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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Probe into Stockholm truck attack that killed 5 to last until end of year
A Swedish investigator says the probe into the April 7 attack when a stolen truck rammed into a crowd in downtown Stockholm, killing five and injuring 14, will last until the end of the year.

Christer Nilsson says he expects that formal charges against the suspect, a 39-year-old Uzbek man, will be ready after that — "give or take a couple of months."

Lawyers for Rakhmat Akilov say he has admitted driving the truck 1,100 meters (3,600 feet) down a main pedestrian shopping street.

Nilsson said Thursday that 65 people are working on the case and 1,279 people have been questioned, adding that one reason for the lengthy probe is the number of victims.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/08/2017 09:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The truck, the owner it was stolen from, and the manufacturer will be indicted first.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/08/2017 16:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Oh, and the victims as 'co-conspirators' since they chose to be at the markets.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/08/2017 16:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Thousands get raped all the time but for over there it's a big secret...
Posted by: Snoting Tojo4355 || 06/08/2017 20:59 Comments || Top||


Device explodes at US Embassy in Kiev in reported terrorist act; no injuries
An attacker threw an explosive device over the fence of the U.S. Embassy in Kiev that detonated in the early hours on Thursday, Reuters reported.

There were no injuries, according to the report. Authorities called the incident a terrorist act.

Authorities in Kiev said in a statement that the incident occurred at 12:05 a.m. local time, and occurred at the U.S. Embassy compound in the Shevchenko district.

"It was determined that an unknown assailant threw an unidentified explosive device onto the grounds of the diplomatic mission. Criminal proceedings have been initiated under Art. 258 (Terrorist Act) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine," the statement read, according to The Mirror.

The U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning in 2016 for U.S. citizens in Ukraine. The statement read, “The situation in Ukraine is unpredictable and could change quickly.”
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/08/2017 09:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They weren't flying the rainbow flag, were they?
Posted by: Pappy || 06/08/2017 21:07 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Imam Sahib District Governor Appeals For Extra Troops
[ToloNews] The Imam Sahib district governor has appealed for reinforcement troops amid ongoing festivities between security forces and the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province.

Clashes broke out four days ago, when the Death Eaters launched an attack on a check post.

Imamuddin Quraishi, district governor said in a phone call to TOLOnews that the Taliban is only 500 meters from his compound. He warned if reinforcements are not sent to the area the district could fall to the murderous Moslems.

"This is the fourth day since the Taliban launched their attack and the festivities are ongoing.

"The provincial police chief visited the district but did not bring reinforcements with him. If reinforcements are not deployed to the district, Imam Sahib will fall to the Taliban."

Meanwhile,
...back at the alley, Slats grabbed for his rosco...
a provincial council member said the Taliban has already taken control of some areas in the district.

"The festivities started at about 4am on Sunday from Aqa Bay village and now heavy festivities are still ongoing," said Mohammad Yousuf Ayoubi, a provincial council member.

"A few days ago, the Taliban attacked the Imam Sahib district. Unfortunately they have taken most parts of the district and the Taliban has taken control of Aqa Bay Rouz-e-Mubarezk and Koch-e-Bakhmal villages," said another provincial council member Safiullah Amiri.

Military officials however claim the Taliban has sustained a heavy casualty toll in the district.

"The enemies of Afghanistan have tried to destabilize Imam Sahib district but the security forces were able to hurt the enemy and they have suffered heavy casualties.

"One of their group’s leaders was also killed in festivities with security forces and their two armored vehicles were also destroyed," said a military commander Sayed Baqir Musa.
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#1  http://rantburg.com/911/TheWayWeWere.htm 404 not found
Posted by: Herb McCoy7309 || 06/08/2017 7:14 Comments || Top||

#2  That's odd, Herb McCoy7309. When I clicked on the headline, it sent me to http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/imam-sahib-district-governor-appeals-extra-troops, which is the article in question. But perhaps someone quietly fixed it between your post and mine.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/08/2017 9:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Search for the way we were link on the front page and click it.
Posted by: Harcourt Angoluting9366 || 06/08/2017 11:55 Comments || Top||

#4  I reread The Way We Were, Harcourt Angoluting9366, as I have periodically since Fred wrote it. Though I was aware of the assassination of the Afghan gentleman at the time, because several indignant girlfriends had sent me that email petition addressed to the Taliban demanding they treat their wimminfolk according to American standards. I'd got tired of explaining that those few Taliban who could read English and had internet access would be completely uninterested in the opinions of Western infidel females, however scathingly couched, and their non-English speaking, unconnected brethren would care even less.

But what has that to do with either the article or the problem with the link?
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/08/2017 16:37 Comments || Top||


30 school girls poisoned in Ghazni province of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least thirty school girls were poisoned in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan today, the local officials said.

The incident took place in a girl’s school located in Jaghoori district and the health condition of the students has been reported as satisfactory.

Provincial governor Abdul Karim Matin confirmed the incident took place around 12 pm local time on Tuesday in Shahyar Sultan school located in Almito village.

He said the school girls were immediately shifted to the hospital and the majority of them have returned to their homes as receiving treatments.

The main reason behind the poisoning of the school girls has not been ascertained so far but governor Matin said an investigation is underway in this regard.

This is not the first time the school students have been poisoned in the restive provinces, including Ghazni province.

Over 80 students were poisoned in a school located in the central city of Ghazni late in the month of May.

Meanwhile,
...back at the palazzo, Don Smilzo looked for an avenue of escape. The only window opened a hundred feet above the moat. The nearest of the hired assassins hold a bloody axe.
The window was looking better all the time....

several unknown gunnies destroyed a school located in Jaghoori district of Ghazni province by detonating explosives near the school compound around two weeks ago.

Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [407 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  "If they didn't want to be poisoned, they shouldn't have intact clitorises!"
Posted by: Frank G || 06/08/2017 18:12 Comments || Top||


ISIS suffer heavy casualties in East of Afghanistan, 44 including foreigners killed
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] 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 suffered heavy casualties during the ongoing military operations 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 Death Eaters were killed during the Arclight airstrikes conducted in Kot district as the Afghan ground forces are busy in clearance and counter-terrorism operations against the terror group.

The statement further added that several foreign gunnies are among those killed in the Arclight airstrikes.

The local residents and security personnel did not suffer any casualties during the Arclight airstrikes, the provincial government added.

In the meantime, the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan army said at least 15 gunnies of the group were killed during the separate Arclight airstrikes conducted in Achin district.

Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Jalaluddin Haqqani’s group suffer casualties in latest Taliban infighting
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Militants belonging to the Jalaluddin Haqqani
...founder and still titular head of the Haqqani Network. Jalaluddin is old and tough and very crafty, one of the few Pashtun warlords who was worth spit...
’s faction of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
suffered casualties in the latest infighting between the Taliban turbans 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 festivities broke out between the Taliban turbans in Bati Kot district late on Monday night.

The statement further added that one Taliban Lion of Islam was killed during the festivities and at least two others were maimed.

The murderous Moslems killed or maimed during the festivities belong to the Jalaluddin Haqqani group, the statement added, citing the preliminary information received by the government regarding the incident.

A number of the Taliban turbans were killed or maimed during an infighting among the murderous Moslems of the group in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place late on Sunday night in Chora district.

A number of the Taliban turbans were killed or maimed during an infighting among the murderous Moslems of the group in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan last week.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place late on Sunday night in Chora district.

Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network


11 bad Guys die in Kunduz airstrike
At least eleven insurgents including Tajikistani militants were killed in an airstrike in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

The provincial police commandment in a statement said the Afghan security forces conducted operations in the vicinity of Imam Sahib district and targeted the insurgents who had taken position inside a house, leaving 11 of them dead.

The statement further added that the airstrike was carried out on the residence of commander Momin as the militants were busy making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

At least nine Tajikistani insurgents were among those killed in the airstrike, the police commandment said, adding that the house on which airstrike was carried out belonged to commander Momin who is a local influential figure.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

Kunduz is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

Taliban launched numerous attacks on key districts of the province including Kunduz city during the recent years but the militants were pushed back after the Afghan security forces launched an offensive with the support of the US forces based in Afghanistan.
Posted by: badanov || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Europe migrant colonist briefs
We've been so busy with active jihadi attacks, I haven't had time to do a migrant briefs round-up. Herewith, what I had set aside in my daily perambulations since the last round-up published on May 28. Barring another atrocity, I'll do a proper round-up in the next few days.
Germany sees growing ′fake father′ racket for migrants
7 June
[DW] Authorities in Berlin admitted on Tuesday that Germany was seeing an epidemic of so-called "fake fathers" across the country - perhaps as many as 5,000 a year. The practice revolves around German men claiming paternity of a migrant's child in exchange for a cash payout, and a German passport for the infant. If their child is a citizen, the mothers can then be granted permanent residency in Germany.

"The business of speeding up residency procedures by means of sham paternity is a nationwide phenomenon," said Parliamentary State Secretary for the Interior Ministry Ole Schröder. He added that the 5,000 cases were only the ones the government was aware of, meaning the actual number may be much higher.

In many cases, the men in question are living off of welfare and are thus exempt from having to pay child support as well.

Syrian Refugee Stabs to Death German Psychologist
6 June
[AnNahar] A 27-year-old Syrian man was arrested Wednesday after he stabbed and killed a refugee aid worker during an argument in a Red Cross therapy and counseling center, police said. The unnamed suspect, who also injured himself, was arrested shortly after the attack in Saarbruecken, near the French border, and was then hospitalized, police said.

The victim was a psychologist who worked with traumatized refugees, said the German Red Cross, whose president Rudolf Seiters said he was "appalled and shocked" by the crime.

Several migrants killed in smuggler bus crash in Bulgaria
5 June
[DW] Nine people from Pakistan and Afghanistan have died and seven others were injured on Sundayafter a minibus transporting them through Bulgaria crashed on the highway. The bus was reportedly driven by a 16-year-old Bulgarian with a criminal record who did not have a license.

The crash took place on a highway near Pazardjik, which is close to Bulgaria's borders with Greece and Turkey.
Karte Pazardjik in Bulgarien

Police said the passengers who were killed did not have any identification documents with them, but survivors of the accident told authorities that they were Pakistani and Afghan nationals.

Report: Rate of deportations stagnating in Germany
4 June
[DW] The German government is falling short of its goal to deport significantly more rejected asylum seekers, a newspaper report has found. Over 8,000 migrants have been sent back so far this year, compared to 25,000 in 2016.

This year has also seen fewer numbers of rejected asylum-seekers who voluntarily opted to return to their countries of origin. According to police figures, only 11,195 such voluntary return trips were approved during the first four months of the year. In 2016, a total of 54,006 migrants took advantage of the volunteer return program in Germany, which covers certain costs including travel expenses.

After the recent drop-off in the number of refugee and migrant arrivals in Germany, Merkel and the premiers of Germany's 16 states declared that only those whose applications were approved were allowed to stay while all others "should leave Germany."

A spokeswoman with the German interior ministry told Welt am Sonntag that the reason for the lower repatriation figures is that an exceptional amount of people returned to their countries of origin last year.

"Repatriations and voluntary departures in 2016 took place to a particularly large extent in the west Balkan countries," the speaker said. Repatriations to other areas have proven to be much more difficult due to a "lack of cooperation" with other countries, the interior ministry said.

The state interior ministry of Hesse told the newspaper that deportations to northern African countries have failed in the past due to the fact that some of the rejected asylum-seekers do not have travel documents.

Cologne transitions displaced people to long-term homes
3 June
[DW] The city of Cologne is finally closing the last of its emergency shelters for displaced people.

Germany approves tougher migrant measures
2 June
[Ynet] Germany's top security official says newly passed measures strengthen authorities' ability to identify and deport migrants who may be dangerous or not deserving of asylum.

Parliament's upper house on Friday gave final approval to measures allowing Germany's migration agency to evaluate cellphone data of migrants who arrive without proper documents, and share data with other authorities in situations considered dangerous.

The measures also speed up deportations and allow authorities to monitor dangerous individuals facing deportation with electronic ankle bracelets.

Germany to keep deporting Afghans who pose threat, hide ID
1 June
[Ynet] The German government said Thursday it will continue to deport people to Afghanistan if they are considered a threat, have committed crimes or persistently refuse to reveal their identity.

The government earlier had said it would consider each deportation on a case-by-case basis following Wednesday's deadly attack in Kabul, which raised fresh questions about security in the country.

U.S. Aid Group in Greece Hit by Refugee Sex Abuse Claims
1 June
[AnNahar] The American aid agency Mercy Corps has announced an internal probe into accusations that two of its workers in Greece sexually exploited refugees. Mercy Corps said it had put the two staffers on temporary paid leave after getting a call to its complaints hotline.

Greek authorities have also opened a probe into the case, which was revealed in mid-May by the office of the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Christos Stylianides.

The allegations concerned not just sexual abuse but financial corruption, the Commission said in a May 16 statement. The Commission did not at that time name the agency concerned, but said it had suspended its funding pending the results of the investigation.

Mercy Corps is one of many NGOs working in Greece to help tens of thousands of refugees and migrants blocked from moving further into Europe.

Danish prosecutor: Teen who plotted to bomb Jewish school mentally ill
31 May
[IsraelTimes] A Danish prosecutor says she is appealing a six-year prison sentence given to a Danish teenage girl convicted of attempted terrorism, saying she should be incarcerated in a mental institution instead. Natascha Colding-Olsen, now 17, was found guilty earlier this month of planning bomb attacks on her former school and on a Jewish school in Copenhagen, and of possessing chemicals, two years ago. Prosecutor Lise-Lotte Nilas said Wednesday the case was “totally unusual and serious.” Earlier a medical report concluded that the girl was dangerous to others.

During her trial, Colding-Olsen, who converted to Islam in 2015, admitted the plans and making contact with people whom she thought were radical militants.

Asylum seeker wins European court appeal against deportation from Switzerland
30 May
[TheLocal.ch] A Sudanese man has won his appeal against deportation from Switzerland after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said deporting him would violate his human right not to be tortured.

The man in question, known only as A.I., arrived in Switzerland in 2012 and lodged an asylum request, the ECHR said in a press release. He claimed he had been a member of a militant organization defending the rights of minorities in Darfur, Sudan, and he had also been a member of armed opposition group the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). It was decided he did not meet the criteria of a refugee and therefore he was ordered to be deported. He then lost an appeal at the Swiss civil court before taking his case to the ECHR.

The ECHR said that “despite certain inconsistencies” there was no reason to doubt the credibility of his claims concerning his political activities, and consequently there were “reasonable grounds” to think he ran the risk of being detained, interrogated and tortured on his arrival at Khartoum airport. Deporting him would violate articles three and two of the European Convention on Human Rights which ban torture and protect the right to life, it said.

In a second case related to another Sudanese man, the ECHR ruled in favour of Switzerland, saying the man, known as N.A., was not at risk of being tortured or ill-treated on his return.

Pieces of pig placed on plot of future mosque in Germany
29 May
[IsraelTimes] Nine wooden spikes topped with parts of a dead pig were planted on a plot of land where Muslims are planning to build a mosque in the eastern city of Erfurt, German police said Monday. The 1.5 meter-tall (nearly 5-foot) stakes were topped with half of a pig’s head, pig feet, and pig bowels among other things, the German news agency dpa reported. Police say whoever was responsible is unknown.

There have been repeated protests against the construction of the Ahmadiyya mosque in Erfurt, including one by protesters who erected large Christian crosses on a neighboring property.
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India-Pakistan
Pak Army responds to 'unprovoked' firing by Indian troops along LoC: ISPR
[DAWN] Four members of a family were maimed in Leepa valley of Azad Jammu and Kashmire (AJK) in overnight exchange of heavy fire across the restive Line of Control (LoC), officials and residents said early Thursday.

Exchange of fire in the valley, located a hundred kilometres southeast of state capital Muzaffarabad, began at about 5pm on Wednesday and continued till 2am on Thursday, said deputy commissioner Jhelum valley Abdul Hameed Kiani.

"Initially the Indians used small arms, but later they resorted to use of heavy artillery, targeting both the army posts and civilian populations in Union Council Naukat," he told Dawn.

"Pakistain army gave them a befitting response," he added.

The Pakistain army refers Union Council Naukat as the Kayani
... four star general, current Chief of Army Staff of the Mighty Pak Army. Kayani is the former Director General of ISI...
sector.

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#1  Infiltration Season
Posted by: Frank G || 06/08/2017 10:43 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraqi forces liberate important crossing into Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] Minutes ago, the pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd al-Sha’abi) liberated the Safouk Border-Crossing into the Syrian province of al-Hasakah.

The PMU was able to take control of the Safouk Crossing after launching a surprise assault, tonight, from the recently liberated town of Ba’aj, east of the Syrian border.

The Safouk Crossing was an important site along the Syrian border that 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....
used to resupply their fighters in the al-Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, Homs, and al-Hasakah governorates.

Iranian militias capture 30 villages along Syria border

[AlManar] The commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Second Brigade, Karim Al-Khaqani, announced that its units managed during the past two days to liberate 30 villages near Syria border, adding that the PMF troops will hold all the bordering area and bolster the defense lines.

It is worth noting that, PMF units had liberated Ba’aj district in Western Mosul on June 4, inflicting heavy losses upon ISIL terrorists.
Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


ISIS leader turns into a fine, red mist in Kirkuk
Hawija (IraqiNews.com) Prominent Islamic State leader has been killed in an airstrike that targeted Hawija, in Kirkuk province, according to Diyala provincial council’s security committee.

In remarks to reporters on Wednesday, Sadeq al-Husseini, head of the council, said “prominent IS leader in Hawija known as abu Mohamed al-Shami, a Syrian national, was killed in an airstrike that targeted a group’s location in Fudeiha village, in Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk.”

“The leader was killed after communication with East Dijla Operations Command to follow him, until security personnel were able to locate him before being targeted by army fighter jets” Husseini added.

Hawija, located 55 KM west of Kirkuk, has been held by IS since mid-2014.

Last month, news reports quoted sources as saying that the extremist group opened alternative headquarters for its so-called “Nineveh State, “Dijlah State”, “Salahuddin State” and “Diyala State” in Hawija.

IS still holds three towns in western Anbar close to the borders with Syria, in addition to a few areas in Salahuddin, Diyala and Kirkuk. The Iraqi government is expected to aim at those strongholds once the Mosul battle is concluded.

Dozens of residents from Hawija and the regions in its vicinity escape to Kirkuk province on a daily basis. Despite the risky routes to the freed regions, the civilians prefer death to staying under IS control.
Posted by: badanov || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [363 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  I hope they found large chunks in the mist.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/08/2017 0:36 Comments || Top||


Mosul Offensive News


Iraqi forces smoke 34 ISIS troops in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Thirty-four Islamic State militants, including a leader, were killed during armed confrontations in western Mosul, Federal Police have declared.

In a statement aired on state TV, Lt.Gen. Shaker Jawdat said, “Federal Police troops have controlled 75 percent of al-Zanjili district and become very close to Bab Sanjar region in the Old City.”

“Operations in Zanjili left 34 militants, including the leader Abi Baraa al-Tounsi, in charge of explosives manufacturing workshops in the Old City, killed and four booby-trapped vehicles, that attempted targeting the passageways of the displaced, destroyed,” he added.

In related news, intelligence sources from Mosul said on Wednesday that the militants looted and burnt houses of the displaced civilians as well as their properties and cars at IS-held regions. Moreover, a source said three Federal Police personnel were shot dead by IS snipers in Zanjili.

Speaking to Shafaq News, the sources added that IS members booby-trapped houses of the civilians who fled toward security troops in al-Shifa district. They stole their properties and cars to block the streets and blow them to hamper advance of the troops.

Meanwhile, observers said the group has realized its losses caused by the war waged against Iraqi troops. Suffering shortage in personnel, the group resorted to hindering the troops through blocking streets with vehicles and denying civilians access to use them as human shields.

On Monday, Federal Police declared troops aimed again at the strategic Old City from the southern entrances, reopening an old front after they have been sweeping through northwestern neighborhoods over the past few weeks in a way to invade the strategic Old City.

ISIS Big turban dies in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A prominent Islamic State leader was killed in western Mosul, Kurdistan Region Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Directorate announced on Wednesday.

In a statement, the directorate said, “according to information received, a terrorist called Ahmed Hashim Hamid, known as Abu Hammam, was killed over the past few days in western Mosul.”

The militant, according to the statement, “is the second man in the IS’s so-called ‘Sharia Diwan’.”

The directorate did not refer to whom killed the militant.

Earlier on the day, Federal Police said 34 IS militants, including a leader called abu Baraa al-Tounsi, in charge of explosives manufacturing workshops in the Old City, were killed during armed confrontations on al-Zanjili district in western Mosul.

5 ISIS troops die in shooting in western Mosul

Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) Unknown gunmen killed five Islamic State militants at an enclave which is still under the group’s control west of Mosul, according to a security source.

The source said in a press statement, reported by Waradana news website, saying that the gunmen were boarding three pickup trucks attacked an IS checkpoint in central Tal Afar.

The attack threw the militants into confusion, but they did not take any action attackers since many of their superior leaders had already fled the town, according to the source.

Occasional reports have been made about anonymous attacks targeting IS members inside and outside Mosul since the launch of the offensive, especially at Tal Afar, where the group has reportedly been struck with divisions and infighting over leadership and field defeats.

IS has been holding Tal Afar since 2014, and paramilitary troops, Popular Mobilization, have cleared most of areas around the enclave near the Syrian borders, and occasionally announce they await government orders to invade it.

11 Iraqi soldiers die in mined residence in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Eleven Iraqi soldiers were killed, while seven others were wounded due to an explosion of a booby-trapped house in western Mosul district.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Cap. Sabhan Wali, of Rapid Response forces, said, “eleven personnel of the Interior Ministry’s Federal police and Rapid Response troops were killed earlier on Wednesday in a blast of a booby-trapped house in al-Zanjili district, in western Mosul.”

Explosive experts, according to Wali, were accompanying the personnel who invaded Zanjili to comb areas that were liberated, when the house was blown up.

Earlier on the day, news reports mentioned that IS members booby-trapped houses of the civilians who fled toward security troops. They also stole their properties and cars to block the streets and blow them up to hamper advance of the troops.
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9 die in suicide bombing in Heet


Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Nine civilians, including children, were killed in a suicide attack that took place in central Hit, west of Iraq, official sources said on Wednesday.

“A suicide attacker wearing suicide belt targeted on Tuesday evening a gathering of children in central Hit town, west of Ramadi,” an officer from Anbar police told AFP.

The death toll of the blast reached nine victims in addition to two injured women, Mohamed al-Mohammadi, chief of Hit local council said on Wednesday.

“Followed by security services, the attacker tried to hide in one of the houses in al-Gara, central Hit. He gathered a group of children on the street and then blew himself up.”

A medical source from Hit Hospital said, “nine bodies including seven siblings who were killed due to the blast, arrived at the hospital.”

“Among the victims, there were six children below the age of six,” the source added.
Posted by: badanov || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israel Steps Up Fight Against ISIS, as Terror Group Wages ‘War' for Control of Egyptian Border
[Free Beacon] Israeli military forces are quietly conducting operations to counter the threat of Islamic State terrorists along the Sinai border area with Egypt, according to senior Israeli defense officials who described ISIS as the "most quickly advanced threat we've ever had."

ISIS terrorists have been locked in what Israeli military officials described as an "ongoing war" along Sinai Peninsula, as they attempt to wrench control of the key territory along Israel's southern border from Egyptian hands.

The daily battle, which has received little coverage in the Western media, has become a chief concern for Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) personnel operating along the Jewish state's southern border, eclipsing even Hamas terrorists in the region.

Officials estimate that there are anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 "active members of ISIS" operating in the Sinai region, a sizable force in an area that is largely lawless and has been seen as a primary terrorism tension point for some time. ISIS orchestrates terror attacks nearly every day of the week along the border, Israeli military officials disclosed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/08/2017 01:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [446 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Israel acquired the Sinai Peninsula during the 6-Day War in 1967. In 1979, Israel transferred the Sinai to Egypt due to Jimmah's meddling. Hmmmm, maybe this is a good time to move the Sinai border to the pre-1979 border (cough, cough).
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/08/2017 9:28 Comments || Top||

#2  That was Jimmy, who validated a questionable election of Chavez to avoid a civil war in Venezuela and inserted himself in Korea in the 90s to forestall military action to prevent the Norks from getting a bomb. Man seems to be one a Colonel Nicholson without the 'What have I done'. File under the usual Lefty 'I only meant well' excuse.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/08/2017 12:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Should be a chance to warm up the Egypt/Israel relations.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/08/2017 17:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Good find, Besoeker. Good to know, expecially since the Israeli sources I check haven't been talking about this.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/08/2017 23:05 Comments || Top||


Palestinian arrested when for possession of explosive devices
[Ynet] Ibrahim Abu Ali, 33, a resident of Yatta, Hebron,
...Hamas Central in the West Bank...
was locked away
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
by Negev Police after they found several bombs in a business under his name.

He is suspected of possession and manufacture of weapons, ammunition or explosives, possession of weapons and conspiracy to commit a crime.

The explosive charges were seized in the business he held, not far from his house. In his interrogation he denied that the explosive charges were his. The Be'er Sheva Magistrate's Court extended his remand by five days.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  "They're for personal use, man"
Posted by: Frank G || 06/08/2017 9:43 Comments || Top||


Hamas commander said killed in Gaza explosion
[IsraelTimes] Group gives no info on circumstances of blast in Rafah, which may have been an operational accident.

A Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, field commander was killed Wednesday night and two other operatives injured in a blast in the southern Gazoo city of Rafah, officials in the Hamas-controlled Strip said.

The circumstances of the kaboom were note made clear, but may have been an accident during one of the terror group’s operations.

Several Hamas operatives have been killed and injured in accidental blasts and tunnel collapses in recent months.

Hamas is engaged in training its fighters, building rockets and digging tunnels in preparation for another round of conflict with Israel. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.

Gazoo bully boyz have dug dozens of tunnels, many reaching under the border into Israel, to launch attacks inside the Jewish state. While Israel destroyed many of them during the summer 2014 war, it says Hamas has since been rebuilding the network, and Hamas has bragged about doing so.

Last year, 22 members of Hamas’s armed wing were killed while "preparing equipment," the majority in a string of tunnel collapses, the terror group said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [368 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Southeast Asia
Marawi militants had planned to set up Islamist enclave
[Reuters] Islamist rebels locked in an urban battle with troops in Marawi had planned to carve out an enclave of their own, officials said on Wednesday after the emergence of a video showing their leaders in a secret strategy meeting. The footage, found on a mobile phone as security forces closed in on the fighters in Marawi City, showed a group of men in a room discussing how they would take hostages from a school, seal off roads and capture a highway into the lakeside town.

Military spokesman Restituto Padilla said, "There was indeed a bigger plan and it was supposed to wreak more havoc."

Officials have said that, among the several hundred insurgents who seized the town on May 23, there were about 40 foreigners from Indonesia and Malaysia but also fighters from India, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Chechnya. The strike on Marawi City suggested to many that pro-Islamic State groups wanted to establish the town as a Southeast Asian wilayat (governorate} for the radical group, a view supported by the video footage.

The military has said that the fighters are increasingly penned in around a built-up area of the town, and soldiers have been clearing houses that the insurgents had defended with snipers for the past two weeks.

Philippine senators said members of the upper house were last week shown the video of the militants making their plans. In the video, the men pored over a map and one, identified by a subtitle as 'Abdullah', pointed to three locations and discussed options for attack. In a mix of regional languages and English he said, "We can jailbreak ... we can go inside schools ... we can take hostages. But we need to seize a highway so people will be scared."

Seated at a table with them was Isnilon Hapilon, leader of the Abu Sayyaf who was proclaimed by Islamic State last year as its "emir" of Southeast Asia. The U.S. State Department has offered a bounty of up to $5 million for his capture.

Hapilon has formed an alliance with the Maute group and at least two other factions that have lined up behind the Islamic State. Senator JV Ejercito said, "It was clear that these terrorists, the Maute group, their end goal is to make Marawi ... independent, or to separate from the republic. With a plan like this, this is already rebellion and a threat to national security, so declaration of martial law is justified."

The fighters prepared for a long siege, stockpiling arms and food in tunnels, basements, mosques and madrasas, military officials say.

Military spokesman Padilla appealed to social media users not to circulate material - such as video images of the militants destroying religious statues and pulling down a cross inside a church - that may fan religious tension. He said, "Let us not buy into the plan of these terror groups to inflame the feelings of our other religions. This is not a religious war."

A four-hour ceasefire to evacuate residents trapped in the town was interrupted by gunfire on Sunday, leaving some 500 to 600 inside with dwindling supplies of food and water. Officials say that 1,545 civilians have been rescued.

The latest numbers for militants killed in the battle is 134, along with 39 security personnel. Authorities have put the civilian death toll at between 20 and 38.
Posted by: ryuge || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under: Maute group (IS)

#1  Seated at a table with them was Isnilon Hapilon

a Filipino Fraternity?
Posted by: Frank G || 06/08/2017 9:45 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Infamous Saudi Sharia official injured in Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Saudi Sharia holy man, ’Abdullah al-Muhaysni, was maimed by gunfire in the Idlib countryside, tonight, the jihadist official announced via his Telegram channel.

According to the statement released, Muhaysni was driving through a Faylaq al-Sham checkpoint in rural Idlib, when the Islamist group opened fire on his vehicle.

Muhaysni’s Telegram channel specified he suffered minor wounds in his shoulder, while his driver was killed by the gunfire.

The jihadist infighting in the Idlib Governorate will likely intensify after this attack, as ’Abdullah al-Muhaysni is revered by members of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.

Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Syrian rebels capture Raqqa city district
[ARA News] The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Wednesday captured a neighbourhood in the eastern part of Raqqa city, in northeastern Syria, after clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants.

The SDF fighters entered the Mashlab neighbourhood in eastern Raqqa after bombing ISIS positions there with heavy artillery.

“After brief clashes, the terrorists evacuated the neighbourhood. We are now in control of al-Mashlab in a first progress within the battle for Raqqa city,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.

Also on Wednesday, the Syrian Democratic Forces captured Tel Harqal district west of Raqqa. “Tel Harqa was a key base for ISIS terrorists in the western suburb of Raqqa. The area was liberated today by our forces,” SDF Operations Room said in a statement.

“Dozens of ISIS terrorists were killed by SDF fire on Wednesday,” officer Osman told ARA News, without giving exact numbers on casualties.

This comes just one day after the US-backed SDF troops launched a major operation to liberate the city of Raqqa from ISIS radicals.

On Tuesday, the SDF announced the official start of the operation to liberate the city of Raqqa from Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants.

The SDF forces released a statement on the launch of the final stage of liberating Raqqa. “This phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation includes the preparation for a major assault on the city of Raqqa–ISIS’s de facto capital,” SDF spokesman Talal Silo told a press conference.

Silo further said that there was no timeline for how long the operation will take before Raqqa is completely liberated from ISIS militants.

On Monday, the SDF tightened the siege on ISIS in Raqqa city after liberating three more villages in its northern countryside and killing at least 36 ISIS militants.

Raqqa has been known as a de facto capital for the ISIS self-proclaimed Caliphate since the summer of 2014.

The Kurdish-Arab-Christian alliance of SDF has been isolating Raqqa since November 2016, when the US-backed alliance launched the so-called Euphrates Wrath Operation.

On 13 April, the Syrian Democratic Forces launched the fourth phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation against Islamic State’s extremists to clear out the northern countryside of Raqqa.

During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, which began on November 6, 2016, the SDF liberated roughly 560 km² in Northern Raqqa.

On 10 December, 2016, the SDF launched the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath, during which it captured over 2500 km² in Western Raqqa.

On 4 February, 2017, the Syrian Democratic Forces launched the third phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation, and liberated dozens of villages in Eastern Raqqa from ISIS jihadists.

The campaign is ultimately aimed at liberating the city of Raqqa from ISIS extremists.
Posted by: badanov || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Syrian government, rebel forces fighting in Aleppo
Aleppo (SyriaNews.media) Clashes broke out, on Wednesday, between the Syrian rebels and Syrian Democratic Forces in Bersaya Mountain, west of Azaz City, Qasioun News reported.

Local media channels also informed that the Syrian Democratic Forces attacked a camp in the mountain, using heavy artillery, but no casualties were reported.

Separately, clashes took place between the Syrian opposition and regime forces in a village near Baza’a Town, east of Aleppo, for the second day on row.

Noteworthy, Syrian rebels announced imposing their control over the northern countryside of Aleppo and parts of its eastern countryside.
Posted by: badanov || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [410 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


4 ISIS leaders have a Very Bad Day in Daraa
Daraa (SyriaNews.media) The US-led international coalition, on Wednesday, carried out an air strike on a headquarters belonging to the Islamic State group in al-Yarmouk Basin, west of Daraa, and killed 16 IS members, including four senior leaders, Qasioun News reported.

A statement published by the Islamic State revealed that warplanes of the US-led international coalition bombarded the Islamic State’s Khaled Ibn al-Waleed headquartes in al-Yarmouk basin, west of Daraa, killing four elite leaders and 12 other members.

The IS mourned the killed leaders and members, including the group’s Emir Abu Dajana al-Idlibi, General Emir of Yarmouk basin Abu Muhammed al-Makdessi, Military Emir Abu Udai al-Homsi and the Forensic Emir Abu Ali Shabat.

Furthermore, information indicated that the coalition air strikes targeted the building of the group’s legal court, located in al-Shagara Town in Yarmouk basin, west of Daraa.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State group appointed Mohamed al-Refaei (Abu Hashem al-Askari) as the new army leader.
Posted by: badanov || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [308 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


ISIS attacked near northeastern Israeli border
[Ynet] In a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 'unidentified' aircrafts attacked ISIS forces near the Syrian-Jordanian-Israeli border; opposition forces attribute strike to international coalition against ISIS, but some say Israel may be behind it.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Tuesday, "unidentified" aircrafts attacked ISIS forces at the Syrian-Jordanian-Israeli border.

According to the report, it is not clear whether these planes belong to the international coalition against ISIS.

The attacks were directed against the ISIS branch in the Golan, the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army, and at least 12 members of the organization were killed and many were maimed. In addition, it was claimed that the focus of the attacks was the village of al-Jamala and areas close to it in the Yarmouk basin.

There has been no confirmation so far for the reports-- not from the international coalition against ISIS, not from Jordan, and not from the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army.

Israel's name was also raised as someone who might be responsible for the attack. If it turns out that this is an attack by the international coalition, then this is a precedent, since to date, as far as is known, those who attacked the Da'ash branch in the Golan were Israel and Jordan.

If it does turn out that the international coalition was behind this attack, it will be unprecedented, since to date--as far as it is publically known--those who attacked ISIS branch in the Golan were Israel and Jordan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Map of battle of Raqqa: pincer attack starts June 6
Posted by: Frozen Al || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [459 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  My orders came through. My squadron ships out tomorrow. We're bombing the storage depots at Daiquiri at 1800 hours. We're coming in from the north, below their radar.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/08/2017 18:23 Comments || Top||


Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


ISIS attacks civilians with chemical weapons

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants used chemical weapons in their current battles with Iraqi forces around western Mosul’s Old City, their last stronghold in the region, causing civilian injuries, a news report said Wednesday.

Russian news agency Sputnik said the chemical attack on Zanjili district caused injuries to 13 civilians, including women and children, saying it was the ninth time IS militants prove their use of chemical warfare since operations launched by the Iraqi government in October to retake Mosul.

The agency said the latest attack was carried out with four mortar missiles laden with poisonous chlorine, adding that medical tests verified the substance’s use.

The report did not mention an exact timing of the reported attack, but instances of chemical weapons use have been recurrently reported since an inventory of chemical arms was discovered by Iraqi forces inside laboratories of Mosul University in the eastern side of Mosul, which government troops took over in January.

The United Nations had previously confirmed cases of civilians being treated for symptoms of what seemed to be chemical agents.

Iraqi government forces are currently battling IS out of the a handful of districts around the Old City, the medieval neighborhood where the group’s supreme leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared the establishment of the group’s rule in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Iraqi forces uncover ISIS prisons in Mosul
Fotos at the link
Mosul (Reuters) Islamic State built prison cells inside an ordinary villa in Mosul as part of the group’s tactic of boosting the safety of its jails and security centers by concealing them among regular houses.

Despite their outward appearance, the jails had the regular attributes of state-run detention centers where inmates have their documents and belongings taken away when they arrive, to be given back to them if and when they are released.

A camera hanging in one cell where men were kept was linked to the guards’ office. “This is to keep the prisoners subdued,” said the Iraqi military intelligence officer showing the villa to journalists.

He said former members of the Iraqi armed forces were kept in this cell, along with Yazidis, the religious community who suffered the most under Islamic State because the hardline group considered them devil worshippers.

“Here they kept ‘violators'” of their laws, he said. “But they are the real violators” in the eyes of Iraqi law, he added.

Iraqi forces stop suicide bombing attack in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced, on Wednesday, foiling a suicide attack against civilians in western Mosul.

Spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said in a statement that the 16th brigade of Nineveh Police, Nineveh Intelligence Directorate and Counter-Terrorism brigade managed to foil a suicide attack, launched by a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt, and killed the terrorist before blowing up himself in al-Noor neighborhood, in eastern Mosul.

The suicide bomber was planning to blow up himself among civilians in the neighborhood, the statement added.

Noteworthy, joint security forces continue liberating the city of Mosul from the Islamic State grip, after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced launching an assault to liberate Nineveh in 17 October 2016.
Posted by: badanov || 06/08/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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