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US drone strike leaves 7 ISIS-K militants dead in East of Afghanistan
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Afghanistan
2 suicide bombers and a child killed in Kandahar clash
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two jacket wallahs and a child were killed during a brief clash between the assailants and the security forces in southern Kandahar province.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place late on Wednesday evening in the central Kandahar city.

Provincial police front man Zia-ur-Rehman Durani said the bandidos forces of Evil had disguised in Burqa and managed to take position near a bakery in the vicinity of the 4th police district of the city.

He said the suicide bombers started fire on a check post that lasted for several minutes before they were rubbed out.

Durani had said only the two suicide bombers were killed in the attack but the provincial public health officials are saying that a minor girl was killed and another civilian was maimed during the clash.

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Afghan forces foiled 3 explosions in less than a week in Kabul
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan cops managed to thwart three separate kaboom plots by the anti-government armed bad boy groups in capital Kabul.

The Kabul police commandment said the first Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was discovered and defused from the vicinity of the 7th police district of the city.

The second IED was planted near the entrance gate of Jamhoriat hospital in the city, the police commandment added.

In the meantime, the police commandment said the third IED was discovered and defused from a roadside in Bagrami district before the murderous Moslems manage to detonate it.

The police commandment said the security forces managed to thwart three deadly attacks by discovering the IEDs.

The anti-government armed bad boy groups including the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
bully boyz have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as Kabul city was the witness of a deadly suicide kaboom on Wednesday that left at least 8 people dead and around 28 others maimed.

The incident took place in Macroryan area after a jacket wallah rammed his boom-mobile into the convoy of the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
forces as they were travelling in the area.
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US drone strike leaves 7 ISIS-K militants dead in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least seven forces of Evil of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS-Khurasan, were killed in an Arclight airstrike 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.

The provincial police commandment said the Arclight airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Gorgori area of Haska Mina district on Wednesday.

The source further added that the security forces and the local residents did not suffer any casualties in the Arclight airstrike.

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

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in eastern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed Death Eater groups have recently increased their insurgency activities in some parts of the province during the recent years.

This as an anti-ISIS operation is underway in Nangarhar to eliminate the presence of ISIS affiliates in this province.

The Hamza operations were launched nearly one month ago in response to the growing threats posed by ISIS loyalists in Nangarhar province.

Posted by: Fred || 05/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [530 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Horn
Al-shabab raids AU military base in central Somalia
[SHABELLENEWS] Heavily armed Al shabaab fighters have launched an attack on a military base belonging to Æthiopian troops serving with 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 (AMISOM) in Halgan town.

The Lions of Islam have engaged a deadly shootout with the AU forces stationed in Halgan, which fell to AMISOM on Wednesday, after Al shabaab pulled out of the town without combat.

According to a resident who spoke to Radio Shabelle over the phone, both warring sides have exchanged a heavy and small weaponry, including RPGs during the confrontation.

Halgan which lies near Beledweyne city, the regional capital of Hiiraan region has been changing hands between Al shabaab and Æthiopian forces for the past two years.

Al shabaab fighters regularly attack bases of AMISOM’s troops, which is made up of about 22,000 soldiers and police from African nations supporting Somalia’s government and army.

The Al Qaeda-linked Lions of Islam aim to drive out the African Union peacekeepers, and topple the Western-backed Somali Federal government based in the capital Mogadishu.

Posted by: Fred || 05/05/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Caribbean-Latin America
Eight Brazilians sentenced for plotting jihadist attacks ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics
[DW] A Brazil judge has sentenced eight men to up to 15 years for plotting a jihadist attack on the 2016 Rio Olympics. Authorities described the group as an "amateur" and downplayed any ties to the so-called "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 eight Brazilian men were found guilty on Thursday of recruiting and promoting terrorism, and handed sentences of between five and 15 years

In his sentencing, Judge Marcos Josegrei da Silva said the men "exulted in and celebrated terrorist acts carried out around the world, publishing videos of executions by the Islamic State (group) and instructions on how to swear loyalty to the group's leader."

The 100-page sentence included images of the men extolling the Islamic State group online and posing in front of a flag with the words "Islamic State" scrawled on it in Arabic.

The leader in question according to Brazilian authorities was 33-year-old Leonid El Kadrem, who received the longest sentence of 15 years and 10 months.

'Amateur cell'
According to prosecutors, the group's communications focused between mid-March and July 21 last year, when the first series of arrests were announced just weeks before the start of the Games as part of an operation dubbed "Hashtag."

Brazil's then-justice minister Alexandre Moraes said the group had pledged their allegiance to the so-called "Islamic State" jihadist group but downplayed any links. "Some of them made an oath of loyalty by Internet to the Islamic State, but there was no personal contact by this group with Islamic State by WhatsApp," he said, adding that the group was "an absolutely amateur cell" and "disorganized."

The closest the group got to committing a concrete terrorist act was trying to buy black market weapons from a supplier in neighboring Paraguay. The group's members reportedly also encouraged each other to begin martial arts training.

With a reputation for being a hotbed for armed crime, authorities deployed some 85,000 coppers and military troops around Rio de Janeiro's Olympic venues.

New anti-terror laws
Thursday's ruling marked the first time that a highly debated new Brazilian anti-terror law formed the basis of a legal ruling.

Last year, Brazil's Congress passed the new law that widened the scope of what could be deemed a terror act. The new legislation dictates that anyone found guilty of "advocating terrorism" could face up to eight years in prison, and 10 to years for "joining terrorist organizations."

However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
the new law drew condemnation from rights groups for failing to define "terrorism" or "terrorist." Rights advocates warned that its broad language could lead to a crackdown against freedom of speech.
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Home Front: WoT
ISIS Calls On Jihadists To Buy Weapons At Gun Shows
[Homeland Security] ISIS has called on jihadists to find ways of buying and acquiring firearms to wage holy war on Western infidels in the article, Just Terror Tactics, published in the 9th issue of ISIS's magazine, Rumiyah, released Thursday. The report said, "The acquisition of firearms can be very simple, depending on one’s geographical location."

The last full page of the article instructs lone wolves how to use trucks in an attack. Outdoor markets and rallies, parades and congested streets are recommended as points of attack.

"The 9th issue of Rumiyah highlights once again that one of the terror organization’s continued goal is to inspire lone wolf actors in the West, which has proven to be successful, MEMRI Executive Director Steven Stalinsky told Homeland Security Today. "An interesting note about the most recent edition and its article, Just Terror Tactics, which suggests very specific targets, shows that Westerners, including an increasing number of Americans, are not only supporting groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda ‐ but that they continue to help and lead in the group’s propaganda efforts."
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India-Pakistan
‘Remote-controlled blast’ at farmhouse damages room
[DAWN] DERA GHAZI KHAN: Suspected Lions of Islam blew up the roof of a one-room farmhouse belonging to a relative 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...
home minister in Dolli, Rujhan tehsil, in Rajanpur district.

Sources told Dawn that the farmhouse belonged to Shah Murad Masoori Bugti, a relative of Sarfraz Bugti, located in Border Military Police precincts, 150km from here.

The kaboom was triggered with a remote-controlled device, while Murad Bugti and his associates remained unhurt. Sources said the kaboom took place soon after the arrival of visitors who had not disembarked from their vehicles yet.

Political assistant to tribal area Rajanpur, Imran Munir, told Dawn that the room of the farmhouse had been blown up by unidentified Lions of Islam and it was located at least 500 metres from a Rangers checkpost near the provincial boundary.

Munir further said that it was a remote-controlled kaboom and the visitors, who were still in their vehicles, remained unhurt. 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....

Rangers, Border Military Police and Frontier Constabulary were jointly investigating the incident, he added.

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Four militants convicted by military courts executed
[DAWN] Four Death Eaters convicted by military courts were executed on Wednesday, the Pakistain Army announced.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, the Death Eaters were members of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Pakistain.

The convicts were involved in killing of innocent civilians, kidnapping and slaughtering soldiers of Frontier Constabulary and destruction of a cop shoppe, attacking armed forces which resulted in the death of a JCO and injuries to a policeman, and kidnapping and attacking security personnel in which a number of soldiers bit the dust.

The executions were carried out early in the morning and the ISPR statement did not identify the prisons where the convicts were kept.

The four were identified as Barkat Ali, Mohammad Adil, Ishaq and Latifur Rehman. They were all members of the TTP.

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Driver killed, 2 jawans injured; militants flee from cordon
[Daily Excelsior] A civilian was killed while two Army men were maimed as murderous Moslems ambushed an Army patrol party in Imam Saheb area of Shopian this evening while security forces conducted a massive operation against murderous Moslems in the area.

A civilian driver, identified as Nazir Ahmad Sheikh of Kucdoora village of Shopian, who was driving the cab in which Army was returning after search and cordon operation, was killed in the ambush and two Army men were maimed.

The driver, critically injured in the krazed killer attack, was rushed to a hospital, but he succumbed and injured Army soldiers are stable. Hizb-ul-Mujahideen claimed the responsibility of the attack on Army.

Earlier in the morning, Army conducted massive search and cordon operation in several villages in Shopian district after murderous Moslems intensified their attacks on police and security forces in South Kashmire and looted banks and weapons.

Army’s 1-RR, 55 RR, 62 RR, 44 RR and 2-Para, Special Operations Group (SOG) of Kulgam, SOG Shopian and 8 Battalion of Central Reserve Force (CRPF) cordoned off orchards of several villages in Shopian district. However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
no one was locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
during the operation. At Maldoora, Turkawangam and Trenz village, groups of protesters pelted stones on the security forces.

Helicopters and drones were used and more than 4,000 troops fanned out across these orchards in a massive operation to flush out murderous Moslems responsible for series of attacks including one in which 5 soldiers and 2 bank officials were killed and several banks were robbed and weapons looted.

The operation in Shopian was the biggest in more than a decade in Kashmire valley when security forces used to cordon off several villages and conduct search operations against krazed killers.

The cordon and search operation followed intelligence inputs about the presence of murderous Moslems in the area. However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
no contact was established with the murderous Moslems and no one was arrested.

Recently, videos of large groups of murderous Moslems ‐ in some cases as many as 30 ‐ have surfaced on social media, despite the ban imposed by authorities on 22 such sites and applications.

Security agencies believed that these videos were shot in South Kashmire, especially Shopian district.

In the meantime, two murderous Moslems managed to escape from cordon in Khudwani area of Kulgam this evening. Reports said that security forces cordoned off village Khudwani this evening and after a brief shoot out murderous Moslems beat feet from the cordoned area.

A large group of people gathered during the operation in the village and pelted stones on security forces to disrupt the operation. Security forces fired tear smoke to disperse the protesters. The operation was later called off.
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Iraq
20 ISIS shooters die in airstrike near Hawija in Kirkuk
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Twenty Islamic State snipers have been killed by the Iraqi fighter jets in Hawija district, west of Kirkuk.

In a statement on Thursday, the War Media Cell said “Iraqi air force launched two airstrikes that destroyed a stash of weapon of the IS militants and a snipers’ haven in addition to killing 20 snipers in Hawija.

In related news, Gen. Ali Fadel, commander of the East Dijla Operations Command, said operations to be launched soon to drive IS militants out of Hawija.

“Security troops are tightening the grip on the district. Fighter jets launched several airstrikes against several IS militants and pockets there,” Fadel said in statements earlier on Thursday.

The commander urged residents to “stay as they are in case operations were launched to liberate the district and raise white flags to be distinguished and protected by troops.”

Safe passageways, according to Fadel, “will be opened to allow civilians flee so troops would enter the district.”

Dozens of residents from Hawija and the regions in its vicinity escape to Kirkuk province on a daily basis. Despite the risky routes to the freed regions, the civilians prefer death to staying under IS control.

Hawija, located 55 KM west of Kirkuk, has been held by IS since mid-2014.
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Mosul Offensive News


New offensive begins in western Mosul

(IraqiNews.com/ Reuters)Iraqi forces recaptured two locations in western Mosul on Thursday as they moved from a new direction targeting Islamic State militants at the Old City area.

Federal Police chief Shaker Jawdat said in press statements were advancing from the northwestern axis towards Haramat area, and had recaptured Hassouna village and the “Nineveh gas lab”.

Iraq’s armed forces opened a new front against Islamic State in Mosul on Thursday, advancing on the militants’ enclave from the northwest, a military commander had told Reuters.

The army’s 9th Armoured Division and the Rapid Response units of the Interior Ministry were headed towards the city, he said.

The attack would help the elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) and Interior Ministry Federal Police troops who were painstakingly advancing from the south, he said.

A U.S.-led international coalition is providing key air and ground support to the offensive on Mosul, Islamic State’s de facto capital in Iraq, which started in October.

The militants are now besieged in the northwestern corner of Mosul which includes the historic Old City centre and the Grand al-Nuri Mosque.

It was from the pulpit of this mosque nearly three years ago that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a “caliphate” that also spanned parts of Syria.

Earlier this week, Asharq al-Awsat quoted an army colonel saying the new front opens from the recaptured region of Badush, with the aim of charging at the districts of 17 Tamuz (July 17th), Harmat, Mesherfa and Hawi al-Kanisa in order to accelerate the liberation of the city.

Iraqi army forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, recaptured eastern Mosul from Islamic State members in January after three months of fighting. A complementary offensive launched in February to retake the western region.

Iraqi generals say they control 70 percent of the western side of Mosul, and that the total of territory held by IS in Iraq is less than seven percent.
Google Map at the link

ISIS bomber, 3 others die in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State booby-trapping expert was killed along with three of his aides due to a blast inside a workshop in Tal Afar town, west of Mosul, a local source in Nineveh said.

“Abu Yusuf al-Halabi, a prominent expert of vehicles booby-trapping in Tal Afar, was killed along with three of his aides due to an explosion of a car while booby-trapping it inside a workshop,” the source told AlSumaria News on Thursday.

The source, who preferred anonymity, added that “al-Halabi was a Syrian national in his forties. He was called as ‘al-mohandis’ [Arabic for ‘the engineer’]”

Earlier this week, another militant, called abu-Yusuf, in charge of one of the group’s defense lines, was killed by a sniper in the vicinity of Tal Afar.

Tal Afar is one of the important strongholds still held by IS in Nineveh.

The group has sustained severe losses in personnel and ground since an offensive was launched in mid October to retake Mosul, the second-largest Iraqi city and the militants’ last urban stronghold in the country.

The number of Islamic State fighters remaining in Mosul was recently estimated by Iraqi troops at 200 to 300, mostly foreigners, down from nearly 6,000 when the offensive started.
Google Map at the link

8 ISIS operatives smoked in northwestern Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State leader and seven others were killed during battles in the northwest of Mosul, according to Federal Police.

“Troops resumed its advance in the northwest of Mosul to reach the bank of the river [Tigris] and besiege al-Jisr al-Khamis region, north of the Old City,” Lt.Gen. Shaker Jawdat said in statements on Thursday.

“Eight IS members, including a leader called Abu Huthaifa al-Hadidi, in charge of al-Zanjili and Ras al-Jadda regions, were killed,” he added.

In previous statements on Thursday, Jawdat said the troops were advancing from the northwestern axis towards Haramat area, and had recaptured Hassouna village and the “Nineveh gas lab”.

A military commander told Reuters earlier that armed forces opened a new front against Islamic State in Mosul on Thursday, advancing on the militants’ enclave from the northwest.

The militants are now besieged in the northwestern corner of Mosul embracing the historic Old City centre and the Grand al-Nuri Mosque, from which the group’s supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave a famous sermon in 2014 declaring the establishment of the ‘caliphate’ in Iraq and Syria.

Eastern Mosul was recaptured in January after three months of battles. A major offensive was launched in February to retake the western flank.

11 die in Mosul airstrikes

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Eleven civilians including women and children, died Thursday in strikes by fighter jets at a district in Mosul targeted by a new offensive by the U.S.-backed Iraqi troops’ operations against the Islamic State.

Shafaaq news website quoted local sources saying that the deaths occurred when fighter jets, believed to be from the U.S.-led coalition at Hawi al-Kanisa, northwest of Mosul. The district is on the list of targets for Iraqi troops as operations take a new axis towards the strategic, IS-held Old City district.

The Iraqi command has reiterated it heeded civilians’ safety since it launched operations in October to retake Mosul from IS militants, accusing the group of fabricating reports about civilian casualties and causing the deaths itself. But the Pentagon said in March it was going to investigate reports that coalition jets killed more than 200 people in western Mosul’s al-Jadida district.

Iraqi government troops, backed by coalition fighter jets and ground paramilitary forces, recaptured eastern Mosul in January after three months of fighting, and have been sweeping through the western region since mid February, claiming to have retaken 70 percent of territory from militants.

According to the Iraqi government, the war in Mosul has displaced at last 600.000 civilians since October.
Google Map at the link

Iraqi forces capture more locations in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi armed forces have recaptured one whole district and part of another in western Mosul on Thursday.

The army’s 9th Armoured Division took over Mesherfa al-Thalitha district, according to Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarallah, commander of the Nineveh Operations. Troops also gained control on the Mesherfa water purification project and liberated the northern part of Mesherfa al-Thaniya district.

Security troops earlier liberated two villages and a street in northwestern Mosul as they resumed advance in the city, local sources said.

Joint troops of armed forces and Federal Police controlled Mesherfa town, in the northwest of Mosul, and street 60, in the Mesherfa al-Thaniya district, the sources said.

Islamic State militants used four booby-trapped vehicles, driven by suicide bombers, to hamper the troops advance.

Moreover, the troops also took over Dijla village, northwestern Mosul and freed thirty families who were held by the militants in the village, according to news reports.

According to local residents, IS militants began evacuating their families from Mesherfa and 17 Tamuz (July 17th) regions amid heavy firing to prevent civilians from fleeing.

Earlier on the day, Iraqi forces recaptured Hassouna village and the “Nineveh gas lab” in western Mosul as Iraqi armed forces opened a new front against Islamic State in Mosul on Thursday, advancing on the militants’ enclave from the northwest.

Eastern Mosul was recaptured in January after three months of battles between the militants and the Iraqi troops, backed by the U.S.-led coalition and the paramilitary troops. A new offensive was launched in February to retake the west.

Iraqi forces attack ISIS positions in northwestern Msul

[ARA News] The US-backed Iraqi forces imposed a siege on Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants in the northwestern part of the war-torn city of Mosul, officials reported on Thursday.

“The remaining Daesh [ISIS] terrorists in Mosul are now under heavy siege by the Iraqi forces in the northwestern corner of the city,” an army officer told ARA News, adding that their troops are trying to storm the last ISIS stronghold in the Old City of Mosul.

The Iraqi army said in an official statement on Thursday that its 9th Armored Division and the Rapid Response units of the Interior Ministry have opened a new front in the northwest of the city.

“Our forces are making a steady advance in the first hours of the offensive and Daesh fighters are breaking and retreating,” Iraqi Army’s Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told state television.

Mosul is Iraq’s second most populous city, and is deemed the ISIS de facto capital in Iraq. The city fell to ISIS in June 2014.

After showing heavy resistance against the US-backed troops, ISIS is now slowly being pushed, especially since the Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched on 17 October, 2016, an operation to take Mosul.

The major offensive is being supported by the US-led coalition.

The Mosul assault involves a 100,000-strong ground force of Iraqi government troops, members of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Shia paramilitary Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).
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Anbar Antix


Iraqi forces prepare clearing operation in Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) A limited military offensive launched Thursday to clear Anbar’s western desert areas from Islamic State militants, according to the province’s army leaders.

Maj. Gen. Mahmoud al-Falahi was quoted by Alsumaria News saying that army commando and police forces sat on a military offensive to purge the desert area which falls 160 kilometers to the west of Ramadi. The operation targets a space of 10 kilometers of that area.

Another operation is planned sooner for the desert area around the city of al-Rutba (310 Km west of Ramadi), which will be backed by tribal troops, according to Falahi.

Islamic State militants have held Anbar’s western towns of Annah, Qaim and Anbar since 2014. Fighter jets from the Iraqi army and the allied U.S.-led coalition have also regularly pounded IS locations in the province. Anbar’s military command previously launched a brief assault early January that managed to recapture some western villages before stopping again.

Local officials believe Islamic State is holding thousands of civilians at its western strongholds to use them as human shields against any future security offensive.

The Iraqi government and army commanders say they will aim at IS havens in Anbar once it is finished with eliminating the group from Mosul, its biggest bastion in Iraq.

IS has escalated its attacks against army and paramilitary forces in the province over the past few months, leaving several personnel dead.
Google Map at the link
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF: Terrorists stashed M-16 in child’s ‘Dora the Explorer’ bed
[IsraelTimes] Shin Bet nabs 3 alleged members of a cell it says carried out 10 shooting attacks on northern West Bank settlements.

Security forces tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
three Paleostinians suspected to have been behind 10 shootings last month, and found the assault rifle used in the attacks hidden inside a child’s Dora the Explorer bed, the army revealed on Thursday.

"This cynical exploitation of hiding things in a children’s room is known to us. It’s not the first time, and it won’t be the last time that weapons are hidden in a child’s room or other places where they think we won’t look," a senior IDF intelligence officer said.

The attacks took place in the first few days of April. The targets were the northern West Bank settlements of Shavei Shomron, Hermesh and Shaked, near the Paleostinian cities of Jenin and Nablus, as well as Israeli vehicles traveling on the roads and the IDF’s Salem checkpoint, the Shin Bet security service said.

The attacks did not result in any injuries, but did cause damage to property.

During interrogation, the suspects also admitted to planning more attacks, the Shin Bet said.

The frequent nighttime attacks "were a significant threat to civilians and security forces in the Samaria region," the security service said in a statement, using the biblical name for the northern West Bank.

The three suspected turbans were arrested in the village of Faham, southwest of Jenin, on April 4.

Two of the suspects were identified as Louie Ahmad Shafik Saabana, 34, and his cousin Mahmoud Shafik Saabana, 26. The third suspect could not be named publicly "out of operational considerations," the Shin Bet said.

The elder Saabana is an attorney linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Paleostine terrorist group, the Shin Bet said.

However,
you can observe a lot just by watching...
the senior intelligence officer said the suspects did not carry out the attacks on behalf of any particular organization.

"It’s still being investigated, but it looks like it was for the dumbest reasons: boredom and things like that. It didn’t come from anything seriously nationalistic or seriously religious," the officer said.

According to the Shin Bet, one of the suspects "expected to be killed during the activities and therefore prepared a will that he kept at home."

The operation to locate and arrest them was carried out by the Shin Bet, IDF and the Israel Police’s West Bank Division.

The rifle was located inside a secret compartment of the child’s bed. The IDF released pictures of where the rifle was hidden, but would not specify in which of the suspects’ houses it was found.

"The M-16 was under a girl’s bed with -- as you can see in the picture -- a Dora comforter on it. That’s the last place that we as a military want to go into and search," the senior intelligence officer said.

In addition to the M-16 assault rifle stashed in the Dora the Explorer bed, security forces elsewhere found two handguns, according to the Shin Bet. The IDF intelligence officer said the overall cost of the weapons was over NIS 100,000 ($27,600).

"These were people with a lot of money," he said.

Forces also seized a number of vehicles that were suspected of being used in the attacks, the Shin Bet said.

Indictments are to be filed in the coming days, the Shin Bet said.

Police: Palestinian attempts to stab officer in Hebron, is shot

[IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian man armed with a knife attempted to attack Israeli security forces in the West Bank city of Hebron
...Hamas Central in the West Bank...
on Thursday, before he was shot by Israeli troops, police said. The assailant, who ran at a Border Police officer with a knife while screaming, was taken to the hospital for medical treatment. His condition was not immediately known.

No Israeli troops were maimed in the incident, which took place at a checkpoint in the West Bank city near the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

Police originally said the attacker was also carrying a grenade and a pistol, which appeared to be fake. In a later statement on Thursday morning, police said that information was incorrect and based on suspicions, clarifying that no such items were located.

The would-be stabber was a Paleostinian Hebron resident in his 20s, police said.

On Wednesday, a knife-carrying Paleostinian man was jugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
by Israeli security forces at a checkpoint in East Jerusalem, police said. According to spokeswoman Luba Samri, the 21-year-old man drew a knife when asked to present his ID card at a checkpoint at the entrance to the Shuafat refugee camp. Police did not say if the man attempted to use the knife. The suspect was taken into custody unharmed, and no other injuries were reported.

Report: Attempted stabbing attack at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron

[Ynet] According to initial reports, the terrorist charged at a group of IDF soldiers while carrying a dud grenade and brandishing a knife. IDF Border Police soldiers standing at a military post near the cave opened fire and neutralized him. No other injuries were reported. The terrorist was evacuated to hospital.
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#1  "Louie", really?
Posted by: Steven || 05/05/2017 3:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Auto-translate failure; he thought it was Dora the Exploder. Boys get Farfour the Burrower.

Are they so sure the rifle isn't the child's?
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PA official rejects ‘insane’ demand to stop paying terrorists
[IsraelTimes] Abbas aide says request to ’resolve’ policy of issuing stipends to attackers’ families akin to ’asking Israel to stop paying its soldiers.

A senior Paleostinian Authority official has rejected the "insane" demand that it end its policy of providing social welfare payments to the families of Paleostinian Lions of Islam tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
for carrying out attacks against Israelis.

Trump removes tweet saying it was ‘honor’ to host Abbas
Immediate consequences -- the only way to retrain unacceptable behaviour.
[IsraelTimes] Some 13 hours after US president posts tweet about meeting with PA leader at White House, remark disappears from feed.

Continued on Page 49
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#1  Abbas aide says request to ’resolve’ policy of issuing stipends to attackers’ families akin to ’asking Israel to stop paying its soldiers

So, you admit this is "wanna-be state-sponsored terror"?
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Jordan army news site: Blast in Syria border camp kills 4
[Ynet] A news website linked to Jordan's military says an kaboom went off in the market area of makeshift camp on the border with Syria, killing four people and wounding several others.

The Hala Akhbar site says the blast went off Thursday evening in the Rukban camp that houses about 80,000 displaced Syrians. The site says festivities erupted between gangs and that shots were heard.
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Syrian warbirds hammer ISIS positions in Deir Ezzor
Deir Ezzor (SyriaNews.media) Syrian Army Air Force carried out several air strikes on the Islamic State’s hideouts and gatherings in Deir Ezzor, Syria News reported on Thursday.

Syrian Arab Air Force conducted heavy air strikes on gatherings and hideouts of the Islamic State group in al-Rasafa neighborhood, Deir Ezzor Cemetary al-Tharda and Ma’amel al-Block area, Syria News said.

The air strikes resulted in the killing and wounding of a number of the Islamic State members, in addition to destroying hideouts and caches of weapons belonging to the Takfiri group, Syria News added.

Yesterday, army forces also destroyed Islamic State’s headquarters in the Deir Ezzor Cemetery, and killed several terrorists, including the so-called Wilayat Euphrates’ weapons official Abul Zubair al-Maghribi and the IS leader Hassan al-Mulla.

Meanwhile, terrorists of the Islamic State executed a civilian, by firing squad, in public in Albu Kamal area, in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, while the residents of the area managed to kill two militants and burned several vehicles, in the outskirts of the city.
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Syrian regulars capture locations in Palmyra
Palmyra (SyriaNews.media) A military source revealed that troops of the Syrian Arab Army, backed by paramilitary forces, recaptured four strategic locations, west of Talila protectorate, east of Palmyra, SANA reported on Thursday.

Another army brigade conducted intensified strikes on gatherings and headquarters of terrorists belonging to al-Nusra Front in the area of Daraa al-Balad.

Furthermore, the military source said that the strikes also either killed or wounded several terrorists in Tareeq al-Sad neighborhood and the area northwest of the old Jumrok, in addition to destroying their fortifications and caches of weapons, southeast of al-Khazan in al-Abbaseya neighborhood.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


Grl ISIS vigilante found dead in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A senior female member of the Islamic State’s vigilantism squads have been found dead west of Mosul, according to local sources.

Alsumaria News quoted the sources saying that the woman, nicknamed Um Qays, a senior official at the group’s Hisbah (religious vigilantes) division, was found dead with marks of gunshots in the chest at an unfinished house on the outskirts of Tal Afar, a major Islamic State stronghold.

The source explained that Um Qays was in charge of intelligence cells as as well as “women police” forces within the group.

Since taking over large areas of Iraq in 2014, Islamic State has employed vigilantism teams to observe commitment to its extreme religious rules among civilians under their control.

Several senior IS leaders have been reportedly killed in mysterious circumstances at Tal Afar over the past few weeks as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched an offensive in October to retake Mosul. The group has lost dozens of leaders since then, with the coalition commanders saying its fighters in Mosul shrunk to less than 1000. Iraqi commander say the group now holds less than seven percent of Iraqi territories, and the campaign currently presses on the group in the western side of the city.
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