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Iraq: ISIS leaders killed during ‘meeting’ in al-Qaim
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12 ISIS militants killed in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 12 militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan, were killed during the operations in eastern Nangarhar province. The provincial police commandment said the militants killed during the operations led by the security forces in Achin district. The operations were conducted with the support of the air power, the police commandment added.
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Top Taliban leaders among 11 killed in Kunduz airstrike
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eleven Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
bandidos bully boys including their two top local leaders were killed in an Arclight airstrike in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

According to the security officials, the murderous Moslems were killed late on Friday afternoon after they were targeted in the vicinity of Chahardara district.

A front man for the Pamir Division in Northeastern Afghanistan, Gen. Ghulam Hazrat Karimi, said the two top Taliban leaders killed in the Arclight airstrike have been identified as Qari Ahmadshah and Arshad.

He said a military vehicle being used by the Taliban bandidos bully boys was also destroyed in the Arclight airstrike.

Gen. Karimi further added that the local residents and security personnel did not suffer any casualties during the Arclight airstrike.

Posted by: Fred || 05/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Taliban leaders, Al-Qaeda members among 43 killed in latest operations: MoD
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
local leaders and al-Qaeda terrorist network members are among at least 40 faceless myrmidons killed in latest counter-terrorism operations, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Saturday.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), the faceless myrmidons were killed during the past 24 hours in various provinces of the country.

The statement further added that 43 faceless myrmidons were also maimed and ten others were tossed in the calaboose
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
during the operations.

The Taliban leaders killed during the operations have been identified as Ustad Torjan and Qari Fida Mohammad Ishaqzai who were killed along with several other faceless myrmidons in Mosa Qala district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, MoD said, adding that the two al-Qaeda terrorist network members were killed in Shorabak district of Kandahar province.

MoD said the remaining faceless myrmidons were killed during separate operations conducted in 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..
, Kapisa, Paktia, Ghazni, Pashtun-infested Logar, Uruzgan, Ghor, Badghis, Kunduz, Faryab, Baghlan, Sar-e-Pul
...a city and eponymous province in northern Afghanistan, population about 500,000. Demographically it is majority Tadjik and Uzbek. There are small Pashtun, Arab, and Hazara communities, of which the Hazaras mostly don't bother anyone...
, Samangan, and Badakhshan provinces.

Posted by: Fred || 05/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

Three Haqqani Commanders Killed In Paktia Drone Strike
[Tolo News] At least three Haqqani network commanders were killed during a dronezap by foreign forces in Paktia province last week, said 303 Spinghar Police Corps on Saturday.

Abdul Hai Mateen, Qari Mustafa and Qare Sor were the Haqqani commanders killed in the strike, 303 Spinghar Police Corps said.

The dronezap was carried out in the Dandpatan district of Paktia province, officials said.

Meanwhile Paktia police said that a military operation to clear insecure parts of the province will be launched soon.

Local residents have also raised their voices and appealed to government to rid their province of Lion of Islams.

Their concern comes amid ongoing Lion of Islam activity in the Zazai Aryoub, Dandepatan and Jani Khail districts in Paktia ‐ areas that all border Pakistain.

Posted by: Fred || 05/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network

Africa Horn
At least 2 killed in Mandera quarry attack by Al-Shabab
[SHABELLENEWS] Two quarry workers were rubbed out Friday and one was missing in a suspected murderous Moslem attack in Kenya’s northern county of Mandera, a government official said.

The attack took place in the town of Elwak, Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said. Workers had been asked to leave the site because l-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
based in neighboring Somalia had been seen in the area a few days earlier, he said.

It was the third time quarry workers had been targeted by suspected bandidos gunnies in Mandera in the past two years. The majority of quarry workers in the region are not Moslem, according to officials.

Mandera is next to the Somali border and has been hardest hit in recent years by an al-Shabaab campaign to avenge Kenyan troop presence in Somalia since 2011.

Kenya’s troops are part of 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...
force in Somalia helping the fragile central government counter al-Shabaab’s insurgency.

Kenya has managed to stop the frequency of attacks in its capital, Nairobi, and major towns. But human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
groups say the government uses methods such as extrajudicial killings that can fuel Dire Revenge attacks.

Posted by: Fred || 05/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

US deploys more troops to Somalia to fight Al shabaab
[SHABELLENEWS] Dozens of American soldiers have been deployed to Mogadishu to train and equip Somali and AMISOM (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) forces fighting extremism in Somalia, U.S. military officials have said.

The troops’ arrival marks the first presence of American military forces in Somalia, other than a small unit of counterterrorism advisers, since March 1994 when the U.S. pulled out of the U.N. intervention operation in the war-torn state, five months after 18 U.S. special forces personnel were killed in a battle with Somali bully boyz that inspired the movie Black Hawk Down.

"United States Africa Command will conduct various security cooperation and/or security force assistance events in Somalia in order to assist our allies and partners," U.S. Africa Command front man Pat Barnes told VOA on Thursday.

The move is another example of the acceleration of U.S. efforts to help combat violent extremism across the globe, a second military official said. The goal of the operation is to build partner capacity while helping to improve the logistics of local forces battling the military group al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
A few dozen troops from the 101st Airborne Division in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, arrived in Mogadishu on April 2 at the request of the Somali government, a U.S. military official told VOA.

The team is carrying out a train-and-equip mission that is expected to last through the end of September, according to the official.

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Rudy DeLeon, a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress
...George Soros-funded think tank headed by John Podesta, White House chief of staff under Bill Clinton
...former Democratic president of the U.S. Bill was the second U.S. president to be impeached, the first to deny that oral sex was sex, the first to have difficulty with the definition of is...
, supplied progressive talking points and policy positions for the Obamaregime. There was a revolving door between the White House and its nerve center, with the president staffing his administration with many of its operatives....

, said the U.S. team will help instill the professionalism and discipline that the local force can use to create the terms for security. "It gives them the tools to help themselves," DeLeon said in an interview with VOA.

Posted by: Fred || 05/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

At least 6 killed in Inter-clan clashes in central Somalia
Boys will be boys.
[SHABELLENEWS] At least six people were killed and nine others injured when rival clan militias clashed in central Somalia, residents and community elders said on Saturday.

The Death Eaters belonging to the Air and Duduble sub-clans started fighting early Saturday morning in Labi-Aano village, 45 km east of Dhuusamareeb. The fight is over a dispute and clan vendetta.

"So far we know that six people died in the hostilities between the clans and more than nine others were maimed," Mohammed Ali Ilmi, the governor of the Galgudud region told VOA’s Somali Service by phone. "Still the area is too tense. There might be further festivities as war preparations are underway in nearby villages," he said.

Hassan Ali Omar, an elder in the region, said the fighting was sparked by long-standing hostilities over land ownership and pasture.

"This fighting has repeated several times and it is over long-standing vendetta between the two sub-clans. We are sorry that it has resulted in deaths," Omar said.

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#1  The Death Eaters belonging to the Air and Duduble sub-clans

Big Lebowski fans?
Posted by: Frank G || 05/14/2017 11:31 Comments || Top||

#2  One would think so.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/14/2017 11:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Do the Air and Duduble sub-clans
have tartans?

As sub-clans do they have certain patterns in common?
Posted by: AlanC || 05/14/2017 12:34 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Clashes in capital trigger fears fresh fighting betweem Misratan and Tripoli militias
[Libya Herald] Explosions in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
’s Abu Sleem, Salahedeen and Airport Road districts late this evening have heightened fears of a major battle between hardline, mainly Misratan brigades and local brigades, notably those under Ghneiwa al-Kikli, Haithem al-Tajouri, Hashem Bishr
...head of the Libya Ministry of Interior's now-disbanded Supreme Security Committee, which operated as a parallel security force to the army and the police, with a reputed 140,000 men under arms..
and Abdul Raouf Kara.

Following a reported meeting in Salahedeen earlier this week between Misratan hardliner brigades vowing to impose themselves on the capital, Tripoli has been rife with rumours that something was about to happen.

At the time of writing, there were no further details about the fighting, although there were reports that Ghneiwa’s headquarters in Abu Sleem had been attacked. Explosions there are said to be the work of a group calling itself Fakhr Libya ("Pride of Libya" ‐ فخر ليبيا). It is still unclear what exactly led to the kaboom, but one theory is that Ghneiwa’s munitions were targeted by saboteurs who had slipped into his headquarters.

The name is a play on that the former Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
("Fajr Libya" ‐ فجر ليبيا), the alliance of hardliners opposed to the House of Representatives and the Thinni government in Beida. In arabic, the dot on the second letter is removed from below to above, changing it from a "j" to a "kh".

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Saudi Regime Forces Kill Four Civilians in Awamiya
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Saudi regime forces Saturday killed for civilians on Masoura village in Awamiya district, using fire bombs to storm the locals’ houses.

Al Saud forces, which besiege the area, have also burnt a mosque and a number of houses in addition to other private properties.
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Video shows extremists shooting at civilian houses in restive Qatif province
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A new video from inside the restive al-Awamiya neighborhood showed a car carrying gunnies shooting at citizens and security officers.

Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
’s Ministry of Interior said on Friday that gunnies targeted a development project in the neighborhood of al-Masoura in the eastern province of Qatif, where labor workers were targeted during the shoot-out.

Two people, including an infant, were killed and 10 others maimed after gunnies shot at workers at a development project in the eastern Qatif governorate and left the scene.

Ten people including six Saudi nationals were maimed in the attacks. The injured include a woman and two children, a Sudanese national, an Indian national who is in a critical condition, in addition to four coppers who suffered minor injuries.
Al Ahram provides background:
Gunmen killed a Saudi child and a Pak man during an attack on workers at a building project in restive eastern Soddy Arabia on Wednesday, the interior ministry said on Friday.

The gunnies tried to stop redevelopment work in the old quarter of the town of Awamiya, where authorities say Shia Lions of Islam are hiding, said an interior ministry front man quoted by state news agency SPA.

"Workers were shot at by terrorist elements from the neighborhood to obstruct the project and protect abandoned houses used to ... kidnap citizens," said SPA.

The attack took place in Qatif, an oil-producing province home to a large Shia population that has witnessed protests for more rights in Saudi Arabia which is majority Sunni.

Authorities say the narrow streets of the old town, built during Ottoman rule more than 200 years ago, have become a hideout for Shia Moslem Lions of Islam believed to be behind attacks on security forces in the region.
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Militant leader Rizwan Haroon missing from Dhaka airport
[Dhaka Tribune] Militant recruiter and terrorist financier Rizwan Haroon has reportedly gone missing after he slipped in through Shahjalal International Airport immigration last Thursday.

Rizwan, who is on the Home Ministry’s most wanted list, apparently entered the county unnoticed after arriving on-board an 8am Emirates flight from London.

Sources claimed that law enforcement agencies conducted drives immediately after the gaffe was detected but Rizwan had already gone underground.

The co-founder and managing director of Lakehead Grammar School, is being investigated for financing and patronising militancy in Bangladesh.

The school reportedly was a breeding ground for murderous Moslems and employed controversial holy warrior leaders as instructors since its founding.

The sources also said that an Education Ministry report sent to the Home Ministry on January 23 this year advocated legal action against Rizwan.

The insiders said that roughly 12 days later, the Home Ministry sent letters to the Armed Forces Division, Police Headquarters and the Education Ministry urging for required steps to be taken.

A bigwig, working in the Police Headquarters, said they have been notified of Rizwan’s entry and they were investigating the incident.

death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
when Home Minister Assaduzzaman Khan Kamal was contacted from the Dhaka Tribune around 8pm Saturday, three days after it allegedly took place, he admitted that he was not notified of the incident until then.

But, Kamal was quick to assure that if any such incident took place, the Home Ministry would take prompt actions.

Rizwan, according to sources, had two Bangladeshi passports (BH0634137 and AE6016933) both of which expires near this year’s end.

In 2006, Rizwan co-founded Lakehead Grammar School (LGS) with Hizb-ut Tahrir Ameer Prof Dr Golam Moula.

He became radicalised during his PhD programme in United Kingdom through Jamatul Moslemin Ameer Abu Isa Al Rafai, a Jordanian who migrated to UK.

Rizwan, reportedly, organised activities of Jamatul Moslemin (JM) in Bangladesh since 2002 with pro al-Qaeda ideology and motivated mostly high class/intellectual community members for so-called Jihad.

Sources said he went to UK this year on January 27.
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Europe migrant colonist briefs

Shots fired from passing car at Swedish asylum centre
13 May
[TheLocal.se] A security guard alerted police after shots were fired towards him at an asylum centre for unaccompanied refugee minors at Sjuntorp near Trollhättan early on Saturday.

A silver Audi approached the centre at around 2am Saturday morning, before one or two people got out of the car before getting back in. A window was then wound down and two shots fired at the guard before the car drove away, reports TT.

German court rules against migrant who demanded allowance
12 May
[DW] A German court in Brendenburg state has sided with state authorities who cut benefits to a 49 year old Cameroon national after the man refused nineteen times to help clear bureaucratic hurdles and get a valid passport for his deportation. The man's asylum request was rejected 13 years ago.

The migrant should only be provided with "bare necessities" to ensure his survival, the Federal Social Welfare Court in Kassel said on Friday.

Greek court jails 2 Swedish men over ISIS membership
12 May
[Ynet] A Greek court has convicted two Swedish nationals of belonging to the Islamic State group, and sentenced them to 15 years imprisonment. The men's lawyer says they were also found guilty of arms possession—a pair of hunting knives—with the intent of supplying a terrorist group. The men, aged 30 and 21, were convicted Friday in the northeastern town of Alexandroupoli. They were arrested in February last year at a bus stop near the Turkish border.

More than 63,000 migrants applied for EU asylum claiming to be unaccompanied minors in 2016 - five times the average - with two thirds of them males 'aged 16 or 17'
[DailyMail] More than half of the 63,000 flooding into mainland Europe to flee war in their home nations came from Afghanistan and Syria and nearly 60 per cent tried to make a new life in Germany.

Afghan migrant jailed just two years for gang-raping a woman in Sweden appeals his conviction and insists he is innocent despite broadcasting the attack on Facebook Live
[DailyMail] A 21-year-old Afghan migrant insists he is innocent of raping a woman in Sweden despite broadcasting the attack on Facebook Live. Two others were jailed for the disturbing

Imam accused in Denmark of calling for murder of Jews
11 May
[IsraelTimes] Denmark’s Jewish community has filed a complaint over an imam accused of calling for the murder of Jews in a case sparking political opprobrium, it emerged Thursday.

Imam Mundhir Abdallah preaches in the working class Copenhagen suburb of Norrebro at the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque, which media have previously linked to radical Islam. He stands accused of citing a hadith or Koranic narrative on March 31 calling for Muslims to rise up against Jews.

“Judgement Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them,” begins Abdallah’s address in footage on YouTube, according to a transcript of the original Arabic provided by US organisation the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

According to broadcaster DR, Omar al-Hussein, who was behind a series of shootings in Copenhagen in February 2015 which left two people dead, had visited the mosque the day before going on the rampage. The Dane of Palestinian origin had sworn allegiance to Islamic State and shot and killed one person at a cultural centre hosting a conference on freedom of expression, before killing a Jewish man outside a synagogue. Police later shot him dead after he fired on them in a third incident.
The Local - Denmark adds:
MP Lars Aslan Rasmussen of the opposition Social Democrat party told Kristeligt Dagblad that he would speak to justice minister Søren Pape Poulsen about the sermon.

“This could be either a breach of the racism paragraph or the imam law [hate preacher law, ed.], which has criminalised certain types of statements from religious preachers… It is very, very serious, and we cannot let imams talk to their congregations in this way,” Rasmussen said.

The imam, Mundhir Abdallah, is reported by the Politiken newspaper to be connected to the controversial Hizbut Tahrir
...an al-Qaeda recruiting organization banned in most countries. It calls for the reestablishment of the Caliphate...

Belgian language book for migrants refers to bombs, jails
11 May
[IsraelTimes] Iraqi refugee and teacher dismayed to discover French text book teaches lines like ‘Daddy throws a bomb and goes to prison’. The school’s director, Bernard Delecluse, has apologized for the “mistake,” saying the offending pages had gone unnoticed for about three years. The “unfortunate sentences” have now been removed, Delecluse said.

Austrian court jails Syrian for life for killing Assad soldiers
11 May
[Ynet] An Austrian court jailed a Syrian asylum seeker for life for murdering 20 wounded soldiers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's army while fighting alongside an anti-Assad militia near the city of Homs, a court spokesman said. An interpreter had told the court the 27-year-old man recounted the episode to him in Arabic, but the accused argued his statement had been mistranslated. The jury decided against the man late on Wednesday, according to the spokesman.

From Breitbart:
Berlin Gangs Using Asylum Centres to Recruit New Criminals
13 May
The “Arab clan” organised crime gangs in Berlin are slowly seeping into the asylum centres in the German capital, using them to recruit new drug dealers from the migrant population and extorting others.

Fresh Calls for EU Funding to Be Withheld from States Which Refuse Migrant Quota
12 May
Finland’s finance minister has added his voice to those calling for European Union funding to be withdrawn from member states which refuse to take in migrants.

Hungary and Slovakia Battle Migrant Quotas in European Court
11 May
The governments of Hungary and Slovakia are making their case to the European Court of Justice after refusing to take in redistributed migrants from Greece and Italy.

Italian Public Prosecutor: Immigration Funding 'Attracting Mafia Interests'
11 May
The immense amount of money being allocated to the reception of migrants in Italy is “attracting Mafia interests” who would like a slice of the pie, according to the public prosecutor of Catania, Sicily.

Half a Million Asylum Seekers on German Welfare Handouts
11 May
According to new statistics, over half a million asylum seekers now receive some kind of welfare benefit from the German state. In neighbouring Austria, the migrant unemployment rate is now over 20 per cent.
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Italy expels Tunisian linked to Berlin market attacker
[TheLocal.de] Italia has expelled a Tunisian suspected of ties to Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri, the interior ministry said Saturday.

The 36-year old had been living in Catania in Sicily, where Amri spent time in prison before moving to Germany and killing 12 people by driving a truck through the market last year.

Amri was rubbed out by Italian police in Milan on December 23, four days after the 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....
(IS) group.

The Tunisian had given him a telephone and stayed in contact with him after his departure for Germany, the ministry said.

Units from Italia's serious crime division in Rome and Catania tapped the phone and discovered contacts between the Tunisian and other suspected Lion of Islams.

Among those on the call log were suspects Amri had become close to during his time in the Caltanissetta detention centre.

Italian media named the Tunisian as Sayed Yacoubi, and said he had been scraping by in Sicily as a farm hand.

Police tossed in the clink
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
him in Turin in the north of Italia at the start of the month as he made plans to cross illegally into La Belle France, and held him in a repatriation centre before deporting him, the ministry said.

Italia has carried out 42 expulsions of people suspected of religious extremism this year and 174 since the start of 2015.
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Major LeT plot to revive militancy in Chenab Valley foiled; 5 arrested
[Daily Excelsior] Police today foiled a major attempt to revive militancy in Chenab Valley, which had been reduced to negligible during the past few years, by arresting five myrmidons, who had developed links in Pakistain as well as with Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
(LeT) commanders in the Kashmire valley.

They were instrumental in attack on Tanta (Kahara) police post under the jurisdiction of Gandoh cop shoppe in Doda district in which an SPO was killed and another injured seriously on the intervening night of May 7 and 8.

Addressing a presser here, IGP Jammu Zone Dr SD Singh Jamwal accompanied by DIG Doda-Ramban range Nissar Ahmad and SSP Doda Mohammad Shabir, said the LeT module had been trying to revive militancy in the Chenab valley.

A total of five persons including an SPO and a former Territorial Army personnel have been tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
, he added.

The module was working to revive militancy in the Doda- Kishtwar-Ramban region.

Jamwal said that the arrests were made by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed after the attack on a police post in Doda on May 8, in which one Special Police Officer (SPO) was killed and another injured. The SIT was headed by Additional SP Bhaderwah Shahzad Salaria.

Giving details, the IGP said that based on intelligence inputs
*Ring, ring* "Mahmoud the Weasel here. Listen carefully, I will say this only once. If you want to find some really bad miscreants, you will find them plotting mischief together in the potting shed at the bottom of the strawberry fields. Do not tell them I sent you."
the SIT had picked up some suspects and subsequently apprehended Abdul Rashid Harga alias Abdullah, a resident of Tanta in Doda district.

Rashid had been an active member of LeT between 2001 and 2008 and had later surrendered. He was again arrested in 2013 and was released on bail in 2016.
A busy man.
After sustained interrogation,
"OUCH! Stop doing that! I said I'll talk if you just stop doing that!"
Rashid confessed to his involvement in the (Doda) firing incident and disclosed the names of his two associates -- his younger brother Showket Ali and Akhtar Magrey of Tanta.

Following their interrogation,
four more persons -- Bashir Ahmed, who was earlier part of Territorial Army, his nephew and SPO Altaf Ahmed, Shafqat Hussain and Hafiz -- were arrested.
An AK-47 rifle and three magazines and ammunition have been recovered from them, the IGP said.
To be fair, the magazines and ammunition were all sadly dented, and the rifle had clearly never been cleaned. If this were Bangladesh, the newest RAB recruit would be set to cleaning, polishing, and hammering out dents until the sergeant was satisfied. But as it's Pakistan, the light tracery of rust over it all will only grow heavier with neglect.
He said that Rashid had been in contact with Bashir Ahmed of Bangraw-Gandoh, who was earlier working in the 139 Territorial Army Battalion in Thathri.

Bashir had asked his nephew Altaf Ahmed, who was working as an SPO in the police department in Doda district, to arrange a weapon.

The SPO had then stolen one AK-47 rifle and ammunition from the District Police Lines in January this year. A case in connection with the weapon theft was registered at Doda cop shoppe.

The IGP claimed that Rashid was in direct communication with his Pak handler, Mohammad Amin alias Khubeb alias Haroon alias Pinna of the LeT.
Goodness. Even his mother must be confused, though his wife, if he has one, may well be delighted.
He said that Rashid, Akhtar and Shokat, on the direction of Khubeb, had been enticing youths of Tanta area to join the militancy.

The police officer said that Rashid had been regularly conducting meetings in various areas of the Chenab valley and motivating former forces of Evil and those who had surrendered.

On the direction of Khubaib and commanders of Valley based myrmidon organization, mainly the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was asking Harga to activate militancy in erstwhile Doda district. Abdul Rashid Harga alias Abdullah activated his newly recruited grid to keep vigil on the movement of security forces and police pickets in remote hilly areas of Gandoh belt and planned to attack the security forces.

The Jammu police chief said that on May 7, Abdullah conducted recce of the police picket Tanta and got the information of presence of only two to three men at the Post. He then directed his associates to reach in the forest area near the post.

On the intervening night of May 7-8, they attacked police picket Tanta (Kahara) district Doda in which 2 SPOs namely Mohammad Younus and Kikkar Singh were grievously injured.

Younis later succumbed to the injuries at GMCH Jammu. "After attacking the post accused tried to set ablaze the Police Post. However,
there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened...
due to quick reaction of the injured SPOs they fled from the spot taking the advantage of the darkness," said the IGP.

It was also found that Abdullah, Akhter and Shokat on the direction of Khubbeb alias Amin Butt were enticing the youths of Tanta area to join the militancy.

Abdullah on VOIP calls was also getting the young generation to speak to Khubbeb and other motivators of LeT outfits across the border for joining militancy.

The IGP, however, said that with the arrest of these accused, recovery of weapon and busting of LeT module, Tanta Police Post attack by the LeT has also been worked out by the SIT, which was headed by Additional SP Bhaderwah Shahzad Salaria and comprised SDPO Gandoh Sunny Gupta, Inspector Manjeet Singh and Inspector Tahir Yousaf.
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#1  Trailing Wife, I really really like your inline comments! :) Made for an enjoyable read!
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#2  Thank you, Seeking cure. Sometimes the text is inspiring.
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13 injured as Pakistani, Indian troops exchange fire across LoC
[DAWN] Pakistain Army on Saturday issued a stern warning to India against any misadventure along the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmire, which saw cross border shelling almost throughout the day, leaving at least 13 people maimed in different parts of Azad Jammu and Kashmire (AJK).

Among the injured were eight women and a toddler.

"The Indian army has been targeting innocent civilians on both sides of the LoC in recent past. Any misadventure by Indian army across the LoC will be a miscalculation, shall be responded with full force and could lead to unintended consequences," said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The strongly worded message was delivered in the wake of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s visit to the LoC in AJK’s Nakyal sector in Kotli district.

Local officials and ISPR said that five persons were maimed by Indian firing in Khuiratta and Charhoi sectors of Kotli district and the rest in Samahni and Baroh sectors of Bhimber district.

Terming the Indian firing as "unprovoked", the ISPR added that Pak troops are befittingly responding to the firing.

Civilian officials said that the total number of injured people stood at 13.

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Soldier killed, paramilitary personnel injured in IED blast in Diyala
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) A soldier was killed, while a paramilitary personnel was injured as result of an IED blast that took place in a liberated village, northeast of Baquba, news report mentioned.

A bomb exploded while a joint patrol was passing near Rabie’a village, in the vicinity of Saadiya district, leaving a soldier killed and a member of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) injured, al-Furat al-Ikhbari news website quoted a local source from Diyala province as saying.

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

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.

IS still holds a few areas in Salahuddin, Diyala, Anbar and Kirkuk, but the Iraqi government, is expected to aim at those strongholds once the Mosul battle is concluded.
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Western Mosul Reconquista

Iraqi forces take over major IS haven in western Mosul, kill 2 senior leaders

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi government forces took over a major district held by Islamic State militants and killed two senior leaders on Friday as they advanced to liberate the western side of Mosul.

The army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service recaptured Islah al-Zeraee district, an Islamic State bastion in the western side of the city, said commander of the Nineveh Operations, Abdul-Amir Yarallah, in a statement.

Meanwhile, Federal Police chief Shaker Jawdat said in a separate statement that his forces retook al-Nour civil hospital as well as a school used by IS militants as a booby-trapping factory south of the strategic, IS-held Old City.

He said troops killed Abu Ali al-Basrawi, the group’s so-designated “legal official” for Mosul, Abu Youssef al-Masri, the so-called “sustenance official” and the latter’s aide, Radwan al-Maslawi.

According to Jawdat, three other suicide bombers were als killed near Bilal al-Habashi mosque in the Old City.

In the northwestern axis of operations, which government forces began to move through last week, the forces continued to engage in fierce encounters at al-Ektisadiyeen district, another major neighborhood adjacent to the Old City.

PMUs free five villages in Qairawan, western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The paramilitary troops of al-Hashed al-Shaabi have declared recapturing five villages in Qairawan, in west of Mosul near Nineveh’s borders with Syria.

The Popular Mobilization Units, which started on Friday an offensive to liberate al-Qairawan region, west of Mosul, announced through its media their advance liberating Tal Ezzo village, in the southeast of the region, Tal Ha’et village in the northeast, Mohamed Zeid in the south, Hozeil village in the east and Tal Banat village in the north.

Located in Sinjar, which has a high Kurdish Yezidi majority, Qairawan is a main Islamic State bastion that links between Tal Afar town in the east and Baaj and Syrian borders in the west.

Moreover, the troops also declared combing through villages of Tal Ghaza and Um al-Zanabeer in addition to evacuating 1500 civilians in the north of Qayrawan.

On Friday, the troops liberated four other villages, killed dozens of IS militants and destroyed several vehicles of the group.

Iraqi troops retake another district, kill 14 Islamic State militants in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The Nineveh Operations Command has declared liberating another major district within operations launched by Iraqi troops to free the western side of Mosul.

A statement by the War Media Cell quoted commander of the Nineveh Operations, Abdul-Amir Yarallah as saying that troops “fully freed Hawi al-Kanisah region and gained control on the western and southern banks Tigris River in western Mosul.”

In related news, a source from the Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service announced encountering suicide attacks by IS militants in western Mosul.

“The Rapid Response troops faced a suicide attack in the industrial zone in west of Mosul, which left seven IS militants killed,” Lt.Gen. Ali Mohsen, of the CTS, told BasNews on Saturday.

“Two other suicide bombers were killed at the entrance of Islah al-Zeraee district,” he added. “Another bomber and four members were also killed in the liberated district of Mesherfa.”

One more district recaptured, civilians wounded in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The War Media Cell has declared liberation of another western Mosul district, as Iraqi troops continue their advance on the northwestern axis.

“Federal Police’s Rapid Response troops backed by the army forces have freed al-Harmat al-Thalitha district, in western Mosul,” a statement by WMC quoted Lt.Gen. commander of the Nineveh Operations, Abdul Amir Yarallah as saying.

In related news, seven persons were reportedly injured in missile attack launched by the Islamic State militants against two districts in west of Mosul.

Six persons were wounded as three Katyusha missiles were fired by the militants against al-Dendan district in south of Mosul, medical and security sources told Shafaq News.

Meanwhile, another civilian was wounded by a mortar missile that fell on al-Sukkar district, northeast of the city, the sources added.

IS leader, aides, escape western Mosul with millions of dollars in possession

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Four Islamic State members, including a leader, escaped from western Mosul to an unknown destination, with millions of US dollars in their possession, a local source from Nineveh province said.

“IS leader in charge of the Diwan Bayt al-mal (treasury) in Tal Afar town (55 KM west of Nineveh province) called Abu Baraa al-Qahtani, disappeared along with three of his aides with millions of US dollars in their possession,” the source told AlSumaria News on Saturday. The sum was allocated for paying wages of the members in Nineveh.

“Intelligence information showed that confusion occurred among militants in Tal Afar after disappearance of the leader, who is in charge of distributing the money among the members in all regions in Nineveh,” the source, who preferred anonymity, said. “The stolen money are estimated at millions of dollars. His disappearance means losing the biggest source of funding of the group in Iraq.”

Iraqi generals recently said they became in control over nearly 90 percent of the western region and expected to be fully liberated this month.

Iraqi jet targeted during operations in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) An Iraqi jet was targeted on Saturday while striking Islamic State locations in west of Mosul, the War Media Cell has reported.

“While Iraqi army were backing the paramilitary troops during military operations in Tal al-Banat village, one of the jets was targeted,” the WMC said through its media service.

“The courageous pilot showed high capabilities while fulfilling his duty and was able to make safe landing,” the statement added.
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Iraqi Forces Advance in Western Mosul from ISIL Terrorists
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces managed on Saturday to control the highway which links Sinjar district to Qairawan city which has been almost reached by the PMF, liberating Khnaisy village in west of Tal Afar. The Iraqi forces also liberated a number of villages in western Mosul from ISIL terrorists.
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Iraq: ISIS leaders killed during ‘meeting’ in al-Qaim
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Iraqi war media cell, announced on Saturday, that they targeted a meeting described as "important" to the leaders of ISIS in the district of al-Qaim, west of Anbar province, indicating that the meeting was a planning to carry out multiple attacks during the coming month of Ramadan.

Al Arabiya recieved a copy of the statement declared by the cell. The statement read, "the Intelligence Falcons cell of the intelligence agency and in coordination with the Joint Operations Command carried out a qualitative operation in which it was able to target an important meeting in the al-Qaim district. ISIS krazed killers’ leaders were planning terrorist attacks against citizens during the holy month of Ramadan, the liquidation of some judges and targeting the district of Haditha, Al Rutba, and the highway."

The cell said, "they targeted the meeting by an accurate and effective air strike by Iraqi air force planes resulted in the deaths of 13 ISIS Lions of Islam and some were maimed. In addition, eight other targets were completely destroyed such as warehouses of weapons and missiles and a laboratory for bombs of the terrorist group, which killed many Lions of Islam and ruined weapons, ammunition and kabooms."

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Stabbing attack in Jerusalem; police officer moderately wounded, terrorist killed
[Ynet] A 37-year-old police officer was moderately injured by a terrorist stabbing in the area of the Lions' Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. The police said that the terrorist was shot and later pronounced dead. The terrorist, Mohammad Abdullah Salim al-Kasji, a 57-year-old Jordanian citizen, arrived in Israel a week ago via the Jordan River crossing in Beit Shean.

MDA reported that at 01:21pm, a man was stabbed near the Lions' Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Upon reaching the scene, the paramedics found a 37-year-old police officer with stab wounds in his upper body. He was taken to Shaare Zedek Hospital in the city and was fully conscious. The police reported that the terrorist was neutralized at the scene, and was later pronounced dead.

According to an initial investigation, the terrorist was walking down Shalshelet Street in the Old City and noticed a policeman walking towards him. The terrorist rapidly approached him, pulled out two knives he had in his possession, charged him and stabbed him. The police reported that the officer responded with determination and professionalism while he was maimed, and managed to neutralize the assailant.

Jordan holds Israel responsible for killing Jordanian terrorist

[Ynet] In a statement issued today, State Minister for Media Affairs, the government's front man, Mohammad al-Momani, said the Ministry of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs is following-up, through the Jordanian Embassy in Tel Aviv, on the killing of Jordanian citizen, Mohammad Abdullah Salim al-Kasji, to find out the details and circumstances of the incident.

"The Israeli government, as the occupying power, bears responsibility for the shooting and killing of a Jordanian citizen in the occupied East Jerusalem on Saturday," the government said.

The government condemned as "terrible" the crime committed against the Jordanian citizen and demanded Israel to reveal the full details of the crime.
What kind of model citizen wanders about a country not his own carrying two knives for the purpose of stabbing stray passers by, even if they are wearing the uniform of their country? The terrible crime was not committed against the Jordanian.
Al-Kasji has recently left the Kingdom through the Sheikh Hussein crossing, northern Jordan, via Israeli tourist visa and didn't return with the tourist group that he traveled with. He was shot by an Israeli police officer after attempting to stab the officer to death.

The officer suffered moderate stab wounds in his torso, and is currently hospitalized.

Palestinian woman caught with knife at Hebron checkpoint

[IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian woman was nabbed
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
at a checkpoint near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron
...Hamas Central in the West Bank...
Saturday after she was found to be carrying a knife. Officials suspect the young woman, in her twenties, intended to carry out a stabbing attack against Israeli security forces.

She was taken for further questioning.
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#1  Jordan holds Israel responsible for killing Jordanian terrorist

IMO, the second* biggest mistake in Israel's history was saving the Hashemite regime from Palestinians in 1970. If we just stood aside, Jordan would be a "Palestinian" state today.

*The first was not ethnically cleansing Arabs in 1948 and repeating in 1967 - cause the concept of ethnical cleansing didn't exist then (just ask Sudetendeutsche).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/14/2017 3:56 Comments || Top||

#2  I most certainly don't agree with that ethnically cleansing bit Grom. We've seen it. It is beyond horror. Islam, and the Paleos, don't really HAVE any set ethnicity to cleanse anyway even if you were inclined.

Now, taking off the kids gloves and leveling towns/cities against the combatant's/Scum I could get behind. Until we're ready to accept hundreds of thousands of dead Civilians caught in the crossfire, I don't think we'll ever get rid of the rot.
Posted by: Charles || 05/14/2017 5:12 Comments || Top||

#3  I most certainly don't agree with that ethnically cleansing bit Grom.

I repeat. The notion of "ethnic cleansing" is a modern invention used (solely) as a stick to beat their opponents* by Tranzi elites. In 1948, nobody would say a word.
For that matter, doesn't the Tranzi's beloved program for "Israeli-Palestinian Peace" implicitly includes ethnic cleansing of Jews from Judea & Samaria?

We've seen it. It is beyond horror.

We see it every day - just pay attention to newspapers. I don't notice particular horror - except when it done by people "we" don't like anyway.

* Ask all the Serbs who used to live in Kosovo. Or, Christians who used to live in Iraq. Or Russians who used to live in 'stans.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/14/2017 5:59 Comments || Top||

#4  In those days there was no Palestinian identity, Charles, but there definitely was an Arab one, Muslim and Christian alike. And given that the Jews were ethnically cleansed from the Muslim world, including as far away as Pakistan, in the 1950s, it would have been fair to insist on a fuller exchange of populations, as happened in India/Pakistan. As it was, an unknown number of Jews were killed in the process, some 600,000-800,000 made it to Israel, and the rest scattered, mostly to Europe and North America. We had a nice little population of Persian Jews in Buffalo, NY when I was a girl, who'd moved there after finding Montreal (they all spoke French, too) entirely too cold.
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Southeast Asia
Most wanted Maoist militant nabbed in Mindanao
[BenarNews] A top communist guerrilla leader wanted for a series of attacks in the southern Philippines has been arrested along with three others including a Christian bishop.

Rommel Salinas, identified as the secretary general of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in Mindanao, was arrested by a joint police and military operation Thursday evening near the city of Ozamiz, about 750 miles of Manila. Also arrested were Bishop Carlo Morales of the local Iglesia Filipina Independiente, his wife and the driver of the van the group rode in. Authorities confiscated a hand grenade, mobile phones, battery packs, a city map and almost $2,000 from the four suspects.

Brig. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista said Salinas was the top-ranking commander of the communists' armed wing, the New People's Army, and was believed to be in charge of a range of terrorist activities in the region.

Salinas was allegedly "involved in numerous high-profile crimes" and a local court had issued at least five warrants for his arrest. Bautista said Salinas "was the most wanted NPA commander" in western Mindanao.

The arrest of Bishop Morales sparked outrage in his church, during which the clergy ordered its members to immediately travel to the regional police office to demand his freedom. The church also posted a photo of a handcuffed Bishop Morales on its social media page and said the four were not allowed to make phone calls to seek legal assistance.

The arrests came a day after four NPA militants were killed in separate clashes with troops also in the south Wednesday, some two weeks after the gunmen attacked three rubber manufacturing facilities in the southern city of Davao, killing a civilian.

Sultan Kudarat provincial police commander Raul Supiter said fighting broke out when NPA rebels attacked a Marine contingent patroling the area. A 30-minute firefight ensued, resulting in the death of two militants. Two other guerrillas were also killed in a clash in the city of Malaybalay.
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20 Abu Sayyaf militants killed in shock and awe attack
[Philippine Star] The Philippine military pummeled Abu Sayyaf lairs in Basilan on Thursday, killing at least 20 militants in what was called a “shock and awe” airstrike by F-50 fighters followed by an artillery barrage. Troops also seized an Abu Sayyaf camp in Barangay Pamatsaken in the hinterlands of Sumisip, which was hastily abandoned by fleeing rebels under Furuji Indama.

President Duterte had earlier ordered the military to "shoot on sight" Abu Sayyaf militants amid travel warnings issued by the US, Britain, Canada and Australia about plots to kidnap foreigners and conduct bombings in Bohol, Cebu and Palawan.

Col. Juvymax Uy said special forces under initially penetrated the camp before dawn on Thursday, then assaulted the Abu Sayyaf rebels who were having breakfast. The soldiers breached the camp perimeter and inched closer to about 100 meters from the makeshift tents. A gun battle broke out as the troops took the militants by surprise.

FA-50 jets launched the shock and awe airstrike and delivered rounds of rocket bombs against the Abu Sayyaf position. The airstrikes were immediately followed with artillery and mortar fire, inflicting additional casualties to the rebels.

Bloodstains were found in the vicinity. Intelligence reports said there were about 20 Abu Sayyaf fatalities from the combined airstrikes and indirect fires.

The military recovered three live improvised explosive devices that were rigged around the camp as booby traps. One IED was accidentally triggered and exploded, injuring two soldiers.
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Dozens injured by car bomb at Thai department store
This story is a few days old. I'll post a more recent follow-up article tomorrow.
[The Nation] About 50 people were hurt by a massive car bomb outside a department store in Thailand's Pattani province Tuesday afternoon that caused widespread damage. The bombers used a common militant tactic – triggering a small initial explosive inside the Big C department store, which sent shoppers running outside, before the second bomb concealed in a pickup parked at an entrance door was detonated.

The first bomb also seemed intended to distract authorities ahead of the second much bigger blast.

The attack took place at the store in Muang district at a time when the store was crowded with parents and children looking for school items including uniforms in preparation for the new semester. Among the dozens of people wounded by the bombs were store staff, at least one of whom was seriously injured, as well as many children.

Regional security spokesman Pramote Prom-in said the bombers were intent on mass killing. He said, "The bombers parked the pickup in front of the entrance of the store, clearly showing their intention of mass killing. However, the suspicious vehicle was spotted and people were evacuated from the area in time before the second explosion."

Initial reports from rescue workers said no one had been killed while 30 people, including store staff, were wounded. The number injured was later put at 50.

The first blast was caused by a large firecracker that diverted attention, allowing the bombers to move the pickup to the store entrance. He said the second bomb was hidden in a bag in the pickup.

Facebook user Montakanti Kasemsuk, who captured the second blast on Facebook Live, said she was about to leave the store when the first bomb exploded. She then stayed in the parking lot and began recording the incident. Her video initially showed people outside of the store in the Big C parking lot after the first blast. When the second bomb went off near her, her video clip captured a ball of fire before the video became shaky as she ran from the scene.
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Syrian government forces recapture Jirah Military Airbase east of Aleppo
Aleppo (IraqiNews) Syrian government forces managed, on Saturday, to recapture Jirah (Jarrah) Military Airbase, in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, after two months of fierce battles with the Islamic State group, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Head of SOHR Ramy Abdel Rahman said, the Syrian government forces recaptured al-Jirah (Jarrah) Military Airbase, in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, after violent battles, while added that the majority of militants withdrew from the area.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian government forces, backed by Russian forces, started an extensive assault in January 2017, and managed to drive out militants from more than 170 villages and cities.

In 7 January, Syrian government forces arrived in the outskirts of al-Jirah Military Airbase, and engaged in violent battles, accompanied by air strikes, with the terrorist group.

“The airbase suffered great material losses due to the violent air strikes,” Abdel Rahman explained.

Noteworthy, al-Jirah Airbase was captured by opposition fighters from Ahrar al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army on 12 February, then it fell under the Islamic State control in January 2014.
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Mortar shelling on eastern Ghouta and outskirts of Damascus, clashes in Qaboun
Damascus (IraqiNews) Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed, on Saturday, that clashes between the government forces and the Islamic State militants continue in northeastern Qaboun neighborhood, leaving casualties among the ranks of the two sides.

The observatory also declared that the government forces shelled several areas of al-Qaboun with three shells, while clashes between them and the Islamic State militants renewed in the southern outskirts of Damascus.

Meanwhile, two mortar shells fell in the city of Duma, in eastern Ghouta, causing material damages and no casualties
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Assad forces burning crops east of Daraa
Daraa (IraqiNews) Syrian government forces are burning agricultural crops, for the third day on row, in the vicinity of Kharba Ghazala City, east of Daraa, following the clashes between them and the Syrian rebels in the last few days, Syria News reported.

Syrian activist Mohamed al-Hariri said that government forces attacked the north of al-Ghareya City with rockets on Wednesday, resulting in the burning of more than 750 acres of wheat, while pointed out that the total burned areas exceeded 5 thousand acres.

Meanwhile, government forces and National Defense militia continued their escalations in the eastern countryside of As-Suwayda, and attacked the cities of Ashhab, Rajm al-Bakar and Tlul Salman.

According to an army statement, Jaysh Ahrar al-Ashayer (Army of Free Tribes) attacked KhalKhala Military Airport, north of As-Suwayda, with heavy artillery, in respense to the government forces attacks on some villages.
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#1  Then they'll demand international food assistance shipments. Eat the ashes, assholes
Posted by: Frank G || 05/14/2017 12:02 Comments || Top||

#2  The Russians will sell to them, with suitable terms.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/14/2017 13:27 Comments || Top||

#3  The idea, is to starve the Sunnis out - a time honored military approach (cf. Sherman, Georgia).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/14/2017 13:31 Comments || Top||

#4  just to remind us that the lessor of two evils is still evil
Posted by: lord garth || 05/14/2017 14:37 Comments || Top||

Terror Networks
The beatings will continue: Syria edition

IS executes one of its members for murdering child in Deir Ezzor
Very odd. Why are they announcing it now, nearly a year later?
Deir Ezzor (IraqiNews) The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights informed, on Saturday, that the Islamic State group executed one of its Syrian members in Deir Ezzor, for murdering a child on the banks of the Euphrates, last year.z

The observatory said that the Islamic State terrorist group executed one of its members, who is a Syrian national, by firing squad, in the village of Abriha in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, for murdering a child with the help of other members, on the banks of the Euphrates River, in the second half of 2016.

In 17 July 2016, Islamic State group announced that it arrested one of the group’s members, Syrian national, for murdering a child, on the banks of the Euphrates River near the village of Abriha, in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

The IS member was accompanied by seven other members, but they were not arrested yet.

Meanwhile, also in Deir Ezzor, a child was killed while seven others were wounded in air strikes conducted on al-Haweka neighborhood, while Syrian Air Force bombarded the areas of hatla City and al-Jafra Village near Deir Ezzor Military Airbase.
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#1  Very odd. Why are they announcing it now, nearly a year later?

New public relations guy just happened to find the execution paperwork in an old ammo can, and Baghdadi said he wants a new 'kinder and gentler IS' advert campaign...
Posted by: Pappy || 05/14/2017 9:54 Comments || Top||

#2  :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/14/2017 10:19 Comments || Top||

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  Iraq: ISIS leaders killed during ‘meeting’ in al-Qaim
Sat 2017-05-13
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Fri 2017-05-12
  Turkish court sentences notorious British ISIS member wanted by US, UK
Thu 2017-05-11
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  Ismail Haniyeh elected new head of Hamas
Sat 2017-05-06
  New Jersey Man Charged With Attempting to Support ISIS, Planning NYC Bombing
Fri 2017-05-05
  US drone strike leaves 7 ISIS-K militants dead in East of Afghanistan
Thu 2017-05-04
  Kurd, Turkish army troops fighting near Rojava
Wed 2017-05-03
  Taliban kill 27 ISIS militants in East of Afghanistan
Tue 2017-05-02
  FBI translator married ISIS terrorist she was supposed to investigate: report
Mon 2017-05-01
  Al-Qaeda ready to join forces with Saudi-led groups to fight ‘Houthi Shia’ in Yemen
Sun 2017-04-30
  Jaish Al-Islam executes Al-Qaeda commander as rival jihadists slaughter each other in Damascus

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