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Puntland sentences Five militants members to death
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Afghanistan
7 Taliban insurgents die in Sangin
At least 7 Taliban insurgents were killed in clashes with security forces in Sangin district of southern Helmand province, local officials said on Monday.

In addition, six other insurgents were wounded.

The clashes stared after a number of Taliban insurgents attacked security forces check posts and opened fire on troops, according to officials.

The clashes continued for several hours and “security forces were able to repel the Taliban’s attack,” the official added.

However, he did not provide more details about the attack nor casualties among the security forces.
Posted by: badanov || 05/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban shadow officials dies in Herat
Taliban’s shadow district governor for Keshk Kuhna district of western Herat province and two other insurgents were killed in an operation, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement on Monday.

The statement also said that “in the meantime, in the past 24 hours, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces launched several Counter-Terrorism joint operations to clear some of the areas of terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan.”

The operations were launched in Nangarhar, Logar, Ghazni, Takhar and Paktika provinces in which a total of 24 insurgent were killed, it said.
Posted by: badanov || 05/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [310 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Residents flee Kunduz village
Scores of residents from Mullah Sardar village on the outskirt of Kunduz city have fled their homes to avoid a possible war.

They said that Taliban snipers have taken up positions inside residential areas.

But local officials have rejected the claims and said security forces have cleared the village of insurgents.

“The people have been displaced, they are affected and face a lot of problems, their agriculture has been affected, the government must address their plight, but it does not mean that Mullah Sardar village was not cleared during the operation,” said the police Kunduz governor's spokesman Sayed Mahmoud Danish.

Meanwhile a number of Kunduz farmers have said that the war and violence has had a negative impact on agriculture.

Mullah Sardar village is located three kilometers from Kunduz city.

Residents who fled to the highway said that Taliban snipers have taken up positions inside people’s homes.

“The operation is going on in Dand Taloka and other areas, there has not been any kind of operation in Mullah Sardar village,” said a resident of the village, Abdul Jalil.

“All people have been displaced, we left each and everything in the village,” said another villager Rahmat.

“There are many families who have been split and they do not have information about the fate of their loved ones,” said a member of Kunduz provincial council Safiullah Amiri.

The Taliban has over run Kunduz city twice in the past two years.

According to Kunduz agriculture department, war in the province over the recent years has destroyed ten percent of their crops.

This year already five percent of fields have been destroyed in the area due to war.
Posted by: badanov || 05/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


US drone strike kills ISIS leader and his 2 fighters in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A local leader of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group was killed with his two fighters in an Arclight airstrike conducted by the US forces 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.

The provincial police commandment in a statement said the US forces carried out an Arclight airstrike using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Spina Zhai area of Nazian district late on Sunday afternoon.

The statement further added that the local ISIS leader identified as Asadullah was killed with his two fighters in the Arclight airstrike.

The local residents and security personnel did not suffer any casualties during the Arclight airstrike, the statement added.

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

This comes as the Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations to eliminate the forces of Evil affiliated with the ISIS terrorist group in Nangarhar province.

Posted by: Fred || 05/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


NSC reacts at Zubair Massoud’s remarks about ISIS plans in Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Office of the National Security Council of Afghanistan reacted at the remarks of Zubair Massoud regarding the plans and activities 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 in Afghanistan.

A statement by the Office of the National Security Council said the remarks by Massoud are his own views and do not necessarily represent that of the Afghan government.

The statement further added that Mr. Massoud is no more having an official duty with the Office of the National Security Council, rejecting the designation given to him during an interview with the al-Jazeera.

NSC emphasized that Mr. Massoud has worked as an adviser with the Office of the National Security Council from October 2014 until late October of 2016.

In his interview with the al-Jazeera, Massoud had said "The bully boyz you see in Syria are the same individuals that are here now in Afghanistan. These are bully boyz that come from different countries ‐ from Tajikistan, from Uzbekistan, Chechnya."

Massoud further added "It’s a strategic place. They could go across the border and finally their main goal is Russia."

Emphasizing that the Russians and other neighbouring countries to the north of Afghanistan may not understand the extent of the situation, with numbers of fighters in the region growing at an exponential rate, he said "As I have seen in the last three to four years, we’re in a very bad state in Afghanistan."

Massoud also added that there are about 2,000 imported muscle in Badakhshan only, insisting that more bandidos Death Eaters started to come inside Afghanistan as the US forces were starting to leave the country.

"They’ve come together and they’re increasing in size every day. Last year, there were 300. Now there are 2,000 foreigners in Badakhshan, which is a danger for everyone," he said.

Posted by: Fred || 05/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


37 Afghan interior ministry personnel arrested on corruption, espionage
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least thirty seven personnel of the Ministry of Interior have been tossed in the clink
You have the right to remain silent...
on various charges including corruption and espionage.

The officials in the directorate of intelligence in the Ministry of Interior informed regarding the detention of the personnel on Monday.

The officials further added that the arrests were made during the ongoing year and several civilian and military personnel are among those held.

At least 28 coppers and 9 civilian personnel have been arrested on charges of corruption, bribery, espionage, fake signature, fake documents production, fake stamps, sexual abuse, murder, misuse of power, use of alcohol, misuse of weapons, sell of security cameras, negligence on duty, and sell f weapons and ammunition, the officials added.

According to the intelligence directorate officials of interior ministry, the personnel were arrested based on intelligence reports and their cases have been referred to the judiciary institutions.

Posted by: Fred || 05/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Horn
Puntland sentences Five militants members to death
[SHABELLENEWS] A 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...
military court in the coastal city of Bosaso has sentenced five alleged Al shabaab to death after being convicted of plotting suicide kaboom in the town.

The five men are, Abbas Ibrahim Yare (26), Ibrahim Mohammed Anshur (20), Dhaqane Aden Abdi (20), Aden Nur Aden (27), Nur Abdi Aden (22).

Colonel Abdifatah Hajji Aden, the chairman of Puntland military court has announced the final decision of the court.

"The military court of Puntland has today sentenced the 5 men to death penalty, after being found guilty of being planning attacks in Bosaso town and they confessed to it," said Aden.

The judge stated that the convicted men can still take an appeal if they are not satisfied with the verdict against the five Al shabaab members who were captured last April in Bosaso.

The European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
, the United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
and human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
campaigners have all urged Somalia authorities to reinstate the moratorium and stop the frequent executions.
Posted by: Fred || 05/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [675 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

#1  The judge stated that the convicted men can still take an appeal if they are not satisfied with the verdict against the five Al shabaab members who were captured last April in Bosaso.

"Are you satisfied?"
*mmppphhmmhhpph*
"He says yes"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/30/2017 18:13 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Tunisian security forces kill IS fugitive who planned Ramadan terror attacks
[IsraelTimes] Tunisian security forces killed a leader of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group who was plotting attacks during the Moslem fasting month of Ramadan, authorities say on Monday.

The interior ministry does not identify the suspect, but says he was a leading member of IS and "dangerous" and was killed in an operation Sunday night by the National Guard near the Algerian border.

Judiciary front man Sofiene Sliti tells Shems FM radio the suspect is a Tunisian known as Houssem Tlithi, born in 1997.
A precocious young fellow, but ISIS is the kind of organization where it's up or out... feet first.
The interior ministry says the suspect had been on the run since 2014 and hiding in the Mount Salloum region, a jihadist stronghold.

During Sunday night’s operation, another jihadist was maimed and weapons seized, including a Kalashnikov assault rifle and material used to make boom belts.

The interior ministry says they were to be used for "terrorist" attacks during Ramadan, a holy month which started Saturday and during which believers abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [493 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  See Brits, that's how it's done - you kills them before they kill your kids.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/30/2017 3:00 Comments || Top||


1 dead in SW Libya attacks
[Libya Herald] One man has been shot dead and four of his relatives injured near Ghat in the far south-west of the country on the border with Algeria.

The dead man, named as Islam Yahya, and the other four were said to be farmers who were visiting their land in the border zone when they were attacked.

Locals say they do not know it those responsible were members of the Algerian armed forces or Algerian rebels who are known to be operating in the area. The latter are said to be supplied by people from Yahya’s village of Fayot.

The wounded were taken to hospital in Obari for treatment.
Posted by: badanov || 05/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under:


Britain
Chemical engineering student and his brother held over the Manchester terror attack
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] A chemical engineering student and his brother were being held over the Manchester terror attack last night as Amber Rudd admitted that members of the bomber’s network could still be at large.

University students Mohamed and Yahya Werfalli were arrested in the early hours of Saturday - hours before Theresa May lowered the UK’s terror threat level from critical to severe.

The brothers, who like other suspects are British born but of Libyan heritage, are believed to move in the same friendship circles as the Manchester bomber Salman Abedi, also 22. Yahya is listed on Facebook as a friend of the bomber’s brother, Hashim, 20.

Yesterday, armed police raided a home in the Moss Side area of Manchester after a controlled explosion, while two other men, 25 and 19, were arrested later in the day.

Early on Monday morning, Sussex Police announced that a 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack, making him the 16th arrest.

Greater Manchester Police also confirmed searches were conducted overnight at addresses in Chester, Cheshire and Whalley Range, in south Manchester, as part of the ongoing investigation.

Did Manchester bomber have SECOND device in a suitcase? Police appeal for information on blue luggage Salman Abedi was seen with on the day of his attack and warn people NOT to approach it

[DailyMail]
  • Police have issued a CCTV image of the suicide bomber with the hip-high case

  • Force are warning people to contact them immediately if they see the luggage

  • Terror unit detective said: 'The public should not approach the case if they see it'
Posing with a gun on a bed, law student among latest suspects held in terror swoops after Manchester bomber was invited to stay at his home

[DailyMail]
  • Zuhair Nassrat, 19, one of three brothers, was arrested after police searched his family home in Gorton, south Manchester

  • He was one of two arrested on Sunday evening and Monday morning, along with a 23-year-old man in West Sussex

  • Police also searched a house in Chester, where Zuhir Nassrat is a student

  • He was removed from his Libyan family’s home in Gorton in handcuffs
Neighbours said the elder Nassrat sons, Abdul and Loqman, travelled to Libya with their father, said to be a former diplomat, to fight in the overthrow of Colonel Gaddaffi in 2011. ‘They used to post pictures and videos of themselves holding AK47s and fighting on Instagram. They were showing off about it,’ one neighbour who went to school with the boys said.

'The Libyan community in Manchester don’t believe in any way that he was by himself, he had not got the capability. He is not smart enough.'
'The eldest son [Abdul] had pictures of injuries on his back from fighting and came back to Gorton to get treated and get the fragments removed on the NHS,’ a neighbour added. Several neighbours said Abdul, 24, travelled to Turkey three years ago to train as a pilot but never returned.

The rest of the family, including Zuhair, temporarily returned to Libya and let out their home to tenants.

Pictures on social media showed Abdul posing with Abedi – and Zuhair with the bomber’s brother Hashim, 20, who is in custody in Libya on suspicion of being part of the same jihadi cell.

Loqman Nassrat, 22, who lives in Chester and also attends the city’s university, confirmed he knew Salman Abedi when he was ‘younger’. He said: ‘The Libyan community in Manchester don’t believe in any way that he was by himself, he had not got the capability. He is not smart enough.'

'Trainee Libyan pilot', 23, is 16th suspect arrested in connection with Manchester concert bombing

[DailyMail]
  • Man from Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, is 16th person to be arrested in connection with Monday's attack

  • The 23-year-old has been named locally as Alaedeen Zakry, a 'commercial pilot' who lives in West Sussex
Zakry, who is also known as Alaedeen Sicri, describes himself as a 'commercial pilot and digital marketer', running an online market place for Libyans from his home in West Sussex. He is is understood to have come to Britain from Libya's capital Tripoli when he was 18.

Houses in Manchester and Chester were also searched overnight by counter-terrorism units while officers are also searching a landfill site in Pilsworth, near Bury.

Local councillor Kevin Boram said he was 'shocked' at the arrest in the small seaside town of Shoreham. He said he believed the man was arrested in a flat above a parade of shops in the town centre but did not witness it himself.

'We're a very close-knit community. I was very surprised. If anything we were pulled closer together by the Shoreham air crash. I'm a bit shocked that we've been associated with Manchester. It's a great shame for our community.'

But the area has previously been linked to terror. The Deghayes family have lost three sons who died after they went to fight in Syria, while a fourth son has also travelled there to fight against Bashar Assad's government.

The Deghayes brothers are the nephews of Omar Deghayes, who was held by the United States as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo Bay detention camp between 2002 and 2007 after he was arrested in Pakistan.
Posted by: Fred || 05/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [391 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Pity this is what it takes to get the UK cops' attention.
BTW, if a Muslim drops the dime on another Muslim, can he (the first one) be prosecuted for hate speech and islamophobia?
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 05/30/2017 6:46 Comments || Top||

#2  He won't last that long, Richard.

'Accident in the neighborhood' and all that.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/30/2017 10:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Notice he went back to England to have his jihad wounds treated. More evidence for my belief that "refugees" are just using the West for R&R between rounds of tribal warfare.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/30/2017 12:00 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Court arrests HDP MP Besime Konca on terror charges
[Hurriyet Daily News] A court in the southeastern province of Batman on May 29 ordered the arrest of Kurdish-issue focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Siirt politician Besime Konca on terror charges, Dogan News Agency has reported.

Earlier in the day, Konca was detained at Batman Airport following a prosecutor’s detention warrant that came shortly after her release earlier this month.

Konca was previously locked away
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
on Dec. 13, 2016 upon a prosecutor’s rejection of her initial release after she were tossed into the calaboose by police in the capital Ankara.

She was released on probation May 3 but the Batman 3rd High Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for her five days later.

The court ultimately ordered for Konca to be re-arrested on charges of "membership of an armed terror organization" and "engaging in terror propaganda," the same as the previous accusations against her.

Some 10 politicians from the HDP, including its co-chairs Demirtas and Yuksekdag, were arrested on Nov. 4, 2016 and are currently in jail, facing hundreds of years inside for alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Posted by: Fred || 05/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


India-Pakistan
Two ‘militants’ killed in Kech encounter
[DAWN] Two suspected holy warriors were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kech district late on Saturday night.

Official sources said that personnel of the Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and a..the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...nti-smuggling operations....
accompanied by intelligence officials launched a search operation in the Bal Nagor area on a tip-off about the presence of activists of a banned
...the word banned seems to have a different meaning in Pakistain than it does in most other places. Or maybe it simply lacks any meaning at all...
organization
there.

When security personnel reached the area and got close to the place where the holy warriors were holed up, they came under fire.

The place was cordoned off and a shootout started which culminated in the death of two turbans, the sources said.

Arms and ammunition were seized from the turbans’ hideout.

The slain holy warriors were involved in attacks on security forces and incidents of assassination'>assassination
s and kidnapping, the sources claimed.
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Iraq
Der Spiegel on Mosul battle
Posted by: 3dc || 05/30/2017 16:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [231 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


France's Special Forces Hunt French Militants Fighting for Islamic State
[WSJ] Members of Iraqi forces climb out of a house on the Old City section of Mosul this month in the continuing battle to drive out the remaining Islamic State fighters.

Members of Iraqi forces climb out of a house on the Old City section of Mosul this month in the continuing battle to drive out the remaining Islamic State fighters. Photo: ahmad al-rubaye/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

French special forces have for months enlisted Iraqi soldiers to hunt and kill French nationals who have joined the senior ranks of Islamic State, according to Iraqi officers and current and former French officials.

Iraqi commanders leading the fight for Mosul said French special forces have provided to Iraqi counterterrorism troops the names and photographs of as many as 30 men identified as high-value targets. An undisclosed number of French citizens have been killed by Iraqi artillery and ground forces, the commanders said, using location coordinates and other intelligence supplied by the French.

The motive for the secret operation is to ensure that French nationals with allegiance to Islamic State never return home to threaten France with a terror attack, said a current and a former foreign-affairs adviser to the French government. France has been the target of several deadly attacks either inspired by Islamic State or orchestrated from the militants’ Middle East strongholds, including the November 2015 Paris strikes.

A French Ministry of Defense spokeswoman declined to comment on the operation. "French forces work in close cooperation with their Iraqi and international partners," she said, to fight jihadists, "regardless of national origin," referring to the 1,200 French troops assisting Iraqi forces to retake Mosul.

The French special forces maintain their distance from the killings--France has no death penalty--by directing Iraqi fighters to target French Islamic State fighters, according to the current and former French government advisers.

Iraqi federal police take positions in an alley near Islamic State militants during a battle this month in Mosul. Iraqi federal police take positions in an alley near Islamic State militants during a battle this month in Mosul. Photo: ahmed jalil/European Pressphoto Agency

A senior Iraqi police official showed The Wall Street Journal a list of names of 27 suspected Islamic State members sought by France, accompanied by photos of five of the men. French special forces began circulating the document at the start of the Mosul offensive last year. It is updated as men are killed, the police official said.

This link may be a bit easier to access than that of the WSJ.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2017 08:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [371 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  ~1,700Frenchmen have joined the militants in Iraq and Syria. French government officials have estimated that hundreds of those men have either died in battle or returned home.

Seems like a part of a viable strategy to thin out the herd. France better root out those who have already returned home. They should not be allowed to come home. Maybe for those who have already returned home, Devils Island could be re-activated.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/30/2017 9:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Better if they started in several Paris no-go areas.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/30/2017 12:17 Comments || Top||

#3  While the French do receive some well-derserved chiding, they do bring the heat. They just do it w/o much fanfare.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 05/30/2017 12:33 Comments || Top||

#4  While the French do receive some well-derserved chiding, they do bring the heat. They just do it w/o much fanfare.

Yes, a hat tip to the Frogs. Less "fanfare" is a good thing. I doubt they'd tolerate the likes of a Robert J. "Rob" O'Neill.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2017 12:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Go gittem Boys!
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/30/2017 12:56 Comments || Top||


8 die in suicide bombing attack in Baghdad


BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a popular Baghdad ice cream shop, killing at least eight people, security officials said on Tuesday.

The overnight attack in the Karrada district in central Baghdad also wounded at least 30 people, officials said.

The Daesh group-linked Amaq propaganda agency said the suicide bomber targeted a “gathering of Shiites.”

IS considers members of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim majority to be heretics and frequently carries out attacks against them.

The bomber struck just days after the start of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, during which Iraqis often stay out late shopping or socialising after breaking their daily fast.

Images and footage posted on social media showed the devastating impact of the blast, which ripped through the crowded area around Al-Faqma ice cream shop, scattering rubble across the street.

One photo showed cups of ice cream scattered on the blood-stained ground following the attack.

Brett McGurk, the envoy to the US-led anti-IS coalition, condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with Iraq.

“ISIS terrorists tonight in Baghdad target children & families enjoying time together at an ice cream shop. We stand w/Iraq against this evil,” McGurk said on Twitter, using an alternate acronym for IS.

IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes have since regained much of the territory they lost and are now fighting to retake the last jihadist-held areas in second city Mosul.

But defeats on the battlefield have not prevented IS from carrying out deadly attacks targeting civilians, including a bombing in the Karrada area last year that killed more than 300 people.

Posted by: badanov || 05/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iranian militia captures ISIS leader in Baaj
Baaj (IraqiNews.com) The paramilitary troops have arrested Islamic State leader in charge of captivating Yazidi women and anaesthesia in IS-held hospitals.

In remarks on Monday, Ahmed Nasrullah, a leader with al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) “During investigations with IS leader abu Shaimaa al-Batiouti, he confessed participation in several surgeries for the extremists.”

“Batiouti is in charge of anaesthesia in IS hospitals including Baaj. He carried out several surgeries to the terrorists,” Nasrullah added.

“He also admitted being responsible for cesarean deliveries and captivating of Yazidi women in Baaj,” he added.

Last week, al-Hashd al-Shaabi troops resumed the second phase of operations, launched earlier this month, to liberate the remaining villages in the vicinity of Qairawan and Baaj, after the troops announced full liberation of Qairawan.

Many villages in Qairawan region, a main Islamic State bastion which links between Tal Afar town and the Syrian borders, have been freed since the troops launched an offensive on May 12 to free the region.

The campaign in Baaj runs simultaneously with government troops operations in Mosul.

PMUs, an alliance of more than 60 mostly Shia militias, are recognized by the government as a national force under the Prime Minister’s command.

Posted by: badanov || 05/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iranian militias capture towns along Syria/Iraqi border
(Reuters/IraqiNews.com) An Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim force backed by Iran said it pushed Islamic State out of a group of villages on the border with Syria on Monday, a manoeuvre that could weaken the militants’ hold on the frontier.

The Iraqi territory taken by the Popular Mobilisation force connected with land held by U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish groups on the Syrian side, creating a possible bridge.

In a statement on its website, Popular Mobilisation described its advance through Iraq to the border with Syria as “a Ramadan miracle,” referring to the Muslim fasting month which started over the weekend.

Last week, al-Hashd al-Shaabi troops resumed the second phase of operations, launched earlier this month, to liberate the remaining villages in the vicinity of Qairawan and Baaj, after the troops announced full liberation of Qairawan.

Many villages in Qairawan region, a main Islamic State bastion which links between Tal Afar town and the Syrian borders, have been freed since the troops launched an offensive on May 12 to free the region.

The campaign in Baaj runs simultaneously with government troops operations in Mosul.

PMUs, an alliance of more than 60 mostly Shia militias, are recognized by the government as a national force under the Prime Minister’s command.
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Mosul Offensive News


Kops, ISIS snipers die in fighting in west Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Police personnel, Islamic State militants and snipers were killed during battles ongoing in western Mosul districts, Federal Police sources have said.

“Federal Police troops blew up four booby-trapped vehicles before targeting the troops advancing through al-Shifa region, in Mosul’s Old City,” Colonel Khodeir Saleh told BasNews on Monday.

“Two foreign IS snipers were killed during battles in the same region,” he said, adding eight other members were also killed.

Police troops, according to Saleh, are now in control of wide parts in al-Shifa, where slow advances are made due to the high density of population.

Meanwhile, First Lieutenant Ahmed Saleh, of Nineveh police, said one personnel was killed, three others were wounded in a booby-trapped car explosion that targeted troops on al-Sihha al-Thaniya district late on Sunday, DPA reported.

Abdul-Ghani al-Assadi, commander of the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) expected liberation of the district within the coming few days. He said that in case the district was freed, the militants will be besieged in the Old City as all exits will be closed.

Regarding number of IS members killed al-Sihha district, Assadi said the troops killed 58 members on Sunday, predicting a higher number as the troops resume their advance.

The eastern side of Mosul was liberated in January after three months of battles. Another major offensive was launched in February to liberate the western side of the city.

14 ISIS Bad Guys smoked in Mosul's old city

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Fourteen Islamic State militants were killed and motorbikes were destroyed in Mosul’s Old City, the Federal Police declared on Monday.

In a statement, Lt.Gen.Shaker Jawdat said, “Federal Police troops in al-Zanjili district, north of the Old City, are deploying addition troops toward al-Sihha district in order to gain control on all of the area, amid missile shelling.”

“The selling targets IS defenses ahead of advancing,” he said adding that “The drone shelling left 14 militants killed and nine motorbikes in the narrow alleys of the Old City, destroyed.”

The Old City is home of the ancient Grand Nuri Mosque, from which the group’s Supreme Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave a famous sermon in 2014 declaring the establishment of the ‘caliphate’

Previously in May, the Joint Operations Command said more than 16,000 IS fighters were killed since start of Mosul operations in October.

Iraqi commanders say they at least 90 percent of territories in western Mosul is under Iraqi troops control, predicting to retake the city before the end of May. Only two districts besides the Old City are under IS control.

Iraqi forces have been sweeping through northwestern neighborhoods over the past few weeks in a way to invade the strategic Old City, after finding it hard to invade from the south.

The eastern side of Mosul was retaken in January after three months of battles. Another major offensive was launched in February to recapture the western flank of the city.

Iraqi forces continue offensive in Mosul

Iraqi forces pressed ahead on Monday with a broad operation in Mosul, liberating more towns from ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

Popular Mobilization Forces, who are also known as Hashd Shaabi, said they have liberated Taro town northwest of Qahtaniyah which lies near Sinjar on the Iraqi-Syrian border.

The media department in the volunteer forces said Taro was liberated during a qualitative operation on Monday.

Meanwhile, AFP news agency quoted Joint Operations Command spokesman Yahya Rasool as saying that Iraqi forces entered three towns north of Mosul’s Old City.

“Our units are continuing to advance… and entered Al-Saha al-Oula and Al-Zinjili and Al-Shifaa neighborhoods and the Republican Hospital,” said Rasool.

ISIL was using “explosives-rigged vehicles and snipers and suicide bombers” to target Iraqi forces, he told AFP.

More than seven months into the massive operation to retake Mosul, Iraqi forces have recaptured the city’s east and large parts of its western side, but terrorists were still putting up resistance in the Old City.

Source: Agencies
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ISIS attacks in Diyala repelled
Baqubah (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi security forces foiled another attack by Islamic State militants against a checkpoint in Diyala, a security official said on Monday after bloody attacks left several civilian and security casualties.

Ahmed al-Zarkoushi, mayor of Saadiya (60 Km northeast of Baqubah), was quoted saying in press statements that a security force, backed by Popular Mobilization Units, repelled the attack which targeted a checkpoint at Rabia village. He said no casualties resulted from the encounter.

His announcement came a few hours after bloody attacks claimed by the Islamic State, which left civilians and security members dead and wounded.

A suicide bomber blew himself up using an explosive belt at the entrance of a street leading to Diyala governorate building in central Baqubah, killing nine and wounding 12.

A roadside bomb also exploded at Ghanimiya, north of Baqubah, killing six army members, including an officer, and wounding six others,

Violence and armed conflicts claimed the lives of 317 Iraqis and caused injuries to 403 others during the month of April, according to a monthly United Nations count.

Islamic State, almost losing its main holdout in Mosul to a security operation running since October, has been escalating attacks at other provinces where it still has a presence.

Government and tribal forces have launched occasional operations over the past few months to clear border regions between Diyala and Salahuddin, killing dozens of militants. IS fighters have also responded with occasional attacks targeting troops, leaving several deaths.

Officials from towns still held by IS since 2014 have pressed the Iraqi government to hasten with security operations to retake those regions, but the Iraqi government is giving most attention to its battle in Mosul, Islamic State’s largest stronghold in Iraq.
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ISIS Bad Guys die in airstrikes in Anbar


Anbar (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi fighter jets killed several Islamic State militants in an airstrike that targeted their havens in west of Anbar province.

A statement by the War Media Cell said the fighter jets “launched several airstrikes that destroyed two headquarters of the militants, a rest house as well as the weapons inside them on Okashat road, west of Anbar.”

In related news, a military source from the seventh division in Anbar said on Monday that the international coalition led by the U.S. destroyed an IS booby-trapping workshop in west of Anbar.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source, who preferred anonymity, said “the coalition jets shelled on Monday a booby-trapping workshop in the city of Rawa, western Anbar.”

“Several militants were killed, while the workshop was destroyed due to the shelling” the source added.

Anbar’s western towns of Annah, Qaim and Rawa have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it emerged to proclaim a self-styled Islamic Caliphate.

Fighter jets from the Iraqi army and the international coalition have also regularly pounded IS locations in the province. The Iraqi government is expected to aim at those strongholds once the Mosul battle is concluded.
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Two boys from Jabel Mukaber apprehended with a school bag full of Molotov cocktails
Two 17-year-old boys from Jabel Mukaber neighborhood in southern Jerusalem were detained with a school bag containing nine Molotov cocktails. The bag also contained a plastic bottle filled with fuel, duct tape and a knife, and an Arabic inscription with the name of the terrorist, Baha Alian. According to the suspicions, the two tried to put the satchel with the Molotov cocktails near the police station in the neighborhood. Their detention has been extended until Thursday, when an indictment will be filed.
"What do you have in this bag? Just our homework assignment for the 'Civics' class."
p.s. I'm not joking about the Civics class.
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RT: Philippines' special op against ISIS-affiliated militants in Marawi City
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In Damascus the last group of opposition fighters evacuated Barzeh
[AlAhram] In the capital, Damascus, the governor said the evacuation of the last group of opposition fighters and their families from the northeastern neighborhood of Barzeh was completed, after a batch of over 1,000 persons left. The Observatory said the ones leaving Monday have rejected an amnesty from the government.

The evacuation of Barzeh leaves only one neighborhood on the edge of Damascus, Jobar, in the hands of opposition fighters. A series of evacuation deals in the area in recent months leaves the government of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Leveler of Latakia...
firmly in control of the capital, once encircled by rebels.

The government-controlled Syrian Military Media quoted governor Beshr al-Sabban as saying that 1,012 people, including 455 gunnies, were the last to leave Barzeh.

Anas a-Dimashqi, an opposition activist based near Damascus, said the fighters and their families will head to the town of Jarablus on the border with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib. He said those who stay have up to six months to settle their conditions with the government.
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Iran reinforcing troops in Syria
London – Following statements by Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani on Iran’s readiness to double its military presence in Syria, Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan said on Sunday that the Iranian official’s visit to Moscow comes in the context of “more Iranian-Russian military coordination in Syria.”

Shamkhani revealed Iran’s readiness to dispatch more military forces to Syria as a response to US President Donald Trump’s recent statements on Iran’s role in Syria, in shaking stability and in supporting terrorism.

He affirmed that Tehran is serious in proceeding in its role in the Syrian crisis and that his country is ready to double its efforts through sending more military forces “to maintain security in the region”.

Meanwhile, Dzhagaryan said that Washington objects to the Iranian presence at the Astana negotiations and considers its role as negative in Syria.

“Russia does not agree with the US on the Iranian role – which it sees as positive in reaching a resolution for the Syrian crisis. Finding a solution is impossible without Iran,” he added.

The ambassador pointed out that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov notified international parties that Moscow opposes excluding Iran from the Syrian negotiations and he affirmed its support of Iran’s participation in the current and future negotiations on Syria.

He denied any US-Russian agreement on Kurdish regions in Syria, saying that Russia acknowledges the unity of the Syrian territory and rejects dividing it.

“Syria should be one country,” he added.

Furthermore, Dzhagaryan stressed the Turkish role in Syrian negotiations, adding that the opposition that boycotted the Astana negotiations is a minority. He also saw that the US, Russia, Turkey and Iran are active players in Syrian negotiations.
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#1  Iran’s readiness to double its military presence in Syria

The more they reach out into the killing zone, the less they have for defense back home. I advocate a division for the Russians, US and ISIS to pound.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/30/2017 0:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe I'm paranoid but I hope they don't get sent to the Golan.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/30/2017 7:17 Comments || Top||

#3  So, these lazy, skirt chasing, IAF bastards could use the practice.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/30/2017 7:25 Comments || Top||

#4  probably making a virtue of necessity

The Syrian component of the Syrian army has been pretty hollowed out and Hezbollah has been complaining about their losses so, its pretty much up to Iran to fill in on the ground.
Posted by: lord garth || 05/30/2017 10:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Likely instead of regular troops, the Iranians will send volunteers. Afghans, Pakistani, those from the 'Stans, and Paleos, in that order.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/30/2017 16:14 Comments || Top||


Raqqa being hammered with airstrikes, artillery
BEIRUT: Syrian opposition activists say more airstrikes and artillery shelling have hit the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Daesh group.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the city was pounded by warplanes and artillery early in the morning on Monday. The activist group had no immediate word on casualties.

It said the bombardment comes as Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces captured new areas west of Raqqa.

The activist-operated Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently says that since Sunday, the US-led coalition has carried out more than 30 airstrikes on the city, killing 35 people and destroying a school on Raqqa’s northern outskirts.

Airstrikes have intensified over the past days as US-backed fighters have marched toward the city, getting closer to besieging it from all sides.
The Times of Israel adds:
SDF fighters surround Raqqa from the north, west and east. The extremists still have an exit from the south, even though the US-led coalition destroyed two bridges on the Euphrates River south of Raqqa.

On Sunday, opposition activists say the US-led coalition dropped leaflets in Arabic on Raqqa, urging residents to leave the city. Some leaflets gave instructions of how to leave Raqqa, calling on people to keep their plans secret from IS and to leave without any weapons and waving a white banner.
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Syrian rebels capture 3 villages near western Raqqa
Raqqa (SyriaNews.media) The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), on Monday, managed to capture villages and towns west of al-Mansour town, in western Raqqa, Qasioun News reported.

The Syrian Democratic Forces also advanced to the areas of al-Aliyah, al-Hamidy and al-Madakha, after fierce battles with the Islamic State group, this morning, amid rockets and artillery shelling.

In a related news, international coalition warplanes conducted several air strikes on al-Mansoura town, west of Raqqa, without leaving any casualties.

Noteworthy, Syrian Democratic Forces recently managed to impose their control on several villages and towns, north and west of Raqqa.

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Russian, Syrian warbirds hit ISIS convoy in Homs
Homs (SyriaNews.media) Russian Air Force bombarded a convoy belonging to the Islamic State group, while withdrawing from al-Badiyah, killing dozens of the terrorist group members, Qasioun News Agency reported.

The Islamic State convoy ws withdrawing from the eastern Qalamun and al-Badiyah, according to the deal with the government forces and Russia.

The convoy was attacked in one of the desert areas, east of Palmyra, where dozens of the Islamic state were killed and several vehicles were destroyed.
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Syrian artillery attacks continue in Daraa
Daraa (SyriaNews.media) Army of the Syrian government forces, on Monday, shelled the neighborhoods of the city of Daraa, south of Syria, and inflicted material damage to the areas, Qasioun News Agency reported.

The shelling on the neighborhoods of Daraa al-Balad coincided with the arrival of military reinforcements to eastern Daraa, after the fierce battles that took place between the opposition and the government forces in al-Mansheya neighborhood.

Meanwhile in the countryside of Daraa, Syrian regime forces shelled al-Naeem town, east of the city, using heavy weapons.

Yesterday, army aviation shelled the neighborhoods of Daraa al-Balad and the area of Gharz, east of Daraa, without leaving any casualties.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


1 dead in ISIS artillery attack in Salahuddin

Shirqat (IraqiNews.com) A working child was killed and three other people were wounded on Monday when an Islamic State-guided drone bombarded an area north of Salahuddin, a security source told Sputnik agency.

The missiles landed on a vegetables market in the city of Shirqat on Monday morning.

One day earlier, Two parents and their three children also died when missiles fired by the extremist group landed on their house in the sma city.

Though Shirqat was fully recaptured by Iraqi security forces last year, it has sustained occasional attacks on civilians and security troops. It is believed IS has been launching the attacks there setting off from Hawija, its stronghold in neighboring Kirkuk.

Government and tribal forces have launched occasional operations over the past few months to clear border regions between Salahuddin and adjacent provinces, killing dozens of militants. IS fighters have also responded with occasional attacks targeting troops, leaving several deaths.

Officials from towns still held by IS since 2014 have pressed the Iraqi government to hasten with security operations to retake those regions, but the Iraqi government is giving most of its attention to its battle in Mosul, Islamic State’s largest stronghold in Iraq.

Violence and armed conflicts claimed the lives of 317 Iraqis and caused injuries to 403 others during the month of April, according to a monthly United Nations count.

ISIS burning records in Baaj

Baaj (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants have started burning their archives at an area west of Mosul and near the borders with Syria as pro-government paramilitary troops gain more ground.

Jabbar al-Maamouri, a senior leader at al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units), told Alsumaria News that IS, starting Monday morning, began to burn tons of its archives at its main offices, including the hisbah (vigilantism) and security, near residential areas in Baaj.

Maamouri said the step comes to cover “crimes” committed by the group and to conceal the identity of its sympathizers, denoting what he described as a “steep collapses” within its ranks.

Maamouri predicted the battles against IS in Baaj to conclude soon with many group leaders reportedly fleeing the region.

PMUs, an alliance of more than 60 mostly Shia militias, are recognized by the government as a national force under the Prime Minister’s command. They have been actively engaged in the campaign against Islamic State militants in Nineveh’s western regions.

Al-Hashd has recaptured several villages since it launched an operation earlier this month to clear Baaj Qairawan and neighboring from IS. A top leader said last week Qairawan was totally liberated. Al-Hashd had said the regions became isolated from Mosul and from IS havens in Syria.

The campaign in Baaj runs simultaneously with government troops operations in Mosul, Islamic State’s largest stronghold in Iraq. Security forces are currently invading the last districts held by IS in western Mosul, targeting the strategic Old City where IS first declared the inception of its proclaimed “caliphate”.

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