figures.

The operation took place in the Stavropol Region of the North Caucasus in southwestern Russia on Friday evening, Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAC ) said in statement, as cited by Russian news agencies.

The fighters belonged to a so-called "sleeper cell which pledged allegiance to Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIS]," the statement said.

According to the committee, shooting broke out when officers attempted to stop the myrmidons’ vehicle and they opened fire.

"Those in the car opened fire from an automatic weapon and tried to escape. The two criminals were neutralized [killed] with retaliatory fire," the statement said.

NAC said that the "neutralized bandidos" have been preliminary identified.

"One was the leader of a cell" who was "trained in Islamic State camps and returned to Russia to carry out terrorist acts. The other was an active cell member," the committee said.

Information from NAC suggests that the forces of Evil were planning to carry out attacks "including killings of religious figures and other civilians."

Russian security services found bomb making components and an automatic gun in the myrmidons’ vehicle, and grenades, an bomb, a pneumatic gun, IS symbols, and books on bully boy topics in one of their homes. The Federal Security Service
... the successor to the KGB...
(FSB) defused the bombs found on the site.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Europe
Panic in Paris station as man arrested with knife
Is there anyone left in France who does not understand that he could easily be the victim of a jihad attack at any moment?
[IsraelTimes] A man carrying a knife was tossed in the clink
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
on Saturday at Gay Paree’s Gare du Nord station, causing brief panic days after the jihadist killing of a policeman, police sources said amid pre-election jitters.

"An individual carrying a knife came into the station, was pointed out to a police patrol which immediately arrested him," one of the sources said.

No-one was injured in the incident.

Another police source added that the arrest caused a "panic movement" with a number of travelers abandoning their luggage in the middle of the station.

The incident came two days after the Champs-Elysees killing of a policeman and one day before La Belle France goes to the polls in the first round of close-run presidential elections.

La Belle France remains under a state of emergency following a string of attacks that have claimed 239 lives since 2015.
Al Ahram adds:
One police source said that some travellers saw the man, a 20-year-old Malian, "inside the station, knife in hand" and pointed him out to police, who detained him.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [378 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


5 terrorist suspects arrested in Brussels after arms, ammo & drugs seized in police raids
[RT] Belgian police tossed in the slammer
Please don't kill me!
five people suspected of having ties with a terrorist group after swooping down on their homes in a Brussels suburb. The prosecutor’s office said the arrests were related to a case not associated with Thursday’s attack in Gay Paree.

Two of the four raids were conducted in Brussels’ infamous Molenbeek district, where the criminal mastermind of the November 2015 terrorist attack in Gay Paree, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, as well as one of the main suspects, Salah Abdeslam, used to live amongst the area’s predominantly Moslem population.

Searches were also carried out in the municipality of Ganshoren in the Brussels Region, some five kilometers from the capital, and in the municipality of Roosdaal, about 30 kilometers west of Brussels.

"In all, five persons were arrested and taken in for questioning," the prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Friday, adding that all of them "are suspected of participating in the activities of a terrorist group," as cited by AFP.

Police discovered a cache of weapons during the raids, which included two handguns, a bullet-proof vest, and ammunition. Apart from the hidden arsenal, drugs, namely cannabis, were also found.

The suspects will now appear before a court that will determine if they will remain in jug.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [626 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Home Front: WoT
French consulate in New York evacuated after bomb threat
Everybody is nervous nowadays. Jihad is no longer something that happens far away to other people or at home only in certain, easily avoided neighbourhoods.
[IsraelTimes] Security bolstered at French missions after jihadist shooting in Gay Paree ahead of first round of presidential elections.

The French consulate in New York, where thousands of expatriates were registered to cast ballots in their presidential election on Saturday, was briefly evacuated following a bomb threat, officials said.

A suspicious vehicle prompted police to clear the building on Fifth Avenue across from Central Park, Consul General Anne-Claire Legendre said.

"After the Champs Elysees attack, the New York police department was told to be especially vigilant," she said.

Dozens of people who were inside the building at about 5 p.m. local time (2100 GMT) waited on the sidewalk while authorities checked the vehicle.

The situation returned to normal after about 50 minutes, consulate press officer Amelie Geoffroy said.

Voting activities, which were scheduled to take place until 7 pm, also resumed, she added.

Some 28,500 French citizens living in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are registered to vote at the consulate.

Security measures were strengthened at French polling stations across the United States following a jihadist’s killing of a policeman on Gay Paree’s famed Champs Elysees avenue this week.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [353 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
Child killed, 2 hurt in Bajaur blast
[DAWN] KHAR: A child was killed and two persons were maimed in a roadside kaboom blast in Khar tehsil of Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central
...Smallest of the agencies in FATA. The Agency administration is located in Khar. Bajaur is inhabited almost exclusively by Tarkani Pashtuns, which are divided into multiple bickering subtribes. Its 52 km border border with Afghanistan's Kunar Province makes it of strategic importance to Pakistain's strategic depth...
on Friday afternoon, officials and local people said.

They said the incident took place in Shinkoot area, some 10km from Khar, the agency headquarters.

Officials quoted eyewitness as saying that Gul Mast Khan, a local resident, along with his children was coming home from a nearby mosque after offering Friday prayers when a remote-controlled bomb placed along the link road went off.

They said a child identified as Marwan was struck down in his prime while his father and other child, Farmanullah, received serious injuries in the blast.

People of the nearby areas immediately reached the site and shifted the maimed to the agency headquarters hospital. Later, both the maimed were shifted to 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.
No one grabbed credit for the blast nor did the family blame anyone for the kaboom.

Later, officials of the local administration and Levies personnel visited the site of the kaboom and launched a hunt for the perpetrators. However,
we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by...
no one was taken into custody.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: TTP


‘IS men behind attack on clerics’
[DAWN] The 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.
police have suspected that the murderous Moslem 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-linked elements are behind the Thursday night attack on holy mans in the city, which left two people dead.

A police source told Dawn that the attack took place in Qazi Kilay area of the capital city at around 11pm where two gunnies entered a mosque, opened fire on the holy mans eating dinner in a room, and fled.

He said the firing killed Abdul Qayyum and Asad and injured Mufti Nadeem, Yasin, Sohail and Imdadullah.

Another source claimed that the attack targeting Mufti Nadeem possibly involved two terrorists, who came to the mosque by cycle of violence.

He said one stayed outside the mosque, while the other entered the premises and carried out the attack using a 9mm pistol.

The source said it appeared that the Islamic State-linked elements were behind the attack as its target, holy man Mufti Nadeem, was outspoken in his criticism of them.

He said the holy man had long been receiving threats from gunnies over Afghan telephone numbers and had formally informed the police about them before getting the permission to carry gun for own security.

He said the holy man was accompanied by three guards when he came to the mosque to deliver Friday sermon.

The source said the counter-terrorism department has registered FIR before beginning investigation.

Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Three ‘wanted men’ killed in ‘encounters’
[DAWN] Police claim to have killed three proclaimed offenders (POs) in two ’shootouts’ on Friday.

According to police, two of the POs were eliminated in a shootout in Kachiwala.

The Kachiwala police set up pickets at exit and entry points of the area in a bid to arrest dacoits following complaints of rising crime. Four suspects opened fire on a police party in Chak 189 when it signalled them to stop at a picket. The police returned the fire in which two POs identified as Peeran Ditta and Nadeem of Pakpattan were killed while two of their accomplices managed to escape.

The police recovered a cycle of violence, mobile phones and arms from the scene.

Police claimed Peeran Ditta and Nadeem were wanted in 25 cases of murder, robbery and other heinous crimes.

In Chishtian, a PO was killed in a shootout with police.

A team of the Chishtian Saddar police drove Azam for recovery of a state-owned vehicle. Near Chak 33, his accomplices opened fire on the police and got Azam released. "Police chased the accused. A shootout occurred in the Haroonabad police precincts in which Azam was killed. His body was shifted to DHQ Hospital for an appointment with Dr. Quincy," a police front man said.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


500 Baloch militants surrender, abandon armed struggle
More on this report from yesterday.
[DAWN] QUETTA: Around 500 turbans belonging to different banned Baloch krazed killer organizations surrendered themselves to authorities concerned on Friday.

At a ceremony held on the lawns of the Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
Assembly building, the turbans announced that they had abandoned the armed struggle against the government and would join mainstream politics.

The ceremony was attended by Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, Commander of Southern Command Lt Gen Aamir Riaz, Nawab Changez Khan Marri and tribal elders.

Those who surrendered themselves included 12 ’commanders’ and 16 ’sub-commanders’ of the krazed killer organizations.

The turbans belonged to the Baloch Republican Army (BRA), Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), Lashkar-e-Balochistan and some other Baloch krazed killer groups.
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Iraq
Mosul Offensive News


Iraqi troops capture al-Sihha al-Thaniya district

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have declared taking over al-Sihha al-Thaniya district from Islamic State in western Mosul.

“The army’s Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) freed al-Sihha al-Thaniya district in western Mosul,” Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarallah, commander of the Nineveh operations, said in a statement on Saturday. “The forces raised the Iraqi flag on its buildings after losses in lives and property were inflicted on the enemy.”

In related news, a security source told Shafaq News that CTS gained control on almost 90 percent of al-Tanak district, in west of the city, adding that full control could be gained within few hours.

On Thursday, the Joint Operations Command declared recapturing al-Thawra district, ending intense encounters with IS militants that lasted for four days. The announcement came hours after al-Thawra al-Oula, a first section of the neighborhood, was retaken. Later on the day, al-Nasr district was freed, before the troops declared further advance at al-Tanak and al-Sihha districts.

Last week, the forces said that only six districts in western Mosul are still held by Islamic State as Iraqi troops liberated most of the districts.

Eastern Mosul was retaken in January after an offensive was launched in October. A new offensive was launched in February to recapture the western side.

Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul is the militants’ last urban stronghold in the country.
Google Map at the link
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Iraqi militia group stops ISIS infiltration in Makhoul area
Makhoul (IraqiNews.com) Al-Hashd al-Shaai militia announced, on Saturday, foiling an attempt made by the Islamic State to sneak into Makhoul area, north of Salahuddin Province.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi media office said in a statement that the intelligence of the 25th brigade foiled an attempt made by the Islamic State group to sneak into al-Sheikh Ali Village in Makhoul area.

Forces from al-Hashd al-Shaabi’s brigade, in coordination with the 99th brigade, managed to foil the attack.

The Islamic State is frequently attacked the area of Makhoul, while al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces foil many of the attacks and kill dozens of the militants.
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Iraqi forces, militia destroy ISIS hideout in Baqubah
Baqubah (IraqiNews.com) Commander of Tigris Operations, Lieutenant General Mazhar al-Ezzawi, on Saturday, announced destroying a hideout belonging to the Islamic State group, and dismantling four improvised explosive devices by a military operation, northeast of Baqubah.

Ezzawi said in a press statement that joint security forces, backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi militia, conducted extensive military operations in the valleys of Thlab, Qazla and al-Hadidi, near Naft Khana (80 km northeast of Baqubah), destroying a hideout belonging to the Islamic State, as well as dismantling four improvised explosive devices, without causing any casualties.

The operation took place within the strategy of the Tigris Operations Command to eliminate the presence of the Islamic State cells, in addition to destroying the terrorist group hideouts in the area, he added.

Noteworthy, Tigris Operations announced destroying dozens of the Islamic State hideouts in several areas of Diyala, in the last few months.
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Iraqi troops control strategic road

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Military troops have gained control on strategic road that was used by Islamic State militants in attacks against Haditha town, western Anbar, a source said on Saturday.

“The 28th brigade combed the region of Makhazin Haditha and took over the strategic road that links between Haditha and T1,” said Sabah Nouri, commander of the second army. “Islamic State militants used that road to launch attacks against Haditha, al-Haqlaniyah and the nearby military units.”

Two military operations were launched earlier on Saturday to comb desert regions in Anbar.

“Two campaigns were launched to comb desert regions in Anbar. The first one was launched by Jazeera Operations Command from two axis toward the south of Kabisa city,” the War Media Cell said in a statement. “The other one, backed by the Iraqi troops and international coalition, was launched in Makhazin Haditha and Houran regions to destroy IS rest houses and stores of weapons.”

“Some regions are still being combed,” the service said adding that Anbar Operations Command launched another campaign, supported by air cover, to comb desert regions toward H2 base.

On Thursday, Jazeera Operations Command launched a military operation to liberate and comb some regions in the north of Haditha Dam lake, 160 KM west of Ramadi city.

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

Last week, additional U.S. forces reportedly arrived to a military base in Anbar to take part in the security campaign against IS militants.
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Palestinian stabs 4 near Tel Aviv promenade
An 18-year-old Palestinian from Nablus in the West Bank stabbed and lightly wounded three men and a woman in Tel Aviv on Sunday afternoon in a terror attack near the Herods Hotel on Hayarkon Street, along the city's seaside promenade.
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Police arrest 2 Palestinians with firebombs in West Bank
[IsraelTimes] Border Police early on Saturday tossed in the clink
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
two Paleostinian teens for possession of Molotov cocktails outside a West Bank military base south of Jerusalem.

The two Paleostinians, identified as residents of the Deheishe refugee camp outside Bethlehem, were allegedly preparing to use the Molotov cocktails, police said in a statement.

The two suspects were taken in for questioning.

Later another unidentified suspect threw a Molotov cocktail at the same military facility and expeditiously departed at a goodly pace, Walla news reported.

The Border Police and IDF opened an investigation into the incident.

Rioters demonstrating in support of prisoners' strike throw stones and Molotov cocktails

[Ynet] A demonstration in support of the prisoners' strike took place in Silwan. The police say that the masked demonstrators threw stones and Molotov cocktails at a police force and the Border Police.

As a result, a policeman was lightly injured by a stone thrown at him. He did not need medical treatment.

The rioters were dispersed by the force.
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#1  See, every day IDF intercepts "Palestinians" with bombs, guns, and knives - and, unlike in Europe, nobody panics. In, fact, I'm more concerned on days when no "Palestinians" are arrested - because it might mean they've managed to sneak in.
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Masked Israeli settlers assault Jewish-Arab activists with stones, sticks
[RT] Video footage of a group of masked Israeli settler youths attacking a group of activists and Paleostinian shepherds in the Jordan Valley has received global media coverage. The attack left five activists injured.
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The video was shared by the Jewish-Arab solidarity group Ta’ayush, who were escorting Paleostinian shepherds near al-Auja, a Paleostinian town near the settlement outpost of Baladim in the eastern West Bank in the Jordan Valley on Friday.

Ta’ayush offers protection to Paleostinian shepherds and farmers at risk of attacks by Jewish settlers. Independent media outlet 972mag reports the group recently began extending their work to the al-Auja area in response to settler violence.
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#1  One sparrow doth not a spring make, but
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Report: Israel struck government army bases in Syria
Arab media on Sunday morning reported that Israel struck a military base belonging to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The base was located in the village of Nbaa Al-Fawwar, on the outskirts of Quneitra.

According to Al Mayadeen TV, three people were killed and two were injured in the attack.

Additional details have not been released.

On Friday, air raid sirens sounded in various locations in Israel's Golan, and shortly thereafter two mortar shells were found in Israeli territory.

No one was injured and no damage was caused.

In an earlier air strike on Friday, a mortar shell was found in an open area in the northern Golan Heights.

The IDF attacked the Syrian sites from which the mortars were fired.
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Syrian Army Combat Summary
[AlManar] The Syrian army controlled Montar hill in Hama northern countryside after clashing with Nusra terrorists and killing many of them.

The Syrian army units also continued their operation across the country.

The so-called “Democratic Syria Troops” controlled two village sin Raqqa northern countryside, killing scores of ISIL terrorists.

In a different context, two persons were injured in terrorist attack with two mortar shells on Rukneddein residential area in Damascus.
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Airstrike hits makeshift hospital in Idlib
BEIRUT: A warplane on Saturday attacked a makeshift hospital set up in a cave in the northern Syrian province of Idlib, causing massive damage and wounding several staff, a monitor said.

The head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not immediately clear if the strike was carried out by a Syrian or Russian aircraft.

Rami Abdel Rahman said the attack hit “a hospital located in a cave in the Abdeen region in southern Idlib province, causing huge damage and knocking it out of action.”

“Five staff members were wounded and were pulled from the rubble, but four more are still trapped beneath it,” Abdel Rahman said.

Idlib is controlled by a rebel alliance that includes a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, and is regularly targeted by both the Syrian government and its Russian ally.

Earlier this month, a suspected chemical attack hit the town of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib, killing dozens of civilians including children.

Much of the international community blamed the Syrian regime for that attack, and three days later 59 cruise missiles fired from US warships targeted the airbase from where the attack was launched.

Abdeen, where the hospital was hit on Saturday, is eight kilometers (five miles) from Khan Sheikhun.

The Observatory said regime forces fired a rocket at the Abdeen region after the air strike, killing a young man working in a field.

More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government demonstrations.
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The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi and Syria Editions


ISIS executes 15 for failing to quarter its shooters

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants have killed 15 civilians in western Mosul for refusing to allow the group’s snipers to position or erect rocket launchers above their residences as Iraqi government forces push deeper against the militant group.

Islamic State has regularly been reported to kill civilians for trying to escape areas under its control in western Mosul or collaborate with security forces since Iraqi forces launched an offensive in February to retake that region.

Al-Arabiya quoted Qusai al-Kanaani, a major from the Iraqi joint forces, saying he believes four Islamic State snipers were deployed at al-Refaie, Zanjili and al-Sihha districts in western Mosul.

Iraqi generals say IS’s reliance on snipers and booby-traps, as well as their entrenchment in the middle of civilians, has slowed down advancement by security troops in central Mosul districts, especially at the narrow streets of the Old City, a strategic area from where Islamic State first declared the establishment of its rule in Iraq in 2014.

Iraqi government forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, took over eastern Mosul in January after three months of battles.

The U.S. State Department said on Twitter on Friday Iraqi troops currently control 4000 kilometers of the city.

The U.S.-led coalition had estimated the number of remaining IS militants in Mosul by less than 1000. The group has lost dozens of its foreign and local leaders since the start of western Mosul operations. On Friday, the Federal Police service said it killed the group’s booby-trapping official for western Mosul, Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Rusi, a Russian national, and three other Asian aides.
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ISIS executes 42 in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants killed 42 civilians in Mosul as they refused to join the group, a parliamentary source from Nineveh province said.

“The militants in Mosul are looking for women to get them involved in the so-called jihadul Nikah [sexual jihad],” the source said. “IS kills whoever refuses to join.”

“IS executed 42 men who refused to join the group in Mosul,” the source added.

Earlier on Saturday, IS was reported to have killed 15 civilians in western Mosul for refusing to allow the group’s snipers to position or erect rocket launchers above their residences.

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

IS has been losing ground and personnel since Iraqi government forces, backed by a U.S-led coalition and paramilitary troops, launched an offensive in October 2016 to recapture Mosul, the second-largest Iraqi city and the militants’ last urban stronghold in the country. The U.S.-led coalition had estimated the number of remaining IS militants in Mosul by less than 1000.

Eastern Mosul was retaken in January after three months of fighting. A new offensive was launched in February to retake the west.

Over four million persons were displaced inside the country since emergence of IS in 2014.

Iraqi troops currently control 4000 kilometers of the city, the U.S. State Department tweeted on Friday.

Infighting erupts among ISIS Big Wigs in Taqba

[ARA News] Internal clashes broke out on Saturday between militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the town of Tabqa in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa province, military sources reported.

This comes amidst continued advance by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against ISIS in Tabqa. The SDF has imposed a heavy siege on ISIS-held neighbourhoods inside the town.

A source in the Syrian Democratic Forces confirmed that internal fighting erupted among ISIS fighters in Tabqa, after some of them wanted to surrender due to the SDF siege on the town.

“As a result of the fighting and the siege on the ISIS terrorists inside the city of Tabqa, the Syrian Democratic Forces is witnessing that some of the Daesh [ISIS members] want to surrender themselves to the SDF,” said Jesper Söder, a Swedish volunteer with the SDF forces.

“But their commanders don’t allow them to do this, so they are fighting among themselves inside Tabqa,” the source said.

According to the SDF member, a number of ISIS militants have been killed by their own in Tabqa city on Saturday.

“Several Daesh [fighters] have been killed by their own inside of the city,” Söder reported.

The information could not be verified by other sources.
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