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Afghanistan
2 Taliban die in attack on convoy in Baghlan
At least two Taliban fighters were killed and three others wounded after ambushing a convoy of four fuel tankers in Chashma-e-Sheer area in the north of Pul-e-Khumri city in northern Baghlan province on Thursday morning, local officials confirmed.

According to the drivers of the tankers, a group of Taliban fighters fired rockets at them. Two tankers were hit – both of which burnt out.

The insurgents then tried to seize the other two tankers but before they could, security forces arrived at the scene.

“It was around 5am or 6am today (Thursday) when the Taliban attacked the oil tankers and wanted to take two of them when we arrived at the scene.

They (Taliban) burnt two tankers. We recovered two other tankers after a clash with the militants. Two Taliban militants were killed and three others were wounded in the fight,” said Major Nasir Ahmad, executive officer of the sixth battalion of Shaheen 209 Corps.

The drivers, who own the tankers, said the incident happened on the Baghlan highway.

“When we arrived here, the Taliban were on the road and they fired a rocket at my tanker. I threw myself out of the cab and the tanker was burnt,” said Amanullah, one of the tanker owners.

“Taliban attacked my friend’s tanker first and then mine with rockets. I lost everything as my tanker was burnt. I just bought the tanker for $35,000 USD,” said Nek Mohammad, another tanker owner.

Health officials in Baghlan said two people had been wounded in the incident.

“Two wounded were brought to our hospital from Chashma-e-Sheer. One of them was a child and another was an army soldier. Both of them sustained minor injuries and were discharged after treatment,” said Shayad Rouhani, head of Pul-e-Khumri Hospital.

Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack and claimed they had inflicted casualties to government forces.
Posted by: badanov || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Unexploded mortar shell leaves 4 kidz dead in Baghlan
Four children were killed in northern Baghlan province early Wednesday while playing with an unexploded mortar bomb, Baghlan police said in a statement on Thursday.
Now it's an exploded bomb.
The incident happened at about 6:10pm local time in Burka district of the province when children found the explosive device, read the statement.
"Hey, look! It's an unexploded bomb!"
"Oboy! Somethin' to play with!"

“The children found the mortar and were playing with it. When they hit it with stones the mortar exploded and killed all four children,” it said.
"Bet ya can't hit it with this rock!"
"Betcha I can!"
[KABOOM!]

The statement said that the incident happened in an area which is under insurgent control.
Oh, well. That explains it.
Posted by: badanov || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [309 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Russian 82mm mortar, in widespread use, as I understand it, offers a mine shell, which on impact arms itself but doesn't explode, until someone steps on it.
Posted by: badanov || 07/14/2017 0:10 Comments || Top||


ISIS and Taliban suffer casualties in Kunar airstrikes and operations
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The loyalists of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group and Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
turbans suffered heavy casualties during the Arclight airstrikes and ground operations in eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
of Afghanistan.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in a statement said at least fifteen Taliban turbans were killed, two of them were maimed, and their heavy machine gun was destroyed during the operations of the ground forces in Asmar and Shigal districts on Tuesday.

The statement further added that in separate operations involving Arclight airstrikes, at least nine bandidos turbans affiliated with the Islamic State terror group were killed.

The Arclight airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Watapur district of Kunar, the Silab Corps added.

In the meantime, the provincial police chief Juma Gul Hemat said a total of eleven ISIS bandidos turbans were killed in the Arclight airstrikes.

According to Hemat, an Arab national and two Paks were among those killed in the Arclight airstrikes.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Haqqani network members arrested before attacking Orgun in Paktika
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Two Haqqani terrorist network members were locked away
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
before they manage to carry out attacks in southeastern Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said the two members of the terrorist network were arrested during an operation in Orgun district.

A statement by NDS said the forces of Evil were looking to carry out attacks based on the instructions of the network in Orgun district before they were arrested by the intelligence operatives.

Identified as Nader Khan and Rahmatullah, the Haqqani network members confessed that they had recently visited Paktika after receiving instructions from the Haqqani network commanders from the other side of the Durand Line to carry out attacks, NDS added.

The anti-government armed Death Eater groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as the Afghan intelligence operatives foiled a plot by the Haqqani terrorist network to carry out a coordinated attack in Gardez city, the lovely provincial capital of southeastern Paktia province.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said Wednesday that a group of eight holy warriors were arrested in connection to the attack plot.

The statement further added that the suspects were arrested during an operation of the intelligence operatives in the vicinity of Gardez city.

The detained forces of Evil have confessed that they were deployed to Gardez city by the Haqqani network commanders, Ghazi and Jahad, who they claim are based on the other side of the Durand Line.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: Haqqani Network


Pakistanis and Uzbeks among several ISIS militants killed in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Several turbans affiliated with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group including Paks and citizens of Uzbekistan were killed during the 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.

According to the local government officials, the turbans were killed in Pacher Agam and Chaparhar districts during the operations since Tuesday.

The provincial government media office in a statement said Wednesday that six turbans including three Paks and two Uzbekistanis were killed in Mar Khanai area of Pacher Agam district.

The statement further added that a local leader of the terror group identified as Esmatulalh was also among those killed.

In a separate statement released earlier today, the provincial government said at least 19 turbans of the terror group were killed during the separate operations in Pacher Agam and Chaparhar districts.

According to the provincial government, the operations were conducted with the support of the air forces and artillery unit of the Afghan army.

A member of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group identified as Moslem Agha was also jugged
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
during another operation conducted in Khogyani district, the provincial government added.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa Horn
Kenya: 3 dead in al-Shabaab attack
[AA.TR] Three people in Kenya were killed Thursday when Somali-based al-Shabaab
... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia...
forces of Evil kidnapped a Kenyan government official, who was shot, and five others.

The forces of Evil attacked and kidnapped Public Works Permanent Secretary Mariam el-Maawy while she was on her way back to the southeastern town of Lamu after attending a stakeholders meeting on a government project.

The Kenyan military was quick to respond pursuing the forces of Evil into Lamu’s Boni forest, where they managed to rescue the government official who was immediately airlifted to Mpeketoni Hospital in Lamu county, security officials told local media

Confirming the deaths to Kenya’s Daily Nation a police brass hat who wished not to be named due to restrictions to speaking to the media said the forces of Evil took control of the official’s vehicle before speeding off.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Member of Hasm militant group killed in shootout with Egyptian police: Ministry
[AlAhram] A member of the myrmidon group Hasm involved in the killing of several coppers last May was killed in a shootout with Egyptian police in a Cairo neighborhood, a statement by the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

The Hasm member and runaway Ahmed Mohammed Omar Sweilem was killed as police conducted a raid in Cairo’s El-Marg neighborhood.

Sweilem was involved in several terrorist operations, most notably the killing of three coppers and the wounding of six others in Nasr City last May, according to the statement.

The ministry added that Sweilem was also involved in the killing of two coppers in January and September of 2016.

Wednesday’s statement comes one day after the ministry said that police potted a leading member of Hasm in a shootout in Fayoum.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/14/2017 00:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Report: Egypt kills over 20 terrorists in Sinai airstrike
[Ynet] The Syrian army has carried out an Arclight airstrike killing more than 20 Lions of Islam in a village east of Rafah in the northern Sinai Peninsula, according to a Sky News report.

The report claims that the Egyptian air force hit a vehicle carrying terror activists as they were trying to escape and four of its occupants were killed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Egypt's churches cancel activities for security reasons
[Al Jazeera] Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians have been told by church leaders to cancel all events and activities outside churches in July because of a security threat, church and security sources said on Thursday.

The warning followed an attack in May by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, also known as ISIS) group on Copts travelling to a monastery in central Egypt that killed 29 people. A month earlier, 44 people were killed in kabooms at a cathedral and another church on Palm Sunday.

Sources said the warning was given to individual church leaders by a representative of the Coptic Orthodox Pope. Copts on trips or youth camps had been told to cut short their activities and return home early.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Libya: Ansar Al-Sharia ‘leader’ caught in Sabri
[Libya Herald] A Tunisian described by the Libyan National Army (LNA) as an Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
terrorist leader has been found hiding in a building in Sidi Akribesh as troops combed the last Benghazi district that was held by holy warriors.

Abu al-Mundhir al-Tunisi, notable for a large tiger tattoo on his left shoulder, was reportedly captured without a fight.

Though the final concentration of murderous Moslems in a handful of buildings in this area of Sabri was overrun four days ago it is thought that other diehards have so far managed to elude searchers.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under: Ansar al-Sharia


EU far-right activists sail towards Libya shores to deter migrants flow
Fascinating.
[Libya Observer] Far-right activists affiliated to the Pan-European Identitarian Movement ‐ a vast network of nationalist, far-right, nativist and populist movements, from La Belle France, Italia, Austria and German had set sail on board a 40-meter-long ship called the C-Star towards the Libyan coast.

The operation organizers say that they have specific political dimensions aimed at pressing the Europeans to stop the flow of migrants colonists from Libya to the European land.

An amount of $ 91,000 has been raised in an online fundraiser campaign launched in mid-May as confirmed by the conductors.

The bully boy organization launched the operation under the slogan "Defend Europe" aiming to conclude a European binding agreement to send back all migrants colonists to Libya by force.

The ship has embarked from the African port of Djibouti on July 6 where it was leased, and is to be joined by a number of activists from Catania and Sicily before arriving in the Libyan waters on Sunday.

On the other hand, the French Justice Ministry said that it had received a complaint against the organizers of the operation on the grounds of possible disruption of relief work and racial incitement.

Currently, Brussels is making efforts to persuade Italia to retreat the threat of abandoning its obligations to receive immigrants colonists.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [505 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Wikipedia has a page on the Identitarian Movement. From there:
As their symbol the Identitarian movement uses a yellow lambda sign, a symbol that was painted on the shields of the Spartan army and is supposed to commemorate the Battle of Thermopylae.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 07/14/2017 14:31 Comments || Top||

#2  PayPal put a stop to the fundraising effort through their system, but the group bypassed it and raised more than their target.
To avoid legal troubles, Generation Identitaire specified on its website it would “help” any migrant in distress it encountered before returning them to the African coastline. Failing to assist a person in danger is a civil and criminal liability in France, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.

The drive was quite successful (“Defend Europe” raised around €65,000 in contributions, €15,000 more than its initial target), though the campaign did not go over well with the French public.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 07/14/2017 14:34 Comments || Top||

#3  though the campaign did not go over well with the French public

I wonder which segment of the 'French Public' was actually queried?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/14/2017 17:10 Comments || Top||

#4  #3 though the campaign did not go over well with the French public
I wonder which segment of the 'French Public' was actually queried?

"All the staff in the newsroom"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/14/2017 17:29 Comments || Top||

#5  With the U-96?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2017 17:48 Comments || Top||

#6  ...Failing to assist a person in danger is a civil and criminal liability in France, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.

I would bet dollars to donuts that its NEVER been enforced in France's no-go zones.
Posted by: Crusader || 07/14/2017 19:55 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
14 Dead in Twin Cameroon Bombings
[AnNahar] Two bombers blew themselves up in northeastern Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
killing 14 people and injuring 30 people in an attack likely staged by Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
jihadists, security sources said Thursday.

The bombings, which took place on Wednesday evening in Waza near the Nigerian border, targeted a busy area in the market town, the sources said.

The bombers struck an area with "restaurants, telephone cabins and kiosks", a local official said.

"The town has been sealed off. Nobody can enter and nobody can leave," the source said, adding that some of the maimed were in "quite serious" condition.

Though Boko Haram was born in Nigeria, 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....
-affiliated group has carried out frequent attacks in Cameroon, Chad and Niger, prompting the formation of a regional force to fight back.

Cameroon's Far North region, which borders Nigeria, has seen a resurgence in attacks blamed on Boko Haram after months of relative calm.

Some 200,000 Cameroonians from the Far North region have fled their homes in fear of the violence.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Caribbean-Latin America
Gunmen kill 11 people at a party in central Mexico
[Al Jazeera] Masked gunnies burst into a children's party in central Mexico and killed 11 people, authorities and witnesses said on Thursday, in the violence-plagued country's latest mass murder.

Police found the gory scene when they responded to an emergency call received just after midnight in the city of Tizayuca, in the central state of Hidalgo, the state security service said in a statement.

Neighbours said four gunnies burst into a large white tent where a family was hosting a children's party outside their home and rubbed out seven men and four women.

Four children were found unharmed, public security front man David Pichardo told AFP news agency.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  You guys party wrong.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/14/2017 16:15 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
10 Turkish soldiers wounded in ammo dump fire
A fire, which occurred at the ammunition depot in the Turkish province of Kilis near the border with Syria on Thursday, left at least 10 servicemen injured, local media reported.

Explosions triggered by the fire initially prevented firefighters from extinguishing the flames, the Daily Sabah newspaper reported.

Ambulances, search and rescue teams are on the site. The reason behind the fire is being investigated.

Russia and Turkey along with Iran are guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire regime that came into force in late December. The guarantors also play an active role in the Astana peace process seeking to reach the national reconciliation in Syria.

Source: Sputnik
Posted by: badanov || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [325 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


18 Daesh suspects apprehended in SE Turkey
[AA.TR] Eighteen ISIS suspects, including Syrian and Iraqi nationals, were apprehended in southeastern The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, the governorship said on Thursday.

Ottoman Turkish police captured 18 suspects, including eight Syrian nationals and one Iraqi, who were allegedly planning to launch an attack on July 15, the day of commemorations for the defeat of last year's coup attempt, in an operation in the province of Gaziantep, the statement issued by the governorship read.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [239 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Suspects in deadly 2016 Istanbul attacks arrested
[AA.TR] At least 44 people, including suspects in two deadly PKK terrorist attacks in Istanbul last year, were tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
Thursday by a joint operation of security forces and Ottoman Turkish intelligence, according to Istanbul’s governor.

The arrests were carried out during an operation by teams from the Istanbul Police’s counter-terrorism unit and the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) in five provinces, including Istanbul, Vasip Sahin told news hounds on Thursday.

Sahin also said the operations were conducted following intelligence that the turbans were preparing for a "sensational" attack in Istanbul.

"One of these 44 suspects was the organizer of the Besiktas stadium attack who explored the area and then jumped out of the bomb-laden car at the last moment," he said, referring to a December 2016 attack after a football match at Vodafone Stadium which killed 46 people and injured 243.

"The other is the organizer of the kaboom in Vezneciler targeting the riot police service bus," a June attack that killed 11, including seven coppers, and maimed 36 people, he added.
Ynet adds:
The outlawed Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK, had claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


India-Pakistan
Policeman among five MQM men held over killing 20 people: CTD
[DAWN] The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Police on Thursday announced to have tossed in the calaboose
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
five men -- allegedly workers of Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM) -- over charges of killing 20 people including five coppers.

Addressing a presser, CTD Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Munir Ahmed Sheikh said the police arrested the suspects from Korangi area after an "encounter".

The held suspects were identified as Muhammad Rizwan, a serving policeman, Muhammad Kamran alias Munna, Muhammad Kamran alias Maulana, Faheem Lodhi and Adnan Sheikh.

According to the SSP, Rizwan was recruited on recommendation of the "MQM setup."

Sheikh alleged that Rizwan had remained involved in murders of the coppers before and after his recruitment.

"They carried out assassination'>assassination
s of workers of MQM, MQM-H and Awami National Party
founded by Abdul Wali Khan in 1986. Part of the PPP-led cabinet 2008-13. The ANP is considered left wing, advocating for secularism, democratic socialism, public sector government, and economic egalitarianism....
and coppers on directions of the party’s South Africa set up," the SSP claimed.

He pointed out that during the initial investigation, the held suspects "confessed" to killing their colleagues in the party "on directions of the South Africa setup, as the victims were considered harmful for the party."

According to the SSP, the men had also planned to kill more workers of the MQM for similar reasons.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Three suspected terrorists killed in Quetta 'encounter'
[DAWN] Three suspected bad boyz were potted in an "encounter" with police and security forces in Quetta's Essa Nagri area on Friday night, DawnNews reported.

Police officials said that armed holy warriors opened fire on a police patrolling party in the area. In response, the coppers engaged the suspected terrorists, whereas, a heavy contingent of police and other law enforcement agencies immediately reached the spot.

After the encounter, the three suspected holy warriors were found killed, said police officials. Their bodies were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta.

The encounter was reported hours after four coppers were rubbed out by person or persons unknown in Quetta's Killi Deba area.

The gunnies opened indiscriminate fire at the police mobile while it was patrolling the area, Deputy Inspector General of Police Abdul Razzak Cheema had said.

Superintendent of Police Quaidabad Mubarak Shah was among the four martyred police personnel in what police said was an act of assassination'>assassination
.
Posted by: Fred || 07/14/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
The Lion of Mosul: Courage of young soldier going undercover as ISIS fanatic to shoot dead six fighters behind enemy lines
There's a pic of this guy in his civvies. Not what you would expect from a lion. :-)
The Iraqi discovered the location of IS positions and key machine gun teams - explains Mirror Defence Editor CHRIS HUGHES, who is in Mosul with photographer ROWAN GRIFFITHS

A soldier on a perilous mission to gather crucial intelligence deep behind Islamic State lines during the ferocious battle of Mosul shot dead six enemy fighters.

The fearless special forces hero Mohammed Qasim, dubbed the Lion of Mosul, disguised himself as one of the fanatics and conned them into believing he was one of them.

The Iraqi discovered the location of ISIS positions and key sniper and machine gun teams.

Last night senior Iraqi officers applauded the 25-year-old’s actions.

General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi said: "We are all very proud of what this soldier did. He is a very brave man. He makes us all hold our heads up high."

As fighting continued to rage in the ruins of Mosul’s Old City in the last days of the battle in northern Iraq, Mohammed blended in with the IS troops by swapping his M4 rifle for an AK-47 and wearing a scruffy smock and scarf.

He and a comrade then sneaked behind enemy lines.

After noting down the vital positions and pinpointing where IS were holding ammunition, Mohammed quickly shot dead six of the fanatics.

Then he and his colleague picked their way back to their own lines and briefed commanders on what they had learnt.

Soon after that the Iraqi special forces ground troops were able to smash IS with mortar bombs and air strikes before launching a full-on infantry attack.

It is believed Mohammed’s mission, which took several hours last Thursday, may have saved the lives of scores of comrades and civilians.

His actions led him to being promoted in the field to the rank of lieutenant. Mohammed, originally from Basra, in southern Iraq, was fighting with the Iraqi special forces Golden Division, trained by the SAS in recent years.

A source said: "What this man did was incredibly brave.

"If he was captured he would have been tortured very slowly and held up as a trophy by Islamic State fighters. He didn’t even think twice when the idea came up and he made himself a volunteer immediately.

"Golden Division commanders knew their men were being pinned down by accurate IS fire and couldn’t work out exactly where it was coming from.

"So they approved a plan for an undercover operation, probably the most audacious of the entire operation, and Mohammed said he would do it, without a thought for his own safety."

It is believed Mohammed’s comrades in the Iraqi Army avoided shooting at him after being briefed on what route he would take through no man’s land.

The battle of Mosul lasted almost nine months and involved around 130,000 troops from Iraq, Kurdish forces and Shia militia.

They were battling thousands of IS fighters from across the Middle East who had spent three years digging in and preparing defences.

Yesterday in Mosul Old City, Iraqi security forces were still searching for wounded IS fighters among the rubble of the destroyed town.

Most experts believe IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.

There are reports of infighting between IS units in the few footholds the network still has in Iraq.

In Hawija, in the province of Kirkuk 110 miles south of Mosul, IS commander Abu Haitham al-Obaidi has reportedly declared himself the "new Caliph".

Jabbar al-Maamouri, a senior commander in the Iraqi state-sponsored militia group, the Popular Mobilization Forces, said Obaidi was preparing for a "decisive" confrontation with his opponents in IS.

Maamouri added: "Hawija is bracing for bloody infighting among IS members, the most violent since the group took over Hawija in June 2014."

On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over IS in Mosul.

He said the recapture of the city was an end of the self-styled caliphate declared by Baghdadi in 2014.

The Mosul campaign has resulted in thousands of deaths and displaced nearly 900,000 people.

Amnesty International has described the battle for Mosul as a "civilian catastrophe", with more than 5,800 non-combatants killed in the western part of the city.

Chiefs at Amnesty say both sides breached international law.

IS were accused of summary killings and using civilians as human shields, while Iraqi forces and the coalition are said to have failed to protect civilians.

But a senior British commander hit back. Major Gen Rupert Jones, the deputy commander of the international anti-IS coalition, said: "At no stage did they have the courtesy to engage the coalition to ask what our targeting process is.

"So to me it is a deeply discredited report and does a great disservice to Amnesty International, but more importantly a great disservice to the Iraqi security forces and to the government of Iraq.

"Firstly, the Iraqi security forces have put the safety of civilians as the absolute centrepiece of the liberation of the city over the last nine months ‐ that is beyond question.

"Does that mean there have been no violations? No, of course there have, but whenever those are presented to the government of Iraq, they are taken very, very seriously.

"I would say it is the most sophisticated targeting and strike process in history."

There is growing anger about the huge losses among the coalition of Kurdish Peshmerga, Iraqi troops, Iraqi police and Shia militia, thought to run into the "many thousands".

Today it emerged the Iraqi parliament will interrogate Lt Gen Shaker Jawdat, the commander of the Federal Police, over claims he is guilty of
"delinquency" during the battle.

The parliament’s security committee chairman Hakem al-Zamili said: "Losses sustained by the Federal Police are the gravest compared to other security troops, which is evidence to his frail military command in battles."
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#1  Most of the guys that run behind enemy lines and tear shit up usually don't look intimidating. That is a Hollywood stereotype that isn't real.

Posted by: DarthVader || 07/14/2017 9:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Well done. I hope he was prepared to shoot himself if things went wrong.
I note the troops had been briefed on his return route. They told us at Benning that the most dangerous part of a patrol is returning to your own lines. To prevent the enemy from ambushing you, you return to a part of your lines which is different from your departure point, which means somebody else has to be read in and that's where things sometimes get lost.
Very well done. I hope his name in Iraq is the equivalent of "Smith". Wouldn't want to be his family just now.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 07/14/2017 10:08 Comments || Top||

#3  That'll do, Mr. Lion, that'll do.
Posted by: Tennessee || 07/14/2017 12:45 Comments || Top||

#4  I hope his name in Iraq is the equivalent of "Smith". Wouldn't want to be his family just now.

Mohammed Qasim? I am guessing at least thousands, if not tens of thousands.
Posted by: Thumper Angusoper5563 || 07/14/2017 21:16 Comments || Top||

#5  The above would be moi...
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 07/14/2017 21:18 Comments || Top||


Iraqi militia destroys ISIS convoy near Syria border
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi pro-government paramilitary forces destroyed an Islamic State convoy near the borders with Syria, the forces’ media service said Thursday.

Popular Mobilization Forces said through its media that troops destroyed a convoy of vehicles driven by Islamic State militants in al-Dahhaj village.

Mobilization leaders said in June their forces took control over the borderline with Syria, effectively trapping IS members inside Iraq, most notably at the town of Tal Afar, a major stronghold for the group which still awaits liberation. Clashing reports have been recurrent as for some mobilization groups passing beyond the Syrian borders to back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military against IS.

On Wednesday, mobilization troops, backed by army fighter jets, managed to repulse a violent attack by the IS on Hatra, southwest of Mosul, killing 17 militants” a security source told Shafaq News.“The militants used bicycle bombs driven by suicide bombers,” the source added.

Anadoly news agency quoted Col. Ahmed al-Jabouri, of Nineveh Operations Command, saying that 13 militants were killed in an attack against Jurn village, south of Mosul.

Iraqi government forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, regained control of Mosul last Monday, ending an eight-month campaign to bring down the heartland of the group’s self-styled “caliphate”.
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Mosul Offensive News


3 ISIS Bad Guys die in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Three Islamic State elements were killed during their attempt to cross the Tigris River from the Old City of Mosul, Nineveh police said.

“Police forces managed to kill a Saudi and Chechen IS elements while they were attempting to cross the Tigris River to the eastern side of the city,” Wathiq al-Hamadani, Nineveh Police chief, told Bas News.

“The forces also killed the IS booby-trapping official, Amer Saleh Ibrahim, in the Nineveh Plains area while he was crossing the river,” he added.

Al-Hamadani noted that the security forces are deployed around the banks of the Tigris River to kill the remnants of the group who are still hiding in Mosul’s Old City and other areas.

Security forces had arrested several IS members hiding among migrating civilians in both the eastern and western sides of Mosul. Western officials warned that IS will try to launch attacks after losing their last stronghold in Mosul last Monday.

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared on Monday victory in the city of Mosul over IS, ending an eight-month campaign backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary forces.

The victory in Mosul ended an eight-month campaign backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary forces.

9 die in suicide attack in western Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A police officer and three soldiers were killed while handling Islamic State suicide bombers in a liberated western Mosul district, an informed security source said.

“Five IS militants, wearing suicide belts, sneaked into al-Tanak district, south of Mosul, and hide in three houses,” Cap. Ammar Ali al-Seraji, of the Interior Ministry’s Rapid Response forces’ intelligence department, told Anadolu agency on Thursday.

“As security troops besieged the houses, where the militants were hiding, clashes began. One of the attackers was able to blow himself up, causing death of a lieutenant general officer and three other soldiers.” Seraji added. Troops were then able to kill the four other attackers.

Situation at Tanak, according to Seraji, is under control. The district has been retaken from IS more than two months ago.

On Monday, Iraq PM Haider al-Abadi declared victory over IS in Mosul, which marked the end of the group’s self-styled “caliphate” established in 2014.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

More than 700 Iraqis were killed and wounded during the month of June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) which excludes security members deaths.

ISIS sniper dies in Mosul

Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) A famous British sniper fighting for the Islamic State was killed by anonymous attackers west of Mosul, a local source was quotes saying.

Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that Abu Moussa al-Muhajer was killed, while an Australian companion was wounded when unknown ugnmen shot at them on the outskirts of Tal Afar, one of the group’s largest remaining havens in Iraq.

The pair was running a security patrol on a highway in the town, according to the source.

“Abu Moussa al-Muhajer gained his fame from his sharp remote sniping skills, which earned him the ‘sniper of the caliphate’ title,” the source said.

He added that there were between 20 and 30 British nationals fighting for the Islamic State in Tal Afar, some of whom fill senior ranks within the group.

IS held Tal Afar since 2014, when it took over Mosul and declared it the capital of its self-styled “caliphate”. Operations by pro-government paramilitary troops have so far isolated the enclave from the Syrian borders and from Mosul. It is a main target for the next Iraqi government operations against IS.

Tal Afar has seen occasional, mysterious killings of IS militants, with reports recurrently telling of serious divisions within the group’s members there.

On Wednesday, Hakem al-Zamili, chairman of the Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee, said Iraqi forces killed 28000 out of 30.000 foreign Islamic State fighters since mid 2013. His comments came two days after Iraq’s political and military leadership announced victory over IS in Mosul.

3 ISIS militants die trying to escape Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Three Islamic State elements were killed during their attempt to cross the Tigris River from the Old City of Mosul, Nineveh police said.

“Police forces managed to kill a Saudi and Chechen IS elements while they were attempting to cross the Tigris River to the eastern side of the city,” Wathiq al-Hamadani, Nineveh Police chief, told Bas News.

“The forces also killed the IS booby-trapping official, Amer Saleh Ibrahim, in the Nineveh Plains area while he was crossing the river,” he added.

Al-Hamadani noted that the security forces are deployed around the banks of the Tigris River to kill the remnants of the group who are still hiding in Mosul’s Old City and other areas.

Security forces had arrested several IS members hiding among migrating civilians in both the eastern and western sides of Mosul. Western officials warned that IS will try to launch attacks after losing their last stronghold in Mosul last Monday.

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared on Monday victory in the city of Mosul over IS, ending an eight-month campaign backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary forces.

The victory in Mosul ended an eight-month campaign backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary forces.
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Iraqi militia kills 3 ISIS troops in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi pro-government fighters killed three Islamic State militants in preemptive strikes south of Salahuddin Province, their media service said Thursday.

The Popular Mobilization Units said they killed three militants from the group during preemptive strikes that targeted a rest house belonging to IS in Ishaqi region.

Two militants were shot by the forces while the third blew himself up, according to the PMU’s media.

Salahuddin borders with Diyala have seen an increasing activity by IS members over the past months coinciding with operations by U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops in Mosul, Islamic State’s largest stronghold which was declared free last Monday. IS has stepped up attacks against civilians and security forces at that region.

Having done with its eight-month campaign in Mosul, Iraq’s government will head towards liberating other IS strongholds across Iraq, including in Salahuddin.

Islamic State has lost thousands of its foreign and local, senior and junior members, throughout the Iraqi military campaign.

Violence and armed conflicts left more than 700 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of June, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq which excludes security members deaths.
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ISIS official titzup in Kirkuk
Hawija (IraqiNews.com) ِA top chemical weapons expert with the Islamic State was found dead in southwestern Kirkuk, a local source was quoted saying Thursday.

Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that Abul-Baraa al-Iraqi, Islamic State’s top chemical weapons expert, was found mysteriously dead from an apparent murder inside his house in al-Askari district in Hawija town, southwest of the province.

Abul-Baraa holds a certificate in chemistry and was a former worker at the Iraqi army’s military industries agency until 2003, the source said. He joined al-Qaeda and later operated under Abu Mosab al-Zarqawi, deceased commander of Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Abul-Baraa was a vital contributor to IS’s chemical arsenal. “He disappeared years ago as Baghdadi (IS’s supreme leader) transferred him to the Syrian city of Raqqa, IS’s central base there. “Nobody knows how he showed up in Hawija,” according to the source.

“Information from Hawija tell that the group kept mum on news of his death, and secretly laid him to burial next to other foreign IS fighters at the south of the town,” the source stated.

Hawija is still awaiting security offensives to drive IS members out.

Since Iraqi troops launched a campaign in October to retake Mosul, IS’s largest stronghold, the group lost thousands of its senior leaders in combat, while many were also reportedly killed by mysterious assailants amid growing speculations about division within the extremist group.

Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition leaderships had counted several instances where IS used improvised chemical weapons in their battles.
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19 give up the ghost in suicide kaboom at checkpoint in Anbar


Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops personnel were killed, while others were wounded in a suicide attack that targeted security headquarters in Anbar province, security sources said.

Shafaq News quoted a police source as saying that two suicide attackers blew themselves up at the entrance of a joint headquarters of Iraqi army and the Sunni tribal mobilization forces in al-Karma region, 13 KM east of Fallujah.

The attack, according to the source, left two army personnel and 15 tribal fighters killed, while two army personnel and seven others wounded.

Media channels quoted army general Col. Ahmed al-Dulaimi as saying that the attackers were wearing police uniform. One of them was killed, while the other blew himself up, which left a soldier and tribal mobilization forces personnel killed and others wounded.

“Joint troops of police and army transferred the victims to forensic doctors and the wounded to hospital for treatment,” Dulaimi.

Earlier this week, three IS militants and a policeman were killed in a suicide attack in the city of Hit in Anbar.

Iraqi troops were able to return life back to normal in the biggest cities of Anbar including Fallujah, Ramadi and others after recapturing them. However, Anbar’s western cities of Annah, Qaim and Rawa are still held by the extremist group since 2014, when it emerged to proclaim a self-styled Islamic Caliphate. There has not been an officially-declared military campaign to free those regions, but the province’s military command launched a brief assault early January that managed to recapture some western villages before stopping again.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

More than 700 Iraqis were killed and wounded during the month of June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad ranked the second place with 22 deaths and 88 injuries.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


4 wounded in IED attack in Shatt al-Taji

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Four people wounded as an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded on Thursday in northern the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a security source told AlSumaria News.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said that an IED was planted on the side of a road near a popular market in Shatt al-Taji, north of Baghdad, leaving four people injured.

“A security force surrounded the explosion scene and the four people were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment,” he added.

Baghdad has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016.

Early today, an IED blast in southwest of Baghdad, left one dead and another wounded, AlSumaria reported.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

More than 700 Iraqis were killed and wounded during the month of June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad ranked the second place with 22 deaths and 88 injuries.

1 dead in bombing attack in al-Nahrawan

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded on Thursday in southwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, leaving one dead and another wounded, a source from the police said according to Alsumaria News.

“A man died and his wife injured in al-Nahrawan area, southeast of Baghdad, when they rode a bicycle but with an IED fitted beneath it” the source said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source added that a security force arrived to the explosion scene and moved the body of the dead man to the forensic medicine department and his wife to a nearby hospital.

Violence and armed conflicts left more than 700 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of June, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad came second in terms of casualties, with 22 deaths and 88 injuries.

Baghdad has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016. While most of of the explosions attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents, and is believed to be behind all of the attacks.
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2 Israeli police officers killed in shooting in Jerusalem's Old City
Two Israeli police officers were killed in a shooting Friday in Jerusalem's Old City, just outside one of the world's most important religious sites.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said three armed assailants, whom he identified as terrorists, targeted police units in the area. One tried to stab a police officer, he said.

All three attackers were shot and killed and the area has been closed off, according to Rosenfeld. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

"I can confirm that the two police officers who were previously in critical condition have died of their wounds in hospital," Rosenfeld said.

Israeli police released images of what they said were the weapons used by the assailants, including a knife, a pistol and a homemade automatic firearm.

The incident took place a little after 7 a.m. local time by the Lions' Gate in the Old City walls, next to what Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary and Jews call the Temple Mount. The area is home to the Western Wall -- which was part of the walls around the Second Jewish Temple and is one of the holiest place for Jews to pray -- and the Dome of the Rock, where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven.

There is currently a heavy police presence and the area remains closed for security assessments, Rosenfeld said.

This means Muslims will not be able hold Friday prayers there, as the Al-Aqsa mosque compound is within the closed area. Worshipers at the Western Wall will likely not be affected, as it's further away from the incident.

Fridays in Jerusalem are often a time of heightened security, as it's the holy day of the week for Muslims and Shabbat for Jews begins at sundown
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#1  both Israeli police who were killed were Druze

all three Paleos who were killed were citizens of Israel and muslim
Posted by: lord garth || 07/14/2017 12:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Doesn't this kind of shoot in the foot that "No weapons" thing they have going as an excuse to keep Isreali soldiers from inspecting?
Posted by: Charles || 07/14/2017 18:47 Comments || Top||


Hamas condemns two Palestinians to death for espionage
[Ynet] A Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, court in the Gazoo Strip sentenced two Paleostinians accused of espionage on behalf of Israel on Thursday to death.

The Hamas Interior Ministry said that two Paleostinians, aged 32 and 53, were sentenced to death for "spying for the occupation" and a third sentenced to forced labor in perpetuity.

The identity of the three men was not disclosed.
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IDF raids Palestinian news station suspected of incitement
[IsraelTimes] USB drive and memory card taken from offices of Al Quds radio station in Hebron

The Israeli army on Thursday morning raided the offices of the Paleostinian news station Al Quds located in the West Bank city of Hebron.
...Hamas Central in the West Bank...
The IDF said the operation was carried out after the station was suspected of having "inciting materials."

"As part of the ongoing efforts against incitement in the Judea and Samaria region, forces confiscated a USB drive and a memory card suspected to contain inciting materials from a radio station in Hebron," an IDF spokesperson said in a statement.

Videos on social media showed the aftermath of the raid.

The Al Quds station is seen as sympathetic to the Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", terror group, which controls the Gazoo Strip.

Over the past few years, IDF raids have targeted several Paleostinian media outlets in the Hebron region suspected of incitement.

The Israeli military stepped up its operations against Paleostinian media accused of incitement follow the beginning of the "lone-wolf intifada," an ongoing, though waning, terror wave that began in October 2015.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian warbirds pound ISIS positions in Deir Ezzor
The Syrian Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes against positions and gatherings of the ISIL terrorists in Deir Ezzor.

SANA’ reporter in Deir Ezzor said that the Syrian Air Force conducted concentrated bombardments, destroying a command center belonging to the ISIL terrorists in Marat village in the eastern countryside of the province.

The reporter added that the air force intensively bombarded dens and gatherings of the ISIL terrorists in al-Tharda area, the surroundings of the Regiment 137, the Khasarat neighborhood and in the villages of al-Husseiniya, al-Bughailiyia and Khsham, inflicting heavy losses upon them in the personnel and equipment.

At the southern axis of Deir Ezzor, army units clashed with ISIL-affiliated terrorist groups, killing a number of terrorists and injuring others.

Over the past few hours, army units, baked by the army air force, destroyed vehicles, ammunition depot and two positions of the so-called “military administration” of the ISIL at the crossing of al-Halabyia in al-Husseiniya, and in the village of al-Bu Omar, the surroundings of the Airport, al-Maqaber “cemeteries” area and in al-Jubailiyia.

Source: SANA
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Lebanese Army detains 2 in Arsal
Lebanese army units raided the eastern border town of Arsal on Thursday and managed to arrest two suspects over terror links, sources told Al-Manar.

The first suspect is arms trafficker who observes the Lebanese army movements and has contacts with terrorists, security sources told Al-Manar.

The second suspect is an ISIL operative who took part in several battles against the Lebanese army, according to the sources.

Thursday raid comes just two days after the Lebanese army intelligence killed the mastermind of Ras Baalbek terrorist blasts along with otther two terrorists in a game-changing operation in Arsal.

Source: Al-Manar
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Syrian rebels destroy Syrian Army HQ in Damascus
Damascus (Syria News) Syrian rebels managed, on Thursday, to destroy a military headquarters belonging to the Syrian regime, in the Syrian Badiya, in the countryside of Damascus.

Qasioun News reported that the rebels destroyed the leadership and communications headquarters of the Syrian regime, located between Umm Remm and Kharbet Sees in the Syrian Badiya, after security forces from Martyr Ahmed Abdo Battalion and Jaish Usud al-Sharqiyah shelled the area using heavy artillery.

Large number of the Syrian government forces were either killed or wounded in the attack, while five military vehicles were destroyed completely, Qasioun News added.

Meanwhile, Russian warplanes carried out air strikes on the vicinity of Be’r al-Mahroutha, Sareyat Jalighm and Khebrat Fakka in the Syrian Badiyah, but no casualties were reported.

It is noteworthy, Syrian rebels managed in the last few days to retake several areas from the regime forces, backed by foreign militias, in the Syrian Badiyah.

Elsewhere in Damascus
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U.S. Troops inside Raqa, IS Syria Stronghold
[AnNahar] U.S. military advisors are operating inside the city of Raqa, the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group's last major bastion in Syria, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

The troops, many of them special operations forces, are working in an "advise, assist and accompany" role to support local fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces as they battle IS, said Colonel Ryan Dillon, a military front man.

The troops are not in a direct combat role but are calling in air strikes and are working closer to the fight than did U.S. forces supporting the Iraqi military in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
"They are much more exposed to enemy contact than those in Iraq," Dillon said.

He said the numbers of U.S. forces in Raqa were "not hundreds."

The operation to capture Raqa began in November and on June 6 the SDF entered the city.

With help from the U.S.-led coalition, the SDF this month breached an ancient wall by Raqa's Old City, where diehard jihadists are making a last stand.

Dillon said the coalition had seen IS increasingly using commercial drones that have been rigged with explosives. The jihadists employed a similar tactic in Mosul.

"Over the course over the last week or two, it has increased as we've continued to push in closer inside of Raqa city center," he said.

The U.S. military is secretive about exactly how big its footprint is in Syria, but has previously said about 500 special operations fighters are there to train and assist the SDF, an Arab-Kurdish alliance.

Additionally, Marines are operating an artillery battery to help in the Raqa offensive.
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Car bomb kills 4 in northern Syria
[AA.TR] At least four people were killed and another seven injured Thursday in a car kaboom in Syria’s northern city, a pro-opposition Syrian civil defense official said.

The incident took place when a boom-mobile went off near a school in Azaz city, Haytham Jaber, the Syrian civil defense official, told Anadolu Agency.

The corpse count is feared to rise as some of the injured persons are at death's door.

Vehicles near the site of the incident caught fire, while nearby buildings were also damaged as a result of the blast.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi and Syria Editions


ISIS militants commits fratricide in Salahuddin

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State militant has killed three of his companions after he took drugs in east of Salahuddin province, a local source said Thursday.

AlSumaria News quoted the source as saying that “IS member killed three of his companions in the vicinity of Mutaibija, in east of Salahuddin after taking drugs, called pink pills.”

“The accident is the second of its kind this month,” the source, who preferred anonymity, said. “The pink pills are widely spread among IS fighters. The pills can make the militants fearless, thus they are highly used ahead of any armed attack.”

Occasional attacks have been witnessed in Mutaibija by Islamic State against government and paramilitary troops deployments since Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and PMUs, launched a major offensive to retake areas occupied by IS since 2014,

News reports earlier this month mentioned that IS emir in Makhoul was killed along with his brother, while three other militants were wounded as an armed militant shot them after taking the pills, which turn them to drug-crazed killing machines.

Last Friday, a local source told AlSumaria News that the group detained in Hawija, southwest Kirkuk, one of its prominent doctors, who promotes for the pink pills.

IS holds pivotal regions that link between each of Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk, posing threats to the liberated regions.

ISIS executes 1 in Daraa

[ARA News]. Militants of the Jaish Khaled, a Syrian armed group loyal to the Islamic State (ISIS), has executed a Syrian man on charges of apostasy, local sources reported on Thursday.

The radical group arrested the man in the Sahm town, in Syria’s southern Daraa province.

“He was executed by firing squad in front of dozens of people in Sahm on Thursday,” a local media activist told ARA News.

Pro-ISIS activists shared images on social media showing the execution.

The Jaish Khaled group had pledged allegiance to ISIS last year.

The group is in control of several towns and villages in the countryside of Daraa province.
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Fri 2017-07-14
  19 give up the ghost in suicide kaboom at checkpoint in Anbar
Thu 2017-07-13
  ISIS declares Tal Afar as a separate kalifate
Wed 2017-07-12
  Amnesty: All sides violated international law in Mosul
Tue 2017-07-11
  ISIS: Al-Bagdadhi baghdeadi
Mon 2017-07-10
  Frenchman held for planning terror attack with Belgian pair
Sun 2017-07-09
  Iraqi forces take Mosul
Sat 2017-07-08
  Turkey detains 29 IS group militants in raids in Istanbul
Fri 2017-07-07
  40 ISIS troops die in battle with Iraqi forces in Salahuddin
Thu 2017-07-06
  Haftar's forces declare victory in battle for Benghazi
Wed 2017-07-05
  Baghdadi’s “mail man” killed in security ambush in Diyala
Tue 2017-07-04
  US-backed SDF breaches Raqqa's Old City wall
Mon 2017-07-03
  British soldier drowns ISIS thug in puddle after being ambushed
Sun 2017-07-02
  Palestinian Forces Hand Over Most Wanted Fugitive in Ain Hilweh
Sat 2017-07-01
  ISIS abandons Aleppo
Fri 2017-06-30
  Raqqa fully encircled

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