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Blasts heard inside Afghan state TV compound in Jalalabad after gunmen attack
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Afghanistan
Taliban suffer heavy casualties in Laghman operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
holy warriors suffered heavy casualties during the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in eastern Laghman
...It has a population of about 445,600, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a rural society. During the invasions of Alexander the Great, the area was known as Lampaka, wich is apparently Olde Macedonian for Laghman.The city of Mihtarlam serves as the bucolic capital of the province. The population is half Pashtun, the remainder Tadjik and Pashai. It had a reputionagreat wealth until it was conquered in the tenth century by Abu Mansur Sabuktigin.
He conquered it and set fire to the places in its vicinity which were inhabited by infidels, and demolishing the idol-temples, he established Islam in them, He marched and captured other cities and killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolatrous and gratifying the Musulmans. After wounding and killing beyond all measure, his hands and those of his friends became cold in counting the value of the plundered property.
province of Afghanistan.

Provincial police chief Fazal Ahmad Sherzad said at least 45 holy warriors were killed and more than 20 others were maimed during the Silab-5 operations.

He said the operations were conducted in the vicinity of Basram, Katal, Maidani, Qasaba, Salim Gar, Noori and Alingar.

Sherzad further added that the operations were conducted with the support of the Air Force.

Several high level Taliban Überstürmbannführers including Samiullah Darwish, Qari Muhib, and Nasir were among those killed, Sherzad said, adding that two other senior Taliban Überstürmbannführers identified as Qari Rohullah and Qaderi were tossed in the clink
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
He also added that 25 cycle of violences, 5 pickup vehicles, one mortar, one Dshk heavy machine gun, and 822mm rocket launcher were destroyed during the operations.

According to Sherzad, several villages have been cleared from the presence of the Taliban holy warriors and clearance operations are still being conducted in the area.

Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [343 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


4 ISIS militants killed in Nangarhar airstrike
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least four hard boyz of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan, were killed in an Arclight airstrike conducted 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) said the Arclight airstrike was carried out in the vicinity Bati Kot district.

MoD further added that a vehicle used by ISIS loyalists was also destroyed in the Arclight airstrike.

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

Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [366 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Blasts heard inside Afghan state TV compound in Jalalabad after gunmen attack
[RT] Gunmen attacked an Afghan TV station in eastern Jalalabad, starting a firefight with security forces, according to local authorities. At least 10 people, including the attackers, were killed in the clashes and 18 more injured, AP cited officials as saying.

Officials say three suicide attackers came into the National Radio Television in Afghanistan (RTA) in Jalalabad in Nangarhar and two detonated themselves.

“We can confirm that a number of insurgents have entered the building. Who they are, and what their target is, is still not clear,” Attaullah Khughyani, the provincial governor’s spokesman said, as cited by Reuters.

The attack left four Afghan state TV employees and two policemen dead, and at least 16 more injured. There could be up to 24 people injured, including 17 civilians and seven servicemen, according to local authorities, as cited by Al Jazeera.

At least four attackers were killed in the shootout with Afghan security forces according to AP, citing Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish.

IS has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the terrorist group's media agency.

Some 40 people work in the compound every day and, while many managed to flee, some remain trapped inside, an RTA employee told TOLOnews.
Al Ahram adds:
The attack, in the eastern city of Jalalabad, was the latest in a series on Afghan journalists and media in recent years.

IS group has established a stronghold 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 bordering Pakistain, of which Jalalabad is capital, where it fights both the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and Afghan government forces.

The raid on the RTA state broadcaster was carried out by four attackers, one of whom had detonated a suicide bomb at the entrance to the compound, said provincial governor Gulab Mangal.

As the attack unfolded, heavy gunfire could be heard from around the RTA building, which is close to the governor's compound

"[IS group] fighters are currently carrying out an attack inside the state broadcasting building in the city of Jalalabad," the movement's AMAQ news agency said in a statement on instant messaging service Telegram.

The three others were killed by security forces in the shootout.

Seventeen civilians and seven members of the security forces were maimed, he added.

IS group has recently been hit hard by US air strikes and special forces operations. The head of IS group in Afghanistan, Abdul Hassib, was reported this month to have been killed in a joint Afghan-US operation in Nangarhar at the end of April.

IS group has also grabbed credit for a series of high-profile attacks in the capital, Kabul, including one in March on Afghanistan's largest military hospital.
Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [622 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Horn
At least 3 soldiers killed in Mogadishu Car bomb blast
[SHABELLENEWS] At least three soldiers was confirmed killed in a boom-mobile kaboom occurred in Somali capital, Mogadishu on Wednesday morning, Police and Witnesses.

According to the sources, Somali security forces have seized the boom-mobile at Hawo Tawo nighbourhood in Mogadishu’s Wadajir district before it went kaboom! prematurely.

A bomb disposal unite experts died in the blast while trying to deactivate the bombs loaded in the vehicle that was intercepted at Police checkpoint in the capital.

A Somali Police Officer said two occupants of the car expeditiously departed at a goodly pace shortly.

No civilians casualties were reported as a result of Today’s boom-mobile kaboom in Mogadishu, which becomes the second attack foiled by the government security personnel in a week.
Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Bomb blast at Cafe injures Seven in southern Somalia
[SHABELLENEWS] At least seven people were maimed, including government officials, in a kaboom at a busy restaurant in southwestern Somalia Monday afternoon, officials said.

Isak Abdi Mohammed, district commissioner of the town of Qasahdhere in the Bay region, told Media over the phone that the bomb had targeted local officials.

"The bomb was hidden in the restaurant and targeted district officials. Seven people, including two district commissioners and five government forces, were maimed. No one was killed," he said.

"The officials injured by the blast are Salah Sheikh Abdullahi, deputy commissioner for finance, and Ibrahim Dahir, deputy commissioner for public affairs," he added.

All five government soldiers sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Baidoa Hospital for treatment, said the official.

Mohamud Ali, a police officer in Qasahdhere, confirmed the incident to Media adding, "The police launched a security operation we have nabbed two suspects".

Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Roadside blast kills Kenyan official in border region
[SHABELLENEWS] A Kenyan official was killed on Wednesday after a vehicle he was traveling in ran over an improvised bomb in Elwak area near Kenya-Somalia border.

Mandera East divisional police commander Timothy Muasya said the bomb was buried on the ground by unknown people. The driver survived with serious injuries after the 1 p.m. incident.

He said the dear departed government engineer was travelling from Kombo area in Elwak when his vehicle ran over the IED blowing the driver cabinet.

"We are investigating the incident as at this moment we can not link it to anybody as our officers from the Anti-Terror Police Unit have carried the debris for analysis," Muasya said.

He said the dear departed worked for a local construction company. Muasya said the police have been dispatched to the area for surveillance as it is a hot spot area where security vehicles had been attacked in the past.

"Our buses plying the route remain heavily guarded by armed police escort to prevent attacks by the al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
," he said. Police said the IED was targeting government vehicles using the Wajir-Mandera road.

Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Egypt army discovers 10m-deep smuggling tunnel along North Sinai border
[AlAhram] Egyptian border guards have discovered a 10-metre-deep smuggling tunnel along the frontier region of North Sinai, while conducting counter-terrorism activities in the region, the army said.

The tunnel had been used by Islamist snuffies to smuggle arms, the military said in a statement on Wednesday.

The army said it found the tunnel while carrying out operations to stem the Islamist insurgency taking place in North Sinai -- an insurgency which the military says has killed hundreds of police and army personnel in recent years.

Egypt has launched a campaign to destroy a network of smuggling tunnels connecting the besieged Gazoo Strip with the Sinai Peninsula, which authorities see as a weapons smuggling route for the gunnies in Egypt's Sinai desert.

In October 2014, the Egyptian military said it has destroyed a total of 1,813 tunnels in Sinai since 2011.

Wednesday's statement added that border guards also foiled a recent attempt to smuggle weapons, ammunitions and drugs through the country's western border.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [495 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  destroyeda total of 1,813 tunnels

That's a lot of dirt. I wonder where it went?
Posted by: phil_b || 05/18/2017 4:14 Comments || Top||

#2  maybe, like earthworms, they ate it?
Posted by: Frank G || 05/18/2017 8:39 Comments || Top||

#3  It appears that ground-penetrating radar on aerial platofrms is available. How do the Egyptians find the tunnels?
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 05/18/2017 10:08 Comments || Top||

#4  When they collapse and become ravines.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/18/2017 15:12 Comments || Top||


Nawasi Brigade thwarts Audit Bureau attack
[Libya Herald] Armed men tried to storm the Tripoli headquarters of the Audit Bureau today but were seen off by the security men guarding the building.

Reports of the incident are confused but it seems that staff were evacuated from the Dahra site after threats were made.

However, when gunmen arrived they found their way barred by members of the Nawasi Brigade. The resulting stand-off ended when more Nawasi members arrived and the gunmen left.
Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [351 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1 
Anyone who has been at the office at 3 a.m. trying to figure out
who the hell added a zero to the Gratis line, will have a difficult time rooting against the Nawasi Brigade.
Posted by: Shipman || 05/18/2017 1:18 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Another Kidnapped Chibok Girl Free in Nigeria
[AnNahar] Nigeria's government on Wednesday said another Chibok girl was free, having beat feet from Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
Islamists more than three years after she was kidnapped with more than 200 classmates.

Presidency front man Femi Adesina said Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo informed ministers at a cabinet meeting. She was "found by the Nigerian troops while she was escaping", added government aide Bashir Ahmad.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/18/2017 09:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)

#1  # hashtagswork
Posted by: Moochelle Obama || 05/18/2017 14:50 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Houthi guerilla operations let Saudi invasion forces pay heavy price in Jizan region
[ALMASDARNEWS] In several operations conducted by the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
forces in the Jizan region against Saudi led groundtroops, several soldiers of the invading forces have been killed, further exhausting the latters already mauled contingent of fighters.

The media wing of the Yemen’s military announced on Wednesday the killing of two Saudi soldiers in clandestine sniper operations, targeting the site of Al Dafynah in Jizan region.

According to the same sources the crew of a Saudi military vehicle has been killed and maimed in an ambush the same day. They were attacked with a remotely controlled bomb on their way to the military base of Khashal in Jizan.

The day before the Saudi led forces already had to lament a heavy loss, as Yemeni Army units together with their Houthi allies, conducted an aussault, with which they were able to take full control of a Saudi military post located east of al-Talaa in Najran.

The Saudi Army’s conventional training, equipment and strategic misalignment renders it incapable of facing their enemies in Yemen. While heavy bombardments and the siege imposed by the Saudi led coalition takes their toll on Yemen, the groundforces are stuck in a disadvantageous battle situation.

The Yemeni Army and the Houthis have compensated their disadvantage in military equipment by employing a guerilla strategy, which has already led a multitude of conventionally inferior combatants to victory in various conflicts around the globe. The inability to adapt renders the Saudi forces vulnerable to ambushes and sniper attacks and therefore costs them many lifes on a daily basis.
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23 civilians killed in suspected Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen
[RT] At least 23 civilians, including six children, were "mistakenly" killed in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
in a suspected Saudi-led coalition Arclight airstrike, according to media reports.

A vehicle carrying civilians, including women and kiddies, was struck in a suspected Arclight airstrike in the Yemeni town of Mawzaa, southwest of Taiz, on Wednesday, AFP reports.

An unnamed coalition military source confirmed the raid on the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
rebel-held area, claiming that the civilian casualties were the result of a "mistake."

At least six children were killed in the incident, while the bodies of six other victims were charred beyond recognition, the Houthi rebel-controlled Saba news agency reported.

There was no immediate response available from the Saudi-led coalition.

The Saudi-led coalition began a bombing campaign in Yemen to support the ousted president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, in March 2015. The campaign has made little to no military progress against the Houthi rebels and remnants of the country’s military loyal to former President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
, but has resulted in over 10,000 civilian deaths, according to UN estimates.

Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Caribbean-Latin America
Spanish police interdicts Venezuelan ship with 2500 kilos of cocaine
[ELUNIVERSAL] National Police agents intercepted a ship carrying 2,500 kilos of cocaine in a joint operation of security forces from Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom and Portugal, resulting in seven people captured, daily newspaper ABC reported on Monday.

The Venezuela-flagged ship was boarded in high sea with the help of the Tax Agency staff and was taken to Las Palmas, Canary Islands.

Official sources could not specify the destination of the illicit drugs.
Cocaine? What odds one of our favourite jihadi organizations is connected and profiting from the trade?
Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [681 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  That would have crashed the market price.
Posted by: phil_b || 05/18/2017 1:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Gawd-given hair got the sweats.
Posted by: Shipman || 05/18/2017 1:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Those really must have been the "High Seas".
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 05/18/2017 1:36 Comments || Top||

#4  " was boarded in high sea "

i.e. Illegally. This is piracy
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/18/2017 6:14 Comments || Top||

#5  The Narco-Military must be pissed
Posted by: Frank G || 05/18/2017 9:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Venezuela branching out for other sources of income, huh?
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/18/2017 10:37 Comments || Top||

#7  " was boarded in high sea "

i.e. Illegally. This is piracy


That's an interesting perspective. Can anyone expound on it?
Posted by: Crusader || 05/18/2017 12:13 Comments || Top||

#8  Some difference between 'boarded in high seas' and 'on the high sea'. May have been some wave action.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/18/2017 14:53 Comments || Top||

#9  One group of ships was armed. One freighter was not. Legal
Posted by: Frank G || 05/18/2017 15:00 Comments || Top||

#10  I can.

The US Coast Guard can board your boat any time they want, and look anywhere they want, without probable cause or a warrant. They can do this on the open sea, or while you're asleep aboard in your marina at midnight.

So yes it is perfectly legal, in international and national waters, even without a warrant or probable cause. In the USA this has always been the case even before the US became the USA. Your fourth amendment rights and your boat

So short version, yes the boarding by military (including local coast guard) is perfectly legal.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 05/18/2017 15:20 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraqi militia teams up with Iraqi Airforce in advance against ISIS towards Syrian border
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Iraqi pro-government forces of the militia al-Nujaba have reportedly made new gains against 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), as they took control over several villages in Iraqs border region, moving towards Syria.

While the Iraqi Ground Forces are currently securing the last pockets of the Islamic state in the latters former bastion djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
in north Iraq, the forces of al-Nujaba already aim to push ISIS out of the northwestern parts of the country.

Reports claim, that in their latest advances towards al-Qaywaran the pro-gouvernment forces were able to liberate 4 villages. With those under their control, the first phase of this operation, whith the ultimate goal of freeing al-Qaywaran, is completed.

With al-Qaywaran still some 17 km away, the next step in their efforts, will be for the militia to seize control of the Thura airbase and al-Ba´aj from the Islamic State. If they succeed, they will have layed the ground to finally claim back the important town of al-Qaywaran from the terrorist group.

In addition the Iraqi Airforce took it’s bite from ISIS forces. The Iraqi AirForce Command confirmed that around 50 fighters of the Islamic state have been killed in a row of Arclight airstrikes on six different local headquartes of the Islamic state in Iraq. The headquarters were located in the regions of Tal Afar, Al Ba´aj and Qaywaran.

With the last days of the Islamic State in Mosul counted, Iraq also seeks to secure it’s border with Syria. This would further impede formers already crippled economy, which heavily relies on smuggling through the various mostly non-existent borders of the region.
Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Five Palestinians arrested for making pipe bombs out of fireworks
[IsraelTimes] Men nabbed for allegedly manufacturing explosives, using them in attacks on soldiers in northern West Bank.

The Israel Defense Forces broke up a cell of Paleostinian men who are suspected of making pipe bombs and using them in several attacks in the northern West Bank, an army officer said Tuesday.

Last month, the army locked away
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
a group of four Paleostinian men who had made and used pipe bombs in attacks on Israeli troops in the Tulkarem area.

During their interrogations, the four suspects revealed the origins of their homemade bombs: an illegal fireworks dealer.

According to the IDF officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the suspects’ testimonies led the security services to a fifth Paleostinian man in the Tulkarem area who was selling large quantities of fireworks in the knowledge that they were being used for terror attacks, "not for something innocent."

The army raided the building from which the fireworks dealer was peddling his goods on Thursday and found 10 boxes of pyrotechnics, the officer said.

Fireworks are illegal to own in the West Bank. The army is now investigating how the dealer acquired the merchandise.

According to the officer, the four suspects used the explosives inside the fireworks to craft "classic" pipe bombs.

"They made bombs with a very, very large amount of the explosives from the fireworks, cramming it into pipes and sealing it on both sides with screwed-on caps," the officer said.

The four Paleostinian men are suspected of using these pipe bombs in the weeks before their arrest to attack military positions in the northern West Bank, not in attacks against civilians, the IDF official said.

No soldiers were seriously maimed in these attacks; however these kinds of pipe bombs have been known to cause serious injury and even death in the past. Last year, an IDF officer was maimed in a pipe kaboom that was perpetrated by a group of five Paleostinian men.

The four suspects in the Tulkarem area were not trained members of a terrorist group, though they did have some connections with one, the officer said.

"But I can’t say which as it’s still being investigated," he added.

In their interrogations, the suspects said they carried out their attacks out of a combination of nationalistic motivations, as well as a general sense of frustration with the situation in the West Bank, the officer said.

The suspects, all of them between the ages of 17 and 24, were residents of the city of Tulkarem and the Nur a-Shams refugee camp, he said.

Shin Bet and IDF arrest Palestinian terror cell

[Ynet] The Shin Bet and the IDF incarcerated
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
four Paleostinian members of a terrorist cell planning to carry out a combined IED and shooting attack on against the IDF on the route leading to Elon Moreh.

In the coming days, indictments will be filed against the suspects.
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Israeli settler shoots, moderately wounds stone-throwing Palestinian
[IsraelTimes] Police arrest both shooter and stone-thrower after incident on Route 60 in West Bank; Israeli says he acted in self-defense.

An Israeli settler Wednesday shot a Paleostinian who thew stones at his car as he drove along a road in the West Bank.

The incident came after a group of 20 Paleostinians hurled rocks at vehicles traveling on Route 60 near the Paleostinian village of Silwad, the IDF said.

One Israeli driver stopped his car, chased the fleeing Paleostinians, and shot one of them.

The Paleostinian was taken to a hospital in Israel with moderate injuries.

Police detained the shooter and a passenger who was in the car with him, the Hebrew daily Haaretz reported. Their attorney, far-right activist Itamar Ben Gvir, said they opened fire in self-defense because they were attacked with rocks. Police also detained the Paleostinian.

In a separate incident overnight, a woman, 35, was injured when Paleostinians threw rocks at her car on Route 60 near the al-Khader junction. Magen David Adom paramedics who arrived at the scene treated the woman and took her to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem with light injuries to her face.
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#1  More range time needed.
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Southeast Asia
Two Maoist militants surrender in Mindanao
[SunStar] Extreme hardship and false promises have pushed two New People's Army guerillas to surrender to the Philippine military in the province of Zamboanga del Sur.

Lieutenant Colonel Virgilio Hamos identified them as Rey Anthony Dungog, alias "Ka Mark," and Alvin Ladra Calibo, alias Ka Jason. Both belonged to the Main Regional Guerrilla Unit of the NPA's Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee.

Dungog and Calibo surrendered on Tuesday to troops in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur. Hamos said they cited extreme hardship, hunger and unfulfilled promises as among reasons why they decided to leave the Maoist militants and surrender. He said they joined the NPA after being told that they would receive P10,000 monthly, which turned out to be a false promise.

Hamos said they will facilitate the enrollment of the two ex-rebels to the government's Comprehensive Local Integration Program. He said each of them will receive livelihood training and cash assistance to help them reintegrate to the mainstream of the society once their application will be approved.
Posted by: ryuge || 05/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [391 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Two Abu Sayyaf rebels slain in Sulu clash
[Sun Star] Two Abu Sayyaf militants died in a firefight as military operations continue against insurgents in the province of Sulu.

Joint Task force Sulu commander Cirilito Sobejana said the clash took place Wednesday morning in the village of Sandah, Patikul, Sulu. He said the soldiers were on combat operation when they clashed with a group of 15 Abu Sayyaf rebels. Sobejana said the gun battle lasted for about 15 minutes and resulted in the death of two insurgents, with no casualties on the government side.

Military spokesperson Jo-ann Petinglay said the deaths bring to 81 the number of Abu Sayyaf militants slain since the operation started last January. She said that 50 rebels have surrendered, 18 have been arrested and 70 high powered firearms were seized from the Abu Sayyaf.
Posted by: ryuge || 05/18/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)


Islamic teachers, ex-rebels to be eyed closely in Thai south
[Bangkok Post] Islamic teachers and defecting rebels in the far South are being more closely screened as authorities suspect one of them was involved in the department store bombing that wounded 61 people in Pattani province last week.

Jamnan Mueandam, who serves on the government's high-level committee on southern solutions, said the Education Ministry had been instructed to carefully screen Islamic teachers because one of them was suspected of involvement in the car bombing of the Big C mall on May 9. He said, "Islamic teachers have been screened to an extent, but authorities may not know their mindsets. From now on they will be more tightly screened. This must be discussed with representatives of religious schools and provincial Islamic committees."

The committee also ordered the southern outpost of the Internal Security Operations Command to repeatedly interview defecting southern rebels, for the same reason.

Committee member Gen Chamlong Khunsong said a defector was suspected in the car bombing. "The person in question did not attend a full training course, only about half of it. He defected physically, but not spiritually. He did not attend the part concerning attitude adjustment and the creation of understanding," he said.

Gen Chamlong added, "Someone may attend the training wearing a disguise, but we believe that if they listen to the message in the attitudinal part they will understand and change their mindset."

Fourth Army commander Piyawat Nakwanit said 4,488 defectors would be re-examined. He said Suhaiming Sama-ae, who had defected in February, was a suspect in the bombing.
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US air strikes pound pro-Assad forces in Syria
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FSA islamists ambush an SDF unit in north Aleppo, capture four fighters
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Wednesday, islamist militants of Failaq Al-Sham group, affiliated with the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA), ambushed a squad of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Dandaliyah town south of Jarablus city in northern Aleppo countryside capturing 4 fighters as a result.

This action comes amid rising tensions between SDF and FSA in the area. Sources believe that the situation is going to escalate sooner or later and grow into a full-scale war between two hostile factions.
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Kurdish forces just three kilometers from Raqqa as ISIS loses control of key highway
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Wednesday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) scored a massive advance in an ISIS-held region directly east of Raqqa.

Amid a blitz US-backed offensive codenamed operation Euphrates Wrath (stage four), Kurdish units broke through a weak point in the jihadist defensive line on the outskirts of the picturesque provincial capital and liberates several villages from 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....
Preluded by joint US and Kurdish shelling on the highly fortified ’Division 17th’ army base, the SDF launched a couple of diversionary attacks only to unleash the bulk of its seasoned fighters in a region little more than five kilometers east of Raqqa.

Over the past 48 hours, the YPG-led SDF have liberated the villages of Qaryat Abdallah, Dahr al-Abdul, Badr, Annadah, Tall Zaidan and Thoul Nail.

At midnight, festivities even erupted in Raqqat as Samra, an ISIS-held town only three kilometers from Raqqa city. Notably, represents the last town on the main road leading to Raqqa city’s eastern neighborhoods.

On a different axis, northwest of Raqqa, the SDF also imposed full control over the villages of al-Jaif and Mazraat al-Rasheed amid a massive ISIS collapse.

Heavy festivities continue as we speak with both sides inflicting dozens of casualties on the other.
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