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Accused bomber Rahimi seeks reduced charges in New Jersey case
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Routine arrest leads Minneapolis police to arsenal
[STARTRIBUNE] Minneapolis police uncovered an arsenal of guns and bomb-making devices during a routine arrest last week.

According to police, a man walked by a parked car in north Minneapolis about 5 p.m. Thursday and confronted the people inside after they threw food wrappers on the ground. They ignored him until he paused to get the car license number. The men then got out of the car and indicated they had guns, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

The man flagged down officers, the complaint says, but the men from inside car continued to yell at him and resisted the officers’ attempts to control the situation. The men were insistent they needed to be near the car because a drone was coming to deliver a package, the complaint said. Because of the suspicious circumstances and fear for the man’s safety, the men were placed in the squad while officers searched their car.

Inside, the officers found a hand grenade, handgun, assault rifles and magazines and a large quantity of ammunition, the complaint said. They also found cellphones, computers and electronics equipment, including drone parts.

Bomb squad personnel called to the scene noted that the large amount of ammunition and electronic devices could be used for bomb-making, the complaint said.

Abdullah N. Alrifahe, 27, of Minneapolis, was charged with a gross misdemeanor for carrying a pistol in public without a permit. In December, he was convicted of the same offense.

It could not be determined whether the FBI or another federal agency is investigating.
Posted by: Fred || 05/16/2017 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [893 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  charged with a gross misdemeanor

Huh?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/16/2017 0:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Is that a white person name?
Posted by: chris || 05/16/2017 0:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Young Republican and Tea Party Member, dontchaknow?
Posted by: magpie || 05/16/2017 0:14 Comments || Top||

#4  It's the Lutherans I tell you!
Quick more tin foil the hats in Minneapolis.
Posted by: Jeasing Creque5352 || 05/16/2017 1:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Somali party favors. The grenade is the signal for the guests to leave.
Posted by: Elmineter Gravitch3625 || 05/16/2017 1:59 Comments || Top||

#6  Dang, an Amish guy, doncha'know.
Posted by: Steven || 05/16/2017 2:39 Comments || Top||

#7  Import unemployable refugees and they turn to violent gang crime to make a dollar. Hardly surprising. But typical that by not understanding cultural norms they get nabbed littering.
Posted by: phil_b || 05/16/2017 3:59 Comments || Top||

#8  It could not be determined whether the FBI or another federal agency is investigating

Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice?
Posted by: Pappy || 05/16/2017 8:24 Comments || Top||

#9  Inside, the officers found a hand grenade, handgun, assault rifles and magazines and a large quantity of ammunition, the complaint said. They also found cellphones, computers and electronics equipment, including drone parts

"We are simple, but rustic, herders by tradition. These are for personal use"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/16/2017 8:58 Comments || Top||

#10  Been busted twice huh? Any bets this known wolf is gonna do something else in the future and law enforcement will be "surprised"?
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/16/2017 9:08 Comments || Top||

#11  #5 Somali party favors. The grenade is the signal for the guests to leave.

It's early, but that looks like Snark of the Day.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/16/2017 9:15 Comments || Top||

#12  But typical that by not understanding cultural norms they get nabbed littering.

I'm surprised that didn't lead to a felony charge.
Posted by: Crusader || 05/16/2017 14:24 Comments || Top||

#13  Littering and pollution are far more serious offenses than having an arsenal and bomb-making devices.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/16/2017 14:53 Comments || Top||

#14  Stories like this should have a link to an auction page where you can bid on the seized items.
Posted by: Iblis || 05/16/2017 18:00 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
3 ISIS hideouts destroyed, 4 militants killed in airstrike in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least three hideouts 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 destroyed 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 Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement said at least four forces of Evil of the terror group were also killed in the Arclight airstrike.

According to MoD, the Arclight airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Achin district of Nangarhar, one of the main strongholds of the terror group’s loyalists in Afghanistan.

No further details were given regarding the parties involved in the Arclight airstrike as both the Afghan Air Force and US forces based in Afghanistan are conducting regular Arclight airstrikes against the terror group in Afghanistan
Posted by: Fred || 05/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [476 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  2 empty holes and 1 rat's nest.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/16/2017 16:18 Comments || Top||


Taliban leader in charge of assassinating religious clerics arrested
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A key Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group member in charge of assassinating the religious holy mans and influential leaders has been placed in durance vile
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
by the Afghan cops.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said the detained Taliban member has been identified as Nasir Ahmad son of Mohammad Rahim.

A statement by NDS said Ahmad has confessed that he was involved in the attack on Parwan religious Ulema council chief who was assassinated nearly a week ago.

The statement further added that Ahmad was appointed by the Taliban leader Qari Mahboob two years ago to assassinate the religious holy mans and tribal elders.

Ahmad has confessed that he was directly involved in plotting and coordinating attack on Mawlavi Abduul Rahim Shah Agha, the Ulema council chief of Parwan who was killed while teaching the Madrasa students in Charikar city, NDS added.

At least six Madrasa students were also maimed in the attack, NDS said, adding that Ahmad was busy plotting further attacks against the religious holy mans and tribal elders in Parwan province.
Posted by: Fred || 05/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [392 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Suicide bomber surrenders to Afghan forces in Nangarhar: Silab Corps
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A jacket wallah has surrendered to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) personnel 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 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces said Monday.

A statement by the 201st Silab Corps said the suicide bomber identified as Ahmad son of Feroz surrendered to security forces in Nangarhar province on Sunday.

The statement further added that Ahmad is originally a resident of Syed Karam district of Paktia province and he surrendered to the security forces and handed over his explosives laden vest to the security personnel.

This comes as the local officials in Nangarhar province said earlier that the suicide bomber was tossed in the calaboose
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
before he manage to carry out an attack on the provincial police commandment.

The provincial governor front man Ataullah Khogyani said a suicide bomber who was willing to carry out an attack on police commandment was arrested by the security forces from Jandarma bridge located close to the police commandment compound.

He said the Explosives Ordnance Disposal team managed to defuse the suicide kaboom vest of the suicide bomber.

Khogyani further added that the suicide bomber is in the custody of the counter-terrorism operatives and an investigation is underway from the detained bomber.
Posted by: Fred || 05/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


ISIS leader joins peace process with his 11 fighters in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A local leader 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 has joined grinding of the peace processor 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..
province.

Provincial governor Ataullah Khogyani told news hounds that Tawiz Khan joined grinding of the peace processor with his 11 fighters due to the ongoing efforts to attract the anti-government armed murderous Moslem groups to reconciliation process.

Khogyani further added that the reconciliation process is being led by the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS).

He said the group was previously conducting anti-government insurgency in Kot, Nazian, Achin, and Haska Mina districts.

According to Khogyani, the group was operating under the direct instructions of Mufti Abdullah Orakzai and the Death Eaters also handed over their arms by joining grinding of the peace processor.

Tawiz Khan told news hounds that he is originally a resident of Bandar area of Achin district and joined the ISIS terrorist group along with his family three years ago.

The local ISIS leader said he decided to leave the terrorist group after understanding the reality and vowed to work for the development of the country by renouncing violence.
Posted by: Fred || 05/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [357 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Horn
Gunfire heard around Mogadishu Municipality HQ
[SHABELLENEWS] A heavy gunfire was heard tonight around the headquarters of Benadir regional Administration in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

The shooting began after Somali Military soldiers and Intelligence officers exchanged fire at a checkpoint located outside the Municipality compound, according to the eyewitnesses.

No casualties were reported so far. The exchange of the gunfire erupted after NISA convoy was blocked from passing through the security checkpoint.
Posted by: Fred || 05/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [403 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

#1  Think of Magadishu as Chicago-east or is it East Chicago?
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/16/2017 14:56 Comments || Top||


Africa North
351 migrants arrested crossing southern, western borders in recent weeks: Egyptian military
[AlAhram] Egypt's armed forces have said they arrested of 351 “illegal migrants” of varying nationalities between 25 April and 12 May in the country’s western and southern border regions.

The spokesman of the Egyptian army, Tamer El-Refai, also announced in a report released on Monday that border guards had seized 1,152 kilograms of narcotics, 511,000 pills of unspecified illegal substances, in addition to large amounts of smuggled weapons of various types and ammunition.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi approved in November 2016 a law aimed at curbing irregular immigration and cracking down on human smuggling amid a hike in the number of migrants, many from sub-Saharan Africa, departing from the country to Europe.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Benghazi police emergency unit commander killed: rogue Saiqa members accused
[Libya Herald] A commander of Benghazi’s police emergency response unit, the najdah, was killed in the early hours of the morning when gunnies attacked his vehicle near the unit’s headquarters in the city’s Birkah district.

Captain Musa Yunis al-Majbri, married with three children, is said to have been rubbed out following an altercation with a number of men in a small convoy, some of whom were said to be in military uniform, others in civilian clothing.

Allegations that elements from Saiqa special forces were to blame have been denied by the brigade. In a statement, it says that the killing appears to have been related to a private feud. An investigation has been launched into what happened, it adds. It also warns social media activists against using the story to attack the brigade and trying to cause dissension among those fighting against terrorism.

This was not the first time that a unit of the najdah forces, part of Benghazi Security Directorate, was attacked. There was a similar incident last week, but there were no injuries on that occasion.
Posted by: Fred || 05/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [383 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Did they declare an emergency?
Posted by: Crinegum Ulaigum2776 || 05/16/2017 14:03 Comments || Top||


Fierce LNA clashes with Benghazi militants, Saiqa arms dump explosion report
[Libya Herald] There have been fierce festivities in Benghazi’s Suq al-Hout district today as the Libyan National Army (LNA) continued to assault hard boy positions. There has also been a series of Arclight airstrikes mainly on Sabri, the city’s second surviving Islamist stronghold and an kaboom at an LNA arms dump.

The LNA has given no details of the fighting nor of casualties on either side. Roads surrounding both the besieged downtown districts remain closed to civilian traffic and troops have been warning residents close to the front lines to leave their homes.

Meanwhile there are unconfirmed reports of a substantial kaboom in the south of the city at a Saiqa Special Forces
...Libya's elite army unit, insofar as they have one, formed from a mixture of paratroopers and commandos. The group emerged from a militia with the same name in 2010. It now numbers a few thousand and reports to the Ministry of Defence. It deployed in Benghazi in an attempt to control the carnage. As a result, it has been attacked and several of its officers murdered. The force is popular in Benghazi for its stance against Ansar al-Sharia group...
weapons dump. An army source said the blast at Nuwagiya had been caused by the heat. Yet munitions are often poorly stored and in the past this has caused other kabooms.

However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
sabotage cannot be ruled out. On the eve of the third anniversary celebrations of the start of the Dignity (Karama) operation against Benghazi’s hard boy Islamists, some sort of attempted spectacular attack is expected.
Posted by: Fred || 05/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa Subsaharan
About 1,000 hostages freed from mosque in Central African Republic
[AlAhram] About 1,000 people held hostage since the weekend by armed militias in a mosque amid violent festivities in southeastern Central African Republic have been freed, U.N. officials said on Monday.

"I can confirm that the mosque is now empty. The last 250 men inside until this afternoon have been transferred out," said Herve Verhoosel, front man for the U.N. peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA), by telephone from Bangui.

Women, children and the injured had been set free earlier on Monday before the remaining men were evacuated from the building.

He added that MINUSCA forces had since opened fire on the militias who had been guarding the mosque and had mobilised a helicopter to the town on the Congolese border.

The Bangassou festivities entered their third day on Monday and have involved hundreds of fighters with heavy weaponry in the latest sign that a multi-year conflict spurred by ethnic and religious tensions is worsening.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/16/2017 00:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [585 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I thought it was about un-brainwashing
Posted by: Frank G || 05/16/2017 7:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Did they burn down the mosque?
Posted by: AlanC || 05/16/2017 7:27 Comments || Top||

#3  just a little OT...

The bunker. A meeting, adjourning.
But wait, it's a furor! Concern.
English subtitles translate:
"Muh popular mandate!
You traitors! Is Washington burning?"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 05/16/2017 13:48 Comments || Top||

#4  I think that should be concerning, Zenobia F. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/16/2017 14:38 Comments || Top||

#5  Slack amphibrachs, fractured but scanning,
Like Carol with lipstick en-Channing.
I'll try on occasion
To use less liaison,
(but dammit, I'm crappy at planning).
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 05/16/2017 15:46 Comments || Top||

#6  Eeeugh. Now, all the typos, extra commas, and vagueness of voice... they worry me. Ouch.

Slack amphibrachs, fractured, but scanning
Like Carol and lipstick en-Channing...
"Essay on occasion,
To use less liason."
"But dammit, I'm crappy at planning."

Bleh.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 05/16/2017 15:54 Comments || Top||

#7  Good planning. Raided the mosque during Bingo night, and just about every Moslem soul in county was there.
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/16/2017 20:16 Comments || Top||


Armed herdsmen kill 20 farmers in western Nigerian mosque: Police
[AlAhram] Nigerian herdsmen armed with guns killed 20 farmers and injured eight other people in a mosque in the western central Niger state this weekend, police said on Monday.

Fighting over land use between semi-nomadic cattle herders and more settled communities, claims hundreds of lives a year in the middle belt and in the north of Nigeria. Last year, the government said preventing attacks was a security priority.

Bala Elkana, a front man for Niger state police, said the attack happened at about 05:00 a.m. (0400 GMT) on Saturday at Epogi community, in the Mokwa area of the state.

"It was a clash between farmers and herders which had been initially handled but some herders felt unsatisfied and ... they launched a reprisal attack on some villagers praying in a mosque," Elkana said. Three people had been enjugged
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
, he said.

Nigeria's poor transport and communications infrastructure can slow the speed at which reports of events in some rural communities are passed on.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [405 views] Top|| File under: Fulani Herdsmen (Boko Haram)


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Armed Islamist gunned down in Dagestan
[Interfax] On Sunday, a member of an illegal armed Islamist group was neutralized in a counter-terrorist operation conducted by Russian security forces in a suburb of Dagestan's capital, Makhachkala, an informed source said.

The source said, "Law enforcers have liquidated a militant who opened fire on them resisting arrest. He is already identified. He turned out an active member of a local jihadist armed group."

The armed group is thought to be either Al-Qaeda-affiliated Imarat Kavkaz (Caucasus Emirate), or Vilayat Dagestan which is a local ISIS affiliate.
Posted by: ryuge || 05/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [400 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Italy busts 'mafia operation' in large migrant center in Calabria
[DW] Over 500 agents took part in the overnight raids that saw 68 people placed in durance vile
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
in Calabria, officials said on Monday. The crackdown targeted the suspected members of the Arena crime clan, part of the powerful 'Ndrangheta mafia organization in southern Italia.

According to the Sherlocks, the suspects infiltrated the large migrant reception center at Isola di Capo Rizzuto and siphoned off state funds through the complex, which is linked to a Catholic charity. The local priest Edoardo Scordio was also among the suspects.

"Some 32 million euros ($35 million) went straight into the clan's pocket," assistant prosecutor Vincenzo Luberto said. He added an accusation that Father Scordio had received 150,000 euros for offering "spiritual guidance" to the migrants colonists.

'Money printing' through migrant center
Authorities believe that the Calabrian-based Arena clan has controlled the center for over a decade. The camp's management allegedly fixed contracts for providing food to the migrants colonists and withheld tax payments, according to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

The Mafiosi reportedly set up the scheme with the help of Leonardo Sacco, the local head of the Roman Catholic Misericordia association, which is officially in charge of the Sant'Anna Cara facility.

"The Cara of Isola Capo Rizzuto had become a money-printing operation for organized crime thanks to the complicity of those who ran the center," said head of the Italian parliament's anti-mafia commission, Rosy Bindi.

Through the center in Calabria, the mafia also made connections with two other facilities and the reception center on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. Commenting on the Monday arrests, Italia's anti-graft chief Raffaele Cantone said that the mafia infiltration was "just the tip of the iceberg, and certainly not a one-off case."

Paying for 'ghost' migrants colonists
Authorities have long suspected wrongdoing in the Isola Capo Rizzuto camp, which at one time held 1,500 migrants colonists from across the Mediterranean. An inspection in 2013 revealed that refugees were eating small portions of expired food, and that the center was illegally hosting 70 unaccompanied minors in aircraft hangars where there were only two toilets.

A year later, the local prefecture hinted that the number of people in the center might be exaggerated, with management taking money from the state for "ghost" migrants colonists. In 2015, Italia's L'Espresso magazine reported that the managers were stealing funds and making money by starving migrants colonists.

"If the organization was supposed to provide 500 meals, it provided 300 and the rest went hungry," well-known anti-mafia prosecutor Nicola Gratteri said.

The Calabrian-based 'Ndrangheta syndicate is believed to be the most powerful criminal group in Italia and one of Europe's biggest cocaine importers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [364 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: WoT
Accused bomber Rahimi seeks reduced charges in New Jersey case
[OANN] An Afghan-born U.S. citizen accused of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey fired on police in New Jersey to evade arrest, but those crimes fall short of attempted murder as charged, his defense lawyer argued on Monday.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi,
...the probably Taliban-trained Afghan-American whose various bombs in New York and New Jersey caused havoc, though not nearly as much as he planned, and who for some reason is mostly in our files as Ahmad Khan Rahami. His writings show he was also inspired by Al Qaeda and ISIS...
29, faces a 30-count indictment in New Jersey’s Union County in relation to a kaboom in New York City’s Chelsea district last September that maimed about 30 people. Another bomb in New Jersey injured no one and other devices he is accused of planting did not detonate.

Rahimi also faces a host of federal charges brought by U.S. prosecutors in New York and New Jersey, who have portrayed him as a jihadist who bought bomb components on eBay, praised Osama bind Laden and kept a journal expressing outrage at the U.S. "slaughter" of mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Paleostine.

Rahimi, who has pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
to all charges, appeared in court shackled at the feet and hands while wearing a blue prison uniform, white skullcap and beard. He appeared to be mouthing verses of the Koran while seated at the defense table.

His state-appointed defense attorney, Peter Liguori, has asked Union County Superior Court Judge Regina Caulfield to dismiss all charges, but in oral arguments he focused mostly on getting three attempted murder charges reduced to aggravated assault in the instances where the coppers were unhurt.

Two other officers were maimed in the shootout, which erupted on the streets of Linden, New Jersey, two days after the bombs detonated. Rahimi was shot between eight and 12 times, Liguori said.

The defense lawyer also asked the judge to drop so-called lesser included offenses, arguing that prosecutors "overcharged" his client.

Turning and firing at a distance and while running to evade arrest did not constitute attempted murder he because it does not show an intent to kill, Liguori said, though he admitted it was criminal conduct more worthy of an aggravated assault charge.

"This is a case where there is emotion, where there is possible prejudice," Liguori said. "His intent was to get away. His intent was to avoid police pursuit ... Running and firing back over your shoulder? Come on."

Twenty-nine shell casings from Rahimi’s gun were recovered at various scenes following the pursuit, prosecutor Ann Luvera said.

The judge said she would issue a written ruling on the defense requests before the end of the month.
This article starring:
Ahmad Khan Rahami
Ahmad Khan Rahim
Ahmad Khan Rahimi
Posted by: Fred || 05/16/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [685 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
One tribal fighter killed, one wounded in southern Baghdad attack
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One member of Sunni tribal groups fighting 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....
was killed Monday and another was maimed when gunnies attacked their deployment south of Baghdad.

Ikhnews quoted a security source saying that unknown assailants shot up a checkpoint run by the Tribal Mobilization in Bouitha, Dora, south of the capital, leaving one dead and another injured.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/16/2017 00:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [371 views] Top|| File under:


Four IS suicide bombers, 2 officers killed in western Anbar attack
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Army and police forces killed four 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....
jacket wallahs in western Anbar on Monday, according to a senior army commander.

Alsumaria quoted Qassem al-Mohammadi, commander of al-Jazeera Operations, saying that the bombers were sneaking into the town of Haditha, west of Anbar, but were killed by security forces and tribal fighters. AFP, however, quoted Haditha mayor, Khaled Salman, saying that three of the suicide bombers were trapped inside a house and killed by security, while the fourth went kaboom! killing two security members.

Iraqi troops controlling Haditha have resisted occasional attacks by IS fighters.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/16/2017 00:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [370 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Western Mosul Reconquest

IS control 9% of western Mosul, chemical weapons factory seized

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants control only nine percent of territories in western Mosul, a spokesperson of the Iraqi command said on Monday as battles reach the group’s final strongholds.

Brig. Gen. Yahia Rasoul, spokesperson of the Joint Operations Command, said Iraqi forces invaded the northern section of 17 Tamuz, the first district Islamic State captured in the city in 2014. He added that only a few number of militants are remaining in the city, suffering scarcity of food and combat supplies.

Meanwhile, Federal Police chief Shaker Jawdat was quoted by al-Arabiya news channel saying his forces killed 173 Islamic State members while invading the Uraybi and Refaie districts. He said forces had also invaded the Ektesadiyeen district.

He said in a statement that police seized the group’s biggest chemical weapons factory run by the group in 17 Tamuz district, defusing several chemical IEDs.

According to Jawdat, 60 senior IS members fled with their families from 17 Tamuz.

Mass Islamic State fighters grave found in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A mass grave of Islamic State members was found Monday at a district retaken by Iraqi security forces in western Mosul as operations to clear the region from militants reach their final stages.

Col. Mortada Hassan, from the Iraqi army, told BasNews that the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service forces found a mass grave containing what are believed to be the relics of 20 members of the Islamic State’s Hisbah (vigilantees) group at al-Haramat.

Hassan said the dead bodies were carried to a forensic authority department.

Islamic State has lost hundreds of fighters and senior leaders since Iraqi troops, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary forces, launched an offensive in October to retake the city. Since the launch of the campaign, dozens of mass graves of civilians and security members executed by IS have been discovered.

Coalition generals say there are less than 1000 IS members remaining in the western side of Mosul where Iraqi generals claim control over more than 90 percent of territories.

21 IS members killed, 3 arrested in airstrikes, special operations in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com)Twenty-one Islamic State members were killed and three others were arrested on Monday in airstrikes and special operations by the Iraqi security forces struggling to recapture the last districts held by the group in western Mosul.

Cap. Abbas al-Babeli, from the Interior Ministry’s Rapid Response Forces, told Shafaaq News website that the army’s Counter-Terrorism Service forces killed nine IS militants and arrested three others in special operations at al-Rifaie district.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said Iraqi fighter jets killed 12 IS members and destroyed their booby-trapping and explosives factories in al-Baaj region, west of Mosul and near the borders with Syria.
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Iraqi forces capture large hilltop southwest of Al-Qaiwaran
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd al-Sha’abi) captured the large hilltop of Tal al-Sheikh near the al-Qaiwaran area in the Nineveh Governorate, the PMU’s official media wing reported this morning.

With al-Qaiwaran captured, the Popular Mobilization Units will now push further east towards the al-Qaiwaran area, as they look to expel 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....
(ISIS) terror organization from Tal ’Afar.

Tal ’Afar is one of the Islamic State’s final strongholds in Iraq; it was one of the first towns to fall to the terrorist group in the Summer of 2014.

Paramilitary forces recapture 4 villages near Syrian borders

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi pro-government paramilitary troops recaptured four villages on Monday as an operation continues to clear Islamic State-held regions near Iraq’s borders with Syria.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said through its media that troops took over Northern Khazna, Sultan, al-Kabar and Tal al-Sheikh villages, south of the Qayrawan region where PMUs, backed by army fighter jets, launched an offensive four days ago against the Islamic State.

PMUs also invaded the village of Mabhal al-Mahdi, north of Qayrawan, engaging in intense encounters with the hard boy group.

A handful of villages have been recaptured over the past few days during the operation targeting Qayrawan and neighboring Baaj. The offensive coincides with parallel government battles in the city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, where only a few districts are left to announce a full recapture of the city and end seven months of fighting.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Clashes erupt as Palestinians mark ‘Nakba’ Day
[IsraelTimes] 11 said injured while confronting Israeli forces during protests over ’catastrophe’ of Jewish state’s founding.

Paleostinians marching to remember the "catastrophe" of Israel’s founding and the dispossession that accompanied the creation of the Jewish state clashed with Israeli forces in the West Bank on Monday, leaving several maimed.

Annual marches are held on May 15 to mark what Paleostinians call the "Nakba," or catastrophe in Arabic.

At a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ramallah, dozens of Paleostinian youths hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with rubber bullets and the foul-smelling riot control spray known as skunk.

A Paleostinian emergency worker said that 11 Paleostinians were taken to the hospital, most of them maimed by rubber bullets. The extent of their injuries was not known.

Earlier, thousands of people carrying Paleostinian flags marched through the city, many carrying large keys to symbolize their claims to the homes they lost in 1948.

"I come every year to commemorate this anniversary, this catastrophe," said Salha Orabi, a descendant of refugees and now a resident of the nearby Jelazoun refugee camp.

"The Nakba for us symbolizes destruction," he added. "It is us who have left our homes and our land."

In Bethlehem, hundreds of Paleostinians stoned Israeli troops guarding Rachel’s Tomb, a shrine venerated by Jews and Moslems, an AFP photographer said. Soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

In 1948, more than 760,000 Paleostinians fled or were driven from their homes in the war surrounding Israel’s declaration of independence, when neighboring Arab countries vowed to wipe the nascent Jewish state off the map.

For the Paleostinians, the so called "right of return" for refugees and their millions of descendants to the homes they fled or were forced to leave is a prerequisite for any peace agreement with Israel. All Israeli government have firmly rejected the demand as representing a bid by the Paleostinians to destroy Israel as a Jewish state by demographic means. Paleostinian refugees should be absorbed in a Paleostinian state as part of a peace accord, Israel says, just as Israel absorbed hundreds of thousands of Jews from Middle Eastern and North African countries, many of whom were forced to leave their countries of birth.

The May 15 anniversary came this year against the backdrop of a hunger strike by Paleostinians in Israeli prisons, led by tossed in the clink
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who is currently serving five life sentences for orchestrating deadly terror attacks against Israelis during the Second Intifada.

In what the Paleostine Liberation Organization said in a statement was a message from his solitary confinement cell, Barghouti said the fast, in its 29th day on Monday, would go on indefinitely.

"My oath and pledge to the prisoners and our people is to pursue the battle for freedom and dignity until it reaches its stated goals," he said.
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#1  In 1948, more than 760,000 Paleostinians fled or were driven from their homes in the war surrounding Israel’s declaration of independence, when neighboring Arab countries vowed tried to wipe the nascent Jewish state off the map.

You chose...poorly
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Palestinian vessels try run Gaza blockade, 1 man wounded killed
[IsraelTimes] Navy gunfire seriously injures 1 man; navy boards 2 boats to detain 6 fishermen.

An Israeli patrol boat fired at Paleostinian fishermen accused of breaching the blockade off the northern Gazoo Strip on Monday, seriously wounding one, officials said.

Fishing off the northern part of the strip, adjacent to Israel, is limited to six nautical miles offshore and the Israeli navy regularly fires at Paleostinians who breach the zone’s outer limit.

The fishermen’s union head Nizar Ayash said that the shooting and the arrest of four crewmen happened in one incident and two more arrests were made when the military boarded another Gazoo boat overnight.

The injured man’s family identified him as Mohammed Majed Bakr, 25.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the shooting but did not speak of additional arrests.

"A vessel deviated from the designated fishing zone in the northern Gazoo Strip," the spokeswoman told AFP. "Naval forces in the area called upon the vessel to halt and fired warning shots into the air."

She said that the boat ignored the warning and the navy then fired at it.

"As a result of the fire a Paleostinian was injured and was evacuated to an Israeli hospital for immediate medical treatment," she added.

Israel has maintained a blockade on Gazoo for 10 years, which it says is necessary to keep arms and other materials that can be used for military purposes out of the hands of Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, and other Paleostinian terror groups.

UN officials have called for the blockade to be lifted, citing deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

The size of the fishing zone has varied over the years, having been set at 20 nautical miles by the Oslo accords of the 1990s before being reduced by Israeli authorities.

About 4,000 fishermen work off the coastal strip, more than half of whom live below the poverty line.

Gaza fisherman shot by navy dies in hospital, IDF says

[IsraelTimes] A Gazook fisherman shot by an Israeli Navy ship on Monday after breaching the blockade off the Paleostinian territory dies from his wounds, an IDF spokeswoman says.

The vessel was reportedly the fourth such ship to breach the blockade on Monday, which Paleostinians mark as "Nakba Day," a day of mourning for the displacement of Paleostinians during Israel’s founding in 1948.

The vessel did not turn back after the warning shots, and the Navy ship shot towards it, wounding the fisherman aboard. Navy sailors took the man to an Israeli hospital, where he died from his wounds.
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#1  He was chum for Juice Aggression™. This calls for Dire Revenge
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Southeast Asia
Two Maoist militants slain in southern Philippines
[Sun Star] Two New People's Army (NPA) militants were killed Saturday in a gun battle with soldiers at Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Military spokeperson Jo-ar Herrera said troops clashed with about thirty militants at around 6 p.m. which also injured two local civilian volunteers.

Herrea said the slain militants were identified only through the aliases "Henry" and "Tibo." Both are said to be members of the NPA's Feliciano Bravo Command operating in Zamboanga del Norte and Sibugay provinces.
Brigadier General Rolly Bautista, commanding general of 1ID, said. “There will be no let up of operations against these bandits in order to protect the people and the communities,” Bautista said.
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Last two Abu Sayyaf rebels hiding in Bohol gunned down
[Inquirer] The two remaining Abu Sayyaf militants hiding on the island province of Bohol were killed on Monday afternoon, after more than a month on the run following a foiled attempt to set up a local base.

Abu Ubayda and another member identified only as "Asis" both died from bullet wounds in the head. Ubayda was unrecognizable after he was repeatedly shot in the face. Their deaths ended a crisis that started on April 10 when ten Abu Sayyaf rebels entered Barangay Napo in Inabanga town to set up a terror base there.

Residents tipped off the police about the presence of armed men in their midst. The police, in turn, relayed the information to the military. A clash ensued on April 12, leaving three Abu Sayyaf militants dead, including their leader, Abu Rami.

The remaining members of the group fled to nearby Clarin town and hid inside a cave in Barangay Bacani. But Philippine troops discovered their hiding place on April 22 after receiving a tip from a habal-habal (passenger motorcycle) driver and three residents.

Another firefight broke out, leading to the deaths of four rebels, including Joselito Melloria, a subleader of the group who guided the bandits to his hometown of Inabanga via Barangay Napo.

Another Abu Sayyaf member, Saad Kiram, went out of hiding and asked for food from residents in Tubigon town on May 4. He was arrested and taken to a police camp in Tagbilaran City for interrogation. However, he was killed the next day after he clashed with policemen while trying to escape.

On May 10, the police and the military cordoned off Pangangan Island after receiving reports of the presence of the two remaining Abu Sayyaf bandits.

On Monday morning, Hilario Toloy and his 7-year-old son were gathering seashells along the mangrove forest here when the rebels appeared and pointed their guns at them. The two asked the pair to give them food. Reports said the bandits took Toloy’s son hostage to make sure that he would return with the food.

Toloy went home to Barangay Kahayag, just a few meters from the mangrove area, and brought with him food for the bandits. Meanwhile, Hilario's wife, Imelda, reported to the Kahayag village captain, Ian Bahandi, that her husband and son were being held hostage by the rebels. Bahandi, in turn, reported the matter to the military who went to the mangrove area.

As a shootout broke out, father and son scrambled for safety while the two militants ran to nearby Barangay Lomboy where they took a motorcycle. They headed to Barangay Lawis only to find themselves facing a police checkpoint. They abandoned the motorcycle and ran, returning to the mangrove area in Lawis. Troops pursued them and cornered them in the mangrove area, where the militants were killed in separate areas.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Bomb blast in eastern Idlib, Syrian regime forces shell Hama
Idlib (IraqiNews) A woman was maimed in the kaboom of an improvised bomb, in the vicinity of Sarakeb town, in the eastern countryside of Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Monday.

The observatory also said that several areas in Kafrzita town, on the northern countryside of Hama, were shelled using rockets by the Syrian regime forces, causing material damage to the area.

The Syrian forces also shelled areas in al-Zeyara and al-Masheek towns, in the northwestern countryside if Hama, but no casualties were reported.
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Graphic aftermath of failed ISIS assault on Aleppo supply line
[ALMASDARNEWS] Late last night, 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....
murderous Moslems spearheaded an attack on the al-Azib valley near the Ithriya-Khanasser road in a bid to cutoff the only highway connecting Aleppo with the government mainland of central Syria.

According to al-Masdar News field correspondent Ibrahim Joudeh, festivities erupted at 2 a.m. and continued until 6 a.m when ISIS finally called of its attack which was focused around the al-Majbal checkpoint.

For ISIS commanders, their offensive ultimately looked to relieve pressure on the Maskanah Plains where the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently liberated the highly fortified Jirah Airbase in a renewed push towards Raqqa.

Following the jihadist attack, ISIS sustained 15 casualties some of which were retrieved by the SAA. On the other hand, 2 SAA soldiers were killed-in-action while two more were maimed.
Presumably either the above report or the below report is true, but not both.
Islamic State attacks eastern Hama and captures Majbal checkpoint

Hama (IraqiNews) Violent festivities broke out between Syrian regime forces and the Islamic State turbans near al-Majbal checkpoint, in the eastern countryside of Hama, while the turbans manages to capture the checkpoint, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The observatory stated that turbans from the Islamic State group engaged in festivities with the Syrian regime forces near al-Majbal checkpoint, on Ithriyah-Salmiyah road, in the eastern countryside of Hama, in the early hours of Monday, while added that the terrorist group managed to impose its control over the checkpoint.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy had come up with a new idea, one that didn't involve kerosene...
a land line went kaboom! on a vehicle belonging to the Syrian forces in al-Masasna area, in the northern countryside of Hama, leaving an identified number of casualties, while Syrian government forces shelled several areas in the southern countryside of Hama.

In a related news, festivities continued between the Islamic State and Syrian forces in Hamima area, in eastern Homs, leaving casualties among the ranks of the two sides.
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Over 150 Jaish al-Islam fighters arrive in Eastern Ghouta
[ALMASDARNEWS] Some 150 Islamist murderous Moslems affiliated to the Saudi-backed Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
(Army of Islam) have made their way to Douma following their harrowing loss in the Damascene districts of Qaboun and Tishrin where they failed to withstand the incessant assaults from the powerful 4th Mechanized Division.

The radical rebels made it to the Army of Islam’s stronghold of Douma last night after they refused to be shipped to Idlib which is under the full control of the hostile al Qaeda-linked Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Jaish al-Fateh
...Army of Conquest coalition includes Ahrar al-Sham, Jabhat al-Nusra, Fath al-Sham, Ihyaa al-Jihad Brigade, Mujhedi Nawa, Asoud al-Tahid Brigade, Ansar al-Haqa Brigade and the Islamic brigade of al-Omarein, of which three are affialiated with al-Qaeda. It is or has been supported by Saudi Arabia and Turkey...
alliance. Notably, Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
assaulted all Jaish al-Islam’s HQs and, bases, and ammo depots in northern Idlib virtually obliterating Jaish al-Islam’s presence in northern Syria. Transportation to Idlib would be a de-facto death sentence to the wary JaI rebels.

Opposition sources reported that the tunnels used by the fighters to evacuate Qaboun to Eastern Ghouta were connected to an area in the zone of control of the Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
i-backed Faylaq al-Rahman. The rival rebel group forced the JaI turbans to surrender their weapons before being escorted to Douma.
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