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27 Bad Guys die in Helmand
At least 27 insurgents were killed in an Afghan police force operation in southern Helmand province on Tuesday, public order police said in a statement on Wednesday.

The operation was conducted in Garemsir district of the province to clear the area of insurgents, according to the statement.

However, the statement did not provide more details about the operation nor about casualties among security forces.

This comes just days after U.S Marines returned to the province, two years after the NATO combat mission ended in the country.

The Marines were the first U.S Forces to be sent to Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States.

For years they were engaged in often heavy fighting in the volatile province, however the new deployment of about 300 Marines will form part of Resolute Support’s train, advise and assist mission.

The deployment of Marines also came one day after the Taliban announced the launch of its spring offensive. In a statement, the group warned it would increase its campaign of bombings, ambush attacks, complex attacks and IED operations.

The Marines arrival also comes just days after reports emerged that the Trump administration is evaluating plans to send as many as 5,000 additional U.S troops to Afghanistan.
Posted by: badanov || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

ISIS claim responsibility for Kabul suicide attack that left 8 dead
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS-Khurasan, grabbed credit for a deadly suicide kaboom in capital Kabul.

The group in a statement released in Arabic language claimed that 8 American soldiers were killed in the attack.

those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things...
the US forces in Afghanistan earlier said only three coalition soldiers were maimed in the attack and that their health condition is satisfactory.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) earlier said at least eight non-combatants were killed and twenty five others were maimed in the attack.

The incident took place around 8 am local time in the vicinity of the 9th police district of the city as the coalition forces convoy was crossing the area located close to the US Embassy and other key government compounds, including the supreme court of Afghanistan.

Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Taliban’s shadow district chief among 11 killed in Takhar airstrikes
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eleven Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
faceless myrmidons including the shadow district chief of the group were killed in Arclight airstrikes in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army in a statement said the Arclight airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Khwajah Bahauddin district of Takhar.

The statement further added that eleven Taliban faceless myrmidons including the shadow district chief of the group identified as Mawlavi Ansarullah were killed in the Arclight airstrikes.

At least six faceless myrmidons were also maimed in the Arclight airstrikes conducted by the security forces, the 209th Shaheen Corps added.

Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Heck of a job title.
Posted by: Steven || 05/04/2017 18:15 Comments || Top||

Taliban militant killed while planting roadside bomb in Balkh
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
Death Eater was killed as he was planting an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in the North said the incident took place recently in Chamtal district.

The source further added that the Death Eater was busy planting the IED on a roadside when it went off prematurely, leaving the Lion of Islam dead.

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

Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [357 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  *sigh* Happy stories. Chlorine in the gene pool
Posted by: Frank G || 05/04/2017 8:52 Comments || Top||

Powerful IS-Claimed Blast Targets NATO Convoy in Kabul
[An Nahar] A powerful blast targeting an armoured NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
convoy in Kabul killed at least eight people and maimed 28 Wednesday, including three coalition members, officials said in an attack claimed by 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....

The kaboom, which came during morning rush hour on a busy road near the US embassy and NATO headquarters, killed "mostly" civilians, an interior ministry front man told AFP without giving a breakdown.

NATO said three coalition service members had received "non-life threatening wounds" in the attack.

"(They) are in stable, pH balanced condition, and are currently being treated at coalition medical facilities," a front man for US Forces-Afghanistan said, without confirming their nationalities.

IS grabbed credit for the blast via its Amaq propaganda agency, saying the eight dead were all American soldiers. The gunnies are known to exaggerate their claims.
Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Horn
Minister of Public works shot dead in Mogadishu
[SHABELLENEWS] Somalia’s new Minster of Public works and reconstruction Abas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji was rubbed out in Mogadishu on Wednesday evening.

The minister was killed by the security guards of the country’s auditor general Nur Farah who opened fire on his car in the heart of the capital, according to witnesses.

The minster of public works, who was the youngest in the cabinet has died inside his car.

The security forces have detained four the soldiers who killed the minister.
Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [519 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "was killed by the security guards of the country’s auditor general"
And I bitch about an IRS audit...
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/04/2017 8:13 Comments || Top||

#2  The Minister of Silly Walks may be next.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 05/04/2017 16:27 Comments || Top||

#3  The minster of public works...
Checks eyes, yes, it is in the original, now is there a Maxster of Public Works? And what do they do?
Posted by: magpie || 05/04/2017 19:52 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Rocket attack on UN camp in Mali kills one, wounds 9
[AlAhram] Shelling and rocket fire on a UN camp in Mali's troubled Timbuktu killed one yet to be identified person and maimed nine peacekeepers, the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
mission said Wednesday.

It is the latest attack to hit the mission, known as MINSUMA, stationed in the country since 2013 and considered its most dangerous active peacekeeping deployment.

"A mortar and rocket attack was launched against the MINUSMA camp in Timbuktu," a UN statement said.

"The provisional toll is nine maimed among the peacekeepers, four seriously who are being evacuated to Bamako. The attack also killed one person, they are still being identified," it added.

The UN mission said it had reinforced the camp's defences and deployed air cover to identify where the enemy fire had originated, describing it as a "terrorist" attack.

Sweden's armed forces confirmed one of its soldiers was maimed, though not severely. "A Swedish soldier was lightly injured and is now being cared for by the Swedish medical unit," it said in a statement.

Liberia's armed forces, who also have peacekeepers among the mission, also confirmed "several injuries and other casualties", according to Prince Johnson, deputy chief of staff, but would not specify more.

"We are investigating the matter," he added.

Northern Mali fell to Islamist Lion of Islam groups linked to al-Qaeda in March 2012, and although these forces were driven out of key towns by a French-led military intervention the following year, the Islamists have now spread further south.

The 13,000-strong UN mission was deployed to provide security and assist Malian troops struggling to keep the country safe, but it has been targeted constantly by Islamist Lion of Islams, with dozens of peacekeepers killed.

Three Malian Islamist Lion of Islam groups with previous al-Qaeda links recently joined forces to create the "Group to Support Islam and Moslems" (GSIM), led by Iyad Ag Ghaly of Ansar Dine
...a mainly Tuareg group that controlled areas of Mali's northern desert together with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and MUJAO in early 2012...
, and have killed Malian soldiers further east near the Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...

Nine Malian soldiers were killed and five maimed Tuesday, an attack that has become near routine in the country's north and centre.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/04/2017 00:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Four soldiers and three civilians die in latest Benghazi violence
[Libya Herald] More death and destruction came to Benghazi today when three non-combatants were killed in a rocket attack and four sappers perished when a mine went kaboom! while they were tackling it.

The non-combatants were killed when a rocket hit a building in Shibna which is part of the city’s Hay Dollar district. Accounts differ on the number of maimed but between seven and 14 people were take to al-Jalaa hospital, some wth serious injuries. It is reported that turbans are claiming the rocket attack was in retaliation for air strikes on their positions in Sabri during which some of their number were killed.

There is less information about the death of four mine clearance experts in Sabri. The men from the Libyan National Army (LNA) engineers were trying to defuse an bomb when it detonated killing all of them.
Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Arms-laden vessel bound for Libya seized in international waters
[Libya Observer] A Libyan-flagged vessel laden with weapons and ammunition was seized in international waters Monday, EU Naval Force Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR Med) has reported.

The EUNAVFOR Med, also known as Operation Sophia, said in a statement Tuesday that German ship "Rhein" carried out an inspection on the Libyan motor vessel "El Mukhtar" and found several types of weapons.

"The Lithuanian boarding team reached the vessel by zodiacs and once on board, the team found several types of weapons, including Machine Guns, AK47 rifles, RPG bullets, RPG launchers, mortar grenades and ammunitions." The statement read.

The search was conducted in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2292 (2016).

The EUNAVFOR Med did not give further information regarding the destination of the vessel and the group that was behind it.

The European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
launched Operation Sophia on 22 June 2015 to crack down on people smugglers based in Libya. Since the launch, 109-suspected smugglers and traffickers have been apprehended and 422 boats have been removed from criminal organizations' availability.
Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [328 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Bedouins Burn ISIS Fighter, Urge All Sinai Tribes to Kick Terrorists to Curb
[PJMEDIA] A Bedouin tribe in the Sinai peninsula said it set an ISIS fighter ablaze as a response to a threat from the terror group, and called on all tribes to unite and battle 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....

As ISIS has been losing territory in Iraq and Syria, their Sinai chapter has expanded its reach, even establishing a inquisitors religious police force that has been terrorizing residents who smoke cigarettes or shave. ISIS also threatened residents against cooperating with the army and police.

That, along with ISIS spreading fake news that they had killed 40 members of the al-Tarabeen tribe, drove the Bedouins to snatch an ISIS leader and film their own video of his death, the tribe told al-Arabiya.

They said the man had killed three Sinai residents and a police and burned their bodies, so the Bedouins set him on fire. That's employing the Islamic principle of qisas, killing a killer in the manner by which the victim was murdered. ISIS tried to use the same reasoning when they burned a Jordanian pilot in a cage in a shocking 2015 video.

In the Bedouins' short video, which appears to be cell phone footage, the suspected ISIS member, his hands and feet bound, is seen with his upper body on fire off the side of a road as members of the tribe yell at him. One appears to spray an accelerant on him.

The al-Tarabeen said in a statement they would fight ISIS "bravely and courageously as the sons of the tribe do not fear the battles."
Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [439 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  Yep, the Egyptian government "hired" the Bedouins for a check point figuring anybody with a lick of sense wouldn't fuck with the Bedouins since the main hobby is blood feuds. Well apparently someone didn't have that lick of sense and now they have the tribes that control all of the overland smuggling routes pissed at them.
Posted by: Jeasing Creque5352 || 05/04/2017 1:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Good to see some of the mods are up.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/04/2017 6:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Blood feuds a hobby? Bwahahahaha! Hopefully the guy was alive and they posted it to YouTube!
Posted by: gorb || 05/04/2017 11:47 Comments || Top||

Combat in Yemen's al-Bayda intensifies
Taiz- Armed conflict intensified in al-Bayda battle fronts, Yemen, following an assault staged by members of the Popular Resistance against Houthi and Saleh militias and the seizure of strategic locations.

Militias in their turn continued to randomly shell houses in Dhi Na’im and Az Zahir districts as well as farms in Rada’a, leading to huge material losses.

Colonel Abdullah al-Humaikani told Asharq Al-Awsat that “members of the Popular Resistance are still confronting militias with their personal potentials and have achieved great gains on the ground in restoring control over strategic whereabouts, following violent battles that caused enormous human and material losses.”

Saada Media Center affirmed in a statement published on Facebook that dozens of killed and injured Houthis reached directories of Sa’dah.

“Most of the killed and injured were targeted by Arab Coalition air force,” the statement added.

Yemen’s Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr addressed the Ministry of Finance to quickly disburse salaries to civil employees in Taiz according to the state budget of 2014.

The prime minister stated that the government has paid the salaries for civil and military personnel in the liberated provinces and is working hard on disbursing them in provinces controlled by rebels, reported Yemen News Agency (Saba).

He underscored the importance of militias committing to export revenues to the central bank in the temporary capital, Aden so that the government fulfills as well its commitments towards employees in all provinces with no exception.

Daghr ordered allocating one million dollars to cover the additional needs of the injured in Taiz, given that the Ministry of Public Health and Population will supervise the process.

This took place 24 hours after the local authority in Taiz called on the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Yemen to accelerate the disbursement of salaries to the employees and retired officers.

Asharq Al-Awsat
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Death penalty for three in suicide attack case upheld
[DAWN] A Lahore High Court division bench on Tuesday upheld death penalty handed down to three men for their role in Police Emergency Rescue Service-15 building suicide kaboom.

The bench comprising Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan and Justice Shehram Sarwar dismissed appeals against the sentence filed by convicts Abid Akram, Sarfraz and Shabbir.

Counsel for the convicts argued that his clients were already in jug of law enforcement agencies when the suicide attack took place in 2009.

He said the FIR of the incident was lodged against unidentified suspects while the convicts were later implicated in the case.

The counsel argued that though prosecution failed to produce any direct or independent evidence against the convicts, the trial court awarded death sentence to them.

He asked the bench to set aside the conviction and acquit the convicts.

Opposing the appeals, a deputy public prosecutor argued that the convicts were the controllers of the attack. He said Shahdara police had incarcerated
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
the convicts on Dec 3, 2010 and during the interrogation they (convicts) confessed to their involvement in the Rescue-15 suicide attack.

The prosecutor further stated that police had also recovered weapons from the convicts’ possession. He said the trial court had handed down the death penalty to the convicts in the light of convincing evidence produced by the prosecution.

After hearing both sides, the bench dismissed the appeals and upheld the conviction of the appellants.

An anti-terrorism court had on Jan 30, 2015 handed down death penalty to each convict on 23 counts. At least 26 people, including security personnel, had bit the dust in the attack while over 300 were maimed.
Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [359 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  He said Shahdara police had incarceratedthe convicts on Dec 3, 2010 and during the interrogation they (convicts) confessed to their involvement in the Rescue-15 suicide attack.

I bet that hurt
Posted by: Frank G || 05/04/2017 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  I guess they didn't draw the short straw.
Posted by: Dopey Snore2686 || 05/04/2017 9:02 Comments || Top||

Mosul Offensive News

Iraqi forces seize munitions cache

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army forces ran into a large weapons cache belonging to Islamic State militants in Mosul as operations proceed to clear the western side of the city.

Maj. Maan al-Saadi, a second special operations division commander, the army’s Counter-Terrorism Service, was quoted by Alsumaria News saying that a special force found the mini-factory in al-Yabessat district in western Mosul.

The finds included mortar missiles, rockets and rocket launchers, al-Saadi said.

Iraqi government forces recaptured eastern Mosul in January after three months of fighting, and claimed recently to control at least 70 percent of the western side of the city after a second phase of offensives launched in February.

Speaking in a weekly press conference late Tuesday, Prime Minister Haider alAbadi said his military commanders were ready with “new military plans” to recapture remaining cities in Nineveh from Islamic State militants.

Commanders from the U.S.-led coalition backing the Iraqi campaign against IS say there are less than 1000 militants in Mosul, while Iraqi generals believe the group holds less than seven percent of Iraqi territories.

The conflict has so far displaced 600.000 civilians, according to Iraqi government counts.

Iraqi forces kill 3 ISIS Top Dawgs

Mosul – ISIS executed 12 of its foreign and non-Iraqi Arab militants on the right side of Mosul, including prominent commanders accused of espionage for the Iraqi government and coalition forces, according to a Kurdish official.

Media official of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Gaith Surji said that ISIS executed 12 of its militants accused of espionage for the Iraqi government, adding that based on the information they received, a number of military and security commanders were among the executed.

Since ISIS took over Mosul in 2014, a large number of its Iraqi, Arab, and foreign militants have deflected from the organization. In addition, ISIS militants regularly fight internally over money and positions.

Many of Iraqi ISIS militants are trying to escape with families leaving Mosul or go undercover as sleeper cells, according to civilians, adding that most of the remaining ISIS militants fighting security forces in Mosul are foreigners.

Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat, head of the Iraqi federal police, stated that Iraqi forces killed ISIS leader Abo Ayoub after attacking his vehicle on the Fifth Bridge.

Jawdat told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that according to intelligence, the police killed other commanders; Abo Abdallah in Rifai area and Nafei Abdallah and two of his bodyguards in Hawi area.

Federal police’s drones and artillery continue to target ISIS clusters and movements in the strategic July 17 neighborhood, west of Mosul. In addition, 17 militants were killed during the bombardment on an ISIS outpost behind al-Sahaba mosque.

Jawdat pointed out that since the initiation of the liberation operation of the right side of the city, police drones killed 859 ISIS militants, including prominent leaders, destroyed 284 booby-trapped cars and 253 booby-trapped motorcycles, and liberated over 274 kilometers so far.

As for humanitarian effort, Iraqi forces rescued 265,000 civilians in combat areas, while 30,000 were able to go back to their liberated residential areas.

Lieutenant General Jawdat concluded that the military included several new tactics on the military plans and updated their accuracy factor in targeting the enemy, in addition to using developed techniques to avoid civilian casualties.
Posted by: badanov || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [406 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Anbar Antix

Iraqi security forces stop attack on roadblock near Ramadi

Ramadi (IraqiNews.com) A security force thwarted an attack by Islamic State militants on a road security unit west of Anbar, security sources were quoted saying Wednesday.

Alsumaria News, quoting the sources, said the attack targeted a security deployment at the “140th Kilometer” region at a highway west of the city of Ramadi.

The security force seized a vehicle used by the attackers that was laden with RPG missiles, according to the source.

The attack comes as Islamic State militants escalate assaults on government and paramilitary forces in Anbar, especially at al-Rutba region, leaving several personnel dead. Ten soldiers were killed on Tuesday and six were wounded in an Islamic State attack that targeted an army checkpoint in Rutba. Several other army members died in April in occasional attacks.

Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition fighter jets have regularly pounded locations held by the Islamic State at the stronghold towns of Annah, Qaim and Rawa, west of Anbar. killing dozens of militants. Thousands of civilians are thought to be held in Islamic State captivity at those locations. Iraqi defense officials say they will launch a major security offensive in Anbar once they is done with their U.S.-backed campaign to drive out IS from Mosul, the group’s principal stronghold in Iraq, which has been running since October 2016.

On Wednesday, Ramadi’s mayor, Ibrahim al-Janabi, told Iraqi network NRT that security challenge persist in the province with the escalation of IS attacks. He said getting over those challenges remain contingent upon securing the highway linking Iraq and Jordan.

“Islamic State attacks against security forces will continue if borders with Syria are not closed completely.”
Google Map at the link
Posted by: badanov || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [361 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin

1 dead in 2 bomb attacks

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One person was killed, two others were injured in two IED blasts in Baghdad, news reports quoted security sources as saying on Wednesday.

A teacher was killed as a bomb placed under a vehicle exploded, the source said, adding that the blast occurred while the vehicle was passing at al-Zidan region in Abu Ghraib, western Baghdad.

In another blast, two persons were wounded as a bomb exploded in Nahrawan district, southeast of Baghdad.

“A bomb was planted near a workshop that sells aluminium in Nahrawan. The blast left two civilians wounded,” another source said.

Violence and armed conflicts claimed the lives of 317 Iraqis, and caused injuries to 403 others during the month of April, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

The total figure of victims signalled a drop from 1115 victims in March.

Nineveh, where U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops are caught up in battles against Islamic State militants in Mosul since October, came on top of the most affected governorate, with 276 casualties (153 killed, 123 injured). Baghdad Governorate came next with 55 killed and 179 injured. Salahuddin came third, with 15 killed and 43 injured.
Posted by: badanov || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [344 views] Top|| File under:

Southeast Asia
Reds apologize, offer indemnity to civilian hit by IED
[MindaNews] The communist National Democratic Front-Southern Mindanao Region has apologized to the family of a civilian who was hit by an IED during an attack on Saturday by the New People's Army on plants owned by Lapanday Foods Corporation in Barangay Mandug.

The NPA attacked three businesses run by the Lorenzo family in the city on April 30, leaving Buenafe and three other persons injured, Lapanday security guard Reynaldo Talamaque and two NPA guerillas. Two NPA militants were killed in the attack.

Fish vendor Larry Buenafe was seriously hurt when the militants detonated the IED near soldiers from Task Force Davao who responded to the attack. The militants also offered to give indemnification to Buenafe.

In a statement, NDFP-SMR spokesperson Rubi del Mundo said that the insurgents carried out attacks against the soldiers in Barangay Tigatto after the NPA unit attacked the LFC box and plastic plants in nearby Barangay Mandug. She said, "The blaster-operator saw that Mr. Buenafe was far from the target military vehicle and proceeded to detonate the explosives. The shock waves and splinter, however, hit and injured him."

She maintained that the movement has absolute respect for “human rights and international humanitarian law.”

"It is waging a just war for the genuine emancipation of the majority exploited Filipino people. The punitive action by the NPA-Southern Mindanao against the Lorenzo-owned Lapanday Foods Corporation in Davao City is just and long-demanded by the thousands of peasants, Lumad and workers in Mindanao," she said.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said he was dismayed by the recent NPA attacks while peace negotiations are "making substantial headway" but remained optimistic they “will not be deterred” despite calls to drop [the talks] and wage an all-out war.

Labor Secretary and government chief peace negotiator Silvestre Bello III said they are now preparing for the fifth round of talks scheduled for May 27 to June 1 in the Netherlands. He said the bilateral teams are working to “arrive at a consensus” on contentious provisions of the proposed Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) and bilateral ceasefire.
Posted by: ryuge || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [430 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Abu Sayyaf rebel killed in Davao shootout
[ABS-CBN] An Abu Sayyaf militant armed with bomb components was killed in a police operation in Barangay Magtood, Davao City at dawn on Tuesday.

Initial police reports said the insurgent was traveling along the road on board a motorcycle with an unidentified driver when Davao City intelligence operatives flagged them down. The rebel allegedly pulled out his gun and shot at the police, prompting the officers to return fire. The driver escaped.

Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum confirmed that the suspect is an Abu Sayyaf militant based on intelligence information. Tagum showed a picture of him to prove that he was a member of the terrorist group.
Posted by: ryuge || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [389 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)

Syrian Army Combat Summary
[AlManar] The Syrian Army and Armed Forces units launched operations against gatherings of ISIL in Um Sahrij village to the east of Homs city.

A military source told SANA that an army unit directed accurate strikes on fortified positions and dens for ISIL in the village of Um Sahrij, destroying a pickup truck equipped with heavy machinegun and a rocket-launching platform along with 6 terrorists.

The Syrian army units established control over the villages of al-Tadmuria, al-Khalilia and al-Mohashem, the Mounts of al-Shomaria and the hills surrounding them after killing a number of ISIL terrorists in the eastern countryside of Homs.

Deir Ezzor

Meanwhile, army units, in cooperation with allied forces, carried out intensive operations against ISIL gatherings and infiltration axes on the southern outskirts of Deir Ezzor city.

SANA reporter in Deir Ezzor said that army units shelled ISIL sites in the graveyards area, destroying a number of the terrorist organization dens and killing a number of terrorists, including the so called “Abu al-Zubair al-Maghribi” the arming official in the so called “Euphrates State” and Hassan al-Mala one of ISIL leaders.

The reporter quoted local sources as saying that a group of the locals of al-Bu Kamal city had attacked one of ISIL hideouts on the outskirts of the city and managed to kill two of its terrorists and burned a number of cars.
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Kurd, Turkish army troops fighting near Rojava
[ARA News] The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said on Wednesday that the Turkish army carried out 67 attacks along the border with Rojava-northern Syria during the month of April.

The YPG leadership confirmed in an official statement, obtained by ARA News, that 35 attacks were done by tanks, 24 with various kinds of heavy weapons, seven attacks by missiles, in addition to air strikes.

The YPG said they responded 16 times to the Turkish attacks, destroying several vehicles.

On 25 April, Turkish air strikes killed 20 YPG fighters in the Karacok mountain near Derik, in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province.

After the attacks, US troops visited the bombed area. The American forces also patrolled the border between Rojava and Turkey on 28 April to prevent more attacks.

Furthermore, on 30 April, Russian troops were deployed near Afrin to inspect the border with Turkey to deter more Turkish attacks.

Turkish attacks continued this month. On Wednesday, the Turkish army shot at the Kurdish Asayish checkpoint at the western entrance of Kobane city.

Furthermore, Turkish-backed rebels attacked the town of Qastel Jendo, close to the town of Efrin in the Aleppo province.

In the meantime, the YPG said that its units and allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have liberated 800 square kilometers in the countryside of Raqqa–the ISIS’ de facto capital in Syria.

Moreover, the YPG said that 95 per cent of the strategic town of Tabqa was liberated, with dozens of ISIS fighters trapped in small pockets in the city.
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al-Nusra hits Hama power station with mortars
Hama (SyriaNews.media) Terrorists of al-Nusra Front shelled al-Zarah Thermal Power Station in the southern countryside of Hama with mortar shells, Syria News reported on Wednesday.

A number of mortar shells fell on the vicinity of al-Zarah Thermal Power Station and the workers residence, causing material damage but no casualties were reported, Syria News said.

Zarah, and other power stations in the country sides of Hama and Idlib, suffered several terrorist attacks, especially Zayzun station that was looted completely by the terrorists who came from Turkish borders.
Posted by: badanov || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [343 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

Syrian soldier dies in mortar attack in Damascus
Damascus (SyriaNews.media) A police source revealed that a soldier was killed while another one was wounded by mortar shells attack in the countryside of Damascus, SANA reported on Wednesday.

The source said that the terrorist groups in Qaboun, Ghouta and eastern areas of Damascus launched, at noon today, three mortar shells on the city of Harasta in the countryside of Damascus, killing one person and wounding another, as well as causing damage to some houses.

The terrorist and Takhfiri groups are frequently launch attacks on the neighborhoods, villages of Damascus, especially Harasta City, in an attempt to compensate their losses in the battles against the Syrian army, and weaken the aid and support provided by civilians to security forces.

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Car Bomb Kills Five in Syria Border Town
[An Nahar] A boom-mobile blast killed at least five people on Wednesday in the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz by the Turkish border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The dead were four civilians and a police officer, the Britannia-based monitor said, adding that the toll could rise because a number of those maimed were at death's door.

The blast littered the ground with debris and set an enormous fire that sent thick clouds of black smoke billowing into the air.

Civil defence workers and residents tried to put out the blaze.

The blast hit near a mosque and the headquarters of the opposition's provisional government
The dead were placed in black body bags, next to which grief-stricken mourners sat weeping or staring in shock.

The blast hit near a mosque and the headquarters of the opposition's provisional government, formed in November 2013, which administers some areas under rebel control.

Azaz has regularly been targeted in kabooms, including on January 7, when at least 48 people were killed in a tanker truck blast.
Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [309 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

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