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Yemen: At least 30 dead as air strike hits hotel
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Afghanistan
Taliban leaders, fighters suffer casualties in US drone strike in Nangarhar
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least thirteen Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
turbans including two of their local leaders were killed or maimed during the Arclight airstrikes 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 police commandment in a statement said the Arclight airstrike was carried out by the US forces on Monday morning.

The statement further added that unmanned aerial vehicles targeted the Taliban turbans in Marki Khel Tangi area of Shirzad district.

At least Taliban leaders identified as Salahuddin and Abid were among the four bandidos turbans killed and at least nine others were maimed, the statement said.

According to the local officials, the local residents and security personnel on the ground did not suffer any casualties in the Arclight airstrike.

Posted by: Fred || 08/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


1 dead in small arms attack in Parwan
One person was killed and four others were wounded Monday night in Parwan province when unknown gunmen attacked a vehicle, local officials said Tuesday.

Farhad Hashimi, acting head of Parwan police criminal branch, said the incident occurred in Jabbarkhail village in Sayedkhail district when gunmen attacked a Hilux vehicle which was on its way to the province capital, Charikar city.

He said one man was killed and four others including a policeman were wounded in the incident.

The reason behind the attack is not clear so far, Hashimi said.

Police did not provide details about identity of the victims but said an investigation has started into the incident.
Posted by: badanov || 08/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
Yemen: At least 30 dead as air strike hits hotel
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/23/2017 07:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Please inform the kitchen, our guests in 311-326 will not be coming down for breakfast.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2017 8:09 Comments || Top||

#2  There'll be a shortage of fresh towels for the rest of our guests as well.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/23/2017 11:18 Comments || Top||

#3  The Beef Wellington planned for the dinner entre' will now be SOS.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/23/2017 16:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Savages Ona Shingle????
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 08/23/2017 21:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Shrapnel on a shingle...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/23/2017 23:45 Comments || Top||


Saudi warplanes kill 3 Hadi loyalists in friendly fire incident
[Iran Press TV] Saudi Arabian warplanes have mistakenly killed three troops loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed former president and injured eight more. The friendly fire incident took place on Tuesday as the Saudi jets mistook a group of troops loyal to the former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi for members of the country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement in the central province of Ma'rib.
Posted by: Fred || 08/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia


China-Japan-Koreas
North Korea shipments to Syria chemical arms agency intercepted: U.N. report
[REUTERS] Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
report on North Korea sanctions violations.
Don't that sour yer kimchi?
The report by a panel of independent U.N. experts, which was submitted to the U.N. Security Council earlier this month and seen by Rooters on Monday, gave no details on when or where the interdictions occurred or what the shipments contained.

"The panel is investigating reported prohibited chemical, ballistic missile and conventional arms cooperation between Syria and the DPRK (North Korea)," the experts wrote in the 37-page report.

"Two member states interdicted shipments destined for Syria. Another Member state informed the panel that it had reasons to believe that the goods were part of a KOMID contract with Syria," according to the report.

KOMID is the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation. It was blacklisted by the Security Council in 2009 and described as Pyongyang's key arms dealer and exporter of equipment related to ballistic missiles and conventional weapons. In March 2016 the council also blacklisted two KOMID representatives in Syria.

Posted by: Fred || 08/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  So 'glass' the plant.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/23/2017 20:06 Comments || Top||


Iraq
More Mosul Moslem Mayhem


ISIS recruitment official dies

Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) A senior recruitment officer with the Islamic State was killed Tuesday as Iraqi forces, backed by paramilitary troops, entered a third day of operations to retake the town of Tal Afar, the group’s last stronghold in Nineveh province.

Intelligence sources told Shafaq News website that Abu Qatada al-Afri was killed in an airstrike while being in a group headquarter in central Tal Afar. Four other companions were also killed in the raid, said the sources.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared early Sunday the launch of operations to recapture the enclave where military commanders believe up to 2000 fighters are bunkered.

Over the past two days, Iraqi field commanders reported remarkable victories, saying government and paramilitary troops continue to advance towards the center of the town.

On Tuesday, the pro-government Popular Mobilization Forces said through their media that troops advanced towards the center of the town from the southeast. They also reported encounters in the south at al-Jazirah and “silo” regions.

Federal Police chief Shaker Jawdat said also that his forces took over 20 kilometers of Tal Afar, and began bombarding Kefah, Wahda and al-Saad regions on the western side of the town preparing to invade them.

The United Nations said at least 40.000 civilians fled the town since the start of operations.

Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul, Islamic State’s former capital, early July, marking an effective collapse of the group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate”.

Following Tal Afar, the Iraqi government eyes the few remaining IS havens in Anbar, Kirkuk and Salahuddin.

Iraqi troops enter central Tal Afar

Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi forces reached Tuesday the center of Tal Afar as operations heighten to retake the group’s last bastion in Nineveh province.

The Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said army troops, backed by the Popular Mobilization Forces, invaded the center of Tal Afar from the eastern direction and continue their advances.

Earlier on Tuesday, Badr Organization’s brigades, a component of the Popular Mobilization Forces, said through their media they took over Tarmi neighborhood, northwest of the enclave, in a joint effort with the government’s Federal Police forces.

The media service said troops circumvented a concrete barricade erected by the militants around the area, and seized several medium arms and rockets during their advance.

The WMC had also said army forces recaptured Teshtiya and Tal al-Samn villages, as well as al-Kasak oil refinery east of Tal Afar.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared early Sunday the launch of operations to recapture the enclave where military commanders believe up to 2000 fighters are bunkered.

Over the past two days, Iraqi field commanders reported remarkable victories, saying government and paramilitary troops continue to advance towards the center of the town.

Also on Tuesday, Altaghier.TV quoted a source at the Iraqi army’s 16th division’s artillery forces saying that U.S. artillery began bombarding Islamic State locations in Tal Afar as part of the Iraqi campaign. The bombardment launched from the military base recently erected by the U.S. forces in Kahriz, near Tal Afar. It targeted IS defenses in al-Nour, al-Sarai, al-Nasr and al-Jazirah regions in the south.

Iraqi forces smoke 25 ISIS Bad Guys

Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi forces and paramilitary troops killed 25 Islamic State militants and foiled a drone attack as they gained more ground in Tal Afar, the group’s last entrenchment in Nineveh province.

The pro-government Popular Mobilization Forces’ media service said troops fully recaptured the districts of al-Kefah in the northwest and al-Nour in the southeast of the town.

Aljournal News website said the Interior Ministry’s Rapid Response Forces killed 15 IS members and detonated 12 explosive devices planted by the group in al-Kefah and Mulla Jassem regions, southwest of the town.

PMF media also said in a statement they killed ten militants in al-Khadraa district in the southeast, and detonated a booby-trapped vehicle driven by a suicide bomber before he attacked troops in the area.

Anadolu Agency also quoted Cap. Qusai al-Zawbai, from the Iraqi army, saying troops shot down a drone guided by the militants and supplied with two rockets before it attacked forces in the southern axis of operations.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared early Sunday the launch of operations to recapture the enclave where military commanders believe up to 2000 fighters are bunkered.

Over the past two days, Iraqi field commanders reported remarkable victories, saying government and paramilitary troops continue to advance towards the center of the town.

Iraqi military media said earlier on Tuesday that troops invaded the center of the town from the east.

The Iraqi government plans to wage further offensives at other IS holdouts in Anbar, Kirkuk and Salahuddin once it is done with the recapture of Tal Afar, which commanders predict to be achieved soon.
Posted by: badanov || 08/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Police nab Hebron man suspected of trying to smuggle gun into Israel
[IsraelTimes] Upon arrest, Jordanian national living in West Bank says he was paid to drive the car, in which an M-4 assault rifle was found

Israeli troops tossed in the calaboose
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
a Hebron man in possession of an M-4 assault rifle as he was apparently trying to smuggle it into Israel from the southern West Bank on Monday night, officials said.

According to police, the suspect, a Jordanian national living in Hebron, drove through a barricade that had been set up in the southern Hebron Hills in light of intelligence gathered by detectives.

As he sped away, coppers gave chase in their car. The man, 30, abandoned his vehicle and took off on foot, with the detectives in pursuit.

He was arrested near the area of Tel Arad in the southern Hebron Hills, police said.

Inside the car, the detectives found the M-4 assault rifle with a fully loaded magazine. In his interrogation, the suspect said he was paid NIS 500 ($140) to drive the car into Israel. According to police, the man knew a gun was inside the vehicle.

Footage of the arrest was captured by a soldier from the Combat Intelligence Corps who was monitoring the scene through a surveillance camera, the army said.

Police said they would be bringing the suspect before a judge on Tuesday in order to keep him in jug.

The arrest came a day after the army said it found an M-16 assault rifle in the car of a suspect who ran off while being stopped in the northern West Bank. That suspect remains on the lam.

In a separate operation in the West Bank early Tuesday morning, the military also confiscated a locally produced improvised gun in the Paleostinian town of al-Shuyukh, near Hebron, the military said.

The owner of the firearm was also arrested, an army spokesperson said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Army Liberates 100 Out of 120 Sq Kms as IS Explosives Kill Soldier
[AnNahar] The Lebanese army announced Tuesday that it has launched the third phase of a broad offensive to capture areas controlled by the terrorist 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 on the border with Syria.

After fierce festivities, the advancing units managed to seize control of the strategic Ras al-Kaff and al-Kahf areas.

And as troops scoured Ras al-Kaff for any remaining bad boys, the engineering units were detonating explosives and traps left behind by the jihadists.

The army later announced that its units captured six new hills in the area and an Army Command front man announced that the military was now in control of 100 out of 120 square kilometers of territory previously held by IS.

"Nine terrorist posts were destroyed as arms, ammunition and explosives were seized," the front man said.

"We captured around 20 square kilometers (on Tuesday) and therefore we still have around 20 square kilometers" to liberate, he added.

The front man also told news hounds that the army does not have any IS detainees from the current battle or any new information about nine troops taken hostage by IS in 2014.

Earlier in the day, the army said in a statement that one of its mine experts, Abbas Kamal Jaafar, was killed and four others were maimed early Tuesday when explosives left behind by the hard boyz went off as they dismantled them.

The Syrian army and Leb's Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
have launched a simultaneous operation to clear IS faceless myrmidons from the Syrian side of the border in the western Qalamun mountain range. Hizbullah has been fighting in Syria alongside Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Lord of the Baath...
's forces since 2013.

IS 'Emir' Seeks Exit to Deir Ezzor as Ibrahim Asks for Info on Held Troops

[AnNahar] The so-called emir of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group in Leb’s eastern border region, Mouwaffaq Abu al-Sous, is seeking a mediation that would secure the withdrawal of his embattled holy warriors from the outskirts of Ras Baalbek and al-Qaa to Syria's Deir Ezzor, a media report said on Tuesday.

Al-Akhbar newspaper said that since the Lebanese army started its major anti-IS offensive on Saturday, the besieged jihadist "has been requesting negotiations on daily basis," telling the Lebanese side, "There is no problem between us and the Lebanese army."

Abu al-Sous is demanding "a safe route to withdraw to Deir Ezzor, specifically to the city of al-Mayadeen," al-Akhbar added.

"But the Lebanese side, represented by General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, has rejected the demand, after Abu al-Sous insisted on securing a ceasefire before negotiations, whereas Ibrahim insisted on negotiations under fire," the daily said.

According to al-Akhbar, Ibrahim also underlined that Leb would only negotiate on two points: "offering information on the army's troops who have been kidnapped since August 2014, and surrender."

The IS "emir" for his part said that he "would not disclose any information about the captives before leaving Lebanese territory."

Security along Leb's eastern border with Syria has long been a concern, and in 2014 jihadists invaded the town of Arsal and kidnapped 30 Lebanese soldiers and coppers. Four were executed by their captors while a fifth died of his wounds. Sixteen were released by al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front in a prisoner swap in December 2015, but another nine solders are believed to remain in IS hands, their fate unknown
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/23/2017 01:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


US-led strikes kill more than 170 Raqqa civilians human shields, monitor, sources say
[Ynet] More than 170 civilians have been killed by US-led strikes on 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....
in Raqqa city in the past week, a spike in casualties since an offensive to oust the murderous Moslems began more than two months ago, a war monitor and sources said.

The US-led coalition against Islamic State said attacks on Death Eater targets were conducted routinely and the allegation had been sent to their teams for assessment.

The monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 42 people, including 19 children and 12 women, were killed on Monday in strikes that destroyed buildings where families were sheltering.

The Britannia-based Observatory said that was the single largest daily corpse count since the US-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), a group of Kurdish and Arab militias, began their assault on Raqqa last June after a long campaign to isolate Islamic State inside the city.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Funny thing, Russian strikes never kill civilians - a sign that journos are not really insane?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/23/2017 2:05 Comments || Top||

#2  The monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 42 people, including 19 children (the youngest one was 22 YO) and 12 women (men wearing burkas), were killed on Monday in strikes that destroyed buildings where families were sheltering.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 08/23/2017 3:59 Comments || Top||

#3  They're only shields if they are on display as a deterrent.
Posted by: gorb || 08/23/2017 10:37 Comments || Top||


Syrian Army Combat Summary
In the framework of their continued operations against ISIL hotbeds in the area of Oqairbat in the eastern countryside of Hama province, Syrian Arab Army units, in cooperation with the supporting forces, have carried out intensive operations in the direction of Jana al-Albawi village over the past night.

Full control was established over the strategic hill of al-Mahsa near the village of Jana al-Albawi to the north of Oqairbat town, the main stronghold of ISIL terrorists in the eastern countryside of the province.

Syrian army units combed the hill completely as they dismantled tens of explosive devices and mines, and they discovered a lot of tunnels and positions belonging to the terrorist groups, seizing all the arms and ammunition inside them.

Deir Ezzor

The Syrian Air Force and Russian Aerospace Forces destroy ISIL vehicles and kill 15 terrorists in Alloush Hill and terrorists’ supply routes in the surroundings of the Cemeteries and Wadi al-Thardah road in Deir Ezzor.

Source: SANA
Posted by: badanov || 08/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


ISIS appoints new Top Cop

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The self-proclaimed Islamic State has appointed a new commander of its so-called “police service” after a former leader fled the group’s domains.

Alghad Press quoted an unidentified source saying Tuesday that IS appointed Abu Karar al-Iraqi as a new police chief, replacing fugitive Abu Othman al-Mayathini who had fled several weeks earlier.

The website did not, however, explain the area where the new commander was situated or that which the former commander had fled.

Islamic State is still holding havens in Anbar, Kirkuk and Salahuddin, and Iraqi forces, backed by paramilitary troops, launched a new offensive on Sunday targeting Tal Afar, one of the group’s main bastions in Iraq.

Since operations launched in October 2016 to recapture Islamic State-held areas, the group lost more than 25.000 of its fighters, while others reportedly escaped battlefields. Many members have reportedly been executed by the group for escaping battles or showing poor performance. Frequent reports have also told of divisions, conflicts over leaderships and mysterious assassinations within the group.

The group lost its former capital, Mosul, to Iraqi forces early July, a major development viewed as an effective fall of the self-styled “caliphate” the militants declared in 2014.
Posted by: badanov || 08/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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