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Key ISIS member Qari Zahid killed in US drone strike in East of Afghanistan
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ANSF Advancing In Seyagerd
Reports from Parwan’s Seyagerd district indicate that on Monday the Afghan security forces were able to retake parts of Fandoqistan valley that collapsed to the Taliban on Thursday.

Sources from Seyagerd district told TOLOnews that air operations on Taliban strongholds have intensified and security forces have advanced.

Meanwhile, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the military operation will not only concentrate on Seyagerd’s Fandoqistan valley, but will also cover other areas in the district.

“Airstrikes were carried out today and yesterday (Monday and Sunday). Enough forces have been deployed in the area including national army, local police and special forces,” said Danish.

Fandoqistan is a wide valley with dozens of villages. The valley shares borders with Kabul’s Paghman, Stalif and Shakar Dara districts – which has raised concern as this could pose a serious threat to the security of Kabul city.

“Ghorband’s valleys are the most vulnerable places in terms of security in Parwan province. Now Taliban, from parts of Baghlan province and Pul-e-Khumri city, have entered Ghorband valleys,” MP Zakia Sangin said.

On Sunday a number of villagers in the valley told TOLOnews that security forces had not been actively fighting the Taliban. They also said some people from Parwan province were cooperating with the Taliban.

“It is better that government investigates the issue that such things (cooperation with Taliban) is true. If it is true, then again government will remain silent and that is why the country is facing a crisis,” MP Abdul Satar Khawasi said.

On Thursday the Taliban launched coordinated attacks on parts of Fandoqistan valley and took control of some areas.

Sources from the area said a number of security forces stationed in the valley left their check posts during the attack – instead of fighting the insurgents.
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2 Zabul Kops die in roadside bomb attack
At least two policemen were killed in a roadside mine blast in southern Zabul province on Monday morning, local officials confirmed.

In addition, another policeman was wounded.

The blast took place in Kharan area of the provincial capital, Qalat, when the vehicle the policemen were driving in hit an IED, a police security official, Gelani Khan Farahi, said.

However, he did not provide further details.

No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.
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Prominent Taliban leader killed in Afghan forces ambush in Kapisa province
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A prominent local leader of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group has been killed in an ambush of the Afghan national defense and security forces in northeastern Kapisa province of Afghanistan.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army in the East said the Taliban leader killed in the ambush has been identified as Qari Zabiullah.

The officials of the Silab Corps of the army said Qari Zabi was killed in the vicinity of Qarabagh area of Tagab district.

The officials further added that the security forces laid an ambush against Qari Zabi late on Sunday night that resulted into his killing.

According to the Silab Corps officials, no one else including the security personnel sustained any casualties during the ambush and clash.

The anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

The anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups in Kapisa continue to destabilize the province amid rampant insurgency led by the Taliban in the key northern and eastern provinces.

The group assassinated the Ulema Council chief of the province earlier this month but the main suspect involved the killing was nabbed
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
by the Afghan intelligence forces days after the brutal attack.

Posted by: Fred || 10/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Key ISIS member Qari Zahid killed in US drone strike in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A key member of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has been killed in an Arclight airstrike 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 with unmanned aerial vehicles on Sunday.

The statement further added that two ISIS members were killed in the Arclight airstrike carried out in Achin district.

According to the provincial government, a key member of the terror group identified as Qari Zahid was among those killed.

This comes as operations are underway for the elimination of the ISIS and krazed killer of the other groups in Nangarhar province.

At least four people including two Paks have been tossed in the clink
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
on charges of supplying weapons and ammunition to the anti-government armed murderous Moslem groups in this province on Saturday.

The provincial government in a statement said Sunday that the men were arrested during an operation from Momand Dara district and as the suspects were attempting to smuggle eight rounds of rocket launcher missiles placed in a vehicle.

Two of the detained Lions of Islam have confessed that they belong to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
of Pakistain while the two others are residents of Momand Dara district, the statement said.

The provincial government also added that the detained individuals have also confessed that they were attempting to transport the weapons to the krazed killer groups.

Posted by: Fred || 10/03/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [369 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Horn
Senior Puntland Security Official Shot Dead In Galkayo
[RADIOSHABELLE] A policeman rubbed out on Monday the chief of security at an airport in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...
region and also his bodyguard, police said.

The assailant’s motive for killing Colonel Abdisalan Sanyare Owke and his bodyguard at the airport in Galkayo, a city in Puntland, was not immediately clear.

Police detained the assailant and have begun an investigation of the incident, said Mohammed Jama, another police officer working at the airport.

Somalia has been mired in conflict since 1991, but Puntland has been spared most of the violence. It has a dispute with the neighbouring semi-autonomous region of Galmudug
...a semiautonomous region in central Somalia, bordering Puntland on the north. Galmudug is not trying to obtain international recognition as a separate nation, but rather considers itself autonomous within the larger Somali federalism, for what that's worth...
that has in the past resulted in fighting.

... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
, the Lion of Islam group that aims to topple Somalia’s Western-backed government and impose its strict version of Islam on the Horn of Africa state, has become more active in Puntland after being pushed out of its stronghold further south by African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
peacekeepers and the Somali army, officials say.

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Jubbaland Troops Clash With Al Shabaab Militants In Gedo
[RADIOSHABELLE] Jubbaland forces, backed by Somali National Army (SNA) launched an attack against Al shabaab stronghold in Gedo region, southwest of Somalia on Monday.

Heavy confrontation broke out between the allied forces and Al shabaab at Qondhood, a small town located about 40Km away from Buurdhuubo district in Gedo region.

Local residents have confirmed the festivities, but the casualties had not been confirmed.

Jubbaland and Somali government troops began last week offensive aimed to recapture the remaining areas under the control of Al shabaab, according to the local authorities.

Al shabaab has been driven out of key areas in the region since 2012, but the Lions of Islam still continue to hold large swathes of territory in south and central Somalia.

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Africa North
Fighting in Tripoli leaves 3 dead
[Libya Herald] Three people, including a civilian, were killed in fighting last night in Tripoli’s Gurji district, west of the city centre, between the powerful Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade of Haithem Tajouri and the Nawasi Brigade.

The clashes occurred late last night after Tajouri sent in forces to Gurji’s Massara area to clear it of a Nawasi unit consiting of an extended local family, the Alwad Radiah, said to be in control of it.

Tajouri’s forces are reported to have succeeded.

As well as the civilian killed in the fighting, one on the leaders of the Alwad Radiah was also reported killed. The third person was unidentified.

The fighting was triggered by a move earlier in the evening by Nawasi to take over Tajouri’s headquarters on the corniche (Shara Al-Shatt), just opposite the TV station next to the foreign ministry buildings. There was no serious fighting, just shooting in the air, but Tajouri called in reinforcements and the corniche east of the Mahari Radisson Blu hotel was closed off. His forces were then dispatched to Gurji.

The pro-Islamist Nawasi brigade was at one point linked to Abdul Raouf Kara and his Rada brigades but the link was broken when, with the arrival of the Presidency Council in Tripoli last year, he supported it while the more radical Nawasi continued to support the crumbling Libya Dawn “government” of Khalifa Ghwell. It still does so, although like him, it is said to have now transferred its support to Baset Igtet.

It is claimed that it tried to move against Tajouri yesterday following the rumours that he was going to have discussions with Khalifa Hafter.
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Soddy supported fighters attack Houthi outposts in Taiz
Aden – The Yemeni National Army announced on Sunday the death of a Houthi commander in the Taiz province south of Sana’a.

The 35th Armored Battalion tweeted that “Houthi commander Major Hamid al-Mudai was shot dead by the 35 Armored Battalion in the Salu district southeast of Taiz.”

Arab coalition fighters targeted military reinforcements belonging to the Houthi militia on their way to the coastal front, while 18 Houthi and Saleh militants were killed and eight wounded in a raid by the Arab coalition fighters in al-Hamili front, west Taiz Governorate, according to a military source.

Two members of the militia were killed and others were injured in an attack by the National Army on coupist sites south of Taiz.

Meanwhile, a field commander in the ranks of Houthi-Saleh militia was killed on Saturday in an ambush carried out by the Popular Resistance fighters in al-Soma’ah district of al-Bayda province.

The Resistance confirmed that militia supervisor, Abu Abed, was killed in the attack in al-Hazimieh.

Abu Abed was appointed by militia rebels instead of Abu Serag, the previous supervisor, who was killed too in the same district.

In addition, the Yemeni army announced Sunday that it has achieved significant progress in its battles against Houthi and Saleh militias in Khabb and al-Sha’af district north of the Yemeni province of al-Jawf.

Following the ongoing clashes since last Friday, Commander of the Sixth Military Region Colonel Mohammed Saleh Rasia said that the army forces of the First Brigade border guards were able to clear the camp of Ghreemil and areas of Ajashr and Ramle north of the directorate.
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Five policemen injured after an explosion in Bahrain’s capital
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] At least five coppers were maimed after a "terrorist bombing" in Bahrain’s capital Manama, a statement from the interior ministry read.

Bahrain’s interior ministry said the coppers were securing an area during the annual Ashoura processions on the Budaiya Highway near the village of al-Daih when the kaboom hit on Monday night.

"Necessary steps are being taken," the statement added.

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Europe migrant colonist briefs
Incomplete, but here it is as it stands.
Man arrested on suspicion of arson at Swedish mosque
Place your bet, dear Reader: was the culprit a member of the mosque creating a narrative or a native Swede objecting to being colonized?
[IsraelTimes] Swedish police say they arrested a man suspected of involvement in a fire that partly destroyed a mosque west of Stockholm.

Police say firefighters worked overnight to extinguish the fire that started Tuesday at 2 .a.m. local time in Orebro, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) west of Stockholm. No one was injured in the blaze.

Mosque spokesman Jamal Lamhamdi tells local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda that it was “a sad day for Muslims in Orebro and in Sweden.”

Investigator Lars Bergman says the suspect, who is not identified, was arrested on suspicion of arson early Tuesday. He declines to comment on possible motives behind the fire.

Sweden has seen growing anti-migrant sentiment and an increase in xenophobic attacks as asylum-seekers flooded into the country in recent years. In January, a fire caused major damage at a mosque near Stockholm.

Danish minister republishes controversial Prophet cartoon on Facebook

[Ynet] Satirical cartoon, which has in the past angered Muslims around the world, posted following decision museum not to include drawing in a new exhibition about blasphemy since the Reformation.

“It is the museum’s own choice and they have their full right to do it, but I think it’s a shame,” said Inger Stojberg, minister for immigration and integration, in her Facebook post.

The Facebook post is accompanied by a screen shot of the minister’s iPad background screen, which shows a cartoon of a bearded man with a bomb in his turban. Stojberg said in the post she uses the cartoon as her background screen because it reminds her that Denmark is a country with freedom of speech, which includes the right to criticize religions.

“Honestly, I think we should be proud of the Mohammad cartoons,” Stojberg said.

Three Danish embassies were attacked and at least 50 people were killed in rioting in 2006 in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, after drawings of the Prophet Mohammed, images many Muslims consider blasphemous, were published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

Spain says Belgian police arrest Spanish IS suspect

[Ynet] Spanish police say Belgian agents have arrested a Spaniard suspected of leading a cell that worked to recruit and indoctrinate members for the Islamic State group.

A National Police statement said the 26-year-old of Moroccan origin was arrested Wednesday in the city of Zaventem. It said he was the last part of a five-member Belgian-based cell and its chief provider of propaganda material, using his house and cafes for meetings.

Police said the group started in 2014. Three members, including the detainee's brother, were arrested by Spanish police over the past two years and one was arrested in Morocco.

It said the Spaniard maintained contact with IS combatants and tried twice to travel to conflict zones. He then concentrated the group's efforts in locating targets for attacks in Belgium.

EU unveils plans to take 50,000 refugees from Africa, Mideast

[AlAhram] The EU unveiled plans Wednesday to take at least 50,000 refugees directly from Africa, the Middle East and Turkey to discourage migrant boats from making the risky Mediterranean crossing.

The European Commission said in a statement that it was "recommending a new EU resettlement scheme to bring at least 50,000 of the most vulnerable persons in need of international protection to Europe over the next two years."

EU Plans to Allow Schengen Border Controls for 3 Years for 'Security'

[AnNahar] The EU released plans Wednesday to allow countries in the passport-free Schengen area to reintroduce border controls for security reasons for up to three years.

Norway's Immigration Minister says wave of terror helped Europe understand Israel
[Ynet] Norway's Immigration and Absorption Minister Sylvi Listhaug says the recent wave of terrorism in Europe made Europeans finally empathize with Israel.

"We are now experiencing the fear that you have been experiencing in Israel for decades, and many people now understand the situation in which you live," she said in an interview with Ynet held in the Foreign Ministry in Oslo, Norway. "European countries and their residents should now understand the situation in Israel better because of the terror attacks in Israel."

Mom of French jihadi gets 2-year sentence for money transfer

[Ynet] The mother of a French jihadi who joined the Islamic State group in Syria has been sentenced to two years in prison for sending money to her son. The mother, Nathalie Haddadi, vowed to appeal Thursday's sentence, saying "This is the trial of a mother for helping her son." She was charged with financing terrorism, according to interviews she gave before the sentencing. The sentence is longer than the prosecutor requested, but Haddadi was not taken into custody immediately.

She is accused of sending about 2,000 euros ($2,357) to her son, Belabbas Bounaga. Haddadi says he was vacationing in Malaysia and she was trying to help him. He ended up in Syria, joined the Islamic State group and is believed to have died.

In first, Denmark deploys troops to guard synagogue, Israeli embassy ahead of Yom Kippur

[IsraelTimes] Unprecedented use of soldiers in capital since World War II follows deadly attacks in 2015 and with national terror threat level at 'serious'. The synagogue and the Israeli embassy have been under police protection since two deadly attacks in 2015. The latest deployment is not a response to any new threat, but rather aims to assist Copenhagen police strained by operations in other parts of the city. Police will continue to guard the Jewish museum and the school.

Majority of Danes want to ban burqa: survey

[TheLocal.dk] Less than a quarter of Danes oppose a ban on the burqa and niqab, according to a new survey. A majority of the population support banning the two types of Islamic veil in public, according to an opinion poll carried out by Epinion on behalf of broadcaster DR.

According to the poll, 62 percent said they support a full ban on wearing the burqa and niqab in public, while 23 percent said the veils should continue to be allowed.
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India says major attack foiled in Jammu Kashmir after tunnel dug from Pakistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Indian officials are saying that a large scale attack planned for Jammu in Kashmire was foiled after a tunnel dug from Pakistain was discovered by the security forces.

The officials are saying that the tunnel having a length of 14 feet was discovered by the Border Security Force personnel in RS Pura sector in Jammu district.

A senior office of the Border Security Force told The Hindustan Times "Today (Saturday) BSF foiled another nefarious design of Pakistain to infiltrate terrorist groups through a tunnel from Arnia sector to cause havoc in the festival season."

The officer further added that the tunnel was 14-feet long and spacious enough for snuffies to crawl with arms and ammunition and enter Indian territory.

Another official from the intelligence sector has told the paper that "Some ultras or laboruers engaged were inside the tunnel, when BSF personnel detected it. The BSF jawans opened fire but they escaped back to Pakistain."

This comes as the situation remains tense along the international border line as the security forces of the two countries exchange fire sporadically.

Indian officials have long been criticizing Pakistain supporting the terrorist and Jihadi groups who have been staging attacks in India since a long time.

In the meantime, the officials are saying that the 14-feet tunnel was the fifth discovered by the security forces since 2012.

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#1  My laundry room is close to 17 feet, I can almost see the end of it.
Posted by: Steven || 10/03/2017 3:21 Comments || Top||

Iraqi forces capture al-Fatha region in Salahuddin
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have managed to retake a region from Islamic State in Salahuddin and raise the Iraqi flag on the highest peak of a mountain there, news agencies reported on Monday.

“Al-Fatha region, northeast of Tikrit, has been liberated. The Iraqi flag has been raised on the highest peak of Hamreen mountains,” Wanas al-Jabbara, commander of the 88th brigade of the Tribal Mobilization Forces, was quoted saying. Troops reached its targets after killing four militants and seizing their militants.

“Liberation of al-Fatha will make declaration of Salahuddin as an IS-free province a matter of time. Troops deployed in the region will reinforce others coming toward Hawija,” he added.

Al-Fatha is considered a pivotal region as Tigris passes through it between Makhoul and Hamreen mountains. On its west bank, where IS still exists, Biji refineries and electricity generation stations are located.

Late September, Federal Police announced liberation of eastern Shirqat, after Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and the Joint Operations Command announced earlier the same month the launch of first phase of operations to liberate Hawija and western Shirqat.
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7 militiamen die in bombing attack in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Seven pro-government paramilitary troops were killed, while ten others were wounded in a blast west of Mosul, Nineveh, a security source was quoted saying.

“A booby-trapped house in al-Qalaa region, in Tal Afar, exploded on Sunday while al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] were defusing the explosives. Seven personnel were killed, while ten others were injured, four of whom are in serious condition,” Cap. Mahdi abdul Hadi told Anadolu agency.

“The victims were transferred to the PMFs security center, while the wounded were taken to hospital,” he added.
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Kirkuk Kombat Kronicle
Iraqi forces capture al-Rashad region

Hawija (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi forces recaptured on Monday a strategic area on their way to retake Islamic State bastion Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, paramilitary commanders reported.

Hadi al-Ameri, a high-profile commander within the Popular Mobilization Forces, said the force, backing the army’s Counter-Terrorism Service, liberated al-Rashad region, southeast of Hawija. He said troops began clearing the region from booby-traps.

Earlier on Monday, Iraqi military media said Iraqi forces advanced towards al-Rashad as part of the second phase of operations to liberate Hawija, which launched Friday.

The first phase of operations launched on September 24th, and managed to retake eastern Shirqat, an Islamic State haven in neighboring Salahuddin province.

Parallel operations were launched late September targeting IS havens in western Anbar.
On Sunday, military media said joint forces recaptured 28 villages around Hawija with a few hundreds of militants killed since the launch of operations.

A wide-scale campaign launched with the backing of a U.S.-led coalition in 2016 to recapture areas occupied by IS since 2014, when the militants declared a self-styled “caliphate” rule in Iraq and neighboring Syria based in Iraq’s Mosul.

Iraqi government, coalition and paramilitary forces recaptured Mosul, the group’s former capital, and the neighboring town of Tal Afar early July and late August.

ISIS Kommander dies in airstrike

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) An Islamic State senior commander was killed along with a companion when warplanes bombarded their vehicle in southwestern Kirkuk, sources said as operations press on to clear the province from the last militants’ strongholds.

Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that Abu Karim al-Iraqi, who led Islamic State’s elite “special unit”, was killed along with a companion while driving their vehicle near al-Riyad region., an area close to Hawija, Islamic State’s last bastion in the province.

The so-called “special unit” is mostly composed of Iraqi nationals, and is tasked with combat raids, according to the source.

Earlier on Monday, Iraqi military media said Iraqi forces advanced towards al-Rashad as part of the second phase of operations to liberate Hawija, which launched Friday.

6 ISIS snipers turned into a fine, red mist

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State’s sniper unit has been destroyed in an airstrike in southwest of Kirkuk, a local source from the province said on Monday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, “a sniper unit composed of between five to six members were hiding in a rest house at the outskirts of al-Rashad region, southwest of Kirkuk. The unit was destroyed in an airstrike, depending on intelligence information.”

The group, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, highly depends on the sniper units to face the advance of joint security troops.

Earlier on the day, Lt.Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah, commander of the Hawija Operations, announced launching wide-scale military operations to free the region, as part of the second phase of operations to liberate Hawija.

Iraqi militia puts down ISIS Big Turban

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) An Arab Islamic State leader has been killed in confrontations with the pro-government paramilitary troops in southwest of Kirkuk, a local source said.

“Abu Bilal al-Masri, a prominent Arab IS leader was killed in clashes with al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] in Hawija, southwestern Kirkuk, as the militant was at the group’s defense lines,” the source told AlSumaria News on Monday.

“Al-Masri used to be nicknamed as Hummer, thanks to being good at using RPGs and targeting the Hummer vehicles. He was one of the main Arab leaders in the group’s so-called Kirkuk State,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

Several Arab and foreign IS leaders are deployed in Hawija, which is one of the group’s pivotal strongholds. 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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US-led coalition: Service member killed in explosion in Iraq
[Hurriyet Daily News] The U.S.-led coalition said on Oct. 2 that a service member was killed and another was maimed the previous day in Iraq when an kaboom from a bobby-trapped device struck their vehicle.

According to the statement from the coalition, further details would be released once next of kin are notified.

So far, seven American servicemen have been killed in Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), including two in the battle to retake the northern city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Additionally, a French paratrooper was killed in the fight against ISIS last month, though officials did not specify if the individual died in Iraq or Syria.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in August that more than 1,200 Iraqi forces were killed in the battle for Mosul and more than 6,000 were maimed.

In July, Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared victory against IS in Mosul. The following month, the Iraqi military retook the IS-held town of Tal Afar.

Iraqi forces, backed by the U.S.-led coalition, are now fighting to retake the ISIS-held town of Hawija, 240 kilometers north of Baghdad.

Hawija is one of the last pockets of ISIS-held territory in Iraq. Iraqi forces are also fighting the forces of Evil in the western province of Anbar where IS launched a counterattack against Iraqi forces holding the historic provincial capital of Ramadi last week. The city had been declared "fully liberated" from the group in Feb. 2016.

The U.S. launched military operations against IS in August 2014. IS fighters began growing in power in Iraq in early 2014 in the country’s west and in the summer of 2014 swept across much of the country’s north, capturing a third of Iraq’s territory.

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Anbar Antix

21 ISIS suicide bombers die near Karbala

Karbala (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi army said late Sunday it had killed 21 suicide attackers from the Islamic State near the holy city of Karbala where Shia pilgrims marked a major, annual religious festival.

The militants were killed in an air and ground operation on the borders between Anbar province and the holy city of Karbala, where millions of Shia Muslims marked Ashura, the anniversary of the death of Imam al-Hussein, the grandson of Islam’s Prophet Mohamed.

The announcement was made in a press conference by Maj. Gen. Qais al-Mohammadawi, head of the Defense Ministry’s Central Euphrates Operations.

The “preemptive” operation was carried out by government forces backed by the Popular Mobilization, according to the military official.

Iraqi warbirds smoke 100 ISIS Bad Guys in Ramadi desert

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) The U.S.-led coalition jets have killed 100 Islamic State militants using vacuum bombs, an Iraqi army officer said describing the airstrike as ‘the strongest’ against the group in Anbar.

“The airstrike was carried out on the eve of a leaders meeting in a camp. Vacuum bombs were used,” Col. Majid Hamid told the Qatari-based Al-Jazeera network. “The airstrike left more than 100 militants killed and a weapon stash destroyed. The airstrike is the strongest in the province since the Iraqi army recaptured most of the cities in Anbar late 2015.”

“The U.S.-led Coalition shelled on midnight Sunday/Monday a huge IS camp, where tens of militants were gathering. Huge amount of weapons and explosions were inside the camp, located in Ramadi desert, located parallel to al-Tash region,” he added.

Ramadi was recaptured by government and tribal forces from IS in December 2015, however, several occasional attacks by the group have occurred since then.

The militant group invaded, last week, al-Tash and the 5th Kilometer regions, south and west of Ramadi. The militants reportedly took over al-Tash and al-Jamea (university) areas after invading them with 20 pickup trucks, however, troops were able to repulse the attack. 40 IS militants were killed, while three injured others were wounded, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson of Baghdad Operations said in a weekly press conference on Thursday.

Iraqi army announced the total recapture of the town of Annah, hours after recapturing neighboring Rayhana area, earlier this month. Troops also liberated Akashat region, between Rutba town, on borders with Jordan, and Qaim, on borders with Syria.
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Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin

1 dead in bombing attack in al-Mashrou’

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Five civilians were killed and injured in a bomb blast that occurred in south of the capital Baghdad, a security source said on Monday.

“A bomb exploded near a market in al-Mashrou’ region, south of Baghdad, killing one and injuring four others,” the source told Baghdad Today.

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 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries. Dhi Qar province came in the second place with 82 killed and 93 injured. Anbar came in the third place with 20 killed and 46 injured.

The total figure of September’s casualties marked an increase from the figure in August, which reached 297 Iraqis dead and wounded.

While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.
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Syrian Combat Summary
The Syrian army and allies managed on Monday to regain a number of strategic towns from the terrorist groups, controlling also several positions on the border with Jordan.

The Syrian Army further foiled a fierce terrorist attack attempt by ISIL terrorists on military positions at the surrounding of al-Soukhna town to the east of Palmyra city in Homs province.

Source: Al-Manar Website and SANA
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Deadly twin suicide attack hits Damascus police station
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Two jacket wallahs attacked a cop shoppe in Damascus on Monday, killing a number of civilians and coppers, the interior minister said, in the first such attack in the Syrian capital since July.

Four Death Eaters carried out the attack, killing more than 10 people, the pro-Damascus TV channel al-Mayadeen said. Russia's RIA news agency reported that 15 people were killed.

Militants targeted the station in the al-Midan neighborhood and clashed with coppers there, Interior Minister Mohammad al-Shaar said in comments broadcast by state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
from the cop shoppe.

One attacker went kaboom! at the main entrance and another detonated his bomb on the first floor, he said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Footage broadcast by state TV showed bodies wrapped in shrouds at the scene and fire fighters putting out flames.

Previous suicide kabooms in Damascus have been claimed by both ISIS and the Tahrir al-Sham murderous Moslem alliance, which is led by the group formerly known as the Nusra Front.
Update from An Nahar at 11:30 a.m. ET:
The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed a bomb attack at a police station in the Syrian capital Damascus a day earlier that killed at least 17 people.

In a statement circulated on its social media accounts, the group said three of its fighters armed with guns, grenades and explosives were involved in the attack in the southern neighbourhood of Midan on Monday.

The Syrian interior ministry said on Monday that the attack involved two suicide bombers, one of whom managed to penetrate the police station and reach the first floor before his explosives detonated.

But a monitor reported a third explosion involved a car bomb outside the police station, and the IS claim also referred to the third attacker blowing himself up separately from the other two.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said at least 17 people were killed in the attack, among them 13 police officers.

The Midan police station has itself been targeted before.

In December 2016, three police officers were wounded when a seven-year-old girl walked into the police station wearing an explosive belt that was remotely detonated.
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Mayadin hammered with 60 airstrikes
Deir Ezzor (Syria News) Local sources informed that unidentified warplanes carried out air strikes, on Monday, on the residential neighborhood in the city of Mayadin, in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, Qasioun News reported.

The sources revealed that more than 60 air strikes were carried out on Mayadin city, in less than 3 hours, leaving several civilian casualties.

Meanwhile, Russian warplanes carried out another air strikes on the city of Mayadin, in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, in addition to conducting similar air strikes on Bolel Town.

In a related news, clashes broke out between the Islamic State militants and Syrian army forces, backed by Iranian militias, in the outskirts of Deir Ezzor Airbase, amid mutual rockets and missiles shelling.
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Terror Networks
The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition

2 die as ISIS prevents exit from Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State has followed more than six fleeing families, killed two civilians and arrested the rest in western Anbar, a security source from the province said.

Speaking to Alghad Press on Monday, the source said, “IS followed more than six families in the desert of Qaim, killed two youths and arrested the rest before they reached security troops.”

The militants, according to the source, “take the arrested youth to unknown place and hang their bodies in al-Dawar region, near borders between Iraq and Syria from the Syrian side, and write ‘this is for the apostates.”

Earlier on the day, Emad al-Dulaimi, mayor of the city of Rutba, west of Ramadi, said in press remarks that 50 families fled the towns of Rawa and Qaim towards areas held by security forces and that they were going to be transferred to more secure areas.

Anbar’s western towns of 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.

Mass grave found in Hawija

Hawija (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops ran into a mass grave of army and police conscripts who were executed by Islamic State in south of Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk.

A statement by the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) issued on Monday said, “the fourth brigade of PMUs and Federal Police found a mass grave containing the relics of police and army conscripts at the liberated village of al-Therban.”

PMUs and Federal Police troops managed to free the village, along with others, on Monday.

Earlier on the day, Lt.Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah, commander of the Hawija Operations, announced launching wide-scale military operations to free al-Rashad region, as part of the second phase of operations to liberate Hawija.

The Iraqi joint troops announced on Sunday retaking 28 villages near Hawija.

On Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and the Joint Operations Command announced beginning of the second phase of Hawija offensive.

According to Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell, 557 IS militants were killed, while more than 100 villages and regions were liberated during the first phase, which launched on September 24th.

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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