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Rohingya Men Fight against Myanmar's Forces, 6000 stranded at Bangla border
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3 Taliban militants die in Jawzjan
At least three Taliban insurgents were killed by security forces in Aqcha district of northern Jawzjan province, local officials said on Tuesday.

In addition, two other insurgents were wounded.

The incident took place on Monday afternoon in Aqcha after “security force received an intelligence report that a group of five members of Taliban insurgents planned to pass through the area,” provincial police chief, Rahmatullah Turkistani said adding that the troops then lay in wait for them.

“One of the public force members was also wounded in the clash which was lasted less than an hour,” Turkistani said.

“The security forces also seized a motorbike and some weapons from the insurgents,” he said.

The Taliban has not yet commented on the attack.
Posted by: badanov || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [220 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

4 Border Kops die in fighting in Zabul
Zabul officials said on Tuesday that the Taliban attacked a group of border control forces in Shamlzai district in the province, on Monday night.

The district police chief, Badam Gul said four policemen were killed after the clash broke out in Qaleh Rashid area along the Durand Line in which an insurgent was also killed.

The Taliban has not yet commented on the incident.
Posted by: badanov || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Suicide bomber kills 5 near US embassy in Kabul
[DAWN] A jacket wallah went kaboom! on a busy shopping street near the heavily-fortified US embassy in central Kabul on Tuesday, killing five people and injuring several others, officials said.

It was the latest in a series of deadly attacks to hit the Afghan capital, and comes around three months after a massive truck bomb destroyed the same area, killing about 150 people.

"At around 10am (local time) a suicide bomber set off his explosives near a private bank and close to Massoud Square. More details later," Najib Danish, a front man for Afghanistan's interior ministry, told AFP.

He added in a message on Twitter that four people had died in the attack.

The blast happened at a time when many officials were expected to be collecting their salaries ahead of this week's Eid holiday.

Taliban claim Kabul bank attack that killed 5

[Ynet] The Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
have grabbed credit for a suicide kaboom just outside a bank in the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing at least five people.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban front man, posted the claim on his twitter account, saying that a Taliban jacket wallah targeted military personnel who had gathered on Tuesday at the Kabul Bank to collect their salaries ahead of the Moslem holiday of Eid al-Adha.

According to Afghan officials, along with the five killed, nine people were also maimed in the attack which happened in a busy commercial area in central Kabul, not far from the US. Embassy.
Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [596 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Al Shabaab Claims Killing Kenyan Military Officer In Attack
[RADIOSHABELLE] A Kenyan military officer was killed and an unknown number of others injured Monday after an armoured personnel carrier they were travelling in ran over a roadside explosive in Mandera county in the northeast of the country bordering Somalia, a government official said.

Regional government official Mohamud Saleh confirmed the incident at Damasa area in Lafey sub-county which happened at around 11 am.

Saleh said the armored vehicle was being used in the construction of the Kenya-Somalia border security wall. He said the blast happened while the soldiers were on a routine patrol of the mostly non-existent border.

"It’s true the incident happened. I am waiting for brief from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) on all the details. An APC ran over an Improvised Explosive Device, killing at least one personnel on board," Saleh said.

He said no arrest has been made so far, adding that more security officers have been mobilized and are pursuing the attackers.
Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Africa North
Morocco Arrests Two over Catalonia Attacks
[IsraelTimes] Spain's Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido, visiting his Moroccan counterpart Tuesday, said Rabat had placed in durance vile
Please don't kill me!
two men linked to deadly twin attacks in Catalonia.

"Thanks to permanent contact and collaboration between the two countries, Moroccan security services have carried out two arrests here in Morocco linked to the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils," he said.

He declined to give further details because the men were still under investigation.

Zoido was in Rabat to meet Moroccan Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit for talks on the investigation into the attacks on August 17 and 18 which left 16 people dead.

The main suspects in the attacks, claimed 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....
group, were of Moroccan origin, but most had lived in Spain for several years.

The two ministers said Morocco was working closely with Spanish security forces.

Laftit warned of the potential influence of "uncontrolled mosques" and "extremist imams" on members of Europe's Moroccan diaspora.

"The children of second and third generation Moroccan immigrants colonists who were born in European countries need particular attention (if they are to) escape the clutches of terrorism," he said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  "the clutches of terrorism" has a nice, generic, diplomatic sort-of ring to it, doncha think?
Posted by: Pappy || 08/30/2017 10:57 Comments || Top||

#2  More like the clutches of the local Imam teaching them the Koran.
Posted by: jpal || 08/30/2017 17:18 Comments || Top||

#3  The harmless old Muslim tradition
Of swift, terror-driven submission
Depends upon clutches
And soft kafir touches
For smooth, automatic transition.

Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 08/30/2017 17:31 Comments || Top||

Egypt, Libya foil almost 1000 illegal immigrants
Egypt's navy foils illegal migration attempts by 230 people in August

[AlAhram] Egypt's navy has foiled illegal emigration attempts by 230 individuals over the past two weeks, Egypt's military front man said in a statement on Tuesday.

Spokesman Tamer El-Refai said the navy was able to thwart multiple attempts during the period from 10 to 26 August.

The attempts were made by people of various nationalities, the statement said.

El-Refai also announced the seizure by Egypt's border guards of weapons and ammunition of various types, as well as 3,500 kg of narcotics.

Large numbers of people seek to migrate illegally from Egypt each year, often travelling first to Libya and then onward to Europe across the Mediterranean. Human-trafficking gangs operate from Libya, charging migrants colonists large sums of money to make the perilous journey.

Those seeking to travel to Egypt include both refugees and economic migrants colonists seeking work and better living conditions. Hundreds have been jugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
in Egypt for attempting to migrate illegally.

Cairo has increasingly focused on the migration issue in recent years, working with European nations to tackle the problem.

Following a migrant boat disaster in September 2016 that killed hundreds of people, a law was passed criminalizing unauthorized migration and human trafficking.

Libya says boats carrying 700 migrants have been intercepted

[Ynet] Libya's navy says it has intercepted and brought to shore vessels carrying nearly 700 migrants colonists trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe over the past two days.

Navy front man Col. Ayoub Qassem says the coasties of the UN-backed government in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
on Tuesday intercepted two boats together carrying 290 migrants colonists. A third vessel with 164 on board was intercepted off the coast of Sebratha.

With Italian help, the coasties intercepted a boat with 88 migrants colonists and another one with 134 migrants colonists on Monday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

Dignity Operation field commander escapes murder attempt
[Libya Observer] Chief of so-called Anti-Terrorism Bureau in Shahhat town in eastern Libya, Hanibal al-Hasi, has survived an liquidation attempt in Kirissah town, 20 km west of Derna.

Dignity Operation sources said al-Hasi was among the forces besieging Derna when gunnies showered his car with bullets and fled away.

Al-Hasi escaped unhurt. The gunnies later randomly fired at a checkpoint for the Anti-Terrorism Bureau in Kirissah in what seems to be a power conflict between Dignity Operation gangs in the town.

The sources added that the gunnies were identified, describing them as an outlaw group.
Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

ISIS releases new propaganda video from central Libya
[Libya Observer] The radical group of ISIS has released new video footage that shows its holy warriors setting up a checkpoint in central Libya.

The video showed a group of ISIS runaways checking cars and trucks in the desert road between al-Jufra and Abu Grein town.

The video, which was posted by the group's propaganda outlet Amaq News Agency, also showed two captives; one is member of Libya’s Constitution Drafting Assembly, Sagayar Majri, and the other is Mohammed Abu Bakr, a member of the Petroleum Facilities Guard.

Sagayar Majri was kidnapped in May 2017.

Last week, ISIS runaways attacked al- Fugaha checkpoint in al-Jufra, killing at least 10 Dignity Operation fighters.
Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram leader confesses to Chibok abductions, surrenders
[GEPHARDTDAILY] A top commander of 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...
has confessed to leading the abduction of schoolgirls from the town of Chibok and has surrendered to the Nigerian army in Borno State.

Auwal Ismaeela confessed to the kidnappings and other crimes, and was being interrogated at a military facility, the army said.

He has offered to help security agencies locate other commanders of the sect.

Ismaeela said he "led other squads" with another commander in the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in 2014, according to an interview with PR Nigeria published Sunday.

In May, the Nigerian government said 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram were released, though more than 100 are still missing. The group released 21 of the girls last October and another 50 or so have escaped on their own,

Ismaeela said he led an operation in 2014 in which students and youths at the Central Secondary School in Sabon Garin Madagali were killed.

"It is unfortunate that I was brainwashed and misled not only on some abductions but in the killings of my own people that were innocent," he said. "I wholeheartedly regret my actions."

He said in one of the operations he kidnapped "my wife named Maryam who had two kids for me in Sambisa Forest."

And when Ismaeela led a battle in Konduga, he said he lost his right leg.

"Even at that, I did not stop fighting for the course," Ismaeela said. "Sheikh [Abubakar] Shekau ordered that I should be given a tricycle which I continued to use for various operations before I eventually surrendered."
Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)

#1  Turn him over to the abductees.
Posted by: gorb || 08/30/2017 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  "I wholeheartedly regret my actions."

"At first, I was all Allahu Akhbarring and shit. But then I saw Mooch Obama's frowny face and hashtag...shit. I knew I was screwed"
Posted by: Frank G || 08/30/2017 16:27 Comments || Top||

#3  I'll bet that mug of hers has caused a lot of nightmares.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/30/2017 17:51 Comments || Top||

Yemeni officials say ex-president may be under house arrest
[DAWN] Yemen's former president, President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
, has not left his Sanaa home for nearly a week, fuelling speculation that his rebel allies have effectively placed him under house arrest, officials said Tuesday.

They spoke four days after differences between the two sides boiled over into festivities in the capital, which left a Saleh aide, Col Khaled al-Rodai, and three rebels dead.

The festivities in central Sanaa were followed by the large-scale deployment of forces by the two sides, keeping tensions high.

Three days of talks on defusing the crisis have failed, according to the security and military officials, who are affiliated with both sides of the rebel alliance.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief news hounds.

The Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
rebels are allied with Saleh's forces in a war against Yemen's internationally recognised government and a Saudi-led coalition.

The civil war has killed over 10,000 civilians, displaced 3 million people, and pushed the country to the brink of famine. An outbreak of cholera has killed 2,000 people. The rift within the rebel alliance could further complicate stalled peace efforts.

Gunmen suspected of links to the Houthis on Tuesday beat up Saleh's lawyer and close aide, Mohammed al-Masswary, a vocal critic of the rebels who has frequently accused them of not honouring their part in the alliance.

A statement by Saleh's National Congress party condemned the "criminal" attack.

Saleh and the Houthis have always been unlikely allies.

As president, Saleh had repeatedly gone to war with the Houthis in their northern heartland, but after he stepped down in the wake of Arab Spring protests in 2011 he threw his support behind them.

Security forces loyal to Saleh played a key role in helping the Houthis to sweep down from the north and capture Sanaa in 2014. They later went on to seize much of the country.

The officials said Saleh has not left his home since a tension-fraught celebration by his party in the capital on Thursday.
Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Two terror suspects gunned down in Kyrgyzstan, two more killed in Dagestan
[RFE/RL] Officials in Kyrgyzstan say security forces have killed two militant suspects in a gunbattle in the northern Chui region. The State Committee for National Security (UKMK) said the exchange of gunfire occurred in the Jaiyl district on August 29.

According to the UKMK, security forces opened fire after three suspected members of a terrorist group who were holed up in a house refused to surrender. It said two of the suspects were killed and the third one was wounded and captured.

Authorities began searching for the suspects on August 24 after two men threatened a police patrol with a gun and grenade in the capital, Bishkek. the UKMK said a fourth member of the same group was detained in Bishkek and that investigators found a gun and ammunition in the suspect's home.

Attackers Stab Policeman to Death in Russia's Dagestan

[AnNahar] Two attackers stabbed one policeman to death and maimed another in Dagestan
...a formerly inoffensive Caucasus republic currently bedevilled by low-level Islamic insurgency, occasional outbreaks of separatism, ethnic tensions and terrorism, primarily due to its proximity to Chechnya. There are several dozen ethnic groups, most of which speak either Caucasian, Turkic, or Iranian languages. Largest among these ethnic groups are the Avar, Dargin, Kumyk, Lezgin, and Laks. While Russers form less than five percent of the population, Russian remains the primary official language and the lingua franca...
in Russia's North Caucasus on Monday before being shot by police, Sherlocks said.

The attackers used knives in the assault before being "neutralized" by police at a petrol station in the town of Kaspiisk, the regional Investigative Committee said.

A news hound at the scene for state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
Rossiya 24 said it appeared to be "an attempt to repeat" recent stabbings in western Europe claimed 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....
jihadist group, but could not confirm the Dagestan incident was a terrorist attack.

IS has claimed a number of attacks on police in Dagestan in the last couple of years that have involved guns and explosives.

The Rossiya 24 news hound quoted law enforcement sources as saying that one of the attackers had a black jihadist banner in his rucksack.

An unidentified source also told the state TASS news agency that Sherlocks found two knives and items with the IS logo.

The regional health ministry spokeswoman said the injured policeman also suffered gunshot wounds. But his life was not at risk, TASS reported.

An investigation has been opened over the policeman's murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life in jail, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Salafist tough guys from Dagestan, which lies immediately east of Chechnya, are known to have traveled to join IS. In 2015, the group declared it had established a "franchise" in the North Caucasus.
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Kurds smoke 12 ISIS Bad Guys in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Twelve Islamic State militants, including a prominent leader, were killed in clashes with Kurdish troops in Salahuddin, a security source from the province said.

“IS militants attacked early on Tuesday Peshermga troops deployed in Zarka axis, west of Tuz Khurmatu. Fierce clashes left around twelve militants and one personnel killed,” the source told AlSumaria News.

“The killed militants included leader called Abu Abdullah al-Ansari,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

Earlier this month, fourteen Peshmerga personnel were killed and injured as the militant group launched an attack against forces deployed in Zarka region.

Peshmerga fighters have been part of the U.S.-backed military campaign to retake IS-held areas which launched in October.

Occasional attacks carried out by infiltrating IS militants occur in western regions of Tuz Khurmatu.

Pivotal regions that link between each of Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk, are still held by the militants which poses threats to the liberated regions. Iraqi troops are urged to prevent the militants infiltration between Salahuddin and Kirkuk provinces, especially the regions stretching along Hamreen mountains and Al-Azeem town.

The government is expected to launch military offensives at the few remaining IS havens, including the ones in Salahuddin.
Posted by: badanov || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

11 ISIS Turbans die in Anbar airstrikes

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) U.S.-led Coalition jets have killed eleven Islamic State militants and injured four civilians in shelling, west of Anbar, a security source said.

Speaking to Alghad Pess on Tuesday, the source said, “U.S.-led Coalition jets shelled IS locations in al-Sanjak region, near Syrian-Iraqi borders.”

“The jets also shelled al-Nahda al-Sharqiya school, used by IS as a headquarter in Qaim, killing more than 11 militants and wounding four citizens living near the school.” the source added.

In related news, another security source said the militant group deployed an air force in Qaim to secure arrival of militants coming from Syria.

On Monday, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Syrian government agreed with the group on transferring the militants from the border areas with Lebanon to al-Bukamal region on Iraqi-Syrian borders.

Anbar’s western towns of Anah, Qaim and Rawa are still held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic Caliphate. Iraqi troops were able to return life back to normal in the biggest cities of Anbar including Fallujah, Ramadi and others after recapturing them.

Fighter jets from the Iraqi army and the international coalition regularly pound IS locations in the province.
Posted by: badanov || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

2 die in bombings in Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Two civilians were killed, while seven others were wounded as three blasts occurred at several regions in the capital Baghdad, a police source said on Tuesday.

“A bomb, placed near a sheep market in Suwaib region in south Baghdad, exploded in the morning leaving two civilians killed and three others wounded,” the source told AlSumaria News.

“Another IED exploded in al-Shaab region in northern Baghdad, which left a citizen injured,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

“Three others were wounded as a third bomb blast occurred near stores in al-Zidan region in Abu Ghraib region, west of Baghdad,” the source added.

On Monday, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a blast that hit eastern Baghdad on the day, killing and injuring thirteen civilians. Another blast occurred as an IED exploded on Monday at al-Yusufiya region, in south of Baghdad, killing four and injuring eight.

Several explosions occurred in Baghdad earlier this week. Three civilians were killed and injured as an IED went off on Sunday at an area southwest of Baghdad. This came a few hours after two car bombings rocked two areas also southwest of Baghdad, killing and wounding eight people.
Posted by: badanov || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Southeast Asia
Indonesian woman jailed for suicide bomb plot at Jakarta palace
[Ynet] A Jakarta court has sentenced a female would-be jacket wallah to seven and a half years in prison, prosecutors and her lawyer said, the first time a woman has been convicted in Indonesia for planning such an attack.

Dian Yulia Novi, 28, was tossed in the slammer
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
late last year on suspicion of plotting to blow herself up outside Jakarta's presidential palace during the changing of the guard. She was arrested along with her husband, Muhamad Nur Solikin.
...he was the local head of the cell directed by Bahrun Naim of ISIS in Syria, she was one of his two eager jacket-wallah wives...
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Rohingya Men Fight against Myanmar's Forces, 6000 stranded at Bangla border
[AnNahar] The Rohingya largely eschewed violence despite years of suffocating restrictions and persecution. That dramatically changed last October when a nascent Rohingya bad boy group launched surprise attacks on border posts.

Myanmar's military reacted with a violent "clearance operation" to sweep out the bad boys. The U.N. says that crackdown could have amounted to ethnic cleansing.

Despite the sweeps, violence continued as remote villages were hit by near-daily killings of perceived state collaborators attributed to operatives of the Arakan Rohingya Solidarity Army (ARSA).

The holy warriors struck again on a large scale on Friday, with scores attacking around 30 police posts in pre-dawn raids, killing at least a dozen security force members using knives, homemade explosives and some guns. This time the security response has seen more than 100 people, including some 80 bad boys, confirmed killed and prodded thousands of Rohingya civilians to dash for Bangladesh.

But the country, which already hosts tens of thousands of refugees from the Moslem minority in the Cox's Bazar area, has refused entry to any more. Those unable to sneak in are stranded along the "zero line" border zone, where Bangladeshi officials have noticed a conspicuous absence of men among the civilians crowding the checkposts.

"We asked them what happened to their men. They said they all stayed back to fight," a Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) commander told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
- 'Fight or die' -
At the border Rohingya elder Shah Alam, a community leader from Rakhine state, said 30 young men from three villages in his district joined ARSA "for our freedom."

"Do they have any other choice? They chose to fight and die rather than be slaughtered like sheep," he told AFP.

The previously unknown bad boy group has grabbed credit for the attacks in October and more recent strikes against Myanmar's security forces, urging fellow Rohingya to join the fight.

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi has accused the group of atrocities including using child soldiers, allegations the holy warriors deny.

The government department directly run by Suu Kyi -- the State Counselor’s Office -- has classified the ARSA as "terrorists" and released a flurry of statements and grim pictures of civilians allegedly rubbed out by bad boys.

But ARSA's rallying cry is being answered in Rohingya camps across Bangladesh, despite some doubts over whether their rag-tag units -- seemingly mainly armed with knives and homemade weapons -- can defeat Myanmar troops.

One young rebel told AFP his Rohingya comrades were determined to fight on, despite the odds.

"There are hundreds of us hiding in the hills. We took an oath to save Arakan, even if it is with sticks and small knives," said the rebel, who declined to give his name, near the border in Bangladesh.

Many of those Rohingya displaced by the violence say they barely escaped with their lives. They describe Buddhist mobs and security forces shooting unarmed civilians and burning down homes, an abuse repeatedly documented in Rakhine since the upswing in conflict. For many, it was the final straw.

"Young people are fed up," said one prominent Rohingya activist in Bangladesh who asked to remain anonymous. "They grew up witnessing humiliation and persecution, so the current consensus among the Rohingya community is unless you fight, they're not going to give us any of our rights."

Outside a camp in Cox's Bazar two young Rohingya men were anxious to join the fight, describing it as "farj" -- a religious duty -- to join the "freedom fighters" in Rakhine.

"We don't have any options. Our backs are on the wall. Even the teenagers in our villagers have joined the fight," one of the men told AFP, vowing "to cross the border on the first chance."

At Least 6,000 Rohingya Stranded on Bangladesh Border

[AnNahar] At least 6,000 Rohingya civilians fleeing renewed violence in Myanmar are stranded near the border with Bangladesh which is blocking their entry, a senior Bangladeshi official said Tuesday, as the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
urged Dhaka to assist them.

Bangladesh has blocked thousands of civilians from the stateless Moslem minority from entering the country since Friday, when fresh fighting broke out between Myanmar's security forces and Rohingya holy warriors in neighboring Rakhine state.

The U.N. refugee agency says 3,000 have managed to cross into Bangladesh in the past three days, but the vast majority have been stopped at the border despite heavy fighting in nearby villages.

"Around 6,000 Myanmar nationals have gathered on the border and are trying to enter Bangladesh," a senior Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) official told AFP, referring to the Rohingya.

The official said the situation across the border, which is demarcated in parts by narrow stretches of the Naf River, was "still volatile."

"Last night we heard heavy gunfire by automatic weapons in phases and saw smoke billowing from burnt villages across the border," he said.

Another BGB official estimated the number of Rohingya in limbo could exceed 10,000, as many were believed to be hiding in the hills and forests to escape nearby violence.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on Bangladesh to step up assistance to civilians escaping the violence, noting "many of those fleeing are women and kiddies, some of whom are maimed."

But there are already 400,000 Rohingya living in squalid camps in Bangladesh and the government has instructed its border guards to prevent another influx at all costs. Soldiers had detained and returned nearly 500 Rohingya trying to cross the border since Monday, Shariful Islam Jamaddar, a deputy commander of BGB, told AFP.

Bangladesh on Monday proposed joint military operations with Myanmar against Rohingya holy warriors fighting in Rakhine state, hoping to stem the flow of refugees.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [394 views] Top|| File under: Harakah al-Yaqin

Ten would-be jihadis killed sneaking into Marawi
[Inquirer] Philippine security forces on Monday killed ten militants who were trying to sneak into the battle zone in Marawi City.

Carlito Galvez, commander of the military’s Western Mindanao Command, said that troops were able to intercept pump boats carrying members of the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups as the terrorists attempted to enter the main battle area through Lake Lanao. He said a gun battle broke out which lasted for three hours. Ten terrorists were killed.

Galvez said, "Pursuit operations immediately ensued between forces of the Joint Task Group Lawa and the fleeing terrorists. At 5 a.m., upon searching the area, troops were able to recover five dead bodies of the enemy, one M16 rifle and one motorized pump boat. One of the pump boats was also seen sinking during the pursuit operation. Patrolling soldiers and policemen are still looking for the dead bodies and sunken boat."

He said the interception came with help from the local governments, adding, "The plan of the terrorists was earlier reported to us, that is why it was easier for patrolling special forces, riverine units and maritime policemen to detect and neutralize the movement."

“Let this be a warning to those who have the intention to escape and to enter—our troops are ready for you. We will definitely get you,” Galvez said.
Posted by: ryuge || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [264 views] Top|| File under: Maute group (IS)

Militants bomb police checkpoint in southern Thailand
[The Nation] Militants threw two small pipe bombs at a police checkpoint booth and a rented police house in Narathiwat’s Rusoh district on Tuesday, but no one has been reported harmed. The bombs landed on the Tanyong checkpoint booth’s roof and on the rented house’s front awning. They exploded, resulting in damage to the roof and ceiling tiles.

Police investigators said the attack took place a little before noon and they believe it was carried out as part of the insurgency in the far South.

Police spokesman Arkhom Chanleun said officers were patroling the nearby market area at the time of attack. Some officers were heading back towards the checkpoint when two men on a motorcycle approached the checkpoint from behind, hurled the bombs and sped away.

The blast caused market vendors to panic and scramble for safety, but nobody was hurt.
Posted by: ryuge || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

VIDEO: Rebels use tanks, cannons, mortars to fight ISIS in south Daraa
[AlMasdar] Yesterday the rebels of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) launched an offensive against the ISIS-linked Saifullah al-Maslul bully boy group in southwestern Daraa Governorate.

The offensive, launched by the FSA’s Southern Front grouping, targeted ISIS positions in the Yarmouk Basin area ‐ a place where the rebels have attempted to advance before.

Footage captured by the SMAART news agency (below) shows the FSA employing battle tanks, Toyota pickups armed with 23-mm auto-cannons and 81-mm medium mortars during the opening phase of the offensive.

In the event, the offensive lasted about four hours and resulted in rather high losses among FSA ranks with ISIS successful repelling all attempts by Southern Front forces to break through its lines.

Some pro-rebel sources report that firefights continue in the area of Jalin (a town in the Yarmouk Basin that is currently under ISIS occupation).
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/30/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Syrian Army Adventures
Elite Syrian forces liberate 4 key towns from ISIS in east Hama, 10 km until ‘Uqayribat

[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues to tighten its stranglehold on besieged ISIS forces in eastern Hama Governorate, today scoring a critical advance in the direction of ‘Uqayribat – the Islamic State’s stronghold in the region.

Today, the Syrian Army, spearheaded by the elite ISIS Hunters unit, liberated from ISIS the towns of Haddaj, Rasm Zainab, Tahmaz and Bir Ghazaleh. These settlements are located north of the strategic Bilaas mountain chain and SAA positions around Sawwanah.

By this advance, ISIS is now in serious trouble as Syrian forces stand just ten kilometers (via the eastern direction) from the terrorist group’s regional stronghold of ‘Uqayribat.

Not surprisingly ISIS reinforcements are reported to be heading towards the newly liberated areas in bid to re-seize them. To this end, Syrian and Russian airpower is now in the process of targeting all ISIS motorized columns heading in the direction of settlements.

Syrian Army, allies beat back huge Al-Qaeda assault in south Hama

[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defence Forces (NDF) have repelled a major assault by the Al-Qaeda-linked Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist group in Hama Governorate’s southern countryside.

During the late night hours crossing over from yesterday to today, HTS militants within the Rastan pocket launched a large assault on SAA and NDF positions west of the strategic city of Salamiyah.

The jihadist attack targeted the town of Tal Darah and the military situation soon became so serious for pro-government forces, that the army was pushed to call on nearby artillery units and Russian airpower in order to break up HTS troop concentrations and buy time for SAA reinforcements to arrive from Salamiyah city.

It appears that the Syrian Army’s 333rd Regiment absorbed the main blow of the jihadist assault.

In any case, the assault by HTS was completely rebuffed by pro-government forces who also re-secured all positions they were made to ceded to jihadist militants at the start of the battle.

Whilst HTS suffered 10 confirmed casualties, that pro-government forces endured nine troops killed in action; there were also many injuries, including local NDF commander Colonel Mohammed al-Kasih who is now recovering in a military hospital.

With the arrival of day break (clashes ending at 5:00 A.M.), the Syrian Arab Air Force has since been bombing HTS positions at the town of al-Sathiyat, where the assault originated from.

Syrian Army, allies advance on ISIL’s last stronghold in central Syria

[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies resumed their military operations in the southeastern countryside of the Hama Governorate, Tuesday, striking the Islamic State’s (ISIL) positions from two different axes.

The Syrian Army’s Qalamoun Shield forces began the day by storming the Islamic State’s positions directly east of Salamiyah.

This attack resulted in the liberation of al-Taybah, which is a town that is located approximately 19km away from the Islamic State’s stronghold of ‘Uqayrbat.

Following the liberation of al-Taybah, the Syrian Arab Army advanced southeast of Salamiyah, liberating several hilltops overlooking the Abu Hakfeh area.

Once the Abu Hakfeh area is liberated, the Syrian Arab Army will be able to cutoff the Islamic State’s supply line from the Al-Mukharram sub-district to ‘Uqayrbat.

Syrian Army launches surprise assault in Deir Ezzor, liberates large area

[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies launched a surprise assault in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor, Tuesday, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) positions in the strategic Panorama area.

Backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Shaytat tribesmen, the Syrian Arab Army’s Republican Guard attacked the Islamic State’s positions near the Panorama School, liberating a large chunk of territory in order to secure their first line of defense.

According to a military source, the Syrian Arab Army managed to liberate more than 600 square meters of territory in the Panorama area, forcing the Islamic State to abandon several sites in the process

The Syrian Arab Army is now pushing towards the Al-Adm Housing Complex, which is a strategic site in western Deir Ezzor.

Syrian Army rolls back ISIL gains in southeast Raqqa Governorate, Jararih Oil Field liberated

[AlMasdar] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched an important counter-attack in the southeastern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate, yesterday, in order to recapture the oil rich area they lost to the Islamic State terrorists in the Euphrates Valley.

Led by the Tiger Forces and 5th Legion, the Syrian Arab Army were able to advance and liberate the Jararih Oil Field at the outskirts of Salaam ‘Alaykum village yesterday night.

According to a military report, the Syrian Army encircled the ISIL forces at the Jararih Oil Field, yesterday, before storming their points.

The report added that all of the Islamic State terrorists present at the Jararih Oil Field were eliminated during the brief government counter-attack.

ISIL held this oil field for a few hours on Monday after they launched a big attack using four suicide bombers to penetrate the defenses of the 5th Legion.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/30/2017 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

US special forces, Turkey-led rebels exchange blows in north Aleppo
[AlMasdar] According to CNN reports, US special forces troops and Turkey-backed militants have engaged each other in northern Aleppo Governorate.

Reports say that the firefights took place near the strategic town of Manbij in countryside controlled by the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

No casualties have been observed on the side of US special forces.

Furthermore, representatives of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition have directed a formal complaint towards the Ankara government regarding the event.

At this point, it is not clear which side initiated the firefight.

VIDEO: Kurdish forces in Afrin hit by rebel artillery barrage

[AlMasdar] Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants have recently carried out a heavy bombardment of the Kurdish People Protection Unit’s (YPG) lines in the Afrin region of northern Aleppo Governorate in a clear attempt to harass their forward-most positions.

The FSA used a number of 81-mm medium mortars in the attack coupled with a drone to observe shell impacts, assess battle damage and adjust fire accordingly.

Pro-rebel media claims that FSA mortar units scored at least one direct hit on a Kurdish position and indeed it appears that (at the end of the video) a militant shell hits an elevated YPG fortification.

Artillery duels between the YPG and Turkey-backed rebels in northern Aleppo are an almost daily event now.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/30/2017 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [712 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Renegade NATO member firing on U.S. forces? I'd wager Vlad Putin is delighted.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/30/2017 7:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Rather indirectly "NATO member" led operation, though.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/30/2017 11:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Turkes treated as hostiles yet? Perhaps they should be.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 08/30/2017 23:13 Comments || Top||

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