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ISIS takes control of its first city in the Philippines
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Afghanistan
Militant attack on Afghan army base kills 10 soldiers
[DAWN] At least 10 Afghan soldiers were killed when snuffies attacked their army base in the southern province of Kandahar, the defence ministry said Tuesday, in the latest attack on Western-backed forces.

The assault in Shah Wali Kot district late Monday came just a day after 20 Afghan coppers were killed when Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighters stormed their outposts in the neighbouring province of Zabul.

No group has so far grabbed credit for the Kandahar attack, but it comes as Taliban murderous Moslems intensify their annual spring offensive and their strength is growing, more than 15 years after they were toppled from power in a US-led invasion.

"Last night the enemies of Afghanistan attacked Achakzai camp of army corps 205 in Shah Wali Kot district," the defence ministry said in a statement, without identifying the attackers.

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Somali pirates hijack Iranian fishing vessel off Horn of Africa
[Iran Press TV] Somali pirates have reportedly hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel off the Horn of Africa to use it as a mothership in attacking bigger and more valuable ships, a report says.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, after a group of pirates captured the Iranian vessel "in order to hijack (other) ships," Ali Shire, the mayor of Haabo, in the northern semi-autonomous region of Puntland
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...
, was quoted by Rooters as saying.

He further claimed that the Iranian fishing vessel did not allegedly "have a license (to fish) in Puntland."

The report, however, did not give more details about the fate of the Iranian fishermen.

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under: Pirates


Somali forces exchange gunfire in Mogadishu
[SHABELLENEWS] Soldiers within Somali security force have engaged gunfire in Mogadishu on Tuesday, the latest in series of infighting in the Somali capital.

The fire broke out at KM-4 junction after the troops at a security checkpoint mistaken soldiers chasing a killer for murderous Moslems, according to a witness, speaking to Radio Shabelle.

"There was an exchange of gunfire between two groups within Somali army at KM-4. The shootout flared up after troops trying to arrest a killer festivities with Police in the area," he said.

The area security officials later intervened in the confrontation, and the soldier who killed a civilian in Hamarweyne district was detained and taken to a Police custody for inquiry.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

#1  I recommend the book, "The Fate of Africa" by Martin Meredith. It starts in 1954 and documents all of Africas' countries fight for freedom. The chapter I am reading now, discusses Somali and Mogadishu fighting in 1992. African nations were created by Europeans that did not take into account tribal lands. If you want to understand what's happening in Africa and the Mid-East this book is a must read!
Posted by: Bob Whart6385 || 05/24/2017 22:12 Comments || Top||


5 killed in botched Militant attack near Mahas town
[SHABELLENEWS] A Somali official says at least five people were killed, and several maimed in a botched attack near Mahas town in Hiiraan province by Al shabaab forces of Evil on Sunday night.

Confirming the incident, Mahas district commissioner Mumin Mohammed Halane, told Radio Shabelle that government forces repulsed an attack against army base in Burtale village.

He added that the National Army soldiers engaged in deadly shootout with armed forces of Evil who tried to stormed their base in the area, located on the outskirts of Mahas town.

Meanwhile,
...back at the buffalo wallow, Yellow Wolf clutched at his chest and fell from his horse...
Local residents confirmed that soldiers and forces of Evil were killed in the skirmish.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Somali troops seize illegal arms in Mogadishu sweep
[SHABELLENEWS] Somali army forces have seized illegal small arms and military uniforms during a security sweep in the capital Mogadishu on Monday morning, information minister said.

The troops comprising of Police, Military and Intelligence units carried out Pre-dawn operation in Wadajir and Shangani districts, whereby they captured illegal AK-47s and pistols.

Abdirahman Omar Osman Yarisow, the Minister of Information, and Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire have reached the commanding center of joint forces in Wardhigley, where the weapons were paraded.

Monday’s operation was part of the stabilization process of the capital before Ramadan.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Suspected militants hurl grenade at police station
[SHABELLENEWS] Suspected Al shabaab assailants were reported to have hurled a grenade bomb at a Police station in Jowhar, the interim capital of the southern semi-autonomous HirShabelle state.

The kaboom was followed by gunfire between the Police and attackers, thought to be Al shabaab members, according to a local official who spoke to Radio Shabelle over the phone.

The attack took place on Sunday night at around 9:00pm local time.

The authorities have launched a security sweep in the morning, on mission to arrest the suspects. No one has been detained in connection with the overnight hand grenade bomb.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [218 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Turkish Airlines plane fails to land at Somalia airport
The way this is written, it could still be up there.
[SHABELLENEWS] Turkish Airlines plane was reported to have failed land at Aden Adde International Airport in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday morning, a civil aviation official confirmed.

The passenger plane which took off from Djibouti failed to touch down at the airport due to bad weather and technical problems, according to the official who spoke to Radio Shabelle.

The Plane scheduled flight to transport passengers from Mogadishu has been postponed because of the incident. The latest reports indicate that the Turkish Airlines has later arrived.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [396 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Prolly end up in Malaysia.
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2017 7:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Except for munitions dealers who would want to land there?
Posted by: borgboy || 05/24/2017 15:25 Comments || Top||

#3  "We find that the pilot commanding
Performed in a manner outstanding
By kneeling for prayers
When his plane put on airs
And declined a Somalian landing."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 05/24/2017 15:48 Comments || Top||

#4  A layover in Khartoum, perhaps?
Posted by: Pappy || 05/24/2017 20:35 Comments || Top||


ISIL claims responsibility for bomb attack in Somalia Puntland
[SHABELLENEWS] The Islamic State Militants in Somalia have claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide attack in the port town of Bosaso on Tuesday evening, which left at least three people dead.

In a statement released by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s official Amaq news agency, ISIL said they killed Police officers in the attack carried out by its bomber.

The bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint near a a hotel in the commercial city of Puntland shortly after the evening prayer, according to Radio Shabele’s reporter in the area.

The latest reports said the death toll jumped to 5 people, among them Policemen.

A suicide bomber strapped with explosives rushed toward the police at the checkpoint at a busy junction, before blowing himself up, a witness told Radio Shabelle.

Tuesday’s attack is the latest attack in an escalating campaign by Al-Shabab in the coastal city, which lies on the Gulf of Aden, and serves the main port and commercial hub for Puntland.
An interesting update from Ynet at 4:20 p.m. EDT:
ISIS-linked fighters who have split from the al-Shabab extremist group are a growing threat in Puntland, in northern Somalia.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [221 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Egyptian Army flees after ISIS storms checkpoints in Sinai province
[ALMASDARNEWS] ISIS is making its presence felt on the embattled Sinai Peninsula after a mixture of pragmatic alliances with desert tribes and favorable terrain have allowed the jihadist group to become more powerful than ever in Egypt.

On Tuesday, 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....
forces attacked a handful of government checkpoints south of Sheikh Zuweid town in the northern part of Sinai province, bordering the Gazoo Strip.

Spearheaded by a jacket wallah, Islamic State units seemingly overwhelmed the Egyptian garrison, causing them to flee in disarray, driving off in armored vehicles that were supposed to man the checkpoints.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Arabia
Yemeni tribal fighters kill US troops in Ma’rib
[Iran Press TV] Yemeni tribal fighters have reportedly killed several American troops after they launched a heliborne attack on a village in Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib, a report says.

According to a report by Yemen's Khabar news agency website, at least 30 troops from the US and some Persian Gulf states, were deployed in the rural area of Khathla in the early hours of Tuesday and engaged in a shootout with fighters from two prominent tribes in the village.

It added that during the ensuing fierce battle at least seven of the invading troops were fatally injured, who had come there with the purported mission of gunning down snuffies belonging to the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
(AQAP) Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
terrorist group.

The report, however, added that no snuffies of the terror group were in the area when three Apache choppers and two military transport aircraft of the US approached the village.

Earlier in the day, Centcom, the US military command in the Middle East, however, told a totally different story, saying the heliborne attack concluded with killing of seven AQAP murderous Moslems, without mentioning any casualties from the American troops and the presence of soldiers from some Persian Gulf states.
A totally different story, indeed. Kudos to Iran Press TV for being honest enough to mention it.
However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
Pentagon front man Captain Jeff Davis later said at a presser that multiple American forces sustained injuries, but added that the wounds they had received were not serious enough to require medical evacuation.

According to Davis, the Tuesday attack was the first US ground assault in Ma’rib and its deepest in the Yemeni territories to purportedly target AQAP murderous Moslems.
Another view of the festivities:
US commandos capture 12 Al-Qaeda members alive in northeast Yemen

[ALMASDARNEWS] Russian news agency, Sputnik Arabic, has revealed details of the attack conducted by US Navy Seals in Marib province in northeastern Yemen.

"The operation targeted 12 members of al-Qaeda (AQ), most of them Saudis, who had just arrived hours ago on two vehicles to the area of ​​Khuthla, north of the Directorate of the Jubah in Marib coming from the province of Shabwa," agency reported quoting an unnamed security source.

The source explained to Sputnik that the US Marine Corps was able to capture "12 [AQ] elements after intensive raids by US drone aircraft, followed by two groups of US Special Forces landing from helicopters in the areas of Jaw Al Melah and Najd Maqad located in Khuthla district."

The source added that "violent confrontations broke out with local rustics who were sheltering AQ members. As a result, 5 tribal fighters were killed, 6 others maimed.

Iona Craig, a British freelance journalist reported earlier today on her Twitter page that "Five rustics amongst killed in US raid last night were not AQ. They were rustics of young activists who drove me from Mareb into Yakla."
Ynet adds:
The United States military said a raid against an al Qaeda compound 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...
on Tuesday morning (local time) killed seven bad boys, with two US officials saying the primary objective of the raid was to gather intelligence.

US Central Command said in a statement that the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula bully boyz were killed "through a combination of small arms fire and precision Arclight airstrikes" in the Marib governorate with the support of the Yemeni government.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  "We moiderized 'em!"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2017 0:25 Comments || Top||

#2  It's a difficult strategic choice between tiptoeing in to collect networking intelligence by snagging a number of foreign combatants or accepting the collateral damage of simply leveling the compound.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/24/2017 9:41 Comments || Top||


Bahraini Regime Storm Diraz, Residents Heroically Defend Ayattollah Qassem’s House
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Bahraini regime forces raided Diraz on Tuesday, in a deadly crackdown on the house of prominent holy man Ayatollah Issa al-Qassem and those who are defending him.

Regime forces attacked unarmed protesters, using "Bird shot" weapon (Shawzan) and firing tear gas bombs, killing at least one and injuring dozens others.

Bahraini sources identified the martyr as Mohammad Kazem Zeinddine, noting that at least six of the injured were at death's door.

Earlier on Tuesday, Bahraini authorities announced they were staging a "security operation" in Diraz.

Bahrain Forum for Human Rights warned that the regime crackdown on Diraz poses serious threat on Ayatollah Qassem, who got a one year suspended prison sentence on Sunday.

For its part, al-Wefaq opposition group urged the International community to move in a bid to "stop the massacre" in Bahrain. The prominent opposition group, which was earlier suspended by the authorities accused the Bahraini regime of practicing terror and using banned weapons against unarmed people in Bahrain.

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [231 views] Top|| File under:


Britain
Manchester attack: Three more arrests in bomber investigation
[BBC] Three more men have been arrested as police continue to investigate whether Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi acted alone. Police arrested the three in the city on Wednesday. Abedi's 23-year-old brother was arrested on Tuesday.

Abedi killed 22 and injured 64 when he blew himself up outside an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night.

The UK terror threat level is now up to its highest level of "critical", meaning more attacks may be imminent. It means military personnel are being deployed to protect key sites.

The Palace of Westminster has been closed to the public following police advice, and will not re-open until further notice, a statement on its website said.

And the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace has been cancelled on Wednesday to allow for the redeployment of police officers, the Ministry of Defence said.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: "[Monday's attack] was more sophisticated than some of the attacks we've seen before, and it seems likely - possible - that he wasn't doing this on his own."

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said that the bomber is thought to have been a "mule", using a device built by someone else.

Update from the Telegraph liveblog as of 4:24 p.m. Greenwich Time. Yesterday's post can be seen here.
  • 1000 soldiers deployed on streets in race to foil second attack

  • Prime Minister Theresa May launches Operation Temperer

  • Fears accomplices of Manchester bomber planning new plot
What is now known about Salman Abedi (see a different photo than Besoeker's, above, of the smug little git at the link):
  • Studied business at Salford University but dropped out before completing his degree.

  • Returned from Libya as recently as this week. A school friend told The Times: "He went to Libya three weeks ago and came back recently, like days ago."

  • Attended the Manchester Islamic Centre, also known as Didsbury Mosque, along with his "very religious" parents and siblings.

  • Family moved back to Libya, leaving Abedi and his older brother Ismail living alone in the family home.

  • A group of Gaddafi dissidents, who were members of the outlawed Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), lived within close proximity to Abedi in Whalley Range, including Abd al-Baset Azzouz, 48, an expert bomb maker and father-of-four from Manchester, who left Britain to run a terrorist network in eastern Libya overseen by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor as leader of al-Qaeda. The Telegraph reported in 2014 that Azzouz had 200 to 300 militants under his control and was an expert in bomb-making.

    Another member of the Libyan community in Manchester, Salah Aboaoba told Channel 4 news in 2011 that he had been fund raising for LIFG while in the city. Aboaoba had claimed he had raised funds at Didsbury mosque. The mosque at the time vehemently denied the claim.

    Father called from Tripoli to say Salman Abedi is innocent.

    Abedi identified by bank card in his pocket. According to an anonymous U.S. intelligence official, Abedi family members had warned authorities that Salman is dangerous.

    A French official said Abedi has proven links to ISIS, probably travelled to Syria.

    Hours after the attack a man placed a molotov cocktail at the door of a mosque and lit it, causing damage.

    Hospital update: 20 victims remain in 'critical care across Manchester with people suffering from "horrific injuries" including major organ damage and potential loss of limbs. Twelve of those rushed to hospital were children.

    The timeline of events can be seen here. Bottom line, it was called in immediately by multiple people and the authorities got there in minutes.
    Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2017 09:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [549 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

    #1  The Telegraph reports Hashem Abedi, the younger brother, was arrested in Tripoli.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2017 12:03 Comments || Top||

    #2  Family moved back to Libya, leaving Abedi and his older brother Ismail living alone in the family home.

    Given how the local contenders want western support, this offers a deniable opportunity.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/24/2017 12:55 Comments || Top||


    #4  Apparently it's a family affair.
    Daddy Abedi is a known militant as are the neighbors in London.
    Posted by: Skidmark || 05/24/2017 14:47 Comments || Top||

    #5  More from the Telegraph:

    Brother Hashem, who was arrested earlier today on suspicion of connection to ISIS, was aware of all the details of Salem's attack plan, and had developed an attack plan of his own.

    Father Ramadan and another man were arrested in Tripoli while R. was conducting television interviews.

    A man carrying a package in Wigan, which is somewhere in the Manchester area, was arrested on suspicion of being connected to Abedi.

    The New York Times leaked photos of the backpack bomb, so those interested in such things should scroll down to time mark 6:49 p.m.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2017 14:59 Comments || Top||

    #6  Mosques should be held accountable. I'm not sure how but you tend to see the same Mosques connected to jihadists.
    Posted by: rjschwarz || 05/24/2017 15:04 Comments || Top||

    #7  Maybe some kind of permitting system. The first act of terrorism proven to be associated with the mosque, jerk their permit to have a mosque.
    Posted by: JohnQC || 05/24/2017 15:42 Comments || Top||

    #8  man carrying a package in Wigan

    A lawless Islamist of Wigan,
    His package all wrapped in balbriggan:
    "This sack, by the Prophet,
    Is nothing to scoff at;
    Its peer, in my rear, is a big 'un!"

    Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 05/24/2017 16:19 Comments || Top||


    #10  The Telegraph has a photo -- at the 8:35 pm mark -- of young Hashem holding a big, scary black gun in a parking lot somewhere.

    Ynet reports the number of wounded was raised to 119 as the walking wounded report for treatment. Separately, Papa Ramadan said six weeks ago Salman was preparing to visit Saudi Arabia.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2017 16:38 Comments || Top||

    #11  Maybe some kind of permitting system.

    The Israelis have this right. Bulldozing works better.
    Posted by: phil_b || 05/24/2017 17:05 Comments || Top||

    #12 
    Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/24/2017 18:31 Comments || Top||

    #13  This might be just a coincidence.
    Posted by: phil_b || 05/24/2017 19:29 Comments || Top||

    #14  He called to say his son was innocent after his son blew up?

    Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 21:16 Comments || Top||

    #15  Juice did it, Fred. It's Birmingham Manchester. Forget it
    Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2017 21:43 Comments || Top||

    #16  He called to say his son was innocent after his son blew up?

    Yes, but apparently he used to be in the Al Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group before he fled Khaddafy, which leads to a different perspective.. That call may have been one of the television interviews he was doing when the Tripoli authorities stopped by to pick him up.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2017 21:50 Comments || Top||

    #17  "It's all a big misunderstanding,
    An innocent error in handling.
    Sal thought that insurgents
    Must slaughter the virgins...
    I'm blaming myself for poor planning."
    Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 05/24/2017 21:59 Comments || Top||

    #18  Precisely that, Zenobia F.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2017 23:00 Comments || Top||

    #19  #12: That's something a U.S.Ordnance Officer would find a ticket to 6-months of Sensitivity Training.
    Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 05/24/2017 23:33 Comments || Top||


    Former Special Air Service serviceman says enough is enough
    Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/24/2017 08:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [567 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

    #1  It is difficult not to notice that the talking classes repeatedly implore us to accept terrorism and move on, after all a miss is as good as a mile, right? We need to simply 'absorb' these events, tragic as they may well be in the same way we would some random natural disaster.

    Of course they then go on to insist that they not only have the know-how but the very means to change the weather, King Canute style. Personally I like the damned weather just fine and I have equally had more than enough of Mustahpa and his home chemistry kit.
    Posted by: Cesare || 05/24/2017 10:31 Comments || Top||

    #2  How about "open hunting season" on terrorists?
    Posted by: JohnQC || 05/24/2017 11:47 Comments || Top||

    #3  Don't let them germinate into terrorists.
    Seek out and control the malcontents.
    Posted by: Skidmark || 05/24/2017 11:59 Comments || Top||

    #4  Barking dogs don't bite.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/24/2017 13:05 Comments || Top||

    #5  I notice that the journalist keeps using words like feel and overreact, while the SAS man says think.

    As for those "born here" who choose jihad over citizenship, let 'em keep their citizenship in permanent exile -- but lose the right to share it with their spouses or children.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2017 14:07 Comments || Top||

    #6  Back in the day, collaborators were shot. And the good guys did not consider that an over reaction.
    Posted by: Nero White 3083 || 05/24/2017 15:17 Comments || Top||

    #7  Take a tip from Israel, use a D10 bulldozer. If the building is public housing, boot them out. Jerk all State welfare benefits. Otherwise as said by TW.
    Posted by: JohnQC || 05/24/2017 15:47 Comments || Top||

    #8  They should allow the SAS to do what they did to the IRA. When these outspoken subhumans demand western civ's surrender, they just quietly vanish, never to be seen again.
    Posted by: Silentbrick || 05/24/2017 20:43 Comments || Top||

    #9  The FBI needs to step up on this. Now that Comey has departed, maybe this shall be done.
    Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 05/24/2017 22:36 Comments || Top||


    Home Front: WoT
    Florida: Tampa Man Converts to Islam, Kills Roommates For Disrespecting Muslim Faith
    [CreepingSharia] A Florida man who was formerly a neo-Nazi
    Thin edge of the wedge...
    but recently converted to Islam killed his two roommates Friday for "disrespecting" the Muslim faith. Police in Tampa, Florida arrested Devon Arthurs after he held three people hostage inside a smoke shop before leading authorities to the bodies of his two roommates.

    Arthurs, 18, yelled "Allah Mohammed" while police walked him to a patrol car, according to the arrest affidavit. He told police he was angered by the world’s "anti-Muslim" sentiments and "wanted to bring attention to his cause," according to the Tampa Bay Times. He said his roommates also shared his previous neo-Nazi beliefs.

    "I had to do it," Arthurs told police. "This wouldn’t have happened if your country didn’t bomb my country."
    Insanity-induced Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome?
    Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [414 views] Top|| File under:

    #1  Islam attracts the weak minded and those prone to violence. Islam got a two-fer in this loser.
    Posted by: rjschwarz || 05/24/2017 0:22 Comments || Top||

    #2  He said his roommates also shared his previous neo-Nazi beliefs.

    Very, very, regrettable.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/24/2017 1:49 Comments || Top||

    #3  chlorine in the gene pool. At least he hasn't likely reproduced
    Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2017 7:15 Comments || Top||

    #4  I wonder that his roomies didn't see the danger signs.
    Posted by: Skidmark || 05/24/2017 9:43 Comments || Top||

    #5  Your country bombed my country. What an idiot.
    Posted by: chris || 05/24/2017 9:54 Comments || Top||

    #6  A Florida man who was formerly a neo-Nazi but recently converted to Islam killed his two roommates The guy seems to have an inclination for extremism--he jumped from the frying pan into the fire.
    Posted by: JohnQC || 05/24/2017 15:54 Comments || Top||

    #7  It seems like Devon Arthur turned up on Rantburg in a story one other time in the past.
    Posted by: JohnQC || 05/24/2017 15:56 Comments || Top||


    India-Pakistan
    Nine bombs recovered in Bajaur
    [DAWN] The Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central
    ...Smallest of the agencies in FATA. The Agency administration is located in Khar. Bajaur is inhabited almost exclusively by Tarkani Pashtuns, which are divided into multiple bickering subtribes. Its 52 km border border with Afghanistan's Kunar Province makes it of strategic importance to Pakistain's strategic depth...
    political administration on Monday claimed to have recovered nine remote-controlled bombs from an urban locality in Khar tehsil.

    Political agent Abdul Amir Khattak told news hounds that the remote-controlled bombs were recovered from Khairabad area, which is four kilometres from Khar, on Monday afternoon. He said that the bombs, which had been planted in different places were recovered during a search operation carried out by the bomb disposal squad of Bajaur Levies Force upon the information of a federal intelligence agency.

    He mentioned that each bomb weighed at least five kilogramme, and claimed that the bombs could have caused widespread destruction had they not been timely recovered and defused.

    The political agent expressed the hope that the agency would soon be rid of all the anti-state elements.

    Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under: TTP


    Two ‘terrorists’ held; explosives seized
    [DAWN] Counter-Terrorism Department police and personnel of intelligence agencies tossed in the calaboose
    Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
    two alleged gunnies on Monday and recovered detonators and other kabooms from their possession.

    A source said the CTD received information about the presence of suspected gunnies in an under-construction house in government revenue colony No 3 on Toba-Khikha bypass road opposite DHQ hospital following which they conducted a raid and arrested Sheikh Muhammad Tayyab of Lahore and Hussain Ahmad of Vehari.

    The source said eight detonators, explosive powder, a timed device and several ball bearings were seized from their possession hidden in a toy. They were alleged to be activists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
    ... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
    al-Almi.

    Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


    Four peace body members, Levies man martyred in Tirah blast
    [DAWN] Four members of the Akkakhel peace committee and a Levies force’s man were martyred in a roadside blast in lower Tirah, Khyber Agency
    ... the place to go if you've got an Indiana Jones hat and whip. Chock full of high adventure and treacherous Pathans. You should really train up to it, though...
    , on Monday.

    Officials of the Khyber Agency’s political administration confirmed the incident.

    They said in a brief statement that a vehicle of the peace committee was hit by an improvised bomb (IED).

    According to the statement, Zar Wali of the Akkakhel tribe along with his colleagues Noor Khan, Gul Nawaz and Tamrez and Levies force man Abdul Manan was travelling in the vehicle when the IED placed by assailants on the roadside near Mr Wali’s house in Dars Jummat locality went kaboom! at around 9.30am. All the five men was struck down in his prime.

    Soon after the blast security personnel rushed to the site and took the bodies out from the badly damaged vehicle.

    Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar-e-Islam (TTP)


    Army denies Indian claim of 'assault' on Pakistani posts along LoC
    [DAWN] Pakistain Army on Tuesday denied claims by the Indian Army that the latter had carried out an 'operation' on Pak posts along the Line of Control (LoC).

    "Indian claims of destroying Pak post along LoC in Naushera Sector and firing by Pakistain Army on civilians across LoC are false," Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet.

    Indian Army had claimed that it had recently carried out "punitive fire assaults" on Pakistain's posts along the LoC in a bid to prevent "infiltrators" from entering India, Hindustan Times had reported earlier.

    A heavily edited video was also circulated widely in Indian media to 'substantiate' the claim.

    "Pak Army has been providing full support to infiltrators by engaging Indian Army posts," the daily quoted Indian Army Maj Gen Ashok Narula as saying in a briefing.

    Narula further claimed that damage had been caused to the posts in question and added that the purpose of the Indian army's 'engagement' was to "bring down the number of bully boyz in Kashmire so that local youth are not encouraged to take up arms".

    Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


    Iraq
    Two officers killed in IED blast northeast of Diyala
    Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Two security officers were killed Tuesday when a bomb blast targeted their patrol in northeastern Diyala, a security official said in statements.

    Alsumaria News quoted Sadeq al-Husseini, chairman of the security committee in Diyala council saying that two officers from the Dijlah Operations force, including an air force adviser, were killed, while a third was wounded when an explosive device planted on the side of a road near Hamreen Mountains.

    The attack comes after two security memebrs were killed and 14 others were wounded in an attack by the Islamic State that targeted the biggest military base in Diyala’s Qaraqosh.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2017 02:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Anbar Antix: Heavy ISIS Casualties
    Perhaps you can figure out how many ISIS bad guys were killed in western Anbar from these reports, dear Reader, but it is beyond me to say more precisely than many.
    ِIraqi command says killed IS masterminds behind Baghdad, Basra bombings in Anbar

    Qaim (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi air forces killed 20 Islamic State members in western Anbar on Sunday, including the masterminds behind recent deadly bombings in Baghdad and Basra, military media reported Tuesday.

    The Joint Operations Command said the strike targeted an important meeting by IS leaders in the city of al-Qaim, a major Islamic State stronghold near the borders with Syria held by the group since 2014. Those killed included an “emir” of the Islamic State’s so-called “Baghdad State”, his chief boob-trapping experts and a suicide bombers’ commander.

    A booby-trapped vehicle parked near the location of the meeting, as well as a stack of explosive devices prepared for transfer to a safer destination, also exploded in the strike, according to military media.

    Seven IS members killed as military foil attempt to approach defense line, western Anbar

    Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Military forces killed seven Islamic State members who attempted approaching the troops defense line near the town of Annah, western Anbar, a military source said on Tuesday.

    “Military troops from the 28th brigade, backed by al-Hashdal-Ashaeri [tribal mobilization forces] thwarted an attempt by IS to approach the troops defense line, which is 12 KM away from Annah,” the source from the army’s seventh division in Anbar told AlSumaria News.

    “Clashes occurred between the troops and the militants, leaving seven terrorists killed, while the others were able to escape to inside the town,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

    34 Islamic State militants killed in offensive in Anbar desert

    Anbar (IraqiNews.com) The War Media Cell has declared outcome of operations launched in the desert of Anbar that started on Monday.

    “34 terrorists, most of whom were wearing suicide belts, were killed, while three booby-trapped vehicles were destroyed in addition to other vehicles with guns installed on them,” the troops media service said in a statement on Tuesday. “70 bombs were defused. Stashes of weapons and explosives as well as boats used by the militants to cross the [Euphrates] river, were destroyed.”

    The operations were carried out by units of the Jazeera Operations Command and al-Hashd al-Ashaeri (tribal mobilization forces) backed by the airforce and the international coalition, the statement added. The operation was launched at depth of 40 KM in the desert from three axis.

    The three axes, according to WMC, were “north of Qadisiya lake toward Rawa city, south of Euphrates River toward Rihana and Annah cities and another axis toward Makhazin Haditha and Valley of Houran."

    Heavy casualties for ISIS as the Iraqi Army attacks jihadist positions in the desert of Anbar

    [ALMASDARNEWS] 43 ISIS fighers have been neutralized by the Iraqi Armed Forces through coordinated government attacks in western Anbar, a source told al-Masdar News on Tuesday. Many of the dear departed ISIS members were said to be jacket wallahs.

    The military campaign was led armored elements of the Iraqi Army’s 7th Division and heavily assisted by the Iraqi Air Force which was given coordinates of numerious ISIS targets throughout the 48-hour operation.

    Among the ISIS deathtoll were around a dozen jihadist commanders, including 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....
    deputy governor of Baghdad. These ISIS members were killed during a series of air raids on al-Qaim, an ISIS stronghold on the Euphrates River not far from the Syrian border.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2017 02:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [346 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

    #1  but it is beyond me to say more precisely than many.

    "one, two, many, lots" so "lots" is the next logical number... Troll counting system /humor
    Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 05/24/2017 9:35 Comments || Top||


    Kirkuk: Hawija almost becoming Islamic State’s new headquarter in Iraq
    Hawija (IraqiNews.com) The Islamic State’s stronghold town of Hawija, Kirkuk, is almost becoming the group’s central haven as new headquarters open replacing others conquered by Iraqi forces in other provinces, said a local source.

    Alsumaria News quoted the source saying Tuesday that IS had opened alternative headquarters for its so-called “Nineveh State, “Dijlah State”, “Salahuddin State” and “Diyala State” in Hawija. He said senior leaders had entered the town in armored vehicles after having fled battles with security forces in Nineveh. The source added that IS militants cut a number of main roads and subjected them to a curfew.

    “Hawija has now become the group’s main haven, with members split between Hawija and Tal Afar an Baaj (west of Nineveh),” said the source.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2017 02:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Western Mosul Reconquest

    Italy sends 500 special troops to Iraq for Mosul Dam sentry

    Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Italy has sent 500 more special forces troopers to Mosul to protect an Italian-constructed dam retaken from Islamic State extremists in 2016.

    Russian newspaper Izvestia said the force from the elite 6th Bersaglieri regiment arrived in Iraq, becoming the first combat force Rome sends to participate in the war against Islamic State militants.

    The force will be responsible for preventing militants from retaking the dam, as well as to protect nearly 300 Italian experts working on its maintenance.

    IS had warned it would blow up the dam and submerge Iraqi territories. Experts, meanwhile had warned of a disastrous collapse of the dam due to its eroding foundations, but Iraqi officials have reiterated it remained safe as maintenance works proceed.

    Italian company Trevi had won a $2 billion (£1.3 billion) maintenance contract to repair the dam before works halted amid a deteriorating security situation.

    Italy already maintains nearly 750 soldiers in Iraq training local forces. It is a member of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the group alongside the Iraqi government since 2014.

    Yazidi woman held by Islamic State freed, militants killed in western Mosul

    Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Federal Police have declared liberation of a 17-year old Yazidi woman who was held by Islamic State in western Mosul.

    “The troops freed the Yazidi woman Jihan Sido Kheder, 17, from the IS grip,” Lt.Gen.Shaker Jawdat said in a statement on Tuesday.

    “The liberation came within an operation in Hawi al-Kanisa region, in west of Mosul,” Jawdat added. “Terrorist leaders Abul Hassan al-Iraqi, in charge of military engineering, and Mohamed Mejbal abu Othman, military leader of western Mosul, were killed during the operation.”

    Last week, Federal Police’s Rapid Response forces announced freeing two Yazidi girls from IS control in 17 Tamuz (July 17th) district.

    31 civilians reportedly killed by IS members, airstrikes in central Mosul

    Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Thirteen civilians were killed by Islamic State militants in central Mosul over attempting escape the so-called “caliphate”, according to local residents.

    Speaking to Shafaaq News on Tuesday, the residents said IS members shot thirteen civilians dead in al-Sarjkhana region, central Mosul, over attempting to flee their houses in IS-held regions and head toward Iraqi troops. The militants left the bodies on streets.

    Islamic State has executed hundreds of civilians and security members since it took over large areas in Iraq to proclaim a self-styled “Islamic Caliphate”. The executions of the victims were mainly blamed over accusations of collaboration with the Iraqi security authorities or for attempting to flee areas under its control.

    Meanwhile, other residents reported death of eighteen civilians and nine Islamic State members in an airstrike that targeted a house in Haderet al-Sada region, located in the Old City, central Mosul.

    The victims were killed while lining up to get meat distributed and sold by the militants to the residents, who were suffering shortage of food.

    New bridge reunites Mosul as Iraqi forces gear up for final assault

    (IraqiNews) Iraqi military engineers installed a new floating bridge across the Tigris river on Tuesday, reconnecting the two halves of Mosul to facilitate troop deployments ahead of a final assault to dislodge Islamic State.

    All five bridges connecting the two sides of the city bisected by the Tigris were struck by the U.S.-led coalition in order to hinder the militants’ movements in the early stages of the campaign to retake Mosul last year.

    “This floating bridge is very important for deploying reinforcements to the west side rapidly to build up adequate forces to sweep the Old City soon,” Colonel Haitham al-Taie told Reuters.

    Taie said the bridge in the Hawi al-Kaneesa area would also spare fleeing civilians from making a long journey to the nearest crossing point, about 30 km (20 miles) south of Mosul.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2017 02:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

    #1  How long they been working on Mosul? Might try to get the civilians out and then consider using a MOAB to speed things along. Iraq can use their oil money to rebuild if they choose or not.
    Posted by: JohnQC || 05/24/2017 15:49 Comments || Top||


    Two policemen injured in northern Baghdad blast
    Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Two policemen were wounded in a bomb blast that took place in north of Baghdad, a security source has said.

    “A bomb planted on the side of the road in al-Ro’oud, north of Baghdad, exploded while a police patrol was passing. Two policemen were wounded,” the source told AlSumaria News on Tuesday.

    “Other patrols and ambulances headed to the accident spot and transferred the injured to the hospital for treatment,” the source, who preferred anonymity, said.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2017 02:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under:


    Iraqi troops capture Islamic State stronghold in daring overnight raid
    [ALMASDARNEWS] Last night, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) liberated the small city of Qayrawan in a swift overnight operation against the Islamic State. The sound military plan was masterminded by PMU commander-in-chief Hadi Al-Amari.

    Prior to its capture, Qayrawan was surrounded on three flanks but the PMU left open a small route of escape in western Nineveh which ISIS took advantage of, withdrawing most of its fighters from the jihadist bastion before its takeover.

    In addition, the PMU liberated the nearby villages of Tall Banat and Tall Kasab where they engaged and killed many ISIS insurgents at the Sinjar road.
    Al Manar adds:
    The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) managed on Tuesday to liberate the Qairawan district in Nineveh province, advancing towards Baaj town in order to reach Syria border. The popular forces were supported during the operation by the Iraqi
    Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Israel-Palestine-Jordan
    Border Police officer stabbed in Netanya terror attack
    [Ynet] Eye witness says the assailant, a 45-year-old Paleostinian man, called out 'Allahu Akbar' before attacking; police still investigating incident, but initial assessments point to it being nationalistically motivated.

    A Border Police officer was stabbed in Netanya on Tuesday in what police said was likely a terror attack. He shot and neutralized his attacker.

    The policeman was in light condition, while the attacker, a 45-year-old Paleostinian from the Tulkarm area, was in moderate condition. Another civilian who was at the scene was lightly injured from glass shards.

    Police are investigating the circumstances behind the stabbing, but initial assessments point to it being nationalistically motivated.

    A witness, Doron Gabriel, said the stabber called out "Allahu Akbar" twice before attacking the police officer.

    Gabriel, who owns a jewelry store on Herzl Street where the attack took place, recounted the incident.

    "I saw a terrorist with a knife outside the store who came to stab me," he said. "I took a small ladder and meant to go out (and fight him). The Border Policeman shot him three times and saved me. I owe him gratitude, without him I could've been slaughtered. He cut the Border Policeman in the neck, tried to slaughter him."
    But he was ready to fight off the knifeman with a small stepladder. Brave man.
    The store's front window was shattered in the incident and a customer that was inside was lightly injured by glass shards, Gabriel said.

    Another eye witness, Avi Mansherov, added: "The policeman had his back to the terrorist. I noticed the terrorist coming from behind, unexpectedly, jumping up with a butcher's knife and yelling 'Allahu Akbar.' He brought the knife to (the policeman's) neck and cut him. My instinct, within a second, made me pull the policeman back. I told him 'It's a terror attack, it's a terror attack.' The policeman regained his composure within seconds, drew his weapon and shot several bullets at (the terrorist's) upper body. It's fortunate this is how it ended."
    Teamwork works. And that pack not herd thing, too.
    In Hizma, Israeli security forces enjugged
    Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
    earlier Tuesday a Paleostinian suspected of planning to carry out an attack in Tel Aviv in the coming days. The suspect was unarmed, but was arrested based off an intelligence tip. He was taken for questioning by the Shin Bet.

    Palestinian teen girl shot while throwing rocks
    Girls will be girls, as they say.
    [IsraelTimes] A Paleostinian teenage girl was shot by IDF troops as she threw rocks at them near the central West Bank village of Silwad, the army says. She was injured and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, the army says.

    The army did not give the extent of her injuries.

    According to a military spokesperson, a group of Paleostinian teenagers were throwing rocks at cars driving along the Route 60 highway near Silwad. An IDF unit in the area chased after them. When the Paleostinians threw "rocks and bricks" at them, the soldiers opened fire.

    According to the army, only one rock thrower was injured.
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    Rocket launched from Sinai at Israel, IDF says
    [IsraelTimes] A rocket was fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula at southern Israel on Tuesday morning, amid a visit to the country by US President Donald Trump
    ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
    , the army said.

    No injury or damage was caused by the missile, the army said.

    Israeli troops launched a search for the impact site in the Eshkol region, which abuts the Sinai Peninsula. In some cases, rockets launched toward Israel do not cross the border and end up landing inside Egyptian territory.

    No organization took immediate responsibility, but previous such incidents have been 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....
    terror group’s Sinai affiliate.

    The incoming rocket alert was not activated during the attack, as the military calculated the projectile was not heading toward a populated area.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

    #1  Hamas' Response To Peace Overtures™
    Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2017 6:49 Comments || Top||

    #2  Each launched rocket should be met with a overwhelming retaliatory response.
    Posted by: Skidmark || 05/24/2017 9:36 Comments || Top||

    #3  ;Egypt and Israel should work out a joint targeting system for counter-battery fire.

    I doubt that alSissi would object to the demise of the tunnelers union in Sinai.
    Posted by: AlanC || 05/24/2017 10:33 Comments || Top||


    Southeast Asia
    ISIS takes control of its first city in the Philippines
    [ALMASDARNEWS] Overnight, heavy festivities erupted in the predominately Sunni city of Marawi in the southern Philippines after security forces and ISIS sleeper cells battled it out for hours on end.

    2 soldiers and 1 police officer were killed in the skirmishes although no civilians were maimed by crossfire, a military source told al-Masdar News.

    Subsequently, the Philippine Army withdrew from most of the city on Tuesday morning, thereby making it the first city in southeast Asia to come under 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....
    control.

    Some 500 ISIS turbans are said to be present in Marawi. These heavily armed jihadist fighters have taken control of the city center and set up roadblocks in several districts.

    In addition, ISIS members have captured the main prison in Marawi and released over a hundred prisoners, many of whom are caliphate sympathisers and may join its ranks.

    Dozens of military vehicles and weapons were also captured during the battle although no official confirmation on the events have been issued by Amaq Agency yet.
    Al Ahram explains:
    Philippine forces hunt top Islamist militant in city

    [AlAhram] Philippine troops and police battled dozens of gunnies protecting one of the world's most wanted Islamic bully boyz in a built-up area of a southern city on Tuesday, authorities said.

    At least one policeman was killed in the hunt for Isnilon Hapilon, a leader of the infamous Abu Sayyaf
    ...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
    kidnap gang and Philippine head of the Islamic State group, according to Philippine military chief of staff General Eduardo Ano.

    The fighting took place in Marawi, a mostly Moslem-populated city of about 200,000 people on the southern island of Mindanao, with the gunnies attacking a hospital during the festivities, Ano told CNN Philippines.

    He said the fighting began when police and troops raided a house on Tuesday afternoon where Hapilon, the subject of a US State Department bounty of $5 million, was believed to be hiding. This triggered fierce festivities throughout the afternoon and into the evening, with Ano estimating there were about 50 gunnies.

    Photos posted on social media by Marawi residents showed the gunnies walking through the streets of Basak, a Marawi suburb of about 1,700 people.

    A woman who asked not to be named told AFP by text that she saw about 10 gunnies take up positions at the gate of a government hospital. Police clashed with the gunnies near the hospital, leaving one officer seriously maimed and one of the hard boyz dead, she added. The military said it could not confirm the myrmidon's death. Ano said eight security personnel had been injured in the festivities.

    The US State Department bounty for Hapilon was offered following alleged terrorist acts against US citizens, including the 2001 kidnapping of three Americans in the western Philippines -- two of whom were later killed.

    Security analysts say Hapilon has been trying to unite Filipino myrmidon groups that have professed allegiance to IS. These include the Maute group, which is based near Marawi, hundreds of kilometres to the north of the Abu Sayyaf strongholds. The Maute group has engaged in repeated deadly battles with the military over the past year in rural areas around Marawi.
    Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [729 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Duterte declares martial law in southern Philippines after attack by Islamic militants
    [SCMP] Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the country’s south under martial rule for 60 days and cut short a visit to Moscow on Tuesday after Moslem bandidos Death Eaters allied with 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....
    group laid siege to a southern city.

    Presidential front man Ernesto Abella told a news conference in Moscow that martial rule took effect Tuesday evening in the southern region of Mindanao "on the grounds of existence of rebellion."

    Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said troops raided the hideout of a top terrorist suspect in southern Marawi city on Tuesday, sparking a gunbattle that prompted the forces of Evil to call for reinforcements from an allied group, the Maute. He said dozens of gunnies occupied city hall, a hospital and a jail and burned a Catholic church, a jail, a college and some houses in a bold attack that killed at least two soldiers and a police officer and maimed 12 others.

    Several forces of Evil were killed in the fighting in Marawi city in Lanao del Sur province, about 830 kilometres (520 miles) south of Manila, but others continued to lay siege to the largely Moslem city of more than 200,000 people, officials said, adding that power was cut in the city in a chaotic scene.
    Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [264 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf (ISIS)

    #1  Duterte will most likely use the internal rebellion as a reason to take care of his country's "deatheater" problem. He's hard on drug dealers; he might just classify them as drug dealers and dispatch with them.
    Posted by: JohnQC || 05/24/2017 11:53 Comments || Top||


    Syria-Lebanon-Iran
    Kurdish forces on the verge of capturing Baath dam amid new gains in rural Raqqa
    [ALMASDARNEWS] On Tuesday evening, the predominately Kurdish ’Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) captured an important village in an isolated 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....
    pocket at northern bank of the Euphrates River.

    Advancing in the western Raqqa countryside once again, YPG units captured Yamamah village and established fire control over the Baath dam.

    With dangerous mopping-up operations underway as we speak, Kurdish troops have now besieged the Baath dam from two directions and will likely capture the facility in the coming day, thus bringing the three major Euphrates River dams under their control.

    Earlier on Tuesday, the SDF liberated four neighboring villages in western Raqqa, more on that development here. A full interactive battle map of the region created an al-Masdar News partner website is also readily available.

    Ongoing clashes between SDF and Islamic State west of Raqqa

    Raqqa (IraqiNews) The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched a violent attack, on Tuesday, on the headquarters 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....
    group in Kudajran town, west of Raqqa, Qasioun News Agency reported.

    According to the media outlet, fierce festivities broke out between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State group, concurrently with mutual rocket and artillery shelling, in Kudajran town, west of the city of Raqqa.

    The festivities broke out after the Syrian Democratic Forces imposed their control, yesterday, over the villages of Chaib el Aaouaj and western Salhabeya, west of Raqqa, and Buwayda and al-Nasira, east of the city.

    Noteworthy, Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by international coalition air force, managed to recapture many areas and villages in the city of Raqqa, within the military operation codenamed "Euphrates Wrath."
    Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Syrian Army battles US-backed rebels along Jordanian border
    [ALMASDARNEWS] Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces continued their offensive against militants in the desert of Al-Sweida along the Jordanian border, Monday, some 25 kilometres (15,5 miles) north from Zuluf dam in the Syrian Badia region. Backed by Hezbollah and Iraqi paramilitaries (Kataeb Imam Al-'Ali & Kataeb Hezbollah), the Syrian Arab Army's 5th Corps managed to secure most of the eastern part of Al-Sweida, forcing the US-backed rebels to abandon several points in order to avoid being overrun. Video footage of this advance was captured by local journalists embedded with the Syrian Arab Army in the Badiya region. SAA forces have managed to secure 70 kilometres (43,4 miles) along the Jordanian border over the last week.
    Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


    Syrian Army on verge of kicking ISIS out of Aleppo province
    [ALMASDARNEWS] Soon after the capture of the strategic Jirah Airbase in Aleppo’s eastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s elite Tiger Forces would proceed to capture dozens of villages and hilltops from the wavering ISIS turbans of the so-called Wilayat Halab.

    In the past few hours, the Tiger Forces captured the al-Ajouziyah area that is comprised of the "Second Farm", Mazran, Kinnawiyah, Rasm al-Hamam al-Gharbi, Mahsneh, and al-Jamiliyah villages. The most recent advances place the Syrian Armed Forces at less than 6 km from ISIS’s largest Aleppo stronghold of Maskanah located on the fringes of Raqqa’s provincial boundaries.

    Violent festivities persist as units from the Syrian Army assault the Maskanah Sugar Factory. The Tiger Forces are using their infamous tactic of probing the enemy on several axes to locate a weak spot in their defenses before unleashing the blunt of their mechanized force on the weak spot seizing multiple villages without compromising any one real target.

    Once Maskanah is captured by the SAA in the coming few days, ISIS will likely abandon the entirety of its areas in Aleppo province west of Maskana and east of the Khanasser-Aleppo Highway due to the lack of any viable line of defense past Maskanah.

    The terrorist group finds itself overstretched and overpowered against its formidable SAA foe as the latter opens several front lines spanning hundreds of kilometers in the eastern part of the country. The so-called Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
    is currently battling the Syrian Army in east Aleppo, near Ithriya, in east Hama, east Homs, eastern Qalamoun, and eastern Damascus.

    SDF shell opposition-held Mare’ north of Aleppo

    Aleppo (IraqiNews) The Syrian Democratic Forces, on Tuesday, shelled the opposition-held city of Mare’, in the northern countryside of Aleppo, Qasioun News Agency reported.

    Meanwhile,
    ...back at the abandoned silver mine, there was another kaboom...
    opposition forces managed to foil an attempt by the Syrian Democratic forces to sneak into Ablah-Hezwan axis, in northern Aleppo, and injured a number of soldiers.

    Yesterday, syrian opposition also announced repulsing an attack by the SDF on al-Hemran area, north of Aleppo, while at least 10 members of the Syrian Democratic forces were either killed or maimed in the mutual rocket and artillery shelling.
    Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    Syria: 4 Martyred, 32 Injured in Al-Zahraa Blast in Homs
    [ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] A car bomb killed four people and wounded more than two dozen near the Al-Zahraa neighborhood in Syria’s third city Homs on Tuesday.

    The bomber drove the vehicle towards a checkpoint where security forces opened fire, detonating the explosives inside, official news agency SANA said.

    At least 30 people were wounded in the blast, it reported.

    “Some of those with minor injuries have already left hospital,” governor Talal Barazi told state television.

    Homs’s Al-Zahraa district has been targeted repeatedly during Syria’s six-year war, several times by the ISIL Takfiri group.

    There was also an apparent car bombing attempt near Damascus on Tuesday, SANA reported.

    Police opened fire on a vehicle near a checkpoint which turned out to be carrying explosives and blew up, killing one civilian and wounding another, the news agency said.

    The incident happened on the road south from the capital to holy shrine of Sayyida Zeinab.
    According to An Nahar, Al-Zahraa and the area near Damascus are Alawite territory, and ISIS claimed the car bombs.
    Syrian government forces recapture several areas south of Homs

    Homs (IraqiNews) Syrian government forces, backed by pro-regime militias, managed, on Tuesday, to recapture several areas near al-Qaryatayn, in the southern countryside of Homs, Qasioun News Agency reported.

    The National Defense militias advanced into al-Mahsa Mountain, Talet al-Khanzeer, Tal Syriatel and al-Qaryatayn Dam in the area, after fierce battles with 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....
    group.

    Meanwhile,
    ...back at the laboratory the smoke and fumes had dispersed, to reveal an ominous sight...
    Syrian Air Force carried out air strikes on the headquarters of the Islamic State in the area, killing and wounding several krazed killers.

    Noteworthy, Syrian government forces and its affiliated militias advanced recaptured several areas near al-Zalf area, in eastern As-Suwayda.

    Syrian opposition launch “Burkan al-Badeya” offensive

    Homs (IraqiNews) The Syrian opposition announced launching Burkan al-Badeya (The Deserts Volcano) offensive, in order to foil the attempts of the Syrian government forces and their affiliated militias to reach al-Tanf crossing on the borders of Iraq, Jordan and Syria.

    The factions of the Free Syrian Army
    ... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
    issued a statement saying, "On this blessed day, we launch Burkan al-Badeya offensive to fight and eliminate Iranian and foreign militias."

    "We, the Free Syrian Army, announce the launch of the battles against these criminal organizations and groups, to retake our lands," the statement added.

    Earlier today, Syrian regime forces and their affiliated militias recaptured Dahrat Umm al-Salasel, near al-Zalf area, in eastern As-Suwayda.
    Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


    US dispatches 100 trucks packed with military equipment to YPG
    [Hurriyet Daily News] The U.S. dispatched around new 100 trucks consisting of military equipment to the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria on May 15 and May 20, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
    ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
    ’s state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

    The trucks were reported in the city of al-Hasakah, located in northeast Syria, before heading to Raqqa’s northern rural areas.

    The dispatched trucks were indicated to have entered the region under YPG control though the Simelka-Peshkhabour border crossing between Syria and the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

    The vehicles were reportedly carrying fuel oil, military armored vehicles, heavy construction equipment and ammunition.

    The U.S. move came after President Donald Trump
    ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
    on May 9 authorized the arming of the YPG in Syria ahead of a planned assault to retake the city of Raqqa 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....
    of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), causing ire in Ankara.

    The Turkish government considers the YPG to be linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and has long pressed Washington to stop its support for the group, as it says that the arms provided to the group are handed over to the PKK.
    Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

    #1  Who gives a damn if Turkeys' panties are in a twist.
    Posted by: chris || 05/24/2017 9:51 Comments || Top||


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    Islamic State execute 7 members in central Mosul for escaping battles

    Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State members executed seven members in Mosul on Tuesday for escaping the battlefield as Iraqi forces continue to sweep through the last few districts held by the group in the city’s western side.

    A security source told the National News Center, an independent Iraqi news agency, that the execution took place at al-Mekkawi and al-Shifaa areas which are still under the group’s control. The source did not explain the method of the execution, but similar incidents for the same reason have been reported since Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, launched an offensive in October to retake the city.
    Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2017 02:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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