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Afghanistan
Pakistan-based Haqqani network behind Kabul attack: NDS
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Haqqani terrorist network based in Pakistain was behind the deadly attack in capital Kabul which left at least 80 people dead, the Afghan intelligence said.

According to a statement by NDS, credible intelligence information confirms the attack was carried out by the network on direct instructions and with the support of the Pak military intelligence, Inter Services Intelligence.

The incident in the diplomatic area of Kabul took place around 8:30 am local time after a vehicle packed with explosives exploded.

The ministry of public health officials said at least 80 people were killed and over 350 others were maimed in the attack.

The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group, having close links with the Haqqani terrorist network, rejected the group was behind the attack.

aliban front man Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement said the group has no role in the attack and the Taliban fighters were also not involved in it as they are not allowed to carry out attacks in areas where there are no targets.

Mujahid also added that the group strongly condemns today’s attack in the city.

The Ministry of Interior front man Najib Danish said the attack was likely carried out using a truck full of explosives which exploded close to Zambaq square, place to several diplomatic missions, including some embassies.

The Ministry of Public front man Wahid Majroh confirmed that 80 people were killed and over 350 others were maimed in the attack.

Posted by: Fred || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network


Afghan civilians and security forces suffer casualties in Nangarhar car bombing
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan civilians and security personnel suffered casualties in a suicide car kaboom in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan, local officials said.

The provincial government media office in a statement also confirmed the attack which took place close to the airbase in Behsud district.

The statement further added that a jacket wallah riding a boom-mobile detonated explosives near the airbase, leaving the security guard of the airbase dead.

Another security guard of the airbase was also maimed in the attack, the statement said, adding that three civilians were maimed in the attack.

Afghan intelligence foil coordinated suicide attack in Nangarhar

[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A coordinated suicide kaboom was foiled by the Afghan intelligence operatives in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) said a group of six bandidos bad boys were incarcerated
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
in connection to the attack plot.

NDS further added that a jacket wallah was among those arrested as they were planning to carry out the attack in a busy city of Nangarhar.

A suicide kaboom was also confiscated by the intelligence during the operation which was conducted in Behsud district, NDS said, adding that the bandidos bad boys were deployed by Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
’s Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
council for the attack.

Militants involved in destructive activities arrested in Nangarhar

[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two Lions of Islam involved in destructive insurgency activities were apprehended by the Afghan cops in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the two Lions of Islam were tossed in the clink
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in separate operations conducted by the security forces.

The statement further added that the forces of Evil were arrested in the intelligence operatives operations in Jalalabad city, the bustling provincial capital of Nangarhar.

One of the Lions of Islam detained during the operations has been identified as Matiullah who was involved in insurgency activities under the direct leadership of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
commander'>Taliban Überstürmbannführer
Khadem in Shirzad district, the statement said.

Mati was arrested from the vicinity of the 7th police district of Jalalabad and he was also involved in collecting Zakat from Sherzad district residents.

The provincial government also added that the intelligence operatives arrested the other bully boy from the vicinity of the 6th police district of the city.

The detained bully boy has been identified as Hokomran, the statement said, adding that the bully boy was attempting to smuggle 7 weapons to the insurgency when he was arrested.
Posted by: Fred || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


19 Taliban militants killed, wounded in Helmand operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least nineteen Taliban
...Arabic for students...
hard boyz were killed or maimed during the operations in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan, local officials said Thursday.

The operations were conducted in the vicinity of Garamser and Sangin districts in the past 24 hours.

The officials further added that at least six hard boyz were killed during the Afghan Special Forces operations in Jagrum and Karezak areas of Garamser district.

At least three hard boyz were also maimed and four vehicles belonging to them were destroyed during the same operation, the officials added.

The Afghan forces also conducted operations in the outskirts of Sangin district, leaving at least three hard boyz dead and four others maimed, the officials said, adding that the security personnel and civilians did not suffer any casualties during the operations.

Posted by: Fred || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Ghani issues execution order of 11 Haqqani and Taliban prisoners after Kabul attack
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
has issued an order for the execution of eleven Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and Haqqani terrorist network prisoners after deadly Kabul attack.

Sources privy to the development have said the step by the President was taken after the deadly attack in Kabul that left at least 80 people dead.

The Afghan intelligence said late Wednesday that credible intelligence information confirms the attack was carried out by the network on direct instructions and with the support of the Pak military intelligence, Inter Services Intelligence.

The incident in the diplomatic area of Kabul took place around 8:30 am local time after a vehicle packed with explosives exploded, leaving at least 80 dead and nearly 400 others maimed.

President Ghani earlier said the time has come to take a decision on national level against the terrorist groups waging war and violence in Afghanistan to destabilize the country and the region based on the instructions of the foreign intelligence in an undeclared war.

Posted by: Fred || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [235 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network


Taliban suffer heavy casualties in Uruzgan drone strike
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
bandidos bad boys suffered heavy casualties during the Arclight airstrike in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, the Arclight airstrike was carried out late on Wednesday night in the outskirts of Tarinkot city, the bustling provincial capital of Uruzgan.

A commander of the first brigade of the Afghan National Police Malik Zainullah said the US forces based in Afghanistan carried out Arclight airstrike on Taliban bad boys, leaving at least twenty five of them dead.

He said a local leader of the group was among those killed and at least twenty more were maimed in the Arclight airstrike.

Zainullah further added that several vehicles, cycle of violences, and weapons belonging to the Taliban bandidos bad boys were also destroyed in the Arclight airstrike.

Posted by: Fred || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Two killed in bomb blast near Galgala mountains
[SHABELLENEWS] At least two civilians died in a powerful land mine kaboom struck bus near the mountains of Galgala close to the coastal town of Bosaso on Monday afternoon.

The officials of the northeastern semi-autonomous Federal state 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...
confirmed to Radio Shabelle that a pregnant woman and her husband bit the dust in the roadside blast.

The passenger bus ran over an improvised bomb as it was travelling at Balli-khadar valley, located outside Galgala mountains, a hotbed for Al shabaab and 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....
krazed killers.

No group has yet grabbed credit for the deadly attack on the civilian minibus.
Posted by: Fred || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Gunmen kill head of Somali Military Ambulance service
[SHABELLENEWS] Suspected Al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
assassins have shot and killed the chief of head of Somali Military Ambulance service in Mogadishu on Wednesday afternoon, around the dusk.

The officer who was identified as Col Abdullahi Elmi Nur known as (Abdullahi Radiyow) has been assassinated outside his house located near former US Embassy in the capital.

The gunnies escaped the scene immediately before Police arrived, and carried out sweep that saw the arrest of several suspects in connection with the murder.

Nur’s killing was the 4th liquidation in Mogadishu in 24 hours time.

Posted by: Fred || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Seven Kenyan police, civilian killed by IED
[SHABELLENEWS] Seven coppers and a civilian were killed when an armoured vehicle drove over a roadside kaboom in southeastern Kenya, a week after 14 others died in similar attacks claimed by Shabaab Islamists, a police source said today.

"It’s unfortunate, we lost all the seven officers who were in the vehicle," a police brass hat in the coastal Lamu district near the Somali border, told AFP.

"All the bodies were found scattered in the thicket possibly thrown out on impact."

A police report seen by AFP noted that "seven administration coppers and one civilian died" as a result of the kaboom. It was not clear whether the civilian was in or near the vehicle at the time of the kaboom.

Last week 14 officers were killed in three separate blasts involving roadside kabooms in different regions of northeastern Kenya along the border with Somalia.

The Shabaab, a Somali-led jihadist group linked to al- Qaeda, grabbed credit for those attacks.

Inspector General Joseph Boinnet of the Kenyan police warned that more such attacks were likely during the holy month of Ramadan.

Posted by: Fred || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Al-Shabaab abducts two teachers in near Garissa
[SHABELLENEWS] Suspected al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
forces of Evil have burned down a school and kidnapped two teachers in an overnight attack in Fafi, Garissa.

The hard boys, armed with small arms and kabooms, also vandalised a mobile communication mast in the area.

The attackers destroy telecom masts during their attacks to disrupt police communication.

Northern and coastal Kenya have experienced a sharp rise in attacks linked to the Somalia-based terror group, in which security officers have been killed and security equipment destroyed.

The attack came hours after nine security officers and a civilian died on Wednesday after their vehicles ran over bombs in separate terror incidents in Lamu County.

The first kaboom happened at 8.30am, between Baure and Milimani, killing all seven coppers on board an armoured personnel carrier and the civilian passenger.

The officers from the Rural Border Patrol Unit of the Administration Police were travelling on the Kiunga-Hindi Road.

Military reinforcements were immediately dispatched and were moving to the scene when another explosive went off along their way, killing two Kenya Defence Forces soldiers and injuring another.

Yet another bomb went off between Kiunga and Ishakani later at 3pm.

Initial investigations shows the third kaboom was aimed at a military lorry but it went off just before the vehicle arrived at the spot.

Posted by: Fred || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Al-Shabab militants bombs Safaricom mast in Garissa
[SHABELLENEWS] Al-Shabaab
... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia...
snuffies destroyed a Safaricom mast at Fafi center, Garissa county, at about 10pm on Wednesday night.

Fafi sub-county OCPD John Ogola confirmed the attack, saying police were pursuing the myrmidons.

He said they were using alternative routes for fear of IEDs that have been used to kill several coppers in the last few days.

Ogola denied reports that the murderous Moslems also started a fire at a local primary school.

"For now all I can tell you is that a safaricom mast was blown up. Everything else being said is a rumour," he said.

On May 29, Aulian clan Sultan Hamud Mohammed expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
about the resurgence of al-Shabaab snuffies targeting security officers in Garissa and Mandera counties.
Seventeen people have been killed in two weeks.

He said security agents should go back to the drawing board and retrace their steps to find out what went wrong.

In Lamu on Wednesday morning, eight people, seven of them coppers, were killed when their armoured vehicle hit a landmine in Baure area.

The officers were on their way from Mangai​ to Mukoe in Lamu West to refuel the vehicle when the incident occurred at about 9am.

Posted by: Fred || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Former Puntland Darawiish officer murdered in Galkayo
[SHABELLENEWS] Gunmen, thought to be Al shabaab assassins killed a prominent traditional elder in the divided volatile city of Galkayo of Mudug region on Thursday evening, witnesses and Police said.

The Elder ‐ Hajji Harish was rubbed out by two pistol-wielding men near his house at Faluja neighborhood in the 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...
-administered northern Galkayo, according to the city’s administrator Yasin Mohamud.

The slain elder was a retired security officer worked for Puntland administration.

A witness, speaking to Radio Shabelle said, Puntland Police forces have immediately arrived at the scene, and launched a manhunt mission for the killers who fled shortly after shooting dead the elder.

It’s yet unclear the motive behind the murder of late Harish, and no group has grabbed credit for his liquidation. Galkayo has been beset by assassination'>assassination
s and violence over the past few years.
Posted by: Fred || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [218 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Hundreds arrested in large Mogadishu Security Sweep
[SHABELLENEWS] More than 200 suspects were tossed in the clink
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
on Thursday evening in a massive security sweep aimed at stemming al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
attacks in Somali capital Mogadishu.

Security forces raided the homes and shops of suspected houses at former U.S. embassy in Wadajir district, and arrested 200 people, mostly young men, according to local residents.

The sweep also targeted villages in Dharkenley district. The joint government forces have been carrying out such operations since the start of the holy month of Ramadan last week.

Somali Federal government announced the operation dubbed "Mogadishu Stabilization Mission" that is aimed at preventing Al shabaab from carrying out attacks during Ramadan.
Posted by: Fred || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Arabia
Bahrain court dissolves secular opposition group
[DAWN] A Bahraini court dissolved a secular opposition party on Wednesday, a judicial official said, as authorities in the Gulf state kept up a crackdown on dissent.

The decision by the administrative court, just months after the main party representing the kingdom’s Shia majority was also banned, was swiftly condemned by human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
groups.

The justice ministry had requested the dissolution of the National Democratic Action Society (Waed) in March. It accused the party of "serious violations of the principle of respect for the rule of law", "support of terrorism" and "promotion of political change by force".

Bahrain has been rocked by unrest since 2011, when its Sunni rulers crushed protests demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister.

Last week, police rubbed out five demonstrators in the home village of the spiritual leader of the kingdom’s Shia majority.

The Sunni left-leaning former head of Waed, Ibrahim Sharif, was released from prison last July after serving a one-year sentence for incitement against the government.

He had already served four years of a five-year sentence over the 2011 protests before being released under a royal amnesty in June 2015.

Posted by: Fred || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Ireland jails IS-praising man who threatened to behead Jews
[IsraelTimes] Dutch national, a diagnosed schizophrenic, sentenced to five years; suspect has said Zionists ’should have their throats cut’.

Dutch national
...read on, dear Reader, to discover that he is merely yet another Dutch passport holder, not a true Dutchman...
living in Ireland
...where, no doubt, the benefits are better...
was sentenced to five years in jail after threatening his two French housemates, praising 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....
and saying he would behead Jews.

Shmael Heirouche, 40, was sentenced Wednesday in Cork Circuit Criminal Court after pleading guilty to a charge of threatening to kill or cause serious harm, the Irish Independent reported.

Heirouche, who is of Moroccan ancestry, was diagnosed as schizophrenic in Holland.
But of course they set him free on his own recognizance, because locking him up and forcing him to take his medications is an abrogation of his civil rights -- and anyway, all the insane asylums were closed decades ago...
However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
Judge Sean O’Donnabhain called his threats a serious matter and noted that society had a right to be protected. Heirouche has refused to accept psychiatric support services, according to the report.

Heirouche praised Islamic State terror attacks in La Belle France to his French housemates saying that they gave him "great joy," and said that those who carried out the attacks would "get a first class ticket" to paradise, according to the report. At the time of his arrest he told officers that if he had a sword he would cut off the heads of Jews.

The housemates also told the court that Heirouche described them as Zionists and said that all Zionists should "have their throats cut."
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


It can happen to you! Knifed at a beer store.
[RT] Muslim robe-wearing man stabs customer buying beer in Paris supermarket (VIDEO)
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [362 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Never been beer'ed at a knife store ( but did get some nice coffee in a Cabela's once)
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 06/02/2017 12:43 Comments || Top||

#2  :)
Posted by: Shipman || 06/02/2017 17:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Another reason to not buy Coors Cutter.

USN, Ret. you are shopping at the wrong store; stop by sometime. Golf clubs, snake boots, and a helmet recommended.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/02/2017 19:39 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
President Trump appeals travel ban case to Supreme Court
[The Hill] The Trump administration late Thursday asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its travel ban that would block citizens from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

The administration filed two emergency applications with the Supreme Court justices seeking to block lower level court rulings that had previously halted Trump's March 6 executive order Reuters reported Thursday. The revised order banned citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days while the government implemented a stricter visa screening process.

In a statement, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said it had "asked the Supreme Court to hear this important case and are confident that President Trump's executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe and protect our communities from terrorism."

"The president is not required to admit people from countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism, until he determines that they can be properly vetted and do not pose a security risk to the United States," the statement continued.

The decision comes a week after a Richmond, Va.-based federal appeals court refused to reinstate the ban.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/02/2017 01:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The court would be wise to hear this case at it's earliest opportunity.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/02/2017 1:58 Comments || Top||

#2  I cannot wait for the twisted logic that president obama has the power to decide who can come in but Trump does not.
Posted by: Airandee || 06/02/2017 6:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Syrian Christian refugees could not be immediately reached for comment about their discrimination under the Obama administration.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/02/2017 8:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Good.
Posted by: Crusader || 06/02/2017 10:24 Comments || Top||

#5  I won't be holding my breath. The US's impulse to national suicide is very strong nowadays.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/02/2017 13:03 Comments || Top||

#6  Timing is awkward. If Kennedy retires this summer the Senate would be hard pressed to affirm his replacement in time, and a 4-4 split leaves the lower court decisiocs in place.
Posted by: Thravimp Lover of the Antelope7006 || 06/02/2017 13:03 Comments || Top||

#7  That's not fair because the court isn't stacked liberal!
Posted by: gorb || 06/02/2017 15:05 Comments || Top||

#8  You are about to find out when the mask drops, you have an aristocracy without any accountability to the people. L'état, C'est Moi!

When they base their edict on power not the written law, they shall in the end, inherit their kingdom.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/02/2017 18:56 Comments || Top||


ISIS-loving Air Force vet gets 35 years at weepy sentencing
More on this story from yesterday.
[NYPOST] A US Air Force vet who became the first American ever to be convicted of attempting to join ISIS prattled on, sometimes tearfully, for nearly 40 minutes Wednesday before a Brooklyn federal judge interrupted him to say he wasn’t the holy warrior’s "psychiatrist" and sentenced him to 35 years behind bars.

"This isn’t about whether you’re Moslem or Christian or Jewish," US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis told Tairod Pugh before handing down his decision. "This is about whether you’re going to stand up for your country, which has done so much for you, or betray your country.

"You made your choice," the jurist growled. "I have no sympathy."

Pugh, who did not testify during his trial, spoke at length Wednesday in a tangential, sometimes incoherent rant in which he attempted to explain away terrorist propaganda found in his possession, as well as maps of the border crossings from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
into Syria.

"I am a black man, I am a military man, I am a Moslem man," Pugh said before dissolving into tears.

"I protected this country and the Constitution," he choked. "And my service was repaid by stripping me of my career, shaming my wife, shaming my parents, shaming my children."

As he spoke to the judge, the Neptune, NJ, man -- who left his bride and children behind in Cairo when he made what he called "a one-way trip" to Turkey -- asked Garaufis to leaf through photos of him, mostly posing alongside various aircraft he’d worked on across the world.

The 49-year-old was convicted last March of plotting to join ISIS and obstructing a government proceeding. Upon his capture in Istanbul in 2015, he had attempted to destroy evidence of his plot.

Pugh served as an airplane mechanic for four years in the US military before he was honorably discharged and began working around the Middle East.
Posted by: Fred || 06/02/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [676 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  the 4 years he served in the usaf were 1986-1990

he converted to islam in 1998 and by 2001 was a fanboy of Osama B Laden

he worked in avionics in various places and in 2014 was working in kuwait when he was fired by the company he worked for
Posted by: lord garth || 06/02/2017 0:21 Comments || Top||

#2  He's time expired.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 06/02/2017 23:34 Comments || Top||


Iraq
PMUs liberate village, evacuate 300 families, south of Baaj
Baaj (IraqiNews.com) The paramilitary troops have cleared another village from Islamic State in south of Baaj city, within the troops advance to liberate the region, located west of Mosul.

In statements on Thursday, the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said troops liberated al-Khubra village, south of Baaj.

Moreover, “The troops besieged Ghelfas village, in west of Baaj,” the media service said.

“The 17th brigade foiled Islamic State militants’ attempt to infiltrate toward Harrada region, west of Mosul,” according to the statements. “One militant was killed, while the others ran away.”

In related news, “the troops evacuated 300 families from IS-held villages in south of Baaj.”

Close to the Iraqi-Iranian borders, Baaj is considered an important IS stronghold.

While major offensives take place in Mosul by Iraqi troops, backed by U.S.-led coalition, other offensives are launched by the paramilitary troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi to liberate neighboring regions in Nineveh province.

Last week, the paramilitary troops launched a second phase of operations launched earlier this month to complete the liberation of villages in the vicinity of Qairawan, freed on Tuesday, ahead of advancing toward Baaj, west of Mosul city.

An offensive was launched by PMUs on May 12, which resulted in clearing of Qairawan region, a main Islamic State bastion in west of Mosul which links between Tal Afar town and the Syrian borders, from IS militants earlier this week.

Paramilitary leader says IS front defense line stormed, border crossing freed

(IraqiNews.com) Badr Organization has announced storming the front defense line of Islamic State and liberating a border crossing with Syria.

In a statement, Hadi al-Amiri, the leader of the organization, which fights under the broader al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said “the troops resumed their advance for the second day in row liberating the Iraqi-Syrian borders.”

Amiri added that the troops raided the front defense line, used to support militants in Syria, through besieging Jayer Ghelfas exit.

PMUs, according to Amiri, “resume their advance toward Tal Sufouq border crossing, located west of Baaj. One of the villages was completely controlled.”

Previously on Thursday, the troops cleared al-Khubra village from Islamic State and announced besieging Ghelfas village in south of Baaj city.

Iraqi troops liberate more sites on the border with Syria

[ALMASDARNEWS] The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are taking a heavy toll on 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....
after bringing their desert warfare expertise, commanded by Haider al-Ameri, to deadly effect in western Nineveh.

Targeting an ISIS-held area south of al-Ba’aj, the PMU were able to wrestle control over the village of al-Khibra on Thursday morning. Later on, the Iraqi contingents also took control of the nearby al-Sakaar housing complex.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shouting match, Bart was wondering if fisticuffs would be appropriate at this point...
the PMU leadership announced it would start operations to secure the entire border with Syria; if succesful, this major military endeavour would cut the regional caliphate in half and significantly hamper its logistics and maneuverability.

In addition, PMU chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes announced that their forces would handover the entire border region to Syrian and Iraqi border guards once retaken.

With the PMU offensive heading southwards en route to the ISIS stronghold of al-Qaim, the PMU meanwhile denied it had crossed into Syria and said it was building trenches and barriers along the border to withhold ISIS counter-attacks.
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Four civilians killed and injured in two blasts in Anbar’s Hit
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Four non-combatants were killed and injured in two separate IED blasts in Hit city, in Anbar province, Sputnik quoted Iraqi news source as saying.

According to the source, two non-combatants were killed, while two others were seriously maimed in two IED blasts in al-Suwaib village in Hit, western Anbar. One of the injured lost his leg in one of the blasts.

Iraqi troops liberated Hit from 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....
Death Eaters in mid-April 2016.
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Western Mosul Reconquest: IS squeezed into less than ten sq.km.
Police commandos besiege IS in old Mosul’s Zanjili, kill 12 militants

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Federal Police forces are besieging Zanjili district near western Mosul’s Old City, Islamic State’s last refuge there, and killed 12 militants, the force’s commander said Thursday.

Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat said in a statement that “special forces of Federal Police commandos” are encircling Daesh (Islamic State) in Zanjili after taking over their communication equipment. He said bombardment of the area under siege left 12 militants added, including several with Arab nationalities.

“Forces are continuing their incursions along 600 meters, and are approaching Bab Sinjar, the Old City’s northern entrance,” Jawdat stated.

Mass grave of relics of 60 civilians found in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A mass grave composed of relics of 60 civilians, including women, killed by Islamic State, was found in western Mosul,” a local source from Nineveh province has said.

“Security troops discovered a mass grave in al-Shifa district in western Mosul,” the source told AlSumaria News on Wednesday. “The grave contained relics of 60 civilians, including elderly people and 23 women who worked as employees and lawyers as their ID cards found in their possession showed.”

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said, “IS shot the civilians dead in the head. They were transferred to forensic medicine department in Wadi Hajar to identify them and hand over their bodies to their relatives.

Coalition: Islamic State controlling less than 10 sq kilometers in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants are controlling less than ten square kilometers of land in western Mosul, a spokesperson of the U.S.-led coalition backing the campaign against the group said Thursday.

“Remaining #ISIS in W. #Mosul #Iraq hold less than 10 sq. km. This will arguably be some of the toughest fighting the #ISF will face,” Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, Spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), said on twitter, referring to Iraqi Security Forces sweeping through the last three districts around the Old City area which are still in IS grip.

Updated: sources: 5 civilians, including child, sniped by IS while fleeing Mosul enclave

(IraqiNews.com/Reuters) Five Iraqi civilians died Thursday by gunshots from Islamic State snipers while fleeing a district held by the group, security sources told Shafaaq News website.

The civilians were escaping Zanjili, where, the source said, Iraqi government forces regained control over 40 percent of areas on their way to invade the Old City. The source added that troops evacuated more than 150 families from the area.

About a dozen civilians were wounded on Thursday by Islamic State mortar shells as they tried to escape from the Zanjili district held by the militants in Mosul, Iraqi police said, according to Reuters.

Zanjili is part of the enclave that remains in the hands of Islamic State in the northern Iraqi city, alongside the Old City center and the Medical City hospitals complex.

U.S.-backed government forces began operations on May 27 to capture the enclave, regularly dropping leaflets telling families to flee.

The casualties from Zanjili were taken to a field clinic, said a police officer. They were part of the first group of civilians who have managed to escape.

Several dozen other civilians managed to reach government-held lines unhurt, using the same exit route, a police officer told Reuters.

The militants ordered dozens of families living in Zanjili district to move into the Old City to prevent them escaping toward the Iraqi forces, a resident told Reuters on Wednesday.
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16 casualties in separate Diyala attacks, including soldiers, militants and civilians
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Sixteen Iraqis were killed and wounded in Diyala on Thursday in separate attacks and bombings in the province, according to security sources.

DPA quoted the sources saying that three Iraqi soldiers and an Islamic State fighter died during an attack by the extremist group on an army checkpoint in Hamreen Mountains, northeast of Baqubah.

Two civilians were also killed and six others were wounded when an explosive device went off in a commercial area in Bahzar, south of Baqubah.

Sources also told the agency that gunmen attacked another police checkpoint in Hadid area early Thursday, killing a police captain and wounding another.
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Violence, armed conflicts leave 824 Iraqi casualties in May: UNAMI
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Violence and armed conflicts left 824 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of May, according to a monthly count released Thursday by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq.

“A total of 354 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 470 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in May 2017,” said UNAMI in its report.

The organization noted that the statistics does not include security personnel.

The report said that out of those, 160 civilians were killed and 52 were injured in Nineveh where Iraqi forces are engaged in a decisive, seven-month-old battle to eliminate Islamic State militants from Mosul, their largest stronghold in the country.

It counted 86 killed and 226 injured in the capital, Baghdad.

“According to information obtained by UNAMI from the Health Directorate in Anbar, the Governorate suffered a total of 136 civilian casualties (47 killed and 89 injured),” said UNAMI.

Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, decried the terrorists’ continued targeting of civilians, before and in the early days of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

“The terrorist Daesh is in its death throes in Mosul, but it has continued to stretch its wicked arm there and in other areas to relieve the military pressure on it, deliberately aiming to kill and maim the maximum number of civilians. Daesh has attacked with explosives a busy ice cream shop in Baghdad where families gathered at night after Iftar. The terrorists also hit on a street outside a government pension office in the capital, and struck as far as the city of Basra in the south.”
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Turkish military says kills 6 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq
[Ynet] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's military killed six members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes in northern Iraq on Thursday, the army said in a statement.

Turkish warplanes hit the Avasin-Basyan region in northern Iraq, killing PKK bandidos gunnies believed to be in preparation of an attack, the military said.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Soldier stabbed, stabbess shot in West Bank
[Ynet] IDF soldiers open fire on a female terrorist after she stabs and lightly injures a soldier at the entrance to Mevo Dotan settlement in the West Bank; soldier receives treatment at the scene as the terrorist is rushed to hospital at death's door.

A 16-year-old female terrorist stabbed and lightly maimed a soldier using a screwdriver at the entrance to Mevo Dotan settlement in the West Bank Thursday morning.

The Paleostinian terrorist from Ya'bad was neutralized at the scene by security forces and was treated after being described as being at death's door. She was subsequently rushed to the hospital.

The soldier, who sustained light injuries to the stomach, was treated at the scene without need for evacuation.

The last stabbing attack to have taken place in Israel was on May 23.
Update from The Times of Israel at 3:10 p.m. EDT: She's dead, Jim. Soldier is recovering nicely.
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#1  A 16-year-old female terrorist

Brings to mind the machete armed Uber killer in Chicago.

The threshold for madness knows no gender.
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Southeast Asia
ISIS video emerges from Marawi, shows heavy clashes with Philippine Army
[ALMASDARNEWS] al-Masdar News has obtained the first official 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....
video from Marawi, an embattled city in the southern Philippines which witnessed a large-scale ISIS uprising last week, prompting Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte to initiate a 60-day state of emergency in the province of Lanao.

Amaq Agency released footage showing Death Eaters from Maute and 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...
, two jihadist groups which have pledged allegiance to Islamic State leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
, in action against the Philippine Army across the predominately Sunni city.

Two consecutive ambushes have been conducted on armored vehicles since ISIS launched its insurgency, one of which was shown in the video. Dead government troops were still lying inside the vehicle.

At least 89 ISIS members have been killed since the battle began on May 22, wiping out roughly 20% of its fighting force. Meanwhile,
...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck and Manuel's rivalry was entering a new and more dangerous phase...
the Philippine Army has sustained well above 100 casualties during its bid to retake the largely Moslem city.

For instance, a Philippine bomber plane accidentally killed 11 government soldiers and injured seven others, security officials said Thursday.

Concerning images have also emerged showing forced conversation of the city’s Christian population. Around 200,000 people lived in Marawi before festivities began. However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
over 90% have fled due to the fighting already.
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Foreigners from at least 5 countries fighting with rebels in southern Philippines
[Ynet] Militants of at least five nationalities were among eight foreigners killed while fighting alongside Islamist murderous Moslems against government troops in the southern Philippines, Manila's defence minister said on Thursday.

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told a news conference that fighters who were Saudi, Malaysian, Indonesian, Yemeni and Chechen among the dead found in Marawi City over the past week.

There were eight foreigners killed who were known to be fighting with the rebels, he said.
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At least ten Philippine troops in Marawi friendly-fire airstrikes
[NPR] More than a week after ISIS-linked rebels seized Marawi, the Philippine military suffered a blow in its bid to retake the city: The country's defense secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, announced Thursday that an errant airstrike killed at least ten Philippine soldiers, wounding seven others.

"A group of our military army men were hit by our own airstrikes. The coordination was not properly done so we hit our own people," Lorenzana said in a text message.

Reuters reported the incident occurred "during the first offensive deployment of fixed-wing aircraft in the operation" against the Maute militants, who have pledged their loyalty to the Islamic State.

Shortly after the situation in Marawi descended into chaos, Philippine President Duterte declared martial law on Mindanao, suggesting he might soon broaden that emergency status nationwide. At a press conference last week, Duterte said, "If I think you should die, you will die. If you fight us, you will die. If there's an open defiance, you will die. And if it means many people dying, so be it. That's how it is."

From the outskirts of Marawi City, Al Jazeera reported, "Since the Philippine government announced martial law, there have been relentless air strikes, 'surgical air strikes' as the Philippine military described it. There have been organisations and civilians here who have been asking the government to stop the air strikes, simply because of the danger they pose for civilians."

Military spokesman Restituto Padilla said Thursday that the Philippine military does not intend to halt airstrikes after the incident, citing the need to combat enemy snipers in the city.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Trump Conditionally Arms the YPG - Arms Are Not to End Up With PKK
[Al-Monitor] The long delayed battle to capture Raqqa is imminent after the United States formally announced that it has begun to arm the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the coalition’s premier ally in the war against the Islamic State in Syria.

The battle for Raqqa is near as arms from the United States are dispersed among the coalition’s Kurdish ally, the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units.

An official from the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF), the umbrella group that brings together the YPG and its Arab allies from the Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC), told Al-Monitor that the offensive will begin in the coming weeks. "It's unlikely, but ... maybe even tomorrow [June 2]," the SDF official said.

The noose around Raqqa, the capital of the IS "caliphate," has been tightening as thousands of YPG and Arab fighters advised by US special operations forces have encircled it from the north, the west and the east. They have now pushed to within about 2 miles of the mainly Arab city where IS will likely put up fierce resistance, as it has in Mosul in neighboring Iraq.

Turkey insists that the YPG poses a threat to its national security because of the group’s tight links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a Kurdish militia that has been fighting since 1984 for self-rule inside Turkey.

The United States finally decided to take the leap, however, and last month President Donald Trump signed a waiver authorizing the Pentagon to directly arm the YPG only days before meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Washington.

In sharp contrast to its earlier bluster, Ankara’s reaction has been one of resentful resignation punctuated by the occasional anti-American squawk. Veiled threats to rescind coalition access to the Incirlik Air Base have all but evaporated. And Turkey’s lethal April 25 airstrike on YPG positions inside northern Syria that endangered US special forces in the area seems, in hindsight, to have been more of a one-off aimed at massaging nationalist domestic sensibilities.

Still, Stein reckons that Turkish pressure made a difference in the equipment that is being provided to the YPG. Referring to anti-tank guided missiles, or ATGMs, Stein noted, "It looks like the SDF has been given ATGMs that can’t kill Turkish tanks but will be able to take out IS VBIEDs." He added, "US special operations forces are also in the area and pictures suggest that they have the Javelin missile, so the US and YPG could be splitting ATGM duties." The Javelin is a US-made portable ATGM. The United States has pledged to track all the equipment it is providing to the YPG and to halt deliveries if they wind up in PKK hands or are used to target Turkey.
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#1  They won't end up with the PKK.... yet.

Turkey keeps pissing us off however...
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/02/2017 8:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Be a real shame, huh.

Oh, sorry Erdy, didn't mean to interrupt..you were saying?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/02/2017 18:49 Comments || Top||

#3  (btw - that movie is crazy)
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/02/2017 18:49 Comments || Top||


Hashd Al-Shaabi crosses Syrian border into Rojava
(BasNews) Syrian-Iraqi border is too long and it cannot be fully controlled, says a PYD official

The Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) or known as Hashd al-Shaabi, which arrived at the Iraq-Syria border two days ago, have crossed the border into Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) and took control of two villages in Hasaka province in the region.

PMF managed a few days ago to reach the Iraq-Syria border in western Nineveh province in cooperation and coordination with Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS), a PKK-affiliated group in Sinjar.

Media activist Mohammed al-Ahmad from Hasaka told BasNews "Hashd al-Shaabi militia crossed the Syrian border at a depth of 10 km on Wednesday and took control of the villages of Qusayba and al-Bawardi, southeast of Hasaka."

"We will deal with any attempts by Hashd al-Shaabi to enter the areas under the control of our forces," said Talal Sillo, the spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed alliance against the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS).

After reaching the border of Syria, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, commander of PMF Committee, said they would negotiate with Assad’s regime to cross the border into Syria, but a leader from People’s Defense Units (YPG), a PKK affiliate in northern Syria, told Asharq al-Awsat paper that they oppose the Iranian presence in the region and refuse to be a bridge between the Iraqi PMF and Syrian regime.

The Commander of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) Security forces (Asayish), Jwan Ibrahim, called on his forces to beware of Iran and the Syrian regime as they are attempting to mobilise their [military] cells against us," according to Asharq al-Awsat.

Al-Muhandis said the military operations by the militia in the western areas of Nineveh aimed at clearing the Iraq-Syria border from IS bully boyz and their forces will chase the presence of the bully boyz even outside the Iraqi territories.

The media activist al-Ahmad told BasNews that the incursion of the "sectarian militia" forces into the borders of Syrian Kurdistan was in agreement with the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Syrian wing of the PKK.

"The Syrian-Iraqi border is too long and it can not be fully controlled due to the battles in the area, therefore, limited violations may occur there," said Dara Mustafa, a PYD official. "When needed, our forces also cross the border for a few kilometers to chase some elements of the IS," he argued.
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Bomb blasts kill 15 members of Syrian opposition in Daraa
Who is hanging out in Daraa these days?
Daraa (SyriaNews.media) 15 members of the Syrian opposition were killed and others were maimed, on Thursday, in two kabooms in the road linking between Kafr Shams and Aqrabah, in northern Daraa, Qasioun News Agency reported.

The news agency reported that more than 15 members of the Syrian opposition were killed in two kabooms that hit Kafr Shams-Aqrabah Road, in northern Daraa, while pointed out that regime forces shelled the areas of kabooms with heavy artillery.

Noteworthy, the areas north and east of Daraa recently witnessed similar blasts, killing several civilians and security members.
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Fleeing Raqqa, 10,000 refugees mass at camp north of Syrian city: MSF
(Reuters) About 10,000 civilians have fled to a camp just north of Islamic State’s bastion of Raqqa with hundreds more arriving each day as the battle for the city nears, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday.

Residents are escaping Raqqa under cover of night as U.S.-backed forces close in, taking their chances against minefields and hostile fighters rather than risking death in a major battle expected to begin soon.

“It is not a massive exodus, but about 800 people a day are arriving in Ain Issa every day,” Natalie Roberts, an emergency doctor from MSF France who had just returned from the region, told reporters.

The camp in Ain Issa village is run by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which is made up predominantly of Kurdish fighters, who have now arrived to within 3 km (2 miles) of Raqqa and plan to press on with the assault on Islamic State.

The SDF had planned to make the camp a transit point for civilians. But the need to register each person and with many not having an alternative destination to travel to, the camp has expanded to beyond its 6,000-person capacity, Roberts said.

Conditions have deteriorated especially due to the summer heat. The United Nations and other aid groups have yet to establish themselves in the zone, she said.

MSF is providing basic care including vaccinations, maternity care and treatment of chronic conditions. People with war wounds, mostly caused by mines, are being sent to three MSF hospitals further north.

It is unclear how many people remain in Raqqa, Islamic State’s Syrian base of operations for more than three years and a major symbol of the cross-border “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria. The city’s population was estimated at 200,000 before the recent departures.

Roberts said that coalition bombing in Raqqa had appeared to be well targeted so far, but that the city’s hospitals would not be equipped to handle the sort of injuries resulting from an intensification.
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25 members of government forces killed in Damascus
Damascus (SyriaNews.media) The Syrian opposition announced, yesterday, killing 25 members of the government forces in Tal Dakwa, in the eastern Qalamun, in the countryside of Damascus.

The opposition said that festivities broke out between its forces and the Syrian regime forces, amid mutual artillery and rockets shelling, in the eastern Qlamun in the countryside of Damascus, resulting in the killing of 25 members of the government forces.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shootout, Butch shot Black Bart's other gun out of his other hand......
similar festivities took place in the outskirts of al-Ashari town, in eastern Ghouta in the countryside of Damascus, but no casualties were reported.

Noteworthy, Syrian opposition recently launched a military operation, codenamed "The land is ours", in order to stop the advance of the regime forces into the Syrian Badiyah, in the countryside of Damascus.
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IS Grand Mufti struck by coalition’s air force in Raqqa
Raqqa (BasNews) The Islamic State (IS) Grand Mufti Turki al-Binali, one of the senior IS leaders, was killed in an air strike of the International Coalition in the Syrian city of Raqqa in the past 48 hours, according to reports released on Thursday.

IS extremist group confirmed his death and began distributing his biography and obituary. Many considered Binali a natural successor of the IS leader Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi.

However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a report that “it is not yet known” whether the targeted IS member is Binali or another leader of the jihadist group since the body was transferred to a hospital in Raqqa, the IS stronghold in Syria.

Binali, 34, was originally from Bahrain and he moved to Libya in 2013 where he pledged alliance to IS and he also invited people to join the jihadist group. Later, he moved to Raqqa, the IS de facto capital in northern Syria where he was appointed as the IS Grand Mufti.
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U.S.-led coalition strike kills founder of Islamic State media outlet: brother
(IraqiNews) An air strike by the U.S.-led coalition has killed the founder of the Islamic State propaganda media outlet Amaq in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor, his brother said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

Reuters could not independently confirm whether he had been killed. There was no immediate comment from the United States-led coalition against Islamic State.

The post said the strike killed Rayan Meshaal and his daughter in their home in the city of al-Mayadin. Syrian opposition activists had been sharing news of Meshaal’s death on social media.

“I’m pleased to announce the martyrdom of my older brother Baraa Kadek, known as Rayan Meshaal…in an air strike by the coalition,” the Facebook post reportedly by his brother said.

Islamic State often claims responsibility for attacks worldwide through Amaq channels on social media.

Rita Katz, director of the U.S.-based SITE monitoring service, said on Twitter that a coalition strike allegedly killed Meshaal in Deir al-Zor.

Katz added Amaq had “shown itself as ISIS’ state media agency” since its founding in 2014 and had issued claims for at least two dozen attacks around the world.

Islamic State militants control swathes of Syria’s vast eastern deserts and most of Deir al-Zor province bordering Iraq, but they have been on the back foot over the past year.

With air strikes and special forces on the ground, the U.S.-led coalition is supporting an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias in a campaign to capture Raqqa city.
Ynet adds:
Activists said Kadek was close to the ISIS leadership, gaining their trust and reportedly meeting with the enigmatic leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

His brother, Hozaifa, and former friends reported his death.
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Islamists beat back Syrian Army attack in Damascus countryside
[ALMASDARNEWS] Militants of Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
(Army of Islam) jihadist group managed to repel an attack by Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on Hawsh Dawahra town in East Ghouta region of Damascus province.

Government forces reactivated their military operations in the region on May 30, when 105th Brigade of the Elite Republican Guard, alongside with National Defense Forces (NDF) of Damascus and Paleostine Liberation Army (PLA) began a fresh assault targeting the aforementioned town.

Initially, the attack developed successfully as government troops were able to seize a farmland situated between Hawsh Dawahra and Hawsh Zarqiyah.

After that, Syrian Army and allies tried to storm the town itself twice, but both attempts failed due to fierce resistance put up by krazed killers.

Over the course of past 48 hours government forces lost around 10 soldiers on this front. However,
the way to a man's heart remains through his stomach...
they are still in control of their positions in the farmland surrounding Hawsh Dawahra.

Media wing of Jaish al-Islam published a video footage today that shows islamists targeting SAA troops in Hawsh Dawahra farms
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Two Syrian women arrested in southern Lebanon for links to ISIL
[ALMASDARNEWS] Lebanese military intelligence personnel tossed in the clink
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
two Syrian women in the Nabatiyeh Governorate of southern Leb, Thursday, for alleged links to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) terror organization, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.

"Following close and thorough monitoring by the Lebanese army intelligence, the two women were arrested after being tasked by Daash to carry out a security mission in said area," an NNA correspondent reported Thursday.

The two women had illegally entered Leb from Syria prior to their arrest, a Lebanese Army communique read.
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Syrian Army’s most elite brigade heads from Damascus to Daraa city
[ALMASDARNEWS] Relocated from the Syrian capital, a large convoy of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reinforcements arrived in the provincical capital of Daraa on Thursday, representing the third batch of troops from the 4th Mechachanized Division to arrive in the southern city over the week.

The 42nd Brigade ‐ also known as the Ghaith Forces ‐ brought with them dozens of so-called ’Adra T-72’ tanks and scores of elephant rockets mounted on pickup trucks:

The 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division is considered the strongest in the SAA and was previously commanded by Maher al-Assad himself, the younger brother of the Syrian President.

This seasoned brigade is currently led by Colonel Ghiath Dalleh who singlehandedly retook half a dozen rebel pockets around Damascus in the past year alone.

With overwhelming manpower and weaponry in the process of deployment in Daraa city, the SAA is expected to unleash a huge ground offensive on the al-Manshiyah and Deraa al-Balaad neighborhoods, both of which were bombarded by Syrian warplanes on Thursday.

The coming campaign in Daraa represents the 42nd Brigade’s first military operations outside the Syrian capital.
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