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Al-Qaeda leadership, dozens of jihadists wiped out by Russian missile strike in Idlib
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Afghanistan
1 dead in ongoing rocket attacks in Kabul
A mighty whiff by the Taliban
At least one civilian has been killed and four wounded in a string of rocket attacks on the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul city center on Wednesday.

The attack started shortly after 11am and at least two explosions were heard at about 2.30pm followed by a much bigger one about 15 minutes.

Reports indicated that anywhere between 30 and 40 explosions had been heard in the vicinity over a three hour period.

Airport officials have said all flights into Kabul have been diverted and flights out of the city have been cancelled until further notice.

However, the officials said no damage has been caused to the runway but that it is being cleared of shrapnel.

The ministry of interior confirmed that at least one civilian has been killed.

The ministry’s spokesman Najibn Danish said the rockets were fired from two locations, one in Qala-e-Mir Abbas area of PD9 and the other in Paktia Kot area, also in PD9.

Crisis Response Units have reportedly surrounded one of the locations where at least three insurgents are believed to be hiding.

“One of the rockets was launched in Paktia Kot area in a civilian house which killed one civilian and injured four others,” Danish said.

“The special forces have surrounded the house where three insurgents are hiding.”

Danish said insurgents are using RPGs and mortars, he said.
However, he did not provide further details.

This attack was launched just hours after US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Kabul on Wednesday.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and said the target had been Mattis.
Posted by: badanov || 09/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Fighting in Sabratha dials back a notch or two
[Libya Herald] Clashes continued today in Sabratha, 80 kilometres west of Tripoli, between the Anti-IS Operations Room and the 48th Battalion although the intensity of fighting was much reduced according to an official in the town who asked not to be identified. Occasional firing of both small and heavy weapons could be heard, he said, but no deaths or serious injuries had been reported among either the combatants or the civilian population. The town remained tense, however, he explained.

He claimed that the Operations Room had gained the upper hand so far in the fighting – a claim denied by Ahmed Dabashi, the head of the local Amu brigade which overlaps with the 48th; many members of the former are also members of the latter and thereby receive an official salary. However, this evening there were unconfirmed reports that the operations room had taken Sabratha hospital.

During the day there were also reports of a supposedly Wirshefani pro-LNA force, dispatched to Sabratha to reinforce the operations room, being attacked by Gharyan brigades northeast of Gharyan and forced to retreat. However, the Sabratha source disputed this, saying that no outside forces had been heading to the town.

The conflict is increasingly presented as a clash between an operations room that is pro-LNA and the 48th that is Islamist and backed by the Presidency Council. During the day, radical and controversial cleric Sadek Al-Ghariani reinforced this, accusing the operations room of planning to annihilate the revolutionaries in Sabratha, and the LNA of planningto destroy the town itself as they had done to Benghazi.

Ahmed Dabashi, however, has indicated that money rather than ideology is the real reason for the divide. He is reported saying that while he, a former smuggler, was now opposed to smuggling, members of the operations room wanted to keep it going.
Posted by: badanov || 09/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa North
Egypt court convicts 15 Muslim Brotherhood members
[Iran Press TV] A court in Egypt has sentenced eight members of the outlawed Moslem Brüderbund to life in prison and handed down a three-year jail sentence to seven others.

According to Arabic-language Egyptian daily al-Youm al-Sabe', the Zagazig Criminal Court issued the ruling on Wednesday after it convicted the individuals of being members of "a terrorist organization."

The defendants were among 18 people who were tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
back in 2016 for allegedly "inciting violence, distributing inflammatory leaflets against the state institutions and possessing burning materials to carry out acts of sabotage in the city of Abu Hammad" in Sharqia province.

Three other suspects in the same case were acquitted.

The Egyptian government has been cracking down on dissent since the country's first democratically-elected president, Mohammed Morsi, was ousted in a military coup led by the former head of the armed forces and current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in July 2013.
Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Ajdabiya moves to end vigilante revenge attacks on property
[Libya Herald] Top officials in Ajdabiya, in a meeting with Saiqa Special Forces
...Libya's elite army unit, insofar as they have one, formed from a mixture of paratroopers and commandos. The group emerged from a militia with the same name in 2010. It now numbers a few thousand and reports to the Ministry of Defence. It deployed in Benghazi in an attempt to control the carnage. As a result, it has been attacked and several of its officers murdered. The force is popular in Benghazi for its stance against Ansar al-Sharia group...
commander Wanis Bukhamada, have condemned attacks by vigilante squads on homes belonging to alleged gunnies or those considered linked to them.

The move follows the destruction of the home of former mayor Salam Jadhran and those of other members of the Jadhran family. These have been attacked, burgled and then set on fire. The homes of a number of members of the Islamist-leaning Ajdabiya Revolutionaries’ Shoura Council, have also been attacked and their families forced to flee ‐ in the case of shoura council member Ebraik al-Zwai, known as Masriya, the house was reported to have been blown up after it was robbed.

In a statement issued on Monday, following discussions with Bukhamada, senior Ajdabiya police and army officers as well as the acting mayor said there had to be an end to such Dire Revenge attacks. Insisting that the families of suspects should not be forced to flee, they set up a committee to investigate everyone in the town accused of collaborating with the gunnies over the past three years. The committee is to also ensure that the properties of the accused are in future protected.

Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Home Front: WoT
FBI Director Warns Terrorist Drones Are ‘Coming Here Imminently'
[TownHall] FBI Director Christopher Wray warned lawmakers Wednesday that terrorists using drones to carry out attacks is the next ’imminent’ threat.

"I think we do know that terrorist organizations have an interest in using drones," he said during a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing.

"We’ve seen that overseas already with growing frequency. I think the expectation is that it’s coming here imminently. I think they are relatively easy to acquire, relatively easy to operate, and quite difficult to disrupt and monitor," Wray added.

Nicholas Rasmussen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, also testified about the threat from drones.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/28/2017 04:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [265 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If only we had some way to identify terrorists in advance.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/28/2017 11:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Nicholas Rasmussen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, also testified about the threat from drones.

Captain Obvious will testify next...
Posted by: Tennessee || 09/28/2017 12:13 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
1 dead, 6 injured in LoC cross-border shelling by Indian troops
[DAWN] One civilian was killed while six others were maimed due to heavy shelling across the Line of Control (LoC) by Indian troops on Wednesday, said officials.

The casualties occurred in different villages of Nakyal sector in the southern Kotli district as people were getting ready for their daily work, said Waleed Anwar, assistant commissioner of the area.

"The shelling began at 7:15am and is still going on," he told DawnNews. "[The shelling] is heavy; it has restricted people indoors."

A shell landed in the courtyard of a house in Balakot village, leaving 25-year-old Malick Mohammad Razaq dead on the spot, Anwar said.

The dear departed’s 35-year old married sister, Irum Bibi, was injured after a shrapnel hit her in the face, he added.

Anwar said that a 45-year-old woman from the same village, Ghulam Fatima, was also injured.

Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [191 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
ISIS leader ‘killed' by Russia resurfaces in audio recording
Al-Baghdadi not as dead as we were told?
The Islamic State ​on Thursday ​released a​n audio recording of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi​, whom the Russians said they killed in June, indicating the notorious terror leader may still be alive.

​The ​46-minute recording was released by the IS-run al-Furquan news outlet Thursday, but it wasn’t clear when it was made, although Baghdadi refers to North Korea’s threats against the United States and Japan in the message.

The last audio recording supposedly from Baghdadi, who has been seen in public only once, was released last November
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#1  Vampire? Zombie? Democrat?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/28/2017 16:08 Comments || Top||


Turkey says air force kills 13 in north Iraq air strike
[AlAhram] Ottoman Turkish jets struck a target in northern Iraq on Wednesday, killing 13 suspected Kurdish PKK fighters, the armed forces said in a statement.

"In an air strike in northern Iraq, 13 armed members of a separatist terrorist organization preparing for an attack were neutralized," the statement said, using a term which The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
uses to describe Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Death Eaters.

The PKK has been waging an insurgency in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast since the 1980s, but also has bases across the border in northern Iraq which Turkey regularly targets.

Ottoman Turkish troops are also conducting a joint military exercise with Iraqi soldiers near their border after Monday's referendum for Kurdish independence in northern Iraq, which has angered both Ankara and Baghdad.

Turkey fears the referendum, which was overwhelmingly approved, could fuel support for separatism in its southeastern region, and has threatened economic and military measures in response.
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7 ISIS Big Turbans smoked in Kirkuk airstrikes
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Seven Islamic State leaders, including a top security chief, were killed as U.S.-led Coalition jets bombarded the group’s holdout, southwest of Kirkuk, a local source said.

“Coalition jets bombarded an IS location, where several leaders were there, in Hawija,” the source told AlSumaria News. “Preliminary information indicate death of around seven leaders including member in charge of securing the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source added that the airstrike left several vehicles and tactic units of the group destroyed.

Earlier on the day, the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said 557 IS militants were killed, while more than 100 villages and regions were liberated during the first phase of offensives in Hawija.

The Joint Operations Command announced, Sunday, conclusion of the first phase of operations to recapture Hawija, the group’s holdout in southwestern Kirkuk.

Launched last week, the operation managed to take over al-Zab river region, the northern part of Makhoul mountains and several villages west of Tigris River.

Brig. Gen. Yahia Rasoul, spokesman of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, said previously that the number of Islamic State members in Hawija falls between 800 and 1500.

Hawija and other neighboring regions, west of Kirkuk, have been held by IS since mid-2014, when the group emerged to proclaim an Islamic “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria.
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Salahuddin Kombat Kronicle
20 ISIS Bad Guys die in attack near al-Zarka

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Twenty Islamic State militants have been killed and injured as security troops repelled an attack against in Salahuddin, AlSumaria News reported.

“Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) repulsed on Tuesday evening a huge attack that lasted for several hours by IS militants coming from Hawija, Kirkuk, in an attempt to regain control on al-Zarka strategic bridge, which links Tuz Khurmatu and Tikrit,” a security source from Salahuddin said.

“Troops killed 16 militants and injured four others,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

On Sunday, a similar attack was thwarted by troops deployed near al-Zarka bridge, leaving nine militants killed.

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

On Saturday, Federal Police announced liberation of eastern Shirqat, the group’s holdout in north of Salahuddin.

225 militants had been killed since the launch of operations in Shirqat, Jawdat previously announced. The group reportedly started collective executions of members who attempted to flee battles in Salahuddin to Hawija, the group’s stronghold in neighboring Kirkuk where parallel security operations are running to retake militants-held regions.

The Iraqi army said in September its forces recaptured the western coast of Shirqat, located south of Mosul, on the west bank of the Tigris river, after being surrounded for months by Iraqi troops and the pro-government Shi’ite militias.

Iraqi Kops capture ISIS training center in al-Zab

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) The Federal Police have seized Islamic State’s training facility in north of Salahuddin.

In a brief statement on Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat, chief of Federal Police, said “troops confiscated a training center for the militant group. There was a media office inside at al-Zab region.”

Troops deployed in Zab, according to Jawdat, “are ready to go through the second phase of Hawija liberation.”

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

On Sunday, the Joint Operations Command announced completing the first phase of operations to recapture Hawija, the group’s holdout in southwestern Kirkuk.

Launched last week, the operation managed to take over al-Zab river region, the northern part of Makhoul mountains and several villages west of Tigris River.

Federal Police announced, earlier this week, liberation of eastern Shirqat, the group’s holdout in north of Salahuddin.

225 militants had been killed since the launch of operations in Shirqat, Jawdat previously announced.

The Iraqi army said in September its forces recaptured the western coast of Shirqat, located south of Mosul, on the west bank of the Tigris river, after being surrounded for months by Iraqi troops and the pro-government Shi’ite militias.

3 wounded in bombing attack in Balad

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Three civilians were wounded as an IED blast exploded, south of Salahuddin, a security source said.

“An IED, placed near fuel station in Balad town, south of Salahuddin, went off late on Tuesday, leaving three civilians wounded, one of whom in serious condition,” the source told Baghdad Today on Wednesday.

“Security cordoned off the blast spot, while ambulances transferred the wounded to hospital,” the source added.

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.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 297 Iraqis, were killed and injured due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of ِAugust. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 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 and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

According to security observers, even after Islamic State’s main havens across Iraqi provinces are conquered, the group may still constitute a security threat through sleeper cells and lone wolf attacks.

Fighting between ISIS and Iraqi forces yields 8 Dead Bad Guys

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have announced repulsing an attack by suicide bombers targeting Shia Muslim marchers in south of Salahuddin.

A statement by the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said, “troops of the 43rd and sixth brigades killed on Wednesday four suicide attackers who attempted infiltration into Husseiniya ritual marches in al-Rumailat and al-Athiya regions in north of Balad town.”

Shia muslims make their way every year to Karbala, southwest of Baghdad, to mark a religious ritual that commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein in 680 AD.

In related news, Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday killing four suicide bombers who attempted attacking a police station, south of the province.

“Salahuddin police managed to kill four attackers who tried to attack al-Farhatiya police station late on Tuesday,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The attack left two conscripts wounded,” it added.

Late on Tuesday, an IED went off in Balad town, south of Salahuddin, leaving three civilians wounded, one of whom in serious condition.

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.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 297 Iraqis, were killed and injured due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of ِAugust. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 injuries.

Iraqi air forces hammer ISIS forces in Mutaibija

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) The U.S.-led Coalition has heavily bombarded several regions in east of Salahuddin, a local source from the province said on Wednesday.

“Coalition jets heavily pounded several regions in Mutaibija, Salahuddin, targeting rest houses and vehicles containing explosives,” the source told AlSumaria News.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said, “the heavy shelling by coalition jets was to ruin attempts by Islamic State to launch any surprise attacks from Mutaibija to break the seige imposed on the group after it lost Zarka bridge, which was important for logistic support from Hawija, few days ago.”

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.

Federal Police announced, earlier this week, liberation of eastern Shirqat, the group’s holdout in north of Salahuddin.

225 militants had been killed since the launch of operations in Shirqat, Jawdat previously announced.

The Iraqi army said in September its forces recaptured the western coast of Shirqat, located south of Mosul, on the west bank of the Tigris river, after being surrounded for months by Iraqi troops and the pro-government Shi’ite militias
Posted by: badanov || 09/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [231 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Anbar Antix


Iraqi army rings up one dead jihadi near Annah

Annah (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army forces killed on Tuesday an Islamic State militant inside an underground tunnel in western Anbar as preparations continue to clear the group’s havens there.

Qatari al-Obaidi, a senior commander at the tribal troops in Anbar, told Alsumaria News that the militant was hiding in an underground tunnel in the town of Annah (210 Km west of Ramadi), which Iraqi forces recaptured last Thursday.

Islamic State held Anbar’s western towns of Annah, Qaim and Rawa since 2014, when they 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 in 2015 and 2016.

11 ISIS Turbans die in fighting near Rawa including 1 Big Turban

Rawa (IraqiNews.com) Eleven Islamic State members, including a regional commander, were killed Tuesday in operations by Iraqi government and paramilitary troops launched preparing to clear those regions from militants.

Commando forces from the army’s 7th division, backed by Popular Mobilization Forces, killed eleven Islamic State members, including the so-called “wali” (viceroy) in an assault on the outskirts of Rawa, one of the group’s last two strongholds in western Anbar, according to Alghad Press.

The offensive also destroyed five rest houses used by the militants, according to sources talking with the website.

Islamic State held Anbar’s western towns of Annah, Qaim and Rawa since 2014, when they 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 in 2015 and 2016.

Iraqi security forces smoke 20 ISIS Bad Guys near Ramadi

Ramadi (IraqiNews.com) Anbar security forces killed 20 Islamic State militants on Wednesday after brief encounters flared when group members invaded areas in the west and south of Ramadi.

Security declared a curfew in Ramadi earlier on Wednesday at al-Tash and the 5th Kilometer regions, south and west of Ramadi, with army and police forces putting the militants under siege there, Alsumaria reported.

Baghdad Today said the militants did take over al-Tash and al-Jamea (university) areas after invading them with 20 pickup trucks. The website added that the militants are currently holding civilians there.

Alsumaria quoted a commander in Anbar police service saying troops retook the two areas and killed 20 militants.

Government and tribal forces recaptured Ramadi from the Islamic State in December 2015, but have since then countered occasional attacks by the group and stopped booby-trapped vehicles at its checkpoints.

Islamic State is currently holding the towns of Rawa and Qaim on Anbar’s western borders with Syria as its last two strongholds in the province. Iraqi forces and tribal troops recaptured the town of Annah last Thursday, and are currently preparing for an offensive on Rawa.

Parallel operations are running to retake Islamic State-held town of Hawija in southwestern Kirkuk. U.S.-backed campaigns since October 2016 have so far liberated Mosul, IS’s former capital, and the town of Tal Afar, both in Nineveh.
Posted by: badanov || 09/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Iraqi forces repel and push back ISIS near Ramadi
[ALMASDARNEWS] The combined forces of the Iraqi army, police and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have succesfully repelled the latest ISIS attack on the central Iraqi city of Ramadi. Even more, sources indicate that the Iraqi forces counterattacked and drove the terrorist group further back then had been the case prior to the attack.

Halaf al-Jalibawi, commander of the PMU in the area, told Iraqi news network al-Sumariah that the surprise attack by ISIS on the city of Ramadi came from the Attaash area, which was already under terrorist control. According to Jalibawi, the Iraqi forces not only fended off the ISIS attack on the city, but pushed back and liberated all of Attaash as well.

The bandidos forces of Evil had used 20 vehicles filled with troops and heavy weaponry to launch an attack against the so-caled Five Kilo, Seven Kilo, and al-Jame’eh districts of Ramadi. The defending troops succesfully routed ISIS from each of these areas after a short but heavy fight. Sources have it that twenty bad boyz were potted during the offensive.

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Iraqi government given mandate to deploy troops to disputed Kirkuk
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Council of Representatives of Iraq has given Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi a mandate to deploy troops to the disputed city of Kirkuk and its oil fields, as reported by Iraqi state media.

Kirkuk, the fifth-biggest city in Iraq and capital of the oil-rich Kirkuk Governorate, is not officially part of Iraqi Kurdistan, but is under control of Kurdish military forces. On August 29, Kurdish representatives of the Kirkuk Provincial Council voted in favour of participating in the Kurdish referendum, in a vote that was boycotted by Arab and Turkmen Council members.

The call to deploy armed forces to Kirkuk comes as a result of the September 25 referendum on Kurdish secession that, according to Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani, resulted in a victory for the separatist camp.

However, the vote itself and its results have been deemed illegal and unconstitutional by Iraqi authorities. Prime Minister Abad has on Wednesday repeated his ultimatum to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), stating the KRG had to relinquish control over all airports in the areas under its control, or face a total ban on direct international flights.

“We won’t have a dialogue about the referendum outcome (…) If they want to start talks, they must cancel the referendum and its outcome.”, Abadi said in his Wednesday speech to parliament.

The regional KRG ministry of Transport has however already refused these demands, stating that they need the airports in order to combat ISIS forces in the region.

The official call by parliament to deploy troops to the city of Kirkuk marks another increase in tension between Baghdad and the KRG. On Tuesday, Iraqi and Turkish troops hosted joint military exercises near the Iraqi Kurdish regional border, in an apparent show of force towards Kurdish separatists.

Posted by: Fred || 09/28/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin


2 die in separate bombing attacks

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Two separate Blasts in northern and eastern Baghdad left 12 people dead and wounded on Tuesday, security sources were quoted saying.

An explosive device exploded near a popular market in Saba al-Bur region, north of the capital, killing one civilian and wounding seven others, according to sources quoted by Baghdad Today.

Another bomb exploded near commercial stores in Karghoulia, Nahrawan, southeast of Baghdad, killing one and wounding three others, according to sources.

Violence and armed conflicts left 297 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of ِAugust, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 injuries.

1 dead in bombing attack in Abu Ghraib

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A bomb explosion left one dead and three wounded in western Baghdad on Tuesday, security sources in the Iraqi capital were quoted saying.

An explosive device placed near a popular market in Sobeihat, Abu Gharib, west of the capital, exploded, killing one and wounding three, Alghad Press quoted the sources saying.

Violence and armed conflicts left 297 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of ِAugust, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 injuries.

2 wounded in bomb attack in Abu Ghraib

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Two civilians were injured as a bomb blast occurred in west of Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying on Wednesday.

“A bomb went off, today, near the industrial district in Abu Ghraib district, west of Baghdad, leaving two civilians injured,” the source told Alghad Press.

The injured, according to the source, who asked to remain anonymous, were transferred to hospital for treatment.

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.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 297 Iraqis, were killed and injured due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of ِAugust. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 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 and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

According to security observers, even after Islamic State’s main havens across Iraqi provinces are conquered, the group may still constitute a security threat through sleeper cells and lone wolf attacks.

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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Border Officer Who Was Stabbed in a Previous Terror Attack Killed in West Bank Crossing Shooting
[PJ] On Tuesday, a unit of Israel’s Border Police, stationed at the entrance to the small town of Har Adar, approximately 15 km (roughly 9.3 miles) to the west of Jerusalem, was screening a group of Arab workmen who had arrived at the scene; one of them, reportedly employed in Har Adar as a cleaner, was a terrorist.

Armed with a pistol reportedly stolen from the Israel Defense Forces, the terrorist, identified as Nimer Ahmad Mahmoud Jamal, a 37-year-old father of four, from the nearby village of Beit Surik, firing with deadly accuracy and amazing rapidity, managed to kill three of the people there and seriously wound a fourth before another border policeman was able to shoot him dead with an assault rifle. Jamal had no previous record of involvement in terrorism.

As reported in numerous Israeli media outlets, the identities of the three victims have been released. They were: Border Police Officer St. Sgt. Solomon Gavriya, 20, of Be’er Ya’aqov; security guard Youssef Ottman, 25, of Abu Ghosh, a suburb of Jerusalem; and security guard Or Arish, also 25, a resident of Ha Adar serving as a guard. All three have been laid to rest; hundreds of mourners attended S/Sgt. Gaviria’s funeral

S/Sgt. Gaviria, of Ethiopian extraction and by all accounts a very highly regarded member of the Ethiopian community in his home town, had been a member of the Border Police for less than two years. In an earlier incident, he had been wounded by a knife-wielding terrorist, whom he had at the time managed to ward off, despite his wounds. Nonetheless, he had insisted on returning to duty at the earliest possible time after his recovery from that incident, and has now been been killed. He is survived by two sisters and a brother.

Subsequently, Israeli security forces raided the village from which the terrorist came and arrested three people, including the terrorist’s two brothers, suspected of complicity in the attack.
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#1  Ahmad Mahmoud Jamal, a 37-year-old father of four, from the nearby village of Beit Surik, firing with deadly accuracy and amazing rapidity, managed to kill three of the people there and seriously wound a fourth before another border policeman was able to shoot him dead with an assault rifle.

So where's he been practicing? Gazoo?
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Security forces map Har Adar terrorist’s home for demolition
[IsraelTimes] Troops dismantle mourning tent in Paleostinian assailant's village as part of operations in wake of attack in which 3 Israelis killed

Israeli security forces early Wednesday mapped the home of a terrorist who on Tuesday rubbed out three Israeli guards at Har Adar ahead of its demolition.

In addition to mapping Nimer Mahmoud Ahmad Jamal’s home in the Paleostinian village of Bayt Surik, security forces dismantled a mourning tent for him, and also jugged
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
a number of his family members, the Israel Defense Forces said.

It was not immediately clear which family members were arrested. On Tuesday the IDF and Border Police arrested two of Jamal’s brothers after sealing off Bayt Surik. Reports in Paleostinian media said Jamal’s father was also arrested.

The IDF said that during the overnight operation in Bayt Surik and Biddu, both of which are near Har Adar, security forces confiscated "terror money" and carried out searches for illegal weapons.

The army also said that in the wake of the attack, "forces will continue to operate in the area in order to prevent terror, and maintain safety and order alongside security and quality of life."

During the attack, 37-year-old Jamal took a pistol out of his shirt and shot at a group of security officers who were opening the back gates of Har Adar to Paleostinian laborers. One border police officer, Solomon Gavriyah, 20, and two private security guards ‐ Youssef Ottman, 25, of the nearby Arab Israeli community of Abu Ghosh, and Or Arish, 25, of Har Adar ‐ were killed in the attack. All three were buried later in the day.

In response to the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel would demolish Jamal’s home and rescind the work permits held by his relatives, while Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party said it would revive a bill that would apply the death penalty to convicted terrorists.

In the overnight raids, security forces also confiscated thousands of shekels of "terror money" near Qalqilya and the Jenin refugee camp, the IDF said.

The army said 15 suspects were arrested throughout the West Bank, including three for "popular terrorism," a catchall term used by security forces to denote violent rioting such as rock throwing and tire burning.

The IDF also said the entirety of Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs was opened to Jewish visitors and that some 10,000 Jews, among them Israel’s chief rabbis, visited the holy site for pre-Yom Kippur overnight services. The Tomb of the Patriarchs, which is considered holy in both Judaism and Islam, has been divided between Jewish and Moslem worshipers since 1994, when an American-born Jewish hard boy shot and killed 29 Paleostinian worshipers.

In addition, the army said it escorted Jewish worshipers to the Shalom Al Yisrael synagogue in the Paleostinian city of Jericho, during which Paleostinians threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at security forces. The IDF said one Paleostinian was lightly injured when security forces responded with fire.

After deadly shooting, IDF seals off hometown of Har Adar terrorist

[IsraelTimes] Troops deployed to area around settlement where a Paleostinian rubbed out 3 security officers.

The IDF imposed a closure on the West Bank village of Bayt Surik on Tuesday after one of its residents shot and killed three Israeli security officers earlier in the day at the neighboring Har Adar settlement.

According to the military, residents of the Paleostinian village can enter it freely, but will "only be allowed out in humanitarian cases."

Wife of Har Adar terrorist left him weeks before shooting

[IsraelTimes] In final message to mother of his children, Nimer Jamal said she was 'good' and admitted to being a bad husband.

Nimer Mahmoud Ahmad Jamal, the 37-year-old Paleostinian who shot to death three Israelis and injured another at the entrance to the settlement of Har Adar outside Jerusalem Tuesday, was recently left by his wife, likely due to domestic violence, and left her a final message before carrying out the attack.

Jamal, who was from the neighboring village of Bayt Surik, was a father of four young children and held a license to work in Israeli settlements. That set him apart from the typical profile of Paleostinian attackers, who are generally young, unmarried men.

In his final message to his wife, which was released after the attack by the Israeli army, Jamal, who had worked for years as a house cleaner in Har Adar, mourned her departure and said he had been a terrible husband to her.

"When you wake up in the morning, share this message on my page. Let your conscience rest. You were a good wife, Umm Baha [mother of Baha], and a compassionate mother and I was the one who behaved badly," he wrote.

He added: "I say this in full awareness: my wife had nothing to do with what will happen tomorrow."

He finished his message by asking for her forgiveness and for her to raise the children.

Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security agency said Jamal’s wife fled to Jordan several weeks ago.

"The preliminary investigation indicates that he had significant personal and family problems, including those regarding family violence. His wife fled to Jordan several weeks ago and left him with their children," the statement said.
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Syrian regulars capture 7 villages in Homs
Homs (Syria News) The Syrian army forces and allied militias managed, on Wednesday, to recapture a number of strategic villages, near Jub Jarrah area, in the eastern countryside of Homs, Qasioun News reported.

Security sources informed that the Syrian army forces recaptured the villages of Um al-Soos, Kharafish, Rasm al-Arnab, Ghazila, Rak, Um Howaish and Safya, northeast of Jub Jarrah, in the eastern countryside of Homs, after violent clashes with the Islamic State militants, resulting in the killing of several militants and reducing IS-held areas to less than 200 square kilometers.

Furthermore, the Syrian army forces managed to recapture Uqayribat area, in eastern Hama, completely, backed by intensive Russian air strikes.

It is noteworthy that Syrian army forces carried out an extensive offensive, in order to drive out the Islamic State militants from the eastern countryside of Homs and Hama, as well as imposing a siege on the area.
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Russian airstrikes in Idlib leave 6 dead
Idlib (Syrian News) Local sources informed that Russian aircraft carried out air strikes, on Wednesday, on the Christian-majority Qaina and Yaqobia Villages, in the western countryside of Idlib, Qasioun News reported.

The sources revealed that the two villages are Christian-majority, while pointed out that the air strikes were conducted on a church in one of the villages, killing a Christian child and injuring 5 others.

Meanwhile, other Russian air strikes were carried out on the areas of Bedama, Bashiria, Shatbarq, Sarmanya, Haloz, Ghasanya and Sad Al-Shaghr, in western Idlib, but no casualties were reported.

It is noteworthy that the Christian-majority village of Yaqobia witnessed a significant displacement movement since the start of the Syrian revolution in 2011; however, several families stayed in the village despite the consequences of the Syrian war in the area.

Russia has supported the government of Syria since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, and started its military intervention in the country after an official request by the Syrian government for military aid against rebel and jihadist groups.
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Al-Qaeda leadership, dozens of jihadists wiped out by Russian missile strike in Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Aerospace Forces have carried out a successful precision strike against a gathering of al-Qaeda commanders in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, neutralizing several high-value targets.

According to official Russian military-diplomatic sources, the Arclight airstrike targeted a meeting of Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (Syrian al-Qaeda franchise) leaders south of Idlib city, killing five commanders and 32 other jihadist faceless myrmidons who also were present at the gathering area.

The commanders, identified as Abu Sulman al-Saudi, Abu al-Abbas Anadin, Abu Hasan, Walid al-Mustafa and also Abu Mudjagid, were collectively responsible for a well-planned terrorist attack against Russian military police in Hama province nine days ago.

Reports claim that all intelligence resources available to the Russian military where extensively utilized in order to locate the terrorist leaders.

In addition to killing a total of 37 terrorists, the missile strike is claimed by the Russians to have also destroyed an ammunition deport, an explosive storage center and six gun-trucks.

Russian launch 18 airstrikes in Idlib

Idlib (Syria News) Local sources informed that Russian warplanes carried out, on Wednesday, more than 18 air strikes on the town of al-Tamane‘a, south Idlib, Qasioun News reported.

The sources revealed that five Russian warplanes bombarded the city of al-Tamane’a with rockets, bombs, and Bunker-Buster missiles, wounding several civilians and causing a significant damage to the area.

Large number of civilians fled the Tamane’a City in the last two days towards north of Syria, the sources added. Furthermore, Russian warplanes conducted dozens of raids on the city, following an attack launched by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham on the regime-held areas, in northern Hama.

It is noteworthy that the Russian Ministry of Defense has announced killing five leaders of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, south of Idlib, by several air strikes on the area, dozens of civilians were killed in Aleppo, Hama and Idlib.
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40 jihadists killed as ISIS counteroffensive in Raqqa goes far from plan
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Tuesday, a large group of ISIS fighters posing as refugees managed to infiltrate the Kurdish-held village of Samra some three kilometers east of Raqqa city itself.

Once the camouflaged ISIS Lions of Islam opened fire upon Kurdish checkpoints in the village, heavy firefights broke out between the warring parties after which the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) rushed reinforcements to the village.

Despite skirmishes lasting several hours, the entire group of ISIS turbans was eventually annihilated and one of their boom-mobiles neutralized in the process. Footage of the incident can be found below:

However,
by candlelight every wench is handsome...
as ISIS wrecked havoc inside Samra in an apparent suicide mission, the SDF sustained upwards of 40 casualties.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shouting match, the spittle had reached unprecedented levels...
fresh festivities erupted in the Mashlab, Sinaa and al-Nahdaa neighborhoods in the lovely provincial capital; new footage depicting ISIS’ side of events in the latter district can be found here:

On the other hand, the SDF said it had too killed 40 enemy combattants amid festivities in Raqqa city and on its eastern outskirts, thus matching 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....
corpse count for Tuesday.

Since the battle for Raqqa began on June 6, the SDF has captured approximately 90% of Raqqa city with major support from the US-led coalition.
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Syrian Army captures new Jordanian border points
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their large-scale assault along the Damascus-Jordanian border, Wednesday, capturing new points from the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA).

Led by the 5th Corps, the Syrian Arab Army stormed the last areas under the control of the Free Syrian Army in southeast Damascus, scoring a large advance after a fierce battle near the Jordanian border.

According to a Syrian military source, the SAA managed to break-through the Free Syrian Army’s lines near the Jordanian border, seizing the small town of Rajm Matetrah and several border points.

As a result of this advance tonight, the Syrian Arab Army has now reached Garrison 177 and imposed fire control over the Hamad area of southeastern Damascus.

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Five jihadist commanders responsible for attack on Russian military killed in Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) released aerial footage, Wednesday, of missile strikes in the Idlib province which they say killed five leading 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-affiliated field commanders.

The commanders led a failed attack on Russian military coppers in Hama province earlier in September, MoD spokesperson Igor Konashenkov has said.

At least 32 other murderous Moslems were killed in the strikes, according to the Ministry of Defence, while an ammunition depot and six off-road vehicles with large-caliber weapons were also destroyed.
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#1  But how many duckies and fluffy bunnies?
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#2  Was one of the bunnies named Al-Baghdadi I hope?
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition


ISIS executes 5 in Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State has executed five civilians over accusation of “communication with apostates from land of infidelity” in west of Anbar, a security source said.

“IS militants executed five youths from Qaim, after arresting them three days ago at cybercafes. They were accused of communicating with and sending information to apostates from land of infidelity,” the source told Alghad Press on Wednesday.

“The group informed residents in Qaim, Rawa and alBu-Kamal that it regained control over Ramadi once again,” the source added.

Earlier on the day, 20 IS militants were killed after brief encounters flared when group members invaded areas in at al-Tash and the 5th Kilometer regions, south and west of Ramadi.

On Sunday, the group reportedly executed 28 militants, along with the leader, in Syria’s al-BuKamal as they fled after security troops advanced in Annah town in Anbar.

Iraqi army announced the total recapture of the town, invaded last week, hours after recapturing neighboring Rayhana area. Last week, Iraqi joint troops liberated Akashat region, between Rutba town, on borders with Jordan, and Qaim, on borders with Syria.

Anbar’s western towns of Annah, Qaim and Rawa have been 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 in 2015 and 2016.
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